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** Some of you who signed up for the walk on 9/12 may want to sign up for this walk, which I hope we can enjoy in the better air quality.** Subject to COVID-19 rules, all participants shall be masked and 6-ft away from each other when we walk this cool tree-shaded trail. HOW TO MEETUP: We will meet in front of Dana Street Roasting Co. at 10:50 am, and hit the trail at 11am. We will walk in the direction of Shoreline Park for about 30 minutes and come back. *** Please stay home if you're feeling even slightly sick. There will be other walks. *** After the walk, some of us may go for an OPTIONAL LUNCH at one of the restaurants on Castro with outdoor tables in downtown Mountain View. ABOUT THE TRAIL: Stevens Creek Trail is currently open from Shoreline At Mountain View to Dale/Heatherstone. The approximately five-mile section of paved all weather pathway contains six undercrossings, six pedestrian bridges, a major 1/4 mile overcrossing structure that spans Central Expressway, Evelyn Avenue, light rail and the Caltrain tracks, a 350-foot pedestrian/bicycle overpass spanning Highway 237 and the new overcrossing over Highway 85 from Sleeper Avenue to Dale/Heatherstone. The trail provides users multiple experiences through woodlands, tidal marshes and city neighborhood parks. In addition to bringing a unique creekside experience to urban residents and workers, the trail's easy connections to major bus routes, CalTrain and light rail make it ideal for connecting to the city's North Bayshore businesses. The trail is open from dawn to dusk. Dogs are allowed on leash from Sleeper Avenue north to the Crittenden Trailhead which is an entrance to Shoreline At Mountain View. Dogs are not allowed in Shoreline At Mountain View. Parking is available at the Crittenden Lane, La Avenida, Whisman, Landels and Yuba Drive Trailheads. Visit and learn more about the trail here: https://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/shoreline/trails/stevens.asp
At this Watch Party, we'll watch a 1981 American epic historical drama film, co-written, produced, and directed by Warren Beatty, about the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the Russian Revolution in his 1919 book Ten Days That Shook the World. Beatty stars in the lead role alongside Diane Keaton as Louise Bryant and Jack Nicholson as Eugene O'Neill. NOTE: The start time for this watch party is 7:30pm since it's a VERY LONG film (3hr 15m). ** You need to be an Amazon Prime member to join this watch party.** ▶︎▶︎ ▶︎▶︎ ▶︎▶︎ ▶︎▶︎ << Beatty was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director and the film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to Chariots of Fire. Beatty, Keaton, Nicholson, and Stapleton were nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Stapleton was the only one of the four to win. >> PLOT: In 1915, married socialite Louise Bryant encounters the radical journalist John Reed for the first time at a lecture in Portland, Oregon, and is intrigued with his idealism. After meeting him for an interview on international politics that lasts an entire night, she realizes that writing has been her only escape from her frustrated high-society existence. Inspired to leave her husband, Bryant joins Reed in Greenwich Village, New York City, and becomes acquainted with the local community of activists and artists, including anarchist and author Emma Goldman and the playwright Eugene O'Neill. Later, they move to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to concentrate on their writing, becoming involved in the local theatre scene. Through her writing, Bryant becomes a feminist and radical in her own right. Reed becomes involved in labor strikes with the "Reds" of the Communist Labor Party of America. Obsessed with changing the world, he grows restless and heads for St. Louis to cover the 1916 Democratic Convention. During Reed's absence, Bryant falls into a complicated affair with O'Neill. Upon his return, Reed discovers the affair and realizes he still loves Bryant. The two marry secretly and make a home together in Croton-on-Hudson, north of New York City, but still have conflicting desires. When Reed admits his own infidelities, Bryant takes a ship to Europe to work as a war correspondent. After a flare-up of a kidney disorder, Reed is warned to avoid excessive travel or stress, but he decides to take the same path. Reunited as professionals, the two find their passion rekindled as they are swept up in the fall of Russia's Czarist regime and the events of the 1917 Revolution. The second part of the film takes place shortly after the publication of Ten Days that Shook the World. Inspired by the idealism of the Revolution, Reed attempts to bring the spirit of Communism to the United States, because he is disillusioned with the policies imposed upon Communist Russia by Grigory Zinoviev and the Bolsheviks. While attempting to leave Europe, he is briefly imprisoned and interrogated in Finland. He returns to Russia and is reunited with Bryant at the railway station in Moscow. By this point, Reed is growing progressively weaker as a result of his kidney disorder. Bryant helps nurse the ailing Reed, who eventually dies. Read more about this film at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reds_(film) ▶︎▶︎ ▶︎▶︎ ▶︎▶︎ ▶︎▶︎ HOW TO JOIN THE WATCH PARTY: At 7:15pm, I will POST the Watch Party link in the comment section. Once the link is posted, all you need to do is CLICK on that link to join the party. Once you joined the party, go to the "CHAT" section at the right side of the screen, and join the chat and say 'hi' to let the party know you have JOINED. I will start the Watch Party by starting the movie when we have at least 2 people in the party. So please click on the link in the comment section a few minutes before 7:30pm.
