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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, March 4, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Soups and Stocks, British Traditional Wicca 101, The Five-Fold Goddess, Tibetan Sound Healing, Lasso of Truth, Celebrate Kunapipi: Australian Aboriginal Mother Goddess, Exploratorium After Dark: Extended Cinemas, Creative Celebrations Show, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, The Lion and the Fox, Bread and Circuses, Tobacco Sparks Fireworks Chekhov, Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion, A Serenade at the Arcade, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, FOGcon 2014, Sonora Celtic Faire, The Maltese Falcon, International Women's Day, Introduction to Beekeeping, Chemistry of Plant Fibers and Dyes, Day in the Life 1901, International Women's Day Gathering, Samiah Trunk Show, Creating Healthy Soil: Using Mulch to Lower your Water Bill, Bird Illustration, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Elemental Alchemy, East Bay Waltz, Revision And Re-Visioning Psychology, Mosaic Making Intensive, Spring Forward!, Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington, From Courtyard to Conservatory: Women Musicians of Tashkent, Resist Dyeing Techniques, SoulCollage, Mexican Land Grants: The Case of Don Castro's Rancho San Lorenzo, Clearing Karmic Debt with the Goddess of Compassion, Kitka in Concert, Mead-Making Workshop, Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical, Tibetan National Uprising Day, Whatever Happened To Spider Baby?, Tarot Salon, Dharma Bums: Raga Reggae Rock, The Black Brothers Band, Aligning Heaven and Earth: Balancing Planetary Patterns with Energetic Applications of Herbs, Dianic Ritual Technique: Ritual Bootcamp

Soups and Stocks
with Rosie Ueng
Part One of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, March 5, 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.”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00-9:00PM,
and five 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:
March 5: Meditation on the Element of Water
March 12: Meditation on the Element of Earth
March 19: Ritual for Ostara
March 26: Magical Ethics and Methods part 1

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.”

The Five-Fold Goddess: A New Vision of the Feminine Divine
with LaSara Firefox
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00-9:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477

“Many women feel the template of the three-fold goddess typically used in many branches of Neo-Paganism is too limiting. For years we’ve been trying to adapt a system that relates primarily to the biological aspect of motherhood to include more expressions of the feminine.

In this workshop I present a radical alternative. For consideration, I present a model of five stages of development that offers endless flexibility in the trajectory of the experience of being female.

Men and women are both invited to this workshop. The men are requested to practice silent witnessing as women do the work of redefining their relationship with the feminine divine. At the end of this presentation and discussion, there will be a question and answer session where both the men will be welcome to ask questions.

Lasara Firefox Allen is an internationally published, best-selling author. She has offered workshops on topics from Mysticism, to relationships and intimacy, to sexuality, and has an active coaching practice. Lasara regularly offers workshops at festivals and other events on the west coast, and workshops and retreats in the Northern California region.”

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.

Lasso of Truth
presented by Marin Theatre Company
Wednesday-Sunday, March 5-9 and Tuesday, March 11,
Wednesday 7:30PM, Thursday-Saturday and Tuesday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley
see website for ticket information

“Known for her ‘ferocious intellect and arresting language’ (Star Tribune), playwright Carson Kreitzer traces the origin story and lasting impact of the comic character Wonder Woman through the life of her controversial creator, William Moulton Marston. The early 20th-century psychologist and father of the modern lie detector modeled his superheroine on two women - his wife and his former student - both of whom he lived with in a polyamorous relationship.

In this inventive multimedia theatrical experience that combines live action with comic book illustration and animation, a contemporary young woman looks back and tries to untangle the knotty history behind the worldwide feminist icon.”

