May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Poultry Butchery with Chef Paula McDade

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

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

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

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May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong and Art Night at The Ruby!

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

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night. (6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby members. Come at 6:30 to play!)

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

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May
30
12:00 PM12:00

Bullet Journaling Monthly Lunch

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

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May
31
5:30 PM17:30

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

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

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

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Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

About Lost Children Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

Invisible Visits: Black Women in the American Healthcare System

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

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

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Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to the Enneagram: A Personality System for Growth

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

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

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

About Dani Scoville

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

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Jun
7
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Birdhorse Wines

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

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

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Fermentation Basics: Curtido Workshop with Kelly McVicker

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Let's Talk About FLAKING!

Let's talk about flaking! 

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

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Ask an Agent: Andrea Morrison of Writers House

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

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

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

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Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

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

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

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Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

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

About Anna Furman

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

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Jul
20
to Jul 21

The Ruby's Summer WEEKEND RETREAT

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

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

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

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Oct
19
to Oct 20

The Ruby's Fall WEEKEND RETREAT

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

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

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

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May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Oral History Book Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May
17
5:30 PM17:30

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

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

About Jennifer Reichardt

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

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May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Full Moon Meditation and Herbal Tea with Kim Zitzow

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

Combining geologic and place-based research, movement and visualization, Kim leads guided meditations that connect our bodies deeper to the land we are on and the spaces we share.

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

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

About Kim Zitzow

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

www.realimaginaryarchive.com

studio collective: @mutualstores

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May
16
3:00 PM15:00

Thursday Yoga (Afternoon)

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

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

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

COOKBOOK CLUB: INDIAN-ISH by Priya Krishna

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).

This month, we'll be cooking from and discussing Indian-Ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna. The author, Priya Krishna, will be joining us from New York!

About INDIAN-ISH

A witty and irresistible celebration of one very cool and boundary-breaking mom’s “Indian-ish” cooking—with accessible and innovative Indian-American recipes

Indian food is everyday food! This colorful, lively book is food writer Priya Krishna’s loving tribute to her mom’s “Indian-ish” cooking—a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen.

Priya’s mom, Ritu, taught herself to cook after moving to the U.S. while also working as a software programmer—her unique creations merging the Indian flavors of her childhood with her global travels and inspiration from cooking shows as well as her kids’ requests for American favorites like spaghetti and PB&Js. The results are approachable and unfailingly delightful, like spiced, yogurt-filled sandwiches crusted with curry leaves, or “Indian Gatorade” (a thirst-quenching salty-sweet limeade)—including plenty of simple dinners you can whip up in minutes at the end of a long work day.

Throughout, Priya’s funny and relatable stories—punctuated with candid portraits and original illustrations by acclaimed Desi pop artist Maria Qamar (also known as Hatecopy)—will bring you up close and personal with the Krishna family and its many quirks.

About Priya Krishna

I’m a regular contributor for The New York TimesBon Appétit, The New Yorker, and others, and the author of the upcoming cookbook, Indian-ish, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April. I also have a video series where I teach the basics of said Indian-ish cooking on Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel.

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May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

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

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

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


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May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Preparing for The End of Life: Documents, Decisions, and More with Dr. Jennifer Brokaw

Only 30 percent of people have an AHCD (Advance Health Care Directive). Far fewer have had meaningful discussions with loved ones about their wishes if they become incapacitated. These decisions are important ones that all of us make, but they are especially important for older adults. A study in 2014 showed that among people 65 and over who were hospitalized, 48 percent needed a major medical decision made on their behalf within 48 hours of admission. Most of the "deciders" were women. Having these discussions early results in better care, less family stress and maybe even longer life. Join us for a talk by Ruby member Dr. Jennifer Brokaw followed by a discussion. 

Topics we'll cover:

  • The difference between AHCD and Living Will

  • The importance of choosing the right health care proxy/surrogate

  • Common decisions made during serious illness or at end of life

  • The case for Advance Care Planning, which is a medically directed living will discussion

  • How to get started on creating these documents for yourself and asking your loved ones to complete them as well.

About Dr. Jennifer Brokaw

Dr. Jennifer Brokaw practiced emergency medicine for fifteen years before leaving to start a patient and family consulting practice called Good Medicine. Good Medicine specialized in Advance Care Planning, completing Advance Care Plans for over one hundred individuals. Although Good Medicine closed in 2014, Dr. Brokaw has continued her work as a solo practitioner and as a consultant for the SF Fire Department Cancer Prevention Foundation. She blogs about medical issues affecting older adults and their caregivers at JenniferBrokaw.com and is active on Twitter about a variety of topics @JenniferBrokaw.

