That's what SHE said: the isolationist catastrophe of Brexit, Brits lose ragging rights, how can I love you more, trans narrative NOT trapped in the wrong body, things that are harder to get than an assault rifle, Trump gets pranked and more...


BROADWAY FOR ORLANDO: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE


THE ISOLATIONIST CATASTROPHE OF 'BREXIT' | latimes.com

A very sad day for the global economy and an even sadder one for humanity..."We find ourselves in a moment of global fear. The democratic identities of Britain and the United States are under threat — not from immigrants or even changing values, but from nationalists and xenophobes exploiting citizens' darkest worries with populist projects, including Donald Trump’s campaign for the U.S. presidency and Brexit. To many voters, the world is a scary place. Terrorists seem to lurk everywhere. Uncertainty surrounds us. Change is rapid and some aren't keeping up. Unsurprisingly, politicians of many stripes are capitalizing on our fears to rally voters against trade, immigration and international cooperation. The costs will be substantial."

BRITISH LOSE RIGHTS TO CLAIM THAT AMERICANS ARE DUMBER | newyorker

A devastating blow...“When our countrymen cast their votes yesterday, they didn’t realize they were destroying the most precious leisure activity this nation has ever known,” he said. “Wankers.” In the face of this startling display of national idiocy, Dorrinson still mustered some of the resilience for which the British people are known. “This is a dark day,” he said. “But I hold out hope that, come November, Americans could become dumber than us once more.”

HOW CAN I LOVE YOU BETTER? | onbeing.org

A provocative poem based on Thich Nhat Hahn's question, "How can I love you better?"..."Here is the part about this question that I find so touching: the asking. The vulnerability to ask. The openness to not only put another heart before us, but to put the way that our beloved would like to be loved ahead of our own sense of what that loving has to look like."


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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU'RE A TRANS PERSON WHO DOESN'T FEEL 'TRAPPED IN THE WRONG BODY'? | buzzfeed.com

An interesting dialogue that asks us to expand our understanding of the co-opted trans narrative of feeling trapped in one's body..."Nico: I’m a gender variant queer fat femme from Brooklyn, my pronouns are he, and they. I don’t identify with the model of having been born in the wrong body in order to be trans. Growing up as a fat queer person, my body has always been something I should not be allowed to identify with, love, or accept. Being trans meant that too. The more I wanted to explore my body, and push the socially imposed boundaries of presentation, the more I was encouraged to explore a hypermasculinity in order to validate myself, my identities and my journey. For me, coming into myself is to unapologetically let myself be what I want to — the radical self-determination and to reclaim the agency over my body, my hair, my voice, and my skin."

7 THINGS THAT ARE HARDER TO GET THAN AN ASSAULT RIFLE | rollingstone.com

In Florida, it is harder to get a marriage license, driver's license, voter-registration card and solar panels than it is to get an assault rifle. It is even harder to get a handgun than a gun that requires two hands to carry..."7. A handgun - In addition to the .233-caliber assault weapon that helped Mateen carry out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, he had a 9mm Glock 17 handgun as well. He could have left the store immediately with the former, but needed to wait three days to pick up the latter because Florida law imposes a mandatory waiting period on any firearm "capable of being carried and used by one hand." The waiting period does not apply to guns that you need two hands to hold, like the Sig Sauer MCX. Some additional caveats apply: You don’t need to wait three days if you trade in one handgun for another, or if you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Mateen, who worked as a security guard, did, but the owner of the St. Lucie Shooting Center said he observed the waiting period nonetheless."

LOOKING AT TRUMP AND SEEING OURSELVES | onbeing.org

At a graduate seminar on democracy, a white student is shocked to learn that a black student is not surprised by the popularity of Trump despite his racist epitaphs. In fact, the black student argues that people are not supporting Trump in spite of what he says but because of what he says...“My black friends and I get almost amused when our white friends tell us how shocked they are at what they’ve seen about this country since Trump began winning primaries with millions of votes. We’re not at all shocked. White supremacy in the U.S. has never been hidden from us. We’ve known about it for a long time, ever since the first black person was enslaved and shipped to these shores. For generations, we’ve had to be on high alert, lest America’s deep-rooted racism bring us down. Trump simply puts it out there where more people can see it."



THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE

Finally! This weekend you can take that picnic basket you have been packing for weeks and check out the FREE Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival starting June 25 with Richard III or the FREE Shakespeare by the Sea productions happening around Los Angeles. More Shakespeare festivals include Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum lineup Romeo and Juliet set in East Jerusalem will kick off its 2016 summer repertory season.  For a dose of historical fiction rooted in the hostile politics of the 1960s, Home Sick  is currently running at the Odyssey Theatre along with Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy ApeAlso be sure to check out revival production Ajax in Iraq at Greenway Court Theatre or the world premiere of Blueprint for Paradise, based  on the true story set in 1940s Los Angeles about a wealthy American couple who employ an African-American architect to design a Nazi Sympathizer training ground and compound in Pacific Palisades. For tweens and teenagers, check out The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival closing this Sunday, June 26th or Sam Harris's HAM: A Musical Memoir at the Pasadena Playhouse.  At ICT. Tony-award winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang is now running. For the kiddos consider All Shook Up at the Laguna Playhouse. For some outdoor cinema in a truly spectacular location, check out Cinespia's lineup at the Hollywood Cemetery. To dodge the heat, there are some fantastic art exhibitions around town including Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad and James Turrell's Light Reignfall at the LACMA.

NYC theatre-lovers can pack your picnics for the 54th Annual Shakespeare in the Park festival at Central Park starting with The Taming of the Shrew or Socrates Sculpture Park's International Film Festival this summer. Another must-see is Arthur Miller's The Crucible starring Saoirose Ronan at the Walter Kerr Theatre through July 17. Also be sure to check out the Hallett Nature Sanctuary - four acres in Central Park - reopening after a massive restoration project. The section has been closed since the 1930s. If it gets hot, check out Edgar Degas's lesser known printmaking career at the MoMA or MADreads at the Museum of Art & Design kicking off Sunday, June 19th.



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