Friday, November 22, 2013

News & Info for Nov. 26th, 2013


Interview with...
Michael R. Gorman [PoetGorman@gmail.com] of Sacramento.
Druid, Poet, Artist, Celtic Historian and The Lambda Award Winning Author of the ground-breaking biography of activist Jose Sarria, “The Empress Is A Man", Michael has published his latest history book. titled The Celtic Philosopher’s Stone: Volume One - Not Your Father’s European History”.
Philip Carr-Gomm, the Chief Druid of The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids And Internationally Published Author of “The Druid Renaissance,” Says of Michael Gorman’s New Book: “Michael Gorman's book, is more than another book of history. Instead, it is an impassioned plea for looking not only at our past, but at the world that surrounds us now - with all its beauties and iniquities. With the fluidity of Celtic knot work, the subjects of history, sexual politics, social commentary and autobiography are woven together to create a powerful case for appreciating the world of the Celts and their extraordinary legacy.” Celtic and Pagan - These two words get bandied about often these days in America and Europe, but few people who use these words know the true story behind them, or even what their accurate translations from the Gaelic and Greek (Celt/Keltoi) or the Latin (Paganus) are, even among the people who use these words to define their philosophical, spiritual, and ethnic identities. Even fewer people know the extent of the Celtic civilization and why the Celts came to be called Keltoi by the Greek Empires and Paganus by the Roman Empire. Most do not recognize that most people of European descent have Celtic blood in their genealogical backgrounds. Very few have ever been taught that the Celtic world once included most of the European continent and had historic ties to India, Russia, and the Middle East. We all have heard the observation that the victors write the history, but how could such a massive and advanced culture be completely left out of Western textbooks, schools, and cultural knowledge? Therein lies the story of perhaps the most successful conspiracy in human history, and one of the most brutal, and almost successful, examples of genocide as well. The new book, “The Celtic Philosopher’s Stone, Volume One: Not Your Father’s European History” finally tells the story that was almost lost to history. Readers of this book will come away knowing more about the Celtic world and the Pagan world than most people alive today, and about the deep roots of the Western Culture that owes more than we were ever told to its Celtic Pagan ancestors, yet this profound subject is told with the voice and humor of a master storyteller that makes it readable for all of us. So grab some marshmallows, sit by the fire, and learn about the amazing heritage you never knew you had.


On today's edition of the Northbay UpRising morningshow, we feature the poetic prose of Don Peery [dpeery@sbcglobal.net], from the...
Benicia's Poem Homes (more info here [link]), a program of the Benicia Poet Laureate, with the Benicia Public Library, project manager Jady Montgomery, and volunteers of the First Tuesday Poetry Group, which meets monthly, 6:30 to 9pm at the Benicia Public Library, Welcome To All. Submit Poems to [poetryinbenicia@gmail.com]!

"Benicia, the City"Benicia the City is much like Benicia the town.
They share the same location on the map;
the same streets and gutters, schools and parks;
the same population; the same past glories.
For city-folk, there are Papa’s and Sailor Jacks,
and dining out on the street at the Union Hotel,
all with fine wines, cocktails, and up-scale menus.
The towns-folk have Sandoval’s, the First Street Café,
and the Benicia Grill on East Second Street.
The city-folk have coffee at the Relik and Starbucks;
ice cream at the Double Rainbow and Baskin Robbins.
The towns-folk have coffee at Rrag’s and Java Point
Café, and Thrifty ice cream at the drug store.
Mostly, we work away from our city/town
during the day, returning at night and on weekends
to homes, family, and friends. There’s not much occurring
in winter, spring and fall except for school,
after hour sports, library visits,
trips to the store and city council meetings.
But in the summer, we all get together for Thursday
evening farmers’ markets, Friday night
movies in the park, or strolling downtown
enjoying the shops and the breeze from the bay.
And every year in July, we line First Street
to see family and friends marching by
or riding on floats in celebration of where
we have been and how far we have come, affirming
who and what we all will be tomorrow.

"Life Poem"
My life has been one long poem
seventy plus years in the making.
Some stanzas have been sad,
some filled with joy, but all
somehow satisfying. Two wives,
four children and, at the end,
a Lady fully in tune with me,
my soul, my sense of purpose.
If life is an accident, a game
of chance, to be won or lost,
it really doesn't matter
if there is a God…
or not. But somehow I think my being
on this earth, my span of time,
was not a waste - nor my four children
with their perfect souls.
Life Poem
My life has been one long poem
seventy plus years in the making.
Some stanzas have been sad,
some filled with joy, but all
somehow satisfying. Two wives,
four children and, at the end,
a Lady fully in tune with me,
my soul, my sense of purpose.
If life is an accident, a game
of chance, to be won or lost,
it really doesn't matter
if there is a God…
or not. But somehow I think my being
on this earth, my span of time,
was not a waste - nor my four children
with their perfect souls.


excerpt from...
"Who’s Suffering, Who’s Not as Drought Stretches On"    
2013-11-18 by Eric Simons [http://baynature.org/articles/whos-suffering-whos-drought-stretches/]:
[ ... ] Several drought-adapted natives, actually, should be doing OK. While the rare vernal pools at Jepson Prairie Reserve [http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/jepson.html] in the Sacramento Valley weren’t much to look at this calendar year, everything out there’s pretty resilient about water, said Virginia Boucher at UC Davis’s John Muir Institute for the Environment. Native annual plants have seedbanks that are well-accustomed to waiting out a dry spell. Perennial plants have taproots down and will be poised to spring in the next rain. Tiger salamanders that breed in the pools live a surprising chunk of their lives in dry upland habitats.
Vernal pool poster-species fairy shrimps, well, they’ll just chill for 50 years if they need to.
“They’re ready for this,” Boucher said. “They could send them into outer space on the space capsule and they’d still be viable when they got back. These babies are tough.” [ ... ]


