“What if I told you it was going to be alright?” asks drag performer Jomama Jones, gliding down the aisle of Joe’s Pub, votive candle in hand. Then, firmly, she adds, “What if I told you not yet?” and, more ominously, “What if I told you not all of us will make it through?” This gentle dip from reassurance to provocation is very Jones, who appears in her new show Black Light as a benevolent, be-sequined prophet of transformation, blending personal memory with original songs to inform her audience that we stand at a crossroads — nationally and, though she doesn’t know us, probably personally as well. 2018 sure does feel like a crossroads: Will we elect a new Congress? Enact gun control? Hunker down resignedly for more of the same? In difficult times, Jomama Jones is an artist whose company you want. A semi-fictional creation, she’s the drag alter ego of playwright and performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones, whose work melds … [Read more...] about A Tonic for Our Current Crossroads, Jomama Jones’s “Black Light” Glows
The sixth annual Native Crossroads Film Festival will continue its tradition of promoting American Indian culture through film.The theme surrounding this year's festival is “Rhythms.” It will feature documentaries, music videos, films and more that emphasize Native American impact on entertainment.Joshua Nelson, director of film and media studies at OU and associate professor of English, spoke on the festival and its continuing relevance. “The idea is that we want to bring American Indian and international indigenous films to OU, especially because a lot of these films are really difficult to see anywhere outside of a film festival circuit. The theme this year is around music. A lot of the films we have on the circuit this year seem to emphasize music in different ways,” Nelson said.The festival will also feature a preview for an upcoming PBS series on Native America, hosted by OU alumna Julianna Brannum.“Comanche filmmaker Julianna Brannum has made … [Read more...] about Native Crossroads to host annual film festival, emphasizes indigenous impact on entertainment
0 View Comments Colorado Springs is at a crossroads I was born in Beaumont, Texas, and lived there for the first eight years of my life. Today, Beaumont's population is circa 125,000; the same as it was in the 1960s. For years the city's downtown area was a ghost town with deserted streets, few residents and not many retail shops. Many businesses relocated. How Colorado Springs attracts and builds its downtown infrastructure can determine whether it follows Beaumont's example or embraces the stadium opportunity. Let's make our downtown area a vibrant, bustling and thriving community of businesses and places to live. The adage: It's better to have the dog wagging its tail than his tail wagging him. Colorado Springs is at a crossroads now and the direction our city leaders choose will determine our future downtown growth, the city's identity and much of our economy. Building the sports stadium in lower downtown Colorado Springs will have a huge positive impact in many ways. These … [Read more...] about LETTERS: Springs is at a crossroads; what about the lives saved?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Temple Beth El started with 10 men at a crossroads, remains strong at Passover By 1919, Temple Beth El was on its way to having one of the largest memberships of any Conservative congregation in the country. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Emily Morry, Special to Rochester Democrat and Chronicle USA TODAY NETWORK Published 3:00 p.m. ET March 30, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The origins of Temple Beth El lie with 10 men who found themselves at a crossroads in the early 20th century. They … [Read more...] about Temple Beth El started with 10 men at a crossroads, remains strong at Passover
Here is one possible future for San Francisco: People are whisked effortlessly from their homes to their jobs with the touch of a button. Our city streets are filled with hyper-efficient, driverless vehicles that never need to park except to recharge their batteries. Some of these vehicles pick up multiple passengers, like the Muni buses they replaced. But many more are occupied by just one person who is happy to pay more for the privileges of privacy and expediency. Deaths and injuries from traffic collisions are exceedingly rare, but the streets are eerily quiet, largely empty of people waiting for the streetcar or filling the sidewalks with conversation. Street musicians no longer have audiences to entertain. The city noises, so familiar to us today, have been replaced by the low, collective hum of thousands of electric motors. Here is another vision of San Francisco’s future: Driverless cars are an important part of the fabric of bustling, lively streets, but they are far … [Read more...] about San Francisco at a crossroads over future of driverless cars