Get out your calendars and start scribbling:
Thursday, March 6, 7-9 p.m. — Green presidential candidate and former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney headlines an evening of art, spoken word, humor, and music to celebrate International Women’s Day at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. Performers include Bushra Rehman, a Brooklyn-based Pakistani poet and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism; Brooklyn-based spoken word/performance artists Climbing PoeTree; and Oakland-based R&B world music singer Jennifer Johns.
Thursday, March 6, Noon — Political commentator and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers discusses her new book, “Why Women Should Rule the World,” at the Commonwealth Club of California’s offices, on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets cost $8 for club members, $15 for nonmembers or $7 students and are available through the club’s Web site.
Saturday, March 8, noon-1 p.m. — Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, holds another “Congress At Your Corner” meet-and-greet to hear constituents’ comments and concerns at the Safeway supermarket at 1801 W. 11th St. in Tracy.
Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m. — Israeli Gershon Baskin and Palestinian Hanna Siniora — both authors, activists and educators, and leaders of the first joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information — share a first-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the Kehilla Community Synagogue at 1300 Grand Ave. in Piedmont. This is part of a national tour sponsored by the national organization Brit Tzedek v’Shalom. A $10 donation is requested at the door.
Saturday, March 15, 9-11 a.m. — Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, cofounder of the Out of Iraq Caucus and member of the House Appropriations State Foreign Operations Subcommittee, hosts a special town-hall briefing on the fifth anniversary of the failed U.S. occupation of Iraq at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. in Oakland. The event includes a special screening of War Made Easy, a documentary exploring parallels between the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq.
Thursday, March 20, 5:30-9 p.m. — The Eden Area United Democratic Campaign holds its 10th Annual Democratic St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in the Carpenters Hall at 1050 Mattox Road in Hayward. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer will be the special guest, and state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, will emcee. Individual tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door; seniors and students, $20 in advance or $25 at the door; children 12 or under get in free. Patrons can pay $150 for four tickets; sponsors can pay $300 for a table of eight. For more information or reservations, 510-264-0444 or 510-635-3121 by March 17.
Thursday, March 27, Noon — U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey speaks on “Public Corruption and Public Confidence” before the Commonwealth Club of California at the Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard St. in San Francisco. Tickets cost $15 for club members, $30 for nonmembers or $7 for students and are available through the club’s Web site.
Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m. — Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry — distinguished and senior fellows, respectively, at the Hoover Institution — discuss “Toward a Nuclear-Free World” before the Commonwealth Club of California in the Gold Room of the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. in San Francisco. Tickets cost $15 for club members or $30 for nonmembers and are available at the club’s Web site.