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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Serpent’s Kiss New Moon Ritual, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Guesthouse, Amma Visits the Bay Area, Empty Bowls, Spice Monkey Sixth Anniversary Celebration, Soups and Stocks, Emperor’s Bridge Campaign Mixer and Fundraiser, Labyrinth: Film Screening, Pearls Over Shanghai, The Crazed, Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race!, History Mystery Tour, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, As You Like It, Community Seed’s Annual Yard Sale, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival, Takara Jewelry Trunk Show, Goddess Clothing Exchange, Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy, Loud Ass Rock Fest 3, Creatures of the Cosmos: Mugwumpin's Gemini Party, When Worlds Collide, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master Of Monsters, Rumi Missabu's Blue Hour, Redwood Mountain Faire, Valhalla Renaissance Faire, Sex Magick 169: Transcending the Boundaries of Intimacy, Planetary Dance, Uzbek Music Live: Malika Ziyaeva’s Program, Direct Application: Pattern Making With Iron, Home of Truth and Rix Family History, Lavish Love and The Beauty of Broth, Belly Dance Student Showcase, Act One Scene Two, Placebo and the Illusory Nature of Perception, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Celebrate Vesta Roman Goddess of the Hearth, Gaia Gathering 2014: Feed Our Spirits!

Serpent’s Kiss New Moon Ritual
Wednesday, May 28, 7:00-8:30PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477

“We will be participating in a magickal working based on the current Astrological alignment with emphasis on the New Moon. This is a free event (donations always welcome).”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Wednesday, May 28, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material.

The Herm now resides at the Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece. The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992.

Upcoming dates:
June 26
July 26
August 24
September 24
October 22
November 22
December 21

Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.”

presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, May 29-June 1,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM and 9:00PM, Thursday and Sunday 8:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-528-7554

“A small group of guests takes a journey into and through a secret handmade world of oracular visions. The tours are led by the keepers of the caves. Please be prepared to enter the beautiful. Guesthouse is a walk-through performance that includes puppetry, sound-stories, animations and oracles. Guesthouse tours last approximately 60 minutes.”

Amma Visits the Bay Area
Wednesday-Friday, May 28-June 6
M.A. Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley

“Visit Amma, Renowned Humanitarian and Spiritual Leader

‘A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering.’ - Amma

Nestled in beautiful rolling hills, the M.A. Center was Amma’s first U.S. ashram. Visitors come from all over the United States and the world to attend Amma’s Summer and Fall programs. Inaugurated in 1989, it was one of only a few ashrams to be established in her name outside of India at that time. It serves as an organizational center for Amma’s global humanitarian activities as well as a spiritual retreat center for North America. Outside of her main ashram in India, Amma has spent more time at the San Ramon center than anywhere else in the world, making it a unique and inspiring place to visit.

Please see the website for a detailed schedule of events.

M.A. Center is the physical home to a small group of residents, and the spiritual home for hundreds of people from the greater San Francisco Bay Area. On Saturdays, everyone comes together to participate in service opportunities and attend programs. This wider community also participates in special events throughout the year, including spiritual retreats, environmental workshops, and holiday celebrations. People also meet regularly in local area small community groups, called satsangs, for spiritual upliftment and connection.

The land around M.A. Center has a rich ecosystem with organic gardens, fruit orchards, creeks, ponds and wildlife. The center is dedicated to putting into practice Amma’s teachings on caring for the earth and strives to be a model of environmental sustainability.”

Empty Bowls
Thursday, May 29, 6:00-8:00PM
Alameda County Community Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland
see website below for ticket details

“Join Alameda County Community Food Bank on Thursday, May 29 as we transform our warehouse for an evening of art, nourishment and service to help fill empty bowls in our community.

Enjoy a simple and delicious meal of soup and bread, bid in the silent auction and tap your toes to rousing children’s entertainment.

As a reminder of the empty bowls on the tables of families in need throughout Alameda County, you’ll also take home a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted bowl created by local school children and Food Bank supporters. This annual event educates kids and adults about the issue of hunger, teaches them about community service and raises funds for the Food Bank’s hunger-relief efforts.”

Spice Monkey Sixth Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, May 29, 6:00-9:00PM
Spice Monkey Restaurant and Bar, 1628 Webster Street, Oakland

“Join us for an evening of toasting and tasting Spice Monkey's globally-inspired cuisine.

