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 []!
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 [] [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: 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 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
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 []. []. For more info or to submit your own act for consideration: [].
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 fear!)
Why?  Because Chaos Never Dies, so why not?  And, besides, we have so much fun!
Choose your own ticket price at []  (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 [], 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 []: 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 []: 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 [], 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] []
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:

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 []. 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 []
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.

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