March Grotto Notes

On March 5, 2013, in Uncategorized, by classes

HOT OFF THE PRESSES FROM THE GROTTO!

Here’s what people have been writing about, as well as what people have been writing about us, for February/March 2013:

E.B. Boyd looks at Nextdoor, a new social network that connects you with your neighbors. http://w.sanfranmag.com/san-francisco/story/defend-your-startup-nextdoor

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman on some surprising differences between how men and women approach competition:  http://www.salon.com/2013/02/17/why_are_men_so_foolish/

Chris Colin tells the unlikely story of a tiny cattle town, settled in part by family, in the current issue of Afar: http://www.afar.com/magazine/a-lone-star-story

Christopher Cook explores the economics of San Francisco’s minimum wage in The Public Press: http://www.sfpublicpress.org

Mark Decena’s short film, “Where We Live” premieres in the nation’s capital at the DC Environmental Film Festival:

http://dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/films/show/977

Laura Fraser on Patagonia, Writer-in-Residence, Victoria magazine: March/April issue on the stands.

Alastair Gee on the drones taking to American skies in The Economist: http://econ.st/Xbjbmx

Alexandra Kostoulas’s short story, “Kalavrita: A Lament in Five Parts” appears in Œ¶œâŒΩŒ≠œÇ or Voices of Hellenism Anthology:  http://www.voicesofhellenism.org/current-issue.html

Jessica C. Kraft proposes using your brain’s natural patterns to change negative behaviors and create healthy new ones in Esperanza Magazine: http://www.hopetocope.com/Item.aspx/939/making-breaking-habits

Ethel Rohan reviews Stephanie LaCava’s intriguing memoir at Black Warrior Review: http://bwr.ua.edu/?p=987

Julia Flynn Siler profiles the designer behind the iconic wine labels of Harlan Estate, Opus One, and Domaine Chandon for the Wall Street Journal: http://www.juliaflynnsiler.com/articles

Lavinia Spalding explores the benefits of a primarily plant-based diet in the March issue of Yoga Journal, online and on newsstands now: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/3196

Bonnie Tsui looks at what turns Crip gang-leaders and Hamas freedom fighters to non-violence, and what can come of it:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/02/what-ex-gang-members-and-former-political-extremists-have-common/4681/

Ethan Watters on the strangeness of the western mind in Pacific Standard Magazine:

http://www.psmag.com/magazines/pacific-standard-cover-story/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135/

DON’T MISS READINGS FOR PO’S NEW BOOK AT BERKELEY ARTS & LECTURES AND BOOK PASSAGE

Grotto co-founder Po Bronson’s newest book is on fire! Copies of “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing” are selling out at bookstores, excerpts from the book are appearing everywhere, and Po and his co-author Ashley Merryman are in the midst of a tour of readings booked all over the country.

Just in case you missed Po’s reading and talk about his new book at the Commonwealth Club last week, he has two more literary evenings coming up in the Bay Area in the next couple of weeks.  The first is at Berkeley Arts & Lectures, on March 7, at 7:30; the second is at Book Passage in Corta Madera, on March 13, 7 p.m.   More details on these events as well as other local presentations can be found on Po’s blog at http://topdogbook.com/

CHECK OUT ETHAN’S LATEST – THE FEATURED COVER STORY FOR THE PACIFIC STANDARD

Don’t miss Grotto co-founder Ethan Watter’s latest, a fantastic featured cover story for the Pacific Standard. As one commenter remarked, “Outstanding perspective on a sensitive subject. I have long thought that focusing on an insistence on commonality between race because of guilt for colonial history was missing the point that there are cultural differences which do influence behavior. Now we have a valid framework to examine how cultural differences can collide and, through a proper examination of cultural difference, to begin to resolve problems that we have not had any mental equipment to figure out solutions to. These are groundbreaking ideas with so much promise to help us understand our divided world better.” (Jeremy Slawson) As Ethan notes, “It’s about how strange the western mind is.”  Read more about it here: http://www.psmag.com/magazines/pacific-standard-cover-story/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135/

SPRING WRITING CLASSES – HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

We have just (and we mean just) finished uploading our brand-spanking new selection of spring writing classes – all taught at our fabulous workspace in South Park. Lots of cool stuff – whether you’re looking to finally start that novel, want to dabble in flash fiction, work on memoir, or begin a nonfiction book. We’ve even got a couple of classes on just getting words on the page.

Our spring session officially opens on Sunday, April 14. But we advise you visit http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster, look over our classes, and sign up now. Grotto classes fill fast.

Just check out what they say about us on Yelp http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-francisco-writers-grotto-classes-san-francisco

HE WRITES AND HE SINGS! HELP CHRIS COLIN’S BAND WIN UPCOMING BATTLE OF THE BANDS ON MARCH 14!

Your life — something’s missing, right? Come solve all your problems on Thurs., March 14, as Baby & the Luvies compete to win the Haight Ashbury Street Fair Battle of the Bands. If they get the most and loudest support that night at the Milk Bar (1840 Haight St), they get to play at the actual Haight St Fair this summer. Stupid system? Totally! Is 11pm awfully late to hear a nine-piece soul band? Yes! Come on out. Big fun show. Chris will buy the loudest cheerer the drink of his or her choice.

http://www.facebook.com/events/316015605187104/

SHE WRITES AND SHE SINGS, TOO! DON’T MISS ZOE AT CAFE LEILA ON MARCH 30TH

Grottozian Zoe FitzGerald Carter will be performing original songs (and some covers) at Cafe Leila in Berkeley from 7:00 to 10:00 on March 30th with her new band, Do Wrong Right.

Cafe Leila’s web address: http://cafeleila.com

STILL A FEW SPOTS IN LAURA’S WRITING ADVENTURE IN UMBRIA, ITALY

La bella vita: There is still room in Grottoite Laura Fraser’s writing workshop and culinary adventure in Umbria, Italy, May 4-11. Special discount if you are share a room with a friend or two. Intimate setting, fabulous meals, cooking classes, 16th-century villa in the rolling countryside for hikes. http://www.eat-write-travel.com/umbria.html

LAST CHANCE FOR A BED ON THE BEACH: MOKULE’IA WRITERS RETREAT APRIL 7-12

Dream new narratives as the waves lull you to sleep. Write stories you didn’t know were in you, under the gentle guidance of Laura Fraser. Craft your pieces with the tips shared by University of Hawai‘i poet Steven Goldsberry. Let Connie Hale help you invent new structures for your stories. Listen to Puakea Nogelmeier recite poems in the Hawaiian language, and translate them into beautiful English. Travel back in time with musician Aaron Mahi, who shares legends about O‘ahu’s North Shore. All this plus meals, yoga, a remote beach, sea turtles, hikes to sacred sites, and the fellowship of other professional writers. April 7-12, 2013. $500-1000, all inclusive. Read the write-up in the San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/hawaii/alohafriday/article/Hawaii-camps-for-creativity-Island-settings-4298461.php

More information at http://www.campmokuleia.com/specialevents.html Be there. Aloha.

SAVE THE DATE FOR REGRETURATURE III – APRIL 25!

Everybody has to start somewhere – this is what happens when good writers start bad. Join us as we sheepishly read work that probably should never see the light of day, all for a good cause.

Thursday, April 25. 8 pm at the Swedish American Hall in SF. More embarrassing details to come…..

http://www.facebook.com/events/404300406311628/

And in case you missed it last year, here’s some shots capturing just how much fun it was last year‚Ķ
(shot of course, by the fabulous Chris Hardy)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lit-quake/sets/72157629452023856/

JULIA TALKS ABOUT “A THOUSAND LIVES” ON ON BAY SUNDAY AND GETS A GLOWING REVIEW IN SALON FOR “JESUS LAND”

Grotto dweller Julia Scheeres was interviewed on Bay Sunday about  A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown, which was recently released in paperback,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdSnGp7C4O4&list=UU_q32MIuxh3rjawg5iHteCQ, and Salon published a glowing review of the new audio book for her memoir, Jesus Land: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/14/losing_her_religion.

LOOK OUT FOR THE NEWEST FROM CHRIS IN THE SF PUBLIC PRESS AND THE PROGRESSIVE

Grottoite Christopher Cook has pieces coming out soon in the San Francisco Public Press and The Progressive. Meanwhile, he’s building up his communications consultancy, Progressive Message and taking on new clients. He’s currently helping Food First with its communications. Chris is getting promising praise for his new road memoir, Postcards for Kerouac, and is seeking the right agent or publisher for it (any tips welcome!). Chris is also now working as a professional tutor, and welcomes more clients. If you (or your kid) need help with writing, editing, proofreading or coaching, get in touch with him through his website, http://www.christopherdcook.com/

