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New York City Non-Profit to host Michael Alan’s ‘Living Installation’ Friday, November 9 at ABC NORIO

Author: Art for Progress
Dateline: New York City, New York (NEW YORK, N.Y.)  | Thu, 25 Oct 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Art for Progress (AFP), a NYC 501(c)3 nonprofit, is proud to announce it is hosting artist Michael Alan's 'Living Installation: Family Misfit Healing' on Friday, November 9 at ABC NORIO in NYC's Lower East Side.”



A R T I C L E:

Art for Progress (AFP), a NYC 501(c)3 nonprofit, is proud to announce it is hosting artist Michael Alan's "Living Installation: Family Misfit Healing" on Friday, November 9 at ABC NORIO in NYC's Lower East Side.

The epic art performance piece which has been featured in The Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Gothamist, Hyperallergic and many others, is the creative genius of artist Michael Alan. As described by Alan, "The Living Installation Project is a human activist art mission. The goal is to reinforce that humans are living installations by creating a space for people to open up and come together, and that all are equal through the process of creating art."

After eight years of creating performance art, Michael Alan was recently severely injured and suffered major spinal damage as well as a concussion. His injuries have affected his ability to walk and perform.

Despite his physical challenges, "The Living Installation Project" will return November 9 at ABC NORIO for a special eight-hour healing show.

Family Misfit Healing: No matter how different and odd we might be, we all have the power to heal. Alan, while healing after intense spinal surgery, will team up with seven performers to create a world based on acceptance and growth. A strong and dynamic family portrait will be born, created from scratch. The eight-hour mega show, a true experience/happening, will be an escape where guests can do whatever they choose. The space will start with nothing, where Alan, seated, will build a world around him from start to finish with an eight-person tableau; nude and then dressed with everything under the sun; birthed and animated with pure emotion.

Prerecorded music collaborations with Ariel Pink, Meredith Monk, Geneva Jucuzzi, Japanther, Jello Biafra, The Krays, Japanther, Odd Nosdam, Vas Deferens Organisation, R. Stevie Moore, Walter Steding, Neke Carson, Kenny Scharf, Jeff and Jane Hudson and so many more.

It's a happening. Come have fun, watch, get lost in the creation. Hang out, draw, write, create. Come and go as you want, and be a part of it!

Live Music by Tim" Love" Lee and Michael Alan Alien.

Performed by Michael Alan, Rose Lou, Dave Modelo, Allene La Spina, Garry E Boake, Genevieve Snow, and Tim "Love" Lee.

When: Friday, November 9 at ABC NORIO.
Where: 156 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002.
Time: 7 p.m. - Unknown.
Guests are welcome to BYOB.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance http://www.michaelalanart.com/art/upcoming-projects/ or at the door.

About Michael Alan:

For Michael Alan, art is a combination of harmonious opposites, close observation, catharsis, a means of communication and a radical juxtaposition of dimensional elements. He challenges everything: concepts of figure, composition, media and movement, including his own. Exploring the ambiguity of time and history, Alan's work focuses on crossbreeding and the relationship of destruction and creation.

Alan was born in the summer of 1977, during the New York City blackout. His work has been featured in five New York solo shows and over 200 group shows. His work has been discussed in over 200 publications, books and media sources, including the New York Times, NBC's Today Show, Marie Claire Italia, Art+Auction, the New York Post, Fox Channel 5, the Village Voice's "Best in Show," Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, Curbs and Stoops, and Cacao Magazine.

About Art for Progress:

Art For Progress (AFP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization committed to the cultivation and support of emerging artists working in diverse genres: the visual arts, fashion, music, film, and new media. Based in New York City, AFP seeks to increase the visibility of talented artists, to raise the awareness of the importance of arts education in public schools, and to support those same arts through its arts education program. Learn more at: http://www.artforprogress.org/ .

Comments:

"Alan's work and style of organizing his installations and exhibits is unarguably infused with his years of work as an outsider-artist, his passion for expression, his years of promoting music, and his love of collaboration." - Huffington Post.

