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This month, we set are out to find some of the most bizarre books published in the English language, and we were not disappointed! Here is just a small selection of the massive selection of extremely unusual well actually more than that! Just what the authors, and their publishers were thinking of, we are not really sure, but the results are hilarious.
Too many things to do, so little time.
Now Jakarta March09
This phrase is perfectly applied in March. We are talking about fashion, design, and painting, property, and restaurant and the revitalization of Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Ratu Boko Temple. It is a busy in month in Jakarta now and then.
Erwin Meyer from Strakx Design together with Nico Vrielink presented their latest creations to the Jakartans in a very homey environment. Strakx design evolves in its efforts to produce five stars quality of works which are very safe and can be placed in every kind of interior style, either at home, office, hotel, restaurant, bar or spa.
Claimed to design pieces of arts like no other, Strakx quality control guarantees that each product is molded to perfection from the best traditional materials in Indonesia.
Judging from its sturdy and neat finishing, Strakx design deserves to be recognized for its beautiful and everlasting contemporary products. As for Nico Vrielink, he can be named as the most stupendous painter whose work is always linked to only one muse. Jeane Seah, his wife and true love has been his main source of inspiration and guiding light for his one-subject paintings.
Jakarta - March Fun and Affordable Art! But drop into Sekar Gallery in Kemang and the opposite is true. Run by two dynamic young ladies Nining and Susan, they make real art fun and affordable. Offering some beautiful large scale oil paintings from a number of well known artists, Sekar allows you to bring original works of art into your home at prices that will not make you shudder!
And with some furniture and other collectibles on display as well, there are many reasons to drop in. Make sure your car is empty, you may be taking something home with you! If you live in Jakarta or Bandung then you are lucky. Because Starbucks can make your morning a little bit easier with its latest My Starbucks Breakfast program. For variety, Starbucks also highlights two customer favorites: For your information, My Starbucks Breakfast will pair very well with the extensive variety of Starbucks freshly brewed coffee from around the world such as from Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa or Multi Region Blend.
In Spring, Starbucks is celebrating its rich heritage by showcasing Starbucks Espresso Roast, a dense, caramel-like sweetness and smooth, satisfying finish-like the crisp topping of a creme brule. For alternative, try Starbucks House Blends. Want to educate yourself about cofffee all around the world? There is no need to travel around. For more information about Starbucks exceptional coffees check out www.
Jakarta - March 17 Daphne Zepos Embraces the Queen of South Sea Feminity The beauty of nature has been an inspiration for Daphne Zepos, a multitalented artist who owned 30 years of experience as a painter, a portraitist, a sculpturer, and a jeweller. After regular travelling around the world to do Solo Exhibitions in four continents: For the Forgotten Beauty: Part 1 theme in her exhibition, Daphne chose water as an element for her artwork.
Inspired by the South Sea Queen myth, she created magnificent sculpture and jewellery design made from semi precious stones that potrays feminity, power, and supernatural.
It was about the story of Dewi Kadita who became a victim of her own beauty. Frustated and angry she drowned herself to the sea. As the power of water washed her curse, she transformed herself to be the Queen of South East. Suddenly, she gained supernatural power and beautifully reborned. Known as the ruler of Southern Sea of Java, her name and reputation remains popular among the people of Indonesia. Aside from the myth, friends of Daphne Zepos took the time to come and enjoy the exhibitions.
Pavel Rezac, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic was present to inaugurate the exhibition. The Ambassador of France, Mr. Philippe Zeller and H. The Ambassador of Greece, Mr. Dimitri Tsikouris were also seen in the exhibition to give their supports.
Jakarta - March Aston Marina Aston Marina is a stylish property offering both short and long stay accomodation in all residences.
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The luxurious rooms consist of 6 Standard Rooms, units of 1,2,and 3 bedroom residences, and 2 penthouses. The property is also designed to acommodate the needs of business travelers.
