Friday, November 10, 2006

New Cross events

Anarchist film night//Di-Orienting Rhythms//South London radical history group//Elephant and Castle//The empire of denial//Lewisham bloggers drink

Anarchist film night, Wednesday 15 November
CLASS ACTS
Presents a double bill of cinematic delights plus yummy food

The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists
A film by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, Pacific Street Films
Anarchism, which rejected government in all its forms, was the largest radical movement among Jewish immigrants in the 1880s and 1890s in the USA and continued to attract fervent supporters in the early decades of the 20th century.
In 1977, as the Jewish anarchist newspaper Freie Arbeiter Stimme was about to close down after 87 years of publication.
Narrated by [the late] anarchist historian Paul Avrich, the story is mostly told by the newspaper's now elderly, but decidedly unbowed staff. They talk about the conditions that led them to join, their fight to build trade unions, differences with the Communists, attitudes toward violence, Yiddish culture, and loyalty to one another.
[Buy the film here. More: The Suitcase: The Legacy of Emma Goldman, Anarchism in America]

AN INJURY TO ONE, chronicles the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little, a story whose grisly details have taken on a legendary status. Much of the extant evidence is inscribed upon the landscape of Butte and its surroundings. Thus, a connection is drawn between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself. Butte's history was entirely shaped by its exploitation by the Anaconda Mining Company.
War profiteering and the company's extreme indifference to the safety of its employees (mortality rates in the mines were higher than in the trenches of Europe) led to Little's arrival. "The agitator" found in the desperate, agonized miners overwhelming support for his ideas, which included the abolishment of the wage system and the establishment of a socialist commonwealth.
Archival footage mixes with deftly deployed titles, while the lyrics to traditional mining songs are accompanied by music from Will Oldham, Jim O'Rourke, and The Low, producing an appropriately moody, effulgent, and strangely out-of-time soundtrack. The result is a unique film/video hybrid that combines painterly images, incisive writing, and a bold graphic sensibility to produce an articulate example of the aesthetic and political possibilities offered by filmmaking.
Wednesday 15th November, 7.30 for food, 8.00pm for film. Only £4 including delicous veggie food at The Café Crema 306 New Cross Rd SE15
Bus: 53, 453, 177, 225,171, 172,136, 321, Train and Tube: New Cross or New Cross Gate, DLR Deptford Bridge (10 min walk)

Dis-Orient X, Friday 17 November [link]

Ten years after the book Dis-Orienting Rhythms: the Politics of the New Asian Dance Music (Zed books 1996) we've decided to have a party (or a wake) and discuss, and dance, about the new world disorder.

Workshop Goldsmiths Cinema - 3pm - 6pm

speakers - Sonia from ADFED, Anamik Saha of Goldsmiths, Sanjay Sharma, John Hutnyk, Aki Nawaz showing the new Fun-da-mental video, & panel discussion chaired by Ash Sharma...
finish 6pm

Then...

From 7.30pm (after hungry folks have eaten at a local diner):

Dis-Orient X club night New Cross Inn 7.30 - 12.

New Cross Inn is on New Cross Rd next to "the venue"
with Aki Nawaz from Fun-da-mental and SPARK! on the decks

- a benefit for the 1857 Indian war of Independence Commemoration Committee
(donation at the door)

All welcome
(special discount offer on the controversial F-D-M album "ALL IS WAR" on the night)

South London Radical History Group cross the river
[link]

'The roving South London Radical History Groupies are going to walk along the south end of North London's New River and do a bit of sightseeing, and politico-historical chattering along the way... the idea is to meet up at Turnpike Lane tube at 2pm on Sunday 26th November and work our way down the river, stopping at Clissold Park cafe for a cup of tea, and then on to Sadlers Wells. After that we can wander back to Angel or Chapel Market to hang out in a pub and maybe try one of the "eat as much as you like" buffets... bring umbrellas, gossip and chat about historical spots we pass...'

For further information, or to be added to the SLRHG mailing list, contact mudlark1@postmaster.co.uk

Elephant and Castle: A Presentation of Work-in-Progress on a Lyric Theatre Piece, 16 November
A Thursday Club event with Tim Hopkins [link]

Starts: 18:00 - 16 November 2006 | Ends: 20:00 - 16 November 2006

Location: Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths College, New Cross


Tim Hopkins is an opera and multimedia lyric theatre director and a NESTA Fellow.


E-mail: Maria X Web: Thursday Club web site


Empire of Denial, 16 November

Governance and Democracy public lecture [link]

Starts: 17:00 - 16 November 2006 | Ends: 19:00 - 16 November 2006 | Location: Room 309, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths College, New Cross | Cost: Free


Speaker: Professor David Chandler
...new forms of international intervention and regulation,... projected in the therapeutic language of ethical foreign policy, the rule of law, human security, empowerment, democratization, state capacity-building, human rights, civil society development, anti-corruption and transparency, country 'ownership', post-conditionality, and 'pro-poor' development...

E-mail: George Lawson | Telephone: 020 7919 7750


Lewisham Bloggers Drink

We’ll be in the Jolly Farmers from 8:30 on 18 November. More from Andrew.

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