What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Califas Festival, Psycho, The Haunted House of Horrors, A Murder Most Un-Scripted, Halloween Night at the Exploratorium, Kali Puja Festival, All Hallows Read, History Mystery Tour On Board the USS Hornet, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Hallowe’en Sing-a-Long Memorial Benefit, Serpent’s Kiss Dumb Supper, Goblyn's Glen and Wicked Woods, Buried In The Body, Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper, Movember, North Oakland Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos Community Festival, Robin Urton Art Reception, Witches Ball and Samhain Celebration, Celebrating Our Ancestors: A Day of the Dead Community Ritual, Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion, Science-Comedy Improv Blitz, Legends of the Celtic Harp, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Breathe for Health, Dia de los Muertos Santa Rosa, Convolution 2013, Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610), Monty Python's Spamalot, Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual, Bottle Your Own!, Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos, Family Day And Day Of The Dead Celebration, Manifestation Magic Mudra Transmission, South Bay Pagan Kids Samhain, Feast of the Mighty, Vessels for Improvisation, Community Seed Samhain Ritual, Diwali - The Festival of Lights, Le Bal des Vampires, Dia de los Muertos San Francisco, North Bay Reclaiming’s Samhain Ritual, Song for All Beings, Is Anybody Out There? Search for ET with 8 Million Volunteers, Samhain Concert with Four Shillings Short, ShadowDance, Alameda Holiday Boutique, Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington, Metamorphoses, Hula Festival, Adam Ant's Birthday, Daylight Savings Time Ends, A Sunday in the Kitchen at Three Stone Hearth, Conscious Goddess: Temple Services, African Dance Song and Drumming with Cheza Nami, Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age, Tales from the Steppes, The Witch's Garden, Noche de los Muertos, Belly Dance Student Showcase, Roy Zimmerman: Funny Songs and Bad Advice, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Traditional Diets Lecture, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Science on the Edge, Art of Tarot

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

“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.”

accompanied live by the San Francisco Symphony
Wednesday, October 30, 8:00PM
Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Lights! Camera! Join the San Francisco Symphony, with one of the most iconic film scores ever created. The partnership between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann resulted in some of cinema’s greatest musical moments - none more memorable than the famous shower scene in Psycho. Hitchcock himself acknowledged, ‘33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.’ Join the SFS and conductor Joshua Gersen for a chilling night at the movies, as the orchestra accompanies this classic thriller live.

Meet Tere Carrubba, Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter at a memorabilia and book signing in the Symphony Store following the concert.

Drink Special
In a week featuring the cinematic masterpieces of iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, take a pre-concert breather or relax at intermission with a cocktail at the main lobby bar. Enjoy The Voyeur, a sparkling cocktail accented with VSOP cognac and a hint of Grand Marnier, specially crafted to honor Mr. Hitchcock's spine-tingling work. Order your specialty drink at the main bar, or call 415-252-1937 to pre-order.

The Haunted House of Horrors
Wednesday-Thursday, October 30-31, 5:00-11:00PM
The Old Mint, 88 5th Street, San Francisco
see website for admission information

“Haunted House of Horrors is San Francisco’s first ever Haunted House and Halloween Attraction at the historical national landmark: 1874 United States Old Mint Building.

For 6 nights of terror, running from noon Saturday, October 26th until Halloween Night, October 31st! The Old Mint will be frighteningly transformed into the scariest, most terrifying experience of your life!

Boasting a $150,000 spooky, theatrical production with 25 chambers of horror, 2 scary mazes of screams, over 30 soul-jarring scare-actors, an ‘interactive’ movie theatre showcasing all of your favorite horror-movie classics, ‘movie set’ photo shoot opportunities with your favorite monster characters, scare!cams to get you when you are not looking, bloody-red carpets, movie premiere paparazzi shots, 'thriller' dance shows, oddity acts, a killer-costume fashion show, a 'creepy candy' store, a 'if looks could kill' costume shop, a ‘blood and guts’ grille, and Dracula's ‘blood bar’ to quench even the thirstiest vampire's wet appetite!  

The Haunted House of Horrors offers San Francisco residents and surrounding cities in North Bay, East Bay and South Bay a scary, Halloween-themed-attraction alternative to other haunted houses that require driving over an hour away.”

A Murder Most Un-Scripted
Un-Scripted Theater’s Halloween Show
Wednesday, October 30-Saturday, November 2, 8:00PM
The Un-Scripted Theater, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Halloween performance $15-$25

“A Murder Most Un-Scripted  
An idyllic small town. A dinner party hosted by the mysterious gentleman who recently purchased the mansion up the hill. A missing brooch. A secret to kill for.

This Halloween, join Un-Scripted Theater Company for nine nights of improvised murder mysteries, done in the style and world of Agatha Christie. Everyone has something to hide, but only one is responsible for the murder. Will you determine whodunit before our sleuth does?”

Halloween Night at the Exploratorium
Thursday, October 31, 6:00-10:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
Included with museum admission.
Adults Only (18+)

“Join us for an adult evening of deathly delights, including creepy cocktails, such as the Bloody Mary and the Corpse Reviver, and a festive funeral where we’ll mourn scientific notions killed off by cold, hard evidence. Cloak yourself in a costume and come see a knife slicing into a cow heart; handle snakes, lizards, and other crawling, slithering reptiles; or decorate a skull made from molten sugar that you can take home.”

Kali Puja Festival
hosted by SHARANYA
Saturday, November 2, 5:30PM
The Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$11-$21 sliding scale donation

“10th Annual Kali Puja Festival

Join us for a celebration honoring the cycle of life, the Great Mystery and all things on the margins on November 2 at 6:00PM in San Francisco. We come together in community to welcome in the new year at this time of Kali Puja and Divali, the Festival of Lights, and honor Goddess manifest in the whole of creation.

As the darkness closes in, we offer our prayers to Maa Kali, Mother of the Universe. Together we will honor Her in Her many forms through the Sha'can tradition of Shakta Tantra. With your help, we are planning to fill the temple with chant, song, dance, devotion, and celebration.

What to bring... Offerings for the main altar are welcome. It is customary to bring flowers, fruit, wine, vegetarian offerings, or sweets and to refrain from wearing black to our public rituals. If you wish to wear a special color for Kali, we invite you to don red, a color associated with Her power in the phenomenal world as shakti, the activating force and the energy of creation. You are also invited to bring an object you would like to have blessed.

