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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Day of Transforming Trauma, Fall Harvest Benefit Dinner, Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon, Pressure Canning 101, Home Craft Fair, The King of Hearts is Off Again, Califas Festival, Exploratorium After Dark: Fog, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper, Macbeth at Fort Point, What Every Girl Should Know, Pygmalion, REAL, World Animal Day, Ohlone Herbal Center’s Student Medicine Fair, Chocolate Tasting, Comrades Brewing at Homestead Apothecary, Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Armenian Bazaar, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary, Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival, Harvest Fair and Exposition, Oaktoberfest, September Sail on Board the Alma, FUN Goddess Party, Steampunktoberfest Ball, MC Yogi, OmiesFest: Healing Vibrations Festival, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Foods of the Americas Family Day Festival, Hacker Sprouts: Ice Cream Science, Conscious Goddess Temple Services, Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age, The Witch's Garden, Music of the Final Judgment and Rejoicing in the Torah, Tony Furtado and Stephanie Schneiderman, Belly Dance Student Showcase, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Tarot Salon, Hand-Held Half-Truths: The Home and the Home Movie, Winaq: Teachings from Ancestral Mayan Knowledge

A Day of Transforming Trauma
with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Wednesday, October 2, 9:00AM-4:00PM, Check-in opens at 8:00AM
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland

“Please join us in Oakland for this not-to-be-missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling mix of personal insight, cutting edge research, personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete skills to reconcile it.

Participants are welcome from all professional disciplines and life circumstances.”

Thanks to Ursa Maeve Midnight for letting me know about this event!

Fall Harvest Benefit Dinner  
part of the UC Botanical Garden’s Foods of the Americas exhibit
Sponsored by Picante and Casa de Chocolates
Wednesday, October 2, 5:30-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$75, pre-registration required

“Come join us on our opening night for a festive celebration of our Foods of the Americas exhibit and a fundraiser for its related educational programs. We'll have a special cocktail hour in the Crops of the World Garden where you will see traditional plantings such as the Three Sisters garden and then gather in the conference center for music and a bountiful Foods of the Americas meal prepared by Picante Catering in Berkeley. Also, thank-you gifts will be provided by Casa de Chocolates in Berkeley. Enjoy this special event while supporting the UC Botanical Garden's education programs. Advance registration required.”

Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon  
with Didi
Wednesday, October 2, 7:30-9:00PM,
and seven more Wednesdays
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$25 per workshop
For more information or to register, please call Didi at 831-423-5477

“Spell Casting by the light and dark of the Moon - using the Moon’s energy to enhance your workings. Presented by Didi

Nine workshops designed to enrich your knowledge of how to use the power of the Moon to enhance your spell crafting.

Workshop 7: Waning Moon
Healing Creating practices for releasing illness and creating a space to heal.

$25 per workshop - cash only please.  Cash payment accepted the night of workshop.”

Pressure Canning 101: Jarred Soup, Sauce, Meat  
Wednesday-Thursday, October 2-3, 6:30PM
Berkeley location,  address will be sent with confirmation
$125 for workshops

“Designed and presented by Hayden Davis, a HackerMom and veteran canner, this 2-part workshop is for beginning pressure canners who want supervised experience in using a pressure canner for the first time. A pressure canner is a heavy duty piece of equipment required for the safe canning of alkaline foods like soups, sauces and all animal products (think tuna, chicken, etc.) which by rule cannot be safely processed in a boiling water bath. You can expect 2 hands-on workshops going over everything about using and maintaining a pressure canner: basics of pressure canning using current USDA guidelines, how a pressure canner works, machine safety, the foods that need to be pressure canned, and what to look for when buying a pressure canner.”

Pressure Canning Soups and Sauces
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30PM
“This workshop will utilize a selection of organic produce with food preservation techniques for saving and storing food. Class demonstrations may include preparation and canning of stocks/broth, gourmet soups, and silky sauces. With the knowledge and experience you obtain in this workshop, you will be prepared to make your own special holiday gifts.”

Pressure Canning Meat
Thursday, October 3, 6:30PM
“No more freezing! Jarred meat is already cooked and seasoned so you can easily make many dishes. Canning meat may sound complicated, but with the right tools, it's an easy process. Learn to safely can meats and foods that contain meat. Class demonstrations may include preparation and canning of chicken, tuna, turkey chili, and BACON! Seeing those finished jars lined up on your kitchen counter is satisfying, too.”

42nd Annual Home Craft Fair
Wednesday-Saturday, October 2-5,
Wednesday 11:00AM-4:00PM, Thursday-Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM,
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM
private home, 1608 Via Sarita, San Lorenzo
Free admission

“When Paula Sherwood puts on her Home Craft Fair, it's an amazing extravaganza of planning, talent, and wares representing thousands of hours of creations by 19 very talented crafters.

