Arts and Culture Events
We have fantastic arts and culture events planned for the 2012 National Conference! Many thanks to The William & Flora Hewlitt Foundation for generously underwriting the arts programming.
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Sunday, October 7
La Mixta Criolla
Sunday, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
The band’s repertoire features a variety of swinging Latin Caribbean grooves as well as beautiful renditions of more delicate and introspective pieces from the Caribbean song book.
Leung’s White Crane Dragon & Lion Dance
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Opening Plenary
Lion dances in China symbolize strength, luck, and joy as acrobats don costumes to bring it alive.
Ben Stolorow Trio
Sunday, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall Break
This jazz piano trio has been performing together with a special rapport that comes through dedication and a love of playing great jazz.
Mediterranean Soul Trio
Sunday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Host Night Reception
Enjoy the trio’s unique blend of various Greek music styles as well as sounds of smooth jazz, Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, and Spanish and American standards.
Monday, October 8
Monday, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Luncheon Plenary
Cello with beatboxing – you won’t want to miss this distinctive, classical hip hop performer, one of the world’s first long distance musical bike touring cellists.*
Mugham and Tala Duet
Monday, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall Break
Haunting melodies of the Azeri traditional Mugham are combined with the intricate rhythmic patterns of North and South Indian Talas for a virtuosic unison of soulful improvisations.
Monday, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Reception
The Genie is an avant-garde performing artist utilizing unconventional slide-guitar, beatboxing, turntablist techniques, and original looping styles, while manipulating dials on his pedals with his toes.*
Tuesday, October 9
The Georges Lammam Ensemble
Tuesday, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m., Exhibit Hall Break
From Beirut to San Francisco, this group has transported the rich diversity and passions of Arabic music and culture.
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Closing Plenary
Since 1978, at an impromptu memorial vigil on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, more than 1,650 chorus members have served as goodwill ambassadors, promoting awareness and understanding of the LGBT community and raising funds for community services.
*Part of Rock the Bike, these performers use power generated by bicycles.