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SOLD OUT! (De)mystifying Decriminalization with Ismail Ali from MAPS and Sound Escape Experience

January 17 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

$10.59 – $30.59
Ismail Ali Community Meeting

(De)mystifying Decriminalization with Ismail Ali from MAPS and Sound Escape Experience?

SFPS is proud to announce the one-year anniversary talk with Ismail Ali, Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), on (De)mystifying Decriminalization.?

The conversation about psychedelics has reached every level of government and is emerging at every corner of society. As cities around the United States deliberate about how to shift psychedelic policy in a more compassionate and progressive direction, entheogenic medicine is being discussed at dinner tables and at the UN. Our very own Oakland has led the way in mainstreaming a conversation about decriminalizing psychedelic plants and fungi, and 2020 promises a vivid discussion about what state-level systems of access could look like. We are in exciting times!

?What might these systems look like, and what options are being presented? What challenges and opportunities actually exist with local-level change, and how do they fit into the reality of federal enforcement or regulatory timelines? What additional social and cultural systems need to be in place as laws become less restrictive and protections increase? Under what conditions do trauma transformation and ecstatic manifestation become most possible?

Come learn? about Decriminalization from Izzy Ali, a leading policy director in the field of Psychedelics from MAPS, followed by a moderated Q&A, and a Sound Escape Experience! The night will continue with local showcase of ambient music and atmospheric soundscapes, conceived by local artists Jeddy Grant, Jake Padorr, Lumiere Alchemical, Jelly and Carri Newhouse. The word soundscape, in a completely natural sense, refers to the collective voice of an ecological system. It refers to all of the sound that reaches our ears in any given moment. The term is credited to R. Murray Schafer, who embraced and studied the sound of various habitats. It was his goal to encourage us to pay closer attention to the sonic fabric of our environments. Tapestries of sound will be tied together with fascinating liquid light shows and projections to create seamless atmospheres for the community to bathe in.

Get ready to be immersed into environments, seemingly worlds away!?

We will have a raffle sponsored by Source Chiropractic, Real Mushrooms and Care By Design. The talk will begin around 7 PM, doors open at 6:30. The talk will end after 9PM, and the Sound Escape will begin around 9:30PM.? When you arrive, please check in at the door. We are asking a $10-$20 donation to the society, $30 supporter tickets with preferred seating. Small limited amount of tickets at the door: $15.

Tickets are offered at a sliding scale, which means you have the option to pay for the amount that you can afford. We aim to keep all of our events accessible, and thank you for your continued support to keep this society functioning. All ticket sales final. Scholarship tickets available for disabled, low income, and veterans. Please contact us for details.?

San Francisco Psychedelic Society is evolving to have more frequent and diverse events in the Bay Area. We are looking forward to having you at our new home, The Haven Community: 3003 Telegraph Ave in Oakland 94609. Get involved and meet others!

Want to volunteer for this event? We would love your help! Contact us at sfpsvolunteer@gmail.com

About our speaker:

Ismail Lourido Ali is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he supports the development and implementation of strategies to create legal access to psychedelic substances in medical, sacramental, and personal contexts. Ismail is licensed to practice law in the state of California, and presently sits on the Advisory Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund. Ismail has previously served as Chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Board of Directors, and has worked for the ACLU of Northern California?s Criminal Justice & Drug Policy Project, as well as for the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he received his J.D. Ismail believes that entheogenic consciousness is a crucial piece of challenging oppression in all of its forms.

About the Artists and Musicians:

Jake Padorr takes the stage with his experimental & psychedelic soundscapes, the transportation to another world is instant. He crafts these scapes using his unique vocal sounds and guitar & bass explorations. Padorr seems to be a singular musical spirit with his art as he guides the listener on a ?cosmisonic? journey. These journeys have been known to consist of a spectrum of sounds, from droned, meditative vocal loops to ecstatic dance-worthy auditory tapestries of guitar loops. Padorr’s musical art incites a refreshing reflection on where we can all sonically journey together, as a collective, effervescent mind. Jake Padorr is a 25 year-old originally from the Midwest and lives in Cachagua Valley, in the Ventana Wilderness of California’s central coast, where he records experimental music in his cabin dubbed Sky Ranch Studios.

Jeddy Grant AKA Morticai is a Monterey born sound and geometric artist with a knack for innovation. His one of a kind approach to live looping and soundscaping guide those who are trusting to alternate spheres of experience. Through the use of found sound, various percussion and wind instruments, his voice and trusted bass guitar Grant creates lush ambient atmospheres to blanket his listener in and inspire a space for self reflection. Going hand in hand with his sonic cycles are his spirographic cycles and creative approach to geometric art. A leading creator and innovator of spirography, Grant spent the last year designing new spirograph kits with Canadian company Wild Gears while innovating new methods of application. Grant and the creative spirit of his work is sure to influence and have an impact on this new decade and era of art and conscious awakening.?

Lumiere Alchemical (Nelson Basden) began performing his 1960?s psychedelic-era styled liquid light shows in 1991. In recent years, he has incorporated manipulated video and other colored lighting. His unique self-crafted work often fills entire rooms to create a truly hypnogogic atmosphere. He has provided lights for such festivals as the 50th Anniversary of The Monterey Pop, but most often illuminates the stage for musical groups, including Wick recording artists, The Mystery Lights, and Burger recording artists, The Tomb Weavers. He is a founding member of The Erotic Eclectic, a literary multimedia performance art troupe, where he often works intimately with the creative director to brainstorm distinctive conceptions in which his lights, and sometimes music, are elementary essential.

Carri Newhouse shifts shapes within belly dance, lyrical, burlesque and flow arts. These take her from quiet P.G. to Burning Man. She is co-creator of HipNautic Flowers dance tribe and an integral member of The Erotic Eclectic, a literary based multimedia performance art?troupe.



January 17
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
$10.59 – $30.59
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