Everyone’s got the day off (except your hard-working local news-gatherers, ahem), but instead of relaxing, EB’ers are taking this opportunity to do some important work:
1) JUST SAY NO
… To cuts to social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, that is. Join author/activist Norman Solomon at a town hall meeting of the California Alliance for Retired Americans regarding cuts to these vital services, and what you can do to stop them. At Humanist Hall; 1-4 p.m., free.
2) REMEMBER THE CHILDREN
Sometimes music is the only thing that can heal the soul. And today, Linda Tillery, Evie Ladin, Ray Obiedo, Barbara Higbie, David Belove, Deszon Claiborne, Tammy Hall, and Unique Derique will try to do just that when they lead a family-style sing-along honoring the 26 victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre. At Freight & Salvage; 1 p.m., $8.50, $10.50.
3) GLOBAL THEATER
As part of Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project (which promotes forward-thinking theater) comes Luce, a tale about a couple who adopts a seemingly perfect son, but who turns out to have a more sinister side. This staged reading happens today only. At Aurora Theatre; 7:30 p.m., free.
4) JAZZ MAGIC
Have you checked out new downtown Oakland hotspot Duende yet? If not, here’s your chance, with the bonus of award-winning jazz musician Steve Kuhn, who plays tonight and tomorrow with his trio. 9 p.m., $25.