Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Marijuana on religious grounds? A Cannabis Church opens in Denver

By Jacey Fortin
Works of art by Kenny Scharf and Okuda San Miguel adorn the interior of International Church of Cannabis in Denver. Credit Marc Piscotty/Getty Images
DENVER---For the International Church of Cannabis in Denver, there were three reasons to celebrate (last) Thursday. First, it was opening day. The church, a more than century-old building recently adorned with brightly colored paintings by the artists Kenny Scharf and Okuda San Miguel, welcomed the public early in the afternoon, at which time no cannabis consumption was allowed inside. Second, it was April 20, an unofficial holiday of sorts for marijuana users. And third: A challenge to the church’s legality, in the form of an amendment proposed in the state’s House of Representatives, was shut down almost as quickly as it arose on Thursday morning. [link]

Forget Netflix and chill. Try Pure Flix and pray.

By Katherine Rosman
Movie poster for "The Case for Christ" produced by Pure Flix
CHICAGO—Before breakfast at Sixteen, a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and Tower here the morning after the premiere for the film “The Case for Christ,” David A. R. White and Andrea Logan White requested a pause. The disconnect between the mainstream news media and evangelical Christians is also a major theme of “The Case for Christ.” It was produced by Pure Flix, a faith-based entertainment production and distribution company in Scottsdale, Ariz., that Mr. White helped found in 2005. [link]

How 'The Handmaid's Tale' became TV's most chilling Trump-era series

By Phoebe Reilly
'Handmaid's Tale' star Elisabeth Moss and show's creators talk about turning Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel into a look at our post-Trump world. Hulu
The promise of a "new normal," spoken by an apparatchik of a totalitarian theocracy – it's chilling, and like so many other scenes in The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu's 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian classic, it stays with you in part because it doesn't feel unfamiliar enough. Like the book, the series – starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Alexis Bledel, and which begins streaming on April 26th – takes place in the former United States now known as Gilead. A surveillance state with Puritanical roots, the nation has responded with violence to plunging birth rates caused by environmental crisis. The day after Trump was elected, sales of Atwood's book increased 200% from the year before. It shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list, alongside George Orwell's 1984. [link]

Alex Grey continues to work on visionary art temple

By Andy Smith
Entheon will exhibit the finest works of the Visionary Art movement, including Alex Grey’s acclaimed Sacred Mirrors.”
Alex Grey is a leading practitioner of visionary art, which attempts to tap into the metaphysical and expand awareness. He’s done this through several mediums, but he’s currently working on an ambitious project far bigger than the canvas: an entire temple. Entheon is the name of the structure Grey and wife/artist Allyson Grey are currently building. The project’s funding comes partly from $354,917 raised through a Kickstarter campaign. The temple, currently being erected, is located in the Hudson Valley of New York, 65 miles north of NYC. [link]