Thursday, March 19, 2009

Deep Blues (the movie)

Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage To The Crossroads
A Film By Robert Mugge
This superb documentary vividly illustrates the enduring vitality of country blues, an idiom that most mainstream music fans had presumed dead or, at best, preserved through more scholarly tributes when filmmaker Robert Mugge and veteran blues and rock writer Robert Palmer embarked on their 1990 odyssey into Mississippi delta country. What Arkansas native and former Memphis stalwart Palmer knew, and Mugge captured on film, was that the blues was not only alive but still intimately woven into the daily lives of rural blacks.
Palmer, a former rock musician and Memphis Blues Festival cofounder best known for his bylines in The New York Times and Rolling Stone, had already chronicled the saga of Southern blues in his seminal book that provides the film's title. He's an astute guide, and Mugge underlines this role by pairing him with British rocker Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), whose avid interest in the music makes him an effective foil.
(thru Blues Town)
Cast: :"Big" Jack Johnson Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes Junior Kimbrough Jessie Mae Hemphill R.L. Burnside Booker T. Laury
Lonnie Pitchford Jack Owens Bud Spires Jessie Mae's Fife and Drum Band Wade Walton Dave Stewart Robert Palmer - Narration
Memphis blues / Booker T. Laury
Jumper on the line / R.L. Burnside
Bouncing ball / Jessie Mae's Fife and Drum Band
You can talk about me / Jessie Mae Hemphill
Junior, I love you (All night long) / Junior Kimbrough
Heart broken man ; Ain't goin' to worry about tomorrow / Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes
Catfish blues ; Daddy, when is mama comin' home? / Big Jack Johnson
The devil ; Hard time killin' floor blues / Jack Owens and Bud Spires
Johnny stole an apple ; If I had possession over judgement day ; Come on in my kitchen / Lonnie Pitchford.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Pottery Workshops in Ein Hod סדנאות אביב קדרות עין הוד

Abby Winters “Pottery Girls” found themselves naked and exploring each other while they were in the studio(No, no it was not our Ein Hod "Always Open" pottery and Bookstore)Leave it to the one artistic girl to frustrate the others who weren’t doing so well enough that they feel the need to distract her from her work( more...)

We create hand made pottery: functional stoneware pots thrown on the potter's wheel, decorated with various glazes, fired in a gas kiln to a high temperature.
Our pottery studio has been open to the public since 1982. We welcome visitors seven days a week and sell a variety of pottery: bowls, plates, casseroles, mugs (all of which can be used for cooking and serving food and drink), boxes, vases, and ocarinas(clay whistles and flutes).
We teach weekly pottery classes all year and conduct short workshops for groups and individuals during the week and on Saturdays and holidays(all ages).
We have a book shop where we sell a large selection of used and rare books in all languages.
For more information about our studio and activities and/or help in arranging visits and workshops with other artists please contact us:
Naomi and Zeev 04-9841107.

קורס קדרות- מגיל 13
לימוד טכניקות באובניים בחומר,
צביעה בגלזורות ושריפה בתנור גז.
סדנת שבת,חגים,ימי קיץ,ימי חול.
-עבודה בחומר לכל הגלאים-עבודת יד.
-התנסות באובניים מגיל 13 45 דקות
-סדנת הדגמה-הסבר והדגמה באובניים והתנסות קצרה לכל משתתף
(עד 25 איש, 40 דקות)
-סדנה פעילה-הסבר והדגמה באובניים ועבודה לכל משתתף באובניים אישי. עד 20 משתתפים, שעה וחצי
פרטים- נעמי וזאב ורכובסקי.
טל 9841107 04

Monday, March 16, 2009

I charge five dollars to people who come in ...

