Public Programs

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 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 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 Dana Frasz, Founder and Director of Food Shift, an organization dedicated to reducing food waste in the Bay Area, and Ruben E. Canedo, current coordinating chair of the UC Berkeley Food Security Committee and Co-Chair of the UC System Global Food Initiative Food Access & Security Committee.

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Playback Theatre: An Evening of Dreams

 

Saturday, June 6
8 pm
$25
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Playback Theatre is an improvisational form whereby audience members tell their personal dreams and watch them transformed into theatre pieces. The company of specially trained actors and musicians "plays back" the essence of the shared story using spoken improvisation, movement, and music. A story can be anything: a childhood memory, a current life dilemma, an anecdote from work or travel, or a vision of the future. Come share your story and watch the magic unfold.

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Bay Area Book Festival

 

Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7
10 am - 6 pm
Free

The Bay Area Book Festival is a free indoor/outdoor festival with 300+ diverse authors in keynotes, interviews, panels. Ten themed streets of festivities host 150+ exhibitors including indie bookstores, publishers, zines, writing programs, book art and more!

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The Art of Magnetism. How to Awaken the YES in Others

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

Monday, June 8
6:30 pm
Prices Vary
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(10% of ticket sales are donated to Women’s Cancer Resource Center, going directly to local women with cancer.)

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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Christiana Figueres: Road to Paris
Presented by Climate One at the Commonwealth Club
 
Tuesday, June 16
6:30 pm
$20 general admission / $12 Commonwealth Club members
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Can world leaders cut a climate deal when they meet in Paris in December? Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama have energized the negotiations with their pact to grow the two biggest economies while cutting carbon pollution. Other countries are advancing their plans to do the same. California is out front and upping its game. One big question is how fossil fuel companies flex their clout. What are the prospects for an agreement with teeth? Can any deal survive being dragged into the U.S. presidential election? Join us for a conversation about the politics of a global economic treaty.

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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 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. Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst at Electronic Frontier Foundation, will be in discussion with other guests.

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

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The Resilience of Sacred Places: Protecting Biodiversity

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with Sacred Land Film Project

Tuesday, July 7
Doors 6:30 pm
Program 7 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
$15 Two-Day Ticket
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The David Brower Center and Sacred Land Film Project host a powerful two-part program exploring local indigenous perspectives on environmental and social resilience. The first evening focuses on the critical role sacred places play in supporting biodiversity: according to the World Bank, indigenous peoples make up just four percent of the planet’s population, and their lands contain 80 percent of the planet’s species, making indigenous groups crucial allies in the fight to protect the environment.

Join the Brower Center for an evening of conversation, film shorts, and a post-program community reception highlighting efforts to restore native cultural and biological heritage. Anne-Marie Sayers (Mutsun Ohlone), Director of Costanoan Indian Research, and Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone), co-organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, will share their work from the front lines.

Arrive early to peruse offerings from Heyday Books and News from Native California with Lindsie Bear in the Hazel Wolf Gallery.

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The Resilience of Sacred Places: Defining Security

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with Sacred Land Film Project

Wednesday, July 8
Doors 6:30 pm
Program 7 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
$15 Two-Day Ticket
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In the second evening of the Sacred Places program, the David Brower Center and Sacred Land Film Project consider diverse cultural definitions of security. Following a screening of selections from Standing on Sacred Ground, Caleen Sisk, Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu, will be in conversation with Sacred Land’s Toby McLeod. Together, they will explore the Winnemem Wintu’s fight against the enlargement of the Shasta Dam and ask how our society can prioritize environmental protection as a key component of our shared security.  

Arrive early to peruse offerings from Heyday Books and News from Native California with Lindsie Bear in the Hazel Wolf Gallery.

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Racing to Zero Documentary Screening

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

Thursday, August 6
7 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 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.

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Bands at Brower: Quinn Deveaux

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, August 14
Gallery Viewing Hours: 7 pm
Show: 8 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 pm
Show: 8 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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