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LaborFest 2016

6 Jul


Lisa Hori-Garcia in Mr. Babbit costume following performance of Schooled at Dolores Park, San Francisco, on July 4th.

My first time watching a San Francisco Mime Troupe performance!  What an incredible experience.  Gifted performers, witty script, and plenty of entertainment with dialogue, song, sight and sound gags.  Watch out for your local school district’s takeover by private corporations.  This is one of the lessons from Schooled.  This can be applied broadly since the current mantra is that privatization creates efficiency and costs less.  Mr. Babbit, as we see above, repeats the mantra of Efficiency! throughout this engaging performance.  But if people were truly paying attention, instead of digging from their pockets through tax payer dollars, they would know that privatization only increases costs and expands inefficiencies.  Oh well, who really wants to know?

Besides Hori-Garcia’s role as a character modeled after Republication presumed nominee Donald Trump in the current presidential election cycle, this actor packs a punch!  Rotimi Agbabiaka also presented a stellar performance with a voice that soars.  You can still see performances of this relevant musical comedy, visit http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/.

This performance on Fourth of July was part of LaborFest’s earliest listings for the month of July 2016.  You can find out about our full schedule at: http://laborfest.net/.  I will be co-leading a walking tour of San Francisco with Gifford Hartman on the 100th year anniversary of the horrific Preparedness Day Bombing of July 22, 1916. This event led to the conviction and imprisonment of two innocent labor organizers, Tom Mooney and Warren Billings.  Join us at One Market Street at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23rd, to learn about the combating forces between San Francisco business and San Francisco labor, imperialist and anti-imperialist forces, and many other opposing viewpoints that were the backdrop for this event.  On Sunday, July 24th, I will contribute to a panel on how horrific events, such as the Preparedness Day Bombing, lead to political suppression in our country.  This event will be held at ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street, next to AT&T Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Extraction Exhibition Schedule

28 Jun

macphee_forestJosh MacPhee. Forest, 2011. Woodblock print, 10 x 15 in.

As curator, I invite you to this year’s LaborFest exhibition Extraction.  It will actually be spread out between two institutions: International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 34 Hall and Unitarian Universalist Society.

LaborFest participates in the 100th year commemoration of the Ludlow mining strike in Colorado, better known as the Ludlow Massacre.  This strike in the Southern Colorado coal fields lasted from September 1913 to April 1914 and represents one of the bloodiest strikes in U.S. history.  To help commemorate this important moment in labor history, LaborFest and ILWU Local 34 host an exhibition of art works on the broader theme of Extraction.

Man’s relentless extraction of the earth’s resources for the purpose of creating fuel, without environmental stewardship, is a strong focus in this show.  Likewise, the human body viewed as the site for extraction, whether in terms of energy, strength, endurance, or will, receives similar focus.  Works countering the destructive mandate of the extractive processes transforming the world with visions of just relationship between human consumption and human and earth integrity are also present.  Artists include Marlene Aron, Philippe Barnoud, Sherri Cavan, Mike Conner, Louise Gilbert, Graphic Arts Workshop (San Francisco), Justseeds Artists’ Collective, Josh MacPhee, Emmy Lou Packard and Diego Marcial Rios.

Viewing dates and times: July 1 through July 12, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street; next to AT&T Ball Park. The ILWU parking lot is at the intersection of 2nd and King Streets. Free.

poole_minerdiptychMarcia Poole. Miner, 2014. Diptych.

A smaller group of works on the theme of Extraction will be shown at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street at Geary Street, from July 2nd to July 31st.  Artists include Attila Cziglenyi, Marcia Poole and Diego Marcial Rios.    Besides hosting the Extraction exhibition works, the Church has organized a group of works by artists who are members of unions.  A reception for the artists will be on July 20th, Sunday, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

For other viewing times in the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Starr King Rooms, call the Front Desk, (415) 776-4580, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For further information about these LaborFest events and many other LaborFest events for the month of July, please visit: http://www.laborfest.net.

Solidarity Across Borders

24 Jul

kurihara_triangle_fire_draft1Hiroko M. Kurihara. Preliminary digital design for quilt, Take a Number.

LaborFest 2013 Art Show, “Solidarity Across Borders”

This year’s LaborFest art exhibition covers the struggles of workers not only in the Bay Area, but also globally, including garment workers and the struggle to defend their lives, health, and safety.  Whether the struggle for health and safety over one hundred years ago at the time of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, or today’s life-threatening conditions in Bangladeshi sweatshop mills — both connected through the display of Hiroko M. Kurihara’s quilt piece, Take a Number — art is a powerful vehicle to convey the contradictions inherent in production and consumption as workers attempt to bring justice to their lives.

This exhibition features the work of Philippe Barnoud, Carol Denney, Nikos Diaman, Hiroko M. Kurihara, Peter Max Lawrence, Charles Lucke, Doug Minkler, JoAnneh Nagler and Martin Webb.  Additionally, a display of photographs from around the world capture May Day actions in 2013.

Join us at International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street, at King Street, next to AT&T Stadium, San Francisco (parking available at the union hall).

Opening Reception: Friday, July 26, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Featuring the music of Carol Denney and Friends.

Additional viewing hours: Saturday, July 27, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Monday, July 29, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition curated by David Duckworth.  For further information, please consult: http://www.laborfest.net