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SF Symphony Night of Magic by Ravel’s Bolero

 

If you ever had a hard week and looked for a way to break this dark spell, I suggest a night at SF Symphony to forget and reset and start fresh each time life get a bit challenging.

If you ever wonder why so many people come to hear the music, the answer is in the power of the music and each composer magic to combine the simple keys into a harmony that opens new doors for us.

This is how it looks and feels when the orchestra is synchronized, and the conductor is liked and passionate: when you first arrive to take your seat before the first stroke of the note everyone feels separate, closed, unavailable to make any contact whatsoever.

As music unfolds during the first of Ravel performed composition Gracioso the faces start to lose the intensity and inaccessibility moving into the look of curious and willing to hear new notes.

With next Bartok Concerto which takes you into most amazing travel of seasons and feeling of a tease as few notes announce the impending arrival of Bolero later, even so, this piece is not written by Ravel.  The cosmic rhythm of that time is imbedded in their works. Now, you see the faces change to being in tune with music but still in their own world.

The intermission snaps everyone out of the trans to the reality of a brake and time to reflect on their feelings. Some sit and check their phones others wonder in a daze, some checkout the fashion and some take to the fully equipped bar for a drink.

The second part of tonight symphony Debussy Iberia- brings seasons into the air and we all feel each season with fullness of sounds and smells- I wish you could see the facial expressions on people faces, we are all taking this trip together and bond of experience is starting to show. The perfection of sound bird and bees is a cunning. You hear and see them with your imagination. The sounds of moving grass with the wind are present as violins and harps take to the fields.

Now that everyone is transcended into the state of relaxation the most vibrant of all compositions arrives.

Ravel’s Bolero.

It is one and only one ever piece of music that orchestra builds entirely on the drum as a platform to expand from for other instruments. Many of them. The drummer Jacob Nissly is playing during entire movement written by Ravel not skipping one beat. This is the most demanding performance on the artist playing one instrument without a break. If he stops all stops with him. You will come to see it and feel it with the audience as they connect with each other with every beat of the drums. Something beautiful to see and hear, as new instrument joins in repeating the theme of the Bolero adding another experience with each added instrument. This is ultimate show how each sound playing the same notes is entirely different from each other and why we have so many instruments to date. Our human minds and emotions need stimulus to feel alive, it is this simple. But where we get that feeling is up to us.

That night at the symphony we were all looking to feel alive and we got that feeling build piece by piece under skillful hands of the conductor Pablo Herras-Casado.

As different instrument joint Bolero theme over the beat of drums audience energy changed completely, bodies started to sway with the beat, hands moved in anticipation of the next note.

The faces entered, and state of hypnosis engulfed in happiness in the psychedelic realm. The power of music was now at work and connected the audience not only within themselves but with each other.

With last note and drum of Bolero everyone stood up with cheered with clapping, screaming thanking the orchestra for the experience they will never forget. All the up tided strangers were now exchanging looks of enchantment and smiling at each other with disbelieving as to how they are feeling now in comparison to when they arrived.

What a change it was to witness. I hope my word reach your imagination and give you an idea to look for music as the drug of choice and make that your de-stressant from life curve balls.

Many new friends were made in the audience that night build on having music as their common ground.

That is the magic the night I experienced at SF Symphony, one of many that make me come back.

http://www.sfsymphony.org/

 

JOSHUA TREE FESTIVAL LIGHTS UP THE DESERT WITH GREAT MUSIC AND A BIG COMMUNITY SPIRIT

 

Written by Behnam Vadi & Jordanna Dworkin

 

There is a certain mystique that illuminates this time of year in dazzling ways. Affectionately known as “ROCKtober,” it’s a glorious seasonal shift, the celebrated Indian Summer, and a time when bountiful and beautiful festivities weave a rich tapestry of community, soundscape and nature. As San Franciscans, we catch the last of the warm late afternoon rays and caravan down south to the Joshua Tree Music Festival, which took place over four days from October 4th through the 8th in the heart of the high desert, Joshua Tree, California and attracted 5000 like-minded music and camping lovers and those just looking for good vibe getaway.

As proud parents of a toddler on the move, we are constantly on the lookout for weekend festivals where children can dance and prance and parents can indulge in musical line-ups that readily serve as the dopest of date night alternatives. There is one crew who knows just how to deliver, hands down, every time. Once again, Barnett English and his collective musical, mystical entourage conjure a magical experience for all members of the family, a shamanic odyssey artfully landscaped within the Mojave Desert.

