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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pork Belly: Making Bacon and Pancetta at Home, Temple of Aphrodite, Spring Book Sale, Open House at PLACE for Sustainable Living, LYRIC’s 25th Anniversary Open House, Building a Bay Area Medicine Chest, Cascarones Workshop, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, An Evening of Virginia Woolf, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma, Pearls Over Shanghai, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, QED: An Exploration Of The Extraordinary Life Of Richard Feynman, Garden Love Day, Fashion and Body Art, Building a Mini Sun to Save the Earth, Helping Save the Cheetahs of the World, Learn To Make Your Own Kombucha, Meeting the Morrigan, Branches and Blooms, New Deal Film Festival: Saving America from the Great Depression, Magical Transformation and Group Energy Healing, Mbira Healing Ceremony, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Puppetland: Confidential III, Mali Weekend Festival, Yoga and Psyche Conference, SF Bulgarian Film Festival, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse, Cemetery Clean Up, Earth Energy Walks, Soup and Salad: Spring Foraging Expedition, Fix-It Clinic, Mysterious Island, San Francisco Earth Day, CAYA Sprouts at Fairyland, Bunnies and Bonnets Parade, Santa Rosa Earth Day, The Mystic In the Modern World, SoulCollage, Earth Eggs, WOWMAD Earth Day World Music Festival, Earth Bike Banjo, Betsy Rose Gary Lapow and Linda Hirschhorn, Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt at Roaring Camp, Are You Present?, Easter with the Sisters: The Emerald Jubilee, A ‘Trip’ To Oz, Earth Day Celebration at Community Market, Local Food Faire, Modern Conjure: Psychicism and Divination, Carnatic Vocal Concert, Easter Resurrection Through Mary Magdalene’s Eyes, Embracing the Red Queen, John Hodgman in Conversation with Adam Savage, Earth Day 2014: Green Cities, Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood, A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, Tea and Chanting Sangha, World Book Night, Vortex Journeys Earth Day Meditation, Handmade Box, Shakespeare’s Birthday, Tibetan Sound Healing, Bard Birthday Party and Macbeth Read Through

Pork Belly: Making Bacon and Pancetta at Home
with Seth Peterson
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00-9:00PM
private home in Berkeley, address given upon RSVP
sliding scale $35-$70 plus $10 supply fee

“Pork belly is probably the most versatile cut of pork, and it is the basis of two beloved cured meat products, bacon and pancetta. In this hands-on class, we will learn the basics of curing meats, local purchase and selection of quality meats, essential ingredients and basic techniques. We’ll learn how the flavor of bacon is enhanced by smoking, how to salt cure meat in the refrigerator and an explanation of additional projects that can be done in a similar manner, such as prosciutto and lardo. We’ll taste samples of homemade bacon and pancetta and students will go home with some pork belly, mixed cure, and the confidence to make bacon and pancetta at home.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, April 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:
May 14
June 12
July 13
August 10
September 7
October 8
November 5
December 6
For April, Molly Blue Dawn will be taking us through a guided meditation with Aphrodite Aprilis.”

Spring Book Sale
benefiting Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Wednesday-Sunday, April 16-20, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Free admission

“Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)'s Spring Book Sale features more than 250,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media. EVERYTHING is $3 or less, priced with a 3-2-1 scale - $3 for hardcover books, $2 for paperback books, and $1 for DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1.

Just like Friends' Annual Big Book Sale (held at Fort Mason Center in September), the Spring Sale stocks books sorted in more than 70 categories with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Throughout the year, Friends of the SFPL staff and volunteers collect used and new books from a variety of different sources, including estate sales, businesses, publishers, and book donors across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Spring Book Sale is free and open to the public. The sale benefits the SFPL's education programs to promote literacy for children, teens, and adults.”

Open House at PLACE for Sustainable Living
Thursday, April 17, 5:00-9:00PM
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

“We are hosting an Open House in order to reconnect with our community, highlight some of our accomplishments, outline the expanded vision and identify the different ways for you to participate.

We are excited to announce that after three years building out PLACE for Sustainable Living, we have secured a new five year lease under our newly formed cooperative, OakLeyVille. This lease enables us to continue building our collective vision of a dynamic educational center for urban sustainability and regenerative practices. We will be celebrating this good news at our upcoming three-year anniversary event: Creating Commons Festival, Saturday, May 10, 2014.

PLACE will continue to serve our educational and sustainability showcase goals, as Oakleyville will grow its membership into a multi-stakeholder cooperative serving its Workers, Makers and the Community at large.  Please join us as we enter the next chapter of this co-creative place.

5:00-6:00PM: Meet and Greet and Stone Soup
6:00-7:00PM: Presentations: PLACE, Oakleyville Cooperative, and Affiliate Groups
7:00-8:00PM: Breakout sessions for PLACE Pods
8:00-9:00PM: Report backs from breakouts and next steps”

LYRIC’s 25th Anniversary Open House
Thursday, April 17, 5:30-7:30PM
The Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, 127 Collingwood Street, San Francisco
For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail openhouse@lyric.org

“Join us for an evening of food, community, and memories. Come walk through LYRIC’s history with a retrospective organized by our Youth Interns.

LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

LYRIC’s vision is a diverse society where LGBTQQ youth are embraced for who they are and encouraged to be who they want to be. By working towards social justice and supporting young leaders, their families and allies, LYRIC is building a world that honors, respects and appreciates LGBTQQ youth and their contributions.”

Building a Bay Area Medicine Chest
with Bonnie Weaver
Thursday, April 17, 7:00-9:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“What is local medicine? What would a local medicine movement look like? This class will start with a discussion of why locally grown herbs are an important component to modern herbalism in social, economical and ecological contexts. In the second half of class, we will discuss cultivation methods for medicine gardens in the Bay Area.

Bonnie Weaver has studied the use and propagation of western medicinal herbs since 2010. She currently operates Guerrero Street Garden to source and promote the use of locally grown herbs. She has completed the Herb Pharm Herbaculture Program and currently studies at The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.”

Cascarones Workshop
with Aleishall Girard Maxon and Marie Muscardini
Thursday, April 17, 7:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$45, limit 15 students

“Cascarones are hollowed-out chicken eggs that are decorated and filled with confetti, often created and used during Easter celebrations. Cascarones may be thrown or crushed over ones head to shower them with confetti and bring good luck. Come decorate and fill a dozen eggs to add color to your Easter gatherings.

