Terry Acebo Davis and I met and regaled Terry Allen with our Sled Allen baseball card sets (featuring work by Mark Weiss, Terry Acebo Davis, Rob Syrett and Mia Ollikainen — honorable mention to Grant Kosh and Steve Cohen; raspberries to the others of you who ignored the RFQ). We also met Robert Hudson at the show and schmoozed with Paule Anglim’s able, helpful and generally lovely staff: Christine, Travis and Monica.
We were not invited to the post-party dinner, alas, so wandered into the Union Square night looking for grub. The syren calls of what turned out to be Marcus Shelby Trio with Howard Wiley
lured us into a lovely light supper at Cafe Claude; we sat at the bar and talked Uruguayan football with Enrique, plus got insight into Metallica’s show at a large corporate event by one of the event’s caterers. (She finished my sentence when I was pontificating that for Metallica to play a trade show meant buku books — I said “one million” and that the fledgling high tech company not so much wanted their followers to understand metal as much as that he wanted to show that he could make them… his bitch).
Marcus Shelby and I traded bits and bytes on the DeYoung, John Corbett in Chicago, his Port Chicago piece, Stanford, Mingus and more. He said he was commissioned by the DeYoung to write a companion piece to Edward Hicks “Peaceable Kingdom”.
Maybe we can get Marcus Shelby to play some tunes at the dedication of the Mildred Howard “Clear Story” next week in Palo Alto — by nine today I had put in to calls on that topic, we’ll see, clearly.
Not to completely ruin the mood but here is someone’s home video of the Metallica appearance at a trade show, purportedly their first corporate gig.