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My Post-Bumbershoot Blog, Part I
By Erik Schultz
Videos by Erik Schultz
Posted September 3, 2008

      Labor Day weekend in Seattle has only meant one thing...Bumbershoot. This music, arts, comedy, film, literary, and eclectic mix of everything festival has been expanding its list of events every year. In my personal opinion, it is starting to get a little too busy, but that just means more specific planning on what you want to check out. If you were like me, this past weekend was exciting but exhausting. You ran from one venue to another, stood in long lines to eat and pee, got bumped into every 15 steps, spent way too much money on the vast assortment of food and over priced drinks, and you have already forgotten half of the folks you have checked out.

      Well, this is where we are here to help. Over the course of the next week, we will post exclusive video interviews with some of the festival's standouts. Here is a sampling of what you are in store for...Ian Moore talking about his favorite places to eat across America, Mariqueen, from West Indian Girl, giving us a tour of the fashion at Bumbershoot, Forro in the Dark gives in-site into the Brazilian dance scene, These Arms Are Snakes talk about Seattle hot spots, Sara Bynoe discusses teen angst poetry, Beehives gushes over their first ever Bumbershoot experience. These are just a few of the individuals you will be learning about. Make sure you check back daily for new exclusive video interviews from Bumbershoot. 


     Deb is one of the nicest and most sincere folks that I met this weekend at Bumbershoot. Not only is she an award-winning author but her series of books will be turned into a movie series thanks to a couple bucks from Microsoft co-founder and investor Paul Allen and his Vulcan Productions. That is some good company to keep. Her first novel back in 2002 was The Queen of Everything. She is on a book-a-year schedule with her current book The Fortunes of Indigo Skye being released this past April. 2009 will find the release of her sixth book, The Secret Life of Prince Charming. She is also part of two collections of non-fiction critical essays for Borders Books. One is The World of the Golden Compass and the other is Through the Wardrobe: Your Favorite Authors on C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. 



     Ian's bio starts off with an amazing quote from Bob Dylan, "He who is not busy being born is busy dying." Singer, songwriter and guitarist Ian Moore lives and creates by that precept. He has been a staple in the music scene since the early 1990s. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Ian now resides on Vashon Island, a small island outside of Seattle. Ian has shared the stage with some of music's finest including The Rolling Stones and ZZ Top. Moore also spent time on tour, sitting in with Bob Dylan. Music is not the only entertainment experience Ian posses. He appeared as an actor in Billy Bob Thornton's acclaimed film Sling Blade. To Be Loved is Ian's current release on Justice Records. This record is a little more homegrown as Ian recorded most of the record at his home studio. "It's been really inspiring to me because it's like getting behind the Wizard of Oz's curtain and understanding the process better and the physics of sound. I really got into it on this record. A lot of this record to me is exploring the sonic aspects of recording and how to make these different sounds that I have always loved." 



     Sarah's goal is to help people learn to not take themselves too seriously, and she lives by that same rule. Things really happened when in 2000 she created a website called Teen Angst Poetry which, according to her site, is a comedic database of horrible poems people wrote when they were teenagers. This website lead to the hosting of a live night called Teen Angst. Kids have been submitted their "bad" poetry to Sarah for the last eight years and there is no sight of slowing down. In 2005 she released an anthology titled Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry. With moving to London to get her MA, she plans to start up Teen Angst nights throughout the UK while still maintaining the original night in Vancouver, B.C. Currently she is staring in her one show Fuck Off and Die: Tales in Teen Angst Poetry. Her site calls Fuck Off and Die, part stand-up comedy, part poetry reading, and part verbatim theatre, Fuck Off and Die is a heartfelt yet hilarious valentine for every lonely, angry and misunderstood teenager that ever lived because the truth is everyone understands your pain.


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