November 2007 (Part 1): Retail Therapy, Writing About Life Sciences and Rainforests, and more

Press Release of the Week

Blogworld Expo to Host Exclusive Sneak Preview of the Critically Acclaimed Feature Film The Kite Runner Film critic and nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Medved to conduct Q&A with the film’s star. Las Vegas (PRWEB) November 2
Blogworld Expo to Host Exclusive Sneak Preview of the Critically Acclaimed Feature Film The Kite Runner

Film critic and nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Medved to conduct Q&A with the film’s star.

Las Vegas (PRWEB) November 2, 2007 — On Wednesday, November 7, following the Executive and Entrepreneur Conference, the BlogWorld & New Media Expo will host a private preview of The Kite Runner, the film adaptation of author Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed best-seller, for all registered show attendees and register show press. Immediately following this exclusive screening, The Kite Runner’s lead actor, Khalid Abdalla (United 93), will conduct a Q&A with film critic and nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Medved. Michael considers The Kite Runner “one of the year’s best films. Beautifully crafted, wildly ambitious and altogether unforgettable.”

“The {Kite Runner} story is populated by characters who live in a distant and, to many in the west, enigmatic country. It is often dark and brutal,” writes author Khaled Hosseini at the movie’s blog. “This book has connected now with millions of people around the world. To me, that is a testament to the power of the word-of-mouth phenomenon.”

This highly anticipated film is not scheduled for release until December 14, but blogging conference-goers don’t have to wait! The Kite Runner preview will begin at 9:00 p.m. (PT) at the United Artist Showcase 8 Theatre in Las Vegas. Register now to be part of this exclusive event!

Additional information on BlogWorld Expo, keynotes, speaker topics, session descriptions, the Weblog Awards, The Kite Runner preview and registration is all available at http://www.blogworldexpo.com.

About The Kite Runner
Release: December 14 (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes
Synopsis: Based on one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, The Kite Runner is a profoundly emotional tale of friendship, family, devastating mistakes and redeeming love. In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It’s a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day’s victory, one boy’s fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after 20 years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban’s iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that sill haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right.

Presented by: DreamWorks Pictures, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, a Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Production and Parkes/MacDonald Production released by Paramount Classics.

Director: Marc Forster (Stranger than Fiction, Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball)

Screenplay: David Benioff (Troy, 25th Hour, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou-co-writer)

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Press Contacts:
BlogWorld Expo
Kelly Taylor
The Bohle Company
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(310) 785-0515, Ext. 207

The Kite Runner
Charlie Nelson
Grace Hill Media
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(818) 762-0000

Published: Friday, 2 November 2007 Tags: kite runner vegas press release michael medved

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Published: Saturday, 3 November 2007 Tags: el yunque flickr puerto rico trt rainbow times travel writer column

Retail Therapy Thursday/Press Release of the Week

I was first introduced to WHY Louisville when on a press trip covering Lebowskifest. The fest’s founder also owns this eclectic little place. Check out his stuff, and thanks Will for providing the RTT of the week. WHY Louisville Gift G

I was first introduced to WHY Louisville when on a press trip covering Lebowskifest. The fest’s founder also owns this eclectic little place. Check out his stuff, and thanks Will for providing the RTT of the week.WHY Louisville Gift Guide 2007
The weirdest little gift shop in town.WHY Louisville logoBuying gifts from local independent retailers not only helps sustain Louisville’s unique identity, it is also a way to find that great gift that you just can’t find at the mall.WHY Louisville’s shirts are designed by local artists who benefit from every shirt sold.

Here is a few of our favorites for this holiday season.

Available in the store at 1609-1/2 Bardstown Road or online at www.WHYLouisville.com.

502 Hoodie– $34.99 – Designed by Danny Cash502 HoodieRecently made famous when Oscar Award winning actor, Adrien Brody was photographed sporting the 502 shirt.Navy hoodie with orange print. Available in sizes S through XXL – $34.99.

High-Res photo of 502 hoodie here.

Home Shirt – $17.99 – Designed by Margaret Coble

Home Shirt

Designed by recent transplant from New Orleans, Margaret Coble. The Fleur De Lis can make you feel at home anywhere.

Printed on 100% cotton American Apparel unisex shirt. Available in sizes XS through XXL – $17.99.

High-res photo of Home Shirt here.

Interrupting Squid Shirt – $17.99 – Designed by Patrick Jilbert

Interrupting Squid

Designed by nationally recognized skateboard artist, Patrick Jilbert. What it actually means is anyone’s guess.

Printed on 100% cotton American Apparel unisex shirt. Available in sizes S through XL – $17.99.

