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Video summary of our event at Stinkweeds on 6/16/12

This weekend we have a very special Short Leash Saturday lined up for you lovely folks. This month, we are partnering with Ignite Phoenix to promote and support local music by showcasing local artists What Laura Says, Steff Koeppen & The Articles and Sareena Dominguez.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ignite Phoenix, it is a semi-annual event that fosters and inspires Phoenix's creative community. In one evening at Ignite Phoenix, guests hear 18 passionate speakers from our creative, technical, and business communities talking about their current projects or favorite ideas for just five minutes. Ignite presentations educate and inspire you, and maybe make you laugh in the process. These events bring together some of Phoenix's great thinkers, makers and doers and is always met with an enthusiastic and inspired audience. (The next event is in October and we urge up to get more info at!)

At this special Short Leash Saturday our featured performers have all previously contributed to the Ignite Phoenix Mix Tapes. This locals-only compilation album project that has exposed 60 different Arizona artists to thousands of event attendees through free CD distribution at the past five Ignite Phoenix events. Ignite Phoenix is all about promoting creativity in our lovely city and a huge part of that is supporting local music. We are thrilled to partner with them in this mission.

Steff Koeppen will be opening the evening, followed by Sareena Dominguez and then local favorites, What Laura Says, closing out the evening with an acoustic set. Ignite Phoenix team members will also be on hand, providing information about the Ignite Phoenix events and showing several of their past presentations on our projector screen.

One thing you won't want to miss is this last opportunity to pick up FREE copies of all five of their locals-only compilation albums! Make sure to see an Ignite volunteer to collect your free music.

Oh, and of course, Short Leash Hot Dogs will be on hand serving up the most delicious hot dogs you've ever had. This is guaranteed to be quite the evening!

Presenter: Jack Anderson

Biography: I am a designer from the entertainment industry with projects from A Bug's Life to ESPN Sports Center to the largest solar system model in the U.S. I'm currently combining 3D AutoCAD modeling with solar geometry. I am an avid motorcyclist who rode 8000 miles from Loa Angeles to Portland Maine in 2009. Alaska this summer!

Description: Zonies have a love-hate relationship with sun. We live here for the nice days then spend 6 months of the year avoiding sun and seeking AC. The ancient cliff dwellers used precise solar geometry to design thier apartments. All of our new architecture and landscaping can be precisely designed for summer shade, winter heat and natural light.

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Presenter: Stephen Bohn

Biography: I am a philosophet-poet-warrior directed toward the fulfillment of three aspects of my life that have become synonomous with the "local" movement: music, bread, and fitness. I play cello in a local agro-gypsy band, I cultivate breads at a bakery/coffee bar, and I believe regular daily exercise is substantial as bread and joyous as song.

Description: Having spent endless hours at the gym I have come to appreciate the liberation that the great outdoors provides. There is a surge of growing interest in this as a more natural exercise modality for its physical and psychological benefits, but there is an even greater, more profound reward in the intimate relation between man and his environment.

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Presenter: Tiffany Brown

Biography: I'm a little bit of everything all rolled into one spitfire individual -- conveyor of cupcakes, a local dancer/choreographer, a creative, a hopeful romantic, an eternal optimist, a sexy nerd, a teacher, a corporate professional, a writer, a tattoo lover, a dog park regular, a girl with a rather wicked sense of humor and a love for Gothic lit.

Description: It's said that every generation has its monster, and it's incredibly apparent that we are in the decade of the vampire. But how did we progress (or perhaps regress) from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen? What does it say about us as a society that we are embracing our monsters, pulling them close and accepting them as another breed of human?

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Jeff Moriarty gives an introduction to Ignite Phoenix #12, explaining the idea of the Hero's Journey, and how to look for its milestones in your own life.

Ignite Phoenix #12 was held May 4th, 2012in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Presenter: Jana Knapp

Biography: Jana is an avid fan of geekdom, good books, and single malt scotch. Her hobbies all focus on connecting people who are doing awesome things with the larger community. A former nonprofit fundraiser, she now works in digital advertising and builds organizational infrastructure and processes. She's the mother of a sassy eight year old girl.

Description: She-Ra. Leia. Colonel Dearing. Buffy. My childhood and young adulthood were shaped by strong female characters that kicked butt and took names. No matter the situation, I had a role model for success. Where did they go? Girls today don't have the same kinds of characters to look up to. Or do they? Who are the new women with swords?

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Presenter: Sean D. Sweat

Biography: Sean is an industrial engineer, transportation expert, and urban planning wonk who is hell-bent on making Downtown Phoenix a destination for people looking to live car-free.

Description: Last fall, two acres of vacant land in Downtown Phoenix were transformed into a sea of sunflowers. This spring, we're doing it again. And on the side we happen to be pressing the sunflowers for oil and converting it to biodiesel with the Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, to support the solar/biofuel hybrid vehicle they're building. Natch.

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Presenter: Sherene McLemore

Biography: I am a wife, mom and economics geek that plays soccer. I have a strong belief that all things are connected and love and value individualism. I hate soggy cheerios in the sink drain and I am good at Math because I am part Asian.

Description: I wanted to talk about being a war orphan from Vietnam, adopted by a white southern baptist preacher and his wife in the mid-west. Growing up was like a bad version of Footloose and the Joy luck club. Adoption is one of those things that is amazing but so bitter sweet at the same time. You're left often time wondering "Who do you think you are??"

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Presenter: Joseph Plate

Biography: I'm currently a student in college who enjoys watching cartoons including My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In my spare time i am the head organizer for the Bronies of Phoenix, a group of young adult, here in Phoenix who also watch My Little Pony and enjoy hanging out together.

Description: What are Bronies? Why are young adults (especially men) obsessing over My little Pony? In my presentation I will explain this strange cultural phenomenon that started on the internet.

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Presenter: Carl Jimenez

Biography: I'm a husband, a father, an Apple fan boy, and an Aquarius. I used to work for Disney and currently manage special events at a children's museum. I listen to a lot of tween pop music, I drive a car that looks like Mickey Mouse, and you know those kids in the AV Club back in high school? That was me.

Description: Coaxial, component, composite, S-Video, HDMI, VGA, DVI, FireWire, USB, and Thunderbolt. That jumble of wires under your desk or behind your TV is more than a network of signals, information, and power. It's a metaphor for creative problem solving, social interconnectedness, and the human brain itself. So let's talk, about the awesomeness of wires!

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What is Ignite?

Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

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