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05/09/2013 - Czech Please! Animated Wonders from the former Czechoslovakia

Posted: 09 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Oddball Films Presents Czech Please! an evening of mind-blowing animation from the former Czechoslovakia. From cut-outs to puppets to stop-motion; from the adorable to the dark and thought-provoking, this evening will open your eyes to the brilliance, vision and creativity of some of the great Czech animators. Films include Jiri Trnka's exquisite parable of totalitarianism, The Hand (1965). The two-cutest bird friends you may ever see dance to the radio, take pictures of themselves and fight off a hungry cat in the insanely adorable Queer Birds (1967). Recurring cartoon hero The Mole paints his friends in psychedelic colors in The Mole as Painter (1972). Zip off into the future in space in the trippy, zippy Kosmodrome 1999 (1969). Clever cutout animation The Sword (1967) gives a unique take on mortality. The rare and delightful Ferda the Ant(1941), a puppet-animation sporting the first wire-framed creatures on film. A young girl's ears grow and she flies away to start a band with jungle animals in Cecily (1970's). A jungle breaks out in the classroom when two kids steal a magician's top hat in Nature in a Top Hat (1960s). A clown gets upstaged by a fish in The Clowns (1968). Bulbous-nosed inventor Mr. Koumal (1968) deals with a series of amusing calamities following inventing fire, robots and wings. Plus more for the early birds!

Date: Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 8:00PM. Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
 Admission: $10.00 RSVP Only to: 415-558-8117 or programming <at> oddballfilm.com

Featuring: The Hand (Color, 1965) This is Jiri Trnka’s last, and many say his best work. “The Hand” is an allegorical take on the Stalinist Czech dictatorial regime. Trnka directed some of the most acclaimed animated films ever made. In 1966, four years before his death, Newsday lauded him as "second to Chaplin as a film artist because his work inaugurated a new stage in a medium long dominated by Disney." Trnka, was a 1936 graduate of Prague's School of Arts and Crafts. In 1945 he set up an animation unit with several collaborators at the Prague film studio; they called the unit "Trick Brothers." Trnka specialized in puppet animation, a traditional Czech art form, of which he became the undisputed master. He also created animated cartoons, but it was his puppet animation that made him an internationally recognized artist and the winner of film festival awards at Venice and elsewhere. His films are brilliant, bizarre and meticulously rendered.

Kosmodrome 1999 (Color, 1969, by Frantisek Vystreil) The year is 1999. Interstellar travel is so commonplace; hordes of commuters shuttle about on rockets as casually as they commute from SF to LA today. Our hero misses his flight, however and his zany adventures with the Rube Goldberg-like rocket he tries to enlist results in bizarre and weirdly animated adventures. Brilliant animation and zany, electronic sounds! Produced by the famed Kratky Film Company in Prague.

The Mole As Painter (Color, 1972) Famous Czech animator Zdeněk Miler made a series of cartoons with a mole as main character. Here the mole is accidentally dropped into a bucket of paint, then proceeds to paint his woodland friends in crazy, psychedelic colors to scare off a marauding fox.

Mr. Koumal (1968) Part of a series of Czech animations featuring the bulbous-nosed Mr. Koumal. Three separate short cartoons illustrating a variety of human accomplishments in parable form.

1) Mr Koumal Carries the Torch: First, Mr Koumal invents fire (”carries the torch”). He tries to protect his torch from a variety of natural and human hazards. Comedy ensues. Mr. Koumal valiantly attempts to carry the torch to the finish line against many obstacles. The torch is snatched from his grasp at the last minute and another man claims the victory.

2) Mr Koumal Invents a Robot. Mr Koumal has a hard time polishing his shoes, so invents a machine to do it, then a robot that will do it instead. He ends up polishing the robot’s shoes instead.

3) Mr Koumal Flies Like a Bird. While climbing a mountain, Mr Koumal sees an eagle flying even higher and tries to fly off the mountain. He steals the eagle’s feathers as well as feathers from a thousand chickens, but he still can’t fly. He ends up selling the feathers as indian headdresses.

The Sword (Color, 1967) This clever cutout animation is short and er… to the point, The Sword is allegory on the ignorance of people who enjoy their life to those who are suffering or dying at the very same instant.

Ferda The Ant (B+W, 1941) Based on the popular children's book, this darling stop-motion short features the titular protagonist facing off against a vicious arachnid while attempting to finish a hard day of work. When Ferda and his friend are caught in the spider's web, they must free themselves or be lunch. Made by one of the founding mothers of Czech animation, Hermína Týrlová, this innovative and beautiful film features the first use of wire-frame puppets in stop-motion animation.

Queer Birds (B+W, 1967) From KRÁTKÝ FILM PRAHA a.s., the Czech company that produced animated, cartoon and puppet films from directors like Jiří Trnka, Jan Švankmajer, Karel Zeman comes Queer Birds, a bizarre cold war tale of a black cat and two terrorized birds. The film features a brilliant and innovative pre electronic music score. One of the top animated films in the Oddball archives!

Cecily (Color, 1970’s) In this surprising Czech animation, the eponymous Cecily is a little girl with big dreams of becoming a singer. Her grumpy grandmother, however, is less than encouraging, tugging on Cecily’s ears whenever displeased with her behavior. Such incessant ear-pulling eventually stretches the little girl’s ears to the size of sails, and little Cecily takes to the sky, Dumbo-like, to realize her dreams elsewhere. She lands in the jungle, adopted by an assortment of animals, and starts a band.

The Clowns (1968)

A clown using a fish as a comedy prop gets the joke played on him as the fish becomes the star attraction in this charming 60's cartoon.

Nature in a Top Hat (Color, 1960s) This adorable Czech animation features a show and tell gone awry when two youngsters steal a magician's top hat and produce from it not just a bunny, but an entire jungle. Story by Milos Macourek, music by Jiri Bazans and Jiri Malasek, art by Jan Brychsa, written and directed by Boxena Moxisova

05/10/2013 - Learn Your Lesson...on Drugs: Shockucational Shorts for the D.A.R.E. Generation

Posted: 10 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...on Drugs - Shockucational Shorts for the D.A.R.E. Generation, the third in a series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic shockucational films and TV specials of the collection. This time, we're taking drugs; that is taking on drugs and the filmic pharmacy is officially open! Melanie and Kathleen are desperate to experiment with drugs in excerpts from Degrassi Jr. High - The Experiment (1987). Creepy double-headed puppets designed by Julie Taymor teach us about intergalactic teens and peer pressure in Deciso 3003 (1982). Benny's the little man on campus and while steroids might make him bigger, they might cost him everything important in Di$ney's Benny and the 'Roids (1988). It might be in Spanish but you won't miss the meaning behind the hilarious cartoon Sex, Booze, Blues and those Pills You Use (1982). McGruff the Crime Dog is back (as a man in a clumsy dog suit and trademark trenchcoat) and he's got a lesson for the kiddies on how to narc on your druggy friends in McGruff's Drug Alert (1987). Sonny Bono gets high (pre-taping) and dons a gold lamé pajama set to tell you all about Marijuana (1968). And because it never gets old, the Oddball favorite The Cat Who Drank... And Used Too Much (1987) will be stopping by. Plus! a multi-projector Celebrity Drug PSA Mash-up featuring Beau Bridges, Paul Newman on PCP, Phil Donahue on crack and Richard Dreyfuss on cocaine! Early birds shall enjoy Narcotics Pit of Despair (1967).

Date: Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 8:00pm Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming <at> oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117

Featuring:

Degrassi Jr. High - The Experiment (Color, 1987) The Degrassi empire began in 1983 and continues to this day (with a few breaks and reimaginations along the way). With age-appropriate casting and a bent towards taboo subject matter (abortion, AIDS, vibrators, penis pumps, incontinence on top of a cheerleading pyramid) Degrassi has been pushing the envelope for 30 years. In this episode from the first season of Degrassi Jr. High, Melanie and Kathleen are so anxious to try drugs, they buy aspirin off of Joey and have the trip of a lifetime!

Deciso 3003 (Color, 1982) Peter Wallach, Eli Wallach’s brother directed this bizarre anti-drug PSA, in the height of the “Just Say No” ‘80s. Two couples of double-headed alien teens set out on what they think is just going to be any other intergalactic trip to the Drive-In (to see Vincent Price in The Fly) but when one of them thinks it’ll be cool to take some meteor pills and get handsy with his date, we all learn that being a teenager isn’t easy for anyone in the galaxy. The puppets were made by Julie Taymor, director of Across the Universe and Titus, and Eli Wallach narrates, though neither is credited on the internet movie database. Perhaps, like the teen alien flying home alone, they too feel the shame.

Benny and the ‘Roids (Color, 1988) Benny has got it all; a great looking girlfriend, a best bud and the High School cred. of being on the football team. But his teammates pick on his puniness and even as he self-indulgently videotapes himself working out, the progress just isn’t fast enough. The next logical step, ask the beefiest, sketchiest looking guy at the gym where to score some steroids. How long can Benny keep his perfect life with his dirty little secret, and will it end up being worth it? As it is a Disney production, I’m sure you can guess it won’t be, but you’ll still enjoy your front row ticket to the RAGE!

Sex, Booze, and Blues, and Those Pills You Use (Color, 1982) Sex tutorials in fine animated fair come to life in this warning against abuse of alcohol and drugs, and how they can lead to sexual dysfunction.

The Cat Who Drank and Used Too Much (Color, 1987) Wacky anti-drug film about alcohol and drug using Pat the Cat. He hits the skids before finally reaching out for help - an all-time Oddball Films audience favorite! Narrated by Julie Harris and winner of 24 major awards!

McGruff's Drug Alert (Color, 1987) Everybody's favorite dog detective, McGruff the Crime Dog teaches children that pills and medicines can be poisonous if they are taken by the wrong people or in the wrong amounts. He teaches also about “illegal” drugs and how to narc on your friends! Marijuana (Color, 1968) Sonny Bono graces the silver screen in gold lamé to set the facts straight about grass; that he appears utterly stoned himself should not denigrate his message one bit. He systematically counters all the usual arguments in favor of the evil weed (hilariously rattled off one by one by a group of teenagers being arrested).

Words of wisdom in stoner monotone: “Unlike alcohol, when you take too much at one time, you don’t pass out. You more than likely run the risk of an unpredictable �" and unpleasant �" bummer”. Plus! A Celebrity Drug PSA Mash-up featuring excerpts of:

The Perfect Drug Film (Color, 1971) Hosted by obvious stoner Beau Bridges

Angel Death (Color, 1985) Hosted by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward about the dangers of PCP use.

Phil Donahue's Crack Show (1986)

Cocaine Abuse: End of the Line (Color, 1984) Hosted by Richard Dreyfuss

And For the Early Birds:

Narcotics: Pit of Despair (Color, 1967) The all-time classic of the genre, a real howler! Super-square kid is lured into the world of illicit drugs and other pleasures by the scheming drug dealer and his wanton woman. Sample voiceover: “Take a trip from Squaresville, get with the countdown, shake this square world and blast off to Kicksville!” Sounds good to me!!

05/11/2013 - Christian Divine's Saturday Nite Drive-In Spectacular

Posted: 11 May 2013 06:30 PM PDT

Cult-film scholar Christian Divine trucks in with his CAR-KINO CULT presentation, a cavalcade of skull-pulverizing clips on the uniquely American phenomenon of the Drive-In Movie. The final frontier of guerrilla showmanship, drive-ins exploited a lurid repertoire of Hollywood actioners and independent grindhouse fare. The activity was ritualized around the automobile, and the romance of expansive viewing under the stars was counter-pointed by violence and copious sex on the super-wide screen (and in the back seats).

Representative titles like Billy Jack, Smokey and the Bandit, Wild Angels, Blood Feast, Night Call Nurses, and Destroy All Monsters are organized into a prototypical Saturday-night al fresco experience, compressing years of film- and car-culture into Christian’s wildly entertaining�"and obsessively researched�"lecture-demo.

Free popcorn, cheap beer, and lots more!!

05/12/2013 - In The Works Mother's Day Benefit Concert

Posted: 12 May 2013 07:30 PM PDT

Concert to support ITW as it fights off eviction by the destructive forces of gentrification in la Misión.

ITW, or In The Works, is a Mission-based anti-authoritarian arts collective that is resisting the eviction of its favorite space at 17th and Mission. ITW has hosted many events in the Mission including Monday Food not Bombs at 16th and Mission since November 2011 and hopes to continue to stand against oppression creatively.

The attempt at eviction is part of a move to turn another block of the Mission into condos and upscale offices for Yuppies while the working class, families, and poor are pushed into the streets or out of the neighborhood entirely. Along with gentrification comes more cops, the homogenization of culture, and an increasing divide between the rich and the poor. ITW and its allies stand against this displacement and its unhappy results.

Join us for a hot night of performances by:

Reporte Ilegal (Oakland/DF) Turbo Sonidero Futuristico (Puebla/San Jose) TurboMex feat. MC Mex Tape. (Oakland/Puebla/East Side San Jose)

and from Them Hellas: Queensdelight (SF) Duckworth (SF)

We are asking for a base donation of $10 at the door to the legal defense fund. You can also support the local establishment that is hosting us by buying drinks at the bar.

For more info on how to get involved or to sign up for the ITW Newsletter, send an email to jaguarpress <at> riseup.net

05/16/2013 - ArtPadSF 2013

Posted: 16 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

ArtPadSF at the iconic Phoenix Hotel is a provocative 21st century boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. In its third year and partnered with San Francisco’s world-renowned arts institutions, galleries, and artists, ArtPadSF is a crossroads for the creative and an unparalleled marketplace for art. Arts patrons and enthusiasts are invited to take in some of the most exciting contemporary art the market has to offer as the Phoenix Hotel transforms itself into a visual arts destination with over 40 hotel rooms being taken over by galleries and curatorial projects. Join us May 16th through 19th 2013 for screenings, panels, performances, and more.

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS http://artpadsfopeningnight.eventbrite.com/

05/17/2013 - SFAI presents: Currency

Posted: 17 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Currency is a showcase of provocative new work from the San Francisco Art Institute’s 2013 Master of Fine Arts graduates. This year’s exhibition location, The Old Mint, offers a unique opportunity for SFAI’s emerging artists to juxtapose contemporary expression with a stunning National Historic Landmark. Featuring work from nearly 100 artists working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, site-specific installation, digital media, performance, and across media, Currency invites you to discover the next generation of pioneering contemporary artists from this celebrated institution.

Exhibition: May 16 -19 Exhibition hours: 11 am�"6 pm
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05/16/2013 - Burqavaganza

Posted: 16 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Burqavaganza - a love story in the time of jihad - is a sassy, provocative Bollywood extravaganza, written by Pakistan's most prolific and progressive playwright, Shahid Nadeem, co-founder of Ajoka Theatre in Lahore, Pakistan. Burqavaganza uses the burqa as a metaphor for a society that thrives on double standards and covering up the truth. The entire cast, male and female, wears a burqa. Burqavaganza goes toe to toe with the long standing obsession with the burqa, face-veil, niqab, hijab, parda - and offers a side-splitting critique on rising fundamentalism, political corruption, and the War on Terror. Banned in Pakistan by the National Arts Council in 2010, Burqavaganza is a ground breaking political satire that provokes the audience to rethink and lift the veil of prejudice, outdated values, and hypocrisy within all societies.

May 16, 2013 �" June 2, 2013, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8 PM, Sun 2 PM* *except Sunday May 26 7 PM show

05/16/2013 - San Francisco Magic Parlor

Posted: 16 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

May 16th-Sept, 8pm, Thurs-Sat.

It's interactive Theatre, about San Francisco, in the Heart of San Francisco! A theatrical journey visiting San Francisco's eclectic neighborhoods, heroes, eccentrics, and rich history. A beguiling blend of solo-performance and enchantment.

The San Francisco Magic Parlor theatre has become a staple of Union Square, offering a diverse blend of entertainment combining emotional intensity with clever wit -it's not a mundane "magic show." Over three-hundred audience reviews have declared the show "Astonishment!" a success.

In the seventh month of an open-ended run the Parlor presents imaginative, inventive performances "spinning tales and weaving enchantment." Nestled in a cozy La Belle E'poque Parlor within the 100 year old Chancellor Hotel, the play has garnered 5-Star ratings on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Raconteur, actor, and conjurer Walt Anthony whisks audiences back through time journeying from San Francisco's magical past to its present. "Astonishment!" is intimate and personal entertainment created for natives and visitors alike.

Embark on an adventure where fascinating tales of Wonder and Shadow unfold. You'll be introduced to San Francisco's most revered and feared eccentrics, hearing captivating San Francisco tales and seeing astonishing conjuring. The evening's vignettes are highlighted with magical moments employing unusual curios and rare artifacts.

Time stands still in the intimate Parlor Theatre situated within the historic Chancellor Hotel Union Square. You may enjoy pre-show dinners and drinks from 5 pm to 7 pm in the lobby lounge before the 8:00 pm curtain time. Guests Agree!

"A real San Francisco treat, better than Rice-a-Roni!" "A must do for any native San Francisco." Presented by San Francisco Magic Parlor

05/17/2013 - Midnight’s Children

Posted: 16 May 2013 10:00 PM PDT

Opens Friday, May 17

Directed by Deepa Mehta and adapted by Salman Rushdie from his acclaimed novel, this epic saga spans the histories of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, from the British Empire in 1917 to the late 1970s. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India declares independence from Great Britain, two babies are switched at birth by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. And so it is that Saleem Sinai, the bastard child of a beggar woman, and Shiva, the only son of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destinies meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and inextricably linked to India’s whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters. Sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, it is a tale full of heartbreak, hope, comedy, tragedy and a considerable amount of magic. With Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran, Siddharth, Charles Dance. Writer/Narrator: Salman Rushdie. Director: Deepa Mehta. (Canada 2012) 140 min.

05/17/2013 - SFAI presents, Currency: The Moving Image

Posted: 17 May 2013 11:00 AM PDT

Grappling with issues of perception and meaning, transition and liminality, and the nature of art-making in the globalized 21st century, each artist probes the question of what it means to be an artist in the world-tacitly and provocatively expanding our understanding of the significance of the creative impulse today. Please join us as we introduce a new generation of moving image artists to the Bay Area through this inaugural screening at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Featured Artists:

Zach R. Alspaugh Pabi Chulo Amber Crabbe U. V. Dogan Heejin Jang Cheng Jiang Li Le Xing Liu (King) Qi Luo Tony Maridakis Andréanne Michon Ouater Sand Javid Soriano Jill Taffet Miao Tian Lindsay Tully

05/17/2013 - Recology San Francisco, Art at the Dump Artist in Residence Exhibitions: 
Work by Benjamin Cowden, Ian Treasure, and Hannah Quinn

Posted: 17 May 2013 03:00 PM PDT

Friday, May 17, 5-9pm
 Saturday, May 18, 1-3pm 
 Tuesday, May 21, 5-7pm

This exhibition will be the culmination of four months of work by artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse.

Benjamin Cowden, “Lunar Cassowaries.”

 Mechanical sculptures that explore flight and wind propulsion through the combination of unusual materials.

Ian Treasure "Road to Nowhere." Kinetic sculptures that present opportunities to reflect on the complexities and absurdities of life.

Hannah Quinn, "Beyond the Bower." Functional works that reference the traditions of craftspeople and home hobbyists, while also exploring the utilitarian forms for stools, benches and ladders.

05/17/2013 - City Youth Now

Posted: 17 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Join us as we honor the incredible dedication and service of Kathleen and Anne Ryan to the children of San Francisco at City Youth Now's Spring Gala, May 17th at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. There will be a silent auction, a cocktail and oyster bar reception, followed by a lovely dinner and live auction of several unique and exciting items. There will also be a live band - "Pure Ecstasy" - so bring your dancing shoes! San Francisco local radio DJ, Paul Tonelli, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this event dedicated to raising funds for the personal development and health of San Francisco's neediest children. This event will attract judges, attorneys, prominent politicians and community leaders. City Youth Now will present academic scholarships to foster and probation youth who have shown extraordinary effort and dedication and are continuing on to college.

05/17/2013 - Evening of Acoustic Music in the Redwoods with The Shapes

Posted: 17 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

We invite you to experience an intimate acosutic concert in San Francisco Botanical Garden's century-old Redwood Grove with Santa Cruz based beach-folk musicians, The Shapes. Breathe in the earthy fragrance as you enjoy two complimentary beers or glasses of wine as the band's bluesy tunes and laid-back vocals echo throughout the forest.

Make an evening of the event by purchasing snacks from the local food truck on site, and sit amongst the sword ferns, huckleberries, and wild ginger.

Join Associate Curator David Cruse-Pickler on a informative tour of the history, cultural importance, and botany of the largest redwood grove in San Francisco. Please join us for this unique fusion of music and nature in our cherished Redwood Grove. This is a rare chance to enjoy music after-hours in the Garden. Event is limited to 40 people, so sign up now.

6:00-7:00 Food Truck Picnic with Naked Chorizo (Menu: http://www.nakedchorizo.com/)

6:30-7:30 Learn about the Redwoods with Associate Curator David Kruse Pickler

7:30-8:30 Acoustic performance by The Shapes

For more information on The Shape: http://theshapesmusic.com/

05/17/2013 - Currency

Posted: 17 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Currency is a showcase of provocative new work from the San Francisco Art Institute’s 2013 Master of Fine Arts graduates. This year’s exhibition location, The Old Mint, offers a unique opportunity for SFAI’s emerging artists to juxtapose contemporary expression with a stunning National Historic Landmark. Featuring work from nearly 100 artists working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, site-specific installation, digital media, performance, and across media, Currency invites you to discover the next generation of pioneering contemporary artists from this celebrated institution.

May 16�"19, 2013. Exhibition hours: 11 am�"6 pm daily. Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 7�"9 pm.
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05/13/2013 - Sadhguru and Paul Hawken Talk Socially Conscious Business

Posted: 13 May 2013 04:30 PM PDT

A guru and an ex-hippie businessman come to The Commonwealth Club for an unconventional discussion around new paradigms in business. Their innovative and transformative concepts offer pathways to discover what business with a higher purpose could look like. Come with an open mind �" you’ll laugh, you’ll be surprised, and you’ll leave empowered and inspired.

05/13/2013 - Joystick Warfare: On the Legality and Morality of Combat Drones

Posted: 13 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Washington doesn't like to talk about its use of military drones very much. No wonder: they just might be illegal under U.S. and international law...to say nothing of the Administration's so-called "targeted killing" program and its insistence that even U.S. citizens are legitimate targets of warfare from afar.

So-called experts who have examined drone technology tend to have a common thought about it: Drones, whether military or just for surveillance, are here to stay and we should get used to the idea of having them. From both a military/security and civil liberties standpoint, some folks will beg to differ.

To address the matter of drone warfare, on Monday May 13 Paul George, Director of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, will be the guest of Peace Action of San Mateo County with a talk entitled "Joystick Warfare - On the Legality and Morality of Combat Drones."

We are honored to have Paul reprise the presentation he gave in Cupertino April 16. In this forum, we will take a look at the U.S. drone program: Where and how often are drones being used to launch missiles? Who are the targets? And who is actually being killed by the drones? Most importantly, he'll raise the question: Should our country be using combat drones in its citizens' names?

Paul George has been an activist and grassroots organizer for peace and human rights for over 45 years, and has also been PPJC's director since the mid-1990's. He is a highly regarded and frequent public speaker (including at various PASMC events over the years) on a range of topics. In the course of his career, Paul has traveled to war zones to witness firsthand the profound effects of U.S. foreign policy on ordinary people. On May 13 we will be honored to have his expertise and his commitment to peace. The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.

Presented by Peace Action of San Mateo County

05/13/2013 - The SHOUT -- LIfe's True Stories

Posted: 13 May 2013 05:30 PM PDT

The SHOUT is a live storytelling event featuring people from all walks of life telling amazing but true 10-minute stories from their lives. Interspersed with the featured raconteurs, audience members have the opportunity to put their name in the hat in hopes of being picked for one of our 6-minute wild-card slots. Past stories at The Shout have featured a bipolar father building a skiff in a living room in the projects, a substitute teacher in Juvenile Hall, a young man discovering that he had been in witness protection as a child, and an actor deciding to do better art after starring in a soft-core porn version of Don Quixote, to name a few. The SHOUT - Life is Entertaining

05/14/2013 - Playland After Dark

Posted: 14 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Tuesday, May 14th Playland After Dark �" Grown-up Game Night (Adult Admission Only $10) Join us for a date night like no other�"Playland After Dark's Grown-up Game Night featuring board games galore (or you can bring your favorite!) and all the unique exhibits, classic carnival games and free-play pinball always available at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, without the kids.

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America's bygone amusements -- circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades, haunted houses, and beautiful art everywhere. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era.

05/14/2013 - 'A Fate Worse Than Death' with Bess Lovejoy and Jill Tracy

Posted: 14 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Join the SF Obscura Society for an evening of stories of the incredible - and sometimes distressing - things that can happen to a body long after it's buried

Sometimes, a body just won't stay put. Whether it's for science or sorcery, or simply a moving of property, there are a lot of reasons why the dead sometimes travel epic distances and have great adventures.

Local chanteuse Jill Tracy and author Bess Lovejoy will be joining us to set the stage and spin tales of the ambulatory dead.

Bess Lovejoy, author of the new book Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses has dedicated her morbid curiosity to investigating the details of these bizarre and fascinating stories of the ambulatory dead.

On May 14th, she will share the threats famous bodies have faced through the ages, from furta sacra ("holy theft" of saintly relics) to phrenologist skull stealers, from "Resurrection Men" digging up cadavers for medical schools to modern organ harvesters.

Hailed by LA Weekly as the "cult darling of the Underworld," local chanteuse and storyteller Jill Tracy will lure us six feet under with a dark and deadly musical introduction.

Cocktail of the night: Corpse Reviver!

Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Seattle. She writes about dead people, forgotten history, and sometimes art, literature, and science. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Boston Globe, The Stranger, and other publications. Visit her at BessLovejoy.com or follow her on twitter at <at> besslovejoy.

Jill Tracy is a San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and “musical evocateur” who has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her eerie and beautiful cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales. Tracy is the first musician to receive a grant from the renowned Mütter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphiaand is dedicating the year to completing a musical work based on the Mütter collection. Visit her at JILLTRACY.com or follow her on twitter at <at> jilltracymusic

A Fate Worse Than Death is part of our new evening Atlas Obscura salon series at DNA Lounge, highlighting strange stories, odd places, and unusual histories near and far.

ADVANCE TICKETS: http://www.atlasobscura.com/events/obscura-society-sf-a-fate-worse-than-death-bess-lovejoy

05/14/2013 - Jaron Lanier, author of 'Who Owns the Future?' + 'You Are Not a Gadget'

Posted: 14 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Lanier’s expertise in computer science, music, and digital media helped him develop a profound understanding of technology and its impact on society.

But with advancements come hardships and according to Lanier, we are facing greater challenges than ever before. The rise of digital networks has not only forced our economy into recession but also put strains on the middle class. Technology has also flattened industries like manufacturing and media. So what needs to change? Lanier who is credited for coining and popularizing virtual reality research provides his visionary insight to what the new information economy will look like.

05/14/2013 - The Modern Origins Story: From Big Bang to Habitable Planets

Posted: 14 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

The scientific understanding of our origins began in earnest with Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, and others, and has since evolved into a rich, detailed, and well-tested model.

Direct observations of the infant universe now show that it was remarkably smooth compared to what we see around us today, with only tiny differences in its properties from one part to another.

By contrast, in the present universe there are enormous differences in the properties of matter from one part to another: some regions host planets, stars, and galaxies (and even humans!) while others do not. Far from exhibiting its early smoothness, the modern universe is extraordinarily chunky.

In this visually rich presentation, outstanding researcher/teacher Dr. Eliot Quataert (UC Berkeley) will describe how the universe evolved from its smooth beginnings to its current chunky state. He will emphasizing how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars, and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed.

Before the 7:00 PM start time, build a tasty meal from the many food trucks at StrEat Food Park. Then consume your discoveries with science-minded friends in the warmth of a huge central dining space. Professor Quataert and the food trucks will conspire to make a most enlightening dining experience.

Presented by Wonderfest + Ask a Scientist

05/14/2013 - ODC Theater presents Indulge

Posted: 14 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

For one night only, sample a cross-section of the cultural and culinary delights that only the Mission District can offer. Enjoy performance ephemera by ODC Theater Artists in Residence. Taste specialty sweets and savories by beloved Bay Area shops. Sip coffee, wine or specialty cocktails, all while bidding on alluring art and foodie auction items.

Start the night at a community dinner at 6pm hosted by our favorite Mission restaurants. $125 includes dinner, drinks and entry to Indulge! Reserve today: 415-863-6606, x114

Indulge proceeds benefit ODC Theater programming.

PERFORMERS LEVYdance Amara Tabor-Smith Amy Seiwert's Imagery

PURVEYORS AQ Commonwealth Delfina Foreign Cinema Hayes Street Grill Lolinda Slow Club Universal Cafe Mission Minis Schulzie's Bread Pudding Three Babes Bakeshop Dandelion Chocolates Dianda's Bluxome St. Cellars SQ1 Vodka Presented by ODC Theater

05/14/2013 - “ImmigraNation” Comedy Show

Posted: 14 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

This May, when gridlocked Congress decides to take up posturing rather than taking action on immigration reform, San Francisco Bay Area-based comedians and comedy producers, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Samson Koletkar, make audiences laugh about the immigrant experience and the hilarity of the current immigration debate in America, taking on a topic that even Congress doesn’t know how to touch.

“ImmigraNation” is a show about immigration and America. Samson and Dhaya have Congress to thank for supplying so much comedic material on the immigration debate. Samson is a first generation Indian immigrant, and Dhaya is the daughter of Indian immigrants. The show also features fellow comedians, Karinda Dobbins (African American comic; Nickelodeon’s “NickMom Night Out”), James Fluty (Latino comic; Current TV), and Steve Lee (Asian disabled comic; blends his Chinese roots with his love for all things American; TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong).

05/15/2013 - Film Screening: Sans Soleil, by Chris Marker

Posted: 15 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

In conjunction with the exhibition Words and Places: Etel Adnan, the Wattis Institute, and the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies at the California College of the Arts present a series of talks and film screenings that examine issues called up by Adnan’s practice, and expand its frame of reference.

Wednesday, May 15 A public screening of filmmaker Chris Marker's pivotal “essay film” Sans Soleil (1983, 103 mins), a complex meditation on individual and collective human memory, refracted through scenes filmed in Iceland, Japan, Paris, San Francisco and Guinea-Bissau, and a political and poetic approach that is Marker’s alone.

Words and Places: Etel Adnan is the first large-scale institutional exhibition of work by the Lebanese writer, poet, and painter Etel Adnan, spanning six decades of her artistic practice. Born in Beirut in 1925 to a Christian Greek mother and a Muslim Syrian father, Adnan has spent her life between places�"Beirut, Paris, and the Bay Area�"negotiating their different cultures and languages, as well as her distinctive position among them. This experience of displacement deeply informs her work, which similarly ranges between mediums and formats. Her work has recently been included in dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany, 2012) and the Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon (London, 2010).

For more information on this event, the exhibition, and a complete calendar of public programs, please visit the Wattis website at [www.wattis.org].

05/15/2013 - Ants: The Invisible Majority

Posted: 15 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Often found hip-deep in Madagascar mud, Dr. Brian Fisher is a modern day explorer who has devoted his life to the study and conservation of ants and biodiversity around the world. His research sends him through the last remote rainforests and deserts of Madagascar and Africa in search of ants. Although his subjects may be small in stature, they make a huge impact on their ecosystems. And what they lack in size, they more than make up for in numbers.

By documenting the species diversity and distribution of this “invisible majority,” Dr. Fisher is helping to establish conservation priorities for Madagascar, identifying areas that should be set aside to protect the highest number of species. Along the way, he has discovered 100’s of new species of ants. He created the annual Ant Course in 2001, AntWeb in 2002, and the Madagascar Biodiversity Center in 2004. He has published over 90 peer reviewed articles including the “Ants of North America” with Stefan Cover. Every year, Dr. Fisher trains dozens of international graduate students in the taxonomy and natural history of ants, providing them with skills to use ants as an important indicator of biodiversity across the globe. He is currently Associate Curator of Entomology at the California Academy of Sciences and adjunct professor of biology at both the University of California at Berkeley and at San Francisco State University. He has appeared in a number of BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic films and has been profiled in Newsweek and Discover magazine.

This talk is held in conjunction with Ants in the City goo.gl/tuopX April 10 �" May 25, 2013

Intersection for the Arts presents Ants in the City, a solo exhibition project by San Francisco-based artist Su-Chen Hung. 18th Century British poet William Blake wrote, “To see a world from a grain of sand,” and so Hung examines our world from the perspective of ants through three related video works and installations: Ants in the City; Kiss you, Honey; and Red Corner. Working with light, space, sound, movement, and stillness, Hung’s work is simple and elegant, accessible and contemplative. She has utilized a variety of media in both installation and performance contexts to investigate a diversity of social, cultural, and environmental concerns, and viewers often become performers in her work, intentionally or otherwise.

In the immersive video installation Ants in the City, Hung used a macro lens over a 38-hour span to document an ant colony as they slowly devoured red stained sugar and relayed it back to their home. Scurrying about and emitting specific phermones and antennae signals to communicate with one another, we might observe the ants displaying frustration, anger, and even gluttony �" acts compatible with our own behavior. There are more than 10,000 known ant species around the world, and over 100 species native to the Bay Area. Some early myrmecologists �" scientists who study ants �" considered ant society as an ideal social system, and sought to find solutions to human problems by studying them. There is a hierarchy within the ant world: a queen, male ants (which are only around for reproduction), soldiers, and workers. Whether protecting the nest, foraging for food, or procreating, each ant serves a particular function within the colony. Reflecting on our own human existence, Hung questions the relationships formed between humans within our larger urban environment. Do we function as part of a larger, structured system like an ant colony, or are we individuals working together for a cause? As ants divide into castes of labor and occupy one role their whole life, are our social positions stratified this way as well?

This exhibition is supported in part by the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants program. Visual technology for the project provided by Optoma Technology, Inc., with generous support provided by Wade Chang, Mills Chen, Jon Grodem, Vincent Huang, Joshi Hsieh, Teddy Jung, Arun Kanuga, Nick Liang, TI Lin, Felix Pimentel, Andy Wang, Hans Wang, and Shen Wang. Additional thanks for assistance on this project to Bamboo Curtain Studio, Coretronic Culture and Arts Foundation, Yung-Ta Chang, Wei Ching, Terence Lee, Christian Rice, and Perngjuh Shyong.

05/15/2013 - Presidio Talk: What’s Old is Green - Sustainability and Historic Rehabilitation in the 21st Century

Posted: 15 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

While “green building” has typically applied to new construction, the Presidio is demonstrating that historic rehabilitation and green building practices are natural partners. Join the Presidio Trust’s Chandler McCoy and Jeanne Miernyk to learn about recent park projects that celebrate both history and the environment, including efforts that have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. RSVP requested to rsvp <at> presidiotrust.gov.

This program is part of Welcome to the Presidio: Presidio Milestones + the Next Chapter, a new exhibit on the Main Post. The exhibit shows visitors a glimpse of the Presidio's past, present, and future.

05/15/2013 - If the Walls Could Speak: Mysteries of the Mint

Posted: 15 May 2013 05:30 PM PDT

If the Walls Could Speak: Mysteries of the Mint Tuesday, May 15 - 7:30pm Old Mint 5th + Mission (parking available at Fifth + Mission Garage) Through photos/illustrations, authors/Mint historians Nancy Oliver + Richard Kelly will reveal recently discovered secrets and details about the Mint under siege during the 1906 earthquake and fire. Signed copies of their books, including The Men Who Managed the Mint, The Mint’s Integrity, The Mint Under Siege and A Mighty Fortress, The Stories Behind the Second United States Mint will be available for purchase.

