Sat Dec 14, 2013 in Los Angeles! Starhawk Winter’s Dream Workshop, Ritual, Spiral Dance!

A very special event in LA with social justice/environmental/permaculture activist & feminist Goddess Spirituality author Starhawk (& extended community) this Saturday, December 14, 2013 – hope to celebrate with all of you!  Gaia Grove music lounge in the morning from 10:30-11:30am featuring Amy Clarke with special guests Dave Greene (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Nicole Polanco, Kerry Thorne, Swan Ryder, and other surprise guests ~ come early, stay for the whole day!  Gaia Grove lounge will also feature art by Nance Broderzen and delicious organic raw vegan treats available for purchase by Alegria Xocolotl.  After the music, “Mother Earth’s Transition Team” workshop, & delicious vegetarian community meal, Starhawk will guide a frame drum trance in the afternoon ritual co-produced by Reclaiming LA & Cross Pollinate from 4:30-6:30pm along with fabulous musical & magical guests ROWAN STORM (doumbek), GRIFFIN CED (Green Man Store), PRIESTESS XIA (Temple of the Goddess), MARCIA LOPEZ, ANANDA/CHERYL CADDICK (percussion & flute), AMY CLARKE (Gaia Grove) and more! ~ please get tickets in advance, as rates are slightly higher at the door.  http://www.starhawklosangeles2013.eventbrite.com

Here is a link to a Huffington Post article about the event: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/starhawk-los-angeles-ritual_n_4390396.html

STARHAWK RETURNS to LOS ANGELES!
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Join us Saturday, Dec. 14 for a special workshop & 3rd annual community ritual to celebrate the Winter Solstice & return of light. With special guests ROWAN STORM (doumbek), GRIFFIN CED (Green Man Store), PRIESTESS XIA (Temple of the Goddess), MARCIA LOPEZ, ANANDA/CHERYL CADDICK (percussion & flute), AMY CLARKE (Gaia Grove) and more!

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Saturday, December 14
10:30 am – 6:30 pm (workshop begins at 11:30 am)
Café Club Fais Do Do
5257 W. Adams Blvd, LA, 90016
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SCHEDULE
10:30am – 11:30am Doors open for socializing & music by Amy Clarke & Gaia Grove
11:30am – 2:30pm “Mother Earth’s Transition Team” Workshop (event begins promptly at 11:30 am)
2:30pm – 4:00pm Delicious Organic Vegetarian meal by Jennie Cooks Catering (optional)
4:00pm – 4:30pm Doors open for Ritual
4:30pm – 6:30pm Winter’s Dream ritual
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WORKSHOP
“Mother Earth’s Transition Team”
The dire reality of climate change challenges us to remake society…quickly. If we fail, we’ll suffer destruction on a global scale. But this threat is also a great opportunity to create a new world rooted in community and ecological balance. How do we join Mother Earth’s Transition Team? What shifts are needed and what actions do we need to take? How do we nurture resilient communities locally and create justice globally to heal our world?

RITUAL
“Winter’s Dream Spiral Dance”
After the workshop & a delicious organic meal, we will anticipate the longest night of the year with a Winter’s Dream ritual & Spiral Dance led by Starhawk & Reclaiming LA. Join us in sacred space as we dance the spiral, celebrate community, & rebirth ourselves & our world. (In support of those in recovery, ritual is drug/alcohol free.)
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TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
http://starhawklosangeles2013.eventbrite.com/
ORDER NOW FOR ADVANCE TICKET DISCOUNTS!
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PRICING
Workshop + Ritual + Meal
$60 Adv. | $75 at the Door

Workshop + Ritual [No Meal]
$50 Adv. | $65 at the Door

Workshop + Meal
$45 Adv. | $60 at the Door

Workshop Only [No Meal]
$35 Adv. | $50 at the Door

Ritual + Meal
$30 Adv. | $45 at the Door

Ritual Only
$20 Adv. | $25 at the Door

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STARHAWK is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well-known as a global justice activist, ecofeminist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. Starhawk is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement. She is also co-founder of the Reclaiming Tradition.

MORE INFO
reclaimingla@gmail.com
crosspollinatela@gmail.com

http://www.reclaimingla.org/
http://www.crosspollinate.me/

Cross Pollinate LA – Sun Sep 8 2013 at Fais Do Do http://www.crosspollinate.me

http://www.crosspollinate.me

GAIA GROVE music social evening at Cross Pollinate LA, Fais Do Do Sun Sep 8, 2013!

Divine music & fantastic food will be available in the evening social, with a chance for even more networking open to both men & women from 5PM until 8PM.

