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Posted: Sep 7, 2008 3:11pm
Aug 30, 2007
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
10th & R Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814
Price: FREE

Acoustic Show with Special guests! 21+

from Larisa's website:

Larisa Bryski

Forget the upbringing in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas...Larisa Bryski is no small-town girl. The 2004 SAMMIE (Sacramento Music Awards) winner for Best Female Vocalist, Larisa debuted as a solo artist in 2000 with her album The Long Way, which was immediately met with rave reviews. Sacramento News and Review declared, "...Bryski projects the kind of matter-of-fact intensity that plants its feet on a stage, grabs a microphone and wails." In 2003 Larisa released her edgier, self-produced 2nd CD, "Violet." The Sacramento Bee stated, "...her voice is like Sunny Delight splashed with vodka." Larisa has performed extensively all the while, sharing bills with such renowned and diverse national artists as Journey, Poe, Oleander, Peter Frampton, Dishwalla, Berlin, Tommy Castro, John Waite, and King's X. She has also been honored to participate in several acclaimed music festivals, from Nadine’s Wild Weekend to SXSW. Larisa and her band (Willy Seltzer, guitar; Andrew Houston, bass; Darrell Hale, drums) take pride in combining powerful, clean vocals with infectious rock melodies, and classic style arena rock vocal harmonies. Larisa and Willy then released a third CD in 2005, a duet-style live acoustic recording called "How's Your D String." Plans for 2007 include recording a fourth...another full band studio album, so stay tuned!

Saturday, September 15th, 2007
10:00 A.M.
Sacramento CA
Price: TBA

A special performance for the Special Olympics!!

Friday, October 12th, 2007

9:00 P.M.
10th & R Streets
Sacramento CA 95814
Price: $3
Acoustic show. 21+


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Posted: Aug 30, 2007 3:04pm
Jul 30, 2007
Best of the Bay!

There are so many amazing individuals and organizations working for sustainability in the Bay Area. Planet Drum was just named "Best Sustainable Hope" in the San Francisco Guardian's "Best of the Bay" issue. PD Founders Peter Berg and Judy Goldhaft were also featured as "local heroes". Check it out at:

Best Sustainable Hope
Local Heroes

And check out the great Planet Drum events coming up this fall to see how you can get involved to help foster sustainable hope in the Bay Area!

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Posted: Jul 30, 2007 2:19pm
Jul 28, 2007

Thu Jul 26, 2007

Hi, Everyone...

We still have openings in our week-long Natural Building Intensive at Emerald Earth. The dates are September 1-7, and this our sixth year teaching this workshop. Feedback from previous years has been excellent, and we'd like to make the workshop available to as many people as possible. Do you know anyone who might benefit from this experience?

It's a hands-on introduction to many different techniques for building with earth and straw, including cob, straw bale, light straw-clay, clay wattle, earthen floors, natural plasters and paints, and much more. Our site has 7 finished natural buildings and 4 more under construction, as well as gardens, greywater systems, composting toilets, an off-grid electrical system, so there's a lot to see. We'll discuss the basics of clay and soil testing, passive solar design, alternative roofs and foundation systems, hybrid natural buildings, and more, and show slides and videos of other sites and techniques. But most of every day is spent actually building with experienced instructors who will train you in at least 8 different techniques that you can apply to your own new construction or remodel project.

The workshop costs $500 for the full week, including camping and delicious organic meals. We give a $50 discount for full payment by the first week in August (coming up soon!), so please help us spread the word quickly. You can find more details on our web site
( or send an email to:,
or call 707-972-3096.

Michael G. Smith

Emerald Earth is a rural intentional community in Mendocino County. Our key values include peace, sustainability, social activism, education, and consensus decision making. We believe it is our responsibility as human beings to rediscover ways of interacting with the land in ways that enhance its ecological health, and we choose a lifestyle based as much as possible on biological power rather than chemical, more on social solutions than mechanical ones. We are currently open to new members.
The community was founded in 1989, when a group of friends from Berkeley found and purchased the land near Boonville in the Anderson Valley, about three hours drive north of San Francisco. This group called itself the Emerald Earth Laughing and Drumming Society and came together regularly for singing, drumming, and ritual, both in the city and on the land. They spent a couple of years cleaning up the site and fixing the main cabin and other infrastructure, then five people moved onto the land in 1984. During this time, the non-profit corporation Emerald Earth Sanctuary was formed and the land was deeded to it. After a while most of this original community moved away, although several are still members of the Land Council. One member of the original group remained as the sole permanent resident for several years.

