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What! When! Where! Who!: HEAL PRESENTS~WAJEEDAH HAMEED!: HEAL Event Productions 916-607-5985 Wajeedah Hameed - Unplugged Redefined 7pm Saturday March 2, 2013 ...


HEAL Event Productions

Wajeedah Hameed - Unplugged Redefined
Saturday March 2, 2013

After a long hiatus, Wajeedah Hameed is returning to the performing stage.
All that know her, and have enjoyed her singing and felt her performances, will
again be delighted that she is back. Her unique vocal style will deliver the stories
 to you in such a way that deeply touches your spirit and you will definitely leave
 feeling hopeful and inspired.

Join us for an amazing evening - another H.E.A.L Event Production!

Piedmont Piano
1728 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

Hors d'Oeuvres ~Miniatures~From Turkey

From wiki--
A Persian miniature is a small painting on paper, whether a book illustration or a separate work of art intended to be kept in an album.The techniques are broadly comparable to the Western and Byzantine traditions of miniatures in illuminated manuscripts. Although there is an equally well-established Persian tradition of wall-painting, the survival rate and state of preservation of miniatures is better, and miniatures are much the best-known form of Persian painting in the West, and many of the most important examples are in Western, or Turkish, museums. 

Miniature painting became a significant Persian genre in the 13th century, receiving Chinese influence after the Monguls and the highest point in the tradition was reached in the 15th and 16th centuries. The tradition continued, under some Western influence, after this, and has many modern exponents. The Persian miniature was the dominant influence on other Islamic miniature traditions.Persian art under Islam had…

the big painting show-layers of abstraction by 8 bay area painters

the big painting show-layers of abstraction by 8 bay area painters

Exhibition Dates: March 8 – May 10
Artists’ reception: 2nd Friday, March 8, 6 – 9 pm
Weekend events will include wine tastings and artist talks. Check our website for updates.
2nd Friday reception: April 12, 6 – 9 pm
Closing reception: 2nd Friday, May 10, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery Hours:  Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Sundays by appointment
Location: Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, 3rd floor, Oakland, CA 94601

The Gray Loft Gallery is pleased to announce the big painting show, with works by eight established Bay Area artists.
Rick Arnitz,Mark Ashworth,Suzy Barnard,Jamie Brunson,
Betty Jo Costanzo,Carol Lefkowitz,Simone Simon,June Yokell

The Gray Loft Gallery celebrates the achievements of emerging and established artists, with an emphasis on those who live and work in the Bay Area, in a non-traditional art space. 

The mission of the gallery is to provide exhibition opportu…

Waring's Pennsylvanians-I've Got Some Lovin' To Do-To Accompany Julia Park Tracey's The Doris Diaries


I've Got Some Lovin' to Do - The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen 1925-1926- Vol. 1 edited by Julia Park Tracey

Grab an ice cold coke. Kick off your shoes and settle in to read the breezy coming and goings of Doris Louise Bailey, a 17 year old who feels the tug of life and love--and we feel
her angst and her joys with her.  One day she loves one guy, and the next day she hates him and on it goes.

 I don't know if Doris ever saw the movie Auntie Mame, but she could agree that ''Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death". Doris was cramming the early years of her life chock full of crazy adventures,with horses, boys, married men, car wrecks, dances and just hanging out. Of course she hated school, but managed to survive with a good education she put to use in her later years.

I cannot wait until the next volumes when Doris puts all her energies into the labor movement.  Julia Park Tracey did a wonderful job editing her great-aunt's diary, not an easy task. 
 Julia Park Tracey 

In my family everyone kept a diary.  I met Jeff Beck in England. My grandfath…


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Les oiseauxdescendentà la recherche degraines pour oiseaux. 
Rampant lentementdans la nuit.Indugedans labeauté de l'instant.
Letrain de marchandises5:30souffleson sifflet.
Calmecouverturesà nouveaunotre petite ville.

Watercolors by Famous Artist Heidi Wycoff

Art By Heidi Wycoff

Peale me a Grape-The Story of an American Artist Family

The Peale Family has usually been characterized as a talented family of artists. Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) painted more than one thousand portraits of the elite figures in colonial America and the early republic, in many cases providing us with our only likenesses of these individuals. Two of his seven sons were artists: Raphaelle (1774-1825) and Rembrandt (1778-1860). His brother, James (1749-1831), was a noted miniature painter in Philadelphia. Two of James's daughters, Anna Claypoole (1791-1878) and Sarah Miriam (1800-1885), were among the earliest professional women painters in America. However, labelling the Peales just as artists obscures as much as it reveals about them. Charles Willson Peale, the patriarch of the family, was not only an artist, but a multifaceted man of the American Enlightenment who engaged in society and culture in a wide variety of ways. His papers, as well as his children's, contain materials of a highly diverse nature, re…

A Ladder of Angels


Filibuster? Blame it on Aaron Burr-- My Relatives' BFF!

Unlike most Americans, I am a big fan of Aaron Burr. 

                                                                      Aaron Burr

As the Senate, the media, and the rest of political intelligentsia hums about the filibuster over the confirmation, I am smiling and shaking my head. 

From AP wire Feb 14, 2013:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., slammed Republicans today for attempting to filibuster the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as defense secretary, suggesting the Pentagon could be left without a leader if Hagel's confirmation is blocked.Reid announced this afternoon that the Senate will hold a cloture vote at 4:15 p.m. ET, requiring 60 votes to move on to a final confirmation vote tomorrow for Hagel.  If the vote today receives 60 votes, then the final vote on his confirmation tomorrow only requires a simple 51-vote majority.If today's cloture vote fails to receive 60 votes - in essence, a filibuster - then, Democratic leaders say they w…

Voodoo 'R' Us

Voodoo from A to Z is alive and well in pockets of many countries. Usually viewed  as an unholy step-sister to established religions, voodoo can pop up as a marketing tool for movies, records, city tours, and even beer.
 But this 'other' religion is important to many cultures.

Oakland, California has an active underground voodoo culture.  While living there, 
I went to a couple of worn out looking stores where supplies and potions can be purchased cheaply. Every now and then there is a headline in Bay Area news that goat skulls or freshly killed chickens smeared with blood have been found. A lot of speculation and worry is spread focusing on theories that perhaps a serial killer is on the loose-- until voodoo, or its 
cousin, santeria, is discovered to be the source of the unholy remains.

Of course we cannot leave out New Orleans--and Louisiana--in our post. Delicious N.O. is a  hotbed (so to speak) of voodoo and has many shops selling scary-looking items throughout the French Quart…

"Seize The Time; The Eighth Defendant ~ Bobby Seale's Movie about the history of the Black Panther Party

Bobby Seale is producing a feature length motion picture dramatization that chronicles his legendary life as Chairman, co-founder and national organizer of the Black Panther Party. According to Bobby, "the narrative will follow the history of the Black Panther Party including the involvement of its leading membership."

In a recent interview with Mr. Seale,  he stressed that "The real heroes in my Black Panther Party were all the thousands of sisters and brothers who made the many programs work. What makes me feel proud of being a part of the history and legacy of the Panthers is the courageous and creative young brothers and sisters who helped organize it. Our feature film, “SEIZE THE TIME: The Eighth defendant.”will tell our American sixties protest movement history and the true history of the Black Panther Party that every human being on earth must know from the silver screen. I am hoping that everyone who can afford will support my film project."