RASHAAD NEWSOME: MELANGE Start Date: Tuesday 4/23/2019 — End Date: Tuesday 4/23/2019 Admission:FREE VISITING ARTISTS + SCHOLARS LECTURE SERIES Rashaad Newsome: Melange Newsome’s work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. He draws attention to the contributions that marginalized communities, whose culture is often absorbed and co-opted by mainstream advertising platforms, have made to Pop culture and society in general. During his talk, Newsome will discuss his use of the diasporic tradition of improvisation and collage as a tool to achieve abstraction. At the heart of his practice is the tenacity and resilience of marginalized communities to create globally celebrated cultural productions, despite living within what scholar bells hooks names the capitalist, imperialist, white supremacist, patriarchy. His work speaks to the power of the human spirit to reinvent and transform itself as evidenced in the Black and Queer cultural practices referenced and abstracted throughout the work. Based in New York City, Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including collage, sculpture, film, music, computer programming, and performance, to form an altogether new field. He has exhibited and performed in numerous galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections worldwide. His many honors and awards include a 2018 William Penn Foundation Grant, the 2018/2019 Live Feed Creative Residency at New York Live Arts, a 2017/2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a 2017 Rush Arts Gold Rush Award. Location: 800 chestnut street San Francisco Contact: SFAI exhibitions@artists.sfai.edu URL: https://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/rashaad-newsome-melange


CONSTANCE HOCKADAY: PREPARE TO BE UNPREPARED Start Date: Tuesday 4/9/2019 — End Date: Tuesday 4/9/2019 Admission:FREE VISITING ARTISTS + SCHOLARS SERIES Constance Hockaday: Prepare to be Unprepared Prepare to be Unprepared is a cinematic and performative lecture by artist Constance Hockaday. The performance includes a stream of associations exploring how sandy beach survival strategies, homemade boats, linguistic investigations of the word “hope,” normalcy bias, and her own personal anecdotes come together to illustrate the terrifying and liberating ways we make sense of our lives in the age of disaster. Constance Hockaday is a Chilean American who grew up on the Gulf of Mexico. She has created outsider maritime projects since 2006. At age 19, she joined the Floating Neutrinos, a family of wanderers, who sailed around the world in handmade vessels. In 2011, she began creating solo work on the water. From a floating boat hotel off the shores of New York City to a floating peeshow in the San Francisco Bay, her work explores issues of public space, political voice, and belonging. Image: You Make A Better Wall Than A Window, Constance Hockaday, 2016; Multimedia public installation and performance; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Location: 800 chestnut street San Francisco Contact: SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE exhibitions@artists.sfai.edu URL: https://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/constance-hockaday-prepare-to-be-unprepared


BLACKLIST EXILES IN MEXICO Start Date: Tuesday 4/2/2019 — End Date: Tuesday 4/2/2019 Admission:FREE The panel focuses on first-hand accounts of US cold war repression from survivors of the internationalist exile community in Mexico, parallels to today’s political climate, lessons learned and survival and circumvention tips. Location: 800 chestnut street San Francisco Contact: SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE admissions@sfai.edu URL: https://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/panel-discussion-blacklist-exiles-in-mexico

The Little Giants (1958, Los Pequeños Gigantes)

The Little Giants (1958, Los Pequeños Gigantes) Start Date: Monday 4/1/2019 — End Date: Monday 4/1/2019 Admission:0 The Little Giants (1958, Los Pequeños Gigantes) 987 minutes; Blu-ray courtesy of the Academy of Motion Pictures The Little Giants is the true story of how a Little League baseball team from Monterrey, Mexico, with limited resources—some of its members were barefoot street-children recruits—managed to travel to the United States beating impossible odds, win the 1957 World Series with the only perfect game in Little League championship history. Here, director and co-screenwriter Hugo Butler (Hugo Mozo) with co-screenwriter Edward Huebsch (alias Eduardo Bueno) perfect the revolutionary docufiction style, combining elements of documentary and narrative fiction. All of the players from the Monterrey team, including pitcher Ángel Macías, play themselves in the film recreating actual events and borrowing from cinema vérité, improvising their lines. Like Crusoe, the film, produced by George Pepper (alias George P. Werker) is a commentary on colonialism and entitlement. It has become popularized in Mexico, probably because of its metaphoric associations to David and Goliath; the colonized facing off with their imperialist masters. It is also a metaphor for the blacklisted artists vs. their McCarthyite censors. The team’s victory and ensuing fame—partially owing to the Olmec Productions film—changed the course of Monterrey, Mexico. The team became legendary throughout Mexico, boosting its town’s economy. Most of the players went onto successful careers that enabled them to raise two generations of professionals. Location: 800 Chestnut San Francisco Contact: Katie exhibitions@sfai.edu URL: https://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/the-little-giants-1958


