Monday, October 31, 2005

So this 4 year old named Kyle comes up to me on the playground and starts it.
"Who's there?"
"Boo? Boo...Who?"
"Oh teacher Reeen, you don't have to cry- It's just a joke!"
So, Happy Halloweenie!
The high schooler is hostessing a scary movie junk food boy- girl party tonight.
She has traded in her boyfriend "M" for a new one named "C". We shall see this "c" tonight.
I thought that "M" was pretty gosh darn cute though...

The littler one is going trick or treating with a pal from the old neighborhood...Hopefully, Pally's dad is shadowing them around since you all know I'm really not responsible enough to be left alone with a bunch of shrieking teenagers....
I didnt even like being around teenagers when I was one....

A nice Ratdog article that I think it was BQ or Beth R., who posted this link!
From Leah Garchik's column:
"Gavin Newsom, mayor of all the people, turned up to share a few words with fuzzy-and-friendly rock 'n' rollers at a City Hall party last week celebrating the publication of "Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork." A show of Garcia's art is in the South Light Court until Friday; in the opposite Light Court, other works were auctioned to benefit ArtReach, which supports art programs in schools.

The mayor cited wisdom about Garcia -- "You don't want to be the best of the best; you want to be the only one to do what you do" -- and made a two-finger peace sign with Annabelle Garcia, one of three Garcia daughters at the event, when they posed for pictures. But he admitted -- in response to a question -- that he's never emulated Dead-chic, never grown a beard or long hair. He did, however, staff booths for Friends of the River and the Environmental Defense Fund outside several Dead shows.

Meanwhile, Mickey Hart (who wrote the introduction to the book), was getting ready for action with Rhythm Village, which had provided about 60 drums for anyone who fancied joining in. "I came here to out Jerry Garcia as a CIA operative," cracked Hart, who provided the soul of the event during the performance. Garcia had been his "best friend," he shouted over the din of drummers, while dancers hurled themselves about and Wavy Gravy blew bubbles.

Hart pulled Garcia's daughter Trixie to the front of the room and put a drumstick in her hand; the Rhythm Village leader was Gabriel Harris, son of Joan Baez and David Harris. When I picked up a drum to carry it across the room, not even beating it, I could feel it vibrating from the sound waves throbbing through the room. "Bring it home now," said Hart, and the music pounded, the women whirled, and the crowd brought it home."

Have a great one!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

10/29/05 ~ The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY.

I: Supplication Jam > Cassidy > Easy to Slip > Dark Star > Bertha, This Time Forever > Shade of Grey > West L.A. Fadeaway > Silvio > Tequila > Silvio > Tequila > Silvio
II: Blackbird@3, The Winners@, Black-Throated Wind@, Jam > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Last Time, St. Stephen > William Tell Bridge > The Eleven > Jam* > Come Together > Dark Star > Cassidy > One More Saturday Night
E: Knockin on Heaven's Door (*-first part without Bob)

Bridge was nice!
We got a Bertha from Los Lobos!
Jerry Lee Lewis rocked!
Linda Ronstadt popped up unexpectedly- I don't think Ive seen/heard her live since the 70's!
The VIP thing rocked! Now, I'll always want that box!
Sash decided to have a party here tomorrow night- nothing out of control - just about 8 kids, the horror movie channel and lots of sugary foods. As a matter of fact, Scotto is downstairs right now making carmel corn.

Scotto's Carmel corn
pop 6-10 quarts of freshly popped popcorn.

Melt one cup of butter
stir in 2 cups of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of corn syrup.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Boil without stirring for 5 min.
Remove from heat
stir in 1/2 teasp. baking soda and one tsp vanilla.
The liquid will foam up after the soda is added.
Gradually pour over popcorn -mixing well.
Turn into 2 large shallow baking pans.
Bake 250, one hour, Stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven-
cool completely...break apart..
Break apart

From some angles, maybe he does look like Bobby?

