Ernesto Walker | EAST 2017

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It’s my absolute pleasure to introduce you to Ernesto Walker; he’s an award winner, resident artist (Unlisted Projects, FONCA, etc), inventor, doughnut burger eater, among many other impressive qualifications. ;P

He’s bringing his enormous talent to Austin again this year, now to The Projecto’s Studio #95 Come see his mathematically intricate illustrations and maybe even some inventions. You can’t miss it!

Click here for more info about the Studio #95!

Strings Attached from Ernesto Walker on Vimeo.

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Dougherty Arts Center

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You know how you open an email and open the newsletter and scan through it, then you click on a link, that takes you to an article that mentions something that seems interesting and you do a search and end up finding some really cool info?

That happened to me today. I ended up at the Dougherty Arts Center Website. I have passed by their building many times without ever wondering what goes on in there and boy am I happy I found their website!

As artists and performers, we are always looking for ways to stretch our money, heck, you don’t need to be an artist or a performer to want to save a buck! That’s why I’m sharing this tidbit of info in case you, like me, had not heard that the DAC now has a space where you can comfortably do your research (without the feeling you have to buy a coffee every hour to justify the use of the free wifi), meet with prospective clients or collaborators, or simply work in a comfortable place that is not your living room.

The Artist Resource Center at the Dougherty Arts Center provides with everything you may need to take care of the planning and production of your next project.

They have the basics: WiFi, charging stations and caffeine plus access to a resource library, TV with HDMI connection and even Adobe Suite. SWEET!

Best of all, you don’t need reservations, memberships or to succumb to the imaginary self-imposed pressure of buying something.

The space is open M-W 10 am to 10 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

For the dancers and actors in the bunch, the DAC also has rehearsal spaces available FOR FREE! For more info, send an email to DACInfo@austintexas.gov or contact the theater coordinator Lucy Miller-Downing at 512-974-4045

If you haven’t had the chance to check out the DAC, don’t waste another minute and hop onto their website or Facebook page. You’ll be amazed at all the other events, services and classes they have available!

Forklift Danceworks

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Yesterday I had a dream-like experience at the Bartholomew Pool called “My Park, My Pool, My City“, here in Austin, Tx. I’ve heard about the outstanding/unusual pieces by Forklift Danceworks but unfortunately, I’ve never seen it in action until yesterday. MIND BLOWN!

They choreograph, integrate, and create an experience that gave me chills, and made me shear a tear or two; the way they expose the everyday art, the common hero, it’s so simple and gorgeous!

Music by our local genius, Graham Reynolds, choreography by Allison Orr & Krissie Marty, performances by the staff at Austin’s Parks & Recreation (PARD)/ Aquatics Program and the community.

Let this fun piece connect you to your community, inner child and humanity in general, your soul would truly appreciate it!

There are a few tickets left here, make sure you get them!

:* ❤

 

 

I <3 LOLA

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A couple weeks ago, the outstanding Golden Hornet invited us to enjoy an event organized by them, Alamo Drafthouse, & LOLA; The event included a movie, a boat ride, and Opera! I was beyond INNNN! Oh and did I say something about the gorgeous cheeses from Antonelli’s & bread by Easy Tiger? Well, yeah, I had and loved a bunch of that too!

I have to tell you, I’m not opera literate at all, but it still sounded like a cool event. I decided to take my mom and sister along to this adventure. Boy was I entering another dimension!!! The movie showed was Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo: a fun movie about a guy that is obsessed with bringing an opera to the jungle. The piece is a must see, super entertaining and fun, but the boat ride… OMG, I cannot begin to explain how cool that was!

As I mentioned before, my knowledge of opera comes from exposure to it in unconventional places; I’ve heard them as soundtrack of cartoons or commercials and that’s about it. The singers were amazing and talented and not only did they sing for our delight by bursting into random songs, they explained the type of voice and piece and acted a little bit so the spectators had some context.

It’s difficult to express how much their “extra” effort added to the experience. Plus, if you include the fact that the pianist was practically dancing as he was playing, noiseeee! The sunset as the backdrop, and the boat swaying in the water, you end up with PRRRRRFECTION!

I’m sure you can figure out the enthusiasm I am feeling while typing this; that is only a fraction of the excitement LOLA was gifting us that evening. Turns out LOLA (Local Opera, Local Artists) are a group committed to spread opera everywhere and give a different, more approachable perspective of this type of art. Kudos to all involved! These events change people’s minds for sure. I can confidently say this experience gave me a different appreciation for what this group of talented artists do and I love it!

I highly encourage you to follow them online and to go to any event they have next. Based on what I saw, felt, and heard, I can guarantee you’ll have a refreshed view on this music genre.

Oh! And before I forget! Still speaking about opera, check Joseph Keckler out; I saw him during Fusebox Festival and whatever I can tell you about him is an understatement of how much of a fan I am! He rocks and will make you laugh. What else do you need in life?!

Cheers!

 

Latinx Call to Action

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I just read this interesting post on Jezebel that talked about Latinx Media and how big is that void in our communities; so, basically I’m just putting it out there. Let’s do something!

I know I’m surrounded by awesome people that could generate smart, fun and worthy content, so, let’s do it!

Echenme grito si tienen cualquier idea, yo estoy trabajando en varios proyectos tentativos y me encantaría contar con ustedes y sus propuestas.

Amonooos!

Thank You!

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This 2016 was very important in our little bubble; we worked a lot, we grew, we walked by your side, we fell in love with our profession again.

Thank you for being part of it, for the support and constructive criticism; we heard you and we’re on our way to make this new year better.

We love you like you have no idea, thank you for being there, we’re certainly here for you too!

Have an awesome night, and a better morning, lets do this!

Coka 🙂