Let us take your taste buds on a trip around the world through samplings of our signature spice blends, teas, hot sauce, and other delectable delights.

Serving our Oakland neighbors has fueled the passion to get us this far, and will be our inspiration for the new and exciting ways we'll continue to add flavor and love to our vibrant community!

$6 Entry includes:
Passed tapas
6 new ways to experience Spice Monkey
$6 Drink Specials
Opportunity to enter a Raffle with prizes including:
Dinner for Two, Spice Monkey Swag and other surprises

Additional food and Spice Monkey blends and goodies will be available for purchase.

Come celebrate with us! Everyone welcome!”

Soups and Stocks
with Rosie Ueng
Part One of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, May 29, 6:00-9:00PM,
and five more Thursdays through July 3
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class, $550 for six-class series

“From bone broths and stews to fermentation and sauces, this six-class series covers everything you need to get started, or to expand your knowledge of nutrient dense cooking.  Whether you’re new to cooking or are just looking to broaden your skills and enhance your knowledge, these hands-on cooking classes will be fun and educational. Class is 3 hours and ends with a collectively prepared meal! Sign up early! Registration is limited to 12 students.

Class Schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 29: Soups and Stocks
Thursday, June 5: Stews and Braising
Thursday, June 12: Fermentation is Easy! Cultured Veg and Dairy
Thursday, June 19: Soaking, Sprouting and Fermented Beverages
Thursday, June 25: Eggs and Organ Meats
Thursday, July 3: Vegetables, Sauces and Condiments

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

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

Emperor’s Bridge Campaign Mixer and Fundraiser
Thursday, May 29, 6:30-9:30PM
Emperor Norton's Boozeland, 510 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Donations graciously accepted and appreciated!

“To help carry forward our call for the State of California to name the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for Emperor Norton, The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign has been laying the groundwork to incorporate as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership organization.

Whatever happens with naming of the Bay Bridge, we envision the Campaign as an organization that continues to be the leading public resource dedicated to teaching about - and celebrating - the life and legacy of the Emperor.

In short: We're putting down permanent roots.

We invite you to join us!

Incorporating as a nonprofit requires the careful consideration of many important details: Creating a comprehensive, farsighted and legally sturdy set of Articles and By-Laws that can serve as a compass to guide the Campaign's affairs. Defining the qualifications, rights and privileges of membership. Selecting a founding board.

We're making solid progress on all of these fronts.

Of course, it also takes money. The filing fee to register as a nonprofit with the State of California is $420.

Since January, we've raised $370.

Let's Raise The Final 50 In Imperial Style!

Join us on Thursday, May 29 for a low-dollar, ‘pass the hat’ Fund-Raising Party at Emperor Norton's Boozeland - the site of our launch, last September.

Have a few extra bucks for the cause? Buy the Emperor a drink! Spot us, say, $3 for a cup of coffee, $5 for a beer, or $10 for a cocktail!

Of course, no one will be turned away for a lack of extra funds!

But we *will* try to answer everybody's questions - and you'll have an opportunity to mingle and network with those of us who have been the most active in the Campaign.

All who consider themselves friends of the Bay Bridge and friends of Emperor Norton will be welcome!

Look forward to seeing you on the 29th!

The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign is the organization for the ongoing people's movement to have the State of California name the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for Emperor Norton (c.1818-1880).”

Labyrinth: Film Screening
Thursday, May 29, 9:15PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby. But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him sleep, inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the Goblin King who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will became a goblin...

The New Parkway Theater is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Plus, enjoy yummy food and local beer and wine in our cafe or even delivered right to your theater seat all at affordable prices!

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Thrillville Theater to Nerd Night, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Trivia Thursdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, and First Fridays.

The New Parkway = Film. Friends. Food. Fun on Tap.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, May 29-31, 8:00PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco
held over - playing through June 28

“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.”

The Crazed
A world premiere from the Central Works Writers Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, May 29-June 1,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through June 22
The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Street, Berkeley
Thursdays pay what you can, regular performances sliding scale $15-$28

“The Crazed
Written by Sally Dawidoff
Based on the acclaimed novel by Ha Jin
Directed by Gary Graves
A world premiere from the Central Works Writers Workshop

A new play by Sally Dawidoff based on the acclaimed novel by National Book Award winner Ha Jin, about a young scholar coming of age in Communist China on the eve of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

When the venerable Professor Yang suffers a stroke, his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him.  But when the professor begins to rave like a madman, the student is thrown into a quandary: are these the outpourings of a crazed mind, or is Yang speaking the truth - about his past, about art, about how to live a meaningful life?

This spring marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Crazed joins commemorations around the globe.”

Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race!
Thursday-Sunday, May 29-June 1,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through June 8
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“A world premiere by Christopher Chen
Directed by Evren Odcikin
A co-production with Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company

The Republican Party finally - finally! - realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who's hapa - of mixed Asian descent. They think they've found their man in Nick, a promising Congressmember. But when Nick doesn't conform to their expectations of who he should be, they turn to Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box - and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.

Christopher Chen, a playwright of immense talent on the rise, was the visionary behind the Glickman Award-winning cosmic explosion The Hundred Flowers Project at Crowded Fire last season. Mutt is a co-production between Impact and Ferocious Lotus, a new company devoted to promoting Asian-American theatre artists led by co-artistic directors Lily Tung Crystal and Leon Goertzen.

Featuring Patricia Austin, Michael Uy Kelly, Matthew Lai, Marilet Martinez, Lawrence Radecker, and Michelle Talgarow.”

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, May 30, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

“Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come and see for yourself! Do you dare explore Hornet after hours?

Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Message Center (Radio Central)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con

Upcoming dates:
Friday, June 6, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The three-hour guided tour is 7:00-10:00PM.
Everybody must bring their own flashlight. Hornet does not supply individual lights.
Cameras are welcome, but must have a neck strap.
Tour participants must wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Tour participants must be in good physical health as there will be lots of walking and climbing.
Due to safety reasons, children 12 and under are not allowed on History Mystery Tours.
The USS Hornet reserves the right to cancel a tour if less than 8 people sign up. Tours may be rescheduled or a refund will be issued.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, May 30, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

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

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing.”
As You Like It
presented by The Novato Theater Company
Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through June 15
NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato
$25 general admission, $22 seniors/students, $12 youth 12 and under

“It’s the Summer of Love in the Forest of Arden! The timeless topics of love, loyalty and life are explored in this lively 1960s staging of the Bard’s outrageously gender-bending comedy. Come prepared to have your mind blown and your funny-bone tickled as Shakespeare’s grooviest heroine, Rosalind, matches wits with Orlando, Jacques, Celia, Touchstone and a trio of sex-crazed country lovers. You’re sure to dig the play we like to call: Four Weddings and No Funeral!”

Community Seed’s Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, May 31, 8:00AM-12:00PM
private home, 520 Wilkes Street, Santa Cruz
Free admission

“Are you ready for the spectactricality of the annual Community Seed Yard Sale?!

You will LOVE our yard sale. Why? Because it’s US! And it’s HUGE! With coffee, snackies, good music and loads of fun.

What are we selling? Why over 100 crate loads of luggage, women’s clothes, mens’ fashions, electronics, kids toys, baby clothes, books, art - the list goes on and on...

All proceeds from our Annual Yard Sale will go to the Community Seed General Fund, which helps brings you the 31 different events that we are churning out for 2014.

Coffee! Nibbles! Fun music! And RUMMAGING! Woo-hoo!

The fun starts at 8:00AM, and early birds get the choicest worms. We’ll see you bright and early on May 31st! Woo-hoo!”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, May 31, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[1] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The story follows Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a deadly monster that petrifies the school's pupils. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.”

Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival
Saturday, May 31, 10:00AM-5:00PM
along North Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
see website for festival map
free admission, $20 for chocolate sampling tickets

“Make Chalk Art!
Eat Chocolate Goodies!

The sidewalks along North Shattuck Avenue in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 18th annual Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival  on Saturday, May 31 (rain date June 7).

With no fees to artists, areas of sidewalk will be assigned to participants to create their own fanciful chalk drawings. A chalk art contest for the best drawing will be judged after 4:00PM. Cash prizes of $150, $100, $50, and runners-up get a $25 gift certificate from Andronico’s Community Markets. Winners will be notified by Tuesday after the event. Same-day art registration takes place 10:00AM-5:00PM in event booths located at 1495 and 1607 Shattuck Avenue, where special artist's chalk is available for $10 or BYO.

