1. Gravity - TheatreWorks New Works Festival 8-14 2. The Beard Of Avon - Pear Theater 4-8 3. She Loves Me - Foothill College 2-19 4. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin - TheatreWorks 1-15 5. When The Rain Stops Falling - Dragon Theater 5-5 6. Eddie The Marvelous Who Will Save The World - TheatreWorks New Works Festival 8-21 7. Oh What A Lovely War - Stanford TAPS 3-3 8. Wild Boy - Dragon Theater 7-28 9. Assassins - Los Altos Stage Company 9-2 10. Daddy Longlegs - TheatreWorks 12-7
Live gigs that I participated in
1. Martin Newell’s Golden Afternoon - Colchester Arts Centre 9-18 2. Sussex Ukulele Festival - Shoreham by Sea 9-11 3. Hungrytown, Fun of the Pier, The Corner Laughers - Lee Rosy’s Tea, Nottingham 9-13 4. Anton Barbeau, The Corner Laughers - Shine, Sacramento 3-12 5. KC Bowman - IPO SF Hotel Utah 8-11 6. Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock - Kidchella, Redwood City 8-21 7. Anton Barbeau, The Corner Laughers - Beehive Swindon 9-16 8. Andy Z - Almost Mother’s Day, Redwood City 5-7 9. Deerful, William Cleere & The Marvellous Fellas, The Corner Laughers - Devil’s Canyon 6-24 10. Greensmyth, Pete Kronowitz, The Corner Laughers - The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, Backyard Coffee, Redwood City 9-26
1. Woodland’s Restaurant- 37 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4EA 2. Cyclismo Cafe -871 Middlefield Rd. Redwood City, Ca. 94063 3. Star Ginger - 3101 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816 4. Viet Kitchen - 25 Head St, Colchester CO1 1NH, UK 5. Rainbow Cafe - 9a King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ 6. Lemonade - 151 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 7. Din Tai Fung - University Village, 2621 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105 8. Kayal - 8 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AL, UK 9. Wild Food Cafe - 1st Floor, 14 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden WC2H 9DP, United Kingdom 10. Pokeworks - 211 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
“New” coffee/tea shops
1. Teaquation - 1036 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063 2. Jacqueline's Tea Room - 14 Short Wyre Street, Colchester, Essex 3. Cafe Allegro - 4214 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 4. Kristi Marie's - 318 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063 5. The Sparrows - 1035 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 6. Pop Tea Bar - 456 Cambridge Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306 7. Cyclismo Cafe -871 Middlefield Rd. Redwood City, Ca. 94063 8. Papachay Peruvian Coffee - 1431 Old County Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070
New 2016 albums, not counting the ones from previous friends & family list (Vinny’s Vipers, Friends & Frenemies, Anton Barbeau, Allyson Seconds, Deerful, Allen Clapp, Rosie Abbott, Cleaners From Venus). Some of these happen to also be people I have met. (I know, it’s a fine line.)
1. Skeleton Staff — KURFÜRSTENDAMMNED 2. Lady Maisery - Cycle 3. Moana Soundtrack 4. Look Park - Look Park 5. Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones - Little Windows 6. The Monkees - Good Times! 7. Foxtails Brigade - Foxtails Brigade 8. Eleanor Friedberger - New View 9. Bill Pritchard - Mother Town Hall 10. O’Hooley & Tidow - Shadows 11. Sing Street Soundtrack 12. Tele Novella - House Of Souls 13. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter 14. King Courgette - King Courgette 15. David Brookings & The Average Lookings 16. Statuesque - Bedlamist 17. Madness - Can’t Touch Us Now 18. Kate Rusby - Life In A Paper Boat 19. Neko Case, kd lang, Laura Viers - case/lang/viers 20. Linda Draper - Modern Day Decay
Pre-2016 albums heard for the first time in 2016.
1. The entire discographies of Hungrytown & Vellamo. 2. Bridget St. John - Ask Me Know Questions, Songs For The Gentle Man 3. Johnny Flynn - Country Mile 4. The Four Seasons - The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette 5. Tiny Volcano - Tiny Volcano
Movies seen in 2016, from all years.
1. Moana (2016) 2. Rogue One (2016) 3. Ex Machina (2015) 4. The Mask You Live In (2015) 5. Big Eyes (2014) 6. The Last Five Years (2014) 7. The Theory Of Everything (2014) 8. Jersey Boys (2014) 9. Suffragette (2015) 10. Frank & Cindy (2007)
Series TV seen in 2016, from all years.
1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee 3. Broadchurch 4. Black Mirror 5. Sarah & Duck 6. Peep Show 7. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 8. Utopia (Dreamland) 9. Fresh Meat 10. Detectorists
Books read in 2016, from all years.
1. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie 2. Us by David Nicholls 3. Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau 4. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson 5. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, Rod Bradbury (Translator) 6. Don't All Thank Me At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller by Brett Milano 7. Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen 8. The Wife of '55 by Martin Newell 9. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane 10. No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman
Worst year ever? Yeah, I hear that a lot. It's not all doom and gloom though. Here are 10 creative endeavors by friends and family that transcended the relentless cesspool of malevolence, misinformation and mediocrity that has bombarded our Facebook feeds for the past year.
