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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

Succulent Wreath Making Workshop, Transgender Day of Resistance Oakland/East Bay, Raptors Rats and Riparian Areas, The Totalitarians, Transgender Day of Remembrance, The Stumpers Book Launch, Transgender Day of Remembrance San Francisco, Game Night at Playland After Dark (Grown-Ups Only), Giving Thanks Meditation, Hand Dipping Beeswax Candle Workshop, North Bay Goddess of the Month: Hestia, Welcoming Lilith: Awakening and Welcoming Pure Female Power, Movie Night at Ploughshares Nursery, Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante, Beloved Strangers, Recipe, Puppet Up: Uncensored, The Dragon Play, Faulted, Radical Craft Night, Pagan Songs of the Season, Global Sisterhood Concert, CircleSong, Dark Tales: Storytelling for Adults, Celebrate Tuwapongtumsi, Awakening To The Fifth Dimension, The War Project: Music Unplugged, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Harmony of Dissonance, 33rd Encuentro del Canto Popular, Pagan Activism Conference Online, 12 Angry Men, Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis, Hands-on Greywater Workshop, Natural Solutions to Chronic Pain, Succulent Centerpieces for the Holidays, Carnivorous Plants, Sail on the Alma, November Dark Moon Meetup, Nancy Lovelady: Artist In The House, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Odes of Persian Literature, Tellabration!, New Moon Ceremony, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Ecstatic Trance Dance, The Pantheon Foundation Pagan Activism Conference Online, My Neighbor Totoro, Happy Birthday San Jose!, Every Body Can Sing, Red Tent Sacred Circle, In And Out Of Shadows, Harvest Festival at Tara Firma Farms, Tea and Tarot, Thanksgiving to your Body, Nerd Nite East Bay #24, Tea and Chanting Sangha

Succulent Wreath Making Workshop
Wednesday, November 19, 6:00-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“Create a gorgeous succulent wreath to enjoy all year round. You'll select among a variety of succulents and be guided on how to plant and care for your wreaths. All materials provided.”

Transgender Day of Resistance Oakland/East Bay
Wednesday, November 19, 7:00-9:30PM
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza (aka Oscar Grant Plaza), Oakland

“Honorary Co-Host: Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett

Very Important, this is not a TransVision/Tri-City Health Center event this year.

It is Tiffany Woods and the TransVision Team, Terry Washington, Lorena Martinez, Janet Halfin, Kayla Moore, Roman Flintroy, Erikka Palafox, Avee Meals, Charlie Wilson, Perla Nolasco, who annually put on TDOR, and other community members, Deanne, Austin Bruckner and others, on our own time and anybody else who wants to help/be involved.

Please share the event and invite community, allies, supporters.

For official info and participation, please contact Tiffany Woods: tiffany.woods@earthlink.net

Raptors, Rats, and Riparian Areas
with Lisa Owens Viani of RATS
presented by Friends of Sausal Creek
Wednesday, November 19, 7:00PM
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

“Lisa Owens Viani, co-founder and director of Raptors Are The Solution (RATS), will talk about raptors and the threats they face, particularly from rat poison, and also discuss less toxic ways of controlling rodents. She will describe a nine-year study of Cooper's hawks in Berkeley and their connection to riparian habitat, as well as how the study led to the formation of RATS.”

The Totalitarians
A National New Play Network World Premiere by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Wednesday-Sunday, November 19-23,
Wednesday-Thursday 7:00PM, Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM,
playing through December 14
Z Below, downstairs at Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Z Space is thrilled to present the first play commissioned for us by our in-house playwright, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.

We might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively watchable candidate for state office, enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine's husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients - one of whom opens his eyes to Penny's nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday, November 20
Please see website for local events; some may be on different days.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder - like most anti-transgender murder cases - has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender - that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant - each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.”

The Stumpers Book Launch
with Karima Cammell
Thursday, November 20, 5:30-7:30PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley

“It makes me so happy to share my latest creation with you - perhaps you can come to the party?

The Stumpers is my new children’s picture book about togetherness and the joy of working toward one’s dreams. It follows the life of a cozy family of gnome-like people and all the good things they enjoy as they live in harmony with their world. The the tale grew organically out of making the dolls and their forest home in my studio.

Music is an important part of my life, and it’s part of the Stumpers’ world too, so it was such a treat to include an original song in the e-book version of The Stumpers. The Stumpers’ Frolic is played by the talented Laura Cortese, who also narrates the e-book. As an added treat, Laura will be at the launch party, where she and I will chat about creativity, making art, and working together on this project.

The Stumpers is my sixth book with Dromedary Press, a publishing company I started with the goal of making beautiful books exactly the way I envisioned them. No one, whether they’re an independent or one of the big houses, knows what the future holds for book publishing, but one thing that’s clear to me is that great things are possible when we work together. If you enjoy The Stumpers, my wish is that you’ll spread the word by sharing it with your friends, both in person and online.

Gnomevember starts a grand season of merrymaking. I hope you’ll join me to celebrate The Stumpers and its themes of togetherness, joy, song, and dreams made real. Bring a friend!

5:30PM: Autumnal feast with warming cider
6:00PM: Fireside chat with Karima Cammell and Laura Cortese
6:30PM: Book signing and live music

A special a free gift with purchase of The Stumpers at the event!

Whether or not you can make it to the party, I invite you to visit The Stumpers website, where you can not only order the book and some magical moving postcards, but also send your friends an email greeting straight from the Stumpers themselves!”

Transgender Day of Remembrance San Francisco
Thursday, November 20, 6:00-8:00PM
San Francisco LGBT Community Center; 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, 415-865-5555
Free, donations appreciated!

