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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 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 ϐ dance in harmony on a large, ever-‐ changing background. Light covered arches, ϐ colors on more than three acres of aluminum grandstand seating, set the stage 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 Ǧ ϐǡ 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 ϐǡ 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 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 ϐ 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. ϐ Ǥ served. FREE Parking. Donation is $10, $8 for students, seniors, and groups. Fund raiser for SMSA programs. Call 865-‐429-‐ 1783, email@example.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 Ǧϐ 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 ϐ Ǥ 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 ǡϐ̷ 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 Ǥ 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 ϐϐ 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, ϐ 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, ͳͻͺǤ 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” ϐ 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
Âˆ Â›Â‘Â—ÇŻÂ˜Â‡ Â•Â‡Â‡Â? ÂƒÂ˜Â‹Â† ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† perform Â with Â The Â Avett Â Brothers, Â Mumford Â & Â Sons, Â Jessica Â Lea Â ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ†ÇĄ Â‘Â” ÂƒÂ– Â‘Â?Â?ÂƒÂ”Â‘Â‘ÇĄ Â›Â‘Â—ÇŻÂ˜Â‡ caught Â the Â charisma, Â the Â heart, Â and Â the Â comedy, Â and Â itâ€™s Â likely Â youâ€™ll Â come Â back Â for Â more. Â The Â ÂƒÂ˜Â‹Â† ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† Paradeâ€™s Â April Â 2 Â release Â â€œGood Â Man Â Downâ€? Â begs Â for Â that Â same Â repeated Â enjoyment. Â Â With Â eclectic, Â cinematic Â songs Â that Â stir Â up Â images Â of Â the Â old Â West Â and Â urban Â cityscapes, Â the Â 12-Ââ€?track Â album Â feels Â like Â a Â game Â changer Â for Â a Â singer-Ââ€?songwriter, Â band Â leader, Â and Â Grammy Â nominated Â producer Â who Â stepped Â out Â of Â the Â sideman Â shadows Â with Â his Â 2011 Â solo Â debut Â â€œThe Â Parade.â€? Â He Â likens Â â€œGood Â Man Â Downâ€? Â to Â â€œIndiana Â Jones Â and Â the Â Temple Â of Â Doom.â€? Â Like Â â€œRaiders Â of Â the Â Lost Â Ark,â€? Â ÂŠÂ‹Â• Ď?Â‹Â”Â•Â– ÂƒÂŽÂ„Â—Â? Â™ÂƒÂ• ÂŽÂ‹Â‰ÂŠÂ–ÂŠÂ‡ÂƒÂ”Â–Â‡Â† ÂƒÂ?Â† fun Â with Â nods Â to Â the Â past. Â His Â second Â is Â darker, Â creepier, Â more Â bizarre Â and Â outrageous. He Â made Â â€œThe Â Paradeâ€? Â without Â knowing Â if Â anyone Â would Â hear Â it, Â but Â the Â stakes Â for Â a Â follow-Ââ€?up Â were Â raised Â when Â his Â Kickstarter Â campaign Â more Â than Â doubled Â his Â initial Â goal Â of Â $18,000. With Â a Â successful Â crowd Â funding Â campaign Â raising Â expectations, Â ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† ÂˆÂ‡ÂŽÂ– Â‹Â– Â™ÂƒÂ• Â–Â‹Â?Â‡ Â–Â‘ Â–ÂƒÂ?