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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Crafty Cool Wednesdays at Handcraft Studio, British Traditional Wicca 101, The Black Brothers Band, Lasso of Truth, Aligning Heaven and Earth, Stews and Braising, River Otter Ecology Project, Motherpeace Tarot Cards: A Contemporary Women’s Oracle, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, 38 Witnesses, Dianic Ritual Technique:  Ritual Bootcamp, A Recipe for Ripe, Tobacco Sparks Fireworks Chekhov, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, The Lion and the Fox, Bread and Circuses, Pi Day, Secrets Everywhere: Art From Upcoming Public Scavenger Hunts, Shiva and His Shakti, Ceili and Social with the Black Brothers Band, Vajra Kirtan with the Dharma Bums, Rakkasah West 2014, Song and Silence: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen, Earth Energy Walks, Create a Year-Round Edible Garden, Live Music Brunch with the Dharma Bums, Fix-It Clinic, Reflections of Old San Jose: A Historic Fashion Show, Direct Application On Naturally Dyed Textiles, Waters of the World Global Blessing and Drumming Circle, Journey of Light Women's Mingle and Mixer, PIG, Vajra Kirtan with the Dharma Bums: Dedicated to the Great Goddess!, Healing Burned Woman, The Black Brothers, Azteca/Mexica New Year, Dublin Saint Patrick’s Day, Ombre Dye and Macrame Necklace, Esther: A Jewish Opera Rediscovered, Pine Needle Basketry, Halls of Hera Devotional Services: She of Harbors and Heights, Made in Ukraine: the Artistry of Julia Kosivchuk, Hops and Herbs: Organic Gardening for Homebrewers, Leather Jewelry Making Class, Open Shamanic Journey Circle, African Drumming and Dance Workshop, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Jewish Purim and Hindu Holi, Celebrate Gauri-Parvati, Womansong Circle, Temple of Aphrodite, TEDxAlameda, Mi Cuerpo Sagrado: An Herbal Exploration of the Body, Persian New Year Festival: Chahar-Shanbeh Sour, Ain’t I A Woman? My Journey to Womanhood, Nowrouz Showcase and Party, Joining The Waters Ceremony

Crafty Cool Wednesdays at Handcraft Studio
Wednesday, March 12, 6:00-9:00PM, and the second Wednesday of each month
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101

“Join us the second Wednesday of each month for our open craft night. Bring whatever project you are working on and enjoy the company of other creative people. Refreshments and snacks provided.

Welcome to Handcraft Studio School, where our mission is to teach, promote and preserve the art of handcrafts. At our Emeryville studio space, we share our passion for handcrafts by partnering with local artists and craftsmen to teach workshops ranging from letterpress printing to flower arranging, and more.”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00-9:00PM,
and four 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 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 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.”

Lasso of Truth
presented by Marin Theatre Company
Wednesday-Sunday, March 12-16 - final week
Wednesday 7:30PM, Thursday-Friday 8:00PM,
Saturday 2:00PM and 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.”

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.”

Stews and Braising
with Rosie Ueng
Part Two of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, March 13, 6:00-9:00PM,
and four more Thursdays through April 10
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Boeuf Bourguignon, Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Chinese five-Spice Spareribs, Pork Chile Verde, Thai Coconut Chicken Curry… What do all these have in common? Learn the technique of braising and expand your world and your cooking repertoire. We’ll explore how the terms ‘conventional,’ ‘organic,’ ‘free-range,’ ‘pastured,’ ‘grass-fed’ apply to meat, what to eat and why? We will also discuss various cuts of meat and their appropriate preparations as well as good sourcing information. 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.”

River Otter Ecology Project
Thursday, March 13, 6:30-8:00PM
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“River otters are charismatic carnivores, and make wonderful ambassadors for river and wetland restoration and conservation efforts.  Yet, little is known about their population, range and seasonal eating habits in the Bay Area.  The River Otter Ecology Project (ROEP) has taken on the challenge of discovering and documenting their ecological niche, with the goal of informing land use decisions and preserving habitat for these lively aquatic mammals.

Join us as we discuss what’s known, what needs to be discovered, and just how we manage to research elusive, secretive mammals who slide into the water and disappear when approached.  

We’ll show slides and videos from our ottercams, and discuss the project and the role that citizen science plays in this otterly exciting work!”

Motherpeace Tarot Cards: A Contemporary Women’s Oracle
with Vicki Noble
part of Joy Reichard’s In Her Name Circle series
Thursday, March 13, 7:00-9:30PM, and the second Thursday of each month
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

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

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

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

The Motherpeace cards, co-created by Vicki Noble with Karen Vogel, were first published in 1981. Now they’ve made their way around the world, linking thousands of women (and some men) across language barriers through sharing their matriarchal symbols and historical narratives.

These round feminist cards can be read for divination from the images alone, without any knowledge of Tarot. They can also be studied as part of the system of Tarot and understood within that more formal context.

In this evening event, Vicki Noble will offer an introduction to these images that hold so much ancient knowledge, helping contemporary women find their place in history. Bring a question for the cards!

Vicki Noble has written several books, including Shakti Woman and The Double Goddess, and co-created the Motherpeace Tarot deck. Vicki is a professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto in the Women's Spirituality Masters program. Currently, Vicki is available to provide private astrological consultations (individuals, couples, and families), over the phone or in person. A wonderful treat is to visit Vicki in person at her home in Santa Cruz for one of her Woman's Spirituality Tutorials which includes tarot readings, women centered spiritual practices, and a favorite: the making of a Dakini collage.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, March 13, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language.

Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

38 Witnesses
a developmental reading presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday, March 13, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
Free, donations accepted

“Butterfield 8 presents a developmental reading of 38 Witnesses by Jeremy Cole.

On March 13, 1964, a young woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death on the quiet street outside her apartment in Queens, NY. The police counted 38 witnesses who saw or heard some portion of the attack, yet no one called the police. No one intervened.
In the years since her murder,  her story has been told many times, often in Sociology, Psychology, and Law classes. Her case has given rise to the ‘Genovese Syndrome’ or ‘Bystander Effect’, which posits that people are less likely to offer help when there are others around. The play, 38 Witnesses, examines the event and its aftermath in an attempt to understand why so many people simply stood by...

In a curious twist of fate, this reading will be held on the 50th Anniversary of Kitty Genovese's passing.  
We invite you to stay after the reading to offer your feedback to the playwright and help shape the future of this new work. The evening is free of charge, but donations at the door are always accepted!”

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”

A Recipe for Ripe
presented by The Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble
Thursday-Saturday, March 13-15,
Thursday and Friday 7:00PM, Saturday 4:00PM and 7:00PM
Envision Academy Theater, 1515 Webster Street, Oakland

“What are the perfect ingredients of a ripe moment? How do you know when a situation has past its peak and started to rot? Whether food, friendship, or love, everything has its moment. A Recipe for Ripe, an original play collaboratively written by Youth Ensemble students and instructors, explores the experience of young love, the internal world of isolated teens and hijinks on a fairy tale farm gone foul. The Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble serves up a ripe show full of movement, poetry, story and song.”

Tobacco Sparks Fireworks Chekhov
presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Saturday, March 13-15,
Thursday 7:00PM, Friday-Saturday 8:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $20

“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.

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”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday and Saturday, March 13 and 15
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 13-16,
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 13-16,
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.”

Pi Day
Friday, March 14, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, 698 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

“Come visit us on March 14 (Pi Day) when we open our doors to the public for free.

Pi Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium and celebrated by number lovers around the world. To honor the never-ending number 3.14159... (and Einstein’s birthday), we’ll serve up Pi-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie. Find out what's so special about this famous mathematical constant, and take your (decimal) place in our annual march to the Pi Shrine!”

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still celebrate the wonders of mathematics by calculating the diameter, or even the surface area, of a delicious pie.  Any flavour will do, as long as it's circular.  

If you prefer to write dates in the day/month/year format, and prefer expressing irrational numbers as fractions, you may celebrate on July 22: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

But March 14 is Einstein's birthday, so do something visionary, whether it's pi-related or not: http://web.visionlearning.com/events/Einstein_Mar14_2004.htm

And if you enjoy being a mathematical heretic, you can celebrate Tau Day on June 28 instead:

Secrets Everywhere: Art From Upcoming Public Scavenger Hunts
Opening Reception Friday, March 14, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Show and Scavenger Hunt runs March 14-May 5 at Julie’s
Opening Reception featuring an in-house scavenger hunt!

A message leads to a park bench.
Beneath the park bench is a puzzle.
The puzzle gives a phone number.
Calling the phone number plays a coded message.
Decoding the message gives the combination to a lock-box hanging off a pier.
Inside the lock-box…

Secrets Everywhere is an ongoing scavenger hunt leading participants to the locations of hidden art.

Follow the path, solve the clues, take home the art you find!

The goal is to remove people from their mundane daily routines and lead them out toward adventure.

It is free to participate!

Adam Davis is an illustrator in the San Francisco Bay area. He specializes in children’s illustrations, video-game and music related art. He has worked as a sign artist for Trader Joe’s, a poster artist for Grand Fanali Presents, a full-time touring musician and stay-at-home Dad. He recently completed a dinosaur themed project, funded by The Awesome Foundation, placing one hundred small, hand-painted canvases around the bay area, leaving clues as to their whereabouts. This was the catalyst for the creation of Secrets Everywhere.”

Shiva and His Shakti
with storyteller Hari Meyers
Friday, March 14, 7:00-9:00PM
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol
Sliding scale $12-$15

“Hari Meyers has been telling stories from around the world for over 25 years, and he has told his stories in many countries around the world. Audiences are enthralled with his dramatic performance. This story, Shiva and His Shakti, begins a seven part series in which Hari will weave East Indian tales and philosophy into a meaningful mosaic. Hari particularly loves and is enthusiastic about this material. This is a rare chance to delve deeply into the Indian stories, themes, images, and sense of the sacred that has become so relevant in the West in this New Age.

In the Hindu trinity, Shiva is the God of Dissolution and transformation, the great yogi amongst the gods. All knowledge flows from him in the form of the river Ganges. He is the Witness to All, the Consciousness in the entire Existence. His Shakti, in the forms of the Goddesses Gauri, Sati, Parvati, Durga, and Kali, is the Manifestation of All, the Creative Power of the entire Existence.

The dramatic storytelling is greatly enhanced by the musical accompaniment of Gordon Pugh. Communal discussion of the archetypal material contained in each story is encouraged at the close of the tales. These discussions in the past have been profound and relevant. To know and share these timeless tales helps build community. Mythology is, after all, our collective memory.”

Ceili and Social with the Black Brothers Band
presented  by San Jose-Dublin
Friday, March 14, 7:30PM
Trinity Cathedral, 81 North Second Street, San Jose
$20 in advance, $24 at the door

“On Friday, March 14, we will have our St. Patrick's Day Concert and Ceili Social at Trinity Cathedral in downtown San Jose at 7:30PM, when The Black Brothers Band returns to San Jose, generously hosted by Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. Second Street, San Jose, and co-produced with AmeriCeltic. Led by Shay and Michael of Ireland's first family of song, the Black Family. Here is your opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in your hometown!

Spend an enchanted evening with the charismatic charmers from Dublin, Shay and Michael Black, the singing siblings from Ireland's foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary and Frances and brother Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as 'one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling' raising sibling rivalry to revelry, The Blacks adroitly accompany their sheer joy of singing with banjo, cittern and guitar. The Black and Black Minstrel Show also features fiery fiddle virtuoso Bobbi Nikles, and accomplished keyboardist Eamonn Flynn. The concert includes Irish traditional ballads, Dublin street songs, music hall ditties, contemporary folk compositions, rollicking reels and joyful jigs, all interspersed with comic stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes that invariably have audiences smiling broadly and joining in on the choruses.”

