4/25/13: Bhi Bhiman.

On tonight’s APEX Express:

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Bhi Bhiman (courtesy of artist)

APEX Contributor R.J. Lozada brings Bay area musician to the KPFA studios to share some of his music, and his background.

From R.J.:

I like Bhi Bhiman.

If you don’t know who he is, Bhi Bhiman is a bay area musician who sings folk and blues, not in a kind of new form either, he relies on traditional elements of the form: fingerpicking, and familiar melodic lines that can be traced back to Mississippi John Hurt… true to the roots…. but there’s that twist: he’s Sri Lankan, Tamil, to be exact.

It’s his lyrical sensibility and a very assured musicality that I am drawn to, and I also think it gets him into audiences, especially white audiences, somewhat unsure if he’s real….I can somewhat imagine folks in the audience saying, “did he just sing what I thought he sung…?”

But that’s not entirely what Bhi is about. While my experience with him has been from this perspective, Bhi often aims to be wholly inclusive, he’ll rib you, but you’re still part of the family.


4/26 Sita’s Chaat House/Fundraiser for Kearny Street Workshop


This Friday at 8:00PM. Join Kearny Street Workshop for a night of loving laddu and licking up lassis. Reserve your spot at this cozy North Oakland Home for the first ever Little Oakland Chaat House. Ticket price is inclusive of five-course dinner by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik and print by Imin Yeh. All proceeds benefit KSW! RSVP on facebook to learn the location!

4/26 – 4/28 SF Global Vietnamese Film Festival


The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival (April 26-28, 2013) is a biennial film and video showcase centering Vietnamese filmmakers in Việt Nam and the diaspora—a international vision reflecting a transnational reality. The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival (SFGVFF) is the first and only festival of its kind in the Bay Area. With an Opening Night Gala ($10, 7:30-10pm, 4/26) at Artists’ Television Access (992 Valencia St), the SFGVFF runs from 2:30pm to midnight each day, April 27-28, 2013, at the historic Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) built in 1909 in the Mission district of San Francisco. The festival expects over 2,000 attendees.

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