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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project...
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Serene Accommodations and Fresh Produce at Flora Farms, San José del Cabo
Founded back in 1996, Flora Farms is positively ancient when it comes to the current farm-to-table movement. The working farm—located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San José del Cabo, Mexico—was started in order for Gloria...
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Bush-Dyed Robe
Carefully bush-dyed by Anindilyakwa women living in the remote Groote Eylandt Archipelago—an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 391 miles from Darwin—each North Home robe is unique. The process is one full of rich history and creativity—using...
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North Home Sleepwear Collection
North Home continues celebrating Aboriginal Australian artists—and the beauty and diversity of their traditions, skills and crafts—with their new sleepwear collection, which launches today. Made up of just three pieces, the range is lush, textured...
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Classic T-Shirt
Founded by Belgian photographer-turned-DJ Francois Vaxelaire, The Lot Radio is Brooklyn's internet radio station housed in a shipping container complete with a coffee kiosk. More than just a place for discovering music, The Lot serves as a community...
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REX Cultural Recommendation App
When it comes to figuring out how to spend our time—what to watch, where to eat and more—there's no shortage of recommendation tools powered by algorithms that can do basic pattern-matching, but never really get to know you. The best recommendations...
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Assemble’s Granby Workshop
Last year’s winner of the Turner Prize (the prestigious UK art award that's previously been given to artists including Gillian Wearing, Anish Kapoor and Wolfgang Tillmans) was a bit of a head-turner. The 2015 award went to Assemble, an architectural...
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LaToya Ruby Frazier
For over 12 years, visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier has been exploring America’s economic future by looking at a present-day microcosm through a very personal lens. The TED Fellow has captured and compiled photos and videos of her hometown Braddock...
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Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes
There’s at least a fine line between producing groundbreaking films and producing life-changing events. Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes does both. From her role as an actress and producer in the short film "Atlantic Avenue" to showing work in both Sundance...
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Melissa Kushner
“I lost my father three weeks before I was born, so I was hardwired to care about children who have lost one or more parents,” Melissa Kushner explains. Her fate was sealed when shortly after graduating from college she landed a job working with the...
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Bringing Ideas to the Screen with NYC.TV
Inspired by the spirit of public access television, NYC.TV—founded by a team of New York-based individuals (Kareem Ahmed, Alexandra Serio and Max Nelson) who've worked at the NY Times, Vice and Vox Media—aims to help filmmakers get funding, support...
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Terroir Life Wines
by Janine Stankus To oenophiles, the term "terroir" refers to wind, rain, soil, sun, diurnal shifts—all the elements that imbue wine with its distinct character. It’s the “biography of wine,” notes Ali Banks, Terroir Life co-founder, but one which...
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Kartel, a New Street Art and Music Space in Haifa
by Ross Belfer Haifa (Israel’s third largest city) is best known for its historical German Colony, UNESCO-nodded Baha’i Gardens and perhaps the country’s most savory hummus found in the multi-cultural Wadi Nisnas neighborhood. But with these changing...
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NYC's Newest (and Only) French Bookstore, Albertine
For the past five years, New York City has—surprisingly, considering its international reputation and community—been lacking something: a French language bookstore. They had all shuttered, one by one, until the last, Librairie de France in Rockefeller...
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Speed Dating Hamburg's Start-Up Community
Trailers line a side street in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg. Sitting inside each are representatives from emerging companies in the city's start-up scene, ready to present to investors and journalists alike for a quick five minutes. This is...
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Village Underground Lisboa
by Ross Belfer In Lisbon, cultural prowess and creativity are as omnipresent as the prego sandwiches and Super Bock found on nearly every street corner. The Portuguese capital city has seen a surge in new innovative enterprises opening over the...
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A Mercantile Meal
Portland, Oregon is a city of craft-focused entrepreneurs where many of the ideas for successful small businesses start from chance conversations among friends. Recognizing this, Jason French and Michelle Battista of Ned Ludd—an intimate Portland...
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Bag Bolo + Key Ring
LA's Karen Kimmel is known for establishing crafting community workshops which foster immersive design experiences for families to explore their artistic inspirations. Add a dash of this creativity-guru's seemingly endless juices to your everyday living...
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Save Rex Ranch
Can an organization raise $735,000 in 40 days to buy an abandoned dude ranch in the southwestern Arizona desert? It just might be possible with Joseph Beyer—eternal optimist and Director of Digital Initiatives at the Sundance Institute—personally...
OUTDOORS
The Growhaus
Housed in a 20,000 square foot historic greenhouse, Growhaus is a non-profit urban farm that seeks to provide the community with healthy, sustainable food. Growhaus is not only a greenhouse, but a resource that offers education about nutrition, food...
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First Container
A bright blue shipping container sits in a vacant lot next to Eastern Market; the interior is decorated with leftover wood scraps. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, First Container opened its doors in May 2013. It’s a prototype and teaser from...
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Avalon International Breads
Located between Wayne State University and Downtown Detroit in Cass Corridor, Avalon International Breads opens its doors daily at 6am. The wide selection of breads, all made from 100% organic flour, ranges from classics like Motown Multigrain to the...
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