Julián CastroDate: Thu, January 29, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Buildings are the big kahuna when it comes to fighting climate change. Forty percent of carbon emissions in the United States comes from buildings and the electricity that goes into them. Energy and water-wise buildings are now trendy in many downtown office towers, driven mainly by market forces.
HUD Secretary Castro wants to take energy efficiency and new financing models to multifamily developments and federal housing communities. Secretary Castro will also talk about HUD’s efforts to help create greener communities and fight climate change.
Caulking windows and weatherizing doors isn’t sexy, but they are one of the simplest and most effective ways to cut power bills and clean up communities. Energy upgrades also create jobs that can’t be sent offshore.
Join a conversation about green buildings, climate change, resilience and more with a political rising star.
Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the TheaterDate: Sun, March 08, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With Carey Perlof, Artistic Director of the ACT
Carey Perlof, 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
John Hargrove: Beyond BlackfishDate: 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.
Barney FrankDate: 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.