Join your kasama at 868 Kearny for the premiere of “The Al Robles Express” a film which follows five Manilatown community members as they travel together to the Philippine tribal lands in tribute to the late activist poet Al Robles, taking the journey of their friend’s literary dreams that he was never able to take himself. Register
Queer Fuckery collective returns with QUEER as FUCK III: Tickling Your Funny Bone(r) in a two-week run of original comedic short plays and sketches that poke and prod at the messy, embarrassing, and accurately truthful unspoken parts of our lives. Through shared laughter, this group of Queer and Trans POC writers, performers, and lovers close the gap between our differences, to spark the human connection we all need. Tickets
On March 24th, KSW Presents: Even Still, a reading and conversation featuring Grace Shuyi Liew, author of the poetry collection Careen, and Vidhu Aggarwal, author of the poetry collections AVATARA and The Trouble with Humpadori.
This is a reading in which together we will summon, queer, resist, and disturb the violence of colonialism. This reading especially seeks to attune to monsters, ghosts, and the hauntings of gendered violence. Tickets
Come to Arkipelago Books in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas, downtown San Francisco on Wednesday May 22, 6-8pm to meet Geena Rocero and learn about the Surat Magazine project. It's the 1st publication to use prePhilippine scripts in over 50 years. Join Geena Rocero and Kristian Kabuay as they talk about the magazine and the meaning of the cover. Magazines will be available to purchase at the event. Register
Barrio Fiesta started in the 1970s with the Robles family, bringing together the Filipino American community, local artists, and people of color in San Francisco. The tradition was revived in 2015, in the South of Market neighborhood, and this year we bring you the 5th Annual Barrio Fiesta— ANIHAN: From Seed to Harvest: a free, family-friendly, community event, and will feature games, activities, and multigenerational performances from groups around the SoMA neighborhood. Register
Curated by local photographer Erina Alejo and SoMapagmahal Photography Mxntorship Program, Brown in the Sunshine is a multidisciplinary exhibition that centers and celebrates life as SOMA Pilipinas youth in the sunshine. Free admission thru the month of May; exhibition will feature a special photograph of the organizers and persons who helped defend VMD Park's access to sunlight at City Hall on April 8. Viewing by appointment email@example.com, or before Bindlestiff shows thru June 4.
How do we cultivate an honest relationship with our personal and intergenerational traumas in order to realize our most whole Self?
Can we activate Ancestral Memory to access the inherent Joy, Essence, and Resilience that already live inside of Us?
What does it truly mean for this Vessel to be in service to the healing of my Self, Lineage, and Community?
A group exhibition featuring visual artists Kimberley Arteche (US), Wilfred Galila (US/Philippines), Caroline Garcia (Australia), and Talaandig artists, Marcelino Necosia Jr. and Salima S. Agra-an (Philippines), PostColonial Survival Kit addresses the ways Pilipinxs have coped, survived, and adapted to the diasporic life that includes the challenges of racism, marginalization, and the ways that colonization has affected the interpersonal, the familial, and intra-communal relationships. Through sculpture, installation, and media art, PostColonial Survival Kit explores these adaptations and nuances within the diaspora.
Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP) is turning 10 this year! Help celebrate with a kick-off anniversary celebration and fundraiser on April 25th!
A life long activist and advocate for human rights, Bill Sorro sparked a movement for affordable housing in the City through the struggle of the International Hotel. BiSHoP honors that legacy through services provided and in our continued advocacy to eliminate barriers in accessing affordable housing.
This year, the “Geek Show” troupe returns to the Bindlestiff stage to bring their uniquely nerdy brand of sketch comedy and scripted drama into the world of gaming -- exploring identity, destiny, love, and loss from a gamer’s perspective. From board games and video games, to MMO’s and tabletop role-playing games, the Geeks aim to leave no stone unturned and no die unrolled in their exploration of a world typically lost to the most difficult game of all: growing up.
