Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cuppla Things

1) I am not going to mention Sept. 11.
2) oops.
3) I'm starting a contest for a name to call you guys. You know, like Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh call their supporters. Not Truth Seekers or Ditto-Heads - something cool. Winner gets to write a blog on this site.
4) Please pass on the following gig information to your friends and family and if necessary, strong arm them into attending. Hope to see you all there.

I'll be back at Anna’s Jazz Island on Friday September 26th at 8pm with the superb musical stylings of John R. Burr, Jon Evans and David Rokeach. We'll be adding some new songs and some newer, dirtier jokes. Anna's is at 2120 Allston Way in Berkeley
and the info/reservations line is 510 841- jazz.

On the following Friday, October 3rd at 8pm I'll be at Steinway Hall in LA doing a concert produced by the amazing Jeannine Frank previously immortalized on the pages of this blog. Betsy Salkind will open for us (same great band) and her imitation of a squirrel is worth the price of admission. Steinway Hall is at Fields Pianos, 2121 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles. For reservations & info contact or call (310) 471-3979

The band and I will also be doing a fundraiser for the Bay Area ALS Association on Saturday September 27th at 1pm. This is part of the Ride for Life and is for participants of ride only. For info on joining the ride or donating to ALSA go to:

Hope to see you Bay Area folks at Anna's and you LA folks at Steinway!


Anonymous said...

Oh, you've got my wheels turning, Carla. This is fun to think about! Thanks! Allison

CT said...

How about the Carloquacious Comment Crowd?

Anonymous said...

Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for her play "The Vagina Monologues" and for her work on ending violence towards women, wrote the following about Sarah Palin:


I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it's their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.

I don't like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story -- connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God."

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist's baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the li brary, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States . She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S. , but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healt hcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don't move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill." I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

Eve Ensler
September 5, 2008

Anonymous said...

hmmm, hard to follow the Sarah Palin comment, (who btw is the biggest moron outside of GW) but names to cover all of us bloggers? sirens? carmuses? or how about
"behinders" to include the famous auction of the picture of Carla's ass? I would love to try to get to the gig at the end of the month....if I do I will give you a shout out...
love you Carla!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Too bad Eve Ensler isn't running for Vice President.

As far as a name, how about, 'The Laughter Through Tears Crew'

Anonymous said...

The Indomitable Unconqerables

Anonymous said...


The Mind-Fulls

Anonymous said...

Funky beatches

Anonymous said...

Muselings is pretty darn nice.

Hey, here's another one for the Sarah Palin thread.
Check it out--some awesome homemade banners!



Anonymous said...

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You can email me at if you want to hook up. I have a comfortable and safe Honda CRV. And staying overnight is on you in terms of motels, etc although housing can be provided for people who need it.