I join Terry, Jo Harvey, Bukka, Ron, and Sandy at a sort of political road show event organized by director John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, his producer.
It starts with political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, then Steve Earl performs an acoustic set of mostly recent, politically oriented songs. My favorite involved reciprocal generosity. A cashier in a coffee shop gives some kids a break on some candy, and, overhearing this, two truckers leave the waitress a too big tip.
Sayles' new movie Silver City is a political critique with a Bush-like nincompoop who media handlers and powerful businesspeople freely manipulate. There are a lot of story threads that involve developers, immigrant workers, the press, and it all seems pretty indicative of the way things really are. Chris Cooper gives a hilarious performance as the politician.
Afterwards, Sandy introduces me to Daryl Hannah, whom she knows from Colorado. I arrange to meet up with Steve Earl to try to do his radio program on Air America when we get to Nashville.
Terry told me he once shipped a whole load of tumbleweeds to Philadelphia for a theater piece. But when they opened the packages, they had become square.