"Renewables Provide 99% of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in October"
2013-11-22 from "SPX" [http://www.solardaily.com/reports/Renewables_Provide_99_percent_of_All_New_US_Electrical_Generating_Capacity_in_October_999.html]:
Washington DC -
According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, biomass, and wind "units" provided 694 MW of new electrical generating capacity last month or 99.3% of all new generation placed in-service (the balance of 5 MW was provided by oil.)
 Twelve new solar units accounted for 504 MW or 72.1% of all new electrical generating capacity in October 2013 followed by four biomass units (124 MW - 17.7%) and two wind units (66 MW - 9.4%).
 For the first ten months of 2013, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) have accounted for nearly a third (32.8%) of all new electrical generating capacity.
 That is more than that provided thus far this year by coal (1,543 MW - 12.5%), oil (36 MW - 0.3%), and nuclear power (0 MW - 0.0%) combined. Solar alone comprises 20.5% of new generating capacity (2,528 MW) thus far this year - more than doubling its 2012 total (1,257 MW). However, natural gas has dominated 2013 thus far with 6,625 MW of new capacity (53.7%).
 For the first ten months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, new capacity from all sources has declined by 27.5% (from 17,008 MW to 12,327 MW).
 Renewable sources now account for nearly 16% of total installed U.S. operating generating capacity: water - 8.30%, wind - 5.21%, biomass - 1.32%, solar - 0.59%, and geothermal steam - 0.33%. This is more than nuclear (9.22%) and oil (4.06%) combined.
 A second new federal study, the latest issue of "Electric Power Monthly" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (with data through September 30, 2013), notes that renewable energy sources accounted for 12.95% net electrical generation for the first three-quarters of 2013 (hydropower - 6.90%, wind - 4.03%, wood + biomass - 1.40%, geothermal - 0.41%, solar - 0.21%).
 This represents an increase of 5.22% compared to the same period in 2012 with non-hydro renewables combined growing by 15.9% (solar - 91.9%, wind - 21.7%, geothermal - 1.2%, wood + biomass - 0.4%). By comparison electrical generation from all sources (i.e., including fossil fuels and nuclear power) dipped by 0.8%.
 "As the threats posed by climate change grow increasingly more dire, renewable energy sources have clearly become a viable alternative to fossil fuels as well as nuclear power," said Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign.
 "Accordingly, efforts by some at the state and national levels to roll back support for these sources are clearly misguided."



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Sunrise Ceremony in San Jose
Thursday, November 28 2013 @ 5 AM
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose
In solidarity with the International Indian Treaty Council's historic Alcatraz gathering please join the School of Arts & Culture at MHP in collaboration with Calpulli Tonalehqueh, Akoma Arts, the Black Berets of San Jose, New Fire/Yancuic Xihuitl and the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee Chapter Silicon Valley to commemorate all indigenous cultures and traditions in a sunrise gathering.
This is especially for those who can't make it to Alcatraz and would like to commemorate all Indigenous Cultures here in the South Bay.
Offerings of song and dance will be: Akoma Arts (African Drum) led by Keith Hames and Calpulli Tonalehqueh with Mexika/Aztec dance and song.
Speakers: Elder Ron Pinkham (Nez Perce)
More to be confirmed soon.
All are welcome, todos son invitados, this event is free however donations of pan dulce, coffee/tea are accepted for post ceremony socializing. Volunteers for set up and clean up please message the School of Arts & Culture @MHP via their inbox.
This event is sponsored by School Of Arts At Mexican Heritage Plaza


Burn the Turkey Hike
November 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free
Website: [https://apm.activecommunities.com/ebparks/Activity_Search/burn-the-turkey-hike/3110]
It’s the day after Thanksgiving and time to work off that holiday meal!  This 2.5 mile winter walk is designed to burn the calories yet feed the soul as we hike the steep forested slopes of the west ridge, tres sendas, and stream trails. Rain cancels. Meet at the Skyline Gate Staging Area.


Eagle Rock Guided Hike
November 30 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hike the trail to Eagle Rock and get a spectacular view over the Santa Cruz Mountains!  Check out the changes in flora and fauna as you hike up to the highest point in Big Basin State Park at 2,500 ft elevation. This fairly strenuous hike is about 4-5.5 miles round trip (depending on route), including a two-mile uphill hike. Bring plenty of water to drink and a snack.
Directions: From HWY 236 towards Big Basin, Little Basin Road is a left at the top of the hill. There is a new sign on the left of the HWY. Follow Little Basin Road for 1.5 miles. The road is narrow in spaces, so please drive slowly. Little Basin is at the end of the road.
Meeting place: Meet at the Nature Fun Zone next to the picnic area, or just go to the main office and ask for directions to the Nature Fun Zone.
All programs are provided by the Web of Life Field School, [www.WOLFSchool.org].
For weekly updates visit our facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/WebOfLifeFieldSchool]
or: [https://www.facebook.com/LittleBasinCabinsAndCampground]
Contact us to ask about our naturalists for hire program to provide a special program for your family or group at program@wolfschool.org or call 831-338-8018.


"Running of the Trolls"
Nov. 30th at Sherwood Forest in Vallejo!
We intend to flush out the negative element that hangs out at Hanns park, even if it's just for one night. Also, a portion of the proceeds goes back to the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD).



Rock the Red
benefit show for World AIDS Day

at the Artiszen Cultural Art Center [337 Georgia st., Vallejo]
[facebook.com/pages/Artiszen-Cultural-Art-Center/552021818212678]



The Empress Theatre Presents the Wednesday Night Ramble with the North Bay All-Stars and
Special Guest: Mighty Mike Schermer

