Archive for April, 2008

pics from barrio fiesta

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Super Barrio World: over and done! And the mixture of relief, exhaustion and melancholic withdrawal begins in earnest for all of the amazing USF students who put together and performed in this year’s Barrio Fiesta. I took so many photos Saturday night that I ran out of space on my card, and found myself frantically deleting older images during the perfomance in order to make space to take more.

The show was spectacular, and consistently lively. The audience was enthusiastic and rowdy: a fun mix of family, friends, and Barrio/USF/Kasamahan alumni all there to support, cheerlead, and catcall. The glitches were minor-to-invisible, which is something of a testament to how resilient the students were, given that they weren’t able to even rehearse in the theatre the two nights before the show! And Barrio was unusually, pleasantly economical as PCNs go (USF’s started on time at 7 and ended at 10, including intermission and opening act): often, these can become sprawling marathon affairs, stretching to 4 and even 5 hours.

I’m incredibly proud and awed by how dedicated these undergrads were: it reminds me of how so much extra-curricular work students do remains invisible to their professors, and how deep their sense of community, creativity and tradition goes. (Hell, I went to art school for my own BFA. While there was certainly creativity there, there was not much diversity, even less a sense of community, and nothing even close to resembling a PCN…) And while a number of students were doing this for some degree of credit with me, for the large majority of them, this credit was either absolutely useless for their major, or they weren’t even doing it for credit at all. They were doing it for other, deeper reasons. Mad props and infinite amounts of respect to all of them.

So, on to some pics.
singkil rehearsal:

skit rehearsal:
the pep talk before the performance:
And the show begins!
As is traditional, the show opened with the singing of the US and Philippine national anthems:
And then on to all of the fun dances and skits:

And then boom: it’s done!
Everyone took their bow,friends and family rushed the stage. I sat in the front row, in awe.
If you missed USF’s 35th Annual PCN, c’est la vie, as we say in Manila: you can always come to next year’s. And other local schools have yet to put theirs on for 2008, so you can still catch UC Berkeley’s 32nd Annual PCN on April 20, and SF State’s 40th Annual PCN on May 3.

super sorry-o world

Friday, April 4th, 2008

So I missed my own Frey Norris Gallery opening tonight, part deux. I’m told it was great: dang it, dang it, dang it that I couldn’t be there! Talk about “Sorry”.
Christine and I were at the gallery Wednesday installing: Frey Norris did the brunt of this for us (a welcome first!), and at least this time the majority of my art had been made well in advance, which made things considerably less stressful this time around! Raman, Wendi, Mike and Melissa were so professional and supportive about all aspects of this show. If they were San Diego, they’d stay as classy as it gets.

ye olde Frey Norris gallerye entrance:
ye olde Wofford works being installed:
some of ye olde Wong Yaps installed:

So where was I, again?
Being snooty?
Too good for my own shows?
Mais non, buttercups.
I was with my USF students, as tonight was the last night of rehearsals for (dundadadunnnn) BARRIO FIESTA, USF Kasamahan’s annual Pilipino Cultural Night! (It’s the class that I am nominally the instructor for, although the students really run the show). It’s their 35th (!!!) annual production, and they have been working their heinies off to ensure that it’s a success. As is traditional with most PCNs, it’s a combination of cultural dances, more contemporary dances, and skits. Tonight was one of those nights where you could really feel the whole thing coming together: it’s going to be amazing! The kids are tired, but they’re being consummate professionals, and they’re pulling together a really fun show.

The students pretty much only refer to Barrio Fiesta as shorthand “Barrio”: add to this a slight generation gap, a quintessentially Filipino fatal attraction to puns, and this year’s production is entitled “Super Barrio World“. You know. Like Super MARIO World? C’mon, people. Work with me here.

So here are two fun things for you to do this weekend: catch “Sorry” at Frey Norris Gallery, or catch “Super Barrio World” at USF. (Please note: Saturdays can sell out, so come Friday, come at 6 Saturday (show’s at 7), or have me hold tickets for you! Please com: it’s going to be a blast.

SORRY: Recent Works by Jenifer K Wofford and Christine Wong Yap
Frey Norris Gallery

April 3-27
456 Geary Street, SF 94102
415 346 7812

SUPER BARRIO WORLD: USF’s 35th Annual Barrio Fiesta

April 4 and 5, 7 pm
USF Presentation Theater
2350 Turk Blvd, SF 94117