Apologies for My Absence But I'm Blogging Elsewhere

When I started this blog, I made a clear choice not to take it in the direction of a business, so given that I'm having to focus on making that paper, it's going to be neglected. That's too bad but that's real.

I'm currently developing a site that I hope will become really big. It's called All World Dance: World Dance News and it's kind of my return to the dance world after many years absence. I expect to be at full steam by next week.

I'm also doing some blogging at Hypebot, the leading U.S. music industry blog, and I'm keeping a regularly updated list of my posts at Flux Research, my business writing hub.

On that note, I am available for freelance writing assignments and would love to be doing more local work.

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After the Parade: Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


Facebook: Asheville Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


YouTube Video: 2011 Asheville Mardi Gras Parade


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


YouTube Slideshow: Mardi Gras Asheville 2011


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


flickr: Asheville Mardi Gras, March 6, 2011


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


In Focus multimedia: Asheville Mardi Gras Parade 2011


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


The Laurel Of Asheville Magazine: Asheville Celebrates Mardi Gras 2011


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


Image Asheville: Asheville Mardi Gras – 2011


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


Mountain Xpress: Party like it’s Mardi Gras... because it is!


Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011


Pics by Clyde, Links to Community Coverage.


Tribe of the Vandals: Evening of Fashion & Performance

NiziTapi Designs: Jewelry by T'wana Scott

Tribe of the Vandals

A Gentle Override of Systematic Thought
Featuring a Choice Selection of Creative Ashevillains

At the Hole N Da Wall
44 S. Market St. off Eagle St.
Friday, March 25th, 9 pm, $8

Ill Attire Required:
From Black Tie to Outfits from Otherspace

Please RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.

Fashions by The Costume Shoppe, Vintage Moon, Royal Peasantry.

The Empathic Seperatist ft. Jewelry by T'wana Scott

Participants [List In Progress]:

T'wana Scott - Production Vessel, Performer

Belle Thibodaux - Mime and Costumer

Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks - Music

Britta Filter - Dancer

Carolyn Rhine - Piano

Chach - MC'ing

Cory Foht - Video & Photography

Daniella Miller - Singer

Deva - MC & Dancer

Ingrid Hall - Dancer

Jared Carman - DJ & Sound

Jerry Pearey - Dancer

Johnny Sexx - Musician

Justin Eugene Jones - Singer

Lauren Bacchus - Lighting

Malachai Achilles - Spoken Word

Michelle Iacobucci - Singer

Mindy Carson - Photo & Video Documentation

Muriel Ring - Flyer Art

Santos - Singing and Spoken Word

Sean - Trumpet

Simran - Singing in Hindi

Tessa - a Japanese Dance for Suffering People

And more to be announced!

Additional publicity by Clyde Smith.

Thanks go out to Ashvegas and Mountain Xpress.

Related Asheville Fashions Coverage:
My Favorite Ashevillain: T'wana Scott


In the Window of Vintage Moon

Marco Polo

Work by Gigi Reneé

This delicate layered work caught my eye in the window of Vintage Moon at 82-B N. Lexington, in part, because I couldn't tell if it was one piece or two.

Turns out that it's a combination of a petticoat from 1892, i.e. a real antique, and a piece by designer Gigi Reneé. I could see the top being quite sexy on its own though I'm feeling my photo doesn't capture it very well.


Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez on the Power of Fashion Bloggers

Proenza Schouler Talk To Fashion Bloggers at Evolving Influence

Although I'm not going to be doing much about fashion outside of Asheville, I thought this video of Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough speaking at the NYFW Evolving Influence blogger conference would be useful for folks who are still wrapping their heads around the value of being in a fashion blog, especially folks with an interest or involvement in luxury markets. I'm not saying I'm going to make anybody famous but they talk about their cluelessness four years ago, similar to someone I recently encountered, and how they and the industry have taken a while to figure out what's up with bloggers but are now embracing them.

For example, one of the guys discusses their first contact with a Midwestern fashion blogger, "this crazy girl in the middle of America!" (2:05), and how they just couldn't get it at the time. It reminds me a lot of people in the music industry 5 or 6 years ago who did not see the power of blogging even though some of us knew what we were and what we were in the process of accomplishing!

Honestly, once you've watched a new artist blow past the industry censors and get a deal because they're already famous due to bloggers or, in my case, once you've embarassed NY hip hop industry power figures in front of their peers from a laptop in NC, you know what's up! Especially when you get tipsters working in their offices giving you direct quotes...The industry did not see us coming and now all my old blogging buddies are the first to get leaks and hot tips. They're running circles around the magazine people who are watching their industry die!

But that was back in the day and this isn't about me, it's about folks coming from out of nowhere and changing the game.  It's about not being shortsighted and not turning your nose up at things you don't understand.  It's about thriving in the 21st Century.

Jack and Lazaro know what's up. Do you?

Video via The Business of Fashion.

Related Asheville Fashions Coverage:
"I Don't Think I Want to Be In a Blog"

Note: I just started a YouTube channel for Asheville Fashions where I'll be listing videos I post here as well as other videos of interest.


My Favorite Ashevillain: T'wana Scott

Twana Scott

Twana Scott

I just want to say that T'wana Scott is my favorite new Asheville friend and really a special person all around. I love this girl!

Marco Polo

Among other things, she makes ill jewelry which you can find at Royal Peasantry Boutique, where she also works.

Marco Polo

T'wana has a fashion show coming in late March at Hole-N-Da-Wall. I'll be posting more about that when she goes into pr mode. It should be quite an event!

Related Asheville Fashions Coverage:
Tribe of the Vandals: Evening of Fashion & Performance