Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

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.

April's book is HEART BERRIES by Terese Marie Mailhot

From the publisher:

“A sledgehammer. . . . Her experiments with structure and language . . . are in the service of trying to find new ways to think about the past, trauma, repetition and reconciliation, which might be a way of saying a new model for the memoir.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, towering in words great and small… What Mailhot has accomplished in this exquisite book is brilliance both raw and refined.” —Roxane Gay, author of Hunger

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot’s mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father—an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist—who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.

Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn’t exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.

With an Introduction by Sherman Alexie and an Afterword by Joan Naviyuk Kane.

About TERESE MARIE MAILHOT

TERESE MARIE MAILHOT graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an M.F.A. in fiction. Mailhot’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles TimesCarve MagazineThe OffingThe ToastYellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of several fellowships—SWAIA Discovery Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Writing by Writers Fellowship, and the Elk Writer’s Workshop Fellowship—she was recently named the Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University and resides in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Books will be ready for pick up at The Ruby by March 28 (subsidized at $12). We’ll provide drinks and snacks. The discussion will be led by R.O. Kwon.

About R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and her writing is published in The Guardian, VICE, NOON, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony.

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Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Demystifying Whiskey: How to Drink Like a Pro

The world of whiskey can feel daunting — how it's made, how to talk about it, what makes a brand better than another, and how it goes best in drinks — unless you have a framework to understand it. In this class, taught by Ruby member Shanna Farrell, you'll get a primer on the history of whiskey production in the U.S., learn the basics of what makes whiskey a bourbon, rye, or single malt, how to describe it, and some tips on what to look for when selecting a bottle for your home bar. You'll taste through a flight of whiskies and practice talking about it so you can order with confidence at any bar. And, last but not least, there will be a drink demo so you can learn to whip up a fantastic whiskey cocktail at home.

About Shanna Farrell

Shanna Farrell is an interviewer at UC Berkeley's Oral History Center, where she works on a wide variety of projects and specializes in contemporary cocktail culture. She is the author of Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft. Her writing has appeared in PUNCH, Gravy, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Edible San Francisco. She is the co-host of the Prix Fixe podcast, a show about the intersection of food and drink. But, above all, she is a whiskey lover who needs help drawing down the stock of her home bar.

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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Working Moms: A discussion for moms (and anyone who might want to be one someday)

"The obligation for working mothers is a very precise one: the feeling that one ought to work as if one did not have children, while raising one's children as if one did not have a job." —Annabel Crabb (Australian political journalist)

Working moms face unique challenges balancing the demands of work and child-rearing. We're also expected to separate these two halves of our lives, leaving all kid-related concerns at home (or risk having co-workers and bosses assume we're not dedicated to our work) and all work-stress at the office (or risk "damaging" our kids by not giving them enough attention). During round-table talk (with snacks and wine!) we'll talk working while being a mom, and being a mom while working. This will be an opportunity for moms to support one another in this tricky and important work and to share tips on everything from childcare to balancing parenting duties with our partners to bringing kids along on work-related travel. Non-moms who are thinking about having kids someday are also encouraged to come and join the conversation. 

If you have any topics you'd particularly like to discuss with the group or any questions you'd like to ask, please email staff@therubysf.com

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Apr
26
to Apr 27

Night Owl Night

Ruby Night Owl Nights are late-night hours every now and then, (wo)manned by Ruby member, LM Schnaubelt, for members who tend to hit their peak creativity later at night or for members who have an idea they want to work on but can't seem to make the time for within their normal schedule. It’s a chunk of time for creative writing, brainstorming, or letting your mind drift a bit further than your typical productive self would allow — a quiet, dark, candlelit time for thinking. Feel free to come wearing something comfortable. We’ll provide hot beverages.

**NOTE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS: We consider Night Owl Nights events; they do not count toward your two days of workspace per month**

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Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

A reading by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, The Ruby's late-April Writer in Residence

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is The Ruby's late-April 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. Join us for a conversation with Azareen about her new novel, Call Me Zebra.

About Call Me Zebra

Most Anticipated from: Entertainment Weekly, Boston Globe, Harper's Bazaar, Nylon, Fast Company, Bitch, The Millions, Bustle, Electric Literature, Hello Giggles, Vol. 1 Brooklyn,Shondaland, Publishers Weekly, and Read It Forward

"Splendidly eccentric...Hearken ye fellow misfits, migrants, outcasts, squint-eyed bibliophiles, library-haunters and book stall-stalkers: Here is a novel for you.”—Wall Street Journal

From an award-winning young author, a novel following a feisty heroine’s quest to reclaim her past through the power of literature—even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love.

Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago.

Books are Zebra’s only companions—until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death, and her obsession with history. He thinks she’s unhinged; she thinks he’s pedantic. Neither are wrong; neither can let the other go. They push and pull their way across the Mediterranean, wondering with each turn if their love, or lust, can free Zebra from her past.

An adventure tale, a love story, and a paean to the power of language and literature starring a heroine as quirky as Don Quixote, as introspective as Virginia Woolf, as whip-smart as Miranda July, and as spirited as Frances Ha, Call Me Zebra will establish Van der Vliet Oloomi as an author “on the verge of developing a whole new literature movement” (Bustle).

About Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Fra Keeler(Dorothy, a publishing project) and Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction to Catalonia, Spain. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, GRANTA, Guernica, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, among other places. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and currently teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame. She splits her time between South Bend, Indiana and Florence, Italy. Fra Keeler was published in Italian by Giulio Perrone Editore in 2015.

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

DIY Tofu Tuesday with Andrea Nguyen

Warm and tender, fresh tofu is like fresh cheese: It’s simply delicious. If you’re entranced (or mystified) by tofu, join us for DIY Tofu Tuesday! Cookbook author and cooking teacher Andrea Nguyen will show you how it’s made, plus answer questions about buying and cooking it. She’ll discuss how to source ingredients and shortcuts, too.

We’ll go from beans to curds in this hands-on class. Then, we’ll set up a tofu tasting bar with various toppings for you to build your own tofu snacks. Expect the following menu: 

  • Fresh soy milk
  • Homemade block tofu
  • Homemade tofu pudding
  • Japanese seasoned soy sauce
  • Chile oil, shiso, and other toppings
  • Sichuan Pressed Tofu and Peanuts in Spicy Bean Sauce

Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores welcomed. Tofu is for everyone.