GINA SIEPEL: CYCLE OF SELF-DETERMINATION TUESDAY, MAR 12, 2019, 7:00PM Start Date: Tuesday 3/12/2019 — End Date: Tuesday 3/12/2019 Admission:0 Gina Siepel began her life on a farm in a rural community in the rust-belt region of Western New York. Her interdisciplinary, craft-informed practice engages the deeply personal, political, and sometimes absurd complexity of how her cultural background meets her gender-non-conforming Queer self in the 21st century. She will discuss her recent work, which encompasses sculpture, installation, performance, video, and woodworking, and is inspired by research into U.S. cultural ideologies of self-determination, labor, and craft. Gina Siepel is based in western Massachusetts, and has exhibited extensively in the northeastern US, including at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Colby College Museum of Art, Vox Populi Gallery, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Flux Factory. Gina has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan, Sculpture Space, Mildred’s Lane, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Gina holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase, an MFA from the Maine College of Art, and currently teaches at Mount Holyoke College. Location: 800 Chestnut San Francisco Contact: Katie exhibitions@sfai.edu URL: https://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/gina-siepel-cycle-of-self-determination

Gardening 101 – Speaker Series

Gardening 101 – Speaker Series Start Date: Saturday 3/9/2019 — End Date: Saturday 3/9/2019 Admission:$10 in advance or $12 at the door The Plant Exchange Presents Sustainable Urban Gardening Speaker Series Gardening 101 Saturday, March 9th, 2-4pm Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door – available at www.ThePlantExchange.Org Learn how easy and fun gardening can be! Join Lori Caldwell and learn the basics to be a successful first time gardener. Topics will include: *Deciphering the terminology *Plants 101 *Healthy soil building *Transplanting and plant choice by season *Seeds vs. starts *Non-toxic pest control *Reuse in the garden and tips and tricks This class is taught by Lori Caldwell, Owner/Operator of CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education. Her mission: “To connect people to the soil and all that it provides”. She offers sustainable gardening classes for beginning and intermediate level gardeners. Topics include: composting, growing edibles, drought-tolerant gardening, Hugelkulture, natives and non-toxic pest control. In addition to garden maintenance projects, Lori also provides lawn conversion services using the permaculture technique known as sheet mulching. Location: 4500 Lincoln Avenue Oakland Contact: Odette Pollar connect@theplantexchange.com URL: http://theplantexchange.com/sustainable-urban-gardening-speaker-series/

Jesús Díaz Quintet: Sounds of Cuba

Jesús Díaz Quintet: Sounds of Cuba Start Date: Saturday 4/27/2019 — End Date: Saturday 4/27/2019 Admission:Adults: $20 advance / $25 day of show, Kid (12 & u Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesús Díaz arrived in the United States from Habana in 1980. Through a blend of contemporary and traditional practices, Diaz explores the role that music plays in the cultural identity, history and geography of the Caribbean islands, most notably, Cuba. His local, national and international performances in collaboration with world renowned and acclaimed artists are recognized for their contributions to the richness of an ever-expanding musical genre. Jesus Diaz has performed, toured or recorded with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E, Omar Sosa and John Calloway, among many others. Jesús Díaz Quintet: Sounds of Cuba is presented as part of Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series honoring island traditions from around the world, on the island of Alameda. Series Tickets are available for purchase through April 27th. Location: 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda Contact: Tina Blaine info@rhythmix.org URL: https://www.rhythmix.org/events/jesus-diaz-quintet

