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Ford Speedway In Lights New Battle At Bristol Fan Zone

Bristol Motor   Speedway   and   Dragway  transforms  into  a  four-­‐ plus   mile   winter   wonderland   November  15  as  Ford  Speedway   in   Lights   powered   by   TVA   kicks   off   17th   season   featuring   a   new   Battle   at   Bristol   Fan   Zone   and   Light   Display.   Filled   with   more   than   200   dazzling   exhibits,   the   largest  holiday  light  show  in  the   South   and   one   of   the   biggest   in   the  country  has  become  a  must-­‐ see   tradition   that   continues   to   grow   in   popularity,   setting   a   weekend   attendance   record   of   20,000  visitors  last  year. During   its   seven-­‐weeks   run,   the  holiday  display,  along  with  its   companion  events  –  the  Johnson   Controls  Ice  Rink  and  HVAC  Chill   Hill   –   offer   guests   an   evening   of   enchantment   and   allows   them   –‘‰‹˜‡„ƒ…ƒ•’”‘…‡‡†•„‡‡ϐ‹– the  Bristol  Chapter  of  Speedway   Children’s  Charities. The   2013-­‐2014   route   of   twinkling   lights   features   returning   favorites   such   as   the   Ripley’s   Aquarium   of   the   Smokies   display   located  

under the   Speedway’s   front   stretch   grandstands   and   the   SUBWAY®   Symphony   of   Lights,   a   synchronized   light   exhibit   covering   the   Darrell   Waltrip   grandstand   and   featuring   more   than   300,000   LED   lights  blinking  in  time   with   the   music.   The   SUBWAY®   Symphony   of  Lights  also  features   a  large  Christmas  tree,   along   with   dazzling   •‘™ϐŽƒ‡• –Šƒ– dance   in   harmony   on   a   large,   ever-­‐ changing   background.   Light   covered   arches,   ”‡ϐŽ‡…–‹‰ „”‹ŽŽ‹ƒ– colors   on   more   than   three   acres   of   aluminum   grandstand   seating,   set   the   stage   ˆ‘” ƒ ƒ‰‹ϐ‹…‡– scene. Along   with   these   returning   favorites,   this   year’s   tour   gives   fans   of   the   gridiron   a   Battle   at   Bristol  

preview. It   features   a   lighted,   football-­‐themed   display   set   atop   the   Goodyear   building   in   Turns  1  and  2  of  the  BMS  and  a   •ƒŽŽǦ•…ƒŽ‡ ”‡’Ž‹…ƒ ‘ˆ –Š‡ ϐ‹‡Ž†ǡ complete  with  Virginia  Tech  and  

Tennessee end  zones,  positioned   on  the  front  stretch  pit  road. Those   stopping   at   Speedway   In   Lights   Christmas   Village   not   only   have   the   opportunity   to   visit   Santa   Claus,   take   a   spin   on  

various carnival  rides,  and  toast   ƒ”•ŠƒŽŽ‘™• ‘˜‡” ƒ ϐ‹”‡ǡ „—– may   also   take   in   the   Battle   at   Bristol   Fan   Zone   and,   on   some   nights,  be  able  to  test  their  skills   at   various   interactive   football   activities.   Guests   must   enter   the   sparkling   holiday   display   route   at  the  Bristol  Dragway  entrance,   just  off  Hwy.  394.  Ford  Speedway   In   Lights   remains   open   through   Jan.  4.  Tickets  for  the  show,  open   nightly   6-­‐10   p.m.,   are   available   at   Bristol   Dragway   Tower   ticket   booths.   Prices   for   cars   are   $12   Sunday   through   Thursday,   and   $15  Friday  and  Saturday.  Activity   van   tickets   are   $20   each   night   and   tickets   for   buses   are   $85   each   night.       Both   the   Johnson   Controls  Ice  Rink  ($7  admission/ skate  rental)  and  HVAC  Chill  Hill   ($7)  open  Thursday,  Nov.  14.     For   more   information   concerning   Ford   Speedway   In   Lights,   the   Johnson   Controls   Ice   Rink   or   HVAC   Chill   Hill,   please   call  (855)  580-­‐5525.


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Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities Awards $742,000 to 87 Regional Agencies

Awarding a   total   of   $742,000   –‘ „‡‡ϐ‹– ”‡‰‹‘ƒŽ …Š‹Ž†”‡ǯ• organizations,   the   Bristol   Chapter   of   Speedway   Children’s   Charities   distributed   record-­‐ setting   funds   to   87   agencies   during  its  annual  Night  of  Smiles   event  at  Bristol  Motor  Speedway. Claudia   Byrd,   executive   director  of  the  Bristol  Chapter  of   Speedway   Children’s   Charities,   credits   the   community’s  support   of   SCC   and   its   events   as   the   primary  reason  the  organization   continues   to   accomplish   such   remarkable  feats. “I   can’t   say   enough   about   the   truly  amazing  support  we  receive   from   the   people   of   this   region,”   said   Byrd.   “The   ability   to   raise   and   distribute   $742,000   among   these   agencies   is   a   testament   to   their   compassionate   and  generous  nature.” Speedway   Children’s   Charities   also   awarded   the   Jeff   Byrd   Grant,   a   $50,000   endowment   established  in  honor  of   the  former  BMS  general   manager   who   passed   away   in   2010,   to   the   Bristol  Family  YMCA. Committed   to   youth   development,   healthy   living   and   social   responsibilities,   the   YMCA’s   mission   is   to   strengthen   communities   by   empowering   people   to   learn,   thrive   and   grow.  

The Bristol   Family   YMCA   plans   to   use   funds   from   the   grant   to   replace   the   current   kid’s   gym   with   the   Jeff   Byrd   Play   Park,   an   updated   facility   that   provides   children   with   a   safe   place   to   engage  in  active  play. “Our  family  is  honored  that  the   YMCA   has   chosen   to   remember   Jeff   in   this   way,”   said   Byrd.   “Jeff   would   have   never   wanted   the   focus   to   be   on   him,   but   I   know   he   would   be   thrilled   to   support   any   endeavor   that   positively   impacted   the   lives   of   thousands   of   kids   by   encouraging   them   to   be  healthy  and  active.” Other   agencies   receiving   grants   include   Assistance   and   Resource   Ministries,   Bread   of   Life   Children’s   Ministry,   Carter   County   Foster   Care   Association,  

Feeding America:   Southwest   Virginia,   Good   Samaritan   Ministries,   Imagination   Library   of   Washington   County   and   Bristol,   Va.,   Literacy   Council   of   Kingsport,   Mountain   Kids   Inc.,   Teen   Center   Coalition,   Wonder   Kids   Therapeutic   Equestrian   Center   and   Young  Life  of  Bristol. Speedway   Children’s   Charities   produces   a   number   of   fundraisers   throughout   the   year   including   Ford   Speedway   In   Lights   powered   by   TVA,   which   opens   for  its  17th  season  Friday,  Nov.  15.   Other   events   held   throughout   –Š‡ ›‡ƒ” „‡‡ϐ‹––‹‰  •—…Š as   golf   tournaments   held   prior   to   the   NHRA   event   in   June   and   during   the   August   NASCAR   race   week,   the   SUBWAY®   Speedway   In   Lights   5K   Run/Walk,   the   Ultimate   Bristol   Experience   Online   Auction,   Cars   at   the   Colosseum  and  the  Sharky  500. For   more   information   about   Speedway   Children’s   Charities,   please   visit   www. bristolmotorspeedway.com   or   call(855)  580-­‐5525.


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Storytelling Entertainment! Tellabration 2013 American Legion Hall #202, Gatlinburg November 23rd, 2-4pm Family Fun!   Bring   your   whole   family,   your   church   group,   your   neighborhood,   Aunts,   Uncles,   and   Cousins,   to   enjoy   Professional   Performance   Artists   on   Nov.   23,   Saturday,   from   2-­‐4   at   American   Legion   Hall   #202,   1222   East   Parkway,   Gatlinburg,   TN   37738.   Highway   321,   across   from   Food   City,   between  Gatlinburg  Police  Dept.   ƒ† ‘•– ˆϐ‹…‡Ǥ ‡ˆ”‡•Š‡–• served.   FREE   Parking.   Donation   is   $10,   $8   for   students,   seniors,   and   groups.   Fund   raiser   for   SMSA   programs.   Call   865-­‐429-­‐ 1783,   cuznjan@juno.com,   www. facebook.com/smokymountain   storytellersassoc   Sponsored   by   City   of   Gatlinburg,  www.gatlinburg.com   The   performing   artists   are   Rick   Elliott,   Emcee,   Finn   Bille,   Jeanette   &   Charlie   Stevens,   Larry   &   Gayleen   Kelley,   Lew   Bolton,   and   Shirley   Nicholson.  

All are   members   of   Smoky   Mt.   Storytellers,   Knoxville,   Arts   &   Culture   Alliance,   Knoxville,   Volunteer  State  Tellers,  Nashville,   National   Storytelling   Network,   Jonesborough.   Members   have   entertained  all  over  America,  and   some   in   Europe   and   Asia,   and   even  on  the  high  seas. Storytelling   is   an   art,   as   practiced   by   the   Smoky   Mountain   Storytellers.   If   you   have   imagination,   they’ll   take   you   to   times   and   places   in   your   head  and  heart  you’ll  love  to  go.   There  is  a  feeling  in  the  audience   that  brings  shared  stories  to  life,   recalls   experiences   and   events   that  join  those  listening  together.   Our   stories   bring   us   together,   create   our   history   and   our   culture,  and  make  us  who  we  are.   Smoky   Mountain   Storytellers   ••‘…‹ƒ–‹‘ ‹• ƒ ‘Ǧ’”‘ϐ‹– organization   dedicated   to   the   presentation   and   preservation  

of the   art   of   storytelling,   chartered   in   Tennessee   since   1994.   We   meet   monthly   on   3rd   Sundays   at   2:00   pm,   usually   in   the   Asbury   Place   in   Maryville,   TN.  SMSA  creates  opportunities   through   meetings,   story   swaps   and   community   events   for   storytellers   to   meet   and   share   stories,   techniques   and   experiences.  Come  join  us!   RICK   ELLIOTT   ,Emcee,   lives   in   Gatlinburg.   With   his   huge   amount   of   energy,   and   his   big   voice,  he  has  the  wit  and  wisdom   to   keep   you   laughing.   For   30   years   as   an   English   teacher,   he  

also coached   basketball,   and   never  needed  a  microphone.  Now   a   professional   photographer,   he   gets   the   exciting   shots   of   games   that  run  in  the  sports  section.  He   entertained  at  Gatlinburg’s  Ghost   ƒŽ• ˆ‘” ϐ‹˜‡ ›‡ƒ”•Ǥ ‘–ƒ…–ǣ 865-­‐430-­‐3545   or   rickelliott@ me.com   FINN   BILLE,   Chattanooga,   has   been   telling   stories   since   the   1980’s   when   he   used   stories   to   teach   English   in   Denmark.   An   active   member   of   the   Cleveland   Storytelling   Guild   and   The   Southern   Order   of   Storytellers,   Finn   also   performs   with   the   Smoky   Mountain   Storytellers   and   Alabama   Storytelling   Association.   He   performed   his   long   personal   story   dramatizing   his   immigration   from   Finn  Bille

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Denmark as   an   eleven   year   old   at   the   2013   conference   of   the   National   Storytelling   Network.   His   CD   Marzipan:   Stories   with   Music   includes   two   stories   from   Denmark   plus   Recycled   Poetry,   which   Finn   performed   at   the   2013   conference   of   Tennessee   Mountain  Writers.  Contact:  Finn   ‹ŽŽ‡ǡϐ‹„‹ŽŽ‡̷…‘…ƒ•–Ǥ JEANETTE   STEVENS,   from   Powell,  is  an  author,  with  several   plays   and   stories   published.   She   is   a   member   of   Silver   Stage   Players  and  Wild  Thyme  Players,   who   give   several   performances   yearly.   They’ve   traveled   all   over   the   world,   lived   in   several   countries.   Jeanette   writes   much   of   her   own   material,   from   awe-­‐ ϐ‹ŽŽ‡† –‘ •’‘‘› –ƒŽ‡•Ǥ ‘–ƒ…–ǣ 865-­‐680-­‐3665   or   cste3757@ gmail.com  

