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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Second Occasional Fabulous Marais-a-Thon, The Night Before Our Stars, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Stews and Braising, Exploratorium After Dark: Play, Tibetan Cultural Pageant, Fairyland’s Annual Gala Costume Party: A Villain-thropic Evening, Pearls Over Shanghai, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, This Lingering Life, The Crazed, Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race!, Guesthouse, Crossing Cultures: Belle Yang - A Story of Immigration, Antic Faces, History Mystery Tour, Blood Story Bone Memory Skin Legacy: A Ritual in Corpo-realities, Mass and Majesty, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Makers Market, Tim’s Vermeer, DjangoFest, SCA West Kingdom Arts and Sciences Tourney, As You Like It, The Flight Deck Opening Festival, Third Annual Baroque Dance Workshop, Alameda Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest, Handmade Cord and Tassels, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, El Dia de San Juan Festival, Mapping Our Bioregion, Reflections Of Me And My World, Hemp History Week Celebration, The Space Cowboy’s Ball, Philippine Independence Day Celebration, The Ultimate Camping Trip, Full Bloom Trance Dance Activation, Cob Oven Workshop!, Urban Farm Tours 2014, Valhalla Renaissance Faire, East Bay Open Studios at Jack London Square, World Oceans Day, Butterfly and Bird Festival, Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Ritual for Ares, Silk Road by Train, Summer of 2013, The Blushing Orchid Ball, Act One Scene Two, Bon Voyage Party for Will “The Thrill" Viharo and Monica the Tiki Goddess, Breaking Code: Intersections of Queerness and Madness, The Crippled Masters, Tarot Salon, Teen Earth Magic, Pony Express Re-Ride, Network for a New Culture Gathering, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Lessons from Earth and Spirit: A Vortex Journey Beyond Beliefs, An Evening of Robert Louis Stevenson, The Fertile Void, Sacred Hoop Medicine Drum Making Playshop

The Second Occasional Fabulous Marais-a-Thon
presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts
Thursday, June 5, 11:00AM-5:00PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$20 Adult all-day pass, 18 and under admitted free and welcome.

“Barefoot presents The Second Occasional Marais-a-thon: a six-hour celebration of the viol player's viol player: Marin Marais.    Expert performers from the Bay Area and beyond will take turns playing their favorite pieces by the great French Baroque master.

In 1679, the young phenomenon Marais was appointed ordinaire de la musique de chambre du Roy pour la viole, a position he held until he retired in 1725.   In between he published five amazing books of music for viol containing over 550 pieces for solo viol or two viols and continuo, and several collections of chamber music including trio sonatas.  He also wrote four operas.

The Bay Area is home to a legendary number of fine viol players, and during the Berkeley Festival players from afar augment the number of available participants.  Marais has always been the viol players' most revered composer, and you will hear why.  This day-long concert is a benefit for the Viola da Gamba/Pacifica Chapter, supporting the Bay Area's vibrant viol community with scholarships for emerging players, an instrument rental program, workshops and playing events, welcoming all who love he viol.

In the amazing wooden acoustic of St. Mark's parish hall, this event will be uniquely entertaining.  The music, and the fun, starts at 11:00AM and goes until shortly before 5:00PM.   There will be snacks.”

The Night Before Our Stars
a special pre-opening showing of The Fault In Our Stars
Thursday, June 5, 5:30PM
see website for local showings

“The Night Before Our Stars, an unprecedented event where you will be the first to see The Fault In Our Stars and be included in the largest ever live simulcast experience featuring:
The Fault In Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff
Author John Green
Director Joshua Boone
Producer Wyck Godfrey
Intimate, live musical performances by Birdy and Nat and Alex Wolff

Attendees will also receive a beautiful commemorative charm bracelet and an exclusive poster from the film.

The Night Before Our Stars will take place on June 5, 5:30PM Pacific, ahead of the film’s opening in theaters everywhere on June 6.”

Warning:  This movie will make you cry quite a lot!

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Meklit
Thursday, June 5, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 28)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Please register online at the website below
for more information, e-mail garden@berkeley.edu

“Join us this summer for a series of concerts in our beautiful Redwood Grove!

Meklit Hadero, known simply as Meklit, is a singer and songwriter based in San Francisco, California. She is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music.

Ticket includes admission to the Garden before 5:00PM. BYO picnic and non-alcoholic drinks welcome.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Stews and Braising
with Rosie Ueng
Part Two of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, June 5, 6:00-9:00PM,
and four more Thursdays through July 3
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“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, 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

Boeuf Bourguignon, Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Chinese 5-Spice Spareribs, Pork Chile Verde, Thai Coconut Chicken Curry… what do all these have in common?  Learn the technique of braising and suddenly have a whole world of recipes that are a part of your cooking repertoire.  Conventional, organic, free-range, pastured, grass-fed… what's the difference? What should you be eating and why? We will also discuss various cuts of meat and their appropriate preparations as well as good sourcing information.   A delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening's labor will be included.

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.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Play
Thursday, June 5, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: Play

Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer believed that playing around with things - using objects and concepts in ways other than they’re supposed to be used - was essential to learning. ‘In fact,’ he wrote, ‘in our rapidly changing culture, adults probably require play as much as children do.’

Fortify your sense of fun at After Dark: Play. Brave a bicycle-powered Ferris wheel made by artist Paul Cesewski. See your heartbeat in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s monumental sculpture Pulse Spiral, or animate your own shadow puppets in a workshop held by master puppeteer Daniel Barash. Get to know trumpets and cellos in Oakland East Bay Symphony’s instrument petting zoo, and make your own glove-a-phone with Explorables volunteers.

Discover kindergarten’s evolutionary role in shaping twentieth century arts and sciences with Exploratorium artist Marina McDougall, and uncover the secret lives of exhibits on Explainer-led tours. Build classic toys such as tops, oobleck, and paper rockets, or join the Tinkering Studio team to take apart electronic toys - and connect circuits in squishy, inventive ways.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, Exploratorium's After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic - from music to sex to electricity - but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits.”

Tibetan Cultural Pageant
with the Monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery
Thursday, June 5, 6:30-8:00PM
dhyana Center, 186 North Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-8818
suggested donation $20

“Come and join us where Tibetan Gallery and Studio presents the Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet: The Monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery.

This evening featuring dancing, rituals and debate.”

