Saturday, August 16, 2008

cotillion sunday, self-acupressure wkshp, slow dinners

dear friends,

happy full moon & lunar eclipse! i just updated this blog to list all of the food/farm, music, movement, & other neat events that i had time to post. please check the list here for details on what is mentioned below.

where to start?

(if you get bored w/ one topic, scroll down to hopefully find something else of interest.)

music updates...

} this sunday i hope you will join me at cafe du nord. a flyer is attached. cotillion, judgement day, and geographer are playing. cotillion is a psych-folk collective comprised of members of the botticellis & judgement day/bright eyes. on-timeness is encouraged, as cotillion plays first. (i will be singing on a few of their songs as well!) additionally, at this show, you can celebrate geographer's cd release, and the homecoming of judgement day who have been on tour.

} perranosperous, the latin-political-rock (or is it world fusion?) band that i sing in & play some hand percussion in, is playing a benefit on september 11th for the coalition on homelessness... and another benefit on september 27th for el salvador. we hope you will join us.

} trainwreck riders & pine hill haints play a free show at the matador on wednesday the 20th!

} outside lands music & arts festival is next weekend. go see sean hayes & the two gallants (& lots of other bands) on saturday at golden gate park! or go the whole weekend.

} other shows: blank tapes, honey.moon.tree, & honeybody moonbee at the tempest next saturday. sean hayes at the crepe place in santa cruz on october 10th. benefit festival in big sur on september 26 & 27 w/ little wings, silver jews, citay, the entrance band, port o'brien & more put on by folk yeah.

} wondering what happened to the choir (aka Conspiracy of Venus)? we are on a summer break but will be starting back up again in september. if you are interested in joining, please come to one of practices during the first two thursdays of september at a.Muse gallery. details are at in the blog section. (note: we are an all-women's choir. if you're interested in joining a men's choir, check out the Conspiracy of Beards.) also, we would love to play any shows in october and beyond, so please email me if you have any ideas.

movement/miscellaneous updates...

} blythe's vocal & physical awareness & release workshop for women started this wednesday and will continue for the next two weeks. the first class was great, and i encourage anyone interested to email if you want to see what it's all about.

} vanessa verlee is leading an interactive self-acupressure workshop next sunday, august 24th. learn self-massage routines and ways to incorporate acupressure points for pain relief and healing into your every day life and yoga postures. i am going to be assisting - making sure you have props and are (hopefully) feeling comfortable. the workshop will be held at the Jewish Community Center. the description is up on the blog. to register go to: or call the JCC at 415-292-1200.

} also, if you've ever thought about becoming a yoga teacher, there is a yoga teacher training starting in september at the yoga loft on page and divisadero. i am going to be participating in some of the classes and encourage you to attend as well. it is a 6-month program from september 13th 2008 - february 23rd 2009. they are now accepting applications. for more info, go to

} i am continuing to teach a community yoga class at the caretakers house on tuesdays. check the blog for details & email me to RSVP.

} the art of walking axis syllabus workshop w/ kira kirsch on september 13th & 14th. email i love these workshops & hope to participate in this one (walking is complex when you break it down.) ...detailed description of this & other workshops at

food/farm updates...

} first of all, it's august, which means it's 20% off coupon month at rainbow grocery. if you found a coupon in the back of the yellow pages, now's the time to use it!

} secondly, you can join the locavore challenge by trying to eat w/in your foodshed (100-miles from your home) for the month of august... email for more info... if you want a second chance, you can also try eating all local foods during october. there will be a kick-off event at alemany farm as part of the Community Alliance with Family Farmer's Eat Local campaign on wed. oct. 1st. the mayor is rumored to be attending as well.

} lots of other cool alemany farm events are coming up. as part of slow food nation, the alemany farm is co-hosting 2 "slow dinners". they will be held on sunday august 31st & monday september 1 at laiola restaurant, and 10% of the proceeds will benefit our programs. details are on the blog. on september 7th, come to the farm to celebrate
the new medicinal herb garden and water catchment system. organic gardening magazine generously paid for these things and is providing refreshments on the 7th, plus will be doing a photo shoot. we'd love to have you there! also, there will be a bee workshop (september 20th). our 4th annual harvest festival w/ pedal-powered music & yummy food will probably be on saturday october 25th.

} you can also join us at alemany farm THIS sunday at our regular workday!
at the end of the day, there will be plenty of cucumbers, basil, peppers, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and dry farmed tomatoes to share. speaking of harvest: Check out the latest 7x7 magazine, which features a photo of our squash, carrots and beans on the cover.

oh my - i think that's it... for those of you who are new to this list, it is a weekly-ish update of sf bay area events usually related to food & farming, music, & movement. again, please continue check this blog for updates.

thanks for supporting all of these endeavors!


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