Friday events have moved to a new edition. NEWS FEATURES HERE prior to Friday are still current.
Fresh MUSIC NEWS arrived on Monday. There are music performances online and on tv, too. All that is in here. Oh, and plenty more music news is still in the last edition, fresh for you if you didn't read it. So read this then go check that. We try to make sure you know everything. Now we understand why your mother didn't have it easy.
Added at press time:
BROADCAST MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JIMMY CAPPS, legendary Grand Ole Opry guitarist, is online Tuesday. See listing.
Monday, June 8th...
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from two born on this date...
"I'm still trying to re-create a Ray Charles concert that I heard when I was fifteen years old, and all my nerve endings were fried and transformed, and electricity shot through me."
~ Boz Scaggs, American singer-songwriter & guitarist, over 20 top hits as a solo artist; former lead singer with the Steve Miller Band ; born June 8th.
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"I had been working my first record really hard and toured the heck out of it. I didn't have anything to write about so touring with The Decemberists was what I needed. I could work and take in the world again. You're just the side man and don't need all the info. You're also less busy than when your name is on the ticket, so I had days free to read, watch movies, and just look up."
~ Sara Watkins, American singer-songwriter & fiddler, guitarist, mandolinist, Watkins Family Hour, Nickel Creek, I'm with Her; born June 8th.
Happy Birthday today to
Sara Watkins, American singer-songwriter & fiddler, guitarist, mandolinist.
Boz Scaggs, American singer-songwriter & guitarist.
Alex Band, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, & producer
Emm Gryner, Canadian singer-songwriter
Emanuel Ax, Polish-American pianist & educator
Doris Pearson, English singer-songwriter & choreographer
Millicent Martin, English actress & singer
Nancy Sinatra, American singer & actress
In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born on this date
Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, designed the Price Tower and Fallingwater (1867-1959)
Jerry Stiller, American actor, comedian and producer (1927-2020)
Steven Fromholz, American singer-songwriter, producer, and poet (1945-2014)
Joan Rivers, American comedian, actress, and television host (1933-2014)
Alexis Smith, Canadian-born American actress and singer (1921-1993)
Robert Preston, American captain, actor, and singer (1918-1987)
Edmundo Rivero, Argentinian singer-songwriter (1911-1986)
LeRoy Neiman, American soldier, portrait painter and illustrator (1921-2012)
Eugène Lapierre, Canadian organist, composer and arts administrator (1899-1970)
Robert Schumann, German composer and critic (1810-1856)
Erwin Schulhoff, Czech composer and pianist (1894-1942)
Tomaso Albinoni, Italian violinist and composer (1671-1751)
On this day...
Today is WORLD OCEANS DAY
Jason Momoa, Actor, Activist, and Greenpeace Supporter, tells us:
"The oceans are so much bigger than all of us and yet humans are destroying them. We take and take until there’s nothing left. With climate change warming our waters and melting the ice caps, the effects on marine life are devastating. Entire ecosystems are vanishing as the waste of the world empties into our waters. And as a Native Hawaiian, I know that the island nations, and all coastal communities especially, are at the frontlines of this environmental crisis.
"There’s a connecting thread to all the work Greenpeace does. We need to dismantle the systems that exploit people and the planet, and a core part of that is the fight for justice every single day.
"Greenpeace is doing so much to protect the future of our oceans. They are campaigning to end the flow of single-use plastics, halt offshore oil drilling and destructive fishing, improve protections of our coastal communities, and sustain healthy oceans and clean water for all. It’s why I support them, and I want you to join me.
"Our oceans are a life-sustaining force and need healing, just as our world does. That’s why Greenpeace’s campaign for a strong Global Ocean Treaty is so vital. We can cover our world in ocean sanctuaries that will preserve biodiversity, help endangered species recover, and give marine life a fighting chance to survive the rapid changes we are causing to the planet. But it will only happen if millions of us join in!
