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CANCELLED! Baja Mali Knindza: USA and Canada Fall Tour 2014


He’s Back!  The long awaited Baja Mali Knindza has arrived for a North American Tour.  Check out tour date information in flier!


Who We Follow: Daniela Kelava, Fitness Model


To all the guys staring at Daniela’s gorgeous picture, you better have an extremely heavy dumbell in your hand or else get lost.  When I first reached out to Daniela it was no surprise she was responding to me from the gym.  Getting her swole on (arguably swell, but I’ll use Daniela’s terminology in this case), I was clearly bothering her and she agreed to reach out when she was done.  Four hours later she reached out and I couldn’t believe that she was in the gym that long, apparently this is standard body building procedure, but hey, “no pain, no gain”, right Daniela?.


SLM: Daniela, tell us a bit about yourself and bodybuilding, how did you get into it?

DK: I started working out when I was 18 years old and immediately fell in love with the changes I saw in my body, after that I decided I wanted to become a personal trainer and learn how my body works with different nutrition.  Once I figured myself out I decided I wanted to help others and share my knowledge.  After many success stories I was approached by someone who had asked me if I had ever thought about competing in the NPC (National Physique Committee).  My first bikini show in the NPC was November 2nd 2013 where I placed second in my class! Once I placed second that automatically qualified me for nationals! After taking a short break from dieting and later continuing, I decided to go for nationals in June of 2014.  Unfortunately, I did not do as well as I expected, due to being “too muscular” for my division. Yes, I said too muscular, and yes there is such a things as being too muscular for your division. After nationals I had to make a choice.  Do I stay in the bikini division or do I cross over to the figure division? The difference between the two is that bikini is more of a softer look and figure is more of a harder more muscular look.  So I decided since I already have the muscle that I would step up my game and cross over to compete with the big girls.  As of right now I am in my “bulking” phase and I am growing each day stronger and better!  Watch out for me in 2015!  It’s gonna be insane with the package I’m gonna bring!


SLM: Where are you from back home?
DK: I am not from the motherland, I was actually born in Interlaken, Switzerland.  My mom is from Zenica and my dad is from Petrovac.
SLM: How did your parents end up there, and how was it living there?  Do you speak any Swiss languages?
DK: They took off before the war, and then my brother and I were born there, after the war ended we were forced to go back or go to Germany.  So, we went to Germany and after they wanted to kick us out too.  We decided to go to America after that.  I speak German and Serbian!
SLM: What city do you now live in?
DK: Chicago!
SLM: How long have you lived in the states?
DK: I’ve been living in the states for 15 years now. 
SLM: How many times a week do you go to the gym and how many hours a day do you spend there?
DK:  I’m in the gym 6 days a week and I usually spend a total of 4 hours in the gym! I split my workouts and cardio into 3 different time in the day because realistically who has 4 hours to spend at a gym at once haha.
SLM: If you do drink what do you drink? What’s your poison?
DK: I barely drink, but if I do drink it is a vodka soda with a lemon! My poison is sweets! I will beat up a bum for chocolate haha
SLM:  When is the last time you had cevapi in a lepina?
DK: On Sunday at my grandmas house haha.  YUM! Now your making me hungry!
SLM:  Haha good to hear, was that a cheat or part of the regime?
SLM: Where do you spend your time outside of the gym? another job?
DK: When I am not at the gym I’m usually at home prepping my food, watching movies, or studying! I’m a homebody I like to stay in. Very rarely will you find me out if my friends don’t drag me out.  When I am getting ready to compete FORGET IT! haha.  I also work as a personal trainer at L.A. Fitness. 
SLM: If you were my trainer how long would it take you to see my first pair of abs?
DK: That all depends in what kind of shape you’re in and how disciplined you are when it comes to your diet.
SLM: Let’s say in bad shape, very bad shape, and I was forced to eat what you told me to and you’re allowed to beat me until I get that last rep in.
DK: I can’t give you an exact time because Everyone is different but let’s say you were a 200 lbs man out of shape, my guess with a strict diet and workout routine that your would follow and not cheat on, anywhere from 3-6 months
SLM: Are you single?
DK:  I am currently seeing someone, but we have not put a title on it so far.
SLM: Pity for all the guys out there.
SLM: What is a must for a guy to even have a chance?
DK: A MUST!  For a guy is that he HAS to lift and he HAS to be big! Meaning a bodybuilder like myself. It’s very hard to be with anyone else because they don’t understand why I can’t go out, eat, or drink certain things. I’ve tried to be with people who don’t compete and it always fails. Another must is that a guy had to be intelligent, a gentlemen, and he has to be able to make me laugh. Laughter is the key to my heart next to big guns haha.
SLM: What are we going to tell all the Serbian guys after they see your InstaGram pics and this interview?
SLM: What kind of music do you listen to at the gym?  Any Serbian Music?  What’s your favorite song to pump iron to?
DK:  I can’t listen to just anything! I do listen to Serbian music when I hangout with my Serbian friends. While at the gym I like to listen to hip-hop and rap sometimes I’ll switch it to house music.
SLM: At what Serb event would we be most likely to catch you attending?
DK: Depending on who is coming singer wise I would probably attend the event, given the fact that I am not getting ready to compete! There is also several Serbian bars and restaurants I enjoy going to with my friends.
SLM: Last but not least, “What’s your slava baby?”
DK: Arandjelov Dan!

Tower to the People: NYC Sneak Preview October 4th 2014


“TOWER TO THE PEOPLE-Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues”

O N E   N I G H T   O N L Y !

