The Power of Art on Wheels

Posted by on 12 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: Art, The Bus Blog

The Vegan Bus with a flying pig

The phrase “when pigs fly” is an adynaton—a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it describes an impossibility.” ~Wikipedia

I have been thinking a lot for the last couple of years about reviving the Vegan Bus Project. While we did amazing things with the bus, it has never reached its full potential. Sure, we drove over 2,000 miles to Burning Man on our maiden voyage, and were featured on Supreme Master TV… but we never raised the money we needed to kick some serious ass and bring the vegan message to the masses like I had dreamed when we started.

For the last 3 years the bus has been parked in various locations, waiting for me to make up my mind. The bus has never left my heart, and I have decided the only way to do it is to do it right. My vision is a pig with wings. When pigs fly the world will become vegan. The bus already has a cute snubby pig nose, all it needs is the rest. Wings with solar panels that power a PA system. A stage that lowers from the side of the bus and provides a platform for performance art, music, yoga classes, lectures, you name it. LED lights all around, and other technologies that exemplify green.

Before we start the fundraising, we want to get some artists’ renderings of what the bus could look like. We are putting out a call to visual artists, graphic designers, engineers, or anyone who has magical powers of creativity to help us visualize the bus as a pig. Once we get some nice ideas and art to inspire people with, we will start a crowdsource fundraiser complete with a video featuring vintage vegan bus footage and the submitted visions of the bus. The shit is going to go viral. To contribute your art or ideas to the project please contact us! All contributors will receive some Vegan Bus swag, and lots of love and appreciation in our future endeavors.

This post anticipates the release of my interview on Our Hen House podcast tomorrow, where I will officially announce the revitalization of the project.

This post did not anticipate this cool art vehicle by one of my favorite artists, Banksy. His piece “Sirens of the Lambs” is driving around the Meat Packing District in NYC, an animal transport vehicle with stuffed farm animals bleating and crying with their heads hanging out the narrow opening. Do you think this is powerful art? Another vehicle of transformation?

Vegan Bus to Burning Man 2007: Photo Gallery

Posted by on 06 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: Our Travels

The Vegan Bus has been on hiatus for a while, but we will be making announcements about future plans for the bus soon!

Derek Goodwin recently posted his photo gallery from the 2007 maiden voyage of the bus on its trip from Northampton, Massachusetts to Black Rock City, Nevada. Inspired his 2006 experience at Burning Man, Derek saw the need for a vegan presence at the festival and began the Vegan Bus project.

Where Is the Vegan Bus?

Posted by on 02 Nov 2012 | Tagged as: The Bus Blog

The Vegan Bus at its undisclosed location in Western MA

The Vegan Bus at its undisclosed location in Western MA. A small tree fell on it that caused no damage but made a nice prop for photos of Scott & Anya.

The Vegan Bus is currently “Out of Service” and parked safely on the property of a supporter who lives in Western Massachusetts. As the founder and visionary of the project, I have been pursuing other life goals, while keeping the bus and my vision for it alive in my heart.

In 2010 I began spending my winters in New Orleans, where I discovered Jivamukti Yoga. In 2011 I became a Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and in April of this year I was hired by Jivamukti Yoga to become the project manager for an ambitious new web site that we are about to launch. This was the cause for my move to NYC.

Now that I have become established in NYC, and am connecting to the vegan scene there, I have been considering the fate of the Vegan Bus Project, and am happy to say that I am still enthusiastic about it and am going to start fund-raising and organizing for the project in NYC, where there are considerably more resources than in Western MA for vegans and our crazy ideas.

We have also resurrected Vegan Radio in NYC, with my new co-host Lo Vee, and it will play a part in promoting and documenting the Vegan Bus Project.

My connection to Western MA is still strong, as well as to Woodstock, NY, and to New York City. It is likely that the bus will become a part of all of these communities, and a shared resource for vegans in the northeast and beyond. While the plans and ideas get sorted out I will keep you posted through this blog.

Nov 4, 2011 Raquy & the Cavemen

Posted by on 11 Oct 2011 | Tagged as: Events

Raquy & the Cavemen will be performing in Northampton Nov 4, 2011

Raquy & the Cavemen will be performing in Northampton Nov 4, 2011

November 4, 2011 at 8:30PM
Karuna Center for Yoga and the Healing Arts
25 Main Street, Third Floor • Northampton, MA 01060

Raquy and the Cavemen are a duo of virtuoso drummers / multi-instrumentalists who bring hard rock energy to the mystical rhythms of the Middle East. They will be returning to Northampton for the 4th year in a row to help raise funds for local non-profit Evolvegan’s Vegan Bus Project.

Raquy and the Cavemen switch between energetic drumming compositions and intoxicating melodic pieces. Utilizing a variety of unusual instruments including the Kemenche (an ancestor of the violin), Dumset (Middle Eastern drumset) and Mongolian Throat singing (see full instrument descriptions below), Raquy and the Cavemen’s huge sound and mind-blowing show leaves listeners transported, uplifted and full of joy.

