An abundance of additional SUNDAY CONTENT brought aboard Sunday in 3 sessions.
Before that, more SATURDAY CONTENT was added Saturday morning 2x.
Here's the full weekend edition with FESTIVALS East & West and much more.
Friday's music-on-tv listings got their own edition Friday morning, and are not repeated here.
"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death."
"Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness."
"You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings."
"To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death."
~ Pearl S. Buck (born June 26, 1892, died 1973), American novelist, essayist, short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China, and is also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu (Chinese: 赛珍珠). Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the US in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.
"In the years after World War II, Buck's literary reputation shrunk to the vanishing point. She stood on the wrong side of virtually every line drawn by those who constructed the lists of required reading in the 1950s and 1960s." -- Peter Conn in "Rediscovering Pearl Buck" from Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography (1996).
Happy birthday today to
Gretchen Wilson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Patty Smyth, American singer-songwriter and musician
Mick Jones, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and politician, Brazilian Minister of Culture
In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born on this date
Kenny Baker, American fiddler (1926-2011)
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), American novelist, essayist, short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate, and source of today's quotes
Abner Doubleday (1819-1893), American Civil War (Union) general, long credited with inventing baseball, but both sides were playing it in their camps before he is supposed to have invented it
On this day...
, at a supermarket cash register. BTW, roughly 14 years later when he was running for President, George H.W. Bush was amazed that such a thing existed.
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from one born on this date
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings."
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
"... no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost."
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."
"The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision."
"People don’t like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant."
"What I'm looking for is not out there, it is in me."
~ Helen Keller (born June 27, 1880, died 1968) was one of the most remarkable humans who ever lived. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, after being completely isolated from the world as a child. She became an American author, political activist, lecturer, crusader for the handicapped, U.S. ambassador, and she won an Academy Award. The FBI monitored her due to her "radical" sociopolitical views as advocate for the blind and deaf and co-founder of the ACLU.
She never heard a single note of music. She never heard a bird song, or the surf, or the wind in the trees. Or a human voice. Yet she loved art and was a consummate communicator.
She composed roughly 500 essays and speeches during her life, and even performed in her own vaudeville show. She told her story and her teacher's, Anne Sullivan, in a famous autobiography, The Story of My Life, which she successfully adaptated for film and stage as "The Miracle Worker."
Surprising fact: it was the advice of Alexander Graham Bell that caused her parents to apply to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston for a teacher, who turned out to be the remarkable Anne Sullivan. Both Bell and Mark Twain would become her friends and advocates -- following Sullivan’s extraordinary instruction that enabled the little girl to learn to understand and communicate with the world around her, and go on to acquire an excellent education.
Helen Keller became one of the world's most influential advocates for citizens in need of assistance to enable them to contribute to society. During seven trips between 1946 and 1957, she visited 35 countries on five continents. She met with world leaders including Winston Churchill, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Golda Meir. In 1955, when she was 75 years old, she embarked on one of her longest and most grueling journeys: a 40,000-mile, five-month-long tour through Asia.
In addition to her youthful campaigning that helped win the vote for women, she was a committed socialist who took up the cause of workers' rights.
And yet, politics didn't play the absolutist role they do today. In 1948, she went to Japan as America's first Goodwill Ambassador -- sent by General Douglas MacArthur, who was in charge of Japan's reconstruction. Her visit was a huge success; up to two million Japanese came out to see her and her appearance drew considerable attention to the plight of Japan's blind and disabled population.
She was an antiwar pacifist whose optimism and courage reached many on a personal level, perhaps never more than during her visits to veterans hospitals to meet the wounded. Her message of faith and strength through adversity resonated with those returning from war injured and maimed. And it wasn't just her countrymen. Conditions in poor and war-ravaged nations were another of her particular concerns, and she went to those people in those places.
Helen was famous from the age of 8 until her death in 1968. Her wide range of political, cultural, and intellectual interests and activities ensured that she knew people in all spheres of life.
She counted leading personalities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries among her friends and acquaintances. They included Eleanor Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Albert Einstein, Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Charlie Chaplin, John F. Kennedy, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Katharine Cornell, Jo Davidson and many others.