Fairyland’s Annual Gala Costume Party: A Villain-thropic Evening
Thursday, June 5, 6:30-9:30PM
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
21+, see website below for ticket details

“They tell us we throw a mean party. This year, that’s literally true.

On Thursday, June 5, we’re going over to the dark side.

A Villain-thropic Evening, our 19th annual gala fundraising dinner, is a salute to the ogres, witches, trolls, wicked stepmothers, and all the other baddies without whom fairy tales would be... meh.

Your presence isn’t just requested. It’s required.

Scary costumes. Shivery music. Food to die for. Our legendary storybook sets. All of it under the cold, glittering stars. (We’ll try to arrange for fog.)

Buy your tickets now. Or be very, very sorry.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, June 5-7, 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.”

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8, and each weekend through June
see website for detailed schedule

“An unparalleled series of inspiring performances is in store at the 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, highlighting the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Bay Area. This year’s Festival includes 10 world premieres, 16 Festival debuts, and features dances from Bali, Bolivia, China, Congo, Hawai'i, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tahiti, the continental United States, and West Africa. Each weekend’s program is a different lineup and includes nine to ten performances in a show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.

Festival Openingl
Thursday, June 5, Noon to 1:00PM
San Francisco City Hall

A special tribute to late South African leader Nelson Mandela, as part of the Rotunda Dance Series, with music and dance featuring Diamano Coura West African Dance Company.

Festival Weekend One

Friday-Sunday, June 6-8
Workshops and panel dialogues. Specific times and venues to be announced.”

This Lingering Life
presented by Theatre of Yugen
Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8,
Thursday 7:00PM, Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Z SPACE, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Theatre of Yugen presents a two-week run of a premiere, full stage presentation of This Lingering Life, written by the New York based Chiori Miyagawa and directed by Yugen's Artistic Director Jubilith Moore.

This Lingering Life is a new kind of play that hearkens to tradition while also reaching out from it, and its performance, likewise, will juxtapose traditional and modern dramatic paradigms. Miyagawa has written a distinctly contemporary and Western play with the intensity of classical Japanese drama at its root. A battle is fought on a shore (Atsumori), a crazy woman looks for her kidnapped son at a bus station (Sumidagawa), a father and son have a falling out that results in the son's becoming blind and homeless (Yoroboshi), parents conspire to break up their daughter's relationship by drowning her lover (Funabashi), a poor old man falls in love with a wealthy young girl and commits suicide (Aya no Tsuzumi), and life goes on with everyone bumping into one another before and after death and in between.

Playwright Chiori Miyagawa made this statement about the piece:
‘I am interested in the place where the mystery of the theatrical world and human reality intersect. In traditional Noh Theater, this is an ordinary place - a grieving mother whose child was kidnapped would naturally have a reunion with the dead son's spirit; and it's never over until a ghost lover comes back and does a demon dance. These fantastical elements actually make Noh Theater deeply human. Contained in the original tragedies are essences of centuries-old struggles of the human heart that I hope to also depict in my new play.’”

The Crazed
A world premiere from the Central Works Writers Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8,
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, June 5-8,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
extended through June 15
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.”

presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8,
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.”

Crossing Cultures: Belle Yang - A Story of Immigration
a Free First Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, June 6, 11:00AM-9:00PM, and the first Friday of each month
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Free admission every First Friday and extended hours every Friday. The new exhibition: Crossing Cultures: Belle Yang A Story of Immigration opens today.

5-9PM Explore experimental approaches to Chinese ink painting inspired by our current exhibiting artist, Belle Yang.  This art activity is for all ages and skill levels.

5:30-6PM Artist talk with Belle Yang

6:30-9PM Dance to live music in the Atrium with Michael Gaither”

Antic Faces
presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts
Friday, June 6, 12:00PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Adults $15, Seniors $13, 18 and under admitted free and welcome.

“Violin, flute, lute, cittern, bass viol, and bandora.  This specific combination of unusual instruments (the Morley Consort or Mixed Consort), was very popular in Elizabethan times, and many collections of music have survived for exactly this line-up.  It was apparently an outgrowth of a lively theatrical musical tradition, but found its way into courtly events from time to time, rubbing shoulders with the more thoughtful and elegant viol fantasy.

Antic Faces: Shira Kammen, violin; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; John Lenti, lute; Julie Jeffrey, viol and cittern; David Morris, viol; Peter Hallifax, great double bass viol and bandora.

Antic Faces will play both the music written for the legendary Elizabethan ‘broken consort’ (a rare and fabulous sound in itself), and sonorous viol fantasies by Gibbons, and other treats from this magic time in English musical life, all in one concert.

A concert of contemporaneous contrasts, and some unusual flute and violin treats, what more could you want?  There will be snacks.”

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, June 6, 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:
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.”

Blood Story, Bone Memory, Skin Legacy: A Ritual in Corpo-realities
part of National Queer Arts Festival 2014
Friday, June 6, 7:30PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“Queer, trans and two-spirit, black, indigenous, and people of color bodies are vessels of knowledge holding oceans of sacred and profane memory. Stories of surviving the Atlantic slave trade, Indigenous removal, resisting colony, medical experimentation. Legacies of love making, death-defying transformations made on $20 and a hairpin, creating new family, making new origin stories, forging new spiritualities, feeding new ghosts, and reclaiming body when all seemed lost.

In Blood Story, Bone Memory, Skin Legacy, 8 artists explore the queering of ancestral memory, navigating these living moments mapped in queer blood and bones. Bearing witness to the stories held in our queer bodily experience, we heal and transform through the power of embodied truth.”

Mass and Majesty
featuring Diana Rowan, Todd Denman, and Eamonn Flynn
Friday June 6, 7:30PM
Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. 2nd Street, San Jose
$20 in advance, $24 at the door

“Sonic magnificence: I am thrilled to join master musicians Todd Denman on pipes and organist Eamonn Flynn. My dream trio, and… We have no name yet!  Send us your proposals and the winner receives two tickets to the concert of their choice.

The sound is massive, deep, and spiritual - both the meditative and ecstatic varieties. Rarely heard together, these stately instruments hitch their power to ancient Celtic chants, plaintive Eastern European songs and straight up gospel, with energetic detours via Irish jigs and reels We guarantee you'll be moved!

