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, October 16, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Within The Wheel, Simply Go*d, History Mystery Tour, Vortex Healing Open Talk and Group Healing, Electing the Earth, Shrouded Tales, She Stoops to Conquer, Zombie Vixens From Hell, Astonishment! Magical Tales of San Francisco, The Scotland Company, Music by French Decadents, History Mystery Overnight Investigation, Divination Night, Plan 9 From Outer Space Live!, Frankenstein, Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento, Bioneers Conference, The Vagina Monologues, Halloween Train, Rocket Mass Heater Building Workshop, Ohlone Day, Zombie Brew Crawl!, Village Soup for the Soul, Baloween Spooktacular, East Bay Waltz Halloween Dance, Celebration of Love Life and Death, Sea Music Concerts, Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland, San Francisco Crystal Fair, Earth Medicine Alliance's Annual Conference, Folsom Renaissance Faire, All Hallows Fantasy Faire, Celebration of Mind, Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead, Intuitive Magic, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Integral Dreaming, Annual Office Of The Dead Concert, The Pomo Project, Shamanic Drum Circle, Lake Merritt Pagans, Mole Day, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Science and Nonduality Conference, The Grimaldis: A Musical Ghost Story, Feast of the Mighty

Within The Wheel
an immersive performance inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Third Annual Fall Festival
Wednesday, October 17, preview
Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 6:00-8:00PM, last entrance at 7:30PM
and every Thursday-Saturday through November 3, plus Wednesday, October 31
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

"When did you last encounter death? How did it look, smell, taste, feel? What is it like on the other side of the wheel, just beyond where we can see? Will we let ourselves go there?

Within the Wheel is an original, immersive performance event inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead and interviews with hospice patients and workers that provides an encounter with death in a thoughtful, artful and meaningful way. The show will be an interactive journey through the great between and a reflection on the cycle of life, featuring original live music, theatrical performances and striking visual design.

Six interactive art and performance installations run continuously from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Audience members travel at their own pace, but we recommend at least an hour to experience the entire show.  Come early to see it in the light or later to see it with darkness and illumination.

Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Mission is to catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change. We aim to connect artists and audiences through the ritual of live performance, exploring universal questions that span the ancient and contemporary.  We engage in the study and practice of Ensemble, collaboratively creating new, interdisciplinary works and activating the next generation of artistically engaged citizens.

We are the do-ers. The shape-shifters, the great adapters, mythic storytellers and visionaries. We make the rules and break the rules. We roll up our sleeves. Take on big questions.  Design the world we want to live in and then build it. We walk into the mouth of fear. We cultivate a discipline of courage.”

Simply Go*d: Praise Poems Celebrating the Divine in Daily Life  
reading and book signing with Susan Kirsch
Thursday, October 18, 5:30-7:30PM
SAGRADA Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA  94609, 510-653-7196

“Simply Go*d        
Is it pronounced Good?  Is it God?

In some religious traditions, the name of God is unspeakable, yet all spiritual traditions are grounded in Good - don't steal, kill, or bear false witness; show compassion, honor the Divine.  Go*dlinks God and Good and invites us to go beyond the words and theology that divide, and instead invites us to step into an understanding of the unity of good that is everywhere present, evident in nature, through empathy, balance, beauty, humor, and grace.

5:30PM refreshments and conversation
6:30PM reading and book signing”

History Mystery Tour
aboard the USS Hornet
Thursday, October 18, 7:00-10:00PM
and Wednesday, October 31, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
$35, please call 510-521-8448 xt224 for reservations

“Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come and see for yourself! Do you dare explore Hornet after hours?

Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors:

Combat Information Center (CIC)
Message Center (Radio Central)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con

The three-hour guided tour is 7:00-10:00PM.

Everybody must bring their own flashlight. HORNET does not supply individual lights.
Cameras are welcome, but must have a neck strap.
Tour participants must wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Tour participants must be in good physical health as there will be lots of walking and climbing.
Due to safety reasons, children 12 and under are not allowed on History Mystery Tours.
The USS Hornet reserves the right to cancel a tour if less than 8 people sign up. Tours may be rescheduled or a refund will be issued.”

Vortex Healing Open Talk and Group Healing
with Dragonfly Adularia
Thursday, October 18, 7:30-9:00PM   
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations graciously accepted

“Dragonfly, a VortexHealing Wizard and Priest of the Temple of Isis, returns to the Sacred Well to offer a fascinating look into VortexHealing and share some of the Magic of this Awaking Linage. VortexHealing is a divine healing art that works directly through consciousness and with energetics to help release the deepest issues we hold as humans beings.

This group healing is intended to be an informal interactive group experience, with an enchanted open talk about Merlin and the Vortex classes that will be coming up in the Bay Area. Plus, a lovely forty five minute healing so you can have a chance to experience this powerful healing art.”

Electing the Earth
An Evening with Caroline Casey
Thursday, October 18, 7:30PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street San Rafael, 415- 457- 4191
$20 Advance, $25 Door

“Caroline W. Casey: Coyote Network News Campaign Coverage,
combo Council
Inaugurating the Desirable Story

in Cahoots with Kairos - when the conjured desirable world can be invited to suffuse the compellingly grim, rude story of now, aspiring to embody Pragmatic Mysticism dedicated to Democratic Animism.

Co-operators Are Standing By!”

Shrouded Tales
Ghostly tours of McConaghy House
Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 7:00PM-9:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, San Lorenzo
Adults $10, students and seniors $5
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-2516 for reservations.

“Follow the ‘Undertaker’ through McConaghy House, built in 1886, and witness stories of the McConaghy family. Learn of the family’s history, Victorian death traditions and superstitions, and what paranormal activity has been recorded.”

She Stoops to Conquer  
presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 8:00PM
playing through November 4 - see website for detailed schedule
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“What happens when you combine a practical joker, an ‘arranged’ courtship, and a secret romance? You have She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith's comedy of  miscommunication and mistaken identities. Audiences responded favorably to the ‘new style’ comedy when it debuted in 1773, and have continued to do so ever since.  She Stoops to Conquer remains one of the few 18th century plays to be regularly performed for modern audiences.

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.”

Zombie Vixens From Hell
by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 8:00PM
playing Thursdays-Saturdays through November 3
The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
See ticket website for prices

“In the not so distant future, a biochemist will unlock a noxious contagion that frees the minds of women from the corset bonds of society! And on that bright day, the color of the world will be Armageddon, dripping with sex and romance and passion and one perfect little black dress! We are the Zombie Vixens From Hell!!

‘Zombies’ introduces us to Agnes, a mousy yet strikingly intelligent biochemist who is destined to unleash a contagion upon the world, causing men to open their hearts and delicious brains to their ladies who for God's sake just want a tasty snack (best enjoyed with a crazy straw). The dashing but conceited Professor wants to claim Agnes' work as his own, and you won't believe what lengths he'll go to just to make THAT happen! A campy, hilarious pop/rock musical reminiscent of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, ‘Zombies’ will definitely give you a great time and leave you wanting more!

Special Events!
Friday, October 19 - Talk-Back with Playwright, Director and Cast after the show
Thursday, October 25  Dress like a Zombie Night; Prize for best costume
Saturday, November 3  Closing Night Brain Eating!
Thursdays  Half-Price tickets, plus zombies get free libation”

Astonishment!  Magical Tales of San Francisco
with Walt Anthony
Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 8:00PM,
and every Thursday-Saturday through October
The Original San Francisco Magic Parlor, Chancellor Hotel Union Square, 433 Powell Street, San Francisco

“Enter our Intimate Turn-of-the-Century Victorian Parlor where Magical Marvels and Romantic Tales of old San Francisco unfold in an evening of Mirth, Merriment, and Amazement.

Theatrical Performance Art
A fresh approach to seamlessly blending classic Storytelling with classical Magic.”

The Scotland Company
presented by Thunderbird Theatre
Thursday-Sunday, October 18-21, Thursdays-Saturdays 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through October 27
The EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Scotland; a country of rich culture and history, or just a made-up farce? This fast-paced comedy outlines how Scotland came to be when England’s Queen Victoria entreats her Royal Secretary of the Interior to have something ‘new’ to show visiting dignitaries for her diamond jubilee. Not unlike a Marx brother’s stage comedy, the insane, the pompous, the lovelorn and even the French, yes, the French, play a part in inventing the country of Scotland. Will love win out? Will tartan emblazoned wool be pulled over the eyes of the Queen and the world, or will the French finally save face with a victory of their own?”

Music by French Decadents
a Harpsichord Recital with Katherine Heater
part of the Barefoot Chamber Concerts series
Friday, October 19, 6:00PM
Parish Hall, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
18 and under admitted free

“Once again, Barefoot is drawn to the extravagant music that led, inevitably, to revolting peasants and the guillotine for the less democratic patrons of the arts.   This time, one of our  local star harpsichordists will preside, brilliantly,  over the event.  Music by Duphly,  Forqueray, Rameau,  Armand-Louis Couperin, and, of course... Royer (including Vertigo).

Music that will restore your faith in the power of  excess, if you ever lost it.   Not for those on a sugar free diet, nor for the austere or those who aspire to purity of mind.

The program will be approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. The usual light refreshments will be available.”

History Mystery Overnight Investigation
aboard the USS Hornet
Friday, October 19, 6:00PM-9:00AM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
$100, please call 510-521-8448 xt224 for reservations
No one under 18 allowed
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

“Are the late night stories about the USS Hornet really true? Come spend the night on the Hornet and find out!

