Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

How to Have An Actual Relationship with Sarah Fontaine

The way I prove I’m sane / attractive / loveable is to be in a relationship.

A relationship should be easy.

A relationship should be hard.

If it’s not I should find another one.

If it's not I'm failing in some way, or my partner is failing in some way.

I shouldn’t want a relationship too much, because they only come to you if you aren’t looking or trying.

etc etc etc.

These are just a few examples of relationship myths and shoulds we have inherited, and continue to reproduce, that cause us such suffering! In my quest to reduce this suffering, I’ve benefited immensely from a meditation practice, and applying mindfulness principles. But I have craved more practical and specific application of these principles than is usually offered. What would Pema Chodron do on Bumble? How would she deal with ghosting while she was internet dating in 2018? How would Thich Nhat Hanh maintain a relationship if he was raising young children and his work was dependent on using screens for the majority of each day?

In response to these questions, this class will look closely at the myths and shoulds we still carry. I'll share Astrology's wisdom on the very real differences between people's relational needs/desires. We’ll build a practice of fulfilling those personal needs/desires that is not dependent on what relationship we are in, or not in. And yet - this practice will be relational, and will be for use in any actual or potential relationships in your life!

About Sarah Fontaine

Sarah Fontaine practices experimental healing arts in the forms of writing, performance and astrology readings. She publishes books with her sister at Carville Annex Press. She breathes and drinks water and lives in San Francisco, and spends as much time with plants as possible.

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

A reading by Rachel Heng, The Ruby's July Writer in Residence

Rachel Heng, author of the debut novel, Suicide Club (Henry Holt, 2018), is The Ruby's July Writer in Residence. The Ruby's Writer in Residence program seeks to support the best writers writing, and to bring writers from outside the Bay Area to The Ruby to read. Writers in residence stay in our upstairs writers loft.

About Suicide Club

In Rachel Heng's debut set in near future New York City―where lives last three hundred years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming―Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever.

Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever―if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange―where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold―she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.

But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead choose to live―and die―on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.

About Rachel Heng

Rachel Heng is a Singaporean novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Suicide Club, will be published by Sceptre, Hachette (UK) and Henry Holt, Macmillan (US) in July 2018 (more details here). It will also be translated and published in 7 other territories: Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic, Taiwan, China and Poland.

Rachel's fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been recommended by The Huffington Post. She was recently featured by The Independent (UK) in the article 'The Emerging Authors To Look Out For in 2018' and interviewed by The Straits Times (Singapore). Rachel's short stories have been published in The OffingPrairie Schooner, The Adroit Journalthe minnesota review and elsewhere.

Rachel was born and raised in Singapore. After graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature & Society, she spent several years working in private equity in London. She now lives in Austin, where she is pursuing her MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers with the support of the James A. Michener Fellowship. She is currently also an assistant editor for the O Henry Prize Anthology.

https://www.rachelhengqp.com/

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Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Do Something Dinners at The Ruby

Each month, at The Ruby we will be holding Do Something Dinners where we gather with one another to engage with current topics facing our communities and take political action. Each dinner will focus on one or two specific issues; corresponding information about these issues and action items will be provided.

A wholesome dinner and nonalcoholic beverage will be provided (BYOB and wine — to share, if you are able!). We believe that gathering together as a community is at the foundation of sustained activism. The Ruby is a work and gathering space for women-identifying and nonbinary folks in the Bay Area. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised.

Do Something Dinners will be open to suggestions for specific actions (send them our way!), and may feature rotating guests. We will be addressing immediate political concerns with action and engagement. While these dinners will not require anyone commit to a certain political stance, all actions will be centered around creating equality for all peoples, and dismantling systems of oppression. While no political affiliation is required, these dinners are centered around resisting and dismantling white supremacy, the patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia/transphobia, attacks on religious and ethnic communities, etc. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated. We will be resisting many of this current administration’s policies, so be forewarned.

No experience of being politically active? Overwhelmed by all there is to be done? Not sure where to begin? No worries, these dinners are for you. We’ll provide info about the issues and actions you can take, whether it’s calling your reps, writing letter to elected officials, or organizing online or IRL. Join us, and bring your friends!

Suggestions for specific actions? Email us at staff@therubysf.com with the subject line “Do Something Dinners.”

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE NOTE: Dinner is $10 for women-identifying/nonbinary nonmembers. We ask that Ruby members bring a drink to share. 

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Messaging Effectively: A PR & Marketing Roundtable with Laiko Bahrs, Lisa Nourse, Annie Yang Miller, and Jen Pelka

Self-promotion can feel weird, but at its core, it's about storytelling. During this discussion, four Ruby Public Relations veterans — Laiko Bahrs, Lisa Nourse, Annie Yang Miller, and Jen Pelka, all brilliant at what they do — will tell us about their trade, and how they help people share their stories and effectively market themselves. We'll discuss what works — and what doesn't — in a roundtable discussion, followed by a Q&A. Don't be intimidated if you don't know the first thing about publicity; that's what this discussion is for. 

About Laiko Bahrs

For nearly twenty years Laiko has been collaborating with culinary creators on effective and strategic storytelling though three channels: media, marketing and social media. She got her start at Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, creating local and national culinary programs and working with some of the most respected women in the industry. In the twenty years she has been in communications, she has been an independent publicist, has worked for a mid-size agency, and led in-house PR for a culinary brand. Her industry involvement includes being on the marketing advisory committee for five years at CUESA, has been a Judge for the Good Food Awards for numerous years; and for the James Beard Foundation has been a three-time Dinner and Taste America event coordinator. She joined forces with Kristine Keefer in the summer of 2016, recognizing a partner who shares a philosophy on food, storytelling and client relationships. Laiko is a long time resident of the Fillmore neighborhood in San Francisco. keeferbahrspr.com

About Lisa Nourse

Lisa specializes in PR for bars and restaurants that promise and deliver a good time to their guests. She founded LNPR six years ago, and has since been doing PR her way: highly personal and hands on. She’s passionate about helping companies grow and flourish, and serves their needs by creating customized PR programs that integrate marketing, events, media relations, social media, grassroots outreach, and strategic partnerships. Current and previous clients include The Beehive, The Treasury, Alba Ray’s, 25 Lusk, Old Bus Tavern, and Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. She worked with the Beretta group for 6 years, launching Beretta and the group’s slew of hit restaurants (Lolinda, El Techo, Super Duper, Starbelly).  

Prior to launching her own shop, Lisa was vice president of San Francisco hospitality PR firm Rivera PR (whose owners founded Chefs Feed) and vice president at Seattle PR agency Wilson PR where she managed the firm’s work with hotels, spas, food products, and restaurants. She interned in the White House press office of First Lady Hillary Clinton, served as Nordstrom’s first PR intern, and worked at political consulting firm GMMB, The Edgewater hotel, and Seattle PR company Firmani & Associates. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a journalism degree and Phi Beta Kappa distinction.

About Annie Yang Miller

With more than a decade of experience at some of the largest agencies in New York, Annie Miller brings a unique perspective to the art and science of creative direction and branding communications.

Educated as a molecular biologist and trained as an advertising copywriter, Annie has created cutting-edge content for everything from multinational launch campaigns to message development and testing. Her recent client roster has ranged from major biotech companies like Genentech all the way to smaller local food brands like San Francisco’s own Bi-Rite Markets.

Outside the office, her passion projects include supporting various non-profit advocacy groups, creating site-specific art installations, travel writing, and morning runs up and down the hills of Noe Valley, where she currently lives and works.