Bring your friends and neighbors and introduce them to SFMHS and all we have to offer them! Reservations not required. For more information, visit the website: www.sfhistory.org, or call (415) 537-1105. Programs will be preceded by a 7pm reception. SFMHS programs are free for members; $10 non-members. Programs are held at the Old Mint at 5th and Mission streets (unless otherwise stated) Parking available at the Fifth + Mission Street Garage

05/15/2013 - Word Performances with Lorna Dee Cervantes, Doug Cordell, Zabrina Zabrisky, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Karinda Dobbins, Matthew James De Coster andAndrew Dugas

Posted: 15 May 2013 05:30 PM PDT

Word Performances is a series of poetry, fiction, comedy, memoir, and jazz.

We have special array of talent with comedians Karinda Dobbins and Zahra Noorbakhsh, and writers Lorna Dee Cervantes, Doug Cordell, Matthew James DeCoster, Zarina Zabrisky, Andrew Dugas, Cybele Zufolo Siegel and Todd Siegel.

Special cabaret jazz performance by Nikola Printz

05/16/2013 - Ritlab: Create, Nosh, Shavuot

Posted: 16 May 2013 03:30 PM PDT

Celebrate Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, Kehinde Wiley-style in this latest edition of the Museum’s after hours Ritlab, short for Ritual Laboratory. Catch a screening of Wild Style - the 1983 hip-hop classic. Ask questions at Reboot’s “Ask a Rabbi” booth with support by the Koret Foundation. Create with Justin Kerr’s Black Sheep Postal Service. Nosh on blintzes made by Wise Sons Delicatessen. Sip cocktails by Distillery 209. And explore the galleries with games and an Art Flash Gallery Chat. 21 and over only.

Presented in conjunction with Kehinde Wiley | The World Stage: Israel.

05/16/2013 - ArtPadSF Opening Night Benefiting the SFMOMA SECA Art Award

Posted: 16 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

From May 16 to 19, 2013 the third annual ArtPadSF will transform the Phoenix Hotel into a visual arts destination, with over 40 hotel rooms being taken over by galleries and curatorial projects. This year the boutique art fair, focused on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond, launches with an exclusive preview show benefiting the upcoming SECA Art Award exhibition. The evening will include food and drink specials from Chambers Restaurant and exciting poolside performances. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to support SECA and explore ArtPadSF!

Since 1967, SFMOMA and its art interest group Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) has honored more than 70 Bay Area artists with this biennial award. ArtPadSF has partnered with SECA to support this important award program. This September the exhibition will feature off-site commissions by awardees Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, and David Wilson.

05/16/2013 - ArtPadSF Opening Night Benefiting the SFMOMA SECA Art Award

Posted: 16 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

From May 16 to 19, 2013 the third annual ArtPadSF will transform the Phoenix Hotel into a visual arts destination, with over 40 hotel rooms being taken over by galleries and curatorial projects. This year the boutique art fair, focused on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond, launches with an exclusive preview show benefiting the upcoming SECA Art Award exhibition. The evening will include food and drink specials from Chambers Restaurant and exciting poolside performances. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to support SECA and explore ArtPadSF! Since 1967, SFMOMA and its art interest group Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) has honored more than 70 Bay Area artists with this biennial award. ArtPadSF has partnered with SECA to support this important award program. This September the exhibition will feature off-site commissions by awardees Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, and David Wilson.

05/16/2013 - Rockshow: Paul McCartney + Wings

Posted: 16 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Restoration Premiere!

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 Saturday, May 18, 1:00 $15 (CFI members + children $12)

Starring Paul McCartney and Wings and filmed during their 1976 North American tour, this legendary concert film was originally released in 1980 but has been out of circulation for decades. This digitally restored and remastered version features 30 songs from four concerts of the tour: New York, Seattle, and two Los Angeles concerts. This was part of the Wings Over the World tour that also spawned the triple live album Wings Over America. McCartney remained reluctant to make the entire film available…until now. The restored film includes a new interview with Paul McCartney exclusive to this theatrical presentation. With Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English. Presentation 141 min.

05/16/2013 - Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society Book Signing

Posted: 16 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

An evening of irreverent antics

with Kevin Evans, Carrie Galbraith, John Law and friends

celebrating the release of

Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society Edited by Kevin Evans, Carrie Galbraith and John Law

published by Last Gasp Books

Come one, come all.....at your own risk.

A template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society is the history of the most influential underground cabal you've never heard of.Rising from the ashes of the mysterious and legendary Suicide Club, the Cacophony Society, at its zenith, hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities, and influenced much of what was once called the underground.The Cacophony Society's epic exploits radically changed the way people live and play in the world. The group inspired Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and Burning Man and helped start pop culture trends including flash mobs, urban exploration, and culture jamming.



What has been said about Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society:

"From Fight Club to Burning Man, Flash Mobs to Santarchy cacophony influenced everything subversive, playful and anti-authoritarian in popular culture over the last 20 years �" this is the great, untold story of the 1980s and ’90s.Before the Internet vomited headlines by the millisecond and turned the minutia of a million boring Facebook lives into news, we were left the privilege of mystery.This was something The San Francisco Cacophony Society gave me in spades. Over the years, I would catch glimpses, collect pieces of a puzzle I was slowly assembling�"a car crushed flat by an earthquake miraculously tooling down Golden Gate, toasters glued to buildings, news-clips of mock protests and costumed impostors, flyers for strange art spectacles. Now the puzzle is assembled in this gorgeous graphic collection, a book every lover of eccentricity and enemy of the status quo should enjoy." �"Margaret Cho

05/16/2013 - Sportswriter Dave Zirin in Conversation with KALW's Rose Aguilar

Posted: 16 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Join Rose Aguilar, the host of KALW's "Your Call," for a special on-stage discussion with noted author Dave Zirin, live at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA). Dave Zirin's commentaries challenge readers to critically examine the intersections of sports and politics.

This is Dave's only San Francisco appearance on this tour, and it's organized by the Center for Political Education (CPE) and Solespace. Purchase tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/376555.

Information and tickets for Dave's May 17 Oakland event at Solespace can be found here: May 17 Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/241296449344138/ May 17 tickets: http://zirinoakland.bpt.me/

From the NHL's recent efforts to reach out to gay hockey players to baseball's recent commemoration of Jackie Robinson, to the Boston Marathon bombing, Zirin helps us decode the political messages and messaging embedded in sports. He will discuss his most recent book, "Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down" (The New Press), which USA Today's Christine Brennan called "the perfect book for our time in sports."

Zirin is co-author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated "The John Carlos Story" (Haymarket Books, September 2011.) In 2010, Zirin published "Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love" (Scribner). Zirin writes regularly for The Nation, where he is sports editor, and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated.com and The Progressive. ---

Since 2006, Rose Aguilar has hosted Your Call, a daily public affairs radio show on San Francisco NPR-affiliate KALW 91.7. She is the author of Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland, which documented a six-month road trip she took to interview people about issues and voting tendencies in the so-called "red states".

In addition, Aguilar has written for AlterNet and Truthout, and offers political analysis for the BBC.

Presented by Center for Political Education
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05/03/2013 - Tequila and Tacos: A Tasting with Herradura

Posted: 03 May 2013 03:00 PM PDT

Celebrate spring with The Bold Italic over an evening of tequila and tacos. We are teaming up with our friends at Casa Herradura and Tacolicious to bring you libations, snacks and some education. The evening will include:

-A cocktail reception featuring drinks crafted by Tacolicious and Herradura

-Light fare provided by Tacolicious

-Flight of three Herradura expressions with Casa Herradura Global Ambassador Ruben, in from Mexico for two nights only!

-Build your own margarita station

-Custom made tequila cupcakes from SIFT Cupcakes

*portion of proceeds to benefit CUESA

Thursday May 2, 2013 Choose 5pm seating, 7pm seating or 9pm seating

This is a 21+event. ID's will be checked at the door. Please enjoy responsibly.

05/03/2013 - Oddball Films Presents - Solo Cinema

Posted: 03 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Oddball Films and guest curator Landon Bates bring you Solo Cinema, a program of loners, drifters and on-screen dreamers with cast comprised of a band of outsiders. This collection of films celebrates the solitary, and salutes the secluded. The cinema, after all, is our sanctuary: the abode of the awkward, shelter for the shy. And, who better to state this theme than that perpetual wanderer, that lone wolf, the Tramp? In The Tramp (1915), Chaplin’s iconic hobo-hero saves a farm girl from a group of thieves, and, welcomed into her father’s house as a gesture of his gratitude, Charlie finds the prospect of a new home glittering (mirage-like?) on the horizon. The Tramp will be succeeded by two other weary travelers, likewise looking for a place to settle down: that eponymous duo of Roman Polanski’s brilliant early short, Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958); undoubtedly influenced by Chaplin’s slapstick antics. In this melancholic comedy, our pair of pariah’s, always lugging a beloved wardrobe, just can’t seem to find their niche in the modern city. The Balloonatic (1923) is classic Buster Keaton. With gags galore, this film finds Buster bumbling through each frame, finally whisked away by a rogue hot air balloon and dropped into the woods to fend for himself. And, finally, Buster’s balloon gives way to another: The Red Balloon (1956), wherein a young Parisian boy’s best friend is his big red balloon. Theirs is a tender friendship only a special sort of child could have, and one that ends up drawing the hostile attention of humorless adults and envious peers. Before the actual screening begins, we’ll be running Shy Guy (1947), an educational film starring Dick York (of TV’s “Bewitched”), designed to bring the antisocial adolescent out of his basement. We similarly encourage you to emerge from yours, and enjoy�"with us, together--this evening of longing and laughter, melancholy and mirth.

Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 8:00pm Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming <at> oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117

Featuring:

Chaplin + Keaton The films of Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton are black and white, and yet are remarkable for their many figurative colors. The very phrase “black and white” (as in “the issue is not so black in white”) is a perfect emblem for the films of Chaplin and Keaton, as they are beguiling in their seeming simplicity. Scenes that foreground exaggerated physical comedy (i.e. “slapstick”) manage to resonate with thematic meaning (whether political, social, or philosophical). Pictures whose dominant tones are joyful and light are underscored with longing and melancholy, somehow all the more aching for their subtlety. Chaplin and Keaton are the cinema’s original on-screen loners�"their films are both for and about the isolated and alienated.

The Tramp (B+W, 1915) The most celebrated of the Essanay Comedies, The Tramp is regarded as the first classic Chaplin film. In his sixth film for Essanay in 1915, Charlie saves a farmer’s daughter (Edna Purviance) and falls in love with her, but upon the eventual appearance of her fiance, The Tramp takes off for the open road, leaving only a note behind. The film’s sad ending was new to comedy and incorporated Chaplin’s first use of the classic fade-out, in which the Tramp shuffles away alone into the distance, with his back to the camera.

Two Men and a Wardrobe (B+W, 1958) Roman Polanski’s darkly comic early film has many of the director’s thematic preoccupations already present: alienation, crisis of identity, and a bizarre view of humanity that sees us as some very strange animals. In this quasi-surrealistic jaunt, two otherwise normal looking men emerge from the sea carrying an enormous wardrobe, which they proceed to carry around a nearby town. Seeking the right place to settle and plant their furniture piece, all the two find is rejection at every turn. Though they are two, they comprise a sort of loner unit, shunned by everyone they encounter. Watch Polanski in a bit part he later reprises in Chinatown). Two Men and a Wardrobe initiated Polanski’s collaboration with Krzysztof Komeda (who would go on to score such Polanski films as Cul de Sac and Rosemary’s Baby), Poland’s great jazz composer.

The Balloonatic (B+W, 1923) In The Balloonatic, Keaton tests out hot air balloons and wilderness survival. Keaton is accidentally whisked away on a hot air balloon and stranded in the untamed wild, rife with bears and white water rapids. Fortunately he encounters a woman (Phyllis Haver) who is more adept in the outdoors than he. The Balloonatic was one of the last short films Keaton made before moving on to features. Despite its happy ending, a low-level sadness pervades this comedy, likely due to Keaton’s eyes.

The Red Balloon (Color, 1956) The fairytale-esque story of an imaginative Parisian boy who develops a magical friendship with a bright red balloon (the magical element is suggested by music reminiscent of the score of The Red Shoes; the color of the balloon likewise suggests this reference). He totes the balloon around the city, and when in restrictive places (like his Dickensian school) where balloons aren’t allowed, the balloon loyally follows the boy. As the protagonists in Two Men and a Wardrobe are met by ignorant onlookers with blind hostility, so too, the boy and his balloon are targeted by mean spirited peers. This film won the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1956, and features breathtaking photography of Paris.

For the Early Birds:

Shy Guy (B+W, 1948) Poor Phil (Dick York of “Bewitched”) can’t seem to fit in at school. So he haunts his basement tinkering with electronics like some ancestor of Crispin Glover. His overdressed dad comes to his rescue and Dick learns a valuable lesson in social conformity.

Curator’s Biography: Landon Bates is a UC Berkeley graduate of English literature and is the drummer for the two-piece band Disappearing People.

05/04/2013 - Giants vs Dodgers AIDS Fundraiser

Posted: 04 May 2013 12:00 PM PDT

Come help AIDS Lifecycle participant Valerie Lemke raise money to end AIDS. Watch the Giants/Dodgers game, win some great raffle prizes and help a good cause! All the proceeds from the beer and raffle sales will go directly to supporting the SF AIDS Foundation.

05/04/2013 - AWE Gallery Judith Williams Art Exhibit + Artist Reception Seeing is Projecting

Posted: 04 May 2013 12:00 PM PDT

Judith Williams art exhibit Seeing is Projecting May 4 - 26, 2013

Artist Reception, Saturday, May 4, 2013 2-5PM show runs May 4-26, 2013

Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays Noon to 5 PM

Free parking

05/04/2013 - Renewal and Redemption

Posted: 04 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Opening party Saturday May 4th 6 - 9pm Sculpture by James Mullen With live music by Laura Inserra Show runs April 29th through June 15th, 2013

A solo show by James Mullen showcasing his 8x8 abstract assemblage art and interactive sculpture, an artist never sleeps.

Artist Statement: "I've fully embraced the art of assemblage, where form is suggested, directed, even dictated, by the objects at hand. My palette is the boxes and shelves of metal and wood cast-offs that I've collected over the years. Like most artists, I'm seeking pleasing proportion and line and form, through the judicious placement of the elements of each work."

More about Mullen's work: http://www.jamesmullenartist.info http://www.submergemag.com/featured/james-mulle

Opening night music: Laura Inserra is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. She plays contemporary and world music in different projects as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She authors and performs music for theater, dance performances, exhibitions as well as soundtracks for movies with internationally acclaimed musicians. More about Laura Inserra: http://www.LauraInserra.com

05/04/2013 - Megan Prelinger's Inside the Machine: Electronics and the Modern Century + Year 1999 +

Posted: 04 May 2013 06:30 PM PDT

On Saturday May 4, archivist, author, and Prelinger Library principal Megan Prelinger graces Other Cinema/ATA Gallery again with Inside the Machine, her hour-long slideshow on the visualization of 20th Century electronic technology. Anticipating her forthcoming book, Megan has unearthed modernist artists who ushered in the Electronic Age with their visionary graphics, demonstrating that design and technology were mutual contextualizers in the mid-century modern era.

After her interactive show-and-tell, these mid-century 16mm films also bear on tonight’s theme: IBM’s 1953 Piercing the Unknown, the supremely campy 1945 Principles of Electricity, Philco’s 1967 Year 1999, an anomalous industrial from Underwriter Labs, and even a outrageous clip of Orson Welles in the seminal Future Shock. And, as always, free VHS, vinyl, and bike helmets.

05/05/2013 - Lecture - From I to We: People and the Plants and Animals that Accompany Us on Earth

Posted: 05 May 2013 07:30 AM PDT

What matters more: our human communities or the natural world? This question, or a variant of it, drives environmental debates, and also drives a wedge between progressive movements. Brent Plater, founder and director of the Wild Equity Institute, will describe what his organization is doing to get past this dilemma and build a healthy and sustainable community for people, plants, and animals. You will learn about the numerous endangered species found in the Bay Area and find out how you can help them recover. You will also learn how you can help build a stronger environmental and social justice movement.

RSVP requested at http://wildequity.org/events/3405

or http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Wildlife-Enthusiasts/events/107800432/

05/05/2013 - Bay Area Cine Salon

Posted: 05 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Bay Area Cine Salon EXPERIMENTAL FILMS. OLD and NEW. HISTORIC and AHISTORIC.

The Bay Area Cine Salon will present contemporary works by local film-makers working with analogue film along side a selection of shorts celebrating Mayday and social justice. Come see works by Bruce Baillie, Robert Nelson, Charles Chadwick, Zach Van Joo, Zach Iannazzi, Nawneet Ranjan and Eric Stewart.

05/06/2013 - An evening with Author Nathan Englander and Sue Fishkoff

Posted: 06 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

The Oshman Family JCC (OFJCC) will host Nathan Englander who will discuss his newest collection of short stories, What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank on Monday, May 6 at 7:00 PM. For the past six months, One Bay One Book has been hosting discussions with Bay Area readers about these thought-provoking tales and the issues they raise - questions of memory and obsession, of choices and consequences and of love and betrayal. Englander will address these themes and more, revealing the thought process behind his rich and edgy stories. He will conclude with a question and answer session and will be available for book signing after his talk.

Englander's short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and numerous anthologies including The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He is also the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Englander will be joined by Sue Fishkoff, the editor of j., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, and author of Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority and The Rebbe's Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch. She is a former national correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and The Jerusalem Post, and currently lives in Oakland, CA. Presented by The Oshman Family JCC

05/08/2013 - Berkeley Design Fest

Posted: 08 May 2013 08:00 AM PDT

Where is design happening at Berkeley? UC Berkeley students from all over campus have been engaging in design to solve a diversity of real-world problems. On May 8th, the broader community is invited to see what Berkeley's student architects, engineers, scientists, planners, biologists, MBA's, artists and all forms of designers have been working on at the second Berkeley Design Fest. The Design Fest is an open house event where students will share their design projects. This open house event will give visitors a sense of the diversity and magnitude of the design activity occurring in departments throughout Berkeley. The first phase of Design Fest will take place at the College of Environmental Design from 10am-noon. The north campus phase of the Design Fest will take place from 1-5pm in the CITRIS Atrium, CITRIS Auditorium and the Blum Center.

