If you’re into music, grew up in the 70s, are curious about the LA punk scene, or life growing up in East LA, Alice Bag’s book Violence Girl is for you!
“The birth of the 1970′s punk movement as seen through the eyes of Chicana feminist and punk musician Alice Bag. Set against the colorful backdrop of an East LA childhood and the Hollywood Punk Scene, this alternately harrowing and hilarious coming of age tale surveys the sweeping social changes of two decades through a lens of subversive art and thought.” Published by Feral House, 2011.
Right now I’m taking pre-orders, then you can pick it up Ventura College Earth Day Tues April 22, hear her perform and read, and get her to sign it and personalize it! Only $18 and a great read!
“If I could have a punk show where people were on the same wavelength as me, then that could be a community that works together to achieve common goals. We could be a force that changes the world. And you could be a leader. You can be the person making the change happen, not just someone who is along for the ride. Punk rock really taught me that I had much more power than I realized.” Alice Bag Interview with Elona Jones for Bitch, May 2013
Photo by Martin Sorrondeguy at the Masque, 2014.
Come hear Alice Bag Tues April 22 from 630-730pm. Come early to check out the displays and vendors and hear poetry, speakers, authors, and music. Also appearing at Ventura College Earth Day: readings and dj sets by award winning music historian Tony Fletcher (books on the Clash, REM, The Smiths, Keith Moon and more).
“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources … But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil and the gas are exhausted.”
Reduce. Recreate. Reuse. Recycle.
It starts with you.
NOTE: In addition to breaking a small bone in my hand making it hard to type, I’ve been having some frustrating problems with WordPress and losing content before it gets published. Like the rest of this post…which was all about how so much of the great art at Lucidity is upcycled–taking old stuff bound for the landfill and turning it into useful and beautiful fun pieces that will grace the Lucidity Festival grounds!
dolphin play, steelhead run, pelican peer
Channel Island sail, Anacapa arch
salt lips, rock rolls, finch dawns, fog noons, moon climbs
sea, sycamore, sage, lupine, jeffrey scents
Topa Topa pink light, Pine Mountain star night
life, work, growth amidst our sacred landscape
Today I planned on posting my poem that celebrates our local landscape and this image of the Topa Topas by Sheila Louise Photo along with a quote from Marianne Williamson, candidate for Congress in California’s 33rd District (learn more about Congressional candidate Marianne Williamson here):
“Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.”
I love this quote because if we are going to address social justice and environmental justice, we all need to achieve this kind of success, using our abilities and talents to successfully pay attention to the Triple Bottom Line of people and planet, not just profit.
Then this morning in a bit of synchronicity, while I was meeting with a student at Peet’s coffee at the table next to us was a woman wearing a Williamson for Congress shirt!
Happy Poetry Month! Happy Earth Month! Celebrate with us! See you at Ventura College Earth Day April 22!
Today is the third day of both National Poetry Month and Earth Month, and today I am writing to invite you to hear poet Dian Sousa from San Luis Obispo County read tonight at EP Foster Library in the Topping Room at 7:30pm (651 E. Main Street, Ventura). Hosted each Thursday (except the fourth Thursday) by Phil Taggart, an open mic.
As we were working on posters for Earth Day that could also celebrate the life and work of Cesar Chavez around his birthday on Monday and an event at Ventura College the previous Wednesday, we found lots of great quotes.
But the one above, and on this poster, is one of my favorites. In fact it graces one of the assignments that I give each semester where we place stories from our lives side by side to learn from them.
Since April is Earth Month AND National Poetry Month, I thought this would be a good poster for today. On it you can see who will be sharing their stories at Ventura College’s Earth Day April 22 from 3-9pm.
No foolin’! April is National Poetry Month AND it’s Earth Month! How will you celebrate? Will you share poetic good works? Will encourage environmental good works? Or both? Because, as Dr Seuss says, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Personally, I will be posting a poem a day this month on my own facebook wall as well as either on my “middle of the night poems from daughter to mother :: mother to son” page or on my “The Write Alley” page which feeds onto twitter. I also plan to continue working with Sheila Louise Photo to produce inspiring quotes and images like the one here and then publish them daily with hopes that one or more of them will go viral to spread these important messages.
And of course, my students and I are putting together a really great Earth Day at Ventura College on Earth Day April 22 from 3-9pm!
For more inspiration from Dr Seuss, check this out.