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Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam serves up a cornucopia of abundance in The Bistro Cafe with "All The News That's Fit To Read" and "In This Reporter's Opinion," a lively, humorous and astute analyses on the issues of the day, along with spirited discussions at the "Chef's Table" with politicians, pundits, celebrities, musicians, authors, filmmakers, academics and leaders of the New Media.
First a road manager and occasional back-up singer for the rock group, Cottonmouth in the mid-70's, Justice Putnam then re-emerged with the Laguna Beach Free Poets briefly, part of the Los Angeles Art/ Performance/ Poetry/ Dance/ Punk movement during the early 80's. He then performed solo shows, as a member of Meta-4 and later with Chris Watkins of Hoi Poloi and also Preacher Boy & The Natural Blues, as well as with Jimmy McAllister of Rabbit Choir at such venues as Gorky's in Los Angeles, Beyond Baroque in Santa Monica, Cafe du Nord and Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, Freight and Salvage and The Bison Brewing Company in Berkeley, The Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and also at music festivals in France, Belgium, Germany, California and Oregon. His poetry and prose has been published in Elektrum Magazine, Vol. No. Magazine, American Poetry Anthology, Literatus World Review, Berkeley Daily Planet and other academic, small press, print and online journals.
A scholar-athlete in his youth, Justice Putnam worked as an orderly, an emergency room technician, a Roustabout and a Production Operator at an oil refinery. He taught History and English in private schools briefly, while coaching football and track. He was a fruit and vegetable inspector for the California State Department of Agriculture and a stone mason building free standing moss stone walls in Marin and Sonoma Counties. He has been a theater light designer, an actor, a surfer, deep-sea fisherman and a Grinder on a racing yacht. He was the co-host with the chanson francaise impresario, Simon Dray, on his "Fm/French Connection Bistro Radio" broadcast from KUSF 90.3 in San Francisco for over a decade.
Justice has also traveled around the world, living for short times in France, Italy, Japan and Mexico.
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