Public Programs

Daraja Academy Fundraiser

Presented by Do A Little

Sunday, May 3
3:00 pm
Free
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Please join founders Jason and Jenni Doherty in our celebration of stellar girls’ education to help provide scholarships for the incoming class of 30 girls. Daraja Academy is a free boarding school for Kenyan high school girls with exceptional intelligence but no means to pay for their educations.

We’ll have delicious food and updates about Daraja Academy’s commitment to women’s empowerment, cross-cultural education, environmental responsibility and the bridge to higher education.

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From Overwhelm to Prosperity: How to Live in Your Feminine Genius

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

Monday, May 11
6:30 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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The Worm is Turning Documentary Screening

Presented by the filmmakers

Thursday, May 14
4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
$13 Advance / $15 Door / $10 Students
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How did agriculture become agri-business? Where do pesticides and nitrogen fertilizer come from? What was the Green Revolution? Why do we still have over a billion hungry people in the world when there is enough food to feed 11.5 billion people? Why is food grown using chemicals cheaper than food grown organically?

Filmed on location in India, USA, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, The Worm is Turning shows examples of ecological farming and the possibilities of producing food as well as restoring the environment. Featuring Vandana Shiva, Raj Patel, Joel Salatin, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Bob Cannard, Olivier De Schutter, Winona LaDuke, Brock Dolman, Tyrone Hayes, Will Allen, and many others.

A percentage of proceeds will go to Kheti Virasat Mission, an NGO that helps farmers in Punjab, India convert to organic methods. Filmmakers will be present for Q&A after both screenings.

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Security Question Opening Reception

Presented by the David Brower Center

Thursday, May 28
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7:30 pm: Saving the Next to Last performance
Free; $10 Suggested Donation
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Join Security Question artists for an evening wine reception in the Brower Center’s Hazel Wolf Gallery.  Artist Kim Miskowicz will present a live edition of Saving the Next to Last, a “reverse archive” of digital material transferred to the analog format of Super 8mm film. By documenting fake security questions and Google Earth locations on celluloid, Miskowicz playfully argues that a physical record might be more long-lasting than a digital one after all.

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Songbook

Presented by Clerestory

Saturday, May 30
8:00 pm
$15-25
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Enjoy some of the most popular songs of 20th century film, radio, and musical theater at Clerestory’s spring season closer, Songbook. The gentlemen of Clerestory will sing standards from the jazz and American Songbook catalogues of Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Gene Puerling, and more, rounding out the program with beloved spirituals, barbershop, and folk tunes.  Allow Clerestory tousher you smoothly and tunefully through the history of America’s own greatest music.

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Just Eat It Documentary Screening

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with the San Francisco Green Film Festival

Tuesday, June 2
7:00 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
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Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.


Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Post-film conversation with representatives from Food Shift, an organization dedicated to reducing food waste in the Bay Area.

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Net Neutrality: A Driver of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with Impact Hub and Triple Pundit

Thursday, June 25
Happy Hour: 5:00 pm
Program: 6:30 pm
$10 Public // $8 Impact Hub Members & Students
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Open and free communication has always been critical for any social movement and indeed, democracy itself.  Net neutrality is an often-misunderstood issue facing communication in the 21st century; it has come under fire from political and corporate interests and many advocates are fighting to ensure its survival.  Please join Impact Hub Berkeley, the David Brower Center, and Triple Pundit on June 25th as we discuss net neutrality in the context of the sustainability movement.  We'll be examining why net neutrality is not only a catalyst for communications around sustainability but also a key driver in enforcing responsible behavior in business.

Image credit: Backbone Campaign, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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Racing to Zero Documentary Screening

Presented by the David Brower Center in parntership with the San Francisco Green Film Festival

Thursday, August 6
7:00 pm
$10 Adv / $12 Door // $5 Students/Teachers
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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 unrecyclable 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.

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Bands at Brower: Quinn Deveaux

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, August 14
Gallery Viewing Hours: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
$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 instrumentalists led by accordionist Rob Reich. Arrive early to enjoy libations from Tiger Lily and explore the Security Question exhibition with fellow music-lovers.

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.

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Bands at Brower: Heartache Sisters

Presented by the David Brower Center

Thursday, September 10
Gallery Viewing Hours: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
$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.

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