Brava! Theater

11 10 2008

Did you know there’s a theater here in San Francisco just for us Urban Cowgirls?

I’ve seen so many wonderful, eclectic, colorful shows at Brava! Theater Center on 24th Street (at York) in the Mission District. The first event I went to there happened even before the space was officially re-opened, and we sat on bleachers in a dripping old theater. My friend JJ says she used to go to movies there when she was a kid for $0.10 a show!

In the last decade or so, the theater has been lovingly and beautifully renovated by people who are committed to the artistic expression of women, people of color, and youth, and to community transformation through the performing arts. By my measure, they’re doing a great job!

Events in the upcoming season include free writing workshops with Josephina Lopez, the author of Real Women Have Curves, a run of Friends, (no, not the sitcom; the 1964 Absurdist Classic written by Japanese playwright and novelist Kobo Abe), comedies, mariachis, healers, movies (try Harold and Maude on Valentine’s Day), classes, an all-day MLK celebration, music from around the world, and more more more!


A Very Colorful Day

8 09 2008

On Wednesday (but during the day, so you have time to go to the Story of Stuff event) you have the opportunity to attend a full day about designing with color. The House Beautiful Color Institute is open to public and professionals alike. In the morning you’ll hear panel discussions and a presentation by Stephen Drucker, Editor in Chief at House Beautiful. The afternoon will be full of informational seminars and showroom events hosted by top experts and designers. Sounds like a good day!

So if you love color and don’t have anything on your calendar Wednesday (9/10) (like, ahem, WORK) call 212-830-2997 or email to register for this FREE event at the SF Design Center Galleria, 101 Henry Adams Street.

Dwell Well: Alison’s Newsletter

7 08 2008


Every few months I put out Dwell Well, a newsletter that celebrates all the different ways we create beauty and order in our homes and work environments. To sign up, click on over to my website and you’ll see the sign-up box. Expect a new edition any day now!

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Fire! Fire! The Crucible

3 06 2008

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Last year my sister, Amy, took me to see “Romeo and Juliet” – only this was a special production: a fire opera at The Crucible! 


What is a fire opera?  Basically, a production choreographed with all the pyrotechnics you can imagine on a stage… flames shooting out of everything, a wave of fire ascending the stair banister, burning poi at around the edge of a whirling dervish’s skirt. It was fabulous!


Who would do such a thing? 


The Crucible is a huge converted warehouse in Oakland where lovers of the “fire arts” create, practice, teach, learn and play. They offer classes in glass blowing, jewelry making, blacksmithing, foundry, neon and light, welding, kinetics, and many other things.


They also host special events for the public, like the annual fire opera, and the Fire Arts Festival (this year it will be July 9-12).  Here are some pictures from the open house my friend Nicole took me to last week.


What do you have a secret — or not-so-secret — desire to make with fire?