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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
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.
VOTING IS A BEAUTIFUL THING
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.
WILL EVERY VOTE COUNT?
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 VerifiedVoting.org. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd floor,
San Francisco. $20, $7/students. For information call 415/597-6705.
7, 8:00 p.m.
FIRST LADY FUN
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.
'THE WAY FORWARD WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY'
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
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 HARVEST CELEBRATION
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 www.slideranch.org or call 415/381-6155.
Saturday October 9, 6:00 p.m.
SING OUT FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION
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.
ENDING THE DEATH PENALTY
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 www.2flawed2fix.org or call 510/333-7966.
Sunday October 10, 3:30 p.m.
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING TOUR
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.
DANIEL PEARL MUSIC DAY
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.
LIES AND CONSEQUENCES
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.
Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd floor, San Francisco. $18. For
information or tickets visit commonwealthclub.org/ or call
Monday October 11, 7:00 p.m.
DANCE FOR DEMOCRACY
Dancers for Democracy presents "Get Me To Miami, Mon Amour," an
evening of food, music, oratory and dancing with DJ WaltDIGZ spinning
Baobab, 2323 Mission St., San Francisco. $40 suggested donation. For
information call 415/282-9043.
Tuesday October 12, 6:00 p.m.
GREEN WITHOUT GREED
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
Tuesday October 12, 6:30 p.m.
THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
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.
FREE TRADING IN LAUGHS
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.
ONE MORE TIME
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.
Thursday October 14, 6:00 p.m.
GUIDE FOR PROGRESSIVES
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
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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