Meeting for BONK!–Feb 17th (Thurs); next BONK! event–Feb 26th (Sat.)

BONK! 29
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
310 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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Featuring:
spoken word artist                  SHANI TIKIA
goofs                                      DAN & MARGOT NIELSEN

musicians                                SPRINGTIDE

 

Dear BONK!ers,

Come join us for a home grown BONK! this month, with three acts chuck full of gnarly-great local talent.  Shani Tikia is one of the area’s most devoted performance poets, Dan Nielsen will be sharing some of his weird,  funky joke-poems while Margot Nielsen accompanies him on concertina (how do you classify an act like that?) and Springtide, in my humble opinion, is making music as excellent as any band I know of working on any scale–international, whatever.  And we’ve got them right here in Wisconsin.  I’m elated to get to have such an intimate show with such stadium-worthy talent.

BONK! update:
From now on, I plan on trying to include info in these e-mails beyond just the upcoming BONK! shows.  So let’s get to that.
First, One piece of good news: the Friends of the Racine Public Library recently voted to give BONK! $2000 so that we may continue to buy books and CDs from visiting artists to shelve at the Library, as well as to start paying the acts.  Starting April 1st, when this agreement kicks in, each BONK! act will recieve $50 for coming and blessing us with their good gospel.  So that’s awesome.  Hopefully we can make that number grow even more form here.
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Even more important, however, is this: On Thursday, Feb 17th (this Thursday), at 2pm, there will be a meeting held in the Racine Public Library open to the public about the future of BONK! The meeting will start at 2pm sharp, so come a bit early, ask a library employee what room it’s in and and be ready with your ideas.  If you cannot make this meeting but really want to be there, please just reply to this e-mail letting me know that, as well as letting me know if there is something specifically you feel you have/want to offer to the BONK! series, whether it be money, food, space, skills with computers, whatever.  Honestly, the resource we need most right now is people’s time.  So think about what you have or what you’re good at, what you’d like to contribute to our community and we’ll try to incorporate it when possible.
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Here is a list of things that I think BONK! needs, which I have just come up with on my own:
—chair setter-uppers
—flier distributers
—someone to handle e-mails such as this (the BONK! updates and newsletters)
—someone with computer skills to either (at least) take over maintenance of the blog or (at most) rebuild an entire BONK! website
–people who would like to coordinate events
–people who would like to work with the LGBT center on organizing a BONK! fundraiser
–grant writers/researchers
–people interested in soliciting local orgs for financial support
–someone to send out newsreleases
–someone to handle BONK! on social networks (Facebook, Myspace, etc)
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That’s most of my list, for now, but it will grow exponentially with input from others.  One thing I really want to make sure people understand…right now I’m juggling pretty much all of this so, when you do send your feedback to me, I won’t respond back personally.  On the off chance I do, it will surely be after a substantial amount of time.
It is time to shift this to a much more communally run (and hopefully, therefore, more communally owned) series.  It is going to be a very rocky process, surely full of many mistakes, but the sooner we start, the sooner we can iron the kinks out.
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I wouldn’t be bothering with this if I wasn’t amazed constantly with how unique and resourceful the BONK! family has proven ourselves to be.  I’m honored to be a part of this program and I’m really excited about the changes we’re trying to implement.  Let’s show the everybody why SE Wisconsin is the arts capitol of the world (hopefully you at least laugh a little bit about that).
See you all Thursday.  And then see you all for this:
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BONK! 29
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26th
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
310 6TH STREET
RACINE, WI
6PM (doors open 5:30)
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