memories of Beaux Arts


HI. I went to BA almost every weekend from 1965 to 1967…. I was in high school in Tampa and came to perform as a folk singer there. It was important socially and artistically , (as you stated in your short piece that was just sent me by another alumni) and was an inviting and supportive haven for anyone a tad different than the mainstream. Here is one story:

I was only 16 and my parents were very uncomfortable with me going to this “folk” place across the bridge. The final agreement is that they would come and check the place out and hear me sing… and so they came one night on a Friday night….. My father was a marine colonel on has way to Marine Headquarter in Saigon… my mother, a conservative military wife, terrified to contend with an acting out 16 year old.
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John Balcomb Photos

The Kids in 1982

The Kids (John Balcomb singer/guitarist/frontman) 1982


Los Angeles 1992. One of my many California trips.

la 1999

Los Angeles, California 1999 (myself with J.D. Souther and Fred Walecki)

J.D. Souther was one of the co-founders of the Eagles and a solo artist,
Fred Walecki owns Westwood Music in Hollywood and was a good friend of mine.

The original Beaux Arts.

Front Door

The original Beaux Arts front door. Through this door passed many talented artists/writers/poets and musicians.

Photo by John Balcomb copyright 2007. Photograph shot with a Nikon F2 camera and Nikkor 16mm/3.5 fisheye lens on Kodak ASA 100 color film.

Lions Heads

The Lion’s Head fountain in the garden of the original Beaux Arts. The Lions were salvaged from a building in Sarasota that was torn down.

Photo by John Balcomb copyright 2007. Photograph shot with Nikon F2 camera and Nikkor 35mm/2 lens on Kodak ASA 100 film.

Recently Unearthed Photos

We recently had the chance to look through Tom’s photo collection and a couple of films with Chris Gomez and John Balcolm. They must have recognized most of the people in one of the films and quite a few of the people in the photos. Here is one with John’s brother. Next we’ll post a photo of Chris’ sister. But were dragged to Beaux Arts by their older siblings when they were in high school. More on that later.

1971 July 4th Poetry Contest

July 4th, 1971 Florida Poetry and Folk Singing Contest.
Tom Reese (not shown) is handing Awards to playwright Gilbert Maxwell who presented the First Place Poetry prize to Richard Balcomb who is standing to his left while Richard’s wife Betty looks on, Ken Jones far right was about to receive the first place Folk Singers award.
Gilbert Maxwell was a poet/playwright of note and personal friend of the famous Pulitzer Prize winning Southern author Tennessee Williams. (Unknown photographer.)

Pinella’s Park-In December 2007

This just in from Melissa Thorp…

I am holding the Pinella’s Park-In. I’m going to be on site from dec. 1st-31st from noon to 4pm to encourage the city to establish the art park they proposed so many years ago. I am tired of the bullshit and I am willing to be arrested. I’ve been inviting everyone and getting the word out every way that I can think of. We’re going to be doing park stuff like frisbee, reading, listening to music and hanging out. Please come by, and please spread the word. Any suggestions will be warmly received, esp. if they help keep me out of jail!!

Thanks in advance, devi

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Set the Night On Fire: Tribute,

Set the Night On Fire:
A tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the Doors
Saturday Nov.10th Gates open at 4-music and performance begin at 5pm sharp
Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tickets just $12 in advance—813-238-8001

20 Performers-7 Hours-60 Songs:
There will be over 20 performers presenting their versions of the Doors music and poetry.  Each band will perform approximately 3 songs in their own style—everything from Folk to Blues and Rock to Psychedelic and more.  It’s a 7 hour homage featuring over 60 songs from one of rock’s most beloved dead musicians.

Historic unveiling of door from Jim Morrison’s home.
A door from the home of Jim Morrison’s grandparent’s in Clearwater, where Jim lived for 6 years of his life. The door has been beautifully painted by renowned artist Doug Wright, with an incredible image of Jim Morrison. It will be unveiled at WMNF’s “Set the Night on Fire” A Tribute to the Doors 40th Anniversary. The door has been donated by Triangle Development Company to the Clearwater Public Library History Museum where it will become part of a permanent display honoring Jim Morrison, their most famous library card holder. Come meet the artist and get the first glance at this awesome tribute to a rock ‘n’ roll legend.

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