With a Special Performance by Emmy-Nominated Composer/Pianist MARINA ARSENIJEVIC

Please join us, along with cast members of our feature documentary about Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab, for the first screening anywhere in the world of “TOWER TO THE PEOPLE-Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues!”

This sneak preview will take place at the historic New Yorker Hotel, where Nikola Tesla lived his last days. Afterwards, join us for a few surprises, while mingling with the cast, crew and special guests. For independent film & Tesla enthusiasts everywhere, this is an event not to be missed!

*Seating is limited, so advanced purchase is strongly recommended. 

For tickets, please CLICK HERE


“TOWER TO THE PEOPLE-Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues” 

Written by Joseph SIkorski & Michael Calomino

Nearly a century ago, Nikola Tesla dreamed of sending free wireless energy from a mysterious tower and lab on Long Island called Wardenclyffe. Deteriorating for decades, the remains of his great work were almost lost forever.

Until that is, a grateful world united to save it.

“TOWER TO THE PEOPLE- Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues” explores the genius inventor’s dream for Wardenclyffe, and shares the important story of how the last lab of Nikola Tesla was ultimately saved by various groups of dedicated people, using technology Tesla himself helped develop. From a local non-profit organization, to a popular web-comic known as ‘the Oatmeal’, to the generosity of people throughout the world, “TOWER TO THE PEOPLE-Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues” sheds light on the promising future of web-based philanthropic crowd-funding.

With an historic internet campaign to save his lab, a new feature film on the horizon, and growing international media attention, Nikola Tesla is transforming from cult-hero to mainstream icon. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of his life revolves around a small building in Shoreham, NY called Wardenclyffe. It is from here, Tesla had hoped to transmit free wireless energy to everyone on the globe. Destitute and without sponsors, Nikola Tesla was forced to abandon his dream. Almost a century later, a new generation picked up the torch, hoping to rescue the historic property from decay, and preserve it forever.

We invite you to experience the mysterious past, uplifting present, and exciting future of Nikola Tesla’s lab at Wardenclyffe. Featuring interviews with Penn Jillette, the Oatmeal’s Matt Inman, Peabody Award-Winner Jack Hitt and other distinguished guests. Music by Emmy-Nominated Composer Marina Arsenijevic. Directed by Joseph Sikorski.





You will experience some of the lesser known history of Wardenclyffe, as well as the results of new research conducted  during the course of our two and a half year production.  Also presented will be iconic Tesla imagery, beautifully restored and in a resolution never seen before. And thanks to support from the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade and The Wardenclyffe Project, you will also be treated to  some very rare photographs. Perhaps even more amazing,  you will see Wardenclyffe tower as never before! Thanks to the contributions of the Belgrade Tesla Museum, expert architects and engineers help portray the most accurate rendering of the tower and cupola to date!


In addition, you’ll  experience simple demonstrations of wireless energy and transmission concepts which help to illustrate scientific principles in easy-to-understand language. You’ll hear from some of the most respected voices in the Tesla community, be inspired by Wardenclyffe volunteers, and  learn about three angel investors who, along with the generosity of the whole world, helped make the Oatmeal’s crowdfunding campaign a huge success. Additionally, you’ll gain insight into the mysterious Wardenclyffe tunnels that the enigmatic inventor built, and see the results of our recent Ground Penetrating Radar investigation!


“TOWER TO THE PEOPLE-Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues” 

Written by Joseph Sikorski & Michael Calomino




Featuring Music by Marina Arsenijevic 

Directed by Joseph Sikorski 

©2014, Fragments from Olympus, LLC


A Brick for Nik: Forever Becoming a Part of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe


Nikola Tesla’s last remaining laboratory was about to be scrapped and turned into a shopping center, thanks to all of his fans the world turned a wrong into a right and now, slowly but surely, Tesla’s laboratory will become the Tesla Science Center.  On August 15th 2012 theoatmeal.com did a comic piece on Nikola Tesla, “Why Nikola Tesla was the was the greatest geek who ever lived.”  There was a call for action to donate to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. On May 2nd 2013 Tesla’s laboratory was saved.  The property was bought for $850.00 and well over a million dollars has been donated.  Today the property is in good hands but the building and the land around the building needs to be updated.  The most recent campaign was started in September 2014 to raise more money.  “A Brick for Nik” is your chance to become a part of history and help keep Tesla’s memory alive.  A great idea to permenantly be a part of history and have your family name presented to the millions of people who will tread on the walkway leading to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham, NY.

To buy a brick for yourself, family, or company and become a part of Tesla’s history:  CLICK HERE

Lidija Slavkovic’s “A Plan: Vacation” Exhibition in NYC

     If you’re in NYC during October check out Lidija Slavkovic’s exhibition in Studio Vendome Projects.  

A Plan: Vacation, Lidija Slavkovic’s first New York exhibition, will be on view at Studio Vendome Projects (30 Grand Street, New York, NY) from October 22 – November 22, 2014. The exhibition will include drawings of landscapes made with acrylic, graphite, charcoal pencil, and coffee.

The title of the exhibition A Plan: Vacation has a double meaning – the most obvious is one’s associations with seascapes and landscapes as vacation destinations. The more important aspect is that the title reflects how Slavkovic thinks about retrieving her imagery from what are generally considered “Landscapes,” and therefore immediately being reduced to metaphor.

“I see my work as an object of attention, in that the work is a reflection of my relationship to some ‘thing’,” says Slavkovic. “I acknowledge that my concept is only an impermanent objectification of sensation, thus I think of my drawings not as an art work but as the result of the work of art.”

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Slavkovic earned a BFA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1999. She lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia and Miami, Florida.

by: Lidija Slavkovic

by: Lidija Slavkovic