The Last Hippie Freak: By the Beard of LEE GROBAN IS a wild indie romp & of a arty film. Release Fall 2019 see trailer now!



Truly, the Experience of a Lifetime. I knew Lee and ongoing documented him,  as a friend, for 25 years.  here you now see it mashed up in an unusual arty romp..like a time arts work. of an artist, made by an artist. so expect the unexpected non linear abstract narrative.  just experience it with an open mind.

43 min (TBR Fall 2019)

Lee Groban, art of the spirit. c. nancy bechtol

last-hippie-colorfulspiralsmltrailer is HERE!! view and do let me know any comments, appreciate the journey.

Peace and Art always,

a film by Nancy Bechtol

feature is Lee Groban and his experiences in arty format

see hear clips from Frank Garvey, of Omnicircus legendary S.F. scene. and Leviathan

see hear stories by Narrator Vitto Carli, who is also a poet of note

ongoing endless thanks to David Bechtol Tech Guru and all around the best supporter of all things weird i do….and more forevermore

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Chicago Artists Say… Feb 1, 2019 opening.. come=engage! ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL

ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Chicago Art Says… Feb 1, 2019 opening.. come=engage!

ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL is a collection of 23 artworks featuring works from 14 different artists. All artworks reference the important issues that our upcoming mayor will soon face. Between the ousting of Ed Burke and alderman elections, Chicago really has a chance to choose how it proceeds into the future. Even on a national level all issues have a local consequence, but local politics are the first step in a path to national influence.

Featured Artists:

Alfonse Pagano, Anne Evans, Brian Morgan, Denise Poloyac, James Mesple,Kaitlyn Hwang, Kelly Mathews, Kelly Witte, Laura Lee Junge, Mark Nelson,Nancy Bechtol, Peter Broitman, Richard Laurent, Tiphanie Spencer

ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL, runs February 1, 2018 – March 3, 2019, with an artist’s reception, Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:00-10:00 pm.


Group Exhibit

February 1 – March 3, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 2019  6-10PM

The Jackson Junge Gallery presents ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL, its first group exhibition of the 2019 season. The exhibition features 23 works of art in various mediums by artists from all around the United States. The opening will be hosted on Friday, February 1, 2019, with an artist’s reception from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Admission is FREE to the public.

It has been claimed that all politics are local. The Legislated and Executive branches of the United States government are currently at a standstill and numerous Americans are wondering what the future of our great country will be. Many of the current national issues are relevant to the citizens of Chicago, a city that is both known for its great leaders and “windy” politicians. In September of 2018, Rham Emanuel announced that he would not be running for re-election as Mayor, shocking the citizens of Chicago. A record-breaking number of 15 candidates currently have put their names on the ballot. The prospect of a new Mayor is always an exciting one. The upcoming change of leadership will address and stir the debate about what is best for our great city. This exhibition touches on subjects including the current outlook of the United States, unlawful incarceration, Black Lives Matter, gun control, police brutality, women’s rights, the environment, immigration, big business development, and LGBTQIA rights.


ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL is a collection of 23 artworks featuring works from 14 different artists. All artworks reference the important issues that our upcoming mayor will soon face. Between the ousting of Ed Burke and alderman elections, Chicago really has a chance to choose how it proceeds into the future. Even on a national level all issues have a local consequence, but local politics are the first step in a path to national influence.


Alfonse PaganoAnne EvansBrian MorganDenise PoloyacJames MespleKaitlyn HwangKelly MathewsKelly Witte, Laura Lee JungeMark NelsonNancy Bechtol,Peter BroitmanRichard Laurent, Tiphanie Spencer

ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL runs February 1, 2019 – March 3, 2019 and is curated by Gallery Director Chris Jackson, Assistant Gallery Director Kaitlyn Miller and Gallery Assistant Jordan High.

preview by clicking below on red. yes. I see red.

Exhibition Artwork

Fort Sill Apache Woman Director: THIS IS INDIAN LAND. FILM preview! (trailer released)

“THIS IS INDIAN LAND” first peek at the Trailer!