Â‡ chances Â musically Â and Â delve Â into Â more Â adventurous Â production Â while Â tapping Â into Â his Â bluegrass Â roots. Â While Â anchored Â in Â descriptive Â songwriting Â with Â beautiful Â instrumentation Â including Â strings Â and Â horns, Â â€œGood Â Man Â Downâ€? Â throws Â its Â listeners Â numerous Â musical Â curveballs. Â As Â producer Â he Â didnâ€™t Â rein Â in Â his Â weirder Â musical Â tendencies. Â Just Â like Â his Â lively Â sometimes Â comical Â live Â shows, Â â€œGood Â Man Â Downâ€? Â illustrates Â a Â lot Â of Â character Â without Â seeming Â contrived. â€œGood Â Man Â Downâ€? Â features Â Â?Â‘Â–ÂƒÂ„ÂŽÂ‡Â‰Â—Â‡Â•Â–Â•Â‡Â–ÂŠÂ˜Â‡Â–Â–ÇĄÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ†ÇŻÂ• bluegrass Â hero Â Doyle Â Lawson Â & Â Quicksilver, Â and Â country Â star Â Dierks Â Â‡Â?Â–ÂŽÂ‡Â›Â™ÂŠÂ‘Â†Â—Â‡Â–Â•Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ†Â‘Â? Marty Â Stuartâ€™s Â â€œTempted.â€? Â Bentley Â Â”Â‡Â?Â‡Â?Â„Â‡Â”Â‡Â† ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† ÂˆÂ”Â‘Â? Â•Â‡Â‡Â‹Â?Â‰ his Â familyâ€™s Â bluegrass Â band Â play Â long Â before Â the Â former Â was Â a Â country Â star. Â ÂŠÂƒÂ–ÇŻÂ• Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â?Â‰Ç¤ ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† Â‹Â•Â?ÇŻÂ– Â‡ÂƒÂ•Â› to Â forget. ÂƒÂ˜Â‹Â† ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† Â‰Â”Â‡Â™ Â—Â’ Â’ÂŽÂƒÂ›Â‹Â?Â‰ bass Â and Â touring Â with Â his Â familyâ€™s Â bluegrass Â band. Â As Â a Â teenager Â he Â established Â himself Â as Â a Â hot Â picker Â collecting Â national Â awards Â for Â his Â dexterity Â on Â guitar Â and Â mandolin. Â His Â knack Â for Â colorful Â performances Â was Â evident Â as Â a Â backing Â player Â in Â ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â•Â‹Â•Â–Â‡Â” Â‡Â•Â•Â‹Â…ÂƒÂ‡ÂƒÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ†ÇŻÂ•Â„ÂƒÂ?Â†
including Â their Â appearance Â on Â â€œThe Â Late Â Show Â with Â David Â Letterman.â€? Â He Â oozed Â personality Â on Â stage Â -Ââ€? Â a Â trait Â that Â makes Â him Â a Â natural Â front Â Â?ÂƒÂ?Ç¤ ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† Â„Â”Â‘Â—Â‰ÂŠÂ– ÂŠÂ‹Â• Â•Â?Â‹ÂŽÂŽÂ• and Â personality Â when Â he Â joined Â Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â„ÂŽÂ—Â‡Â‰Â”ÂƒÂ•Â• Â‘Â—Â–Ď?Â‹Â– ÂƒÂ†Â‹ÂŽÂŽÂƒÂ… Â?Â›ÇĄ playing Â sold Â out Â shows Â with Â British Â folk Â revivalists Â Mumford Â and Â Sons. Â Â”Â‘Â—Â?Â† Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â? ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† Â„Â‡Â‰ÂƒÂ? Â™Â”Â‹Â–Â‹Â?Â‰ songs Â after Â hearing Â artists Â like Â Randy Â Newman Â and Â Simon Â & Â Garfunkel. Â Encouraged Â by Â his Â sister Â Jessica, Â Mumford Â & Â Sons, Â and Â other Â friends Â in Â music Â to Â record Â his Â original Â material, Â ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† Â”Â‡ÂŽÂ‡ÂƒÂ•Â‡Â† Ç˛ÂŠÂ‡ ÂƒÂ”ÂƒÂ†Â‡Çł Â–Â‘ much Â acclaim. Â Â Since Â that Â time, Â David Â ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ†ÂŠÂƒÂ•Â–Â‘Â—Â”Â‡Â†ÂƒÂŽÂ?Â‘Â•Â–Â?Â‘Â?ÇŚÂ•Â–Â‘Â’ including Â many Â appearances Â with Â Americana Â sweethearts Â The Â Avett Â Brothers, Â both Â as Â an Â opening Â act Â and Â sitting Â in Â with Â the Â Brothers.
