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March 12, 9p-12a

Michalopoulos Studio
527 Elysian Fields Ave

REVEL is a multi-disciplinary performance salon.
Performing artists and film makers share new and in progress works
to a supportive audience of other artists and local sophisti-cats.

Entre Gratis! (donations gratefully accepted…)


Sanzenbach and Wallin Ensemble
Improvisational music

Raphaelle O’Neil reads new writing
“The Year of Black and Gold,” one woman’s journey through 2010 (the year the Saint’s win the Super Bowl), in which she finds both true love, and the heartache of witnessing the nation’s worst environmental disaster.

Reese Johanson and Mark Albers
“Graveyard Shift Guitar Hero”, physical theater performance-
Guitar hero leads a security guard and an executive to an unlikely romance, a fight love scene, tango and a museum heist.
Accompaniment by Sanzenbach and Wallin Ensemble

Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre

Andrea Dupree / Bluebird Art and friends
Video Art featuring music of Isle Dernière with go-go dancing by Geaux Geaux Sheax, plus wacko animations of oil stories, dinosaurs, jerky dancing, ladybugs (and more) accompanied by “Mr Bill Gives Shell the Bill”  a mockumentary short by Walter Williams.

Isle Dernière
Our Houma / Lafayette friends rocking us at the end of the eve

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Big Gas attacks Gasland

Shame on them.

This is not surprising really, considering what the Oil and Gas Industries have done/are doing to those who speak out against them down here in Louisiana…


Affirming Gasland: A de-debunking document in response to specious and misleading gas industry claims against the film.

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Katrina response: Visions of Atlantis

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oil problems, part 2

My first “oil problems” post was incredibly mean-spirited and cynical. I’m leaving it up though, because it accurately represents my frustration about the oil disaster. One of the points I was trying to make is that a lot of people seem to be missing the bigger picture…the solution to the bigger problem…how can we overcome our antiquated addiction to fossil fuels? I’m seeing a lot of posts from South Louisiana residents about how the moratorium on offshore drilling, and (desire to) move to alternative energy sources will ruin the economy there. Don’t these people realize that this oil mess has already ruined the economy there? I hope that the Federal, State and Local governments can create a massive workforce development program (through the LA workforce commission that already exists) and do some huge on the job training programs for people in the oil industry. I’d like to see this dirty industry transition to a clean one that utilizes the (clean) natural resources of the region. I’m no expert, but it doesn’t seem too far- fetched to think that all of these fabrication companies and oil-related industries have the capacity to make that change. Wind, solar, bio-fuels from the china-ball trees, algae farms…there are so many options. Maybe they could even sink some of the heavy equipment from these machine shops and create new barrier islands! Maybe my brain is coated in oil these days. I’m hoping for a positive change.

These images are from a 1967 Sinclair Oil brochure. Doesn’t seem that too much has changed since then…except now all of the oil companies have their green-washing campaigns where they claim to be developing new energy sources. But I think they all still love dinosaurs.

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oil problems

I’ve been thinking about the art that is being sold in response to the oil disaster. I see a lot of people organizing and selling their oil-related work, stating that a “portion, or all, of the proceeds are going to relief efforts”. Although I do think that this is a good idea, in spirit, I have some problems with the bigger picture of it.A lot of these artworks are being shipped across the country, and/or the world to reach the buyers…which uses oil. Lots and lots of oil products (gas, diesel, plastic, etc.) to ship a wee little piece of paper, or trinket…How does that stack up to the actual amount of money to be made from these sales? I suppose local efforts at doing these sorts of sales are not as bad. It really seems that these kind-hearted folks don’t see or understand the soft costs of shipping.Part two of my problem with this: why should it be up to private citizens to pay for damage done by a multi-billion dollar corporation? It isn’t. This isn’t a hurricane, this isn’t natural. Yes people are hurting. Yes a lot of things are going to be ruined for a very long time… yes people are owed money from loss of income. Yes animals are dying, dead or need to be cleaned. I can’t say that I think its wrong to donate to relief organizations, because it isn’t. I just wish it didn’t have to be that way. Thankfully there is the possibility that BP will pay for all of this mess with the Escrow fund. see:

Possible justice. I’ve got my fingers crossed for that.
As for the kind-hearted artists, what about digital downloads for those donation projects?

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