Munchies Happen by Jocelyn Duke

Munchies Happen  2014, pen and marker on paper

Munchies Happen 2014, pen and marker on paper

I am so happy to announce that Marijuana Movie Night has a new chapter called Munchies Happen. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Marijuana Movie Night (a.k.a MMN or MMNight), let me catch you up to what's what.

Roughly 7 years ago, my partner in crime, Primo Duke, started the Marijuana Movie Night blog primarily to keep his writing chops sharp and feed his love for film, writing about the most recently released to the very forgotten. We also started hosting small events in our living room, eventfully moving to a friend's backyard for projector viewing. It was a good time, with lots of laughs and solid cinematic conversations. I personally am not a big movie buff, but these events were fun so I was down for that. The environment itself was open for weed smokers and not, so whoever wanted to hang could without exception, and enjoy the company & films.

As Marijuana Movie Night has developed over the years, it has also taken shape. Starting the blog on Blogger was a good beginning, but after a few conversation with potential investors, both Primo and I thought it would be best to upgrade the site platform to a more scalable one. So Marijuana Movie Night underwent a redesign and relaunched on 4/20 of this year. Since that time, it's been well received by many.

Fast forward to this Father's Day weekend...I'm welcoming Munchies Happen into the Marijuana Movie Night family. The inception of Munchies Happen came to Primo and I about 4 years ago. We wanted to cover at home dishes made from scratch, local Los Angeles eats, travel eats and guest writers from all over the globe. The pairing of weed & film is one idea, but adding food to the mix seemed very natural. We initially thought we would create a whole new website, but that quickly felt like we'd be spreading ourselves too thin. So we shelved the idea...

Now that Marijuana Movie Night has a new home at Squarespace, the addition of Munchies Happen makes sense. It's already a fun site to browse through and read posts, but you have more. You're welcome

By the way, all the photography on Munchies Happen will be by yours truly unless otherwise noted.

The New New by Jocelyn Duke

Sad Cats , image from  The Sneezles . 2017

Sad Cats, image from The Sneezles. 2017

For the past, I can't remember how many years, I have been searching for a new website because nothing was working for me. My first site, 10 years ago, I had hired someone to make something "amazing." It was ok, but in the end got soooooo frustrating because I had no control over the updating or changing the look of the site. I could only add content to a blog built on WordPress, which was great at the time, but ultimately became a thorn in my side. The site was so sloppy and I began to think of as my own personal "junk hole." So I closed it out and went to Cargo. Boo.

At first, it was great because it was new and shiny so I liked it. However, this partnership became another headache and overly time consuming. My knowledge of coding was slim to none and I just wanted a working site. I had high hopes though. I taught myself how to do whatever coding I could to get the result I was aiming for, but it was never right. So I let that site go and it reverted to "junk hole #2."

Now I am on Squarespace and I am in love with the new new. I have great hopes and expectations that this new platform will be able to grow & adapt to my vision.

My vision, you ask? Good question. I plan to continue to showcase my art, past, present & future pieces, announce any news, update blog posts and news articles that maybe work related. What's new is that I have a proper online shop for those who are interested in purchasing my art or other goods on there. I also offer my creative services for those who need help and guidance for their interior spaces. 

I am bringing my two worlds together that I have jumped between for the past 10 years. I am very excited about this! I truly feel this is a place that I will be able to promote my whole self to the art world, market place and you.

xo - jocelyn