"We come from the oceans. Every second breath we take is from the oceans; they govern our weather; give us food, jobs, and some of our medicines. We can’t let oil billionaires, plastic pollution, and destructive fishing turn our blue planet into a gas station or a garbage dump. This is our source of life, and I am determined to protect it — I hope you are too.
"If we work together, we are within reach of a world that respects our oceans, their inhabitants, and the people who depend on them. So today, on World Oceans Day, join me and Greenpeace to make waves of change: give a gift to protect the oceans, and fight for the health and justice of our people and planet.
"A month ago, my friends at Greenpeace asked if I wanted to write to you today, World Oceans Day. The weeks since have truly rocked the world and so I want to try to hold together all that is weighing on my heart.
"I’ve always believed that fighting for a green and peaceful future for everyone includes speaking out against the unjust, racist, and systemic violence facing the Black community in the US, which is why I’m in solidarity with those in the streets demanding justice and accountability for the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the overwhelming number of Black people killed by white supremacy. So I want to thank all of you for building an environmental movement that understands that in order to create a healthy planet and healthy communities for everyone we must defend Black lives."
"Happy World Oceans Day!"
For the oceans,
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One quick thought today...
If it seems incomprehensible and ridiculous -- these calls to "abolish the police department" in cities where racism has repeatedly cost the lives of unarmed persons of color? Just consider this part of the perspective held by others:
What came to be "the police department" in America was an outgrowth of a system of fugitive slave patrols.
Monday's Music News and Events
Drum roll, maestro...
Just launched, the Americana Music Association Foundation (AMAF), is a new educational and charitable organization dedicated to preserving Americana music's past and future.
The new foundation tells us, "We’re beyond thrilled to have the involvement of musicians you know and love including Brandi Carlile, Jackson Browne, Rhiannon Giddens and T Bone Burnett. They’re lending their expertise as supportive board members."
John Prine Tribute / Benefit, June 11 online
Premiering Thu, Jun 11:
4:30 pm Pacific --
“Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine” will premiere across multiple platforms including Prine’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels.
* This will be an online celebration of the life of John Prine.
* Produced by the Prine family and Oh Boy Records, featuring musicians, actors and friends remembering our beloved JP.
* The tribute will feature memories and songs as well as rare and never-before-seen footage of John himself.
* It's a BENEFIT, raising money for three organizations: NAMI, Alive, and Make the Road New York.
* WATCH THE PROMO NOW at: https://youtu.be/QjvfcX5KJEA
4:30 pm-6 pm Pacific --
"Why We Fight: Voices from the Struggle for Health Justice" presented by National Nurses United, Voices of a People’s History, and two others.
* From COVID-19 to racism and police violence, nurses see the effects of multiple public health crises on our shifts every day.
* Live event features primary-source speeches and writings to bring context to our present moment, reminding us that just and equitable health care for all is not only vital – but achievable.
* The dueling public health crises we’re facing make it more clear than ever that we must radically reimagine our vision of health and health care. This event will uplift examples from the past where we can find inspiration and learning.
* "In these tumultuous times, we know it’s especially important to remember the voices of revolutionaries past and present and apply the lessons of their struggles to the current moment. That’s why we’re excited to invite you to a special live event to hear the words of those involved in both historical and present-day struggles for health care and health justice. Activists on the front lines of the pandemic, as well as some of today’s leading performers, will read passages live from key health care leaders in history." -- Nat'l Nurses United.
* Features NNU executive director and registered nurse Bonnie Castillo to share some reflections on this moment and what we can learn from the past.
* TIX: FREE, donations accepted to $250.
* TUNE IN at: https://m.facebook.com/events/658488061666330/?akid=44425.182334.1Gwzff&rd=1&t=4
Mon, Jun 8:
6 pm Pacific --
ALBERT & GAGE from Austin, streaming live
• on their website at: www.albertandgage.com/facebooklive
• on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/chrisgageaustin
* This marvelous acoustic duo shares donations with the Monday bartenders at the Austin venue, Donn's Depot. That's their residency when they're not on the road.
* Cyber TIP JARS:
• PayPal app: firstname.lastname@example.org
• PayPal web: https://paypal.me/ChrisGage464
• Venmo: @Chris-Gage-10
Tuesday, June 9
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from two born on this date...
Four from our first inspirer...
"What is the value of education which does not inculcate passion and fearlessness for setting right what is wrong?"
"Ethics, decency, and morality are the real soldiers."
"Life is on an incline; you either go up, or you come down."
"Empowered women who reach tough or unconventional positions make CHOICES not sacrifices."
~ Kiran Bedi (born June 9, 1949), India's first woman police officer, social activist instrumental in introducing prison reform in India; former tennis player, and politician currently serving as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry; acclaimed as "truly an icon of heroism."
Plus, from our second honoree -- an artist -- we have this quartet of quotes...
"Sad times May follow your tracks, Bad times May bar you from Saks, Add times When Satan in slacks Breaks down your self control."
"I get no kick from champagne. Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all. So, tell me why should it be true, that I get a kick out of you?"
"Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes."
"The girls today in society
Go for classical poetry
So to win their hearts one must quote (with ease)
Aeschylus and Euripides. …
But the poet of them all
Who will start 'em simply ravin'
Is the poet people call
The bard of Stratford-on-Avon!
Brush up your Shakespeare,
Start quoting him now,
Brush up your Shakespeare,
And the women you will wow."
~ Cole Porter (born June 9, 1891, died in 1964), was an American singer-songwriter and composer whose songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics; many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film.
Garrison Keillor tells us in today's "Writer's Almanac" that Cole Porter was "born in Peru, Indiana, in 1891. He went to Yale University, where he got horrible grades but wrote and performed more than 300 songs for school shows. He went off to Europe and eventually settled in Paris, where he lived for most of the 1920s. In 1928, he wrote his first big hit, 'Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love,' which begins, 'Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it.' After that his career took off, and he ended up writing hundreds of songs for movies, television, and Broadway shows."
And we've gotta share this quote ABOUT Cole Porter:
"In a way no other songs of the period quite did, Porter's created a world. It was a between-the-wars realm of drop-dead chic and careless name-dropping insouciance. And it was a sexy place to be invited." ~ Walter Clemons, in "Vanity Fair," as quoted in "The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter" (1992).
Tue, Jun 9:
11 am Pacific --
BROADCAST MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JIMMY CAPPS
WSM Nashville is airing a live audio memorial service from the Grand Ole Opry for Jimmy Capps.
* Just in case you say "WHO?!" He was a “Grand Ole Opry guitar icon and member of The Musicians’ Hall of Fame.”
* In fact, he was a guitarist on the Grand Ole Opry for over sixty-one years – "longer than any musician," says the Opry.
* One way of tuning in: http://wsmonline.com/listen-live/
* Or, go to:
* More info:
* Read more about the legendary Jimmy at:
* And at:
Tue, Jun 9:
5 pm Pacific --
BETTMAN & HALPIN bring their fiddle, mandolin and guitar live from their Denver home
Please invite your friends and family in other parts of the US or the world. Let's make it global! How fun is that?" - Stephanie Bettman.
* NON-FACEBOOKERS, WE HAVE AN OPTION:
"For those of you who do not participate in Facebook, we will be posting the concert on our YouTube channel in the days following the concert," says Stephanie.
Tue, Jun 9:
6 pm Pacific --
BOB MALONE plays his weekly show of wild keyboard wizardry
Malone At Home show on at 6 Pacific. There will be the usual deep dives into the back catalog, a safari out to the white grand piano. And cats. Maybe even ! Get on early for the preshow chat. It’s all .
Bob Malone Tour Dates
John Fogerty Tour Dates (Bob plays keys in his band)
Wednesday, June 10
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from three born on this date...
"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
~ Judy Garland (1922-1969), as her character in "The Wizard of Oz," delivering an all-time iconic film line.
"Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal."
~ E.O. Wilson, born Edward Osborne Wilson (b 1929), American biologist and author, his book Sociobiology won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize.
And three quotes by our third honoree...
"In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries."
"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."
"I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, 'To hell with you.'"
