Upcoming Events: East Bay

Tue 8/25

Image - Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Representing California’s 11th District

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Representing California’s 11th District

Date: Tue, August 25, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Mark DeSaulnier, Member of U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA)
In conversation with Josh Richman, Political Reporter, Bay Area News Group; Twitter: @Josh_Richman

This past January, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier was sworn in as a member of the 114th Congress, representing California’s 11th District and a majority of Contra Costa County. Since taking office, he has already voted on a number of significant bills, including fast-track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership and approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Prior to moving to Capitol Hill, congressman DeSaulnier served the public in a variety of roles, including as Concord city councilmember, mayor, Contra Costa county supervisor, California state assemblyman and California state senator.

Join your new local congressman as he discusses his freshman year on the Hill, upcoming legislation, and important issues such as gun violence prevention, retirement security and climate change.

Thu 8/27

Image - Music from the Inside Out: Film and Q&A
This event is Canceled

Music from the Inside Out: Film and Q&A

Date: Thu, August 27, 2015
Time: 6:45 PM
Special insight into musicians’ creative energies.

Cyrus Ginwala, Music Director, San Francisco State University

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation

Late filmmaker Daniel Anker won an Oscar nomination and Emmy for the 2001 film Scottsboro: An American Tragedy. Anker’s most personal film is his engaging documentary, Music from the Inside Out, released in 2004, about the Philadelphia Orchestra. Because Anker was a lifelong musician himself, his film offers special insight into musicians’ lives and their creative energies and illuminates further why music matters. The San Francisco Chronicle termed it, “Unforgettable! Beautiful and utterly entrancing!” and the Raleigh Observer found it “lifts the veil that separates musicians from their audiences.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see it on the big screen at Oakland’s New Parkway Theater, followed by a Q&A led by Cyrus Ginwala, music director at San Francisco State University, and including local orchestra musicians.

Wed 10/7

Image - The Way of Wanderlust with Travel Writer Don George

The Way of Wanderlust with Travel Writer Don George

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Don George, Travel Writer; Author, The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George

A professional travel writer and editor for the past four decades, Don George has explored the farthest corners of the world. In his new book, The Way of Wanderlust, George’s adventurous tales over the last 40 years—climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, ascending Yosemite’s Half Dome, a moving homestay experience in Cambodia—come together in one inspiring volume. The former travel editor for the San Francisco Examiner and SF Chronicle, George founded the Wanderlust section of Salon.com and was recently the global travel editor for Lonely Planet Publications. George’s work has appeared in numerous publications around the globe, and he is a frequent guest on NPR and CNN, among many other TV and radio outlets.

Don’t miss the chance to hear this award-winning travel expert reflect upon his global expeditions and reignite your wanderlust.

Thu 10/22

The Food Lab: Cooking with Science

Date: Thu, October 22, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Managing Culinary Director, Serious Eats; Author, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

Food Lit event underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Ever wondered how to pan-fry the perfect medium-rare steak, or roast a succulent, moist turkey? In The Food Lab, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt explores the science of cooking, delving into the interactions between heat, energy and molecules that create the dishes we all know and love. The managing culinary director of Serious Eats and author of the James Beard Award-nominated column “The Food Lab,” Kenji shows how to achieve better food using new, simple techniques in hundreds of easy-to-make recipes. Join Kenji as he reveals his best tricks and tips in the kitchen and become the master of the two-minute Hollandaise sauce, the creamiest potato casserole and much more.

Thu 12/3

Chef Joanne Weir in Conversation with Chef Gary Danko

Date: Thu, December 03, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Joanne Weir, Chef and Owner, Copita Tequileria y Comida; Host, "Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence"; James Beard Award Winner for Best Cookbook, 2005; Author, Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food
In conversation with Gary Danko, Chef and Principal, Restaurant Gary Danko; James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef-California, 1995 and Best New Restaurant, 2000

Food Lit event underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Chef, cooking instructor, and television host Joanne Weir has inspired legions of home cooks across the globe with her California-Mediterranean cuisine. In Kitchen Gypsy, the James Beard Award-winning author offers the recipes and lessons that have shaped her culinary career, including the 140-year-old lighting cake recipe handed down from her great-grandmother. The author of more than 20 cookbooks and the host of two popular PBS series, Chef Weir is the recipient of numerous awards, including the very first IACP Julia Child Cooking Teacher Award of Excellence and the 2005 James Beard Best Cookbook award for Weir Cooking in the City.

Join these two powerhouse chefs as Weir takes a trip down culinary memory lane, sharing stories from her days cooking with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, traveling and teaching throughout Europe and becoming the California chef she is today.