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Words by Carl Bunin from his Today in Peace and Justice History
Today in Peace and Justice History
A Carl Bunin Publication of peacebuttons.info
Wounded Knee Massacre of Native Americans –
December 29, 1890
The U.S. Army killed approximately 300 Oglala Sioux at Wounded Knee, in the new state of South Dakota.
The 7th Cavalry (Custer’s old command) fired their artillery amidst mostly unarmed women, children, and fleeing men.
The Wounded Knee Massacre was the final major military battle in the genocide against Native Americans.
18 soldiers received Congressional Medals of Honor for their “bravery.”
Encroaching white settlement after gold was found in 1874 on Sioux lands led to conflicts.
The Great Sioux Agreement of 1889 established reservations for the native inhabitants and encouraged further white settlement on Indian land.
Bob Kinney Words & Photos
Photographing the crowd of smiles at the Travis County Clerk’s Office in Austin Friday afternoon June 26 just hours after the US Supreme Court issued its 5-4 ruling to make gay marriage available to all in our country is a high point in my life.
Experiencing women and men couples leaving the office – their marriage certificate in hand – before heading downtown to be married in the Travis County Courthouse brought Tears of Joy to me.
Several couples reportedly were waiting at the Clerk’s Office Friday morning anticipating the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Many folks were waiting outside the Travis County complex to share their love with cheers, flowers, beads and champagne bottles.
The afternoon brought back smiles to me when I photographed the Episcopal Church’s first Gay Wedding (aka “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant”) at St. David’s Church in downtown Austin on February 23. 2013. https://bobkinney.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/first-episcopal-church-gay-wedding-aka-witnessing-blessing-of-a-lifelong-covenant-in-state-of-texas/
The Texas Tribune reports that 250 marriage licenses were issued in Travis County June 26. Licenses issued June 25 totaled 17.
Trouble Puppet performers from left Gricelda Silva — Katy Taylor — Julie Moore.
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I know a lot about war – as you do, too
Since America was founded we have been at war 93% of the time – 222 out of 239 years – since 1776. America loves wars & our military spending every year dwarfs the rest of the world put together.
Trouble Puppet Theater Company’s brilliant presentation of “The Wars of Heaven” brings several wars from 2560 BC in Egypt up to World War Two in Stalingrad 1942 center stage at the Salvage Vanguard Theater 2803 E. Manor Road.
Show times are 8pm Thursday through Saturday and 6pm Sunday May 17 when the play closes. After Friday’s show there will be a backstage presentation on how shadow puppets are built and projected onto the stage screen.
Simply put – this is the most Historically and Theologically accurate exploration of what happened after God cast Lucifer and her Archangels out of Heaven. Turns out Lucifer and her warriors are involved in the same six wars against the Father’s warriors in the 60-minute performance – and both sides have moral doubts.
What happens when a Native American puppet sees the shadow puppet ships of invader Christopher Columbus sailing into his home waters is heartbreaking and so very sadly true. The next scene shows how their bucolic teepees rest upon the native land until one … then two … then more steepled churches pop up towering above their humble homes. I literally gasped – you should as well – to see the dramatic portrayal of what Christianity did – and really continues to do – to Native Americans.
After experiencing this wonderous blend of 1.5-foot-tall tabletop puppets operated by eight Trouble Puppet Theater performers – clever shadow puppet projections on the large screen at stage back – thundering music of war composed by Justin Sherburn – and the deft genius of Connor Hopkins and Dad of Clementine the two-week-old daughter of Trouble Puppet Director & Performer & Spouse Caroline Reck and Connor …
Thanks & Smiles to Performers Travis Bedard – Zac Crofford – Parker Dority –
Gricelda Silva – Ellie McBride – Julie Moore – Noel Gaulin – and, Katy Taylor.
The Wars of Heaven
Angels and demons are among us, serving God and Lucifer, fighting in our wars, upholding an ancient order. What happens when some of them begin to doubt the rules?
Part I of Trouble Puppet’s epic tale is a dazzling Miltonic saga, told through tabletop and shadow puppetry.
Wars of Heaven has gotten wonderful press, including national coverage in American Theatre magazine (“ethereal and epic”!) and articles and reviews in the Statesman (“dazzling visuals,” “A mixed-media hybrid, layering video images and multiple puppetry pieces to create a fascinating tableau with depth and texture”), the Chronicle, and CTxLiveTheatre.com. It’s unlike any show we’ve done before.
Not created for children. Contains irreligious content, mature language, and violence (war). Probably OK for ages 12+.
Links to reviews of “The Wars of Heaven” play
· American Theatre magazine writes about TPT: Trouble Pupppet: They’ve Got the Whole Universe in Their Hands
· The Statesman admires WoH’s “dazzling visuals” and calls it a “mixed-media hybrid, layering video images and multiple puppetry pieces to create a fascinating tableau with depth and texture.”
· The Chronicle gets its think on: Trouble Puppet’s The Wars of Heaven, Part I
· Jeanne Claire van Ryzin blogs about the music.
That’s why I signed the current circulating petition to bring the question of Israeli products being sold in our Wheatsville Food Co-op here in Austin to our fall Owners election ballot.
500 owners must sign the petition to put the ballot on our annual fall election ballot by the end of July. You must be a Wheatsville owner to sign the petition now and vote in the fall.
