Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week

Friday April 21 to Sunday April 30 2000
Bay Area National Dance Week

Voice of Dance

The Bay Area is the largest center for dance in the country and is home to many extraordinary dance artists. Explore the spaces in your community where dance is learned and created

Collage of Saint Gregory's IconsBE RAVISHED BY THE SOUNDS OF SPRING!
May is Music Month
St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
500 DeHaro St. (corner of Mariposa, Potrero Hill),
Home of the Dancing Saints San Francisco || Links 

the Bay Area's Outstanding Musical Ensembles Perform at St. Gregory's
415-255-8100 update pending for 5th annual in 2000

Merry Month of May (plus featured events the year round)

San Francisco Film Society

San Francisco International Film Festival
April 21-May 4 2000

43rd San Francisco International Film Festival Poster

With nearly 200 films from 50 countries represented Find thought-provoking international films, tributes, and emerging talents. Order your ticket on-line to not be disappointed. Great web site for one of many growing local film festivals. 
 1999 at 

Saturday May 6th 2000

Gather for Pot Pride Rally at High Noon
Millennium Marijuana March starts at 4:20pm
All-day Techno Dance Party

at San Francisco's UN Plaza
(Near 8th and Market or Civic Center BART)

Supporting: Medical Marijuana . Industrial Hemp . Pot Smoker's Rights . Drug Peace || Featured Speakers Chris Conrad, BACH Dale Gieringer, May Day is Marijuana Day California NORMLJulia Carter, the Drug Peace Campaign Mikki Norris, Human Rights and the Drug War Exhibit plus many others! 
* Entertainment: comedy by Ngaio Bealum * Live Opening Music by Ten Ton Chicken * Techno Dance Party:DJs and Sound System by and the Sacred Dance Society
Also featuring: Drum Circle  Booths  and The Drug War Exhibit
Over 70 participating Cities
International Cities 
   ||   U.S Cities 

Marijuana.Org C.A.M.P. Drug Peace.Org

Reclaim May Day Celebration
Sunday April 30 & Monday May 1, 2000
Maypole Ritual and Dance in Dolores Park,
Mid-Afternoon or Check for update 

is the pagan name for May Day

Reclaiming     Ritual Schedule ||

Precita Eyes Mural Center Precita Eyes
Presents the SF Bay Area
th Annual May '2000
Events & Awardees
|| 99 awards
Opening  Gala Reception @ Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, 2981 24th Street (@ Harrison) 
May 13 Annual Awards and 
Sat May 20th
Youth Arts Fest at Precita Park 

Cinco de Mayo
 the first weekend in May 
Visit our Cinco de Mayo web guide

Cinco de Mayo celebrates solidarity among Mexican and Latino immigrants to the USA. [Cinco de
    Mayo Stamp] It's date which usually means a parade on the first weekend in May for Latin communities throughout  USA. The date itself refers to one of Mexico's four major invasions through the Carnaval City of Vera Cruz. The French  attackers were defeated further inland at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
(Mexican Independence Day also known as El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) is Sept. 16, 1810. The stamp was designed by Robert Rodriguez of Pasadena, California and released in 1998.)
San Francisco:Sunday May 2, 1999 Various events, plus a colorful parade on the first Sunday in May through the Mission District with mariachis, bands, dancers and floats. Parade starts at 24th and Bryant streets at 10am , goes to down Mission to 15th Street. Festival with paid admission follows at the Civic Center Info MECA: (415) 826-1401
San Jose: First Sunday in May 10:00 am - 6:00 pm parade will be held in downtown San Jose from Santa Clara Street to Market Street.
Largest in the Northwest with over 200,000  and 250 vendors of food, drinks and crafts.  More Info: American GI Forum of San Jose
(408) 923-4356 Transit Info  (408) 321-2300 (800) 894-9908

San Francisco Jazz Organization's 

Events || May – June 2000 
Click on the sax for more information on more than 20 events programmed by saxophonist Joshua Redman at 

