Sunday, May 11, 2008

Another Busy May Week

Mark Freeland, "The Idol Slept in an Infinite Rose"

Well, one week of rest, and back to a week of spectacular activities!
Tomorrow, I meet with the Buffalo NYFA MARK team to piece together the group portion of our presentation for NYC. I think that this group can really come up with something good- we can really wow them in New York. The closer it gets, the more psyched I get....
Then on Wednesday, there is a bit of a fundraising event for Rivendell- the place I go to ride during the summer. At Coldstone Creamery, 4110 Maple Road, from 7-9, they will be donating 10-30% of sales to Rivendell. Lets face it, that's gonna be easy. There is nothing that sucks about eating ice cream at Cold Stone.
Then Thursday, the 2nd half of Mark Freeland's birthday celebration will be at Gallery 164 (164 Allen Street) from 5-9. Music by David Kane, drink sales to benefit Lindsay Freeland's fight against cancer, and Marty Mcgee will be filming people telling their stories about Mark. Personally, I have hundreds of them, and I change my mind from minute to minute about which story I'll tell...

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mark Freeland Birthday Bash

Last night was a fantastic night; a party that Mark surely would have appreciated.
First, 2 galleries filled with his paintings, and photos of him singing, playing and painting.
Then, bands of all styles paying homage to his music at Nietzsche's- all on the same block!
Another good thing (for us older folks) is that The Fems did their set early in the evening; it was the first time they played an acoustic set and it was a BALL!
Many old friends were there-Carla, Master of Ceremonies, Ed Koban started the music for the evening, Mar Penner Griswold had photos in the College Street Gallery, (a version of) Bob Weider's country ensemble performed, David Kane was playing (after we had to go-school night).
I also got the chance to add to my "spring wardrobe" with some Freeland apparel- Carla introduced a brand new tee design from Mark's later painting.
The above image is about 20 years old, taken while he was painting a mural on Connecticut Street. 2 photos from this series are hanging in Gallery 224 as part of the celebration. On May 15, the gallery will be open ; David Kane will be playing, and Marty McGee will be filming people telling their best Mark Freeland stories....

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