What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Califas Festival, Science on the Edge, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, Yarrow: Achilles the Warrior, Exploratorium After Dark: The Art of Tinkering, Manifesting Abundance and Prosperity, In Her Name Circle: Gratitude Potluck, Path of the Pagan Warrior, Forum on Veterans' Affairs, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Hrafnar Oracular Seidh, TriBeCaStan, Solitude, Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871, Troilus and Cressida, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper, Design Your Writing Life as a Mom, La Belle et la Bete, Veterans' Voices IV, Bones Quigley, SUBHUMAN - True Tales From Beneath The Sea, Women’s Healing Clinic, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610), San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Community Seed Winter Rummage Sale, Collegium Occidentalis, CAYA Fun For Everyone: Sonoma County Wine And Cheese Tasting, Day in the Life 1901, Candlemaking with Beeswax, Bird Natural History and Identification at Lake Merritt, Community Seed’s Open Circle, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Dance of the Low-Lying Rainbow, East Bay Waltz, Sacred Space Music Concert, Black Brothers, Inside Out: True Stories Of An Unbelievable Family, Creating the Sacred Oil: Connecting with the Magic and Wisdom of our Ancestors, San Francisco Green Festival, The Living Ayurveda Symposium and Marketplace, Barracks Artists Open Studios, Metamorphoses, The Moon Cycle Class, Go Wild for Nuts!, Pine Needle Basketry, African Dance Song and Drumming, Temple of Aphrodite, Savor a Slothful Sunday, Obsidian: Sacred Stone for Healing Workshop, Upside-Downton Abbey, Vaudeville in Geyserville!, Traditional Diets Lecture, Thanksgiving Jams with Seasonal Fruit, Tarot Salon, Death Cafe Presents: How to Make the Most of Your (Finite) Life, Bay Area Teen Science Night, Network for a New Culture Launch Meeting, Music and Spirituality of the Shona People of Zimbabwe, Awakening the Sacred Body, Theatre of Dreams, Spellcrafting and Spellcasting: Making Magick that Works

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.”

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.”

Yarrow: Achilles the Warrior
part of the Deep Herbology series
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00-9:00PM
Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo
$30 per class, all 3 classes for $85. Pre-registration is required to hold your space.
For more information about this event, please contact Cheryl at info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

“Deep Herbology: Meetings with Remarkable Herbs
A plant's medicine is greater than the sum of its chemical constituents. A healer's relationship to the plant will also play a large role in how it is used as medicine. In this unique series, we offer a way to build your relationship with some outstanding plants with the hope that you connect deeper to the earth, spirit and yourselves in the process. Immerse yourself into the world of three remarkable herbs.

Yarrow: Achilles the Warrior
Rich in medicine, steeped in mythology, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is named after the Greek demi-god and hero of the Trojan War, Achilles. Explore why this plant is revered as a great hero of the herbal medicine chest. We will explore the medicine, ethnobotany and myths of this world renown warrior plant. Students will make an herbal oil of yarrow to take home.

Upcoming classes:
Wednesday, November 13 - The Mighty Oak: Portal to the Divine
Wednesday, November 20 - Mugwort: From the Medical to the Metaphysical”

Exploratorium After Dark: The Art of Tinkering
Thursday, November 7, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: The Art of Tinkering

Explore your inventive side and celebrate the Tinkering Studio’s new book, The Art of Tinkering, featuring 150 artists and makers. Tinkered attire is strongly encouraged.

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.”

Manifesting Abundance and Prosperity
a class for women
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica
Thursday, November 7, 7:00PM
private home in Hayward; address given upon registration
$25 in advance, $30 at the door
“The root of true abundance is Self-Love.  Learn how to sweep negative self-talk out of your life, using affirmations to create abundance and prosperity.  This class is a concise, hands-on, beginning exploration of manifesting prosperity in our own lives conducted within the supportive structure of Sisterhood and spirituality.  We will learn to open ourselves to releasing self-criticism, replacing those old thought patterns with self-love and connection.  Each woman will create at least one grounded affirmation to bring home into her daily life.
This class is good preparation for maximum manifestation from our annual Money-Pouring ritual!
Lady Jesamyn Angelica is the High Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon.  An ordained Dianic Priestess, certified Herbalist, and Holistic Health Practitioner, Lady Jesamyn has been leading group ritual for women since 1998, and has been formally teaching magickal technique since 2007.
Class size is limited to eight women, and a minimum of 5 Sisters must sign up in order for this class to take place.  We do not offer refunds.”

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

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.

Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.

If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-$20 donation is appreciated.

This month’s circle: Gratitude Potluck
All are welcome and please bring food to share as we celebrate the abundance of the year

Upcoming dates:     
December 12”

Path of the Pagan Warrior
with The San Jose Pagan/Magick Meetup Group
Thursday, November 7, 7:00-9:00PM
Hobee's Restaurant, 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

“We'll be in the back room.

Calling all Pagan Warriors! Let's get together to meet, greet, and compare notes. (And if you're a non-warrior Pagan, you're welcome to come hang out, too.) Hobee's has many tasty and healthy food choices, and also coffee, tea, and smoothies.

Although many Pagans are pacifists, there are some Pagans who see their path as a Warrior's Way, or who live as warriors within a Pagan spiritual context. What is this about? Some Pagans, such as Kerr Cuhulain (of Order of Scathach and Officers of Avalon fame), have written about their thoughts on this question, but there are many different answers.

