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Mr. Don Cunningham – Mr. Clarinet

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I took this photo while at Fillmore Jazz Festival 2006. The juxtaposition of the musician sitting at the entrance of this institution and the woman standing inside has always made me smile. When I had my first photography exhibit in 2007, my friend, Renee, recognized the musician as Mr. Don Cunningham. She told me that he played in the MUNI station in San Francisco and she took a copy of this photo to him and he gave her a copy of his album to give to me. I was greatly honored. I met Mr. Cunningham in 2009 playing on a Sunday at the SF Ferry Building. We talked for awhile and snapped photos of him as we talked as the one shown below. Really nice guy and I have not seen him in a couple of years.

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Mechanics’ Institute – San Francisco

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Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

We saw this amazing staircase several years ago on a San Francisco Architectural Walking Tour of public spaces in the Financial District. We visited some incredible hidden gems that are open to the public. You can learn more about the Mechanics’ Institute, here.

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Seattle Public Market Center

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I visited Seattle for my first time in 2012 for weekend in July. My first night there, I saw Ramsey Lewis in concert at The Jazz Alley. Afterwards, I drove to the Public Market Center to get a feel for it before visiting the next day. I was later told that I should not have been roaming around down there late at night. Here are a few photos from my late night adventure and here’s to the quiet of the night.

This post is dedicated to Vincenzo!

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Oakland Pride 2014

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Oakland Pride 2014 was a very fun event this year. I spent all day capturing the event. I have sorted through over 1100 photos and these two photos are my favorites for this year’s event. It is the creativity of their costumes and makeup that draws me to them. You can see more of my Oakland Pride 2014 photos on Flickr.

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I am an artivist!!!!

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Artivist = Activist + Artist

I will be on a panel of amazing photographers this Sunday at 3PM presenting a retrospective of Bay Area Pride photos from 1960 to present. My slideshow will be featuring photos from the Oakland Pride 2010 Celebration.

EVENT: Artist Chat: I AM AN ARTIVIST: BAY AREA LGBTQ PHOTOS 1960’s-present
Location: Venue – 420 14th Avenue – Oakland CA
Date: Sunday August 24
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

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