A very interesting article. As someone who played in two bands in the Triangle in the late 80s and early 90s that really never graduated beyond playing places like the Berkeley Cafe, Skylight Exchange, 9th Street Bakery and other such venues, it is interesting to read that someone does not have any idea of what goes on in Raleigh's music scene. I remain in contact with folks like Kim Hale, Jeff Hart, Mike Gardner, two former members of Cry Of Love, and a lot of other artists in the area. There is a thriving music scene there. I now reside in Asheville NC, which is another of those places where people wonder about a local music scene that is here but seems ignored outside the area. The fact does remain - local club bands don't make a lot of money. The market is competitive and you have to be able to stand out to get noticed. But for someone to live in Chapel Hill and be oblivious to the local scene there - or anywhere else, for that matter - is sad.
How about they follow the ratified Congressional Apportionment Amendment. Found ratified with 80% of the states voting by 1792, the districts can't be bigger than 50,000 people. This evens the district size across the country. Makes Gerrymandering harder also and lowers the cost to run for office.
Scott Neuman - Congressional Candidate NJ
StreetSigns has the deepest respect for Torry Bend and we turned ourselves inside out to produce her latest work, IF MY FEET HAVE LOST THE GROUND. We could not be more delighted that her groundbreaking work is recognized as among the best of 2014. Torry is the creator and director of the piece but it was produced by StreetSigns. We've been producing theatre for decades. And hope to continue for decades to come.
Thanks for this incisive piece. Nathaniel Mackey has more to say then any one poet since he embraces all worlds.
Or, as my dad used to tell me, LISTEN LOUDER.
a KidEthnic Classic -- "Where Bagdad At?"
Two things have clearly been accomplished with the Republican gerrymandering:
1. There are more minority-majority districts than ever. This is consistent with the Voting Rights Act. The Republicans have enabled more black representation in the General Assembly than the Democrats ever did.
2. There are more Republican-leaning districts than ever. This is consistent with the fact Republicans drew their districts in a purely partisan manner, which is completely legal and constitutional. (P.S. they were very aggressive and their margins are slim. A Democratic wave election could eliminate many Republicans. Of course, 2014 was a Republican wave, so a bit of a high water mark for them.)
Given we now have more black Democrats in the General Assembly than ever, where is there anti-black racism or discrimination that is not mandated and/or encouraged by federal law and court rulings? This is the Sixty-four thousand dollar question that needs to be asked repeatedly and answered in detail.
My take: the Republicans were very shrewd and smart about their gerrymandering, you don't like the result because it thoroughly bludgeons the Democrats, and you correctly perceive that this has a sort of "perpetuity" look to it. But the districts are legal under current law and court rulings. Overturning these districts will require a court to make up new law as it goes or come up with some new-fangled interpretation not heretofore seen (granted this is something activist judges and courts do routinely). Look at the bright side; at least the Republicans didn't say, "if you like your representative, you can keep your representative" when they rolled it out.
Two wrongs, don't make a right.
SC Harrison: A little bourbon helps fuel the snark! Glad you remember Euell Gibbons. And for those of you who don't, read about the outdoorsman of the 1970s here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euell_Gibbons
Hey Remo, you can find audible tastes--as well as entire portions--of the above by searching by album title/band name on YouTube, among other places.
Yo Remo, there's this thing called Google. You should Google it.
I live for live music and with a few notable exceptions have not heard a note from most of these artists. Even someone like me who can't get enough of local musicians can't possibly see them all, especially without any lure other than words from y'all at the Indy. You need to give us an audible taste of this stuff so we can not only truly dig it but measure your, thus far, vague and abstract descriptions. Words mean nothing without the SOUND. You want to help the music community? let us hear them a la what the Pour House does weekly with the brief presentations they do on weekly emails.
Loved catching Jackson's last show at the Monkey... so stoked about this one!
StreetSigns is still kicking. We did produce Torry Bend's "If My Feet Have Lost the Ground" at ManBites. And will be producing Freight in January and "Trojan Barbie" in April at Swain Hall at UNC.
This absurdly monstrous development is an abomination to our region's path. It's like many things nowadays, created and pushed by a faceless, non-local accretion of greedy fools who hate the environment and tradition. Nobody in the community wants this. It needs to be reduced by 90% or die whichever can be done quickest.
Go to the NCGA website, find the 1992 apportionment map for the NC House, and take a long look at districts 98, 97, 12, 18, and 72. Don't tell me that Republicans started something when they took over. The eastern NC Democrats who ran everything in the 1990s knew exactly what they were doing.
Yes it stinks, regardless of which party does it.
Good Job Indy, you completely left out a local member of the band.
Hey, what about the trombone player?
Holy crap! Did you write that application, Lisa? Brilliant, and five extra points for the Euell Gibbons reference, but I'm going to have to take away three of those points to pay for the spit coffee cleanup of my keyboard.
Teknobabble: I agree. In a previous story, I noted that even 30% of your income can be onerous if you have other debt, such as student loans and medical bills.
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