The Hornet would like to invite you to join us in an evening of after hours investigations onboard the ship. During this event you will learn about the history of Hornet while investigating the ship with a Hornet crew member during the midnight hour.
This is your chance to tour the ship after hours exclusively in small groups while investigating our well known paranormal hot-spots.

Highlights include:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Focsle and Secondary Con

Your Experience includes:
Sleep in original crew bunks!
Berth in the ship’s hospital or Torpedo compartment!
Dinner in Crew’s mess
Special Activities
Personalized Tour Groups”

Divination Night and Silent Auction
Benefiting the Sonoma County Pagan Network
Friday, October 19, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5 suggested donation for non-members

“Come have your fortunes read by our gifted Diviners. This is a fundraising event so for each reading there is a suggested donation of $5.00.  All proceeds go to benefit the SCPN so that we may continue to serve our Pagan community.

Now is the time to think about what you can donate for our Annual Silent Auction.  Proceeds will go to help the SCPN, which is a 501c3 organization... so all donations (which of course silent auction items would be) are tax-deductable.
Is it a craft item?  (something you've made)... Is it a skill?  (some action that can be bid upon) OR, is it a witchy/pagan item you find you're not using anymore (in good shape, of course.)
In the past, we have had: Capes, portable altar, staff, wand, cauldron, blade, videos and more! Perhaps they'll get you thinking about what YOU have, or can make or can do (services certainly can be bid upon). Perhaps what you do professionally is something that someone else can use?  After all, you're paid for your skills at work, right?  Or your avocation: that which you love.

Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.
We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs.No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Plan 9 From Outer Space Live!
Friday, October 19, 7:30PM
Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-568-5381

“Aliens! Zombies! Flying Saucers! Grave Robbers from Space!

The Glaser Center and KRCB Radio celebrate the funniest B-movie ever made! On October 19, an all-star cast of Sonoma County actors join together for this special one-night-only event. Every hilarious, unbelievable word of the original script by Ed Wood, slightly altered to give a sense of the infamous movie-verson experience. Presented with sound effects, music, surprises, and a real flying saucer!”

Friday, October 19, 8:00PM
Box Office opens at 6:00PM, doors open at 7:00PM, curtain rises at 8:00PM
Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

“The definitive horror film with Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster. This Universal Studios Frankenstein 1931 movie has been called the single most important horror film ever made, and it still looks great today. This is the film that set the blueprint for so many versions to follow: the mad professor, the hunchback assistant, the lumbering monster. Also defining the stereotypes for this film genre are the quite wondrous theatrical set-pieces: the ‘creation’ in the chaotic laboratory with lightning crashing around outside; the first appearance of the monster, turning his face towards us; the chilling scene where the father carries his little girl's body through the streets; and the mob of flaming-torch-and-pitchfork-wielding villagers storming Frankenstein's castle.”

Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento
Friday and Saturday, October 19-20
and every Friday and Saturday through October 27
see website for schedule details
Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, Old Sacramento
$15 adults, $10 youth ages 6-17. Children under 6 years old not permitted.
Advanced ticket reservation is required.

“Old Sacramento Living History and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation are proud to present another season of the ever-popular Ghost Tours. Walk the streets of Old Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time. Venture through centuries of history and hear ghost stories dating to the Gold Rush era. Guides (and ghosts!) will relate tantalizing tales of how folks lived and died in our fair city. Visit with murder victim colorful characters from Sacramento history's spookier side. These guided walking tours are one hour in length.”

Bioneers Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 19-21
Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
See website for registration details

“Bioneers Conference 2012 - Emergence

As a community of leadership, Bioneers has influenced and connected numerous leaders and catalyzed emerging leaders, while providing a vital connection point for engaged citizens. The effects ripple out widely. In this time, we’re all called upon to be leaders.

Now in its 23rd year, the Bioneers Conference (c. 3,000 people annually) has served as a perennial wellspring of cutting-edge content and dynamic, diverse voices that supply the primary source for our public education and media outreach. The main conference and Beaming Bioneers local community conferences further serve as a focal point to build community, connection and collaboration.”

The Vagina Monologues
be Eve Ensler
presented by Independent Cabaret Productions
Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 7:30PM
and one more performance November 2
BFUU Event Space, 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley

“The Vagina Monologues

An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone,The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who ‘liked to look at it.’

The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries.”

Halloween Train
at the Ardenwood Railroad Museum
Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, Friday and Saturday 7:00-9:30PM, Sunday 7:00-9:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
Adults $6, Children 3-12 $4

“Come out to the farm for an evening of Halloween fun! Climb aboard Ardenwood’s train for an evening ride through fields and woods. Join the Halloween goblins and have a hauntingly good time! This slightly frightful evening is designed for families with children 12 years of age and under. Tickets will be available at the gate on arrival.”