Vajra Kirtan with the Dharma Bums
Friday, March 14, 8:00PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“The Dharma Bums have performed at several Kalachakra Initiations with the Dalai Lama: in Barcelona, Spain in 1998, Toronto, Canada in 2004, Amaravati, India in 2006, and Washington DC in 2011. In 2005, they were presented the Tibetan Music Award for Best Foreign Group, and have performed at several Tibetan Music Festivals presented by Gonpo Entertainment, as well as the Miss Tibet Pageant, The Tibetan Olympics, and at the Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, during the Dalai Lama’s teaching there during the Tibetan uprising of 2008. They were the headliners for the benefit concert for the Dalai Lama at the Frankfurt Football Stadium during the Dalai Lama’s teaching there in 2009. They also performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Thailand in 2000, and at an audience with the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan community in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 2003. Another notable performance was with the Drepung Monks at the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Emory University Tibetan Studies Program in Atlanta in 2010.

The band has just returned from two tours in India, performing at the International Buddhist Confederation meeting, the Buddhist Heritage Festival of Ladakh, and the Inner Path Festival of Buddhism. This was followed by a two week tour in Goa, where they performed at the Saturday Night Market with Indian Rock Legend Gary Lawyer.

On this tour the Dharma Bums will be performing their Vajra Kirtan, a presentation of the Dharma through song, culminating in a chanting meditation practice of the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, Om Mani Padme Hum, playing their special brand of music, a raga-reggae-rock deeply rooted in both Eastern Spirituality and Western Rock and Roll!”

Rakkasah West 2014
Middle Eastern Dance Festival
Friday-Sunday, March 14-16,
Friday 7:00-11:00PM, Saturday 12:00-11:00PM, Sunday 12:00-8:00PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
Friday $15, Saturday-Sunday $18 per day
tickets are available at the door

“World's largest Belly Dance Festival  
American, Egyptian, Fusion and all types of Belly Dance  
Live music, great food, costumes, jewelry, fabrics
2 stages of entertainment for all festival hours.
Family show - fun for all!”

Song and Silence: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen
Retreat and Workshop with Devi Mathieu
Friday-Sunday, March 14-16
Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
$294 per person, standard occupancy
$316 per person, double occupancy

“Join a circle of voices in singing sacred chant that comes to us from the 12th-century Christian mystic, St. Hildegard of Bingen. Hildegard was a Benedictine abbess, visionary, healer, naturalist, poet, playwright, and spiritual conscience for the patriarchy of her time. She was also a brilliant musician and composer. Her songs are more than beautiful and inspiring - they’re encoded with deep wisdom and insight. Experience Hildegard’s music the way she shared it with the women and men who sang with her, in a restful, spirit-nourishing process of listening and singing together, through the ear to the heart. Follow the daily pattern of Hildegard’s Benedictine tradition, gathering several times each day to sing together. Hear stories of Hildegard’s life and times and contemplate her visionary imagery. Enjoy plenty of silent time for meditation, reading, writing, drawing, walking, and relaxing. Open to everyone who enjoys singing or has always wanted to sing.

Retreat Leader: Devi Mathieu has been teaching Hildegard’s music in the medieval oral tradition since 1996. She offers regular evening gatherings that give singers of all levels the opportunity to sing Hildegard’s music as contemplative practice, under the auspices of Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts.”

Earth Energy Walks
with Community Seed
Saturday, March 15, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Henry Cowell Park (Graham Hill entrance), Nepenthe Dr and Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Earth Energy Walks
Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.
Walks are on the THIRD Saturday of each month.  Just save each 3rd Saturday as ‘Get Out In Nature’ day!

Gather at 9:45AM  
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 12:00PM

2014 Walk Locations:
April 19th, Wilder Ranch
May 16th, Moore Creek Preserve
July 19th, Twin Lakes Beach (Picnic and Clean Up)
August 16th, Twin Lakes Beach (Picnic and Clean Up)
September 20th, Nisene Marks Crossroads
October 18th, Fall Creek
November 15th, Natural Bridges Beach
December 20th, Henry Cowell Park (Main Entrance)

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a stop for meditation halfway in. We will walk rain or shine, however if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify, 831-469-0336.

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)”

Create a Year-Round Edible Garden: Tools for Design, Production and Harvest
Saturday, March 15, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda, 510-775-1102
“Want to maximize your urban edible production, sustainably? Join us for a hands-on, how-to talk on growing edibles year-round.  Lori Caldwell, Master Composter and Bay-Friendly Educator will provide you with the nuts and bolts on designing for edibles, building healthy soil, choosing companion plants, planting seasonally, rotating crops for higher yield and harvesting. There will be a focus on spring/summer loving edibles like tomatoes, carrots, bush and pole beans, lettuce and more.
Each participant will receive an Edible Reader - an indispensable reference - discount nursery coupons and detailed gardening handouts. There will be a drawing for garden gifts at the end of the talk.”

Live Music Brunch with the Dharma Bums
Saturday, March 15, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1100
Free admission

“Brunch served 9:00AM-2:30PM.
Live music 11:00AM-2:00PM.
No tickets or reservations required!

The Dharma Bums have performed at several Kalachakra Initiations with the Dalai Lama: in Barcelona, Spain in 1998, Toronto, Canada in 2004, Amaravati, India in 2006, and Washington DC in 2011. In 2005, they were presented the Tibetan Music Award for Best Foreign Group, and have performed at several Tibetan Music Festivals presented by Gonpo Entertainment, as well as the Miss Tibet Pageant, The Tibetan Olympics, and at the Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, during the Dalai Lama’s teaching there during the Tibetan uprising of 2008. They were the headliners for the benefit concert for the Dalai Lama at the Frankfurt Football Stadium during the Dalai Lama’s teaching there in 2009. They also performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Thailand in 2000, and at an audience with the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan community in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 2003. Another notable performance was with the Drepung Monks at the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Emory University Tibetan Studies Program in Atlanta in 2010.

The band has just returned from two tours in India, performing at the International Buddhist Confederation meeting, the Buddhist Heritage Festival of Ladakh, and the Inner Path Festival of Buddhism. This was followed by a two week tour in Goa, where they performed at the Saturday Night Market with Indian Rock Legend Gary Lawyer.