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Everybody's having a good time!

10/28/05 ~ Warner Theatre - Erie, PA.

I: Jam > Truckin > Brown-Eyed Women, Take Me to the River, Senor > Row Jimmy, Jam > The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion > Wang Dang Doodle, It's All Over Now > She Says > Liberty
II: Jam > Bury Me Standing, Me and My Uncle@5, When I Paint My Masterpiece@5>6, Jam > Hell in a Bucket > Lady with a Fan > Terrapin > Astronomy Domine Jam* > Jam > Sugaree > Two Djinn
E: At a Siding > Terrapin Flyer (*-w/out Bob)
Bobby article!
Bob Weir and Ratdog will play the following shows.
First day to mail in will be Monday, October 31:

Sunday, December 4 at the Celebrity Theatre,
Phoenix, AZ.
Doors open at 6:00 PM. Show time is 8:00 PM.
All ages are welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $35.00 per ticket.

Tuesday, December 6 at the Rialto Theatre,
Tucson, AZ.
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show time is 8: PM.
All ages are welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $35.00 per ticket.

Orders for Westbury and Frederick MD. have been
mailed. Tickets for the Florida shows will go out shortly.
Tickets are still available for the RatDog shows at
Denver, and the Wiltern, LA.

More shows in the West to be posted soon.
Well, guess I/We must try to be patient...Can't run off - gotta stay and do my best so no one will be upset when we sail away in February...In the meantime, Crazy girl came up with 2 VIP tickets (Box seats, special parking, free food in VIP area) for tonight's Bridge Benefit at Shoreline...With no Bobby or dah Guys, it doesnt really matter where I sit but who sez no to VIP?
I look forward especially to the CSN & YOUNG set...I do love most of Neil Young -the soft side of his music especially. When I was a wee lass in high school, some of my friends were die hard Neil groupies and used to run away to La Honda and these little places in the Santa Cruz mountains for a glimpse of him. More recently, he lives closer in to things..The Bridge School was for a while set in part of the Middle School that my older son went to. There are a few Bridge school stories, but those are Jason's to tell. I went to the same middle school as Jason - then it was a Junior High. No Bridge school yet..though back then Neil was getting my attention with his searching for a heart of gold...But, in that time, we did have our own set of celebrity parents- Bing Crosby and his wife Kathryn (she was a local talk show host). The kids I went to school with were the petite and pretty Mary Frances (grew up to be on the show "Dallas" She shot JR!) And Harry who should be more famous for his role in the original "Friday The 13th". Both kids were popular and nice despite the fact that some of the older teachers fawned all over them. Thanks to Mary & Harry, I think I get to score pretty well in the game of "6 degrees of Separation"
when it comes to connecting to the likes of Bob Hope and David Bowie.
  Featured Artists Include:  
Crosby Stills, Nash & Young
Dave Matthews (Solo, Sunday only)
John Mellencamp (Saturday only)
Norah Jones
Emmylou Harris
Jerry Lee Lewis
Good Charlotte
Bright Eyes
Los Lobos
and Special Guests

Thursday, October 27, 2005



Link 2
and a setlist-
The Riviera Chicago, IL

She Belongs to Me
Crazy Fingers
Loose Lucy
Little Red Rooster
Lazy River Road
Stronger than Dirt

End of Set

Jack a Roe@3
Greatest Story
Ashes and Glass
dear prudence
sugar mag
E: Brokedown Palace

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Hippy Bertha Harry!

Is it a little early still?
Wishing you the very best!


I'm busy-busy-busy these daze!
And may not get around to getting those precious reviews and setlists up in a timely manner so I suggest that the interested cruise over to This Deadnet Discussion Page and see how things are going!

The Dead live on

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Happy Ratdog Touring!!!

