Before Laurie Brookner adopted Kate, she knew her as only as a blown-up, photocopied photograph. On the photograph was a Chinese name: Yu Mingren. Anxiously, Laurie traveled all the way to Jiangsu in China to adopt her. Soon Mingren became Kate. As Laurie held Kate in her arms, she was filled with utmost joy—mixed with a dash of sadness that her daughter would never know her Chinese birth mother. Fifteen years later, Kate and Laurie came to the StoryCorps booth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Kate wanted to ask her mom what it was like when she saw her for the first time.
Here’s something we can all agree on: Space is really big. That’s the lesson the band known as Lumerians wants listeners to know. They won’t ask you to dance. Instead, they ask you to “submit to your own subconscious desire to.”
Lumerians will be appearing at The New Parish in their hometown of Oakland on Friday, October 24th. Plan to get spacey around 9:00 p.m.
The music of Seth Augustus has been described as "sharp, black diamonds flicking with their own sinister twinkle," "urban swamp music for which dark alleys and basement speakeasies were surely invented," and "the music God hears in his sleep when He has a high fever." Seth performs live in the Fog City Blues studio this Wednesday, 10/22 at 9 pm.
The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become something of a superstar in America. He is known for his provocative artwork, his outspoken critique of Chinese policy, and for his imprisonment by the Chinese government.
Ai has been under house arrest in Beijing since 2011, but that has not stopped him from making work internationally. He just opened a massive and unprecedented installation, @Large, on the former prison island of Alcatraz.
As head of the Catholic Social Justice group network, Sister Simone Campbell, who is a nun, worked for immigration reform, healthcare, and economic justice. In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was being debated in Congress, she wrote a letter in support of the bill, and was able to get 60 signatures from religious orders in the US on it.