Books fill almost every inch of the Antiquarian Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Owner Walter Wakefield inherited his love of books.
"My family has in much part been in selling books since the 16th century in England. We had thousands of books and magazines and a lot of them were up in the attic and it was always a fun treasure house to go and dig into when I was a kid."
He began selling books when he was eleven and founded this store 36 years ago.
There are more than 250-thousand books in here from best sellers to older books worth thousands. He doesn't use a computer to keep track of them either.
Walter has been robbed 13 times over the years - so he does something unusual.
"I charge five dollars to people who come in and say i don't have anything else to do, i just want to get warm, I want to see what's in here. People who don't read."
The entrance fee is applied to purchases of 25 dollars or more. Repeat customers, friends and sellers aren't charged. Walter admits not everyone likes the fee, but crime, damage and mess have dropped since he started it in 1994.(read more...)

The Potter's Dance ריקוד הקדרים

Nedyalko and Katya Tilevi of Igranka dance group, demonstrating Grancharsko Horo - грънчарсkо хоро (potter's horo) before teaching the dance.

Nedyalko Tilev playing the Tapan drum and Katya Tileva, leading the dance Grancharsko Horo - грънчарсkо хоро (potter's horo).
North Bulgaria - Severnjasko

Grancarsko Horo is the potter's dance. The movements of the dance reflectthe foot actions required to spin a potters wheel. This version was learned by Yves Moreau in 1969 from Nasko Barmasev, leader of a folk group in Lovec, a town in North Bulgaria.
Pronounced: GRUN-char-sko hoh-roh
Rhythm: 9/16 counted: Quick, Slow, Quick, Quick
1 2 3 4
2/16 3/16 2/16 2/16
Recording: XOPO LP-4 or any "Grancarsko" of a suitable tempo.
Formation: Short mixed lines of men and women, hands joined down.
The entire dance is danced facing "center."
Style: Very light, the body is erect at all times. Arms swing
forward and back rhythmically throughout the dance.
Meas Ct BASIC STEP (L) - The potter's movement
1 1 Facing center and dancing in place, Hop on L, raising R knee
2 Step R next to L, raising L knee
3-4 Hop on R, pumping L foot Down then Up slightly in front of R
(This motion imitates pushing the potter's wheel)
2 Repeat this step with opposite footwork for the Basic Step (R)
1-4 Four Basic steps L, R, L, R
1 1 Moving lightly and swiftly forward, Hop on L
2 Low reaching Step forward with R
3 Close L next to R
4 Low reaching Step forward with R
2 1 Close L next to R
2 Low reaching Step forward with R
3-4 Hop on R, pumping L foot Down then Up slightly in front of R
3-4 Two Basic steps, R, L
5-8 REPEAT measures 1-4 with opposite footwork and direction
1 1 Moving slightly R, Hop on L
2 Small Step on R to R
3 Step lightly in L in front of R
4 Step on R to R
2 1 Step lightly in L behind R
2 Step on R to R
3-4 Hop on R, pumping L foot Down then Up slightly in front of R
3-4 Two Basic steps, R, L
5-8 REPEAT measures 1-4 with opposite footwork and direction
1 1 Moving R, Hop on L
2 Low reaching Step sideward with R
3 Close L next to R almost displacing R
4 Low reaching Step forward with R
2 1 Close L next to R almost displacing R
2 Low reaching Step forward with R
3-4 Hop on R, pumping L foot Down then Up slightly in front of R
3-4 Two Basic steps, R, L
5-8 REPEAT measures 1-4 with opposite footwork and direction
Each of the steps is done twice (16 measures). After the introduction,alternate the Crossing step then the Galloping step with the Forward and Back st(starting with the Forward and Back). In Yves' original description, he adds 4 basic steps before each of the moving steps.
Dance notes by Tom Deering (after Yves Moreau)(more...)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ein Hod Purim Party 2009

Photos by Meir Ben Sira
פורים בכפר עין הוד

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Iranian Purim Sex (Ein Hod Party?)

