Archive for July, 2008

Skyeview: Anna Maria Flechero Debut Performance at Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA

Posted in Culture, For Fun on July 24, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Wow! What a nice set at Yoshi’s on 7/21. Half the fun was just sitting in the audience with so many fans that obviously admire, love and respect Anna Maria Flechero and appreciate her sassy jazz vocal styling. She performed to a full house, and I do mean full, not a single available seat at the 8 pm show on a Monday evening no less! Yoshi’s is the PREMIER jazz house in Northern California. It’s always nice to witness the raising star of a local artist who is finally is getting her due.

Flechero’s Yoshi’s debut is in support of her CD release “Within The Fourteenth Hour”. My picks on the disc are “My Funny Valentine” and “Summer Time”. My pick from the live performance is her original tune “I Betcha Never Thought” a tribute to her mother. Jazz heads would do well to purchase this CD particularly if you like savory sweet morsels of straight ahead soulful jazz.

Within The Fourteenth Hour

Within The Fourteenth Hour

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Anna Maria Flechero

Posted in Culture, For Fun on July 19, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler







Anna Maria Flechero
With Special Guest Cedar Walton
*       Jul 21, 2008
*       Both shows $16
*       CD Release
Singer/songwriter Anna Maria Flechero is known locally for her interpretation of jazz standards.  Born and raised in San Francisco, Ms. Flechero is a force to be reckoned with as she strikes an extraordinary balance between the roots of her Latin-jazz and R&B upbringing listening to the likes of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and the lush vocals of Shirley Horn’s “A Time For Love.”  Add to that formula, selected songs recorded with the legendary and gifted Cedar Walton, a favorite at Yoshi’s, and a host of talented local musicians and you have Within The Fourteenth Hour.
Cedar Walton will make a special guest appearance performing selected songs from the CD with Ms. Flechero, a performance not to be missed.  Also accompanying Ms. Flechero will be Jeffrey Chin, piano; David Ewell, bass; Marc Lee, drums; Tim Landis, guitar; and Melecio Magdaluyo, saxophone and percussion.
Yoshi’s at Jack London Square is located at 510 Embarcadero West between Washington and Clay Streets around the corner from the Jack London Square Cinema Complex on Washington. Yoshi’s is on the ground floor on the front side of the seven-story parking structure.
12 Street BART, then either walk or take AC Transit #72 to Jack London Square.

And The Women Gathered…

Posted in Culture, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on July 15, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

National Black Lesbian Conference          July 10-13, 2008

Big up and maximum respect due to the NBLC planning committee and to all of the conference participants! By all accounts and as I observed with my own eyes the NBLC was a huge success.

For many, the spa/resort environment helped to underscore the conference theme “Time To Be Renewed”. The women gathered, debated, listened, contemplated and socialized amongst kin.

Highlights of the conference for me were meeting the light-filled women who participated in my workshop, the many couples I met who have been in long term committed relationships, the elder sisters, and the numerous sisters who greeted me with fond memories of reading Skyeview way back in the day on Sistah-net. Indeed, one sistah nearly blew me away when she informed me that my travelogues helped to inspire her dissertation on Black women and travel! Wow!


How To Muster Personal Courage When The Going Gets Good!

The only disappointment I experienced at the conference was having to endure the Christian centric prayers and shouts outs to Jesus during the banquet dinner and gospel brunch. Displays of religiosity in this type of gathering typically strikes me as being presumptuous of African diaspora spiritual practice and potentially culturally insensitive towards non-Christians. A similar incident occurred at DC Black Pride at the Sunday worship service. And, I recall feeling just as disquieted and cowardly.

My disappointment stems more from my own silence at the banquet and brunch more then anything else. I wondered how the dynamic would have changed had there been for example hijab attired sisters in the ballroom. Proclamations of Jesus this and Lord that preceded the introduction of one keynote speaker who alluded to being agnostic. It has to be noted that the designated Mistress of Ceremony Karen Williams has been a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism for more than 35 years. So I imagine statistically there were other non-Christians in the room too.

A safe bet when offering a worship component for an event is to
either make it inclusive of different faiths or preferably

’cause if you believe that your god
is better than another man
how we gonna end
all your suffering?
’cause if you believe that your god
is better than another woman
how we gonna end
all your suffering and strife?
(Fellowship lyrics by Meshell N’degeocello)

See Part of the Program (pdf, 9M) | NBLC Photo Album




Conjuring Wellness and Renewal Through International Travel

Thank you ever so much for your presence, wonderful imagination, vulnerability and trust. You all inspire me to develop this work further.

Walk strong sistren.

Workshop Photo Album

Conjuring Wellness & Renewal — NBLC Workshop Material

Posted in Culture, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on July 8, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Conjuring Wellness & Renewal
A Transnational Feminist Approach To Global Travel
Presenter: Skye Ward

National Black Lesbian Conference
July 12 2008
Las Vegas, NV
Workshop Preview

Photo: Diego Samper/Earth Series
Photo: Diego Samper/Earth Series

Dyke March – San Fran, CA

Posted in Culture on July 5, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Dyke March
San Francisco, CA
June 27, 2008

The march keeps getting larger every year. Amazingly, the event is still well organized and committed to consciousness raising old school style.







A highlight of the march was the Sistah Boom reunion.





Photo Album

Bonus Link: Dyke March Photos (Black Light Online)