Thursday, December 28, 2006

Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 8 of 8
Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 7 of 8
Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 6 of 8
Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 5 of 8
Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 4 of 8
Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 3 of 8
Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 2 of 8
Nathan Lane - Evening at Pops 1 of 8

Friday, December 22, 2006

TD5 - St3w4rt blasts, Bush, Snow on winning Iraq flip-flop
TD5 - St3w4rt blasts, Bush, Snow on winning Iraq flip-flop

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

NY Big Voice Video Diary #11

One of the most emotional--for me--videos I've ever seen

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A rare and wonderful visit to the artist studio of the late Al Hirschfeld, the brilliant caricaturist for New York theatre for most of the 20th Century. His widow, Louise, takes us on the tour. Jim, who has idolized Al his entire life, is overcome with emotion, as you will see.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

SENOR WENCES Ventriloquism & Juggling 1960

Senior Wences was always one of my favorite performers on the old Ed Sullivan show.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Il Divo Christmas-Mania
Schweaty Balls
Bowie Meets Crosby
Celine Dion - blue christmas (live)
John Denver Christmas
Judy Garland - Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Not Enough Cemetery to Go Around

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The Abu Hanifa Mosque is a famous Sunni mosque in Adhamiya.  After the invasion the mosque constructed a new cemetery originally for fighters in the war but it has since been expanded.

Now the cemetery takes all manners of victims of Iraq sectarian violence and it has open to Shi’as as well.

Although stories about Iraq accentuate sectarian violence and the possibility of a looming civil war, there are many accounts of Iraqi's coming together in opposition to sectarianism.  One story is about how the Abu Hanifa mosque helped survivors of the Kadhmiya bridge tragedy in 2005.

Unfortunately this new cemetery can not hold all of the martyrs and others dieing each day in Iraq, and they expect to build many more in the coming months.  The caretaker of the Abu Hanifa cemetery says they dig an average of 4-5 graves each day, and this is just for one cemetery in a city of five million inhabitants.

As the Iraq study group returns dire statistics from the situation in Iraq, one wonders when the stories of mutual aid and collective support in Baghdad's communities will begin to get more play in the media.  Although a civil war now seems inevitable, perhaps a better understanding of the solidarity present within Baghdadis and Iraqis can provide another direction for Iraq's future.

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A Mother Tells a Martyr's Story

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It's nearly a daily occurrence that we read in the news of a half dozen or more insurgents or resistance fighters killed by US, Coalition, or Iraqi security forces.

Rarely, however, do we hear the full story, rarely do we hear of the fighter, or martyr's experience. Although the press generally refers to them as insurgents, Iraqis killed on all sides of the conflict are generally referred to in Iraq as martyrs.

Ali was one fighter among many who have been killed during the war in Iraq. He was killed during one of many shootouts in the past year in Adhamiya. Correspondent Isam Rasheed met his mother by chance in a new cemetery that has been built for Martyrs, those killed by Coalition forces or in the rising sectarian violence.

Iraqis, and Arabs generally, have vastly different opinions of the resistance movement. For some more insight, see videos such as, A Conversation with an Iraqi Policeman, this conversation between two Sunni doctors, Iraqis Discuss the Resistance, and this interview with Yusef Rababa, a man who knew Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi personally.

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Tags: iraq, baghdad, aliveinbaghdad, terrorism, waronterror

Car Bomb Survivors, No Longer Statistics

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Although car bombs are a regular occurrence in Baghdad, it's nearly impossible to find accounts from the victims.

The victims in this story survived a car bombing this summer in the Adhamiya neighborhood, but due to complications, we were only able to bring you their stories now. These images are graphic, but they depict an aspect of daily life in Baghdad.

The media carries numbers of dead and wounded soldiers, security forces, and civilians, but without bringing their stories directly to the viewership, it may be impossible to ever truly understand the particulars of life in a place like Baghdad.

In this video you'll see what happens to some of the dozens of people whose stories are reported only in your daily newspaper's injured statistics.

Tags: iraq, baghdad, aliveinbaghdad, terrorism, waronterror carbomb

Saturday, December 09, 2006

New York Times!

This is Steve's movie of Jim reading the New York Times review for the first time--and the reaction of both of them about it.

The night the NY Times review of The Big Voice came out, we stayed up until 1:30 AM to read it online. I decided to tape us reading it whether it was good or bad. Now, see what happened...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Real Life Power Ranger Saves Sister

This isn't the best quality video, but it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen. (If it ever gets posted in better format, I will replace it, because it's good cute not to be seen)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

jerome murat

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Big Voice in New York #5

It's the night before opening and all through the City, the Christmas tree has been lit, people are starting to make return trips to our show, someone brings some friends, and Steve almost makes it on the Daily Show.
The Big Voice in New York #4

Jim and Steve go to Sardi's and have a little fun with each other.
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