Event Calendar June & July 2015


Featured Events:

Fiestas Fridas: Frida Kahlo Festival | July 1 – July 17

Join us as we celebrate the 108th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco. Please wear flowers in your hair. This festival occurs over several days, please note the addresses next to each event.

Image courtesy of Fiestas Fridas.

Image courtesy of Fiestas Fridas.

July 1st to the 4th – El Dia del Angelito de Frida. A new Fiestas Fridas event in honor of Frida’s baby, which she lost on July 4th.

Help us build a community altar. Please drop by and leave an offering for the baby at Casa Bonampak. Featuring an original work by Heather Calderón. Since placing an offering on an altar, you can come at any time to place your gift fit for the baby. Please take a picture of your item and tell us why this is your offering.

July 7th 3 to 5 pm – We kick it all off with Polu Manu’s 7th year of Pasion de Frida art exhibit at Puerto Alegre curated by Bird Levy. San Francisco’s favorite Frida, Jean Franco, performing an excerpt from a FIP (Frida in Progress) written by Will Maynes. 546 Valencia Street https://www.facebook.com/events/1582149712043312/

July 7th 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Artist Reception at Alley Cat Books and Gallery for our FRIDArte Window and Mural unveiling. Our featured artists G Billie Quijano, Antonio Torrez Solis, ZenPencils, Eddie Valentine and Jaime Ferrer. 3036 24th St

July 11th 2 to 7 pm – FRIDArte & KAHLOveras heART Reception and the 108th birthday celebration/Art Walk. Meet on the corner of 24th and Harrison by 3 pm, we will visit all of the venues featuring FRIDArte and meet with the heARTists. Join us for a Poetry Slam Open Mic hosted by Raggedy Andey with original Frida prose by Norberto Flores. Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St

July 12th 2 to 6 pm – FRIDArte make and take Art Faire and FRIDArte vendors. Free with a $5 donation towards FRIDA art materials. We will also try and set a record for the most Fridas taking a Selfie at once.https://www.facebook.com/events/459630870879619/

July 13th 6 to 8 pm – FRI-DiA de los Muertos is our second new Fiestas Fridas event. We celebrate the 61st anniversary celebration of Frida’s Passing at Casa Bonampak. Bring an offering and help us build the FRIDAltar in her honor. Featuring an original piece by Heather Calderón. 1051 Valencia St.

July 17th 6:30 to 8:30 – A Presentation of “Los Dibujos y Cartas de La Chica Frida/ The Drawings and Letters of the Young Frida” by Jaime Ferrer. A study of Frida from 1919 to 1929. A discussion and display of rarely seen drawings and letters between Frida and her two young lovers. Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St

NOTE: All of our events are free and kid friendly unless otherwise noted. 

Book Reading and Signing: Ana of California by author Andi Teran | July 2

Join the National Steinbeck Center and Penguin Publishing as we welcome author Andi Teran. Andi will be on hand to discuss, and sign copies of her new book Ana of California. In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, The Three Weissmanns of Westport, and Clueless, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. This is a free event. Seating is limited. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Location: Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901 http://www.steinbeck.org/

Image courtesy of Penguin Books.

Image courtesy of Penguin Books.

Q-Sides Exhibition: Queerness within lowrider culture | Now – July 5

The Q-Sides is a photography exhibition that re-imagines queerness within lowrider culture through a re-staging and re-interpretation of the East Side Story LP album covers, Volumes 1-12. The show also features “Homeboy”, a film by Dino Dinco. The Q-Sides is artists Vero Majano (Calle Chula), DJ Brown Amy (Hard French) and Kari Orvik (Kari Orvik Tintype Studio).Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm, and on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1582195492065180

Sylvia | June 5 – June 27

Empty-nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg, “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.” However, life has a way of giving what you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia–a street-smart, lab-poodle mix–and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. Nominated for several Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Play, this show is a doggone must see! Location: Mel Mello Center for the Arts, 1167 Main Street, Half Moon Bay 94019. Ticket Information: $17-$3. Fri, Sat: 8pm Sun: 2pm. http://coastalrep.com/

