Thursday, November 26, 2009

Chin Music Poetry December 3 at 7 pm.

Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music @ Pacific Standard. This Thursday, December 3rd, we are thrilled to feature three wonderful poets: Mónica de la Torre, Aracelis Girmay, and Boni Joi.


Mónica de la Torre is the author of TALK SHOWS (Switchback Books, 2007) and PUBLIC DOMAIN (Roof Books, 2008). The book she co-authored with artist Terence Gower, APPENDICES, ILLUSTRATIONS & NOTES, is available on She is co-editor of the multilingual anthology REVERSIBLE MONUMENTS: CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN POETRY (Copper Canyon Press), and edited and translated the volume POEMS BY GERARDO DENIZ, published by Lost Roads. Born and raised in Mexico City, she moved to New York in 1993. She is a 2009 NYFA fellow in poetry and senior editor of BOMB Magazine.

Aracelis Girmay is the author of TEETH, published in 2007 by Curbstone Press. The inheritor of Eritrean, Puerto Rican, and African American traditions, she writes poetry, essays, and fiction. Girmay holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University. Her children's art book, CHANGING, CHANGING, was published by George Braziller in 2005. A former Watson fellow and Cave Canem fellow, she has published extensively in journals and literary magazines. Girmay leads community writing workshops in the Bronx & Brooklyn, & is on the faculty of Drew University's low-residency MFA Program.

Boni Joi received a M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University, and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in Arabella, Long Shot, Big Hammer, Mind Gorilla, The Brooklyn Rail and many other journals. She is part of Off the Park Press (, a new poetry press that last year released the anthology NEW SMOKE: POETRY INSPIRED BY NEO RAUCH, and will publish VIVA LA DIFFERENCE, a collection of poems describing the painting of the same title by Peter Saul, in Spring 2010. Joi has read her poetry at numerous venues in New York City and elsewhere over the past 18 years.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cal vs. Stanford in Big Game Saturday

Just so you guys know, even if DirecTV and Versus still have their dispute going on, we'll make sure we have a cable feed of the Big Game on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Go Bears, and, as we all know, Stanfurd sucks.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


we had no idea of the tiff between Versus and DirecTV, which has caused the Cal game not to be shown on our TVs tonight. Hopefully they'll resolve it and we'll be able to show football on Versus in the future.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Chin Music Thursday, November 19 at 7 pm.

Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music @ Pacific Standard. On November 19th, we are thrilled to feature three fine poets: Aaron Fagan, Stuart Greenhouse, and James Byrne. Other writers to be featured in Chin Music this season include Monica de la Torre, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ian Douglas, and Aracelis Girmay.

Aaron Fagan is the author of GARAGE, a debut collection of poems published by Salt in 2007. Stuart Greenhouse’s chapbook, WHAT REMAINS, was chosen for a National Chapbook Fellowship and was published by the Poetry Society of America in December of 2005. James Byrne's second collection of poems, BLOOD/SUGAR, will be published in winter 2009 by Arc Publications.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our famous mulled wine recipe is back

on Monday! So get ready for some hot, spiced holiday goodness.

Pub Quiz schedule for the holidays.

We have a few interesting pub quiz-related things going on for the holidays, plus a few weeks off. Here's the schedule:

November 15 and 22: Season VI ends with the semifinals and finals!
November 29: Thanksgiving weekend. No pub quiz.
December 6: Weird Quiz Night! Not part of any season, this quiz is the one we're saving all our wacky questions and rounds for. It should be a lot of fun, and we'll still be giving away free/cheap drinks to the top three teams.
December 9: Pub Quiz Team Appreciation Night/Mixer. On this Wednesday, we show our appreciation for our loyal quiz teams by giving all Season VI teams $2 off pints all night. It's a good chance to hang out with your fellow quizzers in a non-competitive setting, too.
December 13: Big-Money Quiz Night! This is the return of an old favorite; each player on each team will pay $5 in order to qualify for the quiz. The winner of the quiz will get 80% of the pot, and the second-place team will get 20%.
December 20 and 27: No Pub Quiz.
January 3: Season VII officially begins. Quiz will go back to being every Sunday, with an exception or two (Super Bowl Sunday, for instance).

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Not to mention two excruciatingly rare cask beers.

Greene King IPA (Bury St. Edmunds, UK; $7/16 oz). Greene King IPA is now the best selling cask beer in the United Kingdom. It embodies all that is best about British beer, with its clean, fresh, hoppy taste and its distinctive tawny color. 3.6% ABV.

Rogue Sesquicentennial Ale (Newport, OR; $6/16 oz). Named for the 150th anniversary of the state of Oregon, this beer pours amber orange in color with a sweet malt background from the generous use of Munich malts. Willamette hops give the beer a nice citrus nose and finish. 6.3% ABV.

We have a bevy of brand-new tap brews

for your gustatorial enjoyment, including:

21st Amendment Back in Black IPA (San Francisco, CA; $6/16 oz). This black IPA smells of dark chocolate with a dose of piney hops. There’s plenty of malts for an IPA with a nicely balanced hop finish. 6.8% ABV.

Tröegs Javahead Stout (Harrisburg, PA; $6/16 oz). This seasonal beer contains a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans. The recipe is based on Tröeg’s original oatmeal stout recipe, with the wort being passed through a hop back vessel filled with the coffee grounds. The result is a lush oatmeal mouthfeel balanced with cocoa and subtle coffee flavors. 7.5% ABV.

Weyerbacher Heresy (Easton, PA; $6/16 oz). Weyerbacher makes Heresy by aging their Old Heathen Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels. The result is an extraordinary dark stout with aromas of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. 8.0% ABV.