Announcing Earthwise Productions Institute and news-reading service, not necessarily in that order


Niners Stadium price shows how stakes are rising, by Gwen Knapp, who the very busy doctor, dad and blogger from the midwest Dr. Brian Moore, a transplanted New Englander helpfully or perhaps wishfully remembers as a Boston Phoenix writer; more believable if he says he saw her doing laps at the Lowell Y; Moore is a former reporter for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, when I was PTT.  I have not yet read the article, I merely have saved it from recycling and link to it. I or my dad sat in Lower Box Section 20, row X, seats 5 and 6, which stopped being a box years ago, from 1974 to 2010, or from Joe Reed and Steve Deberg thru Joe Montana and Steve Young, to Alex Smith et al. Come to think of it, Harris Barton was sitting four tables away from me here at Coupa while I wrote and posted the first of this. At this point I cannot afford the $2,000 a year to faithfully report to the Stick each fall, let alone an $80,000 seat license if indeed (and not my usage IF) the Niners go 408. I say they are 404. Or as CeeLo would say: 4-U.

Humber’s perfect moment. In The Times‘ graphic, that said exactly how many games, close to 8,000 have been pitched less perfectly by the Mets, plus a list of the former Mets, like Humber and Nolan Ryan, who have no-no’s. “In the 21st Perfect Game, Another Sigh for The Mets” by Tyler Kepner. The sidebar/graphic “7,982 and Counting” lauds: Ryan (7 times), Tom Seaver, Mike Scott and Dwight Gooden. While I’ve got the section open, I had been meaning to get to, or recommend you do it for me — the old Tom Sawyer Syndrome working for all of us here — “The Footprints on a Path to Gold” about Amantle Montsho of Botswana, the 400-meter runner, by Mary Pilon; with excellent photos by James Hill; I didn’t see it here but I was psyched to Pumpsie Green of El Cerrito included and mentioned in ceremony about Fenway at 100. I asked Pumpsie a couple years back for his verbal permission to found a rock group named Pumpsie Green and as counter to the Phish side project Vida Blue, but he talked me out of it. What he actually said was “Ask my wife…I wouldn’t think so..No” which was enough. Back to the wrangling of newsprint and tapping of keys…and sipping foamy coffee….Humber is from Nacodoches, Texas and Rice and was once unbraided by George Vecsey in the Times for flubbing a game in a pennant race, this was September, 2007. People have been adding to his Wiki page since Saturday. He is 12-10 lifetime and about to become a first-time Dad. Mazel to all the little Humber-babies.

1972 A’s recall amazing title run: Amid other A’s from the 1972 team, Gene Tenace and Rollie Fingers hug after Fingers threw out the first pitch. Photo by Lance Iversen/The Chronicle/The A’s Joe Rudi snares a Denis Menke drive to help preserve Game 2.

Tom Stienstra: I was meaning to chide him for his column last week conflating graffiti, gangs, vandalism and copper thieves. Barbarians, snobs and imitators all over again, a divisive article he wrote about Palo Alto high schools rivalry in 1980; there are 211 comments on his column, mostly siding with him, at first glance in appears. The biggest crime is the closing of the parks.

Will Bernard in town at Yoshi’s and profiled in the Pink by Lee Hildebrand; he played on the Tom Waits recent cd alongside on one track Keith Richards and Mark Ribot. Photo by Michael Weintrob, who I met when I worked with Henry Butler and John Ellis.

June 8 and 10: who but me will try to see back to back John Adams’ “Nixon in China” and Tinariwen at SFJazz? If you dearest readerly permit me a digression, from yesterday’s soon-to-be fish-papers, the Chron and The Times, I recall first hearing about Tinariwen from Corrina Marshall of Stern Grove, who I met at table 47 of Yoshi’s while we both were scouting EST, the Swedish jazz band, in 2005. And more recently, here, I learned that Ian Brennan, the rrrrn, (he’s funny, he’s a nurse?) is their producer for their recent Anti Release. Tinariwen are Tuareg which should mean that Stanford’s Seligmann will want to be there, or has been there done that. I still root for the Wodabi versus Tuareg, if it’s like Red Sox-Yankees.

Mikhail Baryshnikov “In Paris” at Berkeley Rep, while “Red” last three weeks May 12, about Rothko, Tony winner. Early warning for Monterey Jazz: Bill Frisell, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mulgrew Miller, Trombone Shorty (who plays trumpet) and those are the ones I’ve met.

49ers coach caught up in buzz of new stadium. See also: “The Harbaugina Monologues”

A Bob Marley biopic by Kevin McDonald at Camera 3 and “Gerhard Richter Painting”

“Don’t Stop Believing” about Journey and Arnel Pineda at SF Film Festival May 3 at Castro Theatre a film by Ramona S. Diaz.

The documentary “Hit So Hard” about Hole drummer Patty Schemel, opens Friday (Universal)

Today (yesterday) at Bottom of the Hill: Careless Hearts, Court & Spark, Hooks, Paula Frazer, Chris Von Sneidern, Justin Frahm, Matthew Edwards, Tory Ford (which sounds like the rhythm section of The Donnas), Noelle Cahill, Daniel Phifer, 2:30 p.m. $8.

Mountain Winery: Chris Isaak, August 6 & 7; Barenaked Ladies, Blues Travelers, Big Head Todd and Cracker — which would have filled two Shorelines back in the day– July 31; Michael Franti, Aug. 3; (and save your dates and money for Outside Lands Aug. 10-12); B.B. King and Robert Cray, September 7; Willie Nelson, September 13; 64 shows went go on sale in ten minutes. I have been to Mountain Winery three times in the last five years so will doubtfully go to these five, but you should go. The add curiously doesn’t say who the presenter is; in recent years it has been Live Nation. There is a sponsor mentioned, a solar company.

Seeking uke’s sweet strum by Jeanne Cooper: “Ukulele Source” San Jose; IZ’s ukulele, Los Angeles.

Do they ever have uke night at “Flea Street Cafe” in Menlo Park?

Ruthe Stein on trenchcoats, including 10 from the movies and Cody from Look Model Agency;

Regan McMahon on Nion McEvoy and Chroncile Publishing, and his music jones.

C8 Chronicle, Sunday, April 22, 2011: Robert Ross Staley (1921-2012): He loved, not necessarily in this order, Stanford football, the Democratic Party, the California Coast, the music of Lester Young and a good martini.

Lark Helps to improve the quality of your sleep, by Eileen Lee, freelance, about Julia Hu, and a wristband sleep monitor app. Photo by Jill Schneider;

Indian underworld, review of Sonia Feleiro, Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars, by Chita Divakaruni.

Jesmyn Ward,Salvage the Bones, today at 8 pm, at Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Theresa, 723-0011. vs. Slavej Zizek Boris Gunjevic, “God in Pain: Inversions of the Apocalypse” for $27 City Box Office SF. Ward is a Stegner Fellow who won National Book Award I think, in 2011.

Jazz Odyssey by Tom Nolan, a review of Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, who is from, um, Canada. Edit to added that Esi is Ghanaian and was born on a Sunday, and you can do your own links and leaps and digging deepers, readers; I’ve been here for two hours and have to pretend I have a life to get back to. The book, like plastic alto, is about jazz.

“Afghan war success is just ‘dangerous political fiction” by Joel Brinkley, a professor of journalism at Stanford and Pulitzer winning former foeign correspondent for New York Times.

In Customer Service Consulting, Disney’s Small World Is Growing by Brooks Barnes. Twelve hundred words, eighteen links and the truth, or the nearest thing these days, like Kinda Sorta Organic.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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5 Responses to Announcing Earthwise Productions Institute and news-reading service, not necessarily in that order

  1. bmoore2 says:

    Gwen Knapp used to write for The Boston Phoenix!

      • markweiss86 says:

        Hard to tell, I will perhaps bring this up at the reading and ask her. M.Ward already has a thing going with movie star and singer Zooey Dechanel called She and Him so maybe they can arrange and perform songs derived from Jesmyn’s writings and call it She and Him and Jesmyn or something. Or She and Him and Jesmyn or Something, even better. if it were me, if I were young and handsome and talented like M. Ward, absolutely, I would bring Jesmyn Ward into my band. I also once suggested to Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation) at a reading that she should start a band. I will ask Jesmyn if she likes music. She is from the South, I think; M.Ward is from NorCal or Central Valley.

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