What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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

See more event listings on the calendar at the Pantheon Foundations' website:

Healing Plants and Nourishing Foods, Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series: Judaism, Ferment! Kombucha Kvass and More, Dream Yoga, Temple of Aphrodite, Ego, Renegade Craft Fair, Exploratorium After Dark: Decay, Evelie and Friends, Autumnal Plant Magic Workshop, Thankful Letterpress, The Healing Practices of Khung Mar The Red Garuda, Celebrate Lakshmi, Hindu Goddess of Abundance and Health, Hildegard Of Bingen: Medieval Lessons For Modern Medicine, The Many Voices of Authenticity, Insufficiency, The Woman In Black, Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante, Recipe, The Dragon Play, Wunderworld, Matriz Sagrada: Your Sacred Womb, The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration, Africalifornia Dinner Dance Festival and Fundraiser, Space is the Place, The BItter Truth: Making and Mixing Homemade Bitters, Angelic Heart Vortex Group Healing, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Meets the Hobbit - Lafayette, Introduction to Aligning and Balancing Your Chakras, The Boy Who Died and Came Back, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Allied Arts Guild Open Studios, Alameda Holiday Boutique, Sonoma Festival Of Ukrainian Culture, REDWOLF, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Samhain Celebration at Annwfn, Designing Edible Food Forests, Goddess Harvest Festival, The Addams Family Musical, Collegium Occidentalis, Bay Area Discovery Museum Harvest Festival, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Animals of the Garden, Visit to the Marin Sanitary Services Recycle and Transfer Station, Put a Tassel On It, Day in the Life 1901, Monthly Open Village Celebration, Beeswax Candlemaking, Day of Renewal at Terra’s Temple, Create a Tillandsia Terrarium, Geology Walk, Persian Dance Master Class, 5 Powerful Strategies to Boost Your Family's Immune System, November Full Moon Meetup, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming, Open House at EoGrove, Farm to Fork Fall Feast, Jewels of Dresden: An Evening with John McRae, The Festival of the Bones, CAYA Coven’s Graveyard Moon, East Bay Waltz, Sha Sha Higby: Dance in Sculptural Costume, Kelly Park Trio with Kathy Moehring: Oldies but Goodies, Like Never And Like Always, ShadowDance, Soul and Life Force Retrieval Ritual, The Tempest, Marsh Medicinals, Woodland Egg Ornaments, Black Rose Witchcraft, Visiting the Cucuteni, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Meets the Hobbit - Livermore, Kirtaniyas Live Concert, Selecting and Planting Fruit Trees on the Island of Alameda, Tarot Salon, Tales of Poe, Center for Sacred Studies Community Celebration

Healing Plants and Nourishing Foods
with Summer Ashley and Sarah Kate of The Great Kosmic Kitchen
Wednesday, November 5, 6:00-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street,  #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“In this workshop, The Great Kosmic Kitchen will be sharing witchy recipes, how to easily incorporate medicinal herbs (and fungi) into your daily life, and why we shouldn’t be afraid of healthy fats! At the end of the workshop we will put everything we learned in bowl, and enjoy a small meal together.

You can look forward to learning about:
Traditional food preparation
Eating to nourish the spirit
Energetics of Fall and Winter
Why our body needs healthy fats
Adaptogenic roots and anti-inflammatory herbs
Soaking grains and making medicinal soups

Sarah and Summer first met in college, where they laid the foundation for The University of Central Florida’s very first community garden. They grew heirloom varietals, medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables, and even ate the weeds! The constant abundance in the garden allowed them to come home and experiment in their own kitchens.

After being introduced to the world of plants, they both set out on journeys to deepen this connection. Together they studied permaculture at The Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California and Herbalisim at The Florida School of Holistic Living. Summer then ventured to Vermont to apprentice with Rosemary Gladstar, which led her to study at The California School of Herbal Studies in 2013. During this time, Sarah interned at Herb Pharm in Oregon, apprenticed at Tassjara’s Zen Kitchen, and then went on to study Amazonian plants in the Peruvian jungle.

In gratitude for these immersive experiences, Sarah and Summer share the wisdom they learn along the way. The Great Kosmic Kitchen showcases the art of incorporating plants, traditional preparations, and sacred rituals into daily life.”

Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series: Judaism
Opera Plaza Community Room, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5, 6:00-8:30PM,
and one more Wednesday, November 12
$15 per lecture

“More faith leaders, clergy, and religion members are affirming diet is not just a ‘health’ thing, but a spiritual discipline as well. Are there traditional religious reasons for seeking to live a vegan life? See how four religious paths, plus secular humanist meditators, view and value a live-food and vegan way.

Each talk is presented by different leaders from within the faith traditions, interview style. The first five talks go in-depth into each of five different paths. The sixth talk will bring all five traditions together ecumenically to discuss.

November 5: Judaism  
Speakers include:
Rabbi Steven Fisdel
Chaya-Ryvka Diehl
Hana Matt

November 12: Wrap up, all paths together
Many returning speakers.

Series Moderated by Michael Bedar

First (at 6:00PM) enjoy a vegan organic dinner with live-food options planned by a certified Nutrition Consultant, Patricia Allen Koot, NE, NC.

Take the elevator to the first floor, then security will key you down to the mezzanine for the event.

Series Co-Sponsored and Supported by:

San Francisco Vegetarian Society
Wellness Central
Dharma Voices for Animals
Green Faith
Institute for World Religions
Society of Ethical and Religious Vegans
Jewish Vegetarians of North America

A fifteen dollar requested donation covers the all you can eat vegan dinner plus the program.  The Nutritionist, speakers, and organizers donates their time.  Funds go toward facility rental, food, transport and other costs.”

Ferment! Kombucha, Kvass, Ginger Beer, Whey Sodas, and More
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Wednesday November 5, 6:30-9:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $35-$65 plus $10 supply fee to be paid on day of class

“Learn to brew your own pro-biotic beverages at home. Kombucha, kvass, ginger beer, whey sodas, water kefir and similar drinks are amazingly cheap and easy to make! If you are hooked on these drinks, save hundreds every year by brewing them up yourself. After learning about different types of ferments, health benefit and how the process works, we'll get down to business in the kitchen tasting and brewing. You'll learn how to catch a wild ginger beer ‘bug’ and develop your own fruit soda recipes. You'll go home with a packets of recipes, several bottles of drink and inspiration!”

Dream Yoga
a four month series with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Wednesday, November 5, 7:30-9:00PM,
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley

“It is said that the practice of dream yoga deepens awareness during all our experience: the dreams of the night; the dream-like experience of the day; and the bardo experiences after death. Indeed, the practice of dream yoga is a powerful tool of awakening, used for hundreds of years by the great masters of Tibet. Unlike the Western psychological approach to dreams, the ultimate goal of Tibetan dream yoga is the recognition of the nature of mind, or enlightenment itself. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will discuss these profound and ancient teachings in this series of four Wednesday evening talks at the Sacred Stream Center.

November 5: Overcoming Obstacles to Dream Yoga

This lecture series benefits the Tibetan Children's School and the Tibetan Association of Northern California. Free for Tibetans - Please mention TANC at the door.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Wednesday, November 5, 8:00-9:00PM (Please arrive a few minutes before 8:00PM)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

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

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

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

Dates for 2014:
Saturday, December 6”

a play by Carl Djerassi
Wednesday, November 5 and Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9 - final week
Wednesday 7:30PM, Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM,
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“What do people really think of you?

A famous writer obsessed with reputation fakes his death in order to read his obituaries. His psychiatrist knows what's going on, but can't tell anyone, not even the writer's wife. But soon she's on his trail anyway, as his 'death' ignites a train of outrageous events.

Ego was written by Carl Djerassi, a man whose achievements in both science and literature over the course of his 90-year life are prolific. In recent years he's turned to fiction and the theatre, with a series of novels and ten other plays, which all opened in London and cumulatively have  been translated by now into 20 languages.”

Renegade Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, November 5-12, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

“Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s premier network of events serving the DIY craft community. RCF was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2003, and 11 years later we are still the largest and most far-reaching with 11 annual events in Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. On average, our events are attended by over 250,000 people annually, and hundreds of craft-based businesses have been launched successfully out of the fairs.

RCF was founded for a very simple reason: there simply wasn’t a curated, well-run event for DIY-ers. Our founders had been looking for an event to participate in, but existing events were highly focused on fine arts + crafts. After launching the first Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago in the fall of 2003, the DIY craft fair concept took off immediately has since spread to the major network of events that it is today. We are constantly on the lookout for bright new talent, and couldn’t be more proud of our reputation as a resource for advancing independent artisan and craft businesses.

Everything at the fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the best and brightest in indie craft and design. This begins with our vendors, featuring products ranging from cutting-edge fashion and jewelry design to sophisticated ceramics and housewares, contemporary furniture and lighting, bath and body products, screen-printed art, paper goods, and more.

Beyond our vendors, you will find local artisanal food and drink, original art installations created just for the fair by hand-selected artists, interactive workshops, great music, good vibes and more.

The Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco November Market returns to the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavillion this November 8-9 to kick off our Fall/Winter Season of events.  Situated between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, the scenic San Francisco Bay will provide a perfect backdrop to the stunning work of some of the most talented makers out there.   Market hours are from 11:00AM-6:00PM both days.  

RCF is always free to attend.  Limited but affordable parking is available at the Fort Mason Center lot.  Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the venue, so please do not bring your adorable dog.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Decay
Thursday, November 6, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco, 415-528-4444
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: Decay

From apples to atoms, investigate what happens when things fall apart.

Meet with Farid Salama and colleagues from NASA’s Ames Research Center to learn how scientists are recreating dust from dying stars, and follow the Rosetta spacecraft’s preparations for landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with Exploratorium astronomer Isabel Hawkins. Sidle up to Metamorphosis, a mist-enshrouded 1:1000 scale model of the comet, and imagine its icy core sublimating to vapor as it approaches the Sun.

Fall into the arms of eroding data in the works of video artist Evan Meaney, find out what Jim Allan and archaeologists from William Self Associates are digging up in Gold Rush-era garbage, and view tributes to abandoned personal records and unclaimed human remains in the short films Verses and Library of Dust. You can also view funerary urns handcrafted for FUNERIA’s Ashes to Art exhibitions.

Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman to see how our carbon-14 decays to carbon-12 when we die, and encounter fascinating memento mori in the forms of mold, worms, compost, a 30’ gray whale skeleton, and shiny bess beetles busily feeding on rotting wood.

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.”

Evelie and Friends
Thursday, November 6, 7:00PM
Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 510-548-5198
Free, tips welcome

“No cover, but tips are welcome! Come for a cuppa!

With Amar Khalsa, flutes
Sahib-Amar Khalsa, viola
Suellen Primost, cello
Mary Gomes, harmony voice”

Autumnal Plant Magic Workshop
with Liz Migliorelli
Thursday, November 6, 7:00-9:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street San Francisco, 415-552-0112
Please pre-register at tomra@gravelandgold.com or 415-552-0112

“Join herbalist Liz Migliorelli in welcoming the spirits of Autumn. We will explore magical properties and folklore of plants for the altar and personal ritual during this time of the ‘thinning veil’, diving into the world of plants that help us to say YES to spirits! Learn foods and medicinal herbs that help support your body and vitality during this time of year. We will charge plants with our magic and intention to make a potion to take home so we can continue to work with this energy as the season continues.”

Thankful Letterpress
with the Ladies of Studio Ephemera
Thursday, November 6, 7:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$80, limit 10 students

“Make your Thanksgiving table a bit more festive this year with custom letterpress printed place cards and ‘I'm Thankful for...’ notecards. The place cards will be printed with an autumnal design, and we will have markers and pens on hand for you to personalize the cards if desired. The ‘I'm Thankful for...’ notecards can be used to show your dinner guests gratitude or to mail to loved ones near and far (we will have envelopes and liners on-hand for you to customize as well).

Studio Ephemera is a Berkeley-based design and letterpress printing studio owned by Monique Comacchio and Camden Richards. Studio Ephemera specializes in designing and printing custom materials, ranging from social stationery and event invitations, to labels and marketing materials. Camden and Monique both have extensive experience in design, printing, teaching and have produced work that has been featured on websites including Oh So Beautiful and The Knot. They have also created fine artists books and prints that are owned in public and private collections.”

The Healing Practices of Khung Mar, The Red Garuda
a three week series of workshops with Geshe Kunchap
Thursday, November 6, 7:00-9:30PM,
and two more Thursdays, November 13 and 20
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley

“Khung Mar, the Red Garuda, is a Wisdom protector manifestation of pure awareness. One of the most important Bon deities, Red Garuda represents the fiery power of energy. This deity protects against obstacles of the outer, the inner, and the secret. He transforms the five poisons, and liberates sentient beings from suffering. The Red Garuda healing practice is highly effective physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Geshe Kunchap will offer a very powerful teaching instruction on the transformative practices of the Red Garuda in this series of workshops.

Geshe Murig Nyima Kunchap is a master of Sutra, Tantra, and Dogchen of Bon tradition. He is the founder of Dolpo Bon Society and the Nepal Bon Religion Association. He is also the head lama of the Nepal Bon Religion Association of Nepal and the Dolpa Youngdrung Committee, which was founded by him. Geshela received his Geshe degree (Doctor of Philosophy) in 1994 from HH 33rd Menri Trizin after many years of studying major philosophical texts as well as studying the sciences of Astrology, Astronomy, Poetry, Tibetan language and literature, Mandala creation, Thangka painting and stupa construction, ritual instruments, and the performance of ritual offerings.

For many years, Geshela has been engaged in teaching, debate and writing. He has traveled widely abroad, giving teachings on preliminary practices, mantra practices, ritual offerings, Astrology, and Astronomy in the USA, Mexico, India and Russia. He previously served as lecturer and Department Head of the Bonpo Department, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, India.”

Celebrate Lakshmi, Hindu Goddess of Fertility, Abundance, Prosperity, Beauty, and Health
Thursday, November 6, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“Lakshmi (Good Fortune), sometimes called Sri (Prosperity) is the Hindu Goddess of love and beauty.  She brings us Wealth, Love, Beauty, Happiness and Abundance. Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, which means aim or goal. Some of Her other titles include: The Lotus Goddess, Daughter of the Ocean of Milk (Ksirabdhitanaya), Ocean Born (Jaladhija), Lotus (Padma), Lotus Bearer (Padmavati) and Jaganmata (the Mother of the Universe).

Lakshmi’s story begins with Her birth from the churning ocean, riding a Lotus Blossom, bearing gifts and blessings, and bringing renewal to the world.  Shining like a million stars, Lakshmi rode in upon Her Lotus Blossom delighting and dazzling all of the gods with Her radiant beauty. She is a beautiful woman with four hands, sitting on a full-blooming lotus and holding lotus buds - which stand for beauty, purity and fertility.  Gold coins also flow from Her hands.

She is known to be a Goddess of wealth and prosperity in both the spiritual and the material realms.  In India, Her devotees worship Her during Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Small diyas (earthen oil lamps) are lit around the periphery of and inside homes, welcoming Lakshmi in and hoping that She will be comfortable. In West Bengal, She is worshiped during a Full Moon night in Autumn, it is believed that She showers wealth on this night. It is said that She comes on Her mount, the Owl, and takes away the darkness with Her, leaving light and joy with Her devotees.

In Orissa, Gaja Lakshmi Puja is celebrated with much fervor on a Full-Moon day in the month of Aswina (September-October). In some provinces, the Puja or prayer sessions go on for as many as 7-10 days, within the business community, calling for an abundant fiscal year.

As we gather at Her altar, we will ask Lakshmi to bless us with Her characteristics of beauty, grace, abundance, prosperity, love and happiness.

For the Ritual Please wear Gold or Green. For the altar bring pictures and symbols of Lakshmi.   Some of Lakshmi’s symbols include elephants, water, gold coins, and rice. Holly and basil are sacred to Her. Please bring a gold, white, or green candle, your checkbooks and wallets, business plans, and any other financial items that you want action on or would like to have blessed.  Bring something from nature for the altar that you don't plan to take home, such as a plant, flower, or piece of fruit.

Also, remember to bring a wide mouth jar with a tight fitting lid and loose change and any oils or ingredients you want to add to the money water to help the energy grow and blossom.  In the spirit of giving thanks to the Temple, please bring a tithe of 5 bills (of any denomination) wrapped in a gold cord or ribbon.

If you still have remaining Money Water from a previous ritual, please use the water to bless your front steps, computer, money altar, and the Earth.   Give the remaining money in the jar a good rinse, giving Her thanks and praise for the goodness She has brought to you. Bring the leftover money to the ritual to add to the water or spend it on something special for your magickal practice!

Hail Laksmi!

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.”

Medieval Matters: Hildegard Of Bingen: Medieval Lessons For Modern Medicine
with Victoria Sweet
Thursday, November 6, 7:30-9:00PM
Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library, Stanford University, Palo Alto
Free, no registration required

“For more than 2,500 years, doctors and patients understood the body in the same way: it was like a plant, with its own natural power of growth, maturation, and healing. The doctor was like a gardener, using the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire to remove what was in the way of that power and optimize the conditions of health. Then, suddenly, at the end of the 19th century, this model was replaced by a different idea: the body was more like a machine than a plant, and the doctor more like a mechanic, fixing or replacing a broken part. The old idea, however, did not disappear; it dove down into the collective unconscious, and we still miss it.

In this talk, Victoria Sweet will draw on her study of Hildegard of Bingen - the 12th century abbess, mystic, composer, theologian, and medical practitioner - to explore this pre-modern model of medicine, and to show how it is useful even today, as a second perspective on health and illness, curing, caring, and healing.

Victoria Sweet
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Victoria Sweet practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital and received a PhD in medical history. In her book, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, Sweet laid out her evidence - in stories of her patients and her hospital - for new ideas about medical practice. Her next book is Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Healing, Curing, and Caring in an Age of Technology.

Recommended parking options for Bishop Auditorium include: Lasuen Street (near Littlefield Center) or alternatively at the top of the Oval.”

The Many Voices of Authenticity
with Stuart Goodnick and Rob Schmidt, Ph.D., Tayu Meditation Teachers
Thursday, November 6, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871

“Breath is life.  The tangible physicality of voice, produced through the breath of the human body, is the expression of what is authentic in the vitality of our interior lives.  The spoken word is the expressive channel of the beating heart, creative mind, and vital body interacting with one another.  Words may lie, but the body resists collusion in the lie, which is evident in tone, tension, duration, volume, and other nuances of voice.  

Consider the following illustration:
You are in a company meeting where the boss is outlining a new plan.  He asks for everyone to offer an evaluation on a scale of one to ten.  The irritation and combativeness in his voice and manner make clear that he insists on nothing less than full agreement.  You think it is a terrible plan that will cost the company a great deal.  Your colleagues, one by one, offer their submission, in voices ranging from the subdued to hollow enthusiasm.  Your turn comes, and your intention to speak truth to power falters.  You hear your own voice, as if in the distance, croak out the word ‘ten.’
The voices we most want to hide from others, or deny to ourselves, are those which have yet to demonstrate courage, sophistication, coolness, or any apparently desirable attribute.  In denying them, we fail to appreciate that they are already speaking authentically. They honestly express the condition of our inner state at that given moment.  The challenge is to find how the perspectives that give rise to these voices can actually learn, develop, grow and expand.
Co-Meditation, a unique two-person meditation practice, provides a safe and gentle context in which our many inner voices can be productively articulated. Co-Meditation creates a profound mutual space in which our inner content can be voiced and heard without judgment! Our voices deepen and expand in authenticity as we gain practice in courageously inhabiting what we find ourselves saying.  Join us for a fun day of embodying voice ever more powerfully!

Rob Schmidt, Ph.D., and Stuart Goodnick helped found Many Rivers, as a project of Tayu Meditation Center.  They studied and practiced the alchemical transformation of consciousness for decades with Tayu founder Robert Daniel Ennis.”

a play by Carl Djerassi
Thursday-Friday, November 6-7 - final week
Thursday 7:30PM, Friday 8:00PM,
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Jerzy Krzyz is a Polish chemist with an unusual specialism: Bubbleology. (Yes it’s a serious scientific subject!) Newly arrived at an American university's Chemistry department, he is determined to secure a permanent senior post, but the other academics dismiss him and his subject. Their rivalry gets out of hand when he gives two colleagues who are blocking his appointment some experimental champagne - which mysteriously kills them. Was it an accident... or revenge?

This delightful new play is a comedy of academic manners, mystery, and suspense that exposes the passions, petty jealousies, and foolish behavior that scientists and academics so often love to indulge in.

Insufficiency was written by Carl Djerassi, a man whose achievements in both science and literature over the course of his 90-year life are prolific. In recent years he's turned to fiction and the theatre, with a series of novels and six science-in-theatre plays, An Immaculate Misconception, Oxygen (co-written with Roald Hoffmann), Calculus, Phallacy, Taboos, and Insufficiency.”

The Woman In Black
presented by Electric Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, November 6-8 - final week
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael

“The Woman In Black by Susan Hill (1983), adapted by Stephen Mallatratt.   The production opened in London's West End in 1989 and is still being performed there, becoming the second longest-running non-musical play in the history of the West End.
The story follows Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, as he journeys to the small town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, Mrs Alice Drablow. There, he sees a young woman, dressed all in black, standing in the churchyard.
Arthur goes to the client's house, Eel Marsh, to work through Mrs Drablow's papers, and ultimately discovers the dreadful secret of the Woman in Black - at his own terrible cost.
Enjoy the Halloween season as never before with this gripping tale designed to thrill the whole family.”

Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, November 6-8, 8:00PM
playing through November 22
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“15 Years of Thrilling Terror!

Our latest extravaganza of terror and titillation includes:

An Edgar Allan Poe classic from Le Theatre du Grand Guignol - The System Of Dr. Tarr And Professor Fether - by Andre de Lorde, freely adapted by Paulo Biscaia Filho.

Isabel’s Zombie Holocaust - A world-premiere puppet show by Nick Knave.

The Bloody Debutante - A musical ritual one-act by Scrumbly Koldewyn.

Deathwrite - A world-premiere black comedy by Andy Wenger and Damien Chacona.

Contortionist Michael Curran and a Lights-Out Spook-Show Finale.

Tickets always sell fast, so don’t delay… buy yours today.”

"Spooky" is not quite the word for Grand Guignol Theatre - it's more like "horrifying".  Possibly even “grossenating”.  If you like that sort of thing, you’ll love Shocktoberfest!

Recipe: A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, November 6-9,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Street, Berkeley, 510-848-7800
sliding scale $15-$28

“Autumn brings Recipe, a profoundly funny new work by Michael Gene Sullivan, resident playwright for the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Central Works serves up the laughs in this delicious take on a circle of sweet old grandmotherly bakers, who just happen to be dedicated to the armed overthrow of the United States government.  But baking pies and cakes isn’t enough to satisfy these four intrepid refugees from the 60s (and 50s, and 40s), and their burning desire to Up the Revolution!”

The Dragon Play
by Jenny Connell Davis
Thursday-Sunday, November 6-9,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM,
playing through December 14, No performances Thanksgiving weekend
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“In the frozen north a woman and her husband, weathering the challenges of their marriage, receive a mysterious visitor who threatens to upend their world. Decades before and thousands of miles away in the burning south, an 11-year-old boy and a 300-year-old - yet still relatively adolescent - dragon girl meet and fall in love. Far from fairy tales or airbrushed fantasies, these two achingly poignant stories alternate in a heart-rending dance of desire, longing, and commitment that spans time and geography. The intensity of the ways these characters yearn and fall for each other is like nothing audiences have witnessed on stage, and the staggering final revelation will stop your heart with its beauty.”

presented by Center REPertory Company
Thursday-Sunday, November 6-9 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:15PM, Sunday 2:15PM
Knight Stage 3 Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469
see website for ticket details

“Sara Moore, the brilliant San Francisco-based clown, and her Thrillride Mechanics troupe star in Wunderworld, a stunning new re-imagining of the Alice in Wonderland story. Told through music, dance and her ‘hyper-comical Theatre of Human Animation,’ Wunderworld tells the story of an 80-year-old Alice drawn back down the rabbit hole for yet another adventure. It is exquisitely wistful, heartbreakingly hilarious theatre.”

Matriz Sagrada: Your Sacred Womb
a two week class with Laura Perez and Francine Madrid
Friday, November 7, 10:00AM-2:30PM,
and one more Friday, November 14
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$125, space is limited

“Modern science is just catching on to what our ancestors have always known, we have a ‘brain’ - a powerful, sensitive and intuitive area in our belly. If we learn to care for this area, we can positively affect the health of our whole body and spirit.

In this class, you will be introduced to ancient techniques that will help you connect to and heal your matriz/womb/belly brain.

We will explore herbal allies, meditation, and hands on self-massage therapies that are specific to this area in the context of personal ceremony.

This will be a safe and sacred space for any womb carrier.

This class meets for two Fridays: November 7 and November 14, from 10:00AM-2:30PM.

Co-taught by midwife Laura Perez and apprentice midwife Francine Madrid.


Space is limited in this class, so sign up now!

To register: Send payment in full to:
Ancestral Apothecary
3798 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

Or contact us to receive a Paypal invoice (2.9% finance fee).”

The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration
a Free First Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, November 7, 11:00AM-9:00PM, and the first Friday of each month
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Some say California prisons are inhumane. Overcrowded. Some say they’re necessary. What about the artists inside of them? Join us for the opening of The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration in the third Floor Art Forum Gallery. Explore paintings, drawings, sculptures and writings made by incarcerated individuals from California prisons. These will be alongside installations, audio/video and 2-D works by teachers from art-in-prisons programs. Join us at 5:30PM for an artist talk and check out more information about the exhibition here.

What else is happening this First Friday? Enjoy our current exhibitions for free. Dance to the Jack Bowers Latin Jazz Band. Hang at a no-host bar. And get creative with an all-ages mandala art activity related to work exhibited in The Cell and the Sanctuary.

Here’s a quick look at our schedule:
5:30PM: Featured community speakers talk about new exhibition The Cell and the Sanctuary
6:30-9:00PM: Dance to live music in the Atrium from Jack Bowers Latin Jazz Band
5:00-9:00PM: Enjoy a no-host bar, and join us in the classroom for an all-ages mandala art activity connected to our upcoming exhibition, The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration.

About the featured speakers:
Laurie Brooks is an artist in the show and has been teaching in prison for over 15 years.  She is the Executive Director of the William James Association.
Carol Newborg is an artist in the show and a teacher in prison. She works with the William James Association.  Her art is featured in the show as well as teaching many of the artists on display.
Guillermo ‘Willie’ Bermudez is an artist in the show and former gang member. Of his painting, he said, ‘It helped me find freedom when in prison… helped me to go beyond the barriers that I created for myself.’
Daniel ‘Nane’ Alejandrez is the Executive Director of Barrios Unidos and his work in prisons has made countless changes in the lives of those affected by incarceration.”

Africalifornia Dinner Dance Festival and Fundraiser
featuring Okili and United Africa Club
Friday, November 7, 6:00PM-Midnight
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“We will begin the evening with a fabulous Africalifornia cuisine inspired full Dinner, accompanied by live entertainment that moves into dancing the night away to three awesome dance bands. Three bands are already confirmed, Danjuma and Onola, Midnight Sun Massive, and Rising Signs.

Never has a mission of love been so heartfelt than for United Africa Club founder Okili Nguebari, who hasn’t visited his homeland and small village in the tropical rainforests of Peoples Republic of Congo for 25 years. Known to be big-hearted, and for hosting well-attended African Music Events for two decades in Sonoma County, it’s been four years since Okili’s last big celebration, related to his immigration troubles, which had attracted statewide multi-media and Congressional assistance. Five years ago, mass community support came to his assistance after he’d been seized in front of his home by ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement).

Now legal, and citizenship in the works, funds will be raised for a long awaited reunion with his kin overseas. A luscious African Dinner kicks off the evening.

Included in Ticket Price:
Drumming throughout the night, including three rhythm-infused dance bands… Danjuma and Onola (Afro-Beat), Midnight Sun Massive (Caribbean), Rising Signs (Reggae world fusion), and Guests TBA. Beer and Wine will be available.

There will be a Silent Auction. Additional donations gracefully accepted!

The Intention: Funds to be raised for Okili, his wife and grown children, who have never been to Africa.

Entry is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door - includes your dinner ticket - Children 5 and under are Free.”

Space is the Place: Chabot Space and Science Center Comes to Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, November 7, 7:00-10:00PM
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-2323
Free, please RSVP at the website below

“Chabot Space and Science Center comes to Impact Hub Oakland with an inflatable dome for an experience of a lifetime.  Come travel from Uptown Oakland to our magnificent Milky Way and visit the entire Universe!  Or come take an exciting journey back in time to the beautiful jungle city of Chichen Itza and the world of the ancient Maya. Enjoy an unforgettable immersive experience that both inspires and educates.

We will be showing both Tales of the Maya Skies and journeying through the universe.

7:00-7:40PM:  Tales of the Maya Skies

7:40 -9:00PM: Multiple screenings of journeys through the universe

9:00-9:40PM Tales of the Maya Skies

This is an intergenerational event.  Bring yourself, your family and your friends for this incredible opportunity to travel through the cosmos right from Uptown Oakland.”

The BItter Truth: Making and Mixing Homemade Bitters
with Tanya Stiller
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Friday, November 7, 7:00-10:00PM
Berkeley, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $40-$70 plus $15 supply fee to be paid on day of class

“Come learn the basic methods of small-batch artisanal bitter brewing. Experiment with different flavor profiles and fashion your own signature blend while learning several tried and true recipes. We will discuss the medicinal benefits of bitter herbs, spices, and botanicals, and the digestive issues they can help remedy. We will go into the history of aperitifs and digestifs and consider what cocktails and beverages pair best with different bitters. Come get your Mixology on.”

