Archive for February, 2010

Let’s (Vegan Food) Party!


Bay Area Vegetarians are having a party for vegans. It will be a community event, rather like a potluck.

Where: Pacifica
When: Sun. 2/28 @ 12noon
Location: Sharp Park Library, 104 Hilton Way at Palmetto, Pacifica (15 minutes south of SF)
Parking: Free Lot and Ample Free street parking.
Cost: A vegan dish to share. (a real dish not just a bag of chips)
RSVP Requested: RSVP, contact the event host by clicking on their name to send an email to them.

See the site for more information and guidelines.

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East Bay protesters trash Telegraph Ave. — again

A “protest and party” against university student fee increases turned into a riot last night, as a mob trashed Telegraph Avenue businesses, breaking windows, overturning garbage cans, and indulging their incoherent rage against adults. The riot followed an invasion of of the university’s Durant Hall, which was closed for renovation. There protesters broke windows, sprayed graffiti, and otherwise made a mess.

This happens with relative frequency, the shops along Telegraph Avenue being some sort of symbol of “capitalism” to East Bay radicals. Read, for example, this account of a Feb. 2008 “action.”

Flickr photos from last night’s rampage are here.

Catch Him If You Can: The Heartbreaking Jimmy Scott

A master balladeer is in town Tues Feb 23rd & Weds Feb 24th, and although he is well past his prime at age 85, and only 4 ft 11” tall, he’s a true giant, and just being in the room with him is well worth the pittance Yoshi’s is charging this week at the door. He is known for infusing songs with so much pathos, pain and beautiful angst it’s hard to take it all in… and if you’ve never heard of him…sadly, you are not alone.

Fortunately, you still have time familiarize yerselves with his saga, and a musical legacy that was obscured by bad business breaks, pride, and deep prejudice, the kind that was not only racial, but sexual & medical …

Almost strangled to death by the umbilical cord at birth in 1925, Jimmy Scott was soon orphaned by a car crash, along with his 9 other siblings in depression era Cleveland. If the odds against him were not bad enough, they were further stacked by a strange genetic pituitary hormonal defect known as “Kallman’s Syndrome”. This medical disorder accounts for his somewhat effeminate looks & unnaturally high singing voice. Basically Scott’s pubescent development was stunted, causing his arms to appear longer than the rest of his torso while the diminutive singer never developed facial hair.

Finding solace away from the bleak foster homes on stages, he sang in combos of the post war R&B era, notably as a featured singer with band leader Lionel Hampton, with whom he made his recorded debut in 1950 (although his name did not appear on the label). After the chart making & touring stint with Hampton ended, Scott began dividing his time between night spots in Cleveland, New York and Newark, New Jersey.

Unable to secure proper record deals, or even respect on the road from fellow musicians due to his androgynous appearance, Jimmy Scott’s show biz career was a hard road. That road hit a brick wall by the late 1960′s when tight fisted Herman Lubinsky of the Savoy label refused to release Scott from a long dormant contract, and legally prevented comeback albums for Atlantic & Ray Charles’ Tangerine label from being released purely out of spite.

Jimmy’s numerous shots at stardom had been so hampered by fiscal mismanagement & bad business dealings, it lead to failed relationships, drinking and drugging, and a career ending downward spiral that took him away from the limelight for decades, until a break finally occurred when he was well into his 60′s.

Strangely enough, it appears death is something he won’t take sitting still, and is actually the catalyst that has brought Jimmy Scott’s career back to life…

read more about the show, plus detailed info on his life & career accomplishments below the fold
more on little-jimmy-scott

Hit the Road for a Free Jack


Jack sent me an email. He said that he likes the new Grilled Sandwiches so much he can’t decide which one he likes better. There’s the Grilled Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar and the Grilled Deli Trio. Both served on grilled artisan bread.

He figures if he is perplexed we should be just as perplexed, so he is letting us try a free Grilled Sandwich (with the purchase of a large drink). All we have to do is drive to our local ‘Jack in the Box’ and decide which one we want.

FREE Grilled Sandwich on Tuesday, February 23rd with the purchase of a large drink.
Jack wants you to know it’s only one sandwich per person though, so choose wisely.

Torture maven John Yoo to appear on KQED Monday

UC Berkeley law professor and former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo will appear on San Francisco’s KQED radio Monday at 11:06 a.m. on Michael Krasny’s Forum program.

