StreetBeats at the Village Artist Corner

Facilitated by Dr. Elliot Gann, aka Phillipdrummond of Today’s Future Sound, StreetBeats: An Exploration of Culture through Hip-Hop is an intergenerational activation exploring the many different ways to experience and engage with Hip Hop at the Village Artist Corner (aka the Art/Lit Living Innovation Zone) on the first Sundays of March, April and May 2018.

Curated by the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Public Library, the Village Artist Corner, outside the Asian Art Museum on Fulton Street at Larkin Street, serves as a venue for art to inspire change through shared experiences through rotating murals and monthly participatory programming created by the Village Artist-in-Residence.

The March and April 1st Sunday StreetBeats Workshops brought members of the public together to learn from professionals instructors on the many ways Hip Hop has shaped culture – from mixing songs with Daryl Anthony Mc Gee, Ko Wong-Horiuchi, Mike Maitre’d Cochran aka Maitre D , dance like a b-boy or b-girl with Rahman Jamaal Mc, listen to original beat sets from Knxout, Phillipdrummond aka Philthydrummond aka Pd, and Aye, Yu of The Soul Dojo, and practice how to put together freestyles on the fly with with Marlon Richardson.

Join the Asian Art Museum and StreetBeats at their last of 3 installments of this activation on Sunday May 6th from 11am – 2pm at the Village Artist Corner!

Images by Justin Yee / Asian Art Museum.

Lava Mae’s Pop-Up Care Village

With dozens of resource tents and tables flanking the steps of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), multilingual signs waving in the wind directing guests, and a stream of volunteers in bright blue shirts ready to help, Lava Mae hosted an employment-focused Pop-Up Care Village on March 27th. The event provided a one-stop-shop for employment services for people experiencing homelessness, from free job preparedness advice, to hygiene kits, adult education opportunities, clothes, health services, food, books, and haircuts.

Founded in 2013, Lava Mae is a non-profit organization that fosters Radical Hospitality – transforming how essential services are deployed to unhoused individuals in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Converting buses into showers and toilets, Lava Mae has served over 10,000 guests providing much needed access to hygiene resources. Lava Mae offers free hot shower services on Fulton Street every Tuesday from 8am – 1:30pm adjacent to the SFPL on Fulton Street and hosts Pop-Up Care Villages quarterly.

At the quarterly Pop-up Care Villages, many partners work together to provide key services for Lava Mae’s guests in one centralized location. Partners include: Project Homeless Connect, SFPL, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium’s Street Outreach Services, GLIDE, Code Tenderloin, Toolworks, Episcopal Community Services – Adult Education CenterOne Degree,  and others. Beyond convening  partners, Lava Mae also creates a vibrant street fair atmosphere at their Pop-Up Care Villages – with brightly colored Civic Center Initiative bistro tables for breakfast and lunch, cornhole games and musicians playing for the guests.

If you want to join Lava Mae’s efforts to practice Radical Hospitality, volunteer as a group or individual to help support these community events.

Asian Art Museum to Transform Café Experience with Sunday at the Museum

Opening in early Spring 2018, Chef Deuki Hong of the pop-up Sunday Bird in partnership with Andrew Chau and Bin Chen of Boba Guys is bringing Sunday at the Museum to the Asian Art Museum, a new cafe experience focused a rotating menu featuring an array of Asian cuisine – menu items will include variations of bahn mi, dosa, soup dumplings, jianbing, milk buns, fried chicken wings, bao sandwiches, khao mun gai and much more. Reflecting the Museum’s mission of developing new ways to connect diverse communities to Asian art and culture, Sunday at the Museum aims at make their menu accessible to museum patrons and the local community by celebrating the diversity and ubiquity of Asian and Asian American cuisine.

The renovated cafe is the first part of the Asian Art Museum’s $90 million expansion – this project will include a 13,000 sq.ft. pavillion, rooftop terrace and exhibition space designed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast and is scheduled to open to the public in mid-2019. Sundays at the Museum will be open to match the Museum’s hours: Tuesday—Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Read more about this revitalized cafe concept at the NY Times and SF Eater.

Images from Asian Art Museum.

Compton’s Queens in UN Plaza

On February 21st, the Tenderloin Museum sponsored a pop-up drag performance during the Heart of Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, featuring the cast and creators from the The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot.  With appearances by Collette Le Grande, Shane Zaldivar, Donna Personna, Pleasure Bynight and Miss J, the outdoor performance drew crowds of Farmers Market shoppers, local workers and residents who got a sneak peak of the talented performers bringing the story of protest from drag queens and their allies against police harassment at the Tenderloin’s Compton’s Cafeteria.

