It's not too early to start plugging the Calvin College 2009 Festival of Faith and Music. The dates are April 2 - 4, 2009, and the lineup looks spectacular. Speakers include Cornel West, Makoto Fujimura, and Andy Crouch. Musicians/bands/performers include The Hold Steady, Vic Chesnutt, Kenneth Thomas and Baby Dee. And the proverbial Many More!
I've been a part of the last two FFM conferences, and they've been both great fun and wonderfully thought-provoking. I think Asthmatic Kitty head honcho Michael Kaufmann and I are doing our Bandspotting judging again, wherein we play slightly more demure but less photogenic versions of Simon Cowell and Paul Abdul (I get to be Paula this year) and spotlight some up-and-coming musician/band. Last conference's winner, Ryan Lott (Son Lux) has done quite well for himself, and was featured on NPR's "Best Albums of 2008" show last week. It's a great time, and the fine folks at Calvin go all out to ensure the propagation of fine ideas and fine noises emanating from various classrooms and stages. You all ought to come.