~ Saul Bellow (1915-2005), Canadian novelist and writer assumed to be American because he was an icon of Chicago, but he was an illegal immigrant. More on Bellow below (we couldn't resist the chance to combine those two words).
Happy birthday today to
Kim Deal, American singer-songwriter and musician
Gina Gershon, American actress, singer and author
Shirley Owens, American singer
Faith Evans, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
Mike Doughty, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Erik Rutan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
JoJo Hailey, American singer
Tara Lipinski, American Olympic figure skater
E.O. Wilson, born Edward Osborne Wilson, American biologist, author, & academic, and source of one of today's quotes
Leelee Sobieski, American actress and producer
James Walsh, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist
Adam Darski, Polish singer-songwriter and guitarist
Kreesha Turner, Canadian singer-songwriter and dancer
Joey Santiago, American alternative rock musician
Emma Anderson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
Maxi Priest, English singer-songwriter
Rick Price, English rock bass player
Ernie C, American heavy metal guitarist, songwriter, and producer
Alexandra Stan, Romanian singer-songwriter, dancer, and model
In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born on this date
First, two special focus in-memoriam birthdays...
Judy Garland (1922-1969), American singer, actress, & vaudevillian, born Frances Ethel Gumm. First known to show biz as "Baby Gumm," youngest of the "Gumm Sisters," they were the live act in her father's movie theater, first in Minnesota, then in Lancaster, California. It was insults by locals in the latter backwater burg that caused dad to take his girls over the mountains to Hollywood, where Judy was discovered. The child star was a regular with Mickey Rooney, and went on to major stardom in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), "Meet Me In St. Louis" (1944), "Easter Parade" (1948), and many more movies before her early death at age 47. (And Lancaster is still a backwater burg that turned its back on a Judy Garland museum in the house where she lived, instead tearing it down to create a still empty lot.)
Saul Bellow (1915-2005), Canadian-American novelist, essayist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate, assumed to be American, but he was an illegal immigrant. We promised more with his quotes. Garrison Keillor explains: "Born Solomon Bellows in Lachine, Quebec, in 1915, two years after his parents emigrated from Russia. He was born in Canada, but when he was young he was smuggled across the border into Chicago, and so he grew up as an illegal immigrant. His dad was an onion importer and a bootlegger. His mom was religious, and she hoped he would be a rabbi or maybe a concert pianist. But when he was eight years old, he read 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and he decided he would become a writer. He wrote two novels that didn't sell very well. But then he won a Guggenheim Fellowship and moved to Paris to write. And while he was there, he realized how much he loved Chicago. So he started a new novel whose opening lines are: 'I am an American, Chicago born — Chicago, that somber city — and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way.' That was The Adventures of Augie March (1953),which became his first real success and won the National Book Award. He continued writing plays, nonfiction, and more novels, including Henderson the Rain King (1959), Herzog (1964), and Humboldt's Gift (1975).
João Gilberto, Brazilian singer-songwriter & guitarist (1931-2019)
Mickey Jones, American drummer (1941-2018)
Patachou, French singer & actress (1918-2015)
Bruno Bartoletti, Italian conductor (1926-2013)
Violetta Villas, Belgian-Polish singer-songwriter and actress (1938-2011)
Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian pianist & composer (1913-2007)
William Rosenberg, American entrepreneur, founded Dunkin' Donuts (1916-2002)
Paul Brunelle, Canadian singer-songwriter & guitarist (1923-1994)
John Stevens, English drummer (1940-1994)
Wong Ka Kui, Hong Kong singer-songwriter & guitarist (1962-1993)
Frederick Loewe, Austrian-American composer (1901-1988)
Dicky Wells, American jazz trombonist (1907-1985)
Ralph Kirkpatrick, American harpsichord player & musicologist (1911-1984)
Howlin' Wolf, American singer-songwriter & guitarist (1910-1976)
Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor & producer (1886-1973)
Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952), American actress and the first person of color to win an OSCAR, as the character "Mammie" in 1939's "Gone with the Wind." Ironically, HBO chose today to pull "GWTW" from its on-demand movies due to the film's "racial depictions."
