Day 347: Twelve.Eighteen.13

The Jump Off Party @ SoHo DC every Wednesday night. Ft. Dj Toxsick & this week’s spotlight Words Beats & Life. Artwork by Juan Pineda. We got down.

The Jump Off Spotlight: Words Beats & Life

The Jump Off Spotlight: Words Beats & Life

The Jump Off: Artwork by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Artwork by Juan Pineda

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 344: Twelve.Fifteen.13

Got to hang out with an altogether international crowd. The AFS-USA Capitol Area Team holiday party. Students from around the world and those looking to go around the world, volunteers, host families, and holiday decorations – of course.

AFS-USA Holiday Party

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 343: Twelve.Fourteen.13

A few days late on sharing these photos. Perhaps I needed the time to reflect.

Our Reel Talk: December 13 Edition was a success on all accounts. The space, the food, the film, the people…

Reel Talk: December 13 Edition

Reel Talk: December 13 Edition

Reel Talk: December 13 Edition

Reel Talk: December 13 Edition

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 340: Twelve.Eleven.13

Week two of The Jump Off Party. The audience was almost nil and it was disappointing to say the least.

This party is so good. Not because it’s mine. OK well yes, because it’s mine. Because if there’s a thing I know how to do, it’s how to throw a party. OK and another thing I know? Bringing together incredibly talented artists.

So we’ve got all the right ingredients. Now, if we can just. Get. People. In. The. Door. They will see. How do we get them to come? I’m running out of ideas.

So I’m sad about the turnout, and feeling disheartened about my ability to run events and a business.

But this happened. And this, totally, makes me want to keep going. Because really, how awesome are they? (And they believed in us – me – enough to participate, even though they don’t need it to enhance their careers.) I present: The Jump Off Party spotlight artists: Christylez & Wytold.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 333: Twelve.Four.13

Never is it a good idea to be gone for an entire week right before the first edition of a major event you are trying to throw.

But somehow, despite the sleep-deprived and crazy-running, it gets pulled off.

The Jump Off (Weekly Wednesday Night Party)

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Dj Toxsick

The Jump Off: Dj Toxsick

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 325: Eleven.TwentySix.13

A plan to have dinner with a friend and her family, many times rescheduled, turned instead into a collective feast amongst many friends. Hosted by our respective organizations, ReSourceArts and Contradiction Dance, we created an eventbrite and invited our facebook friends. For a donation of $5 apiece, our amazingly talented friend cooked the main course, and everyone else pitched in, potluck-style, to bring beverages, appetizers, sides, desserts…  The result was a completely casual and comforting celebration between friends, new and old.

As we move into this holiday season, it was a wonderful way to remember what we have to be so thankful for:

A chance to connect with REAL people in REAL life, savoring the delicious smells coming from the kitchen, tasting craft beers (one of which, we concurred tasted like Pine Sol), listening to good music that just makes you want to move, passing adorable babies from to one arm to another… For life, connected.

It’s these types of events I’m so happy to be creating these days.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 324: Eleven.TwentyFive.13

Introducing The Jump Off:

ReSourceArts‘ newest venture – a weekly Wednesday night party.

Artwork by Juan Pineda

Artwork by Juan Pineda

Flyer design by 12.26 Studios

Flyer design by 12.26 Studios

Resident DJ: Toxsick

Resident DJ: Toxsick

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 297: Ten.TwentyNine.13

My friends are fiercely talented. My women-folk; these bad-ass, I don’t take no bs from no one, I know my own worth and you better respect that, kind of friends. It’s so freaking awesome to witness. And be inspired by.

The incredible writer, poet, educator, performer Mahogany Browne, who fell into my life at this moment I knew not how much I needed her, took the stage at Busboys and Poets Hyattsville last night. She was the feature in a fabulous event series called Body of Work.

I have seen her perform pieces on many occasions, in all types of settings. This night was different, though. It was all her, and revealed an altogether different kind of performance quality. I was mesmerized, as was the rest of the audience.

She speaks truth and wisdom and love. But more than that, she IS those things. What I realized last night was how much of herself she is on that stage. During poems, in between poems, answering questions, interacting with the crowd – all of it. And that, that is the most powerful tool I think any of us artists can aspire to use. Authenticity.

She had a few surprise guests – an incredible singer and cellist from Philadelphia (middle photo) who had this voice that made you FEEL the moment in a way that is kind of too visceral of a thing to put into words. And me – I freestyled to a poem that I was hearing for the first time as I was dancing it. It’s humbling to be asked by this beauty of a woman to share in one of her pieces. Terrifying, really. But I do it. Whenever she asks. Because I trust in her so completely and have to believe that I, too, may find some truth in what I share when I am in her presence.

Mahogany Browne @ Busboys photo 2 photo 3

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 267: Nine.TwentyNine.13

There’s a space I want near where I live.

Just for a little while.

It’s clear someone else has already put this space to use for creative purposes.

I just want to continue that.

I don’t see why this wish should be so difficult.

Once I learn exactly how to get in and make this a viable endeavor – as many have done in many other cities – you can be sure I’ll be the first to pass along the secret.

Vacant Space - for art?

Vacant Space - for art?

Vacant Space - for art?

Vacant Space - for art?

Vacant Space - for art?

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 263: Nine.TwentyFive.13

Lunch at Eatonville today, part of the Communal Table event series we’re trying out.

The food is beautifully prepared, and the walls are wonderfully inspired.

Eatonville

Eatonille

Eatonville

Here’s to another day of creativity…