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Tiny Desk Fest Juneau

Friday, January 23rd 2015 by Pat

NPR Music is known for hosting Tiny Desk Concerts in their studio. The shows are intimate and personal, like packing into a house concert but with artists who you would never see in that context. T-Pain performed without the his life supporting auto-tuner and Neko Case showed up on Halloween in a gorilla suit. The music is good too. Outstanding. Because, of course it is.

NPR did a great thing, they invited artists from all over to perform tiny desk concerts of their own and to record them and share them. Tiny Desk Fest writ large.

Here in Juneau, I recorded a house concert featuring The Wool Pullers, Marian Call, and George Kuhar. Check it out.

Three reasons I live here:

Stop Bath

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 by Pat

A little winter poetry.

I shot a mini-doc on Peggy Shumaker last spring and this reading didn’t quite fit into the final edit but it felt important enough to release on its own. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Earworm’s United State of Pop

Saturday, January 4th 2014 by Pat

I love DJ Earworm’s annual United State of Pop, this year has a weary strength and hopeful beauty. Yeah, I know it’s pop music… but this is more.

This kind of mash-up provides a unique way to absorb and experience the zeitgeist.

Remix culture is important and meaningful work in that field strengthens the case for expanding fair-use and rolling back the crummy laws and sweetheart deals that are destroying the public domain.

I Wish I Were a Whale

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 by Pat

I interrupt my relentless Kickstarter promotion to share a beautiful song by our friend George Kuhar.

Long live Shadow Island Records!

Get Excited for Puppets!

Friday, April 26th 2013 by Pat

Scott C. and Kate Beaton were so awesome!! If you missed them, you missed biiiiiig. But no worries, we have more events planned this spring!

On May 10th & 11th, we’re partnering with the Friends of the Library to bring another group of amazingly talented guest artists to do workshops in Juneau.

Georgina Hayns, the head of puppets at Laika will be visiting along with Jeremy Spake, head of armatures.

We’ll also be hosting Laika story artist, Vera Brosgol. Brosgol is one of my very favorite comic illustrators and has won both an Eisner and Harvey for her latest book, Anya’s Ghost.

Here’s a little pump-up video I found about Laika. Get pumped-up.

Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures

Friday, March 8th 2013 by Pat

Hi everybooty, I’m still on the road. Went to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon and then down to Portland for hanging out and getting a head cold. I’m fairly certain I’ve been an effective vessel for this ruinous disease and will be rewarded well by our tiny masters when they command the Pacific Northwest.

Maybe you’ve got this spring crud and need a good book to help weather it? Maybe you’re perfectly healthy and just need a good book? Go check out the book review (in comic form!) I did for the Unshelved dudes.

The book I reviewed was Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures by German author, Walter Moers. The review basically boils down to… READ HIS BOOKS, THEY ARE WONDERFUL!!!

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Monday, February 4th 2013 by Pat

When I visited England last fall, we were traveling at an incredible pace and I had only a few tiny moments to myself.

During one brief hiccup in time, I managed to slip away to Kensington Gardens where the Peter Pan statue lives among the trees and ducks. I’ve always loved Peter Pan, more so after meeting and studying with Stewart Stern.

I just had enough time to do some cursory sketches, snap a few photos and breathe the air. When I returned to Juneau, I completed this illustration.

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If you like it, I have a few limited prints available in our gallery and online store. Here are some of my sketches…

peter sketches

Marian Call’s European Adventure Quest

Monday, July 23rd 2012 by Pat

Marian’s Kickstarter has been wildly successful and I want to thank everyone who has helped to fund her project. She’s going to be touring a good chunk of Europe, recording a live album, creating some new songs, and doing some incredible covers of old favorites (Muppets, TMBG, Beatles!)

She’s also getting herself a much needed laptop and a few other bits of essential recording equipment to keep her music business alive and I’m happy to see so many people supporting her in her work. This is patronage.

It’s not pure charity though, far from it. If you’ve pledged, you’re getting much more in return than coffee mugs and T-shirts. The rewards at various levels are incredibly generous. The live album and “Got to Fly” for $15. Digital downloads of all her music for $35 including a bunch of stretch goal cover songs. A full length original song for a mere $2000!!?! Plus that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you supported the arts very directly and immediately.

Ok. That’s my pitch on behalf of someone I care about a great deal. There’s just over a day left and I hope you’ll all consider making a pledge or raising the level of your existing pledge as the last few hours tick away. Thank you.

Happy Batman Day!

Thursday, July 19th 2012 by Pat

A new Batman movie comes out tonight. I like Batman.

Kes Woodward

Thursday, June 7th 2012 by Pat

I was recently commissioned by the Rasmuson Foundation to create a mini-doc on Kes Woodward, a visual artist from Fairbanks and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Artist Award.

Kes was an incredibly gracious host. Lou and I arrived at a time when he was between studios, between homes, and between lives but he found room for us and carved out two days from a very busy schedule.

We talked about life and art and wandered around in the birch forests of Fairbanks as the summer greens were beginning to overpower the chalky dusty colors of early spring, it was a wonderful experience.

We shot way too much footage for this tiny documentary and there was so much more I wish I could have included.

Kes reads every Wednesday morning to a class of Kindergarten students, he’s active in his community and church, he’s an explorer looking within and without to discover truths about the world and he shares his discoveries with anyone who is willing to listen.

Kes has a rare and subtle enthusiasm that fills you with curiosity and a calming sense that the world might be an ok place.

This film also features the poetry of state writer laureate Peggy Shumaker and the instrumental compositions of Marian Call. It was quite an impressive group of Alaskan artists on board for this project.