Friday, 30 September 2022

Arts & Life

The Full Moonalice Time Has Come Review featuring the New Chambers Brothers and the T Sisters. Back row, Roger McNamee, Jason Crosby, John Molo and Pete Sears. Front row, Chloe Tietjen, Erika Tietjen, Rachel Tietjen, Lester Chambers and Dylan Chambers. Photo by Bob Minkin Photography.

NOTE: THIS CONCERT WAS RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS ON SEPT. 18.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — KPFZ is excited to present another benefit concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Cache Creek Winery, with Moonalice, a band of world-class musicians.

Moonalice features 82-year-old icon Lester Chambers, lead singer of the famous Chambers Brothers in the 60s and 70s, and his dynamic son, vocalist Dylan Chambers.

They play a unique blend of psychedelic soul, rock-tinged Americana, and 60’s rock, including some of the Chambers Brothers hits.

Tickets are $20 in advance through Eventbrite and $25 at the gate the day of the concert.

Bring lawn chairs. Gate opens at 5 p.m.

There will be wine, beer, food and water for sale. No outside alcohol and no dogs, please.

Moonalice is an exuberant Bay Area band founded by Roger McNamee (guitar) that includes Pete Sears (bass), a founding member of Jefferson Starship who has played with Rod Stewart (on four of Rod’s albums), Jimi Hendrix, Dr. John, Hot Tuna, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Garcia.

Sears has also written and recorded the original score for several documentary films.

Moonalice also features Barry Sless (lead guitar and pedal steel), who has played with the David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Rowan Brothers and Phil Lesh; Mookie Siegel (keyboards), who has played with David Nelson, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and New Riders of the Purple Sage; and Grammy winner John Molo (drums), who has played with Bruce Hornsby, John Fogerty and Phil Lesh.

Rounding out the 10 piece band are the T Sisters (Erika, Chloe and Rachel Teitjen), who add a refreshing, sassy and captivating presence, and flow seamlessly between styles and moods with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies.

Moonalice has a renegade spirit and an ethos of love, peace, and happiness that permeates their music.

Their incredible chemistry shines through in their live performances and their most recent album featuring the Chambers Brothers classics “Time Has Come Today,” “People Get Ready” and “Let's Get Funky.”

The band’s single, “It’s 420 Somewhere,” has been downloaded nearly five million times and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has certified it as the song with the most downloads from a band’s website.

Don't miss this unique musical experience, and help support Lake County Community Radio, or KPFZ.

Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery, which has donated its beautiful venue, is located in Clearlake Oaks at 250 New Long Valley Road just off Highway 20 and 2.5 miles east of the Clearlake Oaks Roundabout (the roundabout is at the intersection of Highways 53 and 20).

Bring your dancing shoes!

Kwame Dawes. Courtesy photo.

In Heather Cahoon’s poem, “Shelter,” she manages, with simplicity and the use of deftly selected detail, to capture the mood of childhood delights that, in the manner of such things, always seem on the edge of danger.

One is transported to the invention of children who seem to find a certain pleasure in the complex combination of being lost and being hidden at the same time.

Shelter
By Heather Cahoon

We wove hip-high field grass
into tunnels

knotting the tops
of bunched handfuls the drooping
heads tied together.

My seven siblings and I
sheltered ourselves

inside these labyrinths
in a galaxy of grasses.


American Life in Poetry does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. It is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2020 by Heather Cahoon, “Shelter” from Horsefly Dress (University of Arizona Press, 2020.) Poem reprinted by permission of the author and the publisher. Poem reprinted by permission of the author and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2022 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Kwame Dawes, is George W. Holmes Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska.

Kwame Dawes. Courtesy photo.

Roxane Beth Johnson’s elegy to her father is striking for the tender and intimate details that constitute the memory of him, especially his shirts, which become almost talismans for her to explore ideas of mortality and life: “first slick with water, last a bowl of ash.”

In the end, this beautiful sonnet, “In His Lover’s House, A Father Rises,” is an ode to persistent memory as an antidote to the existential void of death.

In His Lover’s House, A Father Rises
By Roxane Beth Johnson

The end’s always there at the beginning
Dad said, quoting a prophet who knew then
what we’d come to—beings held in two hands
first slick with water, last a bowl of ash.
As a girl, I ironed his shirts, seams stained
from sweat, hot-washed in bleach turned yellow, and grass
scent of clean white rose under the iron’s
scald and steam I used to press his shirts out.
How fitting in the end a heap were found
in his lover’s house, the last I heard
of him who told me always that the grass
and ants were ancestors come back to see
if we’d crush them, then forget them again—
like dust their lives so small compared to ours.


