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Blessed Sacrament Festival, Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Blessed Sacrament Festival, June 9, 2019. Plus a surprise or two.

Summer festival foods
boy playing with an orange traffic cone

Polka Kings: Does Polka Music Really Come from Poland?

menu of food served at Blessed Sacrament festival
Jack Black. Polka.
In the recent Netflix movie The Polka King, the popular Hollywood actor Jack Black stars as the Polish singer and band leader Jan Lewandowski, better known by his American stage name Jan Lewan. The film shows Lewan’s rise to local stardom in 1990s Pennsylvania, how he ran a Ponzi scheme fuelled with money from his, often elderly, Polish-American fans, and his subsequent five-year jail sentence.
Made in collaboration with Lewan himself (who continued his polka music career after leaving prison) and based on a 2009 documentary about him titled The Man Who Would Be Polka King, the film is well grounded in fact.
An interview for Newsweek has Jack Black saying:
When I saw the documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King, from which this whole project sprang, it struck me like a bolt of lightning (…). This is an epic tale. On a very visceral level, I knew I had polka in my DNA. In fact, I am a quarter Polish.

POLISH SUMMER PICNIC! JUNE 14 and 15

New York Times article: DIVERSIONS; Ardent Polka Fans Take to the Road to Pursue Their Irrepressible Music

Blessed Sacrament Festival
Duane Malinowski with accordion, his son on drums.

A very pleasant time. Besides the people, food and music, there were the delights from the Earnest Brew Works!

More photos of Toledo here.

A very special thank you to Jackie Black.

Old West End Festival Parade (part 2)

The first part of this post is here.

Lauri and Gary Justen, dressed in Edwardian attire.

More photographs of Toledo: 419ness

About Stephen Black

More information about the Old West End of Toledo

Old West End Festival Parade (part 1)

Photographs by Stephen Black of the 2019 Old West End Parade.

A collaboration between the sculptor Jack Wilson and Stephen Black can be found here. The project is an augmented reality artwork.

419ness is a collection of blog posts of photographs of Toledo.

abstract mobile artwork
Lake Erie Water Safety
large white house on a green lawn

Part 2 is here!
Stephen Black does a lot of things. His books are here.

Memorial Day Weekend

Old West End

Hello to all.

The following image, when viewed with the free Artivive app, reveals "another dimension", a collaboration with the sculptor Jack Wilson.

The title: Falling Leaves in Spring.

Are you a resident of the Old West End?

Question: would you support a book about the Old West Side?

As you know, the Old West Side is a historical community full of distinctive architecture. Well... I have written a bestselling book about another historical community full of distinctive architecture.

That book is entitled i ate tiong bahru. It is one of my eight books. You can learn more about those books, and i ate tiong bahru, here. I should also mention Bus Stopping, a book of photographs.

Those books were written and self-published, mainly while I was living in Bali. To write about the Old West End would require time, and that means money. Do you think there could enough support for crowdfunding or other forms of support?

Also, any ideas on unusual exhibition spaces? I have a series of prints combine photography with text, and would like to present them to the public.

Thank you for your time and suggestions.

This is a collection of posts about Toledo: 419ness.

Happy to talk to anyone about video, photography, writing and AR.

onwARd,

Stephen Black

about me

A Victorian house in Toledo's Old West End

419ness

A collection of blog posts about Toledo, Ohio

The Maumee River

About Stephen Black

Stephen Black's books

Shadows of Mobiles

Jackwilsonsculpture.com

Ride of Silence, Toledo

This event was organized by We Are Traffic.org.

The evening was full of the beautiful light of Spring, and the best of humanity was in abundance. Bicyclists from all over the Toledo area gathered for a memorial service.

from the Ride of Silence website:

THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET

On May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

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I will soon be doing presentations about Augmented Reality and Bicycling. The first is at Rustbelt Coffee, on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30. The other presentation is part of GOBA, and will take place June 18. AR and bicycle safety is part of the presentation.

Click here for more information, as well as to see a collection of videos and links illustrating the impact AR is having on the world of bicycling.

Jumpstart/NextTech Pitch Competition

I discovered this event only a few hours before it began, thanks to Gene at the seed coworking space. I had no idea what to expect, though I have attended many pitching events around the world/pitched to a number of VCs at the 2018 TechCrunch Shenzhen event. I was intrigued, wondering what would be pitched. Fintech, food, IT, AR, VR, block chain; these would be likely topics, though I hoped there would be something that would work locally and internationally.

There was! The winner was a project that solved an urgent issue for the northwestern Ohio, yet also has national and international applications. The judges awarded the $10,000 prize to CC Tronic, represented by Nida Ammar and Leo Idraikh. Their technology helps solve Lake Erie's algae bloom problem, and eventually could have worldwide applications.

passing out prizes at a pitch competition

Other contestants/ideas: Moni Featchurs( portable theaters for community events),Smith Innovations ( windproof table/umbrellas), Clean Car Technology (cleaning components that are friendly to humans and the environment), HER Wines Ltd. (customized wine events for women).

Diana Patton, with a serious smile, shared her goal of meeting Michelle Obama. Diana's RISE program is already improving the lives of students in the Toledo area. Her presentation was genuine, dramatic and moving.

Jacob Beakas and his partner presented a plan to provide UToledo students with foods grown locally.

The star of the show, however was Ateeq Najib, a 16 year old award-winning boxer. He opened his presentation explaining why boxing gloves need to be improved: hand injuries are very common. Ateeq explained how he tested various materials and gave other examples of the research he did. If he won, he would use the money to create prototypes. Ateeq's sincerity and thoroughness were impressive.

BubikoFoodtour showed up, and of course she was intrigued by the experiences and plans of Andi Lawrence and Foodology.

Bubiko gets excited about Foodology
Bubiko cheers on Andi Lawrence from Foodology

Although CC Tronic won , all of the entrepreneurs gave strong presentations. No Powerpoints! And...great food and drink!

The judges:

Amy O'Donnell, Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Toledo.

Phillip Lee Partner, Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick

Wendy Gramza, President and CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Steven Powell, Manager of Administrative Services and Development, City of Toledo

The event was hosted by Ocie Irons, Jumpstart's Senior Partner in Toledo.

NextTech Ohio/Jumpstart

Toledo: May 9, 2019

A black and white photograph of branches in spring.
woodgrain pattern
Wet cityscape
white blossoms on a tree