About Jen Pelka

Jen Pelka is the Principal and Founder of Magnum PR, leading publicity for such powerhouse brands as the Daniel Patterson Group, Brandon Jew’s Mister Jiu’s, Rich Table & RT Rotisserie, Souvla, Barzotto, Mason Pacific, and Sweetgreen SF. Pelka’s career in restaurants began at Chef Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant DANIEL, where she served for 5 years across a broad range of roles—kitchen stagier, Chef Boulud’s Research Assistant, and the US Competition Director for the Bocuse d’Or under Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. She went on to lead influencer marketing, content strategy, and media relations in-house at OpenTable, Gilt Taste, and Tumblr. She has been named Forbes “30 Under 30” for Food & Wine, Details “Digital Maverick, and a Cherry Bombe “It Girl.” She was a recurring guest as a secret diner of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant”, and a guest on Season 6 of “Top Chef.” Pelka won an IACP Award Winner for Best Culinary or Brand Site in 2012 for Gilt Taste, and was a James Beard Award nominee for Best Food Coverage in a Food Focused Publication. She is also the owner of The Riddler, a female-funded champagne bar in Hayes Valley.

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

ARTIST RESIDENCIES for Creative Thinkers and Makers of All Kinds with Alicia Toldi of Piney Wood Atlas

Artist residencies provide space and time for visitors to think and create. They exist in cities and small towns, by the ocean, in the desert—even in tiny homes and online. We believe that there is a residency out there for every kind of creative thinker and maker—including fine artists, craftspeople, scientists, permaculturists, podcasters, and cooks. Have you ever thought about attending an artist residency?

In this workshop, we will explore these questions and more: What is an artist residency? How do I apply to one? What if I’m not a fine artist? Can I still go to a residency if I have a full-time job? Or kids? (Spoiler alert: Yes)

Alicia Toldi of Piney Wood Atlas will introduce you to several types of residencies, go over the do’s and don’ts of applications, and provide time for supported portfolio and application development. Feel free to bring a computer!

You’ll leave with all the tools you need for applying/attending residencies and a worksheet to help you find your dream residency. This workshop is great for those who have never attended a residency, but also those who have and want to step up their game.

About Piney Wood Atlas

Piney Wood Atlas is a hands-on resource for a diverse array of creative thinkers and makers who want to attend or organize their own artist residency. Artists Carolina Porras and Alicia Toldi created Piney Wood Atlas to facilitate the exchange of creative ideas and help foster their growth. In a road trip format, we visit small, emerging, and unconventional residencies across the country, soaking up the vibes of each space and sharing our finds online and in regional guidebooks. Our goal is to show that the residency and journey there can be a fun, productive, and attainable adventure for all. Along with our website pineywoodatlas.com, our residency guidebooks for the Northwest and Southwest U.S. will be available for purchase.

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Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Guided Meditation & Herbal Tea with Kim Zitzow

Join Kim Zitzow for a guided meditation, followed by a nourishing herbal tea made from a locally available herb.

Combining geologic and place-based research, movement and visualization, Kim leads meditation practices that focus on the alchemy between the mind and the intuitive knowing ways of the body, offering a deep and embodied experience specific with a place.

We will begin with light movement to orient our attention to our bodies and then slip into a relaxed, candle-lit meditation guided by Kim that will bring our bodies into deeper knowing of this land we are on and the space we share. Afterwards, we will have some tea with a local plant ally, and learn their uses for healing body and spirit.

$10 suggested donation. Bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothes for light movement. All levels, all abilities welcome. No prior experience with movement practices or mediation necessary.

About Kim Zitzow

In her art practice, Kim’s multimedia projects are guided by the understanding that we are our relations of responsibility to other, both human and nonhuman. In her community-based spirit practice, Kim explores this notion of interconnectivity through mediation: between the city and the natural world; between inner experience and outer; between our wise magnificent living, breathing human bodies, and the wise magnificent living, breathing Earth body. Kim’s work is inspired by a web of teachers, artists, farmers, activists, and folk healers who have taught her in various ways the same thing: that the healing of the self is inseparable from healing in community, and that community extends beyond the human and includes the natural world.

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Jul
27
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Ser Winery

Join Nicole Walsh, Owner & Winemaker, Ser Winery as she pours her wines. serwinery.com

About Ser

Ser is an artisanal winery based out of Santa Cruz, CA, specializing in varietal, vineyard designate, old world style wines, produced in a natural way to allow the expression of their varietal character and the vineyards from which they are sourced.

About Nicole Walsh

Nicole was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1975 and graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1998. She studied Viticulture and Enology when the undergraduate department there was comprised of two students. This provided an extraordinary opportunity to be guided by graduate professors to receive an education in Horticulture with an incredible focus on growing grapes and making wine. During her last semester at MSU, she attended a sustainable agriculture University, EARTH, in Costa Rica. It was there Nicole was able to become proficient in the Spanish language as well as to solidify her commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Upon graduation, Nicole worked for 4 years in the Michigan wine industry on the Leelanau peninsula. where she managed vineyards and made wine. In 2001, she married the love of her life, Kevin Walsh, and together they moved to Santa Cruz, CA. In February of 2001 she started working with Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyard.

For the past 19 years, Nicole has held every position in wine production including associate winemaker, vineyard manager, and grower relations manager. There was a brief interruption in her tenure at Bonny Doon in 2008 when she moved with her husband and young son to Marlborough, New Zealand. After a year there, she was brought back to Santa Cruz to develop Bonny Doon’s newest property in San Juan Bautista. She continues to manage that property as well as make wine at Bonny Doon's Santa Cruz winery. In 2013, Nicole received her level 4 diploma from WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust), universally considered the stepping stone to the Master of Wine qualification.

In 2012, Nicole was inspired from her New Zealand experience, especially with Pinot Noir, to start her own wine brand, Ser. She began working with local Santa Cruz Mountain growers to purchase fruit from distinct microclimates in the appellation to gain the valuable knowledge of the area. With her grower contacts in California, she was able to start experimenting with several varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah, Mourvedre, and a more unknown variety, Cabernet Pfeffer. Selecting interesting vineyards with special soils and microclimates, she is committed to preserving the unique character of varieties and sources in her wine.

Nicole lives at the ocean’s edge with her husband and two sons.

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Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Sandal Making by Stace Fulwiler

In this one day workshop hosted by Stace Fulwiler, you will make your very own pair handmade leather sandals!  No experience is necessary, Stace will be there to help you through the entire process and classes are kept small to allow for plenty of individual assistance. She will bring all the tools, supplies, and many different leather colors to choose from. You will have the choice of making a toe-ring sandal, a sandal that buckles at the ankle, or a two-strap slide sandal. The strap width, leather colors, and strap placement is all up to you.  View photos of past workshops and student work here

Over the course of the day, you will learn how to make sandals that fit to your feet. Making sandals entirely from leather, including the soles and heels, is a traditional way of shoemaking that has been practiced for centuries.  In the process of making your sandals, you will also learn basic leather-working techniques and become familiar with shoe-making tools. Your self-made sandals will be ready for pickup at The Ruby the following day. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy a day of working with your hands to craft a pair of sandals you will wear for years to come.

Check out photos from some of Stace's past events: http://www.stacefulwiler.com/workshop-photos/

PLEASE NOTE: This class is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but you may finish earlier! Please bring: Working hands and outfits!

About Stace Fulwiler

I started making sandals 4 years ago and soon became addicted to the freedom that comes from making my own apparel. I continued learning through trial and error, reading old books, and talking to the few remaining shoemakers in the Bay Area.  I seek out shoemakers in my travels and have met with sandal makers in New York, Paris, and Morocco - I have many more on my list yet to visit.  The sandal makers I've met are delightful people and are often just as excited as I am to talk shop and share knowledge. 

I teach sandal making workshops to demystify the process of making one's own apparel. Sandal making is a very learnable craft and I absolutely love teaching it. Anyone can experience the magic of shoemaking with the correct supplies and a little guidance; I'm always amazed at the work students create at each workshop.  I teach workshops during the warmer months throughout California and am always working on new designs in my studio.

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Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

Book & Succulent Swap

Join us for a book and succulent swap! Bring your pre-loved books and succulents to The Ruby to swap for others. This should go without saying, but please make sure you are bringing books that you’re excited to share: that you love or could see someone loving (that is to say, not trash books you got once in a gift bag)! 

BYO tote bags to bring your new books home, and Tupperware for your new succulents.  

Tip: When cutting your succulents, be sure to cut from a well-established plant. Ideally, bring succulents that you’ve left out to dry and that have developed callouses over their cuts.  

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Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

Jean Rhys said that "reading makes immigrants of us all," that "it takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." Now more than ever, it's vital—and heartening—to read, and read widely. We'll read thrilling, mind-blowing, intriguing, heartbreaking, comic, strange, and/or provocative books by women of color—and, each month, we'll gather to talk about what we've read! When possible, we'll also have the writer join us.

June/July's book is NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li

About NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT

The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay.

Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their thirty-year friendship into something else, even as Nan’s son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurantlooks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

ABOUT LILLIAN LI

Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant, forthcoming from Henry Holt in June 2018. Her work has been published in Guernica, Granta, Glimmer Train, and Jezebel. She is the recipient of a Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, as well as Glimmer Train's New Writer Award. She received her BA from Princeton and her MFA from the University of Michigan. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.

Books ($12) will be ready for pick up at The Ruby by June 10.

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Aug
3
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Margins Wine

Join Megan Bell of Margins Wine for this week's Happy Hour (And A Half). marginswine.com

About Margins

Margins Wine produces low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals. We are part of the growing movement in California to make wines from organically farmed vineyards using little to no additives during the winemaking process, thereby showcasing the vineyards the grapes came from.

Much like people living on the 'margins of society,' vineyards can be outcasts too. Most consumers of wine are only familiar with a handful of grapegrowing regions and types of wine. Margins draws attention to vineyards and varietals throughout northern and central California that find themselves on the margins without the recognition they deserve.

Margins Wine is a small winemaking project of Megan Bell, a winemaker living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Prior to settling on the central coast of California, Megan received her BS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and apprenticed in wineries and vineyards in Napa, the Livermore Valley, the Willamette Valley, Central Otago (NZ), and the Loire Valley (France).

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Resource Party & Barn-Raising

Inspired by Barbara Sher's 1979 book, Wishcraft, we're hosting a Resource Party, also known as a barn-raising! We'll gather as a group to brainstorm our way through problems we might be facing as individuals. Do you have a goal you're trying to reach, or something you need for your business or yourself? Come with specific needs or requests, and a desire to help.

From Wishcraft:

“Pioneer families and small farmers had to pool their labor to get their barns built, their crops plowed and harvested, their corn husked. In the process, they reaffirmed the bonds of community — and had a whale of a good time. Working together toward vital common goals strengthened their relationships as it lightened their labor. There was no split in their lives between love and work, self-interest and mutual aid."

“Most of us remember and treasure every part we’ve ever played in someone else’s survival, satisfaction, or success. And that’s not because we’re a bunch of altruistic saints. It’s because helping each other is creative and makes us feel good."

"Your get-together can begin and end with socializing, but in the middle it's got to be a business meeting, with everyone's attention focused on the problem at hand. You start things off by telling everyone, first, all about your goal, and second, everything you've figured out you need in order to get it."

And from Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, along these same lines:

"For women, the need and desire to nurture each other is not pathological but redemptive, and it is within that knowledge that our real power is rediscovered. It is this real connection which is so feared by a patriarchal world. Only within a patriarchal structure is maternity the only social power open to women.

Interdependency between women is the way to a freedom which allows the I to be, not in order to be used, but in order to be creative. This is a difference between the passive be and the active being."

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Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Parlor Tricks! Physics! Palmistry! with Kate Greene

Join poet, essayist, and former laser physicist (and Ruby member), Kate Greene, for three short physics lessons interspersed with an introduction to palm reading. Charm yourself into and out of any social situation with brief but fascinating tidbits about the expanding universe, the Higgs particle (or is it a field?), and the thermodynamics of death. Entertain friends at parties by assuring them that fame, fortune, and love may or may not be written in their palms. The format is as follows: lecture, discussion, and practice with a partner. You’ll receive a pamphlet on the material covered as well as notes for further resources. Poems too, probably.

About Kate Greene

Kate Greene is an essayist, journalist, poet, and former laser physicist whose work has appeared in Aeon, the AtlanticDiscover, The Economist, Harvard Review, the New Yorker, Pacific Standard, Slate, and WIRED, among others. Her essays have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, CBS News Radio, and the BBC World Service. She has taught writing at Vanderbilt University, San Francisco State University, and the Tennessee Prison for Women. In 2013, Greene was the crew writer and second-in-command on a four-month simulated Mars mission for the NASA-funded HI-SEAS project. Her book inspired by the experience, ONCE UPON A TIME I LIVED ON MARS AND OTHER STORIES, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press. She currently lives in New York City where she is an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia University.

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Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Feminist Reading Club

“Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” —bell hooks

Each month, we'll read a short article about a relevant subject — current affairs, race, politics, gender are all fair game — and discuss it together, through the lens of intersectional feminism.

For our August meeting, we'll read and discuss Rebecca Solnit's Lit Hub piece, "Whose Story (and Country) Is This? ON THE MYTH OF A "REAL" AMERICA."

Come at 5:30 p.m. if you'd like to read a hard copy of the article at The Ruby before the discussion begins at 6 p.m.

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Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

Solving Homelessness in San Francisco: A Conversation & Workshop with By the Bay

Join us for a conversation about San Francisco's perennial homelessness problem, and get informed about all of the ways we might be able to solve it. What services does the city offer? How are they performing? What can we do to help?

Yvonne Leow, the co-founder of By The Bay (www.bythebay.cool), a nonpartisan local media organization based in SF, will guide us through an evening of learning, storytelling, and hands-on brainstorming. It's time we changed the status quo. Are you ready to help?

About Yvonne Leow

Yvonne is a digital journalist by trade. She has worked at Vox.com, Digital First Media, and the AP. She is currently the president of the AAJA and she was the youngest John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford. Find her at yvonne@bythebay.cool or @yvonneleow.

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Earthquake Kit "Potluck"

We know it's coming, so let's prepare for the next Big One together, potluck style! We'll each bring an essential earthquake kit supply. Together we'll assemble earthquake kits for ourselves, and for The Ruby itself. Bring a backpack (or two) for filling. We'll also talk through what to do when disaster strikes.

Register by 8/15 so we can divvy up the supplies to purchase.

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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Ruby Town Hall

Happy six-month birthday to us!

Ruby members, let's gather together to discuss The Ruby's first six months: what's been working, what could be better, and how we might improve operations going forward. Come with ideas, and ideas for solutions. 

Come, also, with your ideas for events we might host, cooks/chefs/makers we might feature. Come with your ideas for how we might do good in our community, and ideas for how we can work toward making The Ruby an even more inclusive and diverse space, welcoming to women and nonbinary people of all ages and backgrounds. Let's gather to brainstorm the programming that supports this goal of inclusion and diversity.

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Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

6-Week Fiction Workshop led by Meng Jin

This 6-week workshop is for anyone attempting to make invented people and events real using words. Members will meet weekly (Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., August 23–September 27) to read one another's work, and help it become the best version of itself. We'll consider the craft of fiction from the cellular level of words and sentences to the mysterious forces that transform a situation into a story. We'll break down stories into their elements — character, conflict, tone, voice, perspective, tension, etc — in order to see how they succeed or fail. Along the way, we may also generate new writing with prompts and exercises, and turn to the masters for guidance, reading the stories of writers such as Grace Paley, Jamaica Kincaid, Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Yiyun Li.

