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01/30/2014

NYC: Vegan Drinks is TONIGHT!  »

You heard it here last! NYC Vegan Drinks is tonight. Myself and my pal Grand Format will be spinning the best in adult contemporary all night long. There will also be yummy food and the proceeds from the night will go to Sea Shepherd! So you best come. 

BTW, have you seen Vegan Drinks’ new site and logo? LOOKS DOPE!

01/09/2014

Exploring the Ex-Vegan Phenomenon   »

This Saturday, January 11th, at the Animal Advocacy Museum in Pasadena, CA, Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, and Sayward Rebhal, vegan lifestyle coach, and author of Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide, will give a short presentation with an open discussion exploring this issue.

Some questions they will explore:

  • Why do people stop being vegan? 
  • Are there valid health reasons to go back to eating animal products? 
  • Are the health claims about the benefits of veganism unrealistic? 
  • What can our community do better to improve vegan retention?

I will probably be sitting in the back row, quietly observing and weeping (since confrontations make me anxious…which I should probably explore in therapy) and will write a post-event recap. Hopefully there won’t be anyone throwing down the vegan gauntlet (how often can I use that idiom?). 

For more info (and interesting comments to read), visit the Facebook event page.

Also, why does the word, “phenomena,” always make me think of this song (sorry in advance)?  [Megan Rascal note: sorry? I fracking love that song!]

12/02/2013

Portland! This is going to be the ultimate vegan holiday shindig!  »

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IF YOU ARE IN PORTLAND, YOU MUST GO TO THIS EVENT ON DECEMBER 7:

The ladies of Vida Vegan Con—Janessa, Jess, and Michele—are throwing a December do! It’s a party with a purpose, a lovely evening of mingling and eating and drinking…and inspiration and education. We’ll help you get ready for your wintery event, cozying up with friends and family and food and fun.

We’ll have vegan sweets and savories, party-worthy punch and cocktails/mocktails, and décor ideas. Demos, hands-on crafting, and a special take-home gift!

Learn more about this 21+ event here, and get your tickets here—it’s a small space so make sure you don’t miss out. (And here’s the Facebook event, so you can let the machines mark your calendar for you.)

11/07/2013

Food Empowerment Project’s first public event this Saturday in S.F.!  »

Food Empowerment Project, the awesome vegan food justice organization that makes frequent appearances here on Vegansaurus, is holding its first “official” event this Saturday, and you should be there!

The event, which runs from 6 – 9 on Saturday evening at 518 Valencia in the Mission, will feature screenings of two short films about the chocolate industry, a short video about dairy cows, and a Q&A with F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas. There will be treats and such (though you should bring your own water), and a whole bunch of goodies raffled off, ranging from sweet donations from Food Fight!, Herbivore Clothing, The Vegan Zombie, and others to (drum roll) a $100 gift certificate to Millenium. F.E.P. will also be gathering food donations for the Mary Ann Wright Foundation, a local food bank – and your donation gets you a raffle ticket, too, so bring something!

Check out the full list of sponsors and additional details on the Facebook event page.

It’s $10 suggested donation, $5 for students, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds (or for giving more). Hope to see you there!

Post by Rick Kelley!!

11/05/2013

The Ghosts in Our Machine’s US theatrical premier is this weekend!  »

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The Ghosts in Our Machine is playing in NYC this weekend!:

The U.S. theatrical release of THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE:
New York City at Village East Cinema, November 8th - 14th.
6 screenings daily.
November 9th and 10th special guests to be announced! 

OPENING NIGHT DETAILS FOR Friday NOVEMBER 8TH:
6:45pm: Red carpet with very special guests!
7:30: Introduction by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture
and Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute, Brave Gentleman.
7:40pm: Screening
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Natasha Lennard of Salon.com with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary.
After-party details to be announced.

Who’s going? Let’s all go! Get your tickets now.

Here’s the trailer:

If you’re looking for more ways to support the movie, you can change your various social media images to great stuff like this:

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Find the rest here. Find info on all of the screenings worldwide here

Let’s cross our fingers that this movie makes a big impact! What do you think? Could this movie have a Forks Over Knives kind of effect?

10/28/2013

Harvest Home’s 2013 Toast to the Turkeys Nov. 9th! Get your tickets now!  »

Who wants to go to Stockton, California and hang out with some pretty turkeys?! Everybody, duh! So get your tickets to Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary’s annual Toast to the TurkeysTickets are available here

Here are the exciting happenings at the event:

* Keynote speaker: Jonathan Balcombe, Author

* Self-guided tours of our sanctuary

* Seasonal vegan buffet

* Ceremonial feast for the rescued turkeys of the sanctuary

* Silent auction fundraiser

* Vegan food drive to benefit the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin County

* Turkey sponsorship opportunities

SO GO TOAST TO SOME TURKEYS! They are better company than your relatives. You know this. 

07/18/2013

Hella Vegan Eats this Sunday at Dear Mom in San Francisco. Make it happen, vegan captains!

Hella Vegan Eats this Sunday at Dear Mom in San Francisco. Make it happen, vegan captains!

06/10/2013

YOU GUYS. I moved to LA just as quarrygirl left it, and that is very fucking sad. Come drown all the sorrows with me at the echo park vegan pizza crawl, where we will eat pizza until we sob.

heads up!! the echo park vegan pizza crawl is coming back this year on june 29th for vegan pizza day. don’t miss it!! same deal as time: there will be deals and specials at all your favorite echo park pizza spots including mohawk bend, masa, two boots, sunset beer co, and los angeles pizza company. join the facebook event here, and check out specifics after the jump ——->
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YOU GUYS. I moved to LA just as quarrygirl left it, and that is very fucking sad. Come drown all the sorrows with me at the echo park vegan pizza crawl, where we will eat pizza until we sob.

heads up!! the echo park vegan pizza crawl is coming back this year on june 29th for vegan pizza day. don’t miss it!! same deal as time: there will be deals and specials at all your favorite echo park pizza spots including mohawk bend, masa, two boots, sunset beer co, and los angeles pizza company. join the facebook event here, and check out specifics after the jump ——->

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05/14/2013

Coming soon! NYC Vegan Cook-Off: Hors d’Oeuvres Competition!   »

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Check it out NYC! A competition for my favorite food category: vegan hors d’oeuvres! Why do we eat anything else? Appetizers are really the only food that matters. Well, that and dessert. Why do we eat anything but appetizers and desserts? BECAUSE WE ARE MASOCHISTS, I THEORIZE!

Details:

The Vegan Cook-Off: Hors d’Oeuvres Competition

Sunday, June 2, 2pm
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn (directions)
Tickets $12 advance / $15 day of to eat and vote (includes a free raffle ticket)
Free to compete. Competitor applications close Friday, May 17 at 11:59pm.

05/07/2013

Fashion Loves Animals was a huge success! Let’s look at pictures!  »

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I attended Farm Sanctuary’s Fashion Loves Animals event this past weekend, they were honoring one of my favorite people: Leanne of Vaute Couture! As we arrived, I was quickly given a shot of asparagus soup (pictured above) made by new celebrity chef Jay Astafa! I was completely stoked since I had missed his popup dinner. I was also stoked because the soup was delicious! 

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Here’s Jay prepping behind the scenes. 

Now, on to the Vaute fashion show! 

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Yes, lovely outfit. More importantly: OMG what a cute dog! And all the pups were up for adoption. No but really, the clothes were lovely. And I love these shoes by Love is Mighty. They’re made of old candy wrappers! 

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Notice the Brave GentleMan kicks. 

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I love this dress. There were new versions of this dress I’d seen at Vaute’s fashion week show—now it comes in lots of pretty floral patters! Leanne said they are at the Vaute Couture store now. Yay!

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Beautiful picture of the back of this dress by me. 

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This puppy stole the show of course. Because PUPPY!

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Beautiful picture of the end of the show by me. There’s Leanne with models in tow.

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Here’s a behind the scenes shot from Max Gordon Photography (all the pics not taken by me were supplied by Vaute’s lovely PR person Meredith and are by Max Gordon or Farm Sanctuary). Also check out the sweater, I love it. I need it.

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And here we have the stars of the show—and really the stars of any show they attend for that matter!: Leanne, Gene Baur, Discerning Brute Joshua.

And in closing, here’s a lovely Vine video I took:

OMG I had so much fun! Thanks, Farm Sanctuary!

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