Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
A benefit for Seva Foundation featuring Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Henry Kaiser, Chris Robinson, Pete Sears & many more
Wavy Gravy’s 75th Birthday Boogie!
A benefit for Seva Foundation
Bay Area cultural icon Wavy Gravy is turning 75 years young this year – and you’re invited to his party! Wavy Gravy will host a benefit concert featuring a legendary lineup of musicians, including Bob Weir & Mickey Hart , performing alone and together with Steve Kimock , Mark Karan , Henry Kaiser , Jeff Chimenti , John Molo , Pete Sears , Nicki Bluhm & Robin Sylvester . Also on the bill is Zero , The Chris Robinson Brotherhood , Ace of Cups , the Clown Conspiracy and surprise guests!
We are extremely grateful to Wavy Gravy, and all of the musicians performing in support of Seva,” said Seva’s Executive Director, Jack Blanks . “Their generosity, along with donations from Bay Area audience members, will support Seva’s programs that restore sight to the blind, train doctors in places where there are few, and bring services to indigenous communities around the world. Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning Service, and we welcome you to join with Seva as we serve those in need around the world. We are honored by the music community’s recognition of our work.”
Saturday, May 14, 2011
1414 South Harbor Way (Richmond’s Marina District)
Richmond, CA 94804
ABOUT Seva Foundation:
Seva Foundation , a Berkeley based non-profit organization founded by Wavy Gravy, Ram Dass, Larry Brilliant and a group of renowned public health experts, works in the poorest corners of the globe to prevent and cure blindness. With programs in nine countries and the United States, Seva provides financial resources and technical expertise to help communities build sustainable solutions to poverty and disease. With an emphasis on curable and preventable blindness, Seva-supported programs have restored sight to more than 3 million people in Asia and Africa. In the U.S. Seva works with Native American communities on the prevention of diabetes and other chronic health issues.
Tickets are $45 and are available at inticketing.com. VIP tickets for $250 include a preshow dinner and a limited edition event poster. Doors open at 7:00pm; show starts at 7:30pm. For more information about Seva Foundation and the concert, please visit: http://www.seva.org .
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The B.A.D. Girls Roller Derby league was founded in 2004 and is made up of four teams: The Oakland Outlaws, The Berkeley Resistance, The Richmond Wrecking Belles, and The San Francisco ShEvil Dead. Last year, the B.A.D. Girls realized that three teams were no longer enough to accommodate the growing number of women who wanted to skate, so the Berkeley Resistance was born. The four league teams only play each other once a season; each match drawing a large crowd.
At the Craneway Pavilion, the roller derby ring is laid on top of the floor, the track is marked with hot pink duct tape and takes up half of the huge space. The rest of the area is filled with vendors selling everything from B.A.D. Girls Roller Derby Merchandise to handmade leather goods and skate shop gear. Food and drink stands are scattered throughout the warehouse and a taco truck sits directly outside one of the buildings side doors.
Audience members sit anywhere they can—the area surrounding the edge of the rink resembles the beach on a crowded summer day. The floor is covered with blankets of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Families play cards and small children run amok, smiling and laughing.
A few minutes before the game is scheduled to start, all 13 Oakland Outlaws skate onto the track, black bandanas covering their noses and mouths (they are supposed to be outlaws, after all.) The team skates around the track in a tight huddle. They are crouched down, bent forward, hands on knees. As the announcers go through the lineup, each Outlaw pops up from the pack when her name is called.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” a voice booms from the giant speakers throughout the warehouse. “Put two fingers in the air for the new roller derby team, the Berkeley Resistance!”
“The Age of Aquarius” starts playing over the loud speakers. The Berkeley players skate onto the track waving flowers in the air and giving everyone the peace sign, twirling and skipping as they make their way around the track. The Berkeley team’s coach, who has the derby name Stinky Hippie, walks behind the team. She is wearing a bright orange muumuu and a large pink scarf.
The Berkeley players wear light pink jerseys, their names written on their backs in black. In order to keep games fair—and fun to watch—a number of top players from the league’s three older teams volunteered to switch to Berkeley once the new team started, spreading the leagues talent and inexperience out evenly. Berkeley player Frisky Meow, who is known to Resistance fans as Home Leslie, used to play for the Richmond Wrecking Belles. She was one of the first to volunteer to lead the new team and is now one of its two captains.
Roller derby “has a really steep learning curve,” Frisky Meow said about teaching newbies the sport. “But we have the best league ever. It’s the best roller derby you are going to see in California.”
As the players parade in front of them, three announcers sit behind a small table on top of a platform in one corner of the rink. They are current roller derby players Chesty Gillespie, Miss Moxxxie of San Francisco’s ShEvil Dead, as well as former skater Skato Masochist. The announcers not only narrate the action happening on the track, helping to clear up any confusion the crowd might be having, but also add humor to the proceedings. “Flower power to your Berkeley Resistance!” shout the announcers.
With the game about to start, the announcers do a quick run-through of the basics of roller derby, with members from both teams demonstrating moves, illegal hits, and positions along with the verbal explanations.
In roller derby, each team tries to score the most points by helping players called “jammers” pass as many opponents as possible as they continually skate around an oval track, scoring points for overtaking opposing players. A roller derby match consists of two 30 minutes halves, each made up of numerous “jams” during which the jammers earn one point per opponent passed, starting with their second pass through the pack. Players called “blockers” prevent the opposing team’s jammer from progressing, while helping their own sail through the group smoothly. Players called “pivots” skate at the front of the pack and direct their team’s blockers—like a playmaker—on what to do. Each team has five skaters on the track at one time, including three blockers, one pivot, and one jammer. The “pack” consists of eight players—both teams’ blockers and pivots—who must skate closely together.
Unless a jammer is in the penalty box, each team plays both offense and defense during each jam. One jammer from each team on the track tries to score points with the help of their blockers and pivots. At the same time, blockers and pivots are also playing defense by trying to stop the opposing team’s jammer as she tries to score points for her team. Everything happens fast and all at once.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Zero, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Buttered Rum to Play Wavy Gravy’s Birthday Boogie
Bob Weir and Mickey Hart will headline Wavy Gravy’s 75th Birthday Boogie. The benefit show will take place at Richmond, CA’s Craneway Pavilion on May 14. As in years past, the show will support the Seva Foundation. The Grateful Dead members will be joined during their set by Barry Sless, Bobby Vega, Henry Kaiser, John Molo, Nicki Bluhm, Pete Sears and Steve Kimock as well as RatDog’s Jeff Chimenti, Mark Karan and Robin Sylvester. In addition, the show will feature sets by Zero, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Buttered Rum, Ace of Cups and Clown Conspiracy. Wavy Gravy will host the night.From Jam Bands Dot Com:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Join us for an unprecedented high energy, information-intense, and intensely fun 14-hour Earth Day festival running from 12 noon to 2am on Saturday April 23rd! Tickets & Details: http://www.deepgreenfest.com/
Deep Green :: An Earth Day Celebration of Cannabis, Health, & Ecology
Time: April 23, 2011 to April 24, 2011
Location: Craneway Pavilion
Organized By: Earthdance Global, in association with Harmony Festival and United Earth Networks
Deep Green :: The Premier Earth Day Celebration of Cannabis, Health & Ecology
From the creators of Earthdance – An unprecedented high energy, information-intense, and intensely fun 14-hour festival running from 12 noon to 2 a.m. on Saturday April 23, Earth Day Weekend 2011.
• Luminaries, Expert Panels and Workshops
• Over 50 Exhibitors, with a Gourmet Natural Food Zone
• Evening Concert and Late Night Dance Party
• Educational and Art Installations – including the Hemp House!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!! $20 Presale / $30 @ the Door
MUSIC & SPECIAL GUESTS
Live performances from The Coup, Heavyweight Dub Champion feat. Dakini Star, Sasha Rose, DJ Delphi & Aima the Dreamer of Goddess Alchemy Project, MC Yogi, Alex Theory and more – plus an outstanding line up of top Bay Area DJs with celebrities and sages sharing wit and wisdom along the way.
SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS
Leading authorities and change-makers will address the transition to a sustainable culture through the advancement of cannabis/hemp, eco-activism, natural cures and alternative healing. Presenters include: Ed Rosenthal, Chris Conrad, Patrick Goggin, California Senator and Marijuana Advocate Mark Leno, Kevin Danaher of Green Festivals, David Bronner, Ralph Metzner, Steve DeAngelo, Eric Steenstra, Mikki Norris, Prashanti de Jager, Ahmed Rahim, and many more!
VENDORS & EXHIBITORS:
The latest in green growing gear, holistic health, sustainable lifestyles, clothing, natural and raw foods, organic drinks, trade groups and non-profits making a difference – plus educational exhibits including the Human Rights and the Drug War Photo Exhibit, The Hemp House Movement – and much more.
