First we hear from Marie Choi and her interview with Hawaiin Slack-Key Guitarist. Slack-key is a style of playing that Makana began learning at age eleven. Since then he’s won several awards, and his music has been featured in many big-name movies. The guitarist, singer, and composer made headlines in 2011 when he played his protest song, “We Are the Many” at the APEC World Leaders’ Dinner. Since then, he’s continued to evolve, creating Hawaiian music that speaks to the realities of our time.
We’ll also hear from Kini Zamora, a Native Hawaiian fashion designer on Season 13 of Project Runway!
On Monday, August 4, the International Hotel Manilatown Heritage Foundation is holding a press conference to mark the 37th anniversary of the I-Hotel eviction which led to the displacement of Chinese and Filipino elders who called the I-Hotel their home. That’s Monday from 12 – 1 pm
On Tuesday August 5 at 7 pm, the Dragon Fruit Project holds a celebration of its work at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco’s Castro District. The Dragon Fruit Project collects and curates stories from Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT communities and they want you to join them for their first big exhibit!
On Thursday, August 7 from 2 – 3 pm, join Chinese Progressive Association’s Youth Movement for Justice Organizing at their Rally for Affordability on the steps of the City Hall In SF. Hear stories about their families and struggles to live in San Francisco. There will be guerilla theater performances and more to demand families be able to stay in San Francisco!
We’ll be hearing about Taskforce Haiyan, a local effort to support the 4 million people in the Philippines who were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.
Then we’ll learn about Kearny Street Workshop’s artist reception in Oakland focusing on finding home where the heart is.
Photo from makanamusic.com
We’ll round out the hour with an interview with Hawaiian slack key guitar icon, Makana. The guitarist, singer, and composer made headlines in 2011 when he played his protest song, “We Are the Many” at the APEC World Leaders’ Dinner. Since then, he’s continued to evolve, creating Hawaiian music that speaks to the realities of our time. His new album, Ripe, is out this week.
We also have a ticket give away for Balkan Beatbox. Tara Dorabji hosts.
We also honor the passing of activist and fellow radio producer, Yvette Hochberg, with a poem by Genny Lim.
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.