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 23, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Playland After Dark, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Within The Wheel, The Scotland Company, Zombie Vixens From Hell, Astonishment!, Spooky Night, Women’s Spiral Dance, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Ship of Spirits, KindaBoo!, Haunted or Blessed?, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Celebration of Mind, Voices from the Past, Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento, Candle Light Tours of Patterson House, Halloween Train, Evergreen Cemetery Tour, She Stoops to Conquer, Sugar Skulls Workshop, Dream Theater, Pumpkins on Pikes, Tara Dance Practice Group, Sardar, Haunted Hallows, Reclaiming's Spiral Dance, South Bay Circles Samhain, A Witchy Class, Rise Up And Dance, Night Hike: Frightening Forest, Gaskell Ball, Monster Bash, Middle East Peace Concert, ShadowDance, Garage Sale and Costume Sale, Living In The Wisdom Of Ancestral Healing, Boo at the Zoo, Jack O'Lantern Jamboree, Halloween Costume Party at Playland, Falkirk Halloween Pirate Fest, Annual Office Of The Dead Concert, Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular, Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos, Ile Orunmila Oshun, Rockridge Halloween Parade, CAYA Sprouts Samhain, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Intuitive Magic, Cemetery Ritual, Octopretzel, Tea and Tarot, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Heide, Moon-Viewing Festival, Gamble Mansion Haunted House, Songs and Lais of the Trouveres, Halloween/Day of the Dead at Berkeley Farmers' Market, Night Hike: Moon Rising, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, All Hallows Read, Celebrate Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows Eve at The Sacred Well, A Spirited Evening, Halloween Sing-A-Long Fundraiser, Wearable Art Halloween Ball, The Grimaldis: A Musical Ghost Story, Feast of the Mighty, Exploring Dark Moon Magick and Divination

Playland After Dark
Thursday, October 25, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
adults only

“Join us for a date night like no other - Playland After Dark's Grown-up Game Night featuring board games galore (or you can bring your favorite!) and all the unique exhibits, classic carnival games and free-play pinball always available at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, without the kids.

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 is obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, October 25, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“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 ).”

Within The Wheel
an immersive performance inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Third Annual Fall Festival
Thursday-Saturday, October 25-27, 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.”

The Scotland Company
presented by Thunderbird Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, October 25-27, 8:00PM - final week!
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?”

Zombie Vixens From Hell
by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, October 25-27, 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!
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 25-27, 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.”

Annual Spooky Night at Campbell Historical Museum
Friday, October 26, 2:00-6:00PM
Campbell Historical Museum, 51 N Central Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-2119

“Calling all ghosts and goblins!  Don't miss the 10th Annual Spooky Night at the Campbell Historical Museum.  Come enjoy a not-so-spooky afternoon filled with fun family Halloween crafts and activities.  This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Campbell Trick-or-Treat Night; costumes are encouraged.

Bring the kids and make ghoulish masks, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy sweet goodies galore, and enjoy having a safe place to let your witches and mummies explore.”

Women’s Spiral Dance
Honoring the Ancestors and the Crones
with Daughters of the Goddess
Friday, October 26, Marketplace opens at 6:30PM, Ritual begins at 7:30PM
Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda
This Event is for Cisgender Women
Adults $29, Teens 14-19 $5, Girls 13 and under Free

“Craftswomen, Drumming, Chanting
Dancing in Community and Sisterhood
Bring your drums, rattles, and a picture of an Ancestor for the Ancestor Altar
For more information call 925-787-9739 or 925-787-9247 or
Email Leilani at Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, October 26, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”

Ship of Spirits
aboard the USS Hornet
Friday, October 26, 7:00PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 xt282
pre-registration required, space is limited
ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult

“Can’t wait for Monster Bash? Are you dying to hear more tales about Hornet’s legendary haunts? Start your Halloween celebration off early by joining us for a special guest lecture followed by a paranormal tour. This special event is 7:00PM-12:00AM and is $45 per person. Space is limited so book early!”

Friday, October 26, 7:30PM
Brava Theater Center , 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Fun for ages 6 and up!

“Start your Halloween 2012 celebrations with the Kinda Boo! Halloween Revue

Magical. Musical. Funny. Surprising.

The Kinda Boo! Halloween Revue is a live mashup of original rock and show tunes, comedy, magic, and the unexpected.

A Magical Experience for Spirits of All Ages.

Fifteen percent of each admission ticket sold for this event will be donated this year to the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, a community development nonprofit serving children and families in the Sunset District of San Francisco.”

Haunted or Blessed?  Angels and Demons and Ghosts...OH MY!
with Susan Diamond
Friday, October 26, 7:30-9:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
please pre-register from the website

“Are you being haunted by a Poltergeist or visited by a beloved Ancestor Spirit?

