Crosby, Stills, Nash: Suite Judy Blue Eyes

A highlight at Woodstock (1969) was the performance of “Judy Blue Eyes” by the choirboys themselves, penned by Steven Stills for beautiful Judy Collins – the classic break-up song. At the end of this live performance Stills admitted, “This is only the second time we’ve ever played in front of people, man. We’re scared shitless.” Of course, they weren’t exactly newbies: Nash had been a member of the Hollies, Crosby was a veteran of the Byrds, and Stills had been with Buffalo Springfield.
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Animating girls

Two very different scenes – street theater and pixels – and yet somehow they are mirror worlds inhabited by the same kinds of dreams. We love puppets of all kinds, don’t we, especially those who seem to really come alive when we pull the strings. Who’s controlling whom? A little creepy (unheimlich) and wierd – but magical wonders. Come see the amazing little girl giant and her virtual cousin. Continue reading Animating girls

Tinariwen, Justin Adams, Juldeh Camara

Tinariwen is a band from Mali whose music has become “the soundtrack for a whole generation of exiled Touareg youth, living a hand-to-mouth existence in exile in Algeria and Libya.” Their signature sound comes from transposing traditional Touareg melodies on the electric guitar and mixing in blues, rock, pop, berber and arabic sounds. They have opened for the Rolling Stones, and are now touring with Justin Adams (guitar player with Robert Plant) and Juldeh Camara (from Gambia, playing the one-stringed violin, the ritti), who have just collaborated on a great album, Soul Science. Medicine for your ears. Here are a few music videos to wet your appetite. Continue reading Tinariwen, Justin Adams, Juldeh Camara