In Your Factory, Are the Doors Locked?

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Friday, March 25
8 am – 8 pm: Production Shift
8 pm – 9:30 pm: Dinner, shirtwaist blouse sale and reflective conversation
 
Please stop by and see Frau Fiber and the Faux Fraus anytime during this 12-hour production shift to commemorate the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire or join us for dinner afterwards.
 
One hundred and five years ago on March 25, a fire spread through the cramped Triangle Shirtwaist Factory’s 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Asch Building in lower Manhattan. Workers in the factory, many of whom were young women recently arrived from Europe, had little or no opportunity to escape. The rapidly spreading fire killed 146 workers. The public outcry over what was clearly a preventable tragedy brought a renewed sense of urgency to the labor movement and to other groups working to improve women’s and immigrants’ rights in the workplace. While the American workplace has changed radically, conditions in the global garment industry have not. Bangladesh, the new capital of fast fashion, and Pakistan have seen the following disasters:
 
April 24, 2013: 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse. An eight-story factory building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and killed 1129 people.
 
November 24, 2012: Dhaka Tasreen Fashions fire. A seven-story factory fire outside of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killed at least 112 people, 12 from jumping out of windows to escape the blaze.
 
September 11, 2012: Karachi, Pakistan, 289 people died in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory, which made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.
 
As a reminder of continued labor abuses in the garment industry and in honor of the workers who have died for the production of cheap fast fashion for companies such as H&M, Forever 21, Walmart, Target, and Gap, Frau Fiber and the Faux Fraus will sew for a 12-hour shift, producing replicas of the Shirtwaist Blouse. In 2011, Frau Fiber cut these blouses from Los Angeles garment factory remnants. Each year, on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Frau commences with this commemorative production in an attempt to complete 146 blouses.

Wed, Feb 24 — Join the Sewing Rebellion

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Wednesday, February 24
6:30 – 9:30 pm
BYO Sewing Machine if you have one!
 
The Sewing Rebellion returns to Thank You For Coming every fourth Wednesday of the month!
 
As Faux Fraus, Thank You For Coming’s collective members are proud to host the LA chapter of the Sewing Rebellion. We pledge to train to be leaders of the Sewing Rebellion, and to emancipate our neighbors from the chains of disposable fashion.
 
Please join us for this Rebellion: the Faux Fraus want you to Mend, Alter, Up Cycle and Make! Bring a project you’ve been working on or start anew.
 
If you have a Sewing Machine Bring it!
If you have fabric, notions, thread, Bring it!
If you don’t, bring yourself and we will provide it! ($5 donation for fabric)
Feel free to bring a snack to share!

 
Please note, this event is free, first come, first serve and limited to 10 participants.

 
The Sewing Rebellion is a free workshop, which began in Chicago Fall of 2006 and now has a home base in Long Beach CA, at the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms. Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber and an army of Faux Fraus, the Sewing Rebellion distributes knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, and encourages the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes.
 
More info on Sewing Rebellion here.
 

Sun, Feb 21 – Clara Cakes Brunch

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Special brunch hosted by Clara Cakes!
11am -3pm on February 21!
 
There will be mac and cheese waffles, strawberry blood orange pancakes, and a bunch of other dishes TBA, and of course a pastry case full of sweets. Everything is always vegan.
 
There will be a tarot card reader too!

Wed, Jan 27 – Join the Sewing Rebellion

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Wednesday, January 27
6:30 – 9:30 pm — BYO Sewing Machine if you have one!
 
The Sewing Rebellion returns to Thank You For Coming every fourth Wednesday of the month!
 
As newly enlisted Faux Fraus, Thank You For Coming collective members are proud to host the LA chapter of the Sewing Rebellion. We pledge to train to be leaders of the Sewing Rebellion, and to emancipate our neighbors from the chains of disposable fashion. Faux Frau Lauren, a sewing and fashion teacher, will be there to help guide and teach us.
 
Please join us for this Rebellion: the Faux Fraus want you to Mend, Alter, Up Cycle and Make!
 
If you have a Sewing Machine Bring it!
If you have fabric, notions, thread, Bring it!
If you don’t, bring yourself and we will provide it! ($5 donation for fabric)
Feel free to bring a snack to share!

 
Please note, this event is free, first come, first serve and limited to 10 participants.

 
The Sewing Rebellion is a free workshop, which began in Chicago Fall of 2006 and now has a home base in Long Beach CA, at the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms. Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber and an army of Faux Fraus, the Sewing Rebellion distributes knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, and encourages the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes.
 
More info on Sewing Rebellion here.
 

Sat, dec 12 – A birthday celebration with Salad and Bones

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Saturday, December 12
6 – 9 pm
 
All are invited to join us on Saturday, December 12 to celebrate Thank You For Coming’s 3rd birthday and the launch of a new artist edition by Christopher Reynolds. The schedule of festivities is as follows:
 
6 PM: Salade du Chevalier d’Albignac. Interactive performance with artist Christopher Reynolds to mark the launch of his new artist edition, Fashionable Salad-Maker Kit (for Chevalier d’Albignac), available in the shop. In conjunction with the kit, Reynolds and active participants will give a performance titled Salade du Chevalier d’Albignac in which they will make the salad named after d’Albignac himself.
 
7:30 PM: Bones. Interactive performance inspired by Gordon Matta Clark’s Bones Dinner. Every year, in observance of our birthday we’ve eaten goat stew, and this year will be no exception. We’ll eat and extract the bones from our stew, clean and dry them, then thread them into wearables.
 
BYODD. Bring Your Own Drinks and Dessert.

CSA Edition No. 4 — Fashionable Salad-Maker Kit (for Chevalier d’Albignac) by Christopher Reynolds

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Fashionable Salad-Maker Kit (for Chevalier d’Albignac)
by Christoper Reynolds
Edition of 30 (5 AP)
2015
Wood, leather, recipe cards, whisk, bowl, french towel, vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, canned anchovies, ketchup, mustard, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), salt and pepper.
8.5 x 5.25 x 3.5 inches
 
“Mr. Frenchman, your countrymen are said to excel in the art of salad-making. Would you do my friends and myself the favor of mixing one for us?” 
 
Nestled in the pages of famed gastronomer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s 1825 treatise, The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy lies the story of a not-so-famous French entrepreneur by the name of Chevalier d’Albignac (1739-1825). In fleeing the French Revolution, d’Albagnac brought with him to London the French reputation for expert salad making.  After a chance encounter with hungry and impressionable young Englishmen and a resulting opportunity to share his craft, his calendar quickly filled with private appointments in the homes of London’s upper class, assembling salads and dressing them with a freshly mixed vinaigrette. To profit from his growing venture, d’Albignac fabricated the “Fashionable Salad-Maker” kit. This mahogany case accompanied him and his servant on house calls for delicately prepared salads made from exotic ingredients. The portable gastronomic laboratory included vinegars, oils (with and without fruity flavor), soy, caviar, truffles, anchovies, ketchup, mustard, meat extracts (gravy), egg, salt and pepper – essentially all ingredients needed to make what is known today simply as “French Dressing.” From his oft-requested salad visits and the sales of his mass-produced cruet-boxes, d’Albignac made a small fortune and acquired international acclaim. Yet despite his successes d’Albignac is rarely found in the pages of culinary history.  
 
With Fashionable Salad-Maker Kit (for Chevalier d’Albignac), Christopher Reynolds has resurrected the neglected story of d’Albignac. His contemporary revival and reimagined d’Albignac salad kit presents a historical view into food trends, a concept that remains as relevant today as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. Drawing parallels of performance art and food preparation, the artwork functions as a pseudo-historical artifact with contemporary utility. This kit is an assemblage of the ingredients and tools needed to concoct d’Albignac’s French dressing, including Reynolds’s own contemporary addition of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). The inclusion of this ingredient – uncommon in Western home cooking but ubiquitous on the ingredients list of packaged snack foods and pre-made dressings found on supermarket shelves – points to consumers’ unrelenting desire for more potent flavors in their food. 
 
In conjunction with the kit, Reynolds and active participants will give a performance titled Salade du Chevalier d’Albignac in which they will make the salad named after d’Albignac himself. Both the Fashionable Salad-Maker Kit and Salade du Chevalier d’Albignac are influenced by the work of Fluxus artist Alison Knowles and her 1962 art performance Make a Salad.  Similar to Knowles’ desire to connect high art with daily life, Reynolds underlines the often undervalued ritual of preparing and sharing food.  Within his own practice, Reynolds directs our attention to historical storytelling to discuss present-day food topics such as economic class systems and mass production as well as understanding rituals of preparation and consumption. By placing emphasis on the ingredients and instructions, Reynolds provides a historical and contemplative look into something as simple as making a salad.  

Which Witch Book Launch

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Special book release for Which Witch during brunch hours (11-3) on December 5!
 
Which Witch organized a Writers-In-Residence program as part of &Now 2015, the biennial experimental writing conference hosted at CalArts. The program took place over the course of three days at the Saugus Cafe, the only 24-hour establishment in Santa Clarita Valley and LA County’s oldest restaurant. WW invited artists and writers to reserve a time slot over a continuous 72-hour period to work on a piece of writing of their choosing, culminating in the collaborative print publication Any Way You Like ‘Em (Which Witch, Nov 2015). Contributors include Michael Atkins, Seth Blake, Henry Hoke, Jen Hutton, and more.
 
Book available for purchase HERE and in the shop on Dec 5.

Friday, Dec 11: Tunisian Shabbat by Petit Takett

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From the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and part of Infinite Light, a city-wide festival powered by NuRoots:

 

Join acclaimed chef Orly Olivier for an immersive and unforgettable Shabbat dinner filled with food, community, and storytelling. Our Tunisian-style Chanukah celebration will include treats like honey and orange blossom pastries, smoky red lentil soup, and Mexanisian latkes. We hope to inspire you to bring tradition into focus in a way that’s meaningful to you. The evening will be hosted by YALA (Young Adults of Los Angeles) and Petit Takett.

 

Sharing food is one of the most genuine forms of cultural exchange. Gathered at the dinner table, we reminisce, share stories, and engage with one another. Presented in conjunction with Petit Takett: Love, Legacy, and Recipes from the Maghreb, an exhibition on view at the Skirball, the evening will celebrate food as a powerful connection to the past.

 

Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm

Thank You For Coming
3416 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
$20

 

Purchase tickets at yala.org/tunisianshabbat

Sewing Rebellion: H&M KNOCK-OFF EDITION 2, WITH FRAU FIBER + FAUX FRAUS

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Wednesday, October 28
6:30 – 9:30 pm — BYO Sewing Machine if you have one!
 
The Sewing Rebellion returns to Thank You For Coming! We had an excellent group last month and will continue with our H&M Knock-Off projects this month.
 
As newly enlisted Faux Fraus, Thank You For Coming collective members are proud to host the LA chapter of the Sewing Rebellion. We pledge to train to be leaders of the Sewing Rebellion, and to emancipate our neighbors from the chains of disposable fashion. The real Frau Fiber will be on hand to help guide and teach us until we gain the confidence to lead the rebellion ourselves.
 
Please join us for this Rebellion: Frau Fiber and the Thank You For Coming Faux Fraus want you to Mend, Alter, Up Cycle and Make! Bring two yards of knit fabric and learn how to (or continue to) knock-off an H&M Conscious Collection dress.
 
If you have a Sewing Machine Bring it!
If you have fabric, notions, thread, Bring it!
If you don’t, bring yourself and we will provide it! ($5 donation for fabric)
Feel free to bring a snack to share!

 
Please note, this event is first come, first serve and limited to 10 participants in order to ensure adequate work space.

 
The Sewing Rebellion is a free workshop, which began in Chicago Fall of 2006 and now has a home base in Long Beach CA, at the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms. Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber and an army of Faux Fraus, the Sewing Rebellion distributes knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, and encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes.
 
More info on Sewing Rebellion here.
 

Sewing Rebellion: H&M Knock-Off Edition, with Frau Fiber + Faux Fraus

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Wednesday, September 23
7pm-9pm — BYO Sewing Machine if you have one!
 
The Sewing Rebellion returns to Thank You For Coming!
 
As newly enlisted Faux Fraus, Thank You For Coming collective members are proud to host the LA chapter of the Sewing Rebellion. We pledge to train to be leaders of the Sewing Rebellion, and to emancipate our neighbors from the chains of disposable fashion. The real Frau Fiber will be on hand to help and teach us until we gain confidence…
 
Please join us for this Rebellion: Frau Fiber and the Thank You For Coming Faux Fraus want you to Mend, Alter, Up Cycle and Make! Bring two yards of knit fabric and learn how to knock-off an H&M Conscious Collection dress.
 
If you have a Sewing Machine Bring it!
If you have fabric, notions, thread, Bring it!
If you don’t, bring yourself and we will provide it!

 
Please e-mail if you plan on coming, and please note if you will be bringing your own machine.

 
The Sewing Rebellion is a free workshop, which began in Chicago Fall of 2006 and now has a home base in Long Beach CA, at the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms. Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber and an army of Faux Fraus, the Sewing Rebellion distributes knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, and encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes.
 
More info on Sewing Rebellion here.
 

A Warm Scent, For Winter Artist Edition by IAO + CSA Pickup #3

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September 2015
Artist Edition Release, Scent For Sale, CSA Pickup #3
 
A Warm Scent, For Winter is a collaboration between Thank You for Coming and The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO). Made in LA for people of all genders, it is a gourmand perfume with notes of cedarwood, ambergris, musk, chocolate, clove and sandalwood. We’ve barely made it out of summer, but this body scent is sure to warm cold hearts, melt icy stares, and entice appetites in any season.
 
Coinciding with TYFC’s third CSA pickup of the year, A Warm Scent will be available to smell and for purchase beginning the weekend of September 12-13 during Brunch. A limited micro-edition of 27 was made and bottled. Please correspond by email if you’d like to reserve one in advance.
 
The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent by initiating and supporting arts projects that utilize the medium of scent, by providing accessible and affordable education in our experimental laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, and by celebrating excellence in independent and artisan perfumery through its yearly award mechanism, The Art and Olfaction Awards. Through these efforts, IAO extends the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.
 
More on IAO here.
 

We <3 Drinkollage: Summer Cutup + Paste Edition

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Sunday, July 26
11am-3pm — during TYFC’s Sunday Brunch
Scissors + Some Magazines + Glue provided
 
WE <3 DRINKOLLAGE! If you have a moment, please RSVP to drinkollage@gmail.com if ya can, so we can get an idea of how many to expect.
 
About Drinkollage:
DRINKOLLAGE began in the fall of 2011 with a group of friends, a stack of magazines, scissors, glue, and some cans of Coors Lite.
 
It has since developed into a semi-regular gathering of friends who make collages together and drink. In May 2013 we published the first issue of our ZINE.
 
DRINKOLLAGE is brought to you by JAMIE GAUL and RACHAEL MORRISON.
 
More info:
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