". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, April 24, 2009

If You're In the Neighborhood Tomorrow

You might like to check out the "el Tambor Llama" conference and concert at Hostos College, starting at 1:00 PM, with the keynote by the beyond extra-fine Robert Farris Thompson, through to an evening music show that Vaquero will emcee. This makes for a good companion to the current New Yorker Magazine roundtable on Haitian music and culture conducted by Sasha Frere-Jones, the second installment of which goes up soon.

And tonight Vaquero plays in the retrospective of Rhys Chattham's "Guitar Trio" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6 PM. This event goes with the exhibition that opened Monday night of "Pictures Generation."


1:00pm, Keynote address "The Kongo Atlantic Visual Tradition" Dr. Robert Farris Thompson

2:00-3:45pm, Panel discussion"Voices of the Sacred: Abakuá, Lucumí and Vodoú" Dr. Oluseye Adesola, Dr. Ivor Miller, Dr. Lois Wilcken

4:00-5:45pm, Panel discussion"¿Qué palo es? What Congo tradition are you from?" Dr. Martha Ellen Davis, Alex LaSalle, Dr. Ivor Miller, Dr. Marta Moreno VegaModerator: Dr. Roberta Singer

7:30-9:30pm, ConcertPa'lo Monte, La Troupe Makandal, Proyecto Enyenison EnkamaEmcee: Ned Sublette

All day long in the lobby there will be an exhibition of artwork related to these traditions by José Orbein, Kesler Pierre, and Osvaldo Sánchez, as wellas books for sale.

Admission for the concert: $15 (all other events are free)

For tickets please call the Hostos Box Office at 718-518-4455 or go toHostos events website.

For more information please call City Lore at 212-529-1955 x306 ]


K. said...

Missed it by a week! Darn.

Leonard Cohen's band last night had 12-string/oud (it might have been a laud) player from Barcelona named Javier Mas. He was amazing.

Renegade Eye said...

I saw a screening of Beyonce's terrible new movie yesterday.

Idris Elba of The Wire was in it. He really did a decent job acting, carrying the bad script as good as possible. Beyonce is a terrible actress. Ali Larter was good.

Even Idris Elba couldn't carry Beyonce.

Foxessa said...

Ren -- Fortunately, it would never ever in a million years occur to me to watch this movie! Ha! :)

Love, C.

K. said...

Idris Elba has been on The Office in recent weeks. He's playing a Theory X-type executive who has forced Michael Scott out of Dunder Miflin. Thinking about it, his performance isn't too far gone from Stringer Bell gone legit!

Renegade Eye said...

I saw Beyonce's movie at a free screening. It wasn't as if I paid to see it. Idris Elba came off really good.

Foxessa said...

I've recognized Idris Elba in tiny roles, in films before and after The Wire. For some of us it's become a game, "Spot The Wire Actors." :)

It will be interesting to see if he can break into a larger career. Though surely he'll NEVER be as sexy-elegant as he was during his Wire seasons. Like Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Mark of Zorro. She was at the peak of her perfection of beauty in the film.

Love, C.