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This week: 2010′s Free Movie Night Season Closer: A Man Named Pearl

Hi all & happy Monday!  We hope to see you this Wednesday at Eastern Market for the last film of our 2010 free movie series, A Man Named Pearl — it’s going to be a good one!  Check out the press release below, and find Facebook event info here.

November 8, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.316.1411
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com


Eastern Market’s Free Movie Night screens A Man Named Pearl on Wednesday, November 17th, 7-9p in Shed 5

Detroit, Michigan – November 8, 2010 – At this month’s Free Movie Night in Eastern Market, Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit Evolution, and Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit will present the film A Man Named Pearl. Every month these three organizations share a film about sustainability and give viewers the opportunity to discuss its local relevance immediately following the screening. This month’s showing is on Wednesday, November 17 and will take place, as always, in Eastern Market’s Shed 5 from 7-9 PM.

With urban agriculture being such a popular topic in Detroit, many of the films featured in the past have focused on gardening in some form or another, but November’s film explores a different kind of gardening: the elaborate topiaries constructed by Pearl Fryar. Mr. Fryar is a sharecropper’s son residing in South Carolina’s poorest county. There he has constructed a fantastical 3.5-acre garden from plants that otherwise were destined to be thrown away. The garden has become a tourist attraction, long after fulfilling Fryar’s initial goal of winning the Bishopville, SC “Yard of the Month” award. He was the first African-American to win that particular recognition, and his ambition to do so was inspired by a racist comment about the supposed unlikelihood of such an honor being extended to an African-American.

This film will certainly tell a beautiful and inspiring story about how one man’s art has moved people and brought positive change to his community, but organizers of the event hope it will also inspire a lively discussion about the many ways race, land use, art, and gardening intersect within the city of Detroit.

The screening of Mr. Fryar’s story will close out the monthly movie night’s 2010 season. The hosting organizations plan to resume the events in February 2011.

Since 2008, Eastern Market Corporation, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit and Detroit Evolution have been partnering to present this FREE Movie Night in Eastern Market. On the third Wednesday of every month we gather to screen a movie on a sustainable topic, explore the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and create a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community. For this casual event, attendees should bring a comfortable seat. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Shed. For more information or to get involved call Detroit Evolution at 313.316.1411

About Detroit Evolution – Detroit Evolution is dedicated to the health, joy and liberation of all beings. We’re dedicated to sustainable practices and presents workshops on these and other topics to assist in and inspire resilient and relocalized Detroit. http://detroitevolution.com

About Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit – Bioneers comprise a network of visionary innovators working to build a sustainable, positive and creative future for the web of life. http://www.glbd.org

About Eastern Market Corporation – Eastern Market is open on Saturdays from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 313-833-9300 http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com

November 15, 2010   No Comments

Mindfully Prepared Detroit-Local Catering

Detroit Evolution emerged in 2006 and has shared Food Education Classes, Local Catering, Yoga, Bodywork, Nutritional Counseling and Sustainable Lifestyle Training since. Co-Founders Angela and Gregg Newsom strive to raise awareness of the importance of neighborhood-level relocalization in Detroit.

Detroit Evolution’s current focus is on the development and promotion of community-driven urban cottage micro-economies, recognizing existing community kitchens and urban agriculture as viable foundations for future growth. Our current collaborative programs include the Corktown Community Kitchen, People’s Yoga Detroit and Detroit Domes. We support this work, and the work of our allies, by providing healthy, mindfully prepared and locally sourced catering for Detroit events small and large.

“Conscious eating includes processes beyond knowing calorie counts and nutritional information. It includes knowing where food comes from, how it’s made and how it impacts the world around us.” ~Angela Newsom

The realization that food can create change is empowering, and we strive to bring that potential to every Detroit Evolution event. We have a fierce loyalty to the farmers and producers in Detroit and strive to purchase our ingredients directly from the Detroit soil whenever possible. Everything else is as local and pure as we can get. We buy in bulk, compost, and recycle, bringing our events very close to zero waste.

Detroit Evolution is informed and inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Earth Charter, the People of Color Environmental Justice “Principles of Working Together“, Humane Education, and the City of Detroit Policy on Food Security. Improving access to and awareness of healthy local foods is a vital aspect of our mission

We believe that co-creating a sustainable relocalized Detroit demands dedication to providing a living, sustainable wage and to fair trade practices, as well as active participation in undoing racism, and a deep commitment to raising awareness of social and environmental justice issues in the city.

November 2, 2010   No Comments

Feast of Fright Cancelled

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

With sadness I share that we’re canceling the Angel’s Night Feast of Fright. The crew tried to overcome many obstacles to make this event happen, but fate was finally sealed when the high winds ripped apart our dining area canopy beyond repair.

Gregg and I are also dealing with a personal crisis – our landlord is losing his family home, and we are faced with eviction. We got our court papers this week to appear on Friday, which was our big prep day. It is quite possible that we may have to move in 10 days, which has been a frightening prospect with a 20-month old in tow. We have yet to locate a new place.

We looked at all factors, and decided collectively it was best to cancel the event, rather having you all out in the freezing cold – unshielded – to have dinner!

To those of you who pre-registered through Paypal, your refunds were processed today. If you gave us cash at Soup last week, we will contact you as well to arrange a refund.

We want to sincerely thank all of you for your support of the Corktown Community Kitchen. We feel this work is vital to a healthy local food system. Stay tuned, we will return!

Have a safe Halloween weekend,

October 28, 2010   1 Comment