Thursday, February 16, 2017

FEBRUARY 2017 - ANNE FEENEY'S FELLOW TRAVELERS' ADVISORY - VOLUME 10, Number 12





Thanks for visiting my blog.   It's one of the ways I try to stay in touch with my far-flung family, friends, fans, folkies and fellow travelers. I realized as I was putting the heading on this month's news that this is the 120th issue of the Fellow Travelers' Advisory - Ten years of keeping in touch!Thanks so much for being part of my life and adventures! I love you all and I'm so grateful for your support of my music and my activism.



Outside of Trump Tower on January 13th with 2000 Single Payer activists
from Health Care NOW! and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer

So, I know most of you don't live in Florida -  but I bet that most of you know someone who does!!
Please let your Florida friends know that we are  coming. As you might suspect, my show doesn't attract much in the way of corporate sponsorship...

DOUBLE TROUBLE 
FL  TOUR WITH 
ANNE FEENEY AND ERIC SCHWARTZ!!

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 7:00 PM
International Women's Day with Anne Feeney
House concert - all welcome - only 28 seats
Miccosukee Land Co-op
Tallahassee, FL
850-656-2498
http://annefeeney.com
Price: Suggested $15-25House concerts are fabulous. It's the best way to hear good music. Join 28 neighbors at a beautiful house to enjoy music and light refreshments. Call Julie to reserve a seat and get directions.
Thursday, March 9th, 2017 8:00 PM
"Triple Trouble!" Grant Peeples, Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz
Ray Lewis presents @Mudville Grille Listening Room
3105 Beach Blvd (@ Atlantic)
Jacksonville, FL
http://www.raylewispresents.com/concert-calendar
Price: $10-25 donation
Friday, March 10th, 2017 8:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz
The Iguana Presents @ Civic Media Center
433 S Main St
Gainesville, FL
(352) 378-5655
https://civicmediacenter.org/
Price: $10-25 donation
as with all my shows, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Saturday, March 11th, 2017 7:30 PM
Double Trouble - Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz!
Blue Tavern
1206 N Monroe
Tallahassee, FL 33203
850 212 5204
Monday, March 13th, 2017 7:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz
South Tampa House Concerts
Westshore Gany Area
Tampa, FL
412-877-6480
INFO/RSVP: gshello@tampabay.rr.com
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 7:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz in Concert!!
Sacred Lands
1700 Park St North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
727-367-3512
http://sacredlandspreservationandeducation.org/
Friday, March 17th, 2017 8:00 PM
WSLR presents: Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz!
Fogartyville
525 Kumquat Ct
Sarasota, FL 34236
http://fogartyville.org/
Price: $15-25 donation
as with all of my shows, no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 2:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz!
-THIRD SUNDAY at STETSON'S - Beluthahatchee
1523 State Road 13
Fruit Cove, FL
http://www.stetsonkennedy.com/second-sundays.html
Price: $15-25 donation
We're avoiding a conflict with the Will McClain Festival, so this show will be THIRD SUNDAY AT STETSON'S. As with all my shows, all are welcome. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Facebook censors deface my new CD cover!
Many of you have seen the cover of my new CD.  It's my brilliant, talented husband's version of visionary romantic Eugene Delacroix's famous 1830 painting - "
Liberty leading the people." My husband, Julie Leonardsson is a highly respected artist and satirist in Sweden. He adapted the painting appropriately, as I am considered by many as a frontline activist. Facebook's censorship is ridiculous! I would really appreciate it if you could comment on the censorship on my page, or take a copy of the cd cover and post it on your page so that facebook users can see what it's supposed to look like without Facebook "protecting" them.
Available for purchase or download at cdbaby.com/warontheworkers
Here's a little history of Delacroix's masterpiece:
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/later-europe-and-americas/enlightenment-revolution/v/delacroix-liberty-leading-the-people-1830


                            


