Dec
17
6:30 PM18:30

Polymer Clay Holiday 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 $15, 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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Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Natural Perfumery with Heather D’Angelo of Carta


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

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

Students will leave with a bottle of fragrance that they have developed under Heather’s guidance, as well as information about how to continue their exploration with fragrance at home.

No previous experience with fragrance design is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: For Ruby members, there is a materials fee of $30, payable at the start of class. For nonmembers, your materials fee is included in the price of your ticket. 

About Heather D’Angelo 

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

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

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Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Getting Grants with Cristiana Baik

As gifted artists and writers, many of us have amazing, game-changing projects that need seed funding, visibility, and support. It's not an easy process to seek out and secure funding, and although the application process is not often complicated, the writing itself can be laborious and intimidating, even discouraging.

During this workshop, Ruby member Cristiana Baik will provide some practical nuts-and-bolts tips related to grant writing: doing your due diligence, building realistic timelines, building your budget (and communicating your budget in a clear way to funders) and discussing the writing style that funding committees often look for in "winning" proposals. She'll also provide some basic templates related to grant proposals/narratives and budgets.

About Cristiana Baik

Cristiana Baik is a writer working and living in San Francisco. Currently, she works as the Director of Development for the Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS), one of the largest mental health agencies serving the Asian/Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area. She has been doing development and sustainability building work for nonprofits for more than a decade, having raised nearly $10 million in foundation grants and $30 million in government contracts for nonprofits in California, Minnesota and New York in the past five years. In the past, she has led grant writing efforts for arts-based nonprofits, including ART21 and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Jan
3
6:00 PM18:00

The Ruby Town Hall

Ruby members, let's gather together to continue discussing The Ruby: 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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Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Musical Showcase! Feat. Love Jerks, Heather D'Angelo, Silverware, and Gala

Join talented Ruby musicians — Rebecca Garza-Bortman, Heather D'Angelo, Ainsley Wagoner, and Claire Calderon — for a performance and Q&A (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

About Love Jerks

Love Jerks is a San Francisco duo who make dream-pop ballads and glam-rock anthems with a flair for the cinematic. The offspring of two lead singers—Bryan Garza of Scissors for Lefty (vocals, guitar) and Rebecca Garza-Bortman of Happy Fangs and My First Earthquake (vocals, bass)—the band was born when these two jerks, yes, fell in love. They met in a rock club; got married in a rock club; and somewhere in between they discovered a mutual affection for Grimes, The Pretenders, and French pop from the 1960s. Love Jerks is for anyone who’s ever gazed out a train window, starring in their own John Hughes movie in their head. (Maybe there’s a smidge of David Lynch.)

About Heather D’Angelo

Heather D'Angelo is a member of the indie dream-pop band, Au Revoir Simone, founded in Brooklyn in 2003. Au Revoir Simone has released four LPs and was recently featured on Twin Peaks: The Return. Since moving to San Francisco in 2015, Heather shifted creative gears and began to compose perfume; she launched her sustainable fragrance company, Carta, in 2017.

About Silverware

Led by Ainsley Wagoner and her ethereal voice, Silverware plays sparse, atmospheric, and bittersweet pop. Wagoner weaves lyrics on the feminine experience together with sounds inspired by her hometown of Lexington, KY. With a subtle but moving sound, Silverware gets the audience to tune in and feel all the feels.

About Gala

Gala (pronounced: GAH-LAH) is an acoustic indie folk-pop trio based in Oakland, CA with Roots in Chile, Guam, & the Philippines. Their music deals with themes of migration, justice, heartache, and resilience. Gala’s sound is magnetic, tender, and transportive often inspired by a long tradition of Chilean and South American folkloric music. Gala takes its name from a beloved furry friend who takes her name from Salvador Dalí’s muse. 

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Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

Works in Progress: The Ruby Show & Tell

Join us to share your works in progress. Read from a book in progress, show us your sketches, sing a few lines from a song in the works. We'd love to see (or hear/feel/smell/taste) what you're working on! If you'd like feedback on your projects, this is the perfect opportunity to share your work in a supportive setting. 

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Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

New Year, New Hustle

Are You Ready to Break Free from the 9 to 5 and Launch Your Big Dream?

If you’re ready to launch your side hustle in 2019, there are three things you need to do to begin your journey as a bonafide hustler. One, you need to abolish those negative and unhelpful thoughts that hold you back from moving forward. (Spoiler alert: “I don’t know where to begin.” is one of those unhelpful thoughts!) Two, you need to get creative in expanding your Vision. Three, you need to set small, strategic steps towards making your dream a reality.

In this workshop, New Year, New Hustle, you will learn how to:

  • Identify, acknowledge, and reframe the negative and unhelpful thoughts that are holding you back in all facets of life

  • Embrace creativity in developing the vision of your future hustle

  • Connect to your unique purpose and calling in regards to your dream

  • Notice when you are being overtaken by new negative thoughts, and learn quick tools for ‘shaking it out’ mid work-session

  • Create resonant action steps on how to move forward with your hustle.

