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Archive for September, 2010


Tuesday, September 7th, 2010



“Undoing the coarse course of history … ”

Saturday, September 11, 2010
6 to 7:30 pm
San Francisco
South end of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero between Market and Mission

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FOOD, INC.: What the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to See (A Film Review)

Friday, September 3rd, 2010


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Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

Food, Inc.: What the food industry doesn’t want you to see

By James Brewer
3 September 2010

In light of the recent outbreaks of salmonella in the US, it is worth reviewing Food, Inc., the recent film exposé of the food industry. The documentary, directed by Robert Kenner, was first released to theaters in the US in 2009, and on DVD in 2010. Despite a failure to draw any sharp political conclusions, the film is a damning indictment of the inability of the profit system to provide safe and healthy food for the vast majority of the populace.

Whatever you may think of the corporate food industry, Food, Inc., will show you, disturbingly, that the situation is worse than you think.

Produced and directed by television documentary filmmaker Kenner (PBS series, The American Experience, Two Days in October), it draws heavily on input by co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Rules, An Eaters’ Manual and In Defense of Food: An Eaters’ Manifesto), both top-notch investigative journalists in the food industry.

One of the guiding ideas of Food, Inc., is that the reality behind food production in the US does not jibe with the pastoral imagery often depicted on the packaging, but rather involves giant firms operating huge factories with brutal conditions …

Click here to read James Brewer’s mindful review in its entirety

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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010



Photo: © Nancy Crampton

Do you like poetry? Do you love jazz? You can’t miss our Jazz Poetry Concert (7:30) on September 11th, in the North Side.

Join Yusef Komunyakaa, the perfect fit for this event. He has often cited jazz as a source of influence and inspiration for his poetry. “I feel blessed that something pulled jazz and poetry together inside me,” he told the Georgia Review in 1992.

Komunyakaa is a critically acclaimed writer, scholar, professor, and Pulitzer Prize winner. The Jazz Poetry Concert is a unique opportunity to see a poet who often weaves together elements of his own life, including memories of serving in the Vietnam War and living in the South prior to the Civil Rights Movement, with the rhythm and language of jazz music.

Read the exclusive Samsonia Way profile on Yusef Komunyakaa, who despite bearing witness to racism, war, and violence over the past six decades, still reserves a resilient hope for America.


DON ASHER, Pianist, Memoirist, Biographer and Novelist (March 7, 1926-August 25, 2010) ~ In Memoriam

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010


© San Francisco Chronicle

Don Asher performing at Moose’s in San Francisco’s North Beach, 2004

Donald Joseph Asher 3/7/26 – 8/25/10

Don’s passing is deeply mourned by his brother, Herb, and his companion Jackie, with whom he had daily support and contact through his illness. Don was a charming and engaging gentleman who will be remembered by and missed by a wide circle of friends. After publishing his first story in Saturday Evening Post, he authored 9 books of fiction and an “autobiography” with Hampton Hawes as well as numerous articles and stories in various publications. His most recent work, co-authored with Lois Goodwill, will be released in summer 2011. As a teen, Don studied piano with Jaki Byard, with whom he had a lifelong friendship …

To read this San Francisco Chronicle obituary in its entirety, click this link

Read “Experiments in Chemistry and Jazz” by Don Asher (Harper’s, May 1999)

Check back for Al Young’s personal recollections of Don Asher