ARTFARM, SILLY AMERICANISMS, ARTISTS/DOG/SLANG WANTED, MORE&LESS
Dear YOU SPECIAL
This week I turned off the thingie that automatically
inserts your first name to give you all a break from
the resulting paranoia.
Breaking news -->Amy and I started our radio
show last Wednesday. Why didn't we tell you?
Well, we knew it would be rife
with dead air, frantic wonderings aloud concerning which
buttons to push, throat clearings, loud intakes of breath
And we were right (being psychic). But I decided to
share it anyway. I uploaded it to yousendit.com which
is a handy tool. I could only afford the basic package
so it will be availble only for 14 days (from 2/20/06)
or 100 downloads, whichever comes first.
It is a free
download for you but it does take a few minutes
and again, only 100 of you can download it. The last
file expired after the maximum downloads quantity was
met but this is a new link so the clock starts at 0
when I push the send button for this newsletter.
Don't give up 8 minutes into the show when there is a big pile of dead
air, it does continue once we figure out that nothing
So, from now until we are asked to leave, we will be on every Wednesday
from 8-9AM at WXOJ-LP,
103.3 Northampton. Yes, it's early. In order
to ensure that you all get up and listen to us we
are going to randomly talk about you all. That should
get you up. Happy and lovely weeks all around, I hope!
P.S. If you
listened to the show, the photograph above (taken
in the studio while we were on the air) makes perfect
sense. If you hadn't tuned in, you can do so now
with the link above and find out about my beehive
and Amy's scratchety-scratch!
teeth and a nose.
||From Ron and
Daphne who are looking for a dog. Isn't that a nice
switch? One of you knows someone who for some reason
or another has a dog needing a home. Let's match them
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LAB OR COLLIE, MAYBE EVEN A JAMOCHA-LIKE
YOUNG DOG 1 TO 2 YEARS, SHALL WE SAY.
CALL RON AND DAPHNE (413) 628- 0226
At the Norman
9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
The Craft of Fiction II with Vivian Dorsel
Saturday, February 25, 2006, from 10am to 3pm
will explore two craft topics essential to fiction writing:
dialogue, and sense of place (setting). Each topic will
be covered in a lecture/discussion, followed by an in-class
written exercise, after which class members will have the
opportunity to share their work with one another, if they
choose. Participants will be provided with examples of visual
artwork from the Museum collection to use as inspiration
for their written work.
Join author and editor Vivian Dorsel for this workshop of
discovery in the world of fiction. Those who register will
be sent two short stories to read before attending the workshop.
Vivian Dorsel, who was Managing Editor of The Berkshire
Review for eight years, is a fiction student in the Vermont
College MFA in Writing Program, the founder of Ledgetop
Publishing, and Editor of the new literary annual, upstreet.
She is Word Street’s Writing Course Coordinator, and her
work has appeared in several publications.
The fee for the workshop is $15 ($10 for Museum members).
Workshop participants are asked to bring a lunch; the Museum
will provide beverages and snacks. To register, call the
Museum at (413) 298- 4100, ext. 260.
VIDEO VIEWING @ ANCHOR HOUSE
is special. Worth a jaunt from anywhere.
Jill Turner self produced video acts. Includes videos of other
people. Anchor House Gallery - 518 Pleasant Street, across
from the bowling alley in Northampton.
The last saturday of February, February 25th between 1-4
pm, Come talk to Jill between 2- 3pm, Share your ideas.
Contact: Jill Turner, video performance artist
PRONUNCIATION AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN LANGUAGE
the famous Jan O'Highway
||A radio show
endorsement from Jan O'highway, a listener from England...
loved it , will clock in next week and fwd to all my
friends...it takes awhile to download, people who are
easily upset by thingks like nailpolish probably shouldn't
isn't she great? and she DID forward the radio link
to friends all around the world. Maybe we'll hear from
some of them.
|BTW, a thingk
is a thing and a think all at once.
here's another quote, "Disarmingly honest", ~Dean
Image Courtesy of Jan O'Highway. I believe it is a Suzanne
after Jan listened to our radio show she had some
interesting comments about language differences. Here
are her comments, in the spasterisks...
*How is that americans can't pronounce beeday properly?
(Mo note-she is referring to bidet and how I pronounced
it). b'day here means birthday*
She also notes that art receptions are called PVs
for Private Viewings and the word reception is reserved
for wedding receptions. I like that. From now on I
am going to announce receptions as PVs. Thanks Jan!
I am going to pronounce BeeDay properly in all my
future pleas for a bidet and that might just be the
thing that convinces Kohler to donate one for my next
Once I get the nerve to call them and beg for one.
The official website will be up soon. But for now there is
info already up here.
ART FARM 2006 Middle Rocombe Farm, Stokeinteignhead, Newton
Abbot - OS: SX 909693
The Art Farm Project is a selected event, organised and
run by 31 artists/makers living/working within an 18 mile
radius of Middle Rocombe Farm, east of Exeter, including
all of the districts of Teignbridge and Torbay and part
of South Hams and Dartmoor.
Artists and volunteers involved with The Art Farm Projects,
have transformed redundant buildings into exhibition spaces
and performance areas, turned fields into sculpture parks
and created environmental and site specific art. These unusual
events attracted over seven thousand visitors and achieved
significant national and regional media attention, enabled
artists to exchange skills, develop new relationships and
sell/promote their work.
A visioning meeting of artists in 2005 has created a new
stimulus for midsummer 2006 - to take the farm buildings
and 30 acres of farmland as its inspiration, inviting artists/makers
to respond to its situation and context. Middle Rocombe
Farm is waiting to be transformed once more into an exciting
hub of creativity, a place of excellence for challenging
visual and performance art.
COMING NEXT WEEK-->More info on Sensory cob wall and
twinkly turret with mosaics Art Farm group project 2005-6
March 1ST at 6:00 P.M.
||From our Bruce
The slide show version of my book /Famous People
Famous Places/ (an unedited *first preview*) Will be
premiered (with music) Wednesday, March 1, 2006, In
. Beer, Wine and Food Will be served.
note-I cut and pasted this from his email. I am curious
at the capitalization of *Will*, above.
Dada & Surrealist movies will also be shown
Time will be @ 6PM, Suite 2320
Second floor, Above The Blue Moon
TO SPEAK-MARCH 2 @ 7:30 PM
and Environmental Designer Michael Singer to Speak at Mount
and Environmental Designer Michael Singer to Speak at Mount
SOUTH HADLEY, MA – Renowned artist and environmental designer
Michael Singer will present a talk titled “Creative Process:
Environment, Infrastructure and Aesthetics,” on Thursday,
March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke
College. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Michael Singer’s work has been instrumental in transforming
public art, architecture, landscape and planning projects
into successful models for urban and ecological re-vision
and renewal. By “putting the land back into landscape” (NY
Times), he has redefined the practice of art and broadened
its applicability to the development of public places, buildings,
and infrastructure. His works integrate community needs, sustainable
building principles, land-use planning, environmental responsibility,
and aesthetic design.
In 1993, the New York Times chose Singer's design of a massive
waste recycling and transfer center in Phoenix as one of the
top eight design and architectural events of the year. By
revealing the process of recycling, the center invites involvement
in a facility normally closed to the public. Renewal and transformation
are integral to all elements of the design: buildings, roads,
landscape, water, and wildlife habitat. The project won several
awards, and is credited with promoting aesthetic design excellence
in the U.S.
Singer’s design of indoor and outdoor gardens for the Institute
for Forestry and Nature (Alterra, IBN), Netherlands, has also
been featured as a leading example of outstanding green sustainable
design. The gardens work as the "lungs and kidneys" of the
institute’s headquarters, cleaning air and gray water as well
as providing climate control without air- conditioning.
Among Singer’s many other works are a sculptural floodwall
and walkway that model river reclamation in Michigan, a large
interior sculpture garden for the Denver International Airport,
and co-generation power facilities. His plans define an “Urban
Eco- Sustainable Network,” with habitat creation, education,
recreation, water preservation, and urban agriculture as part
of the electric generation facility and site.
A graduate of Cornell University, Michael Singer has received
fellowships and awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council
on the Arts, and the Vermont State Governor’s Award for the
The event is presented by the Center for the Environment with
support from the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
For more information, please contact: Mount Holyoke College
Center for the Environment, (413) 538-3091 www.mtholyoke.edu/go/ce.
