August 2010 Events Calendar


Bay Area Premier of Quien dijo Miedo | August 4

Quien dijo miedo,  a documentary that depicts history the struggle of the Honduran people to resist dictatorship, imposed after the army’s overthrow of the democratically elected government on June 28, 2009. Producer Katia Lara will be present after the film for a short director’s. Spanish with English subtitles and translation. Location: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Theater 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Los Lonely Boys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds | August 6

Los Lonely Boys had a multi-platinum 2003 debut and a 2006 recording that debuted on Billboard’s albums chart at No 2 This tour highlights their earlier work as well as songs off their gripping third album, Forgiven The Mountain Winery’s historic Winery Building, with its stunning Spanish portal, engenders old-world ambiance and provides a dramatic stage backdrop The nature of the intimate 2500 seat amphitheater ensures an exceptional experience for star performers and guests alike. Show starts at 7 pm. Location: The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga 95070

 Steinbeck Festival | August 5 – August 8

The National Steinbeck Center honours the great 20th-century writer John Steinbeck (1902-1968) and is situated in Salinas, Monterey, the town where the author was born. The Steinbeck Festival takes place each August at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. It features film and theatrical presentations, speeches and discussions, children’s art workshops, a fair and tours of the local area, including the author’s boyhood home.

Videofest 2010 | Deadline for submissions August 7

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in SF , seeks video shorts, 20 minutes and under for their 2010 Videofest. All genres accepted: short docs, narratives, poetic/experimental, drama, and imaginary. Priority will go to videos with themes pertinent to the Latino/Raza community. Location: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Theater 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Salinas Music & Arts Summit | August 8

Free family music and arts festival! This event is designed to inspire an appreciation of the arts to both audiences and performers. Event lineups will showcase local and popular bands, musicians, schools, and organizations. An outdoor art exhibit will highlight local artists of all mediums. Food, kids corner, skate park, jumping houses, games, educational booths and free live entertainment from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the beautiful Natividad Creek Park, 1395 Nogal Dr, Salinas, CA 93905.

Los Amigos Invisibles | August 8

Venezuelan dance band Los Amigos Invisibles are on tour and are making a stop in San Francisco. This group plays a blend of disco and acid jazz. The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1 which was nominated for the Latin Grammy in the category of best Alternative Latin Album in 2004. August 8th at 9:00 pm. Location: The Fillmore 1805 Geary Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94115

Dolores Huerta 80th Birthday Celebration Benefit: Weaving Movements Together | August 13

Celebrate Dolores Huerta’s 80th Birthday while promoting unity among various progressive movements and raising funds for the Dolores Huerta Foundation to support its ongoing work inspiring and motivating people to organize sustainable communities to attain social justice. Host Dolores Huerta; Performances by Carlos Santana, Pete Escovedo, Lila Downs, Zack de la Rocha; celebrity co-hosts Martin Sheen, Ed Begley Jr., Benjamin Bratt, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Culture Clash, and Jodie Evans from Code Pinkwith more to be announced. Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Explore The World Through Music and Dance | Now through August 13

The Mexican Heritage invites all eligible children between the ages of 6 and 17 to join their summer nutrition, music and dance program at one their three camp locations. Participants are served breakfast, lunch and two snacks each day. Students receive music and dance lessons from experienced teachers in many international styles, such as classical to Mexican traditional. The meals and music camp classes and activities are free for all participants.

Viva la Revolución: Celebrating the Hundredth Anniversary of Mexico’s Revolution | August 14–August 27

Come celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Mexican Revolution with Five films covering this historic history.  Location: PFA Theater 2575 Bancroft Way2575 Bancroft Way (Between College and Telegraph) Berkeley CA

San Jose Salsa Festival | August 21

The Third Annual Original San Jose Salsa Festival will be a classic street fair in Alum Rock Village It will feature the Bay Area’s finest live salsa bands, a Best Amateur Salsa Dancing Contest, a Best Salsa Tasting Contest, terrific food venues, exciting merchandise booths, special children’s activities and a  stage, and more! 08/21 Saturday 12pm-8pm.  Location: Alum Rock Avenue from White Road to Millar and Manning Avenues, San Jose Avenues

Kat Parra – Latin Jazz | August 24

Kat Parra has leapt beyond the boundaries of the typical Latin jazz singer With her thirst for the exploration of world rhythms and tonalities, she has developed a style of music that encompasses sounds that both transcend and bend the stereotypical definition of Latin jazz She has incorporated not only Afro-Cuban music, but also added Afro-Peruvian, Middle Eastern, South American folklore as well as nueva trova.  08/24 Tuesday 6:30pm-8:30pm Ticket Information: No cover.  Location: Consuelo Mexican Bistro, 377 Santana Row, San Jose

Blue Ocean Film Festival | August 24-29

The Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit will take place in the Monterey area this summer. The event includes more than 60 award-winning ocean films, as well as art exhibits and speakers.  Location: Monterey, CA

Music in the Park | Every Thursday from June 3-August 26

San Jose summers wouldn’t be the same without Music in the Park, downtown’s most anticipated concert series.  For more than 20 years, people have come out to enjoy a variety of music by some of the world’s biggest stars at free Thursday night concerts from 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

2010 Lineup:

August 5: Foreverland (14-piece Michael Jackson Tribute Band). Opener: Love Stoned.

August 12: Lincoln “Sugar” Minott and Fire Pashon (Dancehall Reggae). Opener: The Hold Up.

August 19: Y&T (Classic Rock). Opener: OTR Band.

August 26: Pato Banton (Reggae). Opener: Whiskey Avengers.

Location: Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose, CA.

Starlight Cinemas | Wednesdays from June 9 – August 25

A traveling cinema series coming to a downtown neighborhood near you…Every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of the month.  Movies begin at dusk, come early for the best seat. Raffles each week for great prizes. BYOCB(or A)- Bring Your own Chair, Blanket or Air Bed. Take advantage of San Jose’s warm, summer nights and enjoy a movie under the star-studded sky with good company. Explore one of three distinct downtown neighborhoods (San Pedro Square, Historic District and SoFA District) each week and meet the people and businesses that give downtown its character.

Movie Listings:

August 11 – The Goonies (San Pedro Square)

August 18 – Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D (Historic District)

August 25 – Zombieland (SoFA District)

Location: San Pedro Square, Historic District and SoFA District in San Jose.

29th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | August 28 – August 29

Celebrate the 29th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on tree-lined University Avenue in beautiful downtown Palo Alto This festival highlights the work of more than 300 talented artisans, from paintings to photography, ceramics and jewelry to unique sculptures, and much more Artists featured at this year’s event come form all over the country, as well as the Bay Area, bringing hundreds of one-of-a-kind art pieces and artisan crafts presented in an awe-inspiring display of creativity and talent This multi-faceted arts celebration also features artists-in-action, musical entertainment on three stages, a Classical Corner, and a Kids’ Art Studio In addition, witness the amazing street artists use vivid chalk pastels to create impressive works of art on the pavement You can stroll through the festival, enjoying a tempting assortment of gourmet foods and beverages This event is sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Public transit makes visiting this free-admission event easy and convenient. Location: University Avenue, Palo Alto

Beans, Rice and Watermelon Comedy Tour | August 31

 Get your fill on the Beans, Rice and Watermelon Comedy Tour Laugh with the funniest comedians in this diverse lineup sharing stories of being Mexican, Filipino, Indian and Black – a great ethnic mix of comedy! Show starts at 8pm. Ticket Information: $12 Two-item minimum per guest 21 and over w/ID. Location: Improv Comedy Club, 62 S 2nd Street, San Jose 95113