April 1st News, PLUS web, and tv events for TODAY, in a short edition that covers TODAY ONLY.
Our two previous HUGE editions, packed with info on help, financial assistance and resources for musicians and people in the arts, and all kinds of tuneful "ways-to-Stay-Sane" features and online links for music and arts lovers, are still there and still very relevant.
So if you need all that coverage we have painstakingly assembled for you... or hell, if you just need alternatives to your Netflix binge-watching beyond today, go to those resource-packed editions, HERE (the most recent giant one) and HERE (the giant one before that).
And if you want to see how The Guide was on top of the coming pandemic back in February, our feature story is in the archived in that edition, HERE.
And dammit, times are serious but we all REALLY need to laugh.
So, IF YOU WANT TO LOOK BACK AT AN APRIL 1st when it was okay to indulge in April Fool's hilarity and parody, you'll enjoy this one from way back in 2014, a classic from the archive, from when the world was normal.
"The longer this pandemic goes on the harder it will be to go back to a society where pants and bras are necessary."
We answered her:
Mentimeter published a survey about Americans working from home.
44% are dressing in office attire or their normal work clothes (not specified whether they're required to video conference.)
12% are working naked.
Candidate for 2020 picto-cartoon of the year...
Now, on to a no-fooling April 1st, 2020.
The US COVID-19 death toll has jumped by 420% in just one week. How much of that is due to the previous proclamations by the Orange Arbitrary that "Coronavirus is a hoax!" will likely never be determined. Just fact, not politics.
"It isn't just the ventilator machines. We need 3.5 billion respirator masks. There are only 76,000 professional respiratory therapists in America, working three shifts in all our hospitals. If a health care professional gets sick, they're out 21 to 28 days. Just yesterday I heard from a doctor in Denver. The shortage of needed supplies is taking a toll. He had to intubate a patient, life-and-death situation, without a gown or mask. If she turns out to have Coronavirus, the chances that doctor will contract it are very high."
~ Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, former White House Health Policy Advisor, Obama administration
One in five American adults experiences "some type of mental health incident" during the course of any average year. It shocks most people to hear that.
Obviously this is not an average year. Stay active at home, keep a routine, practice good nutrition, stay in touch with family and friends. Even as we must all be committed to physical distancing in this quasi-quarantine, we cannot allow physical distancing to become emotional or psychological isolation.
"Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."
~ Milan Kundera, novelist, playwright, and poet (born April 1, 1929)
On this day...
Today in 1970, 50 years ago, President Richard Nixon signs the "Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act" into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio in the United States, effective January 1st, 1971.
Samuel Morey received a patent for a compressionless "Gas or Vapor Engine" today in 1826.
Today in 1976, Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California.
Today in 2004, Google announces Gmail to the public, setting the stage to extend cyber-surveillance and selling user data to any entity with big money.
"Hard Times," a Charles Dickens' novel, begins "serialisation" in his magazine "Household Words," today in 1854.
The White Star steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547 in one of the worst marine disasters of the 19th century today in 1873.
The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois today in 1891. The chewing gum magnate would buy a baseball team and an island (Catalina) for them to train on. Today's Wrigley Field still bears his name, the island off the coast of Southern California is still owned by his heirs.
The price of not taking a fascist seriously, 1...
Today in 1924, Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years imprisonment for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch" but spends only nine months in jail, during which he wrote "Mein Kampf." Everything the world needed to know about the horrors that awaited was in that book -- except the foreign editions left-out the scarey stuff. Until American college exchange student Alan Cranston smuggled out a copy and had it translated and published unabridged in the US. Cranston, who later became a US Senator from California, has the distinction of being the only American citizen sued by Adolph Hitler, and it was because he correctly quoted the dictator when everyone else was too intimidated.
The price of not taking a fascist seriously, 2...
Today in 1939, fascist dictator Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announced the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces -- including the antifascist American volunteers of the Lincoln Brigade -- surrendered. Franco would outlast his friends, Mussolini and Hitler, by decades, before finally dying and bringing freedom to Spain.
