Thursday, January 19 I Dinner at Floriole Featuring Greg Hall of Virtue Cider Join Floriole and Virtue Cider’s Greg Hall for a feast that’s sure to take the chill out of your cold January evening. Each course will be paired with a delicious cider, specially chosen to perfectly compliment the dish. Featuring a special advance tasting of unreleased Virtue Cider. The menu for the evening will include: gougeres with caramel apple jam paired with a special preview of Virtue Redstreak English Style Draft, seared scallops with brussel sprouts and toasted hazelnuts paired with Tom Oliver Herefordshire Dry and for the main-course, cider-braised rabbit with savory polenta, picked herbs and rabbit bacon paired with Etienne Dupont Normandy Cidre Brut Bouche.
Thursday, January 19 I Samuel Beckett, Andre the Giant, and the Crickets – RHINOFEST 2012 While living in rural France, Irish Nobel-winning playwright Samuel Beckett drove his friend’s son, Andre Rousimoff, to school, because the 12-year-old boy was too big to fit in the local school bus. This boy would grow up to become the iconic professional wrestler, Andre the Giant. Inspired by a true story, this one-act imagines one particular drive to school, chock full of Beckett’s existential absurdities and Andre’s zest for life.
Starts Friday, January 20 I Home/Land A brother sings his sister to sleep with the tale of a glorious tree whose roots grow on both sides of a border. A pair of young lovers dance on their wedding night, then wade across the Río Grande hand-in-hand as their honeymoon. A precocious seven year-old in Jordan becomes an unconventional entrepreneur to pay for her family’s immigration. A nine year-old joins the guerrilla in El Salvador after the murder of his parents. A boat hurls two dozen immigrants across the Gulf of Mexico. A father and son rehearse new identities for a new life. So begin the epic quests of “Home/Land.” With its characteristic humanity, creativity, and optimism, the award-winning APTP ensemble brings to vivid theatrical life these stories of desire, risk, resilience, heroism, love, and hope as immigrant families strive to stay together and make a better life in the land they’ve come to call home.
Saturday, January 21 I Alice Underground – RHINOFEST 2012 A dark and deeply charming reinvention of Lewis Carroll’s classic, this 28-minute black & white film, produced by Kevin Kline in 1984, features Judith Harding along with Bay Area alt-performance luminaries Ed Holmes and Robert Ernst. Kate Kline May is an internationally exhibited photographer and acclaimed documentary filmmaker (Shakespeare’s Children, 1996).
Sunday, January 22 I Feminine Comique Master Class Available to graduates of Feminine Comique Level 1 & 2, the Master Class is a one time, three hour seminar with stand-up comic and creator of Feminine Comique, Cameron Esposito, that focuses on the daily work of being a comic, including: creating a plan for showcasing – at comedy clubs, festivals & independent rooms, producing a show, hosting skills, successfully utilizing an open mic and identifying your natural voice & persona. The class will offer tips & theory, a chance for discussion, as well as writing exercises and an in-class presentation of generated work.
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