â€œWas Â It Â Only Â Meâ€? Â was Â one Â of Â those Â early Â songs Â he Â shared Â with Â friends Â backstage. Â On Â â€œGood Â Man Â Downâ€? Â itâ€™s Â evolved Â into Â a Â grand, Â epic Â track. Â Itâ€™s Â a Â quiet, Â emotional Â and Â poetic Â song Â that Â crests Â into Â a Â wild Â psychedelic Â conclusion. Â While Â the Â showman Â in Â ÂƒÂ›Ď?Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ† Â‹Â• Â…Â‘Â?Â•Â…Â‹Â‘Â—Â• Â‘Âˆ Â™Â”Â‹Â–Â‹Â?Â‰ ÂŽÂ‹Â˜Â‡ crowd Â pleasers, Â â€œWas Â It Â Only Â Meâ€? Â is Â one Â he Â wrote Â for Â himself. Â Yet Â itâ€™s Â one Â that Â will Â undoubtedly Â connect Â with Â his Â audience. Â Â Conscious Â of Â not Â just Â being Â a Â musician, Â but Â an Â entertainer Â -Ââ€? Â something Â his Â father Â instilled Â in Â him Â in Â the Â family Â band Â -Ââ€? Â he Â certainly Â makes Â an Â impression Â live. Â But Â itâ€™s Â the Â strength Â of Â his Â songwriting Â and Â musicianship, Â combined Â with Â that Â charm Â and Â personality Â that Â keep Â audiences Â coming Â back Â again Â and Â again.
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“Tradin’ Paint” Bud Frank Theatre November 21-24
ϐ 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 ϐ 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 ϐǡǳ ǲ 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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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 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 ϐ 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 ϐ 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 ϐǤ 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.
ϐ do better.” But Lawson remembers one ϐ 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 ǡϐ 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 ǡϐ
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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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 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, ϐ 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 ϐȌ 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 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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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 Ǥ 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
ϐ ȋͶʹ͵Ȍ Ͷ͵ͻǦ
and Instruction and program coordinator of the
7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Anna Vogelzang & Sarah Lou Richards Acoustic Coffeehouse November 22nd, 10pm
“The Wisconsin troubadour has a penchant for playfulness when it comes to her music; however, when she gets serious, few craft a better ǡǳϐǤ 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 ǡ ϐ 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 ǯ ϐ 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
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 Â knows Â that Â the Â Christmas Â holiday Â season Â can Â be Â hectic. Â Â But Â this Â year, Â Hands Â On! Â Regional Â Museum Â invites Â everyone Â to Â Take Â a Â Christmas Â Vacation Â at Â their Â 25th Â Annual Â Festival Â of Â Trees. Â Â This Â series Â of Â festive Â events Â makes Â up Â the Â museumâ€™s Â biggest Â fund-Ââ€?raiser Â each Â year, Â with Â all Â proceeds Â dedicated Â to Â the Â museumâ€™s Â educational Â interactive Â exhibits Â and Â hands-Ââ€?on Â programs. The Â event Â includes Â a Â â€œShowing Â of Â the Â Treesâ€? Â exhibit, Â November Â 7th Â through Â November Â 19th, Â that Â will Â display Â festive Â holiday Â trees, Â wreaths, Â and Â centerpieces Â decorated Â by Â regional Â designers. Â Each Â year, Â volunteers Â from Â all Â over Â the Â area Â give Â their Â time Â and Â talents Â to Â produce Â beautiful, Â one-Ââ€?of-Ââ€?a-Ââ€?kind Â decorations Â that Â are Â sure Â to Â get Â you Â in Â the Â holiday Â spirit! Admission Â to Â the Â Showing Â of Â the Â Trees Â exhibit Â is Â free Â during Â this Â time. Â Â All Â greenery Â items Â will Â be Â available Â for Â purchase Â during Â the Â Night Â of Â Lights Â Gala, Â held Â on Â Friday, Â November Â 22nd. On Â November Â 22nd Â beginning Â
