Happy New Year!
We are paraphrasing a note that Carly, our San Francisco Manager, sent to our team there. We were all touched and impressed, so I’m sharing with you all:We hope you all had a nice holiday (or are still having a nice holiday!). We can’t believe this year is over and 2020 is upon us, and it’s going to be the start of a new decade. As the last lights of the 2010’s begin to flicker out around us, let’s try to be grateful for what we’ve learned and achieved; let’s try to leave behind the things that weigh us down and distract us from what we really value…I think that the start of a new year, and a new decade, is as good a time as any to pause and reflect on what we’ve learned and what we want. Who do you want to be? What do you want to create? Where do you want to go? Big questions with no right answers, and certainly worth thinking about. I’m very grateful for the things I’ve experienced and the people I’ve met in the last decade…and it’s with all of that in mind that I welcome 2020.
Happy 2020 and we look forward to seeing you at Farley’s!
Farley’s East Coffee Roaster of the Month: Cafe Santana Roasting Company
After reading an article on the benefits of home roasting using a hot air popcorn maker, Cafe Santana founder Richard Santana was hooked! To his dismay, he found that it worked exceptionally well, but he knew that he could do even better.
Richard has been roasting coffee for 17 amazing years and counting! He opened the first Cafe Santana location in 2015 with a dream of creating a community gathering place in Oakland where he could realize his simple vision:
To provide exceptional well-prepared coffee combined with great service.
Farley’s East Artist of the Month: Trippy Sanders
Trippy Sanders is a unique artist who inspire others, stimulating collaboration.
Originating in street art, developing notoriety and social influence, Trippy eventually ventured into rapping, music & dance, which led to dj’ing.
At that point becoming a paid artist was led with the intention of being a music producer, as he started producing and dj’ing in 2003 until 2018, exploring deep-house, hip-hop & trap music. He now feels he’s reached full circle, doing now what he once was doing ‘as a kid’.
Currently a graphic designer at Sticker Farmer, Trippy is becoming one of the top designers in the cannabis industry, creating in real time an impact in packaging aesthetics. His style is focused on contemporary, minimal, abstract expression, more recently focused on representing movement.
In the near future, Trippy would like to see his pieces in more residential, commercial settings; designing bigger murals with aspirations of painting huge buildings.
Farley’s East Nonprofit of the Month: Reading Partners
Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
We fundamentally believe that the ability to read transforms lives and changes outcomes for children and communities. We want every child to experience the joy and power of becoming a lifelong reader, and we are focused on this mission.
Farley’s SF Artist of the Month: Ivan Feerman
I opted to go the traditional upfront and personal approach to street photography.
It might seem easy but it is not that easy to ask a complete stranger to be able to take their portrait.
The idea behind this concept is not to make a statement, but to value and respect the work of the Mexican people that work by the San Ysidro border.
Day in and day out they are there, making a living, inhaling automobile exhaust and dusty streets. It is hard work that they do to cater for the daily working commuter or tourist that travels into the U.S.
They also face adversity in the form of corruption, maybe violence, sometimes extortion and all just to survive by working an honest job.
It is very interesting to listen to their stories when they want to share them, others are simply just allowing me to take their image but quickly want me to move on.
From corrupt municipal cops beating on them for cleaning cars to make a little change so they can eat and feed their family, to selling candy all day long for a few pesos before she can go home; even though she’s old and tired. Others having spent years and years trying to get passersby to purchase cheap Mexican curious, while they see Tijuana change around them. Many others have to cope with paying a percentage or quota to the corrupt syndicate leaders or “cops” so they can make a buck. The most striking story however, was that of a person that recycled plastic bottles to maintain a heroin addiction while living in the street. That’s what happens there, every day.
I could have chosen the conceptual route and played the most artistic card, but I wanted to accentuate my strongest traits as a studied photographer and put my best foot forward in regards to portraiture and narrative story telling through image.
I decided to title this series of images: The Portrait of a Border.
Learn More: http://www.ivanfeerman.com/
Farley’s SF Window Boxes: Ted Nichols
Ted Nichols is a Potrero Hill artist who at an early age decided to never grow up. Now he’s a young boy with old man talents. He uses these grown up skills to create three dimensional whimsy. He uses found objects that capture your eye and he hopes will put a smile on your face. Come by Farley’s in Jan. and check him out.
Every Monday a knitting group will be meeting from 6:45-8:30 pm and open to newcomers.
Friday, January 10: Live music by Blaine Billingsley, Blaine Billingsley is a guitarist and composer who blends the dissonant sounds of 20th century classical music with the music of the American South. The grandson of country legend Kenny Rogers, Blaine’s music takes roots of country fingerstyle guitar and lobotomizes it with hefty doses of the avant garde. Both original compositions and deviant takes on contemporary songs make up his repertoire, from Chet Atkins to Tears for Fears, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Sunday, January 12: Art opening for local artist, Ivan Feerman, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Thursday, January 16: Live music with Ben Barnes is always a surprise. Ben and his friends play many different styles at Farley’s, including acoustic rock/singer songwriters, Olde Tyme Fiddle bands, classical pieces, jazz combos and one show at Farley’s featured a saw, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Friday, January 17: Live music by Marc Maynon, performing folk music, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Wednesday, January 22: Live music by The Soul Delights, who are back with their collection of energetic rhythm and blues and other classic songs. Come sing along and dance in your chair, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Thursday, January 30: Live music by Ocean Shore Railroad, performing originals and select covers from the 1960’s to the present, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Farley’s SF is looking for nonprofits and artists to display in the window boxes. If you’re interested, please email email@example.com.
Farley’s East is looking for nonprofits and artists to display in the window boxes and the walls. If you’re interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.