Voices From the Kitchen stage production broadcasted virtually for the first time

Voices From the Kitchen is a twice-yearly experiential storytelling project featuring the voices of talented storytellers, writers, activists and thought leaders. The performances are inspired by a chosen theme — “Choices” — told through the lens of food. Proceeds benefit La Cocina’s incubator program, which offers affordable commercial kitchen space and hands-on technical assistance to low-income and immigrant women entrepreneurs who are launching, growing and formalizing food businesses.

In light of Covid, this stage production will be broadcasted for the first time as a virtual show, making it accessible to communities nationwide and beyond. It will premiere at 5:30 PM (PT)/ 8:30 PM (ET) on October 29, 2020, on YouTube. Tickets are FREE, but you must register.

Theme – Choices:

2020 has presented us with an almost endless series of choices, while sometimes simultaneously leaving us feeling that there are few viable options. This production captures inspiring and personal narratives from eight storytellers and two film shorts that speak to this unique time.

The Line-Up: Lauren Whitehead, Jia Tolentino, Aileen Suzara, Noah Cho, Mayukh Sen, Jennifer 8. Lee, Chris Colin, Nic Jay Aulston, Rachel Levin, Esther Elia, Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver, Jia Tolentino, Rinee Shah, Amanda Ray, Vaness Lim, Desire LaCap, George McCalman, Lyssa Park, Iris Chang

This year, you can order a meal kit to enjoy while watching the show from your home. The meal kits feature curated menus by the chefs born out of La Cocina’s incubator program. Food packages will include access to view the show. Chronicle subscribers can enter below to win a meal kit.

Raffle winners will be chosen at random. Winners will receive a unique voucher code, redeemable for a single ticket. Only active San Francisco Chronicle members are eligible to win.  To enter, please fill out all of the fields in the form before midnight Thursday, October 22. Multiple entries will not be considered. Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email Friday, October 23.

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Top Vancouver Realtor, Mahsa Babaie, Uses Her Interior Design Skills to Stage Homes and Impress Buyers

Vancouver has a costly and competitive real estate market. A homeowner cannot merely list their property for sale and expect to find a buyer for their preferred sales price. A successful sale can only be achieved with the assistance of a licensed realtor that has the right experience and skills in more than one trade.

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Mahsa Babaie is a top-selling real estate agent in Vancouver with her real estate company, Mahsa Babaie Personal Real Estate Corporation. She utilizes her interior design background to offer a concierge service to sellers that add value to their properties by staging, repairing, redesigning and improving the appearance of their homes so they can sell for more money. That way, buyers will be impressed and amazed when they step foot inside these homes and see how attractive and appealing everything looks.

“I work with all sorts of sellers and buyers from different walks of life,” said Mahsa. “The quality and standards of my services are consistent with every client. Budgets or circumstances are irrelevant. I’m a perfectionist, and I work hard to help my clients as best as I can.

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Mahsa was a professional interior designer before she was a successful realtor. She has extensive education, work experience, and credentials in the interior design industry. She has also taken construction and technology classes at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, so she has a lot of knowledge about the homes her clients buy and sell.

Together, these skills taught Mahsa how to increase the value and integrity of a structure from the inside out. During her interior design career, Some of her biggest clients were real estate agents who needed help staging their own clients’ homes. She made several connections in the real estate business while doing these interior design projects. Most of the relationships consisted of realtors, sellers, buyers and investors.

“It got to the point where my entire interior design career revolved around the real estate business,” said Mahsa. “I grew to love real estate so much that I decided to become a realtor myself rather than keep working for other realtors. So, I switched careers from interior design to real estate. Then I offered my clients something that other realtors were not offering, a concierge service of interior design, repairs, and staging, which boosted my number of sales almost immediately.”

Since 2015, Mahsa has worked as a full-time realtor. Her main areas of focus are Downtown Vancouver, West Vancouver, and North Vancouver. These locations have some of the wealthiest real estate properties in Canada. Many buyers come to her looking to upsize from downtown urban living to a bigger home to support their lifestyle or growing families. People trust Mahsa the most because of her charismatic personality and plethora of experience in real estate and interior design.