VISIONARY ART GALLERY
Exhibit featuring an exclusive gallery of works from visionary and nature art masters including live art, plus installations inside and out.
MEDICAL DISPENSARY SHOWCASE & VAPOR LOUNGE
Venue-within-the-venue showcasing dispensaries and vapor lounge for medicinal marijuana patients. (read less)
DEEP GREEN - DONATION TO PLANT A TREE through the Green World Campaign at www.greenworld.org will help to restore the ecology and economy of some of the world's poorest places. Click here to add a donation to your ticket purchase:
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Monday, March 14, 2011
By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated March 14, 2011 12:00 AM Comments
Ana (Hurricane) Julaton
MANILA, Philippines - WBO women’s superbantamweight champion Ana (Hurricane) Julaton said the other day she was aware that challenger Franchesca (The Chosen One) Alcanter tried to goad her into engaging but stuck to her fight plan in pounding out a unanimous 10-round decision in their recent title bout at the Craneway Pavilion in Point Richmond, California.
Julaton, making the first defense of the crown in her second reign as WBO 122-pound titlist, said it wasn’t easy beating Alcanter.
“She was in great shape even if she hadn’t fought in nearly two years,” said Julaton. “She wanted my belt. She was strong and tried to lure me in so she could land her power shots. She even did the rope-a-dope. Honestly, I didn’t think she was that smart. She did things to get me to fight her fight. But I remembered what coach Freddie (Roach) told me to do. During our workouts, he kept telling me my speed and jab would be the key to beating Franchesca.”
Julaton spoke to The STAR at the Planet Jupiter gym in Makati while WBA lightwelterweight champion Amir Khan worked out with Roach. Also in the gym were Khan’s strength and conditioning coach Michael Vale, his uncle Taz, friend Bill Singh, Julaton’s manager Angelo Reyes and writer Dennis Guillermo.
“I had to adjust a little bit when I realized what Franchesca was doing,” said Julaton who had no marks on her face to show two weeks after the bout. “What I’m looking forward to is fighting in Manila. They’re talking about it now. We’re in negotiations and I hope it happens. There’s nothing like fighting before your countrymen.”
Although Julaton was born and raised in the US, she is a full-blooded Filipina. Her parents Cesar and Emilia are pure Filipinos. She finished up to second year at the City College of San Francisco. It is her third trip to Manila.
Julaton, 30, said if there’s ever an opportunity to represent the Philippines in the Olympics, she’ll be first in line to volunteer. Women’s boxing will be introduced at the London Olympics next year but is open only to amateurs, disqualifying Julaton.
Reyes said Manny Pacquiao was Julaton’s inspiration for the Alcanter bout.
“Ana watched Manny’s fight against Antonio Margarito the night before to inspire her for the fight,” said Reyes. “She was really inspired by Manny’s performance against Margarito. She watched that fight and studied Manny’s movements throughout training camp. As a form of thanking Manny for inspiring her, she wore the ‘Manny Knows’ Nike T-shirt during the press conference right after the fight and the rest of the night.”
Reyes said the Julaton-Alcanter bout was similar to the Pacquiao-Margarito duel in that like Margarito, Alcanter had to bring down her weight for the chance to battle the Filipina. Alcanter, 36, previously fought as a featherweight, superfeatherweight, lightweight and lightwelterweight. The heaviest Alcanter ever weighed was 140 pounds when she knocked out Crystal Bolles in the third round in 2004. Julaton was heaviest at 123 pounds when she outpointed Clara de la Torre in 2008.
At the weigh-in the day before the fight, Julaton tipped the scales at 116 1/2 and Alcanter, 118 1/2. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “There had to be something wrong with the scales but that’s not for me to say. The boxing commission has control over the scales and they should know what they’re doing. I just found it strange that just a few minutes before the weigh-in, I checked my weight in my hotel room and I was right on the money. I couldn’t have lost all those pounds in a few minutes.”
The scuttlebutt was the scales were rigged because Alcanter wouldn’t have made the limit. If Julaton was at 122 and the scales showed she was 5 1/2 pounds less, Alcanter must have weighed 124 or two over the limit.
Under boxing rules, if the champion makes the weight and the challenger doesn’t, the champion has the option to go on with the fight or back out. The promoter, however, is obligated to pay the champion’s purse in case of a withdrawal because it’s not his fault that the challenger was overweight. The promoter has the recourse of suing the challenger to recover what was paid to the champion.
If the champion agrees to fight anyway, he will keep the title if he wins and the championship will be declared vacant if he loses.
