Thursday, January 15, 2009

solar tubing benefit folk show friday & other exciting events

dear friends, colleagues, neighbors, sfchalkboarders, living foods enthusiasts, etc.

as usual, a list of recommended events is below. it is a mixture of music shows, movement/yoga classes, farm/garden workdays & workshops, & a few other random things. (soup & lectures! punk rock breakfast!) please scroll down & mark your calendars.

i especially hope to see you this friday at the caretakers house fundraiser show. they want to buy solar tubes to help light the place ecologically, and they are making this happen by bringing lots of great bands/musicians (stitchcraft, indianna hale, foxtails brigade, & blackbird raum) to the space to raise some $$. details below.

announcements are at the bottom this time. because i really want you to read the events list! and the announcements too! but i fear some people don't get past the writing at the top.

if you have suggestions of how to better format this list, please let me know, as i can't really settle on a way to do it. the events are just so exciting to me (really), so i hope you'll at least look through the list, and come to or pass on any that seem good to you.

with love & events,


ps - don't forget to read the announcements at the bottom!

1-15 thursday

**the blank tapes, big light, & niki bluhm at cafe du nord.

1-16 friday

***solar tubing fundraiser show!!! @ the caretakers house. 848 divisadero.

with amazing music by some of my favorites:::

Indianna Hale
Foxtails Brigade
Blackbird Raum

Starts at 8. $5+ at door (donations of more $$ welcome). Drinks for sale. Bake Sale.

About the Show: (from Courtney! w/ special mention of tues. yoga class!)

This is the second in a series of fundraisers. We hope to bring you as amazing a time as last month (and OH! how wonderful it was!).

If you didn't read up on this last time then you might ask us WHAT on earth we need to fundraise for... WELL... In addition to the millions of things our space could use, the most pressing Are the SOLAR TUBES!!! tubes are basically tubes that run from the roof of the house to the ceiling of the livingroom all the while reflecting light so that natural daylight gets directed into the livingroom. We would be saving so much energy and making improvements to our lives through light (a very powerful change, I've notice). Additionally, we can put plants in the livingroom and make it a much more serene place for Jessie's weekly Yoga class. This was a very exciting idea, unfortunately each If you've been in the space, you know that we have a 1500sf living room that has no windows or skylights. This can be very depressing, not to mention energy sucking. A few months ago a group of bicycle riders on a tour called "Ride Green, Build Green" stayed at our house for a few days. During that time I sat down with one of the riders while he explained to me that what we really needed was Solar Tubing in our livingroom. Solarsolar tube costs in the area of $400. We will need three (two for the livingroom and one for our poor dear housemate Emily who also has no windows in her bedroom).

SO PLEASE PLEASE COME and bring all your friends. We're trying to keep the world a happy green healthy place with the power of the rock show. Show the world it can be done!!!!

1-16 friday - 1-19 sunday

**yoga journal conference in SF. check out the schedule for some free community classes.

1-17 saturday

*Organic Gardening for Winter in SF Workshop at Garden for the Environment. 10AM - 12:00 Noon 7th Ave at Lawton Street. $10. GFE Description: Gardening can be year-round work, especially through the mild winters of our Mediterranean climate. In this workshop you will learn techniques to keep your garden thriving through winter and into spring. Topics for winter-specific organic garden care will include: Winter pruning to encourage vigorous Spring growth, mulching, weeding tips, pest control practices and suggestions for varieties of Winter Vegetables. To pre-register, please call (415) 731-5627, or email

*community dance improvisation! DIY style! it is for both dancers and nondancers, people who are interested in community art improvisation /pomo Happenings-style events, yet dont necessarily identify as dancers are welcome as well as creative movers and self-identified dancers of any ilk. at Bushrod Park from in the east bay- on shattuck and maybe 59th. 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm. Please RSVP by emailing either Jenny ( or Jen (, or just come...

