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" []:
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: []
The application period closes on September 25.
2013-09-08 "New blood needed in Participatory Budgeting oversight committee"
from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
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, 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" []:
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" []:
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 []

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
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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.
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.
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
Fundraiser for Canterbury Tales by Magical Moonshine Theatre with McCune Collection Rare Books (Project Webpage)
Details on poster below or at []
"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.
Gracie’s Family Barbeque [1801 Sonoma Boulevard, Vallejo, CA 94590] [707.552.2254]
Family friendly, No cover
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.
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.
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
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] []
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 []
707.533.4593 or for information
Tickets for the concert are $10 ($5 for VJS members) and may be purchased at the door or online at []. 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
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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:

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

2013-10-26 "Mocktoberfest"
October 25th to 27th , TJ Walkup presents... 
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 [] [51 Daniels Ave. Vallejo]
* October 26th at the Empress Theatre [] [330 Virginia St Vallejo]
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.

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