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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

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.

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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