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"Tales of the City" mentions Mimi Fariña, Bread & Roses founder

Tales of the City, A New Musical

Long-time Bread & Roses volunteer and supporter Ken Harrison reported that he recently saw Armistead Maupin's "Tales of The City" a new musical at ACT's Geary Theater.  He recalls that two years ago he was asked to drive Mr. Maupin to a benefit awards ceremony at the Herbst Theater.  As they drove, Ken mentioned Bread & Roses and its founder Mimi Fariña.  Mr. Maupin remembered that he had mentioned Mimi in his first "Tales of the City" novel.  (See chapter Their First Date on page 75 in the most recent paperback edition).

When Ken recently saw the musical version of the book, he happily noted that the line "Oh look! There's Mimi Fariña... she's Joan Baez's sister"  from the book made it into the staged version of the story.  Noting that the play is set in San Francisco in 1976, shortly after Mimi Fariña founded Bread & Roses, Ken said this prompted him to recall pleasant memories and it appeared this was true for the audience too. 

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Marshall Chapman Captivates her Audience at New Bridge in Berkeley

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Having written songs recorded by Emmylou Harris and Joe Cocker, Marshall Chapman is very plugged in to the songwriting socket. Her styles range from Alternative Country to Rock 'n Roll, and her intelligent humor pervades all of her writing including her books. While in the Bay Area recently to promote her  new book, They Came to Nashville on West Coast Live, she performed her first institutional concert for Bread & Roses.

On June 19, 2011 Marshall shared songs and stories with the men and women working on their sobriety at New Bridge Foundation in Berkeley. "Music and 12-step programs saved my life," she told them. Songs about her life before, during and after recovery (from substance abuse) were met with great enthusiasm and empathy. "Why Can't You Be Like Other Girls" told of how she didn't fit the mold growing up in South Carolina. "Goodbye Forever" chronicled her obsession and difficulty in kicking a bad relationship. And the happy ending song reminded everyone that "It's Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood."

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Joan Baez stars in "Maestro's Enchantment"

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Grammy-award winning Joan Baez has been an essential musical force and free speech activist for over 50 years, and she has now made a very welcome return to Teatro ZinZanni as Madame ZinZanni in "Maestro's Enchantment." In her starring role, she reunites with The Maestro, played by master illusionist, Yevgeniy Voronin, when she returns to the Spiegeltent with her mysterious 18th century circus troupe.

 

Joan first joined Teatro ZinZanni ten years ago and continues to capture the hearts of all with her radiant energy and of course, that voice! She will be performing alongside a brilliant and beautiful cast in "Maestro's Enchantment" until July 31 at Pier 29 on the Embarcadero. Call the Box Office at 415-438-2668 or visit love.zinzanni.org for more information and tickets.

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Bread & Roses @ Kate Wolf Festival June 24-26

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All fans of contemporary acoustic music -- join us this weekend at The 2011 Kate Wolf Festival at Wavy Gravy's Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA.  Kate Wolf helped to repopularize folk music in Northern CA in the 70's and was a nationally known singer-songwriter/guitarist who died in 1986.  

Bread & Roses will have a table next to the good folks at the SEVA Foundation on the right close to the main stage.   Bread & Roses performers, who are a part of the line-up include: Taj Mahal who headlines Friday night; Aaron Redner with Hot Buttered Rum; Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps; Americana finger-style guitarist Stevie Coyle along with many other wonderful  musicians who can be seen throughout the weekend.    

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Digital sales of Audrey Auld's "Bread and Roses" song benefit our work

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Singer-songwriter/guitarist Audrey Auld has generously offered to donate all digital sales of  her "Bread and Roses" song released on her new CD Come Find Me. She wrote the song in 2006 when she went into San Quentin to do a workshop for Bread & Roses. Since she was not allowed to bring in more than her guitar or give anything to the inmates when she went in, her song was her gift.

The song is now available for downloads through iTunes and is included in Audrey's recent songbook "Write Out Loud." For more info, visit Audrey at www.recklessrecords.com.

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“The Power of Music to Affect the Brain”

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At Bread & Roses every day, we are privileged to witness the healing power of music, and today scientists and neurologists are confirming what we’ve known for over 37 years: that “humans are hardwired to respond to music.”  

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The Music Never Stopped: Share Your Thoughts on Music, Memory and Healing

Bread & Roses serves people of all ages and backgrounds who are isolated in institutions. Some of them suffer from lapses in memory.  We have seen seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, who may not recognize their grandchildren, but are still able to recall all the lyrics of a song.

