Dec 072011

Misadventures in the city

By Beth Connors-Manke

Recently, a friend sat on a panel about homelessness and was dismayed by the audience’s questions. While he and the other panelists discussed the structural issues related to homelessness, it seemed the audience mainly wanted to know if they should give 50 cents when panhandled on the street. Having seen individuals fixate on the “50 cents question” before, I’d like to give my own blunt response to that query. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

By Barbara Goldman

On Wednesday, December 14, a FREE film opportunity will be available for any and all who wish to educate themselves about the past, present, and future of Appalachia. From 6:30-9:30 PM, Natasha’s Bistro & Bar (112 Esplanade) will host a critical fundraising event in support of the Appalachian Media Institute.

The AMI is a branch of Appalshop, the non-profit multidisciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia that produces original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, and multimedia. Since 1988, AMI has given central Appalachian youth the skills, technology, and resources to explore media production. The youth, in turn, create films concerning themselves and the communities from which they come. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

Twelve O’Clock High Screening at the Kentucky Theatre

The Kentucky Theatre, in partnership with WWII veteran Frank Cassidy, will host a special Pearl Harbor Day screening of Twelve O’Clock High. This 1949 Academy Award-winning classic, starring Gregory Peck, tells the story of U.S. aircrews who conducted daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and Occupied France. The event will begin at 11:30 A.M. with an introduction to the World War II veterans in attendance. The screening will begin at noon, and will be followed by an opportunity to meet the veterans and discuss their experiences. This event is free and open to the public. For those who need a reminder, Pearl Harbor Day is December 7. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

From the Occupied Lexington Herald

Sharecropping with the 99%

Occupied Lexington-Herald News

A garden is an honest investment. Each year the tiniest of seeds sprout and grow diverse and bountiful products. Yields, while variable, nevertheless offer steady rates of return. For the most part, in the summer we can expect a Halladay Mortgage Lifter to produce large pink fleshy tomatoes, or Kentucky Half-Runner vines to tangle and produce more beans than we know what to do with. In the spring and fall, we can count on the arugula’s spicy leaves to rise from, and the Cosmic Purple carrot to slowly root itself into, the soil.

As investments go, gardens offer an alternative to the Wall Street/capitalist model of unlimited growth (known in the real world as cancerous growth). Garden investments remind us that while all currency, all seeds, experience bursts of growth and steady rates of production, they all also have natural periods of decline. We can expect to be overwhelmed with excess in the summer, to plan on scarcity in the winter, and to start the entire cycle over nearly from scratch the next spring. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

Urban reforestation on the northside

By Beth Connors-Manke

When Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, gave her acceptance speech in 2004, she ended by telling of her early years in Kenya:

“I reflect on my childhood experience when I would visit a stream next to our home to fetch water for my mother. I would drink water straight from the stream. Playing among the arrowroot leaves I tried in vain to pick up the strands of frogs’ eggs, believing they were beads. But every time I put my little fingers under them they would break. Later, I saw thousands of tadpoles: black, energetic and wriggling through the clear water against the background of the brown earth. This is the world I inherited from my parents.” Continue reading »

Dec 072011

Accents Publishing releases anthology of poetry

By Michael Dean Benton

One of Lexington’s independent presses, Accents Publishing, is premiering its newest anthology of poems this month – Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.  The world premiere will officially kick off with a public reading downtown at the Carnegie Center on December 8 at 6:00 P.M.  Over forty of the featured poets will be at the reading.

The notion of a world premiere is not publicity hype, for this anthology is truly international in scope.  There are authors from Singapore, Philippines, Germany and Canada, as well as closer here to home, including 60 poems from Kentucky.  Over a thousand poets submitted a grand total of 7,000 poems to the project.  The finished anthology is a representation of the work of 192 poets and 250 poems from those original submissions. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

There’s nothing particularly holiday-like about this installment of the NoC music calendar. I’m just calling it that to encourage you to spend more money.

And here’s what you should spend your money on, since we’re on the topic: bagels. Specifically, the bagels at Great Bagel, located in the University Plaza strip row of stores on Woodland Avenue, right on the corner next to the Subway. I went there for lunch today, and my goodness, that’s a good bagel. I had the club on onion, and I could’ve eaten four of them. And the brownies are superb.

I bring this because I’m an east coaster and I miss good bagel shops, and now I’ve got one just around the corner from me, and I don’t want it to disappear. It’ll be tough, because you Lutherans and Presbyterians evidently know nothing of bagels and won’t patronize the place, and it’s also in that cursed location where nobody lasts a year. So I’m doing my part: go get some bagels. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

Occupy Art

By Clay Wainscott

“I have more important things to do than to go around copying nature.” This boilerplate refrain has been a part of standard boot camp indoctrination in art schools for the last fifty years, and after a while maybe it begins to make sense. Instruction then proceeds from the assumption that making art look like anything is retrograde and restricted, indicates a lack of talent and imagination, and is in the end seriously, hopelessly naïve and out of touch. I am here to suggest that this institutionalized pursuit of obscurity and pointlessness has been a sham and a racket all along. Let’s see it for what it is. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

Creatives demand Commerce Lexington banner

By Northrupp Center

Last week, news emerged from the JP Morgan Chase Bank Plaza that Occupy Lexington is now the longest continuously running occupation in North America. Formally started on the night of September 29, the Lexington occupation was the third to organize and take up space. When it came time to publicly and collectively stand up, be counted and say, No more. Not in our name!, the order went like this: New York. Chicago. Lexington. The rest of the continent. Continue reading »