Jazz panel to air on local cable in March

The panel featuring Akira Tana, Seward McCain and Rebecca Coupe Franks for PAHA January meeting I produced and moderated, will be the basis thanks to

The panel featuring Akira Tana, Seward McCain and Rebecca Coupe Franks for PAHA January meeting I produced and moderated, will be the basis thanks to brian George of a set of broadcasts on local cable. There is also above the long form article I researched prior to the talk, “jazz time travels and jazz scribe contrafacts from fregulia to full faith and credit and back, and its list of 500 memes.

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Bob Marley reggae consciousness in kids road show

Three little birds gonna be all right perhaps in San Ramon matinee march 22, poster sighted on Cali Ave kiosk but I was pissed that Joanie's no longer had the poster I placed for Paul Hanson and the Jewish music festival

Three little birds gonna be all right perhaps in San Ramon matinee march 22, poster sighted on Cali Ave kiosk but I was pissed that Joanie’s no longer had the poster I placed for Paul Hanson and the Jewish music festival

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Experience itself reduced to instrumental function

Wm  Deresiewicz in The New Republic August 2014

Wm Deresiewicz in The New Republic August 2014

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Hunt at Hunk and Moo’s

Bryan Hunt, American, b. 1947, Fulcrum 1990, synthetic fiber, patinated copper leaf, paint, spruce & balsa

Bryan Hunt, American, b. 1947, Fulcrum 1990, synthetic fiber, patinated copper leaf, paint, spruce & balsa

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Black, white or gray

Scott-Heron was one of five black students among a class of a hundred, and in his second year he got in trouble for playing the piano. “They had a beautiful Steinway they used for the choir and the chorus, but I got caught using it to play the Temptations,” he said. “A guy came in and screamed at me to stop, and they put a sign up saying ‘Do Not Play.’ A few days later, he came in, and I’m sitting under the sign playing the piano. So they told me they were going to call my mother, and I laughed—not because I was being disrespectful, although he took it that way—but because I thought, You really don’t want to get my mother into this. But they called her and told her to come to a disciplinary meeting, and the evening before she asked me what had happened, and I told her. And she said, ‘Well, did you hit the man?,’ and I said, ‘No, I was playing the piano.’ I tried to explain that there had been no rule against it until I did it. A lot of kids had been going up there to play ‘Chopsticks,’ I said, and she asked me again, did I hit him. She had reached the conclusion that I had done something so awful that I didn’t want to describe it, because she couldn’t imagine that they had called her up there to tell her I had been playing the piano.”

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Is Jim Beall trying to privatize ‘Communications Hill’ workout spot?

photo for Metro by Jennifer Wadsworth

photo for Metro by Jennifer Wadsworth

City-Sponsored Legislation SB 236 to Address Communications Hill Grand Staircase – State Senator Jim Beall has introduced SB 236 that would amend the Vehicle Code in order to exempt from the definition of “sidewalk” a stairway used or designed primarily for pedestrian travel. The public staircase located on Communications Hill was dedicated as a pedestrian right-of-way and currently is subject to the Vehicle Code. SB 236 will give cities the authority to regulate pedestrian staircases. SB 236 is expected to be referred by the Senate Rules Committee to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee for hearing. The last day for policy committees to hear and report out non-fiscal bills to the Senate Floor is May 15. For more information contact: Roxanne Miller, the City’s Legislative Advocate in Sacramento at 916-443-3946.

There’s a little blurb in the Metro about Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) writing a bill SB-236 that seeks to change the way a pedestrian right of way is regulated, distinguishing it from a sidewalk. The effort is about the fact that a right-of-way part of a giant condo development in San Jose has become a popular gathering spot for non-residents. Reminds me of Lytton Plaza in Palo Alto, a small downtown park that was renovated 50 percent by taxpayers and 50 percent by a group of landlords who in turn wanted to over-regulate the park and drive away “undesirables” (their word) and “sketchy people” (likewise). My involvement there was to speak a half dozen times on behalf of street musicians at the park, who got over-regulated in the form of a new ordinance here in Palo Alto that bans amplifiers during business hours.

I would say, with due respect, enforce your existing ordinances, for noise, for drug dealing for indecent exposure but Beals law looks to me like a way for pro-development leadership to privatize a public asset, not in my Democracy the first 200 years playbook.

