Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Put A Ring On It: Ring Making Taught by Anna Furman

Working with wax blocks and carving tools, you will learn how to sculpt and size an original ring design. After the session, Anna will cast your rings into bronze or sterling silver and polish them up to a nice shine. No prior sculpture or jewelry-making experience is required. Come open minded and maybe armed with a few ideas (if the ring is a gift, ask his/her ring size in advance!)

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $40, payable at the start of class (for nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.

About Anna Furman

I'm a writer and sculptor based in a studio in the Mission. Drawn to unusual textures found in nature, I incorporate nectarine pits, tamarind shells, and bark into jewelry designs and art objects. Using the lost wax casting process, I capture organic material in metal before it decays, dissolves, or otherwise morphs in form. Luna, my line of wearable and functional sculptures, is experimental at its core.

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Jul
20
to Jul 21

The Ruby's Summer 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 Summer, join us at The Ruby for a 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. Meals and snacks will be provided.

If you are a nonmember who can't afford the retreat rate, we have The Leonore Peyser Davis Writing Fellowship available, and it provides a free retreat to someone in financial need. Please email a resumé and cover letter, including the description of the project you would like to work on during our weekend retreat, to staff@therubysf.com. 

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Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

PICK OUR BRAINS: Fiction Authors with Published Books!

We're introducing a new series at The Ruby called "PICK OUR BRAINS," bringing together individuals for whom the question "Can I pick your brain?" is frequently asked. While we love to be helpful — and we too were once in the position of just starting out! — we also simply don't have all the time in the world. Enter the "Pick Our Brains" event series. We'll be bringing together a few Rubies and friends of Rubies who are uniquely positioned in their fields, and able to offer insight to folks who want advice or are curious about what they do. We'll do this in a way that's maximally efficient, respectful of the brain pickees' time, and most importantly, fun.

For the second event in this series, we'll be featuring people who write fiction and have published novels and/or short story collections. Lineup to be confirmed, but will likely include (in no particular order): Namwali Serpell (The Old Drift), C Pam Zhang (How Much of These Hills is Gold), Jennie Chia-Chia Lin (The Unpassing), Meng Jin (Little Gods), R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries), Rachel Khong (Goodbye, Vitamin), Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up).

PLEASE NOTE: Ruby members, we ask that you bring a bottle of wine or nonalcoholic beverages (kombucha or coconut water, for example) to share. Nonmembers, your ticket will go toward buying dinner for our guests.

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Considering Narrative Forms: A Discussion of Meander, Spiral, Explode

Join us in reading and discussing Jane Alison's book about the craft of writing Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative. We'll be joined by the author via video (we'll send Jane our questions and have them addressed in a recorded-for-us video!). 

Alison writes: “For centuries there’s been one path through fiction we’re most likely to travel— one we’re actually told to follow—and that’s the dramatic arc: a situation arises, grows tense, reaches a peak, subsides . . . But something that swells and tautens until climax, then collapses? Bit masculosexual, no? So many other patterns run through nature, tracing other deep motions in life. Why not draw on them, too?”

W. G. Sebald’s Emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc— or, in nature, wave. Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her “museum of specimens” include Nicholson Baker, Anne Carson, Marguerite Duras, Gabriel García Márquez, Jamaica Kincaid, Clarice Lispector, Susan Minot, David Mitchell, Caryl Phillips, and Mary Robison.

Meander, Spiral, Explode is a singular and brilliant elucidation of literary strategies that also brings high spirits and wit to its original conclusions. It is a liberating manifesto that says, Let’s leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike.

PLEASE NOTE: Thanks to Catapult, we have 10 books available to the first 10 members to sign up!

JANE ALISON is the author of a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, and four novels—The Love-ArtistThe Marriage of the SeaNatives and Exotics, and Nine Island—and is also the translator of Ovid’s stories of sexual transformation, Change Me. She is professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville. Find out more at www.janealisonauthor.com.

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Green Beauty DIY Skincare Workshop

In this workshop, we will craft our own cosmetics from natural, plant-based sources. Everyone will go home with a customized toner, face wash, mask, and body scrub for their skin type. We will review the most beneficial herbs for skincare and discuss the environmental benefits of DIY cosmetics. You'll learn how simple and economical it is to make you own effective beauty products, and will empower you to create less waste, spend less money, and connect more to nature and the healing power of plants.This workshop is a Green Rubies event.

About Julie Zigoris

Julie Zigoris is a writer and educator based in San Francisco. Julie discovered the benefits of herbal medicine when she was pregnant with her first child, and she has been crafting concoctions ever since. She has studied at The California School of Herbal Studies and The Herbal Academy of New England.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $10 materials fee payable at the start of the workshop! Please pay at the front desk.

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Jul
26
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCHTIME COOKBOOK CLUB: FOOD OF THE ITALIAN SOUTH by Katie Parla

The Ruby’s Cookbook Club is a combination potluck and book club. Each month, we’ll discuss a new cookbook. Participants should cook a dish from the book (at least 8 servings). This is a special LUNCH-time Cookbook Club. Our potluck will double as The Ruby's lunch!