Playing the role of royal pimps, Ahasuerus' ministers assemble all the beautiful young virgins in the empire, placing them under the care of the emperor's top eunuch. This passage includes a fabulous line, one that reminds us just how little has changed in 2,500 years. The ministers instruct the eunuch to treat the girls right. "Let them be provided with their cosmetics." When the virgins arrive at the harem, they don't go immediately to Ahasuerus' bed. Rather, they prepare for an entire year! "Six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and women's cosmetics."
It's the first Miss Universe pageant, complete with a tiara as the prize! (Plus one sleazy Persian monarch.) And your new Miss Universe, 483 B.C., is … Miss Shushan, Esther Cohen!

אין קשר למסיבות פורים בכפר עין הוד

Russian Bolshevik Maidens Buttocks and More

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A Gardner Porcelain 'Naughty' Figurine
of a Reclining Maiden on a Bed. c.1920

On offer here is this very rare Russian porcelain erotic novelty figurine of a maiden laying on a mattress and covered by a blanket. The blanket is made as a removable separate section, which when partially or wholly removed, reveals the maidens buttocks, and more.
Made in the Gardner works (renamed Dmitrosvkaya fabrika) c.1920 using the original molds and stamped to the base with an early Soviet iron red mark for the period

In 1766, the English entrepreneur Francis Gardner, with the permission of Catherine the Great, established the first private porcelain factory in the Russian empire, in the town of Verbilky. The factory operated under the Gardner name until 1892, when it was acquired by M. S. Kusnetsov, who continued the production as Kusnetsov Brothers until 1917.

Purim, Esther Tomb and Ein Hod Toga Party

The Tombs Of The Jewish Queen Of The Persian Empire Esther And Her "cousin" Mordechay is located In The Iranian City Of Hamadan, which were familiar as Shushan Habira in the story.
The Music Is Iraqi Jews Song About Purim
We have a big Party in Ein Hod on Thursday
פורים בכפר עין הוד ביום חמישי

