Thursday, July 9, 2015

Music of the Burger Boogaloo 2015

Burger Records is an independent record label and record store based out of Fullerton, California. And they rock. They rock hard. This would be fully realized if you’ve ever attended the Burger Boogaloo, a 2-day rock-n-roll/garage/punk rock festival that happens in Oakland’s Mosswood Park the first weekend in July. The founders, Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, curate unique lo-fi, DIY music collections on CD, cassettes, and vinyl and promote dynamic live shows that showcase both lost gems and burgeoning bands. JohnWaters, adoringly labeled "The Pope of Trash", wrapped up the sixth edition of Burger Record’s Boogaloo Sunday night and if you are eager to keep rockin’ to the robust sounds of the weekend, check out what the library has to offer you:

The Gories - The Shaw Tapes: live in detroit 5/27/88 available in Hoopla or Outta Here available on CD.

The Pandoras - Rock Hard/Nymphomania Live available in Hoopla or CD and Stop Pretending available in Hoopla and It's About Time available on CD.

Shannon and the Clams - Dreams in the Rat House available on CD.

photograph by: Kaliisa Conlon, image source: LA Weekly

Jonathan Richman - 10 albums available in Hoopla and Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild available on CD. The classic Modern Lovers album is available on CD.

King Khan and the BBQ Show - Bad News Boys available on CD.

Black Lips - Albums available on CD include 200 Million Thousand, Arabia Mountain, Underneath the Rainbow. Also, check out their DVD Kids Like You & Me.

Fuzz - self-titled album on CD.

photograph by: Denee Petracek, image source: Spin Magazine

And we can't forget the bell of the ball, John Waters! Here's a link to all things John that are available in our library catalog in a variety of formats!

Check our catalog again soon as we've ordered new Boogaloo sounds that include the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Untamed Youth, 5 6 7 8 ‘s, The Mummies, Danny and the Darleans, and Audacity.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ronnie Goodman - Soul Journey

Come to the Art, Music and Recreation Center on the 4th floor of the Main Library to see the vibrant and powerful artwork of Ronnie Goodman.  The exhibit "Ronnie Goodman - Soul Journey" will be on display through October 22nd, 2015.

"I am a 54-year-old self-taught homeless artist and distance runner living in San Francisco.  I am inspired by the beauty of this city and its diversity, balanced with the struggles of human despair. With my brush, I try to capture these raw emotions in painted images"

Ronnie Goodman is an artist, a long-distance marathon runner and an advocate for the homeless.  With the exhibit “Soul Journey” Ronnie Goodman shares his prints and his paintings which express his feelings about his life as a homeless resident of San Francisco and as an artist.  Ronnie Goodman has worked closely with the Hospitality House and the Coalition on Homelessness Street Sheet Newspaper to raise awareness of the homeless issues facing San Francisco and the Country.  Ronnie's art is timely and poetic and illustrates his personal struggle while also addressing the political climate of today.  SFGATE named Ronnie one of “28 people who made the Bay Area interesting in 2014” and he illustrated the cover for the book HouseKeys Not Handcuffs: Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics in San Francisco and Beyond by Paul Boden.

Breaking the Chains
 We met Ronnie at the Art, Music and Recreation Center's reference desk a few years ago when he would ask us to help him find books about art and artists that inspired his own work.  A year ago we asked Ronnie if he would be interested in displaying his work at the library.  Being a large urban library located in the Civic Center of San Francisco, we serve a lot of patrons who are in a state of homelessness and we believe strongly in the library's mission statement, which is "The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community".  We are proud to share with all of our library patrons the art created by San Francisco resident, Ronnie Goodman.  Below are a few more examples of the work on display. 

Black Lives Matter

Homeless State Prison

Man at Work

The Old Metal Door

The Three Apostles of Jazz

More information about Ronnie Goodman can be found at

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Funky Bollywood: A Conversation With The Author

On Tuesday, June 23rd, at 3:30 pm, San Francisco Public Library will host a conversation with the author of Funky Bollywood, Todd Stadtman in Koret Auditorium.

