"There are thousands of apple varieties in North America, but only a few are offered in grocery stores. In Apples of Uncommon Character, James Beard Award-winner Rowan Jacobsen takes readers beyond the Red Delicious and Granny Smiths of the world, offering a look at 123 varieties of this most “uncommon” fruit. Part-cookbook, part-scientific study, Jacobsen’s book explores these apples — from the D’Arcy Spice to the Hidden Rose — giving historical anecdotes, descriptive characteristics, and popular recipe ideas. He’ll be joined by Clare Barboza — the documentary food photographer behind the book’s stunning imagery — and journalist Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters. Jacobsen is also the author of A Geography of Oysters."
Presented by: Town Hall, Book Larder, and the Northwest Cider Association, as part of Washington Cider Week and Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Tickets: $5.
"The 50+-piece show includes original artworks, paper sculpture and prints. Paper Cut offers a tantalizing exploration of this burgeoning and other worldly field of illustration.
Highlights include hand-cut artworks by popular UK artist Rob Ryan, a set of stunning original pieces from Bianca Chang’s Comparative Form in White series, wonderful large-scale creations by LA-based artist Jeff Nishinaka, hand-crafted props from Andersen M Studio’s double Cannes Lion Award winning animation Going West and a selection of Kirigami artworks from Marc Hagan-Guirey’s critically-acclaimed Horrorgami series."
Exhibit runs until September 25, 2014.
(* Dragon illustration by Jeff Nishinaka, from Proud Archivist program pages, all rights reserved)
"Pull up a stool to Japan Society’s annual beer lecture and tasting, featuring unique and rare brews from Japan’s emerging craft beer industry. Mark Meli, professor at Kansai University and author of Craft Beer in Japan: The Essential Guide, delves into the culture, history and innovative brews coming out of Japan’s beer seen during the lecture. At the tasting reception, enjoy the opportunity to sample many unique and hard-to-come-by brews."
You can read more about Japanese craft brewers on Beer in Japan...
The bells from sheep herd coming down from the Pyrenees mountains to the village at night after grazing all day were ringing in my ears after i first read about Austria's Cattle Parades in Tyrol at the end of the summer.
These old mountain traditions feel a world away for city dwellers yet there is an old-fashioned magic to it.
"September through Mid-October, farming villages all over Tirol round up the herds for the great autumn cattle drive. Each year at the beginning of summer, some 190,000 cows, horses, sheep and goats are brought up to Tirol’s beautiful Alpine pastures to graze on juicy meadows. Some 120 days later, the cattle, decked out in garlands of flowers and ribbons, with bells attached to their heavy leather collars, is driven down from the Alpine pastures to winter quarters down in the valley.
Over 40 cattle drives are taking place in Tirol each fall. The homecoming of the cows is still a very special and proud day for the villages. Apart from celebrating the homecoming of the animals, people also celebrate the homecoming of more than 3,000 Alpine herdsmen and dairymen who usually spend most of their summers above the timberline. On the day of the grand cattle drive, stalls are set up in the street, selling all sorts of authentic Tirolean specialties and refreshments..."
Two of the most notable are Cattle Drive in St. Anton on Sept 13, 2014 and Sheep Drive in Vent, Oetz Valley on September 13-14, 2014.
Amateurs of oddities, obscure and mysterious pieces will enjoy Exotica and 4 other cases of the self. It "centres on the question of the self in the modern day and uses the Wunderkammer Olbricht as a starting point." (September 17, 2014-February 2015).
Contribution by Hey Sapporo' is filed under 'Lifestyle Adventurers' and asks among other questions: 'Where is frontier of happiness'.
This year's theme as outlined by guest festival director Ryuichi Sakamoto below:
"The land which was named Hokkaido after the Meiji Restoration can be seen as a symbol of Japan’s modernization due to the part it played. Even the indigenous people and nature of Hokkaido were not immune from that modernization. By looking back on our past through art we can explore the concept of nature, cities, economy and lifestyles in Sapporo/Hokkaido in the 21st century (the concept of social sculpture)."
Ryuichi Sakamoto, is involved in a number of events including Ryuichi Sakamoto + YCAM InterLab “Forest Symphony in Moerenuma Park...