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Free Opera Talk – Girls of the Golden West

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 17, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Free Opera Talk – Girls of the Golden West

Soprano Julia Bullock, dramaturg Kip Cranna and author Marlene Smith-Branzini appear at the library

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San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Public Library is hosting a free, public discussion presented by the San Francisco Opera about Dame Shirley, whose book, The Shirley Letters, inspired this season’s opera premiere, Girls of the Golden West.

San Francisco Opera Dramaturg Dr. Clifford “Kip” Cranna will moderate the discussion with soprano Julia Bullock, who portrays Dame Shirley in the new opera, and Louise Clappe expert Marlene Smith-Baranzini. The event is free.

The talk is being held in connection with the library’s On the Same Page bimonthly book club. The November/December selection is The Shirley Letters.

 

Program:             Opera Talk – Girls of the Golden West

Date:                     Tuesday, Nov. 28

Time:                     6 p.m.

Place:                    Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Cost:                      Free

 

The new opera, Girls of the Golden West, by John Adams with a libretto by Peter Sellars is based on The Shirley Letters, a collection of 23 letters written by Clappe to her sister in Massachusetts detailing life in a Gold Rush-era mining camp in the mid-1800s.

The On the Same Page selection is based on the Heydey Publishing edition of The Shirley Letters, edited and introduced by Marlene Smith-Baranzini. The series of letters written by Clappe to her sister were first published under the pseudonym of “Dame Shirley” in Pioneer magazine. In these letters Clappe writes of life in San Francisco and the Feather River mining communities of Rich Bar and Indian Bar in 1851 and 1852. She focuses on the experiences of women and children, the perils of miners’ work, crime and punishment, and relations with native Hispanic residents and Native Americans. Bret Harte is said to have based two of his stories on The Shirley Letters.

San Francisco Opera Presents Girls of the Golden West – Tuesday, November 28, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Related program:

Hands on History: Girls (and Some Guys) of the Golden West – Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 6th Floor

SF Veterans Film Festival 2017 Showcases Real Stories of U.S. Military and Veteran Men and Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 30, 2017

SFVVF Contact: Pamela Coddington
Phone: (415) 299-0251
Email: pamela@coddingtonpr.com

SFPL Contact: Katherine Jardine
Phone: (415) 544-4295
Email: Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival 2017 Showcases Real Stories
of U.S. Military and Veteran Men and Women

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WHAT:                 6th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

WHEN:                   Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.                                                                                           Sunday, Dec. 3, 12 – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library,                                                                       100 Larkin Street, SF (Grove Street entrance)

Admission is free

San Francisco, CA —OneVet OneVoice announces the lineup for their 6th annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17), the Bay Area’s premier military and veteran film event and the non-profit’s yearly public education event, hosted by the San Francisco Public Library. The film festival shares the real stories of service men and women as well as veterans, unfiltered by Hollywood, while educating the community at large. The full line of screenings and panel discussions will be available online at www.sfveteransfilmfestival.org.

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17) offers a rare opportunity for Veterans to find support while allowing the general population to learn about the issues facing the 1% of the American population that serves in the United States active duty military forces.  These men and women are more often becoming part of San Francisco’ growing veteran community since California has the largest population of veterans in the United States (1.9 million men and women of all ages). Today’s veterans are facing a mental health crisis that has resulted in more deaths by suicide than in active duty.  It is estimated that 20 U.S. veterans commit suicide each day.

The 2-day festival includes 13 films made by veterans, veteran families, independent filmmakers and students. This year’s animations, dramas and documentary short and feature length films include unique points of view on a range of situations. Stories this year range from the emotional support shared between the members of a group of Gold Star families and the challenges facing caregivers to how the emotional damage dramatized by a veteran coping with the VA benefits repayment issue, or from why we have a mental health crisis facing our Veterans to ways some veterans are healing from emotional, moral and physical injuries after deployment.

