Some music while you read

OPENING REMARKS:

While I was living in Italy in the 1990s I formed a group that had four, sometimes five female singers. I named it “Aria Aperta”...............  click to continue

                WELCOME TO ARIA APERTA.

Aria Aperta is the space I have created for my world of social, cultural, and political activism. It’s got all kinds of nooks and crannies and little spaces contained within it. If you want a brief prologue explaining the name and its origin, look above at “opening remarks” and click on the appropriate link.

NEWS FLASH: HISTORIC GROUND ZERO PEACE VIGIL COMES TO AN END. CLICK HERE

 

        WHY I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY

                              by Russell Branca

There are three fundamental reasons why I intend to vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party for president of the United States.     CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Under the monopoly of the two major political parties, American elections have become a contest between two advertising agencies. I want to change all that. 

Russell Branca

New York,  10/30/2012

 

 

 

 

 

TROY DAVIS AND THE BANALITY OF EVIL

A commentary by Russell Branca

"The apathy displayed by the majority of media and the political and intellectual establishments to what happened last night in Georgia can’t help from provoking a comparison between the emotionally barren face of  a Nazi bureaucrat 50 years ago and the face of  a criminal justice system that serenely claims it has done its duty. It’s the same face and it’s the same “banality of evil” and it scares me".

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ESSAY

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM RESISTANCE CINEMA! CLICK HERE FOR OUR MESSAGE AND PHOTOS.

 

                  SOME PAST SPECIAL EVENTS                  

FROM JUNE 13TH 2010

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LACY BIO CLICK HERE

COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NYC

INVITES YOU TO  KICK OFF THE SUMMER VACATION

WITH A twelve piece jazz ensemble FEATURING

ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS

under the direction of

“KU-UMBA”  FRANK LACY

Sunday  June 13th -  2010 -1:30pm

COMMUNITY CHURCH ASSEMBLY HALL

40 East 35th St.  @ Park ave.

ADMISSION: -  $10

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FROM JULY, 2009

SUMMER JAZZ SEMINAR AT COMMUNITY CHURCH

A three week mini-course on Jazz Appreciation And History

More info CLICK HERE

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FROM JUNE 8, 2009

COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NYC UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST

                        PRESENTS

    

RABBI ARIK ASCHERMAN Executive Director of RABBIS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in Israel will  speak on the subject:

“JEWISH VALUES, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE WAR IN GAZA”

WHEN: Monday June 8th, 2009  7PM

WHERE: Community Church NYC Assembly Hall 40 East 35th st. @ Park Ave.

Admission: Free, Donations solicited for Rabbis For Human Rights

    MORE INFORMATION HERE:                   

 

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FROM FEBRUARY 2009

 

 SPECIAL SCREENING OF "EYES ON THE PRIZE" The historic award winning PBS documentary on The American Civil Rights Movement.

   CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: "The Prosecution Of George W. Bush For Murder" by Vincent Bugliosi

COMMENTARY:

REFLECTIONS ON THE ELECTION, THIRD PARTIES, RALPH NADER, BARACK OBAMA AND WHAT HAPPENS NOW

by Russell Branca

 

..... ON JUNE 29th WE STARTED A Summer Jazz Film series Check out RESISTANCE CINEMA for specifics...............If you click on the Open Letters section of the BLOG you'll see my thoughts on BARACK OBAMA'S speech on race ........ I finally got my act together and the "events" page is now functioning. Click on it above to find out what's happening. It will have a calendar of all the events organized or endorsed by this website....... My latest book review is of DISSENT: VOICES OF CONSCIENCE by Ann Wright. It's a great book. You can read about it up above in my book review section. These reviews have all been published in Book/Mark, a small progressive literary review out on Long Island.

JAZZ MEANS PEACE: This is the jazz series that kicked off last May at the Bowery Poetry Club. We did two new shows in November and December. On May 13th we salute GRANDMOTHERS AGAINST THE WAR. Get all the latest info above and to the right under Projects.

In the PROJECT SECTION you’ll also find all the latest info about “RESISTANCE CINEMA”, which just keeps rolling along with provocative documentary films and a stimulating lecture series. My VIGIL Page keeps evolving. It’s dedicated to the NYC peace vigil scene.  ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY is planning another multi-genre performance art event soon, so stay tuned. 

In the BLOG I have an assortment of interesting things. Some public “open letters” and a little “Iran” section. I spent 12 days in Iran last March and you can see photos, read some correspondence with Iranians and read my personal assessment of the political situation in the form of an open letter to my congressman Anthony Weiner. That's in The Open Letter Section of the blog. There are two others; one to Cindy Sheehan and one to Eleanor Clift.

 

There is so much going on out here in the world, so much we need to do, and so many opportunities for growth, ARIA APERTA is just a part of it and has no intention of sitting still.

See you around,

Russell