July 24, 2017

Oakland Museum

 ~ The 1968 Exhibit      

 ~ All of Us or None         

Oakland Pro Arts

Jingletown ProArts ~ Art, Food 'n Fun 2016  

photo by Styrous®         

Jingletown Winter Art Walks

Winter Art Walk @ Gray Loft Gallery ~ 2012  

9th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk ~ 2014          

10th Annual Jingletown Holiday ArtWalk ~ 2015

photo by       

The art of Lon Clark, Jr.

Artist: Lon Clark 
Description: two Landscapes
Dimensions: 20x24-both
Medium: oil on canvas-both
Date: 1968-both 
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September 5, 2010
Woodstock, NY, US

Artist: Lon Clark
Title: Mulbring
Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso
Oil Painting on Board
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January 14, 2012
Leura, Australia

Artist: Lon Clark  
Title: Country Australia
Signed Lower Right 
Oil Painting on Board
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Art Invest       
January 29, 2012
Terrigal, Australia


Artist: Lon Clark
Title: Timber!
Signed Lower Right
Oil Painting on Board
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Art Invest
April 1, 2012
Somersby, Australia

Artist: Lon Clark  
Title: Old Fashioned Shack
Signed Lower Right
Oil Painting on Board
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April 1, 2012
Somersby, Australia

Lon Clark, Jr. was Dean of the San Francisco Studio School located at Fort Mason. The school is dedicated to the relevant, contemporary study of drawing, painting, photography, mixed media and critical studies. The curriculum combines the depth of experience of a residency in the arts with the intensity of a graduate program. The fundamentally visual nature of art is studied and engaged with the intent of providing students substance that will be reflected on as a defining moment in their art and their lives.   

Clark published a book on the photography of Michelle Vignes (link below) and is the son of New York City actor, stage and radio star, Lon Clark, Sr. (link below).      

San Francisco Studio School
P.O. Box 475016
San Francisco, CA 94147

Classes held at:
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd.

Viewfinder links:         
Lon Clark, Sr.: Earl Robinson ~ The Lonesome Train           
Michelle Vignes ~ The Blues        

Styrous® ~ Monday, July 24, 2017   

July 22, 2017

20,000 Vinyl LPs 99: Cat People & John Heard

title song from Cat People
12" vinyl LP single album cover
photo by Styrous®

John Matthew Heard Jr. died yesterday, July 21, 2017. The list of the films he starred in and the actors with whom he performed is astounding. It was difficult to decide which of his films to feature for this blog; I settled on Cat People as it is my favorite of his films. And I could have used the soundtrack album, which I have, but I settled on the 12" single by David Bowie, Putting Out Fire, because I love this song.     

Heard was born on March 7, 1945 in Washington, D.C. His mother was involved in the arts and appeared in community theater; his father, worked for the office of the Secretary of Defense. He attended Gonzaga College High School, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.     

He appeared on the stage, television, film and off-Broadway. He won Obie Awards for his performances in Othello and Split in 1979–80.    

In 1982 he played the lover of Nastassja Kinski in the film, Cat People, which was a remake of the 1942 film, Cat People, a horror film produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur.    

Cat People - 1942 

Cat People is a 1982 American erotic horror film directed by Paul Schrader. It stars Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell; John Heard, Annette O'Toole, Ruby Dee, Ed Begley, Jr., Scott Paulin, and Frankie Faison play supporting roles. Jerry Bruckheimer served as executive producer. Alan Ormsby wrote the screenplay, basing it loosely on the story by DeWitt Bodeen, the screenwriter for the original Cat People (1942). Giorgio Moroder composed the film's score, including the theme song, which features lyrics and vocals by David Bowie. A re-recorded version of the song appears on the album by Bowie, Let's Dance.     

photo by Styrous®

Putting Out Fire is a great piece that rocks out. It has a quiet start then goes into a driving dance beat that worked extremely well in discos. The beat of the song is sustained by a fantastically complicated drum. The video for the song features stylized scenes from the film (link below).  

Heard married actress Margot Kidder in 1979. On July 21, 2017, he was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California, where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. He was 71 years old.  


Side 1:

David Bowie ~ Cat People (Putting Out Fire), written by Bowie* - 6:41    

Side 2:

Giorgio Moroder - Paul's Theme (Jogging Chase), written by G. Moroder*


    Producer, Written-By – Giorgio Moroder
    Written-By – David Bowie


Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Barcode (Side 1 (Etched)): MCA-2971 AZ1 [flower]
    Barcode (Side 2 (Etched)): MCA-2972 AZ1 [flower]
    Barcode (Both Sides (Stamped)): MASTERED AT ALLEN ZENTZ L.A., CALIF.

David Bowie ‎– Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Label: Backstreet Records ‎– L33-1759
Format: Vinyl, 12", Promo
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop

Viewfinder Link:     
David Bowie     
Net Links:     
Variety obit
Rolling Stone obit         
New York Daily News obit      BBC News obit   
ABC News obit   
CNN obit             
NBC news obit                               
YouTube Links:     
David Bowie ~ Cat People (Putting Out Fire)    
John Heard - 1949 - 2017
photo by Jeff Vespa

"If Martin Scorsese thinks you stink, you stink." 
                         ~ John Matthew Heard Jr.  

Styrous® ~ Saturday, July 22, 2017         

Ella Fitzgerald articles/mentions

The George & Ira Gershwin Song Book Vol. 2  
Ella ~ Queen of Jazz           

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass   
David Gates ~ First, Bread
William P. Gottlieb: Jazz photographer    
Al Jarreau ~ Breakin' Away & scat    
John Fitzgerald Kennedy      
Carl Van Vechten & the Harlem Renaissance     
Verve Records ~ the inner sleeve & Norman Granz     

The Rolling Stones articles/mentions

Beggar’s Banquet     
Some Girls   

Blood, Sweat & Tears        
David Bowie ~ Aladdin Sane           
The Lovin' Spoonful        
Lou Reed ~ Transformer   
Gabor Szabó ~ Dreams   
The Mothers Of Invention ‎~ Absolutely Free   

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky articles/mentions

Swan Lake         
Van Cliburn & Sputnik         
Victoria de los Angles       
John Williams     

July 20, 2017

Woody Guthrie articles/mentions

Harry Belefonte ~ At the Greek      
Joan Baez ~ Farewell, Angelia    
Judy Collins ~ In My Life    
Earl Robinson ~ The Lonesome Train        Like "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"      

Photo: Nora Guthrie and 

Charlie Parker articles/memtions


Paul Robeson articles/mentions

The Harlem Renaissance         
The Lonesome Train        
Paul Robeson - 1933 
photo by Carl Van Vechten

Joan Baez articles/mentions

Blessed Are...        
Come From the Shadows       
Farewell, Angelina       
Judy Collins ~ In My Life      
Like "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" 
Earl Robinson ~ 
         The Lonesome Train   
The Summer of Love ~ 1967           
Tim Hardin               
photo by Styrous®

Orson Welles articles/mentions

The War of the Worlds    
 Worlds on Film    
The Harlem Renaissance       
Earl Robinson ~ The Lonesome Train  

Orson Welles - 1937 
photo by Carl Van Vechten

Waldo Salt articles/mentions