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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, May 8, 2013

International Clitoris Awareness Week, The Ifa Way: Discussions on the Yoruba Spiritual Path, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Celebrate Lei Day, Cheza Nami and the Chinyakare Ensemble, Partnering the Moment, In Her Name Circle: Letting the Tigress Rrrroarrrr, Dreaming: Portal to the Sacred, Red Tent Temple: The Music In Our Hearts, Pagan Activists Meet-Up, Time Sensitive, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, Temple of Aphrodite Book Club, Mostly Mexico Art Reception, Astrology: Saturn in Scorpio, Ann Randolph's LOVELAND, Peter Van Gelder and Indranil Mallick, Creating Enlightened Society, Inanna: Knowing Ourselves Knowing Power In All of Our Parts, Whole Earth Festival, Monty Python's Spamalot, Salome, World Fair Trade Day, Discovering A Sense Of Place, Marble and Molding, Parent-and-Me African Music and Dance Class, A Walk Through the Garden of Old Roses, Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes, First Annual Marin Healthy Palooza, Octopretzel, Vintage Home and Garden Tour, Day in the Life 1901, Hungarian Heritage Festival, Want to Lighten Up about Growing Older?, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival, The Avant-Garde Savitsky Collection, East Bay Waltz, The Inimitable Lon Milo Duquette, Hearken Music at Rose Labyrinth, An Evening with Cellist Jami Sieber, The San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, Holt Ceramics Spring Sale, Park Street Spring Festival, The Pirates of Penzance, Art + Industry, Mother's Day Tea and Succulent Crafting, Temple of Aphrodite, Allied Arts Guild's Annual Mother's Day Brunch Buffet, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, Shamanic Healing Clinic, The Ugly Duckling, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, The Traveling Imaginary, Tarot Salon, Tribal Fest 13: Halfway to Halloween!, Wand-Making Intensive in the Sacred Path Tradition

International Clitoris Awareness Week
Monday-Sunday, May 6-12

“Clitoraid is proud to announce its first annual International Clitoris Awareness Week, May 6 to May 12.

Our first six years of humanitarian work have been dedicated to surgically repairing clitorises for female genital mutilation [FGM] victims, and on October 8 we’ll open the world’s first Clitoral Restoration Hospital.  This year, we'll celebrate the sexual pleasure of all women, since all can benefit from more sexual appreciation.

Another Clitoraid mission is to raise public awareness about the clitoris.  It’s been ignored, vilified, made taboo, and considered sinful and shameful for centuries because of patriarchal religious values. It’s time to give this beautiful organ the attention it deserves. It’s the only human organ with an exclusive sexual pleasure function!

We don’t need to go far back in history to see why Western women still experience sexual guilt.  In the 19th century, ‘nymphomania’ was considered a disease. Maybe it still is! Masturbation was thought to cause jaundice, blindness and premature death, and doctors even believed that sexual arousal destroys a woman’s mental balance. The clitoris was declared the source of these purported problems, and in 1865, the president of the British Medical Society recommended clitoral excision as a cure for illnesses like epilepsy and hysteria. Amazingly, scientists didn’t really research the clitoris until the 21st century. Dr. Helen O’Connell, an Australian urologist, finally mapped it in all its voluptuous splendor 8 years ago by using an MRI device.  The clitoris boasts the most nerve endings of any human body organ: about 8,000. (The penis has about 5,000.)

Dr. O’Connell’s work shows that the clitoris reaches 8 inches in length. Its highly pleasurable erectile tissue is wrapped around the vulva like two magnificent arches. That’s why we can surgically restore a clitoris whose tip has been mutilated.

For International Clitoris Awareness Week, Clitoraid is inviting women to organize special events.

Whether through educational lectures, art exhibits, songs and dance, or a ‘girl’s night’ of sharing, each woman can celebrate sexual beauty the way she chooses. Sexual expression brings self-esteem and inner balance, so let's revere the clitoris in all its glory while completely free of shame and guilt!”

Thanks to Doyenne Rowan Nightshade for letting me know about this event!

The Ifa Way: Discussions on the Yoruba Spiritual Path
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00-9:00PM,
typically 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 May Gathering: The Ancestors
In African Spiritual Practice, we understand our Ancestors to be an intermediary between ourselves and Creator. In this session of The Ifa Way, we will explore the role of our Ancestors in our daily lives.

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.”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Wednesday, May 8, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome

“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate. The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material. The Herm now resides at the Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece. The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992.

Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.”

Celebrate Lei Day
and Haumea, Hawaiian Earth Mother
with Daughters of the Goddess
Thursday, May 9, 11:00AM-2:30PM
Lafayette location given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount/$35 one time exchange
See website for more information and to RSVP
This ritual is for cisgendered women

“Aloha Daughters of the Goddess,
The warm Sun is certainly shining down upon us!  Wow!  How beautiful it is to feel the heat and to see all of the flowers growing, blossoming, and sharing their fragrances with all of us!  My yard is filled with the fragrance of Night Blooming Jasmine, Roses, Lavender, and Sage. Birds’ nests, hummingbirds and bees all call this land home as well. I feel blessed to live in a place where there is so much lush growth and so much beauty on this Blessed Earth, our Mother.  Let us all remember where we come from and that we are made in Her image! Please join me in my backyard, near the waterfall, flowing with the lushness of Spring's Abundance! Let's dance Hula, make leis and talk story.

Haumea is the Hawaiian Goddess of Fertility and the Earth.  She is the Mother Goddess - a Goddess of childbirth and transformation.  She midwives us through our creations!  Like the Earth, Haumea’s births shape-shift and are always different and beautiful.  It is said that She had the unusual ability to birth children through any part of Her body and they often sprang from parts of Her that are generally not associated with birth!  She is the mother of the ferns and fish, the fruit trees and the hooved ones.  She creates an abundance of living things and a never ending food supply to sustain Her people.

She is also a powerful Sorceress and Healer Womyn, offering mercy to those who need assistance, particularly those needing help with natural childbirth.  To them She brings plants and potions to ease their discomforts.  There are stories of Haumea sharing Her prayers and chants with delivering womyn and thereby bringing them painless childbirth.  She is the Mother of us all and through Her, all things are possible.

Come and deepen your understanding about the Aloha Spirit which nurtures our Temple and our paths as Witches!  For this ritual, please bring two bunches of flowers for our haku lei making. Dress in your Aloha wear and bring a sarong or pareo.  Please bring your Hawaiian word candle if you have one from a previous ritual or bring a candle that is any color of the rainbow. For the altar please bring Breadfruit, Mango, Papaya or any delightful, round fruits or vegetables; any pictures of Haumea (there are many beautiful images of Her on the Internet!) and any Hawaiian objects that need to spend time with Her and charge Her up!  Bring Haumea gifts of love and appreciation.

On this powerful New Moon, muse on what you want to birth for yourself, the Temple and the Women's Spirituality Movement. What abundance do you want and how will you give back to the land/aina and ohana/community that supports your spiritual journey. What is it you are birthing in this lifetime to perpetuate and pass on to the next seven generations...

Daughters of the Goddess Womyn's Temple is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, with most events held in the East Bay.

If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration,

please help out by doing the following:

Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ's page.”

Cheza Nami and the Chinyakare Ensemble
in concert
Thursday, May 9, 6:00-7:30PM
Las Positas College, Performing Arts Amphitheater, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore
Free, please register at the website below.

“Join Cheza Nami and the Chinyakare Ensemble for an unforgettable evening of African music, dance and culture.

Join us at Las Positas college for an unforgettable evening with the Chinyakare Ensemble as they share the beautiful sounds of Zimbabwe.  Come listen and dance to African rhythms and learn about African culture in this interactive special event. Funds for this event were generously made available through the Milanese Family Gift Fund and LPC Foundation. This event is free, however we urge you to register here so we may plan appropriately.”

Partnering the Moment
Workshop with Dance Monks
presented by Samavesha
Thursday,  May 9, 6:00-8:00PM
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley

“Be moved by the landscape of the present moment with a curious mind and open heart. Sharpen your capacity to listen with the whole body in order to create dances that are connected, sensitive, powerful and honest. Participants explore moving through breath, awareness, and clear impulse with live music, as well as learn self healing acupressure techniques.”

In Her Name Circle: Letting the Tigress Rrrroarrrr with Authenticity and Divine Feminine Grace
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, May 9, 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:  
Letting the Tigress Rrrroarrrr with Authenticity and Divine Feminine Grace.
Featuring Amanda Elo’esh Johnsen, M.A.
Spiritual Catalyst * Open Heart Specialist * Agent of Conscious Evolution

Upcoming dates: June 6”

Dreaming: Portal to the Sacred
with Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini
Thursday, May 9, 7:00-9:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“For some, dreaming is a portal to the sacred through which experiences of the Mysteries take place. Dreaming may entail glimpses of the divine, moments of transcendence, revelations of one’s destiny. It may offer a look at future events, announce impending illness, or provide meaning for prolonged suffering. Ecstatic states, encounters with luminous beings, turbulence from the whirlwind may come within the state known as dreaming. One may even waken inside the dream world in order to undergo tasks, receive instruction, prepare for a newborn’s entry into life, or an elder’s exit.

Some established spiritual traditions have viewed dreaming as illusory, like all phenomena; others have viewed it as a natural, universal experience of Spirit. This monthly salon is designed for those who have experienced the call of dreaming and wish to discuss it with an open mind. Each session will begin with a brief talk on aspects of dreaming as a spiritual experience, followed by the opportunity for participants to share and discuss their own transcendent dream experiences.”

Red Tent Temple: The Music In Our Hearts
hosted by Temple Priestess Nicki Koethner
Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-9:30PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
$5-$15 suggested donation
an event for women

“Music that warms the heart and heals the soul.  Immerse yourself in the frequency of your vibration.  Music is at the corner-stone of our evening and we will listen to our hearts to see what else you want to engage in to nourish your soul.

Feel free to come at 6:30PM to help set up. It will start at 7:00PM.

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:
June: Saturday, June 8th, 2013 Niralli D'Costa
July: Sunday, July 7th, 2013 Woman as Wisdom keepers - Elenna Rubin Goodman
August: Sunday August 4th, 2013 Self-Care in times of Stress

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”

Pagan Activists Meet-Up
Thursday, May 9, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“At PantheaCon some of us met at Starhawk's workshop on Magic and Activism and
discussed regular meetings for Pagan activists in the Bay Area. We meet the 2nd Thursday each month.

This month bring one written paragraph of your ideas for pagan activists. Email
glenn@ancientways.com if you can't make this one, but are interested others.”

Time Sensitive
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, 8:00PM
playing through May 18
Sanctuary for the Arts, 496 38th Street, Oakland
$25-$40 sliding scale

“And the edge of the city crept closer...

A crack is growing.
The shape of time is changing.
Only a few can see it.
The City swallowed the world. It ate the day and the night. It ate the tides and the seasons. Now there are only seconds and nanoseconds and a constant insatiable GO. Speed is power, status is vertical, and time is literally up.

Time Sensitive is a daring new play by Artistic Director Amy Sass, which combines clockwork choreography, rhythmic fugue and ice art into a fantastical tale that urgently asks:

How do we hold a moment if we constantly crave the next big thing?

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

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

The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
presented by Un-Scripted Theater Company
Thursday-Sunday, May 9-11, 8:00PM
playing through May 18
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 533 Sutter Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco

“Un-Scripted Theater Company's new season begins with the reimagining of our classic Shakespeare: the Musical as The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals - a fully improvised, full-length musical that Shakespeare himself could have written. This production will explore the language, characters, and themes that make Shakespeare the most beloved playwright in history. The addition of song gives the characters another form of emotional expression well-suited to the passions found throughout Shakespeare's work.”

