edit to add: I wrote that in honor of Jonas Mekas’ 97 anniversary of his birthdate.
He was a filmmaker and founder of Anthology Film Archives in New York, on Second Avenue, where I briefly volunteered in 2001.
I just noticed, on a similar tack, as I catch up on the HBO series “Watchmen” that Elvin Bishop, who played my concert series last week (12/20/19) was born in Tulsa – -it say this on the back of one of his LPs “Hometown Boy Makes Good” — which also features Palo Altan Don Baldwin on drums. One of the historical bases for the fictional and fantasy series was the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921. Elvin would have known people growing up who knew firsthand of this sad episode in U.S. history.
Rebecca Naomi Jones starred in Passing Strange, is Jewish on her mother’s side – and black — and starred in St. Ann’s “Oklahoma” which went to Broadway. She was also in “American Idiot” which like “Passing Strange” workshopped at Berkeley Rep.
Times top 10 list for tv, which tipped me to this:
Damon Lindelof’s latest puzzle box, like his “Lost” and “The Leftovers,” asks: What if? What if we took a legendary super-antihero story of the Cold War and expanded its time frame, forward and backward, into a history of American racism? What if a comic-book adaptation could be both a cleareyed look at the mechanics of hate and a thrilling spectacle with humor and a giant squid? I confess I don’t fully know the answer; I haven’t seen the season finale before finishing this list. But this series’s leap of faith is inspiring enough to convince me to take one of my own.