Trinity Cathedral has a real pipe organ!”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, June 6, 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.”

Makers Market
Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, 12:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
Free admission

“Together with Traveling Miles Studio, Handcraft Studio School is hosting a Makers Market on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 from 12:00-5:00PM daily.”

Tim’s Vermeer
film screening
Friday-Saturday, June 6-7,
Friday 5:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM
The Magick Lantern, 125 Park Place, Point Richmond, 510-234-1404

“Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically -- 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.”

Friday-Sunday, June 6-8
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
see website for schedule and ticket details

“A three day festival of extraordinary musicians representing every facet of Gypsy Jazz music!

DjangoFest Mill Valley!  Join us for an incredible array of talent - once again we are bringing the top Gypsy Jazz performers in for shows June 6-8, 2014. This year will feature the Robin Nolan Trio, the Hot Club d’Europe featuring Paulus Schafer, Olli Soikkeli and Tim Kliphuis, Pearl Django, Trio Dinicu and Rhythm Future Quartet.  Join us for an exciting weekend of top performance in this musical field plus master workshops!”

SCA West Kingdom Arts and Sciences Tourney
Friday-Sunday, June 6-8,
see website for schedule and admission details
Spring Valley Area, Ed Levin Park, 3100 Calaveras Road, Milpitas

“Come, challenge your friends and yourselves in an epic battle of skill, creativity and determination. A full course of competitions designed to test your mettle as an artist and crafter are set before you, and in the distance a golden blossom beckons. Who has the courage to step forward and lay their best works on the line?”
As You Like It
presented by The Novato Theater Company
Friday-Sunday, June 6-8,
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!”

The Flight Deck Opening Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 6-14
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
see website below for schedule and admission details

“The Flight Deck is a collaborative arts space and performance venue opening on June 6, 2014 in Downtown Oakland, where artists of all kinds and ages can work, play, collaborate, learn and thrive. A project of Ragged Wing Ensemble, it will be home to multiple artists and organizations, and will contribute to making Oakland a cultural destination.

We're excited to announce our Flight Deck Opening Festival, June 6-14, 2014. Starting with First Friday, It'll be a week of fantastic events, from performances and art installations to classes, panels, and parties.

We begin the week with a Grand Opening Party on Friday night, June 6, that will move between The Flight Deck, Latham Square, and Township. From 5:00-7:00PM, enjoy a free wine and cheese gallery opening reception. At 7:00PM, we move into Township for delicious food and drink and exciting pop-up performances, At 10:00PM, we open up both The Flight Deck and Township for a DJ dance party, guided art tours of the Flight Deck, and live music and performances in the Deck's different rooms. You can buy an All Festival Pass for the whole week (except the Opening Party, Gala, and After Juliet performances) for just $35!”

Third Annual Baroque Dance Workshop
with Philippa Waite
presented by San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Saturday, June 7, 8:30AM-6:00PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
see website for registration details

“We are delighted to once again host the internationally-renowned choreographer, performer and teacher of Baroque dance, Philippa Waite, for a Baroque Dance Workshop; this workshop is LOW-IMPACT and designed for both the novice and experienced dancer. Ms. Waite studied with Wendy Hilton and taught for her at the annual Baroque Music and Dance Workshops at Stanford University.  Ms. Waite is currently guest teacher of Period Movement and Dance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. She is Artistic Director of Consort de Danse Baroque and as such choreographs in the Baroque style for the company's productions; she also teaches, performs and gives lecture-demonstrations throughout the UK and abroad.

The morning workshop will include instruction in some of the more typical dance steps, and arm motions, used in the main Baroque dance rhythms: bouree, sarabande, gigue and menuet. The afternoon session will focus on using these steps in a choreographed dance.  Experienced students will be taught more complex step variations, however, the emphasis will be on the style, technique and performance, and not on the ability to memorize them.

8:30-9:00AM: Sign-in
9:00AM-12:30PM: Morning Session
The morning session will concentrate on the technique and style required for typical steps found in duple, triple and compound-duple time.
12:30-2:00PM: Lunch -  Not provided; there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance - or bring your own; beverages will be provided
2:00-6:00PM: Afternoon Session
The afternoon session will concentrate on using the steps learnt, during the morning session, in a choreography. The workshop will include short demonstrations, given by Ms. Waite, to highlight some of the features of style and presentation covered in the workshop.

Spaces are limited - so early registration is encouraged!”

Alameda Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest
Saturday, June 7, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Westline and Otis Drive, Alameda

“Start your creative juices flowing and get ready to bring your shovel and buckets to Robert Crown Memorial State Beach Park on Saturday, June 1 to create a unique piece of art at 47th the annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest.  

This free event is a fabulous family fun activity to either participate in or just come down to watch all of the action.

Categories for Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture are:
Ages 12 and Under
Ages 13 and Over

Registration is from 9:00-11:00AM that morning at Robert Crown Beach.
Viewing and judging of the masterpieces begin at noon.
Awards presented at 1:00PM.”  

Handmade Cord and Tassels
with Cathy Callahan
Saturday, June 7, 9:30AM-12:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$65, limit 20 students

“Ever been frustrated with the selection of pre-made cords you find at the craft or fabric store? It's actually amazing simple to make your own at home using simple tools and scraps of yarn from your stash! Making your own cord assures that you have something unique to use when you are creating home and party decor, gift wrap embellishment or jewelry.

Cord making techniques will be covered, as well as tassel making skills that you can apply to projects such as decorative garlands or fashion forward tassel necklaces!

Yarn and other fibers will be provided, but feel free to bring in something from your stash you want to use.

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

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, June 7, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film tells the story of Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum, in his only film appearance) as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

Filming took place in Munich in 1970, and the film was released on June 30, 1971. It received positive reviews, but it was a box office disappointment. However, it developed into a cult film due to its repeated television airings and home entertainment sales. In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, and Wilder was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but lost both to Fiddler on the Roof.”

El Dia de San Juan Festival
Saturday, June 7, 11:00AM-7:00PM
History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose
Adults $20 in advance, $30 at the door, Children under 12 Free

“El Dia de San Juan Festival is a cultural event hosted each year by the Western Region Puerto Rican Council.

This event brings together the Puerto Rican community, while uniting a host of diverse cultures and  nationalities. Our main purpose is to raise scholarships funds for students who want to pursue a higher education.

We humbly invite you to this special event to enjoy what this festival has to offer in the way of music, food and family fun while showing your support to our cause. Our event is filled with exciting entertainment for the entire family. We offer a host of family fun, Live Bands, Authentic Puerto Rican Food, Main Stage and Youth Stage entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you to support our cause, socialize, eat, show off your dance moves and have a GREAT time!”

Mapping Our Bioregion
with Judy Goldhaft of Planet Drum Foundation
Saturday, June 7, 12:00-2:00PM
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Join us as Judy Goldhaft guides us in creating a two-dimensional interpretation of the environment we live in! We’ll map key areas such as restoration sites, open space areas, creeks, sources of pollution, and more!

Founded in 1973, Planet Drum Foundation uses a grassroots approach to ecology that focuses on community self-determination, sustainability, and regional self-reliance. PDF coined the term ‘bioregion’ and defined the philosophy of ‘bioregionalism’ to emphasize the relationship between humans and the areas they live within.

What’s a bioregion?
A bioregion is ‘a distinct area with coherent and interconnected plant and animal communities, and natural systems, often defined by a watershed. A bioregion is a whole ‘life-place’ with unique requirements for human inhabitation so that it will not be disrupted and injured.’ (Planet Drum Foundation).”

Reflections Of Me And My World
the 16th Annual ArtEsteem Exhibition
Saturday, June 7, 3:00-6:00PM
Oasis Gallery, American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland

“Attitudinal Healing Center is proud to present ArtEsteem's 16th Annual Exhibition,
Reflections Of Me And My World

Our mission is to eliminate violence by offering creative and educational programs that transform the human spirit and build peaceful loving communities for all humanity.

What we do: AHC builds healthy communities by breaking the cycle of violence.

How we do it: We provide platforms for creative expression and communication for children, youth, adults and families.Through our educational programs, workshops, events and healing circles, we cultivate skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts.

Our values: AHC promotes the understanding that we can choose peace over conflict and love over fear.”

Hemp History Week Celebration
presented by Petaluma Grange
Saturday, June 7, 4:00-10:00PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, 707-792-5300
$10 suggested donation

“Join the Petaluma Grange for an evening of hemp education with a screening of the Bringing it Home hemp documentary at Lydia’s Sunflower Center.   Bringing it Home tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more. Hemp History Week and Hempstead Project Heart will be in the lobby with a hemp museum and hemp samples.

On June 7, Lydia’s Sunflower Center is partnering with the Petaluma Grange and Hemp History Week to show the film Bringing it Home. The restaurant will be supplying hemp seeds for diners to enjoy on their food.

A $10 sliding scale donation is requested to help support the organizers, filmmakers and musicians.

4:00-5:30PM: Sound Gardens
Cultivating tranquility playing gongs, chimes, mother drum, bells

7:00PM: Bringing It Home
Bringing It Home tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.  

8:00PM: Q and A with Anna Owen
Anna Owen of Hemp History Week, and possibly a special guest.

8:30PM: The Dream Farmers
Northern California: World, Roots, Blues, Funk, and Folk
Marcus Webster: Drums and Vocals
Kip Kent: Bass and Vocals
Randall Sequeira: Songwriter, Guitar, Keys, Harmonica, and Vocals

The Dream Farmers home town is Sebastopol, in Sonoma County’s Wine Country, North of San Francisco. They are a close-knit group of musicians who have a fresh California sound effected by rural and urban lifestyles, the immense natural beauty of their surroundings, institutions of higher learning, travel and a solid skill in their art gained from years of experience playing many types of music.

They are influenced by blues, soul, R and B, Jazz, Funk, English invasion, and ethnic music from around the planet . Not just the sonic , but also the lifestyles, dance, art and cultural components as well. Being able to have had personal contact with amazing first-line innovators like Jr. Wells, Johnny Otis, Nick Gravenites, Buddy Guy, Roy Rogers, and others who took time to tutor has been a real gift of influence. The love of all black roots music informs their sound and adds to the funk factor.”

The Space Cowboy’s Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, June 7,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

“Join us at this science fiction shindig for a rip-roaring, swashbuckling evening of music, dancing, and optional role-playing at our serene tribute to our favorite outer space western, Firefly.

Bangers and Mash, that shiniest of bands in the 'verse, whom some of you may remember from the Browncoats' Ball in San Francisco, will play an evening of 19th century and Neo-19th century social dances: We will dance waltzes, polkas, mazurka waltzes, schottisches, elegant country dances, rousing contradances, and haunting Celtic and Neo-Celtic reels (If you don't know them, don't worry: All pattern dances will be briefly taught or called at the ball!). The band will also play such perennial space travelers' favorites as The Blue Danube Waltz, The Congress of Vienna Waltz, Sir Roger de Coverley, and Inara's Waltz Cotillion.

Western, 19th century or neo-19th century, Civil War or Post-Civil War costume, or science fiction/fantasy costume from any universe is admired, but not required, and creative blending of past and future fashions is also encouraged. Just now, Old West, Chinese, and Indian motifs are fashionable and, of course, Browncoats are extremely welcome. We don't care what you wear, 'long as it's legal.

There will be a no-host bar (that means you pay for your own drinks, pardner!), soft drinks for sale for temperance folk and minors, and a complimentary light buffet of Neo-Western snacks. Given local food shortages on this here planet, your potluck contributions to the buffet are appreciated.”

Philippine Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, June 7, 7:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 students/seniors

“Rhythmix Island Arts Presents:
Philippine Independence Day Celebration: Lumago Lampas (Grow Beyond)
Featuring American Center of Philippine Arts, Parangal Dance Company, Kulintronica and Kristian Kabuay

In honor of Araw ng Kalayaan, Philippine Independence Day, Rhythmix Island Arts presents the American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) in collaboration with an array of spectacular artists celebrating the cultural traditions of the Philippine islands on the island of Alameda.

Parangal Dance Company will perform the evocative Hindu Malayan influenced dances of the Mindanao region accompanied by indigenous instrumentation of kulintang, gongs and drums.  Ron Quesada will deliver a fusion of ancient Filipino gong instrument with modern electronic dance music, dubbed Kulintronica. Kristian Kabuay brings to the stage his modern performance style writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) based on the ancient writing system, Baybayin.

