October 22, 2010
San Francisco Jazz Fest: The Godfather of World Music's Ravi Shankar
The San Francisco Jazz Festival is in motion and Ravi Shankar comes to the stage next week. George Harrison called Ravi the Godfather of World Music.
Perhaps the most famous person from India and the world’s most important sitar player, Ravi Shankar has been a legend since the ‘60s — and his prominence has only continued to grow.
He was the first Indian musician to have a profound impact on the West, and his influence on music history cannot be overstated. Bringing a nearly superhuman level of musical sophistication and joyous expressiveness to each recording and performance, he was a defining presence at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and the famed Concert For Bangladesh.Currently celebrating his 90th birthday, Shankar has continued to be India’s chief musical ambassador, performing worldwide with his still-wondrous technique.
Sharing the stage with the maestro is his daughter, Anoushka Shankar, an artist widely considered to represent the future of Indian music.
After much critical acclaim, several Grammy nominations, and many collaborations with artists such as Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Karsh Kale and Thievery Corporation, Anoushka brings the Shankar legacy to new horizons.
He'll be playing at Davies Symphony Hall on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco.
October 21, 2010
How Does Language Shape Thought?
Is there intrinsic value in human linguistic diversity?
Stanford psychologist Lera Boroditsky has found from field work in China, Greece, Chile, Indonesia, Russia, and Aboriginal Australia that "people who speak different languages do indeed think differently, and even flukes of grammar can profoundly affect how we see the world."
For example, Aborigines in north Australia are deeply oriented to the cardinal directions. "You have to stay oriented at all times," Boroditsky says, or "else you cannot speak properly.
The normal greeting in Kuuk Thaayorre is 'Where are you going?' and the answer should be something like 'Southsoutheast, in the middle distance.' If you don't know which way you're facing, you can't even get past 'Hello.'"
Boroditsky will talk about "How Language Shapes Thought" at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 7 pm, Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Long Now Members can reserve a seat HERE or you can purchase tickets for $10 HERE.
October 20, 2010
Open Studios Takes Over San Francisco in October
Each weekend, they rotate to a different neighborhood. One artist I particularly like is Susan Bostrom Wong, and even own one of her paintings.
Says Susan, "the human form is infinitely interesting to me with it’s moods and complexities.
It enacts the cycles of life-creation, birth, transformation and death."
October 06, 2010
REDF President Carla Javits Helps Thousands At Bottom Of Ladder Get Work
At the Social Capital Markets SOCAP event at Fort Mason in San Fancisco this past week, Isabel Maxwell asks the President of REDF Carla Javits, to talk about their programs and what she does to make a difference.
Interview with Kevin Jones, Founder of SOCAP@SOCAP10 co-founder Kevin Jones talks to us about implementing capital in conflict zones such as Israel and the Middle East.
October 05, 2010
Peter Thiel: Build a Business So Big That Investors Will Invest Major BucksPeter Theil of the Founders Fund, also founder of Paypal, addresses the Vatorsplash audience in late September on what it takes to be successful.
He talks about entrepreneurship, what they learned in his early days at Paypal, mistakes they made and how that helped shape the decisions he makes today. Peter encourages entrepreneurs to think big: don't just build a feature or a solution that will have an incremental and small impact on an industry, but build something that will change the world.
He says, "create a business that is so valuable that investors are willing to invest not just a 'little', but a significant amount of capital." In other words, a technology that is so disruptive that it will have an impact on how we live. This isn't unlike the advice that Vinod Khosler gave on the Techcrunch Disrupt stage earlier the same week. Below is a two-part video that I shot of his keynote, close to 30 minutes in length for both segments.
October 01, 2010
MC Hammer & Dancers HOT on Stage
Imagine you're into rap, hip hop and dance. Imagine you're into creativity, fabulous footwork and high energy. Imagine being able to move, jam and jive among a group who live and breathe this? I recently had an opportunity -- together with a few dozen others from the Silicon Valley technology community -- to jam with MC Hammer and his rivoting dancers on stage. (and I mean rivoting on top of being beautiful and perfectly sculpted!)
MC Hammer took the stage at the Google-sponsored Techcrunch Disrupt after party this past week in San Francisco. The shindig was partly to celebrate the AOL acquisition of Techcrunch (congrats to Mike, Heather & TC team) and partly, just to have fun and perhaps prove that techies know how to jam and more importantly like to. As a lover of dance and dancer myself, there is no better joy than to be what I refer to as "in-zone" -- on or off-stage.
When the music and energy takes over, nothing else exists except you and the music.....you and the beat. I was so caught up in the beat at one point that I didn't even realize MC Hammer was rapping and dancing right next to me until I saw video clips of it later.
MC Hammer hasn't lost his edge and both his female and male dancers are so impressive, so engaging and so passionate about their art, that you can't help but tap, move, clap and shout. You'll see what I mean by taking a look at the random shots of MC and group in action I took from front-row center below:
August 26, 2010
Biz Tech Day Hits Seattle, New York & San Francisco This FallFor those of you who are not aware of Biz Tech Day, it's a one day event that brings together 1,500+ influential and passionate entrepreneurs under one roof in three cities across the U.S. in the fall: Seattle, New York and San Francisco.
The goal for Attendees? To strengthen their business and ventures by learning about the most practical business ideas and technology strategies to accelerate your company's growth.
What I love about their events is the focus on practical solutions. You have an opportunity to listen to 10 practical business talks, watch 10 innovative technology demos and meet people who will change how your business work and turn your dreams into a reality.
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August 15, 2010
A Smoky San Francisco
The fire trucks were flying and the sirens were going off in San Francisco yesterday as they were heading to a fire that hit somewhere in the city. A view of the smoke as we saw it in real-time from the southern part of the city on the afternoon of Saturday, August 14, 2010.
August 11, 2010
140 Characters Hits the Bay AreaJeff Pulver's 140 Character's Conference is coming to San Francisco on August 19, 2010 as part of Connected Marketing Week. You can register here); also check out San Francisco's schedule.
BTW, Jeff is touring with this relatively new conference - only a couple years old, he has had and plans to have events in the following cities: LA, Boston, Detroit, London, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, New York and Washington DC. And I thought I never slept. Can we just say impressive and be done with it.
At these events they have explored the effects of Twitter and social media on a wide range of topics including: Celebrity, “The Media”, Advertising, Politics, Fashion, Real Estate, Music, Education, Public Safety and Public Diplomacy.
As Jeff brings #140conf to different cities, the underlying conference is a reflection of the people of the surrounding communities.
The San Francisco event’s programming personifies some of the counter-culture trends which the city created in the late ‘60’s and ‘70s – trends which took hold and shaped the minds and consciousness for an entire generation. If you're in town, be sure to register and attend.