Monday, September 30, 2013

News & Info for Oct. 1st, 2013

Community shout-out to Lulu, working hard at the Front Room restaurant, in downtown Vallejo's waterfront!

8:30am interview with...
Doug Darling of the Vallejo Watershed Alliance
Contact [ddfish4life@sbcglobal.net]. online at [vallejowatershedalliance.org], Vallejo Watershed Alliance annual planning meeting notes [link].
We'll talk about the projects implemented by the VWA aimed at preserving and enhancing the local ecology, helping bats, fish and other neighbors of our ecosystem thrive despite being within a city. Doug makes a strong shout-out to who he calls the "Hidden Heroes" responsible for the strong Local Agency support, and the Solano Resource Conservation District's environmental education programs they provide in Vallejo for 3rd graders, college and high school!


News and Info
New Economy Week, October 12 - 18, 2013: Seven Days of Action for a more Sustainable World [link].
* Communities for Resilience - Map Your Future Project [link].
* "Policies for Shareable Cities", a guide for urban leaders on how to integrate sharing into city policy. Download your free copy. [shareable.net/download-your-copy-of-policies-for-shareable-cities]
* "The Sharing Economy Just Got Real", 2013-09-16 by Janelle Orsi [link]

From Bay Localize News: On Tuesday August 27th, San Jose city councilmembers voted to ban Styrafoam food containers from restaurants. This vote makes San Jose the largest California city to ban foam containers. The ban on Styrafoam containers can improve water quality in streams and in the Bay, as Styrafoam food ware doesn’t break down as easily as paper or compostable alternatives. San Jose environmentalists also claim that cutting out polystyrene (Styrafoam material) will save restaurant owners money by reducing the amount of trash and therefore restaurant garbage collection rates. Says San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed of the ban: “It’s a step toward zero waste which is one of our long-term goals and it’s good for the environment as well.”


"Series of artist installations to fill up Vallejo Art Windows"
2013-09-15 by Sarah Rohrs from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_24099569/series-artist-installations-fill-up-vallejo-art-windows]:
Call it the second act for the Vallejo Art Windows in the downtown area.
A new series of art installations is about to be installed in a number of windows of vacant businesses in downtown Vallejo, an effort to generate interest and make the area more attractive.
The storefront windows will undergo a new makeover a year after the first series was installed in windows of storefronts along Georgia, Marin and other downtown streets.
The project is part of the efforts of the city-led Downtown Art & Entertainment District, and the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation. The latter organized the artist submission process.
Artists installed the first wave last year, and organizer Erin Bakke said it's time for a change.
Besides the art changing, the perimeters have also expanded and include a storefront in the 500 block of Georgia Street, including the former Helen Layall clothing store. That display will feature elaborate and artistic costumes.
In addition, Casa de Vallejo has agreed to host an art installation in its retail space on Capitol Street, Bakke said.
Participating artists come from Vallejo, including the Coal Sheds studios on Mare Island, the Temple Art Lofts in Vallejo, and from Richmond and other spots throughout the region.
Curator Sean Murdock, a Temple Art Lofts artist in the downtown, said the new installations are fun, interesting and cover a wide range of styles including a Steam Punk display of bird cages.
The second series of Vallejo Art Windows will be unveiled for public viewing 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in the downtown area. Participants will get maps and artists will be on hand to talk about their installations.
Later in the evening, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation will hold a gala fundraiser to raise money for its children Summer Art Camp.
Held at the Odd Fellows Hall, the event will include a casino, gourmet food, an auction, and live music and dancing with the Raymond Victor Band. The hall is at 342 Georgia St.
Tickets are $20 for appetizers and gaming chips, or $5 suggested door admission. Tickets can be bought by phone at (707) 552-2400, online at EmpressTheatre.org or in person at the Empress Theatre Box Office, 330 Virginia St.
Murdock said he believes the public will be pleased with the new art installations.
"It's an awesome project. One of the reasons why I came to Vallejo is that I saw the Art Windows. It wasn't very busy downtown, but knew the artists had to be hiding somewhere because they were right there in the windows," he said.
For more details go to: www.vallejoartwindows.com/home.html.


Culture Calender
"Red Dragonfly Productions Calendar of Events" [link]

Support the Curtain Call!
Message from Whitney Mitchell: Good Evening, Curtain Call Parents, Guardians, Talents and Supporters!
I want to invite you, your friends and family to Curtain Call partnership with your community theater, Mira Theater!
Please show your support for Curtain Call’s upcoming production of Grease by dining at the Pasta Pomodoro restaurant in Vallejo, Tuesday, Oct 1st between 5:30pm to 9:30pm, be sure to say you are dining for the benefit fundraiser, or show them a flier for Curtain Call, and the restaurant will donate 20% of the bill for a great cause with arts education!



The Vallejo Rotary Club is pleased to announce its...
3rd Annual ROCKTOBERFEST
Fundraising event for local programs and club services.
[vallejorocktoberfest.org/about-rocktoberfest.html]
The 3rd Annual ROCKTOBERFEST will be held on Friday, October 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Dan Foley Cultural Center, located at 1461 N. Camino Alto.
Tickets are $40 per person available by calling "DK" at (707) 342-2304 or Kathe at (707) 567-4650. Join the Vallejo Rotary Club for a fun filled evening to raise money for Vallejo Rotary's community projects.
Attendees will enjoy an all-you-can-eat/all-you-can-drink celebration featuring great German/American food and various festive drinks. German dancers from the Golden Gate Bavarian Club will be performing and providing games.
In between the dancing and games, guests will be entertained by Harvey and the Wallbangers, a Motown, classic rock and modern rock band.
Food items include sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, apple strudel and more. Drink items will include domestic beer, German ales and a variety of local wines.



Vallejo Community Arts Foundation Presents
Vallejo Art Windows
A fundraiser to benefit VCAF’s Children’s Summer Art Camp

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Windows Art Tours – Maps & Guided Tours 6:30pm-8pm - FREE
Odd Fellows Hall [342 Georgia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
Live Music & Dancing with Raymond Victor 8pm
Casino-Gourmet Delights-Auction
 $20 for appetizers and gaming chips or $5 suggested door admission
Purchase advance tickets by phone @707.552.2400, online @ EmpressTheatre.org or in person @ Empress Theatre Box Office located at 330 Virginia Street
Rhonda Lucile Hicks/publicity at 707.747.0320 or rhondalucile@gmail.com
Erin Bakke/project co-ordinator at 702.339.4249 or artislyfe@aol.com
Sean Murdock/curator at 239-822-8862 or sean@seanmurdock.com

Innovative Art Exhibition Gives Vacant Storefronts A Second Glance -
(Vallejo, CA) The Vallejo Art Windows project is sparking economic interest in downtown Vallejo with their free window art tour followed by a live music, dance and auction fundraiser on Saturday, October 5th.  The Vallejo Arts Windows exhibition will kick off with a free guided tours in historic Downtown Vallejo, when guests will be able to tour the installation windows.  Maps will be available and free artist guided tours will meet at the Odd Fellows Hall on Georgia Street from 6:30pm to 8pm.  Artists will be on hand to talk about their artwork.
The event will also serve as a fundraiser with a live music, dance, gourmet delights and auction for Vallejo Community Arts Foundation(VCAF).  Proceeds from the fundraising event will beneft VCAF’s annual Children’s Summer Art Camp and will fun future Art Windows programming.
The Vallejo Art Windows installation is a project designed to improve the aesthetic appeal of Vallejo’s downtown district while promoting artists and their creative vision.  Though it is hosted and will be promoted by several organizations, it is the concerned building owners, artists, and Vallejo citizens who are responsible for its creation and implementation.
The program will feature the works of local and Bay Area artists in vacant storefronts in the downtown blocks of Georgia, Virginia and Marin Streets.   Installations will remain in the windows for a year, or until the space they occupy is leased. 
The Vallejo Art Windows exhibit is presented by Vallejo Community Arts Foundation in partnership with the Central Core Restoration Corporation, Odd Fellows Lodge #43, The Hub, Carleton Senior Living and Clearview Window Cleaning.                                          
The Vallejo Community Arts Foundation(VCAF) was founded  in 1991 and aims to facilitate and advocate Vallejo community participation in the Arts, including the promotion of the rich history of the Arts in Vallejo, the development of educational programs and support for Vallejo Arts organizations, and the celebration of Vallejo’s unique cultural diversity through the expressions of Art.  For more information visit www.valleoarts.org.





