Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, obscured by a guy whose photos came out much crisper than this, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Thursday, September 15, 2011.
I spoke to Ed Rodriguez, who I met previously at 21 Grand in Oaktown, with Weasel Walter, and we spoke about Hal Russell, John Corbett, Flying Luttenbachers, Bruce Beasley, Radiohead, Ornette Coleman and The Varsity Theatre.
The show also featured a founding member of The Black Panther Party, David Hilliard, in conversation with Adam Pendleton. I tried to text my photo of them to Ian MacKaye, who “rejected” the incoming information bundle. (My relationship with Ian is alas complicated and probably compromised). My phone suggested a title “Black Paothers” which I am looking into thinking of us “PA” for “Palo Alto” + “others”. I am suggesting, like “Let’s Go Bowling”, that “The Black Paothers” (sic) or “The Green Paothers” could be a working title for a Palo Alto based group of grass roots arts and social justice activists, who feel like “other” or marginalized, or outsiders. But I will have to research the topic a little more thoroughly. In my mind The Black Panther Party is almost indistinguishable from MC5 — I saw John Sinclair speak at SXSW.
I also met a marketing associate at SFMOMA named Sierra Gonzalez who said she was Esther Wojcicki’s student at Paly and a Stanford industrial design grad.
I ran into Francisco Fernandez of The Ferocious Few who was one of the inspirations for ICOBOPA, and got his digits again.
In a related story (all things are connected, according to Chief Seattle), Intersection of the Arts in SF announced they received a $700,000 grant from a consortium of foundations and that it was linked to the New York Times story I was meaning to find, clip and save yesterday about Rocco Landesman and the NEA; more omens for the success of TLPW456 The Last Picture Waltz Save The Varsity — a rose smells like mcgowan no matter if there is a jawbreaker in your mouth, doc.