Know the password? (pssst… it’s “polycultural evolution”)

Tonite is the summer edition Christine Berry’s “semi-literary” salon, The Speakeasy. Instead of imbibing prohibited alcohol, attendees will learn about an archaic craft rarely practiced by city dwellers: urban gardening.

Come with an open mind and leave with the first seeds of your future urban harvest. We’ll be planting garlic and other such easy-growing candidates for you to take home. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to change your life.

Eco-bloggers/Echo Park residents Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen will be on hand to share tips from their recent book release, The Urban Homestead.

Oh, and in addition to an admission fee, you’ll need a password to get in. This is speakeasy after all. Check the full press release below (or the headline) for the answer.

Full disclosure: my girlfriend is producing the event, and I’ll be keeping my hands free of soil by taking photos all night.

7pm, Mt Hollywood Underground, 4607 Prospect Ave., Los Feliz, Admission: $15.00

***PRESS RELEASE***

Smart Gals’ SPEAKEASY Presents The Urban Homestead
Sunday, August 17, 2008
7:00 – 9:00pm
“Polycultural Evolution”
…Spread the Word

Los Angeles, Sunday, August 17th 2008

Some days it seems like going “green” is for the well-to-do, what with the super-spendy, designer vegan fashions, overpriced raw foods, and the extra cash it takes to buy “environmentally friendly” options from notebooks to automobiles.  The truth is, shrinking your footprint and embracing a more modest lifestyle is yours for the doing, whether you live in on an acre or in a studio apartment.

Our Summer Speakeasy, Sunday August 17, features The Urban Homestead, a new book from one of our favorite indie publishers, Process Media Inc. Written by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, a pair of model eco-citizens living right here in Los Angeles, The Urban Homestead is a clearly and compellingly written hands-on treatise for the new frontier of urban farming. From guerilla gardening in public spaces, to canning and composting, to making your own affordable, non-toxic household cleaners, The Urban Homestead promises to be your “guide to self-sufficient living in the heart of the city.”

Come with an open mind and leave with the first seeds of your future urban harvest. We’ll be planting garlic and other such easy-growing candidates for you to take home. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to change your life.

The evening’s commemorative artwork, When to Plant Vegetables in Southern California, was designed Kelly Coyne and Erick Knutzen themselves, as part of Smart Gals’ original Bookmark series.

Pleasing, nonalcoholic refreshments and savory comestibles will be provided. Should you desire a more spirited beverage, by all means bring it along but do stash it discreetly in a brown paper bag.

Password:
Polycultural Evolution

Why socialize on a Sunday? Because mingling is good for your mental health.

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Speakeasy
Sunday, August 17thth
7:00 – 9:00pm
Mt Hollywood Underground
4607 Prospect Ave., Los Feliz
Admission: $15.00

Information and passwords available at 323.302.2257 or www.smartgals.org

Who’s Who

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen happily farm in their Echo Park bungalow and run the urban homestead blog: www.homegrownevolution.org.

They have become increasingly interested in the concept of urban sustainability since moving to Los Angeles in 1998. In the that time, they’ve slowly converted their 1920 hilltop bungalow into a mini-farm, and along the way have explored the traditional home arts of baking, pickling, bicycling and brewing.

Infused with the DIY spirit and distrust of the pre-packaged and the spoon-fed, they believe in that in this age, gardening and the home arts can be an revolutionary gesture–one that builds, rather than destroys.

In addition to writing about sustainable living, Erik is a program manager at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an innovative institution based in Los Angeles. Kelly is a fiction author and the former Administrative Director of the greatest and most innovative museum in the world, the Museum of Jurassic Technology. When not writing, gardening, and tinkering they cultivate idleness as an art.

*Smart Gals Productions is a 501-C3, non-profit, public benefit arts organization, dedicated to creating original events in unlikely places, inspiring fruitful interaction, and cultivating the greater cultural community of Los Angeles.