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Knights of Saint Francis lend the Pope a hand!
by Fabio G. Giotta
INTRODUCTION: In the last several days, I circulated and posted an article titled "Piazza St. Francis, A Poet's Plaza" with the byline "Accordions in the Piazza-St. Francis Was a Musician!" wherein I explained the Piazza St. Francis project of the KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS! In fact, the small but mighty Knights organization heads-up several important projects. BACKGROUND: Founded in 2008 by Angela Alioto, the" Knights" is an international, Franciscan value based, charitable, lay organization (501c3 tax status) and arch-confraternity based in San Francisco, California that "serves", tending to St. Francis tenets - 3 P's and an A (Peace, Planet, Poor,) and Animals. The K.O.S.F. is a volunteer organization open to both Catholics and non-Catholics.
THE NEWEST PROJECT: Right now, the K.O.S.F. is helping to nationally amplify and disseminate Pope Francis' message about the environment and Global Warming, as stated in his encyclical LAUDATO SI. Please visit the K.O.S.F. web site: www.knightsofsaintfrancis.org and go to the Pope Francis environmental page for more information, pick one of his quotes and share it with your friends via Facebook or Twitter.
It's a big problem, but we can all help! Read, share, tweet and donate! LAUDATO SI-English version is available for download at the Knights of Saint Francis HOME page; pick-up some tips on how you can help Mother Earth in your daily practices. Finally, please make a tax deductible donation (via the Paypal donate button) to the KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS. Whether five dollars or five thousand; no amount is too big or too small!
Four little things you can count on four fingers will get you the "Thumbs Up!"
St. Francis' favorite sign-off..."Pax et Bonum", to all of you!
PIAZZA SAINT FRANCIS,
The Poet’s Plaza
by Fabio G. Giotta
In the mid 2000's, Angela Alioto and Lawrence Ferlinghetti joined together to realize a vision. The vision immediately spread to all of San Francisco and far beyond; building a real Italian piazza in San Francisco’s historic North Beachdistrict. Imagine “an oasis for San Franciscans and a national site for lovers of poetry, literature, music and art”, like the many storied piazzas of Italy, such as those in Orvieto, Firenze (Florence) and Siena.
Located in the 600 block of Vallejo Street, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, the Piazza Saint Francis project is a private/public partnership between the 501c3 Piazza Saint Francis organization/KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI and the City of San Francisco. In fact, the block will be closed permanently as of early September 2015 and will be temporarily outfitted for piazza duty, thanks to the efforts of S.F. Supervisor Christensen and the S.F. Board of Supervisors.
The Piazza is surrounded and anchored by the oldest church in California (following the Missions): Saint Francis Church, built in 1849, now, since 1998, known as the National Shrine of Saint Francis. In 2008, the Nuova Porziuncola chapel was built next to the National Shrine by Cardinal William Joseph Levada and Angela Alioto. The Porziuncola Nuova is the “little sister” of the original Porziuncola in Assisi, Italy, incorporating a wealth of art work, incredible stones including the famous "Pietra Rossa" of Assisi and materials from Assisi......it is a stunning example of authentic, artistic time-travel, is a “working” chapel, and is the only Papally designated Holy Place in the U.S.A. The legendary coffee house that started the Espresso movement on the America’s West Coast and became an “artistic center”, Caffe Trieste, opened at the far opposite corner in 1956. These landmarks remain vital, global gathering places for people from all walks of life. The Piazza will be paved with green and white Granite, with red accents of Assisi’s famous Pietra Rossa stone, and the pavement will be
incised with quotations from dozens of poets, writers and peacemakers, from Dante and Saint Francis to Shakespeare and Ferlinghetti.
Piazza Saint Francis will be “a small but beautiful open space;” a place where one can routinely enjoy the NEWCaffe Trieste Saturday Concert and other concerts held at the Caffe, along with the less formal serenades emanating from the Caffe as Accordions, Guitars and Mandolins play everything from Opera to Jazz in the mornings and evenings. Of course, we also look forward to the concerts and other artistic events and ceremonies held ON the Piazza. In fact, the KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI (www.knightsofsaintfrancis.org) Annual Gala is held on the “Piazza” each year, and the line-up has included such artists and celebrities as singer Franc D’Ambrosio, comedienne Annie Potts, flautist Andrea Ceccomori, news broadcaster Tom Sinkovitz, comedian Michael Pritchard and Assisi’s “singing friar” Frate Alessandro Brustenghi. Messrs. D’Ambrosio and Ceccomori are returning to team-up for the 2015 Knights Of Saint Francis Gala later this year!
