Quagmire in Baghdad: Our Iraq war update with IAN WILLIAMS, UN Correspondent for The Nation and contributor to The Asia Times. His new book is Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776: “Rum was to the eighteenth century what oil is to the present.” He also details the showdown between the Bacardi family and Fidel Castro over the control of the lucrative rights to the Havana Club label.
Plus: Israel’s Gaza pullout plans: our Palestine-Israel update with AMY WILENTZ, contributing editor to The Nation, former Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker, and author of the award-winning novel about Palestinians and Israelis Martyrs’ Crossing.
Also: Take me to the river: poet and environmental visionary LEWIS MacADAMS, founder of Friends of the L.A. River, reads from “The River, Book Three,” a mini-epic about his life and work among the trash bags and red-wing blackbirds of the LA River.
Tues July 12,7 PM: Lewis premieres “The River, Book Three” at the downtown LA Public Library, 630 W. 5th St.: free but reservations recommended.
Also on the FoLAR calendar: Sunday, July 17, 4:30 PM: A Down by the River Walk, “Saunter In Studio City”: In the east San Fernando Valley, the River runs along many TV/movie studios, including Warner Bros, Disney, DreamWorks, Universal, and CBS. Historically the more-or-less natural River served as the back lot location for various studio productions, including Westerns. Meet at the Laurel Grove Footbridge (at the intersection of Laurel Grove and Valleyheart).
PLAYLIST: Talking Heads, “Take Me to the River” from Stop Making Sense Live CD