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Synchronized Chaos Magazine invites visual and written submissions [Apr. 6th, 2010|12:42 am]
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Everyone in this community is invited to submit work to the literary/artistic/cultural/nature and travel writing/scientific webzine Synchronized Chaos. (http://www.synchchaos.com) This includes novel excerpts - we encourage novelists to provide some description of the project along with the excerpt and a link where the whole piece may be purchased. We also do book reviews for fiction and nonfiction.

Information on the zine and how to submit, from the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20763137372&ref=mf :

We have four local Bay Area spinoff writers' and artists' groups, free open to the public to drop by and share work for professional critique and marketing advice. Please email me at cedeptula@sbcglobal.net for info, the groups are selected weeknights twice a month in San Jose, San Rafael, San Francisco, and Castro Valley.

The brainchild of some of my friends and colleagues, along with myself, the publication provides thoughtful art/cultural/literary/scientific/social commentary/essay material. Our title comes from the mathematical concept of chaos theory - the study of whether we can find order in systems which seem to be random at first glance, whether anything in nature can be proved to be truly random or whether some systems just seem that way because we don't know enough about the initial conditions. This is a social experiment and a fun way to stay coherent without limiting our contributors' creativity or having to turn away excellent work because it isn't a fit.

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Mental illness graphic novel [Nov. 19th, 2009|10:20 am]
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[mood |calmcalm]

Hi all,

I've recently published a graphic novel dealing with a teenage girl's struggle to cope with her mom's schizophrenia. The book is making it's way into stores across North America, including the Bay Area's Flying Colors Comics (in Concord) and Comix Experience (in San Francisco). My mom was schizophrenic so I used a lot of my own background experiences when I wrote and drew the book.

I've also created a trailer for the book if you'd like to take a peek:

There's a dedicated website for the book at http://trtgk.vonallan.com/ if you'd like to learn more.


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This Friday Night: Benefit Peformance for the Temescal Arts Center! [Nov. 4th, 2009|05:26 pm]
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The Temescal Arts Center Presents
Salon Fury
A Benefit Performance for Heat!

Juggling and Magic by John Goodwin
Dance Performances by Avatar Flux Dance Company and Frederic Gaudette
Additional Peformances by Denmo Ibrahim and hostess Leyya Tawil

Performance Begins 8:30pm
Suggested donation $10-$30 at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds
Help keep the Center open!

Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street off Telegraph, Oakland
(behind the LaneSplitter Pub)
Near AC Transit lines 1, 18, and 57, and the Macarthur BART station
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Saturday Stick Juggling and Performing Arts Class starting October 3 [Sep. 27th, 2009|08:53 pm]
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[Current Location |Oakland, CA]
[mood |creative]

Balance mind, body and Juggling Sticks!
October Saturdays 1:30 - 3:30 at the Temescal Arts Center

Learn Devil Stick juggling and complementary baton and double baton skills from a performer with over a decade of experience.

Devil Sticks, also known as the Devil's Triangle, Flower sticks, Trick Sticks, etc. are an old form of juggling that uses two hand sticks to control, manipulate, toss and spin a center baton with flowered tassels or end weights.  Some sets are simpler, with an hourglass-shaped center stick, while some center sticks are tipped with LED lights or even torches!

Devil Stick juggling is a good cross discipline for dancers, martial artists, and staff and poi spinners. Devil Sticking offers something for everyone; it helps improve dexterity, and provides great exercise and great entertainment for you and those you perform for. Get attention and dazzle your family and friends! 

Classes are suitable for all skill levels, though basics will be emphasized. Register in advance or drop in. Fee is $20 per class, or $80 if you sign up for the month (all five classes including Halloween) on October 3rd. Students may bring their own juggling sticks, purchase a hand made set of Devil Sticks through the instructor, or use a set of Devil Sticks provided for class sessions. Each class includes a demonstration of advanced stick juggling and other performance techniques and props. Supplies and class size are both limited, so we recommend that you e-mail the instructor before the class session(s) you wish to attend.

