Dia de los Muertos

October 25, 2014
Noon to 9:00pm

A free outdoor community event

VivaFest, in association with the National Hispanic University Foundation and Milagros Marketing presents a day of community celebration of this annual celebration of family and the roots of heritage. Join us for a day of remembrance with music, an arts expo and of course, community alters in honor of our families and loved ones.

For more information, please visit diasanjose.com

The Lineup


Location

St. James Park

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A conversation with Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer, moderated by Dr. Gloria Duffy

September 9, 2014 @ 7:00pm

A conversation with Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer, moderated by Dr. Gloria Duffy, co-presented with The Commonwealth Club of California

Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer are committed to supporting causes that champion good money, good food, and good energy systems. Their efforts include ventures such as Beneficial State Bank, a sustainable community development bank that provides fair and transparent banking products to communities in California, Oregon and Washington. They are also engaged in promoting sustainable animal agriculture and healthy food initiatives, as well as supporting organizations that are working to prevent climate disaster and preserve American prosperity.

This evening of conversation will be moderated by Dr. Gloria Duffy, the CEO of the Commonwealth Club. Join us as we learn about the impact of the Steyer’s work with our community and the environment.

Time

6:30pm – Doors
7:00pm – Program

Location

Mayer Theatre – Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara [ MAP ]

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased at the Commonwealth club website: www.commonwealthclub.org.

Discount Code – VIVAFEST

General Admission: $20 Members; $30 Standard
Premium Tickets: $40 members; $50 standard (priority seating and signed copy of book)
Students: $10 (with valid ID)

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A Series of Community Conversations

Presented in Association with the Commonwealth Club of California

 

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In 2014 VivaFest! launched a new collaboration with the Commonwealth Club to produce a series of compelling community conversations. We kicked this off with a fabulous event with Linda Ronstadt and we’ll program four more events this year. We hope you’ll join us to participate in compelling dialogue with community leaders, writers, and artists who are impacting our community for the good.

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A Conversation with Rita Moreno

October 17, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Rita Moreno – Actress, Singer, and Author of “Rita Moreno: A Memoir”

In conversation with Jan Yanehiro – Director, School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University

An extraordinarily talented star of stage and screen, Moreno is a force of nature. The Puerto Rican-born entertainer is one of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony as well as the National Medal of Honor.

Now, Moreno shares her story. From her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in West Side Story to her challenging role as a prostitute in Carnal Knowledge, from her stint on the children’s television classic “Electric Company” to her late-career triumph in HBO’s controversial series “Oz,” she will share tales of being a Hollywood survivor.

Learn about her tumultuous childhood, her career rise from “utility ethnic” to award-winning star, her explosive romance with Marlon Brando (and less than explosive romance with Elvis Presley), the ups and downs of her relationships and career, and finally finding peace with her choices and her life.

Time

6:30pm – Check In
7:00pm – Program
8:00pm – Book Signing

Location

Mayer Theatre – Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara [ MAP ]

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased at the Commonwealth club website: www.commonwealthclub.org.

Discount Code – VIVAFEST

General Admission: $20 Members; $30 Standard
Premium Tickets: $55 members; $65 standard (priority seating and signed copy of book)
Students: $10 (with valid ID)

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A Conversation with Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson

This Event Has Been Canceled

The Latino community is getting to know the uber talented Paul Williams – Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame Songwriter, President of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and Co-Author of “Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life”

Oscar-and Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Williams is an alcoholic. Successful screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson is not.

Together, these two close friends have written GRATITUDE AND TRUST: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life (Blue Rider Press / September 2014), applying the principles of the recovery movement to help countless individuals who are not addicts yet seek effective help with their difficulties — credit card debt, anger issues, a victim mentality — and pain. Williams and Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on Six Affirmations of Personal Freedom, to guide you toward conquering your vices, addressing personal dysfunction, and starting to brighten the darkest moods, to find contentment and happiness.

Williams, the multi-award-winning songwriter, actor, and performer, has embraced a traditional alcoholism recovery plan for more than two decades of sobriety. Jackson, a well-known TV and film writer—and veteran of many years of traditional therapy—though never an alcohol or drug abuser, has struggled with other negative behaviors to numb her pain such as men, cigarettes, and over-spending. Jackson realized that many of the tenets of Williams’s program could apply to her and in GRATITUDE AND TRUST, the authors answer the questions: What happens to those who face vexing problems yet are not full-blown addicts? Are there any lessons to be learned from the foundational and time-tested principles of the recovery movement?

Whether you’re tethered to your phone or you use food for comfort; whether you’re a perfectionist and can’t let things go or are too afraid to fail to even try; whether you can only find intimacy online or you’ve been involved in a string of nasty relationships—the first step toward feeling better about yourself and your life is the realization that you are what’s standing in your way. Williams and Jackson’s Six Affirmations of Personal Freedom include:
1. Something Needs to Change, and it’s Probably Me
2. I Don’t Know How to Do This But Something Inside Me Does
3. I Will Learn From My Mistakes and Not Defend Them
4. I Will Make Right the Wrongs I’ve Done Wherever Possible
5. I Will Examine My Behavior on a Daily Basis
6. I will live in Love and Service. Gratitude and Trust.

Together these affirmations make up a set of tools to break bad habits by recognizing the behavior and replacing it with a healthy routine. A routine that, if followed with consistency, will become your new way of life.

PAUL WILLIAMS is an Oscar-, Grammy-, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter (“Rainbow Connection,” “Evergreen,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”). Winner of a 2014 album of the year Grammy as a collaborator on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), he is a major public force in the recovery movement, a graduate of UCLA’s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program, and has served as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and counselor for the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), now the treatment wing of MusiCares. He has been a passionate public advocate for the recovery movement for the past twenty-four years.

TRACEY JACKSON wrote the films “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “The Guru,” and “The Other End of the Line,” among others. She has also written twelve TV pilots, and created the series “Babes” for Fox TV. Tracey wrote, directed, and starred in the controversial documentary “Lucky Ducks,” which can be seen on Amazon, Journeyman Docs, and pay for view. Her first book, Between a Rock and Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, came out in 2011 and was optioned for a TV movie by Lifetime. Tracey blogs on traceyjacksononline.com, and has blogged for Huffington Post, WOWOWOW, Society for Drug Free America, Tiny Buddha, and various other sites. She runs GratitudeandTrust.com with Paul Williams.
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