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, November 13, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Red Tent at Terra’s Temple, Ruth King Reunion, Downtown Campbell Holiday Extravaganza, VortexHealing Group Healing, Festival Of Lights Prayer Ceremony, History: the Musical, Our Daily Bread, Bizarre Bazaar, Womansong Circle, Hope Struggle and Change, Pinata Breakthrough, Life in Shanty Town, Clone Zone, Findhorn’s 50th Anniversary, Oakland Christkindlmarkt, Faery Seership, Dream Interpretation in Contemporary Africa, Harvest Dinner, Winterblast, Women's Red Tent Gathering, Diwali: Festival of Lights, Bones Quigley, TELLABRATION!, Javanese Shadow Play: Gamelan Sari Raras, Sea Music Concerts, Time Wave Zero, Country Folk Art Craft Festival, Everything Old Is New Again, JingleFest Holiday Craft Fair, Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival, Chamber Music Day, Womansong Circle, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Transgender Day of Remembrance, South Bay Pagan Salon, Fundamentals of Astrology 2, Evening of Healing Music

Red Tent at Terra’s Temple
Wednesday, November 14, gather at 6:45PM, circle at 7:30PM, losing at 8:45PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland

ALisa Starkweather creatix from the Red Tent, says:
“The Red Tent Temple Movement is a way for women to take our inner momentum, that feeling like the time is now and come forward with everything we are as women and give us a place to incubate, dream, slow down, and not have an agenda or plan. And simultaneously much is waiting for us in this not knowing place but we need to make time for the empty space. It is also not only empty space but woman space where we can share stories, laughter, songs, food and honor our unique cycles that we experience each month in our bleeding time and in our going through perimenopause and menopause.”

April Taylor of Terra’s Temple says:
“The next three circles are being created in the tradition of the Red Tent Temple movement.  Many thanks to Leah J for her consultation and creativity.

The November and December circles will be open spaces for divination, massage and energy healing, self-care, quiet meditation and/or loving connection, expressive arts/music and sharing. Reference material for the blood mysteries and our moon times will be available too.

Give yourself the GIFT of an evening in women’s space. Bring friends, sisters, mothers, aunts….

Wear red to hold the frequency of our moon blood.
Bring easy snacks to share.
Please join the movement, raise the Red Tent!

next two Red Tent dates at Terra’s Temple:
December 13, 2012
January 10, 2013”

Ruth King Reunion
meet and greet with the author of Healing Rage
Thursday, November 15, 5:00-7:00PM
SAGRADA Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA  94609, 510-653-7196

“Rage is fierce clarity and untapped fuel; a natural resource of misused energy that requires our loving attention. Embraced with compassion, the trapped energies of rage are released and become an intimate teacher of balance, integrity, and resilience, greatly enhancing our relationships and our service to the world.

Ruth King is a recognized authority on Emotional Wisdom offering lectures and retreats nationwide. She has been a dedicated practitioner of Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism since 1992 offering annual retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (CA), Insight Meditation Community (DC), New York Insight, BuddhaFest (DC), and East Bay Meditation Center (CA). Ms. King holds a master’s in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University (CA), is an Interfaith Officiate of Universal Life Church, and is the author of the groundbreaking book Healing Rage - Women Making Inner Peace Possible, foreword by Spirit Rock founder Jack Kornfield, endorsed by Pulitzer Prize Winner Alice Walker, and an O Magazine Nugget. Originally from Berkeley, CA, Ms. King lives with life partner Dr. Barbara Riley and cat Mr. Socks in Charlotte, NC.”

Downtown Campbell Holiday Extravaganza
Thursday, November 15, 6:00-9:00PM
Villa Ragusa, 35 South 2nd Street, Campbell
$5 donation

“The Downtown Campbell Business Association presents a Holiday Extravaganza on Thursday, November 15, 6:00-9:00PM, at Villa Ragusa. We'll be featuring fabulous pre-holiday shopping specials from Downtown Campbell merchants and delicious food tastings from local restaurants.

Price of admission is one new children's book or a $5 donation to the Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga.”

VortexHealing Group Healing
with Dragonfly Adularia
Thursday, November 15, 7:00-9:00PM   
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations graciously accepted

“Through VortexHealing and some help from the Angelic healing realm, Dragonfly, Wizard of the Merlin lineage will facilitate a dynamic session for unfolding magical transformation.This is your chance to learn more about this amazing and very powerful form of energy work, designed to transform the roots of emotional consciousness, heal the physical body, and awaken spirit within the human heart.