Bay Area residents anticipate the annual event for all their holiday shopping. Quality items range from hundreds of hand-crafted decorations, jewelry, scarves, toys, sports items, jackets, hats, children's clothing, candles, cards, stationery, art works and more.”

The King of Hearts is Off Again
with Studium Teatralne
presented by San Francisco International Arts Festival
and KulturePlus Productions

Wednesday-Friday, October 2-4, 8:00PM
nohSpace (at Project Artaud), 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Saturday, October 5, 8:00PM
University Theatre, CSU East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward
Free shuttle bus from Hayward BART Station to CSU East Bay Campus (and back again) runs every half an hour.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“The San Francisco International Arts Festival and KulturePlus Productions are proud to present the Bay Area debut of Studium Teatralne from Warsaw with the stage adaptation of Hannah Krall’s prize winning novel, Chasing the King of Hearts (recently published in English by Peirene Press of London).

King of Hearts is based on the true story of the life of Izolda Regenberg, a young Jewish woman trapped in the Warsaw ghetto with her husband and their families during World War II.

King of Hearts tells how Izolda escape- from the ghetto and lives disguised as an Aryan Polish woman named Maria Pawlicka. Her all consuming obsession is to save her husband.

Studium Teatralne is an ensemble theatre in the tradition of Jerzy Grotowski. The play is directed by the company’s artistic director Piotr Borowski - himself a longtime student of Grotowski - and the four actors employ Grotowski method acting techniques to collectively play 22 different characters on a stage with a minimalist set.”

Califas Festival
presented by Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater
Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco
see website for detailed schedule

Califas Festival Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, October 2, 6:00PM
Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, #109, San Francisco
Free, please RSVP at the website below

“The Festival invites the public to a kick-off celebration featuring an array of multidisciplinary performances, workshops, and sneak previews to upcoming happenings.   This launch event will be anchored in the opening of an all-new visual arts installation at Intersection’s gallery space.  Join us throughout the month of October for a series of Festival performances and discussions in the gallery and in the streets around 5M, the developing cultural district hinged at 5th and Mission in San Francisco.

Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June. The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.

Working together through their research and development wing The Triangle Lab, Cal Shakes and Intersection continue to cross boundaries in their art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s next to the work of Macarthur-award winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs.  This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys - individual and shared - can help us dream the future of our state.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Fog
Thursday, October 3, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: Fog

Fog, the ‘little cat feet’ of vapor made famous by poet Carl Sandburg, is a type of cloud comprising ice crystals or water vapor. However, as anyone who's strolled through our foggy town knows, there's magic in those low-lying clouds.

Fog City, created by cinema Artist-in-Residence Sam Green in collaboration with cinematographer Andy Black, will have its world premiere at Thursday's After Dark. Green will narrate this meditation on the beauty and mystery of the Bay Area’s fog, and The Quavers will play original, Fog City–inspired music.

We'll also explore foggy facts with meteorologist Andrew Oliphant and hear from Captain David McCloy, a bar pilot, who navigates through the Bay's foggy conditions daily. Unusual, antique foghorns from Dick Vennerbeck will be on display, and we'll demonstrate how you can make your own cloud.

October is known as our least foggy month, but you'll be able to dance in a ‘fog pour’ created by Earl Stirling or be enveloped in mist on Fog Bridge, artist Fujiko Nakaya's installation currently gracing our piers. Come costumed a la Nick or Nora Charles and grab a cocktail to complete your noir evening of fog.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, Exploratorium's After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic - from music to sex to electricity - but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits.”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Thursday, October 3, 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.

Upcoming dates:
Sunday, November 3
Sunday, December 1

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.”

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, October 3-5, 8:00PM
playing through November 23
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Thrillpeddlers are pleased to announce our annual Halloween Extravaganza, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper - An Evening of Horror, Madness, Spanking and Song commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jack The Ripper Murders in London.

This 14th Annual Extravaganza of Terror and Titillation includes:

A Classic 1934 Grand Guignol Thriller: Jack the Ripper by Andre de Lorde and Pierre Chaine (Premiere English adaptation by Carl Grose)
The Wrong Ripper: a World-Premiere One-Act play by Rob Keefe
A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy:
The opening scene from the Victorian Spanking drama, a Thrillpeddlers’ favorite also celebrating its 125th year
Salome by Scrumbly Koldewyn: a new musical spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic
…and a Lights-Out Spook-Show Finale.”

Macbeth at Fort Point
presented by We Players
Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6, 6:00PM
Fort Point, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 999 Marine Drive, San Francisco
Thursday $45, Friday-Sunday $60
playing through October 13

“Macbeth at Fort Point
Co-directed by Ava Roy and John Hadden, Produced by Lauren D. Chavez and Ava Roy

Blood will have blood.