Celebrate Kunapipi, Australian Aboriginal Mother Goddess
Thursday, March 6, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“From far across the ocean Kunapipi came, the First Mother, bringing with Her the ancestors.  Kunapipi is one of the Mother Goddesses of the Northern aboriginal tribes of Australia.  She is the perpetually pregnant Mother of us all who is constantly giving birth to all of existence - all plant life, all animals, and all humans. She is also known as the rainbow serpent, as this is the form She takes to go out into the world to care for Her people, to teach them Her ways.
The Earth is Her body and caves are very are sacred to Kunapipi.  Caves are where Her ceremonies and rituals are held.  She is the Goddess of coming of age ceremonies.  Once during their lifetime, the people go to one of her sacred places, a cave hollowed out from the Mother’s body, where they swing the bullroarer instrument until Kunapipi sings loudly and introduces the initiate to her twin soul which they believe to live always at Her side.  Upon death the soul rejoins its twin at Her side until she decides to send it back again.
Kunapipi created songs to tell of the Dreamtime, and through the songs tells the stories of the ancestors.  She travels the lands with a band of heroines and heroes, doing great miracles and teaching the people.  The Ubar, a long wooden log or gong, is another instrument that is played during Her rituals.  It is considered the uterus of the Mother, as is the Earth and especially Her Caves.  The gong is played at the beginning of the ritual to call the Mother into consciousness and then is constantly sounded by musicians with flat sticks made from the center rib of the Pandanas Palm frond.  Should the sound stop, it means that the Mother’s spirit has departed.  From Her we are birthed, and to Her we shall return.
During this time of new birth, renewal, of growth and transformation - as you come forth from Cave of Winter, what Sacred is to you? What needs to be tended so it will grow and flourish?
Kunapipi Hymn
‘Great Kunapipi, I do not forget you as I climb back into your holy womb to make contact with my spirit soul, crawling into the crescent vessel of your protection dug deep into the soil of your body, carved into the precious Earth beneath me.

I beckon to my spirit soul which lives within you until my time of finishing this life and though I leave your womb at this initiation time, though I choose to climb out from your nurturing warmth, to live my years of life, I ask you to care for my spirit soul until my return so that after my passing from this life my two spirits may be reunited in you, before you send me forth again to once more live on Earth.

Dear Kunapipi, no matter how far I wander, how many lives I live - to you I shall always return.’
For the altar, please bring any color candle of the rainbow. Please bring offering for Kunapipi of a flower or clipping of new growth of a plant. Please bring Symbols or images of Kunapipi, snakes and caves.

If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration, please help out by doing the following:
Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
Please see our current series schedule and check the web page for the specific ritual to see what items to bring and how to prepare yourself. Please take the time to read this, especially if you are a newcomer. New information is added from time to time so even if you feel you have already seen this, it is important to check back in every now and then.”

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

“After Dark: Extended Cinemas

Immerse yourself in visual storytelling that extends beyond theater walls to expand the possibilities of cinema. Look for film installations flickering under glass, follow your nose to a smell-o-vision presentation by the Lost and Found Film Club, and get a feel for films projected onto fog by the Oddball Film Archives. Experiment with shadow puppets and early experiments in moving images, as well as wearable camera obscuras. With live performances by Kerry Laitala and the Overdub Club and a special presentation on the cinema’s emotional influence by UC Berkeley professor Arthur Shimamura, this is a movie night not to be missed!

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.”

Creative Celebrations Show
presented by Samavesha
Thursday, March 6, 7:30-9:30PM
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted - benefits the Art In Nature Festival

“A celebratory evening of music and performances. There will be a variety of great musicians, and performers, plus the possibility to do Tai Qi at the very beginning while you are waiting for the show to start. We would love to invite also your creativity to be part of the show. We are planning to have a 30 minutes open stage section, at the very end, where you can share a 2-3 minutes creative act. Sing your favorite song, read a poem, share your grandma’s best recipe, or mesmerize us with a surprise. Contact info@samavesha.org to book your act.

Some of the performers:
Laura Inserra - multi-instrumentalist
Holly Shaw - dancer
Shay Nichols - singer
Carter Brooks - story teller
Adey - singer and pianist
Ben Levine - bassist
Hot Chackra Trio
Alonzo Young - Tai Chi
and more…”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday and Saturday, March 6 and 8
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, March 6-9,
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, March 6-9,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
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.”

Tobacco Sparks Fireworks Chekhov
presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, March 6-9,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Thursday and Sunday 7:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
This Thursday preview pay all you can,
This Friday Opening Gala $40
regular performances Saturday $20, Sunday $15

“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 Preview: March 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 8:00PM
Thursday and Sunday performances at 7:00PM
Tickets $15 on Thursdays and Sundays
Tickets $20 on Fridays and Saturdays”

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

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

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

A Serenade at the Arcade: CD Release Party and Video Game Play Night
a benefit for Alameda Music Project
with The String Arcade
Friday, March 7, 7:00-9:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
Children $5, Adults $20 includes Games and Performance.  
$25 includes THe String Arcade’s New CD

“This evening we’ll be celebrating classic video games and arcade music with a live performance by The String Arcade and a whole lot of playable video games.

