Buffalo schools fail kids when teaching that all White people play part in systemic racism: Rufo - Fox News

Buffalo schools have adopted a curriculum that pushes the controversial idea that all White people perpetuate systemic racism, while 80% of its students fail to reach proficiency in reading and writing, an editor said Wednesday.  City Journal editor Chris Rufo, during an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle," said the "diversity czar" of Buffalo public schools was caught on tape saying she believes that America's sickness leads some White people to believe Black people are less than human.  One of the district's instructional materials also includes the assertion that "all White people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism." He said the narrative of system racism has also spread to schools across the country, which shifts attention away from "their own abysmal failure to educate kids." BUFFALO'S SCHOOL DISTRICT TELLS STUDENTS THAT 'ALL WHITE PEOPLE PLAY A PART IN PERPETUATING SYSTEMIC RACISM' "Woke academics and

Aspen Choral Society's virtual 'Messiah' premieres online Wednesday - Aspen Times

Aspen Choral Society's virtual 'Messiah' premieres online Wednesday - Aspen Times

Aspen Choral Society's virtual 'Messiah' premieres online Wednesday - Aspen Times

Posted: 22 Dec 2020 09:15 PM PST


The Aspen Choral Society wasn't going to let the Christmas season pass without its annual performance of Handel's "Messiah," a Roaring Fork Valley tradition now in its 43rd year.

In this pandemic year, a "Messiah 360" performance will take place this year as a virtual choir event on YouTube. The Aspen Choral Society has been performing the holiday favorite in Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs since 1977.

Music director Paul Dankers led the initiative to craft the virtual experience.

"We knew we had to do something unique to maintain our long tradition of 'Messiah' performances while also doing our part to keep our singers and community safe," Dankers said in an announcement. "'Messiah' is not only a local holiday favorite, but an essential experience for our outstanding vocal and instrumental musicians. We couldn't miss it because of COVID."

Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions and the high risk of transmission in choirs, this year's "Messiah" will offer an innovative twist on the beloved performance, inspired by the emergence of virtual choirs on YouTube and other online outlets. Unlike other static or electronically generated backgrounds seen in many virtual choirs, Aspen Choral Society is taking advantage of the scenic Roaring Fork Valley to provide the backgrounds and visual effects that will add dimension to the recorded voices of the choir members.

In addition, Dankers is using technology that will allow the viewer to experience the choir performance in 360 degrees. The program will be released on the Aspen Choral Society's YouTube channel on Wednesday.

"Historically, our in-person rehearsals have always been very efficient – we gather, warm up, quiet our minds, and sing," Dankers said. "This type of professionalism, which has always been displayed by the choir, has aided us in our transition from a social choir to a virtual one."

He said he hopes that ACS's movement to a virtual platform this season allows its music to reach beyond the Roaring Fork Valley to a broader, more diverse audience than in the past. The new experience of creating "Messiah 360" this year has another advantage, Dankers said: "I've been so fortunate to get to know so many of our members on a more individual basis, working one-on-one rather than in a large group."

Choir member Tamela Kenning echoed Dankers' excitement for the project.

"Our ACS musicians have embraced this opportunity to sing together even though we can't meet in person," Kenning said. "It is our shared love of tradition and musicianship, and a commitment to each other that is driving everyone's willingness and courage to try something new. It's thrilling to be part of it."

In-person and Virtual Activities: Beginning Dec. 25 - The Providence Journal

Posted: 22 Dec 2020 01:42 PM PST

Staff reports  |  The Providence Journal


Dec. 28-31

December School Vacation Week: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St., Bristol. Nature Stories will be offered each day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., as well as an animal interview at 1:30 p.m.. Nature crafts will be available daily for children to take home. Registration is required for all programs: "Surviving the Cold" on Dec. 28, "Owl Pellet Dissection" on Dec. 29, Veggie Stamp Printing on Dec. 30 and "Winter Nature Hike" on Dec. 31. To register: asri.org.

Through Dec. 26

Christmas at the Mansions: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 26, tours departing from Experience Rhode Island, 1 Eddy St., Providence. Tours will visit The Elms and The Breakers decorated for Christmas. The tours will also include time for lunch and shopping in Newport. The cost is $75 with discounts available. To book a tour, visit experienceri.com/christmas-at-the-mansions-tour.

Open Air Saturdays: noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 26 with street closings on Westminster Street between Eddy and Mathewson streets and Union Street from Weybosset to Westminster streets. The program will feature a pop-up beer garden, vendors, live performances and holiday shopping. For more information, visit indowncity.com.

