I have a confession to make.... I admit to you that I am not a huge reader of books. I devour newspapers and magazines, online and off. But, I rarely take the time to read a book. I know, it's embarrassing! I am exposing my inner most secrets here so please be gentle. I don't know what it is but I always feel like I should be doing something else when reading a book (like working on this site!).
I was perusing the web this week looking for artists to visit or art related events to attend while visiting Buenos Aires in April - when I stumbled upon the site Mediamatic Travel quite by accident. As written in big bold letters on the home page:
Planning a trip? This site is a network of people working in the Arts who are willing to give…Continue
There are several travel shows I like to watch: I have talked about Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders in a previous post and I just finished watching an episode of Globetrekker in the Balkans. But there is something extra special for me with "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations".
I found this old interview I did last year with Culturalist@ Vivian Fung and re-reading I remembered our time in Bali together. I found what she says so interesting that I thought it would be worth highlighting again. Enjoy!… Continue
Do you use a moleskine or an idea book to record moments of inspiration or your art when on the road or at home. I do. My thoughts are often captured in late night chicken scratch and the following pattern tends to repeats itself. Bedtime, lights off, head down.....head up, lights on, idea jotted down in the idea book I keep next to my bed....and repeat.
I got to thinking about this last weekend while traveling to visit my parents. Along the… Continue
The MIM. That's what they call it. I met a rep from the Musical Instrument Museum at the APAP conference in January who announced that with the final stages of construction almost complete, the exhibits were now being prepared for a launch end of April for a museum in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, that would house instruments from every country in the world.
I'm philosophizing today friends. Maybe you've heard of the Slow Food movement and it's mission to protect heritage and traditions (as they relate to food). Nico & I have frequently discussed the basic tenants of this movement as we've developed ideas for Create Culture. So I was intrigued when I recently read about other Slow movements - particularly Slow Art & Slow Travel.
I just received my copy of the new travel magazine AFAR in the mail. I was intrigued because the editors of the magazine say they are focusing on "Experiential travel[which] connects you with the authentic essence of a place…Continue
There are top 10 travel song lists all over the internet. Favorites like Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Roger Miller's "King of the Road" litter lists found on many popular travel sites. And there are not many among us who don't love these songs. In fact, I can distinctly remember several long road trips taken in my '87 Honda Accord that involved me singing in a wonderfully horrible off-key voice:
Trailers for sale or rent Rooms to let, fifty cents No phone, no pool,… Continue
For members in the United States, there is potentially a new TV series on PBS called "Sound Tracks - Music Without Borders". The pilot aired at the end of January and is available on the program's website for viewing. You can also check out the Video section here for the trailers of some of the segments, including… Continue
Over lunch with Culturalist@s Kaoru Watanabe and Mari Nakano on Tuesday I started discussing some of my discomfort with the term "World Music". One of the paradoxes of the term is that while it is supposed to express an openness to the diversity of the world it simultaneously groups every "other" culture together. Are… Continue
If you traveled to Seoul, Korea in 2004 for the Culture Games you would have seen the World Peace Award handed to Uighur dancer Dilnar Abdulla for this wonderful performance to the folk song Qemberhan. These games were organized by the organization World Culture Open and brought together 400 artists from all over the world. Although the dance is from 2004 the fact that it won the peace award caught our eye… Continue
I love the website WorldHum. Maybe it's because I always love to write when I travel. For me it is the best time to find inspiration or think about things in a new way. Or maybe I'm digging the site because it has reviews about graphic novels that document travels to Burma, Naples, and North Korea (And I am loving graphic novels these days!). Whatever it is, I'm hooked.
Take for example, the story written by Doug Mack called… Continue
This is a book that opened up for me a whole way of looking at culture, tourism and issues of tradition. The book is a series of articles written by the eminent scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett on ways in which the "display" of people and objects in museum or tourism settings is… Continue
We are here in shock at what is happening in Haiti and praying for the people of this small island. When I visited Haiti in January 2008, I spent some time meeting some of the cultural leaders. I had heard of an arts center called FOKAL (Knowledge and Freedom Foundation), so I sent an email to the then Director, Michele Pierre-Louis- who went on to become the country's Prime Minister- and she agreed to see me the next day.… Continue
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
My parents both grew up in Missouri: my father in a small town with no stoplights and my mother in a more urban, college town. I was born in Michigan but spent most of my childhood in Dallas, Texas and my young-adulthood in Arlington, Va (Dad's job in newspapers moved us around a couple of times). I have extended family in Missouri, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Georgia (to name a few) so I have… Continue