[UC] January 20 - A Happy Ending for Only 8 Bucks? - 1/19/05
- *The Urban Conservancy Biweekly Update*
January 19, 2005
In this issue:
The Urban Conservancy would like to extend a special invitation
to our readers to our first-ever benefit concert and film premiere
at the Dragon's Den, 435 Esplanade Avenue on January 20,
beginning at 9:00 PM. At 9:30 and 11:00 PM, there will be a
premiere showing of the film, "Unbroken Line of History:
Faubourg Marigny." This short film is the second by Sean
Gerowin and the Urban Conservancy's Edward Melendez. Their
first film "Heat" was shown at Atlanta's Downstream Film Festival
and had its New Orleans opening at the Contemporary Arts
Center in 2003. The new film traces some of the elements
that created the unique neighborhood on the other side of the
French Quarter and some of the challenges it faces in the
present day. The film has a running time of 15 minutes, a
perfect set break for Saaraba.
Between showings of the film, OffBeat Magazine's Best Emerging
World/Latin Band nominee Saaraba will be playing. Through a
shared musical philosophy that emphasizes equal creative
contribution from each member, Saaraba has melded several
different influences into a unique coherent sound. Flowing seamlessly
from Caribbean influenced reggae and ska to down-home dirty New
Orleans funk to odd-meter rockers, Saaraba take pride in their ability
to lead their audience on a musical journey whose scenery changes
enough to never get boring. You can learn more about the band and
hear some of their music at: http://www.saaraba.com/
The Dragon's Den is located upstairs at 435 Esplanade Ave. Doors
open at 9:00pm, and donations of $8 or more will be accepted at the
door. Your support helps the Urban Conservancy continue its many
programs and services, including Stay Local, a program to support
locally owned and managed businesses.
We hope you can show your support for the Urban Conservancy
and locally grown music and film.
TAKE IT TO THE NETWORK
If you are reading this, then you know the power of
organization and communication.
Your neighborhood or other group can now take it online!
The Urban Conservancy supports democratic control of
neighborhoods by their residents. A critical part
of democracy is the open sharing of communication.
The Internet is a part of that communication process
and can be a way of quickly and inexpensively sharing
information related to your neighborhood.
The Urban Conservancy has learned a number of lessons
from our website and e-mail list which received the
Gambit award for Best Activist Use of the Internet in
2002. Now we want to share that knowledge with
neighborhood groups and other organizations
throughout the city for a price that is more
economical than almost anywhere else.
Art, News and Culture of the City
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*Shopkeepers Are Antidote to Big Boxes
*Americans Discover Charms of Living Near Mass Transit
*CDC Grant Using Community Gardening as an Anti-Obesity Strategy
Read them here:
The Urban Conservancy encourages discussion
of and response to everything we post on our
Web site. We also welcome any tips or updates
that are relevant to protecting New Orleans'
greatest assets. Respond to us at
The Urban Conservancy
One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out.
Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast a part time crusader,
a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves
and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough
to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it.
While you can. While it is still there. So get out there
and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder
and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the
mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet
sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and
contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely,
mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves,
keep your brain in your head and your head firmly
attached to your body, the body active and alive, and
I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet
victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people
with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes
hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this:
you will outlive the bastards.
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