Past Events

NOVEMBER 25
6:30 and 7:10 p.m. | Koret Auditorium | Fam Bam
FAM BAM is a short documentary by Kevin Epps that provides a critical look into the Black Family structure. It will delve into the many layers of how this structure helped us survive slavery, jim crow laws and the crack era. Our complex family structure is beautifully unique and deserves to be documented in a manner that heals our community, celebrates our diversity, and teaches others about the depths of our complexities. The story will be told through the use of video, archival footage, still photos, audio, text, cartoon/animation and use of sculptures.

Photo by Adrian Arias

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NOVEMBER 17-19
7:00 p.m. | Koret Auditorium | Block by Block 
Block by Block is a Campo Santo original production that features multidisciplinary pieces with hip-hop theater collective Felonious and writings from Junot Díaz.

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OCTOBER 21 
part of Hiding & Seeing, a performance series curated by Todd T. Brown
6:30 p.m. | Wilsey Court | Teobi is Dreaming: Building on material performed in their September debut, Teobi is Dreaming presents a full ensemble of collaborative compositions by Artist Fellow Todd T. Brown joined by top Bay Area musical talents.
7:00 p.m. | Koret Auditorium | Headmistress presents Labor is Labor and there are Two Flavors and Both of them are Raw
a dance-in-progress, developed in the Bay Area, Senegal and Brazil, investigates movement rites through dream structures and cultural disorientations, building pathways out of living questions. On this night, special guest Ciré Baye, a lead member of Germaine Acogny’s renowned Compagnie Jant-Bi from Senegal, will make his US premiere as a soloist.

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OCTOBER 14 
part of Hiding & Seeing, a performance series curated by Todd T. Brown
6:30 p.m. | Wilsey Court | Fared Shafinury-From Texas to Tehran:
From the Gulf of Mexico, Iranian-American artist Fared Shafinury brings his Persian indie rock sound to the Pacific coast, seeking “not a departure from Iranian form nor the emulation of Western genres, but arrival at the point where binaries and boundaries bleed and blend.”
7:00 p.m. | Koret Auditorium | Raelle Myrick-Hodges presents Package
a theatrical installation inspired by the works of American writer James Baldwin and German photographer August Sander, Package delves into the curiosities and questions of the cross-pollination of identity as seen in the 21st century, engaging its audience in discussion of race, gender and orientation with humor.

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SEPTEMBER 30
6:30 p.m. 
| Kimball Artist Studio | Artist Fellows Reception
Artist Fellows Reception featuring works by all three Artist Fellows, including Inheritance, mixed-media works by Todd T. Brown, performances from Block by Block by Campo Santo and Felonious, and filmmaker Kevin Epps.

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SEPTEMBER 23
6:00 p.m. | Kimball Artist Studio | Artist Talk                                                                   Todd T. Brown’s experience spans 20 years of exploring artistic disciplines and presenting small-scale arts within the context of local and global communities. Brown is a founder of the Red Poppy Art House and the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP) and is an artistic advisor for the EDELO contemporary art center in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Together with Meklit Hadero, he leads the music ensemble Nefasha Ayer—The Space of In Between.

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SEPTEMBER 16
6:00 p.m. 
| Kimball Artist Studio | Inheritance                                                           

Opening Reception for Inheritance:  An exhibit of mixed-media works by Todd T. Brown

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SEPTEMBER 10
1:00 p.m. 
| Koret Auditorium | You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story
Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps
You Don’t Know Jack tells the fascinating story of a pioneering American entertainer Jack Soo, an Oakland native who became the first Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a regular television series Valentine’s Day (1963). (2009, 60 min)

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SEPTEMBER 9
6:30 p.m. 
| Kimball Artist Studio | Open Process Showings from Block by Block & Teobi’s Dreaming

Intersection for the Arts’s resident theater company Campo Santo shares Open Process showings from the upcoming Block by Block, featuring live music and movement from Felonious along with Carlos Aguirre, Keith Pinto, Tommy Shepherd, and Keith Pinto. Guest MCs and musicians include DJ Wonway (Juan Amador) and others.

Part of Hiding & Seeing, a performance series curated by Todd T. Brown,
Teobi’s Dreaming is an interdisciplinary project exploring creative identities and the multitude of dreams that live behind everyday faces. This night’s performance shares a selection of works in progress, joining music, song, spoken text, and contemporary dance, with special guest performance by Kenya Moses.

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SEPTEMBER 2
6:30 p.m. | Wilsey Court | La Gente
Part of Hiding & Seeing, a performance series curated by Todd T. Brown
A cultural/musical collective led by Rafael Bustamante Sarria, La Gente creates a Cali-fusion of reggae, salsa, hip-hop, cumbia, rock and reggaeton, bringing a high energy dance party with socio-politically conscious lyrics and a host of guest musicians and appearances by Bay Area Emcees. Part of Friday Nights at the de Young.

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AUGUST 28
1:00 p.m.
 | Koret Auditorium | Flags, Feathers, and Lies 
Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps (2010, 120 min).
Co-presented with the San Francisco Black Film Festival. Behind the luxury and extravaganza of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations, on its desolate back streets in the lower 9th ward, devastated by Katrina, one of the oldest and, to most Americans, unknown traditions of African-American culture survives: The Mardi Gras Indian.

