RUBÉN AND TOM Here’s looking at you.
  • RUBÉN AND TOM Here’s looking at you.
Tom Monday and Rubén Polendo were married on a balmy August evening in the courtyard of Fremont Mischief. Strands of lights swayed in the breeze off the ship canal as excited friends and family members hugged each other hello and sipped cocktails. Stacks of paintings by Steve Keene, which guests were invited to take home at the end of the night, lined one wall of the courtyard. Formerly of alt-country and roots music magazine No Depression, Tom runs Small Batch America, a guide to independent food and drink companies—and as much as humanly possible, the celebration was sourced from anticorporate, anti-awful local makers. Rubén is the executive director of arts for NYU Abu Dhabi and runs a theater company called Theater Mitu. A steam whistle on the roof announced dinner was ready, and theater and music-industry folk politely attacked a mountain of barbecue.

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