November 6

First Friday Reception at Blankspace
This is Not My Beautiful Life—a two person exhibition with Michael Hall and Daniel Healey

For this exhibition we are pairing two painters with radically different approaches to painting, but whom are both dealing with subjects of history, domesticity and narrative.

Michael Halls work begins with an observation of history. He is particularly interested in historical narratives found in discarded photographs. Whether public or private these artifacts retain the ability to generate a dialogue not only about the time they originated but give perspective on current events as well. The resulting paintings are meticulous, photo realistic renderings.

Daniel Healey also begins with discarded photographs, but from magazines and reproductions. He creates colorful landscapes by layering paint, images transfers and mixed media. At first glance, the canvases appear to display a scene of chaos and disembodied domestic objects, further inspection reveals delicate lines, subtle color variances and a well thought out landscaping.
When: 7:00 PM—10:00 PM
Where:  Blankspace Gallery, 6608 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville
Cost: Free
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November 7

Himalayan Evening By the Bay
The Himalayan Evening By the Bay program will especially honor children of the Bay Area who contribute to Ama Foundation in very meaningful ways and who are such inspiring examples of a new generation of global citizens.

  • Authentic village style Nepalese cuisine,
  • Himalayan Song and Dance highlighting many of the region’s diverse ethnic traditions,
  • And a silent auction presenting unique Nepalesehandicrafts, orginal artwork by Ama Ghar children, brunch for 4 cruising on the Bay, a weekend stay at Lake Tahoe, orignal oil paintings and photography, a Nepalese cooking class, a round of golf for 4 at Palo Alto Hills and much more!

When: 6:00 PM—9:30 PM
Where:  North Berkeley Senior Center,  1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley
Cost: $20-$60
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November 8

14th Annual Crush 2009—Still Flowin’
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce has been showcasing dozens of local wineries and eateries for over a decade at their annual Crush Festival fundraiser, and they’re still flowin’! This year, over 40 local wine and food vendors will wow guests with an afternoon of great imbibing and noshing. This event is open to the public and tickets are available from the chamber.
When: 1:00 PM—6:00 PM
Where: Pauley Ballroom at Bancroft and Telegraph Streets, Berkeley
Cost: $50-$75
More Information: official website

November 9

Bay Area Skeptics Lecture: Brian Dunning Speaks
The Bay Area Skeptics are proud to host Brian Dunning of the Skeptoid podcast and countless other skeptical pursuits. He will join us again in the Bay Area to present a lecture on critical thinking and his experience researching fascinating topics for his podcast.

Our venue, Mission City Coffee in Santa Clara, is right near the Santa Clara CalTrain stop and serves food (pasta, sandwiches, salads) until 10PM. Please consider arriving at 6PM for socialization, food, and drinks. The lecture will begin promptly at 7PM.

About Brian Dunning:

Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena (, applying critical thinking to paranormal and pseudoscientific subjects promoted by the mass media. Skeptoid has a weekly audience of 82,100 listeners. Brian is also the author of two books based on the podcast, Skeptoid and Skeptoid II. A Silicon Valley computer scientist by trade, Brian now uses new media to promote critical thinking. He has appeared on numerous radio shows and television documentaries.
When: 7:00 PM
Where:  Mission City Coffee Roasting Co., 2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA
Cost: Free
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November 10

How to Start a Businesss-A S.C.O.R.E. Presentation
Have you got a great idea for a new business? Do you want to become your own boss?  If that sounds interesting, the East Bay Chapter of SCORE would like to show you how to achieve your dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur.  Discover the importance of market research, business viability, and the role of sound business planning.  Find out about financial statements, legal structures, accessing capital, and more.
When: 6:00 PM
Where: Hawyard Public Library, 835 C. Street, Hayward, CA
Cost: Free
More Information: 510-881-7980

November 12

Accordions against Cancer: A Benefit for the Oakland Women’s Cancer Resource Center
Come out to the Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community center on November 12th to rally together and help raise money for the Oakland Women’s Cancer Resource Center at  the event  – Accordions Against Cancer. Culann’s Hounds, Lou’s Casserole, as well as  David Gans, Val Romero and members of Circus Bella will be rocking the stage. It’s definitely going to be a wonderful night!

About the performers-

Big Lou’s Casserole –  –  Big Lou’s Casserole is always the life of the party.  Polkas, waltzes, cha-chas, tangos, western swing, you name ’em, they play ’em (unless you name disco, in which case, shame on you.) The band has been together for more than ten years.  They play family fairs, polka festivals, nightclubs, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, senior centers, music festivals, beer festivals and Oktoberfests.  Based in San Francisco, they have played as far afield as Milwaukee, Pittsburg and New York City.  The band always entertains.

Culann’s Hounds –  Name a musical act after one of the great warriors of Irish legend, and you’d better be prepared to crank out some energetic, larger-than-life performances. That’s precisely why Culann’s Hounds has been a favorite on the San Francisco scene for six years–and is now bringing their self-described punk-Irish-hoedown sensibility to a larger audience. The melodies of Steve Gardner (fiddle) and Renee de la Prade (button accordion); harmonies of Mike Kelleher (guitar); and rhythm of Scott Marshall’s bodhran meld with rich vocals that are a staple of the Irish tradition. The band boasts an impressive musical pedigree: Gardner played Red Rocks with Grammy winning favorites Blues Traveler; and wows crowds with his work on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals. Kelleher’s ability to connect with and uplift a crowd with raucous humor and hard driving songs is a key; Marshall’s years drumming for punk band The Nuns gives him the straight ahead power that he harnesses on the bodhrán (and instrument he learned at the beginning of his stint with the Hounds); and de la Prade the Berklee graduate (barely, she says) started her love affair with the Cairdin Irish button box backstage at a Pogues show.

David Gans – 
Circus Bella –  – Circus Bella is an open air, one-ring circus featuring contemporary, high-level acts set to an original score performed by live musicians. David Hunt and Abigail Munn created Circus Bella in the spring of 2008 to respond to a common dream for accessible and high quality circus in the San Francisco Bay Area. Together, with band director / composer, Rob Reich, they assembled themselves into an ensemble company of 7-10 performing artists and a quintet of musicians.
When:  9:00 PM
Where: The Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Cost:  $12-$15
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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.