Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey Time

In honor of our upcoming celebration of all things turkey I give you Watt Avenue Red's aka Rebecca Crowther's fantastic turkey portraits from Verge's Holiday Open House which in case you hadn't heard was the most fun EVER(!). The lovely Ms. Crowther is pictured below.

And now it's a count down to the holiday weekend!!!! LATES!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Skipper Chisholm a birthday tribute

I've been laid up sick most of the day and as result this little old post is squeaking in under the wire but still just in time never the less!

In scrolling through Skipper's profile pics on his Facebook page I realized there is no wonder dude is one of my closest friends. He's a good sport, he's funny, smart, knows more about grub than most folks I know, understands fine art and has been the subject of at least one piece I've made, and has a range of esoteric interests which compliment my fringe obsessions nicely.

We've been buddies for a gang of time now, seen 4 countries together that I can think of off the top of my head, and numerous stateside adventures including the bizarro Nada Dada junket of 2009. Our other adventures are many... too many count. We've blown up cans of food on a Hibachi, documented the only performance piece I've made in public, canned shit, maneuvered a 14ft u-haul over the grapevine, spent hours and hours at the river, and eaten countless meals together - chicken Gordon Bleu anyone(?)....

Anyhoo, to the dude who endeared himself to my heart by cooking a pound of bacon in the middle of the night so many years ago.... who happily chucked crap into the vacant lot outside our window with me when we lived on L... wore matching clogs with me around Prague.... rivals OMF in jalapeno consumption over the course of a month.... and who has been there for me more times than I can count on all my digits.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY dude. You are the best!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mo.... mo, mo, MidMoMoNi!

Listen up! A "real" post is forthcoming I swear but in the meantime come check out this movie! Thursday, November 18 at 7:30 pm at Verge. It's part of MidMo Movie Night and it will be rad.

Check out this awesome lobby card.... RAD!

And this crazy trailer... RAD!

See you soon.... RAD!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This is really, really important

Before I get to the meat of what I'm about to discuss let me first say... COME TO VERGE'S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE!
Thursday, November 11 from 5:30-9:30pm. Scott Soriano will DJ, we'll have some awesome silent auction items including dinner for two from Magpie, delicious Belgian Brew, and SANTA! Did I mention the event is free?!? DO NOT MISS IT!

Okay, now that's outta the way check this out:

If you track my blog posts in recent months you can pretty much map the exact point at which Verge began is bumpy transition. Since that time my posts have devolved into a non-stop "come to this screening," or "check out this event." Not the most titillating content I know...

The truth of the matter is that for the past 7 months my brain power has been consumed by this enterprise and making it succeed is taking everything I've got and then some. In recent days I've been reflecting on things I used to do before every free second was taken by Verge. Cooking delicious food, hanging with OMF, travel, drinking beer with friends, spending time with family, fill in the blank I used to do it. Now I cobble together odd jobs and projects from which I can eek out some small existence with anywhere from 8-14 hours a day devoted to work as Verge hasn't had the funds up to this point to support me.

Though it may seem as though I am bringing this up for pity (and I won't lie sympathy could be cool) really I'm addressing this situation to express how important I think Verge is. If I didn't think this project was so important and something Sacramento has needed for decades I wouldn't be making all these sacrifices. Instead I'd get a day job wherever, rent myself a little workspace, make my own art and call it a day eating food, drinking beer, and kickin' it with Tim.

Truth of the matter is though, Verge is important. Really, really, really important and it is my hope that through reading this you might be inclined to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts.

The success of Verge wouldn't just mean a paycheck for old Liv Moe... It would potentially mean paychecks for other staff as well including administrators, teachers, and curators. Could you imagine if there were more than just the current meager employment offerings around here for those working in the arts?

Building Verge would also create a community space, like a hive of sorts for emerging and career artists to get together and talk about ideas, share opportunities, and lend each other support.

Our classroom space will facilitate workshops and lectures in both studio practice AND art appreciation expanding the understanding of art, specifically contemporary art in this region. Case in point, though video art is a medium that's been in existence for several decades now how often do you see it in Sacto? Answer is not very often...

Outside of class programming and workshops the classroom will also feature film screenings, live events, and other community related events making Verge a meeting space for all.

Like the old space our gallery space will continue to exhibit incredibly high caliber exhibitions of work by artists making a name for themselves on both national and international levels enabling the region to gain access to work that might not be seen in Sacramento otherwise. What's more by presenting the local community with experimental works from outside the region we will help bring local dialogues about art and culture into a bigger context.

What I have just brought up only barely scratches the surface of what Verge can offer. This is a big deal and bottom line it just won't happen without your support. If you're on the fence about Verge come to the Holiday Open House and see what we're all about and in the meantime check out this flick!