Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — GEORGES BATAILLE

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July 10– GEORGES BATAILLE
Radical French philosopher of the exuberant irrational.

JULY 10, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Bahamas: Independence Day.
*Ancient Greece: New Robe for Athena Day. Procession headed by model ship on wheels with her robe flying like a sail from the mast, followed by herdsmen with animals for sacrifice, musicians, slaves with trays of gifts, chariots and horsemen. At the Acropolis, sacrifices were made and robe was draped over Athena’s shoulders.

ALSO ON JULY 10 IN HISTORY…
1875 — Black educator Mary Macleod Bethune born, Mayesville, South Carolina.
1888 — Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico born, Volos, Greece.
1917 — Emma Goldman sentenced to two years for aiding draft resisters.
1962 — Philosopher of transgression Georges Bataille dies, Paris, France.
1987 — Musical producer John Hammond, Jr. dies, New York City.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Frida Kahlo

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July 6– Frida Kahlo
Tormented, visionary Mexican surrealist painter, writer.
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Frida Kahlo’sWithout Hope, 1945.

JULY 6, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Ceylon: Festival of Buddha’s Eyetooth. Continues for days. Most processions are at night. Painted, jeweled elephants, leaping dancers, costumes, drumming, spinning prayer wheels.

ALSO ON JULY 6 IN HISTORY…
1415 — Czech religious rebel Jan Hus burned at stake, Konstanz, Germany.
1535— Sir Thomas More beheaded by order of Henry VIII, London, England.
1699 — Captain Kidd, pirate, captured in Boston and deported to England.
1907 — Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo born, Mexico City, Mexico.
1916 — German surrealist painter, writer Unica Zürn born, Berlin, Germany.
1942 — Jewish teen Anne Frank and family seek refuge from Nazis, Amsterdam.
1944 — Inept fire-eaters create Ringling Big Top bonfire, killing 160, Hartford, CT.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA

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June 5– FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
Spanish surrealist poet, dramatist, homosexual, victim of fascists.

JUNE 5, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Chicago: Salvation Army Doughnut Day.
*Sikh Birth of Gobindh Singh.
*Festival of Popular Delusions.

ALSO ON JUNE 5 IN HISTORY…
753 — St. Boniface slain by Druids for chopping down sacred tree.
1878 — Revolutionist Francisco “Pancho” Villa born, San Juan del Rio, Durango.
1899 — Spanish dramatist, poet Federico Garcia Lorca born, Fuente Vaqueros, Granada.
1900 — American writer Stephen Crane dies, Badenweiler, Germany.
1934 — British situationist Ralph Rumney born, Newcastle, England.
1968 — Bobby Kennedy shot in Los Angeles hotel following victory in Democratic primary, dies the next day.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Sun Ra

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May 22– SUN RA
Ark-Angel, musician from Saturn, via Birmingham.
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ALSO ON MAY 22 IN HISTORY…
1805 — Esoteric poet, proto-surrealist Gérard de Nerval born in Paris, France.
1845 — American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt born.
1885 — French novelist Victor Hugo dies, Paris, France.
1887 — Surrealist, pugilist Arthur Cravan born, Lausanne, Switzerland.
1895 — Indian religious leader Jiddu Krishnamurti born.
1914 — Ark-Angel, composer Herman “Sunny” Blount born, Birmingham, Alabama.
1925 — Indeterminate painter, sculptor Jean Tinguely born.
1948 — Jamaican-American writer Claude McKay dies, Chicago, Illinois.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — MAYA DEREN

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April 29 — Maya Deren
Visionary filmmaker, convert to Haitian voudoun.

APRIL 29, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Feast of the Secret Masters.

ALSO ON APRIL 29 IN HISTORY…
1894 — Jacob Coxey’s protest Army of the Poor reaches Washington, D.C.
1917 — Visionary filmmaker, ethnologist Maya Deren born, Kiev, Ukraine.
1945 — Italian partisans turn Ezra Pound, traitor, over to American army.
1951 — Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein dies, Cambridge, England.
1980 — Suspense film director Alfred Hitchcock dies, Los Angeles, California

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective