The Red Poppy and The Vertical Chicken...
...by Todd T Brown
Three and a half years ago when Fred and I first moved in together, we lived for 6 short weeks in the Mission District. We never did have time to properly settle there, but during that month and a half we discovered The Red Poppy Art House, a funky, friendly little art gallery space hidden away off the beaten path, on Folsom Street.
On our first visit I had to pay a visit to the rest room. I may have spent longer in there than was absolutely necessary because the walls were covered with interesting paintings and one in particular caught my eye. There were no prices and so I had to make a little deal with myself... "Ok, I'll go out there and ask how much the painting is", so the conversation went in my mind, "and if they tell me it costs more than XXX bucks then I'll just forget about it". It turned out to be less than the figure I'd set myself and so soon the painting was mine.
It's called 'Vertical Chicken'. Isn't it cute? Which came first - the chicken or the blog? Well, the chicken actually. But only just. I already had food in mind.
And The Red Poppy Art House have food in mind, too, for a fundraising auction they are organising this Friday, June 1st, between 6.30-9.30pm. Not only will there be an unusual auction, where you could up being the proud owner of a unique piece of work by a local artist, some up and coming Chefs will be part of the mix too! Check it out and if we can get home from work in time, maybe we'll see you there?
Come experience a vibrant representation of the creative culture of San Francisco: The Red Poppy Art House is auctioning off a beautiful collection of works by some of the Bay Area’s most talented artists, in an evening set to celebrate art, music, and food - Poppy Style!
Six composers/musicians improvise an evening of music spanning South Asia, Europe, and the Americas, while artists create works from live models. Delicious wine and culinary creations by three up-and-coming chefs from a variety of top Bay Area restaurants: Delfina, Chez Panisse, and the Radio Africa Kitchen.
6:30pm - 7:45pm Silent auction, food, performance
8:00pm - 9:30pm Live auction
Mina Dresden Gallery
312 Valencia @ 14th street
Marcus Shelby (Bass)
Charith Premawardhana (Viola)
Jason Ditzian (Clarinet)
Sameer Gupta (Tabla, Drums)
Quique Cruz (Strings, Winds & Percussion)
Maria Fernanda Acuña (Percussion & Cuatro)
The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
(with Rene and Rio Yañez)
Andrew Meyers (Delfina)
Nico Monday (Chez Panisse Café)
Eskender Aseged (Radio Africa)
Todd T. Brown
Juan Carlos Quintana
Andrzej Michael Karwacki
PS Happy Big Birthday, today, to Vinny!