A sliding scale donation of $21-$11 is suggested to cover the cost of the space, puja supplies and prasad (blessed food); however, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds, and any donation is graciously accepted; we appreciate so much the offerings you make to support our work and the community.

SHARANYA is a Devi Mandir (Goddess Temple) dedicated to the embodied worship of the Divine Mother, especially Maa Kali, as an agent of social justice and deep awakening.”

All Hallows Read
Wednesday, October 31
wherever you please!

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

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

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

Give a scary book.

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

That's it. That's my idea.

Scary book. Hallowe'en.

Who's with me?


History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Thursday, October 31, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

“Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come and see for yourself! Do you dare explore Hornet after hours?

Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Message Center (Radio Central)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con

Upcoming dates:
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013

The three-hour guided tour is 7:00-10:00PM.
Everybody must bring their own flashlight. Hornet does not supply individual lights.
Cameras are welcome, but must have a neck strap.
Tour participants must wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Tour participants must be in good physical health as there will be lots of walking and climbing.
Due to safety reasons, children 12 and under are not allowed on History Mystery Tours.
The USS Hornet reserves the right to cancel a tour if less than 8 people sign up. Tours may be rescheduled or a refund will be issued.”

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
accompanied live by Todd Wilson on the theatre pipe organ!
Thursday, October 31, 7:30PM
Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Celebrate Halloween night with Hitchcock’s early silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The Todd Wilson accompanies this little-known thriller in fittingly ghoulish tones for Halloween night, live with organ soloist. Ominous camera angles and lighting make for a perfectly creepy Halloween.

Drink Special
In a week featuring the cinematic masterpieces of iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, take a pre-concert breather or relax at intermission with a cocktail at the main lobby bar. Enjoy The Voyeur, a sparkling cocktail accented with VSOP cognac and a hint of Grand Marnier, specially crafted to honor Mr. Hitchcock's spine-tingling work. Order your specialty drink at the main bar, or call (415) 252-1937 to pre-order.”

Hallowe’en Sing-a-Long Memorial Benefit
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Thursday, October 31, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
Free, donations gratefully accepted

“Ever wonder what it would be like to sing with San Francisco Renaissance Voices?  Well, here’s your chance!  Join us and our host as Artists-in-Residence, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, on Hallowe’en for an All Saints/All Souls Sing-a-Long of Faure's Requiem interposed with readings of remembrance for the dead.   San Francisco Renaissance Voice’s Assistant Music Director, Katherine McKee conducts.

This is no trick!  Entrance to the event is free, however a free-will offering will be taken; and we hope you will treat us with a donation at this moving and uplifting event that benefits San Francisco Renaissance Voices and the music programs at Seventh Avenue.”

Print your own copy of the score here:

Serpent’s Kiss Dumb Supper
Thursday, October 31, 9:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
Free, please bring food and altar offerings

“Serpent's Kiss will be holding an informal Dumb Supper on Halloween/Samhain Eve (October 31-December 1).

Among all of the fun, noise, and chaos in Downtown Santa Cruz, we offer a quiet respite and vigil for the Dead.

‘Informal’ because we will have a food altar that guests may contribute to and partake of throughout the evening (rather than a formal dinner setting with a particular time). It will start at 9:00PM and continue throughout the evening and you may come and go as you please.

There will also be an Ancestor altar where guests may place offerings and photos/memorabilia, to honor those departed (both two-legged as well as four-legged, feathered and finned). If you bring photos, you may leave them overnight if you'd like, so that others may honor them throughout the evening. It's up to you. We will have candles available for those who would like to light one. If you can't attend but would like us to light a candle or pray for an ancestor, you can send us a photo for the altar.

We will have divination stations throughout our Crossroads Space where you are invited for reflection and/or silent communication with those who've crossed.

We ask for total silence. Just knock 3 times on the red Crossroads door at Serpent's Kiss. You will be guided.

Feel free to bring food, snacks, or libations to share on the food altar. All are welcome.”

Goblyn's Glen and Wicked Woods
Thursday-Sunday, October 31-November 2,
Goblyn’s Glen 7:00-9:00PM,
Wicked Woods 9:00-11:00PM
Oak Meadow Park, 233 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos
see website for admission details
For more information, please e-mail SkeletonCoastProductions@gmail.com
or call  408-459-8509

“Goblyn’s Glen
Located in the lovely and picturesque Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos, California, Goblyn’s Glen is a fully interactive fun and creepy experience for children of ALL ages, but especially for the young ones, 12 and under.

At Goblyn’s Glen, guests will enter a world of enchantment, wonder and spooky thrills as they trick or treat their way through this magical place that only appears out of the mists in October.

As they tour the town, they will meet different characters, take in marvelous Halloween displays and find out how and why Halloween began. They just might encounter the ghost of Captain Glen, who was once the patriarch of Goblyn’s Glen and is now said to wander the town in spirit form... are you brave enough to find out why?

2008 was our inaugural year and was an instant success. In 2009 and 2010, we expanded and grew. Now come see what's in store for 2013!

There will be vendors, food and fun for the entire family. Be sure to visit us on Saturday, October 26 for Festival Night for extra special surprises, featuring puppet shows, a magic act, balloon twisters and a special V.I.P. dinner (additional cost for dinner).

Wicked Woods
Carver Moonlight Preserve, or how I got over my fear of werewolves.

On behalf of the Wicked Woods, welcome to the James (don't call him Jimmy) Carver Moonlight Preserve - dedicated to the preservation of lycanthropy in all its forms. Werewolves, as they are commonly known, have become quite endangered in the modern era and the Moonlight Preserve offers visitors a (mostly) safe venue to observe these majestic (monstrous) creatures in their natural habitat.

Named for Jimmy Carver, the great explorer and pioneer of abomination rights, the Moonlight Preserve contains some of the rarest and most terrifying examples of Werewolves alive today. Visitors will have the unprecedented chance to watch Werewolves at all stages of life-from the desperate cries of victims transforming for the first time to the triumphant howl of the pack as they tear their victims limb from bloody limb. We've got it all.

Just don't wander off the path. Really.

Don't forget to visit Carver Castle, which houses our state of the art veterinary clinic and research lab. Visitors will be treated to an inside look at Werewolf biology and the next stage of (forced experimentation on) Lycanthropic evolution.

