• the FREE, ONLINE 2-WEEK "MUSIC INDUSTRY EVOLUTION SUMMIT" starts Monday -- you can sign-up later in the week (!) -- see our feature story.
• Ennio Morricone is dead at age 91. The award-winning composer of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," over 400 scores for cinema and television, and more than 100 classical works...
• Additional stories are new here, for the first time.
• Events happening Monday or later have been updated as needed (scroll down, it's chronological).
Thursday morning news additions, up-top...
Six items from Brian Stelter, Wednesday night...
Facing COVID, Competing Film Festivals are cooperating
"Thanks to 'Hamilton,' Live Capture Could Be Broadway's Next Act," Tatiana Siegel writes... (THR)
Easy come, easy go
"Only 72,000 of Quibi's early subscribers have stuck around past their 90-day trial, according to new estimates" from an analytics firm. Quibi's statement implies that the true # is higher, but won't give specifics... (Protocol)
Paying for social media?
Kaya Yurieff reports: "Twitter may be working on a paid product." Twitter shares rose 8% on Wednesday after folks spotted a "job posting that said the company is building a subscription platform codenamed 'Gryphon...'" (CNN Business)
The Supremes season finale
• A record 60,000 new US COVID cases were reported overnight Tuesday for Wednesday morning.
• Early Wednesday, global cases neared 12 million, with over 3 million of them US cases.
• The US makes up 4% of the world’s population. That’s just 1 out of every 25 people on Earth. But the US now accounts for 1 out of every 4 reported cases of COVID-19 on the entire planet.
• The current 130,000 dead from COVID in the US is equivalent to the entire population of a city the size of Waco, Texas, or Gainesville, Florida, or Charleston, South Carolina, noted a disease specialist doctor on CNN Wednesday morning.
• New US urban-suburban cases are now 50%+ in the 18-40 year-old age group.
• Doctors are reporting that new COVID patients present themselves with far more serious symptoms, with many more requiring immediate hospitalization as a matter of life-and-death. Fewer patients can be sent home to recover in quarantine. Does that mean the virus has (as most viruses do) mutated, and into a more deadly form? Doctors say they're fighting a fire that's out of control and they don't have time to play arson investigator.
• Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has the virus, after spending months dismissing its seriousness.
• 31 US states are going in the wrong direction. Only four states are reporting declining numbers of new cases.
• Florida is becoming the new center of the pandemic, posting staggering numbers despite state-mandated reporting techniques that hide a lot of what's happening. Currently, 43 hospital ICUs are full there, with no capacity left, and 24 more have less than 5% capacity remaining. Yet Florida schools are set to re-open. In the past 13 days in Miami-Dade County, the number of COVID patients has increased by 90%.
Note what is fourth from the bottom.
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Covidology reading list...
• "Our Minds Aren’t Equipped for This Kind of Reopening"
• "Do Americans Understand How Badly They’re Doing?"
Plus, their "What to read if … you want practical tips:"
|Charlie Daniels photo by Erick Anderson|
|Ennio Morricone directed a concert in Rome in January.|
Credit: Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse, via Associated Press
|Nick Cordero before he spent 95 days in intensive care, fighting the Coronavirus that killed him. That's his wife,|
Amanda Kloots, fitness trainer & former Broadway dancer, and their one-year-old, Elvis.
"That's remarkable for a piece of art about a historical figure. Wouldn't you say?"
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Nearly ONE MILLION ACRES of the officially preserved "Desert National Wildlife Refuge" is about to be turned into an off-limits militarized zone to become an Air Force bombing range
by The Guide staff
This is unbelievable (like too damn much else of late), but it is literally a "save it or lose it forever" moment.
"In the mountains of Nevada, desert bighorn sheep are just beginning their breeding season. These stocky, powerful animals have adapted to their habitat, able to go weeks without water and use their unique hooves to climb steep and rocky terrain. But they can't outrun the U.S. Air Force — and now their desert refuge could turn into a bombing range," declares Kierán Suckling, Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity.
His Arizona-based Center is fighting to save them and protect these public lands in the safe status they have enjoyed. To do that, the Center has issued an urgent public appeal to support this particular part of their lifesaving work through the "Saving Life on Earth Fund."
|Bighorn Sheep in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, suddenly endangered by conversion to a bombing range. Photo, nevadawilderness.org|
For years the Air Force has wanted to expand its Nevada Test and Training Range — and it just got its wish. How they did it will make you scream inside your mask.
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted last month NOT to allow this expansion. But then, public lands opponent Congressman Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, sneaked-through an amendment to the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives version of the "National Defense Authorization Act." And that Act was approved last week on one of those devil-filled-details-be-damned voice votes -- by the Democratic-majority House Armed Services Committee.
We want to organize an expedition to DC to administer multiple ass kickings.
