March 27, 2012 Bay Area Arts & Culture Newsletter


  • SambaFunk BBQ/Registration Kick-off  – Mar 31, 2012 @ Dolores Park, Bissap Baobab
  • SambaFunk Carnaval classes w/ King Theo I  – Sundays and Wednesdays


  • A Tribute to Carlos Aceituno April 7, 2012 @ La Pena, Berkeley, CA
  • Bay Area Black Comedy Competition May 18-May 20, 2012 @ Yoshi’s Oakland, CA


  • ACTA Skill Building Workshops Mar 31, 2012


  • Malima Kone and Les Harmonies Tue March 27, 2012 @ Yoshi’s Oakland, CA
  • Ozomatli Wed Mar 28, 2012 @ The New Parrish, Oakland, CA
  • Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble Fri March 30, 2012 @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall, SF, CA
  • Little Brown Brother Fri March 30, 2012 @ La Pena, Berkeley, CA
  • Prescott Circus Theatre 2012 Student Showcase Sat March 31, 2012 @ McClymonds HS Auditorium, Oakland, CA
  • Benny Velarde Sat March 31, 2012 YBCA Forum, SF, CA


  • The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier Mar 24,2012 – Aug 19,2012 @ De Young Museum, SF, CA


Saturday, March 31st,

Registration Drive BBQ, 1pm – 6pm

World Carnaval™ Party 9pm – 2am

Mission Dolores Park

Bissap Baobab Village

3372 19th Street

San Francisco, CA


Free Carnaval Registration and BBQ

sambafunk registration dayAdvanced Purchase Price: $7

Purchase tickets here:

Door Purchase Price: $10, with Carnaval Registration: $5

SambaFunk! World Carnaval™ Tour hits the streets of San Francisco. Mission Dolores Park will be the place of fun and funk for all ages. While SambaFunk! kick’s off their 2012 Carnaval Registration Drive with a family style BBQ, music and dance in the park; San Francisco’s community leaders and politicians will be re-opening the Mission Dolores Park children’s playground. This much awaited occasion is free and open to the public. SambaFunk! will be participating with a short Children’s Carnaval Jump Up led by King Theo and the FunkTyme Playahs.

As the day turns into night the Carnaval action shifts to the Bissap Baobab Village. This 5th stop of the World Carnaval™ Tour will be full of African flavors and African party music by special guests and San Francisco’s premier DJ Sake 1. Dance the night away with live music and live Brazilian samba performances by the FunkTyme Playahs, King Theo, and the Queens and Lords of SambaFunk!

The SambaFunk! World Carnaval™ Tour continues its journey towards the San Francisco Carnaval explosion in May 2012! Come see the performances and be prepared to embark on a rhythmic adventure…a world-wide tour of Mardi-Gras Carnaval culture, a journey of JOY…let your SOUL lead the way. Double your pleasure, JOY and fun! On March 31, celebrate!

It will be a marathon of funk!

For more info:

510-451-6100 or


 SambaFunk! Classes Return to San Francisco on Wednesdays

SambaFunk! in the City w/ King Theo @ Twin Space Continum ( 1 Block from 16th Street BART)

2111 Mission Street @ 17th

Mission District, SF

3rd Floor, Suite 300 ( Buzz from street to Open Door)

Join King Theo as he teaches a variety of Brasilian, Carnaval & Funk dances including Samba, Samba Reggae, Carnaval Bloco, Frevo and African American Funk. Learn Carnaval dances from Latin America & the Caribbean.

Comfortable setting for men to learn Samba. Men’s Samba techniques explored. Dance in San Francisco Carnaval….

Weekly Wednesday Classes – 8:07pm – 9:37pm

$12 / $10 with Class Cards / All Levels / No Dance or Parade Experience Necessary


SambaFunk! “Carnaval Explosion” w/ King Theo

Experience Carnaval Bloco Movements, Samba, Samba Reggae, Funk Step’n


All Levels – All Ages – Men’s

Samba Technique

Dance * Fitness * Culture * Communit

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Drummers rehearse for an hour then play for dance class from 5-6pm

Calling ALL Drummers-come and drum with the funkiest group around!

