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EMERGENCY FUNDRAISER for Victims of Fire in Valparaíso, Chile. Sunday, April 27th, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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EMERGENCY FUNDRAISER for Victims of Fire in

Valparaíso, Chile

Sunday, April 27th
3pm to 9pm
Suggested donation: $5 to $100
Restaurant Valparaíso
1403 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA

Miguelito Martinez & Corazon Sur Quintet. Performing Sun. May 27. 8pm

Celebrating 15 Years! De Rompe y Raja Saturday August 27, 2011

Cultural organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Afro Peruvian arts. Conducted by Rosa Los Santos.

Lounge Rumba (Every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

rumba 2The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Free/Donations Encouraged

Lounge Rumba (at La Peña’s LOUNGE every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

rumba 2The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.


The People’s Mic

1013320_735678606464672_1787399228_nPeople’s Mic is a monthly event that cultivates expression reflective of its surrounding communities.Open Mic We support work that promotes critical thought, joy and inspiration. Come speak your story, share your poetry or music on the mic. Whether you are a performer or in need of inspiration please contribute your energy to this movement grounded in the power of art! (Limited amount of space on performance list please arrive early to sign up!)

Doors at 7:30, event starts at 8pm.

Sugar in the Salt: Eli Conley, Koralie “K Sugar” Hill, and Maia Papaya

$8 Adv, $10 Door




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La Peña welcomes our friends songwriters Eli Conley, Koralie Hill (The Skinny String Band) and Maia Papaya (Hip for Squares) as they debut their new indie folk trio, Sugar in the Salt. Opening the show will be Lost Angeles acoustic duo The Velopheliacs, on tour celebrating the release of their debut album, Hinterlands.

Sugar in the Salt is a newly formed indie folk trio featuring songwriters Eli Conley (guitar, vocals), Koralie “K Sugar” Hill (accordion, banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Maia “Papaya” Wiitala (upright bass, guitar, vocals). With their luscious three-part harmonies and swelling strings, these three friends serve up songs that will touch your salty heart and sugar up your funny bone.

Members of Sugar in the Salt have graced stages across the Bay Area including the Freight and Salvage, Cafe du Nord, and the San Francisco Trans March, not to mention countless livings rooms
and protest rallies. Now they are joining forces as a queer folk band that just wants to have fun!

Koralie Hill was a founding member of The Skinny String Band and queer folk-punk duoSugarInTheSaltKoralieHillSnack Time, where she was known for her quirky lyrics and considerable talent as a multi-instrumentalist. Maia Papaya is an experienced bass player and hip hop MC who is stepping up to the mic as a songwriter in her own right. She is a hilarious performer whose songs bring out the catchy pop side of Sugar in the Salt’s sound. Eli Conley has been making a name for himself in the Bay Area songwriter scene for several years with his soulful voice and rootsy songs. Eli and Maia have often teamed up in the past, most recently on tour in support of Eli’s debut album, At The Seams.

When Sugar in the Salt gets together to play, you can always count on a sweet time!

Opener Bio:

The Velopheliacs formed in May of 2013 in Los Angeles when two friends, Dylan and Sydney, decided to get together and write. During their first night writing together, they composed “Emilea”, which introduced the band’s “beautiful and haunting” musical aesthetic and would be their first official single. Soon after, photos were being taken, an email address was created, and their first show was booked. After the first show, the duo became focused with writing more songs, playing more shows, and recording their debut album, Hinterlands.

TheVelopheliacsAfter the single, “Emilea”, was released, The Velopheliacs met with producer/engineer John Would ofStanley Recordings (Fiona Apple, Warren Zevon, True Blood) and set a date to record the full length album. Recording took place December 2013-February 2014 at Stanley Recordings in Silverlake, CA, and the album was released June 21 2014.



Teach, Breathe, Learn

Mindful Community Flyer 2.0-page-0Mindful Peacebuilding presents a book launch unlike any other! Come and build mindful community with Bay Area musicians, educators and activists at Berkeley’s La Peña Cultural Center as they celebrate the publication of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom (Parallax Press) by international educator Meena Srinivasan. The event is free and open to anyone interested in mindfulness, peace building, and social justice. Artists will offer music from the heart, there will be an inspiring reading from Teach, Breathe, Learn and a panel with local mindful educators will share their wisdom on building mindful community. There will be a table with mindful education resources and an opportunity to purchase books from Parallax Press. Café La Peña will be open during the event to purchase food and drink. 

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Meena Srinivasan is the author of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom and a thought leader in the field of mindfulness in education. A contributor to United Nations publications on inclusive education, she earned a Masters degree in Education from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Amherst College. She has taught middle and high school students in Brazil, India and California and currently works for the Oakland Unified School District’s Social Emotional Learning & Leadership Team. Meena is a student of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh and was involved in the creation of his bestselling book Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, was Core Faculty of the Mindful Education Institute, and served on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s exhibit, Yoga: The Art of Transformation. 

