Showing posts from October, 2014

Ayya Sobhana speaks at the Alameda Sangha Sunday, November 2

Sunday, November 2
Ayya Sobhana speaks at the Alameda Sangha
 Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA

Ayya Sobhana will the the guest speaker at the Alameda Sangha.
 She will guide us in a 30 minute meditation and speak for 45 minutes on
the dharma. There will be time for questions and answers. More information
about Ayya Sobhana is available here:

This event is given on a donation basis to to provide an opportunity to practice generosity
 and to make teachings available to all.

The Alameda Sangha meets every Sunday evening at 7pm.
The Alameda Sangha is a place to practice and discuss
mindfulness meditation and Buddhist teachings. Founded
in 2008, today we are led by three teachers of the Theravada
tradition, Pauletta M. Chanco, Rebecca Dixon, and Deb Kerr.
We are blessed to have these three dharma teachers to guide us on a regular basis.
We occasionally organize daylong retreats and other events supporti…

Reproductions After Artists' Deaths Haunt Todays' Art Historians

Degas bronzes controversy leads to scholars’ boycott Fears of legal action if authenticity questioned at Hermitage seminar By Martin Bailey. News, Issue 236, June 2012
Published online: 31 May 2012
The disputed plasters — experts are even wary of scholarly debate Degas experts boycotted a Hermitage colloquium arranged in part to discuss a group of controversial Degas bronzes, cast from a set of plasters recently discovered at the Valsuani foundry outside Paris. The refusal of the scholars to attend reflects the growing problem of art historians avoiding questions of attribution, even at scholarly conferences. The seminar at the State Hermitage Museum, on the wider issue of “Posthumous Bronzes in Law and Art History”, was held in St Petersburg (26-27 May). Papers were presented on Léger, Archipenko, Moore and Dalí, but Degas was by far the most controversial case s…

Eileen Ormiston - Holiday Open Studio and Sale November 15 & 16 San Anselmo CA

Eileen Ormiston - Holiday Open Studio and Sale:  Watercolor paintings, T-shirts (children and adults)
Refreshments:  scones, shortbread, tea, wine. 
November 15 & 16, 11-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun
Studio at 38 Dutch Valley Lane, San Anselmo CA  94960
 Tel:  (415) 457-9295

A native of Scotland, watercolor artist Eileen Ormiston, now lives in San Anselmo, California. Her paintings which blend flowers with still lifes and landscapes are in homes in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, Japan and New Zealand. Observing familiar objects such as favorite pieces of china, oranges, pears and apples will often spark the beginning of an idea for a painting. Painting flowers from her garden, reflections on water, shadows and changing light are a constant source of interest to her. Portal Publications of Novato, California have produced posters from her paintings, and Camden Graphics in London, England have produced cards from many of her paintings. She is re…

A presentation by Susan J. Montgomery The Endless Possibilities...Tiles from the Collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm-Alameda Architectural Preservation Society Event

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society Event
A presentation by Susan J. Montgomery The Endless Possibilities...Tiles from the Collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
1420 Lafayette Street, Alameda, CA 94501
Parking available at the corner of Chestnut Street and Santa Clara Avenue
Suggested Donation: $5
For more information about AAPS events visit or call 510-479-6489
At the November 16th presentation, Susan J. Montgomery, a consultant to the Two Red Roses Foundation, will show a sampling of more than two hundred examples of individual tiles, panels, fireplaces and overmantels, even a mural and entire bathroom faced with tile.  American and British tile makers, including Grueby, Hartford, Marblehead, Rookwood, Newcomb, Batchelder, Rhead, Morris and Doulton, will be represented.
Susan has written the forthcoming catalogue, The Endless Possibilities: Tiles from the Collection of the Two Red Ro…

We all love Sherlock, but we should all really love Doyle. By Alexandra K. Vicknair

We all love Sherlock, but we should all really love Doyle.By Alexandra K. Vicknair   alexandrashistorymusings     The (Mis)adventures and (a)musings of a historian
“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Adventures of SherlockHolmes

Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers Old English Christmas Feast and Revels Sunday, December 21st

Step back in time with us and enjoy the exciting sights, beautiful sounds and tantalizing aromas of an old English Christmas Feast.  Come experience the drama, the pageantry, and the elegance of a 16th century celebration. You will marvel at the sights and sounds
of the performers and musicians.

Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers
Old English Christmas Feast and Revels
Pre-feast bell ringing, five course dinner. Readings and Carols.
Sunday, December 21st
Saint  Mary's Cathedral Conference Center
(downstairs under the main church)
1111 Gough St,
San Francisco, CA 94109
Free Parking
4:00 p.m.
$150 plate, black tie optional

Call GGBC office to leave mailing address to receive an invitation, which will include meal
choice options and other important information. Reservations Required Phone: (510) 887-4311

Proceeds benefit the Golden Gate Boys Scholarship Programs…


October Friday in the California valley can be sultry gorgeous. 

Even the mushrooms are popping up overnight and living their cycle for a coupla days. 

More of the same tomorrow.

