Something I Love
This article about art institutions and ideology: read it here
As I begin my master’s degree studies in Cultural Heritage Management TOMORROW (eek so excited), I love seeing these kinds of discussions opening up and making me think... I have always been a museum and culture lover, but it’s beyond a rainy afternoon thing to do. It can be an effective way we shape, experience, and document our humanity. Museums rock, y’all!
2. Something I’m Listening To
3. Something I’ve Got Going on
Alabama Ghost Stories, Jellybean Dance Collective’s second theater show is coming up quickly!! On October 18, come on over to The Dance Foundation and see this installment of the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series
4. Something That Inspires Me
Greta Thunberg is a glorious, strong, young voice in Climate Change activism. She’s currently in the U.S. for the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Apart from any sway this could have to be made into a bipartisan issue instead of a human issue, it simply inspires me that amidst difficulties and obstacles, she at sixteen is able to speak so boldly about something she is convicted about (whatever that may be.)
"I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, OCD and selective mutism," she told a crowd gathered for a 2018 TED Talk in Stockholm. "That basically means I only speak when I think it's necessary. Now is one of those moments."
NPR says: “The teenager has a knack for making the complicated issue of climate change sound simple. For that she credits being on the autism spectrum, calling it a gift because it helps her see issues more starkly.”
She also just collaborated with one of my favorite music groups, The 1975, on a song/ spoken piece for their upcoming album. “Songs can’t change the world, but they can change minds.” The Guardian said.
5. Something I’m Excited About
My guy F. Scott’s B-day is coming up on September 24!!!
To celebrate his life and legacy, on September 21 at the Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, I will be hosting a Charleston Class! No partner or prior experience is required, and we will have so much fun learning the history, context, and movement of this roaring 20s phenomenon!
It is a $5, 45 minute class and you can reserve your spot here
6. Something I’m Looking Forward To
My debut with Whitney Renfroe’s new contemporary dance company is on September 13 in the show, Permanence!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to perform with such a marvelous, talented cast and I am one lucky girl to get to partner with the INCREDIBLE Brandon Mitchell in a thought-provoking pas de deux. RSVP on Facebook and GRAB YOUR TICKETS ASAP. We’re expecting to sell out!!!
7. Something I Want to Know More About
So one of my greatest fears aside from disappointing people, having no direction/purpose, being mediocre, and being misunderstood is BLACK HOLES!!!!!!!! I’m terrified of black holes and I saw this exhibit in the Museum of Natural History in New York once that shook me to my core and solidified that I’m just a fradey cat for black holes and unexplainable phenomenon in the universe. So… now cue my little brother Kendall explaining in great detail how he watched the Netflix documentary, NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse.
It chilled me to the bone to think about, but then I started imagining that maybe if I knew more about black holes and understood them, I’d be less afraid. However, THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Every new factoid I acquire, I only find out something more terrifying.
8. Something I Need To Do
Well, I’ve got a wedding coming up and I’m so excited!!! However, I’ve been DREADING planning anything or making any substantial moves toward solidifying any details about the big day except knowing who I’m going to be marrying. haha
I am now, only 9ish months away from the wedding, so I need to kick it into high gear because this year’s about to get crazy and I won’t have time to plan as I’m imagining.
I’m thinking my next big step needs to be my wedding dress right?
I watched Steel Magnolias the other day and I just cried my little southern eyes out. I love that movie, and Julia Roberts was an absolute dream in her Southern wedding. I think she was on to something with the wedding colors blush and bashful. ;)
But, it also made me really excited to create a day for myself, my fiancé, and our friends and family to celebrate love in all its forms. I think this was a big turning point and now I’m not dreading planning so much.
9. Something I’m Reading
I just finished Beautiful Fools by R. Clifton Spargo and ahhhh it was stunningly beautiful. It was an easy, indulgent summer read. Get it here on Amazon or reach out to me and I’ll let you borrow my copy.
Now, I’m doing some research for Alabama Ghost Stories, by diving in to Kathryn Tucker Windham’s 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. It’s definitely putting me in the Halloween Spirit.
10. Something That Changed
My little brother, Kendall, is following his dreams and got a contract with a dance company in Boston!!! This past weekend, we moved him in to his apartment and now he’s off on his great adventure! I am so proud of him and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for his talents and willingness. I’m excited to see him pushing forward in pursuit of what’s on his heart, and this is incredibly inspiring to me.