Rocket Mass Heater Building Workshop!
with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Saturday, October 20, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary , 20889 Geyserville Road, Geyserville
$80 includes lunch  
for more information  or to register, please call 707- 320-3609

“Come learn the valuable skill of building an incredibly efficient way of heating up a living space using a minimum amount of fuel.

The workshop will be followed by a tour of all the cob building projects on the property, such as 3 cob ovens, sauna, benches, animal enclosures and more.  We may even fire up one of the ovens and do some cooking.”

Ohlone Day
Saturday, October 20, 1:00-4:00PM
Deer Hollow Farm in Rancho San Antonio County Park, Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos

“Living History Festival - Ohlone Day

Tour a replica Native American Ohlone Village and learn about the Ohlones who lived in the Bay Area for thousands of years. Enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations of Ohlone daily life. Bring the family and support this living history festival. All proceeds fund the Farm’s environmental education program.

Fire Starting, Flint Knapping, Tool Making, Sweathouse, Archery, Cooking      

Face Painting, Hoop and Spear Game, Acorn Grinding, Rope Making, Shell Drilling, Music”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Zombie Brew Crawl!
Saturday, October 20, 2:30-5:30PM
Downtown Martinez
$25 in advance, $35 on the day

“Sample 20+ local craft beer tasting inside local businesses. FREE shuttle from North Concord BART station. After party at Creek Monkey Tap House with drink and food specials and DJ Dancing, 6:00PM to close. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.”

Village Soup for the Soul
Saturday October 20, 5:00-9:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
suggested donation $10-$100
for information or to make a reservation, please call 650-322-8313

“Welcome to our Annual Celebration to Benefit the Children of Burkina Faso

Village Soup for the Soul
An Evening of Ritual, Soup, Drumming and... Dance!!

On Saturday early evening  we will be gathering again to create the village experience through ritual, drumming and dancing as well as enjoying a wonderful bowl of hearty soup together. Please participate!  Come home again to experience the richness and beauty of the West African Dagara traditions and witness how your contributions are helping to change children’s lives.

Education is the foundation on which the life of a child is built. In remote villages of Burkina Faso, Africa, the education rate is only 2-3%. Children want to go to school but families lack the funds to send them. The cost to give a child an education from elementary to high school is only about $500! This is where you can help. Your contribution can help transform the lives of these children and the life in the village for them and their families.

Please Call our Info and Reservation Line now: 650-322-8313
We thank you in advance for your Generosity!“

Baloween Spooktacular at the Bal Theatre - Week 3
Saturday October 20, 6:30-11:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Join The Historic BAL Theatre for an evening with the Lord Blood Rah as he Hosts the Annual BAL-O-WEEN Spooktacular.

Get down to the Historic BAL Theatre to experience BAL-O-WEEN.

We will have prizes, rare treats, It's a celebration of everything Halloween

BAL-O-WEEN keeps going strong at the Historic BAL Theatre with a full evening dedicated to the reason for the Halloween Season... The Monsters!

First, a true treat for Creature Features fans! Our favorite horror host Bob Wilkins on the big screen once again in Bob Wilkins meets The Monsters! See Bob's best moments as he hosts classic trailers of horror cinema! Then it's the Universal monster rally that brings all your favorites together in one thrilling film! It's House of Frankenstein! Plus trailers, madness and MORE!

THIS is where San Leandro celebrates Halloween! It's the BAL-O-WEEN Ballyhoo!”

East Bay Waltz Halloween Dance
Saturday, October 20, 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 9:00PM-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.

Come in costume to participate in our third annual costume contest for fabulous prizes!

Introductory class: rotary waltz. No experience or partner necessary!
Our DJ from 9:00PM-midnight will be Sam Simmons.”

Celebration of Love, Life, and Death
Dia de los Muertos Celebration Group Art Exhibit
Reception, Saturday, October 20, 7:00-10:00PM
Exhibit runs through October 26
Sonya Paz Fine Art Gallery, 195 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-378-5000

“South Bay artist Sonya Paz will host and exhibit an art tribute and celebration to Dia de los Muertos at her gallery October 20-26 The exhibit will feature work from several local artists.

Join us for the special exhibit to celebrate love, life, and death at our Dia de Los Muertos event and opening reception on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 7:00-10:00PM.

Featuring these fine local artists: Christine Benjamin, Beto Bravo, Mary Bravo, Renee Berglund, Steve Caballero, John Cloud, Francisco Franco , Sonya Paz, and Carlos Villez.

Again this year, each artist will be creating a fabulous body of works that include almost 100 of the 5" x 5" mini canvas that will adorn the big wall in the gallery and each one will be specially priced for only $95.