at Â 6:30 Â pm, Â you Â are Â invited Â to Â put Â on Â your Â dancing Â shoes Â for Â the Â main Â event, Â â€œThe Â Night Â of Â Â‹Â‰ÂŠÂ–Â• ÂƒÂŽÂƒÇł Â„Â‡Â?Â‡Ď?Â‹Â– ÂƒÂ—Â…Â–Â‹Â‘Â?Ç¤ The Â auctions Â will Â include Â all Â greenery Â items, Â a Â variety Â of Â spa, Â dining, Â entertainment, Â and Â sports Â packages Â and Â other Â items Â that Â will Â make Â great Â presents Â for Â someone Â special, Â or Â for Â yourself! Â Â Skip Â the Â crowds Â in Â the Â stores Â and Â pick Â up Â your Â holiday Â decorations Â and Â start Â your Â gift Â buying Â during Â the Â silent Â and Â voice Â auctions! The Â event Â will Â be Â hosted Â by Â Josh Â Smith, Â WJHL Â NewsChannel Â 11 Â and Â catered Â by Â Main Â Street Â
Cafe Â & Â Catering. Â Â The Â voice Â auction Â will Â be Â led Â by Â Mike Â ÂƒÂ—Â‰Â—Â‡Â•Â•Ç¤ Â™Â‹ÂŽÂŽ Ď?Â‹Â?Â‹Â•ÂŠ the Â evening Â with Â live Â music Â and Â dancing. Ç˛Â—Â” Â‰ÂƒÂŽÂƒ Â„Â‡Â?Â‡Ď?Â‹Â– Â‹Â• Â—Â?ÂŽÂ‹Â?Â‡ others Â since Â it Â provides Â auction Â items Â that Â will Â jump Â start Â your Â holiday Â decorating Â and Â gift Â buying,â€? Â said Â Kristine Â Carter, Â Hands Â On! Â Marketing Â Manager. Â Â â€œWe Â hold Â the Â Night Â of Â Lights Â before Â Thanksgiving, Â since Â thatâ€™s Â when Â families Â traditionally Â do Â their Â decorating Â and Â begin Â their Â holiday Â shopping.â€? Â Â Â All Â proceeds Â Â„Â‡Â?Â‡Ď?Â‹Â–Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â?Â—Â•Â‡Â—Â?ÇŻÂ•Â’Â”Â‘Â‰Â”ÂƒÂ?Â• and Â exhibits Â that Â were Â enjoyed Â by Â 75,000 Â visitors Â last Â year. Â Â Tickets Â to Â the Â Night Â of Â Lights Â Gala Â are Â better Â than Â a Â membership Â to Â a Â Jelly Â of Â the Â Month Â club! Â Â They Â go Â on Â sale Â November Â 1st. Â Â Early Â reservations Â are Â recommended, Â as Â tickets Â are Â limited. For Â more Â information Â about Â Festival Â of Â Trees, Â Night Â of Â Lights Â Gala Â tickets, Â or Â Hands Â On!, Â please Â visit Â the Â museumâ€™s Â website Â at Â www.handsonmuseum.org Â or Â call Â (423) Â 434-Ââ€?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 ϐ
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 ϐ 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 ǯ ϐ Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at (423) 439-‐6633 or email@example.com. For disability accommodations, ϐ 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 ǯ ϐ 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 ϐ 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 ϐ Ǥ Hensley will be David Yates on ϐ ǡ 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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â€œA Glimpseâ€? Greg Howser Mountain Empire Community College Slemp Gallery Through December 6th
art Â is Â narrated Â through Â his Â use Â of Â fairy Â
Collegeâ€™s Â Slemp Â Gallery Â is Â now Â featuring Â
tales, Â â€œallowing Â me Â to Â depict Â things Â I Â am Â
an Â art Â exhibition Â of Â the Â works Â of Â
not Â always Â comfortable Â talking Â about Â and Â
Greg Â Howser Â located Â in Â the Â Wampler Â
to Â show Â a Â glimpse Â into Â my Â mind.â€?
Â‹Â„Â”ÂƒÂ”Â›ÇĄ Â‘Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â•Â‡Â…Â‘Â?Â† Ď?ÂŽÂ‘Â‘Â” Â‘Âˆ Â‘Â„Â„ Hall.
Â”Â‡Â‰ Â‘Â™Â•Â‡Â” Â‹Â• Âƒ Â™Â‘Â”Â?Â‹Â?Â‰ Ď?Â‹Â‰Â—Â”ÂƒÂ–Â‹Â˜Â‡ artist Â who Â resides Â in Â Bluff Â City, Â TN. Â Greg Â
The Â exhibition, Â which Â will Â run Â from Â
has Â a Â Master Â of Â Fine Â Arts Â degree Â in Â
Oct. Â 21â€”Dec. Â 6, Â 2013, Â is Â titled Â A Â Glimpse. Â
Printmaking Â and Â a Â Bachelor Â of Â Fine Â Arts Â
â€œMy Â artwork,â€? Â says Â the Â artist Â Greg Â Howser, Â
in Â Painting Â from Â East Â Tennessee Â State Â
â€œshows Â the Â use Â of Â different Â mediums, Â
University Â in Â Johnson Â City, Â TN. Â He Â is Â
currently Â teaching Â at Â Appalachian Â State Â
in Â different Â ways.â€? Â Howserâ€™s Â art Â is Â a Â visual Â
University Â in Â Boone, Â North Â Carolina.