We Players remounts our epic production of Macbeth at Fort Point (first produced in 2008). Multiple performance trajectories wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches work their charms. The Golden Gate bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers – join us for a full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco. In collaboration with the National Park Service, We Players will engage the stories embedded in the northernmost tip of San Francisco with performance, visual art, and education programs in fall 2013.

Regular Performances $60
Discounted Thursday Performances $45

Looking for a less expensive ticket? Add your name to our rush tickets announce list.

Prepare yourself for the sound and fury of the elements… Fort Point is a very cold place. Long underwear, down jackets, windbreakers, hats and gloves are recommended.

You will be on your feet throughout the 3 hour event, and navigating narrow passageways, spiraling stone staircases and dark chambers. If you have any mobility disabilities that prevent you from climbing stairs, please call us. If you want to limit your stair climbing, be sure to state so on your registration form.

There are no bathrooms within the Fort. Provisions exist for emergencies, but in the absence of such circumstances, the doors of the Fort will remain sealed for the duration - once we go in, we’re in.

We will offer tea and snacks at a few places to keep you fueled.

We Players does not recommend bringing children less than 12 years old. Parts of the Fort are dark and creepy, it is COLD and DAMP, and there is a good deal of violence in this play. Please be aware of this when deciding whether or not to bring children.

No cameras or recording devices allowed.

No refunds. No exchanges. Please choose your dates carefully.

Questions? Call 415-547-0189 or email reservations@weplayers.org

What Every Girl Should Know
Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through October 13
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Thursdays and Sundays $17 in advance, $20 at the door
Fridays and Saturdays $20 in advance, $25 at the door

“What Every Girl Should Know
Written by Monica Byrne
Directed by Tracy Ward
Choreographed by Erika Chong Shuch

In 1914, four teen girls are thrown together in a New York reformatory. Within the walls of their small room, together they discover their sexuality and personal power as they reveal the horrifying events that led each to that dormitory room. Developing rituals to connect with an unorthodox patron saint, Anne, Joan, Theresa, and Lucy open up an exciting and dangerous realm in which they take on new identities and exact revenge fantasies - while back in their room, a revelation pushes them toward real-life rebellion.

Since 1996 Impact Theatre has spoken to a new generation of theatregoers and longtime enthusiasts alike who want to see something fresh and fearless on stage. Our audience ranges from students to professionals to seniors, all of whom share a taste for exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn’t conform to traditional assumptions of what constitutes high culture.

Impact ensures the continued strength of American theatre by
featuring new plays by emerging playwrights
producing vital, contemporary spins on classic drama
engaging new audiences
fostering the development of Bay Area theatremakers

Impact shows compel, provoke, and inspire, at prices everyone can afford.”

presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through October 13
Cue Productions Live,1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Butterfield 8 presents Pygmalion

A brilliantly witty re-working of the classical tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his perfect female statue, Pygmalion is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's telling, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his ‘creation’ has a mind of her own.

Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914, and became an Oscar-winning film in 1938. It was also adapted into the wildly successful Broadway musical (with its own Oscar-winning film treatment) My Fair Lady.

The cast features John Butterfield as Henry Higgins, Becky Potter as Eliza Doolittle, and Alan Cameron as Colonel Pickering; with Deborah Doyle as Mrs. Higgins, and Gary Mutz as Alfred Doolittle. Rounding out the cast are Ali Arman, Deborah Black, Jake Breckinridge, Bailie Simpson, and Maureen-Theresa Williams.”

Inspired by Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio and the DREAM Act
presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
Thursdays pay what you can at the door,
Opening Friday $40 includes performance, wine, food
Saturdays $20, Sundays $15

“The Imaginists present REAL
Inspired by Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio
and the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors)

Opening Night Gala - Friday, October 4
Tickets $40 includes performance, wine, food

You are invited to celebrate the great event. Our modern day hero who has struggled against all odds to win the fight for freedom, justice, and equality requests your company. Arrive promptly and join us in hell, a government office that stinks of soullessness and easy listening radio. Together we will celebrate our hero's brave steps into the tainted torchlight from the dark shadows of our nation.

The party will begin when the doors blow open and rip wide the chaotic underbelly of order.  Once upon a time our hero was classified a puppet by the lawmaking puppets on high. We will raise our toast to re-glass his re-classification as REAL.  Fox and Cat will crash the festivities as will Gorilla and Shark.  A sea of change splits and roars to find answers. The room will surge, light as day, and Donkey Fever will infect us all. Stay for the night.  Stick around for the two who love him most. Settle in for the two who wished upon stars for his DREAM to be REAL. They will fall sickest, washing up slowest, dying on shore. One brought him here for a better life. The other welcomed his dream . The sacrificial cricket will end the night mourning, dancing its song of scrape. Doctors fly about. The party won't end until the Rabbit calls a name. The name of a DREAMer waiting to end to her wait, a grown child awaits her fate, her answer is theirs, they own her fate. D.A.C.A., D.A.C.A., D.A.C.A.accepted D.A.C.A.denied, defer your action D.A.C.A. She was a child just like we, once upon a time. The Rabbit remains, envelope in hand. Our hero must assume his name is next but what does it matter after a party like this? The torch light dims. Rabbit wraps it up with last call, ‘Pinocchio.’

REAL is a bilingual production”

World Animal Day
Friday, October 4
see website for how to find or create a local event

“World Animal Day - a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals

To celebrate animal life in all its forms
To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives - from being our companions,
supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives”

Ohlone Herbal Center’s Student Medicine Fair
Friday, October 4, 2:00-4:00PM
Strawberry Creek Park, 1250 Addison Street, Berkeley

“Come chat with students and staff about their knowledge and interest in transforming our world with the use of plant based medicines.

The school operates a student clinic and provides an opportunity to keep Western herbal knowledge alive, by bringing medicinal knowledge of plants to people and empowering their ability to heal through the use of herbs. Students will be showcasing handcrafted medicine and herbal goods. Come support and see what they've been learning!

Refreshments, Cordials, Salves, Syrups, Teas, Tinctures, and much more will be shared and sold by student at their annual Medicine Fair!”

Chocolate Tasting
with Dandelion Chocolate of San Francisco
part of the UC Botanical Garden’s Foods of the Americas exhibit
Friday, October 4, 5:30-7:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$10, pre-registration required

“Come view our Foods of the Americas exhibit - a colorful display of crops native to the Americas. We have special guests from Dandelion Chocolate of San Francisco who will be demonstrating their unique chocolate making process and offering tastings!”

Comrades Brewing at Homestead Apothecary
Friday, October 4, 6:00-9:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland

“First Friday Guest: Comrades Brewing

October is herbal beer month at the shop. This is our thank you to all of the awesome home brewers that frequent the shop for their bittering and flavoring agents. To kick it off, Comrades Brewing will be in-house, offering a glimpse into the strange alchemy behind its eccentric beers, recipes derived from beneath the underground. Gain valuable insight into their process and the creative thought behind it, whether you're just starting out as a home-brewer or are a seasoned brewmaster. Join us to taste Ma La Hot Pot Double IPA, La Birra Fernet (made with 15 different herbs and spices, most from Homesteads own collection), and also a brand new beer, a Gluten Free Wild Harvested Elderberry Saison.”

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, October 4, 7:00-8:30PM, and the first Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Join us on the first Friday of each month for a round table discussion. Each month a topic is selected in regards to paganism, witchcraft, or the esoteric arts. This is a moderated group; strong discussion is welcomed, however respect for diverse opinion and tolerance of other people's beliefs is a must.

Elayne Lockhart is a 4th generation witch living in the East Bay, where she works to educate the public on paganism and the esoteric arts. She has appeared in various live and print media regarding witchcraft and is the former moderator of Witchy Wednesdays. You can reach Elayne by phone at 925-935-3808, by e-mail at elaynelockhart@yahoo.com.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, October 4, 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.”

Armenian Bazaar
Friday-Saturday, October 4-5, Friday 5:30PM-Midnight, Saturday 12:00PM-Midnight
Saint Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, 650 Spruce Street, Oakland
Adults $3, Children 6-13 $1, Children under 6 free

“Experience the Premier Armenian Food Festival of the East Bay!
Authentic Armenian food, dance, music and culture
St. Vartan Armenian Dance Ensemble performs at 8:30PM both nights
Kids’ games
Food to-go
Vegetarian and a la carte items served all night!”

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Friday-Sunday, October 4-6,
Friday 4:00-9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Free admission, All-Inclusive Tasting Pavilion Tickets $50 each

“Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of all-inclusive wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, food pairing, craft beer and cider tasting, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, the World Championship Grape Stomp and much more. Make plans to join us and taste the best of Sonoma County!

Please join us for a sensational tasting experience at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 4-6, 2013. With the addition of unique and educational demonstrations, a renewed focus on local and artisanal products and interactive tastings, this year’s event is an exceptional celebration of Sonoma County’s finest and best-known products.

For over 38 years, attending the Harvest Fair has been a tradition for both local and out of town guests. Wine and food lovers from as far abroad as South America, India, and even Australia plan their visit to Santa Rosa each October to sample the county’s bounty.

