Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Odd Salon






Odd Salon is a great event and organization. What is Odd Salon? They're website says it best...

Odd Salon is an evening series of cocktail hour lectures based in San Francisco and features short talks on unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure. www.oddsalon.com

When you give three talks you are invited to be a fellow. My third talk was in early 2017 and I got my fellow pin!


The mascot is a wolpertinger named Harvey.

It's a ton of fun to attend the events and to participate. Below is my second talk...my favorite! Warning: a few bits of off-color language.


Odd Salon Talk at Anomaly Sept-2015 from AimeePavy on Vimeo.

Odd Salon has recently been creating and posting videos of the shows on their YouTube channel!

Happy to have found this great, supportive, and fun group of smart people!!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

20 Years! Can't Believe It's Been That Long!!

We can't believe it's been 20 years! We still get along and are closer than ever...who-da-thunk?! What a doll, right?!


Noir City Film Festival 16

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Although I neglected to write about Noir City 15 (what?!), I'm back on the wagon and clear-headed enough to write about this year's Noir City 16!

How else will I keep track of the films I've seen, and haven't? At the after-party, closing night, one conversation topic was the near-impossibility to remember noir film names -- more specifically, to pair the title with the film. A film like "Hugo" is about a boy named Hugo, but what about "Raw Deal"?

This year's Noir City ran Jan 26-Feb 4, 2018. It's nice to have my evenings free and my liver is relieved that I'm taking a break from drinking, but I miss the darkness and the camaraderie!


It was another wonderful 10 days (I attended 8 out of 10): catching up with friends, buying a few books and the latest issue of the Noir City Annual (#9), and best of all, having an excuse to sit in the dark, hour after hour, gorging on film.

I now possess Alan Rode's tome on Michael Curtiz -- "Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film" -- can hardly wait to dig in to its detailed 700+ pages of film history goodness!


Out of the total of 24 films, I saw 16 -- pretty good for me, I must say. This year I've been between jobs so I was able to see all the weekday films without fear of losing sleep -- a big silver lining!

This year's festival had a super fantastic hook -- films in chronological order with an A-film paired with a B-film of the same year, to imitate a period movie experience!

Here's the line-up...

Films I Saw:

1941
A: I Wake Up Screaming
B: Among the Living

1945
A: Conflict
B: Jealousy

1946
A: The Blue Dahila
B: Night Editor

1947
A: The Unsuspected
B: High Tide

1948
A: I Walk Alone
B: Bodyguard

1949
A: The Accused
B: The Threat

1950-51
A: The Man Who Cheated Himself
B: Roadblock

1953
A: The Big Heat
B: Wicked Woman

Films I Missed:

1942
A: This Gun for Hire
B: Quiet Please, Murder

1943
A: Shadow of a Doubt
B: Address Unknown

1944
Destiny
Flesh and Fantasy

1950
Southside 1-1000
The Underworld Story

Films I'd Already Seen:

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)
Wicked Woman (1953)

So many of these films were new to me. That means I have seven missed films to watch this year -- #resolutions!

The highlights for me this year were Night Editor, The Unsuspected, and The Big Heat.



Friday, January 26, 2018

Podcast Blog

NEW BLOG!

In an effort to put off creating a website, I created a blog for the show.

https://twelvechimesradio.blogspot.com/


I'm so excited to have created ten episodes so far (9 stories and one OTR discussion), honestly never thought it'd last this long, but it's going strong!!

 And the artwork for season 2 is so amazing:

 * episodes 1 & 2 by Kirsten Tradowsky (http://kirstentradowskyart.com/)



* episode 3 by Jeff Heermann (repurposed with new color from Ghost Crush season 1)


* episode 4 by Arthur Kay 


Tomorrow we're recording Season 2, Episode 5 and got the rewrite for Episode 6 and will record shortly the new dialog! Yay!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Twelve Chimes It's Midnight, Season 2!!

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It's been a while since I've posted to the ol' blog. I really should not neglect it so...

A lot has happened since I last wrote, a lot of creative work and fun!

Twelve Chimes It's Midnight completed season 1 in June and after three months hiatus to work on season 2, it launched today!!! We'll have a new episode the 4th Tuesday of every month through June.


And last week, I launched a new YouTube channel with all the season 1 episodes and new, fantastic art by friend Jeff Heermann!! So exciting and the art is so beautiful...so many thanks to Jeff.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuf7p8ERbRFsYBsSTKPgIng

I wrote all of season 1, but season 2 seemed like a good time to expand and spread the writing efforts, especially since the regular Twelve Chimes cast is chock-full of writing talent!!! Season 2, episode 1, "Superstitions," came from the pen of Brett Stillo. And the two episodes to launch in November and start out the holiday season right, "Nutmeg" and "A Modern Convenience," are by our narrator Josh Horowitz and cast member Beth Abdallah.

Lots of work, but sooooo fun getting the cast together, recording performances and sound effects, editing, social media publicity, creating a video promo piece for the YouTube channel, and lining up artists and musicians for season 2!