For more information on Michael Singer and to view his work
in the sunday republican, in your plans, your hopes, your
Use it. Do.
||If you have
an event or a cd to sell, or just anything you want
to share, you can send it to me and reach some fab folks
or you can use local.masslive.com/northampton to reach
tens of thousands of people!
I posted my wish for a Kohler bidet (beeday) with these
Greetings all Your Stories - Northampton posters, contributors,
writers, and readers -
We've got the makings of a great online community happening
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The great news is along with the article in the Republican
will be the first Your Stories - Northampton column.
I will be writing a weekly column in the Republican
highlighting the goings-on in Your Stories - Northampton.
The column will spotlight different entries from the
week pulling more readers to the site.
Thank you for all the feedback regarding this project.
Because of your contributions and input, we've been
able to create a more vital destination with more exciting
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ONE OF US
WROTE A BOOK!
The God Children,
by Leda Joandaughter
||The God Children
is a radical, feminist, theological suspense novel (imagine
the Celestine Prophecy meeting the X-Files at Elizabeth
Cady Stanton’s house). This book is about the literal
return of the original Holy Trinity, in the form of
the Triple Goddess. What business does the Goddess have
manifesting here on this planet? To save it, of course,
from true evil: illegal, pre-emptive war, exploitive
globalization, American supremacy, economic and religious
subjugation of women, hypocrisy in religion and government,
environmental recklessness, exploitation of children,
the GOP, and so on.
published in Iceland by Kremena Publishing, The God
Children is now available
in the U.S.
(If you’d like to have your copy signed by local author
Leda Joandaughter, you may contact her at email@example.com.)
CALL FOR SLANG
And a call for Metro Poems as well.
From my pal
Sharon in Montreal who is a subscriber to this newsletter
(not that I asked her before adding her) and who is pretty
sweet and funny and who(m) I miss, comes this plea to help
a writer pal.
I was hoping that you could help me compile a list of
slang terms that would reflect a person's age, societal
role, interests - so if I have, for instance, a character
who is 30-something and a musician - I can more approximate
the appropriate slang (of course I know that there are exceptions
to every rule) So if people would respond to these three
questions and send the answers back to me - I'd be very
which decade of your life are you in?
( second, fourth, whatever ?)
how would you describe yourself?
what are your favourite exclamations, expletives, terms
of endearment, etc ?
Also, Noting the different references to metros in some
of the recently submitted poems, and knowing of other such
poems, I thought it would be cool to put together a chapbook:
"trains:underground and interurban." Please send
me copies of your train/metro poems if you'd like to be
part of this extra chapbook. Art work and photographs are
welcome as well.
Please pass this message along to anyone else who might
want to participate.
janette jorgensen, THELAWNCHAIRSOIREE@YAHOO.CA
step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Shelley Lake's apocalyptic
vision of the future.
This is a
great place to upload videos to share with the world. And
Shelley's Video is a quick load.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY MARY WITT
Who has a
swelligant cd for sale and I heartily reccommend getting it.
Audrey Morris song "How'd Ya Like To Love Me?" and turning
it into a duet captures the sweet, longed-for corniness of
the 1940's. Lou Rawl's rendition of "Fine Brown Frame" gets
a facelift to include reference to a current star.
Witt, critically acclaimed singer and bass player
for The O-Tones of Western Massachusetts, celebrates
the release of her first solo CD, Dance With Me. Sultry,
soulful, and sassy, this album will make you swoon and
kick up your heels.
The music spans various genres from swing and jazz to
rhythm & blues and soul. It glides seamlessly from
the old favorite ballad "The Very Thought Of You" to
the upbeat swing tune "Almost Like Being in Love". New
Orleans hit "Teardrops From My Eyes" segues to Cab Calloway's
"Everybody Eats When They Come To My House" with a contemporary
Also included are Ray Charles' "Roll With My Baby" and
Frank Sinatra's "Come Dance With Me", the title cut.
Sure to become a classic, "Dance With Me" lulls the
listener into wanting to be in love, even in a most
ironic twist described in Freddie Cole's "A Sinner Kissed
And some quotes about "Dance With Me":
Mary Witt is one of the most engaging and delightful song
stylists on the contemporary American music scene"
-Marc Berman Wilks Broadcasting
The whole thing is fabulous. I especially like the inside
of the tray card. Very exciting design. Elegant and fun. I've
given your cd to several people and they've loved it. Me,
-Alice Teeter Atlanta, GA
Your CD is STUNNING!! It melts me! You all did a great, great
job. Your voice, the songs, the playing....yow!
