SF Mime Troupe this weekend

September brings us the annual visit from political provocateurs, the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Their shows are always poignant, professional, hilarious and free.

This year’s production is an original musical titled Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker. As a factory shuts down and robs the workers of their pay and pension to fulfill promised dividends, a pregnant worker accidentally instigates a strike. Bring a picnic, lowback chairs and a few bucks for when they pass the hat.
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Wine drinkers rejoice, as Fall is coming and the crush is drawing nigh.

This weekend, the six wineries of the Old Sugar Mill will be celebrating with their annual crush party. In addition to the usual tastings and such, they will feature barrel tastings, a grape stomping contest, live music, super discounts, local food vendors and the opportunity to bottle your own wine. Personally, I really dig the self-bottling as it it allows you to personalize bottles for gifts, create custom blends and have access to small batch wines. Last year, I bottled some tremendous Carvalho tempranillo for half the price of the standard bottle.

Tickets are $15 advance/$20 door.

Award winning beer and wines at State Fair

During the closing weekend at the State Fair, make sure you find your way to my two favorite spots; the Wine Garden and the Brewfest. While the Wine Garden is open every day, the Brewfest is only on Saturday at 5pm.

The Wine Garden has changed things up this year. Instead of offering nothing but award winning wines, they have a smaller selection of award winners with a large selection of inexpensive bottles for you to enjoy while you see acts such as Foghat and Weird Al. If you are buying by the glass, spend the extra $8 to get a commemorative glass, giving you double pours for the same price.
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2010 CA State Fair Opens!

Poppy points the way to adventure!
An adventure is waiting inside at the 157th annual California State Fair! Check in here at The Rag for updates on food, fun, music, booze and more so you don’t miss out on new features and old favorites. Discount tickets are still available through midnight tonight! Meanwhile, here are a few images from the opening day.

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