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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, 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

Presley Pavillion in Palo Alto proposed, yo

Apropos of the recent discussion of building a public sector gym in Palo Alto, I want to suggest a related but much cheaper idea, to rename the gym at Cubberley “Presley Pavillion at Cubberley Center”. Bud Presley was a Cubberley … Continue reading

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Happy chanukah and happy 147th birthday, in advance, dead French author Colette aka Gigi

There’s a group of four scholars here at the Cafe on Middlefield, one of whom has two books cracke (open) simultaneously; they are reading “Gigi” in the original — talk about cognate — and are charmingly subtle counter-revolutionaries. The woman … Continue reading

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Day of show: ghost of Lisa Fay Beatty at Bottom of the Hill today, Sunday, November 28, 2021

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It was 20 years ago today, Maya Ford told the band to play

It had already been a long evolution for Palo Alto teen punks the Donnas. In eight years, they’d gone from junior high school metallicists as the Electrocutes to Ramones-worshippers, then Runaways avatars as the Donnas. The metalinfluences gradually surfaced more and more, until The Donnas Turn … Continue reading

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Good luck, Kaya the ally of children; Kaya1 VS Kaya2

I met Kaya twice, last Saturday and again today. I admit I forgot her name, had to dredge it from my photo feed. I thought I had posted this photo, on the left, the before, also known as Kaya1 to … Continue reading

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[I had a different headline here but it was ambiguous that I am sympathetic to the victims of sexual assault in Ann Arbor]

ed to ad an hor later: I wrote Geiger back to say “nevermind”. Also, I know that the agent of Trevor Noah does not get 10 percent of gross, as much as he may deserve such.   and another reason … Continue reading

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Carlos Santana and Marcus Malone at Los Altos High, 1967

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Merry Christmas, again, Chop and Roxy

I noticed on page 9 of Silicon Valley Business Journal 11/26/21 a little box about small businesses with impressive and noteworthy pre-IPO valuations, “unicorn” in the local lexicon. Two of the ten highlighted are from Palo Alto: TripActions, which raised … Continue reading

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Remember Ralph Carney et Henry Butler, at Tunnel Records near big waves

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Kelefa Sanneh book VS Xgau review of such; or ‘to get in doors again’

Bottom line up front as Michael McFaul son of a music teacher would say BLUF: Jeano Edwards and stylist Chloe Grace Press photographed models Baba Chogwu and Temitope Ajayi at the gardens of the Monkey Island Estate hotel, which is … Continue reading

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