Discussing art with an actor, playwright and voice actor

 

Mike Finlay, Novelist, Playwright, Crazy Zen Atheist Saving Nashville from itself

 

Today’s guest is Mike Finlay, playwright, poet, novelist, jazz aficionado, actor and painter.

 

 

We had the pleasure of catching Mr Finlay while he was out and about in Nashville enjoying the late summer that only Nashville can give an artist to be inspired by.

The 20 Year working relationship is discussed from their days back at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mike secures his place in the will as the guy throwing Tim in the ditch.

Mike Finlay started off his artistic exploits at the age of 4 during school and church. His first show that inspired him was A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theater. Since he saw an actor walk through a wall as part of a special effect he knew he wanted to be an actor.

He began reading Shakespeare at 16 and obtained 2 degrees in theater performance and creative writing at SIU.

Mike really enjoys   not being the mouthpiece for other writers and enjoys having people wrapped with attention at what he writes.

Currently he is writing a play and a few novels. He talks about the first poem and how easy it was to write because he had been studying poetry for so long. Lake Park High School English teacher started him and encouraged him on his path. His first play he didn’t mean to write but was encouraged by the resident playwrighting instructor. He was listening to John Coltrane at the time and called his first play A Love Supreme. He claims that risking making a fool of yourself as his strength and is what is needed to be successful as well as having people who will have your back when you are on stage.

Mike discusses how he balanced his work life, family life and artistic endeavors and it is revealed that Mike’s child will be ruling the world with Tim’s children. He encourages his daughter to work on her projects and ensures he makes time each day to just work on his projects and doesn’t let anyone disturb him.

We discuss his first book of poetry Cecelia’s Blues on Create Space.

Mike takes on the Satanic Seven Questions and scores a 5.5 out of 7 questions correct. Please enjoy his answer to the unladen swallow.

Mike’s season 2 project will be a radio play/drama that he is currently working on for this show

 

 

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Discussing Art with a Martial Artist

 

Using psychology and martial arts to help clients heal themselves

 

Today’s episode we take on our first “non artist” John Demaria.

We discuss our 20 year friendship where we met when he was 3 and I was 15, he claims it was when he was 7 or 8 and I was considerably older, let the audience decide.

The heatwave that is the state of Arizona vs the balmy temperate climate of Virginia is explored.

The word palatable is deemed to be the word of the day and is explored in depth.

Experiences with the previous Kimo’s Den  Of Iniquity are discussed.

We go into his past creative experiences with Martial Arts and Blogtalkradio encounters.

Mutual Beard Braiding is explored.

This is a picture of Tim after he shaved his back hair and pasted it to his face.

 

This is John after the interview.

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Tattoo and photography combined to make permanent Art

Episode 4 Permanent Art, getting under your skin, that’s right we have Ashly Hutchins Tattoo Artist extraordinary.

 

 

A friendship that started in 2002 approx 150 years ago, yes we are public education graduates. When I first knew Ashly she was a Photography Student at VCU and had no tattoos, then she got her first and when I moved back to the area in 2013 she became my only tattoo artist. Currently working at River City Tattoo Company.

We discuss how photography and tattooing have similarities in terms of using the compositional eye and creating a viewpoint. We also talk about various photographic sessions especially the long lost and forgotten cigarette through a lip ring pictures.

Learning how to draw for tattoos is similar but more intense than drawing for photographic compositions.

The big difference is mechanical tools, where tattoo machines have similarities with digital cameras but the  final output is on live flesh versus paper or digital codes.

Ashly is given permission to swear and does so sparingly and drinks almond milk from the carton, yes she is hard core like that kids.

When this podcast a airs she will be on tour doing merch sales US Bastards on tour with GWAR.

We discuss a healthy balance with the tattoo world and other art projects that she is into.

Connect up with her on instagram at @ghostlife and River City Tattoo Co website.

We enter the Satanic Seven questions and her standout performance she cored a 7 out of 7 questions with a few bonus points that helped her score  a perfect score.

