see you there. bring some friends and do re mi for the tip jar, we want Kenny to come around Durham more often.
maybe he’ll have a song about bike riding, who knows? I hope he sings that song with the line about mockingbirds.
Victor Gordon has an interesting gardening blog called Piedmont Plots and today announced his stepping up of his gardening services side business.
I’ve officially launched my landscape design business: piedmont plots / landscape design.
The website is www.piedmontplots.com.
It is a side practice right now since I will not be ready to give up my day job anytime soon. If you know of anyone who may be interested in my services, feel free to forward this email to them.
If you are into gardens, historic preservation, or the out-of-doors, please subscribe to the blog. I don’t post everyday but it has two years worth of material on it. You might find something of interest. Thanks, and have a great rest of your late summer and early fall.
By the way, September and October are two of the best months of the year for planting trees, shrubs, and perennials. And winter is a good time to masterplan for future landscape features: beds, walks, borders, etc. Keep that in mind as we wind down toward more pleasant temps in the months ahead.
In addition to our open studios, there’s lots of stuff going around town.
Craven Allen framed the Farmers Market broadside for me, and has generously given me a bunch of 15% off coupons for framing I can share with interested folks. (The broadside is available for $12 both here and at the farmers market). They’ve got a good show in their gallery you should check out as well (before Labor Day Weekend when it comes down).
Duke Park traffic circle.
Read more about it at Barry’s blog
Really, if the city isn’t going to enforce speed limits to keep neighborhoods safe and, well feeling like a neighborhood, I’m glad folks are stepping up to shoulder some responsibility on their own.
I think the next step is painting double yellow lines down the middle of Duke, Gregson, Roxboro, Mangum, etc and reverting those back to two-way roads. Screw the belief that suburban commuting times to RTP are more important than having safe neighborhoods and if the city govt. lacks the backbone to do it on their own, well let’s show them the way.
John Schelp also makes a salient point…
Contrast the Durham Police Department’s reaction to the little traffic calming/paintball signs:
“the Police Department issued a statement Monday saying the signs are ‘inappropriate and potentially dangerous. We fear that these signs could be a distraction to even the most law-abiding motorist and possibly cause collisions.'”
…with Police Chief Lopez’s recent embrace of electronic billboards:
“Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez chimed in: ‘This is my professional opinion, not a personal one. There is no indication billboards cause accidents. It could only help in getting law enforcement message across.'”
So, a small cardboard sign in a traffic circle is a distraction for drivers — but big, bright electronic billboards flashing more than 10,000 ads/day are not?
Good point, John.
Well, it seems like the movie scene at the Thee-ater is sucking right now (why is it that when the wife and I want to go see a movie, and we live in a town with various ten screen cinemas and art house theatres we can’t find stuff that is worth the price of admission except for releases of documentaries that played at Full Frame?). caveat: Away We Go was pretty darn good. Holler if you think anything out there now is worth seeing.
Speaking of documentaries, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke has a class coming up taught by Elisabeth Haviland James. If you’ve been coming to open studios in these parts lately you may have met Elisabeth as she is Revere’s girlfriend. (Revere being the new guy up front, we like Revere and hope he doesn’t mind being referred to as “the new guy”, or that Elisabeth is now being referred to as “the new guy’s girlfriend”).
The point being they are interesting and talented folks who moved to Durham this spring and are doing work you might be interested in.
If you went to Full Frame this year and saw “The Good Fight” about Bobby Bowden and the Florida State football progam that was some of the work of Elisabeth and Revere.
Elisabeth is teaching a class on pre-production for documentary film. It starts in mid-September and is one of a slew of interesting courses offered by the Center (open to everyone, you don’t have to be a Duke student, you don’t even have to like Duke for that matter)
I asked Elizabeth what else she is up to in addition to preparing for the class…
“I’m producing The Loving Story: A Long Walk Home with Nancy Buirski. It is a feature documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving and their Supreme Court battle for the right to be married (they were an interracial couple in Virginia, arrested in 1958 for violating miscegenation laws). We are in the midst of a giant fundraising campaign, including multiple grant applications which have kept me awake all hours of the night. I’m also producing a “game-show” for the senior market for a client in Michigan, and working on a web-based documentary campaign about the conservation efforts around the New Hope Creek Corridor and the return of the original Hollow Rock Store to it’s home on Erwin Road.
My class will meet Thursday evenings at CDS from 7-9, starting in September. It will be a Pre-production “bootcamp” – everything you need to know before you start to film, and more! We will focus on research, proposal and treatment writing, story visualization, filming techniques, budgeting, fundraising, scheduling, “casting,” as well as the other elements that make up the pre-production phase in professional documentary film. It is listed as an “advanced” class, but anyone who has a film idea they would like to fully develop is welcome and encouraged to enroll.”
Jeana Klein is one of those design schoolers I shared space with at Antfarm. She currently is a professor (and highly productive working artist) at Appalachian State
You may remember her work from her foyer gallery show here last year.
Jeana has a website up and running. Check it out. Great stuff, including some new work.