Jeanette Stevens  and Charlie  Stevens

CHARLIE STEVENS  is  career   military,   retired.   He   is   now   an   actor,   producer   and   organizer   for   Silver   Stage   Players.   His   sword  play,  physical  comedy  and   death  scenes  are  memorable.  He   also   teaches   ballroom   dancing   with   Jeanette   Stevens.   Contact:   865-­‐680-­‐3665   or   cste3757@ gmail.com   LARRY   AND   GAYLEEN   KELLEY   are   from   Chuckey,   Tennessee.   They   strive   to   craft   their   stories   so   that   the   audience   will   enjoy   every   moment  of  every  story.  They  use   their  God-­‐given  talents  to  share   stories   that   uplift,   enlighten,   encourage   and   entertain.   Good   clean   laughter   suitable   for   the   entire   family   is   guaranteed!   On   any  given  day  they  can  be  found   sharing   stories   in   churches,  

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nursing homes,  schools,  libraries,   civic   clubs   and   at   storytelling   festivals.   National   recognition   for   their   storytelling   talents   has   resulted   in   many   opportunities   to   share   their   family   humor   stories  at  schools  and  festivals.   Larry   has   a   Master’s   Degree   in  Storytelling  from  ETSU  where   he   has   served   as   a   part-­‐time   adjunct   storytelling   instructor   for   ten   years.   Gayleen   presents   stories   and   songs   that   seem   to   ϐŽ‘™ˆ”‘ƒŠ‡ƒ”–ϐ‹ŽŽ‡†™‹–ŠŽ‘˜‡ for   the   moment.   The   favorite   performance   for   these   two   lovebirds   is   when   they   tell   in   tandem.   Folks   keep   asking   for   more   and   more   of   their   tandem   performances.   Their   specialty   is   in   sharing   “Humor   and   Inspiration”   to   folks   of   all   ages.   Contact   information   is   available   on   their   website   at:   www. storytellerlarrykelley.com   LEW   BOLTON,   lives   in   the   Smoky   Mountains   and   presents   Jack   Tales.   From   South   Carolina,   Š‡ ϐ‹”•– ˆ‡Ž– ƒ– Š‘‡ Š‡”‡ ‹ –Š‡ Smokies   when   he   performed   at   UTs   Hunter   Hills   Theater,   1966-­‐68.  He  made  it  his  home  in   1976.   This   is   where   Lew   found   the   Appalachian   Jack   Tales   in   1977   and   claimed   Jack   as   a   lifetime   friend.   This   is   where   he   began   telling   and   acting  

out Jack   Tales   at   Crazy   Horse   Campground  outside  Gatlinburg,   ͳͻͺ͹Ǥ Š‹• ‹• ™Š‡”‡ Š‡ ϐ‹†• himself   today”   still   sharing   Jack   through   stories   (written,   told,   DVDs)   with   adults   and   children   nationwide   and   beyond;   still   exploring,   expanding,   enjoying   Smoky   Mountain   Jack   Tales   Storytelling   Theater.   Smokymountainjacktales.com.   Face  book:  Jack  Tales  Storytelling   Theater.   Shirley  Nicholson

SHIRLEY NICHOLSON   is   a   charter   member   of   SMSA,   since   1994.  Her  version  of  “Cinderella”   ™ƒ•–Š‡ϐ‹”•––‘„‡’‡”ˆ‘”‡†ƒ• a  rap.  Shirley’s  vast  repertoire  of   stories   includes   fairy   tales,   folk   tales   and   personal   experiences.   Shirley   dedicated   many   years   as   a   librarian,   and   Lew  Bolton has   donated   her   talents   to   teaching   through   telling   at   mental   health   facilities.   She  is  a  long  time  Knoxville   resident.   Contact:   865-­‐ 588-­‐6976   or   edshirlnich@ bellsouth.net.   Other   SMSA   member   volunteers:   Janice   Brooks-­‐ Headrick,   Producer,   Jennifer   Alldredge,   Peggy   Grover,  Carol  Bell.  


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David Mayfield Parade Lincoln Theatre, Marion VA November 23rd, 8pm

ˆ Â›Â‘Â—ÇŻÂ˜Â‡ •‡‡Â? ƒ˜‹† ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† perform  with   The   Avett   Brothers,   Mumford   &   Sons,   Jessica   Lea   ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž†ǥ ‘” ƒ– ‘Â?Â?ÂƒÂ”Â‘Â‘ÇĄ Â›Â‘Â—ÇŻÂ˜Â‡ caught   the   charisma,   the   heart,   and   the  comedy,  and  it’s  likely  you’ll  come   back   for   more.   The   ƒ˜‹† ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† Parade’s   April   2   release   “Good   Man   Downâ€?   begs   for   that   same   repeated   enjoyment.     With   eclectic,   cinematic   songs   that   stir   up   images   of   the   old   West   and   urban   cityscapes,   the   12-­â€?track   album   feels   like   a   game   changer   for   a  singer-­â€?songwriter,  band  leader,  and   Grammy   nominated   producer   who   stepped  out  of  the  sideman  shadows   with   his   2011   solo   debut   “The   Parade.â€?  He  likens  “Good  Man  Downâ€?   to   “Indiana   Jones   and   the   Temple   of   Doom.â€?  Like  “Raiders  of  the  Lost  Ark,â€?   Š‹• Ď?‹”•– ƒŽ„—Â? ™ƒ• Ž‹‰Š–Š‡ƒ”–‡† ƒÂ?† fun  with  nods  to  the  past.  His  second   is  darker,  creepier,  more  bizarre  and   outrageous. He   made   “The   Paradeâ€?   without   knowing  if  anyone  would  hear  it,  but   the  stakes  for  a  follow-­â€?up  were  raised   when   his   Kickstarter   campaign   more  than  doubled  his  initial  goal  of   $18,000. With   a   successful   crowd   funding   campaign   raising   expectations,   ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† ˆ‡Ž– ‹– ™ƒ• –‹Â?‡ –‘ –ƒÂ?‡ chances   musically   and   delve   into   more  adventurous  production  while   tapping   into   his   bluegrass   roots.   While   anchored   in   descriptive   songwriting   with   beautiful   instrumentation   including   strings   and  horns,  “Good  Man  Downâ€?  throws   its   listeners   numerous   musical   curveballs.  As  producer  he  didn’t  rein   in   his   weirder   musical   tendencies.   Just  like  his  lively  sometimes  comical   live   shows,   “Good   Man   Downâ€?   illustrates  a  lot  of  character  without   seeming  contrived. “Good   Man   Downâ€?   features   Â?‘–ƒ„Ž‡‰—‡•–•‡–ŠÂ˜Â‡Â––ǥƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž†ǯ• bluegrass   hero   Doyle   Lawson   &   Quicksilver,   and   country   star   Dierks   ‡Â?–Ž‡›™Š‘†—‡–•™‹–Šƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž†‘Â? Marty   Stuart’s   “Tempted.â€?   Bentley   ”‡Â?‡Â?„‡”‡† ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† ˆ”‘Â? •‡‡‹Â?‰ his  family’s  bluegrass  band  play  long   before  the  former  was  a  country  star.   ÂŠÂƒÂ–ÇŻÂ• –Š‡ –Š‹Â?‰Ǥ ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† ‹•Â?ǯ– ‡ƒ•› to  forget. ƒ˜‹† ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† ‰”‡™ —’ ’Žƒ›‹Â?‰ bass   and   touring   with   his   family’s   bluegrass   band.   As   a   teenager   he   established   himself   as   a   hot   picker   collecting   national   awards   for   his   dexterity   on   guitar   and   mandolin.   His  knack  for  colorful  performances   was   evident   as   a   backing   player   in   Š‹••‹•–‡” ‡••‹…ƒ‡ƒƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž†ǯ•„ƒÂ?†

including  their   appearance   on   “The   Late   Show   with   David   Letterman.â€?   He   oozed   personality   on   stage   -­â€?   a   trait   that   makes   him   a   natural   front   Â?ƒÂ?Ǥ ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† „”‘—‰Š– Š‹• •Â?‹ŽŽ• and   personality   when   he   joined   –Š‡ „Ž—‡‰”ƒ•• ‘—–Ď?‹– ƒ†‹ŽŽƒ… Â?›ǥ playing   sold   out   shows   with   British   folk   revivalists   Mumford   and   Sons.   ”‘—Â?† –Š‡Â? ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† „‡‰ƒÂ? ™”‹–‹Â?‰ songs  after  hearing  artists  like  Randy   Newman   and   Simon   &   Garfunkel.   Encouraged   by   his   sister   Jessica,   Mumford  &  Sons,  and  other  friends  in   music  to  record  his  original  material,   ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† ”‡Ž‡ƒ•‡† DzŠ‡ ÂƒÂ”ÂƒÂ†Â‡Çł –‘ much  acclaim.    Since  that  time,  David   ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž†Šƒ•–‘—”‡†ƒŽÂ?‘•–Â?‘Â?nj•–‘’ including   many   appearances   with   Americana   sweethearts   The   Avett   Brothers,  both  as  an  opening  act  and   sitting  in  with  the  Brothers.

“Was  It   Only   Meâ€?   was   one   of   those   early   songs   he   shared   with   friends   backstage.   On   “Good   Man   Downâ€?   it’s   evolved   into   a   grand,   epic   track.   It’s   a   quiet,   emotional   and   poetic   song   that   crests   into   a   wild   psychedelic   conclusion.   While   the   showman   in   ƒ›Ď?‹‡Ž† ‹• …‘Â?•…‹‘—• ‘ˆ ™”‹–‹Â?‰ Ž‹˜‡ crowd   pleasers,   “Was   It   Only   Meâ€?   is   one  he  wrote  for  himself.  Yet  it’s  one   that   will   undoubtedly   connect   with   his  audience.     Conscious   of   not   just   being   a   musician,   but   an   entertainer   -­â€?   something   his   father   instilled   in   him  in  the  family  band  -­â€?  he  certainly   makes   an   impression   live.   But   it’s   the   strength   of   his   songwriting   and   musicianship,   combined   with   that   charm   and   personality   that   keep   audiences   coming   back   again   and   again.


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“Tradin’ Paint” Bud Frank Theatre November 21-24

Š‡ …Š‡…‡”‡† ϐŽƒ‰ ™‹ŽŽ wave as   East   Tennessee   State   University’s   Division   of   Theatre   and   Dance   presents   the   play   “Tradin’  Paint”  Nov.  21-­‐24  in  the   Bud  Frank  Theatre.   Performances   will   be   at   7:30   p.m.   Thursday–Saturday,   Nov.   21-­‐23,   and   at   2   p.m.   on   Sunday,   Nov.  24.  “Tradin’  Paint”  tells  the  story   of  Darla  Frye,  an  insecure  young   ™‘ƒ ™Š‘•‡ “—‡•– –‘ ϐ‹† Š‡” destiny  takes  her  into  the  world   of   stock   car   racing,   a   journey   that   includes   an   unexpected   friendship   with   a   gay   college   professor,   a   head-­‐on   collision   with  a  car  battery  and  a  heavenly   visit  with  the  late  Dale  Earnhardt.

It is   written   by   Barter   Theatre’s   Playwright-­‐in-­‐ Residence   Catherine   Bush,   who   has   written   numerous   shows   that   have   appeared   on   the   Barter   stage,   including   “The   Other   Side   of   the   Mountain,”   “The   Quiltmaker,”   “Wooden   ‘™ϐŽƒ‡•ǡdz DzŠ‡”‡ ”‘—„Ž‡ Sleeps,”  “Comin’  Up  a  Storm”  and   “I’ll  Never  Be  Hungry  Again.” “Tradin’  Paint”  made  its  world   premiere   at   Barter   Theatre   in   2007   and   will   be   directed   by   ETSU   student   Brock   Cooley   under   the   supervision   of   Bobby   Funk,   professor   of   theater   and   dance.   Cooley   recently   was   selected   for   the   SDC   Student   Director   Fellowship   Program  

and to  participate  in  the  Kennedy   Center  American  College  Theatre   Festival  in  Washington,  D.C.     A   native   of   Nashville,   Cooley   will   direct   the   play   as   part   of   his   thesis   project   for   the   ETSU   Honors  College. The   “Tradin’   Paint”   cast   includes   Kathryn   Patterson,   Jay  

Bales, Nick   Balcells,   Hannah   Hasch,   Ben   Riggs,   Josh   Holley,   Justin  Aubin,  Michael  Lee,  Regan   James,   Aryn   King   and   Danielle   Tucker.    Kaylee  Buchanon  is  stage   manager,  with  Alison  Henderson   as   assistant   stage   manager,   guest   artist   Krista   Guffey   as   costume  designer,  Melissa  Shafer  

as lighting   designer/technical   director,   Dr.   Delbert   Hall   as   scenic  designer  and  Scott  Koenig   as  sound  designer. For   tickets   or   to   request   accommodations   for   persons   with  disabilities,  visit  www.etsu. edu/theatre   or   call   (423)   439-­‐ 6511.


