Archive for July, 2007

Signifying Sensuality in the Signs

Posted in For Fun on July 31, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

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Sun: Sagittarius

skye_leo.jpg Ascendent: Leo

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Moon: Pisces

Reading: Consummate switch with an insatiable desire for femme tops.

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What’s Your Sign?

Posted in For Fun on July 28, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

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aries.gifARIES
Outgoing. Spontanious. No one to fuck with.
Have own unique sexiness. Unpredictable. Erotic.
Funny. Addictive. Take you on trips to the moon in bed.

taurus.gifTAURUS
Aggressive. freak in bed. rare to find.
Loves being in long relationships.
Likes to give a good fight for what they want.
Extremly outgoing. Outstanding kisser.

gemini.gifGEMINI
Nice. Love is one of a kind. Great listeners
Very Good in bed. Lover not a Fighter But Can
Still Punch Your Lights Out .Trustworthy

cancer.gifCANCER
Very sexy. Talkative.
Energetic. Sarcastic.

leo.gifLEO
Dominant in relationships.
Horny. Freak in bed.
Always want the last word.
Quiet. Caring. Smart.

virgo.gifVIRGO
Great talker. Sexy. Always Horny.
Laid back. Knows how to have fun.
Is really good at fucking. Great kisser.

libra.gifLIBRA
Very gentle. Nice.
Love is one of a kind.
Have own unique sexiness.
GREAT in Bed.

scorpio.gifSCORPIO
Predict future. Most erotic.
Great Kisser. Very high sex appeal.
Great in bed. Most horny.

sag.gifSAGITARIUS
Spontanious. Horny. Sexy. High sex appeal.
good in bed. Rare to find. Good when found.
Outstanding kisser.Loves being in long relationships.

capricorn.gifCAPRICORN
Sassy. Intelligent. Sexy. Predict future.
Irrestible, awesome kisser. Great talker.
Always gets what he or she wants.

j0299327.gifAQUARIUS
Trustworthy. Sexy. Rare to find. Loves being
in long relationships. Extremly energetic.
Amazing in bed, the BEST lovers.

j0299341.gifPISCES
Caring. Smart. Center of attention. Too Sexy, DAMN IT.
Very high sex appeal. Has the last word.

California WorldFest

Posted in Travelogues on July 18, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

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The California WorldFest is a 3-day outdoor musical festival held on the Nevada County Fairgrounds nestled amongst the tall pine trees in the Sierra Foothills, specifically Grass Valley, CA. Festival goers have the option of setting up camp on the adjacent campgrounds, lodging at nearby motels, or doing as I did, purchase a day pass and making it a day trip from the Bay Area. I was able to pick up the live radio broadcast as far away as East Sacramento (approximately 60 miles from Grass Valley). So coming and going the broadcast made for a nice drive.

I arrived at the festival just in time to rest for a half hour or so before participating in the African drum workshop led by Baba Ken Okulolo. His introductory remarks to the predominately white workshop participants were gracious but very direct. He let everyone know the workshop was not going to be some type of neo-hippy hoedown, free-for-all. I was so RELIEVED when he said something to the affect of, “We Africans stay rooted in the polyrhythm, we do not ‘float’ around in the air when we play. You will be expected to stay grounded in the rhythm, do not look for a typical downbeat, because you will not find it. You are expected to hold down your part no matter what.”

fest_16.JPGHis remarks not only helped to ground me in the drumming but also served as a reminder to stay grounded in myself as I walk in the world. Grounding, centering and surrendering were my motivations for trekking up to Worldfest in the first place.

If you’ve gone to live African music performances in the Bay Area most likely you have experienced Baba Ken in one of his bands: The Nigerian Brothers, West African Highlife Band, or Kotoja. Bay Area residents and visitors alike who love Western African music would do well to stay informed on the many performances and workshops he organizes.

In addition to the workshops, artisan and food vendor booths, children’s parade and overall positive vibration, the event offered 8-stages of music ranging from folk, afro-pop, blues, Latin, Americana. It also featured all manner of hybrid music including Punjabi, devotional music with an Australian twist and Russian folk ‘n roll with a surprisingly funky horn section. The Russian group Limpopo’s horn player had a custom trombone outfitted with trumpet style valves! The vocal styling of Los Angeles native Perla Batalla made me nostalgic for 1970’s L.A. and the vibrant music scene of my youth when bands like Kitaro, War, Tower of Power, and Santana played music that defied categorizing.

Listed on the next page are links and brief descriptions of festival performers that left an impression on me. If you want to venture out and explore music outside your comfort zone perhaps you will find something here to perk up your ears.

Enjoy!

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Barbara Dane – 80th Birthday Celebration

Posted in Culture, Events on July 11, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

Barbara Dane-legendary jazz, blues and folk artist’s 80th birthday celebration. Barbara always maintained her commitment to work in the movements for peace and justice. She took her songs to gatherings of people everywhere from the Mississippi Freedom Schools to the GI movement
against the Vietnam War, to the first Women’s Music festival, a clandestine tour in Spain still under Franco, and to Cuba as the first U.S. singer to tour there after the revolution.

Sunday, July 22nd at 8pm @ Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison St in Berkeley. For info call 510.548.1761 or visit freightandsalvage.org

2nd Annual Girl Fest

Posted in Culture, Events on July 11, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

2nd Annual Girl Fest Bay Area. There will be many workshops, films, dance, music and parties. Girl Fest will expose young women to positive role models, encouragement, and more choices on how to avoid violent relationships, plus information on resources available to them for counseling, support, shelter and legal advocacy. From Thursday July 19th-Sunday July 22nd.

For info visit girlfestbayarea.org

BUTTA-T DANCE IN THE EAST BAY

Posted in Culture, Events on July 11, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

JULY 15, 2007
BUTTA-T DANCE IN THE EAST BAY
(Special 4 yr Anniversary Celebration!)

The Oasis
135 12th St. in Oakland
$8 General Admission
21 & over 2pm-8:30pm
http://www.butterflyproductions.org/

Enter to the sound of soul & grab yourself a drink (or two). Move your way through the crowd of beautiful faces. Let the vibe pull you to the back patio and give in to the thump of the BAY. Welcome to Butta! The only afternoon party for women in the East Bay!

The Best In Hip Hop, R&B, Dancehall, Neo-Soul & Bay Area Hits!

Resident DJs:
DJs CALALO & OLGA T.

Eleggua

Posted in Culture on July 8, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

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Direct from Venezuela
Eleggua
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Thursday July 19, 2007
$12 adv. $14 dr. – 8pm
For advance tickets

www.lapena.org
510-849-2568 x 20 (Wed-Sat 1-6pm) for tix

ELEGGUA is a 10-woman percussion and vocal group that are direct descendants of African slaves that cultivated cocoa and coffee in the Barlovento region on the central coast of Venezuela. These talented women are dedicated to researching and preserving the purest African roots in their music. The ELEGGUA Group fuses their traditional African polyrhythmic percussion with all-Spanish vocals.

The performers include: Belen Maria Palacios, a 72-year-old mother and grandmother, plays the quitipilas, a musical instrument that she preserves in her town. She was declared Cultural Alive Patrimony by Miranda State in May 2004.

Nelsy Rivero teaches reading and writing in “Misión Robinson” and has performed with the group since 1995, as a dancer and singer. She serves as the coordinator and administrator of the group and plays the maracas, the chequere, among other instruments of percussion.

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