Wednesday, February 29, 2012

War Talk is in the air. Soon bombs will fall on Iran because we want bombs to fall on Iran. It seems we select a nation to be the target of the month. The Arab Spring is now fading - no one mentions that Spring really doesn't exist in the Arab world - but who cares about facts? How serious are we about Syria? Which brings us back to weapons of mass destruction and nuclear bomb making. Does this really keep you up at night? I'm upset with the real wars and conflicts that we seem to have no interest in ending. Why can't we talk about places where people are being killed and raped? Why do we find it so much more interesting to wonder if Israel will bomb Iran? How did we become this sick and will we ever be well again?

Come celebrate POET LORE's birthday
& the arrival of our new issue
with a reading by
    Mary-Sherman Willis & John Bargowski     
Saturday, April 21, 2:00 pm
at The Writer's Center 
  The Writer's Center    *    4508 Walsh Street    *    Bethesda, MD  20815   
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -- 9:19 AM EST

North Korea Agrees to Stop Nuclear Tests and Uranium Enrichment at Main 
Facility, U.S. Says

North Korea has agreed to stop long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and 
uranium enrichment at its main facility, and the United States has agreed to a 
food aid package for North Korea, the State Department announced on Wednesday.

Tricycle Daily Dharma February 29, 2012

Toppling the "I" Throne

The ego must be dethroned, its arrogance must be dismantled, and we must begin, before it is too late, to listen to the ensuing silence. All of this is about becoming who we are in the deepest sense and about surrendering to what creation is asking of us and needing from us just now.
- Reginald Ray, "Looking Inward, Seeing Outward"
E.Ethelbert Miller and Me-K Ahn. Photo taken by Me-K
My friend Me-K sent me the link below. See E Gallery for information about Me-K's work: 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tricycle Daily Dharma February 28, 2012

Who We Really Are

The life that flows through each of us and through everything around us is actually all connected. To say that, of course, means that who I really am cannot be separated from all the things that surround me. Or, to put it another way, all sentient beings have their existence and live within my life.
- Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, "The Bodhisattva Vow: Eight Views"
Read the entire article in the Tricycle Wisdom Collection

Monday, February 27, 2012




This has nothing to do with blackness.
This has everything to do with blackness.


I could break things
but everything is broken.


Maybe I should have left
with the slave catchers.


I will die in this same skin
that I'm living in.


Cotton never left the plantation
only my mind did.

   - E. Ethelbert Miller


FridaWebsiteMainEventImgU.S. PREMIERE: Artisphere is the first and only venue in the United States of America to present this exhibition of photographs revealing moments of this extraordinary figure’s private life.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s (1907-1954) extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Upon Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband/artist Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage. For more than half a century this great collection of personal memorabilia remained hidden from the public. In 2007 this collection was opened and Mexican photographer and curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio inventoried and catalogued 259 images to create the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition.
These images reveal a little-known side of the artist and lifelong resident of Coyoacán, a Mexico City suburb and Arlington, Virginia's sister city. The collection of photographs in this exhibition reflect Kahlo’s tastes and interests, the experiences she shared with those close to her, and her complicated, but also thrilling, personal life. Viewers get an insider’s look, not only through who was behind the camera, in front of the lens or the anonymous nature of some of the work but also through the annotated writing found on the back of many of the photographs.
From family pictures and snapshots taken with lovers to images that reveal relationships with Russian Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and American photographers Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, artist Georgia O’Keefe and actress Dolores del Rio, this exhibition provides a glimpse into Kahlo as never seen before.
Artisphere celebrates Frida Kahlo: Her Photos with an array of complementary programming, for more information please visit

1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Terrace Gallery
Gallery Hours:  4:00  – 11:00 pm Tuesday to Friday,
Noon – 11:00 pm Saturday and  Noon – 5:00 pm Sunday


Boîte: Sarah Jennings & Friends
Friday, March 2 / 7:30pm / Free; Donations welcome and appreciated

Boîte (rhymes with kumquat; French for “seedy nightclub”) is a series of intimate performances coinciding with Hampden’s monthly first Friday celebration. Come sip a glass of wine and be amazed! Sarah Jennings hosts. This month, it's short films by Rahne Alexander and Kristin Anchor along with some crazy-ass puppetry courtesy of our venerable host. (And perhaps  a few more surprises as well!) For more info contact Sarah at

Kathy Strauss: Time/Space/Matter
Opening Reception, Saturday, March 10 / 6 – 9pm
Show runs through May 31
Artist and scientist Kathy Strauss likes to peer under the surface of things. In this show, she exhibits out-of-this-world fiber pieces and monoprints that are all about the cosmos.

