Saturday Art: Will 2014 Be the Watershed Year for Cultural Boycotts of Israel?

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 3:00 pm

On December 27th, Gaza’s University Teachers’ Association and the Gaza Palestinian Students for the Academic Boycott of Israel wrote to young Norwegian songwriter, Moddi, asking him to cancel his upcoming 2014 concert, in Tel Aviv on February 1st. Friday the young and rapidly upcoming artist responded, in a Facebook post that links to an article Jello Biafra wrote after he had cancelled an Israeli show, with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, back in 2011.

 

Alicia Keys Playing for Israel

By: Saturday July 6, 2013 11:30 am

As a musician, it was interesting to read about Alicia Keys and the controversy over her performance in Israel on July 4th. Numerous artists, activists and musicians urged her not to perform in Sun City because of Israel’s “apartheid” policies towards Palestinians. Keys refused to cancel and played regardless, saying to the New York Times that “[m]usic a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.” The problem, however, is that Keys believes that by playing, everything will be solved the following day of her performance.

Live Blog, Live Stream: 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:14 pm

IT’S EVERYWHERE! OMG! The 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief, benefiting the Robin Hood Fund, the largest independent poverty fighting organization in the New York area, is being broadcast and streamed on almost every major website and TV channel in the US, and is accessible to over 2 billion worldwide. Heck it’s even on the Cooking Channel! And the Military History Channel. Maybe Israelis and Palestinians will bond over Billy Joel and Kanye West, and we’ll have world peace as well as raising fund to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts!

And we’re here liveblogging it with you, from the opening (rumored to be Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) to the close (PaulMcCartney takes on Kurt Cobain’s role in Nirvana. Please no one introduce him to Courtney Love!).

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