Archive for July, 2012

July 26, 2012

SPOTLIGHT: Community Artists Program

Shout out to the the Community Artists Program (CAP)! Without CAP we don’t have music, we don’t have dancers, we don’t have artists. We don’t have a Living Plaza!

This year Living Plaza has had the good fortune to team up with the Oak Cliff Cultural Center (affectionately know as OC3). Tisha Crear, Cultural Programs Coordinator¬†at OC3 has used CAP to fund our artists and musicians that celebrate with us every month, including: Len Barnett Percussion, Yells at Eels, and most recently for Living Plaza: Re-thinking Shade, DJ Conkl O’Dire.

What a great city program!

Len Barnett Percussion – Living Plaza – May 16, 2012


Yells at Eels – Living Plaza – May 16, 2012



DJ Coknl O’Dire – Living Plaza – July 25, 2012


July 18, 2012

Shady Ideas

A little inspiration for your shade structures…

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July 16, 2012

Daily Plaza: As an Interviewers Paradise

A man with a back pack, one with a camera, and one with flyers came to the plaza. Sounds like a good set up for a joke, right? So what’s the punchline? They came to the right place to find a captive audience. The motley¬†crew had stumbled onto an interviewer’s paradise. As is the daily routine, our plaza regulars (the homeless) were shoed away from their stoops under the live oaks. Almost as if kismet, they dispersed and were promptly greated by the interviewers-three who proceeded to bombard the regulars with touchy-feely questions about politics and religion.

The man with the backpack questioned the regulars with rapid-fire agility. He designated a few people in the crowd to answer religious and political conundrums all the while capturing everything on film. What would he do with the film one wonders? And perhaps my favorite part was when the backpacked-man interviewed the bald man with a tattoo on his head about people who didn’t believe in God. The bald tattooed man said, and I quote, “F**k ‘Em!” The man with the backpack then proceeded to ask the bald tattoo-headed man if he was a Christian. “Yes,” he said. To which the man with the backpack said “That’s not a very Christian thing to say is it?” *Punchline*

What ever the interviewers-three came looking matters not, for after seeing and hearing what they got, a strong does of reality and uncensored opinions makes a lot of sense on our plaza. It’s about exchanging ideas, inspiring other people, and teaching tolerance, even if sometimes those ideas come wrapped in a bald shinny, tattooed-head. I guess that’s the real punchline.

July 6, 2012

Daily Plaza: As a Skate Park

On July 3rd, a group of errant souls arrived on the plaza dred-locked and red-pants riding their smiling boards of wooden death! They turned those drab concrete benches of loneliness into magical funboxes, and the stale cylindrical bollards into jumping stumps. The plaza was illuminated as they grinded, Ollied, and flip-kicked their way over the concrete leviathan. A cacophony of noise from wheels rolling on concrete provided the perfect sound track to illicitness. As they flew back and forth, trick’n with ease, there was no helping it, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a skate park.