Roach, who has worked Julaton’s corner in eight of her 11 fights, couldn’t make it to Point Richmond because of a previous commitment. “But I was with Ana up to her last day of training at the Wild Card (gym),” said Roach. “Ana’s a three-time world champion so she knows her stuff.”
Roach said he used to train former IBO women’s lightwelterweight champion Lucia Rijker of The Netherlands. Rijker retired unbeaten in 2004 with a 17-0 record, including 14 KOs. Roach’s best friend Billy Keane used to date Rijker whomhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif experts swore “fought like a man.” Keane was two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa’s business manager late in his career. He also dated actress Meg Ryan.
“Franchesca used to train at the Wild Card so I’m familiar with her style,” said Roach. “She even appeared in my work-out video.”
Reyes said Roach, showing concern for Julaton, phoned her the night of the weigh-in and the morning of the fight to go over strategy one more time and to tell her, “You will beat her...you know what to do.”
From Phil Star:
Sunday, March 13, 2011
MANILA, Philippines - Reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) women’s super-bantamweight champion Ana Julaton is yearning for a rematch with Lisa “Bad News” Brown in the hope of avenging one of the most heartrending losses in her boxing career.
Julaton, nicknamed “The Hurricane”, disclosed that a return bout with the 40-year-old native of Trinidad and Tobago is certainly under her radar, even to the extent of luring “Bad News” to come over to Manila and have the fight staged here.
“That’s included in my priorities, most definitely,” a smiling Julaton admitted during the victory party tendered for her by TV5 at the Hardrock Cafe in Makati over the weekend following her successful defense of the WBO 122-lbs belt against Franchesca Alcanter.
Accompanied by her mother and manager Angelo Reyes, Julaton arrived in the country Tuesday last week and left for California yesterday.
Brown scored a unanimous decision against the Filipina-American boxer in their 10-round encounter for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super-bantamweight championship in March last year in Ontario, Canada.
Julaton, whose father is from Pozorrubio, Pangasinan and mother is from Masantol, Pampanga, has since recovered from that loss, beating Maria Elena Villalobos to capture the WBO and International Boxing Association (IBA) diadems, and then successfully defending it against Alcanter in a 10-round fight beamed live from Craneway Pavilion, Point Richmond in California by TV5 and AksyonTV 41, the 24-hour news and sports channel of the Kapatid Network.
The 30-year-old boxer, who happens to be a karate expert and teacher as well, stressed that between Brown and Alcanter, the latter is obviously the better puncher.
“Alcanter (18-10, 9 Kos) is the harder puncher than Lisa (18-4, 5 Kos),” said Julaton (8-2-1), also being handled by celebrated trainer Freddie Roach. “Lisa has somewhat an awkward style of punching.”
“Hopefully, by next year,” said Julaton, who loves watching TV, movies and does shopping during her spare time.
At the moment, the WBO and IBO champion is set to defend her title against a mandatory challenger, whom Reyes and Julaton would rather not divulge, but stressed could either be any of the top three contenders in the super-bantamweight division.
If the fight indeed, pushes through in the country, Reyes said they are looking at Manila, Pangasinan or Cebu as the possible site.
From Phil Star:
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Sat, 12 Mar 2011
MANILA -- THERE is a possibility that reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton's next fight will be held in Manila. This was revealed by Julaton's manager Angelo Reyes during yesterday's SCOOP Forum sa Kamayan in Padre Faura.
“Three more fight this year. Hopefully one of the three fights will be here in Manila,” said Reyes who also pointed out that Mexico wants to stage Julaton's next title defense.
The Fil-Am champion Julaton is coming off a successful defense against Mexican challenger Franchesca “The Chosen One” Alcanter in Craneway Pavilion in Richmond California coincidentally, the 25th anniversary of “People Power.”
“I’m very excited to fight here in the Philippines,” added Julaton, who won the verdict of the three judges, 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93 to beat Alcanter and retained his crown.
The 30-year-old Julaton trains under the watchful eye of American trainer Freddie Roach who is also the trainer of Pambansang Kamao Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.
Team Julaton is currently negotiating with Canadian promoter Allan Tremblay for the possible location of Julaton's next fight sometime in April. Last night Team Julaton was scheduled to hold a press conference hosted with TV5 at the Hard Rock Café in Makati to tackle future plans for Julaton.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tapestry Productions was established in 2001 as a vehicle to produce events for Seva Foundation. Tapestry Productions also works with many other organizations dedicated to doing good work in the world.