Todd Stadtman, a San Francisco-based musician and hardcore cinephile with a special interest in popular cinema. In his book, Stadtman has focused his lens on Hindi popular films of the 70s, a watershed moment that ushered in the era of the Angry Young Man with the defining rise of superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

The Hindi cinema of 70s was influenced by a variety of internal social and political factors coupled by outside pressures from the Rambo type violence-laced movies and Hong Kong karate block busters. Instead of focusing on any single superstar of the era, Todd looks at the various tropes the of 70s Hindi cinema, exploring the domain of hard fighting he-men stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Feroz Khan and badass, whip-wielding heroines played by the likes of the gorgeous Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, and Rekha, supported by disco dancers, karate killers, femme fatales, space age lairs, bombshells and booby traps.

All Library programs are free and open to the public.

Those wishing to watch popular Hindi films on DVD, search our catalog by call number - Hindi DVD.

For further reading, we also recommend:

Indian Popular Cinema: A Narrative of Cultural Change by K. Moti Gokulsing and Wimal Dissanayake (Sterling, 2004).

King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema by Anupama Chopra (Warner Books, 2007).

Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema, edited by Vinay Lal (FAB Press, 2015).

The Kapoors: the First Family of Indian Cinema by Madhu Jain (Viking, Penguin Books India, 2005).

Once Upon a Time in Bollywood: The Global Swing in Hindi Cinema by edited by Gurbir Jolly, Zenia Wad (TSAR, 2007).

Fashioning Film Stars: Dress, Culture, Identity, edited by Rachel Moseley (BFI Pub., 2005).

Fashioning Bollywood: The Making and Meaning of Hindi Film Costume by Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).

100 Bollywood Films by Rachel Dwyer (BFI, 2005).

Yash Chopra by Rachel Dwyer (BFI Pub., 2002).

Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City by Ranjani Mazumdar (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Learning the Violin - A Bibliocommons List

The San Francisco Public Library has a wide range of material for musicians at all levels. We have violin music for both young and adult beginners.  

Early Start on the Violin is an excellent method for the child violinist. Violin by Craig Duncan is suited to elementary school instrument. The Suzuki Violin School is used in string classes and includes piano accompaniment. Maia Bang's Violin Method and Mel Bay's Violin Method would also be well suited to the adult beginner.

For those teaching themselves, the DVD ABC's of Violin for the Absolute Beginner could be very helpful. Easy Classics for Violin and The Violin Collection provide simple solo works.

The list below comes from the San Francisco Public Library Bibliocommons list "Learning the Violin."

Early Start on the Violin by Egon Sassmannshaus (New York : Bärenreiter, 2008).

Violin by Craig Duncan (Mel Bay Publications, 2002)

Violin Method by Maia Bang (C. Fischer, 1919-1925).

Suzuki violin school by Shin'ichi Suzuki (Summy-Birchard; Distributed by Alfred Pub. Co., 1970-2008)

Easy classics for violin (Mel Bay Publications, 1997)

The ABC's of Violin for the Absolute Beginner [DVD] (Carl Fischer, 2005)

The Violin Collection Easy to Intermediate Level: 14 pieces in First Position by 12 Composers (G. Schirmer; Distributed by Hal Leonard, 2007)

Mel Bay's violin method by Frank Zucco (Mel Bay Publications, 1992)

Eta Cohen's Easy Violin Duets (Novello, 1997).

Essential Elements for Strings A Comprehensive String Method. Violin. book 1 By Michael Allen [includes CD] (Hal Leonard, 2004).

