Sunday, March 10, 2019

Book Passage author event in SF Monday

David Downie
   SAN FRANCISCO - Left Coast Writers will be hosting a special book event Monday at 6 p.m. at Book Passage - a conversation with David Downie, author of the newly released book, The Gardener of Eden and Linda Watanabe McFerrin of the Left Coast group.
     The book event will be held at the Book Passage storefront in the Ferry Building. The public is invited.
     Copies of The Gardener of Eden will be available for purchase and signing by the author as part of the event.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
    Downie is also the author of A Taste of Paris and has called Paris home since 1986. He has written for more than 50 publications worldwide, including the LA Times,, and Town & Country Travel. He is also the author of several cookbooks and crime novels.
    Watanabe-McFerrin is a poet, travel writer and novelist. She has won awards in multiple genres for her poetry and fiction. A collection of selected works by the author will be forthcoming this year from Alan Squires Publishing.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Artist's reception March 9 at Kaleidoscope

   POINT RICHMOND - A public reception to celebrate a new exhibit at Kaleidoscope Coffee (109 Park Place) will be held Saturday March 9 from 4-6 p.m.
     The work on display - from today until the end of April - is that of Sharon Goods, part of an exhibit titled Mostly Talking Heads.
     The works are considered to be a departure from the artist's typically abstract, figurative art.
     Goods described the work in this exhibit as "more graphic novelesque."
     "Favorite quotes, collected over the past few years, have landed with images of slightly offbeat characters to depict the humor, angst, absurdity and vulnerability of the human drama," she says.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

El Sol, AOPR inaugurate special art gallery

   POINT RICHMOND - A special exhibit of illustrations and paintings by the late Linda Lee Calvan Drake begins Wednesday and runs until March 28 at El Sol Restaurant at 101 Park Place.
     Drake was President of the Arts of Point Richmond from 2010 until 2013 when she passed away.
     "Her enthusiasm and joyous approach to art was contagious and inspiring," Rita Gardner, communications director for AOPR said in a press release.
   The exhibition will include works in a series called "Vintage Views of Old Point Richmond Town."
     The special exhibit also marks the inauguration of the Linda Lee Calvan Drake Memorial Gallery at El Sol and will feature artwork by AOPR members. It also marks a collaboration between AOPR and Linda Lee Calvan Drake's sister, Josephine Orozco of El Sol.
     As part of the collaboration, a professional art display system has been installed with funding coming from the Gateway Foundation and AOPR.
   For more information about AOPR, click on this link:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book launch party Saturday at Kaleidoscope for 'The Devil's Pipeline'

   POINT RICHMOND - A book launch party to celebrate publication of The Devil's Pipeline - the third eco-thriller novel by Point Richmond resident Michael J. Fitzgerald - will be held Saturday,  from 2-4 p.m. at Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place.
     The open-to-the-public event will include a brief presentation by Fitzgerald about the novel, a reading from The Devil's Pipeline, copies of the novel for sale and a book signing.
     Kaleidoscope will have coffee, other beverages and snacks for sale.
     The Devil's Pipeline chronicles the crusading work of Jack Stafford, an investigative columnist whose writing focuses on the environment and particularly the energy industry. Stafford's work - and that of fellow journalists - was also the focus of The Fracking War (2014) and Fracking Justice (2015).
     "Fitzgerald’s novel may be fiction, but the conflict between big energy companies and grassroots
defenders of land, water, and a livable planet is very real," Point resident Steve Early says. Early is  author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

AOPR Holiday Faire set for December 8

   POINT RICHMOND - The annual Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Faire will be held Saturday Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
     The event will be at the Point Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Street.
     The public is invited to come by to chat with local  artists and authors as well as browse their paintings, drawings, books, photographs, cards and other artwork on display.
     Many of the items will also be for sale and would make good gifts for the holiday season.
     In addition, AOPR will be providing homemade cookies for attendees.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Evening of films Friday at Bridge ArtSpace

   RICHMOND - The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission and local filmmaker Hector Ortiz will present two short films Friday at the Bridge Storage and ArtSpace film studio, 23 Maine Ave., Richmond.
     The theme of the films is "The Upstanding Immigrant." The event runs from 7-10 p.m. A discussion of the films will follow the screening.
     Ortiz won a RACC mini-grant to complete his film, "Announcement." The film focuses on how the end of the DACA program impacts one Dreamer's family.
     A second short film, "The Perfect Immigrant" by local filmmaker Javier Lopez Quintana will be shown also. Quintana is submitting the film the Sundance project 1234 program,
    Ortiz's first film is one in a proposed series titled "In the Shadows" about the lives of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
     He is a 2014 graduate of Contra Costa Community College's digital film program.
     For more information about the film, follow this link: Upstanding Immigrant.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

'Winning Richmond' a review of Lt. Gov. candidate Gayle McLaughlin's book

   RICHMOND, Calif. - Winning Richmond (Hardball Press, 2018) by former Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is often compared to another book about the city, Refinery Town (Beacon Press, 2017) by Point Richmond resident Steve Early.
     While both books cover much of the same historical ground, detailing the influence of the Richmond Progressive Alliance in changing the politics of the city, they come at it from different angles with different writing styles, offering sometimes different perspectives on the same issues.
     Refinery Town offers a hard charging look at the city, politics and progressive change, penned by an author with an outsider-journalist narrative style. (LINK: Refinery Town)
    Winning Richmond is a softer, personal look at how the RPA and progressives in the community were able to break the stranglehold of Chevron on local politics and McLaughlin's emergence as a progressive city leader.
     (LINK: Winning Richmond)
Gayle McLaughlin
 It's no accident
that this book came out early this year in her run for Lt. Governor of California on the June primary ballot.
     Winning Richmond is as much memoir as political history. McLaughlin talks at length about her upbringing, family life and events that brought her to California. She was assisted bringing the book to publication by Diana Wear of Point Richmond, an RPA member, activist and professional editor.
     The book offers an abundance of details about the rise of the progressive movement offering plenty of author insights about the inner workings (and infighting) of city politics.
     Since the book came out earlier this spring, most of the reports are that it generally pleases McLaughlin's progressive allies - and gives fits to her political opponents.
     But regardless of political stripe, there is something for everyone in Winning Richmond.