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WORLD DAY FOR AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE: OCTOBER 27, 2013

WORLD DAY FOR AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE

Quick Facts

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed on October 27 every year.

Local names

Name Language
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage English
Día Mundial del Patrimonio Audiovisual Spanish

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2013 Theme: “Saving Our Heritage for the Next Generation”

Sunday, October 27, 2013

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build global awareness of issues on preserving audiovisual material, such as sound recordings and moving images.

cutout of 16mm motion picture projectorThe World Day for Audiovisual Heritage explores issues such as ways to preserve audiovisual material and documents.©iStockphoto.com/Michael Kurtz

What do people do?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with organizations, governments and communities promote the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27 each year. Activities and events include:

  • Competitions, such as a logo contest, to promote the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
  • Local programs organized as a joint effort between national film archives, audiovisual societies, television or radio stations, and governments.
  • Panel discussions, conferences, and public talks on the importance of preserving important audiovisual documents.
  • Special film screenings.

Countries previously involved in observing the day included (but were not exclusive to) Canada, Denmark, Thailand, and the United States.

Public life

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Many sound recordings, moving images and other audiovisual material are lost because of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Organizations such as UNESCO felt that more audiovisual documents would be lost if stronger and concerted international action was not taken. A proposal to commemorate a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was approved at a UNESCO general conference in 2005. The first World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was held on October 27, 2007.

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage aims to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken. It also focuses on acknowledging the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.

Symbols

UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. Underneath the temple are the words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”. This logo is often used in promotional material for the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sat Oct 27 2007 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Mon Oct 27 2008 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Tue Oct 27 2009 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Wed Oct 27 2010 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Thu Oct 27 2011 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sat Oct 27 2012 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sun Oct 27 2013 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Mon Oct 27 2014 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Tue Oct 27 2015 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Thu Oct 27 2016 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Fri Oct 27 2017 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sat Oct 27 2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sun Oct 27 2019 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Tue Oct 27 2020 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance

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IN REMEMBRANCE: 10-27-2013

LOU REED, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PIONEER

Chad Batka for The New York Times

Lou Reed performing in New York City in 2009. More Photos »

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Published: October 27, 2013

  • Lou Reed, the singer, songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had an impact on generations of rock musicians, and who remained a powerful if polarizing force for the rest of his life, died on Sunday at his home in Southampton, N.Y., on Long Island. He was 71.
 
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Lou Reed in New York in 2011.

 

The cause was liver disease, said Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Mr. Reed had liver transplant surgery earlier this year and was being treated again until a few days ago.

“I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song,” Mr. Reed once told the journalist Kristine McKenna, “and that you can do serious writing in a rock song if you can somehow do it without losing the beat. The things I’ve written about wouldn’t be considered a big deal if they appeared in a book or movie.”

Mr. Reed played the sport of alienating listeners, defending the right to contradict himself in hostile interviews, to contradict his transgressive image by idealizing sweet or old-fashioned values in word or sound, or to present intuition as blunt logic. But his early work assured him a permanent audience.

The Velvet Underground, which was originally sponsored by Andy Warhol and showcased the songwriting of John Cale, as well as Mr. Reed, wrought gradual but profound impact on the high-I.Q., low-virtuosity stratum of alternative and underground rock around the world.

Joy Division, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith, R.E.M., the Strokes and numerous others were direct descendants. The composer Brian Eno, in an often-quoted interview from 1982, suggested that if the group’s first record sold only 30,000 records during its first five years — a figure probably lower than the reality — “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”

Many of the group’s themes — among them love, sexual deviance, alienation, addiction, joy and spiritual transfiguration — stayed in Mr. Reed’s work through his long run of solo recordings. Among the most noteworthy of those records were “Transformer” (1973), “Berlin” (1973) and “New York” (1992). The most notorious, without question, was “Metal Machine Music” (1975).

Beloved of Mr. Reed and not too many others, “Metal Machine Music” was four sides of electric-guitar feedback strobing between two amplifiers, with Mr. Reed altering the speed of the tape recorder; no singing, no drums, no stated key. At the time it was mostly understood, if at all, as a riddle about artistic intent. Was it his truest self, was it a joke, or was there no difference?

