Kirsi will show GRS 6: A Private Pilot, to give all of us a chance to see what shale gas drilling looks like from the air, as well as her latest episodes, GRS 14: Sustainable Farmers and GRS 13: Renewable Energy Experts. And one of these experts, Carnegie Mellon green chemist Terry Collins, is slated to join us, as well! We'll have time for discussion of each film, and may show other segments depending on how the time goes.
Kirsi Jansa is an independent filmmaker and journalist, as well as a Salon regular. She is originally from Finland, but has been living in Pittsburgh since 2008. She previously worked as a freelance broadcast journalist for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, from the anchor chair to walking trails, after earning a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Public Health at the University of Tampere.
All are welcome to come watch, converse, make music, and enjoy shared food and drink along with a fire in the masonry heater and candles to entice the sun's return: it will be Candlemas, also known as St. Brigid's Day or Imbolc -- and traditionally half of a household's food, fuel, and fodder should remain to last until the new crops come in. Ours are still being harvested, so I guess we're doing pretty well for modern-day folk.
3-10 p.m. at Maren's house in Squirrel Hill. (Please don't arrive before 3pm; we plan on introducing Kirsi beginning around 4pm.) Please email me to RSVP (important for yesses and maybes, please do so each time -- it helps greatly in several ways. Among other things, attendance varies from 25 to 75, and it helps to have a handle on numbers in advance; also, weather and such can be unpredictable and it's good to know who to contact if there's a change) -- and I'll send directions and/or a trail map if you need 'em. Be sure to include "salon" in the Subject line, as I receive a ridiculous amount of email every day. Bring food or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play. Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events), for updates.