"The Living Installation brings everyone from artists sketching to club kids to the wealthiest gallery owner to a kid from the projects. Much like Keith Haring drawing with chalk on the subway posters, Michael Alan's Living Installation is all about accessibility of art." - Crudo Magazine.

"I am Michael Alien, an alien who wants good and to exist with a twist of chaos and a big splash of toxic paint!" - Art Info.

More information: http://www.michaelalanart.com/art/upcoming-projects/ .

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Artist Encourages Apple to ‘Think Different’ with Steve Jobs Action Figure Sculpture

Author: Cory Allen Contemporary Art
Dateline: Los Angeles, California (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)  | Thu, 27 Sep 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “In wake of the recent Foxconn riot, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Post PC artist XVALA will debut his latest sculpture of the Apple-banned Steve Jobs action figure in an upcoming gallery show at AIS Editions in the Los Angeles Brewery Arts Complex.”



A R T I C L E:

In wake of the recent Foxconn riot, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Post PC artist XVALA will debut his latest sculpture of the Apple-banned Steve Jobs action figure in an upcoming gallery show at AIS Editions in the Los Angeles Brewery Arts Complex.

"Think Different" a sculpture of Steve Jobs dressed in his traditional turtleneck and Levi's jeans attire, with iPhone 5 presented in hand, was fabricated from M.I.C. Gadget's Steve Jobs action figure that was discontinued after legal threats from Apple's lawyers in 2010. In 2012, China's toy manufacturer, In Icon, experienced the same pressure from Apple's lawyers, canceling the production of their Steve Jobs action figure, as well.

"The production of this sculpture will continue with or without Apple's approval," said Cory Allen.

Coated in an "Apple White finish," the sculpture is cast in the artist's patented plastic porcelain, mixed with a recycled resin made up of Steve Job's residential trash which the artist collected from the tech icon's home several months before his death last year.

"The 'Jobs' sculpture represents the pros and cons in pursing the quality of life," said Cory Allen. "Unfortunately, there are adverse effects bestowed on a global population when supporting a vision."

Inspired by Steve Jobs' Einstein-like achievements to 'Think Different' and the recent riot at Apple's Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn; whose been known for their inhumane labor issues that has resulted in a growing number of suicidal deaths, the artist created the sleek sculpture to be mass produced in an appropriate work environment, encouraging Apple to impose the same standards on Foxconn or to completely disconnect their working relationship.

"Either waiting in line or in an assembly line, Apple is to die for," said XVALA. "Unfortunately, Apple thinks it's all the same."

A limited edition series coated in Apple Black will serve as a motif for the past suicides at the Foxconn factories that continue to grow.

"It's easy to agree to the end-user license agreement," said XVALA. "But harder to take the time to read what agreement all entails."

"Think Different" will debut at AIS Editions on October 13, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Brewery Arts Complex at 642 Moulton Ave in Los Angeles, Calif.

For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit http://www.cacanet.com/ .

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See What’s Inside The Presidential Candidates’ Heads

Author: The Pumpkin Ranch
Dateline: Winterest, Iowa (WINTERSET, Iowa)  | Wed, 19 Sep 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Pumpkin Ranch owners, Dave and Jennifer Handsaker and a crew of creative, dedicated hands have accomplished what most political pundits and media have been trying for years - a path through the intricate minds of our presidential candidates. Think of it. How would you like to take a stroll through the mind of Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama? Imagine the things you would discover.”



A R T I C L E:

The Pumpkin Ranch owners, Dave and Jennifer Handsaker and a crew of creative, dedicated hands have accomplished what most political pundits and media have been trying for years - a path through the intricate minds of our presidential candidates. Think of it. How would you like to take a stroll through the mind of Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama? Imagine the things you would discover.

Since 2010, The Pumpkin Ranch has been celebrating autumn on their family farm by inviting the public to join in the festivities. Each year they've tried to top themselves with a corn maze that will astound and stupefy even the best navigators in central Iowa. This year's maze is a 9.3-acre, 5-mile path honoring the pending Presidential election. Kids and adults alike will find themselves winding through paths creating the likenesses of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

Throughout the maze, checkpoints - in a CSI-style investigation - will let participants know where they are as well as provide special promotions and giveaways for the navigators to redeem.