If you understand your Pagan path as a Warrior's Way, please come share your stories, fellowship, ideas, and discussion. No sword practice or combat drills, as the back room of Hobee's hasn't the room... ;-)

$1 donation requested towards the cost of running this Meetup site, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

See you at Hobee's, and Blessed Be!”

Forum on Veterans' Affairs
part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Honoring Veterans Series
Thursday, November 7, 7:30-9:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“A forum will be held to discuss issues of importance to veterans. Speakers from various veterans organizations will present details of their work including HEAL! Veterans and Their Service Dogs, The Mission Continues, Art As Therapy and more.

This event is one in Rhythmix series, Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, November 7, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

Hrafnar Oracular Seidh
Thursday, November 7, 7:30PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations accepted to pay for the space

"Now, as in the ancient North, seers and seeresses find answers to the pressing questions of folk in their communities.

Seidhjallr, the working seidhr group associated with Hrafnar, will be performing this rite at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU), located at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley. This practice comes from the heathen (Germanic pagan) tradition, but all are welcome.

Questions appropriate to an oracular seidh presentation are any that one might consider appropriate to address to a tarot, rune, or other reader, as well as many questions that work best in the more open, oracular format, including contact with ancestors and gods.

Doors for the event will open at 7:00PM, with the ritual expected to start at 7:30PM. Once the ritual begins, the doors will be locked; please be prompt. While there is no admission fee, we will be taking a collection (suggested donation $5) to help defray expenses, especially hall rental.”

in concert
Thursday, November 7, 7:30-10:00PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma
$12 in advance, $15 at the door

“Genera-Bending Jazz and World Music

Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, New York City’s TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instruments from around the globe to create an exotic palette of sonic colors.”

presented by The Latino Theater Company
Thursday-Saturday, November 7-9, 8:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Thursday $15, Friday-Saturday $25-$35

“Inspired by Octavio Paz’s essay collection, The Labyrinth of Solitude, Evelina Fernandez’s acclaimed play explores universal themes of life, love and loss woven through the consciousness of multi-generations of Chicano life and culture.   A wealthy and successful lawyer returns home for his mother’s funeral, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years.  There he revisits his past and those he left behind. The journey is led by Man, a Paz-quoting limo driver and self appointed expert on love, and accompanied by a live cello.  Layered and richly theatrical, Paz’s themes are deeply explored in this ground-breaking piece. The eloquent phrasing and  dynamic rhythms of the script’s poetry is well-matched by Valenzuela’s stunning visual pictures, silhouettes, and dance and slow motion sequences. “

Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, November 7-10,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
Playing through November 24
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!”

Troilus and Cressida
Thursday-Sunday, November 7-10
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through December 15
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
see website for ticket details

“It is the seventh year of the Trojan War. Everyone is battle-weary, and no one is really sure that the war is still worth pursuing. In the Greek camp, troop morale is at an all-time low as King Agamemnon can’t persuade Achilles to get off his ass and fight. In Troy, royal family members debate whether they should just give Helen back to the Greeks and be done with the whole thing. And yet, love still flowers: Trojan Prince Troilus pines for Cressida, who plays hard to get until she can no longer deny her desire for him. But just as they finally come together, a political trade rips them apart. In a world where everyone speaks of honor but few actually embody it, the play exposes the callous ways in which the petty whims of the privileged few endanger the lives of the millions beneath them.

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.”

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, November 7-10, 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.”

Design Your Writing Life as a Mom
with Jane Avery
Friday, November 8, 10:00-11:30AM
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley

“All writers, including mothers and fathers, are welcome to attend the workshop. Since becoming a mom, Jenna Avery, writing motivation coach, screenwriter and business owner, has completed two feature length screenplays, three shorts, writes regularly for her own blog, and is a columnist for Script Magazine online. She also understands the procrastination, perfectionism, self-doubt and extra resistance to writing while parenting. Jenna will share some parent-specific strategies for finding time to write, help you re-conceive  your notions about what's required in order to write, and help you design a plan that makes writing do-able, even as  a busy mom. With creativity, myth-busting, and a determination to pull it all together, she'll show  that it IS possible to write regularly AND finish your writing projects while juggling motherhood.”

La Belle et la Bete
part of the Fairy Tale - Film - Dream series
with Terry Ebinger, MS
Friday, November 8, 4:00-8:30PM
The Dream Institute, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$45 includes meal catered by Poulet

“These programs will explore the kinship between dreams, fairy tales, and moving pictures. Fairy tale films bring the language of symbols to life. When we treat each film as a dream, its universal imagery becomes a living laboratory for engaging in depth-oriented dream work. You don't have to be conversant with film studies or archetypal approaches to fairy tales to enjoy and participate in this program. All levels of experience are welcome.

Jean Cocteau’s rapturous masterwork, La Belle et la Bete, launches our series. It spins a luminous dreamlike tale of a father’s daughter, shadow confrontation, sexual initiation, and wildness.

Program includes:
Work with key film scenes, treated as dream material, to actively build dream skills.
Film shown in its entirety, followed by discussion to share observations and insights.
Opening lecture highlighting the film’s central folkloric and archetypal themes.
Practice in hands-on fairy tale analysis and the art of intuitive symbol recognition.

