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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; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32

Weiss of Earthwise: ‘4 you, 2 musicians’ (wears Ronnie Lott jacket to introduce Jerry Hannan and Johnny A solo sets at Mitchell Park, 42)

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Good on McFaul for chiming in on ‘the drug deal’

Reminds me of the botched lyric of the Grateful Dead: “don’t try to give me all your flak Jack” OR: NEW KIEV BOOGIE I spent a little time on the mountain Spent a little time on the hill Things went … Continue reading

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Tanaka-Johnson, 2016 VS Voight-Kampff, 1982

I re-watched parts of the interview Greg Tanaka, then a Palo Alto planning commissioner, did as a candidate for City Council with Bill Johnson of the Palo Alto Weekly, in 2016. What I remembered was that Greg kept avoiding Bill’s … Continue reading

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Coming soon: CJ Chenier at Mitchell Park, with Dartmouth Coast Orchestra and MC Lars

onsale right about now

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‘Respect my hair, white people’ Jon Pareles of the Times touts Xenia Franca of Bahia at GlobalFest

BLUF: I’ve produced a handful of world music concerts in Palo Alto — Femi Kuti, Ozomatli, Kemuri, Danilo Perez — and would like to do more. Also: I think there should be more street music and buskers, beyond the Claude … Continue reading

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Bitch, I’m Honeychild

The article by Lauren Messman in Sunday’s Times about Carolyn Coleman, an artist who uses subway subsidy cards and completed a vocational training program, is also the artist known as Honeychild or Carolyn “HoneyChild” Coleman who, among other recent events, … Continue reading

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‘Plastics’ (Buck Henry, 1930-2020, my fellow Dartmouthian)

My brother in law Gary just sent me Buck Henry on The Grateful Dead. Chris Knipp, a fellow Dartmouth matriculant, told me that in his day (or week), the plebes would be shown an orientation film that starred Buck as … Continue reading

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