Violins of Hope | Cleveland, Ohio | Fall 2015

http://www.violinsofhopecle.org/

EDIT (2017-04-25):

Anti-Semitic Incidents Up 86 Percent Compared With Same Time Last Yearhttp://n.pr/2pdsOtk

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Fan Overboard! – Studio 360 [WNYC]:http://www.wnyc.org/story/fan-overboard

Fun overall, and the “Black CosPlay” that opens it is very thought-provoking to this white guy. (I’m sure my girlfriend wouldn’t like to hear this, but I have quite a collection of pictures from the internet of female CosPlayers of a wide variety of skin colors, especially black female Captains America. I hadn’t thought those ladies might have been discriminated against, at comic book conventions or othwrwise. I guess i waw giving my fellow fans more credit than they deserve.)

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Evening of 2017-04-24:

Shakespeare Unlimited | Folger Shakespeare Library: http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited

What I’m listening to right nowon radio is not actually listed: “Shakespeare as a Black Woman”, about Shakespeare and politics in America. 

Marvel HeroClix AVENGERS/DEFENDERS  WAR: Captain America | HeroClix

Opinion: I have not read the currently on-going storyline this version of Steve “Captain America” Rogers is from. I’ve only read about it, and as a fan of Cap and Falc since the 70’s, I’m rather rankled by it. But, have others have said, it’s a stunt-story that needs to finish running its course, doing what Marvel does: tap into current current political and pop culture, hold up its twisted mirror to it. I don’t have to like it, don’t have to like that it appears to be tapping into the xenophobic and allegedly “populist” Alt-Right [i.e. Neo-Nazi] stuff that Trump played off of and exploited to get himself into office. [Yeah, I’m being the bitter “Purple Republican”; I didn’t bote for him, but am hoping the Constitutional structures of power-sharing and checks and balances can curb his potential excesses.]

Marvel HeroClix:  Avengers/Defenders Captain [HYDRA] America: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/04/24/marvel-heroclix-avengersdefenders-war-captain-america/

Yes, I will still buy AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR, I will still hunt down this Cap. “Patriotic Supervillain” is quite a spin-concept, worth collecting.