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Yuletide 2013

Christmas Musical Revue and Fa-la-lollies LampLight Theatre What is  there  to  do  after   a   wonderful   Thanksgiving   meal   with   your   family?     Come   out   to   LampLight   Theatre   for   a   whimsical   night  of  music  and  fun  with   Yuletide   2013.     This   NEW   production   is   an   original   Christmas   musical   revue   that   is   sure   to   jump-­‐start   your   holiday   season   and   will   delight   the   hearts   of   audiences   with   seasonal   surprises   and   fa-­‐la-­‐lollies!     Children   of   all   ages   will   enjoy   the   antics   of   the   comedy   players   as   well   as   singing   along   with   some  

familiar Christmas  classics.     The  variety  show  highlights   music,   dance   and   comedy   from   a   talented   cast   of   performers.     Yuletide  2013   ‹• †‡ϐ‹‹–‡Ž› ƒ –‹‡ ˆ‘” merrymaking,   a   holiday   production   that   offers   something  for  everyone! Performances  of  Yuletide   2013   will   be   held   for   two   consecutive   weekends:   Nov.   22   at   7:00   p.m;     Nov.   23   at   7:00   p.m;   Nov.   24   at   3:00   p.m.;   Nov.   29   at   7:00   p.m.;   Nov.   30   at   2:00   p.m.   and   7:00   p.m.;   and   Dec.   1   at   3:00   p.m.     Doors   will   open   one   hour   prior   to  performances. Seating   is   limited,   so   reservations   are   recommended.    Walk-­‐ ins   will   be   seated  

as spaces   are   available.     Reservations  may  be  made   by   calling   the   LampLight   „‘š ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ ƒ–  ȋͶʹ͵Ȍ ͵Ͷ͵Ǧ 1766,   Monday   through   Friday   from   10   a.m.   to   5   p.m.   or   you   may   reserve   your   seats   online   at   www. lamplighttheatre.com. A   suggested   donation   for   each   performance   is   $10.00  for  adults,  $5.00  for   students,  FREE  for  children   5  years  of  age  and  under.    A   love   offering   will   be   taken   at  each  production. For   more   information   call   (423)   343-­‐1766.     For   a   complete   theatre   schedule   for   2013   and   2014,   visit   www.lamplighttheatre. com.     LampLight   Theatre   is   located   at   140   Broad   Street,  Kingsport,  TN.


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“The Sounds of Christmas”

Appalachian Express Chorus November 30th, December 7th, 13th It’s Christmas   time   again   and   the   Appalachian   Express   Chorus  is  ready  to  entertain  you   with  one  of  their  best  Christmas   shows  ever  entitled  “The  Sounds  

of Christmas”.   Since   1968,   the   Appalachian  Express  Chorus  has   been  entertaining  audiences  with   the  sounds  of  beautiful  four  part   harmony.  The  men  who  comprise  

the Appalachian   Express   come   from   all   areas   of   the   greater   Tri-­‐Cities,  and  their  talents  have   allowed   the   Chorus   to   become   one   of   the   most   respected  

singing organizations   in   the   region.   The   Appalachian   Express   is   part   of   the   NE   Tennessee   Chapter   of   the   Barbershop   Harmony   Society,   and   has   been  

directed by   Tony   Bowman   since   1982.   The   Chorus   entertains   through   annual   shows,   such   as   FUNFEST  (a  week  of  celebration   in   Kingsport),   and   performs   for   other  civic  groups  and  churches.   They   have   also   performed   at   the   Lincoln   Theater   in   Marion,   Virginia,   the   Paramount   Center   for  the  Arts  in  Bristol,  Tennessee,   and   the   prestigious   Niswonger   Performing   Arts   Center   in   Greeneville,   Tennessee.   This   years   Christmas   show   schedule   is  as  follows: Nov   30th,           Paramount   Center   for  the  Arts.          Bristol            7pm Dec  7th          Dobyns  Bennett  HS     Kingsport          2pm Dec   13th           Senior   Memorial   Center          Johnson  City          7pm So  come  on  out  with  the  family   and   start   the   holiday   season   with   Christmas   carols   like   you   have   never   heard   and   will   long   remember.. For   information   about   performances   or   tickets,   call   the   Appalachian   Express     Hotline   at   423-­‐384-­‐9992   or   visit   our   website   at   www. appalachianexpresschorus.org


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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Annual Christmas Show at the Paramount, December 7th

Doyle Lawson   &   Quicksilver   Annual   Christmas   Show   at   Paramount  Saturday  Dec.  7 By  Mark  D.  Marquette Award-­‐winning   bluegrass   and   gospel   musician   Doyle   Lawson  is  true  to  his  music  roots   and   hasn’t   allowed   fame   to   get   in  the  way  of  his  distinctive  style   as  master  over  his  mandolin.   It’s   the   time   of   Doyle   Lawson’s   life   when   the   gospel   and  bluegrass  great  is  collecting   well   deserved   awards   for   his   many   decades   of   special   entertainment   style   with   his   voice  and  mandolin. But   that’ll   never   give   Lawson   the   “big   head”   as   he   has   remained   true   to   his   roots   and   looks   forward   to   another  

holiday show  at  The  Paramount   Theater  in  Bristol  Dec.  4. “I’ve   always   enjoyed   the   ”‹•–‘Ž •Š‘™ –Šƒ– ϐ‹”•– ƒ–—”†ƒ› in   December,”   said   Lawson,   the   front   man   for   his   band   Quicksilver.     “And   my   aim   is   to   get   people   in   a   happy   mood   to   kick  off  the  holidays.” And   that   is   something   Doyle   Lawson   and   Quicksilver   have   been   doing   for   nearly   35   years,   as   the   legendary   performer   makes   it   a   Bristol   homecoming   of   sorts   with   fans,   friends   and   family   in   the   region   where   it   all   started. The   show   at   Bristol’s   Paramount   Theater   is   Saturday,   Dec.   7   at   7:30   pm,   with   tickets   available  for  $20.  

Recently named  the  Bluegrass   Gospel   Group   of   the   Year,   the   award   comes   on   the   heels   of   Lawson’s   personal   induction   in   2012   into   the   Bluegrass   Hall   of   Fame  in  Nashville.    In  fact,  there   are  so  many  bluegrass  and  gospel   awards   bestowed   on   Doyle   Lawson  and  his  Quicksilver  band   –Šƒ––Š‡›…‘—Ž†ϐ‹ŽŽ’ƒ‰‡•ǤŠƒ– does  that  mean  to  Lawson? “It   feels   good   that   people   appreciate  you,  and  just  to  know   that   the   fans   and   peers   like   what   you’re   doing   is   wonderful,”   Lawson  said.    “But  I  try  to  leave  it   there  and  keep  my  feet  grounded.  

–‰‹˜‡•‡–Š‡ϐ‹”‡ƒ††‡•‹”‡–‘ do better.” But   Lawson   remembers   one   ‘ˆ –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– ƒ…‘™Ž‡†‰‡‡–• of   his   talent   30   years   ago—a   listing  as  one  of  the  top  5  rhythm   guitarists   in   bluegrass.   Since   that,   the   accolades   have   piled   up,   but   one   really   stands   out   to   Lawson.   “The   National   Heritage   Fellowship   (Washington,   DC   in   2007)  was  something  really  out   of  water,”  said  Lawson.  “Because   it   recognized   the   traditional   arts,   that   made   it   pretty   overwhelming.”     Doyle   Lawson   &   Quicksilver   are   seven-­‐time   International   Bluegrass   Music   Association   Vocal  Group  of  the  Year  winners,   and   have   multiple   nominations   for   Grammy,   Dove,   International   Country   Music   and   many   other   awards.   Lawson   is   reigning   Mandolin   Player   of   the   Year   (for  t he  6 th  t ime),  a nd  h e  a nd   Quicksilver   were   the   2012   International   Christian   Music   Vocal   Group   of   the   Year.  H e  a nd  Q uicksilver  h ave   been   named   vocal   group   or   band   of   the   year   more   than   10   times   by   various   music   organizations.   A   legend   in   the   bluegrass   genre   and   called   a   “mandolin   Continued  on  page  13


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virtuoso” with   “perfectly   silken   harmony”   by   The   New   York   Times,   Doyle   Lawson   broke   new   ground   in   2011   with   a   benchmark   Children’s   Hospital   ƒ†”‡ƒ‘—”ǡ–Š‡ϐ‹”•––‘—”‘ˆ its  kind  in  any  genre,  combining   National   Anthem   performances   at   major   sporting   arenas   with   performances  for  boys  and  girls   at   Children’s   Hospitals   in   the   same  cities  or  regions.   “Where  the  rubber   meets   the   road,     I   appreciate   and   treasure   every  one  of  them,  and  don’t  take   it  for  granted,”  he  said.   Through  a  career  of  40  albums   and  thousands  of  performances,   he   has   perfected   the   “Doyle   Lawson”   sound   while   providing   a   training   ground   for   budding   bluegrass   musicians.     In   fact,   there  are  more  than  three  dozen   acknowledged   former   members   of   Quicksilver,   many   moving   on   to  their  own  success. “I  look  at  bluegrass  and  all  the   members  of  my  band  this  way-­‐-­‐ what   if   the   music   stopped?”   said   Lawson.   “I   simply   hand   it   down   and   try   to   develop   musicians   who   have   the   respect   for   the   tradition   and   integrity   of   where   it   all   started.   Sure,   there   is   technical   progress   and   modern   themes,   but   the   traditions   are   left   intact.   And   I’m   proud   when   a   band   member   strikes   out   on   their  own  and  makes  it.  After  all,   I   couldn’t   wait   to   start   my   own   band  years  ago. Lawson  was  born  in  Fordtown   near   Kingsport,   Tennessee   into   a   very   musical   family   where   his   dad,  Leonard,  mom,  Minnie,  and   sister  Colleen  sang  gospel  music   at   churches,   mostly   a   cappella.   He   taught   himself   mandolin   by   listening   to   the   radio   and   a   few   records,   and   couldn’t   wait   for   Saturday  night’s  Grand  Ole  Opry   to  hear  his  hero,  Bill  Monroe.   He  met  Jimmy  Martin,  who  is   from   Sneedville,   at   age   14,   then   went   to   Nashville   at   age   19   to   play  banjo  with  Martin,  and  three   years  later  joined  J.D.  Crowe.    In   1971   he   joined   the   legendary   Country   Gentleman   for   gig   that   lasted   eight   years.   Finally   in   1979   he   formed   his   own   band   –Šƒ–„‡…ƒ‡—‹…•‹Ž˜‡”ǡ”‡ϐ‹‹‰

