Alameda WhipSnake

community activism * environmental concern * the creative life

photograph by Scott Hein
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the creative life: local artists, poets, musicians, writers, filmmakers...

Berkeley poet John Rowe made it to the historical Niles district of Fremont recently to perform at an open mic at Essaney Cafe treating the crowd to his wonderful philosophical ruminations and wordplay. John Rowe's chapbook, At My Wit's Beginning, is a delightful and thought provoking collection that will make even the most cool and reserved among us laugh out loud at least once! If you appreciate the brevity and surrealism of Richard Brautigan and the dry wit of comedian Stephen Wright then this is for you. And, at $3 plus postage and handling, it is an unbelievable bargain. Stock up now. A wonderful little gift and a great party favor. And who knows, maybe you can even entice the poet to come read at your next gathering.






















wild about documentaries

Esmeralda and Ariana, photo by Sheng Wang

"Four girls, four years, and the change of a lifetime..."

This documentary by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez is a don't miss! I was lucky enough to attend a screening at Zocalo Coffeehouse recently where superheroine Dawn Valadez (development director for Davis Street Family Resource Center by day, and independent filmmaker when the rest of the world sleeps) did a brilliant Q&A with a thoughtful and appreciative audience afterwards. It was the perfect place to celebrate, as SLUSD friend and colleague Ali Cannon said, "local girl makes good!"

Visit Going On 13 to see a trailer, meet the four girls featured in the film, read about the filmmakers, find out about future screenings, and to check schedules for viewing on public television this fall (November 2 for KQED, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose).

"In the spirit of documentary greats like Seven Up! and Hoop Dreams"
—Sara Nodjoumi, Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival