Tuesday, September 23, 2008

51st Monterey Jazz Festival mixes funk with . . . .

The 51st Monterey Jazz Festival-08 fused the late Godfather of Soul (James Brown), 'Sax' icon Maceo Parker with sultry vocalist, Nancy Wilson. Don't miss next year's 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival 2009.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

La Raza pulls 2009 Convention/ Minutemen Controversy

LaRaza's convention expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees to Kansas City, Missouri with an economic impact of $5-$6 million dollars. See KCtalk . . . . . . .

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Armenian Film: 'Forty Days of Musa' Dagh (Armenian tragedy)

Historic recognition of the Armenian tragedy by The US Congress
today .

The US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee approved of a bipartisan bill today that calls on the US to recognize the World War I massacres of Armenians 92 years ago during the height of the Ottoman Empire collapse.
This is a great opportunity for MISS to invite members of the Turkish & Armenian Community for meaningful dialogue of a complex subject.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jewish Food Festival (Carmel Valley) Beth Israel

I hope you were out & about for the Lunar eclipse today (3:30AM-this morning). The number of people near the Wharf, like me were in the wrong place. But did you see the strangest orange (Texas-Orange) colored moon ? Well, if you were in the right place at the right time this past weekend, you would have been at Beth Israel's Food Fest.

Little did I know why I enjoyed the sound of Klezmer music from Eastern Europe so much. Was it Benny Goodman ? America's foremost jazz musician, who made the clainet one of the most popular horned instrument in the late 1940-50s ?
The Jewish weddings? A combination of influences, I'm sure.

I miss the music and Grandma Betty's (someone from my pass, who was so nice to me)
deep-fried & golden-brown shredded potato know as latke. A Texas boy, Southern raised, the Jewish pancake, known as latkes is irrestible. I also ate them with maple syrup & grits. There are many ways to enjoy.

The 20th Jewish Food Festival was not for the calorie conscious. With rugelach & latkes and the dynamic sound of the Klezmer clarinet in the background.

This tradition of food would easily hold you until the
High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 13-14) & Yom Kippur ( Sept. 22).

And my addiction to blintse ( בלינצע )or blintzes. Um-m-mh!

Lending support to Beth Israel's Food Fest was San Francisco artist, Will Bullas.
Mr. Bullas donated & autographed his vivid water-color like posters from the event for the synagogue's scholarship educational programs. Remember Godfather II, a toast was made to mob boss, Hyman Roth?
"Le'Chiam' (to life).

Artist Will Bulas poster is aptly titled: Le'Chaim, "to life".

Latkes images from: Flickr
-Potato Latkes on the Last Night of Hanukkah, by: sussmanb's

Poster by: San Francisco painter, watercolor wonder artist & former Peninsulan,
Will Bullas.

Donations for the scholarship program can be made to:

Congregational Beth Israel
5716 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 624-2015

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Dog Rescue (Pit Bulls) visiting from Orange County

Owner, Rob visiting us from Orange County couldn't believe the warm welcome he received on the Peninsula, esp., Carmel, with his Pit bulls. Rob acquired these beauties from the Rescue program for pit bulls. More about this in a later update. They were so lovable that we wanted to take them both home.

Brunch at Rosine's

Always enjoy my brunch at Rosine's plus the best people viewing spot of all DownTownMonterey restaurants. The brunch today rates a five. The waffles were a bit dry but the strawberries were a ten. Maple syrup ? No! I didn't touch the butter. Lunch was great a few weeks ago. Rosine's is starting their 28th year in business. Can you believe the Sports headline? 30 runs in a baseball game.