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Pride2015dPride2015cPride2015Pride2015fThe triumph of the will in the recent Supreme Court decision, on same-sex marriage, is not the same as the triumph of truth and love.

The decision of a few on the Bench to go along with the wishes of an infantile mob, rather than rational principles based on truth, adds a new dimension to American barbarism.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

AliceInWonderlandAliceInWinderland2“Dear dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same person when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, ‘Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Alice 150 Years in Wonderland is at the Morgan Library & Museum (June 26-October 26, 2015).

The show includes: the original manuscript of Alice on loan from the British Library, drawings, proofs, rare editions and correspondences.

Artwork: John Tenniel

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FilipinoIndependenceDayFilipinos in Queens commemorated Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 1898) with a protest against Chinese and American intervention in their country.

After ‘liberating’ the Philippines from Spain in 1898, the U.S. stayed and fought a war against the Filipinos and hasn’t really left the area since. The 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) along with corrupt politicians, has kept the Philippines from dealing organically with its neighbors, while the U.S. uses it as a pawn against China.

U.S. involvement in the Pacific Rim (including American banker Jacob Schiff’s funding of Japan’s war against Russia in 1904-05) led to two World Wars, the Communist takeover of China in 1949, and some would say a Third World War — already underway.

LifeLines-Morgan7Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Durer to Picasso is at The Morgan Library & Museum through September 8, 2015.

Also at The Morgan this Summer: Hidden Likeness: Photographs by Emmet Gowin, and William Caxton and the Birth of English Printing.

Sharpton-RatCalls to boycott advertisers of Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC were heard outside of NBC headquarters today.

LE asked one protester: “Is Al Sharpton bad for black people?” The African-American protester replied: “Sharpton is bad for everyone!”

CorpusChristi2015aCorpusChristi2015cThe Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated with a procession, organized by St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church, in the East Village today.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

VictoryDanceProject-JordanVictoryDanceProject-RobinsonJordanOn a night that saw another New York City pedestrian struck and critically injured by an MTA bus, Amy Jordan, hit by a New York City bus “six years and thirty-two days ago,” lead her dance troupe, The Victory Dance Project, in an inspiring performance: “People, Power & Possibility” — where the impossible becomes possible with the “power of movement.”

The evening included Renee Robinson, formerly of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, receiving the First Annual Artist for Peace Award.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Graduation2015John Jay College Graduation — June 3, 2015

SchoolAmericanBallet2015bSchoolAmericanBallet2015aSchoolAmericanBallet2015SchoolAmericanBallet2015dSchoolAmericanBallet2015cSchoolAmericanBallet2015-KochThe School of American Ballet held their annual Workshop Performance Benefit this evening at Lincoln Center.

Among the patrons of the evening were: John Paulson (top photo) and Julia and David Koch (bottom photo).

This year’s benefit celebrated the legendary Rudolf Nureyev and commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Scholarship.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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