exploration Â of Â himself, Â his Â relationships Â
For Â more Â information Â on Â the Â Slemp Â
and Â experiences Â with Â people Â whom Â he Â
Gallery, Â or Â the Â Greg Â Howser Â exhibition, Â
is Â or Â has Â been Â close Â with, Â people Â he Â has Â
please Â contact Â Gallery Â Co-Ââ€?Director Â Alice Â
loved, Â laughed Â and Â cried Â with. Â Howserâ€™s Â
Harrington Â at Â (276)-Ââ€?523-Ââ€?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 ϐǡ 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 ϐ ǡϐǡ 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 ϔ 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 ϐ ϐ Carpenter. Dominating outer space in the world’s eyes was just ϐ Ȅ
ǯ 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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Continued from page 22
“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 ϐ ǡ a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not ϐ of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.” “There is no strife, no ǡ ϐ 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 ǡ ϐ ǫ 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 ϐ 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 ǡ 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 ϐ -‐ 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 ϐ ǡ 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 ͳͻͻͺ ǡϐ 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-‐ ǦϐǤ 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 ʹǣʹͺǤ ǡϐ 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-‐ Ǥ ϐ 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 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 ǡ 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 ϐ 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 ϐ Ǥ remotes to all the TVs, so that if someone wants to watch TV after eating at my place, they 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 ϐǡǫ Thor returns to the big ϐ ǲǣ The Dark World”, and if the tile isn’t forbidding enough, the ϐǡ ϐ 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. ϐ 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” ϐȌǡ
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 ǡ 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. ϐ ϐ ϐǡ 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 ϐ ϐǡ see more of Loki. The only problem I had with ϐǡ “busy” plot-‐wise. After all, don’t most of us just want to see Thor ϐ ǫ fear, there is plenty of Thor and ϐǡ must still wade through the often confusing story line. Overall, “Thor: The Dark World” is a fun comic book ǡ 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 Â is Â a Â brilliant Â moment Â in Â Peter Â Landesmanâ€™s Â recent Â Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÇĄÇ˛ÂƒÂ”Â?ÂŽÂƒÂ?Â†ÇĄÇłÂƒÂ•Â™Â‡Â™ÂƒÂ–Â…ÂŠÂ–ÂŠÂ‡ assassination Â of Â John Â F. Â Kennedy, Â not Â through Â the Â lens Â of Â Abraham Â Zapruderâ€™s Â camera, Â but Â by Â staring Â at Â Zapruderâ€™s Â face Â (played Â memorably Â by Â Paul Â Giametti) Â as Â ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â• Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â?Â‘Â•Â– ÂˆÂƒÂ?Â‘Â—Â• Â˜Â‹Â†Â‡Â‘ sequence Â in Â American Â history. Â Although Â he Â is Â shocked Â by Â what Â ÂŠÂ‡ Â•Â‡Â‡Â•ÇĄ ÂŠÂ‡ Â…Â‘Â?Â–Â‹Â?Â—Â‡Â• Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â‹Â?