This Connection Was Meant To Be

This Connection Was Meant To Be

May 18, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Local Interest  |  No Comments

The Zydeco Mexican Connection, a joint project between the Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy and Zydeco virtuoso Andre Thierry, is about culture, community . . . and coincidence. It’s a connection that was meant to happen.

Here’s what I mean:

The musical group Los Cenzontles collaborated with David Hidalgo of Los…

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Celebrating Books (and the people who love them)

Celebrating Books (and the people who love them)

May 5, 2014  |  Events, Local Interest  |  6 Comments

I love bookstores.

Over the years I have conducted an informal study of them. I have favorites here at home, and when we travel we almost always seek out the bookstores in whatever town we are visiting. Each one has its own character: they can be friendly or serious, inviting…

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A California-Style Fais Do Do

A California-Style Fais Do Do

April 14, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

Cajun and Zydeco music comes from a tradition of Louisiana house parties called fais do do, where family and friends gathered to forget about the hard work that filled their days and enjoy music and food together. Around here, the closest you can come to that kind of experience is…

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The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

March 27, 2014  |  Travel  |  4 Comments

Shelter Cove is a little community on the California coast, north of the point where Highway 1 turns inland to join Highway 101 at Leggett. That stretch of coastline is so rocky the engineers who designed and built Highway 1 decided not to attempt it. Now it is known as…

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These Boyz Love Zydeco

These Boyz Love Zydeco

March 13, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Local Interest  |  No Comments

By now I have probably heard Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic perform eight or nine times, at venues ranging from church dances in San Francisco and Richmond to the historic 23 Club in Brisbane to a dance in a woodshop in Palo Alto. It’s always a good time. But I…

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What Makes A Family?

March 4, 2014  |  No Comments

Rear Curtain Issue 5 is out, and it’s a beauty. The theme is “family”. The stories are intimate, personal, and varied explorations of what that word can mean.

In keeping with the magazine’s mission to be a resource of learning tools for those who wish to advance their storytelling skills,…

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Holding History

February 13, 2014  |  Personal  |  5 Comments

My grandfather loved to take pictures, and as I recall he wasn’t very good at it. At every family event he would have us line up, smiles clenched on our faces, as he fumbled with his camera and the stupid flashbulbs that never, ever went off the first time. I…

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Zydeco: It's Good For You

Zydeco: It’s Good For You

February 4, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Events, Local Interest  |  5 Comments

It’s a guaranteed good time whenever Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic play, but for me there is something special about a church dance. The music brings folks together, and that sense of community matters. The celebration of Mardi Gras is an established Louisiana tradition, and it travels well. On this…

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The Music Transcends

The Music Transcends

January 24, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Local Interest  |  1 Comment

Tuesday is Cajun/Zydeco night at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, and on this December evening the band is Andrew Carriere and the Cajun AllStars.* As usual, the dancers hit the floor with the first note, and the night continues like a party. On stage, the musicians are clearly enjoying themselves. One song…

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Re-Viewing the Year. Feeling Thankful.

Rosie and Gracie

Re-Viewing the Year. Feeling Thankful.

December 31, 2013  |  Local Interest, Personal, Travel  |  6 Comments

 
When you make so many photographs in a year, some sort of review of them seems called for at the end of it. I don’t always do it, but for some reason this year I felt compelled. For this exercise I challenged myself to choose just twelve images, one per…

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