In fact, in addition to the ones she knew, she at least met every U.S. President from Grover Cleveland through John F. Kennedy.
She was honored around the globe and received many awards and academic honors that included honorary doctoral degrees from Temple and Harvard Universities in the U.S.; Glasgow and Berlin Universities in Europe; Delhi University in India; and Witwatersrand University in South Africa. She also received an honorary Academy Award in 1955 as the inspiration for the documentary about her life, "Helen Keller in Her Story."
And you and I tell people we don't have enough time.
When she died, her ashes were placed next to her companions, Anne Sullivan Macy and Polly Thomson, in St. Joseph's Chapel of Washington Cathedral. Senator Lister Hill of Alabama gave a eulogy during the public memorial service. He said, "She will live on, one of the few, the immortal names not born to die. Her spirit will endure as long as man can read and stories can be told of the woman who showed the world there are no boundaries to courage and faith."
Musician / visual artist Donna Barnes Roberts sent this comment:
"Thank you so much for this. It reminded me of this poem ["Helen Keller"] by Stevie Kalinich and read by Stacy Keach": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jY2jZ-nds4
Steam locomotive restoration guru Al Phillips commented:
"Thanks for a very interesting article about Helen Keller. I learned a lot about her that enhanced my understanding of the lady's accomplishments and her influence. And shallow old Al thought of the old cruelty joke: How did Helen Keller burn her fingers? Trying to read a waffle iron."
Livia Wyant commented:
"She was a brilliant woman. Beautiful tribute! Thanks 💖"
Saturday's music on TV
9-10 am - "PIPE DREAMS" (2020) is a documentary about talented organ players who take part in the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal. It airs as an episode (s21ep19) of the PBS series "INDEPENDENT LENS." On PBS World.
Noon-2 pm - "JOHN SEBASTIAN: FOLK REWIND" is the 2010 PBS music reunion of purt near all the living '60s folkies. Every PBS station trots it out for pledge drive, and that's the only time you see at all, stretched to two hours for all the begging. This airing is on KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
3-3:30 pm - "THE RECORDING INDUSTRY: OFF THE RECORD, IN THE CLOUD (2020) airs as an episode (s2ep1) of "RECONNECTING ROOTS." On KCET LINK, aka Link TV.
3:30-5 pm - "RISE UP: SONGS OF THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT" (2020) is airing for pledge drive on KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
7-9 pm - "DON'T LOOK BACK" (music documentary, 1967) ☆☆☆ uses performance excerpts from BOB DYLAN's 1965 concert tour of England and features performances by JOAN BAEZ and DONOVAN, plus offstage footage. On Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
7-8 pm - "THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW" s1ep3 (1970) features GLEN CAMPBELL and MARTY ROBBINS. 1st of 2 episodes tonight on getTV.
8-9 pm - "THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW" s1ep2 (1970) features RAY CHARLES, NEIL DIAMOND, and TAMMY WYNETTE. 2nd of 2 episodes tonight on getTV.
8-10 pm - "JOHN SEBASTIAN: FOLK REWIND" is the 2010 PBS music reunion of purt near all the living '60s folkies. Every PBS station trots it out for pledge drive, and that's the only time you see at all, stretched to two hours for all the begging. This airing is on KCET.
Sat night / Sun early am on tv...
12:30-1 am - "BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND" s9ep5 (2019) features LUCERO. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
1:30-2 am - "DAVID HOLT'S STATE OF MUSIC" airs a 2018 episode (s3ep6) with JERRY DOUGLAS demonstrating his Dobro techniques. On KCET LINK, aka Link TV.
2-3 am - "ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA" airs "British Enigmas" its s3ep3 from 2017, with Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."
3-3:30 am - "THE SONGWRITERS" s2ep8 (2019) spotlights MATRACA BERG. On KCET LINK, aka Link TV.
3-4:45 am - "42nd STREET" (musical, 1933) ☆☆☆☆ is the classic with WARNER BAXTER and BEBE DANIELS with the Pullman railroad sleeping car that splits in half lengthwise to reveal the occupants singing and dancing. On Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
3:30-4 am - " SUN STUDIO SESSIONS" s11ep9 (2020) features singer-guitarist ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART. On KCET LINK, aka Link TV.