After my Florida tour I'm headed to  Sweden for some R&R with my husband.  He seems very happy to be out of the Evil Empire as President Little Hand turns the country into Backwards Land.  It will be good to be away from American television. Check out my new improved website!  Ashley Reilly is my new web/goddess admin

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The Great Labor Arts Exchange - June 22-24 
THE TOMMY DOUGLAS CENTER
10000 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20903

This annual multi-cultural gathering of union members and cultural workers is a life-changing experience for many who attend.  It's a great chance to "connect the dots."  You'll emerge energized, renewed, inspired and SINGING!
Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to recharge your spirit.

http://www.laborheritage.org/save-datek-2017-great-labor-arts-exchange/

"More fun than the law will soon allow ..."

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WEST COAST IN JULY??
I'm looking forward to a tour to the left coast in July & maybe part of August.  If you live anywhere between Santa Cruz and Quadra, BC and you'd like to see me in your living room, church, union hall, university, rally, riot, festival or convention please send an email to me at anne@annefeeney.com.  I'm figuring on flying into SFO, heading south, making a loop that might even take me to Reno and Sacramento and then coming to Oregon Country Fair (if they accept my application) and on up 101.  Hugging the OR coast as long as I can, I'm hoping to play Aberdeen WA, Tacoma, Seattle. I'm going to do this at (I hope) a leisurely pace.

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Not Booked Yet for Labor Day!
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Walter Brasch, RIP
Those of you who participated in the CRUSH CORBETT tour in 2014 will remember the congenial and charming Walt Brasch, who hosted our CRUSH CORBETT TOUR in Bloomsburg, PA. I am so sorry to report that Walt died on February 9th. He is survived by his wonderful wife Rosemary and many family members and friends.

Walt was the author of "Fracking Pennsylvania" - a definitive study of the terrible effect of this greed-driven folly, and 19 other books. I have several copies of Walt's book: Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution.   It's too late to meet my friend Walter in person, but I would be happy to send a copy of Before the First Snow to you if you reply to this post. His interesting and impressive obit appears below.
http://www.newsitem.com/news/2017-02-12/Editorials/TRIBUTE_TO_WALT_BRASCH_Career_journalist_passes_at.html

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The best way to get through the next four years is to resist and rebel.   The best way to get through the next four years is to be kind, joyful, loving and generous. The best way to get through the next four years is to nurture your soul with music, dance, art, nature walks.
On to Florida! I'm very excited to be touring with my pal, the amazing, talented and handsome Eric Schwartz! Check out "Senator Whoever" on youtube and go to ericschwartz.com for lots more info about my dynamic tourmate.  Thanks for reading - write back if you've got news to share.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

JANUARY 2017 - ANNE FEENEY'S FELLOW TRAVELERS' ADVISORY - VOLUME 10, Number 11

Hi there!  Thanks for visiting my blog.  It's how I manage to stay in touch with family, friends, 
folkies and fellow travelers. I'm so  happy to have  this way to stay in touch with you. Please
reply with any comments or questions, or news that you think would interest my list.

The Women's March in DC was so energizing!  I know lots of you were there, or at a March in
 San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, St Louis -- Millions of women and men marching 
for justice and equality, peace, health care, LGBTQ and a safe environment. I was hanging 
with the CODE PINK crowd. I arrived at 8AM and by 10am it was so crowded backstage that I 
had to leave my dear companeras to get some air.  I ended up on 1000 Pennsylvania Avenue, so I 
elected to walk the six long blocks to the White House and get a good perch on the reviewing 
stands still up from the Unauguration/Usurpation to watch the marchers arrive. 
One of my favorite signs said BRAINS are the New "Tits." Here a few more:

A SEA OF PINK PUSSY HATS

Teachers Standing Up to the NRA

One of my favorites!!  





































I didn't get a picture of:
YOU HAVE PISSED OFF THE PUSSY 
NOW YOU MUST PAY!!

Special thanks to Code Pink stalwarts - 
Colonel Ann Wright, Medea Benjamin, Paki Weiland and Leslie Harris.