Choreographer Jay Loyola takes inspiration from the Pangalay, the most distinctively Asian of all the dances in Southern Philippine islands. In this collaborative production of Lumago Lampas (Grow Beyond), Loyola re-imagines the influence and movement patterns of this familiar dance form, in a theatrical framework and the Molbog peoples’ cultural standpoint to create a compelling dance interpreted by Kristian Kabuay, Kimberley Requesto and Ron Quesada. The original concept of the Pangalay is based on the pre-Islamic concept of celestial spirits - important characters in other Southeast Asian dances. Its motion recites the Baybayin, an ancient Filipino script whose strokes are comparable to the dancer’s dexterity and flexibility of the shoulders, elbows, and wrists accompanied by the sound of the Kulintang - an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs. (Concept, design and choreography by Jay Loyola)

For more than two decades, Jay Loyola has created over 40 Philippine dance works and performed in Asia, Europe, and the US. He has significantly contributed to San Francisco Bay Area’s multicultural landscape and creating performances at venues such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Herbst Theater, Cowell Theater, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Loyola is the founding artistic director for American Center of Philippine Arts, adjunct professor at University of San Francisco for Philippine Dance and Culture and consultant for numerous universities and festivals around the globe.

The American Center of Philippine Arts provides a unique educational program for youth through innovative, hands-on classes, collaborations, and showcasing events. The Students Enriched in Education and Dance (SEED) offers cultural education to youth ages 5-18, with instruction in the fundamentals of Philippine folk dance then applied to the dance choreography. ACPA’s focus on high quality cultural education and dance instruction instills in their students a great sense of professionalism and respect for their heritage.

Kabuay is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems. He is also a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the Philippine script. Currently based in San Francisco, Kristian has been tirelessly advocating a reawakening of the indigenous spirit through decolonization, and the native ancient writing system, Baybayin.

Parangal Dance Company’s mission is to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances. PDC aims to serve as a bridge,inspiring and connecting Filipino Americans to their roots to give them a sense of pride and identity, while educating diverse communities to foster awareness and appreciation of Philippine culture.

Ron Quesada studied ethnomusicology at San Francisco State University and the University of Hawaii and is a veteran Filipino folkloric music practitioner. As a member of the Haranistas de Manila directed by former Rondalla director of Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company Celestini ‘Bayani’ Tan, he learned the diversity of Filipino ethnic instruments including strings, gongs and bamboo. Ron had extensive instruction in traditional regional styles of kulintang music and toured internationally both as a performer and educator in Filipino music. His contemporary kulintang music style is gaining recognition both in the United States and in the Philippines.

This performance is made possible with funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.”

The Ultimate Camping Trip
with Faride Khalaf
part of the Saturday Night Space Talks series
Saturday, June 7, 7:30-8:15PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
Included with admission

“There are two types of people in the world; those who seek adventures in the great outdoors and enjoy camping, and those who prefer to stay home in comfort and security while sleeping in their own beds. There is a third type. Capable and courageous, they venture beyond the simple life outdoors. The brave astronauts who work and train hard, seek opportunities to break their bonds with Earth and journey into the vastness of space. They do it all at great inconvenience, and at great risk. For the same reason some of us climb mountains, they embark on a quest for knowledge and perspective. They bring back tales of their travels and some answers to some of the most compelling questions raised by humanity ever since our ancestors gazed at the sky. Join me for a perspective on what it takes to embark on the Ultimate Camping Trip.

Let's chat about space!
Have you ever had a conversation with a really knowledgeable friend who has a way of sharing complex, high-level information? Faride Khalaf is just that guy. Get your fix of recent advancements and factoids from history in space and science in these informal conversations.

Faride Khalaf began his aviation career as a skydiver in 1980s and went on to earn his Airframe and Power Plant licenses (A and P) from the College of Alameda in California. Faride is an FAA Certified Aircraft Inspector, was an Aircraft Mechanic Instructor at the late Sierra Academy in Oakland, and was a General Aircraft Mechanic at United Airlines for a decade. While at United, Faride spent two years teaching structural repairs and for two years was a Fuel Systems Specialist. He is the sole owner of a 1947 Cessna 120 airplane and is an amateur astronomer who works with Chabot's astronomy program as a volunteer. His presentations are in high demand at Chabot and around the Bay Area.”

Full Bloom Trance Dance Activation
Celebrate Summer and Vesta's Eternal Flame
with Axis Mundi TranceFusion
Saturday, June 7, 8:00PM-Midnight
Bhakti Mandir (House of Devotional Ecstasy), 6225 Doremus Avenue, Richmond
$15 at the Door

“Join us for a Trance Dancing Journey Between the Worlds! Experience the Ecstasy of the Tantric Forest Rituals of ancient India with Kundalini Chant, World Beat Trance Drumming, Didjeridoo, Crystal Bowls, Sound Healing, Ritual, 3rd Eye Anointing, DJ Grooves and the joys of connection in a radiant commUNITY of kindred spirits!

Hosted Savory Edibles Served - veggie and omnivore
BYO Libations and Contributions of Savory or Sweet Snacks Welcomed!

Wear your EXOTIC and FESTIVE FINERY and have a warm layer to enjoy Full Moon Gazing from the beautiful 3 level outdoor deck!”

Cob Oven Workshop!
with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sonrisa Family Farm, 2454 East Washington Street, Petaluma
$120 for both days

“In this two day workshop, local earthen builder Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures will teach us the craft of building an adobe wood-fired oven.  

On day one of the workshop, we will learn how to identify good earth for building, building a foundation, insulating the floor of the oven, laying the floor and building the inner thermal mass layer.   An overview discussion of natural building will also be included.  

On Day two, we will learn how to insulate our workshop oven, do the outer cob layer and decorative sculpting.  Miguel will also cover how to plaster and waterproof the oven, take out the sand mold, and basics of cooking in the oven.

Bring a container of earth from your property to see how much sand you will need to add for your own oven construction and a design of your own to see how it can be integrated for your own Cob oven.  All workshop participants will be invited to come back two weeks following this workshop to plaster the oven and to make sure that you have all the resources need to use this workshop as a launching point for making a Cob oven of your own.”

Urban Farm Tours 2014

Saturday, June 7, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Berkeley and Oakland, addresses will be e-mailed to registered participants by June 3
see website below for registration details

Sunday, June 8, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Vallejo, addresses will be e-mailed to registered participants by June 3
see website below for registration details

“See what established home-scale urban farmers are up to and what is possible on a small. medium, large, or extra large urban lot.

