History of Abortion Rights, a Filipino Cultural Festival


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

Have you ever wanted to know more about Filipino martial arts? Or have you ever wanted to eat an insane amount of ube ice cream in competition? Well now you can! Celebrate Filipino culture at the 29th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival this weekend. The parade will take place in the heart of downtown San Francisco on Saturday at 11 a.m. and the festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the first Pistahan festival since the pandemic and the organizer, Al Perez, wants this year to represent a homecoming for the Filipino community.

“In our world, we have kind of started to come out of two pandemics. The COVID-19 pandemic and the Asian hate pandemic. We need to be more visible than ever to show pride in our culture and our community. To support each other. Perez said.

Saturday’s parade will begin at Civic Center Plaza and end at Yerba Buena Gardens.

This festival will feature 7 different pavilions, showcasing different parts of Filipino culture including dance, art, innovation, health, sports, heritage and the Pistahan Tavern where different cocktails and drinks will be sold . Each of these pavilions will showcase members of the Filipino community from around the world, not just the Bay Area.

Demonstrations of Filipino martial arts and an ube ice cream eating contest are all part of the fun at the 29th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival this weekend. | Courtesy picture

Perez hopes to show that her community is more than meets the surface, capable of making change and innovating. He also hopes to inspire future generations and pass on their culture for years to come.

“A lot of our Asian culture in general is unfortunately not taught in textbooks. We are not shown in mainstream movies or in the music industry. We are not as popular in the mainstream as general,” Perez says. “So it’s the only place where our community can come to relearn and rediscover our traditions, our culture, especially so that the next generation can pass it on. And just to find our community and find synergies with d other organizations that will be there, so that we can empower and uplift each other.

The Pistahan Festival invites people from all walks of life to join in a celebration of culture and community. Perez wants people to know that the Filipino community is thriving and very lively and welcoming to everyone. And if you like to dance, eat and have fun, this festival will meet your needs!

“We have a very rich and diverse culture, and we are very welcoming. We have fun, we like to eat, we like music, like everyone else. Perez said.

—Ximena Loeza

SF Lounge, 780 Valencia St.
July 30 – September 4 | Free

Enraged at Roe v. Wade? Then the Up in ARMS art exhibit may just provide visual relief to your fury at the Supreme Court. The sculpted, painted, 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 an open call for artists’ work on the controversial decision.

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

St. Anne of Sunset, 850 Judah St.
Monday, August 8, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | $28

Take a tour of San Francisco’s magnificent mosaic stairs. | Courtesy picture

If stepping in the gym hasn’t been your thing lately, maybe climbing those gorgeous San Francisco stairs will give your glutes the motivation they need to get moving.

This two-mile walking tour covers some of the finest mosaic staircases in the city (or perhaps the world).

Hear the stories behind the tiles and take in breathtaking 360-degree views, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and downtown San Francisco—all while passing through coveted neighborhoods that tourists often miss. (JB)

Tuesday, August 9, 6 p.m. | Free

With the reversal of Roe versus Wade and its dire consequences threatening women’s rights and health care, City Lights and Mother Jones Magazine bring together four of the most well-versed writers on the subject for an immersive exploration.

Starting with how we got here, the talk will explore the historical, legal, medical, and activist aspects of Roe vs. Wade. Particular emphasis will be placed on the political and economic issues at the heart of the battle for women’s rights. The conference offers a barometer to find out where things stand and how you can better fight to protect women’s rights – and it’s free! (JB)

Isabelle Allende. | Frankfurter Buchmesse

Tuesday, August 9, 7 p.m. | Free

When Isabel Allende fled the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile in 1975, she left with a wealth of stories that would make her one of the world’s most famous writers. In conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny, Allende will discuss topics ranging from human rights to contemporary feminist movements in South America. Although tickets for the event are already sold out, additional attendees are welcome to participate virtually. (BF)

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

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What does it mean to be a successful young person? Education costs have been skyrocketing for years across the country. Unfortunately, for most students in 2022 to pursue an education like college, they must make the decision to take out loans that will follow them for years – or possibly their entire lives. This conference aims to redefine “student success” and improve higher education so that students no longer have to go broke to get a college degree? Join San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney to discuss these difficult and complex questions about higher education in the 21st century. Psst! Current students can email the word “caffeine” and the title of this event to [email protected] for a free ticket. Otherwise it’s between $5 and $10 via Eventbrite. (JB)

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

The San Francisco Public Library is hosting the Museum of Craft and Design’s Mobile MakeArt Van on Thursday to bring a live art-making experience to everyone. The colorful sprinter van is well equipped to unleash your inner artist. It’s the perfect place to get kids to tap into their creativity and who knows, adults may feel called to do so too. (YM)

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

If cocktails, games and a silent auction to benefit a good cause sound like a fun night to you, then the Reclaim Foundation’s second event of the year is where you’ll want to be on Thursday night. The foundation aims to motivate people to reclaim their lives after trauma and to break down the barriers – or Shatter the Glass – that keep people from achieving their dreams, goals or normal lives. If you want to help people get back on their feet but can’t make it to the event, you can bid in the silent auction from anywhere with a half-decent internet connection here. (JB)

Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th St.
Friday August 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Free

In 1972, President Idi Amin of Uganda expelled 3 million people of South Asian descent from the country, which led to the Indian diaspora in Southeast Africa. Poet and visual artist Asha Sudra is a child of the East African Desi diaspora and uses her family’s lived experience in her powerful exhibition “Not Your Masi’s Generation”. The event will take place in the gallery space of the Mission’s Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore. (BF)

NOW Hunters Point, 155 Jennings St.
Saturday August 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Free

Backpacks, school supplies and a bike raffle are all on the program at the 19th Annual Bayview Magic Back-to-School Backpack Contest. | Courtesy picture

Bayview Magic is hosting its 19th annual backpack giveaway for elementary through high school students who live in the 94214 zip code. But it doesn’t just stop at the backpacks, they’ll be filled with school supplies, the occasion win a bike raffle, walk the catwalk in a fashion show and participate in a resource fair. Attend this event to prepare for this upcoming school year and connect with the Bayview Hunters Point community. (YM)

San Francisco Ferry Building, A Ferry Building
Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Free

The iconic Ferry Building is set to house “the largest plant market in the Bay Area” on Sunday, August 14. – parent care equipment. The event will be filled with knowledgeable plant experts to help you with your budding love for plants. (JB)

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


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