Call for Zine Submissions: Sounds of Cold

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All contributors get a copy of the zine, and an invitation to present their work @ the exclusive and super rad release party which will of course be totally chill (pun intended)

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Philandro Castille and the Door

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Check out Unicorn Riot for livestream of Philandro Castile protests in the Twin Cities

Living with anarchists, I feel a lot of pressure to go out to protest, to do something in the wake of Philandro Castille’s murder. This Friday night though I choose to be at home alone, to paint in my front yard.

I witness two young men beating each other on the front steps across the street. The mother screams at them to stop. I keep painting.

A woman walks by and says hello to me. I ask her for suggestions on how to fill the blank space. The women gets out two pieces of paper and a pen. “I love art,” she says. “People think I’m crazy, but when I get an apartment, it’s my dream to paint a door like this.”

The woman leaves me standing on the tiny green square of green as dark comes, her careful sketches left behind to guide my brushstrokes. They are blue, green, yellow, and red, so simple. I am so sure of the brush in my hand, the imperfect form of each line.

“You’re not crazy.”

Sound-Bites 5: Sounds of the Road

Stumped on what to send in? Try some fun activities!

  1. If you own a car, stick duct tape to your dashboard and keep a pen handy. At stoplights and in parking lots, write down the titles of songs or song lyrics that catch you attention while driving.
  2. Ride public transportation across town. Listen in on conversations. Write them down or illustrate them.
  3. Take pictures of the pavement. Walk backwards. Try to find something out of the ordinary.
  4. Ask your friend/roommate/grandpa to tell you a story while you’re in transit.
  5. Read a page from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and circle all the sound words.
  6. Just drive. Make noise!

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