Ash Grove Music Presents
Freedom songs, gospel, blues and the word,
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The Ash Grove invites you to a benefit dinner and a show with the
Founded in 2005 in Los Angeles, Get Lit is L.A.'s leading non-profit presenter of literary performance, education and teen poetry programs. Get Lit has started a movement of young people picking up a book and a pen, often for the first time in their lives. They are committed to providing youth with opportunities to develop a love of literature and language and to present their voices in public performance, print, and on line. By inspiring teens to read, Get-Lit levels the playing field between rich and poor, mainstream and marginalized, bringing previously unheard voices to the front.
The evening benefits the Get Lits, best described by Jimmy Santiago Baca, winner of the Pushcart Prize, American Book Award, and International Prize for Poetry: "The Get Lit Players are altering the lives of thousands of young people. They are tackling the darkness of illiteracy and lighting the way for our youth."
For more information about Get-Lit, visit their website at http://www.getlit.org/
Get-Lit deserves our support … Give generously.
The Ash Grove Honors 45th Anniversary of The Resistance –
a meeting of the resisters of the military draft and Veterans
Sunday, October 25 at Arlington West in Santa Monica
The Ash Grove Foundation in its ongoing series of “Beyond November” community events will honor the 45th Anniversary of The Resistance draft resisters movement with “Resistance Then, Resist Now!” on Sunday, October 25th at Arlington West in Santa Monica, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. The event also honors Arlington West and Veterans for Peace. Arlington West is a temporary memorial erected every Sunday on the beach by Veterans For Peace, immediately north of the Santa Monica Pier: http://www.arlingtonwestsantamonica.org/.
The Resistance was an organization of draft resisters founded in 1964 and quickly grew nationally. The actual anniversary date and gathering of original members of The Resistance will take place the previous day on Saturday, October 24th.
Resistance Then, Resist Now! brings together the original Resisters and current Veterans For Peace, emceed by famed peace activist, Veteran Ron Kovic who became disabled in the Vietnam War. Kovic was profiled in the film Born On The Fourth of July, based on his memoir and the inspiration for Jane Fonda’s film Coming Home.
Two groups of speakers will be framed by cultural presentations: spiritual drumming from the S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi women’s drum alliance will open the event, later joined at its closing drum circle by some members of the ADAAWE women’s percussion group. Also, Get Lit Players - teenage wizards with poetry from the sonnets of Shakespeare to hip-hop - who tour Southern California school assemblies and now compete nationally in contests, and Roy Zimmerman, who the Los Angeles Times says, “…displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.” Zimmerman writes fiercely funny songs about ignorance, war and greed. In eleven albums over 20 years, Roy Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice.
The speakers on the first 20-minute panel will focus on The Resistance, then and now. Guests include: Joe Maizlish from The Resistance, a letter read from a US Marine currently in Iraq and a speaker from The Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS). The second 20 minute panel will focus on the war budget and poverty draft with historian and unionist Gordon Alexandre. A public health advocate will address “It’s Healthcare or Warfare.”
The Ash Grove (1958 – 1973) on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood was a pioneering musical and political venue. The performance standards and creative interplay among musicians, young and old, produced many great artists, enriched the lives of audiences, and gave the club a leading role in the culture of a generation. Archived Ash Grove concerts from that era are available for listening or download at WolfgangsVault.com. “Beyond November – Party with a Purpose” – brings together an assortment of artists, advocacy and social action organizations, to entertain, to inform and to enthuse by tapping into the vast energy for positive change sparked by the November elections.
For more information about the event: (310) 391-5794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Lit Players L.A. Times article: http://tiny.cc/eqm0Q
ADAAWE women’s percussion group: http://adaawemusic.com/
Roy Zimmerman: http://www.royzimmerman.com/
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Ash Grove Music Presents
Party with a Purpose
Celebrating International Women’s Day
At the Southern California Library
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Beyond November …