What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets tonight!

Wicked Woods will open a half hour after the Glen has escorted its last child out, with all new effects and scares and is NOT recommended for children or the faint of heart. Groups will be limited to 4 people, thereby guaranteeing a more intimate, intense experience for those brave enough.

Be sure to come see Goblyn’s Glen transformed every night into the Wicked Woods, if you dare!”

Buried In The Body
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Fourth Annual Fall Festival
Thursday-Sunday, October 31-November 2, 8:00PM - final week
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“Ragged Wing Ensemble presents
Buried In The Body
Written by Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Adam L. Sussman

Our 4th annual fall festival show featuring an original play and immersive installations

Do you hear that? Do you feel that? All in the same park and all at the same time a former couple has come to spread the ashes of a dead parent; a woman busks for spare change while her baby sleeps in a stroller; spirits in borrowed bodies try to remember their past lives over a picnic of leftovers. Yet nothing is as it seems to be: songs appear from mysterious places, memories come and fade away again, and relationships between those in the park grow both more familiar and much much stranger. Just remember, everything always happens at once. Ragged Wing Ensemble is proud to present this world premiere play by award-winning writer Anthony Clarvoe, followed immediately by a series of interactive installations for the audience to experience and participate in.”

Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, October 31-November 2,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
$15-$28 sliding scale at the door

“Red Virgin
A New Musical
written by Gary Graves
directed by John Patrick Moore
musical direction by Allison Lovejoy

We finish the season with a new play about the tumultuous events of the great socialist uprising known as the Paris Commune of 1871. Written by company co-director, Gary Graves (who authored last season's Richard The First trilogy), Red Virgin tells the story of Louise Michel, one of the most incendiary revolutionaries in the history of France - with live music from the period!

In the spring of 1871, the government of France surrendered to Germany at the end of the Franco-Prussian War. But the working people of Paris refused to accept their government's surrender, and instead ignited an insurrection that sent the French government fleeing from the city, and led to the establishment of a new socialist, revolutionary government. They called it the Paris Commune. The rebels held the city for two months, and instituted a wave of socialist changes, before the government forces recaptured Paris and crushed the rebellion in a horrific act of carnage known as the Bloody Week, when some 20,000 communards were put to death. Public trials, further executions, and a wave of deportations to far off penal colonies followed. One of the most remarkable figures to emerge from these tumultuous events was Louise Michel, whom history remembers as the Red Virgin.

Come join us on the barricades at the Berkeley City Club!”

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, October 31-November 2, 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.”

throughout the month of November
between your nose and your mouth

“During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partes held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”  

You don’t have to grow one - you can make one!

How to part with your fuzzy friend come December:

North Oakland Day of the Dead
Friday, November 1, 4:00PM until dark
Dover Street Park, 5707 Dover Street, Oakland

“Procession, Altar Building and Candlelight Dinner
4:00PM Altar Building, 5:00PM Processions, 6:00PM Dinner

Rain or Shine - if it is raining put on your galoshes, get out your umbrella and laminate your photos - come down to the park and have tamales and hot chocolate on us!”

Dia de los Muertos Community Festival
part of the Free First Fridays series at Museum of Art and History
Friday, November 1, 4:00-9:00PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

“Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with this FREE evening of festive fun at the MAH from 4:00-9:00PM!

Bring your friends and family to create traditional Mexican crafts such as  papeles picados (paper banner), tissue paper flowers and calaveras (skull) masks. Enjoy colorful dance performances, music by ZunZun and face painting. Bring a photograph or memento to place on the community ofrendas and share memories of loved ones while eating a delicious Mexican dinner in our courtyard.”

Robin Urton Art Reception
Friday, November 1, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Robin Urton, a local Oakland, artist uses paint to create deeply emotional and spiritual pieces of artwork. With vibrancy of color, you can feel the energetic vibrations of each of the special pieces that we now have gracing our copper walls. From beautiful forest maidens, to stoic wise Owls, this show has a depth and meditative feel.

‘I think of creating art as a dreaming meditation. My interests in archetypal psychology, metaphysics, the natural sciences, and art history are also apparent in my works.’

Stop by Friday night for some light refreshments and the chance to speak with the artist herself.”

Witches Ball and Samhain Celebration
presented by the Sonoma County Pagan Network
Friday, November 1, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5-$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Ceremony and Ritual

Dinner With The Dead
Samhain is not only a time to honor our dead, but we also mark the New Year and celebrate our abundant harvest. Let's enjoy a bountiful meal together in the midst of our dearly departed. Why not make one of Nonna's favorite recipes? We ask that you bring a potluck dish to share that serves 4-6 people and/or a non-alcoholic brew. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

Hat Contest
Once again this year we will be holding a contest for the best Witch's or Wizard's hat. Whether it's something you make yourself or purchase and embellish; bring it, wear it, have it judged and maybe win a prize.

Carved Pumpkin Contest
Do you have a talent for carving pumpkins? Be creative and bring your already carved creation to show it off. Maybe even win a prize.”

Celebrating Our Ancestors: A Day of the Dead Community Ritual
with Maria Owl Gutierrez
Friday, November 1, 7:00-9:30PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma
sliding scale $1-$20

“Celebrating Our Ancestors - A Day of the Dead Community Ritual. Create a Community Ancestor Shrine, learn multi-cultural ancestor reverence, make offerings of flowers and chocolate, sing to them and dance with them.

Maria Owl Gutierrez, MA, CCHT, Minister Maria is an eclectic mix of eco-spiritual activist, wilderness guide, psychic medium, writer, mentor and teacher, leading vision quests and shamanic trainings locally and across the US.
She is an interfaith minister and Orisa priest. She has been faculty and academic advisor at New College of California, and a guest teacher at Dominican and Naropa Universities, as well as presented for Gather the Women, The Society for the Study of Shamanism, Earth Medicine Alliance, Unity Church and the Center for Spiritual Living. She currently teaches Indigenous Wisdom and Shamanic Studies at Energy Medicine University.

Maria received her MA from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Integral Counseling Psychology. She received her BA from New College of California, in Sustainable Community and Group Process. Other certifications and trainings Maria has acquired include: a certificate from the California School of Herbal Studies; a Master Certification in Intuition Medicine through the Academy of Intuition Medicine; a certification in Alchemical and Clinical Hypnotherapy through the Alchemy Institute of Hypnotherapy. Today, Maria sees people by appointment for healing work and spiritual counseling in Sonoma County, California.”