Angelic Heart Vortex Group Healing
with Dragonfly
Friday, November 7, 7:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Dragonfly will  present a brief introduction and open talk about VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing and share some of the wonderful benefits of energy healing and how it can better your daily life. He will also share on the VortexHealing Classes in 2015 in Berkeley taught by Gailynn Carroll one of the VortexHealing Teachers. Then a lovely group healing with one of the many healing tools this powerful healing modality has to offer.

Angelic Heart VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing bridges you deeply into the angelic healing realm. Allowing you to create rapid and lasting changes in your life. During the healing you may feel, sense, see, know angels communicating with you in the way that is most helpful in the unfolding your natural gifts.

Angelic presence will infuse your system to create new energy and clarity. Old emotional patterns and blocks will fall away to open the way for new possibilities and the joy of creation to unfold with ease. It is through inner improvement that we are able to cultivate the skills, wisdom and knowledge that will aid us in creating Harmony and Light upon the Earth.

Angels are created solely to serve the Divine and are empowered by the Divine to work directly in the manifest world. Angels come to deliver messages and guidance, act as protectors, to bring hope, to strengthen and support us. For the session, we establish a clear intention in your heart of what you would like to ask from the Divine and stay with that intention throughout the healing.”

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Meets the Hobbit - Lafayette
with Pacific Chamber Symphony
Friday, November 7, 7:30-9:30PM
Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette
Adults $35, Seniors $30, Students $10, Child Free with paid Adult

“Join us for a musical journey into the heart of the fantastical. Our trip begins with the evocative music of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, followed by Hungarian gypsy strains in Bela Bartok’s beautiful Suite for Small Orchestra. Next we travel to Middle Earth with Bilbo Baggins, wise old Gandalf, intrepid Dwarves, the unearthly Gollum, and of course the wicked Smaug in Christopher Caliendo’s new composition, The Hobbit: A Symphonic Portrait, just in time for the movie to hit the theaters!

Of course Walt Disney made Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice famous with his delightful cartoon representation of the overeager Apprentice not being able to control the magic he creates. In some ways the Hobbit is a contemporary version of a similar idea; Bilbo starts of clumsily enough and although he won't become a wizard, he does learn to use the magic of the ring. The Hungarian Composer Bela Bartok's Second Suite for Small Orchestra Opus 4 brings the other world sense to classical music with melodies and harmonies of the gypsy world.

Composer Christopher Caliendo is the first composer in Vatican history to be twice commissioned by a Pope - Pope John Paul II.  His film score for 20th Century Fox's Iron Horse was voted top ten film scores of the year by Film Score Monthly, received the distinguished Heritage Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures and was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as part of 20th Century Fox's 75th Anniversary musical celebration along with John William's Star Wars and Roger and Hammerstein's Sound of Music.”

Introduction to Aligning and Balancing Your Chakras
with Geof Jowett
A Songbird Friday Flock Night
Friday, November 7, 7:30-9:30PM
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-2398
suggested donation 1 cent to $30

“Discover how to optimize your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and wellbeing through exercises using Jung’s archetypes and understanding self as a fully integrated energy system. Use affirmations, music, crystals, yoga and more to maintain a balanced flow of energy through each chakra, leading to increased peace and harmony.”

The Boy Who Died and Came Back
with Robert Moss
Friday, November 7, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Join master storyteller Robert Moss for an unforgettable evening that will expand your sense of reality, confirming that there is life beyond death and in other dimensions of the multiverse. In his new book, The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse, Robert describes how he lived a whole life in another world when he died in a Melbourne hospital, aged nine. Tonight he’ll recount how he has spent much of his present life walking between the worlds, and present nine keys to living consciously at the center of the multidimensional universe.”

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

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

Allied Arts Guild Open Studios
Friday-Saturday, November 7-8, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, 650-322-2405

“Since 1929, Allied Arts Guild has been a peninsula landmark. Since its inception, it has been a place for artists to come together and share their wares. Today, the Guild’s artists use their studios not only for creating, but also as retail space for the public to view and purchase their beautiful art. Our artists today range from jewelry designers to fashion designers to interior designers and everything in between.

Our stunning gardens are beautiful to walk through, and docent-led tours are available Monday through Saturday. Docents discuss not only the gardens, but the history of the Guild and its art and architecture.

The complex is owned and operated by the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary. Our mission, along with the six other auxiliaries, is to raise funds to support uncompensated care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The Artisan Shop at Allied Arts is staffed entirely by our volunteers, and all our profits are donated to the hospital.”

Alameda Holiday Boutique
Friday-Saturday, November 7-8,
Friday 12:00-8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Avenue, Alameda

“36th Annual Holiday Boutique
Arts and Crafts - Gifts - Food - Antiques/Vintage Collectibles

Over 50 crafters will display their homemade and handcrafted items on two floors, including Alameda Unified School District parents and students, Scout Troops and Youth Groups.

Free Admission! Donations will also be appreciated for Alameda Meals On Wheels and Friendly Visitors.

Proceeds benefit the Leisure Club, a Recreation Program for Developmentally Disabled Teens and Adults; a non-profit organization sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.”

Sonoma Festival Of Ukrainian Culture
to support Kaniv, Sonoma's Sister City in Ukraine
Friday-Saturday, November 7-8,
Friday 6:00-11:00PM, Saturday 1:30-11:00PM
Sonoma Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-996-3877
see website for ticket information

“Interactive concert with Ukrainian singers, dancers, musicians. Ukrainian craft and activity workshop: try an instrument, make a headdress, a doll, a model of a Cossack submarine, jewelry, paint a Ukrainian Easter egg, try on traditional costumes, learn a Ukrainian song or dance, play an exotic instrument, make and buy beautiful gifts. (Small materials fee for some projects.) Refreshments will be available. Door prizes!

Friday, November 7, 6:00-11:00PM
6:00PM: Art Opening and wine tasting: modern Ukrainian paintings
7:30PM: Concert of Ukrainian Songs by Kelly Atkins, Corinne Sykes, Janet Kutulas, and Caitlin Tabancay Austin from Kitka and Julivanna Duet
9:00PM: Dance Party with Cabaret Seating with Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble

Saturday, November 8, 1:30-4:30PM
Family Fiesta of Song, Dance, and Crafts
Interactive concert with Mexican and Ukrainian musicians and dancers
Refreshments will be available. Door prizes!

We invite you to donate a sweater or jacket, blanket or sleeping bag. Winters are cold in Ukraine!

Saturday, November 8, 6:30-11:00PM
Ukrainian Dinner Concert Banquet, Auction and Dance”

presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Friday-Saturday, November 7-8 - final week
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

Co-written by Amy Sass and Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Amy Sass

A girl is ripening on the edge of town, uncontrolled, chaotic, voracious. This is an orderly place. Everything is on the map: the last scrap of woods, the old house on the outskirts. You can see the line where the big new road will go. Right through Red’s room.

Everyone thinks the predators are gone. But what if they’ve just gone… inside?

Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, the most sexually charged of folk tales, REDWOLF is a world-premiere, full-length play co-written by Ragged Wing Artistic Director Amy Sass and nationally recognized playwright Anthony Clarvoe.  Ripe with hunger, sexuality, and the conflict between the paved and the wild, REDWOLF follows a young woman’s journey from girlhood to wolfhood.

There will also be special post-show conversations after the final three Saturday matinees, if you want to dig deeper into the ideas and themes behind the production. These will take place directly after the performance, and are included in the price of the ticket.

Saturday October 25: The Paved and the Wild: Ordering Chaos in Public Spaces
Saturday November 1: The Wilderness of Sex: The Perilous Journey through Female Adolescence
Saturday November 8: Predator and Prey: In Bed with Red Riding Hood

This show marks the culmination of Ragged Wing’s JUST RIPE season and our first full-length show in our new home, The Flight Deck.”

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 7-9,
see website for detailed schedule
The Roxie, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, 415-863-1087
$12-$15 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) screens films that promote the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenge the mainstream media's negative stereotypes of our communities. We provide opportunities for transgender and gender variant media artists, build community through our film and performance events, and engage our audiences in cross-community dialogue.

Founded in 1997 and originally named Tranny Fest, SFTFF was North America's first transgender film festival. We organized our first festival for the same reason so many other marginalized communities have organized film festivals: the absence of authentic representations of our lives and experiences in the mainstream commercial media. Originally a biennial event, SFTFF screened films and videos by transgender and gender variant media artists whose work challenged stereotypes. We primarily served filmmakers with extremely limited access to venues. After five biennual festivals, overwhelming audience demand led our organizers to begin staging the Festival as an annual event in 1997.

Join us for three days and nights of award-winning transgender cinema, dynamic programs of local, national and international films by transgender and gender variant artists from around the world.”

Samhain Celebration at Annwfn
Friday-Sunday, November 7-9,
see website for detailed schedule
Annwfn Pagan Sanctuary, Mendocino, directions given upon registration
suggested donation $25-$35

“Come be a part of the spectacle that is transformation! John Barleycorn MUST die!

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Care and Bright Blessings!

Come celebrate the turning of the Wheel! Be part of the ritual of the transformation of the land. The King and Queen welcome you to partake of a Dumb Supper with our beloved departed and those recently so. Ritual will begin on the Friday of November 7 due to the alignment of the Moon, so take the Friday off and come early to witness the ritual, which we promise will ROCK! It is a potluck, so bring your most perfect Autumn dish.

This weekend will be a sight to behold of magick, mystery, and marvel of the passing of the King into the Underworld.

Remember to bring clothing and equipment for a two night camp-out as well as a personal supply of water for drinking and use. Dress appropriately for the weather then, which will be announced the week of.

King Theo
Queen Linda”

Designing Edible Food Forests
with Eric Toensmeier and Brock Dolman
Friday-Sunday, November 7-9
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, 707-874-1557
$495 includes meals and lodging

“Edible forest gardens mimic the structures and functions of natural ecosystems while producing food and other products, with an emphasis on low-maintenance perennial crops. Design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more. Come for a hands-on introduction to this fascinating and delicious approach to food production.”

Goddess Harvest Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 7-9,
see website for detailed schedule
herchurch, 678 Portola Drive, San Francisco

“The Annual Goddess Harvest Festival  features live music, workshops and shopping/browsing.

The free workshops include SoulCollage, kundalini yoga, drumming, creative writing and painting.