Yay!! Creativity happiness!!!!

Here are the all the links to the show -- available wherever people find podcasts!

Our links:


Our supporters/partners:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Twelve Chimes Episode 3!

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This morning I am a little sleepy, but coffee is helping (what would I do without coffee?!), and super excited/happy/satisfied, because I posted the latest episode (#3) of my podcast!!!!

Go Twelve Chimes, It's Midnight!!!!!

I was up late last night agonizing over the edit of the latest episode, Ghost Crush. Listening to it on iTunes this morning confirmed I posted the correct file (whew!).

This one was a bear to edit, so many sound effects and little changes. Posting episodes feels more final than most projects...once it's posted that's it...no going back! I've been surprised how cutting a line or moving a line here and there can change the feel of a scene--a fun discovery.

There are two more recorded episodes and I now have all the sound effects recorded, so my work is not done! And then there's season 2!!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Radio Drama Podcast Launches!

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I'm so excited about my new old-time radio, drama podcast Twelve Chimes It's Midnight!!










Look at that great logo by Michael Dean!!

The show launched Thurs night (Feb 2nd) on SoundCloud... https://soundcloud.com/twelvechimesradio ...and so far it's been played 60 times (although 3-4 of those are mine :).

I posted about the launch on my Facebook and Twitter pages and started new ones for the show.

* Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/twelvechimesradio/
* Twitter - https://twitter.com/12chimesradio or @12chimesradio

I submitted to iTunes and to an active audio drama site called Radio Drama Revival. They have recent posts and seem to be very active.

I'll also be interviewed for a post by the author Varla Ventura for her blog. Yay!!!

Arch Obler, writer/producer of Lights Out,
and actress Nazimova, c.1940s
The inspiration for the show comes from old time radio shows, particularly Suspense, Adventures by Morse, and Lights Out, as well as 1940s-60s pulp novels and comic books, and b-movies.

It all started when I agreed to read an excerpt from one of my short horror stories at friends' bar -- Stookey's Club Moderne -- for a Halloween event on Sun Oct 30th (2016).

I chickened out (short story writing just not there yet), but I made a commitment and wanted to perform something to fill out 15-20 min for the afternoon event.

I decided to read from a Halloween-appropriate episode from Lights Out. I picked the episode called "Poltergeist," shortened it to 12 min, and reduced the number of characters to two. I enlisted the help of my friend Brett Stillo (who co-hosts the fabulous podcast 5 Minutes of Trouble, analyzing 5-min blocks of the film Big Trouble in Little China). 

Brett Stillo and me reading Poltergeist
at Stookey's Club Moderne 3.30.16
We read the play with a mic prop I created and some sound effects on my iPhone (hooked up to a small speaker) that I could call up with a tap. It was a resounding hit!

I was hit hard with a wave of inspiration...and three months later, I've written five plays, recorded two, edited and launched the first, and have another event scheduled at Stookey's, to perform and record the season finale (episode 5) on Sat Feb 25th with the Kirk Ribak Trio!!!


Aaron Seymour recording The Darkness


Arron and I recorded episode two, The Darkness, last weekend and I'll be editing this weekend. This is really happening!!

A huge thanks goes out to the sound engineering advice from Scott Louis and Marcus Marchesseault, as well as voice over talent Josh Horowitz (Brett's co-host for 5 Minutes of Trouble), logo design by Michael Dean, and to all the amazing, patient, and talented actors: Beth Abdallah, Audra Wolfmann, Scott Louis, Aaron Seymour, and Brett Stillo. Kiley Brokaw will be joining the group for episode #3. Also a huge thank you to my significant other who prefers to stay anonymous, he made a ton of great suggestions and bits of inspired story ideas! 💗💗💗


Scott Louis records sound effects
for The Darkness




Below are the launch dates for Season 1 -- a little sporadic, but tough to get everyone together, I'm just learning the audio editing software, and I have a demanding job. So I figured sporadic was better than not at all, right?!

2/2 -- Seance Games
2/16 -- The Darkness
3/23 -- Ghost Crush
4/6 -- Adopted Ghost
4/13 -- Chance Encounter (recorded live)

Now back to work editing The Darkness!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Noir City Festival 14 - Belated

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I wrote a post the week after the Noir City Festival 14, which ran from Jan 22-31, 2016, but got sidetracked, so posting now...better late than never!!


The week following Noir City always feels a little empty. It was a wonderful 10 days (I attended 7 out of 10): catching up with friends, buying a few books and the latest issue of the Noir City Annual (#7), and best of all, having an excuse to sit in the dark, hour after hour, gorging on film.

Out of the total of 25 films, I saw 11. A few of the films I'd seen previously, but there are a bunch that I missed and need to watch on my own. I always struggle to remember the films I saw and films I want to see, so it seemed high time to write a recap for future reference.

Here's the line-up...

Films I Saw at Noir City 14:

Crack-Up (1946)
Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems, 1956)
Flicka och hyacinter (Girl with Hyacinths, 1950)
Deception (1946)
Humoresque (1946)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Specter of the Rose (1946)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Blow-Up (1966)

Films I'd Already Seen:

Rear Window (1954)
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Screaming Mimi (1958)
Scarlet Street (1945)

Films I Missed:

The Public Eye (1992)
The Dark Corner (1946)
Corridor of Mirrors (1948)
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
Mickey One (1965)
The Big Knife (1955)
The Lodger (1944)
Bluebeard (1944)
The Red Shoes (1948)

I have some movie-watching to do!

The highlight for me this year was Flicka och hyacinter (Girl with Hyacinths, 1950). It such a simple story, so engaging. I can imagine myself launching into an amateur investigation, searching for the reasons behind the tragic actions of my neighbor.


The main character Dagmar Brink, played by Eva Henning, was quietly luminous. And I am pleasantly surprised to discover that she is still with us, at the  age of 95.


Following just behind are two films tied for second place: The Bad and the Beautiful and Specter of the Rose. The Bad and the Beautiful is a fun and drama-filled (and fueled) look at Hollywood. I adore Dick Powell as the professor-turned screenwriter, Gloria Graham is extremely convincing in her role as a sweet and earnest southern bell (not many actresses could pull off that accent), it is interesting to see Lana Turner as a messy drunk, and who doesn't enjoy watching Kirk Douglas lose his cool in a big way, few do hysteria like Douglas!



Then there is Specter of the Rose. What a crazy film with its best/worst dialog--"hold me with your eyes!" And the modern dance sequence--perfection! The dancers earnestly present their depiction of a city scape in dance accompanied by avant guard music by George Antheil (of Ballet Mecanique and Heddy-Lamarr-frequency-hopping fame). Despite their passion, they are casually ignored during their audition with one character going as far as crossing right through their performance, gingerly stepping over them on his way across the room.

The main character, dancer Andre Sanine, was a modern "bro" dropped in the middle of a 1940s film in which everyone spoke with the expected Hollywood accent, except for actor Ivan Kirov's flat Midwestern accent that stood out as so strangely...casual. He was not a seasoned actor, or a dancer at all for that matter--self-taught it turns out, but boy he can portray an unbalanced mind with the best of them!



I've seen The Picture of Dorian Gray before, but I find Oscar Wilde's story so fascinating, I had to see it again. I can't get the Little Yellow Bird song out of my head. A young Angela Lansbury is absolutely adorable.


I'm not sure which of the missed films I'll see first. My plan is to schedule a Post-Noir City program calendar for me and my significant other over the next few months. If that's successful, we'll go through last year's list and repeat the process--a great film plan for 2016! I've been watching too much TV anyway.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fabric Painting & Printing

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Last December I took a stab at linoleum block printing (actually I used some other material that was softer, recommended for beginners).

Walking to work today, I passed a card store and realized it's that time of year again to think about holiday cards and what my design might be this year -- more ambitious than the last of course, so I better get started early.

I just saw an inspiring 1955 Pathé film showing women painting and printing designs on fabric.

British Pathé 1955
Hum...perhaps I'll print on fabric and adhere to the front of the cards? Or maybe I'll skip the cards and print on fabric and make a skirt...or better yet, do both! Matching skirt and holiday cards -- BRILLIANT!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Writing with James Patterson...and Joyce Maynard

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Despite not writing a blog post for, whew, almost a year, I have been writing. Writing a short story, a novel, and two plays. In all honesty, I've only tinkered around with everything with the exception of the short story.

That story I actually finished (go me!), and I'm in the middle of a second major rewrite after feedback from a few friends. This will be the first piece of fiction that I'll be submitting -- I'm really to start my collection of rejection letters!!

Maybe I'll soon have a rejection letter of my very own!

I think I might actually finish one of the plays too...it has a full outline and is coming along smoothly.

With all this writing practice and slow improvement, I figured this was the time to take James Patterson's MasterClass. This class seems perfect for me as I have no literary aspirations, but just want to tell a fun story. I am about halfway through watching the lectures. After that I plan on viewing them a second time and doing the writing exercises that come in the accompanying lesson plan.


He's a real sweetheart that James Patterson. He's so encouraging and is clear about what he thinks works -- and it must, the man sells a ton of books. But a better review than I could write, from a seasoned writer, is from Joyce Maynard. I've never heard of the woman, and I am a little embarrassed about that.

Joyce Maynard, photo by Micke

Joyce is charmed by Patterson, but I shouldn't paraphrase her -- simply reference her great article!

I now have read her Wikipedia page and know a bit more about her -- she wrote To Die For! I'm curious to read now to see how similar or different it is from Buck Henry's movie script. 

So although my work life is a bit nuts and less than inspiring at the moment, this month I hope to submit my first story, finish my little play, maybe complete Patterson's course, and start reading some Joyce Maynard. Wish me luck!