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The 3 Crazy Easy Steps To Creating Your Wedding Budget

For BRIDES, by Katie James.

Here’s how to plan the wedding of your dreams — without going into debt.

Your wedding will likely be the biggest party you’ve ever hosted — and the priciest. The average U.S. wedding costs $ 26,522 for 135 guests, according to the 2016 Brides American Wedding Study. Nearly half of couples cover the entire expense themselves, while an additional 25 percent pay for at least part of it. But here’s the kicker: One in three couples goes over budget! Make sure you’re not one of them by setting a realistic wedding budget — before you start fantasizing about venues in Italy, booking expensive vendors, or trying on designer dresses.

To make a wedding budget, you’ll need to tally up your savings, maintain a detailed spreadsheet so you don’t go over during the planning process, prepare for unexpected costs, as well as make meaningful cuts if you do exceed your total budget. It’s hard work, we know, but putting in the time and energy now ensures you’ll live happily ever after (wedding-debt free).

Step 1: Count Your Cash

How much you have to spend on the wedding is directly proportional to three sources of money: you and your fiancé’s individual savings; the amount you can set aside from your current income; plus any contributions from parents or loved ones. Here’s how to approach each:

Your savings: This isn’t as simple as checking your bank account. Ideally, you and your partner each have three months of living expenses set aside in case of a job loss or health setback (separate from retirement funds). Subtract that in-case-of-emergency amount from your total balance in the bank, and that’s how much you could put toward wedding costs.

Your monthly income: After you’ve made payments for existing debts, like student loans, set aside up to 10 percent of your earnings each month. “Establish direct deposits into a separate account for wedding expenses so it isn’t just leftovers that get saved,” says Erin Lowry, a personal-finance expert and the author of Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together.

Any contributions from your parents: “Never assume your parents or other loved ones are willing and able to help cover the cost of a wedding,” says Lowry. “But it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask.”

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Step 2: Track Your Spending

Create a spreadsheet with three expense columns: Estimated, Modified, and Actual. Amounts under Estimated will be driven by research of costs in your area (check sites like Weddingwire and Thumbtack to find local averages for venues and vendors), proposals from the vendors you choose will go in Modified, and the final amount you pay them will go in Actual.

Adjust your estimates after calling in vendors’ costs. Start with the venue because it’s the biggest piece of the wedding pie and a major factor in determining guest count. When vendors give you estimates, verify if tax is included. If not, do the math yourself with state and local tax rates to adjust the proposal.

Add a column for the estimated tip. Write “included” if gratuity is factored into the vendor’s price. (For example, caterers automatically tack on 15 to 20 percent of the total, which you pay in advance.)

Add a line item called Extras that equals 15 percent of your total budget to cushion for things you’ll likely forget (invitation postage, parking valets) or won’t anticipate in advance (corkage and plating fees). Never spend this money up front; you’ll need it throughout the planning process as incidentals arise. Trust.

Step 3: Prepare for Surprises

Before you sign on the dotted line of vendor contracts or start buying gift bag items, read the fine print, because expenses that seem small early on could add up quickly. If the total of the line item isn’t in your overall budget, cut it!

Vendor Transportation: Hiring an out-of-town band or photographer? You might need to pay for a rental van or plane tickets. Double-check the contract to see what exactly is covered.

Set-Up And Breakdown Fees: Cleanup isn’t always included, and you may have to pay overtime rates depending on what time your reception ends.

Custom Cocktails: Signature drinks and spirits can add $ 3,500 to a 200-person wedding, says Calder Clark, a top wedding planner in Charleston, South Carolina.

Digital Access: Some photographers charge as much as $ 1,200 to view and share your photos online.

Envelope Stuffing: Some stationers charge as much as $ 7 per invite. To save, call your bridesmaids over, drink some wine, and DIY instead.

Planners: A full-service event designer can charge as much as $ 25,000 or even 20 percent of the total budget for a Kardashian-scale affair, but a day-of coordinator costs an average of $ 1,500. Before you enlist a pro, know what you have to spend and factor in that rate.

