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San Francisco International Arts Festival: Peter Whitehead’s Mini Music Marathon

June 14, 2016 by  

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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.  



A Few Insights From Author Annabel Gurwitch @ Watermark

June 8, 2016 by  

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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…

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5 Fun Things to Explore in Manhattan This Summer

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A few fun things for your summer New York list, from food and culture to fabrics and walks in the park.

Mood Fabrics

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! 601958ab-57b6-4d7d-90e6-50e808b065ef

Oficina Latina

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. 5083d661-b773-4759-9ac2-fe44207150bb

Walks in Central Park

Summer seemed to sneak up on us early this month, and I’ve been enjoying every single second of…

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You’ll Love Medellín’s Charlee Hotel for its EcoFriendly & Hip Design

May 24, 2016 by  

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Medellín 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.

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New York City’s Tagines for Hookah & Belly Dancing

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How do you feel about kitschy restaurants?  You know, like the Christmas ornament overload at Rolf’s or the hot pepper twinkle light craziness at Panna II?  Yes, it’s completely over the top bordering on ridiculous, but I’m on the team that it’s completely fun, too. It’s no surprise I was a huge fan of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant skirting the neighborhoods of Times Square/The Garment District–two places locals usually try to avoid like the plague.  But there really are some gems in the area–don’t let the tourists have all the fun. What I liked best about Tagine was that it felt like so much more than a typical dinner–it was an experience.  If I tuned out the drunk Irish men at the bar (just examples of tourists having all that fun!), it was like being transported to Morocco for the night.  Twenty blocks away from my apartment but a world away. The service was so on point (my water glass never got less than half full), the food was delicious (get a tagine, obviously, as well as the Casablanca cous cous for your main, olive tapenade with their oven roasted bread to start, and baklava for dessert), the…

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The Culture, Grit & Graffiti of Colombia’s Medellin

April 30, 2016 by  

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My mind is still reeling from my recent trip to Colombia – so much creativity and so much color. If you didn’t get a chance to check out my Fashion Guide to Medellín, I highly recommend giving it a glance. There are so many talented local designers that are shaping the city into a fashion capital and the same can be said about the local artists that call Medellín home. Thanks to the insider knowledge I gained by being a guest at The Charlee Lifestyle Hotel, I learned that the street art scene is quite vibrant, even in comparison to other graffiti “capitals” throughout South America. In fact, the Charlee commissioned several artists to create graffiti-esque murals along the stairwell of the hotel and in their outdoor parking garage. There’s even a mural of a monkey on the building’s facade. Today’s post, however, is all about Comuna 13. Comuna 13 might be one of the poorest neighborhoods in Medellín but it’s full of personality and spirit. A lot of the deterioration started during the reign of drug lord, Pablo Escobar, thus causing many people to head to the hills…literally. Overpopulation led to other problems like electricity outages, sewage leaks and the like. That, and the…

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The Ultra-Style & Fashion Guide to Colombia’s Medellin

April 25, 2016 by  

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I was blown away by Medellín’s fashion scene and hopefully, you will be too after reading this style and glamour guide. During my stay at the ultra cool and eco-luxe Charlee Hotel, we trotted around town with one of Colombia’s top fashion influencers, Laura of Fashion Lessons. Since the Charlee is an upscale, boutique design hotel located in the heart of Medellín Colombia, it seemed fitting that we explore some of the independent designers who have helped shape the city into an emerging fashion capital. Whether you’re shopping for a new wardrobe or simply scrounging around for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, here are 8 must-know Colombian brands that are dominating Medellín’s fashion scene.

For Special Occasion: Andrés Pajón

Let’s start with the ultra-luxe label of the bunch. The Andrés Pajón brand was established in 2008 by Pajón and Cartagena, two highly creative designers and fashion enthusiasts, and they’ve been making fashion dreams come true ever since. Pajón is definitely inspired by elegant glamour like the type of gowns you’d see at the Oscars. Their Spring/Summer collection pays tribute to Medellín, as seen in the bright garment colors and intricate flower patterns. Well-designed and expertly executed, one of his gowns is well-worth the splurge. As gorgeous as his evening wear…

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Tom Rook’s Hao Haus Gallery Exhibit in Taiwan

April 15, 2016 by  

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In late March, we visited our friend Tom Rook at his art exhibit at HaoHaus in Taipei.  His original series of hand-drawn maps of cities in Taiwan are gaining a lot of attention from art lovers all over Taiwan, but his newest series of insect and city drawings have created a real buzz in the city lately. In fact, his “Dragonflies” illustration is being exhibited at Art Revolution Taipei between April 21st and 25th. It has been chosen as a finalist for the International Artist Grand Prize at Art Revolution Taipei! This is the second show we have attended to see Tom’s work. Both exhibits have been a wonderful way for us to learn about someone who has been in our lives for a long time. I have written about Tom before. He was one of the very first teachers I worked with in 2010 when I joined Reach To Teach and we have become good friends over the years. Tom is a British cartographer and self-taught artist who creates mostly in pencil, pen, and ink. His drawings of cities and urban changes in Taiwan and from his homeland are incredibly detailed. You can get lost in his artwork. Every time I look at…

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