Deborah Crooks



Sitting with Agnes-Committed Lines


One of the songs on the upcomong CD 'Little Bird', 'Committed Lines,' was partly inspired by the life and work of artist Agnes Martin. Martin was an internationally renowned Abstract Expressionist who lived much of her life in New Mexico, painting highly minimalist works, often based on lines and grids. She was intent upon conveying inner truth and beauty and was relentless in her pursuit. An article about her work, first read many years ago, was, personally, revelatory. Over the years, I've seen some of her paintings in museums in San Francisco and New York. I was very excited about the opportunity to see the Agnes Martin Gallery in the Harwood Museum of Art, while in Taos earlier this week. Before leaving town on Wednesday, we stopped by the museum (the Harwood had a great collection of contemporary New Mexico artists and a fine representation of Hispanic art and religious iconography as well). The 7 pieces at the Harwood were painted to be exhibited together, and a friend of Martin's constructed the wooden viewing seats, providing a serene setting and an ideal vantage from which to enjoy the paintings. Truth, beauty, yes.
"My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind." - Agnes Martin, 1912-2004

Deborah Crooks & 35 other Musicians @ National Music Day Pop-up Parklet's for a Cause in SF

Friday, June 21, 2013 is National Music Day. In addition to a special performance at The Monkey House in Berkeley that evening, I'm participating in Pop-Up Parklet's for a Cause, 12p - 12:30pm, playing at the parklet in front of Brainwash Cafe,1122 Folsom Street, in San Francisco. More than 35 artists will be performing in Parklets all over the city, a musical happening to raise funds for local charities including Bread & Roses, City Youth Now, Woman, Inc, LYRIC and 5 Gyres.  I hope to raise $100 (suggested donation is only $5) for these organizations that help so many of those in need. Please come on down to Brainwash, grab lunch or a coffee and spare $5 for a good cause. 
If you can't make it down to SOMA at noon, you can donate online at Hear it Local.

 Friday, June 21, 2013
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Hosted By: Matt Lombardi
Parklet @ Brainwash - SOMA
1122 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Also, the person who posts the most "liked" photo or video clip from the festival to will win a free concert in his or her San Francisco-based home or office this summer.

Dinner & a Show, May 13 @ KC Turner's Acoustic Bistro


What is Acoustic Bistro, you ask? Well...Acoustic Bistro is a cool weekly songwriter showcase curated by presenter KC Turner at the lovely Osteria Restaurant in San Francisco. I'm excited to be among three artists performing Monday, May 13, 2013, when I'll alternate the Osteria floor with two other troubadours, San Francisco's Andrew St. James and Pismo Beach artist Spanky.

I'd really love to see you at this gig and raise a glass between sets.

KC Turner Presents Acoustic Bistro @ Osteria

3277 Sacramento St San Francisco, CA
Reservations, call: (415) 771-5030 No Cover. All Ages.

Andrew St James * Deborah Crooks   * Spanky 

Please join us! To guarantee seating please make a reservation today by calling (415) 771-5030.