I didn't spend a lot of time in Iowa recently. But any time spent in Iowa is a very good thing. My mom had some surgery in Iowa City(and she is recovering nicely, thank you). And that was my excuse to bomb over to Iowa City for an overnight stay. It is amazing how much Iowa I can pack into just a few hours. Plus everything I do in the Hawkeye state is fodder for the Feed Store. You'll be hearing all about it very soon on the program, Thursdays at 10 AM central time and sundays at noon central time.
Community knitters share warmth, and life-long knitter Michelle Edwards models this brand of kindness in her newly released picture book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love. Michelle will read this heart-warming story to kids and adults and teach kids to make yarn pom-poms Saturday, Nov. 12th, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the At Home Store on the Fairfield, Iowa square.
Background Music happens to be one of four songs that run past eleven minutes on the next edition of the show. Chad Stuart did the soundtrack to a movie called Three In The Attic, and this song is all of side two. I am also playing my favorite song by Blood, Sweat, & Tears called Blues, Part 2. The other two are Tarkus by Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, and Flash by My Solid Ground. This version of flash is the full length one, very trippy. Actually the whole show sort of floats along pleasantly. One other item of note is the Dr. Dog song Good Grief, off of their brilliant release this year Psychedelic Swamp. A musical Cool Breeze.
THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal
An Impeachable Clinton May Do Less Damage than an Unbridled Trump
There's a small, irresponsible part of me that would like to see Trump win
'The FBI is Trumpland': anti-Clinton atmosphere spurred leaks, sources say
Meme warfare: how the power of mass replication has poisoned the US election
13 Urgent Science and Health Issues the Candidates Have Not Been Talking About
Stocks Fall For the Eighth Consecutive Day. It’s the Longest Decline Since 2008
At Standing Rock, women lead fight in face of Mace, arrests and strip searches
The US homeless camps offering a lesson in democracy
We're moving into cinema's awards season, a great time for film fans, when the most creative must-see efforts are released. We'll cover six new releases, each well reviewed. It starts with the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Doctor Strange, starring (awards season darlings) Benedict Cumberbatch & Tilda Swinton. This filmosophical supernatural tale may be worth it for the trippy visuals alone. "The mystical settings that this "sorcerer supreme" navigates make for exhilarating sensory overload, powerfully expanding on classic visuals from pioneering Marvel artist Steve Ditko. The upshot: The movie develops a distinctively trippy identity." - Boston Globe. There are two documentaries of note, including the feminine-hero powered The Eagle Huntress. "Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries." "Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter." - Toronto Star. "The movie's restrained second half stuns, ranking as one of the most magical stretches of nonfiction filmmaking in recent years." - EW. Check out photos from this film online and see what "marvel" really means.
All this and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. "Through the mystic arts, we harness energy, and shape reality" - The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Doctor Strange
25 songs by bands that fans of rock and roll will be very familiar with- either as a 45 rpm single, or a choice album cut. We will hear singles by Fleetwood Mac, Free, The Alan Parsons Project, Aaron Neville, Canned Heat, and JJ Cale. I dug deep and pulled out some album tracks by The Beach Boys, The Doors, Blues Image, It's A Beautiful Day, and David Crosby. Check out the playlist online Thursday morning, and catch some stars at 2 PM. The G Man
Guitar Legend Bill Kirchen at The Depot Brewery Thu Nov 3rd
Indy Week calls him "one of the best guitarists in the land". Vintage Guitar Magazine labels him "an American classic." British rocker Nick Lowe says, "He is one of the singular instrumental stylists of American roots music. To hear his sound once is to have it indelibly etched on your musical memory." The Man in Black, Johnny Cash, put it simply: "I think he's great."
Grammy-nominated Titan of the Telecaster Blll Kirchen, co-founder of the original “Americana” band, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, will be in Fairfield for one show only at the Depot Brewery on Thursday, November 3rd at 8pm. His guitar licks propelled Commander Cody's hit “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the Top 10 back in 1072 and he's been blazing away ever since. His latest release "Transatlanticana" came out in August.
Kirchen is no stranger to Fairfield but this will be his first time playing the Depot Brewery, an artisan juke joint with a killer sound system and spacious dance floor perfectly suited to his twang-a-billy rock'n'roll sensibilities. Bill grew up in Michigan where he graduated same year, same class from Ann Arbor High School as one James Newell Osterberg, Jr., otherwise known as Iggy Pop. Kirchen relates: “I first saw Bob Dylan at my high school in Ann Arbor in ’63, then Newport Folk Festival in ’64 where he debuted ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.’ I went to Newport the next year and saw him ‘go electric’. I loved it. What I saw those two years at Newport, and all the wild music that came through Ann Arbor and Detroit pretty much ruined me for normal work.”
A founding father of Americana, Bill's fun-loving, devil may care, go for broke musicality is always entertaining. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. Available now at the Depot Brewery or by credit card at 641 469-6959 during working hours.
Great pizza and Great Taste combined at Green Building Supply Tuesday night with pizzaiolo Aaron Hall featured as the maestro of dough. Aaron's passion for pies is evident as you watch his hands manipulate the once alive, dried, ground, and now alive again wheat infused with living microorganisms. The best part was the privilege of enjoying five different types of pizza including toppings like pistachio pesto with arugula, roasted potatoes, garlic cream, and sage, and hot calabrian chiles with fontina.
If you want to create work, dive into other worlds: they give you enthusiasm and hope. So says professional dancer and dance teacher Kenny Pearl, author of The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir. Kenny lived in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. He danced for and with Martha Graham and later circled the globe dancing for the boundary-breaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now on dance faculty at Canada's Ryerson University, Kenny works with emerging dancers and preserves the memories of legends.