Several other offerings and art will be available for view and for sale. The show will hang at the gallery through Friday, October 26th. We hope to see you here and have you celebrate with us!”

Sea Music Concerts
Saturday, October 20, 8:00-9:30PM
on board the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
for more information call 415-561-7171
“Experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads and instrumentals from the wooden decks of the historic sailing ship Balclutha. Join the park in its 24th year of presenting some of sea music's outstanding performers.

Saturday, October 20, 8:00PM: Shanghaied On The Willamette
The lively duo of Jonathan Lay and Gordy Euler perform songs and tunes ‘plundered from land and sea,' including Celtic, English, and old-time American music.

Saturday, November 17, 8:00PM: Emerging Performers
Join us as we showcase some of the outstanding up-and-coming young talent in traditional music! Featuring SF's newest sea music band Month's Advance, solo singers Jeremy Friedenthal, Miriam Rubenson, and outstanding Irish music group The Jammy Dodgers.

Stand on the stern of Balclutha, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.”

Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“As the bewitching time of the year approaches, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach becomes a bit more haunted. All Harry Potters and friends can explore our magic potions, mysterious spells and enchantments. Bring your magic wands and broomsticks, come in costume for special prizes!

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows - they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!
Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

San Francisco Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Civic Park Community Center,1375 Civic Drive (at Broadway), Walnut Creek
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

“The Crystal Fair is a magical mix of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and the healing arts. It takes place 6 times a year in 2 different locations. With over 40 vendors at each show, there are thousands of items available at affordable prices.”

Earth Medicine Alliance's Annual Conference
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21
Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
$90 - early registration is encouraged
see website for registration and detailed schedule

“2012 Conference: Celebrating Ancestral Wisdom

Celebrating Ancestral Wisdom recognizes that the collective human dead (both family and spiritual ancestors) are one critical component of earth-honoring ways of life and a source of tremendous support for navigating a conscious future.

Similar to our previous two conferences, we’ll be exploring this theme from an interfaith/multicultural perspective that includes dynamic interactive sessions and embodied ceremonies (October 20th) and inclusive, earth-honoring rituals on the land in and around San Francisco (October 21st).  We hope you can join us!”

Folsom Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Folsom City Lions Park, 50 Natoma Street, Folsom
$14.00 adults, $9.00 students, seniors (55+) and children 6-12, under six free

“Experience the Magic and The Merriment of The Renaissance in Folsom!

The rising young star of London's theater scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer’s block while the great Elizabethan age of entertainment unfolds around him. Will is without inspiration on material. What Will needs is a muse and in an extraordinary town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he finds himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Their stories make their way into his plays and into our hearts. The theme of the Faire is Shakespeare's Muse.

Over October 20-21, the Folsom City Lions Park will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare's plays we so dearly love. In addition, over 900 costumed entertainers and over 100 shopkeepers and artisans will add to the ambiance of the Faire.The Festival will be the ultimate Renaissance bash, a lively Dionysian party, where the guests enjoy turkey legs, exotic food, and drink as they banter with the myriad performers filling the streets. The event sports one-of-a-kind shows, music, and comedy.

The Joust!
The Weekend’s highlight will be a full contact joust. Men and horse collide and do battle right before your eyes.Say hello to Imperial Knights!

Proceeds of the Faire, and from some of the booths, goes to benefit:

The Folsom CAVE Teen Centers
Located at each of the middle schools in Folsom, they provide over 700 students a week with a supervised drop-in after school program that is free to the participants.

The Friends of the Folsom Public Library
A nonprofit, volunteer organization that supports the Folsom Library and literacy programs for adults and children in the Folsom area.

The Folsom Rotary Club.

Support the Community!  Bring a can of food and get $2.00 off adult admission.”

All Hallows Fantasy Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, Saturday 11:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-6:00PM
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Adults $15, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 Free
$12 adult tickets and $20 Two-Day passes available in advance online

“All Hallows is a two day all-inclusive costume play event.  In keeping with the All Hallows tradition this year, the dead will be celebrated like never before! The Faire is deeply rooted in the beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a costume play in the spirit of modern Halloween. So get ready to walk through some imaginative mythical-Sci-Fi, time and space like you never have before.”

Celebration of Mind
in honour of Martin Gardner
Sunday, October 21

“Celebration of Mind Party
to celebrate the legacy of Martin Gardner on or around Sunday, October 21, 2012 through the enjoyment of Puzzles, Magic, Recreational Math, Lewis Carroll, Skepticism and Rationality.

Celebrations can be large or intimate depending on the event.  They don't have to be formal and range from a few friends getting together to discuss the above all the way up to series of lectures at Universities and Science Cafes.

