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1/12/12 The Music of 2011

Guest Singer for The Little Bits at Sunday Streets

Following up on last week’s epic recap of 2011, this week we feature the MUSIC of 2011 including songs by Makana, Ras Ceylon, Hopie Spitshard, Rocky Rivera, Kiwi, Blue Scholars, Goh Nakamura, The Invisible Cities, The Little Bits, Senbei, and a rousing music video by Magnetic North and Taiyo Na featuring Jin (see below).

We also honor the passing of activist and fellow radio producer, Yvette Hochberg, with a poem by Genny Lim.

Community Calendar

  • On Friday, January 13th join poets from around the Bay Area as they bid fairwell to the Year of the Rabbit. ‘Goodbye Rabbit’ is happening at 826 Valencia in San Francisco from 7 to 8:30pm. Bring a rabbit and handkerchief as we make way for the Year of the Dragon.
  • On Saturday, January 14th the Manilatown Heritage Foundation hosts the opening of ‘Legacy: The Art of Mike “Dream” Francisco’ at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kerney St in San Francisco. Dream was a graffiti writer who gained fame for his influential style blending hip-hop culture and social justice. He was murdered in February of 2000, but his legacy lives on. Visit legacyopening.eventbrite.com for tickets and additional information. This show runs through April 14th.
  • On Monday, January 16th from noon to 4pm the National Japanese American Historical Society presents ‘Deep Roots, New Shoots II’ at the Peace Gallery 684 Post Street in San Francisco. This will celebrate 40 years of Asian American art by veteran and emerging artists. From noon to 2pm there will be an artists salon and from 2 to 4pm is the opening reception. Visit njahs.org for all of the details.

4/7/11 Police Brutality in Oakland; Hopie Spitshard

This week we bring you another packed show featuring powerful community voices:
Police Brutality in Oakland: While we continue to heal from the murder of Oscar Grant, Oakland youth of color continue to be targeted by racial profiling and police brutality. This week we bring you a dynamic interview with Sarn Saechao, a Mien youth and high school student and member of AYPAL, to speak on his experience with racial profiling, his thoughts on the Oakland gang injunctions and what him and other Oakland API youth are doing to combat injustices in their hood. Also, we bring you sounds from February’s “People’s Hearing on Racism and Police Violence,” featuring community leaders Eddy Zheng and Rachel Jackson.

Hopie Spitshard: We sat down for a special interview with Hopie Spitshard, a young hip hop artist originally from the Philippines and San Francisco-raised. As the inaugural segment of a series we’ll be collecting of interviews with API womyn in hip hop, this week we bring you an intimate look at who Hopie Spitshard is, and what has inspired her to blaze through hip hop’s boundaries and stay grounded by family, culture and what’s real.

Community Calendar:

From Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponfasio’s Tempest Without a Body. www.ybca.org

On Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, Karl Evangelista and the Grex Quintet perform their special blend of jazz at the Bayanihan Community Center in San Francisco. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172259806154392

On Saturday, April 9, author Cecilia Gaerlan reads from her debut novel, In Her Mother’s Image.  Her book chronicles the story of a family’s ordeal during World War II in the Philippines and the fall of Bataan.  www.asiabookcenter.com

Sunday, April 10, join the Bay Area Committee to Stop FBI Repression’s contingent at the anti-war rally in Dolores Park, and call-in on April 12 to support activists like Anh Pham in resisting the FBI’s harassment of activists.  www.stopfbi.net

Next Thursday, April 14, four Asian American rock bands perform at the Submission Gallery in San Francisco for Ring the Alarm, a benefit for communities in the Philippines. Entry is $5-8.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137342599672988

Women for Genuine Security screen Living Along the Fenceline, a film featuring the stories of 7 women who live alongside US military bases, on Thursday, April 14. http://www.genuinesecurity.org/actions/livingalongfenceline.html

On Saturday, April 16, API musicians, dancers, and performers come together for Japan Restart, a benefit concert for the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.  japanrestart.eventbrite.com