There’s no shortage of fun events in San Francisco. The city welcomes the new year with these events in and around town.
San Francisco Tape Music Festival
January 5-7, 2018, 9.pm.
2961 16th St
Tape is the only festival in the United States that showcases live sound projection. The festival’s unique mixed-media presentation features the work of some of the most talented composers from around the globe. Made up of four concerts dedicated to new fixed media compositions and classic audio art, it brings over 30 composers from around the globe.
The festival will pay tribute to Pierre Henry, a proponent of musique concrète who passed away in 2017. Attendees can look forward to a performance of “Variations for a Door and a Sigh”, one of his most influential works.
Get ready for a weekend of avante garde performances. The festival brings you the works of Bay Area composers Nathan Corder and Thom Blum, as well as those by international artists like Francis Dumont and Natasha Barrett.
Poetry in Motion
January 11, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
100 Larkin St
Poetry in Motion serves as the official launch of the 2018 Muni Art Project. Guests can look forward to a wonderful evening of poetry readings and panel discussions.
The theme for the 2018 Muni Art Project is “The Art of Poetry in San Francisco”. The project showcases the works of five winning artists who have been selected out of 10 finalists. The winners are:
- Donavon Brutus
- Mara Hernandez
- Tsungwei Moo
- Randi Pace
- Janet Rumsey
The Poetry of Society of America has also handpicked the following poems, which will be re-interpreted by the artists for Muni:
- “Thich Nhat Hanh I Step With You” by Juan Felipe Herrera
- “To a Student” by Diane di Prima
- “Relief” by Kay Ryan
- “Traffic” by Brynn Saito
- “LOVE POEM THREE AUTUMNS LATER” by Charif Shanahan
The artists were given three panels on which to create their vision. Their works will adorn the interior display and the sides of 20 of San Francisco’s buses.
Click here for more information on the winning artists and their works.
Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF)
January 13 – 15, 2018, 10 a.m.
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St
This three-day event is part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations in SF. BCAF celebrates the creativity of African-American comic book artists and their contributions to popular culture. This year’s highlights include film screenings, panel discussions, cosplay events, children’s activities, and the grand expo.
Special guests include:
- “Diary of an Afrogeek” author Shawn Taylor
- “Black Panther: Long Live the King” writer Nnedi Okorafor
- “The Cosby Show” actor Erika Alexander
USA Today ranked BCAF among the 10 best art festivals in the country in 2015. It is organized by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library.
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