November 19, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 13 his entertainment   style   that   includes   lots   of   interaction   with   the   audience   and   his   trademark   a   cappella   set   of   music   that   is   always  a  crowd  pleaser.          In  fact,  those  solid  harmonies   that   have   become   the   signature   of   the   Quicksilver   sound   caught   the   ear   of   music   great   Paul   Simon.     “I   got   this   phone   message   from   someone   saying   they   were   Paul   Simon,   and   I   initially   thought  it  a  prank,”  said  Lawson   of  the  experience  two  years  ago.   “But   it  was  the  real   Paul   Simon,   and  he  wanted  my  band  to  back   up  a  few  songs  on  a  new  album.” That   experience   lead   Lawson   and   his   band   mates   to   the   New   Jersey   recording   studio   owned   by   Tony   Bennett,   where   they   spent  a  couple  days  laying  down   harmony   tracks   for   Simon’s   2011   highly   acclaimed   album,   “So   Beautiful   or   So   What.”   They   contributed   to   three   songs,   and   Lawson   was   impressed   how   welcome   Simon   made   his   band   feel.     “He  was  a  great  person,   very  interested  in  our  talent  and   worked   as   a   true   professional   while  just  being  one  of  the  guys,”   Lawson   said.     “It   was   quite   an   experience,   and   I   learned   a   few   things  for  my  future  recordings.” Doyle   Lawson’s   music   has   taken   him   to   all   50   states   and   many  countries  in  Europe.    Yet  he   is  a  family  man  who  doesn’t  like   being  too  far  away  from  his  wife,   Suzanne,   a   son,   two   daughters   and  grandson. “I   grew   up   in   Fordtown,   and   just   love   it   here,”   said   Lawson,   who’s   had   many   offers   to   move   to   Music   City.     “Nashville   isn’t   that   far   away,   and   I   can   hop   on   an   airplane   if   need   be.     But   this   is  home.” Doyle   Lawson’s   music   echoes   the   stories   of   families   and   faith   in  God.    You  can  tell  that  by  some   of   the   titles   of   his   songs:   “Dixie   Road,”   “Sadie’s   Got   Her   New   Dress  On,”  “Just  a  Little  Talk  with   Jesus,”  “Say  Hello  to  Heaven,”  and   “Ain’t  A  Woman  Somebody  When   She’s  Gone.” And   he   also   brings   a   bit   of   laughter   to   his   audience   with   a   deadpan   delivery   of   wit   and   humor.   “I  like  to  bring  the  houselights  

up a   bit   and   make   contact   with   somebody  and  just  talk  to  them,”   he  said.  “My  mother  had  a  great   sense   of   humor,   and   I   got   that   from   her.     Often   I   don’t   have   a   clue   what   I’m   going   to   say,   but   we  get  ‘em  laughing  out  there.”   With   more   gospel   albums   under   his   belt   than   any   of   his  

recordings under   the   Doyle   Lawson   &   Quicksilver   name,   the   quintessential   bluegrass   musician   has   never   taken   his   success   for   granted.   And   the   69-­‐year-­‐old   Lawson   has   no   retirement  plans  on  the  horizon,   vowing   to   keep   playing   until   the   music   and   travel   lets   him  

know it’s   time   to   put   down   his   celebrated  mandolin.   “I   have   the   best   of   both   worlds,   playing   the   music   I   love   as   far   back   as   I   can   remember.     And   I   get   to   travel   all   over   the   world,”   said   Lawson.   “The   Lord   has   really   blessed   me   in   letting   me  do  what  I  love  to  do.”


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Hellblinki

The Hideaway November 20th The much  travelled  Hellblinki   live   show   has   been   on   hold   for   the   past   year   while   Hellblinki   has  been  focusing  on  his  coming   album   “Multitudes”.   In   a   series   of   solo   shows   Mr.   Hellblinki   will   present   many   of   these   new   songs,   in   an   intimate   acoustic   format.    Those  familiar  with  the   project   will   be   excited   to   hear   –Š‡•‡ ‡™ –—‡• ˆ‘” –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– time,  in  a  format  that  accents  the   depth  of   the   lyricism   and  glories  

in the   eclectic   mish-­‐mash   of   styles  that  is  Hellblinki. Hellblinki...  broken  tooth  blues   in   a   Tux,   choral   fantasies   for   agnostic   angels,   peg-­‐leg   waltzes   on   the   rim   of   Mt.   Vesuvius...   Psycho-­‐cabaret,   southern   fried...   Hellblinki   is   prone   to   surprise,   tension,   and   dramatic   release.   Dark   and   experimental,   Hellblinki   mixes   elements   of   American  folk,  European  cabaret,   and  Punk  Rock  experimentation  

into an   intoxicating   brew   of   transcendent  madness... Hellblinki  has  been  introduced   by   James   Brown   on   Television,   ƒ……‹†‡–ƒŽŽ›—”†‡”‡†ƒŽ‹˜‡ϐ‹•Š with   a   rented   minivan,   staged   a   show   with   over   50   performers   in  an  old  vaudeville  theatre,  has   literally  been  passed  out  upon  by   an  audience  member  on  a  moving   purple   bus   while   performing,   almost   got   in   a   great   deal   of   legal   of   trouble   for   building   the   prow   of   a   ship   on   the   front   of   their   building   (complete   with   ƒ —†‡ †‡‘‡•• ϐ‹‰—”‡Š‡ƒ†Ȍ as   part   of   a   raging   Halloween   party,  has  released  six  full  length   records,   wants   very   badly   to   do   a   houseboat   tour   with   lots   of   frozen   drinks,   and   is   †‡ϐ‹‹–‡Ž› ‘– from  Finland… For   more   i n form a t i on ,   p l e a s e   visit   www. hellblinki.com   and   www. facebook.com/ hellblinkiband


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Ivy Road

Jonesborough Visitors Center November 22nd IVY ROAD,   one   of   the   most   sought   after   area   bands,   will   feature  the  talents  of  Linda  Laws,   Jason   Loyd   and   Buddy   Capps   for     dancing   or   for   just     pure   entertainment    on  Friday,  Nov.  22   at   7:00   pm   at   the   Jonesborough   Visitors   Center.   Among   many   other   venues,   this   band   has   opened  for  The  Marshall  Tucker  

Band and   also   have   performed   internationally.    This  music  lends   itself   to   all   styles   of   dancing   so   why   sit   home   on   Friday   night   when  can  see  that  you  are  not  the   only  one  with  two  left  feet?    Line   dancing   is   also   available   from   6:30-­‐7:00.   Admission     $6.00.   For   additional   information   call   423-­‐ 952-­‐0772.

November Story Slam “Thanks for the Memories” The Battery November 21st

November Story   Slam   to   focus   on   ‘Thanks   for   the  Memories’  theme

master’s degree   concentration   in   storytelling   in   ETSU’s  Claudius  G.  Clemmer  College  of  Education.    

“Thanks for  the  Memories”  is  the  theme  of  this  

Stories should  be  true  (or  mostly  true),  related  

month’s “Re-­‐Generation:   A   Johnson   City   Story  

to the  “Thanks  for  the  Memories”  theme,  and  no  

Slam,” which   will   be   held   Thursday,   Nov.   21,   at  

longer than  10  minutes.

The Battery,  601  Spring  Street. Sponsored   by   the   East   Tennessee   State   University   Storytelling   Program,   the   Division   of   Theatre   and   Dance   in   the   Department   of   Communication   and   TaleTellers   of   ETSU,   the   Story  Slam  will  begin  at  7:30  p.m.   The  Slam  will  allow  storytellers  in  the  audience   to   share   tales   of   literally   giving   thanks   for  

Patrons who  wish  to  tell  a  story  may  drop  their   names  into  a  hat,  and  seven  names  will  be  drawn   at  random.    Judges  selected  from  the  audience  will   ’‹… –Š‡ ™‹‹‰ •–‘”‹‡• ‘ˆ –Š‡ ‹‰Š–Ǥ  Š‡ ϐ‹”•– place  winner  will  receive  a  cash  prize. Admission   is   a   suggested   donation   of   $5-­‐$10.     This  event  is  not  suitable  for  children.

something or   perhaps   of   “memories   that   simply  

For more  information  or  special  assistance  or  

bring a   warm   glow   of   recollection,”   according  

seating for   those   with   disabilities,   contact   the  

to Dr.   Joseph   Sobol,   professor   of   Curriculum  

 –‘”›–‡ŽŽ‹‰ ”‘‰”ƒ ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ ƒ– ȋͶʹ͵Ȍ Ͷ͵ͻǦ

and Instruction   and   program   coordinator   of   the  

7606 or  storytel@etsu.edu.


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Anna Vogelzang & Sarah Lou Richards Acoustic Coffeehouse November 22nd, 10pm

Anna Vogelzang

“The Wisconsin   troubadour   has   a   penchant   for   playfulness   when   it   comes   to   her   music;   however,   when   she   gets   serious,   few   craft   a   better   ˆ‘Ž•‘‰ǡdz’”ƒ‹•‡•–Š‡ —ˆϐ‹‰–‘‘•–Ǥ Anna   Vogelzang’s   latest   full-­‐length   venture,   fan-­‐funded   Canary   in   a   Coal   Mine,   enlisted   the   help   of   a   wide   cast   of   professional   players,   including   Todd   Sickafoose   (Ani   DiFranco),   Franz   Nicolay   (former   Hold   Steady),   Brian   Viglione   (Dresden   Dolls),   and   Emily  Hope  Price  (Pearl  &  the  Beard).   Wading   in   with   9   out   of   10   stars,   Pop   Matters   praised   “the   exquisite   lyrical   craftsmanship   on   Canary   in   a   Coal   Mine,”   which   “is   matched   by   Vogelzang’s   incredible   vocal   range,   shifting   between   delicate   lilt   and   evocative   howl   at   will.”   A   Boston   area   native,   Vogelzang   recently   transplanted   herself   to   the   Midwest,   landing   in   Madison,   WI   where   she’s   embraced   the   local  music  community,  receiving   multiple   Madison   Area   Music   Awards  and  taking  a  teaching  role   at   Madison’s   Girls   Rock   Camp.   The   area   has   proven   a   fruitful   home   base   -­‐   the   past   few   years   have  seen  Vogelzang  primarily  on   the  road,  self-­‐booking  tours  with   a   determined   approach   that   has   landed  her  on  the  same  stage  as   artists   including   Sara   Bareilles,   Laura   Gibson,   Mirah,   Wye   Oak,   Anais  Mitchell,  &  Amanda  Palmer,   as  well  as  garnering  invitations  to   the  Rocky  Mountain  Folks,  Falcon   Ridge,  &  National  Women’s  Music   Festivals’   Emerging   Stages.www. theanna.com Sarah  Lou  Richards  stands  at   the  hands  of  Americana  tradition;  

a singer/songwriter  and   compelling   bedrock   artist   with   energy,   emotion   and   the   work   ethic   of   a   new   generation.     In   2010,   she   released   “Ruby   Red   Shoes,”   a   full   length   disc   produced   by   Henry   Paul   (BlackHawk   /   The   Outlaws)   capturing   the   fragrant   nuance   that   marks  Richards’  artistry   and  on-­‐stage  talent.    The   breadth   of   Richards’   personal   and   professional   life   infuses   ƒ ’‘•‹–‹˜‡ •’‹”‹–ǡ ›‡– ϐ‹‡”…‡ ‹–‡ŽŽ‡…–Ǥ Her   music   showcases   one   who   is   not   afraid   to   be   a   real   sinner   and   a   quiet   saint.     “While   it   is   the   familiarity   and   depth  of  her  sound  that  will  draw  you   in,   try   as   you   might,   you   really   just   …ƒǯ– ’—– ›‘—” ϐ‹‰‡” ‘ ™Š‘ ‹– ‹• •Š‡ sounds   like   which   more   than   plays   to   her   advantage   as   it   is   her   uniqueness   that   makes   her   a   relevant   artist   that   stands   out.   Combine   this   with   her   ability  to  carry  a  show  from  a  personal   standpoint  and  you  have  an  artist  that   is   worth   keeping   an   eye   on.”   Jeffrey   Kurtis,   Today’s   Country   Magazine   2013.www.sarahlourichards.com

Sarah Lou  Richards


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Glasgow Theatre Company presents ‘Other Desert Cities’ Johnson City Community Theatre November 21-24

The Tony   Award-­‐winning   play   “Other  

transferred to   Broadway   and   starred  

Desert Cities”   will   be   presented   by  

Stockard Channing,   Stacy   Keach,   Rachel  

Glasgow Theatre   Company   Nov.   21-­‐24   at  

”‹ˆϐ‹–Š•ǡ Š‘ƒ• ƒ†‘•‹ ƒ† —†‹–Š

Johnson City  Community  Theatre.

Light, who   claimed   a   Tony   Award   and  

Performances  on  Thursday  –  Saturday   (Nov.  21-­‐23)  will  be  at  8  p.m.  and  at  2  p.m.   on  Sunday,  Nov.  24. Written   by   Jon   Robin   Baitz,   “Other   Desert   Cities”   tells   the   story   of   Brooke   Wyeth,   an   author   who   returns   home   to   Palm  Springs  following  a  six-­‐year  absence   to  celebrate  the  holidays  with  her  wealthy   Hollywood-­‐turned-­‐Washington   politician   parents,   along   with   her   brother   and   her   recovering  alcoholic  aunt. Upon  her  arrival,  Brooke  announces  that  

Drama Desk   Award   for   her   performance   as  Aunt  Silda. The   Glasgow   production   stars   Rachel   Helvey,  Chris  Jones,  Joy  Nagy,  Debra  Shoun   and   Martin   Robinette.     “Other   Desert   Cities”   is   directed   by   Joe   Smith,   with   Elizabeth  Paxton  as  stage  manager,  David   Hyde  as  set  designer,  Stephanie  Yoder  as   props   coordinator,   Derek   Smithpeters   as   wig/makeup  designer  and  Sabra  Hayden   as  assistant  director/lighting  designer.

she is   about   to   publish   a   memoir   which  

“Other Desert   Cities”   contains   adult  

happens to  dredge  up  a  pivotal  and  tragic  

themes and   strong   language.     Tickets  

event in   the   family’s   history   –   a   secret   her  

are $10   and   can   be   purchased   by  

parents desperately  want  kept  quiet.

calling (423)   588-­‐0558   or   visit   www.