“Each year we showcase films that provide the public with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the men and women who serve our country, building empathy for our veterans,” comments Eddie Ramirez, founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival and the sponsoring organization OneVet OneVoice. “The program of films and speakers provides real stories of struggles as well as real solutions, helping veterans in attendance while educating the broader community, which supports healing by making a smoother transition back to home, family and work.”

The 2017 program is free of charge to the public and offers film screenings, panel discussions with both filmmakers and experts from organizations that provide support to veterans, and special events that celebrate the filmmakers. Saturday attendees are invited to the evening’s Filmmakers Reception. The 2017 programming is possible thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council and the support of the San Francisco Public Library.

Films in the 2017 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival include the following:

 After Fire (1 hr 30 min) Brittany Huckabee
With intimate access to the lives of three Latina women veterans, this film is an observational documentary that throws a spotlight on the human toll of military service – including military sexual trauma, combat injuries and bureaucratic dysfunction – telling a universal story about strength in the aftermath of trauma.

Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence (1 hr 8 min) Anita Sugimura Holsapple
A Vietnam era military child speaks with multi-generational family members and exposes the unflinching aftermath of war, and the failing systems that continue the legacy of trauma from generation to generation.

Brass Razoo (8 min 42 sec) Rupert Raineri
Brass Razoo is a dramatic character study based on the return of a fictional soldier and his adjustment to reality after his time in Afghanistan.

Dance of Death: The fatal fandango of war and healthcare (4 min ) Mark Pinto and Patricia Lee Stotter
This film presents the country’s failure to heal moral injury and support our warriors through their fiercest battle of all—saving their souls on the home front. The film is part of a larger work-in-process, Paging Dr. Faustus.

Devil Dogs (23 min 30 sec) director Lindsay Holt
This dramatic short film profiles an American photojournalist as he struggles with his assignment – and his emotions – when embedded with a team of U.S. Marines during fierce urban combat in the deadliest battle of the Iraq War, the fight for Fallujah in 2004.

Gold Star (7 min 24 sec) James Giese, Josh Wheat
A documentary that looks into the Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend and provides insights into what it means to become a Gold Star Parent, and the bond that is formed between them.

Honor Flight: Vietnam (29 min 53 sec) Ross Raventos
A documentary that follows the Honor Flight program in Kern County as it takes its first group of Vietnam Veterans to Washington, DC to see their memorial.

Love Separated In Life…Love Reunited in Honor (14 min 27 sec)
Jackie Wright

Crossing history, time, social mores and seas, the documentary follows the Wright siblings as they honor Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. and ‘the wife of his youth,’ Ouida Fay McClendon Wright with a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, after exhuming him from a segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida fifty years after his death. The ceremony ultimately leads the Wrights to Vietnam, where they found the land in Vinh Long, Vietnam that had been named after their father.

Simple Solution (8 min 15 sec) Arturo Mireles
On October 24, 2016 the news broke that some veterans needed to pay back their enlistment bonuses. This film is a dramatization of one veteran as he is dealing with the news using alcohol and his skills in a new environment and state of mind.

Ten Thousand Miles (21 min) Nathan Ellis
When the worst happens in combat, soldiers rely on their team for survival…but what does it take to survive the worst back home? This dramatic short explores one story.

Thank You For Your Service (1 hr 41 min) Tom Donahue
Thank You For Your Service tackles the mental health crisis in the military and addresses specific solutions to reducing stigmas both within the military and as a larger cultural and societal context. The documentary also tells the story of incredibly resilient Veterans whose struggles and triumphs are chronicled in the film.  With interviews from the leaders of our military and our government, as well as mental health professionals, non-profit leaders and Veterans and their families.

The Catcher (3 min 7 sec) Cassie Guidry
Animated short film about a soldier suffering with PTSD who seeks the aid of a Dreamcatcher Weaver to save him from his nightmares.

The Weight of Honor (56 min) Stephanie Seldin Howard
For five years, a documentary filmmaker followed the story of the devastating effects that caring for a severely wounded Veteran can have on caregivers, families and relationships. The film was made to challenge conventional notions of caregivers, and to ignite change.

