Monday, January 31, 2011
Stop by while hopping from gallery to gallery and say hi!
As a Man Thinketh
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
As always, thank you for supporting local artisans!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Suggestions and recipes welcome; wine cakes and rum cakes are regrettably out.
It's easy to participate! Just make a Valentine's card (or lots of them!) and drop it off to an area Lowes Foods by Sunday, February 6.
Valentine Cards will be delivered by MEALS ON WHEELS to Seniors by way of Senior Services of Forsyth County, Davidson County, Stokes County & Senior Resources in Guilford County.
Meals On Wheels
Senior Services of Forsyth County
Thursday, January 27, 2011
It was so, so clever, with miniature cupcakes and miniature sandwiches for food and charming pieces of small art on the walls. We had just a lovely, lovely time.
Do pop in and see the exhibit before it leaves March 13th. Marvel at the detail in Bill Scherbak's wee oil painting, 3 Boats. Make sure to read the bottoms of the Raku pieces, because at least 2 of them feature glazes of the artist's own making. And don't miss the paper marionette dolls.
left to right: "Grandmother in Pearls" by Jordan Grace Owens (1st prize winner); "Earth Bowl" by Ray Travis; "3 Boats" by Bill Scherbak
Community Arts Café
Jordan Grace Owens
I am pleased to announce that I am now accepting applications for the following position:
- Companion To Accompany Me Inside Van Buren Consignment
Please email a detailed statement of relevant applicant qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
And then I had the st-RANGEST email, asking me which shelter dog was more like my dogs. And at the time there weren't any contenders available at FCAC, so I pointed out a few Germalian Black and Tans on Petfinder, shook my head in wonderment, and went on my merry little way.
But ta-da! Someone else dropped off another litter of puppies at the shelter! Though they've been there three weeks, they are just now old enough to go home, and in amongst the herd there is one that looks awfully like a noble G. B. & T.
Meet Valentine! She's smooshy and sweet, and I want you to fall in love with her, take her home, AND SPAY HER.
OK, maybe not you. A vet. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Y'all, we have more animals than we have homes for animals in Forsyth County, so not only do I want you to fix all your animals, I want you to start giving stink-eyes to owners who don't.
Forsyth County Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic
* We're doing something Lisa Frankly amazing with it. I cannot wait to tell you about it. (AFTER the point that it cannot go wrong. You know, lest I accidentally tilt the universe unfavorably.)
above: the miniature colored pencils referenced in the linked post.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
We went into Jackson's Music last night to poke around, and BAM! The oldest came up with a plan to save the entire U.S. economy!
It starts with me buying him multiple sets of stage lights at Jackson's Music, preferably the ones that strobe in multiple colors in time with the music.
You know what? That's not accurate -- that purchase is his whole plan; it's pretty much "single prong".
Better and more for real news: If you friend (or fan or whatever you call it ) Jackson's Music on Facebook right now, you'll be privy to a slew of giveaways they're running! (Sadly for the oldest: not stage lights.)
Jackson's Music on Facebook
Jackson's Music not on Facebook
The Screaming Rooster
CINEMA PUB: WINTER SHORTS 2011
a series of short films
produced by students from the
UNCSA School of Filmmaking
Thursday, February 3rd at 6:30 PM
411 West Fourth Street
The films screened at the opening reception will feature Danny McBride’s student film, EDDIE NOBLE AND THE HEROES and LIFE AND TIMES OF A DOUGHNUT, a Krispy Kreme documentary. Tickets: $12/$5 for students age 22 and under.
Community Arts Café
UNCSA School of Filmmaking
Monday, January 24, 2011
RETURNED. - We welcome back to North Carolina, Mr. W. T. Marlin, who left here about four years ago for Arkansas, where he has been living since that time. Mr. Marlin, like nearly all those who leave North Carolina in the hope of bettering their condition, has no doubt found that he made a great mistake in remov. in from the State.
