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The ultimate sale of Nancy and Nik (at last!!!) THIS IS IT

The Museum is now closed and Nik and Nancy are moving on to their next life.
If you have enjoyed the parties and good times here, the remains can be
viewed and PURCHASED on March 24, 25 and 26  (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Please come by to say bye to Nik and Nancy and
BUY - BUY - BUY.

Our special thanks to everyone who has given SO generously of their time to
help us pack, move into storage and brought us FABULOUS meals -- we couldn't
have done it without you all!!!

2066  30th Avenue  (Between Pacheco and Quintara) - for the last week
24, 25 and 26 March

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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call for volunteers

The End is Nigh! - Nik and Nancy are well underway getting ready for the LE
GRANDE LAST BIG SALE, but we need help wrapping and packing the little
things we are taking with us (and getting a close look at what's going for
sale). If you have even a few hours you can give us, call or email and we
will schedule you in. (415-681-3189) It's a way to do a hang with us before
we go - not all work, not all play - just more of our strange and wonderful
existence.

Also - if any of you sell on E-Bay, we have several collectables we would
like to sell, and we would rather pay someone we know than just take them to
isolditsf.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU NIK

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Packing, selling and moving - note for Bay Area friends

Dear Friends:

On Friday morning at 9:00 AM, Nik and I will open the doors of our home to
the public to buy, buy, buy. If there are things in our home that you are
interested in purchasing please give us a call at 415/681-3189 ASAP and we
will make arrangements for you to come over prior to this Friday AM.

We love you all and will miss you but it is time for us to move on. . . so
come and help us clear out!!!!

Love,

Nik and Nancy

PS We are packing with a frenzy and so as much as we would love to sit
around and drink wine and visit WE JUST CAN'T!!!!

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Concert notes, new address for Nik and Nancy

LAST PERFORMANCE OF NIK PHELPS AND THE SPROCKET ENSEMBLE

Yes, after many false starts Nik and Nancy are indeed moving to Belgium, and
Thursday night will be the last chance to see the amazing collection of
contemporary animation that they have brought back from their European
travels and enjoy the trio of Nik, Nancy and renowned Animation historian
Karl Cohen giving insights into the History of Animation through Music.

7:00 PM Nik and Nancy present a historic overview of animated films using
music and sound in unusual and diverse ways from Joie de Vivre (1934 ) to
Fetch (2001). All ages welcome.

9:00 PM Nik and the Ensemble - Violinist Ellen Gronningen, Pianist Larry
Dunlap, and Bassist Andrew Higgins, Nik's "dream team of musicians",
perform Nik's scores to the best of Contemporary European animation from
Belgium, Russia, Switzerland and Portugal to name a few. The concert ends
with Nina Paley's FETCH! with Nik and the Ensemble performing his original
scores live with a special guest star.

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Absolutely the last Bay Area performances by Nik Phelps and the Sprocket Ensemble at the Balboa Theater

FINAL, ABSOLUTELY LAST NIK PHELPS AND THE SPROCKET ENSEMBLE FAREWELL
PERFORMANCE

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

Balboa Theatre

3630 Balboa Street @ 37th Avenue in San Francisco

Two DIFFERENT shows 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Separate Admission for each program: $10.00

Just when we thought that we had given our last Bay Area performance and
turned our creative talents to sorting through 20 years of our life, Gary
Meyer and the Balboa Theatre honored us by asking Nik and I to present two
special programs of our work. If you missed our Trinity Chapel performance
here is another chance to see and hear NIK AND THE SPROCKET ENSEMBLE before
we leave for Europe in April -- if you have never experienced our live
performance be sure not to miss MARCH 2 at the Balboa Theatres

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Sprocket Ensemble Concert reminder

LAST EAST BAY PERFORMANCE OF NIK PHELPS AND THE SPROCKET ENSEMBLE

Nik and Nancy really are moving to Belgium -- their landlord is selling
their home and they have to be out by 31 March so on Saturday February 4th
NIK PHELPS AND THE SPROCKET ENSEMBLE will give their last East Bay
Appearance before moving to Belgium.

Nancy and Nik have curated a program of their favorite films that they have
brought back from their travels to Europe, and Nik has composed evocative
music for each film to be performed live to this contemporary animation.
Whether you are a long time fan or just interested in European animation
this is a must see program.

Saturday February 4th at 8 PM

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Co-Operative Young Film Makers Festival in Bradford, England

Dear Friends:

In October 2005 Nik and I were invited to present a program of the history
of animation through music. The festival turned out to be such a wonderful
experience that I wrote an article about it for our ASIFA newsletter. I
want to share it with our animation community.

If you are not on our e-mail list because you are interested in animation
then just delete this message now. To the rest of you -- hope that you
enjoy it.

Nancy

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On October 14 and 15 2005, Nik and I had the rewarding experience of appearing at the Co-operative Young Film Makers Film Festival at the National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television in Bradford, England. The Festival is one of the few non-competitive young people's film festivals in the world (the films are juried), and is a celebration of filmmaking which allows young people from 6 to 21 to see their works beautifully projected on the big screen and to explore creativity through workshops presented by industry professionals during the two day event.

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LAST NIK PHELPS AND THE SPROCKET ENSEMBLE BEFORE NIK AND NANCY MOVE TO BELGIUM

February 4, 2006 at 8PM doors open at 7:30

TRINITY CHAMBER CONCERT SERIES

At TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street

between Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue in Berkeley

Information and press inquiries:

Telephone: 415/ 681-3189 e-mail: nik@niksprocket.org

Visit our Web Site: niksprocket.org

$12.00 General admission

$8.00 Senior, Disabled, Students ALL Ages Welcome

Most people think of animated short films as strictly Saturday morning kiddie fare, but composer Nik Phelps and his producer wife Nancy Denney-Phelps, with their “Ideas In Animation” series, have shown the Bay Area that cartoons are not just kid’s stuff. Nik and Nancy have been planning a permanent move to Gent, Belgium and at long last plans have reached realization and they will be leaving the Bay Area in early April. This concert on February 4 at the Trinity Chapel will be an opportunity for long time Sprocket fans to come say goodbye, and if you have never had the chance to hear Nik’s unique musical scores, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Sprocket press release for Feb 4 concert and a msg. for all our Bay Area friends

Dear Friends:

Nik and I have reached an amicable settlement with our landlord, and so our
February 4th performance at Trinity Chapel in Berkeley will be our last Bay
Area appearance for a long while.  We must be out of our home on or before
31 March, and our appearance at Trinity Chapel will be the last Nik Phelps
and the Sprocket Ensemble Bay Area appearance for some time.  There will be
a reception after the show.

Please come to the show (there will be a reception following it) and make
our last performance a night to remember.  We will soon be starting our
garage sales in earnest, so if there is something in our house that you have
always had your eye on --JUST ASK if we are selling it!!!

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Nancy & Nik's Sunday sale

Nik and Nancy are starting to dig into their closets -- the first of many
house sales !!

Vintage clothing from the 20's, 30's and 40's

Hats and accessories

A few just plain oddities

Come buy or just by to say hello

Sunday, November 27 - 11 AM to 6ish (as long as people are buying)

2066 30th Avenue between Pacheco & Quintara in San Francisco

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GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE!

GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE

Just three more days til Turkey Day at Nik and Nancy's -- We know that we
have been threatening that this would be the last one for years but this
REALLY is!!! . . . much will be revealed on Turkey Day!!!

2066 30th Avenue

Between Pacheco & Quintara in the Avenues

415/681-3189 (but we will not be able to hear the phone ring on Thursday
(much less find it) so please call after Thursday to chat)

Nosh at 2:00 PM

Dine at 6:00 PM

and play the night away!!!!!

BRING: Something delicious to eat or drink to share

AND

Something packaged or canned for the food bank barrel

AND

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Yard sale, T'giving

NIK & NANCY are having a garage sale (surprise, surprise!!!!) . . . Come see
what new treasures will be unearthed in our basement . . .Something for
everyone . . . from an opera Supernumery Breast Plate to vintage clothing
and household gadgets (a couple we are still trying to guess what they are).

WEATHER PERMITTING!!!!!! CANCELED IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER

2066 30th Avenue (between Pacheco & Quintara)

If you don't need anything just come by and say hello . . .

AND don't forget Thanksgiving Dinner here! -- bring something to eat or
drink to share and non perishable food for the food bank barrel!!!

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PES Screening & Reception

PLEASE NOTE!!!!

If you receive this and ARE NOT interested in animation PLEASE NO NOT come
to the party!!!! This is an ASIFA event and everyone is welcome... but if
you just want to come to a party at our house - wait until Thanksgiving
Day!!! Thanks,
Nik and Nancy

Thursday, November 3 8:15 PM

San Francisco State's Coppola Auditorium, Fine Arts 101 Free and Public
Invited

to a special

SCREENING OF ANIMATION BY

PES,

ONE OF NEW YORK'S HOTTEST ANIMATION DIRECTORS

Our reception and screening for PES will include his award winning ROOF SEX
plus several amazing stop-motion commercials (and we do mean amazing!!!).
His "Coinstar Shoe" ad just won Best Animated commercial at Ottawa. You can
see lots of work by PES at eatPES.com, but the excitement will be greater on
a big screen at SF state with a receptive audience.

