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Hari Kondabolu Brings Humor and Hope to the Trump Era

Hari Kondabolu Brings Humor and Hope to the Trump Era

Photo Credit: Yoon Kim During the days of the Trump presidency, stand up comedy has, in many ways, become a  tool to comprehend our political frustrations as much as it has been an escape from them — and one comedian we can thank is Hari Kondabolu. It’s business as usual for the Queens, New York,

Guitarist Billy Martin of Good Charlotte discusses band’s new album, Generation Rx

Good Charlotte hits Worcester on Tuesday, Oct. 23. SCN spoke with Billy Martin, far left, about their newest album. Photo: Ville Juurikkala. For nearly 20 years, Pop-Punk quintet Good Charlotte has used their talents to focus on the little things. Now in 2018, inspired by the death of an artist on the rise, they’re shifting

Stray to Tent A Forever Home: A Book Review

Stray to Tent A Forever Home http://www.straytotentaforeverhome.com What a glory! This book by Gary Clark is beautifully illustrated to raise children’s awareness about homelessness in a positive, loving way. It says that it is for children from the ages of 5 to 8 but really, this is a book for everybody. Really, I found the

Reprisals: A Poem by Mike Fiorto

Up in Shohola we met Nick Dillard, He asked us to come to his house. He had built it, he said, shingle and thatch, Sometimes he lived there with his spouse.   She’s sick now, arthritis, Too hard to come up; she stays in Stroudsburg these days. He comes for the hunting, Bears and coyote,

Who-ray for her

The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Steve Schofield There aren’t many roles on UK television that garner the kind of media attention that Jodie Whittaker received last year, when it was announced that she would be replacing Peter Capaldi to play the time-travelling alien called the Doctor in BBC’s long running science

If They Come For Me

Tell them I was here a while, that I loved some good women, but that the ones I loved best left. If they try to break down my door, tell them I wrote a lot of poems, too many, perhaps, and some plays, and two novels. Tell them none of this paid my rent or

Respect: Saying Goodbye to the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin (Courtesy of Atlantic Records) “All I’m askin’ for, is a little respect,” sings Aretha Franklin in what would become her signature tune. But by dint of her swaggering, sweltering, church-wrought performance, she’s not just asking for respect: she’s demanding it. And she got it, on an unparalleled level, winning 18 Grammys, a lifetime

Book Review: Homeless: A Day In The Life

“Someone who’s warm can’t understand someone who’s cold.”——Alexander Solzhenitsyn. This book really brought back the old times of my being homeless. The one very big difference is that this man, who calls himself ‘our friend’ throughout the book, is not an addict. This story is totally engrossing, as he travels through a northwestern city and

MC5 Guitarist Marks 50 Years of Kicking Out the Jams With Tour, Autobiography

It’s been 50 years since The MC5 burst onto the Detroit rock scene with their groundbreaking sense of rebellion and their loud- and at that point, unheard of stage presence. The Motor City quintet’s music has gone on to influence countless punk, rock and metal musicians over the last half century, and guitarist Wayne Kramer

Looking For An Exit

The sun it rises early To play tag with the breeze When shadows start dancing To the rhythm of the leaves. The morning silence is a mystery In echo’s we can’t tell. For echo’s all ring hollow Like pebbles in a well. While you’re busy looking down at me For things I didn’t do, Be

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