Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for The Old Drift

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

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

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

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Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

The Ruby Café / Cantina

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

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

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Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Polymer Clay Workshop with Kathryn Jaller

It goes by many names—Sculpey, Fimo, Premo—and it’s an exceptionally easy-to-use sculpture material. Get the time and materials to whip up some colorful gifts, ornaments, or other decorations. Learn how to use a familiar material a new way, or just come and play.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $20, payable at the start of class. Nonmembers, this is included in the cost of your ticket!

About Kathryn Jaller

Kathryn Jaller develops content, campaigns, and experiences for creative brands and business. Most recently she led the digital team at Chronicle Books and prior to produced content of all kinds at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. She’s also an avid maker who has shown at West Coast Craft and her recent Necklace Aura Reading project about the intersection of identity, anxiety, and fashion was featured by Kickstarter. See her other creations at freundthings.co.

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Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Hubba Wines

Join us for Happy Hour (And A Half) with Riley Hubbard of Hubba Wines.

Riley Hubbard’s journey as a winemaker spans all corners of the world and her wines are a reflection of a myriad of influences, education, and experience. Born and raised in San Diego, Riley received a degree in Ag Business with a minor in Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

During her time at Cal Poly, she began her career in wine in Paso Robles at L’Aventure Winery under the tutelage of rogue winemaker Stephan Asseo. From working the tasting room, harvest production, to vineyard work, Hubbard immersed herself in the boutique winery’s lifestyle and lived on the property for a few years.

Building on her experience from L’Aventure, Riley moved to the Barossa Valley of Australia and worked a harvest at Torbreck Winery. Committed to learning more, she then moved to Montpellier, France and began working on her Master’s Degree with the Vinafera Euromaster program. She studied in France, worked at Domaine d'Aupilhac in Montpeyroux, France and finished her degree in Udine, Italy in the heart of the Friuli region.

Her love of the Central Coast of California called her back to the Paso Robles region where she worked as assistant winemaker at Law Estate wines and is currently the assistant winemaker under Vailia From at Desparada Wines and consulting for Monochrome Wines.

Hubba wines are a reflection of Riley’s international influences, inspiration from friends and family, and her never-ending wanderlust. Share these wines with friends, family, food, and whatever the day brings.

Spring 2019 Releases

2018 Mutha- 100% Chardonnay. Vineyards: 59% Massa Estate (Monterey County) and 41% Bien Nacido Vineyards (Santa Maria Valley). AVA: Central Coast. 130 cases made. ABV: 13.90%

2017 Dreamland- 75% Grenache from Chelle Mountain (York Mountain) and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from Star Lane (Happy Canyon). AVA: Central Coast. 96 cases made. ABV: 15.70%

2017 Mushroomhead- 69% Carignan from Jack Knife (Paso Robles) and 31% Syrah from Bassetti (Cambria). AVA: Central Coast 77 cases made. ABV: 14.50%
2017 The Eskimo- 67% Cabernet Sauvignon from Star Lane (Happy Canyon) and 33% Syrah from Bassetti (Cambria). AVA: Central Coast 72 cases made. ABV: 14.70%

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Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Series: 1. Papel Picado

In collaboration with The Ruby and The Marigold ProjectThe Mexican Museum is sponsoring a series of Dia de los Muertos Altar Building workshops: six weeks of workshops, where we will learn about one element of the altar each week. Alejandra Ramirez, an educator for The Mexican Museum, and one of our fellow Ruby members, will be leading us through this series to create an altar to place at The Festival Of Altars.

The Day of the Dead festivities in San Francisco brings all communities together to celebrate our most meaningful events: life, death, in community in one spirit. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars will have five altars — each is designed and built collaboratively by our artists and community in any and all disciplines. Each altar will represent an element, a universal symbol, and a stage of life. 

The Mexican Museum and The Ruby will be creating the the south altar that summons the element of fire, it is devoted to our ancestral youth, and its red-hot hues and triangle symbolize strength, art, poetry, passion and balance.

In the tradition of Indigenous people from all over the world you can help create sacred space over these six weeks leading to the day of the dead festivities.

For this workshop, the first in our series, we will be creating Papel Picado, cut-paper art. We will follow Chicana Artist Carmen Lomas Garza's book, Making Magic Windows: Creating Papel.

Other workshops below:

September 24. Workshop #1: Papel Picado (Cut-paper art) Workshop

October 1, Workshop #2: Sacred Hearts Repujado

October 10, Workshop #3: Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

October 17, Workshop #4: Paper Mache Food

October 24, Workshop #5: Sugar Skulls

October 29, Workshop #6: Pan de Muertos

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are open to women and nonbinary nonmembers. It is not necessary to commit to all six workshops. Thanks to our partners, this event is free, with no materials fee. Everyone will be able to collect their belongings the first week of November from The Ruby.

SAVE THE DATES

26th Annual Festival of Altars

Saturday, November 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

(Day of, Rubies can also bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to TMM's altar space)

Ritual Circle

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 6 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

37th Annual Processional Walk (by The Rescue Culture Collective)

Saturday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 22nd & Bryant

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Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong and Art Night at The Ruby!

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

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

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

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Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Vintage Latin Jazz Dance with Ashley Sarver

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

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

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

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

About Ashley Joy Sarver

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

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

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

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Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Series: 2. Sacred Hearts Repujado

In collaboration with The Ruby and The Marigold ProjectThe Mexican Museum is sponsoring a series of Dia de los Muertos Altar Building workshops: six weeks of workshops, where we will learn about one element of the altar each week. Alejandra Ramirez, an educator for The Mexican Museum, and one of our fellow Ruby members, will be leading us through this series to create an altar to place at The Festival Of Altars.

The Day of the Dead festivities in San Francisco brings all communities together to celebrate our most meaningful events: life, death, in community in one spirit. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars will have five altars — each is designed and built collaboratively by our artists and community in any and all disciplines. Each altar will represent an element, a universal symbol, and a stage of life. 

The Mexican Museum and The Ruby will be creating the the south altar that summons the element of fire, it is devoted to our ancestral youth, and its red-hot hues and triangle symbolize strength, art, poetry, passion and balance.

In the tradition of Indigenous people from all over the world you can help create sacred space over these six weeks leading to the day of the dead festivities.

For this workshop, the second in our series, we will be decorating Sacred Hearts Repujado.

Other workshops below:

September 24. Workshop #1: Papel Picado (Cut-paper art) Workshop

October 1, Workshop #2: Sacred Hearts Repujado

October 10, Workshop #3: Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

October 17, Workshop #4: Paper Mache Food

October 24, Workshop #5: Sugar Skulls

October 29, Workshop #6: Pan de Muertos

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are open to women and nonbinary nonmembers. It is not necessary to commit to all six workshops. Thanks to our partners, this event is free, with no materials fee. Everyone will be able to collect their belongings the first week of November from The Ruby.

SAVE THE DATES

26th Annual Festival of Altars

Saturday, November 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

(Day of, Rubies can also bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to TMM's altar space)

Ritual Circle

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 6 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

37th Annual Processional Walk (by The Rescue Culture Collective)

Saturday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 22nd & Bryant

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Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Using The Enneagram to Navigate Relationships

Relationships can be great sources for connection and grounding… and there are moments of confusion and frustration. The Enneagram is one tool that may bring clarity, understanding, and compassion for our loved ones during hard moments or seasons. In this workshop we’ll explore what motivations, fears, and gifts each Enneagram type brings to their relationships — so we can better understand others as well as ourselves. We’ll also talk practically about how to handle friction and conflict, as well as ways to express appreciation or affection for each type.

Before attending the session, participants are encouraged to visit the Enneagram Institute website to read through the nine type descriptions and identify which one they resonate with the most, this is likely your “Core Type”. 

Participants are also encouraged to select a relationship to focus on for the workshop. If you feel comfortable, invite this person to identify their Enneagram type. If you and your person read through the types and still aren’t sure, that’s ok — it’s not 100% clear for everyone. But please read through the types and bring your questions to the session.

About Dani Scoville

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

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Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Side Project Support Group

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

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

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

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Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Series: 3. Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

In collaboration with The Ruby and The Marigold ProjectThe Mexican Museum is sponsoring a series of Dia de los Muertos Altar Building workshops: six weeks of workshops, where we will learn about one element of the altar each week. Alejandra Ramirez, an educator for The Mexican Museum, and one of our fellow Ruby members, will be leading us through this series to create an altar to place at The Festival Of Altars.