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Katrina Coombs Discusses Her Fetish for Creating Fine-Art Fiber Works, Thread by Thread

It was the first thing you saw as you came through an arch at the National Gallery of Jamaica for the 2014 Jamaica Biennial: Katrina Coombs’s blood red work entitled “Absence.” I remember looking at the work for quite a while, its startling color. The longer I looked at the work the more I found myself wondering what other pieces by this artist might look like and, finally walking away, I made a mental note to look for more fiber-based works from Jamaican artists in general, and Katrina Coombs in particular.

Katrina Coombs was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and was formally introduced to the arts in third form at Meadowbrook High School. “What happened is that there was an art teacher at the school, David Ho-Sang, who introduced us to macramé. That was when my interest in fibers started and soon that interest would grow into a profound love,” she shared. From macramé she would branch out to batiks and other arts techniques, but the love of fibers remained constant. “I guess you could say I have a fetish for fibers,” she confessed. “I love being able to create from threads. I love the idea of taking something from a small strand into something large and elegant. I love the involved process of working with pins and needles.”

From high school Coombs would go on to attend the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, which she describes as an eye-opening and very challenging experience. “When I was a student at the Edna Manley College, textile as fine arts was still a relatively new concept. The textiles department had to bring in lecturers from other departments to look at and critique my work. I was getting more and more interested in weaving, which isn’t a traditional Jamaican art form, unless you look at basketry, so I guess there was some confusion in trying to locate and situate my work as a fine artist working with cloth.”

Maybe, she mused, the lack of understanding for fiber and textile as a fine-art art form that she was sensing all around her on the island had to do in part with the demise of a booming textile industry in Jamaica — lost through free trade agreements. “There was just a whole industry of people who made cloth and designed and decorated cloth that went through the window because of free trade agreements,” she said. “A similar thing happened to much of our traditional so-called “craft” industry where much of the local crafts forms today are actually being made in China.”

But the loss of the textile industry, she was quick to point out to me, only partly explains the resistance she faced as a fine-art fiber artist. “While my immediate family members were always supportive of me as a fiber artist, there were a lot of people around me who were confused by what I was doing. They saw me sewing things and would ask aloud about not only what was I going to do with the things I was making, but if indeed I planned on becoming a dressmaker, as if being a dressmaker was the worst thing in the world that someone could be! But that confusion, to an extent, mirrors a larger societal confusion as to what art is. For too many people art is still and will only be drawing, sculpture and painting. There is oftentimes no immediate understanding of textile art as a viable art form.”

Yet her thesis exhibition at the Edna Manley College, “Dancer’s Dream” — a work in which she examined the various elements of fabric movement and how this could be in conversation with the movements of a dancer — was well received. “I guess the reason why my thesis received the warm reception that it did is that so many people were taken with the ‘new’ ways in which I was working with cloth. There was a healthy discussion, for example, as to whether my work was a sculpture or a painting — and there was a new awareness of fiber as fine art,” she said.

Coombs would go on to do her master’s degree at Transart Institute in Berlin and New York, which, she admits, radically altered how she saw her work. She credits Transart with engendering in her a more expansive definition of being an artist. “In a sense, going to Transart freed me. What I mean by this is that, here in Jamaica you are often defined by the medium that you work in. For a long time I considered myself, for example, a textile artist. It was at Transart that I came to understand that I was an artist first and foremost and fiber was the medium that I created in,” she told me.

At Transart her work became increasingly autobiographical, culminating in a thesis exhibition that explored various notions of the “other”. This work — a compilation of thirteen characters — sought to answer several questions, namely: Who is the other, and why do they impact us as much? What form does the other take? How can an artist use fibers to signify the other that she is in pursuit of?

It is a complex and engaging body of work.

Given that Katrina Coombs works almost exclusively in fibers, I engaged her in a discussion on the gender dimensions of artists on the island who work specifically with textiles and fibers. Specifically, I wanted to know why there seemingly were no male textile and fiber artists on the island.

