Recommend NYC The Tip of the Top Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:26:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 41779578 Brilliantly smooth darker chocolates at Big Chocolate Show Wed, 10 May 2017 04:31:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Chocolate Lovers Find Smooth Dark Amid Choice Array

If perfection is possible in chocolate making it may have been achieved in all but one respect by Christopher Elbow of Kansas City, whose offerings welcomed visitors at the first table at the Big Chocolate Show this weekend in the vast ground floor show space at the Terminal Stores at 11th Ave and 27th St, where Elbow’s glorious pictorial array of delicately hand and air brush painted round and square morsels were lined up in $185 gift boxes or in a parade of three prime selections for visitors to taste and discover the extraordinary delicacy of their supersoft, light cream ganache filled interiors …

Air brushed in beautiful designs this array from Christopher Elbow from Kansas City costs $185 a box but if you have the cash they will transport you to chocolate heaven -unless you are afraid of dyes

…wrapped in variously sourced chocolate otherwise set off by grey French sea salt and enjoy the clarity and brightness of novel flavors ranging from fresh mint, fresh lemon, real bananas to real strawberries climaxing in “lemon marmalade” globes in colored cocoa butter and white chocolate, all succulent enough to persuade the most dedicated high cacao content fanatics to stray from continuing their search for the ideal in the upper percentages of cocoa content, which are too often a little bitter for the rest of the world to wholeheartedly enjoy, possibly enough to prompt such visitors in search of the ideal to turn on their heels right then and go home convinced they have found it…

Moran Etstein of DrizzleNYC concocts chocolate beauties which may be too good to eat straight away

except perhaps for the small point that their finely varied decoration is not organic, which is a concern of some consumers today, but if so they would have missed other strong rivals for attention at this extensive show, such as the beautifully costumed chocolate torso dolls by Moran Etstein of DrizzleNYC, whose modeling is so lavish and exquisite to the eye that she has packed them in boxes which can be mounted vertically for display if you can’t bear to consume them, which is likely, or the chocolate bars in clean modern design G logo’d covers and the more substantial if less subtle olive oil based quanache of Ron Paprocki ….

Cooking up chocolate bars in a corner of the Gotham kitchen, Ron adds a big G in various forms to his smart cover designs

who cooks his creations up up in a special corner of the kitchen of the Gotham Bar and Grill just off Union Square at 12E12St, or the 100% cacao bar of Pacari, pure but still astonishingly smooth flavored chocolate,

Pacari is one of the crop of new tree-to-bar makers who prove that even 100% cacao can still taste smooth and mild instead of too bitter

The light roast of the cocoa beans may account for the acceptably palatable choclate that results from Pacari even in the pure cacao bar

or the very promising Angovi chocolate from the Ecuadorian company formed last year and devoted to making “the best chocolates in the world” by five high school friends from Ecuador, after they had worked in high finance (J.P. Morgan) and in law as well as in their family plantations, ….

If sheer energy and enthusiasm can propel Angovi chocolate to be the “best in the world” then the IncaKaw brothers in arms from Ecuador will do it

whose Chocolate Bianco bar, for example, contains only 35% cacao yet manages to get away with it in the warm splendor of self indulgent comfort that may envelope you as you eat it, but of the five Ecuadorian tree-to-bar entities at the show the very best chocolate seemed to be the range labeled Minka from the Shiwa Urku Community, of which the 43% dark-and-milk was exemplary in achieving a fine sweet milk without a trace of sugary bloating….

Minka is a community chocolate which achieves the ultimate in sweet plus clear basic bean to please all but the dark fanatics

rivaled at the show only by the communal Grenada cocoa farmers’group Jouvay bars, whose name implies the arrival of a new day for chocolate and certainly backed it up ….

Another example of how dark chocolate can still be light and smooth even at the 70% cacao level.

with their 70% cocoa content bar which achieved a fresh and smooth flavor even at that level of advanced darkness, which otherwise so often loses a wide audience because it passes their boundary of bitterness, although aficianados with a yen for urban sophistication which combines chocolate punch with satisfying substance to the level of real food may find exactly what they love from De Martini in their Praline with Barolo purple wrapped shells of dark chocolate with aromatic filling juiced with Barolo, the reigning royal of wines from Piedmont.

Chocolate is a real food with the aroma of Barolo wine in the purple wrappings from Turin’s De Martini

Chocolate Supreme at Chocolate Works at 93 St and Lex Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:02:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Drop in at Chocolate Works on the upper East Side location of this chain which has twenty storefronts in the US in Brooklyn and farther abroad, and you will find a selection unmatched even by the other stores, since each one produces its own concoctions.

At this Chocolate Works in the smart section of Cernegie Hill they make truffle squares which everybody there loves, including Sarah the manager, the event manager and the chocolatier who actually cooks up the assortment on offer in the counter displays and the shelves.

The latter is actually allergic to chocolate she says, as she hands me a chocolate covered strawberry she has made to teach a class earlier in the week.

They all agree the truffle squares are the best thing in the store, and indeed, when you sample one of the handful set out on the counter, you will certainly agree, as the tiny rectangle melts in you mouth and triggers the brain into sweet delight with more endorphins than ever before.

Goodbye Jacques Torres and Amadei, this is the best par excellence.

Jan 1 Sun Top West Side Bookstore Has Sale – Book Culture’s Best Fri, 30 Dec 2016 02:43:43 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Best Bookstore in NYC
Has grab it sale Sunday, run up to get your copy of Sex With Kings (if you know what that is about, we just saw the title), or our recommendation, White Trash by Nancy Isenberg, a history of lower class in America, explains everything about America from its start till the triumph of Trump, every word phrase sentence para and page is telling from this historian with flair.

Two floors of books and more at Book Culture’s third West Side store at 112 St: Sex With Kings, anyone?

Shop our New Year’s Day Sale
20% off everything at all three locations, January 1st ONLY!

Start 2017 off right: with books! And while you shop, enjoy live music and mimosas at Book Culture 112th and Book Culture on Columbus. Sunday, January 1st: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Book Culture 112th
536 W. 112th St. 865-1588
Between Broadway and Amsterdam

Book Culture on Broadway
2915 Broadway (646) 403-3000
On the corner of 114th St.

Book Culture on Columbus
450 Columbus Ave. 595-1962
Between 81st St. and 82nd St.
Note: 20% off first use of free registration which awards $20 credit for $200 spent.

Dec 23 Fri 1:00am – Jan 1 Sun 12:00am WKCR Annual Bach 24/7 Festival: Wall to Wall Bach Till New Year Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:24:43 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

I would send the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach into outer space on the Voyager spacecraft. But that would be boasting. – Lewis Thomas

Bach to Bach Beauty
A steady feast of Bach all day and all night is served annually to soundtrack the Christmas holiday by the often mellifluous voiced and knowledgeable (if they are not they read the liner notes very well) presenters from the Columbia-Barnard family for eight days of recovery of the soul from the cacophony of NYC and indeed global life by such smart sounding and musical people as for example the sublime cellist Louise Dubin who adorned Christmas Day with a special opportunity to hear some of her most distinguished colleagues such as Carter Brey principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic and Alsace-born Phillippe Muller of Manhattan School of Music who played Bach solo cello works which as a listener as always with WKCR if you wanted you could call in on 212 854 9920 to double check further with her on these top flight artists including finally Anner Bylsma the very great Dutch Baroque instrument pioneer who like the rest played Bach with such fresh and evocative originality and familiarity it was as if the greatest composer of all time had come by and written just for them last week, which only brings home the first insanity of 2017, which is that WKCR doesn’t continue this blessing through New Year’s Day, which would be the perfect way to ring in 2017, but Alas it is currently viewed as unfair to the other invaluable departments active on WKCR, which to many is the flagship radio channel of the City for the informed, non commercial variety of its offerings, and for its presenters, who this time include on the final day Jacob Stulberg, Adrian Montufar, Elisabeth Stam, and Stepan Atamian, all of whom add the musical attribute of perfectly clear pronunciation to their offerings, all of which only makes the free jazz cacophony which follows the final notes of Bachfest fugal harmony all the more jarring.

Why is it that the presenters at WKCR's 24/7 Christmas-New Year Bach Fest often sound as musical as their offerings?  Perhaps because they are often distinguished musicians themselves, such as Louise Dubin, cellist

Why is it that the presenters at WKCR’s 24/7 Christmas-New Year Bach Fest often sound as musical as their offerings? Perhaps because they are often distinguished musicians themselves, such as Louise Dubin, cellist

WKCR Bach 2016/2017 New Year

Notice by Sarah Thompson on Sat, 10 Dec 2016, 5:56pm:

WKCR announces our annual Bach Festival. For the nine-day period from December 23rd at 1:00 AM through December 31st at 11:59 PM, WKCR (89.9 FM, 89.9 HD1, and will dedicate all broadcasting to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. J.S. Bach has had an unparalleled influence on the Western classical tradition. He has inspired a worldwide following dedicated to performing and celebrating his work, as well as a devoted and rigorous academic tradition. Each day of Bach Festival 2016 will feature one or more of Bach’s masterpieces. Your hosts will be familiar WKCR programmers as well as guest scholars and performers whom we’ve invited to provide unique perspectives on the different facets of Bach’s legacy. This year, we are excited to welcome renowned free jazz trumpet player and composer Peter Evans back to WKCR to play and discuss his own Bach selections. And, in keeping with an important Bach Festival tradition, frequent guest and veteran Bach scholar Teri Noel Towe will join us to present special programs featuring Bach’s arias, The Christmas Oratorio, and more. A schedule of major works is as follows:

Friday, December 23rd

5:00 AM: Goldberg Variations
9:00 AM – 6:00PM: Teri Noel Towe — Bach in the U.S.A.

Saturday, December 24th

9:00 AM-6:00PM: Teri Noel Towe — Bach Aria Group Celebration

Sunday, December 25th

12:00 PM-6:00 PM: Teri Noel Towe — Christmas Oratorio + Secular Cantatas

Monday, December 26th

6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Well-Tempered Clavier

Tuesday, December 27th

9:00 AM: Brandenburg Concertos
12:00 PM: Anna Magdalena
3:00 PM: Cantata Request
6:00PM: Easter Oratorio

Wednesday, December 28th

9:00 AM: Cantata Request
12:00 PM: St. Mark Passion
6:00 PM: Interview with Peter Evans
9:00 PM: Mass in B minor

Thursday, December 29th

3:00 PM: Goldberg Variations
6:00 PM: St. Matthew Passion

Friday, December 30th

12:00 PM: Magnificat
9:00 PM: Ascension Oratorio

Saturday, December 31st

9:00 AM: Cantata Request
12:00 PM: Art of the Fugue
6:00 PM: Musical Offering
9:00 PM: St. John Passion

Fri, 23 Dec 2016, 1:00am – Sun, 1 Jan 2017, 12:00am or a little over
© 2014 WKCR | Columbia University NY 10027 | Studio 212-854-9920

Tap Water Runs These Clocks Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:37:59 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Bedol pioneered good looking battery free timepieces

Travel clock and Smiley are two nice designs

But how do they work?

Batteries for small items like clocks are a small but annoying drain on the housekeeping budget and shopping time, but a small number of makers now supply clocks which can run on water for five years or even longer.

Two of the best designs are from Bedol, the Traveler Alarm and the Smiley Alarm, available direct from Bedol in California, and they will run for years with merely topping up with tapwater occasionally – with six months or even longer between refills (we tested three versions for six years and found two lasted for five years and one is still going strong).

The $16 Bedol Traveler Alarm Clock is well executed efficiency and simplicity in a form suitable for executive travel and the $39 Smiley, available in various attractive colors, is one large water drop in theme, a warm hearted bulge appropriate for bathroom or even bedroom.

 Efficient simplicity is married to economy in the Bedol Travel Clock which will run seemingly forever on tap water.

Efficient simplicity is married to economy in the Bedol Travel Clock which will run seemingly forever on tap water.


The Bedol Water Alarm Clock Traveler.

This travel sized timepiece not only runs on all natural ingredients, it also does its part to reduce the carbon footprint.. Alternative sources of energy, such as powering consumer products with water are important ways to reduce the carbon footprint.

The Bedol Water Clock keeps perfect time without requiring batteries or electricity. Just open the top cap and fill with about 1/8 cup of tap water! The amazing Bedol Water Clock converts ions in the water into clean energy power. Water won’t need to be replaced for 26 weeks or more and its simple and fun to do. Built-in memory chip remembers time so you don’t have to reset. This eco-friendly timepiece is the perfect size for travel! Features a daily or hourly alarm and easy to set 12 hour or 24 hour clock. The perfect alarm clock for traveling, you never need to buy batteries! The Bedol Water Clock. Time powered by water, join Bedol in another leap forward towards a greener planet.

The Bedol Smiley Alarm clock

An attractively sculpted form reminiscent of a large raindrop is seen in the Bedol Smiley clock, which runs for more than five years with tapwater refills, and possibly longer.

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An attractively sculpted form reminiscent of a large raindrop is seen in the Bedol Smiley Alarm clock, which runs for five years with tapwater refills, and possibly even longer.”

Reduce your carbon imprint by keeping time with tap water! This water-powered alarm clock keeps perfect time without requiring batteries or electricity. Just pop open the cap and fill with tap water! The amazing Bedol Water Clock converts ions in the water into clean energy power. Water won’t need to be replaced for 6 months or more and it’s simple and fun to do. A built-in memory chip ensures you never need to reset the time. Features a daily or hourly alarm and an easy to set 12 hour or 24 hour clock.

The organic design captures the natural beauty and grace of water, taking its inspiration from the moment a water drop splashes against the ground. Eco-friendly in both function and design, The Bedol Water Clock is a truly unique accessory for home or office.
Smiley is available in six vibrant colors including red, green, orange, blue, yellow and charcoal. Measures 6.5” tall x 4” diameter.

The Bedol clocks have appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC and other TV and print media since they were introduced in New York at Javits in 2009. Live Customer Support and Orders Call : 909-626-0388 or visit the shop which stocks a variety of unusual items at Bedol What’s Next 1120 Dewey Way, Suite H Upland, CA 91786 USA.

So these clocks are a step forward in saving the planet but the enduring (for us) question is, how do they work? Have these guys invented perpetual motion, or cold fusion for bedside clocks. Enquiring minds need to know.

The Ruins of Lifta – Outstanding Documentary at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas Encapsulates Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:47:10 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Held over at Lincoln Plaza cinema after strong reviews

Rated 100 at Rotten Tomatoes, praise from Times and Voice

Where the Holocaust and the Palestinian Exile meet

After a well attended release in Manhattan, the new documentary The Ruins of Lifta has been held over for another week, which seems especially timely as the funeral of the most arms oriented yet peacemaking president of Israel, Shimon Peres, proceeds.

Here is our review of this remarkable film:

The Ruins of Lifta – Where the Holocaust and Nakba Meet: An unusually rich and understanding exploration of the painful past and threatened future of Lifta, the last ruins standing of the 1948 forced removal of 700,000 Arabs from over 800 villages to make way for an independent Israel, personalized in a moving face-to-face meeting of two good people on either side of al-Nakba (“the catastrophe”)

Sins of the past and present
Deep humanitarianism is the style of this perfectly constructed, personally respectful and patiently understanding documentary about the two sides of Israel’s first but still festering war atrocity, the Palestinian Nakba (national disaster) of forced exile of 700,000 Arabs from as many as 800 villages in Israel’s 1948 war of independence, with its iron fist policy against return, as New York filmmakers Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky follow Daum in his personal odyssey to escape his Orthodox Jewish family’s one sided views and visit Israel to explore for himself the true character of Palestinians and their experience in the ongoing dispute since 2005 over The Ruins of Lifta, a vivid model of the whole Israeli-Palestinian conflict, since Lifta is the only one of the evacuated Arab villages whose ruins have not yet been replaced with Israeli settlement, whose crumbling walls with stones quarried and built by the hands of its Arab inhabitants and holes blasted in its roofs to prevent return still stand as mute witness to political violence long ago and since which has left so many torn from their ancestral homes and still yearning to go back, a predicament here personalized by Menachem’s meetings with the poetic and dignified Lifta refugee Yacoub Adeh who leads the Palestinian movement to at least preserve Lifta as a memorial and defend it from an Israeli plan to develop the historically significant valley, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, though only if the Israeli government agrees not to develop it, and in the person to person rapprochement Menachem achieves in the moving climax to their film, when he introduces his friend and Holocaust survivor the lively 85 year old Dascha Rittenberg from Manhattan to Jacoub and both clash over whether one great anguish justifies another, but as they tread the paths of Lifta’s ruins together, eventually agree that peace would be served by making Lifta a memorial to a past where many Jews and Arabs once lived in harmony and an inspiration to a shared future, a small but meaningful victory for the notably humane spirit of Daum, whose equally distinguished preceding documentary Hiding and Seeking was on a similar theme of broadening the views of his two sons by taking them to Poland to visit the families of the farmers who hid Jews during World War II at the risk of their own lives, and to see young Christian Poles renovating Jewish cemeteries, both films a gentle but penetratingly effective counter to Israel’s policy of enforced enroachment on Palestinian territory, with yet another expansion in the news this week. – AL


The Ruins of Lifta will be premiering on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, New York (and in Los Angeles a month later, in Laemmle Theatres on October 28, 2016)

The mega-narratives underlying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are pitted against each other by a Holocaust survivor and a Nakba refugee who meet in the haunting ruins of Lifta, the only Arab village emptied in 1948 that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews.

Trailer: The Ruins of Lifta – Trailer


attendnyc-sep-16-16-lifta-less-ruinedLifta is the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews. Its ruins are now threatened by an Israeli development plan that would convert it into an upscale Jewish neighborhood. Discovering that his parents’ Holocaust experiences may have distorted his views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Menachem–the filmmaker and an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn–sets out to establish a personal relationship with a Palestinian. He meets Yacoub, who was expelled from Lifta and now leads the struggle to save the haunting ruins of his village from Israeli plans to build luxury villas on the site. Learning that Lifta was once a place where Jews and Arabs got along, Menachem joins Yacoub’s campaign in the hopes that Lifta can serve as a place of reflection and reconciliation. This sets up a climactic encounter between a Holocaust survivor and a Nakba refugee amidst the ruins of Lifta.

Menachem, Dasha and Yacoub:  Human contact - the only way political narratives and emotions can be brought together in mutual understanding

Menachem, Dasha and Yacoub: Human contact – the only way political narratives and emotions can be brought together in mutual understanding

“Lifta’s Ruins succeeds as a personally honest and politically provocative documentary. It makes me think of the wonderful line that Jean Renoir speaks in his film Rules of the Game, ‘There’s only one terrible thing in this world, that everyone has his reasons.’” – Annette Insdorf, Columbia University Film Professor, author of Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust

“A personal, self-questioning encounter with the myths of history that measures the abyss between Palestinians and Jews, and between the two contending nations and peace; “a site of memory” whose history has for too long been erased; a profoundly searching and moving inquiry into the collective and personal past of Arabs and Jews; an ethical testimony marked by visual beauty and emotional poignancy, and a place where the ongoing tragedy, of Israel/Palestine continues to be reenacted.” – Marc Kaminsky, author of Shadow Traffic

“A painful, powerful and problematic film that dares to go into the ruins of a Palestinian village strategically situated on the road to Jerusalem and the conflicting claims of memories that divide Jews and Palestinians. It boldly believes that the commonality of our collective humanity can heal wounds and bridge divisions, a message that is all the more urgent because it is all the more absent in the world today.” – Michael Berenbaum, author After Tragedy and Triumph

“To the great credit of its creators, The Ruins of Lifta offers no pat dialogue-based solution to the crises of the region.” – George Robinson, The Jewish Week

“A vital study of loss and memory. Grounded in the art of listening, ‘The Ruins of Lifta’ builds a powerful, personal, political conversation between Palestinians and Israelis looking to live differently. The result is necessary viewing.” – Diana Clarke, Village Voice

“An achingly poignant documentary that investigates a debate in which dueling narratives collide.” – Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times

Built by the hands of those who lived in Lifta before 1948, many of the houses were substantial investments in time and place whose memories are as real as ever in the minds of those who fled

“By turns inspiring and dispiriting, ‘The Ruins of Lifta’ offers a muscular example of the ability of documentaries to make the political intensely personal.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

“To the great credit of its creators, ‘The Ruins of Lifta’ offers no pat dialogue-based solution to the crises of the region. Guardedly hopeful.” – George Robinson, The Jewish Week

“Provocative…allows the ambiguity to surface through interviews that reflect a range of heartfelt experiences and interpretations…visually stunning and packs an emotional wallop.” – Simi Horwitz, Film Journal International

Yacoub Odeh, Dasha and Menachem walk the path of peace in the deserted village

Yacoub Odeh, Dasha Rittenberg and Menachem Daum walk the path of peace in the deserted village

Organic Goodness Displayed By Acevedos and Alewife Farms Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:02:03 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Two Upper East Side Farm Market Stalls Put Real Food On The Menu

Mother Nature Needs No Chemical Help in Boosting Taste and Health

Ernesto holds a zucchini from his 20 acre farm in upstate New York which if this photo is accurately displayed you will see is a brighter yellow than anything else in Mother Nature this side of the sun

If you hope to find vegetables that look as colorful and taste as real as Mother Nature intended there are two spots where you can count on finding them on the Upper East Side, two fine stalls we recommend among the scores active in the 52 farmers markets dotting the five boroughs, with 24 listed active in Manhattan (see (212 788-7900)).

The good news

While it may be disappointing to find that most produce at farmers markets in New York City has a coating of pesticides to wash off, you can find organic and chemical free veggies and fruits on the Upper East Side either mid week at Mt Sinai Farmers Market, among its stalls laying out produce and pies and apple cider all Wednesday till 5pm, or on Saturdays at at 82nd Street and York/1st, in the yard inside the South side railing.

Ernesto and Alexis present an artists palette of beautiful unregimented root and leaf vegetables at their stall at Mt Sinai

The two real food sources we have in mind are Acevedo’s Farm (at Mt Sinai Market at 97-98th and Madison on Wednesday’s from 8am to 5pm (6/29-11/23)) and Alewife Farm (at 82 St between 1st Ave and York on Saturdays 9am-2.30pm (Year round)).

The problem is that just like other Farmers Markets the Mt Sinai attraction has many fruits and vegetables straight from the farms upstate or in New Jersey, but most of them are not organic ie the small farmers use pesticide and chemical fertilizer to grow and protect their apples and lettuces just like the big boys who supply supermarkets.

One farmer who takes the opposite path is Ernesto of Acevedos Farm in Orange County which is a two hours trip up the Hudson in a little town called Goshen (845 741 8237. His 20 acres yields a stall which is an artists palette devoted to growing the real thing in all its colors and flavors courtesy of Mother Nature alone without the help of pesticide or fertilizer, and his purism oays off. In every case his array of produce has deeper color, and the richer flavor, of plants which are allowed to respond to sun, rain and rich and moist black soil without the artificial stimulus of chemical boosts which have their origin in the second World War explosives that had to find a new home after the defeat of Hitler and the Emperor of Japan.

Earthy, knobbly, real – the source of phytochemicals which will do you good faster than pills, and more effectively, according to science, and prepared by an enthusiast

As a result his potatoes are small in size instead of being big fat and somewhat short of real taste like their supermarket cousins, his carrots are naturally unpredictable in shape but reassuringly sturdy and ineffably carroty tasting instead the uniformly long lathed shape of the simply sweet ones you might buy in Whole Foods. His beets are a deep scarlet with luxuriously long and healthy leaves, his zucchini seem brighter yellow than the sun and his garlic has huge knobbly sections with glowing white interiors inside funky rough hairy wrapping which by its very crispness you know betokens a powerful pungency to hearten any dish, not to mention cure you of all your trivial ailments overnight.

See those tomatos, half green half rosy – they’re riper and much more tomatoey than gas reddened green tomatoes at your local junk veggie market

In fact Ernesto’s achievement is on display as soon as you walk up to his stand, for every single vegetable in every tray or openly arrayed along his tables announces its nutritious power and strong flavor to those with eyes to see simply by its naturally colorful appearance.

Too bright for the small camera, zucchini of a nourishing nature beyond the Manhattan supermarket, even Whole Foods

The whole tent array is a palette of colors which not only announce Ernesto to be as much artist as farmer but also betokens the nutritional value of every item, for in those colors are what science has in the last twenty years proved to be the phytochemicals attached to color, the flavonoids whose deep reds and scarlets and vibrant greens signal, as now proven in lab and epidemiological studies over twenty years in peer reviewed journals, to counter human ills up to and including cancer, which in the lab scientists can demonstrate by placing them next to cancer cells which they then induce to commit suicide (apoptosis, as it is called) faster than chemotherapy.

So while the proof will be in the eating if you pause at his stall long enough you will see with your eyes just how beautiful and imbued with life are his shining green peppers, his classically striped and seeded melons, and his small yellow potatoes with good black soil still clinging to them, alongside his small cabbages as heavy as cannonballs, which are particularly flavorful.

Pure nature at Alewife

A similar palette of natural shape and coloring stands out at a stall deep in the inner yard of the weekly market on East 82nd street between First and Second Avenue, south side.

This is Alewife Farm (, where on a recent Saturday Sarah Groat, one of the three staff of the 20 acre farm two hours North of Manhattan at Clinton Corners, displays $5 cannonballs of squash in a deep orange which bespeaks their flavorful interiors, compact fresh tasting cabbages for $3, butter lettuce of a fine sturdy delicacy for $4, Italian tropea or long red onions with their unaggressively sweet taste for $1, as well as bright red and yellow cherry tomatoes and other produce free of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizer.

Sarah Groat of Alewife Farm holds a squash of vibrant deep color reflecting its nourishing interior and pleasing flavor, straight from a farm which relies on Mother Nature without explosives from World War II or other chemicals which Monsanto and others are anxious for her to use

Alewife’s items like Acevedo’s are a blessing for sore eyes as well as the stomach, and one might say that Sarah’s appearance of ruddy glowing health is an advertisement in itself for the life enhancing advantages of the output of farms which allow Mother Nature to create her magic without the very doubtful assistance of explosives and other chemicals with their origin in World War II post war surplus, which is how the mania for artificial enhancement of soil and insect killing first was started seventy years ago.

For a variation of your salads why not add in some tropea, the unusually mild and sweet onion the Italians like.

We asked Sarah how the farm was able to get along without such expensive aids and she told us “It’s easy to do if you are willing to lose some crop or wait till the beneficial insects come in. Our fava beans were really hit hard this year by aphids, but we waited and the ladybugs came in and destroyed them all.”

Even some farmers are surprised that parslane, which they may consider a weed more than a vegetable, sells for high prices on the East because people have read up on its abundance of strong health effects

Both farm stalls offer the opportunity for Upper East Side residents to gather Mother Nature’s bounty from outside their doors without visiting Whole Foods, and to enjoy vegetables which look and taste as if they enjoyed life as well.

Nothing is as tender yet fresh as butter lettuce grown by Mother Nature at Alewife farm and taken directly to Manhattan and your plate

Crisp, Succulent Apples Too

Special Note: Apples at Migliorelli farm of Tivoli (845-757-3276) at Mt Sinai and at Samascott Orchards of KInderhook ( (518) 758-7224) the big sidewalk stall at 82nd Street are both good, pesticide or not, with Migliorelli farm apple cider at $4 for a half gallon richer, sweeter and more satisfying than a gallon of supermarket cider. At press time the new crop of Ginger Gold have arrived at Mt Sinai at last and they are indeed outstanding.

Mutsu apples are the choice of some demanding apple lovers

Update: Sarah Groat, pictured below with her assisting friend Chelsie a week later than this item, has informed us that in their continuing search for the ultimate in veggie goodness the entire twenty acre Alewife Farm is going to move to new ground soon to escape the rocky soil on which it is currently based which, although giving rise to abundant leafy crops in short order as recorded in the Instagram postings linked above, has broken too many plough blades to endure.

Alewife’s ambassador and sales staffer Sarah Groat at 82nd street with her colleague Chelsie has some news last Saturday about Alewife’s upcoming wholesale move to new soil

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Back With The Best: WKCR – Global Home of Jazz History Refurbished: Louis All Day July 4 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:18:41 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Ultimate jazz radio on WKCR in NYC back on line for phones pads and PCs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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MatchaBar Tea Impresses with Strength, Character and Power Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:35:30 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A new kind of tea from Japan expands in NYC

Already in Whole Foods, a interesting NYC new Matcha Tea from Matchabar

Already in Whole Foods, a interesting NYC new Matcha Tea from Matchabar

With three different kinds from Original through Mango to Ginger the new Matcha Teas are a spin off from the two tea bars in Brooklyn and Chelsea founded on this new approach to tea drinking in NYC which strengthens both the taste of the brew and its energy boost along traditional lines borrowed from Japan, where the tea is stronger because the whole leaf is used rather than just the tip and the caffeine level is much higher tham standard tea.

Family business: Son of the founders of Matchabar Tea Bars and his colleague show off the Tea at Whole Foods on Upper East Side on Monday Jun 6

Compared with standard bottled tea it rises to a new level of impact on the tongue which leaves ordinary tea by comparison watery and feeble in savor. The difference is immediately sensed with satisfaction if you have a stronger tea experience in mind and the only caveats might be that for some tastes it might be too advanced in its non-sweet appeal and also a careful reading of the ingredients will reveal that the deep dark green color is not natural but the result of the addition of a coloring substance with a rather chemical name.

Given the sad decline and fall of Effy’s Cafe at 90th and Third from its status as the only decent sidewalk cafe refuge on the Upper East Side above 86th Street we might hope that MatchaBar might bring civilization of the old European kind back to the area which is otherwise a desert where Starbucks rules.

Most Enlightened Confab: Left Forum 2016 Occupies New York Thu, 19 May 2016 03:19:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Those who support a humane society will gather on May 20 Fri (3pm-9pm) May 21 Sat (9am-9.45pm) and May 22 Sun (9am-9pm) at the John Jay School of Justice 524 W. 59St for the gigantic meet The Left Forum 2016. Those interested in enlightened politics will find a cornucopia of 133 panel sessions and events listed in the 88 page brochure squeezed into little more than two and a half days of programming.

Here is a short list of sessions we consider the plums in the Left Forum 2016 pie. Click the title links to raise the full page on each.


Politics for the people a la Bernie Sanders instead of for the cream hogs – the future of civilization explored

Conference information

A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The conference is held each year in New York City.

A letter from Naomi Klein about the Forum 2016

Left Forum 2016 Full Conference Schedule
Left Forum organizers are proud to present the full conference schedule for Left Forum 2016. Not only will attendees have hundreds of panels and workshops to choose from, but musical performances, special lunch time events, a diverse and sprawling exhibition, and exciting evening plenaries, all promise to make this year’s conference an exciting event.

Check out the schedule below or view it on the website.

Left Forum 2016 Conference Schedule

HIGHLIGHTS (Click links for event full page)


Friday May 20th, 2016
Registration: 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Exhibitions: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Session A: 5:00pm – 6:45pm
Computerized Election Theft, the Rolling Right Wing Coup, and How to Stop It in L2.85 (We can protest all we want, but if voters can be stripped from the rolls and elections can be flipped behind closed doors, the Deep Corporate State will always maintain power.) Joel Simpson, Chair; Jonathan Simon Election Defense Alliance; Mark Crispin Miller New York University; Bob Fitrakis Columbus State Community College; Mimi Kennedy Progressive Democrats of America; Virginia Martin Columbia County (New York) Democratic Election Supervisor.
Privacy, Surveillance and Secure Internet Access: Planning the Fight in L.76 (The almost complete destruction of privacy as a human right, coupled with severe surveillance and data confiscation has now become a major issue for social justice and revolutionary movements)
The Rise of Independent Media, Perspectives From the Progressive Left in L2.81 (the current state of Independent media, how it has been affected by the rise of Bernie Sanders) David Pakman, Chair; The David Pakman Show; Benjamin Dixon The Benjamin Dixon Show; Sam Seder The Majority Report; Nomiki Konst The Accountability Project; Paul Jay The Real News Network.

Chris Hedges makes it very clear which side he is on

Opening Plenary: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Capitalism and Militarism – At Humanity’s Peril: Organizing Our Power – Tariq Ali, Medea Benjamin, and Chris Hedges (Laura Flanders, Moderator)


Saturday May 21st, 2016
Registration: 8:00am – 7:45pm
Exhibitions: 9:00am – 7:30pm
Session 1: 10:00am – 11:50am
Film: To Begin the World Over Again — The Life of Thomas Paine NORTHHALLBUILDING 2450 (the visionary who saw democracy and independence more clearly than the other founders) The presentation is the last great work of legendary cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler (1922 – Dec. 2015) who made One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? National Educational Telecommunications Association Ian Ruskin The Life of Thomas Paine Productions:; Victor Madeson . Thomas Paine Friends,
Class Struggle in Popular Music 3.81 1.113 (how popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries–in different modes and genres–represents class and class struggle) Science & Society; Maria Damon, Chair Department of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute; Carter Mathes Department of English, Rutgers-New Brunswick;Rachel Rubin U of Mass, Boston, Department of American Studies; James Smethurst Department of Africana Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Situation in Ukraine on the 2 year anniversary of the fascist attack on demonstrators where 46 people were killed. 1.113 (A leader of the progressive movement from Odessa will join this panel)
Michael Moore’s”Where to Invade Next”: What can the Rest of the World Teach Us about Multiparty Democracy with Strong Left Parties? North Hall Building 2327 (This panel will include several experts on multiparty systems in nations featured in Michael Moore’s new movie plus Brazil.)
Zoned Out! Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City 1.77 (New York City’s communities of color are facing massive gentrification and displacement resulting from unbridled real estate speculation and government land use policies that support it)

Session 2: 12:00pm – 1:50pm
What Next for the Movement Behind Bernie? L2.84 (How do we continue the fight against the billionaire class after the primaries?)
US-Cuba Relations Today: Fighting for Real, Full Normalization 1.103 (What has changed and what remains to be changed? The US economic, commercial, and financial embargo, while crumbling politically, remains entirely in place, as do travel sanctions. US companies continue to be sanctioned for relations with Cuba)
Trash Talk: Fighting Incineration & Achieving a Zero Waste Vision for Environmental Justice 1.117(New York City and Newark have both made commitments to Zero Waste recently. This panel will highlight the most recent industry attempts to reintroduce incineration to our region)
Overcoming Capitalism (Zero Books) 1.109 (how to transcend or overcome capitalism)
One Democratic State in Palestine/israel. In 2504 (to acknowledge the death of the “two state solution” and reality of the alternative, “one state solution,” whereby Israelis and Palestinians would live together as equal citizens before the law)
Occupy the Commons: Towards a Rational, Peaceful, Bloodless and Effective Revolution for Social Justice, Economic Equity and Human Liberation 1.73 (How does the current system further accelerate the vicious spinning circle of exploitation, widening the wealth-poverty gap, degrading the Environment and exploiting the Bio-commons?)
Climate Change and Capitalism 1.115 (why have efforts to mitigate climate change failed so far? What does this failure say about the nature of the system that is confronting climate change?)

Featured Saturday Lunchtime Event 1: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Rage, Rebellion, Revolution and Song L.63 (Lecture Hall)
Featured Saturday Lunchtime Event 2: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Easter Rising – Songs of Freedom L.76 (Lecture Hall)
Black Box Theater Saturday Events
3.30-5.15pm Poetic Justice: An Afternoon of Emancipatory Lyrics Hosted by Shayla Cook
5.20-7.10 Comedy Show: Who Says The Left Has No Sense of Humor FEATURING: RANDY CREDICO, JOHN FUGELSANG AND RHONDA HANSOME

Session 3 Saturday: 3:30pm – 5:15pm
Transcending Material Scarcity 1.82 (Distribution of income by labor is almost universal but outdated in an economy where the major and increasing source of production is capital which is nearly all owned by a minuscule (plutocratic) few)
Silencing Dissent: False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against Palestine Solidarity 1.119 (defenders of Israel have launched powerful and coordinated counterattacks to silence the movement of Palestininian solidarity)
Sanders’ Politics and the Path to Socialism 1.71 (relationship between the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders and the budding mass movement)
Fukushima on the Hudson: The Risks Posed by Governmental Negligence at Indian Point 1.114 (Indian Point has one of the worst safety records of any nuclear plant in the country, a pattern of negligent safety enforcement, and presents multiple clear and present dangers to the region. Among them are ongoing plans to build a high gauge gas pipeline on site, which in the event of a pipeline explosion could trigger a nuclear incident.)
Criminal Justice Reform, or Justice Denied? 1.83 (This panel argues that reforms and decarceration mark instead the emergence of enhanced state control through greater coordination of criminal justice agencies and enhanced supervision and surveillance through private and non-governmental agencies)
Capitalism’s Right Turn: From Far Right Populism to Authoritarian Neoliberal State 1.100 (launching the 2016 Register on The Politics of the Right)
Bully Nation: How Militaristic Capitalism Creates a Bullying Society 1.63 (In order to assure domination, the militaristic capitalist elite must build a culture that reinforces and rewards bullying behaviors and values, both in the ruling institutions and in everyday interpersonal interactions. Book: Bully Nation by Charles Derber and Yale Magrass University Press of Kansas)
A Dialogue on Israel and Palestine With Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein L2 85 (No abstract)
Debate: The Left and the Sanders Campaign L2 82 (how socialists should relate to the Bernie Sanders campaign.)
Film Screening: All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story 3.79 (It is 2011. Three years into the global financial crisis, there is a growing sense that political and economic elites sold out the people. In response, a wave of revolutions spreads from North Africa to Europe, and even the United States. In New York City a small group of activists meet in the NY General Assembly to discuss the possibility of #OccupyWallStreet. On September 17th they go to the financial district and occupy Zuccotti Park. They rename it Liberty Square)

A Brief History Of The Future 1.107 (The activists soon find themselves in the center of a growing movement. They face many external challenges including the media, the unions, political parties, and police violence. However, it is the internal challenges that they cannot overcome.)
Session 4 Saturday: 5:20pm – 7:10pm
We Are Not Your Soldiers: Learn to Talk Students Out of Signing Up for War 1.123 (Veterans with World Can’t Wait’s We Are Not Your Soldiers project present what they do in a typical high school classroom where students are considering joining the U.S. military. Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans relate their experiences in occupying countries, boot camp and post-military service)
The TPP, TTIP and the Continuing Free Trade Onslaught, the View From Canada 1.73 (Unfortunately the onslaught of the neo-liberal regimes continues. Four Canadian experts will share their analyses and experiences fighting the latest round of mega-free trade agreements.)
The Donald Trump Presidential Campaign: How to Fight the Rise of Fascism in Our Time 1.125 (Some say Trump is a buffoon, but that was also said of Mussolini, and after the laughing stopped about a million died.)
Justice 4 the Wrongfully Incarcerated 1.82 (The harm done to the wrongfully incarcerated and their families is tremendous in all such cases. This panel will discuss action and strategies for dealing with wrongful incarceration.)
Turkey’s Denial of the Armenian Genocide and the Question of Reparations 1.119 (how Turkey rewrote history after the 1915 Armenian Genocide in which the Assyrians,and Pontic Greeks were killed, and the rest sent into exile. Anoush Ter Taulian will discuss the intergenerational trauma that led her to become a lifetime Armenian activist and Artsakh (the part of Armenian liberated from Azeri conquerors) veteran.)
Night Event: 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Saturday Plenary Black Liberation and the Sanders Groundswell: Prospects for Left Unity


Sunday May 22nd, 2016
Registration: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Exhibitions: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Session 5 Sunday: 10:00am – 11:50am
The Imperative of Nuclear Disarmament in an Increasingly Dangerous World 2511 (countries are in the process of modernizing or further advancing their nuclear weapons programs in a world where elites envision and plan for continually escalating competition for increasingly scarce resources)
So the Next Bernie Can Run as an Indie: The Ballots, the Dollars and the Debates L 76 (Even Sanders’ most ardent campaign supporters acknowledge the perils of running in the obviously undemocratic DNC primary system)
Reducing Fossil Carbon Use. Wind, Water & Solar or Nuclear Fission – Which Has Better Promise? 3.79 (It is technically possible to greatly reduce mankind’s use of fossil carbon fuels)
It’s Time for Alexander Hamilton the Leftist: Hamilton’s American System of Political Economy Is the Key to Defeating Wall Street and Finally Organizing an Economic Recovery Starting With Infrastructure 1.75 (Hamilton’s American System of protectionism, mercantilism, and dirigism can help us put an end to the free trade sellouts, unemployment, and immiseration of our own time. We will attempt to convince the Left to adopt Hamilton as a champion of economic progress and as a figure whose ideas are worth pursuing in our time. A case in point is the rebuilding of the US rail system, financed by Hamiltonian methods.)
How Would Thomas Paine and Henry George Plan a Rebellion? L2.82 (Thomas Paine promoted “Rights of Man” (2 vols) and “Agrarian Justice”. Henry George extended these ideas on “Progress and Poverty” into the 20th Century.)
Capitalism and Loneliness L2.84
(But while capitalism freed people from rural manors, social bonds and attachments were ruptured. Alienated labor rent communities asunder. Between its political economy, its fragmented social and mediated exaltations of the individual, we now live lonely lives of quiet desperation.)
Session 6 Sunday: 12:00pm – 1:50pm
Discussion With Cubans About Life Under Blockade, the Cuban Economy, and Mass Organizations During the Changing Us-Cuban Relations 1 103 (US blockade, and the continuing damage this inflicts on Cuba)
Unifying Independent Media: Creating Networks for Bloggers, Freelance Journalists, and Livestreamers 1.92 (The coverage that is shown on TV is framed to discredit and demonize those participating in actions on both a local and national level)
The Transatlantic Slippery Slope – Suppression of Freedom of Expression from Israel to the US 1.121 (In 2015, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the “Anti-Boycott Law”, thereby legitimizing the suppression of dissent in Israel. Passed in 2011, the Anti-Boycott Law makes the call for the boycott of Israel (including of the illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory) a civil tort, and joins similar laws and policies designed to chill and curtail internal critique of Israel and Israeli policies. In the United States, dozens of anti-BDS laws have been proposed/enacted in both the US Congress and at the state level, mirroring the Anti-Boycott Law in Israel and with the aim of suppressing or punishing activism for Palestine.)
The History of Interracial Desire: From Slave Narratives to Obama 1.67 (In this panel we work against the backdrop of the scientific debunking of race as a genetic reality and move to read it as a culture of power….the narrative of romance is being re-invented in the cause of radical egalitarianism.)
Marxism and Religion: Cooperation and Contradiction 1.108 (The relationship between Marxism and religion has historically been sometimes antagonistic, sometimes cooperative)
Berning Down the House? Left Populism and Its Limits L.76 (A conversation on the promise and limits of the Bernie Sanders campaign.)
Bernie v. The Greens: What Can the Government Actually Do to Fix Our Economic Mess? L2.85 (UMASS Amherst Economics Professor Jerry Friedman made headlines with his breakdown of how we can actually accomplish Bernie Sanders most challenging goals, including job growth, single payer health care, free public university tuition and paid family leave. Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for US President with some ideas of her own about reorienting the economy toward environmental and social justice.)
Bernie, Capitalism’s Crisis and Democratic Socialism: What Next? L2.84 (examines the Bernie Sanders campaign in its relation to capitalism’s triple crises: economic decline accompanied by intense psychological stress and a crisis of hegemony with deep political challenges.)

Lunch Session Sunday: 2:00pm – 3:40pm
Chasing Utopia: A Roundtable on Workers Co-ops and Socialist Strategy L.63
(a broad diversity of perspectives among the leading advocates and critics of the workers cooperatives in relation to socialist strategy, SAM GINDIN, GAR ALPEROVITZ, SHARRYN KASMIR, AND RICHARD D. WOLFF New School LEO PANITCH, MODERATOR/INTERLOCUTOR)
Black Box Theater Sunday Events
2pm-3.40pm Sing in Spanish (and English)- Chorus as Community – The Power of Singing Together FEATURING: BERNARDO PALOMBO, RUBEN GONZALEZ, MARIO CANCEL, HUDSON VALLEY SALLY, & LUPE RAMSEY (NARRATION)
4pm-6pm Waking Each Other Up! The People Have the Power Ist Act: Upsurge! 2nd Act Literary Warriors

Session 7 Sunday: 3:40pm – 5:40pm
Cuba Speaks for Itself: a Panel With Cuba’s Ambassador to the United Nations L.76 (Ambassador Reyes is a veteran of Cuba’s military campaign in Angola and Southern Africa, which was the decisive factor in the military defeat of the South African apartheid state)
What is the role of Marxism Leninism in the US and the world today? Is it time for a new US Marxist Leninist party? 1.109 (Lacking a non-sectarian, revolutionary but realistic party, effective in mass struggles, the masses have been subject to right wing forces.)
US Militarism’s Expanse and the Need for a Movement to Cut Military Spending and Invest in Human Needs 1.123 (to call for an end to war, to protest drone attacks and nuclear weapons modernization, to wage campaigns to cut the military budget, to stand up in our communities to bring attention to the futility of war, and to demand a full focused effort on diplomacy and redirection of resources to meet human needs and protect mother earth)
The Endless “War on Terror”: US Drones & Targeted Killing 1.127 (he US military is now training more pilots of unmanned vehicles than of fighter/bombers)
Rethinking the 1950s: How Progressives Survived the Great Terror 8.61 (during the ‘50s, sex was as threatening to the nation’s moral order as communism)
Private Prisons as Profit Factories — How Banks & Wall St Control & Profit from the (In)Justice System 1.81 (the money machinations that lie behind private for-profit prisons)
Sunday May 22 2016 Closing Plenary: 6:30pm – 9:15pm Rage, Rebellion, Organizing New Power: A Hegelian Triad
Gymnasium, 4th Floor, Haaren Hall.

The most dangerous philosopher in the West and the Elvis of cultural theory

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian-born philosopher and psychoanalyst. He is a professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS, a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and founder and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana. Aside from these appointments, Žižek tirelessly gives lectures around the globe and is often described as “the Elvis of cultural theory”. Although, more seriously, as British critical theorist Terry Eagleton confers, Žižek is the “most formidably brilliant” theorist to have emerged from Europe in decades. Many, in fact, now consider Žižek to be “the most dangerous philosopher in the West.”

Decency is her aura as she works to report on the hidden side of news

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press.Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” She is the first co-recipient of the Park Center for Independent Media’s Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. The Independent of London called Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration.” PULSE named her one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009.
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