Tuesday, March 30, 2010
"I was a closet musician for a very long time," Robinson told The Daily News. "In the past, I hadn't followed this as a passion. I needed to support a family. It just didn't ever seem possible that I could do something like this."
That began to change when she decided to surprise her husband, Skip Battle, by singing for him at their fifth wedding anniversary celebration.
Performing ambitions escalated when a friend invited her to a musicians' jam. There she heard Bay Area music icon Laurie Lewis. Robinson found Lewis' Web site, e-mailed her, and began taking lessons.
Lewis became mentor and friend, teaching Robinson the intricacies of bluegrass harmonies. Robinson explained, "The most beautiful harmonies, to my mind, are the ones that have blues notes in them, a little discord and tension, ones that surprise you, that literally make your hair stand on end."
Read more from Paul Freeman's Mercury News Article.
Monday, March 29, 2010
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Clifton Broussard climbed onto a rooftop in Richmond and clipped his retractable harness to a catch bolt as he prepared to help install a solar energy array.
"Safety first," said the 20-year-old trainee, who was getting paid for the work through an innovative program that matches novices with solar-installation veterans.
Broussard recently completed a series of construction, energy-efficiency and solar training programs that culminated with his graduation from Solar Richmond, the nonprofit group that arranged his on-the-job training opportunity.
What makes the program innovative is that homeowners Richard and Barbara Sandow and the two companies involved in the transaction - the solar shopping site One Block Off the Grid and its installation partner groSolar - each contributed $112 to cover the $15-per-hour cost of paying Broussard.Photo:Clifton Broussard hauls a solar panel onto a roof in Richmond where he is working as part of the crew installing the arrays, Broussard gets paid for the on-the-job training.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
More Info about the Propville Directory
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Craneway Event marks the second collaboration between acclaimed Berlin-based, British artist Tacita Dean and the legendary, late choreographer Merce Cunningham. Shot in 16mm colour anamorphic film, Craneway Event documents Cunningham’s company over three days in November 2008 as they rehearsed for an Event in the light filled craneway of an abandoned Ford Motors factory in California. Dean’s film practice embodies a romantic and insistent materialism, often documenting forgotten moments and spaces teetering on the edge of disappearance. While her predisposition towards the ephemeral is often grounded in the physical world, as a feature length film, Craneway Event solicits an experience of duration that transcends the materiality of space. Craneway Event is the grand beauty and scale of empty industrial space, the delicacy of light, time and air, and the eloquence and subtlety of movement in the visionary work of Merce Cunningham.
Read more about Merce Cunningham at the Craneway
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
BoilerHouse and Craneway have been added to the Marina Bay Trail Guide and has been updated to add a dining icon for the Boiler House Restaurant in addition to being named on the Richmond Bay Trail Eats and Treats Map.
More details at the Bay Trail Eats and Treats Map
Sunday, March 14, 2010
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Monday, March 8, 2010
CUPERTINO, CA (KGO) -- If you need to feel good today, be inspired or have hope, a visit to Cupertino High School would give you a dose of all three. There was a special assembly in the gym complete with band music, cheerleaders and 1,700 screaming students. A representative from Dell Computer gave the students the news that sent them into a frenzy of hugging, laughing and crying.
The class of 2010 won the nationwide Dell SuperProm contest with their 60-second video entry and more online votes than any of the other 130 high schools vying for the top prize. ASB president Daniel Cao said "I can't believe it. I'm overcome with emotion and really, I am at a loss for words."
The grand prize is a $100,000 prom of their dreams. If the chanting had been about winning a free prom, the story would end here and maybe you would feel good that a Bay Area school beat out the competition from across the country. But the noise had little to do with a fabulous night to cap a four- year high school journey. Before Dell Computer crowned the senior class the competition champs, the chorus from the bleachers was "Kenya Dream." The jubilation was about helping a school half a world away. Senior Olivia Drake says "This was always about reaching out and helping people in a community that are not as fortunate as us."
Story: Students pledge prom money to Kenyan school
Four years ago Cupertino's class of 2010 adopted a school in Meru, Kenya and called the class project "Kenya Dream." The fundraising efforts for the school started small, with t-shirts, buttons and approaching the local Rotary Club. Then came the Dell Superprom contest and the students saw an opportunity to take their dream to another level.
Cupertino High School made their video entry about helping a group of students they had never met and donating money to rebuild the Nthimbiri Secondary School. With Dell Computer covering the costs of the senior prom, all the money raised from ticket sales will now be donated to the students and school in Kenya.
Dell Computer representative Michael Ceparano said, "It was impressive how kids in the heart of Silicon Valley used social networking to spread their message and generate enthusiasm for their cause. What is more impressive is that these kids have a powerful message about helping others."
Winning had a different feeling today. The emotions in the gym were all about a four-year effort of compassion and generosity coming to fruition. It was about teenagers looking beyond themselves and making a difference in the world before they even graduate.
Justin Li is the senior who spearheaded the idea of "Kenya Dream." When Dell made the announcement, his classmates hoisted him up onto their shoulders like a hero. He is and so are they.
We'll have a full report tonight on ABC7 News at 6
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The Belles fielded a team largely consisting of nationally known veterans like Demanda Riot, Liza Machete, Velveteen Savage, Astronaughty, Friskie Meow and Nina Beretta. Other Belles skaters were home league veterans with many years experience; jammer Tanya Hardon was only Belle skating in her first bout. Sac City also fielded some veterans, including star jammer Lil Punk, blockers Mad Katter, Bipolar Roller and Stinger, and all-around threat Lucha, but the rest of the Rollers appeared to be new.
Read More about the event
Photos from an evening of Roller Derby
Video of Richmond vs. Sacramento at the Craneway
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Mike Noda: Guitar/Bass
Jason Eisenberg: Guitar/Bass
Matthew Rostica: Drums
Rushad Eggleston: Frontman
Graham Terry: Electric Bass
Scott Manke: Drummer
Tornado Rider Band Website
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Now, lucky diners can take all the time they need — and enjoy a pint and a slider or two with that expansive view, too — at the BoilerHouse Restaurant, a casual little diner and bar that practically defines the term industrial chic. The boilers and pumps are still there, and industrial pipes traverse the high ceilings. But the old automotive assembly line has given way to small groupings of tables, an inviting bar scene and a comfy vibe that manages to be cool and cozy at the same time. And the Bay view — oh, that view! — is framed by walls of mullioned windows.
The service will be followed by a celebration of her life that will start around noon at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.
Vargas is remembered for her generous nature, her love of the Hispanic culture and her passion for music and the arts, said granddaughter Marisa Hernandez.
What set her apart was "her love of people, her love of the community," Hernandez said. "Anybody and everybody was welcome in Nana's home."