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located at 609 trent drive in the historic wild bull's pizza building, MoBo is home to two artists: joe galas and dianne freund. we host a variety of events: these are usually updated on our FB page. We are happy to share our space with others who wish to host their own events, public or private: see info below and please contact us for this. on FB: address below.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

windmill, legs, moose : writing exercise two

(please see "thanks for playing" posted feb 24 for info)

windmills hunkered in the field, bigger than i'd imagined. modern, utilitarian, obviously man-made: not wooden, creaky or romantic. there were many; i didn't count; one windmill won't make much energy so the whole field was planted with them. one could imagine a NIMBY situation, not one where folks were clamoring to have one in their fields. that's how that goes: the imagination is not close to the reality; it attaches meaning and dream and a story where there is a big noisy metallic hulking thing. now that is the past, and has once again entered the realm of fantasy. in truth, unless i'm referencing something that is now, right now, i'm verging on fantasy. i can tell you: the television is on mute; the american version of "the office" is playing; my husband reads "the new yorker" with his glasses on in low light, reflecting off the ceramic mug his forehead and arms. the cat, past middle age, clunks heavily down the stairs sounding like a child dragging a toy behind her.

legs only last so long: the joints are complicated, like the windmill parts they wear out, the tendons dry and strain, crack and tear and wither; the fluid gels, leaks, forms crystals; the space compresses and is not enough space to move bones through without grinding. those windmills will stop working smoothly after awhile: they will require repairs: oiling? resurfacing? screws will work loose, or the threads will rust together and disable adjustments. sitting in the field, uselessly spinning or not spinning, no energy being generated. waiting for dismemberment. a leg weighs about twenty pounds. a moose weighs about three hundred pounds full grown i'd guess, its legs comparatively smaller than ours, stalky almost spindly; again i speak about something i don't know. i doubt i've ever seen a moose: everything i read, everything i hear or do is all mixed together. i'm uncertain of it. it can't be trusted. in truth, the truth right here now: again the light, the magazine, the television, its images, the cup, the tea, the little swallowing noise.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shawnna and Matt are hitched

and will be celebrating at MoBo tomorrow. Shawnna and Matt, may your life together be filled with joy and wondrous adventures. May all our lives be filled with joy and wondrous adventure.

Friday, March 11, 2011

art advocacy /streetkids have a voice / documentary photo exhibit & discussion

at MonkeyBottom Sat April 17, 7 pm to 10 pm

We would like to invite you to "advocacy & art :: street kids have a voice" , an exhibit of artwork & documentary photography, a discussion about how the work was used in an advocacy campaign for child rights in Lira, Uganda, and a multimedia slide-show.

While living in Uganda, Lisa Marie Albert worked with a group of street kids: she taught them to use a camera, and helped them tell their stories visually and through interviews
. What grew from that is both harsh and beautiful. This show will present the children's and Lisa's stories: in words, photos and drawings.

This event is a fundraiser, and a portion of sales will go to Child Restoration Outreach Uganda,
www.CROUG.org, the organization that hosted the workshops in Lira, Uganda where these street kids are able to find food, showers, skills training, and family reconciliation.

Lisa Marie Albert is a documentary photographer, videographer, and multimedia storyteller. Her passions include using images and multimedia for raising awareness about health, social, and environmental justice issues and for projects that bring support and education to communities experiencing disparities. Past projects have included: disaster relief, homelessness & addictions in the U.S., HIV/AIDS, and cultural vignettes. She also teaches photography and storytelling workshops for children and adults.

Lisa received her certificate in documentary studies from Duke Center for Documentary Studies and has taken multimedia journalism courses from UNC, while obtaining her Master’s in Public Health, which she completed in May 2010.