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma
The Next Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, 8:00PM
playing through June 29
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Thrillpeddlers 6th annual Theatre of The Ridiculous Revival showcases a rare Cockettes Musical, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, a new full-length, restored version of The Cockettes’ 1971 musical extravaganza featuring original Cockettes Scrumbly Koldewyn, Sweet Pam Tent, and Rumi Missabu. Seats and private Shock Boxes always sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.”

Temple of Aphrodite Book Club
Friday, May 10, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Friday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“We are a group devoted to Aphrodite in all Her splendor. Please join us to learn more about Aphrodite's presence in our lives through a roundtable discussion of her lore and literature.

Laurelei Black’s In Her Service: Reflections from a Priestess of Aphrodite.  
Please come prepared to discuss chapters 4 and 5 of In Her Service, bringing any relevant questions and experiences you may have!”

Mostly Mexico Art Reception
for Richard Ralph
Friday, May 10, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Paintings, prints, and photographs, reflect Ralph's intimate connection with Mexico.
Limited edition prints, cards and original work will be for sale.
Show runs May 10-July 3.”

Astrology: Saturn in Scorpio
with Margaret Cole
Friday, May 10, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“How does Scorpio influence Saturn and visa versa? This is your Saturn return if you were
born with Saturn in Scorpio. What lies ahead? Bring your horoscope or have one made at
Ancient Ways for $5 by appointment only.”

Ann Randolph's LOVELAND
Friday, May 10, 8:00-10:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“What's so funny about death? Plenty, if you're award-winning writer/performer, Ann Randolph, renowned for transforming horror into humor. In Randolph's critically acclaimed solo show, LOVELAND, Randolph takes the audience on an unforgettable cross-country flight that is both hilarious and deeply human as she portrays an out-of-control, sexually charged misfit overwhelmed by grief.  

LOVELAND was awarded ‘Best Solo Performer of San Francisco’ by the SF Weekly during Loveland's sold-out run at the Marsh a few years ago.”

Peter Van Gelder and Indranil Mallick
on concert
Friday, May 10, 8:00PM
Isis Oasis, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville  
Free, donations welcome

“Sitar master Peter van Gelder is one of the first and foremost Western disciples of the renowned Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, one of the greatest musicians and teachers of our time. Van Gelder’s early music studies at Goddard College kindled his interest in jazz, and in 1966 he was invited to play bass guitar with the Great Society, a San Francisco rock band featuring Grace Slick. He brought his soprano sax with him and did much to fuel the jazz-rock movement; his extended Coltrane-like solos were praised by Ralph Gleason and others.

Indranil Mallick, a promising tabla player of rare skill, has already established himself both as a soloist and accompanist. In 2002 Indranil began international touring with performances in Europe, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland , Ukraine , Estonia, Russia, Austria and Holland. During these tours he represented India in many world renowned festivals. Some examples include the Open Baroque Festival in Estonia, The Musica Sacra International Festival in Germany, and the International Jazz and Blues festival in Austria.

Donations are warmly welcome

Chai tea will be offered, and, of course, a peacock feather.”

Creating Enlightened Society
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
see website for schedule and registration details

“Creating Enlightened Society is a three day event held on May 10, 11 and 13, 2013 that brings together two essential elements for a more compassionate, sustainable, and wise world - the personal and the social. Often our approach to making this world a better place emphasizes either external, political, and economic issues on the one hand, or internal, spiritual, or psychological themes on the other. This event will unite these two themes in an exploration of bringing out the inherent goodness and potential of society.  

Hosted by meditation teacher and Shambhala Lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, speakers will include social change leaders such as the Episcopal Bishop of California Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, meditation teacher at Google Chade-Meng Tan, Acharya Adam Lobel, and others. Participants will explore how our engagement in our lives can deepen our personal experience and help bring about social transformation.”

Inanna: Knowing Ourselves, Knowing Power, In All of Our Parts
a weekend intensive workshop
with Cypress Fey, Irisanya and Inanna Hazel of Reclaiming
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12
The Yurt, Sebastopol - exact address given upon registration
Sliding scale $90-$240
for more information or to register, please contact Irisanya at irisanya@yahoo.com

“This mystery of power, how we hold it, how we share it, how we grab onto it, how we are called into it and changed by it. Inanna collects the Huluppu tree, ripped from the ground by a storm, planting it in her holy garden and nurturing it until the tree is tall and thick. But then, something happens…

In our personal journey and in the collective journey, we ask the question: what are the gifts
that arrive when we are willing to step into our power? Has fear ever led us to interpret gifts as threats? Have we sought to banish gifts before finding out what they held for us?

Inanna brings the gifts of wisdom to her people, and in her time and place, out of her heart,  more are revealed. Following her journey, what arises from of our hearts to bring to human culture? What more do we bring for our time and place?”

Whole Earth Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12, 10:00AM-10:00PM
UC Davis Quad, Davis

“44th Annual Whole Earth Festival - Time Is Art
an alcohol-free and zero-waste event

Whole Earth Festival was born when an art class taught by Jose Arguelles had an Art Happening on the University of California, Davis campus in 1969. The students used art to involve visitors in the ultimate goal of learning about activism, wellness, and the environment. Whole Earth Festival aims to ignite passion, propel creativity, and leave visitors with inspiration.

Following the United Nations declaration of Earth Day in 1970, the third Art Happening in 1971 was renamed Whole Earth.  Later, Whole Earth Festival was sponsored by the Associated Students’ Experimental College, and has since become a self-sustaining unit. The Whole Earth Festival has evolved over four decades into what can be seen every Mother’s Day weekend on the UC Davis campus.”

