Clarke Condé - Pyragraph

How to Put On an Event for a Cause The time to act is now

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| New York City, NY, USA | | 1 Comment

Creatives all over the country are looking for ways to activate their communities. If you’re in a similar position, one thing you can do to act now is to put on an event that benefits a cause you care about. I talked with four comedy producers that did just that.

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Trump by Clarke Conde - Pyragraph

Punk Trump Discussing whether it's worth discussing whether art will be better under Trump

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Of course I want us all to “do the work” and I want us to avoid the ahistorical bullshit that is part and parcel of Making America Great Again. But I also want those who can be saved through art alone to be saved.

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Maraschino Mars - Erica Sparks - Pyragraph

Life After Mars Kindly, there is a rope ladder to ascend

| Austin, Texas US | | 1 Comment

There has been no shortage of wreckage at our feet from this past year and we’ll have to clean it up. There is no getting around that. But kindly, there is a rope ladder to ascend.

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Leonard Cohen - Michael Ellis - Pyragraph

Portraits of the Departed Remembering some of the brightest lights we lost in 2016

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

I wanted to draw portraits of luminaries who symbolize the blessings of a free, open society that seems suddenly, tragically, imperiled as 2016 draws to a close. Sadly, it was a crowded field.

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Dear Little Bobby - Pyragraph

Dear Little Bobby: Hopeless for the Holidays

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

I cannot remain silent when someone says “We need to get rid of the damn Muslims!” I will not be silent if I hear a family member bash immigrants, particularly when the basher themselves is a grandchild of immigrants.

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Clem Onojeghuo - Pyragraph

Your Band Is Your Brand Tips for promoting your music

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| Boise, ID, US | | 1 Comment

You don’t need to always be actively pushing your music in everyone’s face. Let people sit with it. Let them dwell on it. Ultimately, your art will speak for itself, so the best you can do is give it to people and let them decide for themselves if they like it or not.

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Pioneers Press: An Oasis in a Red State Finding friends at an indie publishing house in rural Kansas

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

This scary world is suddenly a lot scarier now, I know. But there are punks and hippies and counter-culture DIY types all over the place. Find the progressive like-minded people in your community and become friends with them. Strengthen those bonds.

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Artists Town Hall, December 2016, Albuquerque - Pyragraph

Event Photos: Artists’ Town Hall #2, Albuquerque’s Tricklock Performance Laboratory

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In Albuquerque, two Artists’ Town Hall meetings in the past month have had packed houses, full of the city’s deep well of creatives urgently looking for ways to make a difference in a world of angsty uncertainty. 100+ artists gathered December 12 to work together to identify routes for community and individual action.

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Dear Little Bobby - Pyragraph

Dear Little Bobby: Trying to Help a Sick Friend

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

There is also the act of allowing her to be angry at you, and accepting it without taking it personally because you are doing it with compassion. This will not be fun or easy, but this is not about fun and easy, this is about helping someone in need.

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Monster - Mark Lopez - Pyragraph

I Was Here: An Artist In Search of a Glass of Water Everything I created was a roadmap

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| Corpus Christi, TX, US | | 0 Comments

I once had a teacher tell me that I had a strong third eye, that I needed to manifest it more, make it sing, make it move. I didn’t understand what she meant but it was something that stuck with me. It propelled me. It did make me sing. It did make me move.

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Nathan Singleton - Kimberly Murphey - Pyragraph

Rock Dad I was (and am) a rock musician

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Not only did I think rock and roll foolish and immature, but I felt as if somehow I had let my son down by being a wastrel for all of my adult life instead of preparing for proper fatherhood.

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Dahlak Brathwaite - Pyragraph

Burning Questions with Dahlak Brathwaite On performing, inspiration and the value of collaboration

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

“It’s great to have a vision—but I’ve learned and am learning how to limit how much I impose my vision upon any creative process. I’m conscious of leaving space for others to enter into the idea and provide what I wouldn’t have thought of.”

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Arron J Shay - David Martyn Hunt - Pyragraph

This Is Why I’m Feeling Obsolete Is this what the economy truly values about me?

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| Seattle, WA, US | | 0 Comments

Even when I am successful at my chosen work—music—is there anything about it that does good work for society? Does it change anyone’s perspective for the better?

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Alarmed by Dani Alvarez - Pyragraph

Alarmed That’s right, I am the snooze-master

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| New York, NY, US | | 0 Comments

You and I can continue to snooze our loud and buzzing iPhones, skip a shower and eat half of a granola bar for breakfast—but it’s time to wake up and stop snoozing our feelings, our art and our common future.

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Eric Griego by Clarke Conde - Pyragraph

Self-Employed Happy Hour: Eric Griego

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Eric and Peri talk about moving past grief and blamestorming after the election, and how progressives can build upon the momentum that was generated by Bernie Sanders and others to fight back against the “machine” politics that dominate both major parties.

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Dear Little Bobby - Pyragraph

Dear Little Bobby: 9 Lives of Cat Calls

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

When we deny families and schools the resources needed for properly raising the new generation, we shouldn’t be surprised to find ourselves living among an uneducated populace screaming at each other from passing vehicles.

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