Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday's Photo of the Week . 14 March 2008

Marc Furth's 'Underwater Photography' exhibit at St Lawrence Gallery to benefit Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

When interested in learning more about a particular community and that which I refer to as flaneurism but others refer to as 'a flaneur' I will embark on photo/video walks. Having captured last Friday's "Jazz On The Square" at Pelican Square in Lauderdale By The Sea and wanting to learn more about El-Mar Drive I began my Thursday, 13 March 2008 'El Mar Drive' flaneurism project at the Oriana By The Sea complex, just north of Pelican Square. While I first observed during my June 2007 visit to Fort Lauderdale.

Wanting to capture Oriana's ocean view I entered the beach at the 4300 El Mar Drive entrance and 'strolled' south along the beach, through the Anglin Pier / Beach Village complex, photographing and videotaping along the way. It was when I had exited the beach to capture the construction process of the Villas By The Sea complex along El Mar Drive that Marc Furth introduced himself to me.

After mentioning that as a tourist from WDC I was in the process of a photowalk through Lauderdale By The Sea, Mr. Furth informed me that not only was he a former Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Town Commissioner and that he and his wife, Cristie, own and operate the Blue Seas Courtyard seaside inn which was just yards from where we were standing ... but that as an underwater photographer the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea had proclaimed him as "Town Marine Photographer Laureate".

Continuing our walk south along El Mar Drive, in the direction of Blue Seas Courtyard, he invited me to the Friday, 14 March 2008 (6 - 9 pm) 'Wine & Cheese' Opening Reception of the Marc Furth Underwater Photography Exhibit at the St. Lawrence Gallery.

Stunning underwater photography depicting local and international seascapes, on display through 10 April 2008, Marc Furth and the St. Lawrence Gallery will donate a portion of the sales to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.

Come out and support a good cause while enjoying some beautiful work. There is a raffle and no door charge. Marc Furth will be there to share his passion and sign prints.

The St. Lawrence Gallery is located at 3556 N Ocean Boulevard in the Galt Mile Community of Fort Lauderdale. Telephone at 954.566.8011.

Like I said, it has been through my flaneurism projects that I not only explore communities but also meet interesting people.

Unfortunately, for me, a 50 something black male ... and as I mentioned to Mr. Furth and the ladies at the Kilwin's Chocolate & Ice Cream in the Village ... my photo walks and travels throughout the world are always tainted by the racism that I experience.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Rick Bauer Band performs at Jazz On The Square at Pelican Square / Lauderdale By The Sea

I believe it was a few weeks before Memorial Day Weekend last year that a friend who lives in Lauderdale By The Sea suggested that during my next visit to Fort Lauderdale I should check out the Friday evening Jazz On the Square at Pelican Square.

Though I missed the Friday evening Jazz On the Square at Pelican Square during my Memorial Day 2007 and November 2007 visits when joining two friends from New York during their 6 - 10 March weekend trip to Fort Lauderdale I made sure to stop in at the Jazz On The Square.

As I entered The Village along Commercial Boulevard from Ocean Boulevard a soulful rendition of "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay" reverberated through the Square as folks danced in the street and meandered about the Village to the sounds of the Rick Bauer Band.

Bruce Springsteen's "Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart", Johnny Cash's "Love Is a Burnin' Thing", Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet's "Old Town Rock and Roll" and Stephen Still's "Love The One You're With" followed before the band took a break.

At which time I headed back to the apartment on Ocean Boulevard to join friends for dinner which our guests from NYC had prepared.

May I suggest that if you are ever in the Lauderdale By The Sea area on a Friday evening that you check out Jazz On The Square at Pelican Square which, just yards from the Anglin Pier and beach, takes place from 6 until 10 pm on the streets just outside of The Village Grille and Village Pump at El Mar Drive and Commercial Boulevard.

And should you ever get the opportunity to catch the Rick Bauer Band, by all means do so.

To order cds or learn more about the Rick Bauer Band, visit their website or myspace.

In addition to founder Rick Bauer, drummer Rich Pistocchi and bassist Rick Bauer (known to all as Pops), a power trio that has garnished local an international acclaim as one of the most ecclectic and capable three pieces anywhere, on this particularly evening, the Rick Bauer Band also featured Richard Malfitano or "Malfie" on sax.

Here is video clip #2/5, from the event, of the Rick Bauer Band performing Bruce Springsteen's "Everybody's Got A Hungry Heart". Other clips and a compilation will be uploaded along with more photos once I get back to DC.