In a post-Katrina New Orleans, a few months prior to the city’s legendary Mardi Gras parades, the directors of three youth bands are preparing their students for two grueling weeks of musical celebration. It wasn’t that long ago that these directors stood where their kids do — and they know how to push their young charges to achieve at levels they never dreamed possible. This is where the documentary The Whole Gritty City begins, plunging viewers into the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of a small community determined to deliver an important musical legacy to each new generation. If that doesn’t convince you to see this film, their project video will. Check it out — it’s our Project of the Day.
“When I was young there were beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Gangsters. Now you’re a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin’ down MasterCard. But there’s no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with bad posture. Has WikiLeaks caused a look? No! I’m mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that.”
- John Waters on the sorry style of today’s rebels (emphasis mine)
by Massimo Carnevale
St. Pete Beach was half its usual width this weekend because of Tropical Storm Debbie. And curiously, the water was filled with these things.
David Rees on pencil sharpening.