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3rd Annual Chinatown Music Festival Saturday, 8/25!

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco presents

The 3rd Annual Chinatown Music Festival: America’s Cup of Tea

Saturday, August 25th, 2012, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Admission is FREE to the public

Musicians Jon Jang and Francis Wong, photo by J. Astra Brinkmann

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Chinatown Music Festival: America’s Cup of Tea, on Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Portsmouth Square from 11 am – 5 pm. Under the theme of Chinatown, Our Home, the Festival will feature the premiere of a newly commissioned work by pianist/composer Jon Jang celebrating the contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad, the Latin jazz of the John Calloway Quintet, traditional Chinese cultural arts from the Yellow River Drummers and Kei Lun Martial Arts, and the perennial rhythm and blues favorite Jest Jammin’. Collaborating in the presentation of the event are these organizations: Chinatown Community Development Center, Chinese Progressive Association, Asian Improv aRts, and the API Cultural Center.

The new work by Jon Jang, entitled Central Pacific, Central Subway,will be the opening of a yearlong temporary art project by CCC entitled Journey to Chinatown, supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission Central Subway Art Project. In the composer’s words, “Just as historical political leaders Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Sun Yat-sen shared a vision of the railroad as an important way to unify their respective countries, United States and China, the Central Subway will help unify San Francisco and enhance Chinatown’s role as a cultural destination for all San Franciscans.

Also featured will be tea tasting, crafts, games, film screenings, cultural demonstrations, and the final opportunity to view the acclaimed 2012 Xian Rui exhibition of Adrian Wong’s work Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal in the CCC Gallery.

The Festival is thankful for the generous support of Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Neighborhood Arts Collaborative, San Francisco Arts Commission, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Recology, Verizon, Portsmouth Square Parking Garage Foundation. The media sponsor for this year’s festival is the Sing Tao Daily.


Jest Jammin’

Performance Schedule

11-11:30am                   Yellow River Drummers

11:30-11:45am                      Opening Ceremony

11:45-12:15pm                         Jon Jang Quartet

12:30-1:45pm                                 Jest Jammin’

2:10-2:45pm                           Jon Jang Quartet

3:00-4:00pm                 John Calloway Quintet

4:15-4:45pm                      Kei Lun Martial Arts


Portsmouth Square (across the bridge from the Chinese Culture Center 3rd Floor

Entrance on Kearny Street between Clay and Washington), San Francisco, CA 94108

Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco 94108

More information – Call (415) 986-1822 or email

Wednesday, May 23, 8pm – “4×4” Francis Wong Special Edition Quartet meets Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quartet

Featuring: Wayne Wallace, Murray Low, David Belove, Colin Douglas, Francis Wong, Jon Jang, Deszon X. Claiborne, Tatsu Aoki

   Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / 8pm 
   Hall of Culture, African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC)
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Admission: $15 advance online, $20 at the door
Five-time Grammy nominee, WAYNE WALLACE, is one of the more respected exponents of African American-Latin music in the world today.  He is an accomplished trombonist, arranger, educator, and composer with compositions for film and television.  Wayne will lead a stellar ensemble featuring Murray Low, piano; David Belove, bass; Colin Douglas, drums. 

Creative Director and co-founder of Asian Improv aRts, saxophonist/composer FRANCIS WONG, is celebrated internationally for his role in sharing the experiences of Asians in America through music and interdisciplinary collaborations.  His ensemble will feature Jon Jang, piano; Deszon X. Claiborne, drums; and Tatsu Aoki, bass. 

Photos by Andy Nozaka and Dennis Scherzer
For more info, email, visit , or call (415) 908-3636

KPIX CBS Channel 5 – May 9, 6pm segment on CHSA and “Passages” installation

IMG_1031  Please watch the KPIX CBS Channel 5 news at 6pm on Wednesday, May 9th  to see Linda Yee featuring CHSA exhibits and programs.  She speaks with CHSA director Sue Lee and “Passages” installation artist / dancer Lenora Lee.  Special performance by Lenora and Francis Wong.

The Music That Started The Movement, With Charlie Chin

  This Saturday, May 12, 1pm at CHSA – 965 Clay St (bt Powell & Stockton)