אזכיר חסדי אל אברהם חיון
אַזְכִּיר חַסְדֵּי אֵל נֶאֱמָןאֲשֶׁר רִחַם כְּאָב רַחֲמָן
עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל עַם לֹא אַלְמָן
אָרוּר הָמָן הָאַכְזָרִיבָּרוּךְ מָרְדְּכַי הָעִבְרִי
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בְּשֵׁם אֵל אוֹמֵר וְעוֹשֶׂה אַגִּיד אֵיךְ הָיָה מַעֲשֶׂה
בִּימֵי מֶלֶךְ עַז וְקָשֶׁה אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ הָיָה עָרִי
רָחַשׁ לִבּוֹ לִדְבַר זִמָּה לְהָבִיא וַשְׁתִּי עֲרֻמָּה
וַתְּמָאֵן לֵאמֹר: לָמָּה אַרְאֶה יָפְיִי לְעַם נָכְרִי
הַחֲכָמִים גָּזְרוּ מִיתָה עַל וַשְׁתִּי וְעַל מַמְלַכְתָּה
בַּעֲצַת בֶּן הַמְּדָתָאוּבְסִבָּתָהּ זָרַח אוֹרִי
מִכָּל הַנָּשִׁים נִבְחָרָה הִיא אֶסְתֵּר כַּחַמָּה בָרָה
בְּכֶתֶר מַלְכוּת נֶעֱטָרָה בִּשְׁנַת שֶׁבַע בָּעֲשִׂירִי
חָשַׁב הָאֵל לָשֵׂאת אֶת רֹאשׁהָמָן לִפְנֵי אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ
לְהַשְׁקוֹת לַעֲנָה וָרֹאשׁ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל עַם בְּחִירִי
יָעַץ הָמָן אֶת הַמֶּלֶךְשְׁלַח רָצִים בְּכָל פֶּלֶךְ
לְהַשְׁמִיד עַם דַּל וָהֵלֶךְ עַם מָרְדְּכַי כִּי הוּא עִבְרִי
יָדַע מָרְדְּכַי עֲצָתוֹ וְיִקְרַע בִּגְדֵי כְסוּתוֹ
וַיִתֵּן רֹאשׁ בְּבָרוּתוֹ שַׂק אֵפֶר מְקוֹם נִזְרִי
וּלְאֶסְתֵּר שָׁלַח בְּעָצְמָה לָבוֹא לַמֶּלֶךְ בְּחָכְמָה
לְהָשִׁיב סִפְרֵי הַחֵמָה עֲצַת הָמָן אִישׁ כְּפִירִי
נָאֲמָה אֶסְתֵּר לַחֲכָמִים וְהִתְעַנּוּ בְּרַחֲמִים
שְׁלֹשָׁה לֵילוֹת עִם יָמִים אוּלַי יִרְאֶה אֵל בְּשִׁבְרִי
בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי לָבְשָׁה אֶסְתֵּר מַלְכוּת וְנִכְנְסָה
אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ בְּמַר נַפְשָׁהּ כִּי רָאֲתָה גָדַל שִׁבְרִי
רָחֲשָׁה אֵיךְ הֻתַּר דָּמִי לִשְׁפֹּךְ וְלִמְחוֹת אֶת שְׁמִי
כִּי נִמְכַּרְנוּ אֲנִי וְעַמִּי עַל יַד אִישׁ הַצּוֹרְרִי
שָׁפַךְ הַמֶּלֶךְ חֲמָתוֹ עַל הָמָן בִּצַּע אִמְרָתוֹ
עַל עֵץ גָּבוֹהַּ לִתְלוֹתוֹאֲזַי חָפוּ פְּנֵי צָרִי
לַיְּהוּדִים הָיְתָה אוֹרָה כִּי נֶהְפְּכָה הַגְּזֵרָה
וּבְנֵי הָמָן הָעֲשָׂרָה עַל עֵץ תָּלוּ צֹאן עֲדָרִי
מָרְדְּכַי עָלָה לִגְדֻלָּהעֲטֶרֶת זָהָב גְּדוֹלָה
וְהָעִיר שׁוּשָׁן צָהֲלָה כִּי שִׂמְּחָם הָאֵל יוֹצְרִי
הַיָּמִים אֵלֶּה נִזְכָּרִיםלְדוֹר וָדוֹר הֵם שְׁמוּרִים
יְמֵי מִשְׁתֶּה יְמֵי פוּרִים עַל שֵׁם הַפּוּר וְזֶה זִכְרִי
וְנָאַמְתִּי שִׁלְחוּ מָנוֹת זֶה לָזֶה וְגַם מַתָּנוֹת
לָאֶבְיוֹנִים תְּנוּ מָעוֹת וְלֹא יֹאכַל כָּל אִישׁ נָכְרִי
עַל זֹאת תָּמִיד אָשִׁיר שִׁירָהלָאֵל וְאֶשְׁפֹּךְ עֲתִירָה
לְאֵל עֶלְיוֹן בְּעֵת צָרָהכָּל יָמַי יִהְיֶה בְּעֶזְרִי

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bouquinistes and Bibliomaniacs in Paris

Martin Stone hopped, pre-dawn, through the street market, scavenging books. Winklepickers, tourniquet trousers, mildewed beret, bulging swagbag: Blind Pew impersonated by Max Wall. Cigarette grafted to trembling, prehensile fingers, he was an anthology of retro fashion. And in his wake there shimmered a vortex of gossip and, amazingly, goodwill. The stallholders, having been swiftly dispossessed of their choicest treasures, reminisced so wistfully about him that he was granted a prematurely post- humous status.
There are probably tens of thousands of bookscouts in this world and maybe even a few thousand full time. Martin is simply the most famous of them and probably the best. A legend in his own lunchtime.
How does Martin do it? It helps that he is very sharp, well read and seriously driven. His main talent is his incredible memory--Martin can remember a small chip on the back of a dust jacket of a book he owned for an hour in 1975. Martin has the ability to recall books once seen, find them again by sight without having to read every damn title in a shop full of books. He knows which publishers to pull, which sections of shops are likely to yield treasures and, crucially, when not to bother.(from bookride)