Monday, November 24, 2014

Nicolas Bearde 8th Annual Jazz & Blues Holiday Concert December 13, 2014 Piedmont Piano Company

Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present
Nicolas Bearde
8th Annual Jazz & Blues Holiday Concert
Holiday grooves for the whole family
“Bearde taps into music's deeper currents, where love, desire and heartache freely intermingle”
– Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury

Internationally renowned vocalist Nicolas Bearde is a jazz singer of remarkable depth, range and technique who has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences worldwide for his 'buttery baritone' and deeply imaginative interpretations.
A seasoned showman on stage, Bearde's brilliant and lush vocals combine passion, wit and sensuality, with an engaging rapport that captures and draws the audience into his performance. Forged from his Nashville roots and his 1980's initiation into the thriving San Francisco music scene, Nicolas' unique approach and electrifying delivery of his originals, time-tested standards, blues and other familiar jazz works, are soulful, swinging, improvisational and memorable!!  

Make your reservations early. This “one night only concert” is sure to be a sell out!

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8pm
Please stay after the show to enjoy holiday refreshments and meet the performers.
  Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA 94612
 (510) 547-8188
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes with Parmesan and Roasted Garlic
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
  • 6 to 7 large red potatoes
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Brush bottom and sides of a baking dish or cast iron skillet with olive oil.
  2. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, slice potatoes crosswise into desired thickness. Arrange potato slices vertically and loosely in prepared dish or skillet.
  3. Sprinkle garlic and Italian seasoning on top of potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dot potatoes with butter. Cover skillet or dish with foil and bake in a 375 F oven for about 1 hour or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp.
I sliced my potatoes at about 1/4 inch thick as I like my potatoes "meaty". The thinner the slice, the crispier the potatoes get.

Who else cries when yellows drop

November Ends for Belle and Eddie
@Nancy May Boldt Ogden White Battersby Vicknair
Who else cries when yellows

all finished with their 
  1. Pulled up the mums
  2. Swept front porch
  3. Burned the leaves
  4. Make final arrangements = done
  5. Rake, raked
  6. put up the wreath 

Anapanasati Sutta Alameda Sangha

Dear Friends,
This Sunday 11/23, I'll be presenting an overview of the Anapanasati Sutta, one of the central teachings of the Theravadan Buddhist tradition.  On first glance, this sutta seems to be very simply about breath meditation.  But on more in depth study,  it is clear the Buddha meant this teaching to be an encapsulation of the entire path. Because of the context in which this teaching was given, we can deduce that the Buddha was quite well along in his teaching career, and that maturity is reflected in the beautiful way this sutta is structured.  

Come learn how the Buddha taught us to use simple breath practice to lead all the way to liberation through non-clinging.

Judi Fruge will also be continuing our wonderful series of classes in American Sign Language, starting at 6 p.m.

Looking forward to learning and practicing together.
with warmth,
Deb Kerr

Alameda Sangha
Every Sunday, 7pm
@ Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers From Advent to Christmas Concert

Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers
From Advent to Christmas Concert
2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7
Chapel of Carmelite Monastery of Cristo Rey, 721 Parker Ave, SF
A free will offering will be taken at the door.  The program performed by the Golden Gate Boys Choir will consist of organ, handbell and choral music appropriate to the Advent and Christmas Seasons.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Edwin White Timeline

Edwin White Timeline
1817 Born South Hadley Mass
ca 18 years old
1835 or 837 startd (metropolitan)Hartford Ct Studied under Phillip Hewins
1840 Living in Bridgeport

Began studying at the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York with John Rubens Smith
Married Harriet Hinman Allen Bridgeport CT
Anatomy classes

1848 Elected to Acad of Design

In 1850, White took his first trip to Europe where he studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris under François Edouard Picot, and continued on to Germany to study with Karl Wilhelm Hübner.
-Bulletin of the American Art Union

1852 Dusseldorf
1855 The Antiquitary

1855 Returns to USA

Paris working on Washington Resigning
Also has Hugenots with him
Sanford Gifford described him in a letter to his father as “a most amiable man as well as an excellent artist.”[5]  Excerpt of an article from an art journal tracking the progress of Washington Resigning. "Foreign Correspondence Items," The Crayon, April 1858.
Cbanoh, iu Paris, now occupies the studio lately vacated by 
Edwin White. H
1857-59 Paris

July 1859 Returns to NYC
August 1859 Painting finished in New York

Art journals very closely followed the painting’s progress. The Crayon provided one of the most detailed descriptions of Washington Resigning right after its completion: "The artist has managed a difficult subject very successfully...By making us feel the interest which the figures themselves take in the proceeding before us, all eyes being fixed on Washington, he has succeeded in impressing us with the solemnity of an important event in our national history. We have no doubt but that Washington Resigning His Commission will give perfect satisfaction to the people of Maryland, and take rank with the best efforts of its class."[6]

The Baltimore Sun reported that the painting “elicited a diversity of sentiment as to its merits, but comments thereon are generally disparaging.”[8]

[1] "Maryland Legislature," Baltimore Sun, January 1858.
[2] “The New Painting for the Capitol of Maryland,” Baltimore Sun, 20 May 1857.
[3] Kellogg, Allyn S. Memorials of Elder John White one of the first settlers of Hartford, Conn., and of his Descendants, Hartford: Case, Lockwood, and Company: 1860, p.254.
[4] New York Historical Society. Records of the American Art-Union, 23 March 1851, "Letters from Artists," MS 12. See reel 7, #32.
[5] Sanford Robinson Gifford papers, 1840s-1900, circa 1960s-1970s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 8 October 1855.
[6] "Sketchings," The Crayon, October 1859.
[7] Comptroller of the Treasury (Paying Warrants), 1859-1860, MSA S 703-14, MSA S 703-15.
[8] "Letter from the State Capital," Baltimore Sun, 24 December 1859.

-Henry Tuckerman Book of the Artists List and bio
Visiting Lecturer
cite The Art  Idea

Florence until 1875

1877 7 Jun Age: 60
Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, USA