Trailblazing Food Writer RUTH REICHL in conversa

Trailblazing Food Writer RUTH REICHL in conversation Start Date: Monday 4/8/2019 — End Date: Monday 4/8/2019 Admission:$40 Single = 1 ticket + 1 book $55 Companion Trailblazing Food Writer Ruth Reichl in Conversation with SF Chronicle’s new restaurant critic, Soleil Ho : Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the risk (and the jog) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food. Tonight San Francisco Chronicle’s new restaurant critic, Soleil Ho joins Ruth to discuss her life, career and most resent endeavor SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR , a personal journey, complete with recipes, of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams – even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be. Presented in Association with Copperfield’s Bookstore WHAT: An Evening of on-stage foodie conversation in the Hoytt Theater with question & answer opportunities. SEATING: General Admission TIMING: 7:30 ~ Doors @ 7:00. PARKING:FREE on-site parking. FOOD + : Peets Coffee, Numi Teas and a variety of snacks and freshly baked goods available for purchase and allowed in theater. No table service. Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd San Rafael Contact: Linda Bolt lbolt@marinjcc.org URL: http//www.marinjcc.org/cheftalk

BLAME SALLY performs in Marin

BLAME SALLY performs in Marin Start Date: Saturday 4/6/2019 — End Date: Saturday 4/6/2019 Admission:$28 – $40 / Ages 17 & under $10 Blame Sally Timeless Americana / Acoustic / Folk Rock Blame Sally creates an eclectic and undeniably original brand of folk pop that plays on the “indie edges of Americana”. Bringing together four unique voices and musical backgrounds, Blame Sally has forged a cohesive sound that is instantly recognizable and compelling. With their decade plus of live performances and recordings, they have established a legacy of song combining country, folk, rock, Celtic and strains of classical music, which has “brought originality together with a roots sensibility and pop accessibility.” A celebration of music from the eclectic and undeniably original brand of folk pop that is, Blame Sally. This local folk-rock quartet with attitude, combines acoustic textures with Americana harmonies and an independent spirit. TIMING: Concessions: 7:00pm | Doors: 7:15 | Concert: 8pm SEATING: Reserved table & general admission choices PARKING: Ample FREE parking | The Osher Marin JCC is 1/2 mile E off 101. Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd San Rafael Contact: Linda Bolt lbolt@marinjcc.org URL: MARINJCC.ORG/BLAME

JOSHUA NELSON & the Kosher Gospel Singers

JOSHUA NELSON & the Kosher Gospel Singers Start Date: Saturday 3/16/2019 — End Date: Saturday 3/16/2019 Admission:$25 – $35 / Ages 17 & under $10 An Amazing Cultural Mash of African American Gospel with Jewish Lyrics, the Prince of Kosher Gospel returns to the JCC for another high-energy captivating performance. Joshua brings his extraordinary message of hope, unity and spirituality through kosher gospel, a way for him claim both parts of his identity as a Black Jew. Kosher gospel has been able to retain the same musical cultures of Black African Muslims and Jews with that soul-inflected vocalizations which filled the Black Hebrew synagogue Joshua attended as a child with his family, observant Jews who traced their lineage back to Senegal. Nelson has performed around the world, for Presidents, congregations, major music festivals—and for Oprah, who named him a “Next Big Thing.” He has sung with stars from Aretha Franklin to the Klezmatics, and served as the subject of the acclaimed documentary film Keep on Walking. Whatever the venue, Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel, brings people—and cultures—together in joyous song. WHAT:An Evening of Kosher Gospel performed by Joshua Nelson & the Kosher Gospel Singers SEATING: Reserved & general admission choices WHEN: Performance 8:00pm | Doors, Beer, Wine, Concessions open @7:00pm PARKING:Ample FREE parking | The Osher Marin JCC is 1/2 mile E off 101. Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd San Rafael Contact: Linda Bolt lbolt@marinjcc.org URL: http//www.marinjcc.org/joshua