This month, we'll be cooking from and discussing Food of the Italian Southby Katie Parla. The author, Katie Parla, will be joining us from Rome. We'll eat together, then have a brief Q&A with Katie herself!

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Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

4-Week Creativity Series

This is an experiment in inviting more creativity and creative learning and thinking into our lives, and developing sustainable creative practices that work for us. Every Tuesday this August, we'll meet to explore the subject of creativity together. Think of this as part discussion group, part workshop, part brainstorming session, part art camp, part Friend Groups (last year's 8-week experiment in making meaningful friendships)—and all exploration in a safe and supportive context. Between our weekly meetings, we’ll have light homework assignments that may include (and of course not be limited to) reading, doodling, writing, and/or physical movement. Though the group will be led by Rachel Khong, this series is intended to be a collaborative effort: Come prepared to teach and share what you know about creativity. 

We ask that you commit to attending this Creativity Series with regularity; though we understand that the summer months can be tricky, we ask that you do your level best to make it every week. This is part of the experiment, after all!

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Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

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.

Our next book is TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi. Thanks to Henry Holt, we'll have copies available at the front desk! (First come, first served!) Taking the book means committing yourself to attending the book club meeting on August 7. If you are ultimately not able to attend, please let us know; you will be charged $20 for the book.

About Trust Exercise

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed―or untoyed with―by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls―until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true―though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place―revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

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Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

More side projects than you know what to do with? Want to apply to that thing but can’t bring yourself to press “send”? That’s where this group comes in! We’ll check in with each other about projects we're working on, offer resources and encouragement, and then get to work on anything we want to do outside of the things we have to do.

Whether it’s a business, creative outlet, application, or something in-between, come get time, space, and support for it.

PLEASE NOTE: We've set this at 3 hours to make sure you have enough time to make a meaningful dent in whatever you're working on.

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Sashiko Mending with Jennie Lennick

Learn about this beautiful, ancient Japanese embroidery technique which was originally developed to strengthen quilts and kimonos, and lengthen the life of textiles. Sashiko, which translates to "little stabs," traditionally uses a white cotton thread on dark blue indigo dyed fabric. A simple running stitch is used to create geometric patterns to decorate fabric or reinforce ripped denim. You will learn how to properly execute the sashiko stitch and transfer geometric designs onto indigo dyed cotton or linen. We will create a sampler made up of different designs including a repetitive wave and other geometric patterns. Once everyone has the technique down, we will discuss how to use sashiko to repair your clothing and thrashed jeans. All materials are included: we will provide cotton sashiko thread, a selection of different indigo dyed linens, denim, and chambray, a ring thimble, and special sashiko needles. Students will leave with their sampler and all the tools they need to keep repairing their denim. *Feel free to bring a ripped pair of jeans to repair!

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $10, payable at the start of class. (Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.)

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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Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) x Works in Progress Night

Join us for Happy Hour meets Works in Progress night. We'll hear and see the work of three of our Ruby fellows this year: Monica SokAnnah Sidigu, and Breena Nuñez. They'll be sharing progress on the projects they're working on. Come learn about their work, and support your fellow Rubies!

About Monica Sok

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. Her first book of poems A Nail the Evening Hangs On is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Her work has been recognized with a Discovery Prize from the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center. She is the recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, Jerome Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and others. Currently, Sok is a 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and also teaches poetry at Banteay Srei, an organization in Oakland that serves Southeast Asian girls and women at-risk or engaged in sexual exploitation. She is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

About Breena Nuñez

Breena Nuñez (she/they) is an Afro Central American cartoonist based in Oakland by way of San Bruno, CA. She self-publishes autobiographical comics about the multiple identities she embodies as a queer Afrolatinx person of Salvadoran-Guatemalan descent. Readers can find some of her comics in anthologies and zines such as Tales from La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology, La Horchata Zine: Invierno Issue 2018, and Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival. They have also spoken at various conferences along the West Coast on why comics are necessary tools for revealing the truth about underrepresented identities within communities of color. More currently Breena is pursuing an MFA in Comics at California College of the Arts while creating a graphic memoir about her first journey to El Salvador as a self-conscious teenager during the early 2000's. Her personal philosophy behind making comics is creating spaces for folks of color who thrive on living as outliers of society. 

If not at home, most likely they are traveling to a zine fest or indie comic convention selling comics while being high off of caffeine.

About Annah Omune Sidigu

Annah Omune Sidigu is a Kenyan-American songwriter and poet. You can listen to some of her music at annahsidigu.bandcamp.com. If you like what you hear and are seeking music for a film or other project, feel free to contact her at annah.sidigu@gmail.com to find out about licensing opportunities. You can also catch Annah on Twitter where she intermittently socializes.

A recipient of a scholarship from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, Annah currently reviews books for Zyzzyva magazine. Her poetry or essays have been published in or will appear in Ninth Letter and the New England Review.

In addition to collaborations with fellow musicians, Annah is seeking co-facilitators for a poetry workshop focused on forms.

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Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: The Old Drift by Ruby member Namwali Serpell

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.