Aleishall Girard Maxon of Studio Deseo is an artisan living and working in Berkeley, California. She creates wearable art inspired by costumes around the world from the Hmong tribes of southeast Asia to the Quechua groups of South America and many cultures in between. Each piece is created by hand with a variety of materials including Japanese seed beads, Mexican yarn and various found objects and notions. She also works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

Marie Muscardini is the founder of Handcraft Studio School and a lover of all paper. Her fondness of paper was influenced by her mother at an early age. They made paper together, wrapped holiday gifts, and created many art pieces using a variety of paper. Later in life, Marie managed Paper Source in San Francisco and her love deepened. Currently her focus is making garlands to decorate her home and share with loved ones.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, April 17, 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 ).”

An Evening of Virginia Woolf
part of  Butterfield 8’s Third Thursday series
Thursday, April 17, 8:00PM, and the third Thursday of each month
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
Donations accepted
“On the third Thursday of every month (other events permitting), Cue Productions Live plays host to a reading of selected short stories. Join us as we explore some great writing in an informal setting. This event is open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis.

This week, Butterfield 8 celebrates the one-year anniversary of Third Thursdays!
After a year of works by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we are delighted to showcase one of history's most important and influential female authors, Virginia Woolf.
We will be presenting two of Woolf's short stories, The Mark on the Wall, and Kew Gardens. The evening features the vocal talents of Beth Chastain, Carter Chastain, Kerry Gudjohnsen, Melynda Kiring, and Becky Potter.

This will be the final time Butterfield 8 performs at Cue Live, and we hope to see some familiar faces as we bid goodbye in true Butterfield 8 fashion - with an evening of ‘outside the box’ work.

As always, Third Thursdays is free to the public, although we welcome donations at the door!”

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma
presented by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19, 8:00PM - final week
Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Charles Busch's outrageous comedy tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose rivalry as bloodsuckers and actresses endures over two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas! Paired with the groovy psychedelic romp Coma/Sleeping Beauty, this show is a must-see!

Come in drag to any show and get a free drink!
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom t-shirts available for purchase
Closing Night Bash with music, drinks and food immediately following the show.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19, 8:00PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco
playing through May 31

“Our award-winning production of Pearls Over Shanghai, San Francisco’s longest-running Cockettes musical hit, is back on The Hypnodrome stage for a Fifth Anniversary Revival Production.

Pearls Over Shanghai is a comic mock-operetta about white slavery, opium dens, and miscegenation set in the colorful world of 1937 Shanghai. The story is set at the crossroads of good and evil; an exotic ‘old sin town’ filled with singing sailors, humorous whores, foolish immortals, handmaidens and henchmen, all taking their places in streets teeming with a mix of foreign aristocrats, opium addicts, and gangland slave-trade czars.

With a cast of over 20, costumes a-plenty, and a score of 24 original songs, this production is the most eye-popping and toe-tapping in the Hypnodrome’s history, with the scent of intoxicating perfume, poisonous flowers, opium, and sex oozing from every scene.

Three original Cockettes, Scrumbly Koldewyn, ‘Sweet Pam’ Tent, and Rumi Missabu, who were in the original production of Pearls Over Shanghai, will perform in this production, bringing to life the whimsy and the madness that were the ‘all singing, all dancing, all cardboard’ Cockettes.

Our original production of  Pearls Over Shanghai ran for nearly two years and received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. It’s a phenomenon that keeps on growing! Get your tickets soon for this sure-to-sell-out musical event of the season.”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday and Saturday, April 17 and 19,
Thursday 8:00PM, Saturday 5:00PM
extended - playing through April 26
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!”

QED: An Exploration Of The Extraordinary Life Of Richard Feynman
presented by Indra’s Net Theater
Thursday-Sunday, April 17-20,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM - final week
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

“Indra’s Net Theater
presents QED
By Peter Parnell
Inspired by the writings of Richard Feynman and Ralph Leighton’s Tuva or Bust!
Directed by Bruce Coughran

This play is an exploration of the extraordinary life of legendary Nobel Prize-winning Physicist Richard Feynman.

QED is an exploration of the extraordinary life of legendary Nobel Prize-winning Physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman began as a young man working on the Manhattan project, and then created a reputation as an inspiring and charismatic teacher, a brilliant physicist, as well as a practical joker. He had a flamboyant love of life. Near the end of his life, he was nationally visible as the scientist on the Presidential committee investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. This fascinating and inspiring figure is remembered by many, and this play probes under the surface of genius, to find the heart of the man inside.

In the future, Indra’s Net will be producing similar plays that engage, enlighten, stimulate, and entertain. We will be producing plays, many dealing with science and scientific inquiry, as well as dealing with the human and philosophical implications. We invite you to be a part of this exciting endeavor, as we pursue our goal of using theater to his highest potential, and exploring in depth some of the most potent and fascinating issues at the beginning of the 21st century.”

Garden Love Day
with Frieda Kipar Bay of Taproot Medicine
Friday, April 18, 10:00AM-1:00PM
private land in Sebastopol, address given upon RSVP
Free, please RSVP to info@taprootmedicine.org

“We had a really sweet time last month with a few mommas planting and a little pack of kids off playing.  It really felt like how we are always supposed to garden.  If you are looking to learn more about growing herbs, permaculture gardening, or just need to get out of the city and get dirty, please come with your own gloves and snacks.  Kids are welcome, rain cancels.  We'll make sure everyone gets dirty and learns a new plant, and its likely you will be surrounded by other herbalistas and plant geeks.”

Fashion and Body Art
a Third Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, April 18, 4:00-8:00PM, and the third Friday of each month
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Get fashion forward with colorful fashion and body art displays and activities at our Third Friday Fashion and Body Art Festival.

Fashion Art Santa Cruz brings you FashionART: Paint to Wear, a fashion art paint-a-thon with local artists and fashion designers Rose Sellery, Tina Brown, and Angelo Grova: 6 artists. 6 models. 6 white jumpsuits. Beginning at 6:00PM, artists Glenn Carter, Mary Karlton, Tobin Keller, Margaret Niven, Catherine Segurson, and Kyle Sanders will transform white jumpsuits into fashion art as the night goes on and models will model the jumpsuits in a runway show from 7:30-8:00PM.

Watch body art in action with Icarus Zaure Wendel and Rose The Body Painter.  Icarus Zaure Wendel will paint on a live model on stage from 5:00-6:30PM. Rose the Body Painter, assistant John Waiton, and award winning hair stylist Jaymz Merez  will paint a masterpiece on live model Carino Magana throughout the evening. Curious about the art of tattooing? Here’s your chance to ask all your wild tattoo questions and learn about the tools and process of tattooing with celebrated Tattoo Artist Flip Hayes from the Somos Gallery. And for those looking for a temporary fix, take face and body painting to the next level with local body artist Brenda Leach.

