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The start of America’s Tahrir square? Photos from #occupywallstreet

I went downtown today and spoke to some of the people who are in the process of trying to occupy wall street, as part of the #ourwallstreet protest.

The actual protest is not taking place on Wall Street – Wall Street has been barricaded off, and some of  the video I uploaded to YouTube earlier today shows NYPD officers talking to individuals. (I saw a number of NYPD and there did not appear to be conflict between the police and the demonstrators, interactions seemed peaceful.).

The dislocation between physical and mental space is is somehow appropriate, since the actual centers of power being protested – lobbyists, corporations – are probably not located on Wall Street, ether. I don’t think this dislocation invalidates the symbolism of the location that has been picked.

Here are some photos I took. Videos will be added to my YouTube channel.

THEATER REVIEW: “WTC View” at 59E59th

Brian Sloan’s WTC View is a post 9/11 drama that reveals the individual traumas and experiences of New Yorkers (and others), after the towers fell. Already produced as a film in 2005, now the show is given an airing as dramatic theater at 59E59th. (For those interested in such things, the original film starred Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie in the central role, played here by Nick Lewis.

Sloan has a keen ear for language, and the actors allow his dialogue to roll easily over the audience. The set, a simple wooden floor with a window at one end and a doorway at the other – plus a few scattered boxes – is laid out between two rows of audience members; you can see your fellow attendees on the other side of the action.

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Theater & Activism: The Working Theater Company’s 2011 Annual Awards Gala

The Working Theater Company’s gala evening was a breath of fresh air on a musty May evening in New York City.  A friend had invited me to join her table, providing an opportunity for exposure to this inclusive, politically-aware company (mission statement available on their website).

The evening’s speakers were eloquent and their words obviously heartfelt. The company’s dedication to providing a voice for working Americans in the theater was clearly articulated, and they displayed their working process and its results to attendees through a series of short scenes, performed during the meal.

This entertainment included selected scenes from Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty, and hearing the work discussed reminded me of hearing Scottish theater activists talking about John McGrath’s The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Black Oil.

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“You’re Cut Off!” Party – I Sip Champagne in NYC on VH1’s dime, and enjoy it.

Do you want to answer our questions?” she asked, shoving an iPad in my face.

“Does it require me allowing an app permission to access my basic data? I retorted.

She cocked an indie-eyebrow at me and binary code passed between our eyes. “Yeah,” she said.

“Oh…”

“Yeah…”

“Sorry…”

“It’s okay…”

She had an answer, at least, I thought. She knew what I meant when I asked her, I thought.

Photos from the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, Washington D.C., 10.30.10. #rallytorestoresanity @Rally4Sanity

Rally Attendee with Sign

The Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, 10.30.10,

Washington, D.C.

Click here for the Flickr album.

A Conversation about the Ground Zero Mosque #politics #911 #groundzero

The friends whose conversation I mentioned in my previous post have agreed to let me share their conversation; by reading the text in the images below, you can read their conversation. The article they’re reacting to is available here.

It’s important to remember what’s happened, and what’s happening: 9/11/2010 at Ground Zero (#9/11, #peace)

Yesterday was the 9th anniversary of 9/11. I went to Ground Zero and photographed/filmed protestors, demonstrators and the general public. In the interests of making this experience viewable to a wider public, I’ve uploaded the photographs to Flickr.

 Edit: Full album now available on Flickr.

 

 

 

 

 

Edit: Prefer video?

Edit 2: I’ve been having a hard time finding a way to upload the 20 minutes of video during which I walked through the pro-mosque rally; it was a really inspiring walk and something I’d like to share. If anyone has suggestions on a good program to use to break the video in two (I’ve tried loading Windows Movie Maker – really just looking for a quick and easy solution) please email me or comment. Alternatively – what are some good places to host videos that run over 20 minutes?)