Hey Kids! is a weekly feature looking at what’s coming up for families and kids of all ages.
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Lots of good things happening this week. Please check it out.
Upcoming events: (subject to change, confirm time)
Step into Liquid (2003, 88 min.)
For those who like sand in your coffee. Surfing documentary by the same team who made “Endless Summer” (1966), riding around the world (Mavericks included). A fundraiser for the SFR Foundation, enabling brain injury survivors to live to their fullest potential. Wed., Feb. 17. Doors open 6:30pm. Film 7pm. Free; $5 donation for beer and popcorn. Workspace Limited, 2150 Folsom Street (btw 17th & 18th)
Talking About Art and Politics
Favianna Rodriguez hosts a panel of up-and-coming young political artists: Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, and Zachary Karnazes. Wed., Feb. 17. 7:30pm. Free. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St. (at 9th)
Tiger Leaping Gold Mountain
Tiger, tiger burning bright, in the forests of the night. Celebrate Chinese New Year with dance, guzheng/zither music and art works by CE artists of Chinese descent. Opening reception Thurs., Feb. 18. 7pm-9pm. 7:30pm Chinese Lion Dance. Free. Exhibit runs thru April 7. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th Street (at Guerrero)
Celebrate Diane di Prima
A ceremony and poetry reading to celebrate San Francisco’s new Poet Laureate. Readings by Diane di Prima, Devorah Major, Jack Hirschman, Janice Mirikitani, Jorge Argueta, MamaCoAtl, Avotcja, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Alejandro Murguia, and Adrián Arias. Fri., Feb. 19. Doors open 6pm. Program at 7pm. Free. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. (at 25th)
Jhameel at Dolores Park Cafe
Singer/songwriter Jhameel performs with special guests Wes Leslie and Orchestra of Antlers. Layered looping and orchestral instruments with vocals that soothe and slice. Songs include topics such as Middle Eastern womanhood, homosexuality, and urban prostitution. Fri., Feb. 19. 7:30pm-10pm. No cover. Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores (at 18th)
Sounds of Justice
Social work and music collaboration to remember 9/11, immigration, depression, and human and drug trafficking. Program includes Chinese poetry, folk, jazz and classical music. Performances by Abraham Aviles-Scott, Muza Mdzinarishvili, Ken Rosen, Alexi Wajchman, and Justin Levitt and more. Proceeds benefit SFSU School of Social Work. Stay afterwards for tapas, drinks, and auction assisting with Haiti’s relief efforts. Fri., Feb. 19. 8pm. $10-$15. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. (btw 20th and 21st)
Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now
Weekend Two of the annual celebration of African American dance and culture. Featuring Bay Area choreographers and companies, including Raissa Simpson, Corey Action, Reginald Savage, Chloe Arnold, Robert Henry Johnson, Adia Whitaker, Deborah Vaughan and Roseangela Silvestre/Kendra Kimbrough Barnes. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 19-21. $15-$20; children 12 and under $10. Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. (at Mission)
SFUSD Site Council Summit
Butchered or sutured, learn how state budget cuts will affect school sites at this event, featuring workshops and a chance to speak with Superintendent Carlos Garcia. Various workshops will be offered – in English with interpretation in Spanish and Chinese. Sat., Feb. 20. 8:30am-12noon. Free. Everett Middle School, 450 Church St. (near 17th)
REflect… the “Black Dancing Body” on Screen
Black Choreographers Festival and see.think.dance present a film series offering several glimpses of Black dance across the diaspora.
1:00pm – “Remembering Thelma”, “Syvilla: They Dance to Her Drum”, “Praise House”, “Conjure Women”
3:30pm – “Bale De Pe No Chao”, “Only When I Dance”
Sat., Feb. 20. Free. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street (near 25th)
Open Improv Dance and Music Jam
Gotta twitch that needs an itch? Freestyle it at a jam presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. DJ, dance party, food and drink. Sat., Feb. 20. 8pm. $5 suggested donation. Twin Space Continuum, 2111 Mission St. #300 (btw 17th and Clarion)
Works-in-Progress Dance Showcase
Featuring Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and other local dancers. Sun., Feb. 21. 7pm. $5 suggested donation. Twin Space Continuum, 2111 Mission St. #300 (btw 17th and Clarion)
Street Art: Stencils – Youth Workshop
Eyes to the ground, a story is found. Jeremy Novy guides students through techniques creating street art with an emphasis on stenciling. Students will design their own stencils, and practice stencil spraying techniques. For more info or to register, contact Mona Chitkara at 415-863-7668 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For ages 13-16. 4 weeks/ Mondays Feb. 22 – Mar. 15. 4:30pm-6pm. Root Division, 3175 17th Street (at South Van Ness)
Urban Fiction Writing Workshops
Learn from stories and write your own about young people dealing with life in the ghettos and barrios of urban America. For ages 14-22. To register or for more info, contact Nicole at 415-355-5738 or email@example.com. Tues., Feb. 23. 6pm-7pm. Free. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St. (at 24th)