Fee includes meal catered by Poulet. Please register in advance by phone or email to The Dream Institute.

Terry Ebinger, MS, brings nearly three decades as a depth psychological educator, spiritual director, group leader and dream consultant to these unique programs that bridge film studies, archetypal psychology, cross-cultural wisdom, and dreaming.

Upcoming Programs: The Night of the Hunter; Beasts of the Southern Wild; dates tba.”

Veterans' Voices IV
part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Honoring Veterans Series
Opening Reception, Friday, November 8, 6:00-9:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Veterans' Voices IV is the fourth veterans art show in Alameda curated by Ed Holmes and features paintings, sculpture, collage and video by Bay Area men and women veterans.

This event is one in Rhythmix series, Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day.”

Bones Quigley in concert
featuring Albert Robles
Friday, November 8, 7:00-10:00PM
The Pour House, 2241 First Street, Livermore
Reservations recommended; please call 925-215-2656

This band features Albert Robles, the gifted drummer who livens up many CAYA rituals and is also the beloved consort of Yeshe Rabbit!

SUBHUMAN - True Tales From Beneath The Sea
with Ed Holmes
part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Honoring Veterans Series
Friday, November 8, 9:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$10-$25 suggested donation in support of The Mission Continues

“Following the Veterans' Voices Opening Reception at 9:00PM, curator Ed Holmes will perform his one man show SUBHUMAN -True Tales From Beneath The Sea in the Rhythmix theater. SUBHUMAN chronicles Ed's days as a mechanic aboard a diesel submarine in the 60s, on a 9 month Pacific Ocean cruise. Ed has performed SUBHUMAN in bars, Veterans of Foreign Wars halls, and small theaters across the country.  This show will benefit the veterans organization, The Mission Continues.

This event is one in Rhythmix series, Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day.”

Women’s Healing Clinic
Friday-Saturday, November 8-9, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
Free - First Come, First Serve Sessions

“The Healing Clinic Collective, co-sponsored by Movement Generation, is pleased to present the Women’s Healing Clinic as a gift to our community. The healing of our communities begins with ourselves. As a group of health practitioners and social justice organizers we are here to affirm our ancestral healing traditions and bring this medicine back to the people.

Offering free, high quality, natural medicine and other non-western healing techniques including:
Nutritional and Ayurveda counseling
Yoga in Spanish
Gemstone therapy
Counseling/therapy sessions
Herbal and flower essence consultations
Limpias/energy cleanses
Somatic bodywork
Reiki and Chakra alignment (sending healing energy into the body through touch)
Theta Healing, Jin Shin Jitsu (energy point work)
Massage therapy (deep tissue, acupressure, Mayan massage, abdominal/womb, etc.)

For more details contact:

Ovid’s Metamorphoses
adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10,
Friday-Saturday 7:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Analy High School, 6350 Analy Avenue, Sebastopol

“Have you ever been given choices to make and you think you are making the right one but something draws you to change your mind and you choose another way? Yes, you have… and therein lies the story line for many Greek myths.

Metamorphoses is a modern adaptation of Ovid's Greek myths written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman. It speaks to our human foibles, relationships, behaviors, greed, generosity, heart, and love. AND all this done in a pool of water!! Because what is more changeable than water?

Award winning Analy Arts Theatre Department proudly presents Metamorphoses which opens at the Analy Theatre at Analy High School on November 8 at 7:00PM. Shows are November 9, 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:00PM, with two Matinees on November 10 and 16 at 2:00PM.

Don't miss this ensemble work by the Analy Theatre Department!! Very limited seating as the audience is on the stage with the actors.

Tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 students and seniors. Tickets sold at the door will be $13 general admission and $10 students and seniors. Those 62 and older are considered seniors.

All seating is general seating.”

Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610)
presented by Subterranean Shakespeare
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10,
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!”

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10,
see website for detailed schedule
The Roxie, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco
$12-$15 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) screens films that promote the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenge the mainstream media's negative stereotypes of our communities. We provide opportunities for transgender and gender variant media artists, build community through our film and performance events, and engage our audiences in cross-community dialogue.

Founded in 1997 and originally named Tranny Fest, SFTFF was North America's first transgender film festival. We organized our first festival for the same reason so many other marginalized communities have organized film festivals: the absence of authentic representations of our lives and experiences in the mainstream commercial media. Originally a biennial event, SFTFF screened films and videos by transgender and gender variant media artists whose work challenged stereotypes. We primarily served filmmakers with extremely limited access to venues. After five biennial festivals, overwhelming audience demand led our organizers to begin staging the Festival as an annual event in 1997.

This year, after 11 sold-out Festivals, SFTFF is expanding to our biggest lineup ever  3 days of spectacular programs and events. To celebrate our expansion, the 2013 Festival returns to the Roxie Theater!

Join us for three days and nights of award-winning transgender cinema  dynamic programs of local, national and international films by transgender and gender variant artists from around the world.”

Community Seed Winter Rummage Sale
Saturday, November 9, 7:00AM-12:00PM
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz

“The Fourth Winter Rummage Sale!
Because we KNOW you have things that need to be out of your house. Please contact us about your donations at info@communityseed.org - we'll even pick 'em up! Donations are also accepted on the day of the sale, but please arrive early! In any case, come on out - we'll have coffee, snacks, good music and a whole church-full of interesting items for you to rummage through to find new treasures for your delight or gifts for your loved ones.”

