Wednesday, December 12, 2007

In Search of Good Food Film Benefit Events This Week

Dear friends:

After reading these announcements, please scroll down to see a list of upcoming food & farming, music, movement-related events!

1) THIS Thursday at El Rio 5-9pm: Please come to the benefit for film-in-the-making In Search of Good Food! Cotillion, Conspiracy of Venus, and Jeremy Dalmas will perform. A flyer is attached, and details are below.

2) Farm Bill Action Alert: (from the CA Coalition for Food & Farming)

THIS IS IT! The full Senate began debate on the Farm Bill December 7, and is expected to start voting on December 11. The full Senate's consideration and vote marks the farm bill's final stages and the last chance to institute real reform before the bill moves to the Conference Committee.

Please call or fax Senators Feinstein and Boxer NOW with this message: "I am a constituent and am calling to ask that Senator_________ vote YES on the Dorgan-Grassley payment limits amendment on the floor of the U.S. Senate during the Farm Bill deliberations. The amendment supports family farmers and also funds important beginning and minority farmer, rural development, conservation, nutrition, and anti-hunger priorities. How will the Senator vote on this defining amendment for the 2007 Farm Bill?" (Senator Dianne Feinstein Phone: 202-224-3841 Fax: 202-228-3954 and Senator Barbara Boxer Phone: 202-224-3553 Fax: 202-228-2382) Pass it on!

3) Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms Film Clip: Check it out at (and vote with a green light by clicking, 'I Like It' in the upper left corner). If you've read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, then you have heard of Joel Salatin. This film will show Joel and his amazing farm over the course of a year. The clip is of some early Spring season footage.

4) Free Pilates Reformer Demos: My friend Angeles is offering these demos for a limited time while she is training to teach on the reformer. If interested, please email her at She says: "Pilates is a great way to tone and stretch your body, while improving your posture. It is a non impact mind and body athletic exercise that will work your entire body. For the month of December and the first half of January, I will be looking for student volunteers to practice Pilates on the reformer."

See you Thursday or soon,

Event Summary:

12/13 Thursday In Search of Good Food Benefit Show with Cotillion, Conspiracy of Venus, Jeremy Dalmas & You at El Rio, 5-9pm, $5-$20

12/15 Saturday Mission Greenbelt Bike Tour 2:30pm free

12/15 Saturday In Search of Good Food Benefit Dinner by Chef Leif, Music by Diva De Los Muertos and Hannah & Raven 7-11pm, $40-$100

12/16 Sunday Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm with In Search of Good Food Sustainable Food System Q&A 2-4pm free

12/22 Saturday Mission Greenbelt Sound-Scape Tour 1:00pm free

First Weekend in January & February Axis Syllabus Dance Workshops in SF (Details to be announced)


12/13 Thursday
In Search of Good Food (film) Benefit Show with Cotillion, Conspiracy of Venus, Jeremy Dalmas & You at El Rio, 5-9pm :

The choir I'm in is performing! We will sing these songs to you: soldier's things by tom waits, venus as a boy by bjork, blue by joni mitchell, i'm your man and who by fire by leonard cohen, and karitas habundat by hildegard von bingen.

Also playing will be Cotillion, Psychadelic Folk with members from Botticellis and Anton from Bright Eyes. Hear their songs at

Plus Jeremy Dalmas and You (interactive musical experimentation) open, so get there on time! Hear songs at

In Search of Good Food is a film-in-the-making about CA's emerging sustainable food system For details or if you want to help, contact Good Food Productions (Antonio & Jesse) at or 415 571-6660, and check out their official webblogsite . Come early to this one (starts at 5); you may even have time to go to your next event afterwards (ends at 9 for Brazilian dance band)!

12/15 Saturday
Mission Greenbelt Bike Tour with Rachel Kesel 2:30pm
Meet in Dolores Park (at 19th & Dolores)

Join Rachel Kesel and Amber Hasselbring on a bike ride along the proposed Mission Greenbelt. The goal of the Mission Greenbelt campaign is to build an urban earth artwork in the Mission District of continuous native plant sidewalk gardens. You can help!

The ride will end at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (401 Van Ness), where the campaign headquarters is currently installed. This ride is free. Donations accepted. All skill levels welcome. *If it's raining hard, this tour will be canceled. Email with any questions.

12/15 Saturday
In Search of Good Food Benefit Dinner by Chef Leif 7-11pm $40 and up

Million Fishes Art Collective
2501 Bryant St. @ 23rd in the Mission

5-course fully organic meal courtesy of celebrity chef Leif (pronounced "life")

Sliding Scale Donation of $40 to $100 per person

Enjoy musical accompaniment by Hannah the Raven and Divas de Los Muertos while you chow down (slow food style) and digest happily while watching the trailer to the film.

Please RSVP to promptly to reserve seats. Space will fill up quickly.


saltbush-young golden beet-blossom bluff fuyu-pomegranate-cave aged marisa-filbert-pedro ximenez
soup of dirty girl cannelini shelling beans, carola potato, golden turnip, celeriac, and baby mustard
tahini/porcini cauliflower-rapini and rainbow chard with chanterelles and wild rice-brussel sprouts with knoll horseradish
roasted delicata-shallot/apple/yam puree-chestnut-seed brittle
maple/buckwheat gingerbread-spiced quince-quince/bourbon redux-cranberry creme fraiche-candied pecans

Chef: Leif Hedendal

This celebration of the local fall and winter harvest is a benefit for 'In Search of Good Food', a documentary series in the making, which explores the emerging "sustainable" food system in California by traveling the state, interviewing those who are working hardest to bring ecologically friendly, socially just, and straight up tasty food to your plate. Call 415 571 6660 or email for more info.

12/16 Sunday
In Search of Good Food Sustainable Food System Q&A at Alemany Farm 2-4pm + Workday 12-5pm

Visit the film's director/producer Antonio Roman-Alcalá at San Francisco's largest farm, the Alemany Farm. Antonio will be presenting the concepts behind the film and conducting a tour of the farm to describe how his work at Alemany Farm inspired his quest to seek answers about who and what really is the "sustainable food system". This event is free, but donations will be graciously accepted. Call 415 571 6660 or email for more info.

Workday Info: everyone is welcome! just show up. bring water, a snack, and sunscreen if you want. location: Alemany Farm in/near Bernal Heights, off highway 280, accessible by bus and bike as well. harvest distribution at 4:30 for volunteers. calendar, map, and details are here: or email with any questions.

12/22 Saturday
Mission Greenbelt Sound-Scape Tour 1:00pm
Meet in Dolores Park (at 19th & Dolores)

Walk the route of the proposed Mission Greenbelt with artists Jeremy Dalmas and Amber Hasselbring. Installed at headquarters are three field recordings made during walks at sunrise, mid-day and sunset. During this tour we will participate in exercises that help us to hone our auditory sense to discover sounds we may have never heard before. This exercise will also help us to imagine what new sounds we'll hear once the Greenbelt is built. This tour is free. Donations accepted. *We'll go on this tour rain or shine, so bring appropriate weather gear. Email with any questions.

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