Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rock and Roll, Baby!

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Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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July 27, 2012

Rock and Roll, Baby!

San Francisco Public Library’s Tricycle Music Fest West Returns for Fourth Year

San Francisco Public Library presents eight free family rock concerts this summer and fall for its fourth year with the return of Tricycle Music Fest West. The festival kicks off Aug. 5 at the Mission Branch in partnership with Sunday Streets, rolls through neighborhood libraries, and concludes with a costume ball finale on Oct. 28 at the Main Library.

The Aug. 5 Sunday Streets Stage features the infectious tunes of Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, magical melodies and heartbreaking harmonies of The Corner Laughers, zany antics of The Monkeybutts, and teen talents from the San Francisco Rock Project’s House Band.

Festival headliner Recess Monkey members are Seattle-based elementary school teachers by day, kindie-rockers by night. Noted as “…the heart of kids’ music today” by Zooglobble and described as “not only do the tunes fail to induce adult headaches, some even sound like the kind of retro hipster music you might hear in a Wes Anderson flick,” Time Out NY Kids. With Beatle-esque pop, charismatic shows, the most prolific trio in kids’ music take the stage in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Sunday, Aug. 19. Festival closer Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band, appearing Oct. 28 at the Main Library, just had its album named one of the top cool kids albums by People magazine.

“San Francisco families love music and libraries. Tricycle is the perfect combination to showcase our libraries as magical family destinations. Four years later, I still beam watching families, friends and community experience the library in a new way,” said Christy Estrovitz, SFPL’s early literacy specialist.

Tricycle continues in September and October with neighborhood concerts with The Hipwaders, Charity Kahn, The Monkeybutts, Frances England, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, and more.  All branch concerts are head outside, weather permitting, except at the Main Library.  Skip the nap, grab your boogie shoes and join us. Tricycle Music Fest West is made possible thanks to the rock-star support from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Find the complete schedule, photos and more at sfpl.org/tricycle.

2012 Tricycle Lineup:

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, The Corner Laughers, The Monkeybutts, San Francisco Rock Project –  Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m.– 4 p.m., Mission Branch, Sunday Streets stage

Recess Monkey – Aug. 19, 3 p.m., Main Library

Charity Kahn, Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m.,  Mission Bay Branch Library

Frances England, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Parkside Branch Library

The Monkeybutts, Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library

The Hipwaders, Oct. 20, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, and Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., Main Library, Costume Ball Finale event

Alejandro Murguía Named SF Poet Laureate

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Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

July 27, 2012

MAYOR LEE NAMES ALEJANDRO MURGUÍA AS 6TH SF POET LAUREATE

Mayor Edwin M. Lee last night introduced Alejandro Murguía as the City’s 6th Poet Laureate, at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s third San Francisco International Poetry Festival kickoff event in Kerouac Alley.

Poet, editor, translator, literary organizer and educator, Murguía is the author of Southern Front (Bilingual Review Press) and This War Called Love: Nine Stories (City Lights Books), both recipients of the American Book Award. His most recent book of poems, Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, Berkeley) was published in February 2012. His other books of poetry are Spare Poems (Luna’s Press, 2001) and Oracíon a la Mano Poderosa (Editorial Pocho-Che, 1972).

“I am thrilled to announce Alejandro Murguía as the new San Francisco Poet Laureate, a position that exemplifies San Francisco’s rich literary history and tradition,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “Murguía, who founded the Mission Cultural Center, has been a champion of many local authors, artists, poets as well as a great contributor to the literary community in the City, and this honor is richly deserved.”

Murguía, a professor of Latino/Latina studies at San Francisco State University, is also the author of the non-fiction book, The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California (University of Texas Press). The book draws on memories—his own and his family’s reaching back to the 18th century—to (re)construct the forgotten Chicano-indigenous history of California.

Born in California, Murguía has spent nearly his entire literary life in San Francisco. A long-time literary activist, he published first books by José Montoya, Roberto Vargas, Nina Serrano, Elias-Hruska-Cortes and raúlsalinas and edited Tin-Tan Magazine. He co-edited anthologies including Volcán: Poetry from Central America (City Lights Books, 1984) and Time to Greez! Incantations from the Third World (Glide Publications, 1974). As a translator, his projects have included Angel in the Deluge (City Lights Books, 1993) by Rosario Murillo.

