Dmae Roberts presents a special Oregon Treasures edition of Stage and Studio. Sitka Center for Art and Ecology celebrates its 40th anniversary on August 28th. The picturesque center nestled in beautiful old growth forest of Sitka Spruce has nourished the talents of writers, visual artists and scientists for four decades. Through workshops and residencies, the Sitka Center remains a cherished place of learning for people throughout the Northwest and Northern California.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave looked at the good and bad news of the week. Topics discussed included: federal funds being made available to Oregon to address budget shortfalls and whether those dollars will reach the people who really are in need; the impact of the new president of the Portland Police Association; shortcomings and risks with new assistance being offered to homeowners facing foreclosure; and missed economic development opportunities in emerging technologies.
Every now and then, we get one right. The 9th Circuit Court overturns California's gay marriage ban.
In a nod to outmoded notions like equality and inalienable rights, the Ninth Circuit Court overturned California's ban on gay marriage last week. As some radio hosts have observed, injustice and iniquity endure, but there has been an inexorable march in America toward a condition of more freedom, more justice, more equality. We're not fully equal yet, folks, but we just got a little more equal. Reaction from the right has been predictable.
And there's homework! Verizon and Google are on the verge of striking a deal with the FCC that would effectively end Internet neutrality. This would usher in an age where Internet providers would be able to give preferential treatment -- in the form of speed and access -- to the content of their choice, ending the grass-roots populism that has characterized the Web to date.
So call the White House comment line, 202-456-1111, and tell them to keep the Internet neutral and free. While you're at it, call Nancy Pelosi (202-225-0100) and Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and tell them the same thing. Or, sign the petition.
A phone interview with Pokey Lafarge after his appearance at the Newport Folk Festival 2010.
Featured in today's show, a phone interview with Pokey Lafage, who performed in our studios last June with his band The South City 3. Fortunato talked with Pokey about his recent appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, his upcoming tour of the United Kingdom and Denmark. As well as his passion for classic 20th Century American muisc.
Guest host Kathleen Stephenson interviews artist Michelle Ross, who teaches drawing and painting at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She created and curated "Home Curating," which is showing at the Hoffman Gallery through September 30th.
The exhibition was inspired by the book, "The Gift," by Lewis Hyde and seeks to illuminate the non-commercial aspect of artistic practice and its importance in a culture increasingly overrun by money and commodities.
Last June, Pokey Lafarge and the South City 3 performed live in our studios on the first day of Summer. Since then they have continued touring the country and ended up appearing on stage at this year's Newport Folk Festival. (Their performance can be heard at the NPR music website) From Newport they flew to England for a tour of the United Kingdom and a stopover in Denmark to perform at the Tonder Festival.
But before they took off, Fortunato was able to get Pokey on the telephone for a quick interview. Asking about the folk festival, his love for early 20th century jazz, blues and country music, and how he got interested in performing.
I recently reviewed a documentary entitled Cropsey, about a child killer on staten Island. The title refers to an urban legend commonly discussed at campfires in the summer in the Northeast. Beginning with the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, the film recalls the police investigation of the crime, and interviews retired cops and citizen searchers and neighborhood watchers, many of whom are still active in the community. I emailed some questions to one of the directors, Joshua Zeman, who made the film with Barbara Brancaccio. Here is the result. The film earned a B+ from me, and Doug Holm like it as well.
This is about Jack Rebney, an unwitting star of underground VHS tapes and, inevitably, YouTube. While it is the simple tale of a man (Steinbauer) who merely wants to meet the guy demonstrating Winnebago RVs in a 1988 industrial film, it turns into a cautionary tale of notoriety and the eternal Internet.