Aug 22 Mon Qualifying Week at US OPEN Starts

Nobody can match the commercial success Sharapova has achieved but she was pretty good on court as well. She won 35 WTA titles including all four grand slams and achieved world rank no.1 status in 2005 and since then she has remained a top 5 player, though she has now been banned from play for the next two years for not noticing that a heart drug she was taking had been put on the black list.

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Flushing Meadows, New York

The US Open, the biggest pro tennis event in the United States (and one of the four Grand Slam tournaments), returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park August 29–September 11. It’s a chance to see the sport’s heavyweights, like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, up close as they battle for glory and prize money—the purse this year is a massive$3.3 million each for the singles winners.

One future star of the Open is the under-construction roof, which is slated to make weather delays and cancellations a thing of the past in 2016.

While any tennis fan is fairly certain to have a great time during a visit to the Open, we’ve put together six tips to help you make the most of your time at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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1. You can get in free or cheap.
It’s true. Though this is tennis at its highest level, you can still pay as little as $30–$35 (before fees) for an opening-night or early evening session ticket, or $10 for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 27. You can also attend—for free—the qualifying tournament (August 19ck–27), in which ambitious players battle for a berth in the main tournament, and practice day, August 28, when the stars hone their game in preparation for their moment in the spotlight.

In breaking news, the 2016 tournament CHECK brings one more big free attraction: on September 08, all doubles matches (including the men’s and women’s semifinals) cost nothing to watch in person.

2. It’s not just tennis.
Even if you’re not a superfan (or if you’re attending with someone who’s not so into tennis), you can still be entertained by festivities at the Open.

This year’s iteration of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (again, that’s on August 27) is scheduled to include music from various unheard of contemporary names advancing the deterioration of pop music, plus interactive and entertaining tennis-related fun.

On opening night (August 29), the music will come courtesy of Josh Groban, so you’re covered if you prefer sensitive singer-songwriters to tennis players. If you love both, you’re really in luck.

Aside from the music and the kid-friendly fun, there’s plenty of overpriced food, which most everyone enjoys. Health destroying options include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the upscale Aces wine and sushi bar, a glatt kosher cart and even a Carnegie Deli outpost. Bargain seekers can hit the little vendor before the turnstiles, too, though security won’t let you enter with outside snacks.

3. Use public transit.
Best to just take the train, and that goes double on days when the Mets are playing at home.

4. Wear a hat, and apply plenty of sunscreen.

5. Know the rules.
Like all other big events, the US Open has a lengthy and slightly oppressive and irrational list of what is and is not allowed. Do yourself a favor and read upbefore arrival.

6. Embrace the side courts.
You don’t need a courtside ticket to get a great view—you just need to know where to look. If you buy a grounds pass, you’ll be able to see the pros at very close range on the numerous side courts (and at a fraction of the cost of a courtside seat in one of the stadiums, where the players are out of sight pygmies from the higher seats and the sounds are muffled whispers compared with the drama on TV, which is much the better bargain, sad to say, now that the smaller Louis Armstrong stadium has gone West.).

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Aug 2 Tue 7.30pm Central Park Bandshell: East Coast Chamber Orchestra Plays Monteverdi to Witold Lutoslawski to Dvorak

Let ECCO transport you into the twilight at the Bandshell with Monteverdi madrigals

ECCO, East Coast Chamber Orchestra
August 2 @ 7:30 PM
Historic Naumburg Bandshell, Naumburg Bandshell
New York, NY United States + Google Map
The East Coast Chamber Orchestra, ECCO, performs works by Joaquín Turina, Claudio Monteverdi, Pierre Jalbert, Witold Lutoslawski, and Antonín Dvořák. Our 111th year of free concerts at the historic Naumburg Bandshell (directions). No tickets issued– 1,000 seats provided on a first come first serve basis. Benches around concert ground also available. The concert is weather dependent – no rain dates, no rain location. Thank you to our donors who generously support our series.

WQXR will broadcast every concert in this series live on 105.9 FM and via live stream on their website.

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Jul 19 Tue 7.30pm Central Park Bandshell – Knights of Classical Music Rescue Melody and Harmony

On a beautiful evening as the twilight fades, the Knights of classical music rescue melody and harmony from the ravages of desperate novelty.

The Knights, with artistic directors, Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen, and conducted by Eric Jacobsen, perform works by Bartók, Busoni, Dvořák, Boccherini, Shawn Conley, Johann Strauss II, and Taraf De Haïdouks.

Our 111th year of free concerts at the historic Naumburg Bandshell (directions). No tickets issued– 1,000 seats provided on a first come first serve basis. Benches around concert ground also available. The concert is weather dependent– no rain dates, no rain location. Thank you to our donors who generously support our series.

WQXR will broadcast every concert in this series live on 105.9 FM and via live stream on their website.**


The Knights

Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen, Artistic Directors

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Béla Bartók, (1881-1945), (arr. Paul Arma) Suite Paysanne Hongroise for flute and string orchestra (1914-18)

Chants populaires tristes, nos. I-IV
Vieilles danses, nos. I-IX

Ferruccio Busoni, (1866–1924) (arr. Arnold Schoenberg), Berceuse élégiaque (1909)

Antonín Dvořák, (1841-1904), Bagatelles, Op. 47 (1878)

I. Allegretto scherzando
II. Tempo di minuetto. Grazioso
III. Allegretto scherzando
IV. Canon. Andante con moto
V. Poco allegro


Luigi Boccherini, (1743-1805), Quintet for flute and strings in G Minor, Op. 19 (1774)

Shawn Conley, (b. 1983), Yann’s Flight (2013)

Johann Strauss II, (1825-1899) (arr. Arnold Schoenberg) Kaiser-Walzer (1889)

Taraf De Haïdouks, (Est. 1991) (arr. Ljova, 2016), A Stork Crosses the Danube, in the Company of a Raven

WQXR HOST: Paul Cavalconte

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Jul 11 Mon 11am to 1pm Frick: Jean-Antoine Watteau Drawings: Common Soldiers Pause from Battle

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), The Portal of Valenciennes, ca. 1711–12, oil on canvas, The Frick Collection; photo: Michael Bodycomb