So it begins TONIGHT!
I have been busy and so didnt make it over to join in the phantasy tour game at dot org.
Unless there's something else happening, looks like the irenies will have to wait til February for our dog.
All Right! Some fun pictures were recently added over on the JP blog!
Looking forward to hearing about the shows! Have fun and be safe out there!!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Hippy Bertha Jeff!

Cool! Heard Robin Sylvester sat in with DSO last night!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Guess who is in town?

It's Luke our friend from RDUK O3 tour! He was then just out of Iraq in time for a lil R&R while following the dog.
Unfortunately, he won't be around this weekend and I have a spare for DSO too.
If you missed yesterday's happy news about Ratdog cruising here's a newsbyte. The news is everywhere today- gonna have to fend off those DM diehards for space on those boats...Still deciding over here...Gotta explore childcare options first (always something eh?)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Maybe it was part of Goddess'es great plan that I lose my car keys and check my desk just as news of this springs out...
Ratdog Bahamas
I gotta find my keys but you check THis OUT!cruise!

And from Leah Garchik's column today:

"And Bread & Roses and the Marin Rose Society last week named a hybrid tea rose after Mimi Fariña, founder of Bread and Roses.

The winning bid for guitar lessons with Bob Weir, auctioned by the Rainforest Action Network, was $8,500. When I asked how many lessons that would cover, the official estimate was that the winner probably would be able to play "Touch of Grey'' by the end of the afternoon."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Just for Mazzy....

Got to spend a little time in "Chill" Valley.
I had a date with a tall, handsome, brown eyed man who is half my age...
yeah, right! It was brunch with my son! After which he had a meeting (he works in that town) and I hit some excellent stores!
I did wander over to Throckmorten to see what's coming up at Sweetwater. Looks like a nice benefit coming together tomorrow night..
Corinne West is the featured entertainer - She's a wonderful folk singer.We heard her sing at David Gans Invitational.. Here's some info about the shindig from Corinne's website:

Mill Valley, CA   The Sweetwater Saloon 10/19
Join us to support a benefit for Andy Berman for Mill Valley City council!
Wavy Gravy will MC the night.
Tickets are $15.00.
3 bands and special guests!!
Tickets will be sold at the door..

Monday, October 17, 2005

Quickly Quacking

Keep checking in on The JP Blog new pix and setlists

ABC Easy as 1-2-3!

Scratched the plan to furniture shop in San Rafael and instead wedged kids into the car and off we drove to Bernal Heights for the street fair and to hear some Soup!
I hadnt been to Bernal Heights in too many years..It's on the edge of the Mission..Parked on twisty Virginia street and worked our way up to Cortland Ave, passing the most adorable houses we've seen since Volendam.
The street was closed to cars and the fair was truly a neighborhood fair. Kids and dogs...ballooons and kettle corn!
All the neighbor groups had a presence as did a few of the local schools. One shop-called Hearfelt" stood out and I had a lot of fun in there. Who needs furniture- we can just sit on all the stuff I wanted to buy. There were some cute looking restaurants along the way too. The aromas of street fair won us over and you don't really wanna hear how much we ate.
And the weather was sunny & warm.
Soup didnt go on til about 3:45 pm. It was as always a thrill to see familiar faces roll their stuff on to the stage. Jay's on tour with Les Claypool but Jeff was there and of course, Kenny. Some of our favorite sound & crews guys were also on the scene. Zachariah Rose came by for a song. I'm sorry, I certainly recognized some of the members of ABC (that arent in Ratdog) but I don't know their names...We had a good time and it was fun to have 2/3rds of our kids with us. Sash was wide eyed at first then found the beat and danced along. Said she enjoyed seeing, hearing LIVE and getting to meet some of the guys she's been listening to (or about) since she was very young...

HEY!! It's a new to me GD blog- Born again Deadhead!

And a note from the Rex Foundation!
Dear Friends,

In celebration of music, community and joyful spirit, we are pleased to announce Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Balls in New York City and Washington, D.C. Enjoy two festive evenings of great music and connection with kindred spirits. Proceeds will support local non-profit programs.

Join us in New York City on Saturday, November 12th for The Zen Tricksters along with special guests including Donna Jean, Greg Anton, Rob Barraco, Tom Constanten, Michael Falzarano, Wendy Lanter and David Nelson. The Ball takes place at the Concert Hall of the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street.

The Washington, D.C. Black Tie-Dye Ball is on Saturday, December 3rd, featuring Dark Star Orchestra, and takes place at the Nightclub 9:30 at 815 V Street, N.W. This evening is also a special celebration of the life and music of the late Scott Larned, Dark Star Orchestra's co-founder and keyboardist.

For each Ball, special tickets are available through the Rex Foundation for both the concert and a pre-concert reception. The reception includes food, beverages and mingling with the performers and special guests. Mickey Hart is among the special guests at the New York pre-concert reception.

Go to the Rex Foundation website at to get each event's details, and to download the invitation and reception/concert ticket order form.

We look forward to being with you and your friends on November 12th and December 3rd. Thank you for all of your support and connection.

Sandy Sohcot
Executive Director

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Til the rivers all are dry...

Happy Birthday Bobby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

photo by Norman Sands
Those born on 10/16 are aesthetic, persevering and enchanted and their color is lavender.. or so it is
posted @ here

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Back by popular demand (okay, so one person asked)
Bobby quicktime movies

Keep up with MK & Puddleduck!

Alert: Rumour du Jour is that there will be a Bobby appearence on Walton's show tonight Remember it's ONLY a rumour!!!

Friday, October 14, 2005


mY gAwD!

Saturday, December 10 at the Wiltern,
Lost Angeles, CA.
Doors open at 7:30 PM. Show time is 8:30 PM.
Please: no children under 5 years old.
Mail order tickets are now available at $36.50
for both general admission on the floor, and
seats in the balcony. Please specify.
Tapers will need a GA ticket.

Hopefully more good news for the Western Rim
sometime soon.

We will start sending out tickets for the coming
RatDog tour very soon now, so keep an eye on
your mail boxes.

and don't forget to vote for Pedro!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hippy Bertha Mike!!!!!!!!

Here's to you!

Win Ratdog tickets HERE

Keir , Baby, you Rock!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Part two of last week's wonderful Interview with El Marko Karan!
Clicky here!!!
Busy day here-
Dentisto today-> No cavities!
Met with contractor about our remodel plan for the kitchen. We decided to keep kitchen & dining room separate (rather than tear down the wall between them) but found a way to expand both rooms. Very exciting! But weir will I put these guyz?

New couch delivered and awesome- now the room smells like a new car...Gonna go take it for a test drive right now!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Quotable Bob Weir

A little Bobby fun HERE

Can I get a hall pass?


Phil LeshJoin legendary Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh for an intimate look behind the scenes of one of America's greatest bands.

Phil shares the band's amazing journey to acclaim including all the provocative details that only an insider would know. Learn never-before-revealed secrets about San Francisco's Summer of Love. And hear his saucy account of what really went on behind the scenes at Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Altamont and the Pyramids.

Part legend, part folklore, the Grateful Dead defined a one-of-a kind music genre with their eclectic mix of jazz, country, blues, bluegrass, rock and folk. Phil explains what it was like to work with bandmates Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Mickey Hart and of course, the memorable founder Jerry Garcia.

Touring for throngs of charismatic "DeadHeads" was the Dead's hallmark. But the night–after–night, city–after–city touring rituals took their toll on the band. Hear Phil's very poignant and personal account of the price he and others have paid up to and following Garcia's death in 1995.

Plus, learn little-known facts about the group from Phil's soon-to-be released book Searching for the Sound - the first and only account of the Grateful Dead from a band member!

Register now! This special Learning Annex presentation WILL sell-out!