More than 25 artisans  offer sacred wares, jewelry, fine art, aromatherapy, herbs, healing arts, gems, life coaching consultations.

Silent Auction and much more!”

The Addams Family Musical
presented by Bay Area Stage
Friday-Sunday, November 7-9
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo

“The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family Musical. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

The Addams Family Musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you.”

Collegium Occidentalis
Saturday, November 8, 8:00AM-5:00PM
Sierra Arden United Church of Christ, 890 Morse Avenue, Sacramento
Free admission, donations accepted
see website for details about classes with fees

“This is the annual fall educational event for the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It's a day full of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and all types of classes on medieval and renaissance history.

Collegium Occidentalis is a full day of classes, workshops, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations that is open to the public (with reduced admission fees for SCA members). The mission of this event is to further the understanding and appreciation of pre-17th-century history, especially in Western Europe.

Collegium is one of two, large, educational events held each year by the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The other is the Arts and Science Tourney, which takes place in June. The two events differ in that Collegium is held indoors, in a classroom setting, while the Tourney is held outdoors, in a camping setting. This allows for a wide variety of courses and topics to be covered by each event.”

“The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-seventeenth century Europe. The SCA Known World consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, educational classes and workshops, and much more.”

Bay Area Discovery Museum Harvest Festival
Saturday, November 8, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, 415-339-3900
most events included with museum admission,
performance by The Banana Slug String Band $3

“Celebrate the turn of the season with a harvest festival featuring a joyous outdoor performance and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Schedule of Events:

9:30-10:00AM: Toddler Circle Time. This is an opportunity for our youngest visitors to practice language, movement, and making new friends.

10:00AM-1:00PM: Agricultural Institute of Marin Farmer’s Market display. Take a stroll through our mini Farmer’s Market tabled by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, a local institution dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of local food.

11:00AM: Outdoor performance by Blues Whale (free). Come enjoy an outdoor performance by a funky jam band from the Marin Headlands.

11:00-11:30AM: Research Toys. Participate in an interactive activity with your young child for a chance to learn more about intriguing child development research studies.

11:30AM-12:30PM: Harvest Lab: Science of Seeds. Take a deeper look at the insides of organic produce! Feel, squish, and experiment with the guts and seeds of over a dozen different fruits and vegetables.

1:00PM: Indoor performance by The Banana Slug String Band ($3). Our favorite folk environmental educators are back and ready to jam. Get your garden groove on and celebrate the harvest with the Banana Slug String Band!

3:00PM: Special Storytime performance by local Miwok storyteller, Alicia Retes. Experience an Eastern Woodlands version of The Three Sisters illustrated with corn husk dolls, plus local Miwok stories!  

3:30-4:30PM: Harvest Lab: Science of Seeds. Take a deeper look at the insides of organic produce! Feel, squish, and experiment with the guts and seeds of over a dozen different fruits and vegetables.”

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, November 8, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a fantasy film released in 1973 and starring John Phillip Law as Sinbad. It includes a score by composer Miklós Rózsa and is known mostly for the stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. The film is the second of three Sinbad films that Harryhausen made for Columbia, the others being The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).

It won the first Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film.”

Animals of the Garden
Saturday, November 8, 10:00-11:30AM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$15, pre-registration required

“Come join the Garden on this special journey to discover the many wonderful creatures living in the Garden. On our animal hunt, we will learn about newts, birds, butterflies, frogs, lizards, foxes, snakes and more! Hone your skills of observation and learn how plants and animals live together. Program includes a light breakfast and a copy of the Illustrated Guide to the Common Animals of the East Bay Hills (one per family).”

Visit to the Marin Sanitary Services Recycle and Transfer Station
with WildCare Family Adventures
Saturday, November, 8, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Marin Sanitary Service, 1050 Andersen Drive, San Rafael

“What happens to your trash?  What about your recyclables?  How should you get rid of household items or toxic materials? Marin Sanitary Services believes in the power of recycling to conserve our natural resources. Learn more about how you can safely dispose of hazardous wastes. As an added bonus, we will visit with the peacocks, chickens and pigs that live at the Station.

Enjoy a day of discovery and learning out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings with the objective of deepening our commitment to taking care of our planet.

To achieve this, WildCare’s Family Adventures groups will be visiting some sites that work to preserve wildlife and our natural environment. Whenever possible, family nature hikes will be incorporated into each adventure to enjoy the local flora and fauna.  

These programs are in English and Spanish, and free to the public. WildCare strongly encourages carpooling.”

Put a Tassel On It
with Liza Yee
Saturday, November 8, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$75, limit 10 students

“Who doesn’t need a little fringe in their life? For your keys, your bag, or your belt buckle, we’ll be making braided fiber tassel accessories. Learn multi-strand braiding techniques, both flat and rope style, lanyard techniques, binding techniques and some basic leather working skills. Students will be provided with all materials to make three clips.

Liza is a textile jewelry and accessories designer/maker. She enjoys spending her time outdoors with her kids, at her letterpress, and enjoying delicious food with loved ones.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, November 8, 10:00AM-4:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

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

November 8:
Hawaiian History Day

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Monthly Open Village Celebration
at Green Valley Village
Saturday, November 8, 10:00AM-8:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Green Valley Village, 13024 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol
RSVP required; please e-mail gvv.events@gmail.com
Donations accepted

“On the Second Saturday of each month, we have an open-village day.  Our second Saturday event is an all day open house where potential members and interested visitors can experience a day of life at Green Valley Village.  This is when we're most prepared to orient newcomers and is the best introduction to our Village.  Guests are welcome to come for all or part of Second Saturday, which includes a work party, lunch, a tour, a skillshare, a potluck dinner, and an evening event.

Our Saturday work party generally begins at 10:00AM. Please bring work gloves and sturdy shoes, a sun hat, water bottle, and dress in layers.

Lunch is at 1:30PM.  People who participate in our work party are welcome to be our guests for lunch.  Otherwise, we ask you to bring a potluck contribution so there's sure to be plenty of food.  Email our Event Coordinator to RSVP for our Second Saturdays!  gvv.events@gmail.com (This email is only checked 2 times per week, so please be patient in waiting for a response.)

You will be guided on a walking tour to see our Farm and Pond, goats, chickens, llamas, etc. Please bring good walking shoes, a sun hat, water bottle, and dress in layers.  

We generally request a small donation for the day's events!! Remember that by giving to Green Valley Village you are supporting the continued existence of this evolving Eco-Village!!

We also have Handmade Eco-Village Products and Services Available!!  These products and services support the right livelihoods of members of our Village.  Look at the Village Marketplace section of our website to find out more about the products and services offered at our Eco-Village.  

Thank you for your support of and interest in our Village!!”

Beeswax Candlemaking
with Doug Vincent of Beekind
Saturday, November 8, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Beekind, 921 Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol, 707-824-2905
$30, please RSVP to 707-824-2905

“Instruction/lecture/demo and valuable tips on the art of making poured and rolled candles.  Participants can roll their own candle to take home after class.”

Day of Renewal at Terra’s Temple
Saturday, November 8, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley

“Enjoy our beautiful sanctuary and open up to receive some seasonal nourishment for the mind, body and spirit! Bring a friend to share the love.

May well-being ripple throughout our communities in our urban sanctuary for the earth! A day full of sessions by wonderful healers.

Come enjoy Reiki, card readings, massage, coaching, consultations, spiritual guidance, and so much more. A great chance to network and meet a lovely conscious community.

In service to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and the world, Terra’s Temple invites you to a Day of Renewal. Join us for a day of wonderful healing, connecting to source and replenishing.

Our Healing Day offers you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space: yourself. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be with your self, in your body, with others and with the divine. We have a host of new practitioners ready to help you in your healing journey. Come receive various sessions in massage, energy work, counseling, life coaching, intuitive readings, tarot and much more. Tend to your own well-being, listen to and make music, connect with others, sip our special Temple Tea, and rejuvenate yourselves!

Become a member on Renewal Day and get in free!
Bring a snack to share!

Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early to allow yourself the time to fully embrace the healing that Terra’s Temple offers.

Given the ever- growing popularity of this event, we ask everyone to be mindful of their session sign-ups. This will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to partake in the day of renewal. Maximize your experience with potent sessions of quality not merely quantity. Allow time to meditate and integrate.”

Create a Tillandsia Terrarium
Saturday, November 8, 12:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Tillandsias or 'Air Plants' are plants which require no soil, subsisting on sunlight and ambient moisture in the air.  Join us at Ploughshares to learn a little about the history of these interesting plants and how to care for them.  Attendees will create a miniature air plant terrarium to take home.  Tillandsias make great holiday gifts and they are easy to take care of.”

Geology Walk
with Andrew Alden
Saturday, November 8, 12:00-2:00PM
location TBA
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Come on a walk with Andrew Alden and learn all about the geology of Oakland!

We’ll spend the afternoon walking along the Hayward fault, starting near the Oakland Zoo at Golf Links Road right off I-580. We’ll meet at the intersection of Golf Links Road and Mountain Boulevard. You can park along Mountain Boulevard and Calafia Ave. Unfortunately, there’s no bus service to this area on weekends.

Our route will go down Golf Links, then up 82nd Ave and back across King Estates Open Space, where Andrew hopes to learn more about the habitat there from fellow walkers! If it rains before then, so much the better. Vertical gain will be about 250 feet in short stretches, and the walk will be about 4 miles.

We’ll see signs of active faulting in the streets and the landscape, some nice views of the Bay, and the hills will bring out the larger structural setting of our geology.

Bring a hat, sunscreen, drinking water, and snacks!

Andrew Alden is a writer, photographer, editor and blogger with a lifelong passion for rocks, minerals, fossils and the planets they come from.  He’s also the geology expert at About.com, where you can e-mail him all your questions about local minerals!

Andrew spent six years with the U.S. Geological Survey, which included research excursions on land and sea. He has been a writer on geological subjects since 1981, host of the earthquakes conference on The WELL since 1992, and About.com’s Geology Expert since 1997. He began leading geological tours in 2005.”

