Public Programs

Racing to Zero Documentary Screening

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with the San Francisco Green Film Festival and Earth Island Institute

Thursday, August 6
7 pm
$10 Adv / $12 Door // $5 Students/Teachers
$25 Earth Island Institute Reception and Reserved Seating
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Racing to Zero examines today’s cultural garbage practices in terms of consumption, preparation, use, and production. Only one-third of the waste in the United Stated is recycled or composted. Why? Industry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on un-recyclable petroleum products, a trend that has broad impacts on our natural resources, climate, and future.

In response, some cities in California have recognized the imminent threat of doing nothing, and are radically reducing the amount of refuse they send to landfills, with the eventual goal of reaching zero waste in the foreseeable future.  Racing to Zero follows the collective zero waste efforts of San Francisco, which is increasing recycling, creative repurposing, and composting, as well as changing patterns of production and consumption.

Film screening will be followed by a conversation with the film's producer, Diana Fuller, director, Christopher Beaver, and editor, Maureen Gosling, as well as James Kao, Executive Director of Green Citizen.

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Monthly Miracle Salon & Playshop

Presented by FEM Talks Alliance of Women Healers, Leaders, and Educators

Monday, August 10
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Prices Vary

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After the evening program, enjoy networking with a room full of brilliant women healers, educators, and leaders. Women say FEM Talks events are fun and lead to new insights and friendships. The ultimate vision of the women's community is to create waves of practical change by inspiring local women to link arms and move forward together. FEM Talks and the Alliance of Women Educators, Healers, and Leaders present the "Miracle Salon," held on the second Monday of each month.

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Bands at Brower: Quinn Deveaux

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, August 14
7 pm Tatyana Brown
8 pm Quinn Deveaux
$10 Advance // $12 Door
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The Brower Center lights up for late nights with Bands at Brower, a monthly music series showcasing the Bay Area's best local acts in an intimate gallery setting. Starting in August, check out the modern soul songs of Quinn Deveaux, adventurous Americana harmonies of the Heartache Sisters, the a cappella, all-Leonard Cohen choir Conspiracy of Beards, and irreverent instrumentalist Rob Reich. 

The series kicks off in August with the singular sound of Quinn Deveaux. With his sweet tenor and spare guitar, he evokes old images of the birth of rock-n-roll and early gospel, blending them into a fresh R&B style all his own. Opening for him will be guest poet Tatyana Brown. 

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Bands at Brower: Heartache Sisters

Presented by the David Brower Center

Thursday, September 10
7 pm Brandon Santiago
8 pm Heartache Sisters

$10 Advance // $12 Door
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Bands at Brower continues in September with the Heartache Sisters, a folk-pop duet blending roots and rock rhythms, multi-instrument virtuosity, and searing close harmony singing. Described as “Shovels and Rope crossed with Loretta Lynn,” Heartache Sisters are proud to bring their unique brand of dynamic songwriting and powerful, emotional performance to the Brower Center. Opening for them will be guest poet Brandon Santiago, a Puerto Rican poet, San Francisco native, and radical educator who has been featured as opener for Bishop Desmond Tutu as well as on TEDx.

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Art/Act Award Reception and Fundraiser with Edward Burtynsky

Presented by the David Brower Center

Thursday, September 17
7-9 pm
$250 per person

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We invite you to join the Board of the David Brower Center and Art/Act Host Committee for an exclusive reception honoring Edward Burtynsky on the occasion of his Art/Act Award and Exhibition. In the tradition of the Art of Advocacy, we gather to present the Art/Act award to a master photographer who "teaches us to see," building awareness and engagement about the impact of industry on the natural world. Burtynsky's work calls upon us to see more deeply and more broadly, and we invite our community to celebrate this singular insight. Both Burtynsky as well as honored guest Malcolm Margolin will speak, addressing the intersections of beauty and activism, and the way in which Burtynsky's work illuminates the complexities of modern production and consumption.

Hors d’oeurves and beverages will be served; cocktail attire requested. All proceeds support the Brower Center’s acclaimed art exhibitions and community programs.

Image credit: photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco 

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Opening Reception and Edward Burtynsky Lecture

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, September 18

6-7 pm Edward Burtysnky Public Lecture
$10 Advance // $12 Door (Ticket includes Opening Reception)

7-9 pm Opening Reception
Free, $10 Suggested Donation

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Edward Burtynsky is best known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes and his capacity to draw our attention towards impacts and images which we may not otherwise see. The launch of this exhibition will include a free public reception for the Brower Center audience. In his ticketed lecture, Burtynsky will discuss his body of work focused on the rich textures of the industries we depend upon, along with the contradictory forces driving contemporary consumption. The lecture will be followed by a short Q&A.

Image credit: photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco 

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Bands at Brower: Conspiracy of Beards

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, October 9
7 pm Gallery Viewing Hours
8 pm Show
$10 Advance // $12 Door
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The Bands at Brower gallery music series continues this fall with San Francisco’s Conspiracy of Beards, a 30 member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen.

Well dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen’s lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, and with a wide variety of small ensemble and full choir pieces, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender, exposing the emotion and comedy behind Cohen's words.

Beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase.

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An End to the Age of Entitlement

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with RSF Social Finance and Berkeley Food Institute

Saturday, November 7
1-5 pm Conference
5-6 pm Reception

Free, $10 Suggested Donation, RSVP Required
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In this half-day conversation, we will address one of the most pressing issues of our time: working land and access to it.  Approaches to ownership, lease relationships, and the role of community all have to be radically reconsidered if we are to have thriving and resilient regional economies. Without affordable land, farmers and other productive land stewards will struggle to make a decent living or be able to foster agricultural-based enterprises. 

Image credit: ibz_omar, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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Bands at Brower: Rob Reich

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, November 13
7 pm Gallery Viewing Hours
8 pm Show

$10 Advance // $12 Door
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Accordion player and pianist Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of its stalwart underground artists.

"Rob's music is just like he is: guileless, thoughtful, playful and charming. His music wears a bowler hat and a pair of Chuck Taylors. Imagine finding out that your grandpa is an amazing ballroom dancer... and is inexplicably in his thirties again. That's Rob Reich." --Carla Kihlstedt, Tin Hat Trio

Beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase.

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