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TOCA Backstage connects the audience with our performers before they step foot on the stage. You’ll hear from artists about how they got started, what you can expect from their show, what inspires them – and even advice and inspiration for the next genera

TOCA Backstage Christian Wolf

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TOCA Backstage connects the audience with our performers before they step foot on the stage. You’ll hear from artists about how they got started, what you can expect from their show, what inspires them – and even advice and inspiration for the next genera

    031 - Grace & Debbie Fisher

    031 - Grace & Debbie Fisher

    With all the craziness going on in the world today, I have to confess that at times, it seems like we are riding an emotional rollercoaster. Some days we are truly optimistic and some days are filled with despair. Then you meet someone like Grace Fisher.
    I learned about Grace through an old friend of mine who shared some of her videos on her social media page. The video posts were mostly of a young girl in her mid-late teens playing music. She was full of life and you could tell that the music was inside her just waiting to come out.
    5 years ago, Grace lost all ability to move. She can no longer strum her guitar, dance on the stage or do just about anything else that a young girl in her early 20s can do. Still, she has found a way to create music, stay optimistic and enjoy the beauty in life.
    This year marks that 30 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In light of this special day, Easterseals has put together a film challenge honoring people with disabilities. This year, Lynn Montgomery (the director of the feature length documentary ‘Amazing Grace’) entered a 5 minute documentary about Grace’s story. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goLiaNItVrw&t=231s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goLiaNItVrw&t=231s)
    Easterseals’ social media contest for these short videos is an attempt to bring awareness not only to the organization but the ADA as well. The video that gets the most views and shares wins! You have until August 2nd to help Grace’s video win. Please watch, like, and forward this message to help us promote our short. 
    Grace also has a non-profit organization to help young people with disabilities experience the arts. Learn more here: https://www.gracefisherfoundation.org/

    030 - Magician Jon Armstrong

    030 - Magician Jon Armstrong

    Jon Armstrong has won numerous awards including Close Up Magician of the Year. His special brand of humor and magic have been seen in 30 countries, not to mention “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Penn and Teller’s Fool Us” , which caused Penn to exclaim his act as “the most original I’ve ever seen!”
    When you see him live, Jon hopes that you laugh loudly, are amazed by his skills, and most of all, feel like you made a new friend.
    Jon will be performing a truly interactive 45+ minute performance that will blow your mind. Unlike any televised performance by a magician, you know that there are no camera tricks, edits or special effects as it is happening live via Zoom. The performance will be Saturday July 25, 2020 at 7pm

    029 - Janet Klein joins TOCA To Go

    029 - Janet Klein joins TOCA To Go

    Bearing an ever expanding repertoire of, as she puts it, "obscure, lovely and naughty songs from the 1910s, '20s and '30s," Janet Klein is a musical archaeologist hiding in the body of an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine. Her music is as timeless as her personality.

    028 - Jeff Bordes

    028 - Jeff Bordes

    TOCA's SouthBay Festival of the Arts was supposed to be Saturday June 27th. However, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we had to cancel the event. Still, with all that's going on in the world, we'd still like to share the arts with you this weekend.
    On Friday June 26th at 7pm, TOCA will present a live concert, streaming on our Facebook page. Jeff Bordes is an amazing musician who has appeared on TOCA's stages. Together with his guitarist, they will be streaming live from Jeff's porch in Northern California. Don't miss it!

    027 - Laura Ellis & TOCA To Go

    027 - Laura Ellis & TOCA To Go

    The current COVID pandemic has taken its toll on performing arts organizations and performing artists. In hopes to support these artists who are critical to our success, we have created TOCA To Go. A way to support local a...

    026 - Julie Baker

    026 - Julie Baker

    Arts organizations (as well as small businesses) was hit with Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) at the beginning of the year which outlines a new way to determine who is an independent contractor vs an employee. With the changes in the determination, many found that creative artists who were once paid per gig or as an independent contractor were now seen, in the eyes of this bill, as an employee. Needless to say, that has major financial repercussions for these organizations and business. Then, if that wasn’t bad enough, along comes Covid 19 which is close to being the devastating blow to most organizations.
    I reached out to Julie Baker the Executive Director for the Californians for the Arts organization to see if she could help answer some basic concerns. 
    Julie Baker is a seasoned arts and marketing professional. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Californians For The Arts and California Arts Advocates in October of 2018, Julie Baker served on the board for four years as chair of the membership committee and of Confluence, an arts advocacy conference. She serves as the California State Captain to Americans for the Arts', National Arts Action Summit and is chair of the visibility committee for the State Arts Action Network. From 2009-2017, Julie Baker served as the Executive Director of The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts venue and California WorldFest, an annual music and camping festival located in Grass Valley, CA.
    Prior to moving to California, Baker worked in New York City at several prominent art galleries and the international auction house Christie’s before becoming the President of her family’s art marketing agency, Gerngross & Company Inc. In 1998, she moved with her family to Nevada City, CA where she was first employed as a Senior Executive Producer for Tristream, a 20- person web development and marketing/branding company. In 2001, she returned to her passion for the arts and opened Julie Baker Fine Art, a gallery of emerging artists. She was the co-founder of Flow art fair, a satellite art fair to Art Basel Miami Beach. She is active in her local community including serving on the high school Site Council and the board of California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.  

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