For Immediate Release:
Media Contacts: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org
& Michelle Jeffers
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¡VIVA! Celebrating Latino Hispanic Heritage
Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco,CA – Bienvenidos! In celebration of Latino Hispanic Heritage Month, San Francisco Public Library isproud to announce ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures with more than 100 music, food, film, dance, crafts and author talks happening mid-September through the end of October.
Adults can step into Cuban and Brazilian dance; enjoy classical Latin music; engage in a discussion with Queer and Trans Latinx writers, activists and leaders; attend a Latinx literary variety show; explore San Francisco History Center’s Carnaval archive; hear live oral histories from the women entrepreneurs of La Cocina’s cookbook and so much more!
The Library is thrilled to partner with the Mexican Museum: bringing Tecuan masks from their permanent collections, they will educate and lead a unique craft program to construct 2D/3D masks. Local children’s book authors Aida Salazar (The Moon Within) and Mitali Perkins (Between Us and Abuela) showcase their latest titles at read alouds. Feel the beat of music with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble. Finally, head to the Main Children’s Center for a presentation from Taller Bombalele on Bomba, a tradition of songs, rhythm and dance steeped in a Taino-African alliance in resistance to colonization and slavery in Puerto Rico.
All library locations throughout the city will be full of papel picado (paper streamers), flores de papel (paper flowers) and ofrendas (altars), ready to host events and classes celebrating Latino Hispanic heritage, cultures and traditions. This year’s ¡VIVA! events embrace all ages and all people.
For a complete list of activities and events, view the program guide.
Special Performances and Highlights
Misión Flamenca Dance Troupe – Sept. 14, 3 p.m., Main Library, Atrium
The Moon Within with Children’s Author Aida Salazar – Sept.14, 1 p.m., West Portal Branch
Still Here San Francisco: Queer and Trans Latinx Writers in This City – Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m., Mission Branch
Mission Grafica: Off the Wall – Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St.
Between Us and Abuela with Children’s Author Mitali Perkins – Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Queer Latinx History of the Mission’s 16th Street Corridor – Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch
Hands on History: Carnaval in the Archives – Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 6th Floor
Book Launch: Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural – Sept. 14, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America – Oct. 8, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Carolina de Robertis – Cantoras – Oct. 9, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Arts & Crafts Programs
Zapotec Rugs Craft – Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Merced Branch
Milagros and Rain Sticks with the Museum of Craft and Design – Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch
Día de los Muertos Skeleton Craft– Oct. 30, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch
Guacamole Party – Sept. 22, 3 pm., Portola Branch
We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream – Oct. 15, 6 p.m, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Music & Dance Performances
¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Latinx Literary Variety Show (¡Viva! edition!) – Sept. 18, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Taller Bombalele – Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Main Library, Children’s General Floor Area
Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco – Oct. 26, 3 p.m., Western Addition Branch
Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop
Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Park Branch
Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Excelsior
Oct. 31, 3 p.m., Sunset Branch
Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop – Teens only
Fri. Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix
Sat. Nov. 2, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix
Día de los Muertos Community Altar
Oct. 25 – Nov. 4, Visitacion Valley Branch
Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, Bernal Heights Branch
La Guajira – Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Noe Valley Branch
Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.– Oct. 5, 3 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Una Noche Sin Luna/A Moonless Night– Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Anza Branch