Stream On: Busting barriers, a few at a time—’Green Book’ and ‘North Country’

By on November 4, 2021

“It is ever thus.” –a fatalist

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” –Albert Einstein


/Amazon.com /Prime Video /Streaming /Trailer /2018 [PG13]

Mahershala Ali (The 4400) and Viggo Mortenson have a terrific chemistry as classical and jazz pianist and composer Don Shirley and Bronx actor and bouncer Tony Vallelonga (who later played Carmine Lupertazzi on The Sopranos) on a road trip into the deep south of America in 1962.

In 1962, Vallelonga (known as “Tony Lip”) was working as a bouncer but had been idled when the Copacabana closed for renovations. He was contacted through the club by a representative for Don Shirley, a classical pianist who, after playing with Arthur Fiedler, had been composing and playing jazz informed by classical traditions. Dr. Shirley needed a driver—and bodyguard—for a concert tour of the midwest and deep south.

When blue-collar Tony goes to Shirley’s rooms above Carnegie Hall to interview for the job, he’s nonplussed by Shirley’s apartment, which was opulently furnished in an African motif, and gobsmacked when Dr. Shirley appears, an elegantly patrician black man in a flowing robe. Tony, who had been annoyed by a pair of black repairmen in his apartment, nevertheless was civil to him, and brought up what would likely go wrong. Shirley was aware; one of his goals, apart from exposing audiences to his unique music, was to change hearts and minds in those parts of the country where it might be needed.

Tony, as employee, was actually more conciliatory than the distant pianist, but by the end of their adventures, the two men had formed a lifelong friendship and learned that racial discrimination in the USA had been but one of their problems.

Green Book was written by director Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother.[^] It won enough awards for an entire Wikipedia article.


/Amazon.com /Prime Video /Streaming /Trailer /2005 [R]

In 1989, Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees from her abusive husband back to her hometown in northern Minnesota with her children, Sammy and Karen, and moves in with her parents, Alice (Sissy Spacek, Castle Rock) and Hank (Richard Jenkins, Six Feet Under). While working a job washing hair, Josey reconnects with an old acquaintance, Glory Dodge (Frances McDormand), who works at the local iron mine and suggests Josey do the same, as a job there pays six times more than what Josey’s making now. Josey gets the job, further straining her relationship with her dad, who also works at the mine and believes women shouldn’t be working there, so she and her children move in with Glory and her husband, Kyle (Sean Bean, The Frankenstein Chronicles).

Josey befriends other female workers at the mine and soon realizes the women are constant targets for sexual harassment and humiliation by most of their male co-workers, who, like Hank, believe the women are taking jobs more appropriate for men, viz., their jobs.

The screenplay was inspired by the 2002 book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler, which chronicled the case of Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Company.[^] It’s predictable but surprising; happy and sad; funny and tragic, and a fine and engaging two hours’ entertainment. 76% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to interiors@cwiusa.com. Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to interiors@cwiusa.com. Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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