Dave Handsaker spoke of the development of Iowa's Mega Corn Maze for 2012. "The idea of tilling out the candidates' likenesses for the maze was Jennifer's idea. So, for over six hours last month, we saw Obama's and Romney's faces slowly taking shape in our corn field. Considering all of the media coverage the candidates get, we're really excited to see how people take it this year. Imagine waking up to that looking at you every morning!"

To see a time-lapse video of the corn maze being made, go to: http://youtu.be/m-KtOUP3b6c

Along with Iowa's Mega Corn Maze, The Pumpkin Ranch also provides activities parents and children can take part in. From a zip line and tire tower to jump houses and hay rides, families can come out and make an entire day of it. And let's not forget the fare for fall season lovers like pumpkins, gourds and squash.

About The Pumpkin Ranch:

The Handsaker family has lived in Madison County for 9 years and enjoyed every minute of living in the country. The Pumpkin Ranch started in 2010 and is their way of incorporating their favorite season, autumn, with their favorite pastime, family fun! Their hope is that you and your family can enjoy a little bit of the crisp fall air, a bountiful harvest of specialty pumpkins, gourds and squash and fun activities they've put together.

The Pumpkin Ranch Hours: from September 29 through October 28. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (5-9 p.m. night corn maze and partial concession stand only; no other activities run during this time); Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Please contact us for private tours.

To learn more, visit: http://www.ThePumpkinRanch.com/ .

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Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) Launches Campaign to Create the Smithsonian of Pinball

Author: Pacific Pinball Museum
Dateline: San Francisco, California (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)  | Fri, 07 Sep 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Pacific Pinball Museum, founded ten years ago in the Bay Area city of Alameda, has dedicated its non-profit mission to preserving the art, science and history of pinball. The museum currently has 90 games set to free play for one admission price at its Alameda location. With the ongoing success of its mission, PPM has begun bursting at the seams and needs a new location. The board has set a goal of relocating to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.”



A R T I C L E:

The Pacific Pinball Museum, founded ten years ago in the Bay Area city of Alameda, has dedicated its non-profit mission to preserving the art, science and history of pinball. The museum currently has 90 games set to free play for one admission price at its Alameda location. With the ongoing success of its mission, PPM has begun bursting at the seams and needs a new location. The board has set a goal of relocating to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. To that end, Executive Director Michael Schiess has launched an indiegogo.com-based fundraising campaign.

"We've seen all kinds of educational non-profit efforts reach incredible fundraising goals on indiegogo," said Schiess. "Your donation there can help us get more than 1500 historic games to see the light of day again in a new, larger location."

Filling the new space will be new exhibits about the history, science and art of pinball games from Pinball's birth as Bagatelle to the current day's X-Men and Tron.

"America needs a pinball museum celebrating this uniquely American art form in a comprehensive and learned manner," said Melissa Harmon, PPM Curator. "We hope indiegogo will help us raise the $1.5 million we need to fund our move and negotiate rent terms."

Donors to the cause won't go un-rewarded. The PPM offers posters, T shirts, hats, museum memberships, passes to the Pacific Pinball Exposition and much more in thanks to its donors. The museum is already well known in the pinball community for having established the largest pinball show in the world: the Pacific Pinball Expo, now in its sixth year. The museum's other accomplishments include: traveling exhibitions at the San Francisco Airport Museum and other locations, the creations of the "Lil Juju" portable pinball museum and the development of pinball curriculum in classes for grade school children held for the first time this year.

The PPM has some 500 pinball games restored and ready to display but no room to display them. This grass-roots effort is well on its way, and the museum is fully self-sustaining in its current location, reflecting the Herculean effort of more than 200 volunteers.

"Please help us to find a permanent home for the Pacific Pinball Museum," said PPM Board Chairman Larry Zartarian. "Help us to restore, refurbish and display our growing collection of upwards of 1,500 pinball machines."

The timing for the indiegogo campaign is critical as the Golden Gate Parks and Recreation department will be putting out a request for proposals as soon as the Exploratorium has vacated the Palace of Fine Arts building in spring of 2013. With successful fundraising and the PPM's ready to go collection, the PPM can create an incredible museum of fun, learning and gaming rather quickly and easily. If the PPM doesn't meet its entire goal, the partial funding will be applied to an alternate location. The campaign ends at the end of September, 2012.

For those unable to help financially, but who fully believe in the cause of preserving pinball, PPM asks to spread the word using this handy link: http://www.indiegogo.com/PinballMuseum .

The museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To find out more about the PPM visit http://pacificpinball.org or write to info@pacificpinball.org.

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Visible Pinball Exhibit Opens at Exploratorium

Author: Pacific Pinball Museum
Dateline: San Francisco, California (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)  | Mon, 20 Aug 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the recent purchase and delivery of the Visible Pinball Mark III to the Exploratorium of San Francisco. The Exploratorium's acquisition marks the first such exhibit to sell from PPM's unparalleled collection of pinball-related science, art and history exhibits.”



A R T I C L E:

The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the recent purchase and delivery of the Visible Pinball Mark III to the Exploratorium of San Francisco. The Exploratorium's acquisition marks the first such exhibit to sell from PPM's unparalleled collection of pinball-related science, art and history exhibits.

The Visible Pinball Machine was the brain child of PPM founder and executive director Michael Schiess who worked with custom pinball designer Wade Krause to create a version of Gottlieb's Surf Champ using transparent materials: Mylar, Acrylic, PETG and Polycarbonate instead of wood to encase the game. The design preserves original gameplay and aspects of the original art. The new materials give students of science, engineering, mechanics and pinball lovers alike a clear view of the mechanisms and electrical wiring that powers the machines. While one plays the game, onlookers can watch the score reels turn, motors wind and electromagnetic coils pulse inside the machine. It has also been appreciated as an artwork, being featured in several Art Museums.

"We were just thrilled to have the Exploratorium take in one of our treasured Visible Pinball Machines," said Schiess. "There's no better home for this piece which I consider an educational work of art. Its also a real fun game to play and an eye catcher. It really draws a family in to compete against each other, and if they're not careful, they just might learn something in the process."

The Visible Pinball Machine offers a window into a time before electronics, when electricity driven mechanics powered pinball. Viewers can get an idea of how huge banks of switches and other crude logic circuits were miniaturized into electronic circuit boards.

"We are absolutely thrilled at your offer to sell us the original visible pinball machine. Thanks again for making this such a special part of our gallery," Mike Petrich, of the Exploratorium's Learning Studio, said.

The Exploratorium is adding the Visible Pinball to its Learning Studio, the heart of research and development for the Tinkering Studio. The Exploratorium recognized pinball's family friendly qualities along with its ability to teach about physics, electricity, probability and other important scientific concepts. Pinball's inherent interactivity allows players to learn while having fun and performing their own experiments -- in perfect resonance with the Exploratorium's established mission.

The appearance of the Visible Pinball Machine at Exploratorium helps continue the PPM mission to teach art, science and history through pinball and preserve this important part of American culture.

More information: http://Pacificpinball.org/ .

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Art Exhibit: Bagatelle, Pachinko, and Peggle, an Exhibition of Early Pins-in-a-Board Games

Author: Pacific Pinball Museum
Dateline: Alameda, California (ALAMEDA, Calif.)  | Wed, 01 Aug 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the opening of 'Bagatelle, Pachinko, and Peggle,' an exhibition of early pins-in-a-board games, and the digital extension of these games, Peggle.”



A R T I C L E:

The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the opening of "Bagatelle, Pachinko, and Peggle," an exhibition of early pins-in-a-board games, and the digital extension of these games, Peggle.

"The Pacific Pinball Museum is proud to encourage more pinball artists to express themselves and share their discoveries with the public," said PPM founder and executive director Michael Schiess. "The art and exhibits on our walls are designed to help visitors interpret the history, science and art of pinball."

WHEN:
* Art Exhibit Opening: Friday, August 3, 6 - 10 p.m.
* Peggle Tournament: Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Show runs August 3 through September 30, 2012.

WHERE:
The Pacific Pinball Museum
1510 Webster St., Alameda, CA 94501.

WHO: The Pacific Pinball Museum and the PopCap Company present Bagatelle, Pachinko and Peggle. Curators: Melissa Harmon, David Volansky, Michael Schiess, Jem Gruber and the PopCap staff Garth Chouteau and Jeff Green.

WHAT: An exhibit of rare bagatelles and pachinko machines, with an opportunity to play Peggle, a digital bagatelle.
More Info: info@pacificpinball.org, 510-205-6959.

About Bagatelle, Pachinko and Peggle:

Bagatelles were the earliest form of pinball. Bagatelles were created by the French in the 1700s, and came to the United States when French soldiers fought alongside Americans against the British rule. Bagatelle games took many forms. Most used small nails or "pins" to deflect the balls into or around holes in the slanted board. Some had legs and looked like pieces of furniture. Others had arrays of holes at one end, and a cue type stick was used to shoot balls into the holes. Ironically, nearly a century later, a British ex-pat, Montague Redgrave secured the first patent for a spring loaded plunger creating the first American pinball.

Pachinko machines were first built during the 1920s, modeled after an American form of vertical bagatelle. Pachinko designers use colorful and eye-catching designs, cartoons, animals, and flowering plants as themes. Balls are launched with a flipper-like device which is the only control mechanism that the player can regulate. Most pachinko players shoot the balls as fast as possible, relying on luck to guide the balls into winning holes. All of Japan's pachinko parlors were closed down during World War II but re-emerged in the late 1940s, and are still very popular.

"From antique bagatelles to modern PC virtual video games, this exhibit makes an exciting connection across the history of pin-board games," said contributing artist Jem Gruber.

Since its first introduction in March 2007, the Peggle series of digital games has been downloaded more than 45 million times on the Web, and garnered more than a dozen awards from leading industry associations and trade journals. Combining elements of pinball and pachinko, Peggle players fire a metallic silver ball from the top of the screen, relying on gravity to propel the ball downwards while it ricochets off unique arrangements of orange and blue pegs. The goal is to clear all the orange pegs from the screen, while earning as many points as possible, before running out of balls. Power-ups include explosive area-clearing blasts, lobster claws that serve as pinball-like flippers and "fireballs" that cut through all pegs in their path.

"This is just one of several exhibits the PPM can make available to institutions and galleries to exhibit for a fee. Each show can feature beautiful pinball art alongside working exhibits and playable pinball machines," Curator Melissa Harmon said. "This exhibit shows us the interplay of the modern day digital game Peggle with Bagatelle, a game from the 1800s, which I think is just astounding."

About The Pacific Pinball Museum:

The Pacific Pinball Museum sponsors exhibitions such as this one to reveal the history of pinball games as they evolved into the digital age. The Pacific Pinball Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to teaching science, art and history through pinball, preserving and promoting one of America's great pastimes.

More information: http://Pacificpinball.org/ .

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New York City Artist to Give Away Free Art for One Year

Author: Keith Jensen
Dateline: New York City, New York (NEW YORK, N.Y.)  | Wed, 25 Jul 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “For the next year, Manhattan-based artist Keith Jensen will be leaving original artwork around the city and surrounding areas for community residents to stumble upon. Signs attached to the free art read, 'If having this art will make your day better, then it's yours.'”



A R T I C L E:

For the next year, Manhattan-based artist Keith Jensen will be leaving original artwork around the city and surrounding areas for community residents to stumble upon. Signs attached to the free art read, "If having this art will make your day better, then it's yours." As a means of giving back to the community, Jensen has vowed to not sell any art for at least 1 year and to continually produce new, original pieces that can be found and taken home for free. Most pieces of art are painted on high quality, framed canvas.

"It's time to make strangers' day just a little better," says Jensen. "For such a creative and light-hearted industry, art catches a stuffy stigma. Art should be about making people feel something when they see it on their wall - and what better feeling is there than getting something valuable for free? I just hope people only take the art home if seeing it daily will truly bring a smile to their face, not just because it's free."

To determine locations free art will be left, Jensen has started a Twitter account (@paintpenart). So far two pieces of artwork have been left in the downtown Manhattan area and were picked up within a minute. Jensen will leave clues and sneak peeks of the art via Twitter before dropping it off so that interested parties can get a head start.

