Saturday, October 9, 2010


From (my nephew this is)
If DJ Pete Butta’s Saturday night appearances at the Lion’s Den are the main course, his mix tapes are a tasty appetizer — and there’s a variety of flavors in both

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DJ Pete Butta, born Pete Brockman, says a DJ’s fame now is found through parties, festivals and radio instead of mix tapes.

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Twenty-three-year-old Pete Brockman, aka DJ Pete Butta, moved to State College when he was in high school. Like most high school kids, he liked to play video games, but after hearing Tribe Called Quest’s “Award Tour” on his Playstation game, he realized what his calling was.

Shortly after the transformation from grunge kid to hip-hop head, Butta got into DJing and got his first stint at Camp Woodward as an in-house DJ. Despite his affinity for rap music, his repertoire features a diverse set of genres based largely on the crowd he’s spinning for.

“I look at the people on the dance floor and try to think about what they like and cater to the crowd,” he said. “I like to read their minds so they can have a good time. I look at what they’re wearing, how they’re dancing ... like if there’s a bachelorette party, they usually want to hear Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies.’ ”

But there’s more to Butta’s resume than downtown bars and receptions. He has taken his tables all over the state. His goal is to take his show to bigger markets such as New York City and Las Vegas.

He credits DJs on New York’s famed radio station Hot 97 for inspiring him to start scratching the vinyl. After purchasing his first turntable, he began networking with other local DJs and began his journey toward DJ stardom.

“There’s something to be said for taking a city’s music into your hand and being the selector of what records are popular,” he said.

Butta has taken on all aspects of the DJ craft, from the live experience to the radio. In 2006, he took top prize at the “Battle of the Beats” DJ competition held at Player’s Night Club, now Indigo, in State College. His last victory was a DJ competition in Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center, which awarded him an opportunity to open for Hot 97’s DJ Sights and Sounds.

Butta is tackling an industry that has rapidly changed in his lifetime from trading mix tapes on the street to downloading tunes on the Internet. It’s a challenge that puts greater emphasis on the live show and the ability to put together something memorable for people on the dance floor.

“It’s changed phenomenally, straight up 180 degrees,” he said. “It used to be how many CDs you could get into so many stores. It was a chance to get introduced to many artists and people would notice. Now you get noticed through parties, festivals and shows ... through the radio and other means.”

After releasing mix CDs featuring house and techno music, he recently released “Rollin’ ” a compilation of head-bobbing hip-hop along with Butta’s trademark scratches and mixes.

“I am focused on the live show and the experience people have when I play in the club,” Butta said. And when they leave, “I want to leave them hungry for more.”

DJ Pete Butta spins at 10 p.m. Saturdays at Lion’s Den, 118 S. Garner St., State College. Visit for more information.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

library in Shepardstown, West. VA

great salmon salad recipe:

12 oz. salmon
2 Tbls. lime juice
2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. basil
2 T wine vinegar
1 tsp garlic
1/4 cup feta cheese
2 T olive oil
1 tsp. soy sauce
1/8 tsp. oregano
fresh veggies and greens

Simmer the salmon in water to cover in a skillet with lemon and onion slices, bay leaf and black peppercorns.
Drain, cool and break into large chunks.
Make a dressing by combining olive oil, lime juice, wine vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, oregano and
basil. Toss the salmon with the dressing and serve with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese all on lettuce and

Recent faves

Three great movies:
I am Love with Tilda Swinton
Temple Grandin with amazing performance by Claire Danes.
Watch Temple Gradin on TED talks and hear her interviewed on Terry Gross, NPR.
Get Low with Robert Duvall and Bill Murray
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Monday, August 30, 2010

Alice Tear Copeland

Still There is Love
When human hands cannot afford relief
To hopeless ills and pain beyond belief,
When human hearts are stunned and dumb with grief,
Still there is love.

There was a face we knew, a hand, a form,
where lived a spirit brave and true and warm,
Surely that spirit cannot come to harm,
While there is love.

Its symbols tenderly are laid away,
The face, the hand, the form, we cannot stay.
The spirit still is with us day by day,
And there is love.

We cannot see beyond this Earth's near rim,
but did we know at birth the world we're in?
Then we can trust our future life to him,
For God is love.

poem by Edith Newlin Chase

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bread and Puppet 2010

Not Ready Pageant

every Sunday 11 July - 29 August

at the Bread & Puppet Farm

Show starts at 2:30 pm

rain or shine

The Decapitalization Circus demonstrates in 18 or 19 deathdefying stunts they phantastic effects of the capitalization of life in the U.S. and citizens’ courageous efforts of decapitalization. The performers represent the whole scale of the social spectrum from benign billionarism to despicable homeless anti-soacial-elementarianism. All the acts are FDA and FBI certified displays of patriotic correctness and defy all imaginable forms of terrorism. The Possibilitarians, a multi-instrumental variety ensemble provide the appropriate-innappropriate sounds for the circus.

The Nothing-is-Not-Ready Pageant which directly follows the circus is a greek-tragedy based typical American soap opera featuring several major current events and catastrophies and highlighting the chief actors and motivators of these events, exclusive their virtuous principles, moral assesments and speeches.

brainy books

Books on the brain:

The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doige

Mindsight by Dan Siegel

A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis

The Neurobiology of "We" by Dan Siegel

Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson

Cew Gardens