Monthly Archives: June 2011

Appearances

Planet Washington in Potomac

Watch this space. We are actually leaving the District! It’s a big metro area – someone’s gotta entertain it!

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From Tysons with love

We are planning a show @ Tyson’s Corner (where Ken used to practice law) — The Roots Tour! Let us know if you can join us.

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Gators to Host Planet Washington

A fellow former Hill staffer has invited us to ahem, lecture, on running and governing, (and the difference would be…) and then for extra credit, do what we do best — spoof all things political, policy, or pretentious (but I repeat myself).

Here we come – watch space for details!

Appearances Rave Reviews

"With your wit and wisdom, you have it all!" – South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne was invited to speak with students in Cape Town after a very exciting dialogue with South African university students in Washington, DC for the summer.  The exchange took place at the South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool’s residence as part of a Youth Day June 16 event.  Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman gave the keynote address and students from SA and US addressed issues of economic freedom and skills development.  Ken Rynne participated in a young professionals panel discussion and vowed to speak at any panel that considered him ‘young.’  Ambassador Rasool expressed appreciation for Ken’s historical perspective and wit.  The evening concluded with an extraordinary braai (BBQ).  Details on Mr. Rynne’s itinerary will be posted as they become available.

College Tour Healing with Humor Upcoming Shows

“With your wit and wisdom, you have it all!” – South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne was invited to speak with students in Cape Town after a very exciting dialogue with South African university students in Washington, DC for the summer.  The exchange took place at the South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool’s residence as part of a Youth Day June 16 event.  Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman gave the keynote address and students from SA and US addressed issues of economic freedom and skills development.  Ken Rynne participated in a young professionals panel discussion and vowed to speak at any panel that considered him ‘young.’  Ambassador Rasool expressed appreciation for Ken’s historical perspective and wit.  The evening concluded with an extraordinary braai (BBQ).  Details on Mr. Rynne’s itinerary will be posted as they become available.

Parodies

Promises — Film, Falafel, Free!!!

For Interested Friends.

Join us for Promises an award-winning story of seven children growing up – Palestinian and Israeli – laughter in a land in conflict.

Enjoy the film & cuisine (falafel, swarma, assorted salads and sweets or simply sip a traditional mint tea).

Wednesday June 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.                                                                   Trinity Theater, 3515 N St, NW. DC, 20007.                                                                           Free Parking: at Visitation School, corner of 35th St. and Volta Pl., NW

Fee: None but please RSVP by email please RSVP with ‘Yes, Promises’ in the subject line to evemarie301@gmail.com.

Through candid interviews, the film explores a legacy of distrust and bitterness, but signs of hope emerge when some of the children dare to cross the checkpoints to meet one another. Rather than focusing on political events, the seven children featured in Promises offer a refreshing, human and sometimes humorous portrait of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

More about the acclaimed film: www.promisesproject.org/film.html

Ken Rynne of Planet Washington is expected to make some brief remarks about the film.

Parodies

Gandhi Returns To South Africa

After discussing social progress in South Africa with a group of South African university students concerned with both economic progress and inequities within the country, I was reminded of Mohandas K. Gandhi.  His experience in South Africa as a victim of apartheid helped turn him from a British-educated barrister into a universal advocate for social change.

After India won its independence, Gandhi asked why would she replace one domination for another.  To wit, his seven social sins – which today’s South African students are dealing with:

  • Wealth without Work
  • Pleasure without Conscience
  • Science without Humanity
  • Knowledge without Character
  • Politics without Principle
  • Commerce without Morality
  • Worship without Sacrifice

Parodies

Talkin' bout My Generation

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and speak with university students from South Africa concerned with their country’s progress. I quoted from memory my fellow Quincy man John Adams on the subject of intergenerational responsibility, ” I study war and politics so that my sons may study art and music.”

Mr. Adams’ quote follows:

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give

their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, artchitecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

With respect Mr. A, my edits were effective with a 21st Century audience — and they make you tweet-able!

Healing with Humor Think Piece

Talkin’ bout My Generation

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and speak with university students from South Africa concerned with their country’s progress. I quoted from memory my fellow Quincy man John Adams on the subject of intergenerational responsibility, ” I study war and politics so that my sons may study art and music.”

Mr. Adams’ quote follows:

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give

their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, artchitecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

With respect Mr. A, my edits were effective with a 21st Century audience — and they make you tweet-able!

Appearances

Sarah is Coming! Sarah is Coming!

Tonight! 8pm.

Congressman ‘Bud Noir’ (Planet Washington.com’s Ken Rynne) Matches Wits with ‘Sarah Palin’ (MJ Bruno) and takes on WalMart plus one-act plays, McLean Drama Company, Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, Va.

www.mcleandramacompany.org Also Sunday at 3pm. You betcha!