Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Strangeness and Challenges

Well I've had a strange couple of weeks...  A couple of weeks ago, on the way to a show, I had some serious car problems which resulted in my car overheating to the point that the engine was fried.  So I've been car shopping the past couple of weeks (haven't found quite what I want just yet) and dealing with "transportation issues".

Then last week, I was out on my bicycle running a few errands, and my bike and I fell down... Hard...  Going really fast...  On hard pavement...  Ouch.

Banged up, and scraped up, my arm pretty badly, but luckily not so much that I'm not functional.

I guess sometimes you just need a few reminders to pay attention, be patient, and go with the flow.  My friend, Andrew, likes to remind me to discern the difference between a "problem" and an "inconvenience".  He claims that whenever he's tempted to start feeling sorry for himself and thinking he has a "problem", a little voice pops up and says, "This isn't a problem.  You want to see a real problem?"  No thanks!  Reminders.  Valuable lessons.  Gotta love that.

Anyway, I'm healing... my arm and my pocketbook.

Hey, feel free to come out and see me this Saturday evening at the Mt. Pulaski 175th Celebration in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois.  Should be a fun time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Public Appearances

Hey, here are a few chances to see me coming up soon...

This Saturday, I'm performing at the East Peoria Relay For Life at Eastside Center. I'm doing strolling magic from 2--3:30, and a stage show at 4pm.

That night (as well as the following Saturday), I'll also be at my regular gig at Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar in Galesburg.

On June 25, I'm scheduled to appear at Duryea Days at Tower Park in Peoria Heights.

And the following week, on July 2, I'll be performing at the Mt. Pulaski 175th Anniversary Celebration in Mt. Pulaski.

Hope to see you at one of these...  Call me (309-647-3692) or send an email if you have questions.

I Attended a Meeting with the PACVB and Peoria Arts Community

I almost forgot to write about this, but last Thursday I attended a meeting at the Peoria Art Guild hosted by the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau with various members of the central Illinois arts community.  The PACVB was wanting to brainstorm with the arts organizations and local artists on how we can all work together to use the arts and arts attractions to help better promote tourism to the central Illinois area.  This is something I've been strongly advocating for a long time, and I'm encouraged by the new openness to making this happen.

As you'll know if you follow any of my work, I'm a huge proponent of both the arts and of leveraging the power of the arts to help drive the economy, tourism, education, and many other important areas of our society.  I truly believe the arts, culture, and yes, entertainment, are a driving force and a foundation of progress and vitality in all these areas.

So it's great to see this new opportunity in the Peoria area, and I'm looking forward to working with the rest of the arts community to take full advantage of it.

Here's a shot of me in a thoughtful moment at the meeting: