REM’s Michael Stipe Endorses Bernie Sanders For His ‘Honesty And Realness’

first_imgFrom Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jon Fishman, musicians continue to expound their support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Most recently, R.E.M. frontman, Michael Stipe, told Rolling Stone why his vote would go to the Democratic candidate. “In art and in music, I seek out and listen for honesty and realness. That’s why I’m backing Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. In politics, he is the person who is offering me the most honesty and the most realness.” Well said, Mr. Stipe, well said.He further explains himself off-camera:“I’m a feminist. I’ve marched, supported and fought for black rights, privacy rights and LGBTQ rights. I’m deeply concerned about the environment. I’m completely freaked out by fracking. Sanders takes positions on all of these issues that have [outshone] any other candidate that I’ve seen — and I have looked, believe me. I identify with him. I’m a proud liberal, but I also lean more center when it comes to policy. I get it that there are people who don’t see things exactly the way I do.“I’ve been around long enough to see when a politician is waffling or dodging hard questions, or trying to alter or rewrite the positions they have taken. Sanders is refreshingly not that. Listen, politics is not easy, and America is so vast — there are lots of different viewpoints out there. It’s refreshing to have a candidate who speaks his mind, who makes sense, who isn’t demagogic. His appeal and his honesty — once people see who he is and what he stands for — is perfect for now. It’s very 21st century. It is idealistic, but also realistic.”You can read more about his political opinion in this interview, or watch Stipe’s endorsement below:[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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KNOW Theatre turns back time with series of radio plays

first_img“It’s a way to keep the actors and the crew that we work with at KNOW creative so they can get that outlet and give audiences something for them to enjoy while we’re all trapped,” Lyle said. But translating a stage show into something that is only meant to be heard presented artistic director Tim Gleason with a challenge, one he says he is all for. Lyle says the plays are available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and other platforms free of charge, but the theater welcomes donations as the work through the crisis. The plays are specially chosen by Stage Manager Duncan Lyle to fit the audio only format. For more information on how you can listen to a play or donate, click here. They include actors familiar to theater goers here in the Southern Tier and are called the Know Theatre Radio players. Organizers say they are doing the plays as a way to help out both cast members and audiences who are both looking for something to do during the crisis. He stressed that remaining creative is critical to artists working in the theater industry “Duncan being the nice guy he is hooked me up with an Irish tragedy so I have to convey to my actors how we show that tragedy without slumped shoulders and tearful eyes,” he said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — With live performances currently on hold due to COVID-19, KNOW Theatre in Binghamton wants to take you on a trip back in time. Actors and behind the scenes staff have launched a series of radio adaptations of plays that date back to the roaring twenties and even before. last_img read more

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