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street Vallejo, CA  94590] [empresstheatre.org]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-Wine-Martini Bar
707.552.2400 tickets and information
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 guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer.
Mighty Mike Schermer has been a fixture on the Bay Area Blues scene for over 20 years. In that span of time he has carved out a solid solo career, with two critically acclaimed CDs, an award winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He has also become the "go to guy" sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur, Howard Tate, Angela Strehli, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison and many, many more.
Charlie Lange of Bluebeat Music writes "…equally at ease with hard-ass blues or the spare necessities of vintage soul, Schermer steps forward with clever tunes, sturdy vocals and loads of great guitar!"
Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal calls him "… one of the most extraordinary guitarists of the new generation."
Mike's musical journey started at age ten…fumbling around with guitar, trumpet and clarinet. He played in school and in various rock and roll bands throughout his teens, but everything changed one night in 1984 when he plunked down three dollars to see The Master of The Telecaster - Albert Collins. "Albert hit that first note," says Schermer " and it was like a door slammed behind me and another one opened up in front. That was the sound and the soul and the feeling I'd been looking for in music up to that point."
Willie Dixon told him, "Boy, you play your ass off," while Snooky Pryor lauded his "stingin' guitar." At a show at the legendary Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA in 1996 Bonnie Raitt dubbed Schermer her "new favorite guitar player."
In 2006 blues/rock legend Elvin Bishop hired Schermer on as his lead guitarist. The blending of their two unique styles has proved a tough combination to beat. Elvin's recent release The Blues Rolls On (2008) puts Mighty Mike side by side with some of the best guitarists in the business including Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and even the king of the blues himself - B.B. King!
Mike's extensive discography also includes recordings with Angela Strehli, Howard Tate, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison, Terry Hanck and many more. Finedog Records recently released a long awaited compilation CD, Right Hand Man Vol. 1, which chronicles Schermer's career alongside many of these top artists. That CD debuted at #4 on the Living Blues Radio Charts.
He has toured through a host of festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy, the Park Tower Blues Festival in Tokyo and as a hometown favorite at eight Santa Cruz Blues Festivals. He has performed in all 50 US states and in 19 countries around the world.

Quotes:
"Mighty Mike Schermer is probably the best blues guitarist, singer and songwriter you've never heard of…and probably not for long!" Tommy Castro
"Every time I play with him my booty hurts afterwards from him kicking it all night!" Elvin Bishop.
The Wednesday Night Ramble feels like a family reunion where everyone plays and the odds are more likely than not that the person you’re sitting next to will soon be up on stage playing with the house band.   The music careens from Americana, roots, blues, country to funk as the faces of the musicians change on stage.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

News & Info for Nov. 19th, 2013

Interview with...
Obtanium Work's Major Catastrophe
(aka Shannon O'Hare), to give us the up & up on the upcoming 4th Annual Mad Hatter Holiday Festival
[facebook.com/MadHatterHolidayVallejo]

December 7th, 2013, on the streets of Vallejo's Village of Artists and community spaces, centered at Georgia st. & Marin st. there will occur the Mad Hatter's Festival, Parade & Ball, a fantastic display of InDIYpendent culture and Community Spirit, with art cars, fire art, marching bands, dancing horses, and spectacles too numerous to list!!!
Festival begins at 2pm at Unity Plaza -- between JFK Library & the Post Office: see the Dancing Mexican Horses, Loma Vista animals, fun art cars, plenty of food & craft vendors & much more!! Come & ride in the Mad Hatter Tea PoT!!!

The Parade begins at 4pm, and ends at Vallejo's Unity Park with a fantastic display of lights and flames!Following that will be an after-hours all night block party as only the Mad Hatter could arrange, with the Mad Hatter's Ball (21+, $20) at the Oddfellow's Hub [350 Georgia st.] [www.thehubvallejo.com].
Accompanying the Mad Hatter's Ball will be Alice's Palace (all-ages) at the Art is Zen [337 Georgia st.] [facebook.com/pages/Artiszen-Cultural-Art-Center/552021818212678].
Ozcat Radio, through the Gathering of the Tribes affiliation with the Northbay Evolver Network, has been invited to be in the parade alongside the Cat of Many Colors!


Todays Featured Artist:
Julia A. Smith of Fiber Garden Arts in Vallejo 
[www.fibergardenarts.com] [fibergardenarts@yahoo.com] [707-712 8781]
Julia is a sustainable artistisan who uses blends upcycled fibers with locally produced Alpalca hairs, from the indigenous domesticated animal of South America, and incorperates other kinds of fibers, including bamboo, silk, and upcycled fibers and ornaments, to create wearable pieces of art. The pieces are all unique, with vibrant and tasteful color designs.
Julia writes: "I focus on fiber arts, using sustainably raised Alpaca Fiber from an Alpaca Ranch in Somerset. Blending it sometimes with silk and/ or bamboo. I sometimes use vintage buttons n beads, but sometimes new. I do sometimes do up cycling using old wool sweaters, but as I am allergic to wool I have been focusing on the Alpaca. Most people allergic to wool can tolerate alpaca, it does not have lanolin."
Julia also creates visual art with the same resources, and, as shown in the examples below, the attention to detail is awe-inspiring, considering the colors are created not by a paintbrush, but by individual fibers altogether creating scenic visions.
She says you can catch her Saturdays, between 9 to 1pm, at Moschetti's InDIYpendent Culture Showcase, located at 11 6th st. in Vallejo, at the corner of Monterey st. and Curtola pkwy.
A shoulder wrap, alpaca fiber felted onto hemp/silk fabric.

Felted, sewn, wall art. "SpringTree" (Click on the image)

Felted, sewn wall art "Moonlight" (Click on the image)

Image from a Nuno Felted Shawl cria fiber(baby Alpaca) with silk embellishments. Double sided.

The Alpaca is a cousin of the Camel of Eurasia, but is indigenous to South America, with it's sister species, the Llama, who both helped give rise to the vast empires of the Inca kings of pre-Hispanic South America:




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Faith Food Fridays public service announcement...
Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Giveaway!

Nov. 22nd, 3 to 6pm
at 826 Curtola parkway
[www.FaithFoodFridays.com]
Faith Food Fridays will once again be distributing Thanksgiving dinner boxes this Friday to more than 300 Vallejo families in need. You can help any of three ways:
1st by praying for God's provision,
2nd with your time between Thurs. 4-7pm or Fri. 2-6pm
and/or 3rd by donating money, whole turkeys, chickens or other dinner items.
Thank you for your loving, continued support of this outreach ministry.
For more information, contact Ben Buggs at (510) 978-2396 or Bi Sanchez in the church office.
God bless you!





Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Concert
@ Empress Theatre in Vallejo
Sunday, November 24, 2013 2pm
$20/open seating and $100/reserved VIP seating
The Empress Theatre in historic downtown Vallejo was the host for Hope for Haiti, Superstorm Sandy, and now is stepping up again to organize a benefit concert for Typhoon Haiyen/Yolanda relief effort.
My dear friend and Empress venue manager, Don Bassey, said once images of the devastation in the Philippines began to appear on the news, musicians were calling him and offering to play and he knew we had to something!
Then the legendary 1970's Latin rock band Dakila contacted the theatre and offered to reunite again to help raise funds for typhoon relief. Dakila made their glorious return to the stage at the 2013 Voices of Latin Rock and were the hit of the show.
When we think about Latin Rock, we usually imagine Hispanic or South American artists. However, San Francisco is a diverse city so it is not surprising to find a group that performs music other than their own. For the music group Dakila, mixing the latin beat with Filipino flair just came natural to them.
Kickback [www.kickbackband.com], CRSB [www.csrbmusic.com] and Dom Baza [www.dombazamusic.com] have just been added to the lineup, and there will be more musicians by Sunday!
Proceeds from the concert will go towards medical supplies for mobile clinics in the Philippines.. Funds raised at the concert will donated to Relief International Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Red Team Support in Los Angeles, CA.

Monday, November 11, 2013

News & Info for Nov. 12th, 2013


Interview with
Anita Wills,

author of "Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color", being republished this year as a revised edition, whose original title when originally published 2003 was "Full Circle: Tri-Racial Groups in Virginia;
1700-1850-A Comparative Study of Urban & Rural Virginia", reffering to Anita's ancestral heritage with African Slaves, Welsh Settlers, and Indigenous Nations, the book containing The Chronicles of family members including Mary & Patty Bowden, Anita's ancestors eight times removed, who were Indentured Servants to George Washington's Family. She also collects the stories of Charles and Ambrose Lewis, who were Free Blacks and brothers who fought in the Revolutionary War. Then there were the Pinn's, Rawley, Robert, and Roberts son's Billy, Jim, and John (Natives), who fought at the Siege of Yorktown (Revolutionary War). Anita describes The Chronicles as "This is way back history, of those who participated in the formation of America, against a backdrop of racism and slavery."
There is also a section on DNA Testing, for those who want more information, and a Genealogy Glossary. [lulu.com/shop/anita-wills/notes-and-documents-of-free-persons-of-color-four-hundred-years-of-an-american-familys-history-revised-edition/paperback/product-21255172.html]

Anita Wills is also the author of "Black Minqa: the Life and Times of Henry Green", available at [lulu.com/shop/anita-wills/black-minqua-the-life-and-times-of-henry-green/paperback/product-20547322.html]. The author relates:
"The name Black Minqua was given to Dark skinned Natives who Europeans encountered in what was then known as the Great Valley. The book Black Minqua is about the struggles of a community founded by Natives and African Americans in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Chronicles include a pivotal moment in history, left out of History books: The Christiana Resistance. This event took place on 9/11/1850 in Lancaster County. That is when a community of Free Blacks rose up against a Slave Owner and Posse who were attempting to find escaped slaves. The event is usually depicted as one in which Whites led Blacks into fighting back. The leader and hero of the Christiana Resistance was William Parker, a Free Black who lived in Lancaster County. Purchase Black Minqua and find out about the History that is not taught in school!" 

Anita and her grandson, along with others from "Their Lives Matter" held conferance in Washington DC to meet with the families of Murder victims from Newtown Connecticut and Chicago and to appear before the Senate, because, as Anita Wills describes it, "Our children are being murdered by guns that are dumped in our community. Someone is profiting from the Gun Sales. Our young people are caught between the police and the thugs in the community and this is Not FREEDOM!"



Interview with
Sophia Othman,
Cosmic mosaic muralist with the Moonfish Artworks studios
[723 Marin st., Vallejo CA 94590] [510-415-3916] [moonfish.art@gmail.com] [www.MoonfishArtworks.com], in beautiful downtown Vallejo, which has held many public free mosaic making sessions out on the sidewalk where the public to make mosaics on tables set up outside. Moonfish Artworks is preparing for the official grand opening event, which will have a community mosaic art project for kids and adults to contribute during the grand opening, 11am-4pm on Saturday, Nov. 16th. 


Sophia Othman also covered three huge downtown planters with beautiful mosaic at Sacramento and Georgia st. and volunteered her time and materials and design.

Sophia designed a 17' mosaic mural for Hogan Middle School, which featured their school motto: "Knowledge is Power". Students during spring break Cool School participated in making the mural.

She is working agains with Hogan Middle High School for a second mosaic mural. During a recent student survey, Hogan Middle School students said they want their school to be more beautiful (when surveyed about what they would change about the school grounds).
Another major project Sophia has worked on is The CommuniTree, a huge community mosaic mural for the Vallejo Art Windows project, 10feet wide and 6 feet tall, a huge tree with birds, fish, stars, moons, and ocean waves, installed in September of this year at 420 Virginia street, Vallejo. This mosaic installation will be there a year.              


Sophia Othman writes:
i grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and lived two years in Britain before coming to the states with my parents.
tile and mosaic are used extensively to decorate homes and floors in the middle east, which, as an art, is ancient and began 3000bc in Babylonia using small square shaped pieces of colored stone to make enormous murals depicting mythical stories and characters. 
it has a venerable tradition. mosaic has been practiced as a fine art among throughout history since greek times in europe, north africa, and the middle east, and the art of tile making using glazes was perfected by the persians during the height of the islamic empire 1000 to 1492 AD.
i see a lot of beautiful graceful swirly intricate nature based forms and patterns in my mind's eye and i attempt to translate them to mosaic but i have enormous faith and trust in my chosen art form in that i let the materials speak through me, so my designs are allowed to shift as i handle and see new materials, colors and as i move along in various stages of completion of a project. i am not rigid in my execution of the image, i let it transform as it is being rendered. it's more like playing live improv music than an artist  sketching a portrait who tries to be faithful to the original subject. i can stick to a design but if i don't have to i let it shift. 
when i do work on commission i stick to an agreed upon design and color scheme but given the freedom to do so i prefer to let the art simply flow out and do what it wants to do.  a lot of the art i make that is my own inspiration comes from what is on hand, i design based on what is available for me to work with, if i have green and white tile i go from there to make a design, i don't come up with a design that needs another color.  art materials have a creative voice of their own and it's my role to listen to them and be their instrument, after all, i'm the one with hands.


