Upcoming Events

Tue 3/3

Weather Whiplash

Weather Whiplash

Date: Tue, March 03, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
When global warming becomes global weirding.

Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research

How can we make sense of all the wacky weather around the country? The American West is hot and dry and the East is seeing massive snowstorms and wicked cold temperatures. Scientists say that we should expect dry periods to get drier and wet periods to get wetter. As columnist Thomas Friedman says, global warming is really global weirding.

Scientific understanding of our boiling planet is advancing quickly. However, front-line responders are struggling without the information they need to armor communities prior to a disaster and respond effectively as a disaster strikes. Join us for a conversation about the strange changes to our landscape, and what California is doing to get ready for fires, floods and other climate impacts ahead.

Sun 3/8

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ACT’s Carey Perloff: A Life in the Theater

Date: Sun, March 08, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of the ACT

Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater
In conversation with Michael Krasny, Host, KQED’s Forum

KQED’s Michael Krasny sits down with ACT Artistic Director Carey Perloff on the occasion of her lively and revealing new memoir, Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater. Besides serving as a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world, Perloff's personal and professional journey – her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession; as a wife and mother; and as a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with change – is a compelling story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. Join us as she reveals the arc of her career in theater, from falling in love with modern English theater as a Fulbright Fellow in London to her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors and writers, including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn and Olympia Dukakis.

Reservations required and must be made at: http://www.act-sf.org/home/box_office/special_events.html

Tue 3/31

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John Hargrove: Beyond Blackfish

Date: Tue, March 31, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Provocative views on the relationship between orcas and humans.

John Hargrove, Former Killer Whale Trainer; Star, Blackfish; Author, Beneath The Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld and The Truth Beyond Blackfish

John Hargrove’s career as one of the most experienced orca trainers in the world spanned the course of two decades. He worked with 20 different whales, on two different continents, and at two of SeaWorld’s U.S. facilities, where he was promoted to the highest level of trainer and given elite access to the parks’ most dangerous whales.

After two of his fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove says he came to the realization that marine parks are not only dangerous for trainers, but also physically and psychologically detrimental to the whales themselves on an irreversible level. After he left SeaWorld, Hargrove became the star of the documentary Blackfish, airing widely on CNN, which tells the story of one particular killer whale that killed several people in captivity.

Hear his provocative views on the relationship between orcas and humans, and bring your questions.

 

Wed 4/1

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Barney Frank

Date: Wed, April 01, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Barney Frank, Former Member of Congress (D-MA); Author, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage; Twitter @BarneyFrank

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey–Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time? In Frank, a candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston’s city hall to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness for more than four decades. With his trademark directness and insight, Frank explores the emotional toll of living in the closet and how he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality. He chronicles his lifelong struggle against inequality, which culminated in co-writing the most significant Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression. Join the discussion with this quirky and robust political figure.

Thu 4/9

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North Beach Walking Tour

Date: Thu, April 09, 2015
Time: 1:45 PM

Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops.

Fri 4/10

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The 18th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM
Presented by the Travers Dept. of Political Science at UC Berkeley

Presented by The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in cooperation with The Commonwealth Club

Theme: Money and Politics
The conference will consist of several panels with presentations of research and roundtable discussions with scholars and experts in the field of money and politics.

Panelists:
Stephen Ansolabehere, Harvard University
David Broockman, UC Berkeley
Bruce Cain, Stanford University
Ray Laraja, University of Massachusetts
Christine Mahoney, University of Virginia
Tom Mann, Brookings Institution and UC Berkeley
Nolan McCarty, Princeton University
Jeff Milyo, University of Missouri
Paul Pierson, UC Berkeley
Brian Schaffner, University of Massachusetts
Mark Schmitt, New America Foundation

Wed 5/6

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Is the Sky Falling? Asteroids and the Earth

Date: Wed, May 06, 2015
Time: 7:45 PM
With Ed Lu, Astronaut

Ed Lu, Astronaut; Chairman, B612 Foundation
Brian Hackney, Meteorologist and Reporter, KPIX Television, San Francisco - Moderator

Dangerous collisions between asteroids and our planet, which occur at least twice every year, are the only natural disaster that we have means of stopping. However, despite our advanced solutions to preventing catastrophic impacts, we face a more basic problem: We don’t know where in our solar system most asteroids are, or, more important, when they will hit Earth. Lucky for us, Astronaut Ed Lu and the B612 Foundation are committed to meeting this challenge. The foundation’s Sentinel Mission, the first privately funded interplanetary venture, will map and catalogue near-Earth asteroids, helping to ensure that we are aware of potential asteroid strikes. Join Lu to hear more about why the mission matters and what technological innovations will make it possible.