1. Pop Talk And Aliens - The William Cleere Podcast -- Not only is William Cleere a world-class singer/songwriter/pianist/actor/director/filmmaker, he's also an expert on UFOs, conspiracy theories, sci-fi movies, and such. "Pop Talk And Aliens" is always entertaining, always educational.
2. ALT-RIGHT FROG: A ROCK OPERETTA by Vinny's Vipers -- What if I told you the best album of 2016 was a rock opera about a (falsely accused) racist cartoon frog that was written and recorded in one week? It is. The brainchild of KC Bowman and Ned Sykes, "ALT-RIGHT FROG" spans genres and styles and presents a fictional amphibian who is more human than the people who co-opted his image, some of whom will (in real life, if you can believe it) soon be assuming high government positions.
3. Karla Kane's coverage of local arts and culture -- After many years as a writer and contributor, Karla was promoted to Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Palo Alto Weekly in 2016. She has made it her mission to seek out interesting artists and thinkers that you would not necessarily associate with Silicon Valley. Here are some highlights:
1. Skeleton Staff - KURFÜRSTENDAMMNED 2. Kelly Jones & Teddy Thompson - Little Windows 3. Anton Barbeau - Magic Act 4. King Courgette - s/t 5. The Monkees - Good Times 6. Eleanor Friedberger - New View 7. Bill Pritchard - Mother Town Hall 8. Weezer - White Album 9. The Dowling Poole - One Hyde Park 10. Linda Draper - Modern Day Decay
Favorite Movies Seen In 2016, From All Years:
1. The Theory of Everything (2014) 2. Ex Machina (2015) 3. Into the Woods (2014) 4. In the Good Old Summertime (1949) 5. Frank and Cindy (2007 Documentary) 6. Jersey Boys (2014) 7. The Last Five Years (2014) 8. Anonymous (2011) 9. The Mask You Live In (2015 Documentary) 10. August: Osage County (2013)
Favorite TV Seen In 2016, From All Years:
1. Broadchurch (2013 TV Series) 2. Fresh Meat (2011 TV Series) 3. Utopia (Dreamland) (2014 TV Series) 4. Happy Valley (2014 TV Series) 5. Silicon Valley (2014 TV Series) 6. Outlander (2014 TV Series) 7. Detectorists (2014 TV Series) 8. Run (2013 Mini-Series) 9. Making a Murderer (2015 Mini-Series) 10. The Ascent of Woman (2015 Mini-Series)
Favorite Books Read In 2016, From All Years:
1. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie 2. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, Rod Bradbury (Translator) 3. Us by David Nicholls 4. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson 5. Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen 6. Don't All Thank Me At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller by Brett Milano 7. Slade House by David Mitchell 8. Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen 9. Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs #12) by Jacqueline Winspear 10. Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands by Mark Avery
As I promised myself 63 days ago on March 3rd: "Every day from now until Cinco De Mayo I'll post a different photo taken somewhere in Redwood City." Today being Cinco De Mayo, it looks as if I accomplished what I set out to do, so I leave you with a photo of my own back yard. See you again in 5 years, maybe?
To quote Mark Knofpler from a song he wrote about suburban London, which could equally apply to Redwood City:
"But dreams have a morning after And run for cover In the light of day I got something real worth holding on to I can belong to and understand I've made my deal I will go on to Make my peace with Metroland"
Day #59: Restaurant week is over; back to artistic pieces that I've found around town. (And thank you to the official Twitter of Redwood City for sharing some of my food photos. I do appreciate it.)
I don't care for articulos de plastico on an individual basis, but when I see a whole shelf of them, such as this one at Savers, my primordial caveman mind feels a sense of belonging and completeness. Almost everything I own came from Savers and will return there when I no longer need or desire it.
Day #49: Back to the construction updates. 201 Marshall was completed and opened sometime last year.
"At 201 Marshall Apartments, explore the exquisite dining, eclectic fashion and buzzing nightlife of the beautiful 94063 ZIP code. Just minutes away from Downtown Redwood City, 201 Marshall brings you close to the action with a relaxed setting close by. Spend a night out on the town exploring Redwood City's most popular music venue, Fox Theatre. Discover exquisite cuisine at local favorite restaurants within walking distance from your apartment home. Take advantage of the convenient access to nearby El Camino Real, US 101 and 84 Highways, and Redwood City Caltrain Station which make commuting a breeze. Your options are endless at 201 Marshall. Make your move today!"
It's not a bad looking building; certainly much more attractive than Crossing 900. If all of the other projects under construction turn out this well, I'll be pleasantly surprised. I'm of the opinion that most new buildings are awful and I much prefer classic architecture, but I understand that earthquake regulations and such don't allow for that these days.
The good news - they want to discourage driving: "Walk, Ride, Bike, Car Share, or Take Public Transit. We build our communities in vibrant cities close to employers, activities, cultural happenings, transit options, and great local stores. So leave your car at home and get out and explore your city."
The bad news - their most inexpensive studio apartment rents for twice my monthly mortgage payment, and I live in a 2 bedroom house only 7 blocks away. If you want a 2 bedroom apartment in that complex... well, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
"The Marine Science Institute was founded in 1970, around the time that the issue of water resources was becoming a major concern for many Bay Area inhabitants. The Institute's philosophy was founded on the idea that putting students in direct physical contact with their local bay environment will help cultivate their natural sense of curiosity while enriching their understanding of science and fostering a responsibility to protect their environment."