Dia De Los Muertos Community Concert

San Francisco Symphony Dia de Los Muertos Community Concert

The Dia de Los Muertos Community Concert has now become an annual tradition at the San Francisco Symphony.  The concert will be conducted by SFS Resident Conductor Donato Cabrera with guest soloist Mexican tenor David Lomelí performing “Besáme Mucho”, “Granada” and other beloved Latin American favorites.  Tickets are selling fast! Get yours, too!

This family friendly event includes other activities in the Davies Hall lobbies before the concert. See performances by Ensables Ballet Folclorico de San Francisco, San Francisco’s longest running folkloric dance troupe. Take in a special art piece created for the occasion- a  25–foot installation of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent Aztec god, made of colorful chilies by Bay Area artist Victoria Canby. Interact with actors from Circulo Cultural, a theater company that performs Spanish language productions.  In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, there will be sugar skull painting, pan de muerto, and Mexican hot chocolate! ¡Que rico!

Channeling Spain

Diego el Cigala is making his much anticipated debut in the Bay Area as part of his first major North American tour. Noted as a pioneer for his unique approach to Latin American music forms such as the bolero, tango and Afro-Caribbean jazz, Cigala has deep roots in flamenco. As explained by Josh Kun in the New York Times, Cigala is able to “enter flamenco into conversations with other traditions without ever sacrificing its distinctive identity.” He won his first Latin GRAMMY for Bebo & Cigalcigala flyera: “Lagrimas Negras,” hailed by critic Ben Ratliff of The New York Times as Album of the Year and “one of the great new cross-pollinating documents of Latin music.” And then he went on to win another for a more flamenco-oriented CD “Picasso en Mis Ojos” which featured guests such as the legendary Paco de Lucia and Latin jazz master Jerry Gonzalez. Returning to the bolero, his 2008 project “Dos Lagrimas” united him with giants of Cuban percussion Tata Guines and Changuito and established his ongoing collaboration with the musicians who will be appearing with him at Zellerbach: guitarist Diego del Morao, pianist Jaime Calabuch Jumitus, percussionist Sabú Porrina and Cuban bassist Yelsy Heredia. Just nominated for yet another Latin Grammy, his latest album “Cigala & Tango”  marries  “Spanish flamenco with the equally gritty and powerful South American tango.” (The Observer, UK). “It works effortlessly,” says Felix Contreras of NPR.
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ZAHARA is a dynamic exploration into the links between Flamenco and Moroccan music and dance. A journey into the heart of ‘el Andalus’ that combines the passion and power of Flamenco with the richness ofzahara Moroccan traditions, Zahara is a unique collaboration featuring Gypsy Flamenco singer Kina Mendez, the Moroccan Musicians of El Hamideen and Artistic Director/Dancer Kerensa DeMars.   Watch this clip from a recent performance.

See it at Cafe du Nord 8PM/Doors at 7PM. Friday October 21. Tickets can be prepurchased at cafedunord.com for $25. You can also RSVP with us at programming (at)sflatinofilmfestival.com for a discounted rate of $20. You can pay at the door.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN / La Piel Que Habito by Pedro Almodovar opens tomorrow (October 21)  in San Francisco (Kabuki & Embarcadero). Familiar faces (including the talented and muy guapo Antonio Banderas) drama, and fixations as Almodovar fans can come to expect but with a storyline that’s thrilling and twisted. Check it out.

Berlin & Beyond

Cine+Mas SF is co-presenting the German-Argentine film THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN- official selection of this year’s edition of Berlin & Beyond Film Festival It screens October 23 8:45 at the Castro Theatre.

About the film:
During a stopover in Buenos Aires, Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Though she does not speak a word of Spanish, she remembers the lyrics vividly. Two days later, her father Anton shows up at her hotel, confessing that: Maria spent her first three years of life in Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship of the 70s. She was adopted and brought to Germany. Father and daughter begin a journey in search of Maria’s biological parents — with Anton doing all he can to regain his daughter’s trust.

Germany, Argentina (2010), 35mm, 95 min. in German, Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Florian Cossen Visit the website for more information about the festival.

The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, now in its 16th year, runs from October 20-26 in San Francisco. Visit www.berlinbeyond.com for program and ticketing information.

Free Tickets Blackthorn

We invite you to a pre-theatrical release screening of “Blackthorn” at the Landmark Embarcadero Center on October 11 in San Francisco. It stars Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, and Magaly Solier (La Teta Asustada/Madeinusa). Directed by Mateo Gil – know for films like Vanilla Sky/Abre Los Ojos (both of them) & Sea Inside (Javier Bardem). For tickets email us at programming @ sflatinofilmfestival.com  Please provide your name and phone number and the number of tickets 1 or 2.  We’ll hand you the ticket at the screening. Look for us- holding up a “Cine+Mas SF” sign. The film opens on October 14th.