Posts tagged ‘Len Barnett’

May 17, 2012

First Living Plaza of 2012 is Officially in the Books!

The first Living Plaza of 2012 was a long time coming. The last one, and my introduction the event, was in October, 2011 – 7 months ago. I was there as a spectator, taking pictures, drinking it all in, and taking mental notes. Fast forward to May 16. This time, I was helping to organize it along with the stellar crew of Amanda Popken, Economic Development at City of Dallas, and Tisha Crear, Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

The Dallas Police Department was having their Annual Memorial Day service across the street from the City Hall Plaza at Young and Akard during the lunch hour. In observance of the memorial, Living Plaza started a little later this year.

In the morning the food trucks (Ssahm, Cajun Tailgaters, Cake Trailer, and Dos Paisanos) set up along Ervay and Canton behind City Hall, and at 1pm they rolled onto the plaza after the memorial service. A little after 1pm, Len Barnett Percussion and Things inaugurated the first LP with a smooth, soulful jazz set complete with conga percussion, keyboard, and soprano sax. People brought their bikes, there was some Frisbee tossin’, people sat at tables and chairs, on planter boxes in the shade, and on a makeshift astroturf lawn. Yells at Eels, fresh off their guerrilla jazz performances around town, started up their set around 2:45pm, and gave an electric performance truly in-line with the namesake, Living Plaza.

The first one is officially in the books and we learned a lot! Big thanks to the Special Events staff Lori Chance and Rhonda Blue, to Sgt Mayfield who is in charge of security for the plaza, Equipment Building Services for providing tables and chairs and electricity for the bands, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company for their generous gift certificate for the bike raffle, as well as Richardson Bike Mart for their gift bag, Sarah Blaskovich, Pegasus News, for the article, and Audra Schroeder, the Observer, for her blogs, the countless people who supported, promoted, and helped to make our first Living Plaza a memorable one!

Living Plaza will continue through out the summer, into the fall, for the next 5 months. There has been a great response of people who have new ideas, and want to get involved in the future events. Join us and help us plan for the next one, June 27th. Until then, there is always a need for life on the plaza. If you have any ideas or are inspired to lead your own event contact us and let’s collaborate.

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May 10, 2012

Living Plaza: May 16th Line Up

THE EVENT

Come join us next Wednesday, May 16th from 11:30 to 1:30 during lunch. The theme is Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Plaza. We’ve got the food and entertainment taken care of, YOU bring the rest. That means Bring Your Own (BYO) lawn chairs, Frisbees, kites, books, blankets, instruments, and any fun activities you can think of (kid friendly, of course) to join in the celebration. We’ve invited people from all over town, so don’t miss out!

THE LINE UP

MUSIC

Yells at Eels jazz ensemble, NOMINATED BEST MUSIC ACT BY D MAGAZINE’S EDITORS 2012, will be here. Before they get to Living Plaza, they’ll be popping up for quick, fast-intense performances all around the streets of Downtown guerrilla style. They start at 11am and go ’til 12:00pm ending up on the Living Plaza, where they’ll play a 30-minute set featuring music off their newest 7″ Vinyl – Wind Streaks in Syrtis Major.

Len Barnett and Percussion Things takes the stage at 12:30.

FOOD TRUCKS

Dos Paisanos, Cajun Tailgators, Trailer Cakes, and Ssahm

MOVEMENT

Angola African will be doing a Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts dance fighting) demonstration on the lawn. As well as Yoga with Chinook of Tsada Yoga from South Side on Lamar.

ART

Recycled art project with VET. Where you can make functional art, like a fan or an umbrella to block the sun, and take it with you.

BIKE

In celebration of BIKE TO WORK WEEK, we’re having a raffle during the Living Plaza. Arrive by 12:30 on your bike to enter and win the Dallas Downtown Bike Commuter Raffle!

The plaza is a public space and open for all kinds of activities (which we’re tracking on this blog, in a segment called Daily Plaza) so come out and use it. We’re always out there Tuesdays and Thursday eating our lunch around 12:30 and would love the company – you’ll know us because we’ll be sittin’ on a big swath of green astroturf.

The bigger events, like Living Plaza, that draw more than 75 people, or include music, or some kind of vending require a special permit and a small fee depending on how many people are in attendance, which you can read more about here: http://www.dallasspecialevents.com/special-event/

The Living Plaza is one of our most awesome assets! Not only is it a platform for interaction, connectivity, inspiration and diversity but it’s our stage to the world. So, come out and use it, and together we’ll make it our own!