Upcoming Sanctuary for Independent Media events include Julian Assange, Amy Goodman

Julian Assange

Julian Assange / photo: Cancillería del Ecuador on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0 cropped)

The next month of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy includes some notable names, including Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, and filmmaker Penny Lane presenting her documentary NUTS!, which premiered at Sundance this year. A condensed schedule is after the jump.

Here's some blurbage for the "Super Secret brunch with Julian Assange" on May 15 (link added):

On Sunday May 15th, a portal will open between The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy and the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The inimitable Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, will be piped in from his place of exile to tell participants about the latest and most twisted stories from bleeding edge of journalism: the exciting business of information liberation in the public interest.
His appearance will be introduced by Mike Bonanno from the Yes Men, who will also show an exclusive, never-before-seen film from the time The Yes Men learned from Assange that they were being spied on by a private spy firm called Stratfor - and they were invited inside the wikileaks machine to help with the release five million emails that had been liberated from the firm by Anonymous hackers.

We hear the portal in this case is a Skype video connection. The event is at 1 pm and tickets are $15. Earlier in the morning there will be a brunch made with locally-gathered foods, "theatrically served" by The Yes Men and Tito Ybarra. Tickets for that are $75.

OK, on to that schedule...

May 7: BIKEFEST 6
"TROY BIKE RESCUE is throwing our annual party! Celebrate 15 years of recycling bicycles and building community with hands-on education." $20 on a sliding scale


NUTS! (Sundance teaser trailer) from Penny Lane on Vimeo.

May 14: NUTS! with filmmaker Penny Lane
"NUTS! is a feature-length documentary directed by Penny Lane about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station." 8 pm -- $10 / $5 students and low-income

May 15: Super Secret brunch with Julian Assange

May 21: Amy Goodman
"Amy will be talking about her new book Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America and the importance of independent media in these troubled times." (There's also a dinner with Goodman ahead of her talk. Tickets for that are $105.30 -- it's a fundraiser for WOOC 105.3 FM.) 7:30 pm -- $10 / $5 students and low-income

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