On display will be hundreds of newly-created products designed to improve the lives of people from all walks of life. Student teams have been invited from an array of classes and student clubs, including: Human-Computer Interaction, New Product Development, Sustainable Product and Community Design, Design & Activism, Designing Innovative Public Health Solutions, Design For America, Berkeley Innovation, Mechanical Design and Prototyping, and Capstone Industry Projects.

"Design Fest" is emerging as a UC Berkeley campus tradition. This year's Design Fest features participants from new departments and student clubs which will help to highlight the breadth of Berkeley's design offerings. "What we are seeing is that design is not the provenance of one particular department or group, but rather the practice of active engagement by creative individuals everywhere," says Alice Agogino of Berkeley's Mechanical Engineering Department.

For more information contact: Alice Agogino or Wendy Ju designfest <at> lists.berkeley.edu 510-239-5670 Presented by Cal Design Lab at UC Berkeley

05/09/2013 - Get your Art Thing Happening in Downtown Livermore

Posted: 09 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Get your Art thing Happening on May 9th at several locations downtown - we're expanding the event hours and creating a schedule to allow you to attend more of the events in a single evening, and adding a spoken word event at Peet's Coffee & Tea:

Downtown Studios: A Transformative Mask Making Journey with Carol Faber-Peake, 6-7pm ABC Music Store: Flamenco Guitar Performance with Stan Houston, 7:30-8:30pm Panama Red Coffee House: Art by Julie Wright; Open Mic 7:30pm Figurehead Art Gallery: Angela Johal's Presentation on The Body Speaks, 7:30-8:30pm Winemaker's Pour House: Brush Strokes and Wine Notes; Open Mic Poetry with Poet Laureate Cher Wollard, theme "Bloom", 6-8:30pm

Artistic Edge at Blacksmith Square: Sports Art, 6-9pm Bankhead Theater: Artist Reception & Exhibition by Alamo Danville Artists' Society Rotating Gallery and a Solo Exhibition on Impressionism in the Founder's Room by David Dunlap, 6-8:00pm Sanctuary Ultra Lounge: Comedy & Karaoke; Art by Trish Fenton, 8pm-Close; Peet's Coffee & Tea: Storied Nights, Hosting the Spoken Word with Writers and Storytellers, 7:30-9:00

Art Happens on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month. Free and open to the public. You can download a map brochure at http://mylvpac.com/index.php/bac/art-happens.html or pick one up at any of the above locations, and like Bothwell Arts Center on Facebook to keep informed. Art Happens is coordinated by the Bothwell Arts Center with help from the Bankhead Theater/Livermore Performing Arts Center. Many spaces offer live entertainment.

Presented by Bothwell Arts Center

05/09/2013 - My Life, My Choices: Planning for Future Health Care Decisions Seminar

Posted: 09 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Hospice By The Bay is hosting a free seminar, “My Life, My Choices: Planning for Future Health Care Decisions.” Ensure your health care wishes will be carried out, even if you can’t advocate for yourself. Learn how to document your choices, choose the right person to make decisions for you, and communicate your values and goals about medical treatment choices. All attendees receive an advance care planning packet. Reservations are required.

05/09/2013 - 1AM Mobile App Launch Party - The Street Art World At Your Fingertips!

Posted: 09 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

1AM is pleased to announce that 1AM Mobile is now available on the App Store, a free photography app thats puts the entire street art world at your fingertips. Ever wondered what to do with your dope street art photos? We have the answer for you. The app allows you to capture and share images and locations of your street art discoveries and follow other members and their findings worldwide. Members can be a part of as well as view this groundbreaking archive of street art history as all photographs are mapped, dated, and credited. In addition to providing the latest, most liked, and nearest street art, this app also provides accurate directions to experience the real deal. Wherever you travel, 1AM Mobile will tell you what’s up in the streets and let you take part in documenting street art history.

Join us on Thursday May 9th from 6 �" 9pm to celebrate the launch of 1AM Mobile.

- Free mural tours by 1AM’s Art of Graffiti teacher, Nate1, given every half hour starting at 6pm until dark.

- Free stickers and t-shirts for new signups and early attendees

- Free 1AM iPhone cases for the most active users to date.

- DJ Mr Murdock and DJ Don Kainoa will be on the wheels of steel

- 1AM bartenders will be serving up beer and wine (while supplies last).

**The launch party is 21+.

DOWNLOAD THE 1AM MOBILE APP TODAY!

05/10/2013 - 'Tough Love' Opening Reception

Posted: 10 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Join us for the opening of "TOUGH LOVE" on Friday, May 10, 7pm-late. The Double Punch gallery will be packed with paintings, drawings and prints by a slew of local and international artists.

Alabaster Bunnie Reiss Chelsea Brown Hannah K Lee Heather Benjamin JooHee Yoon Katie Patch Leah Wishnia Lisa Hanawalt Morgan Blair Rachel Kantor Sam Ballardini Shannon May Sophia Foster-Dimino Wesley Allsbrook Zejian Shen

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05/10/2013 - Ramayana

Posted: 10 May 2013 05:30 PM PDT

May 10, 11, 17, 18 7:30pm; May 11, 12, 18, 19 2:00pm

Based on the centuries-old Sanskrit legend of Prince Rama, this production of the Ramayana is an adaptation by Berkeley playwright Anthony Clarvoe. "With the large ensemble cast and epic scope, it is one of the Civic Arts Stage Company's most exciting and challenging productions to date," according to Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival who produce the company's programs in conjunction with the City of Pleasanton.

Rama, the wise and worthy hero prince, is portrayed by guest artist Salim Razawi, who is familiar to Las Positas Community College insiders as a national theater and debate competition award winner. His arch-nemesis, Ravana, King of the Demons, is played in alternate casts by local actor Jeff Zolfarelli and Oakland-based guest artist Leighland Hooks. The role of lovely Princess Sita is shared by Avery Clinton (who recently played Annika in Pippi Longstocking) and Madhumitha Krishnan, who is performing her first role with Civic Arts Stage Company.

'Partner acrobatics' is a challenging and exciting new element being incorporated into this production. Also referred to as 'AcroYoga,' it involves simple lifts and sharing weight using acrobatic positions and movement. Choreographer and movement director Amelia Adams taught cast members from age 7 to senior citizen how to perform moves that represent "everything from soaring vultures to terrifying demons to Hanuman, the flying monkey god."

The company enlisted the help of local Indian theater expert Maanasa Venkatasubbaiah as cultural advisor and dramaturge for this project, helping the cast to not only learn pronunciations of Sanskrit names and places, but also advising directors on appropriate behavior for the ancient characters. "We hope that this play will be delightful and familiar to families of South Asian heritage," says Ennals, "but also intriguing and fun for other families who probably won't know the story."

Presented by City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center

05/11/2013 - Mother's Day Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach

Posted: 11 May 2013 08:00 AM PDT

May 11 - 12 Mother’s Day Weekend The box of candy will be gone and the flowers will be wilted, but Mom will still remember the day of fun and magic you shared with her at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! $2 off general admission for all mothers on this special weekend.

The special events of Mother’s Day Weekend are in addition to all of Playland's regular attractions. Guests pay one low price to enter and can play all day: $10 for children and seniors, and $15 for general admission. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America's bygone amusements -- circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades, haunted houses, and beautiful art everywhere. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era.

05/11/2013 - AWE Gallery Poetry Reading + Book Signing The Book of Now Poetry for the Rising Tide

Posted: 11 May 2013 12:00 PM PDT

The Book of Now: Poetry for the Rising Tide Anthology Reading & Book Signing Saturday, May 11, 2013 2:00 PM

readers: Leah Shelleda (editor) and Jane Downs

light refreshments served free parking

05/11/2013 - Before the Sun Dies, Part II “Kingdom of Night” by C3

Posted: 11 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

White Walls Project Space is pleased to present Before the Sun Dies, Part II “Kingdom of Night” by San Francisco-based artist C3. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7-11pm with the exhibit free and open to the public through June 01, 2013.

“Kingdom of Night” is the second exhibit in a narrative trilogy following 2011’s Before the Sun Dies, Part I “Tempest Horizon,” which introduced aristocratic cult leaders and anti-heroes through finely drawn graphite portraits. Whereas “Tempest Horizon” was about the dawning realization of living within a darkly complicated world torn by opposing forces, “Kingdom of Night” illustrates an uprising of sorts, with a Christ-like character and an oracle at its center.

C3 describes the five pieces titled “Kingdom of Light” as a reference to the savior’s perception upon awakening, “[He] has been asleep for a generation and when he awakens the sun blinds him for a time. He begins to receive and perceive his world in flashes of light and symbols. He then begins to realize what he must do and what the two beings that have awakened him want from him. This in turn will lead into the third and final chapter in the trilogy.” Many of the works for the show fade into drawn line, hinting at the process involved in works which otherwise could appear to be photographs preserved from an earlier era. The aesthetic of faded Victorian snapshots and old Westerns is transformed into something entirely new in the hands of C3, whose uniquely compelling vision continues to unfold through beautifully detailed drawings.

Tulsa, Oklahoma native Christoper C. Curtis currently lives and works in San Francisco. Known for his photorealistic renderings, C3 creates striking works woven together through an overarching narrative that explores a land filled with uncertainty and danger. The most immediate aspect of the artist’s work is its direct and unabashed confrontation of the grotesque. His tightly rendered graphite drawings display a haunting, vintage quality of antique portraits. As a graduate from the Academy of Art, C3 has exhibited throughout the Bay Area including solo shows at Shooting Gallery, Gallery Three, and Babylon Falling.

05/11/2013 - White Walls Presents: Control, a Solo Show by Nick Flatt

Posted: 11 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

White Walls is pleased to present Control, a solo show by Nick Flatt. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7-11pm with the exhibit free and open to the public through June 01, 2013.

At its core, Nick Flatt’s Control is a response to Guy Debord’s book Society of the Spectacle, where Debord expounds that authentic experience has been subverted by the mere representation of it, outlining the spectacle as a system feed by the mass media’s control of images and the social relationship people have with these images.

Flatt opens a dialogue on the pseudo needs and boundless pursuit of gratification this type of system has supported with a series of 5ft x 7ft oil paintings which depict models sporting necklaces that read “MORE” resting on their chests. Three different 10 layered stencils displayed in duplicate form seem to comment on the production and commodification of desire, the fact that, in Debord’s words “In a consumer society, social life is not about living, but about having […]”

By placing the stereotypical ideals of beauty used in advertisements, and showing specifically, without illusion, what is being sold, Flatt attempts to draw attention to how art, sex, and even rebellion are reduced to commodities. A grandiose installation featuring a crushed car built by Flatt himself instills the show with an air of threat, but whether the threat is in denying the spectacle or feeding into it is left unclear.

From the Artist: The person to the left of you has more than you do. The guy to the right’s girlfriend has bigger tits than yours. The averages seemed to have been raised, and you’re left wanting more. The bombardment of advertisements is a constant source of corporate bullying. People that are prettier and happier than you telling you to buy stuff that will make you pretty and happy. So go whiten your teeth, get a job producing more shit, strive to drive a luxury car, and maybe, just maybe the next time you’re in public your girlfriend will have the biggest boobs in the room. Control.

Texas-born Nick Flatt, is known for his large scale photorealistic black and white portraits, often with provocative themes gleaned from titles like Blow Me, Pussy Fingers, and Nip Slip. By using models who physically resemble the prototype of those commonly used in mainstream advertising, Flatt whets the viewer’s unconscious appetite for consumption. However, their extreme, lascivious gestures distort our desire to the point of discomfort. By exposing the cheap triggers employed by these glossy glamazons, Flatt invites us to be repulsed by their honest unmasking.

05/11/2013 - Non Stop Bhangra Returns #92- --Basement Bhangra (with DJ Rekha From NY) + Non Stop Bhangra under one Roof! East Coast Meets West Coast Bhangra Vibes!

Posted: 11 May 2013 07:00 PM PDT

Non Stop Bhangra Welcomes Back Basement Bhangra

Non Stop Bhangra is excited to to bring back the one and only DJ Rekha of Basement Bhangra, the longest running world renowned Bhangra part in New York. To add to the energy, Malinder Tooray from Los Angeles's Dhol Nation will be joining DJ Rekha on live dhol.

As always, the night will begin with the ritual Bhangra dance lesson followed by beautiful dance performances with Dholrhythms Dance Company. To round out the mix, DJ Rekha will be joined on the decks Non Stop Bhangra's own DJ Jimmy Love and NSB friend and guest DJ Wicked NSB dholi's Pavit and Mehul rocking the drum beats. Beyond dance, Non Stop Bhangra caters to sight and sound with visuals all night by DJ Amar while NSB photographer Odell Hussey captures the experience. So come join the crew for another colorful and vibrant night with great music, friends, gratitude, happy vibes, and non stop dancing.

New York + Los Angeles + San Francisco vibes---a night not to be missed!

Whether you are exploring a new culture for the first time or addicted to the music and its essence, this will be one night where you can get away from it all and dance the night away. So much more than just a club night, Non Stop Bhangra has truly turned into one of a kind cultural experience only found in the Bay Area.

NON STOP BHANGRA #92 Non Stop Bhangra(SF) Meets Basement Bhangra (NY) East Coast + West Coast Vibes

Saturday, May 11th

Cover: $10 pre-sale/$15 door ***cash only bar Purchase Tickets: http://nsb92.eventbrite.com/#

Time: 9:00pm-3:00am Doors: 9:00pm Bhangra Lesson: 9:30pm Dholrhythms Dance Company: 10:00pm Music: 10:30pm-close

Non Stop Bhangra Crew: Dholrhythms Dance Co. DJ Jimmy Love DJ Wicked Pavit Deol (Dhol) Mehul Mistry (Dhol) Amar (Visuals) Odell Hussey (Photos)

Special Guest DJ's DJ Rekha (Basement Bhangra) --------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For those that still don't know what NSB is: Imagine a scene from a Bollywood movie smack in the middle of a thumping nightclub---swirling colors, the rhythm of pounding feet, and the relentless energy of brilliant beats-that’s Non Stop Bhangra.

05/12/2013 - Life on the Edge: Endangered Species Along the Coastal Trail Hike

Posted: 12 May 2013 08:00 AM PDT

You are invited to join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute on a 5-mile hike along the edge of the North American continent. We will explore San Francisco’s beautiful habitats and learn about the endangered species that call the area home. During the hike, we will search for Marbled Murrelet, Western Snowy Plover, San Francisco Lessingia, Humpback Whale, and Southern Sea Otter.

Meet at the Baker Beach North Parking Lot. The 29 Muni stops within a short walking distance of the Baker Beach North Parking Lot. Check 511.org for details. Bring snacks and water.

RSVP requested at http://wildequity.org/events/340 or

http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Wildlife-Enthusiasts/events/109369212/

05/12/2013 - Oshman Family JCC Presents Multicultural Ugly Duckling Performance

Posted: 12 May 2013 11:30 AM PDT

This Mother's Day, the Oshman Family JCC (OFJCC) is producing an original musical fable adapted from Hans Christian Anderson's classic children's story The Ugly Duckling. This narrated story for young children focuses on the beauty of being different; delivering a gentle anti-bullying message that celebrates differences. The OFJCC will offer four performances each in a different language, Mandarin, Russian, English and Hebrew on Sunday, May 12 providing a perfect Mother's Day activity for young families and grandparents.

Kids ages 2-8 will love this original retelling which combines classical music excerpts performed by Ensemble Salon Classique, an adult narrator, a child actor, multimedia and audience participation. At different points during the show, children will be prompted to respond to the action onstage, helping them to empathize with how it feels to be treated badly by others.

For attendees, the performance won't be the only highlight of the day. Pre- and post-show activities include outdoor water play, art projects and special Mother's Day treats for all the moms! Experience the joys of music, cultural arts and community with the entire family on May 12.

Presented by The Oshman Family JCC

05/12/2013 - Mothers Day Fashion Show and Shopping Affair

Posted: 12 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Mothers Day Fashion Show and Shopping Event! 2nd Sunday May 12th, 2014

MUST RSVP- LIMITED SPACE www.mommyfashionsf.eventbrite.com FREE ONLINE RSVP/ $20 <at> DOOR

HOSTED BY: "Mr.USA" Model/ Actor: Chavis Aaron

Time to treat your mom like the queen she is! This is a special invite for you and your mother. We invite you to enjoy an amazing fashion event.Join us as we transform local moms time to prove that moms have what it takes to walk the runway! Even shop local vendors for that perfect mothers day gift!

FREE WINE for VIP 7-8pm

7-9pm Shop local Vendors and find that perfect gift! CHECK IN: in, Grab a name badge (if you like). Meet and Great with local Startups, Entrepreneurs, Fashion Industry, Models, Creatives, Artists, Photographers.

-RULE: NO ONE CAN STAND ALONE- if you see some one say something, why not?

-LIKE/TAG ON FB AFTER YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CONNECT!

9pm - Seating for show Enjoy a Runway show featuring 4 local designers, local models, and creatives!

We will be presenting a show that will feature mom's and influential women to storm our runway! Think your mom deserves a shot to strut her stuff? Email info <at> icuthenetwork.com

PROVING There is Style and Fashion in the BAY! Our LAST SHOW: http://youtu.be/vUJf26KmV-Q

Vendor/ VIP BOOTHS and SEATS ARE AVAILABLE !!

21+ <at> Temple 540 Howard

05/13/2013 - Joystick Warfare: On the Legality and Morality of Combat Drones

Posted: 13 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Washington doesn't like to talk about its use of military drones very much. No wonder: they just might be illegal under U.S. and international law...to say nothing of the Administration's so-called "targeted killing" program and its insistence that even U.S. citizens are legitimate targets of warfare from afar.

So-called experts who have examined drone technology tend to have a common thought about it: Drones, whether military or just for surveillance, are here to stay and we should get used to the idea of having them. From both a military/security and civil liberties standpoint, some folks will beg to differ.

To address the matter of drone warfare, on Monday May 13 Paul George, Director of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, will be the guest of Peace Action of San Mateo County with a talk entitled "Joystick Warfare - On the Legality and Morality of Combat Drones."

We are honored to have Paul reprise the presentation he gave in Cupertino April 16. In this forum, we will take a look at the U.S. drone program: Where and how often are drones being used to launch missiles? Who are the targets? And who is actually being killed by the drones? Most importantly, he'll raise the question: Should our country be using combat drones in its citizens' names?

Paul George has been an activist and grassroots organizer for peace and human rights for over 45 years, and has also been PPJC's director since the mid-1990's. He is a highly regarded and frequent public speaker (including at various PASMC events over the years) on a range of topics. In the course of his career, Paul has traveled to war zones to witness firsthand the profound effects of U.S. foreign policy on ordinary people. On May 13 we will be honored to have his expertise and his commitment to peace. The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.

Presented by Peace Action of San Mateo County

05/13/2013 - The SHOUT -- LIfe's True Stories

Posted: 13 May 2013 05:30 PM PDT

The SHOUT is a live storytelling event featuring people from all walks of life telling amazing but true 10-minute stories from their lives. Interspersed with the featured raconteurs, audience members have the opportunity to put their name in the hat in hopes of being picked for one of our 6-minute wild-card slots. Past stories at The Shout have featured a bipolar father building a skiff in a living room in the projects, a substitute teacher in Juvenile Hall, a young man discovering that he had been in witness protection as a child, and an actor deciding to do better art after starring in a soft-core porn version of Don Quixote, to name a few. The SHOUT - Life is Entertaining

05/14/2013 - Playland After Dark

Posted: 14 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Tuesday, May 14th Playland After Dark �" Grown-up Game Night (Adult Admission Only $10) Join us for a date night like no other�"Playland After Dark's Grown-up Game Night featuring board games galore (or you can bring your favorite!) and all the unique exhibits, classic carnival games and free-play pinball always available at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, without the kids.

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America's bygone amusements -- circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades, haunted houses, and beautiful art everywhere. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era.
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05/21/2013 - Eating Nose-to-Tail: The Whole Animal Movement

Posted: 21 May 2013 04:30 PM PDT

Chris Cosentino, Executive Chef and Partner, Incanto; Winner, "Top Chef Masters"; 2013 James Beard Award Nominee

Ryan Farr, Co-owner, Chef and Butcher, 4505 Meats Tia Harrison, Co-founder, The Butcher’s Guild; Co-owner, Avedano’s Meats; Executive Chef, Sociale

Beef tongue, calves brains, pig trotters. In the past, squeamish attitudes about edible anatomy may have meant these meats got left on the cutting room floor. But lately we’ve seen a shift in thinking as chefs grow more creative and consumers more adventurous. Increasingly, foodies are committing to making culinary use of the entire animal and embracing nose-to-tail eating, as evidenced by carnivorous festivals like Meatopia, butchering workshops galore and offal on many menus. But has the interest in experimenting with unusual cuts become more gluttonous than virtuous? When Anthony Bourdain earns kudos for eating a bloody seal eyeball or Andrew Zimmern scores a high five for tasting cow placenta, are they capitalizing on shock and awe, or promoting tradition and respect for the source? Come hear three of San Francisco's meat masters expand on the whole-animal movement's impact on our culture and community.

After the panel, premium ticket purchasers can join us at an exclusive butchering demo and tasting party with our all-star panel. Watch and learn as they show you how to break down a beast like a pro, and find out what nose to tail really tastes like.

05/21/2013 - The Epicenter: NoVioloet Bulawayo and Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Posted: 21 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Litquake is thrilled to introduce Zimbabwean debut novelist NoViolet Bulawayo at May's Epicenter. Bulawayo's novel, "We Need New Names" is one of the most highly anticipated launches of the year. She'll be in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, who is the author of "In Dependence" and teaches literature at San Francisco State University.

"We Need New Names" focuses on Darling, only ten years old but navigating a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by soldiers, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.

But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few. NoViolet Bulawayo's debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her-from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee-while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own. Bulawayo is the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, is a current Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and is working on her next novel. Parts of "We Need New Names" were excerpted in the March 2013 issue of "Granta."

Presented by Litquake Literary Festival

05/23/2013 - Gathering of Angels: Opening Event for Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Posted: 23 May 2013 04:30 PM PDT

In this highly anticipated opening salvo of the exhibition Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, join the National Gallery of Art’s Curator of Photography, Sarah Greenough, in a talk about Ginsberg, his life, and the making of this exhibition. Following the talk will be an original musical arrangement of Ginsberg’s 1956 poem “America” by Conspiracy of Beards’ musical director Daryl Henline. The evening will also include a pop-up poetry salon, drop-in zine making with Rad Dad creators, a typewriter petting zoo, and a cash bar.

05/25/2013 - Rod + Custom Car Show

Posted: 25 May 2013 08:00 AM PDT

Jack London Square will showcase more than 60 vintage vehicles from the 1920s to 1960s at the Rod + Custom Car Show over Memorial Day Weekend. From car buffs to casual enthusiasts, the waterfront will transform into an auto mecca showcasing rare Model As, Roadsters, Thunderbirds and more, for all to enjoy. The Pavilion Stage will also host live music throughout the event and attendees are encouraged to dine at one of Jack London Square’s tasty waterfront restaurants. Visitors can bike, ferry or drive to Jack London Square.

05/25/2013 - BALLET MASTERWORKS - Valley Dance Theatre

Posted: 25 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Saturday, May 25: 7:00 p.m. + Sunday, May 26: 2:00 p.m.

Dancers will perform beloved masterworks such as Balanchine's Chaconne and Katchurian's Masquerade as well as vibrant new pieces by American composer Leroy Anderson and Pineapple Poll by Arthur Sullivan.

Presented by Valley Dance Theatre

05/25/2013 - An Evening with Paula Poundstone

Posted: 25 May 2013 06:30 PM PDT

An Evening with PAULA POUNDSTONE Presented by the Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC + The Other Café Comedy Showcase Saturday, May 25, 2013 <at> 8:30 At Angelico Hall at Dominican University of Ca.

An evening of unsurpassable laughter with the star of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me”, HBO Comedy Specials and one of the funniest stand-up comics working today. She draws her material from her own complex life with 3 kids, 2 dogs and 13 cats, motherhood, a demanding job, crazy travel schedule, aging frustrations and a bag of neuroses including her famous inability to ever shut up.

Attending a Paula Poundstone performance will leave you marveling at her ability to interact spontaneously with audience members in conversations bound to garner riotous laughter. Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend. Little wonder people leave Paula’s shows complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter, and debating whether the random people she talked to are “plants” �" which, of course they never are.

PARKING: Parking is in the Grand Avenue Lot located next to the Conlan Recreation Center on the west side of Grand Avenue. Parking attendants will be available on site for directional needs.

More on Paula Poundstone Her spontaneity and intelligent humor has made her the perfect panelist for NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, where she matches wits with some of our nation’s leading pundits. Paula was the first woman to win an ACE award for Best Standup Comedy performance and the first woman to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondents dinner. She has starred in solo specials on HBO and BRAVO, has made frequent TV appearances on all the major talk shows and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She is also an author, lecturer and her editorial pieces can be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition. Seeing Paula Poundstone is believing she’s the funniest standup comic working today!

The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts is the Performing Arts Department within the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael, California. For over 20 years we have spread the power of music, voice, humor, taste, culture, movement and words throughout the community by presenting classical music, club style dancing events, comedy, musical concerts, theater and performance in the grand Hoytt Theater, lectures. chats and demonstrations in the Kurland lounge and great world music + dancing for all ages outdoors under summer skies on Swig Field. All are welcome, no membership is required to attend. The Center is centrally located in Marin County and just 1/4 mile east off Hwy 101 About the Other Café

The Other Café, the legendary Haight-Ashbury comedy club, is a San Francisco establishment. Founded in 1977, The Other Café -- along with the Punchline, Cobb's and the Holy City Zoo -- was one of four full-time comedy clubs operating in San Francisco alone with comics such as Dana Carvey, Bob Sarlatte, Bobby Slayton, Michael Pritchard, Jane Dornacker, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Henny Youngman, Howie Mandel, Gallagher, Brit Jasper Carrott, and pioneer lesbian comic Robin Tyler. Upcoming Events 2013 Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival 7/13 �" Hot Buttered Rum 7/20 �" Rupa and the April Fishes 7/27 �" Hapa 8/3 �" LoCura/ Los Pinguos 8/10 �" Andrea Thierry + Zydeco Magic

06/01/2013 - Family Fun Festival at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market

Posted: 01 Jun 2013 08:00 AM PDT

The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets’ 9th annual Family Fun Festival “A whole day of free fun for the whole family” co-sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley YMCA; the City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation + Waterfront Dept.; BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit); and Parents’ Press. Featuring hands-on activities, games, contests, performances, and informational booths.

Cost: Free

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Ongoing: 10am-3pm Bouncy House (YMCA) Build Giant Castles from Boxes and Egg Cartons, make Straw Rockets, + more with Sticky Art Lab. "Create-With-Nature Zone” with environmental artist Zach Pine�"a collaborative artistic expression with stones, branches, shells, pinecones, flowers, and other wonders of nature. DOOF (FOOD spelled backwards), the food show that makes healthy food fun for kids . Face Painting (YMCA) Farm Animal Encounter Area (baby goats, chickens, pigs, etc.) Farm Fresh Choice, the Ecology Center’s food justice program Green Branch "reading room"�"local justice and environmentally themed library. Hands-On Craft Booth (East Bay Depot for Creative ReUse) Painting with Glob (of Berkeley’s) fruit + veggie based paints. Soccer for children + parents (YMCA) Zine Making Station for kids + adults with Rad Daddies and Mamas. Typewriters, scissors, crayons, and other materials to create your own little zine and share your story! (Rad Dad won SF Bay Guardian's Best Local Zine for 2011 and Utne Magazine's Independent Media Award for Best Zine of 2009. “Our goal is to create community and share our stories.”)

Time specific: 11am-2pm - Hula Hoop Contests (who can keep it going longest) (City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation + Waterfront Dept.; YMCA)

12:00 noon �" Asheba performing Caribbean music for children His 2009 CD, In the Kid Zone, was on the Grammy Award nominations ballot for “Best Musical Album for Children.” He’s headlined two Putumayo Kids’ Records national tours and been featured on three of their compilation CDs. His award winning recordings have been featured on in-flight kids’ programming on both United and Continental Airlines.

"Asheba is THE perfect kids artist. An authentic world music entertainer with a ravenous kids following in the Bay Area. A great personality, excellent musicianship and songwriting skills."�"Paul Curatolo, Earwitness Music 1pm - Family Dance (everyone invited) (YMCA)

11am-3pm - Skateboard Contest (City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation + Waterfront Dept.)

10:30am-11:30am, 2pm-3pm �" “Strawberry Walks” (like a cake walk only you win strawberries)

Accessibility: Convenient public transportation (1 block from downtown Berkeley BART), nearby lot + street parking, wheelchair access.

For More Information: (510) 548-3333; www.EcologyCenter.org

This event is partially funded by the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program.

06/01/2013 - Chocolate + Chalk Art Festival

Posted: 01 Jun 2013 08:00 AM PDT

The sidewalks the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 17th annual CHOCOLATE + CHALK ART FESTIVAL.

A CHALK ART CONTEST for the best drawing will be judged after 4 p.m. First prize is $250 cash. Runners-up get gift certificates from local merchants. Same-day art registration 10-5PM at 1495 + 1673 Shattuck Ave. See last year's winners at www.chocolateandchalkart.com.

To EAT CHOCOLATE, purchase a packet of tickets (20 for $20) online or at 1400, 1495 and 1673 Shattuck. The to-go menu features picante habanero chocolate chunks gelato, Nutella crepes, adult brownies, or savory items like chocolate ricotta pizza, Caribbean chocolate soup, chicken mole and lots more. Spend your tickets on these delights available in the local businesses then savor your chocolate as you stroll along the sidewalks, viewing the artwork. Or enter your tickets in a raffle for specialty chocolate items.

Arts and crafts booths between Rose and Vine Streets. Even a car to draw on with chalk! Children's area at 1673 Shattuck has pony rides, bounce houses, jugglers, face painters and more. Great musical entertainment throughout the district.

This is a family-friendly, free event sponsored by the North Shattuck Association (www.northshattuck.org), City of Berkeley, Art Kapour Realty, East Bay Express, and East Bay Loop. For a good time take BART to downtown Berkeley and stroll north six blocks.

Presented by North Shattuck Association

06/01/2013 - Green Kids Conference

Posted: 01 Jun 2013 09:00 AM PDT

Green Kids Now, Inc., is honored to bring you,

Third Annual, Green Kids Conference!

A conference dedicated for children ages 3 to 18 years!

Our goal is to educate kids and their families on environmental issues, make them aware of available resources and opportunities, and also to promote, encourage, and reward new innovative ideas.

Come and explore the latest developments and opportunities in the following areas: 1. Education and Research 2. Clean Technology and Alternative Resources 3. Climate Science 4. Waste Management 5. Air Quality 6. Land / Nature Preservation 7. Energy / Water Conservation 8. Biomimicry

Check out our Jr. Scientists and Innovators Section!

"Environmental etiquette is the new norm for innovation"

Purpose of Jr. Scientists and Innovators section: To encourage kids to focus on science and innovation, and emphasize that environmental sustainability must be in the heart of everything we do.

Check out our Arts Section!

More than 100 kids would be expressing their environmental message through arts using various form factors.

"A picture is worth thousand words"

Don't miss the sculpture created by the students of Prashanti Arts Studio, Fremont, CA made from plastic bottle caps and lids, An effort to raise awareness on the environmental issues caused by the plastic bottle caps and lids!

06/01/2013 - Soraya Zayed Dinner + Dance Show

Posted: 01 Jun 2013 04:30 PM PDT

Brazilian Egyptian Bellydance Superstar, Soraya Zayed, performs in one show only during her very first visit to the Western USA! Experience one of the most popular and highly rated Egyptian dance shows without having to fly thousands of miles. Prepare to be enchanted and amazed. Delicious Mediterranean dinner, open buffet style served 7-9pm. DJ spinning irresistible dance beats. Full bar service. In addition to the fabulous dance show featuring top dancers and crowned by Soraya Zayed's highly acclaimed performances.

Event is wheelchair accessible. Tickets available at http://sorayashow.bpt.me/

Soraya is internationally acclaimed as one of the top Egyptian Bellydance super stars with followers all over the world. She mixes in her fiery Brazilian training with her passionate deeply moving Egyptian expressions forming a very unique style that touches the hearts and souls of her audience. She performs at top 5-stars Cairo hotels multiple shows per night, every day of the week. Her Cairo shows feature 15+ musicians and she is said to dance with her emotions on her sleeve. Soraya is world famous for her amazing shimmies and fabulous drum solos. She is always innovating and creating signature performances that capture the hearts and minds of everyone who watches her dance.
A delicious healthy Mediterranean buffet features several options guaranteed to satisfy and delight all tastes and dietary preferences.

DJ music will accompany your dinner as well as give you the opportunity to show off your dance moves and indulge in the festivities of the evening.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of dance fun. This is guaranteed to be a once in a lifetime experience!

Soraya will teach on Sat and Sun. If interested in taking her workshops, please visit http://www.HalaDance.com

06/06/2013 - Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society Book Signing

Posted: 06 Jun 2013 05:30 PM PDT

Fight Club, Burning Man, flash mobs, urban exploration, and culture jamming are among the surprising and impressive range of subversive trends in pop culture inspired by the radical exploits of the Cacophony Society. At its zenith, the shadowy group hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities, influencing much of the 1980s and ‘90s underground.

More than a simple history of a revolutionary subculture, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society serves as a “How-To” manual for pranksters, artists, adventurers, and anyone interested in rampant creativity.

Come hear co-authors John Law and Carrie Galbraith weave spellbinding tales of creativity run amok and sign copies of the hardbound, full-color, tome which includes a Foreword by author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) and an Afterword by Charlie Todd (founder of Improv Everywhere).

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05/08/2013 - RISK: Artists Annual Juried Exhibition | Berkeley Art Center

Posted: 07 May 2013 10:00 PM PDT

Annual Juried Exhibition All Media | Open to California Artists June 27 - August 25, 2013 Media: All Deadline: May 8, 2013 Notification: May 31, 2013 Jurors: Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator, Berkeley Art Museum Kimberly Johansson, Director and Owner, Johansson Projects, Oakland

Fee: Free* for members, $35 for non-members* (*plus $5 slideroom fee)

On-line application: Slideroom Link: http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

05/09/2013 - Women and Under-represented Students of Color in STEM Education

Posted: 09 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

The global competitiveness of the United States and of California has been attributed, in part, to our aptitude in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are losing this lead. Despite the high demand and compensation in many STEM fields, there is a scarcity of women and under-representation of students of color entering STEM fields. This panel will discuss the present state of the biases and barriers that may create this gap, as well as the needs and means to improve equity.

Maynard Holliday, 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award winner; Volunteer of the Year, Citizen Schools; Researcher, Sandia National Laboratories Sue Rosser, Provost, San Francisco State University; Author, Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science Jarvis Sulcer, Ph.D.; Executive Director, Level Playing Field Institute Katherine Nielsen, Co-director, Science + Health Education Partnership (UCSF); Co-author, Girls in Science: A Framework for Action - Moderator

05/09/2013 - Deepening Our Understanding of Posttraumatic Slave Syndrome

Posted: 09 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Lecture Thur, May 9, 7-9pm; Workshop Fri + Sat, May 10 + 11, 10am-5:30pm

Joy DeGruy, acclaimed author of the book 'Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing', addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African descendants in the Americas. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can use the strengths we have gained to heal. The book has been praised by Randall Robinson, Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton, and many more. Susan Taylor, editorial director of Essence magazine says that "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a master work...Her book is the balm we need to heal ourselves and our relationships. It is the gift of wholeness." Adelaide Sanford, vice chancellor of the Board of Regents for the State of New York says, "Dr. DeGruy's mesmerizing, riveting book is vital reading for our time...With Dr. DeGruy's potent words we can and will heal."

Part of the CIIS Bending Towards Justice Lecture Series.

Joy DeGruy, PhD, holds a doctorate in social work research. She is an assistant professor at Portland State University. With more than twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives workshop attendees practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary society. DeGruy's workshops also go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity; she provides specialized clinical work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience.

