Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Movable Feast: A Socially Engaged Art & Food Project

Come check out Movable Feast next Tuesday, October 5th! They'll be parked right in front of Food For Thought Books from 4:30 to 7:00pm.

The centerpiece of the Movable Feast project is a retrofitted mobile food service trailer that serves as an advocacy tool for healthy eating, local food production and sustainability. At each of its stops, informational presentations, informal performances, and vegetarian fare are all combined to expand conventional notions of food, people, place and the potential for engaged public art to be a catalyst for change.

So, come chow down on delicious food (provided by the superlative Sierra Grille!) and find out more about how we all can create a better and healthier local food system.


There's a good interview with Joseph Krupczynski, the artist behind Movable Feast, over at ArtSake, where he talks about the origin of the project, it's aims, & of using art as a tool for education & activism.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

All those years wasted...

All Those Years Shopping At Independent Bookstore Wasted

Reacting to news that independent outfit Shaker House Books had closed Monday, longtime customer Stephanie Brear said she couldn't believe she "flushed seven years down the toilet" patronizing the local store. "I put so much time into supporting my quirky local bookshop, with its charming window displays and us-versus-the-world attitude, and for what?" said Brear, adding that she even went through the trouble of befriending the husband-and-wife owners and their cat, Ulysses....

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Charles Mann Delivers a Smackdown

Just wanted to note a nice scholarly smackdown by local author & science journalist Charles Mann over at MediaIndigena.

In this guest post, author Charles C. Mann responds to Frances Widdowson’s criticism of his book,1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Widdowson delivered her critique as part of a rebuttal to Niigonwedom Sinclair’s negative review of her book, Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation. As part of her rebuttal, Widdowson hotly disputed Mann’s account of the ancient Cahokia mounds site (located in what is now the US state of Illinois).
Do you just want to skip ahead to the smackdown?
The material in my book is not “exclusively based on the existence of large mounds of earth” but on decades of fine scholarship and hard work by dozens of researchers. As I said, I have not read Dr. Widdowson’s book and know little of her work. But it does not give me confidence that she is apparently willing to publish assertions that a simple Google search would have disproven.
Oh, snap!

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