Our next book is THE OLD DRIFT by our very own Namwali Serpell. We'll be joined by Namwali for the discussion!

1904. On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there is a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. In a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives—their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes—emerge through a panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction.

From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral vaccines, this gripping, unforgettable novel is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time.

Praise for The Old Drift

“An intimate, brainy, gleaming epic . . . This is a dazzling book, as ambitious as any first novel published this decade.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“A founding epic in the vein of Virgil’s Aeneid . . . though in its sprawling size, its flavor of picaresque comedy and its fusion of family lore with national politics it more resembles Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.”—The Wall Street Journal

“A story that intertwines strangers into families, which we'll follow for a century, magic into everyday moments, and the story of a nation, Zambia.”—NPR

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Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

The Ruby Café / Cantina

Join us for a language-learning night at The Ruby. Practice your French and Spanish at The Ruby Café / Cantina by conversing with fellow French and Spanish language speakers and learners!

This is a potluck! Bring French, Mexican, and Spanish snacks and drinks to share with your fellow polyglots! 

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Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Vintage Latin Jazz Dance with Ashley Sarver

Join us for a Latin Jazz class! This class is designed for all levels, from absolute beginner to seasoned dancer. In the spirit of mindful self-awareness, we will use dance to get into our bodies and feel at home in ourselves.

In this workshop, you will develop a simple movement-based creative practice: a moving meditation you can integrate into your daily life, perhaps for a few minutes in the morning, to stretch and open your body while your coffee is brewing. We will use design thinking to explore our range of movement, and sense of rhythm — to notice how one dance pose flows into the next — all through the lens of Latin Jazz vocabulary, set to the intoxicating sounds of 1950’s New York Latin Jazz / Mambo, like Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Celia Cruz, and some 1960’s Boogaloo from the Fania label (Spanish Harlem’s answer to Motown). There is no joy quite like dancing to this soulful, sweet music.

Bonus: the simple dance moves you’ll learn can easily be adapted for the club, or your living room. Wear yoga or leisure clothing, and bring socks (or slick shoes) to dance in — dress to feel relaxed and free, with a dash of Beyoncé.

P.S. If you’re at all intimidated by the idea of taking a dance class — all the more reason this is right for you!

About Ashley Joy Sarver

Ashley spends most of her time training and performing dance, locally and internationally, with two all-women Latin Jazz (Mambo) dance teams, based in the Bay Area: Karel Flores San Francisco, and The Monarchs. Her love of Latin Dance stems from her addiction to Mambo music from 1950’s New York — especially Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Ashley started dancing ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap as soon as she could walk, and then over a decade ago, in clubs in the Mission, she discovered swing and jazz music, and became obsessed with historic swing dances like the 1920’s Charleston, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and Balboa, traveling from LA to Seoul to Sweden to dance. She then fell in love, hard, with Cuban-style salsa dance, and next, Mambo, also known as Salsa On2 or New York-style salsa, with roots in Afro-Cuban folkloric dances. She knows in her heart that Mambo is her true love, that she has arrived.

Ashley is the founder and Head of School of the first online performing-arts high school, Eclipse Academy. Students work one-to-one with teacher-mentors to exchange dance practice videos and share feedback, online, just as if they were together in the studio. All live video sessions are recorded, so students can study and review, anytime. Our teachers are master artists, the best in their fields, who live and work all over the world, broadcasting to students from their own studios. Students at Eclipse learn how to evaluate their own thinking, cultivate presence, set an intentional mindset, and stay disciplined — whether in the dance studio, the classroom, or out in the world.

Students in grades 6 - 12 attend part-time to earn transferable credit for PE and art coursework in Dance (Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Afro-Cuban, Vintage Jazz, Swing / Lindy Hop, Salsa / Mambo, Fusion, an intro fitness and conditioning class called Dance Foundation, and an advanced training class called Advanced Dance Practice ), Yoga, Qi Gong, Walking Meditation / Moving Meditation, Theater / Stage Performance, and Music (Guitar, Drums, Vocal). We also teach foundational fitness courses for PE credit — like Fitness or Weight Training — as four semesters are needed to graduate from any California high school, public or private. To learn more about enrolling a student, or joining the faculty, contact Ashley at ashley.j.sarver@gmail.com.

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Oct
19
to Oct 20

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 a 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. Meals and snacks will be provided.

If you are a nonmember who can't afford the retreat rate, we have The Leonore Peyser Davis Writing Fellowship available, and it provides a free retreat to someone in financial need. Please email a resumé and cover letter, including the description of the project you would like to work on during our weekend retreat, to staff@therubysf.com. 

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Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Moon Lists & Leigh Patterson

Join us for a happy hour with Leigh Patterson, author and curator of Moon Lists, an online collection of interviews with women, now a recently released workbook. She'll be joined by some past contributors to Moon Lists, including Ruby members Natalie So, Heather D'Angelo, and Rachel Khong, and Renee Frederich of Anaise.

A workbook with questions, list-making ideas, and prompts for taking inventory of the present. Away from “content strategy,” information overload, and influencer identity.