“It is not that there are no male textile artists on the island or that men are not interested in textiles and fibers,” Coombs pointed out to me. “It is the mode by which men approach the work that they do in textiles and fibers. You will find, for example, that you have a large group of tailors. There are also very sharp and pointed distinctions made between fine and applied arts on the island. Once you are working with textiles, you are often relegated to crafts. Maybe why there aren’t more male fine artists who work in textiles on the island is that they are trying to obviate being relegated to the crafts.”

She paused for a moment before continuing.

“In addition to which, in general fiber art is a very complex medium to deal in. The medium requires a lot of focus, a lot of technical skills, the tying of knots, and working with all those threads. There is a lot of monotony in working in fibers, which, for me, is a commentary on female labor and the fact that women are constantly repeating things. The home space, which to a large extent is still the female space, is one of endless repetition with specifically female tasks. Furthermore, at this time on the island, I am not sure if there is an infrastructure in place to safeguard and protect fibers and textiles as art forms. Handling and restoration are a particular challenge. My thinking is that more male artists might be making the calculus to choose art forms that are more financially lucrative and less repetitive and less problematic than is required for working in textiles and fibers.”

But the very reasons why fiber art forms might be off-putting for some is in large part why Katrina Coombs enjoys so much working within this medium. Textiles, Coombs noted, are a constant throughout the many moments and journeys of our lives. Shortly after we are born we are enveloped in cloth, and for most of our lives we have the most intimate relationship to clothes. When we die, once again, we are wrapped in cloth. In some ways it is the most obvious and accessible of all the art forms.

Katrina Coombs’s work will be on view at the Young Talent 2015 exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, which opens on August 30th. “I am very excited to be part of this exhibition,” Coombs shared. “For many years, as a curatorial assistant, I promoted the work of other artists. Right now I am taking some time to pay more attention to my own work. My goal now is to keep pushing myself as an artist, and to get more of an audience for my work.”

Until next time.

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“Which book?,” you ask. “Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret.” A single sentence from that 1998 J.K. Rowling novel, to be exact. Where — as The Boy Who Lived was exploring “The Burrow” (i.e., the Weasley family home) — Harry noticed that …

… the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was “Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.”

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And with that one line of text, Universal Entertainment finally found a solution for a challenge that had been plaguing the Diagon Alley project. Which was how to naturalistically add a live entertainment element to this ambitious expansion of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World.

“Whenever we’re developing new lands for our theme parks, we always look for ways to turn streets into stages. Give our guests the chance to come around a corner and suddenly stumble upon this seemingly spontaneous moment of entertainment,” Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort, explained during a recent interview. “That’s why Jake and Elwood regularly roll through Universal Studios Florida in their Bluesmobile. So that the Blues Brothers can then be seen presenting a live street show out on our New York backlot. Or why the Whos carol around Seuss Landing whenever we’re celebrating Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.”

But when it came to Diagon Alley, Aiello and the Universal Entertainment team were presented with a unique challenge. Given that this expansion of The Wizarding World was supposed to authentically recreate what had previously been seen in the Harry Potter films and described in J.K. Rowling’s fiction, they were now dealing with a full-scale environment that was going to be so rich & hyper-detailed that it could potentially upstage any attempts at live entertainment.

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“But once we came across that line in ‘Chamber of Secrets’ which revealed that Molly Weasley was a Celestina Warbeck fan, that was our get-out-of-jail-free card. Here was a character that J.K. herself had dreamed up, this famous singing sorceress. And wouldn’t it make sense that — at some point in her fabled career — that Celestina would drop by Diagon Alley, the place where all of the witches & wizards of London went to do their shopping?,” Aiello continued. “So we took this idea to J.K. And she was so supportive of this idea that she actually provided us with the titles of several songs that Celestina could possibly perform while she was doing a live remote from Diagon Alley for the Wizarding Wireless Network.”

Mind you, once Rowling had provided Aiello and the team with titles like “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart” and “Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here,” it was then up to Universal Entertainment to turn these Potter-centric concepts into musical numbers that singers could actually perform. Which is why they then turned to Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary, the talented team behind Broadway’s “First Date.”