Al Dubin, Swiss-American songwriter (1891-1945)
Frederick Cook (1865-1940), American physician and arctic and alpine explorer, involved to his endless detriment in a controversy with fellow explorer Robert Peary over who reached the North Pole first. Despite the Nat'l Geographic Society always championing Peary and adding to the generation of Cook, It's likely that both lied and neither ever reached the Pole.
Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Austrian composer & conductor (1843-1900)
As you get into your day, remember that Saul Bellow quote:
"In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries."
Some days are chockful of influential events that go unnoticed, and shouldn't
On this day...
Today in 2020, in both houses of the Ohio State legislature, elected officials are debating a bill to declare Racism as "A public health crisis," and pave the way for state policy to be changed and funding to be provided to treat it the same way as a deadly disease. These next few days might make "flyover" Ohio the leader of a new era in advancing human society.
Today in 1963, "The Equal Pay Act of 1963," aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex, was signed into law by John F. Kennedy as part of his New Frontier Program.
Today in 1964, exactly one year later, with that president dead six months by an assassin's bullet, the U.S. Senate finally broke the 75-day filibuster against the "Civil Rights Act of 1964," leading to the landmark bill's passage -- 99 years after the Civil War.
In 1935, 85 years ago today, Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by him and Bill Wilson. It is the most successful self-help organization of all time.
Today in 2003, the "Spirit" rover was launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. It would be followed by twin "Opportunity," both of which would operate years longer than expected, and be superseded by by larger rovers.
Today in 1990, the blowout of a cockpit window of British Airways Flight 5390 caused the captain to be partially sucked from the cockpit, and air pressure and wind outside caused by speed prevented him from being pulled back inside. Until the copilot safely landed the plane at Southampton Airport. There were no fatalities.
Today in 2002, the first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom. Which is either exciting or terrifying.
Today in 1944 wartime-America-on-the-home-front, 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the youngest player ever in a major-league baseball game.
On this day in 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard is kidnapped in South Lake Tahoe, California; she would remain a captive until 2009.
Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries" in the infamous deadly religious superstition of the Salem Witch Trials, today in 1692.
In the French Revolution, today in 1793: Following the arrests of Girondin leaders, the Jacobins gained control of the Committee of Public Safety installing the revolutionary dictatorship.
100,000 people were killed when a natural dam on the Dadu River collapses; it had been created by a landslide in an earthquake ten days earlier in the Sichuan province of China, today in 1786.
It's an especially pugilistic date in history...
Today in 1805, 215 years ago, America's first foreign war, and first war in the Muslum world, ended. Yusuf Karamanli signed a treaty ending hostilities between Tripolitania and the United States in the First Barbary War, aka the War Against the Barbary Pirates.
On this day in 1854, The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis graduates its first class of students. The U.S. was slow to develop a navy; the first Army graduates at West Point were more than half a century earlier.
Yes, the South did win most of the battles of the American Civil War...
Today in 1861, Confederate troops under Gen. John B. Magruder defeated a much larger Union force led by Gen. Ebenezer W. Pierce in the Battle of Big Bethel in Virginia.
Today in 1864, Confederate troops under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated a much larger Union force led by Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis in the Battle of Brice's Crossroads in Mississippi.
More Americans died in the Civil War than in all of America's other wars combined.
On the way to Teddy Roosevelt and San Juan Hill...
On this day in 1898, in the Spanish–American War, the Battle of Guantánamo Bay saw U.S. Marines begin the American invasion of Spanish-held Cuba.
Today in 1916, the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire was declared by Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca. We tend to know of this arena of World War I only in terms of the movie, "Lawrence of Arabia."
Today in 1967, The Six-Day War ends when Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire.
Today in 1982, when they went at it again in the Lebanon War, the Syrian Arab Army defeats the Israeli Defense Forces in the Battle of Sultan Yacoub.
* Today in 1942, the Lidice massacre is perpetrated as a reprisal for the assassination of an Obergruppenführer in Nazi-controlled World War II Europe.
