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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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi voices optimism about passing coronavirus aid bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said she was optimistic about Congress passing coronavirus relief legislation before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“I’m optimistic. I do think that we should have an agreement,” Pelosi said in a CNN interview. “That’s what we all want.”

The U.S. Senate on Thursday killed a Republican bill that would have provided around $300 billion in new coronavirus aid, as Democrats seeking far more funding – around $3 trillion – prevented it from advancing.

Pelosi said she was proud to see Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer “reject that terrible skinny bill to a massive problem that we have.”

She did not refer to any planned negotiations with the White House or congressional Republican leaders on a new bill.

President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has become a focus of the 2020 presidential race, in which he trails Democratic rival Joe Biden in several opinion polls. The pandemic has led to the deaths of more than 190,000 people in the United States and more than 910,000 worldwide.

Earlier this year, Congress rapidly passed four bills providing about $3 trillion to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The Democratic-controlled House passed a fifth bill in May that would provide another $3 trillion in aid, but the Republican-led Senate did not take it up.

The Republican bill defeated on Thursday would have renewed a federal unemployment benefit, but at a lower level than Democrats sought. It also would have set new protections for businesses against lawsuits during the pandemic.

Other initiatives – including aid to state and local governments, a second round of direct payments to households, and bailouts for airlines – were not addressed in the Republican bill.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Jan Wolfe; Editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool)

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