Event date: 
Sunday, May 26, 2024 - 5:00pm
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Zen in the Vernacular



An intimate fundraising event in support of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center's commitment to celebrating and nurturing the culture, enrichment, and overall well-being of our community!

SCCC is thrilled to present an unforgettable conversation featuring two esteemed guests: Award-winning radio host, Michael Krasny, known for his insightful interviews and thought-provoking discussions on KQED's "Forum," and International bestselling author and Emmy-award winner, Peter Coyote, whose work has captivated audiences across the globe!

This special event promises to be an evening of inspiration, enlightenment, and engaging dialogue. Your support will directly contribute to the vital programs and initiatives offered by the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center.

Together, let's continue to cultivate a vibrant and thriving community.

Peter Coyote has performed as an actor for some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers, including Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski, Pedro Almodovar, Steven Spielberg, Martin Ritt, Steven Soderberg, Sidney Pollack and Jean Paul Rappeneau. Peter was the co-host of the Academy Award show with Billy Crystal in 2020.

He is a double Emmy-Award winning narrator of over 160 documentary films, including Ken Burns acclaimed The Roosevelts, for which he received his second Emmy nomination in July 2015. Other Ken Burns documentary films include National Parks, Prohibition, The West, the Dust Bowl and Vietnam, The History of Country Music, Ben Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, The Holocaust and America.

Peter has written five books including the international bestseller Sleeping Where I Fall, The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education which reached second on the Marin County bestseller list. His third book, entitled The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet the Buddha, outlines a long-standing series of classes he runs using acting, improvisation and masks to induce temporary ego-free states and is based on Peter’s work as a Zen Buddhist student of over 40 years.

In 2011, he was ordained a priest, and in 2015 “transmitted” by his teacher and is now an independent Zen teacher with the authority to ordain priests himself. He is and has been engaged in political and social causes since his early teens and his primary concerns are the environment, voting rights and security of elections, and the threat of nuclear weapons and energy production

Michael Krasny, PhD, is recently retired as Professor Emeritus of English at San Francisco State and served for nearly a quarter of a century as the host of Forum, on KQED public radio, where he was the recipient of many awards and interviewed most of the nation’s leading writers, politicians and thinkers. He is the author of a number of books, including Off Mike, Spiritual Envy and Let There Be Laughter, as well as co-author of Sound Ideas.

Event Location: 
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
390 Morris St
Sebastopol, CA 95472


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