If you’re in San Francisco October 14, don’t miss the Rainforest Action Network’s annual REVEL event—a celebration of RAN’s 30 years of victories for our planet. The spectacular evening includes a gourmet vegan dinner followed by music from Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, and others—as well as a special appearance by actor Chris Noth. For tickets and more information, please visit RAN’s website.
The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Alamo were recently named the 23rd World Heritage Site—and the National Parks Conservation Association is ready to celebrate! From October 16-18, join NPCA in Texas for a formal ceremony, music, tours, exhibits, and more. Check NPCA’s website for details about these and other events across the country as NPCA gears up for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts holds its 18th Annual Golf Tournament on October 20 in Lansdowne, VA. The tourney features breakfast, a day on the golf course, a luncheon with live music, and a raffle benefiting Wolf Trap’s arts and educational programs. For more information and tickets to this day of outdoor fun, visit Wolf Trap’s website.
Tickets are selling fast for the Kennedy Center’s annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor gala. This year’s event, honoring comedian Eddie Murphy, will be held October 18 and feature performances from Dave Chappelle, Kathy Griffin, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo, Chris Rock, and other Murphy colleagues and friends. As always, the gala performances will be broadcast later on TV, so check the Kennedy Center’s website for tickets and broadcast information.
Newark, NJ, is celebrating its 350th anniversary, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is getting in on the fun! NJPAC will partner with the Newark History Society to present a series of talks from now through June 2016. First up on October 19 is a panel discussion of Newark’s previous celebrations of momentous anniversaries (1916, 1966, etc.), including rousing displays of civic pride. Visit NJPAC’s website for more information, tickets, and a preview of the lecture series.
You won’t find seafood any fresher than at the Great Baltimore Oyster Festival on October 24, co-hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Taste test five varieties of oysters and other specialty foods, take a tour of an oyster boat, and enjoy live music all afternoon. Please RSVP by October 21 at CBF’s website (so they’ll know how many oysters to harvest!).
Farm Sanctuary is pulling out all the stops for its 15th annual gala on October 24 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. In true Farm Sanctuary fashion, the organizers want attendees to know that they’re serious about “black tie optional,” writing, “Feel free to add some whimsical farm element to your attire.” The important thing is to celebrate the accomplishments of Farm Sanctuary’s honorees, as well as the organization’s 29 years of rescuing and protecting farm animals. For tickets, more information, and ideas for suitable attire, visit Farm Sanctuary’s website.
At 80 years old, Kay WalkingStick, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry, has never had a comprehensive show of her work—until now. The National Museum of the American Indian will present Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist from November 7, 2015, through September 18, 2016. This exhibit will feature more than 65 works from WalkingStick’s 40+ years of artistry, including paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, her famous diptychs, and recent paintings of landscapes and Native places. For more information, visit NMAI’s website.
And to end our client news on an appropriately seasonal and spooky note, NMAI will hold its annual Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead Festival on October 31 and November 1. Dia de los Muertos is an ancient indigenous celebration that honors our ancestors and the cycle of life. The all-day event is free and includes food, crafts, and performances throughout the Museum. For more information, visit NMAI’s website.