Course 240HSF, Section A
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 from 07:00 p.m. to 08:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown (San Francisco)

US $ 39.99 / $ 39.99 VIP Members

Register Here

You can also register by calling the San Francisco office at (415) 788-5500. For information on group discounts, special offers or the status of your registration, please call or email us at We respond to email Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5p.m.

Click Here For More Information

Monday, October 10, 2005


Mazzy tells me I'm fired for missing out on THIS!.
He's so right too! Apparently, Bobstar popped by for a sit in on a few songs including "Turn on your Lovelight" with Tea Leaf Green!
My own fault for letting my RAN membership expire. (((Bobby's neverending support for environmental & humanitarian organizations))) Seriously, there's a heart of gold in there.
Well, despite how things seem, I'm not a total stalker...and fwiw I weir to go a stalking, my bets wouldve been hanging around a certain village in Marin to check out the film festival which has been taking place. My spy sez the square was a pretty happening place on Friday and Saturday. Actually, I don't have a spy, it's just my son (he's working in a bank on the main square there-eats lunch at Pearl's phat burgers) who would probably rather not feed my fevered fixation.
Like everyone else, I'm waiting to hear about NYE..Lots of rumors..nothing firm from anyone who might even really really know. All good things in good time and maybe somewhere in the meanwhile there will s news about whether the West Coast will see any Ratdog between now and then?
Sure am hoping so!

The trellis is 1/2 way there!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Hippy birthdaze!

Friday, October 07, 2005

A Puddleduck page on my space dot com
All's well here.
New dog settling in.
Teenager has her first boyfriend.
He gave her a silver dreamcatcher thing to wear on a necklace and she in turn made him a friendship bracelet.
Scotto was not happy at all about little darlin growning up so fast...but then the boy AND his mother came over to meet us and that sorta calmed Mr Daddykins down...It was really funny to see Scott get all weird over this. He was full of such helpful (lame) advice for Jase when the girls started calling here some years back.
The boy "M" is cute- longish hair & big dark eyes. "M" saw our "Hippies use side door" sign and remarked "Next time I'll wear my tie dye, so I can come in the side door".
Wonder if he has ever listened to the Dead?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Book of the Dead
Paul Liberatore

EVEN THOUGH rock 'n' roll is over 50 years old, middle-aged and no longer the exclusive music of youth and rebellion, the notion of a rock 'n' roll librarian still sounds like an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. But not to David Dodd.

The head librarian for the city of San Rafael, Dodd is a serious rock scholar, specifically a Deadhead of long standing with three books on the Grateful Dead to his credit.

His newest, "The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics," has just been published in a beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched hardcover edition by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. It will be in stores Oct. 24.

For Dodd, the Three Rs are rock, reading and research.

"Part of this is totally librarianly," he said, discussing his book one morning this week in his windowless office in the depths of the San Rafael Library.

"I'm interested in seeing people read, in seeing people take whatever they're interested in, whether it's rock 'n' roll or art or mechanical engineering, and going from that and reading and becoming a well-rounded human being."

With their reputation for mind expansion, the Grateful Dead have always attracted intellectuals, thinkers, spiritual seekers, autodidacts and nerds of every stripe.

With the highly literate Robert Hunter as their "lyricist in residence," and with intelligent contributions from lyricists John Barlow and the late poet Bobby Petersen, Jerry Garcia and company built a sophisticated catalog of songs brimming with literary allusions, historical references, cultural citations, biblical passages and assorted arcana.

Hunter, a longtime Marin resident, wrote the book's extensive foreword, noting that the "verbal and musical complexity" of the work he did with the Dead was "shockingly innovative" in its day, as was the band's blending of "rock 'n' roll, jazz and traditional folk culture."

"The point is that Robert Hunter is a post-modern poet who takes fragments that he inherited from other sources and melds them into new stories," explained Dennis McNally, the Grateful Dead's historian and publicist. "What David Dodd has done is the detective work in tracing where those fragments came from."

