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October 2009 Events


  October 1, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO Yoshi's Jazz Club. Location: 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 655-5600. Guitar maestro Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya is one of the world’s phenomenons who created a unique Trinity of Slide Guitars. Each takes the slide guitar to new heights of sublimity. First of his invention is the Chaturangui, a 24-string hollow neck guitar, followed by the 14-string Gandharvi, which holds the longest glissando and the Anandi, a 4-string slide Ukulele, played at the end of a performance. All three combine aspects of the western guitar with elements of traditional Indian instrument. Born to musician parents Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, a child prodigy, was initiated into Indian classical singing, but was drawn to the guitar because of the ability to emulate the human voice by using the slide. The highly innovative mind of Debashish has given the Hindustani Slide Guitar a new dimension. The Maestro belives the Trinity of Guitars is the ultimate form of Indian Slide Guitar. Debashish hopes this would be the driving force for Indian Slide Guitar in the years ahead. The origin dates back to the 1930’s, when Hawaiian Musician Tau Moe introduced the lap steel guitar to India. Debashish met Tau Moe and honored and performed at his presence in 2004 at Laie. The rest if history.

Past performances of Debashish have include john McLaughlin and his latest incarnation of Shakti, Bob Brozman that resulted in the album Mahima. Led Kaapana, Martin Simpson are the others. Having studied under Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan ( Sarod ), Pandit Ajoy Chalraborty (Khayal, Vocal) and the legendary Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra, the Godfather of Indian Classical Guitar, there really is no way to describe this astonishing musician short of seeing him live.

The uncanny ability of sliding like a voice and mesmerising tantrakaari Ang put Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya as a leading slide guitarist of the world. This extremely personable and gifted artiste takes us on a timeless journey through the history of Indian Classical Music, bringing it into the 21st century, with detours into the Blues and Hawaiian music as well.


FORTUNA -  Apple Harvest Festival. Hay wagons take festival-goers from venue to venue at Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival, a city-wide farm event, historical celebration and family fun day with apple tasting, free cider and balloons. Time: Throughout the day.  The Apple Harvest Festival includes an old fashioned downtown fair with Main Street open only to walking traffic to accommodate the street sale, pie sales, a barbecue, live music at Rohner Park and more.

FULLERTON - Haunted Fullerton Walking Tour. Explore Fullerton’s ghostly history in this 2½ hour guided tour of the downtown. Tours begin at 6:00pm and include approximately 1.5 miles of walking. Tours not recommended for children under 13. Sponsored by Fullerton Museum, pre registration is required is required. Cost: $18 general. Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m. Location: 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA  Call (714) 738-6545.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Oktoberfest German Celebration. Get out the lederhosen, dirndl and beer stein for a good time with an Oom-pah band from Germany. Beautiful bar maids, scrumptious strudels, and imported draft beers, plus lots of liqueurs to wet the whistle, and plenty of dancing (chicken dance is a must). Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Old World German Village's German Restaurant, Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA.

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment.

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111.

ORANGE- Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. Fun for all ages, but designed for kids. Ride the train, play carnival games, hay rides, maze, haunted house, and pumpkins. Pumpkin Patch time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: No admission, parking fee at Irvine Regional Park is $3 weekday, $5 weekend. Location: 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA.

PALO ALTO - Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. Marvel at over 8,000 beautiful glass pumpkins hand made by artists. Items are on view on Oct. 1 & 2, and are available for purchase on Oct. 3 & 4. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location:  Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Directions: Take Caltrain to the Palo Alto station, catch Valley Transit Authority (VTA) bus 35 or 86. Buses stop within one to two blocks of the Center. Free parking is located at the Center and on the street. Call: Palo Alto Art Center (650) 329-2366 or Bay Area Glass Institute (408) 993-2244;

PETALUMA - Petaluma, Calif.--Just when you thought it was safe to exit the neighborhood, SlaughterHunts announced their going to unleash their Halloween brand of terror on those willing to brave Ghost Tunnels and find their way through the maze. Petaluma, known as the Egg Capital at one time, has much history and many ghosts to celebrate, especially during the haunting season of Halloween. SlaughterHaunts Haunted House/ Date: Every Thursday -Sunday in October beg Oct 1, 2009. Time: 5:30-7:30 Kid Friendly 7:30pm-11pm Ages 7+. Cost: 5:30-7:30pm $5 Kid Maze; 7:30-11:00pm $16 SlaughterHouse $6 Ghost Tunnels; $19 Both Attractions; Phone: 707-332-6171; Address: 15 Copeland Petaluma, CA.

SAN DIEGO - Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours. Meet to be taken on bus and walk to several of 6 haunted spots in San Diego, including the Whaley House in Old Town which is one of the most haunted places in America. Time: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Cost: $33-35. Location: meets at Best Western Hacienda Hotel Downtown, 4041 Harney, San Diego, CA. Book IT

SAN FRANCISCO - Guitar maestro Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya - Yoshi's Jazz Club. Location: 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 655-5600.  read more

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

TEMECULA - Pig Racing, Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Peltzer Farms. Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located 6 miles east of 1-15, take Rancho California Road Exit to Calle Contento. Peltzer Farms, 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591. Call: (951) 695-1115.


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