August 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, music, nature, politics, random)
Tags: Benjamin West, British Columbia, concert, culture, Enbridge, entertainment, event, Facebook, Indigenous People, Kinder Morgan, life, media, music, news, Salish, Save the Salish Sea, Sea, Sept. 2 2012, Tar Sands, Vancouver, Waterfront Park
On September 2 join us for a free family-friendly concert featuring live music, DJ’s, special guest speakers, local Indigenous artists, interactive art displays, a kids zone, and much more. This is a chance to show your support for the Coast Salish Nations as they take a stand against Kinder Morgan and Enbridge’s proposed tar sands pipelines and the associated oil tankers in traditional Salish waters! SPEAKERS: …
Chief Ian Campbell Rueben George Melina Laboucan-Massimo Naomi Klein Rex Weyler SALISH SEAS MAINSTAGE: The Boom Booms Wayne Lavallee Phyllis Sinclair Spakwus Slulum Helen Duguay BEATS NOT TANKERS STAGE: Maga Bo Skookum Sound Emotionz No Tank Gyal! Ostwelve Eternal Love Ndidi Cascade Kia Kadiri Discreet da Chosen One Eternal Love MukLuk Take 5 and much more…! For those who are into volunteering, definitely drop Jolan Bailey a line at: email@example.com
Waterfront Park, North Vancouver, British Columbia
Save the Salish Sea Concert event is on Facebook for directions and map.
Just caught this upcoming concert event via news feed on fb so I’m sharing (hint, wink, nudge) it here. Facebook does serve some information gathering purposes indeed. Enjoy if you’re able to attend.
Thanks to Benjamin West for info.
August 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm (culture, entertainment, history, life, music, poetry, politics, random)
Tags: entertainment, Giacomo Gates, Gil Scott Heron, history, jazz, Jazz Depot, music, poetry, politics, random, The revolution will be jazz, Winter in America
Yeah, the mercury is pushing 100 heat today. It’s not nice. Clothes on rack are air drying fast in the front yard. Otherwise tt’s not walkable outside. The birds are hiding in their shade pockets. Plants are digging deep. And the political scene in America is as palatable as a bowl of dirty dust particles from Mars. I’m hiding in some shade of my own with Giacomo Gates vocalizing The revolution will be jazz. Found Gil Scott-Heron live performing “Winter in America” on the tubes of you so I’m sharing.
The revolution will be jazz, Giacomo Gates vocals, can be found at Jazz Depot http://www.jazzdepot.com/
Thanks to sirnoze for YouTube video upload of GSH, UK, 1990.
August 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm (creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, humor, life, poetry, random, Writing)
Tags: creative writing, culture, environment, exploring interconnectedness, life, love, moles, nature, poem, poetry, random, romance, short verse, spiders, sun, Writing
finding sparrow’s mail
leaves, feathers, droppings heavy
cloud spider moves three feet
sun lost ray
panting moles churning
lambs quarter sighs
he’s waiting at the 7 elven on 12th street
she’s searching the sidewalkers on 13th
at this rate they’re never going to meet
August 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm (culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, life, music, poetry, random)
Tags: culture, Dance Me to the End of Love, entertainment, First We Take Manhattan, In My Secret Life, Leonard Cohen, LIVE, London Live 2008, music, poet, poetry, Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring, song, The Future, videos, YouTube
There’s just something about listening to Leonard Cohen last thing at night before sleep descends for the Dreamtime then waking to more Leonard Cohen in the morning. If you’re so inclined please post your desired Cohen sublimations. Morning all.
Leonard Cohen, LIVE from London 2008 —
“In My Secret Life” YouTubed by bikerdude990
“First We Take Manhattan” YouTubed by Peter Run
“Dance Me to the End of Love” YouTubed by Samos 360
Anthem “Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring” YouTubed by frountch
“The Future” YouTubed by aleckseykaplienko
August 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm (art, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, Independent film, Indigenous People, life, movies, music, Native Americans, random)
Tags: "A Beautiful Dawn", "Into the Wind", Aaron White, Anthony Wakeman, Arizona, August 25 2012, Canyon Records, Circle of Life, concert, culture, documentary, domestic violence, DV, flute, hoop dance, Hopi, Issues, Museum of Northern Arizona, music, Native Americans, Navajo, Navajo-Hopi Observer, Radmilla Cody, random, shelter, song, Spirit in the Pines, Tony Duncan, trailer, women
Ah the joys, not, of the computer age where your pc connection dictates the level of cooperation from any url in cyberspace. Yes, I’m having issues today with my keyboard, monitor and hard drive. So, since ‘everything’ connected apparently had no desire to inhabit the same blog post here on WordPress at the same time here’s one just for the videos on YouTube for the performers at the upcoming Spirit in the Pines benefit concert at the Museum of Northern Arizona. If you’re in or around Flagstaff, AZ and in search of quality musical entertaiment the Spirit in the Pines concert might be just what your ears are listening for and let your entertainment funds work for a worthy cause. If you attend please return here and drop a line or two about the concert for those of us too far away to enjoy in person.
