Artist leaves big impact on student

The John Gossage photography exhibit "Here…Half Blind" has left the building at the Rochester Art Center, but not before making a big impact on a Studio Academy student, Nathan Q.

Last spring, Gossage was in town, taking photos of the city that were not the typical views residents may recognize. He contacted the school looking for a student or two who would agree to be a subject. Nathan agreed, but didn’t think much of it until this winter when he learned he was part of the exhibit.

Nathan was invited to the opening of the exhibit where he enjoyed all the attention of a rock star. "When we got there, the art curator came up to me, shook my hand and he was really excited to see me. He was like ‘There he is! The star of the show,’" Nathan wrote in an online journal about the experience. "People would come up and ask, 'Is it you?' ... I was so flustered."

Eventually, Nathan got a chance to speak with Gossage.

"He (Gossage) told me, ‘You were the guiding spirit of the show.’ It's the best compliment I've ever been given," Nathan said.


Gossage also gave Nathan a signed a copy of the print.

Local group to present spring concert

As more families decide to homeschool their children, parents are putting together some neat opportunities for them. For instance, the Rochester Area Home Educators are presenting their spring concert, "Daniel, Darius and DeLion," on April 22 and 23 at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5500 25th Ave. N.W.

The home educators group includes about 100 families and 250 kids. Nearly 70 kids are taking part in the musical.

Play director Suzy Johnsonsays, "The kids are really excited, they love the costumes, props and scenery. There are lots of students involved to pull this off."

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. on both days and all are welcome to attend.

Four For the Funny deemed a success

You may remember the experiment Goonie’s Comedy Clubtried the other week by featuring four of the state's up-and-coming comics, including Rochester’s own John Russell. With a room full of support, the four comedians were even able to record their material in hopes of a DVD to sell in the future.


"I was ecstatic at the turnout. Not only because so many people came, but because it’s so much more fun with a full room," Russell says.

Goonie’s is usually not quite as busy at the beginning of the week, but has recently started working with groups holding fundraising shows on Monday through Wednesday nights. The Four For the Funny show was another of those experiments that turned out very well. I understand the plans may already be in the works for a Four For the Funny 2. Keep your eyes open for that one!

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