Volume 2 Issue 3 - Studio Magazine


Volume 2 Issue 3 - Studio Magazine


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Cover Photograph

by Angelo Merendino


New York, NY

Gas House Gorillas

at the GLT Summer Concert

in Bloomington, IL

Editor’s Corner

The New Website

is Now Live

With New Video, Extras,

the Current Issue, and

a lot more.

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Staff & Credits

Chief Editor...............................Amreen

Co-Editor...........................Steve Arney

Copy Editors............Matthew Childers

...................................Robert D. Farmer

Design & Layout.......................Amreen

Layout Editor...................Chris Arneson


.........................................Chris Arneson

...........................................Steve Arney

........................................Scott A. Cook

........................................Jeff Woodard

Illustrators...........................Herb Eaton

..........................................Bob Eckstein

....................Steve Arney & Gary Justis


........................................Scott A. Cook

............................................Brad Mosby

...................................................Tim Zink

.......................................Amanda Zook

Contributing Writer.....Kimberly Brooks

Contributing Photographers...............

...................................Kymber Diekhoff

...............................Angelo Merendino

.........................................Bradley Scott


Visual.............................Steven Stoll

Literary........Margaret Greenhalgh

Ad Design................................Amreen

.........................................Chris Arneson

Publisher.........AKlectic Publishing Co.

All editorial or design questions and letters to the editor

can be sent to amreen@studiomag.biz. If you are

interested in contributing to the magazine by writing,

photographing, submitting art or advertising contact

Amreen at amreen@studiomag.biz or 309.287.6161.

It is the mission of Studio Magazine to provide the community

and our valued advertisers with a quality-driven,

free quarterly publication that spotlights the achievements

of local artists working with a variety of mediums

and performing in a variety of venues, as well as to

support the success of small business owners.

Studio magazine is a © 2010 copyrighted, local community-run

magazine for the purpose of bringing awareness

and support to local arts and entertainment.

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The Most Scandalous 12

Address on YouTube:

501 Mizzou Place


The Art of the Head Shot: 3

Everyone’s a Real Estate

God’s Favorite Rock & Roll Band 4

Variety Planned 8

for Castle Theatre

Et Al.

Studio Fun 13

Dynamic Events Calendar: 13

Monthly & Weekly

Shots Around Town 14


6 Studio’s Post & Found

Post Backyard Tire Fire’s New


Found Cardboard From

the Dumpster


5 Back & Forth

by Gary Justis and Steve Arney

11 Cartoon by Bob Eckstein

13 Rebus

by Herb Eaton

Studio Showcase

9 Visual - Steven Stoll

10 Literary - Margaret Greenhalgh

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The Art of the Headshot:

Everyone’s a Real Estate Agent

As I navigate the web, both as an artist

and a new media person, I think about

the images we use to present ourselves.

Other than movie stars and professional

personalities such as Oprah and Martha,

real estate agents were actually the first

professionals to use headshots as one of

the means of conveying who they are

and what they would be like to work

with. In the marketing and advertising

world they call it “branding.” But since

that always makes me think of seared

flesh on a cow’s ass, I tend I stay away

from that expression. Whatever you call

it, we’re all doing it now.


Sharona Alperin, Real Estate

Agent Extraordinaire

Take my friend Sharona, for example.

Occasionally I receive postcards or web

announcements with her face smiling

at me. She’s smart, confident and looks

it. When I see her picture, I also instantly

hear her signature sexy voice. I think to

myself, “Man, if anyone is going find me

a great house it’s going to be her.” As realtors

go, she’s pretty low-key. (She also

has the curious distinction of being the

namesake of the Knack’s famous song

“My Sharona” so she doesn’t have to

sell as hard.) But most real estate agents

take it much further, putting their faces

on everything from billboards, bus stops

and print ads. I often wonder when the

trend started. It must have been in the

seventies, and some blond babe, probably

here in Los Angeles, an out-of-work

actor, perhaps, thought “I bet if I put a

picture of myself on every business card

and bus stop, billboard and sign outside

the house, people would rather buy a

house from me.”

Special attention must be given to

“Bijan.” There’s a corner on Sepulveda

and Wilshire Blvds. in Los Angeles

where he’s always there spread

across two billboards of this major

intersection. His face and image are

in every picture, always laughing

and getting out of a yellow Ferrari or

private airplane with his name slathered

on it. It’s fabulously ostentatious

and not to be missed.

