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May Day Means Beltane 4 May, 2015

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So Green Man screens THE WICKER MAN (Extended Version)
And we get to see THE (original) EQUALIZER (Edward Woodward
With Britt Ekland and Diane Cilento as of 1973 (in their prime)
Linda has made a Wicker Man (with art flames) out of barley and grains

We eat THE WICKER MAN as we digest the movie of same name
Enjoy the company of poets, artists and Polish visitors May Day 2015 (Beltane!)

Now the twist was this – Howie has distributed copies of song sheets
For so much music suffuses that uncut movie – we sing along
Of course it is hard in the dark to find the words to the songs
But it lightens the mood and brings life back to limbs
When we sing in Beltane with THE WICKER MAN onscreen!

– Thom the World Poet


The Alamo is Fallen 8 March, 2015

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credit George Nelson

credit George Nelson


In a room full of Texans. Many interjections! Much annotation! “I KNOW him—that’s Turk Pipkin!” Extras were named, locations assured—that is Bastrop/this is Pioneer Farm.

It is as if there are THREE “Alamos.” First, the abortive John Wayne/Richard Widmark travesty. Next, this new (2004) version 90% true to history. Lastly, the actual “ALAMO.” Even now, bills are being passed to prevent foreign ownership of this grave/Memorial. It has changed hands and functions much like Tejas/Texas. (Six Flags Over Texas!) We (like Titanic/Avatar) all know the inevitable ending. This film begins with that. We relate to those acting famous roles and compare their depiction with known facts. To be in a small room with Texas fact-checkers makes me glad I am not Santa Anna.

– Thom the World Poet


Austin Turns 175 18 October, 2014

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Austin 175

One hundred and seventy-five candles

Marvelous celebration of the birth of the city we love. Austin began with a party that never really stopped. It was a swell evening of conversation about literature and history and art, a perfect run-up to next week’s book release. Here’s how Thom World Poet experienced it:

So Howie Zowie screened slides of Lamar, Stephen F Austin, Sam Houston, David Crockett, Elisabet Ney, Laguna Gloria, Armadillo, East Avenue, Capitol#1,#2,#3, Street cars on Congress and 6th Slides from SLACKER interspersed with Eliza Gilkyson, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson. Front pages of the AUSTIN CHRONICLE, interior shots of the Driskill & Capitol, MoPac being built, plans for Austin, habitation patterns of Tonkawa, raiding Comanche, Mayors and Governors, Planners and Politicians and Players from LBJ to Waller and those Three Philosophers. Trains with tracks into the city center, street cars ditto, wide, planned Congress Avenue, Bars like Scholz’s Bier Garten. Murals, Cathedral of Junk, Stevie Ray Vaughn (now a statue on Lady Bird Lake) and we realized how much we loved Little Single Story Austin—unique, individual, eclectic, eccentric, artistic, articulate and cheekily deviant—not this highrise nightmare imposed upon the flatlands, obscuring our view of the Capitol. Linda brought out a birthday cake. We cheered/we ate. We laughed with goodwill about our town, our ghosts of Leslie, lost musicians, lone artist-poets. Streets change. Memories remain. 175 years. None of us can contain her. None of us wish to control or restrain her.GO AUSTIN GLOW! May EVERY day be your Best New (Re)Birth Day! (and Night,too!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!


Woodstock Revisited 16 August, 2014

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Fri, Aug. 15: On this day 45 years ago, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition, began outside of Bethel in upstate New York. It became a defining moment in the cultural history of the 20th century. The mega-festival summarized everything that had come before it, stood alone as an indelible snapshot of its immediate time and place, and set a pattern for all outdoor concerts to come. Echoes remain.

three days of peace and music

Three Days of Peace and Music

The Green Man hitchhiked to Yasgur’s farm virtually, and his guests reveled in the remarkable performances, interviews, and images captured so long ago. We feasted on intriguing handmade pastries, swilled beer and wine, danced, and generally hung out. Many of us donned our tie-dye outfits, headbands, and vests with protest buttons. Most could only imagine what it must have been like for those 400,000 young people who got to be there then.

your hosts and poet

Lina, Zow, and Thom

We are blessed to have witnessed, even from afar, all that incredible talent and the outpouring of good vibes. This is the legacy that still informs many of our activities. This is why we go to Kerrville and ACL. This is why we believe that it’s natural to coexist in harmony with our neighbors. This is why we know that singer-songwriters, poets, and other artists can lead the way to a better world now and tomorrow.