Offering a new level of style and comfort, it has 16 medium sized meeting rooms and delicious snacks and meals. For people who look for strategic place to do business, Aston Marina is built and located in the heart of North Jakarta at Lodan Raya Street. It takes only 25 minutes drive from Soekarno Hatta International Airport and the place has an easy access to Jakarta toll.
Not only suitable for business or individual travelers, the place is also comfortable for families. Additional facilities available for the apartments are dining room, living room, kitchenette and pantry, cooking facilities and microwave, and private balcony. With its complete facilities of Wi-Fi Internet, Spa, swimming pool, karaoke club, and complimentary shuttle service to Mangga Dua mall and Ancol Recretional Center, Aston Marina allows you to have more time with your family and enjoy living at bay.
The Haven is opening on the 1st Apriland these are the busiest days for the man who is managing the property from A to Z. Dynamic and energetic, he walked me around the property. An intriguing introduction to the place called The Haven. I asked him how he will get The Haven to be widely known. When you visit The Haven you might just recognise him.
We are talking friendly! Jakarta - March 19 Behind the Scenes at Harris Riverview We never see what happens behind the scenes at a hotel, just the efficient facade! But as the brand new Harris Reiverview Kuta prepares to open in Kuta, we went to meet some of the people who make it hum!
The product, the concept and the location of the Harris Riverview are going to attract both tourists and business travelers. With 18 years experience as a hotelier, he has dedicated his talents to some well known brands such as Sheraton, Oberoi, Waka, Hard Rock, Holiday Inn, and many more. With full confidence he believes that he will be successful in persuading you to knock on the front door of Harris Riverview.
This item is signature dish in Harris Tuban. Pak Sedana started his career in as a steward, and slowly but surely he has made his way to the top. The man who has been with Tauzia Management for six years, creates the signature dishes of each property. A calm lady from Jakarta, she left the capital into make Bali her home. The H Spa boasts its warm Balinese herbal compress, this treatment is definitely able to make you relax and the warm spices will relax your muscles.
The Harris Riverview, and some of the people behind the scenes, awaits you 1st April During the Borobudur Revitalization business gathering, S. Confidently, he expected 10 millions of both international and domestic tourists to come and visit these destinations. This high hope is not impossible to achieve. Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist compound in the world.
Meanwhile, Prambanan Temple is known as the tallest and the most beautiful Hindust temple. With that in mind, PT Taman Wisata Candi, is having a brand new vision to prepare Borobudur, Prambanan, and also Ratu Boko as the world class, culture and tourism destination. Several activities such as building social and economic solidarity and building network between artists, business peoples, religious leaders, and NGO are planned.
A new website for the revitalization activities and the temples which will be translated in 6 languages, English, Indonesia, Japanese, Mandarin, Korea, and France will be launched. The company is also trying to reach a bigger market by involving Information technology as parts of the development.
E-ticketing and technollogy support for business administration will be applied in the near future. Another effort on progress is partnering with Dr. Specials events at Borobudur Temple: The donation was to help70 elementry students from the school to pay the admission fees for more than one year period.
In NovemberOakwood Premier Cozmo visited Putra Nusa Orphanage in Pejompongan Area that accomodates a total of 68 children from ages eight to seventeen years old. A ceremony was held by the orphanage, Oakwood Premier Cozmo residences, and the management to commeorate the holy month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri H.
Oakwood Premier Cozmo management and residence had also succesfully donated Rp. Another charity act in December was also done at Pniel Foundation of Bintaro, Tangerang for Christmas celebration. The children of Pniel Foundation of Bintaro performed musical show and was able to gain a collected donation of Rp 13, from the Oakwood residents and associates.
Michael Price, the General Manager, and Ms.
Lombok is more peaceful, slower paced, less crowded and a lot more relaxed. The main attractions being the sea gardens in the Gili islands, the fabulous beaches in the south and the omnipresent, majestic Mount Rinjani dominating the whole island.
Each is worth a trip, and suddenly you have three days gone, better spend the rest of your trip relaxing in your hotel! Pool Villa has an interesting and unique structure with 16 two storey villas arranged around a free flowing circular pool, so you fall straight into the water from your terrace.