Two rooms will be packed full of crowd favorites including arcade machines (courtesy of High Scores Arcade), old consoles like Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, Turbogrfx, (courtesy of The Made) and several indie game studios bringing their brand new games to share with you.

Comprised by Alisa Rose (violin), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Robin Reynolds (cello) and Celia Harris (violin), with guest Philip Brezina (violin), The String Arcade will present video game theme songs and soundtracks arranged for string quartet including selections Minecraft, Plants Vs. Zombies, Portal 2, Galaga, Tron, Secret of Monkey Island 2, Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and more. Members of The String Arcade have also performed with Clubfoot Orchestra, The Real Vocal String Quartet, Magik Magik Orchestra, Quartet San Francisco, Feist, Shotgun Wedding Hip Hop Orchestra, SF Opera, SF Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Redwood Tango Ensemble.

All proceeds from this event will support the Alameda Music Project, a new after school, K-5 music education program for underserved youth.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, March 7, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”

FOGcon 2014
Friday-Sunday, March 7-9
Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek
see website for registration details

“FOGcon 2014

Theme: Secrets

Science Fiction has a long history with secret identities, secret hideouts, secret societies, even secret worlds. So who decides what is secret? How do we keep secrets? How do we discover what is secret?

Honored Guests:
Seanan McGuire, Tim Powers, James Tiptree, Jr.

Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. Each year we focus on a new theme in speculative fiction and invite Honored Guests ranging from writers to scientists to artists. We build community, exchange ideas, and share our love for the literature of imagination.

FOGcon is a project done jointly by Friends of Genre and the Speculative Literature Foundation.

The definition of ‘genre’ in fiction is as loose and baggy as the form of the novel. It can refer to setting (Western), intended audience (children’s or young adult fiction), subject (murder mystery), writing style (literary fiction), time period (historical fiction), or emotion evoked (horror, romance). Every genre has its own rules, traditions, ideas, and stock characters that the reader will expect to find. The reader enjoys the author’s skill in combining the familiar elements of the form with fresh ideas, unexpected twists, unusual insights, and evocative language.

All these and many more genres of modern prose fiction fall into two basic categories:

Realistic fiction, which places (usually) imaginary characters in recognizably true-to-life settings.

Speculative fiction, which places its characters in settings that are in some way counterfactual, and that difference from what we usually call ‘real life’ is the driving engine of the plot. Perhaps all but one of a world’s unicorns have disappeared. Perhaps there’s a planet where human beings are almost all hermaphrodites. Perhaps the Roman empire is still going strong in the fifteenth century. What happens then?

Speculative fiction, what we are calling the Literature of the Imagination, answers that question, and in exploring small differences illuminates our common humanity.”

Sonora Celtic Faire
Friday-Sunday, March 7-9
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
see website for schedule and ticket details

“Original and largest Celtic Faire returns to Sonora!

Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, and all Celtic Nations with the 28th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

America's original Celtic Faire, featured on National Geographic Television, returns to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on March 7-9th, 2014. The 28th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire will expand to three days of never ending Celtic entertainment. The largest gathering of Celtic musicians will be one of the highlights at this year's event, from high-energy Celtic rock bands to the most traditional of groups. With 20 musical groups, performing on five stages, the Faire offers something to every age and ear!

From National Geographic Television to the History Channel, featured performances in 2011 and 2012, we keep adding more non-stop entertainment for everyone which includes: Scottish and Irish Clans, belly dance troupes, Scottish dancers, Irish Step dancers, Celtic Windows in Time (featuring 600 costumed re-enactors and 2500 years of Celtic History), armored foot combat, Welsh longbow archery, street performers, a giant, a fire-breathing dragon, Vikings, jugglers, and a fire eater. Other highlights include the large Celtic food court and Celtic marketplace, with 80 Celtic vendors, artisans, and crafts persons. A special feature at the Faire this year will be the Scots and Irish Whiskey Bars. The best single malts and blends will be sampled and judged by the festival goers. The Faire will also offer a large tavern offering Guinness, Harp, and other fine Celtic imports on-tap!”

