Author: Alfredo Casuso

Media Advisory / Onsite Coverage Request: Thursday, October 19

media contact: David Perry & Associates, Inc. (415) 676-7007 / news@davidperry.com

Media Advisory / Onsite Coverage Request: Thursday, October 19

NOTE: San Francisco City Hall will be illuminated in “Commons” logo colors RED/YELLOW/BLUE

 

WHAT: The Commons on 3rd Thursdays free “Block Party” event

 

Public Private Partnership Brings Family-Friendly Event

Featuring Live Music on Three Stages, Roller Skating by Church of 8 Wheels, Food Trucks, Beer Gardens, and Activities for All Ages to 

San Francisco’s Central Public Plazas between City Hall and Market Street

WHO: Entertainment by: Another Planet Entertainment, Noise Pop & People in Plazas

Food and Drink by: Off the Grid and Bi-Rite Creamery

Coordination by: SF Office of Economic & Workforce Development and Civic Center Community Benefit District

WHERE: Three linked public spaces: UN Plaza, Fulton street between the Library and the Asian Art Museum, and Civic Center Plaza

WHEN: October 19: 5pm – 9pm

WEB / SOCIAL: www.civiccentercommons.org / #commonsthursdays

HOW MUCH:               FREE and open to the public

 

OCTOBER 19 FULL LINEUP

Civic Center Plaza Stage (programmed by People in Plazas)
Stompy Jones:  6:30-7:20pm, 7:40-8:30pm
Live DJ: 5:00-6:30pm, 7:20-7:40pm, 8:30-9:00pm
Swing Dancing All Night!
Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, Cornhole and other games

Fulton Street Stage (programmed by Another Planet Entertainment)
DJ Funklor: 5:00-6:15pm
No Vacation: 6:15-7:15pm
Bells Atlas: 7:45-8:45pm
Church of 8 Wheels – Free Roller Skating
#StickyQuestions Asian Art Museum LIZ Installation

United Nations Plaza Stage (programmed by Noise Pop)
xxi: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Vinyl Williams: 8:00 – 9:00pm
‘Paradise Cove’ – Jimmy Buffett themed activities, art, beverages,and more!

Nearby attractions:
City Hall photo exhibit on the Ground Floor and North Light Court by artist Tabitha Soren (formerly MTV) called Fantasy Life (open til 8pm); San Francisco Main Library’s special exhibitions, Jewett Gallery, Summer of Love & Haight and Skylight Gallery, Calligraphies in Conversation (open til 8pm); San Francisco Arts Commission 155 Grove Street Window Installation featuring design by Cliff Hengst and Martin Venezky

WHY: The “Commons on 3rd Thursdays” series of events grew out of the Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in these public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons”. 

October 19th – 5pm to 9pm — “The Commons on 3rd Thursdays”

media contact:  David Perry / (415) 676-7007 / news@davidperry.com

October 19th – 5pm to 9pm — “The Commons on 3rd Thursdays”

Fourth in a Series of FREE Evening Events

San Francisco’s Central Public Plazas between City Hall and Market Street

www.civiccentercommons.org / #commonsthursdays

Live Music on Three Stages with Food Trucks, Beer Gardens and Activities for All Ages

13 October 2017 – San Francisco, CA: The last in a series of four evening events in 2017, The Commons on 3rd Thursday is October 19th from 5pm – 9pm.  The event is a free “block party” featuring live music on three stages, roller skating by the Church of 8 Wheels, food trucks, over-21 beverages, games, interactive installations and other activities for all ages in Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library.   

Musical headliners for October features a diverse lineup of pop, rock, soul and blues acts – Bells Atlas and No Vacation will be performing in Fulton Street, Stompy Jones in Civic Center Plaza, and Vinyl Williams in UN Plaza. Church of 8 Wheels is bringing back their funk music, bright lights and outdoor roller rink on Fulton Street. Free skate rentals of all sizes will be available to the public throughout the night.

With Jimmy Buffet performing at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, a mini ‘Paradise Cove’ experience will be curated featuring Jimmy Buffett themed activities, art, beverages, and more in UN Plaza for Parrotheads and anyone looking for a tropical good time!

Off the Grid is bringing food and beverage trucks to please all palettes – trucks in October include Caribbean Spices, Jackrabbit, Jeepsilog, Judie’s Tacos Locos, Kabob Trolley, Lamas Peruvian Food and QBC. Bi-Rite Creamery will be back in Civic Center Plaza, bringing their ice cream and other menu items to customers in their future location. Bi-Rite will operate a new café kiosk in Civic Center Plaza in early 2018, when the new Helen Diller Civic Center playgrounds open.

The Commons on 3rd Thursdays is a public-private partnership among the City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Off the Grid, Noise Pop, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.  The event series grew out of the Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in these public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons.”  As a result of the effort, visitors to the area also will experience a dynamic sound installation in UN Plaza, courtesy of the Exploratorium, an outdoor art gallery by the Asian Art Museum, and a new yarn wrapping installation on trees throughout the area.  The latest installment includes clusters of giraffes in Civic Center Plaza, parrots on Fulton Street, and octopuses at UN Plaza. The Asian Art Museum is unveiling a new Art/Lit Living Innovation Zone exhibition on Fulton Street: #StickyQuestions is a civic, visual and digital installation inviting participants to ask important questions to ourselves and our neighbors through curated prompts. The #StickyQuestions installation launches October 15, 2017 and will be open for public participation for The Commons on 3rd Thursdays.

OCTOBER 19 FULL LINEUP

Location

Live Music / Exhibitions / Activities

Civic Center Plaza

Curated by People in Plazas

Stage

Stompy Jones:  6:30-7:20pm, 7:40-8:30pm

Live DJ: 5:00-6:30pm, 7:20-7:40pm, 8:30-9:00pm

Swing Dancing All Night!

Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, Cornhole and other games

Fulton Street

Curated by Another Planet Entertainment

Stage

DJ Funklor: 5:00-6:15pm

No Vacation: 6:15-7:15pm

Bells Atlas: 7:45-8:45pm

Church of 8 Wheels – Free Roller Skating

#StickyQuestions Asian Art Museum LIZ Installation

United Nations Plaza

Curated by Noise Pop

Stage

xxi: 5:00 – 8:00pm

Vinyl Williams: 8:00 – 9:00pm

‘Paradise Cove’ – Jimmy Buffett themed activities, art, beverages,

and more!

Nearby Attractions

City Hall photo exhibit on the Ground Floor and North Light Court by artist Tabitha Soren (formerly MTV) called Fantasy Life (open til 8pm)

San Francisco Main Library’s special exhibitions, Jewett Gallery, Summer of Love & Haight and Skylight Gallery, Calligraphies in Conversation (open til 8pm)

San Francisco Arts Commission 155 Grove Street Window Installation featuring design by Cliff Hengst and Martin Venezky

HEADLINE PERFORMER DETAILS

Bells Atlas: Bells Atlas emerges from the vibrant cultural and musical backdrop of Oakland, CA. The epicenter of the group’s start was Guerilla Café (“art.coffee.vibes”) – a fateful location that fostered friendship and musical connection between the core members, sparking the beginnings of a beautiful artistic collaboration and unique blend of sounds. Primarily made up of 4 members with a musical chemistry that surprises and compliments, the sonic palette that makes up Bells Atlas is deep, cinematic and colorful. They capture the spirit of eclectic influences – soul, West African & Brazilian rhythm, noise pop, psychedelia – and draw a wide audience with diverse tastes.

No Vacation: No Vacation began in early 2015, and quickly received attention for the nostalgic bedroom-pop sounds off of their debut mixtape, Amo XO, and surf-rock single, “Draem Girl”. A few months following the release of their second mixtape, Summer Break, No Vacation went on an indefinite hiatus. The five-piece officially reassembled in 2017 after playing shows under various names and a few line-up changes. Since their reunion, No Vacation has released 2 singles, “Mind Fields” and “Yam Yam”, off of their new EP Intermission, which is set to be release with Topshelf Records this November. As they transition out of San Francisco, No Vacation will bring the novice “wavy-gravy dream-pop” sounds of Intermission to Brooklyn.

