LLL073 @AlexisLyon: Talking Too Much or Caring Too Much

Alexis lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Alexis lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Alexis lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

On a warm summer night, Alexis and Lanna sit down to chat about understanding each other, getting to know people, sharing a love of books, gender and Alexis’ favorite things. Lanna gets offended. Alexis tells Lanna how to make the world a better place. Alexis talks of her love for Maine, kale, board sports and winter surfing in Maine. And she answers 10 questions.

Alexis Lyon

Alexis Lyon studied Asian Studies and Psychology at Bowdoin College. In Sri Lanka, she researched worship of the goddess Kali in a Sinhalese Buddhist context. She entered the Maine College of Art to work on her oil painting, and emerged as a ceramic installation artist. She has taught wilderness skills and environmental education to teens and pre teens, as well as a variety of community art classes to students young and old. She is currently working on her Masters in Education and ELL certification while teaching middle school English. When not teaching or studying, you may find her hiking mountains in New England or surfing on the coast of Maine.

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The 411: Alexis Lyon

LLL071 The Real Samuel James: Practice, Practice, Practice @therealsjames

Samuel Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Samuel Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Samuel Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch! And some pens.

A few weeks after the Zimmerman trial, Samuel and Lanna hunker down to discuss race, politics, music, and how to make the world a better place. Lanna asks Samuel if he’s ever had a “real job.” Samuel talks about his obsession with music, his creative process, and how he taught himself to play the guitar. And he answers 10 questions.

Samuel James

Samuel James is an award-winning, solo-acoustic, blues/roots performer from Portland, Maine. He can be seen on tour on the west coast of the US and the east coast of Canada this summer, and in Europe in the fall.

The 411: Samuel James

LLL050 Danny Schlesinger: School for Fools @circoridiculoso

Danny Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Danny Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Danny Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Here is the fourth part of a six-part series featuring those special people who make art and entertainment out of folding air into latex balloons. Our conversations centered on making a living doing art, how they started in the biz and their creative processes. Laypeople and twisters alike will enjoy these fantastic conversations.

Danny and Lanna talk about performing with balloons, circus skills and giving feedback. Danny admits he’s an idiot. Lanna asks Danny what he thinks of the United States and remarks that he is her first foreigner on the show. Danny talks about working with Avner the Excentric at the Celebration Barn Theater and describes his creative process. And he answers 10 questions.

The 411: Danny Schlesinger

Danny Schlesinger is an award winning performer who works in theatre, circus, cabaret, tv and film. He has worked with (amoung many) The Royal Opera, The Natural Theatre Company, Circus Sensible, Dynamic New Animations and in 2005 made his West End debut in “Burlesque!” at the Arts Theatre, London. He has performed at the London International Mime Festival and at theatres, corporate events and variety shows. Danny’s film and TV credits include Happiness (BBC2), Jack Dee’s Sunday Service (CH4) and Danny was Homer Simpson. Danny was also the lead in “Sniffer” – a Norwegian short film which has won many awards including the best short film at Cannes 2006.

Danny produces his own solo balloon shows for theatres and events and has won awards for doing this!

The 411: Danny Schlesinger

LLL042 Special Report: As Maine Goes – Marriage Equality

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A special report from Portland City Hall as a joyful crowd celebrates the first gay marriages in Maine. Lanna talks to several people about the Maine marriage equality effort and what it says about the great state of Maine.

Lanna chats with:

  1. Chris, Matthew, Christopher, Sarah, Anne
  2. Mark & Terry
  3. Amber
  4. Erin
  5. Brian
  6. Maggie, Conner (Cherry Lemonade), Ashley, Brett, Allie
  7. Mark
  8. Pastor Michael Gray
  9. All you Need is Love

Recorded on December 28th/29th 2012

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LLL017 Greg Daly: This Podcast Starts in Westbrook @DJNoRequest

Greg Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a Couch!

Greg Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a Couch!Greg and Lanna talk about design, Westbrook, and crazy muscle cars. Greg fesses up on his Diorama habit, and describes his inner sanctum. Lanna and Greg find out they both inherited grandparent cars. Greg describes his creative process, and expounds on great design and the importance of kerning. And he answers 10 questions.

For over 20 years, Greg Daly has been successfully communicating to consumers, businesses and peers. He has worked at global ad agencies such as Grey Advertising, as well as small boutique shops in the greater New York area. His abilities led him to Spike TV where he worked on the network’s core branding and in-house advertising. After spearheading the day-to-day leadership of the creative department at Pierce Promotions & Event Marketing, and winning several awards, Greg ventured out on his own to start ‘Brand Royal’ – a branding/marketing/advertising consultancy that focuses on social media marketing the relationship between communities and their brands.

Greg’s background is rich in music and art. After playing trumpet throughout his youth, he studied fine art, illustration, graphic design and advertising at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He brings extensive experience working with a diverse collection of brands . Greg’s passion for all genres of music is infused in everything he does. Known as DJ NoRequest (@DJNoRequest) both on and off Twitter, Greg has spun at SVA, clubs, bars and block parties, and is happy to bring all his skills to the scene in Portland, Maine.

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#016 Tina Smith, “TLove”: Rebellious Nature

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Tina Smith, TLove, Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!Tina and Lanna talk about slam poetry, performance and the Dreamship Community. Tina describes her creative process, and explains how she is living her passions. Tina performs her poem, Tomboy, and discusses how and why she wrote it. And she answers 10 questions.

Tina Smith is a performance poet, community organizer, and activist in Portland. In 2009, Tina was a member of the Portland Slam Team and the first Individual Slam Champion for Portland. The same year, she co-published her first chapbook, Butch Poets: A Redefining of Masculinity and a Reclamation of Butch with local jazz poet, Lady Zen. The second edition will be published in 2012 along with Tina’s first solo chapbook, 14: Temperance.

Currently, Tina co-hosts poetry writing and performance workshops and a weekly poetry open mic with musical accompaniment, Rhythmic Cypher Every Sunday at 7pm at Slainte in Portland, Maine which features local, regional and national performance poets, musicians and the occasional travelling queer circus. As co-founder of The Poet Rising Project, Tina also offers poetry writing and performance workshops to youth in middle and high schools and at the Preble Street Teen Center.

Tina’s poem, Tomboy is significant because it is a coming out story about becoming comfortable in her own skin after growing up in a hetero-environment and being discharged from the military for admitting her sexual identity. The poem recalls painful memories of rejection and conformity with a sense of humor and explains a healing process of accepting one’s own identity and finding empowerment in that acceptance.

The 411: Tina Smith, “TLove”

Here is where you can find Tina online.

[Recorded 06/23/2012]

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#015b Trisha Smith Part 2: Not so Culturally Sensitive

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Trisha Lounges with LannaLee!Wherein Lanna is not so culturally sensitive and Trisha is a bad influence. Trish and Lanna continue their conversation about high school hijinks, a passion for coffee and letting thier freak flag fly. Trish divulges her creative process and proves she has style. And she answers 10 questions.

Trisha Smith is a Maine Master Floral Designer, an artist, and, at times, a female female impersonator. She lives in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

The 411: Trisha Smith

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[Recorded 06/16/2012]

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#015a Trisha Smith Part 1: Trish Gets Comfy

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Trisha Lounges with LannaLee!Trisha and Lanna talk about the coffee-house culture, West Coast living and being a “Mainer.” Trish relives being 18 years old and being hopped up on Esspresso. They talk about fiber/sewing art, being arty, and flowers as an ephemeral medium. And they barely scratch the surface of Trisha’s awesomeness.

Trisha Smith is a Maine Master Floral Designer, an artist, and, at times, a female female impersonator. She lives in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

The 411: Trisha Smith

Here is where you can find Trisha online.

[Recorded 06/16/2012]

#010 Heather Denkmire: White Trash, Bad Credit, and Art

Heather Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch

Heather Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch

Heather Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Heather and Lanna chat about Craigslist missed connections, white trash, bad credit, and Art. Lanna explains that when discussing class structure, Kennebunk does not equal Maine. Heather talks about her Kickstarter initiative. And she answers 10 questions.

Heather Denkmire is a writer, a mother, and an artist. She helps non-profits raise money through grants with her business, grantwinners.net. It’s her children (a nearly 9 year old and a just 3 year old) who get most of her time, though. She lives in Portland with her two beautiful daughters.

We are also very excited to debut Lounging with LannaLee’s new theme song written and performed by rinski from Fiverr.com I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do!

The 411: Heather Denkmire

Here is where you can find Heather online.

[Recorded 05/04/2012]
Theme song by rinski from fiverr.

#001 @AlexSteed in the Lead

Alex Steed

Alex Steed Lounges with Lanna Lee and gets a couch!

LannaLee and Alex Steed talk about FoodComa.tv, Kickstarter, Facebook/Are you really my friend?, and Twitter. Alex lets Lanna know just what a Community Digital Specialist is. And he answers 10 questions. Lounging with LannaLee inaugural episode.

Alex Steed is a Writer, Organizer, Thinker, and Marketer. He the Producer of the web series FoodComaTV, a Maine and New England based Web Series that reports “on the oft-overlooked food culture of Maine that exists outside of Portland’s city limits”. He also works as a Community & Digital Communications Specialist at Opportunity Maine.

The 411: Alex Steed

Wonder where can you find Alex online? Well, wonder no longer!

[Recorded 01/30/2012]
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