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  La Peña's 35th Anniversary Street Fair & Festival!
Sat, Jun 5, 2010   12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. [Prince & Shattuck Streets]

Street Festival during La Peña Day in Berkeley
Like Brand New! La Peña Celebrates its 35th Anniversary

For its 35 Anniversary Street Festival on June 5, La Peña showcases the talents and treasures of its diverse community, young and old, with a showcase of students and faculty who will perform Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, Puerto Rican, African, Chilean and other Latin American dances on the stage of Prince and Shattuck streets, beginning at noon.

Artists and community organizations will share their work as part of the celebrations.


Danza Azteca

Danza Azteca performing traditional ceremonial dances. A living, cultural tradition filled with the artistic and spiritual traditions of the Pre-Columbian Aztecs, their neighbors, and their post-conquest Mestizo descendants. It is a form of prayer, individual, and yet communal.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Instructor: Josh Jones. In this popular class/ensemble, vocalists, and percussionists students learn with horns, percussion and string instruments to perform great Salsa and Latin Jazz arrangements. Josh Jones is recognized internationally from his touring with such jazz greats as Don Cherry, Steve Coleman, Dave Murray, and Chico Freeman. He is an important influence and strong supporter of jazz in the community.

Osvaldo Torres

Imprisoned, harassed and blacklisted from commercial venues during the US-backed military dictatorship in Chile, Osvaldo songs hold poignant lyrics and enchanting melodies. He is known for his storytelling talents and for his work with and about the Aymaran culture of northern Chile.

Carnavales De Mi Pueblo!

To celebrate La Peña's 35th Anniversary, folklorist Gabriela Shiroma assembled a troupe of dancers and musicians to celebrate with Carnavales (farewell to the flesh) La Peña. The Carnavales have always been a motif for celebration; however, this Spanish religious tradition was in many ways used to control slaves in Spanish colonies. Carnivals have taken different meanings and styles in Latin American culture. De Rompe y Raja's Carnaval Limeño presents the Son de los Diablos, group Hatunmarka with Carnaval Boliviano performing sikureadas & tarkeadas, and Aguacero presenting the bomba of Carnaval de Puerto Rico.

Afro-Puerto Rican Adult and Youth Bomba Classes

Instructors: Shefali Shah & Héctor Lugo. The bomba is a uniquely Puerto Rican musical genre for dance. It is derived from West Africa, through the importation of slaves. The bomba flourished wherever the slaves and their descendants lived and worked. In Puerto Rico, this was typically on the colonial plantations that were common along the coastal plains.

Afro-Peruvian Adult Dance, Cajon & Youth Ensemble Classes

Instructors: Gabriela Shiroma & Pedro Rosales. Afro-Peruvian music has its roots in the communities of black slaves brought to work in the mines along the Peruvian coast. Because slaves were forbidden from playing instruments, percussion instruments developed out of the simplest household appliances. The cajon is a wooden-box in which the player sits on to play. The seminal performer Nicomedes Santa Cruz and the group Peru Negro popularized this music and dance.

West African Djembe Drum Class

Instructor: Jesse Servin. A skin-covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes directly from the saying "Anke dje, anke be" which literally translates to "everyone gather together" and defines the drum's purpose.

Araucauria w/ Rafael Manriquez

Araucaria shares a distinct sample of dances representing Chile's diverse geography and culture. Araucaria is the name of a native tree found in southern Chile and Tierra del Fuego. A leading exponent of Latin American music in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Rafael brings us the gift of both his exquisite voice and remarkable skill on Latin American string instruments.

La Peña Community Chorus

Singing songs of peace and justice since it began in 1978. The Chorus' music includes styles based in the world's folk and social justice movements and performs in nursing homes, elders' residences, hospitals, migrant labor camps, juvenile halls, rehabilitation centers, and public schools.

Willard Middle School/La Peña Latin Jazz Ensemble

Instructor: Chus Alonso. ith over 25 years of experience performing, composing, and leading musical projects, Chus is a flutist director of the flamenco and Cuban music group Potaje. The Willard Middle School/La Peña Latin Jazz Ensemble is a collaborative project between the school, La Peña and the SF Community Music Center.

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La Peña Cultural Center
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Thursday, June 3rd

Thu, Jun 3, 2010      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[view] Steps to find your Green Career
Virtual Event. Everywhere
San Francisco

Thu, Jun 3, 2010      6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
[view] The Catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and How We Can Make Sure This Never Happens Again
Center for Biological Diversity
351 California St., Suite 600
San Francisco

Thu, Jun 3, 2010 - Thu, Jul 1, 2010      9:00 PM
[view] Green Tours with The Oakland Museum
East Bay
Friday, June 4th

Fri, Jun 4, 2010      7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
[view] Side by Side: a community Ggathering on the issue of violence against women
Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar Street

Fri, Jun 4, 2010      7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
[view] 20th Anniversary DVD Release/Screening of Maria's Story: From 1990 to 2010
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St. (Between 24th St and 25th St)
San Francisco
Saturday, June 5th

Sat, Jun 5, 2010      12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
[view] La Peña's 35th Anniversary Street Fair & Festival!
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. [Prince & Shattuck Streets]

Sat, Jun 5, 2010      6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
[view] World Savvy Presents: The 6th Annual Global Youth Media & Arts Festival Celebration
Zeum, San Francisco's Children's Museum
221 Fourth St
San Francisco

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 - Sun, Jun 6, 2010      9:00 PM - 2:00 PM
[view] Veggielution's Strawberry Jam: Benefit Show
South First Billiards
420 South First Street
San José

Sat, Jun 5, 2010      10:00 PM - 3:00 PM
[view] The Berkeley Farmers' Markets' Sixth Annual Family Fun Festival
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park
Berkeley Center St. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Wednesday, June 9th

Wed, Jun 9, 2010      6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
[view] From The Ground Up: IDEX Celebrates Grassroots Action!
The Solarium
55 Second Street
San Francisco

Wed, Jun 9, 2010      7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
[view] Art of Activism, with Rosario Dawson
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street
San Francisco
Thursday, June 10th

Thu, Jun 10, 2010      6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
[view] Water, Rivers and People / Agua, Ríos y Pueblos: Images of the global effort to defend rivers and human rights
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way

Thu, Jun 10, 2010      7:30 PM
[view] THE INNER TOUR: A touching film about the Palestinian right of return
ATA Theater
992 Valencia St. at 21st St.
San Francisco
Friday, June 11th

Fri, Jun 11, 2010 - Sun, Jun 13, 2010      12:00 PM
[view] The 32nd Annual HARMONY FESTIVAL
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Santa Rosa
Saturday, June 12th

Sat, Jun 12, 2010      9:00 PM - 3:00 PM
[view] THE HUMAN FACES OF HEALTHCARE - a Free Health Fair and Public Hearing
Andrew Hill High School
3200 Senter Road (at capitol and Senter)
San José

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