Pool Villa Club operates inside Senggigi Beach Hotel as an exclusive enclave, but allowing access to the hotels restaurants and beach. There is a wonderful spa operated by Mandara Spa with a huge range of treatments and three restaurants, two bars and a wide range of sport favilities, all in 12 hectares of peninsula fringed by white sandy beaches. Staying at the Pool Villa Club is the best way to combine touring the natural island vistas and having outstanding facilities to come back to.
Fur further information and reservations call: Pool Villa Club Jl. Jakarta - March 23 24 NOW! Try out the BBQ-grilled varied with healthy and full nutrition dishes from the finest ingredient prepared with traditional recipe.
Its orhodox head-chef insisted to use special Korean charcoal to keep the authenticity of this mouth watering Korean cuisine. Other items to choose for your dining experience are a variety of vegetables, meats and seafood usually boiled, steamed of stir-fried. The restaurant also provides a pleasant and informal atmosphere.
Though it has a relax atmosphere, the interior is elegant. The customers often bring their family or business associates for parties or other gathering activities to this place. Along the way, Han Gang Korean Restaurant has the second, third, and fourth outlets. Now the are here: Unit 37, CentralJakarta, Telp: Asia Afrika, Level 3. It is very human to say, that we all need to be able to stay healthy inside and outside to live life to the fullest.
Opened in Jakarta, Anahata Wellness Center takes a different approach to make its clients enhance their vitality and longevity to feel more energetic, healthier, and younger.
While medical clinic or hospital focus on curing diseases, the centre is using a proactive support for clients by using three major elements: Exercise, Stress-Relief, and Nutrition. For a start, take yoga classes in Anahata Wellness Center.
Not only the class can strengthen your whole vertebrae and muscles strong and and flexible, the exercise itself can improve mental concentration. Whenever you feel weary and exhausted let the professional therapists pamper you with spa treatment from top to toes using its natural products. Most of the treatments are created for city and busy people.
There is a Jet Lag Massage treatment which is designed for globe trotter who wants a quicker body clock adjustments and created to help the client to have a full rest after a long journey.
Last but not the least, have a proper diet and ask the Anahata nutritionist. Natural ingredient and the right calorie counts can help a person to have a great and healthy body. Jakarta - March 25 26 NOW! The venue was the colourful Warung Enak restaurant in Pengosekan, Ubud also designed by the author. The nice thing about Ubud events is the generous mix of people theyattract: The team will conduct a training session at Gadjah Mada University with some Australian students studying there under the ACICIS program, along with any interested Indonesian students keen to learn about the unique sport of Australian Football, and will fulfill some of the charity commitments with the Lestari Foundation Looking further ahead, the Bintangs are planning their next tour to Balikpapan, Kalimantan to play the newly-formed Borneo Bears team in April Bintangs training for the season is up and running again.
The senior team trains on the same field with an ever-growing number of Indonesian junior players.
Any new players are most welcome, including those who have never played AFL before. Training starts at 6. The team has also started playing monthly Victoria vs. For further details on any of the above, please contact the Bintangs Coach Matt Jolly on jolly. Tours Across the Archipelago by: Fortunately, whilst working this job I was able to play rugby in Alice Springs whenever I made it back to town.
Having had had enough of the dust and flies of the Aussie outback after a couple of years, I headed to another gold mine in Waihi and the colder climes of New Zealand. Despite having played rugby in Australia and New Zealand, plus going on rugby tours to the USA, Canada, Ireland and the UK, it was here in Indonesia that my love of rugby as a sport for all has really come to fruition. Anyone that has played or watched rugby will tell you what they love most about the game and if you have got some time or a few beers to share, then I am sure they will tell you a whole lot more!
One could have been forgiven for thinking the multitude of volunteers who have put their efforts into the IRFU over the years were blinded by their own love for rugby, but as I am so often reminded it is this love of rugby that has made things happen in Indonesia despite all of the adversity that has been faced. These Indonesian lads are taking off where rugby started for me 25 years ago, enjoying the teamwork, the camaraderie, the sportsmanship and joy of pulling on a jersey, playing for a club and going out to do battle with your mates just for the love of the game.
