Public Programs Calendar

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

show only future programs

MUSIC ACROSS THE DIASPORA | Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña with John Santos

Wednesday September 5, 2012

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WEEK 6 | New York: Trios to Big Bands

Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Music: Creole and Tasty) is an eight-week lecture series by five-time Grammy-nominated musician John Santos that delves into the origins, evolution and relevance of Puerto Rican music, encapsulating the folk and popular trends of this tiny yet highly expressive Caribbean nation. European, African, and Indigenous roots - and an often-violent political history - form the foundation of Puerto Rican traditional and popular music, setting the stage for the birth of Salsa in New York's Puerto Rican community. Mr. Santos will illuminate Puerto Rico's musical evolution from a socio-political perspective through audio examples from his legendary collection, video clips and historical background based on his lifetime of immersion in Puerto Rican music. The eight, two-hour sessions will cover a variety of themes and may be enjoyed as a series or individually.

New York: Trios to Big Bands Puerto Rican music flourishes away from Puerto Rican aristocracy and begins to compete with Cuba and México for the Latin American market. The Nuyorican community embraces Cuban musical and dance traditions as it forges its own identity. Afro-Cuban Jazz has a secret.

Tickets can be purchased at SFJazz

General | $20 per class or $160 full course

Members | $15 per class or $120 full course

To purchase tickets online using your MoAD Members discount, please contact Joey Bravo at (415) 318-7152 or email at jbravo@moadsf.org
Discount code will be provided for your online purchase.

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJazz and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Bookmark and Share

TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices From the African Diaspora

Saturday September 8, 2012

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This series is designed to bring different scholars to MoAD who will present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between scholars and the community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Diane Fujino presents Japanese Americans and the Black Panther Party: Researching Asian American Activism, Writing Biography. Fujino is the chair and professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and she will discuss the process that went into her latest book Samurai Among Panthers, the first biography on the colorful and contradictory life of Richard Aoki, the highest ranking non-Black member of the Black Panthers, and the challenges of writing his biography. Fujino will also discuss her latest research in Japanese American radical activism and the questions she has yet to answer.

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

MUSIC ACROSS THE DIASPORA | Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña with John Santos

Wednesday September 12, 2012

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WEEK 7 | La Salsa: Birth of a Genre in New York City

Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Music: Creole and Tasty) is an eight-week lecture series by five-time Grammy-nominated musician John Santos that delves into the origins, evolution and relevance of Puerto Rican music, encapsulating the folk and popular trends of this tiny yet highly expressive Caribbean nation. European, African, and Indigenous roots - and an often-violent political history - form the foundation of Puerto Rican traditional and popular music, setting the stage for the birth of Salsa in New York's Puerto Rican community. Mr. Santos will illuminate Puerto Rico's musical evolution from a socio-political perspective through audio examples from his legendary collection, video clips and historical background based on his lifetime of immersion in Puerto Rican music. The eight, two-hour sessions will cover a variety of themes and may be enjoyed as a series or individually.

La Salsa: Birth of a Genre in New York City With Cuban origins, international appeal and firm roots in New York's Puerto Rican community, Salsa continues to spice it up for those who dance in every corner of the world. In Puerto Rico, it is the national pastime, boasting a formidable history of excellent dance bands.

Tickets can be purchased at SFJazz

General | $20 per class or $160 full course

Members | $15 per class or $120 full course

To purchase tickets online using your MoAD Members discount, please contact Joey Bravo at (415) 318-7152 or email at jbravo@moadsf.org
Discount code will be provided for your online purchase.

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJazz and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Bookmark and Share

PANEL DISCUSSION | Sailing Away by Zaccho Dance Theatre

Thursday September 13, 2012

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Announcing the return of Sailing Away In partnership with California Historical Society and in conjunction with public forums.

FREE POST-SHOW DISCUSSION Thursday, September 13 at 5pm at California Historical Society, followed by a reception at 6:30pm.

Artistic Director and Choreographer Joanna Haigood will be joined by a panel of scholars, historians, and local community leaders. Panelists include Sharen Hewitt, Jan Batiste Adkins, Dr. Susheel Bibbs, and Gregory Hodge. Co-presented by the California Historical Society and Museum of the African Diaspora.

Inspired by San Francisco’s early African American settlers, this site-specific performance features eight prominent African Americans who lived and worked near Market Street during the mid-nineteenth century and evokes their participation in the mass exodus of African Americans from California in 1858.

FREE PERFORMANCES September 13-16, 2012 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm On Market Streets in San Francisco Performance begins on Market/Powell Streets and ends on Battery St.

Choreography and Direction by Joanna Haigood Scenic Designer: Wayne Campbell Writer: Kim Euell Costume Designer: Callie Floor.  Sailing Away was originally commissioned and presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s “Art on Market St Program” in 2010 In collaboration with Performing Artists: Bibene Byb Chanel, Antoine Hunter, Robert Henry Johnson, Jetta Martin, Shakiri, Raissa Simpson, Amara Tabor Smith, Travis Santell Rowland, and Matthew Wickett.

Please note that this event takes place at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, across from MoAD

Please RSVP for this free event at http://sailingawaypanel.eventbrite.com/

Bookmark and Share

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS AT MoAD! A Different Kind of Fairytale - Print and Media Literacy for Preschoolers

Saturday September 15, 2012

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday Morning Cartoons at MoAD brings young children and their families together for a morning of creativity, fun, and critical thinking. Together we will watch an episode of the HBO series Happily Ever After – Fairytales for Every Child followed by a facilitated conversation with an Education Department staff person. We will conclude with a literacy-building art and journal activity. Saturday Morning Cartoons at MoAD occurs the third Saturday of every month.

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

FAMILY PROGRAM | Folktales Across the African Diaspora with Awele Makebe

Saturday September 15, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Awele Makebe for Anansi: From West Africa to the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. Anansi (ah-NAHN-see), the spider, is a popular figure in the folklore of parts of West Africa (the stories later came with enslaved Africans to the Caribbean islands and the African Diaspora.) Like Brer Rabbit in America, Anansi is a 'trickster' figure - clever, cunning, sometimes mischievous - who uses his wits to make up for what he lacks in size and strength. The Anansi tales are believed to have originated in the Ashanti people in Ghana. (The word Anansi is Akan and means, simply, spider.) They later spread to other Akan groups and then to the West Indies, Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles. Following the storytelling, Awele will lead children and their families in Step It Down: Gullah Circle and Clap Games. Traditional Gullah and African-American circle and clap games and songs from folklorist Bessie Jones teach children about cooperative interaction, preparation for adult roles and socialization showing them how to create fun out of nothing more than their hands, feet, voices, and imaginations.

Awele (ah WAY lay) has mesmerized audiences around the world including TED 2012, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria; the Suriname and Costa Rican rainforest; and Tsinchu Teacher's College in Taiwan. She is an award winning and internationally known storyteller, recording artist, educator and she's also a Community Producer of Cultural Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She paints pictures with words, breathes life into characters, teaches, and inspires through the power of story--personal tales, history, folklore and children's literature. Additional info: Awele.com

Folktales Across the African Diaspora is generously supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

Sacred Music, Sunday Fellowship with Shawnette Sulker

Sunday September 16, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This program will explore some of the musical traditions of Afro-based cultures from the United States, the Caribbean and the West Indies. As a small child, Shawnette Sulker emigrated with her family from Guyana to a largely African-American community in New York City. She experienced many shocks, both cultural and musical. Her ear went from listening mainly to reggae, calypso, soca and West Indian folk songs to R&B, hip hop, soul and later, spirituals. Ms. Sulker will present a program which highlights the traditional music of these two cultures. The songs presented will range from American spirituals to Creole songs to both secular and spiritual songs from Jamaica, Guyana, and Cuba.

Acclaimed for her “heart-breaking poignancy” and “beautifully tuned soprano” by the San Francisco Chronicle and for her “enchanting vocal splendor” by the Leipziger Volkszeitung, Shawnette Sulker is a sought after artist in the United States and abroad. A consummate performer on both the operatic and concert stages, the soprano’s recent performances include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Opera Naples, Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Internationale Opera Producties in the Netherlands, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Hawaii Opera Theatre and an orchestra concert of Porgy and Bess highlights and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Prague’s Smetana Hall. Ms. Sulker has also been a soloist with renowned companies such as the San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Bach Soloists, and the Natchez Opera Festival.

