Happy Thanksgiving and Open Thread

It's a Thanksgiving tradition we never miss here at Casa TalkLeft. Radio stations around the country today will play the 18 minute version of Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant, recorded in 1967.

Should you miss it on your local radio station and yearn for the original version, you can listen to the You Tube version above.

Why listen to Arlo's 18 minute version of Alice's Restaurant? Because it's like our liberal national anthem, that only comes around once day a year, so you don't want to miss it as it's coming around.

If you're wondering where Alice is, she's here. Does anyone besides me still have a hardcover edition of her 1969 Alice's Restaurant cookbook in their kitchen? (Photo here.) It's filled with tasty recipes and very easy instructions.

After relaxing and laughing with Arlo, you'll be ready for the chaos of Thanksgiving dinner. [More...]

TalkLeft wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We are especially grateful to those of you who carve time out of your busy days and nights to read what we have to say and add your thoughts in comments.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome, including what you are making or ate for Thanksgiving dinner.

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    And we are thankful (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 07:42:26 AM EST
    For those who provide the forum.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    My friend, who lives down here now, (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by fishcamp on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 10:56:58 AM EST
    grew up in Stockbridge and was arrested by officer Obie a few times during his high school days.  Nothing serious, one way street violations and minor stuff, so he says.  He said the original Alice's Restaurant is very tiny in size.  Since it became so popular Alice opened a much larger one near the Tanglewood casino, but it's not doing very well.  He called to remind me to listen to it as I was listening to it.  Well, it's back to the Tzatziki making, and yes I'm thinking of you zorba.  Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

    Tonight PBS is airing "Alice's (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by caseyOR on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:37:53 PM EST
    Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert". Here in the central time zone it starts at 7 pm.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all at TL. This site remains my main hangout on the intertoobz, my digital homeplace. I am grateful it exists. Thank you, Jeralyn, so very much.

    Thanks I knew I could count on you to post this! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 10:07:59 AM EST

    What I really wish (none / 0) (#5)
    by Peter G on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:11:38 PM EST
    is that I had a recording of the 30+ minute version of "Alice's Restaurant" that I heard Arlo perform live in the basement of some Greenwich Village club in 1967. I was 18 or a bit less, and Arlo was not much older. There were two alternate versions, too, each of which could have been 40 minutes (when performed stoned):  "Alice Around the World" and "Alice and the Multi-Colored Rainbow Roach: A Real Spy-Tingler," IIRC. Never seen or heard a recording of either of those, either.

    Sure to raise the blood pressure (none / 0) (#3)
    by CoralGables on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 10:34:58 AM EST
    of the GOP this Thanksgiving, the President added a signing statement to the Defense Appropriations Bill yesterday effectively saying Congress cannot prevent the closing of Gitmo.

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday that authorizes military spending and sets policies for next year, but issued a statement designed to give him leeway to circumvent provisions blocking his plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Nice holiday gift for the GOP (none / 0) (#8)
    by MO Blue on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:56:47 PM EST
    I like it. Hope he comes up with an equally good gift for them during the December holiday season as well.

    I have a copy of Alice's cookbook... (none / 0) (#6)
    by desertswine on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:16:37 PM EST
    somewhere in the house, just not sure where.  It's probably in the basement with the Whole Earth Catalogues and those old Richard Brautigan novels.