To Eat Chocolate, start by purchasing a packet of tickets (20 for $20) prior to the event online or at the event HQ booths at 1451 or 1607 Shattuck.

The to-go menu features over 25 items, including picante habanero chocolate gelato, goat cheese truffles, adult brownies, Oreo shakes, or savory menu items such as Caribbean chocolate soup, chocolate chicken tikka kabobs, and more. Spend your tickets on these delights available in the local businesses, then savor your chocolate as you stroll along the sidewalks, viewing the artwork.

Enter your tickets in a raffle for specialty chocolate items including a chocolate-colored real diamond ring from M. Lowe and Co. or a digital, pocket-sized, real camera that looks like a chocolate bar from ArtVisions Portraiture.

Festival booths fill the blocks between Rose and Vine Streets. There’s even a car to draw on with chalk. There are pony rides, balloon twisters, and face painters. Four areas of music include The Dylan Platt Band, Lee Waterman Trio, Kathryn Rayne, The Queue, The Elderberries Irish Band, Cathy Morris the Violin Lady, Sean Lee’s One Man Band, Adrian West Trio and more.

For a good time, take BART to downtown Berkeley and stroll north six blocks.”

Fix-It Clinic
with Peter Mui
Saturday, May 31, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Piedmont High School Student Center and Campus, 800 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont
Free, registration required

“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!”

Takara Jewelry Trunk Show
Saturday, May 31, 12:00-7:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street San Francisco, 415-552-0112

“The lovely Jen Goff of Takara Jewelry will be spending the day at Gravel and Gold on Saturday, May 31. She’ll be selling treasures made by hand in her Portland, Oregon studio whilst weaving tiny creations on her tapestry loom! Come take a look and find out more about the process behind Takara jewelry.”

Goddess Clothing Exchange
Saturday, May 31, 1:30-5:30PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol - address given upon RSVP
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Penny Sheren at polypenny@gmail.com
or 707 292-8170  

“Please sort through your wonderful stuff and bring only your best items - those you think your fellow Goddesses will love!

We expect a big turn-out, so all the help we can get is much appreciated. If you can commit even an hour or two as volunteer, it will help us sooooo much. It will be a fun atmosphere of women trying on all kinds of new things and taking home special treasures.

For those new to an exchange, here's the basics:
Sort through your clothes to create a give-away pile. Bring the best of those to share: Clothes that either no longer fit or just aren't your style and are in good repair.  
Come try on stuff, hang out with your sisters, enjoy the hot tubs, and go home with great new clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry, books, etc.  
Take only what calls to you of what others bring, and only for yourself or your children.

We are inviting clothing of all sizes, plus sizes especially welcome.

Bring clothes and shoes in good condition, items that others might be excited to receive
Bring clothes on hangers, if possible
Goddess music, jewelry, shoes, purses, and other finery welcome
Make sure garments are freshly laundered and shoes are clean
Let us know ahead if you have clothing racks we can borrow
As always, carpool if at all possible, and bring your ‘sisters’

Start looking through your closets now and getting excited!  It will be here soon! We'll all play dress up and have the joy of watching other women's faces light up when they find some great new outfit, perhaps one you brought.

This event is for women only please.  We love to have girl time!

(if you CAN'T attend and want to bring stuff before the event, you can put it in the garage at the temple any time after Wednesday, May 28)

We NEED volunteers to help with set up or clean up.”

Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy
with Diva Pyari
Saturday, May 31, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$135, limit 20 students

“This is a beginning class taught by Diva Pyari of Linea Carta, where we will be learning A-Z lettering. Class includes Calligraphy Starter Kit, extra nib, matchbook, beginner's worksheets, and practice paper.

Diva Pyari, artist and designer from the San Francisco Bay Area, owns Linea Carta: eco-lux linens and stationery that inspire your every day.  Linea Carta's sustainable linens and stationery are all screen-printed by hand, and her entire line of products has a luxurious look and feel that comes from their high quality and Diva's lovely designs.  Diva also designs exclusive collections for other brands, creates incredible custom wedding invitations, and her work as a sought-after calligrapher is famous in its own right.  Her calligraphy is widely published and often seen in magazines such as Martha Stewart's Weddings and on popular blogs like Once Wed.”

