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A Line in the Tar Sands

, Sun., Jan. 25, 2 p.m.
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. Free
The Omni 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland (map)

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Poetry Flash with Literary Magazine "Ambush Review"

Sun., Jan. 25, 3 p.m.
510-653-9965
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. Free
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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Hearts Desire: Elaine Kahn, Trisha Low, Laura Moriarty

Sun., Jan. 25, 7 p.m.
Hearts Desire, the monthly reading series of the Bay Area Public School, presents Elaine Kahn, Trisha Low, and Laura Moriarty at the Omni Oakland Commons. Free
The Omni 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland (map)

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Resume Workshop

Mon., Jan. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
510-981-6100
Are you looking for work and need to update your resume? Do you want to improve the resume you have? Marilyn Tullius will lead the workshop and provide expert advice. Free
Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley (map)

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Clean Slate: Stories of Resolution

Tue., Jan. 27, 7:30-9 p.m.
510-525-6888
Happy Hour Stories presents an evening of stories about setting goals, new beginnings, and starting afresh by Solano's very own Elizabeth Freeman, Manuela Aronofsky, and Marjorie Darraugh! Free
Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Roman Mars (99% Invisible) speaks

Wed., Jan. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
510-528-5800
Roman Mars (99% Invisible) speaks
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. Free
Prospect Sierra School 960 Avis Dr., El Cerrito (map)

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Passages on the Lake 9

Wed., Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
510-903-3771
Featuring the Three Times Bad Duo (featuring Jesus Angel Garcia) Ericka Lutz; Scott Russell Duncan; Lisa D. Gray; and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. Free
Terrace Room at Lake Merritt Hotel 1800 Madison St., Oakland (map)

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Book Launch for Noir Novel Uncle Dust

Wed., Jan. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Book launch for Uncle Dust, a new noir novel by Rob Pierce. With guest readers Joe Clifford, Tom Pitts, Sean Craven, and Mike Monson. Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Tremors: Short Fiction by California Writers

Thu., Jan. 29, 3:30-5 p.m.
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. Free
Lake Merritt Independent Senior Living Venue 1800 Madison Street, Oakland (map)

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Ca$h for College Workshop

Thu., Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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. Free
Richmond High School 1250 23rd St., Richmond (map)

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Bay Area State of Our Water Symposium

Thu., Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.
510-548-2220
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. $5-$20
Ecology Center 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Chico Mendes Talk: Guatemala, Reforestation and Community Activism

Thu., Jan. 29, 7 p.m.
510-849-2568
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. $5-$15
La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Becoming Richard Pryor

Thu., Jan. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
510-704-8222
Scott Saul will discuss Becoming Richard Pryor (HarperCollins), his groundbreaking biography of the comedian. Free
Mrs. Dalloway's 2904 College Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Music, Justice, and All Love: An Evening with Michael Franti

Fri., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
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! $45, $55
First Congregational Church 2501 Harrison St., Oakland (map)

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Michael Chabon and Matt Fraction

Sat., Jan. 31, 1:30-4 p.m.
510-652-6642
Michael Chabon and Matt Fraction signing and celebrating the release of the comic book Casanova Acedia #1. Free
The Escapist Comic Bookstore 3090 Claremont Ave., Berkeley (map)

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