By Rosalie Tirella
The heart-breaking Chris …
… and Kurt …
Wish these guys had stuck around our mean ol’, ravishingly beautiful orb. Artists … they would have HAD to create art.
Then there are people whose lives are the antithesis of art. Take (please!) prez Donald Trump and, on the local “stage”: Worcester City Councilor Michael Gaffney; his tool, wife Coreen Gaffney (she will vote lockstep on the council with her ever cynical hubbo Mike, if she wins pol office. BEWARE, WOO!!!); and Aidan Kearney-Turtle Boy, the son of former Woo school committee member and religious right stealth candidate Mary Mullaney. Turtle Boy and Mike Gaffney are so like Donald Trump, it’s scary!! They are kings of a cultural, spiritual wasteland! They manipulate their supporters. They have so many head games running that the voters lose track of the lies…
During these politically dysfuntional times, does every American city/town have a Mike Gaffney and Turtle Boy? And their tools, a la Coreen Gaffney? Yeah. Probably.
Still, we must keep hope alive! In the country …
…and the city.
All this weekend ‘ZLX salutes the music of Chris Cornell and the grunge artists that have left us too soon.
Be listening for a twofer from Cornell at the top of each hour … and music from Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland and Layne Staley all weekend long!
It’s a genre of music that came out of Seattle and defined a decade … It’s a Salute to Grunge Weekend ‘ZLX!
the late great Chris Cornell💛💛💛💛
Some of Chef Joey’s InCity Times beauties:
Speaking of pets/animals … in CECELIA, we’ll try to keep cows, pigs and sheep off your dinner plate, a la InCity Times! For a slimmer, healthier you! Besides, animals belong in …
And don’t forget … this weekend!!:
I loved Grunge. Still do… AMAZING to hear all those bands on the radio in the ’90s! New, dark, foreboding – the perfect sound track to the shitty George W. Bush years.
I am waiting with open ears and heart for the new bands that will DEFINITELY be spawned by the nightmare that is Donald Trump!
Cobain was the God. … These guys just make you hurt. – R.T.
By Parlee Jones
There are plenty of ways to celebrate this summer here in Worcester at Institute Park, along with all the other festivities throughout our city. Hope to see you around the town!!! Peace and Blessings!
Beats & BarBeCue: Hip Hop and Food Festival
Hosted by Boom Bap Heroes
Saturday, May 20
12 pm to 6 pm.
This is the first year for the Beats & BarBeCue Crew to do their things. Lead by a young brother named Cyrus whose inspiration came from the Brooklyn HipHop Festival founded by one of his idols, Wes Jackson. “I loved the aesthetic and the positive vibe of everything. I told myself that I’d love to bring something like that to my city.” And he has.
The Inaugural Beats & Barbecue: Hip-Hop Music and Food Festival is upon us! This event is sure to be the livest grass roots Hip-Hop Festival in the Northeast. Modeled after the “Park Jam,” Beats & Barbecue marks a return to the essence of Hip-Hop. Aside from the incredible live performances, a multitude of Food Vendors will be on deck. Between the #GoodMusic and the #GoodFood, this event will be EPIC.
Headlining Beats & Barbecue will be none other than Kanye West protege, and GOOD Music/Sony recording artist, Cyhi The Prynce. With the forthcoming release of his debut studio album, No Dope On Sundays (dropping Summer 2017), CyHi is ready to take the game by storm, and we are honored to be a part of his campaign to reinstate the realness back into the culture.
Co-headlining the event is the young prodigy, Ralph Weah performing songs off of his EP, Noise. Rounding out the Festival line up are other MC’s such as : Ghost of the Machine, Qwan?, Danny Fantom, C.Rose, and TyShawn Dion, as well Producers such as: Cyrus Tha Great, TROX, Asethic Beatz, G-Whiz, Motif Alumni & Kas & DJ Manipulator.
Tunes Spun by DJ Prince AKA Wifi OG. Hosted by SPNDA
Beats & Barbecue will be an event for the ages, so #PullUp!
If you are interested in vending or volunteering please reach out to email@example.com .
Cyrus says, “People can expect a great hip-hop show, with positive vibes. This will be the first of it’s kind in the city!” Our city!! I hope you will come out and support this brother and his vision!! Sounds like a good time. There is a fee to get into this festival. $10 in advance and $15 the day of. Rain or Shine Event.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/582744161928681/
The Worcester 4th Memorial Day Block Party
Sunday, May 28
2 pm to 9 pm
Mason & Winfield Streets near Suney’s Pub (Chandler Street)
Free food and games for the kids
Refreshment and Grilled Food on Sale for the adults
Music by Storm International, Urban Fire, Black Knight, Satalite and Jack Frost.
Sponsored by WCACA, FLAVA Radio, BKE and Eddie’s Plaza. Hosted by BKE, Suney’s and Flava Radio.
Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella
Or a daily garbage patrol on the look out for abhorrent stuff like the illegally dumped garbage, pictured below? I took these photos of Millbury and Endicott streets yesterday. Now that the slobs at the slobby Endicott Street house I have been whining about for THREE YEARS have been removed by the authorities (police wearing bullet-proof vests), there are no more heaps of trash in front of the place. But we’ve got other offenders on the street:
These contractor bags I wrote about last week are STILL “cooking” on Millbury Steet!!:
What does all the garbage, blatantly “on display” in our city, say about Worcester? We have better public schools than all the other New England Gateway Cities, but many of these lesser urban hubs look so much cleaner than Woo! Our parks are many and beauteous, but you forget their lush gorgeousness when you have to cede the sidewalk to a mountain of garbage!
Our West Side homes rival Wellesley’s, but visitors get the wrong impression of Woo – and don’t want to commit to our city – after they do a bit of exploring and come upon sights like this one:
Our garbage/dirty street problem is deeper than “cosmetics,” and I’ve written about the culture of poverty here. But, on the most basic level, we must treat our trash as a cosmetics challenge! More street sweeping – especially in District 4. More garbage trucks, more often – especially in D 4. ASAP!
A few more reasons for all the trash? There are so many more people stuffed into gerrymandered (extra rooms and apts) three deckers these days. Way more than when I was a kid. And today everyone has his or her own car. And the diversity is truly amazing! So many cultures from all over the world live here! So many people from different countries, each guy or gal or kid with his/her own way of discarding their crap. THE CITY MUST START EDUCATING THE POPULACE! We must all get on the same trash-disposal/recycling page!
Every striving city needs an attractive, bustling downtown. We applaud what CM Ed Augustus and other city bigwigs are trying to do. The naysayers have it wrong: it’s not either/or – either our neighborhoods or our downtown. IT IS BOTH … AND THEN SOME! I hope our reimagined downtown becomes more than a place that houses and caters to the well off. I hope we have all kinds of restaurants and stores for all kinds of people! When I was a kid growing up in Worcester, I loved Denholm’s (window shopping) and the Mart (real shopping)! Class war did not break out between the kids from Green Island and the matrons from the West Side! People in downtown Worcester were not in their silos! People pressed up against each other – the ideal America! You couldn’t say the same thing for Worcester City government or the City workforce or our neighborhoods, but downtown was a mosaic. Even as a little kid, I felt the electricity!!
Reclaim the spark, Worcester!
Show compassion for all Moms this Mother’s Day: Go veggie!
By Dr. Heather Rally, D.V.M.
What if your mother were artificially inseminated time and time again? What if you were taken from her shortly after birth? No nurturing, no love, no celebration. What if she cried out for you constantly but to no avail? You had already been slated to become someone’s dinner.
As a veterinarian who’s concerned about all animals, I hope you’ll keep cows in mind on Mother’s Day — and any other time you’re enjoying a meal with your family — and opt for dairy-free foods.
Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to feed their young. But on today’s dairy farms, they are kept almost constantly pregnant so that they’ll produce a steady supply of milk. Their calves are typically taken away from them when they’re only a few hours old.
Male calves are commonly raised for veal. They’re chained up in tiny crates and intentionally fed a formula that’s low in iron so that they’ll become anemic and their flesh will stay pale. They take their first weak, wobbly steps — to slaughter — when they’re between 3 and 18 weeks old.
Females are turned into virtual milk machines like their mothers. When their production wanes, they, too, end up at the slaughterhouse, bloodied, dangling by a hind leg with their throats cut.
Cows are like us in important and relevant ways: They’re made of flesh and blood.
They feel pain and love.
They form strong family ties and grieve when they’re separated from their loved ones.
In An Anthropologist on Mars, Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote of a trip that he and agriculture-industry advisor Dr. Temple Grandin took to a dairy farm — and of the bellowing that they heard:
“They must have separated the calves from the cows this morning,” Temple said, and, indeed, this was what had happened. We saw one cow outside the stockade, roaming, looking for her calf, and bellowing. “That’s not a happy cow,” Temple said. “That’s one sad, unhappy, upset cow. She wants her baby.”
As that mother cow demonstrated, all animals have thoughts, feelings and desires. Here’s an example of another basic need: Cows long to live in pastures. A study at the University of British Columbia recently found that cows want to get outdoors as much as they want food.
The researchers steadily increased the amount of force that it took for a cow to open a door leading to either food or pasture. Most of the cows studied pushed just as hard to get outside as they did to get to food.
The scientists speculate that this is because grass is softer than concrete, so outdoors, cows can move comfortably. Soft ground is better for their hoof health and reduces the likelihood of lameness. And they have a basic behavioral need to live in the grasslands, which are, of course, their natural environment.
Yet fewer than 5 percent of cows in the U.S. are allowed to spend time in pasture, and “80 percent never see a blade of grass,” according to researcher Marina von Keyserlingk.
Change is needed, and gradually it is happening. Surveys suggest that half of Americans now consume dairy-free milk. To those of you who still drink cow’s milk, please consider going vegan for Mother’s Day — and beyond.
If you have children, you’ll surely understand how traumatic it would be to lose a baby. And as we all have mothers, we should be outraged that any mother, human or not, would be subjected to a life of torment, as are cows in the dairy industry.
By choosing tasty vegan foods this Mother’s Day and all year round, you’ll be showing compassion for all mothers!