*health and transformation summit. one day only. this is a "pay what you can" event. at the Unitarian church is SF. Here is the link if you would like to check it out:

*"Under A Shipwrecked Moon" film screening. a film by Antero Alli. 8pm at A.T.A., 992 Valencia, S.F. $6. Filmmaker in person. watch the 2-min. Teaser ... the movie site ... SYNOPSIS: A supernatural ancestral drama. The power of a long-buried family secret is unleashed when the extreme rituals of a self-made shamanic punk rocker catapult him into the spirit realm in search of his father, a ship captain who drowned at sea. This ship captain's mother was a Finnish sorceress whose powers were passed onto the punk rocker grandson, powers that are tested when he accidentally enters the dreams of his comatose grandfather. Based on stories told to the director by his Finnish grandmother. ... "...where "Under a Shipwrecked Moon" triumphs is Alli's extraordinary dream and hallucination sequences which take the imagination into new and daring realms that few artists could ever aspire to conceive..." PHIL HALL -- FILMTHEAT.COM

**trainwreck riders, the meat puppets, & shaky hands @ bottom of the hill. $18. 21+. doors 8:30, show 9pm. tickets:

1-18 sunday

**vegan punk rock breakfast. from crystal: so we are having some issues getting a regular schedule for punk rock breakfast. the second sundays is a goal but is not happening yet. this month it will be on the third sunday, Jan 18th from 11-1pm. If you are new to PRB it is a $1 breakfast held in a beautiful backyard on Florida in between 20th and 21st streets in the Mission (the back door will be open and you'll see the bikes). Come and meet new people, talk about projects, life, love, music art, whatever and eat yummy food and drink as much coffee as you want. All the food is vegan with non vegan options from time to time.

*the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival's Audition. This weekend and next. Movement originating from various places on our planet-- and reinterpretations of it!! Inspiring! At the Palace of Fine Arts. Jill Parker's San Francisco Foxglove Sweethearts perform a fusion of bellydance and Gypsy Roman movement **Sunday January 18th the show begins at 11am, we perform at 11:25. And you can come and go till 7pm. Tix are $7... pretty good deal for lots of entertainment!!

*International Rubik's Cube Competition What: Show off your twisty stuff or just marvel as pros and amateurs solve, solve, as fast as they can. Why: Gleam the cube. When:Where: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., at Jefferson St. (415-561-0360). Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; registration, 10-11 a.m. Map It (thanks nicole for sending this!)

***alemany farm workday 12-5pm. help w/ winter farm activities. greens galore! workdays are ongoing: 12-5pm 1st & 3rd sundays of the month & the saturdays in between, plus mondays from 1-5pm.

**adam stephens (of two gallants) at the knockout. 3223 mission st. @ valencia. 7:30pm. $5.

1-20 tuesday

**inauguration day! if you're not lucky enough to be in D.C. for the grand inaugeration of President Obama, you can watch at the civic center downtown, or online...

***community yoga class at the caretakers' house. 848 divisadero. NEW TIME. arrive at 6pm to start at 6:15. class goes until 7:45pm. send me a message to RSVP, so i can send you details & let you know of last minute updates & reserve a spot. ongoing tuesdays.

*contact improv w/ kira @ counterpulse. 6:30-8:30pm. ongoing tuesdays in january & february (except next week).

1-21 wednesday

**restorative & gentle yoga community class w/ rachel @ the yoga loft on divisadero @ page st.. 4-5:30. $13. ongoing wednesdays.

1-23 friday

**fancy mediterranean themed dinner
at the caretakers' house - 848 divisadero. there will be raw options available for every course! courtney is an amazing chef and will have other smart food friends helping her out. only $20 (this kind of dinner would normally cost much more). email courtney at <> to get more information and reserve a spot.

*Valerie Orth at Dolores Park Cafe @ 501 Dolores Ave, San Francisco. 7:30PM-9:30PM, $5-$10 sliding scale. ALL AGES! Also playing - Ferocious Few -

1-27 tuesday

*san francisco homeless count. good description from carolann: Hello San Francisco friends with some social worker heart! I am forwarding this e-mail to alert you to an awesome volunteer opportunity. I did this last year in Sacramento and it was great. You get out into the freezing cold night air and walk around parts of the city you never thought existed. Then we count all the folks who live on the street (or under bridges, overpasses, trees, any place but a conventional four walls). This helps the city get federal money to continue support homeless services. Hurray!!! If you know of any other folks who might be interested, you can forward this onto them too.

more details from the homeless count team: Please Save the date, Sign up, and Spread the word for the 2009 Homeless Count! The San Francisco Homeless Count will be on the evening of January 27, 2009. Training is from 7pm-8pm and the street count is from 8pm-Midnight. We need 500 volunteers, so please sign up yourself, co-workers, friends, and family. A flyer is attached that you can email around and post in your office. There is also detailed information about what the homeless count is and how you participate.
Interested? Please email us at OR call at 558-2346. After you sign up you will be contacted by our volunteer coordinator with details!

1-30 friday

**critical mass. last friday of every month. meet at justin herman plaza @ 6pm w/ your bike. anyone want to help me fix my bike by then?? it was locked up for 1 and a half years, and i just found the key, now i ust need to replace the tire tubes...

