...sometimes everyone needs to get out and push!
We are so grateful for the tremendous support we've rallied so far. A HUGE thank you for believing in our vision and sharing our love for these vehicles! The fund-raising has been exponential over the last few days. Now we're within reach with only two days to go!
Help us by sharing this link and our passion for this important story. Lets make it happen.
This film will go down in history because of YOU!
Two week countdown!
Have you blogged, tweeted, Facebooked or just plain told your friends about OUR NIXON yet? Now's the time! Remember: the new-and-improved goal is $25,000. We can get there with your help... and with the incredible allure of Bobblehead Haldeman.
If you are in the NYC region, please join us on May 1 for a party in Brooklyn. The good folks at Brooklyn Winery (213 N. 8th St., Williamsburg) have chosen their four favorite local Kickstarter projects to host. $10 gets you a ticket, a half-pour of wine, and the comfort of knowing that all the proceeds will go directly to the four featured projects. Since the party is on May Day, we will show a clip from the totally awesome 1971 May Day anti-war demonstration in D.C. The other projects are also totally excellent and worthy, and we are honored to be included amongst them. Here is the Facebook event invite. We'd love to see you there!
Happy Earth Day!
Today is a great day to think about a less discussed aspect of "the Nixon legacy," which is his historic and pioneering record of environmentalist policy. This was a key issue on John Ehrlichman's domestic affairs agenda and was probably what he thought he'd be most remembered for. Do you like the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and things like that? You have Nixon to thank for that (at least partially). Given his record, it's perhaps not so surprising that today's progressives are asking whether Obama can live up to Nixon's record on environmentalism. We enjoyed this CSPAN video where Ehrlichman discussed his experience of the burgeoning environmentalist movement in the 1960s from his position first as an environmental lawyer and then in the Nixon White House. We bet Gloria Steinem never thought she'd share a panel with John Ehrlichman. Just sayin'.
After nearly two years, I'm proud to announce that my self-published book, The Ice Cream Theory, was OFFICIALLY picked up by an indie book publisher called Brighter Books Publishing House. They're a new company that believes in publishing books that "challenge and excite our readers; that feed their hungry minds; that expand their horizons and open up the doors to their imagination. We want our books to help make people better, to connect families and to help people grow." Oh, and better yet, they're green!
This was ONLY possible because of you! WIth your support via my Kickstarter project I was able to do EXACTLY what I had wanted to do: raise funds to assist me in promoting the book to different sources, have open dialogues with agents and publishers, and FINALLY move this book onward and upward.
As of now, the plan is that the book will remain on the market as my self-published title until autumn. At which point we will pull it out of rotation, redesign it, rewrite some of it, and then re-release it late next winter/early spring.
Which means the copies that you have now will become collector's editions!!!
Thank you for being a part of my journey to this point. I continue to hope you will choose to be going forward.
So I went on a tour of Growing Power earlier this week and let me just say that I was blown away! During my tour I was joined by a few farmers who were curious about Growing Powers various methods. I also met a few intern scientist from Africa who were there to observe Growing Powers techniques and a scientist who was based at the Growing Power facility.Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust which helps provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements provided hands-on training, demonstrations, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner. My goal was to find out how I could purchase their local produce for my food initiative, since I admired their sustainable food producing methods. I found out that they are so far ahead of the game when it comes to urban farming. By the end of the tour my head was spinning do to information overload. I felt that there was so much more that I could do and there is a great need to be a part of a great sustainable food system.What really got to me was their ability to utilize everything (including garbage) and turn it into something productive.They use Aquaponics (the method of growing crops and fish together in a re-circulating system).
Long story short Tilapia and Yellow Perch are raised in a large tank of water. By using gravity as a transport, water is drained from the fish tank into a gravel bed. Beneficial bacteria break down the toxic ammonia in fish waste to Nitrite and then to Nitrogen, a key nutrient for plant development. On the gravel bed, they use watercress as a secondary means of water filtration. Crazy, but cool.
Talapia Tank The filtered water is pumped from the gravel bed to the growing beds, where they raise a variety of crops from specialty salad greens to tomatoes (I tried them and they were delicious). The water is wicked up to the crops roots with the help of coir (a by-product of coconut shells and a sustainable replacement for peat moss). The water flows from the growing beds back into the tank of fish. Growing Power uses this type of aquaponics system because it is easy to build and only needs a small pump and heat to get the system running.
Tasty Edible flower (a bit peppery in flavor). This flower helps relieves Bee Stings when rubbed on the irritated area. Growing Power is also powered by a series of 30 solar panel cells. Compost Their ‘living’ systems are composed of carbon residue, microorganisms, minerals, and red wriggler worms. The resulting material is remarkably fertile, giving plants access to the nutrients needed for both plant growth and for human nutrition. The “closed-loop” ecological approach to this system allows for the clean up of contaminants in the soil, for digestion and transformation of food waste, and for the production of fertilizer that is far more effective than chemical treatments. The high microbial count in their system helps fight off soil disease and breaks down food waste rapidly, keeping plants strong and healthy.
