Jun
27
Wed
LECTURE | Current Conditions for Cultural Exchanges between Cuba and the U.S. by Bill Martinez Tickets
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm

14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival and MoAD present

Current Conditions for Cultural Exchanges between Cuba and the U.S.

A lecture by Bill Martinez, immigration attorney and cultural arts producer.

BILL MARTINEZ is an immigration attorney who has also produced and managed cultural events in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1973. A native San Franciscan, he is a graduate the University of San Francisco and Hastings College of the Law. He has worked in the Community Law Collective (’74-’79), New College of California School of Law (’79-’83) and the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (’84-’93). In 1981, he co-founded the Encuentro del Canto Popular, a San Francisco-based Latin American music festival. His work with the Encuentro lead him to become one of the nation’s leading experts in U.S.-Cuba cultural exchanges and artists’ visas. He co-founded the Latino Entertainment Partners which produced historically significant concerts of Cuban artists.

The 14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival, June 15-24, 2018, features two weekends of performances at Laney College in Oakland (Weekend 1, June 15-17) and the Brava Theater in San Francisco (Weekend 2, June 22-23), as well as an evening lecture & film series at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). This year, our focused theme is “The Movements of Migrations.” The CubaCaribe Festival has been highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. More at cubacaribe.org

Jun
28
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jun 28 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from California College of the Arts and a Masters in Teaching Literature from Bard College.

Artist Talk | “WE HAVE IRÉ” @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm

14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival and MoAD present

An artist talk and excerpts of the theater project (work in progress) We have Iré – an exploration of Cuban artists, immigration and Afro-Cuban religious themes. Featuring DJ Leydis, Ramón Ramos Alayo, recorded music by Yosvani Terry and video by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

Paul Flores is a published poet, performance artist, playwright, and well known spoken word artist. He was raised in Chula Vista, CA and spent much of his youth in Tijuana, Mexico. Flores plays have been produced at Brava Theater, GALA Hispanic Theatre, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Pregones Theatre, Abrons Art Center, Taller Puertorriquena, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, InterAct Theater, DiverseWorks, Su Teatro, South Coast Rep, and many more. Flores is a Doris Duke Artist, a MAP Fund awardee, a Gerbode-Hewlett Theater commission recipient, a NALAC Fund for Arts recipient, and 2011 SF Weekly Best Politically Active Hip-hop Performer. He is co-founder of Youth Speaks, and currently an adjunct professor of Theater at the University of San Francisco. His last play “On The Hill: I am Alex Nieto” (2016) dramatizes the life and death of Alex Nieto who was killed by San Francisco Police Department, using music, dance and theater as a powerful tool for communities divided by issues of police violence, racism, gentrification and economic disparity to discover opportunities for solutions, healing and unification. Flores previous play PLACAS (2012) was based on testimonies of members of MS-13 in California barrios. One of his newest plays “We Have Iré” is commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for The Arts and follows Afro-Cuban immigrant artists and their connection to Lucumí religious traditions.

$10 Advanced Purchase | $15 Door

The 14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival, June 15-24, 2018, features two weekends of performances at Laney College in Oakland (Weekend 1, June 15-17) and the Brava Theater in San Francisco (Weekend 2, June 22-23), as well as an evening lecture & film series at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). This year, our focused theme is “The Movements of Migrations.” The CubaCaribe Festival has been highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. More at cubacaribe.org

Jun
29
Fri
FAITH, HOPE and HEALING | Celebrating the impact of authentic collaboration and community-led initiatives Tickets
Jun 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the San Francisco Human Rights Commission for a discussion on tools, supports and resources that have positively impacted peoples lives: faith, in both the spiritual and cultural sense; hope, investing in our youth; and healing, ways we can address the challenges of violence, police brutality, poverty and mental and physical well-bring in our communities.

The program will begin at 5:30pm with a performance from Sangin’ Sara, followed by a panel discussion at 6:00 p.m. on faith, hope and healing.

Light refreshments provided.

