by Elisabeth Pinio
La Peña Cultural Center is hosting a night of politically inspired music headed by famed songwriter Holly Near. The collection of musicians provides a uniquely diverse experience of various artistic and social movements. Musicians will share creative experiences and processes as well as an informal presentation of music addressing social and historical issues.
The event will take place Friday, April 27 at 8pm. Admission is $15. For more information, call (510) 849-2568 or visit www.lapena.org.
Karmalized Talent – Decrypting the System
Karmalized Talent, a company created by and for women of color, has announced its new production, “Decrypting the System,” featuring multi-media, hip-hop, and theater elements to bring attention to issues affecting the urban youth of San Francisco each day. Karmalized Talent represents various forms of talent, from classical acting to poetry and spoken word.
The event will take place Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. and the Community Resource Fair at 2 p.m. at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. For more information, call (415) 647-2822 or visit www.brava.org.
Copwatch to visit San Jose for Cinco de Mayo
Copwatch is a volunteer-based organization founded in Berkeley, to promote good conduct among police officers, protect citizens and prevent police brutality in a non-violent manner.
Copwatch will visit San Jose for Cinco de Mayo events. Training sessions will be held to educate citizens of their rights, and to plan for Cinco de Mayo. The sessions are open to the public and begin Saturday, April 28. For more information, visithttp://www.berkeleycopwatch.org.
Rich, Delicious Music
Venezuelan musician Rennea Couttenye has organized a world music concert and chocolate tasting event to promote community awareness of chocolate growers. Robert Steinberg will speak on the process of chocolate harvest and processing for distribution. Various music styles are featured, from flamenco to Cuban jazz.
The Chocolate Concerto will be held at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland on April 29 at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $10 or more is suggested. For more information, contact host Rennea Couttenye at (415) 425-8781, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Dog to be released on home video
Inspired by a true story, Alpha Dog is a stark depiction of a group of privileged suburban teens and their inevitable path of self-inflicted destruction. Actors Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone play the adults who fail to act as role models for their wayward children.
Alpha Dog will be available on DVD, HD-DVD/DVD Combo on May 1, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, priced at $29.98SRP.
Cinco de May Festival
Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. has announced the annual Cinco de Mayo cultural festival in Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco. The festival is family/children friendly, and will celebrate the essence of Mexico, and its independence since 1862. Live music, refreshments, and activities are all part of the fun. No alcohol will be permitted at the festival.
MNC is also seeking vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for this event. Anyone interested in providing services should call (707) 644-4218. For general information about the Cinco de Mayo Festival, visitwww.sfcincodemayo.com.