Francisco ‘Pancho’ Ramos Stierle is a Mexican-born former astrophysics student turned full-time community activist and humanitarian. He has a deep mindful meditation practice and became a known figure of the Occupy movement after being arrested while meditating during the dismantling of the Occupy Oakland Camp. Pancho was previously a doctoral student of astrophysics at the University of California at Berkeley, but when he realized his work would serve as one of the institution’s facades to create “safer nuclear weapons,” he resigned from the program, stopped cooperating with the university and became involved in community organizing. An avid student of Gandhi, Pancho believes that “if we are working for liberation, we better stop paying for war,” and that his energy would be better used encouraging “matching the collective madness with a collective love. 

JG Larochette, Founder & Executive Director of the Mindful Life Project was recently featured on the Katie Couric show, highlighting efforts to bring mindfulness to children in Richmond, CA. He was born and raised in Berkeley, CA and then went on to attend Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, where he received his B.S. in Psychology and was a 4 year scholarship player on the baseball team. After graduating from SMC, he felt a deep desire to work with children in underserved communities in the Bay Area. He’s worked at Sports4Kids (now Playworks) in Oakland and Richmond, and holds a Bilingual Teaching Credential. As a classroom teacher he built invaluable relationships with students, families and community implementing culturally relevant pedagogy, with an emphasis on the social-emotional aspect of the students. He a very committed mindfulness practice that he is passionate about sharing with the world. JG brings a deep passion for equity, social justice, peace, and community unity. In creating Mindful Life Project he wants to help provide a space where all students feel valued, empowered and loved. 

Theo Koffler is dedicated to social impact, and founded Mindfulness Without Borders, a non-profit that focuses on advancing Social and Emotional Learning and secular mindfulness in educational, healthcare and corporate settings. The primary focus is strengthening the essential skills and practices that enable young people, educators and professionals to connect with the present moment and use this awareness to bolster attention, regulate emotions and build resilience to stress. MWB’s core programs are offered in a variety of formats, such as in-school councils, in-person workshops and online learning. From 2007-2013, MWB programs crossed over eight international borders, including United States, Canada, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Israel, Jamaica, and Botswana and served more than 4,000 youth in 60+ high schools, 1,500 educators and 600 health professionals. In 2013, MWB launched its first-ever online certification program that enables people across the globe to receive the training needed to bring its evidence-based programs to the youth in their respective community. In 2014, the first cohort of online graduates expanded the youth program to an additional 15+ new cities around the world. Theo has served on several boards and advisory committees including the Hawn Foundation, Inner Kids, and the Garrison Institute – where she co-authored the first-ever mapping report on Contemplation and Education in K-12 Educational Settings in the United States. 


Young Whan Choi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and has his Master’s in Teacher Education from Teachers College. His passion is to make schools places that validate young people, their families, their culture and their history. He wants all students to understand and value their ancestral roots, possess self-awareness, and act compassionately to address injustice. He has led the development of a national online Ethnic Studies curriculum and co-chaired Oakland Unified School District’s Ethnic Studies Task Force. Through his work in public schools in New York City, Providence, RI, and Oakland, CA, he has developed expertise in classroom instruction, curriculum design, work-based learning, and teacher professional development. Since 2007, he has practiced mindfulness in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. Currently, as the Civic Engagement Coordinator in Oakland Unified School District, he is leading an initiative to ensure that all high school students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and habits to be active members of their community. 


Aaron Ableman (aka A-Natural) is a widely celebrated entertainer, author, and ecologist. He has worked with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cypress Hill, Raffi, K’NAAN, Joan Baez, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Les Nubians, amongst many others. From India to Haiti, he has produced award-winning education and entertainment programs for children and youth. His life and work have been heralded in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, MTV, CNN, New York Times, Montreal Mirror, San Francisco Examiner, amongst others. Aaron is a Founder/Chief Creative Officer at BALANCE Edutainment, a social enterprise that develops award-winning entertainment for children and families. He is also the author and co-creator of the celebrity-studded children’s musical, Pacha’s Pajamas. 

Broderick Rodell is an educator of human potential, musician and martial artist. He also has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. Broderick is a dedicated student and practitioner of yoga. He feels that his daily, personal practice is the means by which he is able to express his highest self in service to others. In his yoga classes, workshops and retreats he incorporates knowledge gathered from the western sciences of psychology, physiology and anatomy to compliment the rich yoga science from India.

Son Jarocho Workshop with Mono Blanco

son jarocho flyer4 (4)-page-0The Son Jarocho workshops at La Peña happen every Thursday, and this week Mono Blanco will be teaching!

Learn fundamentals in jarana, zapateado, canto, and some percussion in a holistic approach to studying son jarocho.  These classes are a continuation of PAZ: Fandango Urbano and are opportunities to get together and discover the protocols associated with fandango and the practice of a community music.

As our friends and master artists from Veracruz come through the Bay Area, they will be invited to give the classes.

Revolutionary Skype Session: Brazil

brazil-flyerWhat did Brazil’s workers’ struggle look like leading up to the World Cup? Sao Paulo metro workers, Rio de Janiero airport workers and bus drivers in Natal all went on strike while huge popular mobilizations were held throughout the country. 

Join Advance the Struggle and La Pena 2nd Generation for this skype conversation with Ian Steinman, activist in Rio de Janerio, about this wave of struggle in Brazil, its relationship to the world’s most popular event, and the current state of the movement as the cup comes to an end.

This is a FREE event sponsored by:

Advance the Struggle:


La Peña 2nd Generation

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