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Time Travel Tuesday: Morris Louis

January 4, 2012
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hop on over to brown paper bag to check out my musings on morris louis, color field painter extraordinaire!
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Time Travel Tuesday: New Year’s Resolutions and Cathy

January 3, 2012
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Happy New Year everyone! Sara at Brown Paper Bag and I thought we would start off with a little Time Travel Tuesday for ya’ll. This week Sara writes about her disdain for the comic, Cathy, and the societal stereotypes about single women and their “habits” that unfortunately often play into our New Year’s Resolutions....
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new year, new you!

December 31, 2011
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HOLY SHIT 2011 IS OVER how the hell did that happen? this year was a brilliant one for us here at BIG THINGS and we want to thank you all for being a part of it! i wouldn’t be able run this blog without you reading, sharing your ideas, offering your friendship, and for...
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CHANUKKAH PARTY TIME!!!

December 21, 2011
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ITS TIME FOR CHANUKKAH!!!! there are 8 nights to celebrate the festival of lights, but this year the big one is going to be the final night, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH. the kitchen, the adventure school & BIG THINGS have joined jewish forces to put together an awesome chanukkah party for you all: SPECTACULOUS MIRACULOUS! come...
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TIME TRAVEL TUESDAY: Joan Brown

December 13, 2011
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ITS TIME TRAVEL TUESDAY!!! Sara from Brown Paper Bag wrote about one of my favorite California painters, Joan Brown! Coincidentally, I almost wrote about her for my TTT piece but decided to go with pochoir, a type of color illustration that had its heydey in 1920s Parisian publications. Check that out over on BPB...
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power of the people

December 8, 2011
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WAKE UP! that’s the message of the occupy movement, which is rapidly gaining momentum in the us and in cities, towns and villages all around the world! people are angry and want to reclaim their lives, homes, rights, and bodies, from the tight grasp of corporate greed and influence! it is a movement that...
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armonica harmonica

December 4, 2011
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my friend ashley is performing at mills college this week on the glass armonica! im so excited to get to see this elusive instrument played in person and thought i’d do a little research about it first. little did i know that the story behind it is just as eerie as the sound itself…...
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BUY NOTHING DAY!

November 24, 2011
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well, today is the day. the day we’ve waited for all year….the day that kicks off the holiday season for 2011: BUY NOTHING DAY! that’s right, folks, here at BIG THINGS we don’t celebrate black friday. here’s why: 1) holidays should be about spending time with your family, community, and giving back, not about...
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thanksgiving ragamuffins

November 24, 2011
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while looking for some thanksgiving images to share, i came across several photos of kids in costume dressed up as “ragamuffins” or “maskers”- ashy faces, oversized ragdoll clothes, their parents wallets and handbags- begging for pennies in the 1930s and 1940s. it seems like this tradition of dressing up like beggars was confined to...
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the moving image

November 22, 2011
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first came photographs, then came film, and then along came a combination of still and moving images in a single picture!!! gjon mili was the first photographer to work with an electronic flash, capturing movement and action in a single photograph in a way no one had seen before. trained as an engineer at...
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