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BARBARA’S BLUE KITCHEN at Aurora Theatre’s Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series

An Experimental Production of Barbara’s Blue Kitchen Kicks Off The Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series at Aurora Theatre

BWW Review: BARBARA'S BLUE KITCHEN at Aurora Theatre's Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series
Chloe Kay
Photo by Casey Gardner

News flash: We’re in the middle of a pandemic. That means there are no benches and chairs to sit on in your local Barnes & Noble. Baseball patrons are made of cardboard. And the theaters are closed. This last one stings the most, but the best Atlanta theaters are adapting to fill the void left by the absence of live theater. We’ve got drive-in cabarets. We’ve got outdoor opera. And we’ve got a variety of online stream-from-home offerings, including the new Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series at Aurora Theatre, a series that brings performing arts to homebound season supporters and new audiences while providing a safe workspace for Atlanta theatre artists. The inaugural offering, streaming now through October 4 for a hefty $30 rental fee, is Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, a fun – if slightly underbaked – musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Lori Fisher. The small-cast musical works hard to conjure up a slice of homespun Southern life through portraits of workers and customers in a small Southern diner. A brave Chloe Kay, the actor who plays all of the characters in the beautifully rendered diner, works hard to deliver an engaging evening of for-the-screen theater, but this first outing is hindered by technical challenges and, regrettably, by the fact that producing theater specifically for the screen is a tricky tricky business.

The musical tells the story of Barbara Jean, the owner of the small-town diner that serving up more than just their famous Mudslide pie. It’s also serving up all of the gossip in the small town of Watertown, Tennessee. We learn that Barbara Jean’s on-again-off-again hairstylist boyfriend, Lombardo, beloved if only for the fact that he’s been able to cover Barbara Jean’s bald spot, is taking another girl on a Bahaman vacation. We learn that little Tommy Lee’s stomach hurts on the outside from the 23 stitches he got after his dog, Killer, bit him and that it hurts on the inside from eating almost three hamburgers. And we learn that Miss Tessie’s husband died from botulism after eating spinach dip at the Happiness Home retirement community even though he didn’t like vegetables.

There’s a lot to like about the 2002 musical. Some of the quirky songs like “I Want My Kidney Back” and “Women Aren’t Supposed to Go Bald” showcase, as the titles suggest, wonderfully inventive lyrics. That’s the greatest strength of the musical. The homespun flavor of the news that travels through the diner is also fun, though, as often happens with Southern comedic dramas, it’s peppered with words like “critter” and “ain’t” that feel overdone. The book features a radio host, played here by a second actor, who is integrated in an interesting and atmospheric way as he offers up small-town advertisements, jingles, and apologies.

The biggest problem with the musical is that it doesn’t manage an actual

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Canadian Interior Designers Shine on the Virtual Stage | Nachricht

Showcasing the winners of the 2020 IDC Value of Design Awards

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) held its first ever virtual awards presentation on Sept. 23, 2020. The event, which was hosted by IDC Past President, Jason Kasper and IDC CEO Trevor Kruse, was broadcast simultaneously from Toronto, Ont. and Winnipeg, Man.

The awards were held in lieu of the of IDC’s annual design symposium, which was cancelled this year due to the global pandemic. Despite the obstacles, the Canadian interior design community came together again to celebrate design and innovation.

“The show must go on!” says Kruse. “We are delighted to have an opportunity to honour our members and celebrate the value of Canadian interior design.”

This year, 12 Canadian design firms from coast to coast were honoured at IDC’s virtual Value of Design Awards (VODA) celebration. These awards, which launched in 2018, shine a spotlight on Canadian interior designers by providing a forum to showcase the benefits of design thinking: an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process focused on the human experience within interior spaces.

The 2020 Value of Design Awards were presented to the following winners who continue to push the boundaries of interior design. These designers have shown and implemented an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process, focusing on the human experience within their projects, creating sustainable and functional designs for the present and future.

Value of Design Award – Excellence  

Innovation in Residential Single-Family Design: ‘ShadowBox’ by Johnson Chou Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘BFR Accountants’ by Folio Design Inc., Laval, Que.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘COWI North America’ by Square One Interior Design, North Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Flight Centre Flagship Toronto’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Hullmark Head Office at 474 Wellington Street West’ by Quadrangle, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘OPG Workplace Transformation’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘The Smart City Sandbox’ by IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Workplace Innovation Challenge’ by IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Value of Design Award – Merit 

Innovation in Design Thinking: ‘Imperfect Fresh Eats’ by Syllable Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Design Thinking: ‘OPG Workplace Transformation’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Hospitality Design: ‘Hotel Belmont Food & Beverage Portion’ by Kado Design, Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Institutional/Educational/Civic Design: ‘Odeyto Indigenous Centre’ by Gow Hastings Design, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Retail Design: ‘Inscape Showroom’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Mitecvsat-Alga Micro Ondes’ by Folio Design Inc., Kirkland, Que.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Peoples Group Workplace Design’ by DIALOG, Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Spear Street Capital – Willingdon Business Park Building 6’ by SSDG Interiors Inc., Burnaby, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Volaris’ by Bartlett & Associates, Toronto, Ont.

Founded in 1972, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is the national advocacy association for the interior design profession, representing more than 5,000

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