Archive | January 2013

BRAZIL TO GIVE MONTHLY CULTURE STIPEND TO WORKERS

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Brazil to give $25 monthly culture stipend to workers to go to movies, read books or visit museums.

BRASILIA (AFP).- Despite the economic crisis, Brazil announced Thursday it planned to give workers a 50-real ($25) monthly stipend for cultural expenses like movies, books or museums. “In all developed countries, culture plays a key role in the economy,” Culture Minister Marta Suplicy said in an interview on national television. She recalled that popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva created “Bolsa Familia” (Family Grant), the program of conditional cash transfers to the poor which his successor, President Dilma Rousseff, expanded. “Now we are creating food for the soul; Why would the poor not be able to access culture?” the minister said.
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SLINGSHOT SONGS: LURIE, FLEENOR, DENIO, BOSHNACK & MORE

photo by Krk Nordenstrom

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SLINGSHOT SONGS

Jessica Lurie (tenor sax / voice)
Beth Fleenor (clarinet / voice)
Samantha Boshnack (trumpet)
Amy Denio (alto sax / voice)
Tina Richardson (bari sax)
Andy Coe (guitar)
Evan Flory Barnes (bass)
Olli Klomp (drums)

photo by Krk Nordenstrom

THE END ENSEMBLE: MUSIC BY MICHAEL OWCHARUK

photo by Steve Kennedy Williams

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The End Ensemble: music by Michael Owcharuk

Beth Fleenor – clarinet
Cynthia Mullis – alto sax
Brian Bermudez – bari sax
Samantha Boshnack – trumpet
David Marriott – trombone
Michael Owcharuk – keyboards
Michael Catts – electric bass
Max Wood – drums

photo by Steve Kennedy Williams

REGGIE WATTS + AMY O’NEAL DANCE CREW

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REGGIE WATTS + THE AMY O’NEAL DANCE CREW / REGGIDENCY: MOVEMENT & MUSIC

SF Sketchfest
San Francisco Comedy Festival

Sunday, Jan 27

Marines’ Memorial Theatre
8pm

Choreographer/Performer Amy O’Neal and dancers head to San Francisco to join long-time collaborator Reggie Watts for part 1 of his three-day Reggidency.

Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improvisor, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie “the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.”

Amy O’Neal is a Seattle based choreographer, dancer, performer and dance educator. She makes dance centered work for the stage, film, music videos, and special events, sometimes using the name AmyO/tinyrage or Amy O’Neal Dance Crew. Since 2002, she has frequently collaborated with Reggie Watts on live events and music videos.

Information about the Reggidency: http://sfsketchfest.com/x/performers/reggidency-a-reggie-watts-series/

More about Amy O’Neal: http://www.amyoneal.com/about/

CRYSTAL BETH WITH SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA

This January, in a concert of new works, the Seattle Rock Orchestra premiered Alex Guy’s Suite Delay. Inspired by 70s punk, Alex turned Crystal Beth (aka: Beth Fleenor) loose to explode and spin over three movements with the orchestra.

Suite Delay / Movement 1: Procrastination/Late Night Disturbance

PLEASE HELP LEGENDARY MUSICIAN JULIAN PRIESTER & HIS FAMILY

Julian Priester

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A personal plea from Director/Musician, Beth Fleenor:

“The way things are currently structured in our system there is very little support for mid-career and late-career artists (outside of touring – which in itself is extremely limited – what few support and commissioning programs exist often focus on emerging artists, and if not, have more interest in “multimedia” “multidisciplinary” and “new genre” works than composers/musicians who are dedicated to the sonic art form entirely)…..that leaves legendary musicians – those like Julian Priester who have contributed to the cannon of American music history – in dire straights after a lifetime of dedication, practice, discipline & prolific perseverance. This is not a singular occurrence, but rather an epidemic, happening all around us….if you have the means, please help Julian and his family – myself, my music community, and the world at large would not be the same, without his voice and vision…

Just today I was looking at a friend’s record collection and saw an Abbey Lincoln record Julian played on in 1959 with Max Roach and others…he is a Legend, capital L….and if this is what’s happening to our legends, just think what is happening to everyone else…

There’s one way to change the story: INVEST IN CULTURE….you can change the world right now…

Learn more about Julian’s situation, and lend a hand: http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/please-help-julian-priester/38293

CITYS ARTS ON ROYAL ROOM SHOW 1/19

“Ever-inventive pop genius Beck Hansen gave unto the world a pain in the ass last month. Rather than recording his next album himself, the chameleonic songwriter teamed up with McSweeney’s, published the record as sheet music under the title Beck Hansen’s Song Reader and said, “You do it.” You say you can’t read sheet music? Luckily, the folks at the Royal Room put together a group of insanely talented musicians to do it for you. There are a number of concerts this month that will be playing the Song Reader, but this will be the best, featuring a couple of our own geniuses, Skerik and Wayne Horvitz.”

City Arts http://cityartsonline.com/now/music/becks-song-reader