Friday, December 10, 2010

Saturday Night Entertainment Schedule for Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Just in case all of you are wondering how this Eye Popping, Ear Splitting Spectacle is going to play out tomorrow is the schedule for the Saturday Night 12/11/10 Atomic Holiday Bazaar performances...and I use the word "schedule" loosely, because...I only do this show biz thing once a year and we aren't perfect folks but we're fun!

6 - 6:30: Steve Peake, boogie woogie piano popping, Burlesque and Ukulele Stuffs
7:00'ish: The Equines
7:45'ish: More Piano, Dancing, Singing and Girlie Stuff
8:15'ish: Blind Buddy Moody and his beefy back up band
9:00'ish: and even more Piano, Dancing, Singing and Girlie Show Biz'ness
9:15'ish: The Dead Popes...ear plugs suggested
10:00'ish: Some more frilly dancing by some pretty fillies
10:30'ish: The Kenneth Brian Band
Midnight - Show Closes

Libations and food stuff available for purchase from Cosimo's.  All Ages show, you will be carded for the booze stuff, so bring your ID!  If you come to the Sat. Atomic Day show, keep your ticket stub and use it to get into the night show for $7 bucks instead of the regular $10 admission.

Also, the Atomic After Party is at Pasttimes Pub for the 2nd Annual Spandex Party, head over there after midnight and shake it babies!

Looking forward to seeing all of ya!

Hugs & Stitches,


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Atomic 2010 Show Coupons!!

Click the link below to open up the latest eblast that was sent filled with juicy coupon offers from some of the Atomic Misfit Crafters!


Simply print the coupons or if you are a true 21st century gadget gal or guy, show the vendor your coupon on your cell phone and save a tree!

Also, don't forget, if you are one of the first 100 adults to get to the Atomic day shows on 12/11 and 12/12, you receive a free Atomic tote, screened by sponsors, Clothesline and totes are filled with juicy swag items along with valuable coupons, many of which could save you some dough at the show!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Atomic Holiday Bazaar digs Kristen McGuigan, Fine Art & Photography

Atomic Holiday Bazaar video Thanksgiving crafter/artist/photographer is Kristen McGuigan, Fine Art and Photography.  Ms. McGuigan is appearing at both day shows, Sat., 12/11 & 12/12. 

She also works for an Atomic sponsor, Sarasota's Jessica's Frame Shop on 1st street. So it's a win win for Atomic! Check out her felt key chains...the perfect stocking stuffer for sure!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lolablue, Indulge Yourself. Respect Mother Earth

The other night I did a long rambling video blog about Jamie Lovern of Lolablue who makes hand-crafted natural body products and candles.  Lolablue (Jamie) has been with Atomic for four years and I don't think my video blog really does her products justice.  I've attached the video so you can shove a fork into your eyeball due to my incessant rambling which I tried to make relatable to the products, but I need to give this lady the props she deserves!  In the future, I will try and make videos that are about a minute long.  I PROMISE!

First off, Jamie delivered a box of her delicious goodies that will be available at both Atomic day shows on 12/11 and12/12...follow your nose, she will be in the fragrant booth with her husband who I think has worked beside her at every show (nice to have a partner in crime like that!).

Lolablue offers two types of soaps - 100% Natural - pure essential oils and
97% Natural - blend of essential & phthalate-free cosmetic grade fragrance oil.

I had the pleasure of trying the Spearmint Lime Mint soap, it is pure pleasure.  Right now as I type this I have the 100% Pure Peppermint soap sitting next to me which I can smell as I type.  The soap lathers up nicely and really did leave me feeling refreshed and clean and who doesn't want to feel that way?  Well, maybe little boys prefer the opposite.

As I mentioned in the video, I also tried her Daily Bliss Aromatherapy Mister in a Clove Patchouli Mint.  I am a reformed Clove smoker (mainly because they can't be sold in the U.S.) and because it's a rotten habit.  However, the scent of a Clove cigarette is a delicious smell, reminds me of Thanksgiving hams shoved full of cloves, yum.  I have never been a huge fan of Patchouli, let's face it, that scent has been a huge cover up for most of the Dead Heads out there who probably could really use a large dose of some of the soaps I mentioned.  But I must confess, Jamie hit this scent out of the ballpark because I've been misting myself for two days straight.  Just shake and spray and tag, you are it.  Good mixture my dear, very clean, non offensive, non burning to the nose, very subtle and clean.  I love this product, can't believe I do, but I do and if I didn't love it, I wouldn't have wasted an entire paragraph on it.

I have not lit the Holiday Mulberry 100% organic soy botanical wax candle but it's 11 ounces of hand poured love.  This candle burns three times longer than paraffin wax candles.  It smells delicious and I think I am going to have to light it up tonight since I'm having guests over...don't worry Jamie, I'll buy it!

Oh, two more things, I am totally addicted to chap sticks, I try all of them and have my favorites but Lolablue's Pucker Up is awesome.  Chap stick, truly one of my first addictions (don't worry folks nothing has ever been to the point of where I'd end up in the Betty Ford clinic), but if I had to go live on an island and could only take a few things, the Pucker Up would be one of them.  Per Lolablue, her Pucker Up Natural Peppermint "is stimulating and cooling it improves concentration and mental sharpness, helps with nausea and motion sickness as well as headaches. Peppermint produces a cooling sensation and then a warming sensation, getting the blood flowing to the spot of application so LOOK OUT LIPS - PUCKER UP!"

Last but not least, her SKY CLAD Muscle Rescue 100% Natural Sugar Scrub.  Oh, praise Jamie, this stuff is delicious.  I am outside a lot.  I run a lot.  My skin needs constant moisturizing.  This muscle scrub left my skin feeling invigorated and soft and it was fun to use. 

All of her products are packaged nicely, ready for gifting for a special friend or for your special self.  I am always happy to have Lolablue be a part of Atomic!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Altruistic and Benevolent Atomic Misfits!

