Posts tagged "Kansas"
Sanctuary of the Cinema 2016-2017 Syllabus

Sanctuary of the Cinema 2016-2017 Syllabus

Sanctuary of the Cinema, 2016-2017 Course Syllabus Instructor: Chad T. Johnston chad1978@gmail.com Twitter: @Saint_Upid All features begin at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kansas. FBC is an American Baptist congregation, and is based at 1330 Kasold Dr. Film screenings followed by group discussion. Food and drink are permitted, and occasionally...
Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Hi All, A lot is going on. If you’re able to help me spread the news, please do. Sam Phillips Today, the first part of my interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips is out via IMAGE Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog. Click here to read it. In addition to album after album that I own and adore, Sam has written...
Living Fossils: New IMAGE "Good Letters" Blog Essay

Living Fossils: New IMAGE “Good Letters” Blog Essay

My latest essay for IMAGE Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog at Patheos.com is now live. Read it here. It’s about found treasures (vinyl ones—not golden ones, all you Spanish explorer wanna’bes!), underground ’80s Christian pogo-punkers Undercover (see below), the extinction of dinosaurs and record stores alike, coelacanths, and a little local flavor in the form of...
CTJ's Zelda Essay in the Baylor Lariat + Zelda Window Display Photos

CTJ’s Zelda Essay in the Baylor Lariat + Zelda Window Display Photos

Today, the Baylor Lariat published my latest essay. It is a nostalgic piece about the original Legend of Zelda, which was released for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. Read my essay here. My contribution is a companion piece to Huy Bui’s essay, which is about the game Bioshock. The title of my essay,...
Rubblebucket Tours for "Omega La La" LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

Rubblebucket Tours for “Omega La La” LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

I was already off work this week, attempting to help the wife keep our almost 3-week-old daughter from sabotaging sanity and sleep alike, but it was Rubblebucket that really made my week. It’s one thing to take perverse joy in the knowledge that your coworkers are handling all the “TPS reports” without you, and another...
"Like Friends Becoming Lovers" b/w "All Her Colors" (Virtual 7") FREE MP3s

“Like Friends Becoming Lovers” b/w “All Her Colors” (Virtual 7″) FREE MP3s

Here are two more songs from the vault. Enjoy the free MP3s. Sleeve art by Chad Thomas Johnston. Drawn during a (you guessed it) meeting at work. “Like Friends Becoming Lovers” – Written and performed by Chad Thomas Johnston. Produced by Matt Fillingham. Like Friends Becoming Lovers by Saint_Upid “All Her Colors” – Lyrics by...
An Open Letter to Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips: Feed Us a Gummy Fetus

An Open Letter to Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips: Feed Us a Gummy Fetus

Dear Mr. Coyne: Yesterday when you were visiting Love Garden here in Lawrence, KS (See local blogger @heartlocalmusic‘s entry about this here, readers), selling gummy fetuses that contained flash-drives filled with Flaming Lips-love, the wife and I were watching our equally gummy-looking fetus on a sonogram monitor at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. You see, my wife Becki...
An Open Letter to Buffalo Wild Wings: Grill & Bah-Humbug (Now With Resolution!)

An Open Letter to Buffalo Wild Wings: Grill & Bah-Humbug (Now With Resolution!)

Dear Buffalo Wild Wings, You remember the part in the Christmas story where Mary and Joseph are turned away by the innkeeper because there are no vacancies in the inn? Well on Saturday, April 30th, 2011, you too turned away a pregnant woman who had needs. You did not even offer her a stable where...
Vlad's Vlog: Vol. 1, The Feline Feeding Frenzy

Vlad’s Vlog: Vol. 1, The Feline Feeding Frenzy

Every day I come home from work to the sight of our five cats frantically scrambling for their food dishes. We do not free-feed them because we had some problems with feline obesity (and still do, in the case of gigantic kitty Othello – although he is quite muscular, in fact). I wanted to capture...
A Free Christmas Album That's Worth Billions: Sam Billen & Josh Atkinson's "A Word of Encouragement"

A Free Christmas Album That’s Worth Billions: Sam Billen & Josh Atkinson’s “A Word of Encouragement”

If you hear someone rustling around in your chimney this week, refrain from calling the police. No, Santa Claus has not decided to deliver presents early this year. Someone else is descending, rendering his presence utterly useless this Yule. Lawrence, KS residents Sam Billen and Josh Atkinson are headed for your hearts and hearths with...