The show   opened   Off-­‐Broadway   in   January   2011   at   the   Lincoln   Center   and   played   to   sold-­‐out   houses.   It   later  

glasgowtheatrecompany.org. Johnson City   Community   Theatre   is   located  at  600  E.  Maple  Street.


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Night of Lights Gala

Hands On! Regional Museum November 22nd

Everyone  knows   that   the   Christmas   holiday   season   can   be   hectic.     But   this   year,   Hands   On!   Regional   Museum   invites   everyone   to   Take   a   Christmas   Vacation   at   their   25th   Annual   Festival   of   Trees.     This   series   of   festive   events   makes   up   the   museum’s   biggest   fund-­�raiser   each   year,   with   all   proceeds   dedicated   to   the   museum’s   educational   interactive   exhibits   and  hands-­�on  programs. The  event  includes  a  “Showing   of   the   Trees�   exhibit,   November   7th   through   November   19th,   that   will   display   festive   holiday   trees,  wreaths,  and  centerpieces   decorated  by  regional  designers.   Each   year,   volunteers   from   all   over   the   area   give   their   time   and  talents  to  produce  beautiful,   one-­�of-­�a-­�kind   decorations   that   are  sure  to  get  you  in  the  holiday   spirit! Admission   to   the   Showing   of   the   Trees   exhibit   is   free   during   this  time.    All  greenery  items  will   be  available  for  purchase  during   the  Night  of  Lights  Gala,  held  on   Friday,  November  22nd. On  November  22nd  beginning  

at  6:30   pm,   you   are   invited   to   put   on   your   dancing   shoes   for   the   main   event,   “The   Night   of   ‹‰Š–• ÂƒÂŽÂƒÇł „‡Â?‡Ď?‹– ƒ—…–‹‘Â?Ǥ The   auctions   will   include   all   greenery   items,   a   variety   of   spa,   dining,   entertainment,   and   sports   packages   and   other   items   that  will  make  great  presents  for   someone  special,  or  for  yourself!     Skip  the  crowds  in  the  stores  and   pick  up  your  holiday  decorations   and  start  your  gift  buying  during   the  silent  and  voice  auctions! The   event   will   be   hosted   by   Josh   Smith,   WJHL   NewsChannel   11   and   catered   by   Main   Street  

Cafe  &   Catering.     The   voice   auction   will   be   led   by   Mike   ƒ—‰—‡••Ǥ   ™‹ŽŽ Ď?‹Â?‹•Š the  evening  with  live  music  and   dancing. Dz—” ‰ƒŽƒ „‡Â?‡Ď?‹– ‹• —Â?Ž‹Â?‡ others   since   it   provides   auction   items   that   will   jump   start   your   holiday   decorating   and   gift   buying,â€?   said   Kristine   Carter,   Hands   On!   Marketing   Manager.     “We   hold   the   Night   of   Lights   before  Thanksgiving,  since  that’s   when   families   traditionally   do   their   decorating   and   begin   their   holiday  shopping.â€?      All  proceeds   „‡Â?‡Ď?‹––Š‡Â?—•‡—Â?ǯ•’”‘‰”ƒÂ?• and   exhibits   that   were   enjoyed   by  75,000  visitors  last  year.     Tickets   to   the   Night   of   Lights   Gala   are   better   than   a   membership   to   a   Jelly   of   the   Month   club!     They   go   on   sale   November   1st.     Early   reservations  are  recommended,   as  tickets  are  limited. For   more   information   about   Festival   of   Trees,   Night   of   Lights   Gala  tickets,  or  Hands  On!,  please   visit   the   museum’s   website   at   www.handsonmuseum.org   or   call  (423)  434-­â€?HAND.


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Michael Fosberg’s “Incognito” One Man Play

ETSU’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium November 25th, 7pm

“Incognito,” a   solo   performance   written   and   performed   by   Michael   Fosberg,   will   be   presented   at   East   Tennessee   State   University   on   Monday,   Nov.   25,   at   7   p.m.   in  

the D.P.   Culp   University   Center’s   Martha  Street  Culp  Auditorium. “Incognito”   is   the   story   of   Fosberg’s  journey  to  discover  his   true  self,  his  roots,  his  family,  and   Dz–Š‡ †‹ˆϐ‹…—Ž– Š‹•–‘”› „‡Š‹† –Š‡

tragic American   complexity   of   ‘race,’”   according   to   his   website   about  the  play. Fosberg   was   raised   in   a   working-­‐class   white   family   in   a   Chicago  suburb  by  his  Armenian-­‐ American   mother   and   adoptive   stepfather.     Following   their   divorce   when   he   was   34   years   old,   he   searched   for   and   found   his  biological  father. “My   father   says,   ‘There   are   some  things  I’m  sure  your  mother   never  told  you,’”  Fosberg  recalled   ˆ”‘ Š‹• ϐ‹”•– …‘˜‡”•ƒ–‹‘ ™‹–Š John   Sidney   Woods.     “He   told   me   then  that  not  only  has  he  always   loved  me  and  thought  about  me,   but  also,  that  he  is  black. “The   quest   for   my   father   revealed   more   than   I   ever   imagined,”   he   continued.     “Not   only   did   I   develop   a   new,   more   comfortable   relationship   with  

my sense   of   identity   but   I   also   uncovered  a  rich,  black  heritage.     This   life-­‐changing   revelation,   the  connections  I  made  with  my   ‘new’   paternal   family,   and   the   questions   that   my   newfound   identity  raised  in  relationship  to   how  we  perceive  race  in  America,   inspired   me   to   create   my   one-­‐ man  play,  ‘Incognito,’  in  2001.” “Fosberg   has   clearly   thought   a   lot   about   American   life   and   his  piece  is  full  of  insights  about   how   we   construct   our   personal   identities  and  how,  in  an  instant,   one’s   sense   of   self   can   be   altered   forever.     The   fact   that   it   is   also,   at  times,  hilarious,  is  just  gravy,”   wrote   reviewer   Jack   Helbig   of   “The  Daily  Herald.” Fosberg   has   performed   his   play   at   arts   venues,   educational   institutions,   corporations   and   government  agencies  throughout   the   nation,   and   also   frequently   teaches   a   series   of   experiential   workshops   in   conjunction   with   it.     In   2011,   he   published   his   story   in   a   book,   “Incognito:   An   American   Odyssey   of   Race   and   Self-­‐Discovery.” Admission   is   free   to   this   production,   which   is   sponsored   by   the   Erna   P.   Kaldegg  

Endowment at   ETSU   through   –Š‡ —‹˜‡”•‹–›ǯ• ˆϐ‹…‡ ‘ˆ Multicultural  Affairs. For  more  information,  contact   Multicultural   Affairs   at   (423)   439-­‐6633   or   mcstaff@etsu.edu.   For   disability   accommodations,   …ƒŽŽ–Š‡ˆϐ‹…‡‘ˆ‹•ƒ„‹Ž‹–› Services  by  Nov.  18  at  (423)  439-­‐ 8346.


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Songfest 2013 Bluegrass, Mountain Music & More

Northeast State Community College Regional Center for the Performing Arts December 1st, 3pm Trey Hensley  Band

November 14   Songfest   2013   will   be   held   on   December   1,   2013   from   3:00   to   5:30   p.m.   at   the   Northeast   State   Community   College   Regional   Center   for   the   Performing   Arts   located   at   2425   Highway   75   Blountville,   Tennessee   37617-­‐0246.   This   will   be   Songfest’s   9th   Hensley   Band,   www.treyhensley.com   and  returning  to  Songfest  will  be   Sunnyside,   the   ETSU   Bluegrass   Pride   Band,   and   Ed   Snodderly   and  friends. Tickets   are   now   available   for   pre-­‐sale   at   Campbell’s   Morrell   Music   and   six   area   Bank   of   Tennessee   locations:   3   locations   in   Johnson   City,   and   the   Jonesborough,   Blountville,   and   Colonial   Heights   locations.   Tickets   are   also   available   at   Family   Promise   of   Greater   ‘Š•‘ ‹–›ǯ• ‘ˆϐ‹…‡Ǥ ‹…‡–• can   also   be   purchased   by   credit   card   by   calling   Family   Promise   of   Greater   Johnson   City   at   423-­‐ 202-­‐7805.   The   cost   is   $15   for   adults   and   $5   for   children   and   students.   Very   limited   seating   may   also   be   available   at   the   door   until   the   event   is   sold   out.   Purchasing   tickets   in   advance   is   recommended. Annual  Event.  Performing  will   be   the   talented   Trey   Songfest   brings   the   community   together   for   an   afternoon   of   family   fun   and   entertainment   while   supporting   a   local   faith-­‐based  

ministry. Family   Promise   of   Greater   Johnson   City   shelters,   feeds,   and   provides   support   to   homeless   families   with   children   in   a   six-­‐county   area.   These   ˆƒ‹Ž‹‡• „‡‡ϐ‹– ˆ”‘ –Š‡ ™‘” of   the   ministry,   its   1200   annual   volunteers   and   the   more   than   40   area   faith   congregations   that   support   its   efforts.   Family   Promise  of  Greater  Johnson  City   Ed  Snodderly

is a   program   that   is   “Keeping   Families  Together.”   Trey   Hensley   is   a   Jonesborough,   TN   native   that   started   playing   guitar   at   age   10   and   performed   on   the   Grand   Ole   Opry   when   he   was   just   11.   Now,   the   23   year   old   will   bring   his  brand  of  country,  gospel  and   bluegrass   music   to   the   Songfest   •–ƒ‰‡ ˆ‘” –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– –‹‡Ǥ ‘‹‹‰ Hensley   will   be   David   Yates   on   ϐ‹††Ž‡ ƒ† ‰—‹–ƒ”ǡ Ž‡ ‘•‡ ‘ Banjo   and   Tommy   Starnes   on   bass.   Major   sponsors   of   Songfest   2013   include:   Champion   Chevrolet   of   Johnson   City,   Emmanuel   Christian   Seminary,   Harold   Dishner   State   Farm   Insurance,   Mountain   Empire   Oil   Co.   (Roadrunner   Markets),   Mountain  States  Health  Alliance,   Oakland   Square,   Walmart   of   Elizabethton,   and   Watauga   Avenue  Presbyterian  Church.  For   more   information   visit:   www. familypromisejc.com/songfest


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“A Glimpse� Greg Howser Mountain Empire Community College Slemp Gallery Through December 6th

Mountain Â

Empire Â

Community Â

art  is   narrated   through   his   use   of   fairy  

College’s  Slemp  Gallery  is  now  featuring  

tales,  “allowing  me  to  depict  things  I  am  

an  art   exhibition   of   the   works   of  

not  always  comfortable  talking  about  and  

Greg  Howser   located   in   the   Wampler  

to  show  a  glimpse  into  my  mind.�

Â‹Â„Â”ÂƒÂ”Â›ÇĄ ‘Â? –Š‡ •‡…‘Â?† Ď?Ž‘‘” ‘ˆ ‘„„ Hall.

”‡‰ ‘™•‡” ‹• ƒ ™‘”Â?‹Â?‰ Ď?‹‰—”ƒ–‹˜‡ artist  who  resides  in  Bluff   City,  TN.  Greg  

The  exhibition,  which  will  run  from  

has  a   Master   of   Fine   Arts   degree   in  

Oct.  21—Dec.  6,  2013,  is  titled  A  Glimpse.  

Printmaking  and  a  Bachelor  of  Fine  Arts  

“My  artwork,�  says  the  artist  Greg  Howser,  

in  Painting   from   East   Tennessee   State  

“shows  the   use   of   different   mediums,  

University  in   Johnson   City,   TN.   He   is  

ƒŽŽ‘™‹Â?‰Â?‡–‘‡š’Ž‘”‡–Š‡Š—Â?ƒÂ?Ď?‹‰—”‡

currently  teaching   at   Appalachian   State  

in  different  ways.�  Howser’s  art  is  a  visual  

University  in  Boone,  North  Carolina.

exploration  of   himself,   his   relationships  

For  more   information   on   the   Slemp  

and  experiences   with   people   whom   he  

Gallery,  or   the   Greg   Howser   exhibition,  

is  or   has   been   close   with,   people   he   has  

please  contact  Gallery  Co-­�Director  Alice  

loved,  laughed   and   cried   with.   Howser’s  

Harrington  at  (276)-­�523-­�2400.


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JFK’S “Moon Speech” and Assassination Skies of 50 Years Ago The assassination  of  President   John  F.  Kennedy  50  years  ago  had   America   stunned   with   confusion   and  sadness  when  the  Sun  set  on   a  different  America  than  the  day   before. Who   killed   Kennedy   and   why   is   still   not   clear   a   half-­‐century   later.     But   without   a   doubt,   his   dramatic   speech   at   Rice   University  mustering  America  to   go   to   the   Moon   was   a   lingering   memory   after   his   death   that   provided   the   incentive   to   beat   the   Soviet   Union   and   plant   the   Stars   and   Stripes   on   an   alien   world.  

I thought   it   would   be   interesting   to   look   around   the   stars   of   that   fateful   night   in   United   State’s   immortality   and   see   what   was   among   the   usual   constellations   of   late   Autumn   of   Nov.  22,  1963.   And  revisit  the  famous  speech   that   eventually   launched   Apollo   11  to  the  Moon  in  July  1969. Thanks   to   a   computer   planetarium   program   called   Stellarium,   anybody   can   see   the   stars   on   any   night   on   any   date   in   history—and   it’s   a   freeware   program   downloaded   from   www.stellarium.org.  

On that   unforgettable   day   in   Dallas,   Texas,   the   Sun   set   in   Scorpius   shortly   after   5:30   pm   EST,   taking   nearby   Venus   with   it.   Looking   around   that   cool   November   evening,   everyone   in   the   world   would   notice   the   crescent   Moon   hanging   above   the   western   horizon   with   a   very  bright  and  yellowish  “star”   nearby—the  planet  Saturn.    Both   the  Moon  and  Saturn  were  in  the   constellation   Capricornus   the   Sea  Goat. And   not   too   far   away,   high   overhead   on   that   Friday   night   was   the   bright   planet   Jupiter,   in   –Š‡‹†•–‘ˆ–Š‡•’”ƒ™Ž‹‰ϐ‹•Š‡•ǡ Pisces. Kennedy   would   encourage   America   to   reach   for   the   stars.     During  his  famous  speech  at  Rice   University   in   Houston,   Texas   on   Sept.   12,   1962,   the   President   advocated   space   exploration   in   an   emphatic   and   pragmatic   declaration   of   America’s   technological   prowess.   In   17   minutes,   he   surmised   all   that   is   right   with   America’s   bursting   technology   and   how   we   must   lead  the  world  into  outer  space.     Today,   there   are   numerous   Internet   sites   where   you   can  

listen to   Kennedy   delivering   the   speech  on  a  hot  Texas  day  before   40,000   at   the   Rice   University   football   stadium.   I   listened   to   it   on   Spotify,   and   his   passion   for   this   country   being   the   world   leader   in   all   forms   of   science   and   engineering   is   clear   in   his   thick,   New   England   accent.     His   •’‡‡…Š †‡Ž‹˜‡”› ™ƒ• ϐ‹” ƒ† •‹…‡”‡ǡ’‘—†‹‰Š‹•ϐ‹•–ǡ”ƒ‹•‹‰ his   voice   and   summarizing   America’s   need   to   expand   our   knowledge  in  all  areas  of  science   and   engineering.   There   was   no   quibbling  over  political  rhetoric.     President   Kennedy   made   it   clear   that   America   must   be   the   triumphant   force   in   a   peaceful   space  program:   “We   have   vowed   that   we   shall   ‘–•‡‡•’ƒ…‡ϔ‹ŽŽ‡†™‹–Š™‡ƒ’‘• of   mass   destruction,   but   with   instruments   of   knowledge   and   understanding.”   Keep   in   mind,   in   September   1962  America’s  total  space  time   was  less  than  11  hours,  including   two  suborbital  Mercury  missions   ƒ†–Š‡ϐ‹˜‡Š‘—”‘”„‹–ƒŽ‡”…—”› ϐŽ‹‰Š–• ‘ˆ ‘Š Ž‡ ƒ† …‘–– Carpenter.   Dominating   outer   space  in  the  world’s  eyes  was  just   ‘˜‡” ϐ‹˜‡ †ƒ›• ‹ ƒ”–Š ‘”„‹–Ȅ

—”‹ ƒ‰ƒ”‹ǯ• Š‹•–‘”‹… ϐ‹”•– 90-­‐minute orbit   April   12   1961,   followed   by   the   25-­‐hour   mission   of   Vostok   2,   4   days   by   Vostok   3   and  three  days  by  Vostok  4.  This   Communist   lead   in   the   “Space   Race”   was   acknowledged   by   Kennedy   in   the   “Moon   Speech,”   but   he   was   emphatic   the   Soviet   dominance   would   be   short   lived   with   an   infusion   of   money   to   NASA   that   would   cost   each   American   taxpayer   50-­‐cents   a   month   until   we   walked   on   the   Moon. A  few  excerpts: “We   set   sail   on   this   new   sea   because   there   is   new   knowledge   to   be   gained,   and   new   rights   to   be   won,   and   they   must   be   won   and   used   for   the   progress   of   all   people.   For   space   science,   like   nuclear   science   and   all   technology,  has  no  conscience  of   its  own.  Whether  it  will  become   a   force   for   good   or   ill   depends   on   man,   and   only   if   the   United   States  occupies  a  position  of  pre-­‐ eminence   can   we   help   decide   whether  this  new  ocean  will  be  a   sea   of   peace   or   a   new   terrifying   theater  of  war.” Continued  on  page  23


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“This generation   does   not   intend   to   founder   in   the   backwash   of   the   coming   age   of   space.  We  mean  to  be  a  part  of  it-­‐ -­‐we  mean  to  lead  it.  For  the  eyes   of  the  world  now  look  into  space,   to   the   Moon   and   to   the   planets   beyond,  and  we  have  vowed  that   we  shall  not  see  it  governed  by  a   Š‘•–‹Ž‡ ϐŽƒ‰ ‘ˆ …‘“—‡•–ǡ „—– „› a   banner   of   freedom   and   peace.   We  have  vowed  that  we  shall  not   •‡‡ •’ƒ…‡ ϐ‹ŽŽ‡† ™‹–Š ™‡ƒ’‘• of   mass   destruction,   but   with   instruments   of   knowledge   and   understanding.” “There   is   no   strife,   no   ’”‡Œ—†‹…‡ǡ ‘ ƒ–‹‘ƒŽ …‘ϐŽ‹…– in  outer  space  as  yet.  Its  hazards   are   hostile   to   us   all.   Its   conquest   deserves  the  best  of  all  mankind,   and  its  opportunity  for  peaceful   cooperation   many   never   come   again.” “But  why,  some  say,  the  Moon?   Why  choose  this  as  our  goal?  And   they  may  well  ask  why  climb  the   highest  mountain?  Why,  35  years   ƒ‰‘ǡ ϐŽ› –Š‡ –Žƒ–‹…ǫ Š› †‘‡• Rice  play  Texas? “We  choose  to  go  to  the  Moon.   We   choose   to   go   to   the   Moon  

in this   decade   and   do   the   other   things,   not   because   they   are   easy,   but   because   they   are   hard,   because   that   goal   will   serve   to   organize  and  measure  the  best  of   our   energies   and   skills,   because   that   challenge   is   one   that   we   are  willing  to  accept,  one  we  are   unwilling   to   postpone,   and   one   which  we  intend  to  win,  and  the  

others, too.” ”The   growth   of   our   science   and   education   will   be   enriched   by   new   knowledge   of   our   universe   and   environment,   by   new   techniques   of   learning   and   mapping   and   observation,   by   new   tools   and   computers   for   industry,   medicine,   the   home   as   well  as  the  school.”

Clearly NASA   was   motivated   even   more   after   Kennedy’s   —”†‡” –‘ ˆ—Žϐ‹ŽŽ Š‹• †‡ƒ† –‘ put   an   American   on   the   Moon   before   the   decade   of   the   1960s   was  over.    In  fact,  we  did  it  twice,   with   Apollo   11   on   July   20th   1969   (6   years,   10   months   and   nine   days   after   the   “Moon   Speech”)   and  again  on  November  19th  with   Apollo  12.     When   the   Sun   rose   just   after   7   am   in   Libra   on   Saturday,   Nov.   23,   1962,   the   Earth   would   be   noticeably   changed.     There   was   an   innocence   that   was   forever   lost,   and   there   was   no   turning   back.     The   nearly   First   Quarter   Moon   was   visible   in   the   blue   afternoon   skies,   and   dominated   the   evening,   made   surreal   as   it   stood  beside  Saturn,  with  Jupiter   nearby.   President   Kennedy   had   a   vision   beyond   the   Earth,   and   as   the   nation   mourned   in   shock,   those   at   NASA   knew   what   they   had  to  do.       “Many   years   ago   the   great   British   explorer   George   Mallory,   who  was  to  die  on  Mount  Everest,   was   asked   why   did   he   want   to   climb   it.   He   said,   “Because   it   is   there.”

“Well, space  is  there,  and  we’re   going   to   climb   it,   and   the   Moon   and   the   planets   are   there,   and   new   hopes   for   knowledge   and   peace   are   there.   And,   therefore,   as   we   set   sail   we   ask   God’s   blessing   on   the   most   hazardous   and   dangerous   and   greatest   adventure   on   which   man   has   ever  embarked.” Fifty   years   after   that   ruthless   day   in   Dallas,   Texas,   America’s   dominance   in   outer   space   exploration   is   unmatched   by   any   other   of   the   world’s   14   space-­‐faring   nations.     There   are   American   robots   all   over   the   Solar   System,   including   one   orbiting   Mercury,   two   orbiting   Mars   and   two   rovers   on   the   Martian   surface,   an   ‘”„‹–‡” ƒ”‘—† ƒ–—”ǡ ƒ† ϐ‹˜‡ missions   headed   to   Pluto,   some   comets  and  asteroids.    And  then   there’s   thirty   or   so   important   science   satellites   orbiting   the   Earth   and   a   half-­‐dozen   more   monitoring  the  Sun.    Don’t  forget   two   of   the   greatest   outer   space   accomplishments   of   all-­‐-­‐the   Hubble   Space   Telescope   and   International  Space  Station,   I’m   sure   President   Kennedy   would  be  pleased.


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Celestial events  in  the  skies  for  the  week  of  Nov.  19-­‐25,  2013  as  compiled  for   The  Loafer  by  Mark  D.  Marquette.

Thurs. Nov.  21   Venus  is  the  attention  grabber  in  the   evening  twilight,  so  bright  that  it   can  cast  a  shadow  from  a  very  dark   place.    A  15-­‐mile  thick  global  cloud   •›•–‡”‡ϐŽ‡…–••—Ž‹‰Š–Ž‹‡ƒ‹”-­‐ ror,  but  those  poisonous  clouds  of   sulfur  and  carbon  dioxide  don’t  start   until  a  full  10  miles  above  the  900   degree  surface.

In the  morning,  pre-­‐dawn  skies,  amateur  astronomers  are  excited  about   four  comets  gracing  the  skies,  easy  to  see  in  telescopes  but  only  two  seen   with  the  naked  eye  under  very  dark  skies.  NASA’s  MESSENGER  spacecraft   is  about  to  get  a  close-­‐up  view  of  Comet  ISON’s  outburst.  On  Nov.  18-­‐19   ‘‡– ƒ†‘‡–…‡™‹ŽŽ„‘–ŠϐŽ›„›‡”…—”›ǡ™Š‡”‡  is  orbiting.    Those  photos  will  be  seen  at  SpaceWeather.com  and  NASA.gov.   Tues.  Nov.  19   On  this  1969  date  in  space  history  Apollo  12  landed  on  the  Moon,  the   second  triumph  for  America  before  the  end  of  the  decade.  Astronauts  Pete   Conrad,  deceased,  and  Alan  Bean,  age  81,  performed  a  pinpoint  landing  just   300  feet  from  the  Surveyor  3  spacecraft  landed  18  months  earlier.  Orbiting   the  Moon  was  Dick  Gordon,  84.    The  three  astronauts  were  very  close  Naval  aviation   buddies,  and  their  mission  was  the  most  problem  free  of  any  manned  space  mission   to  date.   Wed.  Nov.  20   –Š‹•ͳͻͻͺ†ƒ–‡‹•’ƒ…‡Š‹•–‘”›ǡ–Š‡ϐ‹”•–•‡…–‹‘‘ˆ–Š‡ –‡”ƒ–‹‘ƒŽ’ƒ…‡–ƒ–‹‘ǡ Zarya,  was  launched  by  the  Russians.    Today  it  is  a  command  central  for  the  enor-­‐ mous  ISS,  home  today  to  six  astronauts  of  the  Expedition  38  crew.

