Pam Jung: On the Scene |

Pam Jung: On the Scene

I’m back after a two-week vacation, during which time I experienced Utah Phillips’ memorial service at Pioneer Park. It chokes me up just to think about it. He was my friend and I am missing him. The gathering of 800 at the park was beyond awesome; I felt such a sense of community there, like we were one big family. His children, sister and most wonderful wife made it happen that way and I, for one, am deeply grateful. I still have a pinch myself to remember his last call to me at the office within days of his death. That wonderful voice always got my instant attention. Rest in peace, Utah.

I also experienced some entertaining events during my time off: The Jazz Jubilee in Sacramento (it was well worth making the effort; I heartily recommend it) and the Nevada Union High School Chamber Choir’s dessert concert: Totally fabulous! They were just so good. Afterwards at a party I had a chance to kibitz a little with Rod Baggett, director of the choir, and we agreed to team up on an article-good news for all his admirers.

Are you planning on seeing the delightful movie “Young @ Heart” at The Magic Theatre? Imagine retirees singing songs by such bands as The Clash. Yikes! See Chuck Jaffee’s review of it in this issue.

If poems by Rumi inspire you, be aware that Coleman Barks will recite some Sept. 13 at the Vet’s Hall in Grass Valley, as a part of the annual Wordslingers event, sponsored by Literature Alive! Here is a snippet to wet your whistle: “There is a kind of food not taken in through the mouth:Bits of knowing that nourish love. The body and the human personality form a cup. Everytime you meet someone, something is poured in.”

Please join me at Nevada City’s Stonehouse Restaurant Saturday as I accept the Media Award for Prospector at the Northern California Artistic Achievement Awards, known as the Grassies. Let’s have a drink together! Around 5:30 p.m.

To contact Prospector Editor Pam Jung, e-mail or call (530) 477-4232.

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