We'll do the nominating
We appreciate that your publication has recently noted the existence of anarchists in Central Florida, and we would like to nominate another component of our movement, Orlando Food Not Bombs, for Best Activist Group ["Best of Orlando," July 15].
OFNB is one of hundreds of autonomous FNB chapters in the United States and around the world organized according to anarchist principles of non-hierarchy and consensus. Every Wednesday at 5 p.m., it shares hot, nutritious vegetarian and vegan food with local homeless people in Lake Eola Park (Central Avenue side) in downtown Orlando.
FNB, however, is not a liberal charity in anti-authoritarian drag. It is a group of committed activists who fight poverty, violence and war in many different ways. This includes choosing as the sharing location a public park in the midst of expensive condos, apartments, and trendy shops, restaurants and bars catering to the affluent, socially apathetic middle class. The purpose is twofold: a) to remind those people of local socioeconomic inequalities; and b) to resist and challenge efforts by Orlando's city government and goon squad to drive the homeless out of downtown, further depriving them of basic human dignity.
Local businesses donate some vegetables and bread to OFNB, but the group always needs nonperishable vegetarian food items: canned vegetables, tomato products, pasta, beans, rice, sugar, spices and soy milk.
For liberty, equality and mutual aid,
Ben Markeson and Aaron Zorik, Orlando Direct Action
I feel I need to call you out on your article last week regarding the Gigantour show at Hard Rock Live ["Notes by the pound," Aug. 4]. It's a good thing you basically outlined the reasons why the show will suck.
I think the people packed into the sold-out venue must not have heeded your warnings. I realize you wanted to discuss the "lowlights" of each band's career, but your analysis of Megadeth's catalogue only went as far as Risk, which was released six years ago.
You might want to double-check, but I'm pretty sure they've released albums since then that most fans would agree are a major improvement over Risk. That album was an aberration even the most die-hard Mustaine fans have justifiably disavowed any knowledge of.
As for your commentary on Dream Theater: "... Dream Theater noodles as if punk's push for primal vitality had never occurred." Que? That's like comparing burritos to sushi. I'm not sure how mentioning punk when discussing Dream Theater's music has any bearing, other than an apparent indie-hipster bias. If you wanted to trash a band, why didn't you at least pick a deserving target like Dillinger Escape Plan? Those angsty young lads with their torn T-shirts and tousled hair must have gotten lost on their way to the Warped Tour.
My sincere thanks for the absolutely fab article "Where have all the women artists gone?" [July 21]. You did lots of great research and presented a side to art, the female side, that's rarely brought to light.
Loved the compliment from the '70s made to Nancy Azara, that she would "make a good wife for an artist."
Well, all I can say is, "Well done!" You did your homework and presented a very interesting and thought-provoking piece!
Allison Constantino, Orlando
The vision thing
Congratulations to Lindy Shepherd's vision, evidenced in the informative article on the Women's Caucus for Art ["Where have all the women artists gone?," July 21]. A high note was struck in honoring the work of women artists around the country and in Central Florida with this Cinderella story, overlooked by other media. It was my honor to meet, view the work of and listen to the words of Nancy Azara. Thank you for the professional clarity to see the art and report it accurately.
Mary Elizabeth McIlvane, Altamonte Springs