Persian Dance Master Class
with Hannah Romanowsky
Saturday, November 8, 12:24-2:45PM
Suhaila International, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

“Hannah will be teaching a fun Persian Dance Master Class, Saturday, November 8. This workshop will focus on technique and vocabulary, including arm gestures, traveling steps, and turns that will be combined into an exciting dance composition.

Ballet slippers or other soft shoes are encouraged for ease with turns.

Persian neoclassical dance is a solo virtuoso improvisational art form highlighting delicate hand flourishes, shoulder accents, expressive arms, ecstatic turns, and engagingly coy facial expressions.  Emphasis is on the upper torso as the dancer creates moving sculptures, gliding across the floor or sinking languidly into beautiful extensions, expressing ancient mythical symbology and spiritual longing through fluid shape-shifting.

Hannah Romanowsky, M.A. East-West Psychology, B.A. Dance Ethnology and World Music. Founder and Director of the DanceVersity multicultural youth arts education program. Ms. Romanowsky is a classically-trained professional performing artist and dance educator who draws her aesthetic impulse from a diverse background in both Eastern and Western dance traditions. A specialist in Persian dance, Hannah has been Principal Artist with Ballet Afsaneh for many years and is a founding member of the ethno-contemporary company Wan-Chao Dance. She has performed multiple times in San Francisco's Ethnic Dance Festival, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the British Museum in London, the Roof of the World Festival in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, and at theaters and festivals in China and India. While in Tajikistan in 2011, Hannah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Padida Dance Theater of Dushanbe and trained with some of the most highly regarded masters of Central Asian dance. Hannah is a beloved instructor known for her personal warmth, breadth of knowledge, and elegant, graceful style.”

5 Powerful Strategies to Boost Your Family's Immune System this Fall and Winter
with Sara Russell NTP, CGP and Jill Stevens, L.Ac
Saturday, November 8, 1:30-3:30PM
Emeryville Yoga, 1240 Powell Street, Emeryville
$20 per person in advance, $25 per family, $30 at the door

“Fall and winter are seasons when many families can get hit hard with recurring colds, fevers, and lingering coughs that seem to go on for months. And this year, there is the concern about the unusual Enterovirus 68 spreading throughout the country. In this workshop, learn how to strengthen your family’s immune systems and find true wellness by empowering your family through simple and natural approaches.

In this interactive class, we will discuss prevention of colds and flus through nutrition, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle changes that are easy to implement. These simple changes can bring about strong improvements in immune function and overall health for adults and kids alike. In addition to strategies to boost the immune system, we will discuss how to prevent and treat the flu safely and naturally, learn a simple at-home zinc test to help you support your immune system safely, and learn how to make natural and delicious healthy immune boosting treats the kids will love. Each participant will go home with a goody bag of items to start their family’s immune building kit, along with a packet of resources and recipes to empower your family with information and a great foundation for wellness.

Jill Stevens is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of California. She specializes in pediatric and family wellness. Jill has been treating children and families for more than 8 years in Emeryville. Jill works to promote health and wellness through education and prevention, while also treating acute and chronic illness safely and effectively through natural and holistic medicine.

Sara Russell, NTP, CGP is a nutritional therapy practitioner and Certified GAPS Practitioner who provides individualized guidance to individuals, families and groups on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to maintain and rebalance health.”

November Full Moon Meetup
with San Francisco Pagan Society
Saturday, November 8, 2:00PM
Thee Parkside, 1600 17th Street, San Francisco, 415-252-1330
Free admission

“Hello brothers and sisters of the path. No solar holiday for November; instead, we will have a meetup at a local pub and restaurant. The 22 Fillmore Muni bus stops in front of this establishment. I will be on the back patio with picture of pentacle. We may discuss Pagan Food Bank and Pagan Pride. I will be on the back patio with Pentacle sign. Blessed be.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, November 8, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.”

Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming
facilitated by Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini
Saturday, November 8, 2:00-4:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$25 per session

“The dreaming mind, 140 million years in its evolving, is concerned with life itself, its balance in the human world, and its continuity on the planet. Deep Dreaming is an innovative process that lets us peer below the visible surface of life into its implicate depths. It begins with a brief meditation to open dream-space. Dreams recalled from a lifetime of dreaming are then told, one at a time, for about twenty minutes. We then hear all the dreams read as a single narrative and participants engage with the images, actions, and tensions present. A dream re-entry lets participants engage with a portion of the narrative meaningful to them. Join us in discovering how emergent dream themes connect with the world we live in and its challenges. Attend single sessions or the whole series.”

Open House at EoGrove
presented by EoMegaQuest Foundation
Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9, 2:00-6:00PM
EoGrove, 7327 Occidental Road, Sebastopol

“Come one, come all to our first open house at EoGrove!

We will be happily introducing our friends, family and community to EoMegaQuest foundation.
Where: 7327 Occidental Road, just past the Gnome in the Trombone.

We are a foundation in Sebastopol, California dedicated to continuing the work of two great star gazers:

Astronomer Albert Wilson and Mathematician Donna Wilson, through their combined experience teaching at four universities, working in and with think tanks and corporate research laboratories, with institutions and societies dedicated to the future, and with the ideas of thinkers such as Willis Harman, Carl Jung, Rudolph Steiner, Fritz Zwicky and others, developed a set of concepts and approaches that they termed EoMega. (The Great Dawn)

At their home in Topanga (called EoMega Grove) were regular gatherings of friends and associates similarly concerned with the state of society and its present trends.  They began to feel that the level on which most of us were thinking about present problems was far too superficial and so they began to think along different lines and hold meetings with other groups to discuss alternate approaches and processes.  The visions and methodologies which were born then are still alive, and those of us that share that vision feel the importance of somehow continuing the EoMega Quest.

And it is in this sense that a Trust was written to support in whatever way possible the continuation of the EoMega vision. It is hoped that using what assets and facilities that are available, those sharing the vision will continue in the name of all of those who have shared this vision and passed away.  

The EoMega Quest is not for answers and solutions but for those paradoxes and anomalies that lead to alternative questions and alternate world views.

We hope you join us in this grand journey of growth, learning and play, through the known and unknown, past all sorts of sounds, colors and tastes, within communities of people you know and some you don't, in pursuit of spirit, heart, mind and no mind.

We know from whence we came, whither shall we go?”

Farm to Fork Fall Feast
presented by Sonoma Farm Trails
Saturday, November 8, 5:00-10:00PM
Atwood Ranch and Vineyard, 12099 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen

“Celebrity Chef Duskie Estes of Zazu Restaurant and Farm will prepare a fabulous meal from organic ingredients grown in Sonoma County and sourced from Farm Trails members.
We have an extraordinary evening in store for you:

4:00-5:00PM: VIP* Reception (limited availability)
Enjoy this very special performance by internationally acclaimed composer and cellist Zoe Keating.  Visit with local artisan cheese makers and craft cider makers, and taste their amazing creations.

5:00-6:00PM: Sonoma County Libations and  Meet-Your-Farmer Crostini Bar
We'll be serving world class wines, ciders, and brews. Hors d'oeuvre bars will feature local farmers and their delectable offerings.

6:00PM: Dinner and Live Auction (See menu below)

8:00PM: Music by The Easy Leaves Duo
Dance to melodic, lyric-driven (catchy-as-all-hell) compositions pinned with the syncopated rhythm of two acoustic instruments, guitar and upright bass.

Pumpkin and Coconut Soup, Pepita Duqqa
Lacinato Kale Salad with Persimmons, Puffed Black Rice, Sesame Vinaigrette
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Black Pig Bacon
Red Wine Braised Beef Shank
Chicken with Asian Pear Agrodolce
Gourmet Mushroom Farrotto
Garlic Chip Gremolata
Apple Crisp in a Jar with Ice Cream

Dinner: $150
VIP Ticket: $225
VIP Table for 8: $2000

Get your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets.

Proceeds benefit Sonoma County Farm Trails and our scholarship fund for young farmers.

* VIP Ticket includes 4:00PM cellist performance and cheesemaker reception. VIP tables for 8 also include reserve wines, premium seating and valet parking.”

Jewels of Dresden: An Evening with John McRae
Saturday, November 8, 5:30-7:30PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801

“If you’ve taken one of his classes or simply set foot inside Castle in the Air, you know the work of John McRae. Whether he’s demonstrating decorative techniques to students or transforming our front window displays, John is a veritable magician when it comes to conjuring exquisite wonders out of simple materials.

This month we’re thrilled to unveil what may be John’s greatest creation yet: a collection of more than 30 pieces of handcrafted jewelry that rival any fabled treasure hoard. These are John’s Jewels of Dresden, wearable art that combines gemstones and other precious objects with the exquisite Victorian crafting material known as Dresden trim.

Castle in the Air invites you to join us for the unveiling of the entire collection of these highly desirable pieces. Set amidst Castle in the Air’s pre-holiday transformation into a Venetian fantasyland complete with Carnival costumes, this one-of-a-kind exhibit will truly be the jewel in the crown. We’ve held off on pre-selling pieces to share them with you all at once, but the night of the show all of these incredible pieces will be available for purchase.

Event guests will enjoy food, beverages, and a souvenir catalog.”

The Festival of the Bones
with Yeye Luisah Teish
Saturday, November 8, 6:30-8:30PM
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, 5000 Clarewood Drive, Oakland
Donations in multiples of $9 are appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.

“Music - Movement - Storytelling

Come join the Village, Come Play the Bones

Celebrate the Mystery and Magic of the Ancestors

The Festival of the Bones honors the contributions of all our ancestors including African, Native American, Hawaiian, and Middle Eastern. We celebrate the season by invoking the spirits of our ancestors, telling their stories, and placing them on the Tree of Life.

Bring an object of remembrance to place on the altar, small instruments, and big hearts. Donations in multiples of $9 are appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.

This is a drug, alcohol, and hate free zone.”

CAYA Coven’s Graveyard Moon
presented by a collective from The Graveyard
a shared Full Moon Circle for All Genders
Saturday, November 8, 7:00PM
Main Sanctuary, Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation is requested

“There are personal secrets in the Graveyard, and one of those is yours. This is a night to seek an answer from Hecate. The secrets may be at a Crossroad, Keyed into a long forgotten memory of an ancestor, or perhaps buried deep in a Graveyard.