Beyond its NorCal sister festie, Guitarfish Festival, the talented crew transforms the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground into an extended weekend carnival of bohemian artistry. From over-the-top creative culinary to god-like figures performing their hearts out and a movement arts bonanza to rock your body and stir your spirit, we can easily caption this one as embodying total NIRVANA.

Upon entering the road into the venue from Highway 62, one can relish in the magic that the dust, cacti, and red rock horizon offer, as you transition into a greeting by a joyous cavalry of hosts, behind an artistic shack, intoxicating guests with pure love. Costumes, sparkles, and smiles is what you can expect getting checked in and navigated to your campsite —the excitement in the eyes of your children will start to flourish.

Whether or not you’re into yoga, there’s even an opening Thursday set of back-to-back classes to set the tone for your first day in desert festival mode. Fast forward to some of the great opening acts like Mustafa Akbar & Raul del Moral as well as party instigators Afrolicious, to help take you through the best post-savasana natural high and into the night. How can combining rhythms from Africa and Latin America with electronic breaks and deep club beats not pierce through your physical body and touch your soul. The perfect blend of music to close out the kick-off day and set the mood for the weekend.

Waking up under the desert sky and then attending local favorite Walter Winfield’s daily Qi Gong classes followed by Pierrette’s dreamy Gong Sound Healing Circle sets the tone for a perfect full day of epic wonder. Ahhhmazing. Beat the heat and boost energy with a refreshing B12 shot in the thick of the day, and, indulge in a fabulous massage when it’s time to chill courtesy of multiple health and body healers on hand in the healing Oasis. Check out the evolving live art for creative inspiration along the path. There’s a healing buzz just about everywhere you land. Let the kids boogie down to Mojave Desert natives, The Desert Rhythm Project, with their liberal reggae / funk melodies, or sing-a-long with the ever-animated Jewels in Kidsville, an area set up to inspire the creative juices of the little ones. They will love it, and so will you.

Once Friday morning arrives, eclectic musicians rock the line-up, from 10am until the wee hours of the night. Early groups like Sunny War as well as highlight sets by Trevor Green, and the ever so talented Gabriella Evaro (we couldn’t get enough of her) provide a ssupercharged breakfast of emotional rifts and wit. BIG SMILES! Up and coming superstars, Evanoff, helped ignite Friday evening on the Indian Cove Stage, blending analog and digital sounds they call “Dream Rock” with a very talented guitarist that could trade riffs with the best of the best, followed by Oak-Town’s Balkan Bump and J-Tree local, Jesika Von Rabbit. Talk about a medley of world music, pop parody, and desert gypsy funk — Friday night satiates any musical appetite.

One of the more interesting time slots was from 12:30pm-2pm Fri-Sun, which was deemed for Songwriter Sessions. Each day, four songwriters took turns singing a song, and sharing their stories, for an intimate lunchtime set on the Boogaloo Stage. Oakland’s own Whiskerman, with frontman Graham Patzner, delivered unflinching profound lyrics, to take you on the path of a soulful, mythical, and raw soundscape journey with emotional vocals to match. Global Superstar, Women’s Rights Activist, and African Angel, Fatoumata Diawara injected a shot of pure AHHH to the audience.  Saturday evening was another line up to send you swirling in the sky like a Sufi paying tribute to his GOD. For a steamy retro funk and soul vibe, Matador! Soul Sounds took the Indian Cove Stage, while the wicked delicious and positively uplifting Beats & Rhymes battled it out with LA’s, Everyman.

Mid-day / early evening, Sunday, gave folks a healthy dose of western influences and traditional African rhythms, with Congo favs, Jupiter & Okwess, Caribbean blues rockers Delgres and LA’s, Kolars.  Highlights belonged to Delgre’s who sounded like a Caribbean Zeppelin and was the only act to receive a double encore from fans that clearly couldn’t get enough of their delta blues sounds. Also, the duet of Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown (The Kolars) brought the house down, as they created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&BEyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy. Your mind will be blown, when Lauren starts tap dancing rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit. She uses this dance to transform beats into natural extensions of her movement – WOW!

Sunday night was sure to captivate your soul, pulling it out of your physical body, and

hand washing it with favorite closers House of Hamsa. A three-hour continuous set created an aura around the Boogaloo Stage, putting heads in a trance and bodies in

motion, as if you were journeying through the ethers. If there is a group of musicians who can communicate with other universes, these four tribesman can lead the pack – and they did. From impressive throat vocals to captivating beats, its clear why the Joshua Tree crew picked them to close-out a weekend that was already jam-packed with great music.