American Life in Poetry does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. It is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2020 by Roxane Beth Johnson, “In His Lover’s House, A Father Rises” from Harvard Review, 45, June 10, 2020. Poem reprinted by permission of the author and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2022 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Kwame Dawes, is George W. Holmes Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska.

Corine Pearce discusses baskets on display in the exhibit. Photo by MAC staff.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — The public is invited to “Conversations with Artists” participating in the “Earth, Sky, and Everything In Between” exhibit this Thursday Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at MAC and on Zoom.

Discussion will focus on artists’ work in 2-D and 3-D media including painting, digital imagery, printmaking, and installation. This unique opportunity to meet and hear from the artists is free/by donation, pre-registration is required at middletownartcenter.org/weaving.

“The works on view are of museum quality, but we are not people who live in museums.” said curator Corine Pearce, an acclaimed Pomo basket weaver and cultural educator. “It’s important for us to share our work and affirm that we’re still here living in relationship to the land we are a part of, making art.”

Earth, Sky, and Everything In Between is Lake County’s first exhibit of contemporary Native artists' work and the first exhibit in the county to be curated by a Native American.

Crossings and Triangles and Arrowheads by Wanda Quitiquit and The Colonizer’s Tools, and Blood Quantum is a Heterosexual Construct by Ryan Young. Photo by MAC staff.

Thirty-one artists across generations are featured — youth to elder. Their artwork, in a broad variety of media, celebrates traditional cultural arts and resilience while highlighting current, and long-time challenges and issues.

“My ancestors come from far across the ocean, yet I have no connection to the lands they are from,” reflected Laura Stalker, long time Lake County resident about her recent visit to the exhibit. “Moving about the gallery, I contemplated what it would mean to belong, not just to a group of people, but to a place. I imagined learning to weave a basket from my grandmother, who was taught by her grandmother, using the willow that grew in the creek beds next to our home. I could sense the stories that many of the pieces held like a faint whisper of something almost forgotten, and the pain of a people nearly wiped to extinction. I let myself cry, not just for what has been lost, but more importantly for what has survived.”

The exhibit is a culmination of MAC’s year long Weaving Baskets, Weaving Bridges cross cultural collaboration.

Pearce, who is also the project’s lead artist, taught numerous weaving workshops to Native and non-Native people alike.

She, alongside other Indigenous culture bearers, shared Pomo heritage, history, stories and an introduction to place-based ecological science and practice.

Learn more about Corine Pearce, her weaving practice, and her work in communities to revitalize, sustain and share cultural traditions at www.corinepearce.com.

Work by Ali Meders-Knight, Denise McKenzie (basket and painting), Denise Davis, Robin Meely and Meyo Marrufo. Photo by MAC staff.

Experience this unique and historic exhibit Thursday through Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s free to the public. The last day to visit is October 10th, which is also Indigenous People’s Day.

School field trips that include guided tours and hands on engagement also begin this week. Educators are encouraged to contact 707-809-8118 to inquire about format and cost.

The WEAVING project and the exhibit Earth, Sky, and Everything in Between are funded in part by Middletown Rancheria, Robinson Rancheria, Big Valley Rancheria, Charlotte Griswold, and the California Arts Council, a State Agency.

The MAC is located at 21456 State Highway 175 at the junction of Highway 29 in Middletown.

To find out more about Earth Sky and Everything in Between or other programs, events, engagement opportunities, and ways to support the MAC’s efforts to weave the arts and culture into the fabric of life in Lake County, visit www.middletownartcenter.org or call 707-809-8118.

Work by Ashley Vaughn and Kilak Malicay. Photo by MAC staff.



The Telegraph Quartet. Courtesy photo.

UKIAH, Calif. — On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., the Telegraph Quartet will be presented by the Ukiah Community Concert Association in a performance that includes String Quartet No. 4 by Grażyna Bacewicz, String Quartet No. 6 by John Harbison and String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Beethoven.

The concert will be held at Mendocino College Center Theater.

Tickets are available for purchase at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, Mazahar in Willits, and online at www.ukiahconcerts.org.

The Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike.

Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept … with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

The Quartet has performed in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States and abroad, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Masters Series, and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival.

The Quartet is currently on the chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the Quartet-in-Residence.

“We are greatly looking forward to sharing our ‘Return to Life’ program with the Ukiah Community Concert Association,” The Quartet said. “Like so many other local bedrock chamber series, the Community Concert Association has had to adapt, innovate, and sometimes just weather the storm during the vicissitudes of the pandemic. Our hope is that, as we see the final light at the end of the pandemic tunnel this season, we will be able to share music that both mirrors the struggle of these challenges but also rejoices in the overcoming of them and allows us to appreciate how valuable the Association is for providing what we missed sorely during our isolation: real tangible music that you can feel vibrating in a space.”