Swap out your old garb for new gems with UCSC’s Slug Style clothing swap by bringing in your unwanted clothes and trading with others. Learn to make a baby girl dress from your old clothes with fashion designer Arielle Rose from CirKus Waggon Inventions, get messy with DIY stenciling, make your own DIY body scrub, and craft Flower Crowns with artists Paula Lafave, Laura Wrong, and Aliso Leo from art collective Carcassses and Companionship.

And who said dress up was for kids? Travel to different fashion eras with a Costume Photo Booth by local costume store Closet Capers. Tallie Crawford from Closet Capers will also lead a costume design and sketching workshop at 5:30PM, 6:30PM and 7:30PM in the Solari Gallery. Ann Simonton, media activist and former fashion model will facilitate an interactive display asking participants to consider whether they freely choose their fashion or if they follow what fashion dictates. Folks from FashionTEENS Santa Cruz will lead a demonstration on ‘Communicating Your Values Through Fashion: Up-cycling, trash into fashion.’ Rana Satori Design will have a pop up boutique and exhibit handmade fashion designs on stilts.

Want to learn some new hair tricks? The Salon on the Square will demonstrate historical makeup and hairdos on live models. Learn how to braid hair and make DIY makeup with the Cosmos Factory, who will host a braid bar, a make-your-own-makeup bar, and demonstrate how to design historical hairstyles.

Don’t miss Kid Happy Hour with art activities just for kids from 4:00-5:00PM in the classroom.”

Building a Mini Sun to Save the Earth
part of the Future Fridays series at Chabot Space and Science Center
with Edward Moses, Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research,
National Ignition Facility
Friday, April 18, 6:00-7:30PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland

“Scientists are continuously discovering new ways to harness the energy of the Sun and stars to meet Earth's energy needs. Dr. Edward Moses is leading efforts to explore ways to commercialize the power of lasers to provide environmentally friendly energy for our future. Using Laser Ignition Fusion Energy, LIFE, Moses is exploring this new type of laser fusion power plant that would produce no greenhouse gas emissions, operate continuously to meet demand, and produce shorter-lived and less hazardous radioactive byproducts than current power plants. Mr. Moses has been a leader of this technology at the National Ignition Facility, harnessing the world’s most energetic laser system, and is responsible for laser technologies for homeland security, economic competitiveness, and laser fusion energy.

As Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research at the National Ignition Facility, Mr. Moses holds patents in laser technology, inertial fusion energy, and computational physics. He received the Jefferson Award, the Edward Teller Medal, the Fusion Power Associates Leadership Award, the NNSA Defense Programs Award, the R&D 100 Award, and very importantly, the Project Management Institute Project of the Year Award. Dr. Moses is a member of the National Academy, a Fellow of the Optical Society, the AAAS, and the SPIE. He is a member of the California Council on Science and Technology.”

Helping Save the Cheetahs of the World
with Dr. Laurie Marker and Themba the Cheetah
part of Happy Hollow’s Conservation Speaker Series
Friday, April 18, 6:30-8:00PM
Leininger Community Center, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
$35 per person. All proceeds will go to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

“Hear Dr. Marker speak about her work in Namibia over the past 20 years. Her successful conservation efforts have resulted in a win-win for the local community, wildlife, and agriculture, through educational hands-on efforts. Also meet Themba, the Cheetah, from Wildcat Education and Conservation Fund.”

Learn To Make Your Own Kombucha
Friday, April 18, 7:00-8:00PM
Alameda Wellness Center, 2719 Encinal Avenue, Alameda
$20 includes your own live Kombucha “Mother”
Space is limited; please call 510-332-9380 to register

“Kombucha is a microbiotic drink that can be made easily and safely in your home for literally pennies a serving.

Join us for this informative class where you will learn the benefits of Kombucha, the easy method to make Kombucha, and you will bring home your own Kombucha “Mother,” which is essential for making Kombucha.”

Meeting the Morrigan
with Morpheus
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, April 18, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Potluck Feast
Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Branches and Blooms
with Rachel O'Neal
Friday, April 18, 7:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$65, limit 12 students

“Enjoy an evening of flower arranging with floral designer Rachel O'Neal of Fioribei Floral Design Studio. We will use local, seasonal, organic flowers as well as foraged items and learn to arrange a natural, garden style arrangement in a beautiful vessel. We will discuss flower culture and care, seasonal flowers, proper vase selection, as well as learn tips and tricks of the trade. You will take home your beautiful creation to share with your family and friends just in time for the holiday weekend.

Rachel's lifelong love of flowers started as a little girl roller skating around the neighborhood with rubber bands on her wrist, picking flowers and selling bouquets to her neighbors. She founded Fioribei Floral Design Studio in 2001, specializing in seasonal, locally grown flowers for weddings. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and Ruffled Blog (http://ruffledblog.com/tamar-mikes-pink-and-green-wedding-part-ii). You can now find her working on an organic farm growing and harvesting flowers and vegetables, and teaching the art of flower arranging to the farm crew.”

New Deal Film Festival: Saving America from the Great Depression
sponsored by Save the Berkeley Post Office
and the National Post Office Collaborate.
Friday, April 18, 7:00PM
and Friday, April 25, 7:00PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley

“The New Deal Film Festival shows us films from the 1930s of federal works that improved lives of Americans during the Great Depression. On Friday, April 18, at 7:00PM, we see FDR's inauguration and WPA films on Putting America to work - building the Tennessee Valley, responding to disasters, creating sewing industries and child care.  At 9:00PM, the second film shows the signing of Social Security, Mortgage Insurance, FDR’s visit to the Civilian Conservation Corps, help for the Dust Bowl victims and it finishes up with a song by Al Jolson. Many New Deal projects continue to improve our lives today.

On Friday, April 25, at 7:00PM, films show New Deal artists at work in Post Offices and many public buildings. They include Bernard Zakheim's Coit Tower murals and other New Deal artists who were interviewed when they were alive. Many became famous in later years.  At 9:00PM, films about Hope for the Future and the building of community - people engaged in cooperative farming in Texas and Alaska, building new homes, and their experience with rural electrification. Dick Powell sings the grand finale.

The New Deal Film Festival is a fundraiser for the National Post Office Collaborate and the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee.  They are working to keep our Berkeley Post Office and other historic post office buildings from being sold by the US Postal Service.  The Collaborate was successful in saving one through legal action when a preliminary injunction was issued against the sale of the historic Stamford, CT Post Office. We may have to pursue legal action to save the Berkeley Post Office.  Unfortunately, legal action is quite costly and funds must be raised to continue.  For information call 510-486-8010.”

Magical Transformation and Group Energy Healing
with Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim
Friday, April 18, 7:30-9:30 PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for the group healing
Please register in advance to reserve your spot for this event

“Bring the mysteries of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake into your life. Join Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim for an evening of shared magic and healing.

Come celebrate this sacred weekend with an Energy healing and a Mystic Rite for Spring blessings. We will also be making an All Purpose Blessing and Anointing Altar oil, used for anointing your altar, altar tools, and Candle Magic.

This blend is very powerful, and when you are not sure which oil suits your magical intent best, you can use this enchanting oil. Also, it is very lovely to use in healing rooms and work rooms, and to create a holy atmosphere. You will take home this blend to empower your life with success.
Justin K. Prim is an energy healer, a shamanic practitioner, and a spiritually focused artist. He recently became a teacher in the Magical Awakening lineage and is excited to share these spiritual gifts with the world!

Dragonfly is a VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing practitioner Class Organizer for Gailynn Carroll in Berkeley CA, a Reiki Master teacher and body energy practitioner for 18 years, and owner of ArunaBliss Body Energy Center in Oakland.”

Mbira Healing Ceremony
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Friday, April 18, 7:30PM
Mountain Yoga, 2071 Antioch Court, #100, Oakland
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Experience the beautiful music of the mbira which has been healing people in Africa for more than 1000 years.

Join us for a meditative mbira healing ceremony and concert. We are limiting the number of participants so that there will be room to lie flat on the floor to totally relax if you prefer. There will be chairs, cushions and mats. Feel free to bring your own.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, April 18, 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.”

Puppetland: Confidential III
with Nick Knave
Friday, April 18, 11:00PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco
included free with performance of Pearls Over Shanghai
$10 cash at the door for walk-ups at 10:45PM

“Friday, April 18, at 11:00PM, after the Pearls Over Shanghai performance, puppeteer Nick Knave takes The Hypnodrome stage with special guests for a new installment of his monthly puppet salon - Puppetland: Confidential.

Mr. Knave is currently developing Isabel's Zombie Holocaust with Thrillpeddlers for Shocktoberfest 15.  Inspired by the self-reliant heroine of the Ogden Nash poem Adventures of Isabel, which has long been in Knave's busking repertoire, Isabel's Zombie Holocaust is the first installment in a multi-play puppet bill he's creating dubbed Puppetsploitation.

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry.
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.

And so it goes as Isabel dispatches every potential terror that comes her way.

Ticket buyers for the Friday, April 18 performance of Pearls are invited to join us for the hour-long salon afterwards for FREE.  All others, space permitting, pay just $10 cash at the door for the 11 o'clock performance.”

Mali Weekend Festival
presented by the California Institute of Integral Studies
featuring concerts by Fatoumata Diawara and Tinariwen
Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, 8:00PM
Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Extending Mali's rich musical tradition, we are bringing together two of the country's most compelling artists over the course of one weekend. Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous mix of the vibrant and understated, combining songs about love, politics, and empowerment. Tinariwen bring thirty years of rebellion, guitars, desert nomad culture, and the real Saharan blues to a sound that recently won them a Grammy for Best World Music Album.”

Yoga and Psyche Conference
presented by the California Institute of Integral Studies
Friday-Sunday, April 18-20
Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco
$275 in advance, $300 on-site registration

“One of the first academic conferences anywhere in the world on the integration of yoga and Western psychology. We will engage in a passionate inquiry about what happens when Yoga, as considered from its vast and original context including scripture, study, meditation, breathwork, and physical postures, is integrated with Western psychological theory and clinical practice, including the breakthroughs in somatic psychology, trauma research, and neuroscience. Together we will explore the implications and applications of this new evolutionary possibility, as pioneering practitioners of these traditions gather together in dialogue, deep exchange, and community.

Teachings, research, insights, and practices from these two vast and complimentary traditions will be presented by: A.H. Almaas, Baxter Bell, Mariana Caplan, Christopher Chapple, Yogi Amrit Desai, Angela Farmer, Rod Stryker, and Rama Jyoti Vernon. 12 academic papers will be presented by esteemed doctors, clinicians, professors, yoga therapists, and cutting-edge researchers from around the world, demonstrating how Yoga becomes more effective to the Western practitioner through the integration of psychology, and how psychological theory and methods are benefitted by the knowledge and practices of the Yoga tradition.

The Most Important Guest is You!
Students and teachers in the Yoga tradition, scholars, practitioners and students of all schools of psychology, as well as anyone interested in personal and spiritual transformation, are welcome to join us. We hope that many new initiatives, collaborations, and seeds of knowledge that can be spread throughout the world will emerge from this distinguished gathering.”

SF Bulgarian Film Festival
Friday-Sunday, April 18-20, see website below for schedule details
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“The Second Annual SF Bulgarian Film Festival returns to BRAVA with three days of exciting feature films and documentaries featuring the best of Bulgarian filmmaking.

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, with the support of the State Institute for Culture of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Los Angeles, is proud to continue the tradition of this event to promote Bulgarian cinema among the multicultural community of the Bay Area. The film selection for this year includes five feature films and three documentaries all made by prominent contemporary Bulgarian filmmakers. The documentaries will be shown for free to the audience holding a VIP pass or a ticket for at least one feature film on the same day. There will be short art programs during the intermissions showcasing Bulgarian performing artists from the Bay Area.”

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
film screening
Friday-Sunday, April 18-20,
Friday 7:30PM, Saturday 5:00PM and 7:30PM, Sunday 2:00PM and 5:00PM
The Magick Lantern, 125 Park Place, Point Richmond, 510-234-1404
regular showings $7, Sunday 2:00PM matinee $5

“Over 20 years of existence can buy a lot of pop culture real estate in the hearts and minds of fans. Alan Partridge has conquered the world of radio, television and publishing, but with the release of the character’s first film, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, few may be scratching their heads thinking ‘who is Alan Partridge?’ Luckily, the comedic fabrication of actor Steve Coogan and comedy guru Armando Iannucci (creator of The Thick of It, Veep, In The Loop) stands on its own while still retaining every hilarious nuance of the character.”

Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse
Presented by Role Players Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, April 18-20,
Friday-Saturday, 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through May 10
Village Theatre and Art Gallery, 233 Front Street, Danville, 925-314-3463

“What do you get when you combine a witch's curse, a haunted castle, and a chorus of professional bridesmaids? Gilbert and Sullivan, of course! Following the enthusiastic response to our innovative take on the Mikado, RPE will be diving into the fantastical world of the haunted Ruddigore Castle with its absurd residents, both living and dead.

Full of the delightful music of Arthur Sullivan and the silly characters of W.S. Gilbert, Ruddigore is a comic feast for the senses.”

Cemetery Clean Up
with Hayward Area Historical Society
Saturday, April 19, 9:00AM-1:00PM
San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, corner of College Street and Usher Street, San Lorenzo

“San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery
We need your help in cleaning up our beloved cemetery! We will be there from 9:00AM-1:00PM.

Meet at the corner of College Street and Usher Street in San Lorenzo. Bring gloves, rakes and gardening equipment. Water and light snacks will be provided.

For more information call 510-581-2516.”

Earth Energy Walks
with Community Seed
Saturday, April 19, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Wilder Ranch, 1401 Coast 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:
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)”

Soup and Salad: Spring Foraging Expedition
with Tanya Stiller
Saturday, April 19, 10:00AM-1:00PM
private home in Berkeley, address given upon RSVP
sliding scale $40-$70

“In this class you will forage and taste greens and vegetables that you see every day, growing around your neighborhood. You will learn to identify, use and process both urban weeds and native East Bay edibles and explore which wild foods are best to eat raw in a salad, cooked into a spring soup, or used as medicinal tea. You will leave this class with a full belly, as well as an understanding of some traditional ethnobotanical uses of common East Bay plants and which may be safely harvested to eat. Bring clothing appropriate for weather, and comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty.”

Fix-It Clinic
with Peter Mui
Saturday, April 19, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“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!”

Mysterious Island
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, April 19, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Mysterious Island (UK: Jules Verne's Mysterious Island) is a 1961 film. Based very loosely upon the novel The Mysterious Island (L'Île mystérieuse) by Jules Verne, the film was produced by Charles H. Schneer and directed by Cy Endfield. The motion picture was filmed at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, England as a showcase for Harryhausen's stop-motion animation effects. Like several of Harryhausen's classic productions, the musical score was composed by Bernard Herrmann. All the model creatures except the giant bird (which was cannibalized for use as the Ornithomimus in The Valley of Gwangi in 1969) still exist.”

San Francisco Earth Day
Saturday, April 19, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

“With the devastating effects of climate change, rising health and social justice issues around the globe, Earth Day S.F. is taking steps to empower the green activist movement by creating a platform to promote Direct Action and Positive Solutions. This year U.N Plaza and Larkin st corridor  will serve as a hub the for organization and Bay Area citizens, to voice concerns on a wide range of pressing environmental issues.

Our Goal  is to educate and activate the public and our civic leaders to do all they can to change the destructive path we are on and embrace a more just and sustainable future for generations to come.

Main Stage Line up :
New Monsoon And The Earth Day All Star Band
Indubious [Rootstronic]
J. Boogie Dubtronic
Trevor Green (One Man Earth Band)
Mwe Balkan Blast  Featuring Jill Parker / Foxgloves Sweethearts
Cosmos Percussion Orchestra
People Power Band
Introducing :
Planet Dance Zone

Featuring DJ Driven Electronica, Burning Man DJ Camps and Eco Art Exhibits, Performance Art
Beer and Wine Gardens
Zumba Dance classes
Native American Traditional Opening Ceremony
Yaocwawhtli - Aztec Dance
Danza Del Verado - Youth Latino Dance troupe
Cuicall Escuela de'Danza - Dance Troupe
Gaia Tree Dance performance
This is a Free/ Donation Requested Festival

Festival Activities:
Green Vehicle/Transportation Zone, Eco Fashion Shows, Green building demos, Permaculture Village, Amazing Eco Art, Solar-powered Beer and Wine Gardens, Our Sustainable Chef Showcase, over 80 earth friendly vendors, Eco Youth Zone, and a Huge Kid Zone with Tons of Activities. Our New Green Tech Pavilion and lots more !!!

This year, our theme is A Call to Action, and we invite the public to join our many festival friends, eco-green nonprofits, cutting edge innovators, green activists, artists, workshop leaders and progressive civic leaders to rally in solidarity in protecting and preserving Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.”

CAYA Sprouts at Fairyland
Saturday, April 19, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
see below for admission information

“Join the CAYA Sprouts at Children's Fairyland in Oakland for an afternoon of springtime fun. Fairyland offers train rides, a carousel, slides, storybook themed attractions and more.

11:00AM-2:00PM, with a break for lunch/snack around 12:30PM. CAYA Sprouts will be meeting just outside of the gate at 11:00AM.

Ticket Prices:
Guests aged 1-100: $8
Guests under age 1: FREE
Magic Keys: $3 (keys you've gotten from previous visits still work)
$5 for day parking

What To Bring: Bring sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and a jacket just in case. Please also bring lunch or a snack for your child, as this will not be provided.

Important Note: Adults must be accompanied by a child, as no adult is admitted unless they have a child with them. And likewise, no kids are admitted without an adult.”

Bunnies and Bonnets Parade
Saturday, April 19, 12:00PM
along E Campbell Avenue from Railway Avenue to North 3rd Street, Campbell

“16th Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade

All are welcome to Downtown Campbell's 16th Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade! The parade, beginning at 12:00PM, will feature marching bands, baton dancers, classic cars and more. It's a wonderful Campbell tradition the entire family can enjoy!
The parade will start at the east end of Downtown, by the railroad tracks, and run along Campbell Avenue to Third Street.  It will be held rain or shine.

Be sure to stop by a little early and stay a little late to enjoy the great atmosphere of Downtown Campbell! Prior to the parade, colored chalk will be provided for children to draw pictures on the street.”

Santa Rosa Earth Day
Saturday, April 19, 12:00-4:00PM
Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

“The City of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County Water Agency are hosting the 5th Annual Earth Day Festival in Courthouse Square on Saturday, April 19, from 12:00-4:00PM.  We invite the community to learn about local environmental organizations, green products, and how we can help you achieve your water-use efficiency goals.  We will also be providing ways to help conserve water during the current drought period as well as water saving demonstrations.  You can discover valuable information including free workshops, home and business surveys, water saving fixtures, and much more.

Before the festival begins, there will be creek and park cleanups around Santa Rosa.  The cleanups are scheduled to conclude in time for you to relax and enjoy the festival which begins at noon.

The Festival will include local food trucks and vendors.  Our favorite Sonoma County resident, Clo the Cow will be there so be sure to get your picture taken with her.  There will be lots of eco-art activities and games in the kids’ area and while you are there Fill-up the Clown will make you a fun character with his eco-friendly balloons!

If you have a broken or worn out appliance (anything with a cord) bring it to the Computer Recycling Center Van to be recycled. The Santa Rosa Tool Library will be there, which offers hand and power tools for landscaping, home repair and automotive work free of charge to people who live or work in Sonoma County. Have you run out of books to read?  Come visit the Free Book Mobile.  Glen Weaver and his family have made it possible for you to bring your old well-loved books and donate them to brighten someone’s life.  At the same time you can pick up some free books for yourself!