But what they've done requires us to focus of fixing the damage. Because, otherwise, as it is now, almost ONE MILLION ACRES of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge will be turned into a militarized zone. This must be stopped.
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states. It's home not just to desert bighorn sheep but also to threatened Mojave desert tortoises.
"We're already mobilizing to overturn this decision. We're grateful for our supporters, who so far have submitted more than 20,000 comments since last Friday in defense of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and the wildlife that call it home," says the Center for Biological Diversity, which is accustomed to acting very quickly.
This summer has seen a spate of ugly attacks on wildlife refuges. The Trump administration has finalized rules that allow cruel hunting methods in refuges in Alaska, and is proposing expanding those tactics into Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
A separate Trump proposal aims to open to hunting -- for the first time ever -- federally-protected wildlife refuges from Arizona to Massachusetts.
"Refuges are supposed to be safe havens for wild creatures. We can't turn back the extinction crisis while refuges are turned into trophy-hunter amusement parks and military bombing ranges. When it comes to saving wildlife, we can't let our guard down at any moment. And we won't. Please support the 'Saving Life on Earth Fund' today," says the Center for Biological Diversity.
They do good work. Vital work. The Guide supports and endorses this critical cause and this initiative. You can help. Find out how, by clicking here.
~ Peter Singer, philosopher and professor of bioethics (born July 6, 1946)
~ David McCullough, American author, historian, and narrator (that's his voice narrating the Ken Burns' PBS epic, "The Civil War"); winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, both for nonfiction books about presidents: Truman (1993), and John Adams (2001).
For many years, he wrote in a small, windowed shed in the backyard of his Martha’s Vineyard home. He said the shed had no running water and no telephone. Family members had to whistle when they approached so as not to startle McCullough. On his desk were a green banker’s lamp and a Royal typewriter, which he had freshly oiled for each new book. (See? All of us creatives are quirky, even the ones who win two Pulitzers.)
Ringo Starr, English singer-songwriter, drummer, actor, and a Beatle
David McCullough, American author, historian, and narrator (That's him narrating the Ken Burns' PBS epic, "The Civil War"); winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, both for nonfiction books about presidents: Truman (1993), and John Adams (2001).
Doc Severinsen, American trumpet player and conductor, leader of the Johnny Carson "Tonight Show" Band
Vonda Shepard, American singer-songwriter and actress
Claudia Russell, American acoustic musician, folksinger-songwriter.
Kaci Brown, American singer-songwriter
Sevyn Streeter, American singer-songwriter
Alesso, Swedish DJ, record producer and musician
Bill Oddie, English comedian, actor, and singer
In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born on this date
Pinetop Perkins, American singer and pianist (1913-2011)
Charlie Louvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (1927-2011)
Hank Mobley, American saxophonist and composer (1930-1986)
Otto Frederick Rohwedder, American engineer, inventor of sliced bread (1880-1960)
Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (1906-1985)
Toivo Kuula, Finnish conductor and composer (1884-1918)
Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-American composer (1911-2007)
Charles Albert Tindley, American minister and composer (1851-1933)
Mary Ford, American singer and guitarist (1924-1977). (Longtime collaborator with Les Paul)
Iva Withers, Canadian-American actress and singer (1917-2014)
Eduardo Falú, Argentinian guitarist and composer (1923-2013)
Joe Zawinul, Austrian jazz keyboardist and composer (1932-2007)
Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer-songwriter (1936-1980)
Elena Obraztsova, Russian soprano and actress (1939-2015)
Jim Rodford, English bass player (1941-2018)
Helô Pinheiro, inspiration for the song "The Girl from Ipanema"
George Cukor, American director and producer (1899-1983)
Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (1907-1988)
Maria Bard, German stage and silent film actress (1900-1944)
Satchel Paige, American baseball player and coach (1906-1982)
And our two featured folks to remember...
Nettie Stevens, American genetics pioneer (1861-1911). She worked to put herself through school, finally earning her PhD at age 39. Quickly, she became the one to discover that x and y chromosomes determined sex. Alas, she had little time, dying at age 50 of breast cancer. (Imagine what she could have done with a career start at age 24 or 25, with Bernie's free college.)
Gustav Mahler, Jewish Bohemian German composer (1860-1911). Born where he was a persecuted minority, he had heart trouble, was inclined to vitality and determination, and was active and athletic. At the age of four, he was playing, by ear, the military marches and folk music he heard, and soon composing pieces of his own on piano and accordion. He made his public piano debut at 10, and was accepted to the Vienna Conservatory at 15. Quickly he was conductor, then artistic director, of the Vienna Court Opera, becoming famous throughout Europe. But he was fanatical in his work habits and drove his musicians crazy, with many always wanting him fired.
Garrison Keillor picks it up there: "1907 was a difficult year for Mahler: he was forced to resign from the Vienna Opera; his three-year-old daughter, Maria, died; and he was diagnosed with fatal heart disease.
