Category Archives: ArtPrize

When In The Land of Weird Do As They Do

I Used to Live with a Narcissist

UPDATED 17 May 2015

In some ways, everybody is a narcissist.  A little bit of pride – a little bit of boast – a little bit of bravado.  These people were in Band in the public school system.  They were cheerleaders or majorettes.  They were on the football or basketball team.

There were not, however, on the swim team.**

There is a difference.  A healthy amount of confidence not to be confused with self-worship or idolatry of a greater being or of a tuba or even a greater devotion to nothing. Or not.

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I Love Me

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I Think

Sometimes people don’t even realize what they are doing.  They are so wound up that they become insensitive to what is actually going on around them.  They think evil is at work and they become so offensive (in a blindly stupid sort of way) that they begin to produce actual evil themselves.  They have been “hooked” by Satan.  Or Facebook.  Same thing.

Twitter to the Rescue!

Every kid on this city block has two facebook identities.  And one of them is a cop.  The other one has one leg missing (not a military vet but a bassoon player who fell out of the 3rd floor dorm window) and plays Angry Birds at least 3 hours every day.  Twitter Users – on the other hand – are flying across the country to a gig in a small town of sheep-herders and/or riding in a helicopter in Iraq with Lance Armstrong.

There is a big difference.

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Tim Dick

Facebook users get too narrow.  They think they are on a virtual soapbox that a Liberal Mayor from AnyTown Democrat USA proclaimed as Rainbow Required Reading Month has etched into your psyche and sealed it with hummus.  I see a trail of cashew crumbs (ignored by fuzzy cats) leading to a calcified pet drinking fountain next to the refrigerator – and next to that a stack of Sunday inserts dating back to The Hindenberg.  Focus.  Come on, people.

I really don’t care about your opinions because they are so beautifully displayed like a magical desktop publishing program from AOL using technology developed by Xerox in 1977.  Give it up. There are real IT people making real advances in computer wizardry who have to re-certify their skills every 6 months let alone try to get Pagemaker to run on X-Box.  Shut Up!

I'm a freaking Genius

I’m a freaking Genius

You know the ones.  They are smarter than you are because they listen to NPR.  They don’t drink alcohol.  Ever.  They are so broad-minded that they check only Snopes to form the basis of their doctoral dissertation and they have just re-modeled their kitchen to the tune of $16,000 and they don’t  cook but 4 times a year.  Gluten free.

It is a real disorder.  And 99% of you nut cases don't have it!

It is a real disorder. And 99% of you nut cases don’t have it!

Get a Grip on Yourself

If a person decides to engage in a creative writing experiment – a new form of entertainment which I will term “TXT Comedy” for lack of a better acronym (for now) – and it produces reactions like the threats of a SWAT Team coming to your house while you are away on vacation  – it is not because you are stupid, it is because you have placed your mind somewhere the sun does not shine.

Please Remember God Loves You.  Whether you believe in Him or not – that is your freedom of choice and I won’t try to force legislation to make you bake me a Masonic birthday cake with swastikas on it – and enjoy Life and Be Yourself.  Don’t judge others.  And eat a balanced diet of grains that will return your bowel movements to normal and help divert your attention away from me for a bit.

**Apologies to my high school teacher buddy John Wieck (wherever you are) who was not the guy responsible for making so many of my graduating classmates’ homosexual in later life.  I’m okay with that.  Just ask Paco at Grand Coney.

 

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Just Who Are The Don’t We Boys?

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JOE ANDERSON (“Boys”)

Joe Anderson is an award-winning comedian, director and writer.

dwb 2013 about joeHe won an MTV Comedy Competition, spent two years touring with The Second City improv comedy theater recently wrote and starred in the play “Shoot Faster, Dear Brother, I’m Dying!” A hilarious play about the Civil War. Obviously. Lawrence Bommer, reviewer for the Chicago Reader and ChicagoTheatreBlog.com called the play, “A remarkable feat – worthy of Mark Twain” and “Two hours of pitch perfect parody.” Anderson also co-wrote the feature film “America’s Most Haunted” – soon to be available everywhere!

