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This week's highlights:

Fri.: Eric Alterman on Lying Presidents @ Commonwealth Club
Sat.: Harvest Celebration @ Slide Ranch 'Country Fair'
Sun.: Daniel Pearl Music Day @ Ashkenaz Event  


SF Bay Area Diversions

October 7 - 13


Coming Up...

Thursday October 14, Noon

The next Working Assets Speaker's Series event features a talk from 
political cartoonist Mark Fiore, whose sharply satirical animated 
cartoons appear on many media 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 

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 7, 7:00 p.m.

1000 Flowers, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to 
registering voters -- especially single women -- benefits from "It's a 
Beautiful Thing," a unique fundraiser featuring relaxing services 
including "Foot Rescue" treatments, neck and shoulder massage, tarot 
and astrology readings and more. Salon Mollier, 1117 San Anselmo Ave., 
San Anselmo. For information call 510/388-1548.


Thursday October 7, 7:30 p.m.
A panel of election experts discusses the use of new voting machines 
in the November elections and other potential problems that may impact 
the outcome of the presidential race. Panelists include California 
Assistant Secretary of State Marc Carrel and  David L. Dill,  founder 
of Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd floor, 
San Francisco. $20, $7/students. For information call 415/597-6705.


Thursday October 
7, 8:00 p.m.

Brava! for Women in the Arts presents "Laura's Bush," a new wildly 
satirical play about an aging prostitute and a librarian who conspire 
to kidnap Laura Bush. When she's finally freed, the First Lady reveals 
that the President was once a genius and has been trained to play dumb 
for political purposes. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St., San 
Francisco. $14. For information call 415/647-2822.


Friday October 8, 3:00 p.m.

Vote Solar, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Technologies, and the Pacific Energy Center co-host a presentation and 
reception with Hermann Scheer, the German Member of Parliament 
responsible for Germany's innovative and ambitious solar program. 
Space is limited. First come, first serve. Pacific Energy Center, 851 
Howard St., San Francisco. For information or to RSVP call 


Friday October 8, 7:00 p.m.

The People's Opinion Project (POP) presents a screening of "Fahrenheit 
9/11" featuring a Q & A with special guests Lila Lipscomb, the 
military mom from Flint, Michigan featured in the film and 
journalist/activist Andrew Rice.  Emceed by KFOG morning show 
personality Renee Richardson. The POP is a think tank for idealists 
organized to generate international dialogue and to "change the way we 
change the 
world." Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. 
$25 suggest minimum donation. For information call 415/345-7575.


Saturday October 9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Slide Ranch, a farm-based environmental education center, celebrates 
the harvest season with an old time country fair featuring family fun 
like creating scarecrows, learning to spin wool, live music and 
relaxing in a beautiful garden. Also, craft activities, guided tours 
and hikes, games, storytelling, music making and cooking 
demonstrations by local chefs. Near Muir Beach, Marin County.  $20, 
$65 for families of 5 or more, Free/2 & under.  For more information 
visit or call 415/381-6155.


Saturday October 9, 6:00 p.m.
The Bureau of Humane Law Enforcement, a California-based organization 
devoted to defending all animals through the law, presents a 
fundraiser evening of karaoke, food, drink and a silent auction.  Paws 
& Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. $10-$15. For information call 


Saturday October 9, 6:00 p.m.

Political cartoonist and animator Lalo Alcaraz discusses his two most 
recent books: "Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration" and "La 
Cucaracha" the first collection from his satirical, political daily 
comic strip. Corazon del 
Pueblo, 4814 International Blvd., Oakland. 
Free. For information call 510/532-6733.


Saturday October 9 and Sunday October 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Death Penalty in California: Too Flawed to Fix! is a two day 
activist and educational conference to stop the death penalty 
sponsored by Amnesty International, American Friends Service 
Committee, California People of Faith Working Against the Death 
Penalty, Death Penalty Focus and several other organizations. Dwinelle 
Hall, Room 145, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. $5-$25 sliding scale donations, 
no one turned away for lack of funds. For schedule and other 
information visit or call 510/333-7966.


Sunday October 10, 3:30 p.m.

Hidden Villa, a 1600 acre farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos 
Hills that offers programs teaching environmental and multicultural 
awareness, presents an afternoon tour of the preserve's sustainable 
Wolken Education Center and Hostel. Buildings feature straw bale and 
rammed earth construction, passive solar design, solar electricity and 
hot water and more. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills. 
$10. For information call 650/949-9704.  


Sunday October 10, 7:00 p.m.

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was killed in Pakistan 
three years ago, is remembered 
with a series of concerts staged around 
the world in his honor. Locally, Pearl Music Day features performances 
by area musicians organized by local musician Michael Gill, a friend 
of Pearl's family, who explains that, "Danny was, among other things, 
a great violinist and loved playing everything from classical to 
bluegrass and R&B." Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San 
Pablo Ave., Berkeley. $5. For information call 510/525-5054.


Monday October 11, 5:00 p.m.

Janice Carter of To Love Children Educational Foundation and editor of 
the Global Child Journal, Maggie Kamau and Freema Hillman of the 
International Child Resource Institute, and others come together for a 
panel discussion: "Educating to Promote Prosperity in the Global 
Economy." This event is being held in conjunction with The People 
Speak Program of the United Nations Foundation. Auditorium 2201, 
Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., San Francisco. For 
information call 415/442-7248. 


Monday October 11, 6:00 p.m.

Columnist Eric Alterman discusses his new book "When Presidents Lie: A 
History of Deception and its Consequences," a look at the corrosive 
effects of lying on American public policy.  Alterman will also 
discuss his other books "What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and 
the News" and "The Book on Bush: How George W. 
(Mis)leads America."  
Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd floor, San Francisco. $18. For 
information or tickets visit or call 


Monday October 11, 7:00 p.m.

Dancers for Democracy presents "Get Me To Miami, Mon Amour," an 
evening of food, music, oratory and dancing with DJ WaltDIGZ spinning 
Salsa-Reggaeton-Merengue-Dancehall-Cumbia-Latin-HipHop-Samba. Bissap 
Baobab, 2323 Mission St., San Francisco. $40 suggested donation. For 
information call 415/282-9043. 


Tuesday October 12, 6:00 p.m.

David Gottfried, author of "Greed to Green: the Transformation of an 
Industry" shares his personal journey from a real estate developer in 
the booming 1980's to founder of the U.S. and World Green Building 
Councils and a pioneering green management consultant. Commonwealth 
Club, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco. $15. For information 
call 415/597-6700.


Tuesday October 12, 6:30 p.m.

John Andrews, West Coast Bureau Chief of The Economist, gives a talk 
titled "Bush vs. Kerry: What is at Stake in Foreign Policy?," a look 
at ways Bush would approach crucial issues, from Iraq to transatlantic 
relations, in a second term and what John Kerry would do differently. 
Metropolitan Ballroom, The 
Argent Hotel, San Francisco. $15. For 
information call 415/293-4600.


Wednesday October 13, 1:30, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:20 p.m.

In the comedy/documentary "The Yes Men," a small group of 
prankster-activists gain worldwide notoriety for impersonating the 
World Trade Organization on television and at business conferences. 
When two of its members are mistaken for the real thing, they play 
along with the ruse and soon find themselves invited to important 
functions as WTO representatives -- mock-representing the organization 
they politically oppose. Embarcadero Cinema, Embarcadero Center One, 
Sacramento and Battery Sts., San Francisco. For information call 


Wednesday October 13, 6:00 p.m.

The last of the three Presidential candidates debates, scheduled to 
take place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Moderator 
Bob Schieffer, of CBS News, will question Bush and Kerry on the 
economy. CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, C-Span and assorted cable news 
channels. Check listings for channels in your area.


Coming Up...

Thursday October 14, 6:00 p.m.

George Lakoff discusses his new book "Don't Think of an Elephant!: 
Know Your Values and Frame the Debate - The Essential Guide for 
Progressives."  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


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