The Maltese Falcon
presented by Butterfield 8
Friday-Sunday, March 7-9 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
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.”

International Women's Day
Saturday, March 8

You can search the above website for local events, or celebrate in your own way!

Introduction to Beekeeping
with Doug Vincent of Beekind
Saturday, March 8, 9:00AM-12:00PM
The Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
Free, please RSVP to 707-824-2905

“Basic Beekeeping: information on how to get started with bees, use of equipment and what to expect in your first year.  A must-have class if you are interested in keeping bees.”

Chemistry of Plant Fibers and Dyes
with Dr. Margareta Sequin
Saturday, March 8, 10:00AM-12:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“What is a dye, and what distinguishes it from a mere pigment? What is typical of plant fibers as compared to animal fibers? This class is a gentle introduction to the chemistry of color and to the special structures of colorful plant substances and those that can be used as dyes on fibers. (No previous chemistry knowledge required, but always helpful.) A lecture introduction with many pictures will be followed by a walk in the Garden to view live fiber and dye plants.

Margareta Sequin has a Ph. D. in organic chemistry and is a plant enthusiast. She is the author of the book The Chemistry of Plants: Perfumes, Pigments, and Poisons, published by RSC (Cambridge, UK) in 2012.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, March 8, 11:00AM-5:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

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

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

March 8: Suffragette march, in support of Women’s History Month. You are invited to join the living history reenactment of a suffragette march (12:00PM and 3:00PM) in support of votes for women!

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.”

International Women's Day Gathering
with Gather The Women North Bay
Saturday, March 8, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Rohnert Park Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Drive, Rohnert Park
$25 includes lunch catered by Whole Foods
Registration required, see details below.
"International Women's Day Gathering 2014: Inspiring Change

Heather MacTavish, Mythiphista, Mythtress of Myth, a new version of an old story  
Kate Farrell, Amanda McTigue and Linda Loveland Reid, a juicy discussion: ‘Excuse Me, But I Love My Damn Neck!’
Jan Boddie and Marystella Church, Weaving the New Web
Ruth Richards, African Drumming: A Call to Dance  
$25 Includes Lunch Catered by Whole Foods

Registration Required:
Mail your name, information and check to
GTW Northbay
c/o Donna Ahlstrand,
1655 Juliet Drive, Petaluma, CA  94954
For more information or to volunteer, contact Donna Ahlstrand at GTWnorthbay@comcast.net or 707-235-6563.
To Donate Items for the Silent Auction, contact Donna Chiesa at mungoskee@comcast.net.

We are a global sisterhood that connects women through circles.  We create a safe place to share our true selves.  Meeting in circle, we find our voices, claim our power, and celebrate our self-worth, leading to personal and planetary transformation."

Samiah Trunk Show
also featuring Firebird and Blue Moon Designs
Saturday, March 8, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Firebird Studio, 1275 Meridian Circle, Santa Rosa

“Women’s and men’s clearance clothing marked up to 75% off.
Current designs 10% off.

Watch how Firebird designer, Noelle, demonstrates her silk dyeing techniques for her beautiful, hand-dyed designs.

Accessorize with Blue Moon belt bags and Steampunk jewelry.

Tantalize your taste buds as you indulge in some gourmet refreshments and enjoy Blue moon Robotic Tea Engine service!”

Creating Healthy Soil: Using Mulch to Lower your Water Bill
Saturday, March 8, 12:00-1:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Join us on Saturday, March 8, 12:00-1:00PM, for a discussion on creating healthy soil for organic gardens with Kerri Kemp Gardner of Kellogg Garden Products. Learn how to properly mulch to reduce water usage and save money on your water bill!”

Bird Illustration
with Lisa Sindorf
Saturday, March 8, 12:00-2:00PM
Meet outside the Rotary Nature Center, 600 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Lisa will start by modeling how she sketches birds in the field. Then, we’ll walk a short way looking for likely models - perhaps some lazy cormorants or sluggish night herons - and spend some time sketching them in their environment. Bring your sketching supplies - paper, pencils, colors.  All levels welcome!