So go on and give rugby a go, because you never know, you may just love it! Apart from speeches, guests will be able to buy raffle tickets and contribute to a number of other fundraising games. Tickets including a quality lunch and beverages are Rp. The following day is the Nyepi public holiday offering those who wish to make an afternoon of indulgence, a chance to recover! Jakarta - March O ne of the most interesting aspects of living in Jakarta is the meltingpot of cultures, different religious groups and various layers of social stratum that inhabit the city.
This is one of the most interesting aspects of the Jakarta Schools Football League, which although started as a casual initiative from the parents of The British International School and was created for the international schools community only, it now transcends itself throughout the educational community and has become open to anyone who wants to join as long as they show the dependability and reliability to take part.
There are a number of new schools taking parts this year, including Mahanaim School, Jakarta Multicultural School and Victory Plus to name but three. It is the parents as much as the students who create the tight-knit relationship at JSFA venues every week. The league estimates that close to parents meet on the touch-lines of the five venues which host the league every Saturday and sometimes more.
These parents are as varied as the schools attended by the children. Yes, there is a strong rivalry amongst them, but mostly it easily dissolves in laughter and happiness while seeing their kids shine on the football field. They would simply never meet in any other way.
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It can only be a good thing that sport successfully transgresses any boundaries, be it in language, culture or social background. Long may it continue, yes, we can certainly hope so! For more information see www.
Jakarta - March Urban Chat! Singularly unimpressive, their 8: Like hordes of soldier ants on the hunt, they spread out across the entire forest floor that is Jakarta. Jakarta - March 33 Unstoppable: Fearless, foolhardy, frantic and bewildering, a dray of squirrels on speed springs to mind. Binomial chaos ah,thecityplannerswiththeirmeticulouscalculationsandcountless computer simulations could never have hoped to contend with such collective determination and clarity of purpose…to get there!
No Cray supercomputer nor binomial chaos theory nor tenth-order differential equation formulated by Nobel mathematicians could possibly aspire to model the stopstart advance of such an organism. Natural Deterrents Inclement weather has the power only to briefly slow, though never quite stop, the mighty motorcycle columns.
Like the blood in the vein of a poor soul in desperate need of a bypass operation, other users are forced to squeeze slowly and carefully through the now constricted blood vessel called a road.
Once the rain passes, the bridges empty just as quickly as they had filled and the traffic once more flows with the pressure relieved and life pulse restored.
Jakarta - March Human traffic the human cargo transporters or ojek can be seen on many a corner or other totally inconvenient location, determined it seems, by its ability to create a road hazard or further congestion. Offering a cheap and convenient mode of transport around the busy streets the ojek drivers cheerfully offer a plastic mac or safety helmet to their patrons.
One accepts this proffered personal protective equipment but deep down inside you just know that this equipment, of dubious pedigree and devoid of such inconveniences as fastener buckles or chin straps, is not going to make the slightest bit of difference between life and death any time soon. Innovation banking on the unlikelihood of Jakarta traffic improving and even less likelihood of the monorail whisking eager passengers effortlessly along above the clouds in the near future, the Indonesian entrepreneurial spirit has once again prevailed.
What a good idea! The Reality the air conditioner is on the blink and sweat trickles down your forehead. You phone the fixer man and whilst waiting for this essential technician to arrive you finalise your purchase of that long-needed portable stereo.
You wait for a shiny delivery van to cruise in with your precious cargo and another with that life-saving technician and his life-saving equipment and the sweat keeps right on dripping off the end of your nose, but no shiny van ever comes. Jakarta - March 35 The Realisation toot! You guessed it; there is your precious purchase, lashed with cheap pink plastic string to the back of a motorbike. Not bad for a motorcycle with a stated capacity of kg albeit written in such teeny weenie print that no one ever bothers to read it.
