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what it means to be on the board of directors.. especially the chair of the board

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it’s not like any other nonprofit structure.. it’s completly organic
in and not based on a model. so, you make it up and the “policy” from
the past are just GUIDELINES because ed is free to evolve as it will.
this is not anarchy…
this is semi-intelligent artists working together to create an
organizational structure that is unique to the entire US. ok. . .
feel free to ponder, as i do…

few points on what it means to be chair of the board by advisory board
member nisa asokan::

the chair represents the collective board of directors, while keeping
personal agenda aside

makes decisions by listening and paying attention to what is happening
.. the chair’s agenda does not take precedence over the boards

facilitate meetings that are communicative in nature, not top down,
but ground up

bring on board members who will support the mission of ed as well as
foster artistic creativity in the community, people who are interested
in working, not pontificating on policy and what “should” happen.

keep eyedrum out of debt.. this is not the same as fundraising..
eyedrum doesn’t need a ton of money.. just enough to stay afloat..
capital is not the goal.. the idea is to survive not consume.. once
the focus shifts from programming to capital, ed gets eaten up by the
big bubble of normalcy and same old same old. of course try to write
grants. get a grant writer on board.

programming comes first. if the programming is on point, the rest ($,
volunteers, members) will happen.

chair encourages individual accountability and responsibility,
encourages proactive actions from all volunteers including the board
of directors… does not assign duties or tasks, ever.

the chair of the board is simply another volunteer w/ the same, one,
vote. it doesn’t make u an AUTHORITY. you don’t have to have a ton of
experience at eyedrum to be board chair.. just have a love and respect
for the space. there is no WE in eyedrum.

keeps an eye out for integrity in programming, never cater to a crowd
or scene, and stays close to the mission of the organization.


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August 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

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the strangest creatures call eyedrum home

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I saw one.

I walked quietly to where it hid.
It wasn’t a tiny mouse at all.
It was tiny.
It was a tiny lizard.
All stripey and pretty.
Not a blue-tailed skink
like the one on my front porch
Nor the green gecko with the rosey dewlap
that blows up that lives in the holly.
The size of a large spider, the tigrish reptile.
Too bad I had to step on it.
It was just so cute.

I’m mean that way

– priscilla godzilla

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August 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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listening practice reading

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h o t literary incubation


POETRY in various styles:

1 or 2 or maybe 3 depending on your dfinitions:  experimental (non-linear,)

1 epic/saga (in cantos)

1 contemporary popular-style

1 performance of contemporary screaming poem by that Canadian guy (wasn’t he from Canada, Jeff)

3 visual poetry–drawings on bar napkins and coaster with words


1 young adult novel, approx 2 chapters

1 complete play

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July 21, 2010 at 4:45 am

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justin waters visits from austin’s discovery village

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July 7, 2010 at 1:30 am

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4TH OF JULY sounds out of visualz made of two skin jobs . a wreck  a mess that came together crashed perfection in an onslaught. they’ve crafted it into the fleshy center of a nucleus. throbs the audience around them always threatening to burst. Lightning Bolt tore eyedrum a nice sweaty gash that it’d been needing.

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July 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

so i missed blondie at eyedrum

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i dont even know
if blondie herself was there.  and
i could easily find out and
that’s kind of the point. i confess to not really caring.

granted, my experience with blondie is limited. geez. what was i doing there.funk night
in the

90’s.  ive seen her

rub her breasts on heads.

and crush beer cans with

them-heard about her readings. never caught one.

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May 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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and then what happens

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when you dont feel like writing about the Kirkwood Ballerz Club? Here you are on a saturday morning with coffee and other inspirations abound. Via the network, the radiating “don’t look over yr shoulder” set of perspectives, so delicious and oblivious. Examine wires and skin.

That night . Look at these ideas walking around, the weight of thoughts looking to get washed away with the making of other sounds.  Shadows and a warm sort of peach lighting comes out of darkness, wrapping performers on the stage. Shifting around through whatever brought you here. Bare potential in plaid shirts and odd and common audible instruments, from simply trance hand-held devices to foot stompin’ acoustic and sweat rockin freeform -whoever you thought you were at the time and maybe with some of your own ideas.


quhp image taken by paul thatcher.

eyedrum now hosts Kirkwood ballerz club.

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May 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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