The Expo Returns to SomArts : 934 Brannan Street, 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m.$2 Donation * No One Turned Away

The Expo is the Bay Area’s only grassroots connection fair for independent arts, music and culture.

THANKS! On Sept. 15, 2007, the Expo celebrated eight years as a unique

“Free Culture Fair”

where the emphasis is NOT on selling, but making connections, sharing resources and creating culture and community.

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    courtesy of SomArts Media.

    RESERVE A TABLE for Expo 2007

    Table reservation is now open for arts, music and cultural groups, nonprofits, businesses and consultants.

    SPONSOR Expo 2007

    Show your support for the Bay Area arts community.

    VOLUNTEER at Expo 2007

    Volunteering is a great way to meet the community, and help make the Expo happen.


    The Expo is an all-day extravaganza featuring more than 100 Bay Area arts organizations, free workshops, performances, and hundreds of local artists and musicians. Attendees can browse tables staffed by local galleries, nonprofits, collectives and small businesses; present their portfolios; and join in workshops on grant proposals, censorship, arts marketing, underground art history, making a demo tape and more.

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    Save the date! The Expo for the Artist & Musician returns to SomArts Cultural Center to celebrate its EIGHTH anniversary on Saturday, September 15, 2007.


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    This listing is a work in progress — there’s room for 125 exhibitors total. To showcase your good works to the community, please

    register for a table

    or call 415/861-5302. All arts- and culture-related organizations are welcome, including small community projects, nonprofits, businesses and institutions.

    924 Gilman Street/Alternative Music Foundation

    Alternative Tentacles Records


    ArtSpan/SF Open Studios


    Bay Area Country Dance Society

    Bay Area English Regency Society

    Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)

    Broccoli Blue Children’s Arts Journal

    Brush Fire Painting Workshops

    California Lawyers for the Arts


    Center For Cultural Innovation**

    CHELLE! and Friends**

    Colored Ink Theater***

    The Comix Board

    Community Access Ticket Service***

    Community Music Center

    CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival**

    CPMC Beyond Medicine

    Czechmate Entertainment**

    Destiny Arts Center***

    The DJ Project

    Dodgy Rock’n’Roll Photography

    Filthmilk Huge Conglomerate Media Holdings

    Flash Productions

    The Foundation Center

    Frank Bette Center for the Arts

    FullCalendar Event Promotions Service


    Graphic Arts Workshop***

    Hyphen Magazine: Asian America Unabridged

    The Independent Eye***

    Intersection for the Arts

    Jewish Community Center of SF — Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts***

    Joshua Pfeffer Graphic Design**

    Katabatik Metacommunications Platform***

    Kearny Street Workshop




    Living Redwood Arts Residency**

    Madhappys Free Comix Newspaper


    Manic D Press

    Media Alliance

    ME\’D1.ATE Network: The.ME.Project, Project>Soundwave

    Mission Arts Foundation

    Mission Community Council — Plaza 16 Project**

    Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival

    MYID Pre-Paid Legal Services****

    The New Institute**

    The Nocturnes Night Photography Group

    NoBoss! Newsletter of the Network of Bay Area Worker’s Co-Ops**

    North American Guqin Association**

    Olao Records**

    On The Outskirts Race & Disability / Poor Magazine**

    Opera Piccola

    Pandora’s Trunk**

    Performer Magazine

    Pirate Cat Radio**

    Planet Drum Foundation

    Pollinator: Material & Human Resources for Local Arts

    The Present Group**

    Re/Search Publications


    SF Center for the Book***

    SF Children’s Art Center

    SF Indie Fest — Independent Film Festival**

    SF International Arts Festival


    — Lonnie Holmes

    — Quintin Mecke

    — Michael Powers

    — “Chicken” John Rinaldi

    — Josh Wolf

    SF Media Archive

    SF Recycling & Disposal Artist in Residence Program***

    SF Sex Worker Festival

    SF Songwriter’s Coalition

    SF Vegetarian Society

    SF Women Artists

    SF Women’s Film Festival


    Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools (TILT)***

    Theatre Bay Area

    Trash Mash-Up**

    Vibraphone Records**

    Visual Aid

    World Savvy

    Women’s Audio Mission***

    * Mayoral Candidates

    : As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, if one candidate exhibits at our event, we have to invite them all. This is a nonpartisan, equal opportunity program dedicated to free speech and civic discourse. If you are a candidate or represent a campaign, please contact us for more details at 415/861-5302.

    ** Indicates organizations new to the Expo

    *** Indicates organizations returning to the Expo after an absence of more than one year


    The Eighth Annual Expo — On-Site Workshops

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    All of the following events will take place at SomArts on September 15. See the “Satellite Events” schedule below for a list of events we will be hosting elsewhere in the city prior to the Expo.

    MAIN STAGE, SomArts, Sept. 15

    11:30 Sea Chanteys: History Through Song.

    Discover the work songs of sailors, stevedores and fishermen. Learn about the history and multicultural roots of these songs. This is a singalong workshops emphasizing audience participation!

    With: Peter Kasin (San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park)

    12:20 Intellectual Property and Creative Licensing.

    Covers licensing music for films, digital music distribution (downloads and streams), traditional music distro, copyright basics, trademarks and parties that are implicated in music licensing.

    With: Trevor Stordahl (Pranger Law Group), Howie Cockrill (Berman Entertainment & Technology Law).

    1:30 The Bay Area Country Dance Society Teaches Dance.

    Historical and country dance instructions and demos with live band, caller, and your fancy feet.

    2:15 Internet Radio, Podcasting, Pirate Radio … Getting Your Voice Heard.

    The how-to, history, legal aspects, and more from a panel of experts.

    With: DJ Monkey, John Miller, Danny Plotnick, John Hell, Sean McMahon and Justin Credible. Moderated by Tony DuShane.

    3:30 Wang Fei, Guqin Virtuoso

    … a master of the classical Chinese 7-string.

    3:40 Cheyenne Mercedes Danner

    … San Francisco’s teenage champion clog dancer!

    4:00 What’s New & What’s Next.

    Find out about the innovative technologies and methods people are using to create art, and what we can expect to see next. Audience members will also share their projects, gear and methods.

    With: Sarah Fisher (filmmaker, “Meditate and Destroy”), Kevin Smokler (author, “Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times”), Sarah Lockhart (21 Grand), Michael O’Rourke (d7tv), Christian Perry (SFBeta).

    CLASSROOM ONE, SomArts, Sept. 15

    12:00 Black Blind Blues to Krip-Hip-Hop.

    The history and rich legacy of disabled black artists and musicians through the years.

    With: Leroy F. Moore Jr.

    1:15 ‘Zine Making.

    The history, how-to, and state of the art of zine publishing and promotions.

    With: Matt Holdaway

    2:30 Marketing Materials Makeover.

    An interactive workshop for newbies and pros, designed to create outstanding marketing materials that get results. Bring your current marketing materials for on-the-spot feedback!

    With: Dalya Massachi, (author, “Writing to Make a Difference: 50 Powerful Tools & Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact.”)

    3:45 Caleb Schaber: From Black Rock to Iraq

    An artist’s perspective on the war.

    4:15 Funding Workshop: Starting a Theater Company & Staging a Play.

    Have a play inside you? Find out how to get it on the stage!

    With: Irene Faye Duller (Brava Theater) Javier Reyes (Colored Ink Theater).

    CLASSROOM TWO, SomArts, Sept. 15

    12:00 Women Filmmakers.

    Inquiry and discussion about female filmmakers past, present and future.

    With: Scarlett Shepperd, San Francisco Women’s Film Festival.

    1:15 Musician 101 (Promotion, Show Booking, and Recording).

    The lowdown on what every aspiring musician needs to know.

    With: Jocelyn Kane (Motogirl Productions), Charlotte Summer (recording artist), Erik Walker (proprietor/engineer, The Crib/WackoWorld Music).

    2:30 Science Fiction Writers Workshop.

    The ins and out of the genre and “the literature of ideas.” Featuring an all-star panel of writers, editors and publishers!:

  • Richard Lupoff has written more than fifty books and 100 short stories including science fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, and mainstream fiction, as well as criticism and literary history.
    [Science Fiction cont’d] …

  • Terry Bisson has received speculative fiction’s highest accolades for his writing, including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Sturgeon awards, and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

  • Jacob Weisman is the publisher of the San Francisco science fiction imprint Tachyon Publications. His own writing has appeared in The Nation, The Louisville Courier-Journal, The Seattle Weekly, and Realms of Fantasy.

    3:45 Noise Jam with Filthmilk! (Portfolio Review CANCELED)

    Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be no portfolio review this year. Stay tuned for future portfolio review opportunities. Instead, stop by Classroom Two at 4:00 p.m. for an impromptu NOISE JAM with FILTHMILK HUGE CONGLOMERATE MEDIA HOLDINGS.


    2:30 Burlesque With Bombshell Betty.

    Learn the basic of burlesque from one of the best burlesque dancers out there. This is a movement-focused class, so wear comfortable clothes and be ready for activity.


    Community Arts Showcase — Outdoor Stage Lineup, SomArts, Sept. 15

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    Our third annual Community Arts Showcase features a variety of local musical performers from across genres and communities.

    11 a.m.-12 p.m. Community Open Mic



    Straight outta Dark Hollow, Hobogoblins bring us back to post-techno basics.


    Chelle! & Friends

    Powerful soul and R&B; vocals that cross genres and decades.


