Monday, January 29, 2007
Beware: the yogi's contortions are nauseating.
Friday, January 19, 2007
On Friday, January 19, join eager young film and video makers from
The MOSQUERS video contest features the talents, insights, comedy and show-biz razzle-dazzle of young Edmontonians exploring the experience of being Muslim in
The event is hosted by CITY-TV’s Paul Mennier, with celebrity judges including MLA David Eggen and CBC News host Portia Clarke.
Come out to THE MOSQUERS this Friday at 7:30 pm on the SUB stage of the
The Mosquers is produced by Axis of E-Town and sponsored by the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities and the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations, NAARR.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
In the most recent (and obviously the final) conversation I had with Bruce, I asked him, since he was my elder, if he had any advice for me because I'd just become a father. He told me that having kids is the biggest thing there is. Sometimes it's the biggest anxiety and fear, but mostly it's the biggest love. The fact that he and Grant worked for so many years together on the same show (a relationship that I imagine is rare, if perhaps unique, in Canadian radio), speaks to how close the two of them obviously were (and are).
I hope that my relationship with my daughter, and my children yet to be born, will be as close as was Bruce's and Grant's.
Grant Stovel writes: "Joseph Bruce Stovel, "Ph.D. Magna Cum Laude in English at Harvard University in 1970, Bruce was Assistant Professor at Yale University 1970-75, Associate Professor at Dalhousie University 1975-85, where he served as Department Chair, and Professor of English at the University of Alberta, where he twice served as Associate Chair and Supervisor of Graduate Teaching Assistants. He retired on June 30, 2006, as Professor Emeritus, to become, in his own words, a patron of the arts.
"His special area was literature of the eighteenth century, particularly fiction and comedy. He published essays on Richardson, Sterne, Smollett, Burney, Austen, Lennox, Scott, George Eliot, Kingsley Amis, Margaret Drabble, Brian Moore, Mordecai Richler, and Margaret Laurence, but his special love was Jane Austen. He co-edited two collections of essays on Austen and contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. He co-founded the Edmonton chapter of the Jane Austen Society, co-hosted a Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting at the Chateau Lake Louise in 1993, and contributed to many JASNA AGMs and local chapters in Edmonton and elsewhere.
"Bruce was a dedicated teacher, and was awarded the Students' Union Teaching Award, the Faculty of Arts Teaching Award, and the University of Alberta Rutherford Teaching Award. As much as he achieved academically, his greatest impact was felt at a personal level. He was a beloved husband and father, teacher and colleague, musicman and friend. Bruce was an enthusiastic presence on campus and on the local arts scene, and he was a generous volunteer in academic, artistic, and humanitarian causes.
"Bruce loved blues music as much as literature, and he worked as a volunteer at the Yardbird Suite, where he organized Blues events. Beginning in the mid-1990s, he co-hosted with his son Grant "Calling All Blues," a weekly Blues program on CJSR, the University of Alberta radio station, as well as contributing to CKUA. Following his early career as a journalist reporting for The Montreal Star and Canadian Press in the early sixties in Montreal, he wrote a Blues column titled "Long-Distance Call," and reported on the Edmonton Folkfest, the Edmonton Bluesfest, and the Chicago Bluesfest.
"He died suddenly on January 12, 2007. He will be much missed and deeply mourned by his loving wife of forty-two years Nora Foster Stovel, his son Grant Foster Stovel, and his daughter Laura Elizabeth Stovel and son-in-law Rod Girard, as well as his brother Robb Stovel and his sister Margaret Surridge and their families.
"A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at the University of Alberta Faculty Club on Thursday, January 18, beginning at four o'clock. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a scholarship in his memory. If you do wish to do so, please contact Elisabeth Whitlock at the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, at 780-492-9473. A musical tribute to Bruce will be held at the Yardbird Suite at 11 Tommy Banks Way on Sunday, January 28, 7-10 in the evening. All are welcome to attend."
Procure a copy of the strangely-titled but superbly assembled album World Galaxy. It's got a bizarre version of "My Favourite Things" as lead-in (which I like), but the rest is all Supreme. The final cut is a cover version of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" which is superior to the original, featuring a rambling (yet interesting) Swami named Satchidanada discussing love in Pauline terms.
I'm going to miss Sister Coltrane. Her work deeply inspired me and my writing.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Recently Manning Marable spoke before Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research on the topic of why oppressed peoples must be not only the characters inside, but also the narrators and illustrators of, their own living history.
Dr. Manning Marable is Professor of History and Political Science, and the Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at
As a public intellectual, Marable lectures widely and also teaches a masters degree programme for prisoners in
WHEN: Wednesday 6 PM Mountain Time
WHERE: CJSR FM-88 Edmonton or ON-LINE - CJSR.COM
Thursday, January 04, 2007
(Get Minister Faust's "REQUIEM FOR JAMES BROWN" podcast HERE.)
Widely acclaimed as the “godfather of soul,” James Brown was a highly influential musical pioneer whose work shaped the development of rhythm and blues in the 1950s, rock and roll in the 1960s, funk and disco in the 1970s and hip hop in the 1980s. He was a guest at the White House; he toured the
Of course, as is fitting for someone whose life ended on the mythic date of Christmas Day, James Brown began humbly. Born May 3, 1933, in Barnwell South
Despite musical and financial low-points in the 1970s, Brown found renewed gravity with the advent of DJ mixes and digital sampling, which took the musical refrains or breakbeats from his songbook and looped them to form backing tracks for the dawning recording art of hip hop music. That foundational presence, combined with three other events, helped James Brown return to the Top Ten. The first of the three was recording the song “Unity” with hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambatta; the second was being caricatured by a young Eddy Murphy during Murphy’s Delirious tour, album and concert film and in the classic Saturday Night Live parody, “James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub;” the third was recording “Living in America” for Sylvester Stallone’s jingoistic retread Rocky IV. While the song was no more jingoistic than Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the
Of course, James Brown’s rediscovered popularity did stop Brown from assaulting his wife or from serving two years in prison for that crime. But his star never truly set, and shines still in the music and performances of the many people he influenced, from Michael Jackson and Prince to Chuck D. and many, many White musicians as well. He even had an impact on Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, whose own band in turn had a major influence on Brown’s arranger David Matthews and thus the resulting James Brown sound, part of the 800 songs Brown recorded.
Last week, tens of thousands paid tribute to James Brown, filing past his coffin in
Tonight on The Terrordome, we’ll hear many voices in praise of James Brown, from an elegy by Michael Jackson to parodies by Eddy Murphy, from documentary footage of Brown teaching viewers how to dance, to a rare Japanese miso soup commercial featuring Brown, a television appearance in which the late Sammy Davis, Jr. asks Brown to teach him how to dance (and in which accomplished mimic Davis does a spectacular job), from rare documentary material on the man (see below), plus, of course, music by James Brown himself. That’s all on the first 2007 edition The Terrordome: The Afrika All-World News Service.
Harry Allen, Public Enemy's Media Assassin, on how James Brown created a revolution in music through rhythm-and-blues to rock-and-roll to funk to disco to hip hop and wrote the anthem to the Black Consciousness Movement in the USA.
Harry Allen, Public
Enemy's Media Assassin, on how James Brown created a revolution in music through rhythm-and-blues to rock-and-roll to funk to
disco to hip hop and wrote the anthem to the Black Consciousness Movement in the USA.
Part of the impetus for James Brown’s return to the spotlight in the 1980s was Eddy Murphy’s caricaturing of him during his Delirious tour, album and concert film and in the classic Saturday Night Live parody, “James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party.” Right now, let’s hear both.
JamesBrown’s surrogate son and protégé, the Reverend Al Sharpton, delivering a eulogy for Brown, and joined onstage by singer Michael Jackson who, perhaps in grief, drops his falsetto just long enough to let loose a whisper of his genuine voice.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
"Sumamo spent nearly six months working with the Hiwot HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support Organization, a non-governmental organization founded in 1999 to motivate, educate, and empower Ethiopians to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS. She served as an intern on the International Memory Project, an initiative aimed at supporting children who were facing the prospect of losing their HIV-positive parents.
"'My role was to help with memory work training for HIV-positive parents, their caregivers, and their children,' says Sumamo. One aspect of memory work, which is an element of the International Memory Work Project, involves parents and children working together to develop a memory book that includes important information about family and friends, parents’ beliefs, ideals and hopes for their children, traditions and special family memories. 'The aim of the project,' explains Sumamo, 'is to promote open communication between parents and their children and to give them the opportunity to discuss important subjects that will help them to them prepare for their futures.'"
"Commenting on the value of her practicum experience, Sumamo indicated that she views it as an essential component of her MPH program. 'I learned a lot in my classes and my coursework provided me with a good theoretical foundation, but the practicum really reinforced things for me,' she stated."