July 12 through October 2, 2016

Press Preview: Monday, July 11, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021; RSVP: 212.547.0710

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), The Portal of Valenciennes, ca. 1711–12, oil on canvas, The Frick Collection; photo: Michael Bodycomb

Watteau, Three Views of a Soldier, One from Behind, ca. 1713–15, red chalk, Musée du Louvre, Paris; photo: © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY
Most know Jean-Antoine Watteau as a painter of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors, a dreamer of exquisite parklands and impossibly refined fêtes. Few artists would seem further removed from the misery of war. And yet, early in his short career, Watteau created a number of military scenes—about a dozen paintings and some thirty drawings. For the most part, they were executed during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14), which saw Louis XIV battle almost the whole of Europe in a bid to place his grandson, Philip, Duke of Anjou, on the Spanish throne. However, neither the turmoil of battle nor the suffering that ensued seems to have held much interest for Watteau. Instead, he focused on the prosaic aspects of military life—marches, halts, and encampments. The resulting works show quiet moments between the fighting, outside the regimented discipline of drills and battle, when soldiers could rest and daydream, smoke pipes and play cards. Although these themes are indebted to seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish genre scenes, Watteau’s drawings and paintings are set apart by their focus on the common soldier. More than his predecessors, Watteau offers an intimate vision of war, one in which the human element comes to the fore. His soldiers are endowed with an inner life, with subjectivity.
This summer, the Frick will present Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France, the first exhibition devoted to these captivating and little-known works. On display will be four of Watteau’s seven surviving military paintings and twelve red chalk studies, several of which are directly related to the paintings on view. Also included will be works by Watteau’s predecessors and followers. Together, they shed light on Watteau’s unusual working method, affording the opportunity to probe what made his vision so distinctive. Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France was organized by Aaron Wile, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow. Principal support was provided by an anonymous gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden. Major support for the exhibition has also been provided by the David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation, Sally and Howard Lepow, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Aso O. Tavitian, with an additional contribution from Susannah Hunnewell Weiss. The catalogue was made possible by The Versailles Foundation, Inc.

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Jul 11 10am-Noon Breuer Diane Arbus In The Beginning (Jul 12-Nov 27)

Supposedly Diane Arbus connected with her photographic subjects better than her predecessors, but a newly expanded view of her early work at the Met Breuer on the Second Floor, which includes prints never shown before comprising 2/3rds of the total, exhibited in a new way each occupying the face of one of the maze of flat white pillars which range across the floor like a forest of 2D trees with no undergrowth seems to suggest that the connection took time to build, for in general they seem as forlorn and damp spirited as ever, and either expressionless or otherwise removed from the warmth of human contact, like ghosts or living exiles from normal conventional society of the fifties, a reality freak show which her art rendered without provoking joy or pleasure in any way in the subjects or the viewer, let alone the photographer, leading one into the same depressed state of mind that she seems to have led them, and suggesting that the biographies and rumors that have her involved in incest with her brother and sex with some of the freaks she unearthed or somehow created may not have been pure fantasy, so whether their disturbing and negative emotional impression is worth the facing of her art head on as the Breuer invites us to do now for several months is a question, since a feeling of spiritual nausea may linger for several hours as it did for us, even after the curator lavished praise on her as an artist with few equals and most distinctive vision, and assured us that such a reaction was not evidence of our shallow response, but her brilliance in unearthing reality behind the Potemkin facade of life when she grew up in the fifties.

Diane Arbus The Backwards Man in his hotel room NYC 1961

Diane Arbus The Backwards Man in his hotel room NYC 1961

July 12–November 27, 2016

Exhibition Location: The Met Breuer, 2nd floor
Press Preview: Monday, July 11, 10 am–noon

As part of the inaugural season at The Met Breuer, diane arbus: in the beginning will open on July 12, featuring more than 100 photographs that together will redefine one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. This landmark exhibition will highlight never-before-seen early work of Diane Arbus (1923–71), focusing on the first seven years of her career, from 1956 to 1962—the period in which she developed the idiosyncratic style and approach for which she has been recognized, praised, criticized, and copied the world over.

The exhibition is made possible by the Alfred Stieglitz Society.

Additional support is provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

“It is a rare privilege to present an exhibition this revelatory, on an artist of Arbus’s stature. More than two-thirds of these works have never before been exhibited or published,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “We sincerely thank the Estate of Diane Arbus for entrusting us to show an unknown aspect of this remarkable artist’s legacy with the camera.”

Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs, added, “Arbus’s early photographs are wonderfully rich in achievement and perhaps as quietly riveting and ultimately controversial as the iconic images for which she is so widely known. She brings us face-to-face with what she had first glimpsed at the age of 16—‘the divineness in ordinary things’—and through her photographs we begin to see it too.”

diane arbus: in the beginning focuses on seven key years that represent a crucial period of the artist’s genesis, showing Arbus as she developed her style and honed her practice. Arbus was fascinated by photography even before she received a camera in 1941 at the age of 18 as a present from her husband, Allan, and made photographs intermittently for the next 15 years while working with him as a stylist in their fashion photography business. But in 1956 she numbered a roll of 35mm film #1, as if to claim to herself that this moment would be her definitive beginning. Through the course of the next seven years (the period in which she primarily used a 35mm camera), an evolution took place—from pictures of individuals that sprang out of fortuitous chance encounters to portraits in which the chosen subjects became engaged participants, with as much stake in the outcome as the photographer. This greatly distinguishes Arbus’s practice from that of her peers, from Walker Evans and Helen Levitt to Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, who believed that the only legitimate record was one in which they, themselves, appear to play little or no role. In almost complete opposition, Arbus sought the poignancy of a direct personal encounter.

Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died, and where she worked in locations such as Times Square, the Lower East Side, Coney Island, and other areas. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and Fifth Avenue pedestrians are among the most intimate and surprising images of the era. From the beginning, Arbus believed fully that she had something special to offer the world, a glimpse of its many secrets: “I do feel I have some slight corner on something about the quality of things. I mean it’s very subtle and a little embarrassing to me but I really believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them.”

