Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Civil (?!) forfeiture

Well, isn't that special?

Offspring's cool blog

Apparently Aidan has been spending a lot of his spare time in alleys, culverts, underpasses, vacant lots, and tunnels to bring you the best of San Jose graffiti and street art. Impressive!

Monday, June 29, 2015

You do want more Kate Tempest, don't you?

I sure do...

I go round in circles
Not graceful, not like dancers
Not neatly, not like compass and pencil
More like a dog on a lead, going mental.

Can Music Be Perfect? Vol. 60

Poetry? Spoken word? Rap? Yes, rap. By a poet. What's certain is that hip-hop has changed the way we hear words... if we care to listen. Not the best song from her amazing story album, but what a performance...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SF Pride

I was marching-standing with the contingent from California College of the Arts (CCA), where Laura works. The parade is a gargantuan thing and moves slowly... agonizingly slowly. Still, needless to say, it was a festive day. Our group was just ahead of the small but enthusiastic contingent from SWANABAQ (Southwest Asian and North African Bay Area Queers). They were carrying a fantastic rainbow quilt of flags from their home countries.

Despite the revealing leather chaps, leashes and tethers, and nipple rings, the overall atmosphere is inclusive and mainstream— at least, mainstream by San Francisco standards. The rainbow dress-up and rave aspects seem to appeal to teenage girls, who were out in numbers, as were the corporate-sponsored floats. The large Yahoo! group was just ahead of a consortium of leather bondage organizations, in their Sunday best. The A-Sexuals were marching just behind the City of Fremont employees. The humanists were appropriately squeezed between the atheists and the Buddhists. The older couples lining the parade route could not have looked happier. This was their day.

[Update 6/29/2015: Photo of our group added... can you identify the blogger?]

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Myra Melford Residency, Part 2

Spindrift for Leroy Jenkins, with Nicole Mitchell on flutes and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Channeling that AACM spirit.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Well played, Justice Kennedy...

... but don't think for a moment that we are unaware of your fiendish plot to save the GOP from its own self-destructive tendencies. With the Obamacare and marriage equality rulings, you remove these awkward issues from the immediate policy table and take all the right-wing heat on yourself. Meanwhile, the Republican presidential candidates are freed to focus their attention on the positions that will really help them build a broad base of support—such as tax cuts for the super-rich, invading Iran, keeping out the Mexicans, cutting food stamps, and restricting voting rights.