Mr. Reed wrote in the liner notes that “no one I know has listened to it all the way through, including myself,” but he also defended it as the next step after La Monte Young’s early minimalism. “There’s infinite ways of listening to it,” he told the critic Lester Bangs in 1976.

“I was serious about it,” Mr. Reed said of the album more than a decade later. “I was also really stoned.”

Not too long after his first recordings, made at 16 with a doo-wop band in Freeport, N.Y., Mr. Reed started singing outside of the song’s melody, as if he were giving a speech with a fluctuating monotone in his Brooklyn-Queens drawl. That sound, eventually heard with the Velvet Underground on songs like “Heroin,” “Sweet Jane” and in his post-Velvets songs “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Street Hassle” and others, eventually spread outward to become one of the most familiar frequencies in rock. He played lead guitar the same way, hitting against the wall of his limitations.

Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, the composer and performance artist Laurie Anderson.

Dr. Miller said Mr. Reed decided to return to New York after the doctors could no longer treat his end-stage liver disease.

“He died peacefully, with his loved ones around him,” Dr. Miller said. “We did everything we could,” added Dr. Miller, the director of the hospital’s liver transplant program. “He really wanted to be at home.”

Sober since the 1980s, Mr. Reed was a practitioner of Tai Chi. “Lou was fighting right up to the very end,” Dr. Miller said. “He was doing his Tai Chi exercises within an hour of his death, trying to keep strong and keep fighting.”

“I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” Mr. Reed wrote in a public statement upon his release from the hospital. “I am bigger and stronger than ever.” Less than a month later, he wrote a review of Kanye West’s album “Yeezus” for the online publication The Talkhouse, celebrating its abrasiveness and returning once more to “Metal Machine Music” to explain an artist’s deepest motives.

“I have never thought of music as a challenge — you always figure the audience is at least as smart as you are,” he wrote. “You do this because you like it, you think what you’re making is beautiful. And if you think it’s beautiful, maybe they think it’s beautiful.”

Emma G. Fitzsimmons contributed reporting.

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MARCIA WALLACE, ‘SIMPSONS’ VOICE ACTOR

By REUTERS

Published: October 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM ET

  • (Reuters) –  Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel on the Fox show “The Simpsons” and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at 70.

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Marcia Wallace

 

“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” said the show’s executive producer, Al Jean. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”

Ms. Wallace, who had survived breast cancer, died at her home, according to a Fox publicist, Antonia Coffman.

A fellow cast member and voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, wrote a farewell to Wallace on Twitter Saturday morning.

“Cheers to the hilarious, kind, fab Marcia Wallace, who has taken her leave of us. Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia,” Ms. Smith tweeted.

Ms. Wallace won an Emmy for outstanding voice actress in 1992. Her long-running “Simpsons” character Edna Krabappel was Bart Simpson’s jaded, crabby fourth-grade teacher.

Earlier, Ms. Wallace played the chatty receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show.” She also appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and game shows such as “Hollywood Squares” and “The $25,000 Pyramid.”

Mr. Jean had previously hinted about killing off one of the show’s characters.

“Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away,” Mr. Jean said in a statement. “This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”

Ms. Wallace published an autobiography “Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going that Way,” in 2004. Her husband,  Dennis Hawley, died in 1992. She had a son, Michael Hawley.

(Reporting By Noreen O’Donnell; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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HAL NEEDHAM, STUNTMAN AND DIRECTOR OF ACTION FILMS

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Hal Needham, left, with the actors Burt Reynolds, center, and Jerry Reed on the set of “Smokey and the Bandit” in 1977.

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Published: October 26, 2013

  • Hal Needham, a veteran Hollywood stuntman who later embarked on a less risky career as a director of action movies including “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Cannonball Run,” both of which starred his friend Burt Reynolds, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 82.
 

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Mr. Needham accepting a lifetime achievement award.

The death was confirmed by his manager, Laura Lizer, who declined further comment.

