New Yorker Festival Preview

Tickets go on sale August 25. We’re looking forward to seeing Steve Martin talking to Earl Scruggs (the king of bluegrass) about the banjo. A big thanks to ProductShop
º Readings by Michael Chabon and Stephen King | Directors Guild of America | 7PM | $15
º Readings by A. M. Homes and Jeffrey Eugenides | Satalla | 9:30PM | $15
º Readings by Nicole Krauss and Ian McEwan | Angel Orensanz Foundation | 9:30PM | $15
º Readings by Zadie Smith and Jonathan Franzen | Directors Guild of America | 9:30PM | $15
º Town Hall Meeting on Iraq: Jeffrey Goldberg, moderator, Robert Baer, Mark Danner, Douglas J. Feith, Kanan Makiya, George Packer, Rend al-Rahim and R. James Woolsey | Town Hall | 7PM | $15
º Malcolm Gladwell on the American Obsession with Precociousness or learning quickly versus learning well | Directors Guild of America | 10AM | $25
º William Finnegan and Raymond W. Kelly Discuss Defending New York City | Times Square Studios | 1pm | $25
º A Conversation with Roger Angell and Ian Frazier interviewed by Mark Singer |
Ailey Studios | 1PM | $25
º A Conversation with Mikhail Baryshnikov interviewed by Joan Acocella | 37 Arts | 1PM | $25
º Panel Discussion on When Reality Fails: Fantasy and invention in fiction with Deborah Treisman (moderator), Martin Amis, Judy Budnitz, A. M. Homes, Stephen King, and George Saunders | Celeste Bartos Forum at The New York Public Library | 10AM | $25
º Panel Discussion on Anarchy and Animation: Cartoon chaos theory with Tad Friend (moderator), The Incredibles director Brad Bird, Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis, and South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone | Directors Guild of America | 1PM | $25
º Panel Discussion on Stage to Studio: When performers produce with Sasha Frere-Jones (moderator), Steve Albini, Ani DiFranco, Ric Ocasek, and the RZA | Times Square Studios | 4PM | $25
º Panel Discussion on Generation X Fashion: Young American designers with Judith Thurman (moderator), Alice Roi, Behnaz Sarafpour, and Tara Subkoff | Ailey Studios | 4PM | $25
º Noah Baumbach and Laura Linney talk with Susan Morrison: How I made my movie | Pavilion Park Slope | 7PM | $20
º Tracy Chapman talks with Dana Goodyear: A Conversation with Music: Songs of love and social justice | Satalla | 7PM | $35
º Tony Ellis, Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, and Charles Wood talk with Steve Martin: A Conversation About The great American banjo | Directors Guild of America | 7PM | $35
º Edie Falco talks with Jeffrey Toobin: One tough cookie | Coda | 7PM | $35
º Sleater-Kinney talk with James Surowiecki: A Conversation About The power of three | Newspace | 7PM | $35
Ricky Gervais talks with Nancy Franklin: Office worker | Coda | 10PM | $35
º The Roots talk with Malcolm Gladwell: A Conversation On Grassroots hip-hop | Newspace | 10PM | $35
º Rufus Wainwright talks with Andy Young: A Conversation On The Heart on his sleeve | Satalla | 10PM | $35
º Wallace & Gromit‚ÄîThe Curse of the Were-Rabbit: The New Yorker presents a special preview screening of DreamWorks Animation SKG and Aardman Features, with a discussion between Nick Park and Hendrik Hertzberg | Directors Guild of America | 1PM | $5
º Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk: A Salute to the Three Stooges – A Sunday brunch accompanied by clips from classic Three Stooges episodes and a discussion moderated by Adam Green. With Fred Armisen, Mike Cerrone, Gilbert Gottfried, and John Landis | Gallagher’s Steak House | 2PM | $45
º Master Class in the Graphic Novel With Charles Burns and Chris Ware | Cond√© Nast Auditorium | 1PM | $35
º A Humor Revue With Noah Baumbach, Andy Borowitz, Larry Doyle, Nancy Franklin, Frank Gannon, Anthony Lane, Patricia Marx, Bruce McCall, Rebecca Mead, David Owen, Paul Rudnick, George Saunders, Paul Simms, and Mark Singer. David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, hosts the event | Town Hall | 3PM | $50

Hardballer actually has Soft Squishy Balls

Here’s Hardball’s Chris Matthews showing how “hard” his balls really are (via atrios):

MATTHEWS: Let me go, Paul, before you start. What I keep doing here is asking people on and off camera who come on this program, high-ranking officers, enlisted, former officers. I get sometimes, not all the time, two different versions, the version they give me on the air and the version they give me the minute when we’re off the air.
The version they give me when we’re on the air is gung-ho, we’re doing the right thing, everything is moving along. The version they give me off the air is, Rumsfeld is crazy. There aren’t enough troops over there. We’re not taking this seriously enough, or, we shouldn’t be there, sometimes.

If his show was really about asking tough questions, Matthews would call them on their bullshit instead of being a tool.

Buchanan slams Bush

It’s embarassing that Right Winger Pat Buchanan is the person making this assertion:

What is remarkable is that no Democrat has stepped forward…. to lead an anti-war crusade and call for a date certain for withdrawal of U.S. troops. Cindy Sheehan is filling that vacuum. [from WorldNetDaily]

And why is no one organizing a march on Crawford? We are potentially at a turning point and no one from the anti-war movement (other than Sheehan) is doing anything. As White House chief of staff Andrew Card told The New York Times in 2002, “you don’t introduce new products in August.” Dems have gotten too complacent to introduce any new “products” that could be seen as controversial, even the inevitable “product” of ending a war.

Dolly Parton tonight at Radio City Music Hall

Tickets are 40-75 bucks but she is, after all, Dolly Parton. Click here for tix.

And we just joined you in "The Computer" for posting this….

This just arrived in our inbox….

Bush supporter ‘Songman Calahan’ [see below] complained to officers that my sign offended him. I was cited for disorderly conduct, forced to put the offending sign in my car and leave the premises (with the warning that I am now in their COMPUTER). So much for that little ole thing once known as the First Amendment

Frankly, we find this entry from Songman Calahan’s website more disturbing and offensive [Via Catch]:

Question: Songman…what makes Yooz so special?…(talking like I’m from New York)
Answer: I don’t think I’m so special…Who said “Special Songman”…….but…
Short version ………..I have written songs and my name is Calahan so why not “Songman Calahan”…… time someone called me “Songman Calahan” and then someone else called me “Songman Calahan” again(another time) so I thought …sounds ok…and I have some songs…. and/more now still… so it sounded more ok.
And once I heard someone say,”hey… your good”…..and….”thats a special song”…..then,another time I heard,”I just ate oatmeal for dinner” or was it “boats smell better in winter”?…Then I don’t remember much after that….but that was long ago …might be wrong ’bout some things…………
….(not much).

Ironically, Songman Calahan has yet to be cited for disorderly conduct for taunting a grieving mother.

Updated: Meanwhile, Right Wingers continue to call Sheehan a "Crackpot"

Crackpot #1, Larry Northern

(Reuters) A pickup truck ran over wooden crosses erected at anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan’s campsite on Monday night, in the latest sign of tension over the peace vigil outside vacationing President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch.
Larry Northern, 46, of nearby Waco, Texas, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection with the incident, Crawford Police Chief Donnie Tidmore said.
Sheehan has pitched a tent on Prairie Chapel Road, which leads to Bush’s ranch, and calls her site “Camp Casey,” after her 24-year-old son, who was killed in combat in Iraq in April 2004.
The small, white wooden crosses erected at the site are hand-painted with the names of soldiers killed in Iraq.
Sheehan, of Vacaville, California, has demanded a meeting with Bush at which she said she wants to call for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.
While Bush has expressed sympathy for Sheehan’s grief, the White House has declined a meeting. Sheehan previously met with Bush in 2004 but wants another meeting.
Michelle Mulkey, a spokeswoman for Sheehan, said protesters were still awake on Monday night when a truck dragging a pipe and chains drove over a portion of the area where the crosses were standing.

Crackpot #2, Larry Mattlage

(CNN) — Anti-war protesters outside President Bush’s ranch here were startled Sunday by gunshots fired by a Texas rancher frustrated by the group’s presence.
“Well, I’m getting ready for dove season,” Larry Mattlage, 62, told reporters of the shots fired around 10 a.m. (noon EDT). Asked if there was an underlying message to the shots, which he fired harmlessly into the air, Mattlage told a reporter, “Figure it out for yourself.”

Crackpot #3, Songman Calahan

(Via Catch)A man calling himself Songman Calahan, left, sings a song taunting Cindy Sheehan as Eve Tidwell, right, looks on from across the street of Sheehan’s camp on the side of the road leading to President Bush’s ranch near Crawford, Texas, Monday, Aug. 15, 2005.

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Crackpot #4, Rush Limbaugh

(Media Matters) Nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh equated the actions of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, with those of Bill Burkett, the retired Texas Air National Guard officer who provided CBS’ 60 Minutes with unauthenticated documents regarding President Bush’s National Guard record. Sheehan is currently staging an anti-war protest outside Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Limbaugh said that Sheehan’s “story is nothing more than forged documents.”

More Right Wing Crackpots here.

Colleen in Williamsburg

Colleen – The Golden Morning Breaks
Tuesday August 16th at Glasshouse Gallery
38 South 1st btwn Wythe & Kent
$8 – donation, begins at 8PM
A Hawk and a Hacksaw (Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel)
Dirty Projectors

It’s the perfect headphones soundtrack to a bus ride through ultraviolet city snow – One of those rare, truly evocative abstract pieces of art where every observer takes away their own interpretation, and is left feeling a little more special about their experience as a result –

[Jeremy Barnes] Formerly the drummer of quirk-pop band Neutral Milk Hotel, Barnes plays accordion, keyboards and electronics in addition to percussion on these mostly instrumental compositions, which range all over the map but show a particular affinity for Spanish and Eastern European tones. (Wash Post)

Listen to Colleen here and here.
Colleen – The Happy Sea taken from the album The Golden Morning Breaks
Colleen – The Golden Morning Breaks taken from the album The Golden Morning Breaks
Colleen – Ritournelle taken from the album Everyone Alive Wants Answers

The Vacation Continues

President Bush in response to Cindy Sheehan:
“I think it’s also important for me to go on with my life”
Because, you know, clearing brush and signing pork-filled pieces of paper is exhausting. Good thing he’s got a five week vacation.
[via HuffPost]