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News and information from Bread & Roses, a non-profit organization that presents live music to bring hope, healing and joy to the community.

Our "Music Therapy" in Marin Magazine

Thanks to Executive Editor Jim Wood & our friends at Marin Magazine for the nice piece in the August issue in their "FYI: Causes" section about Bread & Roses mission to provide hope and healing through live music.  Marin Magazine staff attended several recent Bread & Roses programs at the Manzanita Child Development Center in Marin City,  The Cedars in Ross and the Canal Family Support Center in San Rafael.  Kudos also to performers Ira Marlowe (singer-songwriter/guitarist), San Domenico's Virtuoso program (classical music) and Johnny Kearns (magician/clown/juggler).   Your support means so much...  

Marin Magazine: Music Therapy

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Happy Hour Fundraiser at The Tavern at Lark Creek

Bread & Roses enjoyed yet another fantastic event, a special Happy Hour Fundraiser at The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur.  We were thrilled with the number of people who turned out and are so grateful for this collaboration with The Tavern.

crowd in  the redwoods

The setting was ideal... a balmy, summer evening in a beautiful venue with seating and service indoors and out; live music played from an outdoor stage among the redwood grove by our very own Kurt Huget and Jesse Lee Kincaid; refreshing drinks - custom recipes designed especially for Bread & Roses - mixed and served by our board members and staff; and best of all, a huge turnout of happy hour revelers, including so many of our supporters and friends old and new!

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Rita Abrams honored for "Mill Valley" song 40th anniversary

Bread & Roses friend Rita Abrams is in the news for the 40th Anniversary of the recording of her "Mill Valley" song! Judy Herman, one of the third graders who originally sang with her said "She was all about music and dance and joy" and we couldn't agree more...

Our founder Mimi Fariña was from Mill Valley. Based in Corte Madera since 2000, Bread & Roses' office was located in Mill Valley for 17 years across from the Depot above Strawbridge's stationery store on Throckmorton Ave.  We fondly remember our time in Mill Valley  "where people aren't afraid to smile and stop and talk to you awhile..."  (lyrics from Rita's "Mill Valley" song...) For more information about Rita, see http://www.ritaabrams.com 

You can read more in a front page article by Joel Selvin in today's SF Chronicle (8/9/2010), "40-year reunion of 'Mill Valley' third-graders," and on Michael Krasney's recent Forum on KQED: 'Mill Valley,' 40 Years On.
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Alexis Forchette at Center Point RWC, San Rafael - 8/19/2009 - Photos by Peter Merts

Volunteer teen performer, Alexis Forchette, is a talented singer-songwriter/guitarist from Los Gatos who has done many programs for Bread & Roses audiences including Center Point RWC, a rehab facility for women in San Rafael, CA. 


Please note these photos are to promote the mission of Bread & Roses and are not to be modified or used for commercial purposes. Use by permission only - contact info@breadandroses.org

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Epworth Music & Arts Ministry Presents Benefit on Friday June 18

Eve DeckerThe Epworth Music & Arts Ministry will present a concert to benefit its ministry & Bread & Roses on Friday June 18 at 7 pm.  Suggested donation for tickets is $15.  Tickets available at the door at 6 pm. Performers include Bread & Roses volunteer Eve Decker (in photo on left)  along with Anne Weiss, Dave Smallen, Ghosts of Electricity, Lissy Walker, Brazen Squirrels & The Albany All-Stars.  The Epworth Music & Arts Ministry is part of Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins Street in Berkeley.  Bread & Roses brings hope and healing through live music to people in institutions in eight counties throughout the Bay Area. We bring programs to the Center for Elders Independence, Harrison House and New Bridge in Berkeley.

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Remembering famed Rock Photographer Jim Marshall for his generosity to Bread & Roses

This article by Carla Selvin reminded us of Jim Marshall's generous gifts of his photography to Bread & Roses through the years from the Greek Theatre shows in Berkeley to more recent gifts of photographs of our founder Mimi Farina and her sister Joan Baez. His great talent and indomitable spirit will be missed. (Photo of Mimi Farina (top) & Joan Baez in Monterey in the 60's by Jim Marshall.  Courtesy of Bread & Roses) 

Memorial For Legendary Photographer Jim Marshall Monday

Hanging in the living room of Jim Marshall's Castro flat is a photograph of Obama standing in the White House, pointing to a picture of John Coltrane on the wall. Marshall took that Coltrane photo more than 40 years ago in San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ralph J Gleason's living room. Underneath the image of Obama is inscribed, " To Jim--I'm a big fan of yours and John's. Best, Barack Obama."

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Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM) - Essence Story

The "Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM)" student ensemble delighted the residents of the Aldersly Garden Retirement Community in San Rafael with a recent musical performance for Bread & Roses. It is a community based music program for elementary school students who have a talent and passion for music.  Using voice, recorders and xylophones and with the help of three teachers, the students presented a program of music from various countries.
Soloists and different-sized groups of musicians performed, sometimes accompanied by their leader, Jane Kramer, on guitar and sometimes by clapping or rhythm instruments. The musicians all proudly wore their green or yellow tee shirts with the "ELM" logo on them.


