From the Los Angeles Times:
“the idea of a South Central jazz ingénue makes for a hell of a story, and his band is surely amongst the most purely gifted artists in our city. The Epic is a cause for celebration whichever way you look at it, and as its creator, Washington deserves all the acclaim coming his way.”
It was thirty years ago, May 1985, when Bishop Tutu spoke so eloquently at the Greek Theater, I was there. When students took over Sproul Plaza, leading to UC Berkeley’s divestment of $1.7 billion from South Africa, I was there. When Nelson Mandela came to the Oakland Coliseum in 1990 to thank us after decades in South African jails, I was there. Divestment movements and boycotts can and do work.
Posted in Activism, Africa, California, civil rights, Essays, History, Politics, San Francisco
Tagged apartheid, divestment, fossil fuels, nelson mandela, oil, sustainability
As a result of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake the city lost two iconic freeways– the Embarcadero freeway, aka California route 480, ran along the eastern edge of the city from Broadway to the Bay Bridge; the Central Freeway still exists but has changed significantly since the earthquake, with the northern extension that ran beyond Fell street up to Turk demolished shortly after the quake. Further extensive modifications since have produced a very different structure and route. Here is what they used to look like (note that the folks on the Embarcadero trip have KALX on the radio):
Drive Around SF in 1955 (nothing about the Embarcadero or Central, just fun to watch):
Lucky enough to have seen Ornette and Prime Time a couple of times in San Francisco in the 1980s, including one of the shows from the poster below..
Ornette Celebrates 85th birthday with Cecil Taylor
Still Going Strong!