Lecture Thursday, May 9, 2013 7:00PM-9:00PM First Unitarian Universalist Church 1187 Franklin Street at Geary San Francisco, CA 94109

Workshop Friday + Saturday, May 10 and 11, 2013 10:00AM-5:30PM CIIS Main Building 1453 Mission St, San Francisco 94110 Presented by California Institute of Integral Studies, Public Programs & Performances

05/10/2013 - MongoDB San Francisco 2013

Posted: 10 May 2013 06:00 AM PDT

MongoDB San Francisco is an annual one-day conference in San Francisco, CA dedicated to MongoDB, the leading NoSQL database, held on May 10th.

At MongoDB San Francisco, you can expect to hear presentations by 10gen engineers who have contributed to the product, learn about the core concepts of using MongoDB and sit in on talks discussing the exciting new features in our most recent release, MongoDB 2.4. Local customers and community members will share their first-hand experiences with the technology and the expo hall provides networking opportunities with solutions and service providers.

Highlighted Talks:

New features in 2.4: Text Search (Beta), Hash-based Sharding, GeoJSON and Aggregation - 10gen Using MongoDB for Groupon's Place Data, by Peter Bakkum, Member of Technical Staff, Groupon Managing a Maturing MongoDB Ecosystem, by Charity Majors, Systems Engineer, Parse

05/10/2013 - 500 Startups' MamaBear Conference

Posted: 10 May 2013 07:00 AM PDT

Moms today are economic powerhouses �" and like mama bears, are loving, nurturing, and fiercely protective. MamaBear is a 1-day conference for 300+ startups, platforms, and thought leaders to explore new technology for moms, kids, and families �"from education to safety, and health + wellness to community. Our 2012 speakers + attendees included folks from Disney, Sesame Street, Citrus Lane, BabyCenter, Circle of Moms, YouTube, Mind Snacks, ToyTalk, Wittlebee, Plum District, Motion Math, LinkedIn + more! Check out more details here: http://mamabeartech.co/

05/11/2013 - A Taste of Tel Hi

Posted: 11 May 2013 03:30 PM PDT

You are warmly invited to attend our upcoming annual dinner, A Taste of Tel-Hi. The event is shaping up to be an occasion the whole city will remember! Join us and support our biggest fundraising event of the year. We are especially thrilled to present cuisine from three of San Francisco's finest chefs!

The event will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 5:30 - 9:30 pm, at the Joe DiMaggio Playground in North Beach.

We anticipate celebrating with nearly 500 guests again this year, including Mayor Ed Lee and David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Due to the continued popularity of our live and silent auctions, everyone will enjoy a new sneak preview of our most coveted auction items at the start of the evening.

05/14/2013 - 'A Fate Worse Than Death' with Bess Lovejoy and Jill Tracy

Posted: 14 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Join the SF Obscura Society for an evening of stories of the incredible - and sometimes distressing - things that can happen to a body long after it's buried

Sometimes, a body just won't stay put. Whether it's for science or sorcery, or simply a moving of property, there are a lot of reasons why the dead sometimes travel epic distances and have great adventures.

Local chanteuse Jill Tracy and author Bess Lovejoy will be joining us to set the stage and spin tales of the ambulatory dead.

Bess Lovejoy, author of the new book Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses has dedicated her morbid curiosity to investigating the details of these bizarre and fascinating stories of the ambulatory dead.

On May 14th, she will share the threats famous bodies have faced through the ages, from furta sacra ("holy theft" of saintly relics) to phrenologist skull stealers, from "Resurrection Men" digging up cadavers for medical schools to modern organ harvesters.

Hailed by LA Weekly as the "cult darling of the Underworld," local chanteuse and storyteller Jill Tracy will lure us six feet under with a dark and deadly musical introduction.

Cocktail of the night: Corpse Reviver!

Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Seattle. She writes about dead people, forgotten history, and sometimes art, literature, and science. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Boston Globe, The Stranger, and other publications. Visit her at BessLovejoy.com or follow her on twitter at <at> besslovejoy.

Jill Tracy is a San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and “musical evocateur” who has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her eerie and beautiful cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales. Tracy is the first musician to receive a grant from the renowned Mütter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphiaand is dedicating the year to completing a musical work based on the Mütter collection. Visit her at JILLTRACY.com or follow her on twitter at <at> jilltracymusic

A Fate Worse Than Death is part of our new evening Atlas Obscura salon series at DNA Lounge, highlighting strange stories, odd places, and unusual histories near and far.

ADVANCE TICKETS: http://www.atlasobscura.com/events/obscura-society-sf-a-fate-worse-than-death-bess-lovejoy

05/15/2013 - If the Walls Could Speak: Mysteries of the Mint

Posted: 15 May 2013 05:30 PM PDT

If the Walls Could Speak: Mysteries of the Mint Tuesday, May 15 - 7:30pm Old Mint 5th + Mission (parking available at Fifth + Mission Garage) Through photos/illustrations, authors/Mint historians Nancy Oliver + Richard Kelly will reveal recently discovered secrets and details about the Mint under siege during the 1906 earthquake and fire. Signed copies of their books, including The Men Who Managed the Mint, The Mint’s Integrity, The Mint Under Siege and A Mighty Fortress, The Stories Behind the Second United States Mint will be available for purchase.

Bring your friends and neighbors and introduce them to SFMHS and all we have to offer them! Reservations not required. For more information, visit the website: www.sfhistory.org, or call (415) 537-1105. Programs will be preceded by a 7pm reception. SFMHS programs are free for members; $10 non-members. Programs are held at the Old Mint at 5th and Mission streets (unless otherwise stated) Parking available at the Fifth + Mission Street Garage
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05/02/2013 - SPACE

Posted: 02 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

SPACE is an immersive gallery experience consisting of sculpture-based work made from repurposed materials, paired with sound, video, and light components. More than a dozen Creativity Explored artists worked collaboratively to create a space of their own, working alongside the exhibition’s curators to create an “out-of-the frame,” conceptual environment.

Artist Anthony “Tony” Gomez, who has been with Creativity Explored nearly since its inception 30 years ago, is showing his piece “Different Colors,” a sculpture made of hand-sewn and painted paper. A year ago Gomez began the work as modest wall piece, but it has since grown to a large structure that measures more than six feet in height. This large-scale piece is displayed with a projection of a 16-millimeter scratch film through its mass, allowing light to bleed through and also giving the sculpture the appearance of movement.

Another artist, Makeya Kaiser, uses recycled cardboard and shredded paper to create abstract forms that resemble concrete blocks dotted with tiny, confetti-like speckles of color. Artist Marilyn Wong utilizes digital drawings as large-scale wall projections, while Kaocrew “Yah” Kakabutra pairs several of her white plaster and yarn sculptures with abstract animation film.

“This is a significant show for Creativity Explored, as it is the first exhibit that will focus solely on sculptural and conceptual work with aspects of digital media,” says Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructor Grace Rosario Perkins, co-curator with Miranda Putman of SPACE. “The environment is intended to put you into the minds of the artists to see and feel their perspective,” she adds.

Don’t miss Creativity Explored’s most conceptual exhibition to date. It is a show that must be experienced as well as seen.

Creativity Explored’s 30th Anniversary exhibitions are supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

05/02/2013 - Company C Contemporary Ballet Presents Spring Program in SF

Posted: 02 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m.; Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.

Following its triumphant 10th Anniversary season, Company C Contemporary Ballet presents a Spring Program full of the energy and innovation for which it is known, with seven performances May 2-12 in San Francisco and Walnut Creek. A world premiere by long-time Company C dancer David von Ligon; two Company premieres, one by Ballet San Jose founder Dennis Nahat and also Carl Flink and John Bohannon's "A Modest Proposal"; as well as the riveting Bolero by Artistic Director Charles Anderson round out a captivating program.

Presented by Company C Contemporary Ballet

05/03/2013 - Dana Cafe Kick Off Open House Party

Posted: 03 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Each month on first Sundays beginning this May, Dana Cafe invites a different teacher from various arts and healing traditions. Our monthly classes are offered for Dana (donations) and there is no set fee to attend.

We are inviting our vibrant community of friends, family, change agents, artists, healers and practitioners to join us for a Kick Off Open House Party! This 1st Friday event, held at our collaborative space and community partner, Temescal Art Center, will feature light refreshments, live acoustic music with Eileen Hazel and installations by amazing supporting artists to include Shahara Godfrey, Pamela Ybanez, Seneca Beth Miller, and Laurie Halsey Brown of senseofplace LAB. Meet some of our upcoming guest teachers and gather valuable insight on todays emerging gift economy.

Dana Cafe Kick Off Open House Party Friday May 3rd 7pm - 11pm TAC: Temescal Art Center 511 48th St. <at> Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Visit our website for more info on Dana Cafe and upcoming classes. http://www.projectroot.org/dana_cafe.html

Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DanaCafe

Pay it forward if you able and make a contribution to support the Dana Cafe http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-dana-cafe

05/03/2013 - Hope Mohr Dance Presents Sixth Home Season, May 3-5

Posted: 03 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

The sixth home season of Hope Mohr Dance, Artist-in-Residence at ODC Theater, features the world premiere of Mohr's "Failure of the Sign is the Sign" and the West Coast premiere of Susan Rethorst's "Behold Bold Sam Dog." A bold and visionary company, Hope Mohr Dance creates intricate, highly textured work in both narrative content and its structural form. Mohr also annually hosts other talented choreographers through the company's Bridge Project. The fourth recipient of a Bridge Project residency, internationally renowned teacher and choreographer Susan Rethorst, will set her acclaimed work on an ensemble of local dancers including Mohr herself, hailed as an exquisite, powerful and mesmerizing performer. Mohr has curated this season to foster a choreographic dialogue based on a shared interest in language and choreographic craft.

Presented by Hope Mohr Dance

05/04/2013 - Arts Benicia's 2013 Open Studios

Posted: 04 May 2013 08:00 AM PDT

What: Benicia Artists Open Studios event

When: May 4 + 5, 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Activities in conjunction with the show: Group Exhibition at Arts Benicia Gallery April 18- May 5, 2013

Family Art Day Sunday, April 21 1:00-3:00 PM

More than 50 Benicia Artists to Open Studios to Public on May 4 + 5 Each year the community of artists and artisans in the East Bay city of Benicia welcome visitors to experience an Open Studios event the first weekend of May. This year, the Open Studios event, sponsored by Arts Benicia will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. This is a unique opportunity to meet with artists in their studios and home workspaces to see new and exciting works of art. More than 50 studios will be open to the public for those two days, as visitors are afforded a rare opportunity to engage directly with artists in their live and work spaces. In concert with the Open Studios event, the Arts Benicia Gallery presents an exhibit by the artists who have opened their studios to the public during the Benicia Artists Open Studios May 4 and 5. The group show will be on view from Thursday through Sunday from April 18 to May 5. This exhibit provides an excellent representation of all the artists’ work, and an ideal way to plan which studios to visit. Open Studio Maps are free and available at Arts Benicia.

Benicia is home to painters, sculptors, photographers, woodturners, illustrators, metalsmiths, ceramicists, jewelry designers, and world class glass artists throughout the city, primarily concentrated in Benicia’s historical Arsenal district. The Benicia Artists Open Studios event is prime opportunity for art lovers, as nearly 100 artists live and work spaces are housed in the Arsenal district, a relatively small and walkable area. In contrast to most open studios events, visitors are able to park their cars and walk to dozens of artist studios each day, making it possible to see numerous and varied works of art. The opportunity to view the intersections of so many different art forms provides a glimpse into why the Benicia arts community has garnered a reputation as a place where artistic expression flourishes.

In conjunction with Open Studios, Arts Benicia is hosting the Mosaic Project. Now in its third year at Arts Benicia, the Mosaic Project is an amalgam of a community outreach project and organizational fundraiser. Members of the community were invited to design 7 x 7” art panels, which were generously donated by Ruszel Woodworks; each tile will be installed to create a large scale “mosaic” in the Arts Benicia gallery during the Open Studios group exhibition. Every panel is a unique work of art, and each is available for purchase for $25. Patrons are invited to purchase panels by raffle; not knowing which original work of art they will receive only adds to the excitement. To conclude Open Studios on May 5 at 5:00 PM there will be a public raffle drawing for each of the panels. The Mosaic Project engages the entire community in the process of making art, and results in original art that is affordable and accessible for everyone.

For more information about the Open Studios event, please call Arts Benicia at (707) 747-0131, e-mail info <at> artsbenicia.org, or visit www.artsbenicia.org.

05/04/2013 - Darren Waterston: Ravens and Ruins

Posted: 04 May 2013 02:00 PM PDT

Darren Waterston: Ravens and Ruins March 28 �" June 1, 2013 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO �" For his eighth exhibition with Haines Gallery, Ravens and Ruins, New York based Darren Waterston presents new paintings and works on paper that consider the trangressive potential of both the natural and imaginary worlds. Through a series of stunning paintings, Waterston utilizes his ethereal aesthetic to depict utopian visions gone awry. A suite of twenty-five gouache on paper silhouettes from his recent bestiary project reference an animal kingdom unsettled by the volatility of morphing forms. Additionally, collections of curated works on paper are displayed within a vitrine, acting as a conceptual bridge for Waterston's panel paintings and the bestiary. This vitrine displays a selection of works produced over the past two years, including preparatory sketches for both the exhibited paintings and bestiary works.

05/04/2013 - Mark Mulroney <at> Ever Gold

Posted: 04 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Ever Gold Gallery is pleased to announce:

A FERTILE MENACE

Mark Mulroney

May 4th �" June 8th

Opening Reception: Saturday May 4th

Mark Mulroney has never stabbed anyone. Once he tried to punch someone in the face but he missed, then he ran. Fortunately for Mulroney he is very fast and has managed to stay safe for nearly 35 years. When he is not running from people he failed to punch in the face he sits alone drawing, mostly naked ladies but sometimes naked men as well. Many of these new works will be on view at Ever Gold Gallery in the heart of San Francisco's trendy Tenderloin district where visitors can often see people trying and failing to punch other people in the face. The show opens with a swell party May 4th. Mark Mulroney's parents and grandmother will also be in attendance.

For more information or reproduction please contact the gallery at evergoldgallery <at> gmail.com or 415-796-3676

05/05/2013 - Noertker's Moxie + Blue Lotus

Posted: 05 May 2013 05:30 PM PDT

Sunday, May 5, 2013 7:30pm Noertker's Moxie Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute Amber Lamprecht - oboe, flute Jenny Maybee - piano Bill Noertker - contrabass Jordan Glenn - drums •

aslo appearing Blue Lotus Dyne Eifertsen - Trombone Parteek Bansal - Tabla Alex Jenkins - drums •

Outsound presents the SIMM Series at Musicians' Union Hall 116 Ninth Street (near Mission) San Francisco CA 94103 $10 general • $8 students + seniors

05/06/2013 - BAASICS.3: The Deep End

Posted: 06 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Psychiatric and neurologic conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder, and dementia have been associated with genius or prophetic insight since antiquity. In the fourth century B.C.E., Aristotle claimed "that all men who have attained excellence in philosophy, in poetry, in art and politics [...] had a melancholic habitus; indeed some suffered even from melancholic disease." Plato wrote of a species of "madness which is a divine gift, and the source of the chiefest blessings granted to men." 2,400 years later, the correlation persists. Is it a misguided romantic notion or does new research suggest it is true? And how does our increasing awareness of biological and psychological diversity complicate assumptions about innate gifts and afflictions?

Dr. Walter Freeman will consider how chaos in the brain may generate novel ideas; photographer Timothy Archibald and his son, Eli, will share their experience collaborating with one another on images that shed light on the autistic experience; artist Leeza Doreian will present a survey of artworks by Creativity Explored artists and speak about the organization's mission; and more. Wade into the deep end with BAASICS co-founders and producers Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger for a provocative, moving, and entertaining evening.

Following the ODC Theater program, a reception will be held immediately next door, at Root Division. Seating is limited. Doors at 6:30.

Hannah Addario-Berry - Solo Cello Performance Leeza Doreian - Con-Currents: Creativity, Individuality, and Community Professor Walter J Freeman, MD - Persevere or perseverate? How brain chaos surmounts challenges Indre Viskontas, PhD - Release from Inhibition: The creative impulse in patients with dementia Katherine Sherwood - How a Cerebral Hemorrhage Altered My Art Timothy Archibald - ECHOLILIA : Walking the Path on the Autistic Spectrum Terrence Ketter, MD - Creativity, Mood, and Temperament in Bipolar Disorder

Presented by BAASICS (Bay Area Art + Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions)

05/06/2013 - Mark Bittman, NY Times Food Columnist + Author of 'How to Cook Everything' + 'VB6'

Posted: 06 May 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Mark Bittman, Author of How to Cook Everything and VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good

Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, with 1 million copies in print, is a mainstay of the modern kitchen. In his latest book, he makes the case that a partially vegan diet can dramatically improve your health. Come hear from one of America’s most widely read and entertaining food personalities.
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04/29/2013 - Take the Plunge - Learn About Your City’s Urban Watersheds (Lunchtime Presentation)

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) invites you to a lunchtime presentation about the history and future of San Francisco’s Channel and Northshore Urban Watersheds. Covering the northeast portion of the city, the Channel and Northshore Urban Watersheds transport millions of gallons of rainwater in large storms to one of the City’s three treatment plants. Most of this water flows in a network of sewer pipes running along the path of historic creeks, marshes, wetlands, and throughout the city below our streets. Learn about the challenges our sewer system is facing and discover how the SFPUC’s Urban Watershed Assessment will plan for the next 20 years of sewer system upgrades from the Presidio to the Haight Ashbury, Castro, SOMA and the Mission neighborhoods. Upgrades will include major pipe improvements and innovative green infrastructure projects.

Come hungry to learn and eat �" lunch will be provided! Please RSVP in advance to reserve your spot.

RSVP: http://channelnorthshorelunchtimepresentation.eventbrite.com

Can't make it to this lunch time presentation? No problem! You'll have another opportunity to attend this presentation on the evening of May 22nd from 6:00pm-7:00 p.m., at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 2nd Floor.

This is a great opportunity to learn about your watersheds in advance of playing the SFPUC’s award-winning Urban Watershed Planning Game on Saturday, June 1 at SPUR. Help us plan the future of San Francisco’s sewer system. For more information, visit www.sfwater.org/urbanwatersheds or email urbanwatersheds <at> sfwater.org.

