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This Friday Art and Bands

July 9, 2007

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So, in addition to going to the Monster Art Show on Herschel St…  this Friday at Inertia – 10pm (after dinner) is a rad show. You can totally do both and have fun I promise.

Two touring bands, Nice and Friendly (myspace) and Life Under a Tree (myspace)and then two of your favorites locals Tuffy and Becky from Peace Trout.  Max Wood has also been added to this show kinda last minute-ish.

Also, Tonight at Jack Rabbits, the mostly white, Black Kids will be perfoming tonight at Jack Rabbits with People Noise (Zeke Buck from VHS or BETA + Matt Johnson of Boom Bip) and The Winter Sounds. Doors open at 8:30.

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Monsters + Art = Friday the 13th…of July

June 15, 2007

On July 13th there will be a house show going on in Riverside! For one night only, anything from Monsters and Goblins to Creatures and Zombies will be covering the walls of 2646 Herschel in Riverside. Featuring over 20 artists from all over North Florida, the Monster Show will feature an OPEN call for entries. Thats right, YOU, can submit something. The only rule being, the work has to be about monsters. What kind of monster? you decide. Drawing, painting, or sculpting? its up to you. if you can dream it we will take it. All entries must be dropped off at Inertia Records by Wednesday July 11th. All skill levels will be represented at the show so dont let your crappy drawing skills keep you from submitting. its a monster. you cant mess it up. the uglier the better. so go grab your crayons, pipecleaners and paper bags and get working. you have less than one month!

all questions can be emailed to Clay:
claydoran(-at-)gmail(-dot-)com (put monster show as subject (spam sucks) )
or buddy up with the artshow’s myspace here

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Tonight!

June 6, 2007

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I set up stuff for this show last night. We have a vendor table at the show with a bunch of my records up on the wall behind it.  See you all tonight!

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Feral Cats in Jacksonville

May 17, 2007

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Thought of this after it came to my attention that someone is bringing kittens that need a home to Bizarre Market.  A feral cat had kittens under their home.

Inertia’s Joe Flowers pulled together this info for you all.

There are thousands of feral cats living and breeding in Jacksonville, thanks to our temperate climate and people who allow their unaltered pets to roam the streets looking for love. These animals generally live short, difficult lives -about 2 years on average- and the traditional model for dealing with feral cat populations has been “Catch and Kill”, which only makes room for more cats to come in and fill the niche left by captured cats.

feralcats31.jpgFortunately, there is an alternative. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) has been shown to be an effective and humane way to control feral cat populations, and on July 20 and 21 The Humane Society of the United States will be offering a seminar in Jacksonville–Implementing a Communitywide Trap-Neuter-Release Program for Feral Cats.

You should attend this seminar if you are interested in helping out with local feral cat programs, or if you would like to learn how to maintain and protect your own feral colony. The program is sponsored by First Coast No More Homeless Pets and Jacksonville Animal Care and Control. It’s only $15 a day, OR $20 for BOTH days, and scholarships are available.  See the website for more information here.

Also check out Jacksonville’s No More Homeless Pets, and the services they offer for homeless pets and low-income pet owners, by going to fcnmhp.org. The place where they do the cheap or free spay/neutering is on Edison Ave in Riverside.

For more facts about feral cats and information on a city with a more pro-active / progressive Trap-Neuter-Release program go to feralcat.com. Many cities are implementing programs like this with amazing success!

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Interview with Mia Clark of Art House

May 9, 2007

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I caught up with Mia Clark who is opening a crafty new place called Arthouse. The space is located on 1506 Hendricks Ave, between the Jaxcore Skate Shop and Jackrabbits, in San Marco. The shop isn’t all set up yet, but the opening night is set for Friday, May 25th from 7pm till whenever.

Artists and craftpersons wishing to put things on consignment can contact Mia through the Arthouse myspace page here.