  • Set accountability strategies to make sure 2019 is your best year yet

This workshop is perfect for any individual who has a desire to embark on a new dream or endeavor, but is feeling stuck in anxiety, fear, or overwhelm. Whether you are starting something new, or simply developing a new phase of your hustle, this workshop will have plenty of nuggets to propel you confidently into action in 2019.

About Gieselle Allen

Gieselle Allen, CPCC helps ambitious women boldy break out of the 9 to 5. She has helped dozens of individuals around the globe embark on a new chapter in their lives. Her clients have written books, started and scaled businesses, quit full-time jobs to become digital nomads, moved countries, and the list continues. Prior to coaching, Gieselle broke out of the 9 to 5 for the first time in 2014 when she became a freelance television producer and started her marketing consultancy. Now, instead of creating narratives for television and marketing, she empowers women to rewrite the narrative of their careers. She believes any woman can make their own bold leaps and to step fully into their power. When they believe it as well, Gieselle will be there to lovingly support them in the journey.

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Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

Feminist Reading Club: Sara Ahmed

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

Each month, we'll read a short article or several, and discuss it together, through the lens of intersectional feminism.  

For our January meeting, we'll read and discuss two essays by Sara Ahmed. 

  • Sara Ahmed, "No," feministkilljoys

  • Sara Ahmed, "Queer Use," feministkilljoys

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

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Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

QTPOC Mixer

Join us for a Queer & Trans People of Color mixer at The Ruby, co-hosted by Rubies Sana Javeri Kadri and Celeste Chan.

The Ruby is an arts & letters–focused work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women of all definitions. All are welcome with RSVP (regardless of membership status or gender identity.) No walk-ins, please; we will send you details about our location via email!

A note about accessibility: The Ruby has a set of stairs leading up to it; please email staff@therubysf.com to let us know if you require assistance, and we are happy to help!

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Jan
13
4:00 PM16:00

Do Something Dinner

Each month, at The Ruby hold Do Something Dinners where we gather with one another to engage with current topics facing our communities and take political action. Each dinner will focus on one or two specific issues; corresponding information about these issues and action items will be provided.

A wholesome dinner and nonalcoholic beverage will be provided (BYOB and wine — to share, if you are able!). We believe that gathering together as a community is at the foundation of sustained activism. The Ruby is a work and gathering space for women-identifying and nonbinary folks in the Bay Area. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised.

Do Something Dinners will be open to suggestions for specific actions (send them our way!), and may feature rotating guests. We will be addressing immediate political concerns with action and engagement. While these dinners will not require anyone commit to a certain political stance, all actions will be centered around creating equality for all peoples, and dismantling systems of oppression. While no political affiliation is required, these dinners are centered around resisting and dismantling white supremacy, the patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia/transphobia, attacks on religious and ethnic communities, etc. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated. We will be resisting many of this current administration’s policies, so be forewarned.

No experience of being politically active? Overwhelmed by all there is to be done? Not sure where to begin? No worries, these dinners are for you. We’ll provide info about the issues and actions you can take, whether it’s calling your reps, writing letter to elected officials, or organizing online or IRL. Join us, and bring your friends!

Suggestions for specific actions? Email us at staff@therubysf.com with the subject line “Do Something Dinners.”

PLEASE NOTE: Dinner is $10 for women-identifying/nonbinary nonmembers. We ask that Ruby members bring a drink to share, or contribute $10 to our supplies/meal costs.

And a note about accessibility: The Ruby is on the second floor and has a set of stairs leading up to it. Unfortunately we do not have an elevator. Please email staff@therubysf.com if you require assistance and we will be happy to help!

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Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

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 winter book is FRESHWATER by Akwaeke Emezi. We encourage you to pick up the book from a library or local bookstore: Alley Cat and Dog-Eared are two neighborhood favorites.

About Freshwater

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwateris a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves―now protective, now hedonistic―move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

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Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

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

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

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

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Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Single Moms Meetup: Purposeful, Positive Single Parenting

Are you, by choice or happenstance, parenting solo or planning to do so? Join other Rubies and friends of the Ruby for a theoretical and practical discussion about single motherhood.

Topics we might cover, depending on interest:

• parenting with intention, integrity, self-awareness, and presence; helping kids develop curiosity, confidence, and compassion; establishing a supportive home environment, appropriate boundaries, clear household rules, and effective everyday routines; fulfilling expectations and keeping promises in challenging situations

• cultivating joy and gratitude, prioritizing work/family balance, making time for yourself, creating a community of support

• finding your footing if you are newly single, helping kids adjust, developing and maintaining a positive co-parenting relationship and managing conflict in good faith

• feminist frameworks: non-traditional family structures and single parenting above, beyond, and in spite of patriarchy

• prejudice toward and stigmatization of parenting outside of marriage or coupledom; the impact on mothers and children of being seen as different, other, or secondary to normal

• intersections of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual preference, gender identity, and other forms of diversity with regard to single-parent households; the unique challenges for single mothers who fall outside of dominant or privileged categories

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Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Clear to Create: 6-Session Coaching Group with Kat Koh

Somewhere along the way, you may have absorbed the idea of the “tortured artist”: that creative work is hard, painful, and may prompt insanity and/or death. Van Gogh cut off his ear, Virginia Woolf drowned herself in a river, and then there’s all those musicians.

