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Happy Hour Benefit at Tonic

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Happy Hour Benefit for Independent Arts & Media

Thursday, July 21st (5:30pm-8:00pm)

On Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-8pm, all tips for happy-hour drinks dispensed at TONIC BAR (2360 Polk at Union Street in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood) will be donated directly to Independent Arts & Media!

The pro-am mixologists of the IAM staff and board of directors will be shaking, stirring, finessing and dispensing every variety of martini and mixed drink for TONIC customers, so belly up to the bar and join us for an alcohol-fortified celebration of IAM’s mission free-speech mission!

IAM is the fiscal sponsor of 23 independent media and culture projects in the Bay Area, including The San Francisco Public Press, Friends of KUSF (currently battling the KUSF sale before the FCC!), Hyphen Magazine: Asian America Unabridged … and many others. IAM is also the producer of the UN Plaza Arts Market, and other civic events and activities.

IAM board members will periodically MATCH your tips to double the benefit to our free-speech cause!

YOU can up the ante by also matching tips to our bartenders. Simply declare to the bar that you will match all tips for a given period of time up to $25, $50 or $100 total. Feeling bold and generous? Do a two-to-one match!

For more details, contact Independent Arts & Media, 415-738-4975, or just show up on Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-8pm at TONIC on Polk Street x Union in San Francisco

1st Annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Phono del Sol: free music and food festival debuts on Saturday, July 16th

If you enjoy great music and great food, you better plan to be in San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 for the first annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival. Organized by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone, this FREE, all ages, all day festival celebrates the best of San Francisco’s acclaimed independent music and food cultures, two areas of local innovation and excellence that rarely meet.

Phono del Sol features live music from six great local performers — including co-headliners Aesop Rock and Mirah, as well as Man/Miracle, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Religious Girls, and Appetite (Sacramento) — picked by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone, and a variety of food trucks curated by Off the Grid. The festival will also have between-set DJs, tours of Tiny Telephone’s renowned studio facilities (located adjacent to the park), and much more.

The band shell at Potrero del Sol is one of the City’s hidden gems, and it’s an ideal spot to enjoy some great local music and food. So mark your calendar now and get ready for Phono del Sol!

The Bay Bridged is actively seeking volunteers to help us at Phono del Sol. For more information about how you can help this great event, e-mail volunteers@thebaybridged.c​om. Phono del Sol is actively seeking sponsors, and affordable sponsorship packages are available. To find out more about how you can show your business’s commitment to supporting local arts and culture, e-mail

Writers with Drinks Benefit, Saturday June 11th

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Independent Arts & Media to be Beneficiary of Writers with Drinks Event

Our amazing friends at Other Magazine will be hosting their monthly series Writers with Drinks this Saturday, June 11th at the Make-Out Room in the Mission.

All proceeds benefit Independent Arts & Media, as well as the Center for Sex and Culture.

  • $5-$10 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds.
  • Readings begin at 7:30pm; Doors open at 6:30.
  • The Make-Out Room is located at 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA

This month’s featured artists are:

Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, LOST)
Daphne Gottlieb (15 Ways To Stay Alive)
K.M. Ruiz (Mind Storm)
Nick Krieger (Nina Here Nor There)
Kevin Camia (The Punch Line)

About the performers:

Javier Grillo-Marxuach created The Middleman, a comic series that became a much-loved TV show on ABC Family. He also worked as a producer on the first two seasons of Lost, and has also written for Charmed, Seaquest: DSV, Medium, Jake 2.0, Boomtown and Dark Skies. He also wrote the Marvel Comics series Annihilation: Super Skrull.

Daphne Gottlieb is the author and editor of 15 books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive. She’s also the co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words. She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Final Girl was the winner of the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry for 2003 from Publishing Triangle. Additionally, Final Girl was named one of the The Village Voice’s Favorite Books of 2003, and received rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Village Voice.

K.M. Ruiz is the author of Mind Storm, a post-apocalyptic book that takes place 250 years into the future, when what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend to another planet.

Nick Krieger is the author of Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender. His writing has appeared in Original Plumbing and The Rumpus.

Kevin Camia performs regularly at all the Bay Area comedy clubs but considers the Punch Line as his “home club.” He’s a “joke nerd” who loves to geek out about the various formulas of joke-writing and performing.

About Writers With Drinks:

Writers With Drinks has won “Best Literary Night” from the SF Bay Guardian readers’ poll six years in a row and was named “Best Literary Drinking” by the SF Weekly. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local worthy causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.

