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December 2016
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STOOP: Sounds & Stories of the Mission

December 3, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
STOOP: Sounds of the Mission
Sat, Dec 3 @ 2:00PM @ 1018 Shotwell & 24th St

Mission Stoop Fest (STOOP) is a civil society arts experiment that transpires on the front stoops of local residences, where traditional and contemporary artists perform and where local residents share stories and histories. The front stoop represents a literal threshold between the public and private spheres and is a historic site of spontaneous community interaction and exchange. Occurring during the day on the same bi-monthly dates as sister-project, Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP), STOOP will provide a program and…

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Free

MAPP: Crossover Collaborative Residencies, Cohort II, Final Performance

December 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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An interdisciplinary residency program supported by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and San Francisco Arts Commission, Crossover Collaborative Residencies provides a framework to support the exploration of collaborative processes between artists in dance and music disciplines. Pairing six choreographer/dancers and six composer/musicians, the program follows a four-stage development from preliminary artists gatherings and orientation workshops, to early-stage “raw” presentations of works-in-progress, a middle-stage free community-engaged presentation, and a final performance/presentation.   About the MAPP: Launched in 2003, the Mission Arts &…

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Free

Rumberos de Radio Habana: Community Rumba

December 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Rumberos de Radio Habana
Sun, Dec 4 @ 2:00PM

Rumba music originated in the Afro-Cuban neighborhoods of Havana and Matanzas as the soundtrack to community, partnered dancing and get-togethers as a means of cultural expression. Its global diaspora means rumba rhythms have found their way into other genres of music such as country, rock, and blues, and continue to impact the genres of today. Every first Sunday, Rumberos de Radio Habana bring their own contribution to the Red Poppy for a free afternoon of beat-making, hip-shaking, and good company.…

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$20 - $25

StringQuake: Electric Harp Meets Cello & Percussion

December 8, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
StringQuake
Thurs, Dec 8 @ 8:00PM

Bay Area trio StringQuake uses unusual instrumentation–electric harp, cello, and percussion–to explore far-flung sounds inspired by Greece, India, Africa, and the Americas. With a penchant for improvisation and unexpected meters, the group boasts a wide-ranging repertoire that runs the gamut from contemplative to vigorous. Featuring: Amelia Romano - electric harp Misha Khalikulov - cello Josh Mellinger - cajón, tabla, frame drum Composer/arranger Romano, Uzbek cellist/educator Khalikulov, and versatile percussionist Mellinger released their first album together, Take 15, in 2013. The…

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$10 - $20

La Mixta Criolla: Latin-Caribbean Grooves

December 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
La Mixta Criolla
Fri, Dec 9 @ 7:30PM

Hard-swinging Bay Area ensemble La Mixta Criolla returns to the Red Poppy with music rooted in the criollo culture of Puerto Rico and the Latin-Caribbean. Performing both originals and funky renditions of classic tunes, the quintet combines a variety of swinging Afro-Caribbean grooves, from plena, bomba, guaracha jíbara, seis, and aguinaldo to merengue, son, cumbia, and salsa.   Featuring: Héctor Lugo - congas, barril, panderos, vocals Ayla Davila - bass, vocals Sandra García Rivera - vocals, güícharo Roman "Ito" Carrillo…

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$20 - $25

Patrick Wolff/Grant Stewart Quintet: Classic Bebop Saxophone

December 10, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Patrick Wolff/Grant Stewart Quintet
Sat, Dec 10 @ 7:30PM

Two highly acclaimed jazz saxophonists, Patrick Wolff and Grant Stewart, light up the night with dexterous and exhilarating renderings of the classic two-tenor groups. Alongside a vibrant trio of experienced musicians, Wolff and Stewart pay tribute to the time-honored compositions of Charles Mingus, Al Cohn, Freddie Redd, and Duke Ellington, brought to life in a magnetic convergence of East and West Coast virtuosity. Featuring: Grant Stewart – tenor saxophone Patrick Wolff – tenor and alto saxophone Adam Shulman – piano…

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$10 - $15

Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis: Vintage Inspirations, Soulful Voices

December 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis
Sun, Dec 11 @ 7:30PM

