The Folk Dance Scene for December 2009

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December 4 (Friday): Bill Cope and Friends to play live Balkan music for dancing at the Stanford Folk Dancers at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Admission is $3.00 for students, $6.00 regular and under 12 are free. Bring food to share and tips for the bands. For more information contact ohsaxton@earthlink.net.

December 4 (Friday): Black Olive Babes perform at the Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street, at 23rd Street, San Francisco at 8:00 P.M. Admission is from $12.00 to $15.00. For more information call (415) 826-2402.

December 5 (Saturday): Music by the six members of The Klezmakers Band for listening and dancing, with Yiddish dances led by Bruce Berman, at the Tannourine Restaurant, 20 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M.  For more information and reservations visit http://www.tannourinecuisine.com.

December 5 (Saturday): Drone Magic, the seventh annual San Francisco International Bagpipe Festival at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondahga, at Alemany, San Francisco from 4:00 to 11:00 P.M. For more information call (510) 649-0941.

December 5 (Saturday): Kafana Balkan, a benefit for the Humanitarian Circus, with Brass Menazeri and DJ Zeljko at the Blue Macaw (formerly the 12 Galaxies), 2565 Mission Street, at 22nd Street, San Francisco from 9:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M. Admission is on a sliding scale from $10.00 to $25.00. For more information send email to Peter Jaques

December 6 (Sunday): Classic “Nostalgia” Israeli Folk Dancing with live music provided by Achi Ben Shalom and Adama at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 1:30 to 5:30 P.M. and the live music will start at 4:00 P.M. Admission is $8.00. Bring friends, potluck snacks, drinks and your requests. For more information and to send in your requests contact Allen King at (510) 501-5307 or allenk@mindspring.com.

December 6 (Sunday): Bruce Molsky plays Celtic/Balkan fusion music at Cayuga Vault, 1100 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. For more information call (831)421-9471.

December 9 (Wednesday): Bruce Molsky plays Celtic/Balkan fusion music and gives a workshop at The New Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley.

December 9 (Wednesday): Danubius plays music for listening and dancing at Le Bateau Ivre, 2629 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. There is no cover charge. For more information and reservations call (510) 849-1100.

December 9 (Wednesday): Israeli Couples Dance Repertoire Class and mostly couple dances party featuring Loui Tucker as DJ- Markinda at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. All request dancing (no teaching). Bring snacks and drinks. Admission is $15.00 per couple (BYOP - Bring Your Own Partner). For more information send email to Carmela Sasson Greenberg or call her at (408) 390-1430.

December 10 (Thursday): Greek dancing at Tannourine Restaurant, 20 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. For more information and reservations visit http://www.tannourinecuisine.com.

December 10 (Thursday): Polish folk dance and music performance by Lowiczanie at the Hillside Club, Berkeley at 7:00 P.M. Dalmacio Croatian singers, Bulgarian Koledari with Tanya Kostova and the Bay Ukrainian Carolers will also perform. Admission is $15.00 in advance, $18.00 at the door and $8.00 and $10.00 for students. For more information visit Lowiczanie's website.

December 11 (Friday): John Burke to teach a Balkan dance workshop for the Stanford Folk Dancers at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Admission is $3.00 for students, $6.00 regular and under 12 are free. Bring food to share and tips for the bands. For more information contact ohsaxton@earthlink.net.

December 11 (Friday): Bruce Molsky plays Celtic/Balkan fusion music at Sonoma County Folk Society, 234 Hutchins Avenue, Sebastopol. For more information call (707) 5423798.

December 11 (Friday): Annual Christmas folk dance party at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa From 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Dancing to recorded favorites. Admission is $5.00. Bring a snack to share. For more information contact Marilyn Smith.

December 11 (Friday): Black Olive Babes perform music for listening and dancing at Cayuga Vault, 1100 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $14.00 in advance or $17.00 at the door. For more information call (831) 421-9471.

December 12 (Saturday): Israeli Dancing,and celebration of Hanukah at Café Shalom, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Bowcock Hall, 1399 – 43rd Avenue, at Judah Street, San Francisco from 7:30 to 11:30 P.M. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  Admission is $8.00 general and $5.00 for students. Come and help them celebrate their 40th anniversary. For more information send email to rofromsf@gmail.com.

December 12 (Saturday): Folk Dance Party with Marcel Vinokur at Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street, Menlo Park at 8:00 P.M. admission is $7.00. Refreshments are free. Dancing in two rooms. For more information send email to: marcel.vinokur@nasa.gov.

December 13 (Sunday): Concert of Croatian Christmas Carols at St. Joseph's Church, 582 Hope Street, Mountain View at 3:00 P.M. Admission is free. For more information call (650) 967-3831.

December 13 (Sunday): Balkan singing class taught by Juliana Graffagna at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. Cost is $20.00. For more information send email to Juliana Graffagna

December 14 (Monday): GreekFeet Greek dance party with music provided by Agapi Mou at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas, at Marshall, Presidio of San Francisco from 7:30 to 10:00 P.M. Admission is $10.00. For more information send email to Mary Ann Karonis.

December 16 & 17 (Wednesday & Thursday): Alicia Svigal's Klezmer Express, with Nicolai Prisscar and Dan Febricant, and Teslim, with kalia Flexer and Grai Hegedus play for the Second Annual Pomegranates and Figs: A Feast of Jewish Music at the new Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $22.50 in advance and $23.50 at the door and half-price tickets available for youths 18 years old and under. Also Seniors and Freight members get a $1.00 discount. For more information visit the Freight & Salvage website, or call (510) 644-2020.

December 18 (Friday): John Burke to teach a Balkan dance workshop for the Stanford Folk Dancers at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Admission is $3.00 for students, $6.00 regular and under 12 are free. Bring food to share and tips for the bands. For more information contact ohsaxton@earthlink.net.

December 18 (Friday): Black Olive Babes perform, with three members of Kitka, at The Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $15.00 General and $10.00 for Hillside Club members. For more information call (510) 845-1350.

December 18 (Friday): Anthony and Paul from the band Fotia play Greek music for listeing and dancing at Tannourine Restaurant, 20 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo from 9:00 to 12:00 P.M. For more information and reservations visit http://www.tannourinecuisine.com.

December 20 (Sunday): Third Sunday Advanced Folk Dance Class with Dan Unger teaching Cesto an Sopsko at the back studio of Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. For more information call (510) 525-5054 or (415) 488-9197 or (415) 456-0786 or send email to Gary Anderson.

December 25 (Friday): Christmas Day Folk Dance Party at St. Bede's Church, Menlo Park from 7:30 to 10:30 P.M. Admission is $7.00. For more information send email to: palisin@comcast.net.

December 25 (Friday): Circle dancing, sponsored by the Bay Area Circle Dancers, at Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito with a Potluck supper from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. and dancing from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M.

December 31 (Thursday): New Year's Eve Waltz Ball featuring waltzes, polkas, swing and tangos (wear formal attire) at the International House, 2299 Piedmont, Berkeley. Admission s $25.00. For more information visit http://fridaynightwaltz.com/NYE.

December 31 (Thursday): New Year's Eve dance party sponsored by the Bay Area Circle Dancers at Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito from 8:00 P.M. past Midnight. Admission is from $5.00 to $10.00 and this is a informal event.

December 31 (Thursday): New Year's Eve at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley with Balkan dancing with Brass memazeri and Edessa, Scandinavian couple dancing and a lesson by Steve Kotansky at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $20.00. For more information call (510) 525-5054.

December 31 (Thursday): New Year's Eve Party featuring Middle Eastern and Internatinal music by DJ Jack, and a belly dance show by Andrea at Tannourine Restaurant, 20 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo. Admission is $65.00. For more information and reservations visit http://www.tannourinecuisine.com.

December 31 (Thursday): New Year's Eve Party by the Berkeley Folk Dancer at Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, at Berryman, Berkeley from 9:00 P.M. to Midnight. Admission is $7.00. For more information send email to Mel Mann.

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