Nearly half of the photographs that Arbus printed during her lifetime were made between 1956 and 1962, the period covered by this exhibition. At the time of her death in 1971, much of this work was stored in boxes in an inaccessible corner of her basement darkroom at 29 Charles Street in Greenwich Village. These prints remained undiscovered for several years thereafter and were not even inventoried until a decade after her death. The majority of the photographs included in the exhibition are part of the Museum’s vast Diane Arbus Archive, acquired in 2007 by gift and promised gift from the artist’s daughters, Doon Arbus and Amy Arbus. It was only when the archive—a treasury of photographs, negatives, notebooks, appointment books, correspondence, and collections—came to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007 that this seminal early work began to be fully explored.

Among the highlights in the exhibition are lesser-known published works such as Lady on a bus, N.Y.C. 1957, Boy stepping off the curb, N.Y.C. 1957-58, The Backwards Man in his hotel room, N.Y.C. 1961, and Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn. 1961, as well as completely unknown additions to her oeuvre, such as Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C. 1956 , Woman with white gloves and a pocket book, N.Y.C. 1956, Female impersonator holding long gloves, Hempstead, L.I. 1959, and Man in hat, trunks, socks, and shoes, Coney Island, N.Y. 1960. Included among the selection of six square-format photographs from 1962 is the iconic Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962, a photograph that signals the moment when Arbus turned away from the 35mm camera and started working with the 2¼ inch square format Rolleiflex camera, a format that remained a distinctive attribute of her work for the rest of her life. The photographs from her early career reveal that the salient characteristics of her work—its centrality, boldness, intimacy, and apparent artlessness—were present in her pictures since the very beginning. Arbus’s creative life in photography after 1962 is well documented and already the stuff of legend; now, for the first time, we can properly examine its origins.

Exhibition Credits
diane arbus: in the beginning is curated by Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at The Met.

Related Publication
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue which includes two essays: “in the beginning” by Jeff L. Rosenheim and “notes from the archive” by Karan Rinaldo, Senior Research Assistant. The book will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press (hardcover; $50).

Related Programming
A series of related programs are planned in conjunction with this exhibition, including a Sunday at The Met, exhibition tours, and a teen studio program.

The exhibition will be featured on the Museum’s website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #dianearbus and #MetBreuer.

About The Met Breuer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program is expanding to include a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives in the building designed by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue and 75th Street. Open to the public beginning March 18, 2016, The Met Breuer provides additional space to explore the art of the 20th and 21st centuries through the global breadth and historical reach of the Met’s unparalleled collection.

Other programs featured as part of The Met Breuer’s inaugural season include a major thematic survey, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible(March 18—September 4, 2016), which looks at unfinished works of art from the Renaissance to the present day; the largest exhibition to date dedicated to Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi (March 18—June 4, 2016); and a month-long performance installation, by Artist in Residence Vijay Iyer (March 1-30, 2016). Upcoming exhibitions include the first museum retrospective dedicated to Kerry James Marshall (October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017).

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Updated June 21, 2016

Still, not sensation, yet yielding the interest of private worlds in public

Image: Diane Arbus (1923-1971). Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C. 1956 © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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Jul 9 Sat Noon-4pm/4.30-6pm Body Painting Day with Andy Golub: Vivid Paint Excites Crowd, Obscures Inner Beauty

Andy Golub’s latest festivity of naked human bodies costumed with colorful paint by being painted on in public was titled Inner Beauty, a promising objective, and luckily the thunderstorms that were dotting the weather forecasts and might have reversed the skin decorations held off nicely during the purported artistic celebration of human inner qualities implied by the label, but the attentive calm that might have reigned to allow the sensitive advertised perceptions of the inner beauty of the brave models to take hold seemed sadly missing as having gained privileged admittance as Press we walked the broad alley under the trees where living bodies of all shapes and weights held still while posing were carefully painted over for four hours from noon in many striking and bold designs which as it turned out seemed to act more as shields or barriers behind which their humanity was hidden more than highlighted in this long but busy and crowded sidewalk section under the trees cordoned off from the riverbank forest of cameras of the general public by traffic barriers behind which an excited army of watchers whose lenses of all kinds and sizes from phones to huge telescopic grenade launchers were just as busy as those of the press inside the walkway taking as many photographs as possible with shouted requests and praise and general air of crowd excitement inside and outside the staging avenue, not to mention frankly that a large proportion of the middle aged models were so grossly out of shape with balloons of flesh hanging from chest and below the waist that it was impossible not to feel distaste despite the vivid scenery of onstage paint which completely obscured their sexual parts when they weren’t highlighted in gold as in one case, all of which grotesquery and warpaint seemed to leave far behind any sense of inner human vulnerability which smaller events of this kind have shared in the past, for example outside the Guggenheim last year, although Erica and especially Anne two of the younger and more gracefully shaped young women who inspired their artists to paint more subdued and aesthetically deeper designs to complement their physical beauty formed two thankful exceptions to the general run of loudly vivid designs in gold and striking colors which were suitably camouflaging but struck a more excitingly sensational note than the kind of quiet art which might have evoked a more spiritual response, all of which titillating party excitement reached a cheerful climax when the two gaily decorated buses set off for Fifth Avenue with their load of colorful fleshy canvases and busily clicking press cameramen en route to what was no doubt a lively party which will surely yield even more images and video of this sensational occasion on social media.

Body painting in public brings a new level of humanity and vulnerability together with art for the elevation of inner beauty

The 3rd Annual NYC Bodypainting Day is proud to announce its line up of talented artists! This year promises book illustrators, street artists, canvas painters, gallery owners, photographers, muralists and even body painters.

The theme “Inner Beauty,” encourages artists to look to the inner spirit of their model for inspiration as they paint their outside.

Andy Golub, the event’s founder and organizer explains, “Artists and models are paired up randomly on the day of the event. So it’s always a new and challenging experience for everyone involved.”

People are traveling from far and wide to participate including Texas, Louisiana, Quebec and Ecuador.


