Jul 272011

By Maria-Karen Lopez

As a resident of the Commonwealth and vice-president of the Kentucky Dream Coalition, I am concerned about our immigrant community’s advocacy and collective action concerning anti-immigrant laws. Considering that Lexington’s increase in immigrant population ranks third nationally, it is important to remember the Commonwealth’s values for all our residents, including our immigrant community: “Together we stand, divided we fall.”

Last year in Kentucky, Senator John Schickel’s SB 6 was passed out of the Senate in early January, following Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigrant legislation. However, we saw that such policy was not in the best economic interest for our Commonwealth. According to the fiscal-impact statement, the law was estimated to cost the state $89 million per year. The bill was not passed in the House Local Government Committee and is considered dead — for now. Continue reading »

Jul 272011

By Barbara Goldman

Lexingtonians looking to raise their film IQ or perhaps tune into some fresh film chatter need not look any further than their radio dial. For shortly over a year now, WRFL has invited brave listeners everywhere to tune-in between ten and eleven A.M. to Surreelfilm, a local film show put on by local people.

The series began las spolt summer as the brain child of two of the show’s four hosts, Chris Ritter and Sam Burchett .

“We were both very cinematically curious. We found ourselves scouring movie blogs and talking about films constantly,” said Ritter. “We had the notion to share the experience.”

What began on a trial basis between the wee hours of 4-5 A.M. on Thursday nights quickly transformed into a hit show within three months and found its permanent slot on Monday mornings. Two additional hosts were added, and more and more reoccurring guests began to appear. Continue reading »

Jul 272011

NoC Music

The 2011 edition of Holler in the Holler, a three-day music and arts festival, will be held between Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21 at Homegrown Hideaways, just outside of Berea, KY. Tickets, which start at $12, are available in a variety of packages, including per-day and all-weekend passes.

Acts booked for this year’s edition of the festival include BlueGrass Collective, The Barry Mando Project, Born Cross Eyed,  Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Holler Poets, and many other local and regional musicians.

Tickets may be purchased at the Homegrown Hideaways web site, at  homegrownhideaways.org; click the event’s menu link for prices, directions, and the full schedule of events. Advance ticket sales end August 17, after which patrons must buy them at the festival entrance.

Jul 272011

By Bernie Sanders

If there was ever a time in the modern history of America that the American people should become engaged in what’s going on here in Washington, now is that time. Decisions are being made that will impact not only our generation but the lives of our children and our grandchildren for decades to come, and I fear very much that the decisions being contemplated are not good decisions, are not fair decisions.

There is increased understanding that that defaulting for the first time in our history on our debts would be a disaster for the American economy and for the world’s economy. We should not do that. There also is increased discussion about long-term deficit reduction and how we address the crisis which we face today of a record-breaking deficit of $1.4 trillion and a $14 trillion-plus national debt. Continue reading »

Jul 272011

The last weapon against tyranny in prisons

By Beth Connors-Manke

On July 1, a mass hunger strike began in California prisons. The 21-day hunger strike was sparked by the conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison’s security housing unit (SHU), which like the now-defunct Lexington High Security Unit, subjects prisoners to prolonged isolation and psychological torture. Over the course of the strike, thousands of prisoners took part in the resistance movement.

Aerial shot of Pelican Bay State Prison. Photo by Jelson25.

The organizers’ list of demands included the end to select administrative policies such as group punishment and “gang management” in Pelican Bay; the end to long-term solitary confinement; and the end to using food coercively. The strikers also wanted more “constructive programming and privileges for indefinite SHU status inmates.” Continue reading »

Jul 272011

This pile of discarded furniture was a couple of doors down from where we had photographed a woman and her child a month earlier. Because this woman was not willing to sit for a second portrait, she sent us, instead, to the Living Arts and Science Center, where we happened upon Elissa. She could not sit for us at that time, but promised to pose on the old couch in the morning. This was the first of only two photoshoots for DISCARDED that were arranged in advance.

Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.

Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.

Jul 272011

Friday, August 5

The Butchers with Idiot Glee

Al’s Bar;  601 N. Limestone. 10 P.M.

So I went to the Steely Dan show up in Cincinnati this past week, and on the drive up 75 I was almost frantic with excitement about it, because while I fell in love with the music years ago I’d never managed to catch them live, until now.

I’d taken along Ron, my pal who listens exclusively to prog, metal, and prog-metal, and who hadn’t yet awakened to the Dan’s genius: the jazz chords; the virtuosic soloing; the jaded, biting lyrics; the pristine, precise sound production. Maybe, I thought, seeing the band live would flip the switch, so to speak, and he’d come to love the band too. We all evangelize for our favorites, don’t we? Continue reading »

Jul 272011

More Tufnel troubles

By Kevin Martinez

I have to admit to being a closet fan of Transformers. I was probably too old to be into the toys when they first arrived back in the 1980s, but I do own a few of them. Most notably I have Megatron, who I bought on clearance at Hills since it had been opened and had some shelf damage. They were just so innovative as toys, and Marvel Comics had released a mini-series to tie into the toy line, much in the same way they had with G.I. Joe. I remember the comics not really grabbing me that much, although the subsequent animated TV show was entertaining enough to where I had a familiarity with the concepts behind the line.

When the first movie debuted, I was excited about the prospect of seeing this made into a big summer blockbuster. I had no pretense of it being an Oscar winning film with great performances. I just wanted to see giant robots turn into cars and beat the crap outta each other. In other words: a 21st century Godzilla film with a big budget and actors whose mouths sync up to the dialogue. Continue reading »

Jul 272011

Campaign calls for divestment in the Israeli occupation

NoC News

Activists with the “We Divest” campaign delivered a censored ballot to the office of TIAA-CREF in Lexington on July 19, as the company held its annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte, NC.

TIAA-CREF is the “Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund,” a multi-billion dollar investment company.

At its shareholders meeting on July 19, CREF refused to allow a vote on a resolution submitted by nearly 20 shareholders. The resolution calls upon CREF to engage in discussions with corporations in its portfolios that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and to consider divesting from those companies if the discussions do not bear fruit. Continue reading »