Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Pierce Peter Brandt photographer by Scott R. Kline (c) 2014

Pierce Peter Brandt has been performing since he was a kid. Growing up in Palo Alto, he was the lead in Oliver, when TheatreWorks first staged the musical.

He went south to attend USC but left college for his first paid gig as a singer on a cruise ship, followed by similar jobs, both on the high seas and at amusement parks.

In 1994, Broadway beckoned, and with it, a reality check. “I was in the original cast of Martin Guerre and quickly learned you need to be an actor who sings, not a singer who acts.

“I’d memorized one of the songs, but the show’s associate director asked me to perform it as a monologue, not as a song. I recall thinking ‘I can’t do a song without the music.’”

It’s that lesson — and others — that he’s bringing to Menlo Park this summer in two workshops for kids ages 10-18, which will take place at Bridgepoint Music on July 13 and July 27.  The workshops — called “Singer’s Circuit Training for Musical Theater” — are a program of Performance Singing, which Pierce runs along with voice instructor Wendy Waller.

“Singers need to make a big investment on the performance side,” he said. “The lyrics of a song only give you 10 to 20% of the story telling that needs to happen. The rest is up to the actor.

“That’s how singers/actors make songs their own. Fifty different people can perform the same song, and it will always be different.

“If you can act a song well, what you do with your voice and your vocal ability becomes less important. True, there are some roles that require a stellar voice, but it’s really more about acting.”

In addition to the upcoming workshops — registration is available online or by calling (415) 683-0455 — Pierce teaches both at the American Conservatory Theater and privately.

“For the most part, the kids I work with really want to be learning and that makes it fun,” he said. “Sometimes there are surprises. I had one student who was really into sports — she ran track — but she’s now switched and wants to pursue a degree in musical theater when she heads off to college.”

Photo by Scott R. Kline

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Spotted: Connoisseurs Marketplace sign – one week in advance

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If you’ve been to downtown Menlo Park today, you’ve seen signs warning that Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed between 4:00 pm Friday and 11:59 on Sunday due to the Connoisseurs Marketplace. All well and good, except the event is next weekend, July 19-20. More details are available online

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Susan and Sanford Carnahan’s photos on display at Atherton Library – talk scheduled for July 13

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Husband and wife Susan and Sanford Carnahan are having their first joint exhibit of photographs. The photos are on display at the Atherton Library through August 30, and the Menlo Park-based couple will be giving a talk at the Library on Sunday, July 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Emails Susan: “Sandy has 18 images on display, […]

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Local startup – PeerVids – founded on idea that teens learn best from other teens

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Based on the premise that teens learn best from other teens, a group of high school students and recent high school graduates from Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, and Portola Valley recently launched a startup. The company, PeerVids, makes online educational videos taught by high school students with the subject matter correlating directly with the textbooks and courses […]

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Spotted: Douglas Iris along the trail at Purisima

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Photographer and hiking enthursiast Bruce Frymire of Menlo Park captured this Douglas Iris in the springtime on the Whittemore Gulch Trail in the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

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Sculptor turned doctor turned archeologist – all in the life of Bob Harris

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Menlo Park resident Bob Harris’s interest in sculpture came early in life. As a boy, he used to carve wooden ships. He continued sculpting while in college, eventually abandoning it to pursue medical school. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst by profession, the Stanford Medical School-based doctor returned to sculpting later in life. “In some ways, I see […]

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Congresswomen Eshoo and Speir host town hall meeting on access to health care for veterans

Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) will host a town hall meeting on access to care at the Palo Alto VA Hospital on Monday, July 7th to provide veterans with the opportunity to ask questions and get answers about the VA’s health care appointment process. Eshoo and Speier will be joined by […]

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Star spangled red, white and blue at reopened Menlo Country Club on the 4th of July

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Atherton resident and photographer Laura Pitchford emailed these star spangled red, white and blue photos taken at the newly reopened Menlo Country Club’s 4th of July festivities today.

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Trending at Menlo Park’s 4th of July parade: Kids with blue and red hair!

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Kids of mainly the 10 and under variety decorated their “rides” and marched with their parents down Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park today as part of the City’s 4th of July celebration. Flag waving by young and old is a constant at this annual hometown event, but this year we spotted a new trend — girls […]

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Where to watch firework displays on the mid-Peninsula

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Both the city of Menlo Park and town of Atherton sent out reminders to residents that fireworks are illegal, urging locals to enjoy firework displays staged by professionals. Depending on cloud conditions, a number of Peninsula-based displays should be viewable from both the flat and higher ground of both municipalities. These include displays launched from […]

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Spotted: Beautiful rose in the garden at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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We guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the well-tended rose garden at Trinity Church in Menlo Park would yield such a beautiful rose. But we think photographer Gillian Bostock captured it perfectly.

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