Month: February 2017

Reflections: Staggerlee wonders by James Baldwin

Feb. 27 / 17 Hello! I wanted to share a poem by James Baldwin to celebrate Black History. Notice that I didn’t say Black History Month. Black History, Native, Hispanic, Asian…..is all American History.  Staggerlee wonders – Poem by James Baldwin I always wonder what they think the niggers are doing while they, the pink and alabaster pragmatists, are containing Russia and defining and re-defining and re-aligning China, nobly restraining themselves, meanwhile, from blowing up that earth which they have already blasphemed into dung: the gentle, wide-eyed, cheerful ladies, and their men, nostalgic for the noble cause of Vietnam, nostalgic for noble causes, aching, nobly, to wade through the blood of savages— ah—! Uncas shall never leave the reservation, except to purchase whisky at the State Liquor Store. The Panama Canal shall remain forever locked: there is a way around every treaty. We will turn the tides of the restless Caribbean, the sun will rise, and set on our hotel balconies as we see fit. The natives will have nothing to complain about, indeed, they …

Creative Close-Up: Art Tips of the Sharing Kind…

Feb. 27 / 17  Hey again! As most of you know, I like to show people the best in art education, websites, and what not. I found this article from Artsy Shark by guest blogger Adam Eisenstat titled, How to Write a Compelling Artist Statement. It’s worth the read, this may be a great benefit…. cred: adam eisenstat & artsy shark How to Write a Compelling Artist Statement by Artsy Shark guest blogger Adam Eisenstat Why is an artist statement important? An artist statement is a marketing piece designed to make someone interested in your work. A good artist statement helps make an artist and his/her work more compelling. Many artists believe their work speaks for itself, which is true to an extent. But a strong written overview/explanation of what you do—emphasizing key aspects of your work and, if relevant, your life—can expand and even enhance the work in important ways. I’ve written materials for many artists working in a wide variety of styles and genres. One artist statement I did illustrates particularly well how this …

2017 Oscar Winners

Feb. 27 / 17 I didn’t watch, but I did keep track of who won. Here are the winners for this year’s 89th Academy Awards, well the categories that I’m most interested in…. cred: oscars.org ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE WINNER  CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea NOMINEES ANDREW GARFIELD Hacksaw Ridge RYAN GOSLING La La Land VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic DENZEL WASHINGTON Fences ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE WINNER MAHERSHALA ALI Moonlight NOMINEES JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water LUCAS HEDGES Manchester by the Sea DEV PATEL Lion MICHAEL SHANNON Nocturnal Animals ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE WINNER EMMA STONE La La Land NOMINEES ISABELLE HUPPERT Elle RUTH NEGGA Loving NATALIE PORTMAN Jackie MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE WINNER VIOLA DAVIS Fences NOMINEES NAOMIE HARRIS Moonlight NICOLE KIDMAN Lion OCTAVIA SPENCER Hidden Figures MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea DIRECTING WINNER LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle NOMINEES ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve HACKSAW RIDGE Mel Gibson MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) WINNER O.J.: MADE IN …

Film Review: Breaking A Monster

Feb. 25 / 17 Hey! Going to give my review of the documentary film, Breaking A Monster. This film, directed by Luke Meyer, follows three young African-American kids from Brooklyn, New York. Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins, and Alec Atkins have garnered attention as the heavy-metal trio, Unlocking the Truth. The band, formed in 2007, began performing in the streets of Time Square, which gained lots of social media attention. By 2014, these eighth graders signed a $1.8 million five-album deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Of course with the boys being under age, the contract had to be approved by the New York Supreme Court. The deal was put together by their manager…now former manager, Alan Sacks. Sacks, who was co-creator for the 70s sitcom classic Welcome Back Kotter and responsible for the careers of Demi Lovato and The Jonas Brothers, is kinda like one of those zen master managers. He’s got the calm, cool and collected look about him. The thought of signing a record deal sounds like a dream come true, but that’s simply not the case. …