“San Francisco Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Please join us at the SF LGBT Community Center on the of 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a genuine tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This day serves a purpose to raise awareness of the threat of abuse and violence faced by the transgender community, as well as their families and friends.

Providing: ASL, Spanish translation, Light beverages and snacks.”

Game Night at Playland After Dark (Grown-Ups Only)
Thursday, November 20, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“Shake off some pre-holiday stress with fellow game lovers at Playland's Grown-up Game Night. Play all the pinball, carnival, arcade and board games you can in one evening… without the little ones around! No little ones yet? Playland After Dark is the best date night in the Bay Area. Grown-Ups only (no children or babies please.) $10 for general admission.”

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

Giving Thanks Meditation
with Jan and Marystella of Vortex Journeys
Thursday, November 20, 6:30-8:30PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
Free, donations appreciated
RSVP  to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com

“Feel thankful and give voice to your gratitude, for both are actions, and vibrations. They are carried in the air, experienced by all, though some people don't notice. Others feel joy when the gratitude vibe opens their hearts, or offer their gratitude in return when a loving vibe brushes against their skin.  

The love, joy, gratitude vibes in turn are carried forward by the wind. The vibration of each exhale is similar, for it becomes the breath of another person's inhale. Imagine how different the world will be when we are more mindful of the power of our vibrations.

May fear and anger, hate and greed diminish. Let Love, Joy and Gratitude prevail.”    

Hand Dipping Beeswax Candle Workshop
with Hannah Vainstein
Thursday, November 20, 7:00-9:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street San Francisco, 415-552-0112
$75 includes materials
Please pre-register at tomra@gravelandgold.com or 415-552-0112

“The Meditation of Candle Making

As the Winter Solstice approaches, I like to dip beeswax candles, bringing light and warmth into the darker months.  The art of dipping beeswax candles is slow and rhythmic, first in wax and then water.  During this slow meditative practice, you can imbue your candles with intentions, magic, and gratitude (especially as Thanksgiving approaches) so that when they burn they release that energy into the universe.  Burning beeswax candles is said to have healing properties by producing negative ions, purifying the air, and improving one’s health, energy, and mood. Experiential more than informational, in this two hour class you will learn how to dip candles with everyday materials such as tin can double burners, raw wick, and beeswax. You will practice the art of dipping by making a little pair of candles so you can learn the technique, and after becoming familiar with the nature of the material you will be free to dip to your heart’s content.

Hannah Vainstein founded The Lower Lodge : Artist Salon, Studio, and Boutique which is in Santa Barbara, California.  The LL hosts, promotes, and participates in cultural events with the aim of fostering a local and global creative community.  The LL is an outlet of seasonal making with an emphasis of an integrated and sustainable lifestyle.  Hannah Vainstein studied at an intensive arts and crafts college in England before attending The Slade School of Fine Art in London.  She returned home to California to finish her arts education but her experiences in England continue to inspire her and informed the creation of The Lower Lodge.”

North Bay Goddess of the Month: Hestia
with Phoenix LeFae
Thursday, November 20, 7:30-10:00PM, and the third Thursday of every month
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-2398
sliding scale of $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Women only

"Once a month we gather and 'Listen to the words of the Great Mother', where we dive into the myth and mystery of a different Goddess. We do this through the use of song, dance, trance, storytelling, and joyful community celebration. Each month we will learn about, and dive into, the energy of a different Goddess from a different region around the world. Our hope is that by meeting these different energies people will find a Mysterious One that resonates with their heart and they will walk away with the potential for a greater, deeper, relationship with a Divine One.

'For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am That which is attained at the end of desire.'

December - Sedna (North Bay only)”

Welcoming Lilith: Awakening and Welcoming Pure Female Power
with Theresa Dintino, Strega, Diviner, Earth Worker, Author
Thursday, November 20, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871

“Lilith is a Goddess and mythological figure who is misunderstood.  She is reputed to be Adam's first wife before Eve, and she represents the first powerful and liberated female in history.  Then why was she banished?  Join Theresa C. Dintino in an evening of commentary and reflection on the multifaceted aspects of Lilith - her power, her anger, her shadow, her sexuality, her creativity, and her deep inner truth - to consider how they possibly show up in you.  Perhaps you have banished some of these powerful Lilith energies in yourself.  We will explore how to bring them back to life.
Theresa Dintino is an ancestral Strega (Italian wise woman), earth worker, and initiated diviner. For more than 20 years, Theresa has studied and practiced an earth-based spirituality. In 2011, she was initiated as a diviner in a West African tradition. She currently helps others reclaim their personal lineages through her divination work. Theresa is the author of The Strega and the Dreamer, a work of historical fiction based in the true story of her great grandparents, and Ode to Minoa and Stories They Told Me, two novels exploring the life of a snake priestess in Bronze Age Crete.”

Movie Night at Ploughshares Nursery
Thursday, November 20, 8:00PM
Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 West Ranger Avenue, Alameda

“Join our staff for an hour of fun gardening video by Shawna Coronado.  This is a FREE event. Call Jeff Bridge at 510-755-1102 or email him at jbridge@apcollaborative.org if you have questions.”

Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22, 8:00PM - final week
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!

Beloved Strangers
presented by Un-Scripted Theater
Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22, 8:00PM,
playing through December 20,  no show on Thanksgiving
Un-Scripted Theater, 533 Sutter Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Adults $20, Students and Seniors $10

“Beloved Strangers - As the weather grows chillier and the holidays approach, families get ready to travel from places near and far to spend time together. A lot of time together!

For better or worse, families share histories, destinies, and above all - stories. This winter, Un-Scripted Theater Company celebrates family with Beloved Strangers, a completely improvised three-act play featuring a new family, created on the spot, every night. Feeling overwhelmed by your own family this holiday season? Come spend an evening with ours instead.”

Recipe: A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, November 20-23 - final week
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!”

Puppet Up: Uncensored
The OTHER side of The Jim Henson Company
Thursday-Sunday, November 20-23 - final week
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 6:00PM and 9:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, 415-673-6672
see website for ticket details

“What happens when Henson puppeteers are unleashed? You get a new breed of intelligent nonsense that is Puppet Up: Uncensored - a live, outrageous, comedy, variety show for adults only. Enjoy an unpredictable evening when six talented, hilarious, expert puppeteers will improvise songs and sketches based on your suggestions! With a motley group of characters brought to life by the world-renowned puppeteers of The Jim Henson Company, this is not your average night at the improv and it is definitely not for children. But all others are welcome to enjoy the uninhibited anarchy of live puppet performance as never seen before.

Puppet Up: Uncensored is a silly, daring and exciting challenge that has evolved from a small class where our puppeteers could work on their improvising skills. Traditionally, going back to the earliest appearances my dad did on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show and many others, our company’s style of puppetry has always involved improvisation. It was quite often true that our funniest moments on set happened after the director yelled cut. Improvising brings a certain energy that is exciting, irreverent and unique and I wanted to strengthen that comedic voice in our work.

So back in 2005 we invited some performers, fed them pizza, and hoped for the best. The class was funny and we thought other people might think it was funny too. So we had a little private show and a festival scout was there. The next thing we knew we were no longer a class but a world-traveling troupe of skilled puppeteers who improvise - or skilled improvisers who puppeteer, whichever you choose.

Perhaps what has been the most rewarding for us has been how much our audiences have embraced the rebellious anarchic energy that gets unleashed with this show. It can be a little disturbing to see unrequited love between a goat and a fish, but we find it delicious and surprising and it has been wonderful to have audiences around the world agree with us.

Performing in Puppet Up: Uncensored requires us to improvise freely and to let loose our emotional selves. We ask that of the audience too. So when we need suggestions, open your mind, release your inhibitions and feel free to shout out the first ridiculous thing that pops in your head. Chances are it is exactly what we’re looking for.

I guess for a show that is labeled ‘adults only’, we’re actually quite juvenile. And we’re truly excited to have you come play with us.

  • Brian Henson”

The Dragon Play
by Jenny Connell Davis
Thursday-Sunday, November 20-23,
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 foolsFURY
Thursday-Sunday, November 20-23,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM,
playing through December 6
Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

“Join foolsFURY at The Thick House in San Francisco for the world premiere of Angela Santillo's original play Faulted. Directed by Evren Odcikin, Faulted is an ode to California in all its mysterious, tectonic plate shifting contradictions. Epic and roman, vegan and carnivore, West Side and the Central Valley combine under the signs of the next Big One, looming just under the horizon.

The mighty San Andreas Fault has woken up and set his eyes on Los Angeles, home to an earth empath named Aurora. Sitting in her trailer, Aurora can hear and sometimes see seismic activity before it registers on the finely tuned scientific instruments at nearby Caltech. Mitch, a graduate student at Caltech's Seismological Laboratory, has been sent to collect data about Aurora. Their meeting turns out to be much more than a collision between worlds of science and New Age belief. Attended by a chorus of godlike figures embodying California's fault lines, Aurora must convince Mitch to trust her predictions before it's too late.”

Radical Craft Night
a Third Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, November 21, 5:00-8:00PM, and the third Friday of each month
see website for detailed schedule
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Every Third Friday we collaborate with community members on participatory art and history events for all ages.

This month’s theme is Radical Craft.
Challenge your traditional notions of craft in a night of workshops, demonstrations, collaborations, performances, music and making at the MAH.

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

Contact Nora if you want to collaborate norag@santacruzmah.org.”

Pagan Songs of the Season
with Artemisia the Bard
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, November 21, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We can herald in this holiday season with joy and gratitude. 'Cuz we'll know all the words to the most popular Yuletide classics. Join us (your friends will be glad you did) This will be an evening of Song, Music, Stories, and Magical Chants for Yuletide. Artemesia will serenade us, make us laugh, and teach us an overview of traditional tunes especially for the upcoming season. This is music to warm our hearts and inspire us on those dark and chilly nights.

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

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

Global Sisterhood Concert
Friday, November 21, 7:00-10:00PM
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-2323
sliding scale $10-$15

“Support Young Women Leaders Worldwide

Join Akili Dada for a celebration of global community and sisterhood in support of Africa’s young women leaders!  All proceeds raised from the event will go directly to supporting the work of Akili Dada, an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds, whose commitment to the underserved is transforming their communities.

7:00PM: Refreshments with Akili Dada Executive Director and Alumnae
8​:00​PM: Dance Performance
8:30PM: Zena + Piwai
9:30PM: Closing remarks”

with Debbie Nargi Brown and Copperwoman
Friday, November 21, 7:15PM
The Center For Healing, 6144A Highway 9, Felton, 831-335-7798
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Let’s sing our Gratitude!

All are invited to come together and feel our unity with each other and Spirit through Song.

Music IS the Medicine.

Come, bring yourself with you. Whether you think you can sing or were told to just ‘move your lips’ in class when you were young, you can feel safe to open up in this Circle.

There will be songbooks with lyrics. The songs are simple and easily learned - collected circlesongs and many brought through by Copperwoman.

Feel the vibration raise and the prayers sent where they are needed in the universe as we sing together and feel the DIVINE in the silence that ensues.

Love makes the world go round. Come feel it!”

Dark Tales: Storytelling for Adults
presented by the Storytelling Association of California
and the Silk Road House
Friday, November 21, 7:00-8:30PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Dark Tales
Intended for adult audiences
(Please, no children!)
Dana Sherry, Ann Riley, Karin Werner, Jean Ellisen, and Neshama Franklin
Brought to you by the Storytelling Association of California and the Silk Road House
For more information: info@saac.org
Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Celebrate Tuwapongtumsi, Hopi Earth Mother and Goddess of All Moist Elements of Life
Friday, November 21, 7:30PM
Lafayette 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
“In the beginning, in the ‘long ago’, Tuwapongtumsi married Sootukwnanagw.  They were the Earth and the Sun.  The Creatrix and the Light.  The Sand Altar Maiden and the Star god.  Their intercourse and their climax brings rain to all living things.  The fluids produced by their passions are the fertilizing nectar of all of life.

The Hopi Peoples are descended from the Anasazi.  Today, many live on the Hopi Indian Reservation in modern Arizona. They are known in the United States as Pueblo Peoples because they lived in villages upon their contact with Spanish intruders on their continent.  Then they were both farmers and herders of small animals such as sheep.  One can imagine how important water and rainfall were to people who depended upon the falling water for the survival of their crops and their animal herds.

Tuwapongtumsi is known to some as Mother Earth Herself, an understanding that derives from sum of the parts of Her name.  Tuwa means sand, pong means display, and tumasi means female.   To others She is Sand Altar Womyn or Sand Altar Maiden.  She is the nurturer of all living things and the Mother of all plants.   She brings life to the smallest mosses, the prettiest flowers, and the tallest trees.  She brings life to us.

As our Winter/wet season approaches in the Bay Area, we humbly and graciously gather at the altar of Tuwapongtumsi, She who is the Goddess of all Moist Elements of Life.   In so doing we acknowledge Her importance and we give praise and thanks to Her for every molecule of water that She shares with us through Her pleasure.  It is water that bonds all living things and through our water: our sweat, our blood, our tears, and our own passionate offerings of a sexual nature, we are Her daughters.

For the altar please bring a blue or green candle.  Also please bring a small container/bottle of water collected from the geographic area in which you live:  the sacred water that sustains your body and that of your community - the water that you bathe in, drink, water your plants with, and feed to your animals.

We look so forward to circling with you!

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.”

Awakening To The Fifth Dimension
with Vidya Frazier
Friday, November 21, 7:30PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael, 415-457-4191

“A phenomenal shift is occurring on the planet. Thousands of people are waking up. Old structures fueled by greed, control and suppression are crumbling. New institutions on the local, grass-roots level are springing up everywhere, founded on principles of peace, harmony, justice and cooperation.

These are all signs of humanity’s preparation to make a quantum leap in evolution into a higher reality known as the Fifth Dimension.

All this is very exciting. And it can be disorienting and confusing. People are experiencing rapid change, loss, and intense emotional shifts due to the speed of transformation that is occurring.

Come hear Vidya Frazier, author of Awakening to the Fifth Dimension, speak about this phenomenon. She’ll describe in detail about the Fifth Dimension and common ‘Ascension symptoms’ people are experiencing - and offer ideas of how to best meet the coming times of transition.

Vidya Frazier, Author of Awakening to the Fifth Dimension: A Guide for Navigating the Global Shift, will speak about the extraordinary Shift that’s occurring across the planet in which thousands of people are experiencing spiritual awakening. She will describe this awakening in terms of a phenomenon known as Ascension into the Fifth Dimension - something that has been predicted for a long time by visionaries, indigenous elders, spiritual teachers and astrologers. Dialogue about the subject will be encouraged.”

The War Project: Music Unplugged
presented by SF World Music
Friday, November 21, 8:00PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

“SF World Music  presents The War Project: Music Unplugged
A New Vision for Social Justice

The War Project is a global initiative to create engagement between the world's greatest musicians, social justice leaders, and communities most in need. First we will launch Music Unplugged, highlighting our master and youth musicians. In spring of 2015 we will stage an interactive Encampment as a new site-specific production experimenting with new live-streaming technology, audience smartphone interfaces, witness stories, youth orchestra and masters from around the globe. The War Project will culminate in fall of 2015 with The War Zone in an actual refugee camp overseas.

Music Unplugged: San Francisco
Join us for an evening of music featuring the masters and youth musicians of The War Project, including musicians from Azerbaijan, South India, China, Iran, Zimbabwe, Ireland and more. Music Unplugged explores the intersection of how music is used as propaganda, protest and prayer in the context of war.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, November 21, 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.”

Harmony of Dissonance
with members of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble
part of Mountain Yoga’s Inspiration Series
Friday, November 21, 8:30PM
Mountain Yoga, 2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100, Oakland, 510-339-6421

“Kitka has earned international recognition for their unique and haunting sound. Inspired by the extended vocal techniques, close harmonies, and surprising rhythms of Eastern European folk song, Kitka explores a vast palette of ancient yet contemporary-sounding effects. The ensemble’s earthy to ethereal resonances evoke an astonishing range of subtle to extreme inner states, emotions, and instincts. Kitka’s commitment to presenting traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to adventuresome collaborations with some of the world’s most exciting indigenous musicians and contemporary composers, ranging from Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk.