Those who know the power that music has to invoke memory will appreciate The Music Never Stopped, a 2011 Sundance Film Festival pick that examines the relationship between memory, music, and healing. In the film, Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), is reunited with his parents, Henry (J.K. Simmons) and Helen Sawyer (Cara Seymour), when he turns up at a hospital in New York in 1986 with a large, yet benign brain tumor that has severely damaged his memory.  The past, present and future are virtually indistinguishable for him and he is incapable of interacting with those around him, including his parents, from whom he’s been estranged for 20 years.

When medicine and traditional therapy fail to help Gabriel regain his memory, Henry contacts a music therapist, Dianne Daley (Julia Ormond), who discovers that when Gabriel listens to the music that he loved as an adolescent, especially the Grateful Dead, he is able to reconnect with the world. We all have a soundtrack to our lives, and somehow that musical memory seems to survive even the most traumatic of brain injuries.

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Congratulations Joan Baez for Amnesty Award

Long-time Bread & Roses supporter Joan Baez was honored on Friday March 18 by Amnesty International at the opening ceremony of its 50th annual convention at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco where she received the first annual "Joan Baez Award for Outstanding, Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights."  

Joan was honored for a lifetime of human rights advocacy work and for the inspiration she has given to like-minded artists and activists throughout the world.  She and her sister, the late Mimi Fariña who founded Bread & Roses, were known as the "Peace & Justice" sisters for their dedication to various human rights causes.  Joan famously marched arm in arm with Dr. Martin Luther King and has traveled around the world participating in human rights missions throughout her long career.  

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Bread & Roses Supports Whistlestop

Bread & Roses has served Whistlestop in San Rafael for over five years, bringing concerts to seniors at their special lunchtime events. Their monthly newsletter, the Whistlestop Express, is known as the leading information resource for Marin's active aging movement. The Feb. 2011 issue featured an article by Bread & Roses Executive Director Cassandra Flipper, "Bread & Roses Connects Heart to Heart Through Music."

Christmas Jug Band

Bread & Roses recently presented The Christmas Jug Band at Whistlestop

 

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Oberlin Intern Kelsey Robertson Reflects on Her Bread & Roses Experience

 

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Kelsey Robertson with Jazz Pianist Si Perkoff at Laguna Honda Hospital 1/26/2011 

 

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A Big Salute to our Heart of Marin Volunteer Nominees

Bread & Roses salutes our Heart of Marin volunteer nominees for this year:  performers Arthur Javier and Matt Jaffe. The annual award ceremony is sponsored by The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL).  Close to 800 people attended the event on Thursday January 6 at Marin Exhibit Hall honoring local volunteers, nonprofit workers, board members and civic leaders.  

Novato resident Arthur Javier has been a volunteer performer for Bread & Roses since  2006. He delights our many institutional audiences, especially seniors, with his wide range of songs from other countries which he often sings in different languages.  He is always willing to step in at the last minute when we need a performer to fill in and in addition, helps as a volunteer host. 

Mill Valley resident Matt Jaffe is a talented teen performer who is a sophomore at Branson High School.  A volunteer since 2007,   Matt has a fully evolved style as a singer-songwriter/acoustic guitarist.   His performances are especially inspirational for his peers. He has performed for other teens in special needs schools and rehabs served by Bread & Roses.   

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Epworth Ministry Concert Fri. Dec. 18 to Benefit Bread & Roses

The Epworth Music & Arts Ministry will present a concert with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Bread & Roses on Friday Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm.  Featured performers are: Valerie Orth, Tara Tinsley, Marimba Maya, Brazen Squirrels and the Albany Allstars.  Tix are $15 Advance and $20 At the Door.  The door opens at 7 pm and the concert will be held in the church which is located at 1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley. 

Our generous and creative supporters throughout the Bay Area mean a lot to Bread & Roses. The proceeds from this concert presented by the Epworth Ministry will help Bread & Roses bring hope and healing through live music to a number of institutional audiences in Berkeley including Harrison House and Center for Elders Independence. 

Thanks to all who give back to those who need it most during the holiday season...

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Peet's Supports Bread & Roses - A Community Tradition

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Please join Peet's Coffee & Tea in support of Bread & Roses as part of their annual Holiday Donations program.  Peet's (Corte Madera) staffers voted - and Bread & Roses again won the honor of being the beneficiary of their holiday fundraising efforts!