Stompy Jones: Little David Rose’s thumpin’ stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of Scott Lawrence provide the rhythmic foundation of the band’s jump style. Riffing on top is the trumpet sound of Robert Dehlinger and Jeff “Erv” Ervin on the saxophone. These two fellas create the fireworks of vintage rhythm and blues. The charming Glen Earl Brown Jr on vocals and have become a trademark of Stompy Jones.

Vinyl Williams: Vinyl Williams is a celestial rock band from Los Angeles which aims to transmute personal experiences of religious dissonance into multi-religious harmony through music & artwork.  The band consists of Lionel Williams (composer) Ian Gibbs (keys & guitar) Billy Winger (bass) and James Lake (drums).  Their 3rd LP “Brunei” came out on August 26, 2016 on Company Records. (Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi’s subsidiary of Carpark Records) They have toured extensively with Toro Y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Temples, & Mount Kimbie.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

About Another Planet Entertainment

Another Planet Entertainment, LLC (Another Planet) was created on July 18, 2003 when Gregg W. Perloff, President/CEO of Bill Graham Presents, left to build his own company.  Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has been honored by a vote of its concert industry peers for a total of 14 nominations and 4 wins by Pollstar Magazine. In 2016, Gregg Perloff received the “Promoter of the Year Award” from Pollstar Magazine.

Another Planet is the exclusive promoter for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Fox Theater in Oakland, The Independent, a 500-capacity nightclub in San Francisco, and Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheatre in Lake Tahoe.  In 2010, APE was honored to be awarded the exclusive contract to operate the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a flexible capacity multi-use event and concert space that holds up to 8,500.  Another Planet also successfully produces three major festivals – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008), Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007) and Life is Beautiful (beginning in 2013). 

Another Planet Entertainment has produced well over 5,000 events with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Muse, Robert Plant, Phish, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Adele, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Simon & Garfunkel.

About The Civic Center Commons Initiative

The Civic Center Commons initiative is a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in the City’s central public spaces between Market Street and City Hall and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons”.  Neighbors, community organizations and cultural institutions are working with City agencies and people who frequent these spaces to bring interactive art installations and play structures; more frequent activities and events; additional food and drink options; new stewardship approaches; and innovative workforce development partnerships. The goal of the initiative is to create a strong foundation for future capital improvements, including the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, set to open in spring 2018, and the Civic Center Public Realm Plan, which is redesigning the area’s open space. For more information; visit: https://civiccentercommons.org/CCC_Initiative_Overview.pdf

About Civic Center Community Benefit District:

Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization that works in tandem with City agencies to provide public safety, maintenance, marketing and special events that benefit Civic Center.

About Noise Pop:

Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is one of the nation’s leading independent music promoters. Over the last 25 years Noise Pop’s namesake festival has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of which have gone on to widespread acclaim. Noise Pop is also the year-round talent buyer for the venerable San Francisco venue the Swedish American Hall, which includes Cafe du Nord, as well as producer of the free celebration of musical and culinary delights, the 20th Street Block Party. Additionally, Noise Pop partners with various organizations, venues and institutions to produce events throughout the year including the SFMOMA, California Sunday Magazine and Academy of Sciences. Noise Pop is honored to activate these San Francisco spaces and deliver an experience that celebrates the community and history of this City.    

About Off the Grid:

Off the Grid Markets are founded on the idea of bringing communities together through amazing shared food experiences. Started in 2010, Off the Grid currently operates over 50 weekly public markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Off the Grid seeks to maintain a shared sense of space by collaborating with local businesses and communities to activate novel public spaces with truly unique experiences.