Born and raised in California, Oakland-based artist Lisa Sindorf has a lifelong fascination with the wildlife and landscapes of her home state. Her interest in drawing birds began when she took a wildlife taxonomy class in college and found that the best way to truly know the study specimens was to draw them. She currently works digitally at home and with watercolor in the field.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, March 8, 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 Alisa and David will lead Open Circle.  The emphasis will be on working with water, specifically rain. There is even a special request to bring any rattlers, shakers, small drums and rain sticks you might have.”

Elemental Alchemy
presented by Bohemian Beauti
Saturday, March 8, 6:00-10:00PM
Counter Culture Art Haus Gallery, 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Burlesque Fashion Show, Fire Dancing, Concert and Auction

Stoke the Fire element of love in every area of life. Join us for Photography Show and Sale, Elemental Fashion Procession, Auction, and Music Concert. This will be a spicy evening. Come tantalize your palate with cheese and chocolate from Whole Foods.

The debut of Elemental Alchemy is in two parts: A fire-oriented photo print sale with fire and design photos. Design photos featuring: Heather Wakefield, Will Bucquoy of WB Photography, David Korman, followed by a gorgeous evening of performance arts including: A Fashion Procession from Whole Foods, A Fashion Show featuring the one of a kind fire dance and burlesque fashion designs of Heather Wakefield, A live Auction of prints to benefit Sunmaker Horse Rescue, The Crucible and ACE.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, March 8, 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.

Upcoming dates:
Saturday, April 12
Saturday, May 10
Saturday, June 14
Saturday, July 12
Saturday, August 9
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, October 11
Saturday, November 8
(no dance in December, since the hall is busy)
Saturday, January 10, 2015 (hey, that's 2015!)

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!

Revision And Re-Visioning Psychology
with Stan Grof
Saturday, March, 8 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$15 General Admission

​”Observations from Half Century of Consciousness Research

In a slide-illustrated discussion, Stan Grof will explore observations from more than fifty years of research of holotropic states (an important subgroup of non-ordinary states of consciousness) that call for a radical revision of basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy. The proposed changes involve the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter, dimensions of the human psyche, the roots of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, and therapeutic strategy. In the light of the new observations, spirituality appears to be an essential attribute of the human psyche and of existence in general and spiritual quest an important and legitimate activity.  Following the talk will be a Q and A.

Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic substances and various non-pharmacological methods. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, conducts professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). In October 2007, he received the prestigious Vision 97 Award from the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation in Prague and in 2010 the Thomas R, Verny Award for his pivotal contributions to pre- and perinatal psychology.

Among his publications are over 150 papers in professional journals and the books Realms of the Human Unconscious; Beyond the Brain; LSD Psychotherapy; The Cosmic Game; Psychology of the Future; When the Impossible Happens; The Ultimate Journey; Healing Our Deepest Wounds; Spiritual Emergency; The Stormy Search for the Self; and Holotropic Breathwork (the last three with Christina Grof).”

Mosaic Making Intensive
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9,
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-1:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
$200, supplies included
Limited to 5 participants

“A thorough introduction to the wonderful world of mosaic tile setting. We’ll learn about substrates, adhesives and tools, options for materials including ceramic tile, glass and found materials, cutting and setting techniques, grout and how to use it. Each participant will create a finished 12 x 12 mosaic. Small class size and personalized instruction.”

Spring Forward!
Sunday, March 9, 2:00AM (which then becomes 3:00AM)
Daylight Savings Time begins

Set your clocks forward one hour, if you have any clocks which don’t set themselves.

Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington
Sunday, March 9, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito

“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.”

From Courtyard to Conservatory: Women Musicians of Tashkent
with Tanya Merchant
Sunday, March 9, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Women play a vital role in performing and innovating the two contrasting revivals of Central Asian music that support Uzbekistan's national project: arranged folk music and traditional music. Arranged folk music came to the region via the instrument reconstruction projects of Ashot Petrosiants, who helped create folk orchestras in Uzbek institutions. In contrast, traditional music includes the three maqom repertoires associated with Uzbek cities, the most famous of which is the Shashmaqom of Bukhara (famously codified by Yunus Rajabi). Despite many points of difference, these musical styles both support the notion of a long and sophisticated Uzbek musical history. Both are also examples of modern institutionalized musics that are labeled ‘folk’ and ‘traditional’. The changes in the discourses surrounding these genres during Uzbekistan's transition from Soviet Republic to independent nation elucidate the complex connections between revived musics and nationalism. Women have been actively participating in both concertized traditions since the mid-twentieth century, one of the legacies of Soviet-era efforts to encourage women's emancipation and participation in the workplace. Decades later in the independence era, women are at the forefront of the movement to publicize Uzbekistan's musical heritage.