You will see fruit and vegetable gardens, composting systems, rabbits, goats, bees, greywater and more, plus you will get to sample some of what these urban farmers are producing. Each homestead is unique in its interpretation and use of space. This will be a chance to ask questions about animals, gardening, techniques, greywater systems, rainwater harvesting, food forests, permaculture and more.

How it Works
If you are not already on our mailing list, use our contact form to tell us you want to come.
We'll send you the locations a week before the event.
Once you have the locations, plan your itinerary and bike, drive or walk yourself there.
Visit as many of the sites as you have time or interest for.
Guided tours with tasting and Q and A are led by the farmers once per hour on the hour. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes.
You can pay as you go at each site, or support the tour by paying in advance, allowing you entrance to all the sites.

Pay as you go option
$5 per person, per location. Kids under 12, $3. No one turned away for lack of funds.
This option lets you pay as you go and decide how many sites to visit on the spur of the moment. Visit one, two or all the sites if you can!. You may also purchase a day pass at the first site you visit. Cash and check only.

Purchase In advance option
This cash free option allows you to support the farmers and IUH with your generous donation.  Pay full price for a ticket - or give a little more and get a day pass good for entry to all sites, plus a chance to win valuable door prizes!

Urban Farms Tours is a benefit for the Institute of Urban Homesteading and helps us to be able to offer a sliding scale tuition and free events during the year, as well as paying our teachers and farmers a fair hourly for their expertise. We do this with no outside funding or other contributions . As a way to thank you for your advance ticket purchase, with or without a little extra, we'll enter you in a drawing to win fun, farm-oriented door prizes from our farmers, including private tours, homegrown honey, eggs or nursery plants.”

Valhalla Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, 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.”

East Bay Open Studios at Jack London Square
Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Market Hall, Jack London Square, Oakland

“Bounty of fine art and crafts showing in Market Hall, Jack London Square, Oakland on June 7-8 and June 14-15, from 11:00AM-6:00PM.

On the first two weekends of June, over 50 emerging and local artists, working in a wide variety of mediums, will take over the Market Hall building in Jack London Square to share their work with the community as part of ProArts’ East Bay Open Studios.

Ranging from conceptual sculpture installations and political, ecologically themed work all the way to practical custom furniture and everywhere in between, this show will satisfy the most varied palette. Sculpture, painting, pastel, mosaic, photography, printmaking, drawing, woodwork, glass, ceramics, metal, and jewelry: it will all be there.

The Market Hall is at 55 Harrison Street and one block north at 98 Broadway, the Pavilion. With ample parking and dining options nearby, it’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon.”

World Oceans Day
Sunday, June 8
see website to find events in your area

“The concept for a World Ocean Day was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.

Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations have been marking June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.

Together, we also developed and widely circulated a petition to the United Nations urging them to officially recognize World Oceans Day. With help from our Partner organizations, tens of thousands of people from all parts of the world signed online or paper copies of the petition. Congratulations to all for helping to make this happen!

Designation of World Oceans Day provides an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation. Official UN designation is another important step toward improving the health of our world's ocean.

Now we need to capitalize on this fresh momentum! We hope you will be involved in planning or participating in a World Oceans Day celebration near you!

Please visit the rest of the World Oceans Day website to list your event, get celebration ideas, access the media and outreach kit, and more.”

Butterfly and Bird Festival
Sunday, June 8, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
for more information, please call 510-544-3220

“Gardening for wildlife is a healthy activity that will do a world of good for your body and spirit. This special event is dedicated to increasing the numbers and species of butterflies and birds in Bay Area landscapes. Spend a day of adventure and learning that allows you to get close to nature’s flying critters. Enjoy garden tours, family hands-on activities, educational speakers, photo presentations and music. Learn how to bring your backyard to life by creating wildlife-friendly habitats! Parking fees apply where charged. Disabled accessible. No registration required; Drop-in program only.”

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
Sunday, June 8, 11:00AM-5:00PM
along Haight Street from Masonic Avenue to Stanyan Street, San Francisco

“This year's annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair will be taking place on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Plans are now underway to produce our annual neighborhood street festival on Haight Street from Masonic Avenue to Stanyan Street. The celebration will include a Vendors Zone where over 200 booths will offer food, merchandise, community outreach and more. Our musical programs and performers for the Masonic Stage and Stanyan Stage are currently being assembled and the line-ups will be announced in May, 2014. Also, the HASF Children's Alley will once again be offering Family Entertainment on Belvedere Street.

Please join us for another joyous and memorable celebration in The Haight on Sunday, June 8, 2014.”

Ritual for Ares
presented by South Bay Greek Reconstructionists
Sunday, June 8, 12:00-4:00PM
Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San Jose
Free, please bring a potluck item
for more information, please contact Cara Hoglund at carahoglund@gmail.com

Cara Hoglund, one of this year’s CAYA Aspirants, says:
“Our South Bay Greek Reconstructionist group will be holding a Ritual for Ares on June 8 from 12:00-4:00PM at Alum Rock Park in San Jose. There will be a potluck BBQ and a short ritual to honor Ares. This will be your chance to connect with, ask favors from, or just honor the Greek God of War. Everyone is welcome! Contact me at cara@earthgirl.org for more details.”

Silk Road by Train, Summer of 2013
Slide presentation by Connie Chin
Sunday, June 8, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Connie Chin, administrator of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford, traveled by train across Mongolia and the northern Silk Road last summer. This slide presentation will show some of the highlights, such as staying with nomads in Mongolia, talking with Han, Uyghurs, and Tibetans in northwest China, exploring museums and archaeological sites, and walking the streets of Silk Road cities (modern cities of three million, and remnants of ancient cities baking in the sun). Connie will also share her observations on economic development and the tourist industry in China.

Connie Chin holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. in ancient and medieval history from San Jose State (2012). She is author of Climate Change and Migrations of People during the Jin Dynasty (Early Medieval China, 13/14, 2008) and Geography and Social Structure of Monasteries: Cultural Diffusion or Convergent Evolution? (SJSU Scholar Works, UMI, 2012). She is studying Sogdian language with Drs. Fred Porta and Albert Dien.