About the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17) is a robust forum for Veterans and civilian filmmakers to express their creativity and to share their stories, which in turn helps further healing and brings greater awareness to the public on the challenges our nation’s veteran’s face. The annual festival spotlights both veteran and civilian filmmakers addressing issues about Veterans and military-related topics.  For more information please visit www.sfveteransfilmfestival.org.

About OneVet OneVoice
OneVet OneVoice is a non-profit based in San Francisco founded on the belief that healthcare, education, housing and employees for veterans and military families should be inextricably linked together.  The organization is known for the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative.  The goal of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival is to support one of the key missions of OneVet OneVoice: to educate the general public about the current issues facing our veterans, and provide a place for veterans to learn more about current support available.

About the San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center
San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center, located on the 5th floor of the Main Library, supports the veteran community with free computer access, a specialized veterans book collection, and information and assistance for veterans and their family. For more information please visit www.sfpl.org/veterans

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The Irrepressible Politics of the Black Panther Party – Authors Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin in conversation with “Davey D” Cook

For Immediate Release:  October 26, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

The Irrepressible Politics of the Black Panther Party

Authors Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin in conversation with “Davey D” Cook

One City One Book

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is excited to bring to the stage the authors of San Francisco’s One City One Book selection for 2017: Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party. Facilitated by journalist “Davey D” Cook, authors Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. will discuss the dynamics of the Black Panther Party and reflect on the movement’s link to today’s struggles.

Program:             One City One Book Authors in Conversation

Date:                     Sunday, Oct. 29

Time:                     1 p.m.

Place:                    Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Cost:                      Free

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, the book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

“Black people in cities throughout the North and West were yearning for ways to stand up to police brutality and persistent racism. For several years, the Black Panther Party set the standard,” says co-author Bloom. “Waldo and I wrote the book to make sense of the how and why. Those questions are as vital now as they were in the late 1960s – as a new generation of activists seeks to challenge racism, authoritarianism, and many forms of oppression.”

Black against Empire, published by the University of California Press, is the winner of the American Book Award. The book has been banned by the CA Department of Corrections and CA inmates are currently forbidden to possess or read it. Copies of Black against Empire are featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city.

About the authors

Joshua Bloom is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies the dynamics of insurgent practice and social transformation. He is the co-editor of Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy. Waldo E. Martin, Jr., is the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of History and Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America, Brown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents and The Mind of Frederick Douglass.

About One City One Book

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and most importantly the discussion of – one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society. Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.

View the complete One City One Book program guide here and visit sfpl.org/onecityonebook for more information.

One City One Book Authors in Conversation – Oct. 29, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Book sale and signing to follow.

Library Holds Open Hours Hearings in Every District

For Immediate Release:  October 17, 2017
Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Library Holds Open Hours Hearings in Every District

Library hours, too many? Too few? We want to hear from you!

 San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is undergoing an assessment of our current open hours with a series of 11 public hearings – one in each supervisorial district. We are looking for community input and feedback to provide us with the information needed to update or maintain library hours that best serve the needs of San Francisco residents.

This assessment is required every five years per the Library Preservation Fund ordinance and was first conducted in 2012 with implementation of new hours in 2013. As took place in 2012, eleven library locations – each representing a supervisorial district – will host an Open Hours Community Hearing in the latter part of October and first part of November. The dates, times and locations of the hearings are listed below and online here.

Translators will be available. Also, to ensure the participation of people with disabilities, sign language interpreter services and real-time captioning and large-print survey forms will be provided at all of the meetings. Requesting other accommodations at least 72 hours in advance will help to ensure availability. For inquiries or requests for accommodations, please call (415) 557-4557 or email marti.goddard@sfpl.org.

In addition to the hearings, the Library invites the public to take our 2017 Open Hours Assessment survey. The survey responses, along with the public hearing discussions, will help us assess whether the library’s open hours across the system are meeting the public’s needs.

For more information, visit sfpl.org/openhours or call (415) 557-4277.

Hearing schedule:

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 p.m.
SF Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room (District 6)

Wednesday, October 25
6:30 p.m.
Excelsior Branch (District 11)

Thursday, October 26
6:30 p.m.
Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch (District 3)

Saturday, October 28
10:30 a.m.
Marina Branch (District 2)

Thursday, November 2
6:30 p.m.
Western Addition Branch (District 5)

Saturday, November 4
12 p.m.
Mission Branch (District 9)

Saturday, November 4
3 p.m.
Ortega Branch (District 4)

Wednesday, November 8
6:30 p.m.
Merced Branch (District 7)

Thursday, November 9
6:30 p.m.
Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch (District 1)

Tuesday, November 14
6:30 p.m.
Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch (District 10)

Wednesday, November 15
6:30 p.m.
Glen Park Branch (District 8)

San Francisco Public Library Adds Free Film Streaming Service

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

San Francisco Public Library Adds Free Film Streaming Service

With Kanopy, San Francisco Library Patrons Can Access more than 30,000 Films

 San Francisco, CA – The popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to San Francisco library card holders of the San Francisco Public Library system. SFPL card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on demand instantly by visiting sfpl.kanopystreaming.com.

Offering what The New York Times called “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and feature films, rare and hard-to-find titles, and classic films, with curated works from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS among many others.

kanopySFPL patrons will also be able to access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, iOS and Android, and Kanopy is also compatible for hearing- (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired patrons (compatible with technologies such as JAWS). Kanopy is free for users with a library card; all users need to do to get started streaming films is to visit sfpl.kanopystreaming.com

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy will provide SFPL patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs. In addition, during the launch, Kanopy will highlight a variety of San Francisco-based films and filmmakers, and support SFPL’s One City One Book selection Black against Empire with the documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.”

“We are thrilled to offer Kanopy’s diverse collection of films and documentaries to our library patrons,” says Daniel Matsumoto, eResources Librarian at SFPL. “The subjects are far-reaching and reflect the cultural diversity of our area. We plan to hold public screenings at many of our library locations so that our community can enjoy and muse upon these films together.”

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro. In addition, a number of films which are set in, and are about San Francisco, can be found on Kanopy.

Kanopy is was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. It provides libraries and their patrons with access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries on-demand from award-winning filmmakers, including the best in classic film, world cinema, critic and film festival favorites.

www.kanopy.com

Vinyl Destination – Library adds thousands of new LPs to music collection

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

Vinyl Destination

Library adds thousands of new LPs to music collection

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The vinyl verdict is in: LPs have officially made a ‘record’ comeback and the San Francisco Public Library is excited to introduce a brand new collection of wax in the stacks. SFPL has increased its collection by more than 50%, adding thousands of new albums from AC/DC to The Zombies; with Pop, Jazz, Rap and R&B also in the mix. Additional titles will join wax in the stacks each month, depending on circulation trends, new releases and patron suggestionsvinyl-destination-logo.

Flip through the newly expanded LP collection at the 1st Floor Main Audio Visual Center and hear the latest grooves spinning on the turntable behind the AV Reference Desk. The Marina, Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial and Park branches are also well stocked with freshly minted racks of tracks.

In the age of instant streaming, digital downloads and mobile devices for every pocket, wrist and ear, the question can be asked, “Why vinyl?”

“The Library provides more than collections,” says Deputy City Librarian Michael Lambert. “We create experiences. With vinyl’s resurgence, we’re reintroducing a way of experiencing music to a generation or two who never knew the joy of flipping through local music store racks and discovering their next favorite album.”

Paul Costuros, Main Audio Visual Center Assistant, agrees.  “Listening to music is not a passive endeavor.  LPs, like books, tell a story.  LPs promote a more enhanced, whole experience, which is the way musicians truly intended their work to be devoured.”