The Merlin lineage is full of the magic of divinity, focused on deep healing and awakening to our true nature.”

Festival Of Lights Prayer Ceremony
Thursday, November 15, 7:00-9:00PM
East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
Suggested Donation $20
To RSVP, email veenaasaynana@gmail.com

“Deepavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights which is symbolic to drawing in the Divine Light of Illumination to oneself. This festival is the birthday of Lakshmi and the victory of both Rama and the Pandavas. It falls on Tuesday Nov 13th and goes on for 5 days. We will celebrate with a sound healing Kirtan, a sacred invocation of Ganesha and Lakshmi and a Lamp Lighting Ceremony. This event is led in satsang style, including a talk about Deepavali and its significance. Prasadam ( Blessed Food Offering) will be served.

Dress in your festive finery if you will, bring along your musical instruments and your friends! All are welcome.”

History: the Musical
Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17, 8:00PM
The Un-Scripted Theater, 533 Sutter Street, 2nd floor,  San Francisco
$20 general admission, $10 students and seniors

“A full-length, fully improvised musical production set against the backdrop of the scope of Western history. Each of its 17 performances will be set in a different time period, stepping through time, beginning with the Neolithic Period, and ending in the 1960s. Each will feature a lively, unique look at the people and themes that have led us to our present moment.

The Un-Scripted Theater Company creates smart, innovative, and entertaining improvised theater that delights audiences and advances the craft and art of improvisation.”

Our Daily Bread
with Amara Tabor-Smith’s Deep Waters Dance Theater
Thursday-Sunday, November 15-18, 8:00PM
CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco

“Inspired by a family gumbo tradition, Our Daily Bread is a performance experience that honors individual food legacies and engages all of the senses. This collaboration between Amara Tabor-Smith’s Deep Waters Dance Theater and director Ellen Sebastian Chang delves into the folklore and stories surrounding our food traditions to examine how these traditions are impacted by industrialized agriculture, fast food culture and our global food crisis.”

Bizarre Bazaar
a fundraiser for Sonoma County Pagan Network
Friday, November 16, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
Suggested donation $3-$5, no one turned away for lack of funds

“This year we are bringing back our Bizarre Bazaar where you can rummage through remnants, treasure hunt through piles of trinkets and deal, trade or sell pieces from your vast collection.

Buyers:  Maybe you are looking for a new charm, necklace or shawl. Or maybe you'll find the perfect gift for a friend. One thing is for sure, you'll find grand treasures and super deals at our market.

Sellers: Pack up those `Pagan(y)' items around the house that you no longer want or need such as altar cloths, candle holders, sabot decorations, clothes, jewelry and such and bring them to the Bazaar. Maybe you'll have just the thing someone else is looking for.  We encourage vendors with new merchandise and artsy crafters to join us as well.

Sellers can use a table for their vending space or set-up on blankets on the ground - in or out of doors. If you don't have enough things for a full table, you can bring your items along just the same. While there is no charge for the market space, we would appreciate a Seller contribution to the SCPN.  (Please email Susan Small, our Event Coordinator, at SCPNEvents@gmail.com for more information about being a vendor.)

Potluck Feast
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.”

Womansong Circle
An Evening Of Participatory Singing For Women
with Betsy Rose
Friday, November 16, 7:15-9:30PM
Loper Chapel, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
suggested donation $15-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“An Evening Of Participatory Singing with Betsy Rose
and Special Guest Artist Terry Garthwaite, creator of Sing Yourself Happy and Affirhythms

Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community activist whose insight, warmth, humor, wit and wisdom have added a wealth of songs to the world of folk and progressive music for over thirty years.”

Hope, Struggle, and Change
with Roy Zimmerman
Friday, November 16, 7:30PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington

“Hope, Struggle and Change: The songs of Roy Zimmerman
A benefit for Health Care for All-Marin

The incomparable Roy Zimmerman, acoustic guitar sensation and brilliant lyricist, entertains and inspires with original songs of social justice informed by cross-country travels and reflection on the quirks of American politics and culture. Mischievous, hilarious, wise and poignant, Zimmerman draws audiences in, leaving them laughing, weeping and shaking their heads. He has recorded 12 albums in 20 years of songwriting and performing.