String Tunes A Very Beginning Solo (or Unison) Songbook : 36 Songs in Progressive Order Starting With the First Three Notes Taught in All Beginning String Methods by Samuel Applebaum (Belwin-Mills Pub. Corp., 1994)

A Collection of Easy Violin Pieces (Amsco Publications, 1949)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The World of Film and Opera - I Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana

As part of its Merola Goes to the Movies series, San Francisco Public Library will show a pair of operas directed by the legendary Franco Zeffirelli for the screen. Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo both premiered years apart in the early 1890s.  Of relatively shorter length, these two operas are so often performed together that they are collectively know as "Cav and Pag."

Zeffirelli had directed both of these operas on stage with the Royal Opera House in 1959 and the Metropolitan Opera 1969.  He filmed these operas in 1981 in the midst of his shooting the Hollywood blockbuster Endless LoveCavalleria Rusticana was filmed in a Sicilian village.  It stars Yelena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, Axelle Gall and Renato Bruson and was recorded at the La Scala opera house.  Pagliacci also features Plácido Domingo as well Teresa Stratas, Juan Pons and Alberto Rinaldi.

I Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana is part of our continuing collaboration with the Merola Opera ProgramThose of you may have come to our previous screening of Zeffirelli's La Traviata will already know what a treat we have in store for you.

Both films will be screened on Sunday, May 24, 2015 between 1 and 3 PM in Koret Auditorium in the Main Library on the Lower Level.

All Library programs are free and open to the public.

Further reading:

Zeffirelli: The Autobiography of Franco Zeffirelli (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scapegoat: the 1871 to 1906 San Francisco City Hall

The Art, Music and Recreation Center and the San Francisco History Center are pleased to host the screening of Scapegoat: the 1871 to 1906 San Francisco City Hall, which tells the story of the ornate and remarkable City Hall that San Francisco built for itself starting in 1871 and that was destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake and Firestorm.

We will show this film in the Koret Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm, only 200 feet from what was once this City Hall's great colonnaded, public entry.

The Question and Answer period will include the filmmaker, Glenn Lym, joined by Paul V. Turner - Stanford emeritus professor of architectural history - and Chris Carlsson - San Francisco historian and founder of and and historian Gray Brechin.

Glenn Lym is a practicing architect and documentary filmmaker in the South of Market.  He studied architecture at U.C. Berkeley and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has lived in San Francisco since 1978.

City Hall was bordered by Larkin, McAllister and City Hall Avenue and there was no Hyde street.  This link will take you to a 1905 Sanborn map where you can see how City Hall was situated in regards to Market, McAllister and Larkin.

The following photographic reproductions of the "old" City Hall from the archives of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection will be on display before and after the screening.

view from Larkin and City Hall Avenue

view from City Hall Square

view from Market looking towards City Hall Ave on the left and McAllister on the right

view from Market before the dome was completed

view from City Hall Avenue

and the ruined City Hall after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mete Tasin performs Italian Opera with the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra

Mete Tasin, backed by the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, will perform in the Koret Auditorium Saturday, May 16, at 2:30pm. He will perform songs from the Italian repertoire.

Mete was born in Wurzburg, Germany, and raised in Turkey. He studied at Istanbul University State Conservatory and later in the US  at Brooklyn College. Mete’s first big role was as Don Jose in Carmen performed in Minnesota. He has also performed as this character at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Light Opera.

Mete previously performed the lead role of Arlecchino in Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata at Opera San Jose in California. He has also represented the San Francisco City Opera by singing at Union Street and North Beach Festivals as a soloist. In addition to singing, he composed the music for Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which premiered in New York. Mete has performed many roles in the Turkish repertoire at Izmir Istanbul State Theaters and other venues in Turkey.

The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, the largest and one of the oldest orchestras of its kind in Northern California has performed many concerts over the years to thousands of listeners throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The uniqueness of this group is its varied repertoire and creative arrangements of folk music, semi-classical Italian, Spanish, Russian songs, popular "oldies", contemporary pieces (some taken from familiar musicals), excerpts from operas, and classical orchestra compositions written specifically for mandolin.

If you're interested in looking at books on Italian opera click here.