Tamara Klamner, founder of Tapestry Productions, has been producing fundraising events since 1994. She has worked with Seva Foundation, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, Bill Graham Presents, Rex Foundation, KPFA, Pacifica Foundation, Changemakers, Earthdance, Hogfarm Pignic, Camp Winnarainbow, MoveOn.org, The Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival and Another Planet Entertainment. These events have played a major role in raising significant funds and public awareness of the foundation's work.
"Public assemblage is a powerful tool for fundraising and awareness building. When we come together for a common cause, we build a stronger community and are able to have a greater impact towards the things we care about". Tapestry Productions produces events that help bring about that connection while creating the space for everyone to have a wonderful experience.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
For more info check out http://www.bayareaderbygirls.com/events/
Over 2000 people came for the season opener this Saturday 2/28: For those keeping track of the score, last year the ShEvil Dead skated away with the victory with a 93 – 78. This Saturday the Richmond Wrecking Belles settled the score with a 81-79 victory.
Don’t miss Oakland Outlaws vs. the new Berkeley Resistance!
The new team, the Berkeley Resistance is made up of a combination of both veteran members from the three existing home teams and new skaters who recently completed their introductory status and are ready and eager to get some game time. The Berkeley Resistance have one goal in mind for the 2011 season: Having Fun. True to their hometown’s hippie spirit, the uniforms will be tie-dye and fringe and their attitudes positive and optimistic.
Full article at http://www.examiner.com/
Monday, March 7, 2011
R.I.P. Bay Area roller derby stars Ann Calvello and Joanie Weston. Your roller derby thoughts in the comments.
1939: On the far left is roller derby legend Josephine "Ma" Bogash, the first female inductee in the Roller Derby Hall of Fame. I think she looks just like George's mother-in-law on "Seinfeld." She teamed with her son Bill Bogash, who died two years ago at age 92.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Fil-Am reigning champion retained her World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title belt with the three judges all giving her the fight with a score of 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93 in Ana’s favor.
“The fight went really well. I feel so good. It’s an honor to represent our country and I’m proud to dedicate this victory to our people who are also celebrating the anniversary of ‘People Power,’” Julaton told the Asian Journal.
Admitting that she has been feasting on her favorite Filipino foods lately (after many months of eating just fruits, vegetables, boiled fish and chicken in preparation for her fight), Ana cited the factors which lead to her amazing victory. “I have a great corner and Coach Freddie Roach’s training was extremely hard. His advice was to tire out the opponent with speed, quick feet and strong jabs. My speed worked in my favor.”
The 30-year-old Julaton dominated the fight with the bigger and more seasoned Alcanter, who has had 30 professional fights versus Ana’s 10 fights. But Ana dominated the ring from round 1 with her strong jabs and speed.
“This was actually the first time Ana fought a bigger opponent. I think Ana performed very well, giving all Filipinos pride. She knew Alcanter outweighed her by at least 12 pounds. But Ana was too fast, just like Manny Pacquiao,” said Angelo Reyes, Ana’s manager.
Ana Julaton’s trainer, Nonito Donaire Sr., was also all praises for his fighter, saying in his interview with Balitang America: “Na-impress ako sa performance ni Ana. Akala ko makaka-affect sa kanya na wala si Freddie Roach sa corner niya ngayon pero hindi pala. Mabilis siya ngayon. (I was impressed with Ana’s performance. I thought it would affect her that Freddie Roach was not in her corner but it didn’t. She’s now really fast.)
Asian Journal was able to interview Julaton and her team while they were in Palm Springs, negotiating with boxing promoter, Allan Tremblay for her next fight. “ We have just finalized the date of Ana’s next fight -- April 9 in the Philippines. The opponent will be announced soon,” said Allan.
Describing Ana as “genuine,gorgeous and beautiful,” Allan said, “She’s come a long way. She has improved by leaps and bounds. You know, we were in a restaurant in Pam Springs and she was mobbed by fans. She’s going to be a superstar,” he added.
Asked how she felt after the fight, Ana smiled and admitted, “I was very tired. I’m just glad I got it all squared off.” Julaton is now considered #2 best Super Bantamweight Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world, with a record of 8 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.
She is scheduled to fly to Manila this week to prepare the logistics for her April fight there. “I will keep on fighting for all the Filipinos in the world. I look forward to more WINS. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng suporta. I am really grateful. Thank you so much,” she said.
WEDNESDAY, 02 MARCH 2011 10:21 JOSEPH PIMENTEL AJPRESS LOS ANGELES