The Do List is such an uncomplicated show to do most weeks. We look for performances and concerts that may be about the big issues of our time, but are also a lot of fun. But the Ghost Ship fire and the response from local artists has touched us so deeply, it's been hard to cover sometimes. Thirty-six people died in the warehouse fire, among them artists, musicians, and art lovers. As my colleague Gabe Meline has written, it could have been any one of us who attends live shows and cares deeply about the music and art. My co-host David Wiegand and I have compiled a few fundraisers for survivors and families, including an appearance by Moby. If you're feeling lost and sad, these would be good places to find consolation and a hug. We've all needed a few this week.
Dec. 9: The members of the Oakland City Chorus are dedicating Friday night's concert to chorus member Nicole Renae Siegrist and other victims of the Ghost Ship tragedy. Siegrist, a.k.a. Denalda Nicole Renae, was at the warehouse as a performer, with bandmate Ben Runnels, who also died. The chorus is performing the beautiful Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, and other pieces, at the First Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Details here.
Dec. 9: The Oakland Museum of California is dedicating its Friday Nights @ OMCA program to the victims of the fire. The museum is providing a living memorial wall for the community to add their memories, reflections, and messages of love and support. Details here.