Did you know that, on top of all the awesome art, shopping, and entertainment Oddmall has to offer (for FREE, I might add), we also have a variety of fantastic special guests for you to meet? It’s true, we do. Here’s a brief list of the guests we have confirmed so far.
Killy Dwyer (Mockstar)
Killer Killy Dwyer is “mockstar” comedic performance artist and musician. Her catchy and completely unexpected one-of-a-kind act can best be described as dark comedy punk cabaret using vocal looping, a whole host of instruments, mistakes and improvisation, audience participation, found sound, toys and apps. “Killy is like Reggie Watts meets Bridget Everette meets Andy Kaufman.” Often, Killy mixes multi media video work, puppetry, dance and performance art into her electric, edgy shows. Killy is a 2 time Andy Kaufman Award Finalist, was named “One of Five Female, Brooklyn Artists You Should Know” by Brooklyn Exposed, was nominated by Planet Connections for Best Band/Musician and has received Frigid Fest’s coveted Audience Choice awards for her sharp, satirical comedy musicals “Mock Bottom”, “Hyster-Killy”, “KILL THE BAND” and “My Box”. Her music has been featured on Dr. Demento, Sirius XM’s and on NPR’s American Parlor Songbook. Killy co-produced the NY Funny Songs fest the last few years, both giving and getting opportunities to showcase comedy music in a fun, festival atmosphere. She tours her act world wide and has her own public access show “Alter Ego” airing on NYC’s MNN beginning summer 2016!
“Devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter” NY Music Daily
“The vivacious Killer Killy Dwyer presents a surreal alt-performance revue…” TimeOut New York (Critics’ Pick)
“St. Mark’s Theater rocked with laughter” New York Press
“The spirit is one that celebrates uniqueness and captures the best parts of the New York fringe music and art scene” Broadway World
“A tiny blonde powerhouse…had the audience in full-body laughter!” Village Voice
“Killy Dwyer (does) an incredible job of balancing smart with funny with catchy” The Happiest Medium
“Fun times for all. It has the essence of punk cabaret performance art and it’s easy to get into. It’s packed with quirky songs and lots of laughs from out of nowhere.” NYTheater.com
“Leading the whole is Killer Killy Dwyer, comedian, performance artist, and all around rock star. If you could tap into a fraction of her energy you could powerVegas for a week.” NYTheater.com
“A fun fringe show with sharp satire and a healthy dose of goofiness.” TheaterIsEasy.com
Find me here:
@killythekid on Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter/tumblr (13,300 followers strong!)
Check out my recent feature in Time Out New York
Unleaded rhythmic alt-pop fuels singer/songwriter and two-wheel troubadour Michael McFarland’s engine. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock groups such as Matchbox 20 & The Fray to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon & Elton John, the Cleveland, Ohio based performer mixes an intensity with a sensitivity wrapped in effective contradictions. Astride his motorcycle with a guitar strapped to his back, making references to quantum mechanics or science fiction, McFarland embraces and explores his wide spectrum of knowledge, interests, experiences, and hobbies in his music and writing. Michael McFarland in the simplest summary? Writer, Rocker, Biker, Geek.
Kevin Conaway is a music arranger, songwriter and multi media composer for film scoring, TV scoring and other mediums. A self-professed daydreamer, joker and Clevelander with a beard, Kevin uses his honesty, passion and his influences to create an array of melodic, textured compositions with catchy hooks. Kevin Conaway delivers individualized media composition, arranging and scoring for TV, Film, Radio and any other media format.
Shuvani Dance Company
Jezebel is a middle eastern dance instructor and performer. She started studying middle eastern dance in 1997 and later began teaching at workshops and seminars.
Her study of music theory enabled her to recognize how to mesh movement to music and her innate ability to envision sound as movement earned her the position of choreographer with troupe Hareem Shar’eem, Wicked Gypsy, Maevyn, JezeMel and The Shuvani Jezebels specializing in solos as well as group numbers which utilize her unique fusion of American tribal, Gypsy and Gothic Bellydance.