Monty Python's Spamalot
presented by Benicia High School
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12,
Friday-Saturday 7:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM

“This spring, Benicia High School is proud to be among the first high schools in America to be granted the rights to perform Monty Python’s Spamalot. A Broadway sensation when it came out in 2005, Spamalot is a musical version of the hit movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Thanks to Jessica for letting me know about this event!

presented by Butterfield 8
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

by Oscar Wilde
Directed by John Butterfield

Wilde's 1891 one-act play, written in French and later translated by Wilde into English, might not be as famous as The Importance of Being Earnest, but it just might be more influential - and it's certainly more scandalous. The play, banned in Wilde's native Britain for nearly 40 years, is rarely done today, but still managed to inspire several movie adaptations and an immortal opera by Richard Strauss. The sources of its enchantment spring from Wilde's language - here at its most illuminating - and from the Biblical legend which Wilde spun into this tale of seduction and betrayal.

The Tetrarch, Herod Antipas, who is obsessed with his stepdaughter Salome, foolishly promises her anything, if only she will dance for him and satisfy his unsuitable prurient interests. Salome, in turn, struggles with her own obsession with the imprisoned holy man, Jokanaan (John the Baptist). She has always been able to get what she wants from any man, but Jokanaan is not amenable to her desires. Unwilling to give him up, she will have him - dead or alive - and requests from Herod Jokanaan's head on a silver platter as payment for dancing the dance of the seven veils.
In this unique production we will once again stretch the boundaries of our performance space by incorporating mask work and projected images. The projected images will mirror the many femme fatales of the twentieth century as the Company questions the role of female sexuality as both tool and weapon. The choreographed movement will reflect a stylized design that pays homage to the artistic direction of European theatre such as that developed by Simon McBurney for Theatre Complicite, and Robert Lepage.
The cast features Rhianna Taylor as Salome and Edwin Peabody as Jokanaan, with Nathalie Archangel, Ali Arman, Jake Breckinridge, Jean Butterfield, Beth Chastain, Jeremy Tribe Gallardo, Julian Christopher Geritz, Donald Hardy, Kathleen MacKay, Peter McArthur, and Jennifer Wright.
The production team includes Liz Martin, resident costumer for Butterfield 8, designing the stylized 1930s costumes; Kim Leonard designing the projected images sequence for the dance of the seven veils; Jim Lively, whose soundscapes brought Hamlet and The Tempest to life, is once again designing the sound; Mitchell Walker has created the hand-crafted leather masks; and Artistic Director John Butterfield is scenic and lighting designer.”

World Fair Trade Day
Saturday, May 11

“World Fair Trade Day (WFTDay) is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization and is being supported by thousands of citizens, Fair Trade Organizations, social and environmental movements, producers and consumers all around the planet. Local authorities, national governments and multilateral institutions have been supporting Fair Trade for several decades now.

The World Fair Trade Organization is the global network of Fair Trade Organizations around the planet, from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America Pacific Rim. It represents more than 400 Fair Trade Organizations from more than 70 countries with highest geographical outreach.

Mission of WFTO
WFTO’s mission is to enable producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade.  WFTO will be the global network and advocate for Fair Trade, ensuring producer voices are heard. The interests of producers, especially small farmers and artisans, should be the main focus in all the policies, governance, structures and decision making within the WFTO.”

Discovering A Sense Of Place
A Free Workshop Sponsored by The City of Walnut Creek Clean Water Program
and The Gardens at Heather Farm
with Patrice Hanlon, GHF Garden Manager
and Susan Handjian, Garden Consultant and Coach
Saturday, May 11, 9:00AM-12:00PM,
Creek Walk at Walnut Creek Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
Free, registration required - see website

“In our 2012 workshop we explored the soil, plants, and bird life of our unique bioregion. Join us for three new sessions as we delve into the details of living in the Diablo Valley.
May 11th: Knowing your Bioregion
at Walnut Creek Civic Park, Creek Walk

We will meet at Walnut Creek’s Creek Walk and learn about the native plants that are there; how they were used historically by Native Americans and early settlers and how they play an important role in our modern day ecosystem.”

Marble and Molding
Architecture Tour at the Meek Mansion
Saturday, May 11, 10:00AM
Meek Mansion,17365 Boston Road, Hayward.
$15, reservations required, please call 510-581-1202

“This fascinating tour focuses on the architecture of Meek Mansion. Learn about different architectural styles, decor and details of the Victorian and other eras.”

Parent-and-Me African Music and Dance Class
with Cheza Nami
Saturday, May 11, 10:00-10:30AM,
and one more Saturday, May 18
HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
for Children 6 Months to 5 Years and their Caregivers

“Ok tots (parents too!!), We are back!! Join us for the Spring parent-and-me African music and dance class at HackerMoms in Berkeley. Bring your tot for 30 minutes of intense music, songs, games, drum circles and African-themed-stories in a highly energetic and rhythm-centric class at HackerMoms.

In our caregiver participation class young children are introduced to African songs, games, percussion instruments, music, drumming and African themed stories in a highly energetic class. Toddlers will develop self awareness and rhythm as well as pick up some African language from word play through song. Bring your tot and come boogie with us, African style!”

A Walk Through the Garden of Old Roses
Saturday, May 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$20, registration required
Please register online or at 510-642-7082, or gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

“Join horticulturist Peter Klement for a lovely morning stroll through the Garden of Old Roses at the peak of its bloom. Discover the rose’s rich historical background and listen to amazing ethnobotanical tales.”

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes
Saturday, May 11, 10:00AM-4:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Program fee per Child $2, tour fee for Adults $3

“Join us for a scavenger hunt of fairy-sized items around the McConaghy House gardens and the Carriage House. Listen to magical stories about fairies and gnomes, and make your own small fairy house.”

First Annual Marin Healthy Palooza
Saturday, May 11, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Mill Valley Recreation Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
see website for schedule and ticket details

“The Marin Healthy Palooza is a new twist on health fairs. A festival combining education and information designed to update and inform the community about prevention, managing chronic disease and overall wellness for everyone in a fun, low key, non pressure environment. The goal of the Marin Healthy Palooza is to provide solid, trusted health information in an easygoing interactive setting. This event will attract a diverse crowd of attendees and our goal is to reach people who are seeking support and information in a non-clinical setting.