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

The Blushing Orchid Ball
An annual fundraiser for Theatre Bay Area
Sunday, June 8, 4:00-8:00PM
Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

"Black tie? Always in style, and certainly welcome here! But maybe you're a bit more colorful, you special flower, you. Well, this is the event for you!

Rock our signature color - ‘Blushing Orchid’
Dazzle with your snazziest formalwear or your favorite costume at our masquerade ball. Prizes awarded to the best dressed!

Celebrate 'til you're ‘blushing’!
Enjoy dancing (lessons included!), signature cocktails and savory snacks, a silent auction, and, at 5:00PM, a livestream of the Tony Awards!

Blush with pride - center stage!
Guests and honorees include civic leaders, philanthropists, audience members, backstage heroes and, of course, the theatre artists who make the Bay Area sparkle.

At the first annual Blushing Orchid Ball, we'll kick off the TBA Awards in style, and raise funds for Theatre Bay Area, the largest performing arts service organization in the nation. We've been causing a scene since 1976!”

Act One, Scene Two
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, June 8, 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!”

Bon Voyage Party for Will “The Thrill" Viharo and Monica, the Tiki Goddess
featuring Blue Velvet
Sunday, June 8, 9:15PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“About Blue Velvet:
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

About Party at the Parkway:
This showing is part of Party at the Parkway.  Party at the Parkway is a patron-planned event where we celebrate one of our patrons (or a group of patrons), replete with a cake and singing, and we open it up the public.  So even if you don't know anything about the group or person, consider coming out to celebrate.

This Party at the Parkway is held in honor of Will ‘The Thrill’ Viharo, the programmer of The New Parkway's Thrillville, and his lovely wife Monica the Tiki Goddess, who are departing the Bay Area. Please come out and show them how much they will be missed!

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.”

Breaking Code: Intersections of Queerness and Madness
Monday, June 9, 7:00PM
The San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
sliding scale $12-$20

“National Queer Arts Festival presents Breaking Code: Intersections of Queerness and Madness

Many of our communities have not yet embraced candid conversation about mental health; Breaking Code gathers Queer and Trans visual and performing artists seeking to claim the ways madness informs, complicates, and sweetens our lives. Together we will use the tools of reclamation and subversion, that many of us develop as we come to a queer identity, to rethink our relationship to mental health.  As artists and community members, we will explore the ways queer and crazy have been forced together and forced apart. In this space of intersection we'll explore the differences in how we are assigned and how we experience madness and queerness. With power and vulnerability, we continue the legacy of resisting shame by claiming our wholeness.

Join us as we name and honor our joy, our struggle, and our resilience.”

The Crippled Masters
presented by Impact’s Splatter Cinema
Monday, June 9, 8:00PM, doors 7:30PM
La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berkeley
$7 at the door only, cash only

“Join us for Impact's unique and wild cult film night! We'll have delicious homemade baked goods available. Plus you can bring in pizza and beer from La Val's upstairs. 70s attire encouraged. Mike and Miyaka will be your kooky hosts for this wild night that's part 70s variety show and part late-night cult classic tv.

This month: join us for The Crippled Masters, a kung-fu exploitation gem in which an armless warrior teams with a legless warrior to defeat an evil landlord. Has to be seen to be believed.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, June 10, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: The Tens of the Minor Arcana

A Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Join us in a roundtable discussion where we discuss our two cards for the month and learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

Teen Earth Magic
An intensive retreat for teens and young adults age 13-25
Tuesday-Sunday, June 10-15
Camp Epic, Nevada City, California
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Teen Earth Magic looks ahead to our seventh annual youth retreat in Northern California.

Camp is open to anyone who will be 13-19 anytime this year. Young adults age 19-25 can apply to be part of our Mentors Path.

For more information on this year's camp, contact us.

In mid-June in recent years, Teen Earth Magic has gathered in the woods of Northern California to deepen our relations with the Earth and with one another. Thirty young people and a half-dozen teachers came together last year at Camp Epic in wooded rolling hills near Nevada City (in the Sierra foothills).

Teen Earth Magic is an intensive magical and activist retreat taught in the Reclaiming tradition - a focused workshop that includes ritual, earth activist skills, labyrinth work, encounter groups, and a lot more. Be ready to laugh work, create, play, sing - maybe all at the same time.

Come together with other young people who care about the world. Folks from a number of communities around the Reclaiming network will be taking part. Group-building and trust exercises are part of our work, and we hope to create lasting connections.

Once again we'll pack in a week's worth of workshops and other activities, ranging from nightly rituals to personal transformation work to a swim in a local river or lake to discussions about political commitment.

These Reclaiming teens' retreats are organized by teachers from Witchlets in the Woods family camp, with the support of parents and site-owners.”

Pony Express Re-Ride
Wednesday, June 11, 10:00AM
Pony Express Plaza, Second and J Streets, Old Sacramento
article from 2012: 

“The National Pony Express Association will complete its annual Pony Express Re-Ride from June 11 to 21, 2014.  Riders will cross a 1,966 mile route beginning in Sacramento and ending in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  This historic reenactment will kick off in Old Sacramento on June 11 at 10:00AM at the Pony Express Plaza on Second and J Streets.  Be sure to join the excitement as these riders on horseback begin the first leg of their journey!”

Network for a New Culture Gathering
Wednesday, June 11, 6:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$10, please bring a potluck item
Please RSVP to John Horrell at 707-304-6359 or seajohnkayak@yahoo.com

“Our community is deeply enjoying hosting the Network for a New Culture evenings here for the North Bay.  Please come to our next gathering Wednesday, June 11,  6:00-10:00PM at LoveJourney in Sebastopol. Directions will be sent to you once you reply that you're coming. We request a $10 voluntary donation at the event to cover costs of the space.
Network for a New Culture (NFNC) is part of the larger global movement to create local communities where transparency, self-awareness, love, trust, and compassionate honesty are the new cultural norms. We believe that it takes a village to raise a consciousness.  We, of course, intend that our work and play together will be transformative not only for small communities, but for the community of the world as well.
We will start with a delicious potluck dinner - please bring something fun and nutritious to share. We then gather for some bonding exercises, dance and joy. Then, as promised, we will learn about the ZEGG forum (see below for description) in a learning exercise then share our findings. We will share ourselves and express with the group.  Feel free to stay after to dance, hot tub, schmooze, and snuggle.