If you have any of Andrea’s books, she’ll be happy to sign it. They’ll also be available for purchase during class.

PLEASE NOTE: There is an ingredient fee of $20, payable at the start of class.

About Andrea Nguyen

Andrea Nguyen, M.A., is a bank examiner gone astray who’s living her childhood dream of writing compelling, culture-centric cookbooks and teaching people how to cook well. Her acclaimed books include Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Asian Dumplings, Asian Tofu, The Banh Mi Handbook, and The Pho Cookbook. She also edited Unforgettable, a biography cookbook about culinary icon Paula Wolfert. Her forthcoming book, Vietnamese Food Any Day, will be published in February 2019.

Based in Santa Cruz, Andrea has contributed to publications such as Lucky Peach, Saveur, the Wall Street Journal, and Cooking Light, where she is a monthly columnist. Keep up with her at Vietworldkitchen.com.
 

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May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Making Sense of Your Business: Goals, Finances, Market, and Systems with Sarah Schulweis

If you're running a business, or simply being an adult, you are aware that it takes about a dozen hats to make everything run smoothly when a million little details demand your time and attention. But one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your business is to step away, take time to understand what you do, why you do it, and how to improve it.

This is stuff that's hard — and isn't taught in school — yet some of the most essential tools to personal success. Talking through other people's questions and realizing you're not alone can be comforting, too. Whether your a business owner or a dedicated salary worker, taking this workshop will help you gain an understanding of all of the pieces of your life and work. In this two-hour workshop, Sarah will talk about all of the aspects of a business, and ways that it can be strengthened. Most importantly, she'll be on hand to answer all of your pressing questions about your current or future business.

Topics to be discussed:

  1. Goals — setting, maintaining, and achieving them
  2. Cashflow — what does it mean, how do you create it, why is it important?
  3. Market analysis — who are your competitors, how to use them as creative fodder
  4. Systems — the best way to create them

About Sarah Schulweis

Sarah Schulweis is the founder of Anchor & Orbit Consulting. She and a team of experts help businesses and creative professionals find their path to growth. Sarah has worked with hundreds of clients spanning a wide range of industries. Her specialities include fine tuning processes, facilitating financial clarity, uncovering strategic market placement, and creating action plans. She uncovers ways for founders and their teams to stay motivated and happy as they shift into bigger and more substantial markets and projects. She believes that in order to create effective strategy, one must have internal clarity about their values and motivation. And that maybe, just maybe, creativity can only happen when you understand your finances. Sarah has been interviewed by Freelance Wisdom and featured on numerous podcasts including The Creative Agency, Have Company, and The Process.

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May
3
6:00 PM18:00

COOKBOOK CLUB: GREAT TASTES: Cooking (and Eating) from Morning to Midnight

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 6 servings). Drinks will be provided.

This month, we'll be discussing: GREAT TASTES by Danielle Kosann & Laura Kosann

Founders of popular website The New Potato mix food with lifestyle in this trendy, healthy cookbook: funny anecdotes, celebrity run-ins, and a healthy serving of fashion. Sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann have always loved cooking and eating out. But for them, it was never just about the food. It also meant the outfits they wore to dinner, the decor of the restaurant, and the guest list at their dinner party. Actually, food permeated every aspect of their lives. With inherent interests in fashion, design, media, and celebrity, they realized nobody was ever looking at these categories through the lens of food. Why weren’t people being asked about what they were eating the way they were being asked about their style, their careers, or their dating lives? 

In launching the website, Danielle and Laura not only got to talk about food all the time, but they also collected a trove of hilarious experiences in brushing elbows with celebrities from all walks of life. Now, their debut cookbook brings together those antics and anecdotes with 85 original recipes that anyone can make, as long as they’re hungry and have a kitchen. Lime-Blueberry Pancakes? Stack ’em. Sweet Pea Carbonara? Give it a twirl. Then finish the night off with a Bourbon Chai. Pull up a chair, have a bite, and get ready for some great stories on the side.

PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited! Please pick up your book ($12) at The Ruby after April 1.

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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

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

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.

We’ll meet on May 10 to just chat about our relationships with our phones. Then again on June 13 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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May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Knitting Circle at The Ruby

Join us for our first Monday-night knitting circle, helmed by Ruby member Jourdan Abel. Knitters, crochet-ers, embroider-ers, hand-sewers, and other textile-based crafters are welcome! Bring your own supplies and an appetite for camaraderie.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Come get cozy!

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Astrology & Mindfulness for Decision Making with Sarah Fontaine


Do you ever feel exhausted from all the decisions you have to make? What to eat for lunch? What to spend the rest of your life doing? How to take care of your body? What to do to make money? What partner to get, keep, or break up with? Do you ever wonder how other people make decisions? Who is telling you what to do? What influences contribute to how you make decisions? How conscious of these influences are you?

This class, led by Ruby member Sarah Fontaine, will provide the humans in it with some time to look closely at the ways we have been making decisions. Then we’ll compare this to how we want to be making decisions. Through writing and reflecting, talking and being quiet, we’ll come up with a clear and simple list of personal priorities to take home as an aide for future decision making. Sarah will offer Astrology to illuminate our tendencies in decision-making, and mindfulness practices to (re)connect to our own inherent wisdom on how to live as a person on this particular planet.

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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May
19
to May 20

The Ruby's 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 spring, join us at The Ruby for our first 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 (and they will be good!); we’ll have occasional stretching/exercise breaks, too.

We're looking into providing or facilitating off-site childcare. Please help us plan for the weekend by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/9iv20tAfiEmSnWzx1

If you aren't a member, but are interested in joining, please email staff@therubysf.com and tell us a little bit about what you're working on; we'd love to hear from you.

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May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Hands-On (Ears-On) Audio Storytelling with Third Coast

Storytelling is crucial to our lives, and yet storytelling can sometimes seem like a mystery. What makes a good story? How can we tell stories better? And what if that story is told using only sound?

In this workshop, you'll learn audio storytelling by doing — or more specifically judging. For 17 years, the Third Coast International Audio Festival has hosted the premiere competition in audio storytelling. In 2017, The TC/RHDF Competition narrowed 600 entries down to 11 winning pieces. But how? And why?

In this workshop, you get to be the judge… of a new, one-time-only audio competition: “The Ruby + Third Coast Best Audio Story Under 10 Minutes & Made By A Woman Award.” Join fellow members of The Ruby alongside Bay Area audio producers to listen & critique an array of short audio stories with the same materials used by judges of the TC/RHDF Competition. Together, you’ll evaluate work, pulling apart the strengths & weaknesses of each story, and considering a range of storytelling techniques in sound. And by the end of the 1.5 hour workshop, your team of judges will crown “the winner!”

This workshop will be led by Third Coast’s executive director and co-founder Johanna Zorn and artistic director Maya Goldberg-Safir.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants should bring a listening device that can connect to Google Drive (laptop or smart phone is great!) and headphones

About Third Coast International Audio Festival

Based in Chicago, Third Coast supports generations of audio makers & curates sound-rich stories from around the world. We share these stories — and the techniques to make them — with as many ears as possible: via podcast, online archive, public events, an annual conference, and more.

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May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Skincare Bonanza! (And Sample Swap)

Do you love skincare? Or are you curious about skincare, think you might love it, or are at least interested in learning more?

Come to The Ruby's Skincare Bonanza with all your discards and samples, and we'll swap skincare possibilities. (And if you have no such thing, come anyway — there will be plenty available.)

We'll start the night with a casual panel featuring the skincare-interested Anh Duong, R.O. Kwon, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Esmé Weijun Wang: we'll talk about our own preferences and regimens, and field questions based on our personal experiences.

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May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Wine Basics: Wine History & Who Cares?! with Stevie Stacionis of Bay Grape

You're not basic. Neither should your wine knowledge be! The History of Wine is the first class in Bay Grape's Wine Basics series, launching at The Ruby this Spring. While learning history is often a snooze-fest, this class will keep you wide awake as we taste four wines that highlight major changes in the way humans have enjoyed wine over the past 8,000 years. A few topics we'll cover: Why is wine the most interesting beverage in the world? What genius culture started this whole wine thing? What do you mean people didn't used to drink it to get drunk? And are you serious that people today spend $20,000 on a single bottle?

PLEASE NOTE: You will taste four wines in this class. For Ruby members, there is a wine fee of $35, payable at the start of class. For nonmembers, this fee is included in the cost of your ticket. Get your ticket here. 

About Bay Grape

Bay Grape is a wine shop focused on community. In addition to wine, we also offer beer, specialty sodas and a small retail selection of local, artisanal foodstuffs. We also host winemaker-led tastings and casual, relaxed wine classes. And we specialize in custom orders for offices and events!

We strive to be a cornerstone of our community: a physical gathering spot dedicated to building and preserving relationships with and between our guests. On that note, you can purchase bottles to take to go, or you can open any bottle in the shop, learn a bit about it and enjoy it with friends or neighbors for just $5 corkage on top of retail price. Our snacks can also be opened and enjoyed picnic-style at our communal table or counter area.

Bay Grape is owned and operated by Josiah Baldivino and Stevie Stacionis: a young, passionate, husband-and-wife team with substantial wine knowledge, 20 years of combined wine business experience—and, most importantly, a sense of humor and humility. Our team includes five Certified or Advanced Sommeliers accredited through the Court of Master Sommeliers... we know our stuff and are confident in helping you pick a great bottle, but we leave our attitude at the door and hope our guests feel happy and at home in our space. Our shop has been featured in The New York TimesFood & Wine and Bon Appétit magazines, and we were named Best Wine Shop in the Bay in 2017 by San Francisco Magazine; in addition, Stevie and Josiah were named Wine Enthusiast's Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers!

We believe in the power of sharing good beverages and food—and in their capacity to create opportunities for members of our community to share experiences, stories, skills and laughter. Come say hi!

About Stevie Stacionis

Stevie spent seven years working in the front of the house at restaurants in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York City in order to pay her way through the University of Southern California. After graduating magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Psychology and Law, Stevie traded her apron for a laptop and a career in food, wine and travel writing.

In addition to her editorial background, she worked in wine retail and copywriting, managing communication, media, marketing and brand management for New York City retail stores Alphabet City Wine Co., Crush Wine & Spirits, NYC’s premier wine bar/classroom/event space Corkbuzz Wine Studio and the professional non-profit organization the Guild of Sommeliers. Stevie is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and directed A Drink with Friends TV.

Likes: White Burgundy, ginormous bowls of pasta, running around Lake Merritt, sleeping in, colorful tennis shoes

Dislikes: being cold, octopus and squid, scary movies, itchy tags on t-shirts

@StevieStacionis

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May
29
6:30 PM18:30

A Primer on San Francisco’s June Mayoral Election with Heather Knight

Local elections are important. We all know this, but sometimes learning about upcoming ballot issues can get lost in the chaos of everyday life. Let The Ruby help you get up to speed on San Francisco’s upcoming special mayoral election. We’ve invitedHeather Knight, the Chronicle’s leading political reporter, to give us an overview of the 4 main mayoral candidates. We’ll end the evening with some Q&A time with Heather.

E-mail Ruby member Emily Storms (storms.emily [AT] gmail.com) to submit questions for Heather ahead of time. Refreshments & voter registration information will also be available.

About Heather Knight

Heather Knight has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1999 and has covered the San Francisco political scene out of The Chronicle’s City Hall bureau since 2006. She writes the paper’s popular On San Francisco column, covering everything from politics to homelessness to family flight and the quirks of living in the best city in the world. She believes in holding politicians accountable for their decisions or, often, lack thereof — and telling the stories of real people and their struggles. Before joining the City Hall team, she covered the San Francisco public schools including spending a year at Malcolm X Academy in Hunters Point. She previously wrote for Newsday in New York and for the Los Angeles Times’ Washington, D.C. Bureau as a student at Stanford University. She is a Northern California native who lives in the city’s Glen Park neighborhood with her husband and two sons.

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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

CanCan Night: A Breast & Ovarian Health Workshop

Join us at The Ruby for a CanCan Party!