Join Kitka's Executive/Artistic Director Shira Cion and Kitka vocalists Kelly Atkins, Janet Kutulas, and Corinne Sykes for a discussion of the group’s colorful 35-year history, and a demonstration and participatory exploration of ‘open-voice’ vocal techniques through oral transmission of simple, yet thrilling to sing, traditional polyphonic tunes.”

33rd Encuentro del Canto Popular
two day Concert and Festival!
presented by Accion Latina
Friday-Saturday, November 21-22, 7:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-641-7657
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“The Encuentro del Canto Popular, now in its 33rd installment, presents a two day celebration that intersects contemporary Latin American sounds with local, SF Mission-based culture.  

Rupa and the April Fishes
Alejandro y Maria Laura
Tito Auger

David Aguilar
Irene Diaz
Estrellas de Esperanza Youth Group

Founded in 1982, volunteers from El Tecolote, New College of California and Bay Area musicians combined to produce a two-day music festival featuring local interpreters of the New Song Movement, a music tradition associated with the progressive cultural and political movements of the 1960s and 1970s which generated a rich legacy of songs expressing the joys, aspirations, and struggles of the peoples of the Caribbean and Latin America. The Encuentro has served to promote a musical expression that speaks to our hopes for social, economic and political justice, as well as our deep-rooted cultural traditions.
Now recognized as a San Francisco tradition, Encuentro del Canto Popular continues to preserve and promote local and international Latino music and performance art that represents non-commercial, humanitarian values and highlights issues of social justice. Adapting to the ebb and flow of the Nueva Cancion movement, the Encuentro del Canto Popular has kept its finger on the pulse of Latin American music.”

Pagan Activism Conference Online
presented by The Pantheon Foundation
Friday-Sunday, November 21-23,
Times vary, see schedule below
$40 Full Conference ticket, $10 single session ticket

“The Pantheon Foundation proudly announces our first-ever Pagan Activism Conference Online!

This event will take place entirely online, via video conference, making it accessible to anyone from the comfort of their own home. You are also able to call in from a phone line if you prefer that.

When was the last time you were able to invite T. Thorn Coyle, Starhawk, and other notable and respected Pagan Activists into your own home for deep, thoughtful, dynamic conversations on the topics that matter most? Now you can, at PACO! Check out our line-up of panels below. Tickets are available for the entire Conference, or for single sessions if you only have time or interest in one.

Friday night, November 21

Earth Activism
Speaking: Celia Alario (Journalist and Professor), Andy Conn (Radical Pagan Activist and Funster), Laurie Lovekraft (Priestess and Environmental Activist), Starhawk (Author and Activist)

Saturday, November 22

Online Media Activism Panel
Speaking: Heather Greene (The Wild Hunt), David Salisbury (Human Rights Campaign), John Medellin (Pantheon Foundation), Tim Titus (Teacher & Blogger), and Stephanie Ivy Whiteside (AJ+)

Activism Among Pagans of Color
Speaking: Khi Armand (Conjure Professional), Crystal Blanton (Author and Priestess), Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir (Activist and Priestess) and Black Witch (Activist and Blogger)

Pagan LGBTQI and Gender Activism
Speaking: Elena Rose (Activist for Gender and Racial Empowerment), Lou Flores (Gay Pagan Conjure Worker), and P Sufenas Virius Lupus (Metagender Scholar and Activist)

Care and Feeding of Pagan Activists
Speaking: John Beckett (Druid and Blogger), Soli Zat Johnson (Activist and Blogger), Rhiannon Laakso (Advocate for Pagans with Diverse Abilities), Rion Roberts (Ritualist)

Sunday, November 23

Keynote Address by T. Thorn Coyle, Activist and Author

Pagans and Infrastructure: Serving Your Cause Effectively
Speaking: Alley Valkyrie (Homeless advocate in WA), Ankhira Swordplow (Bay Area Fundraising Professional), Carolina Amor Boggs (Bi-Lingual Priestess), and Sam Webster (Nonprofit Executive Director)

Know Your Pagan Religious Rights
Speaking: Byron Ballard (Asheville’s ‘Village Witch’ and Public Schools Activist),Christina DiEdoardo (Attorney and Activist), and Cara Shultz (Author and Civic Activist)

Consenting Adults: Sexual Ethics in the Pagan Community
Speaking: Christine Hoff Kraemer (Author and Theologian), Shauna Aura Knight, (Sex Positivity Activist and Author), Laurie Lovekraft (Priestess and Environmental Activist), and Rabbit Matthews (Anti-Rape and Feminist Activist)”

12 Angry Men
presented by WOW- Women of Words
Friday-Sunday, November 21-23,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward Street, Martinez

“A Stage Play written by Reginald Rose

This is the Story of a Jury made up of 12 men that are charged to deliberate the guilt or innocence of a young Minority Male who is accused of murdering his father. What seems to be an open and shut case is not as clear and simple as anticipated. Should this young man be declared guilty based on the evidence presented? or innocent based upon reasonable doubt? Something just doesn't add up and it is the responsibility of this Sworn Jury to decide the fate of a young man’s life....His Life is in Their Hands.”

Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis
Saturday, November 22, 10:00AM
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510 433-9730

“For the first time in its 37 year history, New York's original one-ring circus Big Apple Circus will beam a performance of Metamorphosis, its new show for all ages, into hundreds of movie theaters across the US, Canada, and around the world. Metamorphosis features performers from the U.S., Russia, France, and Mongolia, in an array of classical circus artistry such as clowning, juggling, acrobatics and equestrianism (with completely animal-friendly acts).

Founded in 1977, The Big Apple Circus introduced American audiences to the intimate environment of a one-ring circus under a Big Top Tent. Since its inception, Big Apple Circus has produced thirty-six original shows, each created around a specific theme integrating aspects of traditional theater (original music compositions, lighting, choreography, sets and costumes) with classical circus artistry. A small core company of performers returns each year with new acts and are joined by guest artists selected from the top ranks of international circus stars.”

Hands-on Greywater Workshop
with Greywater Action
Saturday, November 22, 10:45AM-4:00PM
private home in Oakland, address will be sent after registration
sliding scale $30-$100 includes lunch

“Interested in installing a greywater system at your house? Come learn how and help install an actual system in this hands-on workshop.

Lower your water bill - Conserve water - Practice reuse - Grow happy plants

LEARN how to reuse water from your from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines in this fun, hands-on workshop.

LEARN about common and popular greywater systems, soap and product considerations, codes, design and installation considerations, and how to build a laundry to landscape system.

INSTALL a greywater system from the washing machine to irrigate edible plants at a private residence, so that you can do the same to yours!

Attire:  Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Sun/rain protection as needed. You might want to bring gloves. This is a hands-on workshop (you can also observe anything you're not comfortable doing).”

Natural Solutions to Chronic Pain
with Laurie Higginbotham
Saturday, November 22, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
Free - space is limited

“Join Laurie Higginbotham, CACMT of Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc. for a discussion on how ways to help ease chronic pain, without medications. Plenty of time for Q&A. This is a popular talk, so come early!

Laurie Higginbotham, a California State Certified Massage Therapist, attended The Institute of Conscious Body Work Alive & Well in Mill Valley receiving her Massage Therapy Technician certification in 2003.

She also earned a Conscious Body Worker certification in 2006, completing over 650 hours of education.

Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc. is the premier location in the East Bay for integrative medical care for patients off all ages and genders, for both acute and chronic conditions.”

Succulent Centerpieces for the Holidays
with Charlotte Bloom
Saturday, November 22, 11:00-12:30PM
The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, 925-944-9352

“Join us at The Ruth Bancroft Garden or some holiday cheer! We are excited to welcome back Charlotte Bloom for this fun and inspiring class. This demonstration-based course will show you how to incorporate succulents and garden cuttings into centerpieces which can be enjoyed for the duration of the winter season. Learn important design concepts and what materials to use for a long-lasting arrangement. A selection of materials from the garden will be used in the demonstrations and will also be available for purchase after class so make sure to allow time to shop our marketplace!”

Carnivorous Plants
Saturday, November 22, 12:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Who has seen Little Shop of Horrors and not wanted a little meat eating plant of their own to care for and love?  Now you can learn all about these flesh eaters and maybe grow some yourself.  Attendees will plant a bog terrarium for their carnivorous baby plants to grow in.  Watch out, next spring they might bite the hand that feeds them!”

Sail on the Alma
Saturday, November 22, boarding at 12:30PM, returning to Hyde Street Pier at 4:00PM
board at Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
Adults $40, Seniors 62 and over $30, Children 6-15 $20, Ages 5 and under Free
pre-registration recommended

“Haul lines to raise the sails with National Park Service Rangers as you explore the Bay aboard the historic 60 foot Alma! Take in dazzling views and San Francisco's riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, lighthouses, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, earthquakes, shipbuilding and more! Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners like Alma plied San Francisco Bay, hauling goods as the ‘flatbed trucks’ of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this unique, hands-on, educational sailing program with the National Park Service.

Be prepared for cold, wind, spray, and bright sun. Life jackets and flotation devices are provided. Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers of clothing, closed toe active footwear, camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at the discretion of the captain.

Sailing runs on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June to November.”

November Dark Moon Meetup
with San Francisco Pagan Society
Saturday, November 22, 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. Blessed be.”

Nancy Lovelady: Artist In The House
Saturday, November 22, 2:00-4:00PM
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 510-523-6957

“Nancy demonstrates how to mosaic a 3-D art piece, answers questions, and creates a unique piece of art right in front of you!

Nancy Lovelady has been making mosaics since 2007.  She enjoys working with a range of media and sees almost every surface as a potential canvas. Primarily self-taught, Nancy attended classes at Berkeley's Institute of Mosaic Art.  Her artwork is currently on display and for sale at the Bette.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, November 22, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn about life at sea and have fun making a maritime craft. You could walk away with your own sailor's necklace that spells your name in ship Signal Flags! Appropriate for ages 3-12, but everyone is welcome! Meet inside the ARK houseboat at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.”

Odes of Persian Literature
with Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam
presented by Baran Cultural Group
Saturday, November 22, 7:00PM
Central Stage, 5221 Central Ave, A-1, Richmond, 510-823-5990

“Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam is a world renowned dancer and choreographer who has dazzled audiences with his artistic, theatrical, and interpretative dance performances throughout the world. He has a degree in History of Art and Theatre from University of Paris VIII and was a permanent member of the Comedie Francaise for many years.

Shahrokh left his birth country of Iran at a very early age for France where he has resided, trained, and given performances ever since. In late 90s, he joined the prestigious French theatre director Adriane Moushkin's Theatre du Soleil where he received training on folkloric Indian Kathakali, Indonesian Topeng, and Japanese Kabuki.

These exposures, combined with Sufi forms and Flamenco which he later adopted, reshaped his style and direction in dancing, and became the dominant color of his performance. He has had numerous worldwide performances, such as his collaboration as main actor in productions of Tartuffe, La Ville Parjure, and Des Atrides, his solo dance at international festivals such as Festival de Meridas, Festival d'Asturias, Festival de Chartres, and many others.

In the late 90s, he established the Nakissa Dance Company and has performed many of his creations with this company worldwide, including A Persian Night's Dream, The Route of Orient, Nostalgia or Ghassedak, The Seven Pavilion of Love (Haft Peykar), Omar Khayam, Les Danses Mythologiques, Mani the Bouddha of Light, and Rumi Le Brule. His recent work includes Love Stories of Shahnameh based on epic poems from the Ferdowsi's Shahnameh: Book of Kings.”

presented by the South Bay Storytellers and Listeners
Saturday, November 22, 7:00PM
Palo Alto Church of Christ, 3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The South Bay Storytellers and Listeners once again host Tellabration! Come hear an evening of well-crafted stories by local tellers and special guests:

Professional Teller Michael Baefsky

Music by Celtic Harpist Deborah Bennett

Donations Appreciated  
Tellers’ recordings and books available for sale
Door prizes
Free Parking

For more information, please call Joy Swift at 650-494-1383
or Tom and Sandy Farley at 650-366-1818.

Tellabration! is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time and on the same weekend.”

New Moon Ceremony
Saturday, November 22, 7:00-9:00PM
The dhyana Center, 186 N. Main Street, Sebastopol
sliding scale $15-$20

“The period between a New Moon and Full Moon is when the Moon is waxing, it’s when there is an increase of energetic flow on earth. This is the time to initiate new projects and endeavors, it is a time for expansion, healing and renewal. New Moon and Full Moon are important milestones in the flow of the Moon cycles.

New Moon is a new cycle of seeding  and Full Moon is a time for bringing matters into completion into full healing and expansion cycle. Rituals around these milestones hold the opportunity to come together in community to align for spiritual connection and growth, bringing our mental, emotional and physical bodies into balance. It's a process of letting go of unhealthy patterns and receiving divine love and inspiration. Come and learn the science of divine spiritual wisdom so that you too can apply these universal laws and live in service of your highest self. Working with various breathwork techniques and meditation exercises, healing sound currents, and other tools that have been handed down from mouth to ear since the dawn of humankind.”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Saturday, November 22, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

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

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

Upcoming dates:
Date change  - December 22

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

Ecstatic Trance Dance
Celebrate The Festival of Lights and Mothers of The Universe
with Axis Mundi TranceFusion
Saturday, November 22, 8:00PM-Midnight
Bhakti Mandir (House of Devotional Ecstasy), 6225 Doremus Avenue, Richmond
$15 at the Door

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

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

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

The Pantheon Foundation Pagan Activism Conference Online
Saturday-Sunday, November 22-23,
online, see website for schedule and registration details

“The Pantheon Foundation is happy to announce the upcoming Pagan Activism Conference Online (PACO). The Conference will take place on November 22-23, 2014, and will be conducted entirely online using an easy-to-learn video conferencing platform called Zoom. There will be seven sessions over the course of the weekend. Each will be a 90 minute panel featuring four-five guests offering brief, TED talk-length presentations about tools and valuable information from the heart of their particular areas of experience/expertise, followed by moderated Q and A sessions. There will also be a Keynote address.

Current panelists and moderators include Shauna Aura Knight, John Beckett, Christine Hoff Kraemer, Carolina Amor-Boggs, John Medellin, Rion Roberts, and Amy/Ankhira Swordplow Himes.

The Conference Programming Committee currently consists of Yeshe Rabbit Matthews, Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, and Dwan McCarthy.

A special keynote address, along with the following topics, are already planned:
Pagans and Infrastructure: Serving Your Cause Effectively
Care and Feeding of Activists
Queer-and-Gender Activism
Online/Media Activism
Activism Among Pagans of Color
Consenting Adults: Sexual Ethics in the Pagan Community
Know Your Pagan Religious Rights

Single sessions are $20 per ticket, and the entire Conference ticket for all eight sessions is $100.”

My Neighbor Totoro
presented by Francophone Charter School
Sunday, November 23, 12:30-2:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, 510-658-7900

“This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. (movie played in English)

This event will support the Francophone Charter School of Oakland, a TK to 3rd grade public charter school with a French language immersion program opening in the fall of 2015.”

Happy Birthday San Jose!
Sunday, November 23, 1:00-4:00PM
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, 175 West Saint John Street, San Jose
Free Admission,  
Tour Tickets: Adults $8, Children 4-9 $5,
Activity Tickets: $1 each or 6 tickets for $5

“Celebrate San Jose’s 237th Birthday at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site! San Jose, or El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadelupe, the first Pueblo of California, was founded November 29, 1777. Come have a slice of birthday cake and help celebrate! Meet members of Founding Families, participate in hands-on activities, and visit the historic Peralta Adobe.

We will offer both adult tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House, as well as special children’s tours of the Peralta Adobe.”

Every Body Can Sing
a three month workshop series
with Karma Raines
Sunday, November 23, 2:00-4:00PM
Harmony Studio, 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-647-8147
$25 per session

“This workshop series will help you find a new connection to your voice!

You will learn about the physical foundations of singing using anatomy, movement, breath, vocal exploration, resonance and sounds. If you've been afraid to sing or 'not liked' your voice in the past, you will see that it's simply a learned physical task, and if you've sung for years you will learn something new about your voice.

You can sign up for one class or the whole series.  WARNING: It will be fun...
I hope you can make it!

Karma Raines”

Red Tent Sacred Circle
with Alicia Sierra
Sunday, November 23, 2:00-4:00PM
Berkeley Massage and Acupuncture, 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-2341

“A Red Tent Sacred Women's circle is a place where women can come together to share, nurture and help support one another. Join us for some ritual, meditation, dance and connection. Please invite your friends!”

In And Out Of Shadows
by Gary Soto
presented by Brava Studio Sessions
Sunday, November 23, 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“In And Out Of Shadows, a musical by famed Chicano writer Gary Soto, is about the lives and experiences of a group of undocumented teenagers from Richmond and Pinole, California. Very funny, in a format loosely based on the Canterbury Tales, members of San Francisco Youth Theatre’s professional ensemble not only perform the play, but also gathered the oral histories from around the Bay Area on which it is based, and which Soto has transformed into this vibrant, musical theater production, with an original score, inspired by Mexican Mariachi, jazz, and hip hop.

Directed by Cliff Mayotte (from Voice of Witness) with music by SFYT Director Emily Klion and Bay Area luminary George Brooks.

As the teens prepare their personal statements for an AB 540 conference at UC Berkeley (AB 540 allows DREAMers, as they are known, to attend school at in-state tuition rates), we meet Juan, who arrived in the US alone via a sewer when he was 13. And Alberto who, as a determined six-year-old, was put to sleep with cough syrup during the crossing because he adamantly refused to give his cousin’s name as his own. We watch a newly urbanized vaco loco teaching an undocumented Chinese friend how to speak street Spanish.  Running through everything is the fear of deportation. Many families in the show have mixed status - undocumented parents whose documented children were born here, for example - who live in constant fear of family separation.  The diverse group of young actors, many of whom are directly affected by the issue, mix English, Spanish, Tagalog, Spanglish and other languages as they unfold the unwieldy human effects of this messy political issue.

In and Out of Shadows was developed in 2012 with Dave Egger’s Voice of Witness oral history program and Marsh Youth Theater, with support from the Creative Work Fund. The show premiered at The Marsh in 2013. This production is supported by the Fresno Regional Foundation, The California Endowment, and Brava Theater.

Gary Soto is a nationally acclaimed poet and novelist of young adult fiction. Born and raised in the farm community of Fresno, he has a keen personal interest in Latino youth and first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing low-income immigrant populations, from whose lives he draws extensively in his stories. The blend of humor and Spanglish vernacular in his fiction has captured the largest readership of Latino youth in the nation. His books have been translated into five languages and sold nearly four million copies, with 48 million textbooks featuring his writings. He currently lives in Berkeley.

San Francisco Youth Theatre is directed by youth theatre dynamo, Emily Klion. Based at Brava Theater and Red Poppy Art House, SFYT ensembles are extremely diverse in race, class, ability, national origin, sexual orientation and, most significantly to this project, immigration status. SFYT provides musical theater education and performance opportunities for youth without regard to financial circumstance or past experience. In and Out of Shadows is SF Youth Theatre’s premiere performance.

Fresno City College, founded in 1910, is California’s first junior college and now serves more than twenty thousand fulltime and part-time students. Gary Soto is an alumnus of the college; the Gary Soto Literary Museum is located in the campus’s Old Administration Building and attracts school age children, college students, and tourists.”

Harvest Festival at Tara Firma Farms
Sunday, November 23, 3:00-6:00PM
Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I Street, Petaluma

“Holiday Festivities for 2014 are kicked off on Sunday, November 23, at Tara Firma Farms as we host a fun community event featuring live music, games, BBQ food, beer and wine, all included. These three hours of fun begin at 3:00PM.  Come early for tours or to hang with our farm member community.   After the festivities, you can take your turkey home to kick off Thanksgiving preparations and holiday spirit.

Come with your friends and family see where your holiday bird was raised and kick up your heels.  Our turkeys are the largest Broad breasted type. We have white and bronze turkeys, currently on pasture, come visit!   

Ticket includes BBQ plate, games, music and fun. Children under 8 free. Turkey sold separately.  Please call Tara Firma Farms directly to reserve your  broad-breasted turkey, raised on pasture in Petaluma.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, November 23, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

Thanksgiving to your Body
hosted by Natural Flow
Monday, November 24, 12:30-2:00PM
Omi Gallery, Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-2323
Free Brown-Bag Discussion

“With all of the holiday hustle and bustle, it is easy to forget to care for and give gratitude to our bodies. At this time of giving thanks why don’t we dedicate some moments to appreciate the bodies that we are in every day. Come write a gratitude letter to your body and get creative, we’ll have leaves to trace, crayons, colored pencils, and paper. Maybe you have a poem or drawing waiting to come out giving thanks to your body.

Natural Flow will bring art supplies and paper, feel free to bring any creative materials you may like to use, your lunch, and your wonderful self just as you are.

This is the seventh lunchtime discussion hosted by Natural Flow. All are welcome to attend, regardless of menstruation status or any other factor.”

Nerd Nite East Bay #24
Monday, November 24, 7:00PM, and the last Monday of each month
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 75 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute, fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines - while the audience drinks along.  And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well.  Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths.  Fun, right?  As nerds and non-nerds like to say, Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel… with Beer!

For Nerd Nite #24 the topics and lecturers will be as follows:
Sing a Song, Do a Dance: That's How You Seduce a Jumping Spider by Erin Brandt
A Guided Tour of the Brain by Zarinah Agnew
Sexy Interfaces for Sex in Sci Fi by Chris Noessel

Be there or be square!

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

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

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

Tea and Chanting Sangha
Tuesday, November 25, 8:00PM, and the fourth Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

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

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

See the website for details about our online Sangha

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

Have a Week of Awakened Activism and Ecstatic Metamorphosis!

Molly Blue Dawn

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