About People in Plazas

What began as a forum for street performers who were paid by passing the hat has become a program that provides wide exposure and more than 500 paid “gigs” annually for local musicians The series has grown to producing 120 + free performances at lunchtime in public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. The program reaches an audience of more than 30,000 annually. In addition, we have produced community gatherings including movie nights, poetry readings, artisan fairs and other events that encourage community use of public spaces. Its mission is to encourage visitors, residents and workers to use our outdoor public spaces. We strive to make these spaces “everyone’s neighborhood.” We do this by producing free events in public spaces that are often underused. The “People in Plazas” series is supported by the Mayor’s Office, Art Commission, SFPD the SF Entertainment Commission and a grant from the Hotel Tax Fund /Grants for the Arts.

Inaugural 2017 Virgin Sport Festival of Fitness Cancelled Due To Bay Area Wildfires

Inaugural 2017 Virgin Sport Festival of Fitness Cancelled Due To Bay Area Wildfires

Decision Driven By Air Quality, Public Health Concerns, and Need to Free Up First Responder Resources For Communities Affected

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Today, Virgin Sport announced that after careful consideration and consultation with local officials, it was cancelling the 2017 Virgin Sport Festival of Fitness, including the Twin Peaks Mile and SF Bay Half marathon, scheduled to take place this weekend, October 14-15.  The start-up cited official precautions of prolonged or heavy exertion due to poor air quality from various sources, such as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the ongoing impact on Bay Area communities from the Napa and Sonoma wildfires, as factors in the decision. 

“Air quality is a major concern,” said Mary Wittenberg, CEO of Virgin Sport. “Another priority for us is making sure that city and local officials, as well as first responders, have no distractions in doing what they need to do to help affected communities manage this situation. This was a big decision, given that this was our inaugural event and many stakeholders, including volunteers and of course the athletic community, worked hard to make it a reality. It’s also the right and necessary thing to do, for the sake of everyone’s health and safety. We truly appreciate the City’s flexibility in supporting our decision – and all those affected have our deepest sympathies.”

“We appreciate Virgin Sport’s commitment to San Francisco and the Bay area, and their willingness to act responsibly with regard to both public health and local resources, including first responder personnel,” said, Martha Cohen, Office of the Mayor, Director, Special Events. “This is a difficult and uncertain time for the Bay Area, and the Mayor has been active in warning the public about air quality concerns. We agree with Virgin Sport’s decision and look forward to working with them in the future, at the appropriate time.”

The Company will refund entry fees to all participants and will be in communication about that process over the next several weeks.

Additionally, to support the North Bay fire relief efforts and all those impacted by recent events, Virgin Sport will be making a $25,000 donation to the Northern California coastal region chapter of the American Red Cross, which will be matched by a $25,000 donation from Virgin Sport founding partner ASICS America. 

For media inquiries please contact:

Sylvie Barak

FTI Consulting

415-926-3507

About Virgin Sport

Virgin Sport is an active life style company within Sir Richard Branson’s global Virgin Group that’s on a mission to move the world through sport. Virgin Sport creates Festivals of Fitness that celebrate and bring host communities to life through fitness, running, art, music, food, fashion and more – sport with a red-hot twist. Virgin Sport plans to grow to new cities and active experiences in the coming years.

 

About Virgin Group

Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel & transportation, financial services, leisure & entertainment and health & wellness.

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September 21st – 5pm to 9pm — “The Commons on 3rd Thursdays”

media contact:  David Perry / (415) 767-1067 / news@davidperry.com

September 21st – 5pm to 9pm — “The Commons on 3rd Thursdays”

Third in a Series of FREE Evening Events

San Francisco’s Central Public Plazas between City Hall and Market Street

www.civiccentercommons.org / #commonsthursdays

Live Music on Three Stages with Food Trucks, Beer Gardens and Activities for All Ages

18 September 2017 – San Francisco, CA: The third in a series of four evening events, The Commons on 3rd Thursday is September 21 from 5pm – 9pm.  The event is a free “block party” featuring live music on three stages, roller skating by the Church of 8 Wheels, food trucks, over-21 beverages, games such as bocce ball and skee ball, a balloon sculpture installation, and other activities for all ages in Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library. 