Toward clarity, reconnection with the self, constructing a life built on your own terms.

The Moon Lists is one step in a direction of exploring parts of the mind + present tense that are new, unknown, and full of possibility; filled with 18 months of exercises for breaking through creative, emotional, and transitional roadblocks, it prompts asking painlessly provocative questions that inspire breaking through creative roadblocks and connecting with a deeper way of being.

Inspired aesthetically by 1960s/70s instruction and DIY manuals, it includes:

• 18 months of original prompts (it’s a workbook — places to write, designed to get messy and shove in your bag. Use it to jot down notes, observations, and moments that stand out).

  • Ideas to consider, themes to notice.

  • A place to transcribe what constitutes the “you of now.”

  • Examples, art exercises, and a mix of new and archival imagery

    About the project: 
    The Moon Lists
    1. An online collection of interviews; every full moon we ask different women to reflect on their last 30 days.
    2. An analog workbook: prompts, lists, and unexpected questions for digging deeper. 
    3. A visual exercise in recognizing themes that are hidden in plain sight.
    4. Inspired by a life of questioning; a dedication to what’s below the surface.
    5. One step in a direction of exploring parts of the mind + present tense that are new, unknown, and full of possibility.

About Leigh Patterson

Leigh Patterson is an editorial and creative director based in Austin, TX. She is the founder of LUCCA, a creative studio centered around developing thoughtfully unexpected ideas, campaigns, and strategies for brands of all sizes.

“Artists, poets, whatever you want to call those people whose job is “making” take in the commonplace and are forever recognizing it as worthwhile.

I think I am always collecting in a way, walking down a street with my eyes open, looking through a magazine, viewing a movie, visiting a museum or grocery store. Some of the things I collect are tangible and mount into piles of many layers and when the time comes to use those saved images I dig like an archaeologist and sometimes find what I want and sometimes don’t.”

— Sister Corita Kent

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Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

More side projects than you know what to do with? Want to apply to that thing but can’t bring yourself to press “send”? That’s where this group comes in! We’ll check in with each other about projects we're working on, offer resources and encouragement, and then get to work on anything we want to do outside of the things we have to do.

Whether it’s a business, creative outlet, application, or something in-between, come get time, space, and support for it.

PLEASE NOTE: We've set this at 3 hours to make sure you have enough time to make a meaningful dent in whatever you're working on.

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Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Glittering Cave (The Ruby's Film Series): Cleo From 5 to 7

Let’s watch and talk about films by women and nonbinary filmmakers! The Ruby's movie series, which we are calling The Glittering Cave, will serve as a platform for thinking about what it means to make and watch films with a gender-identity perspective.

Our first film will be Cleo From 5 to 7” (1962), the first in a mini-retrospective of Agnès Varda, a pioneering French director.

In order to talk about films, we’ll watch films regularly and devise novel ways to respond and spark discussion. Screenings could be linked by theme/question, or by maker. There may be guest visits and/or screening by local filmmakers. There may be an online blog, physical zine, or more slow-burning criticism/writing that honors what transpires at our meetings. The goal is to enlist multi-talented Rubies to learn something new about film as a community.

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Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

PICK OUR BRAINS: Jennie Lennick, Christine Trac, and Sandra Zhao

We're introducing a new series at The Ruby called "PICK OUR BRAINS," bringing together individuals for whom the question "Can I pick your brain?" is frequently and relentlessly asked. While we love to be helpful — and we too were once in the position of just starting out — we also simply don't have all the time in the world. Enter the "Pick Our Brains" event series. We'll be bringing together a few Rubies and friends of Rubies who are uniquely positioned in their fields, and able to offer insight to folks who want advice or are curious about what they do. We'll do this in a way that's maximally efficient, respectful of the brain pickees' time, and most importantly, fun.

For our first event in this series, we'll be featuring people who have started their own fashion brands, as well as opened brick-and-mortar locations here in San Francisco. Jennie Lennick runs a small-batch clothing company called Jenny Lemons. Her shop on 24th Street features crafts and goods by local artisans. Christine Trac is the founder of Abacus Row, an independent brand of refined and understated handmade jewelry. And Sandra Zhao (to be confirmed depending on her travel!) is one of the cofounders of Zuri, a dress company based in Kenya, and now with shops in New York and San Francisco. 

Interested in starting your own fashion or jewelry brand, and curious about how Jennie, Christine, and Sandra did it? Interested in opening a shop of your own? Bring all your burning questions (and something to write with/on)!

PLEASE NOTE: Ruby members, we ask that you bring a bottle of wine or nonalcoholic beverages (kombucha or coconut water) to share. Nonmembers, your ticket will go toward buying dinner for our guests.

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Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong and Art Night at The Ruby!

Every last Wednesday of the month, join us for mahjong and/or art! Whatever your fancy, we've got you covered.

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 members. Come at 6:30 to play!)

Or come join our Ruby visual artists! Art Night at The Ruby is led by Ruby Reina Takahashi. Please bring whatever supplies you’d like to work with (we have some available as well). After a round of intros, we’ll doodle and draw, and snack and chat.

