Monday, November 22, 2010

Artsboretum Update

The Capital Campaign is still in effect - you may choose to donate now to the Artsboretum project fund, or pledge to donate in the future!
Join the effort to preserve the former location of the Plant Studios for a new level of service to the community as The Plant Studios' Artsboretum - a non-profit music arts incubator!

Music is a vehicle for change.

Friday, October 29, 2010

38 Years Ago Today

The Record Plant Sausalito opened. Help us preserve and reopen it in time for the next anniversary! Join us!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Almost time to Thrill the World!

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE ATTEMPT A NEW WORLD RECORD for Simultaneous Thriller Dance - the event is "Thrill the World" produced internationally by Inessens and co-produced locally by Artsboretum and A Vehicle for Change.

Click here to sign up and join us or just Adopt a Zombie to support the event and your favorite local cause.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


As you may remember, on October 24,2009, Artsboretum held our first Thrill the World Fundraising Event - It was SO much fun - and we raised some funding for The Plant Studios Artsboretum project!

This year, I'm opening this event up to help my colleagues who need to raise money for their non-profit organizations - at NO cost to sign up.
We've already paid the sign up fee, and have everything else set up : venue (beautiful Gabrielson Park), rehearsal space in Sausalito, online registration, etc.

Think about it - When was the last time you participated in a fundraiser that required a few hour lead time, had NO start up costs, allowed you to dress up and dance like a zombie with people of all ages from all over the world, learn a skill that is sure to make you a hit at every Halloween or 80's dance party - AND had the potential to give your organization 85-90% of all funds you raised?

Now that I have your attention - here's how it works:

For your organization to participate in Thrill the World Sausalito, all you need to do is PRE-REGISTER at least one fan or friend to dance as a zombie to Thriller at our "officially sanctioned" event #4086 at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito - 4:00 pm SHARP on October 23rd. Sure, you can have more than one zombie dance for your organization - the more the merrier and each will help you raise funds!

To raise more funds for your organization, you and/or your zombie dancer(s) will ask your friends to register and donate through our "adopt a zombie" ticket option. (be sure to include the link to this blog, and/or our event registration link in all your tweets, facebook status updates, etc.) During registration, your friends will be asked "Who's your Zombie?" and all they have to do is type your name in the box!

LEARN THE DANCE BEFORE THE EVENT: All that is needed to learn it is desire to view the teaching videos and/or come to one or two Sausalito rehearsals next week - most people, who have never danced before - learn it in a couple of hours! More info on our LEARN THE DANCE page:

After we deduct the direct costs of the event from the proceeds (flyer printing, sign up fee, etc) and licensing fees (estimated 12-15% of overall total) we'll donate the remainder to our non-profit partners! The more donations we are able to raise, the higher the percentage we can give back!
(In order to be an official Thrill the World event, we happily remit 10% to TTW Int'l to make sure this wonderful fundraising opportunity can be sustainable.)

BTW: We'll also give a recognition award to the organization that raises the most funds - and sent out a press release! Great exposure for your .org!

For more info, please feel free to call me or check out the event link. -
Don't take too long to decide, though, because the event is FAST approaching and rehearsals start Saturday, October 16th!
If this sounds to good to be true - it isn't - learning this dance is hard work - but it WILL be the most fun you've probably ever had at a FUNdraiser!

Best Regards,
Mari Tamburo

Artsboretum is a program of International Humanities Center, a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code


For all information - please CLICK HERE go to our event link!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


West Marin - 10/09/2010 - Ranch Nicasio - a completely different vibe and a completely different show - Call to reserve advance tickets $12 : 415-662-2219 or pay more on the day of the show: $15
If you subscribe to the "DIRT" email me proof that you bought an advance ticket and I'll have a special personalized "thank you" gift waiting for you at the show. It will be different than the "thank you" gift for the 142 show, unique to this Rancho show! So, please call and reserve your spot asap! 415-662-2219
By the way, speaking of the Rancho, did you know that Angela Strehli really deserves a lot of the credit for motivating me to start this album? Here's why: about six years ago, after I sat in on a few impromptu tunes with the Rancho All Stars, Angela called me the next day and said, "I feel as if we've discovered a treasure." Now you can only imagine how, someone like me, a singer who's been slugging out in clubs for most of my career and who had pretty much given up on a lot of my dreams by that point in my life, would feel at a moment like that. I mean, think about it -here is the very same Angela Strehli - who is referred to by many true blues aficionados as the "Queen" of the 80's Austin blues scene, which also spawned Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lou Ann Barton and Marcia Ball - and she's taking the time to call ME and say something like that? Well, I was so floored by her kindness and generosity of spirit, that I still get choked up to this day just thinking about that phone call. Plus, Mike Duke, the wonderful singer/player/songwriter (he wrote "Power of Love" the Huey Lewis hit) who plays in the Rancho Nicasio All Stars - appears on "Can't Go Back." How could we NOT do a show at the Rancho to celebrate the CD release? Anyway, hope to see you there! -- MM

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

LOCALS ONLY CARD - 20% discount!

