April 2017

March 29, 2017

SAVE LATE NIGHT BART TRANSIT FOCUS in NEWS; LIST of DANCE CLASS VENUES in 94110 & 94103 April is Dance Month; BigWheel Easter, Featured VENUES:   Brava, DanceMission & ODC 

 

The 13th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music
Manos De Mujeres
March 30 - April 7, 2017

 

13th Annual CubaCaribe Festival features nine days of Caribbean dance and music performances, seven world premiere performances, master classes, film screenings, lectures and celebrations at two different San Francisco venues, Brava Theater and Museum of African Diaspora. The CubaCaribe Festival has been highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. 
This year’s Festival, entitled Manos De Mujeres, will delve into the complex role of women, it will highlight and honor the important work of women and their powerful hands that have and continue to sustain us. ​ CubaCaribe.org/ | Ticket Info
On Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, the Brava Theater  will be a mixed program featuring performances by Almazônica, Los Lupeños de San José, Cunamacué, Amor Do Samba, Dimensions Extensions Performance Ensemble and Batala San Francisco, and Arenas Dance Company. The 3 pm Sunday, April 2 matinee show will feature performances by Cuicacalli Youth Dance Company, Maracatu Pacífico, Bolivia Corazón de América, Dimensions Extensions Performance Ensemble and ​Batala San Francisco, and Quenepas.

April 8, 2017 a fundraiser for Brava Theater

Selena Screening & After Party Saturday, April 8, 2017 3:00pm 7:30pm
Sing-a-long to Selena when Brava screens the 1997 biographical film about our favorite Tejana singer! All proceeds from the screenings benefit Brava! for Women in the Arts.

 


Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street

 PARKING @ San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center Garage
2500 24th Street Open 24/7 with over 1600 spaces 

April 8, 2017
DANCE MISSION

Dance & Silent Auction
Benefit for Dance Mission Theater & Youth Program Scholarship

April 8: 6:30pm-10:30pm
ENTRANCE: $15 - 2 for $20 
All ages welcome!  415-826-5437 (or) email leila@dancemission.com

Come dance, party, eat, drink and bid! Proceeds will benefit the Dance Mission Youth Program's scholarship fund and teachers' salaries. Event emceed by our beloved hip hop teacher Micaya,

 

Dance Mission at the corner of 24th & Mission attracts about 400 youth and 2,000 adults to their Mission dance programs and another 18,000 audience members to the beautiful venue The venue is also home to the Dance Brigade, a dance troupe company that teaches young girls leadership to develop social change. Founder/Director Krissy Keefer  is however fundraising for a move to a new home in the SF Mission

danceMission.com/performances/upcoming.html .


April 14-16, 2017

Fund the Flow Arts presents Flow Show SF 9

April 14-16: Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm www.fundtheflowarts.org

The Flow Show returns to Dance Mission Theater for it's 9th year. Packed to the gills with talent, imagination, and mind-blowing feats, this showcase highlights the Flow Arts, a combination of dance, creative movement, and skill props, that range from juggling balls to hula hoops.  Don't miss the chance to see a refreshing cast of new and professional flow artists rock the stage and take you on a creative journey through flow. 

 

Dance Mission is located in the heart of the Mission at the corner of 24th and Mission. Directly across from the 24th Street BART station and are accessible by MUNI lines 14, 49, 48, 12 and 67.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15th, 2017 7 PM

 

 2017 Carnaval King & Queen Competition at flickr

This event  sold out. 

Easter Sunday's Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race

on the world's crookedest street

 

Vermont Street is the wacky street that is just the other side of the 101 freeway boundary between the Mission District and Potrero Hill between Division and Ceasar Chavez. Between 20th and 22nd Street, near McKinley Square, the street has seven sharp turns which make it the true crookedest street in the world  At the foot of the hill it crosses the freeway into the Mission. Every Easter Sunday since we entered the 21st century  the Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race has been held on the weird stretch. Hundreds of costumed participants will bring giant plastic tricycles  [no rubber wheels or metal bikes allowed) and cruise down the  crazy curvy Vermont street on Easter Sunday from 4 to 6 all for glory.

