Yesterday I was planning to go to the East Bay Pickin' and Fiddlin' Potluck, but while driving I heard there was going to be a demonstration against the Pacifica Foundation's arbitrary firing of the KPFA station manager, apparently because she started questioning the foundation directors' use of funds (15 percent of revenues collected by Pacifica's member stations, all listener supported, go to Pacifica). The demonstration was to feature performances by Laurie Lewis and Tom Rosum, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, and U. Utah Phillips, so I figured I had to check that out, even at the expense of the monthly P&F jam. I managed to chat with--and get aoutgraphs on my banjo head--from Ronnie Gilbert, Holly Near, and Utah (who looks great, by the way) despite my lack of a pen (Wavy Gravy lent me his for Ronnie's signature, someone else lent me a pen for Utah's, and Holly had her own pen). I also chatted with Laurie--apologizing for a stupid joke I had made during one of her performances at the Freight and Salvage, Berkeley's folk music coffee house. She didn't remember it but remembered my introducing myself during the intermission as her niece's photography teacher. Nice people all, great performers--Laurie and Tom are a truly dynamite duet, great singers and great instrumentalists.
There were about a thousand people in Martin Luther King, Jr., park--known during the Sixties and Seventies as Provo Park--to protest what they felt was an assault on free speech, which may be caused simply by board members' attempt to cover their profligate asses, but paranoid old Seed is worried might be a sign of a corporate takeover of our one source of real news.