Loud Ass Rock Fest 3
presented by Foundry Nights
Saturday, May 31, 8:00PM-Midnight
The Foundry, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley
$10, 21+

“Foundry Nights crew presents a tight lineup of 8 loud ass rock bands. Free ear plugs and stuff. $10 at the door. 21+ only, non-accessible venue.

…in no particular order:
Tremblewick Boog
Bob Ross Band
Ariel Wang and the Choir boys
Chhoti Maa
A Catalyst Mind Game
Heather Pinkham

Creatures of the Cosmos: Mugwumpin's Gemini Party
presented by CuddleFish Productions
Saturday, May 31, 8:00PM-1:00AM
Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco

“Cuddlefish Productions and Mugwumpin are coming together to celebrate 10 years of experimental theater in SF! In honor of this milestone we’re hosting a fabulous Creatures of the Cosmos Fundraiser on May 31.

This party is going to be a truly out-of-this-world collaboration, and will bring artists and musicians together from around the Bay Area - showcasing the pure awesomeness of the funky creatives in our community. Needless to say, this will be quite the event and not one to be missed this SF party season.

We are super excited to hold the event at an amazing underground Mission District venue, Chez Poulet (Chicken John’s).

Party Line-Up:
8:00PM: Doors Open

8:00-9:30PM: Pre-show Music and Mingle
(There is an awesome outside area for our summer enjoyment)
Sara Statler and Sarah Wells singers
Michael Cavanaugh
Lili Weckler
Madeline H. D. Brown
Video installation by Rowena Richie
...and much more

9:30-10:30PM: The Crux (Band)

10:30-11:00PM: Christian Cagigal (Magic)

11:00-11:45PM: WHALESOUNDZ (Band) - Daimian Holiday Scott

12:00-1:30AM: Mista Jones (NVO DJs)

1:00AM: Krita Self (Dance)

Tickets will range from $15-$25. The event will be catered (An SF Steal!). Feel free to BYOB. All proceed will go to Mugwumpin’s next season and to help pay for the venue and offset artist costs.

We are all working to keep the vibrant art and event community alive in SF and we would love to see your faces on the dance floor and fabulous selves exploring the unique universe we will create.

Please come out and support the weird, funky and sometimes super out there Bay Area art scene!

If we can’t keep it weird? Who can?:)

NOTE: NO tickets will be sold at the door and there are only be 150 available so don't wait to jump on this amazing deal. This event is a FUNDRAISER and it will sell out!”

When Worlds Collide
with Dr. Kevin Zahnle, Planetologist, NASA-Ames Research Center
and Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer
A production of Wonderfest
Saturday, May 31, 8:30PM
Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mt. Tamalpais State Park,
801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley
Free, please register at the website below

“Planet Earth is constantly being struck by interplanetary debris: fine dust, rocks, boulders (big enough to outshine the Sun when they die), asteroids, comets, and even small stray planets. Some of these events offer glorious night-time views, others can cause planetary annihilation. Please join Dr. Zahnle as he explores the glories and the threats… When Worlds Collide.

Wonderfest and the Mt. Tamalpais Astronomy Program present Planetologist Kevin Zahnle from the NASA-Ames Research Center for a talk on Earth’s status as a ‘rock star’ for powerful impacts from space. After Dr. Zahnle’s presentation, the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will provide big telescopes for wonderful close-up views of the heavens.

Just in case, please wear warm clothes in layers, and call 415-455-5370 if the weather looks dodgy. Bring a flashlight, warm clothing, and your curiosity.”

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master Of Monsters
with author August Ragone
Saturday, May 31, 10:00-11:30PM
Borderlands Cafe, 870 Valencia Street, San Francisco

“We are delighted to welcome local author August Ragone, presenting Eiji Tsuburaya: Master Of Monsters - Defending The Earth With Ultraman, Godzilla And Friends In The Golden Age Of Japanese Science Fiction Film.

From the publisher's website: ‘Behind-the-scenes hero to anyone who’s thrilled by giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies and TV shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography surveys his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also profiles Tsuburaya’s film collaborators, details his key films and shows, and spotlights the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create.’

August Ragone has written and commented on Japanese film and pop culture for more than 20 years.  Don't miss the fascinating opportunity to check out this book and bring your questions!”

