Il Canale – New brick oven pizza in Georgetown

Here is a picture of the oven and Mike the pizzaolo at Il Canale in
the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.

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A Canceled Gig With A Happy Ending

I went to play a Sunday brunch gig at the Waynesville Inn and Country Club today and as we were getting ready to set up our equipment, the restaurant manager came up and said something like “you’re not playing today, I sent an email to the bandleader a few days ago. No more music for the Sunday brunch.” Well, isn’t that just grand. The leader of the trio got no such email and had an agreement (a verbal handshake agreement but legally binding nevertheless) that two weeks notice would be given if the music had to be discontinued. So I drive an hour for a $75 gig only to be turned away by a sketchy restaurant manager. Hissssssss! So where’s the happy ending with that you ask?

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Austin McBride Jazz Piano Lessons

I don’t know what to say about this:

http://www.expertvillage.com/video/92033_piano-jazz-five-four.htm
http://www.expertvillage.com/video/92021_piano-jazz-trio.htm
http://www.expertvillage.com/video/92017_piano-jazz-progression.htm

All of his other lessons can be found here:

http://www.expertvillage.com/expert/1426.htm

He also teaches break dancing and golf ball tricks.

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Sushi conveyor

Interesting expressions on people’s faces. The kid’s faces are naturally more curious and less concerned than the adults.

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Jazz and the NSA

I came across an interesting entry in a listing of videotapes (pdf) produced by the National Security Agency, the largest of the US intelligence agencies, titled “Jazz in the USSR.” Running just over 46 minutes long and carrying a “For Official Use Only” classification, the 1985 program is described as a survey of jazz in the Soviet Union.

I wonder if this was made by some NSA employee/jazz fan attempting to make their job more fun or if there is more to it than that?

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Bailouts & Bonuses

Two articles about the ongoing financial crisis/money-grab, one from Paul Krugman of the New York Times and one from Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post.

My bailout factoid for the day:

If the $18,000,000,000 paid as bonuses to executives in bailed-out companies last year was recovered and given instead to the 2,600,000 children, age 3 and under who live in poverty in the US, every one of those children would receive $6,923.08, enough for diapers, food and other basic needs for a year.

Poverty data from the National Center for Children in Poverty

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Poor Children Dying

A good call to action for our new President and something for everyone to think about:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/1776/07/rev_susan_lee_o.html

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