This Weekend: San Francisco’s Eighteenth Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival & San Jose Jazz Festival

Niece G is back in town!  Yay!

This Saturday and Sunday is the Eighteenth Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival at the Yerba Buena Gardens (on Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets).  Self has missed this for the last four or five years, boo.  She’s not going to miss it again.  Niece says she can meet us there.  Son wants to take Amanda to see the city.  And self badly wants to see the exhibit on 17th century Dutch and Flemish painters at the Legion of Honor.  Whew!  She can’t believe all these good things are happening —  at the tail-end of summer!

Here is more information about the Pistahan:

San Francisco’s Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival

Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14

Yerba Buena Gardens

The Dance Pavilion is one of the main attractions.  There will be Open Ballroom Dancing —  Tango, Latin, Line —  performed by the Filipino American Ballroom Dance Club.  There will also be the Sampaguita Dancers, and Mission District Fil-Am Seniors, as well as many other dance clubs, performing folk as well as cultural dances.  On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a Latin dance class led by instructors from Cheryl Burke’s Dance Studio.  Various youth groups will get to show off their HipHop skills.

Performances begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue until 5 p.m.  There’s also an Adobo Cook-off, at 12:30 p.m.

The following day, Sunday, there’s a calamansi cooking demo, at 1:30 p.m., as well as a balut-eating contest, 1:30 p.m. on the Bayanihan Stage. At 3 p.m. Sunday, performances give way to “Open Public Dancing.”

Here’s the link to the official Pistahan website.

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Also this weekend, Aug. 12 – 14, is the San Jose Jazz Festival.  Multi-talented Filipino Jazz musician Bo Razon will be performing at the Festival tomorrow, Friday, 8 p.m., at the Salsa stage with members of Santana and the group Karabali.

Bo Razon has performed with renowned artists like Patti Austin, Julia Fordham, Michael Shapiro (who will be performing with him tomorrow) and Earl Zero, among others.  Over the last few years, Bo has performed in World Music concerts in Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid.  From 1998 to 2006, he taught Afro-Latin rhythms and the music of the African diaspora in the Americas at the College of Music at the University of the Philippines.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Iain Kelly

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