CRITIC’S CHOICE: Local Artists Making It Better

SF Fringe Festival’s “Pulp Scripture”, cabaret and recording artist Hélène Renaut, and teenage YouTube vocalist Jesaiah Baer

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

ONE NIGHT ONLY — “PULP SCRIPTURE”
A BENEFIT PERFORMANCE FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL

“Pulp Scripture”, the play that swept the SF Fringe with 8 awards, including Best New Comedy, will return Saturday night, October 3rd, for a command performance at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street. This special encore from Original Sin Productions is a benefit for the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Many agree the Bible is the foundation of family values, right? Sure … if those values include incest, human sacrifice, oral sex, eye-gouging, and perversions that would make Larry Flynt blush. PULP SCRIPTURE: The Bible stories they didn’t teach you in Sunday School. Like, the forbidden alliance of “Lot and His Daughters”. Seems the sisters get their father drunk – and, well, Dad just can’t remember a thing! Then there’s the one about “Human Sacrifice at Father-Son Camping Trip”. And more! Headlines straight from the Tabloids: Widow Becomes Hooker, Tricks Father-in-law into Getting her Pregnant / Strongman Sold to Rival Gang by Girlfriend, Eyes Gouged Out! / Crowd of Randy Sodomites Have Their Way With House Guests!  “Unbelievable!” you say? See it for yourself at the EXIT. The amazing cast features Roz Hester, Roy Shakked, Sally Clawson, Sally Carter, Roy Eisenstein, Sean San Jose, Sickie Riffer, You, Stacy Ross, Shannon Malone, Shar Rednour, Shelah Barr, Stephan Smith Collins, Steffanos Xanthoudakis, Stephanie Sheh, Stephanie Rosenbaum, Steve Marvel, Stephen Anderson, Stephanie Erb, Stefan A M Adamek, and Sally Dana. For ticket information: BrownPaperTickets.com

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PULP SCRIPTURE. Photo, Richard Morgenstein

VINYL IS BACK!

Local artist Hélène Renaut invites you to return to the audio wonders of vinyl and her latest recording with Autumn Ferment Records. Sharing sides with Edinburgh’s Emily Scott (“Pond Dipping”), Hélène’s composition, “Bumblebee”, is a romantic stroll through innocence and love. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful and the overlay of her harmonies reflect the charm of the lyrics – “so light and fancy free.” This 7” split yellow vinyl marks the debut of a series by Autumn Ferment called “Seasonal Sevens”. The collection is scheduled to continue through Spring 2010.

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HÉLÈNE RENAUT

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The music of Hélène Renaut oscillates between gentle folk, British-influenced pop, and compositions that come closer to a song-poem. Listen and you will be met by a unique harmonic flair, poetic lyrics, and melodies that have been compared to “a paintbrush on figure skates” for their beautiful shapes – all delivered in an accomplished, yet heartrending French accented voice. Following the self-released 2005 ‘Perfection’s somewhere near your bones’, a new album is in the making. This collection of songs, titled ‘The Deer Convention’ after one of the songs, showcases Hélène’s songcraft at its best while marking a new era in collaboration for the singer-songwriter. Recorded by Jason Quever of Papercuts, it boasts contributions by Jasmyn Wong and Donovan Quinn of the Skygreen Leopards, long time collaborator Matt Montgomery, Mr. Quever himself, as well as members of the Mumlers. UK listeners already know one song from the groundbreaking compilation, “We Are All Circling the Stars” (Cosmos Recordings, Feb ’08).

Check out Hélène’s recordings on MySpace:
Bumblebee
The Wisdom of the Dove
The Way You Looked At Me
To Be A Child
L’amour La Poésie

INTRODUCING JESAIAH BAER

I am proud to present my 13-year-old client, Jesaiah Baer, an incredibly versatile singer and very determined performing artist. Check out this YouTube of her performing Christina Aguilara’s “Aint No Other Man” during a recent American-Idol-type competition in Morgan Hill. Jesaiah has a legitimate two-octave range between Low G and High G and can peel the wallpaper with her belting chops. Her performance repertoire includes contemporary and vintage Rock, Broadway and Film classics, standards from the American Songbook, and a knock-out rendition of The National Anthem. Jesaiah is an emerging beauty. Fans of the teenaged Judy Garland will marvel at her delivery of “The Boy Next Door” and “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart”. And move over, Shirley Bassey! Jesaiah Baer’s mature and sophisticated renditions of “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever” are liquid gold and ‘Bond girl’ fabulous.

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JESAIAH BAER – sings “Ain’t No Other Man”

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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