Posts

Showing posts from November, 2014

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

Image
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 me…

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes with Parmesan and Roasted Garlic Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Yield: 6 to 8 Servings Ingredients 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 Instructions Brush bottom and sides of a baking dish or cast iron skillet with olive oil. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, slice potatoes crosswise into desired thickness. Arrange potato slices vertically and loosely in prepared dish or skillet. 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. Notes I sliced my potatoes at about 1/4 inch thick as I like my potatoes "meaty"…

Who else cries when yellows drop

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

all finished with their 
duties.
Pulled up the mumsSwept front porchBurned the leavesMake final arrangements = doneRake, raked 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
Visit our Web…

Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers From Advent to Christmas Concert

Image
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.
http://www.ggbc.org/GGBCBR@aol.com
http://www.ggbc.org/

Edwin White Timeline

Edwin White Timeline
1817 Born South Hadley Mass
    Parents
   ?Census
   ?School
   ?College

1836
ca 18 years old
1835 or 837 startd (metropolitan)Hartford Ct Studied under Phillip Hewins
1840 Living in Bridgeport
Exhibited

1841
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

1850
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. "Forei…

Baltimore’s Frame Maker: Samson Cariss

Image
Baltimore’s Frame Maker: Samson Cariss and Washington Resigninghttp://marylandstatehouse.blogspot.com/  This time last year, we watched Edwin White’s Washington Resigning His Commissionleave the State House to undergo conservation as part of the restoration, and marked the occasion with a feature on the nineteenth-century artist. So, what better way to welcome Washington Resigning home in the coming weeks, than with a feature on the frame’s craftsman, Samson Cariss!


At first glance, Cariss may not seem of interest. Compared to White’s popularity in the American artistic expat inner-circle, Cariss appears only in passing in state correspondence, and it was even questioned for a time whether he could have made the elaborate, carefully crafted frame that has miraculously stayed with the painting over the course of nearly a century and a half. Compared to White’s $3,000 payment, Cariss secured only $300 for the generously gilded work. Because of this, it had been previously suggest…

Original Post on Maryland State House Blog “A Most Amiable Man As Well As An Excellent Artist:” Edwin White

Image
Original Post on Maryland State House Blog “A Most Amiable Man As Well As An Excellent Artist:Edwin White” http://marylandstatehouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-most-amiable-man-as-well-as-excellent.html Last week, Washington Resigning His Commission was removed from its place on the grand staircase of the State House’s New Annex for conservation as part of the Old Senate Chamber restoration. But how did this major work come to be in the State House?



On March 5, 1856, the Maryland Senate appropriated $3000 and appointed a committee comprised of Samuel Owings Hoffman, William Lingan Gaither, and James Wallace to commission an artist to paint the resignation of Washington in honor of its 75th anniversary. The Maryland senators hoped that this commission would produce a work comparable to John Trumbull’s 1824 monumental depiction of the resignation at the U.S. Capitol. However, the committee struggled to find a suitable artist for the portrait. James Wallace later explained to the…

Historian Nancy Vicknair Seeking Information About Author Mara Kay For Biography

Image
I am currently seeking any and all information about author MARA KAY, author of MASHA as well as other YA books. I am preparing a biography of the author and an analysis of her body of work.

Active ca. 1950-80. Probably born in Russia or Ukraine ca. 1935. Her surname "KAY" might have been changed when entering USA or upon marriage. May have a twin or brother and only one parent-may have been adopted. Fluent in many languages.

Perhaps related to Russian landed class pre - revolution and/or of Jewish descent. Also perhaps employed by Montgomery Ward. Also tentative residence in Long Island NYC. Want any information which would be appreciated.

Contact me at nancydesk@yahoo.com

Apostrophes Are Mushrooms

Image
Lately apostrophes have been popping up and disappearing as fast as mushrooms after a rainy day. They show up when least expected and cause a reader to come to a screeching halt while reading something, somewhere.

