I’m not exactly a wallflower. I stand out for a variety of reasons, mostly due to other people’s gender confusion, but hey, we are all a little different in our own way, right? Regardless, there are people in this world who just can’t stand for anyone to be themselves, or to hold hands with the person they love, or to be, uh walking down the street? being happy? going for a cup of coffee? whatever?
That’s when those sad, bored people take it out on us by saying something rude, or raunchy, or mean (or sexist, homophobic, etc., you get the picture). I’ve been listening to it for years and years and years, and giving it right back to them on many angry occasions. I’m so sick of it. It was a happy day for me then, when I discovered an awesome organization that is actually trying to stop it!
Hollaback! is a group that’s doing something revolutionary. They organized a movement to end street harassment powered by local activists in 45 cities, 16 countries, and in 9 different languages around the world. In so doing, they are attempting to elevate all of our experiences of walking down the street by creating a mechanism for people to holler back at their harassers, literally, metaphorically and technologically. We all know street harassment is just a gateway to way more serious acts of violence. Please check them out and get involved in your local community. Atlanta hollers back! Connect with Hollaback on Facebook or Twitter, and find out how you can help end street harassment in your town.
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Hers is one of the most fascinating stories in recent photographic history and you can see her work at Jackson Fine Art, right here in Atlanta. Vivian Maier was a nanny in 1950′s Chicago who had a secret passion for street photography. Thousands of her negatives were found after her death, and her printed works are now being shown around the country. This is an amazing opportunity to see her story unfold through her photographic works at a wonderful local gallery. The opening is tomorrow night, Friday, Jan 27, 2012 and the exhibit runs through April 7, 2012.
This has been an incredible year here at Butchieblog. I met lots of artists and writers and performers. I wrote a book. I worked with some amazing bloggers. I looked at lots of cool things and visited interesting places in the process of finding stories. I reviewed great veg restaurants. I tried to give some perspective on living in the South. So, that was 2011.
2012 is going to blow my mind, I can tell already. If you have an idea for a story or if you know a fascinating person you’d like to hear more about, please send them my way. I’ll do my best to interview them or at least try to find out a little more about them to share with everyone right here.
Thanks for giving me a great year! -Butchieblogger
P.S. Now someone can give this little pup a great year by adopting her or one of her friends at LifeLine! Just click on the photo to find out all about her.
Hey, mark your busy calendars for Sunday, December 11th for a great night of folk music here in Atlanta. While it may be a little out of the way for those of us accustomed to taking in folk music in homey downtown Decatur, heading to Midtown to Smith’s Olde Bar will be well worth it, even on a school night. Local singer-songwriter Amy Andrews will be sharing a stage with Michigan-based folk duo Nervous But Excited to take y’all down to folky town.
I interviewed NBE recently and learned a lot about their life on the road, so I’m excited that their travels are bringing them down South. They picked a local rising star to round out the night with some amazing acoustic sounds. Amy Andrews performed in a Baltimore-based classic folk duo before relocating to Atlanta. She recently won a local competition at Eddie’s Attic and sang it out country style for the Texaco Country Showdown on the big stage at Stone Mountain. To get a preview of her beautiful voice, listen in as she launches her new project, The Lovely Drifters, playing original songs on the folk and bluegrass radio show The Chattahoochee Folk Hour. She’ll join host Ralph Taylor on Monday, December 5th, from 6-7pm, on 89.1fm, which you can catch streaming live here or available as a free downloadable podcast: here.
Tickets for the show at Smith’s Olde Bar are on sale now for $8 + two cans of food in advance, or $10 + 2 cans at the door. So go mark your calendars. While you’re up, grab two cans out of the pantry and put them by the door.
Seriously, people. I’m in deep. I’ve written 33,595 words in 18 days. I have 12 more days to reach 50,000 words and call myself a winner. It is an amazing experience, and I’d even say it, life-changing. I am writing every morning around 5am before my kid wakes up, before making breakfast, before starting my ‘real’ job. I’m losing myself in a story and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve never done any creative writing in my life. Give it a try. Lose your inhibitions. Then mark your calendars for November 2012 to sign up for NaNoWriMo next year. You know you have a story to tell!
Click on the poster to the right —–> and buy yourself some inspiration, or just donate to the National Novel Writing Month cause. Help sponsor the Young Writers Program for kids and teens. It’s a “month-long creative experience that improves self-esteem, teaches perseverance, and radically alters their relationships with writing and literature.” Who is not down with that?
Sometimes wishes do come true. Earlier this summer I took to my blog to ask producer/director Amy Oden to bring her documentary From The Back of the Room to ATL. Guess what, she is! Next Friday, November 11th to be exact. You too can see her in-depth look at women in punk over the past 30 years. Even better, you can also support one of my favorite non-profits, Girls Rock Camp who organized the screening to benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance on its night of “50 Shows in 50 States”. I screened the film and was really impressed with the depth of her interviews and the diversity of women she talked with. Watching it felt like experiencing a really awesome women’s studies class that you didn’t want to end. I appreciated Oden answering a few questions for me about her documentary and how she got into this business in the first place. Take a read, then go find a screening in your town. As for those in the ATL, read after the interview to find out details about next Friday!
AO: I was lucky enough to go to a high school that had TV production classes, so I guess I started to become interested in video and film around that time. I went to college for broadcast journalism and worked at an independent TV station or for about seven years after that. When I was in school, one of my final projects was to shoot a short (40min) documentary about the DC Hardcore scene. Also the last several years of my work at the station focused around shooting and editing short form documentaries. So, I think it seemed logical that I start entertaining feature-length work at some point…
BB: You were involved in this film at every step, with screen credits for producing, directing, writing, and editing. What was the most exciting part of the filmmaking process for you?
AO: Shooting is great – I really like filming interviews and meeting interesting people. I like editing a lot, too, but I really have to be in a particular frame of mind to get going with it. Writing an actual script is something I’m just starting to get interested in now, so we’ll see how that goes – but I think I’ll like it.
BB: Your film is striking due to the sheer breadth of bands and the subjects you cover. Even more striking to me is the wide geographical diversity of women and bands! Who knew Missouri, for one example, had a punk scene? How did you pick your interviewees? What was the most unexpected thing you learned about women in punk?
AO: Most of the women I interviewed were folks who’s bands I grew up listening to – but some of the younger girls were recommended to me by friends (or other interviewees!) as I traveled. I think the thing that I wasn’t expecting that struck me while I was editing was how much diversity of opinion there is between all the women – I think that’s healthy, but I wasn’t expecting it.
AO: It’s so hard to pick something like a favorite band or album or song. One of my favorite bands right now is a band from DC called Ilsa, who are a really incredible metal band. I’ve been in two diy punk bands over the years, yes. I’m sure I’ll play again at some point.
BB: I know you are traveling and screening this all over the country. What has been the most interesting feedback you’ve received from viewers?
AO: Everyone who approaches me has just been really excited and supportive, which has been incredible. It’s so awesome to have people be into the film, because I really did put my heart into it in a lot of ways. Read the rest of this entry »