In his hometown of Valencia, Spain, Miguel Angel Ferris Gil runs a "wastefulness tour."
Every Saturday, he charters a bus to take people past government buildings where bribery is rumored to take place, and then to elementary schools where kids go to class in trailers. He wants to show foreign investors where their money has gone.
"Here we are, in [the] face of the Valencian parliament," he says. "We start all our tours, our waste tours, protesting against the political corruption and waste."
The names of African cardinals are popping up as possible contenders to succeed Pope Benedict as head of the Roman Catholic Church when he steps down at the end of the month.
The Mary Mother of Good Council School is one of a number of respected Roman Catholic schools overseen by the archdiocese of Accra, the capital of the West African nation of Ghana. The Metropolitan archbishop of Accra, Charles Palmer-Buckle, who trained as a priest at pontifical universities in Rome, is upbeat about the continent's contribution to the Catholic Church.
Just inside a room on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere, there's a large baby doll dress, big enough for a woman to wear. And one did.
The costume and the baby bottle next to it belonged to 85-year-old Miriam Batiste Reed, who was known as a baby doll and one of the first women to parade in Mardi Gras. The bottle and the dress are part of a new exhibition, They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition.
Mon 2/18: Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy- What the Brothers Sang Tuesday 2/19: The James Hunter Six – Minute by minute Wednesday 2/20: BeauSoleil – From Bamako to Carencro Thursday 2/21: Bobby Rush – Down in Louisiana
Richard Thompson’s latest album, Electric, produced by Buddy Miller, comes in what is arguably his most creatively productive period in a career that stretches back some 45 years. Whether featuring electric or acoustic guitar, the songs are built around the tightly focused core of Thompson’s current trio: drummer Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, John Cale) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello) complementing the leader through a full range of emotional explorations. Stop in and hear what the fuss is all about during the Peak of the Week, Thursday at 8 pm.
We have D.C.'s finest bluegrass band for your Monday night feature this week, as we tip our hat to mandolinist/tenor singer John Duffey on his birthday with one of his first recordings with The Scene. And we pay our respects to the late Mike Auldridge, a pioneer of the dobro who passed on 12/29/12. You'll hear some familiar non-bluegrass songwriters covered here (Hank Williams, John Prine, Gene Clark), but be sure to also listen for Duffey's take on "Small Exception of Me", and of course the fine lead vocals of the late John Starling.