Archive for June, 2009

Magic Making Music with Eric Shieh: The Cement Factory

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

If you haven’t friended him on Facebook, you’re missing some of the most witty “what’s on your mind?” commentary in the facebook news-feed slop-bucket.

I met Eric Shieh, poet, teacher, prisoner-advocate, musician, composer and my good friend, in college. I was still reeling from post-traumatic stress and (more…)

African Photoblogger: Photographs from Patrick Amanama of Nigeria Today

Sunday, June 28th, 2009
Note: If you are viewing this through Facebook, you will have to select the "View original post" link to see Patrick Amanama's photographs. 

Dear Readers, as a Nigerian living abroad, I often wonder what other people imagine when they see us through the lens of western cameras. Although we may not have the same technologies available to other more financially stable countries, we have our own means of discussing and displaying ourselves. To the end that a Nigerian eye should show Nigeria, I asked photographer, Patrick Amanama to send me some photographs of what he sees in his Nigeria. The results are not only some very nice photographs (more…)

Genius Cannot Always Be Defined

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

“A true innovator”

By Laura Russello, MSW

All day yesterday and today the news has been flooded with stories of Michael Jackson’s death. Regardless of what you may think of the guy, there is no denying that he was a one-of-a-kind genius who changed the world as we know it. But I don’t believe his true genius stops with his music. (more…)

Wanted in New York: an Open Space

Friday, June 19th, 2009

A highlight of my European tour, Michael Steger’s Open Space is a refreshing oasis for the unwanted artist. Open Space was host to the continuation of Al Paldrok’s Diverse Universe as the first “International Printer and Performance Festival” and took place on Berlin’s infamous May 1st. Thousands of performers, protesters, party-goers and arts patrons descended on Berlin’s Kreuzberg, making for an insane spectacle that I cannot believe I survived!

You can view a selection of photographer and resident webmaster Luz Scherwinski’s photographs of the festival on the Open Space website here: or on my Flickr page at (more…)

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