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Immigration, Generations, and Identity: A Panel Discussion

Let’s talk about being an immigrant or the child of an immigrant to the United States! Ruby member Aku Ammah-Tagoe and Urban School student Yudi Feng will moderate a roundtable of 1st-, 1.5-, and 2nd-generation women from a range of cultural backgrounds, from adolescence through their 40s. We’ll ask questions like: how do immigration and multicultural identity affect us at different life stages? Which family traditions do we keep, which do we leave, and why? Which words will we always, always mispronounce? There will be time for questions and discussion; together we’ll make a space to share and celebrate our unique identities.

This event is open to female and nonbinary-identifying attendees in high school or older. Family members are encouraged to attend together!

There will be light refreshments, and you are welcome to bring a snack with personal significance to share.

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May
4
to May 5

The Ruby's Spring 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 a weekend writing/making retreat — a chance to “get away” while staying in San Francisco. Let The Ruby take care of you while you work on your project! The Ruby will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Meals and snacks will be provided.

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

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May
3
3:00 PM15:00

Portrait session by Laila Bahman

Come get your portrait taken! Ruby member Laila Bahman will be shooting portraits of Ruby members on her medium format camera and digital camera. She'll be shooting on the upstairs deck, against a black backdrop.

Laila works as a portrait photographer in San Francisco and LA.

Her personal work often involves untold stories about women and deconstructing stereotypes of the Middle East.

Her partial client list includes LinkedIn, Ulysses Press, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Walrus Advertising Agency, Thumbtack, and Owl N Wood.

Laila believes everyone is an artist at heart and encourages long walks, drawing class or cooking to find creative inspiration.

To view some of Laila's work visit lailabahman.com

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May
2
11:00 AM11:00

Thursday Yoga (Mid morning)

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

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

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Block Printing for Beginners with Jennie Lennick

Bored with plain T-shirts, white kitchen towels, and blank pillows? Itching to make your own printed cards, artwork, or wrapping paper? Learn the basics of block printing in this fun-filled workshop! Everyone will learn how to carve a rubber block/stamp with their own design, apply ink, and print. Each attendee will get to choose from a tea towel or a tote bag plus lots of paper greeting cards to print on.


In this class, we will focus on printing on fabric, but the techniques learned can translate to many other materials, like paper, clothing, and wood. Once you learn, you won't want to stop! The possibilities are endless and make great gifts! All materials are included and every student will leave with their custom block and their finished projects.

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

About Jennie Lennick

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

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Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Raw Material: Sheep Shearing and More! with Stephany Wilkes

Curious about where your clothes come from? Curious about the sheep-shearing life? Join us for a reading and discussion with Stephany Wilkes, a sheep shearer and President of the Northern California Fibershed Cooperative. She’s the author of Raw Material: Working Wool In The West. Stephany will read from her book, and discuss natural and local fiber sourcing, carbon farming practices (and sequestration, how we can actually take CO2 out of the air), and humane sheep shearing and animal handling. She’ll be sharing local fiber samples in forms from raw to finished fabric.

Her book, Raw Material, features numerous Northern California women involved in farming, ranching, carbon sequestration, and natural fibers.

About Stephany Wilkes

Stephany Wilkes is a writer, knitter, spinner, sewist, sheep shearer, wool classer, and President of the Northern California Fibershed Cooperative. Her writing is forthcoming in the North American Review and has appeared in The Billfold, The Ag Mag, Hobby Farms, Midwestern Gothic, and other publications. Stephany speaks about sheep and wool terroir at numerous yarn shops, fiber festivals, guild meetings, schools, and events. She lives (somewhat begrudgingly, at times) in San Francisco, where she dreams of a dog, a truck, and a horse, in that order. She is passionate about soil's ability to sequester carbon and the role that farmers, ranchers, sheep, and textiles can play in mitigating climate change. www.stephanywilkes.com

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Apr
30
12:00 PM12:00

Bullet Journaling Monthly Lunch

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

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

6-Week Story Workshop with Meng Jin

What is a short story? What gives a fictional work life and meaning and originality? In this workshop, we'll explore the various forms a written story can take, along with various styles, modes, and sensibilities of diverse women writers. We'll ditch the traditional workshop notion that there is one set of rules for writing a successful story, attempting instead to survey a range of aesthetic possibilities, deepening our understanding of the short story by following what is mysterious and inimitable in each work. Participants will read one story a week and submit an original work inspired by some essential element of the assigned story. In our weekly meetings, we'll discuss the assigned story and workshop participants' submissions in an effort to discover and nurture the mysterious and inimitable in our own work.

