Below is a list of upcoming events, seminars, and venues you may be interested in checking out:
Chef Marcus Samuelsson will be signing his new book "Yes, Chef" at the Whole Foods Bowery location in Manhattan on Thursday, August 16, from 6:30-7:30 PM.
Free Music and Food Trucks can be found at LentSpace, a small "park" in the Hudson Square area located at Varick and Canal Streets from 11 AM - 3 PM. Live music is performed from 1-2 PM with lunch provided by Kimchi Taco, Rickshaw Dumplings (my favorite), Juice Pirate, and Andy's Italian Ices, to name a few.
The Film Forum (www.filmforum.org) will pay tribute to filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles on his 80th birthday Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 PM. Admission is $12.50. Go to their website to purchase tickets.
Aspiring writers: Screenwriter and novelist Guillermo Arriaga (www.arriagafilm.com) (Amores Perros, 21 Grams) will be in New York City, September 22-23, teaching screenwriting. Go to his website for more information.
Aspiring actors: An acting technique that was once only available in Los Angeles is now taught in New York City. The Academy Award(r)-winning Chubbuck Technique is an intensive, transformative approach to scene work based on the book, The Power of the Actor. The 10-week class is conducted in a theatre setting by Maria Psomas who is officially accredited to teach the Chubbuck technique, and many of her students have booked film and theatre work using this acting technique. Please go to her website (http://www.uniiverse.com/listings/5015bcd768eacb676405d00f) to learn more and check out her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ChubbuckClassesNYC).
For my West Coast friends: A little birdie told me there's a great spot for oysters and beer by the bay. Mission Rock Resort 817 Terry Francois Blvd (near Illinois), San Francisco, California. (http://missionrockresort.com). If you get the chance to go, let me know what you thought of the place.
If you have any tidbits (events, information) you'd like to share, send them to me as a comment.