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, March 12, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Ifa Way, Red Tent Temple: Our First Moons, Wicca Wednesdays, Comet Panstarrs, Pi Day, The Beautiful Edible Garden, In Her Name Circle: Tara, Practical Magic: 5 Keys to Manifestation, Guided Meditations, The Farm, Left After Not, Othello, Just One More Game, Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference, A Not-So-Common Birthday Celebration, The Great Big Also, Who Bombed Judi Bari, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Rakkasah West, Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black, Eurydice, My Step Her Stride, Baroque Dance Workshop, Earth Energy Walk, Soul Motion: Abundance, Experience African Culture with Dance and Drum Workshops, The Beautiful Edible Garden, Pisanki (Polish Egg Dyeing) Workshop, Heroines At Sea: Adventures Of Sailing Wives, Karloff and Lugosi Horror Film Night, El Radio Fantastique, Dublin Saint Patrick’s Day, Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Half Moon Bay, Camelot!, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Druid Spring Equinox, Spring Equinox Drum Circle, Writing the Heart Sutra, South Bay Pagan Salon, International Day of Happiness, Gardening For Native Bees, Art of Tarot with Rabbit

The Ifa Way: Discussions on the Yoruba Spiritual Path
Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-9:00PM,
and the second Wednesday of each month
Bay Area location provided upon RSVP
to RSVP, please e-mail iyamahea@thescaredforest.org

“Curious about the Yoruba spiritual tradition? Interested in exploring our relationship with Nature energy and the Ancestors? The Ifa Way recognizes the sacredness of life as revealed through an indigenous African perspective.

Join us for a series of gatherings in which we will learn about Ifa and its unique world view.

Teachings will include:
Understanding the Orisa
Finding Your Song
Ritual and ceremony
Creating altars and sacred space

Our March Gathering: We will explore the Ifa understanding of Destiny.

Subsequent meetings will occur on the second Wednesday of (most) months.
Location of the meeting is at a private home and will be provided upon your RSVP.

There will be a limited number of attendees.  Please contact us to reserve your place.”

Red Tent Temple: Our First Moons
Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-9:30PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
$5-$15 suggested donation
an event for women

“We hope to see some wonderful women from this list join us this Wednesday, March 13th! Our first Red Tent of the year! What better time to nourish yourself than Spring?

Come home to yourself. Slow down and relax. Gather to be with other women. Be nourished through company, story, tea, snacks and creativity. Bring your sisters, daughters, mothers, aunts and grandmothers - in person or spirit. Bring a snack or something to drink to share. Be empowered through the power of being and sharing yourself in the company of other women. Bring art materials or cards to share.

Our first Red Tent of the year will be this Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-9:30PM with an open theme of sharing stories of our first moons. Sharing our stories is a rich reservoir for our dreams, pain and aspirations. Sharing stories is healing. Our first moons are the initiation into womanhood and an amazing exploration of who you want to be as woman and who you have learned to be as woman.

Feel free to come at 6:30 pm to help set up. It will start at 7 pm.

Feel free to wear red to hold the frequency of our moon blood.
Bring easy snacks to share. Art materials, cards and anything else that is nourishing to you.
Donations appreciated to cover costs: $5-$15

For information email Nicki: nickikoeth@gmail.com

Following red tents might have invited presenters and more structure. Let me know if you are interested in hosting.  

Mark your calendars for the upcoming dates and possible themes:
April: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
May: Thursday, May 9th, 2013
June: Saturday, June 8th, 2013 (possibly afternoon)
July: Monday, July 8th, 2013

Themes: Women as Wisdom Keepers, Dreams and Awakening, Empowerment, Council of the Young, Nurturance and Nourishment, Self-Care, Our Stories

‘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.’
- from AlIsa Starkweather, creatix of the Red Tent”

Wicca Wednesdays
with Didi
Wednesday, March 13, 7:30-8:30PM,
and two more Wednesdays through March 27
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$28 per class module or $300 for the series ($65 savings with advance registration)
for more information or to register, please call 831-423-5477 or e-mail mail@serpents-kiss.com

“I am very excited to share my knowledge and experience with you.
The series is structured as a 13 week course, culminating with a Full Moon ritual on the 13th week.

Wicca 101 with Didi

Module 11: Spellcasting - constructing intention, doing work on behalf of others, corresponding days, lunar influences.

Module 12: Circle Etiquette - Perfect Love and Perfect Trust - What it means to create Magick with others.

Module 13: Esbat Ritual - Honoring the first Full Moon of spring.”

Comet Panstarrs
Wednesday-Thursday, March 13-14, 7:00PM
in the Southwestern Sky, near the Crescent Moon, probably through binoculars

“The comet could be visible in the Northern Hemisphere evening sky low in the west after sunset. It will move northward each evening during March 2013 as it moves from being in front of the constellation Pisces to being in front of the constellations Pegasus and Andromeda. At this time, the comet might have a bright dust tail, and perhaps visible to the unaided eye or binoculars. It should, at least, if it lives up to expectations. Remember to look for the comet in the vicinity of the waxing crescent moon on March 12, 13 and 14.”

Pi Day
Thursday, March 14, 1:00-3:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, 698 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

“Welcome to our twenty-fifth annual Pi Day! Help us celebrate this never-ending number (3.14159 . . .) and Einstein's birthday as well. On the afternoon of March 14 participate in pi-related activities and enjoy a piece of pie.

Founded at the Exploratorium by our own Prince of Pi, physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day has become an international holiday, celebrated live and online all around the world.”

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still celebrate the wonders of mathematics by calculating the diameter, or even the surface area, of a delicious pie.  Any flavour will do, as long as it's circular.  

If you prefer to write dates in the day/month/year format, and prefer expressing irrational numbers as fractions, you may celebrate on July 22: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

But March 14 is Einstein's birthday, so do something visionary, whether it's pi-related or not: http://web.visionlearning.com/events/Einstein_Mar14_2004.htm

And if you enjoy being a mathematical heretic, you can celebrate Tau Day on June 28 instead:

The Beautiful Edible Garden
book signing
Thursday, March 14, 6:00PM
Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco

“From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible and Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We've all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don't want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it's possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces-from large yards to tiny patios - this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.”

In Her Name Circle: Tara and Her 21 Praises
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, March 14, 7:00-8:30PM  
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.
Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.
If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-20 donation is appreciated.

This month’s circle:  
Introduction to Tara and Her 21 Praises Through Dance:
Movement to bring Wisdom, Compassion and Power to Everyday Life
Featuring Pia Hagan
Artist, Singer, Caterer-by-trade and Goddess and Sacred Dance Enthusiast

Upcoming dates:     
April 4
May 9
June 6”

Practical Magic: 5 Keys to Manifestation
with Dabney Alix
Thursday, March 14, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
$15 in advance, $20 at the door
Seats are limited, pre-registration is required.

“Join Dabney Alix, Energy Healer and Life coach and creator of The Art and Science of Manifestation as she offers us a powerful synthesis of inner mindset tools along with clear and concise action steps that will enable you to apply concepts of the Law of Attraction to your unique circumstances in order to manifest greater abundance, joy and ease in your life.

In this experiential workshop, you will:
learn the 5 major keys to conscious manifestation
discover the 7 most common pitfalls when manifesting and how to avoid them
gain tools and support to get out of your own way
receive powerful group energy healing and guided meditation to help you clear limited thoughts
learn to tap into the sea of unlimited creative energy.
Through lecture, short writing exercises, movement and group shares, you will gain clarity on what it is you are truly wanting from your life, while gaining the tools to begin working in cooperation with unlimited universal energy.

We hope you can join us for this fun and transformative gathering!”

Guided Meditations
with Maria Cunich
Thursday, March 14, 7:15 -8:30PM,
and three more Thursdays
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street, Alameda
$10.00 per class
Please call 510-521-3313 to sign up

“Learn simple but powerful meditation tools to ground, release, restore, and renew tools that can be easily integrated into your personal and professional worlds.
Learn visualization techniques and experience the power of your chakra system.
Learn how to energize your visualizations to manifest your desires and aspirations.
Men and women are welcome - these tools can be used by new and experienced meditators.

Maria Cunich is the founder and owner of Alma Mia. Alma Mia is a local business that provides spiritual counseling services promoting joyful lives and spirituality.”

The Farm
and adaptation of George Orwells’ Animal Farm
presented by Laney Fusion Theater
Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, 7:00PM
playing through March 23
The Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
$10 suggested donation

“Fusion is the theater company at Laney College, created and directed by Michael Torres. Fusion Theater is the voice of our local community - telling Oakland's story through the stage. Michael Torres has revitalized the Laney Theater Arts program since he came to the school in 2004. He was a co-founder the innovative theater company, campo santo, in San Francisco, and an award-winning actor over his 25-year acting career.

This summer, Fusion was invited to perform at the prestigious International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, one of only eight colleges in the country to be invited. Fusion raised $71,000 to send fourteen students to perform. It was a beautiful near-miracle in these difficult economic times - and it was accomplished through hundreds of small donations from faculty, students, staff, friends, family, and fundraisers over the last year. It was a community rising up to support their own, the arts, and these young people’s dreams. As a result, the students - some of who had never left Oakland, let alone the country before - had an opportunity to perform on an international stage with the best in the world.

Fusion Theater is the voice of the community. The Community Voices Theater Project began with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The first CVTP project, The Miseducation of Oakland, staged interviews about education with students, teachers, and parents in moving monologues and scenes - providing a portrait of what's right and wrong with Oakland schools. Another original CVTP production, Souly Oakland, tells Oakland history through its people, places, and stories in a humorous yet emotionally gripping blend of vignettes, poems, spoken word, dance, and video projection.

Fusion also takes original new writers, rarely before heard, allowing these brave new voices an audience. Legacy for Loeshe, for example, was a spoken word play written by Oakland high school students after the drive-by shooting of an innocent friend, Loeshe Lacy. In addition, Fusion Theater re-imagines classic works of drama, from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream set in the Bay Area of the 1960s to Lysistrata, as well as staging edgy contemporary plays, such as Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories.”

Many graduates of Fusion Theater have gone on to pursue successful acting careers. Several students have performed professionally at campo santo, Shotgun Players, the Magic Theater, Kasier Theater Tour, African American Shakespeare Theater Company, and in the George Lucas film Red Tails. Come see the next generation of actors at Fusion! You can say you knew them when!”

Left After Not
Inspired by Farid Ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds
presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, 8:00PM - final week
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa

“Left After Not
They wait. They're tired, angry, despairing, sick, comfortable, and stuck. Though terrified, they band together and leap. They soar, driven to it by a mysterious desire. Only one of them has ever made this trip, and, after all, he might be mistaken: their glorious destination may be a bottomless pit. Here are the dark, sweltering valleys, and there are the storming skies. You have to go through everything to find your true home. Everything - including these strange birds around you... and yourself.

Farid Ud-Din Attar was a Persian mystic poet who was born in the 12th century.  He was a maker and seller of medicines and perfumes and is believed to have held the young Rumi on his knees. His poetry includes The Conference of the Birds, The Book of the Divine, The Book of Affliction, and The Book of Secrets.

Appropriate for ages 13 and up.  Contains language and adult situations.”

adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams
Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, 8:00PM
playing through March 24
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Shakespeare's tragedy of falsehood, jealousy, and revenge is given the Butterfield 8 treatment in this gender-reversed casting, where all male roles are portrayed by women, and the female roles are played by men. The production will examine the culture of men, as interpreted by women.

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.”

Just One More Game
by Dan Wilson
Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, 8:00PM
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco

“Geeks of a feather, every gamer brings their play-history with them - but in the game of love the only setting is ‘Difficult’ and there’s no going back.  Marjorie and Kent bet more than their virtual lives in this romantic-comedy by San Francisco playwright Dan Wilson.

Marjorie and Kent are expert players in their field.  Having grown up in the Atari Age, they’ve pursued careers on opposite sides video game industry: programmer and critic.  With heart meters running from full to empty, will the game end in defeat, or will they put it all on the line for One More Game?”

Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference 2013
Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17
CIIS Main Building, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Spiritual Bypassing, True Intimacy and the Challenge of Being Fully Human

About the Conference
Nonduality derives from the Sanskrit word Advaita, which means ‘not-two,’ referring to the fundamental consciousness that underlies the apparent distinction between perceiver and perceived. From the nondual perspective, the split between self and other is a purely mental construct. This understanding, rooted in the direct experience of countless sages through millennia, is at the heart of Hindu Vedanta, Judaism, Islam, and many schools of Buddhism, Taoism, and mystical Christianity. Nonduality points to ‘That’ which is before and beyond the projections of a separative, self-reflexive mind. As nondual awareness emerges in the West in both therapists and clients, the practical and theoretical implications for psychotherapy are far-reaching.

This annual cutting edge conference hosts leading therapists and teachers who are exploring the confluence of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. How does psychotherapy change when therapists and clients awaken to and embody their true nature as open, lucid awareness that is essentially not separate from the whole of life? This year's conference focuses on spiritual bypassing, true intimacy and the challenge of being fully human. We will explore together how to determine when the mind is using spirituality as a means of avoidance, and how to invite and embody true intimacy inclusive of our humanity.

