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It wasn’t a black hole, and they can’t see the Great Wall

It wasn’t a black hole, and they can’t see the Great Wall

If you ask anyone the first words spoken from the Moon, they’ll invariably mention the “One small step” speech. Actually, the first lunar words were, “Okay, engine stop,” uttered by Buzz Aldrin. Less than a minute later, Armstrong said, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed!” This July 20, 1969 photo of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module interior shows Aldrin during the lunar landing mission.

Kingston After Dark: A hostile alchemy

Kingston After Dark: A hostile alchemy

Dave Brenner is a sound architect and mind-pirate who performs in the noise project Gridfailure, which sounds like a haunted insane asylum under construction — a parade of jackhammers and banshee screams mixed with moments of uneasy calm. He’s bringing his chameleon-like sound project to Tubby’s on Broadway with local hardcore band Parkbench Messiah and Philly black metallurgists Zud in tow this Thursday, May 2 for a special night.

Hawk lore

Hawk lore

These mostly diurnal (daytime activity) raptors are easily seen while the trees are bare of leaves. I have consistently seen a variety of hawks, some easy to identify, others not so easy. Most are content to sit watching diligently down onto the surrounding area with great patience, waiting for that moment to pounce upon an unsuspecting creature for a meal.

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Optimism rules at Ars Choralis. The chorus’s program last week, which I heard at Overlook Methodist Church on March 30, was entitled “The Poets Speak: Mending a Broken World.” The musical selections were interspersed with inspirational poetry, well read by Gilles Malkine, and included numerous brief works with positive themes.