This workshop is generative in nature and meant for writers of all levels, whether you're a beginner hoping to explore a new form, an experienced writer trying to shake up your practice, or a stuck writer looking for new approaches to a difficult project.

NOTE: To participate in this workshop, you must commit to 1) attending every session to the best of your ability (April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30), 2) reading one assigned story each week along with fellow workshoppers' submissions (up to 50 pgs/week), and 3) submitting up to 1000 words of original writing per week. We'll be sharing original, unfinished work, so consistent attendance and participation is crucial to fostering an atmosphere of trust and respect.

About Meng Jin

Meng Jin's debut novel, Little Gods, is forthcoming from HarperCollins. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, The Bare Life Review, and elsewhere. A Kundiman Fellow, she has received fellowships and grants from Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, M on the Bund Shanghai, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the David TK Wong Fellowship, and the Steinbeck Fellowship. www.mengj.in

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby!

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

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night. (6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6:30 to play!)

Or come join our circle of knitters and crafters led by Ruby member Jourdan Abel. Crocheters, embroiderers, darners... all are welcome!

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

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Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

A reading by Franny Choi, author of SOFT SCIENCE, and Ruby poets

Join us for a reading and conversation with with visiting poet Franny Choi, author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone and Death by Sex Machine, and Ruby poets (Mia Malhotra, Isako Isako, and Jennifer S. Cheng, Moon) about femininity, agency, and technology! The Ruby is a work and gathering space for creative women of all definitions. In Franny Choi's highly anticipated collection, Soft Science, from Alice James books, she uses the myth of the cyborg to explore queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems guides readers as Choi asks questions not just of identity, but of consciousness -- of how to speak and love, in a world filled with strange (and sometimes violent) distances. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, gender, violence, erasure, agency, and loneliness. And we're asked to examine the biggest question: “What does it mean to be human?”


About Franny Choi

FRANNY CHOI is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her poems have appeared in Poetry MagazineAmerican Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.

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Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

Windy Chien on The Life-Transforming Potential of a Year-Long Project

Join us for a talk by Windy Chien on finding one’s artist voice and the life-transforming power of daily practice. In 2016, Windy learned and made one new knot every day in 2016: The Year of Knots. The work unfolded over the course of the calendar year and daily photo documentation was posted to social media. Among the many rich things the performance of the Year of Knots provided were a daily ritual, an art school, a history lesson, and a new language. Windy's talk will be followed by a group discussion, and Windy will teach everyone to tie a knot!

About Windy Chien

Windy Chien makes art that activates space and elevates the vernacular. She is best known for her 2016 work, The Year of Knots, in which she learned a new knot every day for a year. Her work ranges in size from a knot that can fit in the palm of a child's hand to majestic, room-sized installations that are sought after by private collectors. Following long careers at Apple and in the music industry, she launched her studio in 2015. Her work has been covered by Wired, The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. Windy’s book about her work will be published by Abrams in 2019.

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Apr
19
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Martha Stoumen Wines

Join us for Happy Hour (And A Half) featuring Martha Stoumen!

About Martha Stoumen Wines

Martha Stoumen Wines was founded upon the desire to recapture a farming and winemaking culture that has all but faded away: a winemaking culture of patience.

For my wines I lease and farm around half of the vineyards myself. The other half are farmed by multi-generation farmers who understand their land, and their family's land, far better than I ever will, and who farm with my same philosophies in mind. Patience in the vineyard means composting rather than adding synthetic fertilizers, allowing predatory insects the ability to outcompete pests rather than spraying insecticides, and doing proper handwork, such as pruning for vine longevity rather than high yields.

In the cellar I use a minimalist winemaking approach. Patience in the cellar means letting the natural yeast and bacteria present on the grape skins perform fermentation, and allowing longer macerations and aging to provide stability rather than using added tannin, acid, or stabilizing agents in my wines. Above all, I strive to make wines that are delicious, joyful, and truly representative of California.

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Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Full Moon Meditation and Herbal Tea with Kim Zitzow

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

Combining geologic and place-based research, movement and visualization, Kim leads guided meditations that connect our bodies deeper to the land we are on and the spaces we share.