Help Design the NEW Bayanihan Community Center Façade at Saturday Artist Workshops with England Hidalgo and Mel Veracruz. February Only!
Sat, Feb 9, 16, & 23 1-5pm, ALL AGES
Presented by Bindlestiff Studio - The nation’s only theater space dedicated to the Pilipino and Pilipino American performing arts
Exploring the emotional twists and turns of love and relationships, The Love Edition: Falling Hard is a short play festival that captures the complex nuances of love stories. Through comedy, drama, and mixed media, The Love Edition illustrates a theatrical world that delves deep into the human experience and spectacle of romantic love.
Visit our Open House on January 28th and make your mark in the community!
The SOMA Pilipinas History and Heritage Committee is looking for volunteers to work on History-related projects. We are looking for creative people interested in writing and research. No experience required.
Monday, January 28th, 6 - 8 PM @ Bayanihan Community Center 1010 Mission Street
Featuring Artistic Director and Choreographer Alleluia Panis, Writer and Poet Oscar Peñaranda, and Photographer Joe Ramos, in conjunction with Ramos' photo exhibit, SOMALAKAS: The Strength of SOMA at Bindlestiff Studio, the discussion will examine the state and progress of community arts, process, and cultural equity.
Free admission, refreshments provided! Don't miss the photo exhibit SOMALAKAS: The Strength of SOMA before it closes on January 30th, 2019!
Help mark the release of AninoKo’s new record at this special All Ages show at Bindlestiff Studio on Saturday, January 12 2019! Featuring Shit Coffins and Death Glam.
Join JT Teodoro for beginning boxing lessons at Bayanihan Community Center! Classes are every Sunday from 11 AM - 1 PM and on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 530 PM - 730 PM. Learn basic self defense, improve fitness, and develop discipline! Five to 20 dollar suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
KSW and Arc Gallery & Studios will be holding a joint opening reception for two exciting new exhibitions that will be opening in the gallery. This will also serve as KSW's annual Holiday Re/mix (reunion/mixer), a chance for us to honor our volunteers and celebrate another year of KSW programming! Special guest performer TBA.
FROM MY BODY (main gallery)
Curated by Francis Calimlim & Dara Katrina Del Rosario
From My Body is a multidisciplinary exhibition that showcases the multiple releases of bodies’
subjectivities that describe the navigation, resistance and dialogue with external forces that counter
each of these artists’ lived experiences. The structures of power that impact the stories and memories
we experience and inherit are put in conversation with the what can be passed on to following
generations. Beyond simply affect, activation must be inspired in order to move toward revolutionary
futurity - the belief that in order for social transformation occur, we must first transcend the self.
Educator and philosopher Paulo Freire used Revolutionary Futurity to express the threat of immobility
while addressing the importance learning from the past to inform the ways to build our future. As artists
living in a political climate that continues to be hostile and violent to historically oppressed communities
and bodies, how do we use our creative practices to move toward social transformation?
Kimberly Acebo Arteche - http://www.kimarteche.com/
Kelvin Burzon - http://www.kelvinburzon.com/
Nathaniel DeVivo - https://www.nathanieldevivophoto.com/
Sophia Schultz Rocha - https://www.sophia-schultz.com/
Tosha Stimage - https://toshastimage.com
RISO-CHROMATIC (project gallery)
Risograph printing is a relatively new and obscure printing technique that is growing in popularity amongst artists. The "RISO-CHROMATIC" exhibition showcases several Bay Area printmakers exhibiting all of the possibilities that a risograph printer can produce. Learn more about the process and shop for affordable prints that would make perfect gifts this holiday season.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Anjelica Colliard, Sanaa Khan, Evka Whaley-Mayda, Maren Preston, Tamiko Sidore, Max Stadnik, and Lucy Stark
DALUYAN* is an interactive workshop rooted in storytelling through movement, writing, and performance. Through activating our bodies as receivers of ancestral memory, how can we serve our own healing journeys for transformation of self, lineage, and community? Together, we will instigate the smells, sights, sounds, and somatic sensations residing in our respective vessels and re-discover how our DNA and lived experiences assist us in remembering and recognizing our intergenerational truths - which further our envisioning for the world we dream for the future generations.