▪ WHAT: NYC Bodypainting Day
▪ WHERE: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street & 2nd Avenue, NYC)
▪ WHEN: Saturday, July 9th (rain date: July 10th)
live painting: noon-4pm
double-decker bus ride down 5th Avenue: 4:30-6:30pm
▪ WHY: To promote human connection through art

The Artists of NYC Bodypainting Day 2016

To learn more visit To set up an interview or obtain press pass, contact Carol Sumkin at

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Jul 6 Wed 6.30pm New America Social Cinema – Zero Days: A Social Cinema Screening

Another solid documentary in New America’s big issue series anticipated general release on Friday (Jul 8) by two days, and next day discussion on NPR’s Leonard Lopate show and PBS Newshour with director Alex Gibney of this absorbing work, Zero Days, who talked on a panel after the showing about the questions raised with two authors of recent books, as below, after his gripping film story told how he indirectly penetrated the high wall of secrecy the White House has erected around Stuxnet, the successful effort by the US (in an operation called Olympic Games) in partnership with Israel to develop software to secretly penetrate Iran’s radium enrichment centrifuges and make them spin too fast and wobble out of control and break into smithereens, a feat accomplished surreptitiously in 2010 and which at first convinced the Iranians that their scientists were incompetent, until the Israelis broke ranks and developed a much more aggressive form of Stuxnet which escaped to infect hundreds of computers around the world and thus was detected by Kasperksy in Russia and Symantec in the US and has thus led to a new arms race where Stuxnet iterations in the most technically advanced nations are ready to bring down the power grid and the Internet and Internet controlled machines from cars to computers to factories in the US and across the world unless secrecy is relaxed enough to enable international discussions to avoid this otherwise inevitable catastrophe, in yet another example of how advances in weapons technology open a Pandora’s box of unforeseen demons, which politicians are too clumsy to control, as shown already by Iran’s wiping out of data on Aramco’s PCs and hacking of US banks, as a warning to keep off their territory, and Russia’s hacking of Ukraine electrical infrastructure during their recent support of breakaway regions in that state, all of which add up to a sobering warning that unless secrecy is broken through and serious discussion starts on the international level anyone who doesn’t lay up a substantial stock of emergency food and water to cover contingencies in the near future is ill equipped to survive what may well be huge interruptions in economic output here and abroad, not to mention learning how to use a pen, paper and typewriter, just as the Navy is teaching all its sailors how to use a sextant. Relevant articles include

Total vulnerability to global trolls – society for ransom – Zero_Days

“I got the news about Stuxnet from one of my computer engineers. He said, ‘Of course you know we were waiting for something really bad…Well, it happened.’” – Eugene Kaspersky, Russian cybersecurity expert
The days of tanks and high-powered munitions as the primary weapons of war are quickly fading into the past. What has the potential to quickly overtake them is a form of cyber warfare that now lays dormant on countless computers worldwide, with the power to attack national infrastructure before war is ever declared. Far beyond hacking or spying, this sophisticated malware, a computer virus known as Stuxnet, is unregulated, veiled in secrecy, and, without public discourse, changing the nature of warfare.

According to Zero Days, a new film by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney, Stuxnet is only the first of many more computer viruses capable of destroying critical systems – electrical grids, nuclear power plants, telecom, traffic, and water treatment facilities – and flipping the switch on the next global war. In a world where the conventional “rules of war” are thrown to the side, are secretive cyberweapons the new standard in national security?

Join New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative for a screening of Zero Days and a conversation with the filmmaker and leading national security experts on the digital future of war, national security, and the democratic process.

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Alex Gibney @alexgibneyfilm
Writer and Director, Zero Days

Ian Wallace @pianwallace
Senior Fellow and Co-director, Cybersecurity Initiative, New America

Naira Musallam
Clinical Assistant Professor of Global Affairs and Faculty Member, Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats, New York University

Fred Kaplan @fmkaplan
War Stories Columnist, Slate
Author, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Karen Greenberg @KarenGreenberg3
Director, Center on National Security, Fordham School of Law
Author, Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State

Zero Days: A Social Cinema Screening
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10010

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Jul 4 All Day and Evening July 4: Back With The Best: WKCR – Global Home of Jazz History Refurbished Plays All Louis Armstrong

Ultimate jazz radio on WKCR in NYC back on line for phones pads and PCs

Here you will find Louis all July 4, Bach 24/7 Christmas till New Year

Phil Schaap loquacious but knowledgeable presenter historian perseveres in place, has jazz shop on line

Treated with respect honor and full appreciation on WKCR, the great source himself

After 47 years the great jazz authority Phil Schaap is still talking a little too long but always informatively on WKCR, where you can hear the world’s best jazz through times past to the present, including whole days devoted to big names on their birthday. Bach gets his own 24/7 festival at Christmas till New Year’s Eve annually.

There was a six month long interruption of WKCR 89.9 FM on line perhaps because the Web site was being overhauled but now all is spic and span, though updating of program scheduling continues.

Jul 1 2016: Thank you for your patience and support during the past months with regard to the issue of our online stream. We are excited to announce that our broadcasts are once again accessible in the form of a live stream at WKCR.ORG. We have been in the process of making technical and logistical changes to improve your listening experience and to ensure that WKCR can have a sustainable and consistent online presence in the future. One of these changes involves our playlists, which are enhanced to continuously display track and artist information for content as it is being broadcast. This new feature will be allow us to record and share the details of our programs in a more dependable and accessible way. In addition, we have improved our audio quality, and our listener capacity is now unlimited.

We sincerely appreciate your dedication throughout this transition. If you have feedback on our new services, please feel free to contact the WKCR Executive Board at


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A phone call to the studio will often be picked up by the person such as a musical toned female student picking up slack in the early morning, who will say again what the LP you heard is and what it’s number is.

The other programming on WKCR is all on the same informed top level on a myriad subjects to interest those in academia and other explorers of culture in many forms.

WKCR-FM, Columbia University’s non-commercial student-run radio station, is dedicated to presenting a spectrum of alternative programming—traditional and art music, spoken arts, and original journalism. Granted its FCC license in 1941, WKCR is both steeped in tradition and committed to innovation. In the New York area, the station can be heard at 89.9 megacycles in FM; worldwide, it streams online.