The Piazza will become a destination that is passed on from one generation to the next; a locale that will bring the artistic past in to the future. Please visitwww.piazzasf.org, watch the short, informative Piazza Saint Francis video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of37y9FKLfU and, most importantly, make your tax deductible online donation now. One dollar, ten dollars, fifty dollars, or more; no gift is too small or too big. We’ll see you there!
Piazza web site www.piazzasf.org
IN MEMORIAM June 8, 2015 It has suddenly come to our attention that two TRIESTE MUSIC friends and colleagues, singer Stephen Randolph and Master Accordion repairman Gordon J. Piatanesi have passed away very recently. Steve Randolph wowed our Saturday Concert audiences audiences for years. Dubbed “the only Tenor I know who sings Cool Jazz”, Steve Randolph wowed our Saturday Concert audiences for years in the 2000’s. His renditions of “Don’t You Know” and “Satin Doll” were perennial favorites. It was a pleasure and privilege to have worked with him over the years, and the S.F. Bay Area musical community will feel his loss.
Gordon Piatanesi was part of the famous Piatanesi family accordion dynasty that started with the arrival of Colombo Piatanesi in San Francisco from Castelfidardo, Italy around the turn of the century, and his later establishment of Colombo & SonsAccordions on Columbus Ave. only a few blocks from our Caffe Trieste flagship location. Colombo is one of the most recognized ofAmerican-made brands, and the historic manufacturing, import and repair location operated under Gordon’s direction until the mid 1990’s on Columbus Avenue, after which it moved to San Rafael, CA. Gordon was a witty, highly skilled and trusted accordion artisan who took great care of my accordions for several decades. He was widely known and loved, and we will miss him very much. Photo above from Accordion video on YouTube.
SATURDAY MUSIC SCHEDULE
THE LONGEST RUNNING SHOW IN THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO:
April 11, 2015
A Caffe Trieste SaturdayConcert
The Caffe Trieste Band can consist of accordion, organ, piano, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, bass violin, harmonica, washboard, banjo, spoons, congas and just about any other low-tech instrument (except for Fabio's Petosa Series II electronic accordion). Well known Bay Area favorites such as Bing Nathan (bass violin), Ned "Eddi" Boynton (bass guitar, guitar), David Sturdevant (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dave Jess (bass guitar, drums), Tony Mance (bass guitar, banjo, vocals, a.k.a Antonio Mancini), Richard Mayers (conga drums/percussion), Jon Otis (conga drums/percussion) and Ron Borelli (accordion/piano) are "regulars" with the band. Multiple accordions are not unusual at the concert. Noted Bay Area accordionists such as Ron Sfarzo and Rene Sevieri join Fabio and the band. Our 2+hour show now starts at about 1 p.m. $8.50 minimum per person. No cover charge. For more information about show schedule, theme shows, and guest singers, please go to our events page.
In March, 2004. the Caffe’s seating and stage area arrangement were reconfigured to be more audience friendly. As it was in the late 1960’s and periodically in the 1980’s, the audience now enjoys the same Caffe Trieste ambience with an added bit of Cabaret flavor. The “new” stage area is set against the beautiful Fishermans’ mural depicting a scene in Sardegna, the house sound reinforcement system has been completely revamped and continues to be improved (engineer included), and the performances have never sounded or looked so good.
EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY NIGHT OF THE MONTH
first Wednesday of each month: next performance is on July 1st
EVERY LAST AND FIRST very last and first Sunday morning of the month:
Thursday Night Concert Series
September 24, 2015
October 29, 2015
November 19, 2015
July 17, 2015
If you know of an act that you would like to see on the Thursday Night Concert Schedule, please contact Fabio Giotta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Event Archives for a listing of past events.