Rue-DOOR-en felt the most real so we GOOG-led it and found a section of an island in Finland that we someday hope to claim as ancestral homeland

(TRIBUTE TO BIG DAYS OF JOSEPH ZIRKER, SARAH CAMERON SUNDE, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, AUGUST 14-15, 2014 PALO ALTO AND SAN FRANCISCO)

I do not know Jodi Wilgoren also known as Jodi Rudoren. Her sister Debbi Wilgoren was three years behind me at Dartmouth which means my roommate Scott Rafshoon probably trained her as a reporter at the Daily D. Debbi writes for the Post while Jodi writes for the Times.

I stole these three jpegs about art and artists in the Gaza Strip. The headline above comes from an article Jodi wrote about coining a name using her and Gary’s names.

garzARat

This is a weird post. I’m at Starbucks on El Camino, at Stanford Aveune, the former Mountain Mike’s Pizza building, and wanted to do about an hour of “work”, before showering, changing and heading back to Terry’s. I am pasting in here the photo Terry took of Joe Zirker and 12 others Thursday, that Sal Pizarro of the Mercury used with his column, at least online. (It is fair use for me to drag a photo my girlfriend took from the Mercury to “Plastic Alto”; meanwhile I have a set of about 30 shots of the same event I will edit and post here as well. I may try to sneak a link to that into the comments under Sal’s item about Joe.

photo by Terry Acebo Davis

photo by Terry Acebo Davis

Scott and I walked Ace from Barron Park to Mitchell Park and back. We stopped for about a half hour to hear the Mads Tolling Quartet play. I greeted Mads before the hit, having been seated next to him for a show at Stanford a week ago. I was pleasantly surprised that his band included Ila Cantor on guitar, someone I had met in New York in 2004, and greeted her, as well.

Child art from Gaza published in New York Times

Child art from Gaza published in New York Times

On my way to Smith-Andersen to pay down my art tab, I detoured to a drive-way sale in Professorville. Something tipped me off that this was the house of Jason Peery, the Pinewood High basketball coach whose family foundation donated the new gym at Paly High. Sure enough, Mrs. Peery introduced me to her husband and then I also met Jason Fung, who happened by in his vintage muscle car. He said he remembered Joey Piziali (my favorite late 1990s Paly player) and we exchanged some friendly smack talk about him. Jason succeeds the great Earl Hanson as Athletic Director at Paly. He kindly posed for Plastic Alto:

Paly grad, longtime staffer and new AD Jason Fung, at Jason Peery's yard sale, summer 2014

Paly grad, longtime staffer and new AD Jason Fung, at Jason Peery’s yard sale, summer 2014

Jodi Rudoren became Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times in May, 2012, after 14 years as a reporter and editor at the paper. She previously served as the paper’s Education Editor, deputy Metropolitan editor and Chicago bureau chief.

Darcie and Daina of the Oak Creek Club staff lent me a pen and gave me a piece of paper to make some quick notes about Times stories Friday I hope(d) to delve into.

This headline today made me re-route:

Artists’ Work Rises From the Destruction of the Israel-Gaza Conflict

khaledArt

Liligul and her yorkies were stretching their respective or collective what is it 22 legs which sounds rather Louise Bourgious when I came upon her.

liligulAndDogs

There was a distinct Norge tinge to my Friday, seeing Liligul and then proceeding directly to what became a 6.5 mission to support Sarah Cameron Sunde; car to apartment, bike to train, Caltrain to Aquatics Park and then in reverse. For Sarah, she spend upwards of 12 hours in the Bay charting artistically the ebb and flow of the water. Einer Sunde her father joined in for part of the stint. A collaborator named Winnie the film producer from Oakland included me in a sub-ritual, a symbol dance we performed around 2:26.

A pretty young hostess at Reposado Restaurant in  Palo Alto

A pretty young hostess at Reposado Restaurant in Palo Alto

Artist from Gaza depicted in The New York Times today, article by Jodi Rudoren formerly known as Jodi Wilgoren, whose sister overlapped with me at the Daily Dartmouth, in 1985

Artist from Gaza depicted in The New York Times today, article by Jodi Rudoren formerly known as Jodi Wilgoren, whose sister overlapped with me at the Daily Dartmouth, in 1985

Ace made a friend, after a while, they called him Ollie. Ollie is black while Ace is a mix, of black and white, more white I would think. They started playing and, to be honest, for a second there I thought it would get out of hand and Ace might get hurt. Then we all went to hear the music, which you could not hear from the dog run, until you got past a truck playing music to a group of what looked like Oceanic Islanders at one of the reserve barbecue areas. When I noticed the female guitarist, a rarity, my mind flipped thru a short list of possible identities and I did think of Ila, although it had been more than 10 years since we met, but I had seen a notice about her and sent her a greeting via email. When Mads introduced his band, he said this was the first time he and Ila had played together. The Zidane song was not in the set list.

Ila Cantor guitar goddess August 2014 Palo Alto Mitchell Park with Mads Tolling Quintet

Ila Cantor guitar goddess August 2014 Palo Alto Mitchell Park with Mads Tolling Quintet

I hugged and kissed Eva Zirker hello but did not spend much time with her, having seen she and Joe the night before (and Joe the night before that). Eva's daughter Karen Jo I had met several times, at opening and birthdays, but did not speak to that night -- I sprang away early to try to catch Charlie Chan at the Olympics, at Stanford Theatre. I did speak to Karen's grand-daughter, Chamisa or Charmisa, at length and she posed for me, I posted below.

I hugged and kissed Eva Zirker hello but did not spend much time with her, having seen she and Joe the night before (and Joe the night before that). Eva’s daughter Karen Jo I had met several times, at opening and birthdays, but did not speak to that night — I sprang away early to try to catch Charlie Chan at the Olympics, at Stanford Theatre. I did speak to Karen’s grand-daughter, Chamisa or Charmisa, at length and she posed for me, I posted below.

A good portion of my Friday (Freya-day)was devoted to Sarah Cameron Sunde and her performance piece 36.5, in San Francisco, at Aquatics Park, in the shadow of Ghiradeli Square. I left Scott’s at 11 a.m. determined to get my bike and I to the 11:41 train, which I made by 3 minutes, plus the 3 minute delay announced. A detour of about an hour to help a traveler find the Golden Gate Transit stop had me arriving at the North Point spot of the show at around 2:20, and I was immediately corralled into playing a small support role by Winnie Wong, an Oakland based film producer, whose boyfriend Dan at that point was running an errand out to the water to help Sarah. Einer Sunde, proud papa, was himself neck-high in the project at that point; today he told me his duration was about an hour. I scribbled something about “My bonnie lies over the mountain” into a comments book, then headed back, via Embarcadero green bike lanes, to catch the 4:09 express. I sat with Jim Keene, Palo Alto’s City Manager, who happened to be in the City, and rode with me as far as Millbrae. I dubbed her Queen Sarah Freya-Day, after the Pee Wee Herman side-show and Chapel Hill rock band.

While I compose all this, "Water of Love" by dire straits flows from the coffee house speakers; not sure what this photo says about the totality of the Sarah Cameron Sunde piece "36.5" other than that I was there for a tick of a clock and snap of a shutter.

While I compose all this, “Water of Love” by dire straits flows from the coffee house speakers; not sure what this photo says about the totality of the Sarah Cameron Sunde piece “36.5” other than that I was there for a tick of a clock and snap of a shutter.

L I K E T H I S

Carmisa wondered if the couple depicted in this Joe Zirker piece were his parents (her great-great-grand-parents)

Carmisa wondered if the couple depicted in this Joe Zirker piece were his parents (her great-great-grand-parents)

Joe Zirker actually asked me to shoot his show, both the art and the people, and I complied with about 34 shots before it got dark enough that my camera starts to automatically use a flash, and I stopped. That plus I had promised myself I would leave at 7 to catch Charlie Chan at the Olympics.

Joe and Eva’s grand-daughter Carmisa (I hope I am spelling that) started telling me her work and study in social justice. I wanted to counter with a description of the so-called Gunn graffiti hate crime. I’d like her take on what the heck that was all about here — I am resting my case that the First Amendment carries despite efforts by the school, the press and the spokesperson for PAPD to fan the flames of racism and classism here.

Ok, Joe, you deserve better than someone to hijack your event for political agendas, even ones you or your family might agree with. In fact Joe Zirker in honor of his show, and his 90th birthday, deserves 90 actual art critics to see and write on this set. I will try, therefore, to send this post to 90 art writers and bloggers. Maybe Joe Oliveira can forward this to Peter Selz, who we saw (and I shot) recently at Cantor and WCC.

Carmisa wondered if the couple depicted in this Joe Zirker piece were his parents (her great-great-grand-parents)

Carmisa wondered if the couple depicted in this Joe Zirker piece were his parents (her great-great-grand-parents)

Palo Alto former art commissioner Paula Kirkeby and current City Council candidate at Zirker opening, Thursday in Palo Alto (Peter Kirkeby)

Palo Alto former art commissioner Paula Kirkeby and current City Council candidate at Zirker opening, Thursday in Palo Alto (Peter Kirkeby)


DainaDarcie
Winning

Winning


rhyena halpern

additional reporting by Jodi Wilgoren Rudoren in Jerusalem and New York and throughout the internet

and winnie’s twitter feed: winning

and whiting

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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