History of the Conference
The first Conference on Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy was held in 1998 at the Mt. Madonna Center in Watsonville, California, and was hosted by The Center For Timeless Wisdom, a non-profit organization established by Peter Fenner, Ph.D. Subsequent conferences have been held annually since 2000 in the San Francisco Bay Area including ones hosted by the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, and California Institute of Integral Studies.

Who can Attend?
Anyone is welcome to attend. While the conference presentations are geared towards the theory and practice of psychotherapy and are available to be taken for continuing education units, they are accessible to the interested public. Many graduate students and psychology interns attend along with licensed psychotherapists. Clergy, bodyworkers, and students of nondual teachings will also find the presentations of special interest.”

A Not-So-Common Birthday Celebration
Thursday, March 14, 6:00-8:00PM,
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 12:00-4:00PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley

Karima Cammell says:
“In celebration of my new book, Commonplace Birthday, Castle in the Air is hosting a Commonplace Birthday Weekend event Friday, March 15th through Sunday the 17th to benefit the Oakland Children’s Hospital! From 12:00-4:00PM each day, we will be welcoming children and adults alike with free drop-in crafting workshops to make birthday cards, garlands, and crepe paper flowers to be donated to the Child Life Gift Fund, which supports activities and special events such as birthday parties for children at the hospital. All proceeds from the sale of Commonplace Birthday will also be donated.
To kick off the weekend event, Thursday, March 14th from 6:00-8:00PM I am throwing a little birthday party for the book at Castle in the Air, complete with champagne and cake!
If you can’t make it to the event but would like to purchase the book, it is available online from Castle in the Air.”

The Great Big Also
A new production by Mugwumpin, in a co-production with Z Space
Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through March 24
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco

“A rift is coming.  An opportunity to shift. On one side of the rift the world will be the same: traffic jams, gated communities, hollowed-out cities.  The other side will look the same, only void of people. Two nearly-identical worlds, one in decline and the other ripe with hope. You have a choice to make. The few who shift over will reside in a new America.  They’ll have the opportunity to start over and get things right.  But the rift hasn’t happened yet.  It’s time to prepare.

Mugwumpin returns to Z Space in March with its unique blend of bracingly original staging, precise physicality, and sharp-toothed humor. Inspired by the riotous variety of prophetic movements throughout America’s history, Mugwumpin’s immersive performance escorts the audience through an unstable terrain of wrought-iron certainty and gnawing doubt.  The ensemble brings its unsettlingly humorous and clear-eyed view to examine what America has promised us and what is asked of us in return.”

Who Bombed Judi Bari
film screening
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, March 15, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Who Bombed Judi Bari
Plus Q and A with Producer Darryl Cherney and Earth First! Cofounder Mike Roselle

Stricken by cancer and close to death, Judi Bari, a leader of the movement to save California’s old growth redwoods, gives her testimony about the attempt on her life and her lawsuit against the FBI for trying to frame her and Darryl Cherney.

It’s a story about beating the system and saving the trees; a film that resonates today as we face deteriorating civil rights and the huge ecological problems that bring us closer to catastrophic climate change.

The story spans from the mid 1980’s right up to today, uniquely capturing a part of environmental history that is still as relevant as ever. Just this fall of 2012, Darryl and his legal team were in court again, trying to prevent the FBI from throwing away crucial evidence that was never tested, and could prove who the bomber was.

Judi Bari emerges as an authentic environmental heroine, whose warnings from the past about the dangers of deforestation and global warming hardly seem extreme. Rather they loom large as a dangerous harbinger of the failure to heed their messages.

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.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, March 15, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”

Rakkasah West 2013
Middle Eastern Dance Festival
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17,
Friday 7:00-11:00PM, Saturday 12:00-11:00PM, Sunday 12:00-8:00PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
Friday $15, Saturday-Sunday $18 per day
tickets are available at the door

“World's largest Belly Dance Festival  
American, Egyptian, Fusion and all types of Belly Dance  
Live music, great food, costumes, jewelry, fabrics
2 stages of entertainment for all festival hours.
Family show - fun for all!”

Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black
a new solo performance by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17,
Friday and Saturday, 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe says:
“Traveling While Black is an exploration of the impact of African migration, in all of its many manifestations, on the Black Diaspora and on the continents that have become our adopted and adapted homes. It explores the histories that have created our presence outside of Africa and the current attitudes toward African peoples that are revealed through transcontinental crossings.
Based on my  travels through Europe, the Americas and Africa, Traveling While Black is part travelogue and part history lesson and seeks to exploit the tensions between tourism and colonialism as it interrogates boundaries and reveals cultural connects and disconnects. Inspired by Langston Hughes’ I Wonder As I Wander, TWB examines the post-slavery condition of Black travel, both fanciful and forced. The script is fueled by my own experiences as a Black American traveler/tourist, in Africa (Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, North Africa during times of US aggression in the area); Europe - Eastern and Western Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England and in North and Central America (Mexico, Canada).”

“Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe (Actor/Writer) is an award-winning director, actor and writer. She has directed at Trinity Rep, Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, WaterTower Theatre/Dallas, Mark Taper Forum, Southern Rep in New Orleans and Alabama Shakespeare, among others. A onetime performer with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Edris has performed at many regional and independent theaters and for more than a decade was a lead artist for Rhodessa Jones’ The Medea Project; Theatre for Incarcerated Women. Edris’ original solo performances have been seen at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois and the University of Florida in Gainesville; and in San Francisco at AfroSolo Festival, Intersection For the Arts and other small independent venues, including her own former Sugar Shack Performance Gallery and Cultural Center in the Lower Haight. Internationally, Edris has performed in Ibadan, Nigeria and Berlin, Germany and presented scholarship on performance in Mexico, the UK and the Netherlands. Her 2010 performance of Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion was presented as part of the solo/black/women festival at Northwestern University, is being created as a video game and will be published in an anthology by Northwestern University Press later this year.”

by Sarah Ruhl
presented by Custom Made Theatre Co
previews Friday-Sunday, March 15-17,
Friday-Saturday, 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
opens Tuesday, March 19, 8:00PM
plays through April 14
Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough Street, San Francisco

“In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine.

Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her past.

Using a unique blend of movement, music and theatrical ingenuity, Custom Made’s production looks to be breathtakingly inventive, funny, and beautiful. The intimate staging at Gough Street playhouse propels the inches-away audience into this Alice in Wonderland rabbit-hole of lost memories, unbelievable characters, and heartbreaking passion.

Custom Made presents a new look at this MacArthur Award-winning, and Pulitzer finalist, breakthrough play, which helps us to understand what it truly means to love another.”

My Step Her Stride
presented by Women For Women International
Saturday, March 16, 8:30AM-1:00PM
Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Adults $25, Ages 5-15 $10 if registered by March 14
On-site registration - Adults $30, Ages 5-15 $15
4 and under Free

Join us for the 1st annual My Step, Her Stride - San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2013 on “the Great Meadow at Fort Mason! Walkers and runners will enjoy a beautiful 5K course with views of the Golden Gate Bridge followed by a finish line festival that will include music, dance, and food as well as prominent speakers addressing women’s and global issues. Participants will be able to sponsor a woman survivor of war, purchase products handmade by women from WfWI programs, and get more involved with WfWI in the Bay Area.

Check-in begins at 8:30AM and the program begins at 9:30AM. Online registration is available through Thursday, March 14 at 2:00PM. Event-day registration is welcome at 8:30AM on the 16th (at a cost of $5 more per registrant). The event is on rain or shine. Sorry, please leave your dogs at home!

If you would like to help with this event, please register to volunteer!

See you there!

If you have questions, please contact Deanne Travis or Danielle Kraaijvanger, Event Co-Chairs, at MyStepSF@womenforwomen.org. Corporate sponsorships are available.

P.S. Once you register, be sure to fundraise! The more you raise, the more support we can give to WfWI's programs in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Afghanistan.

Your Step Directly Supports Her Stride!”

Baroque Dance Workshop
with  Philippa Waite
Saturday, March 16, 8:30AM-6:00PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
Half Day $45 in advance, $55 at the door, Whole Day $85 in advance, $100 at the door

“San Francisco Renaissance Voices is delighted to once again host the internationally-renowned choreographer, performer and teacher of Baroque dance, Philippa Waite for a Baroque Dance Workshop. Ms. Waite studied with Wendy Hilton and taught for her at the annual Baroque Music and Dance Workshops at Stanford University.  Ms. Waite is currently guest teacher of Period Movement and Dance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is Artistic Director of Consort de Danse Baroque and as such choreographs in the Baroque style for the company's productions; she also teaches, performs and gives lecture-demonstrations throughout the UK and abroad.

