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Merce Cunningham (April 16, 1919 - July 26, 2009)
07.27.2009
12:06 pm
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Sad news today from the world of dance: Merce Cunningham, the great American modernist dancer and choreographer (and lifelong companion and collaborator of composer John Cage) died yesterday in New York City at the age of 90.

The Cunningham Dance Foundation and Merce Cunningham Dance Company will receive visitors today in the Merce Cunningham Studio from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

(Personal anecdote: I once eavesdropped on a conversation that Cage and Cunningham were having in a GAP store on 7th Ave and 18th Street. They were both in GAP ads, I guess, and got gift certificates for GAP clothing. Neither one of them seemed to know what to get and so they both opted for a bunch of black tee-shirts)

Merce Cunningham Dance Company (official site)

Merce Cunningham, Choreographer, Dies at 90 (New York Times obituary)

Merce Cunningham on Charlie Rose (video)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.27.2009
12:06 pm
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Jello Biafra: Open Letter to Barack Obama
07.22.2009
11:42 am
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From one of our most astute (and hilarious) political observers (and a personal hero). I can’t believe I missed this when it was posted, but I hardly think it matters as it’s still entirely relevant today:

Other countries prefer a healthy workforce and are willing to pay for it. Here we stick our workforce with fat, greedy insurance companies who serve no purpose but to act as a tollbooth or a gatekeeper and charge exorbitant fees before a person can even see a doctor. The result, of course, is the most expensive healthcare system with the least benefit for the buck of any in the industrialized world. You say the big insurance companies “should have a place at the table.” Aren’t these companies the problem?

Other counties want their workforce to be as well-educated as possible to better care for themselves and compete in the global economy. So they are willing to pay to make sure this happens, instead of kicking them in the face with back-breaking student loans and cutting school funding to the bone.

Other countries want their children to grow up well-nourished and loved instead of dysfunctional. They are happy to pay welfare for single parents to stay home with their little ones, and for 12-18 months maternity leave with 80-90% pay for either parent to make sure no child is left behind.

Traveling overseas it is not hard to notice that many European countries, and not just Scandinavia, have a higher standard of living than we do, and the gap is widening. The reason is they are willing to pay for it.

OPEN LETTER TO BARACK OBAMA from Jello Biafra

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.22.2009
11:42 am
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The Pacemakers (1970): A Short Documentary about Barbara Hulanicki and Her Biba Department Store
07.21.2009
03:38 pm
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Wonderful short documentary about Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the legendary London department store, Biba.

In its 1970s heyday, the legendary Biba fashion emporium saw more than 100,000 customers a week parade through its fabulous art deco premises on London’s ?ɬ

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.21.2009
03:38 pm
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Look Out, Are You About to Join the White Underclass?
07.20.2009
02:22 pm
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Konformist editor Robert Sterling turned me on to the writing of Joe Bageant in early 2005. I spent an entire snowed-in weekend in Northern, NJ reading the various essays on his blog, laughing my ass off and nodding my head in total agreement. Writing about working class issues from more or less a Marxist bent—a huge plus in my book—and with wonderful wit and trenchant analysis, has gained Joe Baegent quite a following. You’d have to have seen life from many different angles and traveled a lot to have such a wise perspective on things. The guy is just brilliant, a national treasure. He’s also the author of a book, “Deer Hunting with Jesus.”

This weekend I read Joe’s article, “Look Out, Are You About to Join the White Underclass?” on the always great Alternet blog and I was thrilled that someone said this out loud:

More than 45 percent of U.S. single mothers are poor, compared five percent in Sweden and Finland, where no stigma is attached and substantial public resources are applied to child health and development. But research done in Europe shows that even if U.S. women had a zero rate of single motherhood, poverty among American women would still be higher than in European and other socially advanced nations.

Armchair sociologist that I am, I have a theory about this: Millions of American women are in poverty because they are paid poverty wages. I could be wrong, I often am, but there seems to be a connection between poverty and money. I started developing this theory when I was in a Melbourne, Australia hotel and learned from a single mother hotel housekeeper there that she made $19 an hour, had government assisted childcare and was going to college at night toward becoming a medical technician. Hmmm. Over here we tell single mothers, “Get a six dollar an hour job or get married bitch! Workfare, baby, workfare.”

I grew up in a union family in West Virginia back when the unions really meant something in the lives of the members’ families. We had great health care and I was able to have special glasses and contact lenses to correct my astigmatism. My sister got low cost braces for her teeth. That hardly happens anymore for American families.

The lives of working people in his country have become so degraded that there is a real anger rising in the American people. People are sick of being shit on by the elites. Not everyone who is poor is so dumb that they vote a straight Republican party ticket, wave tea bags around and think Sarah Palin is terrific. A lot has changed in the past decade or so with almost everyone having access to the Internet and being able to read political views outside of what they’d hear about in their local church or get on Fox News. People are educating themselves. They’re starting to figure out why they are being ground down by life —and by whom—and they’re getting really pissed off. It’s about time.

Look Out, Are You About to Join the White Underclass?” by Joe Bageant

Joe Bageant website

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.20.2009
02:22 pm
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Surprises! (curated by Eric Wareheim & Doug Lussenhop)
07.18.2009
10:09 pm
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From Cinefamily:

Come join Eric Wareheim (of “Tim & Eric”) and Doug Lussenhop (DJ Douggpound) for an evening of surprises: music videos, short films, video experiments and TV sneak peeks. Like a Gump-ian box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Except you know you’re gonna get the world premiere of Eric’s new music video for Major Lazer/Diplo for “Pon De Floor”. You also know you’re gonna get free beer and hot dogs afterwards. And you know it’s not gonna suck, like Forrest Gump. It’s gonna be fun, awesome, cool, and neat! See ya there!

Surprises! (curated by Eric Wareheim & Doug Lussenhop)

Thanks Jesse Merlin!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.18.2009
10:09 pm
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