On Saturday, October 4th the Rex Foundation, the non-profit, charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, presents an Open Conspiracy to Right the Boat, a benefit and gathering to inspire community connection and engagement. The event will feature the San Francisco Mime Troupe and special guest storyteller, Carolyn (Mountain Girl) Garcia. The Avalon Ballroom, 1268 Sutter Street at Van Ness, San Francisco, 7:30 pm; $15; Tickets through, Ticketmaster, and Rex Foundation office at 415-457-1296.

At a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, on December 12, 1965, a Palo Alto band called the Warlocks performed their very first show as The Grateful Dead. Thirty-nine years later, on October 4th, the Mime Troupe will return the favor, performing a benefit for the Dead's Rex Foundation at the historic Avalon Ballroom (the first benefit was at the Fillmore).

Facilitated by long time community/political activist Carolyn (Mountain Girl) Garcia, the evening brings to life the metaphor described in the Foundation's recent newsletter Perspectives on Community Engagement about the sailing ship "America" tipped too far in one direction by extreme political winds, able to be righted by the keel, comprised of the fundamental decency of "We the People." Our ship of state is perilously close to sinking in the depths of fear and despair.

In some modest way, this evening is an attempt to find, out of the experience of long time community/political activists, including Carolyn Garcia, Jodie Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace (, and the Mime Troupe, a place for avoiding that fate, and finding a rational basis for hope. An evening of thought provoking fun, where everyone will be entertained and gain a sense of the possibility for direct involvement to affect social change.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe will perform the acclaimed anti-war satire Veronique of the Mounties. Picture this: It's 2008 and the terror alert is on ultraviolet (so high you can't even see it!) The U.S. is on the brink of another war. The White House has liberated every country from Iraq to France, and has turned its eyes to the new enemy from the north, Canada. Only one woman stands in the way of all out war with the Canadians, and it's Veronique of the Mounties. Join the Troupe in their most rabble rousing social satire in many years.

Since 1984, Rex has granted over $7 million to over 900 programs, not only throughout the Bay Area but also across the United States and beyond. The Rex Foundation mission is to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere. More on the Rex Foundation at

[Published on: 9/16/03]

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