The workshop will include instruction in some of the basic dance steps and arm motions in the main Baroque dance rhythms: bouree and menuet in the morning session and sarabande, chaconne and gigue in the afternoon.  Experienced students will be taught more complex steps required for ballroom and theatre dances.  Extracts from choreographed and extant notated dances may be taught. However, the emphasis will be on the style, technique and performance of the dances, and not on the ability to memorise them.

8:30-9:00AM: Sign-in
9:00AM-12:30PM: (9-9:30 Warm-Up, 9:30-12:30 Class Begins)
The morning session will concentrate on typical step variations found in bourees and menuets.

12:30-2:00PM: Lunch - Not provided; there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance - or bring your own; beverages will be provided
2:00-6:00PM: Class Resumes:
The afternoon session will concentrate on steps found in the sarabande and chaconne as well as the gigue and will conclude with a short Lecture-Demonstration, given by Ms. Waite and advanced dancers, to highlight some of the dance rhythms found in a typical ‘classical suite’.

7:30- 9:00PM: Renaissance Dance Mini-Course:
If you can only come to the Baroque day, but would also like some exposure to Renaissance dance, join us for this Mini Crash-Course in Renaissance Dance with Instructor Judith Kennedy.

Full-day session, Baroque workshop:  $85 advance ($100 at the door)
Half-day session, Baroque workshop morning:  $45 advance ($55 at the door)
Baroque workshop afternoon:  $55 advance ($65 at the door)
Renaissance Mini Crash-Course:  $45 advance ($55 at the door)
Spaces are limited - so early registration is encouraged!”

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, March 16, 9:45AM-1:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Henry Cowell Redwoods, Nepenthe Dr and Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Henry Cowell State Park is filled with gorgeous tall trees and a wide meandering pathway. We hope you will join us and enjoy the redwoods in the Springtime! **This particular trail has a lot of steep hills, be aware of your body's needs and limitations.

The trail head is just north of the Horse Show Grounds on Graham Hill, across from the mini-mart at the intersection of Graham Hill and Nepenthe. There is parking under the trees at the trail head.

Gather at 9:45AM, Departure: 10:00AM, Return: around 12:00PM.
Our walk is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a short stop half way in. Remember to wear good shoes, bring your own water and a snack to share if you like.
We will walk rain or shine, however, if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify: 831-469-0336

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.”

Soul Motion: Abundance
A Daylong workshop with Valerie Chafograck
Saturday, March 16, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$75 in advance, $85 on the day

“In nature, giving and receiving are aspects of the flow of energy. They permit the continual bounty we enjoy.

An invitation is extended to explore this giving and receiving dynamic, through our dance intimate, communion, community and dance infinite.

What is it like for you to give and receive?

We keep the channels open, through which abundance can freely flow. We cultivate the present moment with awareness and extend gratitude in all directions. From there, the power to create and manifest flows through us. What we focus on tends to expand itself.

Open to all movement and presence lovers.”

Experience African Culture with Dance and Drum Workshops
Saturday, March 16,
Dance workshop 12:30-2:00PM, Drum workshop 2:15-3:45PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$20 for each workshop
Ages 13 and up

“Cheza Nami and Rhythmix partner for two workshops with master instructors in African drum and dance - perfect for all experience levels

Dance workshop:
This workshop is appropriate for all levels. Join Julia Chigamba to experience the beauty of traditional African dance and move to the beat of live African drumming. It's a great work out! Dancers complete the workshop in three separate phases: Phase 1 includes a thorough warm up; Phase 2 energizes the mind and body while participants learn choreographed African dance movements; Phase 3 includes calming to cool down the body. Note: Dance is barefoot so wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement.

Drum workshop:
No prior knowledge of drumming or musical skill is necessary. Join master drummer Ibrahima (Ibou) N'gom in this workshop that provides a wonderful way to explore music, culture and promote togetherness. Drummers learn simple rhythms and progress to more complex notes and beats. Bring your drum or borrow one of ours. This unique cultural and recreational experience is not one to miss!

Founded in 2011, Cheza Nami is a nonprofit charitable organization whose aim is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of African Culture by welcoming members of the community to participate in fun-filled activities while learning about some of the things that make African culture so unique. Cheza Nami believes in a play-based, experiential approach to education and teaches African culture, through dance, play and movement. We work with local members of the community who have a deep passion and commitment for learning or sharing about African culture. At Cheza Nami we envision a world in which all associate with and celebrate African Culture.

