Posts Tagged ‘independence’

Diez y Seis de Septiembre – The 16th of September at City Hall – Padrinos – 65 4LIFE – Report from Civic Center Miguel

Monday, September 17th, 2012

As promised, the report from Civic Center Miguel.

Cruising Civic Center the night of September 15th, 2012, driving around City Hall over and over and over. Polk Street:

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“Hmmm…Nasi Gudeg!” It’s Indonesia Day at Union Square Today from 10AM to 5:00 PM – Plenty of Food to Try!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Hmmm…Nasi Gudeg! 

I don’t know what that means, but it’s what you’ll be saying after you visit the Indonesia Day 2011 celebration in Union Square today, July 23, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Check it.

Actually, I didn’t understand any of this, so sheltered I am, so ignorant I am about the fourth most-populated country in the world:

Oh, here we go, subtitles!

See you there!

OMG, Cinco de Mayo 2011 a Huge Success – Enjoy the Color From Premier San Francisco Photographer David Yu

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

As you should know by now, photographer David Yu loves his colors, so naturally he was on the scene at this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities.


All shots from David Yu:

And now it’s time to rest after a long day:

All right, see you next year!

Friday Nights at the de Young – Free Admission on September 17th to Honor Mexico’s Bicentennial

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Head on over to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park this Friday evening to get almost four hours worth of celebration for Mexico’s Bicentennial.

And it’s all free so you’ll also be able to stroll about  the permanent collection galleries at no charge during this special Friday Night at the de Young.

All the deets:

“On Friday, September 17, in celebration of Mexico’s Bicentennial, thede Young is offering free admission to the permanent collection galleries from 5–8:45 pm in conjunction with Friday Nights at the de Young.

In honor of the bicentennial, the de Young proudly presents an evening of film, fashion, dance and musicto celebrate Mexico’s artistic achievements. Activities include:

• Projections by artists Sergio de la Torre, Ana Labastida and Nora Enriquez
Short films from the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival
Fashion show presented by the Academy of Art University in collaboration with Irene Hernández of Chillin’ Productions
Smuin Ballet performance directed by Celia Fushille
• Music by Club Unicornio featuring Julio Morales y Juan Alvin and the world-renowned DJ Toy Selectah

The festivities are organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco”

Audiovisuals to set the ambience
6:30–8:30 p.m. Presented by artists Sergio de la Torre, Ana Labastida, and Nora Enriquez
Short films
6:30–8:30 p.m. Featured in the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival
Club Unicornio 
6:30–7:00 p.m. DJs Julio Morales y Juan Alvin mix obscure Latin American sights and sounds.
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. Presented by the Academy of Art University in collaboration with Irene Hernández
Smuin Ballet, directed by Celia Fushille
7:20 p.m. Dance performance honoring Mexico’s celebration
World-renowned DJ Toy Selectah
7:45–8:45 p.m. Music to turn the de Young into a typical night out in Mexico City
Hands-on art making for everyone, with Mademoiselle Kim
6:00–8:30 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial with your own Maya warrior headdress.
September Artists-in-Residence Kearny Street Workshop
1:00–8:30 p.m. Four interdisciplinary artists create original works in Transforming Fictions.

In celebration of the bicentennial of the independence of Mexico, the de Young Museum proudly presents an evening in honor of Mexico’s artistic creativity. This event is the culmination point of a year-round celebration program organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco.

The event will feature a combination of audiovisuals, short films, fashion, dance, and music that will bond with the museum’s permanent collection to create a unique art experience that will showcase modern Mexico.

To set the ambience, artists Sergio de la Torre (event curator), Ana Labastida, and Nora Enriquez will present a a retrospective of Mexico’s 200-year artistic evolution through a series of monumental projections all around the museum; the Koret Auditorium will feature a selection of short films from the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival, one of Mexico’s most important film festivals; the Academy of Art University, in collaboration with Irene Hernández (Chillin’ Productions), will present a fashion show inspired by Mexican culture; the Smuin Ballet, directed by Celia Fushille, will perform a show honoring Mexico’s celebration; and Club Unicornio (Julio Morales y Juan Alvin) and the world-renowned DJ Toy Selectah will be in charge of turning the museum into a typical night out in Mexico’s capital, Mexico City.

Read more about this event in the Press Release below.

Ticket Information

Free programs and admission

Brazilian Independence Day 2010 a Huge Success in Golden Gate Park

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Lots of people packed into a small space yesterday for Brazilian Independence Day 2010 at the Hall of Flowers (aka County Fair Building) in Golden Gate Park. Miki Garcia has the details.

It was kind of loud at times.

Here’s what it looked like:

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And here’s some capoiera action from a few years back:

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See you next year!

Hundreds Show for Ukranian Day in Golden Gate Park – 19th Anniversary of Independence

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Ukranian Independence Day drew quite a crowd to the Golden Gate Park Bandshell yesterday.

The Ukrainian Day Concert will take place at the Music Concourse Bandshell in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, August 29, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In celebration of the 19th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, Golden Gate Park will fill with local Ukrainian performers displaying traditional costumes and sharing folk dances with the public. Ukrainian songs and music will create a jubilant setting for locals looking to explore one of the many cultures residing in San Francisco. Usually, people bring along a picnic to enjoy during the festivities.”


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The joint was put on by the Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council of Northern California

All the deets:

See you next year!

The Craneway Pavillion Third of July Celebration in Richmond City Looks to be Awesome

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

I’ll tell you, I’m impressed with this free event in the East Bay that’s coming up tonight.

This joint isn’t for me but check it out if you’re in the area, why not? (One of these days, I’ll get a chance to explore around in that historic Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant…)

The Craneway Pavilion and the Oakland East Bay Symphony Announce the July 3rd ‘Target Independence Day Celebration’

Live Music, Food And Fireworks – Free To The Public

RICHMOND, Calif., July 1  — The Craneway Pavilion, inside the historic Ford Point Building on the waterfront in Richmond, will host a patriotic celebration for the whole family featuring live music, food and fireworks at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Located on 25 waterfront acres, Craneway Pavilion delivers incredible views of the San Francisco skyline featuring floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the entire event space as well as a 20,000 square foot patio, perfect for viewing the City of Richmond’s Firework Display. The event is free to the public and has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Target.

The live music line up will feature local opening acts including Khalill Shaheed and Oaktown Jazz Workshops and the Hilltop Community Church Choir beginning at 6:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. the Oakland East Bay Symphony, conducted by Michael Morgan will begin their ninety-minute set that will include Disney classics, Broadway favorites and a medley of works by John Philip Sousa and other American composers. The Symphony’s set will end as the city of Richmond’s Firework Display launches over the water. The Oakland East Bay Symphony is currently celebrating the 21st anniversary of Music Director Michael Morgan and launches their 22nd season on November 19th at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre.

The Craneway Pavilion is located at 1414 Harbour Way South in the Marina district of Richmond and can be accessed from the 580 freeway. Gates and parking (general and premium available) open at 5:00 p.m and the Pavilion will open at 6:30 p.m. There is limited seating available on a first come first serve basis and guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.

The Craneway will offer an Independence Day themed concession menu. The adjacent The Boiler House restaurant will also be open starting at 5 p.m. for full-menu dining and service prior to and during the July 3rd event. Reservations are highly recommended. Beer, wine and additional beverages will be available. No outside liquor will be allowed.

This free Independence Day celebration is made possible by the generous support of Target with additional support from Chevron, The City of Richmond, media sponsors KDFC and NBC Bay Area and contributors Kaiser Permanente, Point Molate Destination Resort, a Project of Upstream Point Molate LLC and the Guidiville Tribe.

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About the Oakland East Bay Symphony

Oakland East Bay Symphony was founded in July 1988, when musicians from the former Oakland Symphony joined community leaders to form a new orchestra. Michael Morgan was appointed Music Director in 1990 and began guiding the Symphony in the musical and philosophical direction it pursues today. OEBS has achieved distinction nationally as a leading regional orchestra, noted for its unique convergence of artistic excellence and community service. The Symphony’s mission is to make classical music accessible, particularly to those individuals in the community who might otherwise never hear live symphonic music.

About the Craneway Pavilion

Craneway Pavilion is a world-class and sustainably designed event, concert and production facility centrally located in one of the planet’s most iconic destinations. Located on 25 waterfront acres, Craneway Pavilion delivers awe-inducing views of the San Francisco skyline and surrounding environs — matched only by the inventive programming and infrastructure options available inside.

As state-of-the-art as it is historic, Craneway Pavilion offers an expansive 45,000 square ft facility in an architecturally significant building dating back to 1932. It also features an adjoining, 20,000 square-foot open-air wharf patio, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor environments for the best of both worlds. Craneway’s unparalleled atmosphere and amenities set the stage for special occasions, meetings and cultural highlights — of every size and every stripe — that are as unforgettable as San Francisco itself.

Pakistan Independence Day 2009 Attracts a Huge Crowd to San Francisco’s Civic Center

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The Pakistani Association of San Francisco Bay Area(PASF) threw a huge party yesterday to celebrate Pakistan Independence Day. Civic Center was all packed up with partying people.

Like this singer. Kind of got a Bono / U2 feel out of him.

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This is just another in San Francisco, where you see all kinds of things you’ve never seen before. There was lots of “Paki Pride” on display. Thusly:

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See you next year!

The 2009 Greek Cultural Parade on San Francisco’s Market Street

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

San Francisco’s HELLENIC CULTURAL PARADE must rank as our smallest annual march down Market Street, but today’s effort had spirited participants and lovely weather. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Vanguard of the Greek Cultural Parade. Click to expand:

This junior cowboy (κάουμποϋ) was quite handy with his lasso:

An entirely different junior cowboy:

JROTC haters would have had a lot to hate today what with the many schools represented. (Lowell High appeared to be the most serious.)

“Macedonia is Greece.” O.K., thanks for that tidbit. I think I know what the meaning of this statement is – seems to be a contentious issue:

Anywho, happy 178th Greek Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July from San Francisco, California!

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Here’s what it will look like tonight at around 9:30 PM on the waterfront in San Francisco.

Assuming the weather holds out – it certainly doesn’t look like it will be the foggiest fourth in S.F. history, so that’s good.

How to Photograph Fireworks, if you care. Or follow this advice here.

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