Wed. 3/7: Ry Cooder’s Radical Imagination

RY COODER’s new CD, “My Name is Buddy released today, is a parable of the radical imagination—it details the life, rambles, and political education of Buddy Red Cat. Ry is joined on the CD by Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Van Dyke Parks, and Flaco Jiminez, among others. The CD comes with a book of vignettes about each song and drawings by Vicent Valdez. Ry Cooder’s last CD was Chavez Ravine; his Buena Vista Social Club changed the world.

Plus: President Bush says Iran is “meddling” in Iraq: ADAM SHATZ says Iran “might have legitimate interests in what is, after all, its own geographic neighborhood.” Adam is literary editor of The Nation; recently he wrote about Iran and Iraq for the LA Times “Current” section.

Also: MICHAEL ERIC DYSON talks about race: how it is conceived; how it is expressed; how it is lived; how it confers power; how it undermines social stability; how it ruins or revives lives; how it is embraced and discarded. “Michael Eric Dyson is the most courageous and visionary public intellectual on the scene today.” — Cornel West. Dyson is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania; his new book is Debating Race. He will be speaking tonight/Wed in the downtown LA Public Library ALOUD Series at 700pm. The event is officially full – standby only.