Admission to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is FREE and includes entrance into the Marketplace, chef demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, Harvest Workshops and the World Championship Grape Stomp.”

The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary
presented by Second Wind Productions
Friday-Sunday, October 4-6,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
The Phoenix Theatre, 6th floor, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
Opening Friday $25, Saturday $20, Sunday $15

“The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary
Re-Imagined from the Classic Ghost Story by JM Barrie

A family holiday is disrupted by the mysterious disappearance of their little girl, Mary Rose. Reunited with her family but with no memory of what transpired, the riddle of her vanishing troubles the family for years to come, sparking a dark journey into love, loss, and the supernatural. Adapted from the acclaimed play by JM Barrie (author of Peter Pan), The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary is an old-fashioned, spine-tingling tale with hauntingly contemporary ideas.  Curl up with spiked hot chocolate or a glass of Chianti for an unforgettable night of theatre.

When JM Barrie's Mary Rose opened in London it was a sensation, running for over 340 performances and generating excitement all the way across the pond in America.  Its Broadway premiere prompted the NY Times to declare: ‘Barrie has written no better play than this one dramatically powerful (with) scenes of incomparable beauty.’  It became Alfred Hitchcock's favorite play and an ongoing obsession for years to come. International award-winning playwright Ian Walker has re-imagined this classic tale in the Louisiana Bayou and the specter of soldiers returning from war.”

Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival
Saturday, October 5, parade 10:00AM, Festival 12:00PM
DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

“The Oakland Black Cowboy Association is proud to present the 39th Annual Parade and Heritage Festival at DeFremery Park in Oakland on October 5th, 2013 beginning at 10:00AM. Come and join us in a day of fun and Taste of the Old West as we ride through West Oakland.
The Oakland Black Cowboy Association, a not-for-profit organization, has spent over three decades enlightening children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the settling of the West.  This vision continues today with its annual parade and festival. People from all walks of life attend this one of a kind parade and festival which features nationwide cowboys, trick riders, schools community organizations, and local businesses.

The festival will continue after the parade at DeFremery Park at 18th and Adeline with food, horse and pony rides and an array of entertainment and fun for the whole family.
So put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and come celebrate with the Oakland Black Cowboy Association with a day of fun, excitement and the tradition of the Old West In Oakland.

The Oakland Black Cowboy Association is best known as the host of the annual Black Cowboy Parade and Festival. The Black Cowboy Parade is held in memory of the black cowboys that helped to settle the American West has been an exciting historic part of Oakland.

The Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival - Don’t Miss It.”

Harvest Fair and Exposition
Saturday, October 5, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S King Road, San Jose, 408-794-6262

“The 20th Annual Harvest Fair and Exposition is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Emma Prusch Farm Park, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. The park is located at 647 South King Road in San Jose, near the intersections of Highways 280/680 and 101. Admission and parking are free.

The goal of our event is to embrace the spirit of the county fair and provide a place for families to celebrate a country fair in San Jose.

This year’s event will include a large family-oriented pumpkin patch, exhibits of 4H projects, expanded plant sales, all day entertainment, tours of the Park, historic farmhouse, barn, orchards and Emma’s Heirloom German Kitchen Garden.

Environmental Education: This is also day of education and will consist of displays including as Our City Forest, UCCE 4H Clubs, Home Composting Education Program, California Rare Fruit Growers and many many more.

Plant Sales: Veggielution and Master Gardeners will be selling a good selection of winter vegetable seedlings along with several other garden vendors.

Entertainment: All day free entertainment will include Mariachi San Jose Youth Band, Reincarnated Revival rock band, dancers, Andrew Hill ROTC, Lee Mathson Middle School Advanced Band, any several other local performers.

Food: A wide variety of tasty treats will be available, including Texas Snoball’s famous shaved ice, authentic Mexican food from Carmen’s Taqueria, including traditional tamales plus the Sweet Potato Festival is back with homemade pies and fries.

The event is hosted by the Prusch Farm Park Foundation and supported by the City of San Jose, San Jose Parks Foundation and University of California Cooperative Extension 4H Programs. All proceeds benefit the many diverse programs at Prusch Park. Sponsorship opportunities available.”

Saturday, October 5, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

“Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900s, when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites.

Highlighting this year’s festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.

Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business and Professional Association, the Oaktoberfest event brings together elements of the district vision for a one day, everyone welcome, family-friendly craft beer festival.

Oaktoberfest is an event designed not only to celebrate the proud history of a shining district in Oakland, but also to raise funds for improvement projects, community development programs, and future events. The success of this festival relies on committed volunteers and the generosity of area residents and engaged businesses. Your support for this non-profit event will create positive change in the community.

