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Martha Graham’s advice to fellow dancer & choreographer Agnes de Mille

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Miranda July. April 11, 2016 · 

(Martha Graham’s advice to fellow dancer & choreographer Agnes de Mille)

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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 188

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

“Born in the USA,” Bruce Springsteen. People usually think this song is about: Being uber patriotic. But it’s really about: Casting a critical and mournful eye on America and its involvement in war.

“Imagine,” John Lennon. People usually think this is about: A gentle musing on peace and global unity. But it’s really about: Radical, revolutionary ideas on how to achieve that peace.

“Semi-Charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind. People usually think this is about: The desire to rise above the pitfalls of life. But it’s really about: Drug addiction.

“American Pie,” Don McLean. People usually think this is about: Having some sort of whiskey-fueled karaoke night with friends. (In other words, they have no idea.) But it’s really about: The end of an era.

“Closing Time,” Semisonic. People usually think this is about: What’ll come next after last call at the bar. But it’s really about: Childbirth

“Time of Your Life,” Green Day. People usually think this is about: Offering someone best wishes for their future. But it’s really about: Telling an ex-girlfriend not to let the door hit her on the way out.

“Slide,” the Goo Goo Dolls. People usually think this is about: Being in love. But it’s really about: Abortion.

“It Was a Good Day,” Ice Cube. People usually think this is about: An epic 24 hours that took place in either November 1988 or January 1992. But it’s really about: The dream of having a day without police harassment and gun violence.

“Mother and Child Reunion,” Paul Simon. People usually think this is about: The intense connection between a mother and her offspring. But it’s really about: Chinese food

“Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett. People usually think this is about: A general anthem for rebels. But it’s really about: Joan Jett fighting past rejection.

“You’re Beautiful,” has nothing to do with a loving, body-positive relationship and everything to do with a stalker who’s stoned out of his mind.

Tree satyagraha (tree hugging) to prevent the tree of being cut down?

Shou sayerlon hal Mawarina? 3aja2et fi Deir Mar Maroun bil Koneitra (Al Metn). fata7o al salon kaman. Wa ma fi shortet sayr ta ye 7al7el al a3j2at

Fi 3enna 12 kaniseh. Bass kellon taffou 3a Mar Maroun. Saar al Marouni 3endo direction, with a bleak destiny

Samir Gea3ja 3endo Alzheimer: 3ayesh bil maadi, Hafez, Saddam… wa taghyeer jaayeh min 3endo. Hal kaal shi marra enno “Israel 3adou al sha3b al Loubnani”?

Tawwashouna: Mar Maroun al mou7eb, al ra7oum, al raheem. Yelleh dereh dereh, yalleh ma deref bi2oul kaf 3adass

Genesis Prize cancels ceremony after 2018 winner Natalie Portman said she won’t visit Israel

Natalie Portman speaking onstage during the Vulture Festival LA at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., Nov. 19, 2017. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

This is a developing story.

(JTA) — The Genesis Prize announced it was canceling its prize ceremony in Israel in June after 2018 recipient Natalie Portman said she would not take part in light of “recent events.”

On Thursday, the Genesis Prize Foundation, which awards what it calls the “Jewish Nobel,” said it was “very saddened” that the Israeli-American actress would not take part in the ceremony.

The foundation said that Portman’s representative notified it that “[r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

The Genesis Prize Foundation cancelled the prize ceremony, saying in a statement that its organizers “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”

Portman did not specify which events caused her distress, although the United Nations and the European Union recently called for investigations into the use of live ammunition by Israel’s military following clashes along the border with Gaza that have left 40 Palestinians dead and 3,000 wounded, mostly shot in the legs

Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence on Thursday. (This is called Al Nakba (Catastrophe) because 700,000 Palestinians were forced to transfer to other nearby countries as refugees)

In November, the Genesis Prize announced that Portman would receive its 2018 award, which comes with a cash prize that recipients may direct toward causes of their choice.

She joins artist Anish Kapoor, violinist Itzhak Perlman, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor-director Michael Douglas as winners of the $1 million prize, which “honors individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people.”

Genesis said in December Portman’s prize money had been doubled to $2 million by a donation by Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn. The foundation did not indicate whether Portman would still receive the prize money in light of her announcement.

The Genesis Prize was established by Mikhail Fridman and other wealthy Russian-Jewish businessmen and operates in a partnership with Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

In 2009, Portman joined other Hollywood stars in protesting calls for a boycott against the Toronto International Film Festival for its staging of a Tel Aviv-themed event.

She also directed and starred in a Hebrew-language adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz’s memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” In a statement following the Genesis Prize announcement in November, Portman said she is “proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage.”

In 2015, following the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she said she was “very, very upset and disappointed.”

“I find his racist comments horrific,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “However, I don’t — what I want to make sure is, I don’t want to use my platform [the wrong way]. I feel like there’s some people who become prominent, and then it’s out in the foreign press. You know, shit on Israel. I do not. I don’t want to do that.”

Note: Yesterday, Friday 20, 2018, Israel shot dead 12 Palestinians and injured 800 by live bullets. In April, Israel snipers shot dead 40 Palestinians and injured 3,000 with live bullets during these weekly “March for Return to Homeland”.


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