Invitation to send articles December 3, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts.
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Anyone can send articles to post to the blog. I am going with what I have and right now there is a lot of concern around the country on how some lives may change with the new administration.
Art related to that subject is popping up all over. In San Francisco we just won Proposition X that will preserve more art spaces in the city. We are being over-run by developers, as I know you all are. Protecting and promoting art and artists was a life-long passion for Tom Reese and he shared that passion with us all. The last Halloween I spent with Tom he ran upstairs to get me a costume and a teddy bear. I’ll look for some of the photos I shot of that night and try to post them.
Meanwhile, here is my winning holiday decoration of the season so far. My neighbor has a wonderful sense of humor:
Holiday Trees by Michael Rudnick
Karim Sulayman – I trust you December 1, 2016Posted by zRants in Film, Humanities, Peace, Politics.
Tags: artistic statement, Fear, New Age Politics, Trust
Leonard Cohen November 18, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Friends, Humanities, Music.
Tags: blind tango, Dance Me to the End of Love, Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen
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The passing of so many great musicians this week and the raw nerves and emotions we are feeling makes it hard to pick a song to commemorate them. This one is making waves on facebook and since it keeps getting buried and I want to keep track of it, I am choosing this to share here. Remember Leonard and all our great musician friends who made our lives better. Enjoy.
I’m picking one more. Dance me to the End of Love. Who can’t appreciate this song and the video clip of the blind tango dance from the Scent of a Woman?
With God On Our Side November 18, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Music.
Tags: Bob Dylan, God on Our Side
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“With God On Our Side” on dropbox. I Don’t know how long it will stay or whether you need an account to access it.
We recorded this about a year ago at the Hen House, around Thanksgiving. It was the night after the terrorist attacks in Paris. We did one take. Megan Pfefferkorn sang with me. Paul Bushnell later provided some bass guitar and Anthony Logerfo gave us some drums. Harlan Steinberger captured it all beautifully in all its imperfection. Then it sat.
After waking up today, and like many others struggling to reconcile the sad state of our political climate, it felt like as good a time as any to share it. I tweaked some of the verses a bit (in typical folk fashion) just to be more current, but Bob Dylan’s words are sadly more relevant now than ever before. I hope this terrible election is the slap in the face the establishment needed. The optimist in me wants to believe it is the catalyst that will spark a long overdue revolution of radical love and tolerance. Maybe we have to truly hit rock bottom before that necessary paradigm shift can manifest.
The fight for an anomalous shift in the self-destructive fractal iteration of the human circumstance into a more highly advanced consciousness rages on … hope and action toward a better world must not falter…instead it all must be cranked up to 12 if we are to truly create a world in which our children may transcend man-made suffering… I have to believe that is still within our grasp.
In the words of the late great Haskell Wexler “I hope we can continue to make art for peace and love.”
Micah Nelson (Particle Kid)
November 9, 2016
History of the Groove September 22, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts.
Hope you are all well. My new book is out, History of the Groove: : Healing Drummer: Personal Stories of Drumming and Rhythmic Inspiration. Get it on Amazon or signed directly from me. Lots of Beaux Arts stuff in it. Thanks for keeping me in the loop – Russell Buddy Helm
Russell Buddy Helm was classically trained from the age of eight and has performed and recorded with many greats; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Tim Buckley, Allman Brothers, Frank Zappa, Bethlehem Asylum, Mike Bloomfield, Kinky Friedman, Big Joe Turner, and many others. Also soundtracks for Ron Howard and other filmmakers. He wrote the Star Wars comic strips for George Lucas. He was also Post Production Supervisor for Dallas, Falconcrest, Knotts Landings, and other Lorimar television shows. Since 1987, he has been teaching drumming meditation in Santa Monica, California. He previously toured the US and Europe as a rock drummer in the Seventies then began touring again in 1990 across the US , Australia and Japan teaching healing drumming meditation to a growing number of people who are not always drummers but instinctively feel the desire to play a hand drum to experience healing grooves.
Panama Red in Europe September 22, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Friends, Music.
Tags: International House Band, Panama Red
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By Karel Beer : youtube – excerpt
What’d panama red say to the international house band
Events, News, Updates, New Sketches and Why a Beat Museum in North Beach ….. September 17, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts.
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Short and sweet and with lots of great links….