PLEASE NOTE: To participate in this workshop, you must commit to 1) attending every session to the best of your ability, 2) submitting one work in progress (up to 25 pages) to the group, and 3) attentively reading and giving feedback to fellow writers' work every week. Participation also includes a private conference with the workshop leader.

***If you are NOT a Ruby member, please email staff@therubysf.com with the subject line "Fiction Workshop" and a note introducing yourself and why you want to take this workshop, along with a 10-page writing sample. The cost to attend this six-week course is $375.

About Meng Jin

Meng Jin has degrees from Harvard and Hunter College, where she received her MFA in fiction. Before moving to SF she taught creative writing and literature in New York City, where she worked with the Hunter College English department to develop fiction writing curricula for marginalized voices. Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, The Masters Review, The Bare Life Review, The Arkansas International, and elsewhere, and she is currently finishing her first novel. A Kundiman Fellow, she has received fellowships and grants from Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, M on the Bund Shanghai, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the David TK Wong Fellowship. Starting fall of 2018, she will be a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University.

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Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

A reading by Laura Van Den Berg, The Ruby's August Writer in Residence

Laura Van Den Berg is The Ruby's August Writer in Residence, visiting us from Cambridge, MA. The Ruby's Writer in Residence program seeks to support the best writers writing, and to bring writers from outside the Bay Area to The Ruby to read. Join us for a conversation between Laura and her editor, Emily Bell, about her latest novel, The Third Hotel.

About The Third Hotel

In Havana, Cuba, a widow tries to come to terms with her husband’s death—and the truth about their marriage—in Laura van den Berg’s surreal, mystifying story of psychological reflection and metaphysical mystery.

Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. As the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, Clare finds grounding in memories of her childhood in Florida and of her marriage to Richard, revealing her role in his death and reappearance along the way. The Third Hotel is a propulsive, brilliantly shape-shifting novel from an inventive author at the height of her narrative powers.

“I love Laura van den Berg for her eeriness and her elegance, the way the fabric of her stories is woven on a slightly warped loom so that you read her work always a bit perturbed. The Third Hotel is artfully fractured, slim and singular; it’s a book that sings, but always with a strange pressure more felt than heard beneath the song.”
―Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

About Laura Van Den Berg

Laura van den Berg was born and raised in Florida. She is the author of two collections of stories, The Isle of Youth (FSG, 2013) and What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), and the novel Find Me (FSG, 2015)Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish her next novel, The Third Hotel, in August 2018.

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Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Roads To and Through Publication: A Roundtable Discussion with the Authors of 2018's Anticipated Debut Novels

Publishing a book can seem like a daunting process, and it can be. But it doesn't have to be so shrouded in mystery!

Come hear from a diverse group of 2018 debut novelists about our paths to—and through—publishing our first novels! With books out this summer and fall from Riverhead, Ballantine, FSG/MCD, Doubleday, Henry Holt, and William Morrow, we'll first hold a roundtable about our various journeys, then we'll have a Q&A for all your questions.

The roundtable will feature local novelists Vanessa Hua, Lydia Kiesling, R.O. Kwon, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras, as well as visiting writers Crystal Hana Kim and Lillian Li.

Their debut novels will be available for purchase, and the authors will be available to autograph them!

About Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature, was a finalist for a California Book Award, and O, The Oprah Magazine called it a "searing debut." Her novel, A River of Stars, is forthcoming (Ballantine, August 2018). vanessahua.com

About Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions. Her writing has appeared at a variety of outlets including The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerThe Guardian, and Slate, and was recognized in Best American Essays 2016. Her first novel, The Golden State, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux's MCD imprint. lydiakiesling.com

About R.O. Kwon

R. O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is out from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. ro-kwon.com

About Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree, a Barnes & Noble Summer 2018 Discover Great New Writers selection. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post. She is the book columnist for KQED. ingridrojascontreras.com

About Crystal Hana Kim

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel, If You Leave Me, is out from William Morrow in August. She was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming fromThe Washington Post, Elle Magazine, Nylon, Electric Literature,and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journaland is the Director of Writing Instruction at Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. crystalhanakim.com

About Lillian Li

Lillian Li received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has been featured in Guernica, Granta, Glimmer Train, Bon Appetit and Jezebel.She is from the D.C. metro area and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Number One Chinese Restaurant is her first novel. lillianliauthor.com

 

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Aug
31
5:30 PM17:30

Giant Joint Book-Release Party!

We have a lot to celebrate! Join our resident Ruby authors in toasting the releases of new books from members Maggie Hoffman (The One-Bottle Cocktail), Rachel Levin (Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds), Jill Diamond (Lou Lou & Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza), Jennifer S. Cheng (Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems), Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up), and R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries).

Snacks & drinks provided, and books available for purchase.

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Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Healing Our Internet Lives with Sarah Fontaine

Do you have phone anxiety? Email anxiety? Do you get depressed when you look at instagram? What is your body position, the feeling in your gut, when you open your inbox? Are you expecting to 'get in trouble' when you open an email? Are you gritting your teeth or gripping your mouse when you send out an email? What about when you're online banking? What about when you're online dating?

Most of us, to be a person interacting and working in the world in 2018, need to communicate in a variety of ways on the internet, using a cell phone and a computer. And we tend to not acknowledge the extent to which this negatively affects us, or if we do, we yell at ourselves to get off of our phones. So much of the time this is not realistic or helpful, and causes us to feel we are failing and then experience even more anxiety.

HEALING OUR INTERNET LIVES is about reclaiming our rightful place as the boss of our internet lives. During this class, we'll use mindfulness practices to look closely at what is happening when we engage with the internet, especially via our phones. Then we'll use Astrology and energetic tools to transform blockages, anxieties, and stress into feelings of lightness and wellbeing. We'll bring more consciousness to this part of our lives so that we are choosing it instead of just letting it happen to us. You'll leave the class with a set of tangible practices that bring healing to your internet time.

About Sarah Fontaine

Sarah Fontaine practices experimental healing arts in the forms of writing, performance and astrology readings. She publishes books with her sister at Carville Annex Press. She breathes and drinks water and lives in San Francisco, and spends as much time with plants as possible.

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Sep
14
3:00 PM15:00

Afternoon Tea with Cecelia Lau of London Tea Club

Join Cece from London Tea Club for afternoon tea and conversation. We'll talk tea culture, cultivation, ceremony and more while enjoying a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Chinese gong fu tea is the informal yet beautiful and serene practice of preparing tea. Traditional teaware is used to brew in the Eastern method (more leaves, less water, many infusions) which emphasizes quality, presentation and mindfulness.

We will taste the difference between Japanese and Chinese green tea, roasted and unroasted Taiwanese oolongs and even delve into the world of Puerh - the final frontier of tea. Learn what makes each of these teas unique, and a bit about tea's surprisingly political history.

This cozy event is perfect for both tea lovers and the tea curious. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

About Cecelia Lau

I grew up drinking tea with my family and started London Tea Club during my expat years in the UK. My own relationship with tea, and the farmers behind it, has deepened over time, and the tea club directly reflects my journey with this precious gift from nature. When I’m not serving tea, you can find me hiking Windy Hill with my schnauzer Charlie, splashing in the local pool with my daughter Anaya and meditating on my cushion at home or favorite retreat centers Spirit Rock and 1440 Multiversity. See more of my tea journey at @londonteaclub and www.londonteaclub.com

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Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

A Reading by Lucie Greene, author of Silicon States

Join us for a reading and Q and A with author Lucie Greene, author of Silicon States.

