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Author/chef Donia Bijan and artist Mitchell Johnson, along with their son Luca, watched Iran beat Morocco 1-0 at a World Cup match in St. Petersburg yesterday.

Emails Mitchell: “We’re in St. Petersburg for a week, but we just get to see the one game which miraculously Iran won in the last minute. Iran hadn’t won a single World Cup game since 1998.

“It’s the closest the three of us have been able to get to Iran as a family. I love this shot of Luca and Donia in the crowd after the match.

“Iran plays Spain on the 20th and we’ll watch that one on TV in Latvia.

“Donia’s book [The Last Days at Café Leila] is doing very well in Italy and comes out in Germany in two weeks. It’s receiving a great deal of pre-release reviews – 205 reviews already!”

Adding on Facebook, he wrote: “The World Cup is such a fascinating festive gathering. The weather was perfect and many people came in costumes. We met Iranians from lots of different countries — Sweden, UK, USA, Germany, Russia.”

Note: Donia left Iran in 1978 when her parents’ lives were threatened by the Islamic Revolution. Her mother was an outspoken women’s rights advocate and former member of parliament. Advised not to return to Iran, the family settled in the Bay Area.

Photo courtesy of Mitchell Johnson

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Jim Caldwell’s exhibit of paintings at Art Ventures Gallery is called “The Shape of Water”

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Architect and artist Jim Caldwell, who we first profiled in 2014, admits that fans of his landscape paintings think of “oaks on golden hills,” but he’s interested in expanding his subject matter such as he’s done in recent years with paintings of the San Joaquin Delta and New Zealand. The 20 or so paintings on […]

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Jared Sines is featured artist at Portola Art Galley in June

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Jared Sines is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery in June with an exhibit titled “Home and Away.” There will be a reception for the artist on June 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The show presents colorful depictions of subjects with special meaning to him: reflections in the canals of Venice, scenes […]

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Photographer Stuart Jacobson holding open studio again this year

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We discovered photographer Stuart Jacobson walking home last year from shopping at the Menlo Park Farmers Market and stopped by again this morning. He has a houseful of  lovely landscapes and captivating animal-in-the-wild photographs and will be available to talk with visitors until 5:00 pm today (1260 Middle Avenue). His home studio will also be […]

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Spotted: Rock Bottom Clay Arts at Menlo Park’s sidewalk festival

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Rock Bottom Clay Arts was among the vendors showing wares at the Menlo Park Spring Art Stroll this past weekend. The two- or five-feet totem poles are man-made, hollow ceramic designs created to look like colorful, modern rocks. Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll takes place April 20-22, 2018

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The Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll, celebrating its 36th year, welcomes visitors to browse among the handcrafted works of more than 90 artists whose displays include fine jewelry, photography from many different perspectives, decorative and functional ceramics, abstract and representational paintings, gorgeous turned woodwork and much more. Unlike an online shopping experience, patrons have […]

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Misako Kambe’s “Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3” is on display at Portola Art Gallery

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Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3, – carved ceramic creations by Misako Kambe is on display during the month of April at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park The exhibition includes Misako’s recent ceramic art works produced at two wood fire kiln sites: “Hikarigama-kiln” in Elkton, Oregon and “Richard Carter Studio” in Napa, California. Misako begins by […]

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Reminder: Walk for Our Lives event in Menlo Park on Saturday, March 24, organized by Katharina Powers

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As we reported earlier this week, Menlo Park resident Katharina Powers (pictured) is organizing a walk on Saturday, March 24 in homage to the many marches being held around the country calling for stricter gun control legislation, joining forces with artist Lin Evola who creates sculptures out of metal melted from guns. It will start […]

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Walk for Our Lives march scheduled for March 24 in Menlo Park

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Students, their families, and supportive community members don’t need to journey to Washington, DC, on March 24 to March for Our Lives or even to other cities in the Bay Area thanks to Dr. Katharina Powers, owner of Art Ventures in downtown Menlo Park, who is organizing a walk on that day from noon to […]

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Revelations: Art of the African American South presentation on March 12

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The Menlo Park Library is hosting a community speaker from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to give an entertaining, educational, multi-media presentation exploring an important new acquisition of contemporary art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. It takes place on March 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Historically marginalized, patronized, or promoted with […]

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Teresa Silvestri exhibits animal paintings at Portola Art Gallery in March

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“Art & the Animal,” an exhibit of new animal watercolor paintings by  Teresa Silvestri in on display at the Portola Art Gallery in March. Teresa receives her inspiration from our long time companions — the animals who share our homes and are part of our families, as well as the sentient beings that populate our […]

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