New Orlean’s Leah Chase of The Famous Dooky Chase Restaurant

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A bit of sad news to start out a Monday morning is that Leah Chase passed away yesterday.

Both Joe and I met Leah Chase in New Orleans approximately 20 years ago. She agreed to open up the restaurant and kitchen for us so we could do a series of portraits of her in her renowned Restaurant Dooky Chase which was legendary and loved by many. If you were in town you had to go there and so many famous people did. The restaurant was known for serving presidents, as well as freedom riders. Martin Luther king, James Baldwin, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Barrack Obama and George W. Bush all have eaten there. In a city operating under Jim Crow laws Dooky Chase became the only upscale restaurant where African Americans could gather.

Leah was totally dedicated to the restaurant and the community which she was very much a part of. She was considered a central cultural figure in the politics of New Orleans and the national struggle for civil rights. She was also a major promoter of art. During our conversation Joe mentioned  that he had just done a cover story on Syvia’s restaurant in Harlem for American Way Magazine and on the owner Sylvia Woods. The two of them were sisters of a kind. Both trend setters and entrepreneurs in the food/restaurant business and in society. One in Harlem and one in New Orleans. Both women will be missed as they played a vital role in bringing people together.

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Peter B. Kaplan

Peter Kaplan JoAnne Kalish & Joe DiMaggio

Our friend photographer Peter B. Kaplan passed away this week. R.I.P. Peter! Peter was a wild and crazy photographer who is best known for his height photography in New York City. He was also a strong advocate of photographer’s rights!

I first met Peter at a New York ASMP meeting and we were friends ever since.

I don’t remember who shot this photo but it was a Stock Market Party and we were all having a really good time.

Actually this is one of the rare occasions that Peter did not have his African Grey Parrot, Kasuku along with him

We will all miss you Peter.

 

Women’s Tribe

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As an artist you sometimes search for a theme that you want to delve into because it speaks to you. A good theme is one you can build on and one which can grow.  Months can go by when I find myself not producing meaningful work and then one day something pops into my head and there it is.

I want to say thank you to some special friends that helped me out  – Eileen, Mary, Julia, Wendy & Chloe and behind the scenes – my partner Joe DiMaggio and Jerry

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Milford’s Music Festival

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In September 2007, Arthur Frommer‘s, Budget Travel named Milford, second on its list of “Ten Coolest Small Towns” in Pennsylvania. Most people don’t know that Milford, PA is a place to come and hear great music.  It’s got a rich history of outstanding musicians living, others coming to visit, and playing all over this small town.  Not long ago, I did a story for The Milford Journal  (see a couple blogs back) on one amazing musician Bobby Kyle, who grew up in Milford. He explained the rich history to me in great detail on what it was like and what it continues to be.

Other than being known for music, Milford is also getting a fine reputation for a very special Readers and Writer’s Festival held once a year in the fall, as well as a Dance Festival and there’s so much more in the works…

This past weekend I had the opportunity to catch a couple acts of free music outdoors for the 17th Annual Music Festival. Unfortunately I missed a whole lot of other musicians, I heard, were really good!  I did catch Bobby Kyle and the Administers – as I always try to do, who played outside at Ambiance Furniture on Saturday as well as Scot Weis’s Band at the Column’s Museum during the weekly Sunday, Farmer’s Market. Both Bands played a full 2 hours of fabulous music!

Of course, for me, it’s also about the photography!  I was also hoping to post a couple tiny video clips I did on-the-fly, just for a small taste of what it sounded like, however, I need to post them elsewhere as I am not able to on this blog.

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Happy Birthday Pete Seeger

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In memory of a very special man.  Pete was an American Folk Singer, Social Activist and beautiful human being.  Pete Passed away in 2014 at age 95.

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A Pete Seeger Portrait either an original print or limited edition poster (suitable for framing) is available on our website –

http://dimaggio-kalish.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=4442&Akey=GHYBG5SX

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Blues Musician Bobby Kyle / The Milford Journal

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I’d like to share an article I did in the April 2018 issue of the Milford Journal on Blues Musician Bobby Kyle. I’ve always considered Bobby to be multi-talented and I’ve known him for a long time.  Bobby has a new album out called “It’s My Life” and if I can make a suggestion….I think you should pick up a copy and find the time to go see him & his band live.  He’s a phenomenal artist and you’ll be glad you did!

I wrote and illustrated the article and because my partner Joe DiMaggio, has been working with Bobby for many years, he also contributed photographically as he has some incredible photos of Bobby.  Joe also has a chapter on Bobby Kyle in his book “FILL THE FRAME” and if you’d like… a signed copy can be purchased directly from us or you can purchase one through Amazon.

I’m including a pdf of the article in case you don’t have access to a copy of the Magazine (click here -)  kyle  Below is the cover of Bobby’s latest CD and a link to his website   http://www.bobbykyle.com/index.html  

 

FILL THE FRAME by Joe DiMaggio

Peaceful Protest

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Candlelight Vigil, Milford, PA to honor students that died in school shooting in Parkland Florida © JoAnne Kalish

I do not believe in violence.  There’ve been too many tragedies caused by people who are mentally unstable using Guns.  Something must be done to change this!  It’s time for each of us to take a stand, so there are no more senseless deaths.

This was a Peaceful Protest last night, a Candlelight Vigil held for the young people who were killed in the Parkland, Florida School Shooting.  Young people will be marching in Washington this month and I believe they can truly make a change.  They are our future.  Candlelight Vigil -6297

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