This concert benefits the Marin County chapter of Health Care for All-California, a volunteer non-profit dedicated to building public support for single-payer universal health care in California. HCA-Marin leaders will give concert-goers an overview of how public financing of health care, as embodied in S.B. 810 (Leno), would save money for individuals, businesses and taxpayers, and guarantee affordable access to ongoing comprehensive health care for all California residents.”

Pinata Breakthrough
Friday, November 16, 8:00PM
Kunst-Stoff Arts, One Grove Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, 415-777-0172

“A blindfold, a vessel, a stick, treats.  You are invited as performer and audience to dance at the threshold of an embodied BREAKTHROUGH experience!

From celebrating the new year in ancient China, overcoming temptations in Italy and Spain, prayers to Huitzilopochtli (Sun God) in ancient Mexico, birthday celebrations in the US, to many other similar rituals throughout the globe such as India, Africa, and Denmark, this ‘temporary art’ ritual has the capacity to hold and release personal and collective dreams and wishes.
The content of this Pinata is generated by workshop participants individually and collectively through multi-genre improvisational performance-art techniques and supported by Liz's direction, guided movement coaching, and somatic healing approaches.

What wants to be ‘released’ or ‘broken open’ in your life right now?"

Life in Shanty Town
presented by Jikelele Dance Theater
Friday-Saturday, November 16-17, 8:00PM
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
$20 General Admission, $10 Students and Seniors

“Life in Shanty Town is a presentation of Township Theater, a form of Black Urban Theater originating from South Africa featuring music and dance.  Sponsored by the Laney College Department of Dance, Life in Shanty Town is a family event to be enjoyed by all!”

Clone Zone
presented by Anna and the Annadroids
Friday-Sunday, November 16-18,
Friday-Saturday, November 8:00PM, Sunday, 7:00PM
Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-826-4441

“Anna and the Annadroids are on a mission to escape the Clone Zone. Smart, funny and surreal, this multi-media, computer animation-enhanced dance and aerial theater production places a small band of quirky robot girls in a video game-like world designed to structurally parallel Carl Jung's multi-layered psychoanalytic model of the human psyche. There, Anna has five lives (the Annadroids) with which to battle and evade the weird and wonderfully whacked-out forces that reside in the deepest regions of her programmed mind.”

Findhorn’s 50th Anniversary
Saturday, November 17

Findhorn is an intentional community that was started unintentionally - 3 adults lost their jobs and went to live with their children in a trailer on a patch of gravel in a desolate place.  They followed their inner guidance, each in different ways, and created their own soil, planted a garden to feed themselves, and found that their garden grew into a miracle.  Today, remember that whatever you can’t find in the world around you, you have a greater treasure within you!

Oakland Christkindlmarkt
Saturday, November 17, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Excelsior German Center at The Altenheim, 1720 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

“Enjoy the pre-Christmas atmosphere in the beautiful Dining Room of  The Altenheim . Vendors with many exciting holiday gifts, entertainment, music and much more.  Enjoy German food and refreshments and have photos taken with Santa!”

Faery Seership
with Orion Foxwood
Saturday, November 17, 10:00AM-6:30PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
for more information or to register, please call 831-423-5477 or e-mail mail@serpents-kiss.com

“Faery Seership Intensive weekend with Orion Foxwood and Brigh: Deepening the work, weaving fate and encountering the Dreamer.

Day 1: Refining Faery Seership Processes and Contact-Relationships through Inter-Level Experience, Mentoring and Practice

For those who did not do the chord work in level 5, please bring the following:
* Bring 3 strands of cord that are 9 feet long each of red, black and white in color. Apprentices that already have woven their Weaver's teather should bring them to the workshop.
**For the Dreamer Work:
Please bring a single 6-8 inch white column candle and holder. Also bring one clear quartz sphere or egg (preferably) and a pouch.

The House of Brigh is a tribe of Faery Seers and an extended family of co-creators who are trained to see and respond for humanity and planetary nature s need for integration, co-creation and restoration. The techniques, lore and vision-keys are major components of how we do this. In the module specific training, students learn new material and integrate it through same-point shared understanding and experience. Though extremely bonding, this does not challenge and invite mentorship across levels of work and encourage the freshness of revelation in the full potential of the work. During this weekend, Orion and Brigh will provide facilitate a sharing of personalized understanding across groups, set tones for mentoring/ coaching, encourage student lead processes, connect the basic processed to cross-intelligence (spirit) language-translation and promote group reflection on the vision keys (and attending spirits) and their link to each other, the physical world and the Faery Seer in a practical manner.