(The only casualty of the oldest's snowboarding trip - a zipper pull, lost on the bus ride home, thankfully.)
I stumbled around for weeks, demanding of everyone, "Have you read this book? You need to," because I wanted to discuss it, needed to discuss it, for a long time.
It still blows my mind, just thinking about it now.
invites you to a
in celebration of
Black History Month
Tuesday, February 1
noon- 1 PM
In a world-wide event, the public is invited to share favorite passages from the writings of contemporary or historical black authors. The event is FREE. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thank you for supporting local artisans!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This is just one of hers currently on exhibit in the Electric Moustache Gallery at Krankies. Holy.
All the pieces are ridiculously wonderful, but I insist you go immediately and see the two scratchboards, because those are bomb diggity, sugar shackity brilliant.
Seriously, go now. Shoo! Shoo!
The fifth grade of Meadowlark Elementary has organized and is running a rummage/garage/yard type sale today until 2:30 PM.
Fifth graders wrote essays about which charities they would like to support, then voted to determine which charity would be the beneficiary.
The proceeds of today's sale will be going to the Salvation Army.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
And so sometimes driving down Reynolda I wonder if those who live near The Children's Home ever hear mooing.
(I'd like to hear mooing.)
A friend of mine adopted a Catahoula out of New Orleans and named her Vivienne. She's the most ridiculously well behaved dog ever. In fact, I'm certain if she ever saw the ants in the pants way my two act, she'd tsk-tsk aloud.
Heeeey, guess what!
Meet Trinity, one of a litter of 2 month old catahoula mixes currently residing in the Forsyth County Animal Shelter! Someone be a good neighbor and pop over to 5570 Sturmer Park Circle to get her before the local wild boar population gets out-of-hand.
The Golden Gates
performers from St. Petersburg, Russia
Sunday, January 23rd
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Russian Golden Gates as they deliver an entertaining look into old Russian culture through music, song, and dance.
This event is FREE.
The Golden Gates
1. Yes, I've heard the rumors Trader Joe's is finally coming to Winston. I don't know, though... this rumor's been going around for ages, and W-S isn't listed here.
2. What's going in Thruway in between Pet Supermarket and Christie's Hallmark? Whatever it is, it is going in fast. The space is roughly 6500 square feet. (Because knowing that helps.)
3. What's going up sort of beside Rugged Warehouse (near the Harris Teeter on Peacehaven off Robinhood)? That's mammoth space.
4. It is indeed a Dunkin Doughnuts under construction on Robinhood near the intersection of Polo (where the carwash used to be).
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
#1. Good call on the delay; there was ice out there.
#2. Wait. That wasn't the real kudo.
#3. THANK YOU FOR WAITING UNTIL THIS MORNING TO CALL IT. That calling off school at 4 pm the day before based on a forecast has got to stop.
Here's what's not going to stop: snow in NC.
Y'all, we have got to grow up and learn to deal with this stuff. We cannot come to a screeching halt every time the mercury drops below freezing.
Other locales handle the snowfalls we get without missing a beat. Do you think they shut everything down in Maine for five months?
"They have more plows," someone will offer. Fine, let's find a way to fund more plows.
"They know how to drive in it there," someone else will say. Awesome, then let's make sure we are teaching how to drive in it.
Find out what it is, please, that allows others to keep on keeping on while we scramble and shelter in, and let's get whatever that is for ourselves.
Preferably in the next week, too, because you'll never guess the forecast for next Tuesday...
Monday, January 17, 2011
This entire school year feels completely cockamamie now. They've had all of six instruction days since schools let out for Christmas one month ago today. And one of the six was on a two hour delay.
I do hope they'll be done before the Fourth of July.
the 1st annual
Saturday, January 22nd
Highland Presbyterian Church
2831 Cloverdale Avenue, Winston-Salem
Tickets are $10 for ages 13+, $5 for those under 12, and may be purchased at the event or online. All proceeds to benefit the Youth United 2011 build!
Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Youth United
Highland Presbyterian Church
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
With that agenda in mind, I took her and my other cousin's wife Deb (who conveniently had a birthday to celebrate) to Breakfast Of Course. Like, See? See how yummy our breakfast foods are? You should probably just move here, doncha think? Here, have a taste of my Crispy Madame!*
It's an extreme measure to foist such awesomeness on someone unawares, but eyes on the prize, I mean business, and if I have to use well-prepared eggs and cheese sauces to make my point, I will.
* For the record, HOLY.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Whaaaat? you ask, in shock. How can this be! But... but... you were the greatest roller skater on your cul-de-sac! NAY, on any cul-de-sac in Washington, DC in the last days of Charlie's Angels!
Ah, yes, that is true, my friends, but last Sunday morning I woke up unable to bend my knees without fierce pains shooting through them. I walked like the bandiest gaucho for three days. And while normally that wouldn't be a problem, it makes navigating huge swaths of ice akin to riding an angry buffalo, which is to say "hard to do safely".
Accordingly I believe I'll be a seasonal skater from here on out.
Custom art is hand drawn or digitally created, and then painted by hand on Converse All Stars (Low or Hi-Top), Nine West pumps, Nike Air Force 1’s (Low or Mid), and many other high-quality brand shoes. Other elements like beads, bells, feathers, studs, nuts and bolts, charms and just about anything you can imagine can be added as well!
All designs are one-of-a-kind, and are guaranteed to NEVER be duplicated for another client.
I don't know, but miss it I did, until the most recent Sawtooth offerings landed in my inbox, and I learned that our local shoe artists are teaching a shoe art class in February!
...Alas it's a class for middle schoolers, and I don't think I could pass for one, or believe you me, I would be getting my shoe art ON.
Intellexual Technology & Design, Shoe Art page
Sawtooth School for Visual Arts
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Anyway, I've decided what we all need on this, Snow Day #4689, is a medicinal dose of local art goodness. Accordingly feast your eyes on not one but two pieces from the last show (now sadly departed) at the Electric Moustache Gallery at Krankies. I love both pieces madly, and I also loved the other items by these artists in the show, artists with names I now have phonophotos of.
Ta-da! Now when I want to say something reminds me of one of these two gentlemen's work, I need only subtly scroll through the 200-odd phonophotos in my phone, and nobody will be any the wiser about my issue with names!
Top: Mike Duggins, "Rapa Nui Scene"
Bottom: Steven Hopkins, "Hey II".
* Still** reading Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil, an awesome novel about a psychiatrist.
** Yes, still. It's nearly 700 pages, I think. I only began it on Christmas eve. Possibly the day before. In any event, it's not unreasonable*** that I still have 200-ish pages to go.
*** At least I don't think it is. WHY ARE YOU MAKING A FACE LIKE I'M CRAZY.
A Cooking Class
Tuesday, January 25th
6 - 8:30 PM
Flagged Plays, End Zones and Tight Ends... You may not know what the words mean, but come to the Screaming Rooster and learn some surefire recipes to make your next Bowl Party a Touchdown!
- Swedish Shrimp
- Pesto Torta
- Game Day Meatballs
- Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Footballs
$35 per person to be paid at time of registration; call 722-9090 to register.
The Screaming Rooster
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Kyle loves astronomy and loves Keats, but most of all is absolutely and totally in love with his quirky and vivacious wife Zoe. When she goes out to run a quick errand and never returns, Kyle’s world is turned upside down. Kyle leads us through this heartbreaking portrait of what it takes to rebuild one’s life in the wake of personal tragedy.
Don't miss this stunning drama at the Hanesbrands Theatre through January 23, 2011.
Get $5 off your tickets January 12-16 when you visit: http://www.rhodesartscenter.org/now-showing/touch/ and use discount code: NC05
On Sunday, January 16th and Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m., No Rules Theatre Company brings teacher, theater artist and master certified life coach, Ashley Gates Jansen to present That Fierce Embrace: My Journey with Mental Illness and Mysticism. This 75-minute talk is FREE, however reservations are required.
No Rules Theatre Company
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Ashley Gates Jansen
We are out of Ovaltine!
SWEET JEBEDIAH IN THE EARLY MORNING, WE'RE ALL GONERS!
No, not really, as the oldest and I have to go out later anyway. But hey, it does remind me of something else I wanted to find out: do any local stores deliver?
In DC (and the suburbs and the exurbs), there are grocery delivery services. I used one when I was on bedrest. I have a friend who swore by one when her very, very active twins were 18 months old. I've known others who were housebound or immuno-compromised for whom grocery delivery was also helpful.
I know Lowes Foods has Lowes Foods To Go, wherein you order online then drive up to get your groceries, and I think Harris Teeter has something similar, but I mean something where the groceries are driven all the way to YOU.
note: I don't need one. I just wondered. I like to know these things, my theory being that then I'll never need this information.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I spent most of the day wondering why neither salt truck nor snowplow has darkened my street. This surprises me, as the corner in front of my house serves as the bus stop for no less than five WSFCS schools. At this point we're just waiting for the autocall, the oldest having spent most of the day sledding with friends while the youngest passed the time firmly ensconced in his robe, examining "scholarly texts" from the 1960s for Kraken sighting mentions.
update, 4:51 PM: ...aaaand autocall received.
My long love of death euphemism continues to be well fed here. My sympathies to those who live in places where people merely "die".
Monday, January 10, 2011
This morning I decided to take this rather unexpected* snow day as a day to sloooow doooown and noooot bloooog. Accordingly I've been an absolute slug not only here, but on several fronts today. Go, me!
* Tomorrow I expect to have them home, but today I frankly thought they would be in school, possibly with an early dismissal announced in advance
Sunday, January 09, 2011
This was taken somewhere around 3 PM at the oldest's band practice in Clemmons.
I added the enormous bandaid* in lieu of the more traditional yellow bar. It goes well with the Bass Player From The Great Beyond, I think.
* Whee! Fun phone feature!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
If I had seven lifetimes instead of one, one of the jobs I'd love to try would be the person who comes up with paint color names. Only I'd tire of demure ones like Raspberry Sherbet by about week two and start naming them things like Tuesdays Wear Red at the Racetrack or Flaming Marshmallow.
(I probably wouldn't last long as a color-namer, come to think of it.)
Thank you for supporting local artisans!
Friday, January 07, 2011
The exhibit will formally open with a reception on Wednesday, January 26th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the Conference Room Gallery in the lower level of Commerce Plaza.
Clark Whittington, miniature art expert and founder of the Art-O-Mat, will judge the show and present a ‘Best In Show’ and two merit awards at 7:00pm during the reception.
The exhibit and reception are FREE and open to the public, and will be on display through Sunday, March 13th, 2011.
Do you have ANY idea how giddy this makes me? I LOVELOVELOVE SMALL! I am all about highly detailed dollhouses and lockets with pictures inside, I carry a miniature bottle of Texas Pete in my purse, and I have a special affinity for Mitsukoshi, the Japanese store in Epcot, because wowsers, do the Japanese shrink things amazingly. (This last trip I bought the oldest this tiny set of colored pencils each no bigger than a wooden match. Esbette made a sound that was part squeal/part whimper when she saw them. She squimpered.)
I'm TOTALLY going to this. Someone stand nearby in case I take faint!
Community Arts Café
Our favorite anonymous LiF community member has a starring role in Class 60, a new documentary following a class from start to finish as they move through the rigors of local police training! In the video above, she's shown peeking out and yelling directives from under a baseball cap, then later smiling*.
Catch new 30 minute episodes every week on WSTV-13, beginning 1/27, or on TimeWarner Cable on-demand channel, beginning 1/20! There are 12 episodes in total.
The only question now is, who will do the recaps?
* Perhaps one of the recruits slipped on a banana peel, because I happen to know she enjoys public wipeouts.