Rhythmix Cultural Works brings people together to share high quality culturally diverse arts experiences. Rhythmix is committed to bringing people of all ages together through a wide range of affordable art offerings in dance, music, theater, exhibitions and arts education. Rhythmix also seeks to promote cultural awareness, encourage participation in the arts, support artists in the presentation of work and be a resource for community gatherings and events.”

The Beautiful Edible Garden
book talk and signing
Saturday, March 16, 1:00PM
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette

“From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible and Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We've all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don't want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it's possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces-from large yards to tiny patios-this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.”

Pisanki (Polish Egg Dyeing) Workshop
Sponsored by Lowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble
Saturday, March 16, 1:30-4:00PM
Polish Club of San Francisco, 3040 22nd Street, San Francisco
$15 includes materials

“Pisanki are eggs dyed in the Polish tradition. This folk art is used to give luck and a bountiful harvest. Styluses made of copper and wood are used to apply melted wax to the egg's surface
in beautiful designs.

All the equipment needed to make one egg will be provided and you can take everything home with you! Lowiczanie will also provide expert instructors to help you through the process. No prior experience is needed. Cost for the event is $15 and this includes your own pisanki kit!“

Heroines At Sea: Adventures Of Sailing Wives
Saturdays, March 16, 3:00-3:45PM
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“When a captain’s wife went with her husband to sea during the Age of Sail, the voyage could be routine or she might experience unique and sometimes horrific adventures. How did various Victorian women handle the challenges of life at sea? Hear selected true stories as we tour the Balclutha sailing ship.”

Karloff and Lugosi Horror Film Night
featuring The Black Cat and The Raven Double Feature
Saturday, March 16, 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM)
Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14Th Street, San Leandro, 510-614-1224

“Classic Horror Film Night: The Black Cat and The Raven

Join Xzault Inc. The Historic BAL Theatre and Host Lord Blood Rah for Classic Film Double Feature Night:  Karloff and Lugosi, The Black Cat and The Raven

The Black Cat (1934)
American honeymooners in Hungary are trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

The Raven (1963)
A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help.”

El Radio Fantastique in concert
featuring The Hobo Goblins
presented by the Satya Yuga Collective
Saturday, March 16, 8:00PM
ClouD9, 1320 9th Street, Berkeley
$15-$20 sliding scale

“On Saturday March 16th at 8:00PM, Satya Yuga Collective and Cloud 9 brings you a very intimate evening with very special guest El Radio Fantastique!  Opening up for El radio will be The Hobo Goblins.  Also on the bill Roxy Doll and a few of her musical numbers, No Accordion Girl Onah Indigo, Shovel Man and DJs JsinJ.
JUST ADDED. Burlesque dancers Candy pie and Mercy Beaucoup
Also fire go-go dancer Christina Brittain
and Jen Spool - Singer Songwriter
Pulse Wonderful Cajun food and Drinks by chef Lilia Perez.”

Dublin Saint Patrick’s Day
Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin

“Where else but Dublin... would you want to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? So why not join us for a memorable and authentic Irish experience. The Saint Patrick's Day Festival will be held on Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17, from 10:00AM-5:00PM at the Dublin Civic Center. There will be plenty of things to do with over 150 craft and commercial vendor booths, an international food court, three stages of authentic Irish entertainment, a new carnival vendor with exciting rides and attractions - and it all adds up to fun for the entire family and a great way to be Irish for the weekend!  Don't forget to stop by the Irish Tea Cottage (in the Library Community Room) to enjoy a Celtic harpist, storytelling, crafts, knitting and of course, tea!  Best of all... there is no charge for admission to the festival and parking is also FREE. If you live outside the tri-valley area - you can even take BART to the event! The celebration also includes the Green and White Gala on Friday, March 16th. For tickets and more information call 925-829-4758.  A Pancake Breakfast located in Fire Station #16 on Saturday, March 16th at 7:00AM. Tickets are $5 each. Also on Saturday is the Dublin Lions Club Parade which steps-off promptly at 9:30AM.”

Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Half Moon Bay
Sunday, March 17, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Half Moon Bay State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay
Free, please register at the website below

“The California State Parks Foundation is seeking volunteers at Half Moon Bay State Beach. This workday is part of an intensive replanting project at Half Moon Bay. Native plants will be planted in areas where invasive plants have been removed. Teens over 14 are welcome with a parent or legal guardian.

