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Friday, July 6, 6-11pm, Saturday, July 7, 2-10pm, Sunday, July 8, 2-10pm

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.

Tickets: $10 to $20; free 13 years old and under.

There will be special group/senior rates and day passes.

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Friday, July 6

Comedian Tasha Neal-Harris. 6pm. Tasha wrote and directed "The Wicked Imagination of a Teenage Kid" which premiered this past June at the Gateway Movie Theatre in Columbus.

The Stoopby Jasmyn Green. Dealing with a group of youth from Brooklyn, NY who have to deal individually with grief and mourning when the youngest of their group dies.

Saturday, July 7

Just You And Mefree theatre workshop for youth 13-18 years old. 11am-1pm. Facilitator Shenise Brown is a Theatre Roundtable award winning actress, Excellence in a Female Lead role 2018, for her role in 12 Angry Women a SoArts Production.

 

I’m going to praise the heck out of yet another terrific book I’ve just read while yet again exclaiming (into a deep empty echoing canyon?) my bewilderment and outrage at the glaring omission it makes — the same one as all the other books.

George Monbiot’s Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis is part familiar; part original, creative, and inspiring; and pretty much all right-on and necessary. Its first chapter should be required reading everywhere — with the hope that whoever needs or wants the details will finish the book.

 July 4, 2018.

The German Luftwaffe’s Panavia Tornado fighter jet.

WBW’s Pat Elder is encamped with antinuclear resisters just outside the gate of Büchel Airbase in Germany and he sends us this report.

Sign saying families should be together

Thursday, July 5, 11am-1pm
Ohio Statehouse, Broad and High Street
Hosted by Church and Community Development For All People and Ohio Hispanic Coalition - Coalición Hispana de Ohio
The rally will be held on the west plaza of the Statehouse at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 5. The speakers will be children from multiple CDF Freedom School sites throughout Ohio. RSVP at http://bit.ly/WhereAreTheKids

s we celebrate our nation’s birth, and organize to once again overthrow an illegitimate tyrant, we might pity Trump’s classic liberal enabler, Al Dershowitz.

The pitiful self-promoting professor is being horribly snubbed by his fellow liberal neighbors on Martha’s Vineyard because he now supports Trump.

The ordeal must be every bit as painful as being separated from one’s children at the Mexican border.

But all whining aside, it should be clear that The Donald’s primary enablers (alongside his mob boss, Vladimir Putin) have been self-proclaimed “liberals” far more important than Dershowitz – namely Nancy Pelosi and her Corporate Democrats.

Their corruption and incompetence got him into the White House in the first place. And he can’t continue to rule without them.

Let’s count a mere 57 of the ways:

1) Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the Corporate Democrats are nearly all multi-millionaires, locked into the corporate oligarchy;

2) Hillary Clinton lumped all us social democrats into that “basket of deplorables”;

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s we celebrate our nation’s birth, and organize to once again overthrow an illegitimate tyrant, we might pity Trump’s classic liberal enabler, Al Dershowitz.

The pitiful self-promoting professor is being horribly snubbed by his fellow liberal neighbors on Martha’s Vineyard because he now supports Trump.

The ordeal must be every bit as painful as being separated from one’s children at the Mexican border.

But all whining aside, it should be clear that The Donald’s primary enablers (alongside his mob boss, Vladimir Putin) have been self-proclaimed “liberals” far more important than Dershowitz – namely Nancy Pelosi and her Corporate Democrats.

Their corruption and incompetence got him into the White House in the first place. And he can’t continue to rule without them.

Let’s count a mere 57 of the ways:

Simple drawing of blue fish swimming to the left

The problems we face today can seem insurmountable. Who can even count all the good causes that require funding in order to address poverty, climate change, terrorism, money in politics, environmental degradation, species extinction, renewable energy, prison reform, health care, child care, on and on. Yet we are told by the economic establishment that at worst there is no money available, and at best we are constrained by the sheer volume of causes demanding our attention. It is tempting to despair or become cynical at prospects for the bold, transformational changes we need.

Enter MMT, or Modern Money Theory. It’s the new economics. With support from progressives, it could change everything.

President Donald Trump’s efforts to impose fascism exploded to the surface with the realization that his war on non-white people has escalated with his version of the Nazi SS –  the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – separating children from their parents. Trump’s government has created “Tender Age” detention centers, in other words, prisons. The government has released video of the caged warehouses housing male children, but they have not, as of this writing, released pictures or definitively confirmed the location of the female children. Imagine turning over your teenage daughter over to ICE.

Amazingly, many Americans still support Trump and his racist policies. It appears that the American citizenry is experiencing the same creeping fascism as did Germany in the pre-war years. Children in prison. But not white children. Are gas chambers in our future?

The public outcry, possibly with a little help from the two women in his life, caused Trump to sign an unnecessary executive order to undo what did not require an executive order to create. However, he retained the right to hold immigrant families indefinitely.

Older white man with dark and gray hair wearing a suit with his head resting on his hand

In June, when the Trump administration was using kids as bargaining chips in its push for stricter immigration laws, we could have used a child advocate like Fred Rogers. In fact, we could still use someone like the wise and loving “Mr. Rogers” to counteract a toxic atmosphere in which ethnic fears are mined for political power.

After watching the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, you realize just how much we lost when Rogers died in 2003. Director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) has put together a loving homage to the minister-turned-TV star and the unique show he created, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Rejecting the pie-in-the-face slapstick of children’s shows hosted by Soupy Sales and others, Rogers concentrated on giving his young viewers a friend who liked them just the way they were. With the help of various puppets (all voiced by him) and human co-stars, he also offered little vignettes designed to help them deal with everyday challenges such as anger, loss and disappointment.

Dark blue themed art with a guy sitting up in bed and the words Sussman Can't Sleep and We don't dream, we worry

There is a restaurant in Las Vegas called the Lotus of Siam. It’s a pretty unassuming place, and until recently was actually located in a strip mall. Despite this, people in the know tell me that it has the best Thai food anywhere in the world except (maybe) Thailand. I was lucky enough to be taken there recently by a friend who happens to have a lot more money than I do.

Although I’m not really a connoisseur, the food was certainly good. In particular, they had a crispy rice appetizer which was an explosion of flavor – sweet, sour, spicy and licorice all coming at you at once. The phrase “it’s like a party in my mouth” is probably overused, but it was totally like a party in my mouth.

Which brings me to “We Don’t Dream We Worry,” the new EP from the band Sussman Can’t Sleep. Sussman, which bills itself as “dark rock for the masses,” serves up a wide swath of everything from punk to Britpop with a generous helping of mid-70’s Neil Young and even some surf rock. Sometimes it throws all of these at you in the same song or even at the same time. Somehow they make it work, embracing variety but avoiding cacophony.

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