West 104th Street Garden

May 9, 2008

Urban Farmers: Food for project thought?

Filed under: News — by west104garden @ 11:20 am

May 7, 2008
Urban Farmers’ Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market

IN the shadows of the elevated tracks toward the end of the No. 3 line in East New York, Brooklyn, with an April chill still in the air, Denniston and Marlene Wilks gently pulled clusters of slender green shoots from the earth, revealing a blush of tiny red shallots at the base….

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May 5, 2008

May Events

Filed under: Opportunities — by west104garden @ 4:44 pm

These Area Events will surely interest some. Last year the Garden hosted a ‘Make Music NY’ event with Member David Wilke teaching the guitar to children. Also several of our Garden youngsters are Dance students.



Last year, on the summer solstice, Make Music New York organized one of the biggest musical events in the city’s history: 560 free outdoor concerts in an array of genres and locations. Thousands of musicians — from Metropolitan Opera artists to underground MC’s, Tuvan throat singers to high school bands — entertained New Yorkers on sidewalks, streets, parks, gardens, and even cemeteries in the five boroughs. On Saturday, June 21, 2008, Make Music New York is back — and it’s going to be even bigger! For the second annual event, Time Out New York magazine has launched a website to match musicians with locations. Now anyone can find a space for their music… or music for their space. Participating locations on June 21st are invited to:

— Choose musicians from our database, or invite their own to perform.

— Provide electricity for an outdoor performance (for example, running an extension cord out to the sidewalk that day)

— Put up a free, customizable poster in the window during June, promoting the concert.

The Make Music New York organizers will then:

— Secure and send you all necessary permits

— Coordinate your concert with others in the neighborhood

— Promote your establishment as a concert location in all programs, on timeoutnewyork.com, and in an 8-page amNewYork newspaper supplement running on June 20th. There is no charge to take part — everything is completely free. All concert arrangements must be finalized by May 1st. To get started, go to www.timeoutnewyork.com/makemusic. In a parallel section of the site, restaurants, bars, shops, gardens, block associations, management companies and others can sign up to make their outdoor space available for musicians on June 21. Each will list its location, a description of the space, the availability of electricity, ways in which they will promote the concert and what type of music they prefer. The website will then show possible matches based on each participant’s choices, with contact info (through the site or offline). Once a venue and a performing act have made a match, information is routed to *Make Music New York*’s organizers, who confirm concert details and secure the necessary permits. Not long after the site is launched, a map showing existing concert locations will be added, making available (and unavailable) sites visible at a glance. The new site will allow *MMNY* to grow even bigger, giving participants more freedom to create the concerts they want to have. *Make Music New York*’s own website serves as a source of information. Visit www.makemusicny.org. Aaron Friedman, President, Make Music New York makemusicny@gmail.com. I hope that locations in the 6th Council District will sign up!


YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS INITIATIVE-Competition for The 2008 Susan Braun Award. Dance Films Assoc. is offering an opportunity for a choreographer between the age of 16-25 living in New York City to create a short dance film and/or adapt a stage choreography for the camera with a young filmmaker with grant from DFA. Named after DFA’s founder, the late Susan Braun, the award is cash and guidance from mentors who are dance and film professionals. Deadline to enter: May 9, 2008. The entry form is available at: http://dancefilms.org
Enjoy, Lucille M.

May 4, 2008

Looking for Garden Video!

Filed under: Opportunities — by west104garden @ 4:59 pm

F.Y.I. : You Video Shooters may be interested. LM

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 12:30 PM

> ————————————————-
> A neighbor asked that i pass this on to those creating videos on garden
> issues…
> —–Forwarded Message—–
>>From: Lisa Guido
> …please pass this along to your gardening compadres, especially the
> media types, and by all means forward to me anything you think fits the
> bill.
> We are a brand new show, in old and new media. (The next email you get
> from me might be from *UnscrewAmerica*, or *GritTV*.) The host and driving
> force of the project is Laura Flanders <http://lauraflanders.com/>,
> currently of RadioNation on Air America. Laura will be conducting
> interviews and hosting debates in studio, but a full quarter of the
> program will be viewer and partner-generated material: commentaries, news
> pieces, satires, documentaries in progress and how-tos. We’ll post the
> segments on line for a while with a link back to your site, as well as
> embed it in the daily show.
> I would love to see radical gardeners represented, so send me your tapes!
> If you’ve produced a piece for your website about composting, or community
> gardens, let me know. Send me a link! Your submissions and suggestions are
> very welcome.
> Please feel free to pass my information along to anyone with work already
> made or in production that you think fits the bill. There’s a regular
> segment of works-in-progress from documentary makers and social
> justice-minded producers of culture.
> The studio element is a mix of community activists, authors, the biggies
> in progressive politics, thinkers of all sorts. We’ll cover a very broad
> range of topics.
> The show will air weeknights on FreeSpeechTV (Dish Network — and
> community access cable and college stations) right after Democracy Now,
> and daily, noon, on political blog Firedoglake.com
> <http://firedoglake.com/>. (and, when it launches, on Robert Greenwald’s
> new web channel.)
> I think it will provide excellent exposure to some new audiences —
> especially the web outlets.
> Warmest Regards,
> Lisa Guido
> 212 871-8254
> Video Producer/Editor
> The Laura Flanders Show
> 641 6th Avenue
> 4th Floor
> NYC, NY 10011
> www.lauraflanders.com

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