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On the Train from Boston to San Francisco

On Monday I left for my first cross-country train expedition from Boston to San Francisco. It’s day three today and we’ve just left McCook, Nebraska headed to Colorado. And of course my trip has a hashtag for Twitter and Instgram: #SoozAmtrak2014. I’m using Seen’s social snapshot wrangler to collect all the posts with that hashtag.

When I arrive in San Francisco, I’m spending a week in the Bay Area exploring work opportunities in my worlds of content, digital marketing and community engagement. If you know someone I should connect with while I’m out there, I’d love to hear from you. Here’s my resume on LinkedIn.  Campaigns to keep me in Boston and help me find an awesome job there, too, are certainly welcome.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr train from Chicago, IL to Emeryville, CA has an awesome observation car filled with windows. I’m spending a lot of time there capturing photos and Instgram videos and working on some video projects. Unfortunately there’s no wifi. I might set up the GoPro camera when the train makes its way through the Rockies for a quick-lapse video.

Michael made hand-drawn maps of my train expedition from Boston to San Francisco and then back to Boston. He added some fun extra tidbits, of course.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates during my trip.

Sarah Blacker at the 2013 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square

Back in September, dozens of bands got together to perform at the 2013 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square. It was a superb two days of music. I filmed many of the outdoor performances. First up is Sarah Blacker performing “Shiver” from her new album Precious Little Things.

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Creating video content on a budget — class at General Assembly Boston on November 18

I taught my first class at General Assembly Boston in August — “Creating Video Content on a Budget.” It went very well so we’re doing it again on Monday, November 18th, 6:30-8pm. If it goes well again, I might teach a 4-6 week class in the Spring.

Creating video content on a budget
Journalist Lucy Morgan with video camera and phone, ca. 1985 | State Library and Archives of Florida

I taught my first class at General Assembly Boston in August — “Creating Video Content on a Budget.” It went very well so we’re doing it again on Monday, November 18th, 6:30-8pm. If it goes well yet again, I might teach a 4-6 week class in the Spring.

In this class, participants will learn common mistakes to avoid when creating video content for their brand. In particular, students will learn:

  • How to select the right types of video (Q+A, Behind the Scenes, How To, Testimonial, Humor) for your brand
  • How to produce quality video on any budget
  • Know which equipment to purchase
  • Communication principles of every successful video

Learn more about the “Creating Video Content on a Budget” class on General Assembly Boston’s website.

Photos: Tallahassee and The Grownup Noise at 2013 JP Music Festival

The JP Music Festival is an annual summer music festival in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts featuring musicians who either live or work in Jamaica Plain. This year’s festivities took place on September 7, 2013. View the JP Festival photo gallery to see more of my photos of Tallahassee and The Grownup Noise.

Talahassee at JP Music Festival
Tallahassee joined by special guest during their performance at 2013 JP Music Festival
cardboard slide at JP Music Festival
The awesome cardboard slide at 2013 JP Music Festival
The Grownup Noise at 2013 Jamaica Plain Music Festival
The Grownup Noise at 2013 JP Music Festival

 

 

How To Change Your Twitter Username

Instructions on how to change your Twitter username and keep your followers.

Flight of Lesser Sandhill Cranes Is Airborne over the Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary at Grand Island, Nebraska, in Early Morning...03/1975

A friend on Facebook mentioned that he created a new Twitter account with the username he now prefers to use. He didn’t know that you can change your existing username and keep your followers without creating an entirely new account.

Here’s how to change your Twitter username and keep your followers without starting over with a new account.

Step 1: Set up a new Twitter account and call it something unrelated to anything such as @hoorayforthis or whatever you want to call it. This is a temporary account.

Step 2: Log out of Twitter.

Step 3: Log into your soon-to-be-old Twitter username/account. For example: @gdbenedetto.

Step 4: Go to twitter.com/settings/account. In the username field at the top, type the name of your new Twitter username. For example: @goddamnglenn

Click the “save changes” button.

Step 5: Log out of Twitter.

Step 6: Log into your temporary account (i.e. @hoorayforthis). Go to twitter.com/settings/account and in the username field at the top, type the name of your OLD Twitter username. For example: @gdbenedetto.

Click the “save changes” button.

Step 7: Go to twitter.com/settings/profile and udpate your profile letting people know you can now be found at your NEW account (that has retained all your followers from the OLD account.) For example: “Oh, hello! I am now at @GoddamnGlenn. Follow me there! #hoorayforthis”.

Click the “save changes” button.

Shazam! You have now changed your Twitter username and kept your followers.

Step 8: Make yourself a cocktail and watch the video for “Bachelor Hours” by the goddamn delightful Parlour Bells.

 

Photo Credit: Flight of Lesser Sandhill Cranes Is Airborne over the Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary at Grand Island, Nebraska, in Early Morning, March 1975″ by Patricia D. Duncan from The U.S. National Archives.

Sooz TV: Marc Pinansky Sunday Residency at Precinct

Marc Pinansky rocks and rolls. He rocks as the frontman for Boston rock band Township. Rolling is Marc’s singer/songwriter side which you can experience every Sunday night at Precinct in Union Square.