Headlining the September event will be French Cassettes and EagleWolfSnake on Fulton Street, Omega LIVE Band in Civic Center Plaza and DUCKWRTH in UN Plaza – unique and compelling performers highlighting the diversity of California’s music scene. Church of 8 Wheels is bringing the roller rink outside, setting up a funky skate rink on Fulton Street. Free skate rentals will be available to the public to skate the night away on eight wheels.

Bi-Rite Creamery will be a featured food vendor in Civic Center Plaza, showcasing their ice cream and other menu items to customers in their future location; they will operate a new café kiosk in Civic Center Plaza in February 2018, when the new playgrounds open. Off the Grid food trucks will include Cochinita, It’s All Gravy, Kokio Republic, Lamas Peruvian Food, SAJJ and QBC. And the Tenderloin Museum is curating an outdoor art gallery in UN Plaza, highlighting a selection of works from area artists Ira Watkins, Darwin Bell, and JB Higgins.

The Commons on 3rd Thursdays is a public-private partnership among the City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Off the Grid, Noise Pop, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.  The event series grew out of the Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in these public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons.”  As a result of the effort, visitors to the area also will experience a dynamic sound installation in UN Plaza, courtesy of the Exploratorium, an outdoor art gallery by the Asian Art Museum, and a new yarn wrapping installation on trees throughout the area.  The latest installment includes a cluster of three knitted giraffes in Civic Center Plaza, with parrots on their way to Fulton Street and octopuses to UN Plaza later this month.  The yarn artists Knits for Life will be on hand with a knitting demonstration at the September 21 event.   

Since the inception of The Commons on 3rd Thursdays in July, many new sponsors have come forward to provide additional support for this event series. New sponsors include Lendlease, Dolby, Tishman Speyer, Trinity Properties, Streetplus, CMG Landscape Architects and AECOM. SF Magazine has joined as the media sponsor, providing online and print promotion of the events.

SEPTEMBER 21 FULL LINEUP

Location

Live Music / Exhibitions / Activities

Civic Center Plaza

Curated by People in Plazas

Stage

Omega LIVE Band:  6:30-7:20pm, 7:40-8:30pm

Live DJ: 5:00-6:30pm, 7:20-7:40pm, 8:30-9:00pm

Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga and other games

Fulton Street

Curated by Another Planet Entertainment

Stage

DJ Funklor: 5:00-6:15pm

French Cassettes: 6:15-7:15pm

EagleWolfSnake: 7:45-8:45pm

Church of 8 Wheels – Free Roller Skating

United Nations Plaza

Curated by Noise Pop

Stage

Arumi: 5:00 – 5:40pm

NRVS LVRS: 6:00 – 6:40pm

Channel Tres: 7:00 – 7:40pm

DUCKWRTH: 8:00 – 9:00pm

Skee Ball by Joey the Cat

Photobooth

Balloon Sculpture Art Installation

Tenderloin Museum: Outdoor Art Gallery

San Francisco Public Library: Mobile Library with Art Books

826 Valencia: Giant Scrabble

Nearby Attractions

Asian Art Museum’s special exhibition Flower Power (open til 9pm)

City Hall photo exhibit on the Ground Floor and North Light Court by artist Tabitha Soren (formerly MTV) called Fantasy Life (open til 8pm)

San Francisco Main Library’s special exhibitions, Jewett Gallery, Summer of Love & Haight and Skylight Gallery, Calligraphies in Conversation (open til 8pm)

San Francisco Arts Commission 155 Grove Street Window Installation featuring design by Cliff Hengst and Martin Venezky

SHN’s Orpheum Theater An American in Paris (8pm)

HEADLINE PERFORMANCE/EXHIBITION DETAILS

Omega LIVE Band: Omega brings her own unique blend of style and creativity to some of her favorite influences such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Maze and more! Accompanied by some of the bay’s best musicians, Omega LIVE! will give you a reason to bob your head, get up to dance and sing out loud!

French Cassettes: “If you’re looking for a healthy overdose of oohs and ahhs to pair with your lust for hypermelodic indie pop so danceable it’ll leave you questioning your high heeled shoe choice for the night or thinking, ‘you don’t need hands with hooks like these,’ then I think you’ll like it. I do. And it beats shaking almonds out of trees.” -Scott Huerta (French Cassettes)

EagleWolfSnake: With the release of their new single, “Whatever You Say”, EagleWolfSnake brings a pop feel to indie rock. Lush with high energy vocals, catchy guitar hooks, and an all-around fun attitude, the song makes you want to get up and dance. Through it all, EagleWolfSnake is able to take something familiar, and create a whole new aesthetic all their own.

DUCKWRTH: Bay Area via South Central rapper, singer and visual artist Duckwrth, born Jared Lee, is more than ready to go to the next level with his recent album, I’M UUGLY. Released in late 2016, I’M UUGLY is a project that merges the most unique parts of Duckwrth’s talents to create a sound and visual palette that indicates he has not only grown as an artist but is well on his way to being a music icon and visionary for this generation.  Duckwrth developed a fan base by releasing mixtapes like Ducktape, Taxfree V1 and his 2015 collaboration with hip hop producer, The Kickdrums, titled Nowhere.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

About Another Planet Entertainment

Another Planet Entertainment, LLC (Another Planet) was created on July 18, 2003 when Gregg W. Perloff, President/CEO of Bill Graham Presents, left to build his own company.  Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has been honored by a vote of its concert industry peers for a total of 14 nominations and 4 wins by Pollstar Magazine. In 2016, Gregg Perloff received the “Promoter of the Year Award” from Pollstar Magazine.

Another Planet is the exclusive promoter for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Fox Theater in Oakland, The Independent, a 500-capacity nightclub in San Francisco, and Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheatre in Lake Tahoe.  In 2010, APE was honored to be awarded the exclusive contract to operate the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a flexible capacity multi-use event and concert space that holds up to 8,500.  Another Planet also successfully produces three major festivals – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008), Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007) and Life is Beautiful (beginning in 2013). 

Another Planet Entertainment has produced well over 5,000 events with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Muse, Robert Plant, Phish, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Adele, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Simon & Garfunkel.

About The Civic Center Commons Initiative

The Civic Center Commons initiative is a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in the City’s central public spaces between Market Street and City Hall and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons”.  Neighbors, community organizations and cultural institutions are working with City agencies and people who frequent these spaces to bring interactive art installations and play structures; more frequent activities and events; additional food and drink options; new stewardship approaches; and innovative workforce development partnerships. The goal of the initiative is to create a strong foundation for future capital improvements, including the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, set to open in spring 2018, and the Civic Center Public Realm Plan, which is redesigning the area’s open space. For more information; visit: https://civiccentercommons.org/CCC_Initiative_Overview.pdf

About Civic Center Community Benefit District:

Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization that works in tandem with City agencies to provide public safety, maintenance, marketing and special events that benefit Civic Center.

About Noise Pop:

Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is one of the nation’s leading independent music promoters. Over the last 25 years Noise Pop’s namesake festival has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of which have gone on to widespread acclaim. Noise Pop is also the year-round talent buyer for the venerable San Francisco venue the Swedish American Hall, which includes Cafe du Nord, as well as producer of the free celebration of musical and culinary delights, the 20th Street Block Party. Additionally, Noise Pop partners with various organizations, venues and institutions to produce events throughout the year including the SFMOMA, California Sunday Magazine and Academy of Sciences. Noise Pop is honored to activate these San Francisco spaces and deliver an experience that celebrates the community and history of this City.    

About Off the Grid:

Off the Grid Markets are founded on the idea of bringing communities together through amazing shared food experiences. Started in 2010, Off the Grid currently operates over 50 weekly public markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Off the Grid seeks to maintain a shared sense of space by collaborating with local businesses and communities to activate novel public spaces with truly unique experiences.

About People in Plazas

What began as a forum for street performers who were paid by passing the hat has become a program that provides wide exposure and more than 500 paid “gigs” annually for local musicians The series has grown to producing 120 + free performances at lunchtime in public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. The program reaches an audience of more than 30,000 annually. In addition, we have produced community gatherings including movie nights, poetry readings, artisan fairs and other events that encourage community use of public spaces. Its mission is to encourage visitors, residents and workers to use our outdoor public spaces. We strive to make these spaces “everyone’s neighborhood.” We do this by producing free events in public spaces that are often underused. The “People in Plazas” series is supported by the Mayor’s Office, Art Commission, SFPD the SF Entertainment Commission and a grant from the Hotel Tax Fund /Grants for the Arts.

September 1 is Opening Date for Student Submissions for International Ocean Film Festival

media contact: David Perry & Associates, Inc. (415) 767-1067 / news@davidperry.com

September 1 is Opening Date for Student Submissions
for International Ocean Film Festival

Student Filmmakers around the world encouraged to submit works that inspire people to appreciate and care for the ocean by revealing its wonders through independent films.

Cash prize of up to $500 for each category

15th annual celebration of features films about marine life, the ocean, coastal cultures and conservation takes place in San Francisco March 8 – 12, 2018

www.oceanfilmfest.org

23 August 2017 – San Francisco, CA: “The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities,” wrote Rachel Carson in her landmark book The Sea Around Us. “If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”  For 15 years, the International Ocean Film Festival has been finding the poetry of the sea and putting it onscreen. Beginning on September 1 student filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to find that poetry as well: submitting works that inspire others to a love and respect the ocean.  Open to middle and high school students internationally, the contest offers prizes of up to $500 per category. The winning entries will be featured at the Festival’s 15th annual celebration March 8 – 12, 2018. Entry details may be found online at www.oceanfilmfest.org.

“The ocean is the greatest teacher on earth,” said Ana Blanco, Executive Director for the International Ocean Film Festival. “This is an amazing opportunity for student filmmakers to simultaneously teach and learn about out planet’s greatest, and largest, national resource. Our youth are the next generation of ocean conservationists. This next generation, intuitively, understands the need for ocean protection and invariably will list a call to action in their films.”

All submitted films must be five minutes or less in length, and done entirely by students, or groups of students. The subject matter must be about the earth’s oceans. The top finalists will be screened in a dedicated program during the Festival, open to all with free admission, on Sunday, March 11, at 10am. All submissions are due January 9.

For the 2017 Festival, 98 submissions were received from around the world, including films from the USA, Turkey and the Philippines. The top three winners in each category from 2017 are posted online at www.oceanfilmfest.org

Submissions may include films of all genres – documentaries, narratives, shorts, and animation films of all lengths. Subjects may focus on all oceanographic themes including but not limited to: ocean exploration, wildlife, environmental, conservation, oceanography, seafaring adventures, maritime issues, ocean sports and coastal cultures.

Since its launch in 2004, the San Francisco-based International Ocean Film Festival has attracted thousands of spectators of all ages from around the world, including film enthusiasts, sea athletes, educators, and environmental supporters. Since then, the Festival has presented over 50 films from 15 different countries and featured post-film Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, special panel discussions with content experts, and the Annual Free Student Education Program. It was the first event of its kind in North America, inspired by the well-established ocean festival in Toulon, France, which has continued to draw large audiences for more than 40 years.

“This is one of the most important opportunities we offer,” said Blanco: “offering young people an opportunity to explore the creative field of filmmaking while telling their story about the ocean.”

Sponsors for the 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival include Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Hotel Zephyr, Official Hotel Sponsor for the Festival.

The 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival will take place March 8 – 12, 2018 at San Francisco’s Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason. The International Ocean Film Festival is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit.