Wittner

15 Feb 19
The Center for Young Musicians
15 Feb 19
The Center for Young Musicians
14 Feb 19
Seth Ward--University of Wyoming--Courses

Citing Your Sources [This is handout is based on one prepared by a former colleague, Dr. Newell prepared. I have changed very little, so the examples she gave have content appropriate to her classes rather than mine. Moreover, my classes may not require Chicago Manual of Style footnotes for every paper, as per instructions given […]

14 Feb 19
Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY, and discusses the brown bag talk he gave at Utica College earlier this week.  Yesterday afternoon, I gave a talk entitled, “Drug War Critique: What Critics Get Wrong About Marijuana Legalization.” The talk […]

14 Feb 19
The Sierra County Prospect

Event extended (time). A real Flood Watch from 2/13/2019 3:29 PM to 2/14/2019 8:00 PM PST for Sierra County. More information. Golden Ray Senior’s Valentine Luncheon is cancelled tomorrow Thursday, Feb 14th in Downieville due to weather aka rain, wind and snow. Be safe. UPDATE Cabin Fever Spaghetti Feed has been postponed until February 23rd […]

30 Apr 14
Alexandra Stock

Public arts festival in Bahrain, featuring new commissions by 27 international and local artists

09 Feb 19
This Just In... From Franklin, WI

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In… HEROES OF THE WEEK Matthew Rittner Marty Walsh Clay Warner Positive Tomorrows VILLAINS OF THE WEEK Jordan Fricke Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring Joy Behar CulturalDC Chris Cuomo QUOTES OF THE […]

09 Feb 19
The Organised Hustler

Choosing what to wear to work can really make or break your morning. Personally, I try my best to always pick an outfit out the night before so there is one less thing to worry about when the alarm goes off at 6am. Someone people absolutely despise looking for clothes and I am not one […]

07 Feb 19
The Sierra County Prospect

Don’t Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They’re Pushed to Do So – by Lawrence Wittner At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race.  On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) […]

27 Jan 19
Civil Defence League of Canada

by Lawrence Wittner Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world―the specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger […]

26 Jan 19
bobsaw

The Westerner, Scene 3Coffee and a doughnut. “They’re tasty,” recommends the ancient waitress crone named Jenny.Sitting at the counter balanced on a wobbly stool facing a row of stainless steel coffee pots with flip-top lids: poised and ready for action. Further down the counter is another man on a coffee and doughnut break who didn’t […]

25 Jan 19
The Sierra County Prospect

As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety – by Lawrence Wittner Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world―the specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that […]

