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Celebration of Afro Peruvian day – 160 years of the abolition of slavery

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Celebration of Afro Peruvian day – 160 years of the abolition of slavery

For the first cajoneada in the U.S. we will be trying to collect 160 cajones for the 160 years of the abolition of slavery.

If you own a cajon, bring it.  You don’t need experience to be part of this festival of music and Afro Peruvian food.

Invited Artists:

·         Julio bravo

·         Vladimir vucanovch

·         Peta robles

·         Braulio barrera

·         Huaranguito

·         De rompe y raja

·         Kanchis

·         Nestor ruiz

·         Marina LaValle

Admission is free

Peruvian food will be available for sale

Cajoneada- blue jeans and white tshirt

Dance contest

Sign-ups for the cajoneada- call: 510-677-4200 | 510-395-7236

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Celebrando La Peña Cultural Center en su aniversario

Celebracion del dia afro Peruano 160 anos de la abolicion de la esclavitud

La primera cajoneada en estados unidos, tratando de reunir 160 cajones por los 160 anos de la abolicion de la esclavitud.

Si posees un cajon, ven no necesitas experiencia para ser parte de este festival de musica y comida Afro Peruana

Entrada es gratuita

Habra comida Peruana

Entrada gratuita

Cajoneada- blue jean y white tshirt

Concurso de baile

Inscrpciones para la cajoneada Llamar a 510-677-4200 | 510-395-7236

La Peña Board Meeting Minutes, Dec 16, 2013

LP Board Meeting – Monday, December 16, 2013

Present: Mariola, Paul, Victor, Carol, Alex, Eric, Francine, Kristen, Ellen, and Sarah.

Meeting started at 6:15pm.

1.    Approve notes from the Nov. 18 mtg.

Carol moves to approve minutes from 11/18/13.

Paul seconds.

All in favor.

Sarah, Victor and Mariola abstain (not part of the Board at the moment.)

2.    Welcome new board members Sarah Guerra and Victor Martinez and renewed board member Mariola Fernandez.

3.    Report from ED: Kristen sees the need to form an active fundraising committee. This is a primary duty of the board, and we have an enormous opportunity between now and June 2015 with the Building Our Future campaign to be followed by 40th Anniversary activities.

ACTION: Kristen and Eric will look at the budget to determine if LP has money for hiring someone to help with fundraising.

Agreed: in the meantime we should keep a roster of ideas for fundraising; have another phone banking before the end of the year.

ACTION: Kristen will send an email to the board to inform of date for phone banking.

Addressing letter sent to the Board from some community, mural, and chorus members:

ACTION: Kristen will respond to the letter.

Points to cover: regular communication will be through our website; we are planning to go through with the renovations; schedule for the renovations; give numbers for the different phases; programming plan; general direction of LP; we look forward to open communication; we are willing to address the concerns; we are committed to our founding principles.

4.    Financial committee (financial review) by Carol of finance committee:

  • Thus far, for fiscal year 2014, our financial results are in line with the budget projections: Total revenue from the door has met our projected budget and also our overall operating expenses are in line with our budget projections.
  • We’ve received about $40,000 for the capital campaign with an additional $35,000 in pledges.
  • We’ve been doing very well with grants, particularly with key ones such as Hewlett and Haas.
  • So far we’ve taken the investment for the Café from the General Operations fund of the Cultural Center. We are not sure yet if we can use the endowment money for the Café. We are doing additional research.
  • For the most part we are living within our budget with minor variances.
  • Total budget for renovations, including contingencies: around $110,000. We have more than that amount available in cash, not including BOF pledges.
  • We would not be sending out a good message to our funders, donors, etc. if we delay the start of the project.

 

5.    Mural Report:

The mural group has raised most of what they’ve spent. The artists have been asked to do some touch ups on faces that some have complained about. The mural group has a plan/commitment to raise the money needed for this, which is about $3,000. There are some lights to put up too.

6.    Report from the Café Committee:

Things have been challenging. LP has invested $50,000 so far of which about $26,000 at this time is lost. The past month and a half has shown improvement in revenue.

We’re adopting a new approach to what we’re serving and doing popup kitchens where we bring a guest chef to handle the food service while the Café keeps proceeds from the sale of beverages. The most successful one so far has been the Flamenco cuisine, ñora. We are planning to start opening on Tuesdays. We are also getting interest from restaurants to take over the daytime business as a concession. The idea is that they open for breakfast and lunch and they would leave at 2:30pm. They would pay a rental fee and have a 1-year maximum lease. We had a tasting from one of these businesses and the board was very happy with the results. We also have interest from 2 more businesses. The deadline for proposals is December 20 and the Café board will make a decision by January 6. In terms of programming, there has been a lot more in the Lounge with many exciting events. We will try this arrangement for the next few months to see where we stand and re-evaluate as needed.

7.    Report from the Café Committee:

The construction schedule is being developed. Programming for February should be okay.

