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"... I went from adolescence to senility, trying to bypass maturity ..." - Tom LehrerGood Friday Morning,
Okay, it's more than a week since I've switched over to the GOP and I feel great! And to celebrate this weekend I'm gonna get me a martini, a gun, put on a Pat Boone album and don my best polyester Leisure suit.
It's been a hell of a nice week and summer has come on pretty quick. Yeah, I know, summer doesn't start until June 21 but that's for those of you who like your seasons neatly packaged like some TV sitcom or a Stover's holiday box of chocolates.
To me, summer starts the day the undergrowth in the forest leafs out and the shadbush bloom on the hillsides and the apple blossoms are just about ready to pop, as they are just a few days away from that now. The 80's and 90's of the previous week are to be met with more seasonable, cooler weather over the weekend and in to next week.Republican Suffolk County Executive Steven Levy who is running for governor of New York has backed gas drilling and hydrofracking. That will get him the Broome County vote and loose him Westchester and NYC as evidence grows that the process can really muck up drinking water supplies.
I'd like to thank those of you who have sent donations over the past few weeks and thank those who have been active. We need to see more of both in order to continue the positive impact we've already had upon Putnam County and the Highlands region. We are the only independent media source in the area and as the corporate ones get bought up by the likes of Gannet and FOX, we become more important each and every day.
The more you do the better we get!
Today in 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union forces led by Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia ending the War of Northern Aggression.
In 1939 Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC after being denied the right to sing by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Apparently she didn't fit into the right color of things.
In 1908 singer Paul Robson was born. In 1949 Robson performed two concerts in Cortlandt that led local bigots to riot with the assistance of the NY State Police. After the second concert (and its required riot), on September 4th, Pete Seeger took several of the bricks local residents had thrown at buses and used them to build the chimney of his home in Dutchess Junction where they reside to this very day.
Today is Tom Lehrer's birthday. He's now 72 and still teaching math at the university level. Visit this link to see and hear Tom in all his glorious wisdom and tomfoolery. It is safe for work, assuming your cow-orkers have a sense of humor. If they don't, crank up the volume and sing along out loud.
Tomorrow is singer/songwriter David Rovics' birthday. He'll be 43. See more on SATURDAY below.
From, "Who Would Jesus Bomb?"
ACTION ALERT: Over the past few weeks I've been asking people to call District Attorney Adam Levy's office to request that he drop the spurious charges leveled against Carmel resident Lori Kemp and I am very pleased to say that several of you have. The DA's office requests that instead of calls, that you write, so that your comments are on the record and can become part of the case file. Here's a sample based on a letter written by Ann Marwick that I have sent this morning. Feel free to cut and paste or even better, rewrite in your own words based on your own, personal, experiences and expectations of justice:
Adam Levy, EsquireKeep in mind that the outcome of this matter concerns each and every one of us. While most, if not all of our towns have code in place to cover these issues you know as well as I do that without proper enforcement the codes mean nothing. And, that if you are affected and attempt redress what has happened to Ms. Kemp can very well happen to you. If you do nothing, if you don't write, like I said earlier in the week, karma has a strange way of coming around and biting you in the ass. Write today.
12:30 p.m. sponsored by the Real Majority Project, in front of the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market Street in Poughkeepsie; contact Co. Leg. Joel Tyner: (845) 242-3571; firstname.lastname@example.org; sign http://www.PetitionOnline.com/StopLyme
Putnam County All High School Student Art Show
7:00 p.m. A discussion about the Revolutionary war on the water with Raoul Mallalieu & Ken Miller. At the Beacon Sloop Club, (by the ferry dock in Beacon, NY) www.beaconcloopclub.org (845) 542-0721, Free event.
7:30 PM [Repeats Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3PM] A trollific new musical - At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Folktales come to life with a cast of 18. An original musical based on Norwegian folktales by Tony Howarth and Sheldon Gartner, directed by Howarth with choreography by Bart Cook. The cast includes Laura Bach, Laura Bellizzi, Jon Barb, Suzanne Bohmer, Katie Luekens Chan Chee, Jess Erick, Ann Gulian, Sean Hopkins, Chippy Irvine, Zulie Lozada, Joe Popson, Fred Rueck, John Schettino and Gus Zucco. Stage Managers: James Conrad and K. Elson. Associate Director: Michal Salonia.
