Thursday: Bernal Author Beth Reichmuth Reads at Pinhole

You may recall that a few weeks ago, Bernalwood told you about Bernal Neighbor Beth Reichmuth, and her new book called I’m Jay, Let’s Play.

As you may also recall, I’m Jay, Let’s Play is a gender-fluid children’s book that models gender fluidity as a normal and delightful part of the lives of young children.

Now, on Thursday, June 15 from 4-5 pm, Neighbor Beth will do a reading from her book at the fabulous Pinhole Coffee (231 Cortland). Copies of I’m Jay, Let’s Play will be available for purchase at a discounted price of $15.

JoEllen Depakakibo, the much-appreciated proprietor of Pinhole Coffee, tells Bernalwood:

Pinhole Coffee is hosting an author reading of I’m Jay, Let’s Play by Beth Reichmuth this Thursday, June 15th 4p – 5p.

In addition, the weekend of June 17-18 and 24-25, Pinhole Coffee will be donating 100% of their revenue to LYRIC and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

PHOTO: Bernal author Beth Reichmuth, in situ at Pinhole Coffee, courtesy of Pinhole Coffee.

Sunday: Bernal Author Kelsey Crowe Reads at Heartfelt &

This Sunday, May 28 at 5 pm, Miss Darcy Lee from the fabulous Heartfelt & store on Cortland (at Bennington) will host Bernal neighbor and author Kelsey Crowe for a literary event.

Neighbor Darcy says:

Bernal author Kelsey Crowe will be reading excerpts from her book “There Is No Good Card For This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love.”

I will host a question and answer session.

This event will be held on Sunday May 28th, 5:00 pm at Heartfelt &, 409 Cortland Avenue.

Please come early, as space is limited.

PHOTO: Top, Bernal neighbor Kelsey Crowe with her new book

Bernal Author Publishing Gender-Fluid Book for Children

In June Bernal Neighbor Beth Reichmuth will release a gender-fluid children’s book she wrote, called I’m Jay, Let’s Play. Neighbor Beth tells Bernalwood:

The story itself is sweet, playful, and engaging to young children. The narrator, Jay, loves playing in the kitchen, driving dump trucks, twirling in skirts, and crashing tall towers. When a friend, Casey, notices Jay’s sparkly skirt with excitement, Jay surprises Casey by pulling an identical skirt out of their backpack to share. All of the children are then inspired to visit the dress up corner and have a party together.

I originally began writing I’m Jay, Let’s Play two years ago, when there were a couple of boys in my class that really liked wearing skirts and dresses, and the only books I could find that reflected them also addressed the teasing and bullying that, unfortunately, often happens in response. I wanted a book in my preschool classroom that simply showed that we should all get to wear the clothes that help us feel good– and one that modeled to all children a kinder (and more fun!) way to respond. Illustrator Nomy Lamm painted dynamic and energetic characters of varying skin tones and abilities playing together.

On June 3rd, I’ll be hosting a Book Launch and LGBT Family Pride Party at local San Francisco preschool, The Little School. Come hear a reading and celebrate with us! All are welcome and it would be great to see my Bernal neighbors there. Find more event info and reserve your free ticket here.

I’m Jay, Let’s Play will be available in June through local bookstores and on Amazon. To learn more, please visit ImJayLetsPlay.com .

PHOTO: Neighbor Beth Reichmuth

Wednesday: Celebrate Bernal Neighbor Kelsey Crowe’s New Book

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Neighbor Kelsey Crowe from Anderson Street has a new book out today, and it’s very timely.  Neighbor Mike, her husband, invites all Bernalese to the  book party tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Books Inc.:

My wife and Bernal resident Kelsey Crowe’s event next week for her new book There Is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love.

Here’s the book summary:

Written in a how-to, relatable, we’ve-all- been-there style, There Is No Good Card for This isn’t a spiritual treatise on how to make you a better person or a scientific argument about why compassion matters. Crowe and McDowell have created an essential illustrated guide to active compassion that takes you, step by step by step, past the paralysis of thinking about someone in a difficult time to actually doing something (or nothing) with good judgment instead of fear.

Kelsey will be at Books Inc Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.) on Wednesday evening, Jan 18 for a reading and Q&A — it should be a really nice event and all are very welcome!!

