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Page 18 Thursday, August 24, 2000 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION


Courtesy of Patricia Brentano Courtesy of Patricia Brentano

Patricia Brentano Bramnick Dazzles Art World While

Juggling Everyday Life

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Pen and Ink


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Amy Grant (1960) By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN

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When Christian Musician Amy Grant of goes up to Heaven, the choir high atop the fluffy white clouds will have a new lead singer.

Selling nearly 18 million records the world over, Grant has captured several Grammy Award nominations for “Song of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” “Best Pop Performance by a Female” and “Album of the Year.” She has garnered a handful of Grammys, Dove Awards and others.

Born in November of 1960 in Augusta, Ga., Grant has crossed over from Christian music to bubblegum pop successfully while maintaining her religious roots. Pigeonholed by critics as a squeaky clean balladeer, Grant has nothing to regret because she is indisputably one of the most dynamic crossover artists and Christian musicians of her time.

With a voice of crystal clarity, Grant has offered showstopping performances from the White House to the Grand Ole Opry. She has also released Christmas albums that truly seize the soul during the holiday season.

Grant’s heart extends to charity. Specifically, the singer sacrifices her personal time to volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and the MakeAWish Foundation.

Although deeply anguished by the end of her 16year marriage to musician Gary Chapman, Grant’s heart was put back into motion when she wed singer Vince Gill on March 10 of this year.

Ska-tch Plains Band ‘Six Goes Home’ Gives Killer Gig at Roselle Park Club

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WESTFIELD — For the past 17 years, Patricia Brentano Bramnick’s life has been a compromise.

“It’s a struggle to be a mom and an artist at the same time,” she admitted. “I would paint during the day when the kids were at school and for the second half of the day I would be performing the duties of a mother. I have had a lot more success in the past couple of years partly because my children are older.” Ms. Brentano has a 17yearold son and a 14yearold daughter with her husband, lawyer Jon Bramnick.

Over the course of three decades, Ms. Brentano’s paintings have been viewed in galleries located all over the United States. However, her artistic journey began in Evansville, Ind. where she was born and raised.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved to draw,” she recalled. “My dad worked in advertising and he used to bring scrap paper home. I would use his scrap paper for my drawings.” While still a high school student, she enrolled in art courses at the University of Evansville.

Motorists’ Makeover Magic Takes Fashion Tips to New Heights, Speeds

Defensive driving has a whole new meaning on today’s roads. The right to style your hair, apply lipstick, slip on your socks or powder your face (all while keeping your eyes on the road) has superseded the importance of safety.

If you’ve seen me at a red light fixing the makeup that happened to slide down my face by 3 p. m. at The Leader/ Times

office, notice that I’m doing it when the driving has come to a halt. For many however, the red light means nada and zilch. So, just because you realize that you don’t like your outfit while driving to work, doesn’t mean you can slip into something more comfortable while finding a parking place. Today’s motorist maneuverings just don’t work that way.

Recently, I heard a story about a woman who realized that the reason her fellow driver was going so slow had nothing to do with rainy pavement or safety precautions. What was the cause? The

other driver had one foot up on the dashboard so she could paint her toenails before going off to work. As if pretty pink toenails would matter in the county morgue which is where this woman would wind up if she caused a multivehicle accident.

I passed a woman this morning on North Avenue in Westfield which prompted me to pen this editorial. With her sunglasses perched on the bridge of her nose, she whipped out a tube of lipstick and started painting her face. WITH THE WHEELS IN MOTION AND A GREEN LIGHT TO BOOT!

Many of you may be laughing while reading this because you are guilty of the very same habit. Others might be “tisking” because this is just the kind of behavior you consider a pet peeve.


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SCOTCH PLAINS – Combine unique guitar riffs with brass instruments and you emerge with “Six Go Home,” a ska band of six teenagers based in Scotch Plains.