* In 1944, 76 years ago today, in two widely separated places in World War II Europe...
In Distomo, Boeotia, Greece, two hundred eighteen men, women and children are massacred by German troops.
Six hundred forty-two men, women and children are massacred at Oradour-sur-Glane, France.
* All three explain the need for and righteousnous of THAT war. And all emphasize the insulting lunacy of lies justifying every war since by alluding to that one.
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A Guide extra Wednesday news feature...
What went wrong in Georgia Yesterday
by Karen Hobert Flynn,
President of Common Cause
Yesterday's primary election in Georgia was a disaster -- a completely avoidable one. And, it’s a stark reminder of why this work is so important.
Imagine being a voter in Georgia yesterday. You wanted to follow social distancing guidelines, so you requested your absentee ballot weeks or even months in advance to vote by mail.
But one week goes by, then two, then three -- and your ballot never arrives. So first thing in the morning on Election Day, you go to your polling place after looking it up one more time -- and good thing you did, because you found out it was moved to a new location at the last minute.
Then, your polling place isn’t open when you get there. You wait in line for hours -- maybe a machine breaks, or there are too few poll workers -- or too many voters in the same boat as you. Then finally, after all of that, you might even be told you won’t be able to vote at all.
This is what happened to far, far too many Georgia voters yesterday. Despite the best efforts of poll workers and volunteers, many eligible voters -- particularly in Black and Brown communities -- were left behind.    
We absolutely cannot allow this to happen again in November.
Common Cause Georgia warned Gov. Kemp and Secretary of State Raffensperger all the way back in February -- warning them they’d need paper ballots as a backup for the state’s new voting machines (many of which failed yesterday.) And, we reiterated our warnings as the COVID-19 pandemic increased the chances of an Election Day meltdown.
On Election Day and throughout early voting, we mobilized our team -- working from the safety of their vehicles or the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline to identify voters in need of assistance. And, our social media monitoring team watchdogged for any efforts to discourage or confuse voters with online disinformation.
We were able to help thousands of Georgia voters navigate problems they shouldn’t have to face in a 21st century democracy -- and I’m glad we were there. But this is just a preview of what’s to come in November -- unless we immediately step up our efforts.
After all, we’re up against politicians and operatives who see more people voting as a threat to their power. And, they’re backed up by the RNC’s $20 million voting litigation budget -- to block our efforts at reform, and defend vote suppression from legal challenges.
Common Cause is ready to fight back. We don’t have $20 million to spend in states like Georgia, Wisconsin, or Pennsylvania, or dozens of lawyers to fight it out in court.
But, we do have 1.2 million concerned Americans nationwide -- willing to fight for what they believe in. And in just the past few months, we’ve seen Common Cause members find new ways to engage in civic life -- texting voters in Georgia to make sure they know their rights, joining webinars, contacting officials by phone or online, and maintaining the community bonds that are even more vital in this time of social isolation.
Voting rights shouldn’t be a partisan issue. But instead of bringing people together to protect one of the cornerstones of society -- free and fair democratic elections -- President Trump and too many others in his party are looking only at their own short-term political gain.
Common Cause won’t stand by and let that happen. We have decades of experience with protecting voters under difficult circumstances -- against natural disasters, computer failures, and everything in between.
So, while we’ve never seen anything like this pandemic, I’m confident we’ll be able to find the best solutions to stop these vote suppression schemes and protect every single voter’s right to be heard.
This means establishing or expanding vote-by-mail (or absentee voting) in every state where it’s viable for the November elections. It also means ensuring accessibility for people who can’t vote by mail -- like people with disabilities or living on Native reservations -- by keeping sufficient in-person voting locations on Election Day, alongside reforms like early voting and online registration.
The truth is, Common Cause’s work to protect voters in 2020 has grown more necessary in the past few weeks. We’ve fought for half a century to protect every American’s right to vote -- and that fight has taken on new importance now.
