The latest from the NYC Parks and Recreations Dept:

21 Mar

 

On Saturday night, scores of people were arrested and shut out of Zuccotti park as OWS protesters got an influx of manpower from participants of the Left Forum 2012 conference, which happened that same day. Now, having moved to Union Square, the NYPD shut down and closed that park as well early this morning. As far as we know, this tactic of mass-evictions and shutdowns of NYC parks, both private and public, doesn’t have much precedence, and it will be interesting to see what happens at tonight’s proposed Hoodie March to raise awareness of the Treyvon Martin case.

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The party starts in Oklahoma

10 Mar

Today kicks off the Woody Guthrie Centennial, in his birthplace of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a daytime conference and a nighttime all-star concert. Events keep going the rest of the year, posted here. Happy 100, Woody.

You too can be a Corporate Person

5 Mar

These days, it sure can seem paltry just to be a regular old person, now that corporations can be persons too; which, it would seem, is a much bigger, shinier, and definitely richer option than boring old normal persons. Fortunately, our friend Jan Edwards sent us some nifty instructions for how to change that! Now you too, with the help of just some cardboard, glue, and other assorted household items, can achieve the new deluxe standard of personhood. Just follow Jan’s instructions and upgrade your wardrobe with the king of power suits.

On the woes of interplanetary outsourcing

29 Feb

Joe’s Pub in NYC is putting up Ethan Lipton’s “No Place to Go” between March 14th and April 8th; set as Lipton’s company is relocated to another planet, it is described as a “musical ode to the unemployed”. Check out a song from it below:

An ungovernable art show

22 Feb

The New Museum in New York City recently opened their latest Triennial, called “The Ungovernables“, an exhibition that “takes its inspiration from the concept of ‘ungovernability’ and its transformation from a pejorative term used to describe unruly ‘natives’ to a strategy of civil disobedience and self-determination. The Ungovernables is meant to suggest both anarchic and organized resistance and a dark humor about the limitations and potentials of this generation.” Judy Berman at Flavorpill writes of one of the most compelling qualities of the show, in that it  “after a year that began with Arab Spring and ended with the global Occupy movement, this [focuses] on young people from around the world and their various ‘urgencies,’ while acknowledging that their particular concerns are only beginning to coalesce”.

If you’re in New York, it seems very worthwhile a visit.

Woody by Shepard

16 Feb

From our friends at the Woody Guthrie Archives, check out the new print designed by Shepard Fairey.

We bet the romantic-industrial complex doesn’t even know we exist…

14 Feb

On this day of all things heart-shaped and/or fluffy, a look at the economics of Valentine’s Day, courtesy of Feministing’s Samhita Mukhophadyay (writing in The Nation).

(image courtesy of Ben Kling)