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Kyle Cassidy’s “Leaving Dakota” Opening

In Awesomeness, New Orleans on April 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

“Leaving Dakota” is scheduled to open tonight. All of the images are up in the NOLA Art House. I have cheap wine and fine Zapp’s potato chips on the menu. I have a good idea of what music I will play. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and will run to midnight tonight. Saturday night will be much the same. I hope to have an awesome turnout.

That is about as good of a picture as the camera on my phone will take.

Leaving Dakota next Friday and Saturday

In Awesomeness on April 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I’m curating an art show next Friday and Saturday. Leaving Dakota is a 25 piece photo collection by Kyle Cassidy. The photos represent a larger story, one that will be told in full in the installation. I will have a better write-up about the show soon, but here is the flyer I created with the most important information.

How do individuals prepare for a government shutdown?

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2011 at 4:51 am

I was just reading in the New York Times about a possible government shutdown. I think it would cause a lot of harm to the country, but I know it might have an effect on my life if it goes through.

For example, I still do not have a passport. In the last government shutdown, passport applications were pushed to the side. It would suck if, for the first time in my life, I had enough money to travel but couldn’t because of a shutdown backing up my (theoretical) application.

The IRS might stop issuing refund checks. That doesn’t actually impact my life (although it might, because I’m waiting for an ex to send me a check for his half of our divorce; he’s waiting on his refund) though it will throw a cog in the works for the millions (I’m guessing) of Americans who haven’t filed their taxes or are waiting for their money.

This is also the time of the year when millions of college students are filling out their FAFSAs. In the past, shutdowns haven’t lasted very long. But, what kind of backup would this cause in the Department of Education?

A shutdown wouldn’t be apocalyptic, but since the U.S. is still recovering from the economic battering it’s been taking in the past few years, I don’t think it’s a good move. I’m hoping the polarization of our politics starts petering out soon.

Monster story is monstrous

In Literary Reviews on April 4, 2011 at 4:45 am

I’ve been writing a short story in my journal all weekend. It’s been sucking up my spare time (when I wasn’t drinking wine, eating pizza, and watching Hot Tub Time Machine). It’s not a story about monsters, but it is monstrous. It’s 40+ pages long, and I have a suspicion that it’s going to be at least 50 pages when I’m finished.

I was hoping to have a review of the new issue of Shimmer Magazine up by now. Fortunately, they haven’t linked to the new issue yet. I’m hoping to have the review finished and waiting to link to their sales page by tomorrow. I can say this: Shimmer has put together a new issue that does what I love best: they subvert popular fairy stories and make them more. More sexy, more dark, more twisted. There are two stories vying for my favorite slot for this issue. One is about a jealous snowman. The other is about selkies and other Irish fantasy folk. My favorite image is of merpeople chowing down on gobbets of flesh. Or maybe its of fisherwomen butchering mermaids for their meaty tails…

If you want to check out the magazine before the new issue drops, there is a free download of their tenth issue here.

Naked Pizza

In Awesomeness on April 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

For the longest time, I’ve wanted to order from a local franchise down here, Naked Pizza. They offer “health pizza,” pizza made with an ancestral grain crust and fresh ingredients. Since I moved here, the chain was always too far away to randomly visit, nestled in the uptown area. However, last week, they opened a location ten minutes away from my apartment. I bought a pizza on my way home from work a few nights ago (convenient!) and tried it.

From that one pizza, I decided that this is my new favorite pizza place. The pizza wasn’t dripping in grease. The tomato sauce wasn’t too sweet or bitter. The pizza was finished so quickly that I was surprised. Even better, the pizzas themselves start at $5.

I ordered my old standby. Pepperoni and mushroom. The pepperoni was crisp, and I could taste the herbs in the tomato sauce in small bursts of happiness. The pizza was cooked to my preferred level, where the cheese was melted and gooey all the way through (many pizza places produce pizzas I think are undercooked).

When I ordered my pizza for carry out, the girl behind the counter told me I was just outside the delivery area. But, I logged into online ordering a few minutes ago, and it let me enter my address and told me my store was the one that is now a few minutes away, so Success! Or maybe not. It might be bad to have such a good pizza chain so close to home, even if it is healthier than most.

In related news, @qitou sent me Cadbury Creme Eggs because of all of the kvetching I’ve been doing on Twitter. They arrived on the same day I bought my Naked pizza. On that day, I ate like a king! Or, at least like a gentile.