Beat News You Can Use! July 6, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Books, Kerouac, Poetry.
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kerouac – excerpt
Major Acquisition – Original Neal Cassady Letters – Exhibition Opens August, 2016
540 Broadway, SF, Open daily 10 AM- 7 PM http://www.kerouac.com/
1). The Beat Museum Presents: Harold Norse Centennial
2). The Beat Museum Presents: The Living Theater in San Francisco
3). Neal Cassady Joan Anderson Letter – Christies Auction Results
4). The Monsignor’s Godson – Neal Cassady Exhibit Opens in August
5). Coming Soon: Big News about The Future of The Beat Museum
1). HAROLD NORSE CENTENNIAL – 1916-2016
Harold Norse was born Harold Rosen in New York City on July 6, 1916. Norse was associated with WH Auden, James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Paul and Jane Bowles, Charles Bukowski and Anais Nin. In the 1950s he lived with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William S. Burroughs and others at The Beat Hotel in Paris. Living in San Francisco the last 35 years of his life, Norse became a leading voice in gay liberation.
The Beat Museum is proud to sponsor three events in July in recognition of Harold’s Centennial. The first is Wednesday, July 6th at 7pm at The Mechanics Institute in San Francisco. Admission is $15, but if you’re a member of either The Mechanics Institute or The Beat Museum admission is free. The second event is at The Beat Museum on Saturday, July 9th at 7pm. The third event is at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23rd at 4pm. http://www.kerouac.com
2). THE LIVING THEATER RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO
Save the date! The Beat Museum will be hosting The Living Theater here in San Francisco on Thursday, August 25th. The Living Theater was founded in 1947 by Julien Beck and Judith Malina ….. and is the oldest experimental theater company in the United States. The association between The Beat Generation and The Living Theater goes back decades and we’re excited to be bringing the troupe to San Francisco. More details to come as the August 25th date gets closer..
3). UPDATE ON NEAL CASSADY’S JOAN ANDERSON LETTER
On June 16th, 2016 Beat Generation fans around the world were surprised when Neal Cassady’s infamous letter to Jack Kerouac (called by Jack & Allen “The Joan Anderson Letter”) failed to sell at Christies Auction House in New York City. The Reserve price was set at $400,000 with the opening bid starting at $200,000. According to Brian Hassett (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac), who was in the room, there were two phone bidders who quickly went back and forth from $240,000 to $260,000 to $280,000 taking the bidding up to $380,000 where it abruptly stopped. No one made the commitment to buy at $400,000!
To say fans were shocked is an understatement. Many people had believed this letter by Neal, which everyone agrees showed the way to spontaneous prose for Kerouac, would easily fetch a million dollars + and it is obvious by the bidding pattern that the people who did bid were only doing so for the bragging rights of saying, “I bid on the JAL but I was outbid.” Those bragging rights fell apart when the letter went unsold.
In fact, I had spoken to some people regarding an attempt to raise the necessary funds for The Beat Museum to bid on the letter, but I mistakenly believed someone like Jim Irsay would walk away with it like he did Jack Kerouac’s scroll in 2001 for $2,400,000. Figuring there was no way we were going to outbid a billionaire like Jim Irsay, we abandoned the attempt to raise the funds instead focusing our efforts on other productive matters more within our control.
4). THE MONSIGNOR’S GODSON – FATHER HARLEY SCHMITT’S FILE ON NEAL CASSADY
As most of you know, The Beat Museum has never had a budget for acquiring artifacts. And the great thing about building a place like The Beat Museum is the vast majority of what we do have on display has been either donated or loaned to us over the years by Beat fans from around the globe.
It is for this reason we really weren’t too surprised six months ago when we received an email out of the blue that someone wanted to place some very rare items on permanent loan to us. We were surprised, however, by the importance of the collection. In the introductory email we were told, “I briefly considered placing these letters and the related items with Columbia, The NY Public Library, Chapel Hill or Stanford, but it seems to me The Beat Museum is doing the most interesting work of any organization in the world relating to the Beats and I believe these items will be seen by more people at your museum in San Francisco” and hence the collection of letters and other artifacts came to us.
The file in question contains six original letters written by Neal Cassady to his godfather in Denver, Father John Harley Schmitt. The letters were written from May, 1958 through July, 1960 and all six were published in the 1993 book “Grace Beats Karma – Letters from Prison” along with fifty-six letters from Neal to his wife Carolyn and their children.
Added to the other Cassady items we have on display that came to us through the generosity of Neal’s son, John Allen Cassady, this exhibition of “The Monsignor’s Godson” is the most robust exhibition of original Neal Cassady items on public view in the world.
“The Monsignor’s Godson: From The Streets of Denver to the Cells of San Quentin” will be on exhibition starting in August at The Beat Museum.
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5). BIG NEWS COMING SOON ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE BEAT MUSEUM
Things are happening fast all over San Francisco in our topsy-turvy real-estate environment these days and North Beach is no different. Some organizations are leaving town or closing up shop altogether and others are being reborn in significantly different incarnations. We’ll be making a public announcement about the future of The Beat Museum in North Beach in the coming weeks – so stay tuned!
Thanks for your continued support!
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Please Note: If any of the above links are broken, all info can be found at kerouac (dot) com
The right to remain June 4, 2016Posted by zRants in Art, Beaux Arts, Environment, History, Humanities, Poetry, Politics.
Tags: Art Stories, Beaux Arts, Beaux Arts Stories, Capitalism, San Francisco
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By Rupa Marya : 48hills – excerpt
Thanks to capitalism, the rate of change of culture now does not let deep roots settle–anywhere. But it doesn’t have to be that way
This story is about a place that once was in San Francisco, but it could be anywhere in the world. We watched the phenomenon in Pinellas Park in the 1980’s and now we see it everywhere. It is important to remember where we came from and this is a special place that deserves recognition. This is the story about the capitalist society that eats its own.
Seven years ago, on a weekend like this past one, we would be sitting at The Revolution Cafe in the Mission district. All day. Until about 3am. It was highly unproductive and totally productive. Listening to live music, greeting friends who stopped by. It was the place so many of us would migrate to in the middle of our weekend and then get stuck at as a revolving crew of musicians would show up before gigs, after gigs, and take up the microphone and drop some wizardry down.
Conversations would strike up between unlikely folks, all sitting on the wooden benches that local John Kyle built, before the benches themselves were evicted. We were undocumented, we were hungry and totally full. We were vibrating with a certain cultural evolution that only happens when people have time and space and density to rub up against one another. We were teachers, artists, writers, social workers, librarians, janitors, doctors, students, musicians, seekers, dreamers, busboys, hairdressers, flight attendants, travelers, filmmakers, wanderers. We were bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual even. Highly unproductive. And pulsing with possibility…(more)
Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band June 3, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Music.
Tags: Rambler Rick, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band, Summer news
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Howdy Friends of Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band,
Summer has finally cut loose up here on the west coast of Vermont and I want to drop everyone a note to share the latest Rambler news. And it’s all GOOD! I hardly know where to begin, there is so much happening right now.
First, we are appearing Saturday, June 11th from 5 to 8 pm, at a terrific Discover Jazz Festival venue, Leunig’s Performance Tent right in the festival epicenter at the corner of Church & College Streets in Downtown Burlington. Yes, it’s our first Jazz Fest performance and we look forward to cramming all seven Ramblers under that tent. Come down and have a swinging dinner before moving along to other Jazz Festival concerts. It’ll be a feast for the palate AND the ears.
If you are walking through City Hall Park to get to Leunig’s, have a look at the beautiful banner Burlington City Arts put up honoring us for the “Western Swing Song of The Year” Award. Thank You, BCA!
