The 24th Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival is a weekend of solidarity honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an era of war, racism, and hard times. The festival is Jan 15-17, at the IAM Local 1781, 1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA. Performers include: Carol Denney, Liliana Herrera, Lichi Fuentes, Blackberri, Seattle Labor Chorus, Solidarity Notes (Vancouver), Dave Lippman, and the Festival Chorus.
Workshops include: Labor Choruses featuring the Seattle Labor Chorus and the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir (from Vancouver); Blues Jam; Creative Ways to Tell Workers' Stories; Using Culture in Organizing; Outspoken Wordsmith & Human Beat Boxing; Health Care Reform Songs; History of Cooperatives; Lessons From Black Labor History with the Freedom School; Venezuelan Grassroots Movements.
Films include: From Roses to Rivets by Michael Fraser—a film about women's contribution to the labor movement, particularly in California, and Hammer in Hand, the Story of Women in Construction, by Maria Brooks.
Volunteers are needed to help with transportation, housing, and food in exchange for registration fees. Contact coordinator Kendyll Stansbury. INFO: Kendyll Stansbury, 650-724-9262, www.docspopuli.org/WesternWorkers.html
The Harmony registration postmark deadline was December 8, and Camp New Harmony will not be able to accommodate any drop in campers this year.
If you mailed your registration and have not received your confirmation letter by December 20th, please contact the Registrar Katie Riemer at 510-548-4727 (before 9:00 pm). Camp New Harmony information, late-breaking news and a workshop list is available at the SFFMC website: www.sffmc.org. We look forward to ringing in a harmonious New Year at Camp.
This year's gift from SFFMC to the city of San Francisco, the Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, will be June 12 - 13, noon - 10:00 pm. As always, this all-volunteer festival could use your time and talents. Please email with your information and interests to help put on our fantastic event. More INFO including information about performing or leading workshops is available at the festival website: www.sffolkfest.org/2010/.
The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, February 28, at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg, 1121 Ashmount Ave, Oakland, 510-451-1122. The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.
Evo announces his upcoming classes, performances and events.
Autoharp Class (all levels) at the new Freight and Salvage Music School in Berkeley, CA. Sat, Dec. 19, Workshop, 2 - 4 pm, $30, 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org/workshops.htm
Bluegrass on Broadway concert at Little India Restaurant, 917 Main St., Redwood City, Fri. March 12. Call for reservations - it will sell out: 650-361-8737.
Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Saturday. March 13, Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol
California Autoharp Gathering, Fri.-Sun. May 21 - 23. Workshops, concerts, Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA, calautoharp.com/.
Bluegrass Association Music Camp, (precedes Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival) June 13 - 16, www.cbamusiccamp.org. Evo will be teaching either oldtime fiddle or banjo.
Golden Toad Music Camp, June 23 - 28, 2010. CYO Retreat Center, Occidental, CA 95465, www.goldentoadcamp.com/
More INFO on Evo's schedules is available at: evobluestein.com, 559-297-8966.
Save the dates! The 2010 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention will be held Sept. 8 - 12, 2010. Many thanks to all who participated in this year's BOTMC. Links to photos from this year are at www.BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org, and that's the place to check for updates on the 2010 festival.
Also, plans are in the works for a Spring mini-BOTMC— dates are not yet confirmed so check the website.
The Sonoma County Folk Society (or SoCoFoSo to its friends) has launched its beautiful new website: a great resource for folk and traditional music happenings in the North Bay. Check it out for its calendar of classes, concerts, dances and events, as well as a list of area venues that host traditional music. Among other things, they also list local bands, post a lovely photo gallery and a collection of music and videos you can view and listen to online. Visit them at www.socofoso.com.
Tim Holt will be presenting Woody Guthrie And The Great American Folksong, a talk and performance that includes a history of the American folksong and a people's history of this country, at the following locations in February. It is a good idea to verify performance times with the library a few days before performance date.
All of the images in this issue of the folknik were created by artist-activist Rini Templeton. For twenty years, Rini drew struggles of grassroots people in the United States, Mexico and Central America. She made thousands of drawings, didn't sign them and gave them away freely, so her name remains unknown while her work is widely known, used and loved. She herself called this work her "Xerox art."
Rini died in 1986, but a website was established to continue the tradition of making her work easily available to activists serving causes that she would have supported. Browse (and download) her incredible images at www.riniart.org/.