INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Black August events in Indianapolis will begin Wednesday. It’s an annual commemoration of Black prisoner resistance movements. Created roughly 40 years ago on the west coast, and is now recognized in cities around the country.
It’s easy to look at some of the Black August events as somewhat controversial. As many of the people highlighted were convicted of crimes. But advocates say there’s often much more to the story.
Black prisoner resistance and rebellion movements go back hundreds of years. And this man — who goes by The King Trill, is doing work to shine a light on ongoing movements.
“I carry myself like a king now because, I didn’t used to carry myself like that,” The King Trill said.
The King Trill lived a total of 14 years incarcerated and looks at his own experience to inspire his work. He is partnering with the Indiana Department of Corrections Watch, a grassroots organization in part focused on prison reform, and prison legal support.
Starting Aug.10, the IDOC Watch will hold a series of Black August events. Which includes panel discussions, and a documentary about the Pendleton 2.
“When we came across these guys and their story, it had such power and magnitude because you hear about people standing up to oppression,” The King Trill said.
In February 1985, John Cole and Christopher Trotter were a few of the men in what’s know now as the Pendleton Correctional facility, to lead a prison riot against guards accused or racism and brutalizing prisoners.
News 8 asked, “What do you say to those people who say that’s the penalty you pay?”
“It’s a tough question, but those guys did stand up and I’m hopeful after the audience sees the documentary and sees these details, they’ll be able to see that wow these guys were put in an incredible incredibly difficult position,” The King Trill said.
Several people were injured and guards were held hostage. Cole and trotter combined received roughly 200 years. They’ve served about 40 years of that, both men are now in their 60s, looking to find freedom.
Festival of the Sound started 43 years and was founded by Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti. Five years in, he handed off the responsibility to Juno award-winning clarinetist James Campbell who has been running the event ever since.
The festival’s theme this year is called “Home Again” and will reopen on July 17 and end on July 31, offering approximately three daily events and 40 events over that period.
“The feeling of coming home after a long day,” said Campbell. “Traditionally, many people gather around the piano, kitchen table or fireplace, whatever, take their shoes off and feel comfortable. We are trying to create that feeling of relief and relaxation in this year’s festival.
As artistic director for the festival, Campbell said the multi-week event features great music.
“We feel music is central to the human experience.”
There will be chamber music, jazz, choirs, orchestras and most uniquely, there are the cruises. Music will be played on the Island Queen, a cruise ship that travels through the famous 30,000 islands.
“This year, we’re calling the cruises a floating folk festival. So if anybody’s interested in folk music and more contemporary music, they will find it on the Island Queen. And if the weather’s good, we try to hit the sunsets when possible.”
Nearly all of the performers this year are Canadian, partly because of the lockdowns and partly because there is no shortage of great Canadian talent, said Campbell.
“For those who love piano music, this is the place to come because we’re focusing on great Canadian pianists this summer.”
And for first-timers looking for a great introduction to classical music, Campbell recommends the all-Chopin recital on July 19 by Canadian Janina Fialkowska, full of familiar music by one of the world’s leading pianists.
He also recommends The Planets on July 28, a multi-media production showcasing this famous work.
Richardson Backcountry in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo
“Photo provided by Ride North Moto”
Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism (FMWBEDT) has teamed up with Ride North Moto, to deliver their first-ever off-road motorcycle event to the area.
Together, they’re launching “Boreal Royale”, a dual-sport motorcycle adventure taking place June 24-26.
Tyler Cole, Sports & Events Economic Development Officer with FMWBEDT describes it as not being a race, but more of an opportunity to responsibly welcome the motorcycle community to the beautiful backcountry areas of Wood Buffalo.
The event includes four nights of camping at the motocross track and three days of competition that will see competitors use the WANDURO app to find waypoints and collect Quest Points.
The press release describes the event as being similar to geocaching, which is where individuals hunt for hidden objects by using GPS coordinates, but with motorcycles.
“We are working towards this event becoming a staple in the dual-sport and adventure sport motorcycling event calendar going forward,” explained Cole.
McMurray Dirt Riders Association and the WANDURO Adventure Moto Navigation events team from British Columbia will also be hosting Boreal Royale in partnership with the event.
Mike Haberoth, Founder of Ride North Moto says, “We are very excited to see the 1st Annual Boreal Royale come together and to share our passion for motorcycle sport with others in the community. Our local partners have been the key to helping us explore the region’s backcountry and inspiring us all to be proud of the place we call home.”
FMWBEDT stated in a press release that the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has given permission to the group to allow competitors on their traditional territory in the Richardson backcountry north of Fort McMurray.
May is just around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be another busy month for Pokemon Go players. The game is closing out its Season of Alola with a variety of events and activities, including the debut of Tapu Fini and the first Mega Legendary Pokemon: Mega Latios and Mega Latias. Here are all the biggest events happening in Pokemon Go next month.
May Research Breakthrough: Alolan Grimer
Pokemon Go will be offering a new Research Breakthrough reward starting May 1. Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough next month, you’ll earn a chance to catch Alolan Grimer.
Research Breakthroughs are tied to the stamps you receive from Field Research tasks. You’ll earn one stamp for the first Field Research task you complete each day, and once you’ve collected seven stamps, you’ll achieve a Research Breakthrough.
May Spotlight Hours
Every Tuesday evening each month, Pokemon Go holds a Spotlight Hour event. From 6 to 7 p.m. local time, the game will spotlight a particular Pokemon and bonus. Here’s the full Spotlight Hour schedule for May:
2x catch candy
2x transfer candy
2x evolution XP
2x catch Stardust
2x catch XP
May Raid Schedule
After Therian Forme Landorus leaves five-star raids on May 3, the island guardian Tapu Fini will make its Pokemon Go debut. The legendary Pokemon will appear from May 10 to May 25, after which point all four island guardians will return for one final hurrah until June 1.
Mega Kangaskhan, meanwhile, will be the featured Mega Raid boss until May 3. After it leaves the rotation, Mega Latios and Mega Latias will make their first appearance in raids, with Mega Blastoise and Mega Altaria following later in the month. You can see the full raid schedule below:
Until May 3
May 10 – May 25
May 25 – June 1
Until May 3
May 3 – May 10
May 10 – May 25
May 25 – June 1
Pokemon Air Adventures
Pokemon Go is kicking off May with an Air Adventures event, which will mark players’ first chance to get the Mega Legendary Pokemon Mega Latias and Mega Latios. Flying Pikachu and other special Pokemon will also be appearing more frequently during the event, and eggs will hatch at half the distance they typically require.
May Community Day
Pokemon Go’s May Community Day takes place Saturday, May 21. This month’s featured Pokemon is Alolan Geodude, and if you can earn enough candy to evolve it into Alolan Golem by the end of the event, it will learn the new rock-type Fast Attack Rollout.
Pokemon Go has a few other events lined up for May, including a Water Festival and an “Alola to Alola” celebration. More details about these events will be announced at a later date.
Booth, Dartmouth’s DJ collective founded in 2016, is a social and art group that provides DJ services to Greek houses and other functions on campus. The collective is currently expanding their services by branching out to cover more events to fit a growing campus demand for DJs.
“Our main purpose is to provide DJ services … but more than that, we think of ourselves as an art collective on campus,” Booth’s founding member Juhnwi Kim ’22 said. “There’s a very strong DJ culture at Dartmouth [and] we provide high quality service.”
Booth performs primarily at fraternities and sororities, where it is hired for on-nights, semis and formals. It also puts on Booth raves, which are shows typically hosted at Chi Gamma Epsilon and Scarlett Hall.
In addition, Booth performs at campus events, ranging from shows at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Thayer School of Engineering to the Friday Night Rock performances at Collis Commonground. A couple weeks ago, the Programming Board hired Booth to play during intermissions at Battle of the Bands, according to Booth’s director, Luis Verdi ’22.
“We’re trying to expand beyond Greek houses. Something that we really value is a relationship with the school,” Verdi said.
The members of Booth all have their own distinct styles, which means that every show is unique and has a different aesthetic. For example, Verdi specializes in dance, pop and electronic dance music, while new member Raegan Padula ’24 said she prefers house and techno.
“We all have different niches that we love to explore in music, and that combined with our ability to get a crowd going is so important to bring new sonic spaces to campus,” Padula said.
Booth also encourages its current members to incorporate new styles. Padula is excited to experiment in her Booth performances over sophomore summer when she returns from London, where she is currently studying electronic music.
“Getting to go around the city and take some of the experimental stuff done here and grunge and grime and bringing those back to campus is going to be really exciting,” Padula said. “[Booth’s] function is to introduce students to new flavors and new styles.”
Despite each member’s niches, Kim said that Booth has a “commercial front,” in which they still play pop music that people recognize and enjoy.
“My favorite thing is just seeing a crowd of people singing the words. To me, there’s nothing cooler as a performer than seeing everyone excited about what you’re putting on,” Verdi said. “Having that liberty to say ‘I’m in control, but I want to make sure that you’re all having fun with me.’ Because it’s about having fun but also making sure everyone else is having fun.”
Booth members meet once a week to discuss upcoming shows and contribute to external projects, such as their SoundCloud account. Padula said that at these weekly meetings, people will bring their boards and mix songs back and forth between each other.
“[This] is a real challenge, especially since some of us have quite different tastes,” Padula said. “To go from hip hop to experimental funk is a really fun switch.”
New members typically join Booth during their freshman year, with a variety of experience levels. Some are experienced DJs, while others simply show interest in getting started. According to Verdi, Booth’s expanding popularity on campus makes it easier to recruit.
“Over the years we’ve gotten a lot more interest over time,” Verdi said. “It feels cool to have that presence on campus.”
Verdi said he first experimented with DJing in high school, when he taught himself how to play using a friend’s equipment and performed at his school’s dance. He discovered the opportunity to continue his passion for DJing in college through Booth.
“Once I got [to Dartmouth], I felt like [DJing] was something I wanted to get back into and keep working on,” Verdi said. “Once I found out about Booth, met people in Booth, I was completely sold.”
After joining, new members are trained in the winter quarter. According to Kim, winter training consists of mastering techniques and learning how to navigate the Dartmouth music scene.
“We make sure that they are technically proficient enough to perform at a high level that people require and want,” Kim said. “Our members are not only DJs, but they produce and are in bands, so we like to think we are one of the leading musical voices on campus.”
Kim helped start Booth in 2016 when he and a group of ’20s identified the need for a DJ group at Dartmouth. He said they were inspired by the Boiler Room group, which Kim said had a “more varied music scene.”
In the beginning, Booth started performing at BarHop, an event held every Thursday at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Booth then transitioned into DJing fraternity and sorority formals through personal connections. Now, Kim said that Greek houses ask Booth to perform at their events.
In addition to providing DJ services, Booth provides a sense of community for its members. Verdi commented on how the social aspect is his favorite part, and how he still keeps in touch with Booth alumni.
“I have met some of my biggest mentors through Booth,” Verdi said. “Those are really solid relationships we got to build through this shared interest, and I don’t think I would have met them otherwise.”
One of the Reconcili-Action events is March 20 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
The next step in reconciliation is action, and Global Citizen Events has several events planned this month, most of them free, to educate and engage the community.
Organizer Nadine Gagne says they have dubbed it Reconcili-Action. “Because it’s really about not just talking about reconciliation but actually getting out in your community and learning about local Indigenous culture and engaging in different cultural learning experiences.”
The month of events kicks off with a virtual tour of the Westbank First Nation Sncewips Museum on March 11.
That will be followed by a free concert featuring Cheryl Bear at Metro Hub in Kelowna on March 12. Bear is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter from the Nadleh Whut-en First Nation who is also a noted speaker and teacher. She has travelled to over 600 Indigenous communities sharing her songs and stories.
On March 20 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, it’s a night of honouring Indigenous women, where local recording artist Arlette Alcock will be among the performers. The night will also feature fashion shows and a screening of ‘Mel’s Story’, a video production by a local artist about murdered and missing Indigenous women.
A water ceremony is planned for March 22, on World Water Day.
Things wrap up with a Children and family storytelling day on March 26, at the Westbank First Nation’s Community Outdoor Pavilion, and March 27, with Sylix storytelling by Madeline Terbasket in the Kekuli Pithouse at Summerhill Winery.
Several other free events are scheduled throughout March and you can find details and tickets through the Global Citizen Events website.
Founded by local community leaders in 2003, Global Citizen Events is an annual initiative that promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals and celebrates the impact Okanagan citizens have in global and local humanitarian efforts. It partners with various locally-based organizations to target events at a specific age group or particular focus that encourages social responsibility and inspires positive change.