This is an Indie film produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio. Chicago. Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Apache is the Director with a deep vision of telling the story through the eyes of Native People from the American Indian Center.  David Bechtol, Director of Photography/Tech Supervisor and Nancy Bechtol, Cinematographer/Editor/SFX

Clik here:: Trailer for This is Indian Land

thanks for viewing and all the interest in this truly unique film ! your feedback welcome.  More as it comes.. Currently in Postproduction. Do send good vibes our way. Indie is awesome but DIY truly is an eyeopener…yes,  we will prevail for true history.  Release for 2017.


Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness & Cannabis|MOCA| Modern Cannabis

“Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness & Cannabis: on the Opening of MOCA| Modern Cannabis in Chicago, Illinois” 2/22/2016 article and photography by Nancy Bechtol, ©2016 American Press Association, photojournalist, /Assoc. Bureau Chief -Chicago, Illinois. www.americanpressassociation.com

A long long time ago, life liberty and..

©2016  Illustration by Nancy Bechtol based on a public domain poster from NARA


  1. How do you see the future of the Cannabis Industry?
  2. “Just getting more open and free – once people see that this helps people– isn’t harmful, is good for society, is good for the economy. It seemed like an incredibly exciting opportunity to be on the ground floor of something that will help a ton of people and change our country for the better”                                    -Danny Marks, Co-Owner of MOCA & Emporium Arcade/Bar

“Long before other nations came to this continent, native peoples had knowledge of this sacred plant, this sacred medicine. We understood that it could help one breathe better; it could help one see better; it could help people attune themselves to the harmonies and vibrations of Creation…. When one smoked the sacred plants, one came closer to the natural powers of Creation. Those who understand the power of this plant and the uses of this plant have become potential victims upon the sacrificial altar of multinational corporations… that have vested interests in products that make you sicker, and against a natural plant that will bring you back to health.”                            – Splitting-the-Sky Hill (Native Activist| Dacajeweiah, /John Boncore                    (RIP 2013) (1) (2)

Spiritual History tells us in the land of the First Nation (now known as the United States of America) people lived in harmony with nature.

“Drugs — when taken as prescribed — kill more than 106,000 Americans each year,1 and the death toll from overdosing on painkillers is now greater than both car accidents and death from illegal drug use.”                                                                                                  – Dr. Mercola (3)



2/22/2016 (MOCA| Modern Cannabis “Chicago’s Finest Dispensary” is the newest (4) (there are 2 total in Chicago now) marijuana dispensary, in Chicago – opened in Logan Square. under the Illinois Medical Marijuana is now legal, sanctioned under the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Address: 2847 W. Fullerton Ave/2369 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago. IL (same building) contact info:   website: http://www.moderncann.com   email: patients@moderncann.com @moderncann (FB, TW, IG)

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Photos and Article for APA on the opening of the new Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Chicago. Illinois Piilot program makes it legal for medicinal use since 2015, with most opening downstate in in burbs. this is only the 2nd one in Ill

 Here is the “walk you through” from the open house prior to the official opening: Upon entering MOCA , you will see a clean, secured, well-organized space. Places to sit, brochures, and kiosks/and a large flat-screen in the waiting area, to see the ‘products’ (note: word used professionally for pot) offered. Greeted by The patient advocate, Shea Evans, she welcomes me, gives the overview and introduces me to Co-Owner, Danny Marks. They immediately strike you as people you can easily talk to. One of the roles of Shea Evans is Patient Consultation. She meets clients in the area and provides assistance to fill out the forms and navigate the required steps. Truly you can ask any questions – and answers are given!   Places to sit, brochures, and all the help you need. You can get more info on the site  www.moderncann.com Guidance available on how to get your patient or caregiver card – they aim to “make it easy” which is very good. There are “qualifying conditions” on the website, but you need certification of these by a physician. Ask them how to do this. A few of the “debilitating medical conditions” are: Multiple Sclerosis, Residual limb pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Lupus, Cancer and other conditions (there are now about 40 qualifying conditions) (5)

First stop: Meet up with Co-Owner, Danny Marks and Shea Evans, my guide to the facility and patient advisor. First impressions are a lot, and they radiate a welcome and openness coupled with a confident professionalism that will dispel any preconceptions one may have.

