We spent the night in Takoma Park, MD, which abuts DC. I like this better than being at the center of DC. We are staying in a Latino neighborhood, and it's kind of pleasant. Heading back to NC today.
Saw The Dictator yesterday. What I like about Sacha Cohen's work is his willingness to say the seemingly unsayable. Clearly, if the far right took over, films of this type would be banned and someone like Cohen might be jailed. You think I'm kidding? I'm not.
Went to a street mural presentation yesterday, organized by my sister. Great artistic work. Grassroots. Political. Impassioned. I asked one of the artists about the relation of social action to artistic work. His approach is to make the political statement artistically, rather than getting on a soapbox. Good advice. This is in the context of my participation in an open mic in NC which draws bluegrass, country, folk, and rock artists. I feel that the artists feel constrained from making political comment, because this is a culturally diverse group. But insights regarding the state of culture and society can be expressed through the songwriting in a non-confrontational manner.
Attending this event motivates me to keep going with my own work--blogging, playing out, working on my poetry and essay manuscripts, submitting, writing opeds and getting some of them published. Whatever compensation I may or may not receive, the creative person must create and share his/her work. It is written in our genes.
On a lighter note, I was in the restroom at the theatre in the stall when a roll of toilet paper slipped out of my hand and urolled across the entire room! Talk about embarrassed. This kind of thing happens to me all the time. But it gives me an opportunity to laugh at myself, a healthy thing.