Rumi Missabu's Blue Hour
Saturday, May 31, 10:45PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Original Cockette (and our very own Madame Gin-Sling) hosts a variety bill of Thrillpeddlers and friends on Saturday, May 31 at The Hypnodrome (doors at 10:45PM after Pearls).  Rumi is just back from a tour to New York City, and will reprise some of the pieces he performed there.  John Flaw (Chang in Pearls) brings his band, Vagabondage, to the stage along with a host of other acts from Nancy French, Sebastian Cheron, Carl Linkhart and members of the Pearls Over Shanghai cast.  Admission is FREE.”

Redwood Mountain Faire
Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
Adults $20 in advance, $25 on the day, Students and Seniors $15 in advance, $20 on the day, Children 12 and Under Free

“Music lovers, arts/crafts aficionados, and people of all ages will enjoy this remarkable festival. The annual Redwood Mountain Faire brings together a wide range of music styles on two stages, with juried fine art and crafts, exciting children’s activities, and excellent food and beverages, including local micro-brews and wines. The Faire benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations and is organized by the Valley Women's Club of the San Lorenzo Valley.”

Valhalla Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1, and June 7-8,
10:00AM-6:00PM Saturday, 10:00AM-5:00PM Sunday
Camp Richardson’s Wood, 1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe
Adults $18, ages 13-17, seniors and military $13, ages 6-12 $8, under 6 free

“Two weekends of fun and excitement for the whole family.
Rub elbows with nobility, immerse yourself in the Renaissance village, enjoy continuous entertainment in the streets provided by close to 900 costumed actors, action-packed stage shows, music, dancing, jesters, Shakespearean vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling, archery tournaments and much more.
First Weekend:
Scottish invasion! The first weekend is geared more toward younger audiences with tons of shows, dancing, theater plays, and music for your whole family.
Second Weekend:
Pirate and Barbarian Hordes invade the festivities. Let loose and have a jolly good time while you participate in Scavenger Hunts, Costume contests, and a Talk Like a Pirate Competitions.”

Sex Magick 169: Transcending the Boundaries of Intimacy
A Faerie Sex Magick Workshop for gay cis- and transmen
Saturday, May 31-Saturday, June 7
Dos Rios, CA (more details upon registration)
$550-$850 or the entire 7 days

“Price includes meals and accommodation - tent camping. There may be some indoor spaces for those with special needs or for colder weather workshops.

Consider these questions…
How can I extend the limits of my intimacy with my Faerie/Billy brothers?
Does sex constrain or expand my relationships with men?
How can I integrate sexual play into my intimate relationships?
Does recreational sex diminish my capacity for intimacy in a committed relationship?
How does the prevailing society’s prudishness dampen and undermine the intimacy in my relationships?
How does my sexuality and my spirituality inter-relate?
Are my sexual and my spiritual aspects one in the same?

We welcome your questions and discussion of any possible concerns you might have. In order to participate we ask you to contact one of the facilitators.”

Thanks to Jaina Bee for letting me know about this event!

Planetary Dance
Sunday, June 1, 11:00AM
Santos Meadow, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, 2799 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley
see website for details

"The Planetary Dance is an annual all-day ritual of healing and community renewal. It is an invitation to people all over the world to join in a dance for peace in their own communities and for peace with the Earth. It brings people of all ages and abilities together in a beautiful setting to dance for a purpose, much as people in traditional cultures have danced for a bountiful harvest, a successful hunt, or a happy marriage.

The Planetary Dance is a participatory dance rather than a theatrical performance. At its heart is the Earth Run, a simple dance that everybody can do. Participants are invited to run, walk, or simply stand in a series of concentric circles, creating a moving mandala. As we all move to the steady heartbeat of the drums, we become one collective body.  Each step upon the Earth becomes a prayer for healing."

Uzbek Music Live: Malika Ziyaeva’s Program
A lecture/concert with the participation of Dr. Tanya Merchant
Sunday, June 1, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Renowned Uzbek dutarist (a dutar player) Malika Ziyaeva will perform traditional and folk music from the region including selections from maqom repertoires that date back to the 15th century courts in Silk Road cities such as Bukhara, Samarqand, Andijon, and Qoqand. Her program will include performance of historical maqom and other traditional pieces, as well as more recent folk and composed pieces.
Ziyaeva was the first female instrumentalist to join the prestigious maqom ensemble of the Uzbek state radio station. She teaches dutar (a two-stringed lute) at the Uzbek State Conservatory of Music and has toured Europe and the former Soviet Union extensively with outstanding vocalist Munojat Yulchiyeva and performed at a variety of world music festivals in Western Europe. She is also featured on many albums of traditional Uzbek music, and was granted the title Honored Artist of Uzbekistan in 2002. This will be her first visit to the United States.