This event will be powered by the generous people at Affinity Solar and there will be live entertainment by Sol Horizon.  If you get thirsty, come visit the beer garden for some refreshing Lagunitas brew. If you can’t make it to the entire event, be sure to tune to KRUSH radio and listen for our live broadcast.  Admission to the festival is free and the entire family is encouraged to join in the celebration.

A more sustainable future is within our grasps.  We need to Rethink old conventions, Improve energy efficiency and Invest in green technology.  Most of all we need to Stand Up For The Future We Deserve!”

The Mystic In the Modern World
Moderated by Meredith Sabini, Ph.D.
Saturday, April 19, 1:00-4:00PM
Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“People are often drawn to The Dream Institute because they have an active interior life. For some, this includes unusual experiences, big dreams, and visions of a profoundly spiritual nature. In another era, they would be called mystics. Where, in our extraverted, activity-oriented society does someone like this fit? What are they to do with the sacred material they receive? Some do find their way to a knowledgeable teacher or spiritually-oriented group of one kind or another - Sufi, Catholic, Chassidic, Shamanic. Many settle for having an ordinary job and keeping their interior life private; but this may leave them isolated and unfulfilled. The visionary material itself, which may be highly relevant to the world of today, languishes.

Mystic sight has been recognized as a blessing and a curse, since it entails the destabilizing influx of transpersonal contents that require special handling. Visions and big dreams might as well arrive in a parcel labeled ‘Open at your own risk, ‘Contains volatile material,’ ‘Handle with care.’

In this forum, three invited guests will speak informally about their struggles with an active interior life that came largely unsought: when and how it began, what it’s like to be awakened in the night by psychic thunderstorms, and the challenge of giving form to what they’ve received. If there is interest among those attending, future meetings on this topic will be scheduled, in the hopes of providing a place where this sacred vocation is recognized and respected.

Texts to Peruse
The Feministic Mystic, Ed. Mary Giles
Teachings of the Mystics, Walter T. Stace”

with Maya Spector
Saturday, April 19, 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.”

Earth Eggs
with April Rose
Saturday, April 19, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$45, limit 15 students
Dyes provided, must bring your own eggs

“In celebration of Spring! the Earth's renewal, fertility and the cycle of life. We will be making Earth Eggs using natural dyes and plant clippings. See the earth hues come to life with pleasing results of beautiful hand dyed eggs.

PLEASE BRING ONE DOZEN HARDBOILED EGGS READY TO BE DYED. White eggs work the best, but light tan ones should be all right as well, just a little more muted in color.
These will go home with you and be eaten!

April Rose is a mother and artist living in the Oakland Hills. When she's not creating fantasy worlds with her two children, she can be found working with ceramics, fiber and collage to make unique handmade wares. She also loves treasure hunting which leads to lots of experimenting with found and salvaged objects.”

WOWMAD Earth Day World Music Festival
West Coast World Music and Dance
Saturday, April 19, 2:00-11:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
Suggested donation $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We're celebrating this awesome planet, the gift of life, and the legacies of our beloved teachers Katarina Burda and Darioush Sami in music and dance with a long Saturday afternoon and evening of convivencia at this warm and pleasant venue with a huge open oak-shaded yard, representing with our art and love: Balkan, Middle-Eastern, Latin, Afghan, American, and many more styles of traditional music and dance in a VERY relaxed setting, with 4-6 headliners, glorious dancers, and special guests! This event is 100% family-friendly, and aims to emulate the feel of the fourth day of music camp, with carpets and pillows for lounging, and plenty of room to dance.

This is a homemade festival, and all proceeds after expenses will go to the artists. Since it looks like the weather will be fine, we'll fill the beautiful park-like yard with jam-spaces under the oaks and perhaps a few sellers of quality handmade goods by the massive outdoor fire hearth. Food and beverages will be available by donation, and since it's us, there'll be some amazing dancers :-)”

Earth Bike Banjo
Saturday, April 19, 7:30PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
suggested donation $10-$20 Adults, $5-$10 Children

“Subterranean Arthouse and Earth Bike Banjo 2014 Presents A Family Evening of Music and Stories with California Banjo Songstress Erin Inglish, featuring vignettes from The Good Folk Show - a Banjo-Puppet Musical!!!

Join us for a special family afternoon of live music and visual theater at the Ferndale Music Company with California banjo songstress Erin Inglish and visual artist and puppeteer Anna Cosper. The show will feature music for the whole family, plus vignettes from The Good Folk Show, a brand-new folk show celebrating sustainability and the arts! The show is touring by bicycle from Portland to San Luis Obispo during March, April and May 2014, featuring a variety of puppetry and projection techniques. An inspirational show - fun for all ages!

Erin Inglish is a unique and inspired female songwriter. Following in the footsteps of folk activists and storytellers such as Pete Seeger, John Hartford, Utah Phillips and Woody Guthrie, Inglish is a solo act with a clear voice, expressive banjo, body percussion, and thoughtful songs. This internationally-touring, banjo-wielding woman presents a ‘raw, sweet and sincere Emmy Lou-ish sound…[and] she makes the banjo sound like a musical instrument’ (fan, North Carolina). From the kind and conscientious messages in her songwriting, to her magnetic and entertaining stage-presence, Inglish is a consummate performer and humanistic storyteller. She is a ‘retired’ engineer, has lived abroad for four years in five countries, and her songwriting reflects her worldly travels and grounding passion for sustainability and art. In April, 2013, Inglish released a solo album titled A Melody So Sweet and then toured - by bicycle - the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month. She is also the organizer of the largest collaborative project in the world amongst female banjo players - the Banjo Babes 2014 Calendar and Showcase Album. In March 2014, Inglish will take to the road by bicycle again for her second-annual Earth Bike Banjo tour, debuting a one-of-a-kind banjo/puppet kids show called The Good Folk Show with artist Anna Cosper.

Anna Cosper is a visual artist and puppeteer based out Portland, Oregon. Cosper studied illustration at CABK Art Academy in the Netherlands, where  she specialized in stop-motion animation. She animated for television and galleries before becoming involved in theater productions in the Netherlands and abroad. Cosper completed the UNIMA School for Puppet and Object Theater in Amsterdam in 2008.  She has given workshops in animation and/or puppetry in Botswana, Burma, the Netherlands, the US, and Thailand. She will be joining and bicycling with Erin Inglish’s Earth Bike Banjo 2014 Tour debuting their original musical, The Good Folk Show by Inglish and Cosper - a fun and inspirational children’s show!”

Betsy Rose, Gary Lapow, and Linda Hirschhorn
in concert
Saturday, April 19, 7:30PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
$10-$15 sliding scale, please RSVP at the website below

“Please join us on Saturday, April 19 when Avonova presents Betsy Rose, Gary Lapow and Linda Hirschhorn in concert.  The show starts at 7:30PM and the admission is set at $15-$20 sliding scale.  Doors open at 6:45PM.

Linda Hirschorn, Gary Lapow and Betsy Rose have been contributing great music to the Bay Area’s folk and progressive communities for decades. As part of the boomer generation, their songwriting has recently turned toward topics of aging, lasting love (or not!), and deeper reflections on the inner and outer changes that the decades have brought. Together they bring a wealth of musical and personal experience, from singing with children, to leading a successful Jewish women’s acapella group, to musical activism for peace, justice and the 99%, to explorations of spirituality and the passage of time. Blending voices, life perspectives and songwriting gifts, they offer timeless music for the seasons of our lives.

Welcome to Avonova. We are a house concert venue in Oakland, California dedicated to making top quality live music available to listeners in an informal and comfortable setting.”

Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt at Roaring Camp
Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Hop on Board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding Roaring Camp's real 1880s Steam Train under the majestic Redwoods, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the Santa Cruz Mountains, your kids are going to have the time of their lives scavenging for chocolate eggs at the top of Bear Mountain.

The magic of trains, mixed with the magic of the Easter Bunny. It’s... it’s… EGGSTRAORDINARY!”

Are You Present?
with Roke Noir and Nicki Koethner
Sunday, April 20, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
sliding scale $10-$20

“Are You Present? A ceremonial celebration in honor of Earth Day 2014

Connect. Open. Release. And Embody.

What’s below you?
Above you?
Around you?
And within that Where are you?

Siren Project and Terra’s Temple present an experiential and engaging circle held by Nicki Koethner and Roke Noir.”

Easter with the Sisters: The Emerald Jubilee, A ‘Trip’ To Oz
presented by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Sunday, April 20, 10:00AM-6:00PM
please note different location than usual
Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadow), Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Donations gladly accepted

“35th Anniversary Easter in Golden Gate Park

Easter is upon us yet again but this year we are moving to Golden Gate Park, as Dolores Park is being renovated. All of our usual antics can be expected. This year, in addition to our Easter Bonnet and Hunky Jesus Contests, we are adding Foxy Mary Contest to the bill. Oz costuming encouraged. Bring your blanket, picnic supplies, and join us for a wonderful afternoon of irreverence.”

Earth Day Celebration at Community Market
Sunday, April 20,11:00AM-7:00PM
Community Market, 6762 Sebastopol Avenue, #100, Sebastopol, 707-407-4020

“Live Music, tasty food, and fun activities for the whole family.”

Local Food Faire
with North by West
Sunday, April 20, 12:00-9:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Join the North by West Foundation for a free all-ages event with local food vendors, speakers, music, story-telling, and film screenings. For more information contact Saba Malik sabsmalik12@aol.com.”

Modern Conjure: Psychicism and Divination
with Chas Bogan and Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, April 20, 3:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Conjure, rootwork, and hoodoo are some of the more notable terms used to describe this particular style of cross-cultural American folk magic. Join the rootworkers behind ‘Modern Conjure’ for a year-long journey - or just one step on the path - as each month they present another installment of this practical form of traditional spell casting. This month we conjure forth the power of the mind, using magic to spark the inner sight and learn to divine by cards. We will also cover Grimoiric Seals as well as special inks and Name Papers in our work.”

Carnatic Vocal Concert
with Ananya Ashok
Sunday, April 20, 7:00PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
sliding scale $10-$20

“Ananya Ashok is at the vanguard of Bay Area Carnatic music. Featured consistently since 2009 in the San Francisco World Music Festival, she was also chosen as the 'Best Stage Performer' on South Indian classical music's rigorous answer to American Idol - Carnatic Music Idol USA, a reality television show produced by a South Indian television station, filmed in San Jose, CA, and aired in India. Ananya has been recognized for her musicianship with several awards at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, the largest festival of Carnatic music outside of India. She performs regularly in Chennai and in the United States, and in 2011 was granted a fellowship from the Alliance of California Traditional Arts. Coming from a musical family, she has learned extensively from Anuradha Sridhar, whose fine accomplishments as a teacher speak (and sing) for themselves regularly in the bay area. Ananya also plays and performs veena, which she learns from Srikanth Chary, and additionally trains in Hindustani vocal music with violinist Kala Ramnath.”  

Easter Resurrection Through Mary Magdalene’s Eyes
Sunday, April 20, 7:00-9:30PM
Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato
suggested donation $20

“Easter Resurrection through Mary Magdalene’s Eyes. An evening of exploration, inter-connection, education, sacred music and ritual wonderment - a dynamic new change in the way we have looked at Easter. When we look through her eyes, we see a story of blessings, of courage and deep devotional love.

We begin with a beautiful sacred service followed by a live ritual, where we walk together in her footsteps focusing on her actions, her message and her role. We begin with the anointing with real spikenard flown in from Jerusalem. Then we go through all the events of the Stations of the Cross, up to her role as the first eyes to witness the resurrection.

This service is based on Magdalene’s journey, sourced from the Bible, Gospel of Mary, A Course In Miracles, Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault book, The Meaning of Magdalene and the Gnostic Liturgy. We discover in this closer look, Mary Magdalene’s, critical key part in the story. She is now being restored as the Apostle to the Apostles.

Led by Rev. Christiane Michaels, M.A., Elizabeth Kelley, ordained Priestess of the previously secret Holy Order of Mary Magdalene. The Holy Order of Mary Magdalene is an un-broken lineage of women ordained by Mary Magdalene down through the ages.
Sermon by Scholars, Kayleen Asbo, PH.D. and Marguerite Rigoglioso PH.D. all of whom teach the Gospel of Mary along with Rev. Christiane Michaels, M. A. .
Piano by Jef Labes. Music by Sound healer, Jan Cercone, R.N., M.A., and Meredith McFadden, Spruce Hauschildt, with Sabenah Elizabeth, Andrea Lauren M.A. and David Lieberstein.
Joined by Gospel singers Indie B., and Bobby Ellison. The ritual where we walk in Magdalene’s footsteps, we will be joined by Debra Giusti and friends Dan Craig- Morse, Grace Galzagorry, Luminessa Enjara, Michelle Hodah Heart and Knights Templar of Order of Magdalen, Eliahu Goodman and other friends.”