In this 6-session coaching group, you’ll gain powerful tools and skills to help you spend less time and energy “feeling blocked” and “working really hard” so you can direct it toward creative projects that really matter—within an intimate, supportive group of creative women.

As your coach, Ruby member Kat Koh will support you to see clearly the contributions you’re here to make, breakthrough your familiar stopping points, take action with ease and joy (instead of the familiar struggle), fully celebrate your successes (instead of moving on to the next thing), and create structure and clarity throughout the process.

As a group member, your role is to: be an engaged, willing partner with me and the group; be willing to look at things in a new way, which can sometimes be uncomfortable; to take action on the goals you have promised; and to bring something you’d like support on when it’s your turn to be coached.

What you will receive: 1 private coaching session with Kat, 6 group coaching sessions (2 hours each), unlimited text support from Kat, a cozy community of support, Group Chat, handouts of tools and views to support your practice.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must commit to attending all 6 sessions. This class will meet Thursday 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, (skip 2/14), 2/21, 2/28. The group is capped at 8 participants. Before registering, please ensure you can attend all 6 sessions and are willing to experience a transformation process in the presence of others.

TO APPLY TO REGISTER: Please book an interest chat so we can connect and see whether this group is the right thing at the right time for you.

***If you are not a Ruby member, please book an interest chat and email staff@therubysf.com with the subject line “Clear to Create Coaching Group” with a note introducing yourself. For non-members, there is a fee of $510.

About Kat Koh

Kat Koh is a coach for creatives, community lover/builder, and writer. An art history Ph.D. dropout from NYU Institute of Fine Arts, she’s worked in curatorial departments at MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and San Jose Museum of Art. Her favorite thing: directly supporting creatives to create with less anguish and despair. Her coach training is through Academy for Coaching Excellence, whose model constitutes some of the most rigorous accredited training in the industry. She loves to be in meditation, forests, and the kitchen, drizzling algae oil over everything and feeling great about her salt collection.

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Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

A Night with Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco

Join us for a reading and Q&A with Kim Shuck, the poet laureate of San Francisco. She'll read from her work and be in conversation with Ruby member and poet Thea Matthews.

About Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell and she spent many hours with her mother and grandmother wandering the Mission St. Miracle Mile, taking books out of the Mission Branch library and watching aquarium fish on the ground floor of what used to be Hale’s. She firmly believes in carrying a bubble wand, keys, pen and notebook and cat’s cradle string at all times.

Shuck is widely published in journals, anthologies and a couple of solo books. She enjoys volunteering in SFUSD elementary school classrooms to share her loves of origami, poetry and basket making… in other words, math of various kinds. Kim currently also works with students at the California College of Art in the Diversity Department.

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Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Erasure Poetry

Erasure is the act of erasing fragments of an existing text to create a new one. In this class, you'll physically "erase" books, magazines, Craigslist ads, and newspapers with markers, paints and scissors. Through guided instruction and exercises, you'll create your own erasure poems. No erasure or poetry experience necessary — all you need is curiosity!

About Bethany Kaylor

Bethany Kaylor is a writer and erasure poet in Berkeley. By day, she writes for RogueMark Studios, a small animation studio. By night, she erases and paints dogs.

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Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby

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

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

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

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

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Feb
13
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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Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Loving Poetry with Jennifer S. Cheng

This two-part series will meet February 21 and February 28, and is for anyone who is interested in reading, discussing, and/or writing poetry but is perhaps uncertain how to approach it. In “Poetry Is Not A Luxury,” Audre Lorde describes poetry as the essential “quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives,” and in Why Poetry, Matthew Zapruder says it is “getting close to the unsayable and feeling it.” In the first exploratory session, we will dip our toes by becoming familiar with various poetic and aesthetic concepts (such as duende, bewilderment, and negative capability) and discussing together what poetry is and why we read/write it. Then, in a second session, we will continue our conversation and experiment wildly with writing our own poems through non-intimidating guided exercises! By the end of our time, you will have discovered how poetry is a way of being and thinking that is inside all of us.

About Jennifer S. Cheng

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text forms. Her book MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems was selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of House A, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize and Invocation: An Essay, an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press. She received fellowships and awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco. www.jenniferscheng.com

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Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Green Rubies: Homemade All-Natural Cleaners

Come learn how to make effective, all-natural cleaning products with simple ingredients from your kitchen and medicine cabinet. After making your own, you probably won’t see the cleaning aisle at Target and Walgreens the same way. This is the first in an environmentalism event series at The Ruby called Green Rubies.

After this 2-hour class, you’ll walk away with:

  • countertop spray

  • all-purpose cleaner

  • dishwashing detergent (recipe and demo)

  • glass cleaner

  • toilet bowl cleaner

  • shower and sink scrub (recipe and demo)

We’ll begin with a 10-minute guided earth meditation. Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils will be available for infusing your cleaners with scent, but feel free to bring your favorites!

PLEASE NOTE: Materials fee is $10, payable at the start of class. Non-members, this cost is included in your ticket.

About Kat Koh

Kat Koh loves impactful environmentalism. She's been dedicated to “voting with her dollar” as much as possible after learning that earth-friendly purchases, the sharing economy, and adopting a DIY lifestyle send a powerful signal to the market. She started making her own household cleaners, de-odorizers and laundry solutions after re-connecting with the magical powers of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and salt.

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby!

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

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

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

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

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Mar
5
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 2/25 so we can divvy up the supplies to purchase. 

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Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Book Club

The Ruby's Poetry Book Club focuses on poetry, experimental genres, and hybrid forms that make their way into the world through independent, mostly small presses operating outside mainstream publishing. With a bias for writers of color, we will read and discuss an eclectic body of work by female authors. This group will make space for writers who are looking to expand their own practice, and non-writers: anyone with the desire to explore and support books that are unpredictable, subversive, idiosyncratic, and often overlooked.

Our first meeting will take place on the Thursday following the two-part Introduction to Loving Poetry workshop with Jennifer S. Cheng on February 21 and 28. We welcome you to sign up for both! 

Our inaugural book will be the poetry-prose hybrid, CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, the first book to be nominated in both poetry and criticism for the National Book Critics Circle Award. We'll have a copy available for checkout from The Ruby library, and we encourage you to purchase the book from a local bookstore: Alley Cat and Dog-Eared are two neighborhood favorites.

About CITIZEN

Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.

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Mar
13
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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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby!

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

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

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

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

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby!

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

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

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

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

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Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

Home Brew Party!

After weeks of waiting for our brew to ferment, we can finally enjoy our very own Ruby beer! Come hang with us at our winter beer potluck party!

We'll be joined by our mentor brewers, the wonderful Gwen Thompson and Molly O'Brien, and clink glasses full of Ruby winter brew! This is also a potluck picnic, so bring something to share with our beer loving community or contribute $10 for food/beer costs.

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Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Little Frances

Erin Pooley was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Before relocating to California she graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in Applied Wine Science. Erin has been making wine worldwide since 2007. 

Enamored with the nuance and intrigue of white wine with bottle age, Erin started her wine company in 2012 with Semillon from the Luchsinger Vineyard in Lake County, California. 

From the outset, Erin has subscribed to the philosophy of aging Semillon before release. These dry white wines develop a savoury complexity and depth fascinating to experience over years of cellaring. 

Erin has continued to produce Luchsinger Vineyard Semillon since 2012. Her third release, Little Frances is available now. 

littlefrances.com

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Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Member Potluck & Resource Party

Get to know fellow Ruby members at our potluck and resource party. We'll email you in advance with a spreadsheet to coordinate what dinner dishes to share.

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 Barbara Sher's 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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Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Wreath Making with Gina Rose of The Bloom Generation

Let's gather for an evening filled with flowers, mistletoe, and fun! In this seasonal offering, Gina from the Bloom Generation will be teaching the origins of the wreath and the how-to's of creating your own. You will make and take home a handmade holiday wreath.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $30, payable at the start of class. (Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.)

About Gina Rose

It all started with being a professional doodler: working with pens, paint, chalk, and charcoal, I mastered the craft of sign making. And then came calligraphy, and then my introduction to the event world. Then came the call to flowers, inspired by my mama, florist by trade, I began to learn. Certified in floral design, I have worked weddings, events, bridal parties, bachelorette parties, baby showers, holiday parties, and more. I also work with the natural healing powers of flowers, studying the language of flowers, flower baths, and more. I'm a certified yoga teacher and reiki healer, blending the magic of art and healing in my offerings. 

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

The Ruby's Holiday Craft Fair

The Ruby is hosting a pop-up holiday craft fair and party featuring local women and non-binary artisans!

We are transforming The Ruby into a holiday market full of locally made jewelry, accessories, home goods, clothing, art, packaged, food, and other giftables! Plus a Ruby bake sale, and coffee and mulled cider to warm you up. 

Our vendors include:

The cost of entry is $5, and includes one raffle ticket (additional tickets will be on sale at The Ruby on the day of) that enters you in a raffle to win something from one of our featured artisans. 50% of ticket proceeds will go toward The Ruby's Fellowship Fund, which will fund 10 full, year-long Ruby memberships for LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color who might not otherwise be able to afford a Ruby membership; the other 50% will go to Raphael House, a San Francisco–based organization that helps low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence.

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Giant Joint Book-Release Party!

We have a lot to celebrate! Join our resident Ruby authors in toasting the 2018 releases of 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), R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries), Georgia Freedman (Cooking South of the Clouds),  Anita Felicelli (Love Songs for a Lost Continent), Mia Malhotra (Isako Isako), and Caroline Paul (You Are Mighty)

Snacks & drinks provided, and books available for purchase.

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Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Mountain Tides Wine

Our goal is pretty simple: we want to learn and better understand the rich diversity of California’s landscape through the lens of the Petite Sirah grape, and through that process we want to make delicious wines that offer a new perspective of what Petite Sirah in California is capable of becoming.

One of our favorite things about California is that it contains a seemingly endless amount of distinct areas with their own plants, rocks, views, and people. If you drive one hour in five different directions, there is a good chance you will find yourself in five vastly different places. By focusing on the Petite Sirah grape, and by using a more hands-off winemaking approach, we can see how any of these unique places yields a completely unique wine.

We find Petite Sirah growing in vineyards in lesser-known areas of California, and each of these places has a story to tell and we do our best to listen and let that story come out as purely as possible.

mountaintideswine.com

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Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Motherhood & Daughterhood: A Roundtable Discussion

Join us for a roundtable discussion about "Motherhood & Daughterhood." Three sets of Ruby mothers and daughters — of different ages — will be at The Ruby to talk about their relationships, ups and downs, parenting (and being parented!), and intimacy. Let's talk about our own mother/daughter relationships — our particular approaches, challenges, and hopes.

You're welcome — and encouraged! — to bring your mother or daughter as a guest.

Food & drink will be provided. 

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Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Watercolor for Beginners with Jennie Lennick

Watercolor is a wonderful art form that is portable and easy! In this workshop, we will learn all the basics of painting with watercolor including different blending and layering techniques and how to compose an image. We will go over the ins and outs of choosing brushes and styles of watercolor paint (pan vs liquid watercolors), how to use watercolor pencils, and when to use waterproof pens while doing several exercises to get comfortable with the materials. Once everyone is ready, we will practice painting from a still life composed of fruits, plants, and other fun items! Everyone will go home with several finished paintings ready to adorn your walls and all the supplies you need to keep painting! 

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $20, 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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Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Demystifying Whiskey: How to Drink Like a Pro

The world of whiskey can feel daunting — how it's made, how to talk about it, what makes a brand better than another, and how it goes best in drinks — unless you have a framework to understand it. In this class, taught by Ruby member Shanna Farrell, you'll get a primer on the history of whiskey production in the U.S., learn the basics of what makes whiskey a bourbon, rye, or single malt, how to describe it, and some tips on how to order it in a cocktail. And you'll learn how to make a cocktail yourself, so you can whip up fantastic drinks for friends at home.

About Shanna Farrell

Shanna Farrell is an interviewer at UC Berkeley's Oral History Center, where she works on a wide variety of projects and specializes in contemporary cocktail culture. She is the author of Bay Area Cocktails.Her writing has appeared in Imbibe, PUNCH, Gravy, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Edible San Francisco.

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Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Co-Ed Trivia Night at The Ruby

Hosted by Ruby member/quiz master Sarah Chamberlain, Trivia Night at The Ruby gives you the chance to show off your smarts, win prizes, and raise money for a great cause. We'll have five rounds of trivia ranging from pop culture, to music, to history — all focused on women. This event is co-ed and open to guests!

You can round up your own squad, or join forces with other Rubies on the night of (6 team members max please). Food, drinks, and friendly competition await you!

Beer will be provided by Fort Point.

Ticket sales benefit Ruby neighbors La Casa de Las Madres.

PLEASE NOTE: Though tickets are free for members, we encourage a suggested donation of $10 for La Casa de Las Madres.

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Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Clothes: The Ruby's Clothing Swap!

Clothes! Do you have too many clothes? Are you failing to wear them, even though they’re perfectly usable? Does your wardrobe need reinvigoration? Should you probably not spend more money right now? Let your clothes bring joy into a new wearer’s life! And pick up some new-to-you clothes too. At The Ruby’s Clothing Swap, clothing will be hung onto racks and organized by type. (There will be no rifling, raccoon-like, through garbage bags!) Pick up a new outfit or four and feel good that your old clothes will find their way into a new home.

Bring your gently used clothing, shoes, and jewelry to The Ruby by Friday, November 30, so we can organize the items.

At 2 p.m., we'll have a discussion about clothes and fashion featuring Belle Bueti, Grace Lavery, Jillian Knox, and Candace Hynson, and moderated by Ruby Aku Ammah-Tagoe. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Ruby is an arts & letters–focused work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women of all definitions. All are welcome to this event with RSVP (regardless of membership status or gender identity). No walk-ins, please; we will send you details about our location via email!

About accessibility: The Ruby has a set of stairs leading up to it; please email staff@therubysf.com to let us know if you require assistance, and we can help. We truly apologize for this inconvenience, are saving up for a better solution, and welcome creative ideas. 