Webbys "It is the Internet's light night of the soul.
Dreams fulfilled, high hopes dashed, and from the chaos: new heroes. WEBCAST!
It's a real time, real place, face to face shindig. Taking on their earthly forms, global netizens emerge from their monitors to board planes, autos, and the occasional Vespa to trade handshakes, high-fives, bows and bisous. Some trade business cards.
On May 11 they'll descend on San Francisco for The 4th Annual Webby Awards. It promises to be a grand and funky ball in three incredible venues atop Nob Hill: Grace Cathedral, the 3,000 seat Masonic Auditorium and a soon-to-be disclosed (and equally incredible) post-party playground"
The Webby Awards and The Academy, in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, are now offering a brand new prize for online art. It's called the SFMOMA Webby Prize and is the first of what we hope will be many new honors for outstanding online achievements.

Mother's Day 
the Second Sunday in May

Visit our Mother's Day web guide 
Annual Kite Festival at  Bay Area Discovery Museum

Saturday May 13, 2000
The most spectacular fireworks extravaganza you'll ever see is back at Piers 30-32 (Embarcadero & Brannan Streets) on the San Francisco Waterfront! 
7th Annual Listener's appreciation FREE EVENT which includes an Expo Area food and beverage booths galore, and a free concert followed by the state-of-the-art fireworks show synchronized to a KFOG broadcast on 104.5 and 97.7.
Get in touch with the arts in May. San Francisco || San Jose You name ite
Culture finder will give dozens of nearby options for just about any day of the week. 
For smaller ethnic events and music use TicketWeb- California - Northern 

 Thursday, May 18, 2000
A Consulate Promenade 2000 ||
The San Francisco Symphony League will salute the San Francisco Consular Corps at A Consulate Promenade® 2000 on Thursday, May 18, 2000. Guests will
sf2000 logo "travel the world" by visiting consular residences or private homes where they will be entertained at parties celebrating the consulates of Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico and The Russian Federation. Chile, China, Israel and Peru will be honored at The International Pavilion presented by Nordstrom.

Saturday, May 20, 2000, at 9:00 AM.

bbg.jpg (3900 bytes)The Great  Sweep
Contest title for the cleanest city and the greenest city.  San Franciscans , Oaklanders and San Joseans will sweep their street and "green" their parks, creeks, streets, and gardens.
The Brown + Brown = Green Equation only works when you add  the brownest Mayor of the three urban centers which anchor the Bay Area and provide in cooperation with the Governor and  President a leadership model for regional planning.  (Editor's Note: Governor Gray Davis and the state legislative will do more to address this issue in 2000 than has occurred in the balkanized nineties. We hope the three will one day appear together in a parade and suggest Carnaval as the only annual regional unity people's event should be the one.  For the new millennium will be focusing its energies on providing consumer friendly travel links  

3rd weekend in May
Click to || Photos 99 || May 21 2000

 More than 70,000 runners -- many clad in full or scanty costumes and full of Carnaval revelry -- race 12K (7.46 miles) from the Embarcadero to the Great Highway Breakers, starting at 8 a.m. Party with corporate sponsors afterwards in Golden Gate Park at Footstock in the Polo Fields.
 Information: (415) 777-7770 

By the time the last, gasping joggers dropped over on the other side of the hill, an unofficial count of nudes in the Breakers came to 112. Only the number of hula skirts, more than 150, topped the platoons of pure nakedness" 
Its fun to run with in costume the Sunday before Carnaval  99 review by 

1st Annual San Jose International Folklorico FestivalMexican Heritage Plaza 
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Multiple stages featur
ing. Tradition is expressed in music, dance, food, and crafts. 
1-800) 642-8482 Celebrating San Jose ethnic communities at

Quetzalcoatl Celebration
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
 Market Street/San Carlos Street

Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

97pghd.jpg (24976 bytes)Carnaval -SF - May 28, 2000 
Carijama -Oakland May 29, 2000
what's new in the aforum || Events

San Francisco's splashiest celebrations, a New World Celebration of Diversity in Unity with Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin style infectious party traditions trying to get you going. Costumed and bikini-clad dancers, music and food. Grand Parade begins at 24th & Bryant and dances its way down the Mission Miracle Mile to 14th and Harrison streets.
Produced by MECA (415) 826-1401 
Many of the same groups gather at Oakland's Mosswood Park on Memorial Monday for Carijama. Take your BART

Cross Country Kinetic Sculpture Race
When: 3 days of Memorial Weeekend May 27-29
Where: Ferndale Humbolt County North Coast
Since 1969 Human-powered sculpture race across land, sand & water, noon Arcata Plaza, race ends in Ferndale, 786-9259
More Info: Big webguide in our aforum

JUNE Summer begins

link to SF2000 posterShavuot  June 9, 2000 and May 28 2001 
Held exactly 7 weeks after Passover or Easter, the Feast of the Weeks, is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel and also commemorates the anniversary of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Recipes || Customs || Judaism Holiday Calendar at

Editor's Note: As the pre-Lenten Carnaval is held 40 days and 7 Sundays before Easter we take a special interest in this event 'd like to feature an annual Shavout event if anyone is aware of one open to the General Public in Northern California


at San Francisco's beautiful Civic Center
the City's
most exquisite block party
the 1999 Black and White Ball
Saturday, June 2, 2001 www.bwball.comGlamorous fun. Gourmet food. Romance. Music. Dancing

Animal Wingding -- June 4, 2000  
Near the SPCA HQ in the Mission at 16th & Harrison. Check out their ritzy dog hotel. Pet-related activities and exhibits, entertainment and vegetarian food
Info: (415) 554-3026

Ethnic Dance Festival  
WHEN: 2nd, 3rd & 4th weekends in June
WHERE: Palace of Fine Arts Theater.
The premier event for the incredible diversity of dance troupes in the Bay Area. March tryouts are a hot ticket as well. Founded in the Mission now plays at multiple venues inc.
 MORE Info:  (415) 474-3914,

Haight Street Fair 
WHEN: 2nd Sunday in June  11am-5:30pm 6/11/00
WHERE: Haight
Street from Masonic up to Golden Gate Park. 
A free outdoor celebration of the diversity and history of the Haight with live entertainment on 2 stages and over 230 booths featuring food, arts and crafts and social service organizations. 
MORE INFO:  (415) 661-8025

New Orleans By The Bay Sat. 06/12/99 1pm-8:30pm Sun. 06/13/99 12pm-7:30pm $15.00 Don't miss the parade which features some contingents from   Carnaval San Francisco

North Beach Festival
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 
-- 6/10/00-6/11/00 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
WHERE: Washington Square, Upper Grant St., Church of SS Peter and Paul, Shrine of St. Francis di Assisi. 
A festival celebrating the Italian heritage and Beat history of North Beach, with live music, poetry readings, dancing, arte di gesso (street chalk art) arts and crafts booths, and food al fresco. Blessing of animals at 2 p.m on 6/10/00. 

Juneteenth Festival 
WHEN: June18 -20 2000 
WHERE: Fillmore Street, Western Addition

Commemorating the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln on June 19, 1863, A celebration of freedom  for all people. Live music, food, a parade and more. .Information: ('98 article at  (415) 346-2263

San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival -- June 15 to 25, 2000 
The 1998 film festival saw 75,000 take in more than 280 of the best of films and videos by and about the gay, lesbian and bisexual community . The Film Festival runs happens along the oldest street in the Bay Area -- 16th. at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro /16th, S.F.), the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St., S.F.), and the Roxie Cinema (3117 16th St., S.F.).Take BART or Muni Metro Info: (415) 703-8650 

Info: (415) 989-2220 || Search Gay film Festival at sfgate

S.F. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration -- June26/99-June27/99
Gay Pride parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on 6/27/99 with many participants in costume. The 1999 theme is "Proud Heritage, Powerful Future." Info: (415) 864-3733 (Article) Gay in America by 1996

Stern Grove Festival 
June to August
In addition to presenting free summer Sunday concerts, the Festival has a mission to improve community life


Jazz and all that Art on Fillmore 
WHEN:  7/1/00-7/2/00
WHERE: Fillmore between Post and Jackson streets. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
A free jazz festival on Fillmore Street, featuring six stages of continuous live music, outdoor street cafes and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. 
Information: (415) 346-9162

SF Chronicle Fourth of July Waterfront Festival 
WHEN: July 4th All day with fireworks at 9:30
WHERE:   Pier 39 to Aquatic Park Muni Pier Fisherman's Warf  
Live music and entertainment on multiple stages along the waterfront, for 2000 35 classic ships invited by the Nautical Heritage Society will be sailing into the bay for the weekend. 
Information: Free. (415) 705-5500

Chronicle Marathon
WHEN: July
9, 2000
Elite runners compete in a difficult 26.2-mile race through the city starting and finishing near the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park.
RACE HOTLINE: (800) 698-8699

Jewish Film Festival
WHEN: July 20 to Aug. 3, 2000
WHERE:  At the Castro Theatre and other theaters in the Bay Area.
It's the first and oldest Jewish film festival in the world, with screenings of more than 40 films by Jewish filmmakers from around the world. 
Information: (415) 621-0556 or (510) 548-0556


Nihonmachi Street Fair 
WHEN: Aug 5th & 6th 2000
WHERE: Japantown and the Japantown Center.
This event will feature dancing, music, food and other cultural aspects of Japan. 
Information: (415) 771-9861

Pistahan Philippine Festival & Parade
WHEN:  8/12/00-8/13/00 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 
WHERE: Yerba Buena Gardens
A festival celebrating the arts, music, dance, foods and culture of the Philippines. Parade on from 8th and Market streets to Yerba Buena Gardens, starts at 12 noon. 
Information: (415) 436-9711Free. (Article)


Monday, August 28 - Monday, September 4, 2000 Burning
    Man is a Fall Ritual || Glossary
Piss Clear 
  Black Rock City's only alternative newspaper
Links at by Dave Gross
...Man of Action... Businesses || Media Coverage || Ring of Fire 
Yahoo! Burning Man index
- a list of websites, organized by year
The Burning Man Archives
- zpub's extensive Burning Man resource

For 2000 the Burning Man will be the solar plexus of a gigantic horizontal figure drawn on the playa and also hovering thirty feet overhead in lasers. This gigantic body will be the site of art installations exploring The Body theme.REMEMBER, folks, there will be NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE GATE ON FRIDAY,SATURDAY, SUNDAY OR MONDAY.

What is this? North America's greatest art event in the middle of desolation, hours from civilization.

Burning Man
Burning Man

 Burning Man is about transcendent experience unhindered bydogma. A few clues: You are the show and nudity works.... It's a patriarchal figure being burned. ...The four elements are still fire, wind, water and earth... Larry Harvey... Don't worry be happy.... It doesn't get any better than this.... Event ends on Labor Day Monday. Come prepared....Editor's Note: Just as the Greeks celebrated the Eleusian mysteries for a millennium in both Spring and Fall likes to see Burning Man related to the Left Coast's Carnaval San Francisco in the same light.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire 
WHEN: -- 9/2/00 - 10/15/00 Weekends only
WHERE: At the Nut Tree, Vacaville, Solano County.
Jugglers, jesters, royalty and revelers in period garb enjoy 16th century music, jousting, theater, crafts, food and drink in an outdoor setting.  . Admission $17.50 adults, $7.50 children. 
Information: (800) 523-2473 || 99 Article by sfgate

San Francisco Fringe Festival -- 9/7/00-9/17/00
A revolving collection of non-juried, uncensored absurdist and experimental theater pieces at the Exit Theatre and other downtown stages. (Article)
Information: (415) 931-1094, Tickets: (415) 673-3847

San Francisco Blues Festival
WHEN: mid September Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
WHERE: Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco
The oldest blues festival in the U.S., the SFBF celebrates some of the biggest names in the blues. 