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Photos and Article for APA on the opening of the new Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Chicago. Illinois Piilot program makes it legal for medicinal use since 2015, with most opening downstate in in burbs. this is only the 2nd one in Ill

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Photos and Article for APA on the opening of the new Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Chicago. Illinois Piilot program makes it legal for medicinal use since 2015, with most opening downstate in in burbs. this is only the 2nd one in Ill

Now that the long anticipated MOCA|Modern Cannabis, Medical Marijuana Dispensary is open, a few questions/answers:

Q.(NB) What took so long from date you began to now, delays??

A: (Danny Marks): Everything is new for everybody – the state, the city. There are three state departments involved in the program plus in Chicago we have to deal with zoning buildings and neighborhood concerns. Everybody has been very careful to make sure this is very tightly regulated. Plus, politics with the governor change etc…

Q.(NB) What are the prices for the product? (I understand it varies, but just an idea of range)

A: (Danny Marks) $20 / gram of flower is an ok rule of thumb but will vary (6)

Who is the other owners of MOCA?

Danny Marks, Doug Marks, Barry Golin, Matt Engle, Bryan Engel, Michael Chasen

Q.(NB) Is the product all coming from Illinois or out of state too? A.(Danny Marks) All product will be grown in Illinois. There are about 7 active cultivators at this time.

Next, I talked to the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois, Project Director – Victoria MendicinoMOCA opening (1 of 1) whose office is based in Springfield, shared a display of brochures to take with, and was open to any questions. Useful is the handout on “Steps to Apply” They also serve as patient advocates. MCAI can assist patients in educating their doctors about medical cannabis. For more info and online application go to the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) website http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis. Or you can get a paper application. website: www.mca-il.com Email: info@mca-il.com. Also on FB. You can petition the MCAI for assistance in petitioning to add more conditions to the list, but this list appears to be closed at the time of this article. (7)



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Kevin Sink, Dispensary Relationship Manager, and his associate from Revolution Cannabis Co. is a vendor displaying the “product” (marijuana) and offered a descriptive 2015 Strain Guide. “Advancing Cannabinoid Science” with numerous choices. All strains have listing which detail if Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid. Terpenoid profile, Flavonoid profile, and Mother/Father. For example: “Revolution Blue Cheese “described as a Sativa which is for pain relief, stress relief, mental stimulation, appetite stimulant. The profile is potent, fresh, blueberry and more strains. Of course there are the Edibles with a range such as cannabis infused chocolates, chews, candy and cereal bars, also extracts and tinctures and moon rocks. And, I am sure, more as time goes on. So yes, you do not have to smoke the weed to get the relief/high for your condition. There are many other ways. They also have very cool swag, especially the T-Shirts. The strain names wax poetic: Blue Dream, Island Sweet Skunk, Gorilla Glue#14, Tora Bora, AC/DC, Charlotte’s Web, Revolution Alien Rock Candy, and more. www.RevolutionCannabisCo.com  check out social network sites: FB, TW, IN

Next I visited the display of CRESCOlabs, you can go to the site to learn about medical cannabis. There is lots of useful information on the site, worth a look at www.crescolabs.com #reliefhasarrived also on social network sites :FB, TW, INMOCA opening (1 of 1)-64

Cat Stewart. Senior Director of Outreach & Education along with a colleague, Sean McAlister had informative pamphlets and explained about the marijuana growers in Illinois and about the Law. Best of all among the munchies, Cat pointed me in the right direction – to the treats table and I had some incredible chocolate and other munchies (served with product for clients). Impressive is the choice of award winning


Chef Mindy Segal, of Hot Chocolate. Among her accolades is the prestigious James Beard Foundation award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in the Country, who will be baking the brownies and other edibles. (8)


Tall and stunning is the presentation case from MADE. Which has a store at 1430 W. Chicago. www.madegallerychicago.com MOCA opening (1 of 1)-41MOCA opening (1 of 1)-44MOCA-madegallerychicago.com_photo_Nancy_Bechtolwb@madegallery FB, IG. This is a highlight with all the artistry in a glass display case. An array of fine glass objects utilitarian and also beautiful art pieces on their own. Yes, lots of glass, paraphernalia on display and for sale, some which you may need instructions for use, which is readily available. Artisans created pieces certainly will allow for conversations and enjoyment. They have many pipes and other items, from small to bigger and elegant up to fine art pieces. The “guide” will gladly demonstrate and explain how to pick something to suit.

