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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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African American History Tribute

Kim Russell reprises Sojourner Truth

Kim Russell will perform her one-woman show as Sojourner Truth during African History Month, February, at area libraries. Performances include:
Feb 6   —West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston, 2 p.m.
Feb 20  —Spring Valley Library, 4280 S Jones, 2 p.m.
Feb 27  —Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd., 2 p.m. 

Russell has been researching, refining and performing tributes to Truth and other historic characters for over two decades. Performances are free.
SAG Conservatory members know Kim as one of the key players during the 1990's, working publicity, public relations and assisting the Conservatory Committee to build and grow Nevada's successful conservatory. She worked for the House of Blues foundation building programs for children and adults to understand African-American history through the concert hall and clubs' extensive art collection and specific performances geared toward the community.
Along with running her own booking agency, Russell is actively involved in the development of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. Russell may be contacted at:
Photo credit: Sojourner Truth from Abraham Lincoln: The War Years Vol. 2, Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc (photograph circa 1862) © Russell from Las Vegas Sun 
Story first posted January 20, 2010 

Auditions: Tony and Tina's Wedding

"Tony n ‘ Tina’s Wedding",  Las Vegas

Auditions:  February 17, 2010 @ 1:30pm

Where:  Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Showroom @ V Theater (Planet Hollywood
Resort & Casino)

"Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding" Las Vegas is seeking experienced actors and
actresses.   "Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding" is an interactive Off-Broadway show that spoofs an Italian-American wedding, complete with a pre-show cash bar, a ceremony and reception full of
mishaps and mad-cap comedy, plus a buffet dinner with wedding cake, music and dancing.

Looking for all roles listed below for future and immediate replacements.

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 1:30pm.

The production is seeking men and women ages 19-60. Only people with
outgoing personalities need apply.

For information and character breakdowns on this paying gig:

Auditions: Tony and Tina's Wedding

Thursday to Saturday, come on up for Dam Short Film Festival

World Premier Saturday at Dam Short Film Festival.

This Saturday writer, SAG actor, producer Micheal Toole will premiere his latest film at the Dam Short Film Festival. It leads the 2:45 PM segment "Amusing Associates." He wrote in and stars in "Spotters". His last short film "Reeling" earned awards at international festivals from South Africa to France, Japan to Atlanta.

The Dam Short Film Festival runs Thursday to Saturday in Boulder City at the historic Boulder City Theater, owned by Desi Arnez Jr and his wife "Miss Amy". BC is just ten minutes from Henderson and a half hour from downtown Las Vegas and the Vegas strip.

Meet the cast and crew of "Spotters" and other filmmakers at the "6th Dam Year" Mixer Friday evening at 7:30 in the award winning Boulder Dam Brewing Company, Arizona and Nevada Highway.

A Las Vegas native, Toole writes obituaries and tributes for Turner Classic Movies, is a regular contributor to the "Weekly" and other publications. He has a series of travel books that feature off the wall places, bargains and more than a bit of history.

New World Trade Center Attack Photos

New Photos of the collapse of the World Trade Center bring back memories. The photos' on were taken from a New York City Police Helicopter.

Death of Balanced Journalism

APRIL 4, 2009 8:27PM

Newspapers and the loss of in depth balanced journalism

Origionally posted Sunday March 29, 2009: Clear and Present Danger
The Loss of a balanced journalism and the press

CBS Sunday Morning led with the same story that has dominated the Internet. Are newspapers yesterdays news? How will the death of newspapers impact how we see the world, balanced journalism, the ability to earn a living as a journalist, how society gets its information, who controls information and the very fabric of our future society? Can they be saved? Will some survive as they did the advent of radio and later post-Kennedy television news? What of the loss of local media with local paid professional reporters? Will local identity be sacrificed on the alter of the Internet and a brave new world? Are we the last print journalism generation? Will Dewey ever again beat Truman?
Who will cover local politicians, regional politics, the fabric that reinforced truely local identity?

Obviously most of the comments on the Internet favor the freedom of information, citizen “journalist” and diversity of the web. But the other view is that the media that funds the in depth coverage of issues, puts eyes on the street trained to be objective and covers foreign events with an American or even local eye will disappear with nothing to replace it. Michael Wolf, Media Annalist say that reporting and journalism as a profession may be at risk, with classified advertising taking a dive, the recession robbing the media of trillions of dollars, a population wanting constant updates and the availability of news on cell phones, web sites, radio and television.

The potential loss of the newspaper is a clear and present danger to our civic life, from local small towns to the international scene. It is the dying newspaper economic model that supported the ability for trained journalist to cover stories, dig deeper and investigate and assist in times of crisis or disaster. Without the income newspapers provided, and the incentive for in depth reporting, our work will change. We may lose local identities, the ability to think past a few quick headlines, the trained and dedicated eyes and ears watch-dogging our government, corporations and those who have direct power or impact on our lives.

The Rocky Mountain News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, huge change for small and middle sized cities are closing their presses, going on line or at least up for sale, cheap. Many others, including major corporations and large cities, may follow. Towns that once had four or five daily papers, face the prospect of having only one, or in many cases, no local newspaper. The merging of ownership in electronic media has exasperated and accelerated the decline in trained and competing professionals on the street at all levels, from local high school basketball games to the halls of Washington DC and the streets of foreign capitals.

Can the Internet replace this or even prove to be better? And how will it be financed?

Another fact of the Internet and computers, and how they are and will change our lives lies in medicine and computerized record keeping. The Obama administration’s 19 billion dollar mandate that medical records go on-line and electronic is hotly debated in medical and civic rights circles. The advantages are clear, but the end of paper trails frightens many physicians. Hacking, such as that done by a Chinese based group, can be a real treat to patient security, and simple electronic pulses can wipe our records on a whim or by accident. Then too there is the reality that insurance companies and others may be able to find out about preexisting conditions, unauthorized treatments, genetic disposition and other patient privacy issues. Many doctors, nurses and staff find paper files preferable for access and use. Others say that the ability to access information from any workstation, remote offices, hospitals and even foreign locations while traveling, will save time and lives. Cooperation between physicians and institutions, regardless of geography, is seen as another advantage. But the potential loss of human oversight, one on one consultation and other humanizing factors have patients and doctors alike concerned.

Earth hour was a public relations success around the world, with images of the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and Las Vegas strip dimmed for an hour to make an environmental point. Aggregate information from print journalism now dominates the web, with breaking news reported by print reporters, gleaned from print editions and penned by local journalist from other media. But the stories are shorter, or no longer local in perspective. The local comes from non-journalist who are citizens reporting information without checking facts or seeking other sources. Often hearsay, gleaned information from others and opinion replaces fact checked reporting and any attempt at balance.

Etsy is a web site that sells hand made goods. In 2005 it sold $60,000. 2008 $88,000,000. The goods are made by third world companies and by CEO’s of major corporations, by mothers in Maine and communes in Oregon. There are major designers who sell through Etsy exclusively.

I do need, and in some cases we need, to learn how to dispel, shape, restore and take care of clothing to appear professional when we have no money, which is where we stand and stand to do far worse.

In Rome, Berlin, Paris, London and Warsaw protesters took to the streets to demand a major change in how the world’s economies operate and how business controls too many lives despite international borders. They are calling for an increase in the social safety net their countries offer instead of the stimulus to business being advocated by the US and the Obama administration. Protesters say funds are best spent with government, not by government. Protesters are demanding tighter regulations of the financial market. This week world leaders hold the G20 summit in London.

A tradition older than the Great Wall of China may come to an end. In Beijing (Peking) men walk the streets getting exercise and exercising the caged birds by gently rocking the cages as they walk. Bird flue, general sanitation and regulations about the sale of birds threaten to end this millenniums long practice. Just as the government is tearing down the traditional shanty housing, they are imposing the end of the birdmen of Beijing. NPR did a colorful story on the passing of this tradition at the hands of modernization and medicine.

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i have been on the periphery of events that were reported in local newspapers three times. those 'professional' reporters were so ineffectual that the loss of their services will not be greatly missed.

classified advertising is already making the change to the web, very successfully. i have suggested elsewhere that reporters will syndicate their services and specialize in areas either topical or geographic.

editorial/opinion writing will be blogged, and won't pay much. so the truth will be more often told.

the only losers are liars, who need a disciplined and money oriented organization. the republican national committee comes immediately to mind, but all politics will get harder with information rich media available.

some kind of journalism will continue and may flourish, it'll just be different. i expect religion felt the same dismay at the appearance of the printed bible.
In The Sahara was a water seller... His family had been selling water for generations.... They made a good living.


It started raining and raining and raining..... Horrified he called on governments and people to stop this incessant rain....

But it did not stop.. Eventually his business went broke - but people still had water - plenty of water.

I think you need to innovate or die....

The e-book (or similar) is a normal page size reader... You can download "x" number of books into it - it is thin and light.

Newspapers need to embrace something similar and have people subscribe to their newspaper, delivered to them daily in electronic form.

It needs to be inexpensive (the hardware) and the subscription affordable.....

It would be nice to sit in a cafe and read the "newspaper" whilst sipping a coffee...

Just my 2c worth....
But who will pay and how much?
Professionalism has a cost.

First Posted 4-4-2009 by Art Lynch on