About our panelists

About Aku Ammah-Tagoe

Aku Ammah-Tagoe gets dressed every day, usually from her home in San Francisco. Sometimes she gets dressed to teach and research contemporary literature at Stanford; sometimes to work as a plus-sized model; sometimes to express an appreciation for clean lines, strong shapes, and bright colors.

About Belle Bueti 

Belle Bueti runs Body Philosophy Club, a vintage clothing business that explores existence by way of the everyday inhabiting of clothing — soft, itchy, tight, loose, short, long. While sourcing garments from homes around the Bay Area, Belle thinks about how people choose, wear and then one day part from a garment — how our bodies, and thereby our clothes, are containers for emotions, ideas, sensations. Belle has lived in the western reaches of San Francisco for seven years and currently runs Body Philosophy Club out of a small studio in the Outer Sunset. 

About Candace Hynson

Candace Hynson is a wardrobe stylist currently living and working in San Francisco. She has been working in the industry for over 8 years and working as a Lead Stylist since 2014. Prior to that she was studying fashion design and moonlighting as a pattern maker. She has collaborated with many brands here in the Bay Area such as Apple, Old Navy, Wal-Mart.com and ThredUp. 

Her work has also been featured in publications such as Solstice Magazine, The Atlas Magazine and Awkward World. When she's not on-set you can find her at the local flea marketing looking for a vintage find or planning her next excursion outside of the city. Her inspiration, just like her personal style, is eclectic. She has a thoughtful approach to styling and she's excited to bring her passion and creativity to any project that she works on. 

About Jillian Knox

Jillian Knox is a food and wardrobe stylist based in San Francisco. She got her start in 2009, after graduating from SCAD with a BFA in photography, when she opened Joules Jewels Vintage, an online vintage clothing store. She is a member of The Vintage Style Council and an advocate for sustainability and slow fashion. She has worked with brands such as Goodwill, Our Second Nature, John Fluevog, Zelma Rose, Land Rover, BRYR Clogs, Mohinders, Bon Appetit, MIXT, Boodles Gin, and more

About Grace Lavery 

Grace Lavery is an Assistant Professor of English at UC Berkeley, affiliated with the Programs in Critical Theory and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her first book, Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan is forthcoming early next year from Princeton University Press, and she is currently conducting research on a second book-length project on realism, psychoanalysis, and the rhetoric of technique from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. From time to time she also publishes public essays on free speech, trans issues, and related political themes. She is a Pisces, a Water Pig, an Enneagram Type 3 with a 2 wing, an ENTP, an Instagram junkie, and a transsexual woman.

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Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Rosie Friday at the WWII Home Front National Historical Park

Join us for a Ruby field trip! We'll be heading to the Rosie The Riveter World War II National Park in Richmond, California, for a Rosie Friday: We'll watch a film about the park, and hopefully meet some real-life Rosies. We'll wrap up the trip by getting some lunch and cider nearby. Join us! Carpool details and more to come.

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Nov
28
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. We will have pizza! Come for pizza and passion projects!

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Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Hormones, Fertility, Menopause, Egg freezing, & more with Modern Fertility

Join Dr. Erin Burke and the Modern Fertility team to talk through hormones, fertility, menopause, egg freezing and more.

We'll go over a quick overview of the female reproductive system (because for most of us it's been some time since we were in a sex-ed class!) and then a deep dive into hormones. What do they do in our body? Why are they so important? What do they tell us about fertility, family planning, and more? How can you measure your fertility to better plan your career, your goals, and your life in general? We go deep into the science of this so you can understand exactly what is happening in your body related to fertility, how to track it, and what this means for you and your goals.

After hormones we'll dive into the practical piece of all of this. How does egg freezing really work? What about IVF? What even is menopause, beyond hot flashes? We'll talk through all of this and more!

About Dr. Erin Burke

Dr. Erin Burke runs Research and Clinical Operations at Modern Fertility. She comes to us from Yale, where she completed her PhD in Biological Anthropology. As part of her doctorate, she was the lead researcher for the Yale Gay Father's Project where she tracked hormone changes in gay fathers.

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Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Radio Club

Are you a lover or maker of radio? Do you get fired up about shows you've heard and are burning to talk about them with like-minded people? Join the Ruby's new Radio Club!

We'll be meeting once a month to discuss an episode or a show together — what worked, what we might have done differently, how it fits into the broader world of audio, and, of course, the content of the show.

We're kicking off this first meeting with Season 2 of Scene on the Radio, which is all about gender. It's called MEN.

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Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

MONEY TALKS: Money Diaries & More

Let's talk about money! Money Talks is a new discussion series we're hosting at The Ruby: At "Money Talks," we'll talk all about what we should be talking about more. The goal is cultivating more consciousness and intentionality around money; the goal is fiscal empowerment! At Money Talks, we'll talk honestly and openly about money — how we approach it individually, what works for us and what doesn't, what we're worried about and what we're doing well. We'll look into various approaches to handling money, especially as artists and freelancers. We'll bring in speakers, read books, and discuss larger economic topics. And so much more!

For our first meeting, we'll be reading and discussing Money Diaries, the new book that comes from Refinery 29's very popular series. Pick up the book at The Ruby and come ready to discuss it! 

PLEASE NOTE: For Ruby members, the book is free with attendance ($15 without attendance).

About Money Diaries

Whether you read that viral Money Diary by the intern with an allowance or just got caught up in all the talk about it, you’re likely familiar with Money Diaries, edited by Refinery29’s Work & Money Director Lindsey Stanberry to give women the opportunity to reveal, and speak honestly about, the most intimate details of their financial lives.

In the Money Diaries series, women candidly share how they spend their money over seven days, allowing millions of readers to see the specifics diarists don’t even dare to share with loved ones. Enter REFINERY29 MONEY DIARIES: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Your Finances...And Everyone Else's (Sept. 4, 2018; Touchstone; Trade Paperback Original; $19.99; 978-1-5011-9799-4), where Lindsey presents ten brand-new diaries as the catalyst for hundreds of pages of accessible and actionable advice, providing an essential toolset to empower women to make the most of their money.

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Nov
16
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Theopolis Vineyards

This Happy Hour, join Theodora R. Lee from Theopolis Vineyards.

Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California’s prestigious Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley. Situated along Highway 128 in southeastern Mendocino County near the border of Sonoma County, the AVA is a highly elevated, rugged interior wine-growing area. Established in 2003, Wine Critic Robert Parker bestowed upon wine made from grapes harvested from Theopolis Vineyards a stellar rating of 94-96 points, a spectacular showing for the vintner’s first harvest in 2006.

Emboldened by the great fruit produced by the land, its owner and founder, Theodora R. Lee aka Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards, a bold and dynamic Texan and San Francisco trial lawyer, is now bottling her own award winning wines. In addition to bottling the richly intense and flavorful Petite Sirah and Rosé of Petite Sirah, Theopolis Vineyards strikes a lighter note by bottling a Symphony, a white wine, which is a crossing of Muscat and Grenache Gris. Theopolis Vineyards also bottles an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, a Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir and a Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir.

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Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Bay Area Women in Politics Panel and Conversation

Interested in politics? Fired up this election season? Join us for a panel discussion about politically active women in the Bay Area on Tuesday, November 13! San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim and Close the Gap Founder Mary Hughes will join Oral History Center Interviewer Amanda Tewes for a conversation about the challenges, successes, and history of women involved in local politics at every level. The Oral History Center is launching a project to record the life experiences of women from the Bay Area political scene, and this is your chance to give us input about the questions you think we should ask and the subject you'd like us to explore in the interviews.

Jane Kim is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She was previously a community organizer and civil rights attorney, and also served as President of the San Francisco Board of Education.

Mary Hughes is a longtime political consultant and founder of Close the Gap California, whose mission is "to achieve gender parity in the California legislature by 2028."

Amanda Tewes is an interviewer at the Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

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Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

A reading by Nicole Chung, The Ruby's November Writer in Residence

Nicole Chung, author of the memoir, All You Can Ever Know (Catapult, 2018), is The Ruby's November 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 All You Can Ever Know

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

About Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung’s debut memoir All You Can Ever Know will be published on October 2, 2018. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Shondaland, ELLE, Longreads, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and Hazlitt, among others. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. Find her on Twitter @nicole_soojung.

nicolechung.net

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Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Spirit Horse Vineyards

This Happy Hour, join Heather Rader from Spirit Horse wines.

Spirit Horse wines is a boutique winery that prides itself on creating beautiful, one of a kind wines while empowering the local communities from which the grapes are sourced.

We believe that strength of character, giving back and education are the values that empower the world. As a 100% Woman Owned Winery, we believe wine is one of the most beautiful catalysts to empower these values and be an advocate for change in the world, one sip at a time.

Grown on the steep hillsides of Calistoga high above the Silverado Trail, our boutique, limited production wines allow you to transcend the physical world in the here and now and experience the magnificent soul of the Spirit Horse.

Founder Heather Rader grew up in Ashland, Oregon and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Oregon, where she cultivated a fascination for the coveted Pinot Noirs of that region in addition to other fine wines. After living and working in New York for the National Football League in their sponsorships division, she made the move to the Bay Area. She fell in love immediately with San Francisco and the wine regions surrounding it , where she worked in the corporate sector leading sales efforts at companies such as Monster.com, multiple start ups, and now her own boutique marketing company dedicated to serving other small, boutique wineries.

spirithorsevineyards.com

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Nov
9
3:30 PM15:30

Grainless Goodness: Holiday Baking and Beyond

It's baking season and going grainless doesn't mean sacrificing flavor. Join cookbook author Genevieve Ko as she demonstrates how to create delicious treats without wheat, answers your questions about baking and beyond, and shares some of her favorite holidays sweets. The recipes come from her book, Better Baking: Wholesome Ingredients, Delicious Desserts, in which she makes classic baked goods even tastier with great additions such as nuts, seeds, and fruits. The book will be for sale throughout this event (and make great gifts!).

