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Month: November 2009

Sad Boston-area news: the passing of Cambridge storyteller Brother Blue

from The Boston Globe

from The Boston Globe

(Cambridge Community Television press release):

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of storyteller Dr. Hugh Hill, known as Brother Blue. Brother Blue, perhaps the original performance artist, has entertained generations of children and adults with his tales, often accompanied by tambourine and foot stomping. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Hill; together they produced hundreds of hours of storytelling in CCTV’s studio, on Cambridge Community Radio, and BeLive.

CCTV will show a retrospective of Brother Blue’s programs in December.

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Expanding Awareness: Mysticism

On today’s show, Victor and his guest discussed the topic of mysticism. Listen to the show on the WZBC archive.

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Silversun Pickups, Cage The Elephant, & An Horse at The Webster, Hartford CT 10/20/09

The final show of my ‘seven shows in eleven days’ odyssey, and what a marvelous evening it was! Silversun Pickups is one band I’ve been enjoying for a little while now and never had the opportunity to see live. Cage The Elephant were a surprising and delightful wallop over the head at last summer’s WBRU Block Party in Providence, so I knew I had to see them again, if at all possible. An Horse I had vaguely heard about, so the three of them together was definitely worth the drive down to Hartford.


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Happy Hollows at T.T. The Bear’s Place, Cambridge MA, Oct. 18, 2009


Sarah Negahdari, Chris Hernandez, and Charles Mahoney of The Happy Hollows

Toward the end of my ‘Silverlake East Coast Revue’, there was this marvelous miracle of an appearance by highly regarded (and rightly justified!) eastside L.A. band, The Happy Hollows, at our lovely little dive, T.T. The Bear’s Place in Central Square. I don’t know how on earth they got plunked onto a bill that sandwiched them between two swampy Southern rock bands, but bless all the pagan gods that they did. [as Sarah said to me afterward, “we were the odd ducks in the middle”. Odd and immensely talented ducks, I’d say!]

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Expanding Awareness: Paganism and the true meaning of Halloween w/Joanie Sullivan

Yes, once again I’m late with this, but you can listen to Victor Robert Venckus and his wonderful Expanding Awareness program on paganism (and the true meaning of Halloween) with his guest Joanie Sullivan on the WZBC archive.

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