What is a CanCan party? A CanCan party is a breast and ovarian health education workshop that empowers women to take action about their health. We'll discuss risk factors, family history, signs and symptoms, early detection, nutrition/exercise, cancer myths, and so forth. We'll be joined by three breast or ovarian cancer survivors to share their journeys in a comfortable setting where any and all questions are welcome Attendees will leave educated and empowered to be proactive about their health.

Attendees will leave educated and empowered to:

know their bodies
have conversations about their health history with their families and trusted health care professionals
assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer
share this important information with family and friends

About the presenters

Helen Chen: Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27. Her research focus has always been HIV, but after her diagnosis, she was fortunate to find a job working in breast cancer research at Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Working with CanCan seemed like a natural fit since she found her malignant lump while doing a self-breast examination. Fortunately, her mother suggested she consult the doctor who diagnosed her with Stage 1 breast cancer. Helen’s motto is, “a women’s genius is her intuition” and her goal is that every woman she educates adopts the same motto.

Jackie Mungo: Jackie is Founder and CEO of The Healing Institute. She is also a minister, a mother, a grandmother, former Health Programs Manager for African-American Outreach with the American Cancer Society, and a breast cancer “Survivor Victorious” for 26 years! Additionally, Jackie is one of the founding members of the African American Task Force of Contra Costa County, California, an organization that reaches out to under-served, under-insured and uninsured women with the goal of educating and availing them of available resources. She has done numerous televised speaking engagements and national magazine features all aimed at spreading awareness. Jackie is passionate about prevention and healing and will readily share her survivor story with any and everyone.

Mary Ladd: Mary got a surprise breast cancer diagnosis at age 39, and quickly learned how powerful a sense of humor and extra comfy couch can be when you’re sick. She openly shares the graphic details of what it's like to be a medical patient (and survivor), and often writes about health topics in her work as a professional writer in San Francisco. Mary is active in Bay Area Young Survivors and co-author of The Wig Report, a (funny) graphic novel on catastrophic illness.

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May
31
6:30 PM18:30

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

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.

May's book is THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel

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.

Books will be ready for pick up at The Ruby by April 23. We have galley copies of the book available for free. We’ll provide drinks and snacks.

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Pies for Everyone! with Aku Ammah-Tagoe

Making pies seems like a challenge, but with practice anyone can do it well. In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll tackle the basics of homemade pie: crusts, fillings, and assembly. First we’ll prepare our own flaky, sturdy, delicious all-butter crusts. We’ll make fillings with fresh produce (it’s berry season!) and learn how to shape both full-size pies and hand pies. While our pies bake we’ll talk about how to improvise fillings and use crusts to build meals for any occasion. When they’re done, we’ll dig in together!

This is a hands-on workshop from start to finish, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get dusted in flour. You’ll leave with finished hand pies, crusts to use later, and recipes for crusts and fillings to inspire further experiments.

PLEASE NOTE: For Ruby members, the materials fee is $20, payable at the start of class. Please contact us in advance if you have food allergies; we’ll definitely be working with dairy, gluten, and fruit. For nonmembers, the materials fee is included in the price of your ticket. Space is VERY limited (because of oven space!); we'll cap this class at 6 people and there will be a waitlist!

About Aku Ammah-Tagoe

Aku Ammah-Tagoe learned to bake from her parents and her grandmothers—both of whom raised families by selling pastries and bread. She also grew up gardening, and it was only a matter of time before those interests converged. Aku believes that absolutely everyone should be able to make good, simple food, including pie. In her non-kitchen life she writes about contemporary literature, teaches undergraduates, and tries to get a lot of sunlight.

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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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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
13
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
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
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
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
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
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
30
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
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
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
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
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
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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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 essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe GuardianSlate, and The New Yorker online, and have been recognized in The Best American Essays 2016. She lives in San Francisco with her family. lydiakiesling.com

About R.O. Kwon

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The GuardianVice, Buzzfeed, Time, Noon, Electric LiteraturePlayboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States. ro-kwon.com

About Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric LiteratureGuernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She has received fellowships and awards from The Missouri Review, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. She is the book columnist for KQED Arts, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate. ingridrojascontreras.com

About Crystal Hana Kim

Crystal Hana Kim holds an MFA from Columbia University and is a contributing editor for Apogee Journal. She has received numerous awards, including PEN America's Story Prize for Emerging Writers, along with fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. Born and raised in New York, she currently lives in Chicago. This is her first novel. crystalhanakim.com

About Lillian Li

Lillian Li received her BA from Princeton and her MFA from the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of a Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, as well as Glimmer Train’s New Writer Award. Her work has been featured in Guernica, Grantaand 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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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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Apr
20
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Washington State Wines

This week, at happy hour (and a half), join us for women-made wines from the great state of Washington! washingtonwine.org

We'll be featuring wines from: 

About Damsel Cellars

Not all Damsels are in distress.

In fact, our Damsel has things pretty well in hand. Winemaker and owner, Mari Womack began her love affair with wine while working in Seattle restaurants. She caught the wine bug early when food and wine pairings captured her heart and her imagination. In 2010, she began working in nearby Woodinville tasting rooms, including Obelisco Estate and volunteering at Baer Winery during harvest. Becoming a part of the Woodinville wine community fostered her enthusiasm for winemaking and encouraged her to dream big. 

Through these efforts, Mari was able to meet several winemakers in Woodinville and became the assistant winemaker at Darby Winery in 2011. Now working on vintage number six, her wines continue to impress and she's amassing a loyal following. 

It is with pride and passion that Mari introduces her wines to you. The romance, ritual and history of wine continues to motivate and inspire her. Please visit her in our Woodinville tasting room and rescue a bottle of your own!

About Forgeron Cellars

When Forgeron opened in 2001, as the 23rd winery in Walla Walla, Washington, two things defined us: our decision to set down roots in downtown Walla Walla; and winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla’s French roots, and viticulture and oenology training in Burgundy.

It was serendipitous that our new home was on the site of a turn-of-the-Century blacksmith shop. Blacksmiths are serious artisans. Able to create such beauty from ferrous metal, Blacksmiths require great skill and patience, but also great passion. The name Forgeron [FOR-juh-ron] is the French term for “blacksmith”, skilled artisans who work with their hands in an age-old tradition.

About Vital Wines

Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle.  All proceeds go to the SOS Clinic, a free, non-profit health care clinic in the Walla Walla area dedicated to helping people get the healthcare that they both need and deserve with no questions asked.  Winemaking and vineyard work is both physical and seasonal, making it a prime industry for this kind of care.  For us at Vital it is not only our mission to close this loop, but also our pleasure.  Those that provide us with beautiful wines throughout the Walla Walla valley can get better and free healthcare and those of us who bring these wines home can do so with pleasure on the palate and the soul.  

 

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Apr
20
5:30 PM17:30

Tiny Astrology Readings for Ruby Members

Happening simultaneously with Happy Hour (and a Half): Come to this happy hour with your birthday, year, city, state, country, (and time if known), and receive a 15-minute astrology reading with Ruby member Sarah Fontaine of Existing Together Healing Arts. This is a great way to learn more about Sarah’s work, and ask a question or two about a part of your life that feels in active inquiry.

This is for Ruby members who have NOT yet had an astrology reading with Sarah. Only 6 timeslots are available. http://www.existingtogether.com/astrologyreadings/

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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Apr
20
3:30 PM15:30

Snack Attack with Jessica Battilana

Knock off early on a Friday afternoon and join food writer and cookbook author Jessica Battilana for a cooking class devoted to party snacks!

The recipes are directly from Jessica's new cookbook, Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need. She'll teach you how to make salt-and-pepper shrimp, seeded gougères, the ultimate Green Goddess dressing, and a cheater's version of Tortilla Española. And she'll teach you to mix a Negroni to go along with it! 

About Jessica Battilana
Jessica Battilana writes the "Repertoire" column for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the author of Corn, from Short Stack Editions. The coauthor of several other cookbooks, including Vietnamese Home Cooking, with Charles Phan, and Tartine Book 3, with Chad Robertson. Her work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalGastronomicaSaveurSunset, and multiple editions of The Best Food Writing. A Vermont native, she lives in San Francisco with her wife and children. 

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Apr
19
4:00 PM16:00

Product & Artwork Photography Basics with Andria Lo

Good documentation feels like a hurdle for a lot of visual artists, makers, and creatives. The master pieces are made, but how do you capture them in a way that does them justice?

This 2-hour class, taught by Ruby member Andria Lo, will cover product photography basics—simple setups, troubleshooting, and editing tips. I'll help you maximize the gear you already have and work with everyday supplies you didn't know you could use.

The principles and techniques you’ll learn are appropriate for documenting 2D and 3D artworks and products, small and large. We'll work towards achieving a clean, consistent look, that doesn’t distract, so you can finally update your portfolio or professionalize your art practice.

No worries if you haven't yet invested in professional equipment or software. The class is geared towards anyone who has a basic understanding of their DSLR (or camera phone), and wants their documentation photos to look as good as their creations.

A portion of the class is hands-on, so bring the camera you have!

About Andria Lo

Andria Lo is a freelance food and product photographer whose work can be found in San Francisco Magazine, SF Chronicle, New York Times, Sunset and Lucky Peach. She grew up in Alaska and Texas and moved to the Bay Area to study Art at UC Berkeley. You can also find her hiking with her pup or collaborating on Chinatown Pretty, a project that documents the vibrant street style of senior citizens living in Chinatown. Find her online at andrialo.com and Instagram @aweilo.

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Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong night

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 lesson in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6 p.m. to learn and come at 6:30 p.m. to play!

Snacks and drinks provided.

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Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Works in Progress: The Ruby Show & Tell

Join us as Ruby members share their works in progress at our Show and Tell night, hosted by Ruby member Laila Bahman. Read from a book in progress, show us your sketches, sing a few lines from a song in the works. We'd love to see (or hear/feel/smell/taste) what you're working on!

PLEASE NOTE: Email staff@therubysf.com for a time slot and to let us know your technical needs.

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Apr
13
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) with Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Wines

Hirsch Vineyards is recognized as one of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards in the new world, described by the Wine Spectator as a “California grand cru." Founded by David Hirsch in 1980, it is the oldest premium Pinot Noir planting on the True Sonoma Coast. Hirsch has provided fruit over the years to Williams Selyem, Littorai, Kistler, and many others.

Since 2002, Hirsch has been producing its own estate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Located two miles from the Pacific Ocean at 1,600 feet elevation, Hirsch crafts highly sought-after wines of elegance, concentration, and site-specificity.

About Jasmine Hirsch

Jasmine Hirsch was born and raised in Northern California. She was baptized in champagne by her wine-loving parents David and Rebecca Hirsch, and spent her childhood at Hirsch Vineyards. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, Jasmine spent five years living in Europe followed by two years in New York. She escaped from corporate life to take over sales and marketing at Hirsch in 2008. She is involved in all aspects of the wine production and since 2015 is fully responsible for Hirsch Winery’s operations, sales and management.

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Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

A reading by Jami Attenberg, The Ruby's mid-April Writer in Residence

Jami Attenberg is The Ruby's mid-April Writer in Residence, visiting us from New Orleans. 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 with Jami about her latest novel (newly out in paperback), All Grown Up.

About Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications.

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Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Intro to Brush Lettering with Jenna Carando

In this introductory brush lettering workshop, taught by local letterer Jenna Carando, you'll learn the basics — and practice the fundamental techniques — of brush lettering. We'll cover the entire alphabet (upper and lowercase) in various brush lettering styles. Once you've become acquainted with the brush pens, hand positions, and basic strokes, you'll have the opportunity to practice your own words and phrases, testing out your own lettering styles. Blank cards and envelopes will be provided so you can utilize your new brush lettering skills to make cards for friends and loved ones. This class is for beginners; no prior lettering experience is necessary!

After class, you'll come away with:

  • Practice sheets completed during workshop
  • Blank practice sheets to practice at home
  • Two brush pens
  • A basic understanding of brush lettering

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $15, payable at the start of class.

About Jenna Carando

Jenna Carando is a letterer and designer with east coast roots, now based in San Francisco. Jenna has been practicing the craft of lettering professionally for 6 years. When she’s not lettering or hosting workshops, you'll find her drooling over the hand-painted signage throughout the city, picnicking on China Beach or trekking in a study pair of hiking boots.

