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Sunday, October 7, 2012

"I made a hat where there never was a hat"

“There is that great line in Sunday in the Park with George,” he says, referring to Stephen Sondheim’s 1984 musical about Georges Seurat, “ 'Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat’.” He falls silent again and, as unexpectedly as those coins turn to fish, big fat tears start rolling down his cheeks. “I can’t say that line without choking up, because it states, in profoundly poetic terms, what I have always wanted to do with my life. It’s so simple and so funny, but boy it hits me deep.” - Teller of Penn and Teller

1955 Disneyland Opening Day [Complete ABC Broadcast]

Art in the Park: Join us in Boulder City today and tomorrow

Art in the Park
50th Annual Art in the Park, 
October 6th and 7th, 2012

Hundreds of artists participating in Boulder City's Art in the Park

    Donovan Fitzgerald works on his chalk artwork at Boulder City's 2009 Art in the Park. » Buy this photo
Donovan Fitzgerald works on his chalk artwork at Boulder City's 2009 Art in the Park. » Buy this photo

9am to 5pm (both days)
Boulder City, Nevada 
Wilbur, Bicentennial and Escalante Parks (also includes Colorado St & Arizona St) 
401 California Ave. - Boulder City, NV 89005 
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300+ juried Fine Art, Fine Craft & Traditional Craft artists selling original artwork
25+ unique food, beverage and "adult" beverage offerings - beer, wine, mimosas, bloody marys, margaritas & more
Live demonstrations, live music, activities for children and raffle giveaways

Art in the Park is one of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest and is the largest fundraiser for the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. The event is held over two days in beautiful Boulder City, Nevada, not far from Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the bright lights of Las Vegas. The event is free to the public, and although Boulder City's population is just over 17,000, the event draws over 100,000 visitors. 

1st through 3rd place ribbons are awarded in Fine Art, Fine Craft and Traditional Craft categories, as well as an overall "Best in Show" winner.


Signs of autumn's arrival abound in Southern Nevada, from the return of double-digit daytime temperatures to Boulder City's annual arts festival.
Annual events don't get much more annual than Art in the Park, which this weekend returns for its 49th year, bringing more than 300 artists -- and, if tradition holds, from 80,000 to 100,000 visitors -- to the quaint community about 17,000 residents call home.
A more accurate name for the yearly festival might be Art in the Parks, because the event has expanded to a trio of Boulder City parks -- Wilbur Square, Bicentennial and Escalante -- along with Colorado and Arizona streets in between.
The gathering has "grown, and grown exponentially" since "it began in a grassroots sort of way," when Boulder City Hospital's ladies auxiliary came up with the idea of an art show fundraiser, recalls Scott Lien , the Boulder City Hospital Foundation's executive director.
Now, Art in the Park ranks as one of the Southwest's largest juried arts competitions.
And while the current economic downturn has prompted "a very, very slight decline" in the number of artists participating, Lien notes, "that has more to do with gas prices."
If anything, he suggests, tough times mean "we see more people coming out because it's a free event" that appeals to all ages.
And there's plenty to experience, from kids' activities and live music performances to a raffle of donated pieces by participating artists and prizes from Boulder City merchants.
But it's the arts and crafts themselves that prove the biggest draw.
"The fact that it's juried is a big part of the show's success," according to Lien, who notes that they do turn away a number of applicants who don't meet Art in the Park standards.
"We try to bring in the best quality artists we can," he says.
During the show, visitors will find fine arts at Wilbur Square, while fine crafts (such as blown glass and quilts) will be featured at Bicentennial Park. Escalante Park -- really two parks, North Escalante and South Escalante -- plays host to traditional crafts, Lien reports.
All that browsing can make patrons hungry and thirsty, which accounts for more than 25 food-and-drink options. Barbecue options range from all-American to Asian; hot dogs, kabobs and everything in between also turn up on the festival menu. Drink choices range from sodas to margaritas to beer -- served at a festival beer garden.
"It's like a little vacation" for festival attendees, Lien says.
And if the influx of visitors briefly interrupts the quiet of the "quaint, charming little community," he says, the hospital foundation -- and Boulder City merchants -- benefit from thousands of "extra visitors" thronging their businesses.
"With 80,000 to 100,000 extra visitors on a weekend," he says, "that's a lot of traffic."
Contact reporter Carol Cling at or 702-383-0272.

Critical Thinking Blog


One of many sources for speeches to critique for your extra credit is TED. Some interesting live music and art as well.

Too Much Stuff Too Fast

Why do college professors load their students up on work?
Good question and no universal answer.
I suspect it is because we are “experts” in our fields and therefore know how important what we teach really is. Students are often only in the class to get the basics, earn a grade and move on toward their larger goals. The system does not reinforce with students how education is cumulative, and how every class you take has a value in your overall life and may be of greater vale in your future.
As an undergrad I took an Energy Engineering class simply because I would have to hang around the campus anyway between classes and could us it to fill time and elective credits. I knew next to nothing about engineering for the topic. But when the 1980’s energy crisis hit and every one since I have been able to use the information I learned to translate complex information into something most people can understand. This assisted me in earning awards as a journalist and in being a better teacher as my careers progressed.
Another reason is that school accreditation, the outside bodies that determine if your course credits transfer to other schools, depends on a college level of instruction, research and work completed by students.

