013: Jeff Larson

Jeff Larson is Executive Director of Minnesota Fringe. In this episode we talk about how much work goes into planning the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Jeff’s background before taking the Director job, and his newfound celebrity as the public face of the festival.

Show Notes & Links

Minnesota Fringe Festival

Robin Gillette - previous Executive Director of MN Fringe

Bob McFadden - founder of MN Fringe

At Starbucks, Data Pours In. But What to Do With It?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Music in this episode is Chopin - Nocturne in E minor Op. posth. 72 no 1

Direct download: 013_-_Jeff_Larson.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:39pm CDT

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

011: Darren Ennis

Darren talks about his numerous past events including Magic 8-Ball, Pink Carpet, and the Really Really Blonde Party. We also spend some time discussing how he operates The Sample Room in NE Minneapolis, and how managing a restaurant compares to putting on a show. Plus we answer once and for all the question of whether great event planners are born or made.

Show Notes & Links

Night of the Penguin

The Sample Room

Sheba Productions

Moods of Norway

Really Really Blonde Party

Lola Red PR

Pink Carpet

Zach Sussman

Anthony Bourdain

Direct download: 011_-_Darren_Ennis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm 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

This episode features live interviews at Ignite Minneapolis with a random attendee (Nicole Klein), former speaker (Micah Vono) and Mary Hirsch, a returning speaker who gave her second talk that night. We spoke about the impact of Ignite, what it's like to prepare and deliver an Ignite talk, and how changing your underwear might just change your life.

Ignite Minneapolis

Ignite Talks discussed in the podcast:

Direct download: 007_-_Live_at_Ignite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm 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




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