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The Life of a Doer: Sita Marches for Civilization

August 15, 2011 2:30 PM
 
The Life of a Doer: Sita Marches for Civilization

Sita is the Brown Paper Tickets Film Doer. Here she recounts her participation in the March for Civilization this past June in The Netherlands.

The police said there were a little over a thousand people at the March for Civilization. Organizers said there were more than 2000. One thing was for sure, though: the March of civilization did not go unnoticed.

The demonstration was attended by people against the plans by Netherlands' government to cut the funding for Art and Culture. It started in and around the Museum Boymans van Beuningen. There were speeches about the necessity for art funding, mostly for young talent, before the long march to The Hague.

Actress Anna Drijver was one of the many established artists who supported this cause.

By sunset the March of Civilization moved slowly toward The Hague. It was an unique adventure to walk through at night. The "radio bus" that was supposed to follow the march was halted by the police because they did not have a permit.

As we arrived in Delft, there were a few demonstrators left, but new ones joined as the march led into unified singing. The procession, representing all sorts of art forms, arrived at The Hague at three in the morning.

There, we were split up into three groups and slept in theaters that had arranged sleeping spaces.

The next day many other protesters joined on the Malieveld and many demonstrative performances took place. It was a friendly and creative crowd, all in harmony. Flowers were handed out, and with each minute that passed, hundreds more people joined in the demonstration. It became very loud, but never aggressive. Everyone had their own opinion, and stated it clearly. Speeches were given, the crowd roared, and flags and signs were waved.

As the crowd got larger and larger, the space officially assigned and allowed by the police got smaller and smaller, and at a certain point we were standing outside the Malieveld.

"You cant demonstrate here! Go back!" yelled the police.

Demonstrators started to yell and chant all at the same time. They slammed on drums or anything that made noise.

The police seemed agitated. They yelled warnings, but the crowd pushed through the police line on their way to the Parliament.

Once at Parliament, everyone sat down and continued singing and chanting. Police, having had enough of this, started to prepare themselves for what later became a violent battle.

The crowd became restless. Police charged and everywhere were screams and panic. People were arrested. Some were beaten. At that point it was time to leave.

What's a Doer?
The Brown Paper Tickets Doers travel around the country and around the world to help people in their respective industries. Whether it be helping to coach roller derby team or helping a band set up a tour, the Doers can make a difference! Brown Paper Tickets offers the Doers' services free of charge for both our clients and people who are not our clients. The goal is simply to make a positive difference in the world.

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The Life of a Doer: Julie Takes On Just for Laughs Festival

Milford Sound in New Zealand

I made it back from Montreal's 2011 Just for Laughs Festival (JSL) a week ago, and in many ways I'm still recovering. It's always a whirlwind of networking, catching up with old friends, making new contacts, panel-watching, comedy-viewing, laughing, crying, cursing, starving, staying up until the sun rises-ing and feeling both humbled and inspired by all the great talent taking to their respective stand-up stages throughout the world. Through its various incarnations since I first attended in 2004, being in Montreal for the Just for Laughs Festival remains the best week of my year.

Among the personal highlights:
The Street Fair has switched locations from previous years and was hemmed in by street construction, but it remains a riot with booths, food, live performances, bizarre costumes and the omnipresent green face and stubby red horns of JFL's mascot, the rotund, giggly Victor.

I'd heard great things going into the Cinema du Parc screening of songwriter and comedian Henry Phillips's indie film "Punching the Clown," a charming Hollywood satire that originally received the Slamdance Audience Award back in 2009. Accepted as part of the Just for Laughs Film Festival, it did not disappoint. 

The opener for Australian piano virtuoso and social critic Tim Minchin's show at the L'Astral? None other than Eddie Izzard, who brilliantly mock-fumbled his way through "Chopsticks."

Also the enlightening "In Conversation" with Louis CK talk.

Craig Ferguson opting to run on the treadmill next to me at the Hyatt fitness center.

As always, JFL was a blast!

Posted by Julie Seabaugh

What's a Doer?
The Brown Paper Tickets Doers travel around the country and around the world to help people in their respective industries. Whether it be helping to coach roller derby team or helping a band set up a tour, the Doers can make a difference! Brown Paper Tickets offers the Doers' services free of charge for both our clients and people who are not our clients. The goal is simply to make a positive difference in the world.