Is this a complete lack of reverence for your high tech purchases? Have they run out of shiny vans in Mangga Dua? In evolutionary terms the shiny vans have failed to evolve or to adapt to their environment -shame really- and they sit. The Question according to government statistics, in nearly two thirds of the 5. He began by asking me what I thought of my own performance. I criticized myself heavily.
Determined was I to beat him to it on noticing any imperfections. I knew all about music and how the notes should have been cleaner, the tempo faster, not to mention the phrasing, projection, and so on. Wasted time and energy, that was. He embodies the virtuosos of old whose concerts would include presentations of their own original works, in addition to interpreting the masterpieces of others. He has performed in more countries than any other Indonesian pianist, including to queens and Presidents.
He takes performing to a single six-year-old just as seriously. In the event of a full house, typical of his solo recitals, extra chairs on stage around the piano are not out of the question.
I love listening to him play and his unique way of connecting with his audience, and I think you will too. March 47: Sam Ratulangi 9, Jakarta Young and talented Indonesian pianist, Teguh Sukaryo seems to be awing audiences as he takes on the world which so far means australia, europe and the uS, so much that people leave the concert feeling almost foolish if they had never heard of him before. He did his bachelor studies in australia and received full scholarships to further his studies in the uSa culminating in a Doctorate from Louisiana State university.
Taman Ismail Marzuki, Teater Kecil. I also thank the fans, the organizers, the sponsors and all who have made Chamber Music Series possible. Individually trained in London and Moscow, they have performed to high critical acclaimed on most of the continents.
Thursday March 19, 7. Jakarta - March 37 return to the aquarius store regularly on Jl. Mahakam in blok M. I continue to scan its entire inventory with as much enthusiasm and musical aplomb as when I was 10 years old. For those that prefer the convenience of the digital search and updates, start by exploring equinox DMD www. For greater reach, the bigger nightclubs in Jakarta today have mailing lists for you to join via email, Facebook or Myspace. Many of these will share up and coming events and performances — both local and international.
Concerts too remain plentiful in Jakarta, the key to maximizing your experience at them is stepping out of your comfort zone and introducing yourself to people. Faith in conversation yields the greatest musical treasures of all and music is often best shared in the company of others. For me, my first vivid memory of music was in our family garage.
It was my first recollection of goose bumps before my maturity could comprehend and appreciate its unspoken value. I was 6 years old and within a wink of an eye felt my world had gone from sepia toned landscapes to vivid technicolour. It was a blanket, not of security, but of appreciation. I soon learned with music that things were inextricably linked together.
At other times those clickety-clacks are fast and anxious with the excitement of having just bounded through the doggy door after some happy vocalizing at neighboring creatures.
It has been fewer than 48 hours since we said goodbye to our beautiful Golden Retriever, Lola, just a few weeks shy of her 11th birthday. A twice-survivor of cancer, this little powerhouse of a dog was a source of so much beauty and delight that my world has turned eerily silent. Where is the sound of her breathing in the night close to me on the bed. The jangling of her collar and tags as she trots down the hall.
It was her pleasure sound. I regret never having recorded this one.
The wind chimes, the sirens, the jabbering of people crowds, the thunder and holiday fireworks Lola hated theseand the various tonalities that define our lives endure. But the music of our sweet Lola has gone quiet. The two processes are closely related and really involve having fun with the piano.
And a little grounding in some basic theory is helpful although not required. Improvisation is a process whereby you just make stuff up. And hopefully you can fit it all into a package with some satisfying chords that provide an environment for a melody that you have created. The workshop has been in existence for a several years and people come from all over the world to attend. It will involve some master classes with me, along with some individual instruction, plenty of individual practice and creative time for all the students, and a concert by me on Friday night of the workshop.
I can never emphasize enough how helpful it is to listen to other musicians as a way of learning how to improvise. If you are curious and have any questions about the workshop, the range of issues covered, etc. There are still a few spaces left for the class. If you are curious about it or interested in signing up, please go to http: Holy Cow…made him look ba-a-a-a-d! Her daughter Jasmine was with us. This had been our Cubbies team: I had visited Chicago a couple times prior and had played with my band at the Cubby-Bear Lounge across the street from Wrigley.
They would always be our lovable Cubbies. But as the team started laying waste to the rest of the National League, my interest was rekindled. The names were unfamiliar…so many new young players. The possibility loomed of not only making the playoffs but the real chance of ending the World Series drought curse of years.Tommy Page ~ I'll Be Your Everything (Kelapa Gading Jakarta 2016)
Well, you know the rest. In what was described to me as one of the greatest baseball games of all times, the North-Side Chicago baseball Cubs won their first in years World Series championship last night. I set the DVR to record it and watched it today.
But people in our audience last night were excitedly and loudly keeping tabs on the game with their phones. I love what I do. There will be more baseball. Tune in on Oct. Let me know what you think. The seasons, the days, the years for sure…go faster than ever. And so it is that Christmas is waiting in the wings as the spoiler, ready to jump out and grab us by the imagination.
I have several of my CD titles ready to offer at steep discounts for bulk buys. Was that a nice pivot from the wistful to the craven? In the meantime, wishing you a serene Autumn! Often we would open for a band called Spirit. We loved opening for Spirit with their quirky jazzy, rock fusion approach and songs with titles like Fresh Garbage, Mr. Skin, and I Gotta Line on You.
The music matched their onstage appearance with jagged, unconventional melody lines and propulsive rock-style grooves. Randy California had written an instrumental song called Taurus.
But it was the song that Randy claimed was copied by Led Zeppelin in the iconic guitar intro to their magical mega hit Stairway to Heaven.
I have since listened to Taurus. The feeling in both passages is similar, not identical and to my mind, not copyright infringement. This has been an ongoing fight between the two bands for over 40 years. Despite my Jewish upbringing, I know almost every Christmas song there is. And owing to the forbidden fruit phenomenon, I really like playing holiday music. I still have some dates available close to Christmas so feel free to contact me about your holiday event: You can email me at tom tomgrant.
Contact me regarding any of this. We toured a lot in those days. On one of those occasions at the Backstage we usually did 3 or 4 consecutive days thereI had an opportunity to chat with the owner. Burt and his buddy Tom Selleck were planning a TV pilot that would be set there in Jupiter for which The Backstage would be a kind of backdrop, hangout for the series. A meeting was set up at the club for me and Burt and wife Loni Anderson.
The intended purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of our band doing music for the show. It did not go well. Burt wondered aloud about the possibility of our band performing an afternoon set for him and Selleck.
Things went way downhill from there. And the TG Band could continue their afternoons of TV watching and beach-loitering uninterrupted during their stay in Jupiter. He had added a date for us in Minneapolis at a club called First Avenue. Ahh, another club with a celebrity owner. This time the celeb owner was the amazing pop star Prince. I made a private promise to myself that if an opportunity arose for any kind of meeting with this man, I would be on best behavior, exude the utmost respect.
We showed up just in time to set up and play. Played to a near empty house, there was no sign of the awesome owner. I would have no chance to offend him with my un-carefully chosen words. We would almost certainly never play there again. And now as we all know, there will never be such a chance again on this plane of existence. I drive by this school nearly every day on my way to grocery stores, yoga class, etc. Usually this reader board announces happy school events; concerts, picnics, various school happenings.
For the last couple weeks or so it was this: Haruka had been a star performer in the dance program at ACMA and was on her way to fulfilling her dream of continuing her dance career. The school has an amazing performing arts program. It would be easy to hate the person that committed this horrible act. To be a parent of a child who met with this fate would be excruciating. There is a scholarship fund being established by the family in her name, Haruka Weiser. I accompany the dancers with improvised piano music.
The singer is Nancy Curtin and she does songs from Brazil with the warmth and charm those beautiful melodies deserve. The songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim and others in the great pantheon of Bossa Nova composers, are celebrated when she and I get together. As such, he was revered for his deadpan, and sometimes slightly irreverent humor. Dave passed away recently after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer and I will be playing at his memorial on April 25 at the Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin.
