And the only black person, a women, was on Ben Harper's guest list?...White punks on Dope and Alcohol ..And yuppies with no common sense....I'll see you at S.F's Stein Grove or Hardly Strictly Bluegrass three days and pay zip..Or WIndsor Green for Charlie Musslewhite...And all the "swells will be present."..Thanks for writing about a place that had few people until the weekend....Allowed charges of $10.00 for two cookies, presented a shortage of clean up facility stations, long lines to many flooded toilets, trash cans overflowing and stupid people...Sounds like Haiti without the blacks and gunfights.
This is one uuuuugggggglllllyyyyyy dog
Bookstores are more than books. They are places for people to gather in community. Mackenzie Bezos played a role in taking away a safe place for women to gather perhaps by her silent complicity during the lawsuit. Today the ethical thing for the Bezos to do is to give back the Amazon name to the Minneapolis women’s bookstore along with financial restitution. As we all know, the Amazon legacy is to stand up to bullies and fight for the underdogs.
The name Amazon was stolen from Amazon Bookstore a feminist bookstore founded in 1970 in Minneapolis, MN. In 1999 the Amazon Bookstore for-profit collective sued Jeff Bezos for trademark infringement, plus staff time and money lost due to customers and suppliers mistaking their store for the Web retailer.
When Jeff Bezos stole the Amazon name, he encouraged his lawyers to interrogate a store co-owner while she was under oath about her sexual orientation and that of her staff! This week Copperfield’s Book Club hosts Mackenzie Bezos who typed a trite book about four women. I want to know how she feels about the women whose lives and livelihood she helped trample. I also want to know how Paul Jaffe and Barney Brown would feel about a corporation selling books using Copperfields.com. I think these are important musings for small independent bookstore owners and their customers.
The fact that this story is posted and has both positive and negative comments shows Mr. Briano has had some measure of success. Theater will die if you don't get people talking about it and going out to see the productions. He seems to be leading when no one else wants to. Briano should be appreciated and helped. Perhaps a list of which companies opted out of consideration or which were included might help. It never helps to be mean. LGygax
Sorry, E.P.A. abatement is forth coming...Things change and water quality by the Fed's upon the NorthWest Coastal Rivers and tributaries cannot be circumvented by emotions....The failure of Monte Rio residents and business to pump sewage is tantamount to crimes against the environment....All uphill into a non-existant sewer pipe and water treatment Center..The County refusal to provide permits or prior Red-tagged buildings and parcels, has demolished app. one-fourth of the former buildings...All were similar as low lying along the Federal Russian River, U.S. Army Corps Warm Springs Dam Hatchery, Mill Creek, Felta Creek, Green Valley Creek, Mark West Creek, and DutchBill Creek,,,App. nine billion dollars annual is spent now, from Santa Cruz to Canada for water quality. Further operation of the Rio Theater may subject the owners to criminal prosecution by more ground water pollution. And inadequate toilet pumping service for patrons...Watch your money.....
Erma and Daniel have created so many venues that have been taken from them by people with more money behind them. What pisses me off is that they have NEVER BEEN GIVEN CREDIT for ESTABLISHING these places as good venues for music. Erma and Daniel should be recognized as the people who saw the possibilities and made it happen in these places. No one could have been sure it would work at the Masonic, the Seafood Peddler or the Larkspur Cafe without their insight and hard work.
That said, Sweetwater is amazing, as is Terrapin and I am happy for their success. Could we have some appreciation that their success is because Erma and Daniel made them a viable venue in the first place?
Awesome piece! I love Samvega!
Successful professional actors rule!
I wonder how come they haven't called on some of Sonoma County's most successful home bred actor's to date. There are so many of them that I am sure would really enjoy participating and voting. I can think of quite a few incredibly successful professional actors and actresses that have come out of Sonoma County throughout the years and go one to be in many Broadway Shows that still reside or travel back to Sonoma County often.
What is the quote the movie title is based on? Which poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins is it in?
Thank you for your blatant sexist remarks in assuming that I am a man.
It was surprising to read the negative comment posted by Reality Check. Those comments were so, so negative and so against the efforts which the SOTAs make to bring the community together, if for one single evening during the year. All great projects begin as a small seed with an idea. To criticize the criteria for membership or anything else at this time is ridiculous because all of those things are things that develop with time and with the help of people who unite to the project to make it better. I should remind you that this is but the fifth year of the SOTAs. To celebrate and recognize, what is during the year, hard, exhausting work and dedication by so many wonderful artists in Sonoma County, is not something to be criticized but supported. Briano has the right idea here and the spirit and I wholeheartedly support him in his efforts. Rather than criticize the SOTAs, united in mediocracy should do a reality check on himself and his attitude. If you don't like what you see, involve yourself and help fix it, help make it better rather then to sit behind a computer and cover the project with a dark cloud.
You sound like someone who is guilty that they actually didn't make it to see much theater outside of SSU last year. Craven said that she doubted that "MANY SSU students" made it out after acknowledging that schedules make it difficult to for local theater artists to see others work. Frankly the rest of your post is ridiculous - to attack Mrs. Lichenstein and Mrs. Craven, and say that they are what is wrong with North Bay Theater shows your ignorance and your lack of respect for two women who are frankly responsible for 2 theaters remaining open in Sonoma County - theaters that constantly put on work that is completely "legitimate" in the eyes of the Bay Area theater. But I'm sure that you give up much of your time for free to keep a non-profit open, right TheaterGoer?
And finally, it would be good to point out that an awards ceremony does little to "unite" people. Especially this morning, the local community is awash with how ridiculous this years nominees are... The SOTA's are not leading to unity, they are leading to another forum, like the complete bullshit "Broadway Bay Area Awards", where there is no criteria for membership - just a scorecard of how many of your friends can send Briano an email and get a ballot.
United in mediocrity. Bravo indeed.
As a SOTA Academy member myself, I can personally say that in just five years, the awards have grown incredibly and are steadily working toward a more professional arena. Even the first year, it wasn't exclusively SSU shows nominated. By year 4, more than 8 theatre companies comprised the nominees. While it's still a growing organization, the hard-working people behind are SOTA including its president are doing a great job, I think of continuing to build and make the show better. The show itself is a piece of theatre and wonderfully honors and recognizes everyone's hard work. There will always be people with something opposing to say about it- that's their opinions and that's perfectly fine. I do hope that the public or other theatre artists can come to show and see what they think about it. It's always a fun night where people from all circles of theatre can meet, greet, share, and share a nice experience.
Curious as to why Craven would doubt that SSU students would see shows outside of SSU. Young actors in Sonoma County make up an incredibly huge part of the theatre scene outside of scholastic environments. It's hers and Lichtenstein's self centered, exclusive and closed mindset that's keeping the North Bay theatre community shut out from the world of legitimate Bay Area theatre. Even though it might not be a perfect model for an awards group, Briano's efforts to be inclusive and celebrate the community are inspiring. And it's not surprising that it's a young person championing unity in our arts community. Much of the most exciting, effective and daring theatre being produced in the North Bay comes from companies that are largely run by folks under 40. I say Bravo.
Bohemian: Stupid article to write up because they now, have been ripped off. FaceBook photo of thief, burglarized of a $10 K dollar Yamaha mixer and other sound techie gear. But you had to get it out there....Loose lips create rip-offs...
Steve Pile is not only extremely talented, he is a committed teacher, sharing his many gifts. Glad to see this article about him.
Amen to that Dawn.
-Another friend and admirer of Erma and Daniel. (Ric)
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