San Francisco's Flipino Cultural District
4th Filipino American International Book Festival
Oct
6
to Oct 8

4th Filipino American International Book Festival

  • San Francisco Public Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Filipino American International Book Festival, a.k.a. "Filbookfest" was envisioned and created by Gemma Nemenzo back in 2011 through Literacy Initiatives International Foundation (LIIF) in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, and Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA), TheAsian Art Museum, and the Philippine Department of Tourism USA

The event gathers Filipino writers and artists from the Philippines and around the United States to participate in a variety of panel discussions, presentations, and readings at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin was filled with booths featuring books, information, food, and other Filipino cultural products.

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Welga - Presented by Bindlestiff Studio
Oct
6
to Oct 21

Welga - Presented by Bindlestiff Studio

Welga - Presented by Bindlestiff Studio tells the coming-of-age story of today's urban youth, while touching upon the histories of the Filipino leaders of the Delano Grape Strike, as they learn how to empower themselves and their communities. 
Welga opens Oct. 6-21, 2017 during Filipino American History Month. Buy your tix online to see this moving, and uplifting play: http://welga.bpt.me/

#SoMaSF #DelanoGrapeStrike #FilipinoAmericanHistory

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SOMCAN's 17 Years of Ruckus-Making & Movement Building
Nov
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

SOMCAN's 17 Years of Ruckus-Making & Movement Building

  • 180 11th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in celebrating SOMCAN's 17 Years of Ruckus-Making & Movement Building and help build the collective power of immigrant and working class families in the South of Market and beyond! We promise a memorable evening filled with delicious food, special performances, unique auction items, and raucous laughter.

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Undiscovered SF: September Night Market
Sep
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Undiscovered SF: September Night Market

Inspired by the vibrant night markets of Asia, UNDISCOVERED SF is a curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the SOMA Pilipinas district located in the heart of San Francisco's innovative South Of Market neighborhood. UNDISCOVERED SF will unveil to the world the emerging culture of  Filipino-Americans (and beyond) involved in music, visual arts, fashion, design, retail, food, technology, social activism, and health & wellness.

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Native Immigrant: Album Release
Aug
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Native Immigrant: Album Release

Join us at the historic I-Hotel, as we celebrate and connect generations of OG activists and students of resistance to the Bay Area's finest Hip Hop MCs and artists. The legacy of I-Hotel is very special, not only to SF natives, but worldwide to those who seek sanctuary spaces that inspire people power. RO3LAY and MISTER REY will be performing all new songs from the "Native Immigrant" album!

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Undiscovered SF: August Night Market
Aug
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Undiscovered SF: August Night Market

Inspired by the vibrant night markets of Asia, UNDISCOVERED SF is a curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the SOMA Pilipinas district located in the heart of San Francisco's innovative South Of Market neighborhood. UNDISCOVERED SF will unveil to the world the emerging culture of  Filipino-Americans (and beyond) involved in music, visual arts, fashion, design, retail, food, technology, social activism, and health & wellness.

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New Filipino Cinema 2017
Aug
17
to Sep 3

New Filipino Cinema 2017

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The sixth annual edition of this showcase of independent cinema from the Philippines is, in part, a response to the current political climate. Though not as widely known as it deserves to be, independent cinema in the Philippines is remarkably vibrant and creative. Mirroring the country itself—which is made up of thousands of little islands, each with its own culture, dialect, and people—this showcase provides a snapshot of a huge range of artistic achievement. WHEN: Aug 17 2017 — Sep 03 2017.

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Pistahan Parade & Festival
Aug
12
to Aug 13

Pistahan Parade & Festival

The SOMA Pilipinas contingent will be gathering at Civic Center. Arrive early and look for our SOMA Pilipinas Jeepney! The SOMA Pilipinas contingent number for Pistahan is A8 (Cluster A, Unit 8).

Presented by FAAE: Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 24th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the the two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw over 80,000 people each day. The Parade will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11AM from the San Francisco Civic Center, along market street towards 4th Street. The Festival will be held from Saturday, August 12 to Sunday August 13 from 11AM to 5PM at Yerba Buena Gardens. Admission is free and fun for the entire family!

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Tagalog 2017
Jul
13
to Jul 23

Tagalog 2017

Join us in the heart of the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District for Bindlestiff Studio’s production of TAGALOG 2017, a collection of one-act plays written and performed in the national language of the Philippines. With creative use of live English surtitles, non-Tagalog speaking patrons alike can enjoy the innovative, brave, new voices selected from the prestigious Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The annual festival celebrates the best unproduced, experimental works from emerging Filipino playwrights, and Bindlestiff Studio is proud to pair their work on this side of the Pacific with talented local Bay Area artists. 
 

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Celebrate Your Body
Jun
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Celebrate Your Body

We're CYB 2017: a body-positive, radical runway.

Our mission: to transform the night into an enduring celebration of our bodies and ourselves. 

Our runway centers POC and marginalized groups. We are body positive. We are gender inclusive. We love you masc, femme, big, small. We love dresses. And we love shoes. We love hair and makeup. We love suits. We want you to have fun. We see how you do. Come celebrate with us. We want to celebrate you.

