A fundraising event for Ukiah's Grace Hudson Museum will take place the evening of Saturday, August 29 at the Museum. Centered on the theme of "East Meets West," this evening celebrates local culture gone global, with cocktails, dinner, music, silent and live auctions and more. The evening begins at 5:30 pm with servings of the Tokyo Sunset, the Sun House Guild's signature cocktail, along with sushi from Oco Time, Ukiah's landmark California-Japanese restaurant. At 6:30 pm, a delicious dinner created by Garbocci Gourmet Catering will be served. On the menu is Beef Nikujaka, Teriyaki "Grilled with Shine" Chicken, steamed white rice, stir-fried vegetables, and Asian slaw, along with a trio of mini cupcakes in flavors of green tea, mango, and coconut for dessert. Noted Bay Area musicians Naoko and Elliott Kallen will provide musical entertainment, with Elliott playing the shakuhachi flute and Naoko on koto, shamisen, and vocals.
Sheriff Tom Allman will then preside as auctioneer, with 10 live and 35 silent auction items, including a one-week stay at the Marriott Desert Springs Villa in Palm Desert, a balloon ride above Napa Valley, and a tasting tour for four at Campovida Vineyards in Hopland. Visitors will also be able to view the Museum's current exhibit, "Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art," which closes the next day. "Modern Twist" features 38 works by 17 contemporary Japanese artists exploring the innovative shapes bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century, along with Pomo baskets that highlight similarities and differences in the two traditions. Tickets for "East Meets West" are $75 per person and are available online at www.gracehudsonmuseum.org, at Ukiah’s Mendocino Book Company, or by calling the Museum at (707) 467-2836. All proceeds will benefit the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House, whose many exhibits and events enliven Ukiah's cultural landscape and preserve its history. The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 Main St. in Ukiah.