Starting in 1999, a new group moved onto the land. With their experience in sustainable agriculture and natural building, they began building cabins, planting trees, expanding infrastructure, and organizing work parties. An alliance was formed with New College of California in which students came to Emerald Earth for hands-on workshops in natural building, permaculture, and medicinal herbs. See “Workshops” for more information.

For the last few years, the membership has been fairly stable, although some new members have joined and some have moved on. The number of residents has fluctuated between eight and fourteen. We currently have seven permanent residents (including one child) plus several work-traders and prospective members. Our ages range from 7 to 62, with a concentration in our 30’s.

We have several kinds of regular meetings to take care of communication, decision-making, and group process. At our weekly business meeting we discuss scheduling, work priorities, and other day-to-day decisions. We also have a weekly sharing meeting and a monthly all-day process meeting to address emotional and interpersonal issues. Major decisions on policies, long-term planning, membership, and budget are made by the Land Council, which meets four weekends a year. The Land Council is made up of resident members and some former residents now living off site.

Life at Emerald Earth requires a large amount of physical work including building, gardening, maintenance, chopping firewood, preparing food, cleaning, and so on. We eat most lunches and dinners together, taking turns cooking and cleaning. Although currently none of us is a strict vegetarian, we do tend to eat mostly vegetarian and nearly all organic, with an emphasis on whole foods and local produce. Sometimes we have organized community work days, but much of the time members are working on various projects under their own initiative. For recreation, we might watch a video, play a game of volleyball, or play music. Often people disperse to their private residences in the evenings. During the dry months (May-October) there are lots of visitors, events, and projects; winters tend to be much quieter. We like to celebrate Solstices, Equinoxes, and other special occasions with non-denominational rituals.

Although it is relatively inexpensive to live at Emerald Earth, the community so far generates very little income on site. Most of us work at part-time jobs in the small town of Boonville (a 20-minute drive) or beyond, cooking, building, grant writing, consulting, teaching in the local school system, practicing Chinese medicine, or teaching natural building workshops. It’s important to us to maintain a strong social and political connection with the larger Anderson Valley community. Our main on-site income source at the moment is the hands-on workshops, which happen a couple of weeks each summer. Several other cottage industries have been proposed. Some of our full members share income, paying for all of their living expenses out of a common account.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2007 11:54pm
Aug 23, 2006
Ag hemp bill headed to governor
Ukiah Daily Journal Staff

On Monday, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act was approved by the Assembly on a vote of 44-29. The bill is now taking steps toward Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for his signature.

"I believe that the bill was passed at about 5 p.m. last night and all of us are very excited," said Adam Eidinger, communications director at Vote Hemp. "We've had a few meetings with the governor's staff and there wasn't much opposition to this bill. But they are tight-lipped about which side they are leaning to so we are unsure exactly if they are for or against it. I believe that he has until Sept. 30 to sign the bill."

AB 1147 has gained momentum as more legislators learned that California businesses spend millions of dollars each year to import hemp from Canada, China and Europe.

"This bill would allow for the growth of the hemp industry here in California," Eidinger said. "The bill is very straightforward and now there isn't confusion between this bill and a bill legalizing marijuana."

The demand for hemp and its use in numerous products, such as food, body care, clothing, paper and even auto parts, has been growing rapidly in recent years. The U.S. hemp market now exceeds an estimated $270 million in annual retail sales, and the new law would give farmers the ability to legally supply U.S. manufacturers with hemp seed, oil and fiber and would not weaken anti-drug laws.

"There is tremendous potential for growing hemp here in California. It would be an optimum place to grow industrial hemp because of its yearlong growing season.

"Hemp also helps to make the soil better by controlling the amount of nematodes that eat the roots of other crops. So you could grow a crop of hemp in one season and then grow another different crop and not have to spray for these very small worms," Eidinger said.

In February 2005, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno. This year, the bill was amended and Republican Assemblyman Chuck Devore joined as co-author. In the bipartisan spirit of the legislation, the bill was managed on the floor of the Senate by Republican Tom McClintock and received support from Sen. Able Maldonado, a farmer and Republican member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Another influential Republican senator who supported the bill was Sam Aanestad, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The support of Democratic Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews, chairwoman of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, was also helpful in the passage of the bill, supporters said.

"The bill gained a lot of support last week from both Republicans and Democrats," Eidinger said.

AB 1147 has been carefully crafted to comply with federal law and minimize the impact to law enforcement. It includes tough regulations without placing an undue burden on farmers. The bill permits cultivation of only ultra-low-THC industrial hemp grown as an agricultural field crop or in a research setting. Growing hemp in a backyard setting or the horticultural cultivation of hemp is prohibited, and any hidden or secret groves of cannabis will be considered a controlled substance regardless of its THC content.

