Art of Tarot with Rabbit, Emotional Creature, Marat/Sade, Concert in the Redwood Grove, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, no Road to Ife this month, In Her Name Circle: Isis/Hathor, Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Darkside Tours, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Everything Old Is New Again, Dreaming for the Great Turning, Community Seed’s Open Circle, The Renaissance Zoo, The Color of Pomegranates, East Bay Waltz, Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival, Time Travel Weekends, Dark Garden's Annual Rummage Sale, The Chakra Connection, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, South Bay Pagan Salon, New Moon Gathering
Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Wednesday, July 11, 7:30-9:30PM,
and one more Wednesday, July 18
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
“Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot.
Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.
Rabbit's unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.
This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call 510-4449355 to reserve your spot today.”
a new play by Eve Ensler
Wednesday-Sunday, July 11-15 - final week
see website for detailed schedule and ticket prices
“Berkeley Rep is proud to present the world premiere of a powerful new play from Tony Award-winner Eve Ensler. Staged by Obie Award-winning director Jo Bonney and performed by a talented ensemble of young women, Emotional Creature is made up of original monologues - and irresistible songs - about and for girls. Placing their stories squarely center stage, it gives full expression to their secret voices and innermost thoughts, highlighting the diversity and commonality of the issues they face. Emotional Creature is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for parents and for us all. And it’s receiving its world premiere here at Berkeley Rep.
Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs off Broadway and on London’s West End. Her experience performing that show inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Her other work includes plays such as The Good Body and Here, the memoir Insecure at Last and the novel I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, which became a New York Times bestseller in 2010.”
presented by The Thrillpeddlers
Wednesday-Sunday, July 11-15, Wednesday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
plays through July 29, see website for detailed schedule and ticket prices
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
“On July 13, 1793, Jean-Paul Marat was brutally stabbed in his bathtub by French counter-revolutionary Charlotte Corday. On July 13, 2012 - 219 years later (to the day) - Marc Huestis presents Thrillpeddlers production of Marat/Sade, the Tony Award-winning theatrical classic by Peter Weiss.
Marat/Sade asks the age-old question whether true revolution comes from changing society or changing oneself. This production brings to the stage a rousing group of collaborators - SF impresario Marc Huestis (producer), the Bay Area’s vibrant theatrical troupe Thrillpeddlers (2011 recipient of six Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards and voted Best Underground Theater Company by 7 x 7 Magazine) featuring the talents of Russell Blackwood (director) and Scrumbly Koldewyn (musical director) and costume designs by award winner Beaver Bauer (Tales Of The City, Teatro Zinzanni).“
Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Baguette Quartette and Gaucho
Thursday, July 12, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 30)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM.
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $15, Youth $5, under 5 Free
Please register online at the website below
for more information, e-mail email@example.com
“Join us this summer for a series of concerts in our beautiful Redwood Grove!
Pre-Bastille Day French Show
The Baguette Quartette is a San Francisco Bay Area group that plays music that was heard in Paris between 1920 and 1940 on street corners, in cafes, and in popular dance halls. Led by accordionist Odile Lavault, its repertoire consists of valses musettes, tangos, pasos dobles, fox trots, marches and realistic songs.
Gaucho, a gypsy jazz sextet, was formed in 2002. The lineup consists of Dave Ricketts and Michael Groh on guitars, Ari Munkres on standup bass, Rob Reich on accordion, Ralph Carney on horns, and Beth Goodfellow on drums and percussion. Their music is based primarily on the music of Django Reinhart and the gypsy jazz of 1930s Europe with inspiration from the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swing music and the ‘gut bucket’ sound. Gaucho is a first-rate ensemble, bringing boundless energy, passion, and humor to the music they love.
Ticket includes admission to the Garden before 5:00PM. BYO picnic and drinks welcome.”
Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!
astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, July 12, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”
The Road to Ife: Manifesting Goodness through the Teachings of Ifa
there will be no class in June, July and August. The next class will be on Friday, September 14
In Her Name Circle: Isis/Hathor, Mother Goddesses of Egypt
with Joy Reichard
Friday, July 13, 7:00-8:30PM (and the second Friday of every month)
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.
Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.
If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-20 donation is appreciated.
August 10 - Freja, Norse Goddess of Beauty and Love
September 14 - Shekhinah, The Feminine Face of God
October 12 - Tara, Tibetan Goddess and Bodhisattva
November 9 - Hecate, Queen of Witches or Wise Crone?
December 14 - Guadalupe, Mother of the People”
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Darkside Tours
Friday, July 13, 7:30PM, 8:00PM, 8:30PM, 9:00PM, 9:30PM
tours start at Franklin Gate, 1600 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3292
Space is limited, please pre-register - see website below:
“Experience the dark side of Santa Rosa's history. Hear and see true tales of murder, suicide and other ghastly tragedies of past Santa Rosa residents.
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery was established as the result of an accident. In November of 1854 a young father, who had arrived from Missouri only a matter of weeks before, drowned in a pond near the center of town. He was buried on land that was part of a Mexican grant given to one of the earliest settlers of Santa Rosa, Doña Maria Ignacia Lopez de Carrillo. Soon other families needed burial places, and the area became an unofficial cemetery. In 1867 the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Association was formed and burial plots in the 17-acre site were formally offered for sale.
