The Folk Dance Scene for September 2011

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September 3 - 5 (Saturday - Monday): Belmont Greek festival at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 900 Alemeda de Las Pulgas, at Ralston, Belmont. Music provided by Papa's Taverna, 5688 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M. Reservations suggested: minimum $10.00 menu order requested. For more information contact Gradina.

September 6 (Tuesday): True Life Trio to perform at Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alemeda from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Admission is $5.00 and all ages are welcome. For more information call (510) 865-2385.

September 9 (Friday): Stellamara to play at The Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street, at 23rd Street, San Francisco at 7:30 P.M. For more information call (415) 826-2402.

September 11 (Sunday): Bulgarian food festival to raise funds for the reconstruction and remodeling of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church in Danville. Bulgarian food will be available and you may bring food and drink to share. This event will be at Newhall Park in Concord starting at 1:00 P.m.

September 11 (Sunday): Live music by Adama Band and Nigunim Chorus for Israeli Dancing with leader Allen King, sponsored by Cafe Shimcha, at the Solano Stroll, Solano Avenue, between Tulare and Ventura, in Berkeley at 1:00 and 3:00 P.M. Free shuttle from North Berkeley BART.

September 14 (Wednesday): Raaya and Yossi Spival to teach an Israeli dance workshop for Cafe Simcha at Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington from 8:00 to 11:30 P.M. For more information contact Allen King at (510) 501-3047.

September 14 (Wednesday): Nada Lewis and Jon Schreiber play violin and accordion duets of Serbian, Romanian, French, Polish, Sweedish, Italian, Bulgarian etc. music at Le Bateau Ivre, 2529 Telegraph Avenue, at Carleton, Berkeley from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. For more information contact Nada Lewis.

September 16 (Friday): Danubius to play at Frankie's Bohemian Cafe, 1862 Divisadero Street, at Pine Street, San Francisco from 9:30 P.M. to 12:30 A.M. For more information and reservations call (415) 567-7899

September 16 - 18 (Friday - Sunday): Concord Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Church, Concord. Music provided by Fotia. For more information call (925) 676-6967.

September 16 - 18 (Friday - Sunday): Armemian festival at St. Gregory Armenian Church, 825 Brotherhod Way, San Francisco. Music provided by Khatichig Jingirian, Sahag sislian and DJ. For more information call (415) 751-9140.

September 17 (Saturday): Menlo Park Folk Dancers at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center (nee Menlo Park Recreation Center), 700 Alma Street, near Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park at 8:00 P.M. Free refreshments and admission is $9.00. For more information call (650) 327-0759.

September 18 (Sunday): Advanced Balkan Folk Dance class at Ashkenaz, back studio, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 2:00 P.M. Martin Frost will re=teach Sopsko Kopanica.. Admission is $7.00 at the Door.

September 21 (Wednesday): Rumen "Sali" Shopov and his group, "Inspector Gadje", to play, amoungst others for U.N. International Peace Day at the bandstand at Preservation Park, 13th and Martin Luther King, Jr Way, Oakland from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

September 22 - 25 (Thursday - Sunday): 2011 Tamburitza Extravaganza will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel and the Croatian American Cultural Center with 21 Tamburitza bands. For more information visit

September 23 - 25 (Friday - Sunday): San Francisco Greek Festival at Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco. Music provided by Mythos Band. For more information call (415) 864-8000.

September 24 (Saturday): ***TO BE RESCHEDULED*** First annual Festival Baksheesh; A celebration of Balkan and Romani Music and the Ancient Art of Tipping the Band, (a benefit for the EEFC), at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alemeda from 7:00 P.M. to Midnight. Music by Orkestar Sali (with suprise guest), Edessa, Brass Menazeri, Janam and The Helladelics and food by Aria. There will be Baksheesh and dance lessons and instrumental and singing workshops.***TO BE RESCHEDULED; WILL NOT HAPPEN ON THIS DAY***

September 24 (Saturday): Bulgarian festival sponsored by Orlin Mirchev and Vance Petrunoff of, at the San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers), 1199 - 9th Avenue, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco from 12:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Admission is $10.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Children under 16 and Seniors over 65 are free. Vasil and Maria Bebelekovi and Rumen Shopov to play, amoungst others. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call Orlin and (415) 425-3877.

September 24 (Saturday): Peninsula Folk Dancers at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, at Monte Rosa, Menlo Park. Parking entrance from Monte Rosa. Couple dance workshop at 7:00 P.M. with Ellie Wiener teaching Bekesi Paros from Hungary. Party starts at 7:30 P.M. Bring finger food to share. Admission is $7.00. For more information call (408) 252-8106.

September 24 (Saturday): Israeli folk dance party at Cafe Shalom, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Bowcock Hall, 1399 - 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco from 7:30 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information send email to

September 25 (Sunday): Balkan Dance Jam with Barbara Babin, Jim Avera, Ken Genetti, members of Gradina and friends at the Russian River Rose Company, 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsberg from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Admission is $2.00. For more information contact Gradina.

September 28 (Wednesday): The Helladelics play music for dancing and Jerry Duke teaches a Greek dance lesson at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley with the dance lesson at 7:30 P.M. and the dancing starts at 8:30 P.M. Admission is $10.00.

September 30 (Friday): =CANCELLED=Esma Redzepova concert and dance party at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco. Sponsored by Voice of Roma. For more information visit the Voice of Roma's website.=CANCELLED=

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