Here’s another nugget of news I am very excited to report – we are going into Lane Gibson’s studio in Charlotte (Vermont, of course) this Sunday to begin recording our brand new CD, “Green Mountain Standard Time.” I wrote six new songs for the project, co-wrote two and there are three covers, two vocals by our songbird Taryn Noelle, one vocal by “Senor Smooth” Dave Rowell, and an instrumental to show off the sterling Ramblers’ musical chops. Here’s the song list: Green Mountain Standard Time, Texoma Bound, Shelburne Yesterday, Don’t Do Me Like That With Yer Cowboy Hat, Lost In Austin, I’m A Blue Baby Now, I’ll Get Over You, Fly Trouble, I’m Gonna Take It With Me When I Go #1, I’m Gonna Take It With Me When I Go #2, and I Love Western Swing. We are shooting for a late Summer release on the Airflyte Records label. And yes, the (free) CD Release Party will be held once again at the magnificent Hotel Vermont.
Radio and Internet airplay, you ask? There was a time not too long ago when I knew exactly when and on what station, one of our songs would be played. And let me say right here, that even after 40-plus years of recording, it never ceases to be a thrill to hear one of your own songs blaring out of a radio speaker (yep, I always turn it up). Within the past week, here is a list of airplay we enjoyed that I know about: Saturday, May 28th – WDEV – Waterbury, VT – Jack Donovan’s “Outlaw Music Show” – played “Back in Baby’s Arms” (vocal Taryn); Sunday, May 29th (and podcast for a week) – KSEY – Seymour, TX & KTNK – Lompac, CA – Mike Gross’s “Swingin’ West” – played “You’re In Heaven” (vocal Rick); May 30th to June 5th – Internet Radio; Madrid, Spain; Rio, Brazil & Austin, TX – “When The Cowboy Sings Show” – named a CD of the Week – played “Welcome To OUR Vermont” (vocal Rick & Jamie Lee Thurston). Thank you so much to all these terrific radio and internet personalities who are so supportive of Rick & The Ramblers and Western Swing Music!
Please take a minute over the weekend and check out our web site at www.rickandtheramblers.com. We updated it today with news and some new photos. The concert listings are always up to date, by the way, so take a look at our concert schedule and make plans to come see us and please, come up and say HELLO so we know you are there.
And finally, I want to mention that I’ll be playing solo at some very special festivals starting with the Vermont History Expo, both days, June 18th & 19th, down at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. This is a favorite event, a perfect showcase for my historic Vermont songs, like “I Rode The Ti” and “Shelburne Yesterday,” a new song that tours the town of Shelburne in the 1950s we are recording on the new “Green Mountain Standard Time” CD. I am also on the bill at the “Eat More Kale Festival” at the Morse Farm in East Montpelier on Saturday, June 25th at 3 pm. And The Mighty Pickle and I will be appearing at the Alburgh Summerfest on Saturday, August 27th – it’s also a car show and Chili Cookoff, two of my favorite things.
Thanks for wading through all this news and for being our fans & friends. We love you!
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By Tracey McManus : tampabay – excerpt
CLEARWATER — A pitch by a local advocate trying to interest City Hall in a fledgling transit technology took an atypical turn this month when one City Council member received what appeared to be a special briefing at the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel…
Although Cundiff, a member of Lakeside Community Chapel and former Baptist preacher, said he didn’t over-think the venue beforehand, the Fort Harrison meeting marks a distinct departure from the historically tense relationship between city officials and the church.
That relationship has been marked by a decades-long territory struggle over real estate as the church, the biggest property owner downtown, continues to expand its worldwide spiritual headquarters while the city tries to revitalize downtown business and retail.
