Monday, August 27, 2007

What’s the best way for a local artist to get old media coverage? Move far away. This article really rubbed me the wrong way. And it wasn’t just the poor copyediting that let spelling errors creep in to a front page story, but rather the fact that it was an ad masquerading as copy.

Could the News Herald not find any local newsworthy local artists? I can think of a dozen off the top of my head and I’m sure the art czar could double that number. And while that alone was annoying – it was pretty typical for the local paper. No, what really got under my craw was the fact that it was an advertisement. This from the paper that regularly tells local original musicians and venues that if they want their shows listed that they have to buy ads – that the newspaper isn’t in the habit of giving away free advertising.

So, what’s the story here? I know I’m missing something. My guess is that she’s related to someone locally influential, but I don’t know for sure. If you do know, leave a comment and help me suss it out – feel free to be anonymous.

Wow. And I think Applefest is annoying.

Auditions for Croyle Entertainment’s “Wine, Cheese, & Poe” are rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, the 29th & 30th of August in Oil City. For more info, call: 814-676-3532

The Beagle Brothers are opening for Southern Culture on the Skids at Pittsburgh's Rex Theater on September 22. Sadly, it seems to be a pay to play situation, so they’re selling tickets to the show at their MySpace. Poor devils.

The cast list for Meadville’s production of "Urinetown: The Musical" is now available

Kyle Hebert will be the guest of honor at the Erie Anime Experience. Hebert can currently be heard on Cartoon Network as Sosuke Aizen and Ganju Shiba on "Bleach", Kiba on "Naruto", and Omega-Xis on "Megaman Star Force". He is best known as the Narrator and teen Gohan from "Dragonball Z." The Erie Anime Experience takes place September 29 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center.

The RockErie Music Awards were presented yesterday. You can find the list of the winners here.

But Mom, all the cool kids are going steampunk!

The online Post Gazette has been redesigned and ick. It seems that local arts coverage has been slashed and replaced with mostly wire stories. It’s also slow loading and hard to search, but that’s beside the point. At least it’s not

A new state historical marker will be erected in front of Art Blakey Blakey's childhood home at 28 Chauncey St. in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

MtvU, the subsidiary of MTV Networks selected its first poet laureate: John Ashberry

Excerpts of his poems will appear in 18 short promotional spots — like commercials for verse — on the channel and its Web site (, which will also feature the full text of the poems). In another first, mtvU will help sponsor a poetry contest for college students. The winner, chosen by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, will have a book published next year by HarperCollins as part of the National Poetry Series.

Just because the morning people appalled me doesn’t mean you should suffer. Here’s some honey to go with the vinegar:

Alejandro Escovedo’s live Birmingham show from last week available for free and legal 2007-08-24, Birmingham


Anonymous said...

same old story with the local newspaper it seems. i have long since given up the expectation of equal treatment.

Anonymous said...

Um -- the article was about someone named Sue Clark. The paper has a feature writer named Karen Clark.

Dittman said...

Ah. That certainly makes sense. Thanks! said...

Dittman - just read your Monday, August 27 posting about local artist not getting any coverage until after they leave the area. I wanted to let you and your readers know about a new community news site and newspaper called It's a local news site for Crawford County, but all the content is user-generated. So as an aspiring artist or someone who just listened to an awesome band play at the local hangout, can write about their experience or promote their bands next gig - no need to wait for someone to write an editorial about it. It's free to publish the content and limitless, and you can do more than write blogs, users can write about important community news, list community events, and sell stuff in the classifieds. I hope you'll check it out...