2013-10-12 Film Production Potluck (an MMTB Director’s Challenge)
Saturday, 12 to 8pm at the JONES RANCH in FAIRFIELD [4534 Suisun Valley Rd]
More info about this event at [link], and more events at [moviemakingbay.com/events].
Contact [info@moviemakingbay.com]
Come Make Short Films with us! JUST SHOW UP, WE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH IT!!!
Potluck-Bring a Food item for a discount and Enjoy the BUFFET.
$10 to get in with food- $20 no food or no registration
FILMS MADE ON THIS EVENT WILL BE DUE IN JAN 2014
REGISTER Once for entry to all future events.
IMDB CREDIT for all MMTB Made Films and Participants!!!
WE WANT YOU!!!
- WRITERS… We make short films on the spot at our events and write the story on the spot! Show what you got and how your ideas flow, meet new filmmakers, get known…. Come write some shorts with us!
- ACTORS… We make short films on the spot at our events and NO AUDITION NECESSARY! Stories are written on the spot based on your character. - just $10 and food item to get in.
- DIRECTORS… We make short films on the spot at our events. You can either be assigned a DP and team, Bring your own, OR Shoot Yourself and get in FREE
- PA's and ALL OTHER CREW… We make short films on the spot at our events come get on a team or, help during setup and closing up and you can get on an average of 3-9 short films that day for credit.
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Both the 5th Short Indies Film Fest screening, Sept. 22nd, Sunday, 5pm and 6th Short Indies Film Fest Oct. 21st, Sunday, 5pm, are at the Old George Lucas Theatre @ 32TEN Studios in San Rafael CA [32ten.com]. More info about the event here [link].
COME be in a Short Film, Shoot a Short Film, or Write a Short Film with us every 2nd Saturday until Oct 2013!


Empress Theatre Presents
Ray Obiedo and Mistura Fina
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 8pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
$17/advance and $20/door General Admission
Beer-Wine-Martini Bar
tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org]
Latin jazz meets Brazilian and Carribean music on Empress stage -
Guitarist and composer, Ray Obiedo, formed Mistura Fina  to explore his great love of Latin music. Obiedo brings his band, made up from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians, to the Empress Theatre in Vallejo on Saturday, October 19th at 8pm. 
Obiedo’s compositions for the group are drawn from his many musical influences --including contemporary jazz, funk, Caribbean, R&B, pop and Latin music. Mistura Fina works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of its musical elements for a delightfully distinctive Bay Area flavor. While there is the heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of this ensemble.
In his illustrious career, Ray has played and/or toured with Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Julian Priester, Mark Soskin, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Rose Ann Diamalanta.
The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years --vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Dave Belove, percussionist Derek Rolando, and drummer Phil Thompson.

About Ray Obiedo -
Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Obiedo has had an eclectic musical background during his youth spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sounds of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini and the popular sounds of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sounds was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique.
He joined organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith on a U S tour in 1974, then ECM Records trombonist Julian Priester on his first European outing in 1977. A world tour in 1978-79 with jazz superstar Herbie Hancock in 1978-79 is still one Ray’s most treasured musical memories.
Ray also started his long association with the great Pete Escovedo which continues today. His own fusion band, Kick, included a young Sheila Escovedo on drums and Sonny Rollins associate Mark Soskin on keyboards. In the mid 80s his reputation grew as one of California's finest exponents of jazz, pop and fusion. His other outlet during this time was the pop-rock vehicle Rhythmus 21, wherein he worked with other prominent session musicians from the Bay Area. His own session experience is considerable, having partnered with artists including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Grover Washington Jr., Bill Summers and The Whispers.
Obiedo's solo compositions also attracted acclaim, and saw interpretations from Tower of Power, Sheila E, Marion Meadows, steel pan great Andy Narell, jazz guitarist Bruce Forman and The Pete Escovedo Orchestra. Parts of his work have appeared on film soundtracks, most notably Michael Caine's A Shock To The System and Richard Gere's Internal Affairs.
Such notoriety co-existed with Obiedo's rising status as a solo artist, recording a clutch of 90’s albums for Windham Hill Jazz while leading The Ray Obiedo Group on club dates and concerts.  Obiedo made his solo debut with 1989's Perfect Crime, followed two years later by Iguana; with 1993's Sticks and Stones, he reached the Top Ten on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts. After 1995's African-influenced Zulaya, he resurfaced two years later with Sweet Summer Days. 1999 saw the release of The Modern World, a hybrid of R&B, pop, and Latin jazz.
Photo Credit: Copyright Ray Obiedo



The Empress Theatre Presents
Hot House Legends: Tribute to Eli’s Mile High club
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
General Admission is $7/advance and $9/door
tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org]
Empress Theatre Pays Tribute To Iconic Oakland Blues Club -
Hot House Legends looks back over 30 years of blues history to pay tribute to the renowned blues spot known as Eli’s Mile High Club.  The legendary stage played host to James Brown, Etta James, and local favorites Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson and Sonny Rhodes. 
The blues club, located in a marginal neighborhood in Oakland, was bigger than life and home to the West Coast Blues sound.  There is not a local blues musician in the Bay Area who hasn’t played or been influenced by the scene at the club located near the McArthur Boulevard BART station.
Eli’s passed through the hands of many colorful owners, one was shot and killed by his jealous love in 1978, but finally hit on hard times and is now a punk rock club.
Bass player, Timm Walker, decided to pay tribute to the club that nurtured many generations of blues talent and has gathered some of the players who were part of the Eli’s scene throughout the years.
Walker will be joined by:
* Steve Gannon - guitar
* Oscar Myers - trumpet
* Julien Vaught - sax
* Larrie Noble - guitar
* Wilson Brooks -drums
* Simon Russell - keys
* Mark Hummel - harmonica
Previous Hot House performers have included Johnny Rawls, Big Mo and The Full Moon Blues Band, Frank Bey & Anthony Paule, Generation Esmeralda, The Volker Strifler Band, Zydedo Flames and Terry Hanck.


October 25th to 27th , TJ Walkup presents... 
"Mocktoberfest"
(Vallejo)
A Curated Punk & Edge Arts Event, to benefit youth music programs partnered with the Mira Theater Guild 501c3 non-profit in Vallejo! with Multiple Stages, and a DIY 'zine library & exchange (Make and Bring your 'zines)!
* October 25th to 27th at the Mira Theatre Guild's Bay Terrace Theatre [www.miratheatreguild.org] [51 Daniels Ave. Vallejo]
* October 26th at the Empress Theatre [www.empresstheatre.org] [330 Virginia St., Vallejo]
[punkmock@gmail.com]
Music & Zines! Join the Zombie Costume contest and win a prize! Or, come as You Are!
All Ages (no alcohol / drugs / violence) and Inclusive (no sexism / racism)
You Are Your Own Authority!
Featuring performances by:
* Death Valley High
* N/A (of Oakland)



Live @ the TownHouse [401-A Georgia st., Vallejo, at the corner of Marin st.]
Fri Nov 1st, 10pm
* Cluster Phunk
* Snake Skin Nite
21+, FREE











Sunday, September 29, 2013

Benicia's Poem Homes

A program of: * Benicia Poet Laureate * Benicia Public Library * and volunteers of the First Tuesday Poetry Group, meets monthly, 6:30 to 9pm at the Benicia Public Library, Welcome To All.
Sponsored by JordanRealEstate.com with discount printing by Paper Tiger Printing.



"Poet seeks new voices, visions to fill Benicia’s ‘Poem Homes’"
by Donna Beth Weilenman from "Benicia Herald" newspaper [http://beniciaherald.me/2013/09/26/poet-seeks-new-voices-visions-to-fill-benicias-poem-homes/]:
The vacancy sign is out at Poem Homes, the boxes placed throughout Benicia where passersby can pull out copies of verse they can take home and keep or share with others, said Jady Montgomery, project manager.
Montgomery is asking area poets to contribute up to four submissions for the fall-winter “edition” of the Poem Homes.
That edition isn’t compiled into a book. Instead, the poems are copied and placed in the boxes that resemble those used by real estate firms to promote living spaces for rent and sale.
The Poem Homes project was initiated in 2010 by Ronna Leon during her term as Benicia’s poet laureate, as part of her mission to encourage the public to read more poetry.
Once Leon proposed it, Montgomery decided to volunteer her time to help with the project.
She said Renee Jordan Real Estate picks up the cost of printing, and copyright remains with the poet. The poet also specifies how his or her name should appear on the page.
Segments of long poems are accepted, and if poems have been published they can be accompanied by a note mentioning the book title, publisher or other poem source information, she said.
As the program manager, Montgomery not only makes sure the boxes are filled, she also reads prospective poems, making sure their content is suitable for the community. “I only vet a little bit for public ‘appropriateness,’” she said.
As for some of the earlier editions, she said, “Most others have been (written by) Benicia residents — usually members associated with First Tuesday Poetry. But I want to reach beyond that group!”
Past editions have welcomed poems from writers throughout California as well as from Benicia, and when Leon first announced the project other past and present poet laureates readily contributed some of their works.
One recent edition of Poem Homes featured favorite poems chosen and contributed by residents. But there is no theme for the fall and winter selections, Montgomery said.
“Just poems for The Commons — and they have to fit on one page,” she said.
She’s asked Mike Kendall to include her request for poems in his communication with Benicia’s arts community, and said she is hoping to receive submissions from a variety of writers.
She explained, “It’s not really a First Tuesday project. It’s a project Ronna started when she was poet laureate. Peter Bray has installed and replaced all the boxes over the three years.”
The project has given people free access to poetry simply by opening boxes at Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.; Southampton Community Park (Chelsea Hills Drive at Panorama Drive); Benicia’s first community garden at the intersection of Military East and East Second Street; and in an English classroom at Benicia High School, Montgomery said.
Project volunteers estimate that between 5,000 and 6,000 poems have been printed so far for the project. There’s no official tally on how many are picked up, but Montgomery said, “Well, the boxes (are) empty, that’s all I know.”
She said on rare occasions the boxes have been raided by vandals, “but not that often.” That most of the poems are picked up by those who appreciate the verses “amazes me, really,” she said.
And she’s happy to make sure those poetry fans get more verses to read.
“I’m currently compiling a new edition, and would like to find some new poets in town,” she said. “I know they’re out there.”
Those who want to share their poetry may email Jady Montgomery at jadymontgomery@me.com.