Manavi

Middle Eastern influenced music & belly dancing by local artists Manavi

Local favorites Manavi will also be performing. Manavi is a troupe of dancers and musicians based in Northampton, MA. Featuring three captivating and unique belly dancers – Felicia Malachite, Sugati and Sahina, Manavi plays original music as well as traditional classic Middle Eastern songs.

Raquy will also be teaching a Dumbek Drumming Workshop

5:30-7:00PM on Friday November 4, 2011
$25 or $35 with concert ticket – beginner to intermediate
Karma’s 3rd floor Yoga Studio, 48 Main St, Northampton, 01060.

Raquy lives part time in Istanbul where she performs and practices with virtuoso Turkish drummers, especially her main teacher Bunyamin Olguncan. She performed there with Okay Temiz. She has also appeared on Turkish Television with Ross Daly and Okay Temiz. Raquy has released two popular Dumbek Instructional Kits that include a book, a DVD and a CD. She also has her own line of custom dumbeks. Find all this and more at her online store.

BOOKAPALOOZA!

Posted by on 23 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Art, Events

Bookapalooza 2010

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14th from 1-5PM
Old Dynamite Records Space at lower level of
THORNES MARKETPLACE
150 Main St in Northampton, MA 01060

FREE ADMISSION

Come one, come all to the greatest show on Earth! BOOKAPALOOZA is a fundraiser for EVOLVEGAN, a non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable lifestyles through skill sharing and conscious evolution.

We are bringing you a earth-friendly way to ease into the holidays with gifts and recipes and community and fun! We will have authors on hand with cookbooks, art and photography books, and more. We will also have a selection of books on vegetarianism, environmentalism, religion, and social justice available from Lantern Books. There will be yummy vegan food to sample and buy (see below).

There will be live art and music performances, a kombucha-making demo, children’s activities, a silent auction, raffle, massage table, gift vendors, and unpredictable shenanigans galore!

Whatever you do you won’t want to miss the madness that is the first annual Evolvegan BOOKAPALOOZA!!!

FEATURED BOOKS (so far):

We will also have a selection of books on vegetarianism, environmentalism, religion, and social justice available from Lantern Books

VENDORS:

  • Bone Flower Botanikals live food delicacies and elixirs.
  • Dharma Boutique Fairly Traded, Sacred Gifts from India and Afghanistan
  • Divine Treasures Decadent vegan chocolates (available locally at Cornucopia)
  • Inspirit Common providing hot chai and metaphysical gifts
  • Lantern Books books on vegetarianism, environmentalism, religion, and social justice
  • Love Alive – High Vibrational Living Foods for Ecstatic Super-Beings!
  • Massages by Susan Brudner (currently scheduling appointments at Karma)
  • Oh Sweet Mama’s Vegan Bakery Decadent vegan baked goods and wedding cakes
  • Solentiname Fair trade colorful hand made gifts from Nicaragua
  • Free Food Samples of holiday recipes from the cookbooks we are featuring

PERFORMANCES:

  • 1:00pm – Tarab Orkestar (music and dance ensemble under the influence ofMiddle Eastern rhythms)
  • 1:45pm – Readings by Featured Authors
  • 2:00pm – Spacelord Scott (acoustic intrerlude)
  • 2:30pm – Acroyoga Demonstration
  • 3:00 PMThe Acoustic Kelvins
  • 4:00 PM -The Rosettes
  • 4:45pm – Closing Banter and Ukulele Dance Party
  • 5:00pm – Event Ends

Thanks to our CONTRIBUTORS!:

Special thanks to VEGFUND for a $150 grant to allow us give free food samples at the event!!

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Investigate and/or order our featured books online here:

Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farm Animals in Stories and Photographs

Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farm Animals in Stories and Photographs

Don't Eat Me cookbook

Don't Eat Me!

Sept 24th: Vegan Pizza with the Pleasants

Posted by on 13 Sep 2010 | Tagged as: Events

The Pleasants at Cafe Evolution

Friday September 24th, 7PM, at Cafe Evolution!

Last year we had a successful fundraiser featuring a live set from the indie folk goddess AMANDA ROGERS. This year Amanda is part of a duo called THE PLEASANTS and is touring the Northeast once again. The duo will be gracing us with a performance at CAFE EVOLUTION. We will be serving up VEGAN PIZZA from master chef Heather Bargeron along with BUFFALO TEMPEH and VEGAN BLUE CHEESE DRESSING from our secret recipe vault. The regular CAFE EVOLUTION menu will also be available, along with their decadent vegan desserts.

ABOUT THE PLEASANTS:

Mixing equal parts whiskey, dusty earth, and spring water, The Pleasants evoke a strange sense of longing for simpler times and lyrically draw on past experiences when young hearts and minds are unspoiled and uncorrupted by modern exploitations. Sometimes described as intense folk but best described as Indie Grunge, The Pleasants weave together music familiar yet altogether new. Bonded by their love of REAL music, this song-writing duo (Amanda Rogers and Mike Matta) has bounded on their musical journey to writing the most undeniably best song ever.

CAFE EVOLUTION
22 Chestnut St. Florence, MA
413-586-0200
Google Map of Evolution
NO COVER!
PIZZA & WINGS @ 5:30PM
MUSIC @ 7PM

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