I’m wondering if I need to just “buck up” and get over it and let them stay here, since it is family. Hoping you’ll steer me in the right direction. DEAR RUDDERLESS: Yes, you do need to “buck up.” In this context, however, bucking up means occasionally saying “no” to this intrusion. Saying no is so easy, as long as you say it when you want to say it, and don’t pile on with excuses or explanations. Eager (or pushy) people tend to take elaborate explanations as an invitation to plow right through. They will take their problem and deftly make it your problem. Once you master the art of a firm and friendly “no,” you will be liberated in many ways.
Lanes have been re-striped and mobile information signs put in place to warn drivers of the shift to the right at several locations on the Eastshore Freeway between Powell Street in Emeryville and Potrero Avenue in El Cerrito, Caltrans announced last week, The realignment is needed to create space for foundation work along the median that will allow installation next year of electronic information signs that are a cornerstone j crew ballet flats sale of the project, Similar work will be done at locations along I-80 between Emeryville and Crockett..
Three fiery songwriters — together: Building on last year’s successful Spark event, the Freight has assembled another synergistic triple bill showcasing some of the region’s most respected songwriters. Returning is San Francisco’s invaluable Maurice Tani, whose rootsy sound has helped define the California Americana scene in recent years. Joining him are Aireene Espiritu, born in the Philippines and living in Oakland, who has created a stomping sound by melding influences from West Africa, bluegrass, gospel, and various American folk influences; and Oakland’s Joe Rut, who combines wry humor and a big heart in an expansive alt-country sensibility. Details: 8 p.m. Aug. 18; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $18/$22; 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.— Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent.
The play, “The Memory Tax,” was written by San Jose native Chad Eschman, who recently finished his masters of fine art at Northwestern University, He met his artistic collaborators — Scotty Arnold, Lauren Baines, Devin Bertsch and Matthew Johns — when they were all students at SCU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Eschman, Baines, Bertsch and Johns later founded the San Jose-based Cardboard Box Theatre Project, which workshopped the play a few years ago, They were all brought back together this spring when “The Memory Tax” was selected as one of six plays to be presented through the Araca Project, which provides opportunities for emerging theater artists, Of course, now they — and three other members of the j crew ballet flats sale creative team — are spread across several cities in three states, necessitating the mostly electronic link, They’re even fundraising for the show with PayPal and crowd-funding site Indiegogo..
The San Mateo County History Museum. “Relocation: A Constitutional Mistake of Historic Proportions,” presentation by Steve Okamoto about the forced removal of Japanese from the Pacific Coast during World War II. 1 p.m. Feb. 15. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Free with admission to the Museum: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. www.historysmc.org or 650-299-0104. Smuin Ballet 2014 XXravaganza Gala. March 1. Black-tie event includes honorary chairs Elaine and Tony La Russa, event co-chairs Patti and Jerry Hume, Athena and John Konstin, and guest auctioneers former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown and “Voice of the Giants” Renel Brooks-Moon. State Sen. Mark Leno to make a presentation from the State Senate in honor of Smuin Ballet. Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, live auction, performance by Smuin Ballet dancers. The Galleria, 101 Henry Adams St., San Francisco. Tables of 10 are $5,000-$20,000 to $5,000. Individual, $350-$1,000. 415-556-5000, ext.106 or www.smuinballet.org.
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