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Mar
30
5:30 PM17:30

CO-ED HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Kikori Whiskey

Join us for a co-ed bring-a-friend-or-partner, co-ed happy hour (and a half)! Members may bring a friend or partner (please RSVP!).

Distilled in Japan, and made from 100% rice, Kikori Whiskey is a smooth and welcome newcomer to the whiskey category. Aged for 3+ years in American Oak, French Limousin oak and Sherry casks, Kikori is golden and pure in color with a floral and fragrant aroma and a velvety smoothness to the palate. Kikori Whiskey is pure water, quality ingredients, careful aging, meticulous blending and Japanese attention to detail–all combined to perfection. At 82 proof, Kikori delivers a distinctively different style of whiskey that is memorable, delicate and delicious. Kikori is a Gold Medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

We'll be serving the BOURBON IN BLACK cocktail from Maggie Hoffman's THE ONE-BOTTLE COCKTAIL. Recipe by Lynnette Marrero of New York City's Llama Inn.

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Mar
29
to Mar 30

Night Owl Night

Ruby Night Owl Nights are late-night hours every now and then, (wo)manned by Ruby member, LM Schnaubelt, for members who tend to hit their peak creativity later at night or for members who have an idea they want to work on but can't seem to make the time for within their normal schedule. It’s a chunk of time for creative writing, brainstorming, or letting your mind drift a bit further than your typical productive self would allow — a quiet, dark, candlelit time for thinking. Feel free to come wearing something comfortable. We’ll provide hot beverages.

**NOTE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS: We consider Night Owl Nights events; they do not count toward your two days of workspace per month**

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Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

DIY Chai: Desi Ladies reclaiming their Beverage

DIY Chai is one part chai party, one part woke history lesson, and one part nerdy food gathering hosted by Farah Jesani and Ruby member Sana Javeri Kadri. Farah runs a chai company in Portland called One Stripe Chai Co., which makes some of the yummiest, real-deal chai concentrate around. Sana's been creating an art-and-food history installation called the Post Colonial Tea Party, investigating the colonial history of tea and chai for four years now—presenting at schools and universities across the country. Join Farah and Sana as they share a short history lesson and conversation (with lots of passionate hand gesturing), a DIY chai spice-blend workshop, and of course, a steaming cup of chai. You’ll also get a cake rusk by Hetal Vasavada of Milk & Cardamom, your own chai spice blend to take home, and an illustrated chai recipe card made by SF-based artist Simmi Patel of Paper Samosa.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $12, payable at the start of class.

About Farah Jesani & Sana Javeri Kadri

Farah Jesani is a transplant via NYC and Atlanta, Farah came to Portland searching for a spot in the coffee world. One stripe chai co. is the fruition of this search and an opportunity to bring a bolder face of chai to the community at large. In a land of meticulously crafted coffee, Farah is dedicated to reclaiming the chai we have readily available. Steamy beverages aside, Farah is interested in the notion of plurality and sparking conversations that spread openness and understanding amongst humans at the most basic level, as well as in a larger arena.

Sana Javeri Kadri is the founder of Diaspora Co., an Oakland, CA, and Mumbai, India–based collective centered in sustainable spice agriculture and direct trade. She grew up in postcolonial Bombay and wound up in the produce aisles of Northern California by way of Northern Italy and Southern California's Inland Empire. 

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Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen

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.

March's book is BURY WHAT WE CANNOT TAKE by local author Kirstin Chen. 

From the publisher: 

Kirstin Chen is the author of the novels Bury What We Cannot Take, forthcoming from Little A in 2018, and Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O, The Oprah Magazine “book to pick up now,” and a Glamour book club pick. She has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore and currently resides in San Francisco. Visit her at kirstinchen.com

Books will be ready for pick up at The Ruby by March 1 (subsidized at $12). We’ll provide drinks and snacks.

About R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and her writing is published in The Guardian, VICE, NOON, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony.

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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Beginning Macrame: Wall-hangings with Jennie Lennick

All you need to learn the art of macrame is two hands and some rope. In this workshop, you will create a mid size wall hanging that utilizes the most important knots in macrame: the half hitch, square knot, larks heads knots, overhand knots, and half square knots. Once you learn these skills, you will be able to create large and more intricate pieces on your own.

Each student will leave class with a completed retro-chic wall hanging measuring at least 8" x 12".

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $10, 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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Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Writing Workshop led by Cassandra Landry

Come help your fellow writers improve their nonfiction writing (and be helped in return, if you like!) at our nonfiction writing workshop. In this workshop, we’ll gather to discuss our nonfiction work. Anything nonfiction is fair game: submit your article, essay, or book chapter to be workshopped; the piece should not be longer than 4,000 words. Or come just to read work and participate in discussion. Discussion will be led by Ruby member Cassandra Landry, who is herself a writer and the editor of ChefsFeed.

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Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Community Organizing 101 with Shakirah Simley

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of grassroots organizing. Attendees will receive an introduction to building social justice campaigns; from choosing an issue, to identifying resources to determining tactics and strategies. Participants are encouraged to attend as pairs or small groups in order to focus on their particular neighborhood/ community or issue. We'll start out with a brief introduction, overview of organizing strategy with real world examples, and followed by group work and discussion. This workshop is a great start for students looking to make positive social change on their respective communities. 

PLEASE NOTE: All attendees should read "How Food Can be a Platform for Activism" in advance of coming to class. 

About Shakirah Simley

Shakirah Simley is a writer, educator, and community organizer in San Francisco. Shakirah has over a decade of experience working on food equity policy issues, as well with national youth organizing and labor unionization campaigns. She is a 2017 Fellow for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, former Community Director for Bi-Rite and its Family of Businesses in SF, and is the co-founder of Nourish|Resist, a multiracial organizing collaborative dedicated to using food spaces and people as tools for collective resistance. She graduated from UPenn in 2007 with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies, and received her M.A. from the University of Gastronomic Sciences via a Fulbright scholarship. Shakirah has been honored for her work as one of Zagat’s "30 under 30" and received special commendations from the City of SF from former Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor London Breed. She currently works for the City and County of San Francisco, doing community and economic development in the city's Southeast neighborhoods. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, Civil Eats, and the recently published book: Feed the Resistance.