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The Life of a Doer: Tamara Makes Things at Maker Faire Detroit

Milford Sound in New Zealand

Friday, July 29
While packing for my trip to the Maker Faire in Detroit, I realized my suitcase was full of some really bizarre stuff, so I included this note:

"Hello Bag Inspector! I am a professional leatherworker, headed to Maker Faire Detroit to host leatherworking demos at our Brown Paper Tickets booth. I will need this stuff when I get there. Thank you! =) Tammy Clammer

I arrived at the airport in Detroit and was picked up by Michael Wilson, a middle-school science teacher and brother of my friend Matt, who'd designed and created a planner to help school children organize their time. He picked me up in a Mini, in which my maxi suitcase nearly didn't fit. Michael showed me a sample of his planner on our way to the Henry Ford Museum, where the Maker Faire was taking place.

Following a brief check-in at our Maker Faire booth, I checked into the hotel. Upon opening my bags,  on top of my note to the bag inspector was a bag inspection notification sheet. Lucky I thought ahead!

Saturday, July 30
Michael picked Kelly, my BPT partner in crime, and I up at 6:15 a.m. We set up our booth. Kelly helped kids make paper masks as Michael helped them make pencil bracelets (pencils with a hole drilled through near the eraser, an elastic cord, and beads). Both of these were a huge hit. I wandered off to explore Maker Faire and to meet makers. I made a donation to the Dragon fund where I met Sean Doyle, who did the leatherwork on the Dragon.

Sean is also a blacklight performance artist, and mentioned possibly checking out BPT for future performances. We got along so well that Kelly thought I knew him much longer than 18 minutes. This is true of most Makers at Maker Faire. We're of the same ilk.

Next, I met Chris, who created a bar from the cockpit of a Cessna plane. I asked him Why? and he said, "Well, we had to do something with it!" I plan to make him an aviator cap and goggles for when he's tending bar.

Back at the booth I met some interesting characters from Damned, a big Detroit masquerade event that tickets through BPT. They just stopped by to say hi!

Sunday, July 31
My 45th birthday, and the best one ever! I did a demo, which I expected to in one-on-one format, but early on the demand was so great I instead did it assembly-line style. Henry Ford would have been proud!

Sunday's booth is something of a blur. We were swarmed with people. It was incredible, and we won the Editor's Choice ribbon for Best Hands On Booth! Michael also won an Editor's Choice ribbon, so essentially, our booth got two!

One determined little guy (2 or 3 years old?) was shorter than the table, but really wanted to make a book mark. I brought everything around to the floor in front of the table. He pointed to where he wanted the mark, I  held the stamping tool, and he gave it a whack with the mallet. His book mark turned out great, and his mom was really happy. It was awesome! That was probably the highlight of my weekend.

As we were loading out, there were two heavy containers of beads left over from Michael's bracelet-making. Kelly and I agreed to donate them to Arts & Scraps and they were extremely appreciative.

Later, in the hotel elevator, we met Brian, a Chicago physics teacher and former Seattleite; and Paul, current Seattle resident. We met them later at the hotel bar and we decided to party-hop and see what was happening at the Maker Faire after parties.

On the way back to the hotel, Brian had described his idea for a "Murse," a man purse, that has pockets and is worn on the chest. He had everything except how to do it, and oddly enough, I had all the leather-working tools in my room to teach him. So we went down to the hotel lobby to work on these bags. Security told us we couldn't linger in the lobby, but instead opened the coffee shop so we could work there before it opened. This is how the early morning coin purse class came to be, and at 3am, Kelly and I finally headed off to sleep.

Maker Faire in Detroit was amazing! I can't wait for the next Maker Faire in New York!

Posted by Tamara

What's a Doer?
The Brown Paper Tickets Doers travel around the country and around the world to help people in their respective industries. Whether it be helping to coach roller derby team or helping a band set up a tour, the Doers can make a difference! Brown Paper Tickets offers the Doers' services free of charge for both our clients and people who are not our clients. The goal is simply to make a positive difference in the world.

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The Life of a Doer: Don't Cry for Me Brown Paper Tickets

Brown Paper Tickets Music Doer Bill Geoghegan will be in Europe for the next couple weeks. So you know what that means? We're gonna spy on him!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as Bill travels from from city to city across Europe to spread the Brown Paper Tickets love. He'll be meeting with people in the music biz, from label owners to bands, to help bridge the gap between artists and business side of things. (We need more of that in the music industry!)

Brown Paper Tickets Vice President of Growth and Outreach Kelsye Nelson likened Bill's trip to Evita's Rainbow Tour.

We'll be following Bill on his very own Rainbow Tour. And! Why not make a contest out of it? Look for clues on Twitter and Facebook to Bill's doings and whereabouts and let us know what city he's currently in and we'll send you a limited-edition Brown Paper Tickets sampler on vinyl!

Stay Tuned!
 

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