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Thank you Joaquin and Austin

I not so recently went to New York City. My mother (Virtudes Alvarez) was presenting her recent book (Mujeres: Huellas, Mirada y Resistencia) and I thought would be a good idea to meet her there, at least would be cheaper than getting a flight down to Dominican Republic.

During one too much free time afternoon I decided to go down by the 5th Ave and walk around for a place with internet (data on roaming is a whole in the pocket). I saw the famous public library that people always talk about but I never been there. So I said why the heck not! I saw an amazing photography exhibition #inthepubliceye after teasing my photographer friend Alexander Fortuna I decided to buy some stuff from there to my friends and do what any other person in this consumer culture… I visited the gift shop.

After selecting a bunch of weird postcard, fridge magnets, compare notebooks and them remember I still have one needed to be full and saw this book called “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon. I have to admit the tittle sounded a bit weird and have this je ne se qua that gave me some doubts. When I turned the book and read the back there was this list to “unlock your creativity” when I got to the advise number 9 “Be Boring. (It is the only way you can get work done)” I thought I definitely need to buy this book.

For those who know me since I learned English 3 years ago, know that I have a hard time choosing books in this new language and sometimes I buy them and they bored me after the third chapter.

Well, I finished this book in less than 3 days, first just on the subway and them during a heavy rainy day. Is not that it is a big book but the way Mr. Kleon wrote it make it an easy and fun reading. With a lot of good quotes and personal stories “Steal Like An Artist” is a book for every person that feels stock in their creative work.

I have to admit that the idea of using procrastination to work on side projects so things get done in other aspects of my life is genius. With the help of this little friend (the book) I am finally giving shape to a little big theatre piece I have been working on in the past year and half. I was trying so hard to be different and “Original”. Trying to work base on things I though were right but I was not totally convince.

Now I am involving one of my day job in my performance. Just like Liliana Suarez (one of my theatre heroine) did on her performance of “ El Refugio de Freidel (The Refuge of Freidel)”. In other hand, I would be adding some multimedia aspect like Beatriz Pizano (my other theatre heroine) did with “What I Learned from a Decade of Fear” (Aprendizaje de Una Decada de Miedo).

I am stealing from two great theatre writers and performers and experimenting with.

So now, I am sitting on my sister little studio apartment in Manhattan during a cold, fall weekend writing this to say Thank you Hurricane Joaquin and thank you Austin Kleon for giving me the boredom weekend to finish the book and put my artistic shit together.

Sooooooooooo!!!!!!!! If you have the time, artistic block and are down for some cool, fun and straight forward reading you really need to read this book.

 

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Panamerican Routes| Rutas Panamericanas

Hey family we are finally back, here is a important event having place next month.

Aluna Theatre is bringing for 2nd time their Performing Arts International Festival “Panamerican Route | Rutas Panamericanas” taking place between February 27 and March 9, 2014, at the newly opened Daniels Spectrum. This prestigious theatre event will bring Canadian, Indigenous and Latin American artists from across the Americas including Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Panamerican Route | Rutas Panamericanas
Panamerican Route | Rutas Panamericanas

Programming includes main stage performances, gallery exhibits, installations, concerts, and master classes with international artists and an engaging four-day conference on performance and human rights where artists, academics and activists meet with the public to discuss how art can mobilize social change.

You can’ t miss out this event, check the Festival line-up here

And see you there.

What if…

I don’t know if it is the fact of the language
Or that most of the food doesn’t have any taste
But all the time I see the sky
I just feel like I want to leave.

It’s nothing personal with the people
With the weather or maybe the silence
Yeah that silence that some times kills
And you don’t know where it comes from or how to break it.

Well, I don’t even know
It’s like mi pedasito de tierra is calling me
It’s like the bachata, merengue y yaroa is chasing me.

I don’t even care in fighting with my sister for the remote control
It doesn’t even matter the electricity is gone and it’s so fucking hot
I would rather fight with police all the time because they stole
Our dignity

No matter how many friends I can make here
It’s almost like my body is driving me to DR

DR…
Dominican Republic, Quisqueya la bella
A small country that had already suffered from Spain
And United States
But always kept fighting and staying on their feet
Ningún pueblo ser libre merece, si es esclavo, indolente y servil.
But that doesn’t matter when our holidays or weekends are coming in.

We just forget and dance all day and night
We just forgive and give all day and night
We just love and work all day and night.

But when we left the small island
Wherever we go we try to create our small barrio
Creating the perfect mood on a Jane & Finch patio
Where mi gente keep it real to maintain their roots alive.

But at the end,writing1
Will this knowledge follow me?
Al final del camino

Will I be the big woman I ended up being
Al fin
I will never know if what was meant to be
…is the best for me

One what if…
caused me to change my destiny.

by Victoria Mejicano

A song for the day

What is coming in the community

The next month July 6 and 7 is going to be “Vivacity” where youth participant of UforChange are going to show the result of they work, and that include my self.

I hope to get your support and presence these days. I will be participating on the Photography, Theatre and Film exhibition .

 

Here I leave the flyer and the link for the official website of UforChange.

Vivacity

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