We share our space with ‘Unseen Company’ on a daily basis. Learn to recognize if they are Companion and Co-creator, or Ill Intentioned, Irritating, and harmful.

We will identify various types of spirits and entities, understand how to tell them apart, as well as explore the various techniques and tools to invite them in or be rid of them.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, October 26, 8:00PM, 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”

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Friday, October 26, 11:00AM, 1:30PM and 4:00PM
and every day through October 31, except for Tuesday, October 30
The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco
Free with Museum admission - Adults $20, Seniors and Students $15, Children 6-17 $12

“In celebration of our special exhibition Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation, the Museum will be screening the 1993 Disney stop motion musical fantasy film by producer and co-writer Tim Burton.

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!”

This event is part of the worldwide Celebration of Mind:

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:

Voices from the Past:
Paranormal Investigations at Meek Mansion and McConaghy House

Friday, October 26, 6:30PM-3:30AM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward

Saturday, October 27, 6:30PM-3:30AM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard

$75 per night, $100 for both nights
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  
For more information or to make reservations, please call Heather at 510-581-2516

“Paranormal investigations at the Meek Mansion and McConaghy House. Two houses, two nights...twice the fun. Includes a tour of the house, a presentation by APRA and time to investigate on your own.

Refreshments and snacks will be included on both nights. Dinner is provided on Friday night.”

Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento
Friday and Saturday, October 26-27 - final weekend!
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.”

Candle Light Tours of Patterson House
Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM and 8:30PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$7 in advance, $8 on the night

“This is your chance to see the beautifully restored Patterson House in a whole new light! Experience the home of George and Clara Patterson as it looked during the Victorian era.  These are not haunted tours, but may be a bit spooky. These tours are not recommended for young children.

Registration Required. FEE: $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Make reservations at
https://www.regerec.com/Start/Start.asp or call 510- 791-4196.”

Halloween Train
at the Ardenwood Railroad Museum
Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 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.”

Evergreen Cemetery Tour: Spooky Tales
Saturday, October 27, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz
Free, donations welcome

“Get ready for Halloween with this spook-tacular journey through the cemetery. Docents will tell ghost stories from those buried at Evergreen (don’t worry it’s nothing too scary), teach you how to make a tombstone rubbing, send you on a spooky tour through the cemetery and much more. Be sure to wear your costume!”

She Stoops to Conquer  
presented by Butterfield 8
Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
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.”

Sugar Skulls Workshop
Saturday, October 27, 2:00-4:00PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Space is limited. Call 831-429-1964 xt7024 or email education@santacruzmah.org to register

“Come craft this traditional Mexican folk art in celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that sweetly honors the lives of those who have deceased.”

Dream Theater: A Workshop
with Krisztina Peremartoni
Saturday, October 27, 2:00-5:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“A wonderful opportunity to bring dreams to life through dramatization. Act the lead in your own dream or designate participants to play various roles. Bring one dream and your adventurous self.

Krisztina Peremartoni, M.A., received degrees in psychology and in drama in her native Hungary and was a leading actor in their National Theater for 25 years.”

Pumpkins on Pikes
Saturday, October 27, 2:00-10:00PM
Tara Firma Farms,  3796 I Street, Petaluma, 707-765-1202
$20, children under 5 free

“They provide the mini-burgers, fixin's and pumpkins and you provide a dish to share, table service and carving supplies and an appetite for creating an awesome jack-o-lantern.” ____________________________________

Tara Dance Practice Group
Saturday, October 27, 3:30-5:00PM
Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany
Everyone is welcome to this free event
for more information, please call 510-526-2343

“Tara is the Tibetan Goddess of Compassion who swiftly comes to the aid of anyone who calls.  You are invited to this fun experiemental event strengthening your connection to Tara.  We will dance, meditate, and sing our prayers.  The energies generated can be used for wholistic healing for others.”

film screening
Saturday, October 27, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Sardar (‘military leader’) - an epic historical spectacle set amongst landscapes as beautiful and awe-inspiring as those of any western - one can almost sense the smells of earth, forest, steppe and mountain. This is a historical-adventure drama, whose action takes place in the 18th century against the background of Dzhungarian occupation, scenes of confrontations and blood. Two Kazakhs, friends Kuldzha and Akberdy, go to the Dzhungarian camp in order to make the father of Kuldzha, valorous Kazakh batyr Kangerey who has been captured by Dzhungars, free from captivity and to rescue Steppe from hated tribes. They will face many adventures on their way there. At the same time, the Dzhungarian leader Shonay has captured the princess of Turgut khanate, Saryntana. The girl has sworn that she will give her love to the first who will come to her rescue. Akberdy has appeared the first, but the girl likes Kulzha the most. The drama unfolds.