Folsom Street Fair -- 9/24/00
A street fair for leather enthusiasts - it is the exciting climax to San Francisco's Leather Week. On Folsom Street between 7th and 12th streets. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Article)
Information: (415) 861-3247


Reggae in the Park 
WHEN: - Date TBA Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 
Tenth Anniversary. Live Reggae, Soca, Calypso and Afro-Caribbean music, ethnic crafts and international cuisine. 
Information: (415) 383-9378

Castro Street Fair 
WHEN: Sunday 10/01/00 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: Castro and Market streets. 
San Francisco's famous gay neighborhood gets dressed up to celebrate its heritage with this street fair, featuring arts and crafts, music, dancing, and food.  
Information: (415) 467-3354

Fleet Week 
WHEN:  10/07/00 - 10/11/00
Blue Angels air show, parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, and additional activities along the waterfront. Many navy ships are docked and open to visitors. 
Info: (415) 705-5500 || '98 Article at sfgate

Sand Castle Classic 
WHERE: Ocean Beach, SF
This event brings together children and representatives from architecture, building and developing firms to create ephemeral masterpieces from sand. 
Information: (415) 512-1899

Italian Heritage Festival & Columbus Day Parade
WHEN: 10/15/00
WHERE: Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach.
Features a , and food, art and music of Italy. 
Information: (415) 434-1492

San Francisco Jazz Festival 
WHEN:  10/20/00-11/6/00
WHERE: Many venues thoughout SF & East Bay
America's greatest with 2 weeks of live music from up-and-coming talent and legendary jazz greats, photo exhibits, master classes and lectures. 
Information: (415) 788-SFJF (7353)

Exotic Erotic Ball 
The world's largest indoor masquerade ball, featuring scantily-clad and outrageously attired revelers. 21 years and over only. no video camera welcome
Information: (415) 469-6065

Halloween San Francisco -- 
WHEN: 10/31/00
WHERE: Crowds are too big at Castro & Market but "official" city event, spawned to try to divert crowds from the Castro at the Civic Center Plaza needs a fresh start .Costumes, music and dancing, food and drink
Information: MECA (415) 826-1401

Great Halloween and Pumpkin Festival 
WHEN: 10/21/00-10/22/00
WHERE: West Portal Avenue.
Festival featuring pie-eating contests, costume contests, a parade, food, music and more.  
Information: (415) 346-9162 Free.

San Francisco Fall Antique Show -- 10/27/99-10/31/99
Antique dealers from all over the globe exhibit their wares at the Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion. Daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission $15. (Article)
Information: (415) 546-6661

Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show 
WHEN:  Dates TBA
WHERE: Cow Palace, Daly City
Traditional rodeo competitions, Grand Prix horse show, more than 2500 head of stock on display, music, dancing, a western shopping mall and vittles. . 
Information: (415) 469-6000


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
WHERE- Ghirardelli Square
Christmas tree lighting and a visit from Santa. 
Information: (415) 775-5500

Run to the Far Side with Gary Larson -- Date TBA
10K and 5K run to benefit the California Academy of Sciences. Many runners wear costumes designed after Gary Larson's Far Side comics. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. on John F. Kennedy Drive at Eighth Avenue in Golden Gate park.
Information: (415) 564-0532

San Francisco International Automobile Show -- Dates TBA
This auto exposition features vintage, state-of-the-art and futuristic vehicles from around the world. Visitors may also experience auto-related demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children. Moscone Center.
Information: (415) 331-4406

Day of the Dead Procession & Rooms for the Dead
WHEN: November 2  5:30 pm
WHERE: Mission Cultural Center 25th & Mission
One of the great Latin-American events in the USA Bring a candle wear a skull face and prepare to visit your long laost loved ones. The Day of the Dead dates to the 12th century, when Aztec culture flourished in central Mexico and the present was considered a dream before you returned to the reality of another world


Run to the Far Side with Gary Larson 
WHEN: -- Date TBA
WHERE: Race starts at 8:30 a.m. on John F. Kennedy Drive at Eighth Avenue in Golden Gate park.
10K and 5K run to benefit the California Academy of Sciences. Many runners wear costumes designed after Gary Larson's Far Side comics. 
Information: (415) 564-0532