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Donald Trump’s History of Racism

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Trump's History of Racism

On Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump described some neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville as "very fine people." His defense of racists was not a surprise to readers of an incisive article by The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan, who wrote earlier on that darkly memorable day, "Trump doesn't like being forced to denounce racism for the very simple reason that he himself is, and always has been, a racist."

Despite the killing of an anti-Nazi protester in Charlottesville, some politicians are peculiarly interested in defending drivers who injure people involved in protests. Reporters Zaid Jilani and Lee Fang wrote about bills that have been proposed in many states, largely in response to Black Lives Matter and Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations, that would provide special immunity to drivers who kill protesters.

Peter Maass
Senior Editor
Donald Trump Has Been a Racist All His Life — and He Isn't Going to Change After Charlottesville
Mehdi Hasan
Much of the media has overlooked the fact that Trump doesn't like being forced to denounce racism for the very simple reason that he himself is, and always has been, a racist.
 
Backed by Police Unions, Legislators Stand By Laws to Protect Drivers Who Kill Protesters
Zaid Jilani, Lee Fang
Lawmakers who previously pushed to shield drivers who killed protesters with moving vehicles are largely standing by their various efforts.
 

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Friday, August 18, 2017

White House staff on edge — one more resignation could set off a mass exodus: report

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Dave Chappelle, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Total Solar Eclipse, Mulatu Astatke + Emel Mathlouthi, Speak Up, Rise Up + More: Datebook 8/18 - 8/24/2017

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      FRIDAY
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Wonder Women of the Marital Arts

Women who kick ass have long been in vogue, but the conversation surrounding these heroines is normally reserved for Western examples — just look at the attention paid to the recent releases of Wonder Woman and Atomic Blonde.   (Read More)

 FOOD & DRINK 

Sip. Shop. Eat.

For those who get cranky while shopping because there's too much browsing and not enough devouring, this might be an ideal solution.    (Read More)

          FILM          

Please Believe Me

Legendary producer Val Lewton signed his name to only fourteen movies, but his departure from RKO after 1946 split his career as decisively as Dylan going electric: Deprived of RKO's singular consonance of freedom, scarcity, and illusion-crafting resourcefulness, his post-Bedlam pictures leave one struggling to suss out hints of the old pepper.    (Read More)

 FOOD & DRINK 

Flushing Night Out

As commercial rents continue to rise across the city, small, independently owned businesses are getting pushed out again and again. But here's a celebration in honor of those establishments that, against the odds, have managed to soldier on — those restaurants and shops that help compose the veritable fabric of the city.   (Read More)

         TALKS         

The Handmaid and the Hound

Do you ever scroll through the trending topics on Twitter and think, I see that our world deserves to crash into the sun, and yet these Tweets have not fully satiated my need for dystopian stories?     (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Mary J. Blige

The best possible ending to a summer Friday at the beach is seeing r&b legend Mary J. Blige out in Coney Island.   
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         MUSIC         

Billy Hart Quartet

As a sideman, drummer Billy Hart played on some of the heaviest, headiest jazz albums of the late Sixties and early Seventies, including Karma by Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi, and the Miles Davis psych-bop classic On the Corner.   (Read More)

         MUSIC         

John Maus

John Maus has always been more than his music. The hyper-intellectual experimental performer is known for lo-fi new wave–y tunes laden with distortion and lyrics concerned with subject matter that ranges from the extreme (like his desire to kill cops) to the mundane (like the need to get a job).   (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Four Tet

Kieran Hebden, the U.K. producer known as Four Tet, has spent his career exploring the contemplative side of dance music, experimenting with genres as diverse as post-rock and jungle.   (Read More)
   SATURDAY
         8/19         
PHOTO: CAIT ELLIOTT / JUSTIN DANFORTH
     FESTIVALS     

Speak Up, Rise Up

Ira Glass calls stories "machines for empathy." The first-ever edition of the Speak Up, Rise Up festival ignites that machine, spotlighting storytellers of different backgrounds who have lived narratives that don't often get told.    (Read More)

        BEACH        

Riis Bazaar Beach Pass

We're approaching the heart of summer, and if you need an added incentive to get to the beach before Labor Day, here's a good deal that's going on all season long.     (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Warm Up

Somewhere during the two-decade run of MoMA P.S.1's summer music series, the spread of global DJ culture turned what started as an artsy experimental showcase into the best place in New York to spot Bushwick artists and Murray Hill finance bros mingling happily in beat-driven bliss.    (Read More)

        DANCE        

Dance at Socrates

The sculpture park on the Queens side of the East River has opened itself, not just to free performances by visiting dance companies, but to week-long residencies, organized by Norte Maar, featuring two choreographers at a time.    (Read More)

 FOOD & DRINK 

Flushing Night Out

As commercial rents continue to rise across the city, small, independently owned businesses are getting pushed out again and again. But here's a celebration in honor of those establishments that, against the odds, have managed to soldier on — those restaurants and shops that help compose the veritable fabric of the city.   (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Heathered Pearls + Physical Therapy + Beta Librae + Ciarra Black

Jakub Alexander, the producer known as Heathered Pearls, has a dual musical personality. He's best known for his ambient, beatless electronic compositions, like those found on his enveloping 2012 album, Loyal.    (Read More)
     SUNDAY
         8/20         
PHOTO: COURTESY THE ARTIST AND KIMBERLY-KLARK
           ART           

Clark Filio: Betrayla and Vengeance

Upon stepping into Kimberly-Klark — a collaborative art space located in the burgeoning Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood — one quivers at the eccentricity of the wall-to-wall carpet accentuating "Betrayal and Vengeance," Brooklyn-based artist Clark Filio's New York debut, comprising six variously sized oil-on-canvas paintings.   (Read More)

          FILM          

The Man in the White Suit

The most quintessentially English films produced shortly after the Second World War came from Ealing Studios, and three of the most quintessentially Ealing films were directed by Alexander Mackendrick, a Bostonian by birth.   (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Mulatu Astatke + Emel Mathlouthi

With its rolling 6/8 grooves, bulbous orchestral arrangements, funky horn parts, and remarkable singers, Ethiopian pop music's so-called golden age (1969– 74) bears scant resemblance to any other contemporary African sound.    (Read More)
     MONDAY
         8/21         
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          FILM          

Rio Bravo

Not long into his Hollywood career, Howard Hawks got wise to the advantages of producing his own projects; that he was a top earner allowed his conditions of empowerment to endure well into the nascent independent-producer era of the Sixties.   
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           ART           

Anish Kapoor: Descension

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          FILM          

Summer Double Features

With temperatures sweltering, Film Forum offers solace to city denizens with over two dozen choice double features.   
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      SCIENCE      

Total Solar Eclipse

Even though the narrow, so-called "path of totality" veers south as it crosses the United States, stretching from the Oregon Coast to South Carolina, New York will still get a great view of Monday's spectacular cosmic event.  (Read More)

        DANCE        

Drive East

This peripatetic festival, produced by Navatman, mounts several shows a day of Indian music and dance, including gorgeous practitioners of classic Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Kathak, as well as Rajasthani folk forms, Carnatic and Hindustani vocalists, and instrumentalists on the sitar, guitar, and tabla.    (Read More)
    TUESDAY
         8/22         
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       COMEDY       

Brooklyn Comedy Festival

Brooklyn's alternative comedy scene can hardly be deemed "alternative" anymore, considering the fast ascension of some of this festival's past luminaries.  (Read More)

           ART           

The Art of Spider-Man

If there's one superhero you expect to see on a wall, it's Spider-Man — and now, he's all over the walls of the Society of Illustrators.     (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Shelley Hirsch

Where most singers attempt to unify and enthrall audiences, vocal daredevil Shelley Hirsch exults in the fragmentary schizoid potential of human utterance.     (Read More)

          FILM          

The Man in the White Suit

The most quintessentially English films produced shortly after the Second World War came from Ealing Studios, and three of the most quintessentially Ealing films were directed by Alexander Mackendrick, a Bostonian by birth.   (Read More)
 WEDNESDAY
         8/23         
PHOTO: ALVIN W. HALL JR. / BUSHWICK COMMUNITY DARKROOM
           ART           

Alvin W. Hall Jr: Chromes

"Chromes," an exhibition of photographs by Alvin W. Hall Jr. currently on view at the Bushwick Community Darkroom, reads like a delicate ode to mid-twentieth-century American suburbia.      (Read More)

          FILM          

Bonjour Tristesse

Following the disappointing performance of Saint Joan (1957), Otto Preminger fired a second barrel in his endeavor to build newcomer Jean Seberg into the movie star he saw in his own eyes.    (Read More)

        TALKS        

An Evening With The Greatest Generation

There's a healthy debate, but most Trekkies answer only to Picard. Patrick Stewart's performance as the brainy captain, Data's android humor, Worf 's reaction shots, and Wesley Crusher's scene-stealing sweaters all made Star Trek: The Next Generation one of the most memorable, if not the downright best, series in the franchise.    (Read More)

        DANCE        

Olga Pericet

Whether she's rocking flamenco's traditional batucada or jockeying with a set of antlers, wrapping herself in fringe or shedding a jeweled vest, the remarkable dancer and choreographer Olga Pericet is always thinking outside the traditional boxes of Spanish dance.     (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Burnt Sugar at the Arkestra Chamber

An ever-changing, multiethnic meditation disguised as a band, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber manifests a genre-destroying fantasy of ecstatic collective grooves and lucid individual poetics that blend into a jazz-rock multiverse of smart, sexy, and soulful sounds.   (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Derrick Hodge

Few artists in the modern pop era have existed in the slipstream between jazz and r&b as seamlessly as bassist extraordinaire Derrick Hodge.   (Read More)
   THURSDAY
         8/24         
PHOTO: LESTER COHEN
       COMEDY       

Dave Chappelle

After walking away from his very successful and groundbreaking Comedy Central sketch show, which ran from 2003–2006, Dave Chappelle remained out of the spotlight.     (Read More)

         MUSIC         

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

It always celebrates Bird, but the 2017 iteration of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival should also tip the hat to itself a bit.     (Read More)
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