Friday, October 31, 2008
Yup, it's today! Halloween. Numerous reasons for this including wearing goofy clothes and wigs without people looking too askance at you.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Check out the story that was in today's Sacramento Bee Ann's way to break through creative blocks
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Why? Because it's First Friday and I'll be the featured artist at Photogenics, 415 First St., Woodland from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibit will feature work from the new Motel Variations series as well as the Power: Grids and Shapes series. Also on hand will be Cynthia Burdick with her line of hand-crafted jewelry she calls CynStones.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
For anyone who is female and makes art, we know how tough it is, no matter what our family situation or the art at which we got serious about making art. Someone has now made a documentary about it. The NY Times article is here: http://tiny.cc/1Aq23
Friday, October 17, 2008
It's probably not news to you that we live in an exceedingly small corporate world, inasmuch as who owns what. There are only a couple of Huge Corporations that seem to own, well, everything - like AT&T. I'm thinking about getting one of those new I-phones now that the price is 50% off the original price - I like bargains. But I'm beginning to re-think this because of stupidity on the part of AT&T.
We have recently enhanced our site security with new secret questions. To make your account more secure please click here.So I did and found that they were "upgrading" security by asking you to choose from the following questions: What is your favorite film? .......... um... don't really have one - there are many films I like
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Maybe it's just me, but the past few times I've been to old San Francisco hotels, that I loved for their charm, that have been remodeled in the past few years, I'm always disappointed. Last year it was the venerable St. Francis Hotel on Union Square. The Sheraton bought them out and then remodeled it into a postmodern (or pomo as we wits like to call it) disaster. Don't get me wrong, I like the ultra modern look, but when it's poorly done and without a regard to functionality, it just pisses me off.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
David Byrne has to be one of the most amazing artists in the world - musically, conceptually and visually. He's a Renaissance kind of guy, who as members of the Extra-Action Marching Band (EAMB) of San Francisco tell me, is very down-to-earth sort of person. Well I had the great pleasure not only of seeing Bryne's concert last night in San Francisco but to meet and dance with members of the EAMB!
- I'm sure that Davies Symphony Hall has not been rocked so heavily in perhaps years or eons. But when Byrne's band took the stage and began playing new songs from his latest album with Brian Eno and then old favorites from his other albums, it was difficult NOT to dance.
- They did a closing number and got called back for an encore, which they did and got the whole joint jumping. The Bryne says, please clear the aisles for the Extra-Action Marching Band, who began to march down the aisles, as Bryne and his band left the stage, then proceeded to take the stage. As you can tell from the photo from their website, EAMB is not your run-of-the-mill marching band. As a matter of fact, don't think they'll be invited to any high school football games at any time in the near future.
- So, after we leave the concert hall, we go back over to Jardiniere, which is only a 1/2 block away, for a drink after the show. Before the show we had met our niece Brandy over there for dinner. It's an upscale restaurant serving wonderful French-influenced California cusine. We each get a drink of wine and sit down and in marchs..... yup .... the Extra-Action Marching Band who proceeded to take over the bar area. They played and the pom pom kids (2 men and 3 women) did their shimmy-shaking thing. I even got pulled into a dance with them. We chatted one of the trumpet players named Rick (I think, I was on my 2nd glass o'vino) and one of the dancing girls - Ena.
- All in all, a night to remember! Not so memorable was our stay that evening at the Standford Hotel on snob, I mean Nob Hill. More on that in the next post, where we will ask the question why hotels have terrible, gaudy carpeting in the halls!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
If you're a fan of contemporary classical music, my advise to you is to get a cheap plane ticket to New York and go see Dr. Atomic, an opera about the development of the atom bomb by John Adams and Peter Sellars.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
My entry for the members show at the Viewpoint Photographic Arts Center made the postcard! Granted it's the back side, but it was a black & white image - my broken angel taken at Joshua Tree National Park this past spring. If you go back in the posts to April ( I think) you'll find that story.
- Of all things art, the studio tour was the most disappointing. The only folks who showed up were neighbors and some friends, not anyone else who toured studios in the midtown area. But then again, there wasn't really any PR for it in the local daily paper or the weekly, just a map in the Midtown Monthly. But maybe that's the way it is when you're all of 4 miles out from midtown. Another artist friend who lives south of the midtown area had the same response. I really don't know if I'll do it next year.
- The Pasta Benefit at Luna's Cafe was great! We had marvelous food and wine plus a short scene from BPP's next show that opens Oct 17th - Matt & Ben and Nick showed videos that he had made as promos for the past couple of years. Big thanks to Art Luna who walks the walk when it comes to supporting the arts, Claire Guest who made a great salad for us and Cynthia Burdick whose macho meat sauce was very good. Also thanks to the actors and director for the scene and everyone who donated wine or helped sell tickets.