Public Programs Calendar

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora

Saturday August 10, 2013

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Scholarly Voices series brings locally, nationally, and internationally recognized scholars to present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between the academic world and the local community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Dr. Ruth Mathis Bissell presents Restorative Practices: Connecting New School Disciplinary Strategies to Old African Diasporic Traditions. As schools struggle with increases in suspension rates and bullying, one school in the North Bay offers students restorative options to interpersonal conflicts, bullying, social isolation, and suspension by focusing on restoration and re-integration into the community. This case study of Davidson Middle School will be used to analyze the ways collective practices can shift a school’s climate and culture and create a community where members are honored and respected. Dr. Bissell received her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz, a M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts.

Free with MoAD Admission

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MUSIC ACROSS THE DIASPORA | The Spirit of the Drum: Rhythm-centric Community Expression in Caribbean and Latin American Music

Wednesday August 14, 2013

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Week 2 | Candomblé, Vodún, Candombe, Merengue

Join John Santos for a 6-week lecture series on The Spirit of the Drum: Rhythm-centric Community Expression in Caribbean and Latin American Music. The first lecture is on Wednesday, August 7th and continues weekly through Wednesday, September 11th.

True to African tradition, the drum is still the heartbeat of many working class communities in the African diaspora. In this series, we will enter these communities through video clips, photos and rare recordings, as well as take an up-close look at several of the rhythmic instruments used in diverse drumming traditions found in the Americas. We'll also discuss the commonalities, connections and differences between regional forms and how these threatened art forms are the expressive voices of resistance as they have been since colonial times. Some of the drumming traditions into which we will delve are Abakuá, Arará, Iyesá, Candomblé, Vodún, Batá, Bomba, Samba, Rumba, Conga de Comparsa, Palo, Plena, Bembé, Cumbia, Merengue, Quitiplás, Tumba Francesa, and Candombe.

Five-time Grammy-nominated producer, bandleader, composer, percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. He is widely respected as one of the top writers, teachers and historians in the field and was a member of the Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution.

This series is co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and SFJazz.

General | $20 per class, $120 full course

Members | $15 per class, $90 full course 

Purchase tickets here.

If you are a MoAD Member, contact Kitsaun King to receive discount code to purchase tickets.

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FREE ADMISSION | Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena: Art, Drink & Be Merry

Thursday August 15, 2013

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy Free Admission to our current exhibitions, J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Nigerian Photographer: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday, and Gordon Parks Photographs at his Centennial, as MoAD joins the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the California Historical Society and UC Berkeley Extension Art & Design Gallery for Art, Drink, & Be Merry! Third Thursdays in Yerba BuenaMoAD will be the scene for West African beats by DJ Craft Spells. The MoAD Salon will feature iconic photographs of Gordon Parks, Life magazine’s first African American staff photographer, and one of America’s finest photojournalists, along with a continuous screening of Shaft's Big Score, directed by Parks. The 3rd Floor (main) gallery will feature the first West Coast showing of the works of J.D. Ojeikere, a Nigerian national treasure whose images focus on preserving cultural traditions in the face of Nigeria’s change from colonial rule to independence.

Be sure to pick up a wristband at MoAD for special Third Thursday all-night happy hours at participating bars and restaurants. The third Thursday of each month in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood will be a monthly outing full of arts, food, and drink! Wander the blocks around Yerba Buena Gardens to soak in art and music. More at http://thirdthursdaysf.wordpress.com/home/

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MUSIC ACROSS THE DIASPORA | The Spirit of the Drum: Rhythm-centric Community Expression in Caribbean and Latin American Music

Wednesday August 21, 2013

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Week 3 | Iyesá, Palo, Makuta, Yuka

Join John Santos for a 6-week lecture series on The Spirit of the Drum: Rhythm-centric Community Expression in Caribbean and Latin American Music. The first lecture is on Wednesday, August 7th and continues weekly through Wednesday, September 11th.

True to African tradition, the drum is still the heartbeat of many working class communities in the African diaspora. In this series, we will enter these communities through video clips, photos and rare recordings, as well as take an up-close look at several of the rhythmic instruments used in diverse drumming traditions found in the Americas. We'll also discuss the commonalities, connections and differences between regional forms and how these threatened art forms are the expressive voices of resistance as they have been since colonial times. Some of the drumming traditions into which we will delve are Abakuá, Arará, Iyesá, Candomblé, Vodún, Batá, Bomba, Samba, Rumba, Conga de Comparsa, Palo, Plena, Bembé, Cumbia, Merengue, Quitiplás, Tumba Francesa, and Candombe.

Five-time Grammy-nominated producer, bandleader, composer, percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. He is widely respected as one of the top writers, teachers and historians in the field and was a member of the Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution.

This series is co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and SFJazz.

General | $20 per class, $120 full course

Members | $15 per class, $90 full course 

Purchase tickets here.

If you are a MoAD Member, contact Kitsaun King to receive discount code to purchase tickets.

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MUSIC ACROSS THE DIASPORA | The Spirit of the Drum: Rhythm-centric Community Expression in Caribbean and Latin American Music

Wednesday August 28, 2013

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Week 4 | Bembé, Guiro, Cumbia, Samba

Join John Santos for a 6-week lecture series on The Spirit of the Drum: Rhythm-centric Community Expression in Caribbean and Latin American Music. The first lecture is on Wednesday, August 7th and continues weekly through Wednesday, September 11th.

True to African tradition, the drum is still the heartbeat of many working class communities in the African diaspora. In this series, we will enter these communities through video clips, photos and rare recordings, as well as take an up-close look at several of the rhythmic instruments used in diverse drumming traditions found in the Americas. We'll also discuss the commonalities, connections and differences between regional forms and how these threatened art forms are the expressive voices of resistance as they have been since colonial times. Some of the drumming traditions into which we will delve are Abakuá, Arará, Iyesá, Candomblé, Vodún, Batá, Bomba, Samba, Rumba, Conga de Comparsa, Palo, Plena, Bembé, Cumbia, Merengue, Quitiplás, Tumba Francesa, and Candombe.

Five-time Grammy-nominated producer, bandleader, composer, percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. He is widely respected as one of the top writers, teachers and historians in the field and was a member of the Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution.

This series is co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and SFJazz.

General | $20 per class, $120 full course

Members | $15 per class, $90 full course 

Purchase tickets here.

If you are a MoAD Member, contact Kitsaun King to receive discount code to purchase tickets.

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