2 Specialized happy hours to spice up your snow day eve

January 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Posted in activism | 1 Comment
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Two events for anyone looking for something to do (and willing to brave the weather) tonight:  

 

Smoke Free Stl is having a happy hour and fundraiser at the Royale tonight, going from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.  Admission is a $10 donation, which provides free appetizers, and the first ten in the door get free t-shirts.   I’m a supporter of theirs, and might be stopping by tonight.

 

In other news, there’s an open invitation for members of the Saint Louis film/video community to come to HOME Nightclub inside Ameristar Casino.  Admission is free, and there’s cheap drinks, so if you’re a filmmaker looking for something to do tonight, check it out

News About Other Films, and Human Rights

December 8, 2008 at 2:54 am | Posted in activism, Chris Maue, film, stl, Theater | 2 Comments
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In keeping with the constant stream of film review posts that Brian has been faithfully putting up for the last few days, I’ve got a few events you might want to keep your eye on as well –

Doerr Center for Social Justice Education is sponsoring a showing of Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “What Would Jesus Buy.”  The event is at 1:30 in the Carlo Auditorium of Tegler Hall, 3550 Lindell Blvd.  The Showing is free, and open to the public.

Also, don’t miss Amnesty International’s Sponsored Showing of “Invisible Children.”  at  Lafayette High School from 6pm until 8pm, on Thursday the 11th.  If you haven’t seen this film yet, make a point to – it’s a real eye opener.

December 10th is International Human Rights Day, as well as A Day Without Gay – a day to protest discrimination based on sexual orientation, by not showing up to work and calling in ‘Gay’.

There are some pretty cool events going on in town, including a Day Without Gay Teach-in hosted on December 10th at the Tivoli Theater in the Loop.  The event starts at 9am, and Concludes around 4pm, with a free screening of “Milk.”  More details can be found at http://showmenohate.blogspot.com/

Finally, The Webster Film Series will be showing “Christmastime On Mars,” the psychadelic freak out Christmas feature, made over the course of six years by the Flaming Lips.   The film features amazing performances by the band, especially Wayne Coyne as the alien superbeing that saves Christmas.   The film shows December 12th, and 13th at 9pm, and the 14th at  7pm.  General admission is $6.

More info on many of these events, as well as other happenings this week in St. Louis, can be found at the Show Me Progress Blog

Rainbows Flying on a Chilly Afternoon

November 18, 2008 at 8:19 pm | Posted in activism, blogs, Lauren Kirkwod | 1 Comment
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The Saint Louis weather brought on one of the coldest afternoons of the season to Proposition 8 protesters at the Old Courthouse on Saturday November 15. Despite from the numbing air, the rally against the California amendment to ban gay marriage brought over 1,000  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allied participants from the community.

Last May, California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on the grounds that a ban would discriminate based on sexual orientation.  It would violate human rights. On November 4, California voted to ban gay marriage and end the near six month reign of love and equality.

Saint Louis activists brought homemade signs and waved rainbow flags in an effort to create collaboration and awareness in a peaceful stance against hate. Religious and State officials from the region took to the podium including; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Missouri State Senator Joan Bray, St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Greene, Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Reverend Susan Drake.  High schoolers Crosby Franklin and Alexa James spoke genuinely to the crowd about indifference, family bonds, love and the prospective future of gay marriage.

Though the protest was about focused primarily around Proposition 8, my thoughts were of Missouri. Missouri overwhelming voted against gay marriage in 2004. I echo Alexa James, “It’s 2008 people, come on.”  Where is the love in the heart of the United States?

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