And on Sunday, dance will enter the “Fluid Culture” stream, with performances of two works by Toronto-based choreographer Gerry Trentham. Amy Taravella, founder of the Alt Theater and a collaborator with Trentham on the upcoming Alt performance of “The Four Mad Humors,” will perform a solo piece called “Water Body” at 5 p. m.
Then, for Sunday’s main event at 5:15 p. m., several kayakers will take to the water to perform Trentham’s “Boat Dance,” an unorthodox piece of nautical choreography meant to draw attention to the waterfront itself and to highlight the intersection between the city’s culture and water.
“Mr. Greatbatch’s crucial insight came in 1956, when he was an assistant professor in electrical engineering at the University of Buffalo. While building a heart rhythm recording device for the Chronic Disease Research Institute there, he reached into a box of parts for a resistor to complete the circuitry. The one he pulled out was the wrong size, and when he installed it, the circuit it produced emitted intermittent electrical pulses. Mr. Greatbatch immediately associated the timing and rhythm of the pulses with a human heartbeat, he wrote in a memoir, “The Making of the Pacemaker,” published in 2000. That brought to mind lunchtime chats he had had with researchers about the electrical activity of the heart while he was working at an animal behavior laboratory as an undergraduate at Cornell in 1951.”—Wilson Greatbatch, Pacemaker Inventor, Dies at 92 - NYTimes.com
“Visitors entering the iconic patina-capped tower building, last occupied in the early 1990s, will see repaired and replaced plaster walls, now painted taupe and salmon; repaired 16-foot-tall ceilings and ornamental crown moldings; and refurbished maple floors, interior woodwork and grand staircase. The area covers two hallways, an entryway, three rooms and a curved connector — about half the first floor.”—http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article572393.ece
“The best thing about The Whole Love, Wilco’s adventurous, elliptical eighth LP, is the ease with which they’ve recaptured some of that old unpredictability: From Being There through A Ghost Is Born, the band’s best work has always perched itself upon the edge of traditionalism and experimentation, and The Whole Love is the first of their albums in years not to shy away from such risks.”—Wilco: The Whole Love | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
“Then and now Mr. Tweedy puts melody first, while his lyrics flicker between the oblique and the candid. On “The Whole Love” he grapples with self-doubt and self-acceptance, and finds a refuge in love. The structures Mr. Tweedy learned from 1960s rock, pop and soul keep his songs sturdy and clear. But the 21st-century Wilco has more than roots and reassurance: it knows that at some truthful moments, things can get unhinged.”—Wilco at Central Park SummerStage - Review - NYTimes.com
“In 1934, the government was us. We had shared circumstances, shared risks and shared obligations. Today the government is the other — not an institution for the achievement of our common goals, but an alien presence that stands between us and the realization of individual ambitions. Programs of social insurance have become “entitlements,” a word apparently meant to signify not a collectively provided and cherished basis for family-income security, but a sinister threat to our national well-being.”—How Do You Say ‘Economic Security’? - NYTimes.com
“The main argument against the printing of money is that it raises the odds of inflation; even the esteemed Paul Volcker is worried about it, as he wrote in Monday’s Times. But Kasriel is convinced that the bigger fear right now is deflation, and that the expansion of credit by the Fed should be seen in combination with the contraction by the banks. In that larger context, the Fed’s move no longer looks inflationary. It looks instead like the only means we’ve got right now to create badly needed credit.”—http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/opinion/nocera-no-extra-credit.html?_r=1
Matt Nagowski, who with Lynda Schneekloth is organizing the event, said, “Think of self-powered boats moving in choreographed fashion on water. Like synchronized swimming, only in boats. It will be graceful and beautiful– a perfect event for what we hope will be a perfect Buffalo Autumn evening.”
“Owens’ songs often seem to have an undefined and undirected desire for love and sex and friendship that exists outside of any one idea of sexuality. It’s about feelings first, and the object of them second; who or what the singer wants is less important than the fact that the yearning is there, and it’s unfulfilled, and that hurts. The lack of specificity can give Owens’ songs a narcissistic slant, but it feels most like the self-obsession of early childhood, where lines between the self and the outside world aren’t clear. “I can see so much clearer when I just close my eyes,” he sings at one point, and it feels like the work of someone who has done a lot of thinking in the dark.”—http://pitchforkmedia.com/reviews/albums/15811-father-son-holy-ghost/
“If a life has a trajectory, then it can be conceived narratively. A human life can be seen as a story, or as a series of stories that are more or less related. This does not mean that the person whose life it is must conceive it or live it narratively. I needn’t say to myself, “Here’s the story I want construct,” or, “This is the story so far.” What it means rather is that, if one reflected on one’s life, one could reasonably see it in terms of various story lines, whether parallel or intersecting or distinct.”—The Meaningfulness of Lives - NYTimes.com
“So when I think of 9/11, and I remember all those lost 10 years ago, and the untold horrors that millions of Americans went through in the ensuring days and weeks, I also think of all of the freedom that the American spirit has lost as well. It’s a distinctly American-brand of freedom, one of commingled freedom and responsibility, the very one that Cornell channels so well.”—http://www.metaezra.com/archive/2011/09/remembering_the_11th.shtml
But there’s always been another thread running throughout our history — a belief that we’re all connected, and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.
We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. Founder of the Republican Party. But in the middle of a civil war, he was also a leader who looked to the future — a Republican President who mobilized government to build the Transcontinental Railroad — launch the National Academy of Sciences, set up the first land grant colleges. And leaders of both parties have followed the example he set.
Ask yourselves — where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways, not to build our bridges, our dams, our airports? What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges? Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the G.I. Bill. Where would we be if they hadn’t had that chance?
How many jobs would it have cost us if past Congresses decided not to support the basic research that led to the Internet and the computer chip? What kind of country would this be if this chamber had voted down Social Security or Medicare just because it violated some rigid idea about what government could or could not do? How many Americans would have suffered as a result?
No single individual built America on their own. We built it together. We have been, and always will be, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; a nation with responsibilities to ourselves and with responsibilities to one another. And members of Congress, it is time for us to meet our responsibilities.