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, November 1, 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.”

Science-Comedy Improv Blitz
a Wonderfest event
Friday, November 1, 7:00PM
StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street,  San Francisco
Free, donations accepted

“Actors meet scientists!  See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)…  Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.”

Legends of the Celtic Harp
with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, Aryeh Frankfurter
Friday, November 1, 7:30PM
The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“An unforgettable concert experience

Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world join together to take you deep into the myths, magic, and fabled history of the Celtic harp. This richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance blends luscious music music and lyrical oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater. A journey into the heart of music, Legends of the Celtic Harp spans the range of human feeling from humor to tragedy, tenderness to fierceness, reality to magic.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, November 1, 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.”

Breathe for Health
with Marcia Lind
Friday, November 1, 7:30-9:00PM
or Saturday, November 2, 10:00-11:30AM
The Fireside Room, Plymouth Unitarian Church, 424 Monte Vista Avenue, Oakland
Please RSVP to Marcia.Lind@att.net

“Breath is the body’s first source of energy, and breath is the most effective way of increasing movement of energy in the three bodies - Emotional, Mental, and Physical.

Optimal breathing has a drastic and desirable effect on our health and well-being.  Directing the breath calms the thoughts, balances the emotions, and can significantly relieve pain.

Optimal breathing - naturally, fully, easily -  recreates balance in the body and counters stress that we create by restriction and resistance to feeling fully what we have experienced.

Come join our discussion and practice.  You will take away several simple and effective tools to use on your own.  The session will end with breathing together to come into the body.”

Dia de los Muertos Santa Rosa
Friday-Saturday, November 1-2, 10:00AM-9:00PM
Old Courthouse Square, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

“We invite you to join us as we gather in community during these two days to remember, honor, and celebrate our loved ones who have passed on.”

Convolution 2013
Gates of Horn and Ivory: The Realms of Dream
guests of honor Brian, Wendy and Toby Froud,
Friday-Sunday, November 1-3
see website for schedule details
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame

“The Convolution 2013 theme is Gates of Horn and Ivory: The Realms of Dream. Dreams inspire us, they give us goals, they act as warnings, and open doorways to realms of imagination.

Authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy use our dreams of magical creatures, faraway lands, space travel and so much more to create whole new universes, which then turn around and feed the imaginations of their readers, pulling them into those worlds.

Artists give us windows into ourselves by putting pieces of their soul on display for all the world to see. Musicians, Actors - any creative field taps into dreams in some fashion or another to fuel their visionary process. The drive to take your own dreams and make them something physical and real, and share them with others is at the core of creativity and artistic inspiration. Be it writing, art, film, theatre, music-science, even- one could say all forward advancement comes from the initial spark of a dream.

But not all dreams are positive - dark dreams also have a portal to our world. Dreams are how our subconscious minds deliver messages to our conscious thoughts, and how our fears get to act out lives of their own. Darker inspirations and deep-seated fears can be just as heady and visceral as lofty aspirations for the future. Dark fantasy, horror, and the supernatural creatures that haunt the shadows of our world also come from dreams- just perhaps ones that traveled through a different portal to our consciousness.

Come spend a weekend with us as we examine dreams from every aspect- doorways to alternate realms of existence, the scientific studies of dream research, interpretations of dreams in verse, prose, and artistic renderings, and the power of the dream to motivate and change our world for the better... or the worse?”

Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610)
presented by Subterranean Shakespeare
Friday-Sunday, November 1-3,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through November 17
Phoenix Theatre Annex, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco

“Subterranean Shakespeare Presents A World Premiere
Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610)
by George Crowe, directed by Robert Currier

Richard Burbage's Blackfriars Theatre is not fairing well, what with the plague outside it's doors and the rumors of war.  ‘How might I resurrect this house. Another raucous bear pit, brothel, A drinking den.’ Richard thinks why not a playwriting contest between the best writers of his time. London Idol 1610 is born. With playwrights Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Francis Beaumont and the ghost of Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe competing with each other by presenting their one page ‘cover’ plays based on Shakespeare's well known plays of the time. Quills are Drawn! The competition is fierce and poetic! The play is funny and heartfelt! Come and root on your favorite playwright!”

Monty Python's Spamalot
presented by Tri-Valley Rep
Friday-Sunday, November 1-3 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore
see website for ticket details

“Spamalot pokes fun at almost everyone and everything, even Broadway musicals. It is most appropriate for children 12 and older who can appreciate the unique Pythonesque sense of humor that, without apology, can appear cheeky, impertinent, irreverent, disrespectful and sometimes just plain rude… but to the sophisticated and discerning eye, it is silliness raised to an art form and all good fun. But, please, if you are easily offended, heed the call of King Arthur, ‘Run away!’”

Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual
Saturday, November 2, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
$30 if paid in advance, $50 if paid at the door.
Pre-registration required. No one refused.  Work scholarships available.
Contact Barry Spector at 650-329-1415 or shmoover@comcast.net for more information

"Whether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. When we can’t find ways to drop the weight of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. The release of these emotions requires a safe space and a caring community.

We will take a full day to help each other remember our ancestors and our personal and collective losses. In some traditions, this is the time of year when the veil between our world and the unseen world is thin; it is an opportune time to complete any unfinished business that prevents us from fully participating in life.  This will be a day of mourning and remembrance, but also of great beauty and celebration. There will be poetry, storytelling, drumming, altar-building and chanting from African, Celtic, Mexican and other traditions."

Bottle Your Own!
at Guglielmo Winery
Saturday, November 2, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Guglielmo Winery, 1480 East Main Avenue, Morgan Hill
$5 per bottle

“Bottle your own red wine! Bring your clean bottles or purchase them at
the winery for $1.00, then fill them using our antique filler.

We cork them, you label them - only $5.00 per bottle!

This is one of our most popular events and is always a fun time!“

Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 2, 10:00AM-5:00PM
along East 12th Street between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue
and in Fruitvale Village

“Join us as we celebrate our 18th year of  Día de los Muertos, put on each year by The Unity Council in partnership with our many fantastic sponsors.

