"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
Vol.5 No.1

"I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands
aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to
the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war
is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends of The Nocturnes,

We have a number of late-breaking news items for you with this special edition of "Night News - FLASH!"

First and foremost, we are pleased to announce a brand-new Photo Tour to the West of Ireland - and a special NEW rate! The dates for the trip are May 8-18, 2003. The rest of the trip is just like the tours we've offered the past two years - noly with a major reduction in price. Because we are working directly with Ron Rosentsotck in Ireland, a photographer who bought a former "Bread and Breakfast (Irish Tourist Board - certified) to host Photographic Groups in Irleand, we are able to offer this 10day Photographic Tour for only $1500.00. This is exactly the same tour that large tour groups (including Voyagers, whom we travelled with the past few years) offer for a land cost of $2695 - $2995. Our relationship with Ron Rosenstokc goes back over 20 years, when Tim Baskerville took a nnumber of Workshops that Ron was offering in Ireland at the time. As Tim says: " . . . it was life-changing. I immediately felt like I had 'come back home' in this land of saints and scholars!"

The west of Irleand is a beautiful, peaceful part of the Island and May is a great month to visit. Good weather previals, fields are covered with wild rhododendron, and wild fucshia lines the roadside for mies. This is the time to ramble the hillsides, photographing the landscape before the growth of summer blocks some of the views.

If you've been thinking of signing up for one of our tour to the Emerald Isle, now (in May, that is) is the time to do it! At theis special reduced rate - almost 50% off - this trip is bound to fill up fast. More details are available online at - htttp://www.thenocturnes.com/ireland.htm - where there is a Registration Form (PDF) you can download, and fax/mail in to us. While you are there, be sure to have a look at the work done by Michael Quinn on our trip to Ireland last year! In additon, should you want to speak to past particpants of our Irish Photogrpahic Workshops, we can provide emails of people who are happy to talk to you regarding some of the great points of the trip, from a particpant's perspective.

There are still a few spots left for our winter AlumNight event, Jan 18, 2003, from 6-9pm (and after), at Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco. But, once again, you'll need to act fast - let us know by 7pm of your interest and we will send you (via email) the room number and other particulars.

Updated AlumniLinks:
Robert Follett / http://www.artandlife.com
(Let us know if we missed your site!)

"Dream Date #2, Death Valley" and "Dream Date #5, Death Valley" by Tim Baskerville are included in the exhibit "Time and Transcendence" at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center. The show runs from Jans 29 thru March 1, 2003, and "examines the transcendence of moving, bending, and curving time." Part and parcel for Night Photography, where the shortest distance between two points in NOT a straight line! And here's the URL - http://www/mountainartcenter.org

Tim Baskerville has a print from the above-mentioned "Dream Date" Series included in the Berkeley Art Center's Annual Members Showcase. The exhibit runs thru February 15, 2003. Go to - http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org - for hours, directions, etc.

Yet another "Dream Date" by Tim appears in the Faculty Show at U.C. Berkeley Extension, slated for February 13 to April 1, 2003, with a reception on Wednesday, February 26, from 6-8 PM - including other work by S.F. Bay Area phtogrphaphic luminariesn Mark Citret, Michelle Vignes, Margaratta Mitchell, Judy Date, Darwin Marable, and Barbara Thompson. (Yes, we at The Nocturnes, have been known engage in a little "name-dropping" from time-to-time!)

This concludes this special FLASH! edition of "Night News" - and welcome to 2003! On a personal level, it looks like a good one ahead.

As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenews.htm

And, when you're out on the streets this weekend, whether marching, photographing, or just enjoying your life, it's important, now more than ever, to remember: "... lets just be careful out there."

Susan Nichols

"It's been ages since you visited any of us . . . "

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