The Day of the Dead festivities in San Francisco brings all communities together to celebrate our most meaningful events: life, death, in community in one spirit. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars will have five altars — each is designed and built collaboratively by our artists and community in any and all disciplines. Each altar will represent an element, a universal symbol, and a stage of life. 

The Mexican Museum and The Ruby will be creating the the south altar that summons the element of fire, it is devoted to our ancestral youth, and its red-hot hues and triangle symbolize strength, art, poetry, passion and balance.

In the tradition of Indigenous people from all over the world you can help create sacred space over these six weeks leading to the day of the dead festivities.

For this workshop, the third in our series, we will be Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking (with styrofoam prints). Attendees can bring photocopies of who/what they're honoring, poetry, etc.

Other workshops below:

September 24. Workshop #1: Papel Picado (Cut-paper art) Workshop

October 1, Workshop #2: Sacred Hearts Repujado

October 10, Workshop #3: Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

October 17, Workshop #4: Paper Mache Food

October 24, Workshop #5: Sugar Skulls

October 29, Workshop #6: Pan de Muertos

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are open to women and nonbinary nonmembers. It is not necessary to commit to all six workshops. Thanks to our partners, this event is free, with no materials fee. Everyone will be able to collect their belongings the first week of November from The Ruby.

SAVE THE DATES

26th Annual Festival of Altars

Saturday, November 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

(Day of, Rubies can also bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to TMM's altar space)

Ritual Circle

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 6 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

37th Annual Processional Walk (by The Rescue Culture Collective)

Saturday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 22nd & Bryant

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Oct
14
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 to 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 its 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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Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

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

We're introducing a new series at The Ruby called "PICK OUR BRAINS," bringing together individuals for whom the question "Can I pick your brain?" is frequently and relentlessly asked. While we love to be helpful — and we too were once in the position of just starting out — we also simply don'thave all the time in the world. Enter the "Pick Our Brains" event series. We'll be bringing together a few Rubies and friends of Rubies who are uniquely positioned in their fields, and able to offer insight to folks who want advice or are curious about what they do. We'll do this in a way that's maximally efficient, respectful of the brain pickees' time, and most importantly, fun.

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

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

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

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Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Series: 4. Paper Mache Food

In collaboration with The Ruby and The Marigold ProjectThe Mexican Museum is sponsoring a series of Dia de los Muertos Altar Building workshops: six weeks of workshops, where we will learn about one element of the altar each week. Alejandra Ramirez, an educator for The Mexican Museum, and one of our fellow Ruby members, will be leading us through this series to create an altar to place at The Festival Of Altars.

The Day of the Dead festivities in San Francisco brings all communities together to celebrate our most meaningful events: life, death, in community in one spirit. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars will have five altars — each is designed and built collaboratively by our artists and community in any and all disciplines. Each altar will represent an element, a universal symbol, and a stage of life. 

The Mexican Museum and The Ruby will be creating the the south altar that summons the element of fire, it is devoted to our ancestral youth, and its red-hot hues and triangle symbolize strength, art, poetry, passion and balance.

In the tradition of Indigenous people from all over the world you can help create sacred space over these six weeks leading to the day of the dead festivities.

For this workshop, the fourth in our series, we will each create a max 5x7 inches food model of choice to dry that day and paint. Alejandra will be reaching out to all attendees ahead of time to be prepared to assist with each model of their choice.

Other workshops below:

September 24. Workshop #1: Papel Picado (Cut-paper art) Workshop

October 1, Workshop #2: Sacred Hearts Repujado

October 10, Workshop #3: Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

October 17, Workshop #4: Paper Mache Food

October 24, Workshop #5: Sugar Skulls

October 29, Workshop #6: Pan de Muertos

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are open to women and nonbinary nonmembers. It is not necessary to commit to all six workshops. Thanks to our partners, this event is free, with no materials fee. Everyone will be able to collect their belongings the first week of November from The Ruby.