 

As if the weekend’s festivities couldn’t offer enough pizazz, an Unidentified Flying Object burst through the starlit scene during a deep closing set at the Boogaloo Stage. Crowds had gathered to observe the spectacle and cut through the tricks their eyes were playing on them. It was none other than the tech rebel Elon Musk’s rocket trailblazing the night sky. It could not have been better timed: eye candy and musical sorcery at its finest. We want MORE.

 

MORE ON JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL: 

Founded in 2003, the bi-annual (May & Oct) Joshua Tree Music Festival is held at the gateway to the world-renowned National Park. JTMF is a resource-generating powerhouse of passionate creativity, community empowerment, and arts education for all ages.  A family inclusive global music experience in the magical Mojave.  Committed to radical inclusion, these three days (and four night) funky desert-style festivals create experiences where passion, purpose, family, and friends come together, and the boundary between performer and patron is blurred. The music is diverse and eclectic, from dance-world-electro-funk’n groove to soulful global-ethnic melodies.  JTMF promotes personal growth through a variety of multidisciplinary workshops, such as yoga and movement, visual arts, music, and myth. A robust schedule of Kidsville activities makes JTMF one of the top family-friendly festivals in the country.  Magnificent art installations and a world market further inspire intrigue and invite festivalgoers. Their mission is to foster social interaction on a deep level, creating positive life-changing moments.

FINAL WORDS: 

Joshua Tree Festival was everything we anticipated and more, delivering so many amazing moments that unless you were actually part of the experience its hard to put everything into words. To sum it up, it was truly a weekend that we will cherish,  where memories that are now forged and new friendships made. Congratulations to Barnett English and the entire Joshua Tree Festival team for another amazing event. Those of you who don’t want to wait until next October are in luck, Joshua Tree Festival also happens in May from May 16 through 19th, 2019 and is two times as big, with even more great music and artful community attractions to experience. Also, dates have been announced for the 2019 October edition which lands on October 10 through 13th.  So plan ahead, bring all your friends and family, and gear up to head to the Mojave for 2019 – the Joshua Tree Music Festivals seems like they are only going to get bigger and better.

 

For more info on both Joshua Tree Music Festivals & tickets visit:  www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S DOUBLE HEADER CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI STARTS THE 98TH SEASON OFF ON A HIGH NOTE

Written by Sason Bishope Parry

Ah, the Opera, a place where hearts are broken, tragedy strikes at any given moment, emotions go up and down like a rollercoaster and where powerhouse singers navigate you through these emotions with their gifted voices. This was the feeling and scene on Saturday, September 22 as we caught the 98th season of the San Francisco opera’s doubleheader of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The performances were amazingly captivating to keep everyone’s attention throughout both shows with a total running time of almost 3 hours. Walking into the War Memorial Opera house always brings on a majestic feeling, as many were dressed to the hilt and the beautiful architecture in the room takes you back to a time when art and design were primary to the builders and cookie cutter buildings were far and few. As we took our seats, we noticed that every seat was taken and we immediately knew we were in for something special, memorable and visually and audibly stimulating. Both productions were set in the same neighborhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires Argentina with a continuous storyline united by set designer Jose Cura’s production who also has credits as a conductor and director. What is an opera without love and of course jealousy, which was central to both plots where adultery, heartbreak, and revenge run rampant in this small Argentinian neighborhood? Cavalleria opens with women peering from top windows, cleaning blankets and down below waiters reset tables and chairs after what seemed to be a long night of wine indulging. Then we hear the beautiful voice of Turiddu played by tenor Roberto Aronica, who just returned home from serving time in the military. Because of his long absence his former lover Lola, played by sultry soprano Laura Krumm had moved on and married Alfio, played by the burly and confident baritone Dimitri Platanias. To make matters more complicated, Turrido who wanted to make Lola jealous, seduced Santuzza, played by the charismatic powerhouse soprano Ekaterina Semanchuk. Clearly, none of this would fair well and once Alfio’s rage and Santuzza’s jealousy spun out of control, revenge left Turrido dead and his mother Mamma Lucia played by the moody soprano Jill Grove filled with grief. Cavalleria showcased how love makes us do crazy things, and conductor Daniele Callegari, who was making his company debut, led the cast through this volatile number, bringing out great performances in each character and left the audience leaving us thrilled but also and deeply heartbroken. Intermission was just long enough to allow us to gather our senses and emotions and gear up for the second bill – Pagliacci. Set again in the same neighborhood, starts out with the composer Leoncavallo, played once again by Dimitri Platanias, delivering delivered a strong prologue and which set setting the mood for another tragic plot line. In this story, Tonio, played by Platanias, tries desperately to gain the attention of Nedda, played by the very talented soprano Lianna Haroutounian. Haroutonian, was, in my opinion, was the breakout singer of the entire double bill. She’s been featured in both Madame Butterfly and Tosca and seems to be vocally at ease, but yet is able to deliver strong emotions with every note she belted out.  Back to the story, Nedda who is married to Cannio played by tenor Marco Berti, has no interest in Tonio at all. She does however become infatuated with Silvio, played by baritone David Pershall, who gives a wonderful performance as her love interest. Here we are left with a similar ill-fated Quadruple love paradox as in Cavalleria.  Soon enough Cannio finds out about the affair and becomes engulfed in rage and ultimately takes his revenge out on the adulterous pair, which ends in bloodshed and loss. Conductor Daniele Callegari once again did a brilliant job of drawing us into the characters and the ill-fated story. Both stories of love gone bad, revenge that ended in heartbreak and death, left us with mixed emotions, which signified the power of the performances of the cast. As the final curtain came, we were all on our feet, looking around, cheering and sharing in the love for the SF opera and this spectacular double bill performance. Bravo, bravo, bravo, was loud and clear…