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PITTSBURGH CD RELEASE CELEBRATION!!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND
 WALLACE'S TAPROOM
@ THE INDIGO HOTEL
 7pm-9pm               123 N. Highland Avenue
OR order the CD now at 
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/warontheworkers


If you can't make it to the Pittsburgh celebration, you can:
ORDER WAR ON THE WORKERS AT CDBABY.COM 

Check out the NEW http://annefeeney.com - It's currently under construction by my mighty web admin,
Ashley Reilly.  It's very exciting to tune in every day to see what features, bells and whistles Ashley has added.
Check it out and leave comments and suggestions on my guestbook, or my blog
 http://fellow-travelers-advisory.blogspot.com  annefeeney.com was WAY overdue for a make-over.

From the day my website went up in the 1990s, UBC member/activist Dave Livingston of Nelson, BC was my
web admin.  Dave retired from the Carpenters' Union, and from being my web admin, a couple years ago. It
took me a while to find someone as willing, talented and flexible as Dave.   He's got my respect and my
undying gratitude for all that he did for annefeeney.com.  Thanks, Dave!





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GO SOLAR!!!

I've checked out SOLAR CITY and, if you get enough sun, you can get solar panels installed on your roof
for little or no cost. You may not see a big drop in your electric bill right away, but Solarcity also guarantees
your KWH energy rate will not increase for at least 15 years.
The panels come with a 20 year warranty that is transferable if you sell your property. 
I've done it already, and I loved working with SOLAR CITY.

Call Mark Maskas at 702-426-0298
or email him at mmaskas@solarcity.com and get more info.

This is a tangible way to resist Little Hand's agenda.

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Friday, January 27th, 2017 - Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 8:00 PM
People's Music Network for Songs of Freedon and Struggle's Winter Gathering
Greenfield Middle School
195 Federal St
Greenfield, MA
http://peoplesmusic.org/
Price: see website

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney Celebrates the Release of a new CD
Wallace Tap Room - Indigo Hotel
123 N Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-727-6539
http://wallacestaproom.com/
Price: FREE






Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 7:00 PM
International Women's Day with Anne Feeney
House concert - all welcome - only 28 seats
Miccosukee Land Co-op
Tallahassee, FL
850-273-2898
http://annefeeney.com
Price: suggested 15 and up







DOUBLE TROUBLE FLORIDA TOUR
 WITH ERIC SCHWARTZ!!!!


Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 7:00 PM
Celebrate International Women's Day with Anne Feeney
Miccosukee Land Coop
Wonderful House Concert
Tallahassee, FL
850-656-2498
Price: Suggested $15-25
House concerts are fabulous. It's the best way to hear good music. Join 28 neighbors at a beautiful house to enjoy music and light refreshments. Call Julie to reserve a seat and get directions.
Thursday, March 9th, 2017 8:00 PM
"Triple Trouble!" Grant Peeples, Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz
Ray Lewis presents @Mudville Grille Listening Room
3105 Beach Blvd (@ Atlantic)
Jacksonville, FL
http://www.raylewispresents.com/concert-calendar
Price: $10-25 donation
Friday, March 10th, 2017 8:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz
The Iguana Presents @ Civic Media Center
433 S Main St
Gainesville, FL
(352) 378-5655
https://civicmediacenter.org/
Price: $10-25 donation
as with all my shows, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Saturday, March 11th, 2017 7:30 PM
Double Trouble - Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz!
Blue Tavern
1206 N Monroe
Tallahassee, FL 33203
850 212 5204
Monday, March 13th, 2017 7:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz
South Tampa House Concerts
Westshore Gany Area
Tampa, FL
412-877-6480
INFO/RSVP: gshello@tampabay.rr.com
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 7:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz in Concert!!
Sacred Lands
1700 Park St North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
727-367-3512
http://sacredlandspreservationandeducation.org/
Friday, March 17th, 2017 8:00 PM
WSLR presents: Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz!
Fogartyville
525 Kumquat Ct
Sarasota, FL 34236
http://fogartyville.org/
Price: $15-25 donation
as with all of my shows, no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 2:00 PM
Double Trouble! Anne Feeney and Eric Schwartz!
THIRD SUNDAY at STETSON'S - Beluthahatchee
1523 State Road 13
Fruit Cove, FL
http://www.stetsonkennedy.com/second-sundays.html