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

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

About Kim Zitzow

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

www.realimaginaryarchive.com

studio collective: @mutualstores

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Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

INTRO TO PAPER ART with Reina Takahashi

You may have seen Ruby member Reina Takahashi working on her paper art at The Ruby. Paper art is manipulating paper to create 3D sculpture.

In this workshop, Reina will be teaching us how to make paper art of our own. Attendees will learn how to cut, crease, curve, and glue paper to create dimensional paper art.

Each person will walk away with a piece of their own creation, plus a piece made via template through a demo. This is an opportunity for creative people who work in any medium to think more creatively in spatial terms, as well as a rewarding tactile experience.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $11 materials fee payable at the start of class. Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.

About Reina Takahashi

I'm a full-time freelance paper artist based in San Francisco. I've done work creating props for marketing shoots and stop motion videos, assets for packaging, book covers, greeting cards, editorial and more. I've been working with cut paper for over ten years, and love the challenge of representing anything out of paper. My tool of choice is a K2 sized Excel knife (similar to your average Xacto, but fatter).

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Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

Vintage Latin Jazz Dance with Ashley Sarver

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

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

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

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

About Ashley Joy Sarver

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

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

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

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Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Women's Cocktail Collective

Join us for Happy Hour (And A Half) with the Women's Cocktail Collective.

The Women's Cocktail Collective is a collaboration between ten leading female spirits producers, who have come together to elevate and amplify the voices of all women in the industry through a belief that we are stronger together.

Their businesses are Women-founded, Dedicated to shared values of equality and are Actively promoting the interests of women through our products, brand stories and marketing. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these brands in the month March will be donated to the National Women’s History Museum and Outsmart NYC.

Join one of the founders, Kiki Braverman, for a special Cocktail Happy Hour, and sample three delicious spirits at the Ruby.

Pür•spirits 

Pür•spirits is a portfolio of classic distillations that take a modern view on fresh, local and organic ingredients. Founded by Kiki Braverman who, like many of her fellow entrepreneurs, happened upon her passion for distilling somewhat circuitously. Growing up in Bavaria, Germany, she developed a deep love of nature and respect for the environment. This love took her across the globe, exploring different career paths and eventually settling in Northern California. Yet somehow, she always found herself returning to her first love: the seasonal ingredients, biodynamic cultivation and craft distilling traditions of her native Bavaria.

Kiki’s Pür•spirits are a reflection of her journey – a collection of liqueurs and infused spirits produced from locally foraged ingredients in micro batches according to traditional principles and time honored recipes in Bavaria, Germany seamlessly entwined with the modern cocktail movement.

Pür•spirits was voted Liqueur of the Year by Drink Me Magazine.

Product line includes:

PÜR•LIKÖR ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR

PÜR•LIKÖR WILLIAMS PEAR LIQUEUR

PÜR•LIKÖR SPICE

BLOOD ORANGE LIQUEUR

PÜR•SPIRITS APERITIVO ZAMARO

PÜR•SPIRITS BLACKTHORN SLOE GIN

PÜR•GEIST HOPPED WHISKY

SIA Scotch Whisky

Not your grandfather’s scotch, SIA is a delicious 96-Point award-winning Scotch Whisky created to appeal to a modern palate. In a terrific twist of fate, a relationship break up caused founder Carin Luna-Ostaseski to seek new horizons in the form of a grand tour of her local whisky purveyor. A 300-strong collection of unique whiskies later, her heart was cured, and she became a dedicated student of this sublime spirit. Finally, after many years of hosting regular tasting events, her love for the spirit drove her to leave her 17-year career as a Creative Director and pursue her dream of becoming the first American woman in history to create a Scotch Whisky company.

SIA is a blend of Speyside, Highland and Islay malt and grain whiskies with notes of vanilla, caramel, citrus and honey. Delicious sipped neat, or on the rocks, it is also remarkably versatile in a cocktail.

SIA has been awarded a 96 Points rating from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Square One Organic Spirits

As one of the first certified organic spirits, Square One Organic Vodka was inspired as much by the garden as it was by the art of mixology. For over a decade, Allison Evanow has been producing one of the greenest clear spirits in the industry, distilling her vodka from 100% organic American rye grain, scrupulously sourced botanicals and pristine water from Wyoming’s Teton Mountains; all packaged in sustainably sourced materials.