Holiday Shortbread Bites

Image
Holiday Shortbread Bites From Good Housekeeping triple-tested at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Nutritional Information
(per serving) Calories40Total Fat3gSaturated Fat2gCholesterol--Sodium--Total Carbohydrate4gDietary Fiber--Sugars--Protein0Calcium-- Rita Maas Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 18 min Oven Temp: 325 Ingredients
U.S.MetricConversion chart 1 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour 3 tablespoon(s) sugar …

"The Roots of Suffering: Greed, Hatred and Delusion." Meditation Daylong with Three Teachers at the Alameda Sangha November 15 and Sunday November 16th kick off and start your holiday preparation practice

Image
Alameda Sangha
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista, Alameda, CA 94501
https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/ Dear Ones,
Please join me this Sunday November 16th to kick off and start your holiday preparation practice on setting intention and using wise speech. The two practices work very well together and support one another nicely. If we start now, and practice the week prior to Thanksgiving and continue on through prepping for the December holiday festivities, I'm sure that we will find what an amazing positive difference these practices will make in managing holiday stress, expectation and actual real time interaction. Then, after we see the fruits of the practice, these will hopefully carry through and become part of our tool kit for life beyond the holidays. I am very excited to offer these two teachings of the Buddha so that we can make a positive difference this holiday season.
Please download or print the chanting: (also available from our …

Emeryville Artist Kills Fiance in Texas

Image
Police in Austin, Texas, say an East Bay artist stabbed an Alameda woman to death in the living room of a home where they were guests last week, then paced back and forth in the room, saying he couldn't believe he had killed her. Joseph Karr, 53, was arrested Saturday in Austin after police say he killed Kelly Turner, 43. Turner, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines who operated out of Oakland International Airport, had brought Karr to Austin to meet her family.
Turner and Karr were staying with Michael Hammond, an acquaintance of Turner's, and his girlfriend when the couple went out Oct. 31 with Hammond and his girlfriend to a bar, according to affidavit from an Austin police detective. When they returned to the apartment that night, Hammond said he and his girlfriend went upstairs to bed, while Turner and Karr stayed in the living room.
Joseph Karr ( Austin (TX) Police Department ) About an hour later, Hammond told police, he was awakened by a woman screa…

Pastels by Nancy Stein and Woodcraft by Victor Larson An Art Exhibition Toby's Gallery

Image
Pastels by Nancy Stein and Woodcraft by Victor Larson
An Art Exhibition
Toby's Gallery
at Toby's Feed Barn
November1-30 2014 

Open everyday 9-5pm, and Sundays 10-5pm. Both artists will be in the gallery at least 11-2pm each day each weekend.  






Nancy demonstrates how she transfers her work from a photo grid onto paper with pastel, using a sanded pastel paper.   


Victor spends the day whittling spoons from the branches of various woods - olive, sycamore, oak, walnut. Children of all ages are fascinated by this activity.  








Toby's Gallery
11250 State Route One
 (the main street in Point Reyes Station)
 Pt. Reyes, Ca 94956
415-663-1223. 
http://www.tobysfeedbarn.com/art-gallery

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

NANCY STEIN
Nancy Stein has been acclaimed for her beautiful renderings of the West Marin landscape.  Her series of the ocean waves - many of
them as large as 6ft. - have been praised for their unromanticized view of the character of the northern California sea.  Now she brings new
work to Toby…

Almost nobody remembers Gig Young now

Image
Blogs Nosey Parker The Bizarre Death and Mysterious Burial of a Hollywood Oscar Winner - March 2nd, 2011
Almost nobody remembers Gig Young now, but 41 years ago he was the toast of Hollywood.
The Academy Awards for 1969 were presented on the evening of April 7, 1970, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

It was the second year the Oscars were televised worldwide and it was also the second year there was no host — a brief interregnum between the Bob Hope era and most of the 1970s when hosting was done by committee (before one last hurrah for Bob Hope and the beginning of the Johnny Carson era).

Winning the Oscar for Best Picture was Midnight Cowboy, the only X-rated film in the history of the Academy Awards to win Best Picture.
John Wayne got the only Oscar of his career as Best Actor for his role of crusty Rooster Cogburn in True Grit and Maggie Smith won Best Actress as an eccentric Scottish teacher in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Goldie H…