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Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry | Hidden City Philadelphia

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry | Hidden City Philadelphia.

New Work at Main Line Art Center

Two early successes from my Urban Farmers portrait series will be on exhibit at the Main Line Art Center. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 16, 5:30 – 7:30.

I’m sending a shout out to Don Shump, the Bee Beard Man,  and Jacob at the Philadelphia Bee Company and to all those lovely  Philadelphia Urban Creators!

Dayuana Broggins at Urban Creators Community Garden. Philadelphia 2014

Dayuana Broggins at Urban Creators Community Garden. Philadelphia 2014

Jacob Arnold, closes bee hood on a rooftop apiary. Philadelphia, 2014

Jacob Arnold, closes bee hood on a rooftop apiary. Philadelphia, 2014

Street Movies – Shared Stories

Thank you Scribe Video Center for organizing Street Movies! and screening Them That Do Films. The film about Lisa Barkley and the Haddington Homes gardens screened on Wednesday  in North Philly at another amazing urban garden built by the Philadelphia Urban Creators. Last night’s screening at Malcolm X Park was rained out by a beautiful, soaking cloud burst. The photos below are from the Philadelphia Urban Creators (PUC) garden. To learn more about PUC, read GRID magazine’s  August issue.

The opening animation sequence.

Them That Do’s awesome animation by Allison Kerek.

Maudene Nelson of Care Coordination Services, LLC, stir fires kale for audience members.

Maudene Nelson of Care Coordination Services, LLC, prepares kale for audience members.

Jeaninne Kayembe, founding member of Philadelphia Urban Creators and poet, acted as emcee for the night.

Jeaninne Kayembe, founding member of Philadelphia Urban Creators and poet, acted as emcee for the night.

The Unity played a set.

The Unity played a set.

Light and Sound and the Moon

2014_08_09_StreetScreening2blogPhoto by Mitch Borden

Saturday’s screening at the 54th Street Memorial Garden provided a moment for all the volunteers, cooks, and kids who participated in the 3rd annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party, to relax. Lisa Barkley, who watched the video that featured her for the first time, covered her smiling cheeks with her hands and giggled.

Them That Do films will be featured in Scribe Video Center’s Street Movies! this week.

Wednesday, August 13
NORTH PHILLY
Host: Philadelphia Urban Creators
Location: N 11th Street (b/w W York and W Dauphin Streets)
Rain Location: Maken Studios – 3525 I Street
Opening Performance: PLP The Unity
Emcee: Jeaninne Kayembe

Thursday, August 14
WEST PHILLY
Host: Friends of Malcolm X Park
Location: Malcolm X Park
South 52nd Street and Pine Street
Emcee: DJ C (WPEB 88.1 FM)

 

Lisa Barkley: ‘More colors, more vitamins’

I’m proud to release the second video of the Them That Do film series featuring Lisa Barkley.

I will screen the film Saturday night, August 9th (after sunset – 7:30) at the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party on the 500 block of North 54th Street in the Memorial Garden. Lisa Barkley will be there to sign autographs!

I recommend that you come enjoy the afternoon party hosted by Neighborhood Foods. Platters are just $3 featuring Jamaican, Soul Food, and Veggie cuisine.  In addition to food, there will be kids’ games, face painting, hula hooping, a giveaway table, and much more all accompanied by the smooth reggae tunes of Moses Livingston and the Raggamuffins featuring Charlie Marley.  ALL ARE WELCOME at this FREE EVENT.

 

Audience and Actor

Making do with Them That Do

Making do with Them That Do

A folded table for a screen. Stones for a tripod. Extension cords for power. Our first street screening of Them That Do had a guerrilla feel to it. I am not sure what kind of impact these screenings will have, but it feels like a good place to start.

Sharon Joy Shoatz-Mayazi, the block captain of the 200 block S. 58th St., invited me to show my videos as part of a National Night Out event in her neighborhood. I knew that the evening would roll along organically, not on any schedule. So I was not surprised that after the sun had set behind the row homes on the west side of 60th Street, Shoatz-Mayazi was still trying to solve the problem of how we would power the projector and stereo system in the playground next to Sayer High School. What did catch me by surprise, though, was that my films were the only activity on the agenda for the night, apart from three crafts and jewelry vendors who set up tables outside the playground fence. Teenage boys played basketball on the other side of the playground.

Shoatz-Mayazi and two friends were able to stretch three long extension cords from her home across S. 58th St and into the playgroud. Power! The promised projection screen never made it to the site. We made do. We flipped the plastic folding table intended to hold the projector and stood it on a bench. That provided a very nice, solid screen. The projector we set on top of a folding chair, propping a stone underneath to somewhat straighten the horizon line of the projection. We had four additional folding chairs and a stool for the audience. The remaining four or five spectators stood.

As the opening sequence rolled onto the tabletop screen, the event became a complicated space where everyone present — the block captain, the boys playing basketball, the crafts vendors, the two police officers who stopped by on foot patrol, the disinterested neighbors walking past the playground on all sides, the folks in the cars rolling over our extension cords, and I — were audience and actors. The 2 x 3 foot projected image was the least interesting thing in this landscape of effort and apathy.

Thanks to the University City Arts League for the projector!

 

 

Free Outdoor Screenings for Them That Do Videos

ThemThatDoTitleshotYou will have several chances to watch Them That Do films at outdoor screenings in Philadelphia.

Tomorrow night, August 5th, the residents of the 60th Ward, 19th Division will celebrate National Night Out with music, activities and films.

Tuesday, Aug 5th 6-9pm
Host: Block captain, Sharon Joy Shoatz-Mayazi
Location: 200 block of S. 58th St. between Spruce and Locust

Then next week, Scribe Video Center’s Street Movies! will show Them That Do films.

Wednesday, August 13  7:45pm
NORTH PHILLY
Host: Philadelphia Urban Creators
Location: N 11th Street (b/w W York and W Dauphin Streets)
Rain Location: Maken Studios – 3525 I Street
Opening Performance: PLP The Unity
Emcee: Jeaninne Kayembe

Thursday, August 14  7:45pm
WEST PHILLY
Host: Friends of Malcolm X Park
Location: Malcolm X Park
South 52nd Street and Pine Street
Emcee: DJ C (WPEB 88.1 FM)

Block Captains Forum This Saturday

block captains forum flyerBlock captains living in West and Southwest Philadelphia are invited to attend the 2014 Block Captains Forum this Saturday, August 2, at 5501 Cedar Avenue. It is hosted by the Partnership CDC. Contact Leon Robinson at 215-662-1612 Ext. 24 for more information.

 

Juanita Hatton Rallies For A Clean-Up

Here at Them That Do we are excited to release our first video, this is the beginning of a larger component to this project. Hope you enjoy!

Juanita Hatton, 73, a block captain for 38 years, meets three kinds of people in the world. “There are them that do, them that don’t and them that don’t give a darn.” This video follows Hatton as she rallies her neighbors with her monthly newsletter for a block cleanup.

Happy Fourth!

A child makes a sour face at me during the block party on 54th Street, between Wyalusing and Westminster Avenues. 2013.

A child makes a sour face at me during the block party on 54th Street, between Wyalusing and Westminster Avenues. 2013.

I will be celebrating the Fourth of July with the good people of 500 Mayland Street in Germantown. Block captain, Vanessa Price plans a whopping annual block party. I’ll be posting pics on Instagram (themthatdo) and Twitter. Please let me know about your block party – I’d love to photograph it.