Arts’ reponse to Boston bombing

A guerilla art project in NYC offers messages of support for Boston

Jen Carlson, Gothamist.com, 4/16/13

Last night the side of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Peter Jay Sharp building became a canvas, displaying messages of support for Boston. The messages projected read:

Peace and Love,”

It shouldn’t take a tragedy for us to come together,”

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that” (a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote), and

NY ♥ B (in the Red Sox font).

These were created by NYC Light Brigade and The Illuminator (“a political art project that emerged out of Occupy Wall Street”) who use light projections to display their messages. [They also live-streamed their activity last night.]

 

How do you promote a film about a terror attack on the day of a real attack?

Michael Cidoni Lennox, The Huffington Post, 4/16/13

Just hours after two bomb blasts provided a deadly conclusion to the Boston Marathon, principals from Star Trek Into Darkness were doing their jobs: putting on happy faces and plugging their big-budget film on the opening night of the annual movie-theater convention, CinemaCon. “We were all on the way out here just talking (about how) it is hard to go and pimp your movie on a day like this, when the nation is sort of coming together,” said one of the movie’s writer-producers, Damon Lindelof. “My cousin ran the Boston Marathon today. He finished half an hour before the explosions went off,” he said. “So, I’m just relieved that he’s OK. And I’m praying, and my thoughts are with the families of people that were injured or hurt in any way by this horrible thing.”  A number of [the] film’s actors [attended] the convention [including] Chris Pine (who plays Captain Kirk) and John Cho (Sulu). Like Lindelof, Cho had mixed feelings about hyping a movie on the same day as a national tragedy. “This is part of the job for us,” Cho explained. “(But) it was a weird feeling. I’m just going to say that. It’s so sobering.” Perhaps one reason is that, like the Boston bombings, Star Trek Into Darkness is propelled by a terrorist. The story pits Kirk against a one-time top Starfleet agent, who threatens the survival of both Earth and Kirk’s Enterprise crew. “Terrorism is a huge part of our lives,” noted Pine, “and we all know the effects of that.”

 

Actor/comedian’s Facebook post on Boston bombings goes mega-viral

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News, 4/16/13

Like millions of others, Patton Oswalt watched in horror as the Boston Marathon bombings unfolded on Monday. Oswalt, a 44-year-old stand-up comedian and California-based actor, took to Facebook to post about the attack. Within hours, it was shared more than 150,000 times:

“Boston. Fucking horrible. I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, ‘Well, I’ve had it with humanity.’ But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem…But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out….This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago. So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.'”

 

Quote of the Day

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” –Leonard Bernstein

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