Atomic is sort of like the movie Ground Hog's Day, I've been doing this annually for five years.  Atomic has become a tradition for me which is kind of cool since my family really wasn't into traditional celebrations for the most part.   Two years ago, I almost missed opening up the auditorium on time.  My alarm didn't go off, I thought I was going to have to take my boyfriend to the hospital the night before and it was a long, long night.  We slept in but thankfully my friend Da'reen was spending the night and he woke us up.  I made it to the auditorium in five minutes but I would have been in deep trouble if I hadn't of packed the car the night before. 

Today I want to introduce you to some of the Atomic Misfits who give a bit back of their proceeds to the community from the sales of the lovely items they create.  The reason I brought up Ground Hog's Day is because the first person I want to write about is Michelle Sampson of Gimme Shelter, a not for profit dog rescue and adoption shelter.  Ms. Sampson has been with Atomic from the very first year, she does the work I wish I could do but don't have the courage to do.   

Look for the Gimme Shelter booth at both Atomic day shows on Saturday, 12/11 and 12/12, she will have dogs on hand who are in deep need of a home for a life time.  We will also have a raffle for Gimme Shelter featuring some really fabulous donated items from local businesses and from the crafters and artists in Atomic as well.  The winner will be announced after the conclusion of Atomic on Monday 12/13.

Kerry Chen of Little Miss Crafty Chick will be working the Saturday 12/11 shows with 10% of her proceeds going to benefit local non-profit animal rescues such as the Humane Society of Pinellas, Suncoast Animal League and Internet Mini Pin Service.  Look for her booth because she is going to have an eclectic and colorful array of hand crafted items for sale.


Betsy Kennedy of be jewelry  has been a part of Atomic since 2006 (year 1), originally as the Most Valuable Volunteer
"MVV" ever but she now sells her handcrafted silver-smithed jewelry at Atomic.  Betsy creates personalized to order pendants for Manasota BUDS, the local Manasota Down Syndrome Awareness group.  These pendants will not be available at the show as they are personalized, however, you can visit her website and order this very special pendant HERE.

Rose Shariati of Rose's Whimsical Garden will be at the Sunday, 12/12 Atomic show and she donates a percentage of her proceeds to Somaly Mam Foundation which is an organization established to help rescue children/adults that are working in brothels.  Somaly Mam Foundation helps relocate people rescued to safe houses where they live and are treated if they have any medical issues, as well as educate them so that when they leave the shelter they have a skill that will help them get a job and make it hopefully, easier to rejoin society.

Zim Kids returns for a second year to the Saturday 12/11 Atomic show.  The ZIMKIDS ORPHAN TRUST provides food, medical care and training for the future to 160 of Zimbabwe's neediest orphans.  The orphans, who make dolls and wire toys for their own play, regularly create extra toys which are sold at events such as Atomic with 100 percent of the proceeds of those donations returned to the children in the form of food, school fees, clothing, medical supplies, or whatever else a given child needs.
Jennifer Bement of Redheaded Stepchild Designs is donating 10% of her sales to the Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Established in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs’ mission is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Through their programs Paws for Independence™, Paws for Patriots™, and Gifted Canines™ they have more than 600 active guide dog teams across the nation and continue to add more than 70 teams annually, all at no charge to the guide dog recipient, thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers.

Last but not least, Jen Bartolone of My Pup Roxwho will be at the Sunday, 12/12, Atomic show, donates 10% of her proceeds to Canine Castaways, a local non-profit volunteer organization that rescues dogs in need.  They are a fantastic organization; Jen adopted her dog from Canine Castaways and that is why she began making her fabulous collars!  It's a total win-win having her at Atomic and I can't wait to see her colorful table of dog collars.

I'm sure there are more benevolent Atomic artists and crafters and customers who give back to the community or Mother Earth in their own special way.  Man, that just sounded like a cheesy Hallmark card and really I should be throttled for that sentence...whatever, it's good to be good and it's nice to be nice and it's wonderful to give the gift of giving.  Hallmark, hire me.  I'm a poet, didn't you know it?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sea of Bees, Magical Wearable Woodfolk Critters at all three Atomic Shows!

Stephanie Rivas of Sea of Bees...I couldn't be any more excited about this designer hitting all three Atomic shows this year...check out the beautiful bird ring I am wearing in this video blog.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Know No Truth, the art of Landon Richmond

Know No Truth, the art of Landon Richmond
Originally uploaded by Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Landon Richmond of Know No Truth is making his first appearance at Atomic this year, hauling his ass and his art from some far away snowy place to the sunny confines of Sarasota's Municipal Auditorium.

Landon recently entered a contest to win a gallery space for the Art Expo in New York (it's a big deal to get into this show). He has worked passionately for years on his art and I am hopeful if you are familiar with Landon's art or are new to it and like it, maybe you will take a few seconds to vote for him and help him win a spot at the NY Art Expo.  You don't have to sign up for anything, it's a simple mouse vote click and you'll be on your merry way. 

Here is the piece he submitted to the Art Expo:

Also if you are interested in learning more about Landon, here is a short 7 minute movie filmed by the very talented Joe Martino based around the creation of this painting, and who Landon is as an artist which you can watch here: KNOW NO TRUTH VIDEO.

I really dig Landon's illustrative nature of the dark side melded with the living flesh of the day to day.  You'll find him at all three of the Atomic shows this year.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Sassy Crafter

The Sassy Crafter
Originally uploaded by Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Kim Taylor is The Sassy Crafter and has participated in the Atomic shows since the first year. Kim interviewed me for a Gainesville paper she wrote for and it was my first Atomic interview. She is crafty, she is artsy, she is great with plants, she is funny, smart, lovely and I am proud to have her back for more Atomic torture. 

Rather than recreate the wheel, please check out her interview with the Gainesville Sun where you can learn more about her...I love her phrase ""champagne crafting on a beer budget."  I think many of us can relate to that!

Kim also coordinates GLAM, an indie craft show held in Gainesville on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at the Thelma Boltin Center.