04/29/2013 - Transmedia Transformation: Collaborative Creation of Stories, Myths + Memes

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Hosted with Producers Guild of America

Drinks, food, networking and discussions

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. Joseph Campbell

Parable, myth and legend have been our tools for explaining the sacred, our societies, and our genesis stories since humans first started using tools, drawing on cave walls and sharing stories around the camp fire. These myths and stories eventually crossed borders, media, and cultures where they took on new sacraments and practices as they spread to different audiences and were absorbed and customized.

The light sources we gather around have changed since then, but building myths and memes based on collaboration has only accelerated. Today, stories, sagas and myths zip around the world at a pace that is �" in a word �" legendary.

This month our panelists and presenters will explore the new ways of creating collaborative stories online with new technologies. We will dive into the concepts of User Generated Content and the “empowered user” to explore how we create “rabid fans” who feel such strong affinity for our materials that they modify, manipulate and market these for us. We will examine how we engage the masses �" our audiences �" in the creation, curation and sharing of stories in the digitorial age.

Event schedule

Doors open at 6 6:00 - 6:30pm Networking

6:30 - 6:45 Welcome

6:45 - 7:25 Presentations

7:25 - 8:00 Panel + QA

8:00 - 8:10 Announcements

8:10 - 9:00 Networking


Do you have an announcement you'd like to make to our community? We'd love to hear about it! Contact us via our Meetup page to schedule your announcement.

Presenters:

Mitch Schultz began his life journey in Memphis, TN, and has since called Texas, Minnesota, Colorado and New York City home. From an early age, his love of art, music, mythology, and anything curiously unusual, fueled his path, including collaboration with Ghost Robot, Synthetic Pictures and the development of Spectral Alchemy, a hybrid-collective for transmedia production, culture architecture and think tank.

As a hybrid entity Spectral Alchemy creates operates as a think tank, transmedia production and culture architecture, exploring the inherent connections between consciousness, nature, language, technology, and the evolving human mythology. Current projects include the documentary The Spirit Molecule, the filmic adaptation of Joe Loya's lauded autobiography The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell, and the MNTTKA Manifesto, a multi-platform experience that outlines a new paradigm for consciousness, our relationship to nature, the celebration of that relationship, and the development of a new, syncretic language.

Mitch is also the Executive Producer and Creative Director for the DMTremix Project and served as Artistic Director for the I/O Port at JFK International Airport, overseeing a conceptual + practical installation that engages the user through the interpretation of the airport's arrival system information as visual content mined from the web. He has also contributed to R+D for Microsoft on Amnesia Moon, an episodic, interactive sci-fi mystery.

His education includes a BS in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

John Maccabee is the founder of CityMystery, a game design company that provides strategy, narrative and implementation for games known by several names; ARGs, transmedia and mission-­‐based games. CityMystery was a Webby Honoree for ghostsofachance.com, a game sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the first game to be sponsored by any museum anywhere. A second game for the Smithsonian, Pheon, ran live and online, with live events influencing the ongoing narrative of a graphic novel. Pheon was also the first ARG ever designed for multiple sponsors; an archive of it can be found at app.pheon.org/dashboard. Mr. Maccabee has also designed games for George Washington University, The University of Maryland’s School of Information, as well as game strategies or Colonial Williamsburg and Envision, a charter high school in San Francisco. A template for mission-­‐ based games was unveiled recently at a digital learning conference in Germany, LearnTec. The template is also the first of its kind specifically designed for education and corporate training.

John has written scripts for feature films and television developed at Sony, Universal, Warner Brothers, NBC and CBS. BYZANTINE, a computer game he wrote and co-­‐designed for The Discovery Channel was named “Game Of The Year” at the Frankfurt Book Fair. He has produced websites for corporate clients that include Kodak, Sony Pictures and Fairmont Hotels. He has had three novels published (in four languages). Mr. Maccabee is a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Morse Family Foundation. He lives in San Francisco.

Moderated by Maya Zuckerman - Transmedia SF co-founder

04/29/2013 - The Nato Sessions: Live Conversating + Podcastery with Author Helene Wecker

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 05:00 PM PDT

The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco + 3200 Stories Present The Nato Sessions: Live Conversating + Podcastery with Famous Smart People*

Nato Green, one of San Francisco's favorite comedians, always wants to get to the bottom of IT. Now he's teamed up with the JCCSF's online venue, http://3200Stories.org to present a series of public conversations and live podcast recordings with famous smart people.* Nato will investigate big ideas with an array of writers, comedians, musicians, and people who do other things.

*Guests are guaranteed famous, smart, and also people, without specification, limitation, or exclusion.

About Helene Wecker: East Bay resident and author of The Golem and the Jinni, forthcoming from HarperCollins in Spring 2013.

Nato Green: Nato Green was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, "erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug." He performs on Wednesdays at the legendary alternative comedy show at the Dark Room Theatre, The Business. His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party was released in 2012 by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco's Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS.

05/02/2013 - Surrender - New Works by Jeffrey Palladini

Posted: 02 May 2013 03:30 PM PDT

Exhibition Dates: May 1st-31st, 2013; Opening Reception: May 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Sandra Lee Gallery proudly announces Surrender - New Works by Jeffrey Palladini. In his newest series, Jeffrey aims to contend with the ubiquitous forces that influence our lives. His subjects are confronted by external stimuli such as gravity, time, chemistry and he shows us this encounter. Reflecting the invisible pressures that impact the lives of these figures, Jeffrey creates images that are infused with concealed narratives. We are viewing a captured moment within a fleeting scene. And in true cinematic fashion we are allowed one component at a time of an unfolding story.

Working in oil and charcoal on unprimed wood, Jeffrey tells stories that are both technically and conceptually exposed. The figures convey a sense of intense human emotion, being caught in a moment of fear, lust, pain, or anger. These raw emotions are echoed stylistically in the rough uneven texture of the wood, often breaking through the paint and penetrating its slick colors and shapes. Figures and backgrounds are minimally rendered, reinforcing the importance of mood and sentiment. The raw wood and candid outlines compel the viewer to confront the emotion behind the scenes. Jeffrey's stylized and linear application shows courage, as we are allowed to see how every surface is shaped and built. He relies on clean lines and composition to reach real depths of story and atmosphere, and succeeds with powerful results.

Presented by Sandra Lee Gallery

05/02/2013 - First After Dark Event at New Exploratorium

Posted: 02 May 2013 04:00 PM PDT

On hiatus since 2012, the Exploratorium’s After Dark returns on May 2, 2013 at Pier 15 with Home, a museum-wide housewarming party.

Home will be an exploration of homes at all scales, from the Earth itself to the human microbiome, and will feature behind-the-scenes tours of our new campus and exhibits, live music, films and cocktails.

As you explore the Exploratorium’s new home, join lead design architect Marc L’Italien of EHDD and lead mechanical engineer Peter Rumsey of Integral Group to discuss the process of transforming a cavernous historic pier into a vital home for the Exploratorium, and what one day may be the largest Net Zero energy museum in the world. Learn how filtered bay water heats or cools the building via radiant floors, and how natural ventilation and light, and a large solar photovoltaic system are helping the museum near its Net Zero Energy goal.

Linger in our beautiful Outdoor Gallery to hear bands play on Zac Carroll’s Front Porch, an homestead-inspired mobile stage built from period materials (including parts of an old speakeasy) and pulled by a 1929 tractor named Bessie. Spin Home, a 14’ illuminated globe by artist Michael Christian, and watch it scatter street map silhouettes from cities around the world.

Gather in the elegant East Gallery to meet some of the exotic creatures that call the pier pilings home, and get to know the 500 trillion or so residents of your own skin (and mouth, and gut) with Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck. You can also stroll through the solar system with staff scientist Ron Hipschman, and learn what makes Earth just right for sustaining life.

After Dark is an adult (18+) evening program at the Exploratorium that mixes cocktails, conversation and adult-oriented programming in science and the arts. Programs are playful, eclectic, and content-rich, exploring the science behind topics of adult interest from gambling, alcohol, fashion and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Upcoming After Dark themes include Boom, Freestyle, Decay, and Glow.

One part theater, one part cabaret, one part gallery and one part Happy Hour, After Dark is a unique way to experience one of San Francisco’s most beloved museums. After Dark is for adults 18 years and older. Tickets are $15; $10 for members.
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04/28/2013 - Watch Horror Films: A Journey Into Creature Features

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 02:15 PM PDT

Plus Hardware Wars (Restored Edition)

In Person: John Stanley, filmmakers Tom Wyrsch + Ernie Fosselius

Sunday, April 28, 4:15 $12 (CFI members + children $9)

One of the most beloved TV shows in Bay Area history was Creature Features, broadcast from KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland from 1971 to 1984. Bob Wilkins was the host for eight years, and John Stanley followed for another six, adding their commentary to classic (and not-so-classic) horror movies- a nostalgic memory for many who grew up here. Filmmaker Tom Wyrsch, who has produced popular films on such San Francisco landmarks as Playland at the Beach, The Sutro Baths and the Cliff House, focuses loving attention on another long-lost institution. He will present his documentary and be joined on stage by Creature Features host John Stanley. Before the feature, filmmaker Ernie Fosselius, a memorable Creature Features guest, will unveil his newly restored version of Hardware Wars, the classic parody of you-know-what science fiction epic. Films approximately 80 min. plus discussion.

04/28/2013 - Solo Sundays featuring Marga Gomez

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Solo Sundays, S.F.'s premier monthly showcase, presents select samplings of veteran virtuosos and top emerging talent in the intimate StageWerx Theatre in The Mission. Beyond stand-up and storytelling, solo theater creates casts of thousands - plus special effects - all bursting from a single performer.

featuring: Marga Gomez "Lovebirds" (a work in progress)

Julia Jackson "Worst. Boyfriend. Ever."

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04/27/2013 - San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2013 Concert: Music of Eastern and Central Europe

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 05:00 PM PDT

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney, presents: Music of Eastern and Central Europe

PROGRAM:

Antonín Dvorák: Six Moravian Choruses, arranged by Leos Janácek Sergei Rachmaninoff: Bogoroditse Devo Dmitri Bortnyansky: Cherubic Hymn, No. 7 Alexander Gretchaninoff: Our Father Alexander Gretchaninoff: Nunc Dimittis Nicolai Kedrov: Otche Nash Modest Mussorgsky (attributed): Angel Vopiyashe (The Angel Cried Out) Sid Robinovitch: Prayer Before Sleep from the Talmud Suite Franz Schubert: Mass No. 2 in G FEATURED MUSICIANS:

Jerome Lenk, piano

TICKETS:

General $20; in advance + for seniors, $18 Free admission for students 5-18 with ID. Please, no children under five.

For our Spring 2013 trimester, Music of Eastern and Central Europe, join us as we present a wonderful variety of romantic and expressive music from 19th century Bohemia, the Russian Orthodox liturgy, Austria, and contemporary Canada.

Between 1875 and 1877, Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) composed his Moravian Choruses for two voices and piano, a number of love songs in the manner of Bohemian folk songs,. His friend, Leos Janácek, (1854-1928), later arranged six of these songs for four voices and piano.

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s (1873-1943) Bogoroditse Devo is one of the sections of his 1915 All-Night Vigil. This tender prayer strays from specific chant melodies into a freely composed style in which each voice follows its own individual line.

Ukrainian composer Dmitri Bortnyansky (1751-1825) demonstrated his vocal and compositional gifts as a child. A contemporary of Mozart, he studied with Italian composer Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785). His famous Cherubic Hymn, No. 7 is considered one of the most sublime Orthodox liturgical compositions.

Russian composer Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956) studied with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Taneyev, and Anton Arensky. His Our Father and Nunc Dimittis express the rich gloriousness of Russian liturgical music.

Russian composer Nicolai Kedrov, Sr.’s (1871-1940) beautiful and reverent Otche Nash is one of the most familiar Russian liturgical selections and is sung often at Russian weddings.

Probably most famous for his opera Boris Godunov and his piano composition, Pictures at an Exhibition, Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) composed little, if any, sacred music. Angel Vopiyashe (The Angel Cried Out) is attributed to him. This dramatic composition sounds as if it fits right into the marvelous Coronation Scene from Boris.

Canadian composer Sid Robinovitch’s (1942- ) ethereal Prayer Before Sleep is the final composition in his dynamic six-part Talmud Suite, and very much in the spirit of Eastern European Jewish music.

Franz Schubert's (1797-1828) Mass in G is pure, lyrical Schubert, tender and sweet in some places, stirring and majestic in others! The most familiar and popular of his masses, it was finished in six days during March 1815.

04/27/2013 - Five Centuries of Dances with the Black Cedar Duo

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 05:30 PM PDT

Seventh Avenue Performances presents "Five Centuries of Dances" the ninth of ten free concerts celebrating our tenth anniversary season featuring the ensemble the Black Cedar Duo (Steve Lin, guitar and Kris Palmer, flutes and recorders)! Dancing has been a part of human culture since the beginning of man’s existence. This program will explore dances from around the world, dating from the 16th century until present time. Selections will include tango music by Astor Piazzolla, Romanian Dances by Bèla Bartók, Italian dances by Gioacchino Rossini and more.

04/27/2013 - Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 06:00 PM PDT

One night only, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8pm to midnight, the group exhibition Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party blankets SOMArts in site-specific luminous art installations, live music and performances, and digital and cinematic projections by more than 50 artists.

This year Night Light features four experimental audio-visual performances by Pod Blotz, ChuCha Santamaria y Usted, Stephen Parr/Oddball Films, and Francois Chaignaud and Marie-Caroline Hominal from 9pm to 12am. Three of the performances will be broadcast live on SF Commons, San Francisco’s public access television station.

More info: http://www.somarts.org/nightlight/

04/27/2013 - Rupa + the April Fishes Homecoming Show

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Back from a whirlwind world tour spanning North America, Europe and Asia, Rupa + the April Fishes will bring their unique global alternative sound home to San Francisco in time to mark the rising awareness around ending violence towards women in 2013. Collaborating with LA's hot new son jarocho/hip hop mestizo group Las Cafeteras and working in conjunction SF's annual Walk Against Rape, this show will be part-art installation, part-springtime activation and part-groove manifestation.

Whether singing in French, Spanish, English,Tzotzil or Hindi, the April Fishes' sound is “ecstatic and powerfully evocative” (LA Times) led by Rupa’s voice, which is “saucy, mysterious, and comparable in power to the late Amy Winehouse” (BUST Magazine). Their latest album BUILD, called “soulful and sensuous” by Relix Magazine, was produced with Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird) and shows off the breadth of the band's diverse chops. Joining them onstage at this special hometown performance will be Todd Sickafoose on bass and master electronic artist JHNO on viola and beats.

Las Cafeteras from East LA will be opening the night. Their energetic performances fuse Afro-Mexican (son jarocho), hip hop, folk, native american + more styles in English + Spanish. They use their performances to inspire social change. They’ve opened for Ozomatli, Aterciopelados, Edward Sharpe + the Magnetic Zeroes, Lila Downs, + more. Their debut album “It’s Time” has been featured on NPR, KCRW + the LA Times.

04/28/2013 - Festival of the Mandolins

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 09:00 AM PDT

Join us for the 13th annual San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins. At the 1PM concert,there will be five diverse mandolin performances ranging from classical to bluegrass by the Bay Area's finest mandolin artists. The concert will be preceeded by workshops at 11AM. Performers include; AURORA MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, CATERINA LICHTENBERG, SHARON GILCHRIST + SCOTT NYGAARD, THE GRAVENSTEIN MANDOLIN ENSEMBLE, and THE TUTTLES + A.J.LEE. Once again the BYOM ORCHESTRA (Bring Your Own Mandolin) will convene. Ethnic Bulgarian food by chef Hristo Kolev.

Presented by Croatian American Cultural Center

04/28/2013 - How Weird Street Faire

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT

San Francisco's festival season begins on April 28th with WEIRDI GRAS, the 14th annual How Weird Street Faire! Featuring marching bands and parades, art and performances, 10 stages of dance music, vendors from around the world, and thousands of people in colorful costumes. It will be a spectacle of music, art, and motion unlike anything you've seen before, a carnival of peace in the Mardi Gras tradition.

There will be Magic Beads, offering discounts and specials at the many unique vendors with creative goods for sale, including designer clothing, jewelry, art, decorations, and much more. There will also be plenty of delicious food and drinks.

Come celebrate peace with music and dancing in the streets of San Francisco. And let the weird times roll!

For more information visit the website. http://HowWeird.org

04/28/2013 - Spring Open House at Headlands

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT

Three Sundays a year, we invite you to roam the various buildings of our campus, engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress, and stay for a homemade lunch in the Mess Hall.

Open House connects visitors to the working process of artists and fosters casual conversations about the creative process. Scheduled in conjunction with Headlands' three Artists in Residence seasons, Open House features curated happenings and events scheduled throughout the day, including readings, performances, screenings, and guided walks.

Repeat visits provide the opportunity to see a diverse array of media, techniques, and projects at different stages of development.

Presented by Headlands Center for the Arts

04/28/2013 - RayKo's 4th Biennial Juried Pinhole Show

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT

RAYKO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION and ACTIVITIES Celebrate World Wide Pinhole Photography Day!

RayKo’s 4th Biennial Juried Pinhole Show plus the invented cameras of Jo Babcock

WPPD activities: Sunday, April 28th, 12-3pm Opening Reception: Sunday, April 28th, 3-5pm Exhibition dates: April 28th �" May 25th, 2013

In honor of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) on Sunday, April 28, 2013, RayKo Photo Center is hosting an exhibition of pinhole photography in the main gallery. This is our 4th biennial juried show of photographic work taken with pinhole cameras. Be prepared for giant chromogenic prints of upside down negative cities in glowing red, tiny blurred seascapes printed in blue, and distorted figures sprawled across an orb-like foreign landscape. Also, featured pinhole artist, Jo Babcock will be exhibiting both his pinhole images and a selection of his invented cameras (everything from suitcases to Shinola tins to coffee pots to bowling ball cases and refrigerator boxes…and if we’re lucky, one of his van cameras will drive up). The opening reception for both shows is from 3-5pm. RayKo Photo Center will also be offering free supplies for making pinhole images, free image uploads onto the WPPD website, and displays of pinhole cameras as well as your chance to take a class with Jo Babcock himself and learn how to make your own invented camera (check our website to enroll). WPPD activities will take place from 12-3pm. The public and artists are encouraged to participate in both the artists’ reception and Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day activities. Bring the kids!

About RayKo

RayKo Photo Center + Gallery is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990’s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco’s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b+w and color labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer’s Marketplace - a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco’s 1sst Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black + white Auto-Photo Booth.

RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciate of photography and create opportunities for regional, national, and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer’s Marketplace, which supports the work of Bay Area artists, and encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels.

04/28/2013 - 'The Choreographic Mind in Practice' with Susan Rethorst, April 28

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 11:30 AM PDT

The West Coast premiere of Susan Rethorst's acclaimed "Behold Bold Sam Dog" takes center stage as part of Hope Mohr Dance's sixth home season. The shows are the culmination of Rethorst's residency in the Bay Area, part of Hope Mohr Dance's Bridge Project, which brings notable choreographers to the Bay Area to enrich the cultural landscape. Known for works that are rich in gestural detail, meticulously crafted, funny, and surprising, Rethorst will present a work using outstanding local dancers and choreographers who are otherwise unaffiliated with Hope Mohr Dance.

Hope Mohr and Susan Rethorst will share their work and insights at several pre-season events, including an open rehearsal with Susan Rethorst on April 21 at ODC Dance Commons in San Francisco and an open rehearsal on April 22 with Hope Mohr Dance. The following Sunday, April 28, Rethorst will lead a workshop based on the "choreographic mind," encouraging artists to fuel their work with questions and curiosity. Following the workshop, she will offer a free public reading of her book "A Choreographic Mind: Autobodygraphical Writings," in which she investigates the creative process and offers fresh perspectives on evaluating dance. The book was named one of the New Yorker's Top Ten of 2012. Reservations for the workshop can be made by e-mailing hopemohrdance <at> rocketmail.com.

Presented by Hope Mohr Dance

04/28/2013 - Main Stage Concert: A Night at the Opera (Berkeley)

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 01:00 PM PDT

The SFCO is excited to present the fourth and final program of our Main Stage Concert series in the 2012-2013 series, "A Night at the Opera." We close our season with a program of musical stories, spoken and sung. The centerpiece of the evening is the SFCO commission and world premiere of Journey of the Shadow, from our award-winning Composer in Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, in collaboration with Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz.

With touches of fantasy and the magical realism--a signature of the work of playwright Nilo Cruz--Journey of the Shadow was crafted from an Andean folktale about the creation of the world, is the story of a boy who writes a letter to his father, a soldier in Afghanistan. At the center of the story is the boy's shadow who slips in with the letter and gets into a bit of trouble in a distant postal office, affecting the letter's journey History and politics provide context for this intimate human story that illustrates the persistent innocence of children against the backdrop of war. Frank and Cruz have collaborated previously on original new music works for the voice and recently completed the critically acclaimed song cycle La Centinela y La Paloma, a re-imagining of the afterlife of artist Frida Kahlo, for Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. This will be the first piece they have created together for narrator and music with Dr. Frank performing the narration. Benjamin Simon will conduct.

On program with the new work will be Samuel Barber's brilliant Hand of Bridge--with libretto by composer Gian Carlo Menotti-and Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne--an equally brilliant, one-act comic masterpiece that displays Mozart's precocity in a series of charming scenes and songs. Both works feature seven young fellows from the San Francisco Opera Center's famed Adler Fellows program as the SFCO's 2012-2013 Debut Artists: Jennifer Cherest, A.J. Gluecker, Philippe Sly, Hadleigh Adams, Marina Harris, Chuanyue Wang, and Erin Johnson.

Presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
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04/13/2013 - Robert Gurney Organ Recital

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 02:00 AM PDT

Robert Gurney, organist, plays a free recital of music by Salome, Buxtehude, Farnam, Longhurst, Elmore, and Rodgers and Hart on the historic E.M. Skinner symphonic organ in the Rodin Gallery at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.

Program:

Theodore Salome: Grand Choeur in C

Dietrich Buxtehude: Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne

Lynnwood Farnam: Toccata on O Filii et Filiae

John Longhurst: Cantilena

Robert Elmore: Pavane from Rhythmic Suite

Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart: A Rodgers and Hart Songbook: I Could Write A Book (from Pal Joey, 1940) There’s A Small Hotel (from On Your Toes, 1935) My Romance (from Jumbo, 1935) Isn’t It Romantic? (from Love Me Tonight, 1932) This Can’t Be Love (from The Boys From Syracuse, 1938)

Charles-Marie Widor: Toccata from Symphony No. 5 in F Minor

The concert is free with museum entrance fee.

Mr. Gurney is Organist and Choir Director at Trinity-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, San Francisco, Music Director of the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, Assistant Organist at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, and Organist at Temple Rodef Sholom in San Rafael.

04/13/2013 - Shuttle/Walking Tour: The Natural and Cultural Heritage of El Polín

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 09:00 AM PDT

Join Presidio Trust specialists on a shuttle tour from the Montgomery Street Barracks past the original site of El Presidio de San Francisco to the newly revitalized El Polín Spring. At El Polín, continue on a history and nature-themed walking tour, with an in-depth view of recent archaeological discoveries. RSVP requested to rsvp <at> presidiotrust.gov.

This program is part of Welcome to the Presidio: Presidio Milestones + the Next Chapter, a new exhibit on the Main Post. The exhibit shows visitors a glimpse of the Presidio's past, present, and future.

04/13/2013 - Mills College Art Museum

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 04:00 PM PDT

The Mills College Art Museum and 70 South Park announce Double Take, an exhibition showcasing work from the collection of Lenore Pereira and Rich Niles curated by students in the Mills College Museum Studies Workshop.

This is the second collaboration between Mills College and the Niles in which an all female group of students were given a unique opportunity to explore the work of an international roster of women artists. The resulting show, Double Take, explores the ways in which artists revisit and invert common materials as well as familiar artistic processes and subject matter to subtly expose structural, social, and psychological inconsistencies.

Featuring approximately 40 works, including painting, video, photography, sculpture, and installation, Double Take presents work by Tauba Auerbach, Miriam Bohm, Rebecca Bollinger, Rosana Castrillo Diaz, Anne Collier, Tara Donovan, Ceal Floyer, Ann Hamilton, Ellen Harvey, Mona Hatoum, Andrea Higgins, Desiree Holman, Jenny Holzer, Xyler Jane, Lisa Kokin, Louis Lawler, Nikki Lee, Rut Blees Luxembourg, Wangechi Mutu, Catherine Opie, Jenny Ottinger, Gay Outlaw, Danica Phelps, Nigel Poor, Lucy Puls, Beverly Rayner, Martha Rosler, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Kathryn Spence, Catherine Wagner, and Francesca Woodman.

The Mills College Museum Studies Workshop, taught by Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Director of the Mills College Art Museum, encompasses both the theoretical and practical study of curatorial practices. Members of the class are: Laura Cirillo, Kate Rhoades, Katherine Rose, Alexasia Salter-Mack, and Darian Volk.

Double Take will be on view Saturdays and Sundays, April 14-May 5, 11:00 am-5:00 pm

For more information visit http://mcam.mills.edu

04/14/2013 - OuterBody Labs Grand re-Opening

Posted: 14 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT

http://outerbody-opening.eventbrite.com/

Come help us kick off the innauguration of regular operating hours for the studio!

This isn't virtual reality, this is disembodied eyesight! The OuterBody Experience Lab moves your eyesight out of your body and points it back at you, letting you see yourself only through this third person perspective. Then you play games!! How well can you become the puppeteer of your own body? Can you navigate through a maze faster than your friend? Memorize a pattern and recreate it with a stack of boxes? Avoid being hit, or even just grab the ball rolling past you when your sense of sight is so dramatically altered? Come find out!! Support San Francisco's newest must-visit destination for mind-warping neosubjectivity.

Get a taste of our past events https://www.facebook.com/OuterBodyLabs/photos_albums

This grand re-opening celebration will feature 5 of our most popular games from the past year:

- the overhead maze race

- dodgeball

- a new larger format drawing activity

- life sized connect four

- pattern memorization box stacking

Games are $5 each per person but limited discount advance tickets are available. 50% off, 25% off and full price tickets will entitle you to priority game play ahead of the walk ups. As always, wear your OuterBody TShirt and skip ahead of everyone! (or buy one on the spot).

We'll have some merchandise for sale, some videos and photos of past events, as well as photo and video documentation available for your sessions.

This also coincides with the Mission district's Sunday Streets festivities that run down 24th street just half a block from the studio.

04/17/2013 - Exploratorium Opening Day

Posted: 17 Apr 2013 08:00 AM PDT

The new Exploratorium opens to the public on April 17! Join us for Opening Day to experience over 600 exhibits, 150 of which are brand new, and special events lasting into the evening. Throughout the day, artists, special guests, volunteers, and Explainers will offer a variety of surprises and hands-on activities for people waiting in line. The doors officially open at 10:00 a.m. after a distinctly Exploratorium ribbon-cutting ceremony. After sundown, live performances, festivities, and awesome moments will continue until 10:00 p.m. Advance purchase timed-entry tickets are highly recommended; visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

As part of its opening dedication the Exploratorium will ring a bronze bell created by artist Nick DiPhillipo and cast at The Crucible, a hands-on industrial arts organization in Oakland. Following the opening dedication, there will be free events open to the public, including hands-on activities and demonstrations with Exploratorium Explainers and Explorables volunteers; Rangoli, a traditional Indian welcoming design created over the course of several hours by artist Purvi Shah and volunteers from the India Community Center in Milpitas; a chance to share your favorite Exploratorium story as part of a live broadcast from KPOO; and spectacular architectural projections by internationally recognized creative technology innovators Obscura Digital, transforming the historic façade of Pier 15 in San Francisco into a spellbinding visual odyssey through micro and macro phenomena.

In the Outdoor Gallery, don’t miss This World Made It Self, a large-scale multimedia performance by artist and animator Miwa Matreyek, visible from some public areas. Visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/opening/april17 for more information.

04/17/2013 - Sherry Wolf, author and activist, Bay Area speaking tour

Posted: 17 Apr 2013 04:00 PM PDT

April 17 at 6pm, April 18 at 12pm and 6pm, and April 20 at 6pm
Sherry Wolf is a public speaker, writer, socialist and Palestine solidarity activist with Adalah-NY. She blogs at SherryTalksBack.wordpress.com.

-- ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE Wednesday, April 17, 6pm UC Berkeley Evans Hall, Room 60

Imprisoned behind hundreds of miles of border walls, subjected to indiscriminate killings, and deprived of basic human dignity, Palestinians are asking for our solidarity.

Join a discussion about how we can advance the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign at UC Berkeley.

-- PINKWASHING APARTHEID Thursday, April 18, 12pm San Francisco State University Cesar Chavez Student Center, Rosa Parks D

Thursday, April 18, 6pm Stanford University LGBT Center (Cosponsored by Stanford Students for Queer Liberation and Students for Palestinian Equal Rights)

Apologists for Israel push a "pinkwashing" public relations campaign that promotes a supposedly progressive record of LGBT rights to divert attention away from apartheid conditions and to conjure an image of Israel as a democratic "light unto the nations."

No amount of pinkwashing can justify apartheid or the genocidal violence faced by Palestinians. In Sherry's words: "It is up to activists - Jewish lesbians like myself, straight gentiles, everyone who cares about social justice - to stand up to Israel's racist policies and those who help to veil them."

-- THE FIGHT FOR QUEER LIBERATION CONTINUES Saturday, April 20, 6pm Oakland Peace Center, Fellowship Hall 111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland, CA

Join a discussion with Sherry Wolf about her book, Sexuality and Socialism, and the struggle for marriage equality and the possibilities of building a movement for full LGBT liberation.

Live poetry with Jared Paul will follow the discussion. --

All meetings sponsored by the International Socialist Organization. For more information, email iso <at> norcalsocialism.org.

Presented by International Socialist Organization

04/17/2013 - Aya: Awakenings shamanic film premiere Wed April 17th at the Clay Theatre

Posted: 17 Apr 2013 04:30 PM PDT

Icaro and the Undergrowth collective, in conjunction with MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies), The Psychedelic Society of San Francisco, Bay Area Evolver, and ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) are proud to sponsor a sneak preview of the groundbreaking Aya: Awakenings film. We invite the San Francisco psychedelic and shamanic community to come watch the film and be a part of a panel discussion with some local NGOs and commentators on the night, as a prelude to the MAPS Psychedelic Science 2013 conference and the community ayahuasca gathering http://maps.org/conference/ayahuascaforum/ . Aya Awakenings will be touring the USA in September and this is a special one night only preview screening for all those seeds the vine has touched, and for those yet to awaken... Tickets are only $15 and can be booked from the Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco. (415) 561-9921. Advance ticket sales recommended from this link: http://tinyurl.com/SF-AYA-Awakenings ::::::

AYA: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of Amazonian shamanism, exploring the indigenous experience with plant sacraments including ayahuasca and DMT and the Western uptake of them. By blending narration directly from the cult book Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos and Western Shamans, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, Aya: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking a spiritual awakening in the viewer. Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debrenardi and more; directed by Tim Parish, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by DJ Buttons Touching and music by Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Syren, Lula Cruz and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Arevalo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world. For more info see:

www.aya-awakenings.com and join the discussion on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AyaAwakenings

04/18/2013 - Matinee

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Rare 35mm screening for Talking Pictures’ 20th anniversary!

Presented by David Templeton + special guests

Thursday, April 18, 7:00

Bay Area journalist David Templeton will present and discuss a rare 35mm presentation of the 1993 film Matinee, marking the 20th anniversary of Templeton’s “Talking Pictures” column (published for several years in the Pacific Sun). Matinee is director Joe Dante’s hilarious and nostalgic ode to the movies and the showmen of his youth, as a colorful movie producer (John Goodman) in 1962 takes his latest gimmick-laden B-horror epic to the monster-crazy youth of a Florida coastal town, just at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This movie-lover’s movie is one of the most underrated of the 90s, also featuring Cathy Moriarty, Dick Miller, Jesse White, John Sayles. (US 1993) 99 min.

Released in 1993, Matinee also inspired David Templeton’s first “Talking Pictures” column. In each installment, he accompanies an interesting personality to the movies and shares their freewheeling post-film conversation. Templeton’s 20-year roster of fellow film fans includes such notables as Joan Baez, Tommy Smothers, Mort Sahl, Alan Dershowitz, Heidi Fleiss, Jane Hirshfeld, Michael Chabon, Bret Easton Ellis, Ram Dass and almost 900 others! Templeton has invited some surprise guests to participate in tonight’s show.

04/18/2013 - The MegaFlame Big Band and Cabaret + East Bay Brass Band

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 07:00 PM PDT

The MegaFlame Big Band and Cabaret joins forces with the East Bay Brass Band to bring you a RED HOT evening of jazz, burlesque and New Orleans style brassy SASS!

$10 Tickets now available online: http://tinyurl.com/megaflametix

$12 at the Doors (Open 8.30 PM)

Come on out for Thirsty Thursday and let's paint the town RED!

http://www.facebook.com/megaflame http://www.facebook.com/eastbaybrassband

(21 and over)

04/20/2013 - Goat Festival

Posted: 20 Apr 2013 08:00 AM PDT

Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 1 pm

Join CUESA, the Ferry Building Marketplace, and the makers of Northern California goat milk products at the Fifth Annual Goat Festival-A Celebration of All Things Goat! Activities are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.

Goat Festivities, 10 am - 1 pm: - Bring the kids to play with Redwood Hill Farm's adorable baby goats at the petting stable in the south driveway near the Sur La Table store.

- Goat product samples at the CUESA Classroom. - Visit the CUESA Classroom to learn more about goat producers in the market, including Achadinha Cheese Company, Andante Dairy, and Bodega and Yerba Santa Goat Cheese.

- Taste delicious goat-inspired creations from participating stores inside the Ferry Building Marketplace.

- Goat Gab! 10 - 11 am: The ownesr and operators of successful, sustainable, goat businesses based in Northern California, will talk about why they work with goats. - Goat-Themed Seasonal Cooking Demos including: Cheryl Forberg RD, Nutritionist for NBC's The Biggest Loser (11 am) and Alicia Jenish, Grand Cafe Restaurant (12 pm)

Don't miss our other Goat-themed activities this month: Goat Butchery Workshop on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Chevre Making Class with The Milk Maid on Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:30pm- 7:30pm Visit www.cuesa.org/events for details.

Presented by CUESA

04/20/2013 - Poisons in the Garden

Posted: 20 Apr 2013 11:00 AM PDT

Join the Obscura Society at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens for stories of deadly doses + a crash course in identifying poisonous plants

From deadly nightshade and the infamous hemlock to the gorgeously named Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi, poisonous plants hide in plain sight, all around us - Learning to tell botanical friend from foe may help you determine if that lovely houseplant is perfect for seasoning the salad, or just might kill you.

Some deadly plants are local natives and creep into local gardens naturally; others have been cultivated for centuries for their deadly capabilities and specially imported for nefarious purposes. Still others hide their deadly ways behind beautiful blossoms and seductive foliage, luring us into getting close, unaware of their deadly secrets.

Join us for a special exploration in Golden Gate Park's 55 acres of Botanical Gardens seeking the poisonous plants that lurk within. We'll provide stories of deadly doses, hallucinogenic close-calls and mysterious planty demise. Docents from the gardens will lend their expert experience and keen eyes to our search to find the culprits.

Tickets are $18, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the ongoing work and projects at the Botanical Gardens.

DETAILS

Saturday, April 20 1-4pm Address: San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park Tour starts promptly, so please plan to arrive early and allow time for parking. NOTE: Parking in Golden Gate Park on the weekends can be very tough. Meet in front of the gates by the docent/ticket stand at the main entrance to the gardens. Come prepared for lots of walking, potentially over uneven ground IMPORTANT: San Francisco residents - please bring valid ID showing your San Francisco address

TICKETS + DETAILS HERE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/events/obscura-society-sf-poisons-in-the-garden
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