I who may well be...

Musings from the perspective of a human being who may well be not locatable completely within the usual categories of male or female or gay or straight or transsexual or intersexed or exploiter or exploited or supplier or consumer or performer or spectator.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Creative Dissent

Creative Dissent

A monthly gathering of all-sorts of trouble-makers daring to share art and music outside of the pre-packaged meal deal. Lately it’s either been at the Hutch or the Abercrombie, on the last Wednesday of the month, featuring everything from poetry about police and forest blockades to cutting edge hilarious pop-satire with the groin-propelled electric guitars and all.

The performers are the people often seen on the front lines a demos, passionate creative people who celebrate life beyond the pre-fabricated box, students fresh from Newtown Drama High School with more to say than Britney’s spheres, death metal rockers with a political bent, electro-rap magicians with a deep groove to share.

Last month I was just blissed out for an hour while my friend Vicki played sax with an ambient jazz ensemble and I let my body dance to the transporting music. Ah! Bliss for brain and body!

And as a special bonus, another friend offered to massage me, so of course I accepted, and enjoyed another half-hour of bliss while the ambient jazz came and went and the bands changed and I was happy in this space so totally accepting of humanity, whether dressed in black and sitting quietly or dressed in rainbow and red and dancing exotic.

A gold coin donation is all that’s asked, and no one is turned away for lack of coin. Free food is provided from reclaimed resources. Happy smiling faces welcome you. Free people are loving people.

The Revolution is here, and I’m dancing to it!

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Chanel ? and the Fun Police

My Saturday night: Actually a lot less rowdy than the below report indicates. I had a fun few wild dances, rocking my spine out to electro thrash, hugged a few friends, flirted with a flirty friend ; ) and choose to go home when they left about 1am, and so missed the confrontation with the fun police. I mean, really, no one's getting their homes broken into on a Saturday night, so the police can afford to use these overwhelming numbers to stop a bunch of kids doing.. what.. partying.. dancing without authority...

You can't stop us partying, copper, you only look stupid, while your pay packet drains Mr and Mrs Average for you to harass their children. Our happy celebration of our humanity is stronger than your dour fun-policing! We hug who we want, we dance where we want, we share whatever fun things we choose, and we laugh in your general direction!

Now, over to your Fox Network approved news source:

Riot police break up Facebook party
Article from: The Sunday Telegraph
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By Chelsea White

August 31, 2008 12:00am
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RIOT police, the Dog Squad and a helicopter were called in to break up a wild dance party in Sydney's inner west last night.

About 1,500 people crammed into an empty Camperdown warehouse for the event, publicised through online forums such as Facebook, and complete with lasers, video installations and DJs over three floors.

Nearly 1km of Parramatta Rd was closed just after 1am as police tried to clear the warehouse amid serious fire and safety concerns.

Around 50 officers were joined by a huge back-up force, including the Public Order and Riot Squad, the Dog Squad, Polair and Police Rescue, when a group of partygoers refused to leave and threw bottles from the upper floors.

It took until 2.30am to clear the building. Parramatta Rd was reopened at 3am.

There were no arrests at the party but a man was later arrested after allegedly lashing out at police as they moved people on.

Newtown duty officer Paul Giovenali described the event as a "fairly disturbing scene''.

However, a number of partygoers accused police of overacting, saying the event was just good fun.

One attendee, who only identified himself as Daniel, said the event had been going since 10pm.

"Going against the grain, of course its fun,'' he said.

Another partygoer, Jess Cook, said the police were overacting to a creative event.

"The reason why our community does this is because there is no space for us,'' Ms Cook said.