Tempted to drive down there– maybe on my way to Oak Grove Gunn CCS game tomorrow, and cheek it out. Reminds of Coit Tower and Sansome Steps and to a lesser extent the Philadelphia museum Rocky steps.

Edit to add: swapped this out for “The 39 Steps” playing closer to home, and my Scattante for my Cruze.

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Titans defense seals CCS win, 52-45 over Evergreen Valley

Gunn all-league 6'4" senior Chris Russell swats his Evergreen Valley Cougar adversary down low to help preserve a CCS first round win, Tuesday at the new gym

Gunn all-league 6’4″ senior Chris Russell swats his Evergreen Valley Cougar adversary down low to help preserve a CCS first round win, Tuesday at the new gym

Gunn Titans (19-3) play Oak Grove Eagles (15-9) in 2nd round CCS action Thursday at 7. Take 280 and 85 South to Blossom Hill road exit, right, then another mile and a half. Give it about 45 minutes. Oak Grove is a 7-time CCS winner in football (Marty Morninweg, Mike Holmgren, but also Dave Stieb in baseball) but this Titan squad can prevail with a little focus.

The Titans went 10 men deep Tuesday. They were a little iffy against the press — 18 turnovers — but if they leave those jitters in the 650, they could become only the fourth group of cagers in 50 seasons to reach 20 wins. (The 1980-1981 Titans, with Kent Lockhart, a 2-time CCS player of the year and eventual Knicks draftee, went 25-3 including 21 straight). I liked the Heidenreich-Lees passing and driving, and use of the glass, although I still, after seeing 10 games, cannot tell 24 from 32 when they are moving. I was psyched to see senior reserve Lukas Dorward sink a shot, despite a few rough moments. If Russell, Alex “Al Palo Alto” Gil, Jon Davis and the LH’s all get hot on the same night, these lads can bring a bell home, from Foothill Saturday night as well. Stuff of hoop dreams, I admit. (And full disclosure, although I suited for four CCS games, my action was limited to pre game layups; I was close enough on a free throw in a route of Los Altos at Foothill in the SCVAL Shaughnessy finals to get my name in the box score there however). If Gunn loses but Paly prevails in its bracket, I would likely check that out Saturday. Overall, I am rooting for Seqouia and not Sacred Heart as sleepers in the Open Bracket –which means that Div. 1 is really a battle for #9 in CCS. Daily News has it thusly: 1. St. Francis 20-4 (saw them twice, including win over San Ramon Valley); Serra (19-5), have not seen accept on Cal-Hi sports; 3. SHP (22-2), have not seen but have 5 guys including the QB Mason Randall from their CCS football miracle team; 4. Sequoia (22-5) have not seen, accept for on Cal-Hi and heard a half on radio KCEA, and their star Chris Bene is nephew of my old nemesis Tony Fenwick of Menlo; 5. Paly at 17-7, have seen five times, and sat with the Mullins last week in los to Fremont; Mr. Mullin was aghast that Kevin was benched for important second half minutes by Coach Sax, and I am at least mystified; 6. Gunn, I’ve seen 10 times this year, matching the 10 I caught in football; 7. Menlo 16-7, have not seen but I saw a JV game featuring Beau Brown’s son; 8. M-A, 14-10, neither.

As John Reid, the former Awalt assistant coach, points out in his excellent account today, Chris Russell also hit a trey to put Gunn up 43-37, in effect, the dagger. Gil converted two in a row, proving his worth as El Camino MVP.

and1: The shot above, of Russell’s block, was at 49-44: the visitors never got another bucket after that tough lesson, although they did not quit either. That’s sportswriter Reid, our version of Ring Lardner, seen above, the man in the green shirt, in the red section.

edit to add: Crikey, that’s actually Gil #10 not Russell #25 with the block; good on Alex. Russell is helping weak side, you can see his face. Motorola Moto G 4.4.3 Android phone is not a Nikon SLR camera. And although Gunn went 10 deep of the 16 they carry and seven scored, Noah Steinbrenner and Stefan Johnson, both well-built former soccer players both got in, I still say, having watched 10 football games this fall, and I told his father as much, Noah Riley off the bench has something to contribute. Brandyn Williams told me he is the toughest kid on the team (having been sacked 20 times and knocked down 100 times for the 1-9 gridders, who I called the best #956 ranked team in the nation; Noah’s brother David Riley was money from outside for the 2006 Titans).

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