Photo of the Day: Holy Mackerel!!

Photo of the Day: Holy Mackerel!!

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Storytelling in the City: Songs of Themselves

Storytelling in the City: Songs of Themselves

There are eight million stories in the naked city. And I’ve got one too. But first, do you know that dream where it’s back in February 2007 and you’re pacing outside that dark, cavelike bar with a stage on New York City’s Lower East Side. And there’s a storytelling slam about to start inside and you want to see it but you’re deeply insecure and too scared to go in? And then you’re striding toward the subway because you’ve chickened out, until you stop dead in the middle of the block and say to yourself, “Don’t be absurd?

So in that dream, you turn around, shove six bucks into the ham-fist of the expressionless man at the door and enter the murmuring darkness? And then you squeeze into a seat in the back and the M.C. announces a name he’s drawn from a hat, and the person picked, just an ordinary member of the audience, happens to make his way to the stage, stands in the spotlight, with a five-minute story prepared in his head on the theme of the night, and begins….? Well, I had that dream too. In fact, that exact thing really did happen to me. And here’s the story that I told:

My Song of the City: A Cross-Country Bike Trip to Hell

Read more about this in The New York Times here.

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Thousands of Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest

Thousands of Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest

Thousands of Proposition 8 protesters marched miles through the streets to a large demonstration in downtown Chicago today, to support and pressure the courts to overturn the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California. The Chicago rally was one of at least 150 protests that took place nationwide subsequent to the vote on Proposition 8 in California.

In Chicago, protesters gathered at The Federal Plaza, carrying rainbow-colored flags and signs with messages like “Fix Marriage, Not Gays” and “Repeal Proposition 8.” Organizers said they hoped to achieve “full marriage equality” in Illinois. But more importantly, they said, they wanted to show solidarity with the California gay community and pressure that state’s Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8.

Many of the demonstrators directed their anger toward the various faiths that supported the vote to ban gay marriage with volunteers and large financial donations. But for the most part, their mood was upbeat, singing along with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus in a rendition of “Down by the Riverside.” After a few hours, the demonstrators left The Federal Plaza and marched through the streets, among policemen on bicycle and horseback, to City Hall, The Thompson Center and ultimately down Michigan Avenue. A Chicago police spokeswoman said the rally went smoothly with no arrests despite demonstrators blocking weekend street traffic along Chicago’s busy Michigan Avenue.

Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest

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