Participants:

Keisha Bentley-Edwards (@Keisha_Bentley): an Assistant Professor and developmental psychologist at the Duke University School of Medicine whose work examines how race, culture and racism stress influence how the world responds to Black Americans and how this influences health and social disparities. She is also the Associate Director of Research & Director of the Health Equity Working Group at Duke University’s Cook Center on Social Equity.

John Burris (#JohnBurris): among the the top lawyers in California. The Law Offices of John L. Burris was formed in 1985 and serves as a powerful voice for victims of discrimination, abuse of power, and negligence.

Leah Cher Pump (#LadyLikeFdn): founder of the LadyLike Foundation, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged inner city communities.

Sheryl Davis (@SherylDavisSF): Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Estela Garcia (@IFRSF): Executive Director of Instituto Familiar de la Raza.

Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton): Director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy, and jointly appointed as professor of economics and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Researchat The New School in New York.

Belinda Hernandez Arriaga (@BelindaHArriaga): Assistant Professor and Marriage and Family Therapy Program Coordinator for the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco, San Jose Campus.

This program is supported by San Francisco Human Rights Commission, The San Francisco Foundation, MoAD, LinkedIn, Sangin’ Sara, University of San Francisco School of Education and My Brothers and Sisters Keeper San Francisco

Jun
30
Sat
Emerging Artist Reception with summer mason @ MoAD Salon Tickets
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a screening of summer mason’s latest film, Gemini. After the screening, summer mason will be in conversation with writer and producer, Ruth Gebreyesus. Refreshments will be provided.

Presented as an immersive installation, LA-born filmmaker summer mason’s short essay film Gemini explores personal narratives through familial representations. Navigating the balancing act of femininity and masculinity, this exhibition interrogates the dissonances and continuities of one’s perception of themselves and the authentic self. Through Gemini, mason parallels the negotiated black masculinity of these cultural personas with their own reflection on the process of understanding their own queer identity as shaped by important figures in their life.  

summer mason is a UC Berkeley ’17 Film and Media graduate and is the creative director of ONX, a Black creative incubator and printed publication. mason has previously been featured on East Bay Express, KQED and AFROPUNK.

Ruth Gebreyesus’ writing has been featured in The Fader, KQED, and the East Bay Express where she served as the culture editor. She also creates exhibits and presentations on black creative production on the internet. Find more of her work at kotetakotet.com.

Jul
5
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has appeared as a featured poet at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Vancouver, and Mumbai. Nomadic Press will publish his first collection Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory in August. Visit his blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/

 

Jul
7
Sat
MoAD Chef-in-Residence presents Black Women, Food & Publishing @ MoAD Salon Tickets
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion and Reception

Panelists: Jenné Claiborne, Jerrelle Guy, Tracye McQuirter, Rachel Bolden-Kramer
Moderator: Bryant Terry

In a recent article chef, writer, and cultural critic Tunde Wey spelled out why Black women are the future of the food industry. Inspired by Wey’s piece, this panel convenes some extraordinary bloggers, vloggers, activists, and educators who have made a mark in the food world and have recently published cookbooks. This panel will discuss nuts-and-bolts topics such as transitioning from a blog or vlog to writing a book, getting an agent, writing a proposal, writing/testing recipes, and more. We will also dig into bigger themes such as the challenges of navigating an industry dominated by white women as a woman of color, finding your unique voice, self-publishing vs. partnering with a small publisher vs. working with a major publisher, and more. If you are interested in writing a cookbook, building a powerful brand, and learning about the ups and downs of being a black woman in the food industry then this event is for you. A reception featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and sweet bites will precede the conversation.

Rachel Bolden-Kramer is a writer and babymomma revolutionary originally from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. She disturbed the status-quo as a militant teenager and poetry slam champion in the 1990s. Rachel credits the arts and activism movement of her generation in the Bay Area for contributing to her keen sense of creative justice. Rachel is a first-generation graduate of Harvard University. After a trauma, Rachel became an expert in navigating the welfare system and referenced her strategies for survival at the margins in her workshops on radical healing commissioned by the New York City Housing Authority. The early “My Food Stamps Cookbook” workshops grew into the Hip Dhamma Yoga Studio of Brooklyn, a community center owned and operated by Black Women yoga teachers in BedStuy. In May 2017, over 1000 backers made the cookbook become a reality in print and ebook via Kickstarter and Backerkit crowdsourcing. Follow her @BabyMommaRachela

Jenné Claiborne is a chef, blogger, and author known for creating healthy and easy-to make vegan recipes. She went vegan for ethical and animal welfare reasons, and was pleasantly surprised by the way veganism improved her health and happiness. Her popular Sweet Potato Soul franchise includes a cookbook, YouTube channel, and the website SweetPotatoSoul.com.

