Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, October 9
Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park
7 PM, All Ages
BLIND SCREAM presents three terrifying haunted houses…
You’ll scream until you cry…then you die!
This heart thumping, blood pumping, walk through your darkest nightmares will have you screaming to get out. We have taken away your sense of sight only to make you walk through one of the longest, darkest, most fearsome mazes anywhere. Scream if you can…but remember the screaming only makes the creatures in the dark hungrier.
THE SWAMP SHACK
Back in the muggy, dark waters of the swampy Bayou in Louisiana’s Deep South is a dirty, dilapidated old shack – the dwelling of Mama Sante Hunter. Some say she is a VooDoo witch and all that crosses her wretched threshold is cursed for life. You can run, but you can’t hide from this crazy thing. Stare deep into her one good eye long enough and the nightmares will follow you… they will follow you home.
“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…” The Great P.T. Hunter has just arrived on the outskirts of town with his bizarre bloody Big Top known as Carnicus. The “Good” Doc Hunter will help P.T. in creating one of the worst sideshows of terror ever reassembled along with a host of creepy, family members. “Come inside, the show’s about to start. Guaranteed to blow your head apart.”
Blind Scream haunted houses will be horrifying the North Bay for 17 bone chilling nights…
Open Dates and Times
oFriday, October 9 (7 -11PM)
oSaturday, October 10 (7-11PM)
oSunday, October 11 (7-10PM)
oThursday, October 15 (7-10PM)
oFriday, October 16 (7-11PM)
oSaturday, October 17 (7-11PM)
oSunday, October 18 (7-10PM)
oWednesday, October 21 (7-10PM)
oThursday, October 22 (7-10PM)
oFriday, October 23 (7-11PM)
oSaturday, October 24 (7-11PM)
oSunday, October 25 (7-10PM)
oTuesday, October 27 (7-10PM)
oWednesday, October 28 (7-10PM)
oThursday, October 29 (7-10PM)
oFriday, October 30 (7-11PM)
oSaturday, October 31 (7-11PM)
SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco
6 PM, All Ages
Now in its 16th year, the annual Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Merging traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations, the exhibition presents a visually stimulating and superabundant array of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead. Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and personal and collective histories, more than 25 altars by over 80 participating Día de los Muertos artists build a dense environment of creativity that makes way for meaningful reflection.
Chosen by father and son curators René & Rio Yañez, this year’s theme, “Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow,” is a call to respond to institutional racism and violence. The exhibition invites artists and visitors to honor those who have unnecessarily lost their lives and to look toward the future we want to make for ourselves. Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow is dedicated to internationally influential Uruguayan journalist, Eduardo Galeano, and beloved poet-activist of San Francisco’s Mission District, Alfonso Texidor.
The exhibition unveiling and Día de los Muertos inspired artist market, Friday, October 9, 6–9pm, $12–15 sliding scale admission, features music and theatre ensemble Loco Bloco, who will present an opening procession that winds through the exhibit. Loco Bloco’s Brazilian Samba and world music will be accompanied by dancers, rituals, and ceremonies. Poet and performance artist Denise Benavides will host the opening event, performing alongside poet Adrian Arias. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.
Loco Bloco is a youth and family organization focused on the development of children and youth through exploration of the arts. Celebrating 20 years of service in San Francisco, Loco Bloco is deeply embed in the community life of the City and is known for using the arts-music, dance, drumming, stilt-walking and theater- to influence social/political change on behalf of under-represented peoples in neighborhoods. Rather than follow the prescribed path for arts organizations, Loco Bloco is celebrated for working with youth of all experiences and providing a platform for their expression.
For first generation Chicana poet, Denise Benavides, writing has become a haven for growth, for understanding, and immortalizing life’s humanness. Currently living in Oakland, CA as an emerging poet and performer, her work has been published in FatCity Review, Ground Protest Poetry, The Far East: Everything As It Is, and The Acorn Review. She has featured her work at Galeria De La Raza and Alley Cat Books in the Mission District, and most recently at the 2014 Latino Poetry and Spoken Word Festival in San Francisco. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is currently working on her upcoming collection of poetry titled: There Are No Safe Words Here..
Adrian Arias is a Peruvian-american prize-winning poet, visual artist, curator and cultural promoter. His visual art and his poetry explores the absurd, the sensuality of elements and the connection between reality and dreams. His art has exhibited in France, Spain, Japan, North and South America, and he travels from Peru to Macedonia for poetry readings and congress. He was awarded with an artist residency at the de Young Museum in 2010 with his project “Beautiful Trash,” exhibited at Galería de La Raza in SF and at the San Marcos Museum in Peru. www.adrianarias.net
Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Día de los Muertos Exhibition On view Friday, October 9–Saturday, November 7, 2015 Extended gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm somarts.org/shadow
Gathering the Embers Friday, October 23, 7–9:30pm $8 in advance & $10 at the door gatheringtheembers.eventbrite.com Multi-disciplinary performers connect past and present with an evening of story and performance.
Closing Event Saturday, November 7, 6–9pm $7–10 sliding scale admission shadowcloses.eventbrite.com The final opportunity to view and interact with the altars features live music and interactive installations.