1). Appealing to Silicon Valley Heroes to Support Their Roots
2). More Sketches of What Might Be Possible
3). Why a Beat Hotel in North Beach
4). Our Advisory Board Has Grown Quite Robust
5). Beat Museum Poetry Festival 9/17 & 9/18
6). 100,000 Poets for Change – 9/24
7). Lowell Celebrates Kerouac – 10/6 – 10/10 in Massachusetts
1). WE’RE ANGLING FOR SOME SILICON VALLEY HEROES TO STEP FORWARD WITH SOME CASH
Our funding campaign for the New Beat Museum (The Beat Generation Legacy Fund) is making some waves down in Silicon Valley. Here’s a recent quote from a San Jose newspaper article: “Silicon Valley, as we know it today, wouldn’t exist without The Beat Generation,” Cimino said. “In many ways, Beat Generation values became Bay Area values.” http://beatnews.kerouac.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/beatnews/382763601399/
2). A SKETCH IS A SKETCH IS A SKETCH
Some people absolutely loved the initial sketches of what our new Beat Museum might look like. Others, not so much. We’ve been kicking around a number of ideas, some including performance spaces and gathering spots. Nothing is yet carved in stone and the final result is fraught with possibility.
3). WHY A BEAT HOTEL IN NORTH BEACH
Ever since we announced the possibility of a Beat Hotel to go along with a New Beat Museum in North Beach people have been weighing in with their opinions. Here’s some background as to how the idea came about and why it’s not so far fetched.
4). BOARD OF ADVISORS IS GATHERING STEAM
Hundreds of people have reached out to us in support of our idea for a new Beat Museum. And just this week THREE famous Beat fans have joined our Board of Advisors: Wavy Gravy, Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and Huey Lewis (of Huey Lewis & The News).
5). NINTH ANNUAL BEAT MUSEUM POETRY FESTIVAL – 1-6pm Both Days
Mingle with dozens of Bay Area Poets at The Beat Museum 9/17 & 9/18
6). 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE
At The Beat Museum – September 24th, 2-6pm
Hundreds of Gatherings Around the World on September 24th
7). LOWELL CELEBRATES KEROUAC
If you’ve never been, you gotta go. And if you have already been, you want to go!
To donate to our Beat Generation Legacy Project, please click here:
The Beat Museum
540 Broadway (at Columbus)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Join us! Become a “card carrying member” of The Beat Museum.
Congratulations Hugh September 10, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Friends, Humanities, Peace.
Tags: Ambassador of Peace, comparative religion, cultural heritage, religious communities
Letter from Hugh Van Skyhawk –
Yesterday I was informed that the Executive Committee of the Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) has awarded me the title “Ambassador of Peace” in perpetuity for my work in promoting understanding between religious communities.
I am shocked to the marrow by this unexpected honor. But I solemnly pledge to give my last breath to promote understanding between religious communities in the time that remains to me. Too much blood has been shed and too many lives have been shattered and broken by unnecessary misunderstandings between religious communities.
May Allah (s.w.t.) help us to find a better way of living together in peace. Ameen.
With best wishes and my humble salaam,
Hugh van Skyhawk
(Prof. Dr.) Hugh van Skyhawk
Senior Lecturer on Ancient Asia
Seminar for the Science of Religion
University of Basel
Confoederatio Helvetica (Switzerland)
Thursday’s Church Street Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Concert September 6, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts.
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Greetings Friends of Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band.
Here’s an important update regarding our annual Stowe Mountain Concert Series show on the Church Street Marketplace, in front of City Hall this Thursday (September 8th). The weather is looking ”Iffy” with predictions of thunder storms and rain for late afternoon. I am writing to let everyone know that the rain site for the concert is at Halvorsens Upstreet Cafe on the top block of Church Street, in case we do have a rainout. Our show is set for 5 pm to 7 pm and we are looking forward to our return visit to Church Street for one of our very favorite shows. I’ll send out a note on email and FaceBook in case we are moved off the street to play at the rain site. Please come and enjoy the show with us. We have been the largest draw for this concert series for several years now and we hope our Rambler Family will dodge the raindrops to be with us again this Thursday.
And another update on the progress of our new CD project titled “Green Mountain Standard Time.” We have been working on the album since late June and we are one session away from finishing the recording. And that final session is scheduled for this Friday at Lane Gibson Recording Studio when Dave Rowell and Blue Gardenia, Amber DeLaurentis will finish up the harmony vocals. Everyone involved in the project swears this is The Ramblers’ best recording EVER and I am very excited about the smiles these new songs will bring to our audiences. Yes, we will be doing several of the new songs on Thursday evening. More news about the CD next time! Come play with us this Thursday!.
