“Men rarely, if ever, manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” — Robert A. Heinlein
From all I hear, she was universally beloved. We were Facebook friends but I’d never met her. I’ve put out the call for someone to write up a good eulogy for her in this space. Stay tuned.
Sophia & Her Four-Year-Old Son Finn
Remember that guy found with an arsenal on the third floor of the Seventh Street municipal parking garage?
Robert Redington of Indianapolis was caught loitering six weeks ago in the garage at a spot that just happened to overlook Kilroy’s Sports Bar on Walnut Street. Police have been sensitive about Kilroy’s ever since Lauren Spierer disappeared after spending the night drinking at the place in June, 2011.
Redington, apparently, was watching people come into and out of Kilroy’s. He had with him a laser rangefinder as well as a couple of loaded automatic handguns in his waistband. Police also found a loaded shotgun in the trunk of his car nearby.
Indiana’s new carry laws don’t prohibit the average citizen from walking around so armed. But Redington has been found to be off his nut. Somehow, the NRA and other gun fetishists haven’t convinced legislators to allow every lunatic in the state to pack heat. Yet.
Anyway, Redington had a cache of 51 guns in his home. The cops seized all the weapons after he was arrested. Judge Mary Ellen Diekhoff ruled yesterday in Monroe County Circuit Court that Redington’s personal armory will not be returned to him. Indiana law allows judges to disarm those who’ve been ruled dangerously mad.
Somehow, some way, the sane among us have put at least that much of a brake on the steady trend to allow every man, woman, child, and — for all we know — household pet to own and carry firearms.
Salman Rushdie is the go-to guy for a personal slant on the chaotic demonstrations and riots sweeping the Muslim world in reaction to that ridiculous “Innocence of Muslims” film and the French magazine cartoon that lampoons Muhammad.
Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered a necktie party for Rushdie after the publication of his book, “The Satanic Verses,” in 1989. And on Monday, some previously anonymous imam offered to pay $3.3 million to any Muslim who kills Rushdie. These guys have long memories.
Muslim extremism is beginning to make this holy land’s god-fetishists look quaint.
So, Rushdie granted an interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria this week. It’ll air on Zakaria’s Global Public Square program Sunday. Rushdie has plenty to say about the contretemps in Muslim Southwest Asia and Africa. He feels much of the outrage and violence is being manufactured by those who hope to benefit from the chaos. That’s how he felt about the demonstrations against his book 23 years ago, as well.
Rushdie says: “…I think certainly, if we look at what’s happening now, this is very much a product of the outrage machine. Yes. there’s this stupid film, and the correct response to a stupid film on YouTube is to say it’s a stupid film on YouTube, and you get on with the rest of your life. So, to take that and to deliberately use it to inflame your troops, you know, is a political act. That’s not about religion; that’s about power.”
Yep, we’re back here for the time being.
The spanking new Ryder website is…, well, it’s somewhere. While Peter LoPilato and his army of computer geeks perfect the new site, we’ll be running Bloomington’s best events listings here, again.
Friday, September 21st, 2012
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MUSIC FESTIVAL ◗ Downtown Bloomington, various locations — Lotus World Music & Arts Festival; though Sunday, September 23rd, various times, today’s lineups:
❏ Buskirk Chumley Theater:
- Deolinda; 7pm
- Fatoumata Diawara; 8:45pm
- Fishtank Ensemble; 10:30pm
❏ First United Methodist Church:
- JPP; 7pm
- Galant, Tu Perds Ton Temps; 8:45pm
- Vida; 10:30pm
❏ Ivy Tech Tent:
- Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three; 7pm
- Hanggai; 8:45pm
- Panorama Jazz Band; 10:30pm
❏ IU Tent:
- Taj Weekes & Adowa; 7:15pm
- Slavic Soul Party; 8:45pm
- Movits!; 10:30pm
❏ First Presbyterian Church:
- Melody of China; 7pm
- Keith Terry & Evie Ladin; 8:45pm
- Trio Brasileiro; 10:30pm
❏ Jake’s Nightclub:
- Hudsucker Posse; 10pm
MUSIC FESTIVAL ◗ Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground — 38th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days; through Saturday, September 22nd, today’s acts:
- Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press, JD Crow & the New South, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Newfound Road, Ralph STanley II, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Wildwood Valley Boys
DISCUSSION ◗ Ivy Tech-Bloomington — Breakfast Learning Series: Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Behaviral Health Providers; 8am
LECTURE ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Archaeology Month Series: “Stories Told in Stone: Recording Scared and Everyday Landscapes in the Shadow of the Rocky Mountains,” presented by Laura Scheiber; Noon
ART ◗ IU Grunwald Gallery — Exhibit opening reception, Samenwerken, collaborative, team, multimedia projects; 6pm
ART ◗ The Venue Fine Art & Gifts — Opening reception, The Art of Fenelia Flinn; 6-8pm
WORKSHOP ◗ Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center — Buddhism in Everyday Life Series: Recognizing the Pitfalls, presented by Ani Choekye; 6:30pm
DISCUSSION ◗ Monroe County Public Library — Global Issues Community Discussion Series: The Global City Phenomenon, presented by Stephanie Kane & Ron Walker; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Indiana Boys CD release party; 7-9pm
STAGE ◗ IU Halls Theatre — Drama, “When the Rain Stops Falling;” 7:30pm
ART ◗ IU SoFA McCalla School — Installation, “in transit, or to be moving to always be moving and to not stop moving,” presented by The Fuller Projects; 7:30pm
OPERA ◗ IU Musical Arts Center — “Don Giovanni;” 8pm
MUSIC ◗ The Player’s Pub — Bottom Road Blues Band; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ Cafe Django — Monika Herzig and Carolyn Dutton; 8pm
FILM ◗ IU Memorial Union — UB Films: “The Amazing Spiderman;” 8pm
MUSIC ◗ Chateau Thomas Wine Bar — Dylan Carroll; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ The Palace Theatre of Brown County — Classic Country Jukebox, starring Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bluebird — Hairbangers Ball; 9pm
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Sleepwalking with Me;” 9:30pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bishop — R-Juna, You’re A Liar, The Proforms; 10 pm
MUSIC ◗ Max’s Place — Merrie and Her Mighty Men; 11pm
FILM ◗ IU Memorial Union — UB Films: “The Amazing Spiderman;”11pm
ART ◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- “The Bolognese School,” by Annibale & Agostino Carracci, through September 16th
- “New Acquisitions,” David Hockney; through October 21st
- “Paragons of Filial Piety,” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; through December 31st
- “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers,” by Julia Margaret, Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century;” through December 31st
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Pop-art by Joe Tilson; through December 31st
- “Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- “What It Means to Be Human,” by Michele Heather Pollock; through September 29th
- “Land and Water,” by Ruth Kelly; through September 29th
ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibit:
- “Samenwerken,” Interdisciplinary collaborative multi-media works, Opening September 21st
ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — Exhibit:
- “Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection;” through September 21st
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibit:
- “CUBAmistad” photos
ART ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibits:
- “¡Cuba Si! Posters from the Revolution: 1960s and 1970s”
- “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything”
- “Thoughts, Things, and Theories… What Is Culture?”
- “Picturing Archaeology”
- “Personal Accents: Accessories from Around the World”
- “Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal”
- “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey through Mid-century America”
- “TOYing with Ideas”
- “Living Heritage: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia”
- “On a Wing and a Prayer”
BOOKS ◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibit:
- “Outsiders and Others:Arkham House, Weird Fiction, and the Legacy of HP Lovecraft;” through November 1st
- “A World of Puzzles,” selections form the Slocum Puzzle Collection
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Soup’s On — Exhibit:
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture: “CUBAmistad photos; through October
ART ◗ Boxcar Books — Exhibit:
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Papercuts by Ned Powell; through September
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit:
- “Bloomington: Then and Now,” presented by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th
ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit:
- “Doctors and Dentists: A Look into the Monroe County Medical professions“
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Hard to put into words about how many of us feel about the untimely loss of Sophia Travis, a unique and inspirational human being.
mike: your gun article reminded me of a story a friend told me years ago. guys around the water cooler were talking guns when one of the guys said he had no interest in owning one. the other guys said go to a shop and just nose around. the following monday he came to work and said he had bought a handgun. when asked why he changed his mind he said “when i saw all the nut cases buying guns i figured i better get one too.” there really should be more restrictions on gun ownership. the repubs should make a deal with the dems using this as a chip. re: sophia travis, she looks like a nice person, what happened to her?
What a tragic loss for Finn. Perhaps more tragic is that it makes more sense than the other stories in this post. Maybe, just maybe, if we weren’t so distracted by delusional bullshit, Sophia’s story might have ended better?
I know we can count on you to let us know if there’s anything we can do to ease Finn’s loss.