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Matisyahu: Anti-Israeli sentiment is dangerous

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As one of pop culture’s most recognizable Jewish figures, Matisyahu — who performs this weekend at the University of Tennessee and is on the cover of the Aug. 20 edition of The Daily Times Weekend entertainment section — is often asked to weigh in on the neverending strife in the Middle East.

For the most part, he told me this week, he chooses not to engage in debate or discussion.

“With what I’m doing, there’s enough bad press for Israel right now, which means bad press for Jews,” he said. “I’m here, and I’m making music — I’m not a politician, and I’m not a leader of a country making decisions about lives. Those are the difficult decisions that leaders need to make; I’m involved in something completely different.

“It’s art and inspiration, and I don’t think there’s any point for me to tell people what my feelings about poltiics are. That’s irrelevant to what I do.”

He does, however, offer one caveat — as someone troubled for the future not just of his people, but of all people.

“All of this anti-Israeli sentiment going on around the world, I believe, is really just anti-Semitism masked as something else — blaming the Jews for the world’s problems,” he said. “It’s very similar to what was happening with the Jews at the beginning of the Holocaust, and it concerns me.”

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August 19th, 2010 at 9:55 am

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins: Interview clips and outtakes

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Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins is on the cover of Weekend this week. You can find interview clips on our website if you’d like to listen. Click here to check out the story; the clips are on the left side of the page beneath the photo. The band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 23, at The Valarium in Knoxville with openers Kill Hannah and Bad City. Tickets are $42.

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July 22nd, 2010 at 9:52 am

Check out who’s stopping by Maryville …

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Gonna be some NASCAR star power and female hotness on Saturday at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Here’s a press release on who’s coming to town:

WHAT: The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will stop at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson on its 3,800-mile trek from Indian Wells, Calif. to Randleman, N.C. to raise awareness of and funds for Victory Junction. On May 8, at 11:30 a.m., a public celebration will be held at the dealership to welcome the riders.

Former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker; actress and supermodel Niki Taylor; legendary NASCAR driver Harry Gant and nearly 200 additional participants are scheduled to join NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty (and his wife, Pattie) on the Ride.

Victory Junction provides a medically-sound camping experience to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Call the dealership at (865) 977-1669 for more information or visit the Charity Ride’s website at: www.kylepettycharityride.com

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May 6th, 2010 at 12:36 pm