Public Programs Calendar

All public programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

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Collecting African Textiles

Sunday November 5, 2006

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MoAD Sunday Salon Series

Join us for a slide presentation and lecture by Bay Area collectors Dick and Beany Wezelman. For the past thirty years Dick and Beany have been traveling throughout Africa collecting and photographing indigenous art. The majority of their collection consists of African textiles and clothing. Several pieces from their personal collection will also be on display.

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MARCUS SAMUELSSON - Book Presentation and Signing

Friday November 10, 2006

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MoAD Salon

Please join us for a special event honoring Marcus Samuelsson, renowned chef and author of the newly published book The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa. Marcus will be discussing his journey through Africa with photos, music and wine. Book signing to follow immediately.

Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden by his adoptive parents, Samuelsson explores his native Africa in his deeply personal and stunningly beautiful book.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 415-358-7215.

*Price includes a copy of The Soul of a New Cuisine as well as sales tax.

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MARCUS SAMUELSSON - Reception/Dinner

Saturday November 11, 2006

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Reception - St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco

7:45 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner - St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco

Join St. Regis Hotel Executive Chef John Jackson in conjunction with Marcus Samuelsson as they present dishes from the newly published book The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception; Three courses, includes wine paring.

Marcus Samuelsson will be in attendance. Seating is limited!

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 415-284-4008.

Special rates for overnight accomodations at the St. Regis Hotel are available for a limited time. Book now!

A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will go to support the Museum of the African Diaspora education program.

*Price includes a copy of The Soul of a New Cuisine, as well as sales tax and all service charges.

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Black Gold - Film

Tuesday November 14, 2006

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MoAD Salon

Millions of sophisticated coffee drinkers relish a good cup of coffee. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer typically only receives 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market.

Black Gold follows Tadesse Meskela, General Manager of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia as he tries to secure a living wage for the 70,000 coffee farmers he represents. Tracing the tangled trail from the 2 billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold exposes how international commodities markets are rigged against the nations of the global South.

After seeing Black Gold, coffee will never taste the same. A sip of cappuccino will remind viewers of the farmers who grew the beans and of their own power to pressure corporations where it hurts most-the bottom line.

Co-presented by The San Francisco Black Film Festival and California Newsreel.

$8 General; $6 for MoAD members, Seniors and Students.

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Postcolonial Landscapes of Industrial Katanga: Photography, Memory and Heritage

Wednesday November 15, 2006

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Presentation

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Reception immediately following presentation.

Virtual Exhibit by Dr. Bogumil Jewsiewicki, winner of the African Studies Association (ASA) 2006 Distinguished Africanist Award. A short multi-media exhibit featuring a historical anthropology of a modern, urban and industrial African society (one century old.) For Lubumbashi and its region (Katanga) the project is important because the demise of mining industry means a profound transformation of the society and stresses the need to confront the past and the present.

Reception hosted by the Museum of the African Diaspora, the California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE), and the African Studies Association - Local Arrangements Committee (ASA-LAC.)

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Afro-Latino Américas Film Series #3

Wednesday November 15, 2006

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm YBCA Screening Room 701 Mission Street @ Third, San Francisco

AFRO-LATINA VOICES - An evening celebrating the lives and contributions of two Afro-Latina singers.

Tribute to Toña la Negra. Director, Chuy Varela presents a multi-media tribute to Mexico's famous Afro-Mestiza singer, Toña la Negra (1912-81) and the immortal sound of her romantic Caribbean African-based bolero music.

Susana Baca: Memoria Viva This film documents Susana Baca's efforts to champion the performance and preservation of her Afro-Peruvian heritage, through the lando, a highly evocative musical style with a mixture of Spanish, Indigenous and African rhythms.

$8 General; $6 for Mexican Museum, MoAD, and YB Center for the Arts members; Seniors, and Students. Tickets at or YBCA Box Office, 415.978.2787. The Afro-Latino Américas Film Series was supported by the San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and LEF Foundation and media sponsors, El Tecolote and San Francisco Bay View newspapers, and KPFA Radio. More information is at

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The MoAD Vanguard presents Preview

Thursday November 16, 2006

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm The CLIFT Hotel, 495 Geary Street

Good Music, Great Artwork and Good Times.

Join us as we bring in the holidays and celebrate the launch of the The MoAD Vanguard! PREVIEW is an evening of art, music and dance for a cause, designed to stimulate the senses and give you a taste of what is to come from the MoAD Vanguard.

Admission is complimentary for Vanguard Members, or $20 at the door.

Ticket price includes one free admission to MoAD. All proceeds will benefit the Public Programs of the Museum of the African Diaspora.

PREVIEW is sponsored by Giant Step & ToDo

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Family Programming: Transparency Imagery

Saturday November 18, 2006

11:00 am - 2:00 pm MoAD Education Center

Using images from Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work[s] of Qes Adamu Tesfaw, participants will create their own transparent works of art. These art pieces resemble stained glass windows and can be hung in front of a lamp or window to allow light to pass through.

Featured artist: Abnet Asnake.

Free with Museum admission. All Ages.

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