Yoo was one of three lawyers responsible for drafting memoranda to the Bush administration suggesting legal justifications for “enhanced interrogation techniques” to be used on terror suspects. An internal Justice Department investigation found Yoo and his colleagues guilty of misconduct, but a DOJ administrator Friday overruled the report’s findings and ruled their actions did not rise to the level of misconduct. The ruling saved Yoo and the others from possible disbarment.

Yoo is promoting a book, “Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush.” His appearance last month on The Daily Show, in which he unctuously eluded pointed questions from host Jon Stewart and so confounded the usually incisive interviewer that Stewart actually apologized to viewers, was the very definition of slick and slippery. Here’s hoping KQED’s Krasny — whose roundabout questions can themselves amount to a sort of informational filibuster — has more success.

Senator Feinstein California Water Solution

I feel blessed that I was raised in the cornucopia of the Central Valley. I was a farm girl. With a seemingly never ending supply of water, my parents grew an abundance of fresh vegetables on a half acre of land. What they didn’t grow was available from a farm just up the road. I can remember riding home with the new produce, inhaling the sweet aroma coming from a crate of peaches while popping a few hastily dusted off grapes into my mouth.

Now, after years of drought mixed with the worries of endangered fish and water sucking subdivisions, the amount of water pumped out the Sacramento Delta has put the Central Valley’s $20-billion a year agriculture industry in danger. Protecting salmon and housing is important, but when weighed against the impact the lack of water is having on valley farms, how do we determine which is the more important?

I fear that many of those who live in the San Francisco Bay area may not realize that the concern is not just for the financial losses of the corporate farmer. Family farmers, migrant workers, and the numerous businesses that support agriculture may disappear. The Central Valley could become dotted with ghost towns, and imported produce in the Bay Area could become a luxury.

I am ready to support a plan or legislation that may be proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein. She is working hard to help ease the problem.

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Take a look at the AgJobs Bill.

America’s Cup Makes a Stop at City Hall


“There is no more appropriate home for the Cup than the Golden Gate Yacht Club, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. San Francisco City Hall will get to ogle it first at a public celebration Saturday at 11:30am. The Cup will be on display at the City Hall Rotunda 11am – 3pm.

Benjamin Bratt: Maverick Spirt Award Recipient

Benjamin Bratt was born in San Francisco. He attended Lowell High School. He then spent some time at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, but he left to star in the television series Juarez. Bratt is best known for his work on Law & Order.

Benjamin and his brother, Peter worked together on “La Mission” a film which tells a story of intolerance and love of family in the San Francisco Mission district.

On March 4th Peter Bratt will introduce “La Mission” to the Cinequest Film Festival audience. After the film Benjamin Bratt will follow with a 30 minute conversation at which time he will be presented with the Maverick Spirt Award.

Cool cars, San Francisco, and Benjamin Bratt – well worth the to drive to San Jose.

Cinequest Film Festival

Maverick Spirt Event – Peter and Benjamin Bratt

Screening of “La Mission”

California Theatre – 271 South Market Street – San Jose, CA 95113

Thursday, March 4, 2010 @ 7:00pm

Price $15

Hope for Natalie: Laugh for Lives

Natalie is 8 years old. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is half-Chinese and half-Japanese, and a bit of Vietnamese. Natalie has leukemia, and needs a bone marrow transplant. Asians make up a small number of donors, so the The Asian American Donor Program (AADP) is reaching out to San Francisco. The AADP’s 3rd Annual “Laugh for Lives” laugh until you cry Comedy Show Benefit will be hosted by Nancy Lee. The audience can laugh along with Dat Phan, Air Tabigue, Kevon Shea, and Justin Rivera.

Laugh for Lives
Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco

Friday, Feb. 26th 2010
8pm – 10pm ( doors open @ 7pm)

Tickets:
Pre-sale $15. @ door $20
Show +Club entry Pre-sale $20. @ door $25.

(510) 568-3700

Also – San Francisco Donor Drive
Bay Area Christian Church San Francisco
777 Geary Blvd. San Francisco 94121
February 21st

12:15pm to 2:pm  Please RSVP

Jackie Chan will be soon be releasing a public service announcement on behalf of Natalie.

Become a Donor & Order a Kit

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San Francisco Home to America’s Cup

I remember the thrill when in 1977 the founder of CNN, Robert Edward “Ted” Turner II, took Courageous out for sail and defended the America’s Cup. (Today I’m not sure if I would trust Ted with a plastic toy boat in the bathtub.)

Now founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison, is living the victory. After 15 years the America’s Cup trophy is headed back to America where it will be displayed at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

I hope that Mr. Ellison and the city of San Francisco would see the benefits of hosting the next Cup on our shores.

Larry’s Office

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