During the course of his career, Mr. Needham said in a speech at the Academy Awards in 2012, he broke 56 bones, including his back twice. He punctured a lung, had a shoulder replaced and knocked out several teeth. He invented several new stunt methods and devices — among them the introduction of air bags for breaking falls, prompted by watching pole-vaulters — as “a way to save myself some trips to the hospital,” he said.

“Hal Needham was a great stunt coordinator, director, and an icon,” Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I’m still grateful he took a chance with me in ‘The Villain,’ ” he said, of the 1979 film that Mr. Needham directed. “I’ll miss him.”

Mr. Needham was born in 1931 and, as he told it at the Academy Awards in 2012, raised “way back in the hills of Arkansas during the Great Depression.” His father was a sharecropper. As a boy, Mr. Needham fished and hunted squirrels with a rifle. He later moved with his family to St. Louis.

After his discharge in the 1950s from the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, he began a career that spanned hundreds of movies and television shows across five decades.

In a 2011 interview on the NPR program “Fresh Air,” Mr. Needham said he moved to Southern California after being discharged and went back to pruning trees, what he had done before entering the service. He broke his ankle and, after he recuperated, a fellow former paratrooper got him a stunt job on a television show. His next assignment involved aerial stunts, some upside down, on “The Spirit of St. Louis,” which starred James Stewart.

At first he appeared primarily in television and movie westerns, including “Gunsmoke” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” leaping to and from galloping horses. On one occasion, he said later, he landed so hard on the roof of a stagecoach that he crashed through it. Mr. Needham was also involved in stunt work on “Little Big Man” and “Chinatown,” and he coordinated the stunts for “Have Gun — Will Travel,” starring Richard Boone.

In the 1970s, Mr. Needham turned his attention to car stunts, he said in the NPR interview in 2011, and collaborated often with Mr. Reynolds, whom he had met when they both worked in television. “Smokey and the Bandit” was Mr. Needham’s directorial debut in 1977. He went on to direct 19 other movies.

He won a scientific and engineering Oscar in 1986 for the development of a camera car. Later he was given a governor’s award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “You’re looking at the luckiest man alive,” Mr. Needham said in his acceptance speech.

His memoir, “Stuntman,” was published in 2011.

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

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NOEL HARRISON, ACTOR AND SINGER OF ‘WINDMILLS’

By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK

Published: October 23, 2013

  • Noel Harrison, the actor and folk troubadour best known for his role on the NBC spy drama “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.” and his rendition of the Academy Award-winning song “The Windmills of Your Mind,” died on Sunday in Exeter, England. He was 79.
 

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Noel Harrison and Stefanie Powers in “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.”

 

The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Lori Chapman. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney problems for several years, she said.

Mr. Harrison was the son of the English actor Rex Harrison, a star of “My Fair Lady” and “Doctor Dolittle,” and the first of his father’s six wives, Collette Thomas. He initially resisted acting, he said, because he wanted to distance himself from his father’s reputation.

“I always regarded it with awe and trepidation,” he told The Los Angeles Times in 1968. “Because, I suppose, my father is a famous actor.”

Mr. Harrison focused instead on music and skiing, competing on England’s alpine ski teams at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games and singing folk and calypso songs in nightclubs around Europe. He often performed at the Blue Angel in London, where he was encouraged by a young Paul McCartney.

Mainstream success eluded him, so he moved to the United States in the mid-1960s. His first hit was “A Young Girl,” an English version of Charles Aznavour’s French ballad; it reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. He recorded albums that included Beatles and Bob Dylan songs and appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other television shows.

He was also cast as Mark Slate, a secret-agent sidekick to April Dancer, played by Stefanie Powers, in “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” a spinoff of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” The show was canceled in 1967, but it raised Mr. Harrison’s profile. He went on to perform with the Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher and to appear on shows like “The Mod Squad” and “Mission: Impossible.”

He recorded “The Windmills of Your Mind,” composed by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, in 1968. Heard on the soundtrack of the film “The Thomas Crown Affair,” it won the 1968 Oscar for best original song.

The song did not initially make an impression on Mr. Harrison.