Essential Sundays Poetry: Bruce Jacobs & Sandy Asirvatham
Sunday, March 11/ 4pm / $3.00
An open reading followed by featured readers.  Julie Fisher hosts.  Sponsored by the group Poetry in Baltimore.  For more information contact Julie at

Bruce A. Jacobs is a poet, author, working jazz drummer and improving saxophonist. His work has appeared in dozens of journals and  anthologies, including those edited by Billy Collins and E. Ethelbert  Miller. His two books of poems are SPEAKING THROUGH MY SKIN and  CATHODE RAY BLUES, and he is the author of RACE MANNERS FOR THE 21st  CENTURY, a nonfiction book on race relations.

Sandy Asirvatham is a widely published writer and a category-defying musician. An award-winning columnist for Baltimore CityPaper during the 1990s, she recently completed the early draft of a music-drenched memoir called SONGS CAN SAVE YOURLIFE. 

510 Readings: Justin Sirois, J.R. Angelis, Karen Lillis, Elisabeth Dahl
Saturday, March 17/ 5:00 pm /Free 
Baltimore’s first and most beloved fiction series. Come early to get a seat and stay after as we all head over to Frazier’s for cheap eats and drinks. Hosted by Jen Michalski and Michael Kimball.  For more information go to

Elisabeth Dahl's first book, a novel for children entitled AKA GENIE WISHES, will be published by Abrams Books in 2013, and she has just completed her second book, a novel for adults.

Karen Lillis writes about women, artists, and other outsiders in fiction and nonfiction. "Watch the Doors as They Close" (Spuyten Duyvil Novella Series, February 2012) is her fourth book of fiction.

Justin Sirois is a writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. His books include Secondary Sound (BlazeVOX), MLKNG SCKLS (Publishing Genius), and Falcons on the Floor (Publishing Genius) written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy.

J. R. Angelella is the author of the novel  Zombie .

Town Square Open Mic
Sunday, March 18 / 4:00 pm / Free
Poetry / performance / stand-up comedy / acoustic music / fiction / mime / monologues / sleight-of-hand / puppetry / oratory / mimicry. If you can read it, perform it, sing it, or say it with little or no amplification, then bring it on! Sarah Jane Miller hosts. For more information contact Sarah Jane at

Belly Dancing 
Sunday, March 25/ 5:00 pm / $5.00
Meridian Belly Dance holds a hafleh, a performance showcasing a variety of belly dancing styles.

6 Friday mornings  March 23 – May 7 (no class April 20) / 7:00 am – 8:15 am / $12 drop-in
Regina Armenta teaches an Anusara-inspired yoga class for all levels.  This series of classes will help you get combine the energy of flow with the alignment of Anusara. Bring a mat if you have one. If you have questions or would like to reserve a space, please contact Regina at 614-205-7663 /

Yoganomics 101: Yoga for those with a Beginner’s Mind
10 Wednesday  evenings March 29 -June 7 (no class April 19) / 6:00p.m.-7:15p.m.
$100 for ten classes ($90 if you sign up by March 12)/$12 drop-in
Get back to basics with yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder.  With an element of playfulness along with dedication to detailed alignment, she will take you on a journey of the heart to unveil your greatest potential with the most basic forms of yoga. Even if you already have some yoga experience, join us in reigniting beginner’s mind by learning to build from the foundation with a unique set of alignment principles. For more information contact Stephanie at

Minás Gallery & Boutique
815 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11 – 6
February 27, 2012
Media Contacts:
Lindsay Tolar
202.547.3230 ext. 2336
Katherine Reinert
202.547.3230 ext. 2333


Students in Grades 8-12 Engage in Interactive, Classical
Theatre Experience

Washington, D.C. — Shakespeare Theatre Company Education has launched a new, community-building initiative to ensure that students in the District of Columbia have access to the arts. The program, titled District Shakespeare, will engage students in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) serving grades 8-12 to provide a classical theatre experience that encompasses Shakespeare’s artistry and relevancy for today’s youth. District Shakespeare ambitiously envisions a future where every DCPS student has the opportunity to see an STC production before they graduate high school.
Organized as a multi-year approach, District Shakespeare launched phase one in September 2011, in conjunction with the start of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary Season. Prior to launching the program, STC had existing relationships with only 11 of the 53 public middle and high schools in D.C. Committed to reaching every school, Director of Education Samantha K. Wyer led the effort to contact school officials and schedule workshops. “District of Columbia Public Schools have been a lightning rod for negative criticism, yet the truth is DCPS includes passionate teachers, administrators and students who succeed in learning every day,” says Wyer. “These classrooms foster creativity, promote literacy and transform young lives. We want to support DCPS by creating a clear path for students to discover Shakespeare and experience his stories as intended, not merely studied on the page, but in a live professional performance.”
To date, STC has already brought District Shakespeare into 28 D.C. Public Schools – more than doubling the previous number – and has received commitments from many others. District Shakespeare is on track to reach all 53 schools by the end of the 2011-2012 school year. “On whole, we have found nothing but eager students with tons of raw talent and potential,” says Resident Teaching Artist Jim Gagne. “We have also come into contact with exceptional teachers who are so appreciative of our efforts to reach out to them and their school communities.”

During phase one of District Shakespeare, STC offers a dynamic, thought provoking in-class workshop to all D.C. Public Schools with students in grades 8-12. The workshops, taught by STC’s nationally recognized group of educators and artists, are offered to each school free of charge. Participating students and teachers are introduced to Shakespeare through an interactive performance-based approach in one of four subject areas: language, acting, theatrical design or stage combat. The curriculum for each workshop is designed to complement the needs of each individual school. Wyer adds “Shakespeare’s plays contain every emotion young people wrestle with including first love, profound grief and betrayal. When his work is performed, the students can see themselves which stimulates classroom conversations and self-reflection about what it means to be human.” In the course of the workshops, STC plans to lay the groundwork for additional understanding of classic theatre by cultivating and encouraging students’ exploration of Shakespeare’s plays.
After completing phase one, public schools will enter the program’s second phase which involves bringing the students into STC’s theatres to experience a live performance through the Company’s SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program. District Shakespeare students receive free performance tickets and transportation to the SHAKESPEARIENCE matinee. In addition to the performance, the program includes pre- and post-performance workshops, a post performance discussion and a First Folio: Student and Teacher Resource Guide. “We hope that the relationships we create during the first year can become the basis for much larger partnerships in the future,” says Gagne. He adds, “Every student deserves the chance to have positive exposure to the work of William Shakespeare; we hope this program provides this opportunity.” Also in phase two of District Shakespeare, STC plans to begin workshops with students enrolled in D.C. Charter Schools and will continue the phases with Charter Schools in the following years.

Consistent with the Company's central mission–to be the leading force in producing and preserving the highest quality classic theatre–Shakespeare Theatre Company Education is positioned as both a local and national resource for learners of all ages. By exploring theatre techniques, learners are empowered with the tools to interpret the narrative. This process of theatrical exploration includes: command of text, use of imagination, creation of character and physicalization of language. STC Education seeks to engage learners actively, enabling them to take ownership of the text and bring it to life. 
In support of the artistic work on stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company Education has four categories of programming: School Programs, Community Engagement Programs, Training Programs and Audience Enrichment Programs. The education programs of the Shakespeare Theatre Company challenge students, teachers and individuals to seize the ideas, emotions and principles contained in classic texts and explore them in a contemporary way, finding connections between classic theatre and modern perceptions.
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Words from Mustafa Barghouthi:

Peaceful Protest Can Free Palestine


Political Wisdom:

Is the problem simply Mitt Romney in blue jeans?



Title: THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER, a collection of short stories. Riverhead Books (Penguin Group USA)
Quote of the Day:

Glamour is the new power.

   - Grace A. Ali
Quote of the Day

I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed, but it's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective.

   - Jeb Bush
February 27, 2012
Yoga Fundraiser To Support Art Programs
Downward Facing Dog For A Good Cause

Calling all Yoga enthusiasts, artists and members of the community! 
We invite you to stretch yourself on Saturday March 10 at 9 am at The Fillmore Silver Spring.
Relieve your stress and calmly raise money for arts programs for people of all ages and abilities at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. 
For only $20 attend a 75-minute yoga class led by Yoga Teacher Janice Simsohn Shaw and receive a complimentary ticket to a performance of Crowded Streets The Dave Matthews Tribute Band that evening! 
The Fillmore Silver Spring is located at 8656 Colesville Road in Downtown Silver Spring.
Space is limited, so email your rsvp today to to save a place for your mat.
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Pyramid Atlantic • 8230 Georgia Ave • Silver Spring • MD • 20910
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Highly recommended:
I had a nice time meeting Shukree Hassan Tilghman yesterday. Our conversation at the DC Jewish Community Center went very well. Many thanks to Michon Boston for pulling the event together.
I highly recommend that folks view Shukree's film More Than A Month. Upon viewing this film for a third time I began to see it as a visual memoir. We see Shukree transforming himself by way of self-discovery on the screen. There is an honesty of self awareness taking place that makes one applaud by the time the credits start to roll. Shukree has produced a film that's educational as well as entertaining.