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Annecy

Each year when Nik and I arrive in Annecy, France for the 45th Annecy International Festival of Animation, I cast longing looks at the beautiful blue waters of Lake Annecy with the back drop of majestic alps and I know that for the next 6 days I will only get fleeting glimpses of the scenic
wonders that have made Annecy world famous as a vacation destination. The sacrifice is well worth it, however, to have the opportunity to see 230 films representing 36 countries. With all of the festival's problems (and there are many!), it is still a rare opportunity to view animation that will never be seen in the United States.

Although I thought that the overall quality of the films was not as strong as in some past years, there were certainly some exceptions. John Canemaker's autobiographical film The Moon And The Son: An Imagined Conversation utilizes drawing on paper to let us become totally immersed in the turbulent terrain of a father/son dynamic as seen through John's relationship with his father. Although very different in style, this film had the same emotional impact on me that Dennis Tupicoff's works have.

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Annecy’s Junior Jury Gives Young Animators a Voice

Each year the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, held at Annecy, France in June, plays host to two Junior Juries. Ranging in age from 10 to 15 years old, four young people traveled from Vold, Norway to France with Gunnar Strom from the Vold University College/Vold Animation Workshop to spend the week watching films with the adult audience.

The 2005 Norwegian group was comprised of Tale Burgess Øyehaug and Ragnhild Dybdal Øie, who judged short films, and Asne Burgess Øyehaug and Ashild Dybdal Øie, who viewed graduation films, two pairs of sisters who have worked with the Vold Animation Workshop as part of their studies at the Amas Primary School. For the past 15 years, the Vold Animation Workshop has arranged workshops around Volda on an irregular basis, and all four girls have attended the one week work shop that Strom conducts annually. Following in the footsteps of the first Junior Jury from Russia and France in 2000, they were joined by an equal number of French students from the AAA (l’Atelier de Cinema d’Annecy et de la Haute-Savoie). Representing the AAA were Thibault Allombert and Louise Garcia in the short film category and Vincent Blanc-Tailleur and Quentin Deronzier in the graduation film category. Channel J and AAA sponsor the attendance of the Junior Jury at Annecy. Ingeborg Dybdal Øie, older sister of Ragnhild and Ashild, traveled from London where she studies to act as translator. The older jurors were able to use English as their working languages, but the younger members did not feel that they could fully express themselves in a foreign language according to Ingeborg and so she acted as the interpreter. She was amazed that it took the younger jury over two hours of intense debating to reach their decision, while the older jury reached their decision relatively quickly. The final Junior Jury decisions must be unanimous, so after many votes and vetoes, a unanimous decision was finally reached. In the end the young jurors realized that compromises had to be made so that everyone would agree on one film and after they finally reached a decision all four students felt that they had learned a great deal about listening to one another and putting their own strong opinions aside to come to a consensus.

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For those interested in animation... 2 Nancy articles

Hi Everyone:

Nik and I will leave 15 September for two weeks in the Ukraine for the
KROKInternational Festival of Animation. We will also spend a week
performing in the Boarders Area of Scotland and be guests of the
Co-Operative Young Film Makers Festival in the Lake Country of England
where we have been invited to present a program of music driven animation
and play some intense rounds of Mini Golf before we head back to San
Francisco.

The following two articles which I wrote will appear in the September issue
of the ASIFA newsletter and if you are not part of our animation community I
won't be upset if you skip them.

To our European friends -- I hope we cross paths in our travels and to SF
pals -- see you in October.

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Invite to meet an upcoming German animator. Fri. July 29

ASIFA-SF, SCREEN 360 AND CATAPULT PRODUCTIONS (KATY KAVANAUGH) INVITE YOU TO
A RECEPTION - SCREENING - PARTY

HONORING GERMAN ANIMATOR FELIX GONNERT

Friday, July 29, 7:30 PM

Felix is a guest of SCREEN 360: FILMS FOR CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (for
audiences of all ages) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Saturday, July 30.
His work Lucia (9-minutes) will be shown at 1 PM with Tornehekken (Hedge of
Thorens, an animated short from Norway) and Bazi (Play from Iran).

Please join us as we welcome Felix to San Francisco at the home of Nik and
Nancy Phelps, 2066 30th Avenue, SF. Food will be catered by Botany Bay.
Guests are invited to contribute something special to drink, like German
beers, wines and mineral waters.

