Archive for February, 2007

Cultural Event: FEMMAFI (Marseilles, France)

Posted in En Français, Events on February 28, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

Woman Black-Woman Light

FEMMAFRI is an association of Black and métisses women in the Marseilles region. In recognition of the Day of International  Women FEMMAFRI will host “Femme Noire-Femme Lumière “a free two-day cultural event in honor of Black women.

Program

  • Conferences, debates,

  • Film screenings,

  • Artist’s exhibitions,

  • Community organization booths

  • Concert

March 8

Space Culture- 42, Canebière – Marseilles 1°

March 9, 2007

Space Julien 39 Cours Julien – Marseilles 6°

Free entry

URL: http://www.journeedelafemme.com/jdf_FEMMAFI.htm

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Cultural Event: The Art of Living Black

Posted in Events on February 28, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

The Art of Living Black 2007

Self-Guided Art Tour – Various S.F. Bay Area Locations

March 3 & 4, 2007

URL: http://www.taolb.org/tour.html

Performance Event: Where My Girls At?- A Comedic Look @ Black Lesbian Communities in the S.F. Bay Area

Posted in Events on February 28, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

 A One Woman Show written by and starring Micia Mosely

 

The Laney College Theatre

900 Fallon Street

Oakland, CA

 

Ticket Information –

Advanced: $18 / $13 students

At the Door (cash only): $20 / $15 students

 

March 2 & 3, 2007 @ 8pm

 

URL: http://www.miciamosely.com

Music Event: London Street @ Temple Bar

Posted in Events on February 27, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

London Street hits the Temple Bar in L.A. this Wed. night.
Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
Temple Bar
9:00p.m.
1026 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica Ca. 90401

http://www.templebarlive.com
http://www.londonstreetmusic.com
http://www.myspace.com/londonstreet
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/londonstreet

San Francisco Black Arts and Culture

Posted in Culture on February 22, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

aolb.jpgThe Presidents holiday weekend was ideal for checking out a satellite exhibit in San Francisco for “The Art of Living Black” (TAOLB), an annual bay area black artist’s exhibition and self-guided art tour. Over the weekend, I visited the African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC) home to various afro-centric art and cultural organizations, including the Sergeant Johnson Gallery and the African American Historical and Cultural Society (AAHCS). The AAACC was also the venue for the San Francisco Black LGBT Film Festival. Yes, one can say I got my BLACK on this past weekend!

In addition to visiting the art venues I enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather and sparkling San Francisco bay. Seasoned travelers with time constraints know the best use of travel time is a guided tour with a local friend or acquaintance. On rather short notice, I managed to link up with Canadian travelers who were in town for only two nights. I organized a fun day on the bay and visit to places of interest within a short distance of their hotel, the fabulous Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. They were the perfect visitors flexible, spontaneous and considerate. Gracious guests do inspire warm hospitality and a fun time for all.

My motivation for trekking over to the city on Saturday (2/17) was to attend the S.F. Black LGBT Film Festival. At the risk of sounding pissy, I must report the term “festival” is most assuredly a misnomer for this event. I won’t go into details about ticketing problems and an undelivered feature film–the event is a modest and apparently poorly organized community project of the San Francisco Black Coalition on AIDS (BCOA). Film festival enthusiasts are forewarned this is not a travel destination event. In support of the volunteers, I will say they remained admirably congenial while dealing with one logistical problem after the other and low attendance.

aaacc1.jpgAnother fortunate circumstance of the S.F. BCOA event is that it was located at the African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC) a well-established nexus for Black performing artists in the bay area. The Burial Clay Theatre has been the site of many performances by resident theatre companies including Cultural Odyssey, AfroSolo and the African American Shakespeare Company. If you ever see an announcement for a performance by the Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women, run don’t walk to purchase your ticket or reserve a seat.