 

For more info on the SF Opera and to buy tickets visit:  www.sfopera.com

 

THE SOILED DOVE BRINGS ITS 2018 TORTUNA BIG TOP EDITION TO DOWNTOWN OAKLAND

From The Vau de Vire Society, co-creators of the world renowned Edwardian Ball, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Phantasm Halloween, New Bohemia NYE and a decade of The Bay Area’s most creatively outrageous nightlife events, comes an immersive, circus-infused, scandalous and historic dinner-theater experience that will titillate your every sense. The Soiled Dove graces Downtown Oakland September 28th, with shows every Friday and Saturday evenings through November 17th…under Vau de Vire’s massive 12,000 sq. ft. Italian Big Top.  Yes, that’s a 12,000 sq ft Big Top, Circus tent erected in heart of Downtown Oakland for 2 months.

To enter The Soiled Dove is to step back into another world, inspired by the Bay Area’s notorious Gold Rush & Barbary Coast era. A fully built-out 19th-century outpost of decadence and delights, a replica of a 19th century Oakland saloon and dancehall, replete with all its characters and misfits. An evening filled, with decadent culinary creations served alongside world-renowned performances accompanied by a 10 piece live orchestra with surprise musical-guest cameos each evening.

Director/producer of The Soiled Dove, Mike Gaines says, “The Soiled Dove features over 40 performers and musicians collaborating to help transport guests back to the Barbary Coast circa 1890.”

Gaines explains how he and wife Shannon (Vau de Vire Society choreographer) found the Tortona Big Top, “After literally scouring the world high and low for exactly the right fit, serendipity led us to the Italian countryside where we discovered the beautiful and magical Tortona – a 12,000 square foot circus tent with ultimate charm and pizazz.  Inside we’ve built an intimate and exciting depiction of a happening saloon & Dance Hall set in Oakland circa 1890. The venue is adorned with multiple performance stages, a 50’ ceiling offering the canvas for an array of aerial feats, a tent-wide gallery of local artisans, sprawling lounges, craft vendors and expansive libations bar perfectly designed for illicit escapades.”

The Soiled Dove guests are treated like royalty by the most enticing courtesans on the Barbary Coast serving up an innovative 4-course food experience by the Bay Area-based, produce-focused Work of Art catering collective. Work of Art’s forward thinking and sustainable menus will be paired, with bespoke tantalizing libations at the Soiled Dove Saloon.

Every night The Soiled Dove welcomes guests to depart from the mundane, enjoy and explore a scandalous and sexy chapter in Bay Area history. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to submerge themselves in the revelry by putting a little (or a lot) of effort into their attire…styles that cover Victorian, Edwardian, 49er, Harlots, Crimps or one’s most stylish period couture.

What: Vau de Vire and Oakland Central present The Soiled Dove

TaglineAn immersive, circus-infused culinary extravaganza set in San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast red light district.

