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Help Save the Historic Balboa Theatre in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment
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Balboa Theatre, 1941

Many small theaters have adopted the rallying cry of "Go Digital, or Go Dark," and though that sounds dramatic, it is all too true. After 100 years of movies being screened from film, Hollywood is converting to digital. Every theatre must upgrade its projectors and associated equipment by the end of this year.

The Balboa Theatre opened in 1926 and has served San Francisco's Richmond district continuously since then. Every year, thousands of residents of all ages visit the Balboa for screenings of new films and well-curated programming such as music documentaries, classics, and "Popcorn Palace" kids fare! But now they need your help.

The Balboa is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign so they can upgrade the projection and sound equipment in both of their two auditoriums. It will cost close to $150,000 to do both. They have just raised enough to convert one auditorium, but you can help them reach their stretch goal so they can go all the way. With digital projectors in place, they will be able to keep the Balboa alive offering a modern, first-class movie experience in a classic neighborhood theatre. Plus, they are giving away some great reward incentives. Donate now!

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present The Idan Raichel Project, 10/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 5, 2013 04:00pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present The Idan Raichel Project on Idan Raichel photo by Eldad Rafaeli Saturday, October 12th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

In 2003, an unusual song aired on Israeli radio. With its haunting chorus in the Ethiopian language of Amharic and a global fusion sound, "Bo'ee" became an instant crossover hit that catapulted The Idan Raichel Project to the top of Israel's pop charts. The song turned a young dreadlocked keyboardist and producer into a household name in his native land.

Soon, The Idan Raichel Project became known around the world for its cross-cultural collaborations. Since the release of their first international album, The Idan Raichel Project has represented a hope that artistic collaboration can break down barriers between different backgrounds and beliefs.

Idan Raichel, the architect of this unique project, is a keyboardist, producer, and composer. He has long been fascinated with the diversity of Israel and sought to celebrate his appreciation and respect for different cultures through his music. Because of its open door to immigrants from Jewish communities around the globe, Israel is home to a stew of cultures and traditions, including Jews of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin American, Eastern European, and African roots. There is also a large Arab community, almost 20% of the population of Israel. The music of the Idan Raichel Project draws on all these traditions.

The Idan Raichel Project's latest album, Quarter to Six, was released in spring 2013. It offers a transcontinental mix of different musical streams. The album features guest appearances by Portuguese fado star Ana Moura, Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad, German countertenor Andreas Scholl, Colombia's Marta Gomez, Mali's Vieux Farka Toure, and a selection of some of Israel's top up-and-coming singers and musicians.

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Jackson Browne & David Hidalgo Perform at the Los Cenzontles Benefit Concert, 9/29

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 5, 2013 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Singer/songwriters Jackson Browne and David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos) will perform at the Richmond los cenzontles Jackson Browne David Hidalgo RichmondCraneway Pavilion on Sunday, September 29th to benefit Los Cenzontles, a nonprofit organization that also provides a music academy, a community space for youth and families, a band, and a hub for Latino artists. The Los Cenzontles touring group and students will also perform. 

This concert is just the kick-off for Los Cenzontles' Supporting Roots Campaign, which will raise funds to expand and renovate its facility, and expand its renowned cultural arts programming.

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for The Mockingbirds) is a factory of musical culture based in California. Deeply rooted in tradition, its professional musicians and mentors redefine Mexican American culture with a contemporary voice. 

Get your tickets HERE and find out more about the Supporting Roots Campaign HERE

Fall at The Fillmore 2013 Line-Up Announced!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 3, 2013 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Fall at The FillmoreAmoeba Music and San Francisco’s historic music venue The Fillmore are pleased to announce the annual Fall at the Fillmore concert series. With over 40 concerts, there's something for everyone! Tickets for these amazing shows go on sale this Sunday, September 8th HERE!

Follow @AmoebaSF on Twitter for Fall at the Fillmore ticket giveaways!

Here's that Fall-tastic line-up:

9/3: SUPERCHUNK with Mikal Cronin

9/4: ZZ WARD with The Wild Feathers, James Bay

9/5: ENANITOS VERDES with Bang Data, DJ Danny G

9/6: THE MICKEY HART BAND

9/7: AUSTRA with Diana Saturday

9/11: JIMMY CLIFF with Ethan Tucker

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Tour de Fat Rolls into San Francisco on 9/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

If you like dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to great bands, and drinking beer, then don’t miss Tour de Fat! New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other award-winning beers, is bringing the 14th annual Tour de Fat back to San Francisco on Saturday, September 21st in Golden Gate Park and it's FREE.

Yes, you will enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer, but you will also be helping local bicycle nonprofits (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council) raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make San Francisco a better place to ride a bike. Last year, approximately 5,000 people came to the festival and raised more than $32,600 for local nonprofits.

To properly kick-start the festival, Tour de Fat begins with a giant bicycle parade that weaves through city streets. Each parade route is designed for people of all skill levels; everyone is welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged.

For the rest of the afternoon, the stages in Golden Gate Park heat up with world-class acts. Headlining is the Oakland-bassed, genre-fusing Beats Antique, as well as the one and only The Moth – True Stories Told Live! Check out the full schedule HERE!

Kids of all ages can ride funky bikes, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as the Thousand Person Dance Contest, which will determine the winner of a 2013 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium.

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