Check out this list of upcoming KPFA benefit events (and important co-sponsored events) – we’ll see you there! Advance tickets are usually available via brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times.
The Throwaways –
an award-winning documentary film with directors Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley
Screenings at 6 pm and 8 pm
International House, U.C. Berkeley
2297 Piedmont Avenue,
The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black men in America. Told through the eyes of homeless ex-felon Ira McKinley, the film documents his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to give voice to the people on the streets fighting for survival, McKinley confronts the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. More than an illumination of marginalized people in trouble, this film is a call to action, a narrative of engaging in the fight for justice.
CORNEL WEST portrays the true REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Hosted by Davey D
First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
Tickets and more information
As racial tension again flares across the country, Dr. Cornel West provides a clear portrait of King as a radical visionary. While King is currently recognized as a major leader in America’s civil rights movement, a transcendent orator and an insistent proponent of nonviolence, few realize how truly radical he was. Dr. Cornel West brilliantly establishes King’s revolutionary Christian vision, seeing him as a passionate democratic socialist, underscoring his profound identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, to all war, and his crusade against global imperialism.
Dr. Cornel West, unarguably one of America’s most gifted and provocative public intellectuals, has been profoundly influenced by Dr. King. Currently he is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of many books as well as a frequent guest on contemporary forums.
Davey D is the host of Hard Knock Radio (airing on KPFA 94.1FM weekdays at 4pm). He is also Adjunct Professor in the Afrostudies Dept. at S.F.State University.
“Time To Change this Capitalist System: Oh Yes We Can”
Hosted by Sasha Lilley
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Radical economist Richard Wolff’s most recent book, Capitalism Hits the Fan, is a passionately concerned response to current events, chronicling Wolff’s brilliant public response to what he sees as an unworkable economic system. He closely monitors international economic shifts, much as Noam Chomsky does political happenings, and presents us with clear new perspectives.
Professor of Economics Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wolff is a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. In recent years he has been delivering public lectures at colleges and universities, and community centers and trade union gatherings. His speaking style has become famous for its charismatic wit, frankness, and sardonic charm.
Richard Wolff is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, as well as Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI (Pacifica Radio) and writes regularly for The Guardian, Truthout.org, and the MRZine.
Sasha Lilley is a writer, radio broadcaster, and co-founder and co-host of KPFA’s critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain. She is the author of Capital and Its Discontents and the co-author of Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth.
Annual KPFA Crafts Fair moves back to East Bay, to the Craneway Pavilion, Richmond on the Waterfront, California
December 20 & 21, 2014: 10am to 5pm
A Bay Area cultural treasure benefiting listener-sponsored presenting original work made by hand and exhibited by the people who make it. This December the fair moves back to the East Bay for the first time in 19 years.
The Craneway Pavilion, new location of our 44th annual event, is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, Marina District at Ford Point, Richmond, CA 94804. It is 10 minutes by car from Berkeley, 5 minutes from the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. It’s accessible by public transit via BART (Richmond Station), Amtrak (same) and AC Transit. It sits on the pedestrian and bike-friendly Bay Trail. Originally a Ford Motor plant, it was transformed in WWII for the war effort. The Craneway’s natural light is stunning. It has received numerous awards for its architecture after a major remodel into a showcase event venue. Its location on the waterfront and 180 degree views of the San Francisco Bay are breathtaking. On site is the Rosie the Riveter Museum and Assemble Restaurant which features fresh, local, seasonal fare and a full bar. The restaurant will stage a food concession area and bar inside the fair.
The Fair offers something for everyone, presenting the brightest talents in contemporary art and craft, highlighting both experienced and emerging designers who produce one-of-a-kind and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media. These artisans and craftspeople combine new and traditional techniques with modern design aesthetics to produce appealingly fresh and innovative work. All the artists will be present at the Craneway Pavilion to interact with guests and exhibit their own work, from outstanding wearable textiles to sophisticated ceramics, luminous glass and beadwork, innovative furniture, practical housewares, evocative photography, block-printed art, contemporary paper goods and affordable, exquisite jewelry.
KPFA Radio has a reputation for embracing diversity and supporting local communities through its programming. Similar principles of discernment apply in the selection process of exhibitors for the KPFA Crafts Fair. The fair prioritizes a high level of artisanship, of craftwork created in studio (the artist/exhibitor must have an active hand in the making of their work), while trying to represent as much variety as possible. Jan Etre has been an advocate of artists and craftspeople for 27 years. “Buying directly from the artist affords the opportunity of establishing a personal connection. Buying from a store and not having any sense of whose hands helped create the item is more often than not a less meaningful experience. Interacting with artists and having a sense of the artist’s vision is rich; knowing where the materials came from is educational. To a certain extent mass produced goods are unavoidable and we understand that, but at the fair we celebrate the artisan and support his or her commitment to a life dedicated to creating unique arts