4-4:30 am - "LOST RIVER SESSIONS" s1ep11 (2015) features performances by J.D. WILKES and ALONZO PENNINGTON. On KCET LINK, aka Link TV.
4:30-5 am - "SONGS AT THE CENTER" s6ep5 (2020) brings host ERIC GNEZDA featuring performances by CARLY FRATIANNE of the band SOUTHER and songwriter JAN KRIST. On KCET LINK, aka Link TV.
Saturday's FESTIVALS & events...
Some already in progress
Kate Wolf Music Festival Virtual Weekend
FRIDAY-SUNDAY East Coast Weekend music festival...
40th Anniversary of the "Old Songs Festival," happening online from Altamont, NY
|Last year's poster. Alas, this, the 40th annual, had to go pandemically virtual.|
Keep up with Steve & Cindy at www.compassrosemusic.com
You can also find Cindy & Steve on Facebook:
Saturday, June 27 online event...
Virtual Collect + Connect Photo LA
|"Unite or Perish, Chicago, 1968"|
© John Simmons. Courtesy of the artist.
Featured is "Activism through Photography," a panel discussion moderated by Getty curator Mazie M. Harris on Saturday, June 27, at 12:30 pm.
Learn more »
Saturday fiddle extravaganza
Mark your calendar...
Correction to the following: the "three Korean War atrocities... all on this one day 70 years ago," while correct in that reference, had a typo. It originally read "1959" instead of the corrected "1950."
Nobody says "I don't know" anymore
Well, we will. We don't know why we find ourselves living in these improbable, unpredictable, insane crazy times. If you find someone who does, send 'em over for an interview to explain it.
Meanwhile, we found a venetian blind of past parallels. It's the legacy of just this one day in history. This very day.
A newspaper would need to pick just two or three things, or devote the entire day's edition. Their editor would be tempted to do the latter if he dug up all that we did. Since our online format is not limited to two sides of two sheets of four-fold newsprint -- and the story is so filled with jaw-droppers -- here it is. June 28th, in full.
On this day...
For starters, there are a pair of recurring themes: history-determining assassinations took place on this date. Some resoundingly famous, some obscure but hugely determinative. Sadly not even the most recent of them is the one that caused a World War. On top of that, the same assassination produced an outcome to that World War that led to another World War. And the other theme of this date is its bloodily uncanny recurrence in colonialism.
Even before either of those becomes evident as a recurring theme, this date had solidly established something that shakes the sensibilities: a nobody killing somebody can lead to millions of somebodies killing millions of other somebodies.
Alboin, King of the Lombards, was assassinated on this day in the year 572 -- 1,448 years ago. Lombardi would remain part of a fragmented boot-shaped peninsula that would be unable to unify in the "Risorgimento" as the nation of Italy until 1861 -- 1,289 years later.
The invading European knights and others endorsed by the Pope as the Christian armies of the First Crusade bloodily defeated the indigenous leader Kerbogha of Mosul on this day in the year 1098 -- 922 years ago. (Hmmm, Mosul. That place name seems to ring a bell...)
Muhammed VI became the tenth Nasrid King of Granada after killing his brother-in-law Ismail II, today in 1360 -- 660 years ago.
Edward, Earl of March, was crowned King Edward IV of England today in 1461 -- 559 years ago. That was the first of two times he was crowned. He ruled from 1461-1470, and again from 1471-1483. In between, he assassinated his cousin Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, who was responsible for bringing him to power, but then opposed him for incompetence. His predecessor, Henry VI, who was likewise incompetent but with episodes of insanity, led to Warwick making Edward the divisive ruler in the Yorkist vs Lancastrian factions in the War of the Roses, which butchered a lot of people for an even longer period, between 1455 and 1487.
Charles V was elected Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire today in 1519 -- 501 years ago. The Church was busily looking for heretics to kill in gruesome ways to keep the masses fearfully faithful, and Charles played a role in the peak power decades of the infamous Spanish Inquistion. Few men in European history have ever been as powerful as Charles V. He was also the head of the Hapsburgs, the King of Spain, and the King of Germany. Ultimately, he abdicated, passing power to family members and retiring to a monastery to contemplate his deeds.
