It’s been a while since we’ve rounded up assorted arts splendors from throughout our fair land (so there’s a lot to round up!). Here’s the latest miscellany.
Veterans Day Arts
The Way We Get By, a documentary about a devoted group of troop greeters in Bangor, Maine (featured on ArtSake) will have its PBS premiere on POV tomorrow night (Nov. 11, 2009). Check local listings to see this moving film, developed in part during a WGBH filmmakers residency.
Krzysztof Wodiczko will be In Conversation with Veterans on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:30 pm at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The Veterans Day talk will feature the artist, veterans, and an Iraqi citizen discussing the collaborative process behind the new work …OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project. Free tickets available first-come, first-served for veterans with military ID; more ticket info here.
From elsewhere in the blogosphere
Congratulations to Small Beer Press of Easthampton, which recently won a World Fantasy Award.
Interested in using Facebook to network as a professional artist? Writer Mitali Perkins offers five what-not-to-do’s in Facebook networking, such as: don’t be too humble to create a “fan” page (’cause we all would totally fan you).
While we’re on a “five things” kick: on the Valley Poetry blog, Allegra Mira serves up five ways to get involved in your local poetry scene.
MCC artists being great
The Somerville News Writers Festival takes place this Saturday, November 14, and includes past MCC Artist Fellows Steve Almond and Richard Hoffman among a host of talented authors. A daytime bookfair and evening readings are among the happenings at the spiffily renovated Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.
From one weapons-depository-turned-arts-venue to another… at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, past Painting Fellow Ilana Manolson will be in conversation with author Allegra Goodman in Text and Context, a free event about craft, the creative process, and the surprising links between different disciplines, on Monday, November 16, 7 PM.
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, winner of an MCC Commonwealth Award, was among those named to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (putting him in the company of Forest Whitaker, Edward Norton, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Teresa Heinz).
Check out the Public Humanist blog of Mass Humanities, where past Film & Video Finalist Julie Mallozzi talks movingly about the relationship between a filmmaker and her subject:
My late colleague Dick Rogers used to tell students, “The true subject of all documentary is the relationship between the filmmaker and the subject.” … I think this statement speaks to the deeper truths that are recorded besides “content” when the world is converted into media. What is the power dynamic between filmmaker and subject? What are their understandings of each other’s motivations to participate? How deeply do they know each other?
Read the full post. Incidentally, Angkor Dance, the troop featured in Julie’s film Monkey Dance, has been numerously awarded by the MCC, and performs this Sunday, November 15, 3 PM at UMass Amherst, along with a screening of Julie’s film.
To read about other goings-on featuring past MCC Fellows/Finalists, check out Fellows Notes.
Images/media: promo for THE WAY WE GET on POV; video clip of Krzysztof Wodiczko talking about his work for This World & Nearer Ones, the first edition of PLOT, a new public art quadrennial, produced and presented by Creative Time.