Also, thanks to everyone who takes the time to visit my blogcasa. Often some of you leave much appreciated comments for connecting online. Those of you too “shy” to talk or who are not inclined to leave connecting tracks are also much appreciated. Silent views from around the world are recorded by stats. Thank you ALL for your viewing support and interest.
From the Navajo-Hopi Observer Quick Reads Online http://nhonews.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=14752 :
Spirit in the Pines Benefit Concert support services to families affected by DV
On Aug. 25, Native American performers Tony Duncan, Anthony Wakeman and Radmilla Cody will perform a concert, Spirit in the Pines, to benefit Northland Family Help Center’s (NFHC) Women’s Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. The evening will also include wine, appetizers, and an auction of a one-of-a-kind handmade Native American style flute. A beautiful handcrafted quilt made by an anonymous donor for NFHC will be displayed.
A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. with the concert following at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds will support critical services to families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (928) 233-4300 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Canyon Records
“A Beautiful Dawn” song by Radmilla Cody
“Into the Wind” by Anthony Wakeman and Aaron White
Tony Duncan “Circle of Life” documentary trailer uploaded to YouTube by raedamon
Visit the Museum of Northern Arizona http://www.musnaz.org/
Check into Canyon Records for more Native American music http://www.canyonrecords.com/
August 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm (art, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, movies, Native Americans, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: Anthony Wakeman, art, August 25 2012, Benefit, concert, culture, entertainment, life, Museum of Northern Arizona, music, Native American, news, Northland Family Help Center, poster, Radmilla Cody, random, Spirit in the Pines, Tony Duncan
August 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm (Uncategorized)
“Truth is truth
To the end of reckoning”
Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act 5, scene 1.
Truth by Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911) French painter, oil on canvas, 1870
Is there anything more hated than the truth? People work very hard to hide knowledge of all sorts of behavior, thoughts, words and deeds. If people lived and behaved with common decency, mutual respect and tolerance they probably wouldn’t have so much to hide from others. Current affairs range from the imprisonment of a man for revealing some truth about how the world operates to the exclusion of the participation of the people on the front lines of environmental devastation from the “talks” in Cancun. Huh–now why wouldn’t anyone truly concerned with addressing the issue of climate change want to hear from people already experiencing the consequences? Oh yeah—the profit motive is still in play in certain minds that believe the endgame is making money instead of survival of everyone, including their greed driven asses. Apparently it’s okay…
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August 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm (art, creative writing, culture, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, music, Native Americans, poetry, publishing, random, Writing)
Tags: art, Book, Crazy Brave, creative writing, culture, Eagle Song, Joy Harjo, life, memoir, music, Native American, poet, poetry, random, reading, review, sax, video, Writing
Click cover image to visit Joy Harjo online.
“I often painted or drew through the night, when most of the world slept and it was easier to walk through the membrane between life and death to bring back memory. I painted to the music of silence. It was here I could hear everything.” Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo’s memoir, Crazy Brave, is one wickedly beautiful piece of intensely personal poetic writing. This is not a fact crammed autobiography tossing up gossip and shallow dirt galore. This is a sharing of a poetic journey of becoming self in this strange world we inhabit. Harjo’s word craft strives to bridge the differences of perception and perceiving that often keep people unaware of their connections to each other and the universe. This is a memoir that offers a sense of what it means to be Joy as she unfolds to embrace her creative gifts. Don’t read this book expecting to learn all about Joy’s journey into Jazz or how she feels playing on the international stage as a musician-poet. Read this book as an opening act to learning about one woman’s love for art and music as life. This is a book about spirit and love and suffering along a path that knows no limits or boundaries between time, space or place. Certain experiences and people are shared as part of her journey as Joy contemplates past, present and future life. Dealings with lovers, friends and family are offered as part of the pathway to learning to speak and sing. It’s about making choices and listening with trust to the knowing even when it speaks ever so softly. It’s about making a commitment to the poetic spirit in the fullest sense of living.
“To imagine the spirit of poetry is much like imagining the shape and size of the knowing. It is a kind of resurrection light: it is the tall ancestor spirit who has been with me since the beginning, or a bear or a hummingbird. It is a hundred horses running the land in a soft mist, or it is a woman undressing for her beloved in firelight. It is none of these things. It is more than everything” (JH p. 164).
Like many poems Crazy Brave can be read in one sitting yet it will stay with you long after the last page. It may well haunt your dreams and intrude upon your waking hours. The poetic journey is one without beginning or end. It’s an ongoing adventure. A work in perpetual progress. This is a memoir that reveals the poetic power of prose that sings a life song.
August 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm (creative writing, culture, education, ethics, fiction, history, life, literary fiction, politics, publishing, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Bettina Restrepo, Book, books, creative writing, culture, Dream Act, education, espanol, family, fiction, illegal, immigration, Katherine Tegen Books, language, Mexico, novel, politics, publishing, random, reading, review, Spanish, Writing, young adult
What would you do if you were a girl seriously wanting your father for your fifteenth birthday, quienceanera, and he’d suddenly gone silent in a strange land called Houston?
