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Frederick Boette Jr. Guitar Instructor
Based in the East Bay, performer and chord master Frederick Boette teaches students young and old to play and love Spanish and classical guitar. Read More
Originally published on March 23, 2007
Guitar Teacher Fred Boette
In your dreams, you look like Gisele, dress like Kate, and play guitar like Jimi.
The first two may never happen (and just stop, because you look great), but you can chip away at the third with help from guitar teacher Fred Boette.
The master musician teaches rock, blues, and country, though his passion is classical (think Segovia, not “Stairway”). No, you won’t be kissing the sky right off the bat, but if you’re older than 5 and have the right instrument, Boette can teach you to play.
Lessons are usually once a week for half an hour and he can come to you, so there are no excuses for skipping out. Chances are you won’t be making any: Boette loves what he does (you can catch him strumming around town or hire him for a special event) and his one burning desire is for you to love the guitar, too.
Frederick Boette Junior (510-229-9494 or guitarfred.com).
Adina Niemerow Chef
Holistic chef Adina Niemerow cleans up dirty acts and preaches the gospel of raw foods with her five-day urban cleanses held at Cafe Gratitude. Read More
Originally published on June 18, 2007
Adina Niemerow’s Urban Cleanse
When your sink’s clogged, you call the plumber. And a big hairy guy clears your pipes while flashing his crack. When you get a clog in your body, you call Adina Niemerow.
And the experience is a lot more pleasant.
The holistic chef has twelve years’ experience studying with medicinal foods pros. If you’ll pardon the image, she’ll get your plumbing running like new using the healing powers of whole foods.
Need to detox but can’t escape to We Care? Try her five-day urban cleanses at Cafe Gratitude. You’ll meet with a group every morning to pick up your daily supply of wheatgrass, green juices, electrolyte shakes, mineral soups, and teas. You’ll ingest plenty, so you won’t feel completely deprived. (And it’ll be nice to bond with new friends over your glowing skin and renewed energy).
Not a joiner? Niemerow also does private cleanses, one-on-one nutritional consulting, and healthy cooking classes.
And did we mention she’s easy on the eyes and doesn’t sweat profusely?
Rykarda Parasol The Hive
The lead singer for the Tower Ravens made a clarion call to artists to come together for shows, readings, and sleepover parties at her private salon in Russian Hill. Read More
Originally published on June 5, 2007
What’s the Buzz?
The Hive Art Salon
The bad buzz: The honeybees are disappearing and we don’t know why. The good buzz: We’ve found out where the city’s painters, poets, musicians, and artistically inclined are congregating.
After watching an Andy Warhol doc, Rykarda Parasol got a bee in her bonnet and created a community space for fellow artistes, and thus The Hive, a private salon in Russian Hill, was hatched.
Enlisting a few drones, the chanteuse transformed the former noodle factory into a honey pot of a parlor. There’s plenty of blank wall space in the back and room up front for readings, music sets, and sleepover parties. The vibe: homespun and come-as-you-are. (Just don’t spill red wine on the pristine white couch.)
Right now, the gallery is invitation only with no regular hours, but stay tuned for art potluck nights, movie screenings, and galas.
There’s no address listed. Just look for a gray building on the corner of Hyde and Pacific.
And if you don’t like it, buzz off.
The Hive, corner of Hyde and Pacific Streets (hivesf.com).