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Re: “Splendor in the Jam-Grass


Posted by Roxy Vegas on 03/31/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man

Maybe a smart move. Older fans can afford to buy fancy wine? I would go, but still too pricey. Good lineup, though.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 03/25/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man


Thanks for the comments. There will definitely be something for everyone, except the younger crowd, who will likely be priced out anyway. This will be a good festival for the target demographic, those of us who grew up listening to groups like Smash Mouth (Fush Yu Mang was one of the first albums I bought with my own money).

Have a good gig!

Posted by Nicolas.Grizzle on 03/24/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man

They aren't trying to be versitile, they are desperate to keep their word that they can do this and these are the only bands that would agree to do it. Poor planning. Poor execution. Damaged brand. No surprise here. I would not be surprised if this is a worse bloodbath than last year. I hope they pay the bills.

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Posted by Rick Bartalini on 03/19/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man

Hey Nicolas :-)
If I had to guess, I'd say they're trying to be versatile for the sake of getting a whole
big range of generations. A little something for everyone...know what I mean?
Have you ever seen us play? It's a fun show and we have fun with the crowd...well these days anyway.

Keep it real.

Sean (Smash Mouth)

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Posted by Sean Hurwitz on 03/19/2014 at 6:57 AM

Re: “The Repurposed-Driven Life

Functional Art, Incorporated makes beautiful furniture. Seth Richardson is an amazing artist. You can call him at 707-820-1185 or go to

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Posted by Jim Brumm on 03/12/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Mardi Gras at the Mystic

Petaluma's own Krewe of Muses will make their debut at this year's annual Mardi Gras parade. The parade starts at 5:45pm in front of McNear's on Fat Tuesday, March 4th. The Krewe of Muses, Petaluma's first official Mardi Gras Krewe will be dressed for the parade and ready with traditional throws of beads, candy and cups, so come early and join in on the fun!

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Posted by Annamaria Pardini on 03/02/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “A Lens on Vermeer


Posted by Printed Light on 02/27/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Sylvia Tyson: On Our Mind

Saw the show last night in SEB -- amazing to see this icon in person, plus the talent of Cindy Cashdollar on pedal, steel, lap steel, and dobro. The Community Center was jammed.

Not so fun -- the boorish behavior of some audience members. After one song that had the dobro quieter in background, a woman yelled out "up the dobro". Puh-leeze! This concert isn't your server in a restaurant. Then too, many audience of a certain age left between sets at around 10:30p. Certainly, we tire more easily as we get older, but c'mon! Respect the performers -- Ms. Tyson is 73, yet graciously stayed after the final song. If she can do it ... .

Would love to see these ladies -- together or separately -- again.

Posted by Barry on 02/23/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Piling It On

This was a GREAT show last year with a LOT of extremely strong musicians on stage. I will definitely be at this year's show also. I already have my tickets!

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Posted by Ray on 02/23/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967–2014

I think we have lost someone whose talents are yet to be appreciated. Bummer.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 02/17/2014 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967–2014


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Posted by Matt on 02/11/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Down by J-Law

I think we are over thinking the fact that this one interview had Lawrence and Granik sitting together. They were not afraid to have Lawrence sit by herself during the Winter's Bone press junket as she did many interviews by herself. It could have easily been that this was her first interview of the press junket and based off of how nervous Lawrence gets when having to answer the artsy questions about her work, the team probably felt it be better to have Granik lead the way and give Lawrence an idea as to what she can say in the remaining interviews.
You will see this still takes place today, even though the world loves unfiltered Lawrence, she will allow her director or even on of her other cast members do the majority of the talking when talking about the craft or detailed aspects of the production process.

Posted by Andrea Lopez on 01/22/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Down by J-Law

It's great to hear someone write about a Lawrence interview before her quick and dizzying rise to stardom as "America's Sweetheart..." (although I must say, I think Julia Robets got it right in saying that Lawrence is too cool to be America's 'sweetheart.') This is a particularly interesting article because you mention the pairing of Granik and Lawrence together in the same interview to protect her potential young innocence and shyness. I'd take that argument a step further and maybe say that Granik noted something about Lawrence early on that we are all very much aware of now--the fact that she is 100% unfiltered, defying traditional Hollywood norms in every way possible. I'd bet that for a quiet, dark and moving film like Winter's Bone, Granik wanted to portray Ree-- both in Lawrence and in the fictional character herself-- as a quiet heroine, beautifully seen but rarely really heard. I'd suspect they wanted to control her just as much as protect her, because it might've backfired on the indie film to have a relatively unknown lead actress ranting about butt plugs (although we all love her for it). But who knows! They also could've been cringing in every interview hoping she wouldn't unleash her unpredictable Lawrence charm.

Posted by G on 01/22/2014 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Chicken Scratches

Artists- Please do not come to the space and take your art! Contact me first 477-0567. I will be contacting all the artists to set up a time to do so!

I am sorry for Dennell's perception that all possible precautions were not taken to assure the security and safety of the art. When the artists dropped off their art, they understood that the space was not a standard gallery, but a pop up in an alternative space. I too, Vicky Kumpfer the coordinator, of the exhibition had a hard time with this, but with some agreements with the owner was assured that the work would be safe. All artists had the opportunity to take their art on Dec 18th if they didn't want to leave it up for the Month of Sundays exhibition in January.

There are video cameras on the outside of the building and two caretakers on site. I talked with these two men and trust they are doing everything they can to watch over the art.

