All posts tagged: Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note: April 2019

4.1.19 Vol. 7 / #4 Hello! We have left March and now April is here.  New things to cover this month like Idelwild, Kahlid, Anderson.Paak, Cage the Elephant, and more are releasing new albums this month, along with a slew of music festivals, including Coachella 2019. Lots of art workshops and retreats this year and some literature workshops, conferences too.  We are still in the state of Florida and the last pit stop for Where To is Orlando. I’m focusing on an actor or actress for Shadow Spotlight…someone who is making some people talk… For this month’s Creative Close-Up, I’m looking to put some great posts from other creative people.  I keep saying that I’m going to do a film review…but I’m doing some for real this time!  Later this month, I will start with the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Alien. Yes since it’s film debut in May 1979, a lot is going on. 20th Century Fox, along with its partnership with Tongal, is releasing six Alien-universe-fan-made short films. All leading up to …

Editor’s Note / February 2019

1.31.19 Vol. 7 / #2 February is here and do we have a lot of things get out and about!  As you already know this month is Black History Month and I have much creative stuff that I can’t wait to share… Music releases from Belrut, Ariana Grande, Bob Mould, Xiu Xiu, and Avril Lavigne. Nine festivals, just nine getting ready like Gem & Jam 2019, The Rock Boat 2019, 70,000 Tons of Metal 2019, and others.  I will post the last reminder for those attending the AWP (Association of Writing & Writing Programs) Conference Bookfair 2019, which will be in Portland Oregon March 27-30, 2019.          Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday and yes I will be coming up with something, I mean why not…   Straz Center for Performing Arts, Gasparilla Music Festival, or Tampa Museum of Art? Just the places to visit in Tampa, Florida, our Where To for February.  There was Music Focus, now we have Art Focus and Rashid Johnson is our focus for February, along with …

Editor’s Note: January 2019

1.1.19 Vol. 7 / #1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2018 has come and gone and we are now into 2019. New beginnings, new year, new month, new everything.   Remember Papa Roach? Some of you may or may not remember this group, but they are releasing new music this month, along with Mono, Steve Gunn, and Alice Merton. I always turn to Metacritic for this information. Thank you, Metacritic! Music festivals and other festivals are coming soon, be on the lookout!       Ever been to Savannah, Georgia? Well, we are beginning the new year for Where To and Savannah is our first stop.  I haven’t put together anything for Shadow Spotlight but don’t worry it will be up and running. You’re going to notice a few changes here and there in the next coming weeks. I will post about the AWP’s Writing Conference and Bookfair which will be in Portland, Oregon on March 27-30, 2019. That’s one of the events coming up in a few months. It will be a bit of a quiet …

Note from the Editor, December 2018

12.1.18 Vol. 6 / #12 December, the last and final month of 2018. November may have been quiet, but this month…not so. Lots of stuff will be stuffed into December.  A few things to post with music and Metacritic never fails! You have veteran and new artists making new creativity with music. Gucci Mane, Van Morrison, Meghan Trainor, and others are lining up with their new releases. On the music festival front, not a lot going on. Like November, this list a bit short, but how can you miss these great festivals? Riptide, Rolling Loud, and Snowglobe, just to name a few.  I’ve haven’t been to the movie theaters a lot this year, but I’m able to pick up what looks like a winner of a film. So be on the lookout for a list of best films for 2018 from a few film critics and moviegoers.  Books, books, and more books! Winter will be around the corner, meaning that we will see what great reads will be…well already will be on the list.  This …

Editor’s Note / November 2018

11.1.18 Vol.6 / #11 Hello! It is now November…can you believe it? One more month for 2018. October was busy, but this month is quieter.  Alessia Cara, Barbra Streisand, Rita Ora, Dead Can Dance are just a few but many that are releasing new music this month. Only five music festivals this November, yes five, but if you live near Reno, Nevada, or San Bernadino, California, you just might miss these gems! There will be a few film reviews coming soon, I need to compile a list of best films of this year, don’t I? Music, there has been great music from familiar and new faces. I’m going to be doing a list who has been shelling out great tunes so far. Shadow Spotlight, well I’m not telling. It will all be revealed this month. Our Where To is heading to Washington D.C.  I have a question to ask. What are you thankful for?  Goodbye October, Hello November.             Image source: SF Wallpaper

Editor’s Desk: August 2018

8. 1. 18 Vol. 6 –  #8 Hello all…a new month has started. Not too much going on in August, to be honest, this month is a bit quieter than the other months. That doesn’t mean it won’t be boring! Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Jason Mraz, Nicki Minaj, Alice in Chains, and Mac Miller are bringing new music this month with their new albums. Like last month, August has a full packed month of music festivals such as Elements Festival NY, Moonrise Festival, Afropunk, and many more. Gamers…Professional Gamers will be featured for this month’s Shadow Spotlight. I never thought that you can get paid very well for playing video games, but these people are. I’m searching for workshops in literature, art, and all the other categories, so I’m on the lookout for them. Film reviews…when was the last time did I do a film review? A while, but hopefully that will change. And Television…I need to do a television series review too. This month’s Creative Close-Up will focus on the rise or slow rise …

Editor’s Note: July 2018

6. 30. 18 #7. Vol 6 Hello, hello, July is here. Yes, really July is here. Just like June, this month is going to be a bit quiet, but there will be lots of great things happening for this month. New music coming from Drake, Florence + the Machine, Gorillaz, John Coltrane, Cowboy Junkies, Daughtry, and many more will be releasing albums in July. As for Summer music festivals, there are a lot coming this month! 80/35 Music Festival 2018, Summerfest 2018, Rockfest Wisconsin 2018, MoPop Festival 2018, and Essence Music Festival 2018, and many many more will be on the list. The 2019 AWP Conference & Bookfair is coming to Portland Oregon March 27-30. If this is up your alley, then it’s time to register, which starts on August 1, 2018. Event proposal dates have already passed, but again if you are interested in registering, August 1 is the date. They will be more information coming soon. Writers conferences, retreats, residencies, and festivals are coming up and I’ve found quite a handful for this …

Editor’s Desk: April 2018

March 31 / 18 Vol. 6 / #4 We’re moving right along into the month of April. Yes, Spring has arrived and it’s time to do some Spring stuff, creative and artistically wise. I’ve been tracking down contests, residencies in art and literature. For literature, I’ve found several that may be of interests to those who love to write. The Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts is gearing for an eventful Summer. Their 24 Pearl Street Online Writing Program is already starting, along with their Summer Workshops. All will be revealed this month. If you have deep pockets and I mean seriously deep pockets, then Swann Auction Galleries will be the place to test those pockets. They are having their Auction of African-American Fine Art, April 5, at 2:30 pm. The 25th Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony will be taking place later on this month New York City. All details will be coming soon. Artexpo New York 2018 is coming. You still have a chance to get tickets to this event. The dates are April 19-22 in …