On this tour the Dharma Bums will be performing their Vajra Kirtan, a presentation of the Dharma through song, culminating in a chanting meditation practice of the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, Om Mani Padme Hum, playing their special brand of music, a raga-reggae-rock deeply rooted in both Eastern Spirituality and Western Rock and Roll!”

Fix-It Clinic
with Peter Mui
Saturday, March 15, 12:00-3:00PM
Oakland Public Library, Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

“Bring your broken, non-functioning things: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your device. Whether we get it fixed or not, you'll learn more about how it was put together and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!”

Reflections of Old San Jose: A Historic Fashion Show
Saturday, March 15, 2:00-4:00PM
Renzel Room, San Jose History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose

“History San Jose and Members of Portraits of the Past present:

Reflections of Old San Jose: A Historic Fashion Show to Benefit HSJ Educational Programs

Volunteers in elaborate costumes present vignettes featuring local historical characters!

Reception and light refreshments to follow. Free parking on grounds.”

Direct Application On Naturally Dyed Textiles
with Kenya Miles
Saturday, March 15, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$75, limit 8 students

“This course will explore the process of direct application on naturally dyed textiles using Iron (Ferrous Sulfate). We will begin by collecting/creating stamps and tools out of readily available, low cost items. Students will then sketch or prep fiber for direct application. Various pre-mordanted fabrics will be given to students to then hand paint/stamp designs onto.

Kenya Miles is a textile designer whose work explores and embraces the art and alchemy of natural dyeing. Through travel and apprenticeships in various countries, her work honors ancient practices while harmoniously drawing on a distinctive contemporary voice.”

Waters of the World Global Blessing and Drumming Circle
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Saturday, March 15, 3:00PM
Palo Alto Baylands, 2500 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto

Organizer Taffy Dugan says:
“On March 15th, people all over the world will be blessing the Earth's waters. They will be taking a piece of plant native to their area and sending it downstream with their blessings. We bless the waters to help heal and protect Mother Earth from the sad consequences of fracking, and to give thanks for water. Please come and join the thousands around the world by adding your intentions, prayers, vibes, good thoughts, etc.

This circle is open to all ages (kids too!) and faiths. The Earth in universal to us all. Please bring a drum, rattle, shaker or any percussion instrument. If you do not have anything, no worries, we and others will surely have enough.

We'll be past the duck ponds; on the pier!

Blessed Be,
Taffy and Rhyschenda”

Journey of Light Women's Mingle and Mixer
Saturday, March 15, 7:00-9:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

“The journey of light women’s mingle aspires to empower women to connect to their own unique spiritual blueprint, divine feminine, and  their inner vision for clarity of direction as they unfold into their divine destiny.

Please join us for a night social. Be prepared to be inspired, uplifted, and directed to your inner light. Come mingle and socialize with other women on their journey to enlightenment.

This event is perfect for:
Women who are interested in connecting with their inner power.

Women who want to network with other women who are on their journey to peace, balance, harmony, and wellness in all area of their lives through the magic of universal connection.

Women who are unclear about where they are going in life or juggling life’s demands but want to be restored to balance.

Women who want to connect with healers to support them as they evolve into spiritual insight.”

film screening
presented by SF in SF
Saturday, March 15, doors open at 6:00PM, event begins at 7:00PM
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Street, San Francisco, 415-500-2323
suggested donation $5-$10

“PIG - they erased his past, but will he survive his future? The final mystery is oneself…

Join us for a premiere screening of PIG, one of the most acclaimed sci-fi films of the past two years. An official selection at over 35 international film festivals, PIG won 10 awards, including 7 Best Feature awards.

We are especially delighted to welcome producer Mark Stolaroff, who will do a Question and Answer with the audience after the film.

Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

(there is also a cat in residence, Zeno)

Refreshments available for donations.

Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits The Emerald Tablet, and community events in San Francisco.

For more information, email us at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of high quality digital features. Stolaroff was formerly a principal of Next Wave Films (a company of The Independent Film Channel), which provided finishing funds to exceptional low-budget films, including the first features of directors Christopher Nolan and Joe Carnahan.

Stolaroff is considered an expert in micro-budget filmmaking. He is the founder of No Budget Film School, a unique series of classes specifically designed for the no-budget filmmaker, and his website is regarded as one of the leading filmmaking resources devoted exclusively to the art and science of no-budget filmmaking. Stolaroff has lectured on low budget and digital filmmaking throughout the world and at many of the major film festivals. He has written for Scientific American, Filmmaker, Sight and Sound, Film Festival Reporter, Film Arts Magazine, and contributed to the recent books Be The Media and The Reel Truth.”

Vajra Kirtan with the Dharma Bums: Dedicated to the Great Goddess!
Saturday, March 15, 7:00PM
Goddess Channel, 910 Harmon Gulch Road, Boulder Creek, 831-338-2544
For more information, contact the Goddess Temple at info@goddesstemple.org

“The Dharma Bums have performed at several Kalachakra Initiations with the Dalai Lama: in Barcelona, Spain in 1998, Toronto, Canada in 2004, Amaravati, India in 2006, and Washington DC in 2011. In 2005, they were presented the Tibetan Music Award for Best Foreign Group, and have performed at several Tibetan Music Festivals presented by Gonpo Entertainment, as well as the Miss Tibet Pageant, The Tibetan Olympics, and at the Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, during the Dalai Lama’s teaching there during the Tibetan uprising of 2008. They were the headliners for the benefit concert for the Dalai Lama at the Frankfurt Football Stadium during the Dalai Lama’s teaching there in 2009. They also performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Thailand in 2000, and at an audience with the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan community in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 2003. Another notable performance was with the Drepung Monks at the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Emory University Tibetan Studies Program in Atlanta in 2010.

The band has just returned from two tours in India, performing at the International Buddhist Confederation meeting, the Buddhist Heritage Festival of Ladakh, and the Inner Path Festival of Buddhism. This was followed by a two week tour in Goa, where they performed at the Saturday Night Market with Indian Rock Legend Gary Lawyer.

On this tour the Dharma Bums will be performing their Vajra Kirtan, a presentation of the Dharma through song, culminating in a chanting meditation practice of the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, Om Mani Padme Hum, playing their special brand of music, a raga-reggae-rock deeply rooted in both Eastern Spirituality and Western Rock and Roll!”