MACLA end its 2014-15 season with BREAKING POINT | June 10 – July 31

Glass art works by award-winning Bay Area artists Jaime Guerrero and Viviana Paredes. 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Location: 510 South 1st Street, San José, CA. Free. http://maclaarte.org/programs/visual-arts

Jose Clemente Orozco Art Exhibit | June 9- August 23

José Clemente Orozco: Figure Studies. One of the esteemed Los Tres Grandes Mexican muralists, José Clemente Orozco (1881 – 1949) is best known for monumental fresco cycles that present dramatic, epic narratives.This exhibition includes twenty-three figure studies generously loaned by the Michael Wornick Collection. Many of them have never been exhibited before. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 AM–5 PM. June 09, 2015 to August 23, 2015 Location: 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Cost $ 5.00. The Museum is open 11 AM–8 PM on the third Thursday of each month. Admission: Adults: $8, Student, senior, youth: $5. Free for SJMA

Connecting with Cuba – Photos of Contemporary Cuba by American Photographers | June 12 – July 26

Come enjoy a photography exhibition curated by Foothill College photography professor Ron Herman featuring photographers who traveled to Cuba on Professor Herman’s photo tours. Location: Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Ticket Information: Free http://www.arts4all.org/attend/mohrgallery.htm

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ | June 17- July 8

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, June 6 through July 5, marks the first time ever that all 52 matches of this tournament will be available in Spanish in the US. http://www.livesoccertv.com/channels/telemundo/

Carmen Milagro Presents: “TIME” a Photographers’ Exhibit | June 17- July 12

Image courtesy of Waaahoo Productions.

Image courtesy of Waaahoo Productions.

Featuring (4) Photographers ~ Peruvian-born David Perea and Elizabeth Parrish, Mark Nestra & Amy Seidman. ARTIST RECEPTION 6/17/15 (6-9pm) Chef Joseph is providing h’ordeuvres while they last! Each hand crafted menu item features organic, sustainably produced farm products and humanely raised pasture proteins. When you taste Chef Joseph’s food, you will know where his heart is…Imaginative dining with vision and purpose. Location: Payne Mansion, San Francisco. Free http://www.eventbrite.com/e/carmen-milagro-presents-time-by-photogs-parrish-perea-nestra-seidman-tickets-17072806223

Free Latino Shows at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | June 18 – October 18

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Announces 15th Anniversary Season Programming.100 Free Events from May 3 – October 31, 2015. This year the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival celebrates 15 years of admission-free performing arts in one of the City’s most beautiful public spaces! The 2015 anniversary season offers over 90 programs, including music, theater, circus, dance and poetry. Whether from the Bay Area or well beyond, every one of our artists is tops. Visit www.ybgfestival.org or call (415) 543-1718. All events are free. * The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival IS NOT part of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. All programs take place outdoors in Yerba Buena Gardens, off Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco.


  • The View From Bernal Hill, Thursday, June 4, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Timon! – The Musical, Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June 6, 7:00pm-8:00pm & Sunday, June 7, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake, Tuesday, June 9, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Dafnis Prieto Sextet, Saturday, June 13, 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • Jenny Lind Concert, Thursday, June 18, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie: Azucar con Aché, Thursday, June 18, 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Bixiga 70, Saturday, June 20, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Artists Guild Exhibit, Sunday, June 21, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Native Contemporary Arts Festival, Sunday, June 21, Noon-3:30pm
  • Ila Cantor, Thursday, June 25, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Circus Bella, Friday, June 26, Noon-1:00pm, Saturday, June 27, Noon-1:00pm & 2:15-3:15pm


  • Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, Thursday, July 2, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, Saturday, July 4, 1-2:30pm
  • Okinawan Folk Ensemble, Thursday, July 9, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Merola Opera’s Schwabacher Summer Concert, Saturday, July 11, 2-4pm
  • Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake, Tuesday, July 14, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Will Magid, Thursday, July 16, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie: Montuno Swing, Thursday, July 16, 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • RAWdance’s False Ground, Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18, 7:00pm-8:00pm & Sunday, July 19, 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Duniya Drum and Dance, Thursday, July 23, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Elephantine + Bells Atlas, Saturday, July 25, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Mo’Fone, Thursday, July 30, 12:30pm-1:30pm


Tommy Castro, Carolyn Wonderland, John Nemeth, Nikki Hill are among featured performers. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. St. James Park, North First and St. John streets; $15-$60; http://fountainbluesfestival.com.


Performances by 50 music acts representing jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Balkan, Indian and other genres. 3-7:30 p.m. University Avenue, downtown Palo Alto; free; www.pamusicday.org.


Live music, food and drink, kids’ activities. 2-8 p.m. June 20; Lincoln Avenue between Willow and Minnesota, San Jose; free admission; www.willowglen.org. 


Parade, live entertainment, food and drink, contests and kids’ activities. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Cutting Boulevard and Marina Way. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nicholl Park, 33rd and Macdonald streets; free admission; www.richmondcajuneteenth.org.

Vans Warped Tour 2015 | June 20

Vans Warped Tour is a “punk rock summer camp on wheels” where music, athletes, and lifestyles co-mingle and thrive in an atmosphere dedicated to music fans of punk, alternative, hip-hop, ska, pop punk, electronica, alternative rock, emo, hardcore, and more. It has become America’s longest-running festival concert tour and reaches more than 600,000 fans every summer. Location: Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View 94043. Ticket Information: $39.50. http://www.livenation.com/events/419590-jun-20-2015-vans-warped-tour-presented-by-journeys


Arts and crafts vendors, food and drink, live music, pony rides and other kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. along Hartz Avenue, Danville; www.danvillesummerfest.com.


Arts and crafts, food, beer and wine, collectible car show; live music, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. B Street, between Tilton and Sixth avenues; free admission; www.sresproductions.com.


Vendors displaying and selling jewelry, textiles, fine art, home accessories, crafts, more, food and drink. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara; free admission; 408-247-2438, www.tritonmuseum.org.

Mariposa: 2015 Frameline International LGBT Film Festival | June 29

Galería de la Raza is proud to be a co-presenter of the film Mariposa at the 2015 Frameline International LGBT Film Festival.The film director, Marco Berger, takes the idea of the butterfly effect-which proposes that the tiniest flap of a butterfly’s wings can influence faraway events-and applies it to the amorous destinies of a likable group of friends and relatives near Buenos Aires.For tickets and more info click here. Time: 9:30 pm. Location: Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA 94114 Cost: $ 10.00

Guelaguetza at Santa Clara Fairgrounds | June 26

Algo que nos une es nuestra #cultura y costumbres asi que vivamos la #Guelaguetza este 28 de #Junio en los terrenos de la feria de San Jose Time: 10:00 AM Location: 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111 Cost; $ 10.00 Website: http://guelaguetzasj.com

Bless Me Ultima – An Operatic Reading | June 27 & 28

Opera Cultura will be presenting excerpts from Hector Armienta’s new opera, Bless Me Ultima, based on Rudolfo Anaya’s epic novel of the same title. Five arias will be performed by an incredibly talented cast, including international opera singer Suzanna Guzman. This will be the first time these pieces will be performed. After each performance, there will be a discussion with composer/librettist Hector Armienta and cast about the work. Seating is limited ( 75 seats per performance) so make reservations right away.You won’t want to miss this event. The entire presentation will last approximately one hour ( including the discussion). Time: 6:00 PM Location: 2nd & William, San Jose, CA 95112, USA Cost: $ 10.00

Vinyl Sunday | June 28

Fellow Mambo Lovers from The Bay Area and Beyond, WE ARE BACK!!! After a highly successful Grand Opening last month (huge thanks to all who came), Team imambo, is bringing back, to you, another All Star Mambo Event Social! Once again, by popular demand, we’ll be featuring the incredibly delicious music of two of the Best Mambo Vinyl DJs in the Country, LA’s, Mr Mambo on Wax himself, DJ Mayimbe, and Seattle’s superstar Vinyl DJ, DJ Yambu. 8:00 PM Location: 301 8th St, San Francisco, California 94103 Cost: $ 10.00 https://www.facebook.com/iheartmambo

Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters Art Exhibit | Now – June 28

A special exhibition entitled Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters will feature a dramatic selection of artworks from the Mexican Museum’s permanent collections. The exhibition includes the works of 30 internationally-renowned artists, beginning with the three most influential Mexican artists: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco. Hours: Wed-Sun, 12noon-4pm. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building D, San Francisco. Free. http://www.mexicanmuseum.org/exhibits-events/exhibits/128-maestros-20th-century-mexican-masters


Competition barbecue, live music, kids’ zone. 4-10 p.m. June 26, 11 a.m.-8p.m . Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara; free admission; www.svbbq.com.


Featuring vocalist Keke Wyatt, food and drinks, arts and crafts and other vendors. Noon-8 p.m. Discovery Meadows Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose; free admission; www.bayareajuneteenth.org


Local artist displaying works, food, wind and beer tasting, entertainment and family activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27-28. San Anselmo Avenue, between Tamalpais and Bolinas streets. 800-310-6563, www.sresproductions.com.


Live entertainment and presentations on more than 20 stages, more than 300 nonprofit and other vendor booths, food and drink. Parade begins 10:30 a.m. June 28 at Market and Beale streets. Noon-6 p.m. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. June 28; Civic Center, San Francisco; $5-$10 requested donation; www.sfpride.org.

Money Matters Managing Your Family Budget – Author Talk | June 30

What do you want for your family? Do you want the ability to travel, to send your kids to college, or to support charities you care about? Creating a family budget provides you with a road map to help you reach your goals. Get tips on how to stick to your budget, prioritize your spending, and communicate as a family about day-to-day expenses. Location: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View. Ticket Information: Free http://bit.ly/1ewvB8q


Carnival rides, food and drink, food, garden and other demonstrations and contests, concerts featuring Kansas, Marshall Tucker Band, La Misa Negra, Judy Collins, more. Fairgrounds, Civic Center Drive (off Highway 101), San Rafael; $12-$14 advance/$15-$20 gate, passes $45-$80; www.marinfair.org.


More than 20 acts on three stages each day, performers include Kim Nalley and Faye Carol; dancing and dance lessons, food and drink; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fillmore Street between and Jackson and Eddy streets, San Francisco; free admission; www.fillmorejazzfestival.com.


Hot rods, vintage autos and other specialty cars, vintage plans, live bands, food and drink. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reid Hill View Airport, 2500 Cunningham Ave; free admission; www.hotsanjosenights.com.


Arts and crafts, wine tasting; kids’ activities, food and drink; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Main and State streets; free admission; http://downtownlosaltos.org.


Live music, arts and crafts, food and drink, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. New Park Mall, 2086 Newpark Mall; free admission; http://newark-chamber.com.


More than 150 artists showing their work. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Palo Art Center, 1313 Newell Road; free admission; www.acga.net.


Featuring Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Brett Dennen, more, food and drink, merchandise booths. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton; $115 two-day pass; www.roaringcamp.com.


Arts and crafts from more than 200 vendors, live music, food and drink, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Santa Cruz Avenue, between El Camino Real and Johnson Street, Menlo Park; free admission; http://pacificfinearts.com.


Kite-flying demonstrations and West Coast championships, kite-flying ballet, arts and crafts, food and live music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cesar E. Chavez Park at Berkeley Marina; free admission, parking $15; 510-235-5483, www.highlinekites.com.


Mexican and Latin delicacies, dances, music and cultural activities. Noon-6 p.m. 176 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz; free admission; www.festivaldelnopal.com.


Garlic-themed cooking demonstrations and contests, food, wine and beer vendors, arts and crafts, live entertainment on three stages, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Christmas Hill Park, Miller Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard, Gilroy; $10-$20 (free for kids 5 and younger); 408-842-1625, www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.

