Silent Spring & Autumn 2012:
An Evening Celebrating Silent Spring at 50
& Rachel Carson's Legacy
Friday, December 14, 2012 (7 p.m.)
Southside Hub of Production
5638 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective
$7 suggested donation, sliding scale
Throughout this year we have seen wonderful demonstrations of admiration and respect for Rachel Carson and her legacy. This evening's event is another manifestation of this yearlong celebration --
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You are invited to participate in "Excavating Arts & Activism in Illinois and Wisconsin" at Mess Hall – co-presented by Mess Hall and Borderbend Arts Collective. This discussion focuses on examples and problems from neighboring states in creative activism. There will also be a potluck; you're invited to join us during the potluck, and to bring something to eat or drink if you’d like.
We'll discuss and compare the use of art strategies for grassroots political messaging and organizing, from within the Wisconsin Uprising to the work around closing prisons and opposing torture, fighting the mayoral austerity agendas, and organizing against the NATO summit in Illinois. We will look at tactics of visibility, of physical witness, of community coherence and of purposeful play. The focus will be on applicable strategies contextualized within artist and activist practice, and how strategies applicable in one state or city context might or might not be transferable to another. We will also explore the role of imagination, creative practice and the arts in building social movements. The participants include Alice Kim, Lane Hall, Yasmin Nair, Dan S. Wang and Dan Godston.
You are invited to come to “Spring, Rebirth & Renewal”: an interfaith arts event at the Ridgeville Community House. The program will include readings from sacred texts, poetry performances, and musical performances that focus on the theme “Spring, Rebirth & Renewal.” Participants will include Reverend Jean Siegfried Darling, Cheryll Simmerman, Jeanine Caughlin, Candace Hill, Seth Fisher, Ellyzabeth Adler, and Dan Godston. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 380-9223 for more information.
The jazz artist Charles Mingus (born on April 22, 1922) left behind an amazing legacy that includes a stellar catalog of compositions such as "Goodbye Porkpie Hat," "Better Get Hit in Your Soul," and "Fables of Faubus"; a career that included working with many musical greats such as Duke Ellington, Eric Dolphy, Dannie Richmond, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Max Roach, and Joni Mitchell; and approaches to the jazz idiom such as directions for big bands that have been indelibly etched into jazz vocabulary. *
Mingus would have been 90 this year, but sadly he died of ALS in 1979. Sue Graham Mingus, who met Charles in the early '60s, was married to him and took care of him throughout his illness. Tonight at Noon: A Love Story, Sue Mingus' eloquent memoir, contains many memorable anecdotes of her life with Mingus. Sue has been directing The Mingus Bands for more than 30 years, and also directs Mingus jazz education outreach in New York City.
The Borderbend Arts Collective has presented ten Charles Mingus-inspired concerts, including nine Mingus Awareness Project concerts in Chicago and Richmond, Virginia. Borderbend is planning special programming this year, in honor of Mingus' 90th birthday -- including the next Mingus Awareness Project concert which happens at Fitzgerald's on May 17th. More announcements will be made soon...
* Many excellent books about Mingus have been published. Check out Gene Santoro's Myself When I Am Real, Mingus' autobiography Beneath the Underdog, and Sue Mingus' Tonight at Noon.
pictured above: Mingus Awareness Project poster image designed by Josh Josue
Here are several recordings from Mingus Awareness Project concerts. Enjoy!