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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
“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.”Read More
“Beat writer Jack Kerouac wrote about the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood’s reputation as a seedy skid row in his book Lonesome Traveler. But for decades, SoMa has also been the city’s center for Filipino culture.”Read More
The cultural district aims to stabilize and strengthen a neighborhood in flux. But Filipinos in S.F. have seen their community obliterated before.Read More
The grant will fund the planning process for the increased visibility of Filipino arts, culture, and design. Through this grant, SOMA Pilipinas hopes to reverse decades of underrepresentation of the Filipino community’s history and culture.Read More
The 2018 season of the lone Filipino Night market in San Francisco is off to an auspicious start, capitalizing on the momentum it built from last year, when thousands of participants trooped to its South of the Market Area (SOMA) venue.Read More
A "people’s choir" advocated Tuesday for a ballot measure to save projected hotel tax revenues for arts programs.Read More
Some people tend to think of SF’s South of Market neighborhood as a personality-less stretch of the city lined with high-rise condos and sprawling warehouses, plus AT&T Park and SFMOMA. But in reality, behind those tech-fueled skyscrapers, there is a rich cultural heritage.Read More
Undiscovered SF, this city’s only and biggest Filipino-inspired night market, returns for its 2018 season on July 21, with more culinary temptations for foodies of all ages.Read More
From the gorgeous to the hideous to the absolutely inexplicable, we scoured the city by foot and on bikes to document hundreds of alleys, side streets, and lanes.Read More
This year’s edition (the third) of the annual Dialogue in the Diaspora featured a benefit performance, dialogues, a kamayan dinner with performances, and workshops on June 15, 16, and 17 at the Bayanihan Community Center at the heart of SOMA: Pilipinas, the Filipino Cultural Heritage District.Read More
Dozens of people rallied Wednesday in support of four multi-generational Filipino families facing eviction from their longtime homes at 657-659 Natoma St. in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas, San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Undiscovered SF, the pop-up night market highlighting Filipino food, art, and music, is back for its second season. The market debuted last year in conjunction with an officially designated Filipino cultural heritage district, SOMA Pilipinas. The first in the series is Saturday, July 21.Read More