Looking for something civilized to do on April Fool’s Day? Then consider attending a late afternoon Baroque music concert by Judith Linsenberg. Audiences throughout the United States and Europe have heard Lisenberg play her recorder, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. You’ll be able to hear her at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley this Sunday.
On Saturday (3/31) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Bluegrass Signal producer Peter Thompson hosts Bay Area banjo players Larry Cohea, Bill Evans, Avram Siegel, and Ryan Breen to honor and reflect on the contributions of Earl Scruggs, who died on Wednesday. As a member of Bill Monroe's "classic" Blue Grass Boys, co-leader with Lester Flatt of the music's most influential band, the Foggy Mt.
It was called "Redwood Summer." Back in 1990, environmental activists were gathering in Humbolt County, staging tree sittings and calling for an end to clear cutting the redwoods and for the preservation of the Headwaters Forest.
Tensions between the activists and local loggers were rising. Earth First activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney had received numerous death threats for their work. Still, they continued to fight for the forests. On May 24, 1990, the two were in Oakland and got in the car to drive down to Santa Cruz for a rally.
At Maritime National Historical Park, the golden age of shantey-ing comes alive again as sailors and sea music enthusiasts gather around an ancient vessel, the "Balclutha.” Peter Kasin’s job is to preserve these ancient shanties, and in turn to preserve San Francisco’s dangerous Barbary Coast past. But not everyone likes their shanties; some say they’re more bouncy than they were in the past, and should capture the sweat of the sailors who sang these songs way back in the 1800s to help make their rough shipboard jobs a bit more rhythmic.