Archive for January, 2010

North Carolina Transportation Alliance

Posted in 21st century life, Bikes/Cycling, Durham, Event on January 22, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Do you think it is strange that we have less than 30 miles of greenways in Durham and that it takes 30 years to finish the American Tobacco Trail (in a best case scenario) despite a majority of the funding coming from private and federal sources? (in that time the Triangle has spent billions on a second loop road ringing Wake county)

Do you think it is fucked up that the DOT designs roadways with wide shoulders and bike lanes, then scrubs them to reduce cost when construction begins?

Do you notice that the city government doesn’t give a rat’s ass that people speed down Gregson, Duke, Roxboro, and Mangum streets like they are highways, and in fact the city encourages that behavior by keeping these inner city roads as one-way thus reducing interconnectivity in town?

Do you think it is ridiculous we don’t have effective public transit or rail between downtown Raleigh and downtown Durham, or a rail system in place that includes the airport as a hub?

Do you think it is a strange that there is no bike lane, or wider outside lane between Ninth Street and downtown Durham despite the fact that there is a multi billion dollar university in between the two locales with thousands of students and thousands of staff?

The world is what you make it, please consider getting involved to make a positive change.

Here is a new organization working to improve things. They are having a meeting at the end of the month. You can also become a paying member and send money their way to help get things done (and if you pay attention to the news you will notice that the Supreme Court just threw democracy out the window, so be prepared to spend money if you expect your voice to be heard in Washington).

North Carolina Transportation Alliance

From Bill Bussey’s letter on the Durham bike and ped listserve…

Kick off the new year in proper style with NC Active Transportation
Alliance at our first Board meeting of 2010 in Durham, this Saturday,
January 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Woodcroft Professional Center 166 W
Woodcroft Parkway Durham, NC 27713

All NCATA members and interested non-members are welcome to attend. Come get to know what NCATA is all about and learn why NCATA needs your support to advocate and educate creating an environment that safely accommodates bicyclists, pedestrians and skaters throughout North Carolina.If you choose, we can sign you up for membership right there,* lickity split!*

The agenda will include a review of planned and upcoming events and
activities, including the National Bike Summit and Spring CycleNC ride,
as well as updates from the NCATA treasurer and subcommittees on policy, publicity and web.

*blogg editor addendum* Rumor has it there will be a celebrity darts game where you can pick your which Supreme Court Justice face you want on your dartboard.


I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a viable third party.

Posted in 21st century life on January 20, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

and I most certainly do not think the Tea Party is it.

while we are it can someone please kick Joe Lieberman to the curb?

Bob on Woody.

Posted in Art on January 20, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Strange Beauty Short Films Festival Jan 22 & 23

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project on January 15, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

from festival co-organizer Jim Haverkamp…

“My wife, Joyce, and I have curated over 50 short films from around the world, all strangely beautiful, beautifully strange, and every combination in between. You’ll find a little of everything–fiction, documentary, animation, experimental–even a musical. We say it’s somewhere between terrifying normality and a sublime fever dream.

There are a lot of local filmmakers showing work, including Shambhavi Kaul, Neal Hutcheson, Nicole Triche, Brad Boll, Kevin Wells, Nic Beery, Savannah Scarborough, Margaret Morales, and Monique Velasquez. Plus a special Durham Cinematheque program curated by Tom Whiteside.”

“Blackbirds, Bottle Caps, and Broken Records” a 15 minute documentary about Durham artist Bryant Holsenbeck by Margaret Morales will be shown at the festival. I designed and hand-printed the DVD packaging for this great project at the end of last year (more on this in a near future blog post)

Link below to the Strange Beauty website which has the full schedule as well as a trailer.
Website here/

The films will show in three blocks, Friday 1/22 at 8:15 pm, Saturday 1/23 at 2 pm, and Saturday, 1/23 at 8:15 pm.

**A festival pass for all 3 blocks is $25.

Tickets are available by phone or online at Manbites Dog Theater website

Friday tune: Way back when

Posted in Art on January 9, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Full Frame passes are on sale / H&B raffle!!

Posted in 21st century life, Durham, Event on January 6, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Pass info / different levels

Horse & Buggy Press will be raffling off two film level passes for the April 8-11 festival.

$5 gets you a raffle ticket,
or increase your chance of winning,
$20 gets you five raffle tickets.

All raffle money goes directly to Full Frame.

2 Winners will be selected and notified on April Fool’s Day. (each winner gets one ticket)

Expect details on the raffle in a few weeks. Drop by the studio any Third Friday during our open house from 6-9 pm, or any Weds from 3-5pm when the foyer gallery is open. (or drop by if you are in the ‘hood).

Last year we raised over $300 for the festival and I’m hoping we can get over the $500 hurdle this year.

I’ve got leftover program guides from last year as well if anyone is interested. Good info on films you might want to netflix if you didn’t get to catch them at last year’s festival. (yes we will be designing the program guide again this year). (*is netflix a verb like “Google” yet or is this improper English?)

Full Frame Poster Contest

Posted in Art, Design, Durham, Event on January 6, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Full Frame poster contest (website)

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce its first-ever poster contest, to be produced for the 13th annual festival occurring April 8-11, 2010 in Downtown Durham North Carolina.

One design will be chosen to be printed in a limited edition run to be sold at the festival. The winning designer will receive a special “Artist” Priority Pass (a $500 value) for the 2010 festival as well as hotel accommodations for the duration of the festival.

Deadline for entry is Monday, February 15th with the winner announced by the end of the month.

Email to receive a poster specifications package including logos, rules, and tips.