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A Tribute to Mestre Carlos Aceituno

Carlos Aceituno Tribute at La Pena

Sat April 07, 2012 7:30pm

La Pena

3105 Shattuck Avenue

Berkeley, CA

$15 adv. $20 door


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Bay Area Black Comedy Competition

Black ComedayMay 18-May 20, 2012

Yoshi’s Oakland

Oakland, CA


The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition was initially created in 1986 by theatre artist, poet and aspiring comedian Tony Spires, as a means of leveling the playing field for African American and other minority Bay Area stand-up comedians. From it’s humble roots, it has evolved into the largest, longest-running live showcase of urban comedians in the world. In it’s latest incarnation, The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival (the BABCCF) has become a major networking convention and a national proving ground for talented up and coming stand-ups of all races and ethnic backgrounds.

Since 2002 it has also become one of the country’s leading entertainment industry educational festivals, with daytime symposiums, industry panels, workshops and one-on-one professional consultations, all specifically designed to develop the next generation of stand-up comedians. It has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in urban comedy, music, film and TV.


Our outstanding alumni include:

Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Don “DC” Curry, Mike Epps, D.L. Hughley, Sherri Shepherd, Rodney Perry, Craig Robinson, Mark Curry, Luenell, Nick Cannon, Katt Williams, Sheryl Underwood, Arnez Jay, and many more…


BABCCF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Paul Mooney, Reynaldo Rey, Robin Harris


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Community Happenings

Alliance for california traditional arts


Alliance for California Traditional Arts

Skill Building Workshop on March 31, 2012


Work Sample Laboratory

Saturday, March 31, 2012,1-4 pm

BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition)

2727 Mariposa Street



Back by popular demand! One of the most important components of any grant proposal is the work sample. What do you need to consider when portraying your artistic expression for a grant submission? Is an audio sample the best choice for a musician or should you be seen as well as heard on a DVD? How do you best portray material arts? What if your art form is participatory? Bring in your own work samples for gentle critique and viewing; and view and experience examples of successful and not so successful work samples. A panel of experienced arts and cultural grants reviewers will share their good practices and tips with you.

$20 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


For questions or to RSVP to either session,

Lily Kharrazi

(415) 346-5200

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Malima Kone and Les Harmonies

Malima KoneTue March 27, 2012

Yoshi’s Oakland

Oakland, CA


As the forerunner of generations of his family’s cultural heritage, this modern Jeli offers us a unique style that mixes traditional African roots with world acoustic reggae. Malima sings in five languages—Bwamu, Bamana/Jula, Moore, French and English. He bases his lyrics on life experiences from childhood and as he sees the world today. He currently lives and teaches in Santa Cruz, teaches music in California and throughout the United States, and tours with his band, Les Harmonies. He continues to travel back home to his roots in Africa, finding inspiration while visiting family and friends. You won’t want to miss his extraordinary Yoshi’s debut along with the members of Les Harmonies.


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OzomattiIntimate Show with Special Guests and Surprises!

Wed Mar 28, 2012

The New Parrish

579 18th St

Oakland, CA


“Brewing a vital concoction of Latin salsa, urban hip-hop, and jazz-funk, Ozomatli formed in Los Angeles in the mid-’90s, eventually settling on a lineup that included Raúl “El Bully” Pacheco, Ulises Bella, Jiro Yamaguchi, Cut Chemist, Chali 2na, Wil-Dog Abers, Mairo Calire, Rene “Spinobi” Dominguez, Justin “Niño” Porée, Asdrubal Sierra, and Jabu. After making their name on the local club circuit, the group made an appearance on the urban late-night talk show Vibe! and released its self-titled debut in June 1998. Embrace the Chaos was released in 2001, followed by an EP, Coming Up, in 2003. A third full-length, Street Signs, which featured a changed lineup (both Cut Chemist and Chali 2na, for example, left the group on good terms), came out in 2004 and subsequently won a Grammy. A concert CD, Live at the Fillmore, with an accompanying DVD of the show, was released in 2005, unofficially honoring the group’s tenth anniversary, and in 2006 Don’t Mess with the Dragon was released, followed by Live from Soho in 2008. The band returned to the studio with producer Tony Berg to issue Fire Away, its debut album for Mercer Street Records/Downtown Records, in 2010.” – John Bush, AllMusicGuide


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Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble

Lagos RootsFri, March 30, 2012

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

1710 Mission Street



Lagos Roots brings it back: straight to 1970′s West Africa. Unfiltered, deeply-grooved Nigerian Afrobeat music performed live by a 15-piece afrobeat orchestra. Prepare to dial in on the dance floor and sweat to the beat of the Kalakuta Republic, performed live by ORIGINAL Fela Kuti band-members!!