JD AWARDED THE JOHN H. HAUBERG FELLOWSHIP, LAUNCHES A NEW ARTS COMMISSION BOOK, AND MORE

Grottozian JD Beltran was just awarded the prestigious John H. Hauberg Fellowship for a studio residency at the internationally renowned glass arts Pilchuck School, north of Seattle. Initiated in 2001 to honor Pilchuck founder John H. Hauberg, the Fellowship brings established professional artists to collaborate, experiment, and create a professional body of work during two weeks in the spring. During the first half of May, JD will create new work combining film and video imagery with glass, and collaborate in projects with fellow residents. All of the fellows subsequently will exhibit the work in a show in San Francisco in the Fall. More information on the Hauberg Fellowship is here: http://pilchuck.com/residencies/hauberg_v2013.aspx

JD also has just been selected to be the curator of the Public Art Master Plan for the Yerba Buena Community Benefits District. She will be responsible for the selection of major permanent and temporary artworks for the Yerba Buena District, affecting the permanent city landscape in the main arts and museum district of the city of San Francisco.

In April 2013, the San Francisco Arts Commission will launch their new book publication “Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012,” by HeyDay Press (Berkeley 2013). JD Beltran co-authored the Foreword and authored the Postscript for the book, and as Interim Director and subsequently, President of the San Francisco Arts Commission, curated the featured photographers and co-edited and co-produced the book. See more about the book here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16670272-san-francisco

JD and collaborator Scott Minneman will launch their latest project, the Cinema Snowglobe, at the opening of the new Exploratorium on April 17th. This project also will be featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art during its closing weekend on June 1-2, 2013. Listen to an audio interview by The Kitchen Sisters about the making of the Cinema Snowglobe that was featured on KQED/NPR: http://blogs.kqed.org/makingof/stories/the-cinema-snowglobe/

More on recent news and information on JD’s work is at http://jdbeltran.com/news/news.html

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JD’s Art Picks for March 2013

FIRE SALE AT JAKUB CALUSEQUE’S OAKLAND STUDIO

Jakub Calouseque, the artist who did the fantastic mural at the Grotto and two paintings in Laura Fraser’s office, is having a kind of fire sale at his Oakland studio. Don’t miss it if you want to snag one of his fabulous pieces of art at a stupid price. March 16 and 17 – Saturday and Sunday Jakub‚Äôs open studio and Oakland Film Center Liquidation sale with 30 studios closing and disposing unwanted inventories. Come and join the fun that will culminate with John Behrens electrifying performance with Tesla coil arcing (Saturday at 6 PM only). More info at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oakland-Film-Center-Liquidation-Sale/513075368711455
or http://www.facebook.com/events/427639553981394/

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING AT THE DEYOUNG MUSEUM

Don’t miss a rare showing of one of the most beloved paintings in the world. “The heavily anticipated “Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis,” which opens Saturday at the de Young Museum, does not disappoint. It will remind visitors how great artworks can unstring our sense of time.” (Kenneth Baker) An intimate show that’s sure to be popular, you should get your tickets soon! Through June 2. De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. (415) 750-3600. http://www.deyoungmuseum.org.

“ABOUT FACE” AT PIER 24 EXTENDED

“About Face,” an exhibition now showing at the stunning Pier 24 photography gallery, focuses on the tradition of portrait-based photography. On view are nearly one thousand photographs drawn primarily from the Pilara Foundation’s permanent collection. “Revelations” – the Diane Arbus retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – inspired the purchase of the Foundation’s first photograph, a portrait from her challenging and emotive “Untitled” series. The emotional intensity characterizing this photograph has informed subsequent acquisitions for the collection, which are aptly highlighted by the huge, meditative gallery space. “About Face” encompasses wide-ranging approaches to portraiture from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day, from August Sander’s “Face of Our Time” to Richard Avedon’s “The Family,” to Jim Goldberg’s “Rich and Poor” and Larry Sultan’s “SF Society,” all of which consider the socio-economic divide in San Francisco. Through a series of 66 self-portraits by Lee Friedlander from the past 50 years, one encounters many of the themes that have come to characterize his practice. Self-examination is also the focal point in selected works by Cindy Sherman, Gillian Wearing, Yasumasa Morimura, and Tomoko Sawada, in which the artists alter their appearances to challenge traditional notions of identity. By advance appointment only. More information at http://www.pier24.org/exhibition/current.html

Guilty Pleasures: The Asian candy selection (and selection of Asian groceries in general) at Manila Oriental Market in the Excelsior District; the garlic shrimp plate and the chorizo tostada at La Corneta, some of the best Mexican food in the Mission; a heavenly slice of Meyer lemon pie at Mission Pie; and gawking at the woman who with plastic surgery turned herself into Barbie at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/23/the-real-life-ukrainian-barbie-doll/;

A good half of the art of living is resilience.

Alain de Botton

 

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