Oops, it was "collateral damage"...
Today in 1944, navigation errors led to the accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen, in Europe's only neutral nation at peace in WWII.
The 8.6 Mw Aleutian Islands earthquake shakes the Aleutian Islands with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). The resulting destructive tsunami reaches the Hawaiian Islands resulting in dozens of deaths, mostly in Hilo, on the Big Island, all today in 1946.
It wasn't just an American disgrace...
Today in 1949, the Government of Canada repeals Japanese-Canadian internment after seven years.
TV & Spaciness...
Today in 1960, the TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
Today in 1979, with satellite broadcasting taken for granted, the Nickelodeon network for kids was launched in US.
Today in 1997, Comet Hale–Bopp is seen passing at perihelion.
A concept in search of a system...
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is founded in Los Angeles, California today in 1993, out of the old RTD. It wouldn't take long before they cut transit to free-up money to build what's come to be known as the "Garage-mahal," their opulent headquarters behind Union Station.
Today in 2001, same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow its citizens to choose their partners outside of religiously-dominated convention.
Happy birthday today to...
Susan Boyle, Scottish singer
Hillary Scott, American country singer-songwriter
Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer and musician
Jesse Tobias, American guitarist and songwriter
Jane Powell, American actress, singer, and dancer
Taran Killam, American actor, voice artist, comedian, and writer
John Butler, American-Australian singer-songwriter and producer
Mark White, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
Milan Kundera, novelist, playwright, and poet, source of today's quote
David Oyelowo, English actor
In memorium to musicians and influencers born on this date...
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (1873-1943)
Debbie Reynolds, Scottish-Irish American actress, singer, and dancer (1932-2016)
Grace Lee Whitney, American actress and singer (1930-2015)
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, American guitarist, fiddler, and composer (1921-2014)
Gil Scott-Heron, American singer-songwriter and author (1949-2011)
Duke Jordan, American pianist and composer (1922-2006)
William Manchester, American historian and author (1922-2004)
Ronnie Lane, English bass player, songwriter, and producer (1946-1997)
William Bergsma, American composer and educator (1921-1994)
Jeff Porcaro, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (1954-1992)
Teodoro de Villa Diaz, Filipino guitarist and songwriter (1963-1988)
D. Boon, American singer and musician (1958-1985)
Alberta Hunter, African-American singer-songwriter and nurse (1895-1984)
Amos Milburn, American R&B singer-songwriter and pianist (1927-1980)
Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (1920-1977)
Clementine Churchill, English wife of Winston Churchill (1885-1977)
Sydney Newman, Canadian screenwriter and producer, co-created Doctor Who (1917-1997)
Harry Carney, American saxophonist and clarinet player (1910-1974)
F. Melius Christiansen, Norwegian-American violinist and conductor (1871-1955)
Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (1909-1951). Hollywood did a long-ago biopic, "The Eddie Duchin Story."
Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (1866-1924)
Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch-English organist, violinist, and composer (1721-1799)
Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, French organist and composer (1629-1691)
APRIL 1 COUNT ALL KIDS
BLOG & GUIDANCE
One lucky contestant at the end of this round will win the $5,000 prize for "Best Performance of a Spanish or Latin Piece," generously sponsored by Epitacio Resendez in honor of his mother -- a longtime supporter of the competition.
Watch 'til the end today to hear the prize winner, as well as the announcement of the three finalists.
3 pm Pacific - "DEERING TECH LIVE" from the Deering Banjo factory in Spring Valley, CA, with Chad Kopotic, one of Deering's longest-standing employees and guy who knows everything there is to know about how to get the very best out of your banjo.
* If you have any burning questions you would like Chad to answer, leave a comment on Deering's Facebook page.