WKCR-FM is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016! WKCR originated as the Columbia University Radio Club (CURC) in 1936 and our first official broadcast occurred on February 24th, 1941. A few months later, on October 10th, 1941, the CURC was granted its license from the Federal Communications Commission. WKCR celebrates 1941 as its founding year and February 24th as its birthday. Join us as we honor and look back on WKCR’s 75 years of broadcasting and radio throughout the remainder of 2015 and the year of 2016. Check our website for exclusive, rare, and special content unveiled for this remarkable milestone in WKCR’s history. Happy 75th Anniversary WKCR!

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Jun 30 Thu 6.30pm New America Anu Partanen Gross National Happiness: The Nordic Search for a Better Life with Sanjay Reddy and Liza Mundy

Another demonstration, along with Michael Moore’s revelatory masterpiece Where to Invade Next, of how difficult those who are plugged into the current economy in Manhattan through family or job find it to realize fully how much is lacking here in non-commercial life on the personal, social and spiritual level, perhaps, but this panel sparked by a very fine and readable book by a Finnish author who moved here to work and marry seemed to indicate that once again Americans of this type are roused more to argue than benefit from books and films telling them what is socioeconomically lacking here, despite the fact that homegrown and visiting columnists and commentators have provided abundant enlightenment over the past ten years on the topic, and current electoral politics reflects a wide sense abroad that all is not well, and issues like prison reform are on the front burner, so it was disappointing that the panel didn’t celebrate more enthusiastically the quality and enlightenment offered by Anu in The Nordic Theory of Everything, which like Michael Moore’s documentary is a fine discussion of how small Northern European countries outdo the US in many aspects of social welfare, and a well written mix of ideas and personal experience.

Michael Moore is not wrong – life is better in Scandinavia says Anu Partanen here to stay from Finland and the UN agrees

Gross National Happiness:
The Nordic Search for a Better Life

The Nordics know how to do it

Gross National Happiness: The Nordic Search for a Better Life

The American Dream is in big trouble. The promise of social mobility and progress was once a cornerstone of American society, yet today, it seems like we’re moving the other way – financial insecurity, weak work and family policies, and growing rates of depression and disillusionment.
But the American Dream is flourishing, if not at home, in another part of the world: the Nordic countries. According to the 2016 UN World Happiness Report, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Finland rank as the top five, while the US has fallen to 13th. But how is this measured and, perhaps more importantly, why is it even worth examining?

The Nordic Theory of Everything, a new book by Finnish journalist and naturalized American citizen Anu Partanen, finds that the entrenched behaviors of our own government, employers, and even fellow citizens are stunting our own shot at a better quality of life. Partanen debunks the criticism that Nordic countries are socialist “nanny states” and reveals instead that Americans are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. Borrowing Nordic ideas might be our best chance at getting the American society we want.

Join New America for a conversation with Anu Partanen and other work and life experts to unpack the economic and social policies, from education to entrepreneurship, that put Nordic countries so far ahead – and how US can catch back up.


Anu Partanen @anupartanen
Author, The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search For A Better Life

sanjay reddy

sanjay reddy

Sanjay Reddy @sanjaygreddy
Associate Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research
Member, Independent High-Level Team of Advisers, Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
Sanjay G. Reddy is an Associate Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research. He is an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Politics Department of the New School for Social Research and a research associate of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He has previously taught at Columbia University, and been a visitor at diverse academic institutions in India, Europe and the US.

He has held fellowships from the Center for Ethics, the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University, the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, the Justitia Amplificata program of the Goethe University of Frankfurt and Free University of Berlin and, and the Advanced Research Collaborative of the City University of New York. He has received research support from various sources including the inaugural grants program of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

He is a member of the Independent High-level Team of Advisers to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System (in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development). He is one of the co-founders and team leaders of the Global Consumption and Income Project. He has been a member of the advisory panel of the UNDP’s Human Development Report, the UN Statistics Division’s Steering Committee on Poverty Statistics and the advisory board of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. He was elected a Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association. He is or has been a member of the editorial advisory boards of the American Review of Political Economy, Development, Ethics & International Affairs, the European Journal of Development Research, Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, Humanity, the Journal of Globalization and Development, the Review of Agrarian Studies, the Review of Income and Wealth and was Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. He is a lead author of the International Panel on Social Progress. He was previously Co-Academic Director of the India China Institute at the New School.

He has worked as a researcher, consultant, or expert for development agencies and international institutions, including the G-24 (group of developing countries), the International Labour Organization, Oxfam, the UN Alliance of Civilisations, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Children’s Fund, UN Development Programme, UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research, UN Research Institute for Social Development and the World Bank. His work has been translated into Catalan, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. in applied mathematics with physics from Harvard University.

New America's Liza Mundy

New America’s Liza Mundy

Liza Mundy @lizamundy
Senior Fellow, Better Life Lab, New America
Author, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority Female Breadwinners is Transforming Our Culture
about female code breakers during World War II.

Liza is a journalist and book author who writes widely for publications including the Atlantic, Politico, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and the Guardian. She is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, where her work won a number of awards. Her 2012 book, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Family (Simon and Schuster), was named one of the top non-fiction books of 2012 by the Washington Post, and a noteworthy book by the New York Times Book Review. Her 2008 book, Michelle (Simon and Schuster), a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 16 languages. Her 2007 book, Everything Conceivable (Knopf), received the 2008 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers as the best book on a science topic written for a general audience. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, Democracy Now, Bloggingheads TV, the Leonard Lopate Show, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, the Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, On Point, and numerous other television and radio shows.

Liza has an AB from Princeton University and an MA in English literature from the University of Virginia. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children. At various points she has worked full-time, part-time, all-night, at home, in the office, remotely, in person, on trains, in the car, alone, with other people, in dangerous places, under duress, and while simultaneously making dinner.

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Jun 27 Mon 6.30pm New America – Getting Government Secrets with Stephen Engelberg, Rebecca Williams, Brett Max Kaufman, Sarah Cohen, Talia Buford

Clearly government and business entities are as reluctant as ever to confess their sins or even let the public know anything about their inner workings unless forced to with a FOIA enquiry, judging from this panel of practiced nosey parkers, who report the usual long delays and key excisions in what they are able to force from the dead hands of bureaucracy and private entities, but there were useful tips such as a $200 lawsuit has a surprising acceleration effect.

