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Pictures from “Take Your Rage to the Page” Zine Workshop

Well, that definitely goes down in history as one of my favorite events! Thank you so much to Elly Blue and Joe Biel, Ruby the second most awesome dog ever, and everyone else who attended!

First, Elly and Joe helped us make a list of everything that makes us angry (it was long…)

Hi Elly and Joe! You guys are the best!

Hi Elly and Joe! You guys are the best!



making our big list of angers (2)

making our big list of angers (2)

Then we talked about what zines are and how they can help us express that anger…

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We looked at some examples of zines…before we made our own!

actually so cute

actually so cute

this was my pick

this was my pick




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the creative process...

the creative process…

Ilyana smiling makes me smile, always.

Ilyana smiling makes me smile, always.

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collaborative zine-ing

collaborative zine-ing


Thanks again for a wonderful night! Elly, Joe, and Ruby, come back soon!


Open to high school students and recent grads only. Registration required, register here. 

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


Joe Biel, one of Microcosm Publishing’s coolest dudes and one of our esteemed workshop leaders.

What pisses you off? What do you want to say about it? Zines give voice to the silenced and publicize stories that the mainstream media refuses to cover. By taking their rage to the page, zinesters not only find a way to articulate their perspective but also share their vision with the world. 

On Tuesday, September 2nd, the Zine aficionados from Microcosm Publishing in Portland will teach you how to turn the issues you care about into a powerful tool for social change. Or, you can  just learn how to use zines to tell a really good story. Take a look at the awesome time we had with Microcosm Publishing last year.

All participants who register will leave with a blank book to start their zine-making endeavors as well as the Microcosm Zine of their choice.

Don’t know what a zine is? Check out this lovely little film by Jacob Carroll:

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Pictures and Videos from the End-of-Summer Party

UPDATED 8/29: Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the fantastic summer evening with Sol Food, poetry, and prizes! Enjoy the pictures and some delightful videos of Billy and Chase killing it on stage (thanks, Clara!). 

I dare you to look at this picture and not get hungry

I dare you to look at this picture and not get hungry




“Surprise” guest, Sally!


I don’t really know what’s happening in this picture, but I love it all.




Our talented performers...

Our talented performers…

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Sweet Reads Book Club: Eleanor and Park

MONDAY July 7th, 2014 (Note: This is not taking place on a Thursday, it’s on a MONDAY). See you there!

Creekside Room, 7 PM


“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Nothing is quite as sweet as your first romance. Join us as we read Rainbow Rowell’s award-winning novel, Eleanor and Park, which follows the blossoming relationship between two misfits who are smart enough to know that first love rarely lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required. Register here. Find a copy of the book here.

About Eleanor and Park:

Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”-John Green, The New York Times Book Review Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says; we’re 16What about Romeo and Juliet?Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you; Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding,  he says. You should be. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2013. A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013. A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. An NPR Best Book of 2013

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First Thursday: Screen Printing Workshop Pictures

Huge thanks to Sam and James from Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design in Novato for teaching us the art of screen printing and helping us come up with our own designs!

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April 3rd, 2014 at 7 PM                          

imagesSee what it takes to make a concert poster come alive or a t-shirt stand out! In this hands-on workshop Sam Kraus, owner of Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design, will teach you the fundamentals of screen printing. You’ll learn everything from how to create the artwork to the process of printing. 

Everyone who registers will leave the workshop with their own screen-printed shirt. Registration required and space is VERY limited. Register here.

If registration is full, you can add your name to the wait-list here and we will notify you if space becomes available. 



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Slam Poetry Competition Pictures

Thank you to everyone who made the Slam Poetry Competition a rousing success! The 10 poets inspired, moved, and awed an audience of over 260 people. Below are a few photos from the event. If you have any photos you would like to share, please email them to me at Poems from the evening can be found here (I will add more poems as I receive them). Video of the event will be posted when it becomes available.

Pre-slam prep with pizza and our amazing emcee, Chinaka Hodge…

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A few poets…


photo credit: Matt Ross

photo credit: Matt Ross


photo credit: Matt Ross

photo credit: Matt Ross



In front of a huge crowd…insta crowdshot

Photo credit: Matt Ross

Photo credit: Matt Ross

Impressing judges…

photo credit: Matt Ross

photo credit: Matt Ross




photo credit: Matt Ross

photo credit: Matt Ross

A winner…


And a well-deserved standing ovation for all…



The applause and the accolades continued well after the competition was over….


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First Thursday: The Art of Comedy (pictures)

First, Dhaya broke us up into groups and asked us to brainstorm about people/events/anything we found funny. Why was it funny? 


Then, we watched clips from a variety of different comedians (Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Mitch Hedberg, Margaret Cho) and talked about what did…or didn’t make those comedians funny. 


Next, Dhaya explained different comedic devices. She talked about a joke she is working on and we discussed ways she could improve/expand the joke for one of her sets. 


Finally, everyone got a chance to stand up and perform a joke that they had workshopped in their respective groups.


Look at how brave Austenne is! She did a fantastic job, too!

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First Thursday: The Art of Comedy

The Art of Comedy with  Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 PM

dhayaarmsWhat is comedy? It’s stand-up, humorous story telling, making liquids come out of all the holes in your friends’ faces. In this interactive workshop comedic storyteller and stand up comic, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, (SF Bay Guardian’s Best Comedian, 2013; frequent storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgement and Katie’s totally awesome friend) will help participants explore the various facets of comedy as well as share her (hilarious) challenges and triumphs in the world of professional comedy. Registration required. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER ASAP! Register here.

Check out this video of Dhaya telling a hilarious story at the library here.

I had to include this picture just because it makes me laugh.

I had to include this picture just because it makes me laugh.

You can find more of  Dhaya’s stuff here

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First Thursday: Movie & Pizza (Easy A)

January 2nd, 2014; 7 PM; Creekside Room

Start 2014 with good food, good friends, and Emma Stone learning lessons the hard way in the hilarious film, Easy A. Easy AStefano’s Pizza provided. Registration recommended (so we know how much pizza to get for your hungry faces). Register here

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