READ ME AND WATCH THEM DANCE

VAI aiming to ship Volume 5 next week.

And you should see what’s on their docket!!

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YES, ROBERTS MUST BE IMPEACHED

In the Nation, William Grieder describes exactly what’s going on in our Supreme Court: “Step by step, the five right-wing justices are transforming the terms of the American political system—including the Constitution. . . . The Republican justices are not finished with their undeclared revolution. They will continue unless and until people rise up and stop them.”

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NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO JOINS THE SCIENCE DENIERS

I don’t know why so many (formerly) middle-class, (now probably, due to the economic realignment, bottom of the 1%), I know consider NPR an alternative to the corporate-owned commercial media.

Increasingly, it ain’t.

Consider its decision (at a time like this!) to drastically downsize its environmental reporting.

Daily Kos has a petition going to protest one more stupid and repressive media fail.

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MORE OF MOMENT AT MOMA

On Saturday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m., silent film historian and live piano accompanist Ben Model will discuss the way that great clowns of the silent screen gagged us and themselves silly via camera undercranking.

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THE WRECKING CREW THAT WILL CHAIR THE GOP SENATE

Zaid Jilani reports for Alterntet that incoming GOP committee chairs “have a frightening disregard for America’s bedrock programs.”

Take note dumb ass, spineless Dems, this is what happens when you fail to tamp down GOP voter disenfranchisement and fail with bells on top to do more than offer a smudgy, copycat legislative program that vacillates between GOP-lite and split-the-difference, anything-for-a-deal compro-capitulation.

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A LEGEND BURSTS OUT OF THE SHADOWS AT MOMA

Saturday afternoon/early evening at 5:00,  the Museum of Modern Art screens a restoration of the never-finished, never-released Bert Willims Lime Kiln Club Field Day, made in 1913. Williams was one of the first and  most successful African-American  stars to crossover to Great WHITE Way prominence.

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YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH WAR OBAMA AND THE GOP ARE PROMISING

In light of the fact that Obama’s presidency is now virtually over–his war hunger and his timidity before the GOP will see to that–I called Senators Warren and Sanders yesterday (I mean, I called their offices!) and implored them to provide the leadership defaulted on by the  White House.

Does the Democratic Party now understand how disastrous its cringe, cower, sit-on-your hands strategy is? Not to mention its preference for speaking in bizarrely detached abstractions and for using GOP framework with which to approach very many issues.

Sanders in his Salon interview with Thomas Frank a few weeks ago offered a plausible explanation for the Dems inability to function: their complacency that an emerging Dem majority was on the horizon and all they had to do was wait for blue skies forever to visit their headquarters.

Have we ever seen a weaker, more deluded political party than today’s Democratic organization?

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WHY DID I FEEL IT WAS MELANIE HAMRICK’S BEST PERFORMANCE?

In Tudor the  emotions are huge but they are often tamped down by period decorum and psychological repression. Hamrick’s movement wasn’t small. If she jumped there was a full expression of the shape and the dimension with, as well, a layer of resistance—a glass ceiling of furtiveness and repression. Irresistible force and immovable object went at it once again.

When she stood with her arms outstretched in something of a second position she was expansive but also vulnerable.  These kind of complexities, paradoxes,contradictions give Tudor’s movement its richness.

Hamrick had performed the role with ABT on tour in 2012, which I didn’t see, but you sensed that she was building on a foundation.

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MELANIE HAMRICK’S BEST PERFORMANCE

She delivered an a propos rendition  of Caroline in Lilac Garden Sunday mat at ABT. Moe later.

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DEBRA LEVINE GETS AROUND

Remember how earlier this year I gave you a heads-up about the talk Debra Levine was giving in Los Angeles about Theodore Kosloff? Kosloff was a pivotal figure in Russian Imperial ballet, in ballet-infusion on the Great White Way, and in silent-talking flickdom.

If you didn’t catch Levine at the Egptian theater, she’s reprising this coming Monday right here in New York at MOMA. The same MOMA at which George Chakiris will be interviewed late Sunday afternoon—by none other than Ms. Levine!

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