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
28
6:30 PM18:30

Guided Meditation & Herbal Tea with Kim Zitzow

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

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

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

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

About Kim Zitzow

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

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Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Donkey & Goat

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

About Donkey and Goat

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

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Jul
2
6:00 PM18:00

Friend Groups at The Ruby

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

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

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

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Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Decks and Noods: Casual Tarot for the Tarot Curious

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

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

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

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

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Jul
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
17
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Makeup taught by Julie Dy

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

About Julie Dy

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

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Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong night at The Ruby

One Wednesday a month, we play Mahjong!

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night.

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

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

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

How to Have An Actual Relationship with Sarah Fontaine

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

A relationship should be easy.

A relationship should be hard.

If it’s not I should find another one.

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

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

etc etc etc.

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

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

About Sarah Fontaine

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

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

About Suicide Club

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

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

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

About Rachel Heng

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

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

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

https://www.rachelhengqp.com/

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

About Laiko Bahrs

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

About Lisa Nourse

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

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

About Annie Yang Miller

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

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

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

About Jen Pelka

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

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

About Piney Wood Atlas

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

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Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Guided Meditation & Herbal Tea with Kim Zitzow

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

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

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

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

About Kim Zitzow

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

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Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Sandal Making by Stace Fulwiler

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

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

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

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

About Stace Fulwiler

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

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

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Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

Book & Succulent Swap

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

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

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

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Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

About NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT

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

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

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

ABOUT LILLIAN LI

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

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

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Resource Party & Barn-Raising

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

From Wishcraft:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Feminist Reading Club

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

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

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

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

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Earthquake Kit "Potluck"

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

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

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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Ruby Town Hall

Happy six-month birthday to us!

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

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

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Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

6-Week Fiction Workshop led by Meng Jin

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

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

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

About Meng Jin

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

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Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

About The Third Hotel

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

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

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

About Laura Van Den Berg

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

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Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

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

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

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

About Vanessa Hua

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

About Lydia Kiesling

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

About R.O. Kwon

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

About Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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

About Crystal Hana Kim

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

About Lillian Li

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

 

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Aug
31
5:30 PM17:30

Giant Joint Book-Release Party!

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

Snacks & drinks provided, and books available for purchase.

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

The Ruby's Fall WEEKEND RETREAT

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

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

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

About THE ENSEMBLE

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

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

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

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

About Aja Gabel

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

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

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

She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Bear.

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Jun
22
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Green Barrel

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

About Green Barrel

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

About the founders

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

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Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

Email staff@therubysf.com to register!

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Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

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

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

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

About THE TERRIBLE

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

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Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Weaving for Beginners with Jennie Lennick

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

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

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

About Jennie Lennick

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

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Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

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

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

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

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

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

About Kelly McVicker

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

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

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

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

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

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Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

About The Mothers

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

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

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

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

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

About Brit Bennett

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

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Jun
15
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): La Rue

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

About La Rue

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

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

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Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Heal Your Finances with the $Money Witch$

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

About Jessie Susanna Karnatz, aka $Money Witch$

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

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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong night at The Ruby

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

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night.

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

Snacks and drinks provided.

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

About Jessica Riggin

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

About Valerie Brender

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

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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Iyengar Yoga with Sachiko Nishizawa Willis

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

About Sachiko Nishizawa Willis

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

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Jun
8
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Viña Herminia

Join us for happy hour featuring wines poured by Carmen Ramos, representing Viña Herminia.

Herminia Casas, the namesake of the winery Viña Herminia, was a thoroughly modern and forward-thinking woman who labored tirelessly in favor of the women and children of her community questioning the established norms of her time.

Viña Herminia is located in an unique location between the River Ebro and the Sierra de Yerga, a mountain range of great ecological significance. The vines spread down the slopes of Mount Yerga, from 2300 feet to 1300 feet above sea level. The altitude, position and the influence of the Mediterranean climate, provide the ideal hours of sunshine, temperature and moisture level for the grapes.

Vine, sun and climate: that is where it all starts and we can only give thanks to Nature for having reserved for us such a privileged spot to begin creating our wines.

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Jun
7
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 $20, 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 sturdy pair of hiking boots.

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Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

New Member Mixer (& Dip Potluck)

New Ruby members, come get to know your fellow Rubies (but really, we're all new members; the Ruby's just 4 months old!) at our new members mixer! 

Bring a dip of some kind (storebought works great & La Palma has an excellent array). We'll provide the chips, crackers, and crudités. 

This is a members-only event. See you there! 

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Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

COOKBOOK CLUB: REPERTOIRE by Jessica Battilana

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: REPERTOIRE, by Jessica Battilana, local author and San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Jessica will be joining us for the meeting and potluck! 

About Repertoire

Home cooks don't need dozens of cookbooks or hundreds of recipes. They just need one good book, with about 75 trustworthy, versatile, and above all, delicious recipes that can stand alone or be mixed-and-matched into extraordinary meals.

That's what Repertoire is: Real recipes, from real life, that really work.

