Arts & Culture

2:41pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

A history built on hearsay: Tales of the early Chinese settlers

Artistic director Rene Yung (right) gives instructions to the proxy storytellers during a rehearsal of the theater and oral history project “Chinese Whispers." Photo courtesy of Chinese Whispers

In the mid-1800s, the Gold Rush brought enthusiastic settlers westward, from across the United States. At the same time, another migration was flowing eastward.

Over three decades, the country’s Chinese population grew from 4,000 to over 100,000. The immigrants who landed on California’s shores followed the Transcontinental Railroad across the state, building pockets of community along the way.

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5:16pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Bluegrass in Northern California

Musical Previews on Bluegrass Signal

Banjo player Bill Evans, photographed here at Fantasy Studios with some of the musicians who play on his new album, is among those performing in NorCal during March and April.

Saturday (March 3rd), 6:30 - 8:00 pm -
Peter Thompson presents musical previews of the annual Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Redwood Bluegrass concerts, Rhonda Vincent's and Jayme Stone's visits to the area, and other upcoming events.

A few of those taking part in Bill Evans' new album, "In Good Company" are pictured above (L->R): Tashin Clarridge, Tristan Clarridge, David Grier, Bill, Todd Phillips, engineer Tom Size, Mike Marshall, and Darol Anger.

 

 

 

3:05pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Discovering jazz beats off the beaten path

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/34715674@N08/3219512812/in/photostream/

Yoshi’s, the Paramount, the Great American Music Hall – these are some of the Bay Area’s best-known music venues. Then, there are the less widely known, but still popular spots, like the Mission’s Red Poppy Art House, or Oakland’s Cafe Van Kleef. And then there are the places no one knows about. The places you sometimes can’t find even if you know where to look.

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2:12pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Meet Emeryville's first poet laureate

Janell Moon, Emeryville Poet Laureate

Emeryville, best known for big box stores and a movie complex, currently has something San Francisco lacks: a poet laureate.

One would expect San Francisco, home of the beat poets of the fifties, to have the position – and it does, but the term of the previous poet has expired. This will be remedied soon; candidates interested in the post have two more days to file.

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12:42pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Local Music: MJ's Brass Boppers

MJ’s Brass Boppers leader Naazir Magbool was born and raised in Oakland, but you’d think this Second Line Brass Band was straight from New Orleans. They often play on the streets of San Francisco, but you can hear them inside this Friday at Disco Volante in Oakland, starting about 9pm.
 

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