Mar 31, 2003

Project Description:
a song cycle of lives in transit
An exciting and inspiring work of music and poetry by composer Vijay Iyer and librettist Michael Ladd, In What Language? is an urban song cycle that explores expressions of cultural identity and persistent stereotypes in an age of expansive global diaspora through a series of interior monologues by fictional passengers in transit at an international airport. Scored for an ensemble of seven musicians and three speaking voices, the piece draws upon a broad range of musical influences including experimental jazz, hip-hop, African rhythms and South Indian Classical dance music.
Thursday, May 8
Friday, May 9
Saturday, May 10 and
Sunday, May 11
At 8:00 p.m.

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Mar 30, 2003

wow. they got this guy. and it's finally being stated openly and clearly. now will we get an appropriate response from the politicos out there? likely not - this "atrocious murderer" will be played off as an anomaly in this patriotic, caring, freedom-loving place...

NY1: TopStories Man Charged With Serial Murders In Brooklyn, Queens Stores
MARCH 30TH, 2003

Police Sunday charged a man with a pattern of killings at stores in Brooklyn and Queens over the past two months.

Larme Price, 30, was charged with four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Police say Price walked into a Brooklyn police station on Friday offering to help find the killer, but investigators became suspicious when they noticed he had the same walk as someone seen in a surveillance video from one of the crimes. Price confessed when they talked to him again Saturday, police said.

“Price told detectives he had been disturbed by the terror attacks of September 11 and wanted to hurt people of Middle Eastern descent,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “At the time of his questioning, Price was wearing a baseball hat with a ‘B’ on it, the same hat we believe he was wearing during the murder on March 20.”

Four immigrants were killed in businesses in Queens and Brooklyn since February, most recently at a convenience store in Crown Heights on March 20. Only one of the victims was Arab.

Police had initially said they were searching for an accomplice as well, but investigators now believe he was just a witness.

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Mar 29, 2003

"The president boasted at the top of his press conference that we have the support now of Britain and Spain for our attack on Iraq. You know, when you want to make it perfectly clear to the world that you're not an imperialist, the people you want in your corner are Britain and Spain."

- Bill Maher

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Mar 28, 2003

this is just the kind of thing that gets on my nerves. first, who made these folks the spokespeople for all of us, and second, why isn't there a different perspective added to the mix... something that goes beyond the old "it's not us, it's them" thing that has been going on for too long...

Boro Hindus promote faith to fight prejudicial attacks
from the Times Ledger... By Alex Ginsberg 03/27/2003

In the terror and chaos that followed Sept. 11, Hindus were often the target of misdirected bias attacks by assailants who did not know the difference between Hindus and Muslims. Now, even as the United States enters the second week of a war that may prove more difficult than was originally thought, Hindus in Queens say they’re confident that they won’t be targets again.

“I don’t think that is any fear,” said Uma Mysorekar, president of Flushing’s Hindu Temple Society of North America. “Perhaps during the Afghan war, because there was so much lack of understanding. At the moment, most people are pretty much familiar [with Hindus].”

Rajendra Sharma, the head priest at the Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir temple in Hollis, said he was the victim of misdirected bias attacks several times following Sept. 11. On one occasion, in December 2001, he was pushed by several people who told him “go back to your country.” “We look similar to Muslims,” he said. “People think we are Muslims. Hindus are very peaceful, very loving. We don’t like terrorism. We always try to help people, to love people.” Sharma does his part to foster better understanding by preaching every Saturday morning in services that are open to all. “I always try to tell everything scientifically what are Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and so on,” he said.

He added that his audience often draws non-Hindus, including Muslims and Sikhs. Like Mysorekar, he said he was not worried about an increase in bias incidents due to the war. “I’m not worried because I trust this country,” he said. “And I trust this country’s security.”

Both Sharma and Mysorekar said no special security precautions were being taken at their temples. But Mysorekar said the mood could turn ugly if the war goes badly for the United States.

“As soon as a few POWs were taken, everyone’s heart began to sink,” she said. “It was horrible to see, and it gives you a sense of anger. It might precipitate some of those bias attacks, but if the war goes as expected, and the U.S. wins, it is a great victory for President Bush and the entire world.”

Reach reporter Alex Ginsberg by e-mail at or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 157.

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let's get into this... an era begins here and now, in the heart of infamy, the moment that we find ourselves in.. and let's see if this site can give me someplace to channel all that i'm feeling about this world at this point and moving forward...

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