The Rapidian

Opinion

 

Community Called to Action: Rally Around Artist's Creative Solution for Loitering.

Submitted 11-03-2009 under OPINION

Historic Preservation Committee has asked Kevin Haviland (building owner) and Erwin Erkfitz (neighbor and artist) to remove an Artprize mural from the front of 217 S. Division. Residents and neighbors suspect that once the mural is removed, exposing...

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New Entrepreneurs: The Key to our Future

Submitted 11-03-2009 under OPINION

Everybody I know is tightening their belt right now. Many have lost jobs ,and others worry about the possibility. I see less impulse spending and more talk of home cooking and low-cost entertainment.   But while there is plenty of uncertainty...

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Book Review: The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

Submitted 10-27-2009 under OPINION

 Once, over a decade ago, I picked up Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver and promptly put it down after the first chapter. There was a plainness about it that I found uninteresting. Earlier this year I found the same book at a used bookstore...

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On Drew Storey: The toughest thing I've done this year

Submitted 10-22-2009 under OPINION

The first time I met Drew Storey I never would have thought that I’d soon be in a van with him, driving into the middle of someone else’s cornfield to drink whiskey, smashing a Batman piñata, watching him paint his abstract vision of A Brave New...

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Drew Storey: An appropriate name

Submitted 10-20-2009 under OPINION

I found out early Monday morning: Drew Storey, The Rapidian's content facilitator, had passed away. After the first hour, I decided I wanted to make a plan. That's how I react. Make a plan, figure out how to fix things so you can be back in control...

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Where I Want to Be When I Go

Submitted 10-20-2009 under OPINION

When I pray, which is usually as I drift off to sleep, I almost always thank God for my good health and my ability to run. Sure, there are other things I am thankful for: a good job, a great husband, my kids who challenge and delight me, true...

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Tweaking It

Submitted 10-08-2009 under OPINION

Now that ArtPrize 2009 is nearly behind us it becomes time to start considering ArtPrize 2010. This year over 37,000 people registered to vote, which shows that there is an obvious desire to participate. The question becomes how can we make that...

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Brett Adds to ArtPrize Conversation

Submitted 10-06-2009 under OPINION

An evolving internal monologue, now published: Brett’s addition to the ArtPrize Conversation In its efforts to “reboot the public conversation between artists and audiences”, ArtPrize has raised into stark relief the tensions between two broad...

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Jacqueline Gilmore responds to ArtPrize criticism

Submitted 09-30-2009 under OPINION

If the Rapidian is to be of the people, then we need to be fair to the people. I respect the points that have been made about Artprize and some of the marketing that has been used in it. I also believe that everyone needs to have a voice, especially...

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ArtPrize Artist Profile: Lisa Yarost's Recyclable Container for Humans

Submitted 09-30-2009 under OPINION

If you've been wondering what those huge bundles of crushed plastic tucked behind the 45 Ottawa venue are all about, here's a hint: Lisa Yarost's Recyclable Container for Humans is all about consumption and waste—the kind we can't throw "away" even...

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