PHOTO: Courtesy of Neighbor Mike

Tuesday: Rockstar Artist Michael Gillette Talks About Making Art for Rockstars

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Last autumn, Bernalwood told you about Drawn in Stereo, the new book by Bernal neighbor Michael Gillette which showcases his remarkable work as an artist and animator.  This Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm, you can meet Neighbor Michael in person as he talks about his book at the Bernal Heights library.

Neighbor Michael says:

Hello Bernal and beyond!

I am giving a talk on my book, Drawn in Stereo at the Bernal Heights Library on Tuesday 12th of July @ 7pm.

The book is a retrospective focusing on my music-related illustrations, graphics, animations, and paintings from the last 25 years.

I will be discussing projects for the likes of: The Beastie Boys, Beck, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, James Bond, and Paul McCartney, in the context of life as an independent artist, based initially in Britain, but in Bernal for the last twelve years.

All are welcome, and the curious can check out the book here.

IMAGE: Courtesy of Michael Gilette

New Book Celebrates the Visual Career of Neighbor Michael Gillette

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When we last heard from Bernal neighbor Michael Gillette, he had just completed a trippy new video for My Morning Jacket that showcased his formidable skills as an artist and animator. At the time, however Bernalwood hadn’t realized that Neighbor Michael’s output is so extensive, so amazingly creative, and so closely tied to the music industry.

Now Neighbor Michael the focus of a gorgeous new book called Drawn in Stereo that’s a visual greatest-hits collection of his work:

Filled with selections from his entire career, Drawn in Stereo shares an eclectic display of artistic approaches, including gallery shows, sketchbooks, music video animation stills, and magazine contributions for the likes of; Spin, MOJO, Q, & the New Yorker.

Projects showcased include work for the Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney, MGMT, & Beck—among many others— Drawn in Stereo highlights Gillette’s ability to channel music into compelling visual art.

Featuring a foreword by Fred Deakin and an interview by Elastica’s Justine Frischmann, Drawn in Stereo reveals an inspired life, ranging from Britpop London and rooming with the Aphex Twin, to fifteen years of creativity in San Francisco.

In a message to Bernalwood, Neighbor Michael also shared these local notes:

About half of my career has been spent on Lundys, and I’d guess about 90% of the work in the book was made here.

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The book is a big deal for me as it gathers together work I’ve created over the the last 25 years. The focus is on music, as this has been a constant inspiration, and I’ve made a lot of imagery in service of that industry for folks such as Beck & The Beastie Boys to Paul McCartney and My Morning Jacket.

Also, a historical footnote: As a kid I loved Rick Griffin, and his work really helped set the course of my life. I found out not long ago, his purple patch designing Fillmore posters and the like took place on Elsie Street!

So much gorgeousness. Want a copy of Neighbor Michael’s sexxxy new book — for you, or for that special locavore on Santa’s list?  Get it right here.

Fabulous Bernal Editor Creating Cookbook to Feed Your People

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Scientific fun-fact: Food tastes better when you enjoy it with other people. The reverse is true too: Sharing food is a great way to get know people in a way that makes you care more about them.

With those profound truths in mind, Bernal Neighbor and editor Leslie Jonath has a crowdfunding campaign underway to publish  Feed Your People, a cookbook that will celebrate yummy food as a way to create stronger community.

(ROMANTIC DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: Neighbor Leslie is also my sweetie, and she’s asleep in bed upstairs as I write this now. Shhhhhh.)

Neighbor Leslie writes:

Feed Your People is a community-based cookbook with recipes for crowd-pleasing big batch cooking from warm-hearted cooks, chefs, community organizations, and grandmas for the foods we gather around — from backyard barbecues and soup suppers to hand-wrapped tamales, dumpling dinners, and seafood boils. Whether for a family reunion, a DIY wedding, holidays, memorials, non-profit fundraisers or a neighborhood block party, this book will inspire you and make cooking for your community a delicious, affordable, fun, memorable feast.

Despite the popularity of supper clubs, pop-up dinners, block parties, bake sales, and community dinners, there are very few books featuring recipes that scale for a crowd. Feed Your People will be co-authored with 18 Reasons, a beloved San Francisco based non-profit whose mission is to “empower our community with confidence and creativity to buy, cook, and eat good food every day” and published by Powerhouse Books.

If bringing great people together with great food sounds like your kind of thing, backing Neighbor Leslie’s campaign is just like pre-ordering a copy of the book — with the advance knowledge that the book will simply have with a loooooooooong delivery time.

Leslie explains what her book is all about in the video below, and you can contribute to Feed Your People here.