September 16, 2010
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the HFStival was a summit for area alt-rock lovers. Organized by the late WHFS-FM, the festival boasted acts such as the Violent Femmes, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay, as well as myriad local and regional bands. It was many firsts for many people: Their first concert, their first time crowd surfing, their first time in a mosh pit. Saturday, the HFStival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion , the site of the last HFStival in 2006.
July 12, 2009
Last weekend, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre opened Quilters: The Musical, which celebrates American womanhood as told through the experiences of 19th-century pioneer women. In the current issue of Applause, co-author and composer/lyricist Barbara Damashek describes Quilters "as a theatrical event of the early 1980s, a piece of oral history and feminist musical theater. ... It was one of the earlier explorations in the '80s of the use of oral history and monology as the source for plays."
November 8, 2008
Studs Terkel, who died on the last day of October at his home in Chicago, made an art of oral history. He was a character and a treasure and, in his own words, a uniquely American voice. What has happened to the human voice? Vox Humana. Hollering, shouting, quiet talking, buzz. I was leaving the airport, this is in Atlanta. You know, you leave the gate, you take a train that took you to concourse of your choice. And I get into this train. Dead silence. Few people seated or standing. Up above you hear a voice.
April 2, 2008
To learn more about attending the "Baltimore '68 Riots and Rebirth" conference at the University of Baltimore, go to www.ubalt.edu/baltimore68 or call 410-837-4079. If you are interested in providing an oral history of your experiences from April 1968, call 410-837-5296.
November 4, 2007
Touch and Go By Studs Terkel New Press / 270 pages / $24.95 In the beginning, before blogs, there was Studs Terkel, who, more than anyone else in what Time-Life founder Henry Luce called the American Century, gave the great mass of Americans who were not Henry Luce a way to be heard. "I have, after a fashion, been celebrated for having celebrated the lives of the uncelebrated among us; for lending voice to the face in the crowd," Terkel, now 95, writes in Touch and Go, his new memoir.
September 21, 2007
Two weeks ago on Real Time With Bill Maher, it was shocking to hear Mos Def, maybe the best actor in pictures today, express his belief that Sept. 11 was an inside job and the moon landing was a set-up. In the Shadow of the Moon, a vibrant documentary on the Apollo missions, is so inspiring it could turn conspiracy theorists like Mos Def into true believers. It's both irrefutably concrete and irresistibly uplifting. The British director David Sington uses stunning archival footage and a string of interviews with astronauts to construct a personal history of the race to beat the Soviets to the moon that has the buildup, velocity, setbacks and catharses of a classic drama.