Fri. Nov.  22   Jupiter  and  the  gibbous  Moon  team   up  tonight  in  the  constellation   Gemini  the  Twins.    Fifty  years  ago   America  mourned  with  confusion  the  assassination  of  President  John  F.  Kennedy,  and   that  night  the  Moon  was  in  constellation  Capricornus  with  Saturn  nearby  and  higher   up  was  Jupiter  in  Pisces.

Sat. Nov.  23   In  the  north  is  Cassiopeia  the  Queen,  the  distinc-­‐ –‹˜‡Ǧ•Šƒ’‡‘ˆϐ‹˜‡•–ƒ”•„‡‹‰Š‡”–Š”‘‡Ǥ‘ her  right,  or  east,  is  her  daughter,  Andromeda’s,   suitor,  Perseus  the  Greek  hero.    This  area  of  the   sky  is  rich  in  star  clusters,  as  it  is  an  offshoot   of  the  arm  of  the  Milky  Way,  now  setting  in  the   west. Sun.  Nov.  24   Looking  south  at  7  pm  in  the  early  evening  is   the  celestial  whale,  Cetus,  though  its  faint  stars   are  hard  to  see.    Further  to  the  east  is  Taurus   the  Bull  rising,  with  a  charioteer  named  Auriga   to  its  left.    The  red  star  in  the  bull  is  Aldebaran,   and  the  bright  yellow  one  in  the  chariot  driver   is  Capella.   Mon.  Nov.  25   The  Moon  is  at  Last  Quarter  tonight  at  precisely   ʹǣʹͺ’Ǥ –Š‡‘”‹‰•›ǡ–Š‡ϐ‹”•–’Žƒ‡– Mercury  and  sixth  planet  Saturn  are  extremely   close  to  each  other  and  spectacular  as  the  rise   together  at  6  am  in  the  constellation  Libra,   though  they  are  in  reality  more  than  800  million   miles  apart.


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Christmas Open House Gate City, VA November 23rd

The Town   of   Gate   City   will   host   a   Christmas   Open   House   on   Saturday,   November   23rd,   2013.     Many   of   our   businesses   will   have   special   one   day   only   discounts,   special   promotions,   and   give-­‐ ƒ™ƒ›•Ǥ ƒ††‹–‹‘–‘–Š‡•’‡…‹ƒŽ˜ƒŽ—‡›‘—™‹ŽŽϐ‹† in  Gate  City,  there  will   be   Live  Entertainment   and   Free  Horse  and  Carriage  Rides.    Santa  Claus  will  be   coming   to   Town   to   visit   with   all   the   good   boys   and  

girls in  the  area  as  well. Make  plans  today  to  start  your  holiday  shopping   in  Gate  City  on  Saturday,  November  23rd.        Everyone   ‹•‹˜‹–‡†–‘ϐ‹†–Šƒ–•’‡…‹ƒŽ‰‹ˆ–ƒ–ƒ†‹•…‘—–ƒ† enjoy  the  wonderful  events  planned.     Find   us   on   Facebook   or   call   the   Town   Hall   for   more  information.


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How to Survive Thanksgiving

OK, I’m  gonna  tell  you  exactly   how   you’re   gonna   survive   cooking   a   large   meal,   and   feeding   it   to   more   members   of   your   family   than   you’re   used   to   dealing  with  at  the  same  time.  I’m   not  going  to  tell  you  how  to  cook   the   meal,   you   can   google   Alton   Brown  for  that.  The  stress  factor   on  Thanksgiving  can  be  high,  and  

mostly it   doesn’t   come   from   preparing   the   meal,   so   much   as   that   one   uncle   that   wants   to   do   nothing   about   talk   about  politics  and  Jesus.   It’s   that   you   really   have   to  worry  about.  Fear  not!   We’re  gonna  get  through   this,  it’s  gonna  be  alright.   First   off,   focus   on   cooking   the   meal.   Why?   Because   that   will   give   you   a   legitimate   reason   to   not   talk   to   family   members.   Welcome   them,   greet   them   kindly,   then   say   “Sorry,   I’ve   got   to   get   back   to   the   kitchen”.   Granted,   some   family   will   want   to   linger   in   the   kitchen   and   try   to   talk   to   you/ sneak   a   bite   of   something.   If   someone   wanders   in,   put   a   spoon   in   their   hand,   and   make   them   do   something.   At   some   point   your   Uncle   Bill   will   show   up.  Who  is  Uncle  Bill?   Uncle  Bill   is   my   politics   and   Jesus   relative   I   have   to   worry   about,   the   most   negative   human   being   you’ve  

ever met.  Uncle  Bill  could  win  the   Ž‘––‡”›ǡ ƒ† –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– ™‘”†• ‘—– of   his   mouth   would   be   “By   God,   think  about  the  taxes!”   Here’s   how   you   handle   Uncle   Bill.   As   soon   as   Bill   is   in   the   door,   hand   him   a   glass   of   wine,   and   slip   him   a   vicodin.   Boom,   he’s   out   of   the   way.   Cut   the   pill   in   half   if   you’re   worried   it   will   mess  with  his  other  medications.   You   don’t   want   this   year   to   be   known  as  “The  Thanksgiving  You   Accidentally   Killed   Uncle   Bill”.   You’ve  set  a  time  for  dinner,  and   you   have   to   stick   to   it.   Not   only   will  it  help  you  keep  your  sanity,   but  it’ll  keep  family  from  showing   up  too  early  or  too  late.  As  it  gets   closer   to   the   time   for   the   meal   to   be   served,   you   may   need   a   second   wind   of   energy.   This   is   ™Š› ϐ‹‹•ŠƒŽŽ›†‹•Š‡•ƒŠ‘—” till  serving  time,  blasting  “Search   and   Destroy”   by   The   Stooges   in   the  kitchen.   Next   up   on   the   relatives   who   give  you  heart  palpitations  when   you   see   their   car   pull   up   list,   is   the   one   that   thinks   of   you   as   the   out   and   out   weirdo   of   the   family.  The  one  who  always  tries   to  make  small  talk  with  you,  but   stays   a   foot   or   two   more   away   from   you   than   everyone   else.   The  one  who  avoids  going  to  the   bathroom  at  your  house,  because   they’re   wigged   out   by   the   fact   that  you  put  a  poster  for  Creature   From  The  Black  Lagoon  above  the   toilet  in  the  half  bath.   They’re   also   the   ones   who   tend   eat   more   amounts   of   food   than  anyone  else.  At  some  point,   they   feel   a   need   to   connect   with   you   after   eating   you   out   of   house   and   home.   They   will   actively  seek  you  out  and  a  make   a   point   to   go   over   the   same   list  

of questions   the’ve   asked   you   ever   since   you   graduated   High   School.   “Are   you   dating   anyone?   Why   aren’t   you   married   yet?   You   know   your   mother   would   love   grandchildren,  right?”   It’s   best   to   end   the   conversation   quickly.   You   smile   and   say   you   have   to   go   do   something   else   right   now   “Ooh,   gotta  get  those  pies  up  from  the   downstairs  fridge”  or  “Oh,  I  hear   my   phone,   that   must   be   Charles   De  Gaulle  calling!”  Just  hope  they   eventually  give  up  and  leave  to  go   home,   or   fall   asleep   somewhere   in   the   den.   If   you’re   lucky,   they   won’t  ask  for  a  “to  go  plate”.   Many   people   after   eating   the   meal   will   wind   up   sleeping   in   front   of   a   TV   somewhere   in   your   house.   I   play   a   little   game   that   helps   keep   the   sounds   of   rambling   TV   channels   from   ϐŽ‘‘†‹‰ –Š‡ Š‘—•‡Ǥ  Š‹†‡ –Š‡ remotes   to   all   the   TVs,   so   that   if   someone   wants   to   watch   TV   after   eating   at   my   place,   they   Šƒ˜‡–‘ƒ…–‹˜‡Ž›‰‡–—’ƒ†ϐ‹† the   right   remote   for   that   TV.   If   everything   goes   the   way   I   want   it  to  everyone  shows  up  around  

one, and  they’re  all  gone  by  six.   This   makes   for   a   super   easy   and   manageable   Thanksgiving,   and   one   that   ends   with   a   happy   dance  all  around  the  house  to  the   sounds  of  Elvis  Costello  and  The   Attractions.   Thanksgiving   can   be   a   enjoyable   time,   everyone   does  have  family  that  they  enjoy   seeing.   Maybe   that’s   just   me,   I   mean,  I  do  come  from  family  that   tends  to  act  a  little  silly  and  talk   like  Julia  Child  in  the  kitchen.  I’m   thankful   for   them,   and   I   hope   your  annual  gathering  is  as  stress   free   as   possible.   See   you   next   week.


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Thor: The Dark World

I have   always   considered   Thor   to   be   the   Marvel   Comics   version   of   DC’s   Superman.   He   has   super   •–”‡‰–Šƒ†…ƒϐŽ›ǡ•‘™Š›‘–ǫ Thor   returns   to   the   big   •…”‡‡ ‹ –Š‡ ‡™ ϐ‹Ž DzŠ‘”ǣ The   Dark   World”,   and   if   the   tile   isn’t   forbidding   enough,   the   ƒ…–—ƒŽϐ‹ŽŽ‹˜‡•—’–‘–Š‡–‹–Ž‡ǡƒ• ƒ‹ …Šƒ”ƒ…–‡”• ‹ –Š‡ ϐ‹Ž ƒ”‡ imprisoned,  beaten  and  killed.   Chris   Hemsworth   is   back   as   Thor,  and  is  joined  by  his  devious   brother   Loki,   once   more   played   with  abandon  by  Tom  Hiddleston.   Š‡ϐ‹Ž–‘††Ž‡•„ƒ…ƒ†ˆ‘”–Š between   Earth   and   Asgard,   as   Thor  and  his  earthly  love  interest   Dr.  Jane  Foster  (Natalie  Portman)   travel  between  the  worlds.   On   Asgard,   Loki   has   been   imprisoned   due   to   his   crimes   against  Earth  (see  “The  Avengers”   ϐ‹ŽȌǡ ƒ† Š‘” ‹• †‡ƒŽ‹‰ ™‹–Š

the appearance  of  the  Dark  Elves,   who  are  up  to  no  good.   Meanwhile  back  on  Earth,  Jane   is  dealing  with  an  alien  substance   called   Aether,   which   I   will   refer   to  as  evil  Elf  dust,  that   she   becomes   infected   with.   Not   long   after   her   ‹ˆ‡…–‹‘ǡ ƒ‡ ϐ‹†• herself   transported   to   Asgard   with   Thor,   and   all   soon   turns   to   chaos.   You   see,   the   Dark   Elves   need   the   substance   in   order   to   cause  darkness  in  the   Nine  Realms  of  Thor’s   universe.   Matters   soon   deteriorate   so   badly,   Thor   seeks   the   assistance   of   his   wayward  brother  Loki.   Battles   lines   are   drawn,   and  

