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Women’s and Men’s Voices performed the charming holiday song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” (Photo by Natalie Gallo)

ASUSF Voices Concert Delights USF

It was a week of performance – from dance, music, to a capella singing, PASJ hosted a variety of shows and events to celebrate all that the Performance Arts & Social Justice Major had done. On November 25th in the Presentation Theater, Voices, USF’s largest campus choir group, celebrated the success of their 25th season. With an almost full auditorium, the show garnered a great turnout and audience members showed enthusiasm and pride for their friends, classmates, and fellow students.

The introduction of the show began with an angelic entrance of over fifty Voices members. The concert included performances by different subgroups within the larger choir. Some standouts included the Women’s Voices second piece “Prayer of the Children,” led by student conductor Keala Frietas. This piece showcased the range and talent of the Women’s Voices group.

Freshman Adam Lange played a convincing Mr. Grinch during the Men’s Voices performance of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” (Photo by Natalie Gallo)

Freshman Adam Lange played a convincing Mr. Grinch during the Men’s Voices performance of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” (Photo by Natalie Gallo)

Another crowd favorite that received roaring applause was the Men’s Voices rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Not only did this fun piece bring the holiday spirit to campus, but it also brought laughter amongst the crowd as a choir member wore a Mr. Grinch mask and pestered the singers as they performed. Sophomore Dominic Lizama said, “After hearing all the Voices together, I thought the Grinch song was the best!”

A personal favorite of the night included a percussion piece featuring Francesca Rivera. By incorporating percussion from a different part of the world, the piece was unique, catchy, and danceable.

At the end, it seemed as if they saved the best for last when international student Mengyao Wang blew away the audience with her singing during the finale song, “All I Want for Christmas.” After her solo performance, the audience immediately began cheering and the enthusiasm for the upbeat number was kept until the end of the night.

After the show was over, Voices held a reception in the Education building and those interested in attending from students, family, to faculty, all enjoyed celebrating the success of the event. Altogether, PASJ’s Voices concert was festive and entertaining. We congratulate the Voices team on the show and the success of the 25th season!

Fun and Free Events Before Final Exams

In need of a study break? Here is a lineup of free upcoming events to check out this week.

Saturday, Nov. 9 — 2013 Leap Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach

  • Check out Northern California’s largest sand castle building contest. The theme is “Masterpieces in the Sand” and teams are encouraged to sculpt works of art from history.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – Monday, Nov. 9-11 — Free National Parks Weekend 

  • All national parks will be free this Veteran’s Day Weekend. Escape the city and immerse yourself in nature this weekend at local national parks like Muir Woods and Yosemite.
  • Parking fees are waived.
  • All day

Sunday, Nov. 10 — KUSF’s Rock’n’Swap 

  • McLaren Hall, USF
  • KUSF is welcoming all music lovers and vendors to sell, buy, and exchange music related items at their second Rock’n’Swap.
  • Bring cash to purchase items.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 11 — Classical Revolution Chamber Music Jam

  • The Revolution Cafe in the Mission District
  • Enjoy live chamber music performed by local musicians every Monday.
  • 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12 — Movie Night: The Gratitude Experiment 

  • Phelan Hall LL01, USF
  • The University Ministry is showing the film “The Gratitude Experiment,” which explores how showing gratitude can change your life positively. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.
  • 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 – 16 — Indie Mart Mini Vintage Art and Fashion Party

  • Workshop SF between McAllister and Baker St.
  • Indie Mart is a hosting 12 vendors selling vintage and repurposed goods. There will also be food trucks
  • 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Those who take part in Day of the Dead celebrations believe that the happy spirits of their loved ones will provide their families with protection, good luck and wisdom. (Photo by Mia Orantia)

USF Celebrates Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos — “Day of the Dead” — is a holiday widely celebrated in Central and Southern Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2.

On the first floor lobby of Kalmanovitz Hall, the Intercultural Center has created a booth decorated with candles, papel picado (tissue paper banners), skulls, and vibrant colors to commemorate this special holiday. The tradition states that on the midnight of Oct. 31, the spirits of angelitos (deceased children) are able to reunite with their families during this time. On Nov. 2, the spirits of adults come down and enjoy all the festivities presented in their celebration. Ofrendas (altars), like the one in Kalmanovitz Hall, are decorated to ensure that returning spirits are able to celebrate with generations still present on earth.