"Let's make art fun again," says Jensen. "I'll hide, you can go seek."

Keith Jensen is a Manhattan-based artist and full-time creative director for a Florida health plan. Since 2004, Jensen has also been teaching night classes as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida. In addition, he volunteers his time assisting with art classes for children living in homeless shelters around the city as part of the award-winning, nationally recognized New York City-based charity, Art Start.

Artwork, advertising, and photography by Keith Jensen can be found at http://www.clearlyk.com/ .

More information about the Art Start charity can be found at http://www.art-start.org/ .

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World’s Largest Pinball Show Set for September in Marin County, Calif.

Author: Pacific Pinball Museum
Dateline: San Francisco, California (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)  | Thu, 12 Jul 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) and Novato's Pinball Revival Company announce The Sixth Annual Pacific Pinball Exposition (PPE) to be held at the Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall in San Rafael, Calif., September 21-23, 2012.”



A R T I C L E:

The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) and Novato's Pinball Revival Company announce The Sixth Annual Pacific Pinball Exposition (PPE) to be held at the Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall in San Rafael, Calif., September 21-23, 2012.

Known internationally as the world's largest pinball exhibition, the PPE attracts thousands of visitors over the three-day weekend. This event is the primary fundraiser for the PPM, the world's premier non-profit pinball museum.

Who: The Pacific Pinball Museum.
What: The Pacific Pinball Exposition, museum fundraiser, world's largest pinball show.
Where: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, California, 94903.
When: September 21-23, 2012: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-Midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

"Private collectors have come together at PPE to create a unique view of Pinball History, from the rudimentary Bagatelle games to the just-released, cutting-edge game, Wizard of Oz," according to PPM Board Member Ron Chan. "The show emphasizes all of pinball, from vintage machines, collections of rare games, and a large variety of modern pinball machines all ready to play without having to insert coins."

The PPE features seminars from industry leaders, historians, scientists, engineers and hobbyists including special guests: George Gomez, Tim Arnold, Clay Harrell, Jersey Jack and Gary Stern. Industry reps and parts vendors will be on hand to sell their products to collectors. The annual PPE tournament attracts the highest-ranked players in the world, and has divisions for novices and children. PPE features pinball movies, tours of the exposition, awards, a raffle, and other surprises.

PPM Board Chairman Larry Zartarian said, "Our mission statement is to inspire an interest in science, art and history through pinball and to preserve and promote this important part of American culture."

This year, the theme is Science and Pinball as the family-friendly expo highlights the science of pinball. To bring scientific concepts to life, PPM pinballogists have created a number of exhibits for PPE that display the inner workings of pinball science. Exhibits include: Jem Gruber's exploration of the predictability of pinball's "seeming randomness," Melissa Harmon's experiment into momentum; and, of course, Mike Schiess and Wade Krause's "Visible Pins," three different award-winning machines built in clear-plastic bodies that show off their inner workings.

The Visible Pin took more than a year from inception to creation and allows students to see what's happening inside the game as someone plays it. Since its release, the Visible Pin has won Blue Ribbon awards at the 2009 Maker Faire and featured at the Bedford Gallery's Illuminated Sculptures exhibition. The San Francisco Exploratorium, which recently purchased its own Visible Pinball exhibit from PPM, has provided a number of related science exhibits to PPE 2012 as well.

The PPM's art department will receive $16,000 in donations this year to continue the mural painting program begun at the first PPE. From the first mural displayed in 2007, the museum's collection of hand-painted pinball murals has exploded to more than two dozen masterpieces. New at the PPE this year are d'Arci Bruno's "Slick Chick," Ed Cassel's "Domino," Dan Fontes' "Golden Gate," and Eric J. Kos's "Jungle Princess" and 20 more amazing backglass murals will all be on display at PPE6.

Sponsored by Autodesk, Chabot Space & Science Center, the Exploratorium, the PPE offers a 1-Day Pass: Kids $15, Adults $30 or a 3-Day Pass: Kids $30, Adults $60. All proceeds benefit the Pacific Pinball Museum, Alameda, Calif. - a 501(c)3 Non-Profit.