 

West Palm Beach native, Jerrelle Guy is the artist and food blogger behind Chocolate for Basil and the author of the new cookbook Black Girl Baking, a project highlighting the senses and memory and finding roots and self-expression through food, Jerrelle received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and her Masters in Gastronomy from Boston University. She makes her living celebrating and sharing the beauty and power of food using all her favorite creative outlets, including photography, writing, and painting. She has been featured in Vogue, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Food52, Forbes, and more.

Tracye McQuirter, MPH, was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times. She’s the author of the new book, Ageless Vegan, and the bestselling By Any Greens Necessary, which established her as one of the most influential vegans in the country. Tracye directed the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program and was a nutrition advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. As an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia, Tracye designed and taught a plant-based nutrition curriculum for the District of Columbia Public Schools System to help prevent and reverse childhood obesity in Washington, DC. She recently created the first-of-its-kind, free African American Vegan Starter Guide in partnership with Farm Sanctuary. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Essence, Bon Appetit, Ebony, VegNews, Huffington Post, and more. You can find Tracye on social media at ByAnyGreensNecessary.com and @byanygreens.

Jul
11
Wed
PANEL DISCUSSION | Blockchain and the New Media Art Market Tickets
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The growing influence of new media in the contemporary art market has led to new forms of selling and collecting digital art. From Blockchain startups to galleries selling artwork as digital editions, digital downloads, or art as subscription (think: Spotify for visual art). In this panel we’ll discuss popular methods for collecting and selling digital art with Mark Lurie, founder and CEO of Codex; Badir McCleary, Assistant Director of The KNOW Contemporary; Antwaun Sargent, writer and art critic; and Kamal Hubbard, a blockchain researcher, blogger, and advisor. The panel will be moderated by Dorothy Santos.

Tony Gum, Xhosa Woman - Intombi I, 2017.

Tony Gum, Xhosa Woman – Intombi I, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Mark Lurie is founder and CEO of Codex Protocol, a decentralized title registry for the $2 trillion Art & Collectibles asset class. Supported by a large industry consortium, the Codex stores ownership and provenance while ensuring privacy for collectors. At launch, several initial DApps will allow collectors to more easily find what they want, buy at auctions, and ensure authenticity, all with cryptocurrency. The Codex is the first step to achieving a larger and more accessible art and collectibles market.

Badir McLeary is an independent curator, advisor and assistant director of The KNOW Contemporary in Los Angeles. He holds a MA in Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London with an undergraduate degree in Internet Computing from Cabrini University. In 2013, Badir created the art review and critique web space ArtAboveReality.com to focus on the Black and Latino artists in the Art Market. Through dialogue and research, he hopes to educate and introduce collectors to trends and strategies to help build valuable collections. Badir was the Director of Gallery 38 (Los Angeles), a project that produced exhibitions for emerging artists of color in South Los Angeles and helped contribute to several public projects globally, helping artists transform communities through visual aesthetics.

Antwaun Sargent is a writer, and art critic living in New York City. His writing focuses on how art intersects with contemporary identity, culture, and politics. It’s appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nation, Aperture Magazine, Artsy, VICE Magazine and various museum publications; including  “We Are More Than This,” an essay for the Tate Modern on the occasion of the museum’s exhibition, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” In his current collaboration with Aperture Fund, Sarget is co-curating the 2018 Aperture Summer Open. Additionally, he has lectured and been in dialogue with artists at Atlanta Contemporary, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Brown University, the Brooklyn Museum, Tedx Martha’s Vineyard, and now the MoAD.