A longtime literary organizer, in addition to participating in the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, Murguía organized the Flor Y Canto en el Barrio festivals in 2008 and 2011 and has been an active participant in Litquake since its inception.

As Poet Laureate, Murguía intends “to make San Francisco the poetic center of the Americas, a city where poetry, poetry readings and poetry workshops would blossom everywhere people work and gather, in schools and libraries, in detention centers so that hope might also spring from poetry, in government offices, the Board of Supervisors, even the Mayor’s office, because poetry demands an honest voice, expressed in clear language that is true to the word.”

About the San Francisco International Poetry Festival

Honoring our City’s great legacy of encouraging cross cultural dialogue, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library,  the Mayor’s Office of Protocol and Emeritus San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, present this landmark event that brings more than 18 poets from all around the world to San Francisco for free and open-to-the-public poetry and music.  The four-day festival kicks off Thursday, July 26 in Kerouac Alley in North Beach, followed by public poetry readings, translation workshops and children’s programs, on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, in Civic Center Plaza and the San Francisco Main Library, and then concludes on Sunday, July 29 with the North Beach Poetry Crawl. More information at sfipf.org.

The Plastic in Question

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Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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July 20, 2012

The Plastic in Question

Environmental Exhibit on View at the San Francisco Main Library

Image of plastics Since 1999 Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been visiting 1,000 yards of Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Sea Shore. They have walked this one remote beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean. By carefully collecting and “curating” the bits of plastic, they fashion it into works of art. This artwork will be featured in the exhibit, The Plastic in Question which explores the ever-growing problem of plastic flowing into the waste stream. Sponsored by the Library’s Art, Music and Recreation Center and the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, the exhibit opens tomorrow in the San Francisco Main Library’s First, Fourth and Fifth Floors, 100 Larkin St., and will be on view through October 11.

Viewers of the exhibit are often surprised that this colorful stuff is the thermoplastic junk of our throwaway culture. As Lang and Selby have deepened their practice they’ve found, like archeologists, that each bit of what they find opens into a pinpoint look at the whole of human culture. Each bit has a story to tell.

For the exhibit, Lang and Selby are posing five important questions about the pervasive role plastic has come to play in contemporary life. In vitrines and display boards they will explore questions such as:

  • Where is “away,” as in, “throw away”?
  • What’s the true cost of plastic?
  • Where did this plastic come from and how did it get to the beach?
  • What’s love got to do with it?
  • What to do about the problem of plastic pollution?

Viewers to the exhibition will be encouraged to take personal responsibility for their daily use of plastic, bringing “refuse” into the conversation about reduce, reuse, recycle. For more information about the exhibit, visit beachplastic.com.

Related Program:

Film Screening: Bag ItThe documentary film follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics.

Aug. 23, 5:45 p.m., Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library

Film Screening: One Word: Plastics Panel discussion with artists Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, Michael Stewart from Surfriders, and Susan Freinkel, the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story; moderated by Daniella Dimitrova Russo, co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library

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San Francisco International Poetry Festival

Poetry Stamp

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Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

Katie Ambellan
(415) 626-7512 ext: 123; katie@friendssfpl.org

July 12, 2012

**Photos available upon request**

REVELERS FEEL THE ‘BEAT’ WITH THIRD BIENNIAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

A Cornucopia of Stylish Events Awaits Poets and Their Admirers throughout the Weekend

Add Another Stamp to Your Poetry Passport this July 26-29th, 2012

San Francisco, CA—Celebrate the creative spirit at the third San Francisco International Poetry Festival, July 26—29, 2012. Presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Mayor’s Office of Protocol, the San Francisco Public Library and Emeritus San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, the landmark event brings more than 18 poets from all around the world to San Francisco for free and open-to-the-public poetry and music.

The four-day poetry extravaganza begins on Thursday, July 26, 2012 with a kick-off party hosted by Jack Hirschman, legendary Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Library Luis Herrera at Kerouac Alley in North Beach. The party features an introduction of participating poets and performances and readings by former Modern Lovers musician Jonathan Richman, former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzales and more.

Additional Festivities include:

  • Friday lunch-time poetry reading in the Civic Center Plaza
  • Outdoor poetry & performances on Saturday in Civic Center Plaza
  • Poetry Crawl in North Beach
  • Youth poetry, Translation Workshops, Beat poetry lectures and more.

The San Francisco International Poetry Festival boasts a truly international group of poets from Iraq to Columbia. The festival honors our City’s great poetic legacy and encourages cross-cultural dialogue.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit SFIPF.org.

Check out the lineup of wonderful poets appearing at this year’s festival:

 

Amiri Baraka (USA)

Antoine Cassar (Malta)

Sasha Pimentel Chacon (Philippines)

Neeli Cherkovski (USA)

Carla Badillo Coronado (Ecuador)

Agneta Falk (Sweden/USA)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (USA)

Heinz D. Heisl (Austria)

Jane Hirshfield (USA)

Jack Hirschman (USA)

Yahia Lababidi (Egypt)

Dunya Mikhail (Iraq)

Alejandro Murguia (USA/Mexico)

Sandro Sardella (Italy)

Joachim Sartorius (Germany)

Matt Sedillo (USA)

Marie Silkeberg (Sweden)

Antonieta Villamil (Columbia)


CALENDAR EDITORS: International Poetry Festival Schedule

Thursday, July 26th

7:00—9:00 p.m.

Kerouac Alley, North Beach district

Official Kick-Off Party, hosted by Jack Hirschman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Librarian Luis Herrera. Introduction of festival poets and jazz concert, featuring Neeli Cherkovski, Matt Gonzalez and Jonathan Richman (Modern Lovers musician) and a special appearance by the Magnetic Poets.

Friday, July 27th

Noon—1:30 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza

Main poetry readings by Jack Hirschman, Antonie Cassar, Matt Gonzales, Agneta Falk and Alejandro Murguia.

1:45—4:30 p.m.

Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Main poetry readings by Joachim Sartorius, Scott Thompson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Antonieta Villamil, Barbara Paschke, Jane Hirshfield, Dunya Mikhail and Kareem James Abdul-Zeid.

Book Sales/Signings at Readers Bookstore at the Main (30 Grove St. Main Library).

Saturday, July 28th

Noon—5:00 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza

Main poetry readings by Jack Hirschman, Yahia Lababidi, Marie Silkeberg, Agneta Falk, Matt Sedillo, Sandro Sardella, Bobby Coleman, Sasha Pimentel Chacon, Ataol Behramoglu, Mark Kockinos, Heinz Heisl, Scott Thompson, Carla Badillo Coronado, Jessica Loos and Amiri Baraka.

Book Sales/Signings at Readers Bookstore at the Main (30 Grove St. Main Library).

Sunday, July 29th

North Beach Poetry Crawl

11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.)

Poetry readings from Amiri Baraka (USA), Sandro Sardella (Italy) and Aggie Falk (Sweden/USA).

1:00—2:30 p.m.

Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.)

Poetry readings from Dunya Mikhail (Iraq), Yahia Lababidi (Egypt), Joachim Sartorius (Germany) and Sasha Pimentel Chacon (Philippines).

2:00—3:30 p.m.

Live Worms Gallery (1345 Grant Ave. @ Green St.)

Beat Poetry Lecture, featuring Gerd Holzheimer. Sponsored by the Goethe Institut.

3:00—4:30 p.m.

Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.)

Translation Workshop and panel moderated by Judy Bernhard, featuring translation specialists and authors including, John Curl and more.

4:00—5:15 p.m.

Kerouac Alley, North Beach district

Poetry readings from Carla Badillo Coronado (Ecuador), Heinz D. Heisl (Austria) and Alejandro Murguia (USA/Mexico).

5:30—6:45 p.m.

Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.)

Poetry readings from Marie Silkeberg (Sweden), Antoine Cassar (Malta) and Matt Sedillo (USA).

5:30—7:00 p.m.

Kerouac Alley, North Beach district

Poetry readings from Antonieta Villamil (Columbia) and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade.

7:00—8:00 p.m.

Kerouac Alley, North Beach district

Closing celebration featuring all participating poets.

**Please note: Schedule is subject to change. Please call 415-626-7500 or check the website, SFIPF.org to confirm dates and times.