Exciting things coming up in August both in and around Rockridge and further afield:
Subculture the East Bay Express’sBest of the East Bay Party: With something for everyone (and I mean everyone), the East Bay Express will be celebrating everything wonderful about the East Bay at the Oakland Museum this Friday, August 7 from 5pm to midnight. The party itself is so massive and diverse that it makes summary a futile endeavor. Download a large copy of the invitation by clicking here (invite) or check the blog the EBE has set up for more information. (Best of the East Bay 2009 Party Blog)
Oliveto Tomato Dinners: Oliveto’s annual Tomato dinners are the perfect capstone to tomato season, but this year in particular. Oliveto’s new Community Journal has been tracking the cultivation of this years crop from the time the Early Girls were planted as seeds back in February via Tomato Watch (check out their brilliant Tomato Watch timeline by clicking here). For those of us who have been watching all along, the Journal has taken the experience of anticipation of eating this prized fruit to new levels. Whether you’re a regular or an Oliveto virgin, the Tomato Dinners are sure to delight. Wednesday through Saturday, August 26 through 29, 2009. (Oliveto Restaurant,Oliveto Community Journal)
Chalk Hill Clematis’s Mary Toomey Garden Open House: The eminent clematis cultivators Chalk Hill will open their doors to the public later this month for a tour of the Mary Toomey Garden. From the Chalk Hill website: The Mary Toomey Garden is adjacent to the nursery and consists of a large pergola planted with roses and clematis and five individual gardens each with a different theme including an eighty foot long perennial bed featuring many herbaceous varieties. Chalk Hill also produces their own Olive Oil and Vinegar, available for sale at the farm. In addition, cultivator Kaye Heafey’s book A Celebration of Clematis will be available for purchase Open House Friday August 28th from 9am-4pm. Chalk Hill Clematis PO Box 1847, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 433-8416 email@example.com
Artwork by Martha Kemp
Os Mutantes LIVE: One of my favorite musical acts of all time will be performing live at the Independent in San Francisco as part of the second annual Outside Lands festival. Their blend of Tropicalia, Psychedelia, and progressive rock have made them a unique (and we all shudder to use that word, but in this case it’s appropriate) force in 20th century popular music consciousness since their debut in the mid-1960s. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see them in action. Sunday, August 30, 9PM (Os Mutantes Myspace) (Tickets via the Independent) (About Os Mutantes via Wikipedia)
Terri Timely’s most recent short film is called “Synesthesia,” which even I had to look up. From Merriam Webster online:
New Latin, from syn- + -esthesia (as in anesthesia)
1: a concomitant sensation ; especially: a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated2: the condition marked by the experience of such sensations
Big huge bushes of banksia rose are all over Rockridge these days.
For some reason, these roses remind me of Connie’s wedding in Godfather 1. That whole sequence at the wedding has sort of a yellow-y seventies light to it. Can’t you just picture Kay and Michael stopping to smell them?…and then discovering that they have very little scent?
The Teacher Salary Project, a group of educators and citizens committed to raising teacher salaries in order to improve the quality of education, is having an event in San Francisco on March 23, 2009 from 6:30-8:30. The evening will include clips from the new film of the same name, based on the New York Times best-seller Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachersby Daniel Moulthrop, Ninive Clements Calegari, and Dave Eggers. In addition to a preview of the film, the evening will include discussion with the directors and producers and sushi from Ichi Catering. Mmmm. Minimum suggested donation is $150. A small price to pay for raising money and consciousness for real social change.
Another incredible opportunity to show your support for students and the people who work hard to prepare them for . . . everything, is quickly approaching at ARL all-time favorite Oliveto. I knew I was in love with Paul Canales, and here’s just one more reason why.
MetWest High School invites you to
A Morning of Real-World Learning:
Our first annual exhibition-viewing breakfast fundraiser
Wednesday, March 18th, 8:30 – 9:45 AM
*Join us for a breakfast prepared by Oliveto Restaurant head chef, and MetWest internship mentor, Paul Canales
*Sit amongst our students to view one of our students quarterly exhibitions of their internship-based learning
*Hear more about MetWest’s unique approach to high school education:
– Exploring passions through internships
– Professional networking skills
– Project management experience
– Anti-oppression curriculum
– Close peer relationships within a diverse student body
Have you EVER seen shoulder pads that big? Honestly!
Michelle Pfeifer’s outfits are so insanely out of control and I love it. But the reviewer on IMDB is right–as adorable as Michelle Pfeiffer is, the paranoid Connie Russo as played by Mercedes Ruehl steals the show. Amazing.
The gloomy weather made me too lazy to cook. I ate mac and cheese from Trader Joes and sprinkled some 5% truffle salt on top. Sinful!
PS: I discovered some pretty intense Michelle Pfeiffer fansites while looking for images from the movie. Does everyone call her “The Face?” Am I just behind the times? She’s pretty amazing looking, but still…