David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable of who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazzeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and Truthout and the 200+ songs he makes available on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.
12:30-1:30 p.m. "WE, THE PEOPLE- A DEMONSTRATION" to oppose the Supreme Court ruling that will allow unlimited corporate spending on campaign advertising. President Obama has called it "an assault on our democracy". There will be street theater, musicians and other entertainment. Signs will be provided or make your own. Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Progressive Coalition. In front of the Elting Library, Main Street, New Paltz. Contact Barbara Upton, 845 626-4488, email@example.com for more information. Free.
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is hosting an opportunity for discussion about the practicalities and politics of people growing their own food. There will be small group discussions around backyard gardening, the politics of seeds, and medicinal herbs. Participants are asked to bring spare seeds for a seed swap. Cost: Free. Adriance Memorial Library - 93 Market St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Contact: 202 222-5905. Sponsored by: Poughkeepsie Farm Project.
2:00 p.m. PEACEABLE KINGDOM THE JOURNEY HOME at the Mahopac Library. This film explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up on traditional farms and have come to question the basic premises of their inherited way of life. Free. Registration required. Register at www.mahopaclibrary.org , or call 845-628-2009, ext. 100.
3:00 p.m. A former off-Broadway play comes to Beacon Tabernacle of Christ Church, 483 Main St./Corner of Tioronda Ave. Beacon. Four formerly incarcerated individuals recount their lives before, inside, and after prison with raw honesty and occasional tears. Leave inspired by stories of courage and by the power of art to help heal people. By Lucille Scott, NY Theater. Part of proceeds go to the Fortune Society, a re-entry program for ex- offenders. Tickets: $20; at door: $23, $10 for youth. (845) 542-0557 or (845) 566-9420. www.brownpapertickets.com (Parking between Teller Ave./52 & Tioronda Ave. behind the Howland Center)
5-8PM - Front Street Gallery, new art space and community resource, will have its grand opening artists’ reception on Saturday, April 10, from 5-8pm at 21 Front Street in Patterson, NY. The show will feature original, contemporary art by Hudson River Valley artists including landscape oil paintings, still-life and portraiture, photo-collage and photography. Refreshments will be served, including appetizers courtesy of the Dutch Oven in Pawling. The public is welcome.
Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laGvura (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day"), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. It is held on the 27 Nisan (April/May). Stand for a global moment of silence at 10AM.
Local activist Sue Rosenberg will speak on mountaintop removal, a destructive method of mining where "... mountains are torn apart for mining and other uses, [and is an] environmental nightmare occurring in many parts of this county. Come and hear Ms. Rosenberg and find out what you need to know!" Cost: Free. Location: Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave, Poughkeespie, NY 12604 (Two blocks south after turning off Hooker Ave) 845 471-6580
3PM A trollific new musical - At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Folktales come to life with a cast of 18. An original musical based on Norwegian folktales by Tony Howarth and Sheldon Gartner, directed by Howarth with choreography by Bart Cook. The cast includes Laura Bach, Laura Bellizzi, Jon Barb, Suzanne Bohmer, Katie Luekens Chan Chee, Jess Erick, Ann Gulian, Sean Hopkins, Chippy Irvine, Zulie Lozada, Joe Popson, Fred Rueck, John Schettino and Gus Zucco. Stage Managers: James Conrad and K. Elson Associate Director: Michal Salonia. This event is made possible, in part, with public funds from the Artslink Program, combining or using both State and County dollars. In Putnam County the Artslink Program is administered by the Putnam Arts Council. Tickets: $6.00 – $12.00
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The School of Jellyfish, 183 Main Street, Beacon. Sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Progressive Alliance. Admission, free.(?)
www.hres.org . See attached PDF. Government staff receive a special discount of $32 until 4/14 and $35 after 4/14. Location: Student Building, Vassar College
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