Political Hip Hop

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Mon, 01/11/2010

Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about the political rap artists The Welfare Poets,  Chosan, and Black Skeptik.   We hear samples of their music followed by a discussion of  their music as the poetry and the politics of everyday life.  Here are links to videos of Black Skeptik, "Rent";  Chosan,  "This is My America;" and The Welfare Poets,  "Warn Them."

12:28 minutes (7.13 MB)

Movie Moles: "Avatar"

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Mon, 01/11/2010

 James Cameron's new blockbuster movie Avatar has been widely debated: what is it really saying about people with disabilities, the environment, racism, colonialism, and other important social questions?   Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris have a rousing good time taking down the pretensions of this huge  movie phenomenon.   Their blog has lots of quotes from and citations of the ongoing discussion of the film.   

13:14 minutes (7.57 MB)

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On the Old Mole Jan 11, 2010, Denise Morris & I discussed Avatar, the expensive and profitable 3-D blockbuster, written and directed by James Cameron.

The movie is set in 2154 on Pandora, the Earth-like moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri system, where the RDA Corporation is mining for the incredibly valuable mineral Unobtanium, and employs former marines as security. The local population includes the big blue Na'vi, who are in tune with all the life on their planet, venerate the mother goddess Eywa, and dress in a pastiche of scanty Native American and African tribal styles.

Out Loud on 01/12/10

Out Loud
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Tue, 01/12/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Celebrating what sets us apart! The queer community is judged and treated differently for our private lives. Tonight we embrace and celebrate local queer sex-positivity on Out Loud.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence join us to talk about BOINK! a porn benefit for the Sisters Grant Fund and Cascade AIDS Project.

Sherlock Holmes and The Man With the Twisted Lip by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Gremlin Time
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Fri, 01/01/2010

NEW YEARS DAY SPECIAL. - The Man With the Twisted Lip by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

One night in June, 1889, Doctor Watson is called away from his home on a strange errand of mercy, which takes him to a sinister opium den located near the docks in London's East End. Where, to his astonishment, he finds disguised as an aged drug addict none other than Sherlock Holmes! Who promtly asks his old friend to accompany him on one of the most baffling cases he has ever come across. This story was among Conan Doyles's first 12 mystery short stories to appear in the Strand Magazine in 1889, and the1890 collection, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

58:21 minutes (53.43 MB)


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Tue, 01/12/2010


This is Paula with the KBOO Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 12th 2010

Tonight at 7 pm is the Open Poetry Reading in the Gallery at Walters Cultural Arts Center 527 E Main Street Hillsboro, OR 97124.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

2:08 minutes (1.96 MB)

Stage and Studio on 01/12/10

Stage and Studio
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Tue, 01/12/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am

 Dmae Roberts talks with Trisha Mead, director of Fertile Ground, a 10-day festival of new performing arts works in Portland. During January 22 through February 2nd. Fertile Ground features more than a dozen world premieres with well over 50 artists.  Also featured on Stage and Studio are Portland Story Theatre's "Mawson's Mettle" with Laurence Howard and "Sexy Nurd" with auGi.  

Author J. California Cooper: "Life Is Short, But Wide"

Black Book Talk
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Thu, 01/07/2010

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and Emma Jackson Ford speak with J. California Cooper about her most recent novel Life Is Short, But Wide.  From Publisher's Weekly: "Cooper's characteristic motherly wit carries an appealing raft of characters through a world tougher than it is tender, but touched with beauty and wisdom." Cooper has been described as "telling stories before she could write," and is the author of plays, short stories and novels. She was honored as the Black Playwright of 1978.

27:04 minutes (12.39 MB)

Films Opening January 8, 2010


The Reel Music Festival at the Northwest Film Center

One of the great annual events here in Portland.  Films about rock, jazz, blues, classical, world music, etc.  Always a mixed bag, but you can’t really go wrong.
I have seen Cool, an English doc about the birth of cool jazz from the 40s.  The doc itself is a bit dry and respectful, but the performance footage of Miles Davis, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dave Brubeck, et al., is priceless.
I have also seen In Search of Mozart and In Search of Beethoven.  If you have to pick one, go to the Beethoven.  But, both are worth seeing, even if the Mozart is less interesting as a film.
I’ll try to see more, and report my views.

Joe Sacco


Listen to the interview here.

Joe Sacco will be our guest on January 12th! 

He has a new book out - an investigation of a forgotten crime in the most tormented of places, FOOTNOTES IN GAZA (Metropolitan Books/December 22, 2009), the highly anticipated new work, recounts fifty years of history across hundreds of pages of absorbing, deftly drawn panels. Sacco, one of the world's foremost cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war-reportage comics. His last work, Safe Area Gorazde, won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazine's best comic book of 2000; his much lauded Palestine received the American Book Award.

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