IAM to be Featured Non-Profit at Straw!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Independent Arts & Media to be Featured Non-Profit at Straw!


Independent Arts & Media to be featured recipient of 10% of food sales every Monday in June at San Francisco’s exciting new restaurant Straw! Please join us for some delicious treats at this one-of-a-kind carnival themed restaurant this month and beyond!

From SFGate:

“Who wants a burger on a bun when you can get it on a doughnut? Who wants to eat sitting on a chair when you can sit in a tilt-a-whirl? Who wants to pay for the check when you can play a mid-meal game to win a free dinner?

Welcome to Straw, your new carnival-themed eating place in Hayes Valley.

Charming touches – menus bound by old children’s books’ covers, old carnival signs and a Mason-jar chandelier – get you in the mood to eat like a kid at a carnival. (Read: Bypass the healthy salad section.)”

Come out and get some delicious eats, support a wonderful new restaurant, and IAM at the same time.

3-D Movie, No Glasses Required, To Be Screened at SF International Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Auto-stereoscopic Movie to Screen at San Francisco International Arts Festival

This month, the San Francisco International Arts Festival is going to feature a stereoscopic film that doesn’t feature 3D glasses. The film, created by Walter Funk of Hologlyphics and titled “Spaceforms: Homage to Homer”, will allow viewers to walk around the viewing area; when the viewers’ position changes, so will the perspective of the scene being viewed. The experience will combine animation, live footage, action, and sound to create the ultimate experience. To quote the press release:

Audience members will be able to walk around the viewing area, watching Spaceforms from multiple angles. As their viewing position changes, so will the perspective of the scene they are watching. Nebulas, Saturn, and planetary motion sequences take on new life, floating in front of the audience. No longer flat, without the glasses.

The film premiere will begin at 2:00 p.m. on May 29 at the Forth Mason’s South Side Theater.

Read more here…


The 2011 San Francisco International Arts Festival is featuring a stereoscopic movie, viewed without 3D glasses, called Spaceforms: Homage to Homer. The screening will take place on May 29th at Fort Mason’s South Side Theater.

As part of the Arts, Humanities and Culture in Space Exploration Screening, Spaceforms: Homage to Homer, will be showing on special screens capable of 3D in free space. Bay Area artist Walter Funk of Hologlyphics created the stereoscopic movie.

The screening is produced by Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC) in collaboration with affiliate partners including the Space Arts Development Fund of the National Space Society and The Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University. ZGAC is an international organization dedicated to fostering access for artists to space flight technology and zero gravity space through international partnerships with space agencies, space industry entrepreneurs, and leading universities.

Read more here…


Learn more about the Hologlyphics project by clicking here.

Buy tickets to the SF International Arts Festival clicking here.

6th Annual CounterCorp Festival Begins May 19th 2011

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

6th Annual Anti-Corporate Film Festival Begins Thursday, May 19th 2011

(San Francisco, May 16) The 6th Annual CounterCorp International Anti-Corporate Film Festival opens this Thursday, May 19, and runs through Saturday, May 21, at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street in San Francisco.

The goal of the CounterCorp Festival is to raise public and media awareness about how corporations actually operate, promote critical thought and analysis on the effect those operations have on the rest of society, and encourage informed discussion and debate about what corporations really add to — and subtract from — humanity’s “bottom line”.

This year’s program includes:

Barbershop Punk, a software engineer discovers that Comcast is filtering its customers’ Internet traffic
Blood in the Mobile, huge electronics companies are funding a brutal war in central Africa to boost their profits
The Bottom Line, the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa by divesting from international corporations doing business there
Dreamland, Iceland’s decision to jump on the globalization bandwagon and its subsequent financial collapse
The Naked Option, Nigerian women threatening to strip in order to protest the effects of oil drilling on their communities
White Water, Black Gold, the destruction of one of the last natural frontiers in the world, in the pursuit of oil from the tar sands of western Canada


Q&A’s with directors and activists follow most of the films, which screen each night at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Tickets are $10. A full-festival pass is $50.

For more information — including film descriptions and trailers — visit, e-mail, or call (415) 568-5739.

Arts Market Returns to UN Plaza

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

More than a Market

The San Francisco Arts Market looks forward to its 2011 kick-off on June 16th! Since the 2010 Grand Finale day on December 16th the Market has had time to reflect and build on last year’s first annual weekly outdoor Market for arts, crafts and performance in United Nations Plaza.