About Silicon States

SILICON STATES: THE POWER AND POLITICS OF BIG TECH AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR OUR FUTURE by Lucie Greene(Counterpoint, Nonfiction): Tech writer and Worldwide Director of The Innovation Group J. Walter Thompson addresses the big question on how technology is NOT being regulated (while slowly taking over our government). She interviews tech heavy hitters such as Nick Denton, has received blurbs from tech/entertainment leaders such as Robert Safian (founder ofFast Company) and Dan Lyons (contributing writer on SiliconValley). My favorite chapter addresses women in Silicon Valley who are part of the #metoo movement. Lucie is a rising star in her industry (if you missed it, check out her recent New York Daily News piece on Cambridge Analytica). 

About Lucie Greene

LUCIE GREENE is the worldwide director of the Innovation Group, J. Walter Thompson’s in-house futures and innovation think tank. The Innovation Group’s work is frequently cited in publications including The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, WWD, USA Today, and The Times(London). She’s a thought leadership columnist for Campaign, writes for the Financial Times on futures, and has spoken at conferences including CES, SXSW, Web Summit, Cosmoprof, and Ad Week, discussing future trends across multiple lifestyle sectors. She has appeared on BBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV as an expert on the future

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

The Ruby's Fall WEEKEND RETREAT

If you're a writer or anyone working on a long project, you probably know how hard it is to find the undivided time to work on the thing, between taking care of all the people you’re supposed to take care of, doing other jobs to make ends meet, and simply feeding yourself properly! Though retreats and artist residencies are ideal, they aren’t always possible when life is hectic (and they don’t necessarily come cheap).

This fall, join us at The Ruby for our second weekend writing/making retreat — a chance to “get away” while staying in San Francisco. Let The Ruby take care of you while you work on your project! The Ruby will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All meals and snacks will be provided.

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

A reading by Aja Gabel, The Ruby's September Writer in Residence

Aja Gabel, author of the debut novel, The Ensemble, is The Ruby's September Writer in Residence. The Ruby's Writer in Residence program seeks to support the best writers writing, and to bring writers from outside the Bay Area to The Ruby to read. Writers in residence stay in our upstairs writers loft.http://www.ajagabel.com/

About THE ENSEMBLE

The addictive debut novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of music and their complex relationships with one another, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.

Brit is the second violinist, a beautiful and quiet orphan; on the viola is Henry, a prodigy who's always had it easy; the cellist is Daniel, the oldest, the angry skeptic who sleeps around; and on first violin is Jana, their flinty, resilient leader. Together, they are the Van Ness String Quartet. 

In The Ensemble, each person picks up the melody, from the group's youthful rocky start through to adulthood. As they navigate devastating failures and wild success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty, they are always tied together--by career, by the intensity of their art, by the secrets they carry, and by choosing each other over and over again. 

Following these four unforgettable characters, Aja Gabel's debut novel gives a behind-the-scenes look into the competitive, mysterious world of high level musicians. The story of Brit and Henry and Daniel and Jana, The Ensemble is a heart-skipping portrait of ambition, friendship, and the tenderness of youth.

About Aja Gabel

Aja Gabel's debut novel, The Ensemble, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House.

Aja's short fiction can be found in New England ReviewNew Ohio ReviewGlimmer TrainBOMB, and elsewhere. Her lyric essay, "The Sparrows in France," appeared in Kenyon Review and earned her an honorable mention in Best American Essays 2015. She has taught fiction, non-fiction, and literature at the University of Virginia, the University of Houston, Sweet Briar College, and Pacific University, as well as at undergraduate creative writing conferences and community workshop organizations. She earned her BA at Wesleyan University, her MFA at the University of Virginia and has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.

Aja has been the recipient of awards from Atlantic Monthly and Inprint, as well as fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was a fellow in fiction 2012-2013.

She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Bear.

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Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

EMBROIDERY BASICS with Emma McGowan

Come learn embroidery basics and walk away with a cool embroidered piece!

In this 2.5-hour class, we’ll show you how to transfer a pattern onto fabric, do some basic stitches, and get started on a great design that you can finish at home. It’s an unconventional way of learning embroidery, but one that leaves you with a cool little piece of art. Bring a piece of clothing you’d like to embellish or, if that’s too intimidating, we’ll be providing fabric scraps to choose from. Everything else is supplied and you’ll take home your own needle, hoop, and three colors of thread. No prior embroidery experience necessary!

PLEASE NOTE: Materials fee is $25, payable at the start of class. Nonmembers, this cost is included in the price of your ticket.

About Emma McGowan

Emma McGowan comes from a family of craftswomen and has been fascinated by needlework for years, but she didn’t actually learn how to do it herself until she traveled to Guatemala and was blown away by the handiwork done by Mayan women. So she bought a hoop, some thread, a needle, and taught herself how to make her own beautiful designs. When Emma is not embroidering, you can find her writing about feminist issues, reading (a lot), sewing outlandish clothing, and experimenting with new crafts projects.

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Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Ayurveda: The Six Tastes & Seasonal Health with Sachi Doctor

Curious about Ayurveda, and how it might fit into your life? Rasa, the Sanskrit word for taste, translates to experience, enthusiasm, and essence. Accordingly, taste not only determines how we experience our food,

but ultimately, the overall flavor of our lives. On a functional level, each of the six tastes—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent—ensures we eat what our body needs and, therefore, has a vital role to play in our

overall well-being. If you're missing one of the six, you're left with anything from cravings to poor digestion. Taste really is a natural map towards vibrant health!

Join Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health educator Sachi Doctor in an exploration of these six tastes and how they correlate to common spices. You'll learn how to spice mixes to maximize their benefits and will make a your own fall spice blend to support you through the season.

About Sachi Doctor

Sachi Doctor is a holistic health educator, tea maker and founder of Elemental Alchemy. Imbued in Eastern tradition and Western culture since childhood, both ancient healing practices and modern medical systems have shaped my understanding of health. Balancing the wisdom of these two worlds, her work blends ancient Ayurvedic practices, yogic philosophy, plant-based medicine and nutrition to help individuals reconnect with their inner healer and cutivate clarity on what makes them thrive. Learn more about services & products at www.elemental-alchemy.com, and find her on Instagram: @elemental_alchemy.

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Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

A reading by Nicole Chung, The Ruby's November Writer in Residence

Nicole Chung, author of the memoir, All You Can Ever Know (Catapult, 2018), is The Ruby's November Writer in Residence. The Ruby's Writer in Residence program seeks to support the best writers writing, and to bring writers from outside the Bay Area to The Ruby to read. Writers in residence stay in our upstairs writers loft.  Join us for a reading and casual conversation.

About All You Can Ever Know

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

About Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung’s debut memoir All You Can Ever Know will be published on October 2, 2018. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Shondaland, ELLE, Longreads, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and Hazlitt, among others. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. Find her on Twitter @nicole_soojung.

nicolechung.net

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Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong night at The Ruby

One Wednesday a month, we play Mahjong!

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night.

6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6:30 to play!

This is happening simultaneously with Hotpot Night; come for one event or both!

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Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Makeup taught by Julie Dy

Master a summer makeup look that glows (and doesn't melt off your face!)! Join Ruby member Julie Dy, a freelance makeup artist with over 15 years of experience, for her summer edition of Makeup 101. If you missed the first class, there will be some review of makeup basics, and the focus will be a fun summer-proof makeup with an emphasis on cream products for that glowing, dewy look.

About Julie Dy

Fashion, beauty, music, art and entertainment have always been worlds of intrigue for Julie Dy. She stumbled into a career in makeup artistry after graduating with a degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley, and found it was a perfect avenue to utilize and develop her creative flair. As a freelance makeup artist for over 15 years, she has built an ever-growing business in bridal services, editorial and commercial work, print, video, film and television. Her experience as a Regional Makeup Artist for Laura Mercier Cosmetics trained her to give clients a flawless complexion and an amazing glow—makeup that looks natural but still makes an impact. Her work has appeared in The Knot, Destination Wedding, 7x7, StyleMePretty, Marie Claire Magazine, Wired Magazine, FastCompany, and Vanity Fair. Regular clients include Pixar Studios, Disney, and AirBnb. Julie's work has allowed her to indulge in her love for color and beauty, as well as the concepts of transformation and personal expression.

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Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Practice of Yoga to Create A Just World

Are you are interested in the intersection of yoga and justice, the role of contemplative practice in activist spaces, and exploring your relationship to power and privilege? Join the Portland-based author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, and licensed clinical social worker, Michelle Johnson, as she reads from and discusses her new book on the intersection of yoga and justice: Skill in Action, Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. The workshop will include self-reflection through journaling and exercises, as well as a meditation focused on justice in the body. Show up to learn more about yourself and to identify ways to inspire justice!

About Michelle Johnson

I am an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker, and Dismantling Racism trainer. I approach my life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment, and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of my work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their life. I explore how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body.

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Jul
12
4:00 PM16:00

Headshot sessions by Sana Javeri Kadri

Get a new headshot taken by Ruby member Sana Javeri Kadri! Come looking your best and leave with a new profile pic, author photo, or just something to get printed on a mug for your mom! See some of Sana's work at sanajaverikadri.com.

About Sana Javeri Kadri

Sana Javeri Kadri is a sometimes salty, permanently hungry, rather creative human.

She was raised in post-colonial Bombay, wound up in the produce aisles of California and can be currently found @sanajaverikadri on Instagram or in person wherever there are vegetables to be found.

She is also schemer-in-chief for Diaspora Co., which you should be very excited about.

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Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Re-aligning with your Values & Inner Wisdom with Gieselle Allen

Your values define you; they're at the core of your being. Without these things, you wouldn’t be you. When it comes to making decisions in work and life, it's imperative to be aware of your unique set of values so that you can make authentic choices and commitments, and understand what's at the root of that nagging feeling that something just isn't right.

In this interactive workshop, led by Ruby Member Gieselle Allen, you'll partner with fellow Rubies to:

  • Discover your values
  • Gain clarity around how closely you're currently aligned to your values
  • Make tangible goals for how to move forward in a more authentic way

You'll also do a brief visualization exercise to help you access your "Inner Wisdom" (more commonly known as your "gut" or "intuition").

This workshop could benefit anyone, but is especially helpful for individuals who are currently juggling a variety of passions, projects, or priorities in life. 

About Gieselle Allen

Gieselle is a San Francisco–based career and life coach for ambitious women who are looking to slow down, look inward, and fully align themselves to their authentic path. When she isn't coaching, she is writing, reading, watching enormous amounts of TV, or convincing herself that ice cream doesn't have calories. www.gieselleallen.com

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Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Decks and Noods: Casual Tarot for the Tarot Curious

Tarot isn't only about fortune-telling or divination; it can also be used as a tool for intuition, reflection, growth, and creative projects.

Ruby members Helen Tseng and Melissa Graeber, the co-hosts of Astral Projection Radio Hour, a weekly witch-themed radio show on BFF.fm, are two friends who have been meeting once a month for the past year to lightly study tarot and eat noodles. They call it "Decks and Noods," and we're bringing a version of it to The Ruby! Every month, we'll gather for thoughtful discussion and practice, and the occasional guest reader.

At this first gathering, Helen and Melissa will give an introductory overview to tarot and the many ways to use it, including — but not limited to — self-reflection, creative ritual, DIY therapy, agency, and more. Helen and Melissa will also share non-patriarchal decks and modern tarot resources they're fans of (Jessa Crispin, Michelle Tea, Many Moons, and various online resources). We'll choose one card as a group to interpret/think about, then break into smaller groups to be in conversation about the ways to interpret a card or spread. breaking into pairs or small groups and being in conversation about the ways to interpret a card or spread.

BYO Tarot Deck if you have one (and extra decks if you own multiple decks!); Helen and Melissa will also bring decks for the deckless. No prior knowledge of Tarot is assumed! We'll provide noodles of course!

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Jul
2
6:00 PM18:00

Intuitive Songwriting Workshop with Heather D'Angelo

Heather D’Angelo invites you to learn Intuitive Songwriting, the method she developed over the past 15 years to write dozens of songs with her band, Au Revoir Simone. Part meditation exercise and part art therapy, Intuitive Songwriting empowers students to discover their own songs by engaging techniques Heather created to take advantage of her lack of formal musical training: Attuned Listening and Intuitive Response. Attuned Listening describes a grounding meditative process that uses musical chords to access the subconscious while Intuitive Response opens up a dialogue between inner awareness and outward musical expression. Intuitive Songwriting was founded on Heather’s belief that all human beings are inherently musical: your heart is always keeping a beat.

The only items required to take this class are an iPad with a copy of the Polychord app ($9.99), a pair of headphones, a notebook and pen, and an open spirit.

PLEASE NOTE: You need an iPad with Polychord installed and ready to go if you'd like to take this class. If you don't own an iPad, don't hesitate to ask your fellow Rubies to borrow one; email staff@therubysf.com and we will can help facilitate. Please note that if you do not have access to an iPad, you cannot participate in the class. Please arrive to class with the app already downloaded and functional on your iPad; this workshop is short and so there won’t be time enough for both teaching the method and overcoming technical issues.

About Heather D'Angelo

Ruby member Heather D’Angelo is a member of the indie dream-pop band, Au Revoir Simone, founded in Brooklyn in 2003. Au Revoir Simone has released four LPs and over a dozen singles, EPs, and remix albums. Their music has been featured in commercials, films, and TV shows, including Apple, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, and most recently in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return.

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Jul
2
6:00 PM18:00

Friend Groups at The Ruby

This is an experiment in community building that we're trying out at The Ruby! For 8 consecutive Mondays (to start — we'll see how it goes!) we'll be meeting at The Ruby in regular, small groups, to discuss our lives, current events, and lots more. The hypothesis we're testing is this: it takes time and consistency to build good friendships.

We're calling these weekly meetings "Friend Groups." Friend Groups are for Ruby members who crave meaningful conversations and deeper friendships. The hope is that you'll come away from Friend Groups with friends you can rely on, and that you'll get to know your fellow Ruby members more deeply.

We ask that you commit to attending your Friend Group with regularity; we ask that you do your level best to make it every week to your Friend Group. This is part of the experiment, after all!

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Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Donkey & Goat

Join us for happy hour featuring Tracey Brandt of Donkey and Goat.

About Donkey and Goat

Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared & Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California. We make “natural wines” which is a term that covers both the vineyard and the cellar. That is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar. Our wines are made from sustainably (or more) farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino and Napa. In the cellar nothing is removed and nothing is added save minimal effective sulphur. Sulphur is a contentious issue in the natural wine world. We have made wines with zero sulphur added but in general we do use minimum effective sulphur. Or we use as little as possible and our levels going into bottle fall within the predominant guideline for natural wines in Europe. Our wines are bottled without stabilization, fining or filtration. While not required, we include our ingredient list on our label which is remarkably short: grapes and minimal sulphur. We have made our wines in this manner since we created Donkey & Goat in 2004 and will continue to do so until we stop.

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Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Guided Meditation & Herbal Tea with Kim Zitzow

Join Kim Zitzow for a guided meditation, followed by a nourishing herbal tea made from a locally available herb.

Combining geologic and place-based research, movement and visualization, Kim leads meditation practices that focus on the alchemy between the mind and the intuitive knowing ways of the body, offering a deep and embodied experience specific with a place.

We will begin with light movement to orient our attention to our bodies and then slip into a relaxed, candle-lit meditation guided by Kim that will bring our bodies into deeper knowing of this land we are on and the space we share. Afterwards, we will have some tea with a local plant ally, and learn their uses for healing body and spirit.

$10 suggested donation. Bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothes for light movement. All levels, all abilities welcome. No prior experience with movement practices or mediation necessary.

About Kim Zitzow

In her art practice, Kim’s multimedia projects are guided by the understanding that we are our relations of responsibility to other, both human and nonhuman. In her community-based spirit practice, Kim explores this notion of interconnectivity through mediation: between the city and the natural world; between inner experience and outer; between our wise magnificent living, breathing human bodies, and the wise magnificent living, breathing Earth body. Kim’s work is inspired by a web of teachers, artists, farmers, activists, and folk healers who have taught her in various ways the same thing: that the healing of the self is inseparable from healing in community, and that community extends beyond the human and includes the natural world.

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Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Put a ring on it: Ring making taught by Anna Furman

Working with wax blocks and carving tools, Rubies will learn how to sculpt and size their own ring designs. You will complete at least one finished ring. After the session, Anna will bring the finished waxes to a (woman-run!) casting studio in San Francisco, where they will be cast into bronze or sterling silver. (Your rings will be ready in 2 to 3 weeks.) No prior sculpture or jewelry experience is required! It’s recommended that you come with a couple ideas (and if the ring is a gift, ask his/her ring size!).

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $40, payable at the start of class. Space is limited, so sign up early!

About Anna Furman

I'm a freelance writer, jewelry-maker, and the founder of Luna. Drawing from organic shapes and unusual textures found in nature, my jewelry line is made up of hand-crafted, cast metal pieces. I'm endlessly inspired by trail-blazing artists like Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, and Anna Maria Maiolino.

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Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Shibori and Indigo Dyeing with Kristin Arzt

Learn the ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique known as Shibori, along with the alchemy of natural dyeing with indigo. In this workshop, you will learn how to set up your own indigo vat. We will cover several styles of Shibori techniques to create unique designs. You will leave with four indigo-dyed napkins and a tote bag.

All materials will be provided, but wear clothing that is comfortable and you won’t mind getting a little dirty. Bring an apron if you like.

Feel free to bring your own natural fiber goods to dye (cotton, hemp, linen, wool, etc.), but please avoid bulky pieces (towels, linens, bedding etc.).

PLEASE NOTE: For Ruby members, there is a materials fee of $35, payable at the start of class. For nonmembers, this is included in the cost of your ticket. Space is limited!

About Kristin Arzt

Oakland-based artist Kristin Arzt was first exposed to textile design by her grandmother. She has been experimenting with natural dyes and perfecting her quilting craft for the last seven years. Kristin loves the forgiving nature of natural dyes, especially that of indigo. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in exploration and experimentation with color, and is also balanced with years of experience and traditional techniques. www.kristinarzt.com

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Jun
22
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Green Barrel

Join us for happy hour featuring Limor Allen of Green Barrel wine.

About Green Barrel

We began Green Barrel in the fall of 2010 because we wanted to change the status quo of costly, clumsy bottles. After almost a year of product development, where our many prototypes required us to learn about everything from sanding to welding, we had a barrel that rang true to our vision, a barrel with both form and function. After courting the ABC representative, and jumping through other tedious, business-related hoops, we received our license in April of 2011. It was not difficult to find like-minded wineries dedicated to sustainable wine making practices. Our barrel is memorable, the perfect combination of old and new, timeless yet original. Paired with any of the more than 15 sustainable boutique wines offered, Green Barrel is here to help you create a unique wine experience. We believe in sustainable wine practices that reduce waste, lower costs, and improve quality. 

About the founders

Limor Allen and Tiffany Angus have been working in the wine industry since 2005, when they lived in Santa Barbara. Formally called the “Sunday girls” they drank wine and managed the tasting room floor at Cellar 205, an urban collective/winery co-op. In addition to the tasting room operations, they were intimately involved in all aspects of wine making: the harvest, the crush, from marketing to events, and so on. During their time working at Cellar 205 it became apparent that making the wine was only half the battle. In this process, they also realized that the effort, and waste involved in bottling, corking, foiling, and labeling is as much of a production as making the wine. And in the end the bottles end up in the recycling bin, the trash can, or smashed on the floor. They knew that there had to be a more sensible way to package wine and offer it more affordably by the glass. By packaging wine in our 9-litre EcoPacks we avoid the work, maintenance, and waste of bottles, and the barrels are beautiful centerpieces.

greenbarrelwine.com

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Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Margar-Ruby-ville! The Ruby Open House & Taco Party!

Tonight, we're open to both members and nonmember friends! Are you a nonmember who is interested in membership? Curious if The Ruby might be a fit for you? We're hosting an open house!

Come join us on June 21! We'll drink margaritas, eat tacos (fresh tortillas and chips from our neighbor La Palma), and answer any questions you may have about The Ruby.

Email staff@therubysf.com to register!

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Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch with Yrsa Daley-Ward, author of Terrible & Bone

Join us for a lunch, reading, and discussion with Yrsa Daley-Ward. Yrsa is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She splits her time between London and New York.

Lunch will be vegan summer rolls and salad prepared by Chelsea Turowsky of Omiomi Kitchen. Space is limited!

About THE TERRIBLE

From the celebrated poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir—part prose, part verse—about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family “You may not run away from the thing that you are because it comes and comes and comes as sure as you breathe.” This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened—“even the terrible things. And God, there were terrible things.” It’s about her childhood in the northwest of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia; the man formerly known as Dad (half fun, half frightening); and her little brother Roo, who sees things written in the stars. It’s also about the surreal magic of adolescence, about growing up and discovering the power and fear of sexuality, about pitch-gray days of pills and powder and connection. It’s about damage and pain, but also joy. Told with raw intensity and shocking honesty, The Terrible is a memoir of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.

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Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Weaving for Beginners with Jennie Lennick

Do you see a fluffy woven wall hanging and just swoon? Do the high price tags on those works turn you away? Learning how to weave is actually very easy and rewarding! You'll find yourself addicted in no time!

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of weaving including how to warp a loom, how to weave with a needle, and how to use different kinds of yarn. We will learn some fancy weaving techniques like Rya (aka tassels) and Soumak, a decorative braid embellishment. We've chosen some really beautiful yarn for everyone to use! We have natural roving and soft wool yarns in muted tones, cotton cord, and acrylic yarn in cozy colors. This workshop includes all materials and each student will go home with their project, weaving tools, and a high quality hand held loom. The loom is constructed from hardwoods and was made in America. 

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $30, payable at the start of class. Space is limited, so sign up early!

About Jennie Lennick

In addition to being a Ruby member and neighbor (check out her shop at 3043 24th Street!), Jennie Lennick is a San Francisco–based artist, entrepreneur, and teacher. As a child in the Midwest, Jennie became enamored with traditional domestic craft, learning to sew and embroider. In 2010, She moved to the Bay Area to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. Inspired by the natural beauty of Northern California, Jennie launched Jenny Lemons (jennylemons.com), a collection of modern block printed and hand painted women’s clothing and textiles. Jennie's work has been featured in publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Brit + Co, and San Francisco Magazine. Her retail store in the Mission District of San Francisco is a community space where she facilitates DIY workshops, produces her products, and showcases the talents of other local artists.