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 2016 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - Volume Ten Number 10

December 2016 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - Volume Ten - Number 10



Having survived the longest night of the year, I guess I'm ready to survive the next four years.  That's as much as I'm going to say about the election.  I'll continue, as I have for 46 years now , working and singing for peace, justice, labor rights, feminism, equality and environmental justice.  I am so very grateful to have all of you in my life and thank you for your kindness, goodness, generosity of sprit, and dedication to progressive ideals. Merry Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Kwanzaa and any reason you can find to celebrate!

In the November Fellow Travelers' Advisory, I told you I'd have a big surprise for you this month. (No, not THAT one)

Now, I've always thought that I am a very difficult person to surprise.  .

Well, my dear readers and Fellow Travelers, you couldn't possibly be as surprised upon seeing this news as I was when my daughter presented me with this new CD. The beautiful CD cover is the work of my wonderful husband, Julie Leonardsson.



This surprise recording project was visualized by my daughter, Amy Sue Berlin, in early 2016. With hopes of a MayDay release, Amy sent a list of songs that I've written to a bunch of performers.The performers selected songs,  and in studios all over the country,  recorded them, and then donated the masters to Amy.  As the songs slowly began to arrive, Amy changed the release date from MayDay to my birthday (July 1st), then to Labor Day. All of this was a TOTAL secret from me until she handed it to me a couple weeks ago.  I am so overwhelmed, amazed and grateful that so many people in so many places put so much love and good energy into this project without breathing a word to me.
https://annefeeney.bandcamp.com/releases is the way to get your hands on this 16 song CD and I hope that you will.  None of my considerable life experience prepared me for this beautiful tribute.

My companera -  super-songwriter, ace musician, fashionista and fabulous organizer -  Evan Greer wrote this terrific piece for Huffington Post:
Please forward it to all your trouble-making and music loving friends!

Here's what some folks have Tweeted today --

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine):
Few have raised as much hell with an acoustic guitar as has. Benefit tribute album for her out today!

From Roy Zimmerman:

Check out "War on the Workers," the tribute album to my friend, the magnificent songwriter / activist Anne Feeney. The CD features Holly Nearemma's revolutionDan BernPeter Yarrow and more, covering Anne's compelling incendiary songs.

From Peter Yarrow

For decades, I’ve held Anne in great esteem: for her determined heart, her passionate commitment to justice and the way she’s lived the messages of the folk tradition (just as Peter, Paul, and Mary did) putting her life and her presence out there to speak about and sing about what needs to be shared.

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I'm hoping to be driving/touring to Florida in March and then go (slowly) from SF to Vancouver/Victoria this summer. If you have any ideas about where I could perform, drop me a line.

Friday, January 13th, 2017 - Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Labor Campaign for Single Payer National Conference
Wyndham New Yorker
481 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
http://www.laborforsinglepayer.org/register-for-the-2017-national-single-payer-strategy-conference-join-hundreds-of-union-activists-and-leaders/
Price: $variable
I'll have my new CD with me!!
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 10:00 PM
Women's March on Washington
The Lincoln Memorial
Independence Ave SW and Third St NW
Washington, DC
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-on-washington-official-tickets-29428287801
Price: FREE - Be there!!
Friday, January 27th, 2017 - Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 8:00 PM
People's Music Network for Songs of Freedon and Struggle's Winter Gathering
Greenfield Middle School
195 Federal St
Greenfield, MA
http://peoplesmusic.org/
Price: see website

I really need to get this out, so thank you for reading this.  I hope you enjoy my new CD and that our paths cross on the road in 2017.