With this reflection time, we asked ourselves exactly what is SF Arts Market? An obvious impression would be that it’s an outdoor Market for independent vendors to sell and market their arts, crafts and services. However, with deeper introspection we’d like to explain how the Market in UN Plaza is so much more! What, you ask? This year, the Arts Market will exist in and for the community as a performance platform for live music, dance and other performance; a public space for DIY workshops and educational opportunities; a catalyst for positive engagement culturally and economically for the mid-Market region; and a community and city-wide collaboration and partnership.

A partnership project between the Mayors Office of Economic Workforce and Development and Independent Arts & Media, both groups are working within and outside the community to realize positive change for the mid-Market region and support local artists and craft makers. With this in mind, qualified vendors can participate at the Market free of charge!

In addition to the city and nonprofit Independent Arts & Media, it takes a village to make a good thing happen. As such, the Arts Market has opened its doors to partnership and collaborative relationship opportunities to help support its success. A few groups aligned to support the Market for 2011 are the San Francisco Public Library; San Francisco Department of Public Health’s SF FIRST program; Art Institute, SF; SF Great Streets; People in Plazas; Hospitality House Community Arts Program; 24 Days of Central Market Arts, SF Travel, Off the Grid Food, Blick Art and many more. If you’re interested in participating, sponsoring, collaborating or partnering with the San Francisco Arts Market don’t hesitate to contact us!

Until then, stay tuned for further details about the launch day, June 16th. See you then!

Potential vendors, click here to get started!

Performers, contact:

Sponsorship and partnership opportunities, contact:

Legacy Film Festival On Aging

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Friday – Sunday, May 13 – 15, 2011



Contact: Sheila Malkind, Director; (415) 861-2159 or


Festival director Sheila Malkind announces the launch of the Legacy Film Festival on Aging in San Francisco, a three-day program, Friday – Sunday, May 13-15, at the sparkling new VIZ Cinema, located in Japantown’s New People building, 1746 Post St.

Please go to our website: for the complete film schedule, and ticket information.

The festival’s mission is to present an annual film festival in the Bay Area with films that inspire, educate and entertain intergenerational audiences about the issues surrounding aging. In so doing, the subjects of the films challenge archaic preconceptions of aging

Why films on Aging? Presently, there are 95 million people in the U.S. over the age of fifty, with 40 million of them over the age of 65. The new realities of aging are creating fresh views of later life that will affect many aspects of our society, both policy-wise and personally.

We believe everyone, no matter one’s age, will be enriched and entertained by the films presented by the Legacy Film Festival on Aging.

Here’s a partial listing.

Friday, May 13, 6:30 pm, A special screening of “Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist,” directed by Bob Toy. The 37-minute film documents the life and work of San Francisco’s beloved 85-year-old icon of art and mentorship. Asawa’s fountains dot the San Francisco landscape, and her wire sculptures hang in museums worldwide.  She has been a leader in fostering art education in public schools.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director, as well as Ruth’s son, Paul Lanier, her daughter, Aiko Cuneo, and Ruth’s Table’s Lola Fraknoi.

Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, the Festival will feature short and full-length documentary and feature films from the US and the changing world that celebrate the unique rewards and challenges of aging.

Included: The First Grader (100 min) based on a true-life remarkable story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and former Mau Mau who attends school for the first time so he can learn to read. Over 90 and Loving It (60 min) features people in their 90s and 100s who are living extraordinary and passionate lives. Another Harvest Moon (90 min), a sensitive drama starring 93-year-old Ernest Borgnine and other veteran all-stars as four elderly residents coping with life in a nursing home, and dealing with life and death decisions.

Director Sheila Malkind states: “We are also featuring a number of dance films about older people still utilizing their talents and strengths: Happy To Be So, in which former principal dancers Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane, his wife of fifty years, narrate their own life story with humor. Ida’s Dance Club documents a ballroom dancing competition in an Israeli retirement home and portrays the personal challenges faced by the dancers (both, Sunday, 1 pm). And Seniors Rocking (Sat., 1 pm), a performance piece created by Marin resident and modern dancer Anna Halprin for senior citizens who truly rock and dance together in celebration.”

Sheila Malkind, MA, MPH is the director of the Legacy Film Festival on Aging, now in its first year. She was the curator of the First International Film Festival on Aging, held in San Francisco and Emeryville in 2009, now extant. She has taken over the mantle of a film festival on aging.
Malkind is the director of the Legacy Film Series (, distributing and presenting films on aging to libraries, universities, assisted faciities, etc. She sees a need for everyone to be prepared for this challenging stage of life.

