20×20, Twilight Dancing and the Brits, Bumbershoot to Hatch

August 29, 2007

Renkoo Tip of the Week

It’s time to toast the greatest invention since man/woman first drank from the distilled grain fountain of youth. Hooray for the martini glass! Get those lips a smackin’ with a high brow sip of our featured drinks: Blue Martini, Chocolate Martini, Cosmopolitan, Martini with Twist, and (of course) Monkey’s Lunch. Other new drinks include: Porn Star, Sambuca, Surfer on Acid, and Wheatgrass.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

In 20 seconds per frame, you can showcase 20 of your best images at Pecha Kucha night in San Francisco. This is volume 16 of SF’s version of a global sensation and tonight’s theme is “Pop.” Originally conceived by two architects in Tokyo, pet-shah coot-shah is a way for designers to showcase their work within the simple limits of 20×20. All the presentations are synched ahead of time so when it’s your turn, you get up and go. 6:40 later, you are done and it’s on to the next.

Once you get past the standard concert rules (no bikes, skateboards, smoking, open flames, alcohol, film or photography), you’ll have a grand old time dancing under the stars at the Santa Monica Pier . Tonight is the last shindig for this summer’s Twilight Dance Series and you’ll be spending your evening with Los Lobos. Head over early to stake your spot in the sand and boogie the night away.

A lot of the other events on Labor Day Weekend are outdoors in the hot sun, this one is counterprogramming — indoors, art, quiet. It’s expensive to go to London these days with the exchange rate so stay on this side of the pond for now. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery just reopened this summer after a long shutdown and “Great Britons: Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, London” is a great way to check out the new space.

Seattle Center is covering the gamut of art and music this weekend at the 37th Bumbershoot. They’ve got music all right, and when your ears need a break, check out the laundry list of things to do: comedy, literary arts, visual arts, film, theater and performance, dance, and yes, even activities for kids like Lego art. If you can’t get to Seattle, you can toodle over to their site and play with the band bio GENERATOR. If you show us yours, we’ll show you ours.

Hopefully you are planning to drive to New Mexico for this year’s Hatch Valley Chile Festival, because the airport is closed for construction. You can roll your windows down as you approach and get a whiff of the roasting green chiles in the air. They prepare the soil and grow these babies with love since they have a reputation to protect as the “Chile Capital of the Universe.” Hey, since you’re already out there, why not do a road trip of the state with the most interesting city names? Truth or Consequences, here we come!

Renkoo helps you make plans with friends.

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