It’s not often that I look through my events on Facebook and think, “How am I going to do it all?” I mean, it’s happened before on weekends… and remember those few months where Tuesday and Thursday were the busiest days of the week? It’s getting close to that again especially with all of the music the Moonhanger Group is bringing to The Cox Capitol Theatre – but they are not alone. Here are all the things you can do this weekend, and I’m sorry, I’m so, so sorry, but you’re going to hate me because you’ll want to do them all as well.
When Chris Horne ran for city council a few years ago, I felt a tide turning. He challenged all of us to be the change we wanted to see. As a result of his run, I realized that I couldn’t just sit around any more. I had to start getting involved. Not just writing about the great stuff going on in town but also helping the great things going on in town come into bloom. Maybe I wanted to put my name on history, but mostly, I wanted to see what we were doing from the inside to see what we all could do from the outside.
It goes without saying that we need to be involved. If someone could find the magic formula for making people come out to things, that person could grow rich working for all of these organizations that want your $5 to $50,000 (whatever bracket you fall into). But there is not magic formula. People labor under the impression that there is nothing to do in Macon so therefore they don’t seek it out. People labor under the concept that there is a “cool” way to be – informed by peers, magazines, television programs and commercials, etc. While this last isn’t particularly a Macon problem, it is one that strongly affects the people who want to do things in Macon. And forget about our racial and class-ist backwardness. More on that later.
Ummm, this whole weekend is full of music. Chock full of music. If we keep going like this, we might begin to be the music city we keep dreaming of.
The Secret to a Happy Ending (Free!)
THE SECRET TO A HAPPY ENDING documents the Drive-By Truckers and their congregation of fans as they explore tales of human weakness and redemption. Filmmaker Barr Weissman followed the band during three critical years of touring and recording — years in which the band struggles to overcome the trauma of divorce and survives a near breakup. SECRET combines band interviews, behind-the-scenes footage on the road and in the studio, along with legendary live performances. Reflective of the band’s roots in Alabama and Georgia, the film explores the changing American South — its tangled past and strange beauty.
The second day of the Macon Film Festival had me stealing a baby to come write with me at Roasted.
Well, technically, I didn’t steal him, but I did take him with me for the morning. Since he didn’t like to sit still, I didn’t take him to any of the film festival. Also, I wasn’t sure what I would see. Some of the films that seemed like they wouldn’t be a problem would have surprising things for impressionable eyes. I just didn’t want to have to explain some of those things to a baby, is all. How did the day go?
There’s a lot going on this year. For some, 2012 has been awesome. Not for me though. I won’t let it stop me from helping you get your holiday party on… I mean, celebrating this auspicious time of year. So, whether you’re going out with the end of the world or taking the risk that we get to make it to 2013, here are a few things to spur these last three weeks on. Read More…