Songstresses Nicole Stromsoe and Amber Gougis co-headline an evening of original material intermingled with old-school classics. Accompanied only by acoustic guitar and double bass, Stromsoe and Gougis aim to captivate audiences with enchanting vocals inspired by jazz, blues, R&B, and folk. Featuring: Nicole Stromsoe - vocals Amber Gougis - vocals Dorian Michael - guitar Ken Hustad - double bass With a voice that has been described as “nourishing,” “sensual,” and “rich,” Nicole Stromsoe specializes in her own blend of eclectic…

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$10 - $20

Charles Xavier: Jazz Standards and the Music of SATORI

December 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Charles Xavier
Thurs, Dec 15 @ 7:30PM

Producer, composer, electronic musician, and percussionist Charles Xavier performs jazz standards, as well as compositions by his former band, ’70s jazz ensemble SATORI. Join Xavier and his quartet, who specialize in “unconventional music for unconventional minds,” as they touch on jazz, new age and ambient music, and holiday classics. Featuring: Clifford Brown III - trumpet Terry Rodriguez - piano Richard Saunders - bass Charles Xavier - drums A jazz drummer from the age of 16, Bay Area resident Charles Xavier…

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$15 - $20

Miles Jay ft. Axon Orchestra: Post-Punk Balkan Marching Band

December 16, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Miles Jay ft. Axon Orchestra
Fri, Dec 16 @ 7:30PM

Ready to forget everything you thought you knew about marching bands? Don’t miss the eight-piece Axon Orchestra’s dazzlingly electrified Red Poppy debut, which promises to use urban and rural musical styles of the Balkans and Middle East to take listeners on a post-punk, postmodern sonic journey like no other. Featuring: Miles Jay - buzuk, bass Paul Bertin - saxophone Fabrice Martinez - violin Morgan Nilsen - clarinet Dusty Brough - guitar Andrew Cohen - tuba Marco Peris - tapan Ian…

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$10 - $20

Makrú: A Night of Rumba Flamenca, Ska, Reggae & Cumbia

December 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Makrú
Sat, Dec 17 @ 7:30PM

Makrú’s unifying ethos is more than just talk: This pan-cultural five-piece uses Spanish and English lyrics to blend reality and fiction, and their signature mix of rumba flamenca, reggae, cumbia, and ska promises to bring everyone to the dancefloor. Featuring: Jenny Rodriguez - vocals Raúl Vargas - cajón, vocals Haluk Kecelioglu - oud, violin Bob Sanders - guitar OriAche - percussion Learn more: Website | Facebook | Bandcamp   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admission: $10-20…

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$10 - $15

Alex Hand Band: A Balkan Jazz Quartet

December 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Alex Hand Band
Sun, Dec 18 @ 7:30PM

With a setlist that ranges from Bulgarian wedding tunes to hot club jazz, the Alex Hand Band mines the common ground between swing and Eastern European folk dance music–the soundtrack of Western music moving across Balkan borders and being changed by European village music. Featuring: Alex Hand - guitar Kevin Gerzevitz - keys, accordion Gabe Case - bass Valentino - percussion Alex Hand, who has traveled to the Balkans to study folk music, is involved with various projects in the…

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January 2017
By Donation

FRESH Exchanges: Dis[rupt]·co·theque ft. Vagittarius Rising

January 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Dis[rupt]·co·theque ft. Vagittarius Rising
Mon, Jan 2 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. Get down, get loose, and get refreshed at the start of FRESH 2017 with Dis·co·theque on Monday, January 2. Hosted by FRESH artists notorious for creating unique gatherings, spectacle, noise, and revelry, the Poppy's program features live music from Berlin-based…

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FRESH Exchanges: Experimental Structures ft. Chani Bockwinkel & Keisha Turner

January 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Experimental Structures
Tues, Jan 17 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Experimental Structures on Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17. Hosted by Abby Crain and José Navarrete, Experimental Structures invite artists working on the edge of their form to speak about their work, share excerpts of current projects,…

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FRESH Exchanges: Social Practice/Potluck ft. Rachael Dichter & Jesse Hewit

January 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Social Practice/Potluck
Wed, Jan 18 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Social Practice/Potlucks on Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18. FRESH Social Practice/Potlucks are collaborative meals and interactivities co-hosted by artists notorious for generating situations of connectivity, improvisation, inclusivity, and direct action. On January 4th, artists Rachael Dichter…

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FRESH Exchanges: Alternative Conservatory ft. Brontez Purnell

