Iniva: The black arts space you may not know

On the heels of the black arts movement of the 1980s, Iniva (The Institute of International Visual Arts) was founded to create a space for black artists ignored by the mainstream art world.

The core of Iniva as an arts organisation is the Stuart Hall Library.

Named after the renowned British-Jamaican cultural theorist, the Stuart Hall Library is a specialist collection of more than 10,000 volumes relating to art by people of African, Asian, Caribbean and Latin American descent.

To mark 25 years since Iniva was founded, Iniva has moved to a new location in Pimlico, London.

Director Melanie Keen explains the origins of Iniva and how it continues to support black artists.

Video by Fatma Wardy

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Art by black artists forces a new look at art history in a must-see show at the Smart Museum

Proceeding strategically, Joyner and Giuffrida have built a collection of approximately 400 works, beginning with African-American artists and eventually expanding to the entire African diaspora. They’ve stuck mainly with abstract painting but have made some exceptions along the way. They’ve focused on certain artists in depth, discovered affinities and personal connections between others, and decided to act as stewards of individual careers. What this sounds like is generous and wise, and what it looks like is knock-‘em-dead stunning to behold, though only a snapshot of it is on view at the Smart, where some 50 select works from the couple’s collection have been supplemented by a handful of loans and new site-specific commissions by a trio of Chicago artists. It’s humbling, too, especially for anyone schooled to believe in the canon, which traditionally has made precious little room for black artists, like the color field painter Sam Gilliam, who so obviously deserve major places there. The section devoted to Gilliam’s work includes the two most stirring pieces in the entire show — the symphonically effervescent “After Glow,” an enormous stained canvas from 1972, and “Stand,” a rainbow-hued swath of unstretched fabric bunched at the top and hung from a leather strap, one part drop cloth, one part laundry-hung-out-to-dry, one part sculpture.

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Withdrawing life-support in critically-ill adults with brain injuries

Severe brain injury is the leading cause of disability among young Canadians. Many end up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on life support. Their families often face the difficult decision to withdraw care, especially when they are otherwise healthy with no pre-existing conditions. Doctors too find these situations challenging, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Acquired traumatic brain injury refers to the sudden damage that comes most commonly from a violent blow or jolt to the head. Typical causes include car or motorcycle collisions, falls, sports injuries, assaults as well as penetrating injuries from gunshot wounds. Drownings can lead to severe damage caused by lack of oxygen to the brain.

As shown recently on White Coat, Black Art, fentanyl and other opioid overdoses can also lead to brain injuries from lack of oxygen and possibly other related causes.

In general, the patients admitted to the ICU are older (in their 70s and 80s) and have chronic heart and other problems that contribute to a poor quality of life. The decision to withdraw life support in these patients is often based on their pre-existing health and quality of life.

The patients with severe traumatic brain injury are often young (most commonly children up to four years of age and adolescents ages 15 to 19 with a spike of cases age 60 and older) and otherwise healthy. The decision to withdraw life support is not based on their pre-existing condition but on their long-term prognosis from their injuries.

Previous studies by Dr. Alexis F. Turgeon and fellow researchers with the Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group showed large variations in the death rate and the timing of death among patients with traumatic brain injuries at ICUs across Canada. The patients generally arrive in the ICU on life support. Many of these patients die shortly after they’re taken off the ventilator.

In previous studies, the researchers also found large variations in the timing of the decision to withdraw life support, with half of all deaths following withdrawal of life support taking place during the first three days of ICU care.  As the authors of the study suggested, that may be too soon for family members (with advice from critical care doctors) to decide to withdraw life support because it’s far too soon to get an accurate long-term prognosis. At that stage, doctors tend to disagree on the prognosis.

The latest study was designed to explore what’s behind those disagreements.

The researchers interviewed 20 ICU physicians across Canada who care for patients with severe traumatic brain injuries. They looked for factors that helped explain why some physicians recommend withdrawing life support early on while others recommend waiting longer to decide.