Growing power employees and volunteers hard at work sifting through live compost. Growing Power's compost is made with recycled food waste, farm waste, brewery waste, and coffee grinds. Bread, dairy, or meat products are not included in the compost.
Very Friendly goats
Very Happy Chickens. I got some huge eggs from them. The chicken coup was super clean! If you'd like to learn more about Growing Power. Go to www.growingpower.org/ Growing Power does daily tours at their Milwaukee facility. 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53218 They are also located in Chicago 3333 S. Iron Street, Chicago, IL 60608
"Would be amazing to have a collection of zines produced from Kickstarter projects and all the wonderful folks that support artist here." :)on
Got all the zines shipped out to the supporters this week. You should be getting them soon and I sincerely hope you enjoy them.
Thinking about running this drawing project/concept again but with a different subject. Would be amazing to have a collection of zines produced from Kickstarter projects and all the wonderful folks that support artist here.
Enjoy, - karl addison
More amazing news, everyone! My great friend Shannon has also offered up a limited reward for the campaign - and this one will be a collaboration between herself and myself!
Shannon is an absolutely expert illustrator and she has made the incredible offer of drawing up to twenty people's faces in her own, inimitable, style (you supply her with a high res digital image). What's more? Not only will you get the digital version of the image, but I will also do the grunt work of making your face into a slick and shiny 3" button! Three inches! That's crazy! These buttons are so big (see bottom image for scale) that they make both daring fashion accessories and, in my opinion, totally awesome art for your wall or mantle - like the memorial buttons of yore. A huge button of your face would probably also be a great thing to make your life partner wear to parties.
Now, I understand that my list or rewards is getting a bit insane. I also understand that some of you may now wish to either switch rewards or power-up and get more than one. Any of this is okay. Kickstarter has no way to let you select multiple rewards - but I do. If you choose to add to your pledge so as to take advantage of these new limited gifts, just send me a note or email telling me all the goodies you want. Kickstarter does give me the ability to add notes to your pledge on the back end - and I will! I want everyone to be happy and for your lives to be filled with art.
RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF FREE ART IN LOWER MANHATTAN
THE WINTER GARDEN WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER
Saturday July 9
Extraordinary Moves: The Dancer Films New York Premiere! Presented by Arts World Financial Center The Dancer Films is a collection of very short films based on Jules Feifferʼs beloved cartoon character, the modern Dancer. Director Judy Dennis brilliantly translates six of Feifferʼs memorable cartoons−A Dance to Spring, A Dance to Art, A Dance to Summer, A Dance to the Loss of Innocence, A Dance to the New Year, and A Dance to the End of Summer−from the page to the soundstage, alchemizing drawing into dance for film. Brought to life by Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancer Andrea Weber, the Dancer is an icon to optimism and earnestness as she dances to celebrate a cycle of seasonal, emotional and political milestones. Produced by Ellen and Judy Dennis. Choreography by Susan Marshall and by Larry Keigwin, and original music by Jane Ira Bloom. July 9-17.11am-7pm daily. World Financial Center Winter Garden.
Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer Presented by Arts World Financial Center An extraordinary exhibition of original cartoon strips, watercolors, and iris prints by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, author, playwright, and iconic New Yorker Jules Feiffer. The centerpiece of the show is a selection of the Dancer cartoons, which ran for 40 years in The Village Voice and as a monthly feature in the New York Times. July 9 – August 14, 2011. (July 9-17, 11am – 7pm daily; July 19 – August 14, Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm). World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery, 220 Vesey Street.
Sunday July 10
Extraordinary Moves: Express Your Inner Feiffer Dancer Presented by Arts World Financial Center In a live dance-in inspired by The Dancer Films, release your inner Dancer while Jules Feiffer creates new cartoons joined by dancer Andrea Weber and live music by Jane Ira Bloom. All ages welcome! 2pm. World Financial Center Winter Garden.
We spent this past weekend photographing some amazing dogs for Canine Chronicles at Brooklyn Photo Studio in Williamsburg. Please meet Tucker the French Mastiff, Darby the Pug, Baxter the Chihuahua, Sadie the Greyhound, and Beau the SIberian Husky. Tucker likes to sleep a lot; Darby (like many pugs) likes to snort a lot; Baxter likes to cuddle and be held; Sadie can lay down in a position called the "Sphinx"; and Beau is a therapy dog in his free time. They were a pleasure to photograph, and our crew and I couldn't get enough of their cute and sometimes hilarious faces. We hope you enjoy these behind the scenes shots!
Winnie, Cindy, and Alice
**And thanks again to our wonderful crew - Angela Barrow (stylist), Joey Gonzalez (photo assistant and behind the scenes photographer), Ron Harrell (digital tech and behind the scenes videographer), and to all of the dogs' hard working and loving owners.