Tickets: Early Bird $15 (before May 26) | Pre-sale $18 (after May 26) | Door $20 | VIP $40 (comes with reserve seats and swag bag)

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UxI: Keep Pushin'
Jun
11
12:00pm12:00pm

UxI: Keep Pushin'

UxI: III “Keep Pushin'” envisions Hip-Hop as our thread from Urban to Indigenous. Throughout hxstory, marginalized peoples have always produced culture as a means to uplift and resist. Art invites the oppressed to imagine the world beyond what is and envision what can be. As UxI enters its third year, we continue to seek what pushes us to create in times of socio-political tension. How have movements created by people of color, particularly Hip Hop, strengthened us? How do our artistic practices honor ancestral lineage and become expressions of bodymindspirit ? In a movement where expression is as diverse as those who practice it, how has Hip Hop become a subversive voice for the oppressed? Lastly, how do we use Hip Hop as a way of pushing societal and artistic boundaries?

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Barrio Fiesta 2017
May
20
11:00am11:00am

Barrio Fiesta 2017

Barrio Fiesta 2017 celebrates the beauty, resilience, culture and spirit of San Francisco's Filipino community in the heart of the South of Market. On May 20, 2017 the smell of roasted pig, and pancit will rise from the Gene Friend Recreation Center and spread to our friends throughout the city, as an invitation to come and share the laughter of children, families, and seniors as the day will feature food, performances, games, entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more.

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Means of Exchange: Program Launch
May
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Means of Exchange: Program Launch

Kearny Street Workshop is celebrating the launch of Means of Exchange, our collaborative art project that teams Kala Art Institute Fellow, Weston Teruya, and Murphy Cadogan awardee, Kimberley Arteche with local venues to create a series of community engaged artworks integrated into SOMA storefront businesses that highlight the history, knowledge, and trades of community members.

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Incarceration 6x9
May
19
to May 21

Incarceration 6x9

"6x9 dance-media performance work inspired by the lives of young pinoy-americans entrapped in american judicial system..what gives hope, courage, the will to survive in the loneliest and most bitter place on the planet?"
- Alleluia Panis

 

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Photo Day
May
13
10:00am10:00am

Photo Day

On May 13, bring your photos (digital, loose photographs, albums) which will be copied & added to the SF History Center's photo archives to create a permanent record of the daily lives of San Franciscans! 

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Silbihan
May
8
to May 13

Silbihan

Samantha “SAMMAY” Dizon’s silbihan is a multimedia dance theatre piece that seeks to reflect on personal experiences of first-generation Pilipina-American daughters and their migrant mothers from the womb to present day. This week-long curation* includes a writing workshop series led by three uniquely pinay storytellers, a community open mic centered on the theme of "silbihan," and will culminate in SAMMAY's performance work of silbihan - all leading up to Mother's Day 2017.

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Kwentuhan: A Series of Readings & Performances at Arkipelago
Apr
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Kwentuhan: A Series of Readings & Performances at Arkipelago

Kwentuhan - A series of readings and performances at Arkipelago books to promote the living culture of Filipino arts in the South of Market and in the Bay Area. This is an in store reading so space is limited! Come early and browse the books. This event is all ages and will be 5-10$ sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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The Geek Show
Apr
20
to Apr 29

The Geek Show

"The Geek Show" is a dynamic theater experience featuring sketch comedy, scripted drama, monologues, movement, and film to celebrate and satirize the phenomenon of "geek culture." It's designed to unite fangirls and fanboys from all geekdoms, alike, and shed light on some of the community's bigger problems from both outside and within.

This is the inaugural edition of "The Geek Show," produced by Thomas Paras, Marc Abrigo, Michelle Fajardo, and Lauren Lola. All material for this show has been written and performed by the Geek Show troupe -- a diverse collection of seasoned and up-and-coming artists -- ready to geek out with Bindlestiff and the SoMa Pilipinas community of San Francisco

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SOMA Pilipinas Urban Design Workshop
Feb
4
10:00am10:00am

SOMA Pilipinas Urban Design Workshop

What should SOMA Pilipinas look like?

Will it be a reflection of Old Manila during the heyday of the Spanish? Will we re-interpret the rich heritage of our pre-Hispanic past and have all of our street signs in English and Baybayin? Or will SOMA Pilipinas do away with the past and recreate a new design vocabulary that is the hallmark of a new Pinoy 2.0 generation?

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SOMA Pilipinas Business Gathering On Culture Bearing
Dec
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

SOMA Pilipinas Business Gathering On Culture Bearing

As we begin to build the cultural district and populate it with more Filipino businesses, at some point some of these businesses will bear no resemblance of being “Filipino." 

As entrepreneurs what responsibility do we have to represent our heritage while staying true to the purpose of our businesses? How can we signal that we are part of SOMA Pilipinas w/o waving the flag?

 

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14th Annual Parol Festival and Parade
Dec
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

14th Annual Parol Festival and Parade

Join us again for our 14th Year, December 10, 2016! Let’s celebrate a memorable evening of lights and laughter! Our theme for 2016 is SoMa Pilipinas: Bring Your Culture to Light. How does your parol design and performance relate to SoMa Pilipinas? How do you bring your Culture to Light? How do you celebrate or showcase your culture?

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