* This workshop is for BIPOC womxn + two-spirit/non-binary folks; those of Pilipinx descent are especially encouraged to attend.
( BIPOC = Black + Indigenous + People Of Color )
Bayanihan Community Center (Barangay Hall)
1010 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
West Bay currently provides services on a daily basis to 100+ clients ranging in age from 5 to 89, all housed in a 1,000 square-foot space. They are in need of a new space to safely and successfully continue the quality programming that has sustained youth, families and seniors for five decades running.
Purchase your SPECIAL West Bay 50th Anniversary shirt and help steward this crucial resource center in our Cultural Heritage District for generations to come.
if you’re interested in getting into boxing or are looking to develop your practice, please join our new class; beginners and boxers of all levels are welcome. Boxing is a great way to strengthen presence of mind and management of anxiety. in this class, we’ll focus on the fundamentals of footwork, defense and offense while incorporating community-building, mitt work and conditioning. for inquiries and reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City’s annual Veterans Day Parade is around the corner, and you’re invited to join the Bayanihan Equity Center contingent on Sunday, November 11th! We will have a cable car trolley for our WWII Veterans and their families, and will have student participants marching behind the trolley as well.
We welcome everyone to participate and we will also need help with a few tasks as well! If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on this Google Form, where you will also see the different tasks for volunteers and receive updates from BEC.
Sunday November 11th
8:30am Meet at Bayanihan Community Center
11:00am Parade Begins (starting at Embarcadero & North Point St.)
Facebook Event Page
Inspired by “Pandanggo sa Ilaw”, Sayaw sa Ilaw aims to contemporize and reframe this dance of lights to honor the rise and resilience of our communities rooted in SOMA Pilipinas.
All ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to participate! Come to FREE classes on Mondays at Bayanihan (1010 Mission St) or learn via youtube. All you’ll need is two battery-operated candles!
Classes: Mondays from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at Bayanihan Community Center.
November 5, 12, 19, 26, & December 3.
Bindlestiff Studio’s Chasing Papeles brings to light the largely hidden and unspoken experiences of undocumented Filipina immigrants. Through spoken word, music, movement, and shadow puppetry, Chasing Papeles vividly reflects on the hopes, dreams and disillusions of chasing the American Dream. Primarily set in a senior care home in the San Francisco SOMA district, Chasing Papeles presents the highly relevant experiences of undocumented immigrants in the heart of the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District.
Celebrate the first-ever Filipina/o American illustrated children’s history book, Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, by Dawn B. Mabalon with Gayle Romasanta and illustrated by Andre Sibayan.
This will also be a tribute to the late Dr. Dawn B. Mabalon, her last book, and her life dedicated to teaching history to students of all ages.
The book tells the story of the longtime labor organizer, leader of the Delano Grape Strike and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Larry Dulay Itliong.
The program features a reading and remarks from the book’s creators, family friendly performances and activities, refreshments, and book sales and signing. Partial proceeds from the book benefit the nonprofits Filipino American National Historical Society and Little Manila Rising.
Free and Open to the Public
Co-Sponsored by the Filipino American Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Ever wonder WHO the inspirations for these beloved comics are? The real-life heroes for the Bindlestiff-inspired comic, The Passagewill be doing a reading of their characters at 3PM at the Book Arts Festival (10/21)!
Stop by the Manilatown / I-Hotel Foundation on Kearny Street to view Tony Remington's canvas titled Ang Pagalalakbay ng Pag-Ibig (A Journey of Love), based on a photograph he took from a car window while on the road to Twin Lakes in Negros Oriental, San Jose, Philippines. The exhibit is OPEN NOW and closes the week of Thanksgiving.
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