Language: Kazakh. Subtitles: English.  Runtime: 95 min.

The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Haunted Hallows
at the Chabot Space and Science Center
Saturday, October 27, 6:00PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, 510-336-7300
Activities included with General Admission,
Adults $15.95, Ages 3-12 $11.95, Ages 13-18 $12.95, Students and Seniors $12.95

“Explore the dark side of Chabot Space and Science Center with a night of spooky, ghoulish fun.  Visit the Potions Lab, Electric Zone, The Laser Maze and The Haunted House.”

Reclaiming's Spiral Dance
A ritual to honor our beloved dead and dance the spiral of rebirth
Saturday, October 27, doors open at 6:00PM, Ritual begins at 7:30PM
Come early to view the altars, for pre-ritual music, and to hear the names of the Beloved Dead
Kezar Pavilion, 755 Stanyan Street, San Francisco (in Golden Gate Park)
General Admission is sliding scale $20-$100+, Elders (60 & over) and Youth (15 & under): $10+

“As the darkness closes in, come dance the spiral that renews the world.

Join us when the veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. We gather to remember our ancestors, our beloved dead, and all those who have crossed over.

The Spiral Dance is San Francisco Reclaiming's public Halloween ritual. For Witches, this is a sacred season, when we honor our ancestors and our Beloved Dead, and our New Year, affirming the renewal of life.

The Spiral Dance is also Reclaiming's largest, most spectacular public ritual, bringing together art, music, poetry, and dance in Sacred Space. Not just a performance - everyone participates in dancing the Spiral.

Join us as we celebrate 33 years of magic, ritual, and activism in San Francisco and beyond. This family-oriented ritual is also drug and alcohol free. All are welcome.

Beloved babies and beloved dead
Honor the cycle of death and rebirth by sending us the names of those born and those who have died during the past year:
Beloved dead: email to www.reclaimingspiraldance.org/beloveddead  
Babies: email to www.reclaimingspiraldance.org/beloved-babies

Children are welcome - childcare not provided. Wheelchair Accessible. This is a drug- and alcohol-free, family-oriented ritual. Please honor us and the sacred by keeping it so.“

South Bay Circles Samhain
Saturday, October 27, 6:00PM
Fireside Room, Palo Alto Unitarian-Universalist Church, 505 E Charleston Road, Palo Alto
$5 suggested donation

“South Bay Circles will be presenting an open Samhain Ritual on Saturday October 27. Gathering starts at 6:00PM with the ritual at 7:00PM. Post-ritual we will be having a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to pass. In order to help cover expenses a five dollar donation is requested, though no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Thanks to Ivan (and friends) for putting the ritual together.

Join us in the Fireside Room of the Palo Alto Unitarian-Universalist Church!”

A Witchy Class
Saturday, October 27, 7:00PM (and the fourth Saturday of every month)
Antioch Public Library, 501 W 18th Street, Antioch
Please RSVP - see Meetup page for more information

“Join us for a series of classes about the craft.
You will find a bit of everything; working within ritual space, energy workings, history, ethics - And there's more, there's always more!”

Thanks to Ardys for letting me know about this event!

Rise Up And Dance
Concert And Dance Party Benefitting CalWorks And CARE Programs
featuring: Kate Kilbane and the Cellar Doors, Irina Rivkin, Rachel Efron, and Green and Root
Saturday, October 27, 7:00PM dance lesson, 8:00-11:00PM concert/dance
High Street Station Cafe, 1303 High Street, Alameda, 510-995-8049
$8 door, sliding scale donations

“Some of the Bay Area’s best-known women musicians come together in Rise Up and Dance, a concert and dance party to support and benefit Laney College's CalWORKs and CARE programs that help families rise from poverty to careers through community college education. Performers will be playing together and in various combinations, and include Irina Rivkin, Kate Kilbane and the Cellar Doors, Green and Root, and Rachel Efron. Rise Up and Dance is open to all, whether you like partner dances such as West Coast swing, nightclub two-step, country-western two-step, Argentine tango, or just want to boogie, or sit down and enjoy the show.

Rise Up and Dance is organized by singer-songwriter Irina Rivkin, founder of Rose Street House of Music, a living room concert hall supporting women musicians. The lineup features an array of talent.

Kate Kilbane And The Cellar Doors
San Francisco bassist-singer Kate Kilbane writes and sings jazz-soul infused rock songs that tell the stories of ancient Greek women including Philomela, Procne and Medea. Her soaring melodies and infectious grooves tell of love, loss, and the magnetic pull of art. She and her band, Kate Kilbane and the Cellar Doors, won the Best of the Fringe award, performing 4-sold-out shows of their rock opera Weightless.

Irina Rivkin
Of Russian Jewish parentage, OutMusic awardee Irina Rivkin has mixed her ancestral folk traditions with contemporary singer-songwriter settings. Rivkin's performance includes live-on-the-spot vocal arrangements, swirling vocal percussive beats, and textured interweaving harmony that she creates onstage using a loop station instrument.

Rachel Efron
Rachel Efron will play Argentine-Tango originals.

Green and Root
Duo Green and Root perform acoustic songfood, harmonic heart truths, and well written tunes.

To make the dance accessible to those with chemical sensitivities, we ask that attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and other fragrances. Thank you.”

Night Hike: Frightening Forest
on the Nature Trail at the Chabot Space and Science Center
Saturday, October 27, 7:00PM and 8:30PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, 510-336-7300
$10 (does not include admission to the Center)
RSVP recommended, space is limited!  Register online or call 510-336-7373

“Things go bump in the forest! In celebration of Halloween, we’ll lend a little freight to our normal Moonlight Hike. The redwoods are aged, majestic and full of wonder. Walk with us and see what pops up… if you dare.

All activities are meant for fun, but this spooky hike may not be for everyone. Please use discretion when deciding to join us. Recommended for ages 7+”.

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, October 27, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.
We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Our next ball is our Halloween ball, our largest and most spectacular event of the year. While you can come in semi-formal attire, Halloween is a chance to shine, so start finding/making your costume now. And bring your camera, as there we be all sorts of interesting costumes to be seen.

Of course, do bear in mind that the goal is to dance in the costumes, so make sure you can move and turn without tripping! And no sharp, pointy parts that might damage the other dancers will be allowed!

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
December 15, 2012"

Monster Bash
aboard the USS Hornet
Saturday, October 27, 7:30PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 xt282
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, children 5-17 $10

“Have fun at the annual Monster Bash! Is the USS Hornet Haunted? Bring the whole family and find out. At this annual fundraiser onboard the ‘Grey Ghost,’ visitors will get a good fright throughout the evening with haunted tours, costume contests, and other treats. Dance favorites by The Cocktail Monkeys.”

Middle East Peace Concert
Saturday, October 27, 8:00-10:00PM
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 Students and Seniors

“Internationally honored Israeli, Iranian, and Palestinian artists come together in an evening of inspiration and community.

Artists Include: Yair Dalal, Jewish Music Festival veteran, Iraqi-Israeli composer (oud, violin and vocals); Naser Musa, internationally known Jordanian-Palestinian performer (oud and vocals); Hamid Saeidi, Iranian composer/musician (santoor and vocals); Dror Sinai, Israeli percussionist and vocals; and Miriam Peretz, Israeli-American traditional and sacred dance performer and choreographer of dances of the Silk Road.

Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation, Temple Sinai of Oakland, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Center for Jewish Studies at Graduate Theological Union, in association with the 28th Jewish Music Festival.”

Saturday, October 27, 8:00PM-2:00AM
Oakland Metro Opera House, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

is a darkly intense, heart-pounding journey into the silhouette of night, featuring some of the best performance artists, musicians and DJs from the Bay Area and around the globe.

The Show:
Saturday October 27, 8:00PM
Dark Art begins at 9:00PM
Stay and dance with us afterwards so bring your dancing shoes and dark hearts...til 2:00AM.

After five continuous years of sold out shows, ShadowDance is vamping up to bring you an even darker weekend filled with dance and performance art. Produced by Ariellah and Darker Still Productions, this year’s ShadowDance features a full night of performance art and music. The Saturday night show will feature two bands, and one full set of performance art filled with a feast of performers, including throat singing, industrial performance art, belly dancers, puppet shows, circus arts, angle grinding, suspension and much more! Throughout the evening dark music will be broadcast by 2 of the Bay Area’s leading ‘dark and alternative’ DJs for those who desire to move on the dance floor.  Please stay and dance with us in the darkness...”

Garage Sale and Costume Sale
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Private home, 3115 Dovela Way, San Jose

“On October 27th and 28th from 9:00AM-3:00PM, Shady Shakespeare will be having a Garage Sale and Costume Sale to help raise funds for the coming season. The sale will be held at 3115 Dovela Way in San Jose and will feature lots of original costume items - just in time for Halloween! In addition to hoping you'll stop by and purchase a few treasures, we are looking for both donations of goods and volunteers to help set up and sell.