When: Every Friday & Saturday, September 28th through November 17th, 2018, 7:30pm (Dinner & Show) & 9:00pm (Show)

Where: Tortona Big Top in Downtown Oakland, 1911 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Tickets: $53 Show to $137 Dinner & Show (includes 4-course dinner) – Ages 21+

For complete info on The Soiled Dove and to buy tickets go to:  www.Thesoileddove.com

Zaca- clear head” is after party mode

Given the social time of the summer is here and countless BBQ is happening almost every day, one thing we need in the morning- “clear head”.

This where ZACA comes to help.  There is a way to prevent alcohol cloud to invade next day work performance by taking recommended doses of ZACA before during and after party drinks.

https://zacalife.com/

Amishi London has treasure of hand bags

Natural Pearls and stones are used for evening bags unique designs.

This line speaks to women that are best at being themselves no matter the circumstance. They know that beauty lies in them, and not outside of natural beauty they already possess. They know what is natural and unchanged is most beautiful of them all.

FSHN loves designers that embrace nature and its beauty. We love the expression the evening bags have as an addition to strong depended women presence.

 

Amishi London

Love in the bottle

This glass bottle collection is are rare as our beloved elephants are.

A very old classic style that is timeless, smart, with purpose and full of love. Elephants dig waterholes during drought to bring water up for all animals in the bush. This bottle carries water for you with love, faith and believes programmed into it. As you know writing on water changes its molecular structure to be programmed for the symbol or words placed on the water.
At FSHN we love the idea of durable glass with love written on it to keep us in a good state of mind and hydrated! What a gift to give to everyone you love.
The next exciting possibility while using this bottle is creating your own flavor by dropping in fresh fruits, mint or cucumber without worry of enzymes interacting with plastic or aluminum since the bottle is made of glass. Imagine knowing and controlling what is in your drink every day and fresh every time without chemicals to change your mood to sad.

Face Atelier – product Review by FSHN staff

FACE atelier Pro Lipstick Do’s & Don’ts

FSHN team was lucky to review new and upcoming Vegan products that make your Face show off the fuller lips with colors designed to complement the skin tone and finish to provide the glow. We decided to use it on top of the hands and any part of exposed skin for alluring effect. It works! Man would ask what vacation place we came back from looking so fresh and rested.
here are good tips to follow for users of Face Atelier products:

Do lightly line the lips with a complementary lip liner and fill in the whole lip for a more even fade throughout the day
Do top off lipstick with a transparent of shimmer gloss to enhance the color of lipstick
Do regularly apply a moisturizing product like Lip Putty of Lip Ex to prevent cracked lips and reduce the feathering and bleeding of color into the lips’ fine lines or wrinkles

Don’t use a lip liner darker than your lip shade just to line your lip, without filling it in. As it fades, you’re left with an unflattering outline – the cosmetic equivalent of a panty line.
Don’t match your lipstick to your outfit. Makeup should always match your skin tone, not your skirt.
Don’t set lipstick with powder. It dries out the finish and your lips while accentuating those pesky fine lip lines and cracks.

please visit www.faceatelier.com

Britex is Back to San Francisco stylish world

There was a time when Britex was closing its doors to move to the more visible location, yet some were in fear it will not open again. I truly do understand why they would be concerned. Britex has the most variety of quality fabrics to design with personal garments, interior walls, window trim and sofa slips. How else can you express your individuality? If you are wondering how this can be accomplished, no need as Britex has a long list of seamstresses, tailors interior designers contacts for anyone to resource from, allowing them to creates the unique world to live in.
I found one fabric that inspired my imagination for the future summer outfit and i am sharing that image with you.


https://www.britexfabrics.com/our-history.html

BottleRock Announces Single Day Tickets

BottleRock, Napa Valley’s music and arts festival, located in the heart of wine country, have now announced single day general admission and VIP passes, which will be available January 17. The sixth annual music, wine, food and craft brew festival, presented by JaM Cellars will take place on May 25 – 27, 2018. All three day passes to the festival sold out in record time and a limited quantity of single day passes will be available starting at $139 per person. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their passes early.

Muse will kick-off the festival on Friday, May 25, followed by The Killers on Saturday, May 26. Bruno Mars will close out the three-day event on Sunday, May 27.

“All three days feature a wide variety of genres and styles, culminating with three of the biggest acts in the country,” said Dave Graham, CEO of BottleRock Napa Valley and BottleRock Presents.

“BottleRock offers great music combined with Napa Valley’s picturesque landscape, weather and unsurpassed wine and cuisine, making any day you choose a day to remember.”

SINGLE-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION PASS | Starting at $139
SINGLE-DAY VIP PASS | $325

See the Food and Drink Lineup here

For complete info on BottleRock: www.bottlerocknapavalley.com