Sales of plots continued through 1930, through records of these transactions have been lost. During this period of 70-plus years, parts of the land were sold off, and three separate but adjacent cemeteries were established: the Stanley, Moke, and Fulkerson Cemeteries. Today the four cemeteries combined are owned by the City of Santa Rosa and known collectively as Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. The only burials permitted today are those of descendants of families who held deeds to cemetery plots. The total number of burials is over 5200.
Neglect and vandalism took their toll on the cemetery through years of unclear ownership and sporadic maintenance. A Restoration Committee organized by dedicated volunteers in 1994 and operating under the aegis of the City of Recreation and Parks Department has made great strides in repairing damage, clearing overgrowth, and planning for permanent maintenance. In 1997, the City of Santa Rosa awarded Historical Landmark status to the Rural Cemetery.
Docent-led tours during the summer months acquaint visitors with the history of the town and the many town pioneers who are buried here. Lamplight Tours, conducted in September as fund-raising events, present dramatic vignettes from the lives of the famous and not-so-famous people buried in the Rural Cemetery.”
Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, July 13, 8:00PM and 10:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street, Suite 106, Martinez
“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.
Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.
Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing”
Everything Old Is New Again
an evening of dinner theatre
Friday-Saturday, July 13-14, Dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
$35 for dinner and show, $25 show only
Please call 415-454-6422 to make reservations 24 hours in advance
“The Belrose proudly presents: Everything Old Is New Again
Come to The Belrose Theater and enjoy your night with a 3 course dinner and a show of 20 different and unique acts.
Don't let this theatrical experience pass you by; call 415-454-6422 today to make your reservation, groups are easily accommodated.
A wonderful Caesar Salad
Vegetarian (Artichoke) Lasagna
And we finish dinner off with a Delightful Strawberry and Cream Dessert.
Beer and Wine Bar, coffee, tea, and soft drinks available.
The Belrose is a non-profit California Corporation, and has been in its current location, a historical landmark, since 1962.
The Dinner Theater is Marin County’s original. A vast assortment of quality productions have been produced over the years including: Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The Lion in Winter, just to name a few. Many original productions have been presented over the years as well. It was also voted Best Live Theater by The Pacific Sun.”
Dreaming for the Great Turning
Saturday, July 14, 10:00AM-1:00PM,
and two more Saturdays, September 15 and November 10
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$35 per session. $95 for the series
“The year 2012 may be pivotal in the historic process known as the Great Turning, a transition from the ethos of conquest and domination to one of cooperative interdependence. What will this year hold? Please join us in exploring this epochal moment using the lens of Culture Dreaming.
Culture Dreaming is like a group shamanic journey or active imagination, conducted in mild trance, that lets us peer into the larger wave function of dreaming. Individual night dreams are woven into a new big dream, which participants then explore together. Sessions include a dream re-entry that will enable participants to ask for guidance on questions of personal meaning to them. Though you may attend a single session, we prefer that people sign up for the entire series so that a cohesive group process for working with the dreams can develop.
Meredith Sabini, PhD, is a widely published author and licensed psychologist who specializes in dream consultation and training.
Richard Russo, MA, past president of the IASD and editor of its publication, DreamTime, is an artist and dream educator with over thirty years experience.”
Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, July 14, 2:00PM (and the second Saturday of each month)
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love. Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.
What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($5-$10 dollars). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.
This month, This month, Amanda will lead our Monthly circle. The theme of this Circle will be Stopping to smell the Roses about enjoying the little things in life.”
The Renaissance Zoo
a family concert with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Saturday, July 14, 4:00PM
Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
“San Francisco Renaissance Voices presents our first-ever Family Concert! Designed to be enjoyed by everyone this concert will especially delight audience members ages 7-11 with music by owls, dogs, cats and other animals of the Renaissance including chances for you to sing and play along! A special price as well - just $10 per ticket!”
The Color of Pomegranates
Saturday, July 14, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700
“The Color of Pomegranates (original title Sayat Nova) - a 1969 film by Sergei Paradjanov about the celebrated Armenian poet, musician, troubadour, folk philosopher, and archbishop Sayat Nova (1712/1722-1795). So far about 230 songs have been attributed to Sayat-Nova (Master of Songs), although he may have written thousands more. He wrote equally well in Armenian, Georgian, Turkic, and Persian.
One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Parajanov's film is not so much a biography, but a series of tableaux vivants of Armenian costume, embroidery and rituals interspersed with scenes and verses from the poet's life: there is no plot and no narrative. Paradjanov is often using a motion picture camera to recreate icon paintings or Byzantine mosaics. The score, consisting of horn blasts, lutes, lyres, and gorgeous choral pieces has an ancient quality that lends a somber or sacred tone to almost every moment. Combined with excerpts from Sayat Nova’s poems, many scenes recall the sensual, ecstatic, and transcendental works of the Sufi mystic poet Rumi.
