Occupy Wall Street
God how time flies. Just 365 days ago, we hadn’t even heard of Occupy Wall Street, horizontal democracy, or a Statement of Autonomy. It was a heady time, when we remained blissfully ignorant of what the 99% referred to, and never thought to question who owned Zucotti Park.
This weekend, preparations began in earnest for OWS’s one year anniversary. It’s almost like the party didn’t take a six month sabbatical where it dropped off the face of front page news. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to make the media wax nostalgic for the days before the tents went up, and even though today’s planned activities sound a lot like a peaceful version of that scene in The Dark Knight Rises, there is definitely excitement in the air. Below, we follow the OWS news of the day, as it happens. If you have any tips, photos or footage that you want seen, send them our way.
Occupy Wall Street
Yesterday afternoon, Zuccotti Park members were treated to a musical set from two thirds of 70s folk rock supergroup Crosby Stills and Nash. If there was some media outlet out there that had yet to compare Occupy Wall Street to Woodstock, David Crosby and Graham Nash‘s arrival on the scene with a set list of five classic hits (including “Long Time Gone” and “Teach Your Children,” the latter of which probably only struck those over 40 in the park as somewhat ironic,) would have rectified that immediately. Before launching into “They Want It All,” Mr. Nash dedicated the song to “the guys in the buildings down here.”
Watch the entire performance below, courtesy of Vimeo user JoeyBoots.
“We’re a very democratic place,” Eric Latzky, the vice president of communications at the New York Philharmonic, said over the phone last week. “I think there was a healthy expression of ideas from a lot of people.”
When it comes to creating a concert commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it seems that everyone has an opinion. This Saturday, the night before the anniversary, the Philharmonic will play what it is calling “A Concert for New York.” The program is simple: Mahler’s Second Symphony, the uplifting “Resurrection,” with two excellent soloists: soprano Dorothea Röschmann and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.
But the process of choosing the piece was more complicated. What tone do you want to set at an event like this? You don’t want to be too mournful, or too triumphant. Not too explicitly tied to 9/11, but not too general.