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Free Hawaiian Music in Japantown Today Until 6:00 PM: Kōkua Japan Concert to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Looks like that rain will stay away, so why not hit Japantown today?

The scene this AM during setup:

Kōkua Japan San Francisco concert on April 2 to benefit Japan disaster relief

Free event in Japantown’s Peace Plaza to include Hawaiian music, Polynesian dance and diverse Bay Area bands

SAN FRANCISCO, California — In response to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, a group of concerned citizens from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities have organized Kōkua Japan San Francisco, a fundraising concert in Japantown’s Peace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. “Kōkua” means “help” in Hawaiian.

Donations to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be solicited at the free event, which will also raise funds through raffles of donated merchandise and T-shirt sales. The nonprofit Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will collect the monies and deliver them to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), which administers the earthquake relief fund along with Union Bank. One hundred percent of the fund will be distributed for direct assistance to residents of the affected area of Japan.

The entertainment on the Peace Plaza stage, at Post and Buchanan streets, will be emceed by NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comedian Mike Inouye. The lineup includes: * Hawaiian music groups: Steven Espaniola & Friends, Faith Ako & Friends, Side Order Band featuring Chris Kamaka & Asa Young, ‘AHAmele ‘Ukulele Band, Ho’omana and JD Puli & Friends * Polynesian dance troupes: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (hula), Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Meleana Manuel (hula), Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea (hula), Merahi O Tehani (Tahitian ‘ōte’a) * Diverse musical acts: Feelosophy (funk, soul), Project Gojira (fusion), Native Elements (reggae), Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska.)

Local merchants have donated items for raffle prizes, while Hawaiian Airlines is flying in 200 special “Aloha” T-shirts for sale with the help of the Hawai’i Lieutenant Governor’s office, which is coordinating the islands’ Aloha for Japan fundraising effort. The T-shirt, which uses a rising sun for the “o” in “Aloha,” will sell at Kōkua Japan San Francisco for $25, from which the $15 profit per shirt will go to earthquake relief. Sponsors include Aloha Warehouse, Colortone Digital, Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Susie Kagami, Osaki Creative Group, and Sound Innovations. Thanks also go to Sandy Lee of the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department.


San Francisco Ballet’s Fantastic 2009 Season Closes This Week – Programs 7 and 8

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The current season is soon coming to a close at the best ballet company in the country, so don’t miss your last chance to see Program 7 (Jewels - the whole shebang, Emeralds and Rubies and Diamonds, oh my) and Program 8 (Fusion, Russian Seasons, and Double Evil) this week at the San Francisco Ballet.

All it takes to see one of the world’s foremost troupes (per the New York Times) is a single bill from your wallet (no, not a hundred or even a fitty, a lower denomination than that will do) and a click here, or here. Throw in Principal Dancer Tina LeBlanc’s Farewell on Saturday night and the Student Showcase May 20-22, and that’ll be it for a while. As always, check for the lastest casting update here.

Here’s a peek at Jewels, Program 7:

All photos © Erik Tomasson

Famed Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Balanchine’s “Emeralds”:

Elana Altman in Balanchine’s “Rubies”:

Sofiane Sylve and Pierre-François Vilanoba in Balanchine’s “Diamonds”:

And here’s a peek at Program 8:

Possokhov’s Fusion. You could see a slow-motion video projection on some of the screens up there for a little bit - that was certainly interesting:

Sofiane Sylve in Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, which Allan Ullrich took a shine to:

Sarah Van Patten and Garen Scribner in Elo’s Double Evil, which debuted last year:

And there you have it. Come see what everybody’s Twittering about this week.

See you there!

Current casting after the jump.

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