BringYourOwnBigWheel.com/

New for 2017: More Kids Time. Kids will be able to ride from 3 pm to 4 pm Limited room for spectators although McKinley Square features spectacular views of the SF Mission District
Find nearly 40 more Easter Events in the page footer here sf.funcheap.com/bring-big-wheel-race/

 

In conversation with NYC

ODC Theater 3135 17th St (at Shotwell) ODC Dance Commons 351 Shotwell St

Public Transit: Muni 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, 53. BART (16th Street Mission) 3 blocks away.

ODC Dance Commons,is a gathering place for the Bay Area cultural community since 2005, new art work is percolating in every studio, and 200 classes a week in all forms of dance draw hundreds of students of all ages each dayIndst the 33,000 sqft facility. Many of these classes are produced by RhythmAndMotion.com

ARCHIVEOGRAPHY
Thu -Sat 4/20-22 at 8pm at ODC Theater 

 

Since 2012, David Gordon has been assembling his 50+ year archive for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, which he calls the “Archiveography” Project.LIVE ARCHIVEOGRAPHY explores decades of Gordon’s work in movement and theater art live on stage. Scripted storytelling interlaces with projected collage, performance photographs and videos, plus interviews with collaborators.

“Archiveography — Under Construction,” which runs through April 6, is not a typical exhibition at the performing arts library. It’s alive. - New York Times, Jan 3, 2017

 Bay Area Dance Week – April 21 - April 30, 2017

The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, contact improvisation, and more.

Kick-Off: Rhythm & Motion | SF City Hall Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE 
Now in it’s 19th year, Bay Area Dance Week kicks off with everyone’s favorite flash mob, One Dance, led by Dancers’ Group and Rhythm & Motion. One Dance is created from crowd-sourced material and features dance “moves” from around the world 

BayAreaDance.org/ click through to find your date with destiny

Below find a supplemental guide to your Inner Mission options. The two Mission BART Stations together with the Civic Center BART Station has been the nexus of the West Coat Dance scene for decades but Bay Area Dance lets you see how this movement is spreading throughout our nine county region

BART Mission 24th Street

  1. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  2868 Mission St,  www.missionculturalcenter.org/ Movement Meditation; Flamenco Dance, Pre-Ballet for Kids, Capoeira, Latin Hip Hop (Mixtiso), Brazilian Samba outreach@missionculturalcenter.org 415 643 2787

  2. Dance Mission  3316 24th St,  dancemission.com/ NIA TECHNIQUE: MIND BODY SPIRIT DANCE onedancingmagnolia@gmail.com 650-759-0441

  3. Deborah Slater Dance Theater Studio 210 3435 Cesar Chavez ,   Story and Dance info@deborahslater.org
    415 267-7687

  4. Abada- Capoeira San Francisco  3221 22nd St ( at mission),  abada.org/ Dholrhythms Dance Company- Bhangra Dance dholrhythmsdanceco@gmail.com 4156949080

  5.  SF Community Music Center  544 Capp St, (between 20th & 21st St] , SF, CA, 94110  http://sfcmc.org/ Argentine Tango Dance and Music intimate_embrace_tango@earthlink.net 415-661-1852

BART Mission /16th Street

  1. ODC Dance Commons 351 Shotwell St,  connect@odcdance.org  415-549-8516 .odc.dance/ Rhythm & Motion at ODC School- Essentials with Heather Bornfeld, Becca Kim, ODC/Dance Open Rehearsal

  2. Women's Building  3543 18th St #8,  Rhythm & Motion's Dance Workout is a high energy dance-based workout class connect@odcdance.org 415-549-8516

  3. The Pilates Center of San Francisco  351 Shotwell, San Francisco, CA pilatescentersf@gmail.com 415 503-7072

  4. Symbolic Dance & Fitness  672 South Van Ness Ave,  Bollywood Dance-based Cardio Fitness info@bombayjam.com 4082341736

  5. Joe Goode Annex  401 Alabama at 17th Street,  Greek Dance! makronis@earthlink.net 510-530-5140 Hope Mohr Dance hopemohr@gmail.com 4072760686 http://www.hopemohr.org/

  6. Project Commotion 2095 Harrison Street  b/t 16th St & Treat Ave http://www.projectcommotion.org Pre-Teen/Teen Family Creative Dance, Capoeira Ijexá-Capoeira and Traditional African-Brazilian Dances  info@projectcommotion.org 415-252-8059

  7. Public Works 161 Erie Street,  publicsf.com/ Non Stop Bhangra vicki_virk@dholrhythms.com
    4156949080

  8. Academy of Ballet  2121 Market St,,San Francisco, CA, 94114 Smuin Contemporary American Ballet efaizi@smuinballet.org 415-556-5000

BART Civic Center/UN Plaza Station

  1. Alonzo King LINES Dance Center  26 7th Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, http://dancecenter.linesballet.org/  LINES Ballet Training Program and San Francisco School of the Arts; Afro-Cuban Modern with Natalia Aceves; Afro-Haitian Dance with Laure Fleurentin jamie@linesballet.org415-863-3040

  2. City Aikido  1339 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94102 City Aikido- Energy in Movement carhenna@yahoo.com 4153689874

  3. City Dance: Main   10 Chase Court,  http://www.citydance.org/  TOPROCK ~ w/Vandor 'Whacko' Hill,  OLD SCHOOL 90's HIP HOP ~ w/Dennis Infante, T.U.R.F DANCING/GLIDING ~ w/Dopey Fresh, INTERMEDIATE HOUSE DANCE ~ w/Jardy Santiago, POPPING ~ w/Prince Ali; BALLET ~ w/Katie Florez; TEEN HIP HOP CHOREO ~ w/Robyn Nariyoshi; CONTEMPORARY ~ w/Dani Rowe citydancelive@gmail.com 4152971172

  4. City Dance: MJ LAB  301 8th Street - Suite 200, http://www.citydance.org/  BEGINNING CONTEMPORARY ~ w/ mia simonovic; INTERMEDIATE HIP HOP CHOREO ~ w/ Chris Alcanices citydancelive@gmail.com 4152971172

  5. Lily Cai Dance Studio 301 8th St., Suite 235,  Lily Cai Dance Company- Flowing Energy in Dance info@lilycaidance.org 415-474-4829

  6. SF Conservatory of Dance  301 8th Street, studio 205,  Liss Fain Dance megan@lissfaindance.org 4153809433

  7. SAFEhouse for the Arts  1 Grove St. at Market, San Francisco, CA, 94102 http://www.safehousearts.org/ Ushanjali School of Dance, Molissa Fenley and Friends- 7th annual An evening of dance molissa@molissafenley.com 805-450-6857

  8. F8  1192 Folsom,  World music dance floor https://undergroundnomads.wordpress.com/ rockakamille@yahoo.com 510 593 5591

BART Balboa Station

City College San Francisco  Health and Wellness Center at Ocean Ave and Howth, San Francisco, CA, 94112
http://dancecitycollege.com/
Tap Dancing, Tip Tap, Intermediate Hip Hop, Beginning Argentine Tango, Beginning & Intermediate Jazz Dance, Beginning & Intermediate Zumba,  Beginning European Folk Dance, Beginning Swing Dance, Intermediate Ballet, Beginning Salsa & Latin Dance, Dance History,  African Haitian Dance Folk Dance Federation of N. CA.- Blossom Festival - International Dance Party

 

NEWS

Low ridership imperils BART late-night weekend bus service

The pilot program officially ends on June 16, 2017, BART officials plan to extend the program at least

 

through August 2017 to allow directors to discuss the program while going through the budget process and to also align with AC Transit operator sign ups.
BART board member Nick Josefowitz said while he understands the budget constraints that the transit agency is under, he said he could not just abandon the service: “I think it would be really difficult for me to feel comfortable totally abandoning this program without really looking in great detail as to how we can try and sort of just focus on the most efficient service.” Josefowitz suggested shortening the service hours to make the late-night service more of a shuttle bus between San Francisco and downtown Oakland as way to make the service more cost-effective.