The combined forces of Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu were victorious in the Battle of Nagashino, today in 1575 -- 445 years ago. It was a key event in the Sengoku period of Japan, and a time when all the members of the losing side were butchered unless they committed seppuku, ritual suicide by disembowelment.
Peter the Great of Russia defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava today in 1709 -- 311 years ago. Sweden had been a great power until Charles decided to invade Russia in 1707. Two years later, he had assassinated his nation's greatness. He was, however, a ruler of the early Enlightenment era, promoting domestic reforms of significance.
Today in 1776 (244 years ago) during the American Revolution, two things happened: the American victory in the Battle of Sullivan's Island led to the commemoration of Carolina Day, celebrated to this day; and Thomas Hickey, a Continental Army private and bodyguard to General George Washington, is hanged for mutiny and sedition. (Imagine if there was no Geo. Washington two weeks before the Declaration of Independence.)
The signature day for colonialist empire...
The Coronation of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom took place today in 1838 (182 years ago). Her 63 year, 7 month reign was longer than any British monarch until the present one. The "Victorian Era," was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change marked by a vast expansion of the British Empire. To wit, she adopted the additional title of "Empress of India" in 1876. Today's sensibilities see past the dussemination of technology, to the brutality, repression, and wholesale murder of indigenous people by colonial empires.
Speaking of colonialism...
The U.S. Congress passed the Spooner Act today in 1902 (118 years ago), authorizing President Theodore Roosevelt to acquire rights from Colombia for the Panama Canal. Columbia wanted more than was offered, so the U.S. financed a revolt that created the separatist nation of Panama as a veritable vassal state where the Americans could build -- and until the presidency of Jimmy Carter -- rule and control, the waterway and its Panama Canal Zone.
And attempted colonialism...
With all the Confederate forces finally surrendered and the last slaves in the South freed nine days earlier on June 19th -- "Juneteenth" -- the Union Army of the Potomac was disbanded today in 1865 (155 years ago). Some Northern politicians were outraged by that, wanting it to be used as an army of occupation to extract payments and "bleed dry" the defeated South.
And more colonialism...
The Irish Civil War began today in 1922 (98 years ago) with the shelling of the Four Courts in Dublin by Free State forces. The British had controlled Ireland, dispossessing and denying basic rights to the Irish people since the late 12th century. The Emerald Isle would not become a fully independent republic until passage of the Republic of Ireland Act in 1949, and the fact that the six counties of Northern Ireland are still part of the United Kingdom was a cause of decades of strife and killing.
Still, today in 1973, elections were held for the Northern Ireland Assembly, which would lead to power-sharing between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland for the first time.
Still more colonialism, leading to WW II...
The Japanese puppet state of Mengjiang was formed in northern China today in 1936 by the invading and occupying Japanese military. For China, World War II began three years earlier than anywhere else.
Romania ceded Bessarabia (today's Moldova) to the Soviet Union after facing an ultimatum today in 1940.
And more WW II attempted colonialism...
Nazi Germany started its strategic summer offensive into the Soviet Union, codenamed "Case Blue" today in 1942. This, following its invasion in "Operation Barbarrosa" the previous year, were efforts to fulfill Hitler's plan as laid out in "Mien Kampf" -- the taking of "lands in the East," where "sub-human" inhabitants would be exterminated or enslaved, and the lands given to German farmers to feed the Greater German Reich.
And more outcome of WW II colonialism...
Poland's Soviet-allied "Provisional Government of National Unity" is formed over a month after V-E Day, today in 1945. It would lead to Poland becoming a vassal state in the Soviet Bloc and poster child for the Warsaw Pact.
But today in 1956 in Poznań, workers from the HCP factory took to the streets, sparking one of the first major protests against communist government both in Poland and Europe. Still, it wasn't until the Solidarity labor union movement of the 1980s that Poland would finally achieve self-determination on the world stage.
And post WW II colonialism...
Today in 1976, the Angolan court sentenced US and UK mercenaries to death sentences and prison terms in the Luanda Trial.
Today in 2004, in the "if yoy break it, you buy it" Iraq War: Sovereign power was handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.
