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Summer Season Kickoff Weekend at MoAD: J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere & Gordon Parks

Muhammad Ali in 1966

Gordon Parks, Muhammad Ali (1966)

Gordon Parks: Photographs at His Centennial
June 20, 2013 – September 29, 2013

Acclaimed photographer, writer, filmmaker, and composer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) fought poverty and racism with his camera. As Life magazine’s first African American staff photographer, Parks developed into one of America’s finest photojournalists. Parks’s photo-essays for the magazine covered subjects ranging from Paris fashion shows, to the Black Panthers, to slum-dwellers in Rio de Janeiro. A documentarian and resolute advocate for the civil rights movement, Parks’s photographs bore witness to the collective efforts of Black public figures, politicians, and ordinary Americans for civil rights. Like J. D. Ojeikere in Nigeria, Parks portrayed an America struggling with rapid political, social, and cultural change.

This exhibition, mounted in honor of Parks’s 100th birthday, includes eight of his most significant photographs, which were donated to MoAD by the photographer himself.

On view at MoAD from June 20 to September 29, 2013.

Visit MoAD for Gordon Parks exhibition details.

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Untitled, 1964

J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Untitled (1964)

J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday
June 20, 2013 – September 29, 2013

Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday is the second in MoAD’s Curator’s Choice Series. Curated by Olabisi Silva, Director of the Contemporary Centre for Art, Lagos, this first showing of the work of Nigerian national treasure J.D. Ojerikere on the West Coast, is about preserving cultural traditions in the face of Nigeria’s change from colonial rule to independence. Ojerikere’s photographs, which date from 1955 to 2008, document traditional dress and hairstyles along with the Western-style adaptations that enabled the youth of Lagos to feel themselves part of the modern world. Many, Ojerikere included, feared that these sartorial transformations (that is, the Western fashions) would diminish the importance of Nigerian traditions and culture among the youth. Yet, as Ojerikere’s photographs show, traditional styles continued to be ever-present sartorial expressions of what it means to be Nigerian.

Sartorial Moments is the first of several exhibitions at MoAD that will examine the effects of African and Caribbean independence movements on Africans both in Africa and in the global diaspora. The next exhibition in the series, opening in fall 2013, is Cultivating Crosscurrents: African and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1975.

On view at MoAD from June 20 to September 29, 2013.

Visit MoAD for J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere exhibition details.

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Don Reed’s
Can You Dig It?
The 60’s – Back Down East 14th

Dates & Times:
June 15 – August 18
Saturdays at 8:30pm
Sundays at 7pm
No performances on July 6 & 7
Opening Night: Sat, July 20, 2013

Previews $15 – $35
Run (starting July 20):
$20 – $35 sliding scale
$50 reserved seating

Written and Performed by Don Reed

90 minutes, one intermission
All seating for this performance is first-come, first-served (except for $50 reserved seating)

Under 17 years not admitted
Please do not bring infants to the show

All shows are in the San Francisco Marsh Main Stage Theater

Hot on the heels of the hilarious and critically acclaimed East 14th and The Kipling Hotel, Don Reed returns with the next installment of his wonderfully wild and awkward autobiographical journey.

Can You Dig It? The 60’s Back Down East 14th, rewinds to the 60’s – a prequel-plus – going back to young Don’s formative “Stand By Me” years in Oakland grammar school when the family was “whole.” Before his father became a pimp – before his mother reluctantly became a Jehovah’s Witness – a lot of wonderful, scary, amazing, unnecessary, cool, moving, unbelievably true stories unfolded. From the Beatles to the Black Panthers, James Brown to the Jerk, MLK to JFK to the KKK – come and see the 60’s through the blinking eyes of an awkward kid who’s just trying to fit in.

Don Reed, a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee and NAACP Double Nominee for Best Actor & Best Playwright, has performed, written and directed for film, television and theater. His work on an HBO Partners and Crime Special of up-and-coming comedians years ago caught the attention of the right people and led to many recurring and guest starring roles on television. He has performed all over the country and opened for Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. You may have heard his voice on Spiderman, The Flintstones, ER, Frasier, Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Law & Order or SNL.

Reed has written promos for The Golden Globes, The Academy Awards and the Olympics. Additionally, he has written and developed screenplays for Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule and Maverick Filmworks. Reed is currently the opening act/warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is a board member of the thriving 51Oakland foundation keeping music and the arts alive in Oakland Public Schools.

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Gerald Clayton Trio/Kendrick Scott Oracle at the 2013 San Francisco Jazz Festival

Gerald Clayton Trio

A double bill pairing two of the most exciting young bands in jazz, this program could be called The Future Is Now. Pianist Gerald Clayton, 28, hails from jazz royalty as the son of esteemed Los Angeles bassist/arranger John Clayton and nephew of alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton, and he got his start on the LA scene performing with the Clayton Brothers quintet. After moving to New York City in 2007 he toured widely with Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, and Roy Hargrove, but it’s with his astounding Grammy-nominated trio featuring bassist Joe Sanders and Berkeley-raised drummer Justin Brown that he’s fully come into his own. With a compositional approach inspired by studies with Billy Childs, Clayton has honed a highly interactive sound woven from a vast array of sonic threads.

Artist Personnel
Gerald Clayton piano
Joe Sanders bass
Justin Brown drums

Kendrick Scott Oracle

Houston-raised drummer Kendrick Scott, 32, is an equally prodigious player who can often be found on the road with Terrence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kurt Elling, Gretchen Parlato and Joshua Redman. He’s released several praised albums with his Oracle ensemble exploring his own spiritually charged compositions, and his latest, My Conviction, features reed expert John Ellis, guitarist Mike Moreno, Bay Area-raised piano maestro Taylor Eigsti, and Joe Sanders (doing double bass duty with both bands). NPR Music called the new recording “One of the top jazz albums to look out for in 2013.” If you are curious what the state of the art of modern jazz looks like, this is it!

Artist Personnel
Kendrick Scott drums
John Ellis saxophones
Mike Moreno guitar
Taylor Eigsti piano
Joe Sanders bass

Gerald Clayton Official Website
Gerald Clayton on Twitter
Kendrick Scott on Facebook
Kendrick Scott on Twitter

/// MUSIC || SF ///


76th Stern Grove Festival
Sunday Concerts

June 16 – August 18, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Admission Free!

Stern Grove
19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
San Francisco

June 23
Ramsey Lewis and Dee Dee Bridgewater

Visit the Stern Grove Festival website for the full listing of 2013 Concerts and Events.

/// COMEDY || SF ///



Tommy Davidson
Comedian and actor (formerly of the hit television show In Living Color)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8 p.m. $26, VIP $41
10 p.m. $24, VIP $37

Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Read about Tommy Davidson here.

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