"While seven other states grow hemp, this law to grow industrial hemp in California wouldn't require the DEA to give a license to the people growing it," Eidinger said. "And the state has guidelines and laws to keep people from abusing this bill."

Locally, some activists point out a possible drawback to the growing of agricultural hemp in Mendocino County.

"I am trying to advise not to grow hemp here in Mendocino County because of the chance of cross-pollination between the plants used for medical marijuana," said Johanna Schultz, the public relations director and board secretary at the Hemp Industries Association. "We are trying to help hemp agriculture stay generally within the Central Valley."

The problem of cross-pollination would develop because if industrial hemp was grown within a 10-mile radius of medical marijuana, the hemp would start to have higher levels of THC and not conform the regulations of industrial hemp. The same could also be said for the medical marijuana being grown because the level of THC would go down if plants were to be cross-pollinated. And while Schultz and the HIA don't suggest that it would be a good idea to grow hemp in Mendocino County, the passing of AB 1147 would be good for local businesses that are involved with it.

"We have about 500 members and support activists, and the signing of this bill would help a lot of our members here and all across the country," Schultz said.

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Posted: Aug 23, 2006 10:10am
Aug 19, 2006
You're invited to...

Earthdance Northern California
"Give Peace a Dance"

September 15th, 16th and 17th
At the Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA.

3-day Camp Out Celebration for World Peace and Unity
set amidst a beautiful old growth oak forest, featuring 5 Stages of entertainment uniting Jamband, World, Conscious Lyricism, Electronica, Reggae and Folk. Also featuring Global Artisans Market, all night music and jam cafes, international food court, workshop domes, late night cinema, healing village, activist alley, hot showers, and more...

Over 70 acts on 5 stages featuring:

Annie DiFranco


Tea Leaf Green

Ani DiFranco + India.Arie + Ozomatli + Blackalicious + Tea Leaf Green + Mad Professor + DJ Logic + John Trudell + FreQ Nasty + Lorin Bassnectar + Pele Juju + Kid Beyond + Toshi Reagan + Lina Angel + Kan'nal + Wisdom + Procussions + Trillian Green + Ancient Future + Tina Malia + Jennifer Johns + DJ Dragonfly + DJ Jesse Saunders + DJ Zack Darling

and many many more...

For full line up visit:

Special Festival Event:  "The Council of Elders" Special Forum
featuring indigenous and modern elders from many nations.

Special Guests include:

Arun Gandhi - (Grandson of late Mahatma Gandhi)
Ina May Gaskin - (International pioneer of spirtual midwifery)
Stephen Gaskin - (renowned counter-cutlure leader)
Oren Lyons - (Chief of the Onondaga Nation)
Angus Baker Pilgrim - (oldest living elder of the Southern Oregon tribes)
Wavy Gravy - (activist clown extrordinair)
Gerardo Kanek Barrios - (Maya Elder from Guatemala)
Bob (Bubbunj) Weatherall - (Australian Aboriginal elder)
Moises Villafane - (Arhuarco tribe of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Columbia)
Rudolpho Piogrekedo - (Amazonian elder of the Witoto tribe)

more to be announced...

Ticket Prices:
$135.00 - Presale: 3 day ticket includes camping.
$165.00 - At the Gate
$60 - Sunday Only ticket.

For full festival info, online ticket sales and ticket outlets please visit:

Join Earthdance, the world's largest synchronized music and dance event for peace, uniting over 250 locations in 50 countries.

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Posted: Aug 19, 2006 3:21pm
Aug 16, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle EDITORIAL
Wednesday, August 16, 2006


IF GLOBAL WARMING is a genuine threat -- as a growing body of scientific evidence strongly suggests -- our need to act goes beyond our moral obligation to future generations. It's in our economic interest to move assertively and definitively toward reducing greenhouse gases.

By now, it's obvious that U.S. leadership on global warming is not going to come from the Bush administration.

In recent years, the evidence that the planet is not only warming -- but that its effects are coming quicker than anticipated, as seen from the melting of polar ice caps to the ferocity of tropical storms -- has created a sense of urgency in the scientific community. The evidence is equally compelling that human activity, mainly the burning of fossil fuels, is driving the problem.

Waiting is not an option, especially in a coastal state such as ours that relies on a Sierra snowpack for its water supply and levees to protect its cities and sustain its farmland.

The question is, who will lead?

"The debate is over," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in June. "We know the science. We see the threat."

Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature are considering a bill that would push the state to the forefront of the fight against global warming. On Thursday, Assembly Bill 32, authored by Speaker Fabian Núñez, is expected to emerge from its holding pattern in the Senate Appropriations Committee to become the most consequential and contentious issue in the closing weeks of the legislative session.

In essence, AB32 would require Californians and their businesses to do what other industrialized countries have agreed to do, with the notable exception of the United States and Australia -- namely, to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990-levels by 2020.

If passed, this measure would not only force the state to quickly develop less polluting technologies -- for everything from household appliances to energy-intensive cement production -- it would compel us to change the way we think about our land-use planning and our transportation systems.

Schwarzenegger supports the concept of the Núñez bill, and their staffs have been working to reconcile differences.

They agree on one critical bottom line: The emission-reduction targets (based on the Kyoto Protocol that the United States has refused to sign) are achievable and a commitment to meet them is vital to this state's environmental health -- while presenting a golden opportunity for its economy.

Their differences, while not insignificant, will not stop the bill if both sides are willing to listen to the other's legitimate points. The upshot of their disputes is this: Núñez, siding with environmentalist supporters of the bill, wants to make certain the emissions targets are binding and enforced. One of their arguments is that investment in emission-reduction technologies -- the key to buffering the economic effects of weaning the state off fossil fuels -- will come only if entrepreneurs are convinced the rules will be steadfast.

Schwarzenegger's office has been arguing for slightly more flexibility to defer the mandates in the event of natural disaster or other unforeseen emergency. The governor also wants to set up a trading system so that California companies have an economic incentive to exceed their emissions-reductions quotas. The two sides also disagree on whether the policing of the global-warming plan should be handled by the California Air Resources Board (Núñez's preference) or a board composed of the heads of state agencies (Schwarzenegger's option).

Even though the governor and speaker are not that far apart on the key points, and AB32 earlier cleared the Assembly on a 50-27 vote, its fate is anything but certain. The California Chamber of Commerce, a powerful business lobby that had been in sync with Schwarzenegger through most of his term, is making an all-out blitz to defeat what it calls a "job killer" bill that will put state industries at a daunting disadvantage against states and countries without such rules. It warns that energy prices are likely to rise if AB32 is adopted. The chamber prefers a voluntary approach based on tax credits and other incentives.

Proponents of AB32 make a persuasive argument that there is an economic advantage to being ahead of the curve in stimulating technologies that will only increase in demand in the decades ahead. The potential economic stresses of the transition -- while admittedly difficult on certain industries -- pale in comparison to the wholesale devastation to our planet and our way of life if the nation with the world's largest economy and No. 1 contributor of greenhouse gases continues to sit on the sidelines.

California must lead the way with the passage of AB32.

more resources:

Put the Brakes on Global Warming

California Solutions for Global Warming

Take Action! Email your legislators!


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Posted: Aug 16, 2006 9:10pm
Jun 26, 2006
Note: this article mentions a past event, see her website for updates on the fund raising campaign:

Dani, Champion of the World

Saturday, June 24, at the New College, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 4pm to8pm. $20, sliding scale.

Since 2001, the World Social Forum (WSF) has met annually in January, right around the time that the World Economic Forum (WEF) rolls into Davos, Switzerland. What's the difference between the two forums? It depends whom you ask, but here's a start: Angelina Jolie and Bono made the pages of People magazine for appearing in Davoslast year. The WSF, on the other hand, brings in speakers less accustomed to the paparazzi's flashbulbs, like Noam Chomsky.

While the WEF has invited Amnesty International, Oxfam and other high-profile do-gooders to discuss global economic and social dilemmas with big-time politicians and executives, the meeting has come under fire for prioritizing profit margins rather than human problems, and for being Western-centric. Citing that "another world is possible," the WSF emerged to come up with alternatives to neoliberalism. It, too, has come under fire: the right criticizes it for being too left-leaning,and many on the left accuse it for being all deliberation and nodecision.

Regardless of these issues, Santa Rosa (Northern CA) activist and founding member of the Mama Collective, Dani Burlison-Craft, is holding a fundraiser to attend this January's WSF in Nairobi with her two daughters. Her press materials state charmingly, if satirically, "One girl can save the world. Um, with a little help, please?"

Why should we help fund someone else's vacation to Kenya? "It seems to me that as Americans are huge contributors to international and national issues around war, poverty, consumption of resources and the growing gap between the economic conditions in the global south and western society, that Americans should be at the forefront of the growing global sustainability movement," says Burlison-Craft.

Fair enough, especially since the party, sponsored by the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, should be a hoot, with music by the Spindles and singer-songwriter John Courage as well as belly dancing, apolitical puppet show, face painting, a silent auction, vegetarian food and drinks.

If only another world really were possible (sigh). Attend the Dani Saves the World fundraiser on Saturday, June 24, at the New College.

-by Brett Ascarelli, North Bay Bohemian


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