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EMERGENCY FUNDRAISER for Victims of Fire in Valparaíso, Chile. Sunday, April 27th, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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EMERGENCY FUNDRAISER for Victims of Fire in

Valparaíso, Chile

Sunday, April 27th
3pm to 9pm
Suggested donation: $5 to $100
Restaurant Valparaíso
1403 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA

Miguelito Martinez & Corazon Sur Quintet. Performing Sun. May 27. 8pm

Celebrating 15 Years! De Rompe y Raja Saturday August 27, 2011

Cultural organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Afro Peruvian arts. Conducted by Rosa Los Santos.

Ferguson Copwatch Report Back (In the Lounge)

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Free/Donations encouraged

Join Ferguson MO Copwatcher David Whitt, Berkeley Copwatch, and Jacob Crawford of WeCopwatch for a report back on the recent Police attacks in Ferguson, as well as the formation of The Canfield Watchmen, a newly formed Copwatch group in the neighborhood where Mike Brown was killed.

Event includes video presentations of The State of Emergency, as well as Canfield Copwatch efforts.

This presentation is for the people so no on turned away, but consider donating to help build and sustain our stipend for Copwatch efforts in Ferguson.

WeCopwatch T-shirts are also available for donations

These Streets Are Watching (Copwatch DVD)

Speakers include

David Whitt – The Canfield Watcmen

Jacob Crawford – WeCopwatch

Andrea Pritchett – Berkeley Copwatch (two people)

Alex Salazar – Former LAPD Cop turned whistleblower

copwatchMembers of SF Mission Copwatch and people doing Copwatch projects in Oakland

 

BOUCHAIB ABDELHADI AND YASSIR CHADLY – A NIGHT OF MOROCCAN MUSIC AND WISDOM TALES OF THE SUFIS

Bouchaib image1Bouchaib Abdelhadi, a native of Casablanca, Morocco, has had a distinguished musical career on both sides of the Atlantic. As leader of the Orchestre Abdelhadi, he performed throughout the Kingdom of Morocco in the 1980s. Since coming to the United States in the early 1990s, Abdelhadi has been much sought out as a multi-instrumentalist (oud, Moroccan violin, percussion) and as a vocalist[1] in Middle Eastern and North African traditions such as al-Ÿqa (Andalusian), Gnawa (Sufi trance), and Chaabi (“popular”).

Career highlights include collaborating with Pharoah Sanders on music for LINES Ballet Company,[2][3] and, in 2001, contributing to Omar Sosa’s Grammy-nominated CD Sentir. Abdelhadi’s live performances range from a US tour with Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa in 2002[4] to performances with Stephen Kent and Trance Mission in 2001 and 2007,[5] and from playing at the 1998 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival to composing and performing Heart Song in conjunction with Alonzo King and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2004.[6]
His collaborations with Alonzo King also include Salt (2005) with the North Carolina Dance Theater, and Ocean (1994) and The Moroccan Project (2005) with LINES Ballet. Abdelhadi played with DJ Chebi Sabbah on the album La Kahena, and enjoys working with artists from diverse musical traditions such as klezmer, Hindustani, jazz, and rock.

Yassir Chadly is well known fixture in the Bay Area. He has been performing and teaching Moroccan music and Sufi Storytelling in the U.S. since arriving here in 1977. His innovative style and ability to connect with audiences on a deep level, has led him to perform and record with many Jazz and World Music artists including Pharoah Sanders, Steve Coleman , Omar Sosa, Khalil Shaheed ,

Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston and Stephen Kent. He has composed and performed music for Alonzo KIng and The Lines Ballet Company, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre , and was a featured performer with composer Philip Glass and his ensemble.

