Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on December 31, 1986 · Page 5
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 5

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, December 31, 1986
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1986 COMMUNITY THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL utnEWDtiK ji, iyat> — Paris flea markets provide a colorful interlude . - --•- —_______^___ , . nA^nnf iwi^ko it coorr\c fr* tho main rn?in EDITOR'S NOTE: Anne (Orchard) Hurley, born and raised in Uklah, now makes her home in Berkeley when she is not spending time in her favorite haunts in France. In this article, she shares with The Ukiah Daily Journal some of the colorful Parisian life she has observed. ByANN HURLEY i; Former Uklahen ';Flea markets are unlikely places to go in search of music. Nonetheless, one unexpected pleasure of Paris' sprawling St. Quen flea market is the concert- cafes. r - Hidden amidst the maze of narrow alleys, which comprise the half-dozen or so antiques markets, are several cafes offer- Ing live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This is French music — corney and sad, tangos, torch songs and accordions; the sort of music that Edith Piaf made famous a generation ago. These cafes each boast a small dorps of regular musicians, usually an accordionist, a guitar player and seemingly a different chanteuse each weekend. They are all very good; typically whiskey voiced and passionate sounding. Their voices are perfectly suited to the sad, sentimental French ballads of love and betrayal, tragedy and grief, which are their stock-in-trade. No Piaf, perhaps, but still able to sing Piaf. These places are hardy survivors from the turn-of-the- century when music halls and concert-cafes flourished as popular entertainment. It's a safe bet many of these little cafes haven't changed much since that time. That's part of their charm. One can happily spend hours in these flea market cafes simply eating mussels (a flea market specialty), drinking wine, and listening to the music. It should be noted that these places are not for the fastidious. Flea market cafes are likely to be smokey, crowded and chaotic. The decor, at best, will be tacky and cluttered, and the waiters are likely to be drunk. Gypsies frequently wander from table to table offering to tell fortunes. Many of the patrons are rough flea market folk who most kindly can be described as Hurley photographs trio performing at Brasserie Blron. "characters." That being said, if a person enjoys French music, the St. Ouen flea market is definitely worth a visit. Two especially enjoyable cafes are Chez Lousiette and the Brasserie Biron. Chez Lousiette is at 136 Avenue Michelet, right in the midst of one of the antiques markets, the Marche Vernaison. This cafe is somewhat hard to find as it faces onto an alley, but it is well worth the effort. Chez Lousiette is a rather ac- centric place, endearing perhaps because of its eccentricities. The accordion player there favors black shirts, wide, orange ties and sunglasses. The decor is gaudy and sometimes it seems that just about anybody can sing there at least once. Between sets, hopeful amateurs are allowed to take the mike. Some of these aspirants are truly awful, and others are superb. Usually, they manage to be entertaining and they are always treated politely. On one typical afternoon at Chez Lousiette, an oddly costumed man sporting a false beard got up on stage and sang. He had a beautiful tenor voice and he sang one lovely old Italian song after the next — songs such as "Santa Lucia" and "Take Me Back to Sorrento," as well as a few arias of Puccini. He followed up a Portuguese singer, a young woman wearing a flaming orange satin shift with matching hair. She sang Piaf and Portuguese, and Spanish torch songs. Both these performers had that combination of coarseness and talent so dear to the French. The audience loved them and occasionally joined in on a chorus. The Brasserie Biron is nearby at 120 Avenue Michelet at the entrance to another antiques market, the Marche Biron. The cafe is easy to find as it opens on- to the main road. The musicians here are polished and always give a good show. Brasserie Biron lacks the endearing quirkiness of Chez Lousiette and there won't be any surprises. On the other hand, the music is good and there always will