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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, February 25, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Launch Party for the Flight Deck’s Indiegogo, The Extreme Life of the Sea, British Traditional Wicca 101, Introduction to Self Defense Workshop, Living Light Cinema: Finding Joe, The Maltese Falcon, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, The Lion and the Fox, Bread and Circuses, Goddess of the Month: Lakshmi, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Pete Seeger Tribute Concert, Experiencing the Stargate Evening, Roy Zimmerman’s Blue Dot Tour, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, Lawrence of Arabia, Tobacco Sparks Fireworks Chekhov, Experiencing the Stargate Workshop, Hands-On Kimchi Workshop, Festival Martishor: A Celebration of Moldavian Culture, Tibetan New Year Fundraiser, Homestead Apothecary First Anniversary Party, Heritage Theatre's 10th Anniversary Celebration, Gotham City Black and White Ball, Mark Growden and Barry Syska, Saul Landau Memorial Concert, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Theriantrope, Maha Shiv Ratri: 12 Jyothir Lingha Darshan, Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington, Pine Needle Baskets, An Afternoon with Michio Kaku, Belly Dance Student Showcase, Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical, Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, San Francisco History Expo, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Tibetan Sound Healing, Soups and Stocks

Launch Party for the Flight Deck’s Indiegogo
Wednesday, February 26, 5:30-9:00PM
Barkada Bakery and Cafe, 4316 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

“Join us for no-host dinner at Barkada in Temescal on Wednesday, February 26, to help kick off the Flight Deck Indiegogo campaign and raise funds for a new Downtown Oakland arts space created by Ragged Wing Ensemble! Barkada will be donating 20% of dinner sales. (Note: Happy Hour canceled for this event.) This is the easiest way to support the project - come eat a yummy dinner and celebrate!

The Flight Deck is a collaborative arts space and performance venue opening in June 2014 in Downtown Oakland, where artists of all kinds and ages can work, play, collaborate, learn and thrive. The Flight Deck will host performances of all types, gallery shows, rehearsals, classes for youth and adults, and a membership program. We are currently in construction and need your help to put the finishing touches on this place that will contribute to Oakland’s growth as a cultural destination.

The Flight Deck is created and managed by Ragged Wing Ensemble, a non-profit organization which has produced innovative performances and educational programs in the East Bay for ten years. The Flight Deck will be home to Ragged Wing as well as resident companies Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre, Aluminous Collective, Virago Theatre Company, and Dana Lawton Dances.

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

The Extreme Life of the Sea
with Steve Palumbi
a production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00-8:30PM
Los Altos High School Eagle Theatre, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos

“Steve Palumbi, one of today’s leading marine scientists, takes us to the absolute limits of the aquatic world - into the icy arctic, toward boiling hydrothermal vents, and into the deepest undersea trenches - to show how marine life thrives against the odds.  He helps us appreciate and understand the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans.

But such fragile ecosystems face new challenges: climate change and overfishing could pose the greatest threats yet to our planet’s tenacious marine life.  Professor Palumbi shares unforgettable stories of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth, and reveals surprising lessons of how we humans can learn to adapt to climate change.”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00-9:00PM,
and six more Wednesdays through April 9
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“British Traditional Wicca 101 is a 14-week class which provides students with a basic overview of the religion and craft of Wicca, from a British Traditional perspective. Subjects to be covered include the Goddess and the God, the Wheel of the Year, tools and correspondences, ritual structure and function, magical ethics and methods. There will also be guided visualizations and two informal rituals.

This month's classes:
February 26: Meditation on the Element of Fire

British Traditional Wicca 101 will be taught by members of the Coven Daoine Sidhe, led by their High Priestess, Lady Argante. At 26 years young, Daoine Sidhe is one of the most enduring (or stubborn) Gardnerian covens in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Introduction to Self Defense Workshop
Thursday, February 27, 6:00-9:00PM
Radiance Oak, 278 4th Street, Oakland
$40, must register by Wednesday, February 19

“In an effort to increase the safety of our community, Radiance is sponsoring a three-hour Introduction to Self-Defense Workshop taught by Impact Bay Area.

This workshop introduces participants to the basics of self-defense. The class covers street safety and awareness, physical and verbal boundary setting and some basic full-force self-defense tactics proven effective at keeping you safer in the world. Class size is limited, and students have opportunities to practice front and rear grab responses and effective ground fighting with a padded mock assailant.

Open to all genders, age 18 and over.

Cost: $40 (discounted from the usual fee of $75 - $100)
A limited number of sliding scale slots available.  
Contact Chloe for details.
Registration deadline:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014
For registration and payment through PayPal, send payment to:

Include the following information in the PayPal comments section:
1) Name  
2) E-mail address where class information should be sent  
3) Phone

For any questions, contact:  Chloe Moire at chloe@radianceoak.org.”

Living Light Cinema: Finding Joe
Thursday, February 27, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-988-9800
Free, but please call to reserve a seat

“Finding Joe explores famed Mythologist Joseph Campbell's continued impact on our culture. The film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed ‘the hero's journey’: the challenges, fears, dragons, battles and the hero's inevitable return home as a changed person. Finding Joe shows how Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life - or as Campbell would simply state, how to ‘follow your bliss.’ 80 minutes.”

The Maltese Falcon
presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday-Saturday, February 27-March 1,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through March 9
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Tough, independent detective Sam Spade is hired by the beautiful and mysterious Miss Wonderly, who walks into his San Francisco office pleading desperately for help finding her sister. This sets into motion a story about what it's like to want something  a fortune, a lover, or even respect  so badly that you would kill for it; until finally the chase itself means more to you than what you're chasing.

Dashiell Hammett's third novel, The Maltese Falcon was originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask, and set the standard by which all subsequent detective fiction would be judged. Written in 1930 and adapted several times for film (most famously in 1941 starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by John Huston), the novel wasn't adapted for the stage until 2007.”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday and Saturday, February 27 and March 1
Thursday 8:00PM, Saturday 5:00PM
extended - playing through April 26, no show on March 22 or April 12
The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
Sliding scale, Thursdays $25-$35, Saturdays $30-$35

“The Marsh is thrilled to announce the return of Geoff Hoyle’s hit solo show, Geezer.

From a hysterical riff on life in a nursing home to The Venerable Bede’s meditations on the meaning of life, from delightful reminiscences of his youth in England and young manhood in America to ruminations on aging and mortality, Hoyle brings his irrepressible sense of comedy and trademark physicality, as well as a certain elegiac wistfulness, to this tour-de-force performance about what it is like to grow old.

Geoff Hoyle trained with Marcel Marceau’s teacher, Etienne Decroux, in Paris, developing his unique physical bravura comic style, a combination of the court jester, vaudeville and English music hall. He made his mark in the Bay Area as the Pickle Family Circus’ beloved clown, Mr. Sniff. Later, he created the critically acclaimed Feast of Fools, featuring masked Commedia Dell’Arte characters including the libidinous and elderly Pantalone (Hoyle claims he will no longer need to use a mask for this one,) Il Dottore and the pratt-falling Arleccino. It is a depiction of Everyman striving for dignity in the face of a multitude of struggles, big and small, that is not unlike Hoyle’s own search for meaning in Geezer. His award-winning shows The Convict’s Return (about taking Feast of Fools to Broadway and its mixed reception there,) (Geni(us) and The First Hundred Years (an improbable history of comedy) have been seen in San Francisco, Paris, London, Berlin, Taiwan, New York, England and the former Soviet Union.

Regional theatre appearances include Berkeley and Seattle Repertory Theatres, A.C.T. and La Jolla Playhouse. He was the original Zazu in the Broadway cast of The Lion King and appeared off-Broadway in Bill Irwin’s Mr. Fox and in Tony Kushner’s and Maurice Sendak’s adaptation of the children’s opera Brundibar. His many film appearances include Popeye, during which his son, Dan, was born. Last summer, he performed his fabled three-legged dance in the oldest theatre in Italy, the Teatro della Pergola, built in Florence in 1656. Critics have remarked at the sheer joy Hoyle’s character finds in mastering his extra limb!”

The Lion and the Fox
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, February 27-March 2,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Street, Berkeley
Thursdays pay what you can, regular performances $15-$28

“A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Lucas Hatton, Vanessa Ramos, Gregory Scharpen, Benjamin Stowe and Jan Zvaifler

We open the 2014 season with The Lion and the Fox, a prequel to Machiavelli’s The Prince, one of our most popular productions ever. This time we see Niccolo Machiavelli pair off against one of the greatest villains in history, Cesare Borgia. What really happened between the author of The Prince and the ideal subject of the little book that changed the world - Machiavelli’s infamous ‘handbook for tyrants’?

The more Machiavelli learns about Cesare, the more he is impressed. Borgia seems gifted beyond all others; he has limitless wealth, he’s a brilliant military tactician, a magnificent warrior, he’s irresistibly handsome, utterly ruthless - and incredibly lucky. He even has the great Leonardo da Vinci in his service, as the architect-engineer of his magnificent war machine, which seems increasingly unstoppable as it storms through Italy.

But when Machiavelli learns of a plot against the life of Cesare, he must make a choice: will he be loyal to the sacred homeland of his birth, the Republic of Florence?  Or will he give in to his growing conviction that Cesare Borgia may indeed be ‘the Son of Fortune’, the one ordained by God Himself to be the ‘Savior of all Italy’ - the ideal Prince?

Written by company co-director, Gary Graves, and directed by company co-director, Jan Zvaifler.  Featuring Benjamin Stowe as Machiavelli, and Lucas Hatton as Cesare Borgia.  Sound design by Gregory Scharpen, costume design by Tammy Berlin, and stage management by Vanessa Ramos.”

Bread and Circuses
Thursday-Sunday, February 27-March 2,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
Thursday-Friday previews pay what you can,
Regular performances $20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Bread and Circuses is a cavalcade of brutal and bloody new short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights working today. Curated by Steve Yockey (The Fisherman’s Wife) and directed by Desdemona Chiang (Ching Chong Chinaman; Crevice), Bread and Circuses explores violence as entertainment, featuring new work by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee; American Psycho: the Musical), Prince Gomolvilas (Jukebox Stories), Declan Greene (8GB of Hardcore Pornography), Lauren Gunderson (Toil and Trouble), Dave Holstein (Weeds), JC Lee (HBO's Looking; Into the Clear Blue Sky), Ross Maxwell (Glee), Lauren Yee (Ching Chong Chinaman; Crevice), and Yockey.

Featuring Sarah Coykendall, Michael Delaney, Dana Featherby, Maro Guevara, Eric Kerr, and Maria Giere Marquis.”

Goddess of the Month: Lakshmi
with Phoenix LeFae
Friday, February 28, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

“Goddess for February: Lakshmi

Together we will gather once a month and listen to the words of the Great Mother. We will do this through song, dance, trance, storytelling, and joyful community celebration.

Each month we will learn about and dive into the energy of a different Goddess from around the world. Our hope that is by meeting these different energies you will find one that resonates with your heart and you will walk away with the potential for a greater relationship with a Divine One.

Join us as we celebrate and honor the abundance of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. We will learn about her six divine qualities, hear her stories, sing her songs, and ask for her blessings of prosperity and abundance as we move further into 2014.

Phoenix LeFae is an eclectic magickal practitioner, Tarot reader, and professional Priestess, who has been walking the path of the Witch for many years. She is driven by a love for myth and Deity, working to help people connect to the Mysterious Ones in their daily lives. She believes that magick and ritual can transform our inner landscapes and change the world. Phoenix teaches in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft and she is the founder of Brigid's Hammer Mystery School. Above all else, Phoenix is a spiritual seeker looking for ways to deepen her practice every day.

Ella is a Reclaiming witch and life coach, helping people to change their lives by finding their path and true calling. She works with mystery in a myriad of forms and embodies magic in every cell of her being. She has a spark of energy that infuses her magick and inspires those around her. Ella recognizes that there is magick in even what seems mundane and helps others to see this for themselves.”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, February 28, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”

Pete Seeger Tribute Concert
Friday, February 28, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
Suggested Donation $15-$20

“Bodhi Setchko has put together an evening to celebrate the life and music of Pete Seeger, ‘The balladeer of America's conscience’.

David Freiberg (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Starship)
Linda Imperial  (Quicksilver Messenger Service, NY Jazz Explosion, Linda Imperial Band)
Terry Garthwaite  (Joy of Cooking)
Bruce Arnold  (Orpheus)
Adam Traum (Happy's son)
Dore Coller  (Bermudagrass, Hot Club of Marin)
Willow van den Hoek (Bonnie Raitt, John Herald and The Greenbriar Boys)
Pat Campbell (Jerry Garcia, John Herald and The Greenbriar Boys)
Remy Hennessee (‘Til Dawn)
Setchko, Meese and Juniper
Chuck and Jeanie Poling

An advocate for peace and civil rights, Pete Seeger helped spark the folk music revival with his five-string banjo and songs calling for justice.

Pete Seeger was a teenager in the 1930s when he heard an Appalachian balladeer perform on an old-fashioned, five-string banjo and fell in love with the instrument, the timeless melodies and, most of all, the words.

‘Compared to the trivialities of most popular songs,’ he said later, ‘the words of these songs had all the meat of human life in them... They seemed frank, straightforward, honest.’

In time, Seeger would arm himself with a banjo, a guitar and the transformative power of music to battle injustice in America and become the folk legend behind numbers such as We Shall Overcome, Where Have All the Flowers Gone and Turn! Turn! Turn!

A veteran of the labor, peace and civil rights movements, Seeger remained relevant as an activist into his 90s. He was equally musician and revolutionary, playing a major role in the folk music revival that began in the late 1950s while helping to craft the soundtrack of 1960s protests.

A portion of tonight's proceeds will go to support the good work of AHO, Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity, serving the homeless youth of Marin County.”

Experiencing the Stargate: An Inter-Dimensional Doorway
facilitated by Prageet
Friday, February 28, 7:00-9:30PM
Private land in Sebastopol, address given upon legislation
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (may sell out)

“An evening with the Stargate is an evening experiencing other dimensional realities. The Stargate structure is an inter-dimensional doorway, created from Sacred Geometry. It holds a consciousness, which, when activated, creates a very strong energy field in the room.

