6:00 - 7:00
What is Hambone and why was it created? Where does the name come from, and what is its significance? Explore these questions and increase you awareness of the history and art of Hambone with Unique Derique in an interactive performance-workshop. Express your own Hambone musical style in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. For families.
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About Unique Derique: The San Francisco Examiner wrote that Derique “leaves them laughing coast to coast,” adding, “he plays himself and the result, percussive and dynamic, is exhilarating.” Internationally acclaimed Clown Prince Unique Derique’s appearances have spanned the globe from South Africa to Scotland, Taipei, London, Paris, and Tokyo— and he has shared the stage with entertainers such as Bobby McFerrin, The Temptations, Laura Nyro, Jim Nabors, Tuck and Patti, Lou Rawls, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
His television credits include appearances on It’s Showtime at the Apollo, the Disney Channel, KQED’s Spark, Univision’s Sábado Gigante Internacional, and he has co-hosted KQED’s Emmy-winning show Short Stories and Tall Tales. Derique’s clown training began at the age of 15 with Berkeley’s Circus A La Mode, and later with San Francisco’s Make*A*Circus and the famed Pickle Family Circus. This multi-talented artist’s experience also includes serving as Program Director for Circus Arts Camp at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland, 23 years as circus artist-in-residence with the Prescott Circus Theatre in West Oakland, and a long volunteer tenure as a performer with the Bread and Roses organization.
When not entertaining audiences as Unique Derique, Lance McGee is a Trauma-Informed Wellness Consultant and Mindfulness Coach providing support to Oakland middle-school educators, administrators, staff and students. His past work includes school-based counseling for the East Bay Agency for Children, as well as working in Richmond public schools with the Mindful Life Project. Additionally, he leads trainings and workshops on recognizing trauma-informed care practices as well as mindfulness for non-profit organizations, health clinics, colleges and educational systems throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
More Than a Month SFPL's Black History Month celebration recognizes important historical events, honors community and national leaders and fosters steps towards collective change. Programming features authors, poets and craft classes for all ages. More Than a Month begins in January in time for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend, and runs all throughout February.