Marc Pinansky rocks and rolls. He rocks as the frontman for Boston rock band Township. Rolling is Marc’s singer/songwriter side which you can experience every Sunday night at Precinct in Union Square. (Update: This no longer happens at Precinct. Alas!)

Below are concert videos I shot of Marc at Precinct on Sunday, March 25. You can also watch the videos on Sooz TV at YouTube.

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Marc Pinansky – “Soft Parts”

Marc Pinansky – “Stone”

Marc Pinansky – “The Thunder Song”

Marc Pinansky – “Golden Light” (Township)

Third annual Soozapalooza at TT’s with Good Night States, The Phil Aiken Army, Somerville Symphony Orkestar and The People’s Karaoke on Friday, January 20th

Soozapalooza, an annual party I host featuring some of my favorite bands is almost here. This year the v3 installment is happening on my 39th birthday this Friday, January 20th at TT”s in Central Square, Cambridge. The night features three of my favorite bands: Good Night, States (from Pittsburgh), The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar. After the bands, it’s karaoke time with The People’s Karaoke.

Soozapalooza 3 with Good Night States, The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar
Soozapalooza, an annual party I host featuring some of my favorite bands is almost here. This year the v3 installment is happening on my 39th birthday this Friday, January 20th at TT The Bear’s Place in Central Square, Cambridge. The night features three of my favorite bands: Good Night, States (from Pittsburgh), The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar. After the bands, it’s karaoke time with The People’s Karaoke.

Listen to music by the bands and say you’ll be there by RSVPing on the Facebook event page for Soozapalooza 3. You can buy a ticket in advance for ten bucks or pay $12 at the door. Doors open at 8pm and it’s an 18+ show.

Good Night, States

If you follow me on Twitter and/or we’re friends on Facebook, then you already know how much I LOVE Pittsburgh’s Good Night, States. L-O-V-E. They performed at the first Soozapalooza in 2010 and I’m more than just a little excited that they’re back this year. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The music below is from the band’s earlier releases. They’ll be performing music from their new, not-yet-released album at Soozapalooza.





The Phil Aiken Army

Phil Aiken released his first EP recently with The Phil Aiken Army and a full-length album is in the works. If you want to hear supercharged pop songs with an all-star cast of players, you definitely need to be at Soozapalooza on Friday to see The Phil Aiken Army. Oh, snap — more A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Phil Aiken and friends covering “The Shape I’m In” at the Cover Up

Somerville Symphony Orkestar

There’s no better way to start a party than with the all-original Eastern European punk funk band from the Slavic heart of Greater Boston — also known as Somerville Symphony Orkestar. The band describes it better than I could: The SSO spectacle is a carnivalized punk show that turns its audiences into equal parts mosh-pit and horah. Complex six-piece arrangements reign in the chaos only to explode in shuddering “fun-gasm” after “fun-gasm.”

Don’t be surprised if Penelope the elephant makes an appearance during Somerville Symphony Orkestar’s performance.



Event Photography: Science Club For Girls Catalyst Awards at the Broad Institute

Science Club For Girls held their annual Catalyst Awards ceremony and rundraising event at the Broad Institute on November 9th.

boston event photography at the catalyst awards

Sooz photography provided event photography services for The Catalyst Awards, Science Club For Girls’ annual award ceremony and fundraising event featuring 2011 honorees Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister (CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center) and Douglas Banks (Publisher, Mass High Tech). Festivities were held at the Broad Institute in Cambridge.

View photos from the event in the photo gallery.

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About Science Club For Girls:

Now in its seventeenth year, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has established an excellent reputation as a nonprofit organization with expertise in girls-specific programming in underserved communities. SCFG was recognized with one of six national MetLife AfterSchool Innovator Awards in Fall 2010 for the design and impact of our Science Clubs and CELLS program. We are also the recipient the Nonprofit of the Year award by Cambridge Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Currently, SCFG provides free, hands-on science and engineering programs to over 1,000 girls in five cities in eastern Massachusetts (Cambridge, Lawrence, Boston, Newton and Fitchburg), and in Pokuase, Ghana.

About the Catalyst Awards:

The Catalyst Awards recognize individuals who are strategic, innovative and effective in promoting diversity in science, technology and engineering; who are skilled and dedicated to effecting change from a systems level down to a personal level to help individuals and groups realize their dreams; and embody those qualities that inspire the best in us: a sense of justice, dedication to excellence, and genuine engagement.

Event Photography: Cointreau and Blackbook Magazine Spooky Chic Halloween Party

BlackBook Magazine and Cointreau hosted a Halloween party at Flann O’Brien’s in Roxbury on October 29th.

cointreau spooky chic halloween party
Sooz photography provided event photography services for Cointreau and Blackbook Magazine’s Spooky Chic Halloween party on October 29, 2011 at Flann O’Brien’s Pub in Roxbury. View photos from the party on Cointreau’s Facebook page.