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.

 

 

logo.pw_.310x42-1_0This series is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

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

 

logo.pw_.310x42-1_0This series is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

 

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.

 

 

logo.pw_.310x42-1_0This series is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

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.

 

 

 

logo.pw_.310x42-1_0This series is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

Aug
18
Sat
PRESENTATION | Singing for Freedom in South Africa Tickets
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a multi-media presentation Singing for Freedom in South Africa with Professor Omotayo Jolaosho

Built upon established South African oral traditions that include storytelling, poetry, and song, freedom songs served a number of purposes among anti-apartheid activists. They relayed information about events in the struggle, disguised messages so they would not run afoul of government censorship, and bolstered morale in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. This presentation, which will include video clips from South African protests and other activist events, will explore the roles that these songs played and continue to play among South Africans fighting for political and economic freedom.

The presentation will offer a history of protest singing in South Africa, and in doing so trace the audible rise to prominence of key activists like Nelson Mandela while highlighting the contributions of lesser-known individuals to the country’s liberation struggle. The core part of the presentation will focus on how these songs work, in particular how their musical features shape protest events. Finally, with the recent passing of Hugh Masekela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the presentation concludes by considering the role of freedom songs in mourning and commemoration.

Omotayo Jolaosho is a faculty member in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida. A cultural anthropologist and software engineer, she is currently writing an ethnography on the role of embodied performance within activist collectives opposing neoliberal state economic policies in post-apartheid South Africa. Her previous publications include the transnational anthology African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.

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.

Oct
25
Thu
Film Screening & Discussion | AGENTS OF CHANGE Tickets
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and California Historical Society (CHS) to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Third World Strike and the Rise of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University with a screening of the gripping documentary Agents of Change. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film with Co-Director and Co-Producer Abby Ginzburg and participant and campus leader at SF State Dr. Ramona Tascoe.

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960’s. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, almost 50 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Abby Ginzberg, a Peabody award-winning director has been producing compelling documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. Her film, And Then They Came for Us (2017), about the connection between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW II and the current Muslim travel ban just won a Silver Gavel Award and has played in major cities across the country. She co-produced and co-directed Agents of Change (2016; with Frank Dawson), which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival where it won the Jury and the Audience Awards for Best Feature Documentary. It was broadcast on America Reframed in February, 2018. Abby is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has given out over $1 million to East Bay filmmakers since 2009.

Dr. Ramona Tascoe, who is featured in the film, was a student and campus leader at SF State. After graduating in 1970, she went on to earn a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1979. Tascoe has been an internal medicine specialist in Oakland for decades and has also put her unique mix of skills to work on behalf of communities around the world. As a Global First Responder she’s led medical missions to Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, India and Sri Lanka. And she’s worked extensively with Haiti’s Ministry of Health and the University General Hospital of Haiti, that nation’s largest public hospital. She was the 2018 SF State Commencement Speaker.

 

This program is co-presented by the California Historical Society