Thursday, February 21, 2013

What to Do Today: Working-Class Hero, Why Priests?, Crime in Oakland, Meat Market

By Kathleen Richards
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

UC Berkeley graduate Archie Green devoted his life to documenting the traditions, music, and culture of working people. He helped establish the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and became one of the most pioneering folklorists and labor historians of the 20th century. Author Sean Burns will read from his book about Green’s life, Archie Green: The Making of a World Class Hero, today at University Press Books. 6 p.m., free.

In his new book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills (Papal Sin and Why I Am a Catholic) asks the question: Why do we need priests? The basis for his questioning: The fact that Christianity didn’t start off with priests, and even opposed them. He'll elaborate tonight at Montclair Presbyterian Church; 7 p.m., free.

It’s the topic on every resident’s mind in the city: crime. In its ongoing series on understanding the issue in Oakland, the Metropolitan Greater-Oakland Democratic Club will host a panel presentation featuring notable officials on the topic, including Police Chief Howard Jordan, Chief Probation Officer LaDonna Harris, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Rhonda Burgess, and a representative from the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office. At Temple Sinai William Stern Hall; 8 p.m., free.


If you like your tunes meat and raw, then check out Oakland garage rock band Meat Market, who’ll play tonight (with Buffalo Tooth and Disappearing People) for just five bones. At The Night Life; 9 p.m., $5.

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