With the group intention, the Stargate starts to accelerate its vibrational rate and starts to emanate frequencies from higher dimensions. This supports those present in raising their own energetic frequency, or vibration, effortlessly. In this higher frequency people are far more sensitive to other dimensional beings, who bring their presence into the room to greet and acknowledge those present.

The various energies that radiate from the Stargate and those higher dimensional beings touch each person at a very deep level, very often creating change in their lives. Mental, emotional, physical and past life karma have all been changed in this environment with grace and ease.

The structure of the evening consists of short meditation experiences with background music, guided by Alcazar channeled through Prageet and Julieanne.

The beauty about the Stargate process is there is nothing to do! Simply relaxing into the energies, being watchful. Simply noticing the sensations that the energetic environment create in your body and in your energy field. The most common experience after a Stargate evening is a feeling of joy, transformation, and a very tangible raising of your own vibration.

You are invited to bring more joy and more celebration into your life.”

Roy Zimmerman’s Blue Dot Tour
Friday, February 28, 7:30PM   
Private home in Berkeley, RSVP for address
$18 or pay what you can
To RSVP, please e-mail  daniellsdin@gmail.com or call 510-277-6669

“The incomparable Roy Zimmerman, acoustic guitar sensation and brilliant lyricist, entertains and inspires with original songs of social justice informed by cross-country travels and reflection on the quirks of American politics and culture. Mischievous, hilarious, wise and poignant, Zimmerman draws audiences in, leaving them laughing, weeping and shaking their heads.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, February 28, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing.”

Vintage Invasion
Friday, February 28, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

“Vintage Invasion - where the old dances invade a new generation
Our crowd is growing and thriving... a really positive atmosphere!

Have you ever waltzed to Metallica or danced a polka to Lady Gaga? Yes?  Then you know what a great time it is, and we will see you there!  No?  Well it's never too late to start.  Since we have hundreds of years of waltz music to choose from, the variety makes a wonderful, festive evening.  This is a casual, neighborhood party: a chance to meet people, bounce around, and generally make merry.  We'll have a potluck; you are welcome to bring snacks if you like.  Your hosts always bring the punch and water.  No alcohol, please, as we sometimes have dancers under 21 attending.

All are welcome for the lesson, so we can get you moving and ready to sail across the floor.  If you're new to dancing we promise to be patient with you, and if you have waltzed before we will improve your technique.  After class, during the dance party, we will still be available to help you with what we taught you, and introduce you to some of our regulars.  They are well skilled, but don't be shy about asking them to dance with you too.  They'll probably be happy for the chance to show off. :)

8:00-9:00PM = Lesson in Vintage Waltz - no partner or experience needed
9:00PM-Midnight = Dance to Persephone and guest DJs playing lots of waltzes, and a little bit of many other partner dances.”

Lawrence of Arabia
presented by the RetroDome
Friday-Saturday, February 28-March 1,
Friday at 7:00PM, Saturday, 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Winchester 21 Theatre, 3161 Olsen Drive, San Jose
$10 in advance, $11 at the door

“See the film that the Chicago Tribune called ‘an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.’ Lawrence of Arabia, the winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture (1962), returns to the big screen February 28-March 1.

This awe-inspiring, brilliant gem of a movie must be seen on our giant screen. It’s an adventure with Peter O’Toole as T. E. Lawrence, a British officer assigned to Arabia during World War I where he unites the Arabs and leads them to victory over the ruling Turkish empire.

Considered one of the greatest achievements in cinematic history, it’s noted that O’Toole lost 28 pounds, sprained one ankle, cracked another ankle, ruptured a thigh muscle, tore a groin muscle, dislocated his back and cracked his skull all while filming the 216 minute biopic. Visit the Retro Dome to see the film that inspired Steven Spielberg to start making moves.”

Tobacco Sparks Fireworks Chekhov
presented by The Imaginists
Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 2,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
Preview week - pay all you can

“Gracious ladies and to the same extent gracious gentlemen, it was proposed that I write a description here about the the three plays, in a manner of speaking, by Anton Chekhov that are not exactly like plays, but, if you will excuse the expression, sort of like plays, that we, the Imaginists, will perform very soon. I ask that particular attention be paid to George Malko who will function as our translator and hence there is no more to discuss. Whomsoever among you is put off by performances that make the blood run cold, monologues that douse lamps, and dry scientific lectures, whomsoever is displeased, that person need not read further and may leave. As far as costume, we will take it up-dammitall-to the highest level...Treachery. Gunshots - we won’t spare the gunpowder. In a word, we will stick to the cliches.  And finally more gunfire. More gunpowder. Spine tingling tremors will fly through the air. Thunder and lightening. It will be terrifying. All the same, we will not be satisfied.

On the  Injuriousness of Tabacco, The Proposal, and Unclean Tragedians and Leprous Playwrights (A Very Ghastly - Upsettingly - Desperate TRRRagedy In Many Acts, Even More Scenes) translated by George Malko.

Pay-All-You-Can Previews: Feb. 28, March 1, 2, & 6
Opening Gala Friday March 7th  8 pm, tickets $40
March 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 21, & 22
Friday and Saturday performances at 8 pm
Thursday and Sunday performances at 7 pm
Tickets $15 on Thursdays and Sundays
Tickets $20 on Fridays and Saturdays”

Experiencing the Stargate: An Inter-Dimensional Doorway
facilitated by Prageet
Saturday, March 1, 10:00AM-5:30PM
Private land in Sebastopol, address given upon legislation
$85 in advance, $95 at the door (may sell out)

“A Stargate workshop creates an energetic in which the participants bathe. This creates an effortless expansion of your awareness, into which we introduce various guides.

The intention for this day is to re-activate multi-dimensional DNA, for it is within your DNA that the mysteries of your greater Self are held. With this reactivation comes an invigorating of your human being-ness.

Prageet and Julieanne channel Alcazar, who guides a series of short meditations. Each meditation brings through a cascade of energetics, all focused on the tens of thousands of aspects of this sleeping DNA.

The process of re-remembering, of knowing Self, is the total awakened DNA presence. This is enlightenment. The DNA holds the key to who you are, who you have been, how your physical structure works - your part and purpose in the Universal scheme, and your ability to communicate directly with Spirit, or to be more correct, to manifest Spirit within Self.”

Hands-On Kimchi Workshop
with Jessica Stelzer
Saturday, March 1, 12:00-2:00PM
The kitchen at Jessica’s co-op on in South Berkeley. Address will be sent to attendees.

“Spicy, probiotic and, let’s be honest, a great substitute for cooking, kimchi is the star staple of Korean cuisine. Or to quote Oakland’s Fusebox chef Sunhui Chang, ‘I bleed kimchi.’

HackerMom Jessica Stelzer will guide us in making two big batches of basic napa cabbage kimchi, vegan or with traditional shrimp paste. Everyone will go home with a recipe, instructions and a large jar of kimchi, ready to eat. You may never be able to eat store-bought again!

Childcare available.”

Festival Martishor: A Celebration of Moldavian Culture
Saturday, March 1, 2:00PM-Midnight
OASIS, 401 California Avenue, Treasure Island, San Francisco

“The Martisor tradition, according to many historians,  goes back about 8000 years. ‘Marts’ is a Romanian word that translates to March. This name originally derived from the Latin name of the Greek god Mars.  According to tradition, everyone wears a symbol of the holiday attached to their shirts. The pin displays a composition of a red and white flower.

At the heart of the festival there are some lovely legends. One legend is: on the first day of March the beautiful Spring came to the edge of the forest and looked around in the prickly bramble thickets to see the snowdrop trying to break free. She decided to help him and started picking out the thorns from the branches. Then she cleared the snow around him. Winter saw this and was furious. The Winter then waved her hands and summoned the cold wind and snow to destroy the primrose (a flower with many different colors). The weak flower wilted under the cruel wind. To save the flower the Spring grabbed a handful of thorns. From her wounded hands fell a drop of hot blood and the flower lived. Therefore Spring defeated the Winter. The colors that symbolize Martishor came from her red blood on the white snow.

The international festival Martishor is a widely-celebrated Spring holiday of love, peace, friendship and multicultural art promoting the mutual enrichment of national cultures.

The goal of ​​the festival:
The festival Martishor will continue to be an annual tradition.  It will strive to bring together people of different nationalities, deepen mutual understanding, bring to the audience the most important events of musical art, and revive the social culture in California.

Objectives of the festival:
All the collected proceeds will go to the development of children’s sports in Ukraine, and introduce the various ways to help the charitable organization Olimpic Foundation.

Explore the museum of Moldavian Culture. Taste many different wines with traditional, enjoyable Moldavian food. Later enjoy the remarkable concert.

What is included in General Admission?
A fabulous concert with world class Moldavian dancers, singers and artists (no assigned seating, some chairs and tables at the bar area will be provided).

AFTERPARTY Euro Dreams Events.

Food court and bar is available all day!”

Tibetan New Year Fundraiser
Saturday, March 1, 4:00-7:00PM
The Barlow, 6770 McKinley Street,  #130, Sebastopol

“In honor of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, The Tibetan Gallery and Studio and The Dalai Lama Foundation present a special celebration featuring an art auction and fundraising event. The auction will include a Tibetan thangka and works by Tashi Dhargyal, founder of the Tibetan Gallery and Studio, as well as selected works from The Dalai Lama Foundation's art exhibition, The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama.

The event will open with a special blessing by Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery and there will be a silent auction as well as a live auction featuring art as well as experiential items.

Hors d'oeuvres will be provided regional restaurants with wines by Marimar Estate, La Follette, Hestan Vineyards and nonalcoholic beverages provide by The Kefiry. We will also be sampling some traditional Losar foods.

