Artist and writer’s new book offers bizarre, healing literary journey

By Laura Wenus : missionlocal – excerpt (includes audio track)

In the bruising tumult of San Francisco’s housing crisis, Paul Madonna’s On to the Next Dream is the absurdist balm to soothe your sore and weary soul.

Madonna is an artist who for 12 years had a drawing and short essay series called All Over Coffee in the San Francisco Chronicle. You might more immediately recognize him by his detailed sepia-tone line paintings, which have been exhibited at museums around the Bay Area and will enjoy another solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor.

When he was evicted from his home and studio in the Mission District, Madonna decided to reflect on the experience in his Chronicle series. Ultimately, he ended the series but turned those reflections into a book. It’s a ride through his own coming to terms with the fact that he must now move on, as the title implies, to the next dream, and more broadly, a reflection on loss… (more)

Pot and Pinot Unite

By Zack Ruskin : sfweekly – excerpt


Wine and weed pairings are coming to pot-friendly Sonoma County now that cannabis is legal for adults in California photo by Zrants

Up in Sonoma County, Sam Edwards gives marijuana the Merlot treatment.

Sam Edwards is a third-generation Sonoma County resident, and while wine will always be the chief export of the region, he’s applying the tasting format to another plant that’s also grown with immense love and care.

For the past two years, Edwards has hosted pairings that offer attendees the chance to taste cannabis without actually getting high, and pairing the plants with suitable wine. The Sonoma Cannabis Company co-founder says the idea is part of a larger mission to appreciate the sensory complexities of various pot strains.

“These cannabis wine pairing dinners are not about consumption,” Edwards explains. “If you’re doing a tasting club for wine in a professional sense, sometimes you’re doing a tasting at 8 a.m. You’re not consuming. So we’ve figured out ways that allow for these tasting formats but do not incorporate any cannabis consumption.”…(more)

New job opportunities may blossom due to the new legalization of pot in California unless Sessions has his way and decides to invade the state with feds. Cities and counties are working on setting up new business regulations, in anticipation of a new robust market in cannabis products.

Defunding the NEA Would be incredibly stupid-Here’s Why

By Diana Budds : fastcodesign – excerpt

The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more.

Arts funding has always been under assault, but the Trump Administration, hungry for budget cuts, is now baring its teeth at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in what appears to be the most serious threat to its existence since Reagan’s crusade in the 1980s. Staffers on Trump’s transition team told The Hill that the NEA and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), would be eliminated completely.

Defunding the NEA would be incredibly irresponsible and downright dumb. Federal agencies and departments are nebulous entities, and their responsibilities, scale, and scope are often opaque. The NEA for instance has funded projects related to affordable housing, job training, making sure children have access to playgrounds, historic preservation, resiliency, improving health care, designing better parks, and promoting social justice–along with its mission of funding museums, fine arts, dance, and theater, of course.

If you care about any of these things, you should also care about the NEA… (more)

It is not clear how the president is going to solve the job problem when he is cutting millions of government jobs. Someone needs to mention this job loss issue to him in case it hasn’t occurred to him yet.

San Francisco Celebrates Pot instead of 70’s Peace and Love Culture

50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love Festival was denied a permit… but San Francisco’s 4/20 Marijuana Festival Will Be A City-Permitted Event

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If Peace and love of the 70’s is your thing, you may join the Summer of Love Club to share your memories: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DoYouRememberThe70sFanClub/

“Gem of the South” Veronika Jackson


message from Veronica Jackson

It is so nice to be contacting you again, after being out of touch for a while. I hope all is well with you. I have been performing and keeping alive the grassroots music of American folk blues. As an artist who enjoys performing and entertaining music lovers from all walks of life. Please visit website for future performances. See you around the festivals and music rooms!

Veronika Jackson
contact @ VeronikaJackson.com

Pipeline Fighters

By Marino Colmano : grandintheatre – excerpt

This is a FREE event sponsored by Preserve Giles County, Preserve Roanoke County and Preserve Franklin County.  There will be a Q & A session afterwards with the sponsors and the filmmaker.

Pipeline Fighters voice their opposition to interstate pipelines in the Virginias for the transport of fracked gas to export terminals, and abroad. Natural gas procured through unconventional hydraulic fracturing, has been the gold rush of the last decade. Pipelines are needed to move this massive glut of natural gas. Through the voices of the Appalachian people we explore in microcosm the global issue of environmental predation, the legacy of the energy industry, their current production goals to DOUBLE the development of natural FRACKED gas coming out of the Appalachian Basin, and the great relevance this has on the geo political scene and climate change…(more)

Director/Director: Marino Colmano
All the media coverage on pipeline opposition has been concentrated on the Standing Rock lately. This is a reminder that many other states have citizens who oppose the proliferation of pipelines near their sources of drinking water as well. Many rivers and tributaries downstream from coal ash disposal sites have been contaminated by spills and some communities have been covered in ash:
A Brief History of U.S. Coal Ash Since the Kingston Spill

UC Berkeley ponders People’s Park for housing in controversial move

By Nanette Asimov< : sfchronicle – excerpt

People’s Park near UC Berkeley, where questions over its fate have inspired student protests for decades and led deputies to kill a man and blind another on infamous “Bloody Thursday” in 1969, is again being considered for development.

This time, UC Berkeley is eyeing the grassy 2.8-acre park as one of nine sites for development to alleviate one of the worst shortages of student housing in campus history…

Another great park up for grabs with a ton of history some want to bury. The Grateful Dead and Country Joe and the Fish among many others played here for free long before they were discovered. Many battles were fought to preserve this park.

Last photos I shot of the Pinellas site.

This brings up a question about the old Beaux Arts site. Is it still a park as it was last time I was there or has the city developed it?