Austin-based Curtis McMurtry and San Francisco’s by way of Berkeley singer-songwriter/activist Rachel Garlin headline a bill at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park Friday. The event, open to all ages, is also known as the Earthwise Productions Twentieth Anniversary concert or “E@rthXXise” or “earthwise@20” rather.
More information to come.
Info: (650) 305-0701 or (650) 322-1926
Earthwise Productions is a concert and artist management company founded by Gunn and Dartmouth graduate Mark Weiss, as a spin-off of Bay Area Action and Earth Day at Stanford. It has produced nearly 300 concerts in Palo Alto, most notably The Cubberley Sessions at Cubberley Community Center, 1994-2001.
1) I advanced with Curtis McMurtry today, while he was driving to Eureka for a show, then Friday at Hotel Utah then here in the 650 Friday. I offered to show him around Stanford, where his grandfather, Lawrence McMurtry was once a creative writing grad student or fellow, working with Wallace Stegner. I joked that if his career takes off people will say “James McMurtry, Curtis McMurtry’s dad” but it came out “James McMurtry, Colin McMurty’s dad” which Curtis graciously said was even funnier. (There is a Jimmy Dale Gilmore, who played one of my shows in 1997, who has a son named Colin, if that explains it). Spoke by phone and left this message on the Stegner Fellows contact window doohickey:
Hey, I’m gonna come by with Curtis McMurtry Friday late afternoon just to show him the campus and your offices. His grandfather Larry McMurtry was part of the creative writing fellowship back in 1960-1961 under Wallace Stegner himself and wrote his first novel here or there, as it were. He also, the grandfather, wrote “Last Picture Show” “Lonesome Dove” and more. Curtis is 24 has a b.a. and is a songwriter. Maybe he is prospective Stegner fellow some day. His father James McMurty, also of Austin, TX is a better known songwriter and recording artist.
Fyi Curtis performs friday Nov. 21 2014 at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park with Rachel Garlin, 7 p.m. 10$ all ages welcome.
I am inviting Nancy Packer another former Fellow and program staff person, who lives in my mom’s building. and herself begat two or more writers of sorts. excuse the run on.
mark weiss a Dartmouth .b.a and blogger and former neighbor on and off from 1974 to 1993 of Wallace and Mary Stegner knew them slightly
Rachel meanwhile, my Rachel, Garlin, said to excise future references to her Alma Mater. Duly noted. Veritas and all that. But not to make her blush crimson or sea red, parting.
edit to add, some time later: The event went well enough that Cathleen Daly the owner of Zoe Cafe of Menlo Park offered me a second date for another Earthwise@20 showcase, Friday, January 30, 2015 same format but acts to be announced. Meanwhile, Rachel Garlinr rocked it at her Z Space CD release for “Wink at July” and both she and I (and Terry, my Terry, and The Flying Cohens visited the Keith Haring show at De Young Museum and are all suitably inspired and optimistic about the season and new year.