SEEKING POEMS for BENICIA'S POEM HOMES
by Jady Montgomery [http://benicia.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/an--seeking-poems-for-benicias-poem-homes]:
Poet Friends & Friends of Poets,
We are seeking submissions for our Fall/Winter Edition of Benicia's Poem Homes.  This is a great way to get exposure for your own poems (or those of other poets you know), and to also contribute to this unique, literary "Commons."
Can you contribute to our poetry Commons?  If so, please send up to four poems that have NOT been part of the poem homes before (including poems from the last First Tuesday Anthology).    30-40 lines maximum.
Send poems pasted into an email or as a Word doc attachment via email (one document with multiple poems, or separate docs -- whichever is easier for you). Either way, we have to cut and paste them into the template (sample here).  
Include your name at the bottom of each poem.  Feel free to add any of these: copyright/date, literary title if appropriate (Poet Laureate, Former Poet Laureate), your web address, location. The Poem Home template reiterates that copyright stays with the author.   
Send poems via email to:  PoetryInBenicia@gmail.com
The Poem Homes, started by Ronna Leon, are unique to Benicia.  Our new poet laureate, Lois Requist, would like to keep the program going. In order to do that we need:

1) Poems -- We need about 80 poems minimum  to create a master collection, for each edition, which we change about every three or four months
.
2) Funding -- to pay for copies - about $40.00 a month average, depending on the time of year.  (Renee Jordan, of Jordan Real Estate in Benicia, said
yes some months ago to our request for funding the copying costs. We are so grateful to her sponsorship.

3) Editing and "Publishing" Tasks --  finding or receiving poems, formatting them onto the template, getting them printed
(Tiger Printing provides discount printing at 5 cents a copy - again, we are grateful). 

4) Stocking the Homes -- I'm currently looking for partners to help with this.  So far I have one high school student , Jose Duran, who sent in a poem and is
willing to help with stocking. 

Please contact Jady Montgomery with any questions - jadymontgomery@me.com.  Send poems to: PoetryInBenicia@gmail.com

An example published for 2013-10, for the Poem Home at the Community Garden on lower First Street.

Red Dragonfly Productions Calendar of Events

Red Dragonfly Productions [reddragonflyproductions.net] [facebook.com/rhondalucile] [707.747.0320] [rhondalucile@gmail.com]. Producers of the famous Wednesday Night Ramble at The Empress Theatre!

Empress Theatre is an All Ages Venue. tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org], and is located at [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590]

Wednesday Night Ramble
with the North Bay All Stars
Special Guest:  Jeffrey Halford
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Vallejo Art Windows - Art Walk & Fundraiser
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Art Walk 6:30 pm Free
Live Music - Gourmet Food - Casino  8pm Free-$20
The Odd Fellows Hall #43 in Vallejo
707.552.2400

Soulshine with the Groovemasters
Special Guest:  Don Caruth
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Vallejo Symphony
"Young Giants"
Saturday, October 12, 2013 8pm
Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major with Emma Steele, violin
Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D major
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
707.643.4441 or VallejoSymphony.org

Steve Sage Presents DVC's Rock, Rhythm & Blues Revue
Sunday, October 13, 2013 2pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door
707.552.2400

Wednesday Night Ramble
with the North Bay All Stars
Special Guest:  Lucas Ohio Pattie
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Ray Obiedo and Mistura Fina
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8pm-11pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$17/advance and $20/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Hot House Legends: Tribute to Eli's Mile High Club
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Fiddle Rising
Saturday, October 26, 2013 7pm
Community Congregational Church in Benicia
$12 at the door, children 14 and under are free
707.745.0674

Wednesday Night Ramble
with the North Bay All Stars
Special Guest:  Bobby Walker & Jinx Jones
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Wednesday Night Ramble
with the North Bay All Stars
Special Guest:  Tia Carroll
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Steve Sage Presents DVC's Rock, Rhythm & Blues Revue
Sunday, November 10, 2013 2pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door
707.552.2400

Vallejo Jazz Society Concert
"Women in Jazz"
Mad Duran - Tammy Hall - Ruth Davies - Elizabeth Goodfellow
Sunday, November 10, 2013 5pm
Bay Terrace Theater in Vallejo
$10 - General Admission
707.533.4593

Soulshine with the Groovemasters
Special Guest:  Minor Williams
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

VSO Presents
Soprano Carrie Hennessey in recital
Sunday, November 17, 2013 3pm
First Presbyterian Church in Vallejo
707.643.4441 or VallejoSymphony.org

Wednesday Night Ramble
with the North Bay All Stars
Special Guest:  Leah Tysse
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Hot House
Special Guests:  Keith Crossan
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Wednesday Night Ramble
with the North Bay All Stars
Special Guest:  TBA
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Steve Sage Presents DVC's Rock, Rhythm & Blues Revue
Sunday, December 8, 2013 2pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door
707.552.2400

Soulshine with the Groovemasters
Special Guest:  Alvon
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Wednesday Night Ramble
with the North Bay All Stars
Special Guest:  TBA
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$7/advance and $9/door - General Admission
707.552.2400

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
New Years Eve Concert
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Empress Theatre in Vallejo
$50-$70 - Reserved Seating
707.552.2400

Vallejo Symphony
"New Year, Old Friends"
Sunday, January 5, 2014 8pm
Bartok, Romanian Dances
Brahms, Concert for Violin and Cello in A minor with Craig Reiss, violin and Richard Andaya, cello
Dvorak, Symphony No. 8 in G major
Lander Hall, Touro University in Vallejo
707.643.4441 or VallejoSymphony.org

VSO Presents
Violinist Franklyn D'Antonio in recital
Sunday, February 23, 2014 3pm
First Presbyterian Church in Vallejo
707.643.4441 or VallejoSymphony.org

Vallejo Symphony
"Eternal Waters"
Saturday, May 10, 2014 7pm
Handel, Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major
Brahms, A German Requiem with Lauren Moody, soprano and Paul Cheak, baritone with the Solano Choral Society, Vallejo Choral Society and Semantics
Hogan Auditorium in Vallejo
707.643.4441 or VallejoSymphony.org

Sunday, September 22, 2013

News & Info for Sept. 24th, 2013

8am, Interview with
Herman Blackwell
, candidate for Vallejo City Council

Listen to the interview!
 [ustream.tv/recorded/39192178]


2013-08-30 "Vallejo council candidate says he has plan to solve city problems"
by Jessica A. York from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_23980130/vallejo-council-candidate-says-he-has-plan-solve]:
A Vallejo man with a plan to turn around the city's struggling economy by incentivizing local hiring has thrown his hat into the ring, seeking a four-year Vallejo City Council term.
"Where I live, I have three abandoned homes around me. Every neighborhood is plagued with this problem," said South Vallejo resident Herman Blackwell, 63, in an interview Wednesday. "It's a godsend that I live in a neighborhood where I can experience the genuine problem that other citizens are having in Vallejo."
Blackwell, a retired corporate headhunter and Sonoma County senior analyst who now volunteers as a pastor to the homeless, had something of a rocky entrance into the council race, with three upcoming full-term vacancies and one half-term seat. Reasons including concerns about entering his family into the public spotlight, fiscal restraints and a longer-than-expected filing period all kept Blackwell going back and forth on whether he would run.
But now, Blackwell, chairman of Vallejo's Beautification and Code Enforcement Appeals Commission, said he is firmly in the race. Blackwell has served on the city commission, in various incarnations, since 2008.
"I am convinced that I can help Vallejo navigate its way out of poverty," Blackwell said. "I would like to change the perception of city government -- it needs to be more responsive to the citizens of Vallejo. It needs to address their needs and problems -- after all, the citizens, they write the checks."
Blackwell has several plans to achieve his goals. He hopes, if elected, to implement city employee whistleblower protections that mirror state and federal laws in order to ferret out inefficiencies and deep-rooted problems. Blackwell also believes Vallejo should make its sales and use tax rates the lowest in the Bay Area, in order to entice new businesses to relocate to the city and for all Vallejo companies to focus their hiring on city residents.
A third idea Blackwll would like to establish is a "preference point system" in hiring city workers who already live in Vallejo, or consultants who draw from the local workforce.
"A substantial part of our (city) jobs are now occupied by non-residents," Blackwell said. "This critical payroll revenue, this is a tremendous resource, but ... it is being expensed in other cities."
Blackwell, a South Vallejo resident and Neighborhood Watch block captain, first moved to Vallejo more than five years ago. He added that he could also help diversify the council as someone with half black and half Filipino heritage.
Blackwell will face off against fellow four-year seat candidates Pippin Dew, Chris Platzer, Tony Mapalo, Jess Malgapo, Liat Meitzenheimer, Katy Miessner and Tony Summers. Rozzan Verder-Aliga, Joanne Schivley and Ronald Johnson Jr. are seeking a two-year seat in the Nov. 5 election.

8:30am interview with...
Dennis Brooks, a talented educator, whose pastime as an independent researcher in the history of the Atlantis story has lead him to discover evidence of massive earthworks and ancient canals, flooded along the coast of Florida. More info here, on a webpage with some of his articles [link]. His book, "Atlantis: Ten Tribes of the Americas", has been made available to listeners of this radio program for Free until Dec. 1, at this link [smashwords.com/books/view/255430], click on “ADD to CART” and put in the Coupon Code "PB54D" to download the book.
Listen to the interview! The intro begins at 3 minutes but the phone is faint and with difficulties, so the actual interview begins at 13:20 [ustream.tv/recorded/39193085]

Regardless of what you may believe about the story of Atlantis, the amazing description of the Atlantic ocean and the continent surrounding that ocean proves Europe and Egypt had knowledge about the eastern Americas before Columbus!
Here is one of two of the original Atlantis stories from the ancient scholar Plato of Greece (300s BC), in a collection of his writings titled "Timaeus" (24e - 25d. translated by Bury):
"Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state [Athens] in our [the Egyptian's] histories. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valour. For these histories tell of a mighty power [Atlantis] which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end.
This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Herakles; the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent which surrounded the true ocean; for this sea which is within the Straits of Herakles is only a harbour, having a narrow entrance, but that other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent.
Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent, and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya [Africa] within the columns of Herakles as far as Aigyptos (Egypt), and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia [in Italia].
This vast power, gathered into one, endeavoured to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits; and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind. She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes.
And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders, and preserved from slavery those who were not yet subjugated, and generously liberated all the rest of us who dwell within the pillars.
But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.
For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island.
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News & info:

SCC and Brandman University -
In an effort to help ensure the prospect of a more advanced degree, Solano Community College (SCC) and Brandman University are collaborating together to offer an Early Advantage Educational Partnership (EAP) program.
The EAP warrants SCC students who participate in this program guaranteed acceptance to Brandman University upon completion of their associate's degree. Additionally, these students will have access to enhanced cooperative academic and student services, including advising services, information sessions, technology support and educational plans.
Brandman, a part of the Chapman University System, is a high-quality, non-profit, affordable, private education option that offers SCC students transferable coursework, and waives all application and transfer fees for students in the program. SCC students will be able to continue on their college path without interruption, complete degrees in less time, stay local, and even work full-time while attending school.
Those who are interested in learning more about the EAP program may call (707) 863-0990 or visit their webpage [services.brandman.edu/LANDING/VTP_Solano_Community_College.asp]. Brandman University's Fairfield campus is located at 4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100 in Fairfield.


SolTrans Marketing Campaign -
SolTrans, the public transit service for Vallejo and Benicia, is looking to increase its ridership for residents within the community, and is anticipating extending its services to Mare Island.
While Mare Island served as a federal naval base, the need and accessibility for Mare Island was minimal and limited. Now, as Mare Island is home to schools, businesses and other recreational activities, the need for public transit is increasing.
Currently, SolTrans does not provide any form of public transportation to Mare Island, but is gathering information to analyze the potential interest and feasibility for new service to the Island. SolTrans staff have developed a ridership survey to gather data from individuals who frequent the Island, including Touro University students, faculty and staff, as well as Mare Island residents, property owners, employees, employers and other visitors.
Three separate ridership surveys (employee and student, employer, and general public) have been prepared and are available online until Friday, September 27. Survey participants will be entered for a chance to win a 10-ride Multi-Zone pass upon completion of the survey. Surveys should be submitted via email or mailed in to Ward Stewart, Re: Mare Island Travel Survey, 311 Sacramento Street, Vallejo, CA 94590.
In addition to the Mare Island ridership survey, SolTrans will have informational booths at the upcoming California Maritime Academy Career and Community Partner Expo on October 17, as well as the Florence Douglas Senior Center Health and Information Fair on October 28. The "Hub Signage Program" is another way that SolTrans is trying to increase awareness, standardizing informational signs and technology in major hubs to help passengers navigate around the region with ease.
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SolTrans email [ward@soltransride.com].
Mare Island Travel Demand Survey for:
* Students and Employees [link]
* General Public [link]
* Employers [link]







Tuesday, September 17, 2013

News & Info for Sept. 17th, 2013

8am interview with
Dr. Kay Flavell of the New Pacific Studios!
[newpacificstudio.org] [707-563-5166] [707-342-7470] [newpacificstudio@att.net] [321 Nevada st., Vallejo]. Info from [newpacificstudio.org/home/newsletter.html]:
New Pacific Studio–California (NPS-CA) offers working residencies for artists, writers, scholars and environmentalists at its tranquil historic cottage and spacious garden studio in Vallejo, with connections to artist communities across the Pacific!
In addition to encouraging closer Australian, New Zealand and Bay Area cultural links, NPS Vallejo also hopes to promote artist/writer exchanges between three of Vallejo’s sister cities: Akashi in Japan, Baguio in the Philippines, and Trondheim in Norway. In 2004 Shigeko Nakanishi and KF began developing the Akashi network with Shigeko’s visit to Vallejo, followed by KF’s visit to Japan in 2005, and pilgrimage to the grave of Ema Saiko in Ogaki. The Ema Saiko Room at NPS Mt Bruce also honours this 18th century woman poet and painter, and KF’s record of her journey is published in ‘Pilgrimage to Japan’ in Moon over the Pacific.
Dr. Kay is also organizing a street beautification program called the "Vallejo Street by Street Project".
 This project was launched by New Pacific Studio in August with the aim of improving the city one street at a time by cleaning / adding missing sidewalks, planting pollinator pathway beds and "Picturing Vallejo" - installing photos and other images telling stories of Vallejo 1850-2050. NPS is collaborating with Vallejo Together, the Vallejo Daffodil Project, Loma Vista Farm and other groups. The first day of action was on Saturday 31 August, when more than 25 volunteers turned up to clean Valle Vista and follow farmer Rita LeRoy’s direction in planting a pollinator flower bed.


8:30am Interview about Coastal Cleanup Day with Jennifer Kaiser,
coordinator for the Vallejo Watershed Alliance (VWA)! Contact: (707) 644-8949 ext. 292, or [info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [vallejowatershedalliance.org]. More
Message from the VWA:
Coastal Cleanup Day is coming! Join tens of thousands of Californians in the state’s  largest volunteer event of the year. This year the event will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 55-EARTH to find a cleanup site that’s convenient for you, or join the Vallejo Watershed Alliance at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane. All volunteers must sign a waiver prior to starting. Wear sturdy clothes, closed-toe shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. Water and supplies will be provided. After volunteering, you’ll get a free ticket for a volunteer lunch at the Marina at noon. See you there!
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California Coastal Cleanup Day at San Francisco's Aquatic Park [link]


On Sept. 13th, 2013, during a walk along the waterfront, Dr.G. and Mis.D. learned from some camels that the Circus is in Vallejo!
"Hey, Joe, did you know there's a circus in town?"

Circo Caballero!
"Welcome to the show", says Juan Camello.



Caballero Productions presents...
THE CHINESE CIRCUS OF PEKIN
Friday, Sept. 13 through Monday, Sept. 23. Monday - Friday shows at 7:30 pm only; Saturday shows at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday shows at 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Tickets for all remaining shows are only $10.00 each for adults and children.
Start Date: Fri Sep. 13, 2013
End Date: Mon Sep. 23, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Vallejo Waterfront - Mare Island Way & Florida St.
Contact: Bill Mendoza [CircoBilly@hotmail.com]
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A chinese performer stretches before going on stage with members of the Chinese Circus of Pekin during Circo Hermanos Caballero along the waterfront in Vallejo. The circus performs every day through Sept. 23. (Photo by Chris Riley from "Vallejo Times-Herald")


"Caballeros ride into town  Mexican circus opens tonight at waterfront" 
2009-07-10 from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_12812073]:
El circo está aquí. To be more exact, El Circo Hermanos Caballero has set up shop on the waterfront.     "Everybody is welcome," owner Luis Ruben, 43, said. Ruben's family has operated the circus for six generations and is based out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Despite being a Mexican circus, circus-goers need not speak Spanish to enjoy themselves, Ruben said. About a century has passed since the Ruben family set up their circus, which now tours the world. "Before, we had to travel on horses ... and now we travel on semi-trucks," Ruben said.

"Vallejo has circus atmosphere as new big top graces waterfront"
2013-09-15 by Irma Widjojo "Vallejo Times-Herald" [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_24099567/vallejo-has-circus-atmosphere-new-big-top-graces]:
Judith Caballero, 11, dangles from the trapeze as she performs during the Circo Hermanos Caballero in Vallejo on Saturday. (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)

In the past few days, a colorful new addition to the Vallejo waterfront has attracted the attention of many passersby.
The big top, decorated with swirls of lime and pink and flashing signs, is the home for more than 30 performers and staff of the Circo Hermanos Caballero, a new circus in town.
The Las Vegas-based traveling circus will perform in Vallejo until Sept. 23, and offers one to three shows a day, depending on the day of the week.
The mostly Spanish-language circus visited Vallejo about four years ago, promoter Bill Mendoza said. However, the circus has decided to return with its newest performance, "The Chinese Circus of Pekin."
Mendoza said the new theme this year features eight Chinese performers, in addition to the circus' regular performance.
"It's a very cultural show," Mendoza said of the new two-hour show, which includes a Chinese lion dance, contortionists, animal shows and other acts.
Before its first show Saturday, performers stretched backstage and put on their make up and costumes in their trailers.
The family-run operation was started about 12 years ago by the Cabelleros, a circus family, he said, and has since included many family members.
One is Emilio Martinez Caballero, 69, who is also Kiwi the Clown on stage. Caballero said he was born into the business and has performed many acts throughout his career. However, due to his age, he is now content to be the clown, interacting with the audience.
"Children is the reason behind a circus," Caballero said in Spanish, translated by Mendoza. "They are the best critics for the show. Children always say the truth."
Shows on Monday, Tuesday and Friday are at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. General admissions are $25 for adults, and $10 for children. However,
Sunday's 2 p.m. matinee show is $10 for both children and adults.
Circo Hermanos Caballero will be followed by another circus company, Circus Vargas, which will perform Thursday to Sept. 23 at the Solano County Fairgrounds. More information on Circus Vargas can be found at [www.circusvargas.com].

Monday, September 9, 2013

News & Info for Sept. 10th, 2013


7:30am, Interview with
Pearl Jones
,
fine art photographer, with an exhibit at St. Vinnies Culture Club, 930 Marin st., at Vallejo's Art District!
"Pearl finds wisdom in 'nude' trees" by Rich Freedman from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]: Vallejo artist Pearl Jones Tranter talks about the uncooperative nature of the two prints behind her, part of her Mostly Nude Trees exhibit at the St. Vinnie's Culture Club on Marin Street in Vallejo. (Mike Jory/Times-Herald, Vallejo)



News & info:
2013-09-08 "Vallejo council may offer neighborhoods do-it-yourself opportunities"
by Jessica A. York from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_24043951/vallejo-council-offers-neighborhoods-districts-do-it-yourself]:
Vallejo may soon empower its residents to step in and help those corners of the community where city services are lacking.
On Tuesday night, the Vallejo City Council will consider instituting an ordinance allowing for the creation of self-taxing districts designed to fund specific improvement work and projects in residential and business areas.
Community Benefits Districts are similar to already-permitted Property and Business Improvement Districts, like one that exists in the downtown area. But they require a smaller percentage of property owner backing to implement, and include more types of property owners, according to a city staff report.
"The city of Vallejo is looking for new financing mechanisms to enhance the aesthetics, security and economic vitality of local neighborhoods and to fund long-term economic development," the city report reads.
The agenda item is the first of two votes the council will need to take to approve the ordinance.
Also Tuesday, the council will be asked to appoint seven community members from a pool of 14 to the newly formed General Plan Working Group, already consisting of eight appointees from various city commissions. The group will offer input and guidance to city officials as they overhaul the city's General Plan in coming months.
In other agenda items, the council will consider:
* Setting aside $4,000 to pay for a third of the cost to keep the Benicia State Recreation Facility open all seven days a week, instead of five. The council also will be asked to appoint one member to sit on the joint Solano State Parks Committee with officials from Benicia, Solano County and state legislators
* Forming an ad-hoc committee of Councilmen Jess Malgapo and Robert McConnell to investigate use of the city's power of eminent domain power to buy "underwater" mortgages, at the request of Mayor Osby Davis.
* Setting 2014 garbage rates as status quo with the 2013 rates
* Recognizing Assistant City Attorney John Nagel, who will leave Vallejo to work as city attorney for the city of East Palo Alto this month. City Attorney Claudia Quintana also will ask the city to create a new "chief assistant attorney" position.
* Setting aside a January 2012 council vote approving environmental review for a proposed Winco grocery store site. Following a court ruling in March calling for more work on the plan, the developer withdrew its application.


In 2012, the Vallejo City Council established the first city-wide Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in the United States. Now, approved for a second cycle, the City Council approved the Rulebook allowing for a total of 21 members on the PB Steering Committee. The City of Vallejo is actively recruiting local civic organizations and interested members of the Vallejo community to apply. Additional information is available by reviewing the press release (attached) or by following this link: [bit.ly/17WhzHr]
The application period closes on September 25.
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2013-09-08 "New blood needed in Participatory Budgeting oversight committee"
from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_24043946/new-blood-needed-participatory-budgeting-oversight-committee]:
As Vallejo is embarking on its second year of Participatory Budgeting, the city is calling for a host of new community organizers to step in.
The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee will open its ranks to seven at-large community members, joining 14 appointees from local civic organizations.
This year, the process will allow for an estimated $2.2 million in community-benefiting projects, about $1 million less than last year's funding.
Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee members will help oversee the public process by designing and enforcing rules, planning public meetings and events and reaching out community-wide to garner public involvement.
An informational session on Participatory Budgeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the John F. Kennedy Library's Joseph Room, 505 Santa Clara St. Reservations are required by signing up online -- check out the news release on the city website, at www.ci.vallejo.ca.us, or by contacting Community Engagement Coordinator Ginny Browne at 648-4041.


In praise of Chris' Club: "Another music venue"
letter by David Pearce to the editor of "Vallejo Times-Herald" [timesheraldonline.com/letters/ci_24039168/take-action-against-substance-abuse]:
Vallejo is fortunate to have several wonderful venues such as the Empress Theater, Mira Theater, Sardine Can, and others to showcase many of the talented musicians we have in our area.
There is also a very special place that has been holding a Blues Jam on every Monday night.
This event brings together talented and experienced musicians as well as young upcoming gifted talent. The crowd and the musicians have a wonderful rapport. The atmosphere is friendly, family like and safe. Those who like to dance have access to a nice sized dance floor which is usually full.
There is no cover charge. Food, drink and non-alcohol beverages are available to purchase. The place I am referring to is Chris' Club at 656 Benecia Road, in Vallejo.
The owner, Brad Albom, has been kind enough to host this event for the past three years. It is not a big money maker and needs the support of those that enjoy the Blues and R&B. I urge anyone that enjoys and wants to preserve this genre of music to get up off the sofa on Monday night and come to the Chris' Club from 7 to 11 p.m. (you can still see Monday Night Football there out of the corner of your eye). Your support will be appreciated and you will enjoy the evening.


2013-09-08 "9/11 event planned in American Canyon"
by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_24043949/9-11-event-planned-american-canyon]:
The American Canyon Fire District's 12th annual commemoration of the 9/11 attacks is planned for Wednesday at the city's Public Safety Facility. Its address -- 911 Donaldson Way East -- was selected with that date in mind.
This year's event, at 4 p.m., features the American Canyon High School Band, an invocation, benediction and words by Fire District Chief Glen Weeks, Mayor Leon Garcia and Vice Mayor Mark Joseph. There also will be a moment of silence and a tolling of the bell.
What officials had hoped would be included this year, but won't, is the 9/11 memorial sculpture made with a piece of mangled World Trade Center steel, Weeks said. That's because nearly $18,000 of the $28,000 price tag is yet to be raised.
A much larger sculpture, created for the city of Napa by Gordon Huether, who also plans to do American Canyon's, will be dedicated this year, Weeks said.
"We have a design, and we're in the process of evaluating ways to raise the money to make it," Weeks said. The artist donated the design, the steel piece was donated by Napa and engineering drawings were contributed by Santa Rosa's Vertex Construction Services, Weeks said.
The amount of money still needed would be significantly less if items like materials and installation of the concrete base, the electrical work and the lighting were donated, he said. Donations of the glass material the artist plans to incorporate into the memorial, as well as the bronze plaque, also would be helpful, he said.
Part of the reason fundraising efforts have been few and far between is that with limited personnel, activities needed to be "triaged" in order of urgency, Weeks said. With the recent advent of the district's new assistant chief, more attention will be devoted to getting it done, he said.
"The effort's been stalled a little bit," Weeks said. "But, there will likely be more attention paid in upcoming months. Now it can be bumped up on the priority list."
The 12-foot-tall memorial, which eventually will be installed at the Donaldson Way facility, will include two asymmetrical glass panels surrounded by a piece of Twin Towers steel and illuminated with white light.
The piece of twisted metal from the former World Trade Center is a mounting bracket for a main beam, Weeks said last year. It came from the New York Port Authority "because the survivors wanted to make the steel available for memorials throughout the country," he said then.
The idea had been to create something somber and sobering and have it installed in time for last year's commemoration, Huether and Weeks said last year. Hopes are now that it will be possible by next Sept. 11, Weeks said.
Anyone wishing to donate cash or materials, is asked to call the Chief Weeks at the American Canyon Fire District, at 551-0650.


Calender of notable events

3rd Annual Heirloom Exposition [www.theheirloomexpo.com]

The Empress Theatre Presents...
Soulshine with the Groovemasters and special guest Tom Politzer

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-wine-martini bar
707.552.2400 tickets and information
[empresstheatre.org] [RedDragonflyProductions.net]
Tower of Power Sax Player To Visit Historic Downtown Vallejo Stage:

Soulshine, the newest Empress experience, turns up the heat in a pro-jam style concert focused on funk, soul, blues and R&B music. The house band for this series is Timm Walker's Groovemasters featuring Charles Spikes, Wilson Brooks and Lorenzo Hawkins. The house band will welcome special guest sax player, Tom Politzer, to the latest musical offering of the historical Vallejo Theatre.
Tom Politzer is Tower of Power’s lead tenor sax player. Politzer is not only an outstanding soloist, but also as a part of the famed five-piece Tower of Power horn section.
Born in Detroit and raised in Palo Alto, California, Politzer contributes to the band's complex sound with his first tenor sax, alto sax, flute, and clarinet. The sax player’s musical background and his switch from playing the clarinet to the baritone sax (inspired, in part, by Tower of Power’s “Squib Cakes”), set the stage for him to become the professional musician he is today.
“Being in the band has definitely made me a better musician. It’s just something that happens when you’re around great musicians. It’s like a minor league ball player making it to the majors. Your game just gets better. Plus, I get a lot of creative energy from our fans. Their enthusiasm really feeds me,” he says.
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About Soulshine:
Soulshine comes on the heals of the theatre’s very successful Wednesday Night Ramble focusing on Americana, roots, blues and funk music. Soulshine will bring the same spirit of “organized chaos” with a slightly different flavor of music relying upon Soul, R&B and funk sounds for the stage that is fast becoming known for it’s innovative musical offerings.
Previous special guests have been funk guitarist Don Caruth from The Joint Chiefs; Michael Jeffries, former lead singer of Tower Power, blues guitarist Kenny Neal, Lady Bianca, Pat Wilder, Will Russ, Jr., Rhonda Benin, Sista Monica and funk flautist Kymberly Jackson.
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About The Groovemasters:
* Timm Walker (bass/vocals) is a founding member of the Zydeco Flames and BeaufunK and produces the Concord Sunday Pro Jam.
* Wilson Brooks (drums) lives in Vallejo and has toured all over the world. He is a member of The Gospel Hummingbirds and an ordained minister.
* Charles Spikes (guitar) has toured with Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Indie Irie, Tony Toni Tone, Tower of Power and The Hawkins Family just to name a few. He currently works with Lenny Williams, former lead singer of Tower of Power.
* Lorenzo Hawkins (keys) plants his feet in the roots in gospel, rhythm and blues, and funk. Lorenzo has performed and recorded with Luther Ingram, Lenny Williams, and Dwayne Wiggins, as well as the incredible Hawkins gospel family. He currently lives in Vallejo.


Napa's ABC Bakery's Pop Up Series presents
Magical Moonshine Theatre with Steve Ventrello on accordion.


"Cirque du Cafe" The Ordinary Performs the Extraordinary!
Friday, September 13, seatings at 6:30 and 9:00 for dinner and show (wine and beer available.)
Limited to first 40 to reserve by calling 707-258-1827 or email info@abcnapa.com.
Fundraiser for Canterbury Tales by Magical Moonshine Theatre with McCune Collection Rare Books (Project Webpage)
Details on poster below or at [http://magicalmoonshine.org/cirqueABC.htm]
"Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Magical Moonshine Theater perform..."  -L. Pierce Carson, reviewer, Napa Valley Register"
"Bravo!" - Elisheva Hart, reviewer, San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild News
"Best THEATRE I have seen in years!" - Industrial Light and Magic FX Engineer




Red Dragonfly productions presents...
Warm Fall Nights, Ribs & Music at Gracie’s Barbeque in Vallejo

Summer music continues at Gracie’s Barbeque with a slate of music on Friday nights. Popular returning bands cover blues with a little bit of Cajun, Zydeco and retro rock mixed into the rotation. Gracie’s Barbeque is a family owned restaurant known for their ribs, corn bread, potato salad and home made pies and blues on Friday night.
6:30pm-9pm
Gracie’s Family Barbeque [1801 Sonoma Boulevard, Vallejo, CA 94590] [707.552.2254]
Family friendly, No cover
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September 13, 2013 – Dead Cat Hat
Dead Cat Hat is an emerging 5 piece indie-Americana band with accordion, banjo, guitar, bass and drums, bringing vocal harmonies to twang-infused songs. With over forty original songs, no two shows are alike, and the band plays venues as diverse as their music including not only saloons, bars, and night clubs, but galleries, cafes, BBQ joints, and even a yacht club. Originally conceived as a duo, Allan Canumay and Pato Milo were joined by long-time friend Pete Stanton on drums and played shows as a trio with Pato trading guitar and bass duties. Then the band evolved to include Bonnie Schiada on accordion, and Jay Maddox on bass in the summer of 2011.
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September 20, 2013 - Guy Arrostuto
The San Francisco-born keyboardist, band leader and instructor was raised under the tutelage of a master Italian musician in the thriving San Francisco big band and jazz community of the 1940's and 50's. Guy has benefited from his roots and a classical education, at both the mentor and university levels. Sought after for private lessons as well appearances at nightclubs, concerts and festivals since the 1960's, Guy is a mainstay in the music scene throughout Northern California.
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September 27, 2013 - The Jimmy Smith Band
The Jimmy Smith Band features some of the best blues players in the Bay Area with Jimmy's keyboard driven blues. Jimmy Smith is a veteran blues sideman having played with and array of great musicians that include, Doyle Bramhall III, Steve Kimock, Luther Tucker, Charlie Musslewhite, Nick Gravenites, Norton Buffalo,Larry Graham, Robert Palmer, Guitar Shorty, Little Jimmy Reed, Kenny Neal,Freddie Roulette,Sonny Rhodes , Tia Carroll and many more. Jimmy's bands have opened for such greats as Bonnie Raitt Tower of Power, Little Feat, Average White Band.








18th Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk 
September 15
[www.petalumapoetrywalk.org]
Enjoy a memorable stroll through historic Petaluma with scheduled stops along the way to hear noted poets read their works.






