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If you’re looking for something fabulous and spectacular to do tonight in Memphis, here it is:

Much Ado About Shimmies

There will be an array of beautiful dancers paying homage to authors and their great works: Edgar Allen Poe’s Mask of the Red Death, Isaak Asimonv’s Robot Visions, Nicolaus Coperneicus’ On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Anne Rice’s Witching Hour, Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, Shi Jin’s Ancient Book of Songs, George Martin’s Game of Thrones, and of course One Thousand and One Nights…and many, many more!!

Come celebrate art in its many forms.

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For the last six years, the ladies of Shimmy Mob Memphis have joined women across the world in danced to raise funds and awareness for local women’s and children’s shelters to help end domestic violence.

We invite you to join us this Saturday, May 21, 2016 for a fundraiser show and silent auction at Club 152 on Beale Street at 7 p.m.  Admission is $15.  Proceeds go to the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County.

Our performers will include the beautiful dancers from Alima Tribe, Tribal City Bellydance, Pyramid Dance Company, Sahar, Mystic River Dance Company, and of course Shimmy Mob Memphis.

There will be presentations about the Family Safety Center and a silent auction with lovely items on the auction block.

(Bring cash or a check for the auction!)

Please join us for a fun and sparkly evening in support of a great cause!

 

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Shimmy Mob Memphis was a success!

We have until May 31 to raise $180.50 needed to reach our goal of $2000. Donations may be made online at fundly.com/shimmy-mob-memphis

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On May 10, 2014 Memphis dancers united across groups and differences in support of the Shimmy Mob cause – to raise funds and awareness for women’s and children’s shelters.  This year the Memphis team supported the mission of the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County, an organization that provides counseling and support services for families affected by domestic abuse and educational services to the community to prevent domestic violence.

To support the cause, please make a donation through: ShimmyMobMemphis until May 31, 2014 or directly through the Family Safety Center’s website (see link above).

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Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

~Edgar Degas

First you get a song in your brain, and then it comes out your body, and that’s how you dance.

~Davis James, age 5

Shimmy Mob Memphis is dancing to change the world. This is our fourth year of dancing for the cause!

This year we dance to raise awareness and funds for the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County. 

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How can you help us end violence and strengthen families?

1. Dance with us

2. Let us dance for you

3. Donate to our cause! Visit www.fundly.com/shimmy-mob-memphis

Related Posts & Links:

Unbreakable

Dancing to Change the World

Shimmy Mob Memphis 2013

Shimmy Mob Southaven 2013

Shimmy Mob Memphis 2012

Shimmy Mob Memphis 2011

Skattur has a new garden art creation: Mushroom Sitters.

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As you can see, they are freakin’ adorable.

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You can find these little guys and their friends TOMORROW

at the Mid-South People’s Pizza Awards & Rock -N- Rumble Showdown.

Skattur will be there 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

I’ll be there floating around there somewhere probably being a pizza snob

(Nobody makes a better pie than El-D).

This event is sure to be a blast!

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Come!

Here’s where it’s at:

Battle Arena

3873 U.S 61

Tunica MS. 38676

Happy International Belly Dance Day!

Today we unite in dance with women around the world to raise awareness and funds to end violence against women and children.

 

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You can show your support by coming to watch at the above times, or by going to shimmymobmemphis.com to donate or donate directly to the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County.

 

Other posts on this topic:

Unbreakable

Shimmy Mob 2013 – We’ll Be Dancing to Change the World

 

Today SoKaN joined a gang of 80 knittas and hookers to carry out a bombing assignment for the mafia.

Ka-BOOM!

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That’s yarn bombing, of course, otherwise known as knit graffiti, a form of community street art.  And the mafia is the Memphis Knit Mafia.

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the turquoise and red piece on the 2nd rail is my work

This means that as of today my work is officially on display at a museum.  I’m pretty sure this makes me edgy and urban, yet sophisticated and classy, all at the same time (if only in my imagination).

I lead such an adventurous (fantasy) life, especially for someone who spends such a vast amount of leisure time reading, knitting, and putting on shadow puppet shows for her puppy.

People are so durn creative, so now I will present the work of the real artists…

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Ladybugs and flowers and stripes and pink and pompoms! It’s so fluffy I could die.

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Knitted hearts on a string! Be still my heart. I must learn to make these.

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More hearts.

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A super big THANK YOU to Christiana Leibovich for being the capo di tutti capi.

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Our Fancy Upcoming Events

SoKaN will be joining the Memphis Knit Mafia to yarn bomb the Brooks Museum of Art on Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m.  This project is in conjunction with the Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in Nineteenth Century American Art exhibit.