Kamal Hubbard is a blockchain researcher, blogger, and advisor.  He began his exploration of blockchain technology in 2013 and began advising blockchain projects in 2016 after joining the Tao Network, a blockchain project focused on preserving the rights of musicians. After considerable exploration and collaboration within the music and blockchain industries, Kamal co-founded AltMarket, Inc. under the objective of using blockchain technologies to allow artists, musicians and performers the chance to increase their engagement with music fans while expanding monetization, reducing friction, and eliminating fraud associated with current music funding models. Kamal has also co-founded CageChain Media Group, LLC with the express purpose of quickening wide scale blockchain and cryptocurrency adoption by lowering the learning curve associated with blockchain and shortening the technology gap associated with underserved communities. Kamal is a former Mayoral Appointee to the San Francisco Airport Commission’s Office of Social Responsibility and Community Sustainability. Mr. Hubbard is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law of Texas Southern University.  He has served as a member of the board of Sustainable San Mateo County and is the former Chair of the California Unified Certification Program’s ACDBE cluster.

Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina American writer, editor, and curator whose research interests include digital art, computational media, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow.

This program is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Digitalia: Art & the Economy of Ideas, on view through August 26, 2018.

Jul
12
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam, and sometimes a reluctant superhero. Nomadic Press released her first book of poetry Evolutionary Heart in fall of 2016. Nazelah gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.

 

Film Screening & Discussion | OLIVER TAMBO @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join filmmaker Connie Field for a screening of her documentary OLIVER TAMBO.

“No struggle depends on one person. But there are exceptions to every rule. Oliver Tambo is that exception. It is sufficient for me to say there is not enough rain in the skies for us to be able to shower on him the honor he deserves.”

– Nelson Mandela

 

The untold story of Oliver Tambo– who lived a life on the principles of compassion, inclusion, social justice and equality– the man behind the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa. Described as one of the world’s greatest statesmen, his strategy to the international community to isolate and sanction the Apartheid regime created the most globalized human rights struggle of the 20 century. Regarded as a terrorist in the West, he was hunted by South African government assassins. He narrowly escaped death at their hands, and succeeded in leading the overthrow of apartheid and fathered the new constitution of a democratic South Africa.

Academy Award nominated & Emmy winning director Connie Field has made high profile documentaries shown all over the world: Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine; Independent Lens’ Have You Heard From Johannesburg; The American Experience’s Freedom on My Mind and The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, and the Council on Foundation’s award winner Salud. Winner of many numerous awards—including Sundance Grand Jury Prize, British Academy Award Nominee, & Best Feature Documentary from numerous festivals. http://www.clarityfilms.org/about.php

Jul
18
Wed
Write, Talk, and Taste Your Tongue @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Kimberly DaSilva, Jacqueline Francis, and Patricia Powell are queer, award-winning San Francisco Bay Area fiction writers. They explore themes of migration, ghosts, and family ties that resonate in the experiences of people of the Caribbean and its diaspora. In the spirit of the Jamaican expression, “talk and taste your tongue” (think before you speak), DaSilva, Francis, and Powell will read excerpts from their fiction and discuss their influences with the audience.

 

Kimberly DaSilva is a novelist who has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, an American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, and her fiction has been recognized  Ebony Magazine. Her work has been described as “impressive” by Kirkus and “elegant” by The Advocate. She is the recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission grant and an alumni of the Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation Workshop.

Jacqueline Francis is a recipient of a San Francisco Individual Artist Commission (2017-18): she is working on a collection of short stories about the bicultural experiences of contemporary Afro-Caribbean immigrants to the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Francis is the author of Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America. She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (San Francisco).

Patricia Powell is the author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda and The Fullness of Everything. She is the recipient of a PEN Award, a Lila-Wallace Readers Digest Writers Award,  and a Ferro Grumley Award for LGBT fiction among others. A graduate of the MFA program at Brown University, Powell is a professor of literature and creative writing at Mills College.

This program is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
above image: Frank Bowling, Polish Rebecca, 1971. Acrylic on canvas painting
Jul
19
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia, to a family originating in Belarus. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University and has had poetry published in many journals including Landfall, Shenandoah, Bloom, Red Light Lit, Spoon River Poetry Review, Foglifter and North American Review. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland.

