Friday, October 30, 2009
Community Producer Ken Allen will be delivering up another installment of his series of Halloween Concerts featuring organist Jim Welch. Every year, Mr. Welch performs "spooky" music from the repertoire at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 600 Colorado Avenue in Palo Alto on October 31 at 8 pm. The ticket cost is $10. This year, Ken reports that Mr. Welch will be performing Bach's Toccata in D Minor for Organ and Chain Saw. Now are they really going to fire up a chain saw in church? You'll have to either attend tomorrow night's concert or tune in or Tivo Channel 27 next week, Sunday, November 8 at 10:30 am when we will be cablecasting tomorrow night's concert. After all, some of us will be out trick or treating tomorrow night. Additionally, we will be replaying several of Mr. Welch's prior Halloween concerts courtesy of Ken Allen as well. Check this link for upcoming and additional playbacks of the Halloween Concert series throughout November.
We wish to thank Ken Allen for his continued support of the Media Center by bringing us great, local, community-oriented programming!
Posted by Becky Sanders at 2:15 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This afternoon, I noticed a late breaking piece on Jesse Norfleet's Facebook Page: Join him and friends at Micha's in San Carlos. So I ran up there with my husband Scott. We walk in and see Jesse's lovely family including 5 adorable grandchildren. I also see many politterati of East Palo Alto. I see my boss and Jesse's old boss, Annie Folger and our office manager and voiceover artist Dave Sorokach. Jesse and his wife Renee have provided the company with an excellent repast of chicken, beans, collards, corn bread, and Spanish rice. And of course there is a giant cake which Jesse blew out in tandem with Caleb, his grandson who was also born on this day, five years ago.
I am grateful to Jesse. If he hadn't left the Media Center two years ago I would not have this great job, I have now. Thank you, Jesse, I owe you so much! And you stuck around and trained me and kept taking my countless calls that all began with "How do I..." I am well aware that there is no way I could ever do all that Jesse did here. And people who haven't been here in a while still walk in with a look of shock and dismay when they see me at Jesse's desk. Jesse is well he just is...
Anyway, during all the festivities, Jesse's band Equanimous Jones played more or less continuously. Band members might have to nip out for some cake or a phone call but they pretty much filled Micha's with great renditions of standards out of the Real book. Jesse kept everyone on lockdown with his solid stick work on the drums. Tommy Myers was a blow away on soprano and tenor sax. Melvin Arterberry Jr. looked really cool and laid back on the Roland, except that his fingers were doing everything from the slow grace to the fast pace, and finally Paul Collins was solid on both electric and stand up bass.
For me, their last song Yesterday by the Beatles was just amazing. The best I'd ever heard Yesterday in a jazz format. It's such a great tune anyway, but Tommy just poured it on with that soprano and the band matched him so well and were so tight, well... it was a strange surprise... to go to Jesse's birthday party and be given so beautiful a present to take home.
Happy Birthday Jesse, and many happy returns of the day from your friends at the Media Center!
Posted by Becky Sanders at 10:45 PM
Media Center producers took home six WAVE awards at the 2009 ACM Western Regional Conference held in Reno, Nevada this past weekend. That's two more awards than we ran off with last year! The Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) Awards are conferred by the Western Region of the Alliance for Community Media in recognition of local achievement in community-based video programming. WAVES are our regional Emmies.
Our winning shows in the Community Producers division by category are:
The Stephanie Herman Show: Dancing Behind the Scenes (Performing Arts), produced by Stephanie Herman (pictured).
The Theatre Factory: Velocity Circus (Informational-Culture), produced by Patricia Neme (pictured) and Patty Page (pictured).
Abilities United Presents: Community Connections, Episode 4 (Programming by/for Differently Abled), produced by Andrea Throndson.
Suicide PSA (Public Service Announcement) produced by Edoardo De Armas.
The Jook Joint: Episode #16, Featuring Etta James (Music Programming), produced by E.C. Scott and Gregg Mitchell.
Our winning show in the Professional Producers division by category is:
Media Center Studio Session: Fua Dia Congo (Performing Arts), produced by Karen Adams, Muisi-Kongo Malonga and Dan Beaulieu.
You can watch the winning programs on demand right from our website. Here is the link to the page that Stan has popped up there for us!
Or you can set your Tivos for Channel 27 at midnight every Saturday night through November when we will be running the winning programs back to back. For additional playback times, check the website.
The Media Center congratulates these six winners as well as the twelve other Media Center finalists who competed for top honors in the 2009 WAVE award contest.
Posted by Becky Sanders at 1:37 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Media Center covered the California Avenue Streetscape Public Meeting that was held last Thursday, October 8, 2009 at Escondido School. The meeting was ostensibly promoted as a presentation and discussion of the new plan for California Avenue -- whose 60+ mature oak trees were unceremoniously lopped off by the City in early September to the shock of business owners, residents and community leaders. Angry citizens disrupted the meeting. After about an hour of some shouting, demands and barbed comments on the part of the outraged citizenry, the meeting moderator was able to get the meeting back on course. We are cablecasting the resulting 2 hour and 2o minute program starting today, October 15:
Watch the program on at these dates and times:
Friday 10/16, 5 am, Channel 29; and 4 pm Channel 26
Saturday 10/17, 6 pm Channel 26
Sunday, 10/18, 4 pm, Channel 26
Monday, 10/19, 12 pm, Channel 26
Tuesday, 10/20, 2 pm, Channel 26; and 4 pm Channel 29
Wednesday, 10/21, 4 pm, Channel 29
Thursday, 10/22, 8 am, Channel 26
Friday, 10/23, 8 pm, Channel 29
Posted by Becky Sanders at 7:01 PM
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tomorrow LIVE on Channel 26 at 1:30 pm from Palo Alto City Hall you can watch the Palo Alto City Council Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Palo Alto Chapter of that venerable institution The League of Women Voters. In addition to going live we will be replaying the two hour forum throughout the election season. Our staff person Elliot Margolies is spearheading the election programming for us again this year.
As other shows are taped and become available we will bring them to you. You can check the schedule for the next ten days on our website. And keep checking back!
On Tuesday November 3, we will go LIVE on Channel 27 at 9:30 with our annual Election Show. Concurrently on Channel 26 at 9:30 we will begin our live automated reporting of the election returns and that reporting will run all night long. We have our own Chris Pearce to thank for writing the code last year and we're using his program again this year to deliver up to the minute election returns on Channel 26.
A quick shout out to Ken Allen who has produced the Palo Alto Neighborhoods City Council Candidate Forum and brought that to us. We so value our community producers!
See you at the polls!
Posted by Becky Sanders at 3:18 PM