Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 25: Reverend Billy at Dance Palace

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Praise the Lord! This week, Reverend Billy comes to save America from the evils of out-of-control consumerism. The zany preacher is a quasi-character played by Bill Talen—but make no mistake, when it comes to the messages in the Reverend’s sermons, Talen is a true believer. For years, Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping have been evangelizing and sticking it to the man with hilarious protests: YouTube is littered with videos of the good Reverend invading Starbucks, Walmart and other such dens of sin, with his choir delivering gospel songs about free trade coffee and unions, and performing exorcisms on the cash registers before he typically gets arrested.
Currently, Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping Choir are touring around the country performing their newest song, “Extinction Revolution,” a hymn about the extinction of the Golden Toad due to climate change (never fear—the Toad comes back from the dead, haunts Jamie Dimon, and regulates Wall Street, hallelujah!) Reverend Billy brings his choir and message of salvation from corporate corruption on Thursday, April 25, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 7pm. $12—22. 831.419.1058.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 11: "Save Tibet...Why?" at Throckmorton Theatre

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Ten years ago, photographer Joe Mickey met with a lama in Mendocino and engaged correspondence with an exiled Tibetan monk in India. From their exchange, Mickey formed the Tibetan Photo Project, sending point-and-shoot cameras to Tibetans dedicated to rebuilding their culture. An outgrowth of this project stops in Marin this Saturday, with a film series called ‘Save Tibet . . . Why?’ Featuring five films—two about the photo project, three by Tibetans living in exile in India—the subject matter ranges from a visit by the Dalai Lama to a remote Muslim village at the Pakistani border (Prayers Answered) to a 17-minute train journey across India with Tibetan rock musicians (Music on Wheels). Mickey himself presents and takes a Q&A, and all proceed go toward sending more cameras to exiled Tibetans on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 4pm to 9pm. $16–$20. 415.383.9600.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 11: Julie Chavez Rodriguez at SSU

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Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the granddaughter and torch-bearer of civil and labor rights activist Cesar Chavez, was introduced to the plight of the farmworker in early childhood and hasn’t abandoned the fight since. Now the program director for the Cesar E. Chavez foundation, she works with youth in Latino communities toward more involvement and self-empowerment, upholding her grandfather’s idea that “we don’t need perfect political systems, we need perfect participation.” Chavez Rodriguez has developed numerous after-school programs based on Cesar Chavez’s ideals, and has even developed a web-based K–12 curriculum on the life and work of her grandfather. She also works hand in hand with the United Farm Workers on issues like voter registration and activist programs, and tours the country giving speeches which share her personal memories of her grandfather’s work and promote education, human rights, community service and justice for all. She speaks on Monday, May 11, at Sonoma State University Cooperage. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. Free. 707.664.2382.Gabe Meline
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Monday, April 27, 2009

April 25 and 26: Recessionary Re-Swapping

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Spring cleaning means finding a lotta stuff you don’t need, but as these recessionary times have reminded us, throwing perfectly useful items away is absurd. Three swaps this weekend offer the opportunity to pass along unwanted items. The Great Shoe-In collects gently worn athletic shoes (tied together, please) to be distributed to local shelters, Third World countries and, in the case of irreparable shoes, ground up into bouncy playground surfaces. Drop shoes off on April 25 and 26 at Santa Rosa High School, Coddingtown Mall or the Shomrei Torah at 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. The Plus-Size Clothing Swap offers women with larger waistlines the ability to shed old duds and don new gently-worn new-to-you clothes (with all donations helping to provide services to the local womens’ shelter the Living Room) on Saturday, April 25, at Making it Big, 525 Portal St., Cotati, from 11am-5pm. And in Petaluma, the anything-goes Free Sale is a community garage sale without the little neon circular price tags sponsored by activist youth group Impact! Bring just about anything and leave with just about anything, with free food and music, on Sunday, April 26, at 1251 Marian Way, Petaluma. 11am-5pm.

Gabe Meline

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