Through our Park Champions program, we hold multiple volunteer workdays at underfunded parks across the state. Our volunteer projects are selected to help with parks’ unmet needs. Volunteering at a Park Champions workday is a fun way to meet other like-minded park supporters and to make tangible improvements to your favorite parks.

The need has never been more urgent for our precious California state park system. Budget cuts over the years have reduced staff and financial resources to the breaking point, and volunteerism has become increasingly vital to parks’ survival. Even though many parks have received a temporary reprieve from closure and will stay open for the next year, resources still remain at an all-time low. Your help has never been more meaningful.

Hope to see you there!”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

The Philly Dake Camel Collection
a New Exhibit at The Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns
opening reception Sunday, March 17, 1:00-4:00PM
Benicia Historical Museum, 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, 707-745-5435

“Presentation by The Dake Family

Meet Keesa the Camel, Learn all about Camels with Robert Lyon, her owner!

There will be Prizes, Surprises and Refreshments!”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, March 17, 3:00-5:00PM, typically the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
to register, call 510-444-9355

“Theme for March 17: Sacred Space and Magical Hygiene
Standing under the moon, staring up into infinity... how many times have you paused here... dreaming... transfixed, gazing at the beauty of the heavens and contemplating the mysteries of the Universe? Life is such a sacred journey, and each person much find their own path. This class is an exploration of my philosophies and practices of witchcraft: a brew of science, spell craft, cosmology, fate, free will, and wonder. The methods I share in this class come from my 20 years of experience in making magic that works for my own purposes, and for the greater good.

This class is a ‘year and a day’ training in building, bringing forth, and discovering your own witchcraft. I share my methods as an example, but you are ultimately the visionary behind your own personal religion. Suitable for beginners on the path, but also satisfying for advanced practitioners who are curious about new perspectives and practices. Be prepared to laugh, to explore your own magic with affection and humor, to wield your power mindfully, and to open to the adventure of life as a witch.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, March 17, 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.”

Druid Spring Equinox
Sunday, March 17, 5:00PM
House Redwood City, 29 Dexter Avenue, Redwood City
$2, please RSVP at website below

“Joel will lead a spring ritual to welcome spring and communicate with and honor the Gods and Goddesses and the land spirits. Potluck feast afterward and interesting discussions on a wide range of topics.”

Spring Equinox Drum Circle
Sunday, March 17, 6:30PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434
For more information, e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Equinox and Solstice Drumming Circles

We hold drumming circles four times a year to come together to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth. We invite you to join us.
You do not have to be experienced in drumming or shamanism to attend. It is recommended that you know how to journey, though not required.

If you have a drum or rattle, please bring it. Some drums and rattles will be available to borrow.

Writing the Heart Sutra
with Rev. Val Szymanski
Monday, March 18, 7:00PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Writing the Heart Sutra, considered the essence of the Buddha's teaching, is an ancient Zen practice that calms the mind, leading to an experience of deep inner peace. Rev. Val Szymanski, a Zen priest with Bamboo in the Wind, will guide us in this meditative writing ritual that is said to reveal one's true nature. Come and try your hand with pen or brush, in English or Chinese. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, March 19, 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

International Day of Happiness
Wednesday, March 20

“Happiness: A Global Priority​
A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that 'progress' should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy at all costs. That's why all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority and March 20 has been declared as the International Day of Happiness - a day to inspire action for a happier world.

Bringing Happiness To Others
Our focus for International Day of Happiness is on bringing happiness to others. Creating a happier society requires action at all levels - not just from political leaders and institutions but also from us as individual citizens. When we do things to bring happiness to others, everyone benefits. It helps the people we connect with, boosts our own well-being and also inspires others to be more caring and positive too.”

Gardening For Native Bees
with Celeste Ets-Hokin
presented by Friends of Sausal Creek
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00-9:00PM
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

“Catch the buzz on native bees from Celeste Ets-Hokin, native bee garden designer at Gardens at Lake Merritt.”

Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Sunday, March 31, 6:00-8:00PM,
and five more Sundays, April 7, 14, and 21, and May 5, and 12 (skipping April 28)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class or $200 for all six classes

“Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot. Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit's unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.

This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call The Sacred Well at 510-444-9355 to reserve your spot today.”

Have an Uncommonly Delicious Week of Energetic Strides!

Molly Blue Dawn

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