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I was sad to hear that Bernie Worrell, P.Funk’s „Wizard of Woo“, passed away yesterday at the age of 72. I last saw him in person a long time ago – he, his wife Judie, his band and I were holding hands backstage at New Orleans‘ Tipitina’s club, praying for a good show.
On a personal note: My favorite P.Funk has always been about George Clinton, Bernie, Bootsy Collins and Garry Shider – the hustler and the three musical geniuses. (I am sure George won’t mind – he and I talked about this. ;-) )
Here is a phone interview about his album „Funk of Ages“ I did with him in 1991, for the P.Funk newsletter New Funk Times I used to publish from the late ’80s to early ’90s (continuing the great work of Archie Ivy & Co.).
New Funk Times: I was wondering if you cut any of the basic tracks with the whole band present in the studio, or were there a lot of over-dubs going on?
Bernie Worrell: There’s a lot of over-dubs. You won’t believe the size of the studio I had to record it at! It’s pretty small, but the one good thing about it was… a lot of recording studios in New York don’t have windows, you can’t see out to the street. But this one was in what we call the Tribeca area, and it had two windows. So at least we could see outside.
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Season 2 of „Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“, the hilarious sitcom created by Tina Fey and her „30 Rock“ show runner Robert Carlock, is at least as strong as its premiere season. I especially enjoyed the addition of Tina Fey’s role as Andrea Bayden, „an alcoholic therapist who is separated by work Andrea at day and drunk Andrea at night“ (Wikipedia). On RottenTomatoes.com, the series still has the same approval rate by critics as in season 1: 95 %. In short: „Not letting up in season two, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is still odd in the best of ways, wonderfully building on its unique comedy stylings and brilliantly funny cast.“
Here is a selection of my favorite quotes:
S02E02: Kimmy Goes on a Playdate! (Recap by Entertainment Weekly)
Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper): I did it for your own good, Xan. Someday you’ll thank me.
Xanthippe Voorhees: Yeah, when pigs fly. – Oh, my God. I sound so lame now! And stupid.
Kimmy: Pigs fly all the time, Xan, or did you think prize pigs walk to international pig competitions?
Kimmy Schmidt: What do I call you now? Mrs. Voorhers?
Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski): Ms. White. That’s my Sioux family name. It was given to us in the 1920s by a sarcastic census taker.
Jacqueline White: Kimmy, I need your help.
Kimmy Schmidt: Help? That’s what we elves are born to do.
Jacqueline: Oh, you are dressed like an elf. I just assumed it was the trucker pills.
Jacqueline White: Oh, Kimmy, I also need you to call my hotel. My suite is so big, I keep getting lost. Have them send up a guide monkey.
Deirdre Robespierre (Anna Camp, to Jacqueline): I have a 150 IQ, but I spent all morning picking out dog stationery. Maybe I’m just tormenting you just to feel alive, but also there is a chance this is real empathy.
Diesen Bericht schrieb ich für den Deutschen Journalisten-Verband (DJV), für den ich das Festival besuchte:
Mit 259 Veranstaltungen in zehn Sälen, 549 Referenten aus 34 Ländern, rund 200 freiwilligen Helfern und zigtausenden Besuchern dürfte das 10. International Journalism Festival, das Anfang April in der prächtigen Altstadt von Perugia/Umbrien stattfand, nicht nur das Top-Medien-Event Italiens, sondern auch eines der größten Europas sein. Was zudem bemerkenswert ist: Sämtliche Programmpunkte des Festivals sind kostenlos.
Die Konferenz ist auch für ausländische Besucher attraktiv, da zahlreiche Diskussionen (immerhin rund ein Drittel der 259 Events) simultan übersetzt werden oder komplett auf Englisch stattfinden. Der Themenmix reicht von Nutzwertigem für Einsteiger über Präsentationen neuer Medienprojekte bis hin zu politischen Diskussionen. In Zeiten von Daesh/IS und u. a. dadurch verursachten Krisen mit weltweiten Auswirkungen fanden Podien über Themen wie Flüchtlingsbewegungen und Bürgerkriegsgebiete besonders große Aufmerksamkeit.
Die elfte Ausgabe des Festivals läuft von Mittwoch, 5. April, bis Sonntag, 9. April 2017. Der Twitter-Hashtag lautet dann #IJF17.
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Season 4 of „House of Cards“ which premiered on Friday (March 4, 2016) was a little slow to get into, but it picked up steam in the second half – starting with episode 7.
My favorite quotes
Episode 1 (chapter 40)
Francis Underwood: Claire is the First Lady of the United States, and you still think she made the wrong choice.
Elizabeth Hale (Claire’s mother): Reduced to tabloid gossip? She might as well be living in that trailer park you come from.
Francis: Well, it was a peach farm. But you’re right, I am still white trash. I just happen to be white trash that lives in the White House.