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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Building A Sustainable Writing Practice with Melissa Graeber

Do you ever feel like you're constantly putting off writing projects, or that you lose steam once you feel stuck? It's easy to tell yourself the story that you only work best under pressure, or when inspiration strikes, or when you finally finish your never-ending to-do list. Yet if we only gave ourselves the opportunity to write during those rare moments, we'd likely create very little. No two writers are alike, but there are many tools, rituals, and practices to keep you focused through the day-to-day slog and all the distractions that fight for our attention. From setting realistic quarterly goals to mining for "glimmers" in your journaling, there are plenty of ways to keep momentum when you feel yourself start to falter. This class will cover how to find a sustainable writing practice that works for you—with no right or wrong way to go about it. We'll discuss habits, rituals, inspiration, tracking, and how to let your writing practice evolve alongside you. We'll also talk about how to get into the habit (if you're not already) of revising and submitting the work you do create to print and online publications.

This workshop will be collaborative and conversational, but you can also expect to leave armed with new tools and insights into the way you work best.

About Melissa Graeber

Melissa Graeber is a writer, editor, and former long-time teacher of wayward teens. She is the co-host of Astral Projection Radio Hour on bff.fm, and co-author of the book The Astrological Grimoire, recently published by Chronicle Books. She has also had fiction and nonfiction work published by Sparkle & Blink, Medium, and The New Inquiry. Melissa works with writing clients to help them find their best voice, practices, and visions for their work.

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Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Beer and Cheese Pairings

Join us for a Happy Hour (And A Half) with The Ruby's beer brewing mentors, Gwen Thompson and Molly O'Brien! As well as being our favorite brewing duo, they've both worked for brewers including Drakes and Almanac, and have led the Ruby's two delicious home-brewing efforts! Join Gwen and Molly for a special beer-and-cheese pairing happy hour (and a half).

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Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Vintage Latin Jazz Dance with Ashley Sarver

In the spirit of mindful self-awareness, we will use Latin Jazz get into our bodies and feel at home in ourselves.

In this workshop, you will develop a simple movement-based creative practice: a moving meditation you can integrate into your daily life, perhaps for a few minutes in the morning, to stretch and open your body while your coffee is brewing. We will use design thinking to explore our range of movement, and sense of rhythm — to notice how one dance pose flows into the next — all through the lens of Latin Jazz vocabulary, set to the intoxicating sounds of 1950’s New York Latin Jazz / Mambo, like Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Celia Cruz, and some 1960’s Boogaloo from the Fania label (Spanish Harlem’s answer to Motown). There is no joy quite like dancing to this soulful, sweet music.

This class is designed for all levels, from absolute beginner to seasoned dancer. Bonus: the simple dance moves you’ll learn can easily be adapted for the club, or your living room. Wear yoga or leisure clothing, and bring socks (or slick shoes) to dance in — dress to feel relaxed and free, with a dash of Beyoncé.

P.S. If you’re at all intimidated by the idea of taking a dance class — all the more reason this is right for you!


About Ashley Joy Sarver

Ashley spends most of her time training and performing dance, locally and internationally, with two all-women Latin Jazz (Mambo) dance teams, based in the Bay Area: Karel Flores San Francisco, and The Monarchs. Her love of Latin Dance stems from her addiction to Mambo music from 1950’s New York — especially Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Ashley started dancing ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap as soon as she could walk, and then over a decade ago, in clubs in the Mission, she discovered swing and jazz music, and became obsessed with historic swing dances like the 1920’s Charleston, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and Balboa, traveling from LA to Seoul to Sweden to dance. She then fell in love, hard, with Cuban-style salsa dance, and next, Mambo, also known as Salsa On2 or New York-style salsa, with roots in Afro-Cuban folkloric dances. She knows in her heart that Mambo is her true love, that she has arrived.

Ashley is the founder and Head of School of the first online performing-arts high school, Eclipse Academy. Students work one-to-one with teacher-mentors to exchange dance practice videos and share feedback, online, just as if they were together in the studio. All live video sessions are recorded, so students can study and review, anytime. Our teachers are master artists, the best in their fields, who live and work all over the world, broadcasting to students from their own studios. Students at Eclipse learn how to evaluate their own thinking, cultivate presence, set an intentional mindset, and stay disciplined — whether in the dance studio, the classroom, or out in the world.

Students in grades 6 - 12 attend part-time to earn transferable credit for PE and art coursework in Dance (Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Afro-Cuban, Vintage Jazz, Swing / Lindy Hop, Salsa / Mambo, Fusion, an intro fitness and conditioning class called Dance Foundation, and an advanced training class called Advanced Dance Practice ), Yoga, Qi Gong, Walking Meditation / Moving Meditation, Theater / Stage Performance, and Music (Guitar, Drums, Vocal). We also teach foundational fitness courses for PE credit — like Fitness or Weight Training — as four semesters are needed to graduate from any California high school, public or private.