And three Korean War atrocities in 1950, all on this one day 70 years ago:
Suspected communist sympathizers -- somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people -- were executed in the "Bodo League massacre."
The North Korean Army conducts the Seoul National University Hospital massacre.
Packed with its own refugees fleeing Seoul and leaving their 5th Division stranded, South Korean forces blew-up the Hangang Bridge in an attempt to slow North Korea's offensive. The refugees were killed the explosion and bridge collapse and the city fell later in the day.
Political assassinations in Iran...
Today in 1981, the same year the hostages were released who had been taken by radicals in the seizure of the American Embassy, a powerful bomb exploded in Tehran, killing 73 officials of the Islamic Republican Party.
Today in 1987, for the first time in military history, a civilian population was targeted for chemical attack when Iraqi warplanes bombed the Iranian town of Sardasht.
A killer, and bearing false witness...
Today in 2001, Slobodan Milošević was extradited to The Hague to stand trial before an international tribunal for genocide.
On this day 12 years earlier in 1989, he had delivered the "Gazimestan speech" on the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, at the site of the historically pivotal battle. His many enemies cite the speech's "possibility of armed battles" ahead in Serbia's national development. He actually spoke of "battles" in the context of "implementing economic, political, cultural, and general social prosperity" -- quote from the English translation by the National Technical Information Service, US Dept of Commerce. (Even when you hate somebody, it's not okay to lie about 'em.)
Coups and failed coups...
Today in 2009, Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a local military coup, after a failed request to hold a referendum to rewrite the Honduran Constitution. It started the 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis.
Today in 2016, a terrorist attack at Turkey's Istanbul Atatürk Airport killed 42 people and wounded more than 230 others.
Our "On this day" June 28th feature story
Today is the assassination by one nobody that produced the killing of millions. We turn this part over to Garrison Keillor, for what he includes in his "Writer's Almanac" for today:
WW I history: THERE'S MORE. This same day resonates until the very day "The War to End All Wars" (which it wasn't), ended...
• The Austro–Serbian Alliance of 1881 was secretly signed today in 1881 (139 years ago).
• Greece joined the Allied powers (Britain-France-Belgium-the U.S.) today in 1917 (103 years ago).
• Hostilities formally ended today in 1919 (101 years ago), as the Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending the state of war between Germany and the Allies of World War I. Tragically, President Wilson's warnings were not heeded, and impossible obligations for Germany to pay war reparations would directly lead to the rise of Nazism and produce the Second World War just 20 years, two months, and two days later.
TODAY, TO THE GOOD...
Despite all that eerie congruence of June 28th in assassination and killing and all the resulting death it produced throughout history?
June 28th also brings these events...
Two Civil Rights landmarks and one that depends on your point of view...
Today in 1964, Malcolm X formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
Five years later, today in 1969, the Stonewall riots began in New York City, fighting back against police brutality and marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.
Today in 1978 the US Supreme Court, in "Regents of the University of California v. Bakke," bars quota systems in college admissions.
...and these arts notes...
• Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone today in 1846 (174 years ago).
• The Paris Opera Ballet premiered "Giselle" in the Salle Le Peletier today in 1841 (179 years ago).
• Today is the birthday of: Richard Rodgers (1902-1979), American playwright and composer; Mel Brooks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter who is turning 94; Gilda Radner (1946-1989), American actress and comedian; and Elon Musk, South African-born American businessman, gazillionaire, space entrepreneur and electric vehicle guru.
...and THIS cultural achievement...
Labor Day became an official US holiday on this date in 1894 (126 years ago).
...and this spaciness...
The Nakhla meteorite, the first one to suggest signs of aqueous processes on Mars, falls to Earth, landing in Egypt today in 1911 (109 years ago).
...and this wacky history...
The United States Court of Private Land Claims ruled James Reavis’s claim to "Barony of Arizona" is "wholly fictitious and fraudulent" today in 1895 (125 years ago).
There are two instances of royalty claims in the American West. The other was "Emperor Norton" and his claim as ruler of California. But that never got ugly.
Any day is what you make it. We can all realign the legacy of June 28th -- or any day -- to be about kindness, charity, sharing abundance, looking out for those who need encouragement, and finding joy in creatively pursuing those things. In that context, happy June 28th.
