Sunday, September 28, 2008

Thinking Liberally w/o Sept. 28

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Banned Books Week (BBW)
It's the American Library Assn's Banned Books Week. It's ironic that it's being held the same time as the VP debate. They'll be holding events all week long at their sim, and they've created a site there for BBW. Check it out.
ALA Banned Books Town Square

Monday, Sept. 29

All Day
Banned Books Video - Judy Blume 
Judy Blume . . . and Our Children’s Freedom to Read (1992) (30 min) 
“The Open Mind” (1992 episode)
Host: Richard D. Heffner
Guest: Author Judy Blume

BBW DEBATE - And Tango Makes Three
Open debate on And Tango Makes Three, written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, and illustrated by Henry Cole. What makes this the most challenged book for the last two years?
Two volunteers needed to debate the main opposing sides — please IM Bryan Anderton of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom about participation.
Comments and questions from audience encouraged!!

Tuesday, Sept. 30

All Day
Banned Books Video - Storylines Midwest 
Storylines Midwest episode (60 min)
"A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley, winner of Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1991. Successfully banned at high school in Lynden, WA in 1994; successfully retained at high school in Round Rock, TX in 1996

6:00 pm
Zath's Album Cafe - David Bowie's Hunky Dory
Just like the original Album Cafe, only earlier, every Tuesday DJ Zathras or another Cafe Wellstoner spins a favorite album. This week, DJ Zathras plays David Bowie's classic 1971 album Hunky Dory, featuring Mick Ronson on guitar and Rick Wakeman of Yes on keyboards.

Wednesday, Oct. 1

DISCUSSION GROUP: Is Banned Books Week Necessary?
Do you think Banned Books Week is necessary? Important? Or is it all just National Hogwash Week? Discussion moderated by avatar Bryan Anderton/Bryan Campbell of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
Comments and questions from audience expected!

6 pm
Russell Eponym at the Yak
Our own Russell will be playing at the Yak. I heard him last week, and he is absolutely incredible.
The Lonely Yak Roadhouse

Thursday, Oct. 2

BBW Dance Party: Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous
Not allowed into the USA (1927-1931) and confiscated in Egypt (1985), said to threaten moral fabric of citizens. 

6 pm
Vice Presidential Debate
We'll be streaming audio of the VP debate live at Wellstone's Donkey. Join us for the snark, discussion, humor and the kind of in-depth analysis you've come to expect at the Donkey. Ball-shooter guns will be provided to give Sarah that "true alaskan wolf experience" every time she lies or says something stupid--that is until the sim crashes from too many prim collisions. (No, State Security Apparatus, we aren't advocating that any harm come to the real Sister Sarah.)
Wellstone's Donkey Democratic Club

7:30 pm
Dancing at Cafe Wellstone
We'll continue the debate discussion as we dance.
Cafe Wellstone

11 pm
Album Cafe - Styx, The Grand Illusion 
PhotobucketEvery Thursday a Wellstoner shares one of her or his favorite albums. This week, I'll be hosting The Grand Illusion by Styx as a commentary on the McCain campaign.

If you'd like to host one of these for your favorite album (at the Cafe), let me know.
Cafe Wellstone

Friday, Oct. 3

All Day
Banned Books Video - Judy Blume 
“The Open Mind” (October 20, 2000 episode)
Host: Richard D. Heffner
Guest: Author Judy Blume

BBW DEBATE: The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Open debate on The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. What makes this book so 
objectionable to the parents of high school students?
Two volunteers needed to debate the main opposing sides — please IM Bryan Anderton of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom about participation.
Comments and questions from audience encouraged

7:30 pm
Dancing Liberally - Banned Books Week Edition
It's Banned Books Week and the day after a book burner made her case for becoming our vice president. So let's get together and dance as we discuss the assault on our First Amendment by Sarah Palin and her ilk.  Dress up as your favorite literary character or the bluehairs, fascists, pastors, etc who are doing the banning. Lindens awarded to the best outfits. DJ Rocky The Yaklibrarian will be spinning the bytes.
Cafe Wellstone

Saturday, Oct. 4

ALA Island Banned Books Week Read-Out & Fireworks
ALA Staff and guests will read aloud from selected works that have been banned or challenged. Readers will include Oberon Octagon, ALALibraryVal Miles, Bryan Anerton, Kay Tairov, Elaine Tulip, Bunny Iwish, and more. Reading will use voice chat.
Party will follow.

6:00 pm

"Calling the General a 'Bastard' Night" at the Yak
6 pm -  Shamanes will be live and in the house!  Horacios rules.

7 pm - Senor DJ Rocky "Maradona is my second name" Torok will take all of your requests, Spanish, English and in between.  Senora Jane will be soothing the General's ruffled feathers and assuring him that Juanes is not swearing at him, while Dick Cheney reads up on escaping to Argentina before the truth comes out.
The Lonely Yak Roadhouse

Sunday, Oct. 5

Join us for 1 hour each week to learn new SL organizing skills to promote more SL activism
Alternate Weeks: Focus on "Basic Organizing" and "Large Event Organizing"

Dancing at Leandrah's
Come support Leandrah and her DJ, PB.

The Blue-Footed Booby Bar.

Movies at the Red Zeppelin
Despite the machination of the evil YouTube capitalist running dog lickspittles, the glorious Marxist-Lennonist (Groucho&John Factions United) people's film project continues to move forward. This week at 7:15 pm we'll play a great movie at the Red Zeppelin. Be there or miss out!
Red Zeppelin

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