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Feedback on the Rogovoy Report’s Coverage of Hamas-Israel Battle

A note from Allissa Wickham, first run in The Rogovoy Report on Friday, July 11, 2014, commenting on my selection of stories reporting on the battle between Hamas and Israel – reprinted below – elicited several responses from other readers. They immediately follow Wickham’s original message:   I’m sure you’re going to get a lot…

Heritage Herb Festival Explores History and Current Use of Herbs

(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.)  – The third annual Mount Lebanon Heritage Herb Festival, celebrating the illustrious past of herbs in town history as well as the Native American and Shaker traditions in the heart of the Lebanon Valley of New York — the birthplace of the herbal pharmacy in the United States — takes place on…

(WSJ) Signs of a Suburban Comeback

Signs of a Suburban Comeback (WSJ) – In spite of Arcade Fire’s well-deserved Grammy Award for Album of the Year for its dystopic version of life in the suburbs in its album of that name, the long tug of war between big cities and suburbs is tilting ever so slightly back to the land of…

A Melting Pot or a Pot o’ Bleach?

When they first arrived on these shores, Jews, Irish and Italians were considered nonwhite. Hispanics are often described as driving up the nonwhite share of the population. But a new study of census forms finds that more Hispanics are identifying as white. Which raises the question — is the U.S. a melting pot, or a…

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Brings New Duo to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Sonic Youth cofounder Kim Gordon brings her newest musical project, Body/Head — a Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd-inspired improvisational duo – to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 8pm. Joining Gordon will be Northampton-based free-noise guitarist Bill Nace. Kim Gordon rose to prominence as co-founder, bassist,…

North Mississippi Allstars Bring Southern Rock and Blues to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Grammy Award-nominated North Mississippi Allstars bring their blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 8pm. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, sons of the late, legendary Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson (whose credits include Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones), form the core of…

Aoife O’Donovan Brings Rootsy Folk-Pop to Club Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan brings her rootsy folk-pop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, February 22, at 9pm. O’Donovan returns to Helsinki Hudson after kicking off a whirlwind summer tour here last June. From Helsinki Hudson, O’Donovan went on to perform at festival stages and such esteemed venues as Tanglewood and the Grand…

Matisyahu Brings Spiritual Reggae-Rock Back to Club Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Almost a year to the day that he last performed there, Grammy Award-nominated reggae-rock performer Matisyahu brings his annual “Festival of Light” tour to Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 8pm. Fresh from tours of Mexico, South America and Israel, the spiritual seeker and beat-boxing phenomenon will perform Hanukkah-themed…