Curious how LPs are made and how they work? Swing by the Main Library Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.  SFPL will host a special event with local record producer Michael Carney of Lost Alley Records. Carney will emboss LPs in real time, giving patrons a step-by-step demo of the magic behind the music – with a soundtrack provided by teen musicians from The Mix at SFPL.

michaelMuch of the LP collection was purchased through local favorite Green Apple Books & Music. “I had a great time helping to curate a portion of the Library’s new collection,” says Green Apple’s music buyer, Robb Grimes. “SFPL’s team brought a lot of enthusiasm to the project and a dedication to ensure local independent Bay Area artists are well represented. The Library’s partnership with Green Apple helped support local music retail and artists, as well as independent music distribution networks. I hope the amazing LP collection inspires patrons to start or continue to grow a collection of their own!”

For more information, visit sfpl.org/AV and stop by SFPL’s wax in the stacks to get your grooves to go!

LPs are available at the following locations, or request your selections online at sfpl.org to be picked up at your local branch.

Main Library – 100 Larkin Street, 1st Floor

Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch – 1 Jose Sarria Court

Marina Branch – 1890 Chestnut Street

Park Branch – 1833 Page Street

Related EventVinyl Destination: LP Lathing – Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Main Library Atrium, 100 Larkin Street

Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 3
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

 San Francisco, CA –The Financial Planning Association of San Francisco, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco Treasurer’s Office and the San Francisco Public Library, are pleased to announce the 8th annual San Francisco Financial Planning Day on October 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bay Area residents will be able to meet one-on-one with dozens of highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals to discuss their personal finance questions, concerns and interests.

The event is a great opportunity for a free, private consultation with an expert on a wide variety of personal finance issues, including debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, and estate planning, among many others. Programs will run throughout the day covering budgeting and credit counseling.

Best of all, there are no strings attached. Financial planners are volunteering their time and will not pass out business cards, marketing materials or sell products or services. They will be stationed at tables and will meet with one individual or a couple at a time. In addition to one-on-one consultations, there will be a series of informative classroom workshops presented by top financial planners on a wide range of financial topics. Prior events have served 300-400 Bay Area residents each year.

For the completed schedule, please visit:
http://financialplanningdays.org/event/san-francisco-financial-planning-day

Financial Planning Day – Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

 

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Rock, Play & Learn at the Library at Ninth Annual Tricycle Music Fest

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 25
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org


Rock, Play & Learn at the Library at Ninth Annual Tricycle Music Fest

San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library offer Free Concerts for Families

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 San Francisco, CA – Rock, play and learn at the Library this October as SFPL celebrates the ninth year of Tricycle Music Fest.  The stellar lineup includes Red Yarn playing American folk music, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards playing toe-tapping, New Orleans–style jazz, Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights with tunes direct from New York, and Grammy and Emmy winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.
On October 28, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band present a special concert for children and caregivers with VIP access to the Main Library before public hours, followed by a Drag Queen Story Hour in the Main Library’s Children’s Center, in partnership with RADAR Productions.

Tricycle Music Fest is a unique early literacy experience filled with family-friendly learning fun.  A tricycle is raffled off to lucky concertgoers at each event. Dust off your dancing shoes, strap kids in the stroller and boogie on down to the Library!

Tricycle Music Fest is presented by the San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library, bringing music, libraries and families together.  SFPL’s Tricycle Music Fest performances are funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Hellman Foundation.