The students came with soprano, alto and base xylophones as well as soprano and alto recorders. They sang a song in Spanish and played an Irish song, among others. In their last song each recorder represented a different instrument, like a trumpet, which made an interesting piece. Everybody came forward for the finale. These budding musicians "did themselves proud!"
The audience loved hearing the students perform and meeting them after the show. It is always a treat for them to have young people perform and do it so well. It was a most enjoyable afternoon for all.
Story by Volunteer Host Sally Peter

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Nancy Cassidy - Performer Testimonial

This past year I've been honored to play for Bread and Roses at hospitals and preschools, and had a particularly touching gig yesterday at UCSF Children's Hospital. A man was there the whole time holding his two-year-old son and started doing hand motions. When he sang "the daddy on the bus says 'I love you'"...it was so sweet and tender. Another little boy in his tykes car beeped his horn to "Wheels on the Bus." His mom said how happy he was to be in the room singing as he had been kept in bed for two weeks earlier.

On April 21st I'll be returning for the third time to the Tenderloin Childcare Center in SF.  If any of you wonderful musicians are ever interested in performing for groups of all ages who are living/staying in institutions, please give Bread and Roses a call...they are looking for performers and facilitators and your life will be the better for it.  
Nancy Cassidy, Volunteer Performer

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A Bread & Roses Essence Story

Volunteer hosts introduce our performers and write stories describing the effect of Bread & Roses programs on our institutional audiences. We bring hope and healing through live music and other performance art to isolated people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in over 600 concerts every year. We are always recruiting more volunteers — and especially need more performers for diverse youth audiences. We appreciate your support and referrals. Click here for online volunteer application or to donate.

What: Bread & Roses Program - January 29, 2010
Who: Derique at Transition Learning Center, San Pablo
Where: Volunteer Host & Story by Henry Kaiser

Derique

Derique performed at an outreach event for Bread & Roses at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.  A volunteer performer for almost ten years, Derique has done over 15 programs for youth who are isolated in Bay Area institutions.  

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Teatro ZinZanni's 10th Anniversary

Celebrating 10 years in San Francisco, Teatro ZinZanni a not-for-profit theatre arts organization, is dedicated to invigorating broad and diverse live audiences through creative arts of all disciplines. Teatro ZinZanni is one of the only places in the world where more than a dozen international performers of the highest caliber are featured nightly. The show has joined the ranks of famed European clubs such as the Wintergarten and the Tigerpalast as a world-class showcase for the increasingly rare arts of the cirque. We are proud to celebrate our continued partnership with Bread & Roses and our shared goal of uplifting audiences through the arts.

 

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Music Therapy for Alzheimer's Patients

Bread & Roses brings hope and healing through live music. As this article from the Wall Street Journal suggests - music therapy holds a key for unlocking healing potential in Alzheimer's patients. We can attest to the healing quality of music for all of our audiences that listen to a Bread & Roses show. Click here to read the full article.

Here is a snippet of the Wall Street Journal article:

"Caregivers have observed for decades that Alzheimer's patients can still remember and sing songs long after they've stopped recognizing names and faces. Many hospitals and nursing homes use music as recreation, since it brings patients pleasure. But beyond the entertainment value, there's growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemingly lost memories and even help restore some cognitive function."

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Mill Valley Market Rings Up Gifts for Bread & Roses

 

Bread & Roses is grateful to be a beneficiary of Mill Valley Market's SHOP & GIVE donation program. With the SHOP & GIVE program, we receive a donation every time you shop at the market and mention Bread & Roses to the cashier. That's it! No hidden fees or deductions. The full amount of your qualified donation will directly benefit our programs. Please help us this season by participating in this wonderful SHOP & GIVE program.

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In Memory of Norton Buffalo

Our good friend Norton Buffalo succumbed to lung cancer on Oct. 30th. He was a one-of-a-kind performer: a brilliant musician and a funny guy. He was blessed with boundless energy, good humor, and inspiration, which he readily shared with everyone he met.

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The Real "Balloon Boy" Supports Bread & Roses

"Dan Nowell is a high-powered Corte Madera businessman these days, but on one morning 45 years ago, he was a high-flying boy defying death in the skies above Southern Marin."  (MarinIJ.com)

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New Logo

We hope that you like our updated image which is introduced by a new rose logo.

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string letter MUSIC school

String Letter Publishing announces new community music school.

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You Make it Possible!

A thank you to the donors who, between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, made our work possible. 

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Breaking the Sound Barrier

Look what we accomplished in 2009! Read our feature story and more in the Fall Newsletter.

  • 613 Shows in a Single Year!
  • 27,776 Audience Members
  • 118 Facilities Served


More shows, larger audiences, greater outreach to youth audiences and more service in the East Bay – all in an era of shrinking resources and difficult financial times. This is the Bread & Roses story to date in 2009.

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Award for "Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence.”

On January 8, 2009, Bread & Roses was thrilled to receive the award for "Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence" at the 16th Annual Heart of Marin 2008 Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding Marin nonprofits and their leaders.

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Executive Director’s Message

Welcome to the Bread & Roses website. Here you will get a glimpse of the healing power of music that touches thousands of people isolated in San Francisco Bay Area institutions—all  because of the performances that Bread & Roses presents every day.

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