Â‰ until Â the Â presidential Â limousine Â disappears Â under Â the Â now-Ââ€? infamous Â Dallas Â underpass Â on Â its Â way Â to Â Parkland Â Hospital. Â What Â the Â Dallas Â dressmaker Â captured Â on Â that Â bright Â and Â sunny Â ÂƒÂˆÂ–Â‡Â”Â?Â‘Â‘Â? Ď?Â‹ÂˆÂ–Â› Â›Â‡ÂƒÂ”Â• ÂƒÂ‰Â‘ Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â• week Â has Â become Â an Â American Â icon Â and Â the Â centerpiece Â of Â nearly Â every Â JFK Â conspiracy Â theory Â presented Â ever Â since. Â And, Â as Â we Â commemorate Â those Â ÂƒÂŽÂŽÇŚÂ–Â‘Â‘ÇŚÂˆÂƒÂ?Â‹ÂŽÂ‹ÂƒÂ”Â‡Â˜Â‡Â?Â–Â•ÂˆÂ”Â‘Â?Ď?Â‹ÂˆÂ–Â› years Â ago, Â there Â seems Â to Â be Â no Â end Â in Â sight Â when Â it Â comes Â to Â assassination Â conspiracy Â theories. Â Just Â when Â we Â think Â weâ€™ve Â heard Â them Â all, Â along Â comes Â another Â convincing Â or Â not-Ââ€?so-Ââ€? convincing Â theory. Without Â the Â 26.6 Â seconds Â of Â Kodachrome Â
Íş Â?Â? Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â•ÂŠÂ‘Â– Â„Â› Zapruder Â that Â day Â with Â his Â Bell Â & Â Howell Â Model Â 414 Â PD Â hand-Ââ€?held Â movie Â camera, Â we Â might Â not Â have Â any Â conspiracy Â theories Â at Â all. Â Although Â ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â™ÂƒÂ•Â?Â‘Â–Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â‘Â?ÂŽÂ›Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? captured Â that Â afternoon, Â it Â is Â the Â only Â one Â that Â shows Â the Â assassination Â itself Â and Â the Â only Â one Â that Â could Â give Â rise Â to Â a Â â€œsingle Â bulletâ€? Â theory Â or Â any Â credible Â theory Â for Â that Â matter Â as Â to Â how Â the Â President Â might Â have Â
died. Â It Â has Â become Â the Â single Â most Â important Â artifact Â in Â the Â American Â horror Â story Â known Â as Â the Â Kennedy Â Assassination. Â It Â has Â had Â not Â only Â a Â profound Â Â‹Â?Ď?ÂŽÂ—Â‡Â?Â…Â‡ Â‘Â? Â?Â‡Â”Â‹Â…ÂƒÂ? ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â–Â‘Â”Â› and Â popular Â culture, Â but Â also Â Â‘Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â” ÂŠÂ‹Â?Â•Â‡ÂŽÂˆÇĄ Â™ÂŠÂ‘ÇĄ according Â to Â his Â family, Â never Â again Â looked Â through Â the Â lens Â of Â a Â camera Â during Â the Â seventeen Â years Â he Â was Â to Â live Â following Â his Â rendezvous Â with Â destiny Â that Â afternoon Â in Â Dealey Â Plaza. Â Although Â most Â Americans Â didnâ€™t Â see Â that Â famous Â video Â sequence Â in Â its Â entirety Â until Â it Â was Â broadcast Â on Â the Â TV Â show Â â€œGood Â Night Â Americaâ€? Â in Â 1975, Â there Â were Â the Â highly-Ââ€? publicized Â still Â sequences Â published Â in Â Life Â magazine Â and Â other Â sources Â between Â 1963 Â and Â 1975, Â complete Â with Â some Â frames Â being Â presented Â out-Ââ€?of-Ââ€? sequence Â for Â some Â inexplicable Â reason Â (except Â to Â conspiracy Â theorists, Â that Â is). Â Beginning Â
with Â Mark Â Laneâ€™s Â damning, Â and Â still Â questionable Â critique Â of Â the Â ÂƒÂ”Â”Â‡Â? Â‘Â?Â?Â‹Â•Â•Â‹Â‘Â?ÇŻÂ• Ď?Â‹Â?Â†Â‹Â?Â‰Â•ÇĄ Rush Â To Â Judgment, Â in Â 1966, Â we Â have Â seen Â a Â staggering Â number Â of Â books, Â articles, Â testimonials, Â documentaries, Â and Â TV Â shows Â purporting Â to Â give Â us Â the Â last Â word Â on Â the Â assassination. Â Â‡Â”ÂŠÂƒÂ’Â• Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â?Â‘Â•Â– Â‹Â?Ď?ÂŽÂ—Â‡Â?Â–Â‹ÂƒÂŽ contribution Â to Â this Â vast Â collection Â of Â conspiracy Â is Â Oliver Â Â–Â‘Â?Â‡ÇŻÂ• ÍłÍťÍťÍł Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Ç˛ ÇĄÇł Â™ÂŠÂ‹Â…ÂŠ pastes Â together Â a Â wide Â array Â of Â theories Â implicating Â hundreds Â of Â individuals Â who Â have Â apparently Â engaged Â in Â a Â conspiracy Â of Â silence Â about Â their Â evil Â deeds. In Â a Â very Â thought-Ââ€?provoking Â article Â published Â last Â week Â in Â The Â Guardian, Â Steve Â Rose Â offers Â his Â thoughts Â about Â the Â Â‹Â?Â’Â‘Â”Â–ÂƒÂ?Â…Â‡ Â‘Âˆ ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ• Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÇĄ which Â he Â calls Â â€œone Â of Â the Â great Â cultural Â icons Â of Â our Â time.â€? Â Noting Â that Â â€œJFK Â has Â been Â dying Â again Â and Â again Â ever Â sinceâ€? Â that Â fateful Â afternoon Â in Â 1963, Â he Â Â?Â‘Â–Â‡Â•Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ–Â–ÂŠÂ‡ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â”Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÂŠÂƒÂ• â€œseeped Â into Â popular Â cultureâ€? Â in Â some Â subtle Â and Â not-Ââ€?so-Ââ€?subtle Â ways. Â Allusions Â to Â the Â sequence Â appear Â in Â some Â very Â interesting Â places, Â perhaps Â most Â recently Â in Â Lana Â Del Â Reyâ€™s Â fascinating Â music Â video Â accompanying Â her Â song, Â â€œNational Â Anthem.â€? Â I Â suggest Â you Â watch Â it Â on Â YouTube Â if Â you Â havenâ€™t Â already Â done Â so. Â It Â is Â an Â exercise Â in Â what Â some Â would Â call Â â€œpostmodernismâ€? Â (a Â term Â I Â dislike Â very Â much, Â as Â you Â should Â know Â if Â youâ€™ve Â followed Â my Â columns Â for Â any Â length Â of Â
time). Â Movies Â like Â â€œThe Â Parallax Â View,â€? Â â€œThe Â Conversation,â€? Â â€œBlow Â Out,â€? Â and Â others, Â although Â not Â referring Â to Â the Â JFK Â assassination Â directly, Â would Â be Â unthinkable Â without Â the Â backdrop Â of Â Â–ÂŠÂ‡ ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â” Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Ç¤ According Â to Â Rose, Â Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â•Â‹Â‰Â?Â‹Ď?Â‹Â…ÂƒÂ?Â…Â‡ of Â this Â twenty-Ââ€?six-Ââ€? Â•Â‡Â…Â‘Â?Â† Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â‹Â• ÂŠÂƒÂ”Â† to Â estimate. Â â€œSome Â have Â called Â it Â the Â foundation Â stone Â of Â citizen Â journalismâ€”a Â harbinger Â of Â the Â current Â YouTube Â era, Â where Â anyone Â with Â a Â camera Â can Â create Â something Â of Â global Â broadcast Â value. Â To Â some, Â as Â well Â as Â JFKâ€™s Â death, Â the Â Zapruder Â Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â”Â‡Â’Â”Â‡Â•Â‡Â?Â–Â• Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â†Â‡ÂƒÂ–ÂŠ Â‘Âˆ cinematic Â truth Â itself.â€? Roseâ€™s Â conviction Â that Â the Â ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â” Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â•Â‹Â‰Â?ÂƒÂŽÂ• Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â†Â‡ÂƒÂ–ÂŠ Â‘Âˆ Ç˛Â…Â‹Â?Â‡Â?ÂƒÂ–Â‹Â… Â–Â”Â—Â–ÂŠÇł Â‹Â• Â”Â‡Ď?ÂŽÂ‡Â…Â–Â‡Â† in Â two Â books Â focusing Â on Â the Â Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â‹Â–Â•Â‡ÂŽÂˆÇ¤ Â‘Â–ÂŠ Â’Â—Â„ÂŽÂ‹Â•ÂŠÂ‡Â† Â‹Â? 2003, Â they Â call Â into Â question Â the Â Â‹Â?Â–Â‡Â‰Â”Â‹Â–Â› Â‘Âˆ ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ• Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â‡Â† record Â of Â the Â assassination. Â ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹Â”Â•Â–ÇĄ The Â Great Â Zapruder Â Film Â Hoax: Â Deceit Â and Â Deception Â In Â the Â Death Â of Â JFK, Â a Â series Â of Â essays Â produced Â by Â University Â of Â Minnesota Â professor Â James Â H. Â Fetzer, Â added Â yet Â another Â thing Â to Â think Â about Â in Â the Â alleged Â vast Â conspiracy Â to Â assassinate Â a Â Presidentâ€”namely, Â that Â the Â Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â™Â‡ Â?Â?Â‘Â™ Â•Â‘ Â™Â‡ÂŽÂŽ Â‹Â• Â‹Â? ÂˆÂƒÂ…Â– the Â product Â of Â a Â hoax, Â a Â clever Â fabrication, Â akin Â to Â the Â â€œfakedâ€? Â 1969 Â moon Â landing. Â Considered Â in Â this Â way, Â what Â seemed Â to Â be Â the Â most Â solid Â piece Â of Â evidence Â in Â the Â JFK Â assassination Â turns Â out Â to Â be Â the Â Â?Â‘Â•Â– Ď?ÂŽÂ‹Â?Â•Â›Ç¤ Âˆ Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â• is Â true, Â then Â what Â can Â we Â believe Â about Â anything? Â Maybe Â we Â live Â in Â a Â world Â of Â fabrication, Â where Â everything Â is Â staged Â and Â faked. Â The Â other Â book, Â The Â Zapruder Â Film: Â Reframing Â JFKâ€™s Â Assassination, Â by Â University Â of Â Wisconsin Â Professor Â Emeritus Â David Â R. Â Wrone, Â considers Â
Â–ÂŠÂ‡ ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â–Â‘Â”Â› Â‘Âˆ Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? ÂƒÂ?Â† Â‹Â–Â• convoluted Â path Â through Â the Â American Â conscience. Â While Â not Â an Â advocate Â of Â Fetzerâ€™s Â fabrication Â theories, Â Wrone Â Ď?Â‹Â?Â†Â• Â‹Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â‹Â?Â…Â‘Â?Â–Â‡Â•Â–ÂƒÂ„ÂŽÂ‡ evidence Â that Â Lee Â Harvey Â Oswald Â was Â not Â the Â assassin Â at Â all. Â And Â Â‹Â–ÇŻÂ• ÂƒÂŽÂŽ Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â”Â‡ Â‹Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÇĄ ÂƒÂ•Â•Â‡Â”Â–Â• Wrone, Â if Â you Â just Â look Â in Â the Â right Â places. My Â favorite Â meditation Â on Â the Â meaning Â of Â Zapruderâ€™s Â video Â document Â (which Â I Â believe, Â by Â the Â way, Â to Â be Â genuine) Â is Â Wayne Â Koestenbaumâ€™s Â provocative Â and Â stimulating Â analysis Â of Â Jackie Â Kennedy, Â Jackie Â Under Â My Â Skin: Â Interpreting Â An Â Icon Â (1995). Â In Â a Â chapter Â titled Â â€œJackieâ€™s Â Inferno,â€? Â Koestenbaum Â Â writes Â that Â â€œThe Â major Â myth Â that Â Jackie Â livedâ€” the Â legend Â that Â inaugurated Â her Â sublimityâ€”was Â the Â hell Â story. Â Passing Â through Â Dallas, Â she Â passed Â through Â inferno; Â and Â we Â each Â have Â our Â own Â ideas Â of Â hell, Â and Â could Â therefore Â understand Â Jackieâ€™s Â experience Â and Â register Â its Â extremity.â€? Â He Â goes Â on Â to Â say Â that Â â€œSeeking Â the Â perpetrator, Â we Â repeat Â the Â Zapruder Â footage; Â we Â reexamine Â the Â moment Â of Â Jackie Â climbing Â backward. Â . Â . Â .Climbing Â backward Â onto Â the Â truck Â of Â the Â car, Â we Â are Â trying Â to Â retrieve Â a Â piece Â of Â our Â consciousness.â€? Â So Â there Â we Â have Â itâ€”what Â we Â see Â Â‹Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‡ ÂƒÂ’Â”Â—Â†Â‡Â” Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÇĄ Â‘Â” Â‹Â? ÂƒÂ?Â› of Â the Â other Â pieces Â of Â evidence Â surrounding Â that Â death Â in Â Dallas, Â tells Â us Â more Â about Â ourselves Â than Â about Â what Â might Â have Â really Â happened. Â The Â longer Â we Â stare Â at Â those Â trees Â behind Â that Â Grassy Â Knoll Â fence Â and Â rewatch Â the Â images Â on Â that Â twenty-Ââ€?six Â second Â Zapruder Â sequence, Â the Â more Â we Â come Â face Â to Â face, Â not Â with Â the Â assassin Â but Â with Â ourselves. See Â you Â next Â week.
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