Historically, Marijuana is an American tradition with a jagged past and evolving future. Over hundreds of years, Cannabis, and even the Hemp plant (non-THC variety -which is used in industry for rope, clothes, food, etc., ) has gone through rebounding stages of legal, illegal, medicinal use, recreational, including full circle legal – depending on your state. The Federal Government has bowed to individual State’s Rights and The majority of Americans, about 58% or higher, think pot should be legal. Period.   According to Newsweek, (9) Bernie Sanders (Progressive/ Socialist, Democratic Candidate for President) said “I suspect I would vote yes” to a measure to legalize recreational marijuana “That averaging 58% of Americans – state it should be legal. Period.

There are critical differences in marijuana laws from one state, county, or city to another. “While 23 states allow medical marijuana, the use of recreational marijuana is legal in only four states, Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington D.C which passed initiatives legalizing the sale and distribution of marijuana for adults 21 and older under state law. Other states may follow soon. For more information, refer to the the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) The White House. Office of National Drug Control Policy (10)

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Photos and Article for APA on the opening of the new Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Chicago. Illinois Piilot program makes it legal for medicinal use since 2015, with most opening downstate in in burbs. this is only the 2nd one in Ill

Both George Washington, the First President of the USA and Thomas Jefferson, framer of the Constitution, grew it as a cash crop and both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights was drafted on hemp paper (although transcribed in final version on parchment) In fact, many Presidents have admitted to using Marijuana. Too numerous to mention. Recall the stellar Olympic swimmer/athlete who won major USA Olympic Medals in 2009, who was ‘caught’ smoking pot. Michael Phelps revealed to the world that smoking marijuana did not affect his ability to excel. Millions of Americans are recreational drug users who use drugs responsibly and lead normal lives. (11) and most recently, former Chicago Bear Jim McMahon, now an advocate, who recently came forward on national TV, in a moving interview, tells why he uses medical cannabis, and sharing how he has found relief and better results than the mega dosing of prescribed pain killers which have numerous side often debilitating side effects (12)

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Photos and Article for APA on the opening of the new Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Chicago. Illinois Piilot program makes it legal for medicinal use since 2015, with most opening downstate in in burbs. this is only the 2nd one in Ill

Brief History: “Cannabis was initially grown for industrial reasons, though recreational use spread quickly during the 20th century. Federal Bureau of Narcotics, responded to political pressure to ban marijuana at a nationwide level. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 created an expensive excise tax, and included penalty provisions and elaborate rules of enforcement to which marijuana, cannabis, or hemp handlers were subject”

Notably the propaganda film came out the year before, Reefer Madness (1936) Original Version (I hr.) https://youtu.be/esfKfTBGadg Reefer Madness (1936) Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbjHOBJzhb0

. Mandatory sentencing and increased punishment were enacted when the United States Congress passed the Boggs Act of 1952 and the Narcotics Control Act of 1956.[4]