Forum is a facilitated awareness and communication training for groups of 12 to 50. It was designed in the Zegg community in Germany so the community has a way to communicate with itself. It provides an artistic way of personal sharing where an individual moves in the center of the circle and shares whatever is alive in them. Our true motivations, our deep feelings, longings, ideas, and emotions become revealed. This focus on transparency, sharing, and clarifying unsolved situations makes it an invaluable catalyst for growth. Forum is a personal process in a social context.  We discover how our personal issues resonate with everyone, and learn how each theme is part of a common human experience.”

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Thursday, June 12, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Don’t miss this brilliant black comedy!

Director Stanley Kubrick skewers the nuclear age - in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis - with a dazzling cast.  Peter Sellers got an Oscar nomination for portraying three wildly different roles: inept U.S. President Merkin Muffley, British Air Force captain Lionel Mandrake, and the title character, Dr. Strangelove. But also not to be missed is the deranged U.S. General Jack D. Ripper played by Sterling Hayden, as well as a standout role by George C. Scott as Air Force Chief of Staff Buck Turgidson. Other notable star turns include James Earl Jones, Slim Pickens, and Keenan Wynn. The movie, and director Stanley Kubrick were Oscar-nominated.

Dr. Strangelove is listed third on the American Film Institute’s ranking of the top 100 comedies.

Dr. Strangelove plays on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00PM.  All seats are $8.00.  Moviegoers are advised to get advance tickets at the box office or online, as shows may sell out. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.

Check out The Scene, on the right side of the lobby. The Scene wine/food bar offers tempting food such as panini, snacks and salads - and they can all be brought to your seat in the theater. The Scene opens daily at 4:30PM and is a great place to visit - even when you’re not going to a movie.”

Lessons from Earth and Spirit: A Vortex Journey Beyond Beliefs
with Jan and  Marystella of Vortex Journeys
Thursday, June 12, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol

“What do a wedding ceremony at Athena's Temple in Greece and the unveiling of earth vortex energies in Santa Rosa have in common? Join us for stories from Jan's forthcoming memoir, Lessons from Earth and Spirit, A Vortex Journey Beyond Beliefs. There will be abundant time for questions and answers.

Jan Boddie, PhD and Marystella Church, CHT are stewards and gatekeepers of a half acre of former Pomo healing land, where a dozen vortices and portals have reawakened under their care. There they live and teach classes, facilitate circles and honor the seasons.”

An Evening of Robert Louis Stevenson
part of  Butterfield 8’s Third Thursday series
Thursday, June 12, 8:00PM, typically the third Thursday of each month
Orinda Community Center Amphitheater, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda
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.

In honor of the Northern California Pirate Festival, we present excerpts from Treasure Island.

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

The Fertile Void
in concert
presented by Samavesha
Thursday, June 12, 8:00-9:30PM
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“The Fertile Void is a new musical ensemble made up of singer and composer Carrie Katz, founder/composer/singer for Rosin Coven, multi-instrumentalist Laura Inserra, and the string quartet Squid, Inc.”

Sacred Hoop Medicine Drum Making Playshop
with Evelie Delfino Sales Posch
Three Days:
Friday, June 27, 7:30PM: New Moon Blessing Ceremony
Sunday, June 29, 1:00-6:30PM: Sacred Hoop Medicine Drum Making Playshop
Friday, July 11, 7:30PM: Full Moon Drum Song Ceremony
Bay Area location, address given upon registration
see below for registration details, must register by June 17

“The drum, the rhythm of the heart, the heart beat of us all and Mother Earth.
Drums, and in this case, frame drums, are known in every culture around the world: bendir, bodhran, deff, pandeiro, tar.
In First Nations of North America, the sacred hoop signifies the directions, and in making the medicine drum we weave together strands signifying connection: to ourselves, our circles, the sacred hoop of the cosmos, bringing together and unifying parts into a whole, into remembering wholeness.
We will begin our journey together with a Blessing Ceremony. We will have a day to prepare and meditate on our Intention for making the sacred hoop medicine drum. We will gather for the actual making of the drum, then get together to have our drums sing their first song.
Two years ago in May, my birth month, I traveled widely lending support, teaching, co-leading ceremonies and prayers, and made my ninth Sacred Hoop Medicine Drum. I learned a few more skills which I shared in a playshop, and made my tenth drum in August last year.
If you would like to make your own Sacred Hoop Medicine Drum, please RSVP as soon as possible. I will give you additional guidelines on preparing for the playshop.
The playshop includes materials for the drum. We will also be making a drum stick, singing and telling stories.
I have reduced the regular rate due to these still challenging times so as to make this accessible to as many people as possible.
Friday, June 27, 7:30PM : New Moon Blessing Ceremony
Saturday, June 28 off to prepare
Sunday, June 29, 1:00-6:30PM: Sacred Hoop Medicine Drum Making Playshop
6:30PM: Drum Journey (Open to the public)
Friday July 11, 7:30PM: Full Moon Drum Song Ceremony
ocation given upon receipt of $95 non-refundable deposit (for handling/processing and holding your space)
Buffalo and Moose:
A. 18" $235
B. 16" $215
C.  15" $185
D. 14" $170
A. 18" $210
B. 16" $190
C. 15" $160
D. 14" $145
E. 13" $95
A. 18" $225
B. 16" $205
C. 15" $175
D. 14" $160
A. 16" $245
B. 15" $225
C. 14" $205
To register and reserve your space:
1. Please RSVP by email to Evelie511@gmail.com, indicating what animal skin (Buffalo, Deer, Elk, Horse, Moose) and size drum (A, B, C, D, or E, if applicable) you want.
2. Send a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $95 to
Evelie S Posch, PO Box 1867, El Cerrito, CA 94530.
If you want to pay via Paypal, please let me know or just email me your payment.
3. Full remaining payment is due by Saturday, June 21.
4. Registration ends Tuesday, June 17, to allow additional materials to be ordered.
You are welcome to attend only the Drum Journey and Full Moon Drum Song Ceremony. Entrance is $10 to $30 sliding scale! Bring your drum! All are welcome!
Should you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you. Please email Evelie511@gmail.com.
Please invite to your family and friends!!!

Have an Ultimately Fabulous, Majestically Scrumdiddlyumptious Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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