Oakland book launch for A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice! The launch will include a panel of local frontline activists fighting Tar Sands in the Bay Area, as well as national perspectives. At La Commune Cafe and Bookstore.
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of the always excellent Poetry Flash, this time with the San Francisco literary magazine, Ambush Review, featuring the contributing authors, David Beckman, Sharon Coleman, Charles Entrekin, Grace Marie Grafton, Katherine Hastings, Joseph Noble, Linda Norton, and Angelo Sakkis.
The podcast and radio show 99% Invisible tells the stories behind design decisions that shape your life, but that you likely take for granted. Hosted by El Cerrito-based Roman Mars, the show brings new meaning to ordinary objects and architecture by revealing the thought processes that go into their making. As previously reported in the Express (“Building Public Radio 2.0,” 11/12/14), Mars began the show as a minute-long KALW segment, which eventually stretched to four and a half minutes. But after the show gained popularity and Mars raised $42,000 on Kickstarter in one day in 2012, he turned the 99% Invisible into a fascinating fifteen-minute-long segment on multiple radio stations and online. Beyond the impeccable production and sharp writing, part of the podcast’s appeal is Mars’ charm. His smooth, casual delivery is infinitely more enjoyable than that certain Serial host. (Sorry, Sarah. It’s not personal!) And with podcasts enjoying much popularity lately, many are likely interested in how they are designed and constructed. Mars will be offering a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of 99% Invisible at Prospect Sierra School (960 Avis Dr., El Cerrito) with a live broadcasting session and talk on January 28 at 7 p.m. Fans, here’s your chance to put a face to the man in your headphones.
Join for a book signing and wine reception for the eight authors of Tremors: Short Fiction by California Authors. Authors will read from their work and discuss the process of publishing an anthology.
Attend a free Ca$h for College workshop for high school seniors and their families in January or February in West Contra Costa County for help in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act applications.
What is the state of our water supply in the Bay Area? What can we do to protect it and ensure that our children and grandchildren will have access to clean water? The Ecology Center, in collaboration with the National Forest Foundation’s Moke Fund, is hosting an interactive symposium featuring short, TED talk style presentations by five local champions of clean water, and live music.
From the greater contexts of environmental justice, climate change, and indigenous sovereignty, you are invited to join Guatemalan community activist Jorge Armando Lopez Pocol for a multimedia event at La Peña. The event will highlight Jorge Armando’s work with Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in his home, Pachaj, a Maya K’iche’ village in Guatemala.
Spend an evening with Michael Franti and the Pacific School of Religion to discuss integrating arts with social justice as well as how the arts can catalyze social change. Stick around for a short performance at the end of the event!