After nearly two decades in the kitchen and writing about food, this is the way San Francisco Chronicle writer Jessica Battilana really cooks at home. These are her best recipes, the ones she relies on the most--for a quick weeknight supper, a special dinner party, when a friend drops by for a drink and a snack, for the chocolate cake that never fails. The knowledge, freedom, and flexibility that comes from cooking these recipes is all you really need in the kitchen.

With a salad for every season, pantry pastas, many meatballs, chewy cookies, and more, Repertoireputs the perfect dish for every occasion within reach.

PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited! Please pick up your book (free for the first 10 Ruby members who sign up!) at The Ruby after May 1. 

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Ballot Education with Katie McCall & Shakirah Simley

Join us in learning more about the ballot measures that we, as voters, will be deciding during San Francisco's June 5 election. Katie McCall is the creator of "Katie's voter guide"; Shakirah Simley is a Ruby member, writer, educator, and community organizer. Together, we'll talk through each of the issues you'll be voting on in this election.

Snacks & drinks will be provided.

About Katie McCall

Katie’s deep faith in people and our power to change the world for the better has prompted her to work at the Feminist Majority Foundation, Women in Community Service, the Youth Leadership Institute, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo. In 2003, along with Executive Director Carlina Hansen, Katie was an inaugural fellow of the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute. In 2005, Katie was recognized as one of ten “Young Emerging Leaders in the Reproductive Health Field” by NARAL Pro-Choice America and won “Young HR Non-Profit Professional of the Year” in 2014 from the Young Nonprofit Professionals of the Bay Area. Currently, Katie swims with a co-ed synchronized swim team (in 2017 she won gold with her team at Out Games in Miami, Florida!). In her “free” time, Katie is a photographer, voter guide creator, flea market connoisseur, knitter, babysitter/playmate for her 9-year-old niece, swims in the Bay with the Dolphin Club, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for San Francisco Tsunami Aquatics.

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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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
1
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Merry Edwards

Join us for happy hour featuring wines from Russian River–based Merry Edwards Winery. Merry's wine will be poured by Korina Heller, who is part of the staff at Merry Edwards and a certified sommelier. 

Merry Edwards is known as the Queen of Pinot. She makes 7 single vineyards (Bucher is our newest one, 2016 vintage is our first release of it), and 2 regional blends. There is one Chardonnay and 1 Sauvignon Blanc. Back in 2009 the Wine Spectator Magazine ranked her 2007 vintage of SB as the #9 wine in the world, #1 white wine overall. The 2014 was ranked #17 in the world and the 2015 was listed in the Wall Street Journal as the #1 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to try in the world. 

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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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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/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

After hearing from our breast/ovarian health presenters, we'll also hear from Ruby member Faith Adiele, author of a mini-memoir called The Nigerian Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems. Black women are five times more likely than white women to develop fibroids. Faith's book details risk factors, family history, and treatment. 

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.

Faith Adiele: Faith Adiele was born to a Nigerian father and a Nordic-American mother, and the PBS film My Journey Home documents her travels abroad to find her father and siblings, while the e-book, The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems, establishes her tri-cultural POV. Her memoir about becoming the first black Buddhist nun of Thailand, Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), received the PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Nonfiction Writing Program, she has worked as a community activist and diversity trainer, and lectured and taught writing all over the world. She is finishing TWINS, an epic memoir about 4 generations of family on 3 continents.

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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
25
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Marimar Estate

Join us for happy hour featuring wines from Marimar Estates, poured by Marimar Torres, founder and proprietor.

Marimar Torres has been involved in the wine business all her life. Born in 1945 in Barcelona, Spain, she is fluent in six languages and holds a degree in Business & Economics from the University of Barcelona. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, and studied Enology & Viticulture for a year at the University of California at Davis. At Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, she directs the activities at the winery and in both vineyards - Don Miguel (named after her late father) in the Russian River Valley and Doña Margarita (named after her late mother) in the Sonoma Coast AVA, both in Sonoma County.

Prior to her involvement in the California operation, Marimar traveled extensively promoting Torres wines, first in Spain as the company's export director and later in North America, when Caifornia became her home in 1975. At that time, shipments of Torres wines to the U.S. totaled 15,000 cases; ten years later they reached 150,000. To achieve this was not easy, though; especially in the beginning, Marimar was confronted with the common notion that the wine business was no place for a woman. Eventually, her tenacity and business acumen helped her overcome the bias, and she became the best-known ambassador of Spanish wines in North America.

Marimar's dedication to the wine business, however, has not come at the expense of other pursuits. An authority on Spanish cuisine, her first book, The Spanish Table: The Cuisines and Wines of Spain, was published in 1986. Her second book, The Catalan Country Kitchen, came out in April 1992. Marimar lives in California - in Sausalito and at her Russian River Valley home above the vineyard. She also has a home in Stiges, Spain. Her hobbies include spending time with her daughter, skiing, horseback riding, jogging, biking and piano.

Family pride and integrity have enabled Torres to blend centuries-old traditions with the latest innovations to produce outstanding wines known the world over. Marimar herself has become a symbol of this heritage.

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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. 

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
22
to May 23

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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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
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
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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