I find people generally fall into one of two camps when it comes to food festivals: you either love em’ or you hate em’. And generally speaking, festivals in the city can be overcrowded, feel like a battle for tiny samples of food, and (since most take place during the summer months), really HOT.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the food festival I attended this month, New Taste of the Upper West Side, was the exception to all the above. While the line to get in was long (wrapping around the block!), it moved seriously fast, and we were inside in less than 10 minutes. (Kudos, staff!) The food tastings from 42 UWS restaurants were generous (after making the tent round we were seriously full–some tables, such as Shake Shack, even gave full sized burgers!) And best of all, the festival was located inside a tent, so attendees were saved from the June heat. Gold stars all around, New Taste of the UWS!
My favorite part of the festival was discovering new restaurants to dine at after the festivities were over. Based on the tastings, here’s the 5 UWS restaurants I can’t wait to try:
One of my favorite SF artists, musician/composer/songwriter Peter Whitehead is doing something really cool as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival which wrapped up last weekend, a mini music marathon! For eight hours, Peter held down Gallery 308, now filled with his instruments, and improvise with invited collaborators all afternoon and early evening.
Musical Mini Marathon with Peter Whitehead. Guest schedule below.
12.30 -1.00 David Samas – Instrument builder,collector – various unusual items & voice
1.30 – 2.00 Bart Hopkin – Renowned instrument builder and author – unique invented instruments
2.30 – 3.00 Daryl Henline – Composer, choir master – Voice, various instruments
3.00 – 3.30 David Molina – Multi instrumentalist, composer, builder
3.30 – 4.00 Patti Trimble – Bay Area Poet and writer.
4.30 – 5.00 Sudhu Tewari – Redesigned electronics, springs, looping, effects, noise.
5.30 – 6.00 Norman Rutherford – Viola da Gamba, bass clarinet, sonar and other instruments
6.30 – 7.00 Sarah Shelton Mann – Legendary SF Choreographer, teacher, performer, writer readings, dowsing
7.30 – 8.00 Stephen Kent – Didgeridoo virtuoso, multi instrumentalist and radio host.
This year was my first Watermark Conference,
a conference by women for women in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area ever year (see my announcement of this year’s event
earlier this Spring and my Q&A with Mallika Chopra
). Sadly, I was only able to duck in and out for a few hours, although among a few other magic moments, I managed to catch Annabel Gurwitch’s
talk who spoke about a myriad of things including Re-Invention,
which in her opinion is all about creating community, not competition.
What I love about the conference is it’s focus on women and all the issues we as women deal as we go through every decade. As a writer and a woman who struggles with both a career and my gender, I applaud her commitment to having a sisterhood, something I need to get better at and don’t spend enough time cultivating. We ALL NEED
to cultivate COMMUNITY!!
Photo credit: PublicTheater.org.
She has a writing group where they read each other’s work, give each other criticism and coach each other and from that “safe zone,”
she is able to hold herself accountable by going into an office every day. Like all…
A few fun things for your summer New York list, from food and culture to fabrics and walks in the park.
Recently, I had an itch to get creative one weekend, so naturally popped into Mood Fabrics
in the New York City’s Garment District . It’s definitely an experience to peruse through the jersey knits and buttons and feathers and other embellishments…a mecca for crafters, if you will!
Next up is Oficina Latina in SoHo
(with a 2 for 1 happy hour!) where author, Christine Reilly, joined us for our very own Q+A! Such a pleasure to get the point of view of the person behind the words. The book is a beautifully written tale about a family living in NYC, and covers themes ranging from strong family bonds, to mental illness, to the tough topic of what happens to a family if one of the children gets a life-threatening disease. It’s deep, but lyrical and filled with a lot of Heart.
Walks in Central Park
Summer seemed to sneak up on us early this month, and I’ve been enjoying every single second of…
The 24-hour day of insanity began at 8 am when the Gs picked us up in Banciao and we drove four hours straight to Kaohsiung
to attend the 7th Annual Kaohsiung Tattoo Convention, which was hosted this year by A-Tai from TOP-TATTOO Studio in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
We arrived early on Friday afternoon and by the time we arrived at the show, there was already some serious inking happening. The five male models in the second photo below were the main attraction on Friday. They were up on stage for the better part of an hour before taking a rest right across from the booth that I was getting my tattoo at.
These events are always popular and well attended. I have read that they are getting bigger every year, with a large portion of the proceeds from their admission sales going to charity organizations in Taiwan.
I have written about getting tattoos done in Taiwan in the past. I’ve added two new inks to the first tattoo that I got of a hummingbird at Needle
We were there at the Press Day on Monday at the beginning of the Chelsea week which is the start of the London social season and watching nightly on the BBC since I returned home has brought back to us both all the beauty and pleasure we experienced on that day. The sun shone, the sky was blue, the birds sang, London was looking beautiful and as was said centuries ago…. ‘If one is tired of London one is tired of Life!’ We most definitely are not tired of London and felt it a privilege and pleasure to be back once again on Press Day when there are few people and the great and the good visit followed by HM The Queen and the Royal Family.
This was a particularly good Chelsea Flower Show
and the emphasis on plants was strong which pleases me. I of course like garden statuary, sculpture, ornaments and furniture but most of all I love plants…. that is what it is, a celebration, the greatest celebration on the planet of flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses, vegetables, fruits from all over our beautiful Wonderful World. Old Luis Armstrong sang that song nearly 50…
is one of Latin America’s most progressive and innovative cities so, of course, I wanted to be in the heart of the action. The Charlee Hotel
definitely has an appealing location but just the icing on the cake. As a fairly low-key traveler, it was refreshing to find a hotel that had all my criterion for a perfect stay: central location, easy access to culture, eco-friendly and boutique in size. The Charlee blends into the city so well that I actually thought we had pulled up to posh restaurant when we first arrived. Surrounded by art galleries, quirky bars and luxe design studios, I was in my happy place for sure.
As if that wasn’t enough, I learned that the Charlee is both rooted in the arts and dedicated to eco-friendly initiatives. The hotel commissioned local street artists to paint murals in both the garage and in the stairwells so if you arrive sans car like I did, make sure to take the stairs! Considering how high-end the property is, I was pleasantly surprised how well graffiti and avant-garde art is integrated into the overall design. Pay close attention to the artwork on the various floors, too, as these exhibits feature both established and up-and-coming talent.
The San Francisco International Arts Festival
will take place through June 5 in San Francisco. This weekend CALI & Co and Matt El bring the HERE
show to the area guest collaborators Kyoungil Ong and Sooyeon Lyuh from the USA and Korea.
HERE captures the rapture of existence through a new piece de resistance by CALI & CO dance/Matt EL music with guest collaborators Kyoungil Ong/Ong Dance Company and Sooyeon Lyuh. HERE is a rare, creative amalgamation of identity and culture through traditional Korean dance and music with American modern dance and rock music. Coursing shadow and light through its structure, HERE seeks to highlight the beauty and soften the pain of existence.
It is a shared bill with Dana Lawton Dances at the Cowell Theater. More info including how to get tickets and background on other performances over the next couple of weeks can be found at www.sfiaf.org/.
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