We encourage everyone to bring something to share (not to give out, but to show and tell).  This could be a favorite reading from one of Martin’s books, share a memory about Martin, a story about how Martin inspired you, perform a favourite magic trick, bring a puzzle to play, etc…”

Martin Gardner is an honoured ancestor to many in the fields of mathematics, science, puzzles, and magic.  There are a few Celebration of Mind events being held in the Bay Area, and you can host you own - the above website has a map of worldwide events and suggestions for creating them.

This site has more information about the Celebration of Mind:
and a fun idea for a party theme - Hexaflexagons!

Lots of fun with Hexaflexagons can be found in these videos by Vi Hart:

Here’s a local Celebration of Mind event happening next week:

Celebration of Mind at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Friday, October 26, 7:00-9:30PM
Simons Auditorium, MSRI, 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley
Free event, RSVP required - limited to 75 attendees

“Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Martin Gardner on Friday, October 26 from 7:00-9:30PM, beginning with a viewing of The Nature of Things in the Simons Auditorium at 7:00PM.  The evening will feature the construction of polytopes using Zometools with Matthias Beck, a Dots and Boxes simul with Elwyn Berlekamp, card tricks with Nancy Blachman, puzzle-solving with Stan Isaacs, a SET Tournament, a wide selection of mathematical games, and a dessert reception.

We encourage you to bring your favorite mathematical game to share with other attendees!”

Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead
Sunday, October 21, 12:00-4:30PM
Museum Gardens, Oak Street Plaza, Gallery of California Art
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

“Join us as the whole Museum comes alive for the 18th annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead. Craft activities, food, dance and music performances and ceremonia bring the community together for this sacred tradition with the purposes of honoring the dead.  Watch demonstrations of traditional Meso-American arts and foods, and buy local Days of the Dead merchandise for your home altar from our mercado. Featured performance by Los Cenzontles. Included with Museum admission.

Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012
October 10 - December 9

Every year during Days of the Dead we honor loved ones that have passed away and we pay tribute to their lives. In 2012, OMCA celebrates the 18th annual Días de los Muertos exhibition, honoring the lives and stories of extraordinary people. The exhibition celebrates local heroes and heroines that may not have made it into history books, but have contributed to the betterment of their communities and have made an impact on our lives. Through altars and installations, the exhibition pays tribute to Californians in recent and the more distant past, and unveils how their remarkable experiences compose the narrative of change and in the ever-evolving story of California.

The exhibition is guest curated by Eduardo Pineda, an active participant in the United States Community Mural Movement since 1978. Pineda has held positions in museum education at both the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and has artwork in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and public art collection of the Alameda County Arts Commission.”

Intuitive Magic
with Luna Pantera
Sunday, October 21, 1:00-3:00PM and one more Sundays, October 28
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$30 per session, $100 for the series

“Feeling your life is rush by and you are not able to read the ‘sign post ahead?’ perhaps your Higher Self is trying to communicate with you, just not in a language you can understand?

Discover your Spirit Guide who will walk with you.
Open to Tarot for guidance in your life.
Discover that dreams are portals to others worlds.
Reclaim the Ancient Wisdom of your Ancestors.
Bring your sense of playfulness and
join me on a magikal adventure!!!
Come on a journey with me to contact, communicate and walk the path with Your Higher Self, using all the tools you possess!
Bring a pillow and journal

Luna Pantera is an initiated witch and priestess who has studied Tarot for over 20 years. She has worked at the Hotel Serrano and the End Up as a featured reader, and current a featured reader at Mystic Dreams. She has been teaching Intuitive Magik for over seven years, and is a writer, performer, and Founder of Theater of the Ancestors.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, October 21, 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.”

Integral Dreaming: A Book Reading and Celebration
with Fariba Bogzaran and Daniel Deslauriers
Sunday, October 21, 4:00-5:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Celebrating the publication of Integral Dreaming: A Holistic Approach to Dreams

Authors Fariba Bogzaran and Daniel Deslauriers have been collaborating for over twenty years in the broad arena of consciousness research. Their individual contributions come together within their new book Integral Dreaming, which unfolds a transdisciplinary approach to the field of dream studies.

Integral Dreaming opens a new paradigm informing the theory and practice of dreaming. Characterized by inclusiveness and multifaceted ways of approaching dreams, it integrates East/West philosophies, contemporary science and multiple ways of knowing. Fariba Bogzaran and Daniel Deslauriers will discuss their experience with writing Integral Dreaming; they will explore some of the core principles, and will invite dialogical participation.

Fariba Bogzaran, PhD, is faculty member and founder, Dream Studies Program, JFK University; Creative Director at Lucid Art Foundation; and co-author of Extraordinary Dreams (SUNY, 2001)Daniel Deslauriers, PhD, is Professor, Transformative Studies Doctorate at CIIS, San Francisco, and Co-founder of the Montreal Center for the Study of Dreams.”

