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15 FALL "DON'T MISS" EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
Arts and culture presented by African-American Shakespeare Company, AfroSolo, Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, Cal Shakes, CSMA, FOTS. Imprint.City, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Matatu16, MoAD, Oakland Museum, Oriki Theaters
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BAYVIEW POPUP GALLERY: FINDING THE "I" IN DIASPORA
Photography from the MoAD Archives
Jul 15 - Nov 30 | Bayview, San Francisco

Located on 4720 3rd Street, San Francisco, this photography exhibition seeks to commemorate our past while celebrating our future. Finding the 'I' presents an opportunity to take a closer look at the ways in which the diaspora connects us all. All images in the exhibition are a part of MoAD's famous stairway photomosaic, made up of over 2000 images and spanning three floors of the Museum. [More Info]
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AFROSOLO ARTS FESTIVAL
Performing Arts of the theme: Black Matters!
Aug 6 - Dec 15 | San Francisco

This year's exceptional festival performers will include bold and provocative solo performance artists Thomas Robert Simpson, AfroSolo's founder and Artistic Director; Antoine Hunter, Dancer; Aqueila M. Lewis, Spoken Word Artist; Luna Malbroux, Comedienne and more. [More Info]
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OTHELLO
Theater
Sep 14 - Oct 9 | Bruns Amphitheatre, Orinda

Black. Muslim. Outsider... the labels Shakespeare's most famous Moor has carried with him as he's climbed the military ranks. Having survived battle after battle in faraway lands, Othello's greatest tragedy lies in those closest to him: his trusted friend, his beloved wife-and himself. In his Cal Shakes directorial debut, artistic director, Eric Ting will face our society's fear of "the other" head on. [More Info]
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GRAND REOPENING - BAYVIEW OPERA HOUSE RUTH WILLIAMS
Memorial Theater reopens after renovation
Sep 17 | BVOH, San Francisco | Free, RSVP Required

Come celebrate the re-opening of the beautifully renovated Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre. Bring your friends and family, too! Everyone is invited to an afternoon and evening full of music, dance, games, food and more.   [More Info]
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SADIE BARNETTE FROM HERE
Art Exhibition
Sep 17 - Oct 29 | Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco | Free

Jenkins Johnson Gallery, is proud to present its first solo show by interdisciplinary artist Sadie Barnette (b. 1984, Oakland, CA). FROM HERE will feature drawings, collage, photography, and found objects, creating a dynamic installation exploring the abstraction of urban space and the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative. [More Info]
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WHEN BUILDINGS SING
Live Streaming Event of the NMAAHC Opening
Sep 24 | MoAD, San Francisco | RSVP Required

MoAD is streaming live from the Mall in Washington DC the historic opening dedication festivities of the National Museum of African American History & Culture and are inviting you to join in the celebration. [Sold Out]
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WE'RE MOVING ON UP!
African-American Shakespeare Company changes locations after 13 years
Sep 26 | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco | Free, RSVP Required

AASC has proudly called the African American Arts and Culture Complex their home for the past 13 years, but now they've packed their bags and are moving into a new location at the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. This complimentary reception, program and tour will "sell out." [More Info]  
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SPHINX VIRTUOSI PRESENTS LATIN VOYAGES
Comprised of 18 of the nation's top Black and Latino classical soloists
Oct 2 | Bayview Opera House, San Francisco

One of the nation's most dynamic professional chamber orchestras takes the listener on a journey, a quest from the tantalizing Argentine tango to the nocturnal imagery of Mexico, along with a tribute to the great Piazzolla.  We invite you to explore the exciting palette of the string medium through the prism of renowned composers of Latin heritage as well as those heard more seldom. [More Info]  
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MATATU FESTIVAL OF STORIES
Film and Discussion
Oct 5-15 | Oakland, San Francisco

The MATATU Festival of Stories is back with fascinating music, film and performance from all over the world! Nearly, 2000 people attended last year, and we're expecting even more this go around. We'll be at Grand Lake Theatre, Starline Social Club, Red Bay Coffee HQ, Penrose, YBCA, and CIIS. [More Info]
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ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE: BLACK PANTHERS AT 50
Art Exhibition
Oct 8 - Feb 12 | Oakland Museum

Coinciding with the Black Panther Party's 50th anniversary in Oct 2016, the Oakland Museum's  exhibition, All Power to the People presents a contemporary view on the legacy of this visionary group, told from multiple perspectives. [More Info]

Oct 22: Black Panther 50th Anniversary Conference & Gala
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SILICON VALLEY AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Film
Oct 14-16 | Mountain View

The 7th annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) on October 14-16, 2016  presents "Africa through the African lens" - a weekend showcase of 55 films from 25 African countries by the continent's most talented seasoned and emerging filmmakers. [More Info]
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EVERY 28 HOURS
Theater
Oct 18 - Nov 12 | San Francisco | Free


The Every 28 Hours Plays focus on the widely shared and contested statistic that every28  hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, security guard, or the police in the U.S.. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the project has evolved to a coordinated series of nat'l readings and engagements ... 75 oneĀ­-minute plays written by 90 contributing artists across the nation. [Background | Tickets]
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the AFROPOLITAN BALL 2016
Gala
Oct 22 | SFMOMA, San Francisco

Join MoAD at SFMOMA in celebration of its 11th anniversary for an elegant high-profile extravaganza filled with art, entertainment, sensational wines and an exquisite dinner, then dance the night away. [More Info]
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BAYVIEW LIVE! FESTIVAL
Fairs & Festivals
Oct 22 | Bayview, San Francisco

BayviewLIVE, a festival created to address the digital divide by leveraging resources to support tech education for neighborhood youth will welcome Grammy Award nominated artist, Jidenna, a large scale mural lead by artist Cameron Moberg and youth artists from the Mural Music & Arts Project, and a robust tech experience area provided by Air B&B. [More Info]
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FASHION ON THE SQUARE '16
Fashion
Nov 13 | Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco

Fashion On The Square hits the runway for its 11th Annual celebration on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco.  Featuring celebrity couture designer Michael Costello and hosted by celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine.  It gets better with more designers featured: Ricki Lee, I Do Bridal Boutique, Inspired Luxe, Rebecca Chua and more. [More Info]