AJ SCHRAEDER (“We”)

A.J. Schraeder is an odd ball comedian, podcaster, and man child from Greensboro, NC.

dwb 2013 about ajHe became a regular in the dive bar of professional comedy in 2003 when he joined the award winning improv troupe “The Idiot Box”, and ever since, he’s been blasting AC/DC on comedy’s outdated jukebox, drawing hilarious phallic shaped graffiti on comedy’s bathroom walls, pushing lame dive bar analogies, and putting a hell of a lot of quarters into comedy’s golden-tee arcade machine. In addition to his sketch comedy adventures with the Don’t We Boys, he performs regularly with the nerd centric comedy team “Mon Frere”, produces the regular podcast “Unstoppable Failure” with his brother Al-don, and his award winning one man show “Thunderstood” has been performed in comedy festivals across the country.

Scott Erickson (“Don’t”)

Scott Erickson is an actor, music artist and “entertainment entrepreneur” who founded both a production company in 2010 and an independent record label 2011.

dwb 2013 about seanKnown primarily for his work as a producer of film and video, like the world-famous Grand Rapids LipDub, he is also the creator of Renovation Raiders on HGTV.

Sadly, however, he has grown weary of the corporate grind, clients’ gobble-dee-gook and all the competitive hoopla.

Scott has yearned to return to his first love of acting and entertaining his audience for years, and now–in becoming the best third member of The Don’t We Boys–he will fulfill his destiny and grow ever more powerful, assuring his plans of world domination and the dissolution of money and all governments.

Just Who Are These CTA People?

Greater Grand Rapids Region

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Why is this CTA Program important to me?  Here are a few reasons.  In simple terms – Certified Tourism Ambassadors are professionals in hospitality, hotels, restaurants, museums, arenas, concert halls and at large scale public events both business/commercial and volunteer-based.  They also include public sector agencies and civic concerns that include both charitable agencies and governmental organizations as well as Police, Fire, and public service and transport.  That covers the library, the bus, the Secretary of State and the ambulance drivers, too!   You won’t just find them at the airport handing out tour guides………….

You Can Be The Face of Grand Rapids, too!!

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Contact Lisa Verhil, Grand Rapids Greater Area CTA Administrator and Welcome Wizard

Phone 616.233.3578

Or go the the website at: CTANetwork.com

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Mr. ArtPrize – Mr. JoJangles: One Man Band

Today is the last day to see Mr. JoJangles at The Gerald R. Ford Museum and the last day of ArtPrize!

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http://youtu.be/7Mp4Lbp6NvQ

Originally discovered on: Mr. JoJangles: One Man Band.

An Awakening Experience – ArtPrize as Pure Democracy

30 Years Ago You Would Not Have Recognized The Place……

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Nearly 400,000 visitors attend ArtPrize annually.

The idea of inventing the World’s Largest Art Competition and Exhibition would not have happened without an underlying Spirit.  That Spirit was the awakening in the People of Grand Rapids and the result was the Re-Invention and Re-Generation of a City.  (Detroit take note.)

It took money.  Real money from people who knew that money – when properly seeded and cultivated – would stimulate and reinvigorate a dormant giant.  It was not handed out to the homeless in the form of silver coins – it was invested in the infrastructure that brought an estimated $22 million to the area in 2013.*

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The Bottom Line?  This is not Ferguson, MO where civil unrest, rioting and violent protesting attempt to shape public opinion via the media.   These actions become a timid beacon and hollow cry for a higher minimum wage – for racial strife and accusations against authority – a mass hysteria whose basis is solely for increasing economic equality.  This system used for ArtPrize has worked and will work when repeated again without political interference.

This is how Capitalism works.  It works for Everybody.  It works because we as hard-working Americans – Black, White and in Everything In-Between – Strive to Preserve Liberty and Justice and guarantee Equal Opportunity to and for all.

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*Link to WOOD TV-8 Story: http://woodtv.com/2014/09/24/economic-impact-of-artprize-not-felt-by-all/

Doing The ArtPrize Shuffle

Do What The Best WayFinders Do!

Become Part Of The Experience – Share The Fascination

ArtPrize 2014

Make A Tour Of Grand Rapids A Memorable One

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You don’t have to be a clown.  But it helps.  Nearly ½ million visitors to the exhibition will challenge your understanding of what it means to be the “face” of the city.

Don’t frown on the opportunity!

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When in Grand Rapids……………………

Do What Artists Do!

Become Part Of The Exhibition

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Or Take A Tour Through History

The Meyer May House

The Meyer May House

You don’t have to be an architect to appreciate this house, built in 1908-09.  More information on Wikipedia here.  Generally open on Sunday afternoons and by appointment, it should be open for extended hours during ArtPrize 2014.