Asgard and  eventually  Earth,  are   under  attack  by  the  Dark  Elves.   Š‡ ϐ‹Ž ‹• ϐ‹ŽŽ‡† ™‹–Š ’Ž‡–› ‘ˆϐ‹‰Š–•ǡ™‹––›†‹ƒŽ‘‰—‡„‡–™‡‡ Loki  and  Thor,  and  the  continuing   romance  between  Thor  and  Jane.   Once   again,   I   felt   Hiddleston,   as   Loki,   stole   the   movie   from   Hemsworth  (Thor),  which  is  not   an   easy   thing   to   do   considering   the   actor’s   size   and   looks.   The   banter   and   emotional   interactions   between   the   two   ƒ…–‘”• ‹• ƒ †‡ϐ‹‹–‡ Š‹‰ŠŽ‹‰Š– ‘ˆ –Š‡ ϐ‹Žǡ ƒ† Ž‡ˆ– ‡ ™ƒ–‹‰ –‘ see  more  of  Loki.   The   only   problem   I   had   with   –Š‡ ϐ‹Žǡ ‹• –Šƒ– ‹– ™ƒ• ”ƒ–Š‡” “busy”   plot-­‐wise.   After   all,   don’t   most  of  us  just  want  to  see  Thor   ϐ‹‰Š– ™‹–Š Š‹• Šƒ‡”ǫ ‡˜‡” fear,   there   is   plenty   of   Thor   and   Š‹• Šƒ‡” ‹ –Š‡ ϐ‹Žǡ „—– ™‡ must  still  wade  through  the  often   confusing  story  line.   Overall,   “Thor:   The   Dark   World”   is   a   fun   comic   book   ‘˜‹‡ǡ–Šƒ–…‘—Ž†Šƒ˜‡„‡‡ϐ‹–‡† from  a  bit  more  editing.   Alert:   Be   sure   to   stay   in   the   theater  until  ALL  the  credits  end   as   there   are   two   extra   scenes   tacked  on  at  the  end.  (Rated  PG-­‐ 13)  B  


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The World As Seen By Abraham Zapruder There  is   a   brilliant   moment   in   Peter   Landesman’s   recent   Ď?‹ŽÂ?ÇĄDzƒ”Â?ŽƒÂ?†ǥdzĥ™‡™ƒ–…Š–Š‡ assassination  of  John  F.  Kennedy,   not  through  the  lens  of  Abraham   Zapruder’s   camera,   but   by   staring  at  Zapruder’s  face  (played   memorably  by  Paul  Giametti)  as   Š‡ Ď?‹ŽÂ?• –Š‡ Â?‘•– ˆƒÂ?‘—• ˜‹†‡‘ sequence   in   American   history.   Although  he  is  shocked  by  what   Š‡ •‡‡•ǥ Š‡ …‘Â?–‹Â?—‡• Ď?‹ŽÂ?‹Â?‰ until   the   presidential   limousine   disappears   under   the   now-­â€? infamous  Dallas  underpass  on  its   way   to   Parkland   Hospital.   What   the   Dallas   dressmaker   captured   on   that   bright   and   sunny   ƒˆ–‡”Â?‘‘Â? Ď?‹ˆ–› ›‡ƒ”• ƒ‰‘ –Š‹• week   has   become   an   American   icon   and   the   centerpiece   of   nearly   every   JFK   conspiracy   theory   presented   ever   since.   And,  as   we  commemorate   those   ÂƒÂŽÂŽÇŚÂ–Â‘Â‘ÇŚÂˆÂƒÂ?‹Ž‹ƒ”‡˜‡Â?–•ˆ”‘Â?Ď?‹ˆ–› years   ago,   there   seems   to   be   no   end   in   sight   when   it   comes   to   assassination   conspiracy   theories.   Just   when   we   think   we’ve   heard   them   all,  along  comes  another   convincing   or   not-­â€?so-­â€? convincing  theory. Without   the   26.6   seconds   of   Kodachrome  

 Íş Â?Â? Ď?‹ŽÂ? •Š‘– „› Zapruder  that   day   with   his  Bell  &  Howell  Model   414   PD   hand-­â€?held   movie  camera,  we  might   not   have   any   conspiracy   theories  at  all.  Although   Š‹•™ƒ•Â?‘––Š‡‘Â?Ž›Ď?‹ŽÂ? captured  that  afternoon,   it   is   the   only   one   that   shows  the  assassination   itself   and   the   only   one   that   could   give   rise   to   a   “single  bulletâ€?  theory  or   any   credible   theory   for   that  matter  as  to  how  the   President   might   have  

died.  It   has   become   the   single   most   important   artifact   in   the   American   horror   story   known   as   the   Kennedy   Assassination.   It   has   had   not   only   a   profound   ‹Â?Ď?Ž—‡Â?…‡ ‘Â? Â?‡”‹…ƒÂ? Š‹•–‘”› and   popular   culture,   but   also   ‘Â? –Š‡ Ď?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡” Š‹Â?Â•Â‡ÂŽÂˆÇĄ ™Š‘ǥ according   to   his   family,   never   again  looked  through  the  lens  of   a   camera   during   the   seventeen   years   he   was   to   live   following   his  rendezvous  with  destiny  that   afternoon  in  Dealey  Plaza.   Although   most   Americans   didn’t   see   that   famous   video   sequence   in   its   entirety   until   it   was   broadcast   on   the   TV   show   “Good   Night   Americaâ€?   in   1975,   there   were   the   highly-­â€? publicized   still   sequences   published   in   Life   magazine   and   other   sources   between   1963   and   1975,   complete   with   some   frames   being   presented   out-­â€?of-­â€? sequence   for   some   inexplicable   reason   (except   to   conspiracy   theorists,   that   is).   Beginning  

with  Mark   Lane’s   damning,   and   still  questionable  critique  of  the   ƒ””‡Â? ‘Â?Â?‹••‹‘Â?ǯ• Ď?‹Â?†‹Â?‰•ǥ Rush   To   Judgment,   in   1966,   we   have   seen   a   staggering   number   of   books,   articles,   testimonials,   documentaries,   and   TV   shows   purporting   to   give   us   the   last   word   on   the   assassination.   ‡”Šƒ’• –Š‡ Â?‘•– ‹Â?Ď?Ž—‡Â?–‹ƒŽ contribution   to   this   vast   collection  of  conspiracy  is  Oliver   –‘Â?‡ǯ• ͳ͝͝ͳ Ď?‹ŽÂ? Dz ÇĄÇł ™Š‹…Š pastes   together   a   wide   array   of   theories  implicating  hundreds  of   individuals  who  have  apparently   engaged   in   a   conspiracy   of   silence  about  their  evil  deeds. In   a   very   thought-­â€?provoking   article   published   last   week   in   The   Guardian,   Steve   Rose   offers   his   thoughts   about   the   ‹Â?’‘”–ƒÂ?…‡ ‘ˆ ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ• Ď?‹ŽÂ?ÇĄ which   he   calls   “one   of   the   great   cultural   icons   of   our   time.â€?   Noting  that  “JFK  has  been  dying   again  and  again  ever  sinceâ€?  that   fateful   afternoon   in   1963,   he   Â?‘–‡•–Šƒ––Š‡ƒ’”—†‡”Ď?‹ŽÂ?Šƒ• “seeped  into  popular  cultureâ€?  in   some   subtle   and   not-­â€?so-­â€?subtle   ways.   Allusions   to   the   sequence   appear   in   some   very   interesting   places,   perhaps   most   recently   in   Lana   Del   Rey’s   fascinating   music   video   accompanying   her   song,   “National   Anthem.â€?   I   suggest  you  watch  it  on  YouTube   if   you   haven’t   already   done   so.   It   is   an   exercise   in   what   some   would   call   “postmodernismâ€?   (a   term  I  dislike  very  much,  as  you   should   know   if   you’ve   followed   my   columns   for   any   length   of  

time).  Movies   like   “The   Parallax   View,â€?   “The   Conversation,â€?   “Blow   Out,â€?   and   others,   although   not   referring   to   the   JFK   assassination   directly,   would   be   unthinkable   without   the   backdrop   of   –Š‡ ƒ’”—†‡” Ď?‹ŽÂ?Ǥ According   to   Rose,   –Š‡ •‹‰Â?‹Ď?‹…ƒÂ?…‡ of   this   twenty-­â€?six-­â€? •‡…‘Â?† Ď?‹ŽÂ? ‹• Šƒ”† to   estimate.   “Some   have   called   it   the   foundation   stone   of   citizen   journalism—a   harbinger   of   the   current   YouTube   era,   where   anyone   with   a   camera   can   create   something   of   global   broadcast   value.   To   some,   as   well  as  JFK’s  death,  the  Zapruder   Ď?‹ŽÂ? ”‡’”‡•‡Â?–• –Š‡ †‡ƒ–Š ‘ˆ cinematic  truth  itself.â€? Rose’s   conviction   that   the   ƒ’”—†‡” Ď?‹ŽÂ? •‹‰Â?ƒŽ• –Š‡ †‡ƒ–Š ‘ˆ Dz…‹Â?‡Â?ƒ–‹… –”—–Šdz ‹• ”‡Ď?Ž‡…–‡† in   two   books   focusing   on   the   Ď?‹ŽÂ? ‹–•‡ŽˆǤ ‘–Š ’—„Ž‹•Š‡† ‹Â? 2003,  they  call  into  question  the   ‹Â?–‡‰”‹–› ‘ˆ ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ• Ď?‹ŽÂ?‡† record   of   the   assassination.   Š‡ Ď?‹”•–ǥ The   Great   Zapruder   Film   Hoax:   Deceit   and   Deception   In   the   Death   of   JFK,   a   series   of   essays   produced   by   University   of  Minnesota  professor  James  H.   Fetzer,   added   yet   another   thing   to   think   about   in   the   alleged   vast   conspiracy   to   assassinate   a   President—namely,   that   the   Ď?‹ŽÂ? ™‡ Â?Â?‘™ •‘ ™‡ŽŽ ‹• ‹Â? ˆƒ…– the  product  of  a  hoax,   a   clever   fabrication,   akin   to   the   “fakedâ€?   1969   moon   landing.   Considered   in   this   way,   what   seemed   to   be   the   most   solid   piece   of   evidence   in   the   JFK   assassination   turns   out   to   be   the   Â?‘•– Ď?Ž‹Â?•›Ǥ ˆ –Š‹• is   true,   then   what   can   we   believe   about   anything?   Maybe   we   live   in   a   world   of   fabrication,   where   everything   is   staged   and   faked.   The   other   book,   The   Zapruder   Film:   Reframing   JFK’s   Assassination,   by   University   of   Wisconsin   Professor   Emeritus   David   R.   Wrone,   considers  

–Š‡ Š‹•–‘”› ‘ˆ –Š‡ Ď?‹ŽÂ? ƒÂ?† ‹–• convoluted  path   through   the   American   conscience.   While   not   an   advocate   of   Fetzer’s   fabrication   theories,   Wrone   Ď?‹Â?†• ‹Â? –Š‡ Ď?‹ŽÂ? ‹Â?…‘Â?–‡•–ƒ„Ž‡ evidence  that  Lee  Harvey  Oswald   was   not   the   assassin   at   all.   And   ‹–ǯ• ƒŽŽ –Š‡”‡ ‹Â? –Š‡ Ď?‹ŽÂ?ÇĄ ƒ••‡”–• Wrone,   if   you   just   look   in   the   right  places. My  favorite   meditation  on   the   meaning   of   Zapruder’s   video   document   (which   I   believe,   by   the  way,  to  be  genuine)  is  Wayne   Koestenbaum’s   provocative   and   stimulating   analysis   of   Jackie   Kennedy,   Jackie   Under   My   Skin:   Interpreting  An  Icon  (1995).  In  a   chapter   titled   “Jackie’s   Inferno,â€?   Koestenbaum     writes   that   “The   major   myth   that   Jackie   lived— the   legend   that   inaugurated   her   sublimity—was   the   hell   story.   Passing   through   Dallas,   she   passed   through   inferno;   and   we   each  have  our  own  ideas  of  hell,   and   could   therefore   understand   Jackie’s   experience   and   register   its  extremity.â€?  He  goes  on  to  say   that  “Seeking  the  perpetrator,  we   repeat  the  Zapruder  footage;  we   reexamine  the  moment  of  Jackie   climbing   backward.   .   .   .Climbing   backward   onto   the   truck   of   the   car,   we   are   trying   to   retrieve   a   piece   of   our   consciousness.â€?   So   there   we   have   it—what   we   see   ‹Â? –Š‡ ƒ’”—†‡” Ď?‹ŽÂ?ÇĄ ‘” ‹Â? ƒÂ?› of   the   other   pieces   of   evidence   surrounding  that  death  in  Dallas,   tells   us   more   about   ourselves   than   about   what   might   have   really   happened.   The   longer   we   stare   at   those   trees   behind   that   Grassy   Knoll   fence   and   rewatch   the   images   on   that   twenty-­â€?six   second   Zapruder   sequence,   the   more   we   come   face   to   face,   not   with   the   assassin   but   with   ourselves. See  you  next  week.


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