During the counterculture of the 1960s, attitudes towards marijuana and drug abuse policy changed as use became widespread …In Leary v. United States (1969), the Supreme Court held the Marihuana Tax Act to be unconstitutional since it violated the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution privilege against self-incrimination.. Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act as Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, which repealed the Marihuana Tax Act.[6] In 1972, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that marijuana should be decriminalized… By the end of the decade, several states had decriminalized the drug, while many others weakened their laws against cannabis use.…a wave of conservatism during the 1980s allowed president Ronald Reagan to accelerate the War on Drugs during his presidency, prompting anti-drug campaigns such as the “Just Say No” campaign of First Lady Nancy Reagan. Federal penalties for cultivation, possession, or transfer of marijuana were increased by the Comprehensive Crime Control Act (1984), the Anti-Drug Abuse Act (1986), and the Anti-Drug Abuse Amendment Act (1988).[7] Since California voters passed the Proposition 215 in 1996, which legalized medical cannabis, several states have followed suit. However, United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative (2001) rejected the common-law medical necessity defense to crimes enacted under the Controlled Substances Act because Congress concluded that cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use”, and Gonzales v. Raich (2005) concluded that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution allowed the federal government to ban the use of cannabis, including medical use. Times are changing but, duly noted that Cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, and possession is punishable by up to one year in jail and a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first conviction.”Chicago-7475

Counter culture has gone mainstream with the social, economic, and health benefits increasingly known. Since the Marijuana Legalization 2016: Illinois Posts Over $1M In Legal Medical Sales . This may be one way to balance the Illinois Budget Crisis.

Citing “Marijuana sellers are in the green in Illinois. Patients legally purchasing medical weed spent almost $1.7 million in November and December, the Chicago Tribune reported (13)

Indeed, people from all walks of life, not only the creatives in music, art, and thinkers of all kinds… Including Willie Nelson who has long been the poster boy and now has his own brand “Willie’s Reserve” and the story continues…on and on. (the list seems endlessly growing healthy and green) (14)

“Tommy Chong, the Patron Saint of Stoners, with a new lease on life following his second bout with cancer, as well as a new cannabis line, the marijuana icon and activist isn’t close to burning out. Via focused heavily on their enjoyment of marijuana, as well as the criminalization of the plant and related paranoia, particularly for non-white smokers (Chong is half Chinese, Marin is Mexican American). A beloved outlaw entertainer, Chong has used his platform to promote marijuana’s medical and recreational values and to fight for its decriminalization. In 2003, he became a marijuana martyr when a government sting focused on drug paraphernalia targeted him as the famous face and financier of his son Paris Chong’s glass bong and pipe company. To prevent his son and his wife, comedian and actress Shelby Chong, from being prosecuted, he signed a plea deal and served nine months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia. He was curiously the only first-time offender caught up in “Operation Pipe Dreams” to go to prison (Chong plans to petition President Obama) “The market for recreational weed has expanded in recent years, with legalization … The market for legal marijuana sales is also growing — especially with more states expected to vote to legalize the drug in some form in coming years — and it could reach nearly $11 billion in annual revenue by 2019, according to cannabis industry research firm The ArcView Group. As such, celebrities ranging from Nelson and Snoop Dogg to singer Melissa Etheridge and comedian Tommy Chong (Patron Saint of Stoners) have embarked on business ventures that look to cash in on the growing industry.” (15)

The law state by state continues to evolve in favor of lifting the ban on “Prohibition”. Does this sound familiar? Remember – after all, it happened before, with Alcohol.MOCA opening (1 of 1)-14


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(13) International Business Times: O 01/05/16 Pure Economics: Pot is A Cash Crop and makes Good business sense “By Lydia Tomkiw @lydiatomkiw

——————————————————————–First First posted on 2/22/2016: by the  American Press Association posts “MOCA-Modern Cannabis-Chicago-Medical Marijuana Article” . contact author for reprints/publishing requests.both article and photography/illustrations ©Nancy Bechtol

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The author of this article, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness & Cannabis: & Opening of MOCA| Modern Cannabis in Chicago” ©2016 Nancy Bechtol, APA photojournalist, Assoc. Bureau Chief -Chicago, www.americanpressassociation.com acknowledges and relied on vast reference of a universal knowledge base, in addition to the cited sources, and decades of information out there ranging from traditional sources to alternative publications. In global thanks for all the input. Especially thanks to MOCA|Modern Cannabis, (a Medical Marijuana Dispensary) the owners, especially Co-Owner, Danny Marks, and staff/vendors who took time for interviews, as listed in the article. Most importantly is their dedication to those in need, who now who can benefit and live their lives more fully without fear.TYE DYE SKY:  unreal landscape series