Interview with 
Orna Pascal, 

[www.ornapascal.com] [orna@ornapascal.com] [707-647-7518]
Some of the quotes made into art: [ornapascal.com/quotes.htm]

Orna Pascal writes:
As a child I always wondered how art was actually made and this is my primary artistic interest. Of course I am thrilled when something I make is lovely to look at, but it truly is the materials and process that keep me going. My all time favorite tools are pencils & I particularly love the scritch scritch scritch sound they make. Over the years they have been joined by papers of every kind, pens, inks, brushes, paints, needles, cloth, all sorts of fibers, found objects, words, cameras, computers and whatever else appeals to me. Trying new things and getting to play with different materials and tools is just so much fun!  Although I am interested in, do use & have fun with new materials & methods, it is the ancient which speaks to my soul. The transformation that happens with raw materials, simple tools, tried & true methods, intention, skill & time is powerful and never fails to thrill me.  Being inspired by the materials themselves and allowing my hands and mind to be free, I become part of all those who have come before and all those who will come after me as the creative process brings into being that which did not exist before.  My paintings are vibrant, using many contrasting colors simultaneously. This technique is always surprising & delightful. Believing in the power of color and wishing to contribute harmonious and beautiful art to the world, I offer my work for the benefit of all beings.  After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley, a job as a college counselor presented itself. While helping others, my secret desire to be an artist emerged & that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.


On today's edition of the Northbay UpRising morningshow, we feature the poetic prose of Peter Bray, longtime Benicia poet, with a ditty titled:
"Train to the North Again..."

That train came north,
around the Richmond bend
across the old train bridge
and headed east and north again.
My mother sang to me,
never knowing where we would be –
Somewhere in the Utah snow,
to meet the ravages of war again,
across the bridge and headed north again...
“Don’t Fence Me in,” was what I learned,
not so bad for a boy of three,
was just the beginning
of what she’d teach me,
across the bridge and heading north again.
Train smells now blow across the Strait,
and I can feel the weight
of the years since then,
the Utah snow against my mind,
we never leave too much behind,
a Veteran’s hospital and so began
our travels to the north again.
©Peter Bray, 10/19/12
from the...
Benicia's Poem Homes (more info here [link]), a program of the Benicia Poet Laureate, with the Benicia Public Library, project manager Jady Montgomery, and volunteers of the First Tuesday Poetry Group, which meets monthly, 6:30 to 9pm at the Benicia Public Library, Welcome To All. Submit Poems to [poetryinbenicia@gmail.com]!


Food Empowerment Project, with the Vallejo People’s Garden, asks you to join up with the
Local food justice issues workshop  
Join us on Saturday, November 16, in Vallejo 
Food Empowerment Project, along with Vallejo People’s Garden is conducting a training session for volunteers to help us survey Vallejo retail food establishments regarding healthy foods. 
When:  11am – 1pm Saturday, November 16  
Where: Global Center for Success 1055 Azuar Avenue Mare Island, CA 94592 
We will show you how to fill out the survey, explain what to say to the store employees, and answer any questions you might have. We will also give you copies of the survey with locations on them to go out and start surveying.  
We encourage people to do this work while you are in Vallejo though more than likely additional trips to Vallejo will be required to do more.  
Doing it in pairs is ideal but not required. Completed surveys will need to be mailed back to us. 
The work entails filling out surveys to indicate what types of healthy foods grocery stores, convenient stores, etc., offer for sale. We will give you the surveys and locations to survey. 
After all of the data is collected and analyzed, we will release a report with our findings. Our goal is to change the fact that there is a lack of healthy food options in these areas.  
You can see the report of our work in Santa Clara County here: [http://www.foodispower.org/food-empowerment-projects-food-availability-study-and-gis-maps/]  
Light refreshments will be available at the training. RSVP by November 14 to info@foodispower.org.


Community Culture Calender

The Empress Theatre Presents...
Soulshine with "Groovemasters" and special guest Ed Earley

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-wine-martini bar
tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org]
Trombone Player Headed To Historic Downtown Vallejo Theatre -
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 blues trombone player, Ed Earley, to the latest musical offering of the historical Vallejo Theatre. Ed Earley is a "trombone player's" trombone player. The charismatic player has played with just about everybody in the blues world from Albert King to John Lee Hooker.  In addition to his own band, The Ed Earley Band, Ed is currently performing with blues legend Elvin Bishop, as well as teaching and writing music.
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.
(photo by Tom Dellinger)



Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center and Friendly Favors present...
DAVID KORTEN ~ Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth
Potluck dinner followed with a presentation by the publisher of YES! Magazine and the author of: When Corporations Rule the World. www.davidkorten.org
PLEASE NOTE: Due to late addition of this event it will take place at the Lub residence at 61 Los Cerros Place, Walnut Creek
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14th
Potluck at 6 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Korten is a leading critic of corporate globalization and a visionary proponent of a planetary system of local living economies. His international best seller, When Corporations Rule the World (1995) helped frame the global resistance against corporate globalization. The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006), illuminates the significance of this resistance by placing it in the historical context of 5,000 years of Empire and the organization of human relationships by dominator hierarchy. His latest book, Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (2009), offers bold economic proposals that address the underlying cause of the current economic collapse, not just its symptoms.
In addition to an active schedule of writing and speaking on global issues, Korten serves as President of the People-Centered Development Forum, Chair the board of YES! Magazine (yesmagazine.org), Board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (livingeconomies .org), and Co-chair the New Economy Working Group (neweconomyworkinggroup.org).
Cost: $20 suggested donation and a dish to share


The Empress Theatre presents...
Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs!

Friday, November 15, 2013 8pm
The Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org]
General Admission:  $15/advance and $18/door
Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs! Return to Empress Theatre Stage -
[http://www.dannyclick.com/]
Austin transplant and chart-topping singer/songwriter Danny Click and his band, the Hell Yeahs! return to the Empress for an evening of Roots Rock, Americana, and Blues. Danny is a favorite at the Empress. Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who’d won the respect of some of alt-country’s biggest names but hadn’t yet found widespread recognition. That changed when Click's latest CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April, 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, pop, and Americana radio charts.
Danny Click's sound is a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected rock and roll. Think Tom Petty crossed with John Mellencamp, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Lindley, and you've got a winning mix. Yet Click doesn't just pay tribute to his musical heroes, he offers up his own emotionally compelling vision, one that puts him comfortably in their company.
Danny has released four albums, including his most recent, Life Is A Good Place, featuring wide-open songs with a dose of hope for all the people who hear them. The new album remained on the country, pop, and Americana radio charts for more than 10 consecutive months, with the first single, "Wait my Turn," reaching #1 on Nashville’s Indie World Country Chart.
(Photo by Tom Dellinger)

Monday, November 4, 2013

News & Info for Nov. 5th, 2013

with a new feature!
Benicia's Poem Homes (more info here [link]), a program of the Benicia Poet Laureate, with the Benicia Public Library, project manager Jady Montgomery, and volunteers of the First Tuesday Poetry Group, which meets monthly, 6:30 to 9pm at the Benicia Public Library, Welcome To All. Submit Poems to [poetryinbenicia@gmail.com]!
On today's edition of the Northbay UpRising morningshow, we feature the poetic prose of Lois Requist, who is the Benicia Poet Laureate for the years 2012 to 2014, with her pieces "Sleeping at your house" and "The Rapid Transit"!


News & Info
Election Day! Polls are open 7am-8pm. Check your sample ballot before going to your polling place. The Registrar has been changing them in recent years with no notice!


Community Culture Calender

Wednesday Night Ramble with...
The North Bay All-Stars and special guest Tia Carroll

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
All Ages Venue, General Admission $7/advance and $9/door
tickets and information [empresstheatre.org] [707.552.2400]
International Blues Singer To Debut  on Empress Stage -
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 blues singer Tia Carroll.
Tia Carroll is all soul, blues, power and passion.  The powerhouse vocalist has traveled the world performing and has headlined festivals, clubs and theatres from Brazil to France. The California based singer is inspired by such music legends as Koko Taylor, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin.
Her many awards include West Coast Blues Hall Of Fame Female Blues vocalist of the year 2007, band leader of the year 2008 and R&B vocalist of the year 2011 and the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s Traditional Blues Woman Of The Year 2008, in Memphis.



Saint Vinnie's Culture Club Opening Celebration!
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9th 5-8pm
 at St. Vinnie’s Culture Club [930 Marin St, Vallejo, CA]
* Food & drinks provided
* Great deals on art
* Good times
On display Oct 27th-Dec 6th





Nov. 9th "National Chaos Never Dies Day"
 
Don Quixote rides at Forbidden Puppet Vallejo
Rumor has it that Don Quixote will ride again on his mechanical horse, this time visiting Washington DC to put an end to Chaos.
Where might this happen, you ask?
At Forbidden Puppet Cabaret Celebrates National Chaos Never Dies Day, Saturday November 9 at the Fetterly Playhouse for the Arts, 3467 Sonoma Blvd Vallejo, doors opening at 7pm, curtain at 8pm.
What is this event? It's a party (festivities start at 7pm), a cabaret of short puppet acts, a house concert of live music, a "Garbie Doll" making project (that's puppets out of garbage!), with food, drink, and an amazing group of people (hopefully including you!)
Audience post from last Forbidden Puppet Cabaret: "If you're not at PuppetSlam in Vallejo, you should regret being anywhere else. Sides hurt? Whole body hurts. Whole AUDIENCE hurts. Thanks, puppeteers."
Performers include the creators of the puppets for the film “Being John Malkovich,” a former Fraggle Rock-er, a Sesame Street veteran, a puppeteer who sets his puppets on fire, and a Vallejo steampunk crew who are guest stars on SF Oddities on the Science Channel, among others.
Webpage/online tickets: www.magicalmoonshine.org/chaos.htm or at Brown Paper Tickets, pick your own ticket price. info: 707-363-4573. Find us on Facebook by searching Forbidden Puppet Cabaret.
You don't have to read any further, but for those of you who want more, the official press release is below!

Cabaret puppets celebrate chaos at Vallejo’s Fetterly Theatre -
Saturday, November 9 is National Chaos Never Dies Day, and puppets of all shapes and sizes will celebrate at the Fetterly Theatre in Vallejo. The evening event is hosted by Forbidden Puppet Cabaret and features a series of short puppet and musical acts for adults and teens. The slate of performers includes the creators of the puppets for the film “Being John Malkovich,” a former Fraggle Rock-er, a Sesame Street veteran, a puppeteer who sets his puppets on fire, and a Vallejo steampunk crew who are guest stars of SF Oddities on the Science Channel, among others.
Forbidden Puppet Cabaret organizers Michael and Valerie Nelson are known in Vallejo as creators of the 4th of July parade giant puppets as well as the Mad Hatter mascot. They have been performing together for 35 years and won numerous national and international awards for their puppetry. “We are really excited about this event.” says Michael. “The performers we have lined up are extraordinary; everything from multiple Emmy award winners to a performer who honed his craft on the streets of San Francisco. We will have puppets ranging from a few inches tall to over 10 feet, and lots of live music.”
Besides enjoying a selection of fine libations and watching the acts, audience members are invited to make and take home a “Garbie Doll,” a dancing puppet created from potential garbage such as cereal boxes, plastic soda bottles and drink cups. The craft project was created by Jim Bartz, known nationally for his wonderful carved wooden limberjacks or clog dolls. Jim and his wife, Jan, will also be performing live music while demonstrating their carved, dancing figures. Valerie notes, “We are trying to create a sense of community here. We want people to feel part of the family. Everybody hangs out and talks together. We hope folks will watch the show, enjoy the music, make a puppet and then join us on stage. To that end it’s part cabaret, part house concert, part open mic, with a lot of party thrown in.”
For those of you who want to celebrate National Chaos Never Dies Day (a real holiday!) at the Fetterly Theatre, 3467 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo, you can pick your own ticket price online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door, starting at $15.00. Costumes are welcome. For further information you can go to www.magicalmoonshine.org/chaos.htm or find Forbidden Puppet Cabaret on Facebook. Phone contact: 707-363-4573.