Eco Fair and Kid’s Area
Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Alley”

September Sail on Board the Alma
Saturday, October 5, 12:30-4:00PM
board from Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
For more information or to make reservations, please call 415-447-5000
Wheelchair accessible with assistance

“Haul line to raise sail as you explore San Francisco Bay aboard the restored 1891 scow schooner Alma! Take in dazzling views and San Francisco’s riveting history. Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman’s Wharf and more are topics covered through ranger talks.

Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners plied the Bay and rivers, hauling goods as the ‘flatbed trucks’ of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this hands-on educational sailing program.”

FUN Goddess Party
Saturday, October 5, 1:00-5:00PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 North McDowell Boulevard, Suite 100, Petaluma
Free, $10 suggested donation for a Women’s Shelter

“A goddess party to bring women and girls of all ages together to have fun and build a trusting community.

FUN: Females with an Unstoppable Nature is a new project opening in Sonoma County for girls and women of all ages to come together as a community and have fun together. To start, we are having a Goddess Party to introduce women to each other in a fun environment to build a trusting, caring community of sisters; like our ancestors had not so very long ago. We will have dancing, poetry and story reading, goddess naming, and special offerings brought by the women who choose to attend and share their gifts. A door prize will be drawn. If it suits you, wear your favorite Goddess clothing and bring something special to share on the altar we will create together. FUN will donate all proceeds to a Women’s Shelter to benefit Women of Sonoma County. Come join the FUN!”

Steampunktoberfest Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, October 5,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo

“A Victorian Steampunk Ball and Oktoberfest Celebration

Please join us for another Steampunktoberfest Ball to celebrate both Oktoberfest and the advance of Victorian Steampunk science with waltzes and polkas, good cheer, and good food and drink. Special guests this year include Professor Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine and Analytical Engine, and his learned patroness Ada, Countess of Lovelace.

Bangers and Mash plays an evening of popular 19th century waltzes, mazurka waltzes, polkas, schottisches, quadrilles, and Victorian Steampunk set dances (Some rocking, some elegant. All set dances will be briefly taught and called). For those wanting to brush up on their 19th century dancing, there will be a pre-ball workshop in Survival Polka (including the Steam-Powered Polka Line Dance), the whirling rotary waltz, and a couple of the fashionable new Victorian set dances in the Steampunk style (easy but fun).

Suggested costume is traditional early Victorian evening dress, traditional Oktoberfest (dirndls, peasant blouses and shirts, lederhosen, etc.), or Victorian Steampunk attire (Please feel free to wear a combination of any the above!). As always, modern evening dress is also perfectly appropriate and costumes are admired, but not required.

What is Steampunk? Victorian science fiction! Imagine the Victorians with High Technology - steam-powered airships and horseless carriages, computers (analytical engines), and high-speed communication. And, of course, fashions that glorify the corset, are stylish but practical, and can be swiftly altered for action. Goggles and tool belts are optional for both ladies and gentlemen.

There will be a no-host (cash) bar offering the finest in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a light Bavarian-style snack buffet (your potluck contributions to the buffet will be most welcome).

At intermission the Peerless Music Hall will present an interactive performance of the latest Victorian Steampunk music hall hits and will, of course, feature the famous Peerless Beauties (and Beaux).“

MC Yogi
in concert
Saturday, October 5, 8:00-11:00PM
Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“For a good time, sit next to the beat-happy, Krishna-crazed love magnet known as MC Yogi as he works his creative magic up in his Northern California studio, Photoshopping all kinds of dazzling personal India travel photos into wild collage art that will serve as backdrop for his ‘cosmic, electrifying’ new shows with one hand, while simultaneously blasting tracks from his latest record, Pilgrimage, with the other.

Do this while Yogi casually spins the hip-hop, zig-zag, indie-flick story of his life to date. Do all this and be charmed, amazed and hooked.”

OmiesFest: Healing Vibrations Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, 7:00AM-9:00PM
in front of Bliss Dance statue, venue of the Palms, Treasure Island, San Francisco
see website for registration details

“On Saturday and Sunday Oct 5-6, 2013, join Omies Yoga and the San Francisco Bay Area Yoga community for a very special 2-day festival on Treasure Island. Yogis of all backgrounds are invited to enjoy the talents from some of the world’s most amazing teachers, speakers, and musicians.

To kick off the launch of our game-changing app Omies: Yoga With Friends, we are hosting a gathering of the tribes - yoga, acro, movement arts, kirtan, heart-centered dance music, performance art, live painting, organic food, and so much more.

Events run from sunrise until 9:00PM Saturday and Sunday on the Great Lawn at the feet of the famous Bliss Dance monument, with a stunning panoramic backdrop of San Francisco.