Wed, Jun 10:
11 am-12:30 pm Pacific -- "Student Composition Masterclass with Ted Nash" -- "Essentially Ellington"
* Live on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/events/259137318473734/
Wed, Jun 10:
Noon Pacific --
CALIFORNIA COMMON CAUSE ONLINE SEMINAR
* It's an interactive discussion of Common Cause’s work. Their promo says, "We’re trying to level the playing field. We’re trying to build a better and more responsive democracy that actually hears the voices of everyday people, so the next community victimized by injustice won’t have to take to the streets by the millions to win change. To advance policing reforms, it has taken a nationwide explosion of anger and grief. The systems of government are so tilted toward the powerful and toward special interests that the fight for even common sense change can feel herculean."
* They will talk about how COVID-19 has postponed the 2020 Census and the unprecedented challenges of conducting a national count during a pandemic. Find out what’s at stake: $1.5 billion dollars in federal funds for hospitals, schools and roads, plus the apportionment of congressional seats for the next decade.
* Tune-in at: youtube.com/CACommonCauseTV
Wed, Jun 10:
2:45 pm-4:30 pm Pacific --
Orrin Evans Trio does a live concert in the "Live at Smalls" series from New Orleans.
* Tune in at: https://www.smallslive.com/events/21395-orrin-evans-trio/
Wed, Jun 10:
5 pm Pacific --
Jason Kao Hwang Human Rites Trio plays an "On Line Salon" to celebrate their new album, "Justice is Compassion" Live on Zoom
* Jason Kao Hwang - violin; Ken Filiano - bass; Andrew Drury - drums; in performance and conversation.
* Register to receive the Zoom link to attend: https://www.artsforart.org/onlinesalon.html
Thursday, June 11
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"Not until black demonstrators resorted to violence did the national government work seriously for civil rights legislation ... In 1850 white abolitionists, having given up on peaceful means, began to encourage and engage in actions that disrupted plantation operations and liberated slaves. Was that all wrong?"
~ Ingrid Newkirk, animal rights activist (born June 11, 1949)
On this day...
Today in 1935, listeners first heard FM radio, when the American inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong gave a demonstration in Alpine, New Jersey. FM was much clearer than AM. Armstrong demonstrated it by playing classical music and the sound of water being poured. (Thanks to Garrison Keillor for the info.)
In our time...
When Power DOES hand-over willingly and intentionally
Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit, is white, married to tennis star Serena Williams, who is black. The two have a young daughter together, and things since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have effected that family, too.
Ohanian just resigned from the board of Reddit to use his share of corpirate revenues to help causes he believes in and push for diversity in the tech sector. That includes his expressed desire that his vacated seat go to a person of color.
Alexis Ohanian is a good contemporaneous speaker. He spoke with clarity, power, and gentle passion in an interview this morning, handling unexpected questions that reached beyond the obvious. To one, about how his perspectives became what they are by being married to Williams, he told Gayle King this morning:
"I was always used to having people be interested in what I had to say. I guess I expected it. But I learned from Serena that she didn't always have that. That stays with me, and I try to be aware of others' discomfort."
He continued, "That discomfort that we feel when we push ourselves to go farther, physically, is something that we usually embrace. We know that's where growth happens. We know that's where muscles are tearing just a little bit so they re-grow stronger. These conversations are that same kind of exercise. They're that same kind of discomfort for our brains and for our souls. Because at the end of the day if what we're asking is privileged white people to be able to feel a little bit of discomfort to have a hard conversation, It's a very reasonable ask."
He is pledging his future Reddit revenues to civil rights causes. The first million is going to Colin Kaepernick's "Know Your Rights" because Ohanian believes Kaepernick is someone who has "transcended his sport and will be shown to be on the right side of history."
Following the interview, aired on "CBS This Morning," Gayle King noted Ohanian has a sign on the wall in his computer room that reads, "Pain is Growth."
