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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Metal Plaster Wood show artworks

From Kirby, a loyal customer: Like Andrew, the spirit behind the metal works in this show, I enjoy sitting in the far corner, consider that "pirate's corner". The fact that Brandon's skullhead looks so straight out of Hollywood, except darker, has me feeling very Johnny Depp, not my usual, plus these other two creatures are just as goofy. As Joe already knows, I'm a sucker for "manga" (he pointed me in the right direction). The wooden pieces inspire me with feelings of health and honesty (truth in advertising). This multi-media show is both generous and family friendly. Don't think you have to be a Jungian psychologist to love it in here. Today was especially fun in that I put a hunk of Flextegrity next to the cash register, with Keiko's permission of course, and retreated to my corner. An aircraft inspector started checking it out with has flashlight and mirror. What fun! Also, Keiko gave me a peek at their private collection, some of the sketches the artists have left, other drawings. I've added those to my slideshow for Coffee Shops Network, where I'm the marketing chief.

Craft Night

Craft Night was fun with mellow meditative music by C. Tray and his flutes.
We had girls from last show (She's Crafty) drawing, Bree making earrings etc...
Thanks for coming! Keiko and Joe

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Glass in our Door

Many of you know about the unfortunate incident that happened few weeks ago and left us with a broken glass in our door.
We are doing our best to be a good neighbor and accomodate our customers' needs... but in some cases, there is nothing we can do... sad...
But yesterday, we had the glass replaced with a much safer glass by Trace and Joe.
Gary Burkhhart got the glass for some weeks supply of coffee :), and he also is the "guy" that fixed the "big front window" that was broken for almost a year.

Yes, some good friends we have...

Thank you all customers and friends for your support.
the broken glass- an interesting pattern... pretty cool, but unsafe and "scary!" .

the new one, like it is not even there!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Metal Plaster Wood Opening Reception

Metal Plaster Wood is a show curated by J.Shea9 exhibiting works by Andrew Kirk, Gabe Drecker and 78.
As many of you know, Andrew is one of our dear baristas who is leaving to Spain next week. He is leaving a “piece of him” at the shop for a while (about one month). If you have not seen it, you will be surprised with his amazing work.
Gabe has learned to work with plaster and resigns with his father. The plaster with the wood creates beautiful shapes and colors.
78 embraces the future with all the changing sky lines and cosmical creatures he imagines….
Here are some pictures of the opening reception. Soon, I will have the pictures of the artworks.

Thanks for supporting our shop!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Next Learning Groups...

Craft Night 5/20: 5 to 7 PM - Live flute music by C. Tray
We’ll have a craft night on May 20th between 5 and 7 PM. Come work in your individual projects: knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing etc… whatever you are working on and you can bring to the shop (sorry, no sewing or weaving machines, pottery wheels etc!).We will share our expertise, experiences, opinions etc…. Chat, eat, drink, and learn from each other.
Craft Night 5/20: 5 to 7 PM

Portuguese 5/28 – 12 to 2 pm
PORTUGUESE group will be Thursday, May 28th between noon and 2 pm.We had an amazing group last month. I hope you guys can come back! We will discuss the movie “Favela Rising”. I saw it a while ago and it is a great movie about a real story in Rio. It is another movie about the poverty in Brazil but in a positive way…. I thought. Let’s talk about it em PORTUGUES!

Breakfast in Japanese 6/3: 8:30 to 10 AM
We will meet June 3rd from 8:30 to 10 AM to speak in Japanese.If you are fluent and want to helps us… or is just starting to learn; come to join us for a coffee, tea, or muffin while you are practicing Japanese.In this second meeting, as suggested, we will prepare a short introduction about ourselves and home (“katte”) and/or tell a story about a trip (“ryoko”).

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Taiko classes

I am not sure if you all are familiar with the Japanese drum called "Taiko"... but I'd like to share with all our blog followers and readers that just a few blocks from us, at Richmond School, there are taiko classes available.

Kazuyo-san, who came to our Japanese learning group with her mother visiting from Japan, is the instructor.

She has a website with videos and more information... just check it out:

In the summer, we are planning to have some events outdoor and have a group playing taiko for us all! It will be so much fun!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Breakfast in Japanese

Japanese learning group was yesterday.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take some pictures…
There was a mix of beginners and fluent native speakers…. And some people in between, like me and Scott, who lived in Japan for 6.5 years!
For the next meeting, suggested by Emi-san and Yumiko-san, we will have everybody to talk about their “katte” (home/family) and some memorable “ryoko” (trip)…
We agreed that having some theme will allow everybody to prepare something to talk about with the group…. But you can come just to listen too if you feel like you are not ready to speak Japanese!
Thanks to the group, and especially to Emi, Aya, Yumiko, Kazuyo, and Keiko-san (Kazuyo's mother)! K

Sunday, May 3, 2009

craft night!

keiko and our friend bree hosted our very 1st craft/art night last week..........and it was good fun.........we had some crotchetiers.......knitters.....sewers
drawers....... painters.....and some collaboration was nice little get together...........with music to get crafty too..........we'll be sure to let you know of the next
craft/art night.........special thanks to bree for getting us motivated to get crafty........... 9

She's Crafty artworks