Day 2: Approaching the Dreamer: The Light in the Land Revealed

Faery legend tells us that at the dawn of creation, a spark of the great Star Father fell from the void of the Utterer into the land that it may breathe forth life. This living spark of creation still burns at the heart of our planet and gives forth light to all of Earth's life. In Faery Seership, this spark is a great living being known as the Dreamer and is envisioned as an androgynous child that lies sleeping on a bed of flame, dreaming the world into existence. All living things on earth embody a part of this core planetary being. All living things embody an aspect of its destiny. It is the child of the great Virgin Mother (the Utterer) who is the Black Virgin of space
itself. The mysteries of the Dreamer are profoundly sacred because they are both vision and innocence. Attended by the People of Peace (the traditional Faery races), the Dreamer holds the purpose for our lives and all of life as we know it.

Material covered will include:
The magic of wonderment
The sun at midnight
The fountain of flame
Mysteries of the star within the stone
The redeeming light of the child
The People of Peace
The Sleeper in the web
The falling fire of heaven
The holy mother and the divine child
Raising the vision fire (light from the cave)
Breathing for the land
The Cleansing Faery Fire
Assuming the throne
The Flaming Hands
Opening the enchanted mound
The golden stairs to the stars
The cauldron flame”

Dream Interpretation in Contemporary Africa
with Charles Fisher, MD
Saturday, November 17, 1:00-4:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“This presentation will describe dream-interpreting practices in contemporary Africa, based on Dr. Fisher's interviews with traditional healers, Christian pastors who use indigenous methods of dream interpretation, and political leaders who use dream interpretation in their work.  He will present examples of dream-interpreting practices and discuss similarities and differences. The cultures include the Volta region of Ghana, the Masai of northern Tanzania, the Ha and Nyamwezi of west Tanzania, Sangomas in the South African townships of Langa and Soweto, Griqua and Koranna leaders in South Africa, and Basotho healers in Lesotho.

Charles Fisher, MD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC, Assoc. Clinical Prof. of Psychiatry at the UCSF, and former Psychiatry Residency Training Director at California Pacific Medical Center. “

Harvest Dinner
with the Elem Pomo Dancers
Saturday, November 17,
Dancers 3:30-5:00PM, Dinner 5:00-7:00PM
Intertribal Friendship House, 523 International Boulevard, Oakland
for more information, please call 510-836-1955

“Intertribal Friendship House invites you to join us for an evening of Fun, Family, Friends, Food and Community.

Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) located in Oakland, CA was established in 1955 as one of the first urban American Indian community centers in the nation. It was founded by the American Friends Service Committee to serve the needs of American Indian people relocated from reservations to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Originally created as a community center, IFH expanded into social services when staff became concerned about the lack of resources for American Indian people as they faced the challenges of relocation from reservations to urban communities such as Oakland due to the displacement from their native lands.  The Bay Area American Indian community is multi-tribal, made of Native people and their descendants -those who originate here and those who have come to the Bay region from all over the United States and from other parts of this hemisphere.

For urban Native people IFH has served as the Urban Reservation and Homeland. In many cases it is one of the few places that keeps them connected to their culture and traditions through pow wow dance, drumming, beading classes, and the many social gatherings, cultural events, and ceremonies that are held there. Intertribal Friendship House is more than an organization. It is the heart of a vibrant tribal community.”

Saturday, November 17, 5:00-8:00PM
SOFA Arts District, South A Street and Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa

“Bring your family, friends and party spirit to the coolest, most lively holiday extravaganza of the year! Once again Santa Rosa’s SOFA Arts District will kick off the season by hosting Winterblast. Winterblast is a joyful street party celebrating the arts and community. The event attracts visitors of all ages and is sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

Dance to the music of local bands as you enjoy the evening’s attractions including open art galleries and studios, local food vendors, a Kids-Zone, street performers and more. Once again the highlight of the evening will be the one-of-a-kind SOFA Parade featuring what else but sofas! (Visitors in costume are invited to join the parade!)”

