Poet Gary Hicks Featured in New Video

Poet Gary Hicks – Featured in Berkeley CA (31:05) Vic Sadot Vimeo “Truth & Love Poetry Videos” Collection.

Poet Gary Hicks was invited by Cynthia Jean Johnson to be the BFUU Social Justice Committee’s “Featured Artist” in Berkeley CA on Oct 9, 2015. David Yandle captured the audio on the sound board and Vic Sadot made this video in October 2016.

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It is posted here as Video #47 at the Vic Sadot Vimeo Video Channel in the “Truth & Love Poetry Videos” Collection. This project is an open forum for video poetry, as described here: “Poetry by poets and their friends using video to express their poetry. Progressive commentary, free thinkers, and humor encouraged. Open forum for poetry recitals. Poetry in motion or in stills. Live  readings from home cameras or remote locations. Poetry interpreted as song with video. Welcome! Maybe you’ll be #48!

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Gary Hicks poems are vignettes covering many local SF Bay places and his reflections upon them from poetry slams, to late night bus travel moments, to the distinct and creative culture of the scene at Caffe Trieste in the North Beach area of San Francisco.
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The video was posted first at the BFUU Social Justice Committee YouTube Channel and the open mic event was sponsored by the SJC.

Poet Gary Hicks – Featured Artist Oct 2015 BFUU Monthly Open Mic (31:05) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel

Poet Gary Hicks was the Featured Artist on October 9, 2015 at 7 PM at the invitation of Cynthia Jean Johnson who was our rotating host for that month. On October 5, 2016 Vic Sadot proposed to Gary that he could make a video for the quality audio recording captured by David Yandle, the BFUU Social Justice Committee Tech Team Sound Engineer. The video was uploaded to the Social Justice Committee’s “SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY” YouTube Channel. Please share this video if you like it! Thanks! (Creative Commons Copyright by Vic Sadot for non-profit use with full credits/no edits please Stats: 1280×720 px; mp4; 3:52 GB; 31:05 minutes)

Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic happens every 2nd Friday of Every month! Join us in Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita St), Berkeley, CA. Fellowship Hall is wheelchair accessible via the ramp on Bonita Avenue! On Oct 14 the host will be Poet Gene Herman on his 82nd birthday featuring his wife, Dolores Hellman. Note to Musicians/Performers: Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm for 20 ten minute spots!

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October 2015 Featured Artist: Gary Hicks: Gary Hicks has been involved in civil rights, housing advocacy, peace with justice and cultural preservation for the last five decades. Author of two volumes of poetry plus numerous publications, he is a member of the Boston Liberation Poets Collective and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade of San Francisco. The Featured Artist performs sometime between 8 and 8:30 pm!
cynthia-jean-johnson_bfmom_8-09-13byvicsadotOctober 2015 Host: Cynthia Jean-Johnson: Cynthia Jean Johnson is a well-known Berkeley community activist. The long time former chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee remains active with the SJC as Vice-Chair. Cynthia also serves on the Local Station Board (LSB) of KPFA Pacifica, the Ecumenical Peace Institute (EPI), and Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas (MITFA). Cynthia has long understood the power of songs of struggle and the role of music in keeping people in touch with what matters most.

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Featured Poetry Videos at TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS chez Vimeo

We welcome you to explore the poetry videos submitted to “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” Group. We are based in Berkeley, CA. Our on-line home is at Vimeo. What a surprise it is to get a new poetry video presented to the group every now and then! Today in Berkeley Calling Blog we feature the four most recent poetry videos: (1) “Happy Dancing Energies” from spacey (poem by Ava Bird); (2) Imitation: “Edgar Allan Poe Video Poem” from Mark “Iron Strike” Holmberg; (3) “Nature Moments: The Ocean” from Microdac; and (4) Arrival (Video Poem) (2:26) from Athina Souli and her class project team in Greece. We hope that you enjoy these poems. If you really like one or all of these poetry videos, then we hope that you will share them with others!