Please see the full schedule of events at sfpl.org/tricycle and smcl.org/tricycle.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Red Yarn
Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m., Potrero Branch
Oct. 7, 11 a.m., Presidio Branch

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m., Richmond Branch
Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Oct. 21, 11 a.m., Mission Branch
Oct. 21, 3 p.m., Parkside Branch

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ingleside Branch
Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Main Library

Drag Queen Story Hour – Oct. 29, 11 a.m., Main Library
Children’s Center, 2nd Floor

Calligraphies in Conversation – 4th International Exhibition fosters new dialogue between calligraphic arts and artists

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2017

Curator Contact: Arash Shirinbab
(510) 283-4518; ziya.art.studio@gmail.com

Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

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Calligraphies in Conversation

4th International Exhibition fosters new dialogue between calligraphic arts and artists

 

San Francisco, CA – A unique international calligraphy exhibition, Calligraphies in Conversation, opens on Sunday, September 17 in the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library, Skylight Gallery. The exhibition explores connections between calligraphy traditions and practices from different cultures as well as the beauty of different world languages. The opening includes a special artist’s presentation and curator tours of the exhibit, along with a reception, in partnership with the Ziya Art Center.

“Calligraphies in Conversation encompasses an annual group exhibition and a series of public venues including calligraphy demonstrations, workshops and presentations focusing on endorsing the appreciation of classic calligraphy in hands-on and tangible manner,” says Chief Curator, Arash Shirinbab. “The emphasis of this program is to initiate a meaningful conversation between different calligraphy traditions, especially between the Middle Eastern calligraphy and other calligraphy scripts and cultures.” The exhibition is also part of the Library’s Middle Eastern Heritage Celebration.

More than 70 artworks will be on display at the Library, with a range of diverse traditions and contemporary pieces in languages such as Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Baybayin, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Armenian and Hindi. Shirinbab assembled the collection through a competitive process and received more than 250 entries from around the world.

During the exhibition opening on September 17, attendees will have the opportunity to meet local artists while viewing the artwork. Calligraphy presentations, titled “How to Enjoy Calligraphy,” will take place in the Koret Auditorium from 1 – 3 p.m., when calligraphy masters and experts from Japanese, Arabic-Persian, Baybayin, and Latin traditions present the nuances of their tradition and show participants how to enjoy calligraphy without necessarily understanding the content of the writing. Curator Tours in the Skylight Gallery will begin at 3 p.m.

Save the date for Calligraphy Day on November 5, located in the San Francisco Main Library. Several calligraphy masters from different traditions and languages will give demonstrations and participants can experience calligraphy of various cultures up close.

 Calligraphies in Conversation was initiated in 2012 by a core team including Shirinbab and Fateme Montazeri of Ziya Art Center, Raeshma Razvi of Silkworm Media, and community leader Ali Sheikholeslami. The exhibition is made possible by the support of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) and a grant from Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA).

Acknowledgments:

Ziya Art Center, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of Calligraphy, Multiverse Art Gallery, SAMENA Circle, Persian Arts Revival (PAR), Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, California School of Traditional Arts, and Silkworm Media

RELATED PROGRAMS

Exhibit: Calligraphies in Conversation – Sept. 17 through Dec. 3, San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, Ca.

Opening Event – Sept. 17, 1 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Read. Resist. Repeat. One City One Book Takes on San Francisco

For Immediate Release: September 11, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295 / Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Read. Resist. Repeat. One City One Book Takes on San Francisco

Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr.

 

 

San Francisco, CABlack against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. has been selected as the 2017 One City One Book, and this fall’s events are filled with engaging, thought provoking and carefully curated programs designed to shed light on a crucial historical operation and impart important lessons for today’s resistance movements.

 

blackagainstempire_withstickerBlack against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. Bloom and Martin analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, the book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

 

Black against Empire, published by the University of California Press, is the winner of the American Book Award. The book has been banned by the CA Department of Corrections and CA inmates are currently forbidden to possess or read it. Copies of Black against Empire are featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city. The One City One Book program guide features numerous events, book discussion questions and comparisons between the Black Panther Party and Black Lives Matter.

 

This September and October, participants can join book discussions, check out themed exhibits, attend author talks and participate in many other events.

 

Co-author Waldo E. Martin will be featured at Litquake in conversation with D. Scot Miller at the American Bookbinders Museum on Oct. 10, and both authors will take the stage in the culminating One City One Book author talk taking place at the Main Library on Oct. 29. Independent radio and Hip Hip journalist, “Davey D.” Cook will facilitate this conversation with the authors.