be a table. The food at both these places is good — basic French cafe fare like steak and fries and, of course, mussels. And, it's cheap. A meal runs around $7 or $8, including wine, coffee and dessert. The St. Ouen flea market is located on the northern edge of Paris. To get there, take the metro (subway) to Porte de Cl- ingnoncourt. After leaving the subway, cross the large boulevard, the Peripherique, in front of you when you leave the subway station. Walk north along the Avenue Michelet for a few blocks. This street leads directly to the antiques markets which is where the concert-cafes can be found. Hurley has a degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University. IN UNIFORM JEdWard Beale f Navy Lt. Edward G. Beale, son of Betty M. Beale of iaytonville, has received a master of science degree from 'the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. '•' The postgraduate school is 'the only Naval institution of its 'kind in the world. It provides courses of study in a variety of '^scientific, management and engineering fields. l,i' AA/ayne Creel .T . Seaman Recruit Wayne M. i£reel, son of Ollie A. Creel of (Tollini Lane, Ukiah, has com- ipleted training at the Recruit Training Command in San •Diego., , :.u, .«.(.,. .••ft ,.. ;.• He studied general military subjects designed to prepare •him for further academic and on-the-job training in one of the i Navy's 85 basic fields. i i His studies included seaman- ship, close order drill, Naval history and first aid. These made him eligible for three hours of college credit in physical education and hygiene. Larry Duncan U.S. Marine Larry L. Duncan, son of Donna S. Ferguson of Ukiah, has been promoted to the rank of corporal with the First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. Aden Pierson Airman Aden J. Pierson, son of Joyce M. and Mickey E. Pierson, Highway 20, Upper Lake, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force security police specialist course at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He studied systems security operations, tactics and weapons training and earned credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Anthony N. Camp Norman Spurlock Airman Anthony N. Camp, son of Neal H. Camp and Aurora Quiroz of Bittenbender Lane, wilUts, has arrived for duty with the 380th Field Maintenance Squadron at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York. Camp is a strategic aircraft maintenance specialist. 2nd Lt. Norman R. Spurlock, son of Donald R. and Nobuko Spurlock of Donna Dr., Ukiah, has Completed a signal officer basic course at the Army Signal School in Fort Gordon, Ga. He received instruction in military leadership and tac- tics, tactical and radio communications systems and communications center operations. Gregory Perrone U.S. Navy Fireman Gregory R. Perrone, son of Richard J. and Barbara A. Perrone of West Road, Redwood Valley, recently reported for duty aboard the combat store ship, USS Mars, homeported in Oakland. LuisToscano Spec. 4 Luis Toscano, son of Mary Lou Figueroa and stepson of Alfonso Figueroe of Ukiah, has been decorated with the Army Achievement Medal in West Germany. The medal is awarded to soldiers' for meritorious service, acts of courage or other accomplishments. Toscano is an armor crew member with the 68th Armor Division. Matt Scribner Airman 1st Class Matt S. Scribner, son of Leland J. Scribner of Dixon and Susan M. Scribner of Leggett, has graduated from the jet engine mechanic course at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. During the course, Scribner learned repair and maintenance of jet enginers with emphasis on ground safety practices when using ground support equipment. This also earned him credits towards an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Thomas Kopman Airman Thomas D. Kopman, son of Thomas R. Kopman of Ridgewood Road in Willits and Michele A. Murphy of Guerneville, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force electrical power production course at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He learned to operate and maintain electrical power generation equipment, . He also earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Mark Jay Seaman recruit, Mark J. Jay, son of Bill B. and Gladys Devine of Ruddick- Cunningham Road, Ukiah, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command