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    The Three Penny Opera explores on the ills of capitalism

    The Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance – along with the Aaron Copland School of Music – debuted their production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Three Penny Opera” on March 13 at The Kupferberg Center for the Arts. As the audience filled in, the stage was already set with very industrial with rusty stairs looking like fire escapes, rusty platforms and dirty walls. A sign seen held the phrase “shut not your ears to the needy,” which foreshadowed the issue of poverty. This reimagined production focused on New York City’s underworld of the 1980s, where dirty brothels, gangs and corrupted police ran rampant. From songs about the advantages of being in a position of wealth…

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    Sleep Now in the Fire

    Watching “Big City Life” reminded me of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man killed by police officers in Fullerton, Calif. three years ago. Thomas had been looking at customers of a restaurant through a window when officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were called by the owners. Both officers attempted to talk with Thomas, who could not understand and therefore comply with them. Growing increasingly frustrated, both officers began to beat Thomas aggressively with their batons. Officer Cicinelli used his taser on Thomas as he cried out for help from his father. Thomas died as a result of his injuries. Both officers were found not guilty of murder last January.…

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    CUNY living in “A Tale of Two Cities”

    Mayor Bill de Blasio referenced “A Tale of Two Cities” at CUNY LaGuardia Community College for his State of the City address to describe the income inequality in New York City, this past February. Queens College is no stranger to the issue as it is situated in Queens County, which has a .44 Gini index based on the 2010 American Community Survey. The Gini index, a scale from 0-to-1, shows income distribution with one being the most unequal. Only 51 percent of other counties in the U.S. have less inequality than Queens County. Income inequality is an issue that has affected the prospects of financial security for many Americans, including…