Michael Harrison also plays, Margie Boule sings. Memorial starts at 6: Exceed Enterprises is a non-profit that helps disabled people find vocational opportunities. See their website if you are interested in attending. The gala starts at 5pm. Did I mention May Mishigahs pronounced: So spelling was never an issue since Yiddish is actually written using a variation of the Hebrew alphabet.
Now how did I get on this tangent from talking about my May gigs? Michaela is a wonderful singer who specializes in the most beautiful ballads from the Great American Songbook. Osteria offers Italian fine dining and live music on the weekends. Tickets are going fast for the show and we usually sell it out. So get on it Seattle! I know…pretty daunting numbers, huh. Add to this some great Seattle players like William Chapman-Nyaho, Shannon Cassady, and several gifted youngsters from the Seattle area and you have a power-packed evening of musical magic.
This will be at the friendly confines of Aurora Colony Vineyards from 11am-2pm. See what you think. I was pounding away, trying to follow his directions on my computer all the while, snuggling my cell phone between my shoulder and ear. Bye and bye, i started thinking about a recent article in the New York Times that talks about the unsettled controversy over whether cell phones can cause cancer.
In the article Randall Stross says that all new smart phones come with a slip of paper that most everybody discards without reading. On that slip of paper is a tiny print warning to not hold the phone directly against your ear. The article goes on to talk about the exposure to radiation that is emitted by cell phones. Such radiation is suspected of causing tumors and is thought to be more harmful to young people as their skulls tend to be thinner than those of older folks.
So the damage done by one of our favorite gadgets in our gadget-culture may not be fully known for years until a there is a full fledged epidemic of brain cancer. Will the cell phone industry of the 21st century turn out to be like the cigarette industry of the late 20th century? Things have changed markedly since the days of my childhood when we went to the shoe store, and part of trying on the shoes was putting your feet in a slot at the base of a machine which would x-ray your Buster Browns to see how your feet fit in them.
And then there was the fluoroscope in Dr. We would stand behind a little screen and the fluoroscope would x-ray your body in real time. Himmelfarb would let us play with it…my brother sticking his hand behind the screen so that we could see his bones and blood vessels. But now our little portable entertainment centers that we were so sure were our friends, are suspected of emitting harmful…if not deadly…radiation…right into our brains!
Oh…and you better NOT carry your cell phones around in your pants pockets because, according to this article, you could get cancer of the you-know-what. Start time is 7pm. Concert starts at 6pm. Literally…there is a passage way that I only discovered about 10 years ago, that links the second floor of the Heathman banquet area to the balcony of the Schnitz.
Like something out of a James Bond movie. We play all the favorites from pm. I love playing that music. Mike has that velvety voice of a Michael Buble or Chet Baker. We play a set and then throw it open to a rollicking jam session that has lit up downtown Vancouver for the past almost 8 years. The conversations often go something like this: I have only recently realized that the most brilliant piano teacher I ever had was my own father.
He was a self-taught pianist who could play nearly any song he ever heard. So the way he got me to be interested in playing was he taught me to play the old Mills Bros. It all sounds pretty. Just play any combination, in any sequence of only the black keys. To my 4-year-old ears, that was a great sound. To my 4-year-old hands, the black keys were easier to see and access. So that hooked me.
So that could be a place to start: We will try to convey some of the basic principles of improvising in the jazz and pop realm. We will also spend some time on composition song writing.
In this 4-day workshop, I will try to convey a few tools you can use, work on some concepts and develop some vocabulary for pianists to get them on the road to meaningful improvisation.
For those who sign up for the full course, we will have some large group sessions, plus private lessons. This workshop is open to pianists of all skill levels. Each student gets 2 private lessons. This concert will be open to all those who sign up for the workshop, but there will also be concert-only tickets for those who would just like to attend the concert.