You can check out the commemorative exhibit on your way to class, or you can participate in the holiday and write a little note to a loved one who has passed.

San Francisco is also hosting their own Día de los Muertos celebrations.

Día de los Muertos
Masquerade Ball

If you’d like to turn this celebration into a fancy evening out, Noir Lounge is hosting a dinner and ball to celebrate this festive tradition.

  • Where: 581 Hayes Street (Hayes and Laguna)
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 2  at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $25 a person. Purchase online at www.eventbrite.com

Día de los Muertos Community Concert featuring the San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony is celebrating the Day of the Dead with their sixth annual concert.

  • Where: Davies Symphony Hall on Grove Street (between Van Ness and Franklin)
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: Starting at $30. Purchase online at www.sfsymphony.org/dia

Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Día de los Muertos

For art lovers, the SOMArts Cultural Center is hosting an exhibit featuring over 80 local artists and their work in remembrance of the day.

  • Where: 934 Buchanan Street (between 8th and 9th)
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: A suggested donation of $7 a person on www.eventbrite.com

Día de los Muertos Pre Health Conference

Are you a minority student interested in pursuing a career in health? If so, then this conference is a great tool that exposes a variety of health careers to over hundreds of students like you!

  • Where: University of California, San Francisco on 505 Parnassus Avenue
  • When: Nov. 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: $15 for students. Purchase online at www.eventbrite.com
Attendees were able to browse through diverse collections of music-related items, making it difficult to walk out with nothing. 
(Photo: Courtesy of Shelby Black)

KUSF Rock ‘N’ Swap Strikes a Chord

Early morning on Sunday, September 8th, numerous vans rolled onto USF campus for 30th annual KUSF Rock ‘N’ Swap. The first KUSF “Sock” ‘N’ Swap was held off campus in 1983 at the Kabuki Theatre, when it was solely used for event purposes. Now held in McLaren Hall, KUSF has teamed up with local and nonlocal vendors to put together one of the largest music fairs in the city. This year, buyers came as far as from Japan to look at the collection, and vendors from San Diego even made an appearance.

Ann Averill, a junior and KUSF DJ, encourages students to come and check out what the event has to offer.  She said, “you’re going to be really surprised on how big it is. It’s almost like going to Comic-Con. It’s huge and it brings in a whole lot of people. It’s bigger than what you would imagine.”

Admission is free to students. Music enthusiasts can find discounted records, DVDs, posters, and tapes from every genre and musician. Doors opened at 7am and music lovers began filing in to get their hands on the rare merchandise found at this swap. Miranda Morris, coordinator of KUSF events, describes Rock ‘N’ Swap as an event where adults and students can come together with a common interest. She said, “this event definitely brings a music culture to campus in all sorts of varieties; whether its musicians, vendors, or collectors.”

Students can also interact and talk to the KUSF DJ’s who help manage the event. Morris hopes the Rock ‘N’ Swap will encourage other students to become more active with KUSF.

Rock ‘N’ Swap is held three times a year; the next one will take place in November. To get more information on the event or to be involved with KUSF, please visit their website at KUSF.org.

Events Around the City: Valentine’s Day Edition

Tank Hill
One of the best kept secrets of the city, Tank Hill is the perfect place for a romantic picnic with its sweeping, panoramic view of the San Francisco and an abundance of natural beauty. Although it gets chilly (and there is a bit of a hike to the top of the hill) the scenery is more than worth it. The location is more private than its counterpart, Twin Peaks. As an unexpected bonus, the cold weather is the perfect excuse to cuddle up with that special someone.
2 Belgrave Avenue (at Bigler Avenue)

Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight
As it turns out, smashing people in the face with pillows is a surprisingly romantic way to spend the holiday. Even the unattached flock to this event, which takes place annually, to have a great time on a day typically characterized by more gentle feelings.
The pros recommend wearing a helmet, bringing clean pillows and avoiding those made with tempur-pedic material, which apparently feels like taking a brick to the face when it hits you. Also be sure to show up on time and try not to bring feather pillows, which don’t last long in battle.
6 p.m Justin Herman Plaza

Candybar
This chic spot is a must for anyone with a serious sweet tooth, with a menu comprised of solely gourmet desserts.
The setting, both intimate and romantic, is also light-hearted, featuring an array of board games that you can play to burn off the inevitable sugar high.
1335 Fulton Street (between Broderick St & Divisadero St)

Blue Danube Coffee House
More romantic than a lunch date and less committal than dinner, coffee is a great option for Valentine’s Day, especially if it’s a relatively new relationship.
Conveniently located in the Inner Richmond district, The Blue Danube is an unusually cozy spot with a few couches that are fantastic for some light canoodling (but please, don’t be that gag-worthy couple that spoons in front of everyone).
The coffee is great, the smoothies are delectable, and there isn’t a pastry that’s anything less than delicious. Keep in mind they only accept cash.
It’s also a great place when you want to try to prolong the date, with the neighborhood staples Genki Crepe and Green Apple Bookstore just a quick jaunt down the street.
306 Clement St (between 4th Ave & 5th Ave)

Musée Mécanique
Really cool antique machines? Check. Slightly creepy mechanical marionettes? Check. Fantastic photo booth? Check.
Musée Mécanique is a unique date spot to say the least and it makes for an evening of nostalgic fun on Pier 45. This vast collection of machines ranges from fortune dispensers to decades old arcade games and a photo booth, ensures you’ll have a memento to remember the evening by.
Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 45, Shed A

Events Around the City

The Mission Arts Performance Project – Saturday, Feb. 4
The Mission Arts Performance Project is a free, all day art crawl in the Mission District that will comprise of everything from spoken word poets rhyming on the streets to DJ’s filling the streets with music and the neighborhood’s eclectic citizens hawking their belongings in garage sales. The loosely organized event, which is somewhat centered around 24th street, officially commences at noon on Saturday, Feb. 4 and it is sure to be a quintessentially San Franciscan event. -A.R.

Free Admission to SFMOMA – Tuesday, Feb. 7

On the first Tuesday of every month, the San Francisco Museum of Modern art opens up their doors for free.
Their large collection boasts a plethora of 20th century art, installation art, photography, and prominent artist in the bay area art scene.
Their current exhibitions feature the late photographer Francesca Woodman, and the minimalist designs of product designer Dieter Rams.
The museum also has a café, and a rooftop garden with views of downtown. -R.W.

Free Lana Del Rey show at Amoeba – Thursday, Feb. 9
Though Lana Del Rey is a complete fabrication of the music industry, her singles “Born to Die” and “Video Games” are sinfully catchy. Thanks to brilliant marketing, her Americana indie-goddess image, and her alleged plastic-surgery induced pout, Lana Del Rey is the name on everyone’s lips. Del rey went from obscurity to SNL within months. Her much anticipated debut album, Born to Die, drops on Jan. 31.
On Thursday Feb. 9, Lana Del Rey will be playing a free show at Amoeba. We can decide for ourselves then whether or not she’s the next big thing or just a passing YouTube sensation. There will be a CD signing for the first 300 customers who purchase Born to Die at the store. -R.W.

“So You Think You Can Paint?” at Club Six – Thursday, Feb. 9

The goal of “So You Think You Can Paint?” is simple: complete as many art pieces as possible before the venue shuts down at 11pm. Club Six hosts this admission free event every Thursday, opening up their walls to anyone willing to put their brushwork on display. The club provides paintbrushes and more than enough paint to create to your heart’s desire, setting a fun atmosphere with their resident DJ, Mr.Robinson and an abundance of cheap drinks for the 21+ crowd.
For those less certain of their artistic skills, Club Six also offers a free art lesson from 6-7pm, hosted by the locally famous and multi-talented artist NoMe Edonna.
This event is very popular with the locals so be sure to get their a little early. Check it out at Club Six at 60 6th Street in San Francisco. -A.R.