 

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Using music to share her gift with the world

Episode 3 finds Timothy Kimo Brien talking with Annessa Ferris in Tampa Florida which she considers similar to living on the surface of the sun.

 

Tim and Annessa first met on her prom date with a mutual friend 22 years ago. They discuss their shared hometown of Rockford Illinois, screw capital and forest city of the world. The former Mayor of Rockford used to be Annessa’s neighbor.

Annessa is primarily known as a singer and songwriter that dabbles occasionally into writing poetry and personal diary. She loves the collaboration of music and being in a band with other musicians.

Her first band was a local group in Rockford called “Coconut Champaign”, then she moved onto another group as a special guest “The Fuzz” a cool funk band in Rockford. Many of the gigs she played in Rockford were as a special guest and then she sang for Harlan Jefferson and sang with his band. Red and the PlayRay Players hired Annessa as a back up singer for a time and played the RAMI’s, Rockford’s Musical awards. Most recently she sang and collaborated with Mana Kintorso for 5 years.

Now in Florida, she has put her Art aside while transitioning to a new job and career, but still is doing Karaoke and we discover that both Annessa and Tim sing “Kiss” Princes version while performing in Karaoke bars.

Discussion continues about finding time for inspiration while trying to balance life and the importance of surrounding yourself with like minded people.

We end today’s interview with the Satanic Seven questions and Annessa scores 6 out of 7 questions right. Of special note is the airspeed velocity question.

 

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Combining Improv, music and comedy to make Art available to all

 

Our 2nd episode finds Tim interviewing Nelson Velaquez musician, improv leader, manager, educator sketch comedian. Mr Velaquez leads a number of troupes in Northern Indiana and the Chicago area, namely Salsation , Makeshift Up , The Tony Stanza’s , Inpronol , Los Improviachi’s  and runs his own podcast The Musical Chairs Podcast , To say that Mr Velaquez is busy is an understatement.

 

 

We start episode 2 with the history between Nelson and Tim, starting off in 2009 with the Vet Art Project where Nelson was mistaken for someone else.

We move onto the infamous “White Obama” incident with Salsation and Salsa Sketch in 2009 and how being wooden, even pertified onstage can be a blessing in disguise.

Delving further into the current happenings with Nelson, he discusses a new project with Salsation that will be auditioning for actors in October/Nov time frame full length show in March/April 2018, very political show. Los Improviachi’s new shows in October and impeachment party trials are on special. Order your Impraviachi gram today.

Nelson talks about why being a guitar player is not what you would expect and the type of women that he catches, you probably want to cover the kids ears for this portion, but then again you may fit into his demographic.

Before we hit the Satanic Seven Questions we discover a new book/manifesto that Nelson is writing, 6 pages a year about Improv, stay tuned eventually he will get this bad boy published.

Big take away is artists gatekeepers, STOP Being a Dick.

Tada the Seven Satanic Questions and Nelson scores a 5 out of 7, as the first guest he does admirably.

To check out all of Nelson’s activities check out his home page ImProductions .

 

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Interview with Founder and Host Timothy Kimo Brien

Welcome to Kimo’s Den of Iniquity where we create more than we consume. This is the first episode and the first season where we interview artists both full time and part time as well as folks who don’t consider themselves artists. We want to remove the mystery of the art world and encourage our listeners to try making art in whatever form they see fit. Email us at kdoipodcasting@gmail.com for comments and to be interviewed.

 

In this episode we talk with Timothy Kimo Brien who has currently 4 books of poetry self published “Throwing Myself At The Ground and Missing, Postcards From Someone You Don’t Know, Wisdom From The Sack and Shaving Crop Circles In My Chest Hair. Runs his own painting website, runs his own blog, and has a SoundCloud page for his music. Art is for everyone.

We are laying out the foundation for the season to come. We learn about his first foray into poetry, music and podcasting. We also learn about his views on how art is created. Tim goes through the Satanic 7 questions and scores a 3 out of 7, he wrote the questions and only got 3 correct, can you do better?

 

 

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