Devin Troy Strother @ Richard Heller

Saturday, September 11, 2010 | |

Checkout Devin's solo show at the Richard Heller Gallery and see some of the amazing work he put together during his artist residency this summer.

Devin Troy Strother
Please Don’t Act a Fool in the Club: A Memory of the Sugar Shack & Stuntin’ Like My Daddy
September 11, 2010 - October 9, 2010
Opening Reception: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Growing Power

Thursday, September 09, 2010 | |

As New York hits High Fashion Frenzy this week, Im off to Milwaukee for a weekend of education and community building with people from around the country in the urban agriculture movement. I received this email in my inbox yesterday and it got me more excited than ever to head to Wisconsin! I thought Id share Will Allen's words with my friends! You can download the whole conference program here.

Welcome to Milwaukee, our great city by Lake Michigan.

In the fall of 2009, I was thinking about how we will grow Good Food Revolution. I realized that we did not have all the players at the Good Food Table. Over the years, many people have been working hard on getting good food into our communities in many different ways, but all too often they were working only in their own sectors. I feel that for us to fundamentally change
the food system, we must work together as a team.

I have worked at, spoken at, participated in many gatherings and conferences over the years. At these conferences, it seemed there were never all the players needed, to know each other and eventually work together. This conference is my attempt, and Growing Power’s attempt, to bring to the table folks that have never worked together to build a new food system that works for everyone in every community. Some of these folks are farmers like myself, urban planners, government officials, financiers, corporate companies; teachers and university academics; doctors, dieticians and nutritionists; folks in the fitness field; people in renewable energy; aquaculturists, composters, recyclers and reusers; environmentalists including freshwater, wastewater and stormwater experts; brownfield specialists; and perhaps most importantly, youth, whose world will be shaped by what we do or not do, here and wherever we all return to.

Over the next few days, working hard while eating some good local food from our local and regional producers, I hope that all of you will learn more, gain new partners, get inspired to go back to your communities and Grow the Good Food Revolution. Our ultimate goal is to make sure everyone, in all our communities, has access to healthy, safe, affordable and culturally appropriate food. Food is the one thing we all have in common. Building a Good Food system is the No. 1 thing that will lead us in building sustainable communities.

This is really what social justice is about.
Will Allen

Dare to be Square

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Ive had a quilt project in the works for about a year now and seeing this trailer for Boo Davis' badass quilts is getting me psyched for some downtime during the winter!! Bring the quilting bee on!!! Dare To Be Square, her new book on quilting looks amazing and inspirational!

Dare to Be Square Quilting by Boo Davis from Quiltsrÿche on Vimeo.

Urban Homesteading

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Thought this was a cute straight-forward post on how to start your own little urban farm! Raise chickens, can jams, grow some veggies! Thanks Apartment Therapy!

The Free Experience

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Stumbled upon Nick James' great music blog, The Free Experience, today when searching for the below Bilal/Miguel Atwood Ferguson Download. Thought I should shout it out -- not only does James have great free music downloads and coverage (check out Sonnymoon...what?!) but he also puts together some cool mixtapes. Im checking out the Soul Reggae mix now.

RECESS:: Bocce + BBQ @ Governor's Island

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This Saturday at Governor's Island witness the showdown of the summer -- RECESS pt 2 :: Bocce Ball on Colonel's Row! Watch creative agencies battle it out, take a spin around the picturesque island courtesy of Linus Bikes, and grub on some delicious Texas-style smoked brisket courtesy of HNH BBQ! Sweet Jewels' red velvet cakeballs will be dishing delicious sweets as well!

Garden of Eden

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 | |

Collage Artist Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo is dope! Check out some of her new work, just in time for Fashion Week!

Chillzine Season 2

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Attention attention! Chillzine Season 2, Issue 7 is out!! This Seoul-based arts 'zine is lovingly curated by three creative superstars who met one another in art school. "Chill," in Korean, can be loosely translated to mean, "to color" or "to paint" and Maia, Jaewon, and Heoji have used the medium of the 'zine to paint their own world into reality. After a short hiatus, the zine is relaunching this month with collaborations from photographer Jay Lewis! Pick up the newest issue at Printed Matter in NYC, Donlon Books in London and throughout Seoul.

Mind Your Head

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Poster from Johannesburg-based designer!

Upstate Labor Day

Tuesday, September 07, 2010 | |

Ramadan 2010

Sunday, September 05, 2010 | |

Next Thursday is Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. One of the five pillars of Islam, Muslims around the world follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad and fast from dawn to dusk. Ramadan is a prayerful month and the idea that people all over the world are fasting and reflecting on their spiritual journeys is very powerful to me. Check out the Boston Globe's series of beautiful images of Muslims across the globe coming together for Ramadan--in prayer, in celebration, and in meals. (Can someone please make chocolate mosques in NYC?) Happy Eid ul-Fitr to all my folks! Thanks Rukhs!!

Carolina Chocolate Drops

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As a Southern girl I really love the sounds, instruments and soul of folk music. I mean this in the broadest of terms--zydeco, tejano, rockabilly, bluegrass and outlaw country--peppered the airways and public spaces of my youth. When I heard the 3-piece string band Carolina Chocolate Drops I fell in love with their musical arrangements and the brave way they're interpreting a traditional genre. Check out their cover of "Hit Em Up Style" below and Dom Flemons' lesson on how to play bones! NPR interview here!

How to Play Bones w/ Dom Flemons