* WATCH on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deeringbanjos/
* WATCH on Facebook Live:
Watch party celebrates Billy Bob's Texas 39th anniversary, streams live April 1st
5 pm Pacific - JIM JONES, one of Western / Cowboy music's top stars --
5 pm-6:30 pm Pacific - ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the award-winning band HARD RAIN and performing hosts of the annual "DYLANFEST," do a Facebook LIVE show.
Today / tonight on tv:
Big music performance show on CBS at 9 pm, with almost no advance publicity
Wed, Apr 1:
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Pacific - "WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR" re-airs a 2020 edition with performances by DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE and STEPHANIE URBINA JONES. (A new episode, with THE KINGSTON TRIO and ALLIE COLLEEN, airs here on Friday, 3-4 pm.) On RFD TV.
Wed, Apr 1:
3:30 pm-4:30 pm Pacific - "MOLLIE B POLKA PARTY" re-airs a 2016 edition with performances by the CHMIELEWSKI FUNTIME BAND, GEORGE STALDUHAR, and MALEK'S FISHERMEN. (A new 2020 episode airs here Sat, 7-8 pm.) On RFD TV.
Wed, Apr 1:
9 pm (Eastern & Pacific) - GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD "LIVE BY REQUEST" is a concert with no advance notice. We don't know if it's one hour or two hours, but we can confirm that it IS tonight on CBS.
* It follows the broadcast last Sunday (which was on PBS, and aired from the live show held weeks ago) of Brooks splendid concert when he received the Library of Congress' 2020 "GERSHWIN PRIZE." In that performance, he took the audience on a tour of American music. So... will tonight be more than his country music hits, and those of his country music star spouse, Yearwood? We do know that he has the range and depth. This should be a good experience, even for avowed rejectors of "thet fahke tew-wang pop countree."
* 9 pm on CBS.
Wed, Apr 1:
9 pm-10 pm Pacific - "NOVA: CUBA'S CANCER HOPE" (2020) is a new edition of the PBS science show (s47, ep5) that takes you through what's required to develop a vaccine. In this case, by CUBA'S biomedical industry to develop a promising new treatment to abate lung cancer. On KOCE, aka PBS So Cal.
Wed, Apr 1:
10 pm-10:30 pm Pacific - BANJO ROOT MUSIC MASTER RHIANNON GIDDENS is profiled, along with tv producer Aaron Sorkin, on this new edition of "ARTICULATE WITH JIM COTTER" titled "THE HEADLINERS" (2020, s3, ep17). On KLCS.
Wed, Apr 1:
10:30 pm-11 pm Pacific - "POETRY IN AMERICA" profiles BONO, US Poet Laureate JUAN PHILLIPE HERRERA, the "Hymmnn" from Kaddish and the antiwar chant "Hum Bom" in a show about the influence of beat poet ALAN GINSBERG in a 2018 rerun (s1, ep4). On KLCS.
Wed, Apr 1:
10:30 pm-11 pm Pacific - "CRANK YANKERS" airs a new 2020 edition (s5, ep12) with JIMMY KIMMEL, SARAH SILVERMAN, & NIKKI GLASER. Re-airs midnight-12:30 am. On Comedy Central.
Wed, Apr 1:
11 pm-11:30 pm Pacific - TREVOR NOAH presents "THE DAILY SOCIAL DISTANCING SHOW" in a new edition on Comedy Central.
Wed, Apr 1:
11:34 pm Pacific - "THE TONIGHT SHOW: HOME EDITION" includes a performance by MARCUS MUMFORD of MUMFORD & SONS.
Wed, Apr 1:
Midnight-12:30 am Pacific - "CRANK YANKERS" airs a new 2020 edition (s5, ep12) with JIMMY KIMMEL, SARAH SILVERMAN, & NIKKI GLASER. On Comedy Central.
This weekend on tv:
Sun, Apr 5:
8 pm - "OUR COUNTRY" produced by the Academy of Country Music follows the model of the indie "Stay at Home Festival" to present performances by many of the biggest stars in today's Country Music, plus (thankfully) some trad country and roots music artists. On CBS.
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html