Archive | January, 2010

Cocktail of the Week: White Russians

31 Jan

It’s chilly and snowy here in Knoxville, so a chilly and snow white drink seems only appropriate. We whipped up some White Russians last night. They proved to be a lovely end to a delicious meal.

Shawn mixing up some White Russians

White Russian Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounces each – vodka and Kahlua liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces cream or milk
  • ice cubes, optional

White Russian Recipe

A White Russian recipe is simple and making a White Russian drink is very easy. Just mix together the vodka and Kahlua in an old-fashioned glass. Then float the cream or milk on top last.

Ice cubes aren’t necessary, but can be used. White Russian drinks are best served in chilled glasses, though.

Makes 1 White Russian cocktail drink. For variation on your White Russian recipe, try using vanilla infused vodka.


Attention Storytellers

27 Jan

I’m working with the Tennessee Stage Company’s new play festival to organize a storytelling cabaret here in Knoxville. The theme for the event is “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sunsphere: True Stories In and About Knoxville.” I’m looking for participants interested in telling their own stories set in Knoxville or having to do with Knoxville. In order to be a storyteller, you need to submit to me a story or an outline for your story and a short (100 words or less) bio by February 15th via email at

The reading will be Thursday, February 25th at 7 pm at Remedy Coffee House. Readers will be expected to arrive at 6 pm and to stay through the performance. It should be about an hour and fifteen minutes. It’s preferable for you to memorize your story, but if you need a few notes, that’s fine, too. The whole thing will be quite casual.

At a Window

25 Jan

At a Window

Give me hunger,
O you gods that sit and give
The world its orders.
Give me hunger, pain and want,
Shut me out with shame and failure
From your doors of gold and fame,
Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!

But leave me a little love,
A voice to speak to me in the day end,
A hand to touch me in the dark room
Breaking the long loneliness.
In the dusk of day-shapes
Blurring the sunset,
One little wandering, western star
Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow.
Let me go to the window,
Watch there the day-shapes of dusk
And wait and know the coming
Of a little love.

Carl Sandburg

Exquisite Corpse Call for Participants

24 Jan

Exquisite Corpse
Originally uploaded by ghostpatrol

I’m currently organizing a show here in Knoxville that’s based off the Exquisite Corpse game, or for the middle-school inclined, the telephone game (you know, where one person whispers something to another person, and then that person whispers to the next person, and the whispering continues to the last person, who inevitably says something almost wholly different than what the first person said). Right, well. Four photographers took a photo of someone. Each photo was passed on to two writers who wrote a story or poem based on the photo. Each piece of writing has now been passed on to two artists, who are currently working on pieces based on the writing without seeing the photos. All the works created will be shown at a gallery opening in May.

Here’s where you come in- I’m thinking about expanding this to this here blog. Each month I’d love to display a group of three pieces, one photo, one piece of writing based on that photo and one piece of art based on that writing. If you’re a photographer or writer or artist (or aspiring photographer or writer or artist) and are interested in being a part of one of these collaborations, leave a comment here or shoot me an email at mackeyda [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll be in contact with you about the details.

Bird Drawings

23 Jan

This February, some of my stuff will be hanging in Cities Cupcakes in Bearden. I’ve decided to do framed dictionary drawings of birds. Here are a few I’ve done this week:

Cocktail of the Week: Pink Panther

19 Jan

The alcoholic components of this drink are gin, dry vermouth and creme de cassis. Dry vermouth is a fortified wine (wine to which a distilled beverage, usually brandy, has been added) flavored with various herbs. Creme de cassis is a sweet black currant flavored liqueur. A splash of orange juice gives the drink a little sweetness and the egg white, if you choose to add it, will give the drink a little body and a nice foam on top. I made this at a dinner party this weekend and even the non-cocktail drinkers liked it. Despite what its name might suggest, the Pink Panther is not overly sweet or cloying. It’s a nice balance of sweet and bitter and I’ll certainly make it again.


3/4 oz. gin

3/4 oz. dry vermouth

1/5 oz. creme de cassis

1/2 oz. orange juice

1 egg white (optional)


1) Fill mixing glass with ice

2) Add gin, dry vermouth, creme de cassis, orange juice and egg white

3) Shake

4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Laura Prentice’s Simple Sweet Cityscapes

18 Jan

It is an absolute pleasure to present you with work from the sketchbook of Laura Prentice. I am loving her adorable and whimsical drawings of houses, streets and buildings.

From Laura:

I am a recent college grad with a BA in studio art. My undergrad program was huge on keeping a sketchbook and it was actually a part of our grading system to be actively sketching and taking notes. I really got into the practice of journaling as a low-pressure way to be making and thinking about art. I find keeping an art journal/sketchbook a great way to make art on the go, to pass time on the bus, to take along to a museum, to doodle, and to sketch out new ideas. In addition to a traditional sketchbook, I have also created a variety of altered books and journals.
You can view more of Laura’s work at:
And don’t forget to check out the Journal Gallery.