July 16th, 2011
From boston.com there’s an Associated Press report on the latest developments in the struggle over raising the national debt ceiling in Washington, D.C. Read the article here, and get the Globe if you want more. Note the quote from President Obama to a group of students as he was talking about the reality of politics in a democracy: “You don’t get 100 percent of what you want.”
Today, the Chinese government criticized President Obama for meeting with the Dalai Lama. We owe a lot of money to the Chinese. I don’t want the Chinese telling my President he can’t meet with somebody like the Dalai Lama. Put that on the list of why we have to get ourselves out of debt and out of complicated relationships with people to whom we owe a lot of money. I don’t want my President to have to think about what our creditors might say about our political and human ideals.
July 16th, 2011
This is a publicity picture from Austin, Texas, but you get the idea looking at this image that the Court Yard Hounds are all in with their instruments and voices when they hit the stage. Martie Maguire, left, and Emily Robison did not for a moment trade on their fame as 2/3rds of the old Dixie Chicks (2007 Grammies for record, song, and album of the year, but who’s counting?). With ultimate class and confidence, they rolled out their own repertoire that swung from rock and classic country to folky ballad and high bluegrass. Their musicianship is superb, a consistent theme in this year’s Boarding House Park-based Lowell Summer Music Series. It’s an honor for the audiences to witness such excellence in the performing arts. They are from Texas now, although Emily said she was born in Pittsfield, Mass., so it’s fair to say they are “all cattle and no hat” when it comes to playing music. The four-member backing band complemented well the sisters’ harmonies and playing. The group powered through their set list right to the encore, which was a spirited instrumental dazzle that sent folks bouncing to the exits. I thought I heard a touch of Sheryl Crow in a couple of the up-tempo numbers during the evening. The weather was A-1 for an outdoor show, and the crowd filled the park nearly to the edges.
Opening for the Hounds was Lowell’s own Amy Black, but not for long because she is moving to Cambridge, according to her stage patter. She and her Red Clay Rascals set up the evening vibe nicely with their rootsy country sound, including Amy’s stand-out song “Molly” in which she contrasts her contemporary mill-condo life with a woman factory worker one hundred years ago.
July 16th, 2011
Mass Moments reminds us that on this day July 16, 1997, a tentative deal was announced by Borden to save the famous Prince pasta plant in Lowell. Hoping that the “Spaghettiville” plant would continue to be one of the city’s largest employers, Senator Ted Kennedy acquired federal funds targeted to help Boston Macaroni – formed earlier in the year and made up of investors, former Prince managers, and the plant’s union – save the plant. In the end Borden refused to give up rights to the “Prince pasta” name and Boston Macaroni discovered that the building needed millions in repairs. By the fall, the deal was dead.
On this day…
…in 1997, the Borden company announced a tentative deal to save the Prince pasta factory in Lowell. When Borden closed the failing plant, Senator Ted Kennedy remarked that it was “a sad day in Spaghettiville.” Prince had been one of Lowell’s major employers ever since it moved there from the North End in 1912. To TV viewers, however, the company was forever associated with Boston’s “Little Italy.” Commercials showed a boy running home through the narrow North End streets, with the tag line “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day.” Employees and investors tried to buy the pasta plant. Borden was willing to sell the building but not the Prince name. The deal fell through, and Lowell was Spaghettiville no more.
Read the full article here at MassMoments.com.