On to the interview…

First off, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Mia Clark. I’m a “Creative” who has been earning a living working as a Librarian for the Jacksonville Public Library’s Main Teen Department. Before moving to Jax around five years ago, I lived in Atlanta, Georgia for nearly ten. One of the most exciting things about living there during that time was experiencing the urban explosion that took place following the 1996 Olympics. Though moving to Jax was quite a culture shock, it has provided me with another opportunity to live in a cultural scene that feels like it is about to burst. Add to that, what’s really exciting to me is that on this go-around, I hope to be more actively involved and to even add to the local flavor.

What kind of things will the store be carrying?

The concept for ArtHouse was inspired by Savannah’s own shopSCAD. Like shopSCAD, ArtHouse is a smallish “gallery store” featuring local art & design objects which will be displayed using a personal collection of vintage and contemporary furnishings and accessories. In this sense, it is not at all like a traditional white-walled gallery space. The shop will carry all sorts of handmade artwork including paper crafts, prints, illustrations, paintings, wall hangings, clothing, purses, jewelry, household goods, you name it. I really don’t want to control the type of artwork that is in the shop, though I do want it to have a certain feel-good quality that adds to the visual poetry. I’m unapologetically interested in creating an atmosphere that reeks creativity and style without too much heavy social commentary. In other words, it’s designed to appeal to all of the senses for the purpose of enjoyment alone.

arthouse2.jpgWhat is you inspiration for this place?

Artists, designers, shops (especially Savannah College of Art & Design’s shopSCAD, Atlanta’s Lakewood Antique Market, Providence, Belvedere, and City Issue, and San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace), magazines (Domino, Fiberarts, Dog Eared), and Art Basel, to name only a few.

What are your short term and long term goals for the space?

On short term basis and for the sake of sanity, I’m referring to ArtHouse as “an expensive hobby” that I hope will be a lot of fun. However, in long term thinking, I’d love for the shop to act as a fair art market that will help to grow the creative community. Add to that, I think it would be really cool if the shop became a recognizable and even sought-after spot on the Jacksonville map. Beyond that, I’d love to even do some Art Consultanting and Styling by placing artwork in living spaces.

Where the shop is located is by a music venue, a music store and a skate shop. How do you feel about the locations neighborhood? Do you forsee opportunities for synergy with these other shops or is the fact that you are surrounded by other small independent businesses enough?

The latter…As far as the location goes, the funny thing is that over a year ago I remember driving by the shop and thinking “That would be a cool space for a shop” before I was aware that I wanted to open one! I love the location, (neighboring Brunet-Garcia, Jack Rabbits, and the San Marco Library), and I think it appears to becoming part of an emerging Jax design district. Add to that, the guys at Jaxcore Skate Shop and the building residents are friendly and supportive. As far as synergy goes, from what I gather, the Jaxcore guys and I are supporting each other through our similar business visions. We both have full-time day jobs with a “hobby shop” on the side. We’re also totally doing business for the love of it and the idea that we would like to blend our personal and business lives into one. In other words, though it may sound crazy from a business perspective, the ultimate goal is not the bottom line. Instead, it is to build an ultimate lifestyle which includes learning how to support ourselves through our passions and creative efforts.

Speak to any problems you think you may encounter with the space. I know that having a full time job and a store can be a challenge. How do you envision dealing with this?

You know, it doesn’t take much mental digging to reveal an ugly list of could-be problems. For starters, everyone knows about the sewer and water drainage problems in the San Marco area. The good news is that the shop sits high and is well insured. Also, most of the art will be off of the floor. So, unless we experience a major act of God, we should be alright. As far as balancing full-time work with the shop goes, I feel that juggling work and grad school for over two years gave me great practice. Only this time around, I’m completely self-directed AND doing what I love. Otherwise, I’m not kidding myself, I know I’m gonna be tired, scared, and excited for who knows how long. The good news is, I think that the outcome will generate energy instead of draining it.

