Tag Archive | January 5th

Damien Echols to Exhibit Original Artwork at NYC’s Sacred Gallery

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Sacred Gallery NYC is pleased to announce: Damien Echols’ Moving Forward; Looking Back

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 2013 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Artist Statement:
These pieces of art are all things I created from my cell on death row, where I spent 18 years for a crime I did not commit. During that time, I had to scavenge for any supplies I got, often bartering for them in the prison underground.

I eventually received ordination in the Rinzai tradition of Japanese Buddhism. This is the same tradition that trained the samurai in ancient Japan. It was this background which was the driving force behind much of my artwork. Most of it was the result of me attempting to turn my cell into a shrine, where I would practice meditation from 5 to 7 hours a day.

Most of the pieces I created over the years were either given to friends as gifts of gratitude or destroyed by vindictive prison guards. These pieces are all that remain of my 18 years in Hell.

This collection will showcase a series of drawings, collage works and a set of craft items Damien made while in prison. Both originals and prints will be available for purchase.

About Damien Echols:
Damien Echols is best known as part of the wrongfully imprisoned West Memphis Three. Echols has been well-documented in books, films, songs and more. After his release in August of 2011, after 18 years on death row, Echols got the chance to document it himself in his just-released memoir, Life After Death: a frustrating, honest and surprisingly joyful account of a life lived under trying circumstances.

This Exhibition’s opening reception is not open to the public. Visit Brown Paper Tickets to purchase tickets for $10.00 each. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project.

About Dharma Friends Prison Outreach:
Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project is under the umbrella of our non-profit foundation, COMPASSION WORKS FOR ALL which helps to support and promote those efforts that benefit the most forgotten and most disenfranchised in our world. All of our projects support the teaching and development of compassion as the most effective tool to bring healing to the world. More info on Dharma Friends can be found at. http://dharmafriendsprisonoutreachproject.com/

Happy Birthday, Paramahansa Yogananda!

Paramahamsa Yogananda

Usually, when The ‘Gig gives a shout out to a birthday boy or girl, we try to lump all birthdays happening on the same day together in one post, to save space or whatever. But for reasons which should be obvious, we could not really lump Paramahansa Yogananda (Born January 5th, 1893) – author of Autobiography of a Yogi, founder of Self-Realization Fellowship, and the guy who taught Gandhi how to meditate – in with Marilyn Manson, Antichrist Superstar (Born January 5th, 1969). Because, no. Happy birthday, Paramahansaji!

Happy Birthday, Marilyn Manson!

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Old School Manson Circa 1996

The self-proclaimed God of Fuck, Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner) was born on this day, January 5th, in 1969. Happy Birthday Manson and thank you for being my very first in-person interview ever way back in 1995. Today is also the  birthday of Indian Guru Paramahansa Yogananda and my niece, Shelby. Happy Birthday, All!

The Sex Pistols US Live Debut

“The Time Has Come to do it Now…”

On This Date, January 5th in In 1978: The Sex Pistols played their first US gig at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta, GA before an estimated attendance of 500 people.