“I went to the studio one afternoon and sang it and pretty much forgot about it,” he wrote on his Web site. “I didn’t realize until later what a timeless, beautiful piece Michel Legrand and the Bergmans had written.” Mr. Harrison missed the chance to perform the song at the Academy Awards ceremony because he was in England filming “Take a Girl Like You,” a comedy based on a novel by Kingsley Amis. (José Feliciano sang in his place.)

He said he never tired of the song, and performed it in his final concert, in Black Dog, England, the Saturday night before he died.

Noel John Christopher Harrison was born in London on Jan. 29, 1934. His parents divorced in 1940, and he left school as a teenager to ski in the Swiss Alps.

He lived in Los Angeles during the peak of his career, but left in the early 1970s for a farm in Nova Scotia. While there he hosted “Take Time,” a music show for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

He returned to Los Angeles for the tour of his one-man show, “Adieu, Jacques … ,” about the singer Jacques Brel, before moving back to England. At his death he lived in Ashburton, in southwest England.

Mr. Harrison’s first two marriages, to the former Sara Tufnell and Margaret Harrison, ended in divorce.

In addition to Ms. Chapman, he is survived by two daughters, Cathryn Harrison-Laing and Harriet Harrison-Roger; a son, Simon; and a stepdaughter, Zoe Humphreys, from his first marriage. He is also survived by a son, Will, and a daughter, Chloe Harrison-Bayes, from his second marriage; two half-brothers, Carey Harrison and Richard Butler; and four grandchildren.

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BOB GREENE, PIANIST AND JELLY ROLL MORTON DEVOTEE

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Published: October 24, 2013

  • Bob Greene, a pianist who was so besotted by the controlled yet fevered jazz of Jelly Roll Morton that he abandoned a writing career to perform the Jelly Roll canon and spread the Jelly Roll gospel, died on Oct. 13 at his home in Amagansett, N.Y. He was 91.
 

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Bob Greene led a concert of Jelly Roll Morton’s music at Alice Tully Hall in 1974.

 

The cause was lung cancer, said Diane Fehring Reynolds, a friend.

“If there were such a thing, Greene would hold the Jelly Roll Morton Chair of Music at an Ivy League college,” Whitney Balliett, The New Yorker’s longtime jazz critic, wrote in The Atlantic in 1998.

Such was Mr. Greene’s devotion to Morton, a swaggering, seminal figure in jazz — pianist, bandleader and “the first important jazz composer,” according to The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz — that he viewed his task as not simply to play Morton’s music but also to recreate it, performing and recording the music as Morton himself did.

“He gets inside Morton’s music,” Mr. Balliett wrote.

Morton was born in the late 19th century in New Orleans and grew up in the city’s distinctive musical atmosphere. In his playing and writing he drew from it, fusing ragtime, the blues, spirituals and Latin music from the Caribbean into songs that were contained by compositional form and yet exuded an earthy drive.

In the late 1920s he put together a band known as the Red Hot Peppers and recorded songs with them that melded composition and improvisation, with each of the brass, woodwind and rhythm players getting to show his stuff within the framework of Morton’s writing.

Through the 1970s and ’80s, Mr. Greene toured the country and the world as a Jelly Roll evangelist, bringing Morton’s music to France, Denmark, England and Japan, both as a solo pianist and as a bandleader. He can be heard playing Morton’s music on the soundtrack of Louis Malle’s 1978 film, “Pretty Baby,” about a girl — Brooke Shields in her first role — raised in a New Orleans brothel, circa 1917. “There’s such a vitality to his music,” Mr. Greene told the online arts magazine Joyzine. “Yet it’s not wild — it’s contained by the forms in which Jelly wrote: the limited harmonies, the very formal three-part structure of his songs, the fact that each song could only last about three minutes.” He added, “It can get very hot, yet it never explodes because it’s locked into these restrictions. Within these imposed boundaries, it’s almost Mozartean in its magnificence.”

Mr. Greene was introduced to Morton’s music in the 1940s — Morton died in 1941 — and though he was a serious, self-taught amateur musician, he never planned to be a professional. Rather, he made a living writing documentaries for radio and television. But as he told the story, his career pivoted in June 1968; he was about to join Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign for the presidency when Kennedy was assassinated.

“When Bobby got shot, I realized that the time had come for me to get into music full time,” he told Joyzine. “Certainly if he had lived I wouldn’t have devoted myself to Jelly the way that I have.”

By 1969 he was playing recitals of Morton’s music in New Orleans. In 1973 he introduced his own version of the Red Hot Peppers at Lincoln Center as part of the Newport Jazz Festival in New York. The next year the band returned to Lincoln Center, where, John S. Wilson wrote in The New York Times, it “not only played ‘those little black dots,’ as Mr. Morton always instructed his musicians, but projected the flavor of Mr. Morton’s music — the breaks, the slurs, the accents, the coloring.”

Robert Stern Greenstein was born on Sept. 4, 1922, to Oscar Greenstein, who ran a textile concern, and the former Elsa Stern, and grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. His father’s business foundered after the stock market crash in 1929, and the family’s circumstances were considerably reduced for a time, but Mr. Greenstein remade his fortune with a company that made name tags. The father changed the family name sometime after 1939, Ms. Reynolds said.

Mr. Greene graduated from Columbia in 1943 and began writing documentaries for radio and then television, winning Writers Guild awards in 1957 and 1962 for history-based radio scripts. In 1964, writing for Voice of America, the federal government’s broadcast network, he was nominated again. Mr. Greene taught from 1954 to 1962 in the dramatic arts department at Columbia, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater arts in 1958. He leaves no immediate survivors.

“If it was once done so perfectly, why do it again?” Mr. Greene once asked aloud, voicing perhaps the most obvious question about his devotion to Jelly Roll Morton. “I can only say: Because there’s beauty there, there’s excitement, there’s love. If that can be transmitted to a live audience, some of the aroma of the original happens again.”

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CARTOON OF THE DAY: THE REPUBLICANS – NEVER SURRENDER

never surrender

Copyright Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist.

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SKYWATCH: COMET OUTBURST, SOLAR ECLIPSE COMING SOON, AND MORE

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V. Tilvi (Texas A&M), S. Finkelstein (UT Austin), the CANDELS team, and HST / NASA

A Galaxy Near Cosmic Dawn

October 25, 2013                                                                | Astronomers have confirmed that light from a distant galaxy is reaching us from about 700 million years after the Big Bang. The galaxy’s emission hints that star formation during that era might have proceeded at a much faster rate than previously thought. > read more

 

Planck Spacecraft Shut Down

October 23, 2013                                                                | After four years of exquisite observations, the latest mission to study the universe’s earliest light has been shuttered. But this end is a happy one and comes with a significant cosmological legacy. > read more

 

Why Do We Call Them “Asteroids”?

October 25, 2013                                                                | When astronomers discovered the first objects orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, at first they didn’t know what to call them. Today we know them as asteroids, and the creator of that term has finally been identified. > read more

 

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Comet 2012 X1 (LINEAR) in outburst on October 22, 2013

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Surprise! Amateur Astronomers Report a Comet Outburst

October 23, 2013                                                                | Next door to Comet ISON in the eastern pre-dawn sky, Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) has without warning exploded from magnitude 14 to magnitude 8. > read more

 

November 3rd’s Rare Solar Eclipse

October 14, 2013                                                                | Syzygially speaking, the year’s big event is a “hybrid” solar eclipse with a path that zooms across the Atlantic Ocean and central Africa. Lucky viewers along the Eastern Seaboard can (carefully) view a partial solar eclipse at dawn.  > read more

 

Tour October’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

September 27, 2013                                                                  | Venus blazes low in the west at sunset, while Jupiter rules the late-night sky. This month also features a penumbral lunar eclipse, a minor meteor shower, and the Great Worldwide Star Count. > read more

 

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Announcing the Comet ISON Photo Contest

October 24, 2013                                                                | Sky & Telescope is now accepting submissions to the Comet ISON Photo Contest! > read more

 

Preserving an Astronomical Legacy

October 22, 2013                                                                  | More than 220,000 fragile glass plates of yesteryear’s night sky are now being preserved forever in digital form.  > read more

 

Professionals and Amateurs Get Together

October 21, 2013                                                                  | Astronomers are building new pro-am collaborations and actively seeking participants in these projects. > read more

 

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

November 3rd's partial solar eclipse at sunrise

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance

October 18, 2013                                                                  | Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns, Jupiter shines late, and the waning Moon leaves the evening sky dark for deep-sky hunts. > read more

 

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. . . .AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: “KILLER OF SHEEP” (1979)

Killer of Sheep is a 1979 American film written, directed, produced, edited and filmed by Charles Burnett with sound by Charles Bracy. Filmed in 1977, it was released by Milestone Films, in collaboration with Audio Mechanics, with funding by the Ahmanson Foundation, and in association with the Sundance Institute. It has an Aspect Ratio of 1:33:1, and is in B&W, running at approximately 81 minutes.

The film features the following:

CAST

Stan ……………………………………………………………………..Henry Gayle Sanders

Stan’s Wife…………………………………………………………….Kaycee Moore

Bracy …………………………………………………………………….Charles Bracy

Stan’s Daughter ……………………………………………………..Angela Burnett

Eugene…………………………………………………………………..Eugene Cherry

Stan’s Son ……………………………………………………………..Jack Drummond

The drama depicts the culture of urban Black Americans in Los Angeles’ Watts district. Writer/Director Charles Burnett submitted his first feature, Killer of Sheep, as his thesis for his MFA in film at UCLA. The film was shot on location near his family’s home in Watts over a series of weekends on a shoestring budget of less than $10,000, most of which was grant money. The film’s style is often likened to Italian neo-realism.

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Set in the Black ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s, the film looks at the life of Stan, who works in an abattoir where sheep are slaughtered. Through a series of events, we see a picture of a hard working-class life for Stan, his wife, and friends:  two friends try to involve Stan in a crime, a white woman molests Stan in a store, and Stan and his friend Bracy (Charles Bracy) buy a car engine, only to have it become damaged.

KILLER OF SHEEP (1977)

One scene in particular stands out:  as you watch the film where friends of Stan’s are sitting in a vehicle, keep your eye on the can of Schlitz beer to the left. It will give you laugh.

Through Stan’s eyes, we see a man who is sensitive, but is becoming distant from his loving wife, as the repetitive and numbing effects of working at the abattoir begins to takes its toll on him. Burdened down with financial problems, he takes solace in the small moments of simple things: slow dancing with his wife, a warm teacup against his cheek, and holding his daughter and bonding with her. The film gives no solutions to the problems that Stan and his family face, it merely gives us a picture of their lives, sometimes desolate, sometimes happy.

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KILLER OF SHEEP (1977)

Upon its completion the film could not be released because the filmmakers had not secured rights to the music used in the film, which included Louis Armstrong, Earth, Wind & Fire’s ReasonDinah Washington’s This Bitter Earth, and Paul Robeson’s The House I Live In. In 2007 the rights to the music were purchased at a cost of  $150,000 USD. The film was restored and transferred from a 16mm to a 35mm print. Killer of Sheep received a limited release 30 years after it was completed, with the DVD released on November 13, 2007.

At the time of its release in 1979, the film received rave reviews from critics, heralding it as an American masterpiece.

Killer of Sheep was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as one of the 100 Essential Films. In 1990, Killer of Sheep was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

I now present Killer of Sheep in its entirety.

Enjoy.

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WORLD DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION DAY: OCTOBER 24, 2013

WORLD DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION DAY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) World Development Information Day falls on October 24 each year.

Local names

Name Language
World Development Information Day English
Día Mundial de Información sobre el Desarrollo Spanish

World Development Information Day 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

World Development Information Day 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

The United Nations’ (UN) World Development Information Day is annually held on October 24 to draw attention of worldwide public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.

World Development Information Day activities attract the media, including television journalists.©iStockphoto.com/acitore

What do people do?

Many events are organized to focus attention on the work that the UN does, particularly with regard to problems of trade and development. Many of these are aimed at journalists working for a range of media, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines and Internet sites. Direct campaigns may also be organized in some areas. These may use advertisements in newspapers and on radio and television as well as posters in public places.

In South Africa, indabas (gatherings of community representatives with expertise in a particular area) are often held. Representatives of local, national and international bodies are invited to share, discuss and consolidate their ideas around a particular development issue of local or national importance.

Public life

World Development Information Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On May 17, 1972, the UN Conference on Trade and Development proposed measures for the information dissemination and the mobilization of public opinion relative to trade and development problems. These became known as resolution 3038 (XXVII), which was passed by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 1972.

This resolution called for introducing World Development Information Day to help draw the attention of people worldwide to development problems. A further aim of the event is to explain to the general public why it is necessary to strengthen international cooperation to find ways to solve these problems. The assembly also decided that the day should coincide with United Nations Day to stress the central role of development in the UN’s work. World Development Information Day was first held on October 24, 1973, and has been held on this date each year since then.

In recent years, many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information technologies, such as Internet and mobile telephones can play in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development. One of the specific aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people and this change may help to further this aim.

World Development Information Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Oct 24 1990 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 24 1991 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 24 1992 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 24 1993 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 24 1994 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 24 1995 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 24 1996 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 24 1997 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 24 1998 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 24 1999 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 24 2000 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 24 2001 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 24 2002 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 24 2003 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 24 2004 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 24 2005 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 24 2006 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 24 2007 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 24 2008 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 24 2009 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 24 2010 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 24 2011 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 24 2012 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 24 2013 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 24 2014 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 24 2015 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 24 2016 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 24 2017 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 24 2018 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 24 2019 World Development Information Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 24 2020 World Development Information Day United Nations observance

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HATEWATCH: CITY COUNCIL MEETING IN LEITH, N.D., DISRUPTED BY DRUNKEN NEO-NAZI

City Council Meeting in Leith, N.D., Disrupted by Drunken Neo-Nazi

Ryan Lenz on October 21, 2013

A white supremacist who moved to the tiny North Dakota town of Leith two weeks ago was forcibly removed from a city council meeting last weekend after he arrived drunk and began confronting town residents.

Law enforcement officers were called to remove Kynan Dutton, 29, last Friday as officials were reviewing a moratorium (later approved) on new construction until the community can pass zoning and building codes, The Bismarck Tribune reported. According to those who were present, Dutton was confrontational, profane and making racist comments to people.

“I’ve never heard insults so profane, especially with kids present,” councilman Lee Cook told the Tribune. “It was way off the scope.”

The moratorium is a direct result of a white supremacist plan to take over the town and build a “racially conscious,” all-white community. The plan, first discovered by Hatewatch, began when Craig Cobb started quietly buying properties last year to encourage a flood of white nationalists to move to Leith and take over city and county government. Town officials since have struggled to control the situation in any way they can.

“If they want an influx of people and double the population, we need some kind of organization to go with it,” Leith Mayor Ryan Schock warned.

Officials hired attorney Tom Kelsch to prepare the moratorium, update ordinances and create zoning and land-use documents – all of which have been have been absent for years – to prevent people from moving into the many abandoned buildings Cobb owns.

Keith Johnson, administrator of the Custer District Health Unit, told the Tribune that there were no legal means to force Cobb or anyone to put water and sewer in his residence because neither Grant County nor Leith has standard building codes. State plumbing codes define how water and sewer should be installed but do not specify that they are required, Johnson said. The moratorium is designed to give the town time to fix that.

Dutton, an Iraq war veteran, and his wife, Deborah – members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement – were the first to answer Cobb’s call. They moved from Oregon to Leith on Oct. 5 with their five children and into a two-story home owned by Cobb. The home has no running water or sewer, and Dutton is using space heaters as the temperature turns.

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Sometimes it is better to just be point-blank in city ordinances that would be proactive in preventing such hate as this from getting a foothold into communities like Leith, N.D., which are like sitting ducks for racists such as Dutton. If such laws (“Officials hired attorney Tom Kelsch to prepare the moratorium, update ordinances and create zoning and land-use documents – all of which have been have been absent for years – to prevent people from moving into the many abandoned buildings Cobb owns.”) were already in place, it would be much harder for the likes of Dutton and his ilk to come in and wreak havoc and destruction.

Hopefully the moratorium now put in place may help this town.

God knows they will need it.

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