UNDSCVRD debuts a new indoor event space in SOMA Pilipinas, Colorbloq, for their holiday pop-up on Saturday, Dec. 1st, from 11am-6pm, (435 Brannan St. #110 San Francisco), and will close out the last event of the season.
The 16th annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade lights up SOMA Pilipinas (SF’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District), Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Yerba Buena Gardens, Jessie Square, and St. Patrick’s Church, from 5-8pm. The parol lantern is the quintessential Pilipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, and peace, during the holiday season, and can be found lighting up windows in Pilipino homes throughout the world. Community members and commissioned artists will create hand-made lanterns to display at this free, family-friendly event. The festival features a parol lantern parade, a gallery of handmade parols, with live music and dance performances.
Isla Vida, the only Afro Caribbean restaurant in San Francisco with a custom built wood fire rotisserie grill, will open their doors for business on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 11am, in the historic Fillmore neighborhood (1325 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115). Isla Vida’s menu is inspired by the islands, people, and lifestyle of the African diaspora. Pulling inspiration from New York, Miami, and Cuba, these places helped the Isla Vida team to re-imagine what soul food in the SF/Bay Area, and more specifically in the Fillmore neighborhood could look and taste like. Expect wood-fired meats like jerk rotisserie chicken, tostones, authentic Cubano sandwiches, made to order churros, plus Caribbean inspired smoothies and cocktails. Isla Vida is Chef Jay Foster’s exploration of soul food, the next chapter in his journey as a chef and restaurateur.
Kultivate Labs and SOMA Pilipinas are proud to announce funding to promote and celebrate San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District. The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development are supporting the economic development of SOMA Pilipinas. Together they have awarded $316,250 to help fund a seasonal night market and support emerging entrepreneurs in San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District.
Bridge and Delta Publishing in partnership with The Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library will host a book launch for its first book entitled, “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong.” This children’s book, written by the late and great historian Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Ph.D. with Gayle Romasanta, and richly illustrated by Andre Sibayan, tells the story of often forgotten United Farm Workers cofounder, Larry Itliong, his migration to the United States, and his lifelong fight for a farmworkers union. This is the first nonfiction illustrated children’s book about Filipino American history and the first book ever written about Larry Itliong. To celebrate Bridge and Delta Publishing’s inaugural publication, a book launch, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 1:00-3:00pm at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (151 Third St. in San Francisco).
UNDSCVRD SF is showcasing emerging female talent from the Bay and beyond with its Pinay Power lineup, featuring rising Hip Hop star Ruby Ibarra, raptivist Rocky Rivera, LA-based rapper Klassy and award-winning poet Faith Santilla who collaborated on Ruby Ibarra's Island Woman anthem, "Us" that will be performed at UNDSCVRD. Joining the line-up is soulful and vocal powerhouse Tracy Cruz, rotating DJ for the Golden State Warriors, DJ Umami, and Chicago’s DJ King Marie.
On Saturday September 15th, UNDSCVRD SF takes on their most ambitious music line up to date. Presenting an all star billing of the freshest emerging talent from the Philippines. Singers, producers and musicians that represent the modern pulse of Manila music today, with a focus on the unique, future soul style emerging from the Philippine underground. Featuring live performances from Manila based artist : BP Valenzuela, Rhxanders, CRWN and Lustbass. Celebrating the release of Manila Rising, a debut EP compilation by newly launched San Francisco/SOMA Pilipinas based music label Barkada Worldwide. The label and compilation come from UNDSCVRD SF’s Music Curator, Mark Herlihy.
Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) has been a hub for emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) artists for 45 years, and is the oldest APA arts organization in the country. Their flagship event, “APAture,” is a multidisciplinary arts festival now in its 17th season, featuring the work of emerging APA artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. The festival showcases talent in film, literature, music, performance, comics, zines and illustration, and visual art. From October 13 through November 4, over 60 artists will present their work to over 1,000 festival-goers across multiple venues. This year’s theme “RE/place” will create art that explores issues dominating the news today, including displacement, migration, and reclaiming place. Among the featured artists on the lineup are Janice Sapigao (Literary Arts/KQED’s Women to Watch), SETI X (Music/United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell), and APAture newbie Jody Stillwater, film category featured artist.
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