 

Jul
26
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Director, poet, and playwright Dr. Ayodele Nzinga received an MFA in Writing and Conciseness and a PhD in Transformative Education. One of Theater Bay Area’s 40 faces of Theater, Nzinga is an Alameda County Arts Leadership awardee, Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame member, and is the current Helen Crocker Russell awardee.

 

Jul
29
Sun
SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME at Castro Theatre @ Castro Theatre Tickets
Jul 29 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

The  38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) will close with Sam Pollard’s exploration of the life and career of legendary Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr., SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME. The screening is the centerpiece of a strategic partnership between the Festival and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) to promote dynamic engagement about issues of identity and representation in the arts.

The film will screen Sunday, July 29th at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco with Pollard in attendance.

“Sammy Davis Jr. knocked down a lot of doors for Black folks with style and fearlessness. Fearless leaders can often be misunderstood.  This film goes deeper in many aspects of his life  as it shares Sammy’s commitment to Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement and the Black men and women serving in the Vietnam War.  A man comfortable with his identities. I’m looking forward to this film changing the perceptions of what is Black, Jewish and decidedly American. An impactful must see film.”

– MoAD Director & CEO Linda Harrison

 

At the age of three his immense talent was already on display as he sang and tap danced his way across the country performing with his father and godfather. In the 1950s, he notoriously dated Hollywood star Kim Novak prompting Columbia Pictures bigwig Harry Cohn to order him to stick to Black women. Following a serious car accident in which he lost an eye, Davis converted to Judaism. In the 1960s, the only African American member of the legendary Rat Pack, he supported John F. Kennedy’s candidacy, marched in Selma with Martin Luther King and became a prominent activist in the civil rights movement. And then in 1972 he shocked the country by supporting Richard Nixon for reelection, giving him a famous hug on stage during the Republican convention. It’s hard to imagine a more talented and groundbreaking performer who led a more complicated and contradictory life than Davis. He did not shy away from controversy and was not afraid to use his name and talent for a good cause. Featuring excerpts from his exhilarating performances and interviews with the likes of Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis and Whoopi Goldberg, director Sam Pollard’s riveting documentary unpacks the apparent contradictions and presents a very full and very human portrait of this complex, courageous and conflicted man. The film made its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

After the screening July 29th at the Castro Theatre, SFJFF and its Closing Night partner MoAD will host the Closing Night Reception on the Castro Theatre’s Mezzanine. Enjoy tasty drinks and dishes while toasting to the end of the festival’s  San Francisco run.

Aug
2
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the ClarkGross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants (Aunt Lute 2017) and Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017). She’s received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the SF Arts Commission. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in various publications. She’s the executive director of RADAR Productions. Follow her on Instagram @julianadlopera

 

Aug
8
Wed
Lecture Series | THE ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES | Week 1 Ráices Afro-Cubanas Tickets
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJAZZ and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival present a Six-Week Lecture Series with John Santos

ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES

For every Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaría, and Tito Puente, there are scores of musicians, composers, and arrangers whose names fall between the cracks; warriors who dedicated their lives to the art, lifting the bar, lifting their communities, and leaving a treasure of memories, lessons, and documentation. Their contributions to the legacy of Afro-Caribbean culture as a living history and philosophy are as priceless as they are unrecognized. They are the unsung heroes.

August 15 & August 29 courses include live music demonstration

AUG 8: Ráices Afro-Cubanas
AUG 15: Cuba Clásica w/ special guests Cuarteto Colibrí
AUG 22: NY of the 40’s & 50’s – Época de Oro
AUG 29: Puerto Rico del Alma w/ special guests Cuarteto Pedro Pastrana
SEP 5: NY – Cuna de la Salsa
SEP 12: Contemporary Pillars

Purchase full series tickets here

One class FREE when you purchase the entire series!

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Logo

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF), and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) are pleased to continue our collaboration in this six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical examples (in select classes), in addition to selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

 

Aug
9
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

nick johnson was born and raised near the brackish Chesapeake Bay but now calls the Bay Area waters home. johnson is a poet, global wanderer, and yogi. His book, music for mussolini, released by Nomadic Press in 2016, was a finalist for the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award.