Ziyaeva's student, Dr. Tanya Merchant (of the University of California, Santa Cruz), will be on hand to provide percussion accompaniment on the frame drum (doyra) and will provide a short introductory lecture contextualizing this music and its history.”

Direct Application: Pattern Making With Iron
with Kenya Miles
Sunday, June 1, 1:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$85, limit 10 students

“This course will explore the process of direct application using Iron/Ferrous Sulfate to create graphic images utilizing shades from black to grey. Students will learn how to make and thicken an iron solution, creating an assortment of shades.  Various stamps and brushes will be available to create imagery directly onto cellulose fibers.  Included in the workshop are 2 pieces of unfinished fabric as well as a finished tea towel.

Feel free to bring along a maximum of 2 additional natural fiber pieces you would like to embellish.  

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.”

Home of Truth and Rix Family History
with Rev. Carol Hanson
Saturday, June 1, 1:30-3:00PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda

“At the end of the 1800s, in the middle of the industrial revolution, and the women's suffrage movement, two sisters rose up; Annie Rix Militz and Harriet Hale Rix. The two sisters were educated through the spiritual movements of Emma Curtis Hopkins and Mary Baker Eddy, pioneers in New Thought Metaphysics.

They also were catalysts in the Unity Movement and what was to become the rich spiritual vein of New Thought.

Annie and Harriet held an expansive view of faith and healing. They also knew the value of women as spiritual leaders. In the knowledge of a mother's spiritual home, they founded the Home of Truth and started their life's work.”

Lavish Love and The Beauty of Broth
with Jessica Prentice
Part 3 of the Traditional Diets Lecture Series
Sunday, June 1, 4:30-6:30PM
Three Stone Hearth Kitchen, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$15 per class includes broth bar, please register at the website below.
for more information, e-mail info@threestonehearth.com

“Jessica Prentice's Introduction to Traditional Diets (formerly an 8-week series) has been condensed and refined to be presented in three two-hour sessions on Sunday evenings starting on May 18. This is a great overview for people who are new to a nutrient-dense approach to food, but will also be full of new perspectives for those who have been working with these principles for a while. The three lectures combined will cover all Eleven Characteristics of Traditional Diets in some depth.
Part 3: Sunday, June 1
Lavish Love and The Beauty of Broth: Fats, and the use of Bones and Braises in Traditional Cooking
Tickets: Each class is $15 and includes the Broth Bar. You may purchase tickets at the door or pre-pay online.
Broth Bar: Please enjoy our broth and condiment bar prior to the speaker. Doors will open 20 minutes prior to the event.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, June 1, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

“Join us the first Sunday of every month at Suhaila’s studio for an evening of live music and belly dance.  Free to the public.

Suhaila Salimpour is a highly acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour. The result was a true artistic breakthrough: a revolutionary foundational technique that has brought the art of Belly Dance to a new level.

The Suhaila Salimpour Format and School of Belly Dance enjoy worldwide success. Dancers who train with The Salimpours quickly realize Suhaila's method of teaching allows them to excel in their art beyond any other training they have received.”

Act One, Scene Two
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, June 1, 7:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

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

This Sunday: Act One, Scene Two

With the return of Act One, Scene Two, the Un-Scripted Theater Company takes on – scripts! Each evening begins with a different guest playwright, and their script for the first scene of an unfinished play. The ensemble interview the playwright onstage, perform a “staged” reading of Act One, Scene One, and then go on to finish the play -– now improvising without a script -– starting from Act One, Scene Two. It’’s a blend of scripted and un-scripted that exposes the electric heart of live theater!”