This is a ritual of seeking. What secret do you want revealed to you? Answers will be found this night!”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, November 8, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Upcoming dates:
(no dance in December, since the hall is busy)
Saturday, January 10, 2015 (hey, that's 2015!)

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Sha Sha Higby: Dance in Sculptural Costume
presented by Vallejo Community Arts Foundation
Saturday, November 8, 7:00PM
Temple Arts Loft, 707 Marin Street, Vallejo
$10 suggested donation

“International performance/sculptural artist Sha Sha Higby, who  is known for her evocative and haunting performances, will perform on Saturday, November 8 at 7:00PM at the Temple Art Lofts, 707 Marin Street in historic downtown Vallejo. Sha Sha’s performance is part of the closing celebration for the Visions of the Wild exhibition, featuring works by 56 regional artists, sponsored by the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.

Sha Sha Higby’s unique performances incorporate her exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture, which she meticulously creates herself and moves within. Through her elaborate sculptural costume, dance, and puppetry, she explores magic and emotion, creating an atmospheric world within the borders between death and life, drawing the audience into this mystical and moving experience.

Doors will open at 6:30PM, and guests are invited to view the Visions of the Wild exhibition that includes works by Sha Sha Higby, Chester Arnold, Ellen Litwiller, Pearl Jones Tranter, Thomas Wojak, Kristine Pallas, Tebby George, Miro Salazar, Fred Bauer and many more northern California artists. Sha Sha Higby’s performance will begin at 7:00PM. Light refreshments, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.”

Kelly Park Trio with Kathy Moehring: Oldies but Goodies
Saturday, November 8, 8:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Join Kathy Moehring with the Kelly Park Trio as they reimagine the oldies but goodies on a musical romp down memory lane.  Their repertoire of popular show tunes draws from the golden age of Broadway infused with the talent, energy and passion of this dynamic ensemble that also features Ruth Davies on bass.  Get ready for a magical musical experience with swinging jazz melodies, beautiful ballads and old favorites given new life.  There will also be a silent auction offering previously-loved designer handbags and other items to the highest bidder. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross in support of Alameda fire victims. A light meal will be available for purchase starting at 7:00PM served by Saboor Zafari.

Kelly is a professional pianist, drummer, arranger, and composer. His background is mainly in the jazz and popular music field, with a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was also a faculty member, teaching harmony, theory, and arranging.

Kathy Moehring’s singing career dates back to the 1950s, when she was made to sing Three Little Fishes to a group of her parent’s friends. She went on to perform at various venues in NYC and on many Bay Area stages including The Empire Plush Room, Forli’s, Club Paradiso, The Woodminster Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros and more. Kathy was a regularly featured performer at Alameda’s former jazz club, Kelly’s on Park, sang in many community events and has been very involved in local fundraising and nonprofit organizations since the Gift of Love concerts in the 1990s.

Kathy currently serves as board president for Alameda Family Services and sits on the Alameda Education Foundation board of directors. Kathy is a past president of the Alameda Rotary Club and has served on numerous other local boards and commissions. She was named Alameda Citizen of the Year, and also the Bay Area Business and Professional Women, Woman of the Year in 2007.

Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is celebrating its seventh year anniversary as a community arts center bringing people of all ages together for high quality arts experiences. By providing a range of exhibits, workshops, classes and performances, RCW supports local, regional and international artists in the presentation of their work and strives to encourage community awareness through participation in the arts.”

Like Never And Like Always
a new work by True Life Trio and Gari Hegedus
Saturday, November 8, 8:00-10:00PM
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$15-$30 in advance, $20-$35 at the door

“Memory is humanity’s constant companion - ever-shifting, coloring the past and blurring the lines between reality and imagination, earthly and spiritual.  True Life Trio and Gari Hegedus have been commissioned by the East Bay Fund for Artists to create Like Never and Like Always, a new performance piece that traces a life journey with Eastern European folk songs, poetry, movement, and original music.  This exciting world premiere will take place at the uniquely beautiful and resonant Rose Labyrinth where the audience surrounds the performers.  Viewing and experiencing the piece from different vantage points mirrors the shifting perspective, perceptions and realities that are a main tenet of the piece.  Like Never and Like Always promises to engage the senses and stir the soul.”

Saturday, November 8, 8:00PM-2:00AM
Oakland Metro Opera House, 630 3rd Street, Oakland
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Welcome Lovely Creatures!

Join us for an evening of DARKNESSSSS…….

Our 8th year promises to bring you out of your seat and into darker realms…

Our 2014 line up hopes to tear at your heart's strings, give you a feast for the senses and promises to reach inside and rip your heart from its chest!

Formal, creative, unique, individualistic, and gothic attire welcomed and quite frankly, requested.

Allow The Dark Side Of The Moon And All Her Loveliness And Glory Fully Enrapture You… Envelope You… Soothe And Comfort You…”

Soul and Life Force Retrieval Ritual
a two day event with Geshe Kunchap
Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Redwood Room, address given upon registration, San Francisco

“When our soul is weakened, lost or disturbed, this negatively affects and imbalances our life force, life span and our health. To heal, balance, and retrieve the lost soul and life force, the ancient Tibetan Bon ritual of Life Force and Soul Retrieval and Ransom practices are practiced and performed.

This ancient Tibetan Bon ritual offers deep healing and transformation when we face conditions like sickness, untimely death, unexplainable illness, lack of vitality and interest in life. This ritual is taken from 8th century Bon text, Tse Drup Jha Ri Ma. It was transmitted orally to Lama Tsewang Rigzin by the dakini Yum Chen Thuk Je Kundol.

In this ritual, you will receive a soul retrieval and learn the basics of preparing all that is needed to perform the ritual. Please bring a turquoise bead (with a hole for stringing) that is free of cracks and chips and a cord in any color other than black (for stringing the bead). Turquoise beads will also be available for purchase at the event.

Geshe Murig Nyima Kunchap is a master of Sutra, Tantra, and Dogchen of Bon tradition. He is the founder of Dolpo Bon Society and the Nepal Bon Religion Association. He is also the head lama of the Nepal Bon Religion Association of Nepal and the Dolpa Youngdrung Committee, which was founded by him. Geshela received his Geshe degree (Doctor of Philosophy) in 1994 from HH 33rd Menri Trizin after many years of studying major philosophical texts as well as studying the sciences of Astrology, Astronomy, Poetry, Tibetan language and literature, Mandala creation, Thangka painting and stupa construction, ritual instruments, and the performance of ritual offerings.

For many years, Geshela has been engaged in teaching, debate and writing. He has traveled widely abroad, giving teachings on preliminary practices, mantra practices, ritual offerings, Astrology, and Astronomy in the USA, Mexico, India and Russia. He previously served as lecturer and Department Head of the Bonpo Department, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, India.”

The Tempest
presented by African-American Shakespeare Company
Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9 - final week
Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Buriel Clay Theatre, African-American Art and Culture Complex,
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco

“The year is 2020. SYCORAX, the mother of all multi-product industrial conglomerates, based in Milan, is under investigation. The charge: dumping millions of tons of garbage in the Pacific, causing a floating island of debris the size of Colorado. Unhappy with the company's lies and dumping practices, Prospero, a duke of Milan and former CEO of SYCORAX, threatens to testify before congress. He is quickly dismissed, his dukedom usurped, and banished to sea with his young daughter, Miranda. Miraculously surviving, they float up to the shores of this very debris field, the island of SYCORAX. He makes the island, with its single inhabitant, the deformed spawn Caliban, his home, and plots his revenge.

Assisting Prospero in his endeavors is an Application, Ariel, which he discovers from reclaimed parts scavenged from SYCORAX's trash. Ariel becomes his personal assistant and knowledge navigator capable of holographic manifestations and manipulation of weather patterns. When Prospero's enemies, ‘by Providence divine’, show up on his radar, he and Ariel treat them to a storm of biblical proportions. All of their lives are tempest-tossed and ultimately re-ordered. Mankind is seen at its worst, and monsters and machines show themselves to be human. Nothing is the same after man's tsunami of greed, the very planet is scorched from unwary amassing of wealth and the resulting environmental destruction. If virtue can win out over vengeance and avarice, the storm can be weathered.”

Marsh Medicinals
Sunday, November 9, 10:00AM-2:00PM
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
Adults $45, Youth $20
to register, please call 707-763-7756 or e-mail stephanie@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

“Join us for a day of herbal medicine-making with local plants from our very own Petaluma Marsh. We will cover plant identification and proper harvesting/preservation techniques, medicinal qualities of plants in the Petaluma Watershed as well as prepare medicinal salve and poultice for your herbal first aid kit. Build your home apothecary through hands-on experience making herbal remedies. Children 8 and up are welcome.

Friends is offering several unique workshops for individuals and families to connect with the nature and wildlife of the Petaluma Watershed. Sign up for one of our upcoming workshops and learn how track animals, make your own salves, build a fire or identify local plants. You will spend your day outside, experiencing the marsh first hand by boat and on foot. Our workshops our open to all ages and encourage you to spend time together as a family learning new skills and connecting to nature.”

Woodland Egg Ornaments
with Tiffanie Turner
Sunday, November 9, 10:30AM-1:30PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$70, limit 20 students

“Using blown-out chicken eggs and gorgeous Italian floral crepe paper, Tiffanie will guide you through the process of making beautiful and memorable woodland ornaments resembling acorns and pine cones. You will make and acorn ornament that you can give as a gift (or keep for yourself), in a style that can be replicated throughout the year by just changing the color palette, and also learn tips and get started on creating an egg and crepe paper pine cone. You will be given materials to finish your pine cone at home if you cannot finish it in class. Both the acorn and the pine cone are wonderful, wintery specimens!

Tiffanie Turner is an architect, artist and performer who began working passionately in paper last year. Since then, her work has appeared on numerous art and lifestyle blogs, the San Francisco Chronicle, One Kings Lane, and in her recent San Francisco solo gallery show entitled HEADS. Tiffanie has taught classes for Martha Stewart Living and online for creativeLIVE, and currently teaches workshops in several different paper techniques around the Bay Area and beyond under the moniker papel SF.”