Music Festivals February 2017 Pt. 2

Feb. 22 / 17 One more thing to share with you. Just a few music festivals happening this month. If you live in these areas, take a weekend to enjoy some music….. cred: music festival wizard   Feb 17 2017 / Noise Pop 2017 / San Francisco, CA / February 17-26, 2017   Feb 23 2017 / Wanderlust Hawaii 2017 / Hauula, HI / February 23-26, 2017   Hope you enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed!                                                 featured image: music festival wizard & unknown

The Iowa Writer’s Workshop 2017

Feb. 22 / 17 Hey! The Iowa Writer’s Workshop will be coming this summer and yes, there is information for this upcoming workshop…… cred: university of iowa Anyone may apply for non-degree summer coursework offered; this summer, the Workshop will offer courses in two separate summer school sessions. The postmark deadline for application to both the 3- and 8-week sessions is March 1, 2017. The IOWA WRITER’S WORKSHOP Announces a Program of Workshops for Writers of Poetry & Prose 3-Week Session May 16 – June 1, 2017 Fiction Workshop: Lan Samantha Chang or Paul Harding Poetry Workshop: James Galvin  Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2017 8 Week Session June 12 – August 3, 2017 Fiction Workshop: Mark Poirier Poetry Workshop: Jane Mead Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2017 Contact: Iowa Writers’ Workshop 102 Dey House The University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 52242 Phone: (319).335.0416 Fax: (319).335.0420 writersworkshop.uiowa.edu/summer-programs                                                 featured image: unknown

Wednesday Scene: Put Your Art on Display @ Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show

Feb. 22 / 17 Good Morning everybody! The Spectrum Indian Well Art Show is approaching and for those who want to display their work at this show, well you can. Here is a preview…. cred: spectrum indian wells art show EXHIBIT AT SPECTRUM INDIAN WELLS GALLERY-STYLE EXHIBITION SPACE Spectrum Indian Wells, held in California’s Coachella Valley from March 16 – 19, 2017, is a juried show with an Exhibitor Committee consisting of four individuals with outstanding reputations in publishing and artist development. Strict hanging guidelines, aesthetics, and attention to detail will be enforced, providing a streamlined, crisp, and clean venue for gallery owners, designers, architects, and collectors to enjoy. Spectrum Indian Wells—it’s the place to be in March. Here are the top reasons why you should exhibit at this upscale contemporary art show: We’re bringing the excitement of our Spectrum art show to the Coachella Valley—all the things you’ve come to know and love about Spectrum, now in Indian Wells. A state-of-the-art exhibition space awaits you, replete with a sleek design, gallery-style layout, and Sculpture Garden. March …

Weekend Scene: London Fashion Week 2017

Feb. 18 / 17 Hello…As most or some of you already know, London Fashion Week arrived Thursday. February 16 – 21, 2017 are the dates. Here are some of the shows that happened today and will be happening tomorrow… cred: london fashion week SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 09:00 CHALAYAN / See Invitation / Show 09:30 – 11:30 Paula Knorr / *BFC Presentation Space / Presentation 10:00 Ryan LO / BFC Show Space / Show 10:00 – 19:00 NEWGEN pop-up showroom: Ashley Williams / Designer Showrooms: NEWGEN / Event 10:30 Fashion East Presentations / Topshop Show Space / Presentation 11:00 Fashion East / Topshop Show Space / Show 11:30 – 13:30 Faustine Steinmetz / *Topshop Show Space / Presentation 12:00 Jasper Conran / W1 / Show 12:30 – 14:30 Edeline Lee / See Invitation / Presentation 13:00 Julien Macdonald / See Invitation / Show 13:30 – 15:30 Markus Lupfer / See Invitation / Presentation 14:00 Molly Goddard / *Topshop Show Space / Show 14:30 – 16:30 Astley Clarke / See Invitation / Presentation 15:00 Ports 1961 / See Invitation / Show 15:30 – 17:30 Alice Archer / See Invitation / Presentation 16:00 J.W.Anderson / WC1 / Show 16:30 – …