Hatfield, who had a musical presence in the late '80s with
Boston bands the Blake Babies and Some Girls, really burst
upon the national scene with the success of the soundtrack
from the 1991 film Reality Bites ("Spin the Bottle").
Since those days, she has continued her music career while
broadening her range to include a memoir ("When I Grow Up")
and painting. She is currently pursing an MFA degree
at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Juliana has a devoted fan base, as well as the acceptance
of critics, who loved her 2010 LP "Peace & Love"; who, in
fact, have loved everything she has done since she seem to
rev up in the new century, releasing five studio LPs.
(Photo Credit: Phil Morrison)
Her fan base helped fund her last LP and is presently in
evidence at the
Pledgemusic Website, where she is at 200 percent of her
goal for a fan-funded "covers LP", with proceeds to benefit
IMPACT, a group that teaches self defense to women. Juliana
offers a range of products from that site (artwork, guitars,
CDs), even songwriting services, at a range of prices.
Juliana explains - "...A percentage of the money we raise
will be donated to IMPACT Boston, which teaches self-defense
and self-empowerment to people who really need it. I took a
weekend self-defense course there a few years ago and it was
really great and I was able to see with my own eyes how much
it helped the women who were enrolled. IMPACT offers
scholarships for those who can’t afford the workshops. I
want to thank everyone who made possible the creation of my
last album and I hope you all are as excited as I am about
my first album of other peoples’ songs."
Janet Echelman's Sky Sculptures
Inspired by the local materials and culture of Mahabalipuram,
an Indian fishing village famous for sculpture, American
Artist Janet Echelman stumbled upon a material that would
change her art, and life, forever. One evening, while observing
the fishermen’s nightly routine of bundling their nets, Echelman
imagined a new type of sculpture – a volumetric form that could
be the scale of a large building but remain light enough to
ripple in the wind, constantly reshaping the net and creating
With a sophisticated mixture of ancient craft and modern
technology, Echelman collaborates with a range of professionals
including aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects,
lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators to
transform urban environments world-wide with her net sculptures.
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Pretty Kid Pop for the
The current high school-aged
generation leaves parents scratching their heads on a lot of
issues - they are not, as a whole, a deep group - but
they have one outstanding characteristic: they have got
your back. They don't like negative bias and bullying,
as a rule. And they don't like judgmental and mean-spirited
dominant types, particularly as in their age group they are
confronted by them on a daily basis. That's why they grow up
to express their angst and frustrations through films like
Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, Confessions of a Teenage
Drama Queen, Heathers, and a thousand others. And
it is at the root of Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign.
It is most certainly going to get better for whoever is
behind this video and this song, featuring a group of
beautiful young people getting all proselytizing with it,
but in a charmingly musical way with expertly crafted
musical material delivered professionally and with a vision
for what it wants to be. Really good stuff. The New York
kids are fronted by singers Grace "Tucan"
Gara, Faith Gara, and
This publication - TIS (the Irresistible Squeaks)
- is focused on the unique characteristics that female artists bring to our
shared cultural landscape. Beyond voices that are distinct from their male
counterparts in tone, timber, and range, they reflect the world we share
in ways specific to their gender, which more so than their male
counterparts is geared toward observation and expression.
TIS is all about
exploring those unique aspects of leading creative female artists. We look at what makes
each special, what it is about them that sets them apart from
the competition, and what their popularity says about us as a
people. - TIS Publishing Staff (03/20/12)