Emerging from a long held dream to put together a band containing original master musicians and members of a new generation of afrobeat musicians, LAGOS ROOTS features the stars of Nigeria’s top afro-beat, afro-funk/rock and world-beat bands: Fela Kuti & Africa 70! Sonny Okoson! One World! Monomono! Peter King!

Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble represents an important step in the evolution of the style of Nigerian afrobeat once imagined by Fela Kuti & Africa 70. Our evolution puts Lagos ROOTS on the California coast.. our solution is Afro-Beat for ALL yeah yeah people.


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Jazz, Blues, & World Music fusion

Little Brown Brother

Fri March 30, 2012

La Pena,  3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA


Little Brown Brother has been performing regularly in the Bay Area since it was formed in 2006 and has been featured at many different concerts, events, and nightclubs. Its members are Ben Luis on bass, vocals; Carlos Zialcita on harmonica, vocals; Chris Planas on guitar, vocals; Mio “Timbalero” Flores on congas, percussion; Rey Cristobal on piano; and Carlton Carey on drums. Vocalist Myrna Del Rio joins them for this performance and has been a featured artist at the Cadillac Hotel Concert Series, the People in the Plazas Concert Series, and at Yoshi’s Oakland in March 2011. Ron Quesada and Kulintronica features a high-tech fusion of traditional Filipino music on the Kulintang gongs from the Southern region of the Philippines known as Mindanao along with modern guitar sounds.


We invite you to support La Peña, its cultural programs, and its promotion of live music in the East Bay as well as the on-going performances by Little Brown Brother, a band dedicated to preserving and celebrating Filipino American jazz in the SF Bay Area and beyond.


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Prescott Circus Theatre 2012


Student Showcase

Sat March 31, 2012, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm

McClymonds High School Auditorium

2607 Myrtle St. @ 26th

Oakland, CA


FREE! Reservations are requested for large groups!


The Prescott Circus Theatre presents its Spring Student Showcase featuring a cast of over 100 talented Oakland children in an upbeat and inspiring show, guaranteed to knock your socks off and melt your heart, too. Circus skills include juggling, stilting, acrobatics, unicycle, hambone body percussion, hip-hop dance, and balancing acts. The two free performances will feature the Prescott Circus Performance Company from Prescott Elementary School in West Oakland and students from PCT’s after school programs at Lafayette, Laurel, Manzanita SEED/Community, Parker, and Piedmont Avenue Elementary Schools. Ordinary Children doing Extraordinary Things!


For more info:

(510) 967-0355


Benny Velarde

benny velarde

Sat March 31, 2012

YBCA Forum



Benny Velarde is the recipient of the 2012 SFJAZZ Beacon Award for lifetime achievement.

This will be a salsa show and dancing is encouraged!


Timbalero and composer Benny Velarde is utterly synonymous with Latin jazz in the Bay Area. Velarde came of age as San Francisco was developing an influential synthesis of modern jazz and Cuban percussion, and he played an instrumental role in the new sound’s birth. Born in Panama City, Velarde fell in love with Cuban music as a child. When his family relocated to San Francisco in 1945, he discovered Tito Puente and concentrated on learning congas, bongos and timbales. First recruited by Salvadoran pianist Alonzo Palio, Benny soon established himself during a long stint with legendary vibraphonist Cal Tjader from 1952-57. He later worked with the likes of Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Errol Garner, Stan Getz, Luis Gasca, Vince Guaraldi, Lalo Schifrin, Walter Wanderley and other giants. As a leader of his own bands since 1960, Velarde, now 81, has nurtured generations of local musicians and is a beloved Latin jazz ambassador. With John Santos in the group as percussionist and musical coordinator, Velarde will be honored on this date with the SFJAZZ Beacon Award for lifetime achievement.


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Artistic/Cultural Offerings


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Mar 24,2012 – Aug 19,2012

De Young Museum



Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution. Always provocative, he addresses issues of multiculturalism by bringing ethnic diversity to the Paris runway. Despite the gritty and sometimes controversial context of his collections, the clothes remain beautiful, superbly crafted with the finest dressmaking and detailing skills.

This exhibition contains adult themes.

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