The 1st Marin Healthy Palooza will consist of health seminars, workshops, demonstrations of natural products and services, and fun activities for everyone, from children to seniors.

We encourage you to bring your friends, family members or co-workers so they may benefit from the information and workshops, or just bring them along to enjoy a fun filled healthy day in beautiful Mill Valley located in Marin County.”

with guests Your Song My Song
Saturday, May 11, 11:00AM, doors open at 10:30AM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$8 in advance, $9 at the door

“In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and fun experience for the whole family.

For six years now, Octopretzel has been delighting young Bay Area audiences with their colorful and inspired performances. Their shows feature handmade puppets, bubbles of all sizes, and at times hula-hooping Kindergartners. They have been known to inspire spontaneous kiddie mosh-pits, while still maintaining focus and interactive participation. Their songwriting presents imagery of things such as spinning tops, roly polies and whimsical imaginary creatures. From unique interpretations of traditional folk classics to fun and catchy originals, this is music that parents love and has kids asking for more! The band's instrumentation features the mandolin, marimba, the middle-eastern tambourine (or riq), African drums, and many other unique sounds from around the world.

Opening the show is Your Song My Song, featuring Jaime Lee Currier and Eric Hart They sing classic kids' songs, Beatles, originals, family favorites, sing-a-longs, finger-plays, chants and rock 'n roll!”

A Walk on the West Side: Vintage Home and Garden Tour
presented by Benicia Historical Society
Saturday, May 11, 11:00AM-4:00PM
meeting location given upon registration
$25 in advance, $30 on the day

“Six vintage homes and one charming garden on the west side of Benicia will be featured on the Benicia Historical Society’s tour set for Saturday, May 11, the day before Mother’s Day. The homes are within walking distance of downtown Benicia and represent an array of architectural styles.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Tickets will be available starting April 10 at Benicia Main Street, Bookshop Benicia and Camellia Tea Room in downtown Benicia, and Steve’s Hallmark at the Southampton Shopping Center. Proceeds will benefit Benicia Historical Society programs, including restoration of the Von Pfister General Store.

For more information, contact Vicki Cullen at 707-315-6434 or Jerry Hayes at 707-746-6689.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, May 11, 11:00AM-5:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

“Step into the past as you board our historic ships. Help the sailors on Balclutha raise the staysail in the morning and return for musical fun during the afternoon dogwatch. Learn about life in 1901 from the ferry passengers on Eureka, or join Mrs. Galan on the Ark houseboat for an afternoon tea to discuss issues of the day.

Witness a dramatic re-creation of the 1901 labor strike that shook the San Francisco Waterfront in July. In September, picknickers in period swimsuits frolic on the beach. Don’t miss President McKinley’s visit in May and the Old Time Maritime Christmas celebration in December, with all the ships decorated as they were in 1901.

May 11: On this date in 1913, President McKinley visited San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier, after launching the battleship Ohio at Union Iron Works.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Hungarian Heritage Festival
Saturday, May 11, 11:30AM-Midnight
Twin Pines Park, 1225 Ralston Avenue, Belmont

“Welcome to our Annual Hungarian Heritage Festival
presented by the Hungarian Heritage Foundation

Dear Bay Area Hungarians and All Our American Friends,
Help us make this event a success as we share our culture with the general public and provide fundraising opportunities for local Hungarian non-profit organizations.

Forras Folk Band from Vancouver
Performances and Teaching events sponsored by Eszterlajnc Folk Dance Ensemble
Mouth-watering food and pastries
Wine, Beer and other beverages
Cultural and Historical exhibits
Folk crafts, games and dances for the children
Arts and crafts vendors”

Want to Lighten Up about Growing Older?
with Annie Goglia
Sunday, May 11, 1:30-5:00PM
InterPlayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
sliding scale $49-$85  
For more information, please contact Annie Goglia at Annie@lifefire.com or 510-282-1279

“Have fears about growing older?  Some of us at a certain age (39 and up!) start to get concerned about how your body and mind is changing. Join us to learn tools that will help you lighten up and savor life:

Laughter Yoga and deep breathing
Journaling and meditation
Authentic movement/Interplay

Have fun, connect with other good people, and leave with useful tools for facing the aging process with humor, courage and perspective.

Accessible space; all levels of physical mobility are welcome.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, May 11, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love. Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($5-$10 dollars). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, Skot and Makai will lead our Monthly circle. The theme is Our connection to Mother Earth.”

Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival
Saturday, May 11, 3:00-10:00PM
Great Wall of Oakland, Broadway and West Grand Avenue, Oakland
Adults $10, Youth 16 and Under $5

“The Great Wall of Oakland is collaborating with the Walker Art Center to bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to Oakland! On Saturday, May 11, 3:00-10:00PM, an estimated 5,000+ cat-lovers and friends will be celebrating felines and exploring the low-art of Internet cat videos together, in real-time, as we transform West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway into a cat-lovers wonderland. Best of all, proceeds benefit the East Bay SPCA!”

The Avant-Garde Savitsky Collection
Saturday, May 11, 5:00-7:00PM
The Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, #107, Berkeley

“The Silk Road House presents: The Avant-Garde Savitsky Collection from Nukus, Uzbekistan

Founded in 1966, the Savitsky Collection is located in Nukus, Uzbekistan and holds over 90,000 items of art (paintings, graphics, sculptures, folk and applied art and archaeology). It holds the world's second largest Russian Avant-Garde art collection after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Igor Savitsky, a Russian born in Ukraine, moved to Central Asia in the 1940s to work as an artist on the Khorezm archaeological expedition. He stayed, collecting Folk and Applied Art of Karakalpakstan, and moved into other areas of collecting, notably Russian and Uzbek Avant-Garde of the 1920s.