Then on Sunday, all the workshop attendees will meet at my recording studio in Portland to talk about and possibly do some simple recordings. We still have a few slots to fill for those who want the Full Workshop. And for those who would just like to attend the Friday concert only, you can do that too. We are also offering a Music Lovers package that includes everything except the private lessons.
In any case, go to www. This record features 7 new songs, and 1 from a previous album. And these songs are more in the atmospheric realm; music for relaxation, meditation, massage, a Fall drive thru the gorge, etc. And yes there will be music with my band plus MORE!
Kevin Karrick will join us on guitar. Shelly Rudolph will be there with her singular brand of blues-y-jazzy song. I played piano as background to a poem that she read. At the November concert we will team up again, this time for a poem that she wrote to go with one of my songs on the new album.
She will read a poem. The multi-talented Mary Garvey will read one of her poems as will my longtime buddy and beat-poetry stylist, Tim Massmann. All poems will have live musical accompaniment. This is an all-ages event, and those of you who have attended events at the Old Church know what a warm and welcoming venue it is for concert goers. The main auditorium seats comfortably, and there is a decent sized reception hall that adjoins.
And there we will serve wine and food delicacies prepared by master chef, Marianne Lewis. For tickets click here. This will be a four day event starting on Thursday December 10 and going until Sunday evening. There will be master classes, and individualized instruction highlighting improvisational techniques, composition in jazz and pop, ear training, and other issues related to improvisation.
Vocalists are also welcome to sign up. In addition to the classes, I will do a solo concert on the Friday evening session.
In addition, students will visit my home recording studio on that Sunday with an eye toward doing some rudimentary recording as well as talking about studio issues, techniques in multi track recording, and more. This year Carol has requested that Shelly and I do a Christmas concert at their historic and very cool house on NE 16th. We will include some seasonal sing-alongs in this concert so you all should be in good voice for that one. Marilyn Nash has lovingly transformed the wedding chapel into a really sweet concert venue with beautiful acoustics and a devoted following in Canby.
Check out the appearances page for more of my usual club dates which are still part of the November and December landscape. And it was to be in the daytime. PIP had been established only three years prior to this by Sharon Darcy and David, and their avowed purpose was to serve a hot meal once a week every Sunday without fail, rain or shine to anybody who showed up.
Since Christmas in fell on a Sunday, they decided to feed people a special meal that day but indoors at the Y, and have done so on every Christmas since. What I saw when I showed up to play made a huge and lasting impression on me. There was a line of people out the door waiting to get in. Once inside, there was a gathering of people who were to varying degrees, down on their luck. Not necessarily just homeless, although many were. There were some families.
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Most of them just sat quietly, eating the one complete meal they would have all week. Over the years, I would see a few people at these dinners whom I had known. Some of these even were musicians who had fallen on hard times, turned to substance abuse and wound up on the streets. Their food for that day was provided by a small army of cheery volunteers. David, with his black sport coat and red Santa hat, was in charge of the goings-on, overseeing the hustling in of each group of clients as another group made their way out of the big gymnasium.
Everything was relatively quiet and orderly. There was a Santa and gifts were given out. The most touching moment of the day was an announcement that people who wanted to call relatives anywhere in the country could do so on phones provided for that purpose in one of the adjacent rooms there at the Y.
Many other local musicians have joined in: Then inI was about to release a new Christmas record that I had done with the great Rebecca Kilgore. I made a call to David and suggested we do a benefit concert for Potluck. We secured the auditorium in the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. Rebecca joined me to sing and Ron Steen, Shelly Rudolph, David Captein and other luminaries of the local entertainment scene joined us for what was to become an annual series of concerts benefiting Potluck.
We called that initial concert Winter Warm as that was the name of our new CD. That name stuck until last year when we started calling the event Piano Madness. We now have two pianos on stage courtesy of Classic Pianos of Portland. My friend Michael Allen Harrison joins me again this year for dueling pianos along with the incredible young pianist Mac Potts and his fiancee…Hey Hey! Our singers this year are Valerie Day and Haley Johnsen.