ACTION: Kristen will send out a report after hearing construction scheduling details this week.

8.    Capital Campaign updates (see financial report above).

9.    Kristen’s leave: Kristen presented her plan for maternity leave including time off and part-time work

10.   Set February meeting: Monday, February 3 from 6-8pm at La Peña.

Meeting ends at 8:30pm.

Food First Presents: 16 Seeds, a Documentary Short (In the Lounge)

Join Bay Area filmmaker Melinda James and the urban farmers of Digg Deep Farms and Produce for a discussion about food justice.

View the trailer here.

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Blues Dance with Sundown Blues

beyondBluesSliding scale $6 – $16 for practice, drop-in and social dance | Meets year round

Instructor: Rotating instructors | Location: Theater Space

Contact:

http://www.sundownblues.com/contact.html

7 – 8 Practice (included in admission) or series lesson (separate admission)

8 – 9 Beginner-friendly drop-in lesson (included in admission)

9 Social Dance

Blues dancing is all about connection, musicality, partnership and having fun! It can range from sensual to sad to gritty to soulful and anything in between. Our DJs play a variety of vintage and modern blues music in many styles and tempos, suitable for many styles of blues dancing.

If you’ve never danced before, no worries. We teach a beginner-friendly drop-in lesson before every dance from 8-9, and it’s even included in the price of admission! Once you’re ready to take your dancing to the next level, we teach practicas and series classes from 7-8. Read more.

Your first time is free! No partner necessary, all ages welcome!

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Blues Dance with Sundown Blues

beyondBluesSliding scale $6 – $16 for practice, drop-in and social dance | Meets year round

Instructor: Rotating instructors | Location: Theater Space

Contact:

http://www.sundownblues.com/contact.html

7 – 8 Practice (included in admission) or series lesson (separate admission)

8 – 9 Beginner-friendly drop-in lesson (included in admission)

9 Social Dance

Blues dancing is all about connection, musicality, partnership and having fun! It can range from sensual to sad to gritty to soulful and anything in between. Our DJs play a variety of vintage and modern blues music in many styles and tempos, suitable for many styles of blues dancing.

If you’ve never danced before, no worries. We teach a beginner-friendly drop-in lesson before every dance from 8-9, and it’s even included in the price of admission! Once you’re ready to take your dancing to the next level, we teach practicas and series classes from 7-8. Read more.

Your first time is free! No partner necessary, all ages welcome!

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Mexican Tardeada (In the Lounge)

mexicantardeadaA monthly Sunday afternoon Mexican music jam in the café lounge. The Tardeadas are informal family-oriented gathering of musicians and Mexican music aficionados. Bring your Tejano/Norteño acordeon, guitar, bass, bajo, or percussion y aquí nos vemos!

Free/Donations encouraged

UNPLUG!

the Joshua Walters presents…

UNPLUG!

With the rate of technological advance, the world is becoming a faster, a more connected, and a more chaotic place. We are at a pinnacle moment in human history in which we can know everything and have our voices felt everywhere, but at what cost? What if everyone in the world stopped using technology for one day? To feel the effect on our minds, emotions, and connection to the divine: UNPLUG!

As part of the event, we are going to ask people mask their cell phone usage with an individual unplug bag.  Use your phone for one last Instagram picture, and then ditch the technology for the rest of the night!

About Joshua Walters: 

Joshua Walters of Madhouse Rhythm, (((JawVox))), and soon to be UnPlug, is a performer who explores language, creativity, beatboxing and madness. His solo shows are a mash-up of comedy, intimate reflection and unpredictable antics. He is a regular contributor to Snap Judgment, a weekly storytelling radio show on NPR with TV broadcasts on PBS. Walters was one of three speakers selected from a pool of 600 applicants to perform a TED Talk, titled On Being Crazy Enough, exploring the Bipolar Spectrum.

Walters’ first full length solo play,Madhouse Rhythm, debuted to critical acclaim in 2008. Madhouse Rhythm is an autobiographical collage of traditional theater, spoken word, and beatbox (the art of vocal percussion). This show has had a great impact in the theater and mental health community and is now included as part of the Performance and Disability Studies curriculum at UC Berkeley. Walters’ second solo performance (((JawVox))) premiered in San Francisco in 2010, portraying an alien’s last hour on earth. The San Francisco Chronicle hailed this sci-fi exploration of human values as, “a warped reflection of our very real foibles, in the funniest possible way.”

His eclectic combination of performance disciplines and activity as an educator in mental health has given Walters a national platform and audience. Walters is a National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) State Speaker and in 2002, he co-founded the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Young Adults Chapter in San Francisco, one of the few support groups specifically for mentally ill young adults in the country. Walters speaks as a mental health educator and has engaged in mental health advocacy at conventions and in classrooms nation-wide. As a facilitator, Walters uses humor to address the often dark subject of mental illness, re-framing it as a positive.