NEW!! Use the discount code: tloc72 to save 20% on a Locals Only Card, which entitles you to even more discounts at over 50 + restaurant and services in San Francisco!
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Feel free to pass this tip along to your friends in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Sausalito and Mill Valley locations coming soon...

Saturday, June 19, 2010


This week, we would like to shine a light on the work of artist Justin Shull.

We especially enjoy his Terrestrial Shrub Rover and Porta Hedge - which are inspiring us to take our Artsboretum-Mobile to a whole new level!

Check out a short documentary about him, ARTIFICIAL GREEN

Check out more of his projects here:

Friday, June 18, 2010


June 26th - Hands Across the Sand - at a beach near you protest against offshore drilling!

July 4th - Celebrate Sausalito's Independent Spirit and Unique Cultural and Music History - downtown Sausalito.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

BAN Use of Methyl Iodide!

The public has until June 29th to state its opposition to use of Methyl Iodide as a pesticde in CA. The EPA approved its use in 2007, even after 50 scientists, 5 of them Nobel Laureates, advised against its use.
Methyl iodide is so reliably carcinogenic that it's used in the lab to cause cancer. Scientists say it "cannot be used safely," yet Gov. Schwarzennegger has pushed its approval. We have until the end of June to register public outrage.
How can you help?:
1) Call the Governor & demand that methyl iodide not be approved for use in California: (916) 445-2841
2) Comment by email:
3) Sign an online petition and get more information:
Pesticide Action Network Methyl Iodide page

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Artsboretum Around Town

SUNDAY May 30th:
Youth Rock the Rebuild! Young music activists raise funding for kids in Haiti, downtown Mill Valley: MORE INFO:

1st 2010 Caledonia Street Spring Faire
produced by the City of Sausalito, in partnership with the Sausalito Nursery School.
Caledonia Street Fair WEBSITE
Band Schedule:
Whiskey Pills 11:15am- 12:45pm
Belly Dance 1pm- 1:45pm
Hands on Fire 2pm- 2:30pm
Eugene Huggins 4pm- 5:30pm
House of Samba Kids Concert 11am- 12:15pm
Little Gym Demo 12:30pm- 1pm
Tim Cain 1pm- 1:45pm
Terry/ Ballet 2pm- 2:45pm
Crunchy Frog 3:15pm- 4:45pm

MONDAY - Memorial Day -
Mill Valley Pancake breakfast 7:00 am and Memorial Day Parade - then onto the Community Center for a fun fair - with music by James Moseley Band.

For more local choices in YOUR area - go check out Local Music Vibe

For the Bayou at FURTHER - (In Calaveras County) also - Text "MFR" to 90999 to make a $5 donation to support the effort to save Louisiana's wetlands, an area that was in danger even before this catastrophic BP oil mess : FOR THE BAYOU INFO

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Need Books for your Art?

Do you incorporate old books into your art or "upcycle" them into new products?
Share your links and photos with us! Contact your local library! I recently volunteered at a local library - and was distressed to find out that some libraries still throw some books out in the trash! While most libraries have a "Friends of the Library" organization that sells books, some do end up in the trash - so please call and offer to pick them up!
Or, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact me directly to find out where you can get books for FREE - that would otherwise end up in the landfill?

btw - cool blog find of the week - thanks to Maker Faire:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Come visit us at the Marin Human Race!

Saturday, May 8th from 7:30 - 11:30, Artsboretum will be hosting a "Green Tent" for musicians donating their time and talents at the Marin Human Race. We'll be near Booth #'s 26, 27 & 28, so come by and say "hello."
Where: Marin Civic Center in and around the pond.

Check out the list of musicians:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Artsboretum April Meetup!

Reminder: Tonight is our April Meetup! if you would like to meet and mingle with like minded, conscious, creative souls, then we'll see you at 6:30 tonight at Horizons!

Check out our events calendar for details:

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Earth Day Marin Green Song Contest

Winners of the Green Song Contest

Top Performer Winner (will play at Earth Day Marin 4/24 - College of Marin): “Regeneration” by Sofi Rox (aka Sofi Setrakain)

Platinum Winner – “Silent Spring” by Dore Coller (Savannah Blue)
*Gold Winner – “Use it Again” by Murray Orrick*(Let’s Go Green)
*Silver Winner – “Global Warmin” by Elmo Shropshire/Rita Abrams*(Dr. Elmo)
Bronze Winner – “Rescue” by Scott Stephens (Liquid Blue)

Promising Young Performer Local – Matt Jaffe for “Scientific Reasoning” and “Sitting Ducks”
Promising Young Performer National – Augustina Mensa-Kwao (Tenacious T) for “Nature’s Worth”

Honorable Mentions (random order):
“Believe” – by Nicole Sutton & Mark McGee (Luv Planet)
“Ballad of Ballad of John Francis, Planetwalker” – by John Wilson
“A Beautiful World” - by Julie Steier
“Peace For Our Planet Earth” by Paul Feia

for more info, please go here:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Arts Advocacy Day

Celebrate Arts Advocacy Day by joining the Artsboretum! Supporting our work will help stimulate the economy though the arts. For more information, please read our FAQ

Monday, April 5, 2010


Only one week to enter your song in the Earth Day Marin Green song contest!

