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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


      “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” Tommy Dorsey;“ “Moon River” Louis Armstrong; “Stardust” Artie Shaw “Lord of The Rings”  “Star Wars” “How to Train Your Dragon” “Woodlawn Park” Anime “Chicago Diner” Kota the Friend “Wellerman” Nathan Evans “Drunker … Continue reading

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Eight portraits by Errol Morris

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Cops kill Black father in Canton, Ohio

FATHER OF SIX Out of the blue, he said he got shot, he got hit,” Ms. Williams told The Repository. “I don’t know where it came from. Nobody said anything. They didn’t say, ‘Police.’ They didn’t say, ‘Freeze.’ They didn’t … Continue reading

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New piece in town, or pie

Cecilia Lee is the owner of the new pizza spot in Palo Alto, on Ramona Street, next to Coupa. (Wood Oven Pizza, 532 Ramona Street, Palo Alto; 650 494 42 41). She is a retired school psychologist from Lynbrook high … Continue reading

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Eighty-four leches

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Poor House now Move House

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Seventeen jazz / blues tracks on Lions With Wings

Lions with Wings label Palo Alto, CA and worldwide web (Bandcamp) Erik Lawrence / Akira Tana “Opening Day” Erik Lawrence / Akira Tana “Take Me Out . . .” Wayne Horvitz / Ha-Yang Kim / Ayesha Brooks “Crispin and Lisa’s … Continue reading

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Dial M, or dialing for dollars

Silicon Valley Business Journal reported recently that Palo Alto companies give and get more than a billion dollars each year in venture capital. Billion with a “B”, a thousand times million with an “M”.  Meanwhile I noted, in an “Uplift” message … Continue reading

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A schoolmate at Gunn High of Palo Alto writes in today’s Sunday Times of being homeless two years

  bw A set of portraits of friends, strangers and people I met:       I interrupt my own broadcast to note that that’s Dave Feldman, Paly 1983, on tv talking about today’s NFL scores. If I was briefly … Continue reading

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I appreciate comments about live music during these strange times by Cate Armstrong in SLO as told to Stephanie Zappelli for Cal Matters and printed in the Quran today

We started (the band —Purple Hibiscus) in the end of June. The first show that we had was at my house. We planned it, but I was like, I’m nervous about this because we’re entering a new realm of, “Is … Continue reading

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