THE PREPARED TABLE PREMIERES
The Prepared Table was presented on November 11, 2015 as an alternative Veterans Day event at the Bellevue Club, in Oakland, California. It premiered one day before the terrorist attacks in Paris. Looking back, it feels that in some small way we were able to create an island of sanity in a world gone made—a least for a few moments. As imperfect as it is, the San Francisco Bay Area is a safe harbor for all of our multicultural identities, including the Iraqis, Afghans and military veterans who so generously agreed to be interviewed, and who were present at The Prepared Table.
And there were a lot of multicultural identities among our performers—from a Palestinian-American singer to a Japanese/Filipina dancer to an Israeli-American pianist. It’s what makes our part of the world a living, breathing answer to all the xenophobia that infects so much of this country and the rest of the world.
You can watch video excerpts and learn more at THE PREPARED TABLE.
RAINING ON THE JAZZBOOK
The Lost American JazzBook won "Vocal Album of the Year" from the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards, and two songs, "Jazz is like Rain" and "Sandy in the Rain" were finalists in the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition. That's a lot of rain. You can see a video, hear (or buy) music at LOSTJAZZ.NET.
Watch for both JAZZBOOK and THE PREPARED TABLE in 2016.
Albert Greenberg, Helen Stoltzfus, Co-Artistic Directors