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7:30 PM19:30

MARISKA HARGITAY A Benefit for Joyful Heart Foundation (San Francisco)

Mariska Hargitay is best known for her role as Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which has earned her multiple awards, including an Emmy.  She has been on the show since its premiere in 1999, and has appeared in numerous other television shows, movies, and music videos, including Taylor Swift’s video for her single “Bad Blood.”  In 2004 she started the foundation Joyful Heart, which supports survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Most recently, Hargitay produced the HBO documentary I Am Evidence, which investigates the national crisis of untested rape kits, an issue that Hargitay has been interested in through her Law & Order role, for which she trained as a rape crisis counselor.  The documentary is set to be released in early 2018. This event is a benefit for Joyful Heart Foundation.



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7:30 PM19:30

Adam Gopnik (San Francisco)

The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik presents a one-man show of stories from his thirty years as a husband, father, and writer in New York City. Benefiting 826 Valencia’s College Scholarship program. Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His books include the essay collections Paris to the MoonThrough the Children’s Gate, and Winter: Five Windows on the Season; the children’s novels The King in the Window and The Steps Across the Water; and a book about cooking and eating, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food. He has received three National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for magazine writing. 




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1:30 PM13:30

Not in My Backyard (San Francisco)

Hosted by Coalition on Homelessness and Roxie Theater host a benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness! Gentrification, displacement, and the Bay Area housing crisis are the focus of short films and a panel of powerful speakers who will inform and inspire! Following our program of short films, the Coalition on Homelessness’ Homeless Speakers Bureau will discuss the present day housing challenges facing San Francisco. The Homeless Speakers Bureau is a group of powerful speakers who have all experienced homelessness, and are therefore experts on the crisis. For decades, the Coalition on Homelessness has developed the leadership skills of homeless San Franciscans to forge true solutions to the housing crisis and beat back mean-spirited attacks against them.

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7:00 PM19:00

Violin Tendancies at II Pirata w/special guest Eggplant Casino - proceeds benefit the ACLU

On Saturday April 29th at 8pm, my band and my friend's band are playing a benefit show, proceeds to ACLU. More info: Violin Tendencies at Il Pirata w/ Special Guest Eggplant Casino. SATURDAY SATURDAY SATURDAY!

We will be playing a joint show with Eggplant Casino (

Doors: 7pm
Music: 8pm
Line-Up: VT, EC

Given the strange times we are living in, this one will be a benefit show, with the option to make sliding scale donations at the door, $5-$15, 100% of which we will give to the ACLU; that said no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Come for the music. Stay for the french fries (and the eggplant).

Violin Tendencies is:
• Alison Murdock: Bass, Vocals
• Eric Elliott: Percussion, Vocals, More Cowbell
• Matthew Bullock: Guitars, Vocals
• Sarah Rosenberg: Violin, Vocals
• Samuel Shaw: Sound and Lights Tech, Puns

Eggplant Casino can and usually do include:
• Olive Mitra - Bass, Voice, Yetchnian Folklore
• Sig Hafstrom - Viola, Voice, Translations
• Andre Nigoghossian - Guitar, Saw, Automobile
• Daniel Heffez - Saxophones, Tasteless Jokes
• Carl Barone - Drum Set, Auxiliary Tasteless Jokes
• Jeff Hobbs - Violin, Trumpet, Flip Flops

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