If you go:
Forbidden Puppet Cabaret celebrates National Chaos Never Dies Day
Doors open at 7pm for refreshments and puppet making project
Show starts at 8pm
Location: Fetterly Theatre, 3467 Sonoma Blvd Vallejo, CA 94590 (in the row of buildings behind Seafood City)
Tickets: Pick your own ticket price at Brown Paper Tickets, starting at $15.00
Webpage: www.magicalmoonshine.org/chaos.htm
Contact: 707-363-4573

Yes, Friends, the celebration you never knew about is almost upon us! 
November 9 is National Chaos Never Dies Day, and Forbidden Puppet Cabaret will celebrate it like never before! Live music. Unheard of Arts. Creative Fellowship. Join us. Follow Forbidden Puppet Cabaret on Facebook [facebook.com/ForbiddenPuppetCabaret]. [magicalmoonshine.org/chaos.htm]. For more info or to submit your own act for consideration: [magicalmoonshine@gmail.com].
Where?  Fetterly Theatre in Vallejo, 3467 Sonoma Blvd. Suite 10, Vallejo (Fetterly virgins, look below for map).

When? Saturday, November 9 - doors open at 7pm for refreshments, bar, make your own "Garbie Doll" puppet from garbage, and preshow party.
What?  Chaotic and serene short puppet and music performances by a varied collection of superlative performing artists from Bay Area and Beyond (find out why this is one of the best loved chaos celebrations ever!)  Also food, live music, puppet making and a chance to get up on stage and perform.  (Did we mention a creative and exciting new group of friends?  This is not the KAOS of Get Smart fame...no fear!)
Why?  Because Chaos Never Dies, so why not?  And, besides, we have so much fun!
Choose your own ticket price at [chaosday.brownpapertickets.com/]  (and check out the great photos from past Forbidden Puppet Cabarets!)
Funding for this event has been made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network [puppetslam.com], join the SF Bay Area Slam Network on Facebook, or email (address above) to request to join the Bay Area Puppet Slam Yahoo Group! Keep informed!
Performers (subject to changes and surprises): --
* Jim and Jan Bartz and the LimberJimBartz Band: Musical, puppet and puppet making special guests. Jim is a master carver who specializes in woodenfolktoy puppets called Limber Jacks or clog dolls. He and Jan will not only, play, sing and perform with their wonderful creations, they will also offer a craft project where you can make a Garbie Doll, a Limber Jack made of recyclables.
* Mary Nagler, Whorls of Wonder Puppets: For nearly forty years Mary has been a performing artist. She has toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus as one of their first Clown College trained female clowns. Puppetry was part of her comic performance with the Circus. In addition to her work as a performer, Mary is an experienced puppet builder and designer. She has worked on myriad puppet styles including the marionettes used in the film "Being JohnMalkovich,"and has built Muppets (such as crowd favorite Beaker) and puppets for the musical Avenue Q .
* Images in Motion created the puppets for Being John Malkovitch and have won multiple Emmys for their television work. Screen credits include puppeteering or puppet making for Jame and the Giant Peach, Monkeybone, Being John Malkovich, The Fly 2, BiCentennial Man, FraggleRock, among many.
* Warren Peace, Canine Poet Factory: Warren Peace is a preeminent canine poet who delights in sharing his insights with audiences of all ages. He has headlined at cabarets and co-hosted radio programs, bringing a unique canine perspective to bear on the world we live in. He is usually accompanied by Brian Narelle, former writer/animator for Sesame Street, whose credits also include co-starring in the Discovery Channel's Bingo & Molly as a rabbit and a wolf.
* Little Blue Moon Theatre: Little Blue Moon's repertoire was inspired by a chance meeting between two loving puppeteers and an aphrodisiac maker, resulting in two exciting and popular seasons of underground theatre at Wild Swan Aphrodisiac Factory in Napa, California. Today Little Blue Moon's award winning, short, humorous theatre pieces with themes of sex, romance and adventure are a festival favorite in Europe and have excited and delighted audiences coast to coast in the U.S.
* Nick Jones, Puppeteer: As an SF street performer, Jones performs often in the Castro and on Market Street. He says his puppets are a reflection of what he sees in the city and the experiences he's had, with the exception of one: Wolfie T. Wolf, the emcee.  "He is a caricature of my grandfather a little bit. He's kind of the New Englander I don't get to be because I live in San Francisco. So, Wolfie can be a little more direct."
* Bernie Beauchamp Puppets [beaupromo.com/bio.html]: In business since 2000, Bernie Beauchamp of Reno, Nevada has developed Beaupromo from a one puppet riverside novelty act into a polished gem of Marionette magic representing the high standards of professional puppet touring companies around the world. Bernie's dancing fire marionettes have been a Forbidden Puppet Cabaret favorite in the past.
* Magical Moonshine Theatre [www.magicalmoonshine.org]: Founded in 1979 by Michael and Valerie Nelson, Magical Moonshine Theatre (MMT) performances have been seen coast to coast in the U.S., as well as internationally with performances over 15 countries in 8 different languages. Michael studied puppetry at the International Puppetry Institute with the late Jim Henson of the Muppets.  Additionally, Nelson has taught puppet theatre arts at the Napa Valley College; was a California Arts Council Artist in Residency; has been a regular writer for the national journal of puppetry; is a past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild; and is a past-President of UNIMA-USA. Valerie, in addition to being co founder of MMT is past faculty member of Tennessee Arts Academy, past workshop director of the National Puppetry Festival, and currently, along with Michael, is a California Arts Council Artist in the Schools.



