Friday, September 18, 2009

Still at Creative Seeds

It is 3:46 and we were just about to strike out park and head to Echo Park when a group of little guys showed up to play!  It is hot! I hustled over CARS spot in Korea Town and they had already struck their site at 2 PM.

The bile tour came through at 12:20.  We gave them watermelon, potty acces and a little bit of the meter dance.

I am desperate to get my movies off the Flip and onto my computer, but iPhoto is being a pest!

Here are some pics taken with the PhotoBooth:

Park[ing] Day is almost here!

and I should be asleep!  I wanted to update our route on the map and let you all know that I am moving slowly because I will have kids in tow. If you are wanting to jet to as many parks as you can, please feel free and just send a tweet to @meterdance to let me know where you'll be. Remember, it is best to Meter Dance in teams of 4 or more...

The bike parade will stop by our park earlier than expected! They are shooting for 11:30. We are starting set up of the park at 11, but that does not mean that we wil not be able to dance at 11:30!  Bring your quarters!

Here's the map:

View Metered Dance 2009 in a larger map

And...please check out what we are dancing for! Saturn Elementary School Community Park Master Plan is just inspiring!  I hope that we collect enough signatures to get the ground broken soon!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Base camp: Creative Seeds!

The momentum is incredible! I was heading up to Creative Seeds to teach an intro class for Community Dance Week there and had the thought, "you know what, just do the park there, just do it." I walk into the studio and on the wall is a petition for an actual park at Saturn Elementary School. Amazing. I am just the vessel.

So we are ON to set up a park with Creative Seeds and the parent association, Rings of Saturn. Hopefully the Neighborhood Council for Pico Blvd will come on board with some free water etc. Ashley Thompson, owner of the movement studio Creative Seeds, reports that the neighbors are already getting excited. The tentative set-up time is 11 AM, park opens at 12 noon. The studio might need to open the park earlier. I'll have more info later this evening.

I just scored some free plants for the pop-up park and they will remain there awaiting the actual park. Many thanks to Thea Mercouffer, director of Heather and Goliath. Now, does anybody have a truck because one is ten feet tall!

You will notice on the Park[ing] Day LA map that ours is the only park in the area. In fact, there is no park in that area of any kind for a 3 mile radius. Don't you want to come and sign the petition to get a park?

As far doing the Metered dance, this means we will have to drive to the other parks to get our groove on. I have an invite from some fellows on Abbot Kinney to come out and dance in their park, but there are no meters on that blvd. I will start there at 10 AM. Or a super secret park in an area I cannot disclose until day of...I also got a call from Marcus Quiland-Nazario to bring the Metered Dance out to CAARS' spot in Korea Town around 2 PM.

If you want to meet up with me, follow me on Twitter, @meterdance for updates. Tomorrow night, I will post a route calendar to let you know approximate locations and times for the Metered Dance. We will definitely be in Echo Park by 4:30PM.

Command the Dance will jump out of their office cubicles and into pop-up parks int he downtown district. If you are in their vicinity, you definitely want to join in.

Come and get limber with me in my FUNdamentals of African Dance class at noon, then we head out to the meters for some fun. After that...we shall see the sights of Angelenos' creativity and desire for greener spaces. Don't forget your cameras and some food! We'll have a late lunch on the "green."

more to come.

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's time!!!


I went to an incredible workshop gathering for next week's Parking[day] LA. Got a LOT of good ideas and now I am picking the spot(s) for the Meter dance challenge!

Do you have any ideas of where we might go?

We are definitely going to end up in Echo Park for the after party!

Here are the options:

View Metered Dance 2009 in a larger map

holla back y'all!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Labor & Park(ing) Day LA

Hola Amigos!

It is time to plan for September, a big month for dancing at parking meters.

So, Labor Day:
This one is not so obvious why I would want to have people dancing at meters, I mean, it's a meter holiday, right? Well, yeah, but we get the day off to celebrate workers and their contributions to the economy. But for as many in-roads as dance (and dancing) seems to have made within the last three years, the labor of dance is still grotesquely undervalued and it is still incredibly difficult for dance laborers to join unions (think insurance, nobody is gonna retire given this economic downturn).

I am proposing that dancers across the city scope out meters and begin dancing at them on the afternoon of Monday, August 31, in preparation for Labor Day.

I will contact some dance teams, crews and companies I know who might want to be in on the fun. If you have done dance flash actions before (I LOVED the Hammer Time take over of the jean boutique), please contact me and let's get busy! With the number of dancers in LA, we should be able to have the city literally dancing in the streets.

Please go back and read the very first entry of this blog for the rules on how The Meter Dance works.

Now, Park[ing] Day LA
, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
Bummer! They had their first meeting today at noon, and I just found out about it! I hope to get the notes. This is a FABULOUS way to do the Meter Dance, and a GREAT way to bring attention to: 1) missing open space in a lot of the neighborhoods where artists tend to end up living; 2)the fact that art is often hidden away from our everyday lives; 3)your company.

Please follow the link to their website and sign up for their mailing list. This will make sure you get info on how to get your permit for your space; unlike the Meter Dance, which is a direct action, Int'l Park[ing] Day is a movement that follows civic rules. There are a few edge-riding activities planned for all you adrenaline junkies.

How you can make your park relate to dance:
Well, you can put down linoleum, dust off your boom box and bring some old skool funk. Or, you can make a grave yard and dance on some one's grave, maybe Golda herself. You can create a cabbage patch and do suggestive dances and every so often find a CabbagePatch kid, or you could just do the Cabbage Patch in the patch. You could go hippie, lay down faux lawn and some flower garlands and reenact scenes from Hair. The possibilities are endless!

It is best to put together a team, then come up with a theme. Scope your spot. Then get permits for spot. Design the staging around the locale (this one is important). Make sure you follow the permit rules. And make sure you have plenty of space in which to dance.

Think recycled materials, reused materials. Here on the Westside, we have the reDiscover center. You would be surprised how many folks have odds and ends of faux lawn that they donate. Get it now if you can store it. The website has some lovely examples of parks that people put up.

As soon as you know where you're going to be, please let me know! @meterdance on Twitter. I'll try to get folks to come and dance in your park! How fun is that? Also, we can time it just right so that a Metered Dance Action happens adjacent to your park and ends in your park. More details to come as we get closer.

So get into gear! It's time to have some fun!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Training Wheels

Today I am planning to dance a bit more at meters in Santa Monica, likely on Main Street. I think it's interesting how this project that Susan Rose developed all those years ago is so similar to the project of Park(ing) Day. Don't you?

How green can we get our dancing?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Partial Evidence of In P

The day was l o n g, but I did manage to dance in Riverside today! My camera is hatin on me! Or maybe it is iPhoto that is hatin on me. in Any event, check out these trippy pictures that should be very funny video clips. *sigh*.

More parking dances to come through May 3. Organize your crew and get on the map!