If you missed us this weekend for Saturday Art and Food Sunday, here’s what you were lacking…

On Saturday Art, Art Threat led us off with a film about the Serengeti and ethnic cleansing:

The first film I was able to catch at this year’s One World Human Rights Film Festival was A Place Without People documenting the expulsion of the Maasai from the Serengeti in Tanzania. "Can’t at least we preserve the Serengeti for the animals and the people who come after us," exclaimed Bernhard Grzimek, a German conservationist/zooligist famous for inspiring the creation of the Serengeti National Park. By this statement I presume he meant preserve it for other colonialists and not the Maasai, the parks original inhabitants. From British rule up to the country’s present day independent government, those in power have failed to recognize the tribe’s place in the park’s ecosystem and their role in preserving its balance for centuries.

Jake Remington had a piece entitled "Hero Expanded":

masaccio discussed some bad art for us:

This painting, The School of Plato, by Jean Delville, hangs at the D’Orsay. The first time I saw it I was going through the rooms on the second floor, just browsing, and there it was. There was a bench in front of it, and I waited for a turn to sit. A German couple wandered by. Schrecklich. Then a French couple. Terríble. If you sit there long enough, you’ll hear the word for dreadful in practically every language.

There is something in this picture to offend almost everyone. Christians? Plato looks like Christ, and the “apostles” aren’t interested in what he is saying. Philosophy majors? Plato wasn’t anything like Christ. People who despise LBGT stereotypes? Duh. People who love pastels? Sure: no one is that color. People with an amateur’s understanding of anatomy? Sure: no one could stand, sit or slouch like that. These guys give new meaning to the word “controposto”, or hipslung. I bet they’re really good at yoga. Botanists? Just look at the trees and bushes. Osias Beert would have burst a gullet laughing.

Mitchell Frye brought us a photograph from Brazil:

Lisa Derrick discussed Dennis Hopper:

Friday, Dennis Hopper got his star on Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce had tried for years to give him one, but he declined the honor until now, in what are obviously his last few weeks of life. Much has been very well written about Hopper the actor, the crazy man, the resurrection tale–oh how we love a redemption and resurrection!

At the very foundation of Hopper’s soul, the grain the forms him, the cell that sprung him forth, is the artistic craving to Create, the passion of the Demiurge, his own and others. And to that end, Hopper embraced art and artists in a self-immolating autophagy of constant creation and re-creation. The through line in his life is Art, life as art, art as life’s blood.

And Edward Teller brought us news of a musical piece he’s working on:

My longest orchestral work in 25 years, Hindu Kush, has now had three full or part rehearsals, as I prepare the Anchorage Civic Orchestra for its Spring Concert, to be presented on May 14th.

Hindu Kush is a set of impressions about war and strife in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir. It begins in anguish, and concludes in hope and prayer.

The concert will open with a work that hasn’t been played by an orchestra in Alaska in decades – Franz Schubert’s Rosamunde (or Die Zauberharfe) Overture, followed by Hindu Kush, which has never been played anywhere. The second half will feature the Alaska premieres of two masterpieces, Franz Liszt’s richly lyrical tone poem, Orpheus, and Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto (with Dr. Walter Oliveros as soloist).

On Food Sunday, Jessica Glasscoe talked about the Marine Stewardship Council:

Last weekend, as I was walking into Whole Foods, I noticed a large white and blue sign hanging above the door, announcing the arrival of Marine Stewardship Council Halibut. Sounds good, I thought. After placing the carefully-wrapped package in my cart, I felt certain that dinner was going to be delicious, and I was pretty sure I had just done something good for our planet, but if you had asked me why it was good, I would have shrugged.

Demi brought us letters and thoughts on the President:

Good Sunday to my Firedoglake friends. This morning I’m going to share a letter my son wrote which our family is sharing with everyone. Here it is…

Toby Wollin had the news:

Yeee-ow, but it’s cold and windy here in Upstate New York. We had snow, sleet, freezing rain AND ice this week, so it’s a bit discouraging as far as gardening goes. However, there IS food news!

A unique analysis of US diets: It’s the Subsidies, Stupid!:

If USDA subsidies actually were in line with the Food Pyramid, the following changes would take place in terms of what groups would actually get money:

Fruits and Veggies: Up 900%

Grains: Up 50%

Meat and Dairy: Down 100%

Sugars, Oils and Alcohol: Down 50%

Nuets and Legumes: Up 50%


Bill Egnor taught us how to make Hot Cross Buns:

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Happy Sunday Bread Heads! This week’s installment starts with a riddle. What do you get when you pour boiling water down a rabbit hole? Hot Cross Bunnies! Since the good folks at PETA would really take me to task for doing that, we’ll have to settle for the traditional Hot Cross Buns.

These buns are usually associated with Easter but they actually date from pagan times in England, so even if you are not of the Christian persuasion, it is the time of year to make them. The dough has to be refrigerated overnight and there is candied fruit in them as well, so if you want to serve them next weekend, you will need to plan ahead a little.

alanclaire talked about all things apple pandowdy:

I like a thing that can reinvent itself with confidence.

Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out to be what you set out to create. The day gets messy, and dinner gets abandoned for something altogether different. Or a career seems all laid out, and then a little person decides that your career will actually be mother. I think it’s a good thing to be able to adjust without apologies, to say okay, you thought I was this, but now I’m this! Really! This all gives me a lot of hope.

Kelly Canfield had a recipe for Palak Paneer:

I just love springtime. One of the first signs that Winter is definitely on the way out, is when our spinach starts coming up. About two more weeks and Mr. B and I will have a good 2 – 3 pounds.

We’ll have the first taste of it in a nice spinach salad; those are always good if you like spinach. But there’s also a cooked spinach dish that we just love – Palak Paneer.

And Jill Richardson had a piece about Blanche Lincoln’s school lunch bill:

Why do Democrats put their least loyal Senator in charge of one of their highest profile issues? Michelle Obama started her government-wide "Let’s Move" program to improve children’s health and nutrition, but Blanche Lincoln’s the author of the Senate child nutrition bill that just passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday. And Blanche Lincoln is no Michelle Obama. She’s not even as progressive as Barack Obama, who called for $10 billion in new money over 10 years for child nutrition, a number Lincoln reduced by more than half.

To put that in easier to understand terms, Obama’s proposal would have given up to $.18 in addition funds to each child’s school lunch. Lincoln’s bill gives each lunch $.06. Compare that to the School Nutrition Association’s request to raise the current $2.68 "reimbursement rate" (the amount the federal government reimburses schools for each free lunch served to a low income child) by $.35 just to keep the quality of the lunches the same and make up for schools’ current budgetary shortfall. School lunch reformer Ann Cooper calls for an extra $1 per lunch to actually make lunches healthy. So any amount under $.35 is no reform at all, and Lincoln gave us $.06.

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Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.