-Brooks Williams, singer/songwriter Amherst, MA
Great for listening, even better for dancing! A full, rich
voice carried along with musical friends. You just can't help
but want to dance to this sound.
Some people sound good singing the phonebook. The greatness
of some songs comes through even when played on a garden hose.
"Dance With Me" is a terrific combination of songs and a singer
that can each stand on their own... A fine effort from a fine
-Tom Mahnken, Trailer Park band
I love the mix of songs on this CD! Mary Witt sings with such
smoothness, expression and exuberance that you can feel her
love for this music. The arrangements are tasty and the excellent
musicians and vocalists are always on the same page...
- Aloha, Rich
HOW TO ORDER:
Turn It Up Records
"Everyb ody Eats When They Come To My House" is *my* favorite
song on this CD!
It's Jamoka's favorite song too but only because it refernces
eating. He also thinks Mary's hot.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
May 6th 12- 4.
contact: Florence Rawls: firstname.lastname@example.org ; or 617.326.4310
The Boston Home invites area artists to submit work for
panel review for the third annual art exhibition and sale:
At Home with the Arts. A portion of the sale proceeds
will benefit the residents of The Boston Home through the
Arts & Entertainment Program.
The exhibition will be free and open to the public on Saturday,
May 6th 12- 4. All selected entries will be for sale.
An area will be provided for cards, small reprints, and small
2 dimensional works not subject to the 3-piece limit. The
Boston Home will keep 35% of all sale proceeds. The artists
will keep the remaining 65% of the sale proceeds.
Artists are asked to bring up to three (3) two- dimensional
works not exceeding 36" x 36", ready for hanging to The Boston
Home, 2049 Dorchester Ave., on Monday, APRIL 29th and Tuesday,
APRIL 30th from 4 - 7 for registration/drop-off. The jury
panel will meet Wed. All artwork not sold must be taken home
on Saturday, May 6th after the exhibition ends at 4:00 pm.
The Boston Home will purchase a piece from the submissions
for their permanent collection. The event will be well
publicized in a variety of area media.
The residents of TBH look forward to welcoming their neighbors
to this community celebration. There will be live musical
entertainment and a poetry reading by resident Al Gaines.
Old-fashioned strawberry shortcake will be served in the garden.
Last year more than 500 people visited our garden gallery.
Established in 1881, The Boston Home is nationally recognized
as the standard for care of adults with Multiple Sclerosis
and related neurological diseases.
The award-winning TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE
April 1, June1.
The award-winning, non-profit international arts organization
TransCultural Exchange announces a sponsored residency at
the 6th annual Dorothea Fleiss East West Artists Symposia
and Residency from August 3 - 13, 2006 in Carei, Romania.
This 10 day international artist residency is open to artists
in all disciplines and includes modest housing, workspace,
meals, minimum materials and a $500 stipend to be used towards
the artists' airfare. The residency will culminate in an exhibition
at the Municipal Museum of Carei. (There are no residency
fees, although the artist is requested , but not required,
to donate one work produced during the residency to the Municipal
Museum of Carei.) One to two artists will be chosen to attend
this residency, for which the remaining slots are by invitation
only. (The list of invited artists is available at www.tr
ansculturalexchange.org under : To Participate)
SHOW, GALLERY SETTING
The award-winning, non-profit international arts
organization TransCultural Exchange is reviewing slides
to select innovative artists for future international
projects and, specifically, for the exhibition Shimmer
at TransCultural Exchange from November 1 to November
30. All media are acceptable, including site-specific
and interactive installations. TransCultural Exchange
will pay for insurance during the exhibition, exhibition
announcements, a modest brochure, opening reception,
and web-site documentation of the exhibition. Sales
encouraged: 20% commission.
Please send a maximum of 15 representative slides or
a CD of 15 works (no minimum required), a resume, optional
statement, $15 review fee and SASE to TransCultural
Exchange, 516 East Second Street, #30, Boston, MA 02127.
Submission deadline is June 1, 2005.
Additional artists will be chosen to participate in the symposia's
exhibition at the Municipal Museum of Carei.
Submission deadline is April 1. Please send a maximum
of 15 slides or a CD of 15 works, SASE, resume, $15 review
fee and optional statement.