Stephanie Snyder, Mark Morford, Pete Guinosso, Darren Main, Dina Amsterdam, Pradeep Teotia, Susan Hauser, Morgen Love, Sofia Jaffer-Thom, Christie Marshall, Monika Kaufman, Dayanna Gonzalez, Daniel Scott, Zac Diener, Aryn Shelander, Rising Appalachia and more.

Jai Uttal, DJ Drez, Rising Appalachia, Cheb i Sabbah, The Human Experience, Shaman’s Dream, Kaminanda, Dragonfly, Palosanto and more special guests to be announced.

Incredible lineup of visionary artists to be announced shortly!

Food, Vendors, Massage:
Organic raw/vegan food available, smoothies, body work, clothing, jewelry, essential oils…”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
and every weekend through October 13
Casa de Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $5
Discounted tickets available through the website

The theme for this weekend is Oktoberfest
The Saint Hubertus German Mercenaries have arrived in Willingtown. Raise a mug of Willingtown ale with them as they celebrate Oktoberfest.

Military Appreciation Weekend
Honoring Active Military, Military Families and Veterans with two general admission tickets for $35.00 with valid Military or Veteran's I.D. We encourage you to come out and sponsor a soldier, a vet or a military family member.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00PM each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, October 5, is Hoist the Colors:
“Hoist the Colors plays a blend of punk rock, traditional Irish music, and American folk and bluegrass. Hoist the Colors isn’t an ‘LA’ band in any conventional sense. In a city that sometimes values style over substance, they are a working man’s band. They aren’t jaded, there is no irony or posing; Hoist the Colors is a group of genuine individuals who genuinely love what they do.”

Foods of the Americas Family Day Festival
part of the UC Botanical Garden’s Foods of the Americas exhibit
Sunday, October 6, 10:00AM-2:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
included with garden admission
Adults $10, Students and Seniors $8, Ages 13-17 $5, Ages 5-12 $2, Under 5 Free

“Crafts, Food, Talks, Docent Tours, Corn Husk Dolls and Food Tastings and Demos.”

Hacker Sprouts: Ice Cream Science
a three week series
Sunday, October 6, 11:00AM-12:00PM - final week
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$20 per class

“Ice Cream Science: 3 Sundays

Let’s have a delicious lesson in applied science. In this hands-on 3-workshop series, kids and adults will make ice cream 3 ways: by hand, by machine and by liquid nitrogen. We’ll learn the science behind the recipes and finish off with ice cream tastings made by us. Though we recommend the whole series for kids to benefit from seeing the varying science behind each method, drop-ins are also welcome.

October 6: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

For kids ages 2.5+ and their ice-cream-loving adults. Everyone will get a chance to help.”

Conscious Goddess: Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
(formerly Goddess Awakening)
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, October 6, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
Women only

"Women! Join our spiritual circle for an empowering start to your day, bringing alive the wisdom of the Goddess within!

We are a holy community of sacred sisters, encouraging one another through our challenges and celebrating our triumphs.

Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age
series of Sunday afternoon classes
Sunday, October 6, 12:30-2:00PM, and two more Sundays
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
Women only

“This class also has a free Temple Service, open to all women, from 11:00AM-12:00PM on the days above. Come just for the Temple, or stay and take the class!

Conscious Goddess is a monthly class for women who feel the power of the Goddess surging through their lives, for women who know themselves to be ready to live, breathe, and dance the Goddess Incarnate, with a creative eye toward sharing their unique gifts with their loved ones and the world. This class is especially suited for mothers, artists, and professional women who wish to experience and exude Goddess energy at a more profound and life-changing level.

October 6:The Crone’s Wisdom  

Upcoming dates:
November 3, December 1”

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, October 6, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class

“A series of classes for the budding herbalist.  If you have been studying or practicing on your own, or are curious and seeking to deepen your knowledge of how to use herbs magically and for personal healing, this class is for you!

Theme for October 6: Visionary Medicine - Herbs, crystals, and scrying

As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with the plants and make our potions!”

Music of the Final Judgment and Rejoicing in the Torah
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
featuring Diana Rowan, Celtic harpist
Sunday, October 6, 4:00PM
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street, San Francisco

“San Francisco Renaissance Voices annual All Souls/All Saints program takes a twist this year with this exciting season opening concert with guest artist Diana Rowan, Celtic harp.  The celebrations of the Jewish New Year concludes each fall with the final days of Sukkot:  the festivals of Hoshana Rabbah, the final day of the season of  repentance, celebrated with penitential prayers, processionals with willow branches and prayers for rain, and Simchat Torah, an exuberant celebration that includes dancing with the Torah scrolls and festive reading of the sacred scriptures. In the Renaissance and Baroque periods, these festivals were celebrated in some European communities with joyous musical celebrations, often collaborations between Jewish and Christian composers.  This concert set features rarely-heard cantatas and motets for the season, including Carlo Grossi's 1681 Cantata Ebraica (Venice), Avraham Caceres' L'Eil Eilim (Amsterdam), and selections from the dramatic 1733 Italian cantata Dio, Clemenza e Rigore (Casale Monferrato), as well as medieval Jewish chant and motets for the holy days by Salamone Rossi and Cristiano Lidarti.  This concert also features the music of the Psalms and Songs of Solomon by Italian Renaissance masters as well as by our very own Music Director and noted composer Todd Jolly.

