News Archive

August 2004


You’re going to be told lots of things…
—D. Rumsfeld, “Happenings”


Recent News (below)

Fall tour dates—Weapons of Mass Distraction: Faze II (Aug. 3, 2004)

TechTV air dates (Aug. 2, 2004)


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Fall tour dates—

Weapons of Mass Distraction: Faze II

Aug. 3, 2004

We are excited to announce the first events in our fall campaign, which we are calling Faze II of our Weapons of Mass Distraction Tour. Details for all events, including location and ticket information, are in our Tour Dates section.

The tour for The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld is distinctive—especially for classically based music—for its variety of venues. Elender and Bryant perform not only in traditional classical concert halls, but also at "eclectic music" series and political fundraisers, as they bring the new songs to a broader audience.

September brings two benefit events in San Francisco. On Wed, Sep. 8, 2004, Elender and Bryant will perform at 86 Bush, a wine & food extravaganza at a fantastic downtown gallery space to support MoveOn.org and help "86 Bush" and his administration from the White House in November. Guests will enjoy top-notch food and drink, live music, guest speakers, and a live auction. The organizers hope to raise $25,000 for MoveOn.

On Sun, Sep. 12, 2004, the artists will perform a Benefit Concert in support of Justice for New Americans, a nonprofit organization which advocates for immigrants' civil rights—a particularly important task today in light of the U.S. Patriot Act. Held at the Unitarian Church of San Francisco, the event commemorates the struggle of Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee and the memory of Kent Dedrick, benefactor of many progressive causes. The program will also include guest speakers, a reception, and a CD signing with the artists.

Elender and Bryant are thrilled to be invited to perform in two prestigious concert series this October. On Sat, Oct. 9, 2004, they will perform as part of the Noe Valley Music Series, which has hosted well-known artists—including legends Joan Baez and Bobby McFerrin—and a variety of musical styles since 1983. A CD signing will follow the program. The artists will also perform in October at the Berkeley Arts Festival. Concert details are still being developed and will be posted as soon as we have them.

Again, please visit our Tour Dates section for event details and ticket information. We hope to see you at a show soon!


TechTV air dates
Aug. 2, 2004

Part of Stuffed Penguin's mission involves taking classical music where it doesn't usually go, and Elender and Bryant are certainly doing that with The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld.

As we've mentioned previously ("Artists make media, mentoring appearances," June 28, 2004), Elender and Bryant taped an appearance back in June on TechTV's Unscrewed with Martin Sargent, "the ultimate showcase for the darker, funnier, sexier world of technology and the Internet." Performing some of the Rumsfeld songs and chatting with the host, the artists brought a bit of culture and a good laugh at Rumsfeld's expense to the pepped-up studio audience and—soon—to Unscrewed's younger, plugged-in viewers.  It was great fun.

Now, those of you who get TechTV—most likely via digital cable or satellite TV—can finally see the show. It will air at the following dates and times, and possibly again in the future:

     - Tues, Aug. 3, 2004: 8:30 pm Pacific Time / 11:30 pm Eastern Time

     - Wed, Aug. 4, 2004: 11:30 pm PT / 2:30 am ET

     - Sun, Aug. 8, 2004: 12:30 am PT / 3:30 am ET.