Showing posts from February, 2012

Vis-à-vis and its lively opposite

Meaning In a position facing another. Literally 'face to face'. Often now used in the sense of 'in relation to'. Origin The term is French and began to be used in English in the mid 18th century. The French spelling is vis-à-vis, i.e. with the grave accent, although that is often omitted when written in English. It is now frequently printed, no doubt to French shrugs and mutterings, as 'vis-a-vis' or even 'viz-a-viz'. When 'vis-à-vis' was introduced into England it was provided with two distinct meanings, both of which were in use from the 1750s onward. Oddly, it seems that these were both introduced by the author and politician Horace Walpole. The first meaning was the literal translation from the French, i.e. 'face-to-face'. Walpole was an incurable letter writer and, fortunately for us, many of his letters have been published in a collection of books, which provides the first citation we have of the term in English, in Letter to Geor…

This Land Is My Land

This Land Is My Land
Art Show
Show Runs: March 10, 2012 – June 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 10, 6-8 PM

Join us and the artists for our show opening with music by LaWanda and Greg, on Guitar, Banjo, and Uke.

This Land is My Land focuses on the work of artists whose subject is landscape, seascapes or skyscapes in various mediums: Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil, Gouache, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Photography, Digital Art, Fiber Arts, Collage, Assemblage, Monotype and other printmaking, Batik, Jewelry, Crafts and Landscape Garden Art.

Expressions Gallery
A Fine Arts Gallery in the Ashby Arts District in Berkeley, CA.

2035 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, California, a half a block from Ashby Bart 

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, Noon-5pm, Sunday 12-3pm and by appt.

Phone: 510-644-4930

Featured throughout this show are a number of Free Events:

Friday night Literature and Poetry Readings and Open Mike, 7-9pm

March 16, 2012 
Featuring Selene Steese, Sherri Rose-…

Object of Beauty

Church in Sonora, California

From My Neck of the Woods

The Damned Story: On the woodsy west side of Hamden lies a road to nowhere . . . except trouble! Like many suburban towns across this great state, Hamden claims a lonely ol’ street that seemingly exists as a home to everything from ghosts and phantom creatures to inbred hicks and supernatural feelings of dread. Behold Downs Road. Originally a complete thoroughfare from Hamden to Bethany, the road has been closed at both ends, leaving an abandoned unpaved segment through woods. Along this stretch are a few old foundations and other remnants of past inhabitation. Over the years, many stories have sprung up about the area, including that of a Downs Road Monster, which may or may not have been an ornery albino horse, among other things. Others who have visited Downs Road have claimed to seen apparitions of children and other spooky spirits, as well as to have been accosted by unknown creatures (think Melon Heads) who have clawed the outsides of parked cars or chased away wayward hikers. In sh…

Efforts To Capture Images of Barns

Thousands of precariously leaning, rotting barns with peeling paint and missing boards dot America’s rural landscape. The aging relics hold a certain romance for many, and interest is growing in numerous states in saving or at least documenting the rickety barns before they become victims of age and urban sprawl, the cost of maintenance too high when they no longer have a practical purpose. Barn surveys have been started in states including Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington. With photographs and basic information about the architecture, historical character, use and condition of the barns, the surveys will give preservationists a glimpse of rural American and hints about how to save its bucolic landscape.
In Connecticut, photos have been taken of 8,200 barns, said Todd Levine, director of Historic Barns of Connecticut. The effort started in 2004, when an architectural historian was hired to document the 100 most visible barns…

California Preservation Conference May 3-6 2012

Old Roots, New Growth -- Cultivating Communities
May 3rd - 6th at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

The 2012 California Preservation Conference will be held in Oakland - a city with great beauty, vibrant culture, new industries and innovation.  In just 3 days you will gain a year's worth of education and networking with 125 speakers and 500+ expected attendees.  Don't miss your chance to make valuable business connections, earn continuing education credit and experience Oakland. 

Educational sessions cover a range of topics such as preservation basics, economic development, new technologies for historic buildings, planning for change, industrial reuse and preservation in the 21st Century.  

Join us in Oakland and you will learn why the New York Times listed Oakland as one of its top 45 places (#5) to visit in 2012.   

Fundraiser for Musician Clifford Coulter announced by Tony Lindsay

This week we have another event that we seriously need your support on. Those of you who live in the San Francisco Bay area that are musicians and fans may Know of our Brother and great friend Clifford Coulter. Clifford has been living in Asia for the past few years playing music like he loves to do and like we love to hear him do it. 
Well almost about a week ago he suffered a pretty big heart attack and his Kidneys failed on him also. He's doing better little by little, thank God. We have decided to have a fund raiser for him at the Fairmont Hotel, 170 S Market St, in downtown San Jose Ca. The Fairmont Hotel has been nice enough to let us have the event there on Sunday February 26th starting at 7pm. 
We may also try to figure out how to get donations on line for those of you who can't make it but would like to share your love. We are going to have a great line of entertainers participating that night so please, if you can make it we would love to see you and please pitch in so…

Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio

Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio Thursday March 1, 2012   6:30pm Cost of event:  $10-$15
Sassy crossover jazz from one of the hottest jazz trios to hit the bay in a long time! Destiny Muhammad on harp & vocals accompanied by stand-up bass and traps that will take you back in time!
website for event:
Location of event:  Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom Street 
 San Francisco, CA 94110 Phone: 415.826.2402

Alameda Sangha

Alameda Sangha Sundays 7-9pm  Free!
Buena Vista United Methodist Church 2311 Buena Vista Ave Alameda CA 94501
The Alameda Sangha is a place to practice and discuss mindfulness meditation and  Buddhist teachings. Founded in 2008, we are led by three teachers of the Theravada tradition,  Pauletta M. Chanco, Rebecca Dixon, and Anthony Rodgers.
Everyone is welcome.  There is no charge or fee for attending.  According to the ancient tradition of Theravadan Buddhism, we practice dana: the mindful generosity that opens the heart.  We provide a donations basket so those who attend can practice dana in turn and keep the sangha going so that others can also attend freely.
There are plenty of comfortable chairs that are good for meditating and zafus (cushions) available, but no mats.  Feel free to bring a blanket to cushion your knees, or any of your own sitting equipment.

Our Sangha We are dedicated to making a space available for people in Alameda to meditate and discuss the dharma.   Begun in 2008 and in…

The Bruton House: A Gold Coast Landmark A Presentation by Woody Minor

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society

Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm
The Bruton House: A Gold Coast Landmark
A Presentation by Woody Minor

Free for AAPS members; $5 for non-members

Immanuel Lutheran Church
1420 Lafayette Street,
Alameda, CA  94501
(Parking available at the corner of Chestnut Street and Santa Clara Avenue.)

A Monumental Home
Story by Woody Minor
At the March membership meeting, Author and Architectural historian Woody Minor will present his recent research on the Bruton House, a Gold Coast mansion located at 1240 St. Charles Street, and owned by longtime AAPS member Jeannie Graham.  The research was done for the landmark nomination report Minor submitted to the city’s Historical Advisory Board this past October.  The HAB concurred with the findings of the report, giving its unanimous stamp of approval for the house’s designation as an Alameda Historical Monument.

The house has architectural significance, exemplifying a style, and historical signific…

"Viscosity" Showcasing the sculpture of Michael Sturtz & Ben Cowden at FLOAT

The FLOAT Gallery is Proud to present…
Showcasing the sculpture of Michael Sturtz & Ben Cowden
FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery 1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios) Oakland, CA 94606

Opening Party Saturday February 25th, 6pm – 9pm
Show runs February 20th through April 14th , 2012
Local singer/songwriter Drea Roemer will be Performing live.
Viscosity is a mix of kinetic and found objectification art, mimicking and expanding beyond the human experience.

Michael Sturtz:
As a fixture of the Bay Area arts community, Michael has worked as a sculptor, a teacher, and as a facilitator since the early 1990s.  As the founder of  HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank" The Crucible, a non-profit industrial arts education facility and gallery, he is known for his innovative creativity and ability to make challenging artwork and ideas possible.
Michael’s pieces address concep…

ASMP NorCal Presents Photojournalism Today

ASMP NorCal Presents
Photojournalism Today
Tues March 13 2012 -  Starts 6pm 7:00-9 pm
6-7 pm Social hour with pizza and drink for $5

ASMP NorCal members: $5.00
Affiliates, students $10.00
Non-members $15.00
Pizza and drinks will be available with the purchase of a $5 food ticket.
Left Space Studios
2055 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94110   

Faced with a 24 hour news cycle, competition from all sides (including social media), and an endless stream of technological advances, what exactly is it like to work in the news media today? Join us on Tuesday, March 13th as ASMP Northern California presents Photojournalism Today featuring some of the leading working California and national photojournalists.
The best photojournalists need to be more creative than ever, and our collection of panelists are at the leading edge. Panelist Jane Tyska, for instance, has lately covered the late-night raids, rallies…

Micelle Obama Celebrated at Oakland's Joyce Gordon Gallery

sheRose of our Time: A Tribute to the First Lady, Michelle Obama Curated by Eric Murphy  March 2 – April 19, 2012 
OPENING RECEPTION  First Friday, March, 6-9pm  feat "Poet Voices" - Deborah James, Paradise, Jeanne Powell, and Mechelle LaChaux, Katie Ball and Aqueila Lewis
Saturday, March 10, 1-4pm: In Celebration of our First Lady Music and Poetry, hosted by Kim McMillon   Performers: Chokwadi, Al Young, Ayodele Nzinga, Meg Day, Anna de Leon, Kaylah Marin, and Kim Shuck.
Spoken word performance by Jazz Hudson Saturday, March 24, 3pm  
HONOREE AWARDS AND ARTIST TALK:  Thursday, April 5, 5-7pm
WORKSHOPS at Joyce Gordon Gallery Saturday, April 7, 1-3pm  Christine Balza - Babayin Script                            3-4pm  L. Frank - Language Reclamation Judy Stone enamel workshop at The Crucible - visit
Public Forum with Urban Releaf:  Saturday, April 14, 1-4pm
CLOSING RECEPTION  Thursday, April 19, 5-8pm 2hr play by Shelly Cone from the Santa Maria Sun “Tales from Motherhood” Engli…

Art Exhibit and Day of Japanese American Remembrance Event and Sake Event ~ Transcendental Vision

Art Exhibit and Day of Japanese American Remembrance Event and Sake Event

Transcendental Vision
Japanese Culture and Contemporary Art
Exhibition Dates: Now - Sunday, February 26, 2012

Related Events:
Sunday, February 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Free
Day of Japanese American Remembrance
A special ceremony for Day of Japanese American Remembrance hosted by the Japanese American Citizens League of the Monterey Peninsula will be held at The Independent in conjunction with Transcendental Vision and Heroes All: Our Nisei Veterans. Among the speakers will be Larry Oda, past National President of the Japanese American Citizen League, and Tom Graves.

Friday, February 24, 5:00 – 8:00 pm Free
Sake and Food Tasting Event
Monterey’s Downtown Dining sponsors a special Sake Tasting/Food Tasting event for the exhibition Transcendental Vision,  Japanese Culture and Contemporary Art and Heroes All: Our Nisei Veterans.

The exhibitions run from Friday, January 27 through Sunday, February 26.
Hours are 12:00 pm to…