Thursday, May 29, 2014

“Breaking Bad” Theology? The Message Church Launches Message Lecture Series

“Breaking Bad” Theology?
 “Breaking Bad” Theology?
 The Message Church Launches Message Lecture Series
 based on hit AMC TV show
to help people not to become “Walter Whites” in real life
5-week series held at Century movie theaters in San Mateo
 seeks to help people examine choices in life

Vince Gilligan almost didn't create the series Breaking Bad because it was such an "odd, dark story." Why it became a hit show is still an anomaly to Vince, but not to millions of viewers who clearly identify with Walter White, the show's main character whose moral values decline steadily and dramatically over the course of 5 seasons.  

That's why The Message Church is using Walter and his meth lab for their new series starting this Sunday, June 1. The church meets at the Century 12 movie theaters in downtown San Mateo. Each Sunday gathering will consist of live music, video clips, and engaging talks designed to help attenders examine life choices, and their consequences, in an entertaining atmosphere.

"This story is fascinating because we think we're above that moral downfall, when in reality everyone is capable of breaking bad at any point in their lives," says Gabe Rodriguez, a Bay Area marketing professional who will be a speaker in the series. "Cooking and selling meth from an RV seems extreme, but three wrong turns will place anyone 180 degrees from normal and acceptable behavior."

In addition to Mr. Rodriguez the other presenters will be Dan Youmans, a Bay Area graphic designer, and Beto Carvalho, who serves as the church’s pastor – all three are avid Breaking Bad fans. “We’ll look at Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Skyler, Tuco, every character, as a fun way to learn about choice and consequences, but the core concepts will still come from the Bible”, says Mr. Youmans.

This unusual church, which meets in a San Mateo movie theater, is known for using controversial techniques to teach the Bible. A past series called "F#*-get You" was aimed at turning aggression into forgiveness. The recently completed "Happy" series – based on Pharrell Williams' song – brought in a guest therapists from a local counseling center to discuss depression and stress.

Mr. Carvalho thinks the Bad series will be one of the best, but insists, “The goal is still the same, to aid people in positive life change – and if art with depth, like Breaking Bad, can help us understand timeless truth, all the better”. If anything, it will be interesting to see how the Walter White character fits into the biblical lessons. Odd and dark scriptures are sure to emerge and it's anybody's guess how sideways this series will go.   

All are welcome, but please leave your meth labs at home.

Sundays, 10:00 AM

Century 12 Theaters

320 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

‘Crazy Handful of Nothin’
Bad choices and worse consequences

Going ‘Down’
One choice is all it takes

Caballo ‘Con’ Nombre
Killer sins

The Crazy ‘Hermanos’ Are Coming For You
The day of reckoning is inevitable

The Grand Finale

Valerie Kerr
The Message Church
(650) 242-5919

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Poet and the Artist in Aphrodite’s Garden Liminal, Lyrical, Lucid. Liminal Art & Poetry Exhibit and Events

The Poet and the Artist in Aphrodite’s Garden - Liminal, Lyrical, Lucid
June 5 – July 19, 2014
Gallery Preview Reception: 
Thursday, June 5, 6-8pm
First Friday Opening Reception, Fri, June 6, produced by Warehouse 416 during the Oakland Art Murmur
DJ and full bar

The Liminal Art Salon® at Warehouse 416
416 26th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

The Liminal Art Salon® presents The Poet and The Artist in Aphrodite’s Garden: Liminal, Lyrical, Lucid, an artistic collaboration of artist Jais Booth and award-winning poet Bronton Cheja. The duo invite you to enter Aphrodite’s Garden*, an exhibit celebrating the interrelated lines of connection from automatism, the unpremeditated or unconceptualized art of surrealism, to liminalism, or liminal art. The exhibit shows the ability of the artist/poet to transmit states of being that are beyond the threshold (Latin limen) of ordinary human consciousness. The liminal is that which is in between the literal reality word of here/now and spirit worlds, the higher, deeper dimensions of existence.
*symbolizing the Mind, or consciousness of Love

Jais Booth and Cheja have collaborated on exhibits before through the Red Door Gallery & Collective (Myth, Magic, Mystery, 2009) and the Liminal Art Salon® (Oracle: Visionary Art Expressing the Prophetic Voice, 2011). Both are inspired by a Muse that compels deeper exploration and tells a story, inviting you to enjoy art and poetry that has depth and light dancing together, works that express the ineffable. This show, from the original founders of the Liminal Art Movement, will fascinate your soul’s longing for beauty and meaning.

In addition to the Preview and First Friday, the gallery is open each Saturday from 1-5pm

Artist: Jais Booth
Award-winning Poet: Cheja
Co-founders of the Liminal Art Salon®

Liminal: The hero’s journey, crossing threshold into enlightened service
Lyrical: The musical word
Lucid: Clear perception of higher/deeper realms beyond appearance

Closing Ritual Ceremony & Party
Love &; Fire, Rock Poetry Nite
Saturday, July 19, 7-9pm

Additional June and July Saturday Events, 3-5 pm:
Liminal Art Salons on art, mind, the liminal,
entheogens, love and beauty.
June 14: Poetry & Art Event
June 21: Liminal Art Salon
June 28: Life Path of the Artist: Ralph Metzner, PhD
July 12: Liminal Art Salon

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Alameda Sangha Guest Teacher, Ayya Tataloka.May 25 7pm-9pm

Alameda Sangha May 25  7pm-9pm
Guest Teacher, Ayya Tataloka.
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave.,Alameda,
Learn more about Ayya Tataloka and path of a bhikkhun 

Abbess of Dhammadharini Vihara in the Santa Rosa and the Aranya Bodhi Hermitage on the Sonoma Coast in Northern California, Ayya Tataloka provides spiritual guidance and monastic mentorship in conjunction with hermitage prioress Venerable Sobhana Bhikkhuni.Venerable Tathaaloka Theri is the second Western woman to be designated as Theravadan Bhikkhuni preceptor (Pavattini/Upajjhaya), and she has contributed to the going forth and full ordination of women as bhikkhunis in the USA, Australia, India and Thailand. She also serves as a Senior Monastic Advisor to the Dhammadharini Support Foundation, the Alliance of Bhikkhunis and Sakyadhita USA.

Alameda Sangha
Every Sunday, 7pm-9pm
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave.,
Alameda, CA 94501
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Just Listed-The Jordan Residence-Unique Design by Ace Architects in Upper Rockridge Oakland USA

The "Jordan Residence" 
Designed by Ace Architects

6356 Broadway Terrace
Oakland California 

A well known Upper Rockridge landmark, The Jordan Residence was designed by Ace Architects and inspired by early 20th century works of Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan.  The Jordan Residence has been extensively written about in various magazines including Metropolitan. The house is on the cover of Ten Houses by Ace Architects published in 2000, and in other books as well.

Near Lake Temescal, Schools, Rockridge shops Broadway Terrace, Oakland CA
  Square Feet:1,334   
  Year Built:1994 - Commissioned


Design Notes From Ace Architects website

This unique, one-of-a-kind house, built for a newspaper publisher and her daughter. replaced a 1920's era Spanish Colonial Revival cottage, lost in the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.

Architecturally, the house is related to Maybeck's Hearst Hall. His client, Phoebe Hearst, was, like Dixie Jordan, a woman in publishing. Hearst Hall, built in 1899, moved to the UC Berkeley Campus in 1901, and, like Dixie's former house, was consumed by fire, in 1922.

The Jordan Residence holds the street at arm's length, while curling around a sunny backyard patio. The living room is one big room - a great, 'Gothicky', vaulted space, supported on wooden ribs. This room faces a terrace above the street.

An upstairs tower houses the daughter's bedroom. 

The path to this bedroom is along stairs over the space of the great, vaulted room.

The dining room opens to quiet backyard, through a wooden trellis, whose pieces are carved to resemble dragons' heads.

At the exterior, the house is fashioned from unpainted rough stucco, copper clad asphalt shingles, and redwood beams.

The interior of the Jordan Residence is rendered in polychromatically-stained wood and wood chip panels, as well as copper-clad asphalt shingles. The face of the fireplace re-uses 1920's decorative ceramic tile salvaged from the ruins of the owner's earlier house. 

The interior balcony is a landing on the stair to the tower. The Gothic-designed cut-out railing is fashioned from color-stained pine boards. Curved ribs supporting the walls and roof are finished in color-stained oriented strand board, a wood material made largely of recycled material. 

For information about this listing, please contact Peter Nicolopoulos 
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 
6137 La Salle Ave
Oakland, CA 94611 
Office: (510) 339-4700  
Mobile: (510) 220-7015  
Business: (510) 339-9780 Fax: (510) 339-0986