In addition to the auctions, live entertainment will be featuring Tibetan musician Tsering Dorjee.”

Homestead Apothecary First Anniversary Party
Saturday, March 1, 6:00-9:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“Homestead Apothecary is turning 1 this Saturday!!! Can you believe how fast time has flown by? We are throwing a party from 6:00-9:00PM to say thank you to all of you wonderful folks who have helped to make this possible. There will be herb-infused cocktails, music and great company!”

Heritage Theatre's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, March 1, 6:00PM
Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-2700
Reception $40, Show $46, Reception and Show $81

“Campbell's Heritage Theatre is happy to celebrate our 10th anniversary!!  Join us at 6:00PM on March 1 as we raise a glass and toast to 10 wonderful years. This pre-show reception with delicious hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine will be held at Orchard City Banquet Hall at Campbell Community Center. A beverage ticket will be included with your ticket purchase to the reception.

Following the reception will be a performance at the Heritage Theatre by the vocal group Under the Streetlamp.  Ticket prices for the show and reception are as follows:  show and reception, $81; reception only, $40; show only, $46.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please phone the Heritage Theatre at 408-866-2700.”

Gotham City Black and White Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, March 1,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo

“Join Gotham City's most popular host and most eligible bachelor at his stately mansion for the social event of the season - the Gotham City Black and White Ball.

Vintage or modern evening dress is admired, not required; black and white attire is optional. The ‘look’ of Gotham City is very Film Noir, so your costumes may be 1930s, 40s, 50s, modern ‘Retro’ attire, or simply modern evening dress. Black, white, and/or grey attire is also admired but not required. Guests may also attend as a superhero, heroine, or villain in disguise and incognito. In other words, this is not a superhero costume ball. Remember that you are at the ball as Mr. Bruce Wayne's guests (or are trying to crash the ball by posing as one of Mr. Wayne's guests!). Role-playing at the ball is encouraged but completely optional. Please contact us at peers@peersdance.org if you have any questions.

Sara and Swingtime - Gotham City's most fashionable band - plays an evening of elegant vintage ballroom dance music (waltzes, tangos, fox trots, Blues, Latin, etc.) and hot Swing of the 1920s, 30s and 40s in keeping with the Film Noir ambience of the city! Sara and Swingtime is one of the most danceable bands on the West Coast, famous for both their floating waltzes and their exhilarating Swing. We are also pleased to welcome our celebrated musical guest artist Lee Presson as The Joker.

For guests wishing to brush up on their vintage Swing and Fox Trot, there will be a pre-ball dance lesson with Jane Xavier Dougherty, Alex Lerman, and Cathleen Myers from 7:00-8:00PM.

There will be a no-host (cash) bar and a light snack buffet, and potluck contributions to the butler's pantry would be greatly appreciated (Please drop off your contributions at Alfred's kitchen).”

Mark Growden and his Quartet and Barry Syska and The Fantasy Orchestra
with Art by Leah Romanelli
Saturday, March 1, Art Reception 7:00PM, Concert at 9:00PM
ClouD 9, 1320 9th Street, Berkeley
Art Reception Free, Concert $15 in advance, $20 at the door

“An exhibition of art and music, kicking off the first of the ClouD 9 sessions with artist, Leah Romanelli and musicians, Mark Growden and his quartet and Barry Syska and The Fantasy Orchestra.

Art opening reception by Leah Romanelli from 7:00-9:00PM Free

At War, a photo exhibition by award-winning fashion designer,  artist, and photographer Leah Romanelli.  The exhibit, consisting of 22 photographs taken in 2003, reflects anti-U.S. government involvement in Iraq through graffiti in the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, and Honolulu contrasted with streetscapes throughout Europe.  These images are as pertinent today, if not more so, than when they were taken.  The exhibit was designed to give the viewer a sense of walking through city streets in Europe, witnessing local culture blended with an anti-imperialist war message, and then bringing it full-circle by presenting similar sentiment from within the United States.

Music starts at 9:00PM,
$15 online pre-sale tickets through Brown Paper Tickets until  February 27, then $20 at the door.

Mark Growden is a singer, writer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer, visual artist, workshop leader, and the founder and artistic director of The Calling All Choir. Growden has released several critically acclaimed albums, including Saint Judas, which was awarded 2010 Rekkid of the Year by music blog Stash Dauber and ranked in the 2010 Village Voice Critics Poll. Growden has toured the the US extensively and has composed original musical scores for a number of Dance and Theater companies. He has also scored several films, including Blood Tea and Red String, which won Best Animation at both the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Growden has ten years of experience teaching music in schools and currently leads singing workshops across the country. Mark has devoted his life to making music for other people, and to helping other people make music for themselves.

Barry Syska is a dynamic musical showmen. He is a singer, songwriter, composer, and performer.  Barry Syska creates his art  from a sound palette of many different styles, genres and eras. His song selection draws from various types of music such as rock, folk, jazz, blues, swing, country and world beat, as he individually tailors his sound for particular performances.

Tasty food and drinks will be available.

ClouD 9 sessions:
We will be featuring some of the finest local acts in the Bay Area and the sessions will be filmed in front of a live audience - you!

The sessions will include a 15 minute interview with the artists prior to performances, and the acts are encouraged to perform a few numbers together to showcase their collaborative efforts and styles. You as the audience will have an opportunity to get to know the artists on a more intimate level, prior to the performance.  Admission will go towards supporting your local artists, as well as Cloud 9.

This is wonderful way to support and get to know our local talent in such a special way, right here in your back yard at ClouD 9.”

Saul Landau Memorial Concert
Saturday, March 1, 7:30PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Concert with Cuban singer/musician Mayito Rivera, the Poet of La Rumba, and friends in celebration of the life of the late filmmaker, author, and human rights activist Saul Landau.

Joining Mayito will be the Afro-Cuban group Pellejo Seco, folkloric dance troupe from Santiago de Cuba, Siete Potencias and guitarist Jose Roberto Hernandez.

Saul Landau produced more than 40 films and TV programs, 14 books, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews. Among his numerous accolades, Saul received an Emmy and a George Polk Award for Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, a film he directed with Jack Willis in 1980 about the cover-up of health hazards related to 1950s atomic bomb testing. His film Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? exposed the true story of the Cuban 5, Cuban nationals who have been political prisoners in the U.S. since 1998, a cause Saul dedicated much of his last years to.

Proceeds from this concert will go to Saul’s unfinished film Cuba: Out of the Closet, Into the Rainbow, about Cuba’s homosexual community and societal changes.”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Saturday, March 1, 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:
March 30
April 27
May 28
June 26
July 26
August 24
September 24
October 22
November 22
December 21

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.”

in concert
Saturday, March 1, 8:00PM
Wisteria Ways, 383 61st Street, Oakland
sliding scale $15-$20 cash only at the door
ALL funds go to the musicians
For more information, please e-mail info@WisteriaWays.org

“Flamenco, Balkan, Indian Classical, Jazz, Persian and Pop

Therianthrope is the musical duo of nylon string guitarist, Dusty Brough, and tabla artist, Miles Shrewsbery. Immediately following their first meeting in 2011, they knew they had to keep making music together; the improvisations, rhythms, and sensibilities were too fresh and exciting to let rest. The music of Therianthrope is inspired from their diverse backgrounds in Flamenco, Balkan, Indian Classical, Jazz, Persian and Pop, to name just a few. They unabashedly break down genre barriers while reinterpreting the sounds of today's jazz and other traditional music.

For the March 1st concert, Theriantrope is joined by special guest, Rebecca Kleinmann.
Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, composer and teacher with a career marked by diversity and improvisation. A musical chameleon, Rebecca has toured world-wide performing Jazz, Brazilian music, Tango and Flamenco, and other styles.

The house opens 30 minutes before the performance. Please leave extra time for parking, etc.

Reservations - preferred method is e-mail: info@wisteriaways.org. Though as a back-up, call 510-655-2771.

Donations are cash only (please no checks) taken at the door. No advance payment.
Bathroom space is limited. Please arrive early to use facilities as this reduces the line at break time.

It is critical that you make a reservation as seating is limited. Arrive early to obtain the best seats.

Just bring yourself and your donation.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early to claim your reservation and find the best seats.”

Maha Shiv Ratri: 12 Jyothir Lingha Darshan
Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato
Free, please register at the website below

“A cordial invitation for celebrating one of the most auspicious and revered festivals of India - a memorial of the incarnation of Shiva, the Supreme Divinity, coming in to the world to free it from the darkness of sorrow and suffering, and bringing in the light of wisdom, purity, and peace.

Nowhere else in the West can you see all 12 replicas of the Jyotirlingas of India. You will experience the atmosphere of the  sacred temples of Shiva. Understand the deep secrets of the significance of this present time of change, the Self and the Divine, and celebrate one of the most auspicious and revered festivals of India.

11:00AM: Guided Tour
1:00PM: Program
3:00PM: Darshan

Two days of captivating, cultural and enlightening experiences to share with friends and family:
Live Music
Guided Tour
Indian Classical Dance
Words of Wisdom
Experiential Meditation
Spiritual Art Gallery
Prasad served
Exhibit of decorative replicas of the twelve historic Shiva temples
Aarti and Darshan
Event is no charge - Contributions graciously accepted”

Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington
Sunday, March 2, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Antioch Marina, 5 Marina Plaza, Antioch

“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.”

Pine Needle Baskets
with Judith Thomas
Sunday, March 2, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$90, limit 12 students

“Explore the beauty and simplicity of this ancient form of basket making with Judith Thomas, a fiber artist and Waldorf School handwork teacher. You will learn the technique of coiling the pine needles and using a waxed linen thread or raffia to bind the coils together in a decorative manner. Judith will discuss how to find the pine needles around the area, how to collect and store them, and where to buy the few other materials you will need. She will provide written instructions for you to keep at home and everything you will need for your first basket will be waiting for you in the studio.

Drinks and light snacks will be served. Due to the workshop length, please feel free to bring a bag lunch to eat in the studio or take to the local community garden to enjoy in the sun.”

An Afternoon with Michio Kaku
Sunday, March 2, 1:00-4:30PM
Fox Theatre Redwood City, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City
$20 general seating, $45 includes book, priority seating in front rows and first in signing line

“Please join us for a fascinating afternoon with renowned theoretical physicist and noted author, Michio Kaku, who will talk about his latest book, The Future of the Mind.

Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York, where he has taught for over 25 years. He is a co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein, Physics of the Impossible, and Physics of the Future.

Dr. Kaku hosted The Universe on the History Channel and has appeared on Discovery, BBC, ABC, the Science Channel, and CNN. He has written for Discover, Wired, and New Scientist, been featured in the documentary Me and Isaac Newton, and hosted many of his own, including the BBC’s recent series on Time.
In The Future of the Mind, Dr. Kaku gives us a look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics. For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about ‘consciousness’ and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.

$45 includes book, priority seating in front rows and first in signing line
$20 general seating
Doors open at 1:00PM
Dr. Kaku will sign copies The Future of the Mind following the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, March 2, 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.”

Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, March 2, 7:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“Un-Scripted Theater Company brings back some of our favorite shows on Sundays in 2014!

March: Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical
April: The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
May: Off Book, Off Broadway

This Sunday: Gold Rush!

Gambling. Prostitution. Crime. Sudden riches… and sudden death. This summer, Un-Scripted Theater Company pays tribute to a ‘golden’ era in San Francisco: the (in)famous Barbary Coast.

It was a time when extraordinarily colorful characters filled every corner of old Sydney-Town - an area that spanned a mere nine blocks but whose influence extends through the city even today. Each night, audience members will experience a never-before-seen musical journey, bringing back life as it might have existed during the earliest days of San Francisco’s history.

AUDIENCE WARNING: This show is rated BCF* for Language, Content and Violence.

*Babies Come From”

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Sunday, March 2, Dinner served 5:00-6:30PM, Concert 7:00-9:30PM
French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, 707-824-2030
$18 with dinner reservation, $25 concert only

“Kitka is known and loved far and wide for their exquisite harmonies from Eastern Europe and beyond.

Dinner served 5-6:30PM, keep your table for the show

Call 707-824-2030 for Reservations.

Don’t miss this stunning evening of vocal artistry in an intimate setting at French Garden.”

San Francisco History Expo
Saturday-Sunday,  March 1-2,
Saturday 11:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-4:00PM
The Old Mint, 88 Fifth Street, San Francisco
$5, Under 12 Free, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Join us at the Old Mint as more than fifty San Francisco organizations create mini-museums showcasing the diverse history of San Francisco's communities. In addition, there will be historic films, special programs, an art exhibition, and more.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, March 3, 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.”

Tibetan Sound Healing
with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Wednesday, March 5, 7:30-9:00PM,
and one more Wednesday, April 23
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

“One of the world's oldest unbroken spiritual traditions is the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet. This wisdom path has survived thanks to the efforts of a handful of dedicated lamas, such as Bon lineage holder Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. In this series of teachings, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche gives us the tools to access wisdom and compassion, and to use the vibration of sacred sound to purify our body, connect with our inherent perfection and completeness, and awaken spiritual virtue.

You can come to any one of the talks or all of the talks. If you miss one of the earlier ones, you will still benefit from attending later ones.

This lecture series benefits the Tibetan's Children's School and the Tibetan Association of Northern California.

Soups and Stocks
with Rosie Ueng
Part One of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, March 6, 6:00-9:00PM,
and five more Thursdays through April 10
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class, $550 for six-class series

“Stock is arguably the most fundamental component of cooking as the base for soups, stews, and sauces. Learn the hows and whys of the different types of stock as well as techniques for building delicious, flavorful soups. Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of soup? The class ends with a delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening’s labor.

Instructor Rosie Ueng holds a Masters in Nutrition and a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. She has worked as a cook at Three Stone Hearth as well as a private chef and caterer. Rosie combines science, traditional wisdom, and her cooking background to offer this unique cooking series. Rosie Ueng is founder of Rosewater Cooking and Science.

Class is from 6:00-9:00PM on Thursday, March 6 at the Three Stone Hearth Kitchen.

To purchase the 6 class series for $550 (a savings of $20),
please e-mail denise@threestonehearth.com.”

Have an Extreme, Adventurous, Improvised Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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