Annual Office Of The Dead Concert
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Sunday, October 21, 4:00PM
All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

“Our annual Office of the Dead Concert this year commemorates All Saints Day with a performance of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s (1548-1611) Missa O Quam Gloriosum (O How Glorious is the Kingdom Mass) including his motet of the same name upon which the mass is
based.  The mass will be performed alternatim style with hauntingly beautiful heavenly flights of solo chant between the mass movements.  Unlike his more prolific contemporaries Victoria focused on composing music that was liturgical and devotional.  This parody mass, written in
the mixolydian mode, perfectly illustrates this and is considered one of his best being described by the British musicologist Donald Tovey as ‘one of the most perfect ever written.’  We are delighted to be joined by guest conductor Don Scott Carpenter (pictured) of American Bach Soloists.”

The Pomo Project
film screening
Sunday, October 21, 5:00PM
Aubergine Vintage Emporium and Cafe, 755 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol

“Hinth'el Gaahnula (Talking Indian): a Narrative History of Clear Lake Pomo Through 1900. This powerful video, produced by Big Valley Rancheria, documents the struggle for survival of the Pomo people in Northern California. Beginning with particularly moving information about pre-contact culture, filmmaker James BlueWolf uses historical photos, journals, and contemporary Native music to trace the punitive policies, slavery, massacres, and resistance during early exploration, the Gold Rush, statehood, and ‘progress.’

The Sebastopol City Council resolved in 2010 that every October be Pomo Honoring Month, encouraging business owners, educators, artists, and all our citizens to participate in making each October an occasion for joy, learning, and prosperity.

The Pomo Project emphasizes awareness of Pomo history and building bridges for future generations. Pomo wisdom traditions hold value for resolving contemporary challenges. We support Pomo people having an active voice in public policy, including development, education, culture, and vision. Not affiliated with any specific tribal group, we value collaboration with all Pomo people toward reconciliation and understanding.”

Shamanic Drum Circle
with Eve Crowe
Sunday, October 21, 5:00-7:00PM
private home, 128 Frustuck Avenue, Fairfax
to register, please call Eve at 239-658-4144

“Come journey to the beat of the drum to explore your power animal and teacher in a deeper way. Shamanic journey experience required.

Please bring a drum, rattle, notebook and a small donation for the space.

Eve Crowe is a shamanic practitioner, metaphysician/psychic and Reiki Master. She is on the referral list of Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval, and is affiliated with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Eve is a seasoned healer/teacher with 22 years experience.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, October 21, 7:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“Lake Merritt Pagans is a new group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.

Possible LaMP activities: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city’s regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”

Mole Day
Tuesday, October 23, 6:02AM-6:02PM

“Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02AM to 6:02PM, Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.
For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an atomic mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. An atom of neon has an atomic mass of 20, therefore one mole of neon weighs 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, October 23, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“Join Rabbit for an evening of the herbal and the verbal.  After sharing information about this month's unique, delicious herbal tea, and explaining this month's mantra, we will chant for approximately 30-50 minutes.  

Beginners are always welcome at every class. Join us to drop in, center, and recharge your batteries!”

Science and Nonduality Conference
Wednesday-Sunday, October 24-28
Embassy Suites, 101 MacInnis Parkway, San Rafael
See website for schedule and registration details

“The Nature Of The Self

Mystics in all ages and cultures describe the self as infinite, stable and ever-present phenomena. Modern physics describe the world as a self-moving, self-designing pattern, an undivided wholeness, a dance. We, as a society, relate to the self mostly as an individual, unique, time bound form. Our common sense, as individuals and society, hasn't caught up with this picture and it still based on long-held biases and stories. The Earth is clearly round but we still act as if it was flat…

We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, every day brings new findings from a wide range of scientific disciplines about what it means to be human. Modern science now gives us the detailed descriptions of the mechanisms our brain needs to construct what we call the self.

Could it be this illusionary image of ourselves as separate beings that is keeping us in this perpetual state of anxiety, scarcity, fear, dissatisfaction and leading us, as a society, at this very delicate point in evolution?”

The Grimaldis: A Musical Ghost Story
Wednesday-Saturday, October 31-November 3, 7:45PM
Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
$75 includes dinner and immersive theatrical experience
Buying tickets early is a good idea - this will sell out!

“The Story

For generations, the Grimaldi family has thrilled audiences the world over. From the opera houses of old Europe to America's silver screen, they were the quintessential showbiz family. Now the last surviving member of the Grimaldis is dead and the auction house of Sutter and Son is liquidating their estate.

As our show begins, we meet Walter Sutter, a friendly and somewhat awkward young man who is the block clerk for the auction house and the son in Sutter and Son. The auction business bores Walter and he dreams of a life in show business, a dream discouraged by his rather gruff and overly practical father Hirum Sutter.

