SF Latino Film Festival 2016: Divas of the Golden Era

February 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

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As we begin this new chapter in Cine+Mas history, we take into consideration the past year’s dramas, triumphs, and hard work our group and community has endured. We move through 2016 with new purpose: a vision that celebrates where we’re from and welcomes the future with the gleaming faces of Divas of the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema.

Our mission with this festival this year is to showcase the innocence of what was once new territory for the Americas in film. We’ll share stories of our journey. Celebrate monthly up to September with film and dinner events. Join us. Get in early as a contributor and please share our stories with your friends and family.

¡Nos vemos en el cine!

Donor Recognition and Benefits for the 2016 Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival

$5,000- $9,999    Studio Head DONATE

  • “Studio Head” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • Verbal recognition at all festival screenings
  • Opportunity to introduce a film
  • Film Sponsorship – select a film to sponsor and receive verbal, print, screen, and special signage recognition
  • Invitation for 2 to a private screening event
  • Invitation for 2 to a private dinner with a Guest Artist
  • 4 Full Festival All Access Passes (includes all films and ticketed special events)
  • 8 Invitations to VIP Encuentro- private, invite only event
  • Festival poster

$2,500-$4,999     Executive Producer

  • “Executive Producer” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • Film Sponsorship – select a film to sponsor and receive verbal, print, screen, and special signage recognition
  • Invitation for 2 to a private screening event
  • Invitation for 2 to a private dinner with Guest Artist
  • 3 Full Festival All Access Passes (includes all films and ticketed special events)
  • 6 Invitations to VIP Encuentro- private, invite only event
  • Festival poster

$1,000-$2,499     Producer DONATE

  • “Producer” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • Film Sponsorship – select a film to sponsor and receive verbal, print, screen, and special signage recognition
  • Invitation for 2 to Private Event with Guest Artist
  • 2 Full Festival All Access Passes (includes all films and ticketed special events)
  • 4 Invitations to VIP Encuentro- private, invite only event
  • Festival poster

$500- $999     Director DONATE

  • “Director” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • 14 film tickets (general admission films only)
  • 2 Tickets to Opening Night party
  • 2 Invitations to private, invite only event
  • Festival poster

$250-$499        Celebrity

  • “Celebrity” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • 8 film tickets (general admission films only)
  • 2 Invitations to private, invite only event
  • Festival poster

$100-$249        Film Buff DONATE

  • “Film Buff” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • 4 Film tickets (general admission films only)
  • Festival poster

$50-$99        Big Fan DONATE

  • “Big Fan” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • 2 Film tickets (general admission films only)
  • Festival poster

$10- $49        Fan DONATE

  • “Fan” listing in 2016 Festival Guide
  • Festival poster

Locally Grown Mission Street Eats

October 3, 2009 § Leave a comment

Whether you’re a city dweller or coming to the California Bay on vacation, you might want to check out the multifaceted mecca that is Mission Street.

Aside from its culturally diverse population, this major artery through San Francisco has some of the city’s best organic cuisine.

Their major selling point is not just their location, but the fact that their menus showcase only locally grown produce and meat products. I’ve compiled a list of restaurants worthy of checking out while you’re in the city’s Mission District.

AME Restaurant, located in the St. Regis is high end and all fresh. It features contemporary American cuisine with Napa Valley executive chefs at its helms. This award winning spot is perfect for dates and features some of the best California wines. AME is located at 689 Mission right in the SOMA District.

Americano Restaurant & Bar is waterfront and offers American and Italian cuisine. Besides its beautiful waterfront views and locally grown menu selection, the restaurant has a bar from 11-1 am every night.

Blue Plate is a hip-casual stop for medium priced Modern American cuisine. Its menu is completely organic too. Blue Plate is located at 3218 Mission in the Bernal Heights District.

If you like Latin, check out Cha Cha Cha. It’s a hip and fun local favorite. This place serves tapas style cuisine at reasonable prices and is open late. Find it at 1301 Mission Street.

Foreign Cinema is an upscale, but hip place to grab a drink or a bite. It’s outside dinning patio doubles as an outdoor theater where classic films are screened during dinner. Indoor tables are also available. Classic cinema outside and fresh food from local farmers, who can beat that! Foreign Cinema is located at 2534 Mission Street.

Aside from the above mentioned eateries, Mission Street is a perfect district to cruise through if you’re looking for fresh produce. There’s a fruit stand on almost every corner.

Save on Produce and Support California Growers: Part One

April 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

How about picking up some fresh produce from a local farmers market this Sunday? Well if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, the farmers market locations listed below are worthy of checking out in Santa Clara County.

These local farmers markets are year-round and the list below is a collection of about ten that operate only on Sundays..

Los Gatos

For you early birds, head out to Los Gatos Farmers Market. The market’s hours of operation are every Sunday from 8 am-1:30 pm on Montebello Way at Broadway.

This market features organic and non-organic produce, fresh fish, cheese, dried fruits, nuts, beans, herbs, specialty spreads and dressings, preserves, juice, fresh cut flowers, and freeze-dried flower arrangements and wreaths in season. Last but not least an oyster bar. For more info call 408-353-4293.


From 8:30 am – noon rain or shine go to San Jose’s Japantown Farmers Market on Jackson Street at North 7th Street. This is an independent and certified market near the heart of downtown San Jose.

Volunteer opportunities are available at this market. Go to their website for more info japantownsanjose.org/market.html.


As of April 1, the Milpitas Farmers Market has reopened. This market is located at 525 Los Coches Street at Hillview in the side lot of the Indian Community Center.

Featured farmers can be found here: pcfma.com/marketproducer.php?market_id=8. Thanks to a City of Milpitas and Indian Community Center partnership, this market will be an ongoing year-round Sunday happening.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto Farmers Market also showcases locally grown produce from 9 am – 1 pm on Sundays. Most of their stands feature organic produce, but some comments on Yelp claim that their prices are higher than other local farmers markets.

If you don’t mind spending a buck or two more, check out this Sunday Peninsula market on California Avenue at El Camino Real in Palo Alto. For more info about this market call 510-745-7100.

Stay posted for part two of this Sunday farmers market report.


Save on Produce and Support California Growers: Part Two

April 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

One thing is certain about these farmers markets, their produce is California grown and less expensive than store bought produce. Some farmers travel all the way from Sacramento to deliver their farms fresh picks. So go out and support these local growers.

I’ve search far and wide, high and low for every single Sunday farmers market in Santa Clara County. This article will complete my thorough investigation. Take the following places into consideration next time you head out for fresh produce.

Santana Row

Feel like taking a nice stroll, perhaps checking out a new Gucci bag before shopping for produce? Santana Row’s year-round Sunday Market is perfectly suited for the shopaholic Sunday lounger.

Hours of operation are from 11 am – 3 pm between and it’s located on Olin Avenue and Tatum Lane in Piazza di Valencia. Items on showcase include fruit, seasonal vegetables, oven fresh breads, giant prawns, cheeses, salad dressings, sauces, Indian foods, hot soups and olive oils.

It’s smaller than most of the local markets with only ten or eleven vendors, but it’s a nice addition to the already existing attractions at Santana Row.

Blossom Hill

For those in the southern most part of the South Bay, visit the Blossom Hill Farmers Market in the Princeton Plaza Mall at Kooser and Meridian Avenue. Hours of operation are from 10 am – 2 pm.

This certified farmers market features approximately forty growers mostly from the San Joaquin Valley with some local vendors. Shopping hint: 1:30 pm till their 2 pm closing time, vendors are allowed to negotiate prices.

This market is a meat, poultry and dairy free zone. For more information about this farmers market, you can go to cafarmersmkts.com/blossom.html.

Campbell Urban Village

For you large farmers market lovers, Campbell’s Urban Village Market offers a local favorite – Greenlees Cinnamon Bread. A famed Artichoke Hummus maker from Petaluma with car salesmen antics sets up shop here as well. Buy into his sales, te dip is to die for.

This certified market was voted Best of South Bay Farmers Markets by San Jose Mercury News and Wave Magazine. Yelper’s also claim this market to the best in the South Bay.

It’s located at Campbell Avenue and Second Street and its hours of operation are from 9 am – 1 pm. For more information about this market go to urbanvillageonline.com.

Alum Rock

Alum Rock Village Farmers Market features, the cheapest produce in comparison to the rest of the other markets. According to massive amounts of reviews, this is not a trendy Sunday afternoon place to hang.

This is however the best place for deals. It’s hours of operation are from 9 am to 1 pm and is located on White Road in San Jose.

Mountain View

Last on the hunt, is the Mountain View Farmers Market located at Hope Street at W Evelyn outside of the Cal Train Station. This market averages about seventy parishioners says cafarmersmkts.com.

It rates average on the price meter according to comments I’ve collected. However this market is located at the beginning of Castro Street in Mt. View which is a cool downtown area strip of shops and cool restaurants. It’s a nice break from Santana Row, with an old school but nice Bay Area vibe worth checking out during a lazy Sunday stroll.

The real inspiration for this investigation is the fact that April is earth month. So what better way to celebrate your tree hugging inner-child than by checking out one of these neighborhood markets.

Ulta: The Ultimate Stop for Cosmetics

January 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Two months ago, I shopped for the first time at Ulta Beauty. Ulta Beauty is a department store that sells only beauty products. They don’t just sell high end beauty products like Peter Thomas Roth and Boscia, which I personally love. Ulta Beauty also showcases all the drugstore brands like Neutrogena, Jergen’s and St. Ives. In short, it’s a little bit like heaven.

Ulta is located all around the country, and I recently visited their South San Francisco location at the newly renovated Tandoran Shopping District. The beauty store is about the size of a department store and stocks nothing but cosmetics and salon goods.

Ulta also has their own in house certified professional salon, another plus in my book. I haven’t used its services but after checking the menu, their prices look decent and worth a try. I’ve secretly wanted to get a perm. Yes I know “gasp, a 1980’s-looking perm.” Ulta’s stylists charge only 80 bucks for medium length hair, so I’m seriously contemplating making my 1980’s fantasy hair become a reality.

My favorite feature is their one-stop drugstore/salon shop advantage, so I signed up for the Ulta Club Card. It’s free and after each 50 bucks is spent, members can redeem free gifts. So far, I’ve received free mascara and a cool luggage tote bag. Think about all of the q-tips, shampoo and conditioner that you purchase at drugstores that never come with gifts.

Their employees are all “cosmetology trained or actual estheticians” according to their website. I like to get free advice, so I’ve been chopping up their time for new tips.

Their Yelp reviews don’t do the store justice. The ratings are low on customer service. “How can you complain when the store offers such great free gifts,” I thought to myself.

Comments such as, “the sales girls are total snobs” and “the cashier gave me attitude,” shouts horrible customer service. They have been nothing but helpful to me, but I can see how some might think their sales facade is less than bubbly.

Some would compare Ulta to Sephora, but the most distinguishable difference between the two stores is their offerings. Ulta’s website has a plethora of online discounts and part of Ulta’s philosophy is to “offer value through constant money saving promotions, free shipping and samples with each purchase.”

Another plus is the product line selection. Sephora houses so many great brands, but I don’t like to gamble with skincare products and they carry several new product lines that I’ve never heard of that are almost always over priced in over the top packaging. Ulta Beauty carries familiar salon shampoos and conditioners, drugstore brands and tried and true fragrance lines.

Ulta Beauty’s superstores have been around for less than a decade but have transformed the cosmetic and salon buying experience. Their innovations in reinventing cosmetics retail have even garnered them with the “Hot Retailer Award” from the International Council of Shopping Centers and their CEO the “Achiever Award” by Cosmetics Executive Women!

The Bay Area’s Nails La’moure

January 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

I’ve made a habit out of getting my nails done regularly. I’ve been doing it for years for a few reasons. One, it makes my hands look pretty and two, I like to treat myself to a little pampering sometimes. Everybody should do it. Self neglect is the leading cause of bad moods, you know. So to avoid being a groucho, I get my nails done. It makes me smile.

At a recent visit to the nail salon while one hand was getting worked on, I was texting away on my newly gifted iPhone 3G – the device I’m using to write this entry.

It’s an amazing little handheld computer with full access to the internet, iPod capabilities and applications ranging from health news updates to time killing games.

One of the manicurists shuffled through my music and played my disco selection. It totally changed the vibe in the room. Hm, never have I met a group of women that liked disco as much as I did. I even got some free nail designs. In the wise words of Martha Stewart, “it was a good thing”.

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