 

During the week of December 17 - 24, Peet's will match up to $1,000 of the customer contributions collected.  So please stop by, enjoy some of the best coffee or tea around and tip generously!  Your donation of any amount will truly make a difference, bringing hope and joy to our neighbors most in need.  On Sat. Dec. 18, join acclaimed finger-style guitarist Stevie Coyle and Bread & Roses producer Marian Hubler for some holiday tunes from 11 am until 12 noon...

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New Producer Francesca Lee Welcomed at Yearly Volunteer Host Gathering

Host Dinner 2010

On a recent fall evening in San Francisco, Bread & Roses Board member Sandy Popovich welcomed us all to her beautiful modern home for our annual gathering of volunteer hosts.    Forty-four active volunteers currently help us host our institutional programs throughout the Bay Area.   Our yearly dinner with this extraordinary group of volunteers lets us all have a chance to meet, tell favorite show highlights, ask questions and share feedback on how to make our program better.

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Peet's Coffee-Corte Madera Open House & Holiday Shopping Event!

 

 

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Thanks to Swing Society & Teja Gerkin for their recent performances

A big thank you to The Swing Society and guitarist Teja Gerken who both provided music at events for Bread & Roses on Thursday October 20.   Our favorite octogenarian swingers, The Swing Society, performed big band hits and vintage jazz songs with vocalist Heather Harris (who we also know as the activity director at The Tamalpais),  as part of the featured entertainment at the Senior Information Fair at the Marin Civic Center.  

Teja Gerken provided beautiful acoustic guitar music at a benefit reception later that evening at the Rock Flower Paper retail store in San Anselmo that was founded by Bread & Roses board member Katie Smith.  Teja also works as an editor at Acoustic Guitar Magazine, which is part of String Letter Publishing.  By the way, if you are looking for an acoustic guitar teacher, check out String Letter Music School

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Thanks to the performers at the 10/10 benefit for Bread & Roses

Thanks to Audrey Auld, Tracy Blackman, Jess Chambers, Gail Muldrow and Megan Slankard for their wonderful music at the benefit for Bread & Roses on Sunday October 10 at The Woods Music Hall in Mill Valley.  "Into the Woods for Bread & Roses: Celebrating Strong Women of Song" followed the film "Leave Them Laughing" (co-presented by Bread & Roses) at the recent Mill Valley Film Festival.  The benefit was held in honor of Carla Zilbersmith, who was filmed during the last two years of her life as she struggled with Lou Gehrig's disease & continued to perform.  Our founder, the late Mimi Fariña, believed in the power of live music and its ability to bring joy and uplift the performer as well as the audience.  We appreciate the singer-songwriter/guitarists who helped us with this special event: Audrey Auld who came all the way from Nashville & shared her "Bread & Roses" song; Tracy Blackman, with Jimmy Dillon on guitar, who had us in stitches when she talked about her daughter Ella in her song "Baby's Gotta Have It"; Jess Chambers who took us all to her native New Zealand in her island songs; Gail Muldrow who shared her soulful showmanship and Megan Slankard who continues to inspire us with her evolution as a chanteuse and her spirited dedication to the muse.  Our audiences are lucky to have these inspiring performers at our Bread & Roses institutional shows. 

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2010 JAM Highlight: Volunteer Award Winners at Annual Recognition Event

Once a year Bread & Roses has an event called "The JAM" to recognize its many wonderful volunteers.  Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we could not do our program without them.  Ten-year volunteer performer Danny Creed had this to say about his recent award:  "THANK YOU for making me feel so special on my ten-year award of performing for Bread & Roses.  It's truly been a joyful ten years of getting much more back from the places I've performed than I could ask for."  Thank you to ALL our volunteer performers.  To see photos of this year's award winners, visit volunteer photographer Peter Merts' website www.petermerts.com.

Here is the  list of this year's award winners: 

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Bread & Roses Volunteers Celebrate at "The JAM"

The JAM!  Bread & Roses celebrates its volunteers at the annual recognition event.

 

On a recent sunny Sunday in August we gathered at the home of board member Toby Nady.   Over 350 different individual performers and groups volunteer for Bread & Roses at any given time. Once a year we come together to honor everyone's contributions of time and talent throughout the year.  Over 600 programs of live music and the performing arts are presented on a continuing basis to those who are isolated. Thanks to all who volunteer!

 

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Asheba at Children’s Learning Center in Alameda

“Kids Become Super Heroes with Asheba at Children’s Learning Center”

 

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