Warmly aglow, we’ll continue the retrospective this evening with a look at Taking Woodstock, then let loose of the memory for some span. Perhaps we’ll do it again for the 50-year observance in 2019. See ya then!

We are stardust, we are golden

and we’ve got to get ourselves

back to the garden.


October Awesome 6 October, 2013

Fri, Oct 04: Our first autumnal concert broke all the records. We enjoyed perfect weather for a night under the trees. Posted below are our esteemed performers. They made the evening memorable!

Here are the sets:

Eric Beck


Eric Beck

Randall Wheatley

Robyn Gammill

Tom and Zena

Thanks, everyone!

Randall Wheatley with  son Q

Randall Wheatley with son Q

Robyn rocks

Robyn rocks

R&R at table

R&R at table

Woo Hoo!

Woo Hoo!


At Sea 30 September, 2013

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Avast, ye lubbers!

Fri, Sep 27: We cut loose from our moorings and set ourselves adrift on seven seas of spectacular. ‘Twas a humid and almost rainy night with a slight ocean breeze a-billowing. The fish sticks tasted yummy and the goldfish crunchy. No one brought grog, but amber ale with chasing wodka made a difference.

Here’s half the song list, with more to soon follow:

1. Juventino Rosas – Vals sobre las Ola (Over the Waves Waltz)
2. Blind Faith – Sea Of Joy
3. Velvet Underground – Ocean
4. Jimmy Buffett – A Pirate Looks at 40
5. Phil Phillips – Sea Of Love
6. Ocean Scene a (from the original 1992 collection)
7. Stan Rogers – Wreck of the Athens Queen
8. John Williams – Poseidon Adventure theme
9. Jimmy Dean – Deep Blue Sea
10. Joe Simon – Drowning in the Sea of Love
11. Les Baxter – Ancient Galleon
12. Boiled in Lead – The Dreadnaught
13. Stan Rogers – The Maid On the Shore
14. Pentangle – A Maid That’s Deep In Love
15. The Presets – Girl And The Sea
16. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
17. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Wooden Ships
18. Looking Glass – Brandy, You’re A Fine Girl
19. Sarah Brightman – Captain Nemo
20. Kirk Douglas – A Whale of a Tale
21. Jabbering Trout – The Fisherman
22. Sink The Bismarck – Johnny Horton
23. Homer and Jethro – We Didn’t Sink the Bismarck
24. Beach Boys – Sloop John B
25. Stan Rogers – Barrett’s Privateers
26. Boiled in Lead – My Son John
27. Patti Page – Red Sails In The Sunset
28. Ocean b (’92)
29. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Southern Cross
30. Enya – Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)
31. Kay Kyser – On a Slow Boat to China
32. Beach Boys – Sail on Sailor
33. Jimmy Buffett – Mermaid in the Night
34. 14- Jabbering Trout – Mermaid Song
35. George Harrison – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
36. OMD – Sailing on the Seven Seas
37. Ocean c (’92)
38. Billy Bragg and Wilco – Secrets of the Sea
39. Roy Orbison – Leah
40. Stan Rogers – The Mary Ellen Carter
41. Styx – Come Sail Away
42. Decemberists – Mariner’s Revenge
43. Grateful Dead – Lost Sailor
44. CSNY – Sea of Madness
45. Ray Charles – Sail Away
46. Jimmy Buffett – Son of a Sailor
47. Gordon Lightfoot – Ballad of Yarmouth Castle
48. Led Zeppelin – Down By the Seaside
49. James Homer – Hymn to the Sea
50. Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove
51. Heart – Barracuda
52. Quantum Jump – Barracuda
53. Blues Image – Ride Captain Ride
54. Iron & Wine – The Sea and The Rhythm
55. Stan Rogers – Leave Her, Johnny

Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts 14 April, 2013

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Frigga’s, October 5: Here’s a long-overdue posting of last fall’s concert with Jack Geiser and Janet “Planet” Thiemmerman. Enjoy part one and the single!

a.k.a. Jack Geiser and Janet Planet

a.k.a. Jack Geiser and Janet Planet