A ClockWork Orange: version 2007
April 2007 has proved to be a shaker and mover from coast to coast. The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, shocked our senses with overtones of "a clockwork orange," the disturbing 1962, Anthony Burgess novel which graphically details lawless youth on a un-hooked, deranged marauder of society. Flashing forward to 2007, the perpetrator, campus student, Cho-Seung Hui, sent a media package to television network NBC, outlining a manifesto to his pandemonium and murderous plans. Thusly,the 24/7 news frenzy was filled with every angle and as many viewpoints that could be explored, meanwhile, murder, mayhem and madness still rages on globally. Call it sensory overload or perhaps I've become desensitized to the carnage that daily fills the airwaves in my life. Often I find it almost to much to consume, due to it's over the top ongoing nature. It's almost unfathomable that each day the body count continues to mount from war torn Iraq to the streets of Little Rock. My heart is heavy ladden with condolences and sympathy for victims everywhere. Yet, by the grace of the creator we move on and trust that tomorrow will be a better day.
Himan leads Pride 07 Talent Line-up
Pride Lines Up: The Little Rock Pride Committee has announced it's line up for Pride 07, June 3, at the Riverfront pavillions. This years headliner will be Thumbcrown recording artist, Eric Himan. Also featured during the festival will be Brenda Lyons, Sally Miller, The Mob Kings and Pride Idol finalist. Himan latest CD, "Everywhere All at Once," is filled with thought provoking tunes sheathed in soulful Folk beats. Tunes such as Heart Clean, There's gotta be something Going On, and Kinda Hard, feel steeped in his personal experiences and circumstances. All five of his CDs were products of his own indie label, Thumbcrown. I personally found them all to quite catchy, especially the accompanying video for There's gotta be something Going On. Known as "the Bad Boy of folk," according to Philly's Metro news mag, Himan's music style includes solo acoustic guitar and piano, influenced by the trailblazer Etta James to today's music makers like Jellyfish. His U.S. Tour will cover cities such as Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco and a host of Pride events being held in Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, PA and Hotlanta, GA. If you want to listen in and feel his vibe and see the video, you can do so at our newly pimped My Space site.(www.myspace.com/corneliusonpoint ) For more info call the PRIDE LINE at 501.859.0723 or http://lrcpride.org and tell em you heard it here first!
Rodeo UP: Ridin Hard, the annual Gay Rodeo in the Rock kicks-off with a welcome party at Sidetracks, 4.20.07. Tickets for the State Fair Grounds event are $15 per day or $25 for the weekend. Dinner/ Dance package for $15 The host hotel is La Quinta Inn & Suites, ( 501.374.9000) Still need more info contact the Rodeo in the Rock HOTLINE: 501.590.6775 or the website, www.dsra.org
Walkin Pride: The AIDS Walk soriee prelude will be held at the home of Upson and Aukstuolis, 4300 South Lookout, 4.27.07, 7-9 p.m. The $35.00 per person contribution will go to offset walk expenses. Reservations are encourage but not mandatory. Meanwhile, Celebration of Life is the theme for the Arkansas AIDS Foundation's Annual AIDS Walk, June 2, 2007 at the Clinton Presidential Library park from 10-4 p.m. This year's goal is an audacious, $50,000 for agency services, clients and programs. According to organizers, online sign-up, donations and group information will be available. A grand prize drawing for domestic tickets for two from Southwest Airlines will be awarded to the individual or group raising more than $300.00. Go to www.araidsfoundation.org for updates.
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