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About Jimmy Berg

I am the Blog Manager and Event Coordinator for Brown Paper Tickets. I also help out the Event Promotions department. If you have an idea for a blog post, send it my way!

Two Great Film Festivals Happening This Week!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. Time to start planning your activities for this week and if you’re in or near Los Angeles or Ohama, Nebraska and love independent film, then you’re in luck. On Wednesday, March 7 the Omaha Film Festival kicks off and on Thursday, March 8, the Los Angeles Animation Film Festival kicks off.

The Omaha Film Festival was established in 2005 as “a way for the Omaha community to experience the artistry of independent filmmaking through the exhibition of new films by aspiring artists that are otherwise unavailable for viewing in the area.” The festival typically screens over sixty films from around the world with a special section for Nebraska-made films. Genres cover narrative features, documentaries, short films and animated shorts and the festival features regional and worldwide premiers as well as advanced screenings of films that have already received wider distribution. The festival has become one of the top teaching festivals in the Central United States and offers a myriad of panels, lectures and workshops for aspiring filmmakers. You can find a full schedule of events here or pick up an All Film Pass here. The festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 7 and runs until Sunday, March 11.

Here’s a couple of the featured films that will be screening in Ohama this week.

Wednesday, March 7: Bringing Up Bobby (Director: Famke Janssen. 2011) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Film

 

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March Madness – Roller Derby Style!

I know, I know. When you hear March Madness, you usually thinks of basketball but judging by the sheer number of roller derby events we got going on just in the first few weeks of March, I think that’s going to change. There’s derby bouts going on everywhere. You’d be hard pressed to find a corner of the country that doesn’t have a bout happening.

We are, of course, so proud to be part of the national roller derby movement and encourage everyone to go out and support this grass-roots, DIY sport that’s on the rise. Look for another list towards the end of the month featuring more derby madness!

Roll on guys and gals, roll on!

Saturday, March 3

All Girl Flat Track Roller Derby BoutPrescott, Arizona  Come on out as Prescott’s hometown roller derby girls bring another Arizona State Conference game!!  NAZRD Whiskey Row-llers will be taking on Tucson’s Copper Queens in a hard hitting fast paced game of roller derby.

Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby Main EventBloomington, Indiana  Come Watch this double header roller derby event between the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls vs. Ohio Roller girls.

Demolition City Roller Derby: The Good, The Bad, and The UglyEvansville, Indiana  To paraphrase Clint Eastwood, in the roller derby world, there are two kinds of people:  those who hit, and those who get hit! The hits will be good, bad and ugly at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Evansville, as the rollergirls from Demolition City Roller Derby host arch-rival Black-n-Bluegrass in a wild derby showdown.

Moonshine MassacreRedding, California  Join the Redding Rollergirls as they bout against the Golden State Rollergirls for this high action Roller Derby event!

Roller DerbyNorth Las Vegas, Nevada  The American Roller Skating Derby is proud to announce that Jim Fitzpatrick’s World Champion San Francisco Bay Bombers are coming to Las Vegas to take on Mizz Georgia Hase’s Brooklyn Red Devils and Ice Box’s Los Angeles FireBirds in a wild 3 team tournament. Fun and excitement for the entire family!

Roller Derby BoutStockton, California  Over five years of hard work has paid off for the Port City Roller Girls, Stockton’s only Roller Derby league as they are into their 6th Season. They are ready to share with their community what they have learned from long hours of practice and some painful bruises as they take to the track to play an intense, fast-paced sport against other women’s athletic organizations. PCRG is owned and operated by the skaters, for the skaters. It is the motto of the flat track roller derby revival that’s been sweeping the country over the past several years. In this bout,the  Port City Roller Girls will face off against South Coast Roller Derby.

LA Ri-ettes vs. New York Gotham GirlsLos Angeles, California  Are you ready for some All Women’s Bank Track Roller Derby action? Then purchase your tickets now before they sell out to see the LA Ri-ettes take on Gotham Girls Roller Derby from New York. At the LA Derby Dolls – Doll Factory located in LA’s Historic Filipino Town. Trey Sandusky will be singing the national anthem. ATTALOSS will be performing at half-time in the Vendor Village.

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Roller Derby, Sports

 

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“If you’d never been born, then you might be an Isn’t! An Isn’t has no fun at all. No, he disn’t.” – Dr. Seuss

Tomorrow, March 2nd, would have been Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss‘s, 108th birthday. Though Geisel died in 1991, he still manages to maintain cultural relevancy in 2012. Universal Studios’ 3-D, CGI interpretation of his environmentally concious 1971 book “The Lorax” is currently playing in theaters around the country, his books still top children’s best-seller lists and there are dozens of theatrical adaptations of the Seuss-themed Broadway musical “Seussical” being produced all over the country by independent theater groups. The National Education Association even honored Geisel by adopting his birthday as the annual Read Across America Day.

