Comedians & Writers raise two thousands dollars in San Francisco for Slain Iraqi Comedian Walid Hassan

first_img News February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders was delighted with the outcome of a benefit held in San Francisco on January 8th, 2007. “This benefit was an impressive show of solidarity on the part of Bay Area comedians and writers, a tribute to one of their own – Iraqi comedian Walid Hassan – who was murdered in Baghdad last November,” the international press freedom organization said. “Money raised will help Hassan’s relatives get through the very difficult situation they are facing because of the loss of the head of the family.” The proceeds will go to Hassan’s family through a special fund set up by Reporters Without Borders to support Iraqi journalists and their relatives. The benefit, which was held in the Make-Out Room, featured a variety of comedians and writers, as well as subtitled video clips from Hassan’s show. The audience consisted of some two hundred people. Best-selling writers who appeared in the two-hour extravaganza were Daniel Handler of Lemony Snicket, Andrew Sean Greer of Confessions of Max Tivoli, Michelle Tea of Valencia and Rent Girl, and Tom Barbash of On Top of the World. Performers included headliner Joe Klocek, Sal Calanni of the Tossing Alice sketch group, Ali Mafi of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, podcast comedy phenomenon Mark Day, Samantha Chanse, Tessie Chua, Arthur Gaus, and Kurt Weitzmann. The benefit was hosted by Iron Comic’s Nato Green, who originated it, and by LitPAC’s Stephen Elliott.Hassan was one of the most popular comedians in Iraq, and the creator of the sketch comedy show Caricatures on the Al-Sharkiya television channel. His show was often called Iraq’s version of Saturday Night Live. He made fun of everyone, not only of the US Army or Iraqi authorities, but also of Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias. He was killed while attempting to elude a kidnapping on November 20, 2006. According to Reporters Without Borders, “Walid Hassan lost his life while trying to cheer up the Iraqis and give them a different, less tragic, perspective on the chaos surrounding them.” Hassan is yet another casualty in the Iraq media world, which has already paid a heavy price in covering the war: more than 140 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the war began in 2003. This is the deadliest conflict for the press since World War II. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go furthercenter_img News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation January 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Comedians & Writers raise two thousands dollars in San Francisco for Slain Iraqi Comedian Walid Hassan December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Trombone Shorty Announces Tour With Galactic, Preservation Hall Band, Cyril Neville, & More

first_imgNow that Mardi Gras is over, it’s time for everyone else to get a taste of what New Orleans has to offer. Fortunately, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is cooking up something that will let the rest of the country do just that.Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will team up with a who’s who of New Orleans musicians when they hit the road with their Voodoo Threauxdown Tour. Joining them for the run will be Galactic, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and up-and-coming brass outfit, the New Breed Brass Band. On top of that, many of the stops will feature special guest appearances by New Orleans legends like The Meters and Neville Brothers vocalist and percussionist Cyril Neville, trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, and blues guitar master Walter “Wolfman” Washington.With a lineup like that, the Voodoo Threauxdown sounds like more of a touring mini-festival than a simple show. However, it must be noted that the artists on the bill will vary slightly with the dates and locations. A full list of stops for the Voodoo Threauxdown Tour can be found via Trombone Shorty’s website, and tickets are slated to go on sale on Tuesday, February 20th.Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Voodoo Threauxdown Tour Dates8.2 || Bethlehem, PA || Musikfest8.3 || Baltimore, MD || Pier Six Pavilion*8.4 || Boston, MA || Blue Hills Bank Pavilion8.7 || Hampton Beach, NH || Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*8.8 || New York, NY || Central Park Summerstage8.10 || Atlantic City, NJ || Borgata Event Center8.11 || Bethel, NY || Bethel Woods Center for the Arts8.12 || Philadelphia, PA || River Stage at Penn’s Landing*8.14 || Lewiston, NY || Artpark8.17 || Vienna, VA || Wolf Trap*8.18 || Raleigh, NC || North Carolina Museum of Art8.19 || Atlanta, GA || Chastain Park Amphitheatre8.24 || Huber Heights, OH || The Rose Music Center At The Heights8.25 || Cincinnati, OH || PNC Music Pavilion8.26 || Chicago, IL || Ravinia Festival*9.8 || Portland, OR || Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn9.9 || Seattle, WA || Woodland Park Zoo9.11 || Bonner, MT || KettleHouse Amphitheater9.12 || Salt Lake City, UT || Red Butte Garden9.14 || Berkeley, CA || Greek Theatre at U.C. Berkeley*9.15 || Los Angeles, CA || Greek Theatre9.16 || San Diego, CA || Harrah’s Resort SoCal Events Center*9.19 || Phoenix, AZ || Comerica Theatre9.22 || Taos, NM || Kit Carson Park*without Galacticlast_img read more

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