After the Clearwater Marine Aquarium publicly identified a 1-acre parcel on Drew Street for a parking garage, Scientology snapped it up — adding one more roadblock that prevented the aquarium from relocating into downtown last year. In addition, the church ran up $435,000 in fines for construction delays on its massive Flag Building, which opened in 2013, and has clashed with the city over illegal tree cuttings and code violations…
Sounds like the problems San Francisco has with the Art Academy University. The bigger they get, the more problems they stir up. Don’t let these guys fool you. The pie-in-the-sky smart tech concepts are being used for one major purpose, to remove you from your money and homes. They want to take over the real estate under your feet and will use any means to do so. We are referring to it as displacement and it is an international phenomenon.
Say No, to any and all smart tech transit systems and any and all regional schemes that promise to protect you from the consequences of climate change. Your National, state, county and local governments are all the levels of authority and tax you need. Good luck.
Beaux Arts Fence’s May 4, 2016Posted by zRants in Art, Beaux Arts.
Tags: fence art, murals, painted fence
Back in the 70’s I remember the wood fencing around the patio near the police station, that’s too funny in it self, anyway in the 80’s I picked up free fencing and was told it was from Beaux Arts. Each section had it’s own art work (painting) on it. I painted all of them white when I put the fence up. I just replaced that fencing and there is one that I didn’t paint white, and I wanted to check before I trash it.
You just never know.
Thanks, Michael T Dragon
Looking for a story April 16, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, History, Humanities, Politics.
Tags: Beaux Arts, Beaux Arts Stories, politics of art, San Francisco
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I know there are a number of writers who are getting these messages and now I need some help from you.
The big story is how Beaux Arts was one of the first cultural institutions to be shut down. Your shutdown came about early but the damage and the shutdown of arts and culture is now universal. San Francisco culture is pretty much on life support. More on that later.
I have my theories on why Beaux Arts was one of the first, but, you who stayed there should be better qualified to answer that question. How do you explain a city that kills the independent artists at Beaux Arts and embraces the international fame of Dali? Or did I just answer my own question? Is it all about embracing money and fame?
Maybe someone has already written this story. If so let me know. Our concerns about the culture are much broader than just art and creative endeavors.
What spurred this request is my concern that San Francisco’s fresh produce stands in the Mission District and most of our ethnic neighborhoods are at risk due to the extreme anti-car policies that are making it difficult to deliver fresh produce.
I was shocked by the lack of fresh produce stands that were left in St. Petersburg the last time I was there. Does anyone know how they disappeared? I would like to know if any of the issues that killed yours are at play in San Francisco. We are literally looking at a fresh food deprivation situation that is being exacerbated by the anti-car mania at City Hall. Eliminating produce shops in San Francisco will kill the small farms that are providing the produce to them. This also applies to the cafes and restaurants serving local food that San Francisco is famous for. Killing our traditional food sources would usher in a new wave of formula retail that many neighborhoods are fighting against.
For anyone who is not aware, the Interior Department threw out a huge Oyster Farm that reportedly supplied 40% of California’s fresh oysters, claiming that the farm was an environmental hazard to the area. Oysters clean the water. They do not soil it. Now the state is considering how to “develop” the area. Across the street from the Oyster farm there is an organic beef farm. Wait till they close that. Less organic beef will drive the costs of beef up. During a drought, the ocean side grass grows because of the fog. No need to irrigate. Perfect place to produce food. This is why many people around the area are up in arms with the government.
I am working with SF merchant groups to warn people and we are hoping to turn that around during the next election. Many of us feel this is the last stand. In November we either win or lose the heart and soul of San Francisco.
We have many examples and sites about the vestiges of our fading San Francisco culture, and the fight to salvage it, but the following video by a New Yorker explains our situation really well:
Just watch a few of the first minutes of this video if you don’t have time to watch any more. He goes into a lot of economic theories etc. later in the tape if you are interested and have the time.
Douglas Rushkoff Deconstructs the Digital Economy
New Yorker writer who used to come to San Francisco for respite from the Wall Street rat race comments on how tech has sucked the soul out of San Francisco.
