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March 2016

Plenty # 5 — Sharing an Ocean Breeze with “Fresh Fish” author Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Whether you grew up on the shore or spent your life as a land lubber, Fresh Fish — A Fearless Guide to Grilling, Shucking, Searing, Poaching and Roasting Seafood will have you catching the scent of the beach on the wind. Keep Reading

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Problem Solvers…ish #6 — Becoming Kind of a Big Deal on Twitter

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NSFW: Your Twitter fan base is puny—have you thought about becoming famous?

You put your best pithy quotes and clever memes out there in the Twittosphere, but where’s the love? Seth and Lex will lay out your personal path to Social stardom.

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INDIEcent Exposure #20 — Local Filmmakers Begin Journey with “The Next Step”

With “The Next Step,” North Adams filmmakers Joe Aidonidis and Augusta Rose launch an odyssey that will span boundaries that are geographical, technological, financial, and deeply personal.

For eight years, Clara Gardner (right) has been using socket-type prosthetic legs, which have changed surprisingly little in five centuries. Click this image to see the trailer for "The Next Step," at the film's Kickstarter page , and to find out more about the procedure known as osseointegration that she hopes will return much of her mobility.
For eight years, Clara Gardner (right) has been using socket-type prosthetic legs, which have changed surprisingly little in five centuries. Click this image to see the trailer for “The Next Step,” at the film’s Kickstarter page, and to find out more about the procedure known as osseointegration that she hopes will return much of her mobility.

 

“The Next Step” Not to Be Taken Lightly

The focus of their lens is the determination of a young woman scheduled to travel to Australia this Spring to undergo a procedure not approved in the United States to regain more of the mobility she had before the loss of both her legs above the knee as a teenager.

That young woman, Clara Gardner, is a close friend of the filmmakers, a fact that adds a personal dimension to the project that facilitates the storytelling in some ways. On the other hand, Augusta knew her before a drunk driver cost Clara lost both her legs in 2008—there’s no use even in pretending that objectivity is a remote possibility. When one of your best friends becomes the raw material for your art, emotional dynamics may shift in unexpected ways.

Additionally, Augusta and Joe are a couple. The intensity of working on any large project as a small team can place a burden on non-romantic partnerships. During shooting “The Next Step,” the two filmmakers will traverse oceans together in pursuit of their work. Then, and during the editing process, time, money, and space are all likely to get tight at times. What relationship safety mechanisms have they put in place to deal with the potential strain?

An epic tale (and the talent to tell it) just part of the recipe for a powerful film

As they travel to Australia with Clara to chronicle her experience receiving the costly procedure known as osseointegration, Aidonidis and Rose will have a level of access unusual for most documentarians. Whether or not they’ll be able to convert the powerful story into a feature film over the next year depends in part on funding.

Joe and Augusta have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to help finance the project. More than half of their immediate goal reached quickly, the couple must still look ahead to the crushing expense of all that goes into a movie after the footage has all been captured. That tale will unfold both on the film’s Kickstarter page and its Facebook page, where “The Next Step” is already receiving encouragement and praise from supporters. The two forms of support combined might just be what the project needs to see the journey all the way through to the end.

About Joe Aidonidis and Augusta Rose

Joe Aidonidis is a videographer specializing in capturing live performance, biographic and educational materials for non-profits, and visual art. He co-directs ‘Common Folk’, an artist collective based in North Adams, MA that empowers communities to use art as a catalyst for change. His mission is to educate others about humanitarian subjects and artistic causes. He is also one of the musical duo that makes up Anonymous Animal. In addition to having a presence on YouTube as a musician on the Anonymous Animal page, he and his partner, Barney, host another YouTube page where they share info about the techniques and trade-craft they rely on to make their transformative sounds—Anonymous Animal 2. Joe also highlights some of the great experiences created by the Common Folk Artist Collective on their YouTube page. You should definitely check out their Facebook page as well.

Augusta Rose has produced documentaries about women’s health, land preservation, mindfulness, and humanitarian causes. She is founder of Be Your Creature, a movement dedicated to fostering creativity in women through transformative portraiture. A good piece by Jenn Smith about the movement in the Berkshire Eagle on 03/23/16. She currently resides in North Adams, MA and works throughout New England and the Pacific Northwest.

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Will Call #41 — Now’s the Time to Start Getting Down with DownStreet Art!

DownStreet Art, a production of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, continues with more music, more interactivity, and more, uhhh...art than ever,
DownStreet Art, a production of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, continues with more music, more interactivity, and more, uhhh...art than ever,
Downstreet Art, now in its ninth year, begins againat the end of June; submitted photo.
Downstreet Art, now in its ninth year, begins againat the end of June; submitted photo.

