SOMA Pilipinas and SOMCAN Win NBCU Storytelling Grant

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, today announced $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants will be presented to 68 non-profit organizations located in 11 markets. The Project Innovation program supports non-profit organizations that are using innovation to advance communities in the areas of storytelling, community engagement, culture of inclusion and youth education. 

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SOMCAN, or the South of Market Community Action Network, has its hands in so many issues that even director Angelica Cabande struggles to summarize all the issues the group tackles.

“It’s hard to put into one sentence,” she says. “Our primary work is around educating, organizing, and mobilizing folks in the different things that we want to do. I really see SOMCAN’s role as not only helping preserve but helping the neighborhood grow in a way that includes them.”

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Lineup for Isadora Duncan awards testifies to Bay Area’s dance diversity

Dance in the Bay Area reflects and amplifies the diversity of our community and our world, and the nominations for the 2017-2018 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards honor an inclusive array of genres, genders, cultures and points of view. The awards will be given out at a free public event (and one of the season’s best parties) in spring 2019, with a date to be announced.

The Izzies, as they’re affectionately called, recognize the September-through-August performance season, so an award might go to a performance that took place 18 months prior to the ceremony. Looking over this year’s list, it’s unlikely that the memory of any of these compelling artists and works has faded in the meantime.

In the full-company category, the Ballet’s entire roster of dancers got a shout-out for back-to-back-to-back outstanding performances. Sean Dorsey Dance and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company also garnered nominations, alongside OngDance Company for the glorious “Salt Doll” in the S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival and Alleluia Panis’ Diasporic Futurism Dance-Media Project for “Incarcerated 6×9,” an immersive referendum on life behind bars that was also recognized for visual design.

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SoMa Pilipinas is in the heart

“Tucked away in San Francisco’s South of Market district and encircled by streets named after Filipino heroes, lies Lipi Ni Lapu Lapu mural, one of many historical markers encountered on an afternoon ethno-tour hosted by City College’s Philippine Studies department.”

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Filmmaker H.P. Mendoza: Sights & Sounds

On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, master filmmaker Wayne Wang’s Eat A Bowl Of Tea continues to charm audiences with humor and soul. Based on the classic Asian American novel, the movie transports the audience to the 1940s and introduces us to a group of charismatic Chinese bachelors in New York City’s Chinatown.

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San Francisco Is Officially Lgbtq—but What About Black and Chinese?

In a big win for San Francisco’s LGBTQ community, the city’s board of supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to formally recognize its kink and leather district as a place of historical importance.

The distinction protects an area in the city’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood by designating it as the LGBTQ+ and Leather Cultural District. The city’s gentrification crisis has whittled the area—a former hotbed for San Francisco’s infamous gay leather scene—down to just four queer and leather bars in the 30 block-neighborhood.

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