Posts Tagged ‘africa’

Boy, That Kony is Everywhere: Solano County, USA

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Where will the Lord’s Resistance Army turn up next?

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Opening Night for “Fela” a Huge Success at Our Curran Theatre – See This Big Musical Before It Closes on December 11th

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Well, as they say:

There’s nothing like a three-time Tony Award winning musical about a civil rights titan who used his distinctly original brand of big-band music to fight against injustice to usher in inspiration during the holidays.”


Now I missed Opening Night of Fela yesterday at SHN‘s Curran Theatre in Union Square, but Rachel Masters was on the scene:

“Amazed by Fela @SHNSF. Beyond incredible story, music & dance. Thank you to the cast for such a moving performance! “

Get all the deets right here, from Elena Park.

Oh, and don’t miss this update: ‘Fela!’ joint sends buzz through audience.

Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti – Photo by: Monique Carboni

Paulette Ivory and Sahr Ngaujah – Photo by: Tristram Kenton

Ever more deets:

His story inspired a nation. His music inspires the world. FELA!tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.


For more information on the show click here.

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Guidance for Parents – No Children under 5 allowed.

Oil on Canvas: Cookie Monster Drives On Tripoli – Or Just Watch the Real Thing from Libya Right Now

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Right here, on the Go Sky.

A Technical, by Paco Pomet:

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African Antelope Art vs. Ying and Yang: How to Tell if You’re on the Fillmore or Japantown Side of the Geary Expressway

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

This is the art on the south side of the Geary Expressway near Webster (the street that’s waaaaaaay too wide in this part of town):

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And this is the yin and yang art (not necessarily Japanese per se but it’s recognizably Eastern and you got to think like a Redeveloper dividing up neighborhoods and Peoples back in the day) on the opposite side at the start of Japantown:

Or, in other words, black people over here and Asian people over there.

(Oh, and groove on the concrete. Concrete was the thang back in the 1960’s. And oh, the vast majority of J-Town is earthquake deficient by today’s standards. Thanks, Redevelopment – that’s a nice legacy for future generations to deal with.)

I don’t know, this artwork probably wasn’t the best choice, considering the history of Redevelopment in the 415.

Just saying, Bro.


Thousands of Disappointed U.S. Soccer Fans Turned Away from Civic Center

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I don’t know, I think they could have figured out a way to have Pride Weekend and the World Cup at the same place at the same time this A.M.

Or, in other words:

How the hell is there no large venue showing this match?”

They were still setting up this stage when the action started in South Africa:

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Fans forced indoors tried to make the best of it, craning their necks as if they were in the front row of a Metreon movie theatre:

(Of course, batting practice precluded AT&T Park’s JumboTron from showing the contest.)

Fans arriving at Civic Center this morning were told to go to “some bar” to catch the match. One fan announced that he was “mega-bummed.”

Oh well…

Taami Berry Tasting Parties in San Francisco – African Fruit Makes Sour Taste Sweet

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I missed out on the crowded táami berry kick off party last month, but it must have been something like this event that was covered by the New York Times.

Here’s the pitch:

“For those of you who have never come across this miracle fruit, the táami berry has the unique ability to modify the perception of flavors – making sour and bitter flavors taste remarkably sweet. táami berry defies the notion that eating healthy can’t taste good, literally forcing people to rethink their assumptions about flavors.”

But I did get a chance to try things out later on. For about an hour after eating one these tiny little fruits, sour lemon juice will taste like sweet lemonade, I can guarantee you that.

As it looked in SoMA at Triptych on Folsom during the kick-off party a few weeks back. It was just filled with handsome young people:

See? These are just little things. One Synsepalum dulcificum per person, that’s all you need.

Host Noah comes to a table to explain how it all works. There were lots of different kinds of foods to nosh on…

Anyway, if you’re into it, Twitter will let you know when the next event gets scheduled.

To Commemorate Christmas, Google Donates Money to Fight Nazis on Your Behalf

Monday, December 21st, 2009

When our corporate overlords at Google aren’t getting busted for lacking shooting permits in national parks or getting ripped off buying $7000 toilets from Japan, they’re giving the world a gift for the holidays.

See how they’re commemorating the end of the aughts, the end of 2009?

“This gift is for someone very special: Everyone. Because charities are experiencing their toughest year in decades, we have committed $20 million to helping those who help us all. Our gift to you is a gift to them.”

Check out the recipients.

Feeding America
Boys and Girls Clubs
Smile Train
CARE, Mothers Matter
World Wildlife Fund, Natural Capital Project
Mobile Creches
HEAL Africa
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

The Mango Tree
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Harlem Children’s Zone
Save the Children, Latin America focus
Reporters Without Borders
Loud Against Nazis [“Laut gegen Nazis”]
Global Voices

Save the Children, Middle East and Eurasia focus
Grupo Cultural Afro Reaggae
Ashesi University College, Ghana
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
Shin Shin Educational Foundation
Tzu Chi Foundation

(Nazis? I hate those guys!)

Happy Holidays from Google
As we near the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for the time, energy, commitment, and trust you’ve shared with us in 2009. With sharing in mind, this year we’ve decided to do something a little different. We hope you’ll find it fits the spirit of the holiday season. We’re looking forward to working with you to build lasting success in 2010.

Happy Holidays, Your Google Team 

Thanks Google.

New at the de Young: Art and Power in the Central African Savanna

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Here’s another great exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park – it’s Art and Power in the Central African Savanna. Read all about it courtesy of Nancy Ewart, the San Francisco Examiner‘s S.F. Museum Examiner.

Check out this ugly customer. Well actually, it’s a mask for dancing, called a cihongo. Click to expand:

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And here are the people who helped to make this exhibit happen: Margaret Rinkevich, Bob Wall and Cleveland Museum of Art Curator of African Art Constantine Petredis, Ph.D.:

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Art and Power just opened. Look for it upstairs at the ‘zeum.

See you there!

San Francisco, March 2009––The de Young Museum presents Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, June 20 to October 11, 2009.  This exhibition explores the political and religious power of nearly 60 sculptures created by artists of four Central African cultures: the Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Luluwa.  Carved primarily from wood, these power figures act as containers for magical organic ingredients and serve both religious and political purposes. According to traditional beliefs, the figures mediate between the human and spirit worlds to insure a healthy birth, successful hunt, or triumph over an enemy. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco director John Buchanan says, “This exhibition contains an extraordinary selection of rare works that will resonate dramatically with modern and contemporary tastes.  Additionally, it highlights the Museums’ renewed interest in art from Africa.”

Art and Power in the Central African Savannais organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The San Francisco presentation is made possible by James and Patricia Ludwig, Bob Wall and Margaret Rinkevich, Lauren T. T. Hall and David Hearth, and Charles and Diane Frankel.  The organizing curator of the exhibition is Constantine Petridis, Ph.D., curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The presenting curator at the de Young is Kathleen Berrin, curator of African art and art of the Americas.  The de Young is the final venue for Art and Power.  Previously, the exhibition was at The Menil Collection in Houston September 26, 2008–January 4, 2009, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art March 1–May 31, 2009.  A fully illustrated catalogue by Petridis accompanies the exhibition and is available in the Museum Store.

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