Tanya Merchant is an ethnomusicologist on the music faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz whose research interests include music’s intersection with issues of nationalism, gender, identity, and the post-colonial situation. With a geographical focus on Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, and the Balkans, she has conducted fieldwork in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology with a concentration in women’s studies from UCLA, where she completed her dissertation titled Constructing Musical Tradition in Uzbek Institutions. Her recent publications include articles on Uzbek popular, folk, and traditional musics, which appear in journals such as Popular Music in Society, Cahiers de Musiques Traditionnelles, and Image and Narrative. Her book, From Courtyard to Conservatory: Women Musicians of Tashkent is under review at the University of Illinois Press.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Resist Dyeing Techniques
with Kristine Vejar of A Verb for Keeping Warm
Sunday, March 9, 1:00-4:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$75 includes materials

“Indigo blue is one of the most mysterious and beautiful in the world of natural dyes. Indigo dyeing - so complex and intricate, people around the world have dedicated their lives solely to this practice, craft, and cultivation. Unlike other dyes, it must go through a special process, called reduction, in order to use it.

In this class, Kristine will unfold the mystery around indigo and teach you about the different types of indigo, about the various processes used to work with indigo as a dye, and will teach you how to make an indigo vat, and how to dye a range of blues with it. She will teach you how indigo responds to different types of fibers: from wool to linen. She will also teach you how to make patterned fabric, using indigo and a series of resist patterns, known in Japanese as shibori.

During class, you will get to dip fabrics, and create a fabric sampler, consisting of various types of fabrics, multiple shades of blue, and resist-dyed fabrics.

Fabric and dye are included in the price of the class. Students are welcome to bring up to 1 pound of materials, in addition to class materials, to use any excess indigo in the vats once we are done making the fabric samplers.”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, March 9, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“Please join me for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

SoulCollage is a process for creating and working with a set of cards that reflect your inner self.  SoulCollage is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun; it’s a fantastic creative exploration that anyone can do.  Although it is highly personal, it is wonderful and most insightful when done in small groups.”

Mexican Land Grants: The Case of Don Castro's Rancho San Lorenzo
with Edwin Contreras
Sunday, March 9, 2:00PM
Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue,Castro Valley

“In partnership with the California Historical Society and the Castro Valley Library.

Join us as Edwin Contreras lays out his fascinating research about Guillermo Castro during a time when the Hayward area was under Mexican rule. Contreras also followed Castro's footsteps after he left Hayward, and you might be surprised to find out what he discovered.”

Clearing Karmic Debt with the Goddess of Compassion
with Amanda Elo'esh Johnsen, MA
Sunday, March 9, 2:00-5:00PM
The Center for Living Wisdom, 11270 Sun Valley Drive, Oakland

“Do you keep getting hurt, though you don't see yourself as a victim?
Are you carrying around guilt or resentment over past wrong-doing?
Does it sometimes feel like there is an invisible hand holding you back from accomplishing your dreams?

You may benefit from a karmic debt clearing.

Clear those old stuck patterns of sabotage and victimhood at this potent ritual to erase karmic debt through the grace and unconditional love of the Goddess of Compassion.

You will learn effective practices for releasing yourself, clients and loved ones from the heaviness of past wrong-doing, and receive the benefits of being guided through a gentle yet powerful ancestral and past life karmic clearing.

Come away feeling
Lighter and liberated from being a victim
No longer hindered by inexplicable limitations
Free from guilt, resentment and regret.

This ritual weaves in initiations passed down to me from Nan Sandra, Guatemalan Shaman, and other healing practices from around the world.

Participation is limited to 20 and we anticipate this event will sell out, so please purchase your ticket now.”