This woman can re-purpose ANYTHING. If I end up living on Skid Row someday, I am going to ask her to design my home out of the salvaged cardboard I find because I know she'd end up making it look like a show palace! 

Check out her Mid-Century Modern Atomic Eggbeater Clock, no two are the same .  What a hilarious, cheerful and ingenious creation by The Sassy Crafter!

Monday, October 25, 2010


This is the second year for ROCKLOVEPEACE to make an Atomic appearance.  I recently had an iced tea with founder, Del Harley at Pastry Art, here in Sarasota, which is owned by a former co-worker of mine from Planned Parenthood.  I have to say, hands down, I dig their coffee the most here in town and I love their pastries, yum-the'f-yum.  Really.

I digress, because I love sugar...which leads me to Del.  She is sweet, but not in a sugar overdose, stomach ache kind of way.  I really dig her!

Del has been busy with ROCKLOVEPEACE, her business plan struck her in an instant moment with her mission statement being: eco-friendly gifts that educate, motivate and activate positive change, one mind at a time.  Her products have been featured in national magazines and her delightful eco-friendly products will be available this year at Atomic!

 ROCKLOVEPEACE organic wood teethers were featured recently in Pregnancy Magazine and will be available at Atomic!  Del really impressed me with the research, time and process she took to create these teethers and employs, I think an uncle, to help her have them manufactured, here in the U.S!  I know I am buying a few for a set of pregnant gals I know.  
I could spend hours elaborating on the national press Del has had and success stories, so if you want to see what ROCKLOVEPEACE has been up to, check out her press HERE.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Red Marionette

Originally uploaded by Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Kelli Williams of Red Marionette is another of one of my Atomic Misfits who has been in the show for a few years, or half a decade.  I really can't recall!  I will say her booth is usually the fruitiest, tootiest, cutiest (I know, I know, it's NOT A WORD) booth ever.  Her creations are as bright and cheerful as she is.  She has had some really exciting press recently which you can read all about here:

Here is a very cool video she made for You Tube showing her creative process from start to finish, click HERE.

Also, even cooler, and this is big time press folks, Kelli was featured in Christmas Ideas from Better Homes and Gardens with a pictorial of her Pocket Peeper Stockings.

She's hit the big leagues folks and I'm proud to have her back in Atomic.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Crafty Hag

Originally uploaded by Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Coralette Damme of The Crafty Hag is pretty damn humble. I think she should change the name of her biz to "The Crafty Humble Hag" because she really downplays her numerous talents. She returns to Atomic, man, I am really going senile, I think this may be her 4th year? Anyway, the gal has some serious print making skills, an imagination that seems endless and her output of work is impressive. You try doing all this stuff at home, it's a lot of work. But hey, that's what turns us Atomic people on!  All I know is I love her creations. Here is a recent video interview from the New Roots News, St. Pete where I learned more about Coralette and her creation process.

Friday, October 15, 2010

GingerDead by Calan Ree

GingerDead by Calan Ree
Originally uploaded by Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Featured Atomic artist/maker of the day is Calan Ree who will be returning to Atomic Holiday Bazaar this December! I love Calan's morbidly amusing yet beautiful and perfectly executed approach to the darker side.

Read Calan's interview from the St. Pete Times, or online zine ART SLAM and, yes, there is more, she was recently the featured artist at the Florida Craftsmen Association

What can I say other than I dig her completely and you can to at Atomic Holiday Bazaar, she'll be working all three Atomic shows in December!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Demeree of DemiGod Studio

DemiGod Studio1
Originally uploaded by Atomic Holiday Bazaar

I'm seriously senile...Demeree has been a part of Atomic, I think from the very first year!?!?

However, that would mean that I'd have to crack open all those old Atomic files and well, hells bells, this gal is coming to the 2010 Atomic show...and I really dig this!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Additional Atomic Show Added, Sunday, 12/12/10

Due to glorious saturation of Saturday applicants to the Atomic 12/11/10 day and evening show, an additional day of all things Atomic has been added for public consumption!

If you applied to the Saturday show, it is almost sold out and I am refraining from accepting any more vendors to the Saturday shows until September 15th.  I have numerous reasons for this but the number one reason is I am trying to drum up some more masculine crafters on this planet for the Saturday shows.  I encourage you to apply to the Sunday show:


  • If you have already applied and have been accepted and want to do the Sunday show, please fill out the Sunday application.
  •  If you have already applied but were notified that you weren't accepted, please feel free to apply again...unless I clearly stated that your product wasn't a fit for the show.
  • If you haven't applied to Atomic but want to do the show, remember, I am only interested in hand-made indie crafts, I am not interested in products such as Avon or vitamins, etc.  If you rep organic green products that are not necessarily hand made but are environmentally safe and sound, I will consider you and your products for Atomic.
Thank you and I appreciate your support of Sarasota's one and only Atomic Holiday Bazaar!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

St. Pete Craft Heroes Now Accepting Application for Tres Holizaar on Sunday Dec 5, 11 AM - 5 PM

Coralette Damme of The Crafty Hag and Atomic Alumni asked me to help round up some vendors for the St. Pete Craft Heroes 3rd annual indie craft show Tres Holizaar.

Per the SPCH: 

This is the 3rd Annual Holiday Show and Sale held at The Studio @ 620.  The Studio is a non-profit visual and performing arts venue located in downtown in St. Petersburg, FL. (620 1st Ave. South to be exact) This event supports both The Studio and local artists and crafts people and is TONS OF FUN!

Here are the 
Sunday Dec 5, 11 AM - 5 PM
$75 for a 6 x 6 ft. space
Vendors provide their own chairs/tables/display props
Set up will begin at 9 AM day of show.
Vendor categories will be limited to ensure a variety of products offered.

Don't delay, apply today!!
Use this online form:
Questions? email us:

Friday, July 2, 2010

Crafty Chicks Craft Shows Needs Vendors for Two Shows

A few of the Atomic 2010 crafters are putting on two shows in the Clearwater, Florida area and are currently looking for fellow crafter/artisans.  They asked me to post this info to get the word out about their two upcoming craft bazaars that will take place on Saturday, October 9th, and Saturday, November 27th, 2010.  Big beefy info provided below:

They are looking to bring the more traditional crafters/artists together with the Indie crafters/artists for a festive market during the holiday shopping season. Proceeds from these two events will benefit local non-profit animal rescues including (but not limited to) the Suncoast Animal League and the Humane Society of Pinellas.

If you visit you'll find information about both attending and applying to be a vendor.

To become a vendor, applications are available on the website under REGISTRATION or just click the link to take you directly there.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The Atomic Holiday Bazaar Application to apply for the Saturday December 11, 2010 show is Alive and Kicking.

You may apply at the link provided below:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Letter to the Ringling College Board of Trustees

April 12, 2010

To: The Ringling College Board of Trustees Officers - Dr. Edward Jennings, Chair, Ms. Isabel Norton, Vice Chair, Ms. Lois Stulberg, Secretary, Mr. Steven B. Stein, Treasurer, Mr. Robert A. Kimbrough, Assistant Secretary, Mr. William T. Kirtley, Assistant Secretary

To: Members - Dr. Valliere Richard Auzenne, Mr. Robert O. Barkley, Jr., Ms. Pauline Becker, Ms. Dianne Belk, Mr. Louis Cabot, Ms. Carol Camiener, Mr. Kevin Daves, Ms. Linda Dickinson, Mr. Arthur Ferguson, Ms. Wendy Gingerich, Mr. Alfred Goldstein, Mr. Jack Harrison, Mr. William Isaac, Ms. Carolyn Johnson, Mr. Robert Johnson, Ms. Elaine Keating, Ms. Cheryl Loeffler, MajGen Lawrence Maciariello, Mr. Michael T. Martin, Mr. Richard Matson, Mr. Brandon Oldenburg, Ms. Susan Palmer, Ms. Diane Roskamp, Mr. Charles R. Smith, Mr. Robert Stuffings, Ms. Wendy G. Surkis, Mr. Peter Weill, Ms. Bonita A. Wright

To: Ex-Officio -Ms. Peggy Wilhelm, President, Ringling College Library Association

To: Honorary Life Trustees - Ms. Louise B. Appleton, Mr. Richard L. Joutras, Dr. Diana Lager, Ms. Elizabeth Lindsay, Mr. George Pierson, Mr. William H. Pritchard, Mr. Ernest F. Smith

Re: Dr. Thompson’s Sound Stage Proposal

Dear Ringling College Board of Trustees,

My name is Adrien Lucas, I live in Sarasota and have run, Atomic Holiday Bazaar, a well attended holiday indie craft show at the Municipal Auditorium for the past four years. This year will be Atomic's fifth year of running what has turned into a holiday tradition for the people of Sarasota and neighboring towns. Many of my vendors over the past four years are Ringling grads, current students and even a Ringling teacher and a wife of a teacher. Atomic Holiday Bazaar is not your typical craft show and has an intelligent and witty approach towards the handmade items offered at the show; Atomic simply put, is not your granny’s craft show.

I respectfully request your consideration in asking Dr. Larry Thompson to rescind his sound stage proposal to the City and People of Sarasota to turn our Municipal Auditorium, and yours, into a soundstage. I have also asked, to no avail, Commissioners’ Turner, Atwell and Clapp to please immediately halt further plans regarding closing the doors to the public and turning the municipal auditorium into a sound stage.

The beautiful structure of the Municipal Auditorium is a historical treasure and a heritage building that belongs to the people of Sarasota. This proposal from your employee, Dr. Thompson, has caused many citizens and constituents of the Commissioners to be appalled at what appears to be complete lack of touch with the people of Sarasota. We support the arts and we support Ringling creating a sound stage with funds from the college to build this or from private enterprise, however, we do not support the appropriation of such a historical gem such as this building.

You, as Dr. Thompson’s superiors, can help heal the divide that this proposal has caused with the citizens of Sarasota and the superior reputation that Ringling College held in this town prior to the introduction of what appears as a very greedy and inconsiderate proposal. Thank you for your consideration.


Adrien Lucas

cc: Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President, Sarasota City Commissioners


CONSTITUENTS of SRQ & SUPPORTERS to save our municipal auditorium, RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THE ringling College Board of Trustees AND City Commissioners Atwell, Turner and Mayor Clapp to PLEASE RESCIND the Sound Stage Appropriation of the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. ELECTRONIC COMMENTS & SIGNATURES, ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL LETTERS ENCLOSED SHOWING SUPPORT OF SAVING OUR AUDITORIUM.
Below are signatures collected via Face Book, along with comments collected via Face Book.

Jenna Dickes-Deleo, Ringling Grad:
I'll send out my e-mail to the commissioners right away then =) I don't know how they can ignore all the people who use the auditorium yearly, especially since there really are no other community centers on its scale. Godspeed on Saturday, I can't wait to see how it goes. You rock and all of us crafty gypsies are behind you!

Mitzi Roca, Lori Tomlinson, Marian Maxson, Brian J. Boyd, Pamela Clair, Eric Ziarno, Jody Hoffman-Dazio, Nick Katranis, Deven Johnson, Cregg Johnson,

Martha Stinnett: Hell No!

Michelle Donner: Hi Adrien, I want to keep the municiple bldg public damn it.. add me to your list. Thanks!!!

Susan Wallach - Have lived in Sarasota for 45+ years and have some of my fondest memories attending all sorts of wonderful events and the Municipal Auditorium. I firmly believe that it would be a really bad idea to allow Ringling Art School to take full possession of this historic public building for its sole use, especially at the insultingly low lease rate of only one dollar per year. Furthermore, Ringling is a PRIVATE college that charges approx. $30,000 per year tuition per student. Therefore, they should have enough money in their coffers to be able to afford more suitable commercial/industrial space in another location to build their sound stage which won't deprive local citizens from the use of a great public landmark that was originally created for the enjoyment of the entire community. The mere fact that the City would even be considering publicly subsidizing a seemingly successful private entity makes absolutely no sense, especially in these challenging economic times.

