Archive for January, 2018

A Longhouse Birdhouse: DEAR FRIEND ~



News and scandal-gunner that I am, I watched all the State of the Union speech, including all the pomp and ceremony before hand. One could already sense no one was quite taking this speech or event seriously. Menace TV might be, but there was that trepidation seeping in from CNN and certainly from the good folks at MSNBC. This morning you probably caught Morning Joe folks calling the Menace “The Great Dictator” which should be more “The Little Dictator” so it doesn’t take away from the classic Charlie Chaplin satire. But I typed poems for the Birdhouse while the Menace went on, and on, and on, with that wispy voice and bullish nose in the air. Poems by Ellen Bass of lesbian love and her children, and Palestinian poems of homeland and family. Family, of which the Menace will allow one or two “into” the country, but not the whole chain. Like he’d allow Ivanie and Dum Dum Jr., “into” the country, and cut the throats of Derik and Tippy at the border. This is a man who not only speaks with full meanness and disdain, he looks it through and through, much as Al Capone looked like a satiated bloated fish of prohibition.

The first line I read this morning before I got to the newspapers was by the Irish poet Louis MacNeice: “I meet you in an evil time” from his first book of poems published in 1935, born in the same town as my mother, Belfast. Halfway during the speech I went out onto the ice with flashlight and slip of paper to search for a book on witchcraft that had already sold. Amazon had its records wrong as to this listing. I clambered anyway through the studio wall shelves in a pinch of light believing I’d find the book having left a speech given by the great believer. Have you ever heard so many lies in a speech? I waited to listen afterwards to a rebuttal by young Joe Kennedy, earnest and golden, reminding me of Bobby Kennedy that fateful night in Los Angeles. I was watching that speech and it was live for us when he was shot dead. Now I stay up until midnight jumping television stations when it got too terrible and twisted listening to very smart people on CNN try to make hay of nothing (their new line of duty), while Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams and Nicole Wallace almost couldn’t help but blurt into helpless laughter, mostso the women. Look at the women during the speech — Nancy Pelosi gloriously stone-faced. She’s seen enough from a racist and sexual predator, liar, and all the rest of the gumbo I’m sure she has had in her own life and trials with men. The Menace is nothing but a harsh steady diet of nationalistic and defiant white white white man’s sermon. His gallery of freaks in the audience to show-off looked crippled, miserable, fraught. An evil time.
He’ll fire Mueller, move to North Korea bombast, engulf us in so much carnage we’ll seek solace anyway we can, while the criminal slips town.
Rain tomorrow with snow showers and that persistent chill. We’re stuck right now in the dime of winter.

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: DEAR FRIEND ~

The Sacrifice – Andrei Tarkovsky – Re-Release Trailer – YouTube

  • Catch The Sacrifice  on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:30 or 7:30 pm at Cinestudio (300 Summit Street). $10 general admission, with discounts available.

*Thanks to Real Hartford‘s February 2018 Calendar

The Rape of Recy Taylor 

Source: The Rape of Recy Taylor

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, The Wadsworth Atheneum will screen The Rape of Recy Taylor at 7 pm. A reception precedes the film at 6. Regular admission is $9 with discounts available for members, students, and seniors.*

* Thanks to Real Hartford‘s February 2018 Calendar

Sinan Bakir Quartet – January 10, 2016 – YouTube

Hartford Public Library, Downtown Hartford, CT. Baby Grand Jazz. Sinan Bakir guitar, Alex Nakhimovsky piano, Matt Dwonszyk bass, Curtis Turian drums.

Sinan Bakir, guitarist, will perform solo at the Hartford Public Library from 3-4 pm on Sunday, February 4, 2018, as part of the Baby Grand Jazz series. The Center for Contemporary Culture, where the concert takes place, will open at 2 pm. Free.*

*Thanks to Real Hartford‘s February 2018 Calendar

Acoustic Original Music, The Mint Sessions “STAY” by POSSM/Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music – YouTube


  • Thursday, February 1, 2018, The POSSM  performs at The Republic (10 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT), 8:30-11 pm. No cover charge. *

Thanks to Real Hartford‘s February 2018 Calendar*

Queens Museum Director Laura Raicovich Resigns Amid Political Differences With Board | artnet News


Raicovich’s activism for immigrants and other progressive causes clashed with the museum’s conservative board members.

Source: Queens Museum Director Laura Raicovich Resigns Amid Political Differences With Board | artnet News

Can an Art-Fashion Collaboration Really Help the People of Flint, Michigan? Artist Mel Chin Is Betting on It | artnet News

Chin’s diagram of the Flint Fit project. Courtesy No Longer Empty.

Artist Mel Chin has teamed up with fashion designer Tracy Reese for a public project that creates art, clothing, and jobs in Flint, Michigan.

Source: Can an Art-Fashion Collaboration Really Help the People of Flint, Michigan? Artist Mel Chin Is Betting on It | artnet News

The Résumé Template that Went Viral – Print Magazine

The Behance portfolio site is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Meet the designer of the fourth most appreciated post in Behance history—a résumé template that went viral.

Source: The Resume Template that Went Viral – Print Magazine

Verena, an iOS app to help protect people in abusive situations

Verena is an iOS app designed to protect and help guide you through situations like “domestic violence, hate crimes, abuse, and bullying”. The app was developed with the LGBTQ+ community in mind, but can be used . . .

Source: Verena, an iOS app to help protect people in abusive situations

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Disrupt Health Care – The New York Times

From left: Warren E. Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase. CreditAssociated Press

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Disrupt Health Care