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Ask an Agent: Andrea Morrison of Writers House

Join literary agent Andrea Morrison for a workshop on submitting to agents and how to begin the publishing process. Questions like the following will be addressed: How do I go about getting an agent? What does the querying process look like? What does the relationship between an agent and an author like? Andrea will talk about her own path, as well as answer questions Ruby members have about what happens when you have a manuscript that's ready to go out into the world and be published!

Andrea Morrison started at Writers House as an intern in 2009, and has worked out of both the New York and California offices. She represents books for both children and adults; her clients include authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and YA, as well as authors of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Andrea studied Literature and Writing at University of California, San Diego and earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

For more info: www.writershouse.com and https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/AMorrison/. She's also on Twitter at @AndreaAgency. 

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Jun
17
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 guided meditations that connect our bodies deeper to the land we are on and the spaces we share.

Beginning with light movement and then shifting into a candle-lit guided meditation, Kim offers an embodied experience specific to a place and the entangled relationships within. At some point in the evening, a local plant ally will be introduced in the form of a tea, live plant, tonic, essence, or oxymel and we will explore their healing, energetic and spiritual properties.

$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 meditation 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 healing practice, Kimexplores this notion of interconnectivity through mediation: between the city and the natural world; between inner experience and outer; between our living, breathing human bodies, and our living, breathing Earth body home. Kim’s work is inspired by a web of teachers, artists, herbalists, 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.

www.realimaginaryarchive.com

studio collective: @mutualstores

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Jun
14
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Subject to Change Wine Company

Join us for a Pride Month happy hour (and a half) featuring Subject to Change Wine Company!

Subject to Change is a labor of love. We have a small but growing team based out of Oakland, CA. We make site-specific wines exclusively from organic and biodynamic vineyards. The wines are made with no additions or subtractions in the winery. We make wines with strong character, just like the people with whom we like to enjoy them.

Subject to Change Wine Co. exists as a canvas for exploration of terroir and natural wine in Northern California. STC was founded on a true love for drinking wine, and the many people and experiences that come as a result. In a place where wine production has recently been marked by rules and rigor, there’s a new movement of free thinking producers. We’re proud to be part of a revolution defined by experimentation - where we don’t need to conform to a certain archetype and wine can feel exciting again.

We source fruit exclusively from organic or biodynamic growers with whom we have a symbiotic working relationship. Mostly, we focus on making wines that we like to drink, which can be on a spectrum from fun and whimsical to serious and intellectual (we like to think those things are not mutually exclusive depending on context).

The wines are fresh and often offbeat, just how we like it.

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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Let's Talk About FLAKING!

Let's talk about flaking! 

Are you a flake? Are you a never-flaker? Are you somewhere in between? These days, with the ubiquity of cell phones and the ease of text messages, it seems easier than ever to cancel plans last minute. Join us for a judgment-free discussion group about commitment, responsibility, time management, and learning to say no as women and nonbinary folks. Come with open-mindedness and curiosity!

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Jun
13
3:00 PM15:00

Thursday Yoga (Afternoon)

Join fellow Rubies for Thursday yoga! Every other Thursday, Laura Bubackwill lead Rubies through a gentle 60 minute hatha yoga session. We will breathe, move, balance, and flow to awaken our creative juices and inner intuition. The yoga is designed for all levels, those with no experience welcome! Laura is a Yoga Alliance Certified 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher who loves sharing the joy and benefits of yoga with others, especially those new to yoga. She hopes to give Rubies some skills and inspiration to develop their own yoga practice to integrate into their daily creative lives. She is open to the requests and interests of Rubies in different styles and poses, so feel free to contact Laura with any questions or interests, and let her know of any injuries or pregnancy before coming to practice.

Bring your own mat or borrow one of the Ruby’s fresh new mats (just remember to clean it after!). Any comfortable clothes to move around in will work! We will not sweat too much!

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Fermentation Basics: Curtido Workshop with Kelly McVicker

Join Ruby Kelly McVicker (founder of McVicker Pickles) for a Fermentation Basics workshop. This workshop will introduce fermentation concepts to beginners via a hands-on creation of curtido: that delicious, lightly-fermented condiment that is typically served on pupusas

This event will also serve as an informational gathering for those interested in joining the Ruby Fermentation Club. (Interested in joining the club but can't attend this workshop? Join our Google Group to be apprised of future gatherings! Email fermentation-club+subscribe@therubysf.com) 

While we work on our communal batch of curtido, we will talk about how developing a fermentation practice can help you notice the changing seasons, experience the farmers markets in a new way, and connect you to your unique microbiome and the food that helps nourish it.

Each person will get to take home a jar of fermented curtido. Kelly will also bring a ready-to-eat batch for us to enjoy—pupusas from a local pupuseria included!

PLEASE NOTE: There is an ingredients fee of $15 payable at the start of class! Please pay at the front desk!

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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

More side projects than you know what to do with? Want to apply to that thing but can’t bring yourself to press “send”? That’s where this group comes in! We’ll check in with each other about projects we're working on, offer resources and encouragement, and then get to work on anything we want to do outside of the things we have to do.

Whether it’s a business, creative outlet, application, or something in-between, come get time, space, and support for it.

