In Spanish, dar a luz means to give birth. This definition symbolizes the heart of Luz— a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists. Luz will explore the labors and joys found in balancing a life as caregiver and creator. It will feature choreography by award-winning artist, Fanny Ara, introduce world-class flamenco musicians from across the globe, and present American flamenco dancer and mother Mele Martinez. Luz seeks to inspire, to embolden, and to enlighten those who recognize the synergy between motherhood and artistry.The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. Seventh St. Tickets are $26. Find more information here.
"I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home."That's how Christiane Amanpour began her acceptance speech for the International Press Freedom Award given to her by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Amanpour is one of those strong, steady, fearless journalistic voices. She's a respected international correspondent who has spent time the world's hot spots. She understands what attacks on the press look like. She hosts persecuted journalists on her program. She knows whereof she speaks.
I was chilled when [Trump's] first tweet after the election was about "professional protesters incited by the media." He walked back the part about the protesters but not the part about the media. We are not there but, postcard from the world: this is how it goes with authoritarians like Sisi, Erdoğan, Putin, the Ayatollahs, Duterte, et al.
As all the international journalists we honor in this room tonight and every year know only too well:
First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating—until they suddenly find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives. Then they end up in handcuffs, in cages, in kangaroo courts, in prison—and then who knows?
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A great America requires a great and free and safe press. So this above all is an appeal to protect journalism itself. Recommit to robust fact-based reporting without fear or favor—on the issues. Don't stand for being labelled crooked or lying or failing. Do stand up together—for divided we will all fall.
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What was the first concert you attended?
Geez Louise. I think it was Ella Jenkins. She’s a very famous old folk singer. She sings in many different languages. That was the first concert I think I went to as a kid. She used to go to my church back in Chicago.
What was the first album you owned?
I listened to my mom’s music. It was either between Luther Vandross, Nat King Cole, James Taylor. She was really into Marvin Gaye.
What are you listening to these days?
Can I check my Spotify?... A lot of Anderson .Paak, a lot of Bon Iver. I’ve been going back and listening to a lot of Joey Bada$$. I listen to a lot of my old music, which is weird, but most of the time I listen to it in a critique or in a way in which I can learn something from it so I can
use for upcoming music.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Simple artist or simple music. I don’t get simple shit. That can fall under a EDM track that just has
someone pressing play to Lil Yachty singing nursery rhymes over some trap beats that his friend gave him to just like some dude hooking up his acoustic guitar to some pedals and thinking that its psych rock. I wanna hear the complexity. I wanna hear the artistry. I wanna hear some showmanship and I feel like that’s lost in music nowadays.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Oh man! Anderson .Paak! That dude is the fuckin’ shit! Him or Bon Iver or Moses Sumney or The Internet too. The Internet would be really sick to see live and it be cool to go on tour with those cats.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I’m not really ashamed of anything I listen to honesty and I don’t think I have a guilty pleasure.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Aww, shit! I was just talking about this with somebody and I already know what it is, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor! Yep! 'I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend... But I always thought that I'd see you baby, one more time again, now!'
What artist changed your life and how?
Me, honestly. I realized it after I went to Coachella. It was my first music festival and I went because Kid Cudi and watching him on stage was like... it wasn't like I was disappointed but it was like I can do that shit.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?Best album of all time is probably Food & Liquor. Yeah, [Lupe Fiasco's] debut album.
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