[NP] Barry, Oscar, Apple and Media that Matters


Howdy doody newsphlasherati,

I am writing this from the Bryant Park Hotel in New York, and it's a beautiful day. Last night I MC'd an event at HBO Headquarters. I'm off to BookExpo in a few minutes, and tomorrow night I jet back to Boston (ok, TRAIN back) to do perhaps my biggest gig of the summer.

Couple of very cool updates for yall.

1. BARRY CRIMMINS' FAREWELL TO STANDUP SHOW IN BOSTON



I have a pretty big show tomorrow (sat) night in Boston. A role model and mentor, political satirist Barry Crimmins, is walking away from standup and doing his farewell show at Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theatre in Davis Sq, Somerville MA

You should come out to see Barry's one-man show and stay for me and other comics he's selected to "carry the torch."

EVENT DETAILS

or on facebook



2. OSCAR BROWN JR. SHOW IN NYC TONIGHT



Last year at the South by Southwest film festival, I saw a great documentary by Donnie Betts about Oscar Brown Jr., a playwright, musician, poet, activist. Tonight I'm hoping to catch another tribute to Oscar Brown Jr. in NYC put on by Linda Kosut

EVENT DETAILS

"Long As You're Living"

the music, life & legacy of

Oscar Brown Jr.

Fri, June 1 at 7pm

Fri, June 8 at 9pm

The Triad Theater

158 W 72 St. NYC

more @ http://lindakosut.com/calendar.html

3. NEW VIDEO POSTED!!!



Any of you remember my run in with Apple superfans who swarmed my blog with negative comments after I dared to criticize the company? I've just released a video documenting that experience in the latest goodCRIMETHINKcast

It's about 10 minutes, and I think it's damn funny. Check it and share with friends

4. BIG SHOUT TO MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL



Finally, I want to give a superbig shoutout to Arts Engine, a non-profit that uses film to educate and empower people, ultimately helping them change the world. Last night I hosted their Media that Matters Film Festival Awards, and it was an incredibly inspiring experience.

You need to see these films, and you can, right now, for free online. Do it.

The event had some big timers like documentarian Al Masles and NPR's Ira Glass. There was young filmmaker Kiri Davis whose "A Girl Like Me" video got her on Oprah this week (google the movie). I'm just excited that my career is putting me in a position to work with like minded and talented folks.

Plus, two people in the audience came up to me after the show and said

"You remind me a lot of Chris Rock, but funnier."

No lie.

Oh, if you're on facebook, check my profile there. I'm diggin the new facebook way more than myspace, so if you're a social networking whore, get at me there. You can see and hear all podcasts, read all blog posts, see my twitters and more

MY FBOOK PROFILE



That's it for now. No MoJos, but check that Apple smugness video for reelz.

peace

Baratunde Thurston

www.baratunde.com