Please forgive me if you have already received this vital information via FaceBook. We just want to be sure all our pals know about our shows. If you do NOT wish to receive these occasional band posts, just hit REPLY and write “unsubscribe” and I’ll free you from the bonds of hipness. Thanks!
San Francisco Beat Museum Future seeks a permanent home July 31, 2016Posted by zRants in Art, Beaux Arts, Kerouac, Poetry.
Tags: #SaveTheBeatMuseum, Beat Museum, Kerouac, North Beach, SF Beat Museum
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Current location on Broadway in San Francisco’s North Beach, just down the street from City Lights Book Store on Kerouac Alley.
There are four ways you can help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.
And none of them will cost you a penny.
Recently I wrote to you about how difficult things are for so many these days in San Francisco. Like many small organizations and non-profits, The Beat Museum is feeling the squeeze as rents continue to skyrocket and corporate interests take over.
The brutal truth is this: while you’re renting in San Francisco, you’re at the mercy of others. The only way to know you are truly safe is to own the property you occupy.
So, to safeguard the future of The Beat Museum, and to keep The Beat Generation and its values as the beating heart of North Beach, we intend to buy our own building.
Yes this is a large undertaking, but I feel we really have no other option. And if we don’t do it soon I believe it is likely we will wake up one day – possibly sooner rather than later – and find that we’re homeless.
Obviously, buying a building is going to be expensive. But, I am not asking you for cash you don’t have. Instead, there are four things that anyone and everyone can do to help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.
Click here to see sketches of a new Beat Museum:
FOUR WAYS YOU CAN HELP US KEEP THE BEAT MUSEUM OPEN.
1). WRITE TO US.
We need to show that the North Beach community, as well as Beat fans around the world, are behind this campaign. So please write in to let us know a bit about you – and why you care about the survival of the Beat Museum. You can either drop us an email or use the form in the link above.
2). TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN THE MEDIA.
We’re pitching this endeavor as “Good for North Beach, Good for San Francisco and Good for Beat Generation fans around the world.” I’d love for our campaign to go viral. So if you are on Facebook or Twitter please tell your followers about our fight to stay in North Beach. We’re using the hashtag #SaveTheBeatMuseum.
Also please contact TV people, radio, print and blogs. Maybe they’re here in San Francisco or somewhere else in the country or even around the world. I’m available for interviews as to why this is vital for the soul of our great city.
3). TELL FRIENDS – AND IF YOU KNOW ANYONE FAMOUS, TELL THEM, TOO.
Please forward to your friends and any celebrities you might know who dig the Beats. Please ask them for a testimonial as well. I’m firmly convinced this dream can become a reality if we can get some momentum behind us – and celebrities can help us get the word out to a much larger audience.
4). IF YOU KNOW ANY RICH FOLKS, TELL THEM!
Please forward to anyone you know who can write a big check. We have a few philanthropists lined up but we still need more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a public announcement soon that we have secured some major pledges? Imagine the additional support we could garner if we saw a headline like this:
“BEAT MUSEUM SECURES $1 MILLION DOLLARS IN PLEDGES FOR BUILDING CAMPAIGN.”
Imagine how big that announcement would be!
The Friends of The Beat Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 so all donations are eligible for a tax deduction to the fullest extent of the law. I know there are a lot of extremely wealthy individuals who love The Beats. We need your help in ensuring these folks know there is a Beat Museum in San Francisco that celebrates the spirit of The Beat Generation and we’re trying to buy a permanent home to cement that legacy.
Donors can remain anonymous, of course, and I welcome a phone call or email from people in this regard. I truly believe we can build a coalition of extremely wealthy supporters, but these folks need to know what we’re trying to accomplish in order to make that happen.
IF YOU CAN HELP – PLEASE DO IT NOW.
Please don’t put this off until tomorrow or next week. The perfect building for the future of The Beat Museum is currently on the market right now two blocks away at the corner of Stockton & Green and if we miss this chance, we may not find another.
Believe me, since my last email, the buzz about our intention for a new building in North Beach has been palpable. I know what we’re trying to accomplish is an outrageous undertaking. And our friends and neighbors in North Beach are telling us they love the sheer audacity of our plan. Can you now help us spread the buzz and make it even louder?
With your help I really do believe we can not only save the Beat Museum – but help save the soul of San Francisco.
And, if you DO want to make a donation, you may do so here:
Thank you very much for your consideration.
The Beat Museum
San Francisco, CA 94133
Please Note: If any of the above links are broken, please visit kerouac.com.