Alameda Sangha Sun 7-8:30 Accepting Uncertainty & Picnic

Sun 7-8:30 Accepting Uncertainty & Picnic Dear Friends,
They say people make plans and the gods laugh.We humans are so oriented toward the future that we cherish the predictable and loath uncertainty.We take comfort from global communications and the sense it gives us that we’re in touch with whatever’s happening.Yet all we know for certain is what we’re experiencing right now.
In the midst of so much that we simply don’t know, we go on filling out calendars and suffering when our assumptions prove false.It’s remarkable we manage at all.How can we address the uncertainty of life skillfully, so that it doesn’t cause so much distress?
This Sunday, 7-8:30 pm, I’ll take a look at the wisdom passed down on this matter and we can discuss how it can be applied to our own way of thinking and dealing with this truly unpredictable world.
Don’t forget the annual sangha picnic is this Sunday, too!We’ll gather in McKinley Park (Buena Vista & Walnut St) starting around 5 pm. Bring a dish …

Celebrity Organ Recital Jean Baptiste Robin Sunday, October 19

Celebrity Organ Recital
Jean Baptiste Robin
Sunday, October 19, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Jean Baptiste Robin (Versailles Chapel organist), presents a program of French organ music and transcriptions including works
by Couperin, Debussy, Bizet and Ravel

Followed by a reception hosted by San Francisco Chapter of The American Guild of organists and St. Mary's College.

St. Mary’s College Chapel
St Marys Rd
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4569
$20 suggested donation

Jean Baptiste Robin studied composition and organ (with Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry) at the Conservatoire de Paris,[3] receiving five first prizes. He continued composition studies with George Benjamin (King's College London) and organ studies with Louis Robilliard (Conservatoire de Lyon, Prix de Perfectionnement), Odile Bailleux (Conservatoire de Bourg-la-Reine, Prix de Perfectionnement), and Marie-Claire Alain (regional conservatory of Paris). He was named organist at the Poitiers Cathedral in 2000 and "local" or…

Upcoming Concerts at St. Dominic's Catholic Church

Upcoming Concerts at St. Dominic's Catholic Church

Sunday, November 2, 11:30 am, Mozart Requiem, in the context of Solemn Mass.  St. Dominic's Schola Cantorum, SF Choral Artists, The Festival Orchestra, Jonathan Dimmock, organ, Simon Berry, conductor.
St. Dominic's Catholic Church
2390 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94115,
 Free.  Ample free parking

Sunday, November 30, 7:30 pm, Advent Lesson & Carols.  St. Dominic's Schola Cantorum, Simon Berry, conductor. 
St. Dominic's Catholic Church
2390 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94115
 Free.  Ample free parking

Monday, December 15, 7:30 pm, Chrismas carol Concert, including Vivaldi's Gloria and works by
James MacMillan etc.  St. Dominic's Schola Cantorum, The Festival Orchestra, Simon Berry,
St. Dominic's Catholic Church
2390 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94115,
 Free.  Ample free parking

The Golden Gate Boys Choir is currently holding Auditions!

The Golden Gate Boys Choir is currently holding
Auditions! No experience is necessary.
Just a Love for Singing and a Heart for Music!
We welcome membersip inquiries throughout the year. 
Boys and parents are invited to make a personal audition
appointment with the director.

Boys ranging in age from 6 to 12 years old or boys
with changed voices from 13 to 18 years old are
 accepted into the Golden Gate Boys Choir for a
 probationary three-month period.  This time
 gives him and his family a chance to see the
level of commitment and benefits of membership.
 Rehearsals for Apprentices are held once a week
plus an additional once a month all-choir rehearsal. 
Minnesingers and Master Singers attend two rehearsals
a week plus the monthly all-choir rehearsal.

The Golden Gate Boys Choir is a member of Pueri Cantores USA and
Pueri Cantores International, the official choral music association of the
 Roman Catholic Church for boy~, girl~ and children's choirs throughout the world.
 We are a regiona…

Studio Grand Opening of award winning Bay Area artist “Bebe” Friday October 24 from 4 – 7PM Saturday October 25 11 – 4PM

Studio Grand Opening of award winning Bay Area artist “Bebe.” 
Hamilton Art Center
789 Hamilton Parkway
Novato CA 94949
Friday October 24 from 4 – 7PM 
Saturday October 25 11 – 4PM

Her newest art installation are her Infinity Rocks.
They are all unique in design and size with some embellished with found objects.
These amazing rocks are transformed using intricate detailing
with stunning results.  Her graphics talent can be seen at her studio
with her large scale prints that are used in custom window shades
and back-lit wall hangings.  Not to be missed is her other passion Altered Books.
Having received countless awards she is a Bay
Area legion in this field.

Jerome Lenk, Concert Organist Oct 19, 2014 5:00 PM The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Jerome Lenk, Concert Organist
Oct 19, 2014
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Enjoy the sounds of the magnificent Conroy Memorial Organ as we welcome renowned organist Jerome Lenk to The Cathedral of Christ the Light.  Free-will offering.

The Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison Street,
Oakland, CA 94612

Admission is free of charge, with a  free-will offering.
(510) 832-5057

JEROME LENK currently serves as
Director of Music and Organist for
Mission Dolores Basilica in San
 Francisco.  He has performed
recitals and accompanied the
 outstanding Basilica Choir in
California, Mexico, and Italy.
Mr. Lenk has recently become a
published composer, with his
 arrangement of Jesus Walked
 This Lonesome Valley just released
from GIA Publications in Chicago.
He actively composes and arranges
 primarily liturgical music for the
 Basilica and has written several
 psalm and mass settings.

Fado & Tango: A Unique Musical Event October 29 At Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage

Fado &Tango: A Unique Musical Event 
At Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage
Ramana VieiraFado-inspired Portuguese World Music
  Co-billed with Redwood Tango Duo Electric Tango
   For An Evening of Fado and Energetic Tango
Open dance floor!
$20 advance / $22 door
Doors open at 7p.m. show starts at 8p.m.
  Vieira is joined by Chilean Guitarist/Percussionist Tomas Salcedo and cellist Gretchen Hopkins and Alberto Rameriz on bass

Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street 

Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-2020 /