Thursday, September 07, 2006

Mehret: A Documentary

I just found out about a fundraiser for this documentary taking place tonigh and encourage everyone to attend....Click here or on the title of this post for more info on the documentary.

There'll be an open bar from 7:30 - 8:30 and two screenings. The first is at 8:30pm and the second is at 10pm. Location is Southpaw 125 5th Avenue Park Slope. Complimentary Ethiopian Cuisine Provided by Queen of Sheba Restaurant.

Donations are 10 in advance and 15 at the door.


jb said...

Completely unrelated to this post but I wanted you to check out this call for papers. EMP is a great conference. If you have some time you should submit something:


Waking Up From History: Music, Time, and Place

The 2007 Pop Conference at Experience Music Project

April 19-22, 2007

Seattle, Washington

Music happens, then it ripples. What is the relationship
between the circumstances that produce music and our swirling notions
of pop's past, future, and zeitgeist? How do the times affect the
notes? What factors literally and figuratively change the beat of a
city? Some decry postmodern "pastiche," while others defend pop
concoctions as multiculturalism in action or intoxicating aesthetics.
But what are the power relationships at work when music stops time and
lets us dance in place?

For this year's Pop Conference, we invite presentations on
music, time, and place. This might include:

*Reading time and place into musical innovation. The
breakbeat as a refunking of sonic structure and origin myth; or the
social history of changing time signatures.

* The racial, class, and gender components that constitute
a pop place or time's "we"; the mutating New Orleans of the hip-hop,
funk, R&B, and jazz eras, for example.

*Evolving notions of musical revivalism: retro culture,
questions of periodization in music, and the validity of the concept
of youth culture as a sign of the times.

*Geographies of sound, or how place is incorporated
sonically. Lise Waxer called Cali, Colombia, an unlikely bastion of
salsa revivalism, a "city of musical memory."

*The dematerialization of the album into the celestial
jukebox and other new media. Does the Chicken Noodle Soup dance live
on 119 and Lex or on Youtube?

*How dichotomies of nearness/experience and
farness/history affect music fanship, music writing, and music making.

*The "place" of pop now, culturally, professionally, and
certainly politically.

Proposals should be sent to Eric Weisbard at by December 15, 2006. For individual presentations,
please keep proposals to roughly 250 words and attach a brief (75
word) bio. Full panel proposals and more unusual approaches are also
welcome. For further guidance, contact the organizer or program
committee members: Jalylah Burrell (New York Press), Jon Caramanica
(Vibe), Daphne Carr (series editor, Da Capo Best Music Writing), Jeff
Chang (author, Can't Stop Won't Stop), Michelle Habell-Pallán
(University of Washington), Josh Kun (University of Southern
California) Eric Lott (University of Virginia), Ann Powers (Los
Angeles Times), Simon Reynolds (author, Rip it Up and Start Again),
Bob Santelli (author, The Big Book of Blues), and Judy Tsou
(University of Washington). We are excited to announce that
presentations from this year's conference will be considered for a
future issue of The Believer.

The Pop Conference connect academics, critics, musicians,
and other writers passionate about talking music. Our second
anthology, Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music, will be
published by Duke in 2007. The conference is sponsored by the Seattle
Partnership for American Popular Music (Experience Music Project, the
University of Washington School of Music, and radio station KEXP 90.7
FM), through a grant from the Allen Foundation for Music. For more
information, go to and
click on "Pop Conference."

Smiling Sista said...

this film sounds power-full. did you see it? appreciate it? (and, yes, i know that these questions come waaaay after the showing)