Bodil and I are back from a month in Nepal and a twelve day trek to Annapurna Base Camp at 13,550 ft. ~ probably the most physically challenging thing we have ever done, and one of the most rewarding. We’re posting pictures and text on our Facebook Pages (Larnie & Bodil) of each day of our adventure not-quite-one-month-later every day. When we got back, three copies of the most recent edition of Entanglements were waiting for us and we were more than thrilled. This is the work of Nanette Wylde, and it includes images and text from our collaborative show at Pro Arts in Oakland (last show ever in that space), Probability. The magazine also includes a QR code link to a website that she built for us to showcase each interactive sound sculpture from the show. THIS WEBSITE is now the best way to see the work. Thanks Nan! Editing short videos of each piece gave me something to do in between naps on the couch when we had covid in August. The magazine is beautiful. We just heard that our favorite two candidates for Benicia City Council, Kari Birdseye and Terry Scott are leading their opponents. We know and like both of them and supported them by coordinating the Artists’ Sign Project with a few other friends. We know that neither of them will be beholden to the local refinery, Valero. HERE are the signs our local artists made for Kari, and HERE are the signs made for Terry. Our project raised over $2,800 for the campaigns and made 58 signs that were planted in yards all over town, and all over social media. Valero engaged in a last minute blitz of deceptive mailers and ads, apparently to no avail. KQED reported on the race in early October, but the best online source of Benicia news is the Benicia Independent. At this writing, Kari leads her Republican opponent by 42 votes. (Go Kari!) I got a couple modest pieces into Arts Benicia’s Gems V, Exquisite, Intricate, Intimate Small Works of Art show. The Member and Artists Preview is Thursday November 17, 6 - 7pm, and the Opening Reception is Saturday, November 19, 4 - 6pm. Maybe see you there? You should see Arts Benicia’s gorgeous new home (yes, literally a home) if you haven’t yet. Speaking of small artworks, earlier this year I built a little drone device: a steel string with a tuning peg, and a 3 volt motor with a variable speed controller that is spinning a cork with two little magnets hot-glued onto it; the same principle as an ebow, but mechanical, not digital. I posted it HERE where a number of people saw and heard it, including musical geniuses Allen Whitman, former bass player of the Mermen and Dorothy Moskowitz, former vocalist with The United States of America, and Country Joe. Both of them have used my recording of the new instrument to make lovely, droney, compositions of their own, which you can listen to at The Bamboo Palace, an Audius page that Allen made for us. (Thanks Allen!) I’m hoping to expand these collaborations. Speaking of musical geniuses, our friend Urs Leonhardt Steiner will be conducting the Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (including our Benicia Chapter Chorus), and the audience, in our annual Holiday Tradition, Handel's Sing it Yourself Messiah. Our first performance will be in Benicia, Thursday, December 8, 7:30 pm at Benicia’s Clock Tower, and the second one in San Francisco, Monday, December 12, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. Next year we will be working on some very heavy music composed by prisoners in Nazi era concentration camps. Let me (or the GGSOC) know if you want to learn and sing those with us. Speaking of our friends, Kathryn Reasoner has been working with Vital Arts to solve problems that artists face finding space to live and work. Vital Arts has begun working with the Northern California Land Trust ~ which is exciting ~ and they are hiring a program manager to develop and manage that collaboration, called Artist Space Trust. HERE is the position announcement. Please share it with the perfect person to make this project bloom.
Happy holidays ~ Stay sane! Stay in touch!
Larnie & Bodil
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