25 Jan 19
SCNG
There’s a wall of nothing but drumsticks, fat ones, skinny ones, hundreds upon hundreds. There’s an English company that bills itself as the world’s top purveyor of rosin for your violin bows since Victoria was queen. There are so many old long-haired dudes in black T-shirts that if I had a nickel for every one I saw on Thursday, well, I could probably afford the arctic white David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone guitar that Supro is touting at the National Association of Music Merchants Show at the Anaheim Convention Center through Sunday, Jan. 27. We wandered NAMM 2019 on Thursday looking for moments that stood out, settling on these five in the end. 1. Classic rock shots Karen Green and her daughter Danielle smiled as rock photographer Neal Preston signed their posters of pics he’s taken in a career that includes touring with Led Zeppelin in the ’70s, Queen in the ’80s and official photographer status for Live Aid. “This is just such a familiar pose,” said Karen Green of River City Rock Star Academy in Salem, Oregon, who’d waited in line with her daughter Danielle to get Preston’s signature on a shot of Queen singer Freddie Mercury arched backwards on stage at Wembley Stadium in England in 1986. “And especially now with the movie out.” A display of large-format photographs from Preston’s career hung nearby, images the likes of which it’s hard to imagine modern-day artists allowing access for photographers to shoot. That’s part of the appeal, Green said. “These photographs really represent these performers in a different light,” she said. “Obviously on stage I show we know them, but these shots backstage show them as people.” #gallery-1573712-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1573712-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1573712-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1573712-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ The girls of Emergency Tiara – Andrea Diaz, left, Juri Jinnai, center, and Cydney McQuillan-Grace – share a laugh after performing on the main stage during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. The group won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and was invited to perform during the NAMM Show. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Josephine Asuncion, 12, tries out a D’Angelico electric guitar during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. Asuncion plays guitar in a band named The Flying Chimpanzees. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Satoru Ohashi tries out a Conn-Selmer trumpet during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) A variety of Mahalo Ukuleles during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Chester Chen describes a new Mooer amplifier as Yuya Ebisawa plays guitar during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Ed Santiago checks out Eko Guitars during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Guitars are lined up at the Gibson booth during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Charlie Chavez checks out new Rickenbacker guitars during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Musician Stephen Hendry tries out a Gibson guitar during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Rick Nielsen, guitarist for Cheap Trick, poses for a picture with Takako Shigematsu at the Gibson booth during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Brian Swerdfeger, vice president of guitar research and development for Fender, shows off the company’s new American Acoustasonic Telecaster during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. The instrument is a combination acoustic and electric guitar. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Pat Quilter, center, chats with Tom Petty tribute musician Sean Amato and his girlfriend/manager Bonnie Silver during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. Quilter Labs makes amps and effect pedals. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Laurent Bernadac, left, and Pauline Henric play electric violins made by 3Dvarius during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Rock and roll photographer Neal Preston chats with fans as he signs copies of his book, “Exhilarated and Exhausted” during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Horst Wittner, president of Wittner GmbH & Co., with his company’s metronomes during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. Wittner’s grandfather started the company in Germany in 1895. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Wittner metronomes during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. Horst Wittner’s grandfather started the company in Germany in 1895. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) The Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome vibrates on as the musician plays during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) The Soundbrenner metronome combines a wearable, vibrating metronome with a smart watch, decibel meter and guitar tuner during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) 2. Fender’s new-fangled guitar The Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster got a lot of attention Thursday for its blending of acoustic-and-electric guitar capabilities, as well as the fact that it’s the first professional-level acoustic the company has produced in California in nearly 50 years. The line will be manufactured at its Corona factory. “We’re really well known for amazing electrics,” said Fender’s Billy Martinez during one demo of the guitar. “Yes, we do that really well, and we’ve done it for 70 years, but we’re also looking for what’s next.” 3. Tick tick tick tick Horst Wittner’s grandfather started the company that still bears the family’s last name in the Black Forest region of Germany in 1895, the master watchmaker throwing his lot into the metronome industry, the tick-tick-ticking of which seemed oddly soothing at the Wittner booth on Thursday. “I would say it’s more peaceful and relaxing,” Horst Wittner said of the sound of the family business for three generations,  four if you count daughter Sabrina’s 20 years with the firm based in Isny im Allgäu, Germany. Metronomes might seem like old-fashioned reminders of piano lessons gone by, but Wittner says they still make up about a third of his company’s business, with string-instrument accessories and tuning forks making up the balance. Most of his metronomes are variations on the familiar pyramid shape, but others look like space-age devices or come in the shapes of cats or penguins or owls, 120 different models in all, and still as important to a musician’s ability to play in time as ever they were. 4. Gibson gets back Gabriel Goodwin concentrated as he tried out a Gibson Hummingbird Cherry Starburst acoustic guitar inside the Gibson quarters at NAMM. “It’s always fun to get to see all of these beautiful instruments,” said the 20-year-old Riverside City College student from Corona. A year ago he’d have been out of luck: Gibson skipped NAMM for the CES show in Las Vegas, a decision that stunned and disappointed fans of the iconic brand. Outside that room Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen signed autographs for fans like Rick Varble, a buyer for Wally World Music in Thousand Oaks, who came away with a signature on his copy of the 1980 album “All Shook Up,” a title that also describes how Varble and others felt about Gibson’s absence in 2018. “A void was created last year,” he said. “And this year when they’re back, we’re all doing somersaults again.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] 5. Candy-colored pop Emergency Tiara definitely stood out in the sea of black garments. The J-pop/French pop-inspired trio from New York City had a blast of color from their wigs of white, pink and orange to their ’60s-hued mini-dresses and knee socks. They’d just come finished a performance on the outdoor stage, a showcase they’d won thanks to the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and lead singer Juri Jinnai and backing vocalists Cydney McQuillan-Grace and Andrea Diaz were as bubbly as the music they play. “My friends were always teasing me, that I’m a little princess,” said Jinnai, explaining the former songwriting major at the Berklee College of Music came up with her group’s unusual name. “One day my friend found a tiara and said, ‘Hey little princess, here’s your emergency tiara!’ “I thought it was a scam,” Jinnai said of the call she received at home in Japan telling her she’d won. “I still can’t believe it.”