It's a Quaker Meeting on Thursday at San Francisco Friends' School at 5, and I understand there's also candle lighting, of one kind or another (I overheard), safety-wise ... to be seen. I'll let you know about El Techno later, as well. M and R are lovely and philosophical, with a little bit of Stanford, Santa Cruz and Holland thrown in. :) Perhaps we can all share a meal there or elsewhere at some time in the future. 'L'Orient' ... oui.
I'm heading out Saturday for points' east, arriving in India - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/India#World_University_and_School_Links - on 12/28 at 1am, returning to the SFBA on Sunday, January 19th ... transformed once again for life by the sometimes mind-blowing and ever tolerant (things can get a little hot under the collar there - but "The Emergency (India)" in the mid-1970s was their darkest hour - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emergency_(India) - in recent times) cultural variety - linguistically and musically, too - but especially religiously, as well as artistically ... mother India. Know of any Quakers or Meetings in Chennai (Madras) or Kolkata (Calcutta)?
This popped into my email box from the Yale University Youtube channel -
"Revisiting Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Conversation with Partha Chatterjee"
recently, which you might be interested in. I heard Partha Chatterjee, a professor at Columbia and a Bengali (whom you may well know), speak at Stanford within the past 9 months, and he touches on many anthropological themes with his focus on the Nation State here. I've added this to the Bangladesh, wiki, subject page at World University and School - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bangladesh#World_University_and_School_Links - which is the beginning of an online, C.C., accrediting, MIT OCW-centric, Bangladesh World University and School in Bengali eventually - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bengali_/_Bangla. Listen particularly to the fascinating and very clear introduction of the Chatterjee interview, if you have 10 minutes ... :)
Any travel plans in the next few weeks for you?
Merry, merry here in the berry, and happy, happy, too, :)