If you have goods you would like to donate, please email Dinna Myers at dinna@shadyshakes.org to arrange a time to drop the items off. Donated items are tax-deductible.  If you would like to volunteer to help set up and sell, please email Dinna Myers and let her know which day you can help and for how many hours.  

The weather is supposed to be lovely this weekend, so come on out and say hello!”

Living In The Wisdom Of Ancestral Healing
A Sacred Gathering For Women Of All Ages
with Mbali Creazzo and Mahealani Uchiyama
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 9:30AM-6:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
for more information, contact Iya Mahea at 510-827-3997 or iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“Mbali Creazzo - voice for the ancestors,  Medicine Woman, Ceremonial and Ritual leader joins with Mahealani Uchiyama - priestess of Ifa, dancer and musician, in a unique and exciting collaboration that will draw from the healing wisdom of Africa, with dance, ritual drumming and song, and ceremony as we answer the earth’s call for us to reawaken ancient aspects of ourselves…

In a safe space, of mutual consent we will:
Reconnect to the wisdom of the Ancestors
Gain insight into the transformational life force of Fire
Understand Water as an agent of healing, reconciliation and empowerment
Through community, drumming, movement and ritual we will reawaken the ancient aspects of ourselves
There will be an opportunity to browse our open market filled with a rich and diverse selection of ceremonial jewelry, traditional crafts and music.

What to bring:
Bring Percussion instruments, Rattles, drums.  1 Red and 1 Blue candle.  Photos of Ancestors (or a red stone). Waters from a natural source (Optional). Lunch for both days, and water.
(Light snacks such as tea and coffee will be provided.)

What to wear:
Loose casual clothing”

Boo at the Zoo
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
included with Zoo admission

“Visit the Oakland Zoo for our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the costume parade. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at the Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket.”

Jack O'Lantern Jamboree
Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Children's Fairyland, on the shore of Lake Merritt at Grand Avenue and Bellevue, Oakland

“Join us the weekend of Halloween as we celebrate the holiday with fun and games that are much more delightful than frightful!
Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with:
Unlimited rides
Goody bags for kids*
Treat stations for kids*
Two jumpers, one for little kids and one for bigger kids
Arts and Crafts*
Pirate school
Balloon twisting
Costumed fairytale characters
Clowns and magicians

*While supplies last

And don’t miss our special presentations by our Children’s Theater Program and Storybook Puppet Theater!

Admission to Fairyland for the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree days is just $10 for everyone age 1 through 100. (Sorry, no passes or coupons accepted for this event.)”

Halloween Costume Party at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“Show off your outfits before you trick-or-treat and win special prizes at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's Halloween Costume Party. While you're here, explore the Dark Mystery exhibition and check out our 5000-year-old mummy.

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)

Falkirk Halloween Pirate Fest
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 12:00PM and 3:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
Adults $20, Children under $16 $18

“Put on your best Pirate gear for this festive Halloween event for children of all ages October 27-28.

Br'n your crew an' come th' Falkirk for this one-of-a-kind Halloween event.
Eat an' be merry an' find your buried treasure wi' carbunculously real pirates. Thar ‘Fancy Scallywag!’ be Pirates in th' House. Set out on th'grounds fer private treasure.

The Halloween Pirate fest will be held on October 27-28.
with two events per day: 12:00PM and 3:00PM

Event includes a ‘pirate feast’ with real pirates, treasure hunt, and individual treasure and halloween tricks and treats!

Price is $18.00 per child under 16 and $20 for adults
Limited room for Pirates big and small so get your tickets soon.”

Annual Office Of The Dead Concert
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices

Saturday, October 27, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

Sunday, October 28, 7:30PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

“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.”

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular
Sunday, Oct 28, 10:00AM-2:00PM
along Main Street,  Martinez

“A safe place for families to celebrate Halloween. Visit creatively themed and decorated car trunks that will kine downtown Martinez. Each trunk is sponsored by local businesses.

Face Painting sponsored by City of Martinez Parks and Recreation Department.”

Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, October 28, 10:00AM-5:00PM
along East 12th Street between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue
and in Fruitvale Village

“The Unity Council is pleased to present the 17th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 10:00AM-5:00PM. The festival will be held between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue on East 12th Street, as well as in the Fruitvale Village.”

Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, October 28, 11:00AM (and the last Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 donation requested
Please be 5 minutes early as we start the Temple Service promptly at 11:00AM

“Ile Orunmila Oshun, the Yoruba-based house of worship founded by Luisah Teish (author of Jambalaya), hosts its monthly Temple Service at The Sacred Well.