Sergei Paradjanov (1924-1990) writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this revolutionary (some say, surrealist) movie void of any dialog or camera movement, and Sofiko Tchiaureli (1937-2008) plays six roles, both male and female. Photography A. Samvelian. Shot in Yerevan, the film benefited from local museums and the Armenian Church.
There has never been a film like this magical work - esthetically the most extreme film ever made in the USSR.
The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.
Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”
East Bay Waltz
Saturday, July 14, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only
“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.
Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.
Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.
Kathy Lowy will be teaching introductory rotary waltz. No experience or partner necessary!
Bob Galloway will be teaching cross-step waltz in the intermediate class.
Our DJ from 9-midnight will be Christophe Taylor.”
Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!
Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
“The prestigious and popular 20th Annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival hosts a fabulous, free, fun-filled 2-day celebration of Clay and Glass Art, July 14-15, 2012. Featuring both fine and functional art, the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival is the largest show of its kind, with 180 juried artists displaying their work. Meet the artists and learn about their art. Enjoy a variety of engaging activities, including hands-on pottery-making and wheel-throwing demonstrations.”
Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15, and every weekend through August 26
Historic Old Sacramento, 101 I Street, Sacramento
“Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento! Visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively and interactive street theatre as part of the hugely popular Time Travel Weekends that debuted last year to much applause. The streets of Old Sacramento will come alive with talented performers who put on spontaneous and elaborate skits and performances. Plus, visitors won’t want to miss the highly entertaining Old West stage shows happening daily including the much acclaimed Golden Melodeon Review in the Eagle Theatre.
As you stroll through Old Sacramento on weekends July through August, you might just chance upon historic re-enactments complete with wagons, wild characters with heroes and villains, children’s pioneer craft activities, historic gambling, bowling, juggling, singing, dancing and other forms of musical mastery, military encampments, mining camps, parades, historic events, medicine shows, Civil War cannon firings, and much, much more!”
A lot of the performers in this program are Renaissance Faire and/or Dickens Fair folk!
Director Robert Young, who may look familiar to you if you’ve ever met Mr. Dickens himself, or attended a Mysterium Om ritual at PantheaCon, says:
“THE CURTAIN'S GOING UP - on a new season of Time Travel Weekends in Sacramento City. The very first melodrama to open the Eagle Theatre in 1849, 'The Bandit Chief', will be reborn on that stage every afternoon. An entertaining show of variety acts will also take stage - jugglers, Shakespearean actors, medicine show, can can, music hall and much more - concluding in the stirring pageant 'Triumph of Eureka'. Mr. Mark Twain himself will hold forth with his droll humor and entertaining tales. The streets will be bustling with wagons, carriages, parades, music and lively characters. Will you be there?”
Dark Garden's Annual Rummage Sale
Sunday, July 15, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Dark Garden, 321 Linden Street, San Francisco, 877-431-7684
“Our best sale of the year. Time to get great deals on gently used corsets. Come early for the best selection. This is the one time of year when we will be selling corsets from our archive at very marked-down prices. And as always, we will be selling corsets sold by folks who may have - size or aesthetically - out-grown their corsets. We will be selling fabric, leather, lace, and various general odds and ends. “
The Chakra Connection
with Ariella Moon
Sunday, July 15, 2:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
“What wounds and seeds for illness are embedded in your chakras? Explore the connection between your body's energy centers and your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Chakras regulate the flow of subtle energy. They open or close in response to our thoughts and our reactions to life's circumstances. Learn light, thought, and energy modalities that can bring joy and balance back into your life.
Ariella Moon, author of Spell Check, Crone Lessons, and Fear, Faith, and Protection, is a Reiki Master and Shaman. She helps adults and children release stress, manage pain, clear embedded woundings, and transform their lives. Her articles on Women's Spirituality appear in Crone Magazine and SageWoman. An in demand healer, teacher, and spiritual counselor, Ariella has a private shamanic healing practice in Lafayette, California.”
A Cup of Tea with Spirit
Sunday, July 15, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10
“Esoterica Shamanic Center invites you to join OwlSnake (Medicine Woman/Shaman Lineage) for...
A Cup of Tea with Spirit
We will sip tea, and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.
Who is OwlSnake?
Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”
South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, July 17, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Cafe at Books Inc, 301 Castro Street, Mountain View
for more information, contact Jason Mankey at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We'd like to formally invite you to join us the first and third Tuesdays of every month for the South Bay Pagan Salon. The SBPS is a discussion and networking group, dedicated to talking about "Pagan Things" and networking in the Bay Area. Generally we'll start each meeting with a specific topic to get the discussion rolling along, but after we get started it'll be rather open ended with the participants dictating where the discussion will go.
We hope you'll join us.
No donations required, heck, if you show up I just might buy you a cup of coffee.
If you've got questions, I might have answers. Email me (Jason) at email@example.com”
New Moon Gathering
with Elana Robyn of the 13 Moon Mystery School
Thursday, July 19, 7:30PM
Yurt Temple in Berkeley
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for exact location
“New Moon Gathering
An evening of ceremony, rejuvenation and celebration!
What SEED within you is craving to awaken?”
Have a Ghostly, Dreamy, Spiritual Week!
Molly Blue Dawn