Holiday Lantern Tools: 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 13-Nov. 21 and 4 and 4:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 27-Dec. 26, departing from the Old Colony House in Washington Square, Newport. Tours last about one hour and cost $20 per person, $15 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military and $8 for ages 5-12. Tickets are available at newporthistorytours.org.

Through Dec. 31

Rhode Island Holiday Light Show: 5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 19 through the end of December. The show will feature dozens of displays spread over the course of a 1-mile driving trail. Attendees can expect to take about 20-25 minutes to drive through the show in its entirety. Light displays will be synchronized with holiday music broadcast over the FM radio. Tickets are $23 each at rhodeislandlightshow.com.

Through Jan. 10

Holidays at The Breakers: noon to 8 p.m. at The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport. Lights will come on at 4 p.m. for "Sparkling Lights at The Breakers: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland." Tickets are $26 for adults, $8 for ages 6-17 and members are free. For tickets, visit newportmansions.org.

Holidays at The Elms: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., Newport. The house and its grounds will close at 5 p.m. The Elms Servant Life Tour will be offered daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for youth and members are free. For tickets, visit newportmansions.org.

Holiday Lights Spectacular: 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. Tickets are online sales only and sold for each half hour. Time slots are arrival windows to the zoo and aren't reflective of trail exploration times. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Tickets are $25 per vehicle or $20 per member vehicle at rwpzoo.org/holidaylights.


Providence Walking Tours: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays departing from Experience Rhode Island Tour booth, 1 Eddy St., Providence. The two-mile stroll will feature a tour guide with information on local history, architecture and parks. The cost is $25 per person with discounts available. To book a tour, visit experienceri.com/walking-tour.


Dec. 26

David Clark's "Songs in the Attic": 7 p.m. online via the Stadium Theatre. "Songs in the Attic" is a musical tribute to the music of Billy Joel presented by Long Island singer/piano player David Clark. Free. For information: stadiumtheatre.com.

Dec. 27

Big! Boom! Daddies! Performance: 7 p.m. online via the Stadium Theatre. Big! Boom! Daddies! is a band performing rockabilly, blues, and classic rock. Free. For information: stadiumtheatre.com.

Dec. 28

Annie Brobst performance: 7 p.m. online via the Stadium Theatre. The 2019 New England Country Music Local Female Artist of the Year will perform original music during this free virtual event. For information: stadiumtheatre.com.

Dec. 29

The Beardogz performance: 7 p.m. online via the Stadium Theatre. The Beardogz will perform an exclusive virtual full band performance featuring new original music from their EP "Living Room Yellow." Free. For information: stadiumtheatre.com.

Dec. 30

Urban Carnevale: A Musical Celebration: 5 p.m. via FirstWorks. The event will be headlined by Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Septet. Other guests will include Black Violin, Syncopated Ladies and Daniel Bernard Roumain with Drew Dollaz. Admission is free. Tickets are available at first-works.org/tickets/box-office.

Louie Likes it Hot featuring Jack Babineau: 7 p.m. online via the Stadium Theatre. Louie Likes it Hot performs rock and blues.  Free. For information: stadiumtheatre.com.

Dec. 31

TEN31 Productions virtual dance concert: 8 p.m. online via Metamorphosis Dance Co. The project will be filmed at TEN31's Studio space, REVEL Factory by local videographer, Montage Media. The work, originally conceived for private special events, is heavily thematic with an emphasis on costuming and storytelling. For information: wemakepretend.com.

Through Dec. 25

Singing for Shelter: The event will feature 20 concerts including 50 local musicians raising funds for local homeless shelters Lucy's Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. For the full schedule, visit christmasinnewport.org.

Through Jan. 10

Vartan Gregorian Elementary School fundraiser: The school is selling bright orange "Smart Fox" hoodies and has set a goal for each student to receive one. Purchasers are asked to consider a buy one, give one model, where participants would purchase an extra hoodie for the school to give to a fellow student. For information: customink.com/fundraising/smartfox.


Trinity Repertory Co. The Show Goes On: The Trinity Repertory Co. continuously releases content at trinityrep.com/theshowgoeson including actor clips, scenes and songs from past productions, educational resources and virtual classes.

Providence Children's Museum: The museum is uploading virtual programming to its YouTube channel at bit.ly/2RlpSI7, including programs such as "Maker Monday," "Tuney Tuesday" with Rick Morin, "Water Wednesday," "Try-It Thursday" and "Fiction Friday."

Storytime online: The Cranston Public Library has uploaded videos of librarians and other library staff, as well as other special guests, reading some of their favorite books, sharing songs and rhymes and more. Videos can be found at facebook.com/cranstonlibrary and on YouTube at bit.ly/3a3P8cl. The library hosts Storytime Online Live! at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the library's Facebook page.

Roger Williams Education Foundation home curriculum: The Roger Williams Educational Foundation released an at-home curriculum to follow to educate teenagers on Roger Williams. Resources are available at marcwkohler.com/?page_id=1662.

Stages of Freedom: The nonprofit organization Stages of Freedom have launched a site with resources and daily activities for African American kids, teens and their parents at stagesoffreedom.org.

Alzheimer's Association virtual support groups: Virtual support groups sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association will include ones for caregivers living at home with their loved one with a diagnosis, caregiver wellness, early stage social engagement, middle stage caregivers, legal and financial questions, and general telephone caregivers. For a complete list of upcoming support groups, or to register for a support group, visit alz.org/ri.

Woonsocket Harris Public Library: The library will upload virtual programming at 4 p.m. weekdays at facebook.com/woonsocketlibrary. Programs will include book talks, stories, crafts and science projects. Programs are also uploaded to Google Classroom using code k7vd2si for stories and 4fuq5bj for crafts for those who don't use Facebook.

4 O'Clock Funnies: 4 p.m. weekdays at facebook.com/getwiseHer. Comedian, producer and actress Jane Condon emcees the events that features other comedians in 10 minute sets on her wiseHer Facebook page, which provides on-demand expert advice for business, career and life.


Hands-on History: 10 a.m. uploaded from The Museum of Work & Culture. The program for pre-K students will feature a weekly museum exhibit with registered families receiving all necessary materials in a pre-emailed packet. Activities will teach history through interaction, while reinforcing concepts like colors, shapes, numbers and letters. To register, email mowc@rihs.org.

Booktalking with Ed & Ms. Gabby: 4 p.m. via the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. Ed and Ms. Gabby talk about popular genre topics including superheroes, zombies, vampires and science fiction for teens and older. Videos will be posted at facebook.com/woonsocketlibrary.


History Homeschool High: 11 a.m. uploaded from The Museum of Work & Culture. The program for teens will feature the opportunity to delve deeper into a different historical topic each week, including immigration, child labor, American identity, and labor unions. Registered participants will receive readings or videos to review in preparation for the educator-led discussions and activities. To register, email mowc@rihs.org.

Princess and Pirate Stories: 4 p.m. via the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. Princess Snow, The Snow Queen, Pearly the Pirate, Rapunzel, Little Mermaid and Unicorn Princess tell stories and do crafts. Videos will be posted at facebook.com/woonsocketlibrary.

Adult Hip-Hop virtual beginner dance class series: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom, via the Island Moving Co. The class is specifically designed for beginners focusing on rhythm, body control and coordination while encouraging individual style. To register, visit bit.ly/2A2IWoS.

"Your Half Hour Call with Curt": 7:30 p.m. online via Trinity Repertory Co. Trinity Rep Artistic Director Curt Columbus and special guests will discuss various topics each week. Past discussions are uploaded to trinityrep.com/shows/theshowgoeson.


Museum of Work & Culture virtual tours: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays online via The Museum of Work & Culture. Admission is free for Rhode Island Historical Society members and $5 per connecting device for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at rihs.org/buy-tickets.

Conversations with Ed and Solitaire: 4 p.m. via the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. Genre topics including fantasy, poetry, folk, fairy tales and mythology are covered in conversations. Videos will be posted at facebook.com/woonsocketlibrary.

Adult Ballet virtual beginner dance class series: 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom, via the Island Moving Co. The class is an introduction to ballet. Students will learn correct posture and alignment for classical ballet, foundation steps and simple combinations. Students should wear comfortable clothing, ballet slippers or socks. To register, visit bit.ly/2A2IWoS.


Online book club: 3 p.m. online via the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library. The book club for ages 8-10 will feature readings of parts of books, displayed on screen when possible, a chance to interact with the moderator and other verified participants. Registration is required by calling 231-4980, ext. 2210.

Make a Craft with Library Staff: 4 p.m. via the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. Library staff members take turns making a craft based on a book or a popular topic. Videos will be posted at facebook.com/woonsocketlibrary.

Adult Tap virtual beginner dance class series: 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Zoom, via the Island Moving Co. Attendees will be led through combinations and rhythmic patterns. Students should wear tap shoes or socks. To register, visit bit.ly/2A2IWoS.


STEAM Project with Ms. Gabby and Mr. Chris: 4 p.m. via the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. Ms. Gabby and Ms. Chris will create science-based crafts and activities like bubble challenge, making homemade ice cream and rockets. Videos will be posted at facebook.com/woonsocketlibrary.


Adult Salsa virtual beginner dance class series: 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom, via the Island Moving Co. Learn basic salsa steps. To register, visit bit.ly/2A2IWoS.


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