This weekend should be a lot of fun – come out and be a part of it!
Saturday 12/14 – Untapped goes down at ArtBar by Catalyst Club 9pm 119 Gold Ave- ABQ’s only and the country’s only NON-PROFIT bar! That’s right – I said it. Untapped is a venture hosted by Urban Verbs, the creative collaborative team that I run with: Hakim Bellamy, Diles, and myself – come out and be entertained by musicians, MCs, poets, and DJs. 9pm – JOIN the FB event and avoid the $2 cover – NO Dress Code – Food in the kitchen till 11pm – and a fancy little spot to have some fun
Sunday 12/15 – I’LL Drink To That/ 10 Drink Minimum “Barzaar” at ArtBar – goes down! 4pm 119 Gold FREE event – kids welcome with parents in tow! Shoppping Edition of this always community minded, variety show, with constant twists! *** IDTT will end close to 7pm, but then stick around as 10Drink Minimum kicks off directly following, and some of our entertainers will sit on the big red couch and be interviewed by the hosts of this local pod cast show** 10 Drink Minimum has made a home at ArtBar and plays host to local entertainers and artists of all kinds – I am jazzed that Billy and Chris are sharing the couch with IDTT and the space for this wonderful event.
FLIERS FOR BOTH EVENTS BELOW
Another year is almost gone, y’all! That’s crazy right? This year has been a turbulent one in my life to say the least; the loss of two grandparents weighs heavy on the chest as we head toward the holidays. There won’t be chile rellenos, the only way one should make em (the way my grandmother did) which is a way I have never seen anywhere else in the world – not even sure why she called em rellenos. There won’t be bad jokes and a big set of cheeks at the dinner table come Xmas – his recliner will be empty – and his kids at odds with one another…
This is how life finds us – lost – sometimes
What to do? Live… like they did – appreciate what is still left, not worry about what is not had – and carry on – heavy or not… Life – is best sometimes when we realize how hard it must be for other folks, and just how easy in comparison ours seems to be. I love my life, my family, and the direction of things – and that things are taking come 2014. I have so many things to be thankful for – and I will keep those things close to my heart and mind as Thanksgiving and Xmas come and go. It won’t be the same; but that is what each year is about right – Change…
If you are alone, or surrounded by folks, if you celebrate or not – in the cold, the last two months of 2013 – think – think about all those that have it worse off – that’s what I will be doing, not to make myself feel any better, but just to appreciate what we ALL have if we are reading this or breathing nonetheless, – we have LIFE.
Live – that is all – Live…
Here is a Thanksgiving poem – felt right – and although a little “sing-song,” it is meant to be simple – because most of the best things in life should be: family, love, life… For these things, I am thankful!
not for the money, because there’s never enough
yes for the hustle, although it never lets up…
thankful for my family,
those here and gone,
thankful I woke up -
so still I carry on -
Thankful for you, whoever you may be
the ones who are reading this and the
ones who these words will never reach.
It is but for breath
for waking and standing up
that I figure I ought to be thankful for,
especially when I feel like those things
alone are not enough.
I know each day that tries my patience
and pushes me past what I thought my
point of breaking just might be,
that there is someone else out there
that definitely has it worse than me.
Thankful that my grandmother
although not here, is forever safe and sound and also
thankful that my grandfather is sitting with her now.
I am thankful for my family
even though right now they can’t seem to get along
thankful for love, because in the end
it isn’t about who was right and who was wrong.
Thankful for these words,
the only thing in life I feel like I know
at least alright -
thankful for this morning, and if I make it
I’ll be thankful for tonight….
Here you go, if you want to check out the trip to LHS, for the White Fund Enlightenment Series event – press play. There was more work done at NECC and at El Taller bookstore – it was such an amazing trip to Lawrence, MA – hope to go back in 2014
Colors bend and we make them
like they’re dancing off, or on the page
the canvas, the dance floor, or,
we realize that the world around us
is simply made to be eaten up
one brush – or pen stroke at a time.
the gatekeepers to a world
unknown to most -
we play host, to the possibility
of feeling like everything is impossible
and not giving a damn…
because life was made that way – to be
broken when being unbelievable
so that beauty can be believed in again.
Believe this again -
the world was made for you -
to look at and recreate
one brush stroke
or pen prick, one thought
or beautiful creation on canvas
or journal entry at a time – life is always
about reading between the lines,
but not getting caught up on the literal
meanings of each and every situation and
because getting lost in language
is sometimes just as interesting a piece of
art and conversation – so
Paint yourself out of a corner when
presented with an obstacle -
write your life,
when everything seems wrong,
and carry on -
The time has come my friends – where we divide the not so hustlers, from the real women and men…
The 80 hour a week workers – who still play hard on the weekends – those are my kind of friends. I only keep company of those that know what it is like to not really sleep so much at night; because well, work got in the way. It’s ok to take a day off, don’t get me wrong – but most times, I still find head space to grind, even when sneakers aren’t hitting the street. So, if you are one of those folks, then you are down with me.
Let’s do work.
I have an “apparel line,” a for profit, and am part of a budding non-profit – I work for more than 3 places – and none of that matters – unless it ALL also makes me happy! I am proud to say, these days, it does! So, it doesn’t matter what the check and bank accounts look like – it just matters that at the end of the month, there aren’t any hours I feel like I wasted; and nobody else’s time that I’ve done that with either.
There is work to be done – so let’s go get it.