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Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

Bloody Mary & Pickle Basics with Kelly McVicker and Gillian Fitzgerald of McVicker Pickles

This Father's Day, join Kelly McVicker and Gillian Fitzgerald of McVicker Pickles as they share their secrets for making the best Bloody Marys and pickles from scratch. This is a co-ed, father-friendly class at The Ruby!

Kelly will teach you how to make easy, quick pickles that add a tangy touch to your cocktails. Then, Gillian will guide you in the art of Bloody Mary creation, breaking down the key ingredients needed to make a classic version plus giving hints and tips for adding your own twist (think Mezcal and smoked salt rim). We'll end the class by tasting our creations and toasting ourselves for making the next brunch at home so much better!

We'll also have a make-your-own waffle bar with toppings to wash down your delicious Bloody Mary.

PLEASE NOTE: Ruby members may bring a +1 (a father, other parent, or other guest!), but there is a ingredients fee of $15 that will be collected from every attendee, payable at the start of the event. (Nonmembers, this fee is included in the cost of your ticket.)

About Kelly McVicker

Kelly McVicker is the founder of San Francisco-based McVicker Pickles, where she blends her Kansas roots with California flavors via small batch pickles and condiments. Kelly has presented at TEDx, San Francisco Street Food Festival, Maker Faire, Eat Real Festival, and other events. She has contributed recipes for books and magazines focused on food preservation, and is currently dreaming up a book project of her own. Kelly is a Certified Master Food Preserver, which means she can teach you how to safely can, pickle, ferment, jam, jelly, dehydrate, or help you test your pressure canner. She lives in the Lower Haight and teaches hands-on preservation classes around the Bay Area. Check out more of her classes here: http://www.mcvickerpickles.com/classes

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Brew Day! Make Ruby Red Saison with Drake's Brewers

Ever wondered how beer gets made? Interested in brewing your own beer at home? Here's your chance to learn how to brew beer alongside professional brewers! If you've ever wondered how beer gets made, join us — along with Drake's brewers Gwen Thompson and Molly O'Brien — in brewing our own Ruby Red saison, made with Ruby Red grapefruit. We'll learn brewing basics with pros, and enjoy beer and snacks while we brew. Then we'll taste the fruits of our labor at a future summer date, TBD. Ruby members may bring a friend or two (select up to three tickets!).

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials/ingredients fee of $10 per attendee.

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Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

A reading by Brit Bennett, The Ruby's June Writer in Residence

Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers, is The Ruby's June Writer in Residence. The Ruby's Writer in Residence program seeks to support the best writers writing, and to bring writers from outside the Bay Area to The Ruby to read. Writers in residence stay in our upstairs writers loft. Join us for a reading and casual conversation.

About The Mothers

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothersis a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

"All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season."

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year- old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a "what if" can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

About Brit Bennett

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineThe Paris Review, and Jezebelhttp://britbennett.com/

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Jun
15
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): La Rue

Join us for happy hour featuring wines from Katy Wilson of La Rue.

About La Rue

Veona LaRue Newell was a strong, witty woman, and was an inspiration to many. Specifically, as winemaker Katy Wilson’s great-grandmother, she was the inspiration for LaRue Wines. Veona never knew why her mother gave her a middle name no one else in the family had. Its uniqueness often bothered her, but her uniqueness was what made her so special. She never let a thing get her down and kept her wittiness even at 97 years old. In 2009, when Katy told her the wine would be named LaRue, Veona, in classically humble fashion stated “Well, I can’t say that you picked the best name in the world…”

Since 2009, LaRue Wines has focused on making high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, exclusively from vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. The wines are elegant, restrained, and forever inspired by the resilience and strength of one Veona LaRue.

laruewines.com

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Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Heal Your Finances with the $Money Witch$

As we learn better ways to tend to our bodies and our spirits, it is essential that we also turn our healing gaze towards our means of survival and success in this world. Many of us are hearing the call to step into greater maturity in our financial lives, but the HOW easily becomes overwhelming. In this 2.5-hour session, we will break down the process, gain tools to lovingly meet ourselves where we already are financially, and lay a path down for powerful movement forward.

About Jessie Susanna Karnatz, aka $Money Witch$

Jessie Susannah Karnatz, aka $Money Witch$, is an Intuitive Financial Coach, bookkeeper, and tax preparer bringing Capitalism-Critical Business Lady Swag to clients in the Bay Area and via Skype. You can find more information on her work at www.healyourfinances.com and on Instagram @money.witch.

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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong night at The Ruby

Honestly, this is exactly what it sounds like — no more, no less!

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night.

6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6:30 to play!

Snacks and drinks provided.

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Your Workplace Rights: A Discussion with Jessica Riggin & Valerie Brender

With the outgrowth of the #metoo movement and increasing public discussion surrounding equal pay and women's rights in the workplace, it is more apparent than ever that gender-based workplace inequities remain prevalent but cannot stay unaddressed. Join two plaintiffs' side employment attorneys, Jessica Riggin and Valerie Brender of Rukin Hyland LLP, at The Ruby for a discussion on women's rights in the workplace. Topics will include "What should I do if I've been sexually harassed at work?;" "I'm pregnant. What rights do I have?" and "What protections do the new transgender regulations provide me?" Come with questions and leave with a better understanding of employment law!

About Jessica Riggin

Jessica Riggin is a partner at Rukin Hyland LLP, a law firm with offices in San Francisco and Oakland that represents employees in individual and class action litigation, provides employment law advice to employees and executives, and counsels small businesses and startups on employment law matters. Jessica advocates for employees facing a wide range of workplace issues; she litigates complex class actions, pursues individual sexual harassment, whistleblower, and discrimination cases, and advises professionals in pre-litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, Jessica clerked for the Honorable David O. Carter of the Central District of California, and she is a graduate of Columbia Law School. Jessica is on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association and has been named a Rising Star by California Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2016.

About Valerie Brender

Valerie Brender is an associate at Rukin Hyland. She litigates class action and individual employment law cases, including independent contractor misclassification, discrimination, whistleblower, and unpaid wages cases. She also advises employees on employment agreements and job transitions. Prior to joining Rukin Hyland, Valerie was a research fellow at Human Rights Watch. She serves as Co-Chair of the Barristers Labor & Employment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and was named a Rising Star by the California Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018. Her writing on workers’ rights has appeared in the Huffington PostThe Hill, and the Daily Journal. Prior to graduating from New York University School of Law, Valerie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama and a Fulbright Scholar in Spain

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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Break Up With Your Phone! An Experimental Book Club: PART II

Part book club, part 30-day group experiment! Join other Ruby members as we read journalist Catherine Price’s How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life.

It's been 30 days! You've broken up with your phone! Let's meet on June 13 IRL to discuss how the experiment went.

PLEASE NOTE: There are 10 books available at no charge to the first 10 people who sign up!

About Catherine Price’s How To Break Up With Your Phone

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution. 

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

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Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Iyengar Yoga with Sachiko Nishizawa Willis

Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), author of many books including the classic yoga treatise Light on Yoga. It is known for its emphasis on precision in action and alignment, which not only develops strength, flexibility, and stamina, but also fosters mental and emotional strength and peace of mind. In this class, Sachiko will introduce you to the fundamentals of yoga postures in the Iyengar way: basic standing, sitting, introductory inversion, and restorative postures. No prior experience necessary. Please bring a yoga mat.

About Sachiko Nishizawa Willis

As a teenager in Japan, Sachiko became fascinated by a yoga book her mother gave her. She discovered Iyengar Yoga in 2001 and has since then experienced the transformative and healing power of the method first hand. As a teacher, she strives to help students develop the sensitivity and tenacity required to take the journey of self-discovery and transformation; taking obstacles and ailments as part of the path. www.iysachiko.com

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