Daily Stuff

•January 19, 2011 • 3 Comments

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A magazine a little something I wrote is in:

http://www.zingmagazine.com/issue21/johanson.html

Hello All,

This summer I am teaching workshops/classes in which I will help you research and or build just about anything you may be interested in the below class description. I have lots of machines and robots for people to test, operate and play with.

The classes are $25.00 and hour. I can also give advice on exhibiting in Europe and the U.S. and survival as an artist.

All the best

kal

We can explore: welding, carpentry, remote control systems, home-brewing, gorilla gardening, electric wiring, robotics, fire making, fixing things, plumbing, pnu-matics, pumps, building installations, water purification, high voltage electricity, video surveillance, electronic interfaces,  scavenging for materials, cooking alternatives, Solar power, lighting, remote control systems, survivalist contemporary art history, promoting and exhibiting your art.

We can talk about the history of this kind of art.

Have you ever wanted to build a robot? Ever wanted to know how to make that sculpture move? Make a painting spin? Build a walking machine? Learn how to make inanimate stuff come alive, move and become ANIMATE! Don’t know anything about this field but want to start at the very beginning?

Then this is your class.

All levels will be accommodated.

As late as the early 1980’s lots of young, smart, idealistic people went to work in factories and warehouses and “the trades”. Knowing they could earn a decent living and learn skills they can apply across many fields throughout their lives. Some went on to apply this skill-set to their art practices.

It is harder to do that now without factories and trades jobs. But it’s still possible and this workforce through skill sharing is coming back. As the world economy continues to collapse these skills are even more valuable and critical. It used to be you could fix a lamp or a broken door. This class will help the next crusaders in this field work in factories, gardens, special effects, meat packing plants and construction jobs before and during their start to poetically express themselves and make a living.

This is where I have taught and lectured:

http://kaltek.wordpress.com/kalman-spelletich-resume-cv/

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+Watch for events for the next 5 weeks, see the calendar+

Opening This Friday, May18, 2012

until June 23, 2012.

Opening Night is May 18th
Time: 7-11pm
featuring dance performance in the streets by Brontez Purnell & Amara Tabor Smith
Performances by LoveWarz and Sean O’Dell
Music by Strawberry Smog + Moira Scar
Free Cafe, Public Art and more…

http://streetopiasf.com/

http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/2012/04/streetopia/

http://www.booklyn.org/artists/STREETOPIA,%20San%20Francisco,%20CA.php

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My Class/Student show tomorrow/Thursday May 10, 2012.

http://sfsusculpture4.drupalgardens.com/content/sfsu-student-work

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San Francisco State University Exhibit

Hiya!

I am in an exhibit at San Francisco State University honoring the late great Artist, writer, educator and all around amazing man Stephen Wilson.
I will be exhibiting my Handshaking Machine.

HAND SHAKERER

By Kal Spelletich

1. Place Your Hand Inside Robot Hand And Grip It.

2. Shake Hands With Robot.

3. Open your hand to try and get robot to let go.

Robotic Hand Senses A Human And Extends An Open Hand. Upon contact, It Decides According To Your Heartbeat And Touch Which Of Three Grip Strengths To Use. It Decides When And How Often To Shake Hands And When To Let Go.

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See Video Here

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Something from the SF State Student Paper The Golden Gate Xpress

http://www.goldengatexpress.org/2012/02/29/smart-space-opening/

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It opens Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
4:00pm – 6:00pm

A new exhibition at San Francisco State University’s Fine Arts Gallery. Works by Jim Campbell, Maggie Orth, Alan Rath and Gail Wight are highlighted Feb. 21 – March 15 in “SmARTspace at the Intersection of Art and Technology,” a show conceived by the late SF State Professor and Leonardo Board Member Stephen Wilson, a prolific artist in the field and among the first to chronicle those who successfully bridged art, science and technology.
For more than 30 years, Professor Stephen Wilson was widely respected at SF State and beyond for his innovative drive and intellectual curiosity, as it pertained to art and technology. To pay homage to his work and legacy, the Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibit that builds on Professor Wilson’s ideas and writings and includes diverse works by several well-known West Coast artists. This interactive exhibit includes motion-activated sculpture, walk-through “environments,” performance events, a panel discussion and more.

The NEW hand!