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, an original, interactive theater experience inspired by the historic riots that launched transgender activism in San Francisco, runs through May 4, 2018. Play patrons convene for an evening breakfast at the New Village Cafe where a 12 person cast dramatizes the inequalities facing the transgender and drag queen communities and their acts of resistance.

Don’t miss this unique play about a key historic movement in the Tenderloin community – buy your tickets now!

Images from Civic Center Initiative.

Zak Ové’s Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness in Civic Center Plaza

British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové’s Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness installation of 40 identical resin and graphite figurative sculptures will be on display in Civic Center Plaza in the summer of 2018. First exhibited in London, this army of statuesque 6.5 feet tall black masked figurines is an exploration of identity, beauty and power in the African diaspora and serves as the work’s American debut.

As part of the Civic Center Initiative, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and in partnership with the Recreation and Parks Department, is funding the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) to bring this monumental temporary art piece to City Hall’s front steps.

Civic Center Plaza has served as a platform for grand sculptures including Zhang Huan’s Three Heads, Six Arms in 2010, Choi Jeong Hwa’s Breathing Flower in 2012 and Amanda Parer’s Intrude in 2016. Ové will be the first artist of African descent to mount a commissioned temporary art installation in Civic Center Plaza.

Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness will be open to the public starting July 2018 and will be up for viewing for four months . Read more about this ambitious installation on SFAC’s website and learn more about the artist’s work on his website.

Visitors Celebrate Civic Center Tree Lighting

UPDATE: For information on the 2019 Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting, Wednesday, December 4, 4-7pm, visit this page.

Original post in 2017: On December 5th, 2017, San Francisco brought the holiday cheer during the Civic Center Tree Lighting in Civic Center Plaza.

As snow (of the manufactured variety) fell from the skies, host Honey Mahogany emceed, providing entertaining banter between performances which included vocalist and X-Factor finalist Jason Brock; a cappella glee club Scales of the City, San Francisco A Cappella, and some wildly exuberant dancing by The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees as well as members of Boxcar Theatre‘s Speakeasy.

What holiday event would be complete without visits from Christmas VIPs such as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair‘s Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Present? Not to mention the man-of-the-hour — Santa himself — was in attendance.

Visitors cheer as the tree lights, photo courtesy of CCCBD.

With drinks for kids of every age and hundreds of toys given away courtesy of the San Francisco Police Department, smiles were in abundant supply amid a chilly evening as the City’s central gathering place welcomed the holiday season in style.

If you missed the grand event, fret not, the tree is in Civic Center Plaza through the holidays for all to enjoy. How do you know this is a true San Francisco tree? If you look closely enough, you might think it leans left.

The event was sponsored by the Civic Center Community Benefit District, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Public WorksSan Francisco Recreation & Parks DepartmentAnother Planet Entertainment, and Civic Center Initiative.

Civic Center Initiative Block Parties, It’s a Wrap!

San Francisco celebrated the final Civic Center Initiative 3rd Thursday Block Party event last week, and while the inaugural season has come to a close, it’s just the beginning of what #WeHaveInCommons.

Throughout the inaugural series, music promotion stalwarts from Another Planet Entertainment, People in Plazas, and Noise Pop were the curated an astounding array of exceptional talent. Visitors danced to Cuban all stars, shook to hip rockers, and grooved to beat bumping DJs. Off-the-Grid punched the flavor ticket, bringing food and drink. Visitors also perused museum exhibits, shopped at pop-up book stores, and got crafty with DIY workshops all in the City’s central public spaces. While you were there, you may even have noticed the trees getting wild.

In the final two events of the series, visitors rented free roller skates and with varying degrees of skill went round and round (and sometimes down) at the Church of 8 wheels roller disco. We’d be hard pressed to create a better people-watching spectacle.

3rd Thursdays grew out the greater Civic Center Initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in our central public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic space. 3rd Thursdays event was a collaboration between the City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Off the Grid, Noise Pop, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.

We can’t wait to see City Hall turn yellow, red, and blue again for the next 3rd Thursdays in 2018. The inaugural series may be over, but is’ just a salvo, the very beginning of exploring, entertaining and engaging with what #WeHaveInCommons.

3rd Thursdays [VIDEO]

3rd Thursdays is a series of monthly events featuring music, food, drinks, and other free programming in the City’s central public spaces. Check out this video spot shot by SF Gov TV during the four events in 2017.