Media Life: Smithsonian gives Auburn pop-up author a double dip of fame

Ikeda's, Lost Rocker Hendrix get magazine mention; Black & White Ball returns, sort of
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The Smithsonian Institution is giving Auburn pop-up book creator Dave Carter a double dip of fame. Not only is one of Carter’s most spectacular works prominently displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s new “Paper Engineering” exhibit. But the same creation – from the 2004 art pop-up book “One Red Dot” – is front and center as the featured photo for the September issue of Smithsonian magazine’s “Around the Mall: Editor’s Picks” column. While Carter isn’t mentioned by name, the photo of his free-flowing pop-up takes up much of the page and provides a glimpse into the more than 50 works spanning seven centuries the Washington, D.C. exhibit will have on view through fall 2011. Carter said he hasn’t yet seen the exhibit but plans to tie a visit to the museum in with a book signing there next spring. Carter is at work on a new art pop-up book for a French publisher that should be out in Europe in 2012, while continuing to create more in a series of children’s books. The children’s books have sold more than 6 million copies while the art books – marketed for “children of all ages” – haven’t found a bigger market in the United States yet. That’s despite a couple of years when the New York Times listed Carter’s creations among the 10 best illustrated books of the year. Thus the French publication. Carter said the series of “Red Dot” books has done very well in Europe. The recent success in the adult world – including a national TV appearance on “The Martha Stewart Show” – are welcome but Carter said he’s just as proud that his kids’ pop-ups have entertained and then helped nudge reluctant younger readers into the wide world of books. MORE MAGAZINE MENTIONS Speaking of locals popping up in widely read publications, that’s Glen Ikeda of Auburn’s Ideda’s Market smiling for the camera with food writer Gwen Schoen in a photo illustrating the start of apple season for the September/October issue of California Country magazine. Schoen’s “The farmer and the foodie” column highlights Glen and brother Steve’s 40 acres of fruit orchards in Auburn and their family’s markets in Auburn and Davis. Glen helps walk Schoen through the attributes of the top five apple varieties – Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith. AUBURN ROCKER IN FRENCH FANZINE Not to be outdone, Auburn’s “Lost Rocker” can be seen gracing the cover of a French music fanzine. Rock and Roll Revue’s inside pages profile the life of Al Hendrix, whose 1950s and 1960s recordings never became nationwide hits after some regional buzz but continue to be prized by collectors and fans of early rock and rockabilly. And Hendrix, now in his early 70s, keeps on rockin.’ A recent chat revealed that Hendrix has the rockabilly quaver in his voice going full throttle in a new recording “My ’50 Cad Romance.” And he’s set to perform as featured guest during Saturday’s 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. show by San Francisco’s Bonedrivers at the Sierra Grill Smokehouse in Auburn … Continuing on the theme of “things rockabilly,” ex-Stray Cats bass player Lee Rocker is scheduled to play the Gold Country Fair next Thursday but it now looks like the band will be stretching out musically a bit more than anticipated. Early schedules from the fair had Rocker doing two shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. but he’s now penciled in to do one 90-minute long set starting at 8 p.m. … And continuing further on with Gold Country Fair items, KAHI 950’s Dave Rosenthal has come up with a great idea to keep the good times rolling for partiers who just can’t put down the fact that Auburn’s late great Black & White Ball is no more. Tainted Love, one of the ball’s favorite acts, is playing the fair on Friday, Sept. 10. Rosenthal mused on his “Afternoon Report” show that it would be fun to see die-hards show up in their black and white garb to mix and mingle to the retro-1980s sounds of Tainted Love. Call it an unofficial reunion.