Feb. 21-March 15, 2012
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am-4pm
Admission: Free

http://gallery.sfsu.edu/

“SmARTspace” features work by four pre-eminent West Coast artists who work at the interface of art and technology: Jim Campbell, Maggie Orth, Alan Rath and Gail Wight.

Wilson proposed “SmARTspace” based on artists featured in his books “Art and Science Now” (Thames and Hudson, 2010) and “Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science and Technology” (The MIT Press, 2003). Conceived by Wilson, the exhibit is organized by Paula Levine, Mark Johnson and Sharon Bliss with the assistance of students from San Francisco State University’s Art Department. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of Steve Wilson’s work as a teacher, artist, writer and thinker while commemorating the one-year anniversary of his death.

Admission is free to the exhibit and all related events. As part of the opening, Pamela Z will perform solo works for voice, electronics and video Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall. A robotic hand by SF State Lecturer Kal Spelletich will greet visitors to the opening reception. Related exhibitions will take place at The Lab and Root Division galleries (both in San Francisco).

http://creativearts.sfsu.edu/events/3345/smartspace-intersection-art-and-technology-opening

Date:
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue:
Fine Arts Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Fine Arts Gallery
Email:
gallery@sfsu.edu
Phone:
415-338-6535
Website:

http://gallery.sfsu.edu

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SFMOMA December, 7, 2011

Space Lime Light Modulatoror

http://kaltek.wordpress.com/sfmoma-december-7-2011/

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Praha, Czech Republic Exhibit

An Exhibit I am currently in,

in Praha, Czech Republic

The Prague Contemporary Art Festival

http://www.tina-b.eu/en/stranka-exit-89

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The Berkeley Center For New Media talk and Exhibit.

I am thrilled and honored to be invited and presenting at The Berkeley Center For New Media.

here is a funny article on the talk:

 http://aotn.us/post/11364932802/kal-spelletich

I am going to be ATTEMPTING to test my new handshaking machine, showing video of past work and having a discussion about it all.

http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/?p=1599

ATC Lecture: Kal Spelletich, “Fear and Fun: Performing the Human-Machine Interface”
Monday, 10 October 2011, 19:30 to 21:00
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
Admission is free and open to the public

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Sight School Gallery

I have a piece I collaborated on with my friend Ajit Chauhan. This exhibit opens tomorrow, Sat. Oct. 8, 2011.


PICTURES:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150371544953281&set=a.57221863280.53196.828338280&type=1&theater

http://www.sightschool.com/
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=204695779596186
Sight School
5651 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608

“Don’t Be Upset—I’m Only Crying in English””
October 8 – November 8, 2011

Opening: Saturday, October 8, 7-10pm

For its final exhibition, Sight School is pleased to present a new installation by San Francisco-based artists Kevin Killian and Ajit Chauhan. Long time admirers of each other’s work, the artists have collaborated on an elaborate call and response project in connection with the work of the late US poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911—1979). In her lifetime, Bishop was the awardee of every honor, including the 1957 Pulitzer Prize, but since her death a general consensus has placed her at the very top of Olympus, perhaps the preeminent postwar American poet. A writer of mystery as well as of ordinary things, a poet of landscape who traveled widely and deeply, she could also let divine poetic accidents into her highly stylized workshop; during her lifetime she published only a handful of books, 101 poems in total. Often thought of as a Boston poet, or a Key West poet, or as an American poet in exile in Brazil, where she spent most of her 40s and 50s, but she lived in San Francisco for two tumultuous years, during the “youthquake” of 1968-1970, in a quiet apartment on Pacific near Polk.

The exhibition takes its name from an anecdote that typified her grace, humor, and practical mind. James Merrill visited her at Casa Mariana, in Brazil & she was glad to be able to speak English with someone as it had been weeks. It brought out a recent sorrow & she was in tears. A young Brazilian painter & guest stumbled upon them & stopped dead in his tracks. Elizabeth immediately wanted to console him & said switching to Portuguese “Don’t be upset, I’m only crying in English.” Through collage, photography, sculptural deskilling, through music, poetry, electronica and voice, Killian and Chauhan bring to life a forgotten chapter in Bay Area history, the time when Elizabeth Bishop lived among us on the other side of the Bay.

Ajit Chauhan (b. 1981) is a Kansas-born, San Francisco-based artist. Kevin Killian (b.1952) is a poet, novelist, playwright, critic, and editor whose next book, Tagged, will be a collection of his own photographs.

AND, please remember to OCCUPY EVERYTHING and support your local occupiers.

