Saturday, March 15, 2008

slainte!

I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
Rebecca West (b.1892- d. 15 march 1983) suffragist and writer

hope everyone is having a good start to their weekend. I definitely am! the black 47 concert at the beachland last night was an rousing beginning to a full and fun weekend. the boys were in excellent form and played lots of my favorite tunes. they surely can get my dancing feet moving like no other! the band is currently on tour promoting their new album 'iraq' - the album is the first release for 'united for opportunity music' a new initiative of independent musicians. the album is the band's response to the war in iraq. according to larry kirwan, "IRAQ – an attempt to portray in song what’s actually going on over there. A warped ideology caused this war and, even though we’re against it, the last thing the country needs right now is more didactic posturing. "

the formal release party for the album is being held on st patrick's day this monday - in nyc at bb kings.

speaking of st. patrick's day, guess you've heard 'the church' moved st. paddy's day to today! it appears that celebrating st. patrick during 'holy week' is frowned upon. geez, is nothing sacred. personally we've been celebrating all month!




photos: note on photos in slide show - earlier this month when f and I stopped for a pint and bite at mcintyres I didn't have my camera; however, that didn't stop this intrepid documentarian. these pictures were taken with my cellphone.

7 comments:

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

Well Slainte to you too, woman. And what a find! I'll be giving Black 47 another bit of exposure over on my side of the river tomorrow as my Countdown to the Iraq Blogswarm.
Cheers!
and I love the Rebecca West quote. In French, to describe strong women, we say: "ni Sainte Vierge ni putain" (neither Holy Virgin nor whore).

zquilts said...

No ! I had not heard that the church "moved" this most important celebratory day ! Personally, I think a celebration ,rather than a dirge, during holy week is not such a bad idea ! May the road rise up to meet you !

jenclair said...

I love the Rebecca West quote as well! And I have a little something that I'd like to send you, if you'll send me your address. I think you'll like it.

'Éirinn go Brágh'!

Colette Amelia said...

I almost used the quote yesterday and when I saw the welcome mat I thought of the quote before I even saw it! Been enjoying all the great info! You are a fountain of knowledge...you know everything!

I didn't know anything about Pete Seger and then this week PBS had a biography of him on it. It blew me away! A man that stood by his convictions and didn't care what anybody thought and just went and did things because he thought they should be done...What more can anybody ask for...and the world is so lucky to have had his courage and convictions!

I don't know if I will be able to keep up with learning about all the people you write about or causes but I will give it my best shot!

Thanks oh wise one!

WAT said...

What an awesome slideshow!

"There are no strangers here, only friends you have yet to meet."

I ADORE THAT QUOTE! How would I say this in Spanish? Hmmm...

"Aquí no hay extraños, sólo amigos a quien conocer."

I think that sounds about right!

HAPPY ST. PADDYS! I may do my own post this Monday, even though I am far from being Irish.

I think.

Barbara said...

Great pub pics -- especially given you took them with your phone. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

My fellow Clevelanders gave me an update on yesterday's parade. I didn't realize it was one of the biggest in the U.S.