Public Programs Calendar

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MOAD AFTER DARK | In Conversation : Black Flight

Thursday April 3, 2014

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The MoAD Vanguard presents an an evening of mingling, discussion and refreshments. Outmigration can be described as a movement or resettlement of groups of people from one city to another. During this "MoAD After Dark in Conversation" discussion, we will speak with three young African American leaders in San Francisco politics, economics and art to learn about the impact Black flight has on the city's landscape. Moderated by Tyra Fennell, the panel includes Christine Johnson, Chair, San Francisco Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure; Melorra Green, Curator, African American Arts & Culture Complex; and Theo Miller, Mayor's Outmigration Advisor.

MoAD After Dark Schedule of Events

6:00-6:45 pm - Happy Hour Networking

6:45-7:30 pm - Panel Discussion and Post-Discussion Q&A

7:30 - 9:00 pm - Mingling-Music-Drinks

Explore MoAD and visit the current exhibition, Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980.

Music by Rahan Boxley Band

General Admission | $20

Individual MoAD Vanguard Membership | $100

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LECTURE & DEMONSTRATION | The Yoruba Tradition in the Diaspora: Lucumi Migration to the United States

Wednesday April 9, 2014

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a Co-Presentation of Museum of the African Diaspora and the 10th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music.

Gladys "Bobi" Cespedes will begin the presentation by singing Oriki to Elegua, Ogun and Ochosi, while accompanied by Chekere. After a warm welcome she will discuss the development of the Lucumi tradition and religion in the United States, in particular, while making reference to other Yoruba derived traditions present in the United States, in general. Cespedes will also discuss the history, traditions and general philosophical views of the Yoruba/Lucumi, and the relationship with the ancestors.

Gladys "Bobi" Cespedes is an acclaimed folkloric singer, dancer and percussionist; she is a recording artist, theatrical director, storyteller, accomplished historian, lecturer, and cultural arts teacher. She sings in three languages: English, Spanish, and Lucumi, the mother tongue of the descendants of the Yorubas of West Africa in Cuba. She makes and plays a variety of authentic folkloric percussion instruments, including the Chekere, a beautiful beaded calabash gourd.

The CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music is held annually over three weeks each spring, it is the only festival in the Bay Area that is devoted to folkloric and contemporary dance and music of the Afro-Caribbean and its Diaspora. For more information see cubacaribe.org

$10 online | $12 at the door

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MoAD VANGUARD | Board Open House

Thursday April 10, 2014

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Interested in expanding the voice of the African Diaspora? Do you have a passion for the Arts? Be our special guest at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Vanguard Board Open House! Come meet other MoAD Vanguard members and share your ideas and interests. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: thevanguard@moadsf.org

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FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION | Ori

Thursday April 10, 2014

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

FILM SERIES | Cross-Cutting: Black Insurgency on Film

To deepen the appreciation of the Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980 exhibition, we will present a rich mixture of documentaries and dramas reflecting the tumultuous times. A few of the films, actually made during the times, have not been presented in San Francisco in decades and others were recently produced that look back at the era. Cornelius Moore, Director of California Newsreel and curator of Cross-Cutting: Black Insurgency on Film, will introduce each film and lead an audience discussion following the screening.

ORI (Raquel Gerber, 52 minutes, 1988) – This documentary examines the various manifestations of Black Consciousness in Brazil, from the quilombos (or communities of escaped slaves), samba, and political organizing for political rights.  One segment looks at how youth in the 1970’s and 1980’s held events featuring US funk music as an expression of Black pride – events that continue to this day.

Free with MoAD Admission

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WORKSHOP | Behind the Lens: Girls of Color in the Media

Saturday April 12, 2014 - May 17, 2014

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Soul Within: Fashion in the African Diaspora ( April 12th – May 17th) will focus on introducing girls of color to women from the African Diaspora who have made strides within the fashion industry. Whether through being an artisan of style or an exemplar of style, The Soul Within will explore the history and importance of adornment to cultures of color and ways in which our identities are tied to our fashion choices. In partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s Will to Adorn project, The Soul Within will provide participants with an opportunity to interview elders and express their own personal style and adornment via social media and visual art. Join us for all 6 weeks or drop-in.

Inquiries to Iwillmott@moadsf.org

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FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION | Tengo Talento

Wednesday April 16, 2014

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a Co-Presentation of Museum of the African Diaspora and the 10th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music.

Director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi will introduce his three short films that make up TENGO TALENTO (Cuba, 2014) and lead a discussion with the audience following the screening. TENGO TALENTA is about the new generation of talent in Cuba. World renowned artists take to the streets to find the next talent in their field. Travel on a journey from Havana to Santiago searching the next stars in Jazz, Hip Hop and Rumba. Films feature Julito Padrón, Jennyselt Galata Calvo and Yrak Saens.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and he received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to graduation, the Pan-African Film Festival honored Eli with the Student Filmmaker Award for his first solo feature length film, Investos: Hip Hop Cubano. Eli continues to utilize music as a tool to provide insight into culture and socio/political community struggles. In 2010, he released his second film, Home Grown: Hip Life in Ghana. His current production Revolucion Sin Muertos (Revolution Without Death) captures a youth movement in Comuna 13 in Medellin, Colombia, where Hip Hop is utilized to empower a Peace Movement.

The CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music is held annually over three weeks each spring, it is the only festival in the Bay Area that is devoted to folkloric and contemporary dance and music of the Afro-Caribbean and its Diaspora. For more information see cubacaribe.org

$10 online | $12 at the door

Purchase advanced tickets here

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Lorraine Hansberry Theatre @ MoAD presents a staged reading of Les Blancs

Saturday April 26, 2014

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at MoAD is a collaboration that connects theater and the visual arts, bringing both audiences together, making each art form more accessible and relevant to both constituencies and providing context across art forms. Each presentation will be followed by an audience discussion.

Please join us for a staged reading of Les Blancs (The Whites) by Lorraine Hansberry. Best American play of 1970, Les Blancs prophetically confronts the hope and tragedy of Africa in revolution. The setting is a white Christian mission in a colony about to explode. The time is that hour of reckoning when no one, the guilty nor the innocent, can evade the consequences of white colonialism and imperatives of black liberation. Tshembe Matoseh, the English educated son of a chief, has come home to bury his father. He finds his teenage brother a near alcoholic, and his older brother a priest and traitor to his people. Forswearing politics and wanting only to return to his wife and child in England, Tshembe is drawn into the conflict symbolized by a woman dancer, the powerful Spirit of Africa who pursues him. Les Blancs is Lorraine Hansberry's final play and was posthumously produced.

Founded in 1981, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) presents plays by America's foremost African-American and multicultural playwrights. LHT has produced over 130 plays, including west coast and world premieres, experimental works, classics in the African-American canon, lively musicals, and poignant socio-political dramas. LHT distinguishes itself as an eclectic learning community, sustained by both rigor and creativity. LHT draws from aesthetic, cultural and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area to enrich and strengthen the performing arts.

 

Free with MoAD Admission and for LHT Subscribers.

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