"Superstitious, he believed that he had had a premonition of these events when composing his 'Tragic Symphony,' No. 6 (1906), which ends with three climactic hammer blows representing 'the three blows of fate which fall on a hero, the last one felling him as a tree is felled.'
"When he composed his ninth symphony, he refused to call it 'Symphony No. 9' because he believed that, like Beethoven and Bruckner before him, his ninth symphony would be his last. He called it 'A Symphony for Tenor, Baritone, and Orchestra' instead, and he appeared to have fooled fate, because he went on to compose another symphony.
"This one he called 'Symphony No. 9' (1910); he joked that he was safe, since it was really his 10th symphony, but No. 9 proved to be his last symphony after all, and he died in 1911.
"Most of his work was misunderstood during his lifetime, and his music was largely ignored — and sometimes banned — for more than 30 years after his death. A new generation of listeners discovered him after World War II, and today he is one of the most recorded and performed composers in classical music."
On this day...
The first "Live Earth" benefit concert was held in 11 locations around the world today in 2007.
Elvis Presley makes his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right" today in 1954.
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. staged his first "Ziegfeld Follies" on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City, today in 1907.
Sliced bread is sold for the first time today in 1928 (on Otto Frederick Rohwedder, the inventor's, 48th birthday) by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.
The US, UK, Japan, and Russia signed the "North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911" banning open-water seal hunting, 109 years ago today. It was the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues.
Today in 1846, US troops occupied Monterey and Yerba Buena, thus beginning the US conquest of California and its theft from Mexico.
Today in 1898, US President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
Today in 1958, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law.
Speaking of empires, an uncanny number of ancient rulers were born on July 7:
• Emperor Shirakawa of Japan in 1053
• Emperor Sutoku of Japan in 1119
• Elizabeth of Hungary in 1207
• Archduchess Anna of Austria, in 1528
• John Sigismund Zápolya, King of Hungary, in 1540
Plus, there was...
• Andrzej Krzycki, who became Polish archbishop, born today in 1482
Oops... but no do-over...
Today in 1456, a retrial verdict acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy -- 25 years after she was burned at the stake.
Civil Rights, Civil War...
Today in 1834, in New York City, 27 years before the Civil War, four nights of rioting against abolitionists began.
Today in 1863, the US began its first military draft to feed the Uniin Army during the Civil War; but the rich could get out of it -- exemptions cost $300.
Today in 1865, four conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are hanged before a crowd who brought picnics. One was Mary Surrat, the first woman ever hanged by the US government. Everyone expected her sentence to be commuted to life, but President Andrew Johnson would not relent.
Today in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor received appointment to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the US. Nominated this day by US President Ronald Reagan, she still needed Senate confirmation.
Today in 1992, the New York Court of Appeals rules that women have the same right as men to go topless in public.
A series of 4 explosions on London's transport system kills 56 people, including 4 suicide bombers, and leaves over 700 wounded today in 2005.
Ex-US Army soldier Micah Xavier Johnson shoots 14 policemen during an anti-police protest in downtown Dallas, Texas, killing five of them; he is subsequently killed by a robot-delivered bomb, today in 2016.
In a huge cultural break in the Cold War, Samantha Smith, a US schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov, today in 1983.
By a dam site...
90 years ago today, in 1930, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser began construction of Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam). The consortium of builders, known as Six Companies, would finish the job ahead of schedule and under budget. (Somebody needs to tell today's corporacratic kleptocrats about that.)
The way of the future...
Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft prototype crashes today in 1946 in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
Still a speed secret...
The ocean liner SS United States passed Bishop Rock on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world, today in 1952. The record still stands and the decaying ship still exists because, even today, nobody is allowed to see the bottom of the hull and the propellers that made her so fast.
Venus occults the star Regulus today in 1959. The rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.
17 years ago today in 2003, NASA's "Opportunity" rover, MER-B or Mars Exploration Rover–B, was launched into space aboard a Delta II rocket.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date
"The court is like a palace built of marble; I mean that it is made up of very hard and very polished people."
~ Jean de la Fontaine, poet and fabulist (born July 8, 1621, died 1695)
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Red Hen Press Poetry Hour
The Broad Stage and esteemed local publisher Red Hen Press return with an enhanced and compelling series, moderated by award-winning actor/writer Sandra Tsing Loh. Watch as performing artists and poets come together to explore social justice themes central to works featured in The Broad Stage's 2020/21 Season. Join us monthly July through December via our online programs portal The Broad Stage at Home.
Women's Audio Mission to launch first-ever WAMCON Virtual Recording Arts Conference, July 24-25
But we see this as an opportunity to remind them of something:
Or they might recall another age-old American principle: your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.
in this new world of the improbable unknown...