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INAUGURATION LIKE ROCK CONCERT, REVIVAL, & POLITICAL RALLY

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2009 02:00pm | Post a Comment

I'm really not an early riser. I sure don't like the cold. And I certainly don't care for standing around for hours on end in freezing temperatures after getting out of bed really early and without enough sleep. But on Tuesday this week in Washington DC I gladly put aside all of these personal disinclinations to be on the National Mall for the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama

Sure it was uncomfortably cold as I waited, standing in the one spot for five long hours in frigid temperatures after being up since 4AM. Not only that but, like the majority of the other people that crammed all the way from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building on Tuesday, I didn't even catch a firsthand glimpse of the miniature faraway figure of Barack Obama on the steps of the Capitol Building. Instead I only got to see him (and everything else) on one of the many JumboTrons that were set up along the National Mall. But none of these temporary, uncomfortable inconveniences mattered one iota to me or seemingly to anyone else who had gathered in the numbingly cold pre-dawn to late morning hours patiently waiting for the historic ceremony to begin. It was all well worth it.


While varying reports I have read estimated Tuesday's turnout to be anywhere from 1.5 to 2 million, all seem to agree that it was a landmark event with a stunning turnout. Consider in comparison that for the last inauguration, George W Bush's second in January 2005, that a mere 100,000 showed up, and many of them were protesters. Meanwhile, for this year's inauguration festivities an estimated 10,000 charter buses, packed with revelers from as far away as Chicago and California, descended upon Washington for Tuesday's events and the couple of days leading up to it. So crazy were the numbers arriving in the nation's capitol that not only were all hotels in the DC area completely booked (many reportedly jacking their rates way up in a direct correlation to demand) but hotels up to a three hour drive in all directions out of DC were also booked up. One guy told me how his friend had rented out his DC apartment for $2000 for a night. In fact, get this, even all the campgrounds in the greater DC area were all booked up, and trust me, this is not camping weather on the East Coast. Many, like me, were lucky to have friends living in the DC/Maryland/Virginia areas who they could stay with.

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Amoeba Art Show Seeks Warholians

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 21, 2009 06:27pm | Post a Comment
In collaboration with the East Bay Express and the de Young Museum, Amoeba will be presenting its 3rd Annual Art Show in Emeryville this coming March 6! While celebrating local artists and their work, the show additionally aims to pay homage to the renowned Andy Warhol.

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To this end, the East Bay Express, is hosting a special Warhol-inspired Film Festival, which will take place at the Art Show. The show is looking for submissions -- you can win $5andy warhol's factory00!

Here are the rules:

-Film must be edited to not exceed 15 minutes in length.
-Must be shot, acted and edited in the style and period of Warhol's films.
-Original script and film concept required.
-Scenes and dialogue from Warhol's films cannot be used.

You can submit final copies of your film on DVD by Feb 25 to:
East Bay Express
Attn: Sarah Hammill
1335 Stanford Ave, Ste 100
Emeryville, CA 94warhol's empire608

You could win:

-Grand Prize of $500
-Amoeba gift certificates
-Screening at the Art Show March 6
-Screening at the de Young on April 24
-Recognition in the East Bay Express
-Video hosting on EastBayExpress.com

So foil up your apartment, get your wigs out and your go go boots, and go crazy! Or just film one building. All day. 24 hours. It's all up to you and your own inspired creativity!


January 21, 2009

Posted by phil blankenship, January 21, 2009 06:14pm | Post a Comment
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Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Documentary Plays in Bay Area

Posted by Miss Ess, January 21, 2009 02:45pm | Post a Comment
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Attention all Bay Area Scott Walker fans! There's a documentary that was executive produced by David Bowie himself and has been floating around for a few years called Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, and now it will finally have its proper debut on the big screen this week here in the Bay Area!

scott walker

For decades now Scott Walker has continually been hipper than hip and within the past few years his cult status has only ballooned. He also has the best album covers of all time, imho, or at least the most dramatic, both the interior photos and exterior. His music tends to produce immense reactions in listeners -- either enthusiastic or otherwise. It leaves no one unmoved one way or the other. His fans are rampant and rabid and they continue to grow in numbers as the years have passed.

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Born in America but living in England since the 60s, Walker has enjoyed an illustrious career as one of the most cultishly admired vocalists both in his early group, The Walker Brothers, and especially throughout his fabled solo career, with his acclaimed solo albums Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 (sensing a pattern here?) and Scott 4 all being released in the late 60s. Scott 4 is highly influenced by Ingmar Bergman and his films and is truly epic. Walker continues to make music, most recently releasing The Drift in 2006.

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Moving Units & (((6))) @ Glasshouse Sat 24th

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 21, 2009 10:15am | Post a Comment
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