Ska, which is defined as “infectious dance music crafted in early 1960s Jamaica out of a mixture of United Stated rhythm and blues and rock and roll,” doesn’t really illustrate the sound of the band.

One has to experience the rare rhythms behind the meshing of guitars and horns as found in the group’s songs “Popular” and “Goodbye Kathleen.”

Six Go Home consists of frontman Jason Ruggiero on guitar, bassist Ken Kocses, drummer Matt Schaible, Luis Cruz on trumpet, saxophonist Matt Deegan and trombonist Joe Rohrer. Luis, Ken and Joe also contribute vocals to Jason’s lead.

Toward the end of his sophomore year in high school around mid1999, Jason started Six Go Home when he met Matt Deegan, Joe and Matt Schaible. Luis and Ken were added to the ensemble in January of 2000. The members will all enter their junior year next year with the exception of Ken and Jason, who will graduate in 2001.

Ska music was introduced to Jason by Joe and another friend. Frontman Jason was influenced by such successful ska bands like “Less Than Jake,” “Reel Big Fish” and New Jersey’s own “Catch 22.” These elements spawned Jason’s desire to form his own ska band. Since he had been playing guitar since the seventh grade, he was qualified to become serious about

his music. Now that desire has become a reality with gigs at local clubs. Six Go Home performed a fivesong set at The Cove in Roselle Park on August 10. They opened with the catchy “Never Again” to get the crowd into the ska rhythms the band produced.

“I thought they were pretty good,” said Cove patron Monika Tomczak of Riverdale after Six Go

Home’s 20minute set at the venue. “I had a fun time.”

The Cove commonly showcases young local bands like Six Go Home which are trying to find some recognition.

Trumpet player Luis felt the band played “awesome” and held a “very energetic” presence on stage.

“They were skankadelic,” commented Lauren Bianco, a fan from the Cove. She referred to this term which describes a type of dance called skanking which ska bands and their fans perform during the shows.

The last song of the set, the speedy “Agent 26” is the band’s

best. With a powerful guitar intro and rapid vocals that “make me want to dance,” said Jesse Nelson of the local group “Pulse.”

Pulse will perform with Six Go Home at The Cove on August 30.

“I think it was great. It was as good as we’ve ever been,” said drummer Matt Schaibl concerning the band’s show.

Six Go Home’s first demo CD, “Entering Skatch Plains, contains four tracks and will be available for sale at all of their shows in addition to new stickers and Tshirts.

The group also played two sets in front of the Scotch Plains Music Center on July 22. Fans and passersby were treated to an array of funky ska beats and powerful, energetic efforts from the guys.

Six Go Home will compete at The Cove in another Battle of the Bands on August 30.

According to Jason, “We definitely have the talent (to make it

Arts & Entertainment

Does One Name Say It All For Trendy Restaurants?


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AREA – The escalating pursuit to be the trendiest restaurant in the industry has certainly exceeded eclectic lamps in the shape of fish or laser lights pulsing on the ceiling. Instead, restauranteurs have turned to the latest craze of all – one name only establishments.

Throughout Manhattan, the most elite of the cell phone toting locals are heard boasting, “I’m going to Rain.” Or “I’ll be at America if you want to stop by.” Across the r i v e r We s t f i e l d e r s will be raving, “I’m on my way to Lime.”

While similar fads have been found in the entertainment industry, “going to rain” doesn’t sound like you are going out to eat. It says more about the weather. “Going to America” brings to mind immigration, not a plate of mashed potatoes with gravy and down home apple pie. since the beginning of time.

Take musicians Cher and Sting, for example. Cherilyn Sarkisian or Gordon Matthew Sumner just don’t roll off the tongue. This leads restaurant owners to believe that if you want to make it big in any industry, abbreviation is key. Keep it short, simple and on the minds of the hungerpanged.

“First of all,” explained Spencer Rothschild of Rain’s eastside location, “you want a name that is easy to recognize, easy to remember and has an element of timeless ness.”

