Thursday, May 31, 2007

Women In Art & Picasso ~ two videos by eggman913

Women In Art ~ 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art



Picasso ~ Portrait of an Artist


Real Change in Seattle: Changes Them...Changes You

Real Change exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty. Real Change’s groundbreaking advocacy and organizing work is building a cross-class movement of homeless people and their allies that can deliver real wins for those who need change the most. The Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project has many faces including a newspaper, an advocacy group, a homeless speakers bureau, and literary workshops and more.

Each month, more than 250 homeless and vulnerably housed vendors get a hand up to helping themselves by selling the Real Change weekly newspaper, a Seattle weekly activist publication with an ear to the street. The publication is sold by Seattle's homeless, and helps them earn the money they need to get ahead. The Real Change readers are educated, socially-concerned, and loyal. They respect and depend upon the newspaper's award-winning journalism for information about their community and how they can get involved and make a difference. The publication strives to create fairness, opportunity and community by covering issues that socially conscious people want to know about, from topics surrounding poor and homelessness, to stories about labor, the environment, public health and civil liberties (to name a few). See http://www.realchangenews.org

Out of the Margins is a project developed in partnership between Real Change and the Seattle Public Library. This ongoing series of literary arts workshops aims to empower and build confidence through offering the underserved public access to educational and creative opportunities at the Seattle Public Library. Volunteers from the local arts community lead weekly workshops around activities from poetry and short stories to bookarts and drama. These workshops, while aimed at being safe and inviting for homeless and low-income individuals, are open to the entire Seattle Public Library community, thus creating a unique and inclusive space for dialogue and expression across unnecessarily divisive social boundaries. See http://www.realchangenews.org/otm.html

Watch these great videos:

Changes Them ... Changes You


and Real Change in Seattle (from a NW Cable News report)

And read Apesma's Lament ~ the blog of Tim Harris, Executive Director of Real Change.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Exit of Cindy Sheehan ~ Ron Jacobs anaylzes Cindy Sheehan's declaration to leave public life.

First, read Good Riddance Attention Whore
by CindySheehan ~ May 28, 2007

Then:
Don't Go Too Far Away, Cindy

I have to admit that I was quite surprised when I read that Cindy Sheehan is leaving the peace movement. After reading her explanation for the move, I was less surprised, but still a bit disappointed. After reading the piece, it is clear that Sheehan has discovered that politics can be an ugly affair. When one is the focus of a political movement like Ms. Sheehan became, they become even uglier. Her departure will leave a hole, but it should not leave a vacuum. After all, there are thousands of US residents that have been hurt by the loss of a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan, unfortunately. In addition, there are millions around the world that are just plain fed up and pissed off about these wars and the death and destruction they are causing.

Ms. Sheehan is planning to go home and raise her remaining children. That's a good thing. Her screed makes it clear that she is burned out from her past two years of antiwar activism and doing something real like caring for children will surely put her back in touch with the better side of humanity. This move is similar to the retreat from politics and the streets that much of an entire generation underwent in the years following the government murders at Kent State and Jackson State in 1970 during antiwar protests. Another side of this retreat was the turn away from politics and towards cultural and religion. Unlike caring for one's children, the latter two were mere escapism and somewhat solipsistic. One could argue that these phenomenon destroyed the potential for radical change in the United States, but a more appropriate analysis would merely claim that here in the US we had (and have) the luxury to stop fighting against the war because we do not live where the bombs are exploding and the assault weapons firing.
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The most poignant paragraph in Sheehan's statement begins with her sad acknowledgment that her son died for absolutely nothing. One can only imagine the emotions that come from this realization. Like many of her fellow citizens, Sheehan wants to believe that the United States is a good place and that the people who live there do believe in the principles espoused in its documents and by its greatest leaders. Her discovery that "(her son) Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months" is a difficult thing to take. Yet, this is not a reason to quit. It is, instead, a motivation to change things at an even more fundamental level. One may not like being called a radical because they oppose the wars Washington has dragged us into, but one must also become aware that only radical analysis and action undertaken by millions will change a system that requires those wars to survive.

I recall a discussion I had with a friend during the buildup to the first Gulf War. We were talking about activist burnout and egotistical activists as we watched the antiwar movement in Olympia, WA. grow by leaps and bounds while it struggled with internal conflicts that were primarily ego-driven. I said to my friend that whenever I felt an organization couldn't live without me, then it was time for me to step back from whatever high-profile position I happened to be in and go back to the grunt work of passing out leaflets and setting up stages. After all, it wasn't me that mattered, but the movement.
Read all of The Exit of Cindy Sheehan
by Ron Jacobs ~ Counterpunch) ~ May 29th, 2007

Monday, May 28, 2007

VIDEO | Bill Moyers Interviews Maxine Hong Kingston

Bill Moyers writes: "For all the words Maxine Hong Kingston has poured onto the page from her own life and mind, for the many years Maxine Hong Kingston has been coaxing words from others. In 1993 she put out a call to veterans to join her in workshops devoted to turning their experiences into poems, novels, and essays. Here in the hills of Northern California, over 500 veterans...from every war since World War II have taken part, and some of their finest work has now been published in this book, 'Veterans of War; Veterans of Peace.' For many of them it has been a life-changing, even life-saving, experience."
Watch: VIDEO | Bill Moyers Interviews Maxine Hong Kingston

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Steve Schalchlin ~ Lennon Piano Video Diary Part #1

On Saturday, May 26, 2007 Steve Schalchlin wrote in his blog

Although I posted a music video of the Lennon Piano visit to the Clayton's home in Olympia previously, I hadn't, until now, edited the actual video diary footage. Finally, today, after giving myself a little distance from it, began putting it together. Here is part one where we discuss first hearing the news that John Lennon's piano was being brought to Gabi and Alec's home.
Watch Lennon Piano Video Diary Part #1:

Saturday, May 19, 2007

See me at Captial City Pride

John Lennon's Piano ~ by Steve Schalchlin



Steve Schalchlin wrote:
John Lennon's IMAGINE piano tour visited the home of Bill Clayton, a teenager who committed suicide after a gaybashing. I was invited to sing and play for the event. This video is my personal reflection of what happened.
and:
I woke up at 1:30 in the morning, went up to my studio and it all just happened. I didn't have a chance to think about it. I hope you enjoy it.
Filmed by Steve Schalchlin and Jeff Kingsbury.

Coming Out Insurance?

See the video on Steve Schalchlin's blog here.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lennon magic in Olympia

John Lennon’s piano stops by an Olympia home to spread peace and magic

Magic was captured in Olympia Tuesday in the notes to a song that a Steinway & Sons upright piano drew out of John Lennon, a haunting call to peace and love made more poignant after Lennon’s assassination.
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The magic of the piano, painstakingly transported into the home, pervaded the home, filling it with life and hope and music, with impromptu sing-a-longs driving requests for more sing-a-longs. “All we are saying is give peace a chance” became “give love a chance” and “give life a chance.”

Reality: one unprepossessing brown maple piano with John Lennon’s cigarette burns on the right side.

Magic: “You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
Read Lennon magic in Olympia
May 10, 2007 ~ by Jessica Corey-Butler ~ The Weekly Volcano

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Tony's Good and Easy Pizza

I promised a friend I would share my pizza recipie and so here it is.

Tony is a friend we met long ago in Mississippi, but he was originally from Chicago. He was Bill's godfather. This is his recipie altered a bit over time into my own concoction.


Tony's Good and Easy Pizza

Preheat oven to 425.

Put a little oil (I usually use olive oil) on the pan. Sprinkle just a little bit of cornmeal on top of the oil.

For each pizza crust:
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 scant tsp sugar or honey
  • two and a half cups of flour ~ unbleached white, whole wheat and a little bit of cornmeal
I play with the mix on the flour ~ usually about a cup and a half of unbleached white, a little less than a cup of whole wheat flour, and the rest is cornmeal.
  • Put yeast in a bowl and add the sugar.
  • Add warm water and stir.
  • Cover the bowl and set in a warm place for a few minutes to let the yeast activate.
  • Put the flours in a bigger bowl.
  • When the yeast is active, add it to the flour and stir well.
  • When it is hard to mix, knead it with your hands and add a bit of flour if it is too wet.
  • When the dough is well kneaded, cover and set in the warm place for about 15 minutes.
  • Put a bit of oil on your hands to keep from having it stick and punch the dough down.
  • Put the dough on the pan and pat it out from the center with your hands, turning and shaping it as you go.
  • Let it sit again for a bit to rise.
  • Spread on tomato sauce (or a white sauce)
Put on the spices:
  • garlic (lots!)
  • basil
  • oregano
  • Italian seasonings
  • those are my basic spices ~ sometimes others ... pepper or whatever appeals.
Sprinkle generously and evenly with mozzarella cheese and some parmesan cheese.

Top it with whatever veggies and meats you like. Olives? Mushrooms? Onion? Artichoke hearts? Steamed asparagus?

Sprinkle just a little more mozzarella to hold the toppings on.


Bake until the cheese to be starting to brown but the crust not burning ~ probably around 15 minutes or so depending on how hot your oven gets.

Enjoy!

If you are feeding people who eat meat and vegetarians and meat eaters then make two. I usually make two large and two small pans so I will have leftovers to send home with guests and to eat as breakfast or lunch later.

Steve Schalchlin: regarding John Lennon's piano.

This was written by Steve Schalchlin on May 12th. It is re-published here with his permission. (Thank you, Steve!)
See it also on his blog with photographs.

Thoughts about John Lennon's Piano.

[On May 8th, 2007, I was invited to play and sing on John Lennon's piano, the one upon which he wrote the song, "Imagine." It was the anniversary of the death of Bill Clayton, a 17-year old who committed suicide after a gaybashing and the piano was there as part of the IMAGINE Piano Peace Project, sponsored by George Michael (the piano's owner) and Kenny Goss, his partner in life who owns an art gallery in Dallas.]

I literally woke up at 1:30 the next morning after our event at the Clayton's with this overwhelming feeling that something was... not wrong. Just, well...

After the celebration was over, a reporter -- a girl across the street who was hanging out by the truck -- got this rather conspiratorial look on her face and asked me, "So..." she said leaning in just a bit, "...did you feel any energy coming from the piano?"

I thought to myself, if John Lennon had heard this question, he'd have laughed in her face.

For years now, I've been reading up on the Gandhi/King theories on peace activism. I've participated in events, such as a march on Jerry Falwell's church. I've engaged in debates on the internet with maniacal religious people. And I've been writing this
Peace Cantata or Song Cycle / whatever it is.

I wanted to tell the reporter, "Uh, no. It's just a piano." The one thing about John Lennon that I believe, even though I never met him, was that he hated bullshit, especially when it came to the metaphysical. He didn't believe in magic or gods or fairies or "energies" coming from a piece of wood. (My song "Holy Dirt," is about how, when we ascribe "holiness to objects, people start to die.")

As momentum for this project picks up, people are going to start trying to turn the Imagine Piano into a Magic Piano. Trust me. This is what people do. They are going to try to imbue the piano with metaphysical energy and it's going to be tempting for all involved to allow it to happen. I am imploring them to resist this with all their hearts.

What I loved about our modest event was that Caroline kept it as an art project. Though we invited local press, we didn't hang banners or streamers. We didn't have a parade of public officials. They didn't invite celebrities or stars. I was there because I have a personal connection to the story of Gabi Clayton and it was she who asked them to bring me there.

They allowed the event itself to provide the meaning. We had a simple, unadorned memorial service for a lovely young man, a 17 year old who died of abject fear of more violence. And we had a celebration of his family's ability to survive the hate and turn his life into something much more meaningful than simply, "Our son's dead."

The piano itself is not magic. There was no "energy" coming from it apart from the energy that vibrated off its strings and sound board. No, it was much, much better than that. If we give all our power to a magic piano, then we will expect it to do all the work for us. But it can be a point of inspiration. Its musical energy and sound inspired a great song. And now, thanks to George Michael and Kenny Goss, it continues to inspire, through this unique project, by being transformed from a thing that creates art into a work of art itself that honors life.

Yesterday, a good friend of mine -- a musician -- asked me the exact same question as the reporter. "So, did you feel any of John Lennon's energy coming from the piano?"

My answer was simple, "No, not from the piano" I said. "The energy of John Lennon came from the people around that piano." They, and only they, the human beings on the lawn that day were the ones channeling the spirit, if you will, of John Lennon by standing up and speaking against hate, violence and war. The power and the meaning of it all came from the people surrounding the piano. Those people holding hands and singing along with tears in their eyes, rededicating themselves to relentless non-violence.


The piano is nothing more than a token. A symbol. The beauty of this project is not that Lennon's piano has some magical force to it. It's that Caroline, Ken and George decided to give it meaning by putting in a place where people could bring meaning to it. And that is true art.

I hope they'll call on me again some day, maybe for an AIDS benefit or perhaps another place where the Lennon piano is being exhibited. I'm not famous. I won't bring out the flashbulbs or the paparazzi. I'm too old to be a rock star and too stubborn to write meaningless drivel. But I believe in the work that I'm doing, as humble as it may be.

I write songs about how I am surviving AIDS. Songs about my gay marriage. Songs about peace and survival, and how religion can be both inspiring (in the hands of a Martin Luther King) and deadly (in the hands of a misguided fanatical fundamentalist or an American President). And even a love song every once in awhile.

Being a part of this project is probably the greatest honor of my life. But, oddly, not only because John Lennon's piano was there. That might be the headline, the thing that drags out the media, but I felt honored by the sense of beauty and heartfelt community that we experienced that afternoon. The fact that we all brought forth the spirit of John Lennon, reminding us that a great man's work doesn't die just because he does.

The people, the press, the well-meaning hordes will try to turn the piano into a magic piano. I hope they don't let them. I hope they remind people that it's only wood and steel. Remind them that the true magic happens when we take tragedy and turn it into victory. When we create peace and love in our hearts and in the lives of the people around us. The magic happens around that piano just as a musical instrument can do nothing until someone picks it up and begins to play.

The true "magic" will be in the heart and eye of the person who sees the art created in the picture album and on the documentary, who hears the stories and the music. The magic and the power to transform ourselves and our world is in each and every one of us.

The power to create art. The power to create peace. The power to create love.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Alec wrote about Tuesday in his blog too

See what he said and some photos from Tuesday at Imagine this

A Bunch Of Baloney?

Steve Schalchlin responds to one of the comments on the May 9th Olympian article by Venice Buhain about the Lennon Piano event, and writes about being here on May 8th.

Read "It's A Bunch Of Baloney"
on Steve's blog ~ Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

What can I say about yesterday?

Yesterday was a dream I will never wake from, and yet so real. I am grounded in love and community.

John Lennon's piano was on my lawn and in my dining room. You should have seen sweet wonderful Steve Schalchlin's hands dance on that piano, and heard him sing "Imagine", "Will It Always Be Like This?" and so many other songs, bringing the piano to life!

I wish John Lennon had been here, and yet I think everyone felt he was - in spirit. Steve was a channeler for John Lennon's energy through the music. Both of these amazing men have left their songs imprinted on my heart and my home.


Catherine reminded me that "Imagine" was one of the songs Noel chose to play at Bill's memorial 12 years ago.

Noel and Catherine were here with Alec and me, as well as some of our great friends including Beth Reis (Safe Schools Coalition co-chair) and her partner Bah (Barbara), Anna Schlecht (who organized the anti-hate rally after Bill was assaulted - she is co-chair of Capital City Pride) and her partner Sarah. Jeff Kingsbury (founder and artistic director of Capital Playhouse, City Councilman and co-chair of the Capital City Pride), as was Washington State Representative Sam Hunt (long time ally to the glbtq community), Gery Gerst (Noel and Bill's favorite teacher of all time), neighbors with their cool children & grandchildren, and other good people.

Caroline True, the creative director of The IMAGINE Piano Peace Project, is such a wonderful person and so was the filmmaker/videographer who was working with her, Craig Hastings. They were both so sensitive and caring and they have such a wonderful vision of what this project means and can be.

Thank you Kenny Goss and George Michael for letting our son Bill be a part of this project. Bill worked for peace when he was alive even leading a walkout at his middle school in protest against the first US war on Iraq. It's very good to know he is still working for peace now.

There were news media folk, all respectful and easy to be with. One of them interviewed me before the piano was taken off the truck, and then told me he was also a victim of a hate crime. He hugged me and thanked me for all the work I do. Wow.

I will post some photos soon.

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Tuesday afternoon became a concert and a sing-along in Gabi and Alec Clayton's dining room, where their friends and family gathered around to sing songs on John Lennon's piano.

Their friend, Los Angeles songwriter Steve Schalchlin, played a combination of Lennon's songs and his original songs, including "Will It Always Be Like This," a song written in honor of the Claytons and their younger son, Bill, who commit suicide in 1995 one month after being beaten by boys who asked him and a friend if they were gay. Bill Clayton, 17, was bisexual.
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"This is their son, their loss," said project creative director Caroline True. "It's as important as the other things that people talk about in the press."
Read all of the article
Lennon’s piano makes a peace appearance

by Venice Buhain ~ The Olympian ~ May 9, 2007

See the Olympian's photo gallery:
Imagine Piano Tour.

Watch the Olympian's video:
Imagine Peace Tour.

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Read The Night John Lennon Died. on Steve Schalchlin's Tuesday May 8th Living in the Bonus Round blog.

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How this all began: "Lennon piano" ~ an email from Caroline True
Subject: Lennon piano
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007
From: Caroline True
To: Gabi Clayton

Dear Gabi

My name is Caroline True, I am working on a project with George Michael and his partner Kenny Goss.

George owns the piano on which John Lennon wrote the song Imagine, I am currently taking the piano on a peace mission to places where acts of violence have occurred on the anniversary of it's occurrence and I would very much like to talk to you about the possibility of bringing the piano to Olympia.

We are taking pictures of each place we visit which will ultimately be used in a book with a chapter on each situation. There are pictures showing where we have been with the piano to date and much more in depth information on the project on our website www.lennonpiano.com.

We have read your story about Bill with great compassion and would be very honoured if you would consider our request to further able us to spread our message of peace.

I look forward to hearing from you

With very kind regards
Caroline True
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A piece of music history was in Western Washington Tuesday as part of an art project promoting peace and nonviolence. The piano John Lennon used to compose the song "Imagine" sat outside Bill Clayton's home in Olympia for several hours, as part of the "Piano Peace Tour."
Watch the video:
John Lennon piano makes stop in Washington state filmed by
Seattle King 5 Television photographer/editor Alan Douglas.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Lennon piano to stop in Olympia

May 7, 2007 ~ The Olympian ~ Olympia, WA
Front page: SOUTH SOUND
Lennon's piano in town

As part of a peace project, John Lennon's piano is being photographed at scenes of violence, including the home of an Olympia teen after an assault based on his sexual orientation
pages B1& B2:
Lennon piano to stop in Olympia
Project promotes peace, nonviolence

OLYMPIA — John Lennon’s piano will come as part of an art project to the Olympia home where a 17-year-old victim of a hate crime killed himself.

Lennon’s piano is being photographed at the locations of deaths that resulted from violence, including the former Memphis motel where Martin Luther King Jr., was killed, which is now the National Civil Rights Museum; Ford’s Theatre, where Abraham Lincoln was shot; and a memorial in Oklahoma City for the victims of the bombing by Timothy McVeigh.

A book and a documentary about the project will be produced, with plans to donate proceeds to charity.

The piano, on which Lennon composed the song “Imagine,” will be brought Tuesday to the Olympia home of the parents of Bill Clayton, who committed suicide in 1995 a month after being assaulted because he was bisexual.

Read the article: Lennon piano to stop in Olympia
by Venice Buhain ~ May 7, 2007 ~ The Olympian ~ Olympia, WA

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They asked if I'd sing so I performed "Will It Always Be Like This," the song about Gabi Clayton. And I sang "Imagine." It led me to sing songs from my ever-upcoming folk peace cantata ("Holy Dirt," "My Thanksgiving Prayer," "Lazarus Come Out," "Cool By Default," "The Faces In The Music") and "Connected" (from The Last Session).

We talked about religion and politics and spirituality and peacemaking. Our new friends were smart and articulate, and both had great hearts. As I sang and we all talked, I couldn't help but think about the upcoming event in Gabi's house, wondering how it would all work -- and what I'd play if I could just stop time at that event and play all day and night.
Read: Dogs & Pianos & Peace.
by Steve Schalchlin ~ May 7, 2007 ~ Living in the Bonus Round

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The Piano on Which John Lennon Composed the Song 'Imagine' Being Photographed at the Home of a Hate Crime Victim in Olympia, Washington
Posted : Mon, 07 May 2007 11:04:01 GMT
Author : Goss Gallery
OLYMPIA, Washington, May 7 /PRNewswire/ --
Read: - The Piano Peace Tour Continues on Its Mission

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And:

The Piano on Which John Lennon Composed the Song 'Imagine' Being Photographed at the Home of a Hate Crime Victim in Olympia, Washington

Mon, 07 May 2007
OLYMPIA, Washington, May 7 /PRNewswire/

Saturday, May 5, 2007

The Proverbial Cat is out of the Bag ~ Lennon's Piano

Steve Schalchlin has already posted about it twice in his blog. This is really happening on Tuesday ~ Wow!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (To be will distributed on the U.S.1 and U.K. wires first thing Monday morning.)

CONTACT:
Catharine Flagg
The Buzzell Company
214-219-9191
cf@buzzellco.com

Caroline True
469-348-4342
011-44-7774-981111
caroline.true@mac.com
THE PIANO ON WHICH JOHN LENNON COMPOSED THE SONG ‘IMAGINE’ BEING PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE HOME OF A VICTIM OF HATE CRIME IN OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON

THE PIANO PEACE TOUR CONTINUES ON ITS MISSION

WHAT: The famous piano on which John Lennon composed the song “Imagine” will be photographed at the home of Bill Clayton in Olympia, Washington. Bill was a young, vibrant 17 year old bi-sexual who was the victim of multiple assaults because of his sexual orientation that eventually led to his suicide in 1995.


“Bill committed suicide because he was convinced that he would be hated and beaten his whole life. Our family will be dealing with the effects of this assault and Bill’s death for the rest of our lives,” said Bill’s mom Gabi Clayton. “Telling Bill's story has been a way for us to turn the pain of his suicide into something that can help end the hate and ignorance, and hopefully help to save other people from what he went through.”



Bill told his parents at the age of 14 that he was bi-sexual. Although they embraced and supported their youngest son, some in the community did not. First, after attending a support group meeting he was raped by an older man who took advantage of Bill’s naivety. It did not stop there. Three years later, Bill was attacked and beaten on his school campus along with friends, leaving him in the hospital with multiple bruises and abrasions. After this assault, Bill sunk in to a deep depression. He committed suicide on May 8, 1995. His story is told on the internet at http://www.youth-guard.org/gabi/Bills_Story.html.

“Kenny Goss and George Michael understand the pressures Bill felt and feel the utmost compassion for his family,” said Caroline True, creative director. “They hope that by bringing the piano to Bill’s home they will be able to show that hate crimes are senseless acts of violence committed solely because someone is different.”

“Please join us and work to end the hate, until no one has to walk the streets afraid, and no one has to live in fear of persecution or assault for any reason including race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Alec Clayton, Bill’s father. “Hate doesn't grow in a vacuum. It grows on fear, and it grows on silence. We are honored that the Piano Peace Tour has chosen to honor Bill’s memory.”

The song “Imagine” will be played on the piano by Gabi Clayton’s close friend, songwriter Steve Schalchlin who co-authored the Off-Broadway musicals “The Last Session” and “The Big Voice” http://bonusroundblog.blogspot.com/.

WHERE:
The home of Bill Clayton,
Olympia, Washington

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 8
3:00pm until 6:00pm Piano delivered and uncrated, moved to photo site at the Clayton home.
3:00pm (approx.) Photo taken

WHO:
Caroline True, creative director, Imagine Piano Peace Project

Photographer and camera person

Background:
George Michael bought the Lennon piano at an auction in October 2000. Considered the most expensive piece of pop memorabilia, experts have estimated its value at US$8 million to $12 million. Michael and his partner, Kenny Goss, owner of Goss Gallery in Dallas, want to further strengthen the project’s peaceful message, by having “Imagine” performed on the piano at each stop. A video documentary and a published volume of the images are under development, with plans to donate proceeds to charity. http://www.lennonpiano.com

The song, “Imagine,” was first released in 1971 and was already John Lennon’s most famous post-Beatles song, but it took on a who
le new life of its own following Lennon’s murder in December 1980. When first released, “Imagine” reached No. 3 in America and No. 6 in Britain but after Lennon’s death in December 1980, the song gave him a posthumous No. 1.

Lennon bought the piano in December 1970, had it delivered to studios at his home in Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire, composed and recorded “Imagine” on it. The piano is a simple upright style instrument, not the white piano which graced the cover of the album. In 1992, it was bought by a private British collector who put it up for auction in October 2000.

Goss Gallery: Founded by Dallas native Kenny Goss, Goss Gallery (www.gossgallery.com) is located at 2500 Cedar Springs Road at Fairmont in Uptown Dallas. Headed by curator/director and internationally recognized art advisor Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi, it is a contemporary art gallery featuring a rotating group of international young as well as established artists and was specifically created to reflect the feel and program of the leading galleries of London, Paris and New York, with regularly scheduled exhibitions of 20th and 21st century contemporary painting and photography.

Creative Director, Caroline True: With a career that has spanned over two decades and crossed the Atlantic, Caroline True is an experienced and accomplished personality in the entertainment industry. Having worked extensively with acclaimed artists George Michael, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz and many others, True has served on both the creative and production sides of the music business, demonstrating an artistic talent along with strong business connections. Recently, she has extended her expertise into the art world through her work with George Michael and Kenny Goss on the IMAGINE Piano Peace Project.

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And don't miss reading Steve Schalchlin's blog:
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
John Lennon's Piano Peace Tour.
and
Friday, May 04, 2007
You May Say I'm A Dreamer.

Steve Schalchlin (front) and Jim Brochu (blue shirt)
at the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

Here are the lyrics to Steve Schalchlin's song about Bill:
Will It Always be Like This?

Another Commercial Break ~ Honda Does a Domino Trick

Woah. I don't know about the ad selling cars, but this is fascinating to watch!

There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in this ad. Everything you see really happened in real time ... exactly as you see it.

The film took 606 takes, cost six million dollars and took three months to complete. It is two minutes long. The voiceover is by Garrison Keillor.

There are six, and only six, hand-made Honda Accords in the world. To the horror of Honda engineers, the filmmakers disassembled two of them to make the film. Everything you see in the film (aside from the walls, floor, ramp and complete Honda Accord) are parts from those two cars.

Watch the Honda Accord advertisement.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Come to the Capital City Pride Desserts & Delectable Delights Auction on Sunday!

Capital City Pride
Desserts & Delectable Delights Auction!

Sunday, May 6th ~3-5pm
at
Ramblin' Jacks
520 4th Ave E
Downtown Olympia
http://ramblinjacks.com
Carol Watson, Auctioneer

Delectable Dining Certificates, Fabulous Cakes & Desserts, Wine & Spirits, Feast for the Self (pamper your body), Food for the Soul (art & theatre), Weekend Getaways, Privately Catered Dinners, Signed Ceremonial Bill Cover of the Nondiscrimination Bill
and Much Much More!

See the Capital City Pride website at:
http://www.capitalcitypride.net

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Two days in June ~ and more!

Saturday, June 16th is Noel's birthday. He doesn't know if he will be in Seattle or not, but we plan to be.

We will be going to The Fremont Solstice Parade & Pageant. Fremont is a Seattle neighborhood and it is the Center of The Universe.

See Fremont's Urban Mythology Collected by Jon Hegeman from Fremont's Hysterical Tour Kiosks including:
  • The Story of the Rocket
  • The Story of the Statue of Lenin
  • The Story of the Fremont Troll
  • The Story of the Interurban Sculpture
  • The Fremont Market and Cinema
  • The Fremont Arts Council's Annual Solstice Parade
  • How Beer Was Discovered In Fremont
  • The Fremont Oktoberfest
And here are some cool photos from the parade:

The Fremont Solstice Parade & Pageant

Photos from Fremont Solstice 2006

NAKED BODYPAINTED BICYCLISTS LEAD THE FREMONT SOLSTICE PARADE

More Fremont Solstice Parade images
on Google Images here.

Saturday is also one of the Capital City Pride days - this year it has been extended to two days!

We will miss the first day but we will be here on
Sunday, June 17th for the Capital City Pride Parade and Festivities in the Park.


We wouldn't miss that!
Join us!

And before the Pride Days there are other events.


There is a Desserts & Other Delectable Delights Auction this Sunday, May 6th from 3 to 5pm at Ramblin’ Jack’s ~ 520 4th Ave East, Olympia between Jefferson and Cherry.


Thursday, June 14th at 8pm the play "Take Me Out" will be performed at Olympia Little Theater as a benift for Capital City Pride.

Friday, June 15th at 8pm "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" will be a benefit performance from Theater Artists Olympia.


There's more ... see
Capital City Pride for more information on these and other events. And keep checking back as it is regularly updated.

And see you there!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Bob Minor: Virginia Tech, Don Imus, and America's Seething Anger

There's a seething anger not far below the surface of many people in America today. It's ready to explode at the least feeling of being slighted.

You see it when someone gets cut off in traffic, someone doesn't like how someone looks at them, a relationship breaks up, or the service in a restaurant is shoddy. It takes so little to set people off.

This past month we've seen it again in a horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech and in listeners defending the anger and invective, sexism and racism of Don Imus' radio persona that attracts them. Like walking through a minefield, you never know when you'll be the next victim of such anger.

There are few institutions doing any more than punishing symptoms. Punishment hasn't worked before to change any society – not even threatening eternal punishment. But we do it anyway.
and
Few people seem to have the time, patience, insight, and emotional health to sit with the problems long enough to investigate and alleviate the causes of it all. And the punishers are there to criticize anyone who tries.

We 'd like to believe that it's just the individual perpetrator's problem. To be able to dismiss them as just plain crazy means we don't have to question the values and institutions that brought them to this place. It's such a relief to know that they're not like us.
Read all of Virginia Tech, Don Imus, and America's Seething Anger by Bob Minor ~ Minor Details ~ May 01, 2007

Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas and author of Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society and Scared Straight: Why It's So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human.
Reach him at http://www.fairnessproject.org
and read his blog http://blog.myspace.com/17016178.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Breakthrough Gay Advances in Past Three Weeks

The United States has seen a series of astonishing gay advances in the past three weeks.

When Connecticut state Rep. Beth Bye's turn came to speak about the need for her legislature to approve gay marriage, she tearfully recalled her devout Catholic father's loving participation in her civil union ceremony, then described the pain of being excluded from actual marriage.

The freshman lawmaker recounted filling out a health-care form: Her choices were "married," "divorced," "widowed," "single" or "other."

"Forgive me if I'm not patient," Bye told Connecticut's joint House-Senate Judiciary Committee. "I don't want to be 'other' anymore. I want to be married."
and
"We have seen in the last month at almost every major win, almost always there is an openly gay legislator behind that story," says Denis Dison of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which helps elect openly gay or transgender officials, who now number 370.
and
If you ever wonder whether it's important for gay people to risk being out at work, just review this wonderful list. Gay lawmakers, out at work, are rocketing our country forward.
Read Breakthrough Gay Advances in Past Three Weeks
by Deb Price, Creators Syndicate ~ Alternet ~ April 30, 2007