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Hiway Clean-up July 10!!! Ya'll come!!!!

We've been in Europe for a month but while we were gone the trash didn't
stop piling up, so it's time for all of us to go out and make Mother Earth
smile!!!! Sunday, July 10th we'll take to the tarmac to discover what
wonders the highway drivers have left for us. Meet at our house at 9:00 AM
for brunch, the watching of the safety film, and suiting up into our "safety
gear".

Info: call Nancy at 415/681-3189.

P.S. Garage sale here on Friday and Saturday!!!!

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4th OF JULY in Dolores Park

CELEBRATE THE 4th OF JULY IN THE MOST PATRIOTIC STYLE!!!! Join Nik and
Nancy for a picnic in Dolores Park and watch the new SF Mime Troupe show.
Picnic starts at 11:00 AM, the Mime Troupe show at 2:00 PM. Bring something
to eat or drink to share -- we'll arrive at 9:00 AM to meet the Mime Troupe
truck and stake out prime real-estate... so look for us in the center of the
crowd. See you there!!!!

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NIK PHELPS AT THE BALBOA THEATRE THURSDAY, JUNE 30 7:00 PM.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 7:00 PM. NIK PHELPS AT THE BALBOA THEATRE

SPROCKET ENSEMBLE'S NIK PHELPS TO PROVIDE ORIGINAL MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT FOR
1919 Shackelton Endurance Expedition film.

On Thursday, June 30, Nik Phelps will provide a unique musical accompaniment
to SOUTH, the amazing movie made in 1919 by Ernest Shackleton about his
Endurance Expedition to Antarctica. The screening and performance will be at
the Balboa Theatre at 7:00pm.

Also on the program will be the Oscar nominated PEOPLE OF THE WIND.

SOUTH: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition (1919)
When the Endurance was trapped by pack ice, the crew drifted on ice floes
for months before Ernest Shackleton and five of his men made a miraculous
850-mile boat journey to safety. One of the greatest epics in the history of
exploration, this is the original 1919 film produced by Shackleton and Frank
Hurley. (88 min)
(3:05), 7:00 Nik Phelps provides live musical accompaniment at the 7pm
show.
with
PEOPLE OF THE WIND (1976)
To survive, the Bakhtiari tribe must make an eight-week, 200-mile trip to
the mountain pastures. An astonishing epic of the one of the most grueling
migrations in the world, "People of the Wind" was an Oscar® nominee for Best
Documentary. (110 min)
(12:55), 4:50, 8:45

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Dennis Tupicoff reception, 4th of July Reminder

Nik and Nancy are back from the Annecy International Festival of Animation -- it was wonderful to see old friends and make lots of new ones -- I'll write a separate article about Annecy in a week or so so that anyone who isn't interested in animation (although I can't imagine who that would be) won't have to read it.

We return to San Francisco just in time to host a party for renowned Australian animator Dennis Tupicoff. THIS IS A PARTY FOR ANIMATION PEOPLE - NOT ONE OF OUR MASSIVE PARTIES, but if you are from the animation world, please come and meet Dennis. He has been in Los Angeles where a retrospective of his work was screened and is coming up to visit Nik and I for a few days.

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Nik Phelps performs with Frederick Hodges

NIK PHELPS PERFORMS HIS SCORE FOR WINGS!!!! SUNDAY, MAY 15th at the
DARKROOM

If you missed it at the Balboa Theatre, in Point Arena or on our performance
tour of Scotland, you have one more chance to see and hear Nik and pianist
Frederick Hodges perform Nik's score to the 1926 Academy Award winning film
WINGS.

WINGS, staring Clara Bow, Buddy Rodgers & Richard Arlen, is still as strong
an anti-war film as it was when it was originally made, with exceptional
acting by a superb cast.

Dr. Hal Robbins will MC the evening, giving us all an added treat with his
remarkable and witty store of knowledge.

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!!! 8:00 P.M.

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April Hwy. clean-up

COME CLEAN THE HIGHWAY WITH NIK & NANCY -- Spring is here so let's take to
the highway to do something for Mother Nature (and ourselves too!!!
Sunday, April 24th. We meet at our house at 9:00 AM for brunch, watch the
safety film and then take to the highway for a couple of hours of good clean
fun!!! Be sure to save time afterward for the Bar-B-Que in our beautiful
back yard and even stick around for the evening film. Be sure to wear long
pants and good walking shoes. Questions??? meeting address???? call Nancy
at 415/ 681-3189

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