October 2010

Ava Roy, Director of Hamlet on Alcatraz

Published in:
Wed, Oct 20 2010 - 6:00pm

Director Ava Roy, Hamlet on Alcatraz

In conversation with Stuart Bousel, Artistic Director of No Nude Men Productions, Founding Director of the San Francisco Theater Pub, Associate Artist of Atmostheatre

Come meet the 29-year-old, Oakland-based actor and artistic director of the We Players theater troupe. We Players presents site-specific performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater. Read more »

Prost! A Taste of Oktoberfest

Published in:
Wed, Oct 20 2010 - 7:00pm

Prost! A Taste of Oktoberfest

This program is cancelled

Don’t miss an opportunity to take in a little of Germany’s biggest festival without the airfare. You will enjoy tastings of five of the official beers of Oktoberfest and a delicious sampling of authentic German appetizers including Sauerbraten and Oatzda Bavarian cheese dip. Join us for a frothy, fun and informal evening of beer and food. Read more »

The Farallon Islands

Published in:
Thu, Oct 21 2010 - 6:00pm

The Farallon Islands

Terri Watson, Executive Director, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

Though visible on a clear day, few people have been out to the Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off our coast. The Farallon Islands and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are an important and biologically diverse ecosystem, closely connected to the health of our local environment and economy. Because of this rich marine life, the U.S. commerce secretary designated this ocean wilderness as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1981. Read more »

One-day Farallon Islands Adventure - 2

Sun, Oct 31 2010 - 6:00am

One-Day Farallon Islands Adventure

This trip is sold out. If you are interested in being on the waiting list please e-mail travel@commonwealthclub.org

Join The Club as we sail out to the rarely visited Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary aboard Seaward, a beautiful 82’ classic schooner. The sanctuary encompasses over 1,200 square miles of open ocean and coastal waters as well as bays and estuaries. Read more »

The New, New Math: Calories & Carbon

Thu, Oct 21 2010 - 6:30pm

Calories and Carbon

Ken Cook, Founder and President, Environmental Working Group
Whendee Silver, Professor of Ecology, UC Berkeley; Marin Carbon Project
Helene York, Director, Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation

Improving our eating habits is one of the best ways to reduce our environmental and carbon footprint, while also  trimming our waistlines.  How do we get the biggest bang for our dietary bucks?  When it comes to climate change, are domestic steak and imported salmon created e Read more »

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Food Photographers Dish on Art and Technique

Mon, Oct 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Food Photographers Dish on the Art and Technique of Food Photography

Shing Wong, Photographer
Pim Te', Food Blogger; Author and Photographer, Chez Pim
Megan Gordon, Freelance Food Writer; Food Blogger, A Sweet Spoonful
Richard Pelletier, Photographer; Copywriter, Lucid Content - Moderator

In our Bay Area food-centric culture, it isn't unusual to see people taking pictures of food at restaurants, farmer's markets and festivals. Read more »

Arthur Brooks: Free Enterprise Versus Big Government : The Battle For America's Future

Mon, Oct 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Free Enterprise Versus Big Government: The Battle for America’s Future

Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute; Author, The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future

Brooks outlines a new culture war – not the old struggle over guns or abortion or religion, but over two competing visions of America. In one, America continues as a unique and exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise. In the other, the U.S. Read more »

Bill Drayton: Social Entrepreneur Series

Tue, Oct 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Bill Drayton

Founder and Chairman, Ashoka

With the creation in 1981 of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Drayton put forward the notion that the individual person driving the change is worth supporting, rather than the organization itself. He contends that the most powerful force is a big idea in the right hands: those of an entrepreneur who is not only going to make the idea happen, but spread it across society. Read more »

The Skeptical Environmentalist & The Sierra Club: Lomborg & Pope tackle Climate Change

Tue, Oct 19 2010 - 8:00pm

The Skeptical Environmentalist and The Sierra Club: Lomborg and Pope Tackle Climate Change

Bjorn Lomborg, Author, Cool It; Skeptical Environmentalist
Carl Pope, Chairman, The Sierra Club
Craig Miller, Senior Editor, Climate Watch, KQED Radio - Moderator

Watch the movie Cool It (before it even comes out in theatres!), then debate the issues. Read more »

Condoleezza Rice Photo Slideshow, 10-18-10 at The Commonwealth Club

Oct 19, 2010 @ 3:30 PM
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco yesterday, speaking about her new book Extraordinary Ordinary People. Photos by Ed Ritger.