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Usually, I post photos that I have taken myself for Photo Friday.  Today, however, I need to credit Lauren Barlow, Ximena Violante, and James Murphy in addition to myself for the photos.  Honestly, we can’t remember who took what photos since they all got put into an event album.  So, no single photo will be credited.

Blank TEDxStage

The calm before the storm. Our stage under worklight with our TEDx setup. Set design by James Murphy.

Alright, now for the topic!  The photos for this week are from TEDxSwarthmore.  For those of you not familiar with the TED talks, I recommend checking them out here.   TEDxSwarthmore was an event held at Swarthmore College in March.  (March was very busy for me which is why I haven’t posted since then :-/ )  The topic for TEDxSwarthmore was “What Makes a Good Society?”  The talks were all wonderful and all varied.  The event was spear-headed by a small committee of students who did an excellent job not only with wrangling the event itself but also really evolving and learning what really goes in to pulling off such a large-scale and high-profile event.  I came in the very last week approaching the event.  My role was to run the stage and everything that was happening on the live end.  I filled the role of   Producer (for those of you in the corporate events world/sales meetings/etc) or Stage Manager (for those of you in the performing arts world).  To date, I believe that this single event has been my favorite to run.  I love thinking on my feet and this certainly allowed me to flex those feet-thinking muscles.  Also, I got to meet many great people–the speakers, the video production company (TPS), and organizers of the event.  And my performance at the event would have been horrible without the awesome team of my office mates at the LPAC (the managing director, Jim Murphy; lighting supervisor Josh Schulman; Audio engineer-Scott Burgess, technical director/foh supervisor for the day-Tom Snyder, and my rock star students-especially Ximena Violante and Lauren Barlow).

The area I was running the show from, facing the Live stream monitor. The whole event was being Live Streamed.

SM console

My view. That pile of papers was all of my notes for the event, in order. Directly above that you can see the PowerPoint land…this is where Murph operated the PowerPoint for the speakers who did not want to operate it themselves. To the left of the PowerPoint setup you can see through onto the stage.

Amy Cheng's tech

One of the speakers, Amy, rehearsing her talk during the lunchbreak.

a capella group perfoms

View from backstage of one of the a cappella groups from Swarthmore College, Chaverim, performing.

Actor Steven Lang giving his talk.

A student playing the piano during one of the performance sections of the event. Set and lighting by James Murphy.

Murph as PowerPoint operator during the event.

The O makes a perfect frame! This is one of the rockstar students, Lauren Barlow posing after the event.

Discussing the plan for Breakdown with Lauren

That’s me either being ridiculous and snarky or discussing strike (the breakdown of the event) with Lauren.

post TEDxevent

Birds eye view of people chatting onstage after the successful event.

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Layout of some PBR craft fair items 2012

Starting with box, and continuing clockwise: a pair of dress earrings, a cocktail ring, a tea light holder, a vintage-inspired PBR pendant, a small shell-based PBR pendant. All items are at least partially made out of an up-cycled PBR can.

PBR Tealight Holder

The tea light holder made completely out of a PBR can.

PBR tea light holder lit

The PBR tea light holder lit in a dim room.

PBR craft fair

Vintage-inspired PBR Pendant

Tomorrow I will be participating in a craft fair in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia!  I have entered along with two of my friends, Tara and Morgan.  We will be selling jewelry, fortune cookies (with pickup lines!), tea light holders, and beer can dress up magnets!  The unique part about this show is that everything must be PBR themed!  That’s why all of the photos from one of this week’s crafting sessions have a common theme–Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  All of our jewelry and tea light holders have been made, at least in part, out of recycled PBR cans.  In addition to local artists displaying their wares, there will also be live music, a chili cook-off, and plenty of PBR to drink from 3:00pm-10:00pm.  Sound interesting!?  Come check it out!  For further info, check out the Facebook Page for the event.  See you there!

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Well, I’m sure the hot topic these past few days has been New Year’s Resolutions. How many of us have tried to make resolutions like lose a million lbs and wake up 2 hours early and blah blah blah.  Well, I was going to write this post about the statistics around New Year’s Resolutions and tips for making positive changes in the new year, but instead, I am going to post about one thing I want to emphasize in my life this year:

Taking more time to do what I want to do 

Taking more time to do what you want to do is really important.  My cousin, Gerard (photo below), and I had a big discussion about that this past week.  He firmly believes in allowing yourself a minimum of 1 hour per day to take time for YOU.  During that hour, you can do whatever you want to do as long as it is something that you truly want to do. Well, in this discussion, I realized that I don’t even come close to 7 hours a week just doing what I want to do.  Then it’s always cramming stuff in that I want to do when I can squeeze out some time in my life.  And, because I try to cram everything in during a short window of time, I wind up getting more stressed or exhausted.