For more information, visit: http://www.pacificpinball.org/ .

Alameda, California is a sophisticated Bay Area island community with a small town vibe known for tree-lined streets and Victorian charm, low crime, a clean/green focus, natural beauty, abundant recreational opportunities, an excellent quality of life and high standard of living. In addition to its unusual status as an island city in the San Francisco Bay, Alameda is a residential community known for historic preservation, unique attractions highlighted by the USS Hornet Museum and historic Alameda Theatre, the Alameda Free Library, and the Pacific Pinball Museum.

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Running of The Bulls in New Orleans Makes Super Move in 2012

Author: Nola Bulls, LLC
Dateline: New Orleans, Louisiana (NEW ORLEANS, La.)  | Fri, 08 Jun 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “If past years are any indication, the crowd of partiers may double for the 6th Annual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 2012 (SFNO) from July 12 - 15, hosted by Nola Bulls, LLC. The New Orleans incarnation of Running of the Bulls features roller derby skaters Big Easy Roller Girls and roller derby skaters from around the world as RollerBulls(TM): horned-helmet wearing, plastic bat wielding, crowd chasers.”



A R T I C L E:

If past years are any indication, the crowd of partiers may double for the 6th Annual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 2012 (SFNO) from July 12 - 15, hosted by Nola Bulls, LLC. The New Orleans incarnation of Running of the Bulls features roller derby skaters Big Easy Roller Girls and roller derby skaters from around the world as RollerBulls(TM): horned-helmet wearing, plastic bat wielding, crowd chasers. This spectacle was enjoyed by nearly 15,000 participants in 2011 representing exponential growth since its humble beginning in 2007 during which 125 runners were chased by 13 RollerBulls(TM).

THURSDAY JULY 12th - 6:30 p.m.:
SFNO unofficially begins with the 2nd Annual Wine Dinner presented by Marques de Caceres of Rioja and 7 on Fulton Restaurant (701 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70130). A limited number of diners will enjoy a multi-course, wine-paired meal. Menu and Ticket information is available at http://www.nolabulls.com.

FRIDAY JULY 13th - 5-9 p.m.:
El Txupinazo (choo-pee-NAHT-so) officially kicks off SFNO 2012 in a SUPER new venue and presents an opening experience influenced by the traditional Spanish event in Pamplona. This FREE EVENT will be hosted at Champions Square next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Since opening in late 2010, Champions Square has been the site of great events such as Mardi Gras festivities and sports-related extravaganzas. Nola Bulls is proud to present El Txupinazo in an environment that will allow thousands to party in style. Tapas, Stella Artois and other beers, Marques de Caceres wines and sangria will liven the party. Multi-award winning Latin Boogaloo band, Los Poboycitos (http://lospoboycitos.com), will perform as will local dance troupes and performance groups.

SATURDAY JULY 14th - 8 a.m.:
El Encierro (The Running of the Bulls) is the featured event of SFNO and will commence at precisely 8 a.m. This FREE EVENT will also be held at Champions Square. Over 400 plus RollerBulls(TM) (from around the world), wielding plastic bats, will chase down and "gore" the thousands of participants. Festival registration packages are being offered on NolaBulls.com for VIP access that enables reserved area access, open bar and festival merchandise.

El Encierro is a "run at your own risk" event. All ages are welcome, but participants under 12 and people with strollers are required to use the sidewalks. Arrive early to view the Procession of San Fermin which begins at 7:30 a.m..

Following El Encierro will be the Post-Encierro Fiesta at Champions Square, featuring live music and area DJs, food, sangria, and Stella Artois. This event is FREE and open to the public.

SATURDAY JULY 14th - 8 p.m.:
La Fiesta de Pantalones (The Pants Party) revives the weary bull runners with live music from local acts, hand spun DJ tunes and other entertainment at 12Bar (608 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130). Artists are to be determined.