Jezebel’s classes focus not only on learning individual movements, but on putting separate movements together into a choreography that echoes a specific piece of music. She feels that musicality is a vital part of a dancer’s repertoire and enjoys combining movements from several different dance styles to make her choreography fun, challenging, and innovative.
The studio is located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Hire Jezebel for classes, workshops, choreographies, or for a performance–solo or with one of her troupes. For more information on class times.
To read more about Jez, click on the link: Examiner.com Cleveland
To follow Jezebel’s Bellydance Blog: jezfever.wordpress.com
World Paranormal Investigations (WPI) – Paranormal Guest
World Paranormal Investigations, LLC was founded back in July of 2004.
John and Bea Brugge, USA Founders are the Presidents with home base
located in Ohio. John Wyke and Lisa Beeton, UK Founders are the
Presidents of the West Midlands, United Kingdom. This group was started
so that 2 countries could come together and share paranormal
experiences as well as investigate paranormal activity.
WPI USA and UK provide professional investigations to private homes
WPI uses both scientific and spiritual methods in conducting our
investigations. The scientific method involves the use of electronic
equipment to capture photographic, video and audio. The spiritual
method involves the use of mediums who use their abilities to capture
past impressions of a location.
All of our investigations are free of charge and we will never ask for any
donations or financial of any kind. Our equipment and travel is paid for
by the individual team members.
CJ Bocchan – Cosplay Guest
Bocchan, began his cosplaying at a young age learning from scratch about the convention scene with family. Being influenced by genres such as fantasy, science fiction, and anime he grew up in a house of nerdy fun. in 2014 he graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Illustration. His costuming work includes many anime, japanese influenced costumes, science fiction, fantasy, and pop culture works (being featured in Cosplayzine magazine’s fall issue and on the Crazy Cosplay Duo’s Podcast). At the age of fifteen was the beginning of his performance career in masquerades all over the USA both competitive and non competitive. His most current wins include Animarathon 2014-2015 Best in Show Performance, Colossalcon 2014-2015 Best in Show Performance, Best Master Performance, and Zipcon 2016 Best Skit Performance. Now his new path is spreading awareness of Cospositivity (Community Service and Cosplay), Body Positivity, advocating for Cosplayers Against Bullying, LGBT Cosplayers, and Cosplay is not Consent. Otherwise, making lots of costumes, presenting panels and guest speaking, and general fun hoopla have become the staple of this cosplayers fun and dreams.
Visions of the Nile
Visions of the Nile located in Akron, OH, offers the very best in bellydance instruction in Northeast Ohio. We believe that Bellydance is more than just dancing, it is an artform that touches the innermost spirit of a person. It is a way to express yourself in movements that are invigorating and enhance your sense of well-being. Belly dancing began as a way for women to get in touch with their inner self and a way to alleviate boredom in the harem. It is a good way to get fit and lose weight with stretching and low impact movements. It is the only dance form that women of all shapes, sizes and ages can perform on an equal standing. As we evolve we are constantly looking for ways to improve and expand the potential inside us. To meet this need, we have added an additional classroom. In addition to belly dance and Polynesian dance, we now offer Reiki, meditation and meditative dance, massotherapy, and T’ai Chi. We also have an extensive library that features literature, video tapes, dvds, and books covering the services we offer.
We believe in giving back to the community. To this end we have danced at the following Cancer Society events: Relay for Life in Springfield, Barberton, Massillon, Hudson, Stow; and Making Strides at Canal Park. We have also sponsored a Shimmy-A-Thon to raise donations for the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. We have also done benefits such as the Teddy Bears to Cuddle Drive with benefited the Battered Women’s Shelter and Haven of Rest. We have danced at various arts festivals around the area, we have performed for style shows and art openings and also danced at numerous nursing homes. “It is just
such a win/win proposition for us” says Ameenah, “the residents are in a state of sensory overload for days after.”
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