September 2011 Events


2011 San Francisco Film Festival | September 16- 25

Cine+Más SF contributes to the Bay Area’s active and diverse arts scene through the Latino Film Festival, year-round programming and special events centered on Latino arts- including the visual, performance, and literary arts. The Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival showcases the work of emerging and established filmmakers from the US, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. It is a celebration of the latest work coming out of the 20+ countries with which we share a bond. Film view locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Marin and San Jose.

Marco Antonio Solis & Ana Gabriel | September 17

Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel will be coming to the Bay Area at 8:00 pm.  Location: HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA.

Fiestas Patrias | September 18

Fiestas Patrias commemorates the independence from Spanish rule, and is celebrated by the following Latin America Countries: México, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile, and Brazil (from Portugal). Traditionally, the celebration begins at midnight on September 15th with “El Grito de Independencia.” Begins at 1:30 pm at South San Francisco City Hall.

Mariachi Family Day | September 18

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente and Mexican Heritage Corporation to offer performances, workshops and special health-focused activities at the Museum to help kick off Viva Fest, ten days of cultural events celebrating the diversity of Mexico and the Latino community. From 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose 95110.

Mexico (An IMAX Film) – Vivafest Screening | September 19

Using text from Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes and ancient Aztec and Mayan poetry, narrator Martin Sheen leads viewers on a visual journey through Mexico’s rich and varied past and present. From the tumultuous crowds at the Annual Independence Day celebration in Mexico City the audience is transported back three millennia to the ancient Olmec, Toltec, Zapotec, Totanac, Aztec and Maya civilizations – the roots of Mexican culture. Time: 7:00 pm and cost $10. Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market Street, San Jose 95113-2008.

When Worlds Collide The Untold Story of Our Culture – VivaFest Screening | September 20

In 1492, two worlds that for thousands of years had developed completely independent of one another suddenly came into contact. In the following decades, those two worlds painfully and haltingly began to merge. When Worlds Collide examines power, religion, wealth, and the nature of identity and ethnicity in the Americas right up to our own times. Following the documentary, there will be a Q&A with screenwriter Ruben Martinez. Ticket $10 and time: 7:00 pm. Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market Street, San Jose 95113-2008.

Shrek The Musical | September 20 – 25

Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.Featuring a terrific score of nineteen all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone! Ticket Information: $20-$88. Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose 95113.

Picturing Paradise – Cuadros by Peruvian Women of the Pamplona Alta as Visions of Hope | September 20 – October 22

Picturing Paradise is an exhibition featuring embroidered and appliquéd fabric pictures called cuadros, created by women of Compacto Humano and Manos Ancashinas, two art cooperatives located in Pamplona Alta, a shantytown situated on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The exhibition places emphasis on the women as artists and the way their art reflects a profound sense of resilience, spirituality, and hope despite the harsh conditions of their lives. The exhibition is the result of three commissioned projects which took place over three separate fieldwork trips to Peru. Hopes and Dreams (January 2006), consists of fifteen cuadros and depicts each woman”s personal aspirations for herself, for her family or for the world. Inspirations and Motivations (January 2007) illustrates narratives about each woman”s life and the individuals and the communities that sustain her. ¿Quien soy yo? (Who am I?), the most recent project (July 2008), reflects each woman”s self-perception and at the same time, the interconnectedness of her life with others. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat: 12pm-4pm. Event is free. Location: Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont 94002.

California Woman Suffrage – Ed Kenney Lecture Series | September 21

Dr. Jessica Weiss, Associate Professor of History at CSU East Bay, provides insights to the history of women’s rights in California and the suffragist movement of the early 1900’s. The Ed Kenney Lecture Series, held at the Firehouse Arts Center, is named after Ed Kenney, a former mayor of Pleasanton. A resident of the city for many years, he was a wonderful advocate for Pleasanton. His involvement and service to the city inspired both the Ed Kinney lecture series and the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award. Time: 7:00 and tickets cost $3 – $10. Location: Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton 94566

Danza Folklorica Escenica – VivaFest Film Screening | September 21

Mexican Folkloric Dance tells the story of the vibrant art form through the life and work of the internationally acclaimed artist and choreographer, Rafael Zamarripa. A former member of the Ballet Folkloric de Mexico, Zamarripa is an innovator who has kept the art form alive among young people, founding and inspiring dance companies in Mexico and the U.S. Mexican folkloric dance is a stylized, choreographed art form designed to display the cultural diversity of Mexico with energy, heart, and intricate technique. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Olga Najera-Ramirez, professor of anthropology at UC-Santa Cruz. Time: 7:00 and ticket cost $10. Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market Street, San Jose 95113-2008.

The Dolphin in the Mirror – Diana Reiss, Author | September 21

Diana Reiss is one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin intelligence. In addition, as a dolphin advocate, she is a leading rescuer who helped inspire and served as an adviser for the Oscar-winning film The Cove. Here, she combines her science and activism to show just how smart dolphins really are and why we must stop mistreating them. Readers will be astonished at their sophisticated lifelong creativity and playfulness, their emotional intelligence, their level of self-awareness, and their ability to communicate with humans. Her beloved mentor dolphins (as she calls them), each with distinct personalities, create their own toys, use underwater keyboards, tease and scold her playfully, and give us glimpses of their intelligence that often seem very familiar. The Dolphin in the Mirror is both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet. Dr. Diana Reiss is Professor of Psychology at Hunter College in New York City and Director of Dolphin Research at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. She is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, and she serves as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She has authored papers published in numerous international scientific journals and book chapters and her work has been featured in many television science programs. Time: 7:00 pm. Location: Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park 94025.

A Film and Community Conversation – VivaFest | September 22

At the End of the Day, a short film by San Francisco filmmaker Dionisio Ceballos kicks off a panel discussion with members of Los Lobos, NPR reporter Richard Gonzales, Thomas Saenz, President and CEO of MALDEF and Olga Briseño, founder of the Association of Hispanic Journalists. The topic is Music plus Civility = Sustainability – How the Arts and the Green Movement Impacts Migrant Farm Worker Conditions, Everyday Manners and Life After SB 1070 and the Tucson Shootings. Time: 7:00 and ticket cost $10. Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market Street, San Jose 95113-2008.

The Sound of East LA Meet the Kings of Latin Swing – VivaFest Concert | September 23

This concert features The Orchestra of Spanish Harlem, special guest Tito Puente, Jr., and mystery artists from East LA. The USPS, in conjunction with the issuance of five commemorative Forever stamps dedicated to Latino musicians and performers, is sponsoring the concert. The USPS’ stamps are a tribute to the music of Tejano, tango, samba, Latin jazz and salsa, and will include a special presentation to Tito Puente, Jr. at the concert.Tickets are available at TicketMaster and at the SJSU Event Box Office. Ticket Information: $25-$115 and time is at 8:00 pm. Location: San Jose State Event Center Arena, 290 S 7th Street, San Jose 95192-0201.

Marc Anthony | September 23

Marc Anthony will be performing live at 8:00 pm at the Oracle Arena. Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA.

The Harvest – VivaFest Screening of Eva Longorias Documentary | September 24

The Harvest/La Cosecha is the story of the children who work as many as twelve hours a day, six months a year in the scorching hot sun, without the protection of child labor laws. These children are not toiling in the fields in some far away land. They are working here, in our back yard, in America. More than 400,000 migrant child workers in the U.S. journey from their homes traveling from state to state, farm to farm, crop to crop, picking the produce we all eat. Many of these children are American citizens. All are working to help their families survive while sacrificing the birthright of childhood: play, stability, and school. Time: 7:00 and cost $10. Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market Street, San Jose 95113-2008.

4th Annual Luna Park Chalk Art Festival | September 24

We’ve got the chalk & sidewalk space. You bring your talent & creativity! On the day of our event, for only $10, you’ll receive a box of chalk and an assigned space to create your masterpiece. Please note that you do not need to be a chalk art guru, so come be inspired and give it a try! Entertainment, food, vendor booths, and more.10 am – 4 pm.