High-Res photo of Interrupting Squid shirt here.

Night Owl – $17.99 – Designed by Matt Clinard

Night Owl

Louisville’s skyline never looked so nice. Up and coming designer Matt Clinard is one to watch.

Printed on 100% cotton American Apparel unisex shirt. Available in sizes XS through XL – $17.99.

High-Res photo of Night Owl shirt here.

Someone in Louisville Loves Me Onesie – $14.99 – Designed by John Wurth

Someone Loves Me Onesie

Give the kid some self-esteem early on.

Printed on 100% cotton American Apparel Onesie for ages 0 to 24 months – $14.99

High-Res photo of Someone in Louisville Loves Me onesie here.

State Fleur De Lis – Designed by Kenny Andreozzi

State FDL

The shapely state of Kentucky made up of a myriad of Fleur De Lis.

Printed on 100% cotton American Apparel ladies shirt. Available in sizes S through XL – $17.99.

Also available in navy unisex shirt with gold print for $15.99.

High-Res photo of State FLeur De Lis shirt here.

Paradise City – Designed by Jason Pierce

Paradise City

Based on the urban legend that the Guns N’ Roses song “Paradise City” was written about Louisville. Whether or not Louisville is in fact the place “where the grass is green and the girls are pretty” is still up for debate.

Printed on 50/50 American Apparel unsex shirt. Available in sizes XS through XL – $17.99

High-Res photo of Paradise City shirt here.

Fleur De Lis Ring (sterling silver) – $18

FDL Ring

Looking stylish and showing your Louisville pride doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Ring sizes 5 through 12 available for just $18.

Switchblade Comb! – $3

Switch Blade Comb

Look dangerous and stylish. Best stocking stuffer ever! $3

High-Res photo of Switchblade Comb here.

City Flag – $19.99

City Flag

They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Screen-printed flag measures 5 by 3 foot. While they last at $19.99.

High-res photo of City Flag here.

About WHY LouisvilleWHY Louisvilleopened its doors in June of 2005 at 1609-1/2 Bardstown Road in the heart of Louisville’s independent business district, The Highlands. It began when owner Will Russell (31) realized he was surrounded by several creative people who had many interesting projects but no single place to showcase them. WHY Louisville is a retail hub designed to support Louisville’s creative community. The store carries merchandise from locally-based projects like Lebowski Fest and Bejeezus Magazineand feature shirts designed by local artists such as Kathleen Lolley, Bill Green, Patrick Jilbert, Jason Pierce, Danny Cash and many more.The store’s “Artist Submission Program” is set up in a way that artists can get their design printed without incurring the high cost of printing. If a submitted design is chosen to be printed, WHY Louisville pays the printing costs and sells the shirts in the store and online at www.WHYLouisville.com. The artist gets a significant portion of the sale price for every shirt sold. Many of the shirts are printed on high-quality, sweatshop free American Apparel clothes.In addition to showcasing the design talent of local artists on t-shirts, hoodies and onesies, WHY Louisville carries many one-of-a-kind gifts, also known as “What-Have-You” (which is where the WHY in the store’s name comes from.) WHY Louisville scours antique malls, flea markets and yard sales to find vintage knick knacks, pop-culture memorabilia and kitschy local souvenirs for that unique gift you just can’t get at the mall. With the iconic seven foot tall “Beerwolf” statue that greets customers at the door, WHY Louisville is gaining a reputation as the weirdest little gift shop in town.

WHY Louisville is open seven days a week at 1609-1/2 Bardstown Road near Bonnycastle, Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 7:30 pm and Sundays Noon to 6:00 pm. Online shopping is available at www.WHYLouisville.com, as well as a local concert calendar, Beerwolf photo gallery and the Artist Submission form. (502) 459-5522

Published: Wednesday, 14 November 2007 Tags: louisville lebowskifest will russell why press trip writer jason pierce danny cash whylouisville beerwolf

Continuing to Unravel Life Sciences …

The owner of Microtest, a lab that research, tests, and manufactures cutting-edge drugs and medical devices. The company is on the verge of becoming a major player in the life sciences, after a billion dollar initiative for life science and biotechno

This is Steve Richter, the owner of Microtest, a lab that researches, tests, and manufactures cutting-edge drugs and medical devices.

The company is on the verge of becoming a major player in the life sciences, after a billion dollar initiative for life science and biotechnology research was handed down by Mass. Governor Deval Patrick earlier this year.

I interviewed Richter about his company last week, and shot this photo .

Published: Friday, 23 November 2007 Tags: flickr microtest steven richter life sciences massachusetts pioneer valley

My new favorite flickr group.

Stick Figures in Peril.

Stick Figures in Peril.

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