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SXSW: Unofficial. Day 2

Day 2

We don’t awake until after noon. After reviewing my schedule for the day and a map, I make a plan for where to look for parking. We get up and run out the door in record time, covered in sunscreen and wearing comfortable shoes, packing a small backpack with snacks, money, id, sunglasses, camera. Bikes are loaded in the car and we’re off, Carl to work, and me to my first venue, La Zona Rosa to see the band fun. It’s a day party- free, unofficial, and free food and drinks. I arrive on foot, as I’ve scored a $20 parking space 2 blocks away. The line stretches a block long, I can’t hear the current band, but there’s 5 on the listing. An hour in line and closer to the entrance, the two girls behind me start asking themselves if they should just leave. One calls off work. And then, free steak queso over chips gets passed out along the line, and everyone is happy again. Free shampoo samples, beer koozies and several fliers follow. I’m pretty intrigued by the band that’s playing inside: poppy and synth-heavy Geographer, sounding similar to Passion Pit. Another half hour and the line moves quickly, Geographer finishes, and a whole group of people leave. At capacity, one-in/one-out means a bunch of people can finally go in now.

These are the true fans, my fellow music addicts. We’re all here for the same reason. Numerous people look like someone else I know. Many look like they could be famous musicians or producers, and probably are. People watching becomes overwhelming in short time- dizzying array of colors and graphics. Bodies are canvased with badges, wristbands, camera straps. Everyone is beautiful and enthusiastic, despite the muggy heat and traffic. They end with the popular catchy tune “We Are Young.” The 45 minute set is only marginally worth the double wait time, as I’m pretty worn out. If everything I want to see goes like this, there’s no way I’ll have enough energy to see 6 sets a day at different locations.

I walk back to the car and unload my bike for the downhill jaunt to the next venue on my schedule, a mile away. I’m excited to see inside all of these memorably-named venues. I lock up my bike across the street, arriving at the time Poli

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Election 2012: Calling All Candidates in So. Colorado

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As we ramp up our political coverage for our 2012 Election Issue in October, we were frustrated there was not one place you could go to find all the candidates. At PULP we feel it shouldn’t be impossible to find good information on local races for voters.
Who’s running for what? Who are you electing? Where do you register to vote or where do you vote? We feel for everyone to make informed decisions it’s probably best to have a look at who’s on the ballot before you see the ballot.

So we are calling all candidates to send us their contact information. Please give us the best way voters can reach you to ask you questions or get involved with your campaign. Include your website, phone and email information and if you have them your Twitter or Facebook links.

Please send your campaign information to [email protected] with the subject ELECTION 2012.

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1st Annual Community Issue

A few months ago, we had the curious idea of having a community issue. The talk ranged from a BEST OF issue to a community guide. Then we had this amazing thought: what if for August, our community issue wasn’t told by us but by you. What if the community stages a revolt and talked about building a better community in PULP?

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Every month, PULP comes together to decide the central theme and stories we should share with you. We want to curate some of the best stories you’ve never heard or narrate the ones you have, in a different way. Since January, we’ve focused on unique stories in every issue and we are proud this voice has been well received.
A few months ago, we had the curious idea of having a community issue. The talk ranged from a BEST OF issue to a community guide. Then we had this amazing thought: what if for August, our community issue wasn’t told by us but by you. What if the community stages a revolt and talked about building a better community in PULP?

In August, for our first annual community issue, we are letting you take over the issue.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Tell us a story of an individual or group that’s helping Southern Colorado.
  • Tell us a story of a voice that goes unheard in our community but needs to be heard.
  • Tell us a story of someone who embodies the idea of community either here in Southern Colorado or somewhere else.
  • Tell us a story of something so interesting that it needs to be printed.
  • Show us a great photo capturing the essence of our community.
  • Tell us a story in pictures.

How to begin:

Find a good story and start writing.

Submit your article no more than 600 words. Send all submissions to [email protected]. Please include your full name and phone number where we can reach you. We will not print political or partisan editorials. We reserve the right to edit any articles for content, grammar and spelling. Your name will appear in the article. The deadline is July 15th for final submissions.

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Open Call: Pueblo Haiku Competition

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Submit your original haiku for possible publication in the August issue of PULP!
To be eligible for publication, the submission must be original and unpublished. Use the format of a poem with seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

  • The Subjects: Pueblo and/or summer
  • Each individual may submit up to three (3) entries. Each entry must be submitted separately.
  • Submit via email to [email protected] and put HAIKU in the subject line. Submit by mail to Pueblo PULP, Attn: HAIKU, 120 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003.
  • Include your full name, city of residence and phone number with each submission.
  • To be eligible for publication, entries must be received by July 10th.
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