SUNDAY JULY 15th - 11 a.m.:
El Pobre de Mi concludes the SFNO 2012 festivities. This growing event features a recovery brunch of tapas and Ernest Hemingway inspired cocktails like "Death in the Afternoon." Participants are invited to enter the laid back events, such as an Ernest Hemingway Look-a-Like contest and the Ernest Hemingway Jam, where multiple teams present their interpretations of randomly selected Hemingway works. 12Bar (608 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130) will host this event.

ATTIRE:
Participants are requested to wear all white clothing with a red sash and neckerchief, or some other Spanish themed attire, for all events.

LODGING:
Discounted hotel accommodations are available at any New Orleans Hotel Collection properties, including the Hotel Le Marais, Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Mazarin, and Wyndham Riverfront.

PHILANTHROPY:
Nola Bulls will donate part of the proceeds from all events to charity. We continue to support Animal Rescue of New Orleans for their continued care and devotion in finding permanent homes for lost and abandoned animals. We are also contributing to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Louisiana, which helps over 4,000 individuals in the state of Louisiana impacted by MS to move their lives forward. They provide comprehensive support services and educational programs to people with MS, their family and friends, and raise funds locally to support the National MS Society's research initiatives.

About Nola Bulls, LLC:

Nola Bulls, LLC was founded in 2007 and produces entertainment and cultural events in the New Orleans area. "Improving New Orleans Culture One Festival at A Time." Their marquee event is San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

Contact Mickey Hanning for additional information and media requests. You may reach him at 504-247-3714 or mickey@nolabulls.com.

Nola Bulls, LLC, 828 Royal St., #501, New Orleans, LA 70116; 504-247-3714. Learn more at: http://www.NolaBulls.com.

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Pacific Pinball Museum Opens ‘Pinball Oddity’ – an Exhibition of Rare Pinball Machines and Oversized Pinball Art

Author: Pacific Pinball Museum
Dateline: Alameda, California (ALAMEDA, Calif.)  | Thu, 31 May 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the opening of the 'Pinball Oddity' exhibit, featuring a collection of pinball rarities and giant mural reproductions of pinball art. The exhibit represents the first in a series of scalable exhibits the museum offers for lease to institutions nationwide.”



A R T I C L E:

The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the opening of the "Pinball Oddity" exhibit, featuring a collection of pinball rarities and giant mural reproductions of pinball art. The exhibit represents the first in a series of scalable exhibits the museum offers for lease to institutions nationwide.

Pinball Oddity includes pinball machines that may be the last of their kind as most pinball games were simply thrown away and replaced with newer ones; machines from the 1930s, '40s and '50s are increasingly valued for their originality and rarity. Among the machines on display (but not available for play) is the only known surviving copy of Cargo, the Bay Area-themed Sky Rocket and a Korean War-era celebration of patriotism: Paratroopers. Rip Snorter and Teacher's Pet include the rare depiction of children in pinball art and the Thing's almost R.Crumb-style backglass tells a story unlike any other game.

Opening receptions for the exhibit take place June 8 and July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rhythmix Cultural Works K Gallery located at 2513 Blanding Avenue in Alameda. The openings are free and open to the public. Pinball Oddity features rare and unusual pinball games from the museum's collection and pinball back glass murals by Alameda-based artists d'Arci Bruno, Ed Cassel, Eric J. Kos and San Rafael-based artist Dan Fontes.

Four hand-painted large-scale acrylic reproductions of pinball back-glasses accompany the games including: Sea Ray, Jungle Princess, 2001 and Mermaid in the 1,000 square foot gallery.

"These shows are unique in that they can be scaled up or down to fit a specific venue. Our large collection of machines and murals makes it possible present exhibits on many different subjects," said Museum Founder and Director Michael Schiess. "The show can be made interactive or non-interactive depending on the desired configuration and whether we include playable games."

Some of the themes of the collections are:

* Machines from the 1930s - technological and design changes of the Depression era. A discussion of the history of pinball and the introduction of art into the machine.

* Art Movements in Pinball: Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Cubism and others are represented and discussed.

* Science Fiction and Fantasy in Pinball - A selection of games highlighting space travel, aliens and fantastic fictional worlds.


PPM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to teaching science, art and history through pinball and preserving and promoting one of America's great pastimes. More information: http://www.pacificpinball.org .

Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda, CA.

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