Two Mingus Awareness Project concerts happen in Richmond, VA this month:
Sunday, July 21 (9 p.m.)
1st set: Jason Jenkins Quartet
2nd set: No BS! Brass Band
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Monday, July 22 (9 p.m.)
1st set: Brian Jones Guitar Quartet
2nd set: RVA Big Band
203 N. Lombardy St.
Richmond, VA 23220
We're planning another Mingus Awareness Project concert in Chicago for the fall.
Congratulations to the No BS! Brass Band for the release of their new Fight Song: A Tribute to Charles Mingus CD. They've been promoting their new CD with a tour, and have been getting a lot of buzz -- with coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Paste Magazine, WBGO (88.3FM in Newark, NJ), and other media outlets. No BS! also released RVA All Day last month; check it out!
Check out the Borderbend media gallery for "Charles Mingus at 90," a year-long celebration of Charles Mingus' life and legacy that happened last year.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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.