 

“Black people in cities throughout the North and West were yearning for ways to stand up to police brutality and persistent racism. For several years, the Black Panther Party set the standard,” says co-author Bloom. “Waldo and I wrote the book to make sense of the how and why. Those questions are as vital now as they were in the late 1960s – as a new generation of activists seeks to challenge racism, authoritarianism, and many forms of oppression.”

 

On Oct. 10 and 25, partake in an experience that brings San Francisco revolution and resistance history to your fingertips in a close-up show-and-tell of original manuscripts, newspapers and photographs which document the Black Panther Party and San Francisco’s legacy of resistance. Collections on view include the Black Panther newspaper and selections from the San Francisco Ephemera Collection including protest fliers and photographs from the 1960s – 1970s documenting resistance.

Eight films will be screened, including the insightful documentary, The Defender, focusing on San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi as he and his team take on the high-profile case of 22-year-old Michael Smith, after he is charged with nine counts of resisting arrest. Adachi asserts that his client’s odyssey in the criminal justice system is evidence of black-crime bias in ostensibly liberal San Francisco. A Q&A session with the Adachi follows the film screening.

Exhibits include work by Emory Douglas, the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, who created some of the most iconic images of Black Power. Douglas will be in conversation with other artists on Oct. 11 to discuss the intersection of art and activism. The library’s Art and Activism exhibit, which opens in October, will also showcase the work of Melanie Cervantes and Faviana Rodriguiz, demonstrating a continuum in the use of protest art that centers race, immigration, globalization, gender equality and environmental justice.

Black against Empire Editorial Reviews

“This is the definitive history of one of the great revolutionary organizations in the history of this country…. Let us learn deep democratic lessons and strong anti-imperial conclusions from this magisterial book!” Cornel West, Princeton

“This is the book we’ve all been waiting for: the first complete history of the Black Panther Party, devoid of the hype, the nonsense, the one-dimensional heroes and villains, the myths, or the tunnel vision that has limited scholarly and popular treatments across the ideological spectrum. “– Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA

 

“Finally! A book that clarifies the history of our movement, our aspirations, our struggles, and the bitter challenges we faced. This is a profoundly important and revealing work. Everyone who lived through these events, anyone who wants to understand the Black Panther Party, and especially the younger generations striving to shape the future, must read this book!”

–Bobby Seale, Chairman, Black Panther Party

 

About One City One Book
One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and most importantly the discussion of – one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society. Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

View the complete One City One Book program guide here and visit sfpl.org/onecityonebook for more information.

 

One City One Book & Litquake – Oct. 10, 7 p.m., American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St.

One City One Book Authors in Conversation – Oct. 29, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Book sale and signing to follow.

Emory Douglas: Art and Activism panel discussionOct. 11, 1 p.m.  Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Art and Activism exhibitionMain Library, 4th floor rotunda and Grove St. exhibit space

Free Breakfast / Free Lives: 50 Years of Social Activism in the Black Community – Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Defender: Film Screening and Talk Back with Jeff Adachi and the Press – Oct. 21, 1 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Blacks, Blues, Black! Film Screening with San Francisco History Center – Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Hands-On History – Oct. 10 & 24 (2 sessions), 6 p.m., Main Library, SF History Center

Bicycle Tour – Oct. 7, 1 p.m., DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St., Oakland

Book Discussions
Sept. 11, 4 p.m., Western Addition Branch
Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch
Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m., Main Library, Library for the Blind & Print Disabled

Thursday at Noon Film Series
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners – Oct. 12, 12 p.m.
Get Out – Oct. 19, 12 p.m.
Negros with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power – Oct. 26, 12 p.m.
Revolution 67 – Nov. 2, 12 p.m.
Black Press: Soldiers without Swords – Nov. 9, 12 p.m.
Good Hair – Nov. 16, 12 p.m.
View the program guide for more information.