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Charice Pempengco Update

Well, some time ago in a blog post I mentioned Charice Pempengco as a young woman with talent-- someone I've been interested in keeping on eye on to watch her career journey.

She came to the attention of Ellen Degeneres and co., who recently flew Charice (now age 15) from the Philippines (Manila) to perform on Ellen Nov 28th '07. I appears to me that this has been a great moment for Charice, and I wanted to share it here too. ~Lisa

Sorry, can't give true photo credit-- pic from blog:
Thu, December 20, 2007 - 4:48 PM — permalink - 3 comments - add a comment

Tonight-SF: JP Cutler Band/London St./He'Brew Beer Launch

Thursday, December 6, 2007
JP Cutler Band (LOVE JP's music); also London Street & DJ Milestone
The Hotel Utah Saloon (500 4th Street @ Bryant) San Francisco
Tickets: $6
Showtime: 9 pm

From JP:

Hey Friends,

Just a quick reminder that the band and I are performing an intimate holiday show sharing the bill with the fine ladies of London Street. I'll have the full band including Jason Ranjit Parmar on tabla, Micha Patri on drums, David Phillips on pedal steel and Andrew Higgins on acoustic bass.

The event marks the "3rd Night of Chanukah" HE'BREW Beer launch event for their new Chanukah beer, Jewbelation Eleven. This year HE'BREW Beer goes to 11! This latest creation is 11% in alc, and is a tribute to Spinal Tap.

Come on out for the funky, sultry soul of London Street; the band and I will be kickin' down some trancy America tunes, and DJ Milestone hits the wheels of steel, workin' it on the ones and twos for ya during set breaks and into the late night hang session.

We hit at 9:30 pm ($6)... More details are below.

All the best,
"Look out for JP Cutler, whose steel-string acoustic-guitar work has a warm familiarity." -Time Out New York
Thu, December 6, 2007 - 12:44 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Brown Sues Toy Companies For Lead Content

A subject that I've been following for years that is finally receiving national exposure-- 2007 seems to be the year of mass awareness of lead exposure in products. Be aware that Christmas tree lights and fake trees can have high lead content-- warnings are often on the packaging; like garden hoses and attachments, and children's pools and water toys, many miss the printed warnings.

Pic is from March 07 article about 150 million toys have been recalled (6 million in 2007):
Excerpt form this article about long-term effects of exposure to lead follows the piece below.

Brown Sues Toy Companies For Lead
November 19, 2007

(916) 324-5500

LOS ANGELES—California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Los Angeles City Attorney Rockard J. Delgadillo today sued twenty companies for manufacturing or selling toys with “unlawful quantities of lead.”

Commenting on the lawsuit which was filed today in Alameda County Superior Court, Attorney General Brown said, “Companies must take every reasonable step to assure that the products they handle are safe for children and their families and fully comply with the laws of California. Despite the lengthening global supply chain, every company that does business in this state must follow the law and protect consumers from lead and other toxic materials.”

“Lead in toys poses a significant threat to the health and well being of our children,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. “This lawsuit is intended to ensure that these companies eliminate lead and other harmful substances from children’s toys, once and for all.”

The state’s lawsuit alleges that companies knowingly exposed individuals to lead—a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm—and failed to provide any warning about this risk. Under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, known as Proposition 65, businesses cannot expose individuals to hazardous chemicals without posting a clear warning.

Proposition 65 is enforced through lawsuits brought by the attorney general, district attorneys and city attorneys in cities with a population exceeding 750,000. Lawsuits may also be brought by private parties, but only after these parties notify the attorney general of the alleged violation.

The California Attorney General—who successfully negotiated settlements in the past to remove lead in candy, soda bottles, jewelry and other consumer products—launched an investigation into toy manufacturers and retailers after the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission began issuing recall notices for toys that exceeded federal lead limits. Beginning with the recall of 1.5 million Thomas the Tank Engine toys in June, 46 toy products have been recalled for excessive levels of lead—totaling approximately 6 million toys this year.

Following the national recall, the attorney general received notices of impending lawsuits against toy companies from the Center for Environmental Health, Environmental Law Foundation, and As You Sow. Under Prop 65, private parties must notify the attorney general of the allegations before bringing a lawsuit. The attorney general then has the option to take over these lawsuits or allow the complaints to proceed independently.

Although Proposition 65 only requires companies to post hazard warnings, many businesses choose to eliminate the toxic chemicals altogether. Last year, the attorney general prompted over 70 retailers and distributors to meet tougher lead standards for jewelry. Many companies subject to today’s lawsuit have indicated they are also committed to taking measures to ensure that lawful standards are met in the future.

Businesses that violate Proposition 65 are subject to civil penalties of up to $2,500 per day for each violation. In addition, courts may order businesses to stop committing the violation. Today’s lawsuit seeks to remedy past violations and prompt manufacturers and retailers to establish processes that prevent toys with lead from being sold in the future.

Proposition 65 requires the Governor to publish a list of chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Lead has been listed since 1987 as a chemical that can cause reproductive harm and birth defects, and has been on the list of chemicals known to cause cancer since 1992.

Lead is a toxic metal that damages the nervous system and other organs. Children are particularly susceptible to the risks of lead exposure. Children can ingest the lead in toys when they place the toys in their mouths, handle the toys and then touch their mouths, or transfer the lead from the toys to other items such as food.

Companies subject to today’s lawsuit include: Mattel, Fisher-Price, Michaels Stores, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, KB Toys, Costco Wholesale, A&A Global Industries, RC2 Corporation, Eveready Battery Company, Kids II, Kmart, Marvel Entertainment, Toy Investments.

For more information about Prop 65 and to view the private party notices please visit: For more information about the national toy recall, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission at:

The state’s lawsuit is attached.

Attachments for this Release

* Complaint [PDF 27 kb / 11 pg]
* Press Release for Printing [PDF 28 kb / 2 pg]


Excerpt from

"Since 2004 the CPSC has recalled over 150 million toys because of the lead danger," Cleary said. "They did one recall because a child in Minneapolis died from ingesting lead from a toy and it can really cause a lot of both neurological and learning disabilities as well as behavioral disorders."

The latest recall affects Alaska; a toy set called elite operations was sold at local Toys "R" Us and contains high levels of lead in the paint that can be toxic if ingested by young children.

"It's really a fundamental thing to keep out of hands of a developing child," Cleary said.

Dr. Adam Grove, a naturopathic physician recommends keeping toys that contain lead away from children.

"These toys are just getting in underneath the radar, we don't really know how many there are," Grove said.

Grove and AKPIRG are in support of a push by the CPSC's to ban even the trace amounts of lead in toys now allowed under CDC guidelines.

Grove specializes in development disorders sometimes associated with toxicity and said even low levels can cause major health issues because lead accumulates over time.

"All scientists agree there is no safe level of lead at all," Grove said. "A loss of IQ, loss of functioning hearing problems kidney issues, anemia - which has its own learning disabilities associated with it. It's those sort of sneaky low levels that accumulate over time."

Grove says "low" levels of lead can lower a child's IQ by 5 points.

Health advocates want to make sure parents, who weren't around decades ago when lead paint poisoning was prevalent, are aware of the new dangers. They recommend parents check the CPSC Web site weekly for the latest recalls to ensure their children's toys aren't toxic.

Grove said the symptoms of lead poisoning include; nausea, weakness and irritability. Exposure to higher levels can cause developmental and behavioral problems.
Tue, November 27, 2007 - 2:41 PM — permalink - 2 comments - add a comment

Thank You! re Fundraisers for Bali's Bumi Sehat Birthing Clinic & Shasta Disabled Sports USA

"Start a huge foolish project, like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you." - Rumi

Props to all who came out for "Bali Night" in response to our efforts to raise monies for both the Bumi Sehat Birthing Clinic in Bali & Aceh, and to help send off our friend and colleague, Donna Bringenberg, who is soon leaving for Bali for six months--she will be volunteering at the clinic.

Among other things, the Bumi Sehat Aceh clinic serves health care needs of people who survived the Dec '04 Asian Tsunami. This 05 report (along with Bumi Sehat's informative website above) gives some insight: though the 'unofficial' death toll, according to insiders, is said to be 500,000, not the lower figure publicly reported.

Bumi Sehat also has recently constructed a youth center, and has a number of other community projects going on.

Regarding tonight's fundraiser, the night was much fun, with a range of ages from four months to elders. The food was great; preparing the Bali foods was a collective event involving much communication and laughter-- extra thanks to all involved with that bit of creativity. In all the evening was informative, with a slide show accompanied by live Bali instrumental music, and videos of the clinic, it's work and projects, and information regarding Aceh.

The evening was heart-felt--and folks walked away with some great items and services via the silent auction (thanks for your bids!)-- and the raffle winner of the metal goddess sculpture was one happy guy.

I don't have final word on the amount raised, I just know that the place was full of amazing people-- it was quite a gathering shining souls. And, I had the honor of holding an incredible baby for likely close to an hour!

On another front, and geographically closer to home, I do have a figure for monies raised via October's Shasta Disabled Sports USA fundraiser-- over $2200 is going toward the purchase of a new bi-ski for the SDS winter program! This was the result of SDS's first costume ball fundraiser, and I know that wheels are already turning for next year's event.

Shasta Disabled Sports, and it's supporters and participants, are all looking forward to another great season of winter sports-- if you want to train to be a ski buddy in N. CA, to help, first hand, folks with disabilities overcome fears and experience moving beyond limitations, or if you know of anyone who would benefit from assisted skiing (SDS serves anyone with disabilities) be sure to check out SDS's schedule online at:

To everyone participating in these events, in person or in spirit, again I say: Thank you.


Photo: Margo Berdeshevsky, from her 'Tsunami Notebook' collection.
Sun, November 18, 2007 - 12:32 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

HBR & Po'Girl Live Online & Smattering of NW Music Events this Weekend

An opportunity to catch Hot buttered Rum live online tonight (Fri Nov 16th), and Po'girl Nov 17th

◊ 16th Po'Girl; Chico, CA: Chico Womens Club w/Carolyn Mark
◊ 16th Hot Buttered Rum; Ashland, OR: The Mobius; Live webcast of show at
◊ 16th Grace Potter and the Nocturnals; Seattle, WA: Moore Theatre
◊ 16th Albino!; Seattle, WA: Nectar Lounge
◊ 16th Five Eyed Hand; Reno, NV: Zephyr Club
◊ 17th Po'Girl; Ashland, OR: The Mobius; Live webcast of show at
◊ 17th Bassnectar; Bellingham, WA: The Nightlight Lounge; w/Rashaan
◊ 17th Hot Buttered Rum; Bend, OR: Domino Room
◊ 17th, Five Eyed Hand; South Lake Tahoe, CA: Divided Sky

Confirmation, times, costs & other info here:
Five Eyed Hand:
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Hot Buttered Rum:

** Image borrowed from The Endless Vine events page:
Fri, November 16, 2007 - 11:23 AM — permalink - 2 comments - add a comment

Dolly Parton- New Release, 08 Tour

Hey, I love Dolly's personality, or perhaps persona... yet if you read people's reflections of her, they are always positive-- my sense is the woman runs on 90% passion about her life.

Dolly has a new album out entitled: Backwoods Barbie (She'll begin touring March 08)

Her single: "You better get to living." Now in her 60's, she remains a fireball.

How does one handle so much attention?

I guess it's this: "I'm so outgoing I felt I needed to be as flamboyant on the outside. So it really started from a sincere place, then I realised it was working, and because I was comfortable with it, I've kept it all these years. I don't have great hair so I love piling on the wigs. I'm short so I wear tall shoes. I have no taste and no style and nobody cares. I love it." Dolly Parton; The Guardian, January 9, 2005

In a more recent interview:
Dolly Parton’s grave breasts; June 07

.Dolly Parton has joked her famous breasts will rise like mountains from her grave when she is dead and buried.
The “I Will Always Love You” singer hopes fans visiting her final resting place will make pilgrimages by mule to the peaks of her mammary mounds.
.Dolly said: “I can just see two big mountains growing up out of my grave, and people going around on mule rides to look at them.
“Throughout my whole career, I’ve been known for two things –I’m talking about my music and my lyrics!”Dolly Parton’s grave breasts
.The 61-year-old country singer and songwriter made the speech at a ceremony honoring her initiation into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Dolly added: “Songwriting is my favorite thing to do. It is my private time with God. That’s when I feel closest to God even when the songs I’m writing are just God-awful.”

From the Movie Transamerica soundtrack Song: "Travellin' Through"

I love the play list from here 05 release Sugar Hill Records release: Those Were The Days (indeed they were-- I remember Donny Osmond's rendition of Twelfth of Never... so.... touching)

1. Those Were The Days
2. Blowin In The Wind
3. Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
4. Twelfth Of Never
5. Where Do The Children Play
6. Me And Bobby McGee
7. Crimson And Clover
8. The Cruel War
9. Turn, Turn, Turn
10. If I Were A Carpenter
11. Both Sides Now
12. Imagine

And did you know that her 2002 album "Halos & Horns" includes a bluegrass cover of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven?
Tue, October 9, 2007 - 1:40 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Vids From PC on Tour

Since they tend to take her vids down when they pop up I'm coding this: P.aula C0le live in NY 2007 tour.

Sound on these is better, sideways image:


P beatboxing to Jolene:
Full version of Jolene:


Tue, October 9, 2007 - 12:43 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals New Vid & Nov NW Dates

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals New Video:
(Sorry, can't locate in regular format.)

NW Nov Tour Dates:

◊ 9th Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore
◊ 14th Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Portland, OR: Roseland Theatre
◊ 15th Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Vancouver, BC: Commodore Ballroom
◊ 16th Grace Potter and the Nocturnals; Seattle, WA: Moore Theatre
◊ 16th Albino!; Seattle, WA: Nectar Lounge

More Grace on YouTube- good start here:
Almost 18 minutes of Nothing But The Water (Parts 1 & 2):
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Pearl Strett Ballroom, Northampton, MA - September 8, 2007

Sat, October 6, 2007 - 1:05 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Oct 2 1869: Mohandas Gandhi Date of Birth

Gandhi is quoted as saying:

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."

"I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu … But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian."
-19 January 1928

"Even as a tree has a single trunk but many branches and leaves, there is one religion — human religion — but any number of faiths."

"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. The materialism of affluent Christian countries appears to contradict the claims of Jesus Christ that says it's not possible to worship both Mammon and God at the same time."

"It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my experiments with my life consists of nothing but those experiments."

"A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."

"However, Gandhi was aware that this level of nonviolence required incredible faith and courage, which he realized not everyone possessed. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it were used as a cover for cowardice:

"Gandhi guarded against attracting to his satyagraha movement those who feared to take up arms or felt themselves incapable of resistance. 'I do believe,' he wrote, 'that where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.'"1

Wed, October 3, 2007 - 1:38 AM — permalink - 1 comments - add a comment
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