Flamenco Festival

The Seventh Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival, part of Festival Flamenco Gitano USA 2012, includes four performances by musical artists from Spain, a couple of films, and workshops in dance and guitar.

Guitarist Diego Del Morao will play at Yoshi’s Oakland on Wednesday 26 September 2012 at 8:00 PM; the Fiesta Jerez Gypsy Flamenco All-Stars will appear at the Palace of Fine Arts Thursday 27 September 2012 at 7:00 PM; Jose Merce performs at the Palace of Fine Arts Friday 28 September 2012 at 8:00 PM; and Farruco Family appears at the Palace of Fine Arts Sunday 30 September 2012 at 7:00 PM.

For more information see the festival web site.

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Jewish Film Fest

The 32nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens Thursday 19 July 2012. The screenings will take place at seven Bay Area venues in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Oakland.

Festival films include: Gypsy Davy directed by Rachael Leah Jones (Israel, France) 2011, Life In Stills directed by Tamar Tal (Israel) 2011, The Day I Saw Your Heart directed by Jennifer Devoidère (France) 2011, and The Other Son directed by Lorraine Lévy (France) 2011.

For more information and tickets contact SFJFF.

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Greek Film Fest

The Ninth Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival will present eighteen features and shorts, narratives and documentaries Monday 7 May 2012 to Sunday 13 May 2012 at Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero (between Main & Harrison Streets), San Francisco, CA 94105.

The opening night feature film is The Guide, a 2011 comedy directed by Zacharias Mavroeidis. A children’s program is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. This year’s festival will close with a special tribute to Thanassis Veggos, an award-winning actor who died last year after a long screen career.

Tickets for all programs and the opening-night reception can be booked online through Vendini or at the door on the day of the event if seats are still available. There are also special packages offered for film enthusiasts.

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Guest Chef

Guest Chef, a relatively new restaurant in the Rockridge District of Oakland, California, was inspired by the many pop-up restaurants proliferating in the San Francisco Bay Area. Real estate developers Scott Cameron and Jerry Boddum decided to provide a permanent venue for aspiring chefs to try out their skills on a rotating schedule. I’ve never eaten there but it’s an intriguing concept.

Each chef is given an opportunity to showcase his/her cooking skills for a two-week period, giving adventurous diners a chance to sample the food. Several of the people scheduled to cook incorporated Mediterranean influences.

Eva R. Ciammetti, a New Yorker, whose parents settled in the US from Abruzzo, L’Aquila, Italy, learned to cook rustic Italian food from her mother and grandmother. She currently cooks Sundays in Fairfax, CA, teaches cooking in Sebestapol, CA and is active in Slow Food San Francisco.

Paul Skrentny, popular at street fairs and private parties, was the third chef in residence. The food he presented included strong Spanish influences.

Antonio Capezutto, the current guest chef, offers simple and authentic food from his native city of Naples. He learned his skills in his mother’s trattoria long before moving to San Francisco with his American wife and their daughter.

Guest Chef, located at 5337 College Avenue, Oakland, California, serves only dinner Tuesday through Sunday. More information is available at 510.658.7378 or info@theguestchef.net.

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Nikos 2011

I publish under the name N A Diaman, however my friends call me Nikos.

Born 1 November 1936 in San Francisco, a fourth generation Californian and the first United States native in my family. Both parents and three of my grandparents originated on Ikaria, a small island in the Eastern Aegean.

I graduated from the University of Southern California, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958, as a Humanities major and Television minor.

Lived in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, before returning home to San Francisco in 1972.

Traveled extensively in Mexico and also visited Greece, Italy and Turkey.

I strongly identify as a Mediterranean.

The author of ten books published by Persona Press, San Francisco. The last two titles are 2009 travel memoirs: Paris Dreams and Athens Apartment.

Books available at Amazon & Powell’s

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