I was just thinking about the fact no one gave a crap about the stolen elections in Mexico a while back and here is the man, John Ross, reminding me all about it:
Hyping Iran, Ignoring Mexico
The New York Times and Stolen Elections
By JOHN ROSS
A stolen election by an entrenched regime? Opposition charges that more votes were cast than ballots distributed to the polling places? That independent electoral observers were barred from witnessing the vote count? Demands for a recount to which election officials respond by offering to recount just 10% of the vote? A regime-controlled media that exalts the incumbent's victory and demonizes the loser? The use of alternative media by the opposition to get their side of the story out? Massive street protests by millions of peaceful demonstrators waving homemade signs and wearing bracelets displaying the color of their movement? At least 20 protestors gunned down by authorities and paramilitaries? Worldwide moral indignation stirred up by the international media?
Iran 2009? Yes!
Mexico 2006? Yes and no.
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Civilization is a video installation we created with artist/director Marco Brambilla for the elevators Standard Hotel in NYC. It's comprised of over 400 video clips and it takes elevator passengers on a trip from hell to heaven as they go up or from heaven to hell as they go down. Pictures of the installation and Q&A with Brambilla and Crush is posted here glossyinc.com/civilization.html
June 26, 2009 : Lumpen magazine turns !8
We recently released our 112th issue of Lumpen. Download a web pdf.
Oldmar forgot that the magazine is officially 18 years old and decided there should be a party.
So this next friday a ton of one (wo)man bands will perform,you can dine on some Korean Polish Bar B Q, and decide whether the surprise guests and performances were worth the mystery. Come around 8 for the food.
Friday June 26, 2009, 8pm
3219 S Morgan Street
Lord of the Yum Yum http://www.lordoftheyumyum.com
Disposable Thumbs http://www.disposablethumbs.com
Michael Fucking Perkins
The BIg Man
Reuben Kincaid doing Geighties Karoake
Nick Bahr on the mic
the aforementioned surprise performances.
And lastly: For years people say they have no idea how to get printed in the magazine. It's really easy. Bring some texts, scribbles, comics, illustrations or pitches and put them in the I WANNA BE IN LUMPEN BOX that will be sitting there waiting for you on a table. You can help us create the next issue as our new Managing Editor James Ewert Jr will be assigned the task of discovering your genius.
And no we don't pay anyone anything.And yes there will be a $5 cover .
Geeks, nerds, dorks -- chances are, you didn't attend your high school prom. During college, you were so focused on your engineering/math/science degree that other humans barely registered within your domain space. This is your chance to rectify your oversight without yielding to irrational forces of social pressure, and perhaps enrich your symbolic-semantic inter-nodal linkages, as well! (okay, that was actually gibberish) On June 13th come to Pumping Station One's grand opening event, the Geek Prom!
There will be music, dancing, and some sort of contest based on physical appearance, but we promise that it won't be excruciating or embarrassing! Local tinkerers will bring their latest DIY and hacked gadgets -- stuff that you WISH you had made for your High School Science Fair.
Tickets are available in advance at $15 for a couple and $10 single through Eventbrite.
June 1, 2009 : 9pm
3219 S. Morgan St
Make a Donation to the touring act.
The Unbroken Circle Of Broken Things
TrutheaterTheater presents a tale about the unbreakable spirit energy of love. The company of four intermixes costumes, puppets, shadows, jokes, song and dance with live and prerecorded sound to create a captivating 40 minute psychedelic narrative. . .
In the words of Morgan Fitzpatrick of Puppetuprising.org,
"TRUTHEATERTHEATER are an elusive troupe of actors, silkscreeners,
puppeteers, noisemakers, musicians, videographers and illusionists from
Providence, Rhode Island whose performances are akin to mystical rites of
passage that is the digestive process of transforming truth into theater."
TrutheaterTheater Company Members (Spring 2009) :
Peter Glantz is a theater and film maker known for video collaborations with bands Lightning Bolt, Lavender Diamond, and The USA is a Monster as well as his frequent theatricks with trutheatertheater, Killing My Lobster, and Califunya – The Most Beautiful Show That Ever Lived.
Erin Rosenthal is a creator of shadows, costumes, toys, screenprints, and sounds. Her artwork has recently been published in The Ganzfeld and in Flowing Well, a collaborative self-published newsletter with Leif Goldberg.
Roby Newton is a puppeteer, projectionist, musician, and builder, working frequently with light and kinetic objects. She has travelled extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan with various bands and puppet shows.Leif Goldberg is a graphic artist and performance collaborator whose work follows a deliberate intuitive improvisational process. His drawings and prints have been published in the recent notable anthologies Hopital Brut and Kramer's Ergot.