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Industrial ROBOTICS PERFORMANCE

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Pics from show;

https://picasaweb.google.com/111684120175129318784/KaltekRobotParty

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Saturday, September, 3, 2011
8:00PM until Midnight
1043 Marin St.,
S.F., Ca. 94124
cross street Illinois St.

General Admission: $10 or what u can pay…
Students and Seniors: $7

Live Audience Experiments with Machines and Robots

WITH! Dj Big Daddy, tip him!

YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH BY ATTENDING THIS PERFORMANCE!

This is a BYOB event, there will be no alcohol served, bring some if you want some, the nearest plaCe is 8 or so blocks away at Reno’s.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/renos-liquor-store-san-francisco

Directions:
From the freeways
Cesar Chavez (Army St.) exit from 101 or I-280  North or South, take Cesar Chavez East, go about a mile from 101, 2 blocks from 280, go through intersection of 3rd St., immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.
Look for the red light, ya can’t miss it.

FROM DOWNTOWN
South on 3rd. Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.
Look for the red light, ya can’t miss it.

FROM THE MISSION
East on 16th street from Portrero St./the mission, take a right on 3rd., go south a couple of miles, Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

Or, go East on Cesar Chavez FROM THE MISSION, go through intersection of 3rd St., take immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

kaltek.org
Neither Kal Spelletich, KALTEK nor anyone associated with this event shall be held responsible or liable for any LOSS, DAMAGE, INJURY or DEATH arising from any activity organized, sponsored or promoted by Kal or the presenting organization anywhere in the universe, forever.
EVIGILO FABRICA LABORIS EXERCITUS SODALITAS

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Jack Hanley Gallery

WHERES my JETPACK!?

KSpelletich

WHERES MY JETPACK!?

Machines, Robots, jetpacks, video and photographs.

Opening Saturday, July 9th 6-9PM

Closing FRIDAY August 12th, 2011 6-9 PM

Beer & BB-Q

Jack Hanley Gallery

136 Watts, N.Y., N.Y. 10013

646-918-682  http://www.jackhanley.com/

Go on Canal St. West, way west, 2 blocks past Hudson, left on Watts.

Neither Kal Spelletich, Jack Hanley Gallery nor anyone shall be held responsible or liable for any LOSS,

DAMAGE, INJURY or DEATH arising from any activity organized, sponsored or promoted by Kal or

Jack the presenting organization anywhere in the universe, forever.

£££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

Leonardo Art/Science Talk May 2011

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

I am giving a short talk This Monday, 9 May 2011

http://www.scaruffi.com/leonardo/may2011.html

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MEETFACTORY Prague, Czech Republic Solo Show

A drawing I bought, made in the 1950’s, right down the steet in Praha

Prague press release

Arbor Aeronautics & Telepresences

An Article on my show in Praha:

http://www.praguepost.com/night-and-day/galleries/8128-mechanical-conifers.html

some videos here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owEigh0VIgU

More here;

http://kaltek.wordpress.com/prague-jan-april-2011/

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Kal Spelletich, visiting artist from San Francisco, Ca. will be exhibiting machines and robots built from trees at the MEETFACTORY.
The exhibit is about technology and its role in our lives and its role with the environment. There will be flying trees, machines you can operate and a wine pouring machine to serve you a glass of wine!
Opening Reception;Thursday March, 24, 2011 18:00 on.The Exhibit closes on April 15, 2011
I am doing 3 walk though’s with special, ahh, effects shall we say, in conjunction with other events at the MEETFACTORY, on 6.4 -18:00, 9.4 -14:00 and 14.4 -18:30.
http://meetfactory.cz/MeetFactory opsThe glassworks 3213/15, Prague 5 – Smíchov

Also in the exhibit will be the amazing work of Richard Loskot

http://sites.google.com/site/richardloskot/Home

Hello,

I am attending a residency and exhibiting in Prague from Jan. 17 to April 18, 2011.

http://meetfactory.cz/

As well as a few probable other cities on the continent.

If you are around Prague or Europe then let me know.

If you know of anything going on or places i should go to or people to see-

lemme know!

I feel lucky that during my 50th revolution around the sun I get to still keep making art, all over this planet.

all the best

kal

ROBOTICS/MACHINE PERFORMANCE

•January 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
8:00PM until Midnight
1043 Marin St.,
S.F., Ca. 94124
cross street Illinois St.

 

THE “HOVER CHAIR”

http://www.youtube.com/user/DanKaminsky#p/u/7/z4IVLXP2KLA

 

General Admission: $10 or what u can pay…
Students and Seniors: $7

Live Audience Experiments with Machines and Robots

SOME PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW=

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WITH! Dj Big Daddy, tip him! he just had ANOTHER leg surgery!

YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH BY ATTENDING THIS PERFORMANCE!

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scroll 2/3 of the way down the page:
http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/050809.html
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Kalpalace, somewhere way South of Market, San Francisco, CA: Kal Spelletich – Interactive Robotics/Machine Performance.
Review Lynnore Goldfarb: Hmmm… Let’s see, there is a chair that is rigged to literally flip up and backwards with a push of a button, a remote controlled mannequin with a camera in its head that captures its view on a monitor, and a platform on wheels made stand on, that which moves when a remote controlled claw-type metal structure goes up, then comes down, and scrapes the ground thus propelling the structure forward– and that’s just what’s in the entryway. The industrial space is large, dimly lit and full of crazy contraptions that hit, bite, ignite, play music, and cook hotdogs, among other things derived from the imagination of Kal Spelletich.
Comment by AB: Contrivances also on view in the Batcave include a complex suspended kinetic device, complete with video monitor, that slowly dispenses bourbon from a bottle into a shot glass, a bramble of branches that creeps along the floor, and more more more. Brain warp!

Here are some random links:

The Walking BB-Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEe5LhAJRIc
Assisting with a groundbreaking:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/exploratorium/5115244103/in/set-72157625241469544/
NYC Show:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nothinglefttoadjust/4864537383/in/photostream/
Documentary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KrCbYXJemE
Another of my BB-Q’s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OywGM8FOcQ
An Interview from 11 years back:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1YGCe-FG-s

kaltek.org
Neither Kal Spelletich, KALTEK nor anyone associated with this event shall be held responsible or liable for any LOSS, DAMAGE, INJURY or DEATH arising from any activity organized, sponsored or promoted by Kal or the presenting organization anywhere in the universe, forever.
EVIGILO FABRICA LABORIS EXERCITUS SODALITAS

An art Exhibit I am in:

•November 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

An art Exhibit I am in:
Jack Hanley Gallery at NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Jack Hanley Gallery will be present at NADA in Miami at booth #307 December 2-5, 2010
http://www.newartdealers.org/
http://www.jackhanley.com/artist.php?artist=182

Palm Tree 24th St. and Mission, San Francisco, Ca. 2010

Institute For The Future Conference

•November 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

 

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Vino Viper controlled by glove

I presented my work and talked on 2 days at the very amazing http://www.iftf.org/tech Conference presented by the one and ONLY David Pescovitz http://pesco.net/

As smart machines enter more realms of our lives—from workplaces and homes to farms and city streets—we will redefine what machines can do for us, where they will outperform us, and ultimately, what it means to be human. Robots have long been a staple of science fiction, capturing the popular imagination for nearly a century. Now, driven by military, consumer, and health care research, advances in robotics are catching up with popular imagination. Robotic systems are not only vacuuming millions of living rooms, but have also been deployed into active war zones, and navigated thousands of miles of roadway without human assistance. Indeed, within just the last five years, the number of robots in operation worldwide has more than doubled. http://www.iftf.org/

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Exploratorium Groundbreaking 10.19.10

•October 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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INDIA

•September 18, 2010 • 3 Comments

Leaving this sunday
i am going to build pieces there with the help of a university and the students, we have about 1.5 weeks to build stuff.
a bit of a translation problem, and materials issues…..
but truly an adventure
i have never been west of SF
oh, too late for shots,  i leave sunday
i did get some shots a few years ago for when i went to africa tho
i am a bit tripped out by the whole thing, but feel incredibly lucky.
I have a few days free after the festival, anyone ever been there?
Suggestions of what i should see or do in India??

all the best
kal

this is a real great article, something you could email your republican dad…..
This Country Just Can’t Deal with Reality Any More
As Election Day 2010 approaches, the consequences of the nation’s three-decade-old decoupling from reality are becoming painfully obvious.
http://www.alternet.org/news/148206/this_country_just_can%27t_deal_with_reality_any_more/