Dubbed ‘one of the 29 places to blow your mind’ by the New York Times, and feted by dozens of newspapers in Asia, Europe, and North American, the Savitsky Collection is one of most impressive and moving stories of any museum

The presentation will discuss the museum's fascinating history, some of its most renowned pieces/artists as well as an overview of the current challenges. Richard Dion is a Board Member of the Friends of Nukus Museum, a Dutch-based non-government organization which assists the Savitsky Collection with strategy, international outreach, and capacity building.

Mr. Dion previously worked for Royal Dutch/Shell overseeing portfolios related to human rights, revenue transparency and in another role in business development for Central Asia. In the late 1990s, he was at at UNDP where he was seconded to the Government of Kazakhstan for the Semipalatinsk Relief and Rehabilitation Program. He is a UCLA graduate and holds two Master's Degrees in Russian Studies (University of London) and Urban Management and Governance (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Based in Germany, he is now developing the world's first Bridge Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, May 11, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.

Prom Night!
The introductory class will be on rotary waltz, which is so important that it's usually just called the ‘waltz’. Remington Stone teaches. No experience or partner necessary!

The intermediate class will be blues from 7:00-8:00PM, taught by Christophe Taylor, then west coast swing from 8:00-9:00PM, taught by Alan Kline.

Our DJ from 9:00PM-Midnight will be MacKenzie Stuart.

It's prom night! Dress in your finest rented tuxedo or polyester dress, or something involving a cumberbund, or crash it in your ripped acid-wash jeans and metal band t-shirt. (Dressing up/down/sideways is admired but not required. Dressing in some way is required.)”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

The Inimitable Lon Milo Duquette
presented by Solar Cross and the Bay Area Thelemic Temple
Saturday, May 11, 7:30-10:00PM  
Bay Area Thelemic Temple, 130 E 12th Street, Oakland
$18 in advance, $25 at the door

“Lon Milo Duquette in concert!

Join us for an evening of bluesy guitar and songs of magick, mirth, and... soul.”

Hearken Music at Rose Labyrinth
with Laura Inserra, Cornelius Boots and Mark Deutsch
presented by Samavesha
Saturday, May 11, 7:30PM
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley

“Samavesha presents Hearken Music: hear by listening to the sound

An acoustic concert inside the resonant Rose Labyrinth, featuring Cornelius Shinzen Boots on Shakuhachi (zen flutes), Mark Deutsch on Bazantar (the five-string double bass with four additional drone strings and 29 sympathetic strings), Laura Inserra on Hang (the resonating percussive sonic sculpture), Blossom Bells (tuned conical bells), and Khene (Southeast Asian bamboo pipe organ).

This is going to be another unforgettable evening, in a powerful space, with ancient and modern instruments of sacred and profound sounds.”

An Evening with Cellist Jami Sieber
and percussionist Michaele Goerlitz
Saturday, May 11, 8:00PM
Sacred Stream, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434, info@sacredstream.org

“Renowned electric cellist and vocalist takes this instrument to new heights. Jami is joined by Bay Area favorite, Michaelle Goerlitz (Wild Mango) on percussion. Don't miss this special evening at a private residence in San Francisco. Space is limited.”

The San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble
Saturday, May 11, 8:00-10:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“The San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble - Rarely heard gems from Russia and the Ukraine

The San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble performs Russian, Ukrainian, Russian Roma (Gypsy) and Crimean Tatar music in a traditional folk instrument orchestra of balalaikas, domras, bayan (Russian button accordion), zhaleika/brelka (Russian reed pipes) and sopilka (Ukrainian flute). Founder and director Clark Welsh, who plays prima balalaika, domra, sopilka, brelka and zhaleika, was motivated to start the group in 2000 to preserve this rarely heard music.

The ensemble features: Grigory Krumik (bayan), Anna Nikolaeva Razgulova (prima domra), Mikel Estrin (bass domra), Rick Schneider (alto domra), Nada Lewis (alto, bass balalaika and vocals), and Josh Cohen (kontra-bass balalaika and violin).

Special guests include: Irene Perloff-McCullough (alto domra) and David McCullough (alto balalaika) from the Atlanta Balalaika society, with Judy Sherman (vocals and alto balalaika) and Tina Granados (prima domra) from the Big Rock balalaikas in Morro Bay.”

Holt Ceramics Spring Sale
Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Gary Holt Pottery Studio, 1449 Fifth Street, Berkeley
Free admission

“Annual Holt Ceramics Spring Sale
New work, good food and great prices on seconds.  Don't miss it!!

I've been a studio potter in Berkeley, California for over 30 years. An early and strong interest in Asian ceramics has combined over the years with an equally strong interest in abstract painting, and gradually I've evolved a way of working that includes elements of both. You'll probably see evidence of this progression as you look at the past and present examples of my work on this site, particularly in the pieces done with water-soluble metal salts.”

Park Street Spring Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, 10:00AM-6:00PM
along Park Street, Alameda

“The annual Park Street Spring Festival has become a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 150 vendors, this is a perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or maybe you would like to treat Mom to a mimosa and lunch at one of the street’s food establishments. Located on Alameda’s historic Park Street, weekend activities include art and craft vendors, live music, kids’ area, food vendors, and beer and wine sales. Event hours are 10:00AM to 6:00PM both days.

The Park Street Spring Festival is fun for the whole family! People enjoy coming out for the music, food, kid’s area, beer and wine, and an excellent selection of gifts for Mom. Don’t miss it!

Arts and Crafts: Stroll among 150 arts and craft booths with items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Live Entertainment: Each day offers continuous live entertainment on stage. Bay Area favorites will perform a wide range of music such as classic rock, bluegrass, funk, and soul on two stages.  The Lincoln stage will feature all local Alameda bands! The line-up includes Savannah Blue, Boptropolis, Zebop! Tribute to Santana, and local bands Spill the Wine, Studio O, The Beer Detectives, and Rene Escovedo and The Fuse.

Kids’ Area: A special area for kids and their families on Alameda Avenue features bounce houses, giant slide, slot cars, face painting, and a petting zoo.

Festival Food and Drink: Satisfy your taste buds with a great selection of festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, teriyaki chicken, tamales, beef skewers, funnel cakes, and more! Premium vinegars and gourmet fudge will also be available for purchase. Quench your thirst at one of the three booths serving beer, wine, and bubbly mimosas.

Ride Your Bike to the Festival: Free, secure bike parking will be available on Park Street. There couldn't be a better way to experience the festival than after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.

Shop Park Street: Festival-goers are encouraged to Shop Park Street. The business district offers a variety of great restaurants and charming shops and many of the businesses will be offering weekend specials during the Spring Festival.”  

The Pirates of Penzance
presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12,
Saturday 2:00PM and 7:30PM, Sunday 1:00PM and 6:30PM
SecondStage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View
Adults  $20, Seniors and Children 12 and Under $16

“Erroneously apprenticed to a band of pirates, Frederick serves them to the best of his considerable abilities. But upon his release at his 21st birthday, this ‘slave to duty’ turns against the rogues who were his comrades. An irrepressible blend of music and farce featuring tenderhearted pirates, madcap policemen and true love.”

Art + Industry
Saturday-Saturday, May 11-18
see website for detailed schedule
American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland
Free admission

“Art + Industry: an interactive group exhibition and behind-the-scenes look at our community of artists and innovators.

Our schedule includes:
An indoor/outdoor exhibition of artwork and performance from May 11-18 filling more than 10,000 square feet of exhibition space

Open studios on May 11-12
A day of interactive programs, demonstrations, facility and studio tours, performances, and artist talks on May 11

The Exhibition
American Steel Studios, the beating heart of West Oakland's small business boom, is an incubator for artists, architects, fabricators, inventors, and business leaders.

American Steel's oversized facility allows us to present member events on a scale that only museums can rival, and our tenant exhibition will fill more than 10,000 square feet of inside and outside gallery space, featuring painting, textiles, photography, printmaking, ceramics, large and small sculpture, furniture and installation, as well as fire performance and art cars from more than 45 studios and businesses.

We are also happy to have Line 51 Brewery and Suite Treatments as tenants at American Steel, and they will be providing craft brewed beer and organic juices.

Based on past exhibitions, we expect to draw roughly 1,500 visitors to American Steel for Art + Industry.

Not just open studios
On Saturday and Sunday May 11-12, our studios will be open to the public. To help give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at our artists and businesses, we have assembled a day-long schedule of guided tours, demonstrations, performances and artist talks. As the sun goes down, we'll light up the fire effects for an evening of fire sculpture, fire performance and art cars.”

Thanks to Elizabeth for letting me know about this event!

Mother's Day Tea and Succulent Crafting
Sunday, May 12, 10:00AM-12:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$65, registration required
Please register online or at 510-642-7082, or gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

“Start a new springtime tradition with mom! This succulent garden workshop is designed to nurture her creative spirit. Enjoy a traditional cream tea in our beautiful Garden setting in celebration of mom’s special day. Following your splendid tea you’ll get your hands dirty! With a few choice plants, a touch of inspiration and a cute container, you can create an elegant and easy-to-care-for garden. All materials included.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, May 12, 11:00AM-12:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Men and women of all backgrounds are invited to participate in monthly rituals and activities dedicated to the benevolent Lady of Love.

Theme for May: Working the Devotional Path of Aphrodite in our everyday lives with Amy

These services help you tap into the ever-flowing fountain of love within, and to connect that love with your personal practices, work, relationships, and activities in the world.”

Allied Arts Guild's Annual Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
Benefiting the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Sunday, May 12, 11:00AM-2:30PM
Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, 650-322-2405
Adults $45, Children Ages 5-12 $30, Children under 5 are free
Reservations required, please call 650-838-9002 or email Events@AlliedArtsGuild.org
see website for Buffet Menu

“Please join Allied Arts Guild on May 12th 2013 Sunday from 11:00AM to 2:30PM for our Annual Mother's Day Brunch Buffet.  This year we're adding a photo booth so families will take something home that will surely make this Mother's Day memorable!

Adults $45
Children Ages 5 to 12 $30
Children under 5 are free
Photo booth included in ticket price.”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, May 12, 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 May 12:  Ancestors, Spirits, and Hauntings
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 and to open to the adventure of life as a witch.”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, May 12, 3:00-5:00PM (and the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Receive shamanic healing in a community setting
Feel the love and energy of the compassionate spirits
Socialize with shamanic healers and other participants
Experience non-dogmatic, non-religious, spirit based healing

We work in a community setting - everyone healing together.
We use drums and rattles to keep the beat of a trance state, plus bells and other sounds.
We bring you the healing of the compassionate spirits in whatever form that may take
We use appropriate touch, or the laying on of hands.
We remove negative energy and restore positive energy
We give people messages of hope and comfort from the spirits

All the clinic healers have studied shamanic healing with Stuart and Anne, and have developed deep relationships with the helping spirits.

Stuart Dole, PhD and Anne Hatfield both graduated from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ 3-year advanced training, where they studied directly with Michael Harner, author of Way of the Shaman, and Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and How to Heal Toxic Thoughts. They pursued further studies, learning shamanic methods from Tuva (Siberia), Tibet, Hawaii, Brazil, Africa, and the Celtic lands. They were also trained by Sandra Ingerman as shamanic teachers.

Anne has heard messages from the spirits from the time she was a child. She worked in the alternative health field for 25 years. Currently she is a yoga teacher and therapist, a massage therapist and a shamanic practitioner. Her passion is helping others explore those places where body and spirit meet.

Stuart was born into a decidedly atheist family and pursued a career in mathematics and science, earning his PhD in biophysics. But he developed an interest in spirituality, then lived in an ashram and practiced meditation devotedly for more than 30 years. He has subsequently pursued a wide array of methods for developing awareness, or enlightenment, and eventually found his way to shamanism. He is currently a meditation teacher and a shamanic bodyworker. He specializes in helping people become more present in their lives, through embodied awareness.”

The Ugly Duckling
A music and storytelling fantasy in four languages
Sunday, May 12, English production 4:00PM
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Adults $18, 10 and Under $15 in advance, $20 at the door
for more information, please call 650-223-8699 or e-mail boxoffice@paloaltojcc.org

“Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story, this family oriented production is perfect for kids 2-8 years old, their parents and grandparents.
Our original re-telling  combines live music, two narrators, multi-media and  audience participation. Music will be provided by Ensemble Salon Classique. Four shows will be offered: English, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese and Russian.

The program  lasts 40 minutes plus pre-and post-show activities including outdoor water play, art projects and special Mother’s Day treats for all the moms!

Our imaginative adaptation helps children understand that being different is okay and that whoever you are, your family will always love you. An ‘ugly duckling’ is just a swan waiting to be discovered!”

Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Sunday, May 12, 6:00-8:00PM - final week
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“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.”

The Traveling Imaginary
Sunday, May 12, 8:00PM
ClouD 9,1320 9th Street, Berkeley

“The Music Tapes, featuring Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel, are bringing their Traveling Imaginary to us this Sunday!

Pitching the cozy circus tent the band designed specially for this tour in towns and cities across North America, they present magic and enchanting evenings of songs, stories, games, movies, amusements, and more.

As soon as you walk through the door, you will be greeted with The Music Tapes’ surreal, carnival-esque games before entering the tent for a dreamlike show that includes songs from the band’s newest album Mary’s Voice, antique 16mm cartoons, virtuoso Klezmer music performed on the singing saw, Julian Koster’s unique narratives about dehydrated European cities and half-imagined children’s games, a 12-foot snowman, and an array of mechanical musical contraptions like the 7-Foot Tall Metronome and Static the Singing Television.”

Julian Koster says:
“It’s our sincere desire to offer audiences an unusual sort of fun, a new kind of experience. Something that feels like exploring a wonderful dream or a pleasant memory. Something that gives a feeling of holiday and amusement that begins the very moment you walk in the door.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, May 14, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: The Empress and the Ten of Pentacles

A Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Join us in a roundtable discussion where we discuss our two cards for the month and learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

Tribal Fest 13: Halfway to Halloween!
Belly Dancing Festival
Tuesday-Sunday, May 14-19
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
see website for schedule and registration details

“Welcome One and All, from Near and Far, to none other than the One, the Only, the Original
Tribal Fest 13: Halfway to Halloween!

Proudly presented by BlackSheep BellyDance and the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
The location is our beloved Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, its Youth Annex and surrounding grounds, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, California, 95473, USA. Please remember that we are next to a Protected Wetlands Wildlife Reserve that has miles of hiking and biking trails to get away on for a few minutes.

About Our Theme
Just as with last year’s Unicorn theme, Hallowe’en, a contraction of “Hallowed Evening,’ today is a celebration of both the Light and the Dark, as without the One there could be no Other.

The modern-day traditions made popular in America are remnants of older traditions brought here by immigrants, mostly from the United Kingdom and parts of northern Europe. Children in the ‘old country’ once went house-to-house, sometimes accompanied by lanterns carved of turnips, to receive alms on the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day (November 1), which some think was chosen for that date because of earlier Pagan celebrations held at that time of year.

In some of those older traditions, Samhain is a New Year celebration that can last for three days (from October 31-November 2), in which it is believed that the Veils Between The Worlds are at their thinnest, making communication with the spirit realm more accessible. It’s often accompanied by bonfires, which are thought to be cleansing energies. Therefore fire-like colors, which are plentiful in the autumn season, are popular for natural d├ęcor at that time of year.

In Mexico the same three days are celebrated as ‘Dios de los Muertos,’ or Days of the Dead. There, families gather at the plots and gravesites of their deceased loved ones and have picnics and tell stories of their dead friends, play music and sing and dance for them, always making sure to leave favorite food and drink on the altars for their spirits to enjoy. Foods and sweets served at that time of year look like skulls and skeletons, and the popular niches featuring scenes of dancing, music-playing and otherwise happy skeletons abound along with paper bag lanterns called luminaria. Altars bear candles, photos, marigolds and mums in bright yellows and oranges.

Do your own research before you come and let it inspire you to create! Then bring your spooky best; be that ghastly ghosts, witches and vampires or light-hearted faerie folk, celebrating skeletons and sweet black cats! How about celebrating a different part of your personality each day?”

Wand-Making Intensive in the Sacred Path Tradition
with Rev. Patrick McCollum
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19
private home in Moraga, exact address given upon registration
$275 includes camping, meal plan available for $100

“This is a three day, hands-on workshop where participants learn the history of the sacred wand and how to perform the rituals surrounding its creation. Walk the Sacred Path with Patrick McCollum, while he shares his tradition and guides you in making a magical wand that is truly your own.

This is a transformational workshop that will deeply affect all in attendance as you join Patrick McCollum in becoming immersed in the natural world and learn the lore and greater context of wand-making within the Sacred Path tradition. It will be different than anything attendees have experienced before.

Space is extremely limited. Register ASAP as workshop will fill up!
$275 includes on-site camping, $100 additional for meals.

The Workshop will be held on Patrick McCollum's property in Moraga, CA. Directions will be given to attendees after registration.

There are nearby hotel options for those who need them, but due to the early beginning each day of the workshop (7:00AM), onsite camping is encouraged.

Reverend McCollum is an internationally recognized spiritual leader in the Pagan/Earth-Based religions whose work toward human rights, social justice, and equality for all religions and spiritual traditions, transcends cultural, religious, and political barriers. Reverend McCollum is the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Pluralism. Reverend McCollum's spiritual work focuses on seeing the sacred within each and every human being and bringing together people of all spiritual paths, to work together toward global sustainability and world peace.”

Have an Aware, Active, Sensitive, Receptive Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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