¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage - Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2017 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;

 San Francisco, CA --  Join the fiesta at the San Francisco Public Library this fall with ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures through music, food, film, dance, crafts and more. Every branch hosts engaging and interactive events for youth, adults and families beginning mid-September through November. Special concerts at the Library include Grammy-nominated bilingual children’s musical legend José-Luis Orozco at the Mission Branch, and a VIP family concert at the Main, occurring before open-hours and featuring winners of the 2013 Latin Grammy for children’s music, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.  The concert is followed by a special Drag Queen Story Hour in the Children's Center at the Main. Additional musical events include Cascada de Flores, presenting a bilingual participatory story exploding with song, ancient musical instruments and characters of Mexican music and dance. Past favorites such as the La Familia Peña-Govea sing songs for children in English and Spanish and Danza Azteca Xitlalli-Xolotl performs traditional indigenous dances of the Mexica. For those in search of hands-on programs, families can learn how to make guacamole, salsa and new delicious Latin American dishes and adults can learn how to pair Spanish cheese with wine. Everyone is invited to get crafty with screen printing workshops, tin art classes, paper flower making, yarn painting and fabric dying programs. Lectures and author talks include a joint Litquake program on the classic novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, an evening with author Marcos Barraza as he discusses his latest book, Cuentos y Legendes, and a trip down memory lane with author Erin Van Rheehan as she recounts her experiences living abroad in Costa Rica. On September 21, join acclaimed Bay Area author Gary Soto at the Main Library for the 21st Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, titled Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto. ¡VIVA! incorporates Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebrations, including altar-making workshops at a variety of library locations, teen activities in The Mix and sugar skull decorating at the Mission Branch on November 2. Visit sfpl.org/VIVA for more details.  View the ¡VIVA! Program Guide (PDF). ¡VIVA! programming is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library RELATED PROGRAMS Arts & Crafts  Repujado: Tin Art – Sept. 21, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Screen Print Workshop by Calixto Robles – Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Mission Branch Fabric Dyeing with Peopleologie – Sept. 26, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch Maya, Olmec & Aztec Hieroglyphs – Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch Incas, Llamas & Looms – Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Mexican Yarn painting for Teens/Tweens Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Oct. 28, 2 p.m., Chinatown Branch Paper Flower Crafts Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Park Branch Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch View the program guide for more information. Culinary Classes Salsa Making (all ages) Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch Sept. 24, 2 p.m., Portola Branch Oct. 14, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Excelsior Branch View the program guide for more information. Hispanic Cooking Class for Kids – Sept. 21, Noe Valley Branch Spanish Cheese & Wine Pairing (adults) Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Guacamole Making for Children Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Anza Branch Oct. 14, 2 pm., Ocean View Salsa Tasting for Teens/Tweens – Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Bayview Branch Music & Dance Performances Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band in Concert Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ingleside Branch Oct. 29, 11 a.m., Main Library, Atrium (Followed by Drag Queen Story Hour.) Cascada de Flores Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ortega Branch La Familia Pena-Govea Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Merced Branch Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Mariela’s Music Time Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m., Excelsior Branch Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Marina Branch Jose-Luis Orozco in ConcertSept. 23, 11 a.m., Mission Branch Lectures & Author Talks Author Talk: Cunetos y Legendas by Marcos Barraza – Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room Living Abroad in Costa Rica Sept. 21, 6 p.m, Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Richmond Branch Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Gary Soto – Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium Litquake Presents: 50 Years of One Hundred Years of Solitude – Oct. 10, 6 p.m. Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room Dia de los Muertos Programs Day of the Dead Alter WorkshopsVarious locations beginning Oct. 7 – Nov. 2. View the program guide for more information. Dia de los Muertos Celebration for Teens - Nov 1 & 2, 1 p.m., Main Library, The Mix Sugar Skull Decorating – Nov 2, all day, Mission Branch. View program guide for more information.

September 7, 2017