A few weeks ago, we introduced you to eight Israeli bands worth listening to right now. However, in our listening escapades, we also found a number of bands from the region with multicultural members that are using music to help aid in communication, share peace-building techniques, and entertain and inspire across geographic and political lines. Members of these groups, many of which have both Israeli and Palestinian members, have chosen collaboration over destruction, art over war in order to address the complicated current events plaguing the Middle East right now.
If you ever need someone to move an entire room — including herself — to tears, just give Patti Smith a call. The rocker gave a moving tribute to her friend, the late great Lou Reed, during his posthumous induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this weekend.
William Shatner in full Captain Kirk mode is looking to marshal a crew for a project with an astronomical budget to deal with California’s drought problems, although some might call it a pipe dream.
For days after the disaster, Alan Kaufman says, he felt compelled to look at the ruins. Gazing at the aftermath of the March 26 explosion on Second Avenue and Seventh Street that killed two people and destroyed three buildings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, he remembered how terrifying it was when he was homeless in the 1990s. He says he wanted to do something to help the victims and his beloved, culturally rich neighborhood.
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