BART also had a goal to make $100,000 annually in farebox revenue to help fund the late-night service. The transit agency only took in $16,000 in 2015 and is projecting to make $20,000 in farebox revenue 2016. BART General Manager Grace Crunican said she would bring back a memo with AC Transit that will include options to present to the board at its next meeting in three weeks. Another issue with the late-night bus service is that many riders are still unaware of the service, said BART board member Lateefah Simon: “I think a lot of folks want to use these services and just don’t know where and how to access them.”

https://sfbay.ca/2017/03/27/low-ridership-imperils-bart-late-night-weekend-bus-service/

 

"Mass Transit Reinvented" is Chariot's tag line

Chariot gives thousands of rides a day at an average fare of $4 and as little as $3. Almost a fourth of riders use Chariot to complement public transit such as connecting at internodal hubs at BART, Caltrain and ferry stations. You can save up to 50% time on your commute with Chariots arriving every several minutes at peak commuting time The Ford Motor Company purchased San Francisco shuttle startup Chariot [chariot.com] in September of 2016 and is expanding its services nationally and internationally.

 

Teamsters Union Leveraging
In April of 2017 it was announced that commute-shuttle service Chariot’s 170 San Francisco drivers are considering unionization, following a path laid out by tech company shuttle-bus drivers.

"Chariot and Lyft are taking on our underfunded public transit system in San Francisco," said Doug Bloch, Joint Council 7 Political Director for the Teamsters Union. “So it's important that workers, passengers and the public have the same protections that exist with other public and private buses."

Unlike drivers for ride-hailing services, who work as independent contractors, Chariot shuttle drivers are salaried employees working both full- and part-time. Wages are the biggest issue, said Mark Gleason, secretary-treasurer of the 6,000-member local. “Drivers are telling us anecdotally that pay ranges from $13 an hour, with some lead drivers as high as $21 an hour,” he said. “But full-time, that’s $40,000 (a year) or less, a modest income to pay for shelter and food here where the cost of living is so high.”
 

Lyft Line and uberPool finally Growing the Pool of Carpoolers
Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer, before launching the Lyft service in 2012 and becoming a unicorn [valued at more than a $1 billion before turning a profit] started a ride sharing company called Zimride in 2007 which they exited in 2013. This month Lyft introduced a ride share to their popular app for mobile devices. Both Uber and Lyft  already offer cheaper shared-ride options for passengers going the same way that has already become the most popular way to carpool   MTC, the regional transit authority, has long promoted carpooling on its on the 511.org site. but till recently never was able to break the 10% threshold, “These apps may help us create a renaissance in carpooling,” said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
 

However in a Mar 16, 2017 editorial the San Francisco Business Times warned against the bureaucratic tendency to prefer monopoly non-accountability:

 Our View: Transit regulators threaten to take Chariot for a ride
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to wield a heavy hand. It reportedly wants new oversight powers over Chariot’s routes, stops, drivers, even its GPS data. It will review how Chariot serves disabled passengers, if it’s draining passengers from Muni and how it responds to complaints. Allegations that Chariot vans had occasionally paused at Muni stops will be fully investigated, as will its labor relations. Published comments by an SFMTA official comparing transit startups to weeds suggest this process might fall short of even-handed.

In the early 90s MUNI was able to kill a decades old, robust jitney bus system that served the Mission Corridor by requiring an unobtainable level of insurance. Commuters need to press the SFMTC Board to insist staff seeks balance by remembering they work for the citizenry and not the help that would prefer to treat these young solutions as so-called "weeds". BART should also be broadening its solution search for stranded late night patrons by seeing how Chariot might ride to the rescue of late night commuters. We are glad Charriot has the new resources behind it  for  the union organizing might be too soon. Many players in this space have lasted less than a year or become comfortable low-impact ride share services like goCarma.com, showcased on the MTC511.org site or Bart.gov promoted carpooler takeScoop.com  

 SOURCES: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/03/16/our-view-transit-regulators-chariot-vahabzadeh.html

https://teamster.org/news/2017/04/teamsters-local-665-files-election-chariot

http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Lyft-to-leverage-app-for-commute-carpools-7215297.php

 

Nick Josefowitz Asks Us to Rethink BART & Regional Transit

 

…BART’s historical pattern of investment is a good example. In the past couple decades, the region has built extension after expensive extension on the edge of the system. This December, the latest of these expensive extensions will open in south Fremont near the Santa Clara county line. This new extension cost $890 million to build, and will cost over $12 million annually to operate.