Yesterday, when you came there was a gallery greeter, myself and the owner of the building monitoring the art and all wings of the building. I was at the front while the greeter roved and she was at the front while I roved. Mr Batarsheh was greeting and roving as well.

The situation with your art, was one of concern rather then neglect. Your art didn't have a wire on the backside and the standard procedure is if the artists didn't provide a wire, it doesn't get hung. It is the artists responsibility to assure a safe hanging apparatus for the gallery to hang from. It is not good policy for the gallery to manipulate the art to provide this. Mr Batarsheh was trying to be helpful and be sure your work would be seen and safe. Art is safer hanging from a wire then the frame.

It is true that a wooden wall was constructed during the month of Dec, after which, the building owner assured me that there would not be any construction and the art would stay in place. Again, this is an unusual situation but the art was cared for with all reasonable precaution.

Vicky Kumpfer

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Posted by Vicky on 01/13/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Chicken Scratches

WARNING! All artists! Regarding the Fulton Crossing Art Exhibit, located at 1200 River Road, Fulton, owner Rami Batarseh. I just had a most unfortunate experience with an extremely unprofessional "exhibit." Art was delivered to, signed in and hung by art volunteers under the guide of a known art professional.

Each artist had to sign an agreement stating, "Although, all reasonable precautions will be taken to assure the safety and security of the art, artists shall release the building owner and anyone associated with this exhibition, of liability for theft or damage to the art.

I hereby agree and accept any/all risk to my art during this exhibition: ...."

The open house was Dec. 17 and well attended. I expressed some concern about the security of the art, noting the large warehouse facility with several wings, foot access on three sides of the building and three open truck bays on two sides. I was told there would be a greeter manning the show at all times plus security cameras in all wings.

Today I walked into the facility discovering all art in the front entrance had been moved, construction was going on and there was no greeter. There were no security cameras and five of the access routes open, including two truck bays. One of my five pieces had been handled, moved by a non-art- professional, re-hung with construction screws and construction wire, hanging the large LANDSCAPE vertically instead or horizontally (the skyline, signature and labeling should have all been clues.) I removed my art due to the complete lack of security and the non-professional manner the show was being handled.

Other artists may want to evaluate the risk for themselves. As for me, I hope the next show is better.
Respectfully, dannell Powell

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Posted by Dannell Powell on 01/12/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Buckle Up

I skipped the Kate Wolf choice other than a performance at O'Connells Grove in Graton-Sebastopol, Ca.... And went for "John Lee Hooker and his Coast to Coast Blues Band" with his band member from San Jose, Ca...And Occidental, Negri's with Steve Miller and more, in 1976-77 from Novato....Personal choice...Sure "Olde and In the Way," with Peter Rowan and many others was special..But then you have acid-rock fans from Marin...And John Cippolina and the Dinosaurs-Papa John Creech was my choice ....And my friends and neighbors, "The Sons of Chaplin."

Posted by Brad Pipal on 01/05/2014 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Jacques and Awe

Um, how did he attend the 50th anniversary of the show? He died in 1978 and 50 years after 1968 hasn't even happened yet. Did you mean 5th?

Posted by NorCalGal on 12/31/2013 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Buckle Up

It's official, we're fans, no pack of lies.... :). The neighbors....

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Posted by Kristen Robbins on 12/27/2013 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Buckle Up

Thanks for the article Gabe. You place Frankie Boots in a line that includes Kate Woolf and other Sonoma County folk-country-bluegrass figures. And rightly so. Indeed there are a number of good local, younger bands that could be placed there: Driftwood, The Bootleg Honey's and Old Jawbone, to name a few.
And, just to fill in a bit more of that history, it's worth noting that Sonoma County was, indeed, a hotbed of those music's for many years. I moved here in 1978 hoping to secure the guitar chair in Kate Wolf's band (only to find Nina Gerber got there first) but what I discovered was a wealth of talent and band-playing opportunites. Bluegrass, in particular, was popular during this time. Between the well known bluegrass bands (Boothill, Eagle Ridge, HiJinks & The High Forehead Boys) and the Old-Time bands (too many to name) it seemed you could find really good acousticly driven music most nights of the week. In fact, I played bluegrass at a club, now long gone, on fourth street called Joe Frogger's every week. It was a wildly popular club, nightly over-run with fans of that music.
Among local acoustic musicians from that era, some of the names of the best of best remain vital today: Chris Carney, Layne Bowen, Evan Morgan, Ted Dutcher. And then there's Chip Dunbar. He was responsible for teaching many, many people the joy of banjo, guitar, mandolin and singing. Though he passed a few years ago Chip's legacy lives on with groups like The Mighty Chiplings, so named to honor their first important teacher in this music.
And we shouldn't forget important venue's like The Inn of the Beginning in Cotati; concert home to many of the important figures in acoustic music. I remember seeing David Grisman (with a fresh-faced young singer who went on to some Nashville noteriety: Vince Gill), David Bromberg, Doc Watson (who politely requested that folks refrain from smoking so he could sing), Norman Blake, and bay area bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis. I could go on.
So, yes, let's hoist a glass and honor those great musicians here in Sonoma County who have always entertained us, educated us and endured with us the comings and goings of fashions and the closure of clubs that support this music.
A final tip-of-the-hat to Sheila Groves down at the new Twin Oaks in Penngrove. Looks like country-bluegrass (ie Americana) may have a new home in Sonoma County.

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Posted by Kevin Russell on 12/25/2013 at 3:20 PM

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