Holden Johnson-Booth
Holden Johnson-Booth

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.”

(Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist)

That said, rev the Harley and fasten the Oscar the Grouch toupee– Sesame Street turned 40! LA Times’ alphabet slideshow plays tribute to this revolutionary TV turf.

Around the neighborhood…

A is for apple

B is for bubble

C is for cross

D is for dig

E is for elder

F is for film

G is for giant

H is for history

I is for ice skate

J is for joy

K is for kick

L is for library

M is for music

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Image courtesy of Nikki McClure
Image courtesy of Nikki McClure

Needles and Pens is displaying original paper cut works by Nikki McClure. Her intricate images invoke greater space to imagine the edge of what is inherent and what urges radical change. Scenes of family life, activism and nature are reflected. We missed the book signing last Friday, but her books, journals and calendars are still for sale. Awake to Nap is a beguiling “almost-alphabet” board book for babies and adults, with its gorgeous high-contrast art and text, drifting and collecting moments of early parenthood.

McClure notes, “The alphabet was never finished intentionally: the naps were too short and life too thrilling to justify going all the way to Z…. We were too awake.” “Revive: A Collection of New Works By Nikki McClure” shows through Dec. 8th. Needles and Pens, 3253 16th St. (between Guerrero and Dolores). Open daily 12pm-7pm. Also, her poster prints, calendar and board books can be found at Modern Times Bookstore and Little Otsu.

Mission High students pontificate The Golden Rule in their own book and in the bathroom:“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” British Psychological Society Research Digest suggests how to increase in altruism in toddlers. Meanwhile here in Dolores Park, toddlers model stewardship of Gaia for adults. Feeling wooly? Read Laure Latham’s terrific tips on “throwing monster chaos” in local wilderness. Go ye forth and roar!

Image courtesy of Nikki McClure
Image courtesy of Nikki McClure

Events: (subject to change, confirm times)

They Might Be Giants: Mini Concert for Kids

Grammy award-winning band present a special treat for kids (and their adults)! Mini-signing and concert for their new sing-along story book. Move like a monkey, shake like a jelly bean, get down like a mole clown. Thur., Nov. 12. 4pm. Free. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. (near Belvedere)

The Velveteen Rabbit: Town Hall Reading

Margery Williams’ classic tale of nursery companionship and self-actualization will be read to children and their parents.   Special guest appearance by The Rabbit!  Fri., Nov. 13.  5pm.  Free.  ODC, 351 Shotwell St. (between 17th and 18th)

Native American Stories, Songs and Dance

Yaqui Indian Storyteller and Hoop Dancer Eddie Madril presents stories, songs and dance from Native American cultures. Fri., Nov. 13. 4pm-4:45pm. Free. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St. (at 24th)

Rapid Transit Acapella Live

Loosen up to the tight vocal harmonies of Rapid Transit Acapella. Fri., Nov. 13. 7pm-9pm. Free. Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores St. (at 18th)

Dancing Feathers 4th Annual Pow Wow

All-day “family dance special” of Native American traditional music, dance, vendors and more.  Hosted by Bear Spirits (Southern Drum) and Friendship House Drum Group (Northern Drum).   Sat., Nov. 14.  11am-6pm.  Horace Mann Middle School, 3651 23rd St. (at Fair Oaks)

Holiday Cooking Class for Parent/ Child

Learn how to make heavenly holiday treats with chef Roberta DesBouillons. Proper kitchen techniques and good nutrition are taught through demonstration and hands-on production. Menu includes spiced nuts, sweet potato pie, peppermint bark and walnut acorn cookies. Sat., Nov. 14. 9am-12pm. $75 child, $85 adult. Apron Strings, 1335 Guerrero (near 25th St.)

Henna for Teens

Tattoo you! An introduction to this ancient art of body adornment. Choose your own design and learn how to apply it with natural henna art or mendhi. Artist Charitie Bolling will show you how. Ages 12-18. Space limited; see website to RSVP and request signed parent/guardian permission form. Sat., Nov. 14. 3pm-5pm. Free. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St. (at 24th)

Garfield Square Youth Soccer Skills Competition

Get a kick supporting local soccer players! Free food and other fun activities. Presented by Recreation and Park Dept., Neighborhood Parks Council, and City Fields Foundation. Sun., Nov. 15. 2pm-5pm.  Free.  Garfield Square Park (25th St. and Treat)

Community Music Center Children’s Chorus and Teen Chorus

Got glee? Musical kids and teens perform a zesty array of Broadway favorites and songs from around the world. Sun., 4:30pm. Free. Nov. 15. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. (between 20th and 21st)

Coming up:

Ancestor’s Wisdom Intentional Community Gathering on Nov. 22.

The Greatest Bubble Show On Earth on Nov. 27, 28, 28 and Dec. 6.

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