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To Do: Iron Artist, Michelangelo Antonion Retrospective, and the Big Apple BBQ

from Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonion Retrospective
when: Jun 7 – 29
where: BAM
Web info: click here
One of the few artists credited with creating a new language of cinema, Michelangelo Antonioni remains enormously influential, yet impossible to imitate. While many of his Italian contemporaries used Neo-Realism to address political issues of the day, Antonioni developed a new approach: one that directly attacked problems within society and human interactions, while using a supremely confident visual style. Never content to work on a small canvas, Antonioni explored weighty issues and set his characters amidst stark and unfeeling landscapes. Yet central to all his work is a need to see, to understand, and to interpret the world around him. All films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, in Italian with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted. All new prints courtesy of Cinecittà Holding unless otherwise noted. Presented with Cinecittà Holding and the support of the Ministry of Culture of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.
and don’t miss
Iron Artist
when: Sat 6.10 (3pm)
where: P.S.1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC, 718.784.2084)
price: $5 suggested donation
Web Info: click here
From Flavorpill:

Inspired by the eccentric-but-endearing cooking game show, Iron Artist pits artist against artist in a test of on-the-spot creative ingenuity. Today’s event, the love child of P.S.1 and Cabinet magazine, consists of two bouts, each 45 minutes in length. The first features two sculptors: artist/musician Jude Tallichet versus German-born and California-trained satirist Olav Westphalen. The second sees the production design collective Big Room, founded by Julian LaVerdiere and Vincent Mazeau take on artist team Type A. For each match, competitors create works based on a theme and materials provided, as commentators give a play-by-play of the action.

and on Saturday & Sunday if it doesn’t rain: The Big Apple BBQ

Woman marries cobra in India
The dashing groom
This story is too hilarious to not share [from AFP]

A woman who fell in love with a snake has reportedly married the reptile at a traditional Hindu wedding celebrated by 2,000 guests in India’s Orissa state. Bimbala Das wore a silk saree for the ceremony Wednesday at Atala village near the Orissa state capital Bhubaneswar.
Priests chanted mantras to seal the union, but the snake failed to come out of a nearby ant hill where it lives, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said.
A brass replica snake stood in for the hesitant groom.
“Though snakes cannot speak nor understand, we communicate in a peculiar way,” Das, 30, told the agency.
“Whenever I put milk near the ant hill where the cobra lives, it always comes out to drink.
“I always get to see it every time I go near the ant hill. It has never harmed me,” she added.
Villagers welcomed the wedding in the belief it would bring good fortune and laid on a feast for the big day.
Snakes and particularly the King Cobra are venerated in India as religious symbols worn by Lord Shiva, the god of destruction.
Das, from a lower caste, converted to the animal-loving vegetarian Vaishnav sect whose local elders gave her permission to marry the cobra, the world’s largest venomous snake that can grow up to five metres.
“I am happy,” said her mother Dyuti Bhoi, who has two other daughters and two sons to marry off.
“Bimbala was ill,” Bhoi told local OTV channel. “We had no money to treat her. Then she started offering milk to the snake … she was cured. That made her fall in love.”
Das has moved into a hut built close to the ant hill since the wedding.
Earlier this year, a tribal girl was married off to a dog on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

Who's Godless?

Firedoglake dig a great job yesterday of pointing out one of the more inane passages in Ann Coulter’s new book Godless:

Liberals hate science and react badly to it. They will literally run from the room, lightheaded and nauseated, when told of data that might suggest that the sexes have different abilities in math and science. They repudiate science when it contradicts their pagan beliefs‚Äîthat the AIDS virus doesn’t discriminate, that there is no such thing as IQ, that nuclear power is dangerous and scary, or that breast implants cause disease. Liberals use the word science exactly as they use the word constitutional.
Both words are nothing more or less than a general statement of liberal approval, having nothing to do with either science or the Constitution. (Thus, for example, the following sentence makes sense to liberals: President Clinton saved the Constitution by repeatedly ejaculating on a fat Jewish girl in the Oval Office.)

At least, people seem to be on to Ann’s bullshit this time around. Even Olbermann has turned on her.

Christmas Comes Early This Year

Our Rapturous brother site,, has a revealing story on the Religious Right’s insane priorities. The powerful, boycott-happy American Family Association has already drafted a petition to thwart the supposed war on Christmas. Check it out here.

Happy 06/06/06

we all know who the real antiChrist is
Happy Devil Day… otherwise known as The National Day of Slayer.

PS1 Announces Summer Warm-Up Schedule

Juan McLean to play PS1’s Summer Warm-Up
From PS1 Website:
July 1
Body & SOUL Ten-Year Reunion with Danny Krivit, François K. and Joe Claussell
July 8
The Idjut Boys (U-Star, Cottage, Tirk, London)
Phil South (No Ordinary Monkey, NYC)
July 15
Todd Terje (Full Pupp, Oslo, Norway)
Kudu ‚”live” (Nublu, NYC) Citizen Kane (APT, NYC)
July 22
A Guy Called Gerald ‚”live”(Sugoi, U.K. Berlin)
San Serac ‚”live” (Output, Boston) Derek Plaslaiko (Ghostly, NYC)
July 29
The Juan Maclean ‚”live” (DFA)
Adam X ‚”live” (Sonic Groove, NYC)
Jeffrey Sfire (Ghostly, NYC)
Aug 5
agn√®s b. Presents…
Aug 12
Rub-N-Tug (Eskimo, aNYthing)
Escort ‚”live” (NYC)
Aug 19
Mathew Johnson ‚”live” (Wagon Repair, Vancouver B.C.)
Beppe Loda (Afro-Cosmic, Italy)
Lee Douglas (Rong Music)
Jeremy Campbell (Tropical Computer System)
Aug 26
The Glimmers (Eskimo, Belgium)
+ a special guest
Sept 2
Carl Craig (Planet E, Detroit)
Gamal Awad
+ a special guest
On Warm Up Saturdays, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the admission fee to P.S.1 and Warm Up is $10. Included in this price is access to all exhibitions and Warm Up. During this time, P.S.1 does not offer the $5 suggested admission or any other discounted admission rate.
On Warm Up Saturdays, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., museum admission is free.
Warm Up Season Pass and Advance Tickets
For the aficionados, the Warm Up Season Pass is available for purchase until July 7, 2006. The Pass is $100 and valid for all ten Saturdays in 2006 and admits the cardholder plus one guest.

Is It Raining Aliens?

This is the coolest story we’ve read in a while. [From Popular Science]

Nearly 50 tons of mysterious red particles showered India in 2001. Now the race is on to figure out what the heck they are
As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis’s laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens. In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples‚Äîwater taken from the mysterious blood-colored showers that fell sporadically across Louis’s home state of Kerala in the summer of 2001‚Äîcontain microbes from outer space.
Specifically, Louis has isolated strange, thick-walled, red-tinted cell-like structures about 10 microns in size. Stranger still, dozens of his experiments suggest that the particles may lack DNA yet still reproduce plentifully, even in water superheated to nearly 600ÀöF. (The known upper limit for life in water is about 250ÀöF.) So how to explain them? Louis speculates that the particles could be extraterrestrial bacteria adapted to the harsh conditions of space and that the microbes hitched a ride on a comet or meteorite that later broke apart in the upper atmosphere and mixed with rain clouds above India. If his theory proves correct, the cells would be the first confirmed evidence of alien life and, as such, could yield tantalizing new clues to the origins of life on Earth.

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