012: Art Allen

In my first interview with a full-time event planner, Art Allen talks about his original, offbeat events like the Beard-Off, Pundamonium, and Buzzed Words. We discuss his love for variety, why Riddle Room was "the most nervewracking leap" he's ever made, and what's coming next (hint: it's on Kickstarter!)

Show Notes & Links


Tipsy Pixels


Punderdome 3000

O.Henry Pun-Off

Club Underground


Katie Sisneros

Chowgirls Parlor

Riddle Room

Riddle Room 2 Kickstarter


Modern Antics

Art is on Twitter: @punsultant

Direct download: 012_-_Art_Allen.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

010: Barry Zelickson

Barry and I talk about how he transitioned from managing an annual multi-attraction theme park (Spooky World) to a full-time family entertainment center (Big Thrill Factory).

As a yearlong business in a large, permanent venue, running Big Thrill Factory is a slightly bigger scope and totally different challenge than most of the events we’ve discussed so far in previous episodes. As you'll hear in our conversation, Barry is up to the task, excited about the future, and passionate about his mission of selling fun for all ages.

Show Notes & Links

Big Thrill Factory

Limited Warranty

Murphy's Landing

Tom Savini

Linda Blair

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Canterbury Park

Border Foods

Direct download: 010_-_Barry_Zelickson.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm CDT

009: Jamie Schumacher

Jamie Schumacher got her start in events working as a makeup artist and monster at Knott’s Scary Farm in Southern California, and went on to found Altered Esthetics in Northeast Minneapolis. She is currently Events Manager at ARTCRANK and Executive Director of the West Bank Business Association.

For this episode we talked about the disparate paths to a career in event management, how Jamie’s background prepared her for what she’s doing now, and whether event planning is a creative outlet, or more like training for a marathon.

Show Notes & Links

Knott's Scary Farm

Altered Esthetics


West Bank Business Association

Peace Coffee

Q.arma Building


Charles Youel

Northeast Community Development Corporation

Jamie Schumacher


International Cartoonist Conspiracy

Kevin Cannon

Night on Bald Mountain performed by Skidmore College Orchestra / Anthony Holland, conductor

Direct download: 009_-_Jamie_Schumacher.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:02pm CDT

008: Tara Vojta

Tara and I talk about the history of steampunk, her experience as a vendor at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and her steampunk event, 13 Gears.

Social Media 


Twitter: @weeklyplannerd

Show Notes & Links

Hello Design

Junque in thy Trunk

Tara Vojta

Minnesota Originals

Steampunk MN

13 Gears

Nikola Tesla

Bakken Museum

Minnesota Renaissance Festival


music box sound from http://www.freesound.org/people/klankbeeld

outro music from The sounds of Stapleford Park Steam Fair

Direct download: 008_-_Tara_Vojta.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

006: Carl Atiya Swanson

Carl is an actor and theater-maker, as well as the Director of Movement Building for Creative Exchange, at Springboard For the Arts.

In this episode we talk about the many resources offered by Springboard, their involvement in the community, and how they build for scale and sustainability. 

Carl Atiya Swanson

Springboard for the Arts

Hunter Franks - The League of Creative Interventionists

A replicant is a fictional bioengineered or biorobotic android in the film Blade Runner (1982).

TPT Rewire


Broken Windows Theory

Eclipse Records

Foxfire Lounge

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA)

Savage Umbrella

YNPN Twin Cities

Stacy Ann Schwartz

Music in this episode is Colors by Dark Dark Dark

Direct download: 006_-_Carl_Atiya-Swanson.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:48am CDT

005: Lacey Prpic Hedtke

Lacey talks about the similarities between zine makers and zine fest organizers, the benefits of doing a show for a decade, and we answer the age-old question: does taking charge and telling people what to do make you bossy, or a leader? We also talk about quitting!

Show Notes & Links

Lacey Prpic-Hedtke

Twin Cities Zine Fest

SSCA (Stevens Square Center for the Arts)

Gerald Prokop

Red Hot Art

Sarah Morean

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Belfry Center

MN State Arts Board

Joshua Ploeg, the touring vegan chef

Austin Zine Fest

Minneapolis Indie Xpo (MIX)

MCTC Zine Library

Modern Times Cafe


Flyaway Zine Mobile

Music in this episode is Makeout Revolution by Bla Bla Blacksheep

Direct download: 005_-_Lacey_Prpic-Hedtke.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:33pm CDT

004: Cat Rocketship

Cat and I talk about impulsive decision-making, being in the public eye, how Dungeons & Dragons inspires her creative work, and getting other people to run craft fairs so that she doesn’t have to.

Show Notes & Links

Cat Rocketship - websitetwitter


Market Day Iowa


Spring Training

Hot Lady Band

Scott Kubie

Dani Ausen

Laura Palmer - Director of Making Friends


Pepper Potts

Review of Hot Lady Band’s show at House of Bricks “The second thing you need to know about [Hot Lady Band] is that they are horrible.”

Baldur's Gate

Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 004_-_Cat_Rocketship.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:28pm CDT

003: Levi Weinhagen

Levi and I talk about the benefits of going to college a little bit later in life, the nuts & bolts of planning a live performance, and how an improv background helps him not to freak out when something goes wrong.

Show Notes & Links

Levi Weinhagen

Comedy Suitcase

Joshua Scrimshaw

Brave New Workshop - Founded by Dudley Riggs in 1958, the Brave New Workshop is the longest running satirical theatre in the country specializing in political and social satire.

Minnesota Fringe

Louis C.K. tops $1 million in sales of $5 comedy special

Game of Thrones as a Seinfeld Sitcom - Episode #1

Pratfalls of Parenting - (here's the episode I'm on: episode 83)


Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 003_-_Levi_Weinhagen.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

002: Karoline Wells (The Elixery)

Formula Chemist Karoline Wells is the founder of The Elixery, an independent and sustainable cosmetic manufacturer out of Minneapolis. In this episode I spoke with Karoline about pop-up shops, fashion shows, and the future of the craft fair.

Show Notes & Links

The Elixery

Danielle Stellner

Voltage: Fashion Amplified

Dessa Lipstick

Crist Ballas- Master of Make-up


Cosmetic Candy pop-up store

MN Rollergirls

BUST Craftacular's Primped Fair

Art vs. Craft (2003-2013, R.I.P.)

Our Lab | The Elixery

Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 002_-_Karoline_Wells.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

001: Adam Turman

Adam Turman talks about how he became established as an artist, learning by doing, and answers the question... what's more work: planning a gallery show or a garage sale?

Show Notes & Links

Adam Turman

D. Witt (DWITT)

Gig Posters

The band X

Leslie Plesser

Chank Diesel

Jawsh Lemke

Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 001_-_Adam_Turman.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:38am CDT




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