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AUGUST 26
7:00 p.m. | Kimball Artist Studio | Artist Fellows Showcase
Viola performance by Charith Premawardhana presented by Red Poppy Art House.
Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps presented by the African American Art and Culture Complex, showing Reading Minds, a powerful short film about Project Read, the literacy program of the San Francisco Public Library.
Open process showings from Block by Block by Intersection for the Arts’ resident theater company Campo Santo, featuring Carlos Aguirre and Ricky Saenz.

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AUGUST 24 
7:00 p.m.
 | Koret Auditorium | Nicole Klaymoon’s Embodiment Project
part of Hiding & Seeing, a performance series curated by Todd T. Brown
presents new works in collaboration with singer-songwriter Valerie Troutt and Moon Candy. Featuring an artist talk led by Todd Brown.

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AUGUST 20
1:00 p.m.
 | Koret Auditorium | Confessions of a Burning Man(2003)
Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps. Q&A with director Paul Barnett.
The experience shared by four first-timers demonstrates how Burning Man dissolves the barriers between races, nationalities and economic classes.

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AUGUST 19 
7:00 p.m. | Kimball Artist Studio | Rupa Marya
Artist Fellows Salon hosted by the Red Poppy Art House

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AUGUST 13
1:00 p.m.
 | Koret Auditorium | Black August (2007, 116 min)
Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps and Q&A with Director Samm Styles
Black August is a searing account of the life and death of George L. Jackson, prison activist and author of the incendiary New York Times bestseller Soledad Brother. Gary Dourdan (of the CBS hit series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) is electrifying as Jackson, an icon of the revolutionary 1960s prisoners’ rights movement and philosophical inspiration for the most militant civil rights movement in American history. As the world outside Jackson’s prison walls roiled with long-suppressed resentment, he expressed his fury at the dehumanizing conditions in which he lived and outlined the world-shattering political philosophy that drove the Black Guerilla Family.

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AUGUST 12
6:00 p.m.
 | Kimball Artist Studio | Live painting by Kaya from Tha Hood Games
Artist Fellows Salon hosted by the African American Art and Culture Complex
7:00 p.m. | Koret Auditorium | The Black Rock (2009, 50 min)
Filmmaker’s Lounge and Q&A with producer-director Kevin Epps
The Black Rock is a documentary feature that explores the African-American experience at Alcatraz, from the 1930s to the 1960s, by examining the lives of the black prisoners who played an important role in its history (2009, 50 min).

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AUGUST 5 | Campo Santo with Nicole Klaymoon
7:00 p.m. | Kimball Artist Studio | Intersection for the Arts’s resident theater company Campo Santo shares Open Process showings from the upcoming Block by Block, featuring scenes from Felonious and guest dance groups. 

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JULY 29
7:00 p.m. | Kimball Artist Studio | Artist Fellows Showcase
Intersection for the Arts’s resident theatre company Campo Santo shares open process showings from Block by Block, featuring Carlos Aguirre and Ricky Saenz
Red Poppy Art House presents Karamo Susso, a Kora player from Mali. Karamo is a regular feature at the Red Poppy Art House and will play there on Saturday, August 13th.
The Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps and the African American Art and Culture Complex featuring a trailer of his current project Fam Bam, followed by Q&A.
Plus Inheritance: mixed-media works in progress by Todd T. Brown

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July 22
7:00 p.m. | Kimball Artist Studio | YeYe Suarez
Artist Fellows Salon hosted by Red Poppy Art House

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July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Red Poppy Art House Artist Salon featuring Santos Perdidos
This week featured Santos Perdidos, an acoustic latin trio based in the heart of the Mission, playing an eclectic mix of Son Cubano, Rumba Española, Bolero, and Afro-Peruvian Lando. Hosted by Rafael Sarria. Santos Perdidos is Monica Fimbrez on vocals & bass guitar; Jordan Wilson on guitar, tres cubano, & vocals; Katiana Somer Gomez on vocals & percussion.

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July 8 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Artist Fellows Showcase with Campo Santo, Kevin Epps, and Nefasha Ayer
2011 Artist Fellows Kevin Epps, Todd T. Brown, and Campo Santo collaborate to present their original work:
~ Beatboxing by Carlos Aguirre of Campo Santo and Felonious
~ Filmmaker’s Lounge with Kevin Epps featuring short films and Q&A.
Jailed on Principle: (5 min) Josh Wolf tells VC2 Producer Kevin Epps his view on his Federal Grand Jury case days before he turns himself in to Federal Custody.
Popped in Oakland: (5 min) Oakland, CA is one of many major cities across the U.S. that’s suffered an increase in gun-related homicides. Hear the testimony of those who’ve survived shootings and get a deeper look into what one doctor is calling “an epidemic of violent crime in the African-American community.”
Plus a trailer of the new documentary Fam Bam. See Kevin on Current TV
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Songs from Nefasha Ayer Trio with film imagery by Brandon Eversole and Ariane Wu. Nefasha Ayer, loosely translated from Amharic as “the wind that travels,” stands as a transcontinental musical odyssey of multiple characters who find themselves caught between national identities, cultures, and politics.

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June 24 7:00 p.m. | Artist Fellows Meet and Greet
Featuring performances by Campo  Santo and Felonious from their new work Block by Block, (Intersection) DJ Sake One, spoken word by Michael Turner, Fam Bam trailer, (AAACC) and music by La Gente (Red Poppy)

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