Thursday, March 31, 2011

Special West Coast April Edition -- No Foolin'

Spring Is Causing An Outbreak Of Fun!

Buster Keaton's masterpiece The General -- with music by Gregg Moore.

Dell'Arte International Friday, April 1 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Blue Lake, California 131 H St., Blue Lake, CA 95525

(BTW -- I knew the founder of this school, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. He was an absolutely wonderful man who LOVED life and Commedia!)

Filmed in 1926, 'The General' is often cited as one of the best comedies of all time. Orson Welles, whose own 'Citizen Kane' often gets credit for 'the greatest film of all time' personally considered Keaton's masterpiece worthy of that honor. 'The General' captures Keaton at the height of his powers as one of the greatest physical comedians ever.

Randy Carrico - alto saxphone & piccolo
Julie Froblom - tenor & soprano saxophones
Virginia Ryder - clarinet
Bill Allison - trumpet & keybords
Tim Gray - percussion
Gregg Moore - tuba, trombone, mandolins, banjo, composition

Here's a link to the Facebook page featuring samples of Gregg's music for this movie! (FB registration required.)

'Music for 'The General' is a concert of live, original music set to the action of the Buster Keaton masterpiece. The program was the result of a commission in 2002 from the Cine Clube de Covilhã, a group of cinema enthusiasts in the university town of Covilhã Portugal for a festival of silent film with live music.

An hour and a quarter of music describe the madcap, rough and tumble action of the film and reflect a wide variety of compositional influences from parlor songs evocative of mid 19th century America to angular late 20th century experimentalism and improvisation. Military marches a la Hannes Eisler and Kurt Weill, love songs, cartoon music, the film music of Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfman and Nino Rota and the circus qualities inherent in Klezmer music are all channeled to musically animate this product of the cinematic genius of Buster Keaton.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be reserved online at or by phone at 707.668.5663.

Gregg Moore is also opening his vaults on the Internet:

Look and listen on Relevant Music.

Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe; Friends Big Band; Available Jelly; and even MOORE to come.

In The Mission District of San Francisco (which actually pre-dates the city itself.):

Mission Arts Performance Project -- The MAPP is a bi-monthly neighborhood inter-cultural arts event that transforms garages, cafes, studios, gardens, and local businesses into make-shift arts & performance spaces where daily life meets artistic innovation and expression.

Multi-dimensional professional dancer Rasa Vitalia will be moving in The Mission this weekend! Later in the month, there will be Katdelic and the Sugar Booty Girls at the Boom Boom Room.

1.Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom Curator: Rafael Sarria "Music and Art Fritanga
7:15-7:30 Saeko Imai (message from Japan)
7:30-7:45 D Scot (spoken word poe...try)
8:00-8:45 Chocolate Jesus (Latin Rock)
9:00-9:45 Santos Perdidos (Traditional music latina)
10:00-10:45 The People (Reggae, Latin, Hip-Hop)
11:00-11:30 Classical Revolution (Chamber music)
Paintings by Robert Morosi. Photos by Hannah Quevedo.
Installation by Tania Figueroa.

2.Pathos On Harrison 2754 Harrison @ 23rd Curator: David Kubrin & Jorge Molina
8:30 Introduction David Kubrin
8:40 Rachel Toups (singer songwriter)
9:00 Carlos Ramirez, Greg Pond “Tribute to Langston Hughes”
9:20 Rebecca Cross (Singer songwriter)
9:40 Naomi Helena Quinones (Poet)
10:00 Saeko Imai (Message from Japan)
10:10 Mysterious music interlude
10:25 Los Nadies (Music)
10:45 Manny Martinez (Poet)
11:05 Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney
11:30 Jorge Molina and Spontaneous Combustion Opera
Percussion: Luis Carbo, Jose Vergelic
Vocals: Katiana María Somer Gómez, Liz Michaud,
Martina Castro, Micaela Scofield

3. Casa De Los Sentidos 2649 Folsom Curator: Luis Vasquez-Gomez "Paintings by: Hersalia Cantoral, The Immigrant Experience
7:30 Altar creation and Ceremony - Pago a la Tierra-bring incense, sage,
candles, sugar, or honey for the altar
8:30 Keenan Webster and Friends, African Fusion Music
9:00 Los Nadie, Alternative Latin Rhythms Music
9:45 MamaCoAtle, Songs and Chants to Heal Earth
10:15 Sang Matiz, Latin Beats that make you Dance

4.Artillery Gallery 2754 Mission St. Curator: Alexa
Visual Art by: Samantha Lee, Carmen McNall, Xiau Fong, & Niki Waters.
DJ Baysik on the Turn Tables all night long, and live musical performance, drinks, and tasty treats by Kiss My Cupcake SF.

5. The Box Factory 865 Florida St Curator: Bernadette
7-11pm "We Could Be Hero's"
Visual Art : Diego Gomez, Xavier Gerbeaux, Bernadette
Performance art by: Rasa Vitalia
Music by: Sex Industry, Bernadette

6. Galeria Paloma 2919 24th Curator: Shawn Mcfarland
5:00-6:00 Butoh Dancers
6:00-6:50 Strange Angels (Blues band)
7:00-7:45 Nico (singer songwriter)
8:00-8:45 Felili (soul pop groove)
9:00-10:00 Borucoe’ (tropical fusion roots)

7. Million Fishes 2501 Bryant St
6:30-10:30pm Visual art and live music by:
Tyson Ayers, Brent Bishop, Roland Blandy , Zee Boudreaux, Danielle Cohen
Finley Coyl, Wendy Golden, Haley Koch, Mary Franck, Mikie Graham
Marilyn McNeal, Lex Non Scripta, Chrystal Powell, Rich DDT ,Alexander Warnow

8.The Secret Garden On Harrison between 23rd and 24th Curator: Martina Castro
A storytelling/spoken word event curated by KALW public radio 91.7
Ben Trefny, KALW
Tania Ketenjian, The UnObserved
Casey Miner, KALW
Jor Dan, Storyteller
Ginger Murray, Storyteller
Martina Castro, KALW
Lizzy Acker, Local Author
Live music by: Foxtails Brigade, Yesway

9.Om Shanti 233 14th St Curator: Oshan 7-11pm Live World Music!

10. Precita Eyes 2981 24th Street Curator: Ariana Terrence
Exhibition 7-11pm: “Angels & Reflections” Art and mirrors by Selma Brown

11. Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd Street Curator: Aaron Kierbel 9pm-12:30 Mucho Axe

12. Kaleidoscope 3109 24th st @ Folsom Curator: Sarah Powell
9pm – 11pm Joe Warner: Jazz piano Kristina Soriano: Classical piano

13. La Victoria Bakery 2937 24th st Curator: Jaime Maldonado Live music

Rasa's dancing may be HOT, but don't expect anything like THIS!

Cross-Posted from My Other Blog:
Gene Fowler’s biography of John Barrymore, Good Night Sweet Prince, is rightly criticized for telling some stories somewhat taller than the truth, but there is still a lot of wit and color between its covers. One story about the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 goes something like this: Barrymore was romancing Isadora Duncan, but was driven out of his hotel by the quake. The U.S. Army took charge, and enlisted able-bodied men like himself to help with the labor needed to save lives during the fire and chaos of the aftermath.
His family back east was worried, and were glad to get a telegram from another person who’d seen him in San Francisco, relaying his story to them. Some of the family wondered if they could trust the good news, but Ethel Barrymore reportedly said (parphrasing further) -- He’s chasing a woman out of town, it takes an act of God to get him out of bed in the morning, and the army to make him work — it’s Jack alright!

Elsewhere in the USA:

Stuart Curtis in Oregon had this to say about the Na Mesa CD release party earlier this week: It went well. We had a full house of enthusiastic listeners. A parade of wildly-costumed Portlandiers wended their way through the audience in the first set. A good time was had by all.

Nina (Out of Africa) Cheney has a new entry on the Eagle Optics Blog -- If Peli - CAN do it, anybody CAN.

A full-color version of her recent juggling gig in Milwaukee. Those leggings were too cool to ignore! -- Check out Nina Cheney's Page from the Great Salt lake Mime Troupe Outline & Scrapbook.

Bindlestiffs Family Cirkus in New York
April 1 and 2, 2011 -- Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey)

The legendary Cirkus Cabaret returns to the Big Apple. For seventeen years, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret provides a stage for the world's best in circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and cabaret. This year's season promises to continue the traditions.
Jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and trapeze artists share the stage with musicians, magicians, dancers, daredevils, and more in The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret. Every show promises circus feats, sideshow marvels, and world-class entertainers.

Theater/Cinema/Circus scholar John Towsen's piece about our long-missing friend Mamako Yoneyama in Craft and Art of Physical Comedy. Much-appreciated essays about the amazing Max Linder in this great series, plus guest-articles!

Washington DC's Clown Cabaret Fort Fringe on New York Avenue in Washington DC. 2011 SEASON: April 11, May 9, June 13 The Shop at Fort Fringe - 607 New York Ave NW

P-Funk is heading for Australia in April, BUT:

Watch for Lady Miss Kier and her mysterious new band! Check out RonKat's Katdelic at the Boom Boom Room April 15, if you have any money left over from taxes; Sugar Booty dancer Rasa Vitalia has a link HERE; Keep your eyes open for the Eric McFadden Trio; Kim Manning's band Wanderlust on the West Coast; Richie "Shakin" Nagan out of NYC; Freekbass touring out of Cincinnati; Gabe Gonzales gigging out of Detroit; Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd McKnight, Greg Boyer, Maceo Parker, DJ Soul Sister, in New Orleans.

Webmaster Michael's E-Portfolio -- Check out DANCE HISTORIES!