African Drums and Dance, Air Guitar Champs, Gee’s Bend Quilts, Bay Area BBQ and Opera

August 15, 2007

Renkoo Tip of the Week

To honor our new friends throughout the Facebook community, we’ve released a sampling of eclectic drinks from various points on the globe. Pass along a Colombian Aguardiente (gaaaah it burns!), Limoncello di Sorrento, Mezcal de Mexico, American Moonshine, or Caribbean Rum right out the other barrel. No problem!

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week… besides going to Amato’s Restaurant

The Penn
(University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is ending its Summer Wonder series for kids 6-12 and their families this week. The grand finale of this performance series is the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. All you need is a regular museum admission ticket and you’ll be mesmerized by the dancers and drummers who were inspired by their West African counterparts.

The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza is the proud host of this year’s U.S. Air Guitar Championships whose motto is “The axes are invisible. The chops are for real.” Bjorn Turoque is the official MC of this year’s entire tour. It’s never too early to prepare your entry for next year so choose a stage name and your 60-second song, then start preparing your routine. Until then, let’s see if Hot Lixx Hulahan will defend his title and represent the U.S. in Finland for the Worlds.

Until August 26th, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is featuring Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt. Gee’s Bend is a remote rural community in Alabama with quite a history and its African American women have been passing down patterns for generations. The style of quilting the women use is based on traditional American style, yet feature a geometric simplicity that brings to mind modern Art and Amish quilts. If you can’t get to the museum, you can spend a fascinating few matching the quilts to their makers on the Gee’s Bend website.

The Bay Area Barbeque Cook-Off is a quintessential summer affair with funnel cakes, cotton candy, peach cobbler and oh, what else? That’s right! Barbecued food, as in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and the infamous turkey leg. Hello smokin’ good time! Just remember, take the kids over to the giant slide before you hit the food booths. The cooking teams making an appearance at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend include Johnson’s BBQ, PorkyNBeans and Rasta Jones BBQ — all regulars on the National Ribfest circuit. Now, give me a rib!

Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by eucalyptus trees, is dedicated to providing free concerts each year. Today is the last performance of the 70th season, provided by the San Francisco Opera. Remember, Stern Grove is NOT in Golden Gate Park, but it is in San Francisco so wear layers. You can bring your own picnic, but not a barbecue. But you had enough of that yesterday anyway. Get there early to get a good seat, and relax — all those trees provide free aromatherapy so you won’t mind waiting for the free music to begin.

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