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Today is DURBIN DAY in Santa Cruz

American Idol: One of the four singers was cut from the show. To say that I was surprised at the outcome is an understatement. The first clue that something was wrong was when Lauren Alaina was the first contestant to be deemed safe. Excuse me! Nice singer, nice girl, but not, in my opinion, good enough to be an American Idol. And then when the snarky Haley Reinhardt was chosen I began to wonder if Idol might be playing with us. Cut Scotty McCreery or James Durbin? Seriously? I was waiting for Ryan Seacrest to put on his sad face and then announce that all four were safe! Sadly, the joke was on us. James Durbin would be going home! Home to Santa Cruz where Durbin Day would have to be canceled. After the show Twitter and other sites were set ablaze when fans expressed their disbelief and outrage. American Idol must have felt that heat, and Durbin Day is Back On!

Santa Cruz Beach Bandstand

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Durban Day Schedule of Events

Dave Brubeck is 90

Northern California native and jazz master Dave Brubeck celebrates his 90th birthday today. Brubeck was born in Concord and grew up in Ione. He attended the College of the Pacific (now UOP) in Stockton. He’s best known for the 1959 album Time Out which featured various compositions in uncommon time signatures and has become a staple of “best jazz albums of all time” lists.

Hat tip to KCSM for this story.

Photo: Frank C Müller, found on Wikipedia CC-BY-SA

Mike Huckabee in San Jose December 2nd

Mike Huckabee will be in San Jose to sign copies of his Christmas books.

* Can’t Wait Till Christmas

* A Simple Christmas ~ Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit.

Thursday, December 2 at Noon

Almaden Costco

5301 Almaden Expressway, San Jose – 95118

Note: For Costco members only.

Mike Huckabee – facebook

Michael Moore: “In the Souls of the People”

Love him or hate him, Michael Moore is headed to San Jose to receive the Steinbeck Award.

Photo credit: Geoffrey Vail Brown

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker and Social Activist Michael Moore will receive the John Steinbeck Award “In the Souls of the People” from noted author and son of John Steinbeck, Thomas Steinbeck.  Moore will be in conversation with Dan Pulcrano, Executive Editor of Metro.  It should be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in Michael Moore’s thoughts and ideas.  The event is hosted by Thomas Steinbeck and Catherine Busalacchi of the SJSU Student Union, and it benefits the Center for Steinbeck Studies.

October 14, 2010
Starts 7:00 PM, doors open 6:00 PM.
Morris Dailey Auditorium on the SJSU campus
For more information, contact the Center: 408-808-2067
or email:
Tickets: SJSU’s Ticketmaster.

Help “Tommy and the High Pilots” make a Music Video

Show up at the Music Go Round on Friday. Ask for Dave Reda or Karl Schweitzer of Elftwin Films, and you might find yourself in a music video.

After the filming “Tommy and the High Pilots” will entertain with a free concert. If you buy a Tommy and the Hight Pilots t-shirt you can be in the front row for the concert to make sure you are seen in the video. On Youtube for all to see!

Friday, June 25th
Filming starts at 1:00 PM – Outdoor Free Concert at 6:00 PM
Music Go Round
5035 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 448-2263

Tommy and the High Pilots on facebook

Elftwin Films

Santa Clara University: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is one of the founders of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática and served as mayor of Mexico City from 1997-1999. The son of former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, Cárdenas was a candidate in Mexico’s 1988 presidential election. This Monday at Santa Clara University he will discuss the Mexican Revolution, and the importance of improving the electoral system in Mexico.

I believe had Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas become president of Mexico their economy would be flourishing, and we would not be seeing drug-related violence and death on both sides of the border.

The Promise and Legacy of the Mexican Revolution: 1910-2010
Santa Clara University
Monday, April 12th
7:00-8:30 p.m.
California Mission Room
Benson Memorial Center (Located on the Southwest corner of the Santa Clara University campus)
Free & Open to the Public ~ Sponsored by Political Science, History, Ethnic Studies and Latin American Studies.
Contact: Julia Wong
Tel (408) 554-4508
For more information, or if you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact, 408.554.4508.

Santa Clara University

“La Mission” Showing in San Jose

It was a thrill to be front row when Cinequest presented Benjamin Bratt with the Maverick Spirit Award. We, the audience, were also entertained with a screening of “La Mission”.

If you missed “La Mission”, or want to see it once more, it will show at Camera 3 downtown San Jose on April 16th.  Santa Cruz on April 23.