Friday, October 14, 2016

November 2016 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - Volume 10, Number Nine


Thank you for taking a look at my Fellow Travelers' Advisory.  I used to send these out monthly,   although I haven't sent one out since March. I encourage you to leave your announcements, thoughts, comments and suggestions.  I am sooo EXCITED to be part of this show-----



Rock Against the TPP! November 3 - 6PM-11PM
ANTI-FLAG
EVAN GREER
Mr. Small's in Millvale

I'm thrilled to be invited to be part of this important tour to mobilize folks to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership.   This invidious trade agreement was negotiated in total secrecy, and is certain to undermine workers' rights and plunge hundreds of thousands, if not millions, into poverty and environmental degradation.  The show will be rousing, rollicking entertainment, education, inspiration,

Taina Asili

https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/pittsburgh-pa/
https://www.fightforthefuture.org/news/2016-10-05-anti-flag-to-headline-free-rock-against-the-tpp/

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Sunday, November 6th - Election Day Countdown House Concert with
Anne Feeney and Andy Fite


The multiple personalities of jazz philospher and comic Andy Fite will manifest themselves at a house concert with me in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Sunday, November 6th at 4PM.

Andy is an expat Pittsburgher who has lived in Stockholm, Sweden since 1994.  I'm very excited to bring him home for this perfect concert and election day countdown.

Call 412-361-6051 for reservations and directions.  There are only 40 seats available for this fabulous show, so call now.  20% discount on prepaid tickets available at Paypal, Anne@annefeeney.com or call me at 412-727-6539.

Here's a sample of Andy's amazing work:

                                                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sfCTL7i-Gs&feature=share



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Stand-Off at Standing Rock



The media attention on this historic standoff has been pathetic.  All the major networks were using footage taken by Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! Team covering this important story.

Tribes of indigenous people from South America, Central America, Canada and the United States have joined forces with the Sioux Nation in an unprecedented effort to protect and defend their sacred lands from pillaging by the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The excavation and drilling threaten the water supply for the reservation and anyone getting water from the Missouri River.  This peaceful protest met with brutal opposition and police and security firms released attack dogs and pepper spray on First Nations. men, women, children and hundred of allies from CODE PINK and other supporting organizations.  They are in desperate need of support and supplies.

This Mother Jones article http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/09/dakota-access-pipeline-protest-timeline-sioux-standing-rock-jill-stein contains an overview of the history.  The original plans had this pipeline running much closer to Bismark, ND.  When the dangers to the environment and the citizens triggered outcry, the route was changed through the heart of the Lakota Sioux reservation.

A warrant was issued against Amy Goodman requiring her to appear in North Dakota yesterday to face charges of defiant tresspass and riot.  The Judge dismissed all charges, as he certainly should have.

http://standingrock.org/news/call-for-support--stand-with-standing-rock/

At the bottom of the page, there is a donate link - You have to look for it to find it, but I hope you will.  I sent what it would have cost me to drive or fly there.  I am there in spirit.

SAMMIC PEOPLE FROM NORWAY IN N.D.  OPPOSING THE PIPELINE!


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Haiti is Suffering

Haiti has had a special place in my heart because of its revolutionary history and its resistance to slavery.  Paul Farmer's brilliant book - Mountains Beyond Mountains -convinced me that we owe our support to Haiti.  Hurricane Matthew has wrought terrible damages on this island.

Reuters
Partners in Progress, http://piphaiti.org/ is a fantastic organization and most definitely deserving of your support.  Please help.

Family Reunion!

Forty-one guests were on hand - first cousins, second cousins and a few third cousins and spouses and significant others  -to celebrate the 70th birthday of William Patrick Feeney.  This uncommon person is more commonly known as Father Bill, who serves as pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, PA.

Monique Murad, Anne Feeney, Bill Feeney (standing)
Amy Berlin, Dan Berlin (

Ten First Cousins
Special thanks to my wonderful cousin Jill Weldon Merrill, who interrupted the organizing of her 40th high school reunion to help me plan this wonderful family gathering....
Steve and Jill Weldon Merrill

We gathered at the lovely Trent House Inn in the mountains of south western Pennsylania.  Our landlady Marianne and her totally amazing ,94 year old Mom, Violet, worked tirelessly for our comfort and Chef Jeff turned out some fine meals. http://trenthouseinn.info/welcome/
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David Williams, Rest in Peace
I'll be in Indianapolis on November 12 to sing at a memorial service for my pal, Dave Williams. Dave was a great union supporter, came on the 2012 tour of Ireland with me - He was a democratic party activist and Debs dinner regular.  I will miss him.  Rest in peace, my brother.

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Big Surprise Next Month!!

Can't tell you about it right now, but I am sooooooooooooo excited!!  Also, next month I'm doing the year in review. Please send me photos, remniscences and anecdotes about 2016.  Please reply directly to this blog.  It won't post until I organize next month's news....  I want to hear from Irish tourmates, friends, fans, family, folkies and fellow-travelers.  Sorry to have kept such a low profile for so long, but at this point I don't think I've felt or looked this good in years...  Love to all of you!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 2016 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - Volume 10, Number Eight

Happy Spring to all of you - my friends, family, folkies and fellow travelers!
This is by far the mildest winter I can ever remember.  It's supposed to be seventy degrees on Sunday! My bulbs are out.  I'm gearing up for the Ireland trip - just around the corner ... and I hope you have come through this winter as well as I have.  I got a rude surprise on St Patrick's Day with vestibular neuritis and "jumpy eyes" (nystagmus). It was very much like a cartoon, but I wasn't laughing. A few tests, IV meds and an overnight stay at Shadyside Hospital (thanks, 5th floor nurses!) and I was pronounced good to go. That collapsed my hopes for getting the newsletter out in time for St. Patrick's Day, though.

I have taken a lot of flak from Hillary supporters since I announced my support for Bernie Sanders. If the convention fairly nominates Hillary as the Democratic Candidate for president, I will vote for her. But why would anyone pass up the chance to cast a primary vote for a fellow who wants to break up the banks, tax wall streeters, deliver expanded medicare to all,end mass incarceration, get public financing for elections and end the $$$ that buys elections and candidates,  provide free public education through grade sixteen in all public schools, reinvest in our infrastructure??  My heart, my time and my very limited money are with Bernie - as long as he's in, I'm all in with Bernie.

March Wall of Fame 

I am forever grateful to those of you who responded to my plea for financial support. You kept me from defaulting on my obligations.  It's finally beginning to sink in that my career choice will no longer support me.  My health can no longer tolerate my constant touring.  The pension I receive from the Musicians' Union is $295/month. I receive $790 from Social Security. My mortgage is $700/month. My utilities average $600.  Even when my two rental properties are occupied and generating $1750/month, the taxes, insurance, repairs and maintenance eat up a huge portion of that income.  I've got a lot of good work coming up at the Tommy Douglas Center in Washington, DC in April. I've got the Ireland tour coming up.  I've got a very nice festival in Michigan in July... that is all that I've confirmed. My fundraising style is very similar to Bernie's -- lots of small donors.  There's a Paypal "DONATE" button on the right hand side of this page.  If you'd rather send a check, please send a most welcome check:


Anne Feeney
2240 Milligan Ave
Pittsburgh, PA  15218

This month's Twenty Wall of Famers: 

Dave H - UK; Janet A and Michael R - Oakland, CA; Nina F. - Piedmont, CA; Per Elis J. - Kopparberg, SV; Tom and Cookie D - Pittsburgh, PA; Ed D. - Seattle, WA; Pat H. and Sandy O;Virginia  F. - San Diego, CA; Janet, Judy and Carol W - San Diego, CA; Sue D. - Oakland, CA; John M and Deborah McK - Pittsburgh, PA; Bob and Barb I - Detroit, MI; Carol VH; Michael V, Janet T - Lexington, KY; Ruth F and Don W - Ontario; Dawn McD - Detroit,MI; Mary W- Seattle, WA; Ann F - Leverett, MA; Lee G - OKC, OK

I am so grateful for your help and support!


