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Atlanta Film Festival ’15


Good Evening, Y’all!

I just got back from Atlanta, Georgia this morning; as you know, I left early on Thursday to support one of my closest friends, Aly, at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival. The short film she directed called Knightsville was accepted into the festival (along with 4 other festivals so far!) in the New Mavericks block, which includes a female director and a strong female lead. I am so proud of her; the film was phenomenal. If you ever come across it, give it a watch!

Per usual, I’ll give you a play-by-play of my trip… so here yah go.

Thursday, March 26th: I had a verrry early flight, but it was well worth it because I was settled and in Atlanta by 10h00 with the whole day ahead of me. We didn’t watch any films this day, but we went into midtown Atlanta to explore and get a better lay of the land. Of course being a juice/smoothie fiend, Aly and I stopped at Arden’s Garden, a juice and smoothie shop next to one of the theaters; I sucked down a wheat grass shot and a spinach/pineapple/mango smoothie. It was a much needed surplus of greens in my system.

Arden's Garden

After our daily dose of greenery, Aly, Amanda (the lead actress of Knightsville), Amanda’s mom and I had lunch at a cool place called The Vortex Bar & Grille.

The Vortex Bar & Grille
It had some crazy burger combinations, and a few that I hope rarely get ordered considering the names were Double & Triple Coronary Bypass… yikes. I went with the Hot Southern Mess sandwich, which was a fried chicken breast topped with a fried egg and bacon, covered with white sausage gravy, and served on Texas Toast. When down in the dirty south, right?

Hot Southern Mess

The Hot Southern Mess

It was epic and I washed it down with Terrapin, Hopsecutioner IPA, brewed in Athens, Georgia.

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Post-gorging, we all went home to take a quick digestion nap, then I went with Aly to a Femme Fatales meeting back in midtown that she had organized. I was the resident photographer. From there, we went back to the hotel to change, met up with Aly’s brother and cousin, drank some wine and headed to our party for the evening… it was AWESOME!

Art Installation

Art Installation

The party was located at a place called The Goat Farm Arts Center and if you are ever down in West Midtown Atlanta, check it out! It was featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and was just an amazing venue. We had so so much fun; definitely the best party we attended.

(Love Yourself)

(Love Yourself)

Awesome Art (I want to duplicate this!)

Awesome Art (I want to duplicate this!)

The event was put on by ATLFF ’15 and was called ‘Sound + Vision’. The pictures I took aren’t the best, but Aly has some good ones I will steal and post once she makes them public. Stay tuned for the videos of the art and live music I have from the evening, too.

The Goat Farm



The Goat Farm party ended at midnight, but we were still in fiesta mode, so our group walked to a bar close by called Ormsby’s that was equally as amazing – the entire basement was a game lounge equipped with dart boards, bocce ball courts, pool tables, ski ball, air hockey, shuffleboard and a photo booth, to name some. We also munched down late night snacks that probably saved us all from a brutal hangover the following day.

Art Installation 2.0

Art Installation 2.0

… okay, so I know I alluded to that fact that I was going to recap the entirety of my trip in this post, but I keep getting distracted and I’m pretty sleepy, so I think I will finish up the rest tomorrow. It’ll give you something to look forward to!

This Stuff. It’s Real.

Bonjour mes beaux amis!
Sorry about the lack of posting lately. I’ve been working a TON, especially this week (I’ve already done 31 hours and it’s only Wednesday…) because we’re opening hopefully by Friday! Cross your pretty fingers for me por favor.
I also was a lucky duck and was able to escape to Burlington, VT with Max from Friday until Sunday. It was an extremely short trip – like not even 48 hours short, but I got to see a bunch of people and especially Danielle, mah bestie whose graduating this coming Sunday. It was absolutely gorgeous out and we even made it to the beach! Let’s hope this trend continues…
Moving on to my main post for the day. As a forewarning, the images below are pretty heavy. Intense and real. This was circulating the internet and it caught my eye; the reasoning behind all of them are issues that I think should be brought to light, so sharing it on my blog seemed like the right thing to do. The brains behind this is genius. Take a minute to read the description below that went with the photos. Let me know your thoughts if you do feel like sharing!
“The first image refers to pedophilia in the Vatican. Second child sexual abuse in tourism in Thailand, and the third refers to the war in Syria. The fourth image refers to the trafficking of organs on the black market, where most of the victims are children from poor countries; fifth refers to weapons free in the U.S.. And finally, the sixth image refers to obesity, blaming the big fast food companies.
The new series produced by Cuban artist Erik Ravelo was titled as “The untouchables”, are photographs of children crucified for his supposed oppressors, each for a different reason and a clear message, seeks to reaffirm the right of children to be protected and report abuse suffered by them especially in countries such as Brazil, Syria, Thailand, United States and Japan”
Crazy sheet, no?
Stay awesome my loves. xxoo


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Cruddy weather today, folks. But it turns out I have an unexpected day off, so I’m milking this weather and being lazy allll day today. Chyeah. So far I’ve watched about 3 episodes of NatGeo concerning lions – they’re so intense, and it really makes me want to go to the Serengeti.

Anyway, I’m taking advantage of having nothing to do and thus getting caught up on my blog. Oh! I started a new column at Dig Boston too, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m still doing the Coffeehouse Chronicles of course, but this new column is focusing on unique hobbies. I did the first installment about hula hooping (read it here) and it’s gotten a good about of likes on the website, which makes me feel pretty satisfied. Now, I’m working on ideas for what I want to do for the rest of them. I’m hoping I can score an interview with some guy who runs some group involving Battlebots. If y’all have any ideas for fun hobbies I should cover, feel free to share.

I digress. I finally gathered up all the business cards I scooped from the Wickford Art Festival, and since I promised I would share all the info with you guys, here they are! I strongly encourage that you check out their work, I only collected the awesome ones, and not to toot my own horn or anything… but I think I have pretty good taste when it comes to art. So yeah, enjoy!

Note: I’m going to put the names with websites and a blurb below, then in the previous post you will find a gallery with a picture of the artists business cards, and a picture of their work. For the time being, I’m going to upload about half. There’s a shitton of cards I collected, and I frankly just don’t feel like doing them all right now. o_O

April Quast: “April Quast is an emerging artist from Glastonbury, CT that seeks to share her passion for color, movement dance and yoga with the world.”

Mark Dirrigl: This guy makes these super cool mini guitars made out of household products, as well as some pretty fresh paintings.

Melanie LaMountain: “They range from portraying idyllic scenery in traditional composition to the abstract and surreal, from the classic portrait to the interpretive self-portrait. My work as a freelance photographer has been in the area of  fine art, environmental portraiture, event, product and wedding photography. ”

Erik Olsen: This guy is an artist and does metal sculptures.

Dick & Judy Beaupre: “We create animals, birds, reptiles and tropical plants out of various parts of palm trees. Each of our actual pieces is an original work of art. The base is created using the boot ends of palm fronds (branches), mostly from Queen Palms. Each piece is crafted by cutting and assembling the shapes, then hand-painting each one.”

Adam W. Latham: “He has also scanned slides of his older work and has experimented with manipulating Polaroid images by hand. Adam is a landscape architect and owner of The Howland & Higgins Company located in Rehoboth, MA.”

Tracy Lizotte: “All the ideas for my artwork come from the day to day life around me. I am utterly inspired by children, animals, and color and patterns found in nature. Everything I paint has a story behind it, some quite funny.”

John & Carolyn Burr: “Reverse-acrylic..the work begins with a clear acrylic sheet. The acrylic paint is put on one side, knowing that what is laid down will be seen from the other side. The final painting is then varnished on the back to protect the painting. The painting is then turned over for the completed image.”

Randy Colbath: “Randy Colbath is a Maine born sculptor who utilizes found and salvaged wood as well as stone and metal in his work. He derives inspiration from the unique properties of each piece of wood he approaches, forming its imperfections and quirks into prominent features of his completed pieces.”

Caryn King: “Paintings of animals from farms to fields”

Christian Rubeck: “In 1985 an elective Sculpture class in college ignited a fire in me.  After that introduction, Interior Design seemed dull and mundane enough to prompt a Major change.  The first “found objects” were pulled from Richmond, Virginia’s alleys, mainly because they were easily accessible and more importantly, free.  One of my first pieces titled “Love seat” started with a discarded restaurant booth.”

Kim Ellery: Self-employed artist from my home town of East Greenwich.

Katie Wilson: “Her mixed media paintings have an abstract quality which is partly achieved by her bold brushwork that retains a certain softness and through the collage lending itself to make abstract passages in the paintings. Katie’s choice of palette tends to give her work an atmospheric and serene feel. Her work has been described as solemn, wistful and haunting.”

The Goods: Wickford Art Festival