Instructors and the departments they work for know that, but most students do not have a clue as to the bigger picture. We have to teach you specific information and to make sure you understand and use it before you move on to other courses and other schools.
A third reason may be that we are looking for those student who will excel in our courses and perhaps become interested in our fields of study. We provide the information at a level that will challenge all students, including those who have an aptitude and interests in the course material. That is not to say teachers should ignore their other students. On the contrary. Helping all students to understand the material and pass the course is one of the great balancing acts and challenges of teaching.
It is also necessary to understand that college instructors and university faculty, unlike high school teachers, are not responsible to teach all the students, only those who are ready for college and interested in the material (the exception being the preparatory courses, usually starting with a zero before the course number, which exist to make up or material which students may not have had the opportunity to master in high school but need to be successful in their college level coursework).
Finally, college is not a side thing to take for granted. Treat your college experience as if it were a cross between a job and your passion in life. You need to prioritize and know that your professors are not loading you up on work as much as they are trying to help you build the foundation of your future, a sound foundation.
Students today are the leaders, innovators, workers and family leaders for the future. Instructors know that and often go out of the way to help students to, as the old Army slogan went, “be all you can be.”

-Art Lynch

First posted 9/07/2009

Ask Communication Questions

Now that CSN student have their midterm back, with key and page references, it is time to ask questions about what you may not understand. Please use the comment discussion on this blog, Angel communication mail or my personal e-mail to ask the questions you have, ask for clarification and to let me know what you may need more explanation of. Any question or observation probably will be reflective of ones that someone else has but may not be asking. It is a way to help each other. So ask away..

Art Lynch

Billy Crystal, Jim Lehrer and others on Community Colleges in their lives

I really believe in what this video says, all of it. I hope you feel the same. You must learn to use what you gain here to help make your lives and the lives of others better, to launch yourself in an exciting direction and to believe in yourself and others. -Art Lynch

"China is not slashing education by 20%. India is not slashing education by 20%... No one is giving tax cuts to those who make over $250,000 while cutting education...You don't eat your seed corn."

"The US is 12th in the number of college degrees awarded. We are 18th in overall education. Not that long ago we lead the world in both.

Nevada cuts have exceeded a net of over 40% over the past three years with up to another 35% of the remaining budget this coming legislative year. At the same time students and people who would like to become students are seeing tuition rise, courses cut and in some cases the door closed. Elect candidates who will back your college eduction and the K-12 education of our children.

Guest on the video include Melinda Gates, Dr. Jill Biden, Billy Crystal and President Obama.

First posted 10/8/2010

Unit 6

Unit 6 Notes

The Demonstration and informative speech, including your outlines, require you review the material in this units posting, and read all of the chapters to date (see unit 5 posting)

The requirements for grading, testing and discussion are cumulative and grow increasingly strict and important as the point level of your assignments grows. Keep that in mind and stay on top of al required reading, research, projects and notes.

Unit 6 introduces you to or further advances your knowledge of outlining, research, eye contact, the use of visual aids, research, informative speaking and reviews key concepts that will appear on the midterm.

You should also be starting on your informative and persuasive speech research and preparation (yes, this early in the term!).

I.               Midterm Review Part I.
A.    Informative Designs, structures and patterns (know them)
B.    Communication Model backward and forward, plus examples used in class, lecture notes are important
C.    Spotlight effect
D.   Outlining
1.     Complete outline
2.     APA style
3.     Presentation Outline
4.     Thumbnail or Keynote / key word outline
5.     Note card effect
E.    Types of presentation
1.     Memorized
2.     Read
3.     Extemporaneous
4.     Impromptu
5.     Notes in book concerning each
F.    Inclusive and non-inclusive language
G.   Simile, metaphor, example, and related terms
H.   Bias, stereotype, prejudice
I.      Use of presentation software
J.     Rules and guidelines for PowerPoint
K.   Eye contact is direct, sustained and distributed
L.    Use of handouts
M.  Idioms
N.   Signposts and Roadway functions of outlining
O.   Different types of listening
P.    How to eliminate speech anxiety
Q.   Voice
R.    Pitch
S.    Volume
T.    Projection
U.   Pace
V.    Primacy effect
W.  Chapters 1,2,2,8,9,10,11,12,1316
X.    Units 1,2,3,4,5,6
Y.    All lecture notes
Z.    More to come

Click on "read more" below to continue reading.

Taking the Magic out of college!

Thank you to fellow CSN teacher Angela  Holland for this link to the New York Times and a commentary on visiting colleges. (Published 12-9-09)

Languages and Dialects disappearing


Scottish Dialect's Last Speaker Dies

Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Sunday

In the tiny fishing village of Cromarty, on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last speaker of the local dialect has died. Host Rachel Martin speaks with language expert Kelly McGill, about Bobby Hogg and his 600-year-old dialect.

Dialects and even languages are disappearing at a record rate, as mass media, mass transportation and the Internet reach into almost every corner and community in the world.