Learning from Legends: Narsai David in conversation with Margaret Jenkins

Lecture | April 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94705

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Celebrate local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines. In conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.

One of the Bay Area’s leading restaurateurs for many years, Narsai David has also had a long and illustrious career as a food and wine critic. He hosted two PBS series, “Over Easy” and “Cook Off America,” was the resident chef at “Mornings on 2” for KTVU from 1987 to 1996, and wrote a column for the San Francisco Chronicle Food Section titled “California Cuisine” from 1984 to 1995. As “Macy’s Culinary Expert” for ten years, he hosted cooking demonstrations every Saturday morning at the flagship store on Union Square in San Francisco. Today, as Food and Wine Editor at San Francisco’s KCBS radio station, Narsai broadcasts his secrets of gourmet cooking weekly. He also has a line of specialty food products, is the author of Monday Night at Narsai’s (Simon and Schuster), and is actively involved in giving back to the community. Wherever he goes, Narsai’s objective remains the same: to share the simple pleasures of cooking, food and wine through education.

Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer and artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects like Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). In the 1960s, Jenkins studied at Juilliard, continued her training at UCLA and returned to New York to dance with Gus Solomons, Jr., Jack Moore, Judy Dunn, Twyla Tharp, and Viola Farber. Until 1976 she taught for and was an assistant to Merce Cunningham. Since her return to San Francisco, where she has worked now for over four decades, the MJDC has been a part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco, dedicated to the making and touring of new work, and international exchange in Japan, India, China and Israel. She has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and has made work for many other companies including the San Francisco Ballet for their 75th anniversary season. She has received numerous commissions and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bernard Osher Cultural Award and a residency in Bellagio, Italy at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Admission is $10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff.

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