Created with fly-by-the-seat-of-your-soil 1960s-style radicalism, the Chez Panisse menu has long emphasized simple presentations, the meal as a multi-sensory experience and the highly respectable use of sustainable, organic and seasonal ingredients obtained from local farmers, ranchers and dairies. Waters’ formative years in France inspired the restaurant’s name that pays tribute to Honoré Panisse, a character in French novelist and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s movie trilogy about everyday life in Marseille.
“My mind jets off, and logic is super slow—so I have to just go with what happens and think a lot less when I’m making art. It’s just bringing ingredients together. It’s like a movie director who picks the actors, the script, everything, then lets them all have at it,” Huffman says in a generous, 100-minute interview.
"Michael Morgan is effusive and enthusiastic about music-making that serves the community. He’s also circumspect and immensely practical when it comes to his outlook on volatile or complex topics like race, diversity, equity, inclusion—and leading an arts organization prior to and during a pandemic. And then there’s just his good, old-fashioned luck," writes Lou Fancher in this week's Arts Feature.
"Opportunities to appreciate the pivotal role of women artists continue in several of five other current, or upcoming, exhibits," writes Lou Fancher. "The major new exhibits include 'Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276', with photography by the German filmmaker, visual artist, 'Present Tense: Five Centuries of Colonialism in Latin American and Caribbean Art' a student-curated group exhibition of Latin American art drawn from the collection that explores colonialism in Central and South America, and 'Beyond Boundaries: Buddhist Art of Gandhara' which presents rare Buddhist artifacts from the ancient civilization of Gandhara."
Janis Hashe’s piece on the vitality of protest artists meeting the necessity of the United States Postal service opens up dialogue in topics ranging from voter suppression and election tampering to wheat-paste posters and ’80s Xerox art to protest murals in the streets of Oakland—and all around the globe—today.
“Virtual theater opens up access to many more people,” Co-creator Carol Lashof said, noting that Those Women’s usual performing space, La Val’s Subterranean Theatre in Berkeley, is limited in both number and type of audience members it can accommodate. “With Hindsight 2020, people will be able to see it regardless of their ability to get [to Berkeley].”
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