Acción Latina Adrian Arias Adrian Delgado Alexis Terrazas Alicia Cruz Hunt and Rio Hunt Allyson Seal Ana Gloria Bedolla Alcantar Ana Rivero Rossi Andrea Juarez Mendoza & The CHALK Family Artists Andrea Nicolette Gonzales Angelica Guiterrez Cruz Antonio Chavez Art Hazelwood Audra Bauchera Azucena Hernández Beth Benson and Brandy McDaniel Blanca Estela Rodríguez Candi Farlice Caritina Mendoza Carla Caletti Cathy Yuan Choppy Oshiro CJ Grossman Dean MacCannell and Juliet Flower MacCanell El Chicano El Tecolote Elena-María Bey Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard Elizabeth Addison Emma Macchiarini Eric Norberg Ernest Rivera Eva Enriquez Georgiana Hernández Gustavo Vasquez Herlinda Josie Lozano Idriss Stelly Foundation Iranshid Ghadimi Isaias Sandoval Jacoby Javier Rocabado Joan Miro Jorge Argueta Jos Sances Josephine Torio Josue Rojas Juan Carlos Cuéllar Baldomar Kaitlin Trataris Katynka Martinez Kit Cameron and Debra Bok Lara Gallardo Lau ra Victoria Salazar Lia Tealdi and John Latham Lucia Ippolito Mabel Jimenez Martha Rodriguez Martinez-Martinez Mary Molly Mullaney Mayra Guadalupe Lopez Melorra Green Mercer Mia Gutfreund Michelle Ternus Monico Jacobo Monique López Nathaniel and Gina Bolton Nina Reyes Rosenberg Odin Pamela Blotner Patricia Algara Patrick Piazza René Yañez Rob Fatal Sasha Silveanu Susan Matthews Sydney Cain Tania Figueroa and Howie Katz Todd Hanson Tony Torres Tosha Stimage Val Kai Veronica A. Rueda Veronica Solis Victor-Mario Zaballa Ytaelana Lopez
ARTIST MARKET VENDORS
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Rene Yáñez, founder and former Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Galería de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District, was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the United States with a 1972 exhibition at the Galería. Each subsequent year he curated a Day of the Dead exhibition either at the Galería or at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Then, in 1994 and 1998, he curated Rooms for the Dead and Labyrinth for the Dead at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His first year curating a Day of the Dead exhibit at SOMArts Cultural Center was 1993. There were a few years when he curated elsewhere, but then returned to SOMArts on a regular basis.
Active as both a visual and performance arts curator and artist, Yáñez co-founded the successful Chicano performance trio Culture Clash. In 1998, he received the “Special Trustees Award in Cultural Leadership” from The San Francisco Foundation for his long-standing contribution to the cultural life of the Bay Area.
Yañez has curated numerous exhibitions including Chicano Visions(2001–2007), an exhibition hosted by museums such as the de Young Museum (in San Francisco), El Paso Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.
Notable recent projects include programming produced for the de Young Museum’s Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This programming featured Yáñez’ interpretations of the works of Pablo Picasso in anaglyph 3D, as well as a fashion runway show Viva Frida: From the Blue House to the Cat Walk.
In 2009, 2011 and 2012, Yañez created a living altar for the San Francisco Symphony’s Day of the Dead concert featuring a large cast, crew and suite of musicians, curated Four Juan Five, an exhibition about the San Francisco Mission District at Alley Cat Books, and performed in Guillermo Gomez-Peña’s Corpo Illicito at the New Performance Gallery in San Francisco.
In 2014 Yañez printed a popular zine, Zine a la Mode over a Pot of Coffee, with a circulation of over 200 copies. His recent work includes a collaboration with artist Patrick Piazza for an installation on the De-Appropriation wall on Valencia street, an exhibit with the S.F. Print Collective about displacement, and Las Chicas de Esta Noche, a drag queen review show at the de Young Museum in collaboration with comedian Marga Gomez. With his collective The Great Tortilla Conspiracy he has participated in art events benefitting the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness and the St. Peters Dining Hall.
Rio Yañez, born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, is a curator, photographer, and graphic artist. As an artist he has exhibited his work from San Francisco to Tokyo and created artwork installations for Jean Paul Gaultier’s touring exhibit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. His Bay Area solo exhibitions include Pocho Adventure Club at Galería de la Raza in San Francisco,Cholas to Picasso: The 3D Artworks of Rio Yañez at Asterisk Gallery,Bubblegum Crisis at Ginger Rubio Salon and Pochos & Pixels at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Multicultural Center.
Yañez is a curator of more than 10 exhibitions. As with his curatorial work, a part of Yañez’ visual art practice is dedicated to exploring how Chicano and Asian Youth have used social media to exchange aesthetics and language. In addition to creating graphic art, Yañez is a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s first and only tortilla art collective. As a tortilla artist he silkscreens art and political graphics onto tortillas using edible inks and serves them to eat to the public as interventionist performance art. Yañez’ recent projects include self-publishing board games designed around Chicano pop culture icons and a collaborative series of portraits with activist and performer April Flores.
Special thanks to Ninkasi Brewing and House Kombucha, whose generous donations help SOMArts in cultivating access to the arts and engaging the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect, and civic participation.
Images top to bottom: courtesy Rio Yañez; courtesy Victor-Mario Zaballa; Loco Bloco theatre prodcution, photo courtesy Loco Bloco; Denise Benavides, photo by Dan Fenstermacher; Adrian Arias, photo courtesy the artist