Placebo and the Illusory Nature of Perception
with Dr. Howard Fields, Professor of Neurology, UC San Francisco  
A production of Wonderfest
Monday, June 2, 7:00-9:00PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“The word placebo, from Latin ‘I shall please,’ was defined in Quincy’s Lexicon-Medicum (1811) as ‘[any medicine] adapted more to please than to benefit the patient.’ But as you probably know, pharmacologically inert ‘sugar pills’ can do much more than just please - they can bring about very real physical benefits for patients suffering from a range of painful and debilitating conditions. This extraordinary phenomenon is both tangibly promising, in terms of disease management, and intellectually tantalizing. You gotta wonder: Are people really being cured? Do placebos work on children? How about people with cognitive impairments? Are hypnosis, acupuncture, and prayer related to the placebo effect? Are there certain conditions that are completely impervious to placebos? UCSF’s Dr. Howard Fields will answer our questions and share his expertise on the tremendously fascinating placebo (and nocebo) effect.

Our venue is as exciting as our topic. Surrounded by a diverse convoy of gourmet food trucks, we will gather in the enclosed heart of Streat Food Park.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, June 2, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

Celebrate Vesta, Roman Goddess of the Hearth, Ceremonies and Fire
Monday, June 2, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“Vesta is the Goddess of Fire. She is the Goddess of the hearth in every facet: the hearths of our Hearts, our Homes and the Temple. She dwells in the flames of every altar and fireplace. Vesta means simply ‘hearth’ and comes from the same root meaning ‘to shine’.
Herstorically, Vesta has been a Goddess of both the Government and the home. During Roman times, Vesta was worshiped by the State and was seen as the center of Rome’s ceremonial or central Fire. The Temple Fires of Rome were tended and never allowed to go out by Her Priestesses the Vestales, or Vestal Virgins. Vestales were the only full time Priestesses of Rome, and each served Her Temple for 30 years.  They were free womyn, and were allowed many privileges that were uncommon for womyn to enjoy during this era.

Vesta is the Goddess of the hearth and home where the central Fire sustains human life with heat and food. She is a Goddess of nourishment and warmth; of the home, womyn and family. Offerings were given to Vesta at every meal to honor Her.
Our Temple holds Vesta's Flame, and has since June 3, 2004. Since that date, the Vesta Flame has been tended daily by one of the womyn of Daughters of the Goddess Womyn’s Temple. For those of you who are Vesta Sacred Flame holders, please bring your Daughters of the Goddess Temple Vesta Flame candle.  During the ritual, we will be honoring and Blessing this sacred connection to Fire and our Temple. If you would like to hold Vesta Sacred Flame please speak to Kealoha, Danielle or Patrice at the ritual.  

To prepare for this ritual, think about what you can do to keep Her Sacred Flame burning and how you feed the Fire and heart of your community and home? It is time for each of us to step forward and to keep the Fire burning so that we all may be fed and find the warmth of the Goddess.
Please wear red, gold, yellow or orange. Come and dance and help fuel the Fire that dwells inside your belly and the world.
Please bring for the Altar: a red, gold or yellow candle, images and symbols of Vesta or Fire. Her symbols are the donkey, fresh baked bread or pantry items, Fire, keys, bowls, veils, and architectural items.
Join us as we feed our own Fires, as well as those of our community and our world.

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

Gaia Gathering 2014: Feed Our Spirits!
a Women’s Retreat
Friday-Sunday, June 6-8, RSVP by June 1
WindTree, an ecofarm in the Santa Cruz mountains, directions given upon RSVP
see website for schedule and admission details

“Gaia Gathering 2014
Women's Retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Connect with Mother Earth and bask with your sisters in the spirit of love. Enjoy music, good food, and each other's company with opportunities for creative art exploration, poetry, dance, drum circle, cob workshop, energy work, crafts market and Sacred Inipi Sweat Lodge ceremony. Relax with stunning vistas in 4 directions at beautiful WindTree.

Friday, June 6, 5:00PM to Sunday, June 8, 1:00PM.

Camping available or cabin/dorm upon request. Limited number of beds available, priority given to elders and those with special needs. Sliding scale donation of $75- $150.
Limited work exchange /scholarships positions available.

A fundraiser event to help WindTree (an ecofarm Learning center) to continue its vision of providing sacred space for personal and planetary healing.

For information on what to bring, directions to WindTree and to RSVP by June 1st

Arrive before 5:00 any time and leave any time on Sunday or Monday
contact Monique at 831-566-7691

A Sanctuary of Gaia Event”

Have a Lavishly Beautiful, Truly Perceptive Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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