Joe Mortarula of Lime, which will open in midto late fall on the site the former “Details for Home” space on Elm Street in Westfield agreed.

Revealing that there was “a lot of mental crunching” between family members when coming up with the name for Lime, Mr. Mortarula concurred that one name restaurants prevent diners from asking the question “What was the name of that place?” when looking for a

place to eat. “Names are very personal,” Mr. Rothschild explained. “Sometimes the working name which is not intended to be the real name of the restaurant ends up being just that.” He added that when naming an eating establishment, you end up sticking to your first instinct.

The Thai flavor of Rain also with its upscale Asian decor also added to the final selection of the restaurant’s moniker, according to Mr. Rothschild.

“I’ve never known a restaurant to fail solely because of their name,” he told The Westfield Leader and

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Although, he admitted that critics and the press tend to factor in the name when judging the ambiance and fare offered by a restaurant.

Mr. Mortarula is hoping that Lime name will conjure up images of Mexican fare and sophistication which is not related to the quickie combos offered at Taco Bell.

Catering to the silver spooned crowd which includes DKNY (Donna Karan New York), IMG Models agency, Calvin Klein, GQ

and Bristol Myers, the restaurant and nightclub Hush is another

Hush in New York City

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“I had two really good high school art teachers who were very encouraging,” she said. “They pushed me to branch out and take college courses in what I liked to do.”

In 1967, Ms. Brentano received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Washington University and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1971. Several years after the completion of her education, she began earning a living as an art instructor.

From 1974 through 1978, Ms. Brentano held various teaching jobs at the University of Evansville, the Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Evansville chapter of the Boys’ Club of America and the University of Wisconsin in Kenosha and Milwaukee.

Finally, after four years of teaching she made a decision that changed her life. Ms. Brentano quit her job in Milwaukee and moved to New York City where she hoped to forge a successful career as a painter.

It was while living in the Big Apple that she met her husband Jon and took part in a 1981 group exhibition at the Kathryn Markel Gallery on 57th Street. On July 17 and December 12, 1981, Ms. Brentano’s art was auctioned off by Sotheby’s, and in 1982, she held her first one woman exhibition at the Aaron Berman Gallery, also located on 57th Street.

“I didn’t just come in off the street,” she explained. “My husband introduced me to Aaron Berman and that’s how my exhibition there came about. Knowing people is the key. Walking in off the street is very hard to do.”

Her second one woman exhibition took place later that year at the Deicas Art Gallery in La Jolla, Calif.

After the birth of their son, the Bramnicks moved to Jon’s native city of Plainfield. Their house was located down the street from the Swain Galleries, where Ms. Brentano would go on to hold six one woman exhibitions (1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1997, 1999). The family, which grew to include a daughter, moved to Westfield after 10 years of residency in Plainfield.

Ms. Brentano has remained quite busy. In the past, she has donated her artistic talent to charitable organizations such as the AIDS Benefit Committee by painting house portraits for benefit auction winners. She also painted murals of Noah’s Ark and creation in Temple EmanuEl and painted

Lava Lamp Creator Dies

Of Cancer


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LONDON – In the early 1960s, Edward Craven Walker put the world under a trance when he invented a lamp with illuminated goo that collapsed, reinvented itself and flowed in

endless patterns. The creator of the lava lamp, one of the most common fashion

symbols of the psychedelic era, died of cancer

at the age of 82 on Tuesday.

T h e Singapore native who was

born on the Fourth of July

once stated, “If you buy my lamp, you won’t need drugs.”

Walker happened upon the idea for the lava

lamp when he was in a pub in

Hampshire, England. He

based the contraption on

an egg timer. A light bulb at the base of a glass tube which was filled with wax and water would heat the gooey contents. The wax would rise to the top, cool and sink to the bottom of the lamp. And the entrancing cycle would begin.

Originally called the “Astro Lamp,” Walker perfected the process of the fashionable flowing lava before he started manufacturContinued

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Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader and The Times

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