January 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Alternative Conservatory
Thurs, Jan 19 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Alternative Conservatory on Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19. Hosted by FRESH artists notorious for disarming paradigms and thinking outside the box, Alternative Conservatory is a time to unwind, connect, absorb, consider, listen, and discuss. On January…

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$10 - $15

Javier Navarrette: Afro-Cuban Tribute to Orishas and Ancestors

January 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Javier Navarrette
Fri, Jan 6 @ 7:30PM

Afro-Caribbean rhythm specialist Javier Navarrette and his mighty vocal/percussion ensemble kick off the Poppy’s first show of 2017 with a musical offering to ancestors and the orishas (Afro-Cuban deities), invoking strength, health, and a community united to face challenges that may lie ahead. Featuring: Javier Navarrette Sergio Duran Katiana Vila Jessie Webber Kevin Repp plus special guests Bay Area-based percussionist/educator Javier Navarrette, who has recorded on three Grammy-nominated albums with John Santos and the Machete Ensemble/Folklorico Kindembo, studied in Cuba…

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$20 - $25

Lavay Smith: Celebrating the Lady Day Songbook

January 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Lavay Smith
Sat, Jan 7 @ 7:30PM

Lavay Smith, best known as the sultry vocalist and bandleader of the acclaimed Red Hot Skillet Lickers, rings in the first weekend of 2017 by bringing an all-star piano/bass/trombone trio to the Poppy for a night of songs made famous by jazz icon Billie Holiday. Featuring: Jules Broussard - saxophone Danny Armstrong - trombone, vocals Chris Siebert - piano Ron Belcher - bass Lavay Smith’s vintage style and sultry vocals–influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips,…

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FRESH Exchanges: Experimental Structures ft. Dia Dear & Sebastian Hernandez

January 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Experimental Structures
Tues, Jan 17 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Experimental Structures on Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17. Hosted by Abby Crain and José Navarrete, Experimental Structures invite artists working on the edge of their form to speak about their work, share excerpts of current projects,…

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FRESH Exchanges: Social Practice/Potluck ft. José Navarrete, Amara Tabor-Smith & Cat Brooks

January 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Social Practice/Potluck
Wed, Jan 18 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Social Practice/Potlucks on Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18. FRESH Social Practice/Potlucks are collaborative meals and interactivities co-hosted by artists notorious for generating situations of connectivity, improvisation, inclusivity, and direct action. On January 11th, artists José Navarrete,…

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FRESH Exchanges: Alternative Conservatory ft. Tessa Wills

January 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Alternative Conservatory
Thurs, Jan 19 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Alternative Conservatory on Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19. Hosted by FRESH artists notorious for disarming paradigms and thinking outside the box, Alternative Conservatory is a time to unwind, connect, absorb, consider, listen, and discuss. On January…

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$10 - $20

Conspiracy of Venus: 30-Member Female Vocal Ensemble

January 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Conspiracy of Venus
Fri, Jan 13 @ 7:30PM

Three days after the first anniversary of David Bowie’s death, 30-woman vocal ensemble Conspiracy of Venus hits the Poppy for an extravaganza of beloved songs by Tom Waits, Björk, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, the Pixies, and the Thin White Duke himself, as well as original compositions by artistic director Joyce Todd McBride. Drawing inspiration from medieval chant, jazz, funk, and new music, Conspiracy of Venus aims to take vocal music into territories not often explored by more traditional choirs or…

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$10 - $20

Peter Whitehead: Handbuilt Instruments, Heartfelt Vocals

January 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Peter Whitehead
Sat, Jan 14 @ 7:30PM

Among Peter Whitehead’s many custom-made instruments are the Heart Banjo, made from a baking tin; the Lawn Lyre, made from an old lawnmower and a metal oil pan; and the Spoonharp, made from a five-gallon metal drum, a eucalyptus branch, and kitchen spoons. Whitehead’s Red Poppy debut promises to feature vocals, instruments, and sampling for an evening of richly textured soundscapes, minimalist electronics, and dry English humor. Featuring: Peter Whitehead (special guests TBA) British-born Peter Whitehead, a longtime Mission resident,…

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$20 - $25

Roxy Coss: “Restless Idealism” CD Release Celebration

January 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Roxy Coss
Sat, Jan 15 @ 7:30PM