1-31 saturday

**Herbal Medicine-Making for Winter Health at Garden for the Environment. 10AM - 12:00 Noon. 7th Ave at Lawton Street. $15. GFE Description: Are you tired of that runny nose and sore throat? Do you want to feel empowered around your own health this year? In this workshop you will learn how to create two simple herbal remedies for the common winter bug. We will be making one herbal vinegar and one herbal infused honey for cold care. We will talk about the basic actions of the plants we use and how they work in combination. You will leave with a jar of each remedy for your medicine cabinet, plus handouts with copies of the recipes. This workshop is open to all levels of experience. To pre-register, please call (415) 731-5627, or email

**really really free market. location TBA. last saturday of every month.

**soup and lectures!! from lauren: just wanted to get it on your calendar. the line-up is being fine-tuned and we'll let you know the details when they are all set. we'll start at 7 pm. we have a special guest cellist joining us this time. we may or may not have a soup expert in the kitchen.

2-1 sunday

***conspiracy of venus, jesse denatale, & slow motion cowboys! at the make-out room! i'm thorougly excited for the choir to sing here again for our first show of '09, and to hear jesse de natale & the slow motion cowboys (pete & dan & whoever their guest musicians are for the night). $7. doors 7:30, show 8pm. please come early & stay late - make an evening of it if you can find the time. we'd love to see you there.

2-4 wednesday - 2-14 saturday

**SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival. details are here: !!

2-6 friday

**First Friday Restorative Yoga @ Bernal Yoga w/ Kate Truka. Time: 7:45 - 9:30pm. Cost: $20 in advance, or $25 @door. From Kate: "A yoga practicioner learns to question the assumption that we are separate from what we experience and must therefore strive to accumulate and hold onto that which is pleasant and comforting, while seeking to avoid and rid ourselves of that which is unpleasant, difficult, or threatening." - Sarah Powers Come rest in spacious awareness! Next First Friday Restorative Date is March 6th. email for more info.

2-7 saturday

In Search of Good Food (the movie) second benefit dinner, concocted by Leif Hedendal. Details forthcoming.

2-14 saturday

**valentine's day tree planting at alemany farm. details will be in future emails.



coding system, in case you'd like to coordinate
*** - i plan to go, ** - maybe i'm going, * - i'm probably not going but still want to spread the word


now, for announcements!!

housing/jobs: if you receive a housing or job announcement (beyond the sf chalkboard list) and want to circulate it more, please send it to me! i have email lists of people looking for housing and for jobs, and would love to send them more stuff.

wishlist: yoga props! as many of you know, i have been teaching a community class on tuesdays at the caretakers house, since may of 2008. to my dismay, we don't yet have any props to use, except for extra yoga mats (which is great)... because i've been learning how to teach w/ props lately, i am realizing more and more how useful they can be, and would love to get some for the classes... but they are so expensive! so if you know of any places that might have some to donate, or if you want to donate any, please get in touch. and feel free to come to yoga on tuesday. (rsvp first) :) thank you!!

musical participation request!!! this is a little bit different from my usual announcements but very neat & worthy of passing on. ****lend your voice to cast a spell, on michael musika's upcoming record. following is a description from michael -- if you'd like to participate, please email him ( or me for the full instructions: The spell is for harmonizing one's dreams with the melody of the universe. If you choose to participate, your voice will be recorded and mixed with a multi tracked recording of voices to be included at the end of a song on my unreleased record entitled: "The Musician's Handbook of Spells Volume 1: Nobu." The voices will wind up sounding like a drone. As such your efforts will remain anonymous. (also, the phone taking the calls is on a landline for which there is no caller id) Be prepared to be both selfless and completely attuned to self. This is a practice of healing and of love. If you know someone who hasn't received this but may enjoy participating please by all means pass the instructions along. The more singers from the more places the better.

recommended food article: Christopher Cook, author of Diet for A Dead Planet and local SF food activist, has a semi-new article called A food agenda for Obama,Now's the time to reinvent America's farm and food polices. i meant to pass this on sooner, but i believe it's still relevant. please check it out and pass it on!

as always, please pass this list on. this is a weekly-ish events list, w/ music, food/farm, yoga, dance, eco, and other SF Bay area events.

updates posted here at ...

1 comment:

The Rev Jester said...

I think it was me who suggested the Solatubes. Glad to be heard! If I were in the area I'd help you out, I work at a hardware store and can get a version of them for cost. Good luck!