Women's Red Tent Gathering
facilitated by Jennifer Penick
Saturday , November 17, 5:30-7:30PM
Willow Glen Yoga, 1188 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose
Please RSVP at the website below or by phone at 408-365-4905  

“Focus for the evening: Gratitude…
Autumn is in full swing and the vibrancy of nature fills us with awe. Fall is nature’s final stance before resting in the winter. In many ways this is more than a season of transition, it is a season of maturity and stepping forward. Let us find strength and courage, let us show our gratitude for all that we have in our lives…for our breath, our health, our families and friends, for those who have offered love and support in times of great challenge, need or sorrow and for those who have celebrated with us in times great of joy.

Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, aunts friends…come together to share your power, love, courage, understanding, support and wisdom with one another. Bring someone who has offered their love and support…to acknowledge and honor their presence in your life.
Listen...receive...come to share from your heart
Please bring an edible to share
Wear your favorite shade of RED

Red Tents are an old ritual honoring a time of transformation or transition in a woman's life...please join us for this amazing evening at Willow Glen Yoga! We are honored and grateful to Willow Glen Yoga for opening it’s doors for our Red Tent Community…join us and become a part of the growing community of women rising up and coming together.”

Diwali: Festival of Lights
Saturday, November 17, 5:30-8:30PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
for more information or to RSVP, please call 415-884-2314 or e-mail anubhuti@bkwsu.org

“Diwali (Deepavali) is an ancient Indian festival celebrating the victory of light after darkness. When we ignite our inner light, the darkness automatically gets dispelled.

Please join us in an evening of meditation, music, Indian dance, childrens procession, video images, a candle lighting ceremony, an inspirational talk, and a vegetarian dinner.

Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center provides an environment of spiritual hospitality. We invite people from all walks of life and of all faiths to explore the inner values and strengths that enable them to lead fulfilling and productive lives. We offer weekend residential retreats, workshops, one day retreats, and weekly classes in spiritual awareness, meditation and the practical application of spirituality.”

Bones Quigley in concert
featuring Albert Robles
Saturday, November 17, 6:30-9:00PM
The Pour House, 2241 First Street, Livermore

This band features Albert Robles, the gifted drummer who livens up many CAYA rituals!

Saturday, November 17, 7:00PM
Palo Alto Church of Christ, 3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Southbay Storytellers and Listeners invites you to our 21st Annual
TELLABRATION! A Worldwide Storytelling Event

Featuring favorite regional and local storytellers bringing stories for ages 9-99 in an autumn olio.”

“TELLABRATION! is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time and on the same weekend.”

Javanese Shadow Play: Gamelan Sari Raras
Saturday, November 17, 7:30-10:00PM
Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley

“Javanese wayang (shadow play) featuring puppet master Midiyanto and Sumarsam, drummer

Come see both sides of the story of Rajamala!

$16 general admission, $12 other students, seniors, current and retired Berkeley staff and faculty, groups of 10 or more, $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Zellerbach Hall ticket office, or buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.

Event Contact: concerts@berkeley.edu, 510-642-4864”

Sea Music Concerts
Saturday, November 17, 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, 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.”

Time Wave Zero
Saturday, November 17, 9:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$15 at the door, $12 in advance

“Sacred Spaces Village presents: Time Wave Zero
Durian Sex Cult, Satchi Om, Kentinuim, Aire Redtree, Shamanatrix Missy Galore
Visionary Arts Exhibition Continuum

Highlights of the Burning Man Festival take over Ashkenaz in this one-night multimedia event, Time Wave Zero, that is guaranteed to stretch the imagination and provide entertainment overload. A multitude of music, theatrical, art, and space acts give the full spiritual-to-circus experience, direct from Black Rock City. It is a fundraiser for Sacred Spaces Village, which takes over a space at Burning Man and is now raising money for its nonprofit site in a Berkeley warehouse.

Durian Sex Cult (formerly known as Shamanic Sound Ceremony) is an ever-evolving world-music sound-healing ecstatic dance comedy band named after an exotic fruit, featuring Jonah Kai, Cello Joe, Evan Fraser, Krikor, Nigel Wolovik, Bee Born, and special guests. The group both closed Lightning in a Bottle festival 2008 and opened Symbiosis Gathering 2009. Ten beautifully wild durian-wielding women will feed this luscious fruit to willing participants, accompanied by beat box, bass, cello, didgeridoo, African harp, kalimba, jaw harp, saxophone, duduk, classical, Armenian, Chinese and Native American double flute, throat singing, electronic and world percussion, and well, whatever the moment calls for!