In the banter that is often more substantial on this show than the other morning tv fare, King's fellow tv anchor, Tony Dokoupil, commented, "I did notice that. He is really comfortable with being uncomfortable and wants others to be as well. The symbolism is so big right now. It is not going to be enough to have the best of intentions, it is not going to be enough to follow the golden rule and treat everyone the same. If we are going to fix the problem of inequality, it's going to take intention and action, and I think Alexis [Ohanian] is really putting it on the line for the rest of us to say, look, It's going to be sacrifices.
Co-anchor Anthony Mason added, "His point about stepping down to show we're not just looking for a way to give 'a' seat on the board to a black person, we're willing to give up OUR seat to let a black person in. It may seem like a fine difference, but it's huge."
Thursday online concerts & more...
Plenty happening today, in addition to the huge celebration of JOHN PRINE at 4:30 pm PDT
Listings "via Off Beat" are live shows from New Orleans, via New Orleans Off Beat magazine.
|(via "Off Beat")||Jon Cleary’s Quarantini Happy Hour||New Orleans piano||1 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Patrick Cooper||Acoustic Folk/Blues/Country||3 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Ora Cogan||Singer-Songwriter||3 p.m. CDT||YouTube|
|(via "Off Beat")||Big Sam's Funky Nation||Funk||3:30 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Sierra Green||R&B/Soul||6 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||John Rankin||Folk/Blues/Original||6-6:30 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Matt Lemmler||Jazz||6:30 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Harry Mayronne||Solo Piano||7 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Eric Johanson||Blues/Rock/Americana||7 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Jake Landry||Americana||7 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Chicken on the Bone||Cover Band||7 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||John Roniger & The Good for Nothin' Band||Funk/Blues||7 p.m. CDT|
Thu, Jun 11:
4 pm Pacific --
"A Discussion on Justice, Race, Solidarity and the Environment" hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity
* The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others have sparked a long-needed reckoning with personal and systemic racism, police violence and inequality in America.
Thu, Jun 11:
4:30 pm Pacific --
MAJOR TRIBUTE TO JOHN PRINE: "PICTURE SHOW," presented by his top music star friends and his family. We told you about this live online show way back in the Memorial Day weekend edition.
* Performers include, in alphabetical order: Courtney Marie Andrews, Dan Auerbach, Kevin Bacon, Brené Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Dave Cobb, Stephen Colbert, Peter Cooper, Iris DeMent, John Dickerson, Mitchell Drosin, David Ferguson, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Jeremy Ivey, Jim James, Pat McLaughlin, Bill Murray, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Fiona Whelan Prine, Jack Prine, Tommy Prine, Bonnie Raitt, The Secret Sisters, Kyra Sedgwick, Amanda Shires, Sturgill Simpson, Todd Snider, Billy Bob Thornton, Kurt Vile, Kelsey Waldon, Sara Watkins, Jody Whelan, John Paul White, Rita Wilson and Prine’s longtime band (Kenneth Blevins, David Jacques, Fats Kaplin, Jason Wilber).
* Read how it came about: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/john-prine-family-picture-show-tribute-1003905/
* SEE THE LATEST with the full lineup: https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/john-prine/picture-show-a-tribute-celebrating-john-prine/
* TUNE IN as this gala show premieres on multiple platforms including Twitch,Facebook and Youtube.
* The tribute to Prine, produced by Oh Boy Records and the Prine Family, will feature footage of John, memories from his life and a bevy of guests paying tribute.
* PLUS, It's a BENEFIT. The tribute will raise money for NAMI, Alive and Make the Road New York.
|(via "Off Beat")||Johnny Vidacovich Presented by Maple Leaf Bar||Jazz||8 p.m. CDT|
* Peter says, "For this thing called 'live music.' Remember that?"
* There's even a free lyric book you can print out, hold in your hand, and sing along him.
|(via "Off Beat")||Ted Hefko||Nolamericana||8:30-10 p.m. CDT|
|(via "Off Beat")||Erion Williams||Various/DJ||9 p.m. CDT|
Thu, Jun 11:
7 pm Pacific --
"THE MARINA V SHOW" celebrates her 100th online episode on
(7 pm US Pacific Thursday, which is
See ya there.
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.
Direct from Cyberia.
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