Embracing the Red Queen: Sex + Power, Body Image, and Reclaiming Beauty
a Web-Based Teleclass with Lasara Firefox
Monday, April 21, 6:00PM
and four more Mondays through May 19
$295 for whole series

“In this interactive, web-based series, we will examine and explore the themes of power, body image, and beauty. These aspects of our experience as women are strung together by a tangle of threads; desire, judgment, power, denial, fear, pleasure, assumption, and expression. These threads are at times taut and at times lax. Sometimes they’re tying our wrists, and sometimes these threads are woven in a joyful pattern of acceptance of self and other.

In Embracing the Red Queen: Power, Body Image, and Reclaiming Beauty, we will explore the intersections of power and privilege, witness and be witnessed in our stories of doubt and self-definition, and venture into new territories of authentic self expression. As we dive deep into questions of gender, sexual power, perceived threat, lookism, internalized and externalized slut shaming, rape culture, sexual oppression and expression, beauty myths and self-defined beauty, we will look our fears in the face and extinguish them with compassion. We will find steady ground, and from firm centers, reach out to lift one another up.”

John Hodgman in Conversation with Adam Savage
presented by City Arts and Lectures
Monday, April 21, 7:30PM
Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco

“John Hodgman is a humorist, author, and television personality. He has a weekly Ask Judge John Hodgman feature in New York Times Magazine in which he resolves real-life personal disputes, with the help of bailiff Jesse Thorn. Hodgman makes regular appearances as the ‘resident expert’ on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and was the ‘Personal Computer’ - a personification of a PC - in a series of Apple commercials. He has authored a satirical trilogy of books, The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and That Is All.

Adam Savage is an industrial special effects designer and actor. Best known as a co-host of The Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters with Jamie Hyneman, his many talents have led him to a variety film and television endeavors. He worked as an industrial special effects designer for many commercials and films, including George Lucas’ Star Wars, Episodes 1 and 2, A.I., and Terminator 3. In 2012, he co-produced Unchained Reaction, a science and engineering reality game show.”

Earth Day 2014: Green Cities
Tuesday, April 22

“Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve.

It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Over the next two years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to accelerate this transition. Join us in calling for a new era of green cities.”

There are many events going on this month all over the world.  
You can find campaigns to join here:

Or observe the day in your own way by picking up trash at a local park or beach, or just deciding to stay home and have a day of using no fuel for transportation.

Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood
Sunday, April 22, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
adults $6, children and seniors $5, under 3 free

“Spring has sprung and it is time for our sheep’s annual haircut. Watch as the farm’s sheep
get sheared; then, try your hand at wool carding and see the transformation from fiber to yarn at the spinning wheel. Kids will enjoy stories about sheep and making their own wooly lamb to take home.”

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
film screening
Tuesday, April 22, 7:30PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
$5 donations are requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
a film by Mark Kitchell
This is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.  Directed and written by Mark Kitchell and narrated by five stars of our time - Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende, and Meryl Streep - the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.

The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:
David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue - climate change”

Tea and Chanting Sangha
Tuesday, April 22, 8:00PM, and the fourth Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“As we enter our fourth year of our journey together, our group is ready to deepen into a unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

Over the course of the year we are progressively learning a Tibetan ritual designed to awaken and purify all of creation in the many directions, to confer blessings of relief and happiness upon all beings throughout all space and time, and to magnify our sangha's collective aspiration toward the enlightened liberation of all beings.  
Open to beginners as well as current sangha members.

Online Tea and Chanting Sangha
For those of you who are at a distance, or find that meeting on Tuesdays are difficult for you to attend in person, Yeshe Rabbit is setting up a monthly online Google Hangout version of the Tea and Chanting Sangha to be held on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11:00AM.

If you are interested, contact her by email at: rabbit@sacredwell.com to get all the important details.”

World Book Night
Wednesday, April 23

“World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night.  On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.

Vortex Journeys Earth Day Meditation
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30-8:30PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
Free, donations welcomed
PLease RSVP to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com

“We gather in Earth Vortex Energies for two hours to Give Gratitude to our Mother the Earth, to her Sister, Mother Nature, all the Elements and People who offer Service and Honor Earth with Love and Respect.”

Handmade Box
with Camden M. Richards
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$80, limit 10 students

“Join us to make a custom box to store photographs, love letters, postcard collections or whatever you deem precious enough to be held in a handmade box! During this evening workshop we will make a hinged lid box using pre-cut book board, decorative papers and book cloth. All tools and materials necessary to construct the box will be provided, but if you have any special decorative paper or other paper ephemera that you might like to use, please feel free to bring them along.

Note: we will make a roughly 8" x 5" x 2" box, but if you have a need for a specially sized box, please let us know the dimensions in advance via email and we will do our best to accommodate.

Camden M. Richards is a local artist, graphic designer, and printmaker who specializes in the design, craft and experimental creation of artist books and prints, incorporating various fine arts methods such as bookbinding, papermaking, printmaking, illustration, design, letterpress printing, and collage. Her books and prints have been included in local and national exhibitions as well as featured in national and international collections. In addition to making art under her imprint Liminal Press + Bindery and design/letterpress printing with Studio Ephemera, she loves to teach workshops and spread her passion for book - and printmaking with children and adults alike.”

Shakespeare’s Birthday
presented by Livermore Shakes
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00PM
Swirl on the Square, 21 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore
$35, please register in advance at the website below

“Join Livermore Shakes for an intimate event in downtown Livermore!

Celebrate the Bard’s 450th Birthday with Livermore Shakes! A few Livermore Shakes Associate artists will present some of Shakespeare’s beloved sonnets and monologues. Join in the fun and brush up YOUR Shakespeare during the open mic segment. Come prepared with your favorite piece or choose from a selection of sonnets that we will make available that evening. No need to participate in order to celebrate… the open mic segment is optional!

Price is $35 per person and includes the staged reading by Livermore Shakes artists, a glass of wine and a delicious and hearty Tapas Sampler plate.”

Tibetan Sound Healing
with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30-9:00PM - final session
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.

Bard Birthday Party and Macbeth Read Through
with We Players
Wednesday, April 23, 8:00-10:30PM
Aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco

“Wednesday April 23, 2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday!

Help us celebrate the Bard and kick off We Players’ Macbeth 2014 adventure!

This special celebratory event includes:
Macbeth read aloud by 2014 cast members, and introduced by Founding Artistic Director, Ava Roy, and Managing Director, Lauren D. Chavez
Interested guests invited to read parts alongside company actors (Contact Us if interested in playing a part!)
Sumptuous birthday cake!
A champagne toast!”

Have a Sustainable, Jubilant, Transformational, Explorational Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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