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As a board member and publicist for the 76-year-old Episcopal Peace Fellowship, I champion our group’s stance on Boycott – Divestment – Sanctions – of the illegal Israeli 70-year Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Israel imprisons 4.4 million native folks in that sad area – an Occupation that has brought hundreds of UN resolutions of condemnation and the ruling of the International Court of Justice that it is “an illegal act.”
It is cruelly ironic to me that the government of Israel is doing to these folks today what the Russians did to the Jews in the early 1900s followed by the horrific Holocaust the Nazis systematically carried out in the years leading up to and into the Second World War.
Boycotts bring back fresh memories to me of Afrikaner white-ruled Apartheid South Africa being hit by international economic boycotts in the early 1990s. Nelson Mandela called for a boycott of products made in South Africa. The boycott worked back then despite the warnings of Afrikaners – charges I hear today from Israel and many folks in our country – about how a boycott really will hurt the folks we are trying to help.
I am proud of my Wheatsville Co-op. As many of you know I served on the WV board of directors for 15 years mostly as board chair. Before my time of service, Wheatsville was the only grocery store in Texas that did not sell grapes during Cesar Chavez’s fight for Farm Workers Rights. Next time you are in Wheatsville South Lamar experience the Alan Pogue iconic photo of Cesar Chavez in the Wheatsville Guadalupe produce aisle. It’s mounted on the wall in the register checkout area.
Please understand you can vote to boycott Israeli products while still admiring the people of Israel and our Jewish friends in the US – just not the government of Israel.
Memories of the Israeli military’s killing of 2,000-plus people – including an obscene number of children – in Gaza last summer during the 50-day Hamas & Israeli lopsided war still outrages me. The folks who survived are still living in their bombed-out houses with promised aid yet to arrive. Only about 230 Israelis lost their lives during last summer’s “war” since Israel is protected by the Iron Dome – an umbrella-like American designed device that stops the many low-grade weapons and ammo fired into it by Hamas.
Equal Rights for all folks throughout our world
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Venue Addresses are at the end of this list
Peelander-Z – Peelander is Fun for Kids of All Ages
Wednesday 18 – Hole in the Wall
Thursday 19 – Maggie Mae
Saturday 21 – The Grackle
Sunday 22 – 1pm opening band — then, Austin’s Mother Falcon — then Peelander – Mueller Lake Park – Peelander’s annual Mad Tiger show – Very Kid Friendly
Mike Stinson – Singer & Songwriter
Friday 20 4:00 pm – Maria’s Taco Express
Friday 20 9:00 pm – Ginny’s Little Longhorn
From John Conquest’s NotSXSW lineup.
All musicians from Austin/Central Texas
David Olney & Sergio Webb and John Fullbright – three of my favorite musicians – sadly will not be playing NotSXSW this year.
Following the NotSXSW vibe all shows in South Austin are free – You Don’t Need a Stinkin’ Wristband
Bill Kirchen – Master of the Telecaster since his daze with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen in early 70s.
Thursday 19 2:00pm – G&S Lounge
Saturday 21 1pm with Redd Volkaert – Threadgills South
Saturday 21 5:10pm – Zax
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Singer Songwriter – Austin Treasure
Wednesday 18 3pm – Dogwood
Friday 20 6:00pm – St Vincent de Paul
Dale Watson & The Lonestars – Real Country – His first NotSXSW appearance I believe
Wednesday 18 2:30pm – Opa!
Curtis McMurtry (talented son of James McMurtry with a recent bachelor’s degree in music from world-class UT Butler School of Music)
Wednesday 18 11:30am – Dogwood
Wednesday 18 6:55 pm – Guero’s
Brennen Leigh – Singer & Songwriter
Friday 20 Noon – Amelia’s Retrograde Clothes
Friday 20 10:30 pm – G&S Lounge
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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have been Musical Soul-Mates for a couple years now but their October 24, 2014,“Cheek to Cheek LIVE” jazz concert debut on the PBS Great Performances series took their heartfelt relationship even higher.
Bennett asked Lady to be on his “Duets” 2011 album and they sang “That’s Why The Lady is a Tramp.” I have watched their UTube studio performance video scores of times and shared it with many friends. Each viewing always is Fresh Delight and it’s evident that the two singers truly love one another. Love it when Lady takes Tony’s trademark handkerchief out of his Dress suit pocket and fluffs it around his and then her face as Tony beams with joy.
Watch their studio video – Agree?
The fun they had recording “Duets” led them to create an entire album of Jazz Standards from the 1930s to 1950s – “Cheek to Cheek” – that was released September 23, 2014. The album of 11 songs is a mix of each singing with the other, as well as singing solo – backed by the great Tony Bennett Quartet, a superb 44-member orchestra and a rousing 13-piece Brass ensemble – all of whom performed with Lady and Tony on the PBS television concert.
Great Black & White Photos (by Steven Klein) of Tony, Lady and the musicians in a deftly designed, yard-long album fold-out takes you back to when the jazz songs – composed from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Dorothy Fields and Duke Ellington – were first heard in nightclubs.
After listening to the album several times, being able to see these songs performed on the PBS Great Performances “Cheek to Cheek LIVE ” concert debut October 25 was True Joy mixed at times with Smiling Tears.
The 88-year-old Tony and Lady Gaga now 28 – who both share New York City Italian-American roots – don’t understand the term Generation Gap. They prefer Generation Joy.Please check out all links.