SAVE THE DATES

26th Annual Festival of Altars

Saturday, November 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

(Day of, Rubies can also bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to TMM's altar space)

Ritual Circle

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 6 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

37th Annual Processional Walk (by The Rescue Culture Collective)

Saturday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 22nd & Bryant

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Oct
19
to Oct 20

The Ruby's Fall WEEKEND RETREAT

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

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

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

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Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Series: 5. Sugar Skulls

In collaboration with The Ruby and The Marigold ProjectThe Mexican Museum is sponsoring a series of Dia de los Muertos Altar Building workshops: six weeks of workshops, where we will learn about one element of the altar each week. Alejandra Ramirez, an educator for The Mexican Museum, and one of our fellow Ruby members, will be leading us through this series to create an altar to place at The Festival Of Altars.

The Day of the Dead festivities in San Francisco brings all communities together to celebrate our most meaningful events: life, death, in community in one spirit. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars will have five altars — each is designed and built collaboratively by our artists and community in any and all disciplines. Each altar will represent an element, a universal symbol, and a stage of life. 

The Mexican Museum and The Ruby will be creating the the south altar that summons the element of fire, it is devoted to our ancestral youth, and its red-hot hues and triangle symbolize strength, art, poetry, passion and balance.

In the tradition of Indigenous people from all over the world you can help create sacred space over these six weeks leading to the day of the dead festivities.

For this workshop, the fifth in our series, we will be making and decorating sugar skulls. We will make our own in the workshop, but will decorate the ones that Alejandra brings in ready to go.

Other workshops below:

September 24. Workshop #1: Papel Picado (Cut-paper art) Workshop

October 1, Workshop #2: Sacred Hearts Repujado

October 10, Workshop #3: Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

October 17, Workshop #4: Paper Mache Food

October 24, Workshop #5: Sugar Skulls

October 29, Workshop #6: Pan de Muertos

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are open to women and nonbinary nonmembers. It is not necessary to commit to all six workshops. Thanks to our partners, this event is free, with no materials fee. Everyone will be able to collect their belongings the first week of November from The Ruby.

SAVE THE DATES

26th Annual Festival of Altars

Saturday, November 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

(Day of, Rubies can also bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to TMM's altar space)

Ritual Circle

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 6 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

37th Annual Processional Walk (by The Rescue Culture Collective)

Saturday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 22nd & Bryant

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Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Series: 6. Pan de Muertos

In collaboration with The Ruby and The Marigold ProjectThe Mexican Museum is sponsoring a series of Dia de los Muertos Altar Building workshops: six weeks of workshops, where we will learn about one element of the altar each week. Alejandra Ramirez, an educator for The Mexican Museum, and one of our fellow Ruby members, will be leading us through this series to create an altar to place at The Festival Of Altars.

The Day of the Dead festivities in San Francisco brings all communities together to celebrate our most meaningful events: life, death, in community in one spirit. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars will have five altars — each is designed and built collaboratively by our artists and community in any and all disciplines. Each altar will represent an element, a universal symbol, and a stage of life. 

The Mexican Museum and The Ruby will be creating the the south altar that summons the element of fire, it is devoted to our ancestral youth, and its red-hot hues and triangle symbolize strength, art, poetry, passion and balance.

In the tradition of Indigenous people from all over the world you can help create sacred space over these six weeks leading to the day of the dead festivities.

For this workshop, the last in our series, each attendee will make their own pan de muertos for the altar and we will share one at the end with a chocolate/or cafe de olla.

Other workshops below:

September 24. Workshop #1: Papel Picado (Cut-paper art) Workshop

October 1, Workshop #2: Sacred Hearts Repujado

October 10, Workshop #3: Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

October 17, Workshop #4: Paper Mache Food

October 24, Workshop #5: Sugar Skulls

October 29, Workshop #6: Pan de Muertos

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are open to women and nonbinary nonmembers. It is not necessary to commit to all six workshops. Thanks to our partners, this event is free, with no materials fee. Everyone will be able to collect their belongings the first week of November from The Ruby.

SAVE THE DATES

26th Annual Festival of Altars

Saturday, November 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

(Day of, Rubies can also bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to TMM's altar space)

Ritual Circle

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 6 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

37th Annual Processional Walk (by The Rescue Culture Collective)

Saturday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 22nd & Bryant

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Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS by Jami Attenberg: Book discussion with our Writer in Residence

Join us for a reading with Jami Attenberg, our November writer in residence, in celebration of her new book, All This Could Be Yours. Jami will be joined in conversation with author Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin, followed by casual audience question-and-answer session. Jami is the author of six books: Instant LoveThe Kept ManThe Melting Season, New York Times bestseller The MiddlesteinsSaint Mazie, and national bestseller All Grown Up, which was published in March 2017 in the US and the UK, and in Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Russia, China, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal and Hungary in 2018. Her seventh book, All This Could Be Yours, will be published on October 22, 2019. 

The Ruby is an arts & letters–focused work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women of all definitions. 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. 

***Ruby members, thanks to HMH, the first of you to sign up will get a free copy of All This Could Be Yours (while supplies last!)

About ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS: From critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer

“If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am,” says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex—a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister--feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra.

As Barbra fends off Alex’s unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex’s brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary’s wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor’s history, they must figure out a way to move forward—with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to—maybe, hopefully—break free. With her signature “sparkling prose” (Marie Claire) and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age.

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Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

HOW TO DO NOTHING by Jenny Odell: Book Discussion and Author Visit!

"I’m suggesting that we protect our spaces and our time for non-instrumental, noncommercial activity and thought, for maintenance, for care, for conviviality." —Jenny Odell

Join us in reading HOW TO DO NOTHING by Jenny Odell and discussing it together! Because this book has resonated deeply with so many of us here at The Ruby (and, indeed, speaks so much to the mission of our space itself!), here's a chance to discuss it all together as a group. The author, Bay Area native Jenny Odell, will join us for part of the discussion! Come with your questions and thoughts.

Thanks to the generosity of Melville House, the first 7 Rubies who sign up will receive a free book! (If you already own the book, please let us know so we can pass it along to someone who doesn't yet!)

For a taste of the book, check out Jenny Odell's Medium post: https://medium.com/@the_jennitaur/how-to-do-nothing-57e100f59bbb

"To capitalist logic, which thrives on myopia and dissatisfaction, there may indeed be something dangerous about something as pedestrian as doing nothing: escaping laterally toward each other, we might just find that everything we wanted is already here."

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Sep
13
12:00 PM12:00

Three Gems Tea Tasting

Join Three Gems Tea for a tea tasting at The Ruby!

Three Gems is a new women-owned tea brand that believes in the everyday magic of a shared tea break. More than just sharing a sip, it’s a chance to kick back and catch up!

Three Gems's first-ever collection includes a range of direct trade + single origin oolongs, and a reimagined Chaozhou gong fu tea set made for modern tea breaks. They're proud to be working with small farms to bring you single origin, direct trade teas.

OUR SINGLE ORIGIN, DIRECT TRADE OOLONGS

In our first collection, we’re focusing exclusively on oolong teas. What makes oolong teas special? Technically all teas are created from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), but are processed differently to make everything from white teas to dark teas — kinda like how grapes function in making different wines!

Oolongs are made from semi-oxidized tea leaves, meaning they fall between the more commonly known green (unoxidized) and black (fully oxidized) teas. Tea farmers then roast the leaves to varying degrees. As you might guess, that leaves a whole lot of in-between space for oolongs to express themselves. And that’s exactly why we chose to focus on them first: their wide range of flavors — from bright & grassy to dark & toasty — are best appreciated gong fu style.

For a taste of Chaozhou’s favorite kind of oolong, dan cong, we’re partnering with the Huang family. High on the peaks of the famous Phoenix Mountain, the Huangs meticulously tend to tea bushes on their organic farm. After picking, they process and roast the leaves on-site to coax a dazzling array of fragrances from the oolongs.

Follow Three Gems on Instagram here and contribute to their Kickstarter campaign here.