For more information please contact Grace Farmer at 707-472-7969 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ukiah Community Concert Association has been presenting nationally acclaimed talent since 1947.

This all-volunteer nonprofit’s mission is to build and maintain a permanent concert audience and cultivate an interest in fine music among the citizens of the community and surrounding area. It is also its goal to encourage music appreciation in the schools of the community.

ABC’s fall season offers two new drama series, one of which is a spinoff from the flagship series “The Rookie.” To leave no doubt as to its origin, the new series is, naturally, titled “The Rookie: Feds.”

The spinoff was introduced as a two-part event during the current fourth season of “The Rookie,” where Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the LA Division of the FBI enlist the help of Simone Clark when one of her former students is a suspect in a terror attack.

“The Rookie: Feds” stars Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Fillion’s John Nolan was the oldest rookie at LAPD when “The Rookie” launched in 2018.

The middle-aged recruit to the federal agency will be joined by Frankie Faison as Christopher “Cutty” Sark and Felix Solis as Special Agent Matthew Garza.

Not much else is known about Nash-Betts’ Simone Clark than her ride-along as an FBI trainee helping Fillion’s LAPD officer in a search for a suspect behind a bomb plot somewhere in the city.

From the mind of Tom McCarthy (writer and director of the film “Spotlight”), “Alaska” stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced reporter who leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage.

On a journey to find both personal and professional redemption, the discredited journalist’s search for a fresh start brings her in touch with Jeff Perry’s Stanley Cornik, Grace Dove’s Rosalind “Roz” Friendly and Matt Malloy’s Bob Young, among others.

In a likely endeavor to achieve verisimilitude, two of the executive producers of “Alaska” are with the state’s largest newspaper, “Anchorage Daily News,” one serving as the chief executive officer and the other as an editor.

“Celebrity Jeopardy” was a series of hilarious skits on “Saturday Night Live” in which cast members lampooned the television quiz show. Will Ferrell, in the role of host Alex Trebek, was often subjected to vulgar insults from Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery.

Parody is not what ABC has in mind for its “Celebrity Jeopardy!,” an all-new game show airing this fall. This new series welcomes real celebrity contestants to compete for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice. Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) will host.

For the moment, only one midseason replacement series is on tap. “Not Dead Yet” follows Nell Stevens (Gina Rodriguez), a broke and newly single self-described disaster, working to restart the life and career she left behind ten years ago.

When she lands the only job she can find – writing obituaries, Nell starts getting life advice from an unlikely source. The series is adapted from Alexandra Potter’s book “Confessions of a 40-something F**K Up.”

USA Network, a basic cable channel owned by NBC Universal Television, has an upcoming slate of new larger-than-life unscripted series and exclusive live international sporting events such as cycling’s Tour de France and being the cable home of soccer’s Premier League.

Longtime friends Blake Shelton and Carson Daly head to Nashville and open the doors to Blake’s bar, Ole Red, and everyone is invited to join their party in the new series “Barmageddon.”

With Daly behind the bar and Shelton taking the stage with his house band for live music sing-alongs in front of a rowdy crowd, both the icons and celebrity favorites show a new side to themselves in this anything-but-ordinary game show.

No stranger to competition, WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella heats up the party and sets the stakes as celebrity friends go head-to-head in a series of classic bar games with a fun twist, including “Keg Curling,” “Drunken Axe Hole,” and many more.

In the most remote parts of Alaska, businesses such as canneries and hunting lodges operate seasonally. Each winter these businesses in the distant wilds shut down and hire “winter watchmen” to defend their properties against man, beast and the elements.

In “Winter Watchman,” four pairs of amateur survivalists sign on for a unique social experiment, based on the job of real winter watchmen. We will see if they can survive the harshest winter of their lives while protecting four respective lodges.

Can each duo make it to the spring thaw and collect a cash bonus? Or will extreme weather, isolation and fear of man-eating bears compel them to tap out? The cash bonus had better be a serious amount of greenbacks.

Pushing human nature to the limits with the new competition series “Snake in the Grass,” this action-packed social experiment is hosted by national radio and television personality Bobby Bones.

Each episode will feature four strangers who are dropped into the wild with a chance to win $100,000.

In order to win, the team must figure out which one of them is the Snake – a saboteur who is secretly undermining the group every step of the way.

In the ultimate outdoor competition series “The Chain: Alaska,” adventure racers and survival experts clash while battling through the horrible elements of Mother Nature to claim the $500,000 prize.

Tim Riley writes film and television reviews for Lake County News.

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