Contact the instructor, Gothic John, at

Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street off Telegraph, Oakland
(behind the LaneSplitter Pub)
Near AC Transit lines 1, 18, and 57, and the Macarthur BART station
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Xiu Xiu at the Bottom of the Hill, 9-13 [Sep. 17th, 2008|11:03 am]
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Xiu Xiu
women as cousins

Saturday night I caught the final night of Xiu Xiu's current tour. I've loved this band since Knife Play but this is the first time I've managed to catch their show. It was good! Jamie Stewart rocked out like a rocker, which I was not really expecting.

Source: my camera and my blog, where there are fifteen additional photos

Next show up: Fleet Foxes this Friday at The Independent

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The Octopus Project: theremin thrash [Aug. 18th, 2008|02:37 pm]
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The Octopus Project
theremin thrash

I'm never sorry when I take a chance on going to the Bottom of the Hill on spec. The sound is so good, unlike certain other small SF venues (Slim's I am looking at you) that even just decent bands make a good impression.

On Saturday I didn't have to settle for a just decent band -- The Octopus Project was dynamite. I should have become a musch bigger fan much sooner, but the little ripple of hype with the release of Hello Avalanche last year mostly passed me by. Well, having seen them live, I'm a confirmed fan now.

Source: my awesome blog, Distingué Traces, which has lots more pictures - so many pictures, in fact, that I am realizing I need to start using some kind of gallery widget. What should I use?
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Learn Basic Concrete Sculpture Techniques [Jul. 20th, 2008|06:22 am]
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[mood |artistic]

I want to tell you about a cool concrete workshop that is being given in the SF Bay Area by former Seattle artist, Myles Blackwood. A lot of you have written to me to request information about how to work with concrete, and this is your chance to learn some very cool techniques and the basics for right around $200. I seriously doubt you'll find a comparable class for less moolah.Read more...Collapse )
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Volunteers Needed for the San Francisco Improv Festival [Jul. 6th, 2008|03:53 pm]
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Do you like to laugh?

Do you want to see some free Improv?

Sign up to volunteer at this year's San Francisco Improv Festival! We need ushers, ticket takers, and random sets of extra hands.

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need feedback: SF Open Studios in OCT [Jun. 15th, 2008|08:49 pm]
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I was looking for some input on the Open Studios that take place in October.

I currently use a room in my apartment for my studio. How common is this in the Open Studio event? I know there are a lot of the ‘group studios’ out there like Art Explosion in the Mission.

Do people really go to the ‘house-studios’ on the map? Or do they stick to the larger group studios?

If you are someone that has used your home-studio in the past, how many visitors / day has been your experience? [I’m in the Mission, btw]

More generally, I was wondering about the walk-thru compared to the amount of work you’ve sold. Meaning, has the event fee been worth it?

Any other input you might have would be appreciated. thanx.
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OCEANIA: local San Jose/South Bay student film @ CINEQUEST 2008! [Mar. 2nd, 2008|11:39 am]
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[Current Location |San Jose, CA]

Hey guys, we REALLY need some local support! Please check our film out at the Cinequest Film Festival March 6th and March 8th. More info below:

Two teenagers deal with their shattered family-life in a small California coastal town.

We started filming when we were in high school (I was 17). Many of the people involved went to Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, and some actors are from SF, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, etc. It was truly a local effort, and...

It was a rather large volunteer effort. The final budget was around $3,500 or so. Shooting took place on and off for a whole year and editing took me about nine more months. This will be our first and possibly last major screening...

We will be having two screenings:

OPENING NIGHT: 03/06/08 Thursday 7:00 PM
San Jose Repertory Theatre

101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

CLOSING NIGHT: 03/08/08 Saturday 7:30 PM
Camera 12 Cinema San Jose

288 S 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95113

For more info go directly to the Cinequest 2008 site:

Also, please feel free to bring friends! It would mean a lot to us to get more locals out to see the film!

Join the event @ FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=7808269626
Visit http://www.hdehal.com for more info, pictures, and a trailer!


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