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Art lovers head Northward for Monet to Dali | OlyBlog

Enjoyers of modern art (impressionalists to surrealists) should run to the bus stop immediately to head north for the Monet to Dali exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery (that’s Vancouver BC eh).

The pieces on loan from the Cleveland Museum give a fantastic narration through the development of modern art sensibilities starting with early Monet’s (you get a great sense of Monet’s progression beyond the customary waterlillies stuff), plus Manet, Pisarro and Renior (including some from the original Paris exhibitions) – then moves on to a Cezanne, two van Goghs a sculpture room with a few Rodin bronzes before Matisse, Gauigan and a half dozen Picassos and a room of German experimentalists and Dadaists then surrealist collection with a huge canvas by Henri Rousseau, a couple of Dalis and finishes with a Henry Moore sculpture. Whew.

The exhibit ends on Sept. 17th so rush up as the crowds are growing as the deadline looms.

Here’s a fine camera phone snap to *really* convince you to go:

By the way, the Gallery Cafe is a great place to have a glass of wine and a cheese plate while listening to jazz al fresco and watching the Vancouverites stroll by.

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Dopefiend Forums now Choogle-fied

Zandor of the Grow Report along with Dopefiend and the tribe over at Dopefiend.co.uk are barn raising a big, shmancy forum at the Grow Report for the cult-like fanbase to unite in conversation around the world. They set up me up with my own big tent for the Chooglers to hang out in.

Still life with weed In case you haven’t noticed, the Dopefiend Network are rolling out the podcast goodness like a veritable indie-BBC with an international mix of top-notch shows from the op-ed, news-i-fied Dopecast, giggle-fied Queer Ninja, the psyched-pundit Max Freakout, your instant barstool buddy Lefty plus the aforementioned Zandor’s Grow Report (key for med growers) plus Black Bettie’s show on the way.

‘Tis fantastic to see Dopefiend’s earnest vibes people catalyze the chatting and interacting – his shows allows a sterling means of expression for many enthusiastic stoners and i am glad to be along for the ride.

So you’d best choogle on by and offer your opinions on whatever you got to spiel on.

London Town Wander Night – Choogle on #46

An extended length (ideal for summertime listening) features a late night walk around the heart of London Town with rambling topics from public drunkeness, Cleopatra’s Obelisk, party boats, Shakespeare’s Globe theater, Internet kiosks, Sir Drake’s Golden Hind, The Clink Jail, Millennium, Black Friars and Tower bridges, Cornish pasties, take away falafels, cellar temperature ales, Dali art, Falklands naval veterans, CCTV cameras, miscellaneous wars, royal largess, overfilled hotel baths and a spontaneous fire in Piccadilly.

Grab ahold of London Town Wander Night – Choogle on #46 (.mp3, 54:39, 50MB – and worth it!)

London Town Wander Night
Photos by Victoria Potter – art’ed up by Uncle Weed

Music: Two Gallants “Feels Like Home to Me”

Catholic Parade for John Paul 2 in Santiago de Compostella, Spain

Whether by divine decree or coincidence, we happened into the famed Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela the day before Pope John Paul II died.

I’m not a Catholic but wondered in the pageantry and the amazement of the pilgrims completing their walk on the Camino De Santiago.

During this time, I attended my first and only mass at the giant and well used Cathedral. The giant vats of incense swaying, bells ringing in discord, and this parade happening as we walked to mass.

The ladies had their best haridos and the dudes all walk chill and then throngs of priests in their finery hefting and shrine and beating the ground with their canes.

Also I ate a cracker and touched the bones of San Ignacio AKA Saint James. It is believed in the lore of some cultures that Santiago was the secret hiding place for Jesus Christ’s family or himself and his entourage, further, this is purported to be a strong hold of the Knights Templar who emerged during the Crusades but were thwarted during the various Inquisitions… except the one who continued the traditions in Santiago…

Anyhow, here’s a bit of a parade filmed in 2005 on a Sony Hi8 tape camera. Glad it survived to share.

Creative Commons – Remix and share with attribution

(Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46

Pod cover - Postcards from Gravelly Beach - Meta-physical environment

Taking a Remembrance Day respite to enjoy a conscious discussion with ‘Trigger’ at Vancouver’s New Amsterdam Cafe, Dave O listens to the consequences and conditions of space, in tangible and gestalt senses, and reviews the paradigm shifts of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside ‘four corners’ – once one of the grandest intersections in the British Empire.

Later, he wanders and reads Walt Whitman (When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d) and Gord Downie (from Coke Machine Glow) to bring it ’round home for this part #7 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series.

Cross the street for: (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46 (18:47, 26MB, 128k mp3)

Music by:

  • Drive-by Truckers “World of Hurt” via KEXP
  • Beethoven Sonata #14
  • Unnamed spacey something by Merlin (and/or Jahwah) via HempenRoad soundtrack

Continue reading (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46

Bread the Producer’s video of The Police May 28, 2007 Vancouver

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Bread the Producer edited up this montage beauty of The Police’s epic return to Vancouver with a variety of songs and uncannily good audio quality. The whole gang was there (cosmo, Dingo, Bread, Leezer, Osmosis, Funboy, Toad …) to see a bit of music history as Sting thanked the Squamish nation for use of their Longhouse for rehearsal and called Stewart Copeland the best drummer in the world – yup.

Choogle on! with Uncle Weed bonanza rolling down the rails with momentum …

Yup two more episodes out the door today – shocking i know.  I’ll post brief descriptions here and/or you can easily browse on over to Choogleon.com – plus you are subscribed by now right?

Now which one will i bust into next?  A vaporizer testing session perhaps?  Or a late night San Jose missive?  Maybe an interview with a Vappy maker or author?  Keep tuned-in to find out.

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Greenwich Village Rooftop NYC Diesel Smokedown – Choogle on #40

Late night hoots on a historic Greenwich Village rooftop with Uncle Weed talking with a Canadian friend about NYC scenes and buildings plus 9/11 recollections, vacuum tubes, ferries, oreo cookies, the last ink factory, Hudson fireworks, hockey lock-out, law school ideas, propane tanks and lawnmowers, 2002 Cannabis Cup (see pics if you are Uncle Weed’s ‘friend’ on Flickr) and minor police incidents plus a few confessions (lousy joint roller and typist) and a self-aggrandizing plug for Zhonka Surfbreaks free wi-fi for the people!


Bacon, Biscuits and Hemp Ed – Choogle on #39

Whilst visiting mentor/amigo Hemp Ed in Pe Ell, Washington, Uncle Weed chats about cellulose fuel conversion, logging industry, tasty eggs from hemp seed fed chickens laden with omega 3s fatty acids plus Willie Nelson’s peaceful bio-diesel revolution, Ed’s Alaskan logging hi-jinks, Finnish saunas and Hemp Express Van flashbacks.  Visit Hemplobby.org (be sure to download the “Practical Guide to Cannabis” .pdf) and Ed’s HempLobby Chronicles blog.

Heading to a Book Expo in the Big City (and fiddling with Shelfari)

For the day-job (shilling ecommerce software) I am heading to NYC (paraphrasing Stevie Wonder monologue from “Livin’ for the City” – “New York City, just like i imagined it, … skyscrapers and everythang”) for the world’s biggest book industry trade show. As a book enthusiast and a perennially aspiring writer, i am a wee bit excited despite the myriad tasks to accomplish to make the trip useful for my work.

book expo america

Every dang publisher large, small, micro, foreign, local, topical whatever will be there it seems and i kinda wish i was going there with a manuscript to hustle rather than as a working stiff but perhaps the observance the goings-on will remove some of the mystery shroud i keep holding up around the unholy alliance of commerce and art.

Just poking around the list of exhibitors and attendees, there a million little presses publishing literary works which i have never heard of – and they seem to be helping their writers to succeed. Is this possible or i am mental? Both are likely but regardless, I will plan to outreach and educate myself and perhaps pursue publishing my massive collection of this and thats once i know a little more how the game works – shoot i don’t even know how to get an ISBN because i don’t care, i just wanna write, but to do that i need to time and space resultant (crassly enough) from ugh … money.

Good news is, I sold three essay articles last year at (who hoo @ .20 cents a word) 2 were lead stories plus scoured up some mainsream media coverage about my podcast projects. And managed to get back rolling with writing freeverse which i lost my voice for a bit while writing expository works, case studies, business docs, press releases etc.

Next up, giving Letters from Russia (.pdf) an edit in preperation to pass around to get some distribution to the peace loving peeps of the world and then get back to work on my longer pieces which i draft, start, outline, think about, fiddle with, scribble on but never really bear down cause (admission following) i am always waiting for a 6 month sojourn in a quiet cabin with beverages, hot springs and bird signing – which may not happen for some time.

Anyhow, this books expo deal … the conference director Lance Festerman is blogging and they are even putting out a Book Expo podcast and started a BEA Shelfari group.

Gravelly Beach on Shelfari

You may know that I love my books and my bookshelf and use the both the arrangement and the contents as a motivational starting point. Shelfari allows group and community interaction based on the books you put upon your virtual shelf. The usability is very nice and brisk. I signed up a while back but did not do anything with it but now invite you to stop by and visit Gravelly Beach on Shelfari if’ ya wanna interact on books and such.

Using Social Media for Artistic Endeavours at Vancouver Film School (2007)

Notes on the white board from VFS Lecture

Lecture by me (Dave Olson) to Robert Scales‘ class at Vancouver Film School on March 29, 2007. My occasionally witty, yet sometimes convoluted banter, is laden with anecdotes on publishing, planning, development, outreach, promotion and collaboration, particularly about HempenRoad film project.

Roll camera for:  Using Social Media for Art Endeavours – Dave O Lecture at VFS (52:42, 51MB, mp3)

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Vancouver Review worth your Twelve Bucks

Vancouver Review is a tasty and high-quality, hyper-local literary journal which i read cover to cover (well the 2 issues i got my hands on anyhow) while sailing aboard the Seabus. I’ve scored the two copies from my fave espresso lounge (Cafe Milano AKA Turk’s West) and am going to scratch out a few ducats for a subscription.

The current issue (pictured below) include discourse on bio-regionalism’s evolution into a cultural and economic meme, a review of two western decades apart, a post-modern telling of an ancient-feeling story and banter on Canadian politeness and the lack of employment in literary characters.

Plenty of local references and Douglas Coupland drippings abound in the oversized glossy which folds nicely into my lunchbox.

… and … The VR is now accepting poetry submissions … a beacon which always catch my eye but … i just write poetry, i don’t know how to analyze my work and refine for submission. Which ones are worthy and.or topical? No clue.

Vancouver Review = $12 for four issues!

Mail a cheque (in Canadian funds) made out to Vancouver Review to the address below, together with your name, mailing address and, for our records, your email address and phone number. (International subscriptions $28; institutional subscriptions $32. All prices in Canadian dollars.)