Miss Latina Wine Country | July 12

Atención Latinas del norte de California! Si tienes entre 18 y 32 anos te invitamos a participar en el primer certamen de Miss Latina Wine Country que dará inicio esta semana con inscripciones abiertas para toda mujer Latina o de dependencia Latina residente del Norte de California. Location: Graton Resort & Casino 288 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park, California 94928. Free. Misslatinawinecountry.com/registration.html

Alejandra Guzmán | July 17

Alejandra is the Queen of Rock.  Since her first album debut in 1989, she has sold over 20 million copies, releasing 17 albums, and performed over 900 concerts, giving her recognition and success for over 25 years with multiple nominations and awards including winning the coveted Latin GRAMMY Award. La Guzmán, as she’s affectionately referred to by fans, is a legendary performer, beloved for her racy image, infectious dancing, and colorful outfit changes — not to mention her powerful voice.The sexy, sultry Alejandra Guzmán comes to the City National Civic in San Jose, Friday July 17th 7:30pm!! 135 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113 Cost: $ 57.00. Location: City National Civic in San Jose. 135 San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113. Tickets are available at the City National Civic box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Natalia Lafourcade – Songs of Agustín Lara | July 23

A three-time Latin GRAMMY winner and the most celebrated singer to emerge from the Mexican pop scene in recent years, Natalia Lafourcade presents the West Coast premiere of her tribute to the renowned Mexican actor and songwriter Agustín Lara. A beguiling young vocalist who brings an irresistible sense of joy to her music, Lafourcade is equally at home with modern radio-friendly pop and more folkloric settings that highlight the depth of her expressiveness. SFJAZZ Center. Time: 7:30pm http://www.sfjazz.org/events/sessions/2015/0723/natalia-lafourcade


La Santa Cecilia | July 24

GRAMMY winner La Santa Cecilia is on a meteoric rise as one of the most visible and acclaimed Latin bands to emerge from the L.A. music scene in recent years, bringing universal songs of love, loss and heartbreak to audiences worldwide. 7:30pm. SFJAZZ Center. http://www.sfjazz.org/events/sessions/2015/0724/la-santa-cecilia 

Tania Libertad – A Tribute to Chavela Vargas | July 25

Peruvian superstar Tania Libertad presents her loving tribute to influential vocalist Chevala Vargas, whose songs of defiance and triumph broke down borders throughout the Americas. Peruvian superstar Tania Libertad presents her loving tribute to influential vocalist Chavela Vargas, whose songs of defiance and triumph broke down borders throughout the Americas. Bestowed with the honor of Comendadora by the Peruvian government and named both a member of the Order of Rio Branco by the government of Brazil and a UNESCO Ambassador for Peace, Libertad’s Latin American stardom is difficult to overstate. 7:00pm & 9:30pm. SFJAZZ Center. http://www.sfjazz.org/events/sessions/2015/0725/chevala-vargas-tribute 

Fuego Nuevo 10th Anniversary Concert | July 24- July 25

Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Fuego Nuevo celebrates their 10th anniversary as a dance company. This is their largest performance yet, a visually captivating production of Mexican culture and traditions, illustrated through the art of folkloric dance and regional music. Time: 7 pm. Ticket Information: $25-$48 http://sanjosetheaters.org/event/teatro-nahual-fuego-nuevo-10th-anniversary/?instance_id=4709

The Flavors of Latin America – Chorale Concert | July 24 – July 26

Vocal music featuring songs from Latin America, including salsa, samba, and more, is presented by the Morrisson Theatre Chorus under the direction of Cesar Cancino. Fri, Sat: 8pm Sun: 2pm Location: Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N 3rd Street, Hayward 94546. Ticket Information: $12-$18. http://www.dmtonline.org/

Disney’s Mulan Jr | July 28 – July 30

Travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China with Disney’s “Mulan Jr.”, the action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s film. Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit. Ticket Information: $10 for adults $5 for children http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=2535

6th Annual Sabor del Valle Event 2015 | July 31

Sabor del Valle is an annual celebration of local wine, food, art, music and the cultural richness of the Latino community, with proceeds benefiting three worthy nonprofits that provide social and educational services to individuals in need. Cost: $ 50.00 From; 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. https://www.facebook.com/SaborDelValle