New wordpress site for NOLA arts org

The_Music_Box_Village_–_Join_us_at_our_new_permanent_home_for_The_Music_Box_sound_art_installation_performance_venueMy old friend Alita Edgar brought me in to help set up a quick WordPress site for New Orleans Airlift project – the Music Box Village.

I set up a Slack team for Airlift. Outside of the corporate world, this is the first time I’ve convinced a team to take the leap.  Hallelujah. I’ve set up six more Slack teams for projects I’m involved in. Let’s see how long it takes for it to catch on for my groups. I’m guessing six months.

Slack in the real world

I set up Slack teams for three groups I am part of.  Will they take to it? I get the feeling it won’t happen right away… probably six months from now when they hear that their little niece is using it to organize her soccer team or Girl Scout troop.

How it works

You get an email for a team you are on.  Like say – I don’t know you are getting married. Unless you are eloping, you are on a team… and your team is on a journey. Fasten your seat belt.

Slack does a lot… but the best thing is channels.  So #centerpieces – moms, there you go.

Brother and soon to be brother-in-law have strong opinions about craft beer? #craftbeer_to_be _served. Have at it fellas.

#expenses – Ooh.. Let’s make this one private and invite in only the people that need to be there.

That’s it.. that’s Slack.  Does a bunch of other shiz. Send documents. Direct messaging.  But the main deal.. you don’t have to read every dog gone email just because someone thinks it’s important and shot it out to the whole group.

 

Everyone can do their business in a safe setting

Let’s be very clear, many of us have been in a night club bathroom where all the rules go out the window. People of both sexes, all sexual orientations, and identities, are doing their hair, taking a piss, doing blow, or maybe even starting a family in one of the stalls – in whatever bathroom happens to be free. And i that context for that night … whatever. The code of conduct is temporarily lowered.

That is not what we are talking about here. In your Walmarts, your schools, your goverment offices and business.. your high way rest stops – there are rules to make sure that creepy stuff is not happening and that everyone can do their business in a safe setting. Creepy behavior does not belong in public bathrooms. If I walk into a public bathroom and see a straight man shooting up, i’m turning right around and filing a complaint.

Be-ing trans-gender is a real. It is not behavior – it is an identity. There’s nothing creepy about it. Here’s an expert link to get up to speed. If you are not up to speed, ok.. But no time like the present to get informed.

Bio Documentaires – Two Challenging Artist

I recently watched – back to back –  What Happened Miss Simone? – a documentary about Nina Simone  – and Beware of Mr. Baker? – a film about the rock drummer Ginger Baker for the 60s rock band Cream.
All i can say is.  Holy shiz.  Like – holy mother flipping shiz. I had heard she was mad as a hatter. But I had no idea.  She once walked up to Martin Luther King and shouted I’m not non-violent. On stage, her personal demons fueled by  the indignities of the times enhanced her performances to hypnotic and frightening levels.

Ginger Baker looks, plays, and acts like the spawn of Satan. Not someone to turn your back on.

But – wow – what incredible artists.  Ginger Baker is really a jazz drummer. Would have been wild to seen them on stage together. What  would that have been like?

AirBnB Across the Country

Come stay with us in Portland (OR), Brooklyn (NY), or New Orleans.  We began hosting a couple years.  I am the online manager, but there’s a team in each city to meet and greet you, clean up, respond to situations.  We can point you to all the cool places or events – whether it’s the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar in Treme, or drinks with us under our big oak tree in Portland, or hipster dives in the far reaches of Brooklyn/ Queens.

Portland

Private Br/Bath – Historic NE PDXOur big house in the Historic Irvington neighborhood of NE Portland.  This is a shared house. We sleep upstairs. The bedroom and bath we rent out are downstairs  – so you will have as much privacy as you want. Have a glass of wine and food with us under the big oak tree in the front yard. Borrow one of our  three bikes and see the town.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn – Funky 1 BedroomOn the hipster frontier in Bushwick.  Much cheaper and more authentic than the super gentrified parts of Brooklyn (do you hear that Williamsburg?!).  Close to the L train and J/M/Z trains.

New Orleans

The Big Chief’s House  / Rooms – This house belongs to a Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief.  Located in a safe quiet working class neighborhood in Mid City – it’s close to everything .  A 20 minute bike ride down tree lined Esplanade Ave. gets you to the French Quarter.  It’s 1/2 a block from City Park.  A short walk to the Fair Grounds (Jazz Fest). Check our reviews.We rent the house as a whole and individual rooms.

And we have a bike we can loan out.

Come stay with us!