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Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry night featuring The Ruby's poets

This night of poetry readings features our very own Ruby poets: Mia Malhotra, Jennifer S. Cheng, Heidi Van Horn, and Lisa Marie Schnaubelt. Poets and nonpoets all invited! You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind poetry starter kit created by our four readers to inspire your own writing.

About our poets

Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako (Alice James Books, forthcoming 2018), winner of the 2017 Alice James Award. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Greensboro Review, Drunken Boat, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.She lives in San Mateo with her husband and two daughters.

Jennifer S. Cheng writes poetry and lyric essays. She is the author of MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems (2018), a hybrid book of the feminine monstrous, selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize; HOUSE A (2016), selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and Invocation: An Essay (2010), an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong and received fellowships and awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, San Francisco State University, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. www.jenniferscheng.com

Heidi Van Horn is a writer who takes lots of photographs. She is co-author, with David Makaaha Kwon, of House of David, a poetic assemblage exploring the personal and political geography of mass incarceration. Currently, she is working on a book-length sequence of text + image diptychs mapping intimate distance, and guest-editing OXALIS Volume 2 for Drop Leaf Press. Heidi received her BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She has worked as the assistant director of the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, co-clerked the diversity committee at the San Francisco Friends School, and serves as a youth justice mentor for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. She lives in San Francisco with her three children. www.hvanhorn.com

Lisa Marie Schnaubelt is a newly self-employed writer, former teacher, and a bartender at heart. She received her MA in Poetry from San Francisco State University and likes to think and work at night. She hosts the Ruby’s monthly Night Owl Nights.

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Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Natural Perfumery with Heather D’Angelo of Carta

In this introductory workshop, Ruby member Heather D’Angelo, founder of the sustainable fragrance brand Carta, will guide students through the process of designing and crafting a custom fragrance. Students will have the chance to work with a palette of over 30 essential oils, absolutes, and natural isolates, including a few rare ingredients that Heather personally sourced from the Amazon rainforest and were featured in Carta’s debut fragrance, Moena 12|69.

The class will cover the structure of perfume including basic technical info on top, middle, and base notes in relation to fragrance families, the tools of the trade, recipe development, how to build accords, and simple blending techniques. Heatherwill also go over how to read material safety data sheets in order to provide students with an understanding of essential oil safety, and the importance of sustainable sourcing when choosing natural materials.

Students will leave with a bottle of fragrance that they have developed under Heather’s guidance, as well as information about how to continue their exploration with fragrance at home.
No previous experience with fragrance design is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $30, payable at the start of class.

About Heather D’Angelo

Heather D’Angelo is a San Francisco-based perfumer, musician (with the band Au Revoir Simone), and ecologist. The dream for Carta originated while she was collecting botanical samples from the Malaysian rainforest as part of her research at Columbia University. After several years of working with plant-based aromatic compounds, she developed an understanding that scent, like music, is a transformative instrument. Both have the arcane power to suspend moments and places in time.

With Carta, D’Angelo explores the artistry of perfume craft through her mastery of musical composition and ongoing scientific inquiry. Rooted in her passion for environmental conservation, D’Angelo’s romance with perfume is shaped and driven by a commitment to conscious practices and a desire to share the stories behind Carta’s ingredients.

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Mar
16
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) with Stevie Stacionis of Bay Grape

Bay Grape is a wine shop focused on community. In addition to wine, they also offer beer, specialty sodas and a small retail selection of local, artisanal foodstuffs. They also host winemaker-led tastings and casual, relaxed wine classes. And they specialize in custom orders for offices and events!

Bay Grape strives to be a cornerstone of our community: a physical gathering spot dedicated to building and preserving relationships with and between their guests. You can purchase bottles to take to go, or you can open any bottle in the shop, learn a bit about it and enjoy it with friends or neighbors for just $5 corkage on top of retail price. Snacks can also be opened and enjoyed picnic-style at communal table or counter area.

Bay Grape is owned and operated by Josiah Baldivino and Stevie Stacionis: a young, passionate, husband-and-wife team with substantial wine knowledge, 20 years of combined wine business experience—and, most importantly, a sense of humor and humility. The Bay Grape team includes five Certified or Advanced Sommeliers accredited through the Court of Master Sommeliers... Bay Grape has been featured in The New York TimesFood & Wine and Bon Appétit magazines, and we were named Best Wine Shop in the Bay in 2017 by San Francisco Magazine; in addition, Stevie and Josiah were named Wine Enthusiast's Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers!

About Stevie Stacionis 
Stevie spent seven years working in the front of the house at restaurants in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York City in order to pay her way through the University of Southern California. After graduating magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Psychology and Law, Stevie traded her apron for a laptop and a career in food, wine and travel writing.

In addition to her editorial background, she worked in wine retail and copywriting, managing communication, media, marketing and brand management for New York City retail stores Alphabet City Wine Co., Crush Wine & Spirits, NYC’s premier wine bar/classroom/event space Corkbuzz Wine Studio and the professional non-profit organization the Guild of Sommeliers. Stevie is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and directed A Drink with Friends TV

Likes: White Burgundy, ginormous bowls of pasta, running around Lake Merritt, sleeping in, colorful tennis shoes

Dislikes: being cold, octopus and squid, scary movies, itchy tags on t-shirts

@StevieStacionis

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Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Personal Safety with IMPACT Bay Area

This 90-minute class provides an intro to IMPACT Bay Area's style of empowerment self-defense! Students develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language and powerful verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment. Students will also learn and practice a few simple and effective physical self-defense techniques. The physical skills trained in our longer classes provide a broad range of options for dealing with violence in worst-case scenarios, but even this short class offers a toolbox of great skills for keeping yourself safe. 

We know that most assaults can be avoided or prevented using awareness, intuition, body language, and voice. This class will provide valuable tools for staying safe.

About Impact Bay Area

IMPACT Bay Area is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that teaches boundary-setting, personal safety and accessible physical self-defense. Since 1985, we've given more than 12,000 people the skills to defend themselves against verbal, physical and sexual assault. Our classes accommodate all ages and body types because we believe that everyone has the right to safety. IMPACT courses increase student safety, confidence and the ability to recognize, set and defend personal boundaries- in worst-case scenarios and in daily life. Learn more about their classes and how to support their mission here

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Mar
13
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

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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Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

COOKBOOK CLUB: EATING FROM THE GROUND UP by Alana Chernila

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 6 servings). Drinks will be provided.