Professional and aspiring artists, families and community groups come together to create the altars that are the heart and soul of the event! The altars will be featured at 12th Street and Avenida De La Fuente. We invite you to be a part of the celebration! As a student, artists or community member, you may have a special someone or group of people or cause that you would like to commemorate in this traditional festival with an altar. More than 20 altars will be created on the day of the event.”

Family Day And Day Of The Dead Celebration
Saturday, November 2, 12:00-3:00PM
Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa, 707-579-1500
$7, Children 12 and Under Free.

“Join us for our Family Day and Day of the Dead (El Dia de Los Muertos) celebration! Dance performance by Danza Azteca Xantotl and special themed activities, crafts and festivities for the whole family. Children 12 and under are free.”

Manifestation Magic Mudra Transmission
from the Divine Feminine Web of  Spider Woman    
with Kerani Marie and Amanda Elo’esh
Saturday, November 2, 1:00-6:00PM
The Center for Living Wisdom, Oakland, exact address given upon registration

“You're  Invited to a Soulgazm Rendezvous with The Dreamer Weaver
Manifestation Magic Mudra Transmission from the Divine Feminine Web of  Spider Woman    
hosted by Kerani Marie and Amanda Elo’esh

You will learn
How to make your Business an expression of your Divine Purpose
The Secrets of Manifestation Magic to weave a brighter future
POTENT and EFFECTIVE practices for turning your visions and dreams
into tangible reality

ARE YOU READY to Know your Divine Purpose and Make your Dreams Real?

This Soulgazm Journey is limited to 13 women”

South Bay Pagan Kids Samhain
Saturday, November 2, 3:00-6:00PM
private residence in San Jose, address given upon RSVP
suggested donation $5-$10 dollars per person or $10-$20 dollars per family

Organizer Taffy Dugan says:
“We are a cross-tradition gathering of Pagan families with children who meet monthly to celebrate the Esbats and Sabbats; to share food and music, traditions and knowledge, crafts and dancing. We are eclectic Wicca, Druid, Dianic, British Traditionalists, and are open to and looking for more varieties. We seek to share and learn from each other while providing support in a fun and nurturing environment.  We'll do crafts, play games, sing songs, and have fun!

Please join our Samhain ritual.  We'll learn a fun and new way to do circle (bring noise makers like shakers and such!).  Please bring a picture or memento of your loved one(s) who have passed on to the Summerlands as we'll be honoring them.

What else to bring: A potluck dish to share. Please consider bringing a suggested donation of $5-$10 dollars per person and/or $10-$20 dollars per family.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Blessed Be,

Feast of the Mighty
hosted by Coru Cathubodua - A Morrigan Priesthood
Saturday, November 2, 6:00-11:00PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar, Berkeley
see below for ticket details


Get your tickets now for FEAST OF THE MIGHTY!

Celebrate Samhain with a CELEBRATORY WAKE. Let ritual reintroduce you to the POWER OF THE DEAD. Nosh on a CELTIC-STYLE FEAST AND ANCESTRAL POTLUCK.* Dance again with your Beloved and Mighty Dead. LEARN TO CEILIDH DANCE to the tune of a proper Irish fiddle. Remember the THRILL OF BEING ALIVE. Seating is limited. Don't delay: last year we sold out early!

*Our ancestral foods tell the stories of how our Ancestors lived. We honor them when we eat them. We build community when we share them and the stories behind them. These foods and stories transcend individual families. We are all made kin through the bonds of hospitality and the sharing of food. We urge you to share your ancestor's favorite dishes with the community in their honor.

Doors open - 6:00PM
Doors close - 6:45PM
Ritual start  - 7:00PM

MENU DETAILS Appetizer: Oat cakes with fresh apples and honey Main Course: Celtic pork and apple stew with fresh barley bread **All tickets include a complimentary glass of ale or cider. Non-alcoholic cider will be available for purchase. Additional ale is available for a suggested donation of $5. Menu is subject to change based on ingredient availability. Check Facebook event page for menu updates.

WHAT YOU BRING Ancestor Dishes - Bring a favorite ancestor dish and story for our communal share.

Ancestor mementos - Bring your favorite mementos to place upon our ancestor shrine, heartfelt stories for sharing, and boasts of their epic conquests (or epic oops).

Monies raised go to helping Coru Cathubodua, a Morrigan-focused priesthood, get its non-profit status.”

Vessels for Improvisation
featuring ROVA Saxophone Quartet
and  Shinichi Iova-Koga
presented by We Players
Saturday, November 2, 6:00PM
on board Ferryboat Eureka, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco

“We Players joins with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to host our final event of 2013. Please join us on Saturday, November 2 at 6:00PM, for a site-integrated music and dance improvisation piece aboard the historic ferryboat Eureka, at Hyde Street Pier.

This event is an example of We Players' expanded site-integrated programming. In addition to our 1-2 keystone traveling theatre projects each year, we offer a number of smaller scale and limited engagement performance and visual art events, which are announced only to a subset of our mailing list.

Join us for a night filled with live music, dance improvisation, and beautiful views of the Bay.
The ROVA Saxophone Quartet has been exploring the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation for over 35 years, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls ROVA’s music ‘a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds’ created by ‘deliberately eschewing conventional notions about swing (and) prodding at the boundaries of sound and space.’
Dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga is the founder of SF based performance company inkBoat.
‘Shinichi Iova-Koga’s work is grotesque, beautiful, and funny. As a dancer he is never less than mesmerizing - ephemeral like smoke, limpid like a vernal pool. He has developed a personal form of mixed-media dance theater that integrates contradictory impulses - the ancient and the technological, the chaotic and the formal, nature and nurture. He might be called a dancer at the edge.’  -Rita Felcian”

Community Seed Samhain
Saturday, November 2, gather at 6:00PM, ritual at 7:00PM
Masonic Temple, 828 North Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz
Suggested donation $7-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information call 831-469-0336 or e-mail info@communityseed.org

“Experience the peace and redemption of Sacrifice, as we relinquish what no longer serves us to the Lord who will take our burdens to rest in the underworld. Come and find what beauty is revealed with the release of our sorrows. What do you need to Release?”

Diwali - The Festival of Lights
Friday, November 2, 6:30-8:30PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
donations accepted

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

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

Le Bal des Vampires
presented by PEERS
Saturday, November 2, 6:30PM-Midnight
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Tickets must be purchased in advance - see website for details
$25 before October 13, $30 after
pictures from previous years’ events:

“Waltz the night away in a beautiful candlelit ballroom with the San Francisco Bay Area's most glamorous Undead at the 20th Annual Le Bal des Vampires.