Collegium Occidentalis
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-5:00PM
Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos
Free admission, donations accepted
see website for details about classes with fees

“This is the annual fall educational event for the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It's a day full of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and all types of classes on medieval and renaissance history.

Collegium Occidentalis is a full day of classes, workshops, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations that is open to the public (with reduced admission fees for SCA members). The mission of this event is to further the understanding and appreciation of pre-17th-century history, especially in Western Europe.

Collegium is one of two, large, educational events held each year by the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The other is the Arts and Science Tourney, which takes place in June. The two events differ in that Collegium is held indoors, in a classroom setting, while the Tourney is held outdoors, in a camping setting. This allows for a wide variety of courses and topics to be covered by each event.”

“The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-seventeenth century Europe. The SCA Known World consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, educational classes and workshops, and much more.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: Sonoma County Wine And Cheese Tasting
Saturday, November 9, 9:30AM-Evening
meeting in Crockett - RSVP for meeting address
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Cross Sidhe at CAYAFunForEveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“Come and enjoy wine and cheese tasting with CAYA Fun for Everyone. We will explore the Russian River area vineyards and cheese makers. Tasting fees to apply to each vineyard. 21 or older and absolutely no children.

I cannot drink, so I can provide three to four seats. If you drive your own car, please drink responsibly. We will meet in Crockett at 9:30AM (Message me for location) and caravan up to the wine country.  

We will hit the cheesemakers first in and around Petaluma.  Then we will head down Hwy 116 West and hit every tasting room that we can find.  Tasting fees are $10 to $15 per tasting room.  Each tasting room have between 5 to 7 wines to taste.

We will stop somewhere for a late lunch when everyone is hungry.  A place will be decided by all.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY DIETARY CONCERNS.

We will return to Crockett in the evening time sometime.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, November 9, 10:00AM-4:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

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

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

November 9:  Make and Mend - sailors’ and everyday citizens’ arts and handicrafts

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

Candlemaking with Beeswax
with beekind
Saturday November 9, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Sebastopol Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol

“At beekind we beelieve that responsible beekeeping starts with educating yourself and others. We hope that offering free and low cost classes, and free year round support via phone, email and in our store, will help people do the best for their bees.”

Bird Natural History and Identification at Lake Merritt
with Marissa Ortega-Welch of the Golden Gate Audubon Society
Saturday, November 9, 12:00-2:00PM
meet outside the Rotary Nature Center, 600 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Lake Merritt is for the birds! Learn how the nation’s first wildlife refuge was created to protect birds, the history of the bird islands, and how the lake continues to offer a refuge for birds such as Hank, the injured White Pelican.

Birding for all levels. Led by Marissa Ortega-Welch, Eco-Education Coordinator for Golden Gate Audubon Society.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, November 9, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, Willow and Chris will lead our Monthly circle; the emphasis will be on Gratitude!”

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Colonel Chris Hadfield in conversation with Pam Mandel
Friday, November 9, 4:00PM (arrive by 3:00PM to reserve a seat)
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera
Free admission, book available for $28

“One of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in history, Colonel Chris Hadfield captivated the world earlier this year when he released a series of breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, received over 10 million views in its first three days online and has received more than 16 million views to date. He’s logged nearly 4,000 hours in space, knows how to perform basic surgery in zero gravity, and has broken into a space station with a Swiss Army Knife. Now, in An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything ($28.00), Hadfield shows how the lessons he’s learned in space can improve our everyday lives - at work and at home.

Colonel Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. In May, Hadfield returned to Earth after serving as Commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for six months (it was his third trip). The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001-2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003-2006 and Chief of International Space Station Operations there from 2006-2008. The former President of the Association of Space Explorers (2007-2011), Hadfield is also a fully qualified flight engineer cosmonaut, is fluent in Russian, and is designated a Specialist on all Space Station systems, meaning that he has earned the highest qualification level possible for every imaginable task onboard.

Pam Mandel wrote a series of letters to Colonel Chris Hadfield that were published on SKYE on AOL. Pam is a freelance writer and photographer. She's written travel stories for Conde Nast Traveler online, Afar, World Hum, Gadling, Perceptive Travel, and a handful of food, travel, and in-flight magazines. She's worked on two guidebooks - British Columbia and Hawaii - for Thomas Cook.”

Dance of the Low-Lying Rainbow
A Ceremony in Honor of Our Ancestors
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Friday, November 9, 6:30 -9:00PM
San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco

“The appearance of the rainbow is a physical manifestation of a pathway to the world of Spirit. Join us in ritual as we explore the renewing essence of the rainbow and other water spirits, build a communal altar, and commemorate our ancestors through song, rhythm and healing movement. Please bring a photo of an ancestor and/or item for the altar that represents your healing, and a drum or other percussion instrument.”

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Sacred Space Music Concert
with Tony Redhouse
Saturday, November 9, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
$20 in advance, $30 at the door
For reservations, please call 650-988-9800

“Join Tony Redhouse, sound healer and spiritual teacher of the Navajo Nation, for a live Native American multimedia music concert in full regalia. He will share inspirational music, drawing on the ancient forms of musical expression - the voice, the drum, and the flute - to create a sacred space for us to make peace with all of our transitions. Tony is the recipient of two Native American Music Awards and was nominated for a third. His latest work, Harmony of East and West, was created from his training as a yoga instructor for his unique creation of Native American Spirit and Yoga workshops and to support healing and meditation.”

