Saturday, December 01, 2007

Shop Handmade for the Holidays!

Bringing Handmade to You!

As part of the second annual Salem Open Studios, Feed Your Head will be hosting a Boston Handmade Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8, from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, December 9, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Etsy Boston group, Boston Handmade, is a gathering of artists and designers who support one another in the pursuit of creativity made by hand. All members of Boston Handmade are registered sellers on, an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade, and are locally based in Massachusetts.

The Boston Handmade Trunk Show will offer a unique experience for shoppers to support local artists, designers, and business while getting a leg up on holiday shopping and enjoying light refreshments. Instead of an impersonal shopping trip to the mall to buy mass-produced goods, shoppers will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience discovering unique handmade goods from art to jewelry to paper goods to accessories while getting the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists behind the creations.

Participating artisans are as follows:

Dawn Wilson

Amy Olson

Jaye Frisina

Allison Fraske

Jessica Burko

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Slingshot Organizers Are In!

Yup. You read right. The 2008 Slingshot Organizers in both the traditional pocket sized and full-size have arrived. In case you're not familiar with Slingshot, these are awesome planners.

The pocket version has 160 pages (4.25 inches X 5.5 inches) with radical dates for every day of the year, space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, a menstrual calendar, info on police repression, extra note pages, plus much more.

The large-size desk calendar version is 160 pages, bound with a spiral wire binding, and has a sturdy, laminated cover. It is twice the size of the pocket organizer (5.5 inches X 8.5 inches) with twice as much space to write all the events in your life. It has similar contents to the classic: radical dates for every day of the year, space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, a menstrual calendar, info. on police repression, extra note pages, plus a little bonus stuff inot available in the pocket version.

The large Slingshots are available in 20 colors and the pocket-sized ones are in 37 and I'd be willing to bet that we have almost all of them in stock, so come in and pick one up!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Atrophy: Photographs by Jenn Frankavitz

Atrophy: Photographs by Jenn Frankavitz
Opening Reception with the Artist
Saturday, September 8
7 - 9 pm

at·ro·phy (ăt'rә-fē) n. pl. at·ro·phies

A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution, especially owing to lack of use.

is a series of photographs taken throughout New England of various abandoned buildings, including The Salem Jail, The Strathmore Paper Mill in Woronoco, MA, The Hubert Coal Breaker in PA, and a shoe and carpet factory in Wilkesbarre, PA. Frankavitz's intention of capturing the vacancy, sadness, and beauty of these structures is visible in the series. Although the buildings themselves are in various states of decay, remnants of the past are still present, creating a feeling of uncertainty.

Jenn Frankavitz grew up in southern New Hampshire, and focuses primarily on portraits and urban landscapes. She is currently attending Montserrat College of Art where she is studying to receive her B.F.A. in photography.

As part of our monthly art series, Jenn Frankavitz's photographs will be on display at Feed Your Head for the entire month of September. We invite you to join us, however, for the opening of Atrophy on Saturday, September 8 from 7–9 pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Monday, August 20, 2007

This Week...

Thursday, 8 pm: 500 Plastic Dragons
Come see a Salem fave for a mere five dollars!

Friday, 7 pm: Salem Arts Association Mixer

We'll be hosting this month's gathering of the Salem Arts Association. Salem is brimming with artists--come and meet a few of them! Bring some food or drink to share and some business cards to pass around. Not a member of the Arts Association? Come anyway to meet us and find out what we're all about!

Sunday, 7 - 9 pm: Spoken Word Open Mic

Local poets Lilly and Shawn, famous for reading from found books and papers, will be hosting this month's spoken word open mic. Want to try out the latest chapter of your novel on an audience? Ready to stun the public of Salem with your recitation of Poe's works? Whatever you've got, poetry or prose, yours or someone else's FYH's spoken word open mic is the place for you!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Two Minute Warning: The Art of Richard Flynn

Prepare to be amazed! Famous around Salem for his Sharpie drawn comics (featured most prominently on Feed Your Head's monthly spoken word open mic flyers), Richard Flynn is also a prolific painter and sculptor. Called outsider art by some, genius by others, Richard's work will blow your mind. Drawing his inspiration from pop culture, Richard's work is characterized by bright colors and assemblages made from everyday objects like bowling pins, bottle caps, dolls, drinking cups, toilet bowl plungers, and more . . . Dubbed Punk Rock Totem Poles, Richard's creations will be taking over Feed Your Head for the month of August and beyond!

Richard Flynn's creations will be on display at Feed Your Head from August 2 - September 5 as part of our rotating monthly art series. Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on Thursday, August 9 from 7 - 9 pm. Admission is free and an array of pop art inspired snacks will be served.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

What Are You Doing This Weekend??

Hopefully the answer is coming to Feed Your Head because we have a full line up of events for you....

Tonight, we have a basement show featuring Salem's own Sinking Spells (, Creature, Ellis Eye, and Mongrel. A mere five bucks gets you in the door. 8 pm

Tomorrow is our infamous ( mean famous) monthly spoken word open mic. With the amazing artist and poet Sue Grillo serving as the hostess with the Hostess and guest performer Duncan Wilder Johnson, it's sure to be a blast! Read your latest haiku. Recite a poem you memorized in first grade. Stun the audience with your rendition of the pledge of allegiance. As long as it's spoken, anything goes. 7 - 9 pm

On Monday, we have another great basement show lined up with local band Pukka Argot (, 28 Degree Taurus (, and Mise en Abyme ( from Portland, OR. Just like Saturday's show, only five dollars gets you in to see three great bands. 8 pm

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

"They Take Our Jobs"

They Take Our Jobs
Reading and Discussion with Aviva Chomsky
Saturday, July 14, 2 pm

Claims that immigrants take American jobs, drain the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills are openly discussed and debated at all levels of U.S. society. But according to Aviva Chomsky, immigrants’ rights activist and professor of history at Salem State College, the current immigration debate is “rife with myths, stereotypes and unquestioned assumptions” about the history of immigration and how American society, economy, and laws function. In her latest book, They Take Our Jobs!, Chomsky dismantles twenty-one of the most commonly maintained myths about immigration, from “immigrants don’t pay taxes” to “today’s immigrants are not learning English.” In a series of accessible chapters, Chomsky argues that many opinions about immigration are based on a distorted and sanitized version of American history that is reinforced by textbooks, politicians, and the media—and rarely questioned.

Come meet Aviva Chomsky and hear her read from They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 Other Myths About Immigration on Saturday, July 14, at 2 pm at Feed Your Head, 272 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970, 978-744-4009.

About the Author
Aviva Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College. The daughter of noted activist and linguist Noam Chomsky, Aviva is the author of several books including Linked Labor Histories: New England and Columbia. She has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrants’ rights issues from more than 25 years. Aviva Chomsky lives in Salem, MA.

"An indispensable guide to the current debate on immigration. If you are at all uncertain about how to deal with anti-immigrant arguments, you will find Chomsky's book a perfect response. She makes her points with clarity and uses unassailable evidence while offering constructive short-and long-term solutions."
—Howard Zinn, author of You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train