This extension — and many of BART’s other end-of-line extensions — are the Bay Area version of Orange County’s failed freeway widening program. The new station in south Fremont will funnel more and more riders into an already overloaded BART system, without fundamentally increasing the capacity of the core system to accommodate them. Not only will this increase the crowding for those living in Fremont, but for all BART riders throughout the Bay Area…

http://www.sfexaminer.com/the-failure-of-me-first-transportation-planning

 

Robots are now delivering dinners to people in San Francisco’s Mission and Potrero Hill neighborhoods, courtesy of a partnership between startup Marble and Yelp’s Eat24 food-delivery service

sfchronicle.com/news/article/Robots-to-deliver-Yelp-Eat24-dinners-in-two-SF-11066641.php

Alba Ray's Review "I was totally convinced that chef Adam Rosenblum and his team could successfully channel the essence of New Orleans." Michael Bauer

sfchronicle.com/restaurants/diningout/article/New-Orleans-spirit-alights-at-Alba-Ray-s  

2293 Mission St. (at 19th Street), San Francisco; (415) 872-9409 or albarays.com. Open for dinner 

Bike Rollouts  Stalled as Spring Beckons
The twenty plus downtown like bike stations have been past due for the Mission since January 2017 as

 

the MTC sponsored program using the Ford motor's Motivate system to expand from 700 to 7000 says implementation will be complete by year end. In the meantime a new Chinese company, Bluegogo entered the marketplace without City Hall permission using  much nicer GPS located bikes and a model of go anywhere anytime for 99 cents per 30 minutes.  Supervisor Aaron Peskin who championed the City Hall's quick recent elimination told Hoodline that his office "continue[s] to receive almost daily complaints and photo documentation from constituents frustrated that their public realm is being turned into a private marketplace.” By April, the new law will be legally enforced by SF Public Works, his spokesperson confirms.
 In the meantime, the Cities of San Mateo and Palo Alto as well as City of San Francisco companies like Salesforce and AirBnB have  contracted for new SoBi “smart bikes”“The SoBi hubs are just designated locations, they’re just bike racks,” said Bikes Make Life Better co-founder Amy Harcourt by phone. “They give you the visibility and accessibility of bike share stations but with the flexibility to lock the bikes somewhere else, and at a lower cost.” There are at least three stationless bike share startups that are looking to launch in San Francisco, and the SF Board of Supervisors and SFMTC [ Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors] recently approved a Stationless Bike Share Permit Program for the city. 

 The MTC rollout to 7000 bikes which must be returned to stands within 30 minutes was announced in May of 2015 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. 

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2017/03/21/bike-share-plans-irk-oakland-disabilities-commissioners/

http://sfist.com/2017/03/31/bluegogo_no_no.php
https://sfbay.ca/2017/03/22/sfmta-moves-to-regulate-stationless-bike-sharing/ 

Does Uber Really Prevent Drunken Driving? It Depends on the Study
New York Times  7APR-2017-

Recent independent studies backs this common sense notion up. One found that in four boroughs of New York City, excluding Staten Island, there has been a 25 to 35 percent reduction in alcohol-related car accidents since Uber came to town in 2011, compared with other places where the ride-hailing company doesn’t operate. Another 2017 report from researchers at West Carolina University also found that Uber service rollouts led to declines in fatal accident rates across the country.

 

The Future of Retail
The era of Amazon and e-commerce is now seeing rick-and-mortar Bay Area retailers fighting back, using homegrown technologies to keep customers coming through their doors.From robots and virtual reality to digital mirrors and beacons, the region has become ground zero for testing software designed to make shopping quicker and easier — or simply more fun.

sfchronicle.com/business/article/Can-technology-save-the-brick-and-mortar-store-by Thomas Lee

Words to the Wise
"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." — Maya Angelou, Mission High School Graduate

SLEEP: Research suggest adults need 7 to 9 hours sleep each night. The better rested you are, the more likely you  are to look at things in a positive light.

LAUGH: Laughter sends mood lifting chemicals to your brain. Laugh more and you'll be less focused on the bad.

THANKFULNESS:  At the end or beginning of your day, write down three things you are grateful for.

CHECK NEGATIVITY: Complaining is unproductive and infects others with your negativity. Pinch yourself when you catch yourself doing it. Blaming is usually negative as well but it is important to locate the reason for your dissatisfaction

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