Ticket prices: $11. May be ordered through Viz Cinema’s New People, , or purchased at the New People Box Office.
At NEW PEOPLE,1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115


For More Information,

Contact: Sheila Malkind, Director; (415) 861-2159 or

Noodle Fest 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Noodle Fest 2011: Chinatown and North Beach, A Cultural and Culinary Celebration

We look forward to seeing you at the second annual Chinatown and North Beach Noodle Fest! You must bring your confirmation printout to receive your passport at the will call tables, which entitles you to three noodle samples from Chinatown, three pasta samples from North Beach and one beverage.

Chinatown Community Development Center and North Beach Merchants Association are putting on Noodle Fest 2011: Chinatown and North Beach, A Cultural and Culinary Celebration for you to come out and sample delicious noodle and pasta dishes from over thirty restaurants from Chinatown and North Beach! This year, we are adding drinks to our menu as well! So come ready to mingle, enjoy live entertainment, watch noodle making demonstrations by renowned chefs, and slurp the afternoon away!

Date and Time: Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 1pm to 5pm

Event Location: Grant Avenue (btw Pacific and Vallejo) & Vallejo Street (btw Columbus and Grant)

Event Organizers: Chinatown Community Development Center and North Beach Merchants Association

Host: Supervisor David Chiu

Sponsors: Central Subway Design Team (Parsons Brinckerhoff, Kwan Henmi Architects, Michael Willis Architects, Telamon Engineering Consultants), PG&E, Wells Fargo, SF Bay Guardian, Asian Chefs Association, Recology, United Airlines

How to Get There:

MUNI Lines 1, 8X, 10, 12, 30, 45, Cable Car

Chinatown Park & Ride ($3 all day parking with validation stamp at Welcome Tables)

Golden Gateway Garage at 250 Clay Street| Free Shuttle Service to Chinatown Every 15 Minutes

*This is a green event, which means all your bowls and utensils are compostable!

Art in the Alley – Located right next door on the same day:

“Art in the Alley, an eclectic art exhibition featuring local artists, celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary this year in Kerouac Alley. Take some time between noodle bites to peruse the wide range of creativity on display in this unique thoroughfare located adjacent to the Noodle Fest near Grant and Broadway.”

Off The Grid joins SF Arts Market

Monday, October 4th, 2010

SF Arts Market on UN Plaza invites you to celebrate 24 Days of Central Market Arts with us on October 7th, 12 Noon on UN Plaza. Join us and Off The Grid Roaming Mobile Food Service for lunch and local art.

Off the Grid is a roaming mobile food extravaganza that travels to different locations daily to serve delicious food, with a free side of amazing music, craft and soul. (more…)

SF Arts Market Debuts in UN Plaza

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010


Aug. 19: Arts Market SF debuts in UN Plaza

Participate: Vendor info, licenses, registration

Learn More: About Arts Market SF

Home Page:

Independent Arts & Media, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission and Blick Art Materials announce a new, open-air marketplace for local arts and culture in downtown San Francisco.

Arts Market San Francisco debuts on Thursday, August 19, in UN Plaza, and will run every Thursday thereafter from noon to 8:00 p.m. throughout this summer and autumn. An additional run during the December holiday season is also in the works.

Located at 1182 Market Street between Grove and Eighth streets, Arts Market San Francisco at UN Plaza will feature diverse arts, crafts and culture, including painting, photography, mixed media, literature, music, fashion, jewelry, toys, children’s goods, creative home and garden wares, and much more.


Local artists, artisans, fashionistas, musicians, publishers, crafts- and culture-makers, and more are all welcome to apply for a tent space at the San Francisco Arts Market!

All exhibitors must be selling work that has been handmade by local Bay Area artists. The goal of the Arts Market is to help local Bay Area arts and culture entrepreneurs as well as revitalize the arts community and cultural economy around San Francisco’s Civic Center region.
Tents will be provided and set up on the day of each Market. Exhibitors will need to provide their own tables and chairs.
Exhibitors need to hold vendor permits as issued by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
Musicians are welcome for the performance area, but must provide their own PA. There is no budget for performances, but performers are welcome to sell merchandise and promote their shows.


The Indy Arts Expo: A Video History

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Expo for the Artist, CELLspace, July 2000

Or, watch a high-quality video of Expo for the Artist 2000

Expo for the Artist & Musician @ SomArts, September 2007

This is an extended documentary short about the Expo, running 6:41, and featuring extensive interviews and profiles of exhibiting organizations. Video produced and provided by George Aguilar.

Expo for Independent Arts, Golden Gate Park Music Concourse, September 2009