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Update #34

Times Square: 1 down, 4 to go

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As you know from my regular email updates, the Capitalism Works For Me! True/False was in Times Square on Friday. I wanted to give you a quick update on what's happened around that.


Watch: What to people say about capitalism in Times Square?

These are our interviews with people after the voted. We'll be doing this each day the sign is in Times Square. I get teary each time I watch it.


Watch: 2m report from NYCity News Service

 Other press:

And there's more coming.

Also, I was on The Best Show on WFMU on September 17 which is hosted by a great and talented dude and backer of the project, Tom Scharpling.


Oct 2nd at AMC Theater on 42nd Street

On Friday I had my work, literally, on Broadway.  Next wednesday I'll be in a theater on 42nd Street. And I don't even sing. RSVP for this free talk with my favorite economist, Richard Wolff and psychotherapist Harriet Fraad on October 2nd at 7pm. Would love to have some Kickstarter backers there!

I'll be sending an email update out soon, but I want to make sure you, the folks that helped made this possible, were kept abreast of what's happening. Thanks as always!

Steve


Update #33

Iowa update

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Hello dear backers,

As you know, I've been keeping you updated via my regular mailing list. However, I thought I'd give you the latest from Iowa early.

Iowa Press

Me and the sign were on Iowa Public Radio, part of the news cycle on two television stations, and on the front page of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. You can see all that here. The radio piece came out well and you can get some background on Iowa (corn subsidies, flood recovery money, etc). And the TV news stuff is always shorter and kind of amusing.

Angry White Guys and Casinos

I posted some thoughts on the reaction in Cedar Rapids, which from some participants may have been the angriest we have ever seen. Of course most people were really great, but the bad ones were special.

Included in that is an image we took on a controversial site where a downtown casino may be built, if the city will overlook the moratorium on building casinos. Yikes…

You can read my thoughtful reflections about capitalism, creativity, and fear of the unknown here.

Liverpool

The sign at FACT in Liverpool is going strong. Reports are that capitalism isn't doing so great over there.

Bye

This is a quick one. More soon.

You can see Capitalism Works For Me! True/False at:

Legion Arts
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
through August 11th

OR

FACT
Liverpool, UK
through August 25th.

Grateful as always for your support,

Steve
http://visitsteve.com


Update #32

Times Square, NYC - Capitalism Works For Me - this fall

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I've been waiting to tell you about this and, as of this morning, I can.

Capitalism Works For Me! True/False will show in Times Square for about two weeks this fall.

Simon Dove and Lili Chopra from the Crossing the Line Festival have been working for months along with the Times Square Alliance to make this happen.

I didn't allow myself to think about it much until I knew for sure it was happening. Now it is and I can't explain how excited I am to have the sign shown in the largest city center in the US - to get this idea out to so many people from all over the world. It's incredible.

I learned as I was riding the train into the city just now. I walked immediately to Times Square just to look. I'm writing to you from there now.

This is gonna be crazy.

Thanks again for helping to make it happen.

Steve

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Update #31

Even more news

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I've been updating you via my regular mailing list lately so today you got this message about the Capitalism sign on the cover of Social Text, in Sculpture Magazine, and on the Huffington Post.

I have more news for you.

1. The European version of the Capitalism Works For Me! True/False sign is on it's way to Liverpool, England where it will show at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) this summer. I also just started talking to some people in Austria about it going to Vienna after that.

2. The US version is in Cedar Rapids, IA and will show around the city of Cedar Rapids and at Legion Arts it's this summer before heading to the Tang Museum in Saratoga, NY (near Albany). I'm working on something else that would happen concurrently but don't want to jinx it by talking about it publicly because it's really, really exciting and I want it to happen. I will let you know asap.


I want to say thank you again.

I was driving yesterday on a long stretch of highway and it struck me again – it so amazing to be supported by the group of people that contributed to this project. I'm really grateful.

Honestly you have provided me means to put a big chapter marker in my life and career. This is a huge project that I would not have been able to do without you. And as a result other things have, are, and will happen in my life that send it in new directions. Directions I want to go. And I have you to thank for that.

So thanks. For real.

Now for the things you care about: rewards!

As of now, if your reward did not include a book or a print of the sign, most of you should have received something – a postcard, a catalog, a Utopia print, a NY Times "Special Edition".

If you think you should have received something already and haven't, it may be because you didn't respond to the survey. You might have missed it. Check your Kickstarter Inbox and fill it out. Next time I do a mailing, I will include it.

If you didn't respond to the survey because you're trying to be nice and don't want to burden me with sending you a reward… That's nice and everything but I made all this stuff because I want you to have it. I'd rather you have it than it be in a box here. So send me your info so I can give you this gift!

Books and Prints (and a handful of other rewards)

The book is not done and the print is not made yet. Let me tell you what's happening with both.

The print I have held off on because I wanted to make a super special image – remember how I was trying to get the sign to Las Vegas? I though that would make a great photo. It didn't work out. Then I was trying to get it to Reno – the low rent Las Vegas (sorry Renoians) – but that fell through as well. So I can keep holding out but rather, I'm going to move forward with making a print from the images we took in Cleveland. I'll get started on production of those as soon as I can - probably when I finish teaching for the semester in May. Look for survey requests for those.

The book is going to be a while. I still have some locations on the tour to include in it, and then assembling, writing, and producing it. It would be amazing if it happened by the end of the year. SO, instead of waiting til then to send the other rewards you would get with the book, I'll send those in the near future and the book will come separately.

If you have questions, let me know.

Thanks!


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