    The Pasties

    Smart ‘n’ dance-crazy folk punksters get some acoustic chocolate in their indie peanut butter.


    1-2-3 Not It!

    Young, radical-punk tunesmiths with an old-time foundation of banjo, guitar and bluesy vocals filling in the details.


    Esmerelda Strange

    One-woman band with accordion, drums and knowing observations on the human condition.


    The Southern Ocean/Radius/Octomutt

    An art-pop folk distortion, installation, performance, agglomeration and experience.

    5-6 Community Open Mic


    Eighth Annual Expo — Off-Site Events 2007

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    All off-site events listed occur at CELLspace, 2050 Bryant Street, unless otherwise noted. Gear up for the Expo at these free workshops and networking events happening Sept. 9-14!

    Monday, September 10

    DJ/Turntablism Tutorial

    Cellspace, 7-8:30 pm, 2050 Bryant St., 9/10

    A lecture and hands-on demo of spinning, mixing and scratching. Records and decks provided, but bring your own for extra fun.

    Breakdancing Workshop

    Cellspace, 7-8:30pm, 9/10

    Learn the basics of the original hip-hop dance form, a vital and thriving practice and art. Learn a host of essential moves and styles, including top rocks, footworks and freezes.

    Indy Film Financing

    : See

    Expo Film Programs

    , below.

    Tuesday, September 11

    Pinhole Photography Adventure

    Cellspace, 5-7 pm, 9/11

    Learn how to make your very own pinhole camera and create paper negatives using photographic paper. Materials provided. Limited to 5 students.

    Cinemania: San Francisco in 35mm @ Dolby Laboratories

    : See

    Expo Film Programs

    , below.


    ednesday, September 12

    “$56 Million & Where’s the Art?”

    CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission @ 9th St.

    A panel and audience-led dialogue focusing on SOLUTIONS, that starts with the question: What can San Francisco do to better leverage the abundant community support for the arts?

    With: Frances Phillips (Haas Foundation), John Kilacky (SF Foundation), San San Wong (SF Arts Commission), Krissy Keefer (Dance Brigade), Colleen Marlow (Art Head)

    Bookbinding Tutorial

    Cellspace, 7pm-8:30pm, 9/12

    This hands-on tutorial will cover everything you need to know to make your very own softcover-bound notebook — perfect for journaling, recipes, and more! Materials provided, but students are also welcome to bring in any special paper they have.

    Digitally Retouch & Enhance Your Photos

    Cellspace, 7-9pm, 9/12

    Discover how Photoshop can help you color correct, crop, erase mistakes, and generally enhance the quality of your digital images. Students are encouraged to bring in a CD or an external hard-drive containing their images. Limited to 7 students.

    Thursday, September 13

    Puppetry 101

    Cellspace, 7pm-9pm, 9/13

    Make affordable puppets for theatre and storytelling in no time at all! Materials provided, but please bring any others you wish to experiment with!

    Sewing Demo

    Cellspace, 7pm-8:30pm, 9/13

    Our sewing junkie will teach you the basics of threading and using the machine, and present quick shortcuts for altering clothes.



    Cellspace, 7:30-10:30pm, 9/13

    A reception, workshop and discussion salon presented by Pandora’s Trunk ( and Expo for the Artist & Musician.

    JOIN US at the first-ever Expo Exhibitor Salon, a pre-event gathering that offers a chance to meet and connect with the exhibiting organizations at the Expo, in a more low-key and conversational environment. Featuring:

  • DIALOGUE: Non-profit? For-profit? What best serves the arts in our communities? How can artists, and arts organizations, navigate between total freedom and maximum funding?

  • ART EXHIBIT: “Hidden Histories” … a show that encourages the community to explore the various ways that space and place reveal themselves in San Francisco. The installation offers info on bicycle and self-guided tours and events in the city, to provide the public with a point of departure and the inspiration embark on an exploration of San Francisco’s unique urban landscape.

  • PLUS: Music, beverages, sweets and savory appetizers for your noshing and schmoozing pleasure.

    Saturday, September 15

    Urban Night Photography Workshop!

    Yerba Buena Gardens, 8-11pm

    Teaching photography after dark, with either digital cameras or film, in an urban enivronment using a mix of moonlight, existing artificial light sources, and supplemental lighting. A follow-up session to view images, prints or transparencies, critique work, and problem-solve can be arranged, depending on participant interest.

    WITH: Tim Baskerville, The Nocturnes Night Photography Group.



    The Eighth Annual Expo — Film Programs

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    Film screenings are curated by the San Francisco Media Archive, and co-produced and presented by Expo for the Artist & Musician and the SF Media Archive/Oddball Film & Video.