If you’re not familiar with yarn bombing, you can check out this photo essay from Time Magazine by clicking HERE to learn more about this fine art.  I am thrilled to pieces to be participating in this event. My new favorite thing to do is to talk loudly about this event in public places.  I alternatively refer to it as “my bombing assignment from the Mafia” or “my next exhibit at the art museum,” depending on whether I’m feeling dangerous or fancy.  I do this, of course, because I’m actually just a gigantic nerd that gets giddy over knitting.  But whatevs! I have my contribution to a bench complete and I’m currently working on a handrail.  Wheee!  There will be prize drawings, knitting lessons and food trucks on hand, so join us for the fun!

 Also, we invite you to come see us on Saturday, March 23 support St. Jude at the Annual St. Jude Springfest at the Millington Civic Center, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  There will be 13 Bluegrass/Gospel groups, food & craft vendors, McGruff the Crime Dog,  a silent auction, games for the kids, Motorcycle Dice Run & much, much more.

Where We’ve Been

November 028Back in November SoKaN joined the various other “pop-up” people – performers, vendors, artists – at MemFix Crosstown. This event was part of Mayor AC Wharton’s initiative to bring Sexy Back to Memphis.  Sounds like a good plan to me.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day to perch on a lawn chair and ponder the historic Sears Building. I hope to see the Church Health Center and other healthcare providers of Memphis succeed in their vision of revitalizing the space. My grandmother used to work there and I can’t drive by it without thinking of her.
There was lots of fun to be had — a rock climbing wall, food trucks galore, hula hoopers, doggies , strangely dressed people, and a one man band on a trailer being pulled around by a bicycler. Good times!
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Back in December we did the Holiday Market and Concert in Millington.  xmas craftinessI am always amazed by the talent and creativity on display at craft shows.  Signs and holiday door decorations were particularly hot at this event.

Signs on the left were crafted by Monkey See, Lexi Do.  Some double as picture frames.  Cute idea!

And of course SoKaN had our wares…

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Recycled Garden Art by Skattur

Recycled Garden Art by Skattur

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Beady Boop’s Baubles

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Dancing is when you rise above worlds, tearing your heart into pieces and giving up your soul.

 –Rumi

Dancing to change the world – does the idea seem a bit grandiose to you? It did to me too at first blush.

But each day I see a little more clearly how the dance we choreograph – step by measured step – through life’s ever-changing rhythms is the world.

Mallika Sarabhai’s Ted Talk recently forced me to reconsider the power of the arts.  Her video (embedded below) takes less than 20 minutes to watch.  If you are strapped for time, the first 5 minutes alone are quite enlightening.

Last May I had the pleasure of dancing in Shimmy Mob 2012 with the Memphis group.  Shimmy Mob is an international flash mob event that raises awareness and funds for women’s and children’s shelters.

The video below will give you some idea of what this event is like.  It is a “mash up” of the dancers across the world who participated.

So why raise awareness and funds for these shelters?

Consider the sobering statistics:

Every 15 seconds a woman in America is battered (UN Study on the Status of Women, 2000). Almost a third of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 2001).

Only about a quarter of rapes or attempted rapes are reported to the police (U.S. Justice Department). Many victims of rape do not report violent acts against them because they are ashamed, fearful of not being believed, or afraid of further violence. Of the reported rapes in the U.S., around 18% of females have survived a completed or attempted rape. I use the word females here instead of women because children make up a large proportion of this number: 12% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped and nearly 30% were between the ages of 11-17 (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010).

Of course this is not just a “female problem.” Boys raised in violent homes are 10 times more likely than those raised in non-violent homes to later abuse their spouses (Family Violence Interventions for the Justice System, 1993). In 2010, of the 200,000 rapes or sexual assaults that occurred in the U.S., around 15,020 of those were among males (2010 National Crime Victimization Survey, Department of Justice).

Numbers offer a depersonalized, abstract answer to the “why?” question. For additional answers, you might consider listening to the voices of individuals who have experienced violence personally.  I recently read two vastly different and fascinating perspectives from self-proclaimed “predatory teen-aged girls.” These perspectives, which can be found HERE and HERE reveal two truths which seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum.  There again is that paradoxical tension, which is, in the words of Parker Palmer, the “power that wants to pull [the] heart open to something larger than itself.”  It’s enough to make your head spin if you think about it.

As for me, I’ll be dancing because my head looks pretty ridiculous spinning without the rest of my body.

If you want to join us in the dance for this cause, registration is now open to participate in this year’s mob.  It will be held on World Belly Dance Day, (yes there really is such a thing) which falls on Saturday, May 11, 2013 this year. The choreography is beautiful and accessible to beginners.  You do not have to have belly dance experience to participate.  Check out the website shimmymob.com for more information about how you can join us.

This year locally we will have team leaders in Memphis (Lucie) and in Southaven (Penny).

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

–Margaret Mead

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