Here’s an excerpt from the original, animated version of “The Lorax.”

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Arts, Literature, Seasonal

 

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Dance Your Brass Off!

Who doesn’t love a brass band? The horns, the drums, the crash of the cymbals. In most parts of the world brass bands are THE preferred party music for weddings, festivals, baptisms, and pretty much anything you’d want to throw a party for.

If you’re a fan of brass bands, you know that Balkan brass bands provide some of the best dance music out there. Balkan brass evolved out of the military bands of the Ottoman empire, formed during the First Serbian Uprising in the early part of the 19th century. Brass instruments were used as a way to gather soldiers for battle and when the war ended, the soldiers went home, the music entered everyday life and became the preferred soundtrack for celebrations. There has been a recent resurgence of interest in Balkan brass bands and you can hear elements of the music in modern-day indie rock bands like Beirut and world-dance bands like Balkan Beat Box.

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Music

 

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February is Black History Month!

In the United States, February is when  Black History Month is celebrated in recognition of the incredible contributions African-Americans have made to American history and culture. The holiday began as a week-long celebration established by historian Carter G. Woodson, who chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976 it was expanded to a month, with then President Gerald Ford urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavour throughout our history.”

We have a ton of great events going on throughout the rest of the month that give you plenty of opportunity to celebrate.

TONIGHT! Monday, February 20

Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s WorldHuntington, New York  In Person: Jean Claude Baker and Jarry Baker. Jean Claude will sign copies of his new book about his mother: “Josephine: The Hungry Heart.” A revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theater history. The film portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés as well as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century. For black Americans, Baker became ‘a role model’. Baker herself “wasn’t allowed to be the real American she wanted to be.” In an article she says, “I had been suffocating in the United States. A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it any more.” During the mid-1920s Baker found fame in Paris, performing at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and eventually the Folies Bergeres. It came at a cost; she often performed in erotic costumes with racist overtones. The dance routines are seen as distasteful now, but at the time it was an aspect of a black popular culture forced to adapt to white tastes. Baker’s career spanned fifty years, and she is portrayed as a true superstar, one with grace and humility. Black Americans loved her, the French referred to her as their “Black Venus” and in the last years of her life white American audiences gave her the standing ovation she longed for. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Seasonal

 

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Get Your Mardi Gras On!

Fat Tuesday is next week so it’s time to start making your Mardi Gras plans. Of course, we all wish we could be in New Orleans but for some of us that’s just not in the cards. Don’t fear. There’s tons of killer events around the country that are bringing New Orleans and Mardi Gras right to your door.

If you’re Catholic, this is your last night to eat rich, fatty foods before Lent, if you’re not, it’s an excuse to party on a Tuesday! And for those that don’t want to deal with the hangover on Wednesday, there’s a bunch of pre-Mardi Gras celebrations going on this weekend including a show tonight in New York featuring CJ Chenier, son of the inventor of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, and one of the hottest accordion players out there.

Either way, get your tickets because these events are sure to fill up fast.

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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Seasonal

 

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BPT’s Featured Producer: Kevin Sur from Artist Home

Kevin Sur is the co-founder of Artist Home, a Seattle-based booking agency that’s been making waves in the Northwest music scene with their unique approach to event production. He is also the talent buyer for the Columbia City Theater , a beautiful and historic 300-capacity venue in South Seattle. Since Artist Home took over the venue in 2010, they have transformed the once-struggling venue into what SPIN magazine calls “The city’s finest sounding room” and one that artists now clamor to perform in, despite its out-of-the-way location. Since Kevin’s been at the theater, many bands have experienced their first sold out shows, including The Head and the Heart, who are now making waves nationally after signing to legendary local label Sub Pop and appearing on Conan.

Kevin got his start in the Bay Area DIY punk scene, booking shows with bands he dug. He brought that approach to booking with him to Seattle and to Artist Home, which was established in 2008. Artist Home strives to create unique events that stand out from the norm. Whether it be focusing on niche genres, creating family-friendly events featuring music everyone can enjoy, or producing unique music festivals, Artist Home are a booking agency that thinks outside of the box. They’re also clearly passionate about their events and the bands they book; that passion shines through in everything that they do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in BPT, Event Promotions, Music

 

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