Healing Burned Woman
with Barbara Thomas and Peggy Black
Saturday, March 15, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Many women and men have a Burned Woman inside. The fear released during the 300 years of the Inquisition when millions of people were killed for being a healer, intuitive, mystic or teacher is still present today within personal and collective memory. Burned Woman’s story calls us to make a conscious choice to release the old patterns of hatred and fear and to build a new life so we may heal ourselves, humanity and the earth.”

The Black Brothers
in concert
Saturday, March 15, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$26 in advance, $28 at the door

“Brothers Michael and Shay Black play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs, and historical ballads, as well as songs from the Irish, English, and Scottish traditions and the occasional contemporary number. Singing in close harmony, playing guitar, banjo, and keyboards, telling funny stories, and even dancing now and again, Michael and Shay draw people in with their energy, wit, and superb musicianship. They have a special fondness for songs that inspire the audience to sing along with the chorus, like Down Our Street and The Great Storm Is Over. Joining the brothers tonight are Bobbi Nikles on fiddle, Eamonn Flynn on piano, and special guests.

Shay and Michael grew up in Dublin, moved to England in the early 1970s, and eventually settled in California, Michael in San Francisco and Shay in Berkeley. They’ve recorded one album with their brother Martin as the Black Brothers, and three with Martin and their sisters Frances and Mary as the Black Family. Michael also has a self-titled solo album. The Irish Echo, in its review, praised Michael as ‘a gifted, accomplished, sensitive ballad singer with discerning taste in songs.’ Shay has played and recorded with the illustrious Stan Hugill and the fabled sea shanty group Stormalong John, the Irish band Garva, the California Revels, Shira Kammen, Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianovich, Sharon Knight, and Steve Baughman. Don’t miss Michael, Shay, and friends tonight at the Freight. Their joy in performing, their love of a good story, and their charm and wit make an evening spent in their company one to savor.”

Azteca/Mexica New Year
Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16,
Saturday 6:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 9:30AM-5:00PM
Veggielution Farm at Emma Prusch Park, 647 S King Road, San Jose

“Our friends at Calpulli Tohnaleque have organized this years Azteca Mexica New Year, one of the largest gatherings of Azteca, Mexica, and other indigenous groups in California. Come and see dancers from various California tribes, as well as many Azteca and Mexica ceremonies. There will be kids activities, workshops and many art's and crafts vendors of all types.”

Dublin Saint Patrick’s Day
Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin

“Where else but Dublin... would you want to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? So why not join us for a memorable and authentic Irish experience. The Saint Patrick's Day Festival will be held on Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16, from 10:00AM-5:00PM at the Dublin Civic Center. There will be plenty of things to do with over 150 craft and commercial vendor booths, an international food court, three stages of authentic Irish entertainment, a new carnival vendor with exciting rides and attractions - and it all adds up to fun for the entire family and a great way to be Irish for the weekend!  Don't forget to stop by the Irish Tea Cottage (in the Library Community Room) to enjoy a Celtic harpist, storytelling, crafts, knitting and of course, tea!  Best of all... there is no charge for admission to the festival and parking is also FREE. If you live outside the tri-valley area - you can even take BART to the event! The celebration also includes the Green and White Gala on Friday, March 16th. For tickets and more information call 925-829-4758.  A Pancake Breakfast located in Fire Station #16 on Saturday, March 15th at 7:00AM. Tickets are $5 each. Also on Saturday is the Dublin Lions Club Parade which steps-off promptly at 9:30AM.”

Ombre Dye and Macrame Necklace
with Cathy Callahan
Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$75, limit 15 students

“Ombre Dye Workshop (in preparation for Macrame Necklace class)
Just in time to refresh your Spring wardrobe, this workshop will cover the basics of Ombre Dying the natural cotton cord that will be used to make the Macrame Necklace in the following days class (if uninterested in the macrame workshop, you will be able to take your dyed cord home to work with as you please). Cathy will lead you through the process of using fiber reactive dyes - color selection, recipes, mixing, and how to dip your cording into the dye bath to achieve a beautiful gradated color effect.

Fiber reactive dyes are non-toxic and are sourced right here in Northern California.
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you won't mind getting dye splashed on.

Macrame Necklace
Macrame is an ancient craft that was revived in the 1960s. It's once again enjoying a resurgence, but this time it's all about a clean and modern approach. Using the cotton cord that was Ombre dyed in the previous day’s class, Cathy will guide you through the basics of Macrame. You will learn the classic square knot and how to group them into the series of knots that are used to make the necklace. If unable to attend both workshops, pre-dyed cord will be available for you to use. What's great about Macrame is that there are really no special tools needed - just your fingers and a ball of cord!

Cathy is a designer/maker based in Los Angeles. Other hats she often wears include that of curator, teacher, window dresser, prop maker and author. Her work primarily focuses on the use of natural textiles that she hand dyes in small batches. The crafts and design of the 60s and 70s serve as a huge influence, especially the monumental textile work of artists Sheila Hicks and Claire Zeisler.”

Esther: A Jewish Opera Rediscovered
presented by San Francisco Renaissance Voices

Saturday, March 15, 8:00PM
Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford, Berkeley

Sunday, March 16, 4:00PM
First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto
NOTE:  This is an abridged ‘family friendly’ version - children of all ages are invited an hour before the concert (3:00PM) to help make Hamantaschen, the traditional confection for Purim, that will bake during the concert and be served at the post-concert reception!

“Our Opera Early and Ancient Series returns with this exciting US premiere of the story of Queen Esther and her rescue of the Jewish people from the murderous designs of the wicked Haman. Composed by Lidarti, an Austrian composer, born in Vienna of Italian descent, on the Hebrew libretto by Rabbi Jacob Saraval, written for the Jewish community in Amsterdam.  We present this oratorio in semi-staged form with period chamber orchestra.  Completed in 1774, this unique work was unknown in modern times until its discovery in 1998.  This will be the US premiere, sung in the original Hebrew in which it was composed, with full translations provided.  

Our stellar choristers will be accompanied by period chamber orchestra and soloists for this production are  soprano Rita Lilly as Queen Esther, tenor Seth Arnopole as King Ahasuerus, baritone Jefferson Packer as Haman, soprano Cheryl Cain as the Israelite Woman and a favorite of our audiences, tenor Corey Head as Mordecai.

Don’t miss this rare musical celebration during the Purim season with this family-friendly production (and do come in costume and bring your noisemakers!)”

Pine Needle Basketry
with Judith Thomas
Sunday, March 16, 10:00AM-3:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“Judith Thomas, master weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher, will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together.

Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break! All levels welcome. Advance registration required.”

Halls of Hera Devotional Services: She of Harbors and Heights
Sunday, March 16, 11:00AM-12:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Halls of Hera is a group devoted to the worship and celebration of Hera, eternal Queen and Sovereign. All are welcome to join us as we explore her many faces and sing in adoration to the Queen of all gods and men. At the close of each event our dedicated Priestess of Hera will be offering a blessing of the goddess.

For this, our first event, we will consider she who is the bringer of sweet rains, protector and ever watchful Mistress of land, sea and sky. We will explore the ideals of Hera as She of the Harbors and the Heights, and receive her blessings from the hands of her priestess.

Look ahead for us in August when we will be honoring she who is the Unbridled Queen, exploring and accepting our power as sovereign beings.

Halls of Hera is currently led by Kyria Skotas and associated clergy of CAYA Coven. Kyria Skotas is a High Priestess of the Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe, a Pan-Dianic tradition of CAYA. A dedicated priestess of Hera, she prides herself on holding safe space for others to heal and find their strength as sovereign individuals.”

Made in Ukraine: the Artistry of Julia Kosivchuk
Sunday, March 16, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Our dear guest is writing:

‘My name is Julia Kosivchuk. I was born in Ukraine, in the west of the country, in a region rich with folk culture and ethnic tradition. Even though I have created most of my art here, in California, I still like to say that it is ‘made in Ukraine’. Because I left my heart there. And because Ukrainian language and Ukrainian imagery are essential for everything that I do. Which includes a lot of different things: poetry and songs, paintings, drawings, murals, short prose, dolls and artsy mini-hats.  I like bright and happy colors because I believe they make people smile.

I'll show you some of my paintings and other things that I make, and sing several songs, mostly in Ukrainian.’
Some of her photos and works see at our facebook page!

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

Hops and Herbs: Organic Gardening for Homebrewers
presented by Temescal Homebrewing and The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Sunday, March 16, 2:00-5:00PM
private home in Oakland, address given upon RSVP
sliding scale $35-$60

“K. Ruby Blume, founder of The Institute of Urban Homesteading, leads this three hour workshop on growing, harvesting, drying and storing backyard hops and herbs for homebrewing.”

Leather Jewelry Making Class
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, March 16, 2:00PM
private home in Palo Alto, 416 Chaucer Street, Palo Alto
$6 for materials

“Hannah will teach a class on making simple leather bracelets and charms that can be used for warding, bringing luck, or whatever other intention you want to infuse them with. Materials and tools will be provided, as well as a demonstration of how to make a bracelet and how to make a charm, and explanations of some of the symbols that can be put on either. Please bring extra pens or pencils, and clothes you aren't worried about getting leather dye on.

There is a $6 charge to cover materials but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.”

Open Shamanic Journey Circle
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Sunday, March 16, 3:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
The Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

“Over the years many people have asked us about opportunities for journeying in the context of a circle - which many find to be more powerful than journeying solo. This is that opportunity.
The shamanic journey is a way to explore the non-ordinary realms, interact directly with personal power animals and spirit guides, and access divine information.

This is a journey circle - it's best if you already have had some experience with shamanic journeying. If not, or if you want a review, come at 2:30PM for introductory information and mentoring.

Bring a drum or rattle if you have them, an eye covering for journeying, and a notebook to record your experiences.

We are offering this every third Sunday afternoon.

We're asking a $20 donation to help with the site rental. Details will be sent to those that are coming.”

African Drumming and Dance Workshop
with Jayson Fann and Ciiku Ndungu-Case
presented by the Cheza Nami Foundation
Sunday, March 16, 3:00-6:00PM
Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore

“You will not want to miss Jayson Fann of Spirit Garden productions as he facilitates our free drum workshop in March!

Bring your own drum or instrument of choice for the drum circle portion or borrow one of ours.

Note: Barefoot dancing, wear comfortable clothing you can dance in.

Spread the word. Bring all your friends and family!

This community workshop is made possible by Livermore Cultural Arts Council

Jayson Fann is a musician, visual artist, director, producer and multi-cultural arts consultant. Jayson performs, designs and produces hundreds of concerts and educational programs annually celebrating cultural diversity. His work has taken him around the world many times to direct a diverse range of artistic projects in Europe, Africa, Haiti, Cuba and Brazil. Jayson has taught and served as a special consultant for California State University Monterey Bay, San Francisco State University, The Esalen Institute, Centro d’Ompio International Center for Holistic Studies as well as many other schools and centers internationally. His work has been featured in many prestigious publications such as the London Guardian, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Conde Naste European Travel Magazine, Sunset Magazine and many others world wide.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, March 16, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

“Esoterica Shamanic Center invites you to join OwlSnake (Medicine Woman/Shaman Lineage) for...

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
We will sip tea,  and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.

Who is OwlSnake?
Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”

Jewish Purim and Hindu Holi
with Roke Noir and Stephanie Reif
Manifestation Monthly: Full Moon Manifestation Circle and Ceremony
Sunday, March 16, 6:00-9:00PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
For more information, please contact Roke at 510-681-9740 or sirenproject@gmail.com

“Coaching and Ceremony to support you set and manifest your intentions; keep you aligned, inspired and accountable.

Theme for March: Jewish Purim and Hindu Holi

Celebration - Myths and Fables - Music - Dance - Color-Play - Fire Ceremony - Dessert and Drinks

This Is Not A Religious Event. This Is To Release, Renew and Rejoice In Community Through Learning, Celebration and Ceremony. No Prior Knowledge Of Hinduism Or Judaism Is Required. We Welcome All Who Believe In Raising Collective Consciousness. Costume Appreciated But Not A Must.