How long have you been involved with the craft / design scene in Jacksonville at large? …and in what capacity?

arthouse1.jpgIt depends on who asks, right? As far as being involved in the local scene goes, I’d say I’ve been holding a fairly low-key position. Still, I’m aware of what’s going on around town and especially downtown at JPL, Art Walk, Burrito Gallery, MOCA, TSI, Opaq, Assemble, CREATEjacksonville, Inertia (of course), and through the Cultural Council, to name a few. I also have a local group of good art-buddies like Marie Myers, Christy Adams, and Caroline Daly. In all honesty, beyond that, I think that if I was more involved, I would never have done this because of being overwhelmed and too afraid to take the risk.

Has working in the library’s Teen department allowed you to merge the crafts community and your library programming? How has these worked out?

Absolutely — Working at the library has allowed me to develop my art & design skills outside of the personal realm. I have had a blast developing and exhibiting programs and media for our department including special projects like “Obsessions & Confessions,” the Post-it walls (pure rip-off, I know), the Eye of Horus, Book Arts, Found Poetry, Poetry Jam, etc. As city people, we also have to market and promote our services. This aspect of the job forced me to learn how to design for public spaces and interests, as well as how to sell our programs. Add to that, when it comes to working with teens, I love their energy & spirit and I’ve enjoyed following trends and basically researching and creating library-related stuff around a lot fun themes.

Assemble is a rather similar craft store in the works. What’s your relationship to them? How do you feel about Assemble? How do you feel your niches will differ?

You know, it’s funny, you sent me Joey and Mackenzie’s info the very same day that I learned about Assemble from their urbanjacksonville.info blog. Actually, I had a nice long phone conversation with them a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t take me long to admit that when I first heard of them I thought “Crap! There’s another like-business opening and its way cooler”. Then I realized that’s silly thinking and I will not buy into some lame idea that we will be competing or that Jacksonville cannot support us both. Add to that, though may be somewhat similar, our market and focus is different. As is, ArtHouse will have some craft works but, it is not exclusively craft and education-oriented…At the end of the conversation, it felt great to know that we really are interested in the same ideas revolving around creating and supporting the creative community in a non-competive form which includes our own businesses. Thanks for the interview and all that you do Josh.

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Post Artwalk Posts, New Library Website, Inertia gets Assembled.

May 3, 2007

The digitization of Artwalk is upon us! Joey Marchy of UrbanJacksonville.info has posted a picture of every piece of art from three Artwalk Galleries here.  So now that you know some of what you are missing, don’t miss it again!

New Library SiteAnd speaking of digitization of the physical world, the library has posted a preview of it’s new website here. The new design will go into effect on May 29.  What do you web design people think of this?

Lastly, the good folks at Assemble, a slowly and diligently coming to fruition craft community project and store, asked me some questions about Bizarre Market and Freeschools. Reading the answers can be done here.

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Bill Daniel – May1st at San Marco Theatre

April 25, 2007

Bill Daniel!

I had the pleasure of seeing Bill Daniel’s “Who is Bozo Texino” film at The Pit last year. And when I saw he’d be coming back I thought getting Tim Massett to an interview with him would be killer!  Bill Daniel is currently on the road though, and the lack of technology and time got the best of Bill, Tim and myself.  So Tim wrote a bit about Bill, and we found some rad links about all the incredible stuff this guy does.

The long and sort of this is this… on May 1st Bill Daniel screens “Last Free Ride” at 9:30 at the San Marco Theatre.  You should be there!

And now about Bill Daniel…

Tim Massett says… “I first met Bill Daniel while living in Austin, Texas. For me, it was a good time to stumble upon this fella. It’s a understatement to say how much his maniac programming skills, like the super great weekly film series, FUNHOUSE CINEMA, burned an imprint onto my brain. Last year, Bill, the filmmaking hobo, made stop at the pit to screen his many-years-in-the-making film WHO IS BOZO TEXINO to more than 100 anxious folks. It was an opportunity to provide Bill a stopping post in a city that normally would fall outside of any touring filmmaker’s radar (right up the tramp’s alley for sure), and one of the best screenings I’ve ever been a part of.