Long shot of venue pre show set-up

Pre-Show set up

Opening In NYC this week

•July 31, 2010 • 2 Comments

Monterey Pine Tree collage, Point Lobos

Closing Party Saturday, August 28, 2010. 6-9 PM

See it all end…
COSMICISM AND CONTEMPORARY FORESTRY
From Northern California
at THE JACK HANLEY GALLERY
OPEN NOW
Closing Party: Saturday, 6-9 PM, August 28, 2010
136 watts street.new york, ny 10013. 646 918 6824. jackhanley.com

PRESS FOR THE NYC 8/2010 shew

http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/reviews/kley/kal-spelletich8-26-10.asp

In comparison to very tall trees, the San Francisco artist Kal Spelletich suggests, people are losers.
Passing through the flame one by one, the hot dogs are like tiny damned bodies suffering in a miniature hell.

and more……

German Art Critique of current show up at Jack Hanley:

Mehr Gutmenschen in New York
Dem Künstler Kal Spelletich sind die Hybriden aus Pflanze und Maschine für seine Ausstellung in New York nicht ganz geglückt. Doch spricht er darüber, können ihm die Worte nicht groß genug sein. Der Besucher fühlt sich indes in der Galerie wie auf einem Jahrmarkt.

The artist Kal Spelletich are hybrids of plant and machinery for his exhibition in New York not quite succeeded. But he talks about him, the words are not big enough. The visitor feels while in the gallery as on a fair.

Gallery Shot

Gallery Shot


Opening night


opening nights with Der kalifornische Künstler Kal Spelletich


can a machine for Barbecue “feeding the masses,” as they call Spelletich.

poor weenies

The ominous-looking device looks as if it belonged to the household of “Mad Max”. Hot dogs are skewered and over a flame in a circle it around. The poor sausage.


Hundreds of dogs cooked by the one-an-only Ivory Serra!

are hybrids of plant and machinery for his exhibition in New York not quite succeeded.


Crown of the New Yorks!

Kal Spelletich selbst spricht von einem „Frankenstein“, den er da geschaffen habe - von einer „unheiligen Allianz“,

Thank you so much for your contributions to help fund this show!
It means a lot to me. I am incredibly, deeply grateful. I can stretch this funding out far beyond my wildest dreams.

Jelle Gerbrandy
Daniella Jaeger
Scott Beale

Ron Lillycrop
Joseph Carames
amyj
Dustyn Roberts
kathy
Tree Nation Productions
Clif Duhn
Vanessa Speed
babaLou
Christina rannacher
Emily Citraro

Gottfried Haider
Thomas Rødningen
rosanna
judith
cliff hedin
Cindy Phung
Jason Hadley
sudhu tewari
Garrick
Robert Collison
Ken
Frank Hellum
Susan Spelletich
Al Honig

robdeadtech
Robin Ward
Laura Lent
Tanya Augsburg
Jennifer Hall
Chris Johanson

James Goode
Chris Harvey
Aaron Paladinzero
Annabelle Port
Beth Waldman
jill storthz
Casey Winstead
Valid Notion
Nicole Aptekar
Vincent Fumo
Moses Hawk
Angela Moquin
JoAnne Northrup
Kathy
Gina Borg
lo1337a
Matthew Kent-Stoll
August Wood
Stephen Daly

Rich Dana
John Huntington
Major Tom
Michael Rosenthal
Barbara Fried
Christopher Schipper
Kate Weigel
Naiche
Greta

guy overfelt
Karen Broome
Steve Trombley
Emory0
Donald Day
Kristin Abkemeier
Colin Turner
Leon Stankowski
Mikl Em
Marian

Sherwin Siy

I have a NYC show this week,
the opening is Thursday. August 5, 2010.

Show up for the opening.There are robot trees and large scale photos, a new BB-Q on the street serving up food for the masses annnnd the beer will flow freely!

Thanks to EVERYONE who helped with my fundraiser. I am so …. fulfilled!

http://kaltek.wordpress.com/

best,
kal

COSMICISM AND CONTEMPORARY FORESTRY
From Northern California
at THE JACK HANLEY GALLERY

Closing Party Saturday, August 28, 2010. 6-9 PM

Opening: Thursday, August 5, 2010 6-9PM
136 watts street.new york, ny 10013. 646 918 6824. jackhanley.com

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135871463119288&ref=mf
http://www.jackhanley.com/upcoming.php?site=ny
videos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/namlak#p/a/u/0/1TEhvuzD_YQ

 
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