Douglas Rushkoof : 92Y (video) part of the transcript below…
In my early writing days I would go to SF to find out what‚s happening next and get this sort of spiritual, deeply humanistic recharge and then come to New York and argue why all these great things are going to happen and how human potential is gonna∑ and I would be arguing against publishers who would just laugh me out of the room.
I remember my first book on San Francisco internet culture, it got canceled in 1992 because the publisher thought the internet would be over by 1993 when the book would come out. And they saw those crazy San Francisco people and their peace and love stuff.
And I was out there for a week, and there was really not a vestige of that sensibility. If anything it felt to me, this New Yorker was going to San Francisco to remind them of the humanity underneath these technologies and the possibility for peer to peer interaction and all that. And it is strange.
And now I come back to New York and you would think, oh here it‚s this New York thing and we are in the Bloomberg Bubble and all, and∑ it‚s very relaxing for me. It‚s a strange sort of homecoming. And you would think, this is Wall Street, that this would be the more severe place. And it‚s actually the opposite. And I don‚t know quite how I‚m going to deal with that.
I guess I should be glad I didn‚t move out. I stayed and you know if you wait long enough, you end up in the human place∑
What‚s going on there, it‚s in the title of the book. it was really crystallized by my twitter stream when I saw that people were laying in front of the buses that Google was using to transport its workers from San Francisco to the Google place down in Mountain View… (more)
– Douglas Rushkoof
More later. Just need some help figuring this out. What are root causes are to fight the cultures we love. All Theories welcome.
Cultural challenges on the globle stage January 23, 2016Posted by zRants in Art, Beaux Arts, History, Humanities, Politics.
Tags: Cutlural heritage, displacement blues, politics of art, San Francisco
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Editorial – for the Beaux Arts community who remember when…
Elif Safak, is a Turkish author discussing discussing theories about the cultural aspects of violence on France 24. She feels the violence is based on cultural conflicts born out of unmet economic challenges and not so much rooted in religious conflict. I shall leave it up to you to investigate that further.
In San Francisco we are going through a more subtle version of a cultural shift away from art and cultural diversity toward a didactic capitalist Disney Vegas sports arena transient lifestyle. Artists and cultural leaders are fighting to preserve our historical roots and keep our cultural institutions intact and out of the hands of gentrifying developers who want to destroy them. Our goal is preservation of our lifestyles and cultural institutions. Their goal is unlimited personal wealth and power. They want to lease the Palace of Fine Art, one of our most famous historical tourist sites, to a hotel for 55 years, and have already tainted it with a hideous sports label seen here.
The ultimate in crass commercialism on display at the Palace of Fine Arts now.
San Francisco is going through the cultural revolution that destroyed Beaux Arts during the 1980’s. It is also easy to see how the battle is lining up.
Their tools are money, political power, corruption, (for which there are ongoing investigations) forced gentrification and housing density leading to displacement of long-time San Francisco citizens. They are hire young, inexperienced, out-of-state socially primed urban planners from outside to re-design our city. These planners are promised a piece of the shrinking economic pie. They do not live in San Francisco, have no knowledge of our history, land or communities. The ultimate insult is the PR and lobby machine they use to push their plans at our expense to convince us that we have no choice in how our communities are is developed.
Our goal is to keep our historical roots and the properties that have weathered earthquakes and the strains of time. We are trying to protect San Francisco’s heritage and reputation as a cultural and spiritual center for creative people who revere peace, love and understanding to keep the dream alive.
Our tools are a strong political will that has crossed many social barriers. We know how to use the law to protect ourselves and we have truth on our side. The Bay Area natives are getting restless and preparing to rebel.
The local transit authorities have overplayed the anti-car position by creating one of the worst traffic zones in the nation. You may not be concerned about a new tower going up downtown, but the traffic jam outside your door will get your attention. Irate drivers know who to blame. Add the tent cities filling up the sidewalks all over town by the growing homeless population and you have an uncomfortable populace demanding changes.
Here is how San Francisco got here and why the Mayor barely won the last election.