Black Rose Witchcraft
a 13 month series
with Devin Hunter, Storm Faerywolf, and Chas Bogan
Sunday, November 9, 12:00-4:00PM,
and 9 more classes, the second Sunday of each month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$25 per session

“Black Rose is a 13 month journey into the Craft of the Witch. Drawing from several different traditions of witchcraft and folk magic, Black Rose will teach you how to meditate, clear your energy, cast a circle, invoke the elements, cast effective spells, and more.
The curriculum is centered around monthly themes from which weekly lessons will be delivered. These lessons come in the form of Podcasts, written and artistic materials, as well as guided trance journeys via MP3s. Add to this a thriving community and online forum and you are experiencing the very finest witchcraft training available both in-person and online.
As a participant in our in-person class, you will have access to all the forums and materials that our online students enjoy. If you miss a class, you will still receive instruction online, so that you will not miss out. In addition to being part of our online coven, you will also benefit from working face to face with local members of your community.”

Visiting the Cucuteni
with artist Christopher Castle
Sunday, November 9, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Artist Christopher Castle will talk about his experience of the little known 7,000 year old Cucuteni culture of Romania, one of the key Old European people and some of the first farmers. He will show slides, discussing Cucuteni art and religion together with his visual work that delves into their inner meaning.
He recently returned from an artist’s residency in Moldavia, northeastern Romania, where he attended an international symposium on the development of scripts entitled From Symbols to Signs. The Cucuteni were one of several peoples whose symbolic marks were seminal in the genesis of writing.
The thousands of small clay female figurines found by archaeologists are signs of a cosmology that was focused on a birth-giving, nourishing, death-wielding and regenerating force in the universe, a Goddess. The form and surface decoration of Cucuteni pottery and figurines point to a life that included observing the cycles of nature, invoking the fertility of the land, and even a sensibility to subtle geomantic energies.
Christopher demonstrates through his own work with this ancient material a visible manifestation of a consciousness that integrates mind with nature, an understanding that is so badly needed in our times to counter the extremes of environmental exploitation. Further he explores the powerful potential that these mysterious artifacts hold as shamanic devices for healing. He will introduce also some other areas of his work that have lead him to this treasure trove of ancient art.

Castle’s work as an artist is an exploration of the relationship between humanity and nature with a distinct slant towards ancient mystical traditions. He has traveled extensively studying ancient sites and artifacts from many cultures. His paintings and graphic works open a doorway to the lost knowledge these places and objects contain. Alongside his studio work, he teaches environmental art in several Bay Area schools and creates murals focusing communities on their locally distinct natural ecology. He exhibits worldwide and his work is in many distinguished collections such as the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the National Galleries of Scotland and Wales.

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

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds
an Experiential Presentation with Katrina Blair
Sunday, November 9, 1:45-5:00PM
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, 707-874-1557

“Katrina Blair is the author of the new book The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival (foreword by Sandor Katz), a forager's guide to ultimate food security that includes 100 nutrient-dense recipes for food, medicine and self-care.

Katrina will lead a wild food walk, give a slideshow, and make wild green juice at OAEC, starting at the Barn. Please park in the Upper Nursery Lot (second OAEC driveway on the right) and walk down to the Barn. Wear sturdy shoes for walking around our hilly, unpaved property.”

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Meets the Hobbit - Livermore
with Pacific Chamber Symphony
Sunday, November 9, 2:00-4:00PM
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, 925-373-6860

“Join us for a musical journey into the heart of the fantastical. Our trip begins with the evocative music of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, followed by Hungarian gypsy strains in Bela Bartok’s beautiful Suite for Small Orchestra. Next we travel to Middle Earth with Bilbo Baggins, wise old Gandalf, intrepid Dwarves, the unearthly Gollum, and of course the wicked Smaug in Christopher Caliendo’s new composition, The Hobbit: A Symphonic Portrait, just in time for the movie to hit the theaters!

Of course Walt Disney made Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice famous with his delightful cartoon representation of the overeager Apprentice not being able to control the magic he creates. In some ways the Hobbit is a contemporary version of a similar idea; Bilbo starts of clumsily enough and although he won't become a wizard, he does learn to use the magic of the ring. The Hungarian Composer Bela Bartok's Second Suite for Small Orchestra Opus 4 brings the other world sense to classical music with melodies and harmonies of the gypsy world.

Composer Christopher Caliendo is the first composer in Vatican history to be twice commissioned by a Pope - Pope John Paul II.  His film score for 20th Century Fox's Iron Horse was voted top ten film scores of the year by Film Score Monthly, received the distinguished Heritage Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures and was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as part of 20th Century Fox's 75th Anniversary musical celebration along with John William's Star Wars and Roger and Hammerstein's Sound of Music.”

Kirtaniyas Live Concert
Sunday, November 9, 8:00-10:00PM
YogaKula, 1700 Shattuck Avenue, 2nd Floor, Berkeley, 510-486-0264
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Listen. Can you hear it?

A melody starts, wistful and longing. It sweeps the crowd. The singer closes his eyes and his song bursts forth. It is wrenched from his heart, it seems. We call out in response. It is an easy mantra. Cymbals clash and punctuate a rhythm. Drums begin to throb and thunder. They say the drum beat represents the heartbeat of God maddened by love. That’s The Kirtaniyas - four talented performers - all of them singers and musicians. These energetic, multi-talented artists come from a rich, colorful background. They grew up in a Krishna culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion. At the heart of it all, there was always Kirtan. It owned their passion before they could talk. Restlessly tapping out drum beats till they got on their mothers’ nerves; dreamily humming tunes; studying songs and lyrics and language; learning to play instruments - they were never more passionate about anything. They live by Kirtan, they relish it day after day, and now they are inviting you to join them: ‘How would you tell someone what sugar tastes like when they have never tasted it? How can we describe kirtan? Come and taste it, relish its sweetness for yourself.’”

Selecting and Planting Fruit Trees on the Island of Alameda
with Eve Holguin, Irene Rakochy and Linda Carloni
presented by Alameda Backyard Growers
Monday, November 10, 6:30-7:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Join us for a lively discussion about selecting and planting fruit trees in our Island City.   The fruit trees planted throughout our city are a tremendous legacy from the Alamedans that came before us.  We hope to inspire you to plant your own new fruit tree and give you some tips to make you more successful.  Bring your experience to share and your questions for our group to address!

Eve Holguin, Irene Rakochy and Linda Carloni are all Alameda County Master Gardeners from the Class of 2014 and active ABG volunteers.  They all grow fruit trees in their home gardens.  

ABG meetings are held monthly on second Mondays from 6:30-7:30PM at Rhythmix Cultural Works at 2513 Blanding in Alameda unless otherwise noted.

Monthly meetings/workshops are free and open to all residents of Alameda and the surrounding area. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome! Monthly meetings are also a great time to drop off fruit and vegetable donations from your garden for the Alameda Food Bank. We deliver members’ produce to the Alameda Food Bank the following morning where it is typically distributed to food bank clients within 24 hours.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, November 11, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Come join this monthly Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Maybe you have taken a class, perhaps tried to learn to read the Tarot from a book, or are just trying to piece it together on your own. Now you want to know how to really ‘dive in’ to what specific cards are all about.

For this month's Salon, we will discuss and share ideas, techniques and exercises to help us to better connect to our intuition when doing readings, and to help learn the stories contained in our own Tarot decks.

Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

Tales of Poe
presented by the Meanderthals
Wednesday-Saturday, November 12-15, 8:00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
$20, $15 if in costume

“Prince Prospero has brought together his nearest and dearest friends, including special guest, Edgar Allan Poe, for an elaborate party intentioned to keep the red death at bay. Come join Prince Prospero, Edgar Allan Poe, Tripetta, Montresor, and more in their desperate attempt to avoid the fabled red death! Interactive theatre with classic favorites such as the Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and more!

Please come at least ten minutes early as you will not be permitted in after show has begun.”

Center for Sacred Studies Community Celebration
Friday-Sunday, November 14-16
Center for Sacred Studies Store,13550 Church Street, Guerneville
and Hollydale Community Club, 10250 Field Lane, Forestville
see below for schedule of events and admission details
For more information, contact Valerie at 707-604-7362 or css.valeriehausmann@gmail.com

“Join us for a Weekend Community Celebration and Dance Party, Raffle and Silent Auction!

Consciousness Activation and Accelerating Your Vision with Einstein and Caroline Ford
Lively Community Dialogue
Future Visioning  
Learn How To Get Involved
Community Time and Picnic  
Dance and Music and DJs  
Delicious Food and BBQ
Raffles and Silent Auction  
Fun and Love and Abundance

Schedule of Events:  

Evening of Consciousness Activation with Einstein Crystal Skull and Caroline Ford
Friday, November 14, 7:00-9:00PM
Center for Sacred Studies Store,13550 Church Street, Guerneville
$35, Call Valerie to Register: 707-604-7362 (% of the proceeds are donated to CSS)

An Evening of Consciousness Activation, Accelerating Your Vision.  Carolyn will share some New Experiences with Einstein and offer his latest insights. This is a time to move into a new geometry of manifesting. Come hear what Einstein and Carolyn have to say about this self-empowering formula for attracting success, love and abundance. We are in a new era and a time where we are to prosper and evolve with grace.

Day of Appreciation and Future Visioning, Play Time and Picnic
Center for Sacred Studies Store,13550 Church Street, Guerneville
Saturday, November 15, 10:00AM-6:00PM

10:00AM-1:00PM: Lively Community Dialogue with Jyoti and Darlene.

1:00-6:00PM: Community Time and Picnic at river/woods/beach.
Meet at 1:00PM at the Store.

A Night of Dancing, Eating and FUNdraising!  
Saturday, November 15, 6:00-11:00PM
Hollydale Community Club, 10250, Field Lane, Forestville (10 min from Guerneville).

6:00-11:00PM: Dance party and BBQ - a night of FUNraising through raffle and silent auction.

Followed by a Morning Meditation  
Sunday, November 16, 11:00AM-Noon
Center for Sacred Studies Store,13550 Church Street, Guerneville

Forgiveness Meditation.”

Have an Thankfully Nourishing, Authentically Interconnected Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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