Guy DiLullo - I am in favor of keeping the Sarasota Municipal Building, open for public use, and oppose the proposed takeover by Ringling for use as a sound stage. Please feel free to use my name for this purpose.

Sarah Felder - I support leaving the Auditorium alone. Let me know if you need further info.

Dorothy Torres, Ringling Grad - Hi there! this is Dottie Torres, I was a seller last year at the bazaar and hope to sell again this year. I am also a graduate of Ringling. I am only finding out about this now while looking for info on the 2010 Bazaar. I just wanted to say that I fully support your efforts to stop the Ringling takeover of the Municipal Auditorium. I am very proud to say that I'm a grad of Ringling and it's upsetting to know that the same school that told me "the best way to get your name known is to promote the hell out of yourself" could possibly be taking that opportunity away to favor a major whose grads should have no problems finding jobs with reputable companies out in CA. The rest of us who chose the 25 year plan majors have to try a little harder. Personal feelings aside, the idea of gutting a building that serves as a melting pot for all different types of shows, concerts (have played many concerts there when I was in FWCS), and functions to focus on a single interest that's not a very big issue here, is rediculous.
Anyway, that's my two cents. I will most likely be writing to one of the papers assuming it's not to late. Best of Luck!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Atomic Writes to Congressman Vern Buchanan in support of Saving the Municipal Auditorium

Dear Congressman Buchanan,

I am writing you to respectfully request consideration of a meeting regarding the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium and Dr. Thompson's proposal of Ringling taking over the auditorium for a sound stage.

I run an annual holiday craft show called Atomic Holiday Bazaar which was created for a younger audience, however, that being said, it's been well received by the community and will be in its 5th year in December. Atomic exists because I saw a void for artsy crafty people who may be a little bit edgier and avant garde in comparison to regular craft shows. For me, Atomic, represents something that is open to all but speaks to the artsy person in town who may not have a lot of money to spend but can come to my show and afford buying something for the holidays that is hand made and unusual. This is a large chunk of my income and I have used the auditorium because it is an affordable and wonderful facility that suits the style of an Atomic show.

I spoke at the City Commissioners' last week during their weekly meeting asking them to please consider rescinding their vote in exploring destroying the guts and exterior of this historical building by handing it over to Ringling College. This building is an art deco gem, is alive and kicking and is a cultural treasure for Sarasota. If Ringling is given this building, the door of this building closes to the public for good. I saw you on the news yesterday giving a sound bite from the Film Festival where you stated something in that “our town, Sarasota, is unique in all the cultural offerings we have for its citizens.” That’s where people like me who run shows at the auditorium fit in. We are a huge part of the cultural fabric of Sarasota. If you want statistics regarding how this building is used, how it relates to local and tourism dollars, I am happy to provide them to you. We also provide affordable entertainment for the people of Sarasota, and if that’s not good culture, I don’t know what is.

The City Commissioners' take no heed to the advice and requests regarding shelving this proposal. There seems to be a lot of back pedaling regarding how Dr. Thompson and some of the Commissioners' even thought of this ridiculous idea of appropriating this beautiful building for Ringling. Sunshine Laws exist for a reason and I am contacting both City and County Commissioners along with the EDC to release anything related to soundstage discussions, although I suspect a lot of these conversations occurred in private and off line. If you have a room full of people against an idea with only one in favor (Dr. Thompson) and three commissioners’ who refuse to budge or respect their constituents valuable comments which were not purely emotionally based, but given with thought, realistic facts, etc., and a timeline that doesn’t quite add up to how the proposal landed or was presented to the citizens of Sarasota or the fact that Dr. Thompson is on TV acting as if this idea just “popped” into his head, well it’s smelly.

Will you please meet with me and a few others to discuss the importance of this building relating to not only the economy but how the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium has an amazing historical pedigree and cultural significance and needs to remain with the people and not be turned over to a private entity. We really need your support. Please, you have an entire town who is heartsick over this.


Adrien Lucas

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Atomic begs you to GET CIVIC - Email Campaign in support of keeping the SRQ Municipal Auditorium YOURS & MINE & do NOT Hand it over to Ringling.

Hey, hey you lovely "Fans of Sarasota" I am begging, asking you do to a bit more. If you think you can't make a difference, let's use Gaylord Nelson (yes someone really is named that...) as an example. This is the dude who 40 years ago founded Earth Day and catapulted the environment onto the world stage and public consciousness.

And that's what we need to do, is GO PUBLIC by writing just a brief bit about why you find the Ringling Sound Stage proposal so acidic. I'm just trying to jazz you muther's up because we need people to write local newspapers explaining your outrage with how out of touch with the community Commissioners' Turner, Atwell and Mayor Clapp along with Ringling employee, Larry Thompson are with the Sarasota public, that's you my pretties! And while, I'm sure they are lovely people, their lack of listening to their constituents is unacceptable.

Here is a list of local SRQ newspapers who I'm sure will love an earful:

Sarasota Herald Tribune
put "letter" in the subject line
Snail Mail:
Letters to the Editor
Sarasota Herald Tribune
P.O. Box 1719
Sarasota, FL 34230

Pelican Press
Snail Mail:
Letters to the Editor
Pelican Press
501 Ocean Blvd., Suite 206
Sarasota, FL 34242
Editor: Rachel Hackney Brown

Sarasota Observer
Snail Mail:
Letters to the Editor
The Observer Group
1517 state Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
editor: Matt Walsh

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Atomic Vomits Even More re: the SRQ Municipal Auditorium & our Lame Ass elected officials.

After the Monday City Commissioners’ meeting, it took a while for me to distill my anger into something that may be readable. Here are a few of my thoughts directed to Commissioners’ Turner & Atwell, Mayor Dick Clapp and Dr. Larry Thompson.