At 48, balding, bearded and bespectacled, Dodd looks like just the man for the job, a rock fan more at home with a book in his hands than a backstage pass around his neck.

"I'm a reference librarian," he said proudly. "I like tracking facts down. It's what I do for a living. It's a blast."

Of all the scores of songs he researched, his biggest challenge was the Hunter/Garcia composition "China Cat Sunflower."

"The lyric itself is so opaque as to be almost completely uninterpretable," he remarked.

But not entirely. For instance, Dodd was able to pick out the word "bodhi" in one verse and inform us that it's Sanskrit for "enlightenment." A reference to "Krazy Kat" notes a cartoon character in a daily newspaper strip that ran from 1913 to 1944.

And he unearthed an interview with Hunter in which he revealed that the obscure English poet Dame Edith Sitwell was the inspiration for the song's last line, "in the eagle wing palace of the Queen Chinee."

As he mentioned Sitwell, Dodd grabbed an old copy of her novel, "I Live Under a Black Sun," a castoff from Stanford University's library.

He pointed out the title's striking similarity to the title of the Dead song "Dark Star," and that Sitwell's book is a novelization of a poem by Jonathan Swift about his lover, Stella, a fact Dodd included in his extensive annotation of the Hunter/Garcia song "Stella Blue."

"This is one book that's got three connections to the Grateful Dead that no one would ever think of," he said, chuckling with obvious delight. "I love it."

Deadheads can't get enough of this kind of stuff, even if the connections may be more coincidence than cosmic. Or are they?

"I'm enough of a Deadhead to know that there are things at play here that are bigger than any of us," Dodd said.

In October 1976, when he was a college student at the University of California at Davis, Dodd got turned on to the Grateful Dead inadvertently when he went to see the Who at a Day on the Green concert at the Oakland Coliseum.

"The Dead were the opening act," he recalled. "I love the Who, but the Dead totally blew me out of the water. It was so impressive to see a band that was mostly concerned with the music. There were no histrionics. They were just standing there stolidly playing. It was kind of different than anything I'd seen. That was the start of it for me. After that, I went to every concert I could get to for the next 20 years."

During that time, he compiled the books "The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: An Annotated Bibliography," and co-edited "The Grateful Dead Reader" with his wife, Diana Spaulding.

A decade ago, Dodd launched a Web site devoted to the annotation of Grateful Dead lyrics that included contributions from fans. The new book emerged from that online project.

Coming out as the band celebrates its 40th anniversary, "The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics" includes notes on when songs were written, recorded and first performed. It contains 200 illustrations by Eugene, Ore., artist Jim Carpenter, and was co-edited by Alan Trist, steward of the Grateful Dead's publishing company, Ice Nine.

"It didn't surprise me that David would dig up so much stuff," Trist said. "But it's going to surprise Deadheads who weren't familiar with the references that he's picked up on. It's all over the place, and that's what makes it so interesting."
Lovely photos up at Rex!
Clicky here

TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction Has Begun!
By Mix Editors
Oct 5, 2005 2:59 PM

Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), managers of the 2nd Annual TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction began on eBay yesterday, and features an expanded list of autographed musical instruments, fan memorabilia, tour souvenirs and pro audio gear.

Proceeds of the online sale will go toward educating musicians and the general public about hearing loss prevention and will benefit H.E.A.R., as well as the Sound Partners campaign of the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, the hearing conservation program co-founded by the Mix Foundation and the House Ear Institute.

TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction Items Include: a Mick Fleetwood autographed SG Epiphone Guitar; Autographed Gibson Guitar by Les Paul; Pat Benetar autographed Stratocaster Guitar; Alvarez acoustic guitar autographed by Bob Weir; Crate Powerblock, Mackie D2 DJ Mixer and TAPCO Studio Monitors donated by Loud Technologies; Shure Beta 87C microphone signed by Keith Urban; Vox AD50VT guitar amp signed by Collective Soul; Mark Mothersbaugh Beautiful Mutant print titled "Prinx Alexander Ferdinand;” various concert tickets and much, much more.