“And from the moment we told Michael and Alan that J.K. saw Celestina as this Shirley Bassey-like performer who worked with three back-up singers, they immediately knew what to do with the songs for this character,” Patrick Braillard, Diagon Alley’s show director, recalled. “They wrote us these great jazz-fusion numbers that only a true diva like Lena Horne or Bette Midler could pull off. Which is why — when people are wandering around Diagon Alley and then happen upon Celestina performing with her Banshees — they’re completely blown away. This show just knocks their socks off.”

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Of course, if you’re looking to wow an audience with a seemingly impromptu live show, you first need a proper stage for your performers to appear on. Which is why — as Universal Creative was initially designing Diagon Alley — they deliberately created a corner in Carkitt Market where Celestina and her Banshees could then make a dramatic entrance by coming down this long staircase.

“That space really serves this Wizarding Wireless Network broadcast well. Which is kind of ironic, given that Celestina and her Banshees wasn’t actually the first live show that Universal Entertainment wrote for Diagon Alley,” Aiello said. “We had this concept that we’d originally pitched for Hogsmeade. One where we wanted to establish this troupe of tale tellers who would wander about The Wizarding World and tell Universal Orlando visitors about The Boy Who Lived. But since there were no characters like this in either the Potter books or movies, it just didn’t seem authentic to go ahead with this particular entertainment idea – which is why this creative concept kind of fell off the table for Hogsmeade.”

Ah, but all that changed in 2007 with the publication of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” For in the foreword of this collection of Wizarding World fairytales, J.K. revealed that there was a Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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“And once we came across that reference in ‘Beedle the Bard,’ we were like ‘A-ha! Let’s latch onto that. Let’s figure out how we can expand upon this idea and then somehow make it work for Diagon Alley,’ ” Michael continued. “And in the end, what we decided to do was invent this traveling troupe of players who had trained at the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts who now do street theater. And to then connect this new piece of Diagon Alley entertainment with the book that had inspired it, we decided to have these traveling players perform selected stories from ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard.’ Which is kind of The Wizarding World’s version of Grimm’s Fairytales or Aesop’s Fables.”

What made this particular entertainment concept somewhat hard to pull off was that most Universal Orlando visitors only knew ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Which had featured a stylized animated version of one of this book’s stories, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

“And since — whenever possible — we want to create some sort of visual continuity between the Harry Potter films and our theme park version of The Wizarding World, we decided to have those visiting members of the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts present a troubadour version of ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ using puppets that looked just like the animated characters had in Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” Aiello explained. “Thankfully, Michael Currey Design was up to the specific design challenges of this project. They created these terrific-looking, lightweight, hand sculpted puppets that the performers could just pull out of a trunk and then manipulate right there in front of the audience.”

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And to insure that this group of traveling players would have then a selection of tales to tell whenever they next appeared in Diagon Alley, Universal Entertainment decided to turn another story from “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” into a piece of street theater. And this performance piece — “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” — also features some beautifully-detailed, Michael Curry-designed puppets.

“This is what we’ve tried to do with the entire Wizarding World project. Find these kernels of content that J.K. has written that we can then expand in full-sized pieces of entertainment that are just as rich and vivid as the fiction she created,” Aiello concluded. “That — in a nutshell — is what I think the Universal difference is. That — when we work with other people’s intellectual property — we’re just as passionate, enthusiastic & dedicated to these characters and their stories as the original creators are. Universal Orlando always strives to put these IPs we’ve been entrusted with in the best possible light.”

And speaking of dedication: Tomorrow, the most dedicated Wizarding World fans in the world will be descending on Universal Orlando for the 2nd annual “Celebration of Harry Potter.” Hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros., this three day-long event will feature Q&A sessions with Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) and other stars of the Harry Potter films. Not to mention a live duelling demonstration led by the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris. Plus the “Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, which features interactive exhibits from Warner Bros., Pottermore, Harry Potter: The Exhibition and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where Universal Orlando guests will then have the opportunity to try on the Sorting Hat.

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But given that this will be the first time that many Harry Potter fans will have the chance to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (which officially opened to the public back on July 8, 2014), just be aware that there will probably be record crowds in Carkitt Market all weekend long. As these J.K. Rowling fans check out the live stage shows that Universal Entertainment built around Celestina Warbeck & her Banshees and the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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Ken Burns-On-A-Shoestring: Creating Buzz for Launch of Mini-Doc ‘Digging Detroit’

“The Joe,” the battleship-gray windowless box on the Detroit River, is slated for 2017 demolition, making way for high-rise condos, a hotel and shopping as part of a pay-back to creditors owed $ 1 billion. For a few months in-between wrecking-ball and ground-breaking, Detroiters will once again have an unobstructed view of the river at the corner of Fort and 3rd — as if looking back in time and seeing the Purple Gang hijack another bootlegger at the docks, before moving its haul up the street to the speakeasy beside the church.

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Few architects will mourn the loss of The Joe’s habitrail…

And that same little brick building on the left will probably still be standing when the condos are torn down in 60 years — perhaps making way for the next home for the Wings.

When the 1974 picture above was taken, I was probably immersed in Channel 50’s after-school reruns of Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island or deeper in the way-back machine, The Three Stooges and The Little Rascals. Inevitably, I’d have to endure the “Let’s put on a show” moment as Alfalfa or Darla would yelp out some terrible ballad — as I searched in vain for the Tivo remote that had yet to been invented.

My callous 10 year-old heart had no sympathy for the philanthropic spirit of Hal Roach’s characters and their benefit concerts for the dog Petie and his broken leg or Froggy’s necessary throat-surgery – -and there was always something a little creepy about Darla’s torch songs…

So when Pete Kalinski and Tom Reed, pals from those golden days of Channel 7’s Ape Week, contacted me about “putting on a show” featuring Detroit’s odd-ball history (from furs, to cigars, to cars, to Motown to bankruptcy) we decided to dream a little–not unlike Darla behind the patchwork curtain — that we’d crank out a few mini-episodes as auditions for a “real” show on our PBS affiliate. After all, didn’t At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert and Antiques Roadshow start somewhere?

I would handle the techie stuff (video taping, editing, social-media website, yada-yada-yada) and Tom and Pete would hunt up the stories and wrangle and conduct the interviews. We needed some good tales, ones that not everyone knows — and we needed to somehow get the shows seen by more people than our parents and poor spouses.

We decided on the principal of short-and-sweet similar to blogging (except for this piece) — try not to go over 1,000 words — or 15 minutes for our purposes on YouTube, unless you’re featuring a cat walking on a piano.

Tom suggested Digging Detroit and we liked it. Okay, that part’s over. Now what?

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Step 1: Hooking the Audience for Show #1

I pitched my stand-by, one that I wrote about in my blog — radio announcer Jerry Buckley’s assassination in the LaSalle Hotel lobby the eve of corrupt Detroit Mayor Bowles’ recall in 1930–the process cheer-led by Buckley (link). There were no convictions, no ties to the mayor — but 100,000 people attended Buckley’s funeral and my great-uncle Harry Kelly, who would be Michigan’s WWII governor, made his bones leading the grand jury team.

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The grave of Jerry Buckley, obscure now, but his death was front-page in the New York Times in 1930.

We also discussed other catchy stories — the salt mines under the city, where our parents remembered touring remains high on our wish-list which continued to grow longer. But we went back to watching the ball game and said we’d sleep on it.

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I spoke with a colleague, Wayne Miracle, who leads paranormal investigations in the Detroit area who put us in touch with Marion Christiansen of Preservation Detroit who put us in touch with Tom Burelle, the owner of Tommy’s Detroit Bar & Grill.

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Forgotten speakeasy staircase…

Step 2: Shoot the Foundation –The Interviews

Tom was gracious and invited us to the 1840 building that he had purchased three years earlier. He gave us a fun tour of his basement — complete with ghost-stories, rumors of underground railroad tunnels and our first episode — the remains of the secret speakeasy entrance.

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Owner, Tom Burelle

It was clear that his bar was a goldmine of history. When Marion’s organization, Preservation Detroit, reached out for further discovery, they also enlisted an archaeological team from Wayne State University, led by Prof. Krysta Ryzewski in a summer 2013 dig.

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Digging Detroit host, Tom Reed, with Krysta Ryzewski, Ph.D. Wayne State University

We scheduled a time to come back with our gear. Without a baseline of the interviews, you don’t really have the content — other than through a narrator’s contribution. But in this project’s case, we wanted it to be told directly by the experts. And perhaps the nicest bonus of great stories is finding great story-tellers — holistic in their love of their world and in sharing their world with others.

Marion took the time to speak with us numerous times, despite her very busy schedule — one time talking to me at length on a bus tour she was conducting. Tom Burelle continues to give tours to fellow history-buffs, taking them down the steep old staircase and answering all of their questions–to the chagrin of the occasional tour-bus driver tapping his watch. And at Wayne State, Krysta kindly had tables of artifacts and maps waiting for us.

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A few layers of history removed from the skin of Tommy’s basement.

When my day-job finally allowed the assembly of our June interview with Tom and our August interview with Krysta, both were extremely understanding of the delay — perhaps a handy side -e ffect of working with historians and proprietors of extremely old buildings.

Step 3: “Even bad b-roll is better than no b-roll.”

When the interviews were dovetailed together in a semblance of appearing not to be six weeks apart, we knew we had to remove the standard 85 percent — shelving the possible abolitionist escape-routes and creepy ghost-stories (including a fun interview with the short-order cook detailing his lonely trips downstairs).

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To your right, a mysterious room full of dirt…

The next step was adding the b-roll, including footage of the weird door-less dirt-filled room (perhaps moved to make space for a casino under 3rd Street) or Krysta’s artifacts and old photos of the neighborhood–including the Union Depot train station that was across the street made obsolete — like Joe Louis Arena’s need for wider chairs, increased leg-room and luxury suites.

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Union Depot. Courtesy of the Reuther Library collection, Wayne State University

And Tommy’s has had one steadfast neighbor through the centuries–despite two collapsed roofs, fires and a fallen spire — Fort Street Presbyterian Church.

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Fort Street Presbyterian Church — probably the closest beer-to-pew proximity in the country.

And while we did not feature Tommy’s own ghost-sighting, I did get goose-flesh when I shot the location where, one late summer’s evening, Tom saw a white-suited man in a fedora walking toward him — who suddenly vanished. “People asked if I was drinking,” he laughs, “I said, I was after.”

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The alley between church and bar — looking to where the old train station stood.

Step 4: Branding It

The show-to-be needed an opening sequence and a theme song, so I had a great excuse to drive around town and gather images of some favorite places including Belle Isle’s Casino…

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Then, after slapping together a theme song in Garage Band, we needed to design some kind of logo as well…

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Sometimes you get lucky — like when a D looks like a shovel. A little basic animation and I had the “D” turn sideways for the opening — the handle appearing on the last beat of my song. (Legal Side-Bar: Anyone can use a © or TM without filing paperwork — it’s just staking your claim. The little ® you can’t use until you go through 8-10 month process with Uncle Sam.)

Step 5: Designing a Multi-Pronged Attack

The lazy side of me wanted to just put the video on YouTube under my own account and bounce it around emails and Facebook posts, but I knew we needed a brand and a multi-pronged attack. So, six hours later I took care of the following…

  • New Website: At the end credits, I wanted somewhere to viewers to go to submit their story ideas, etc. Fortunately, www.diggingdetroit.com was still available, so I grabbed that and set up a basic hosting package for5 per month. I used WordPress to create a site that will be continually tweaked–but wanted an “About Us” page, a Post where the show would sit, a way to get subscribers – -and, most importantly, a submission form for ideas for more shows.
  • A Dedicated Facebook Page: This didn’t take too long, the key part is getting folks to “Like” it. Once you’ve invited someone to like it, you can’t do it again — not through the invite-route, anyway. It was also important to make a little square logo — so more playing around with Photoshop…
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  • Twitter Handle: The handy thing with owning your own website is the new email address you can have (e.g. kevin@diggingdetroit.com) so you can create a new Twitter account pretty painlessly as well–tossing in the square logo. (At least I found it less painful than speaking with #annoyinghashtags and @ampersands–as if you’re a foul-mouthed comic strip character.)
  • YouTube Account: Creating a GMail account, like Twitter, is made easier with the new email address, as well. And with a Gmail account, you get the whole e-smorgasbord, particularly the prime-mover, YouTube.

Step 6: Cutting the Umbilical Cord

As is the case with any creative process — particularly if tons of people will see it and point out your child’s funny ears, there’s a tendency to continually tweak, tweak, tweak — like I’ve done with this blog post. After all, there were dozens of reasons not to launch the video, including…

  • I need to make the audio cleaner, it sounds scratchy/echo-ey/tin-canny, etc.
  • I hadn’t yet purchased my nice microphone. Maybe I should re-interview? Nope. I couldn’t do that to them.
  • My pans were shot at the wrong frame-rate and its a bit choppy. Maybe I should go do those again.
  • The bar was dark and I brought the wrong light kit.
  • It could be tighter.
  • Let’s add a narrator after all.
  • Blah blah blah.

I did know enough to send the nearly-done draft to Tom and Krysta–to be sure they could live with the edits. Tom made me laugh with his voice-mail, “You made me wait so long for this?” I had to fix one typo on Tom’s name in the end-credits. Krysta gave it the green-light, too.

Okay. Out of excuses. Baby and bathwater–out you go. But, wait, maybe I should create a Pinterest account?

Nah. Click the button and hold your breath…

Step 7: Post-Op

Once the barn-door was finally open, I created the links on Twitter, Facebook and sent a few key emails. Tommy’s Bar put the link on its Facebook page as well as on its website.

That evening, Tom texted me that his site had 3,000 views. In 30 hours DiggingDetroit.com had 180 visitors and the YouTube page had nearly 640 views. Our newly minted Facebook page indicated that my post had been seen by 1,600 people.

Not sure what that all means for our grand scheme of getting a “real” series together, but our entrepreneurial spirits are considerably higher today — perhaps the same enthusiasm as someone who cared enough to build a pretty archway in a basement for his guests.

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Tommy’s Detroit Bar & Grill is located at 624 3rd Street, Detroit. (website)

This post was originally featured on Kevin’s blog, MyMediaDiary.
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Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of Porfirio Díaz

Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of Porfirio Díaz


In Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, a character articulates the fascination goods, technology, and modernity held for many Latin Americans in the early twentieth century when he declares that “incredible things are happening in this world.” The modernity he marvels over is the new availability of cheap and useful goods. Steven Bunker’s study shows how goods and consumption embodied modernity in the time of Porfirio Díaz, how they provided proof to Mexicans that “incredible things are happening in this world.”In urban areas, and especially Mexico City, being a consumer increasingly defined what it meant to be Mexican. In an effort to reconstruct everyday life in Porfirian Mexico, Bunker surveys the institutions and discourses of consumption and explores how individuals and groups used the goods, practices, and spaces of urban consumer culture to construct meaning and identities in the rapidly evolving social and physical landscape of the capital city and beyond. Through case studies of tobacco marketing, department stores, advertising, shoplifting, and a famous jewelry robbery and homicide, he provides a colorful walking tour of daily life in Porfirian Mexico City. Emphasizing the widespread participation in this consumer culture, Bunker’s work overturns conventional wisdom that only the middle and upper classes participated in this culture.

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Creating Romantic Purses: Patterns & Instructions for Unique Handbags

Creating Romantic Purses: Patterns & Instructions for Unique Handbags


Using wonderful fabrics, trims, and accents, the talented designers from Ruby Tag Bags have created more than 25 fabulous, one-of-a-kind purses that women will "have" to own and love to make. The design romance begins with classic materials, including colorful crazy quilts, delicate lace, and vintage velvet; unique adornments such as glistening mother-of-pearl buttons; and pretty ribbon and floral embellishments. Even the project names-like Camelot, Polka Dance, and Lady of Spain-have a touch of magic. The collection includes small evening bags, larger totes for travel to those exotic faraway locales, elegant silk designs, and enchanting purses with silver chains, gold linings, and looped fringe. In addition to showstopping color photos of each project, there are patterns to make construction simple.
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