Gentlemen & Gentle-lady,

Mr. Turner, at the end of the commissioners’ meeting, this past Monday, Mayor Clapp said you had brought up the sound stage idea in January, then SRQ’s Page 1, 4/7 edition, reiterated how you had come up with the idea. I then thought of Channel 6 and Larry Thompson being quoted on video as saying “Basically, one day while driving down the Trail, I saw this building (the SRQ Municipal Auditorium), and I was like, Wow, that is like a sound stage! I mean, it looks like one!”

Clip to view Dr. Thompsons' cloying bad acting, click HERE.

Seriously gentlemen, if you want to get into the film business, could you at least hire real actors to play yourselves? And perhaps you could train your stand-ins to stick with the script.

Per an email from Dick Clapp sent to a friend of mine yesterday he states “On January 26, the commission met in a workshop to discuss priorities and objectives for the next two years. One of the items was to focus on Economic Development and Recovery. A specific item approved by all the commissioners was “Pursue Soundstage: Explore opportunities with Ringling School of Art and Design within the City, with emphasis along the North Tamiami Trail corridor and in N. Sarasota. A month or so after this we received a proposal from RCAD asking us to evaluate use of the Municipal Auditorium.”

And here is where Dick Clapp kind of rearranges city history, he continues on in his email to my friend with “The city commission then voted 3-2 to discuss this proposal with Larry Thompson to understand what he really was looking for, begin a conversation about how a sound stage might help with employment and economic diversification and whether the Auditorium would be suitable.”

Now all of this may seem a bit confusing to you (if anyone out there is reading or even gives a damn) but to me, this is what pisses me off…

Mr. Turner, Mr. Clapp and Mr. Thompson, obviously you have all been in cahoots (since last year) about this auditorium takeover for a while. What is SO annoying is the cloying way you had Dr. Thompson hold a press conference, on film, badly acting as if he were just driving down Tamiami and thought “Eureka! That Municipal Auditorium building will make a great sound stage!” “What a crazy idea of mine!” “I’m going to send a proposal to the city!” “Woo wee, I’ll call Channel 6 and give them my proclamation!”

This occurred prior to the 3-2 City Commissioners vote. Maybe I’m just being a stickler for “real dates/times” but I think it’s a bit shady in that Mr. Clapp neglected to add into his email that he and Mr. Turner encouraged Dr. Thompson to write a really shoddy proposal so that they could vote on it.

I know, I know, it’s a timeline semantic, however, your constituents were not given full disclosure regarding how you were and are as much of the Ringling proposal as Dr. Thompson is. Bottom line is I don’t give a shit anymore about the timeline but you three really didn’t fully disclose that you were all in this plan together.

I will continue to pound home the fact that the Municipal Building is a historical Sarasota treasure and as our elected officials it is YOUR responsibility to recognize that you had 32 people or so at the Monday meeting in opposition of your greedy and irresponsible proposal. Also, I suspect that by allowing people like me to reserve space at the auditorium until June 2011, you are just buying time, hoping people will simmer down and then begin hacking away at the Municipal Building again.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Atomic Vomits This - more of the Ringling Sound Stage Saga

Let me tell you how I spent yesterday, Saturday, April 3. I was invited to speak to the CCNA - The Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations for the City of Sarasota, as a panelist representing vendors who use the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. There was a lady from the Sarasota Historical Society and a representative from Ringling. I am leaving their names off of this blog because I do not want my rants to appear as a personal attack towards the Ringling School representative, so this person will remain sexless and nameless. I don’t want to upset this human being or to create a new enemy (I have plenty of current ones that exhaust me), so sexless representative, I get it, I know you were merely the messenger.

I am an awful public speaker, my senior year I actually passed out on stage during speech class; now I’ll have to admit I was at a Hoodoo Guru’s concert in Cleveland the night before and had my first taste of that really gross sticky Yukon Jack which school girls should stay away from. Needless to say, I felt like I was going to pass out yesterday in front of the CCNA and but I got through it and here are my thoughts on yesterday.

I am addressing the rest of this blog to Mr. Thompson and Commissioners’ Turner, Atwell and Clapp:

Mr. Thompson, your representative who came to the CCNA meeting yesterday stated clearly that they did not have facts and were basing all answers upon your four page sound stage proposal to the city and to take back questions or suggestions to you. What was given as the main answer to members of the CCNA was that the MOST that Ringling had done was assess what would be the best existing building for Ringling to appropriate as their sound stage and it was the lucky historical Municipal Auditorium. But that was about the only answer your representative had for us which was then translated into “We (Ringling) are happy that this proposal is engaging the citizens of Sarasota so that we may all come to an agreement regarding a sound stage, blah, blah, blah.”

May I say to you, Mr. Thompson, I don’t like doing civic things too much on a Saturday and I feel kind of duped in that, if your proposal is merely smoke and mirrors, what you are really after is having the citizens of Sarasota foot the bill for your new sound stage. I’m sure you were hopeful that maybe, just maybe your original proposal may have slithered through without any mention from people who live here, but I don’t think this is what your proposal is really about.

So when your representative repeatedly suggested that your proposal is wonderful because look at all the dialogue this proposal has created, well quite simply it pissed me off. You want to know why? Well, I am naturally angry, but lets just say, I have better things to do on a Saturday, like work and play in my yard. I don’t need you in my life to create dialogue. YOU should be having a meeting with the Ringling Board members and Ringling donors on how YOUR institution should pay for a sound stage.

And to the Commissioners of Sarasota, this dialogue that Larry has created could have been immediately squelched by you, had you recognized the Municipal Building as being a historical treasure, a heritage building that belongs to the people of Sarasota and really you all should have shut the door when offered just a $1 for the lease for almost a century of use. Seriously, quit acting like the village idiots, wake up and recognize you owe this city your loyalty and protection and don’t hand over valuable city properties to entities flush with cash for free.

I can’t believe I even have to type this crap, which really leads me to believe that this is NOT what this proposal is about at all. Larry wants Sarasota to foot the bill, I wonder how the employees of the City of Sarasota are going to feel about this when their pensions and salaries are being tinkered with.