We are not repeating what's already above. So back-up and catch the festivals before they're over.
Here's the "today-only" action, including some LATE ADDITIONS...
On the web...
Sun, Feb 28:
7 pm Pacific --
ANDY & RENEE perform live on YouTube on Sundays at 5 pm PDT, and on Facebook live on Wednesdays at 7 pm PDT
* Watch their Livestream #26 Sunday at: https://youtu.be/Eg_kEdMF-0c
* Watch Wednesday for their Livestream #27: SPECIAL CANADA DAY CELEBRATION, "Fête du Canada" -- with all songs by Canadian Artists, with "Special Canadian Food and Drinks featured." Renee says, "Wear your Hockey Gear! Chill those Molsons! Everything played in the key of 'A'!" (Eh?)
Wednesday at: www.facebook.com/reneesafier
* These two are excellent, with or without their award-winning band HARD RAIN. They are the longtime performing hosts of the annual "DYLANFEST," and produced this year's delightful cyber version for the festival's 30rh year.
Sun, Feb 28:
7:30 pm Pacific --
If you have AXS TV in your cable, satellite, or web package, there's fun stuff.
3:50-5 pm Pacific -- CAT STEVENS in concert with his acoustic guitar. Repeats 11:10 pm-12:20 am.
7-8 pm Pacific -- JOAN BAEZ in concert from 1980. Repeats 10:05-11:10 pm.
And what we reported to you, first thing...
Top Ten Folk Songs of the 1970s on AXS
These are the songs that tell a story.
5-5:30 pm Pacific,
8-8:30 pm Pacific
on AXS TV.
Then, stick around.
5:30-6 pm Pacific,
8:30-9 pm Pacific
"Rock Legends" looks at the evolution and influences of Folk music around the world.
NEWS FEATURE STORIES...
The equivalent of the GRAMMYS, just for bluegrass...
31st ANNUAL IBMA BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Announced June 26th
IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 is a virtual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. The IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 event encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of band showcases, the 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, and music festival IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC.
According to data released by Visit Raleigh, attendance at IBMA World of Bluegrass has grown by more than 50% since moving to Raleigh in 2013. Over the last seven years combined, the event has attracted more than 1.2 million total attendees and generated more than $80 million in direct economic impact throughout Wake County. Last year’s event (2019) alone saw more than 200 acts perform, 218,000 attendees and generated $18.65 million in direct economic impact.
IBMA continues to offer a Community Resources page at its official website ― ibma.org ― that offers updated information about COVID-19 that is relevant to the bluegrass community.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s successful run in Raleigh is the product of their partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.
CineGear ON AIR Event Series
"Got Agent?" Live Zoom Panel July 1, 2020
GRAMMY Museum presents plenty of delights
Watch a new film online
Plus, remember there is...
FRESH DAILY CONTENT FROM THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
A few that will interest our readers...
Friday, 6/26: A closer look at the exhibit, Monterey International Pop Festival: Music, Love, and Flowers, 1967. VIEW EXHIBIT
Sunday, 6/28: Vocal Mechanics 101: Understanding the body's role in Vocalization
Monday, 6/29: New Program - The Drop: Lucinda Williams
Visit their Museum at Home page each day to explore
And virtually revisit a great past exhibit...
Music venues are subject to unique exacerbating factors. But don't expect any independent business to handle this on their own.
We have, on several occasions here in the Guide, discussed existential factors uniquely confronting music venue operators . Let's look at some overall numbers of how the COVID crisis is impacting independent business owners.
■ Business ownership during pandemic, Feb-Apr:
• 41% decline in black-owned business
• 32% decline in Latino- owned businesses
• 17% decline in white-owned businesses
Most loan assistance during the pandemic has gone to white-owned businesses, but even there, assistance has strongly favored the wealthy.
(Source: SIEPR & CBS News)
■ Black and minority-owned businesses:
• 12% have received the gov pandemic loan amount requested
• 2/3 have yet to receive any help
■ National unemployment has hit its worst numbers since the Great Depression:
• 13.3% across all racial / ethnic groups
• 16.8% for African-Americans
Incredibly, the Senate Majority Leader denies there is reason for more assistance to non-corporate America, while the White House denies there is any systemic racism in American society.
• Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease doctor, urged Americans to see their role in taking safety precautions as a “societal responsibility.” He begged them not to let their guards down even if the risk to their own health is considered minimal, because they can still transport it.
1:31 p.m. - San Antonio health director resigns as many public health officers around the U.S. exit
12:59 p.m. - Almost one-third of black Americans know someone who died of covid-19, survey shows
6:58 a.m. - Austin mayor warns that pausing Texas’s reopening ‘will not make things better’
6:26 a.m. - (Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner) Gottlieb says surge in cases could mean higher death rate in weeks ahead
How a nation CAN support its arts / artists / venues
|Chinese commercial shipping across the Arctic Ocean. Photo: rawi.ru|
The ubiquitous containers piled high on container ships can be filled with literally anything, and they do fall off. A "bulk carrier" ship can be carrying in its tanks or huge cargo holds any manner of substance that is toxic to the fragile Arctic environment. And while older ships pose the greatest risk, the 39 ships (of just this one type) that sank from 2010-2019 include four vessels that were brand new and four that were lost lost to "unknown causes."
|Source: Maritime Executive, June 2020.|
But As critically threatening as that is, it isn't even the most imminent Arctic Armageddon.
Because what could "do all of us in" isn't floating on seawater that used to be ice. It's what's on the lands and in the seasonally frozen lakes that fringe the once-frozen sea. It's the vast quantities of methane released as permafrost melts.
|Sites of coastal villages for centuries are disappearing into the sea as the ancient permafrost melts beneath them. Photo, vox.com|
Thus, allowing arctic permafrost to melt might be great for fossil hunters and DNA collectors of frozen Wooly Mammoth remains. But all that methane entering the atmosphere is making the planet a giant atmospheric roach motel where everything checks-in, but things that need to leave, can't.
Notably, that is several times the amount of economic benefit touted by the most enthusiastic proponents of seagoing shipping across the Arctic Ocean.
Incredibly, there are still Climate Change Deniers in this world, and most of them are Americans. So if anything justifies violating social distancing during a global pandemic? It should be administering the cartoon slap across the kisser to intransigent adherents of ignorant stupidity before their support for unbridled economic growth kills us all.
And that's not a simple rhetorical admonition.
Listen carefully to the panicked calls to "reopen the economy." Those financing them are carefullly exploiting the existential fears held by all of us about paying rent and covering bills 100+ days into pandemic furlough. Why? Because the "usual suspect" exploiters are seeking to manipulate us into a fearful mob that will steamroll over environmental protections.
We've seen it before, when rich interests protected their control of a for-profit health care system by hijacking a "Tea Party movement" that started out protesting taxpayer bailouts of corporate fat cats who wrecked the economy for personal gain. It seems impossible that could have led to protesters carrying signs that incongruously read, "Keep your government hands off my medicare!" But it did.
We must not underestimate the power of motivated manipulators to protect their self-interest. The calls are coming for us to demand wholesale suspension or repeal of environmental regulations, everything from safe drinking water standards to surrendering protected wilderness in National Monuments to oil drilling, fracking, and mining interests -- and to support repeals of regulatory authority made by executive fiat -- all as "necessary" things to "save us" from economic ruin.
We would be deep in expensive, manipulative ads of a tv campaign to that very purpose were it not for the sudden global phenomenon of George Floyd protests. For the moment, those whose greed exploits everything have been caught off-balance. They must retreat to whatever supports "law-and-order" rhetoric because, with chaos that does not derive from the stock market, they now feel fear. But it will never include fear for the common people. Only fear of the common people. And it certainly cannot include fear for what is happening to the planet as the direct result of exploitive, rather than sustainable, human activity. As F. Scott Fitzgerald told us in The Great Gatsby, "The rich are not like you and I." And as environmental economist Garret Hardin warned, "Everything is connected to everything else."
Thing is, the distant Arctic and its out-of-sight, out-of-mind, melting permafrost are, suddenly, the most connected thing of all. Whether or not we find it convenient to notice.
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