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June Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 3, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Is it June already?! Keep up to date with all the haps at Amoeba SF and Amoeba Berkeley with this handy calendar for June. We've got loads of sales and in-store events to keep you busy all month long.

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May Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2018 02:11pm | Post a Comment

"Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on."
- Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs

Even those of us with allergies have to admit that there is something special about May. It's that last month before summer, school is just letting out, and even the foliage is celebrating. To add to the fun, join us for our May in-store events at Amoeba SF & Amoeba Berkeley this month.

May Sales at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

March Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 28, 2018 06:00pm | Post a Comment

March is packed full of exciting in-store shows and sales at our Bay Area Amoeba stores. You won't want to miss a single shopportunity!

Krip-Hop Nation’s Leroy F Moore Jr & Nicola McClung Present “Black Disabled Art History 101” @ University Press Books in Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2017 05:56pm | Post a Comment

“I remember it was 1979. I was twelve years of age and my favorite place to be was in the basement of my family home. It was there that  my father kept his vast prized record collection and it was where I discovered so many Black blind blues musicians like Blind Willie Johnson, and blind Black soul singers on crutches such as Walter Jackson and Robert Winters. I also discovered the man who  would become my idol, Ray Charles.  I didn’t know it then but I was surrounded by my future: Black disability art history,” writes the prolific Leroy F Moore Jr in    latest publication: Black Disabled Art History 101 that that the Krip-Hop Nation founder wrote with Nicola McClung. The passage, one of several book excerpts that the Berkeley based author/activist/artist shared with the Amoeblog, acts as an intro to December 16th's presentation of Black Disabled Art History 101 at University Press Books in Berkeley that Moore will be co-hosting with McClung.

Nicola McClung is a professor in disability studies at USF as well as co-founder of Xochitl Justice Press who published the book. Moore noted how McClung along with fellow USF professor in disability studies Emily A. Nusbaum had initially approached him about the project. Originally written as a children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 transcends that one demographic with an appeal to readers from young children to adults.

From the new book exceprt, Moore’s continues his childhood recollections. “Since that day at age 10 in 1979 Black disabled musicians expanded to Black disabled painters like Horace Pippin (1888-1946) to 1970’s NYC graffiti artist King Kase2 who lost his right arm when he was painting in the subway tunnel but went on to become one of  well known  Hip-Hop graffiti artists of that early hip-hop era having painted graffiti over fifty MTA subway trains by 1976. Over the years my own personal library of Black disabled art history has been steadily growing.  Part of my library is the children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101.”  The scope of Moore's book encompasses Black painters, dancers, musicians, and actors and actress with all types of disabilities dating back to the early 1900’s. As well as text the book features pictures of the artists as well as illustrations by Asian Robles. There are original poem-stories of Black disabled artists including a one by Moore who born with cerebral palsy. Born in 1967, the New York City moved west to the Bay Area many years ago, and a decade ago founded Krip-Hop Nation; the ever expanding international network of disabled Hip-Hop artists and musicians from other genres.

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Berkeley World Music Festival, June 9 - 11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 29, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

The 14th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival descends on Berkeley Friday, June 9th to Sunday, Berkeley World Music FestivalJune 11th and it's all FREE. This year's line-up features a dazzling array of performances by some of the Bay Area’s finest artists and also marks the first time the Festival expands beyond the People's Park and Telegraph Avenue stomping grounds.

The Festival opens on Friday night at 8pm with a free kick-off party at La Peña Cultural Center, located at 3105 Shattuck Ave. Evening performances display the cross-cultural exchange between Spain, Peru, and Cuba. Peta Robles leads multi-textured drumming of the Cajon. Direct from Spain, La Mandanga offers passionate dance music.

On Saturday, the festival launches its first concert in downtown Berkeley at Civic Center Park from noon to 6pm. Honoring our ancestral lands, Corrina Gould, a Chochenyo Ohlone elder, opens the event, followed by a Chiricahua Nde’ “Apache” performance. Next, award-winning singer Fely Tchaco steps onto center stage, infusing lyrical pop into Ivory Coast rhythms. Concert headliners are legendary Fito Reinoso, a top Cuban songwriter, and Zydeco Flames, West Coast’s premier Zydeco band. Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia’s sizzling Cuban Salsa, Timba, and Son rhythms reflect Cuba’s street beat and broad musical heritage. Zydeco Flames presents riveting Louisiana funk and R&B as only they can deliver. Saturday festivities also include performances by veterans Alan Hewitt and Summerlynn Rivera (Bluegrass with Clogger) and street music on Shattuck Avenue.

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