“East meets West”

“East meets West” : a performance and “Meta-Mathematical Framework of Integration of Music” : a lecture; Violinist Purnaprajna Bangere joins us to talk about his new project with Grammy Award winner David Lakrishnan on a new project.

April 15, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas.
Gala event, East meets West.
First part: Indian classical with Amit Kavthekar.
Second Part: with David Balakrishnan, Jazz violin, Jeff Harshbarger, Bass and Amit Kavthekar, Tabla.

April 17: Hall Center for the Humanities. Joint lecture and concert with Jazz violinist and multi Grammy winner David Balakrishnan.
(Title: Meta-mathematical framework for integration of music)

March 24th, 2017

“[Trump] dubbed it, “America First,” which terrifying when you think about all the things will now be last, from protecting our environment to protecting our safety.”

– Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs with Public Citizen, and chair of the Clean Budget Coalition, on the Trump administration’s proposed “slash-and-burn” budget for fiscal year 2018

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Trump’s Proposed Slash and Burn Budget Hurts the Vulnerable Most

MP3 Interview with Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs with Public Citizen, and chair of the Clean Budget Coalition, conducted by Scott Harris
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President Donald Trump’s first formal budget proposal to Congress, unveiled on March 16, is one of the most extreme of any president in recent history. The White House proposal, dubbed the “America First” budget, increases defense spending by $54 billion and offsets increased funding of the military with reductions to non-defense spending, including deep cuts for education, environmental protection, health and human services and foreign aid. The proposed budget appears to follow a philosophy laid out by Trump’s chief strategist, white nationalist Steve Bannon, who declared that the new administration is in a battle to “deconstruct the administrative state.” Story continues
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Voice of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Protest

MP3 Excerpts of rally speeches by anti-pipeline activists Ericka Faircloth, Valerie Williams and Marvin Winstead, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus
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A group of anti-pipeline activists just completed a 15-day, 200-mile walk across the North Carolina portion of the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline, which would also traverse West Virginia and Virginia, bringing more fracked natural gas through these three states. It’s a project of Duke Energy and Dominion Resources, which the companies say will increase the gas supply in the mid-Atlantic region; however, opponents have reasons to believe the gas will be exported. Story continues
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Campaign to Convene Constitutional Convention Jeopardizes Americans’ Fundamental Rights and Values

MP3 Interview with Jay Riestenberg, campaigns & states media strategist with Common Cause, conducted by Scott Harris
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A well-funded campaign by conservative groups calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget amendment has flown under the radar of most of America. Now, the effort to convene such a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution is within striking distance of gaining the required number of states to succeed. If only six more states sign on, proponents of a convention will have the 34 states needed to hold the first constitutional convention since the original convention of states drafted the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Story continues
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This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon
Small farmers from the Bajo Aguán Valley in Honduras have sued a branch of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), for bankrolling the Dinant Corporation, which is being blamed for attacks and killings over disputed land. (“Farmers Sue World Bank Lending Arm Over Alleged Violence in Honduras,” The Guardian, Mar. 8, 2017; “Honduran Farmers Sue World Bank Group for Complicity in Human Rights Violations,” EarthRights International at earthrights.org)
Amid calls by the Trump administration for deep cuts to the United Nations, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the United States may pull out of the UN Human Rights Council unless the body carries out “considerable reforms.” (“Tillerson To U.N. Rights Council: Reform or We’re Leaving,” Foreign Policy, Mar. 14, 2017)
Twenty years after the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that minority students confined to non-white schools were denied the right to an equal education, Hartford revamped its educational system to emphasize diversity even after the failures of mandatory busing in the 1970s and 1980s. Now Hartford families have the choice of going to a magnet school, a neighborhood school or attend a school in a neighboring district. Today, nearly half of Hartford’s public school students are enrolled in integrated schools as opposed to 10 percent of students in 2003. (“Where busing works,” Chritain Science Monitor, Feb. 25, 2017)

Ken Frankel

Part 1 30:09
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
BAND INTROS
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
BILLY GRIMES, THE ROVER
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
ALL THE GOOD TIMES HAVE PAST AND GONE
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
FLINT HILL SPECIAL
Interview: Ken Frankel
The Grateful Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
COLD RAIN AND SNOW
Interview: Ken Frankel

Part 2 26:16
Interview: Ken Frankel
Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street
STAGGER LEE
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
ROVING GAMBLER
interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
GROUND SPEED
Interview: Ken Frankel

4/23/73, plus more Princeton ’71

Part 1 14:49
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 21 (4/2/73)
DEAL
YOU AIN’T WOMAN ENOUGH
Kingfish (Rhino)
HYPNOTIZE

Part 2 41:55
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
BERTHA
SING ME BACK HOME
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD->
JAM->
LOVELIGHT

Ivy League

Part 1 31:10
Grateful Dead, Cornell 5/8/77
MORNING DEW
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 8 (11/23/91)
REUBEN AND CHERISE
The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition
I KNOW YOU RIDER
SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Part 2 24:13
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
DEAL
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
I’M A KING BEE

FREEZE FRAME: “Life,” “The Last Word,” “Wilson”

Is there life in “Life?” This sci-fi thriller features Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as astronauts who confront a deadly new species on their voyage to Mars. The film owes a bit too much of its inspiration to the classic “Alien,” but thanks to a good cast and competent execution, “Life” nearly overcomes most of its genre clichés.

 

Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine is perfectly cast as a nasty old lady in the comic drama, “The Last Word.” Since no one has anything nice to say about her, an unlikable octogenarian hires a writer, played by Amanda Seyfried, to pen a flattering obituary. The actors are fine, but the effort seems labored. “The Last Word” misses the opportunity to mine an interesting, original premise.

 

Woody Harrelson plays the misanthropic title character in “Wilson,” a bleak, R-rated adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel. The film attempts a very uneasy mix of mean-spiritedness and cloying sentimentality. While the cast is terrific, the characters in this dark comedy are so clueless and unlikable that their actions elicit more groans than laughs.

 

Also opening this week, “Slamma Jamma” is a faith-based drama about a wrongfully imprisoned ex-con who attempts a comeback through a slam-dunk competition. Chris Staples stars. “Song to Song” is a Terrance Malick drama about struggling songwriters. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman star. “The Lure” is a Polish film about two mermaid sisters in a love triangle. “Personal Shopper” is a horror flick with Kristen Stewart as the titular servant to a celebrity. “Power Rangers” is a live action revival of the 1990s kids TV show. “CHiPS” is a raunchy, R-rated reboot of the 70s TV series.

 

 

The 20th annual Kansas City Film Festival takes place April 5th-9th at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. Info is available at kcfilmfest.org.

TAKE TWO: “The Sense of an Ending”

Can a youthful mistake be amended in one’s old age? What if the memory of it is unreliable? These are the central questions behind the British art house entry, “The Sense of an Ending.” Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent plays a man whose former girlfriend’s mother leaves him a mysterious diary in her will. Problem is, the old girlfriend refuses to give it to him. While the movie never quite mines the depth it seeks, it’s an interesting effort that’s impeccably acted.