Dinner and a Movie

Posted by on Nov 16 2008 | Tagged as: Announcements, Local Fun, Movies

Saturday November 22nd
potluck from 6-7:15pm
Movie starts at 7:15pm.
Movie: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (see synopsis below)
Location: Carol B’s house, 10060 Mary Ave NW, 789-8693
Contact: carolbarber@comcast.net

For those attending the potluck, people are encouraged to bring or prepare foods that are local or as local as possible. Let’s not be fascists about it, but be thoughtful about what you make or bring, and use it as an opportunity to understand where our food comes. Come prepared to talk about what you learned from the process.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
The DVD focuses on Cuba’s transition from an industrial petroleum-based society to a sustainable society, as a result of their loss of petroleum when their source, the Soviet Union, collapsed.

The goals of this film are to give hope to the developed world as it wakes up to the consequences of being hooked on oil, and to lift American’s prejudice of Cuba by showing the Cuban people as they are. The filmmakers do this by having the people tell their story on film. It’s a story of their dedication to independence and triumph over adversity, and a story of cooperation and hope. Several Cubans expressed the belief that living on an island, with its natural boundaries, breeds awareness that there are limits to natural resources.

“Everyone who is concerned about Peak Oil needs to see this film. Cuba survived an energy famine during the 1990′s, and how it did so constitutes one of the most important and hopeful stories of the past not just of individual achievement, but one of the collective mobilization of an entire society to meet an enormous challenge.”
Richard Heinberg, author of The Party’s Over, Powerdown
RUNNING TIME: 53 minutes
RELEASED IN 2006

Dinner and a Movie at Carol’s

Posted by on Sep 24 2008 | Tagged as: Announcements, Local Fun, Movies

Saturday, Sept.27
Potluck: 6:00 – 7:15pm
Movie: Showtime at 7:15pm: Who Killed the Electric Car? (description below)

Where: Carol’s house: 10060 Mary Ave NW (789-8693)
Kids welcome.

The Potluck: Please bring a dish to share, and if you are inclined, try to use ingredients that are grown or produced “locally.” — however you want to define that. Some think of local as West Coast, others as not further than Eastern Washington. No judgments will be cast! Let it be fun and come prepared to share what you learned.

Who Killed the Electric Car?
Amid ever-increasing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car — once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now fallen by the roadside. How could such an efficient, green-friendly vehicle fail to transform our garages and skies? Through interviews with government officials, former GM employees and concerned celebs (such as EV1 driver Mel Gibson), Chris Paine (former EV1 owner) seeks to answer the question.

COME!

Saturday Night at the Movies and Potluck This Weekend!!

Posted by on Jul 15 2008 | Tagged as: Movies

Sat. July 19:  potluck from 6-7pm;  Movie starts at 7:15pm.

Movie:  The End of Suburbia (see synopsis below)

Location:  Carol B’s house, 10060 Mary Ave NW, 789-8693

For those attending the potluck,  people are encouraged to bring or prepare foods that are “local” or “as local as possible.”   Let’s not be fascists about it, but be thoughtful about what you make or bring, and use it as a learning experience as we all strive to live our lives in a more sustainable manner.  Come prepared to talk about what you learned from the process.

Movie Synopsis: Since World War II, North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness.  Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.

But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.

The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today’s suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia?