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Location: Houston, Texas, United States

My name is David Stone. I live in Houston, Texas. I am a 30-something single white male. I am an Orthodox Christian and am a member of an English-language parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Upcoming Shows

11/01 - John Egan @ Mojo Risin'
11/02 - Sideshow Tramps @ The Continental Club
11/02 - Seven Nations @ McGonigel's Mucky Duck
11/02 - Stoney Larue/Brandon Rhyder @ The Firehouse Saloon
11/03 - Jason Boland @ The Firehouse Saloon
11/03 - Mary Cutrufello @ Rudyard's
11/03 - porterdavis @ Anderson Fair
11/06 - Moodafaruka @ the Mucky Duck
11/08 - Acoustic Eidolon @ the Mucky Duck
11/08 - Polyphonic Spree/Rooney/The Redwalls @ Verizon Theater
11/09 - The Greencards @ the Mucky Duck
11/09 - James Hand @ Blanco's
11/10 - Blaggards @ The Continental Club
11/10 - Shake Russell @ Anderson Fair
11/10 - Jesse Dayton @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston)
11/10 - Constant Billy @ Mojo Risin'
11/12 - Zappa Plays Zappa @ Verizon Theater
11/16 - Rebirth Brass Band @ Meridian
11/16 - South Austin Jug Band @ The Mucky Duck
11/17 - Gary P. Nunn @ Armadillo Palace
11/21 - Bleu Edmondson @ The Firehouse Saloon
11/23 - Jack Saunders @ The Mucky Duck
11/23 - Randy Rogers Band/The Gougers @ Big Texas (Spring)
11/24 - Sisters Morales @ The Mucky Duck
11/27 - Randy Weeks @ The Mucky Duck
11/29 - The Red Stick Ramblers @ The Mucky Duck
11/29 - Clay Farmer @ Armadillo Palace
11/29 - The McKay Brothers @ Blanco's


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Anniversary at Butovo

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Today marks the annual day of remembrance in Russia of the Stalinist purges.

President Vladimir Putin
attended a memorial service held at Butovo with Patriarch Alexy II.

More information on today's observance can be found here.

This article quotes President Putin as stating that tragedies such as the Stalinist purges occur:

"...when ostensibly attractive but empty ideas are put above fundamental values, values of human life, of rights and freedom."

"Hundreds of thousands, millions of people were killed and sent to camps, shot and tortured,"

"These were people with their own ideas which they were unafraid of speaking out about.
They were the cream of the nation."

More photos from today's observances in Butovo, Moscow and other cities can be seen here.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Anderson Fair

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Last Friday night I dropped by Anderson Fair to see Idgy Vaughn and The Hudsons in concert.

Idgy opened the show. This was her first time to perform at Anderson Fair. She was joined on stage by fellow Austinite Sarah Glynn on electric guitar. Idgy played a great set featuring several songs from her first cd including: "Good Enough", "Saint Francis Fire", "Dragging the River", "Red Bone Hound", "Mister Wrong", "Pearl of Georgia" and "Midwestern Biography" as well as a newer song "Time Bomb". I've seen Idgy play a couple of times now and she sounds better every time. I noticed that there were a number of brand new Idgy fans in the audience after she played her set.

Idgy was followed by The Hudsons in their new lineup consisting of the duo of Brian Hudson and Hudson Mueller. Phoebe Hunt, a former Hudson, is now performing with The Belleville Outfit.

The Hudsons performed a generous concert featuring numerous songs from all three of their cds as well as a few covers and newer songs. Some of the highlights included: "Dead Men Tell No Tales", "Money Goes to the Man", "Hibernation", "MC Devil's Son", "I wish I was a Hudson", "The Problem Song" and covers of songs by the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel as well as some fine examples of "folk rap" such as "Party in the Sun" and the hilarious "Where is my Wallet?" (which can be heard on the band's myspace page).


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fund Raising Banquet

A Fund Raising Banquet for His Grace, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Peter of Cleveland, will be held on Sunday, October 28th in Houston.

More details can be found here.


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Greek Fest

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The 41st Annual Greek Festival is being held this weekend at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Always a lot of fun.

Go get your Greek on!