Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gallery Show This Friday Shaun Thurston vs Squid Dust at Versus Gallery 5 Points



Shaun Thurston is a native of Jacksonville Florida whose childhood walls served as his first canvas and the impulse to draw on anything and everything has remained a constant ever since. With the swampy florida woodlands as his backyard, his teenage years were formed, balancing nature's peaceful influence with frequent caffeine-fueled bus rides into the city.  Graffiti and skateboarding culture captured his attention, while art school gave him the discipline necessary to hone his artistic impulses.  Primarily self-taught, Thurston graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and attended Florida School of the Arts for two years before transferring with a portfolio scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design after winning 1st place in S.C.A.D.'s annual sidewalk chalk competition.  In 2001, he decided that six years of Art Education was enough; his roots in graffiti and street art as a whole still remained his strongest inspiration.

 

Shaun lived in Atlanta from 2007 to early 2010, where he continually showed and participated in group shows in various well known galleries around town, Beep Beep Gallery, Youngblood Gallery,  Alcove Gallery, Swan Coach House Gallery, Jenny Henley Studios,  Mint Gallery and Wonderroot, to name a few. He has performed live painting for Sneaker Pimps, painted murals for the Living Walls Conference and developed a reputation for consistently creating work that was above and beyond expectations.  While in Atlanta, he spent the little time available when he was not working on a project doing free lance stage design work, broadening skills that would later be useful in his private artistic endeavors.

 

Shaun Thurston has since moved back to Jacksonville with intentions of securing full-scale studio space, to propagate a collection of public works and has continued to create his original artwork in various studios throughout the last eleven years. He is currently a partner in the popular art-space, Thief in the Knight, located downtown on Adams Street, where he has created a progressive mural that seems to have new life with each month that passes.  He recently completed a prominent mural in historic 5 points on Lomax street, sponsored by Riverside Avondale Preservation, which is his second wall to win Folio-weekly's Best of Jax award. Most recently, he was commissioned by On Ideas Advertising Agency for a series of paintings that now hang in their main office space downtown.


Squid Dust is a native of Northeast Florida who has been painting zombies, creatures, and abominations since 2006. In that time his work has been seen on Burro Bags, Arturo Clothing, Dog & Pony Show Prints, as well as many group shows around the Jacksonville area. Growing up in the woods of Clay County, Squid Dust spent his childhood drawing, listening to heavy metal, watching cartoons, and building forts in the forest behind his house. Now, years later, these continue to be some of his primary influences. With his newest work he is expanding on the imagination and mythology that comes from growing up in the woods and what it means to be a kid with a trail.


for more info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Versus-Gallery/148770878480259


 






Nice haircut.



Hiccup.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: Library e-books for Kindle now at JPL




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: 

Kathy Lussier, APR, (904) 630-7595-office

(904) 759-5643-cell, klussier@coj.net

Orin Heidelberg, (904) 630-0495, orinh@coj.net

 

LIBRARY e-BOOKS FOR KINDLE NOW AVAILABLE AT

JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Free downloads via library website

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 26, 2011 – The Jacksonville Public Library is excited to announce that its e-book collection is now compatible with the Amazon® Kindle. Customers can download popular and classic e-books at no cost to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and more.

 

To get started, visit www.jaxpubliclibrary.org and click on the rotating image of the Kindle, or click on e-books and More at the bottom of the home page. Downloads are free with a valid library card. Users must have an Amazon account to use the service but do not need to have a checking account or credit card on file to use the account.

 

Kindle users can browse the library's collection of bestselling and classic e-books from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card and select "Get for Kindle" to deliver e-books to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app.

 

There are currently more than 3,000 Kindle titles available through the library's website. The library will continue to build its e-book collection, so keep checking back for more titles. The library also offers more than 30,000 e-books and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player and e-book reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

 

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of e-books, audiobooks, music and video. OverDrive delivers secure management, DRM protection and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools and retailers serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio. For further information, go to www.overdrive.com.