A seasoned wine and spirits industry executive, Allison became one of the first female entrepreneurs to bring a combined passion for craft cocktails and organic farmers markets to the world of spirits. Her award winning spirits grace the cocktail menus of some of the nation’s top hotels, restaurants and bars, and are the preferred choice of anyone who is as concerned about what goes in their cocktail glass as they are about what goes on their plate.

Square One was awarded a 94 Points - Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute and a Gold Seal from the Good Food Awards

Product line includes:

  • SQUARE ONE ORGANIC VODKA

  • SQUARE ONE BERGAMOT

  • SQUARE ONE BASIL

  • SQUARE ONE CUCUMBER

  • SQUARE ONE BOTANICAL

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Apr
12
5:00 PM17:00

Mini Tarot Readings with Dorothy Santos

Get a mini tarot reading with friend of the Ruby, Dorothy Santos, who is a Dorothy is a writer, curator, artist, and activist; she has been reading tarot privately for some time and is in the process of expanding her practice! Each session is 15 minutes long. There are only six slots available!

About Dorothy Santos

New media and digital art, basically art made with computers and machines, fascinate and perplex Dorothy in equal measure. She is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Film and Digital Media department and serves as the Program Manager for the Processing Foundation. However, she should not be confused for someone who actually knows how to use technology (having recently learned how to screenshot an entire screen on her Mac, SHIFT + COMMAND + 3, for anyone interested). She loves working with artists and curates their work, on occasion. Her writing can be found on Art Practical, art21, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA's Open Space. Outside of school and her professional work, she loves burning candles, moon ceremonies, and reading tarot for friends and family.

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrating Ruby Authors at Warby Parker

Join us at Warby Parker’s Hayes Valley store on April 10. We're getting together with Warby Parker to celebrate new work by brilliant Ruby writers. 

Come for readings by Melissa Graeber, Namwali Serpell, Helen Shewolfe Tseng, and Esmé Weijun Wang, and conversation moderated by Aku Ammah-Tagoe. Stay for snacks and drinks.

RSVP to events@warbyparker.com

About the Rubies

Aku Ammah-Tagoe is a PhD candidate in the English department at Stanford University. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary literature and urbanization.

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40. The Old Drift (Hogarth, 2019) is her first novel.

Esmé Weijun Wangis the author of the essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias and the novel The Border of Paradise. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and is the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize in 2016. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco. 

Melissa Graeber is a writer, editor, and former teacher of teens. She co-hosts a long-running radio show in San Francisco called Astral Projection Radio Hour and also co-teaches tarot workshops at the Ruby, San Francisco’s creative co-working space for women and non-binary folks. She has had written stories and essays commissioned by Medium, Red Light Lit, Quiet Lightning, The New Inquiry, and Sparkle & Blink, and has a forthcoming book about astrology and creative rituals with Chronicle Books in April 2019. She won "Most Distinguished Scholar of Ancient Curses" at Egyptology Summer Camp in 1990.

Helen Shewolfe Tseng is an interdisciplinary artist and designer living and working in an expanding universe. She co-hosts Astral Projection Radio Hour on BFF.fm and is the co-author and illustrator of The Astrological Grimoire (Chronicle Books, April 2019). Helen is currently a YBCA Fellow and a Designer in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. http://shewolfe.co @wolfchirp


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Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

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

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

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

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Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Building Presence: How you want to feel and how you want to be perceived

We all have an idea of how we want to feel when we're at our best — we know who we can be, because we've already experienced it! (Sometimes serendipitously, and sometimes through a lot of effort.) Likewise, we know how we want others to perceive us in our ideal world. But how can we turn our sometimes-best versions of ourselves into more-often-than-not best versions?

Cultivating personal presence can feel hit-or-miss when that process isn't paired with intentional investment in behavioral, physical, and verbal techniques to build the characteristics that matter to us. In this workshop, we'll brainstorm how you want to feel and be perceived when you're at the top of your game. Then we'll identify and practice some actionable techniques you can use to make progress on these qualities so you feel and do your best more often.

PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 12 attendees; sign up early, and please do your fellow Rubies the courtesy of canceling early if you cannot make the workshop!

About Kara Levy

For the past ten years, Kara Levy has provided communication and leadership coaching to hundreds of Bay area tech, design, academic, and business leaders to help them connect with audiences and maximize personal leadership presence. Within the world of communication, her great love is storytelling: a fiction writer with an MFA from Columbia University, she’s taught writing at a number of universities and mentored best-selling writers of fiction, memoir, and academia in crafting their narratives. She lives in San Francisco with her daughter.

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