Pre-concert talk by Rabbi Reuben Zellman 45 minutes before each performance.”

Tony Furtado and Stephanie Schneiderman
on concert
Sunday, October 6, 4:00-6:00PM
Stonebrae Country Club, 222 Stonebrae Country Club Drive, Hayward, 510-728-7878

“Tony Furtado will be making another special Bay Area appearance. If you missed him last time he passed through, make sure to catch this next show!  As a banjo virtuoso, Furtado is well-known for his envelope-pushing, progressive bluegrass stylings. His picking is rapid-fire quick, sharp and clear, and puts him in the school of Bela Fleck and David Grisman.  He mixes bluegrass roots with a mainstream pop streak, easily holding the spotlight, thanks to his restrained virtuosity on acoustic and slide guitar and banjo and a warmly engaging voice reminiscent of T-Bone Burnett.  He will be accompanied by the talented Stephanie Schneiderman, singer-songwriter from Portland.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, October 6, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

“Join us the first Sunday of every month at Suhaila’s studio for an evening of live music and belly dance.  Free to the public.

Suhaila Salimpour is a highly acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour. The result was a true artistic breakthrough: a revolutionary foundational technique that has brought the art of Belly Dance to a new level.

The Suhaila Salimpour Format and School of Belly Dance enjoy worldwide success. Dancers who train with The Salimpours quickly realize Suhaila's method of teaching allows them to excel in their art beyond any other training they have received.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, October 7, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, October 8, 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 Threes of the Minor Arcana  

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!”

Hand-Held Half-Truths: The Home and the Home Movie
with Malic Amalya
Tuesdays, October 8, 7:30-10:30PM,
and four more Tuesdays, October 15, 22, and 29 and November 5
San Francisco Art Institute, Studio 25, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
$210, see link below for required materials

“Memories and histories are shaped by the stories we tell and the images we create, as well as by the undercurrent of unrevealed circumstances and unseen events. This course uses the home movie as a point of departure for exploring the construction of home, identity, and relationships in video. In the tradition of experimental film, students will create three short videos that reference what has previously been left out-of-frame. Screenings from SFAI’s extensive film collection will serve as inspiration and provide an art historical framework. Through this course, students will also gain technical skills in cinematography, sound recording and mixing, and video editing. No prerequisites for this course, but a working understanding of Mac OS X is necessary.

Malic Amalya makes experimental films about the deterioration (and reformulation) of memory, language, and identity. His work has screened extensively, including in San Francisco’s CROSSROADS Film Festival, the TIE Cinema Exposition, MIX NYC, the San Francisco National Queer Arts Festival, and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. In 2012, his film Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow won Best Experimental Film at the Northwest Filmmaker’s Film Festival. Amalya holds an MFA in Film/Video from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. Originally from Vermont, he lives in Oakland with his two rabbits.”

Winaq: Teachings from Ancestral Mayan Knowledge
with Gilberto Guarcax Gonzalez
presented by Circle of Ancestors
Wednesday, October 9, 6:00-8:00PM
Galeria Beso Maya, 3224 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

“The Winaq is the essence that lives in everything; Gilberto Guarcax Gonzalez will share his knowledge of this essence and introduce the Mayan way of understanding the connection of life.

Join us in this rare opportunity to experience the wisdom of the Ancestral Knowledge through the eyes of this young spiritual guide.

Gilberto Guarcax is a young Ajq'ij (Mayan spiritual guide) and artist (musician and dancer) of Mayan Kaqchikel (Indian Ethnicity from Guatemala). He trained as an artist, along with a group of other young Kaqchikel, in order to investigate, recover and promote the ancestral knowledge of their Mayan roots in music, dance and performing arts. In 2001 they became the Group Sotz'il.

He was initiated as Ajq'ij ( Daykeeper) and his function has been to accompany and guide individuals and groups in their experiential processes through consultation with the energies using the sacred bundle and the sacred fire. Now he is part of a Mayan singing group and a multidisciplinary team of researchers who are dedicated to the study, training, and dissemination of art, history, and Mayan spirituality.”

Have a Transforming, Healing, Rejoicing, Fun Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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