St Patrick's Day 
a video of "The Sick Note" 
re-enacted by Legos People
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA5RGI3zn20
Thanks to Loretta Santejka for the link!

At this point I'm not completely sure, but I think my tour may be sold out.  If you still want to go with me this year, check with Vicki Belinoski vbelinoski@austin.rr.com vbelinoski@austin.rr.com and she'll do her best to accommodate you.

So Mick is on his way home and he passes by his friend Rory's farm.  Mick is horrified to see his old friend stark naked and wildly gesticulating - dancing and pumping his hips as he runs in circles around his tractor.

Mick leaps from his vehicle and runs toward his old friend.  "What are doing, Rory - have you lost your mind??"

Rory says, "Not at all, Mick. I'm doing as my doctor recommended. You see, my wife and I have been having troubles in the bedroom, and Dr. O'Hara suggested that I do something sexy to a tractor."  (Read it aloud if you don't get it.)

Oscars 2016


My son, Dan Berlin and his fabulous wife, Monique Murad took on the challenge to cook the 2016 Oscars dinner. I've been hosting these parties since 1999, and couldn't have been more delighted when my son  offered to carry on the tradition for the 88th annual Academy Awards.

The dinners began when my husband Julie slipped into the kitchen during the 70th Academy Awards and cooked a simple but elegant meal for me and my cousin Bill.  We shared it with him on the couch as we watched the Oscars. Over the years the event evolved into five course dinners for eight, then ten, then twelve - with each course keyed to one of the five best-picture nominees. The $1 admission fee collected from each guest went to whoever picked the most Oscar winners on the ballots handed out on arrival.

Eventually my husband created an amazing scoreboard with removable categories and contestants' names.When they expanded the category for best film for up to ten films I began assigning menu items to the many talented cooks among out attendees.. Some of  the dishes were very complex. For Michael Clayton, Briget Shields prepared a saganaki appetizer. This flaming Greek specialty was a tribute to the Volvo that exploded in the film.  Barbara Lebeau almost revolted when commissioned to make Richard Nixon out of pate for FROST.  The dinners became so popular and so overcrowded -- one year I served a ten course dinner to twenty six with our new electronic score board designed by Daniel McTiernan.
2009 Oscars Dinner Folks
Bill Feeney
Julie's re-usable scoreboard
Barbara Lebeau's 
Nixon pate for "FROST"




















The 2016 Oscars Menu!!!

Appetizers:
THE REVENANT - Revenant Bear Liver Pate (well, it was really duck), but the pastry surrounding it made up for the absence of bear liver - SUPER YUMMY!

MAD MAX - THE FURY - Mad Max's Mother's Milk Baked Brie in puff pastry

Cocktail:
SPOTLIGHT - Mojitos served with flaming rum, creating the "Spotlight" (Benedicto's favorite)

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn brown bread

MARTIAN - Twice baked potatoes forced through a pastry bag, creating the canals which cover the red planet.

ROOM  - Mashed parsnips around the perimeter of a square serving dish filled with a variety of roasted mushROOMs.

THE BIG SHORT - our main event The Big Short Ribs.... mmm mmmm

STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON - Mac 'n Cheese  and Sauteed Greens.  requested by Sebastian and Nico.  Straight Out of Compton was one of my favorite films of 2015.

Dessert:
BRIDGE OF SPIES - Bridge of Pies - berry, banana cream, apple


So sorry, no pictures from our 2016 dinner -  our paparazzi fled to Ohio when they heard that Donald Trump might kick a dog .... I haven't seen any hard numbers, but it seems to me that 90% of the time when the media covers this campaign, (whether print, radio, video or online) the discussion focuses almost exclusively on Trump's latest antic.