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Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Guided Meditation & Herbal Tea with Kim Zitzow

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

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

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

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

About Kim Zitzow

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

www.realimaginaryarchive.com

studio collective: @mutualstores

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Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Side Project Support Group

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

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

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

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Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Glittering Cave (The Ruby's Film Series): The Watermelon Woman (1996)

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

Our first film was Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), the first in a mini-retrospective of Agnès Varda, a pioneering French director. Our second film will be The Watermelon Woman, a 1996 romantic comedy-drama film written, directed, and edited by Cheryl Dunye. Here are some links about "The Watermelon Woman" and Cheryl Dunye. https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/cheryl-dunye#_

https://www.indiewire.com/2016/11/cheryl-dunye-watermelon-woman-metrograph-interview-1201745774/

https://www.fandor.com/posts/the-watermelon-woman-at-twenty

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

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Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

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

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

About Monica Sok

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

About Breena Nuñez

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

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

About Annah Omune Sidigu

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

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

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

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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Couples Massage with Tina Taylor

This couples massage workshop is a co-ed event, and an experience in learning to receive fully and give freely. Come with a friend or partner. Tina will offer perspectives on communicating more confidently and listening without defensive, as well as massage exercises and protocol about shoulders, neck, scalp, hands, feet, and legs. You'll learn tools to massage longer, with more pressure while preserving energy and preventing injury.

Please:

  • Wear very comfortable and loose clothing. Sports/bra/Wide neck/ tank top/spaghetti straps are great for easy access to neck/shoulders.

  • Come clean and showered of possible; we'll be working on feet and in close proximity.

  • Yoga mats, blankets, pillows, or whatever will make you comfortable laying around on floors/chairs

  • Bring your own container (small mason jar, bottle, tuba-wear etc). Tina will provide a classic massage oil blend and coconut oil. (If you have any favorite oils for massage, please bring them!)

PLEASE NOTE: This is the beta group of Studio Touch, Tina's new couples massage workshops. A photographer will be present, taking photos for Tina's publicity materials. There is a materials fee of $15 per couple to cover refreshments for the evening (as well as massage oil for you to take home). (Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.) 

About Tina Taylor

Ruby member Tina Taylor has been practicing massage for 9 years. Trained in Tom Myer's Anatomy Trains, she incorporates the techniques of myofascial release into a deep tissue session. Goals are established to search for the source of pain, whether it be physical imbalances or trapped chronic holding patterns. The process includes expanding and realigning tissue, posture assessment, continuous breath work and strong communication to find a comfortable pressure that brings relief. On the other end of the spectrum, Tina can incorporate gentle, energetic and relaxing tactics to calm the nervous system and quiet the mind.

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Sashiko Mending with Jennie Lennick

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

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

About Jennie Lennick

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

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Aug
16
5:30 PM17:30

Milk & Cardamom: A Book Signing and Pop-Up Shop with Hetal Vasavada & Diaspora Co.

There will be Koolfi (Ice Cream inspired by Traditional Indian Kulfi!) by Koolfi Creamery and a selection of desserts from the book by Hetal!

About the book: From Brown Butter Ghee Shortbread Cookies to Pomegranate Curd Brownies, these decadently spiced, versatile recipes are a joy to make and share. Drawing inspiration from her Indian-American upbringing and experience on MasterChef, Hetal Vasavada infuses every creation with the flavors of her heritage.
About Diaspora Co. Cardamom: Direct-trade, pesticide-free, and super potent - Diaspora Co.'s newest spice offering is finally here, after 14 months of treasury hunting for the perfect farm to partner with!

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Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Side Project Support Group

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

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

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

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Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

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

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

About Trust Exercise

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

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

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

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Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

4-Week Creativity Series

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

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

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Jul
26
12:00 PM12:00

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

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

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

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Green Beauty DIY Skincare Workshop

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

About Julie Zigoris

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

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

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

PICK OUR BRAINS: Fiction Authors with Published Books!

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

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

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

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Jul
20
to Jul 21

The Ruby's Summer WEEKEND RETREAT

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

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

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

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Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

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

About Anna Furman

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

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Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ideas to consider, themes to notice.

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

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

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

About Leigh Patterson

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

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

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

— Sister Corita Kent

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Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

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

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

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

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Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

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

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

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Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong and Art Night at The Ruby!

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

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

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

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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Building A Sustainable Writing Practice with Melissa Graeber

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

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

About Melissa Graeber

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

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Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

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

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

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