Watch Dr. Jaw says: UnPlug

Also joining UnPlug!:

Sammy Obied:

Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American, born in Oakland, California, Sammy Obeid is best known for his 1,001 day streak of consecutive comedy performances. It began on December 26th, 2010, and concluded on September 21st, 2013– four days after an appearance on TBS’s Conan. Breaking the old world record on Day 731, Sammy set the new one at 1,001 Arabian Nights of Comedy.Over the course of the streak, he appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and advanced to the Las Vegas round, and became the first comedian to perform on The Food Network. He was profiled in TIME Magazine, followed soon after by an article in the New York Times. His Album, Get Funny or Die Trying, was named a Best Comedy Album of 2013 by iTunes. Not slowed, Sammy has now embarked on a national college tour performing for hundreds of students a week.

Spencer Honeyman

Spencer is passionate about creating spaces where people feel balanced, alive, and connected to a bigger picture. He is guided by the jazz creativity expressed in nature and wishes to bring this freshness in a modern way into our human spaces. He is a graduate of Pomona College’s Environmental Analysis program where he studied neuroscience, environmental design, and art.After finishing undergraduate studies in 2008, Spencer entered self-study of Integral Theory, consciousness, and body energetics, studying under Thomas Huebl, and practicing Shadow Yoga in Berkeley. He brings a grounded access to subtle energy and is able to help clients visualize key functions of a project and address systemic problems. He is also a strong leader and facilitator, able to communicate between different moving parts of a project including owners, consultants, designers, builders, and artists. Spencer oversees landscape installation and collaborates with builders in interior and architectural projects.

When not working with Revive, Spencer can be found making music and exploring the outdoors with friends.

Daniel Riera
San Francisco based flutist, EWI player, bassist, producer, sound designer, composer, session musician, performer and educator.
Doors 7pm, Show at 7:30
Advance Tickets:

Premium Seating $45.00
General $10 (until 11/15)
General $12 (11/15-11/21)
General $14 (on 11/22, before show)

$20 at the door on the day of the show

 

Blues Dance with Sundown Blues

beyondBluesSliding scale $6 – $16 for practice, drop-in and social dance | Meets year round

Instructor: Rotating instructors | Location: Theater Space

Contact:

http://www.sundownblues.com/contact.html

7 – 8 Practice (included in admission) or series lesson (separate admission)

8 – 9 Beginner-friendly drop-in lesson (included in admission)

9 Social Dance

Blues dancing is all about connection, musicality, partnership and having fun! It can range from sensual to sad to gritty to soulful and anything in between. Our DJs play a variety of vintage and modern blues music in many styles and tempos, suitable for many styles of blues dancing.

If you’ve never danced before, no worries. We teach a beginner-friendly drop-in lesson before every dance from 8-9, and it’s even included in the price of admission! Once you’re ready to take your dancing to the next level, we teach practicas and series classes from 7-8. Read more.

Your first time is free! No partner necessary, all ages welcome!

blues1

blues2

Blues Dance with Sundown Blues

beyondBluesSliding scale $6 – $16 for practice, drop-in and social dance | Meets year round

Instructor: Rotating instructors | Location: Theater Space

Contact:

http://www.sundownblues.com/contact.html

7 – 8 Practice (included in admission) or series lesson (separate admission)

8 – 9 Beginner-friendly drop-in lesson (included in admission)

9 Social Dance

Blues dancing is all about connection, musicality, partnership and having fun! It can range from sensual to sad to gritty to soulful and anything in between. Our DJs play a variety of vintage and modern blues music in many styles and tempos, suitable for many styles of blues dancing.

If you’ve never danced before, no worries. We teach a beginner-friendly drop-in lesson before every dance from 8-9, and it’s even included in the price of admission! Once you’re ready to take your dancing to the next level, we teach practicas and series classes from 7-8. Read more.

Your first time is free! No partner necessary, all ages welcome!

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Nora Barrows-Friedman Book Release: IN OUR POWER: US STUDENTS ORGANIZE FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE

1st version of nora's book cover

$8-$15 sliding scale

Thursday November 6, 7pm:

Nora Barrows-Friedman Book Release: IN OUR POWER: US STUDENTS ORGANIZE FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE
Benefit for children in Gaza

Join award-winning KPFA radio host & Electronic Intifada journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman celebrate her new book! Nora will be in conversation with
KPFA host Malihe Razazan, and she will be joined by activists with Students for Justice in Palestine.

Nora’s book documents the emergence and success of the Students for Justice in Palestine movement, using her investigative interviews with activists nationwide. Her journalistic experience in Palestine and close engagement with Palestinian solidarity activism give Nora a unique ability to help these inspiring student leaders tell their stories!

Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff writer/editor with The Electronic Intifada and has contributed to Al-Jazeera English, Truthout.org and more. Past Senior Producer/co-host of KPFA’s investigative news magazine “Flashpoints”, Nora B-Fin 2009 she received the Lifetime Achievement Media Freedom Award from the Media Freedom Foundation.

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