When the ghosts of the Grimaldis start to haunt the auction house with their dazzling performances, Walter not only learns what it really means to be in show biz, but he also uncovers dark secrets about his own destiny.

The Grimaldis may be dead, but the show must go on.

The Show

The Grimaldis is a new story written by Dane Ballard and Ady Abbot and directed by Christian Utzman. The script celebrates the triumphs and tragedies of a life in show business from the eerie perspective of a family of performing ghosts.

Featuring original songs by John Woods, The Grimaldis is a mix of cabaret, circus, improv and musical theatre. The experience is immersive with the audience finding performances happening all around them. With the absence of the fourth wall, the characters interact directly with the guests, mingling with the audience throughout the show. Even the food and drink is presented as part of the story, a sort of ‘theatre amuse bouche’ to pull the audience further into the experience.”

Feast of the Mighty
Friday, November 2, 7:00-11:00PM
doors open at 7:00PM, Feast/Ritual begins at 8:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
see below for ticket details

“A Celtic Samhain Feast with the Gods, Ancestors and Mighty OnesPresented by the Coru Cathubodua, a Priesthood dedicated to the Morrigan.

Come join us at the turning of the year to celebrate the great Celtic feast of Samhain! Share a Celtic-style feast of ancient foods as we dine with the Otherworldly host. Raise a glass in honor of your Ancestors, Gods and those who are to come after us. Join in the tale as the myths of the mighty heroes of old are brought to life to inspire our lives. Lend your spirit as we renew the Sovereignty of the land at the turning of the year.

You may opt to attend as a ritual participant with or without partaking in the feast.
ADVANCE PURCHASE REQUIRED for feast tickets, by Friday October 26th. Feast seating is limited so we recommend early purchasing. Non-feast tickets may be purchased at any time or at the door.
Adults (12 and up) with feast - $39
Children (under 12) with feast - $20
Adults, no feast (includes a complimentary glass of mead for toasting) - $18 advance or $20 at the door
Under 18, no feast - free

Feast Details:
An ancient period-style Celtic feast will be laid out in three courses, providing the structure for the evening's ritual. We have selected recipes for the feast that closely match the kinds of foods our ancestors would have eaten, relying as much as possible on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, with an eye to what would have been available to the ancients.

Appetizer: Oat cakes with fresh apples and honey
First course: Blackberry and sweet pea salad; medieval leeks and mushrooms
Main course: Celtic pork and apple stew with hazelnuts and mushrooms (and meat-free version for vegetarians) ; Iron Age creamy peas; fresh barley bread
Dessert course: Seasonal fruit and berries with cream, honey, hazelnuts and rose petals

Mead, cider, and ale will be available as well as a non-alcoholic cider. A complimentary glass of mead or cider will be included with all tickets (including non-feast tickets) ; additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Please note menu may be subject to change based on availability of ingredients, and updates will be posted to the Facebook event page.

Ritual Details:
The Samhain ritual will be enacted in three parts: the first dedicated to the Ancestors, the second to the Gods and the Fey, and the third dedicated to the Descendents, those who will come after us. We will open the Otherworld gateway and invite the Mighty Ones to join us in feast and celebration as we enact the ancient stories of their heroic deeds: Brave warriors who ventured out to meet the host of the Sidhe on the haunted eve of Samhain. The Morrigan's gift of prophecy and blessing for the mighty Dagda, on the eve of Samhain, when the Tuatha De Danaan prepared to fight for the sovereignty of Ireland. And the untold story of our own generation's heroes, and those to come after us.

An altar will be set up where you are welcome to place pictures and mementos of your own Ancestors and beloved Dead, and places will be set at the tables where we may feed them.

Sovereignty Rite at Lake Merritt
Saturday, November 3, 11:00AM
Meet at the gazebo inside Lakeside Park (just past Children's Fairyland) , Bellevue Ave off Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

During the course of the evening Samhain feast and ritual, a special sword will be charged with a blessing for Sovereignty, by the power of the Ancestors, Gods and Mighty ones, and our own prayers and blessings of all participating. Those who wish can rejoin us the following morning on the shore of Lake Merrit, to dedicate this sword of Sovereignty, and cast it into the lake as a sacrificial offering for the renewal of sovereignty for our land and people, following the ancient tradition of Celtic peoples who deposited sacrificial offerings of armor, weapons and jewelry into lakes and sacred wells throughout Europe.

We are seeking a sword to dedicate for this purpose! If you or someone you know would be willing to donate a sword for the noble purpose of restoring sovereignty to your land and people, please contact us on the Coru Cathubodua Facebook page, or by email to mara.rua@gmail.com. “

Have a Mysterious, Astonishing, Decadent, Divine Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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