January 29, 2003
It's funny in Kansas
Arts and Entertainment
Thursday, Jan. 23, attend a special screening of the new documentary Amandla Intifada, by Big Noise Tactical. The film offers frontline scenes from Jenin, Hebron, and other cities, as well as footage of Palestinian leaders Dr. Mustafa Barghouti and Hanan Ashrawi. 7 p.m., 522 Valencia, third floor, $5 donation. (415) 867-0628.
Japanese labor movement
Friday, Jan. 24, join two Japanese labor-movement supporters for "The War Drive in Japan and the Battle Against Union Busting," a report on efforts by the Japanese government to militarize and support the U.S. war against Iraq. The event also features a video depicting the struggle of fired Japan Rail Kokuro workers in their quest for justice. 7 p.m., 522 Valencia, third floor, $5 donation. (415) 867-0628.
Women's benefit concert
Friday, Jan. 24, support women-and-children centers in Iraq and Palestine, as well as the feminist, antimilitary Israeli group New Profile by attending the benefit concert "Women's Voices Rise Up," which includes poetry, singing, and dancing. 7:30 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. $10-$20 sliding scale. (415) 642-9099.
Save art in S.F.
Saturday, Jan. 25, help raise funds for Art S.F. and CELLspace, two cornerstones of the San Francisco creative world. Art S.F. needs money to buy a new warehouse for a community arts center, while CELLspace needs money to bring its building up to code. The event features many local artists, a live circus, yoga, and tai chi. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, S.F. $15 and up donation. (415) 273-4663.
What's in your water?
Saturday, Jan. 25, bring in a sample of your tap water and conduct tests for various pollutants, including lead. Compare your water's results with those of bottled water and evaluate different water filters. Call to register. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crissy Field Center, Building 603, Mason at Halleck, Presidio, S.F. $12. (415) 561-7752.
Changing role of NGOs
Sunday, Jan. 26, discuss how the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) is changing due to international politics. Lydia Gans leads a talk about the role of such organizations as the Red Cross, Cooperative for American Relief to Everywhere (CARE), and the American Friends Service Committee. 1 p.m., Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakl. Free. (510) 393-5685.
Children of LGBT parents
Sunday, Jan. 26, come to a media workshop sponsored by the Youth Leadership and Action Program of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, if you are between the ages of 14 and 22, with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender parent. Discover how the media affect youth with LGBT parents and how to use your voice and the media to raise awareness about LGBT families. 12:30-5:30 p.m., Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, 450 Guerrero, S.F. Free. (415) 861-5437, ext. 102.
Middle East report
Sunday, Jan. 26, hear journalist Alison Weir and local art activist Nat Holder deliver a firsthand account of the situation in Israel and the occupied territories. The event includes a photographic presentation and the creation of a cross-cultural mural. 1:30-4 p.m., Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, Berk. Free. (510) 452-4869.
Sunday, Jan. 26, join local activists for a mock trial of President George W. Bush and the U.S. government for the crimes of terrorism, white supremacy, slavery, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. The event is sponsored by the People's United Front. 3-8 p.m., Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakl. Free. (510) 451-5818.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, listen to author Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela discuss her new book, A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness. Madikizela explores the mind of Eugene de Kock, a notorious South African apartheid death-squad enforcer. 6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter, S.F. $12, $5 students, free for members. (415) 293-4600.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, join representatives from progressive campaigns as they review what worked and what didn't in November's election. Sponsored by the San Francisco Progressive Alliance, the forum includes members of Eileen Hansen's campaign and representatives from the campaigns for Propositions B and D and against Proposition N. Food 6 p.m., program 6:30 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 863-6637.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, hear journalists Christopher Hitchens and the New Yorker's Mark Danner (both affiliated with UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism) square off in the debate "How Should We Use Our Power? Iraq and the War on Terror." The event, part of the Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs lecture series, is moderated by Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. 7:30 p.m., UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft and Telegraph, Berk. Free. (510) 643-3274.
Training for activists of color
Wednesday, Jan. 29, take part in the Strategic Press Information Network Project's full-day media training for activists of color. The workshop requires advanced registration, and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Strategic Press Information Network Project, 77 Federal, second floor, S.F. $50, no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Heath Wickline at (415) 284-1420, ext. 309, to register.
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