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KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017 at SFJAZZ Center, February 2 - 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 30, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kronos Festival 2017

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet and their nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association will present KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now at the SFJAZZ Center, Thursday, February 2nd - Saturday, February 4th. With six concerts over three days, Kronos’ third annual hometown music festival will showcase the innovations of the Bay Area’s contemporary music community. With Kronos taking center stage for three evening concerts, as well as a Saturday morning family concert, performances will feature some of the region’s most engaging composers – from Minimalism pioneer Terry Riley to renowned Indian violinist Kala Ramnath – and transcendent guest musicians – from the breathtaking Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat to the ethereal sounds of traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.

This year’s festival will highlight the ingenious and arresting work of Iranian-American composer and San Francisco resident Sahba Aminikia, who will serve as the festival’s artist-in-residence. His work will be featured throughout the festival, as well as at an intimate afternoon survey that concludes with a conversation with the 35-year-old composer. “My music is inspired by human stories around me,” says Aminikia. “I am struck by generalizations about cultures unknown to us. We hear mostly about hardship and oppression, despite the fact that people of every nation find their own balance between hardship and pleasure. I would like to demonstrate a drop of the ocean of beauty that exists in every one of these cultures, including those in my home country. To make strong human connections and build understanding, I do this by telling stories. I am a storyteller. My compositions are, in fact, like One Thousand and One Nights: a human story within a human story within another human story.”

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Exuma, the Obeah Man

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2017 03:40pm | Post a Comment

Exuma

Old Absinthe House

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"They tied ten onions 'round my naval string,
Then they cut it and they baked it and made it into a ring.
Come on Shango, Satan come to me,
Let me speak what I can't see"
-- Exuma, "Mama Loi, Papa Loi"

Do you believe in time-travel? I do and this evening I plan on putting on my baby-blue corduroy suit, slipping on my Swatch watch (with twisted rubber guards), stuffing some old currency in my shabby wallet, and laying on top my bed sheets like Christopher Reeve in Somewhere in Time. There, after deep meditation and astral-projection, I will transport back in time to the French Quarter in 1983, where I will stroll to the Old Absinthe House and pleasantly "Chase the Green Fairy" till I’m beyond inebriated, while listening to the haunting Obeah moans and melodic hoodoo folk songs of the musician Tony McKay, who played there often while he lived in New Orleans in the early '80s. Tony was known to most, but far too few, as the musician called Exuma.

Somewhere in Time

Noise Pop 2017: February 17 - 27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 22, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2017


Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 17 - 27! The festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an array of amazing performances not only from national music acts, but also from an impressive variety of established and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Vince Staples, Ty Segall, Hanni El Khatib, Deafheaven, MSTRKRFT, BadBadNotGood, Dawes, The Radio Dept., Los Campesinos!, Cloud Nothings, Shannon and the Clams, Rogue Wave, and so many more. The film portion of the festival also promises to be amazing with screenings of 11 films, including Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, Hired Gun, and The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale.

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What the Heck to Do With Yourself on Inauguration Day In The Bay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2017 12:11pm | Post a Comment

Inauguration Day

As you are undoubtedly aware, this Friday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day (or T Day, or The Day Freedom Died...take your pick). If you are located in the Bay Area, chances are, statistically speaking, that you have a lot of anxiety about the incoming demagogue. With more than two dozen Democratic representative boycotting the inauguration and with UC Berkeley's Robert Reich (AKA Facebook's favorite economist) calling for a civilian boycott to create poor ratings (Trump's worst nightmare), it can be tempting to hide your head in a bucket of your favorite budget beverage that day (as a lot of people have told me they plan to do) and feel like you're making a difference.

Robert Reich

However, as someone who walks around with a steaming pile of anxiety and nameless dread on their shoulders daily, I can honestly say that DOING SOMETHING can often be a beneficial way of working through one's angst and is always more preferable to ruminating alone in a dark room about building a fall-out shelter, while half-watching endless episodes of Man In The High Castle. Added bonus: DOING SOMETHING is a visible, effective, and positive method of rebellion. And it's infectious (in a good way, unlike apathy or measles/mumps/rubella). AND no one will really notice that you are not at the inauguration anyhow. So, Bay Area...Yeay Area? Can I call you that? Please consider this list of events, protests, and actions as my gift to you this Inauguration Friday and weekend. Get out of the house, forge new bonds with like-minded people, march in solidarity of Truth and Freedom, and don't forget your Inauguration Aggravation umbrella! This $hit is going down rain or shine.

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Jacques Tati's "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2017 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

By Nazeeh Alghazawneh

Jacques Tati was quite the oddity for French cinema, especially for someone whose career began as Monsieur Hulot’s Holidayearly as the 1930s. Here comes a man standing at 6’3” who is creating absurd, French slapstick comedies in which he stars as a bumbling, gauche oaf who lumbers about society with as much subtlety as one can who is 6’3”. Yet he was an auteur, a man whose grasp of comedy functioned in this lovely space of purely good intentions despite his inherent tendencies to cause amok everywhere he set foot. One couldn’t possibly find a trace of malice anywhere in the droop of his large eyes that hang comfortably onto the prominence of his bulbous nose, which only furthers his overall demeanor through the wide-set stance of his incredibly long legs that can’t help but remind someone of those inflatable mascots outside of car dealerships.

Of course the man as a director and the man as an actor are two very different personalities, as one is who he actually is while the other is fictional; however, Tati’s decision to star in his own films as opposed to hiring someone else was a very bold artistic choice because nothing about the man’s physicality fit into the elegant sophistication that French society had based its identity on. It’s this stark juxtaposition of societal decorum subverted by benevolent incompetence in which Tati not only found and excelled at his humor, but absolutely reveled in. He constructed a world that allowed him to indulge in his many idiosyncrasies as a physical comedian and performer, while simultaneously poking fun just how seriously people at the time took themselves and their social hierarchies. It’s here that Tati’s most famous character, Monsieur Hulot, was born and forever ingrained into the bellies of anyone who laughed at the silly Frenchman.

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