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Monday, November 29, 2010

Ronnie Goodman: The Color of Hope @ Precita Eyes 12-4-10

Ronnie Goodman: The Color of Hope
Linocuts, Drawings, & Paintings from San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons
December, 4 – 30, 2010
Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center

Ronnie Goodman has created a large body of artwork while doing time at San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons. It has only been a month since his release. Precita Eyes on 24th Street in San Francisco is exhibiting Goodman’s paintings, drawings and linocut prints throughout the month of December. Goodman will be present at Precita Eyes for an opening on Saturday, December 4th, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm.

For most artists in prison the tendency is to create work about life on the outside. But Ronnie Goodman is an exception to this. His work is about life in prison. Sometimes his work is about the beauty that an artistic eye can find in the day to day. Sometimes his work is about the struggles of life in a cage.

Even while in prison Ronnie Goodman was eager to reach out to his community of San Francisco. He remained in touch with Precita Eyes and the San Francisco Bay View newspaper. He also created artwork used by the Coalition on Homelessness and the Western Regional Advocacy Project.

Goodman made his artwork as part of the Arts in Corrections program, which was defunded by the State budget last February. He studied with Katya McCulloch’s linocut class and Patrick Maloney’s painting and drawing class at San Quentin in a program overseen by Steve Emrick. He studied with Bill Peterson at Folsom State Prison.
Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center
2981 24th street
San Francisco CA, 94110

Hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm
Sat 10 am - 4 pm
Sun 12 pm - 4 pm

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day of Inclusion @ California State Railroad Museum 12-6-10, 4:30 p.m.

In contrast to statehouses from Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and across the United States, California has taken an inclusive stand on immigration with ACR 76 which was chaptered into California law in 2009. ACR 76 calls for all Californians to acknowledge December 17th as a Day of Inclusion in recognition and appreciation of the priceless contributions of all immigrants to the greatness of the United States and especially California.

On December 6th, California Assemblymember Mike Eng (Los Angeles), California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, many statewide elected officials and over 45 civic rights organizations from thoroughout California will be gathering at the California State Railroad Museum for a "Day of Inclusion."

Among the speakers, Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations Sacramento Valley Chapter will speak on the Islamphobic year in review and the aspirations of the local Muslim community. Barry Broad, Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council will be calling on all Californians to fight back the fear that led to the defamation of NBA star Omar Caspi and the attacks on local synagogues by educating our society on anti-Semitism. Arturo Venegas Jr., former chief of the Sacramento Police Department and project director of the Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative will shed light on the scapegoating of the Latino community and law enforcement issues rising from recent immigration policies. Sacramento NAACP President, Betty Williams and Florin JACL President, Marielle Tsukamoto will also be on hand to say a few words.

This one of two statewide Day of Inclusion events being held this year in response to recent legislation that promotes inclusion and the appreciation of California's immigrant heritage by calling for all Californians to embrace our shared differences but common goals.

"A Day of Inclusion may serve us well. Any American who has been singled out, interned or excluded has an investment in the immigration debate; it was through the struggle of expatriates in the land of indigenous Americans that the United States came to be." says Cristina Mora, a California Latina activist who resides in Elk Grove, California.

CA State Railroad Museum
125 "I" Street (corner of Second and "I" Streets in Old Sacramento)
Sacramento, CA 95814

More information can be found at

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tribute to Will Rogers @ Hollywood Heritage Museum 12-8-10

Hollywood Heritage's popular Evenings @ The Barn series will offer “A Tribute to Will Rogers” on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM at The Lasky-DeMille Barn, the birthplace of Paramount Pictures.   General admission is $10, $5 for Hollywood Heritage members and free parking is available. Will Rogers(November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920's and 1930's. The tribute to the cowboy humorist, who starred in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and became Hollywood's biggest box-office star will commemorate Rogers’ passing with an evening of film clips and recollections.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has graciously allowed the museum to host the first public screening of several documentaries that were produced expressly for their popular Will Rogers DVD Collection. The first is entitled “Back to the Ranch” and features personal interviews with Rogers’ family members at the re-dedication of the Will Rogers Ranch in Pacific Palisades. The second, “Jane Withers Remembers…” features heartfelt stories from the beloved child star who was befriended by Rogers when they were both making films at Fox Studios. In addition, Hollywood Heritage board-member and film historian Stan Taffel will offer rarely seen Rogers movie clips from his personal film collection. A raffle for gift baskets filled with unusual Will Rogers’ related memorabilia will also be held.