Black Brothers
in concert
Friday, November 9, 8:00PM
Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

“Occidental Center for the Arts is proud to present the scions of Ireland's most famous family of song, Michael and Shay Black with their fine band: Eamonn Flynn on piano, and fiddle virtuoso Bobbi Nikles. Brimming with lilting close harmonies, catchy rhythms, and superb musicianship, the broad repertoire of The Black Brothers includes Dublin street songs, music hall songs and traditional ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions and contemporary writers - many of these narratives interspersed with  stories, jokes, witty anecdotes and sing-along audience choruses. Also up-tempo reels and jigs along with some mighty fine dancin'!  Not to be missed!”

Inside Out: True Stories Of An Unbelievable Family
A Solo Performance written and performed by Stephen Kearin
Saturday, November 9, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
$20 in advance, $23 at the door

“Critically acclaimed improviser Stephen Kearin has chosen the Throckmorton Theatre to debut his long awaited solo performance, Inside Out.  Kearin, who is known for his outrageous physical comedy in the wildly popular improv ensembles, 3 FOR ALL and Impro Theatre, will shock you with his hilarious stories of growing up in a truly unbelievable family.

Kearin, who is also well known for his sound effects and voice acting, is the co-creator of Simlish and was the principal male voice of The Sims, Sims 2.0 and Sims Medieval. He created the Martian languages for Disney’s Mars Needs Moms.  He is featured in the DreamWorks Animation films Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Monsters vs. Aliens and Megamind.  He is currently at work on Me and My Shadow and Kung Fu Panda 3. He originated the role of Movie Mega-Superstar Blaine Bustier, in An Evening with Dirk & Blaine.  Kearin stars in The Bunglers, winner of Best Comedic Short at the 2012 Manhattan Film Festival. He won Best Actor honors for The Bunglers at the 2013 Idyllwild Cinemafest Film Festival. Stephen has served as a visiting instructor at Stanford University and Cirque Du Soleil.”

Creating the Sacred Oil: Connecting with the Magic and Wisdom of our Ancestors
with Patrick McCollum
Saturday, November 9, 7:00AM-Sunday, November 10, 3:00PM
private home in Moraga, exact address given upon registration
$175, meal plans available for an additional $70

“This will be a hands-on two day overnight intensive in the wilderness where we will learn the history of and replicate both the formula and the process for creating one of the most powerful secrets of the ancient past.

The Sacred Oil as it was often called, was first documented in the Indus Valley in 7,500 BCE and is the first known chemical formula used by human kind.  It has been used to anoint magical tools, initiates, sacred sites, heroes, Biblical prophets, and for healing.

Each participant will learn to harvest and process the various plants and materials involved and will take home a small quantity of the oil for their own use when finished.

This is a transformational workshop that will deeply affect all in attendance as you join Patrick McCollum in becoming immersed in the natural world and learn the lore of the sacred oil.

Space is extremely limited. Register ASAP as workshop will fill up!
$175 includes on-site camping, $70 additional for meals.

The meetings will be held at Patrick’s home and there will be access to camping, house stay, or hotels nearby. Meals will be provided. Reservations are limited so make your reservation today.

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

San Francisco Green Festival
Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10,
Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-6:00PM
SF Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco

“Along with classic program favorites - Green Business, Fair Trade, Community Action and more - Green Festival introduces brand new, hands-on programming including the Good Food Stage, The California Artisanal Marketplace, Exhibitor Demos and a fabulous eco-fashion show.

Learn by doing as you gain practical skills to increase your self-sufficiency while saving your money. Discover fabulous recipes for a healthy, happy family. Be entertained by live demonstrations detailing energy upgrades, healthy building materials, herbal remedies, homemade healthy beverages and more.

Support a sustainable economy and get your holiday shopping out of the way! Green Festival is the nation’s largest green marketplace for the conscious consumer. We've done the research for you. Every vendor displays a firm commitment to social and environmental responsibility.”

The Living Ayurveda Symposium and Marketplace
Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10,
see website for detailed schedule
dhyana Center, 186 North Main Street, Sebastopol
$108 One Day of Knowledge, $216 Two Days of Wisdom

“It is with great enthusiasm and  full hearts that we welcome you to the 1st Annual Living Ayurveda Symposium and Marketplace. Bringing the ancient traditions of India to everyday life is the theme of this glorious weekend.
New to Ayurveda? Already steeped in the tradition? There is something here for everyone.
The foundation of Ayurveda is self care. This timeless wisdom is even more relevant today than it was for our ancestors. What you take away from this weekend can profoundly affect your life.
Gain knowledge and understanding. Learn new skills.  Learn the art of living a fulfilling and balanced life.
Learn Two Full Days of Classes on Ayurveda, Yoga, Food As Medicine, Essential Oils, Herbal Tonics and Elixirs, Men's and Women's Health and More!
Shop Marketplace with Local Arts and Crafts, Artisan Foods, Herbal Products, Healing Arts
Eat Organic Farm to Table Vegetarian Lunch
Relax In The Self Care Studio. Steam. Sauna, Soak. (Please bring a bathing suit and towel)
Pray: Traditional Vedic Ritual
Party: Saturday Night Kirtan and Odissi Dance Performance”

Barracks Artists Open Studios
Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Reception Saturday November 9, 4:00-7:00PM
The Studio Santa Rosa, Building #32, 3840 Finley Avenue, Santa Rosa

“Dear Art Lover:
During our annual event, come by the Studio Santa Rosa (aka the Barracks) to view our latest creations, chat with the artists, watch them work and collect your favorite piece.”

presented by Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 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.”

