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This week's highlights:
Thurs.: Cartoonist Mark Fiore @ Working Assets Speaker's Lunch
Sat.: Will Durst Offers Comic Relief @ Mill Valley Gig
Mon.: Strike Out Breast Cancer @ Bowling Fundraiser
SF Bay Area Diversions
October 14 - 20
Thursday October 14, Noon
MARK FIORE AND FREE LUNCH!
The Working Assets Speaker's Series presents a talk from political
cartoonist Mark Fiore, whose sharply satirical animated cartoons
appear on websites including WorkingForChange. Formerly the staff
political cartoonist for the San Jose Mercury News, Fiore recently
received the Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online
News Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Our program includes a free lunch available starting at 11:30 a.m.
Please plan to arrive early as all guests go through the security
procedures of the building, which require
picture ID. Due to
heightened security procedures, only people who have responded by name
in advance will be able to attend. Also, access to restrooms isn't
possible so please plan accordingly. 101 Market Street, first floor,
San Francisco. Free. To RSVP, call 415/369-2150 and leave your name,
the names (spelled out) of anyone coming with you, and a phone number
we can use to contact you if necessary.
Thursday October 14, 6:00 p.m.
GUIDE FOR PROGRESSIVES
Author George Lakoff discusses his new book "Don't Think of an
Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate - The Essential Guide
for Progressives." George Lakoff, one of the world's best-known
linguists, is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Cognitive
Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and
a founding senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute. 111 Minna
Gallery, San Francisco. Free. For information and to RSVP email
Thursday October 14, 7:00 p.m.
REMEMBER MARVEY MILK
The Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Committee, working to place a
sculpture of Supervisor Harvey Milk in San Francisco's City Hall,
presents its first fundraising event. Featuring appearances by
Friends of Milk including Tom Ammiano and former SF Supervisor and Board
President Harry Britt. Also wine, cheese, and performances by local
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center,
1800 Market St., San Francisco. $10-1,000 suggested donation. For
information visit www.milkmemorial.org or call 415/661-1260.
Friday October 15, 6:45 p.m.
The Mill Valley Film Festival presents "Moolaadé," a film by novelist,
filmmaker, activist and octogenarian Ousmane Sembene about genital
mutilation that tells the story of six girls who escape a
"purification" ceremony. When four of them find shelter with a woman
who invokes an ancient protective spell, Moolaadé, ancient traditions
and the modern world collide. Regency Cinemas, Smith Ranch Rd., San
Rafael. $10. For information visit mvff.com
Friday October 15, 7:00 p.m.
MORE BAD SUBJECTS
Bad Subjects, a progressive writers' collective, celebrates the
release of their second anthology, "Bad Subjects: Political Education
for Everyday Life - An Anthology 1997-2003" with an evening of
readings from contributors, including the book's editors, Megan Shaw
Prelinger and Joel Schalit. . AK Press Warehouse, 674 A 23rd St.,
Oakland. Free. For information call 510/208-1700.
Friday October 15, 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Asian and Pacific Island American's APIAVote project presents an
evening of comedy with proceeds benefiting get-out-the-vote efforts.
include Kevin Camia, Kevin Shea, Edwin Li and
Tessie Chua. Dot Restaurant, 1625 Post St., San Francisco. $15.
$10/students. For information call 415/922-3200.
Saturday October 16, 9:00 a.m.
KEEP CRISSY FIELD BEAUTIFUL
Enjoy the autumn beauty of Crissy Field while helping remove invasive
non-native plants along the Promenade and edges of the restored sand
dunes. Find out about the native plants and animals whose habitats
you'll be improving too. Suitable for adults, families and youth age
10 and up. Dress for changing weather. All tools and gloves provided.
Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, Mason and Halleck Sts., San
Francisco. For information call 415/561-4325.
Saturday October 16, 7:00 p.m.
MARIN LGBT CENTER CELEBRATES
Marin's Spectrum Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
Concerns presents "Pride & Joy: Living Love Out Loud," their annual
fundraising gala featuring dancing to Pride & Joy, Hot Ta Trot Buffet
Stations, Big Chill Wines & Waters, Temptations Cosmo Bar, Soulful
Brews by Marin Brewing Company and the Gotta Shop Around Silent & Live
Auctions. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro
Rd., San Rafael. $125. For information call 415/457-1115 x333.
Saturday October 16, 8:00 p.m.