Let’s celebrate the essence of two joyful festivals through storytelling, music, dance and rituals ending in a full moon ceremony under the sky around a fire to release, rejoice and renew as we welcome spring. Come dressed up in costumes, masks and all things colorful. Brings sound-making things, wear clothes in layers because you will be outside for the fire ceremony and bring things you want to burn in the fire to release what no longer serves you. We will serve hot drinks and dessert during the ceremony. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase since both these festivals traditionally involves drinking liquor.

This experiential and participatory event is secular and inclusive. Roke Noir and Stephanie
Reif, both with strong roots to their respective religions and passion for sharing the stories and festivals they grew up with, will facilitate this celebratory ceremony.

About Roke (aka Krishnakali) : Hindu by birth, and growing up amongst her 300 million gods and goddesses in India, Roke feels lucky to have the colors, stories and inherent love of celebrations and ceremonies that her roots bring to her life every day. A shamanic manifestation coast bridging opposites of east and west, business and community, science and arts, masculine and feminine, Roke's calling is that of unravelling the enigma of each person she comes across. She has facilitated various ceremonial celebrations including the annual PHENOMENON New Year's Eve and given talks on her views on Hinduism at large and small events/spaces including MCC, San Francisco. Currently she runs a  Full Moon Manifestation Circle and Ceremony every month.

About Stephanie Reif: As a daughter of a Shoa (Holocaust) survivor, Stephanie was raised in Jewish community, immersed in the history and traditions of the her People. She has taught stories of the israelites at temples, churches, and circles, and has been performing in the annual Purim play this weekend at Temple Sinai. Her CD, Songs of My People, is a collection of Hebrew songs she was raised with, sang with, and danced to. She is currently working toward her Bat Mitzvah, to become a Daughter of the Torah.

Single drop-ins are $35 per session. Four Session Discount Pass $100 allows you to attend any 4 sessions over 2014 for $25 each.

You will be part of a group of women (up to 12 women) with the purpose of manifesting your intentions throughout 2014. You will meet once a month, the evening of Full Moon.

Roke (Krishnakali) Noir will hold the group in a safe, fun, and grounded space. She will use coaching tools, expressive arts (movement, improv, art making, storytelling, writing and more) practices, self-exploratory intuitive and cognitive games, group interactions and ritual theatre to lead you to:

Look Back: 6:00-7:00PM
Reflect on the last month through guided meditation
Examine your choices, decisions and actions
Learn from your celebrations and challenges

Move Forward: 7:00-8:00PM
Release what no longer serves you
Call yourself back and realign to your highest self
Set your intentions
Create your Manifestation Practice for next lunar cycle

Full Moon Ceremony: 8:00-9:00PM
After the Circle is complete you will join a Manifestation Fire Ceremony under the full moon in Roke's garden (6 blocks from Terra's Temple).

Upcoming Dates:
Monday, April 14

Roke (aka Krishnakali) Noir, originally from India and strongly rooted in eastern philosophies, is a manifestation coach, expressive arts director and shamanic energy practitioner. She has curved her path to walk on as The Alchemista, starting from the age of 35, after moving to USA at the age of 22, finishing her PhD in Artificial Intelligence and working in the high tech corporate world for 13 years. She has manifested her purpose of ‘using darkness - shaping light’ as she continues her passionate search for beauty in all things broken. As a woman bridging many worlds like the east and the west, the sacred and the sex positive, individualism and socialism, addictions and activism - she believes her work in this life is to serve women to accept who they are and manifest their highest selves. The guiding principles of her very own Dare to Manifest program are the Energetics (the spirit), Logistics (the mind) and Mechanics (the body) of every day Manifestation Practice.”

Celebrate Gauri-Parvati
with Sisterhood of the Moon
Sunday, March 16, Doors open at 7:00PM, Circle is cast by 7:30PM
private home in Hayward, directions given upon RSVP
$33-$13 sliding scale; no woman turned away due to financial hardship
“The trees smile with their sprout
of tender leaves and blooming flowers,
Eternal nature with its transient expression.
Hail Spring with ecstasy and joy!
- author unknown
On this Festival day of Holi, you are invited to attend our Full Moon ritual honoring Hindu Goddess Gauri-Parvati.  At this time of the advent of Spring, we will call on Her for renewal and for our own rebirth, giving gratitude for the newness and freshness of life.  We will make offerings to the Goddess of beauty and fertility.

For more detailed information about this gathering and/or to RSVP, please email Info@SisterhoodoftheMoon.org.”  

Womansong Circle
with Betsy Rose, Evelie Posch, and Ariska Razak
Sunday, March 16, 7:15PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley
Suggested donation $15-$20

“Celebrating Women Around the World Through Song and Ritual

Dear Women and Friends of Women,

If you long to sing, love to sing - and don't have the time or inclination to join a chorus.. or you're a bit shy about your voice - except in the shower!  WOMANSONGS CIRCLE IS FOR YOU!

Join Betsy Rose,  Evelie Posch, and Ariska Razak as we sing, dance, and create ritual that connects us to women around the planet.

What Is Womansong?
A drop in, any voice welcome singing circle for women
With songs of inner and outer peace, women's journeys and power.
Chants, rounds, simple harmonies, and improvisation.
All voices welcome - Lyrics are provided
No singing or music reading skills needed.”

Temple of Aphrodite - please note new time
Sunday, March 16, 8:00-9:00PM (Please arrive a few minutes before 8:00PM)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.

Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.

We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.

Date for 2014:
April 16
May 14
June 12
July 13
August 10
September 7
October 8
November 5
December 6
Special event: our Temple has been ‘offline’ for the past few months as we updated and refined our current structure, and tonight we will celebrate with a re-launch! There will be sparkly drinks, our revised monthly ceremony (you can now follow along from your device with our prayers and hymns, as a way to save paper), and the delight of shared community. Please join us!”

full day simulcast at the Alameda Main Library
Tuesday, March 18, 8:30AM-8:00PM
Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, 510-747-7713

“TEDxAlameda is pleased to provide a free live simulcast of the complete second day of the TED2014 conference taking place in Vancouver, B.C. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The simulcast will be held at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. Alameda. Sign-up is requested and will be capped at 75 people. Participants may sign up by calling the Library at 510-747-7713.