The patients’ injuries and evidence of severe brain damage were important factors. Most of those interviewed said they were aware of published guidelines on when and how to withdraw care. All said they were influenced by the patient and their family.

Patients with severe brain injuries don’t usually speak for themselves, so any indication of the patient’s prior stated wishes was crucial. Other important factors that influenced the doctor’s decision was their experience in withdrawing life support.

Nearly all said they were influenced by what their colleagues would do in the same situation.

Difficult decisions

Some factors were identified that increase the stress that health professionals feel surrounding the withdrawal of life support. One is a difference of opinion between the doctor and the patient and family over the withdrawal of life support. Physician want to consider fully the previous wishes stated by the patient while weighing-in based on their knowledge and experience.

Another source of conflict and stress occurs when the family is decisive about withdrawal of life-support while the physician wants more time to think it over because of uncertainty regarding the prognosis.

Some of the doctors said they got anxious about getting the prognosis correct because of the stakes. Colleagues who chime in with extreme anecdotes of patients who woke up intact against all odds make some doctors second-guess themselves. If team members looking after the patient have conflicting opinions about what to do, that tends to delay the withdrawal of life-support until everyone is on board.

The authors say physicians involved in these challenging decisions need better evidence to predict accurately the quality of life that patients are likely to have should they recover enough to be discharged from the ICU. That would make recommendations on withdrawing life-prolonging care easier. They would also benefit from more experience during their training years so they’re less anxious when they graduate.

The system needs to find a way to create more time for doctors to make the most accurate prognosis possible, to discuss differences of opinion on the health-care team and to reach a consensus.

Finally, the first few hours and days in the ICU are mostly about treating severe injuries and dealing with medical complications. To make better recommendations, the study shows that critical care people need to learn more about the values and preferences of the patient.

That means not just knowing the medical details. It also means getting to know the person receiving life-support.

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Dyana Williams, Frank Ski and More Named Living Legends Honorees

When the Living Legends Foundation convenes its Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Oct. 4, the organization will salute 10 honorees.

This year’s honorees slate includes: Influence Entertainment CEO Dyana Williams (Lifetime Achievement Award), WVEE (V-103) Atlanta air personality Frank Ski and Core Communications president/CEO Steve Hegwood (both receiving the Jerry Boulding Radio Executive Award), eOne Entertainment Group vp of promotion Maurice White (Music Label Executive Award), BYB (Be Your Own Brand) founder/creator Sheila Coates (Entrepreneur Award), Unlimited Contacts president/CEO Dedra N. Tate (second recipient of the Mike Bernardo Executive Award), BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) founder/publisher Sidney Miller (A.D. Washington Chairman’s Award), Service Broadcasting Group (SBG) owner Hymen Childs (Broadcast Icon Award), RCA Inspiration senior vp/GM Phil Thornton (Gospel Music Executive Award) and W&W Public Relations senior vp Karen Lee (Media Executive Award).

The 2019 Living Legends Awards Dinner and Gala, chaired by Chew Entertainment partners/husband-and-wife team Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, will be held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. Radio personality DeDe McGuire of the syndicated DeDe in the Morning show returns as host.

Frank Ski

Frank SkiCourtesy of Living Legends Foundation

“The board of directors is proud to continue its tradition of recognizing the greatest in the music and record industries,” said Living Legends Foundation chairman David C. Linton in announcing the event. “We continue to raise the bar and celebrate the unsung heroes of our industry who have helped to lay the foundation for black music, black artists and black executives of the 20th and 21st century. We remain steadfast in our efforts to raise much-needed funds to assist the less fortunate among us.”

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Eye-boggling Bridget Riley and black British pioneers – the week in art

Exhibition of the week

Bridget Riley
This retrospective of one of modern Britain’s most brilliant and original artists is guaranteed to fool your eyes and stretch your mind.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, 19 June–22 September. Hayward Gallery, London, 22 October–26 January.

Also showing

Get Up Stand Up Now
Anthea Hamilton, Ajamu, Betye Saar, David Hammons, Zadie Smith and A Guy Called Gerald are among the stars in this survey of 50 years of black art and culture.
Somerset House, London, until 15 September.

The Tube Station by Cyril Power, c1932.

The Tube Station by Cyril Power, c1932. Photograph: Todd-White Art Photography/© The Estate of Cyril Power

Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking
Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, Cyril Power and Leonard Beaumont feature in a survey of the lost 1930s art of linocut.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 19 June–8 September.

Leonardo da Vinci
The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci are opened for your inspection. Anyone who is tired of Leonardo is tired of art … and science.
British Library, London, until 8 September.

As Seen on Screen
Fiona Banner and Sam Taylor-Johnson are among the artists taking on cinema in this survey of a relationship that started when Dalí and Buñuel filmed a razor slashing an eyeball.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, until 18 August.

Masterpiece of the week


Photograph: The National Gallery, London

Cephalus and Aurora by Nicolas Poussin, circa 1630
Cupid holds up a portrait of Cephalus’s wife, Procris, to remind him to be faithful. He needs this firming up to resist the advances of Aurora, goddess of dawn. It’s a mythological image of seduction and fidelity that Poussin, a French immigrant to Italy stunned by the classical heritage of Rome, renders both entertaining and moralistic. Yet the triviality of the tale is transcended and transformed by his sublime depiction of a blazing sky and an earth kissed by its light. This grand luminosity turns a simple scene into a history that glows with enigmatic importance.
National Gallery, London.

Image of the week


Photograph: © Keith Haring Foundation

Ignorance = Fear by Keith Haring, 1989
In a career lasting barely a decade, due to his early death from Aids-related illness, New York pop artist Keith Haring used his street art as posters, protesting against apartheid, railing against religious intolerance and bigotry, homophobia and racism. This image is from his first major UK exhibition, which opened at Tate Liverpool this week. Read the review here.

What we learned

Fake Aboriginal art sellers are facing a £1.3m fine

Kiss My Genders takes a sinful walk on the wild side

Paula Rego offers a five-star world of pain

Cindy Sherman likes being difficult

The devil is in the detail with Bartolomé Bermejo

Peter Howson has revealed his painstaking painting process

Charlie Schaffer won the 2019 BP portrait award…

… even as its corporate sponsor faced fresh criticism

Salvator Mundi may be the latest masterpiece to grace a superyacht

Belgium has a new art studio-zoo dedicated to genetics

Simon Denny delves into dark things at Hobart’s Mona

UK galleries have embraced black artists …

… but it’s been a long time coming

The New York Times has gone off cartoons

The new Dulwich Pavilion is a zinging rainbow

You can now match the Manolo Blahnik shoe with the painting that inspired it

Hull seeks to build on the legacy of its time as UK City of Culture

Tokyo’s skyscrapers might have gone down, not up

It’s happening … La Sagrada Familia has planning permission

France is in two minds over Notre Dame

Bath Abbey is on a surer footing

Max Hirzel is bearing witness to migrant deaths

San Francisco’s fog has its own Instagram account

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24 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: June 14 to 16

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Father’s Day at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano. Get your dad some flavors from the old country at Tavolino this Father’s Day. Their special menu features an “il Padre” tomahawk steak served with cauliflower and red wine sauce. Specials also include pan-seared scallops, octopus with vegetables, mint pappardelle pasta and more. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 2890 E. Skyline Drive. Details here.

Yacht Rock 2019. La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina is hosting their annual yacht rock party for all of us hanging out in Tucson for the summer. Featuring the smooth, aquatic tunes of ’70s and ’80s yacht rock, this is your chance to dress in awkward attire and hop in a photo booth. Plus, the Cantina will host drink specials all night long. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, June 14. 201 N. Court Avenue. $5 cover. 21+. Details here.

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Father’s Day Brunch at Hacienda Del Sol. Treat the ol’ man to premium craft brew tastings and award-winning food at this extra special brunch. The menu includes a full omelet and waffle bar, a beef carving station, shrimp cocktails, crab legs, antipasti, a calabacitas taco bar, and more desserts than I can fit into this blurb! 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. $60 per adult, $30 kids age 7-14, children under 6 are complimentary. For reservations, call (520) 529-3500. Details here.

Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is showing the power of Tucson’s Mexican food for the fourth year in a row. Taking place at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort, this fest of best includes food demos and education, live music and more. There will be food from over 30 local Mexican restaurants and breweries. Get over there while the fajitas are still sizzling! 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15. 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard. $65. Details here. 

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New Belgium Brewing at Craft.
Out of Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing is bringing their beers to Craft, A Modern Drinkery. All night, they’ll be tapping specialty kegs, including the Apple Felix, Blackberry Oscar and Honey Orange Tripel. You Sly Dog food truck will also be serving up some great Sonoran Dogs. It turns out Arizona and Colorado meet elsewhere than Four Corners! 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14. 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Father’s Day Feast at Govinda’s Natural Foods. If your dad has always been interested in vegan foods (or if you’re trying to hint at him to eat healthier) Govinda’s is hosting a Father’s Day shindig with live music and an all-vegan menu. Foods include barbecue seitan cutlets, herb potatoes, bean and veggie enchiladas, stir fry basmati rice and more. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16. All you can eat, $17. Details here.

Black Renaissance.
Wait, didn’t this event end in June? Well, that was the plan. But it was such a huge success that local musician Seanloui is throwing one more iteration of this event, in the form of a Juneteenth after party. The evening will spotlight black creativity, highlight black artists’ influence on mainstream culture and celebrate the day slavery was abolished in America! Special guests Tere Chapman and Mattea will be performing, and Sketch 71 (Allen Bush) will be doing live art. Happy Juneteenth! 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Wooden Tooth Records, 426 E. Seventh St. Free. Details here.

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Brew at the Zoo. This event is only for the most selfless of Tucsonans: You’re there to support the animals at the local zoo, the greater cause of conservation efforts, and the local economy in the form of more than a dozen breweries. If you go, you might even find yourself forced to support local musicians like Dos Suenos and Paul Jenkins. It won’t be easy, but if you’re up for it, this night full of games, time with the zoo animals, henna and glitter tattoos, local eats, chair massages and even a chance to try out some TopGolf putting is a really good opportunity to do your part to be a good citizen. It’s sure to be a zoo-tiful evening. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $45 GA, $45 members, $20 for designated drivers. $55 GA and $50 for members the night of (unless they’re sold out). Details here.

Classic Car Show at Little Anthony’s.
If car shows and diners are like Bonnie and Clyde, or Jack and Jill, or some other iconic duo, then car shows, diners, and YOU are like the Three Musketeers, right? Because the sights to see and the dishes to eat at a car show are nothing if you’re not there to enjoy them. Head on down for an evening full of live music and hopefully-still-not-too-hot weather. Bring the family! 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Little Anthony’s Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Details here.

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Chubasco: A Monsoon Exhibition. One of the things that makes summers in Tucson not only bearable, but actually kind of wonderful, of course, are the roaring, raging, remarkable thunder and lightning storms we know as monsoons. In honor of this, the Raices Taller Gallery is having an exhibit all about the monsoon, or chubasco. What’s more universal than water, and what’s more symbolic than the way the sun peeks through the clouds after a storm? Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment. Saturday, June 15, to Saturday, July 27. Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop, 218 E. Sixth St. Free. Details here. 

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DeGrazia’s Birthday. Happy birthday to one of the most iconic figures in Tucson: Ted DeGrazia! DeGrazia Gallery in the sun is hosting a day of free cake, free ice cream and free gallery admission to celebrate the art and architectures of the acclaimed Arizona artist. He was born in the copper mining camp of Morenci on June 14, 1909, so this would have been his big 110th. Take a stroll through the 10-acre gallery grounds to see some of his work in person. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 14. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road. Free. Details here.

Seventh Annual Dash for Dad 5K.
Considering that, when your father was a kid, he used to have to walk five miles in the snow, uphill, both ways, just to get back and forth between school and his job at the coal factory, the least you could do is go on a measly little 5K run. It’s barely over three miles! Plus, you might even end up having fun. Run with your dad! Run in honor of your dad! Run if you have a dad in your life or if you don’t! There are awards for the first 100 finishers, the first man and woman and the fastest dad. Tagrun hosts this run/walk along the Rillito River Path. 6:30 a.m. race start, 5:30 a.m. registration start. Saturday, June 15. Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road. $25. Details here.

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Fathers’ Day Weekend & Classic Car Show. They’re ain’t enough room in Old Tucson for the two of us, unless the two of us are a father and a son, because men and boys of all ages get into Old Tucson for free on Fathers’ Day weekend, June 15 to 16. Plus, there will be a classic car show and whiskey tastings at Old Tucson—truly a dad’s dream. Look no “father” than this event for the perfect way to spend Dad’s Day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Free admission for men and boys, $19.95 adults 12 to 64, $10.95 for kids 4 to 11, $17.95 for seniors 65+ and military, $16.95 for Pima County adult residents, $8.95 for Pima County child residents. Details here.

Tucson Pops! On this week’s edition of “free music under the stars in a beautiful park in a beautiful city,” David Hernandez Breton, conductor of the Sonora Philharmonic in Mexico, is the guest conductor. He’s been a soloist performer, concert perfomer, jazz musician and conductor pretty much all over the world, and now he’s coming to hang out with us! You’ll hear highlights from Jurassic Park, Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz and Emperor Waltz, and selections from the Producers and Tchaikovky’s 1812 Overture, just for example. And hey, Broadway lovers! There’s also a “best Broadway marches” section of the evening. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16. DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. Free. Details here.

Have you been to one of these breakfast lecture series yet? This week, the host is BRINKmedia, the theme is “wonder,” and the speaker is Chris Walker, co-founder and chief scientist of FreeFall Aerospace. Walker, who’s been a professor of astronomy, optical sciences and electrical engineering at the UA for nearly three decades, has been the principal investigator on numerous NASA missions that involve crazy stuff like launching balloons into space and going to Antarctica. At FreeFall, he’s in charge of creating revolutionary antenna systems. If anyone is going to make you feel inspired, or at least make you feel motivated, it just might be this guy. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 14. BRINKmedia, 1100 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.

The Secret World of Sharks.
What do you and sharks have in common besides feeding on the blood of your enemies? Well, for one thing, sharks like music—some of them even have favorite bands. In most ways, though, sharks are just a lot cooler than us. They have three extra senses we don’t have. They’re born with full sets of teeth. They straight up just don’t have any bones. Join award-winning underwater photographer Samantha Schwann, who has photographed and dived with 21 species of shark. Without a cage. She’ll provide shark info and entertainment with her stories, photographs and dive footage. Heck yeah! 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. REI, 160 W. Wetmore Road. Free. Details here.

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Lavender Festival. Maybe you’re not usually willing to make the trip to Oracle. But for something as lovely as a lavender festival, how could you not be? Carolyn and John Blair, the owners of the four-acre Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm, are hosting this day for guests to walk around fields of lavender in bloom, listen to live music, eat lavender treats and enjoy lavender cooking demonstrations. Kids can have their faces painted, make crafts with lavender, and visit farm animals—like donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks and a bunny. Carolyn, an artist, will have her art studio open, with paintings of the farm up for sale, as well as a wide variety of lavender plants and products. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16. Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm, 103 Hobe Road, Oracle. $15, or free for kids under 12, with proceeds going toward the next phase of planting. Details here.

49th Annual Juneteenth Festival. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. It’s celebrating June 19, 1965, the day the Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the war was over and the slaves were free. And if that’s not worth celebrating, what is? This family-friendly festival features storytelling, shopping and plenty of food vendors, plus plenty of educational opportunities to learn more about the reason for the celebrating. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Details here.

Tucson Sugar Skulls vs. QC Steamwheelers. Can you believe it? It’s already the last home game of the season for our hometown indoor football league! They’ll be facing off against the Quad City Steamrollers, in from Moline, Illinois. It’s wild to think that the team just launched its first season in the fall, and it’s already climbing its way up the ranks of the Indoor Football League. Take yourself out to the air-conditioned ball game and see what indoor football is all about before the season ends! 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10.  Details here.

Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum: Pollinator Party! You know what’s really the bee’s knees? Bees! And birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. They’re all pollinators, which means they play an important role in helping our desert ecosystem (and other ecosystems) thrive. In celebration of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), the Desert Museum has got a night full of local honey samples, Mr. Nature’s pollination-themed songs and even a spelling bee! Get practicing on words like “Euathropoda,” the phylum bees belong to. Plus, Kim Franklin, Desert Museum research scientist, will be talking about the 700+ species of bees in the Sonoran Desert, from the smallest to the biggest, from the wildest to the most domesticated. Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $21.95 GA, $19.95 seniors 65+, $8.95 for kids 3 to 12, free for kids under 3, $17.95 for active or retired military, $16.95 for Arizona/Sonora residents. Details here.

The Quick and The Dead.
See Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe return to Old Tucson! Hosted by The Loft Cinema and Old Tucson, this screening takes place at the very location The Quick and the Dead was filmed. This ’90s Western focuses on a gunfighter who enters a dueling tournament to avenge her father’s death. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. 201 S. Kinney Road. $5. Please bring your own seating. Bleacher seating is also available. Details here.

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. This 2008 miniseries was one of the first major productions created exclusively for online publication. It features Neil Patrick Harris as an aspiring super villain, with supporting roles by Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. Casa Video Film Bar is hosting this movie, which is “as dramatic as it is fun.” 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

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A Mighty Wind. From the team who brought you This Is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind is similar in mockumentary style, but this time takes on folk music! The film is a parody of the American folk music revival of the ’60s, and features Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and more. The Fox Theatre invites you behind the scenes! 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. 17 W. Congress Street. $5. Details here.

Father’s Day Screenings at The Loft Cinema. There are two polar-opposite movies showing at The Loft, so how you view your dad (or better yet, how he views you) will decide what movie you see. To Kill A Mockingbird. This movie, almost as iconic as the book it’s based on, features one of history’s greatest dads, Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck in an Oscar-winning performance. Finch stands for truth, and embodies hope. 2 to 4:20 p.m. Eraserhead. Perfectly capturing the nausea and dizziness of parenthood (as well as modern living), David Lynch’s surreal film debut just makes sense in black and white. 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Sunday, June 16. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8. Details here.

Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Post Malone Gets Personal at Bonnaroo

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The last time Bonnaroo had a headliner who performed solo for the duration of their set, it didn’t go that well. That would be Kanye West’s second appearance at the festival in 2014, when the mercurial MC’s antics came across as antagonistic toward the crowd. Singer and rapper Post Malone, who performed onstage all by himself in Saturday’s headline slot, took a very different tack. One component of his persona is fiercely asserting his artistic independence; another is opening himself up to his audience, which works as a way to encourage fans to believe in their own self-worth. You could infer from his massive streaming and sales numbers that those messages resonate with a lot of people. And judging by the ecstatic response from the crowd packed into the field in front of What Stage, he’s highly skilled at communicating that in person.

A few minutes before the show, there was another reversal of a prior notorious Bonnaroo episode. Eminem’s use of realistic gunshot and explosion sound effects scared the bejesus out of people who weren’t even at his set in 2018. Before Post Malone played, there was a warning over the P.A. and on the screens flanking the stage that there would be loud bangs during his set. That didn’t do anything to spoil the effect of the explosion sound and 20 or so seconds of disorientingly deep bass rumble that preceded Malone’s entrance. 

Decked out in a short-sleeved suit covered in a pattern that appeared to be made from a photo of Dolly Parton, the 23-year-old star came out singing “Too Young” in a cloud of fog against a dark screen, which later blinked to life with one strip of light across its top. The production ramped up quickly with burst after burst of pyro — flames spouted from all over the stage, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a wrestling match. 

“My name is Austin Richard Post, and I’m here to play y’all some music and get fucked up,” he said ahead of “Better Now,” the next song. “Thank y’all so much, every single one of y’all, for comin’ out and fuckin’ with me tonight. Let’s get fuckin’ weird!

For the next hour and change, he bounced around the stage, riding the heavy, R&B- and trap-schooled beats. He appeared to be having the time of his life, and he thanked the audience profusely. He sang and rapped at the top of his lungs, in his trademark ragged-edged croon, about things that aren’t easy to talk about. He dug into romantic relationships in “Better Now” and “Stay.” He did a fine job of playing the latter on an acoustic guitar, despite his charming and disarming nervousness in introducing it. Several numbers explored the social awkwardness, feelings of isolation and paranoia that can result from a rapid rise to fame like his, including “Candy Paint,” “Psycho,” “Wow. ” and “Rockstar,” after which he smashed his guitar. 

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At first blush, the problems of a famous person don’t sound all that relatable, even in the social-media-warped world we live in. But Malone kept bringing them back home for his crowd. Near the end of the set, he recounted how his breakout hit “White Iverson,” which he played earlier, suddenly made him a public person — something he’s grateful for, even if it’s been difficult to cope with sometimes. He explained how people who talked down to him after “White Iverson” now wish him well at every opportunity. That became the inspiration for his hit single “Congratulations,” with which he ended the show. 

“They said we’d never go fuckin’ gold, we’d never go fuckin’ platinum, we’d never go fuckin’ diamond, and now I’m playin’ fuckin’ Bonnaroo in front of tens of thousands of beautiful people,” he said, to massive cheers. “This is my way of tellin’ y’all: ‘Live your fuckin’ life. Do whatever the fuck you wanna do.’ Because you fuckin’ kick ass. Live your life, live your dream, live your fuckin’ truth. And don’t let nobody fuckin’ tell you shit. Because each and every every single one of y’all fuckin’ rocks.”

Like generations of great songwriters and entertainers, Post Malone is adept at making extremely personal things translate to a wide audience, and he’s a living example of the contemporary struggle to cope with life at the speed of the Information Age. It still remains to be seen how he will handle another important part of the cultural context of his career. He’s a white man who’s having incredible success playing music that draws heavily on styles invented and perfected by black artists. He’s been criticized for his lack of engagement with social and political issues facing black communities, something that’s intimately tied to that music. And he hasn’t made a lot of effort (that the public can see, anyway) to change that. 

All the same, in a recent TMZ interview, Malone stood up for the right of Lil Nas X — the black singer whose country-trap smash-hit “Old Town Road” you’ve probably heard a thousand times  to make whatever kind of music he wants to make. (In case you missed it, Billboard took “Old Town Road” off the Hot Country Songs chart, claiming it didn’t contain enough elements of country music to be there. Lil Nas X was also part of a Wrangler fashion campaign, for which some folks, who either are uninformed of or are ignoring the history of African Americans in country music, accused him of cultural appropriation.) 

It will take some work for Post Malone to incorporate a discussion of systemic racism, income inequality or other issues into his songs or his show in a way that feels natural. But it’s work that’s worth doing, and that he seems capable of. He’s tapped into the anxieties and aspirations of millions of young people, and he has a gift for communicating with them in person, made clear again and again when he was onstage alone in front of thousands of them on Saturday. When he’s ready to talk, odds are good that his fans will listen.

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Battle flag carried by black Union troops hits auction block

Updated 12:49 am CDT, Monday, June 10, 2019

DENVER, Pa. (AP) — A flag that was carried into battle by a black Union regiment during the Civil War and hand-painted by an acclaimed African American artist is going up for auction in Pennsylvania.

The 127th United States Colored Infantry Regiment’s flag depicts a black soldier waving goodbye to Columbia, the white female personification of America, beneath a banner reading, “We Will Prove Ourselves Men.” It was one of at least 11 such flags painted by David Bustill Bowser, an artist, activist and son of a fugitive slave. It’s the only known surviving flag, and is being auctioned off June 13 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Philadelphia.

About 11,000 black union troops trained at Camp William Penn, just outside Philadelphia, on land that belonged to abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Lucretia Mott. They weren’t permitted to join state troops, so federal black regiments were formed, said Joseph Becton, of the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Bowser had a successful banner and sign business in Philadelphia, and was chosen to design regimental flags for those troops. Supervisors at the camp opposed the idea of a black man receiving the commission, but he pleaded his case and was eventually granted the job.

“Bowser’s works were the first widely viewed, positive images of African Americans painted by an African American,” according to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Regiments received such flags after they had completed their training as badges of honor as they moved off to battle or to other assignments, said Dr. John David Smith, the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Smith has written extensively about black troops during the Civil War.

“I do know that African American troops took special pride in these flags,” he said in an email. “Not only did they represent their communities, but they underscored the honor and manhood that serving in the U.S. Army signified to them and the opportunity of Lincoln’s black soldiers in blue to help destroy slavery and to preserve the Union.”

Bowser made flags for the 11 regiments that trained at Camp William Penn. Seven of the flags were given to West Point around 1900 and they were destroyed in the 1940s. Photographs of the destroyed flags still exist.

The 127th Regiment’s battle flag had been on display for years at the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in Philadelphia, but the board recently decided to auction it to help bolster the museum’s finances, said Dr. Andy Waskie, vice president and historian at the museum.

“It’s such an enormously significant relic,” he said. “We were forced with great reluctance to sell it.”

It’s expected to fetch at least $250,000.

Bowser was a well-known artist, successful business owner and anti-slavery activist who began his career as a sign painter in Philadelphia. His early paintings included landscapes, portraits and banners for organizations like firehouse companies and political parties. His most noted works include portraits of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist John Brown.

The images on Bowser’s regimental flags were designed to be inflammatory to Confederate soldiers, Becton said.

For instance, the 127th regiment’s flag from a distance appears to show the black soldier and white woman holding hands, but in fact she’s holding a flagpole and he’s bidding her farewell. The banner for the 22nd regiment showed a black Union soldier pointing his bayonet at the chest of a fallen Confederate soldier who is tossing aside his sword, beneath a banner reading “Sic semper tyrannis,” which translates into “thus always to tyrants.” That was also the motto of Virginia at the time, so it was likely meant to enrage the enemy, Becton said.

“When people saw these images, it was their worst nightmares,” he said.

Bowser’s civil rights work included joining activist Octavius Catto and others in the effort to desegregate Pennsylvania’s streetcars in the late 1860s, Becton said.

He painted several portraits of Lincoln, his most famous from 1865, which he created from an image that was later used on the post-Civil War $5 bill.

Bowser also was involved with the abolition movement and his family home transformed into a stop on the Underground Railroad. He painted the portrait of abolitionist John Brown during his visit to the Bowser family home.

David Harrower, a Philadelphia historian who has written about troops at Camp William Penn and is working on a biography of Bowser, describes him as multifaceted leader in the community: a middle-class member of library and orchestral societies and voting rights groups; in addition to helping fugitive slaves reach freedom by providing them shelter in his home.

“Bowser’s story is important to Philadelphia history, to African-American history and to American history,” he said.

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Last-Minute Plans: 104 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: June 14-16, 2019

An Ice Cream Social Pop-Up, Black Arts Fest, and More $10-and-Under Events

Snag scoops from vendors like Puffle Up (pictured) at the South Lake Union Saturday Market’s Ice Cream Social Pop-Up. Ice Cream Social Pop-Up via Facebook

Panicking because you don’t know what to do this weekend and you’re short on cash? Don’t worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won’t cost more than $10, ranging from Freeway Park in Bloom to the Chase the Light Pop-up Exhibition, and from the Pride edition of Mama’s Thirsty: A Queer Lady Hangout to Black Arts Fest. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar and our list of cheap & easy things to do in Seattle all year long. Plus, check out our list of last-minute and afforable Father’s Day events for this weekend.