The Hollywood Heritage Museum is located at
2100 North Highland Avenue across from the Hollywood Bowl.
For more information please visit their website:

Exhibition - The Violent Lens: Photo Postcards of the Mexican Revolution

In honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, Piñata Art Studio presents a photo postcard exhibit of rare images from the Mexican Revolution.  A lecture by Professor Alejandro Murguía of San Francisco State University will complement the exhibit, detail the history of the photo postcards of the Mexican Revolution as well as reveal the photographer (up to now unknown) of the famous image of Emiliano Zapata.  Mexican delicacies will be served during the opening reception.  Sponsored by Piñata Art Studio, Raza-Faculty-Staff Association of SFSU and La Quinta Brigada Cultural.

Exhibit runs from Nov 12, 2010 to Nov. 29 2010
Lecture by Professor Alejandro Murguía at 8 pm.
Free/Gratis. Everyone is welcome.

Piñata Art Studio
4268 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94112

(415) 333-8001

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Alameda Naval Air Museum Commemorates 75th Anniversary of the first transpacific flight

China Clipper, Hawaii. 1935
Collection of UCR/Calfornia Museum of Photography

Living History Event to Recall “China Clipper” Departure From Alameda, CA on Historic Flight to Manila, PI.

On November 22, 1935, over 25,000 spectators lined the shore of Pan American
Airways’ (PAA) base at Alameda, CA, to watch as the China Clipper eased away
from its mooring to begin the dangerous transpacific flight. The engines of the silver Martin M-130 flying boat roared as her pilot, renowned PAA aviator Capt. Edwin Musick, coaxed the heavy aircraft up from San Francisco Bay bound for Manila, via Honolulu, Midway, Wake Island, and Guam. The inaugural 8,200-mile journey, delivering U.S. Air Mail run, including personal letters to the president of the Philippines from Franklin D. Roosevelt, was completed some 59 hours after passing over the Golden Gate. The world listened intently to international radio broadcasts that covered every detail of the dangerous flight as it made its way across the Pacific Ocean.

On Sunday, November 21, 2010, the Alameda Naval Air Museum will commemorate the inaugural flight of China Clipper with a living history reenactment of the actual 1935 event. Featuring a simulated radio broadcast, complete with live re-enactors portraying the actual participants and dignitaries, plus vintage vehicles, military fly-by, and more, the public will have a rare opportunity to turn back the clock and participate in what was a significant event in world and aviation history. Attendees of all ages are invited to dress in 1930’s period attire. The museum will also open its new China Clipper exhibit to the public as part of the event.

Commemorative events will begin at 1:00 pm. to 3:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 and
parking is free. Food and beverages will be available.

Alameda Naval Air Museum, located at 2151Ferry Point Rd., Building 77, Alameda
CA, is registered with the State of California as a non-profit 501(c) (3)
organization. The all-volunteer museum has been in operation since 2004.


If you’d like more information about this topic or the event, please call Kin Robles
at 925/759-2090 or e-mail Kin at or visit our website at

Monday, November 15, 2010

12-7-10 Members Event: Book Talk with John Boessenecker author of Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CHS and Westerners International Members Only Book Talk, RSVP Required

Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez By John Boessenecker

Join us as author John Boessenecker leads a special book talk for members of Westerners International and the California Historical Society. Tiburcio Vasquez is, next to Joaquin Murrieta, America’s most infamous Hispanic bandit. After he was hanged as a murderer in 1875, the Chicago Tribune called him “the most noted desperado of modern times.” Bandido pulls back the curtain on a life story shrouded in myth—a myth created by Vasquez himself and abetted by writers who saw a tale ripe for embellishment.

Tiburcio Vasquez is, next to Joaquin Murrieta, America’s most infamous Hispanic bandit. After he was hanged as a murderer in 1875, the Chicago Tribune called him “the most noted desperado of modern times.” Bandido pulls back the curtain on a life story shrouded in myth—a myth created by Vasquez himself and abetted by writers who saw a tale ripe for embellishment.

This event is in collaboration with Westerners International and is for members of the California Historical Society.  For more information on becoming a member of CHS Click Here.

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Next History Walkabout with Gary Holloway: Parnassus Heights Tour and Tea

Parnassus Heights Tour and Tea (San Francisco) History Walkabout with Gary Holloway

Sunday Dec. 12th from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. each day, followed by tea service at 1:30 p.m.)