P.S., If I hear one more comment about how Booker is not a place for consideration because of the children and security issues my eyes are going to permanently cross. Um, there's this thing called SECURITY GUARDS, yes, crazy I know! But hey, you're bringing jobs so when you build that budget to show economic growth - add that in also. I have been to a lot of production companies in Los Angeles, and it's kind of funny but you hand them your ID, they take a picture of you, you get a badge and are escorted everywhere, kind of silly but it works. Why Ringling keeps saying, no, no, no, we can't blend Booker and the sound stage because of the children, well it's because you don't want to. Also, regarding the planes and being in the warehouse district, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Where in L.A. are you not in a flight pattern? Ringling is perfectly capable of putting the $$ into sound proofing a building. You people exhaust me.

If you are interested in becoming a fan of the Sarasota Muncipal Auditorium and to learn about the city meeting open for public comments, click H E R E.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Atomic Digs This - Lolablue is available now at Pure, Sarasota, FL

Jamie Lovern is Atomic alumni and if you live in the Sarasota area, you now have the option to pick of some of Jamie's Lolablue all natural body products or organic soy wax candles.

If you were one of the lucky first 100 to get an Atomic tote bag the past few years (Jamie has generously donated samples for the bags) then you know how yummy her products are. Or if you bought any of her concoctions at Atomic or online at Lolablue, well again, you know her stuff is the bomb. When I'm beginning to pack the Atomic tote bags my entire house smells like a Lolablue warehouse, and it's good, good, good!

You now have the opportunity to pick up Lolablue products at Pure, a Salon & Boutique on 8784 Tamiami Trail, here in Sarasota, FL. Jamie makes her soaps and candles all by hand and she is talented at what she does. Her line is amusingly named and delightfully packaged.

If you can't make it to Pure, you can always visit her website or check out where Lolablue products are sold and go smell them for yourself!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Atomic does NOT dig this...

1st, I encourage you to watch this SNN News Report: Ringling Sound Stage to catch up with

2nd, my email to the Sarasota City Commissioners:


Dear City Commissioners,

Hello, my name is Adrien Lucas and I have held an annual indie craft show called Atomic Holiday Bazaar for the past four years at the Municipal Auditorium. I am asking you to please consider withholding your support regarding changing the auditorium into a sound stage for the Ringling College of Art and Design.

I am appalled that Ringling's President, Larry Thompson, has the gall to offer the city $1.00 to lease the building for 99 years. The auditorium was not in the red in 2009 and was fully booked by people like me who actually do feel privileged to run their shows at this historical facility.

Mr. Thompson suggests that by changing this facility into a sound stage that jobs will be created for our community, perhaps. However, his presentation to the city appears to be rooted in "fear based" rhetoric, and his proposal feels more like carpet bagging. How many people do you know in Sarasota who work in the film industry, who are out of work and have been pining away for a sound stage to come in and save the day? He already has obtained the old high school, a huge facility with a gymnasium that could be built into a sound stage as easily as the auditorium.

The auditorium is one of Sarasota's rare architectural gems that has not been torn down, is easily accessible to the public and of historical significance to the city. That door shuts for the public once it is turned over to Ringling.

Many of my vendors for the show are Ringling grads, students, I even have an art instructor vend with me. My event creates tourism revenue, I have vendors who travel near and far to participate in Atomic Holiday Bazaar and I have to turn vendors away, the show has grown that large. I continue to hold my event at the auditorium because I love the building, management and staff who care for the building are wonderful to work with and the people who come to Atomic Holiday Bazaar love the atmosphere of the building also.

Please do not privatize this facility and if you must, since the city keeps reporting how much they have to cut back because times are tough, shame on you if you choose to accept just a dollar bill from a university that has a huge endowment, expensive tuitions and claims a not-for-profit status. I am always for supporting the arts but I think this proposal is interestingly audacious and insulting to be presented under the guise of "jobs for Sarasota." Let's live in reality and support the auditorium -- as it stands without having its beautiful guts and bones adjusted to support a sound stage that could be put up in the high school.


Adrien Lucas

cc: Creative Loafing - Atomic Holiday Blog
bcc: Friends of Atomic Holiday Bazaar & Save Our SRQ Municipal Auditorium

and 3rd, if you're still with me: An Invitation to City Commissioner's meeting to review Ringling proposal: Monday, March 15 at 6 PM at City Hall, located at 1565 1st Street, Room 101 - Sarasota, FL 34236. I plan on attending and am hopeful that some of the people I bcc'd will attend. I understand this meeting is not open to public comment.


Email below sent by:
Coralette Damme - aka The Crafty Hag

Dear Sarasota City Commissioners
I am writing to express my strong concern about a proposal to "Lease" the Municipal Auditorium to Ringling College of Art and Design for $1 for 99 years. Preposterous! This fabulous historic building needs to be kept public where every day people can access it and enjoy it. Events like the Atomic Holiday Bazaar that bring people like myself from across the Skyway are what need to be in that venue generating revenues not sequestering a fine functional space for the use of a privileged few.
No I am not a Sarasota voter or your typical constituent. All the more reason you should listen when someone from 50 miles away says they come to your town specifically to visit the auditorium as it stands now. In my 9 years as a Pinellas county resident I have been to Ringling one time for an afternoon visiting an art gallery and circus museum. As an artist I have participated in the Atomic Holiday Bazaar for the past three years, spending money on hotels and food and supporting the local Sarasota economy far more than would be the case if the auditorium were a privately held entity. And I am but 1 person. There are literally hundreds of others like me both artist/vendors and general public/shoppers alike who value the Municipal Auditorium and its authenticity as it is. Please don't squander another quaint piece of Florida history when it is a legitimate income generator.
Thank you for your time.