Join us at 11:00AM on the last Sunday of every month to explore the mysteries of the Orishas with Initiated members of the Ile's clergy. The powerful, ancient wisdom of Ifa is readily applied to modern situations, and each ceremony is a life lesson. At the end of the service, donations are gratefully accepted.

October’s service: Ritual for Oya - Followed by the annual Cemetery Cleaning Ritual at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland”

Rockridge Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 28,
meet at 11:45AM, Parade starts at 12:00PM, Storytelling and Music 1:00-2:00PM
meet at Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Avenue, Oakland

“The Halloween Parade will start at noon and head towards the Rockridge BART Station.  Children can Trick or Treat and show off their costumes.  
Storytelling and Music from 1:00-2:00PM.”

CAYA Sprouts Samhain
Sunday, October 28, 12:00-2:00PM
East Bay location given upon RSVP
Please RSVP to  hvnwalker@yahoo.com

“Sprouts offers Sabbat rituals and social events that are specifically designed for children up to age ten.  However, all self-identified families are welcome to attend.
Come and celebrate the Wheel of the Year with us!”

Come and celebrate the witches new year with Sprouts! We will make an altar with pictures of our ancestors, and make ancestor wands to honor our beloved dead with a special ancestor dance.

What to Bring: Pictures of your ancestors and a snack to share with everyone.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, October 28, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

Intuitive Magic
with Luna Pantera
Sunday, October 28, 1:00-3:00PM - final session
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“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.”

Cemetery Ritual
presented by Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, October 28, 2:00-3:30PM
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

“Each year, we visit the cemetery to honor our collective Ancestors and to perform rituals of remembrance with songs and prayers. Meet at the entrance of the Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Dress festively for the ancestors. Bring 9 pennies, a small whisk broom and disposable bag for debris. This event is free and open to the public.”

Sunday, October 28,  3:00-4:30PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$4 children, $6 adults

“The wildly imaginative Octopretzel gets everyone involved in Ashkenaz's autumn family fare season, Silly Sundays. Ashkenaz has long been the leader in meaningful themes for kids' show series. No matter where you travel around the world, people of all ages love to get silly. And what better way to experience universal silliness than at Ashkenaz's Silly Sundays, featuring top family-oriented musicians from around the world sharing their music, stories and culture, as well as music for dancing, jumping, and spinning on the best dance floor in the East Bay! Silly Sundays runs every Sunday through October!

Featured on the “Live at Ashkenaz” CD, Octopretzel is five Bay Area musicians pooling their talents, favorite songs, and puppets in an interactive, engaging, danceable, singable, and super-fun experience for kids and their parents. The bandmembers create imagination-stretching music, and today’s show features a slew of new stuff from Octopretzel’s latest CD, ‘If I were a Song…’  Lead singer and guitarist Melita Doostan is Octopretzel’s creator, a former pre-school teacher who is now a music specialist for youngsters. Singer David Doostan is an East Bay emergency room doctor. Lead singer and guitarist Sarita Pockell (former lead singer in world fusion band Hamsa Lila) teaches music and drama in Mill Valley. Jen Miriam Kantor, a former member of the Sippy Cups and the Puppet Players, sings and plays percussion (by day she’s a doula, artist, and puppeteer). Mandolinist and fiddler David Rosenfeld has worked with the Oakland Symphony and plays in klezmer band Kugelplex.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, October 28, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend...
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Heide
Sunday, October 28, 5:00PM (and the last Sunday of every month)
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Liturgy of the Lady is an open celebration of the Goddess in Her many forms. She is the Maiden of youth, the Mother of culture, the Crone of wisdom, and She is mirrored in all life, death and rebirth. We honor Her with reverent and joyful singing, ritual activities, and opportunities to learn. Now in our fourth decade of offering this sacred service, we invite you to join us.

It's the season of the witch!

Heide is the Holy Hag, the witch-goddess of the Viking Age. She appears in the Elder Edda, teaching witchcraft to women, and gives her name to seeresses in the sagas. We see her as the archetypal prophetess who foretells the beginning of the world, and its ending.

In this season when spirits walk and we welcome the ancestors, we honor the mistress of magic from the northern lands. Who knows, there might even be some time to read the runes.”

Moon-Viewing Festival
Sunday, October 28, 5:30-8:30PM
The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

“Celebrate the Beauty of the Harvest Moon at a Moon-Viewing Festival

Please join us  in the Gardens at Lake Merritt for an Otsukimi Festival featuring Japanese food, entertainment and moon viewing, Sunday, October 28, 5:30-8:30PM.

This event, open and free to the public, is being hosted by the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association and the Golden State Bonsai Collection North.