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Program Manager Michelle Daly joins us for our first show after our Winter hiatus. And somehow she’s the perfect guest to have on this episode in which we celebrate Spring while we look forward to the Summer-long extravaganza that is DownStreet Art! She’ll be at MCLA Gallery 51 on Monday March 28 from 6-8pm to meet artists, answer your questions and introduce the THREE opportunities available this year.

Here’s your chance to network, ask questions and learn about opportunities for artists and creative entrepreneurs or to sign up to volunteer.

Full details and requirements for each of these programs can be found at DownStreet Art’s website. Submission deadline is April 15, 2016.

Can’t make it? Another Info sessions is scheduled for 3/30 in Pittsfield at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

If you want to get started right away, you could go straight to the submission form.

About DownStreet Art

DownStreet art is a program of MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) a non-profit organization that provides professional development, training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County.

Gallery 51 is the site of the first informational session on March 28; submitted photo.
Gallery 51 is the site of the first informational session on March 28; submitted photo.

Designed as a creative place-making project to revitalize downtown North Adams, DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art does this by enlivening downtown North Adams using art and cultural activities to increase visitorship and enhance resident participation.

The theme for 2016 is “Meet Your Neighbors,” and in an effort to highlight the amazing talent of local artists, we are limiting proposals to artists living or working within 20 miles of North Adams, MA.

Check out the Facebook page for DownStreet Art, too!

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Problem Solvers…ish #5 — Naughty Bytes and Netiquette: think before you click that pic of your…

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NSFW: Naughty, Bawdy, and oh Lawdy! Nobody asked to see that!

Guys, unless the object of your affection specifically asks for naughty pics, texting those graphic graphics of your privates is NOT cool!

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Berkshire Business Outlook #7 — PodCamp Western Mass. 8

Break-out session: Introverts and Extroverts on social media; submitted photo.
Break-out session: Introverts and Extroverts on social media; submitted photo.
PodCamp Attendees looking at the agenda wall; submitted photo.
PodCamp Attendees looking at the agenda wall; submitted photo.

 

If Social Media and digital content are your thing, have we got a show for you. PodCamp Western Mass. #8 is upon us, and you’re looking to connect with comrades in the industry, this is the un-conference for you We speak with Jaclyn Stevenson, Director of Public Relations and Social Media at Winstanley Parnters, who has been a driving force behind PodCamp since the beginning.

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FMC #1 — Moral Dimensions of the 2016 Election Cycle

"The Death Leap of Marcus Curtius," by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 - 1765)
"The Death Leap of Marcus Curtius," by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 - 1765) See it live at Smith College, Northampton, Mass. Has the political rift in the U.S. widened into a chasm? What will it take to close, or at least narrow, the divide? (from Wikipedia) After an earthquake in 362 BC, a huge deep pit suddenly opened in the Roman Forum, which the Romans attempted to fill up in vain. Despairing, they consulted an oracle who responded that the gods demanded the most precious possession of the country. The Romans doubted the warning, and struggled to think of what that was. However Marcus Curtius, a young soldier, castigated them and responded that arms and courage of Romans were the most precious possessions of Rome. With his horse, fully and meticulously armed and decorated, he went into the gap. Immediately, the deep pit closed. The Lacus Curtius in the Forum receives its name from him.
The Death Leap of Marcus Curtius, by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 - 1765). Has the political rift in the U.S. widened into a moral chasm?
“The Death Leap of Marcus Curtius,” by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 – 1765) See it live at Smith College, Northampton, Mass. Has the political rift in the U.S. widened into a moral chasm? What will it take to close, or at least narrow, the divide?

 

Welcome to the Faith-Mind Continuum!

Around the water cooler at work, picking up the kids after school, working out on the treadmill at the gym—no matter where you are lately, you’re probably hearing people talk about the presidential election.

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Problem Solvers…ish #4 — Don’t put up with poop from your neighbors!

Neighbor Relations: A messy minefield after a scooper war…"Problem Solvers...ish" — a twisted take on the advice column with comedy duo Seth Brown and Lex Friedman

 

Your neighbors’ dog is a poop factory. Your neighbors don’t care.

How do ask your neighbors to clean up after their dog without stepping in it? We mean an inter-apartment landmine of hostility, of course. The issue seems pretty cut and dried to you (or maybe not so dried…yeesh!)—not your dog, not your poop. Why should you have to put up with it the nasty sight and smell, right? Shit-fer-brains neighbors might be surprisingly confused about their civic responsibility as far as Fifi’s fecal habits go.

Seth and Lex plumb the depths of weeks of poop and neighborly patience and offer some solutions about how to deal with inescapable, irresponsible pet owners. The key thing is to avoid violence. Or wait…was an act of violence the solution? I don’t remember. But when you’ve had to clean the crap out of the treads of your high tops with a thin stick for the third time, there’s only one place to turn—The Problem Solvers…ish! They’ll help restore that sense of peace and harmony, poop-free!

What’s YOUR Problem?

Every week Seth Brown and Lex Friedman tackle a listener submitted problem. It could be any kind of issue—family, career, love, religion, political. Doesn’t matter! Seth and Lex are equally unqualified to address ANY of your troubles.

BUT, that doesn’t mean they won’t try. And it doesn’t mean they might not solve your problem by accident! Just Skype click the link in the sidebar to access our web-based voice-messaging system. Or, if you’re bashful, e-mail it to us at problems<at>greylockglass.com

At your request, we will “Anonymize” your voice, making is less likely that your boss will recognize that it’s you complaining about her peculiar bathroom habits and tendency to stalk you on social media.

Problems dealt with on a “funniest-come, first-served basis.” Real Debbie-downer issues like death, IRS audits, and that sink hole swallowing up your carport? The may take a lonnnnng time for us to get around to. Just leave a voice message by clicking the picture in the side bar of the girl on the party line!

 

 

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Problem Solvers…ish #3 — Election Woes: Living in an Idiocracy?

Cerebral Electoralosis:

Stupidity Exacerbated by Prolonged Exposure to Election Coverage"Problem Solvers...ish" — a twisted take on the advice column with comedy duo Seth Brown and Lex Friedman

 

 

Has the coming election turned YOUR friends, family, and co-workers into morons?

Hoo-BOY is this a tough problem! You can just about hear the droplets of sweat trickle down the ashen faces of our trustee solutioneers as they grapple with one of the BIG conversational No-Nos—politics. But we knew it couldn’t be avoided. Someone was bound to call up begging for help with the common problem of being surrounded by idiots durning a heated (and unnaturally long…) election season.

Seth and Lex do their best to grapple with the deeper social and psychological issues surrounding the people’s-brains-turn-to-mush syndrome that occurs on both sides (but this year, a LOT more on one side, if you follow me) of the campaign divide. What do you DO when people you know, like, and maybe even love are politically challenged? Is there any way to get all the way through the election in November without alienating half of your community? The Problem Solvers…ish tell you how!

What’s YOUR Problem?

Every week Seth Brown and Lex Friedman tackle a listener submitted problem. It could be any kind of issue—family, career, love, religion, political. Doesn’t matter! Seth and Lex are equally unqualified to address ANY of your troubles.

BUT, that doesn’t mean they won’t try. And it doesn’t mean they might not solve your problem by accident! Just Skype click the link in the sidebar to access our web-based voice-messaging system. Or, if you’re bashful, e-mail it to us at problems<at>greylockglass.com

At your request, we will “Anonymize” your voice, making is less likely that your boss will recognize that it’s you complaining about her peculiar bathroom habits and tendency to stalk you on social media.

Problems dealt with on a “funniest-come, first-served basis.” Real Debbie-downer issues like death, IRS audits, and that sink hole swallowing up your carport? The may take a lonnnnng time for us to get around to. Just leave a voice message by clicking the picture in the side bar of the girl on the party line!

 

 

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Problem Solvers…ish #2 — Dearly Invited…Wedding RSVPuhleeze.

The Dreaded Wedding Invitation

"Problem Solvers...ish" — a twisted take on the advice column with comedy duo Seth Brown and Lex Friedman

 

 

Nothing like a June Wedding! Unless you had other plans for those 30 days…

Okay, so of course we know that there are some Blessed Events you really DO want to go to. But you and the nuptiates knew you’d be there long before the gilt-scripted envelope showed up. We’re talking about those invites that make you say, whahhhh? You’re not that close to the bride OR groom, you’re like, 2,500 miles away, and you KNOW you’re going to be forced to endure some freaky ceremony that offends your faith or lack thereof.

What do you DO? You don’t want to be rude, but…Let Seth and Lex steer you in the right direction. It may take poetry slamming. It may take team Limerick-ing. But I’m pretty sure you won’t be wasting your June afternoons making small talk with relatives of friends of relatives of high school school class mates that you actually dated, now that you think of it, and…you get the picture.

What’s YOUR Problem?

Every week Seth Brown and Lex Friedman tackle a listener submitted problem. It could be any kind of issue—family, career, love, religion, political. Doesn’t matter! Seth and Lex are equally unqualified to address ANY of your troubles.

BUT, that doesn’t mean they won’t try. And it doesn’t mean they might not solve your problem by accident! Just Skype click the link in the sidebar to access our web-based voice-messaging system. Or, if you’re bashful, e-mail it to us at problems<at>greylockglass.com

Problems dealt with on a “funniest-come, first-served basis.” Real Debbie-downer issues like death, IRS audits, and that sink hole swallowing up your carport? The may take a lonnnnng time for us to get around to. Just leave a voice message by clicking the picture in the side bar of the girl on the party line!

 

 

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