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art, music, food, movies, citizen journalism, activism, and whatever else i am into at the moment...

Vuela Grito: Picardo celebrates 25 years as an international artist


Picardo explained to me the meaning behind the name of his recent show, Vuela Grito. “It means to yell or scream loudly, from deep within your soul,… from a kind of spiritual place”

That’s not a real surprise if you already know him. Much about Picardo’s body of work suggests a certain sensitivity, or a sense of self-awareness in regards to the existential forces in nature, and within our own lives. Picardo’s passionate visual narratives are openly apparent in his use of vibrant colors, bold and seductive lines and shading, and sensual shapes. His sense of humility, and a genuine interest in meaningfully connecting on a deeper level with the viewer, serves as a perfect balance to temper his vision into something so readily appealing to so many people.
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An Irregular Heartbeat: The Artists & History of Heartside Gallery & Studio


An Irregular Heartbeat: The Artists & History of Heartside Gallery & Studio is a new book recently released to showcase the diversity and culture from a wide range of artists working throughout the last 20 years at Heartside Gallery in downtown Grand Rapids MI. Continue reading

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Grand Rapids, MI – local music review – The Wallace Collective EP has a little bit of everything, yet manages to maintain a sense of cohesiveness, while wisely leaving the listener satisfied, but still wanting just a little bit more. Continue reading

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“The Trials of Henry Kissinger” screening at the Bloom Collective


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Local Music Review: “Softer Sticks” by Chain of Lakes


On Saturday, May 4th 2013, Grand Rapids MI band Chain of Lakes releases their newest album, “Softer Sticks”. Continue reading

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The Banjo Gods Demand a Blood Sacrifice;The Hangdog Hearts


The Hangdog Hearts prove that a one man band has no excuse for being thin on sound, shallow in depth, or missing horsepower in the delivery and execution. When the Hangdog Hearts play, people connect, the feel something, they get up off of their asses and dance! That’s a hell of a lot more than many “full” bands ma Continue reading

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Lou Shields and the high science of low fidelity


Another aspect of Lou Shields’ music that is notable is his combination of primitive percussion and loose sense of timing or phrasing. The harshness of the slide bottle clashing on guitar strings, a kick drum pedal pounding heartbeat rhythms on a 5 gallon bucket, broken skateboard decks stacked with rusty license plates and bolted on bottlecaps. Its the sound of an old Model T falling apart as it winds down a mountain road. A lineman’s tool belt falling off a ladder. The jailer’s keys striking the tumblers on the cell door locks. Continue reading

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Opening reception for “Ancestral Art” Indigenous Voices, An Artists’ Benefit for Haitian Peasant Groups.


On Friday, March 8, 2013, West Michigan Center for Peacebuilding will host the opening reception for “Ancestral Art” Indigenous Voices, An Artist Benefit for Haitian Peasant Groups. Continue reading

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Tatsuya Nakatani at Mexicains Sans Frontieres


I recently had the priveledge of witnessing Tatsuya Nakatani at Mexicains Sans Frontieres. His avant garde percussion performance was impressive to say the least…

His performance utilised 3 massive gongs, a smaller (18inch?) gong, some prayer bowls, a few misc. objects and a kick/snare/tom combo all assembled in a cirlce formation. Nakatani also used his hand-made bows to vibrate the edges of the gongs to create a sort of hell-bent theremin effect that was impressively powerful. Continue reading

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Remnants of Route 66; the Collage Art of Jewly Warren


The collage art of Jewly Warren depicts 50′s pop culture in an absurd mashup of surrealist slapstick americana Continue reading

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