Pink and Noseworthy at Pete’s Candy Store

Last night I went to Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg to see Pink and Noseworthy perform.  Pete's Candy Store isn't a candy store at all, although it seems like it may have been way back in the day.  They respect this history by giving out lollipops to patrons.  There is a bar area up front and small performance space in the back.  They serve up great grilled ciabatta sandwiches too.  I had the #2, with artichoke hearts, fontina, and olive spread.  Incidentally, this is also where Jay Bakker's Revolution Church meets.

Pink and Noseworthy sounded great in the intimate venue with warm tones, and candlelight chiaroscuro.  It was cool to see them performing live in public for the first time and with a trombone player playing the lap steel guitar parts from the record.  The trombone really worked well and gave them a nice jazzy, old-school cabaret vibe.  Shanee and Mark were brilliant as usually and really mesmerized the audience.

I rode back to Manhattan on the subway with Pink and Noseworthy's trombone player, talking about the real pop genius of the Beatles, even if it is cliché to say so.  Then I walked home down Broadway from the Canal Street in the crisp, cold night, humming one of Pink and Noseworthy's catchiest hooks: "I'm addicted to the love that gets me HI-I-IGH!"

DefendThePress.org – VICTORY!

From an email sent by John Stauber of Defend the Press:

VICTORY!
Late tonight the US Army announced it has dropped its subpoena of Sarah Olson in the Ehren Watada court martial.

The news broke in an article in the Honolulu Advertiser.

This is a great victory for journalist Sarah Olson and our Defend the Press coalition. It is a testament to what one determined and courageous reporter can accomplish in the face of government intimidation. These subpoenas were quite simply an effort to harass journalists who are reporting on the growing anti-war sentiment among rank and file soldiers. It strikes a blow for press freedom and for free speech.

In a news release Sarah Olson made a statement which reads in part, "Personally, I am pleased that the Army no longer seeks my participation in their prosecution of Lieutenant Watada. Far more importantly, this should be seen as a victory for the rights of journalists in the U.S. to gather and disseminate news free from government intervention, and for the rights of individuals to express personal, political opinions to journalists without fear of retribution or censure. … Journalists are subpoenaed with an alarming frequency, and when they do not cooperate they are sometimes imprisoned. Videographer Josh Wolf has languished in federal prison for over 160 days, after refusing to give federal grand jury investigators his unpublished video out takes. It is clear that we must continue to demand that the separation between press and government be strong, and that the press be a platform for all perspectives, regardless of their popularity with the current administration."

"While I am glad to see the subpoena against me in this court-martial dismissed," Olson adds, "I still worry about the US military using this tactic to chill dissenting voices and whistle blowers from coming forward in the future. We need to be vigilant at this critical time in our country's history in order to push back against these tactics."

On Thursday, February 1st, the Defend the Press coalition and Sarah Olson will hold a news conference in Washington, DC, at The National Press Club to celebrate this victory and address the ongoing fight for press freedom.

The Center for Media and Democracy founded the Defend the Press coalition on January 24, 2007. Among its supporters are notable journalists, authors and free speech activists including Phil Donahue, producer and commentator; Sydney Schanberg, author; Linda K. Foley, president, The Newspaper Guild-CWA; Larry Gross, director, School of Communication, Annenberg School, USC; Tony Kushner, playwright; Robert McChesney, founder, Free Press; Geneva Overholser, professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism; Gloria Steinem, publisher, journalist; Jerry Zremski, journalist and president, National Press Club.

Weekend Update – JETAANY Shinnenkai and Galit’s Birthday

On Friday night, I attended the JETAANY Shinnenkai (新年会 "New Years Party") at Naniwa in Midtown.  We sat on the floor of a traditional Japanese tatami room and ate sushi and fish and beef nabe (鍋 hotpot). Very 懐かしい (nostalgic) of my days in Japan.  The 飲み放題 (all-you-can-drink) definitely helped to up the festive factor. 😉 I can't believe it's only been six months since coming back to the States, but sometimes my life in Japan seems like a distant fantasy. I won second prize in the raffle drawing, an autographed copy of The Accidental Office Lady, by Laura Kriska. First prize was a 1 year basic membership at the Japan Society.  The evening could not have been any more perfect, except for the lack of karaoke.  I read the whole book today (Sunday), and really identified with Laura's experience in Japan, and her descriptions of the culture and the environment really made me miss Japan again.

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On Saturday, I trekked out to Brooklyn to attend my co-worker, Galit's, birthday party in an amazing loft in an otherwise desolate corner of Greenpoint.  Definitely worth the trip and what seemed like a 50-mile hike from the Lorimer stop on the L-train.  Shame on those who chavved out on the party!  Chav is an established term, but "chav out" is an expression that I am nearly single-handedly trying to spread.

Volunteer at the Global Peace March in DC – Tomorrow (1/27/07)

Help us Bring a Global Voice into the March!
"Citizens from 165 Countries March with You!"

Want to help the rest of the world join Saturday's peace march! Avaaz.org, a new global online advocacy group, ran a "virtual global march" this week, promising to carry flags and banners representing the 80,000 people from 165 countries who signed up. This will include a huge banner that says "Citizens from 165 Nations March With You" and the country flags of the 35 countries that had at the most signatories.

This is where we need your help! We need 40 volunteers who can carry flags and banners. We are meeting outside the Georgetown Law School tomorrow (Saturday).

DETAILS:
This Saturday (27 January)
NOON
Corner of New Jersey and F (Outside the Georgetown Law School)
Together we will walk to the rally and then join the march.

If you can make it tomorrow, please email tom (at) avaaz.org – replace the (at) with @ or call at +1-434-825-0745.