What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Tempest, Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical, Red Tent Evening, Crowley's Eight Lectures on Yoga, Lumen Obscura, Earth Energy Walk, Spring Open House at the Crucible, It's Our Fault, Archery - Try It!, Titanic Anniversary Ball, Temple of Aphrodite, Spring into Elderflower, The Witch's Garden, Shamanic Healing Clinic, Emotional Freedom Technique Class, Tarot Salon, How To Make Your Own Hand-Held Beads For Prayer And Meditation

The Tempest
adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams
Thursday-Saturday, April 5-7, 8:00PM - final week!
playing through April 7
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Shakespeare's tale of betrayal, justice, and magic, adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams and directed by company Artistic Director John Butterfield.

Believed by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone, The Tempest is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, lives with his daughter Miranda. When those responsible for Prospero's exile pass nearby on a ship bound from Tunis, Prospero conjures up a storm to force them onto the island. There, his machinations try to bring about the restoration of his lost title and status while revealing the plots conspired against him.

The cast features Donald L. Hardy as Prospero, Becky Potter as Miranda, and Alexander Murphy as Ariel, the island spirit who assists Prospero with his plans.  Also in the cast are Nathalie Archangel, John Butterfield, Beth Chastain, Terry Downward, David Hardie, Edwin Peabody, Molly Kate Taylor, Daniela Quinones, and Maureen-Theresa Williams. Liz Martin, resident costume designer for Butterfield 8 (Hamlet, Lady Windermere's Fan, Pride and Prejudice) provides the fantastical costumes.

The Mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works.

Our Vision is to present audiences with examples of both ends of the theatrical spectrum: new productions of classic works, focusing in particular on text-driven plays (such as the works of Shakespeare), and new works devised by the company or written by local playwrights.  Our work often examines perceptions of gender, both within the context of the play and the larger context of society as a whole.  We strive to create an immersive environment, believing the audience’s experience starts when they buy the ticket, and shouldn't end when they leave the theatre. We honor that the audience has come for a live theatre experience to engage with a story or an idea; to be taken on a journey. This is our responsibility, and our craft.”

Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, April 5-7, 8:00PM, plays through May 5
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Thrillpeddlers are proud to announce our Spring Season 2012 production of Hot Greeks, A New Full-Length, Fully Restored Version of The Cockettes’ 1972 Musical Extravaganza, an original musical by Martin Worman and Scrumbly Koldewyn. This is the 40th Anniversary of the original production. Originally produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed in 1972 at midnight at the Palace Theatre in Chinatown in SF, Hot Greeks was the fabled and fabulous Cockettes’ only other scripted book musical besides Pearls Over Shanghai. The Cockettes were a gender-bending theatrical troupe who not only originated these two shows, but also exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies to glitter rock stars and their outrageous fashions. In 2010 The Thrillpeddlers mounted a condensed 70-minute version of Hot Greeks and it was an instant, sold-out hit. This new 2012 production expands the show to a full-length version and restores 3 songs from the original 1972 production.

In Hot Greeks, college rhythm meets the Peloponnesian War as Athens University takes on Sparta State for their annual pigskin showdown. This musical, loosely based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata features the Tri Thigh Sorority girls and their hunky footballer sweethearts jiving to the big-band hit parade sounds of the 1940s. The kids sing and dance through the ruins of ancient Greece, on their way to consult the Oracle of Delphi in their pursuit of victory on the gridiron. Dancing columns, vestal virgins, country cousins, and even a pig, all join Lysistrata on her journey to save the day for the Gods and Greece.”

Red Tent Evening
Friday, April 6, 7:00-9:30PM  
The Red Tent, 15495 Los Gatos Boulevard, Suite C, Los Gatos, 408-365-4905
$10-$15, complimentary entrance for young ladies menstruating -17 years old
Please RSVP/register at the website below

“Focus for the evening:

Women: Mothers, daughters (menstruating), grandmothers, sisters, aunts and female friends come together to share their power, love, courage, understanding, support and wisdom with one another.

Listen... receive... come to share from your heart

Food offerings brought to share are welcomed and encouraged

Wear your favorite shade of RED

Red Tents are an old ritual honoring a time of transformation or transition in a woman's life...please join us for this amazing evening at The Red Tent in Los Gatos.

The well of power and wisdom is rich and deep...come and drink from it...we look forward to sharing this evening with you.”

Crowley's Eight Lectures on Yoga, Chapter 2
with Elton Wildermuth and Sirius Encampment, OTO
Friday, April 6, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
free, donations accepted

“For 8 months we propose to cover Crowley's Eight Lectures on Yoga, one lecture per month.

This month we examine lecture 2 of Crowley's Eight Lectures on Yoga: Yama, which means control. We'll see how that relates to the injunction, ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.’

Light snacks and drinks will be served. The event is free, but we do accept donations for our Encampment.”

Lumen Obscura
Dark Fusion and Theatrical Bellydance Event

Friday, April 6, 8:30PM
Dinner Show
Michael’s on Main, 2591 Main Street, Soquel, 831-479-9777
admission is free, reservations recommended

Saturday, April 7, 8:00PM
Gala Performance
Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

“Lumen Obscura returns to present a gathering of Dark Fusion, Theatrical, Modern Belly dance and performance art. Join us for a night of dark performance featuring artists Aepril Schaile, Bex, Unsinkable Molly, Dawn O'Brien, Ariellah and more.”

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, April 7, 9:45AM-1:00PM (and first Saturday of every month)
Moore Creek Preserve, Highway 1 at Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.  
Walks are on the first Saturday of each month!

Gather at 9:45AM
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 1:00PM.

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hrs round trip with a stop for meditation half way in. We will walk rain or shine, however... if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify. 831-469-0336
Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)
If the location is not listed... please call or email us.  831-469-0336, info@communityseed.org

The Science of Art
Spring Open House at the Crucible
Saturday, April 7, 12:00-4:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, 510-444-0919

“The Science of Art, an event to highlight the scientific principles, enquiry and exploration behind the fine and industrial arts processes taught and practiced here at the Crucible! The event will bring together Crucible faculty, guest artists, a curated gallery of exhibits and demonstrations, projects from local schools as well as special performances, food, and the participation of a number of other local art and science related organizations and university programs.  Our goal is to connect ourselves and our community to The Science of Art and give us an opportunity to further understand the world in which we live and work, making way for new creativity and innovation at every stage of our process.

A fun day for the whole family! Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible’s 56,000 sq. ft. studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly. Check out exciting live demonstrations and exhibits explaining the science behind the art of The Crucible. Catch amazing fiery performances and wander through our student and faculty art show displaying the creativity of The Crucible.”

It's Our Fault
part of Hayward Area Historical Society’s History Around Town series
Saturday, April 7, 1:00-2:30PM
meet at Hayward Public Library, 835 C Street, Hayward

“Did you feel the series of earthquakes we have had since last fall? They left everybody wondering when the next big one will occur and how it will affect us. Mitchell Craig is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at CSUEB and will address these questions by looking at the historic and geologic record.

After an introductory presentation at the Hayward Public Library, he will take you on a walking tour around downtown. While pointing out the results of ongoing fault creep and discussing how to strengthen buildings, he will also share how communities can prepare for their response to the aftermath of an earthquake.

For more information call 510-581-0223.

The program is a partnership between HAHS and the Hayward Public Library for California Reads. This year's books is called A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, by Rebecca Solnit.”

Archery - Try It!
Saturday, April 7, sessions at 2:00PM and 3:00PM
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette
$20, all equipment provided
ages 8 - Adult
pre-registration required

“Children have FUN doing archery.  Additionally, archery has proven to increase attention, self-confidence, self-control, listening skills, and ability to follow directions.   

Archery is a sport where children can experience complete acceptance, feel safe, and receive reward and recognition.  Archery is not only a life-long skill, but a wholesome activity which can be enjoyed by anyone.   Many families are discovering archery as a quality way to spend time together.

Try-it! Days
Come to any of our one-time Try-It! classes.  Try-It! classes are $20- all equipment provided.  Maximum of 8 archers at a time on Try-It! Days.”

Titanic Anniversary Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, April 7, Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing
Begins: 8:00PM
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo

“Join us for an elegant ball in First Class set in 1912 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the last evening on RMS Titanic.

Bangers and Mash plays beautiful Edwardian waltzes, polkas, schottisches, set dances, and mixers, and the most sizzling ragtime hits of 1900-1912, including one-steps, two-steps, the newly popular tango, and, of course the traditional PEERS favorites The Congress of Vienna Waltz, The Bohemian National Polka, Lancers, and Sir Roger de Coverley.

There will be a pre-ball dance workshop at 7:00PM focusing on the new dances of the 20th century, and, as usual, all set dances and mixers will be briefly taught and called. It is rumored that some of those charming passengers in steerage will make a guest appearance to perform and teach some of their own lively dances at intermission.

Suggested costume for First Class passengers is evening dress from 1900-1912 or modern evening dress. As always, however, costumes are admired but not required.

The White Star Line's splendid no-host bar will be open at the event and a complimentary light snack buffet will be served (Your potluck contributions to the Captain's kitchen would be most welcome).”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, April 8, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the second Sunday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Priestess Rabbit, devotee of Aphrodite, invites you to the monthly Temple of Aphrodite ritual, featuring activities dedicated to the benevolent Lady of Love. Aphrodite's power is found in beauty, grace, forgiveness, compassion, sensuality, sexual chemistry, and moments of pure joy.

Theme for April 8: The Flower and Fruit of Love   

Men and women of all backgrounds are invited to participate in these services to help them tap into the ever-flowing fountain of love within, and to connect that love with their personal practices, work, relationships, and activities in the world.”

Spring into Elderflower
Sunday, April 8, 11:00AM-10:00PM, ritual starts at 7:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street , Oakland
all day $15, evening ritual only $10

Artemis Passionfire, Coordinator for Spring into Elderflower, says:
“Thanks for announcing Spring Into Elderflower, an event all the women in your groups are welcome to attend.

The theme will be: Amazons, Maidens and Wildwomyn Bring in the Spring.  There will also be acknowledgement of Crones in the ritual, and if there are womyn you know that would like to vend (especially) or do workshops(we're starting to get full, but will try to accommodate) we will be having both workshops and vending going on. Max Dashu will also be doing a slide presentation, and there will be other workshops too.”

“A taste of the 2012 Elderflower Womenspirit Festival

Enjoy a day of food, workshops, entertainment, craftswomen vendors, drumming circle, building community and an evening ritual.

Please bring a potluck dish to share.  There will be soup to share.”

Women who would like to vend or do a presentation at this event can contact Artemis Passionfire at FeistyAmazon@hotmail.com  Attn: Artemis/Spring Into Elderflower.

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, April 8, 3:00-5:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for any individual class

“The Witch's Garden is a 12-month series of classes for the budding herbalist. If you have been studying or practicing on your own, or if you are curious and seeking to deepen your knowledge of how to use herbs magically and for personal healing, this class is for you!

Theme for April 8: herbal oils and vinegars for health, beauty, and cleansing

Each session is a fun, casual, interactive, hands-on lesson in one facet of practical and magical herbalism. As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with the plants and make our potions!”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, April 8, 3:00-5:00PM (and the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Receive shamanic healing in a community setting
Feel the love and energy of the compassionate spirits
Socialize with shamanic healers and other participants
Experience non-dogmatic, non-religious, spirit based healing

We work in a community setting - everyone healing together.
We use drums and rattles to keep the beat of a trance state, plus bells and other sounds.
We bring you the healing of the compassionate spirits in whatever form that may take
We use appropriate touch, or the laying on of hands.
We remove negative energy and restore positive energy
We give people messages of hope and comfort from the spirits

All the clinic healers have studied shamanic healing with Stuart and Anne, and have developed deep relationships with the helping spirits.

Stuart Dole, PhD and Anne Hatfield both graduated from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ 3-year advanced training, where they studied directly with Michael Harner, author of Way of the Shaman, and Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and How to Heal Toxic Thoughts. They pursued further studies, learning shamanic methods from Tuva (Siberia), Tibet, Hawaii, Brazil, Africa, and the Celtic lands. They were also trained by Sandra Ingerman as shamanic teachers.

Anne has heard messages from the spirits from the time she was a child. She worked in the alternative health field for 25 years. Currently she is a yoga teacher and therapist, a massage therapist and a shamanic practitioner. Her passion is helping others explore those places where body and spirit meet.

Stuart was born into a decidedly atheist family and pursued a career in mathematics and science, earning his PhD in biophysics. But he developed an interest in spirituality, then lived in an ashram and practiced meditation devotedly for more than 30 years. He has subsequently pursued a wide array of methods for developing awareness, or enlightenment, and eventually found his way to shamanism. He is currently a meditation teacher and a shamanic bodyworker. He specializes in helping people become more present in their lives, through embodied awareness.”

Emotional Freedom Technique Class
with Andrea Johnson, MA
Sunday, April 8, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“Andrea Johnson, MA, is certified in Counseling Psychology and is a trained Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner. She is thrilled to be bringing EFT to The Sacred Well as a fantastic tool for personal growth and healing that complements many different spiritual paths.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) balance the electro-magnetic, energy systems of the body for positive health results. Tapping over the energy meridians of the body release the energy blockages that create negative emotions. Negative emotions are the basis for limiting beliefs, body pains, and unnecessary stress and worry.

As we use our spiritual practices to heal us, EFT is a welcome addition in our "toolbox" for our healing practice.

April's class theme is: Does anger get in the way of your relationships? (Reducing anger and frustrations).“

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, April 10, 7:00-8:00PM (and the second Tuesday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Cards for this month: The Wheel of Fortune and the Eight of Wands

Maybe you have taken a class, perhaps tried to learn to read the Tarot from a book, or are just trying to piece it together on your own. Now you want to know how to really dive in to what specific cards are all about. This monthly discussion group is where you want to be.

Each month we will take two cards from the Tarot and spend time really getting to know them in a roundtable discussion where we can all learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

How To Make Your Own Hand-Held Beads For Prayer And Meditation
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00-8:30PM
East Bay location - exact address given upon RSVP

“Prayer beads are used in many world religions as a portable physical reminder of a personal goal, journey or special time. They can provide comfort and focus as well as encourage relaxation.

We will learn the basics of designing and stringing prayer beads. You will be gently guided in creating your own unique commemoration of an Orisa, or of your personal journey. The $25 fee includes all materials needed, though feel free to bring and utilize your special beads in your work.  Class size will be limited, and preregistration is required (please visit Personal Spiritual Items page in our Marketplace, or contact us at 510-827-3997).“

Have a Joyous, Irrepressible Spring Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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