Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka: Festivus in Pink

Roy Zimmerman is a guitarist, songwriter, and satirist, and the founder of the Southern California folk quartet The Foremen
Zimmerman's fourth CD is a Holiday offering called PeaceNick. It's Lefty, Pacifist, Humanist satire celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace in a time of pre-emptive war. The disc takes a snipe at militaristic merchandising with "Buy War Toys for Christmas," and thumbs its nose at the War on Christmas - an absurd notion promoted by Bill O'Reilly and his ilk - with the Happy Holidays song "Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa." The Dylan-esque "Christmas is Pain," another Zimmerman classic in the mold of another Zimmerman, receives wide airplay every Holiday Season.
In its 14th year, “The Festival of Festivals” provides a rare occasion of unity for Arabs and Jews Residents of Wadi Nisnas, the majority-Arab working-class neighborhood that hosts the festival.Israel and others around the world can learn a lot from their community and from the city of Haifa, a mixed Arab-Jewish city.
At the heart of the "Festival of Festivals" event, a new exhibition called "Hard Labor" will be presented in the Beit Hagefen Gallery and on the streets of Wadi Nisnas. The "Hard Labor" exhibition is devoted to a study of the types of work carried out by women. The exhibits displayed in the exhibition cast an investigative glance at women and the types of work that they do. The exhibition crosschecks gender, ethnicity and status. The exhibition will focus on the many meanings of the concept "female" labor and will include within it diverse works of art, including videos, paintings, photographs, sculptures and exhibits.(..more>>)

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