Bettina Restrepo’s Illegal places readers smack dab in young Nora’s desperate world of failing grapefruit orchard, dying village and dangerous journey to the not very welcoming land of Texas. In Houston the buildings grow tall while keeping people small and insignificant. Deepening poverty and increasing concern about the silence of Nora’s father from the land of opportunity drive the young girl and her mother into making a desperate search to a place where calling the police to report an assault is not a viable option. No one wants to leave the once thriving village but survival dictates desperate measure for desperate times when the tax man gets impatient.
Love and family values push three generations of Mexican women to leave behind all they know and hold dear to search for the man missing from their daily lives. Deliberately or not, Restrepo presents anew the mythic threesome of the maiden, matron and crone in the forms of Nora, her mother and grandmother as they are forced to confront the reality of the economic and social death of their Mexican village. The grapefruits rotting in the once prosperous orchard reinforce the mythic imagery of a dying land unable to support the people. Even the village bank scarcely has any purpose other than to employ Hector.
Illegal is a dark reality check of a young adult novel that many American adults would benefit from reading. What’s the Dream Act about? Who wants it and why? Well, Nora’s story might provide some clues to the answers. Hungry stomachs often go hand in hand with hungry young minds. The need to make a meaningful life wherever you find your feet planted is real and valid cause for concern. Unless they’ve experienced poverty in America many young readers might have trouble entering Nora’s world where learning to speak English is a vital concern surpassed by the need to help her mother keep it together in a hostile urban jungle where girls beat each other for entrance into gangs.
Restrepo does her best to get readers into and keep them in Nora’s changing world. It’s not an easy task. To help raise cultural awareness she incorporates Espanol into the novel. There’s a decent little glossary at the back for readers who have no idea that cartas means a pack of cards, cabrito is a baby goat, and that a coyote can be something other than an animal–a human smuggler. Illegal is a solid novel which pulls no punches yet works to be accessible to young adult readers who are curious about what’s going with other young people beyond the boundaries of their own private worlds.
Now what would have happened if the Native Americans had thought to demand identity papers and immigration documents for all the white European invaders searching for land and riches in the New World? Imagine that.
Visit Bettina Restrepo at http://bettinarestrepo.com/
Find Illegal and more young adult fiction published by Katherine Tegen Books: http://www.yabookscentral.com/component/jreviews/tag/publisher/katherine-tegen-books/
August 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, life, photography, publishing, random, street art, Writing)
Tags: Alan Ket, art, artists, Book, books, culture, Don Karl, Eaz One, Fishero, Franz Jager, From Here to Fame, global, Graffiti, Graffiti Tattoo, ink, photography, publishing, review, Stone, street art, tattoo, Turkesa, vol. 2, Writing
While I sport no tattoo art on my own skin nor have I yet converted a public surface to a canvas I have great respect and admiration for artists who do so with bold creativity and style. Yeah, I ‘get’ the mainstream culture’s issues with the “illegal art” of graffiti and I render that about as much credibility as I do the notion of human beings being “illegal.” Shouldn’t great art increase the property value of a building or other surface that has been chosen as an artist’s canvas? I’ve seen many a bland brick wall transformed into bright beautiful living color that brings art out of climate controlled galleries and into the everyday lives of everyone with eyes willing to appreciate it. As for tattoo artists whom people entrust with their own hides for spreading ink–I’m continually impressed with their inventive ways of collaborating with the human form. It’s not a requirement to pursue either art form in order to enjoy what they offer. Even if you’re just mildly curious I highly encourage you to sneak a peek between the covers of Graffiti Tattoo, vol. 2 by Alan Ket and Don Karl aka Stone. They’ll take you around the world via introductions of tattoo artists with graffiti backgrounds who work with skin and ink from Oakland, CA to Queensland, Australia. One of my favorites is Fishero from Ostrava in the Czech Republic. I adore his incredible illusions of 3D art. Each artist speaks for him/herself about their art and personal history. Contact and online information are provided for each artist: websites, Facebook, emails and addresses. Yes, if you’re wandering about Copenhagen, Denmark, you can get some ink from Franz Jager. Marco Wagner aka Sheas can be found at Lucky Six Tattoo in Berlin, Germany. Eaz One tweets from San Jose, California. Turkesa is in Barcelona, Spain. This photographic record is lush and brilliantly vibrant. The book offers a means for viewing the global scale of arts of workaday world people. The art is as varied as the artists’ thoughts on mentoring, writing, images, drawing and life. It’s great out of the box art all around offering trains, the Pieta, Sitting Bull, skulls, dragons and much much more. See for yourself at From Here to Fame Publishing http://www.fromheretofame.com/books/tattoo2.html
To visit Fishero online –>> http://www.freihand.cz/news.php
Click image to see what’s between the covers.
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