in San Diego. During Jay's eight weeks of instruction, he studied general military subjects designed to prepare him for on-the-job training. He studied seamanship, close order drill, Naval history and first aid and earned three hours of college credit in physical education and hygiene. CALENDAR Tonight SHORIN-RYU KARATE, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for children, 5 p.m. for adults. Potter Valley Grange Hall, 10205 Main St., Potter Valley NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 640 S. Orchard Ave., Ukiah, or call hotlines and ask for 462-5943. WOMEN'S (closed) AA meeting, 6:30 p.m., 2205 S. State St., Ukiah. NEW LIFE PROGRAM OF WOMEN FOR SOBRIETY 7:30 p.m., Annex to Department of Public Health Offices, 890 N. Bush St., Uklah. AL-ANON, ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS meeting, 8 p.m., cafeteria, Uklah Adventist Hospital, 275 Hospital Dr. NEW YEAR'S PARTY AND DANCE, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1337 S. Dora St., Ukiah (No drugs, alcohol or tobacco). No charge. Sunday dress. Music for all ages. Midnight breakfast. NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE/PARTY, by Uklah Singles, 9 p.m. to 1 a m., Ukiah Municipal Clubhouse, 600 Park Blvd. Buffet, prizes, hats and horns. $6 donation. Music by Dry Creek Band. FREE TAXI RIDES, 10 p.m. to 2a.m., call MTA, 462-3809. Thursday CHIT CHAT Plymire/ Kincade New Year's dance by singles group Incorrect Henry Plymire's high school sweetheart, and now his wife, was born Edella Elder, not Edella Kincade as reported in The Journal last Wednesday. Kincade was Edella's mother's maiden name. "Babe," Plymire's nickname for his wife, was Edella Wilkes for many years. This is the name by which she has been known to many friends and associates before her November 1986 wedding to the boy she met on a blind date in 1942. Ukiah Singles will sponsor a New Year's Eve dance/party tonight at the Municipal Clubhouse, 600 Park Blvd., Ukiah. Dancing will be from 9 p.m. to 1, to the music of the Dry Creek Band. There will be a buffet, prizes, hats, and horns, organizers have announced. Admittance will be $6. More information regarding the event may be obtained by phoning 485-7200 or 463-0863. FELLOWSHIP GROUP AA MEETING, 8:30 a.m., 12 noon, 8 p.m., 2205 S. State St. Call 463-1199. GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM open from 10 a.m. to 4:30, 431 S. Main St., Ukiah. ALANON MEETING, noon 741 S. Oak St., Ukiah. SUPPORT GROUP FOR BATTERED WOMEN, 1 to 3 p.m., Project Sanctuary, 330 N. Main St.. Call 462-9196. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6-7 p.m., 2193 S. State St., Ukiah. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 6 p.m., 741 S Oak St. in the rear. Open to the public, no fees, no dues, no weigh-ins. Call 485- Jessica Bradley and Scott Billigmeier Bradley/Billigmeier BARBERSHOP HARMONY CHORUS, 7:30 p.m., Pomolita School cafetorlum. (Exception: fourth Thursday, 8:15 p.m., after singing at hospitals.) Phone 462-2800 or 744-1336. WOMEN FOR SOBRIETY NEW LIFE GROUP, 7:30 p.m., Public Health Dept, 890 N. Bush St. Phone 468-8256. CLEAN AND SOBER AA GROUP, gay and lesbian meeting at Lucky Deuce, Blue Bonnet Lane, Ukiah. Phone 463-1199 for information. SMOKELESS AA MEETING, 8 p.m., Senior Citizens Center, 497 Leslie St. GRATITUDE STEP STUDY AA, 8 p.m., 640 Orchard Ave., Uklah Saint Pauls, a quaint, old church in Cambridgeshire, England, was setting for the wedding of Scott Billigmeierr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Billigmeier of Ukiah, and Jessica Bradley. Scott is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, military intelligence division. Jessica, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bradley of Wisbech, England, was a secretary-receptionist for the Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service. Following the ceremony, the couple enjoyed a short honeymoon trip to Bath and York, England. They left soon after- wards for Scott's new assignment in Zineibruckem, Germany. The couple's wedding party included officers from the U.S. Army and the Royal Air Force, in addition to family and friends of the bride. Scott's sister, Melanie Fulton of Antibes, France, also attended. memories START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT... 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