Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tricounty DFA Update: December Events
The Holiday season after the election is over is a quiet time, politically, without much news locally. However there are some great special events coming up at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe. Happy Holidays, everyone!
FRI DEC 12 7:00 pm DAVID LIPPMAN (aka "THE SINGING C.I.A. AGENT", aka "GEORGE SHRUB") Suggested Donation ($6.00)
Dave Lippman is widely known on many coasts and in some interiors for his sharp send-ups of topical subjects ranging from weapons of mass distraction to SUVs and the wars to defend them. He has toured widely in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Central America in a 35-year musical career. Lippman's notoriety began in 1969 when he was named an unindicted co-conspirator for singing about the "Guatemala sweepstakes" at a rally that preceded the escorting of a recruiter from the United Fruit Company off the campus. After having a song recorded by Country Joe MacDonald, Lippman joined with a San Francisco comedy group to create the 'Reagan for Shah Campaign,' in which he introduced the permanent character George Shrub, Singing CIA Agent. Shrub then toured as security for the 'Ladies Against Women.' In the eighties, Lippman performed in war zones in Central America and toured from Birmingham Alabama to Birmingham England, then on to Belgrade. In Germany he sang for squatters and anti-nuclear activists. Stateside, he joined a caravan of Salvadoran refugees through Texas. Ex-CIA agent John Stockwell declared Lippman prescient for writing a song about the Grenada "rescue" a year before it happened; Lippman declared it manifest destiny, based on the size of the island. "Lippman is a national treasure" - L.A. Herald-Examiner
"Viciously funny" - Guardian (England) "The Dean felt that more harm than good would come from your visit" - student, Skidmore College, New York
SAT DEC 13 7:00 pm SATURDAY SCREENINGS Free.
KING CORN (2006) Aaron Woolf 90 min. RT Rating = 95 %
A feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat — and how we farm.
THU DEC 18 7:00 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT hosted by our very own Cory Avon. Sing, play, read or just watch and listen. Free.
FRI DEC 19 7:00 pm STEPHEN GALLUCCI PIANO MADNESS Free
Our very own, "Madman of the Ivories", Steve Gallucci, is a classically-trained local pianist. He has tuned and set up our new/old piano so that it can be used by kids fooling around at lunch and singer/songwriters playing at the cafe, alike. Little did he know that this piano was basically just an excuse to get him to play publicly for us (he is simply
fantastic!). We have asked him to honor us with the official first piano performance at The Rock and he has graciously agreed. He is preparing an eclectic show for us that no one will want to miss. Come early to get a good seat!
SAT DEC 20 7:00 pm SATURDAY SCREENINGS Free.
WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY (2007) Rob Van Alkemade & Morgan Spurlock 91 min. RT Rating = 70 %
Examines the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America’s mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands – Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement. Rev. Billy’s epic journey takes us to chilling exorcisms at Wal-Mart headquarters, to retail interventions at the Mall of America, and all the way to the Promised Land on Christmas Day. The Stop Shopping mission reminds us that even though we may be “hypnotized and consumerized,” we still have a chance to save ourselves this Christmas.