This month, we'll be discussing: EATING FROM THE GROUND UP by Alana Chernila

With more than 100 versatile recipes, Eating from the Ground Up teaches you how to showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable, truly bringing out the best in every root and leaf. Alana Chernila demonstrates how smart techniques and a light touch are the way to go when beautiful vegetables are just good and fresh.

Space is limited! Please pick up your book ($12) at The Ruby after February 1.

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Mar
9
5:30 PM17:30

Doubly Happy Hour with Naima Coster, author of Halsey Street

The Ruby's regular happy hour (and a half) just got a little bit happier: This week's happy hour is DOUBLY HAPPY because debut novelist Naima Coster will be visiting, reading from and signing copies of her acclaimed debut novel, Halsey Street.  Join us in sampling Willamette Valley wines from women-owned wineries, and meet Naima, too. Includes a signed book! 

About Naima Coster

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a story of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesArts & Letters, Lit HubCatapultThe RumpusAster(ix)A Practical WeddingGuernica,and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Naima is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Naima studied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. She has taught writing to students in prison, youth programs, and universities. She currently teaches at Wake Forest University and is a Senior Fiction Editor at Kweli. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must.

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Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

BOOK RELEASE PARTY: The One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman

Join the Ruby in celebrating the release of THE ONE-BOTTLE COCKTAIL: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Ruby member Maggie Hoffman, published by Ten Speed Press. 

If you love fancy cocktails but hate the expense and effort required to stock up on esoteric bottles of booze, this book is for you. Learn how to use common ingredients like teas, fresh herbs, produce, spices, vinegars, and honey to build complex and unexpected flavors in your drinks without bitters, vermouth, or fancy liqueurs. In this collection, every cocktail calls on just one spirit: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, mezcal, pisco, cognac, rye, bourbon, or Scotch, plus pantry ingredients and fresh stuff you can pick up at the market when you're buying groceries for dinner. 

“These recipes bring two of my favorite food trends into the world of drinking: simplicity and seasonality. If I want a drink that requires twelve obscure spirits, I’ll order it at a bar. This book is coming with me to the farmers’ market.” —Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered 

Attendees will be able to sample a drink or two from the book, and receive a signed copy. 

About Maggie Hoffman

Maggie Hoffman writes about cocktails, wine, and beer for the James Beard Award-winning website Serious Eats, where she founded the drinks section in 2011 and served as managing editor. Hoffman has written for Wine Enthusiast, the San Francisco Chronicle, and San Francisco Magazine, as well as the websites of SaveurFood & Wine, and others. She is currently at work on her second cocktail book.

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Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) with Caitlin Landesberg of Sufferfest Beer

In 2012, Founder and CEO Caitlin Landesberg started her search for the perfect beer to quench her thirst after long trail runs in and around San Francisco… but didn’t find a beer that fit the bill when it came to supporting her athletic lifestyle and diet. So, taking matters into her own hands, Caitlin learned to brew and spent years making the beer she wanted to see in the world. After teaming up with an all-star brewmaster to perfect her recipes, Caitlin started to share her beer with friends and fellow trail runners. In late 2015, Caitlin left her job to pursue Sufferfest Beer Company full-time and officially launched her beer to market in May 2016. Focused on athletes and serving up more nutritious beer than ever, Sufferfest can be found at retailers, restaurants, run and bike shops, climbing gyms and CrossFit boxes up and down California (and always expanding!).

Sufferfest beer contains naturally occurring vitamins and micronutrients, including potassium-rich barley, sodium, iron and fiber. Sufferfest beer is fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The finished beer is analyzed in a lab that uses best-in-industry R5- Gliadin ELISA assay and registers at the lowest detection limit possible. Each brew is batch tested at under 5 parts per million gluten.

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Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB led by R.O. (Reese) Kwon

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.

February’s book is THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins.

From the publisher: Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans.

Books will be ready for pick up at The Ruby by February 1. We’ll provide drinks and snacks.

About R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and her writing is published in The Guardian, VICE, NOON, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony.

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Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

A reading by Morgan Parker, The Ruby's February Writer in Residence

Renowned poet and author Morgan Parker is The Ruby's inaugural 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 artist's loft. 

About Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015). Her third collection of poems, Magical Negro, will be published by Tin House in 2019, and her debut book of nonfiction will be published later that year by One World, an imprint of Random House. Parker received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her poetry and essays have been published and anthologized in numerous publications, including The Paris ReviewThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-HopBest American Poetry 2016,  The New York Times, and The Nation. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel in New York. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius, and she lives in Los Angeles.

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Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Sustenance & Sustainability: a conversation with The Perennial's Karen Leibowitz

Join Ruby member Karen Leibowitz, co-owner of The Perennial in San Francisco, for a conversation about sustenance and sustainability. At The Ruby, Karen will share the personal and political sides of running a mission-driven family restaurant, and offer practical advice for fighting climate change through our food choices.

The word "restaurant" is derived from the French word for "restore," and Karen believes that restaurants can and should be restorative, not only for diners, but for the world as well. Together with her husband, Karen opened Mission Chinese Food, which benefits the Food Bank, and now The Perennial, dedicated to regenerative agriculture that actually draws down greenhouse gas through food production. 

Bread that Karen bakes with Kernza, a perennial grain, will be provided. 

About Karen Leibowitz

Karen's current focus is The Perennial, an environmentally sustainable restaurant in San Francisco, where she is co-founder and Director of Communications. In 2008, she co-founded a pop-up called Mission Street Food, which turned into Mission Chinese Food (SF and NYC) and she's a partner in Commonwealth (SF).

She's co-written a cookbook with Chef Dominique Crenn, called Atelier Crenn: The Metamorphosis of Taste (Houghton Mifflin, 2015). She's also the co-author of Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant (McSweeney's, 2011), written with her husband, Anthony Myint. Her writing has been published by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Lucky Peach, Modern Farmer, Cherry Bombe, and other publications.

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