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Oh, That Cher!

425cherobama2lc102308In this red-carpet interview, Cher talks about her admiration for President Obama. “Republicans just about killed me,” she says, about the past eight years under Bush and the Republican agenda.

And what does the grande dame think about choosing to be a Republican? “If you’re poor, if you’re any kind of minority: gay, Black, Latino, anything, if you’re not rich…I just don’t get it.”

You’ve gotta admire a woman who doesn’t mince words.

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Puppets, politics, and art

Spent yesterday afternoon combining several of my passions: experiencing art and learning about American politics. The Bread and Puppet theater group is in residence this week at the Boston Center for the Arts, and their new show utilizes cooking as a tool and metaphor for exploring American political greed, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in Gaza, and the need for less consumption.

One of their most vivid theatrical statements (there were many): Use less or do without. Good food for restless minds and wallets.

My friends Jeanne and David brought their young kids. Hazel was terrified of the ten-foot tall puppets and the raucous band. Jonah seemed more pensive, taking it all in while finding joy when an even taller (literally twenty-foot) puppet of Uncle Sam towered over us on stilts.

Eye-opening, self-proclaimed “cheap” art. Two more shows today; skip out on Super Bowl mindlessness and get down to the BCA.

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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