PLEASE NOTE: We've set this at 3 hours to make sure you have enough time to make a meaningful dent in whatever you're working on.

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Jun
7
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Birdhorse Wines

Join us for a Pride Month happy hour (and a half) featuring Birdhorse Wines! Birdhorse Wines is comprised of partners in love and winemaking, Corinne Rich and Katie Rouse. Corinne is a native Sonoman, who after attending college back east, was lured back to her native California by the idea of combining her chemistry degree with her propensity for being a lush. She started working in wine production in 2012 and since then worked harvests all over the world, in the US, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Katie, a Virginian by birth, found her way out west for undergrad and became hooked on the natural beauty of the west coast. She comes from a wine-making family back home, but has carved out her own path in wine production, having worekd in the Sonoma wine scene for a number of years.

Corinne and Katie officially met while working on their graduate degrees in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. Unofficially, their first encounter was at a rather emotionally-charged cat funeral years prior in Sonoma, but the connection wasn't truly made until they met as students. They fell in love, graduated, and jetted off to work a harvest in South Africa together. They witnessed a new generation of winemakers coming up there, young people unafraid to experiment with new varieties and winemaking styles, while still honoring much of the grape growing heritage of the country. This resonated with both ladies strongly, and was the inspiration for Birdhorse.

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Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to the Enneagram: A Personality System for Growth

Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of the same thoughts and behaviors? Are there ways that your loved ones act that tend to confuse or frustrate you? While a fun series of Twitter and Instagram memes, the Enneagram is so much more than just another personality typing system. It's an ever-shifting framework that helps you work with stories you may have internalized during your upbringing. It's a tool that can bring transformation and self-compassion to how you navigate life. It also can help you understand and have compassion for those closest to you.

This introductory session will cover what the Enneagram is (including key terms like Wing, Instinctual Stack, etc.) as well as how to use the Enneagram for personal growth.

Note: Before attending the session, participants are encouraged to visit the Enneagram Institute website to read through the nine type descriptions and identify which one they resonate with the most, this is likely your “Core Type”. If you read through the types and still aren’t sure, that’s ok — it’s not 100% clear for everyone. But please read through the types and bring your questions to the session.

About Dani Scoville

Dani Scoville is a spiritual director and life coach who has been teaching workshops on the Enneagram for seven years. She cares deeply about the Enneagram because it has been a transformative tool in her own life and the lives of her clients. She lives in San Francisco.

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Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

Invisible Visits: Black Women in the American Healthcare System

Although the United States spends almost one-fifth of all its resources funding healthcare, the American system continues to be dogged by persistent inequities in the treatment of racial and ethnic minorities and women. Join Tina K. Sacks and her colleagues for a discussion about black middle class women in the American healthcare system. Tina K. Sacks, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford University Press, 2019). 

Invisible Visits analyzes how middle-class Black women navigate the complexities of dealing with doctors in this environment. It challenges the idea that race and gender discrimination—particularly in healthcare settings—is a thing of the past, and questions the persistent myth that discrimination only affects poor racial minorities. In so doing, the book expands our understanding of how Black middle-class women are treated when they go to the doctor, why they continue to face inequities in securing proper medical care, and what strategies they use to fight for the best treatment (as well as the consequential toll on their health). Based on original research, the author shines a light on how women perceive the persistently negative stereotypes that follow them into the exam room, and proceeds to illustrate that simply providing more cultural competency or anti-bias training to doctors will not be enough to overcome the problem. For Americans to truly address these challenges, the deeply embedded discrimination in our prized institutions—including those in the healthcare sector—must be acknowledged.

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Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

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.

Our April book is LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE by Valeria Luiselli. We encourage you to buy the book at one of our local bookstores, Dog-Eared, Alley Cat, or Adobe Books!

About Lost Children Archive

A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.

Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers his father.

In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an "immigration crisis": thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained--or lost in the desert along the way.

As the family drives--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure--both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through several compelling voices, blending texts, sounds, and images, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. With urgency and empathy, it takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.

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Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Do Something Dinner with Flying Over Walls/SF Black & Pink

Join Flying Over Walls/SF Black & Pink for a mini-workshop about prison abolition, queer/trans experiences of the PIC, and letter-writing as a form of solidarity with incarcerated LGBTQ+ and HIV+ community members. We'll also be decorating and sending cards to some of our California members.

About Flying Over Walls/SF Black & Pink: We are a Queer/Trans Prisoner Solidarity Project in the SF Bay Area, currently connected as a chapter of Black & Pink. Our work towards the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experiences and wisdom of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violences of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct action, and community building. Our penpal program links free world allies to incarcerated queer and trans folks as a powerful resistance to the violent isolation of the prison system.

About Do Something Dinners: The Ruby holds 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 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.”

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May
31
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Fatphobia 101 with Virgie Tovar (& Margaritas!)

This Happy Hour (And a Half), we'll have margaritas and agua fresca! Ruby member and fat activist Virgie Tovar will give a talk about fatphobia (#losehatenotweight).