Trailer “La Mission”
La Mission facebook

Conan O’Brien Is Not Prohibited In San Jose

just look at him

The San Jose State University Events Center will let just about anyone perform. To prove it they have booked Conan O’Brien for a May the 5th gig. Cinco de Mayo? O’Brien was nominated for the Mayor of Japantown by the folks at Roy’s Station, so it makes perfect sense.  Yes? La respuesta es correcta…

“Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour”
Events Center
May 5, 2010
8:00 PM

Make sure to reserve your tickets early.

César Chávez Day: March 31, 2010 – Let The Eagle Fly

S. King Rd. at Alum Rock Ave.

César Chávez was born in Arizona March 31, 1927. In June of 1939 his family moved to San Jose California. They lived at 53 Scharff Ave. in the barrio called Sal Si Puedes “Get Out If You Can.”

César Chávez Day is a state holiday in California. Government offices, educational institutions and many businesses are closed.

Let The Eagle Fly a Musical – Information from the site:

The Story of Cesar Chavez is an inspirational musical which tells the story of Cesar E. Chavez, one of the most influential civil rights leaders of our time and a crusader for non-violent change. It traces Chavez’s life from his childhood, as the son of migrant farm workers in the Great Depression, through his founding of the farm workers union and commitment to the non-violent struggle for social and economic justice. The musical highlights the five-year grape boycott which brought nationwide attention to the farm workers’ plight.

Let The Eagle Fly
Thursday at 8:00pm
March 25

Fridays at 8:00pm
March 12, 19, 26

Saturdays at 8:00pm
March 13, 20,

Sundays at 2:00pm
March 14, 21, 28

Final Performance
Wednesday at 7pm
March 31

Location: San Jose City College Theatre
2100 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Chavez Family Vision

The anthem of the United Farm Workers of America (The real player will sing it.)

Let The Eagle Fly facebook
This weekend (13th & 14th) only. $20 for students or seniors at the door! – Mention you saw it on Facebook.

RichardFalcon twitter

Two Auctions

Every year, I attend two charity fund raising auctions: the Via Ball which benefits Via Services, and the SAMA Middle Eastern Feast and Auction, sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga, benefiting medical relief programs in Haiti, the Holy Land, and Africa.

Via is most famous for the year-round Camp Costanoan, a residential, outdoor education, recreation and learning center for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs. Via was established in 1945 as the Crippled Children’s Society of Santa Clara County. This year was the 15th Annual Via Ball: a grand event held at Villa Ragusa in Campbell. People with big hearts and Silicon Valley celebrities with big wallets dress up fancy to bid at the auction, have executive chefs and master sommeliers compete for their attention, and dance after dinner. Top auction bids go to Felicia Horowitz’s annual hand-made mosaic quilt, which this year was an amazing 7,000+ piece tribute to Van Gogh’s sunflowers and by itself raised over $10,000. At this year’s Via Ball, my husband John and I bought forty pounds of dried figs (split with another family who were also bidding), our table’s flower centerpiece, and some gift certificates. I get many of my ideas for how to improve the SAMA auction from going to the Via Ball.

SAMA has been holding its annual dinner for 11 years but SAMA’s auction fundraiser is only three years old. Our SAMA committee is entirely made up of volunteers and the event is held in the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School hall. SAMA uses the same auction management software as does the Via Ball – see my 2008 review of Auction! for details. SAMA’s 2010 Middle Eastern Feast was prepared by Nina Amireh, Lucy Asfour, and Andrew Bate plus an energetic crew of volunteers from St. Andrew’s youth group. Entertainment was provided by Gregangelo and Velocity Arts and Entertainment, a whirling dervish.

Each year, the most popular SAMA auction items are in the food and wine category, with the Willow Glen Caboose Brunch and Nina’s “Middle Eastern Dinner for 8” getting top bids in 2010. The Robert Lewis oil painting “New Vineyard, Old Manor” raised the most money of any single auction item. Our family bought a silver dish, a set of Bart Ehrman’s New Testament Lectures on CD, plus an inlaid mosaic frame and chessboard made by Izzat Ashkar of Syria. The entire SAMA auction raised just a few thousand dollars more than Felicia Horowitz’s quilt. SAMA supports programs such as The Four Homes of Mercy, a refuge for the severely disabled based in Jerusalem.

Via Ball

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SAMA Auction and Middle Eastern Feast

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