art and music

Art @ A-Space June 1st

Periwinkle Pete presents a short group art-show opening monday June 1st at 7pm. This show features the work of Paul Phillips, Chris Klines, Sid Torchio, Christian Cantiello, Dan Fox, and Melissa aka "Shake'.

The A-Space Anarchist Community Space
4722 Baltimore Ave, W. Philly
215-727-0882 leave msg

plenty of parking for bikes & cars
south side of Baltimore ave
between 47th & 48th on septa #34 green line surface trolley
most events free/we survive on donation


"Fear is the mind killer, fear is the little death that brings total obliteration"

From the first line of the first track (a quote from dune) we see the thesis clearly: escape the mental prison! With styles reminiscent of Saul Williams or even Gil Scott Heron, veteran west Philly activist, DJ, and Poet brings his first collection of work "Infinite Tenacity" to us with the help of producer Tremain Fisher. whose eclectic styles help frame the diverse yet vibrant visions of Mshinda.

The Spectrial: corporate parasites take on pirates in swedish court

by dave onion

The Swedish government recently had 3 web technicians in their courts to answer for the high crimes of sharing. In what is being dubbed the Spectrial (between spectacle and trial), the defendants are being accused by some of the most wealthy corporate parasites of the music industry of copyright infringement. The Swedish pirates however, unlike those pirates of yesteryear - the visionaries of brute force capital accumulation - were being challenged not for violently dispossessing anyone of goods, but for helping to make informational commodities like music, movies and software as widely available as possible for free.  The defendants run the website, a search engine for BitTorrent filesharing.

File Sharing is Easy

Download a free BitTorrent client like utorrent (, vuze( ) or miro ( These are file sharing programs that run on your computer.

Look up torrents for your favorite movie, album, book or TV show on a Torrent tracker site. See below for some recommended sites.

“We’re here! We’re Queer!”:

 The Grassroots Politics of Harvey Milk

by Bronwyn Lepore

A teenager in the 70’s, I still remember the rant of the activist parent whenever Anita Bryant, singer, orange juice queen, Christian wing nut and anti-gay crusader came on TV. “Get that hateful woman off; I can’t even look at her.” My mom was a social worker in Camden, New Jersey, and a gay co-worker, Richard Marcucci, often came by the house at night to chat. Mom baked chocolate chip cookies and the scent of a joint and the warm cookies wafted through the louvered doors, as they giggled conspiratorially in the kitchen. The 70’s were a decade of social battlefields and powerful grassroots movements, a decade when identity politics came to the forefront, and conversations around our dinner table were full of hopeful talk of the cultural changes taking place.

Reappropriate the Imagination!

By Cindy Milstein

(Note: This essay originally appeared in Realizing the Impossible: Art against Authority, edited by Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland (AK Press, 2007). I’ve been meaning to republish it for months now, but finally found the perfect excuse: the “City from Below” conference in Baltimore ( One of the “City from Below” organizers is CampBaltimore, which was used as a promising example in this essay, and this new project underscores the interplay between “reappropriating the imagination” and potentially reappropriating the material world of our lives and communities. So in hopes of encouraging creative thinking that’s also, in turn, a creative praxis of social transformation, now seems like a good time to circulate this piece and point people toward the “City from Below” call for participation--against the backdrop of a world that’s more than ever in need of repossessing from below.)

“Spider” Woman: Louise Bourgeois’s Retrospective at the Guggenheim

by Bronwyn

On entering Louise Bourgeois’s Guggenheim Retrospective (the museum, a spiraling stroll of four floors – like walking inside of a large conch shell is a perfect space for her work) one is greeted by a 30-foot, steel spider: “Maman” (1999). Typical of the ambiguous and contradictory emotions found in and elicited by her work, the spider (or mother) is simultaneously frightening, larger than life and devouring – representative of…well, mothers, and of the sustenance of life… the spider is also a weaver – of stories, social threads, interconnectedness; a spider’s web is both practical and beautiful to behold. To kill a spider is bad luck. Bourgeois, named by her feminist mother, after Louise Michel, an anarchist involved in the Paris Commune, has said “my best friend was my mother and she was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable, neat and useful as a spider.” A tapestry-repairer and a strong role model in many ways, her mother nevertheless tolerated a visible affair between Louise’s father and her governess, a self-described childhood ‘trauma’ that Bourgeois has revisited in her artwork through out her life.

Glassworkers Organizing Outside of State-Run Unions in Mexico

by Eduardo Soriano-Castilloeduardo y alfredo

On Saturday May 3rd, a delegation of US labor and community interests were invited to Mexico City to be a part of a delegation of Latino U.S. Labor representatives, comprised of labor activists from throughout the US.

This was the 55th year the Mexican government and the IME hosted this conference, and the first year that U.S.  unions, community based labor interest groups, and worker centers were invited to attend.

U.S.  labor represented a wide variety of trades and community groups including the Philadelphia chapter of Jobs With Justice of which I am a member.

Rodstarz and G1 of Rebel Diaz Attacked and Arrested by NYPD

June 19, 2008 312-489-0505

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