Visionary Arts Exhibition Continuum, curated by Rio Gordon, highlights creative masterworks from SSV’s Temples of Alchemy Collection, presented on the playa of Burning Man 2012. It includes pieces by Romeo Shrestha, Jah Ishkah Lha, Brian Paul Smith, Michael Divine, and more.

Satchi Om has been producing and performing electronic dance music for more than 20 years. Heavy dub bass line, real time MIDI controllers, and some of the most innovated broken beats mixing in the West combine in Tribal Geto Funk with intention for the new breed of sacred dancer.

Shamanatrix Missy Galore is a heart-core prayerformance artist, merging music, movement, prayer and open channel improvisation to fluff the vibration with smile stimulation in ceremony and song.

Kentinuim is a Bay Area bass connoisseur, promoter, and DJ who provides a cosmic journey utilizing the newest sounds of underground broken beat music. The sounds of glitch hop, crunk, downtempo, midtempo, world, Gypsy whomp, and hip hop arise from the watered seeds of time, space and sound. And you can dance to it!

Aire Redtree presents her unique style of trip-hop/folk-rock fusion as a singer-songwriter for the past 10 years. She has been compared to the likes of Portishead and Bjork. Her music is dancy and melodic.

The producer of the event, and its beneficiary, Sacred Spaces Village is a diverse international interfaith visionary community of artists, activists, and mystics seeking to improve the collective intelligence of humanity. It provides grounded, heart-centered sacred spaces for individuals to heal, learn/teach, create art, and transform/evolve themselves and the world.”

Country Folk Art Craft Festival
Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18,
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
The Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
$7 covers whole weekend, see website for coupon for $1 off admission

“Craft lovers can find a huge array of unique decorating needs from such themes as Primitive, Shabby Chic, Cottage, New Country, Tuscan, Northwest Lodge, Vintage, Traditional and Fine Art, Vintage and Whimsical. Some of the more popular decorating items found at our shows are handcrafted furniture, home and garden decor, jewelry, textiles, holiday decor, wearable art, handmade candles and soaps, quilts, paintings, framed art, florals, iron work, wood carvings, baskets, stained glass and much more. For those looking to enhance your home’s atmosphere, you will find relaxing and uplifting music and many gourmet delights. We'd love to hear from you.”

Everything Old Is New Again
an evening of dinner theatre
Friday-Saturday, November 17-18, Dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
plays through December 15 (no show on November 23, 24 or 30)
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
$28 for dinner and show, $18 show only
Please call 415-454-6422 to make reservations 24 hours in advance

“The Belrose proudly presents: Everything Old Is New Again

Come to The Belrose Theater and enjoy your night with a 3 course dinner and a show of 20 different and unique acts.

Don't let this theatrical experience pass you by; call 415-454-6422 today to make your reservation, groups are easily accommodated.

Dinner Includes:
A wonderful Caesar Salad
Vegetarian (Artichoke) Lasagna
And we finish dinner off with a Delightful Strawberry and Cream Dessert.
Beer and Wine Bar, coffee, tea, and soft drinks available.

The Belrose is a non-profit California Corporation, and has been in its current location, a historical landmark, since 1962.

The Dinner Theater is Marin County’s original.  A vast assortment of quality productions have been produced over the years including: Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The Lion in Winter, just to name a few.  Many original productions have been presented over the years as well.  It was also voted Best Live Theater by The Pacific Sun.”

JingleFest Holiday Craft Fair
Sunday, November 18, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, San Jose

“Join us for one of the largest table top craft fairs events in San Jose and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Holiday Craft Show Boutique Jingle Fest brings together some of the finest local artisans and craftspeople under one roof.

Find unique handmade products and holiday creations including:

-Handmade Jewelry
-Personal Care/Body Products
-Modern Adult and Childrens Apparel
-Christmas creations
-Head wear, Fine Art
-Pen and Ink Prints
-Hand-crafted Cards & Albums
-Recycled Textiles
-BBQ/Retro Aprons
-Truffles and Delicious Chocolate
-Scented Charms
-Handmade Gift Packaging and Stationery

...And More!”

Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival
Sunday, November 18, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Jack London Square Pavilion, 98 Broadway, Oakland

“you can peruse 100+ booths featuring local independent artists, designers and crafters at the show. these amazing creators will showcase their wares including clothing for men, women and kids, accessories, home goods like art, pottery and glassware, pet items, jewelry, soaps, candles and other bath and body items, craft kits and patterns, knit and crochet items, stationery and paper goods, plushies, purses, handbags and so so much more! you can snack on delicious creations from local restaurants and unique food trucks. bring the kids so they can make art at our DIY craft booth. all the while you can listen to local djs and acoustic music streaming from our indie music stage. at holiday shows you can get your new goods gift-ready at our free eco-gift wrapping stations. you are encouraged to ride your bike and check it in at our bike valet.”

Chamber Music Day
Sunday, November 18, 12:00-7:00PM
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco

“Chamber Music Day - Live and Free is a unique, day-long showcase of performances designed to spotlight the breadth and variety of professional chamber music in the Bay Area. Produced by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Day, now in its fifth season, unites the community of ensembles, presenters, and arts organizations to feature thirty of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest baroque, classical, contemporary, cutting-edge improvisation, and jazz ensembles, in 30-minute performances created to delight new listeners and seasoned concert-goers of all ages and backgrounds.”

Womansong Circle
An Evening Of Participatory Singing For Women
with Betsy Rose
Sunday, November 18, 2:00-4:00PM
Subud House, 330 Melville Street, Palo Alto
suggested donation $20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“An Evening Of Participatory Singing with Betsy Rose
Energizing Women’s Spirits through Song

Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community activist whose insight, warmth, humor, wit and wisdom have added a wealth of songs to the world of folk and progressive music for over thirty years.”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, November 18, 3:00-5:00PM   
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
to register, call 510-444-9355

“Be prepared to laugh, to explore your own magic with affection and humor, to wield your power mindfully, and to open to the wonder and adventure of life as a witch.

Suitable for beginners on the path, but also satisfying for advanced practitioners who are curious about new perspectives and practices.

Theme for November 18: Healing”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, November 18, 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.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, November 20

local event in Oakland:
Friday, November 16, 7:00PM
Oakland Peace Center, Fellowship Hall, 11 Fairmont Avenue, Oakland

local event in San Jose:
Sunday, November 18, 5:00-10:00PM
Billy DeFrank Ballroom, 938 The Alameda, San Jose

local event in Berkeley:
Tuesday, November 20, 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley

local events in San Francisco:

Tuesday, November 20, 5:00PM
meet at San Francisco City Hall at 5:00PM
and march to the City of Refuge,1025 Howard Street, San Francisco
If you do not wish to join the march, you can also come directly to
the City of Refuge, where the main TDOR event will begin at 6:00PM

Friday, November 23, 7:30PM
Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street, San Francisco

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder - like most anti-transgender murder cases - has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender - that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant - each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, November 20, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Cafe at Books Inc, 301 Castro Street, Mountain View
for more information, contact Jason Mankey at panmankey@gmail.com

Jason says:
“We'd like to formally invite you to join us the first and third Tuesdays of every month for the South Bay Pagan Salon. The SBPS is a discussion and networking group, dedicated to talking about ‘Pagan Things’ and networking in the Bay Area. Generally we'll start each meeting with a specific topic to get the discussion rolling along, but after we get started it'll be rather open ended with the participants dictating where the discussion will go.

We hope you'll join us.

No donations required, heck, if you show up I just might buy you a cup of coffee.

If you've got questions, I might have answers. Email me (Jason) at panmankey@gmail.com

Fundamentals of Astrology 2: Understanding the Birthchart
with astrobarry
Thursday, November 29, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Thursdays, December 6, 13, and 20
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$140 for all 4 classes (registration required)

“In Part Two of astrobarry's 4-part astrology course, we will integrate our knowledge of the zodiac signs, the planets, the house, and the aspects by learning to interpret astrological birthcharts.

A birthchart provides us an archetypal map of our innate personality tendencies. By becoming more conscious of the different drives operating in us, we're better able to make the decisions and take the actions best suited to our unique selves. This class covers how to analyze charts for insight into relationships, career, family, and life purpose.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals 1, or a good working knowledge of the astrological symbols. Contact the store to see if this class is right for you.”

Evening of Healing Music
a benefit Concert for Herb de Grasse

Herb de Grasse passed away this week.  There will still be a benefit concert to help Ren with her expenses, but some of the details may be different.  I will post the event details here when they are finalized.  Please send loving, supportive energy to Ren during this challenging time.

Have a Historic, Festive, Lit-Up Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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