About Genevieve Ko

Genevieve Ko is the author of Better Baking, named one of the best cookbooks of 2016 by The New York Times and epicurious. She is a food writer, recipe developer, and culinary consultant who has collaborated on many chefs' books, including the recently released Carla Hall's Soul Food. Her recipes and writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and Food & Wine, among others. She is the consulting food director of Shape magazine and lives in New York City with her family.

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Conversations on Creativity with Dreamers//Doers

Join the women of Dreamers // Doers for a night of casual conversation as we talk all things creativity. We'll be talking about how our creativity is currently flourishing, or falling short. We'll talk about how we get inspired, and troubleshoot what's getting in our way to fully realizing our creative potential. This will be a space for judgement-free, open conversation, and will be an opportunity to connect with amazing women. These conversations are always a lot of fun, a lot of heart, and full of inspiration. This event is open to Rubies, D//Ders, and friends.

Conversation will be guided by fellow Ruby & D//D member, Gieselle Allen.

What is Dreamers//Doers?

Dreamers//Doers is curated community of trailblazing women who dream big and do even bigger. Our community consists of a diverse group of entrepreneurial women. It’s a mix of female founders, women working at startups, and various other types of female creatives, creators and change-makers. What we all have in common is a burning desire to create and make a dent in this universe. We share the belief that so much more is possible if we join forces on our journeys. We know that being a woman means something different to each person. We are inclusive to all women regardless of biological gender, preferred pronouns or given names. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.dreamersdoers.me/

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

TEA & MASKS with London Tea Club & Moonlit Skincare

Join us for a relaxing evening of Tea & Masks as we discuss skincare, self-care, deep sleep and daily rituals.

Cecelia Lau of London Tea Club will be returning to the Ruby to brew up some caffeine-free infusions for you to enjoy, as Stephy Kim from Moonlit Skincare pampers you with their new line of face masks and signature oils.
PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place in The Ruby's upstairs loft. 

About Cecelia Lau

I grew up drinking tea with my family and started London Tea Club during my expat years in the UK. My own relationship with tea, and the farmers behind it, has deepened over time, and the tea club directly reflects my journey with this precious gift from nature. See more of my tea journey at @londonteaclub and www.londonteaclub.com 

About Stephy Kim

My first dive into the beauty industry was as one of the first interns at Birchbox. I've also worked for Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Obliphica, and L’Oréal-owned Kérastase and Shu Uemura. Before co-founding Moonlit with Kriszta Matyi, the combination of stress and late nights wreaked havoc on our skin and sleep routines. It was clear to us that the most restorative hours for skin were an after-thought in the beauty industry so we created a brand that is dedicated to overnight skincare and sleep wellness.

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Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Salve Making with Herbalist Bonnie Rose Weaver

Salve is a traditional ointment for cuts, bumps, scrapes, and bruises. An all-purpose remedy, it’s a must-have for any holistic apothecary. Learn to make this simple balm in a hands-on class, where we will review uses and benefits of each ingredient. Then, we will roll up our sleeves to learn the kitchen-witching magick of salve making. Learn tricks of the trade and leave with a jar of hand-made herbal goodness that is sure to sooth, protect, and heal for many moons to come. 

PLEASE NOTE: For Ruby members, there is $10 materials fee, payable at the start of class.

About Bonnie Rose Weaver

Bonnie Rose Weaver is a clinical herbalist, medicinal landscaper, and lifelong San Franciscan. She is an urban farmer, medicine maker, outdoor educator, and the author of Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis. She has studied the use and cultivation of medicinal plants at The Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, and Herb Pharm.  She is an artist of watercolor and clay. To book an appointment or to learn more visit bonnieroseweaver.com.

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Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

4-Week Oral History Workshop led by Shanna Farrell

Are you interested in longform interviews? Are you an interviewer looking to hone your skills? Have you ever been curious about exploring the lives of your family members? Here's your chance! Ruby member Shanna Farrell will be leading a 4-week oral history workshop that will dig into planning, conducting, and presenting a family oral history project.

The workshop will meet every Monday in November: November 5, 12, 19, 26.

Shanna will cover how to decide on interview themes, types of questions to ask, how to plan the interview, choosing the right setting, what type of equipment is best, recording formats, transcription, storage and archiving, and different uses of the interview. Each participant will be required to conduct at least one interview and commit to all four of the workshop classes. This workshop is designed for anyone, no matter their level of experience. 

About Shanna Farrell 

Shanna Farrell is an interviewer with UC Berkeley's Oral History Center and the author of Bay Area Cocktails. Her writing has appeared in Imbibe, Life &Thyme, PUNCH, The San Francisco Chronicle, Edible San Francisco, and The Oral History Review. Her audio work has appeared on Gravy and the Berkeley Remix. She holds an MA in Oral History from Columbia University and an Indisciplinary MA from NYU.

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