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Jews of the Fillmore Opening Celebration
Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, United States
The Jazz Heritage Center and Judah L. Magnes Museum to Host Afternoon Reception, Concert to Celebrate Jews of the Fillmore Exhibition
this Sunday, July 19, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Specially Commissioned Admission-Free Concert by John Schott at Yoshi’s
The Jazz Heritage Center and Judah L. Magnes Museum will host a special celebration on Sunday, July 19, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. featuring an art show, film screening, live jazz, bites from local Fillmore restaurants and an interactive walking tour to celebrate its latest exhibition Jews of the Fillmore. Three years in the making and created through a lead grant by the Koret Foundation, Jews of the Fillmore honors the once-thriving Jewish neighborhood from 1906 through 1950 and pays homage to some of its landmarks. Visitors to the Jazz Heritage Center will enjoy FREE admission to all the day’s festivities but registration is requested.
Visitors to the Jazz Heritage Center will enjoy:
3 p.m. Jazz Heritage Center Koret Heritage Lobby (1330 Fillmore)
Pre-Concert Mixer & Jews of the Fillmore Exhibition Viewing
Music by: Dewayne Oakley & Wayne Anderson Duet
4 p.m. Yoshi’s San Francisco (1330 Fillmore Street)
Opening Remarks & State Proclamation presented by Senator Mark Leno
Performance: A specially commissioned ensemble featuring Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Schott, T.J. Kirk, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, accordionist Maria Abe and trombonist Rob Ewing.Music will include a mix of sacred and secular Jewish music, jazz, and big-band swing music.
5 p.m. Jazz Heritage Center Lush Life Gallery (1320 Fillmore Street)
Art Showing: “Reflections on Jazz, History & Heritage”
Music by: Frank Jackson, F. Allen Smith and Frank Fisher
Guide by Cell Audio Walking Tour
Grab your cell phone and embark on your own self-guided journey into the Fillmore’s rich history. Here’s just some of what you’ll learn:
· Two synagogues, three kosher restaurants, four Jewish bakeries, five kosher meat markets, at least three Jewish delicatessens and one Jewish liquor merchant (keep in mind this was during Prohibition) were located within a two-block radius between Fillmore, Buchanan, McAllister, and Golden Gate.
· The Fillmore was home to San Francisco's first professional hockey team, which played at the Iceland Pavilion in the early 1930s.
· The Fillmore was commonly referred to by residents as a combined version of New York's Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and Coney Island.
· The Chutes, a block-wide amusement park bordering Fillmore, Webster, Turk and Eddy, was one of San Francisco’s major attractions in 1909, and featured the giant water slide of its day, movies, vaudeville acts (including Sophie Tucker at the American Theater) and even a zoo.
· The Fillmore was the early childhood home to one of the world’s most famous violinists, Yehudi Menuhin.
Media and Education Screening Center (1330 Fillmore Street)
Visitors can get an even more in-depth look at the Fillmore by catching highlights from award-winning PBS documentary “The Fillmore” in the JHC’s state-of-the-art screening room.
The Jews of the Fillmore Afternoon Celebration is sponsored by Koret Foundation; Magnes Museum; Em Johnson Interest In kind sponsors: Yoshi’s San Francisco; 1300 Fillmore; Gussie’s; Sheba’s Lounge; Jazz Cellars Winery; Brassfield Winery.
Exhibition Credit Lines: Jews of the Fillmore is supported by a lead grant from the Koret Foundation; the Lehrhaus Museum Partnership Fund available through the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation; the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropic Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund; Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston and The Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben & A. Jess Shenson. Additional support has been provided by generous members of the Judah L. Magnes Museum. The Judah L. Magnes Museum is a beneficiary of the Jacques and Esther Reutlinger Foundation and of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.
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Jazz Heritage Center
The Jazz Heritage Center (JHC) is the only permanent cultural and educational complex dedicated to the long history of Jazz in San Francisco and the Fillmore District. Located within the new Fillmore Heritage Center in the heart of the Historic Fillmore Jazz Preservation District, the non-profit Jazz Heritage Center is part jazz museum, part jazz cultural center, and part jazz art gallery.
By showcasing art and historical exhibitions, concerts, films and youth programming, the JHC’s mission is to preserve and promote jazz, an American national treasure, while celebrating its presence as an active, living art form in San Francisco and beyond.