Sunday, April 2, 9:00 a.m.  Temenos Talk by Kim Domenico  Ending the Secret & Demoralizing Alliance with Victimhood: Toward An (Spiritually) Initiated Politics This talk takes off from something Martin Luther King, Jr. told his followers (paraphrased): "We have the right to sit where we want (i.e., at lunch counters or in buses), and we have a duty to sit where we want."  The shift from talk about rights to one focused on duty is the shift from struggling as (or on behalf of) wronged victims to standing up for what is morally right as dignified men and women.  We can each participate in this shift - in many ways a paradigmatic, transformational  shift - once we let go of the religiophobia that pervades the secular left that keeps people from looking within, from learning to trust intuition and instinct, and from relying seriously on imagination.  Join us and engage in a conversation that goes deeper than the usual political discussion.
 “In its most extreme form, our constitutional rights are reducible to the right not to have to love our neighbor." (Curtis White, The Spirit of Disobedience).

The First Week in April:

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.  Herbal Study Group:  Medicinal and Edible Herbs of Spring in Upstate NY  Presenter, Hillary-Joy Pitoniak, President of the Northeast Herbal Association. 

Are you interested in learning about all the wonderful herbs growing here in the Mohawk Valley?  Would you like to forage for edibles from your backyard or a nearby woods?  If so, please join us at the April Herbal Study Group for a discussion of the herbs of spring.

Learn about wild and cultivated herbs that grow in central New York, which parts of the plant are used, when and how to harvest, preservation and preparation methods, where to source seeds, and where to find the plants in the wild.  Slides will be used to identify plants, to share recipes and to offer suggestions for reading/reference.  Donations welcome; all are welcome regardless.

Friday, April 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sacred Spaces In Transition, photography by Robert Knight. Don't miss the opening reception for what promises to be a fascinating show of work by this outstanding  photographer.

Ayers' book on sale at the Cafe Domenico:

Demand the Impossible!, by Chicago activist Bill Ayers, a book about responding with spirit, imagination and action to our extraordinary times is available now, in time to be read before Bill's visit to The Other Side on May 24.   Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink, calls it "a strong shot of inspiration for anyone searching for deep social transformation."  Author and blogger Chris Hedges says of Ayers' book, "[he] reminds us that radical social change... is begun and sustained not by the practical, but by a messianic vision, one that is worth fighting and even dying to achieve." Another reviewer writes, "This is a deeply refreshing book, reminding us that the core principles of... peace, justice, freedom, equality are the joyous work of the creative imagination in everyday life." (W.J.T. Mitchell)
On May 24, Ayers will speak at The Other Side with his wife Bernardine Dohrn, in The Big Conversation lecture series established in honor of local activist Sunithi Bajekal (1933-2014) Proceeds from sale of the book (offered on a sliding scale of $12 to $15) go to The Other Side.

Blues Event Promises Great Entertainment Next Sunday (not a TOS event)

unday, April 2, 4:30 p.m.Mohawk Valley Blues Society hosts  Harmonica Blowout Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson II.  Tribute features harmonica virtuosos Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, and Magic Dick.  They'll be backed by Golden State-Lone Star Revue featuring Anson Funderburgh, RW Grigsby and others.  Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door, Get tickets online at

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