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25th Annual Chesley Awards – Woodland Opera House

Aug 25, 2014
25th Annual Chesley Awards – Woodland Opera House

The Wieringas on the red carpet (Matt was a nominee).Photographing the arriving guests.The house.Emcee Steve Cairns.Bobby Rogers on sax.Lou Anderson came back from Arizona to present Woodland Opera House history.Patricia Glass (she won two awards!): '...

Marc Valdez Weblog
DMTC’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Aug 25, 2014
DMTC’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Reunion of the cast of 1987 "Oklahoma!":  Gil Sebastian, Steve Isaacson (Jud Fry), Paul Plain, Joe Anthony, Mary Young (Aunt Eller).I took some video from the Light Booth.  Provided they are good I'll post them in the next few days.The longes...

Marc Valdez Weblog
Second Annual CORE Gala And Fundraiser – The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks

Aug 25, 2014
Second Annual CORE Gala And Fundraiser – The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks


The Friday night promise:
Join Artistic Director Kelli Leighton and the CORE company dancers for live music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction fundraiser to celebrate the opening of CORE’s 2014 season!

Artificial turf  and real turf blend on the golf course.


Silent Auction.  I was...

Alison Toon
Ten reasons music photogs need more gear

Aug 25, 2014
Ten reasons music photogs need more gear

lionfight, Feb 2014, 1/125 f4, Canon 60D and Sigma 70-300 at 70mm, ISO 1600, very under-exposed, low-light venueThere's little-to-no light in the venue and you know you really, reall need to get That Shot of the bass player doing his twirling jump, and...

Alison Toon
Force of Habit, opening at the Ace of Spades

Aug 24, 2014
Force of Habit, opening at the Ace of Spades

As openers for Restrayned and Y&T, Force of Habit warmed up the already-big crowd last night at the Ace of Spades. It's been a few months since I saw them last, and they have come a long way musically. Good sound, good music, good show.I still wond...

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Alison Toon
Restrayned are not at all (restrained): Ace of Spades, 23 August, supporting Y&T

Aug 24, 2014
Restrayned are not at all (restrained): Ace of Spades, 23 August, supporting Y&T

Local hard rock/melodic metal band Restrayned held nothing back last night: real rock, real good local musicians.They have an album available: A Dark New Day (Amazon) and also through iTunes.More photos from last night's show:  http://alisont...

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Alison Toon
Y&T (Yesterday and Tomorrow) at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades, 40 years and going strong

Aug 24, 2014
Y&T (Yesterday and Tomorrow) at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades, 40 years and going strong

I'm the first to admit, there's a whole list of mostly-American-but-some-non-American bands that I've never really heard (or even heard of), and Y&T fall into that list. Those eighties-ish rock bands that I know many of you adore: Motley Crue, Guns...

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Chronicles of Nothing
Earthquakes: Still better than crappy weather

Earthquakes: Still better than crappy weather

I was born and raised in California. I’ve lived through my fair share of earthquakes both large and small…mostly small. Still, after living in the Midwest for almost a year and a half, I prefer to take my chances with an earthquake other than a blizzard or thunderstorm. Why? Because in the scheme of...

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Just Paint It
20 Wall Murals at Hometalk

Aug 24, 2014
20 Wall Murals at Hometalk

Come check out 20 fabulous wall murals that I curated for Hometalk!

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All Squared Up
The measure of a man

The measure of a man

There is a scene from Rabbit Proof Fence that I thought a lot about while in Romania. The film was about three Aboriginal girls as they escaped through the outback, surviving a nine week walk of 1,500 miles. The scene I remembered was how they found wa...

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