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History of Abortion Rights, Philippine Cultural Festival

Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard Street
August 13, 14 | Free

Ever wanted to learn about Filipino martial arts? Or have you ever wanted to eat so many Ube ice creams to compete? Celebrate Filipino culture this weekend with the 29th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival. The parade takes place Saturday at 11am in the heart of downtown San Francisco, and the festival runs from 11am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday. It represents the homecoming of the Filipino community.

“Our world is starting to emerge from two pandemics: the COVID-19 pandemic and the Asia-hate pandemic. We stand out more than ever to show our pride in our culture and community. We need to support each other,” Perez says.

Saturday’s parade begins at Civic Center Plaza and ends at Yerba Buena Gardens.

The festival features seven different pavilions that shed light on different parts of Filipino culture, including dance, art, innovation, health, sports, heritage, and the Pistahan Tavern, which sells a variety of cocktails and beverages. Each of these pavilions highlights people from the Filipino community, not just in the Bay Area, but around the world.

Filipino martial arts demonstrations and ube ice cream eating competitions are all part of the fun at the 29th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival this weekend. | | Photo courtesy

Perez wants to show that his community is much more than what it seems on the surface, and is capable of change and innovation. He also hopes to inspire future generations and pass on their culture for years to come.

“Unfortunately, much of Asian culture is generally not taught in textbooks. It’s not rated,” Perez says. “So this is the only place our community can come and relearn and rediscover our traditions and culture, and especially where the next generation can carry it on. Just find our community and find synergies with other organizations out there so we can empower each other and lift each other up.”

The Pistahan Festival invites people from all walks of life to participate in a celebration of culture and community. Perez wants people to know that the Filipino community is thriving, very vibrant and welcoming to all. Festival meets those needs!

“We have a very rich and diverse culture, and we are very welcoming. Like everyone, we have fun, we love to eat, and we love music,” Perez says.

— Simena Loeza

Drawing Room SF, 780 Via Valencia
July 30th – September 4th | Free

Furious at Law vs. Wade? The Up in ARMS art exhibition may help you visually soothe your anger at the Supreme Court. Sculptures, paintings, and contemporary works on display show the artist’s raw feelings about the reduction of women’s rights at the federal level.

The free exhibition began with a public call for artists’ work on the controversial ruling.

The drawing room is closed on Mondays and the event runs until September 4th. (JB)

St. Anne at Sunset, 850 Judah St.
Monday, August 8, 1-3 PM | $28

See San Francisco’s beautiful mosaic staircase. | | Photo courtesy

If the gym stepper isn’t your thing these days, climbing the stunning stairs in San Francisco might give you the motivation you need to get your butt working.

This 2-mile walking tour covers some of the most beautiful mosaic-tiled staircases in the city (or perhaps the world).

Hear the stories behind the tiles and explore coveted neighborhoods often missed by tourists with breathtaking 360-degree views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, downtown San Francisco and more . (JB)

Tuesday, August 9, 6:00 PM | Free

As the Roe vs. Wade reversal and its dire consequences threaten women’s rights and healthcare, City Lights and Mother Jones Magazine bring together four of the most savvy authors on the subject for an immersive exploration. .

Starting with how we got here, this talk will explore the historical, legal, medical, and activist-related aspects of Roe v. Wade. A special focus will be placed on the political and economic issues at the heart of the fight for women’s rights. This talk provides a barometer of where the situation is and how best to fight to defend women’s rights – and it’s free! (JB)

Isabelle Allende. | | Frankfurter Buchmesse

Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 PM | Free

When Isabel Allende fled Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile in 1975, she left behind a pile of stories that would make her one of the world’s most famous authors. In an interview with KQED’s Michael Krasny, Allende discusses topics ranging from human rights to contemporary feminist movements in South America. Tickets for the event have already sold out, but additional attendees can attend virtually. (BF)

Manny’s, 3092 16th St.
Wednesday, August 10, 6 – 7 PM | $5 – $10

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What does it mean to be a successful young person? Education costs have skyrocketed for years across the country. Sadly, most students will have to make the decision to take out loans that will last for years, and in some cases, a lifetime, in order to go to college or the like in 2022. This talk aims to redefine “student success” and improve higher education so that students don’t have to go bankrupt to get a college degree – Lynn Mahoney, San Francisco State University Rectors discuss the tough and complex issues of 21st century higher education. Sai!Current students can email the word “caffeine” and the title of this event [email protected] for free tickets. Otherwise, $5-10 via Eventbrite. (JB)

Potrero Branch, San Francisco Public Library, 1616 20th St.
Thursday, August 11, 4 – 6 pm | Free

The San Francisco Public Library will host the Museum of Crafts and Design’s mobile MakeArt van on Thursday, bringing a live art-making experience to everyone. Our colorful Splinter Van is fully equipped to unleash your inner artist. It’s a great place to let kids get creative, and adults might feel called upon to do the same. (YM)

Reclaim Foundation, 2125 Lombard St.
Thursday, August 11, 5-9 PM | $25-$320

If cocktails, games, and silent auctions in support of a good cause sound like a fun night, you’ll want to attend the Reclaim Foundation’s second event of the year on Thursday night. It’s meant to motivate you to take back your life later and break down the barriers (or shards of glass) that keep people from their dreams, goals, or normal life. If you want to help people get back on their feet but can’t attend the event, you can bid on Silent His auctions from anywhere with a reasonable internet connection. (JB)

Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th St.
Friday, August 12, 7:00pm-10:00pm | | Free

In 1972, Uganda’s President Idi Amin expelled three million residents of South Asian descent from the country, sparking the Indian diaspora of Southeast Asia. Poet and visual artist Asha Sudra, a child of her East African desi diaspora, draws on her family’s lived experience in her powerful exhibition, Not Your Masi’s Generation. The event will be held in the Gallery Space of the Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore inside the Mission. (BF)

NOW Hunters Point, 155 Jennings Street
Saturday, August 13, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm | | free

Backpacks, school supplies, and bike raffles are all in the docket for the 19th Annual Bayview Magic Back to School Backpack Giveaway. | | Photo courtesy

Bayview Magic is hosting its 19th Annual Backpack Giveaway for elementary through high school students in 94214 Zip Code. But it’s more than just a backpack, you’ll be given the chance to fill up with school supplies, win a bike raffle, swagger down the runway at a fashion show, and attend a resource fair. Get ready for the next school year and connect with the Bayview Hunters Point community. (YM)

San Francisco Ferry Building, One Ferry Building
August 14 (Sun) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | | free

The iconic Ferry Building will host “The Bay Area’s Largest Plant Market” on Sunday, August 14th. Give your green fingers some flexibility to pick new plants for your home or stock up on the latest plants. -Parental care supplies. The event is chock-full of knowledgeable botanical experts to help foster a love of plants. (JB)

Contributors: Blue Fay, Joe Burn, Ximena Loeza, Yeily Mendez.