Tonight in St. Louis, TBP plays The Rite of Spring following chamber music performances of Stravinsky including the marvelous Septet. The concert is free.
Thanks to Anthony Dean-Harris for a long column about TBP in Austin. Long live the blog! There's no other way to be "seen" like this anymore.
At the end of Anthony's piece there's listing of upcoming TBP gigs. The only non-TBP thing I'm doing before the end of the year is next Wednesday and Thursday, October 9 and 10, when I play improvised music at Smalls with Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, and Sam Newsome.
I don't really have a smart comment on Tom Clancy's passing, just as I didn't have one on Vince Flynn's. Weird that the two top conservative thriller writers died so young and in close succession.
Flynn really was pretty evil and divisive. Clancy wasn't, at least not most of the time. But I could never get through one of Clancy's overstuffed, badly-written doorstops. Eventually I suspect only the best of his movie adaptations will survive. Recently I discovered Alistair MacLean, who predates Clancy exactly: the same noble heroes, the same technology-driven plots, the same pro-military politics, but all done with much more literary verve.
Unlike me, Alssya Rosenberg enjoyed reading Clancy, and offers an interesting take on his politics at ThinkProgress. I admit that if we had Jack Ryan making the rounds in DC this week, probably the Government would be open and the worst, most shockingly self-involved members of the Republican Party would be shamed into being more humble.
Movie recommendation: Cabin in the Woods. Because I thought it was a horror movie, I didn't see this until recently. I've now seen it five times, and can pretty much quote the whole thing.
The New Folk Art continues with Glenn Gould shreds. Man! That really sounds like me, especially 27 seconds in. Did Berlin Shred transcribe one of my records?