Drunken Discourse Recap

This weekend I traveled to Portland to participate in a monthly panel discussion, Drunken Discourse, which is broadcast on Portland public access television and made available online after that. (It sounds like it may be December before the most recent one, Episode #6, makes it on air.) I was invited by the host, Kyle Curtis, who read some of my work and gave me the opportunity to present my newest research project entitled: “Controlling the Narrative: Gatekeepers, Secret Societies, and Good Ol’ Boys Networks.” My best friend since high school accompanied me on the train ride down, and one of my first and favorite friends, my cousin, met us at the venue just as the event was starting.

I was able to take a brief break and join them at their table in between participating in the on-stage “get to know your panelists” conversation and actually giving my presentation. This is how the off-stage conversation started:

 

Cousin: Is she drunk yet?

Me: No.

Friend: No.

Cousin: Should we fix this?

Me: No.

Friend: Yes.

 

As I stated in my presentation, I have done editing and design work for a Tacoma based Drunk History presentation in the past (uncredited) – obviously this is the type of work I didn’t do while inebriated or in public.

Leading up to the event, I announced on several occasions that I was bringing my friend as my designated drinker.

I was honestly not going to have even one drink.

I failed in this endeavor.

I reportedly still rocked my presentation — even with not getting the clicker thingy, aka “slide navigator,” to work initially, and then later accidentally killing the entire slide show. Thank goodness for producers like Megan Taylor of Manic Esoteric Productions for straightening that out without me having to interrupt my presentation to ask. Those present had the great fortune to listen to Juan Coronell’s, Narendran Muralidharan’s, and Bill Hernandez’s talks ranging from sweet (“Embrace Change”) to hysterical. Narendran’s “Conservative Immigrant” had us dying; his timing was dead on.

Saturday night (and Sunday morning) did reconfirm the following for me: there are consequences to giving into peer pressure. Something about trying to be a responsible adult, the chronic sleep deprivation that accompanies parenthood (I had two hours of sleep Friday night), and missing a gallbladder has weakened my tolerance for vodka. But this weekend also reminded me of the power of hanging out with strong, intelligent, positive, and supportive women. I am extremely lucky in this regard.

I will share the link when it is available. According to Megan, the show airs on TVCTV.org and Portland’s Open Signal. “This includes many public access channels including CAN which reaches the greater Portland Metro area. CAN is on Xfinity Channel 11 and 331 (in HD) and CenturyLink Channels 11 and 1011 (in HD as well as Frontier Channel 22.” According to Open Signal’s website, “Via our five cable channels, Open Signal reaches over 400,000 homes in the Portland metro area […]” In other words: no pressure. Keep an eye out on the Drunken Discourse Facebook page for more information.

I am looking to publish the longer written version as soon as possible, and I can also be available to repeat this presentation sober (the audience doesn’t have to be). Feel free to contact me at nominestudios@gmail.com.

Cheers!

 

Suzanne

 

Pop up installation by Calvin Skaar

{When your cat has a better chance at landing a MOMA exhibit than you do.}

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Untitled. Installation by Calvin Skaar. Reclaimed materials: child’s toy tiger on kitchen carpet with floral pattern. Photo credit: Suzanne Skaar. 2019

Artist bio:

Calvin Skaar was born in the roof of the MSM Deli in Tacoma, Washington. A few weeks later, he and his brother, Hobbes, were adopted by two artists. Having grown up in the artists’ studio, he had easy access to supplies and resources. His early works were in shredded computer cables and various loose bits of hardware (screws, nails). His largest work to date has been the performance art piece in which he dragged a bag of steaming hot malai kofta around a 900-sq foot loft, dying himself and surrounding furnishings orange in the process (2009).

Since the addition of a human child to the household more than seven years ago, he has branched into other reclaimed materials: from children’s toys to high heels and USB sticks, he likes to place his art in unexpected locations (kitchen, living room, hallway, etc.). While these pop-up installations are not marketed or promoted in advance, witnesses have reported hearing a series of yowls as the artist is depositing his work to alert those who may be in the area at the time.

Inquiries may be sent to nominestudios@gmail.com, subject: “Calvin!”

Flash Mob

In January of this year, I got back into Argentine Tango classes at Tacoma’s Studio 6 Ballroom. As a result, I have had the chance to meet and learn from some really awesome dancers. Last Saturday, I tagged along and documented the West Coast Swing dance students and coaches preparing for then doing flash mobs all over Tacoma.

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September 2019 Flash Mob
Studio 6 dancers
September 2019 Flash Mob
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Dancers at Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.
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Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.
Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.
Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.
Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the KNKX grand opening in the Broadway District — Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.
Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the KNKX grand opening in the Broadway District — Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.
Studio 6 September 2019 Flash Mob
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the Glass Museum in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.
Studio 6 September 2019 Flash Mob
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the Glass Museum in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Thank you, Natasha Thayer (and crew), for making this event happen and for the invitation! It was a fun day, and I now permanently have the following song seared into my brain.

If you’re up for something new, check out their classes! For more of my photos, click here.

 

Happy Friday!

Suzanne

 

 

Write Anyway

I took a break from working on projects this morning. I was really motivated, but I forced myself to take a break for health reasons. Then the doubt seeped in. I caught myself questioning myself, and I knew the self-criticism was without merit. But I lost a little steam.

I dawdled on Facebook, when a post sparked a need to look through some old belongings I hadn’t touched in years. In the process, I found my copy of On the Road by Kerouac, which I had thought was lost. Inside the book, there was this postcard from my writing mentor, Ray Kelleher. He wrote it in 1996 explaining he would be gone and when he would be back, and ended the card, “Write Anyway! Be-bop lives.”

 

He died several years back. I didn’t learn until well after the fact. Sometimes signs from him pop up. Like this.

I’m back at the computer. I’m sharing because there’s probably others who need a kick from the other side to get back to working on what you love, too.

 

Be-bop lives,

 

Suzanne

Geek Girl Con 2019 Details

Hi friends,

Moderator and Panel Creator Symantha Reagor just confirmed that I’ll be speaking with other amazing (and hilarious, and insightful, and …) creators on the Chronic and Creative Panel on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 3 p.m. We’ll be addressing maintaining creative practices for individuals with chronic conditions/ disabilities. As a Certified Disability Management Specialist who has been diagnosed with migraines, arthritis, and glaucoma, this is a very important topic to me. This will be the second year I have contributed to this panel, and I can’t wait.

GeekGirlCon is held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Get your tickets soon!

Cheers!

Suzanne

Quick sketch: GeekGirlCon 2019
Quick sketch. Sharpies, brush pens, poster paint pens, paper. Suzanne Skaar. 2019

 

Weekend Illustrations

On Saturday I trekked around town with my favorite local dance studio and took pictures. Due to concerns about copyright infringement/ intellectual property theft based on recent experiences, I am being more cautious about sharing photos. So on Sunday I began working on some new watermarks for my images. From doodles to digital versions, here’s some of what I came up with. {Considering a lot of my work is typically serious in nature, I have a few more designs in the works as well.}

Cheers!

Suzanne

Watermark Option 1
Illustration of coffee mug with heart and No, Mine! Studios. Suzanne Skaar 2019
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Illustration of little thunder cloud, cloud with No, Mine! Studios written inside, and sunshine peeking from behind. Suzanne Skaar 2019
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Illustration titled “Some Days”, originally drawn in 2014 but reworked into logo which reads: “Suzanne Skaar No, Mine! Studios nominestudios.com” Suzanne Skaar 2019