Did you know you don't have to diet? Body Positivity has become part of a public conversation, but this politic began in the 1960s as an offshoot of the Radical Therapy Movement. The story of modern day diet culture goes back farther, beginning 200 years ago with a man named Reverend Sylvester Graham, inventor of the graham cracker and founder of the Dietary Reform Movement. In this talk, Virgie — author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat — offers an in-depth critical examination of diet culture and fatphobia with an eye to the intersections of race, gender, and class.

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May
30
12:00 PM12:00

Bullet Journaling Monthly Lunch

BYOL (lunch) and BYOBJ (bullet journal) and hang out with your fellow Rubies to plan out the upcoming month in your journal. We can share washi tape (or not), chat about journaling strategies (or not), and, most importantly, spend time together as we identify goals and tasks and work out schedules for the month ahead. New bullet journal enthusiasts and seasoned journal-lovers are all welcome!

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May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong and Art Night at The Ruby!

Every last Wednesday of the month, join us for mahjong and/or art! Whatever your fancy, we've got you covered.

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 members. Come at 6:30 to play!)

Or come join our Ruby visual artists! Art Night at The Ruby is led by Ruby Reina Takahashi. Please bring whatever supplies you’d like to work with (we have some available as well). After a round of intros, we’ll doodle and draw, and snack and chat.

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May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Poultry Butchery with Chef Paula McDade

Join us for a special poultry butchery class hosted by Luke's LocalExecutive Chef, Paula McDade! Chef Paula comes from breadth of experience in fine dining; she got her cooking chops at highly regarded institutions such as Gramercy Tavern in NYC, Quince in SF, and the Boot & Shoe Service in Oakland.

You'll learn how to break down a whole chicken under the guidance of Chef Paula. She'll teach you how to roast it to perfection and you'll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor for dinner that night! You'll also get to take home another whole chicken, as well as 3 Luke's Local favorite recipes.

PLEASE NOTE: For Ruby members, there is a $20 chicken fee (includes two chickens from Luke's Local, 1 chicken to take home, and a chicken dinner), payable at the start of class. For nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.

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May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Oral History Book Club

Oral history is more than just long-form life interviews that sit in an archive, waiting to be discovered. These narratives serve as the backbone to documentaries, radio pieces, and literature, non-fiction and fiction alike. They are peppered into museum exhibitions and films. And once in a while, a book comes along that illuminates a story too powerful to remain unheard.

Join us on Tuesday, May 21 for our inaugural oral history book club. We'll be reading Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston. It's a non-fiction book based on her 1927 interview with Cudjo Lewis, the last living survivor of the middle passage.

From the author of the classic Their Eyes Were Watching God comes a landmark publication – a never-before-published work of the American experience.

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama, to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey. Illegally brought to the United States, Cudjo was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed.

At the time, Cudjo was the only person alive who could recount this integral part of the nation’s history. As a cultural anthropologist, Hurston was eager to hear about these experiences firsthand. But the reticent elder didn’t always speak when she came to visit. Sometimes he would tend his garden, repair his fence, or appear lost in his thoughts.

Hurston persisted, though, and during an intense three-month period, she and Cudjo communed over her gifts of peaches and watermelon, and gradually Cudjo, a poetic storyteller, began to share heartrending memories of his childhood in Africa; the attack by female warriors who slaughtered his townspeople; the horrors of being captured and held in the barracoons of Ouidah for selection by American traders; the harrowing ordeal of the Middle Passage aboard the Clotilda as “cargo” with more than one hundred other souls; the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War; and finally his role in the founding of Africatown.

Barracoon employs Hurston’s skills as both an anthropologist and a writer, and brings to life Cudjo’s singular voice, in his vernacular, in a poignant, powerful tribute to the disremembered and the unaccounted. This profound work is an invaluable contribution to our history and culture.

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May
17
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) with Jennifer Reichardt of Raft Wines

Join us for Ruby happy hour (and a half), featuring Jennifer Reichardt of Raft Wines! (Fun fact: Jennifer was The Ruby's first-ever featured winemaker! Welcome back, Jennifer!)

About Jennifer Reichardt

Jennifer Reichardt was born and raised in Sonoma County, California and from day one, has lived a life centered in food production. As a fifth generation duck farmer, she watched as her father worked tirelessly to raise the best duck he possibly could, to deliver to chefs across the Bay Area. This passion for good, quality food, transferred to the way Jennifer approached a career in winemaking. In Autumn 2011, she completed her first harvest in Sonoma County and she was able to greater look into the inter-workings of what it takes to make a great bottle of wine. Since then, she completed four additional internships in Sonoma County as well as one in each Chile and Australia. In 2016, she embarked on creating her own wine brand, Raft Wines. A raft, by definition, is a community of waterfowl, like ducks, and the philosophy behind the brand is to craft a wine that is shared with a community — whether it be around a dinner table, or at a picnic with friends. Raft Wines focuses on hand-crafted, small lot wines from vineyards farmed sustainably and organically. She currently splits her time between the family business, Sonoma County Poultry, Liberty Ducks, and Raft Wines.

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