March 9, 2020
Hello Dear Readers:
I can finally thank all of you that made it to Chile Lindo's 25th year anniversary! It was wonderful to celebrate with so, so many good friends. It is truly an honor and a privilege to know that I have so many well-wishers rooting for Chile Lindo's success, and best of all--we had fun!
I wish I could thank each and everyone of you personally at this point in time. So many special people attended; please forgive me if I do not get a chance to do so. However, I must thank our dear and beloved San Francisco poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, and his wife Agneta Falk Hirschman for their sincere love for Chile, its people and its poets. ¡Gracias por su presencia poeta! Also, not to be forgotten, my sincere gratitude goes to the Consul General of Chile in San Francisco, Guillermo Martínez, and his wife Eliane Ache, for being such loyal champions of the Chile Lindo cause.
Thank you to all the exceptional musicians and artists. Mauro Ffortíssimo played a phenomenal rendition of Piazzolla's "Libertango" accompanied by Nani Venegas' dance performance. Thank you to the members of both bands. The Rock en Español band paid tribute to many classics and the musicians were a sensation that featured Axel Herrera on drums and vocals, Mauricio Bertín on guitar and vocals and Adrián Dobarro on bass and vocals. The opening solo act on bass was by Elisa Durán. Closing the night out strong were local jazz greats Rick Brown on trombone, Sharman Duran on piano, Carl Herder on bass, and Ulf Bjorkbom on drums. Sitting in with the band we were lucky to have Ollie Dudek on bass and Danny Brown on tenor sax.
Gracias por el honor Dennis Hearne, San Francisco's documentary photographer par excellence, for your presence and photos. (
I'd like to thank Jared Walters for the fabulous photos
) and for his overall support for the Chile Lindo vision. I'll be posting many more photos on Chile Lindo's
Thank you to David
Quinby, the owner of the beautiful venue, Amado's.
Finally, I'm still working on the
Go Fund Me
campaign for Roser Fort, the executive director of Centro Arte Alameda, in Santiago, Chile (not Alameda, CA). The Center burned to the ground due to a tear gas bomb that landed on its roof. Please consider donating at:
Chilean Art Center: “Centro Arte Alameda.”
Thank you AGAIN to so many friends that helped out and that came to be part of this memorable celebration. I can't believe it's been twenty-five years... what a ride it has been!