The past month has kept me thinking about freedom of speech, human life, human respect and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s insights. We highlighted his remarks in a 2min film for the 50th Anniversary of UC Berkeley's Free Speech Movement.
Ken and I look forward to discussing these crucial topics this week. We were invited to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. We're going with an open mind ready to interact with a kaleidoscope of perspectives.
This winter's newsletter includes a collection of art shows, films, books, and websites to keep you warm.
*Table of Contents*
EVENTS TO EXPERIENCE
Sundance Film Festival, Jan 22-28
Natural Frequencies, Feb 3, UCBerkeley
Leonardo's Brain Book Reading, Feb 10, MV
WE Day, Feb 25, San Jose, CA
National Day of Unplugging, Mar 6
DIY Arts & Crafts Day co-hosting, "Globetrotters" Mar 22, Mill Valley
Lava Mae presents "Un-Gala: Showered with Love," Apr 4, SF
WHAT/WHO I BELIEVE IN
42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jan 22
Kamala for Senate
Evolve Reform Prop 13
TO WATCH & ENGAGE
NextDraft Daily Newsletter by Dave Pell
The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen
My Yiddish Vacation by Ione Skye
Transcendence by R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell
La Capra Coffee in SF
Bright Ideas Magazine
Interactive Prototype Fund
EVENTS TO EXPERIENCE (by date)
Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival is such a stupendous experience for both filmmakers and film lovers.
AN INSTALLATION AND CARILLON PERFORMANCE
This installation and performance includes a unique composition of bells (both recorded and live) and lighting modulated in real time by data from the UC Berkeley seismometer inside the Hayward Fault. The title refers to the response of structures and systems to external forces.
Schedule: 3 ten-minute live performances: 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM
LEONARDO'S BRAIN BOOK READING
My sister Kimberly and brother Jordan and I will be reading from my father's book "Leonardo's Brain: Understanding Da Vinci's Creative Genius" in our favorite hometown bookstore: The Mill Valley Book Store on Tuesday, Feb 10th 7pm. free admission.
Every young person has the power to change the world. We believe in supporting this potential by educating today’s students about the greatest local and global issues of our time.
National Day of Unplugging
The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sundown Friday March 6 to sundownon Saturday. The first one of these inspired me to do it every week with my family for our Technology Shabbats. We are happy to celebrate the start of my 6th year of unplugging each week. Join us!
DIY Arts & Crafts Day Co-hosting, "Globetrotters"
March 22 | Mill Valley, CA
I co-host an arts & crafts day with Nadine from one of my favorite shops, 7 Locust, a couple of times a year. Come make some art with us:) DIY GLOBETROTTERS
Materials fee $60. Up to 10 - Sign up soon @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Lava Mae presents, "Un-Gala: Showered with Love"
Apr 4 | SF
Lava Mae provides mobile showers for SF’s homeless. It's an amazing service that I hope will spread to other cities. Come join us at their April 4th gala. More info on Lava Mae here.
Save the Date: Character Day
Educators, organizers, people of the world: join us in September to focus on spending one day thinking about character development. Free films to screen, as well as online and hands-on discussion materials. More info on how to participate.
What/Who I Believe In
42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Reproductive rights in America continues to need our support and attention. You can check out the 13 minute film I directed "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness," here.
I've known Kamala Harris for many, many years. The first female Attorney General elected in California, she is a strong voice for Californians on issues like stagnant wages, education, protect our coast, immigrant communities and seniors. I was so thrilled to see her running for Senator. More info.
Evolve Reform Prop 13
Check it out!
This film is so important to see. I know there is controversy around it, read it and then definitely also see this important film on Rev. Martin Luther King and Selma. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA
Fed Up is a great documentary to delve into the issue of Obesity in America
Things to Read
NextDraft Daily Newsletter
by Dave Pell
Dave Pell weaves a brilliant narrative into the days events. Highly recommend checking this out.
The Internet is Not the Answer
by Andrew Keen
Author Keen is the twenty year provocateur of all things involving the internet. His perspective is always interesting to push and pull at the popular opinion. Read more...
My Yiddish Vacation
by Ione Skye
I love Yiddish. I love vacation. This book are those things together. More info.
Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia
of Transhumanism and the Singularity
by R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell
R.U. Serious breaks it all down as only he can. Read more...
Check It Out
La Capra is a fantastic new cafe that brews their own coffee. Love it! It is by the creators of my favorite restaurants in SF: Town Hall Restaurant, Salt House and Anchor & Hope.
Location: 50 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
J'Amy Tarr creates minimalist fashion with great fit, tailoring, and luxurious fabrics. Yum.
BRIGHT IDEAS is dedicated to the young and the old troublemakers of independent cinema. A terrific film magazine.
A twice-monthly podcast that interviews makers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs for a deep dive into what makes their creative process tick. I recently did an interview with them on one of my biggest failures here.
Tribeca has just announced the launch of a new Interactive Prototype Fund for early stage, interactive, non-fiction projects, a result of an expansion of the Tribeca All Access (TAA) program to include grants and resources for interactive storytellers statistically underrepresented in the media maker community. More info.
The Covenant Foundation is currently inviting 2015 Signature and Ignition grant applications. Applicants should visit the website for information and guidelines. The deadline for submitting an initial letter of inquiry is Feb. 26, 2015.
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