Coralette Damme - aka The Crafty Hag

And another wonderful email in support of the auditorium standing as is written by another Atomic alumni crafter:

Natty Moss Bond

Dear Sarasota City Commisioners:
I have just received information from Adrian Lucas, the organizer of the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, that you are considering leasing out the Municipal Auditorium to the Ringling School of Art for a soundstage for a tiny amount of money for a long period of years.
I really hope you don't do this. I actually beg you not to do this, and for many reasons, the least of which is that this lovely historical building should be available to the public for use. It would be a crying shame to take this beautiful example of WWII architecture away from public use.
This is one of the oldest most interesting structures in the area and it should be available for us to use for various reasons.
On a more selfish note, I am able in one day at the Atomic Holiday Bazaar to make my mortgage payment and then some! To me, that is astounding! I also SPEND money at the Bazaar, which in turn, helps the Sarasota economy. Perhaps if you considered doing a few more events like this very successful one every year, the income might help you to reconsider selling off this marvelous facility to a private organization for pennies.
I looked at the calendar of events that you have posted for this facility and it doesn't look as if you are having any trouble filling the dates. There are dance classes, art shows, antique fairs, gem fairs, and public meetings. Why would you take all this away from the public?
I really hope it doesn't happen.
Sincerely, Natty Moss Bond

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Atomic Digs This! Valentine's Day...May as Well Make it Amusing.

Valentine's Day has usually been strange for me. My birthday falls four days after VD Day and for me oddly, it also feels like Ground Hog Day (also in February). I have broken up or been dumped between February 14th through the 18th numerous times. However, those days are over baby. Let’s get on to the liquid red, volcano lava Valentine’s erotic lovin’!! If you’re shopping for someone who doesn’t want the usual Spencer Gifts chatchke, then head over to these places but buy now because you’ll have to shop online at Etsy to purchase these lovelies:

The Crafty Hag has been to Atomic quite a bit. Coralette Damme works hard to bring us tasty and unique pieces. Now you can get something for your Valentine honey and something for yourself and The Crafty Hag will show her appreciation by taking half off the price of one of your selections! BOGO SALE!! BUY ONE GET ONE 1/2 PRICE JAN. 25-30, 2010.

Ghoul Valentine original ink wash illustration by The Crafty Hag - $17.00 or BOGO!

Blinklink’s shop, another Atomic glass artist, Andrea Cammarata who is a delicious glass artist, has these delicious chains with little hearts on it. If you think you can whip something up D-I-Y style and want to make something for your sweetheart, this fabulous chain is sold by the foot. The chain is rhodium plated and is guaranteed to not tarnish. You can add other charms or trinkets from your lovers broken jewelry and create something unique.

Silver Heart charm chain $12 per foot.

Dr. Awkward’s card set “You Know You Love My Uni-Brow” cracks my nut (if I had ‘em) any day. What a loving Valentine’s Day card. Say it with brains and humor, way fuckin’ better than a Hallmarky piece of schlock any day!

Dr. Awkard's Uni-brow Set of 3 (Mustard) - $7.00 on Etsy.

The peeps mentioned here are all Florida crafters/artists and all offer affordable and witty homespun gifties. I hope all of you who have favorite significant others get to make out like a mo-fo! And for all you single people out there, buy yourself a giftie, the hell with Valentine's Day, it is highly overrated. But let's all try and "Get in Onnnnnn" like Marvin Gaye style because baby, that's what Valentine's Day really is allllll about!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Atomic Digs Luxford St.

I couldn't help but laugh over this re-purposed DIY "Hooktastic Rack" by Luxford St. - Fabulous frippery fashioned by Karen Booker. She's based out of Auckland, NZ, all the more reason for me to go.

I see that DIY loopiness is pervasive planet wide and plan on tooling around more to blog about our world wide brothers and sisters who re-purpose this year. Maybe I can persuade some of these makers to vacation/work in Sarasota for Atomic.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Atomic Digs This! Rumor Has it Fashion House & Gallery Grand Opening

Nicole Mabalot of Punk Rock Betty fame has landed in Sarasota with a big sexy thud of studs, appliques, strapless retro-fied P.R. Betty style, whoo hooo, shout and holler because this fabulous chica is having her grand opening on Friday, January 15th! Details can be found on the poster posted in this blog...I know where I'll be so if you are free, head over to Pastimes Pub in Gulfgate in Sorryscrotum (Sarasota).

Punk Rock Betty was at the '09 Atomic, her designs were the perfect compliment to the show and I hope she comes back for more Atomic torture this year. I visited her new fashion house after the holi-daze and was really impressed with the space. Although her inventory was just a tiny bit low (due to her sales at Atomic!! sorry had to toot that horn) she had plenty of inventory to keep shoppers happy. What was cool about the place was not only were there lots of PRB sexy dresses on hand with her amusing appliques of hearts and parts but there was shit for men to buy also. Carey Borden's line C.A.B. Fayre with her darling outfits and jewelry are also represented here.

Who is Punk Rock Betty?

Punk Rock Betty, shortened from Punk Rock Betty Crocker, was the name given to Nicole “Nikki” Mabalot by friends and family due to her punk-rock appearance and her extraordinary baking skills in the kitchen.

Nikki was born in California but moved with her family to Virginia at a very young age. An interest in fashion came when she was about 12 years old, and she has been sewing on-and-off since then. In high school Nikki shadowed a sewing and design class and at just 15 years old she created her first wearable gown.

In 2007 Punk Rock Betty-designed tote bags and purses made their way to specialty boutiques and tattoo shops up and down the east coast. Nikki used her role as a vendor at tattoo conventions to market Punk Rock Betty fashion.
After moving to Sarasota in December of 2008, Nikki enlisted her best-friend of over 20 years Amber “Ber” Brown to take Punk Rock Betty designs to a new level. With Amber’s help in making handbags and jewelry, Nikki is able to focus on her passion of creating the designs that inspired the Punk Rock Betty line.

In December 2009 with the help of her supportive family Nikki opened up Rumor Has It Fashion House and Gallery in Sarasota. The store features work by Punk Rock Betty, C.A.B Fayre, Screen Killers and other local crafters and artists.
Support local artists and visit Rumor Has it Fashion House and swing out for her grand opening on January 16th, next Friday at Pastimes Pub in Gulfgate!