Detecting secrets buried in data  - Sara Cohen leads the way at the Times

Detecting secrets buried in data – Sara Cohen leads the way at the Times

Access Granted:
How To Get Government Secrets

This upcoming Independence Day marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but has its impact lived up to its promise?
FOIA is a federal law that opens up government data and documents. Yet even as large unofficial data releases, like the Edward Snowden leaks and the Panama Papers, have become a part of the journalism landscape, getting information from government agencies can be alarmingly difficult for reporters. The Obama administration promised to be the “most transparent” in history, but journalists have increasingly faced denied requests, long delays, heavily redacted documents, and other frustrations with the FOIA process.

But despite all its obstacles, it’s undeniable FOIA remains one of the most important tools in the investigator’s toolbox. As Congress passes the first major overhaul of the FOIA law in nearly a decade, what will the next 50 years of government information look like?

Join New America and ProPublica for a conversation with journalists, attorneys, and former public servants to discuss the law’s successes and failures, how it can hold the powerful more accountable, and how to get FOIA administrators to reinstate its mission as the research and transparency tool it should be.


Stephen Engelberg @SteveEngelberg
Editor in Chief, ProPublica
Editor in Chief, ProPublica; Former NYT investigative chief, ME Oregonian,reporter covering CIA, immigration, germ weapons.Constantly seeking stories.

Rebecca Williams @internetrebecca
Senior Implementation Advisor, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
There are a lot of Rebeccas, but then there is this one, then there is this one. Senior Implementation Advisor @Gov_Ex. Co-organize @DCLegalHackers.

Brett Max Kaufman @brettmaxkaufman
Staff Attorney, Center for Democracy, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
staff attorney, aclu / adjunct, nyu technology law & policy clinic / clapper-qualified agoniste

Sarah Cohen @sarahcnyt
Editor, Computer-Assisted Reporting, The New York Times
President, Board of Directors, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)
I run a team of data journalists at the New York Times who specialize in investigative reporting and enterprise stories. The team has worked on stories including campaign finance, justice issues, health care and immigration. I’ve also worked as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers in Florida and The Washington Post. In my spare time, I teach in the Stabile investigative reporting program at Columbia University and am serving as the president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 5,000-member professional education association for journalists.

Talia Buford @taliabuford
Reporter, The Center for Public Integrity
I’m a labor reporter at The Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative journalism organization. I cover any and everything in the world of work — from worker safety and rights, to unions, the Labor Department and the million things in between. I also write about some environmental issues. Got a tip or a story that would benefit from a deep investigation? Find me at 202-481-1201 and tbuford@publicintegrity(dot)org.

Access Granted: How To Get Government Secrets
Monday, June 27, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10010

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Jun 26-28 (9.30am North Hall) 10am-5pm Sun-Tues (to 4pm) Javits’ Gargantuan Smorgasbord: Summer Fancy Food Show

The usual serendipity of unearthing through personal contact the sometimes glorious quality of new US offerings and the consistently outstanding European delectables often still battling to get into US distribution amid overwhelming global competition yielded a long list of discoveries including deeply rounded Iliada olive oil from Agro-Industria of Messinia ( from the sea of ancient olive trees stretching to the mountains of Southern Greece, the truly sublime purity of Spanish mountain honey from (Juan Gabriel) Osorno Food Exports of Sevilla, together with the numbered bottles of that longtime consultant now exporter’s very early green olive oil of such purity that it gives that looked for kick like a horse at the back of the throat, the very specific and strongly flavored flowered honey from Spain’s mountain Segurra Park via Noami Molto of Primo Mendoza in Valencia (more to come)

Where it all begins: Ivory Coast chocolate beans dampened for 180,000 ton shortfall – Chocolate lovers will visit Summer Fancy Food Show to be reassured by offerings in market now touching $30 billion, or will they? (workers drying cocoa beans in the village of Goin Debe in August 2015 from Reuters, Luc Gnago)

Vast array of new concoctions, combinations, ingredients to eat, drink and assess

With American chocolate soothing our anxieties at the rate of $30 billion a year visitors to the Summer Fancy Food Show at Javits can explore the endless varieties of this essential food now available amid the Javits display of more than 180,000 alternative ways of feeding your face and your business with tasty tidbits and quaffs of all kinds which might have to serve as alternatives if the Ivory Coast rainy season impacts the market with its 180,000 ton shortfall, but few will notice the additional challenge – this gargantuan show offers a whole universe of novel approaches to preparation of food and drink ever more tilted to organic and vegan which would literally take three weeks for any one taster to work through entirely.
Are chickpeas the latest core ingredient fad? What new and perhaps unlikely mixtures have been dreamed up this year? Which deserve to stick?

First indications are given by the SOFI Awards winners and finalists listed at the Specialty Food Association page which include the following winners: pickled brussel sprouts, Hungarian goathorn peppers, ginger hemp granola, Bijou goat cheese, honeyed chocolate, smoked honey whiskey sour, salted caramelized fig spread, sea salt and vanilla goat milk caramels, pimento sauce with preserved lemon, organic cocoa coconut butter, bourbon matured maple syrup, Belize drinking chocolate, ripe mango sorbetto, radish, parsnip and apricot ravioli, Austrian pumpkin seed oil, North African chermoula dressing, pumpkin seed salsa, hickory smoked spicy candied bacon, coconut snacks, Parmesan snacks, balsamic nectar vinegar.

The Specialty Food Association is the engine behind the Summer Fancy Food Show. The Show, established in 1954, is now the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America. The Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs, owns and produces the show. Today the Association has 3,200+ member companies worldwide. The Fancy Food Show has helped launch such brands as Popchips, Honest Tea, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonewall Kitchen, Walker’s Shortbread, Tate’s Bake Shop, ZICO Coconut Water and Vermont Creamery.
Dates: June 26 – 28, 2016
Location: Javits Center, New York
Total Square Footage: 363,000
Number of Exhibiting Companies: 2,670
Number of Attendees Expected: 25,000
Partner Country: Tunisia

Exhibitors from Across the U.S.
From New York to Hawaii to Louisiana to Maine, more than 1,370 U.S. specialty food companies will present the latest chocolate, cheese, olive oil, baked goods, jams, salsas, tea and other products. New York boasts the largest state presence with more than 267 food companies, followed by California, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts and Florida.