New York-based saxophonist Roxy Coss brings her feel-good take on contemporary jazz to the Red Poppy for an evening of selections from her latest album, Restless Idealism. Coss, a rising composer and experienced educator who’s considered one of the most innovative saxophonists of her generation, is credited with a sound that DownBeat calls “intelligent yet accessible.” Featuring: Roxy Coss - saxophones Maya Kronfeld - piano Doug Stuart - bass Hamir Atwal - drums Originally from Seattle, Roxy Coss has performed…

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FRESH Exchanges: Experimental Structures ft. Amelia Uzategui Bonilla & Hana Erdman

January 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Experimental Structures
Tues, Jan 17 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Experimental Structures on Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17. Hosted by Abby Crain and José Navarrete, Experimental Structures invite artists working on the edge of their form to speak about their work, share excerpts of current projects,…

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FRESH Exchanges: Social Practice/Potluck ft. Kathleen Hermesdorf, Stephanie Maher, Keith Hennessy, Abby Crain & Sara Shelton Mann

January 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Social Practice/Potluck
Wed, Jan 18 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Social Practice/Potlucks on Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18. FRESH Social Practice/Potlucks are collaborative meals and interactivities co-hosted by artists notorious for generating situations of connectivity, improvisation, inclusivity, and direct action. On January 18th, artists Kathleen Hermesdorf,…

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FRESH Exchanges: Alternative Conservatory ft. Dance Studies Working Group

January 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
FRESH Exchanges: Alternative Conservatory
Thurs, Jan 19 @ 7:30PM

In collaboration with FRESH Festival 2017, the Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present FRESH Exchanges, free and by-donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access, and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music, and performance communities. These interactive exchanges include Alternative Conservatory on Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19. Hosted by FRESH artists notorious for disarming paradigms and thinking outside the box, Alternative Conservatory is a time to unwind, connect, absorb, consider, listen, and discuss. On January…

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$10 - $25

Amie Cota & the Liberation Project: American Folk & Soul

January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Amie Cota & the Liberation Project
Fri, Jan 20 @ 7:30PM

Amie Cota’s sound, which melds American folk and soul, has been described as “Billie Holiday raised by hippies.” The vocalist formerly known as Amy LaCour returns to the Poppy accompanied only by bass and piano for an evening of music that’s not quite jazz, soul, or folk, but a delectable combination of the three. Featuring: Amie Cota - vocals Ruthie Dineen - piano Schuyler Karr - bass Over her nearly 20-year career, vocalist/composer Amie Cota has independently released four albums…

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$15 - $20

Guarandinga: Afro-Venezuelan Pop for the Dancefloor

January 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Guarandinga
Sat, Jan 21 @ 7:30PM

Weaving together Afro-Caribbean beats and fueled by folklore, pop, and gritty East Bay funk, Guarandinga descends on the Poppy for an infectious electronic dance party that promises to help you forget the cold, wet weather. Featuring: Rowan Jimenez - vocals, percussion Jeremy Allen - bass, vocals, cuatro, percussion Kenya Moses - percussion, vocals Chris Carter - guitar Brian Andres - drums Edgar Lavado - vocals, percussion Henry Hung - trumpet/synth Makini Duewa - dance Oakland’s Guarandinga is led by singer/lyricist…

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Free

“The Audience” Artist Reception

January 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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The Poppy invites you to join the artist and curators behind its first exhibition of 2017, The Audience. On view until April 2nd, this current body of portraits seeks to celebrate an eclectic group of people from history, pop culture, and somewhat forgotten history. Born in the glamorous city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Michelle L. Morby is a multi-media artist who has worked in both analog and digital photography, video, installation, performance, happenings, and now paintings as performance. It is…

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$15 - $20

Zina Bozzay & Vadalma: Hungarian Songs of Grief & Merriment

January 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Zina Bozzay & Vadalma
Sun, Jan 22 @ 7:30PM

Zina Bozzay’s vibrant original arrangements of old Carpathian Basin village songs feature the rich melodies, funky rhythms, and colorful lyrics of traditional Hungarian folk tunes, realized by her genuine singing, the fiery fiddling of Matthew Szemela, and Misha Khalikulov's soulful cello. Featuring: Zina Bozzay - vocals Matthew Szemela - violin Misha Khalikulov - cello Trained by master singers in Hungary, Zina Bozzay has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, and National Theatre in Budapest, and has been a soloist…

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