Coal Shed Art Studios Open House (Part of the Vallejo Open Studios event)  
November 9 and 10, 11-5 pm
You are most cordially invited to Coal Shed's Annual Open Studios, as part of Vallejo Open Studios.
When: November 9 and 10, 11-5 pm
Where: Coal Shed Studios, 153 Waterfront(4th and Nimitz), Mare Island, in lovely Vallejo, California
Enjoy the art, music, wine and good vibrations at the water's edge, and take some to go! (Caveat: Art can be purchased...good vibrations are free of charge...we don’t encourage wine to go!)
See what we've been up to, visit with resident artists new and old, and meet our two newest additions: the fabulously talented costumer Mackenzie Marshall, and painter/videographer/art phenom TJ Walkup. We're also excited to host guest artist Sherry Tobin and her ladybug Art Car, as well as the photography of Sema Dudum. We hope to see your smiling faces as you share in the wonderful art at the Coal Shed Studios....see you there!
Check out our Facebook event page at [link].
Also, be sure to check out the rest of the burgeoning art scene in Vallejo by visiting participating Studios citywide. The Vallejo Open Studios website is [vallejoopenstudios.com], and maps will be available at the Coal Sheds during the weekend event.



The Empress Theatre Presents
Steve Sage’s DVC “Rock Rhythm & Blues Revue”

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 2pm
Doors open 1:30pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
$7/advance and $9/door General Admission
tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org]
Diablo Valley College's "Rock, Rhythm & Blues Revue", featuring over 20 bands playing a range of blues, rock, soul, country, oldies and pop, returns to the Empress for their newly established monthly shows at the historic downtown theatre.  The bands are made up of over 80 students taking DVC music instructor’s Steve Sage’s class in the theory and performance of blues, rock & roll, country, funk, soul and R&B.  The instrumentals -  including guitar, bass, horns and piano – and vocalist form small ensembles to study, examine, rehearse and perform music from these contemporary American musical genres.
Music instructor and guitarist Steve Sage says each band will perform in a rapid fire show of spirited music.  The teacher and creator of the revue says "The bands are ecstatic to play on the Empress stage.  It fits right in with our commitment to keeping American roots music alive for the next generation.”
Facebook Gallery of Diablo Valley College Rock Rhythm & Blues Revue @ Empress on May 19, 2013:
[facebook.com/rhondalucile/media_set?set=a.10200616637553092.1073741841.1074372920&type=1]


Vallejo Jazz Society presents...
Women in Jazz
Mad Duran – Ruth Davies – Elizabeth Goodfellow – Tammy Hall

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 5pm
Bay Terrace Theater [51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo]
General Admission $10 ($5 for VJS members) and may be purchased at the door or online at [www.vallejojazzsociety.com]. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Up to two children 18 and under are admitted free with a paying adult
for information [707.533.4593] or [VallejoJazzSociety@yahoo.com]
Vallejo Jazz Society Celebrates Women in Jazz at Bay Terrace Theater -
Women have been a part of jazz since the beginning. But from Lil Hardin playing in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band to today’s current crop of female jazz artists, their achievements have often been overlooked.  So the Vallejo Jazz Society asked renowned local saxophonist, Mad Duran, to put together a quartet of women to celebrate the contribution of women to this uniquely American musical form.
The bandleader asked fellow Bay Area jazz musicians, Ruth Davies on bass, Tammy Hall on keys and Elizabeth Goodfellow on drums to help her showcase the contributions of women to jazz.  And, what better way than to have four remarkable bay area jazz talents step into the spotlight and play!
About Mad Duran: Saxophonist and bandleader, Madaline Duran, brings a wealth of artistry and experience to her work. Duran prides herself in creating from the heart with her lush sound, melodic weaving lines over choral harmonies, and bouncing rhythms trying to play something fresh every time. As Mad says in her own words, "I play games with myself while improvising, forcing myself to go in different directions when I solo.  I've got to keep myself always searching and placing obstacles otherwise I'm not interested." Music critic, Herb Cain, summed it up best when he said, “Mad Duran is just what jazz needs - soul, swing and a breath of femininity.”
About Tammy Hall: “Tammy’s playing is warm & persuasive and a listener’s delight. She has much to offer in the way of originality, fine technique and a rich emotional quality that is evident on everything she does," says Marian McPartland. Tammy’s major musical influences include Tania Maria, Joe Sample, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, Shirley Horn, Dorothy Donnegan, Hank Jones,Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. Much like her influences, Tammy brings a virtuosity to the piano that is never ostentatious, and her approach to music moves whoever is listening and is always genuine and fresh. Tammy's impressive accompanist skills have made her a top choice for many wellknown singers including Kim Nalley, she performed with at Lincoln Center in December 2012, Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes, Darlene Love, Melba Moore and the late Etta Jones. She also regularly plays with the highly acclaimed Montclair Women’s Big Band and vocalist Pamela Rose in the show Wild Women of Song. Tammy also accompanies choirs at churches around the Bay Area and often performs as the musical inspiration at services. She is equally gifted in the Classical, Gospel, Latin, R&B and Jazz genres. From performing solo to playing with big bands, from Carnegie Hall to Yoshi’s, Tammy does it all.
About Elizabeth Goodfellow: Elizabeth Goodfellow has been playing drums since she was ten years old. Her recent projects include The Emily Anne Band (America’s Got Talent 2012), with whom she released her first original song on iTunes (co-written with Miriam Speyer): “Lullaby.” Beth has performed for the President and is a vetran of the United States Air Force. She recently returned from Sweden where she recorded drum parts for Norwegian pop star Magnus Gronneberg’s forthcoming release for Warner Norway. Newly relocated to Los Angeles after living in San Francisco for five years, Beth is excited to be a member of ShyBoy, an electro-dream-pop band based in L.A. When her creativity seeks non-musical mediums, Beth can be found curating offerings for her online vintage clothing shop, Double Dare Vintage.
About Ruth Davies: Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.  Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others.  She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, performing at major jazz festivals and concerts and on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Ruth continues to spend considerable time abroad. She has recorded and performed internationally with Maria Muldaur, Denise Jannah, Dmitri Matheny and European pianist/composer Amina Figarova. Lately she has "returned to the roots" and travels with Elvin Bishop's band. Previous concerts included Yancie Taylor, Denise Perrier, Larry Vuckovich, Paul Hanson, Pamela Rose, Carlitos Medrano, Le Jazz Hot and Calvin Keys.