One of the most popular live streaming Jazz events, Peter Sprague's concert from his home studio in San Diego is back on Thursday, 9/24 to play some of the *CREAM* tunes!!! HOW TO WATCH: Just click on this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si4KYb-qq3c&feature=youtu.be 🎼 🎵 🎶 🎸 🎹 🎷 🎺 🥁 🎻 🎤 🎶 🎵 "Sunshine of Your Love" — probably the second most iconic rock riff right behind the descending chord movement of "Stairway to Heaven." I learned to play it when I was young and with a surfboard under the other arm I pretty much owned the world at large. Hah! It’s hard to take over the planet but if you’re fortified with the songs of Cream, world domination by sound is a cinch. Their music is hard hitting, beautiful, and to my ears, just waiting to be reimagined through our jazz and Brazilian influence. We'll levitate on the classic “Had To Cry Today,” flat tire wobble on "Born Under a Bad Sign,” astral travel on “Badge,” and do some silent moon gazing on “Can’t Find My Way Home.” And of course we’re fitting in a little “Sunshine of Your Love” to fully illuminate the evening. The band includes some of the best with Leonard Patton on vocals, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Mack Leighton on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and Peter Sprague on guitar. Price of admission? Actually the concert is free but we will have a "virtual tip jar" complete with PayPal, Zelle and Venmo info for you to donate whatever you feel good about. Also good old snail mailing checks works too. We'd love for this to work out too. Paypal: [masked] Venmo: @PeterSprague Zelle: [masked] mail checks via snail mail to: Peter Sprague 311 East Glaucus St. Encinitas, CA 92024 🎼 🎵 🎶 🎸 🎹 🎷 🎺 🥁 🎻 🎤 🎶 🎵 Join the zoom chat right after the concert, use the link I'm emailing to all of you who signed up to attend the show. This chat will be about 30 minutes.
This year, Monterey Jazz Festival is going online, and is FREE with your generous donation. This incredible lineup features exclusive new and previously unreleased archival performances from the Monterey Jazz Festival! Unique and memorable jazz moments will be across the three days, September 25-27, 2020. The Virtual Festival will be streamed online each day from 5-7 pm Pacific Time on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s YouTube Channel. One hundred percent of online contributions from each day of the Virtual Festival will be donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and to jazz artists featured at the Virtual Festival. 2020 VIRTUAL FESTIVAL LINE UP Friday, September 25: Herbie Hancock Diane Reeves Roy Hargrove Terri Lyne Carrington – Mosaic Project Jamie Cullum Christian McBride & Inside Straight Christian Sands, the 2020 and 2021 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Saturday, September 26: Tribute to Dave Brubeck with Cannery Row Suite featuring Kurt Elling & Roberta Gambarini Eastwood at Monterey with Diana Krall & Kenny Barron Trio Regina Carter Our Native Daughters featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell Clint Eastwood in conversation with Tim Jackson Berklee Institute of Jazz & Gender Justice Quintet Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Sunday, September 27: Tribute to Quincy Jones, “The A&M Years”, featuring Hubert Laws and Valerie Simpson Sonny Rollins Tribute featuring Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Redman Anat Cohen Tentet Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Angela Davis in conversation with Terri Lyne Carrington 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour with musical director Christian Sands and Cecil McLorin Salvant on vocals Lila Downs 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour with musical director Christian McBride and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals Gerald Clayton Quartet Next Generation Jazz Orchestra & More to be announced! HOW TO WATCH: Read more about this festival at: https://montereyjazzfestival.org/2020-virtual-monterey-jazz-festival/ Remember to donate to support this historic tradition.