The full list of the TEC Awards Music & Sound Auction items can be found by visiting the auction homepage at

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A new JP tour blog?

It could be?
I hope so!!!
What do You think?

One photo-so many possible captions!

Vera, Dick & Patrick ROCK!

A very nice & recent interview with MK can be found HERE
And this amused me - clicky here

L'shana Tovah!

Monday, October 03, 2005


Sunday, October 02, 2005


2005 Milley Award Recipients

Martha HannonCyra McFadden 
2005 Milley Award Recipients

Gloria UntiBob Weir 
2005 Milley Award Recipient

Margaret "Kett" Zegart
2005 Sali Leiberman Award Recipients

Robert RoystonAsa Hanamoto Awards Presentation
The Milleys Executive Committee, in affiliation with the City of Mill Valley Art Commission, is pleased to honor the recipients of the 2005 Milley Awards for Creative Achievement on October 2nd at the Mill Valley Community Center.

* Martha Hannon - contribution to the community
* Cyra McFadden - literary arts
* Gloria Unti - performing arts
* Bob Weir - musical arts
* Margaret "Kett" Zegart - visual arts
* Robert Royston & Asa Hanamoto - landscape architects, winners of the "Sali Leiberman Award"
The Milley Award is a bronze statuette created by John Libberton of Sausalito.
Sunday, October 2, 2005
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto at East Blithedale Avenue
Emcee: Noah Griffin
5:00 PM wine reception
6:00 PM dinner and awards
Individual tickets $50.00
The Milleys are sponsored by the Mill Valley Art Commission and produced by the Milleys Executive Committee, a volunteer community group. Nominations are open throughout the year and judges change annually. The award honors those who, through their accomplishments in the arts, have brought honor to the Mill Valley community. They have done this through their talents and actions in the state, national or international arenas.
For reservations, call 415/721-1906 or e-mail Tickets will be held at the door. This event typically sells out.

Photo by Norman Sands

Jazz @Pearl's

Did I mention an outing to Jazz at Pearl's?
Scott had his all important Softball night and wasnt able to join GG and I up to North Beach for a big evening of big band jazz...I'm hoping to get him to go up tomorrow night (neither of us work Tuesday & Wednesday this week!) with me..but, again it's softball night..argh! Good news is that ALPHABET SOUP is playing the Bernal Heights street fair and unless there's tickets to a 9er's home game, Scott will finally get to check out some soup. Then again, there might be next Monday night- By then let's sort of hope this softball season is over and there's a break before "Winter Ball" starts up.
Back to Monday...We were psyched to have found a Keny gig while GG was in town. Being the denim hausfrau that I am, I was a little crazed to hear that there's a dress cde at Pearl's...Ay-Yi-Yi Cocktail party clothes!
Actually, I do own a few pairs of heels (in case of emergency) So all was not lost..
With a little notice, I usually just go out and buy something
Around 5pm, I got a hold of my unfinished "Fall Foliage" velvet burnout caftan creation and did what I could for it. Found the long black shift thing to wear under it plugged my feets into heels and tah-dah, was good to go. GG who has a grown up real life career thing going on pulled herself together beautifully though she also hadnt thought to pack 'cocktail attire"
We were on our way!
Got up to SF with plenty of time to spare.
Pearl's is small and sweet. Though, I've passed by it and looked in the window (the musicians back up to a big window) this was my first time inside. We were taken to a table which was right in front. Musicians were coming and going before the show started. Can you guess who should sit in the chair directly in front of us? None other than our fave Sax man. I mean right in front of us- sitting on a chair and eye level. Felt like we should offer him an appetizer. We were that close. Trying not to stare was hard. Trying not to giggle like the idiot I am was even tougher. Sometimes staring and giggling won...especially around the start of the second set.
The band was huge! 4 trumpets. 4 trombones I dont know how many saxes..and then a drummer, a piano,a bass and the conductor. GG and I grooved right along. I guess it's easy to tell us deadhead types- we did stay seated but bounced along to music. I learned at Jazz events, to clap after each solo. A challenge after training myself NOT to clap until a song is over (ala Symphany). Of course, at Bobshows, there is no protocal-folks yell-clap-howl out whenever the urge(or drugs) hit em. At any rate, each player took at least one solo, which was intriguing in hearing the differences in style, tone and pace. My only instrumental knowledge is from listening and observing. And I guess what I've learned from Scott- while he doesnt master any particular instrument, he can tune & fix & identify just about any musical instrument. Even non Western types.

The second set was especially awesome.
I'll add more later-gotta run

Saturday, October 01, 2005


At last a mellow moment...Been on the go for daze now!
So the Comes a Time was already a week ago!
We got there late. GG'S flight was delayed and Scott couldnt leave the shop til 4:30pm anyhow.
I got to take my time getting ready and at about 3:30 ish I drove myself to BART. Got off at the 24th& Mission stop and walked 4 or 5 blocks down to the shop. Getting there right at 4:35. Scott looked shook up and told me about the sudden death (car accident)of the daughter of relatives of Scott's cousin. We had just sat with the parents a couple of weeks ago at a family function- chatting and laughing about taking kids to shows (the dad and son had gone to a Reggae fest recently). The shock and sorrow we felt/feel for the parents softly changed our attitude,no longer anxious about getting to the show- became more grateful that I was going to have the chance to enjoy the show. Appreciate every moment- even the bad ones, one never knows what's coming around that next corner and how quickly things can change.
We took Mr. Toad's wild ride to GG's hotel. With amazing timing, she had checked in just moments before we got to her hotel. With everyone in place-off we zoomed toward the Bay Bridge. Even more amazing was that, despite all kinds of fests and fairs and concerts, there was no traffic getting to Berkeley. No trouble finding available parking in the closest garage. Not much of a ticket line either- but then again, the show had been going on for over an hour.
Wandering in, it was like a giant party-lots of folks buzzing around and chatty- we arrived during the setbreak before JGB started. Saw soooooooooo many familar faces and friends- most of whom, I could only wave to- it was quite a crowd in the pit. We werent in the pit but had to walk through it to get to our 2nd row, Section C seats. I got an aisle seat and can honestly tell ya that I had no trouble with wedgers. If anyone crashed our row- they mustve come in from the other aisle. It surely helped that we were seated next to Kemmie & her BIL, Rose, The Beans & sometimes Linda with friend (I think she had purchased additional seats in the pit too?).Down a row in the section next to us was Bill Walton. Glad he wasnt in front of me!
Once in my seat, I stayed put most of time..I did try to find GG but her entire row had been overtaken by wedgers. So it turned out she moved around most of the night. A few times she came up and danced next to me on the aisle. Most of the night the aisles were full. The guy in charge of Another Planet (I think Perloff is his name?) stood next to me and didnt look real happy. Shortly after he moved on, there was a call to clear our aisle during the next setbreak. And for about 10 minutes, the aisle was cleared. Once the music back on, folks returned to dance there. My view was gorgeous. I felt I could walk on top of everyone's heads and reach the stage. Whoever would be next to me on the aisle side never touched me and on my other side was Scott. We were able to hold hands and each other through the show.
Bobby was adorable even from afar. He made for a terrific Musical director. The sound went out at one point - during HOTW. And Bobby ran off stage to get it back while the musicians played on. Big cheers!
I'm running out of time (Gotta take los Ninos out to spend their allowances) Hope to get back online later but I'm sort of behind on some things since the last couple of weeks have been too busy.
But let me add this-
Our favorite song of the evning - SOTM....
Thanks {{{{{Rex}}}}}