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!
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...
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]
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].

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