MSY, international airport code for mystery.
Or New Orleans.
Just us this spring. Immerse yourself in the discovery of chicory flavored cafe au lait, pecan pie, gumbo, the song of candy-coated calliope puffing from a Mississippi River steamboat, the perfume of jasmine and kumquat trees in a secreted courtyard, and second line musical funeral procession marching down the streets, a burlesque puppet show, a backyard circus troupe... anything is possible in this magical city.
Who: entrepreneurs, small business owners, advertising creative directors, inventors, big picture thinkers, wild-eyed visionaries, iconoclasts, monks, nuns, filmmakers, screenwriters, writers, poets, sculptors, mavericks, musicians, performers, explorers, pilgrims, philosophers, conductors, yogis, journalists, research directors, designers, developers, architects, urban activists, urban planners, urban interventionists, artists, public space lovers, ministers, essayists, actors, dancers, synthesists, mischievous monks, and passionate creators, culture makers and innovators everywhere
What: Includes a surprise, tailored itinerary lending itself to improvisation tuned to your personal mystery akin to the Keys to the City project. Includes 2.5 hours in an intimate group (6 folks max) walking experience, and the rest of the day is open to your own discovery exploring (or not) your mythic clues. Light breakfast or snack included--typically at an evocative place.
Cuban-American poet Virgil Suarez takes his students and takes them to visit a place where they are a "fish out of water."
". . . the objective is to travel to a place, not too far, that will make an emotional impact on you, the writer [any Author of Anything].
I think some of the best work I've produced comes from having explored such never-been-there territory. I feel this way about going to hospitals, attorneys' offices, mechanics, and certainly a morgue or cemetery." -- Virgil Suarez, Now Write
Dates available: The focus is on March 16-18 and March 24-26, yet I'll be available from March 13 through March 28 to host you through a field trip of creative abandon, as I'll be there myself doing reconnaisance for an urban game and installation. Pssst, March 19, on the Equinox, will be extra mysterious.
Questions? Email Evelyn Rodriguez at crossroadsdispatches -at- gmail (dot) com
Payment: $50/day (discounted for multiple days).