WILL DURST OFFERS RELIEF
Comedian and political commentator Will Durst performs at the Relief
of Comedy Series in Mill Valley. Durst is a five-time Emmy nominee who
hosts and co-produces the PBS Series "Livelyhood" and is a regular
commentator on NPR and CNN. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton
Ave., Mill Valley. $20. $15/Srs. and students. For information call
Sunday October 17, 2:00, 4:00, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m.
LIFE AND TIMES OF HOWARD ZINN
The new film "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train"
documents the life and times of the historian, activist and author of
the classic "A People's History of the United States" and features
rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues and
friends including Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel
Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker. Through Oct. 28. Red Vic Movie
House, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco. $7. $5/2 p.m. show. $4/Srs. For
information call 415/668-3994.
Sunday October 17, 7:00 p.m.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE GALA DINNER
The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture presents
The Sunday Supper, a gala fundraising dinner featuring gourmet food
from the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, prepared by local chefs. A
cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. Ferry Building, the Embarcadero,
San Francisco. $150. For information call 415/291-3276.
Monday October 18, 6:00 p.m.
MARINE ACTIVISTS FROM MEXICO
Institute presents a reception for Marine activists
Alejandra Pinon, who works with "Dolphin Safe" canneries in Baja and
Mazatlan, and Rubi Moreno, who has won a number of awards for her work
on behalf of El Vizcaino Reserve, the largest wildlife refuge in Latin
America. Handicrafts made by the women of San Ignacio will be for
sale. Earth Island Office, Suite 29 Conference Room, Second Floor, 300
Broadway, San Francisco. Free. For information call 415/788-3666 x139.
Monday October 18, 7:00 p.m.
BOWLING BENEFITS BREAST CANCER
Universal Care, founded to raise money for breast cancer organizations
that provide support and treatment for underserved women, presents
Strike Out Breast Cancer!, a bowling party featuring live music,
dancing, cocktails, food, and a silent auction. Presidio Bowl,
Montgomery and Moraga Sts., The Presidio, San Francisco. $125. For
information call 415/677-8688.
Monday October 18, 7:30 p.m.
FEAR AND THE GOP
"Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire,"
examines how a fringe of the Republican Party has used 9/11 to advance
an agenda to radically transform American foreign policy, civil
liberties and social programs at home. Discussion follows the
screening. Part of Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist's "Taken for a
Ride" film series. Unitarian Hall, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto.
$5-$10 suggested donation.
For information call 650/326-8837.
Tuesday October 19, 7:00 p.m.
MEDIA MEMBERS GO OFF SCRIPT
"Crashing the Airwaves: Radio Producers Go Off Script on Politics,
Life, & the Biz" is a discussion with KPFA's APEX Express producers
Gina Hotta and Rainjita Geesler and Pratap Chatterjee, investigative
journalist and editor of CorpWatch. Panelists will discuss their
careers on the airwaves and the power of radio to shape the public
debate and the political landscape. New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom St.,
San Francisco. $5. For information email email@example.com.
Tuesday October 19, 9:00 p.m.
TANNER ON TANNER
"Tanner on Tanner," a four part mini-series, is a follow-up to
director Robert Altman and writer Garry Trudeau's TV miniseries
"Tanner '88," a critical and comic look at American politics. The
update, set during the 2004 presidential race follows Jack Tanner, a
former congressman whose bid for the White House ended at the 1988
Democratic convention, who is now the subject of a documentary film
directed by his daughter Alex. Starring Michael Murphy and Cynthia
Nixon. In tonight's episode, Alex arrives in Boston and struggles to
make herself known to national figures. Sundance Channel. Check
listings for channel in your area.
Wednesday October 20, 7:30 a.m.
NARAL PRO-CHOICE BREAKFAST
Dr. Sarah Weddington, the attorney
who successfully argued Roe v.
Wade, the 1973 pro-choice Supreme Court case, is the keynote speaker
at the annual Peninsula Power of Choice Breakfast benefiting NARAL
Pro-Choice America. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo
Alto. $50-$100. For information call 415/701-0770.
Wednesday October 20, 7:30 p.m.
AN INCREDIBLE BENEFIT
Pixar Animation Studios hosts an advance screening of "The
Incredibles," benefiting 826 Valencia, a nonprofit that helps
students, ages 8-18, to develop their writing skills through workshops
and tutoring. Before the film, 826 Valencia founder Dave Eggers
participates in a Q&A session with director Brad Bird, producer John
Walker and actress Sarah Vowell. Pixar Studios, 1200 Parke Ave.,
Emeryville. $150. For information call 415/642-5905.
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