Redwood City Salsa Festival | September 24

Redwood City is going to be sizzling during its 4th Annual Salsa Festival. Three stages, featuring Latin Rock, Salsa, and Latin Jazz music, plus a DJ Salsa stage, will fire up Redwood City with music and dancing (including free Salsa lessons) all day long. Amateur and professional Salsa Chefs will compete for fun, prizes and Salsa Glory, at the mouth watering and exciting Salsa Tasting and Competition, where the public takes part in the judging. Public tasting is from 12pm-5pm (but, come early, as popular contestants may run out sooner).Along with tasty salsa, local restaurants will also offer their delicious fares throughout the day. The festival features public Tequila Tasting, free hands-on art projects, and a Children’s Play Area, complete with bounce houses, carnival rides, and more. Art on the Square will also be showcased, where artisans exhibiting their inspirational work will transform the streets surrounding Courthouse Square into an outdoor gallery. Redwood City’s Salsa Festival guarantees a fun-filled day of tongue-tingling salsa, great activities, music, entertainment, dancing, food, beverages, and a wonderful time for the entire family! Fun activities for the entire family: Salsa Dance instruction with Community Street Jam, hands-on art projects – Art Stations with FREE projects, Tequila Tasting, Microbrew Tasting, Family Area with Carnival Rides Culture abounds in Downtown: City and Community booths, local restaurants offering their delicious fares and Art on the Square – artisans exhibiting their crafts throughout the day Courthouse Square Salsa Stage: 12pm – La Fuerza Gigante; 2pm – Pacific Mambo Orchestra; 4pm – Eduardo & Candela; 6pm – Orquesta Saboriche. Latin Rock Stage: 1pm – Third Sol; 3pm – En Vivo; 5pm – Richard Bean & Sapo. Latin Jazz Stage: 12pm – Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet; 2pm – Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina. Time: 12pm-8pm and admission is free. Location: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City 94063.

Divine Rascals Tour: Santana & George Lopez | September 25

A must see performance featuring Santana and the comedic performance of George Lopez. Show will begin at 7:00 pm. Location: Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord.

Outdoor Feria del Mariachi | September 25

The HP Pavilion will play host to the family-friendly outdoor Feria on Autumn Street, next to the HP Pavilion Arena Green, with music, arts, crafts, and Mexican cuisine. Earlier that day, the Mariachi Mass will again be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose, starting at 10am. Time: 10:00 – 6:00 and the event is free. Location: HP Pavilion, 525 W Santa Clara Street, San Jose 95113.

Once Upon A Time, Erase Una Vez – A Mariachi Musical | September 25

This world premiere original musical, directed by Dan Guerrero, celebrates the diversity of mariachi music and of Mexico. The production will feature Mexico’s folk tales and fables, and highlight the unique and mariachi musical genres and diverse dance traditions of Mexico. The legendary Vikki Carr and Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas will lead the musical story. Also in their twentieth appearance at the San Jose Mariachi Festival, founders Mariachi Cobre will perform, as will the award-winning Los Lupenos de San Jose. Time: 7:00 and tickets $35-$95. Location: HP Pavilion, 525 W Santa Clara Street, San Jose 95113.

SoleJive – Music at City Lights | September 25

SoleJive is an eight-piece band that is as diverse musically, as it is ethnically. Such diversity is both representative of hometown SJ, as well as testament to how music transcends difference and finds common relation. Musically, by blending elements of Jazz, Ska, Hip Hop, and Funk, the group weaves in and out of genres. The group believes that “there is only good music and bad music, with the former being confined by labels.” Time: 2:00 and cost is $15 General Admission $13 for CLTC Subscribers Free for kids under 15.Location: City Lights Theater, 529 S 2nd Street, San Jose 95112.

Chinese Moon Festival | September 25

The Moon Festival is celebrated by billions of people, who celebrate it with dances, feasting and moon gazing. Delicious moon cakes are a traditional treat, as well. At this special event, you can enjoy arts, crafts, cultural and music performancs, storytelling, Lion Dancers, bamboo painting, calligraphy, chess, poetry, and much more. Admission free and time is from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Chinese Cultural Garden, Overfelt Gardens Park 368 Educational Park Drive, San Jose 95133.

In Her Corner: Latino In America 2 | September 25

Soledad O’Brien explores the changing face of women’s boxing. The last great domain of men in sports is about to crumble: Women’s boxing has been added to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. A bunch of Latinas, flyweight boxers who tip the scales at no more than 112 pounds, are leading the way. 8 pm on CNN.

Cabaret | September 28 – October 23

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play! The boys are beautiful, the girls are beautiful, and, this Fall, The Stage is beautiful. Presented in a true cabaret-like atmosphere, come hear the music play as The Stage recreates the Kit Kat Klub in Berlin in 1929. Winner of Tony Awards three decades apart, this newy revolutionized version of the classical musical will sizzle. Ticket Information: $25-$50. Location: San Jose Stage Theater, 490 S 1st Street, San Jose 95113.

The Latino List | September 28

HBO will be debuting “The Latino List,” a new documentary featuring a series of “highly personal video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society.” The debut on September 28th honors Hispanic Heritage Month. The film explores what it means to be a Latino in the United States in 2011. The Latino List debuts Wednesday, September 28th at 9pm on HBO Latino and Thursday, September 29th at 8pm on HBO in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The film will air in both English and Spanish on HBO.