So what is the significance of that

single image that you project and

how everyone perceives you?

When I was college intern working

in an international design firm (preweb),

I saw a lot of resumes coming

in from around the world. Unlike the

American applicants who just submitted

resumes, the designers from

Europe affixed a passport photo size

headshot on the corner. It stunned

me how much the picture overrode

any impression you could have of

how they had spent their entire professional

career. The impact on the

mostly men who did the hiring was

equally poignant. A pretty girl? Who

cares where she went to school?

Now we all confront it all the time,

whether we read the blogs here on

Huffpo or whether surveying friends

of friends on Facebook.

Whether an activist, writer, blogger,

student or artist, everyone is now a

real estate agent. Once we admit or

embrace this idea, let us examine a

couple rules, shall we?

Activists Probably Shouldn’t

Be Smiling and Baring Teeth.

If your goal in life is to be helpful, like,

say, for a real estate agent, smile

away. But I’ve always found something

a bit aggressive about baring

teeth and looking straight into the

camera. It must stem from primitive

days one animal signaled another

not encroach on his meal. Once,

an environmental activist friend of

mine used a smiling headshot but

all words she was writing were “Hey,

the Earth is On Fire and We Gotta

Do Something About it!” It was a disconnect

and when I pointed it out

she changed it.

Contributed by

Kimberly Brooks

Serious Writers Ought To Go

Easy on the Smiling Too.

For years when I read the New York

Times, I never knew what Maureen

Dowd looked like. Suddenly, her

picture appeared on the web. At

first she looked like how I expected

her to look. For a while however, the

photographer made her smile and

when I read her column on the web

it annoyed me. Now her picture

looks wry and witty like her writing

again. I can’t imagine reading Virginia

Wolfe’s To the Lighthouse and

have her smiling at me either.

The Artist’s Image

Maureen Dowd

New York Times

When I think of Picasso, I think of

this black and white photo below.

It captures the intensity of his gaze

and something even deeper.


The artist’s image is intrinsically linked

to portraiture. Before photography,

the image of the artist was usually a

self-portrait and hence in a state of

scrutinization -- a portrait of the artist

staring at their reflection in order to

depict his own image. Like this one

of Albrecht Durer. My initial self-portraits

are equally intense.

So then, what kind of image should

an artist put out there? Let’s take

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out the teeth entirely. Artists shouldn’t

be smiling, they should be suffering,

no? I was recently selected in a juried

exhibition in print called New

American Paintings which required

each artist to submit a picture.

When the book came out, most of

them were brooding and/or looking

away. Choosing a picture isn’t easy.

I blame modern photography on

the frustration -- its shutter speed can

capture an infinite array of nanoemotions

but then somehow miss a

larger essence.

The Scientist’s Image

Albert Einstein

My favorite scientist’s image is this

one of Einstein, hair messy, sticking

his tongue out. He looks perfectly

wacky enough to think of something

as out of the box and crazy as the

Theory of Relativity. My brother-inlaw

Ken Goldberg is an artist and

Robotics professor at UC Berkeley.

His Facebook portrait (below, right)

is waiting-for-the-explosion wacky.

Now he’s blogging for the San Francisco

Chronicle and uses the picture

on the left.

Ken Goldberg, Scientist,

Artist, SFGate Blogger

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Albrecht Durer, Kimberly Brooks

(Self Portraits)

For some reason, bloggers like to

show a happy version of themselves.

Even I did it on this post. But is that

the real me? I dunno, sometimes

maybe. It will never be the right picture.

As I tunnel through this thought

experiment, I’m still figuring out the

other professions. I’d love to know

what you think.

Kimberly Brooks

Arts Editor, The Huffington Post

Los Angeles, California



God’s Favorite

Rock & Roll Band

will be bringing their Swingin’ Jump

Blues & Juke Joint Rock Party to you!

For more than five years, The Gas

House Gorillas have been burning

down clubs and festivals across the

country, headlining shows in such cities

as Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago,

Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Louisville

(KY), Baltimore, Philadelphia, Bloomington

(IL), Peoria (IL), Ely (MN), Washington

DC, Philly area and more. The

New York band is a perennial favorite

in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,

Delaware, Maryland and Connecticut,

where they enjoy a large, loyal

and ever growing audience. This past

April, the Gorillas were the kings of Sin

City as they rocked Viva Las Vegas 13

and played at the House of Blues in Atlantic

City. They have also been playing

festivals in Bloomington (IL), Onset

(MA), Pomeroy (OH) & Peoria (IL) this


The Gas House Gorillas often bring the

show into the audience spurring fans

to sing, dance and get wild. Cutting

up with each other and the crowd, the

Gorillas are more than a great band;

they are great entertainers as well.

The band’s repertoire encompasses

a broad range of styles that include

Jump Blues, Gypsy Swing, early Rock

& Roll, Cajun music and even the occasional

funk groove. Artists as diverse

as Wynonie Harris, Groucho Marx, Sam

Cooke, Fats Waller, and Albert King all

coexist in the Gorillas’ musical vernacular.

The Gas House Gorillas are fearlessly

uninhibited performers and a sure fire

guarantee for a rippin’ good time!

The Gas House Gorillas

Illinois Blues Festival, Peoria IL

Budwiser Center Stage

September 3


rd - 10:30pm

Summer 2010

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Backyard Tire Fire


“Good To Be” Video

Why: It’s sure to

make you smile.

Studio’s Post & Found

Where: www.youtube.com/backyardtirefire


How: Creating a piece starts with the “fun part,” says the not so bored anymore artist --

going Dumpster diving [despite the strange looks from passersby] finding the right size and

an undamaged piece of cardboard. After creating an image, it is transferred onto the cardboard.

With a box of Band-Aids nearby, Ray cuts around the dark areas of the image with an

X-Acto knife. The cardboard paper is then peeled away revealing the corrugated portrait.

Where: www.facebook.com/WarrenRay.art

Check out more images at www.studiomag.biz

What: Corrugated Art - images created by

the corrugate of cardboard.

Who: Warren Ray - Cubism Painter who

gets “bored easily” and likes “the challenge

of trying all sorts of different art.”

When: After accidentally

tearing a box, Ray

noticed that the shadows

from the corrugate

changed as he walked

by. This effect inspired

him to apply some of

his graphite portrait images

to the cardboard

to “see what would


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The Music of Home by Steve Arney

Bloomington-Normal Scene

On Wednesday nights at Six Strings, sometimes

the bar gets busy and sometimes 20

or fewer people are milling about. But the

sound system is quality, the beer is cold,

the music is free and the music is fine.

Two of the area’s most prolific songwriters,

Cody Diekhoff and Ed Anderson,

take turns and sometimes share the stage

at this Downtown Bloomington venue. At

times, the juxtaposition of fabulous music

with thin crowds seems ridiculous, but the

artists don’t complain.

This is a slow night everywhere, and for

them it’s a chance to try new material,

practice old songs and hang out in town

versus traveling. It pays some bills and

their beer is free. “I’m not above that,”

Anderson remarked slyly during a break

one night.

It means more to them, however. Art always does. To illustrate:

On June 22, Anderson was off the bill because

his band, Backyard Tire Fire, was opening for ZZ Top at

U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Nonetheless, he later wandered

over to Six Strings and poured out a full set with Diekhoff,

known by his artist name Chicago Farmer.

Bloomington-Normal isn’t known for its music scene; it’s

not a place to which songwriters and performing artists

move to gain exposure. Nonetheless, there exists a solid

core of bands and performers who make this their home

and who originate work, starting with an inspiration. They

build “relationships” with their own songs, said folk-rock

artist Eva Hunter, and they build relationships with each

other and a fan base whose support is so crucial.

As Diekhoff noted the other night, “People like me got

something to say. Hopefully, people appreciate that.”

The venues change over time. But as one closes, another

emerges. Music finds a place. Art always does.

The above-mentioned Six Strings has served primarily as a

country stage but opens itself to other genres, such as the

blues- and wit-infused folk of Chicago Farmer and Anderson’s

mixture of acoustic rock and Southern rock.

The other standout venue of late has been Coconut

Louie’s, at 2303 E. Washington St., Bloomington, just east

of Veterans Parkway. When Paulie’s downtown closed in

2008, Coconut Louie’s very deliberately sought to fill the

void as a venue for local rock bands and music of various

other genres, headlining area artists who write original


Its stage accommodates the occasional national band,

and it brings in cover bands as well, but Coconut Louie’s

stamp has been a headquarters for the local scene, said

Jason Williams, a former Paulie’s employee who is both

manager and booking manager at Louie’s.

“People want to see true originality,” said Williams.

The bar, owned by Phil Boulds, seeks to be “an intimate

setting for great bands,” said Williams -- “intimate” not

to be mistaken for quiet. A punk band named A Hidden

Agenda, hard rock from Last Night’s Disaster and metal

from Low Twelve, plus the cover band Belclare Road,

have been strong draws, said Williams, who manages Low

Twelve. The open mic is on Monday and there are acoustic

nights regularly. Country, bluegrass, folk and so on also

find a place here.

The glaring omission in town is the larger stage -- a midsized,

not-a-bar venue for locally based bands. They travel

to find that, and there’s a certain irony to it.

The Blue Moon Coffeehouse series at Illinois Wesleyan

University brings national performers, but shuts out the local

scene. Hunter has shared the stage with Blue Moon

performers -- but in places like Atlanta, Ga. Backyard Tire

Fire, the most successful hometown band at the moment

and a national touring act, only open for national bands

in Twin City venues; they headline on the road.

This mid-sized, not-a-bar void should be filled presently in

Downtown Bloomington by the Castle Theatre, opening

as a performance club in late September. Partner and

general manager Rory O’Connor said he and partners

plan to primarily bring national touring bands but to also

headline local performers. (Please see accompanying

story on the Castle.)

Music promoter Bryan Flick sees the Castle as an answer to

a need for local, regional and national performers alike.

“This town needs a Canopy Club,” he said. “I’ve made

countless trips to Urbana” to see bands.

Beyond the usual places -- and soon the Castle -- the music

listener needs to look for niches.

TheatresCool, a black box stage in downtown Bloomington,

brings local and touring musical groups regularly. In

uptown Normal, the Coffeehouse hosts periodic musical

performances and an open mic sound stage.

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Chicago Farmer and Ed Anderson Share the Stage

at Six Strings -Photo by Kymber Diekhoff

Sometimes, artists appear in unlikely places.This summer,

Flick booked bands and provided sound and lighting for

Wings, Etc., a chain restaurant east of Veterans Parkway.

Dan Hubbard, Mute Karma and Blackwater FOE were

among acts at the restaurant. Wings, Etc. ended its experimental

foray into the music scene but Flick seeks other

places like this.

Some of the bars that prefer cover bands -- and we’re

not knocking the bars or the bands, as they, too, comprise

important parts of the music scene -- will give space to

the local, original artist on occasion. Hunter, for instance,

has played at Fat Jack’s a number of times, usually doing

early shows that accommodate both the bar’s schedule

and the schedule of a fan base that primarily isn’t collegeaged.

People like Nick Leroy come forward. He became annoyed

at what he considers an overabundance of cover

party bands at the expense of Illinois music creators. “To

me,” he said, “it’s a travesty.”

For the second year, Leroy has assembled a slate of artists

heavy on original works for FarmFest 450, to be held Aug.

7 outside Ransom, whose population of 450 helped inspire

the concert’s name. (http://farmfest450.com has details.)

Among performers is Chicago Farmer, who grew up in Delevan,

Illinois, which, according to one of his songs, has 26

cops and population 25. (He’s taken artistic license with

both numbers.)

Like his contemporaries, he sings of hardship, loss, work,

love, family and life in general. But these artists touch a

little deeper, with something to say that, because they are

here, resounds more personally. For those who appreciate

that, the artists become part of home.

More Music Scene Photos on Page 14

Chicago Farmer

-Photo by Kymber Diekhoff

Variety Planned for Castle Theatre

At the Castle Theatre in Downtown Bloomington, seating

for concerts should exceed 700. The range of music being

played there will be limitless.

General manager and owning partner Rory O’Connor

said he limits the venue only to “anything that is inspirational

and creative.” He and partners John Campbell and

Michael Gold primarily will provide a “national room,”

O’Connor said, but they also intend to support the locally

grown music scene and give it a stage.

At magazine deadline in late July, plans were being formalized

for an opening week at the end of September,

into October, with Bloomington-based Chicago Farmer

and Backyard Tire Fire featured as opening weekend

performers. The city had not yet set a maximum capacity.

The Castle’s emergence provides another musical leap in

the Twin Cities which, in recent years, has seen the opening

of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and

U.S. Cellular Coliseum in addition to performance venues

at the colleges and periodic events such as the annual

downtown music festival hosted by WGLT radio.

On the phone the other day, O’Connor began rattling

off genre he wants to feature at the latest venue addition:

Blues, alt country, indy rock, Celtic. ... The enterprise’s

Facebook site summarized it this way: “The Castle

plans on being musically schizophrenic. Rock, country,

alt country, blues, jazz, kids, americana, torch, college

alt, retro, you name it. You never know what will hit the

stage next!”

The only constant sound at the Castle will be modern

Christian praise and worship every Sunday by ClearView

Church, a tenant of the building since 2005 and the only

tenant since Ben Slotky had to close his theater enterprise

in January 2007 for financial reasons. The mortgage

holder, Heartland Bank, took over as theater owner until

now. (Upper floors of 209 E. Washington St. are owned

separately and are being developed as living space.)

With city assistance from a downtown renewal fund

called TIF (tax increment financing), Slotky renovated the

theater front to back. He opened it as a movie theater in

2003 and provided it as a venue for a comedy club and

some concerts.

O’Connor said little more needs be done beyond installing

a new sound system and carting in portable chairs,

because Slotky’s renovation was solid and ClearView

and Heartland have maintained the theater well since

the movie theater closed. The new owners have secured

a liquor license from the city to enable sale of all types of

alcohol, although the emphasis is as a music venue.

The theater will be closed on non-performance nights,

O’Connor said.

The entry to the theater balcony is off the lobby outside

the main floor. This allows the facility to accommodate

an under-21 crowd in part of the theater for at least some

of its shows. At these mixed-age shows, to prevent underage

drinking, the balcony will be a no-alcohol area,

and those entering on the main floor will have wristbands

confirming proof of age, O’Connor said. He also will consider

no-alcohol shows, but dry events often collide with

economic realities.

O’Connor is a Bloomington resident, local builder and

part-owner of the WWHP radio station -- The WHIP --

based in Farmer City. First introduced to Bloomington in

the 1980s while a Wesleyan student, he has lived here

since 1993. He said he considered doing something with

the Castle since before Slotky stepped in to revive the

dormant movie theater.

On Facebook: band suggestions and comments invited.


(note the spelling theatre)

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Studio Showcase Visual, Literary & Digital Art Submissions

From Local Artists

Steven Stoll

Mother and Dead Child

Pit Fired Stoneware

Perfect Spouses, Perfect Houses

Mannequin, Wax, Acrylic, Wood,

Cardboard, and Moss

Americovery, Deer Skull, Acrylic, Wood,

Paper, Cardboard on Canvas

Steven Stoll was born in 1990 in Quincy, IL, and attended Unity

High School in Mendon, IL, where he studied under artist Janet Ennen.

After high school, Stoll attended John Wood Community College

where he focused on art, especially painting and ceramics,

under Addie Seabarkrob, Jennifer Teter, and Rebecca Butler. He is

now a Merit Scholarship recipient at The School of The Art Institute

of Chicago. His primary concentration is ceramics, fiber and material

studies under contemporary artists William J. O’Brien and Diana

Guerrero-Macia. Stoll is now also collaborating with artist Richard


Stoll’s work is heavily influenced by nature, death, religion and

tribal art. “My work begins with an abundance

of materials. The works intuitively

piece themselves together as I work. I

have somewhat of an idea what they will

look like when they’re finished, but I never

know entirely.”

Throughout his career, Stoll has achieved

many honors through the visual arts, including:

Best of Show at the 2009 Illinois

Community College Juried Exhibition, Best

of Show at the Quincy Art Center’s Annual

Juried Exhibition, and inclusion into the

Mary S. Oakley Artist’s Showcase.

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Magaret Greenhalgh

Darling, My Darkling

She carves a question on her arm

She writes a poem that does no harm

She can’t stop listening to the voices

She can’t stop making all the wrong choices

Alone in the darkness, she loses her mind

Afraid of her heart, reality will unwind

Against her desire, she still feels so blind

Away, in all of her sorrow, she loses her mind

Dance, darkling, dance!

Drown out your sorrow!

Give up the fight

The one you won’t win

Don’t ask why,

For you never will know.

Her pain is unseen, revealed in her silence

Her life is painting of repeated transgressions

Her mind is a maze, trapped with no pattern

Her heart is broken, lost to a danger unknown

Blinded by sorrow, she loses control

Blinded by anger, she drifts farther away

Blinded by her pain, she dances away

Blinded by her heart, she loses the light

Dance, darkling, dance!

Drown out your sorrow!

Give up the fight

The one you won’t win

Don’t ask why,

For you never will know.

The darkling will dance till she dies

The darkling is giving up, she still cries

The darkling is dying, can anyone save her?

The darkling is crying, and drifting away

Her life now is over, she fought as she could

Her pain is now gone, it left with the dawn

Her tears are now dried, leaving a trail of red

Her scars now revealed, showing her fight.

Dance, darkling, dance!

Drown out your sorrow!

Give up the fight

The one you won’t win

Don’t ask why,

For you never will know.

Dance, Darkling, Dance!

Cry till you sleep.

Sleep now so soundly,

Awaken to bliss.

Darling, my Darkling,

Sleep now so soundly,

Awaken to eternal bliss.

Acid Rain


Falling thru the mindless maze,

Crashing thru the courseless craze.

Headed down a frightening path,

Really hope that I won’t crash.

Can you see the mess I’ve made,

Staring thru a rosy shade?

Losing hope within my heart,

As it rips my world apart.

What is wrong and what is right,

Will I make it thru this night?

Falling once, I fall again,

Can I go where I have been?

Deeper now, the pain is gain,

Harder now, to hide the rain.

Soon I lose the fight tonight,

With my wings I will take flight.

Wish me luck this final day,

Or soon I’ll lose the lighted way.

My tears they fall like acid rain,

The blood that drips will ease the pain.

Margaret Greenhalgh is a

high school senior at Academy

314, which is a fancy way

of saying that she’s almost

finished with high school

through home-schooling.

She is attending Illinois Central

College, where she is majoring

in forensic science and

business administration, and plans to attain her associate’s and

bachelor’s degrees in both areas.

Greenhalgh developed her love of writing through classes

taught by mothers who home-school while enrolled in the Peoria

Co-operative Academy. She writes: “The level of excellence

involved in the teaching is unparalleled. The teachers don’t just

teach the literature, they bring the material alive.”

Margaret enjoys reading classics over and over, just to relive the

moments in the classroom. Each teacher has introduced individual

aspects of her love of writing.

Dance is also a major part of Greenhalgh’s life. She enjoys

teaching dance to students of a variety of ages, from preschool

to second grade, at Merrilee Dance Studio in Metamora, IL.

Greenhalgh began her career in dance at the age of 8 with

lessons from Mary Dexter, owner of Merrilee. She has since received

multiple awards, including one for 10 years of perfect attendance,

the Lydia M. Moritz Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship,

and the Edward Moritz Scholarship, a costume scholarship.

She wishes to extend her gratitude to her teachers, Mary Dexter,

Lida Dexter, and Dan Fisher.

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The Most Scandalous Address on YouTube:

501 Mizzou Place

Photo by Bradley Scott

Bloomington Photographic Studios


Mizzou Place Cast

OMG! All the lies, scheming, and scandals make life so

complex living amongst a diverse group of promiscuous,

confrontational, and deceiving individuals in their mid-20s in

an upscale apartment building outside of Chicago.

Okay, so your life may not revolve around lies, schemes and

scandals. You also may not be so involved with your neighbors

nor your life so intertwined with theirs. Hell, you may not

even live in an apartment building. Mizzou Place, an online

mini webisode series is the epitome of the drama that many

of us would rather not live or just don’t have in our lives but

enjoy watching on the small screen. Director and producer

Bill Caperelli says with enthusiasm, “Who wouldn’t want to

live in someplace so... complex!”

Caperelli’s enthusiasm for drama and inspiration for Mizzou

Place stems from having been an avid fan of the former

television series Melrose Place. In fact, the show is referred to

as the Midwest Melrose Place. Even more so, Caperelli has

always admired and studied Heather Locklear’s character,

whom he says “always delivered a line with just the right

amount of bitchiness.” The bitchiness is definitely exemplified

while the word is thrown out quite a bit by Caperelli’s

character, Walker Woodward, the landlord of 501 Mizzou

Place. In the first episode that aired in November 2009 entitled

“The Penthouse,” Caperelli established his role in the

series and built the drama and characters up from there.

The webisodes are filmed in an apartment building in Bloomington-Normal

and sometimes out on location. Early minisodes

ranged under a minute in length and began with only

two cast members, Caperelli and actress Christine Bissett --

with Caperelli’s character trying to evict Bissett’s character

and hers trying to blackmail his. Now up to 32 episodes averaging

5 minutes in length, Mizzou Place has 13 cast members

that appear in minisodes that pertain to their story-line.

by Amreen

As the number of characters increased, the secrets and

scandals increased with more murder, drugs, blackmail,

alcoholism, infidelity and deceit. As the characters’

lives became more intertwined and the story-lines more

convoluted, the drama became more intense making it

hard to miss the next minisode.

Caperelli started out in drama by directing and producing

self-written plays at Heartland Community College

and then moved on to take acting classes at Columbia

College Chicago. Since, he has acted in local theatre

and has been an extra in several major motion pictures

and television shows such as “Surviving Christmas,” “Shall

We Dance,” and “E.R.”

While all the pre- and postproduction efforts including

video editing, incorporating music and all other aspects

of producing Mizzou Place are done by Caperelli, he

says the production is very much so a “collaborative effort.”

He goes on to say, “the cast is the crew.” The actors

take turns behind the camera while not in scenes.

Filming the show this way seems to give it an added dimension.

It allows the audience to view the characters

and scenes from other characters’ perspectives, which

gives the show a real-life feel.

Also, while Caperelli merely guides the direction of the

scenes and directs character development, the drama

is indeed unscripted and furthermore he says, “we all

write the show together.” The actors improvise dialogue

and thus create the drama and tension, which is the

magic behind the show. Each character has a story, a

secret or scandal, and each week the cast has a general

idea of the twists and turns the characters are going

to take. Being up to the actors to play out these twists

and turns will many times change the direction of the

plot. For the cast/crew, it keeps it fun and exciting to

work on the show each week.

For the audience, every minisode is a surprise with a

suspenseful ending -- leaving you only guessing what

can happen next and most times being wrong, which

is dramatic in itself. And if you are like most people, living

a life void of lies, schemes, scandals and deception

among your neighbors, the drama at 501 Mizzou Place

will satisfy your need for it all, because, seriously, what is

life without drama.

The webisodes air

every Tuesday night

at 8 p.m. Three or

four remain before

he Season 1 finale.

You can catch any

one of the minisodes

anytime at


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Studio Fun


What animal is this wire

sculpture, formerly exhibited

at 404 Main Gallery?

Answer ____________________

Answers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Rebus From “Osmosis” a visual puzzle serial

by Herb Eaton

Answer: ____________ ____________

Monthly & Weekly

Events Calendar

Open Mic with Adam Draper

Mondays, 9pm, Coconut Louie’s, Blm

Re:Verse - Literary Open Mic

2 nd Tuesday, 7-8:30pm, TheatresCool

Open Mic, Wednesdays, 9pm

Drifter’s, Blm

Free Acoustic Wednesdays

Chicago Farmer & Ed Anderson

Wednesdays, 9pm, Six Strings, Blm

Ear Candy: The Normal Poetry Slam

1 st & 3 rd Tuesdays, 7:30pm

Coffeehouse, Nml

Soul Stage - Open Mic

Saturdays (8/28, 9/25, 10/23) 7:30pm

Coffeehouse, Nml

Artists’Alley, Saturday’s, 7:30am-Noon

Downtown Bloomington

Answers: Rebus - Cordon Bleu; Trivia - A Buffalo

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Ed Anderson at Six Strings

Photo by Kymber Diekhoff

Sugar Creek Arts Festival

Photos by Amanda Zook

Shots Around Town

Music Scene Shots

Uptown Normal

Above: E.V. Baby at Coffee House

Photo by Amreen

Left: Eva Hunter at TheatresCool

Photo by Tim Zink

Margarita Night

McLean County

Arts Center

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Photos by Brad Mosby

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