“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
HAVE YOU VOTED YET?
Why not? Okay, but you only have one week left to do it! Here’s where you can vote today and tomorrow:
The Curry Building, 214 W. Seventh St.; 8am-6pm
IU Assembly Hall, 1001 E. 17th St.; 10am-6pm
So, the Republicans are pulling out one last pie to throw in the face of Barack Obama with a week to go before the November election.
According to them, Obama conspired with Muslim extremists to murder four Americans during the attack on this country’s diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya a couple of weeks ago. Then Obama covered up his administration’s complicity in the affair.
The whole shebang, says everybody from John McCain to Newt Gingrich, is worse than Watergate.
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Of course, I’m exaggerating when I say they’re actually accusing Obama of participating in the attack. About as much as they’re exaggerating about it and Watergate.
And, by the way, the GOP has been salivating for a “Democratic Watergate” for some 40 years now. It hasn’t happened yet.
This day comes every year around this time.
Baseball is finished for 2012.
Their Joy; My Loss
The San Francisco Giants completed a sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series last night. I’ve been listening to the games on live stream. Not only do I love baseball, I love radio (even radio on my laptop.) So I get to combine two of my loves at once.
It’s like having a pizza and spaghetti party.
A Kind Of Heaven
But it’s over.
I wanted the Giants to win. But not just yet. Not now. Not this soon. Couldn’t they have drawn it out for a few more games or, better, a few more weeks? Baseball’s done. So is summer. So is another year.
My boys, the Chicago Cubs, had one of the worst years in their long and storied history. They’re as far from the World Series as they’ve ever been in my lifetime — and that includes a lot of absolutely rotten teams.
But I’m hoping. The new brain trust led by Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and John McLeod has gutted the organization, ridding it of deadwood, ne’er-do-wells, and — for all I know — Satan worshippers. That’s a good start. Now they have to gather real ballplayers.
I don’t believe in god or magic or life after death. But the thing I do believe in makes all those things seem rational. I believe the Cubs will win a World Series while I’m still alive.
Anthony Rizzo Will Lead Us To The Promised Land
Call me a crackpot.
Big Think took on climate change skeptics yesterday.
You know, without Fox News, these people would be babbling on a street corner somewhere. Of course, in a sane world, so would the Fox News people.
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago The Daily Mail of London ran this ludicrous headline:
Everybody with a functioning cerebrum ignored it. Except, natch, Fox News.
The Party of God’s house organ ran with it big time:
Turns out that the Daily Mail piece was completely erroneous.
Doesn’t it scare the crap out of you that a huge percentage of this holy land’s population eats up Fox News on a daily basis?
It makes me want to throw my hands in the air and moan, “I give up!”
On the other hand, maybe Fox is coming around. Their screen headline implies that there was global warming, once. That’s better than denying it ever existed, right?
How about one last blast of summer from Brazil’s Astrud Gilberto?
This song is also known as “Summer Samba.” Light and airy, hopeful and exciting — it’s the perfect metaphor for what I hope every summer will be. They never really turn out that way yet I still dream of those ideal summers in the dark of every winter.
The only events listings you need in Bloomington.
Monday, October 29th, 2012
VOTE ◗ Two locations for early voting in Monroe County today and tomorrow:
- The Curry Building, 214 W. Seventh St.; 8am-6pm
- Indiana University Assembly Hall, South Lobby, 1001 E. 17th St.; 10am-6pm
STUDIO TOUR ◗ Brown County, various locations — The Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour, free, self-guided tour of 16 local artists’ & craftspersons’ studios; 10am-5pm, through October
MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall — Master’s Recital: Adam Brown on guitar; 5pm
TOWN HALL MEETING ◗ IU Memorial Union — 6th Annual China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, Speakers include: Zhao Shaung, Scott Kennedy, Abassador Gary Locke; 6pm
MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Barbara McGuire; 7-9pm
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Juan of the Dead“; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall — Percussion Ensemble, John Tafoya & Kevin Bobo, directors; 7pm
MUSIC IU Musical Arts Center — MAC Lobby Concerts Series: Jazz Combo; 7:15pm
MUSIC ◗ Max’s Place — Rockin’ Roots: Brownbird Rudy Relic, Los Basttardos Magnificos, Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ The Player’s Pub — Songwriter Showcase; 8pm
HALLOWE’EN ◗ IU Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Begin at the Performance & Lecture Hall — Ghost Walk, Tour haunted spots on campus; 8pm
MUSIC IU Musical Arts Center — Jazz Ensemble, Jeremy Allen, director; 8pm
MUSIC IU Musical Arts Center, Recital Hall — Doctoral Recital: Chappell Kingland, composition; 8:30pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bishop — Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos, Gentleman Caller; 9pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bluebird — White Denim; 9pm
ART ◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- “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
- “Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities“; through December 23rd
- “Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
- “Embracing Nature,” by Barry Gealt; through December 23rd
- “Pioneers & Exiles: German Expressionism,” through December 23rd
ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- “Ab-Fab — Extreme Quilting,” by Sandy Hill; October 5th through October 27th
- “Street View — Bloomington Scenes,” by Tom Rhea; October 5th through October 27th
- “From the Heartwoods,” by James Alexander Thom; October 5th through October 27th
- “The Spaces in Between,” by Ellen Starr Lyon; October 5th through October 27th
ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibit:
- Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf; through November 16th
- Small Is Big; Through November 16th
ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — Exhibits:
- “A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners;” through December 20th
- “Gender Expressions;” through December 20th
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibit:
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 from the Slocum Puzzle Collection
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Soup’s On — Exhibit:
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture: “CUBAmistad photos; through October
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit:
- “Bloomington: Then and Now,” presented by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th
ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibits:
- Doctors & Dentists: A Look into the Monroe County Medical Professions
- What Is Your Quilting Story?
- Garden Glamour: Floral Fashion Frenzy
- Bloomington Then & Now
- World War II Uniforms
- Limestone Industry in Monroe County