Tunisia a partner sponsor
Tunisia is the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show’s partner country sponsor. Some 40 food companies will present Tunisian olive oil, pasta, dates, biscuits, confections, spicy harissa,
candies, jam, tuna and organic products in a special pavilion. There will be chef demonstrations and tastings each day throughout the show.

Huge international display

The best in specialty food from 1,300 exhibitors from 55 countries will be on display. The largest international pavilions are from Italy, Spain, China, France, Canada and Turkey. International newcomers include pavilions from Latvia, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Denmark and Lithuania.
Taiwan is back after a long absence

Who’s Attending the Show

Registered attendees represent top names in specialty retailing, restaurants and foodservice including Whole Foods, Kroger, Formaggio Kitchen, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, UNFI, KeHE and Southern Season. Others signed up include Dean & DeLuca, Barnes & Noble College, Zingerman’s, Marriott, and thousands of buyers from local specialty food markets.
Special Exhibits and Events
49 Industry Newcomers
The “New Brands on the Shelf” pavilion will feature 49 up-and-coming specialty food producers who are Specialty Food Association Member Candidates. They will showcase dozens of niche and artisanal specialties including air-popped sorghum snacks, chocolate chip hummus, dairy-free coconut-based ice cream, matzo chips, and savory yogurt snacks. The tabletop displays are located on Level 1, behind 3400 Aisle.

The Summer Fancy Food Show is America’s largest specialty food and beverage Show, drawing 45,000+ industry professionals, and the premier showcase for industry innovation from 2,670 companies. The next big products. The next big companies. The next big trends. They’ll be discovered at SFFS16 in NYC, June 26-28. 2016 will feature more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers, and 2,550 exhibitors.
Sunday, June 26, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Monday, June 27, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Tuesday, June 28, 2016: Show Open 10am – 4pm*
* North Hall opens at 9:30 am each show day.

Sofi Winners 2016 Announced (May 25)
The Specialty Food Association today announced the outstanding specialty foods of the year, winners of the prestigious 2016 sofi™ Awards.

The 2016 sofi Awards winners include flavors of North Africa, Southern Italy, and virtually every region of the U.S. Pumpkin seeds, honey, and bacon make several appearances on the list of winners and finalists. The latest vegan darling, aquafaba, or chickpea water, made the list, as did chicken fat and coconut sugar.

Since 1972, the sofi Awards have helped the Specialty Food Association advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of its members. From mouthwatering sauces to delectable desserts to savory snacks, the 2016 honorees were chosen from a record 3,200 entries by a national panel of culinary experts in a blind tasting. Those that reach the level of sofi Winner and Finalist serve as ambassadors for the industry and represent the best of what specialty food has to offer.

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Jun 22 Wed-23 Thu CE Week Exhibits, Conference Program

But if you are a hack it would be better to carry a pen and notebook (the mid 20 Century kind)

What is CE Week?
Located in the media capital of the world, CE Week is the mid-year tech industry gathering where the trends that are driving adoption of today’s innovative new technologies are examined and the new products and services that will be at the top of consumers’ wish lists in the second half of the year are showcased.

For a full schedule, list of exhibitors and speakers and more information about New York’s premier consumer electronics show, visit
June 21-23 | Exhibits: June 22-23
Metropolitan Pavilion
Address: 125 W 18th St., NYC
Mail :

What’s new in 2016?
This year CE Week combines three events – Showstoppers, getgeeked, and CE Week – into one to offer companies an unprecedented opportunity to engage all their key audiences at one event.

The addition of getgeeked New York to the CE Week schedule continues our tradition of finding key partners who can broaden the audience we deliver to our sponsors. On day one of CE Week, exhibitors will have a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with over a 1000 passionate, trendsetting tech enthusiasts from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. More than ever, the opinions and recommendations this group of consumers are sharing online and offline are determining the success or failure of new technology products.

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Jun 21 Tue 8pm National Arts Club Mark Zwonitzer book, The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain and the Rise of American Imperialism

We arrived late for this author’s measured reading of his well received historical narrative of the interplay of two great turn of the century friends and players in American international policy – John Hay who was an aide close to Lincoln who became Secretary of State under McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt for eight years from 1898 to 1905 and his friend Mark Twain who was overseas for much of the same period lecturing to pay off his debts, and perhaps from his new global perspective fell out with Hay over his and President Roosevelt’s interventionism abroad, particularly in the Philippines, arguing against it with very little effect on the continuing stream of overt and covert actions in this line taken over the last two centuries, but still the disagreement formed a very contemporary link for author Mark Zwonitzer to tie his book about the two together, The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism, published recently by the distinguished Southern rooted and Workman owned Algonquin Books, whose publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt was there in person chatting to Mark’s wife and fellow author Geri Hirshey whose own biography of Helen Gurley Brown will be issued by Farrah Straus this summer, when later Mark sat signing books for buyers such as Cherry Provost, whose insurance company husband achieved the remarkable literary research project of reading an entire year of the Congressional Record, often calling to his wife “Cherry, come here and listen to this!” but who unfortunately died before he had time to write it up in his own book in the modern manner, her interest now awakened by her longtime role of 15 years the head of the Book Reading Series at the National Arts Club, and by Mark’s reading and his question session afterwards where he told stories to the almost full dining hall attendance which included many specialists in the related historical context as well as interested readers who raised various points concerning the role played by Hay in this period, including a memory of the “concentration camps” run by the US in the Philippines takesover, who were told that Hay was unusual as a politician because unlike Roosevelt whose preserved house speaks only for his focused interest in politics Hay was a poet who pursued a serious interest in the arts, and in fact ended up being ashamed of his role in stealing the land for the Panama Canal from the Panamanians by arranging for the US to pay off the gang of French investors who had commandeered it, which according to Mark after his careful immersion in the handwritten correspondence and memoranda of the period is only a standard example of a basic pattern of American imperialism which starts with good intentions to bring democracy to other lands and typically winds up falling victim to someone who takes over the game and turns it ugly, as in the case of the Philippines or the more contemporary example of Iraq after the arrival of Bremer.