Well, the tramp is headed back to Cowford for May Day. This time the screening will be at the San Marco Theatre. He will pull in with his sail van (more on this later) and two films to screen for us inside.  Due to time constraints, I won’t be able to interview him one-on-one, but  I will be gleaning info from previous interviews and sources about Bill’s Sunset Scavenger project, how Bill came to filmmaking and how his lifestyle really informs his creation of the  work.”

Sail Van! The Sunset Scavenger will be a part of the show on may day here in Jacksonville. (The following is from Creative Capitol’s website) “While finishing Bozo Texino, Daniel also created what he calls the sailvan: a 1965 Chevy van outfitted with a double mast and sails that serve as screens for outdoor video exhibitions. The van serves as an emblem for Daniel’s dedication to do-it-yourself subcultures and people who craft a self-sufficient lifestyle counter to the prevailing American ideology.”

Sail Van!

“Inspired by the sailvan’s first tour, Daniel has started compiling material for Sunset Scavenger, a combined video and installation. Supported by a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation, the project will include the sailvan and up to four documentary media installations based on ecology and environmental destruction, with profiles of people who find inventive solutions to rampant consumption and destructive waste. Daniel is planning to create media settings throughout 2006 using sound, projection, and rear-projected video, so that viewers will engage with these issues experientially. The sailvan offers one such venue, with the sail acting as a metaphor for alternate forms of power. Ultimately, the separate video installations will become a single-channel video compilation of all the profiles, to be screened at festivals and other venues around the world in late 2007. Currently in the research phase, Daniel sees his project unfolding in stages over the next few years. “My goal is to find more people who are inventive or self-reliant, or who have this lost knowledge and these forgotten skills,” says Daniel, whose own films and do-it-yourself screening style embodies exactly that.” The non-linear program stars hippie houseboaters, punk back-to-the-landers anchor-outs, rubber tramps, off-the-gridders, and desert rats that are today’s true cultural vanguard, and features a bus-dwelling homeless street preacher who relates Noah’s story to our times. Wow.

Chevy Boat! “Last Free Ride” is a feature film that bill helped to bring back from someone’s closet. According to Daniel it’s a “true gem of a cultural artifact—it’s just unbelievable that kids living in such wild-ass anarchy could pull off a feature film. It’s sincere, hokey, authentic– unlike any sixties film you’ve seen.”

Last Free Ride is an incredibly rare film that defies categorization and provides a mind-blowing glimpse into a fantastic world where industrious dropouts lived for free on homemade boats on San Francisco Bay. As the Sixties wound down hippies and misfits began to move out of Haight-Ashbury and onto an abandoned waterfront across the Golden Gate Bridge. There they built a sprawling free-form floating community of hand-made houseboats, beat-up sailboats and salvaged and converted World War Two lifeboats. They lived rent and law-free on their floating folk art houses, until the establishment–city officials backed by real estate interests– launched a war to evict them. Last Free Ride captures this incredible story in a home-made film with all the naive charm of a community theater presentation, with beautiful photography and amazing reportage that could only be captured by the people who were actually living the life.

The story line in Last Free Ride ostensibly, and rather clumsily, follows the exploits of Joe Tate and his scrappy rock band, the Red Legs, through their daily lives of boat-building, partying, and ultimately battling the cops for their floating homes. But perhaps the real value in this treasure of a film is the documented reality that it incidentally depicts. This was one of those magic times and places where a group of creative people was able to momentarily carve out a place to live not just for free, but freely. It is a scene that in today’s security-obsessed, everything-is-for-sale society seems impossible. But for a short while it was possible, and thankfully some of those rebels put down the wine, guitars, joints and boat-building tools, picked up cameras and recorders and make this unlikely record of their incredible, inspired community.

While researching the history of the houseboat scene on San Francisco Bay for a film on global warming, documentary maker Bill Daniel heard rumors of “the hippie houseboat film”, and eventually met filmmaker Saul Rouda and star Joe Tate.

For more information…

Bill Daniel’s Website is located here.
A great interview conducted by Mike Plante for Cinemad is here.
A link to Daniel’s Texas Punk Pioneers photo project is here. Pictures from 1980 to 1984 from punk shows mostly in Austin Texas.