Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics: Maradona
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM
The recent events in Puerto Rico with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria has been a major news story with complex humanitarian and political overtones. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, yet it has its own Olympic team and marches under the Puerto Rican flag. United States citizens in Puerto Rico and citizens on the American mainland differ in their opinions as to whether Puerto Rico should be a state, an independent country, or remain in its status as a United States territory.
And, as always, the intersection of sport and politics can be a fascinating illumination into many of these complex issues.
Puerto Rican players make up the fourth largest Latino group in Major League Baseball after the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba. Puerto Rico has four players in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and there are five Puerto Ricans currently in the National Basketball Association (12 in its history). Puerto Rico’s defeat of the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games in basketball is considered one of the great upsets in the Olympic Games history and a source of great pride for Puerto Rico. And, Puerto Rico produced some of boxing’s great champions.
We’ll talk about these issues today as well as the single finest example of an athlete who set the bar at the highest level in transcending sport – Puerto Rico’s Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente, who paid the ultimate price on behalf of the world community without borders almost a half a century ago.
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Long-time jazz aficionado and past interviewer/reviewer for the New Books Network New Books in Jazz segment Doc Stull will present an entertaining and informative look (with audio, television and movie clips) at the important contribution of early Italian immigrants to jazz as well as later Italian-American entertainers and innovators such as Jimmy Durante, Nick LaRocca, Leon Ropollo, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Louis Prima, Louis Bellson , Vince Guaraldi and many others. Though most American and international audiences may be familiar with epic popular singers such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, both of whom had strong crossover stylistic jazz sensibilities, many are unfamiliar with the fascinating Italian-American connections to jazz.
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Doc Stull presenta: Gli Italiani Americani nel Jazz Americano del XX secolo
Martedì 26 settembre 2017 alle 19.15
Capitolo Eureka – 615 H St. Eureka, CA
Doc Stull presenta un aspetto divertente e informativo (con audio classico, televisivo e film) all’importante contributo dei primi immigrati italiani a jazz come così come successivi artisti e innovatori italiani americani come Jimmy Durante, Nick LaRocca, Leon Ropollo, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Louis Prima, Louis Bellson, Vince Guaraldi e molti altri. Sebbene la maggioranza degli americani e del pubblico internazionale abbia familiarità con i cantanti popolari epici come Frank Sinatra e Tony Bennett, entrambi i quali hanno avuto forti sensibilità jazz stilistica crossover, molti non conoscono gli affascinanti connessioni italiane e italiane-americane al jazz.
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Join life-long Jack London aficionado and park docent Doc Stull for a compelling reading followed by a spirited discussion at the House of Happy Walls, Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA.
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturday, August 12. Free.
$10.00 Vehicle entry fee.
Complimentary wine and refreshments served.
There is limited seating for this event. Please make your reservation at the link at the bottom of the page.
Californian Jack London (1876 -1916) was the most popular American author of his day – adventurer, romantic, realist, war correspondent, boxing writer, revolutionary, sportsman, socialist, public intellectual, dreamer…combative, contrary, contradictory, charismatic, and courageous – Jack London’s legacy lives here amidst the mystical magic of Valley of the Moon.
Perhaps no other American author encompassed more diverse subject areas and amassed more output within a short life-span of only 4o years – 50 novels, more than 200 short stories, plus a well-spring of non-fiction and photojournalism, London was a larger-than-life man of great passion, vision, and contradiction.
Join Doc and experience one of Jack’s most riveting and unforgettable short stories.