Kitka in Concert
presented by Noe Valley Chamber Music
Sunday, March 9, 4:00PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

“The internationally-acclaimed vocal arts ensemble Kitka presents a special Women’s Day program of traditional and contemporary vocal music that explores the depth and breadth of female experience. Kitka’s program will explore songs of love, marriage, work, play, celebration, lamentation, and spiritual longing. Kitka’s unique sound is infused with the lush harmonies, stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and resonant strength of Eastern European women’s ensemble singing. Concert highlights will include songs collected by the ensemble during recent tours and song-catching expeditions in Serbia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Russia, and Ukraine.

This concert is part of our contemporary neo@noe series, in which we ask artists to play new, unusual or rarely performed repertoire, collaborate with innovative instrumentation, or expose our audience to music inspired by different cultural backgrounds.”

Mead-Making Workshop
with William Bostwick
Sunday, March 9, 5:00-7:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street, San Francisco
Space is limited, registration required.
Please contact at Tomra@gravelandgold.com or 415-552-0112

“Learn how to make mead! Sample rare varieties and take home 4 bottles of our special recipe just in time for Spring.

Mead, or honey wine, has been enjoyed as the ‘drink of the gods’ for thousands of years. It’s a magical, potent brew - but it’s simple to make in your own home kitchen.

In this workshop, we’ll explore:
The magical lore of honey wine: from Zeus to Beowulf, the Aztecs to Queen Anne.
Metheglin, cyser, pyment, melomel, hippocras, and other honey-based beverages.
The health properties of honey and mead, and how one man lived to be 120 years old surviving on honey alone.
How to infuse your mead with fruits, spices, and medicinal herbs.

We’ll sample odd and curious meads, including a Viking-style mead made with bee venom.

And of course we’ll make our own batch of herbal mead!

Students will go home with a detailed instructional manual and recipes for brewing their own batches. After a month of fermenting, bottles of the mead we brewed in class will be ready for you to pick up at Gravel and Gold.

Seats are limited to 10 persons. Call Tomra at the shop 415-552-0112 or e-mail tomra@gravelandgold.com to sign up!

About the instructor:
William Bostwick is a brewer, beekeeper, herbalist, and the beer critic for GQ and the Wall Street Journal. He’s been making mead and other fermentables for years, and is writing a book about the great lost beers of history. The Brewers Tale will be published by W.W. Norton in October.”

Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, March 9, 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”

Tibetan National Uprising Day
Monday, March 10
see below for schedule and location details

“On March 10th, SF Team Tibet***, as well as other groups around the world, will take to the streets to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising.

We mark March 10th each year to show solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet and to honor and support the brave resistance to the People's Republic of China's totalitarianism and its oppressive policies that continues to this day.

Tibetans in Tibet are risking imprisonment, torture, and their lives to ensure their message is heard and acted upon by the outside world. With the total confirmed number of Tibetan self-immolations inside Tibet at 126, we must act now. We cannot and will not back down until His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama returns back to his home and human rights are restored. Freedom is our right, Bhoe gyalo!

11:00-11:30AM: City Hall Demonstration
San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place, San Francisco

1:00-2:30PM: Chinese Consulate Demonstration
Chinese Consulate General, 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco

5:00-8:00PM: Civic Center Concert with the Dharma Bums and Candlelight Vigil
Civic Center/UN Plaza, 1150 Market Street, San Francisco

***SF Team Tibet is a collaboration group between Students for a Free Tibet - West, Sf Rtyc, TibetanAssoc NorCal, and Bay Area Friends of Tibet.

The Dharma Bums will return to San Francisco for this year’s March 10th Tibetan National Uprising Day Demonstration, where they will perform along the demonstration route at San Francisco City Hall, the Chinese Consulate, and Civic Center Plaza, as well as other venues in the Bay Area!

The band has played every Woodstock reunion since Woodstock 20 in 1989, and has been ‘on the road’ ever since, touring the US, Europe, and Asia. Since then, they have always been in the forefront of international protest movements against injustice, destruction of the environment, and the abuse of traditional peoples, especially the people of Tibet.

Every year they have been the featured performers at March 10th demonstrations on behalf of a free Tibet held around the world, sometimes in Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama, or in New York City or San Francisco.””

Whatever Happened To Spider Baby?
part of Impact Theatre’s Splatter Cinema Series
Monday, March 10, 7:30PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$7 at the door only, cash only

“Join us for Impact's unique and wild cult film night! We'll have delicious homemade baked goods available. Plus you can bring in pizza and beer from La Val's upstairs. 70s attire encouraged.

Mike and Miyaka will be your kooky hosts for this wild night that's part 70s variety show and part late-night cult classic TV. For our inaugural night, we'll be showing Jack Hill's masterpiece black comedy horror film Spider Baby, or, The Maddest Story Ever Told, starring Lon Chaney Jr.

Three children of the Merrye family live in a decaying rural mansion with their guardian and chauffeur, Bruno (Lon Chaney, Jr.). The children suffer from Merrye Syndrome, a genetic affliction unique to members of their family, which causes them to mentally, socially, and physically regress down the evolutionary ladder, starting in late childhood. Two distant relatives arrive with their lawyer and his secretary in order to examine and claim the property as rightful heirs. Bruno's shaky control over the children deteriorates; murder, chaos and insanity ensue.

Don't miss it!”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, March 11, 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 Sevens 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!”

Dharma Bums: Raga Reggae Rock
Tuesday, March 11, 8:00PM
Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“The Dharma Bums will return to San Francisco for this year’s March 10th Tibetan National Uprising Day Demonstration, where they will perform along the demonstration route at San Francisco City Hall, the Chinese Consulate, and Civic Center Plaza, as well as other venues in the Bay Area!

The band has played every Woodstock reunion since Woodstock 20 in 1989, and has been ‘on the road’ ever since, touring the US, Europe, and Asia. Since then, they have always been in the forefront of international protest movements against injustice, destruction of the environment, and the abuse of traditional peoples, especially the people of Tibet.

Every year they have been the featured performers at March 10th demonstrations on behalf of a free Tibet held around the world, sometimes in Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama, or in New York City or San Francisco.”

The Black Brothers Band
Wednesday, March 12, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The performances include a lot of up tempo reels and jigs, along with some mighty fine dancing from their dancers, which brings an added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.”

Aligning Heaven and Earth: Balancing Planetary Patterns with Energetic Applications of Herbs
with Rae Diamond
Thursday, March 13, 6:00-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary/Interface Gallery, 486 49th Street, Oakland

“This class offers a contemporary twist on the classic pairing of astrology and herbalism. Using an energetic (rather than medical) approach, we’ll apply herbal remedies to specific imperatives in the current and coming planetary alignments, including Mars in retrograde, the mutual reception of Saturn and Pluto, and the Mercury retrograde shift from water signs to air signs.
Rae Diamond has practiced professionally as an astrologer and energy healer for over a decade, and has recently transplanted to Oakland from Seattle. Her work arises from a devotion to the interrelation of matter and energy.”

Dianic Ritual Technique: Ritual Bootcamp
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica and Sabrina Baxter
a class for cisgendered women
private home in Hayward, address will be given upon registration
Thursday, March 13,
and three more Thursday Evenings, April 10, May 8, June 5
You must sign up in advance for the entire series; each ritual-class builds upon the previous.
Paid in advance:  $120
Paid per class:  $40 per class ($40 in advance holds your spot).

“Blessings, Sister-Queens! You are encouraged to join with us in a four-month exploration of the foundations of Dianic Ritual.  This class is for women - both beginning Witches as well as experienced Sisters.  If you are new, come and learn in a safe and supportive environment!  If you are adept, come and learn some new tools to add to your personal repository!
Are you interested in learning more about the herstory of our Tradition?  Do you sometimes wonder why we do what we do in ritual?  Are you looking for a more solid foundation for your ritual experiences and solitary practice?
Topics will include, but will not be limited, to:
Why your daily personal practice is so important, and how that translates into manifesting more during group ritual
How to properly prepare yourself for group ceremony
The use of ritual tools
How to ‘be here now’ and why this is important
How to set your ritual intentions for maximum results
Elemental Invocations for group and solitary work
The how and the why of the different elements of Sisterhood of the Moon ritual
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.
This class is limited to 11 women, and is worth four Sisterhood of the Moon Skill Credits.
Contact Info@SisterhoodoftheMoon.org with your questions and concerns.  We ask for your commitment to attend all four classes in this series.  

Blessed be,
Lady Jesamyn Angelica”

Have an Intensely Creative, Truly Visionary Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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