 

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The Jacksonville Public Library is an American Star Library, selected from 7,268 public libraries nationwide by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. The Jacksonville Public Library provides programs and services to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations with a collection of more than 3 million materials. More than 5 million people visited Jacksonville Public Libraries last year. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit jaxpubliclibrary.org

 

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Monday, September 19, 2011

I got into the CVAC pod at New Hope Wellness Clinic today. You may have heard about it recently in the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post. I was invited by New Hope Wellness to a few sessions this afternoon. Thinking it may help my fitness for my Burrito Gallery Cyclones Over 30 B Soccer Club I was more than happy to try it. New Hope is on the corner of Atlantic and Hendricks at the end of the building with Wilson and Wilson optometrists. You can turn by Landon Middle (Thacker) or off Hendricks itself.
View Larger Map The pod at New Hope is a prototype with brand new machines to follow. It was very 1970's playboy magazine full page ad chic. It looked like it had gotten some use but not shabby. The fact that it seemed like it was well worn was actually comforting. The space was spare as New Hope is just starting up. The experience was surreal. I am glad I watched the video from the Wall Street Journal seen here: You go through a presentation and waivers that are pretty clear and not overly scary. There is a panic button to press if you need out and I'd have been TOTALLY comfortable using it if I was not comfortable. You get large cup of water so you can swallow which helps keep your ears from getting plugged up. I found out right away that I'd have to pop my ears the entire time with yawns and nose pinches, etc. I am sensitive that way on flights and once I got the hang of it by about the middle of my 20 minute session, it was no big deal. I do feel some pressure still in my ears and I do feel something. In one of the videos I saw online someone said it helped with peripheral vision and I believe that. My vision seemed clearer this afternoon. You watch a screen that shows the altitude you are climbing and descending. Each little session is 5 minutes and four sets of those is most popular. I want to continue to try the CVAC to see if there are any other results. There are some pretty interesting claims besides the 3 grand slams etc. If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, Jacksonville is one of the few cities that will have CVAC in the near term. You can call them at (904) 858-0111.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Your Library: Making Life Easier for Students and Parents





Fwd: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES

Another, less clear response.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gulliford, William <Gulliford@coj.net>
Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM
Subject: RE: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES
To: Tony Allegretti <theurbancore@gmail.com>


Thank you for your email regarding the library budget. As a father of four and a grandfather of eight I too am concerned about education and literacy in our community and I understand the library's part.

We have made reductions in many areas including the Jacksonville Journey, the Sheriff's budget, the library budget and others. We have not dictated how the library needs to affect those reductions, although it has been suggested closing one day a week. If indeed the focus is on children then if there are any closures, those schedules should consider the times children are in and out of school.

I believe that there are operational charges assessed to the library that are excessive. I pledge we will attempt to correct that situation in the upcoming year to the benefit of the service funding side of the library. We are facing extremely difficult financial times and I would submit to you that over the next several years it will get tougher. This year the situation is the result of five conditions.

1.      The economic environment
2.      The fact we did not start with a balanced budget and it was estimated we were $14M in the hole at the outset. Additionally an increase in taxes and fees is not an option with so many people suffering the dire economic consequences of unemployment, foreclosures and business closings.
3.      What I view as an excessive amount of debt that the City is carrying and the corresponding debt service cost each year.
4.      The pension issue which cost us at least $6M in additional money in this budget.
5.      The operational costs of the City.

We must attack and solve the last three items for the benefit of the services our City government renders to its citizens including the library.

I applaud your passion, commitment and support of the library. I hope that equates to even more citizen volunteering for the library as we try to get through these tough economic times.

Thanks again for your email.

Sincerely,


Bill Gulliford
City Councilman, District 13

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Allegretti [mailto:theurbancore@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 4:37 PM
To: Gulliford, William
Subject: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES

The Mayor's balanced Budget proposed a $900,000 cut to public libraries.  Now the City Council is acting to more than triple those cuts.

Please do not cut the public libraries beyond the original proposed cut of $900,000.  Additional cuts will rip apart the fabric of our community.

Our city suffers a serious deficit in literacy.

Reading comprehension is our biggest problem.

Over the past 5 years, more than 100 positions have been lost within the Jacksonville Public Library System, if the additional cuts over the $900,000 are enacted then an another 32 full-time jobs will be lost.

It is not acceptable for the City Council to now increase the proposed 2011-2012 library cuts from $900,000 to $3.4 million and thereby close ALL twenty-one libraries on TWO OR THREE DAYS every week and with limited hours of service on other days.

THANKS FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING!

Tony

Tony Allegretti
1478 Riverplace Blvd
Jacksonville, Fl 32207
theurbancore@gmail.com




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www.theurbancore.com
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Fwd: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES

More responses from City Council. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lumb, Robin <RLumb@coj.net>
Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Subject: RE: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES
To: Tony Allegretti <theurbancore@gmail.com>


Mr. Allegretti:

When I ran for office I promised to observe common sense spending priorities that emphasized public safety, libraries, parks and important infrastructure needs.

As the budget process moves forward I will do my best to preserve as much funding for our libraries as possible.

The Mayor's proposed budget called for a total of $905,902 in reduced spending for libraries, a 2.2% overall budget cut.

Give the current economic environment this did not appear unreasonable.

The additional $2 million in cuts, however, is excessive and I will work to undo them when City Council considers the final budget.

Best regards,

Robin Lumb, Council Member
Group 5 - At Large

Donna Barrow
Executive Council Assistant to
Councilman Robin Lumb, At-Large, Group 5
904-630-7144
117 W. Duval St, Suite 425
Jacksonville, FL  32202

"Please note that under Florida's very broad public records law, e-mail communications to and from city officials are subject to public disclosure."


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Allegretti [mailto:theurbancore@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 4:37 PM
To: Lumb, Robin
Subject: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES

The Mayor's balanced Budget proposed a $900,000 cut to public libraries.  Now the City Council is acting to more than triple those cuts.

Please do not cut the public libraries beyond the original proposed cut of $900,000.  Additional cuts will rip apart the fabric of our community.

Our city suffers a serious deficit in literacy.

Reading comprehension is our biggest problem.

Over the past 5 years, more than 100 positions have been lost within the Jacksonville Public Library System, if the additional cuts over the $900,000 are enacted then an another 32 full-time jobs will be lost.

It is not acceptable for the City Council to now increase the proposed 2011-2012 library cuts from $900,000 to $3.4 million and thereby close ALL twenty-one libraries on TWO OR THREE DAYS every week and with limited hours of service on other days.

THANKS FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING!

Tony

Tony Allegretti
1478 Riverplace Blvd
Jacksonville, Fl 32207
theurbancore@gmail.com




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www.theurbancore.com
HEY NEW DIRECT PHONE NUMBER!
(904) 4 MY TURN
(904) 469-8876



Monday, September 12, 2011

NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Crescimbeni, John <JRC@coj.net>
Date: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM
Subject: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES
To: "theurbancore@gmail.com" <theurbancore@gmail.com>


Tony:

 

Thank you for your email about the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) – an issue it appears we agree on!

 

In the spirit of full disclosure, I need to state up front that (in addition to serving on the City Council) I also serve as Vice President of the Friends of Jacksonville Public Library – an organization whose sole purpose is to raise money for the JPL system.  With that said, I am a strong advocate for (and supporter of) the JPL.

 

As you probably know, the budget for the JPL was reduced significantly by the Finance Committee during the recent budget hearing process held at City Hall.  As a member of the Finance Committee, I want to provide you with some background on the budgetary process and what specific reductions were made by the Finance Committee.

 

 

Budget Background

 

Please note the budget for the JPL includes a number of expenses which fall into what I describe as three basic categories.  Those three categories are controllable costs, internal service charges and indirect costs.

 

Controllable costs are those expenses that are within the control of the JPL Board of Trustees and Executive Director.  Controllable costs include salaries, employee benefits, utilities, books and materials.

 

Internal service charges are expenses of other units of city government allocated to the JPL by the mayor.  Internal service charges include cost allocations from Fleet Management, the Information Technologies Department (ITD) and the Office of General Counsel – to name a few.

 

Indirect costs are the most difficult to explain.  According to the glossary for the City of Jacksonville Annual Budget, indirect costs are "administrative and overhead expenses attendant to the performance of a service that are not actually considered to be an integral part of that service."  The indirect cost allocation permits the library to reflect a true cost of doing business by adding the fractional expense of such city administrative functions as payroll, accounting, building use, administrative services, among the variety of support provided by other General Fund departments.

 

It is important to note that the JPL is the only city department assigned an indirect cost allocation.  The indirect costs are computed annually but are based on "actual" expenditures from two years prior.  The JPL needs the indirect cost allocation because that figure is often required on grant applications for state and federal funding.  The grant applications require that the JPL show the true cost of doing business when compared (by the grant agency) to other libraries competing in the pool.  Failing to show the indirect cost would result in lower funding from these external providers as many grants are matching fund grants (such as the State Aid to Public Libraries Grant from the Florida State Library Division).  The JPL's need for a computed indirect cost allocation (for grant application purposes) has resulted in that same figure being included with each year's annual budget.

 

The indirect cost allocation (since FY 2005) has been as follows;

 

  FY 04-05      FY 05-06   FY 06-07   FY 07-08   FY 08-09      FY 09-10   FY 10-11

2,591,869

2,803,964

2,803,964

5,185,474

6,872,583

8,936,376

8,213,899

 

 

 

The complete JPL City Council approved budget for the 2010-11 (current) fiscal year is summarized as follows;

 

 

Salaries                                                              14,309,242

Employee Benefits                                                 4,051,866

Expendable Accounts                                            2,880,304

Books and Materials                                              3,107,629

ITD Network and Computer Charges                        5,559,251

Internal Service Charges                                         1,480,568

Indirect Cost Allocation                                          8,213,899

Total                                                                   39,602,759

 

 

Development of JPL's 2011-12 Budget

 

Up until Mayor Brown took office and presented his FY 2011/12 budget to the City Council (on July 15, 2011), the library budget had been a moving target.

 

In March, the Peyton administration requested that the Library Board of Trustees submit a 2011-12 budget that reflected a 15% reduction from this year's City Council approved budget (of $39.6 million).  The 15% reduction request computed to $5,940,414.  However, the 15% reduction request from the Peyton administration was accompanied with instructions that the reduction could not be taken from the indirect cost or internal service charge line items.  Instead, the reduction could only come from controllable costs – a pool that totaled only $24,349,041.  Therefore, a $5.9 million reduction from only controllable costs wasn't a $15% reduction, it was actually a 24.2% reduction.

 

As directed, the Board of Library Trustees complied a budget reduced by $5.9 million and submitted it to the administration in April.  To meet the $5.9 million reduction, all libraries would curtail service hours to 40 hours per week, Tuesdays through Saturdays (no Sunday hours anywhere), and the Maxville Branch would be closed altogether.  In addition, 78 full-time positions and 25 part-time positions would be eliminated.

 

During the review process, the administration requested JPL to submit a second - less severe - budget that would maintain status quo at all locations, but would eliminate all costs that would not affect current service hours.  JPL submitted a second budget which would only eliminate approximately $425,000 by cutting janitorial and security contracts, maintenance contracts on equipment, hardware and software licensing fees, and operating supplies.  This second budget was incorporated in Mayor's Peyton's preliminary budget submittal to Council in May via Ordinance 2011-307.

 

On June 24, the Budget Office requested JPL to submit a third budget with a reduction in the amount of $2 million - above and beyond the $425,000 submitted in April.  The new reduction amount of $2,425,000 from the FY 2010-11 (current) Council approved budget represented a reduction percentage of 6.1% overall (or 9.9% of controllable costs).  A third budget reflecting this reduction was submitted to the administration on July 5, 2011.

 

 

The Actual 2011-12 JPL Budget as proposed by Mayor Brown

 

On July 15, 2011, Mayor Brown delivered a balanced budget to the City Council which included a $905,502 reduction to the budget of JPL as compared to the current year's budget.  The mayor's proposed JPL budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year is summarized as follows;

 

 

Salaries                                                              14,253,352

Employee Benefits                                               14,253,352

Expendable Accounts                                            2,446,453

Books and Materials                                              3,107,629

ITD Network and Computer Charges                        4,750,996

Internal Service Charges                                         1,391,039

Indirect Cost Allocation                                          8,624,606

Total                                                                   38,696,857

 

 

Finance Committee Action Impacting the 2011-12 JPL Budget

 

The JPL budget was reviewed by the Finance Committee on August 25, 2011.  Following discussion about the same, Committee Chairman Richard Clark stated that closing all libraries one day a week was more equitable than closing certain branch libraries – as has been suggested (or threatened, depending on your perspective) in the past.  Chairman Clark offered a motion to reduce the JPL budget by amount equivalent to the savings achieved by closing all libraries on Monday - or $2.9 million.  Barbara Gubbin, the Executive Director for JPL who was present for the JPL budget hearing stated that in anticipation of a Council Member moving to reduce the JPL budget by an amount equal to the savings achieved by closing all libraries one day a week, she had run the calculation and the actual cost savings would only be $2.1 million.  Although the Finance Committee voted to approve the Clark motion, I did not support this reduction.

 

On August 30, 2011, the Finance Committee conducted a final wrap-up meeting for the budget hearing process.  Although I was excused (out of town) and did not attend the meeting, the Finance Committee adopted a motion to require all components of city government to absorb the additional cost resulting from the City Council's recent action to accept (not waive) the October 1, 2010 actuarial study for the General Employees Pension Plan (GEPP).  Accepting the actuarial study will, effective October 1, 2011, raise the employer (city's) contribution rate on all salaries paid to GEPP participants from the current 13.5% level to 17.22%.  The overall impact of accepting the actuarial study results in a $5.8 million deficit in next year's budget, and the JPL's pro rata share of that deficit is estimated to be $476,000.  Unless reversed, the Finance Committee's motion will require an additional cut of $476,000 from the JPL budget.

 

At the regular Finance Committee meeting held on September 7, 2011, we worked on wrapping up a few loose ends relating to the budget.  During the discussion, I offered a motion to restore the $2.1 million cut to the JPL budget.  Although my motion received a second, my motion failed by a vote of 2-5.

 

All tolled, the Finance Committee reduced the JPL budget (during the budget hearing process) by nearly $2.6 million.  Combined with Mayor Brown's original proposed reduction of $905,502, the total reduction to the JPL budget (as compared to the current fiscal year) is approximately $3.4 million – or a reduction of nearly 8.6%.  Furthermore, if you remove the $8.2 million indirect cost (a phantom cost that is never shown for any other city department or division in the general fund) from the current budget, next year's $3.4 million cut actually represents a 10.8% reduction.

 

 

Going Forward

 

As you will see from the attached spreadsheet (which depicts the mayor's proposed 2011-12 budget for the JPL as of July 15, 2011, as well as JPL expenses for each fiscal year beginning with and since FY 2004-05), the library management team has done a remarkable job in reducing "controllable" costs from $25.5 million in 2005, to $24.4 million in 2011.  However, an examination of "internal service charges" and "indirect costs" (costs passed on to the JPL by the city which JPL has no control over) quickly reveals that indirect costs have more than tripled: from $5 million in 2005, to $15.2 million in 2011 – this year's budget.

 

Furthermore, inasmuch as an 8.6% reduction was not asked of all other components of city government, I feel the JPL is being unfairly targeted to carry more than their fair share of reductions – particularly when considering JPL's controllable costs are actually lower now than they were in 2005.    In addition, it is important to note that the Finance Committee completed the budget hearing process with more than an $8.9 million surplus.  Of this amount, $5 million was applied to facilities capital maintenance expenditures and the remainder ($3,932.043) was applied toward road resurfacing – both on a pay-as-you go basis.  (Funding used for facilities capital maintenance and road resurfacing projects is ordinarily borrowed.)

 

To wrap up, please be advised that a public hearing on the proposed millage rate (bill number 2011-404) and the proposed budget (bill number 2011-405) will be held at tomorrow night's City Council meeting (September 13, 2011), beginning at 5:00 PM in the City Council chambers at City Hall.  As a library supporter, I encourage you to consider attending the meeting to voice your concerns about the proposed reductions to the JPL.

 

In closing, I apologize for the length of this reply, but hope you find the information herein to be useful.  In addition, I want to thank you again for writing to me on behalf of the Jacksonville Public Library.

 

 

John R. Crescimbeni

City Councilman, At-Large, Group 2

Office of the City Council

City Hall at St. James

117 West Duval Street, Suite 425

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

(904) 630-1381

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Allegretti [mailto:theurbancore@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 4:37 PM
To: Crescimbeni, John
Subject: NO on Additional cuts for LIBRARIES

 

The Mayor's balanced Budget proposed a $900,000 cut to public libraries.  Now the City Council is acting to more than triple those cuts.

 

Please do not cut the public libraries beyond the original proposed cut of $900,000.  Additional cuts will rip apart the fabric of our community.

 

Our city suffers a serious deficit in literacy.

 

Reading comprehension is our biggest problem.

 

Over the past 5 years, more than 100 positions have been lost within the Jacksonville Public Library System, if the additional cuts over the $900,000 are enacted then an another 32 full-time jobs will be lost.

 

It is not acceptable for the City Council to now increase the proposed 2011-2012 library cuts from $900,000 to $3.4 million and thereby close ALL twenty-one libraries on TWO OR THREE DAYS every week and with limited hours of service on other days.

 

THANKS FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING!

 

Tony

 

Tony Allegretti


Jacksonville, Fl 32207

theurbancore@gmail.com

 





Friday, September 09, 2011

Fall Peek, City Harvest, Record Fair, All Tomorrow's Parties


With sunbaked summer behind us, the Flea and Smorgasburg hit their fall peak starting now: Perfect weather for trying on clothes and jewelry, riverside seabreezes (Williamsburg), Fort Greene foliage, and snack-filled picnics on the bleachers or lawn. We also wind down our second amazing SummerStage season with huge Wilco and Ray LaMontagne shows, and gear up for good times at some very special partner events in September and October.

Friday, Sept. 16, the Flea teams up with the Dumbo Improvement District for "Under the Archway," a day of Flea food and Oktoberfest beer in the historic and majestic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. The next day, City Harvest's "The Brooklyn Local" gala event at Dumbo's Tobacco Warehouse will feature 75+ artisanal food vendors (many curated by the Flea/Smorgasburg), a Tasting Tent hosted by the Prime Meats/Frankie's Franks, kids cooking demos, and more. (Plus it's only 5 bucks to get in.) And Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, there will be a slew of Flea food vendors at All Tomorrow's Parties' "I'll Be Your Mirror" music festival in Asbury Park, NJ, headlined by Portishead and Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel. Shangri-La!

The Flea has been all over the press lately: in addition to the Flea Ink below, Travel + Leisure will name us one of the four best markets in the world this month (with London, Paris, and Bangkok) and Bon Appetit features Smorgasburg in its September issue.    

As always, stay tuned to the blog for What's New (Murray's Cheese, industrial furniture, tarot, etc.) and more special events; follow us on Facebook and Twitter; and of course see you at the Flea!

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RECORD FAIR + INDEPENDENT LABEL MARKET: BROOKLYN

The Flea's 4th annual Superstar DJ Record Fair will have your head spinning like a 45: This year we've partnered with London's Independent Label Market for its U.S. debut on Sat., Oct. 8--inside Smorgasburg. Vintage records sold by your favorite artists and DJs, combined with special-edition and collectible records from New York's top record labels, whose booths will be manned by their owners. (Don't be surprised if some

cool artists/bands show up too.) Plus, we're throwing a blowout kids disco party with Mister Saturday Night's Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin as MCs (Noon-2pm); artist Lois Blamire will be doing album-cover face-painting all day; and you can snack at the Smorg while you shop. It's chicken and waffles for cratediggers--total overload. 

 

Who's selling? At ILM: 4AD, Angular, Captured Tracks, Dead Oceans, DFA, Domino, Fool's Gold, Jagjaguwar, Kanine, Mexican Summer, Minimal Wave, Sacred Bones, Secretly Canadian, Terrible, Throne of Blood, True Panther, Wierd, XL, and Young Turks. At the Superstar DJ Record Fair: Zeke Baker, EAT Records, Halcyon, Killer Diller, Justin Carter + Eamon Harkin, Neurotic Drum Band (Ulysses + Selway), Piotr Orlov, Bert Q (Other Music), Sepiatone, Sound Fix, Stooz Records, Aaron Van Deursen, and Robert Watlington. There's still room for more, so if you're interested in selling, drop us a line.

 

This year we're grateful to three of New York's top music entities for helping make the record fair a success: MTV Hive, MTV's home for passionate music fans, featuring mp3s, videos, interviews, live events and more; The Daily Swarm, the daily destination for those addicted to music news; and Other Music, New York City's best record store, which is partnering with us for the 4th straight year, including a booth with its employees selling their own records.

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UNDER THE ARCHWAY

On Friday, Sept. 16, we team up with the DUMBO Improvement District for a day of Flea food and Oktoberfest beer in the historic and majestic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. We're going to activate this unique public space and help knit together the neighborhood by getting residents and workers out for a fun Friday hang. Nosh on Mile End's smoked Peking Duck (!), which they're debuting at "Under the Archway," Landhaus' succulent BLTs and lamb burgers, Brooklyn Oyster Party's local shuckers, and Rachel's Pies, including her Pennsylvania Dutch "Shoofly" molasses pie. The event runs from noon to 9pm, with beer beginning to flow at 3pm; the Archway is located at Adams and Water St. The event is, like, totally free. 

 

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Photo by Joe Hume

FLEA INK

The Flea on CNBC's "How I Made My Millions" (starts at 19:30)

Vendor David Sokosh is #2 in Brooklyn Magazine's "The Brooklyn 20" (right)

People's Pops profiled in Portfolio

Fleasters in frocks in the Times Styles section

Our blogger Jane Lerner's Smorgasburg diary on Fathom

The Williamsburg food scene, via AP

Smorg tour on TV Tokyo (video)

Summer Flea trends on Full Frontal Fashion

Marvelous market pics on Cool Material

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Friday, September 02, 2011

BROWN ADMINISTRATION RESPONDS TO COMMENTS BY LT. GOV. CARROLL ON OUTER BELTWAY PROJECT

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State Senator Tony Hill, who sponsored legislation to facilitate the Outer Beltway project, responded to remarks made by Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll about the Outer Beltway Project on behalf of the Brown Administration:

 

"On Thursday, Mayor Brown spoke with Governor Scott and met with Florida Secretary of Transportation Prasad and District Secretary Mosley. He told all of them he supports the goals of the Outer Beltway project and welcomes the jobs and infrastructure it will create that will help grow JaxPort and move our regional economy to the next level. As you know, Mayor Brown strongly believes in public-private partnerships. Mayor Brown also reminded them of his strong opposition to tolls. He does not support tolls. He is not opposed to the project moving forward because Jacksonville residents will continue to have free roads they can use to access neighborhoods near the Outer Beltway."

 

 

-Abel

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A GIANT Day at RAM!


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A GIANT Day at RAM! 

 

Whew! Last Saturday was INCREDIBLE! I absolutely LOVED meeting all our canine "RAMblers!" And our first Movies Under the Bridge offered a really nice evening to cap off the day!  

 

This Saturday is Jacksonville Giants Day at RAM! Our very own American Basketball Association team, the Jacksonville Giants, will be at the Market. If you didn't see them last year when they went undefeated, you definitely don't want to miss them this year. Stop by and meet the players, hang out with Mr. Biggs, and support the team!

 

Do you realize how COOL it is that you can come to RAM and buy some of the best handmade products available AND be part of a sports day? Where else does that happen?  

 

Today, I want to let you in on a little secret, but you have to promise to tell everyone - there are some special offers and prizes that can be won when you follow Riverside Arts Market on Facebook, or "tweet" with me on Twitter. (RAMDirector) If you don't like getting discounts or free stuff, don't worry about what you just read. But if you do...Sign up RIGHT NOW! Many of our vendors are logged in, too, so it's a real RAM community! 

 

Ok...you are now armed with all the info you need to have a SUPER Saturday from morning to night! So...

 

See you there!

Teri   

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This Week on the River Stage 


10:30 am   Mike Bernos, Rockin' Blues/Folk   

 11:45        Red Afternoon, Americana 

   2:30        Jerry Maniscalco, Acoustic Folk-Rock

 

   For more information, visit our website at:

www.RiversideArtsMarket.com

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Looking for a good time.... Our volunteers have a great time in the hottest spot in the coolest place!

 

Come on down and have a great time with us!  We could use your helping hands every Saturday!  You would help us set the stage for great time for our 2-legged and 4-legged friends with set up, water sales, artist relief specialist, greeters and break down. 
  • Come as a team or individual
  • Business and Non-profit teams welcome!
  • Get community service hours for school 
  • Help your neighborhood market
  • Have fun!

We have many special events that we could use some extra help! Including Dog Day (27th), Literary Day ( 9/17), Bike Swap, Strut Your Mutt (9/24) and Oktoberfest (October 21st and 22nd). 

 

Email Torrie at: Volunteers@RiversideArtsMarket.com for more information. 

 

Thanks for considering Riverside Arts Market for your volunteer time.

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FREE Movie Under the Bridge THIS Saturday Night! 

 

  

THIS Saturday, in celebration of Jacksonville Giants Day at RAM, we will be showing SPACE JAM.   

 

Movies Under the Bridge offers Free Admission, Free Parking, and some great family-friendly movies! In addition, food and beverages are available so you can have dinner and make it a great night out. It that isn't enough, the pre-movie entertainment will start about an hour before sundown - you will LOVE the performers we have lined up!

 

Mark your calendars and meet us every Saturday night for the next 8 weeks - IT's A DATE!

 

9/3 -      Space Jam

9/10 -    Karate Kid 

9/17 -    The Lion, the Witch,  

              and the Wardrobe

9/24 -    The Goonies

10/1 -    Alice in Wonderland

10/8 -    Cars

10/15 -  The Spiderwick  

             Chronicles  

 

Click here for a PDF poster for your fridge!

 

Movies begin at sundown. Titles are subject to change.    

 

 

 

BUY ART SQUARES! 

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The countdown for this year's RAM Art Gallery begins. So, if you have had your eye on a square or two, you better buy them now or you will have to wait until next year! 

 

 There are MANY great art squares available from some of the area's best artists.  

 

Stay Tuned and we will let you know when the project will be starting up again. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what's next from our local artists!

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