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

MUSIC ACROSS THE DIASPORA | Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña with John Santos

Wednesday September 19, 2012

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WEEK 8 | Jazz Latino: Unbridled Creativity

Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Music: Creole and Tasty) is an eight-week lecture series by five-time Grammy-nominated musician John Santos that delves into the origins, evolution and relevance of Puerto Rican music, encapsulating the folk and popular trends of this tiny yet highly expressive Caribbean nation. European, African, and Indigenous roots - and an often-violent political history - form the foundation of Puerto Rican traditional and popular music, setting the stage for the birth of Salsa in New York's Puerto Rican community. Mr. Santos will illuminate Puerto Rico's musical evolution from a socio-political perspective through audio examples from his legendary collection, video clips and historical background based on his lifetime of immersion in Puerto Rican music. The eight, two-hour sessions will cover a variety of themes and may be enjoyed as a series or individually.

Jazz Latino: Unbridled Creativity Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican musicians are at the core of the highly expressive and inventive contemporary Latin Jazz scene, producing a steady flow of some of today's most adventurous and exciting music. Even under the most hostile and disintegrating economic conditions, Puerto Rican Jazz remains an impressive powerhouse.

Tickets can be purchased at SFJazz

General | $20 per class or $160 full course

Members | $15 per class or $120 full course

To purchase tickets online using your MoAD Members discount, please contact Joey Bravo at (415) 318-7152 or email at jbravo@moadsf.org
Discount code will be provided for your online purchase.

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora, SFJazz and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Bookmark and Share

Authors in Conversation | NoViolet Bulawayo in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Thursday September 20, 2012

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

NoViolet Bulawayo will be reading and discussing, among other works, a piece entitled “In America” which is inspired by the Zimbabwean, and by extension, African, and larger diaspora experience in the US. Themes will include immigration, displacement, exile, identity, assimilation, and alienation, and the American Dream. We are essentially living in an increastingly globalized age and space, where the “homeland” at least for a significant number of people, is no longer a practical site because of compelling pull/push factors. Ms. Bulawayo is interested in what it means to give it up and forge an existence outside of it, i.e. “In America.” NoViolet Bulawayo will be in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

Zimbabwean-born NoViolet Bulawayo is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her stories have won the 2011 Caine Prize for African writing and shortlisted for the J.M. Coetzee-judged 2009 SA PEN/Studzinski Award. Her debut novel, We Need New Names is forthcoming from Little, Brown in the summer of 2013.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her writing includes published essays, academic papers, book reviews and short stories. Sarah's first novel, In Dependence, is published by Legend Press (2008).

Free with MoAD Admission.

Bookmark and Share

FILM | Copresented with 3rd i's SF International South Asian Film Festival

Saturday September 22, 2012

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

3rd i's 10th Annual Film Festival showcases two films by Punjabi filmmakers seeking to make connections with the African/African-American experience:

Sat, Sep 22, 4:30pm (@Castro Theatre): Lucky (Avie Luthra, South Africa, 2011, 100mins) Delicately crafted, both in story and visual style, this beautiful, emotional tale explores the unusual alliance between an elderly Indian woman (with a irrational fear of Africans) and a South African orphan in post-Apartheid South Africa. Based on Luthra's earlier short, which won over 40 international awards including an Oscar nomination.

Sun, Sep 23, 1:45pm (@ Roxie Theater): Herman’s House (Angad Bhalla, Canada, 2012, 81mins) Bhalla explores the injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art in this must-see documentary, which follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and a former Black Panther in solitary confinement for over three decades. Panel discussion with filmmaker following screening.

[more]

Bookmark and Share

FILM | Copresented with 3rd i's SF International South Asian Film Festival

Sunday September 23, 2012

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

3rd i's 10th Annual Film Festival and MoAD showcase a film by Punjabi filmmakers seeking to make connections with the African/African-American experience:

(@ Roxie Theater): Herman’s House (Angad Bhalla, Canada, 2012, 81mins) Bhalla explores the injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art in this must-see documentary, which follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and a former Black Panther in solitary confinement for over three decades. Panel discussion with filmmaker following screening.

[more]

Bookmark and Share

September 2012
SMTWTFS
      1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30       

SEPTEMBER'S EXHIBITIONS