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Vince Mira Juanny Cash
Young Vince Mira's star started rising when Can Can owner Chris Snell heard the 15-year-old busking in the market. Recently, his freight train pipes graced Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Read More
Originally published on November 12, 2007
A Boy Named Who?
Vince Mira, a.k.a. “Juanny Cash”
In a former life, you were a soul singer or a Grand Ole Opry star.
Too bad in this one you’re nothing but karaoke roadkill. (Karma’s a bitch).
Drown your sorrows and live vicariously through Vince Mira, a 15-year-old whose voice eerily evokes the late, great Johnny Cash.
Mira, who grew up listening to “Ring of Fire,” was discovered by Can Can owner Chris Snell while the boy was busking in the market. Call it divine intervention or a freak of nature, but he has star-quality presence and his idol’s freight train pipes.
He performs Cash’s songs under the stage name Juanny Cash, but the kid’s more than just a knockoff. He recently recorded with Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, and was tapped by Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard for a forthcoming Hank Williams Sr. tribute album.
We predict his Tuesday night shows will soon be crawling with talent scouts.
So keep your eye on the man in back.
Catch Juanny Cash on Tuesdays, 8 p.m., at Can Can, 94 Pike Street (206-652-0832); online at myspace.com/juannycashmusic.
Gabriel Claycamp Culinary Communion
Founder Gabriel Claycamp and his jovial staff worship at the altar of good food by teaching excellent, intimate classes in their charming new Beacon Hill space. Read More
Originally published on March 20, 2007
Famous Chefs Cooking Classes
These days, anyone can be famous. (Just takes a skirt, no panties, and YouTube.)
But going from Regular Joe to rock star still requires a few legitimate skills. Like walking (supermodel), sketching (starchitect), or working miracles with an onion (celebrichef).
So step away from the camera and sign up for Culinary Communion’s new Famous Chefs series. The hands-on cooking classes impart the secrets of a different culinary genius every month.
From the cozy kitchen of his West Seattle home, chef/co-owner Gabriel Claycamp walks you through signature dishes by the likes of The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller and Le Bernardin’s Eric Ripert. No slouch himself (he’s associated with underground restaurant Gypsy), Claycamp also explains each chef’s philosophy and influence on modern cooking.
After graduation, you can move on to the school’s zillions of other classes (wine seminars, cooking tours in France).
But, of course, you’ll never forget your roots.
First class Friday, March 23, 6-10 p.m. Culinary Communion (206-284-8687 or culinarycommunion.com).
Colin McCrate Urban Farm Company
Even the brownest thumbs turn green when their owners listen to Colin McCrate and his team of farmer boys who teach clients to grow organic produce in their own backyards. Read More
Originally published on May 29, 2007
Garden of Eatin’
Seattle Urban Farm Company
Between free wine tastings, Costco samples, and your willingness to be pretty much anybody’s plus one, living off the land’s a lot easier than it was in Laura Ingalls’s day.
But doing so without sacrificing your diet is another story. (You call your stomach the Little House of Puff Pastry and Processed Foods.)
Here’s a brilliant solution: Ask Seattle Urban Farm Company to create an organic vegetable garden right in your own backyard. After an initial consultation, the company (a trio of cheerful farmer boys) goes to town: planting the veggies of your choosing, returning regularly to maintain them, and even harvesting your crop for you every week.
They’ll even teach ambitious types to care for their own gardens. What don’t they do? Use herbicides, synthetic pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (ew). Which means when you’re biting into perfectly ripe tomatoes, radishes, or butterhead lettuce, you’ll know you’re eating the freshest, healthiest food possible.
Without even setting foot on a prairie.
Seattle Urban Farm Company, 1147 Northwest 57th Street (206-816-9740 or seattleurbanfarmco.com).
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