The first great debate about US interventionalism and its likely failure – Mark Zwonitzer book, The Statesman and the Storyteller John Hay, Mark Twain and the Rise of American Imperialism

In our final event of the season Gary Shapiro brings us Mark Zwonitzer who will talk about his book, The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain and the Rise of American Imperialism on Tuesday, June 21st at 8PM. It is a dual biography of the last decade of a pair of friends, Mark Twain and John Hay that brings the US on the verge of a world power. The nation’s foreign policy at that time is relevant to the global politics of today.
Mark Zwonitzer is a documentary film producer, director and writer.

Documentarian Zwonitzer examines the split in an otherwise warm acquaintance between John Hay—an aide to Abraham Lincoln before becoming his secretary of state—and Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), in this puzzlingly conceived account. The relationship between the two cooled around 1900 over America’s imperialist war in the Philippines, which Hay, as senior American statesman, helped direct for presidents McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Clemens concluded that the U.S. had gone too far in trying to defeat the Philippine rebels and went public with his criticism. Unfortunately, that’s weak scaffolding for a book, and as winningly as Zwonitzer unfolds the tale, it’s really a parallel biography of two men whose lives scarcely interacted in significant ways. Given Zwonitzer’s interest in the Spanish-American War, his focus should have been on Hay, who has recently been the subject of John Taliaferro’s fine biography All the Great Prizes. Clemens, while brilliantly described, seems an afterthought and incidental to the main action. What Zwonitzer accomplishes is adding novelistic color to his rendering of both men in their years of friendship. Zwonitzer makes all of his subjects here spring alive, and the book is a delightful read, even if the central conceit doesn’t fully work. Agent: Philippa Brophy, Sterling Lord Literistic.
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books (April 26, 2016)
Language: English

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Jun 20 Mon 6.30pm Gen David H. Petraeus at New America

A typical New America opportunity to hear what the distinguished General might have had to say if asked good questions, but his appearance here resulted in fairly standard answers on various topics raised by the interlocutor, with few surprises, except perhaps for his emphasis on the terrorism conflict as essentially a battle within the Islamic world whose nations it threatens more than us – “it is much much more a fight for the future of Islamic countries, it is an existential threat to them”, and his wise admonition that if a great change is contemplated (as with Brexit, the possible exit of Britain from the EU), it is urgent to assess whether “the enormous disruption you will have to go through is worthwhile” (with Brexit, he judged it wasn’t), but otherwise essentially summed up in the five “lessons” he has learned from his battle and intelligence experience, including such fundamental but perhaps obvious rules as “any ungoverned state will be taken over by ISIS”, “the ramifications of such takeover will not be contained, as Syria shows”, “as by far the most dominant military and intelligence leader we have to take the lead but in unison with allies as far as possible”, our joint counter “has to be a comprehensive effort not simply an anti terrorist campaign”. and defeating radicalism “will be a multigenerational task, you can’t put a stake through ideas”, but nothing which might have plumbed the changes in his way of thinking over time, such as the question we contemplated but in vain, “have you become less interventionist over the last ten years, do you think?”, but the session did offer a rare chance to see him in close up, including his strikingly dapper appearance complete with highly polished black shoes, his air of emotional sensitivity beyond the normal military measure, and his noticeably individual intelligence, with its respect for the complexities of issues such as gun laws, although sadly not sufficiently challenged by the friendly British questioner.

A Conversation With

David H Petraeus, whose direction of intervention in faraway regions is a lot more thoughtful and informed than the politicians who direct him and challenge his discretion in private matters

Gen. David H. Petraeus

The War on Terror. ISIS and al-Qaeda. Cyber-warfare and the conflicts of the future.

The United States’ national security portfolio is as complex as ever. What will the next president’s national security challenges be? Join New America’s Peter Bergen as he talks with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus about the key national security issues facing American policymakers.
General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus
Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Former Director, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Former Commander, Multi-National Force – Iraq
Former Commander, U.S. Forces and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
Peter Bergen @peterbergencnn
Vice President and Director, International Security Program, New America
National Security Analyst, CNN
Author, United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown TerroristsA Conversation with Gen. David H. Petraeus
Monday, June 20, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10010

>Follow the conversation online using #NatSecNA and by following @NewAmericaNYC.

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Jun 17 Fri 6.30p-8pm CI Presents Luca Ciarla, Violinist, Mutli Instrumentalist

In this well attended last of four concerts of solo instrumentalists from Italy at ICI, Luca Ciarla from Sicily and his violin, in the twentieth concert of his tour of 22 in the US, performed as a one man band by initiating a rhythmic phrase as a base, looping it continuously with a press of a pedal on the electronic assembly at his feet, and then building a solo on top of that loop as if he was a one man duet, or even with multiple loops a trio or quartet, which initially was unexpectedly pleasing since his jazz riffs were melodious and spontaneous and quite original, and held together by the strong rhythmic pulse, but in the end one began to feel a certain sterility might be the difference between this self preoccupied one man band and the real interplay with live band members in the quartet on the CD he recently recorded, but not having heard it, one could not be sure.

Luca Ciarla, Master Musician

LUCA CIARLA violin, vocals live loops & electronics

Italian musician Luca Ciarla redraws the borders of jazz violin with a loop pedal, his voice and electronics. One by one, he performs live all the roles, playing his instrument like a guitar, a bass, or a percussion, unfolding new improvisations and virtuoso passages. In this imaginative landscape Luca sings, whistles, plays other little instruments; music is continuously evolving into an astonishing solo jazz band!
Jazz Violin 2.0 features unusual arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions. “…his post-Coltrane approach to My Favorite Things was a clever way to twit a jazz classic…” Stephen Smoliar, The San Francisco Examiner (Usa)

Jazz violin masterclass with Luca Ciarla
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30th May 2012 10:30am-12:30pm at NZSM Concert Hall

Luca Ciarla is an Italian violinist whose unique style has led him to successfully perform in countless festivals and concert series of jazz, classical and world music in more than thirty countries on every continent.

“One of the most creative and surprising violinists nowadays, Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds.”

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