 

Aug
15
Wed
Lecture Series | THE ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES | Week 2 Cuba Clásica w/ special guests Cuarteto Colibrí Tickets
Aug 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJAZZ and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival present a Six-Week Lecture Series with John Santos

ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES

For every Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaría, and Tito Puente, there are scores of musicians, composers, and arrangers whose names fall between the cracks; warriors who dedicated their lives to the art, lifting the bar, lifting their communities, and leaving a treasure of memories, lessons, and documentation. Their contributions to the legacy of Afro-Caribbean culture as a living history and philosophy are as priceless as they are unrecognized. They are the unsung heroes.

August 15 & August 29 courses include live music demonstration

AUG 8: Ráices Afro-Cubanas
AUG 15: Cuba Clásica w/ special guests Cuarteto Colibrí
AUG 22: NY of the 40’s & 50’s – Época de Oro
AUG 29: Puerto Rico del Alma w/ special guests Cuarteto Pedro Pastrana
SEP 5: NY – Cuna de la Salsa
SEP 12: Contemporary Pillars

Purchase full series tickets here

One class FREE when you purchase the entire series!

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Logo

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF), and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) are pleased to continue our collaboration in this six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical examples (in select classes), in addition to selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

Aug
16
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions culminate in the MoAD Salon with an evening of wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

 

Participating poets

James Cagney

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has appeared as a featured poet at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Vancouver, and Mumbai. Nomadic Press will publish his first collection Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory in August. Visit his blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/

 

 

Rohan DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary artist from the city of Chicago, working primarily through photography, writing, and song. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective, which celebrates the unique work of artists, craftsmen, and activists from all over the world. His work in graphic design and clothing has been featured as limited edition merchandise at The Koppel Project in London.  His photography has been featured at The Flight Deck Gallery as a solo exhibition titled Ordinary People (2018). His photography has also been featured at Root Division Gallery as part of a group exhibition titled Let Me Be a Witness (2018). His first publication of photography and poetry, The Edge of Fruitvale, was published by Nomadic Press in April 2018.

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia, to a family originating in Belarus. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University and has had poetry published in many journals including Landfall, Shenandoah, Bloom, Red Light Lit, Spoon River Poetry Review, Foglifter and North American Review. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland.

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam, and sometimes a reluctant superhero. Nomadic Press released her first book of poetry Evolutionary Heart in fall of 2016. Nazelah gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.

 

 

nick johnson was born and raised near the brackish Chesapeake Bay but now calls the Bay Area waters home. johnson is a poet, global wanderer, and yogi. His book, music for mussolini, released by Nomadic Press in 2016, was a finalist for the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award.

 

 

Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from California College of the Arts and a Masters in Teaching Literature from Bard College.

 

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the ClarkGross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants (Aunt Lute 2017) and Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017). She’s received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the SF Arts Commission. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in various publications. She’s the executive director of RADAR Productions. Follow her on Instagram @julianadlopera

Director, poet, and playwright Dr. Ayodele Nzinga received an MFA in Writing and Conciseness and a PhD in Transformative Education. One of Theater Bay Area’s 40 faces of Theater, Nzinga is an Alameda County Arts Leadership awardee, Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame member, and is the current Helen Crocker Russell awardee.

 

 

 

Aug
22
Wed
Lecture Series | THE ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES | Week 3 NY of the 40’s & 50’s – Época de Oro Tickets
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJAZZ and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival present a Six-Week Lecture Series with John Santos

ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES

For every Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaría, and Tito Puente, there are scores of musicians, composers, and arrangers whose names fall between the cracks; warriors who dedicated their lives to the art, lifting the bar, lifting their communities, and leaving a treasure of memories, lessons, and documentation. Their contributions to the legacy of Afro-Caribbean culture as a living history and philosophy are as priceless as they are unrecognized. They are the unsung heroes.