The Moon Cycle Class
part of Homestead Apothecary’s Yoni Series
Sunday, November 10, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“What is your relationship with your menstrual cycle? Do you struggle with it but have an intuitive sense that it doesn't have to be that way?

The intention of this class is for you to become more familiar with your own body and develop loving self-care practices so you can welcome your monthly period instead of dread it. Most of us have been taught to view our menstrual time as a painful bummer or at least a bothersome inconvenience. But the truth of it is so much deeper and more meaningful. When we go with the flow of our periods and understand what's happening, we tap into our powerful birthright and intuition. This class will offer you practical methods to turn pain and emotional disturbance into a wealth of wisdom.”

Go Wild for Nuts!
with Jolie Lonner Egert
presented by Gathering Thyme
Sunday, November 10, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Private home in Fairfax; directions provided upon registration.
For more information about this event, contact Jolie at Gathering Thyme jolie@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

“Go Wild for Nuts!
Prepare and Eat Acorn Pancakes and Bay Nut Truffles

Embark on an ecological and culinary adventure into the world of California Oaks and Bay Laurels to explore the web of life and our relationship within it. We will start the day preparing our wild foods, and while our acorns are leaching, we will head out for a nature walk to meet and identify our native trees. Perhaps we will discover other wild foods to forage and add to our feast. Finish up the day with a feast of acorn pancakes and bay nut truffles! This class is appropriate for adults and kids 8 and up.

Jolie Lonner Egert is an herbalist, field botanist and ecologist. Jolie is a graduate of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Mathew Wood’s advanced apprenticeship, and the Dandelion School of Herbal Studies and Humboldt State University where she researched the sustainable harvest of medicinal plants for her Master’s degree. She has worked on four continents with projects pertaining to the sustainable harvest and economic development of medicinal plants. Jolie is the Principal at Go Wild Consulting, a company that fosters healthy ecosystems and our connections to it.”

Pine Needle Basketry
with Judith Thomas
Sunday, November 10, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“Judith Thomas, master weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break! All levels welcome. Advance registration required.”

African Dance, Song and Drumming
with Cheza Nami
Sunday, November 10, 11:00-11:30AM,
and four 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.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, November 10, 11:00AM-12:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

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

Theme for November: Mythic Consorts with Lorelei  

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

Savor a Slothful Sunday
with J. Otto Seibold, Author and Illustrator of Lost Sloth
Sunday, November 10, 2:00-4:00PM
Kanbar Forum, The Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
included with Museum admission, Adults $25, Youth 6-17 $19, Children Under 5 Free

“Longing for a lazy Sunday afternoon? Take it slow with a new kind of story time featuring J. Otto Seibold reading Lost Sloth.

Enjoy a soda or sloe gin fizz while your kids sprawl on the floor, getting in touch with their inner folivore (leaves not included). Learn about the secret lives of sloths, and seek out some of our slowest exhibits. Sit back for the breathless tale of a sloth winning a shopping spree - if he can make it to the store in time. ‘Hurry, Sloth!’

Stay for a Q and A hosted by McSweeney’s McMullens publisher Brian McMullens, and meet the author in person at a book signing located in the Pier 15 lobby, just outside the Exploratorium Store.

J. Otto Seibold is a self-taught artist from Oakland, California, best known as the author and illustrator of many renowned children’s books, among them Olive, the Other Reindeer (with Vivian Walsh). Lost Sloth marks his twentieth anniversary in children’s books.”

Obsidian: Sacred Stone for Healing Workshop
with Veronica Iglesias
presented by Ancestral Apothecary
Sunday, November 10, 2:00-6:00PM
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
RSVP required; please e-mail ancestralapothecary@gmail.com
For more information, contact Veronica Iglesias at mujerjade@gmail.com
or 505-385-5422

“Ancestral Apothecary is excited to host visiting curandera from New Mexico, Veronica Iglesias. She will talk about this sacred stone that is a powerful tool that help us find our way for our own healing.

The obsidian is a volcanic glass that connect us with the alchemy of the universe, transmuting our shadow in golden conscience and awareness.

Obsidian has been the tool that has enabled many people in Latin America and Europe to harmonize their bodies, their homes, their relationships, and their health.

Countless women and men have regained confidence in themselves and have connected with the feminine power of the Universe through the therapeutic use of obsidian.

Veronica was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Library Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México).

She is a crystal therapist, and she has a master in healing with Obsidian from Ana Silvia Serrano, author of the book Obsidiana: Piedra Sagrada de Sanacion, (Obsidian: Sacred Stone of Healing).

She studied ancestral medicine with different healers in Mexico, learning about the temazcal, plants, minerals, and rituals and ceremonies. She was initiated like a Ix´Cheel priestess, the Mayan deity of medicine.

She is currently researching Mexican gemstones and their therapeutic uses, specially obsidian, jade, turquoise, and others used since ancient times.

Since 2010, she is working with people in recovery from addictions, offering diverse modalities of ancient healing, like temazcal, meditation, crystals, obsidian, etc.

In 2012, she started working on her dream, the creation of a healing center for empowering women; she collaborates with Rasa Lila, a naturopathic doctor in Celebrate Myself, LLC.”

Upside-Downton Abbey
Annual Champagne Gala for the Lamplighters Music Theatre

Sunday, November 10,
Silent Auction at 3:00PM, Performance at 4:00PM
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco
Tickets available through Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 415-978-2787

Sunday, November 24, Performance at 4:00PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tickets available through Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 650-903-6000

“The funniest fun(d)raiser in town! A full-length original parody, with topical satire set mostly to the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan - every Lamplighters Gala is a unique event, and a guaranteed afternoon of hilarity. Upside-Downton Abbey, or, The Lass that Loved a Chauffeur, features familiar characters and plot themes from the TV series but with a whole host of comic twists. Several past Galas have won best Original Show awards from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Silent Auction (San Francisco only), raffle, and post-performance champagne reception for audience and performers make this an experience not to be missed!

Lamplighters Music Theatre is a San Francisco based non-profit theatre company founded in 1952 to produce the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and other works of comparable wit, literacy and musical merit.

Now recognized as one of the world’s preeminent Gilbert and Sullivan companies, the Lamplighters perform high quality classic musical theatre throughout the Bay Area. The hallmarks of a Lamplighters production are lavish costumes and sets, live orchestra, excellent comic acting, and gorgeous unamplified singing that showcases the beauty and purity of the human voice.

In addition to an active performance schedule, the Lamplighters provide performance opportunities to local theatre artists and promote appreciation for the arts through youth programs, school performances and community outreach.”

Vaudeville in Geyserville!
Sunday, November 10, 4:00PM, Dinner 7:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$20 at the door, Dinner after Show $20
for more information or to register, please call 707-857-4747 or e-mail isis@isisoasis.org

“Performing in the Isis Oasis Theater is this traveling troupe of actors full of whimsical surprises.  Great for all ages.

A great way to spend your Sunday Afternoon!

Come tour the animals at 2:00PM if you like, and get a special tour of some of the new earthen structures on the property.”

Traditional Diets Lecture
with Jessica Prentice
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 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.”

Thanksgiving Jams with Seasonal Fruit
with Rachel Saunders
Tuesday, November 12, 6:00-8:00PM
Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“Join Rachel Saunders, founder of Blue Chair Fruit, as she brings her expertise on fruit and fruit preserving techniques back to the Garden. In this two-hour demo-style class, students will cook two different jams, one single-fruit and one mixed-fruit. Our focus will be on the preparation of the raw fruit, the cooking process, and how to safely jar your jam. Participants will receive two take-home jars of jam and a set of class notes.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, November 12, 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!”

Death Cafe Presents: How to Make the Most of Your (Finite) Life
with Karen Garber
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00-8:30PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma
For more information, please contact Karen Garber at purplekbg@yahoo.com

“At Death Cafes, people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death. The objective of Death Cafe is 'To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.’

Karen is a hospice nurse working in the Petaluma community.”

Bay Area Teen Science Night
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00–9:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
Free for Teens 13-19,
Please reserve your spot by registering in advance

“Join the Exploratorium and the B.A.T.S. collaborative for a night of fun science activities, hands-on exhibits, food, live music, DJ, and games.

There will be demonstrations by Exploratorium Explainers and Senior Scientist Eric Muller as well by our B.A.T.S. partners, the California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space and Science Center, the Oakland Zoo, and UC Berkeley's Space Science Laboratory and NOVA.

DJ Primo will be laying down beats from 6:00-7:00PM and 8:00-9:00PM. The San Francisco Rock Project’s amazing House Band will perform from 7:00-8:00PM.

The B.A.T.S. collaborative's mission is to promote institutional programs that support STEM education for teens.”

Network for a New Culture Launch Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$10, please bring a potluck item
Please RSVP to Susan Campbell at drsusan@susancampbell.com

“We are bringing Network for a New Culture events to the North Bay.  Please come to our launch gathering Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-10:00PM at LoveJourney in Sebastopol.
Network for a New Culture (NFNC) is part of the larger global movement to create local communities where transparency, self-awareness, love, trust, and compassionate honesty are the new cultural norms. We believe that is takes a village to raise a consciousness.  We, of course, intend that our work and play together will be transformative not only for small communities but for the community of the world as well.
The November 13 evening will start with sharing a potluck feast, after which we will participate in a group process called the Forum (see below for description), followed by various optional connecting exercises, including the possibility of dancing and something involving physical touch.
Please RSVP to let us know how many to plan for and to get directions. You may receive another note closer to the date with suggestions for the potluck.  We'd love help with set up and take down and with the potluck clean-up.  Best for all if we share the work.
We hope to see you November 13!
Warm embrace,
Susan Campbell
Evalena Rose
Forum is a facilitated awareness and communication training for groups of 12 to 50. It was designed in the Zegg community in Germany so the community has a way to communicate with itself. It provides an artistic way of personal sharing where an individual moves in the center of the circle and shares whatever is alive in them. Our true motivations, our deep feelings, longings, ideas, and emotions become revealed. This focus on transparency, sharing, and clarifying unsolved situations makes it an invaluable catalyst for growth. Forum is a personal process in a social context.  We discover how our personal issues resonate with everyone, and learn how each theme is part of a common human experience.”

Music and Spirituality of the Shona People of Zimbabwe
Book Release Event and Concert
with Patience Chaiteszvi
Wednesday, November 13, 7:30PM
Bay Area location given upon RSVP
$15-$25 sliding scale
Please RSVP to Iya Mahea at iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“Join us for an intimate mbira performance and learn about the sacred ceremonies of the Shona people. Featuring mbira master Patience Chaiteszvi.

Culture Talk - 7:30PM
Mbira Concert - 8:30PM

Copies of Patienceʻs latest release, Mapira, and a selection of mbira CDs will be available for purchase. Address will be forwarded upon receipt of your rsvp.”

Awakening the Sacred Body
with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Part three of a five part series
Wednesday, November 13, 7:30-9:00PM
and two more dates, December 11 and January 8
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (may sell out)
For more information, please e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Join Bon Buddhist meditation master, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, in the practice of meditation and reflection. Through bringing together the focus of the mind, breath, and physical movements, you will be taught simple and powerful exercises to open your body and release the obstacles that obscure you from recognizing the unbounded space within. Discover inner refuge and the gifts of spaciousness, awareness, and warmth that bring healing and benefit not only to you but also to your relationships with others and the greater world.
This is a five-part series that takes place on September 26, October 29, November 13, December 11 and January 8. You can take one class or all five. Each class is a discrete set of teachings and it is not required that you take the classes in any particular order. This series takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley. Funds go to the Tibetan Children's School, part of TANC (Tibetan Association of Northern California).”

Theatre of Dreams
with author and artist Wendy Addison
Saturday, November 16,
5:30-6:30PM - Presentation
6:30-8:00PM - Reception
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
Free, space for presentation is limited - please call 510-204-9801 to RSVP.

“Nationally acclaimed artist and Bay Area treasure Wendy Addison has enchanted us with her ‘objects for an imaginary life’ ever since she opened her shop, Theatre of Dreams, in 1997 and filled it with her reworkings of antique toys, vintage decorations, and other ephemera. In the years since, her creations have been seen on Martha Stewart and other television shows, in books and magazines, and in product lines sold everywhere from boutiques to Bergdorf Goodman.

But who is the artist behind the art? What inspires her? And what is the secret to making the ‘imaginary life’ real? Join us for a special evening with Wendy Addison as she answers these questions and shares what might be her most amazing creation yet.

Theatre of Dreams is Wendy’s ambitious handmade storybook complete with letterpress printing, evocative ephemera, hand-painted pages, and a built-in mechanical paper theatre. Available in a limited oversize edition, Theatre of Dreams brings together everything we’ve always loved about Wendy’s work. She describes the book’s story as ‘a fable about imagination,’ and her talk promises to reveal some of the secrets which have helped her as an artist who brings imagination to life every day.

Seating for Wendy’s presentation in our upstairs gallery is limited, and she promises that the first 20 people to RSVP will receive not only a seat for the talk but also a special pack of vintage-style labels and artwork related to Theatre of Dreams. Even if you can’t make it to the talk, Wendy will mingle and sign books at the reception afterward, where all are welcome to join in the fun with refreshments and live music.

5:30PM: Limited-seating presentation (must call to RSVP)
6:30-8:00PM: Festive reception with books, refreshments, and live music

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Wendy Addison and step into her Theatre of Dreams.

Theatre of Dreams will be available for purchase in-store at Castle in the Air at the event and throughout the holiday season, and can also be ordered directly from Wendy Addison.”

Spellcrafting, Spellcasting: Making Magick that Works
a four week series of classes for women
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica, High Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon
Thursday, November 21, 7:00PM,
and three more Thursdays, December 19, January 23, and February 21
private home in Hayward; address given upon registration
$120 if paid in advance, $40 if paid class by class
You must sign up in advance for the entire series; each ritual-class builds upon the previous.

“Learn different ways to connect with your innate magickal abilities!  Join the Sisterhood of the Moon for this new offering in our Dianic Ritual Technique class series:  an embodied, experimental, and fun group study of creating and working spells for living lives of intention, integrity, abundance, prosperity, connection, love, and joy.  In a container of Sisterhood, will delve into natural magick and spellwork, honing our strengths.  We will increase our knowledge of the foundations of spellwork, including - but not limited to - the use of intention, astrology, elements, divination, herbs, oils, stones, and colors - fostering poise and assurance as we develop and practice our skills for use in both in our personal practices and in the group ritual setting.  This class will be both entertaining and poignant, building your confidence and helping you to connect in deeper ways to magick while manifesting what you desire.
Dianic Ritual Technique classes are for both Advanced and Beginning Practitioners, and are just as enriching and valuable for the seasoned Witch as they are for the absolute beginner. These class series are intended to help you to sharpen your skills in various aspects of ritual and magickal techniques as well as to develop a firmer, stronger foundation in the Sisterhood of the Moon Tradition.

Some partial scholarships, long- and short-term payment plans are available; please do not ever allow money to keep you from joining us.”

Have a Wildly Dancing, Mysteriously Metamorphosizing Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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