Posts Tagged ‘yoshi’s’

We Want the Funk: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Play Yoshi’s Oakland and San Francisco July 4-10

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

It’s happening, man. It’s finally happening.

In the 510.

In the 415.

Now, ask yourself, what will you be doing on your 70th birthday? See how George handles 20 years of AARP membership come summer, why not?

See you there!


join the gathering of the masses for what will be an unforgettable week-long GEORGE CLINTON 70th BIRTHDAY FUNKABRATION!

  • funky favors!*
  • spaced-out treats!*

*limited supply only so plan to arrive early



Supervisorial Candidates Forum Hosted by The Recording Academy a Huge Success at Yoshi’s on Fillmore

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

All you need to know about last night’s all-district candidates forum at Yoshi’s San Francisco is right here, courtesy of Ian S. Port.

Rebecca Prozan responding to a query from Jane Kim:

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1. This was a “fun” event, in that the candidates’ names were pulled out of a snare drum and then they got time signals from a dinging triangle. A bit twee if you ask me, but it seemed apropropriate given the crowd and the nature of the event.

2. Speaking of which, there was a good turnout, with the lower level of Yoshi’s biggest room almost filled to capacity.

3. I understand how there needs to be a viability cutoff – I mean Big Entertainment would like all the candidates to swear fealty of course, but you can’t have 50 people on stage, right? (In a couple of years, we’ll have six races and who-knows-how-many candidates, right?) However, it’s not clear to me what the cutoff standards were. There were no candidates on stage from District Two, for instance. Presumably, leading viers Janet Reilly and Mark Farrell blew off the questionnaire, leaving that to Kat Anderson and Abraham Simmons. Now, both of them applied to The Recording Academy but neither wound up gracing the stage last night. Additionally, bona fide D6 candidate Anna Conda was left wondering what the deal is, man.

4. I left just after the intra-district candidate-on-candidate queries began. (Not sure what the point is of having a D6 candidate question one from D8 at last night’s love-fest, but whatever.) But as far as the intros (complete with musical accompaniment) were concerned, Malia Cohen was the standout. (She finished up way before the triangle had a chance to ding. Bonus.) Rafael Mandelman (Mandelman! Mandelman!) also did well, speaking naturally and name-checking The Death of Fun,* but, OTOH, Debra Walker seemed to be reading notes, as if at a high school debate. JMO.

Energy, energy, energy from Malia Cohen:

This is a new kind of deal for me, to see Big Entertainment take this approach. I’m thinking that this event will, as designed, affect how our Board of Supes deals with nightclubs and similar whatnots  in 2011 and 2012.

*Copyright SFBG? Don’t know who coined this term. It’s a good one…

Supporting Local Music: The Recording Academy Invites Supervisorial to Candidates Forum September 27

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

[UPDATE: District 6 candidate Anna Conda takes issue with the viability test applied by The Recording Academy (our local Grammy people, basically, it seems) for the Candidate Forum. See Comments.]

Entertainment = $$$ for San Francisco. That’s the message the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy is putting out today, that’s their thing.

So, if you’re running for Supervisor this year, you all ought to show up at the Candidate Forum at Yoshii’s West on Fillmore and swear allegiance to the local entertainment industry.

Check it:  

“The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.”

O.K. then.

Teal Wicks and Kendra Kassebaum are sure to included in San Francisco State University’s “Entertainment Impact Study”


All the deets:


San Francisco State University Entertainment Impact Study Commissioned

San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum, Monday, September 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 9, 2010) —The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.

The findings of the study will be presented at a San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, 6 – 9 p.m., at Yoshi’s San Francisco (1330 Fillmore Street). The San Francisco Chapter has invited candidates running for the five seats being contested in this year’s election to discuss their positions on the issues facing the entertainment community followed by a Q&A with community members. The event, produced in conjunction with the California Music and Culture Association (CMAC), will feature remarks from state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Ledisi, and will be moderated by Priya David Clemens, journalist: CBS Network News, KTVU.

Ever more deets, after the jump


Ukulele Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro Delights San Francisco, Sells Out Yoshi’s on Fillmore

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Small Guitar Hero and YouTube phenom (5,000,000 viewers can’t be wrong, skip to 3:00 for the good part) Jake Shimabukuro played San Francisco the past two days, adding some much-needed foot traffic to the Yoshi’s San Francisco jazz club on Fillmore.

He was telling all his old stories between songs, and some new stories as well, including the one about his recent performance for the Queen of England.

Jake, on the right, doesn’t sign body parts, but he does sign ukuleles:


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All the deets.

When will he return?

Controversial Poet Amiri Baraka Coming to San Francisco’s Main Public Library This Sunday

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Poet, activist and essayist and former SFSU Lecturer Amiri Baraka (or the Amiri Baraka) is coming to the San Francisco Public Library at the Main Branch this Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m –  Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street. He’ll be discussing the first year of the presidency of Barack Obama.

Interestingly, Wiki has a whole section devoted to Amiri Baraka called “controversy” – you might find it worthy of note. See below.

Via Wikipedia:

“The following is from a 1965 essay:

Most American white men are trained to be fags. For this reason it is no wonder their faces are weak and blank. … The average ofay [white person] thinks of the black man as potentially raping every white lady in sight. Which is true, in the sense that the black man should want to rob the white man of everything he has. But for most whites the guilt of the robbery is the guilt of rape. That is, they know in their deepest hearts that they should be robbed, and the white woman understands that only in the rape sequence is she likely to get cleanly, viciously popped.”

“More recently he has replied to questions about this quote with:

Those quotes are from the essays in Home, a book written almost fifty years ago. The anger was part of the mindset created by, first, the assassination of John Kennedy, followed by the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba, followed by the assassination of Malcolm X amidst the lynching, and national oppression. A few years later, the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. What changed my mind was that I became a Marxist, after recognizing classes within the Black community and the class struggle even after we had worked and struggled to elect the first Black Mayor of Newark, Kenneth Gibson”

So much for ancient history. Here’s a bit from this decade:

“Amiri Baraka was Poet Laureate of New Jersey at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks. He wrote a poem titled “Somebody Blew Up America” about the event. The poem was controversial and highly critical of racism in America, and includes angry depictions of public figures such as Trent Lott, Clarence Thomas, and Condoleezza Rice. The poem also contains lines claiming Israel’s involvement in the World Trade Center attacks:

Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed
Who told 4000
Israeli workers at the Twin Towers
To stay home that day
Why did
Sharon stay away?
Who know why Five Israelis was filming the explosion
And cracking they sides at the notion

O.K. fine. Here are the deets from the SPL:

“In a rare West Coast appearance, poet, playwright, essayist and political activist Amiri Baraka will deliver a historic speech on the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, at the San Francisco Public Library. Appearing this Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, Baraka’s presentation is titled, “We Are Already in the Future! Barack Obama: Year One.”

In 2008, during the primary and general election cycles, Baraka surprised, delighted and provoked his friends and enemies with a series of rigorous, inventive and powerfully deciphering essays on then-candidate Obama. With this unique event, Baraka will revisit those essays, and bring his keen, and always original, interpretation of the Obama Presidency in its first year.

A transitional figure from the Beat Generation and Civil Rights Era, Baraka is known as the father of the Black Arts Movement. Baraka is also one of the true giants of international poetry and a towering presence in the U.S. The talk will be immediately followed by a discussion with literary producer Justin Desmangles, and conclude with a question and answer session with the audience.