2 Months of 2 Blocks of Art

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco performs at 2 Blocks of Art, September 2012. Photo by Glenn Halog

Now in its third year, Urban Solutions2 Blocks of Art is a true San Francisco experience. The art walk showcases over 100 local artists in 25 locations in a neighborhood rich with culture and well known for its cutting edge arts community.

This year, the San Francisco Arts Commission enhances the art walk with a program of live music, dance, performance, and temporary public art along Market Street between 5th and 7th streets. From a fire dancing performance at U.N. Plaza fountain; jazz bands paying tribute to the Tenderloin and Central Market neighborhoods; live Afro-Cuban-Haitian beats, music, and conga line; to a family-friendly comedian/ juggler/ magician, 2 Blocks of Art promises to enliven the neighborhood and your Friday nights!

WHEN: Friday, September 28 and Friday, October 19
TIME: 4-8 p.m.
WHERE: 6th St (between Market and Howard streets) and Market St (between 5th and 7th streets)
COST: FREE

VOLUNTEER. Want to meet and work with the artists to make this a successful event? Please fill out our volunteer application form or email cristal.fiel@sfgov.org for more information.

Below is a line-up of performers and artists, on September 28 and October 19, sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission:

OCTOBER 19

Reynaldo R. Cayetano Jr. local film photographer exhibits portraits of 6th Street residents. To learn more about Rey and his involvement with the Central Market and 6th Street communities, click here.

Location: 998 Market Street (Warfield Building)

Conspiracy of Venus a community-based, all female, a capella choral ensemble sings familiar tunes by Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Tom Waits, and Rufus Wainwright. For more information, visit www.conspiracyofvenus.com.

Location: 998 Market Street

Garrett Kobsef Jazz Trio plays Jazz standards that honor the history of Central Market as a theater district. Get a taste of Garrett Kobsef’s music.

Location: 1025 Market Street (International Art Museum of America)

TopCat Quartet pays homage to the jazz history in the Tenderloin. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/milesaheadwes

Location: 1080 Market Street (World of Stereo)

 

Holy Stitch!, a “denim social club”, with a vision to empower youth to develop skills to work in the apparel industry and cultural sector, will give away free, custom-made t-shirts. Learn more about Holy Stitch! in this podcast.

Location: 1100 Market Street (The Trailhead)

Grupo Experimental Nago entertains with Afro-Cuban-Haitian dance and music and concludes with a conga line for all participants.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/grupo.experimentalnago.

Location: 1108 Market Street (Rio Grande)

Solar Flare presents Cirque des Dieux! This light and fire performance troupe from San Francisco will dazzle and delight you with a fire-dancing performance set to narration at the U.N. Plaza fountain at 7 p.m. Check out Solar Flare at www.solarflarefire.com.

Location: UN Plaza fountain

OTHER ACTIVITIES

SF Arts Market will be slinging one-of-a-kind, hand-made arts and crafts to the masses on Market Street between 6th and 7th streets in front of Marinello School of Beauty at 1035 Market Street.

 

Intersection for the Arts hosts Twice Around the Block: A Photo Scavenger Hunt. Explore the sites, memories and histories of our SOMA neighborhood in this interactive photo event. We will provide images, a map and hints, you decipher the clues and match up nostalgic photos of this neighborhood with present day surroundings. For more information and to register, click here.

the luggage store hosts the opening reception for the exhibit Baby and Nacirema by Michael Arcega at 1007 Market Street, 6-8 p.m. Baby and Nacirema is on view October 19 through November 17. Click here for more information about the exhibit.

 

Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program hosts an artist reception of dual solo exhibitions by Midori Meissen and James Irvine Taylor at 1009 Market Street, 4-8 p.m. Click here to learn more about the artists and their exhibitions.

 

At the northwest corner of Market Street at 6th, Burning Man Project brings back ArtisMobilUs and Todd Berman’s City of Awesome all evening. Also, check out Loyd Family Players, “…the fiercest female percussion section around” (San Francisco Bay Guardian) at 7-8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 28

Garrett Kobsef Jazz Trio plays jazz standards that honor history of Central Market as theater district. Get a taste of Garrett Kobsef’s music.

Location: 979 Market Street (Blick Art Materials)

 

Tenderloin-based Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, the nation’s oldest flamenco dance company, performs to live musicians and singers. For more information, visit www.theatreflamenco.org.

Location: 982 Market Street

Reynaldo R. Cayetano Jr. local film photographer exhibits portraits of 6th Street residents. To learn more about Rey and his involvement with the Central Market and 6th Street communities, click here.

Location: 998 Market Street (Warfield Building)

City of Awesome by Todd Berman crowd-sources self-portrait drawings from the public and combines them into a painting that captures all the awesomeness of the Central Market neighborhood.

Location: 998 Market Street

Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program hosts an Artists Reception for their current group exhibition, Honeycomb and Stoneware, now on view through October 5.

Location: 1009 Market Street

 

Shovelman plays original music on a guitar made out of antique shovel using FX and loops to sound like a full band with a Mississippi delta blues sound. For more information, visit www.shovelman.com.

Location: 1020 Market Street (Show Dogs)

Citizens Jazz performs innovative jazz, blues and bossa nova. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/citizensjazz.

Location: 1025 Market Street (International Art Museum of America)

 

Yeye Suárez Ensemble provides a one-hour African diasporic and Latin dance class for everyone, followed by a performance by the ensemble. For more information, visit www.yeyesuarez.com.

Location: 1080 Market Street (World of Stereo)

 

Fred Anderson entertains with a family-friendly show of comedy, magic, juggling, audience participation and more. See more of Fred Anderson in action on his website.

Location: 1089 Market Street

 

Artist Paul Madonna and his wife and collaborator Joen Madonna sign reproductions of Art on Market Street Poster Series, Celebrating Bay Area Arts. The event will feature music by David Hegarty, Castro Theater’s beloved organist. A 10% discount will be offered on posters purchased during the event.

Location: 1108 Market Street

OTHER ACTIVITIES

September 28 also marks the beginning of the third annual 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival, which continues through October 21.  On September 28, check out:

  • Mother Tongue by project agora at Mint Plaza at 8 p.m.; and
  • Niagara Falling by Flyaway Productions and Dancers’ Group/ONSITE, a multimedia dance event on the west wall of Renoir Hotel at 8:30-9 p.m. and 9:30-10 p.m.

For a complete lineup of performances and events that are part of 24 Days of Central Market Arts, visit centralmarketarts.org.

At the northwest corner of Market Street at 6th, Burning Man Project brings interactive art, dance and music to Central Market with:

  • ArtisMobilus an interactive, community mural that re-imagines the future of Central Market;
  • Disco ARTrobics with Mz. K at 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and
  • Gamelan X, “the Bay Area’s own Funkadelic of ethnomusicology” (Todd Lavoie, San Francisco Bay Guardian) performing at 7-8 p.m

Intersection for the Arts hosts Twice Around the Block: A Photo Scavenger Hunt. Explore the sites, memories and histories of our SOMA neighborhood in this interactive photo event. We will provide images, a map and hints, you decipher the clues and match up nostalgic photos of this neighborhood with present day surroundings. For more information and to register, click here.

2 Blocks of Art is presented by Urban Solutions with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund.

                

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