Otsukimi (literally meaning moon-viewing) Festivals are held throughout Japan to honor the autumn moon, a symbol of blessing and abundance.  These celebrations began in Japan in the year 794 and continue today as a favorite festival.  Moon Viewing celebrations are occasions for sharing food and stories while enjoying what is considered the most beautiful moon of the year.

Schedule of Events:
5:30PM - Bonsai Garden Open House. (Garden closes at 6:30PM)
6:30PM - Jiten Daiko - Taiko (Japanese drums) and performances by student delegates from the Asian Pacific Children’s convention
7:30PM - Moon viewing by the Eastbay Astronomical Society (view the moon, stars and planets through powerful telescopes).”

Gamble Mansion Haunted House
Sunday, October 28, 6:30-8:00PM
puppet shows at 6:45PM and 7:30PM
Gamble Mansion at Elizabeth Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
reservations required

“Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 28, when the witches and the goblins will appear live at Gamble Garden Mansion.  We dare you to show up in costume from 6:30-8:00PM and meet and greet the ghosts in person.

This daring event will be suitable for trick-or-treaters, ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult.
The friendly Gamble volunteer witches will be creating games, activities, and a safe
Halloween venue for all.  (Younger visitors may enjoy coming earlier when it is lighter both inside and out.)”

Fine Amor et Bone Esperance: Songs and Lais of the Trouveres
featuring Tim Rayborn and  Rita Lilly

Sunday, October 28, 7:00PM
Parish Hall, St. Alban’s Church, 1501 Washington, Albany
$30, Students and Seniors $25
for more information or to make reservations, contact Music Sources at 510-528-1685
or info@musicsources.org

“Tim Rayborn and Rita Lilly

The acclaimed duo of Tim Rayborn and Rita Lilly presents a new concert in the MusicSources’ series. In an intimate program, they will perform beautiful music of thirteenth-century France, for voice and harp or psaltery.

The trouveres were the north’s counterpart to the southern troubadours, and they wrote extensively on many subjects, especially love and religion, during their heyday from ca. 1150 to 1300. Tim and Rita will offer some of these exquisite pieces, all sung in the Old French language, including lyric lais of the Arthurian tradition; other religious and secular lais; music from Gautier de Coincy’s Miracles de Nostre-Dame; reverdies, dances, and women’s songs.

Come and experience a unique program of courtly, religious, and popular pieces from the age of French chivalry. The duo’s previous performance in June at the Berkeley Fringe was standing-room only, with a line out the door, so don’t miss this!

Rita Lilly: voice
Tim Rayborn: voice, harp, psaltery, bells”

Halloween/Day of the Dead at Berkeley Farmers' Market
Tuesday, October 30, 2:00-6:30PM
South Berkeley Farmers' Market, Adeline Street at 63rd Street, Berkeley

“A cross-cultural Halloween/Day of the Dead Celebration at the South Berkeley Farmers' Market (sponsored by the Ecology Center). Featuring live music by Asheba, Aztec dance, free all ages costumes, and a Day of the Dead Altar.

Program Description:
3:00-4:00PM - live Caribbean music for children by Asheba
4:00-4:30PM - Aztec dance performance by Cuauhtli Mitotiani Mexica
4:30-5:30PM - live Caribbean music for children by Asheba

Day of the Dead Altar - created by Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement (BAHIA). The public is invited to bring an offering of any kind to add to the altar and celebrate with us as our community honors life, farmers' labor, and those that have sacrificed their health and lives for our well being and for food justice.
Free All Ages Costume Making - East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse”

Night Hike: Moon Rising
on the Nature Trail at the Chabot Space and Science Center
Tuesday, October 30, 5:30PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, 510-336-7300
$10 (does not include admission to the Center)
RSVP recommended, space is limited!  Register online or call 510-336-7373

“Our regular night hikes get a special flare tonight courtesy of the Universe. We’ll head out a bit earlier hiking in the sunset and stop to watch the moon rise in the night sky. This moderately strenuous 4-5 mile trek features discussions about the natural environment, celestial events, and objects in the sky.

Suggested: Bring water and a flashlight. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and dress in layers.”

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
accompanied live by Cameron Carpenter on the theatre pipe organ!
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00PM
Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Filmed in the 1920s, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is called one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era. Don’t miss the spectacular Cameron Carpenter as he accompanies this silent chiller on the thundering Ruffatti organ. Nothing says ‘Halloween’ like melodrama, murder, mayhem, and a wild plot twist at the film’s end! Costumes Welcome!”

All Hallows Read
Wednesday, October 31
wherever you please!

“All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.
Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post. http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/10/modest-proposal-that-doesnt-actually.html

Neil Gaiman says (well, said, in the aforementioned blog post):
“I propose that, on Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they'll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they'll enjoy.