Vallejo Jazz Society presents ...
Le Jazz Hot 

Sunday, September 15th 5pm-7pm
Bay Terrace Theatre [51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94590] [http://www.miratheatreguild.org]
General Admission $10($5 for VJS members)
Up to two children 18 and under are admitted free with a paying adult
Buy tickets at the door or online at [VallejoJazzSociety.com]
707.533.4593 or VallejoJazzSociety@yahoo.com for information
Tickets for the concert are $10 ($5 for VJS members) and may be purchased at the door or online at [VallejoJazzSociety.com]. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Local Jazz Society brings Gypsy Swing Jazz to Vallejo Stage -
Le Jazz Hot, the quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, is an all-string instrumental jazz group specializing in Gypsy Swing- the music of the French gypsies circa 1930-40s and beyond. Since 1990, with 13 CDs available and numerous appearances worldwide, Le Jazz Hot brings hot jazz, lovely romantic ballads, french cafe melodies, bossa nova rhythms, and danceable swing tunes to the Bay Terrace stage.
The musicians in the Django Reinhardt inspired quartet are Paul Mehling - solo guitar, Evan Price – violin, Sam Rocha- string bass and Isabelle Fontaine- rhythm guitar & vocals.
A not-for-profit organization formed in September of 2010, the Vallejo Jazz Society’s mission is to heighten awareness of jazz in Vallejo and nearby communities by sponsoring concerts throughout the year at various local venues. The organization also provides jazz-related educational resources such as concerts and clinics to local schools and youth organizations.



The Empress Theatre Presents...
Wednesday Night Ramble with the The North Bay All-Stars and special guest
Gary Tackett
September 18, 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-wine-martini bar
707.552.2400 tickets and information
[empresstheatre.org] [RedDragonflyProductions.net]
The North Bay All Stars will host the gathering of musical friends in the latest installment of The Wednesday Night Ramble at the historic Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo with Don Bassey on bass, T. Moran on drums, Matt Silva on guitar and Mike Emerson on keyboard. Joining the house band will be red-hot, no holds-barred country guitar picker Gary Tackett.
Gary Tackett's music has been described as “Delbert McClinton meets Eric Clapton at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield.” Playing since the age of 10, he learned the famous “Chicken Picken” guitar-style firsthand while growing up in the Central Valley outside of Bakersfield, CA.
Guitarist to the stars, Gary Tackett has played for Billy Currington, Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin, Eddy Raven, Tammy Cochran, Trailer Park Troubadours. Tackett combines his love of Country, Blues, Rock, and Funk and calls it a “Funk Biskit,” sloppin’ some greasy ol’ country guitar on top of that funk. Grooving originals and take no prisoners aggresive approach to guitar, with a scratchy Joe Cocker meets Eric Clapton style, makes Gary Tackett the guitar players guitar player.
He had already amassed quite a career playing as a Nashville sideman for such acts as Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin, Eddy Raven, Tammy Cochran, and Billy Currington, before moving to the Bay Area in 2004 to pursue his solo career. Since then his band Full Moon Rude released an eponymous album and Tackett has become a full-time member of rockabilly stalwarts Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours.




Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center and The Green Group of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church present THE DOCUMENTARY FILM EVENT:
CHASING ICE 

Friday, September 27, 7:00 PM
Bortin Hall, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
James Balog, a "National Geographic' photographer did an Extreme Ice Survey where he captured undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Balog's videos compressed years into seconds and captured ancient mountains of ice as they disappear in an alarmingly un-glacial rate."Visually breathtaking" - "Hauntingly beautiful"
$5 DONATION REQUESTED
[www.mduuc.org] and [www.ourpeacecenter.org]


California State Numinastic Association Coin Collectors’ Retreat
Saturday, Sept. 28th, all day.
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin st.
Free! [www.solanocoinclub.com] [707-246-6327][emperori@juno.com]




2013-10-26 "Mocktoberfest"
October 25th to 27th , TJ Walkup presents... 
"Mocktoberfest"
(Vallejo)
A Curated Punk & Edge Arts Event, to benefit youth music programs partnered with the Mira Theater Guild 501c3 non-profit in Vallejo! with Multiple Stages, and a DIY 'zine library & exchange (Make and Bring your 'zines)!
* October 25th to 27th at the Mira Theatre Guild's Bay Terrace Theatre [www.miratheatreguild.org] [51 Daniels Ave. Vallejo]
* October 26th at the Empress Theatre [www.empresstheatre.org] [330 Virginia St Vallejo]
[punkmock@gmail.com]
Music & Zines! Join the Zombie Costume contest and win a prize! Or, come as You Are!
All Ages (no alcohol / drugs / violence) and Inclusive (no sexism / racism)
You Are Your Own Authority!
Featuring performances by:
* Death Valley High
* N/A (of Oakland)



17th Annual Art Auction and Dinner at the Yountville Community Hall.
Novemeber 16th
Featured artist, April Jackson.





Sunday, September 1, 2013

News & Info for Sept. 3rd, 2013


Announcements

Solano County nonprofit looks for docents
originally posted at "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]:
The Solano Land Trust is searching for new docents to lead tours at one of its properties, Rush Ranch.
Anyone 18 or older who is interested is eligible, and no prior experience is necessary. Trainees will go through a program and be partnered with seasoned docents.
The training will take place both indoors and out at Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, two miles south of Suisun City. The training will take eight days: Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, and 22 and Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26. Exact times are not yet set, but Tuesday training will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Saturday training between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Perfect attendance is encouraged, but not required. The training program is free, although donations are welcomed.
After graduation, volunteers will be eligible to lead walking tours along the tidal marsh and offer educational activities at Rush Ranch year round. Tours are scheduled based on docent availability and public interest. They are often offered on the third Saturdays of the month.
The application deadline is Sept. 30.
Solano Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that protests natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County, purchased and permanently protected Rush Ranch in 1987.
For more information about this Rush Ranch tour guide opportunity and to apply, visit www.solanolandtrust.org/Volunteer.aspx or contact Natalie DuMont at (707) 432-0150, extension 200 or volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.


Volunteers Needed for Coastal Cleanup Day!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Press Contact: Jennifer Kaiser [707-644-8949 ext. 292] [707-333-8661]
Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District is proud to announce that the 29th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at more than a dozen locations throughout Vallejo. Volunteers will clean trash and debris from creeks, lakes, marshes and shoreline throughout this area. Join thousands of other volunteers across the state for the largest volunteer day on the planet! This vital community-building event takes place every September, encouraging residents to cleanup their local shorelines, rivers, creeks, lakes and inland waterways. Across the state, California Coastal Cleanup Day is a partnership between the California Coastal Commission, Whole Foods Market, non-profit groups, cities, agencies and counties.
Last year in Vallejo, 940 volunteers picked up more than 67,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.

VOLUNTEER INFO -
What is needed? Cleanup Volunteers
When? Saturday, September 21
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Where? Register by calling (707) 55-EARTH
or email [info@ValcoreRecycling.org]
or show up that morning at 42 Harbor Way for your spot

Additional Info -
If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver form before participating. All cleanup supplies will be provided, but volunteers should wear sunscreen, sturdy shoes, a hat and work gloves. If you have them, bring a bucket and reusable water bottle. When you check in at your cleanup location, you will be given trash bags, latex gloves and a data card to tally collected items.
This year’s local cleanups are made possible through the active participation of the cities and counties of Solano and Yolo, the California Coastal Commission, Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District, VALCORE Recycling, Recology Vallejo, and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District.
PLEASE REGISTER AT 55-EARTH!


JFK Library Reopening
The John F. Kennedy Library has been undergoing major renovations. In celebration of these renovations, the JFK Library will be hosting a Grand Reopening ribbon cutting ceremony on September 10.
As part of the renovations, all library services will be available on one floor. Children's materials have been relocated so they can be closer to their parents. A new space has been dedicated to children's learning and the computer center refurbished with new desks. The second floor of the library has received new restrooms including two family restrooms.
Friends of the Library Bookstore: New to the JFK Library will be the Friends of the Library bookstore, where donations and other materials that the library is no longer using will be available for purchase. Prior to the renovations, the Friends of the Library nonprofit organization hosted a book sale once per year. Now with their new space, sales will be ongoing. All funds raised through book sales will benefit the children's programs.
The JFK Library Grand Reopening ribbon cutting celebration will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m. on the second floor of the library. Guest speakers will include the County Supervisor and County Administrator and others who were instrumental in the renovation process.


Calender of notable events
Napa's ABC Bakery's Pop Up Series presents
Magical Moonshine Theatre with Steve Ventrello on accordion.


