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This year, at the HD screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night, the seats in Times Square faced south instead of east/west. This meant that, interspersed amongst projections of the opera onto several surfaces were the silent, yet continually-playing, U.S. Armed Forces recruitment video, images of great baseball catches, ads for Stella Artois beer and Dunkin Donuts, plus the Dow Jones digital ticker tape with up-to-the-minute news.


These contemporary visual displays served to highlight the subtle critique of power, class, and gender that underlies Mozart’s gorgeous music—gloriously sung and acted in a wonderfully kinetic production. While the chilly temperature contrasted sharply with the previous day’s warm and humid weather, the mix of politics and art felt like an appropriate follow-up to the friendly, diverse and inclusive convergence of 400,000 people in New York joined by many thousands more in over 2,640 additional events in over 156 countries.


After discussions with colleague Andrea Haenggi, I decided to offer Chi Kung practice—open to all—prior to the march, so that we can renew our own energy before marching for renewable energy.


We are currently planning to meet at 10:00 am, on the northeast corner of 77th Street and Amsterdam, and then practicing Chi Kung after we join the renewable energy group. Given the complex logistics of this huge march, the time and/or location of our meeting could change.

If you are interested in joining us please let us know how to reach you if there are changes. Right now the forecast for Sunday is great, yet in case this changes, most 99-cent stores sell very light-weight rain ponchos for about $1.29. Pack lightly for the day, yet do bring water and snacks to fuel yourself for several hours.

For more information about the march, what to bring, etc., please see