Suggested costume is evening dress of the century and country of your ‘rebirth.’ This may include dress uniform, period costume (authentic or fantasy) or vintage or modern evening dress. There is no dress code for the ball (We certainly don't expect Spike to attend in black tie!), but you will see some of the most gorgeous and creative costumes of the social season at Le Bal des Vampires.  For costume tips, you may want to visit the PEERS photograph gallery for the 2011 Le Bal des Vampires.

This year there will once again be simultaneous dancing on two separate floors:

Our band in the elegant upstairs ballroom is the stylish but always dashing chamber ensemble Bangers and Mash.  As usual, haunting waltzes dominate the program, but the evening will feature a variety of dance music from across the centuries - from 18th century Baroque contredanses to 19th century Victorian rotary and Viennese waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas; to elegant early 20th century tangos, blues, and fox trots and even some classic rock and roll Swing.  Please note that the band's first dance set will start at 7:45PM sharp - 15 minutes earlier than usual.  The dance sets will be unusually long, even by Bangers and Mash's high standards, so if you do plan to dance, please be certain to wear shoes or boots you can actually dance in.

For those preferring a more modern style of dance music and free-style dancing as well as partner dancing, join us at the Nightfall Club for a wonderfully varied repertoire of dark music to stir the blood and spirit from 6:30PM-Midnight.  Hosted by our principal DJ Dark Moon and guest DJ Persephone, Nightfall also features a no-host (cash) bar and light refreshments for our mortal guests. This year the Nightfall Club will have its own building - the vintage 1922 Elks' gymnasium, located about 40 yards from the Lodge Mansion itself. Ball guests may wander to and fro between buildings as they please.

Our half-time show in the ballroom is a performance by the celebrated Theater of the Vampires. Not recommended for the faint of heart or for those who take the genre too seriously! .   

You may also enjoy quiet conversation, Tarot readings, and photography opportunities in the Victorian Parlor.

Our 20th Le Bal des Vampires will be a night to remember. We suggest ordering your tickets early! ”

Dia de los Muertos San Francisco
Saturday, November 2, 7:00PM
Parade starts at 22nd Street and Bryant Street, San Francisco
and leads to 26th Street and Harrison Street
ending at the Festival of Altars in Garfield Park, 6:30-10:30PM

“As We Close The Sacred Ritual Cycle
We Welcome You, 2014
A New Era,
An Era Of Enlightenment,
And Blossoming,
As A Stronger Global Consciousness
And Collective Evolution

Festival of Altars organized by Marigold Project
Festival of Altars, 6:00-11:00PM, Garfield Park, 26th and Harrison Streets

We welcome you to make an altar for a loved one that has passed away. Making a Day of the Dead altar is a way for us to honor the life of someone who is no longer with us and to remember our ancestors. Each year, hundreds of personal altars line the perimeter of Garfield Park.

All candles must be in GLASS containers, no open flame candles are allowed at the park.

Procession organized and led by Rescue Culture Collective
November 2, 7:00PM, meet with community members, artists and activists including Francisco x. Alacaron, Starhawk and traditional Aztec dancers following the traditional 13 Standards and the various creatures large and small.

Ritual assembles at 22nd and Bryant 6:00-7:00 pm, on Friday, November 2, 2012
STARTS at 22nd and Bryant at exactly 7:00PM, and moves along Bryant to 24th Street
CONTINUES along 24th Street to the corner of 24th Street and Mission
CONTINUES along Mission Street to 22nd Street and turns on 22nd Street
CONTINUES along 22nd Street to Bryant Street
CONCLUDES at the corner of 22nd and Bryant Street

Help keep Day of the Dead Alive!
Let's ensure that Day of the Dead SF remains a true community supported event. Please consider making a donation via our chip-in page. Every dollar counts and no donation is too small. All proceeds go to securing park permits and artistic expression at Garfield Park.

About Day of the Dead:
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our existence and mortality - a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and our connections beyond our immediate concerns.

Day of the Dead is an alcohol-free event with no vendors or booths of any type. Please honor this tradition and do not attempt to sell goods on the premises of Garfield Park.”

North Bay Reclaiming’s Samhain Ritual
Saturday, November 2, 7:00PM
Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $7-$21, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“Join us as the veil thins between the worlds and we honor our Beloved Dead.

Standing at the crossroads with Hecate as our guide, we come together as a community to pay homage to those that have journeyed beyond the veil.

Reclaiming respects healthy relationships with traditional medicines but out of respect for those in recovery, all Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober - so please, no recreational drugs or alcohol at or prior to the event.”

Song for All Beings
A Musical Celebration of Lovingkindness
Saturday, November 2, 7:30PM
Marin Civic Center Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
$48-$62 in advance, $54-$68 at the door

“Jennifer Berezan and Edge of Wonder present the premiere performance of Song for All Beings, A Celebration of Lovingkindness. This musical meditation features an extraordinary gathering of musicians, dancers, activists, visual artists and spiritual teachers from around the world to create a communal ritual based in the Buddhist practices of metta (lovingkindness) and compassion. Based on the acclaimed recording In These Arms, A Song for All Beings, this unique event builds on Jennifer’s past visionary and ritual musical offerings, especially the beloved performances of Praises for the World.

Song for all Beings is a participatory musical journey to evoke peace, healing and unity for the earth and all beings.

As our culture has moved away from a connection to Nature and a felt sense of being part of the universal family of life, there is an abiding human need for contact with All That Is. Song for All Beings, which will continue as one integrated piece for over two hours, will provide a container in which this oneness can be catalyzed and experienced by everyone present.

Part of the 2013 concert’s proceeds will help to support grassroots organizations working for environmental and social justice.”

Is Anybody Out There? Search for ET with 8 Million Volunteers
with Dan Werthhimer
a Wonderfest event
Saturday, November 2, 7:30PM
Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, 801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley
Free, donations accepted

“The evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer.  Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky.  Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.

If cloudy, lecture still happens.  If raining, full event is cancelled.  For weather info, call 949-391-3604.

Dan Werthhimer is principal investigator of SETI@home and several radio and optical SETI programs at the University of California, Berkeley.  Werthimer also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER), and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Werthimer was associate professor in the engineering and physics departments of San Francisco State University and a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University, the University of St. Charles in Marseille, and Eotvos University in Budapest. He has taught at universities in Peru, Egypt, Ghana,  Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.  Werthimer is co-author of SETI 2020, editor of BioAstronomy: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life and Astronomical and Biochemical Origins and the Search for Life in the Universe.”

Samhain Concert with Four Shillings Short
Saturday, November 2, 8:00-10:00PM
Mighty Fine Guitars, 85 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, 925-268-8226
suggested donation $15-$20

“Celebrating the Celtic New Year with music, stories and poetry

Four Shillings Short have a repertoire of music that ranges from the Celtic lands to the Americas and from Medieval and Renaissance Europe to India. They are performers and educators who perform on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn. Celebrating their 18th year together, the husband/wife duo, of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, tour in the US and perform at Celtic and Folk festivals, theatres and performing arts centers, coffeehouses, folk societies, libraries, schools, yoga and retreat centers, historical societies and churches.”

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

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

After six continuous years of sold out shows, ShadowDance is vamping up to bring you another voluminous evening filled with dance and performance art. Produced by Ariellah and Darker Still Productions, this year’s ShadowDance features a full night of performance art and music. The Saturday night show will feature two bands, and one full set of performance art filled with a feast of performers, including circus arts, performance art, belly dancers, puppet shows, angle grinding, aerial performance, fire performances and much more!”

Alameda Holiday Boutique
Friday-Saturday, November 1-2,
Friday 12:00-8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Veterans Memorial Building 2203 Central Avenue, Alameda

“35th Annual Holiday Boutique
Arts and Crafts - Gifts - Food - Antiques/Vintage Collectibles

Over 50 crafters will display their homemade and handcrafted items on two floors, including Alameda Unified School District parents and students, Scout Troops and Youth Groups
Free Admission!
Donations Will Also Be Appreciated For Alameda Meals On Wheels And Friendly Visitors

Proceeds benefit the Leisure Club, a Recreation Program for Developmentally Disabled Teens and Adults; a non-profit organization sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.”

Adventure Sail aboard the Lady Washington
Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3, 2:00-4:00PM
Pier 40, San Francisco

“Our family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adventure Sails are two or three hours in length. We recommend all passengers review our guide to sailing (PDF) to help you prepare for your adventure.”

presented by Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3, 8:00PM
playing through November 23
South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley

“Adapted by Giulio Cesare Perrone from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Inferno Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Metamorphoses. Adapted by Inferno Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Giulio Cesare Perrone, from Ovid’s masterpiece, Metamorphoses uses movement, multimedia, music, and both ancient and modern texts as it explores the relationship between Ovid’s work, Shamanism, Climate Change, and the Human Genome Project.  The design elements incorporate natural, sustainable and recycled materials.  The highly trained physical ensemble will portray ancient and post-modern gods as nymphs and satyrs who once inhabited the woods, as they transform and are transformed by both heroes and mortal men and women.  This provocative work will stir debate and action as the audience comes to understand nature itself on an emotional level, bridging evolutionary changes and mutations in the ecology of our planet.”

Hula Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 1-3
see Facebook page for detailed schedule
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
see website for ticket details

“Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival and Competition is the oldest hula festival held outside of the State of Hawai'i. The festival and competition celebrates Hawaiian culture and traditions through solo and group hula competitions, arts and crafts, and food, which is vital to sharing the traditions, values and art of hula with the world.

This special event is held each year by the Kumu Hula Association of Northern California, which was founded in 1984 by the late Ehulani Enoka-Lum and continued by daughter Deanie Lum-Villiados. In addition to the Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival and Competition, the Kumu Hula Association also organizes the May Day Festival held each in May.”

Adam Ant's Birthday
Saturday, November 3
Wherever truth, beauty, art, and sex are appreciated

Do something appropriately Plutonic/Scorpionic.
Gaze deeply into the darkest corners of your own soul.  Re-invent yourself and rise, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of your previous life.  Or perhaps take a bath in really good, really dark, molten chocolate.

Just don't you ever lower yourself, forgetting all your standards.

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 3, 2:00AM (which then immediately becomes 1:00AM, I think...)

Set your clocks back one hour.  Or don't, and just be early for everything from now on.

A Sunday in the Kitchen at Three Stone Hearth
Sunday, November 3,
Kitchen Tour 10:00-11:00AM, Day in the Kitchen 10:00AM-3:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
One hour tour $5, whole day $10

“Get a behind-the-scenes tour and a hands-on experience in our working kitchen.

10:00-11:00AM: tour with Worker/Owner Jessica Prentice
11:00AM:  tea time and orientation
11:30AM-1:30PM: hands-on in the kitchen
1:30-2:00PM: communal lunch made with nutrient-dense ingredients
2:00-3:00PM: hands-on in the kitchen
3:00PM: depart

Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes (you will be on your feet!) no scents, and be prepared to pull your hair back and cover it.”

Conscious Goddess: Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
(formerly Goddess Awakening)
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, November 3, 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.

November 3: The Queen of Shadows”

African Dance, Song and Drumming
with Cheza Nami
Sunday, November 3, 11:00-11:30AM,
and five more Sundays through December 15 (no class on November 17)
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$12 per class, $60 for whole six-class series

“It’s back! Simply the most enjoyable music class for both kids AND parents this side of the Indian Ocean. Instructor Catherine Ndungu-Case of the Kikuyu tribe started her non-profit Cheza Nami to teach her twins the songs and dances of her native Kenya. You and your kids will enjoy 30 intense minutes of songs, games, music, drum circles and African-themed stories in a highly energetic and rhythm-centric class at HackerMoms. It’s also a dance workout for parents, so wear comfortable clothes. For kids 0-5 and their caregivers. Note: Only kids require tickets but caregivers do not.”

Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age
series of Sunday afternoon classes
Sunday, November 3, 12:30-2:00PM, and one more Sunday
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.

November 3: The Queen of Shadows

Upcoming dates:
December 1”

Tales from the Steppes
with Dana Sherry
Sunday, November 3, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700
for more information, please e-mail silkroadhouse@yahoo.com

“The Silk Road House presents Tales from the Steppes, an hour of stories from Central Asia for families performed by storyteller Dana Sherry.

Our guest will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the Central Asia of fairy tales, where irrepressible heroes battle monsters, feast with giants, and eventually live happily ever after.

Dana Sherry was once simply a respectable historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and has taught at U.C. Davis, Stanford University, and St. Mary’s College. However, she has developed a second life as a storyteller, where she crafts adult stories that transform historical events into tales of wonder and horror. She also tells traditional and literary tales to young audiences. In her school-age programs, stories become a way for children to experience empathy, community, creativity, and joy.”

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, November 3, 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 November 3: Funereal herbs, herbs of the dead - Making incense and smudges  

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

Noche de los Muertos
Sunday, November 3, 3:00-7:00PM
La Borinquena Mex-icatessen and Specialty Shop, 582 7th Street, Oakland
Free admission

“A celebration for Days of Dead with deep rooted Mexican traditions, Oakland style.

A fundraiser for WCRC (Women's Cancer Resource Center)

100% of sales from ALL vendors (Art, Food and Drink) are being DONATED. Celebrate your loved ones, purchase amazing LOCALLY made goods AND support WCRC at the same time!

FREE Event! Family Friendly! Donations to WCRC accepted.

LIVE Dee Jays in the back patio

Mexican Inspired Food by:
Tina Tamale, Fist of Flour Pizza, Big Serg BBQ and Oaktown Jerk

Forrealism Fine Art, Localite Tours and Facepainting by Alana Dill

Local Beer and Wine

Blessing at 5:30PM

Day of the Dead Community Altar: Bring a photo of your departed loved one(s) to place in the altar for the night.

Be Green! Venue a short bike from West Oakland BART, Jack London/Old Oakland and Downtown Oakland

This is a kid-friendly event! Bring los ninos!

Sponsored by Ben's Roofing, La Borinquena and lOAKal Mobile Food”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, November 3, 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.”

Roy Zimmerman: Funny Songs and Bad Advice
Sunday, November 3, 7:00PM   
Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

“Roy Zimmerman Offers Bad Advice
Funny songs about ignorance, war and greed

Roy Zimmerman has shared a stage with everyone from George Carlin to Bill Clinton. Now he’s coming to Cinnabar so local folks can enjoy the hilarious satirist who has delighted audiences on NPR, HBO, MTV, and nationwide.
Don’t miss Roy Zimmerman Offers Bad Advice. You won’t believe how much fun you’ll have hearing him sing about ignorance, war, and greed.

Like Tom Lehrer, Roy incites laughter with his smart, incisive songs. He’s released 13 uproarious albums in 20 years, and millions of people have enjoyed his funny videos on YouTube. Even the New York Times praises the ‘contagious irreverence’ of his music.

So head to Cinnabar for an evening of timely songs brimming with potent punch lines.”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Sunday, November 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, 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.”

Traditional Diets Lecture
with Jessica Prentice
Part 1, Monday, November 4, 5:30-8:30PM
Part 2, Monday, November 11, 5:30-8:30PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$15 per class

“Three Stone Hearth Co-founder Jessica Prentice will discuss the nutritional wisdom of traditional diets. This is a condensed version of her previous eight-part lecture series. This is a great overview for people new to the nutrient-dense approach to food, but also provides a new perspectives for those who have been working with these principles for a while.

Part 1:
Jessica begins with an introduction to the work of Weston A. Price and the first 5 of 11 Characteristics of Traditional Diets. She will also cover Dairy Products and Fermented Beverages in traditional diets.

Part 2:
Jessica will pick up where she left off in the first session, covering the last 6 of 11 Characteristics of Traditional Diets. She will also discuss Fermented Foods, Grains, Fats, and the use of bones in traditional cooking.

Jessica Prentice, cofounder of Three Stone Hearth, has been studying traditional diets for over a decade. She is the author of Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection and co-creator of the Local Foods Wheel.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, November 4, 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.”

Science on the Edge
with UC Berkeley Science Faculty
Wednesday, November 6, 6:00-8:30PM
The City Club of San Francisco, Stock Exchange Tower, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco
$25 in advance, $30 at the door
For more information, please call 1-888-864-8225 or e-mail events1@berkeley.edu

“Dramatic innovations in computing, renewable energy and climate change research, biological sciences for human health, and understanding the universe - from the infinitesimal to the infinite - have placed Berkeley scientists on the precipice of incredible breakthroughs. Get an insiders’ perspective - from the leaders of two crown jewels in research - on little-known discoveries that could soon change life as we know it.

6:00-7:00PM: Light refreshments, cash bar, and an exclusive reception with the faculty speakers for members of The Charter Hill Society

7:00-8:30PM: Presentation and audience Q and A

Presented by:
Paul Alivisatos Ph.D. ’86 is the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an award-winning authority on the fabrication of nanocrystals and their use in solar energy applications. Under his leadership, Berkeley Lab has received more than $282 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, much of which is the direct result of sustainable energy initiatives. He has also launched Carbon Cycle 2.0, a major multidisciplinary approach to restoring the balance in Earth’s carbon cycle, and the Next Generation Light Source, the world’s first facility capable of producing x-ray pulses measured in attoseconds, the timescale needed to capture the movement of electrons. Alivisatos is also the Samsung Distinguished Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UC Berkeley and a professor in the departments of materials science and chemistry.

Graham Fleming is the vice chancellor for research and a professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley. As an administrator, he manages 40 campus research units, 12 research museums and remote field stations, and the Offices of Research Administration and Compliance, Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances, and Research Enterprise Services, among others. As a scientist - through joint appointments as the Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and founding director of both the Physical Biosciences Division and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) - he has reshaped the intersection of physical and biological sciences, while maintaining his own groundbreaking investigations into ultrafast chemical and biological processes, in particular photosynthesis.

Linda Schacht (program moderator) is an Emmy award-winning television reporter with more than 20 years of experience in local television. Her career began at KQED-TV on the highly regarded Newsroom nightly news show. She then covered politics, locally and nationally, for KPIX, the CBS-owned and -operated station in San Francisco, for 19 years. Schacht has won two Emmy awards and an American Bar Association national award for her political coverage. She has been a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism since 1992 and continues to write television scripts and do special television and documentary projects.”

Art of Tarot
with Rabbit
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00-9:00PM,
and five more Sundays, November 6, 13, and 20 and December 4, 11, 18
(no class on November 27)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class or $200 for all six classes

“Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot.

Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit’s unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism. This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call to reserve your spot today.”

Have a Legendarily Ancestral, Mightily Festive Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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