As a freelancer, it’s really hard to find time to do things for me.  I can’t say “no” to gigs because I worry that I won’t make enough money or I won’t make the connection that I need for a breakthrough.  But really, after three years in the same city, I know deep down, what gigs I can pass up.   Now I just need to gain the courage to say NO to allow me time to do the things I value most.

The tip: Take time for yourself!  Aim for at least one hour per day!

Things I am hoping to make more time for: Crafting, photography, attending choir practice, cooking, relaxing, exercising, reading, spending time with family, spending time with friends, coursework.

This is going to be a good year.

BELOW: Photos of my cousins ringing in the new year with me!

Cousins on NEw YEars

My Cousins and Boyfriend celebrating New Year's Day. From left to right: Gerard (check out his band here), Katie, Erin, Christine, Jenny, and Dave

"The Train will be delayed due to ongoing signal work" That is what we heard as we sat on the Subway on New Year's Day 2012, waiting for it to take us to the Mummer's Parade! From left to right: Katie, Gerard, Erin, Jenny.

Gerard and Erin riding the Subway New Year's Day 2012

Gerard and Erin riding another subway on the way to the Mummer's Parade. Don't they look like they should be famous!?

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012. Jenny is super creative and made the hat she is wearing. Notice the crazy neighbors on my block setting off GIGANTIC fireworks!? A few of them almost hit us.

Photo of the cousins on New Year's Eve 2011-2012

The photo we took in a mirror at my house. The goal was to send the parents a pic of all of us. From left to right: Jenny, Dave, Christine, Me, Gerard, Katie, Erin. Happy New Year!

I wish each of you a Happy New Year complete with time for YOU!

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Why I missed this past week’s Photo Friday… in Photo Form!

Sense Science: The Headlong Performance Institute's Final Showcase. The program cover is shown over shots from the show featuring HPI's class of 2011

The scaffolding we used to rig the lemon and eggs being lit by my side light.

HPI Students Warming up before the final show.

Backbone. Created and directed by Stephi-Lyneice Breining in collaboration with performers Katie Croyle, Amanda Hunt, Adam Kerbel, Alex Romania, and Ilse Zoerb.

An Occupation Piece Created by Adam Kerbel with significant input from the performers: MiMi, Alex Romania, and Anna Szapiro

The performers of HPI's Class of 2011 taking their curtain call at Final Dress.

Working with HPI was such a great experience.  Everyone had such a positive attitude and was truly a joy to work with.  I hope to see them all around and cross paths in the near future!

HPI is currently accepting applications for Fall 2012.  both undergraduates wishing to study away in Philadelphia for a semester and post-bacs can apply, and all students earn a full semester of transferable college credit through partner institution, Bryn Mawr College.

HPI is a mission-driven program of Headlong Dance Theatre, a nonprofit organization that relies on contributions from supporters.  Each year, it receives applications from talented young artists who are unable to attend HPI due to financial obstacles.  Please consider a tax-deductible gift to the newly established HPI Scholarship Fund, allowing the opportunity for these amazing artists to be a part of our program.  Donate Here.

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We could not have asked for better Thanksgiving weather! The background is a picture I took of my view at early sunset, the top left picture I took of late sunset looking west over Peconic Bay, the center picture was taken of the swans in the clear water of the Peconic Bay, and the bottom picture is of the Winds Way Farm Orchard.

Clockwise from top left: My sister drinking a Thanksgiving Tequila Sunrise, Mom and Dad arriving at our destination, the place holders I made, mom and Jackie (sister!) in their curlers.

This collage embodies being Thankful for Family. Counterclockwise from top left: some of my extended family taking turns sharing memories, the finished place holders set out for the guests, My mom and my cousin's daughter, Charli, singing "Good Morning Mr. Turkey", Cousin Erin and her daughter Charli out enjoying Thanksgiving Day in a beautiful Location.

Boy, I am very lucky.  I have so much to be Thankful for!  Hope everyone had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving!  Oh, and by the way… I used a cool app on my iPhone to create these collages. The App is called PicCollage.  Check it out! It’s also on the App Store!

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Today I am finally posting again!  Sheesh! And, it is the inaugural voyage of Photo Friday!  Hooray!  I was inspired by BrightHaven Days’s Wordless Wednesdays.  Check out BrightHaven Day’s blog!

So, here it is..

This photo is a picture taken from the bottom of the new Race Street Pier looking up at the Ben Franklin Bridge at sunset.  I took it right before the city’s official unveiling of the Race St. improvements.

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