First they claimed “parking is a privilege not a right”. Some of us fought them and we won a few battles. Next they told us we don’t need our cars (the ultimate symbol of independence). More people fought back but some folks trusted them and gave up their cars. Now they are coming for our homes, jacking up the rent, Ellis Act evictions, foreclosures, owner buyouts, threats, fires, whatever they can do to grab more land, claiming, “If you can’t afford to live in San Francisco, you shouldn’t live here.”
Now imagine this happening in the middle East or a trendy European city full of disenchanted youth. Could that be the cultural divide Elif is talking about?
LISA KINDRED FINDS KINDRED SPIRITS IN THE BLUES January 11, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Music.
Tags: California blues, Chicago blues, Dave Van Ronk and Fred Neil, east west connections, florida blues, That cross-country blues thing
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By Paul Freeman [June 2012 Interview] – popcultureclassics – excerpt
For Mill Valley, California-based vocal great Lisa Kindred, the appeal of the blues was simple. “The songs just always touched me,” she says.
As a child in Buffalo, New York, Kindred’s musical fire was ignited by a local disc jockey known as The Hound Dog…
It was a very small village. All these places, you could go in, play three songs and pass the tip jar. First time I made a dollar, I thought I was going to fall over. I thought I was the richest person I’d ever met. It was exciting. You got to meet everybody who came through.”
Dave Van Ronk and Fred Neil were mentor figures to her. “Dave Van Ronk was the kindest person in the universe, as far as I was concerned. He was wonderful. He looked at me and said, ‘Kid, don’t sing a song, if you don’t like it, no matter how much they pay you.’
“Fred Neil, there was a place called the Fat Black Pussycat and you could sit in the corner and play guitar and sing – as long as you didn’t interrupt everybody who was playing chess – all night long. And I got to play with him for hours and hours. And various other people would come in and play, just sit there and play. It was an amazing situation. And he was from Florida and had a lot of blues history. So all of these people sort of influence you without even knowing that they’re doing it. It was absolutely wonderful.”…
She’s putting her voice to work, completing a new album, tentatively titled ‘”Hello Stranger.” Guests include Charlie Musselwhite and Freddie Roulette… (more)
Strange morning news January 11, 2016Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Music.
Tags: Baldwin CD
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I woke up this morning to news of David Bowie’s passing and the surprising news that our dear departed friend Michael Baldwin had released a fourth CD on CDBaby. A cool trick. Someone must have done it for him. “Telephone Tape” is a described here: “These previously unreleased original songs were informally captured in New York in the 70s and preserved on a cassette tape. They encompass folk rock styles of the day from ballads to psychedelic to protest. Like so many song writers, Michael, although a dynamic performer, was primarily an author and poet and his lyrics are as meaningful today as they were insightful then.”If you didn’t hear from CDBaby the link is here. The photo is more recent and the sound is Baldwin and Leps, but, I don’t know about 1970’s.
Rick Norcross Plays First Night Burlington December 28, 2015Posted by zRants in Beaux Arts, Music.
Tags: Rock Norcross
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Greetings Friends of Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band. First, Thank You ALL for the warm and wonderful cards, messages and calls that have flooded in to Rambler Ranch over the past 10 days from all over the world. The very best part of the Holidays for me is reconnecting with good friends, old and new, who reach out to say Howdy during this very special time of the year. It brings back many many memories of times and music shared over the years and brings the promise of more good times to come. And speaking of good times to come, I want to invite everyone to come out and join me for a New Year’s Eve performance at First Night Burlington in just three days! I’ll be doing a rare solo show at 5 pm at the Fletcher Free Library on College Street, playing some Rambler favorites and a couple of brand new songs we’re going to record this Winter for a new CD project set for release in early Summer of ’16.
Take Your Time
Would love to see all our Rambler Pals at First Night Burlington!
I am also attaching a very much appreciated note we received from Senator Pat Leahy on Christmas Eve. Thank you, Senator!
Happy New Year, everyone!