Yassir is also an Associate professor at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and has been the Imam at The Masjid Al Iman in Oakland for the past 22 years. He was featured in a KQED Arts article

On Islam and Music:
“In the past two decades, a Who’s Who of jazz and world music artists have knocked on Yassir Chadly’s door. Pharoah Sanders. Steve Coleman. Randy Weston. Omar Sosa. Stephen Kent. They all wanted to play with Chadly, a native Moroccan who lives in the East Bay and has established a reputation as a consummate instrumentalist. Chadly makes the oud and the gimbri, stringed instruments whose origins go back millennia, echo with soul and vibration.”

-Jonathan Curiel, KQED
www.yassirchadly.com

A Fiscal Year End Update From Executive Director Kristen Sbrogna

A Fiscal Year End Update
From Executive Director Kristen Sbrogna

La Peña’s fiscal year runs September 1 – August 31, and I’m pleased to share that after finalizing our financial statements, La Peña reports a surplus! For those of you familiar with our financial situation, this is big news for us, and reflects a turnaround to a new phase of stability, renewal, and smart growth.

I would describe the sentiment in the air at La Peña as one of hopefulness. We had a year full of “transition” and change, but we also accomplished a lot, and the result is a renewed center, a new restaurant, and new projects on the horizon. At our core we are still an organization committed to arts and social justice, rooted in Latin American culture.

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In addition to stabilizing our budget in 2014, La Peña completed phase 1 of our Building our Future capital campaign. We raised $100,000 to fund renovations to the café, bathrooms, and lobby, and to purchase new sound and lights systems for the theater.

Our financial success is in large part due to our ability to adapt to the new fundraising climate. Between 2010 and 2012, La Peña reduced its budget by more than a third (from approximately $750,000 to approximately $450,000) due to the loss of a few large corporate grants. The necessary result was a multi-phase restructuring. The final phase, reflected in the graph below, shows the final implementation of the restructuring in 2014.

Despite the savings in staff expenses, our impact on the community has not been compromised. In 2014, La Peña added many regular free and low-cost programs in our lounge while maintaining close to the level of La Peña presents shows in the theater. This slight decrease is reflected in the dip in artist fees from 2013 to 2014 seen below.
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The artist fees are still impressive: they surpass those in 2012 when the staff budget was more than double what it is now. In addition, the distribution of total artist fees is over less shows overall, meaning artists are being paid more on average per show than in 2013. This is largely because at the beginning of 2014 we restructured our financial agreement for our shows to give artists a higher percentage of the door net.

The graph below shows our mission-based categorizations for our La Peña presents programs.
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*In addition to the more than 140 La Peña presents shows included above, in 2014 La Peña hosted over:
46 2nd Gen events
750 classes, workshops, and summer camps (15-20 individual classes/week)
123 community free or by-donation events (mostly in our lounge)
97 rentals
26 Saturday morning family programs

Ensuring we are on a sustainable path will take a little more time “in the black,” but I am confident that as we move forward we will continue to secure our financial footing and expand our programs. As we approach our 40th year, La Peña is as strong as ever!

Lounge Rumba (Every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

rumba 2The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Free/Donations Encouraged

The People’s Mic

1013320_735678606464672_1787399228_nPeople’s Mic is a monthly event that cultivates expression reflective of its surrounding communities.Open Mic We support work that promotes critical thought, joy and inspiration. Come speak your story, share your poetry or music on the mic. Whether you are a performer or in need of inspiration please contribute your energy to this movement grounded in the power of art! (Limited amount of space on performance list please arrive early to sign up!)

Doors at 7:30, event starts at 8pm.

Lounge Rumba (at La Peña’s LOUNGE every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

rumba 2The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

 

Son Jarocho Workshop with Mono Blanco

son jarocho flyer4 (4)-page-0The Son Jarocho workshops at La Peña happen every Thursday, and this week Mono Blanco will be teaching!

Learn fundamentals in jarana, zapateado, canto, and some percussion in a holistic approach to studying son jarocho.  These classes are a continuation of PAZ: Fandango Urbano and are opportunities to get together and discover the protocols associated with fandango and the practice of a community music.

As our friends and master artists from Veracruz come through the Bay Area, they will be invited to give the classes.

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