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Marthas Come Home for the Homeless

College PRMarthas & Chef Robert from Malo

College PRMarthas & Chef Robert from Malo

This week is like Homecoming for the Punk Rock Marthas. College students are in finals, on campuses both near and far, and high school students are studying for theirs… And yet something magical happens the few weeks before our annual holiday homeless service at St Francis Center: Love. This love takes the form of tubes of toothpaste, bags of new socks, blankets, hoodies, and even the most precious for students: cash. These are sent via PayPal, left on my porch, traded in a fleeting visit…

There are none as proportionately generous as those who have spent hours preparing meals, serving them, and then cleaning up (it’s the clean up that shows real dedication.) Our membership of high school students is in the triple digits, and the hours they are putting in to assemble toiletry kits and count out what we have and are lacking, especially with all of the other events we have going on + school work, is extremely admirable. Equally admirable are the college kids (in the double digits) who are called back of their own accord. It’s the loveliest feeling to know that these awesome kids truly understand and value serving their community, and we’re still going strong holiday season number 7!

Thanks to the community members who have reached out and helped. It’s been a great help to us! We still have a few days for you to drop off your blankets/toiletries for Saturday. Please email me if you’d like to contribute: anji@punkrockmarthas.com

Warmly,
Anji

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We’re Hosting An Art Show!

We are hosting an art show to benefit FreePussyRiot.org which will help assuage some of the legal fees for imprisoned members of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot.

Los Angeles/New York based artist, Gregory Siff donated two pieces for the show. A piece from street artist Giacomo Farina in Italy will be for sale, in addition to lots of other local artists, including some of the Punk Rock Marthas. In honor of Earth Month, some artists are using recycled materials. There will also be cool merchandise for sale.

Opening reception will be Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 5-7 at Harmony Gallery 5911 Franklin Blvd in Hollywood. $5 suggested door donation. If you have any questions, please email info@punkrockmarthas.com See you there!!

PRM Art Show

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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Pesto Goat Cheese Pop Tarts

 

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Goat Cheese and Pesto Pop Tarts

These were fancier than usual because I used 9 different kinds of organic tomatoes straight from my garden that I roasted myself—so, obviously there is homemade goodness on many levels here- but you could just as easily use sundried tomatoes or roast store bought tomatoes or use some kind of cool tapenade straight from the jar. (Directions for roasting tomatoes below)
pumkin-goat-cheese-poptarts1Roll out store bought pastry dough into a square shape (as close as possible) & slice into squares

  1. Put a slice of herb chevre (goat cheese) in half the squares
  2. Spoon some tomato goodness on top
  3. Top with a half spoon of pesto
  4. Cover one square with a plain square of pastry dough and crimp the edges with a fork
  5. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes & enjoy!

 

If you do choose to roast tomatoes, cap them, cut an X on the bottom, put them in a pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper and roast at 350 for 45 minutes. Peel the skins off and you can use them chunky like this- or you can put them in a blender for a nice pasta sauce.