Monday Night Meeting of the Minds...

We are doing it again next week! - April 12th! Same time, same place. Horizon's Happy Hour 5-7. If you need more info than that, you really haven't been paying attention...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Saying Good bye to Maria Maria Mill Valley tonight...

We are sad to see the closing of another venue for local musicians in restaurant Maria Maria. We would like to thank the kind staff for all their support during our benefit night, which helped us to raise the funds for us to file the paperwork for our own 501c3.

Join us for a goodbye toast tonight after your Easter dinner.
651 East Blithdale

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Do you have any songs promoting environmental consciousness? You are invited to participate in Earth Day Marin 2010’s GREEN SONG CONTEST 2010!
A panel of professional musicians, songwriters and music industry professionals will be judging entries for lyrics, musical content, performance, and overall Green-ness! Judges include musician/Artsboretum founder Mari (Mack) Tamburo, Arne Frager (The Plant Studios), Singer-songwriter, guitarist and concert producer Jack Irving, and Kyle Alden (The Gas Men and Roots Music School).
- A live performance opportunity on the Main Music Stage at the Earth Day Marin Festival on Saturday, April 24 in Kentfield, CA
- 3 Hours of Recording/Mixing time with Christopher Krotky at 7 Generations Studios in Forest Knolls
Other prizes TBD:
- Musical Merchandise
- Musical Instruction/Mentoring
Entrants who are not able to perform locally on April 24th are still eligible to enter and will be awarded "honorable mention" in our Just for Fun category.

Contest Details:

Please visit LOCAL MUSIC VIBE for complete details.

Monday, March 29, 2010

MEETUP TONIGHT in MARIN : 6:00-8:00 pm

Join us at the first Artsboretum Meetup at Horizons! It's an opportunity for creative people to mix and mingle in a fun setting. No, there won't be any live music, but afterward, you have your choice of options nearby - we'll have a list.

Just be sure to bring plenty of business cards and be open to meeting new people - you never know, you just might find your next creative collaborator. NO COVER CHARGE. Just pay for what you eat or drink:
WHERE: HORIZONS Restaurant, 558 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965-2206 (415) 331-3232
WHEN: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
$5 well drinks, $5 20 oz. or $3 12 oz. drafts, 1/2 off all wine, and $5 bar appetizers.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The "DIRT" v.3.1.10

Thanks again to all of you who participated in our SOLD OUT "For the Love of Music" fundraising event in Mill Valley!
Our next Artsboretum Meetup is Monday, March 29th  - 6-8 pm at Horizon's in Sausalito so SAVE THE DATE! And, you might want to mark your calendars, because we'll be getting together every LAST Monday of the month after that! - RSVP:CLICK HERE to send an email to RSVP
Artsboretum is growing like crazy - now is a wonderful time to get more involved in your music arts community by applying to serve on our Board of Directors or volunteer! If you are interested in helping to preserve a precious piece of music history, preserve the art and craft of high quality recording and build a new music industry that is fair to artists and gives back to the community, please send your cover letter and resume to - Thanks!
Also, we are steadily making progress towards our first phase seed funding goal and every little donation gets us one step closer to taking The Plant Studios' Artsboretum vision from concept to completion!If you haven't yet made a pledge for our IPO campaign - please visit HERE and check it out!
ALSO here's a FLASHBACK TRACK for March:  Elvin Bishop : Take a listen to this great recording - and if you buy it from our link below, a portion of your purchase will help to support the Artsboretum!  Elvin Bishop concert at Record Plant on 26 Mar 75
Elvin Bishop was first introduced to the world music scene as a guitarist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He remained in that group for the better part of the 1960s, before launching a solo career in the early 1970s. Based in the Bay Area, Bishop soon became a staple on the San Francisco blues scene, playing a number of clubs throughout the west coast. He is now a living legend, but still plays locally!
Speaking of donations, we know these are hard economic times, but most of us still find time and funds to do some shopping for life's necessities and if you are one of the millions of people who shops online, please take a moment to visit our: ta daaa...
Online shopping is a great way to save time, money and gas - and If we are going to do some online shopping, a percentage of our purchases might as well be going to a good cause, right? Feel free to share this link with your friends! We are adding new store sponsors everyday - so bookmark it!
Thanks so much for your support - moral, physical and/or financial - it's ALL appreciated! See you soon - and 'til then
Founder, Artsboretum

p.s. Tax deductible donations through our ONLINE DONATION LINK -- are always welcome and appreciated

Sunday, January 17, 2010

JOIN US 2/8/10 - "For the Love of Music" !

Join us February 8th Maria Maria in Mill Valley - All day, 15% of purchases will be donated to the Artsboretum and in the evening - a apecial "open mic" - scheduled: Zakiya Hooker, Archie Hooker, "Maiden Lane" featuring Grahame Lesh, our founder, Mari Mack, host Jon Korty and many more - Reservations: 415-381-1070