August 15 & August 29 courses include live music demonstration

AUG 8: Ráices Afro-Cubanas
AUG 15: Cuba Clásica w/ special guests Cuarteto Colibrí
AUG 22: NY of the 40’s & 50’s – Época de Oro
AUG 29: Puerto Rico del Alma w/ special guests Cuarteto Pedro Pastrana
SEP 5: NY – Cuna de la Salsa
SEP 12: Contemporary Pillars

Purchase full series tickets here

One class FREE when you purchase the entire series!

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Logo

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF), and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) are pleased to continue our collaboration in this six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical examples (in select classes), in addition to selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

Aug
29
Wed
Lecture Series | THE ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES | Week 4 Puerto Rico del Alma w/ special guests Cuarteto Pedro Pastrana Tickets
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJAZZ and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival present a Six-Week Lecture Series with John Santos

ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES

For every Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaría, and Tito Puente, there are scores of musicians, composers, and arrangers whose names fall between the cracks; warriors who dedicated their lives to the art, lifting the bar, lifting their communities, and leaving a treasure of memories, lessons, and documentation. Their contributions to the legacy of Afro-Caribbean culture as a living history and philosophy are as priceless as they are unrecognized. They are the unsung heroes.

August 15 & August 29 courses include live music demonstration

AUG 8: Ráices Afro-Cubanas
AUG 15: Cuba Clásica w/ special guests Cuarteto Colibrí
AUG 22: NY of the 40’s & 50’s – Época de Oro
AUG 29: Puerto Rico del Alma w/ special guests Cuarteto Pedro Pastrana
SEP 5: NY – Cuna de la Salsa
SEP 12: Contemporary Pillars

Purchase full series tickets here

One class FREE when you purchase the entire series!

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Logo

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF), and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) are pleased to continue our collaboration in this six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical examples (in select classes), in addition to selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

 

Sep
5
Wed
Lecture Series | THE ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES | Week 5 NY – Cuna de la Salsa Tickets
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJAZZ and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival present a Six-Week Lecture Series with John Santos

ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES

For every Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaría, and Tito Puente, there are scores of musicians, composers, and arrangers whose names fall between the cracks; warriors who dedicated their lives to the art, lifting the bar, lifting their communities, and leaving a treasure of memories, lessons, and documentation. Their contributions to the legacy of Afro-Caribbean culture as a living history and philosophy are as priceless as they are unrecognized. They are the unsung heroes.

August 15 & August 29 courses include live music demonstration

AUG 8: Ráices Afro-Cubanas
AUG 15: Cuba Clásica w/ special guests Cuarteto Colibrí
AUG 22: NY of the 40’s & 50’s – Época de Oro
AUG 29: Puerto Rico del Alma w/ special guests Cuarteto Pedro Pastrana
SEP 5: NY – Cuna de la Salsa
SEP 12: Contemporary Pillars

Purchase full series tickets here

One class FREE when you purchase the entire series!

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Logo

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF), and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) are pleased to continue our collaboration in this six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical examples (in select classes), in addition to selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

 

Sep
12
Wed
Lecture Series | THE ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES | Week 6 Contemporary Pillars Tickets
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJAZZ and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival present a Six-Week Lecture Series with John Santos

ROOTS OF SALSA: UNSUNG HEROES

For every Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaría, and Tito Puente, there are scores of musicians, composers, and arrangers whose names fall between the cracks; warriors who dedicated their lives to the art, lifting the bar, lifting their communities, and leaving a treasure of memories, lessons, and documentation. Their contributions to the legacy of Afro-Caribbean culture as a living history and philosophy are as priceless as they are unrecognized. They are the unsung heroes.

August 15 & August 29 courses include live music demonstration

AUG 8: Ráices Afro-Cubanas
AUG 15: Cuba Clásica w/ special guests Cuarteto Colibrí
AUG 22: NY of the 40’s & 50’s – Época de Oro
AUG 29: Puerto Rico del Alma w/ special guests Cuarteto Pedro Pastrana
SEP 5: NY – Cuna de la Salsa
SEP 12: Contemporary Pillars

Purchase full series tickets here

One class FREE when you purchase the entire series!

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Logo

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF), and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) are pleased to continue our collaboration in this six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical examples (in select classes), in addition to selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings.