“I don’t like to feel that I owe anything. I like to feel that I pay my own way, no free lunch.”
– B.B. King on September 5, 1986, as told to Joe Smith
Mr. B.B. King. The blues legend says he played 300 nights a year for four-plus decades. That’s just ridiculous. We’re talking about nearly 15,000 shows. King turns 90 this year and you still just might be able to see him on stage. So what’s his secret?
In this animated film created from B.B. King’s interview with legendary music executive, Joe Smith, the musician explains how he approaches an audience, how a fire at a juke joint led to his naming his guitar “Lucille”, why the blues isn’t just being down on your luck, and why compliments don’t mean it’s time to stop practicing or perfecting your craft.
We meet Aaron Draplin at his day job as a designer at his studio, Draplin Design Company in Portland, Oregon. The tour quickly devolves into a discussion of his vast collections of well-organized junk, and includes a trip to an estate sale where Aaron picks up an ancient bag of peanut butter chips.
As many of you may have heard from various news outlets, Liberia has declared a state of emergency for the entire country. All schools and non-essential government services have been shut down. There are curfews and restrictions on movements throughout Liberia. Most health clinics remain closed throughout the country, and as a result many more people are dying not just from Ebola but from malaria and other extreme ailments that aren’t being properly treated. In light of this desperate need, the clinic Liberia Now works with has decided to remain open to serve these Liberians in need of vital medical attention.
NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launching into space for the first time in December 2014, on a flight that will take it farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years and through temperatures twice as hot as molten lava to put its critical systems to the test.
Hollywood is forcing theaters to go digital or go dark. Studios have decided they will no longer send out film prints of new releases after 2014, eliminating the need for a 35mm film projectionist in most theaters. Going Dark profiles two projectionists during their last days on the job.
Todd Sanders is a vintage neon sign artist based out of Austin. With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, Todd is completely self-taught and a true master of his craft. His handcrafted art is produced without the use of computer aided design preserving the unique American tradition even further.
Todd’s award winning pieces have appeared in The Museum of Neon Art, films by Robert Rodriguez, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Fast Company, HGTV and Southern Living. Celebrity clientele include Kings of Leon, Shepard Fairey, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson and ZZ Top.