Vimeo is a quality site for videos of all kinds. It is noted for a distinguished level of composition and artistic sensibility. At this point in time, August 8, 2015, I have posted 17 of my own music videos at Vimeo as “Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer”. Since I had a couple of videos that were from poetry set to music, I decided to start an open submissions Group for people using video to express poems. I named it “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS”. Then I forgot about it for a couple of weeks. Some email notices came to me saying that people had contributed poems. We now have 36 videos and 23 members in the group with me as the monitor. This is turning out to be an enjoyable adventure that I want to share with you at this time in this Berkeley Calling Blog. Our settings place the latest contributions at the top of the site in chronological order back to the first one placed in the group by yours truly. That was The Fog Watch”, a poem by my uncle George Reuter that I set to music many years ago. My father, Jean-Henri Sadot, was from France, and he loved to write poetry too. Listen to “White Clay Creek”. These poetry videos are the four latest additions to this open participation group on Vimeo. Enjoy!

“Happy Dancing Energies” from spacey was just added on 8-07-15 as an Editor’s Choice. It’s a poem of only 1:11 minute long poem by my friend Ava Bird with really cool graphics and lyrics selected in a mix meant to uplift and inspire. The thumbnail photo is “Laughing Sal”. Click on the screenshot!

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Imitation: Edgar Allan Poe Video Poem from Mark “Iron Strike” Holmberg was contributed on 6-16-15 to “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” channel at Vimeo. Posted notes: “Steve Guynn in a video poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. Shot with a gh4, and a computer 12.5 mm.” A very engaging and effective use of visual effects for a trippy 1:51 minute Edgar Allan Poe poem created by Mark Holmberg. Spooky fun! Click on the screenshot!

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Nature Moments: The Ocean (8:43) from Microdac at Vimeo was contributed to “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” channel at Vimeo on 5-08-15. Posted Notes: A few minutes by the ocean.” Indeed! A Quote from Henry David Thoreau and a few comments by Microdac to the sound and scenes of ocean surf on a sunny tranquil day encourage you to “think for yourself”. Microdoc joined vimeo 8 years ago and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Quote: “I am a retired sailor who love to play golf and to travel to the Caribbean. I love sharing the same space with artists and other creators; people who are spiritual (NOT religious). Sensual people who are never ashamed of their lives or activities.” Indeed, Microdoc covers nature from “Wasp Engineering” to turtles basking in the summer sun to “Image in the Clouds”. Let’s take a walk by the ocean now with Monsieur Microdac. Allons y au bord de la mer! (Let’s go there along the ocean shore!) Click on the screenshot!

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Arrival (Video Poem) (2:26) from Athina Souli. This poem was done as a class assignment. Yet it is a class act in terms of composition. I love it! Credits for this first-rate poetry video team! Poem title: “Arrival” by William Carlos Williams; Actors: Elena Masala & Alex Anagnostopoulos; Shot & narrated by Stavros Symeonidis; Written & directed by Athina Souli; Music by Sigur Rós – Í Gær; Course: Directing & editing; Course Instructor: Nikos “Tei” Terzis of Athens, Department of Photography & Audiovisual Arts. ©2015. From the San Francisco Bay Area, we salute you all! We thank you for sharing your video with us at “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” on Vimeo. Click on the screenshot!

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“TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” at Vimeo is an open contribution site by poets and their friends using video to express their poetry. Progressive commentary, free thinkers, and humor encouraged. Open forum for poetry recitals. Poetry in motion or in stills. Live readings from home cameras or remote locations. Poetry interpreted as song with video. Vive “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” at Vimeo! Founded by Vic Sadot in Berkeley, California on March 5, 2012. Vic Sadot can be reached at BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com

To see a list of all of the poetry videos submitted so far at “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” click on the name in capital letters. Thanks for spending some time with us and our group members!

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