"Cirque du Cafe" The Ordinary Performs the Extraordinary!
Friday, September 13, seatings at 6:30 and 9:00 for dinner and show (wine and beer available.)
Limited to first 40 to reserve by calling 707-258-1827 or email info@abcnapa.com.
Fundraiser for Canterbury Tales by Magical Moonshine Theatre with McCune Collection Rare Books (Project Webpage)
Details on poster below or at [http://magicalmoonshine.org/cirqueABC.htm]
"Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Magical Moonshine Theater perform..."  -L. Pierce Carson, reviewer, Napa Valley Register"
"Bravo!" - Elisheva Hart, reviewer, San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild News
"Best THEATRE I have seen in years!" - Industrial Light and Magic FX Engineer



The Empress Theatre Presents...
Hot House Blues with Anthony Paule & Frank Bey 
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-wine-martini bar
707.552.2400 tickets and information
[empresstheatre.org] [RedDragonflyProductions.net]

There's music every Wednesday night at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo, and the fourth Wednesday of the month brings us Hot House. This month is blues with Anthony Paule & Frank Bey. Coming up are Hot House Zydeco and Hot House Eli's, a tribute to Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland.
Frank Bey and Anthony Paule play old school soul and blues. Frank learned to captivate and mesmerize an audience with a song during his years with The Otis Redding Review. The Georgia-born singer began his career at the age of 4 singing gospel. Guitarist Anthony Paule has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for many years. He's toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Bod Diddley, Maria Muldaur, Mark Hummel and many others. Many of you might remember him from the Superstorm Sandy Blues Benefit at the Empress where he appeared with Alabama Mike.
Since first touring together in 2005, Philadelphia based singer Frank Bey, and San Franciscan guitarist Anthony Paule, have promised to record together. With strong admiration of each others musicianship, Bey and Paule blended their talents and expertise, to bring forth “You Don’t Know Nothing”. The CD was recorded live (no studio overdubs) July 20, 2012, at the San Francisco nightclub, Biscuits and Blues. “You Don’t Know Nothing” is a collection of ten impressively performed songs in the styling of old school soul and blues.
Born and raised in Millen, Georgia, Frank Bey began his singing career performing gospel at the tender age of 4. Along with his brother and two cousins, their group “The Rising Sons” toured around The South making live appearances as well as radio broadcasts. At age 17 he joined the Otis Redding Revue working as the opening act for several years. During his time with Otis Redding, Frank learned to captivate and mesmerize an audience with a song. After a long hiatus from the music business during the 80s and 90s, Frank came back better than ever.
Anthony Paule has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for many years and has previously released two solo CDs. In addition to fronting is own band, he’s toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Bo Diddley, Maria Muldaur, Barbara Lynn, The Johnny Nocturne Band, Mark Hummel, and others. “You Don’t Know Nothing” finds Paule in his element, in full stride with this eight piece soul band... backing up a fine singer.





The Empress Theatre Presents...
Wednesday Night Ramble with the The North Bay All-Stars and special guest
Johnny Rawls
September 4th, 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-wine-martini bar
707.552.2400 tickets and information
[empresstheatre.org] [RedDragonflyProductions.net]
The North Bay All Stars will host the gathering of musical friends in the latest installment of The Wednesday Night Ramble at the historic Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo with Don Bassey on bass, T. Moran on drums, Matt Silva on guitar and Mike Emerson on keyboard. Joining the house band will be Mississippi born blues guitarist and singer Johnny Rawls.
Johnny's many talents include vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, arranger, and producer. He has recorded under various record labels such as, Rainbow, Rooster Blues, Rock House, JSP, and Catfood Records. In 2002, he started his own record label, Deep South Soul in which he released Lucky Man, Live In Montana, The Best of Johnny Rawls and Heart and Soul.
Johnny's body of work is highly recognized by the music industry and fans alike. He was on the April, 2002 cover of Living Blues Magazine, has had multiple articles in publications worldwide, received the Critics Choice Award for Best Album of the Year three times from Living Blues Magazine, and is the recipient of many nominations and awards, including Best R&B Male Vocalist from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Best Soul Blues Album from the Blues Foundation. In addition, Johnny is honored, along with Soul Blues legends Little Milton and Tyrone Davis, with a Blues Trail Marker at the original site of the Hi Hat Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Johnny tours constantly to worldwide audiences; from Europe, Japan and Australia to throughout the United States. He has performed at some of the most prestigious blues festivals in the country, such as Chicago, Portland Waterfront, Poconos, North Atlantic, and King Biscuit. He can also be heard on XM radio's Bluesville.
In 2008, Johnny released Red Cadillac which charted at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart. He was nominated for Best Male Soul Blues Artist and Best Soul Blues Album by the Blues Foundation. He won the Critics Award for Best Album of the Year by Living Blues Magazine. The 2009 release, Ace of Spades charted at #4 and remained in the top 20 for three months. This album won Best Soul Blues Album of the Year. Memphis Still Got Soul, released in 2011, garnered three nominations from the Blues Foundation. In June, 2012, Johnny released Soul Survivor. His live performance of the song, Yes, has mass appeal and is a fan favorite. Two more Blues Foundation nominations have come his way for this CD. During this same year, Johnny produced an O.V. Wright tribute CD with special guest, Otis Clay.
Johnny is a prolific songwriter and a polished entertainer and as such, delivers his original music with smooth, soulful vocals, dynamic energy and to critical acclaim with each and every CD and performance.
Photographer’s Credit: Andy Amyx




SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Thursday, September 5, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE URBAN AGRICULTURE IN THE EAST BAY
6 pm potluck ~ 7 pm presentation
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church - Owl Room ~ 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek ~ (925) 933-7850
Co-sponsored by Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice, with Friendly Favors [www.favors.org/MDPC]
Suggested Donation: $20 and dish to share if attending potluck (free for students. If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes.
Planting Justice [www.plantingjustice.org] is a non-profit based in Oakland dedicated to food justice, economic justice and sustainable local food systems.
PRESENTERS INCLUDE:
* GAVIN RADERS, co-founder and Executive Director of Planting Justice, a social justice activist, and a permaculture demonstrator/teacher.
* KATRINA ZAVALNEY, Vice President of the board for Planting Justice, has 15 years of experience in community development, facilitation, and sustainable event management.


Red Dragonfly productions presents...
Warm Fall Nights, Ribs & Music at Gracie’s Barbeque in Vallejo

Summer music continues at Gracie’s Barbeque with a slate of music on Friday nights. Popular returning bands cover blues with a little bit of Cajun, Zydeco and retro rock mixed into the rotation. Gracie’s Barbeque is a family owned restaurant known for their ribs, corn bread, potato salad and home made pies and blues on Friday night.
6:30pm-9pm
Gracie’s Family Barbeque [1801 Sonoma Boulevard, Vallejo, CA 94590] [707.552.2254]
Family friendly, No cover
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September 6, 2013 – Fiddlaround
Annie Marie & Fiddlaround is an acoustic trio that features Americana music at its best weaving an infectious blend of fiddle tunes, swamp boogie, blues, Cajun, Zydeco, latin & country. Fiddlaround features three part vocal harmonies, intricate fiddle and accordion work supported by the rock solid rhythm of stand up bass and low hat. Fiddlaround focuses on the music of Louisiana, Texas and California with Annie Marie on fiddle and vocals, Maureen Coyle on accordion and vocals and Diane Dutra on bass, low hat and vocals.
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September 13, 2013 – Dead Cat Hat
Dead Cat Hat is an emerging 5 piece indie-Americana band with accordion, banjo, guitar, bass and drums, bringing vocal harmonies to twang-infused songs. With over forty original songs, no two shows are alike, and the band plays venues as diverse as their music including not only saloons, bars, and night clubs, but galleries, cafes, BBQ joints, and even a yacht club. Originally conceived as a duo, Allan Canumay and Pato Milo were joined by long-time friend Pete Stanton on drums and played shows as a trio with Pato trading guitar and bass duties. Then the band evolved to include Bonnie Schiada on accordion, and Jay Maddox on bass in the summer of 2011.
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September 20, 2013 - Guy Arrostuto
The San Francisco-born keyboardist, band leader and instructor was raised under the tutelage of a master Italian musician in the thriving San Francisco big band and jazz community of the 1940's and 50's. Guy has benefited from his roots and a classical education, at both the mentor and university levels. Sought after for private lessons as well appearances at nightclubs, concerts and festivals since the 1960's, Guy is a mainstay in the music scene throughout Northern California.
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September 27, 2013 - The Jimmy Smith Band
The Jimmy Smith Band features some of the best blues players in the Bay Area with Jimmy's keyboard driven blues. Jimmy Smith is a veteran blues sideman having played with and array of great musicians that include, Doyle Bramhall III, Steve Kimock, Luther Tucker, Charlie Musslewhite, Nick Gravenites, Norton Buffalo,Larry Graham, Robert Palmer, Guitar Shorty, Little Jimmy Reed, Kenny Neal,Freddie Roulette,Sonny Rhodes , Tia Carroll and many more. Jimmy's bands have opened for such greats as Bonnie Raitt Tower of Power, Little Feat, Average White Band.