"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing"

From Broadway’s Phantom and Chess and 1st National Tours of Cats and Parade

Raissa Katona Bennett
“Putting Things Away”

Director: Eric Michael Gillett
Musical Director: David Caldwell

Saturday, November 1, 2008 @ 5 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2008 @ 4pm

$20 cover/2 drink minimum

Reservations: (212) 206-0440

This lady, who hosts the Algonquin Salon open mic many a time as well as the New Concerts at Tudor City Greens, is one of the most talented, beautiful, supportive and encouraging people I’ve met in New York to date. She never hesitates to say “way to go” or “you can do it!” when referring to new shows, projects, songs, and dreams. And the shows she hosts are always full of talent, humor and energy, a positive experience for performers and audience alike. If this is how she hosts her shows, heaven knows what amazingness will be seen in her solo work. Plus, with Eric Michael Gillett and David Caldwell at the helm, it’s bound to be a tight, well-orchestrated night of her talent.

I’ll be there…wanna book a table together?


One of my oldest friends is Rafael Gonzalez – poet, writer, teacher, spiritual leader. He lives only a few blocks from my mother and taught with her at Laney College in Oakland. He’s one of my oldest family friends, one who has known me all my life.

Pete & I had a great time this past weekend, as we were able to see Raphael speak and read some of his poetry (in both Spanish and English). The reading was in celebration of “Doorknobs & Body Paint Fantastic Flash Fiction An Anthology” in association with riverbabble, an online writing magazine. Leila Rae introduced the afternoon’s start and Bara Swain was the MC.
If you haven’t read Raphael’s poetry and strong political essays, please go to his blog and take a gander. Perhaps the most beautifully startling poem is the one he wrote (in both Spanish and English, which is his multi-lingual practice) on the day of September 11, 2001. Here is his blog entry for Sept 11, 2008 which features the poem, as well as his Sept 11, 2007 entry with even more commentary.
More pictures can be found here at my Flickr page.

From thepete.com :

Yep, it’s already happening. Thanks to the honestly brilliant idea of early voting, a handful of West Virginian voters have reported seeing their votes switch from Obama to McCain. It’s happened in two different West VA counties and the elections in that state are run by Republicans.

In the last two presidential elections there have been numerous reports and abundant evidence of election irregularities and even downright fraud. Now, an October 18, 2008 article at WVGazette.com (here: wvgazette.com/…0810180251 ), reports that it’s happening again.


When you go to vote, whether it’s early or not, please look very carefully at your vote. Whether you’ve got punchcards, ink-a-vote, computers or the old lever-machines, things can go wrong! (I found out the hard way back during the primaries: tv.thepete.com/…feels-like )

I know it sounds stupid, but you must make sure you vote for whom you mean to vote for and if you see something go wrong, DO NOT HESITATE. Please let a balloting place volunteer know ASAP what happened.

DON’T stop there! Report it to your friends, family and post it on the ‘net. Let me know or go to BradBlog.com and comment there. Or blog about it yourself! Open a Twitter account or an Utterli.com account or a Kwippy.com account and TALK ABOUT IT!



Please don’t give into the BS rhetoric. Yes, these are Dem votes in West Virginia, but as real Patriotic Americans, we should want EVERY American vote counted accurately.

Election Resources Online:


WHEN POSTING ON TWITTER PLEASE USE HASHTAGS. Hashtags are bits of text preceded by “#” that will identify your posts to search engines that are looking for election irregularity posts on Twitter and other microblogging sites. NotMyGal.com has posted the best hashtags to use when reporting voting problems:

* #votereport
* #EP{two-letter state code} – e.g. EPNY for New York, EPOH for Ohio (for serious legal issues only)
* #machine – use this tag to signal a problem with a voting machine
* #registration – use this tag to signal problems with the registration process, people being turned away for paperwok reasons
* #wait:time – use this tag to signal a long wait. Add a colon and the wait time in minutes – e.g. #wait:30 for half an hour, #wait:120 for two hours

Check out more on these hashtags and more about fighting this very serious issue in the “Saving Democracy with Twitter” post at NotMyGal.com here: is.gd/4oiS

Please pass this information on to every American you know. Some states have already started voting and it’s important that we all know to be aware that this is possible and has happened.

Also, it’s my understanding that “Stealing America”, a documentary about election irregularities will be available in it’s entirety for free starting tomorrow at StealingAmericaTheMovie.Org. Don’t quote me on that–I’m waiting to hear back from the director. Please watch and learn how these irregularities have happened before. Thank you!