I ventured around the Shoreline of Corpus Christi, Texas with these two people in LOVE, and their “little one” Kali even joined us for a few portraits. When I asked her to shower them with kisses, she had PLENTY to give Cody and Whitney. After our downtown stroll we finished off with a few sunset shots near TAMU-CC, where Cody then carried Whitney into the Gulf of Mexico. Sound sexy…. it sure was! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!
Day one of the International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) is in the books. This is an exciting opportunity afforded me by South Texas Underground Film. I’ve been able to meet, brainstorm, learn from and with, and share an “Austin City Limits” cocktail with representatives from SENE, TIFF, and Savannah Film Festival to name a few. Rather than bore you with details, I’ll just send you to IFFS’s's”s”’s's””ss agenda site for a closer look, press mouse button here.
Where: Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704, 888-421-1442
Yesterday was World Aids Day. To raise awareness, as well as some funds, some local folks got together to put together the event “Life’s a Drag – a Celebration of Life,” benefitting the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation.
Music mixed by DJ Audeo, Tuxedo by Tuxedo Junction, decor by Get Jeweled Productions by Josh Salinas, MC – Rex Gabriel of Two guys in the morning, sweets by Azucar, Taco Creative, Location Aria Loft & Terrace. Featuring the following ladies: Priscilla Lee, Cynthia, Michelle Lee, Melissa Michaels, Nina Rogers, and Andrea Osmond; I had the opportunity to photograph a few of the ladies before the show started. And of course Belinda with Whoa! Baby was the mastermind, whose hair was done by Yvonne Narvaiz of Blue Neptune.
On a personal note, I encourage you to practice safe sex (or ABSTAIN), and to receive screenings regularly. It only takes a few seconds to choose to use protection, make the right decision.
Featuring: Cha Cha Velour (NV), Tana the Tattooed Lady (OR), Queertini Time (TX), Chola Magnolia (TX), Kiki Maroon (TX), Tifa Tittlywinks (TX), and After Dark Revue (www.afterdarkrevue.com)
Hosted by Jade Esteban Estrada (http://www.getjaded.com) – kinda looks like Duncan Sheik, no?!
Where: The Venue @ House of Rock www.texashouseofrock.com
BACKGROUND OF THE COASTAL BEND DAY OF GIVING
In the fall of 2009, Coastal Bend Community Foundation joined with eight additional funders to provide $150,000 in matching funds for a one-day, internet-based fundraising campaign, called the Coastal Bend Day of Giving. Due to the overwhelming success of the event – raising over $400,000 for 25 nonprofits – the event was repeated in 2010, raising $625,000 for 33 nonprofits and in 2011, raising $690,000 for 22. The three events, each only 24 hours in duration, have raised over $1.7 million for nonprofits at the forefront of providing services to those in need in the Coastal Bend.
Why should you give?
- This year’s event, on November 12th, will provide matching funds, currently totaling $300,000, for donations to 30 charities. The economic downturn that began in 2008 continues to impact many Coastal Bend residents and the nonprofits that serve them. Demands for services have not abated, but many nonprofits are still seeing smaller donations.
How do you give?
- To participate, simply log on to this website on November 12, complete a few blanks, select your charity or charities using the shopping cart feature, and make a donation using your credit or debit card ($10 minimum contribution).
Does your gift make a difference?
- EVERY gift makes a difference! Over 7,200 individual gifts were made in the prior 3 Days of Giving – more than 50% were under $50. Did you know the Food Bank of Corpus Christi can distribute 85 pounds of food in rural South Texas for $10? For $25, Amistad Community Clinic can help a working person without health insurance to manage his diabetes. And for $100, Timon’s Ministries can send ten children proudly back to school with new backpacks. By giving together on November 12th, much can be accomplished!
On behalf of the matching funders, the 30 recipient charities, and those in need in the Coastal Bend, thank you for participating in the 2013 Coastal Bend Day of Giving!
DONATE to CASA OF THE COASTAL BEND (or any other listed organization) HERE:
I recently set out to make my first art piece, meaning conceive a photograph solely for the purpose of gallery viewing. The gallery opens tonight at KSPACE Contemporary Art Museum located at 415 Starr St Corpus Christi, TX 78401 (361) 887-6834. Read more about the project guidelines here. Check out the Facebook info concerning the Dia De Los Muertos Street Festival here. Basically it’s wall size Loteria cards (24″x32″), the Mexican card game equivalent of B-I-N-G-O. I chose La Garza:
19. La Garza: Al otro lado del rio, tengo me banco de arena, donde se sienta me chata pico de garza moreno. The Heron: On the other side of the river is the sandbar where sits my honey with a beak like a brown heron.
Interpretations: True love is there but you might have a ways to go to find it. OR Look and you will find what you are seeking, maybe in an unlikely place.
The following are some of my draft ideas, literally as I brainstormed, bad grammar and all:
1. composite blue winding river with a bridge in far far background. on far bank, there is a beautiful girl resting on shore, in foreground there are couple walking along shore
2. composite blue winding river with a bridge in far far background. on far bank, there is a beautiful girl resting on shore alone, couples are walking hand in hand, a man is walking the river bank by himself.
3. same as 2 only sillhouettes of everyone except our hero and heroine
4. same as 2 only sillhouettes of everyone except our hero and heroine, only we just see their face. or we see everyone’s faces,
5. Same Man walking with multiple women caressing multiple women and on
5a on other side all single women that were walking with te same man
5b only single woman
Which one did I complete? You’ll have to head on over and check it out between now and November 22, 2013. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited. Either way you can’t miss mine… it’s the one that doesn’t look like anyone else’s…. and I didn’t do that on purpose… and I’m not sure that’s a good thing, but it’s my first attempt at this, so I’ll take it. Big shot out to my subject Ema who helped out last minute and braved the elements of animal droppings and my last minute, hurried plans.
I kinda lied… I’ve had one other art installation, but the photographs weren’t taken with the idea of printing them in mind – a huge negative of the digital age of photography. I titled this “Lover’s in Florence,” and it displayed at Nuevo Cafe for a few months. It’s currently being displayed at City Church. I have a few other photographs displayed there, and I have literally no information about the gallery, other than they want to showcase the beauty of life through photographs. Go check it out!!