2014 marks TED’s 30th anniversary and the theme is The Next Chapter. The conference will be seeking to understand what have been the most significant developments of the last 30 years... and applying that knowledge to understand what’s ahead.

There will be five sessions throughout the day. We will present three main sessions, Retrospect from 8:30-10:15AM, Reshape from 11:00AM-12:45PM, and Wish from 6:00-7:45PM. In addition to the main sessions there will also be two All Star sessions that bring back TED favorites for short talks and updates. These two sessions will be Planet Dearth from 2:00-3:15PM and Beauty and the Brain from 3:45-5:00PM. All sessions are open and free to the public.

We are working with the local restaurants in the area to offer discounts to TEDxAlameda attendees.”

Mi Cuerpo Sagrado (My Sacred Body): An Herbal Exploration of the Body
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki of Ancestral Apothecary
Tuesday, March 18, 10:00AM-12:30PM
and each Tuesday through June 10
Medical Center, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$100 deposit due by March 4.
To apply for registration, please contact atava@ancestralapothecary.com or call 510-541-2715.

“This class is an exploration of herbal medicine and our body. We will deeply explore each body system (nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, etc.) using yoga, meditation and energy work. In addition, we will learn about key herbs that support each of our body's system to stay in harmony and balance.

We will cover some key health issues that arise in each body system and learn how to treat them using herbal medicine, movement and meditation.

This class is co-facilitated by Atava and Lilia Roman.”

Persian New Year Festival: Chahar-Shanbeh Souri
Tuesday, March 18, 6:00-10:00PM
Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, 510-848-0264

“Jump over a bonfire for ‘Chahar-Shanbeh Souri’ to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring, a Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian times. The Persian New Year Festival is called Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, which literally means ‘Eve of Wednesday’ because the festival is always held on the last Tuesday of winter, just before the Vernal Equinox or first moment of spring.

In Iran (and parts of Afghanistan and India), it is customary for people to create bonfires in front of their homes throughout the neighborhood and jump over them as the sun is setting. Since the Persian Center owns it’s own ‘home’ at 2029 Durant Avenue, it is thrilled to host this event for Iranian-Americans and all who have an interest in the culture. As people jump over the flames they shout, ‘Shorkhi-e to az man o zardi-e man az to!’ which means, ‘Give me your beautiful red color and take back my sickly pallor!’ ‘Parents jump with their young ones who look wary of going near the flames. Sweethearts jump in tandem. Frat boys try to out leap one another in side-by-side races,’ noted a festival attendee. By engaging the non-Persian community in the fire-jumping festival, the organization hopes to allow a glimpse into beautiful Persian traditions and the culture of the Iranian-American community in the US.

Inside the Persian Center, a traditional altar holds green grass, live goldfish, food and other items representative of spring called the haftseen, or seven s’s, as each item on the table begins with the letter s. Persian music, food, and craft vendors, cultural organizations, and children’s activities add to the nighttime experience. This is a free, family-friendly, non-alcoholic event held outdoors at night, rain or shine.

Sponsors include the Persian Center, Hustead’s Towing, Berkeley Council Members Jessie Arreguin and Max Anderson, East Bay Express, East Bay Loop, Yelp! and Iranican.
Persian Center is a non-profit, charitable 501(c3) organization whose mission is to create an environment in which to conduct social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities designed to strengthen the sense of identity and integrity of all Iranians and Iranian descendants, and to engage individuals interested in or related to Persian community and culture. It is one of a few secular Persian organizations in the United States.

This is the fifth year that Another Bullwinkel Show has been the event producer. A local company that oversees many of the fine street festivals in Berkeley, Another Bullwinkel Show
is proud to bring cultural events to the community. Contact Lisa Bullwinkel for info.”

Ain’t I A Woman? My Journey to Womanhood
with Laverne Cox
March 19, 7:00-9:00PM
Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket information

“Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal story and how issues of race, class, and gender affect how she has been able to navigate the world. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.

Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers.

Cox was the recipient of the Anti-Violence Project’s 2013 Courage Award. As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media. She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.”

Nowrouz Showcase and Party
with Ballet Afsaneh
Wednesday, March 19, 7:30-9:30PM
8th Street Studio, 2525 8th Street, Berkeley
Sliding scale $5-$15

“Join us at the Afsaneh Dance Academy studios for a casual evening of informal showcase performances and celebration. Students of the Afsaneh Dance Academy, dancers of Ballet Afsaneh, guest artists, music and poetry.

Come celebrate the Spring Equinox with us Silk Road style!

Nowrouz - Time honored celebration of the Spring Equinox - New Year.

Come prepared to dance! Its a party - a time to celebrate together with family and friends!

Catch sneak previews of our new works in progress to be premiered at Festival of the Silk Road 2014.

No reservations required, but a quick RSVP via Facebook would be very helpful :-)

Sliding scale: suggested - $5 to $15
Family Friendly - All Ages Warmly Welcomed

For more information, (or to volunteer to help out!), e-mail us at info@dancesilkroad.org.

Note: 8th Street Studio is a Shoe Free Zone."

Joining The Waters Ceremony
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Wednesday, March 19, 8:00PM
Mountain Yoga, 2071 Antioch Court, #100, Oakland

“Water is a precious resource. We come from water. It nourishes and cleans us. It connects us with each other. It is the most pure and powerful medicine. And yet we take it for granted.

The Joining of the Waters Ceremony reminds us to not take our precious waters for granted, and instead to recognize their sacredness. If our rivers and oceans are healthy, so is our community.

We will gather between the full moon and the Spring Equinox to pray for the healing of our Waterways, the Earth and Humanity. Bring a small amount of water (a baby food jar size) from your home or your land so that we may join the waters together.”

Have an Ecologically Aligned, Blessedly Devotional Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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