Named for the 8,000 ft. high peak in southern Greece, sacred Apollo and the Muses, this is the home of University of California’s first school of Medicine, Dentistry, and Psychiatry, and the second campus of the UC system. Employing thousands of people in the medical arts, this campus on the slopes of Mt. Sutro is a landmark of the City. On this walk, which will end with our holiday tea, we’ll head up the slope to the Heights via a swift lift, and walkabout the public areas of the campus, seeing a great statue of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Following this, we’ll thread our way downhill through the Inner Sunset neighborhood to find our sumptuous Holiday Tea awaiting us at one of our favorite places, the Secret Garden Tea House, located on Lincoln Way, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Our Holiday repast will consist of various balck and herbal teas, plus fresh baked scones, savories, festive sandwiches and Christmas cider or egg nog! Walk is easy.
Prices: $75 for CHS members $ 95 for non-members

For more information, or to reserve your spot please contact 415-357-1848 x 229 or email

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Snoopy License Plate: Help CA Museums!

We’re excited to announce that the California Association of Museums has over 7,000 folks signed up on and who can help make the Snoopy license plate a reality. We need as many Snoopy lovers as possible to raise their hands so we can establish a special license plate to support our state's great museums. When the Snooopy plate is produced, proceeds will go towards supporting museums in California communities.

Stay tuned! We hope to announce the pre-purchase period soon. We will then collect a $50 fee from anyone who wants to get their own Snoopy plate - or a bit more if you would like it personalized. When we reach the magic number of 7,500 folks who have completed an application and paid the fee, the plates will go into production, and voilà, Snoopy is ours.

When the plate is produced, proceeds will go towards supporting museums in California communities, and you’ll get the chance to show off your devotion to your favorite beagle. We continue to call on YOU to spread the word and help us reach this goal. Don't be shy! Please tell your friends, family members, co-workers, and any other Snoopy lovers about this campaign.

Ask everyone to sign up TODAY at! With your help, we can make the official California Snoopy license plate and support museums.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Last California Nights of 2010! 11/10/10 @ CHS Free!

The California Historical Society invites you to an open house event to celebrate all things California! Connect, learn, and discuss the future of this great Golden State, while listening to music with a live DJ and enjoying complimentary refreshments. November’s California Nights will have a 1970’s theme and feature funk, soul and disco music classics. Wear your bell-bottoms and join us for a funkadelic event!

Can you dig it?

This event takes place at the CHS Museum and complements the current exhibition, Think California –exploring the colorful history of California through the Historical Society’s remarkable collection of artwork, artifacts, and ephemera; themes include the Gold Rush, California’s car culture, the entertainment industry, tourism, nature, natural disasters, and agriculture.

678 Mission Street, San Francisco CA

Monday, November 1, 2010

Litquake presents: Mark Twain Ball - November 4, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Green Room 401 Van Ness Ave., 7 pm,
Tickets are $20
Click here to buy in advance or at the door.

On Thursday, November 4th our friends at Litquake, the Bancroft Library and UC Press present the first Bay Area launch of the Mark Twain Ball in celebration of the publication of his brand-new autobiography. This event will be the first and only Bay Area launch of this long-awaited book, held in the city that helped birth the career of America’s best-loved humorist.

Forbidden to be published until 100 years after his death, this new deluxe edition of Twain’s Autobiography (Volume 1 of 3) is at last presented according to the author’s specific instructions. Some highlights: President Theodore Roosevelt is described as “one of the most impulsive men in existence.”…the American soldiers Roosevelt sent to the Philippines are referred to as “uniformed assassins”…even Twain’s Italian landlady is called “excitable, malicious, malignant, vengeful, unforgiving, selfish, stingy, avaricious, coarse, vulgar, profane, and obscene.” This new edition is already on bestseller lists, in advance of its November 15 publication date.

Come to the Mark Twain Ball and see what CBS, CNN, New York Times, Guardian, and the Independent are all raving about. Event features Twain video and slideshow, period music and special cocktails, Twain-themed snacks, and select readings from the Autobiography by actors from A.C.T.! Costumes and mustaches encouraged. Twain books and t-shirts will be for sale.

Twain Tweet Contest!

Presenting a Mark Twain Write-Alike Contest with a Twitter twist! Contest rules are simple -- just write your best Twain imitation, either fiction or nonfiction, in the form of a tweet, i.e. 140 characters or less. Post your entry on Twitter, using the hashtag #twainquake. The winners will be chosen by random drawing, notified via Twitter, and posted at Litquake's Facebook and home pages. First prize -- a copy of the brand-new Autobiography of Mark Twain! Second, third, and fourth place contestants will each receive another Twain book published by UC Press (at their discretion). Contest ends at midnight, November 3 PST. The best Twain Tweets will be read aloud at the Mark Twain Ball on November 4 in San Francisco!