Running a house is a tremendous job in itself. But taking its festive atmosphere with you? Now it takes something special.
But it happened on a Saturday morning when the Victorian-era home that used to be Poor House Bistro – adorned with Mardi Gras beads and Italian flags – was driven to its new home in Little Italy on Montgomery Street, around SAP Center and through St. gone. Between Henry’s High-Life and the Italian Museum under construction.
It took about four hours, but the house moved along with the festive crowd, with the crew of the Kelly Brothers house movers adjusting angles throughout the move. Musicians from St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band of Lafayette set up on the corner of Barack Obama Boulevard and Santa Clara Street, playing New Orleans favorites to crowds that had grown from a few dozen to a few hundred when the music began—any good. Party sign. The band travels to the rest of the house in fits and starts along narrow St. John Street, where uprooting tree branches and power lines create an urban obstacle course.
PG&E staff were there to move or cut (and later reconnect) lines, and Benjamin Smith of Mokey Smith Tree Specialist provided some mesmerizing entertainment. He shook the trees with ropes and a chainsaw, carefully cutting off the obstructing branches and making sure the house, covered with a blue tarp, would clear other limbs. The audience rejoiced as he spun from part to part like he was a Cirque du Soleil artist in a hardhat.
While the building was covered with plywood-covered gravel for its new home, mimosas and Bloody Marys flowed from next door into the courtyard formed from the parking lot of Henry’s High-Life, where what had once been established and Poor House Bistro. Cajun was selling scrambled eggs with andouille sausage, beignets and chicory coffee.
Now that it’s mostly in place, the Famiglia Meduri Poor House Bistro—the Italian tweak to the name reflecting both the new location and owner Jay Meduri’s family background—won’t open until late spring or early summer, thanks to a new foundation. Waiting, connections and lots of inspections, no doubt about it.
That means it won’t be ready for Mardi Gras on March 1, but Meduri said operations will continue at the old location, where the courtyard structure still stands, music still plays and food is prepared from mobile kitchens. Is. Any Fat Tuesday celebration would be there, but there’s talk of having a horn band that takes people to Little Italy for some Venetian Carnevale fun, perhaps in Henry’s parking lot.
“We can use these good vibes right now in Little Italy,” said Little Italy president Joshua Davincenzi Melander, who wore a Venetian-style mask for the move. Does anyone know what Italian means for “good times to come?” How do you say “give”?
New Chapter for San Jose Galleries: There’s good news on the horizon for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, which on January 17th will replace James G. Welcome to Leventhal. Hopefully, Leventhal can provide some stability for the downtown San Jose gallery, which had a tumultuous few years after the retirement of longtime executive director Cathy Kimball.
ICA’s Chairman of the Board, Gordon Yamate, said in a release that Leventhal’s arrival aligns perfectly with the current needs of the Sofa Gallery and the board is in sync with the vision, experience and strong desire to serve the diverse communities within San Jose. Looking for Executive Director. and the Bay Area. Leventhal, who has more than 30 years of experience in the field, was most recently interim director of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and previously director of development at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Grab the curtain: The current COVID-19 surge has forced a few more schedule changes for the South Bay stages. The Tabard Theater in downtown San Jose has pushed the opening of its one-woman show, “Kate: The Unexamined Life,” to January 21, which includes both in-person and livestreamed performances, until January 30. It has also been decided to bump the musical “Trumph of Love” from its February/March spot and replace it with a show that has yet to be announced, featuring a small cast without risk with a musical . stay updated here www.tabardtheatre.org,
Similarly, Palo Alto Players has new dates for Jacqueline Backhaus’ “Men on Boats”—an adventure set in the 19th century by about 10 men on four boats and two rivers. The play, which has an all-female cast and also features no boats or rivers, will now make its maiden voyage on February 4, running an 11-performance run until February 20 at the Lucy Stern Theater in Palo Alto. Check www.paplayers.org For schedules and tickets.
just asking: The San Jose City Council will this week consider recommendations from the Charter Review Commission, including a proposal to move the city’s mayoral election in line with the US presidential election. The argument in favor of this move is that since there is more turnout in the presidential election, there will be more people’s participation in choosing the mayor. That’s a fair point, but couldn’t the same argument be made for council elections for odd-numbered districts, which would have a low turnout under the lure of a mayoral race under that proposal?
There is also a similarity point, as some of the odd-numbered districts—Downtown District 3, Eastern San Jose District 5, and Central San Jose District 7—have very Latino and Asian populations and some of the city’s lowest-end districts. Includes- Income Neighborhood. I have heard that the commission discussed the idea, but the body as a whole did not include it in its recommendations.
Of course, because of the prospect of a full council turnover every four years all elections in a single year may sound crazy, but there are ways to reduce that possibility, at least for some time. Also the US House of Representatives deals with the same possibility every two years and that seems to have succeeded.