    Monday, September 10

    Film Financing Workshop & Mixer @ The Variety Preview Room

    6-8:00 pm, 582 Market Street

    Come find out about the ins and out of starting your project and securing the cash that you need to get your film produced. Workshop will be followed by a pre-screening mixer in the Variety bar. With: Henry Rosenthal (producer, “The Devil & Daniel Johnston”), George Rush (lawyer; advisor, Film Arts Foundation), more.

    No-host bar and networking @ Variety from 7:30-8:00 p.m.

    Urban Cinema Showcase

    @ The Variety Preview Room, 8-9:30 p.m., 582 Market Street

    An evening of urban cinema rising from independent media centers, local film festivals and young imagemakers. Our program will feature shorts produced by the BAVC Next Generation Youth Video Works and Conscious Youth Media Crew focusing on identity, race, music and gritty love.

    PLUS: See highlights from the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival and the CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival, as well as independent imagemakers including Bill Basquin, Veronica Majano, Sabrina Alonso and more. Shorts include “Grizzly Road,” Two/Four,” “A Short Tale of Xuan,” “Why I Ride: From Low to Slow,” “Change the Nation” and many more. A rare opportunity to see handmade, grassroots video made in San Francisco!

    Tuesday, September 11

    Cinemania: San Francisco in 35mm

    Dolby Laboratories Screening Room, 7-9:30p.m., 100 Potrero Ave., SF

    Join us for this unique screening of 35mm Films by San Francisco filmmakers, and their cinematic exploration into the roots and tools of cinema.

    This program of seldom-seen 35mm shorts includes Kerry Laitala’s flashlight-exposed, handmade “Muse of Cinema,” Konrad Steinerss multiple-imaged “Scenes Relating to a Trip to Japan,” Ben Russell’s slo-mo punk/trance implosion “BLACK AND WHITE TRYPPS #3,” Stephen Parr’s frenetic single-framed “Body” and more.

    Full program:

    • Kerry Litala — “The Muse of Cinema” and “Terra Firma”
    • Melinda Stone — “Audience Analysis #4″ and “Parting Advice For The Amateur Adventurer”
    • Konrad Steiner — “19 Scenes Relating to a Trip to Japan”
    • Stephen Parr — “Body”
    • John Kiffmeyer — “Solo Dolo” and “Flibbergibbet”
    • Ben Russell — “BLACK AND WHITE TRYPPS #3″
    • “Sing-Along San Francisco” — Director: George Corzine; producers: Scott Noble & Jenni Olson

    Plus! Rare 35mm trailers and shorts from the SF Media Archive, Oddball Films and Jenni Olson.

    *** Seating is limited. Please RSVP for this free screening at 415/861-5302. ***



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    924 Gilman Street/The Alternative Music Foundation

    : The 924 Gilman Street Project, a.k.a. the ‘Alternative Music Foundation,’ is an all-ages, nonprofit, collectively organized music and performance venue located in North Berkeley. 924 strives to provide a violence, alcohol and drug-free environment, and will not book or support racist, misogynist, or homophobic bands or performances. Booking: 510.524.8180 Shows: 510.525.9926

    CELLspace — Collectively Explorative Learning Labs

    : The birthplace of the Expo! CELL provides a safe and supportive public environment for the exploration of art, education, performance and community-building. Through cooperative relationships and multidisciplinary programs, CELLspace encourages the celebration of inter-generational, cross-cultural collaborations and the promotion of social justice. 415.648.7562

    The San Francisco Media Archive/Oddball Film & Video

    : The San Francisco Media Archive is nonprofit institution dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of film and related media. 415.558.8117

    The San Francisco Bay Guardian

    : The Expo’s exclusive print sponsor! The San Francisco Bay Guardian: An independent, locally owned and edited newspaper.

    KUSF 90.3 FM

    San Francisco’s true home for independent music and diverse cultural programming. New Music: Midnight-6pm weekdays; hip-hop, electronic, twang, opera, orchestral and ensemble music plus talk 6pm-midnight weekdays and all weekend. 415.386.KUSF.

    Laughing Squid

    San Francisco’s home for underground art and culture. Producers of the Squid List, extensive blogging about local arts and culture, and provider of affordable, responsible Web media hosting to the Bay Area arts and culture community.

    Web-based software for taking your projects from start to finish. With user profiles and chat, MyQuire creates a collaborative virtual environment for your team. Take advantage of task lists, calendaring, file storage and more.

    : MesArt is a community of artists which began in San Francisco in 2002. MesArt’s website allows artists to showcase, advertise, promote and sell their artwork over the Internet. It is a place at the crossroads of a gallery, a store, a marketplace, a community and a global network. MesArt is created and designed by artists for artists and is the home of quality fine art, design and handmade original crafts.


    : Born from the ashes of Downtown Rehearsals, SoundSafe has emerged as a non-profit foundation dedicated to the goal of keeping rehearsal spaces affordable in San Francisco, and fostering and enlivening the local Bay Area performing arts community.

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