All who attend the workshop receive entrance into the evening portion. However, if you would like to come for music & socializing, but not the networking portion, those tickets are available for $10 via our ticket page. The evening will feature the sublime musical talents of Amy Clarke, Courtney Freed, Ben Gould & Steven Wynbrandt, with guest artists sprinkled throughout.

 

Amy Clarke AmyFaisDoDo6-3-13 http://www.amyclarke.com / Instagram: scorpfaery

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Amy Clarke, Gaia Grove & Guests ~ Swan Ryder, Brittany Rose, Ben Gould & Charles-Herman-Wurmfeld ~ more TBA  Soulful songstress Amy Clarke crafts eclectic music with lyrical depth & planetary consciousness. An award-winning songwriter who mixes classical training with global rhythms, she is a dynamic stage presence – from solo voice, grand piano, & percussion, to jamming with guest artists, or experimenting on her synth keyboard. She has toured around the country from the House of Blues, SXSW, Viper Room, The White House & The Bitter End to Burning Man & The Alchemy Conference & shared stages with diverse & inspirational artists such as Starhawk, Poe, Occupy Love, Amrita Sen, Brothers’ Brothers,  Miranda Rondeau, Dave Greene (Joe Walsh, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Stonefeather, Temple of Visions & Sacred Spaces Village at Burning Man 2010. Amy played an impromptu set at Lilith 2010 & was appointed Social Media Ambassador by Terry McBride of Nettwerk for the penultimate Lilith show in her hometown Washington, DC, interviewing Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, Butterfly Boucher, Courtyard Hounds, Lissie & more backstage. She is finishing her full-length album project  in Silver Lake, CA for a 2013 release.   “Beautiful, magical, original” – Mary Ishimoto Morris, The Washington Post

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AmyClarkeMusic Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amyclarke  ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/amyclarke YouTube: http://www.yotube.com/scorpfaery

Gaia Grove Founded by Amy Clarke, after countless underground events in Washington, DC, then moving humble roots from a Williamsburg, Brooklyn backyard to its current Silver Lake center (located in Los Angeles, CA), Gaia Grove is a living web dedicated to helping heal the earth, living in greater harmony with nature, and educating on sustainability, balance, equality, and justice for all. Gaia Grove produces events advancing the ideas, practice, and development of socially responsible artistry and living. Gaia Grove’s members include artists, musicians, DJs, entrepreneurs, photographers, writers, directors, shamans, gardeners, activists, dancers, farmers, visionaries, teachers, poets, healers, dreamers & more.  Gaia Grove is vibrant, evolving and ripe with possibility.

1149655_694167171827_880627655_oCourtney Freed Strong, passionate, vivacious and daring, Courtney Freed is a dynamic vocalist in a class all her own. She committed to sharing her talents with the world through song and story.  http://www.courtneyfreed.com  Facebook Page: Courtney Freed Music    Twitter: @courtneyfreed    Instagram: courtneyjoyfreed    http://www.reverbnation.com/courtneyfreedmusic

Steven Wynbrandt ~ coming soon Steven Wynbrandt BioDynamic Farm ~ http://www.flickr.com/photos/swynbrandt/sets/72157629733978418/

Olivia Walder & Ramblin’ Rose Apothecary  http://www.etsy.com/shop/RamblinRoseShop Olivia Walder is a Los Angeles based midwestern transplant who does way too many things, including work as a graphic designer, stylist, painter, jewelry maker and a forager and herbalist in training. Ramblin’ Rose Apothecary is collection of herbal concoctions created by Olivia Walder. All of the herbs used in the products are either organic, wild harvested, or grown by Olivia herself. Ramblin’ Rose Apothecary was born of Olivia’s interest in herbs as source of knowledge and understanding of our history, as source of empowerment, and for the purpose of celebrating the wonders of herbs!  http://www.oliviawalder.com

Sparky the Dragon Oven ~ Dinner for sale on site by Ray Cirino & His Dragon Oven, Sparky!   Live art, crafts & vending as well ~

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Make Music LA: Sunset Triangle Plaza Acoustic Concert, Silver Lake

On Friday June 21, 2013, community came together for a Summer Solstice celebration of Make Music LA, part of the international Fete de la Musique started in France, celebrated in over 100 countries, and for the first time ever in 2013, the National Day of Music in the United States.  It was a beautiful day of making music outdoors all day long throughout Los Angeles with a unique concert hosted by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee in Sunset Triangle Plaza at Edgecliffe, Griffith Park Blvd,  & Sunset Blvd, the location of the regular Silver Lake Farmer’s Market and a quintessential neighborhood gathering place – also affectionately known by residents as “Polka Dot Plaza” the “Town Triangle” & the “Triangle Square”.

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This sustainability-minded, lo-fi & grassroots concert produced with neighbor, community & volunteer assistance lasted about 5 hours from 4PM until just after sundown, and was 100% acoustic and unplugged – no mics, no cables, no amps, no power, no electricity at all.  Mostly all instruments from congas, drums, shakers, tambourines, guitars, banjos, accordions, and yes, even a real piano (in a tip of the hat to the Laurel & Hardy silent film classic “The Music Box” also filmed in Silver Lake many years ago), were rolled, pushed in wheelbarrows, or walked into the plaza by local musicians and volunteers or were carried in on foot by neighbors and community members, as nearly all of the acts featured were locally based in Silver Lake.

The event honored the mission of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council – honoring diversity, innovation, and harmony – and included everything from middle & high school musicians, solo Native American/folk & R&B singer-songwriters, alt-folk, country, jazz, and pop duos, an Afro-Latin percussion ensemble & master teaching session, folk rock/Americana, fusion, alternative/world & funk rock bands etc, all performing alongside children & adults, with everyone joining in ~ from novice musicians to old pros.  As the sun set in the west over this joyful Plaza gathering, even little children joined major name acts & musicians on stage in spontaneous co-creation, and the entire event closed with an all-inclusive community music jam featuring neighbors & community gathered around the piano, using voice, guitars, bass, congas, accordion, banjo, drums, and much more in an inspired celebration of the day.

The photojournal below (with media by Gaia Grove) documents as much of the event as possible, and audio/video of the event will be shared soon.

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The Wurlitzer piano at the start of the day in the Plaza, after being wheeled down Sunset Blvd ~

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Silver Lake R&B Singer-Songwriter (& X-Factor Contendee) David Laboriel

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Young & talented Sophia (Wolf Country) serenading us at the start of the day

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Maltman stage lineup at the start of the day, with a wild-card slot for a local artist

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Folk/Native American singer/songwriter Ben Gould drawing a crowd to his blanket ~

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“A Song For The Dead” by local musician/poet Ned Casual of Downtown Train framed inside Mornings Nights Cafe

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Master Teacher Angel Luis Figueora of Paws Music with his Afro/Latin Percussion Ensemble of students teaching the crowd

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Local funk/rock band @Stonefeather walking into the plaza with all of their gear for the show

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Silver Lake locals Poppa’s Kitchen – Folk Rock/Americana w/Stephen Feldman & Bob Romanus (Johnny Damone of Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

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Edgecliffe stage lineup (although acts eventually migrated closer down to the plaza to be near the fountain)

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SLNC Vice-Chair, Film Director & skilled multi-instrumentalist Charles Herman-Wurmfeld playing banjo in the sun

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Following a summery set by folk/jazz duo The Singer & The Songwriter ( in foreground, R), the Pasadena band Earthbound performed center plaza

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Kids playing at the piano & drums watching the art-biker entertain with his acrobatic antics

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Co-Producer Charles Renn of the Hive Salon & Co-Chair of Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Stage Manager Howie Goldklang of the Establishment & Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce & Flor Cruz, Co-Chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Outreach Committee

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Co-Producer of the event, Co-Chair of Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Gaia Grove founder & Alt/World Singer/Songwriter/Pianist/Percussionist Amy Clarke performing with her friend Dave Greene, Percussionist for Joe Walsh & Drum Tech for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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Amy joined during her set by budding young drummers Charlotte (R) & Amy’s own daughter Ella Mira Rose (L) on congas

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@AmyClarke w/Dave Greene

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A few highlights from BKM Photography’s Media Set below –

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Amy Clarke & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld singing “Spirit of the Wind”

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@Stonefeather playing a fun, stripped-down acoustic set before the all-inclusive Community Music Jam

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For more images, please visit fabulous local Silver Lake photographer Brittany Kalag Margulieux of BKM-Photography‘s Make Music L.A. – Silver Lake album on Facebook.

Huge hugs, deep gratitude & thank yous to (to name a few) the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Sunset Triangle Plaza, the 2nd Annual Make Music Los Angeles, Dorsay Dujon, Genelle Le Vin, Kevin Bannerman, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Silver Lake Neighborhood Assembly, Mornings & Nights Cafe, Gaia Grove, Jody and everyone who helped move the piano, Micheltorena Elementary School, Micheltorena Elementary Garden, Make Music Silver Lake (http://www.makemusicsilverlake.org – coming soon…) countless volunteers, community members and friends.  We look forward to music all year long and the 3rd Annual Make Music Los Angeles scheduled to take place on SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2014.

KEEP MAKING MUSIC!