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SIPPY CUPS launch Bay Area tour

The Sippy Cups, our personal favorite family psychedelic band, are embarking on a Bay Area tour. If you’ve never seen ’em, get to a show near you. They are hip, colorful fun…the kind of tunes you’ll like as much as your kids will. We recommend getting tickets in advance.

The Sippy CUps

June 1: Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, shows at 1 & 4 p.m.

June 14: Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, Sacramento, shows at 1 & 4 p.m.

July 20: Blue Sky Family Club, Emeryville, shows at noon & 3 p.m.

July 26: Lesher Center for Performing Arts, Walnut Creek, shows at noon & 3 p.m.

July 27: Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, show at 4 p.m.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Under: children's music, Family Entertainment | No Comments »

MUSICAL Face-Off: Caption Contest

Five Chair Wind Quintet concert (Gregory Urquiaga, Contra Costa Times)
That’s gifted Bay Area bassoonist Karla Ekholm and French horn player Nicky Roosevelt from the Oakland Symphony‘s Five Chair Wind Quintet performing for kids at Richmond’s Martin Luther King Community Center last month – and man, we wish we’d been there because this looks like way too much fun. It also looks like a primo candidate for a new caption, no? Click “comments” to add yours, and we’ll send the cleverest caption-writer a couple of hot-off-the-press children’s books.

And now for last week’s winner…
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
Under: children's music, Contest | 4 Comments »

MILEY CYRUS: Another role model tarnished

People Miley CyrusIt’s beginning to sound like a broken record. A teen idol reveals a bit too much in photographs that end up before the public eye. Quickly, they shift into damage control with an “I’m oh-so sorry” apology. They made a mistake. It was poor judgment. They will learn from this and grow. Etc. Etc.

Miley Cyrus seemed different. She said the right things and was Disney’s poster child as pop-star/TV star Hannah Montana. Until last week, she had come under fire only once, for forgetting to wear her seat belt. Her parents seemed to do an excellent job of keeping her grounded and away from the bad element of Hollywood teen-dom. Then, borderline photos of Cyrus — showing off part of a green bra in one — hit the Internet last week. Now, she’s also apologizing for a phoot shoot in Vanity Fair’s June issue in which she bares her back while holding a silk sheet over her naked chest.

All of this leads us to one question: What happened to all the teen role models? Take a moment to come up with a list of 10. You can start with… Well, maybe… OK, so it’s not as easy as it sounds. Ashley Tisdale is about the only one coming to mind, and frankly, after Cyrus’ recent stumble, I’m holding my breath on her, too. Sad, isn’t it?

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Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2008
Under: children's music, Kids & Tweens, Movies, TV | 3 Comments »

KIDS’ MUSIC: Gunnar, Giants & More

They Might Be Giants CD A note from one of our favorite moms – and today’s guest blogger – Trine Gallegos:

Boy, oh, boy, was the Easter Bunny good to us. In six-year-old Sofia’s basket were four new children’s CDs, including “Special Kind of Day” by Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck; “I’m Growing” by Gunnar Madsen; “Fast & Feisty” by Princess Katie & Racer Steve; and “Here Comes the 123s” by They Might Be Giants.

Sofia, a kindergartener at Belshaw Elementary in Antioch, loves ’em all, but fell extra hard for “Fast & Feisty” and “Here Comes The 123s.” “Fast” is our second Princess Katie & Racer Steve CD, and again is filled with preppy little tunes that don’t talk down (or is that sing down) to young music listeners. In between toe-tapping hits such as “Hey Claire” and “We Dress Ourselves” are four “skits,” a bit of fun storytelling.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
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