I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands - new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe'en. Make their flesh creep...

Give a scary book.

If you don't know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you're giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don't tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)

That's it. That's my idea.

Scary book. Hallowe'en.

Who's with me?


Celebrate Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows Eve
at The Sacred Well
Wednesday, October 31, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Free Event - open to all!

“Come in costume or street clothes for a mug of apple cider, some Halloween candy, and a free sample of incense to help you connect with those who have gone beyond the Veil.”

A Spirited Evening
with Irish Medium Sandra O’Hara
and Loyd Auerbach
Wednesday, October 31, 7:30PM
Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street, Lafayette

“A Spirited Evening features a look at both sides of the paranormal coin - the unreal and the real. Mentalist Professor Paranormal (in reality, parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach) will amuse and amaze with feats of mindreading and prediction with audience members, getting everyone ‘in the spirit’ for actual contact with the Other Side. Renowned Irish psychic medium Sandra O'Hara will bring the audience in close contact with friends and loved ones across the veil, providing a more personal connection with those who have passed on. Don't miss this Halloween evening of fun, mental mystery and true paranormal experience. Come in costume, and you might win a surprise.”

Halloween Sing-A-Long Fundraiser
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Wednesday, October 31, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Ever wonder what it would be like to sing with San Francisco Renaissance Voices? Well, here’s your chance!!  Join us and our host as Artists-in-Residence, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, on Halloween for a All Saints/All Souls Days Sing-a-Long of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum and O Quam Gloriosum motet with readings of remembrance for the dead. A limited number of both scores will be available at the event for $20; however we recommend you print a free score of both the motet and mass here:

This is no trick!  Entrance to the event is free, however a free-will offering will be taken; and we hope you will treat us with a donation at the concert that benefits San Francisco Renaissance Voices and the music programs at Seventh Avenue.  All are invited to a post-event reception featuring Halloween treats.”

Wearable Art Halloween Ball
Wednesday, October 31, 8:00PM-Midnight
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

“Come join us at the MAH during the most creative Halloween costume party in Santa Cruz. Drape yourself in art and come down to the museum for a night of music, dancing, costume contest and unearthly delights.”

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. “

Exploring Dark Moon Magick and Divination
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica (High Priestess, Sisterhood of the Moon)
and Lady Carolina Amor (Presiding Priestess, Circulo de Isis)
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30-10:00PM,
and two more Dark Moon evenings, Friday, January 11, and Monday, March 11
Bay Area location given upon registration
For more information or to register, e-mail Info@SisterhoodoftheMoon.org
You must sign up in advance for the entire series; each ritual-class builds upon the previous.
Class limited to 11 women, registration ends October 31
Whole series paid in advance $100, or $40 per class ($40 in advance holds your spot)

“Awaken the psychic within and open up your personal doors of perception.  In this hands-on, experiential ritual-class series, we will create a sacred container together to explore the Mysteries of the Dark Moon and the Shadow/Hidden Self through ritual and divination arts such as scrying, tarot, astrology, and Enneagram.  This class is limited to 11 women and is intentionally constructed for both beginning and accomplished Practitioners.

We will gather together on the three evenings noted above, and will continue our communication and explorations on a private email list in-between gatherings. You will also create and perform a Solitary Dark Moon ritual the evening of Thursday, December 13.  To continue flowing with our collective magick, you are highly encouraged to attend our annual Sisterhood of the Moon Dedication/Imbolc ritual on the Dark Moon/Lunar Imbolc on Saturday, February 9.

Gathering time and informal potluck dinner begins at 6:30PM for each meeting; class/ritual begins promptly at 7:00PM.  Our intention is to end class and open the circle by 10:00PM.

This class is for all women, no matter her level of experience with group ritual or Dark Moon magick.  Please email us with your questions or to sign up. Registration ends at Samhain, October 31, so that you have time to prepare yourself for our first gathering on November 13.  A list of materials and a syllabus will be emailed to you by Samhain.  We ask for a commitment to attend all three classes in this series.

Lady Jesamyn Angelica is the Presiding Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon. She is an ordained Dianic High Priestess, certified Herbalist, and Holistic Health Practitioner.  Lady Jesamyn has been leading group ritual for women since 1998, and has been formally teaching magickal technique since 2007.

Lady Carolina Amor (also known as Morgana Ariel) is the Presiding Priestess of the Circulo de Isis and a Reiki Master who loves Astrology, Tarot, Runes, and bellydance.  She enjoys connecting with people and helping them to find their purpose in life.

*This class is worth 3 Sisterhood of the Moon Skill credits.”

Have a Spirited, Blessed, Costumed, Candle Lit Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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