From The Folknik Jan/Feb 1999

Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival

The 13th Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be on January 15, 16 and 17, 1999 at 1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame. This is a weekend of inspiration, solidarity and workers' culture, with workers' music, drama, writing, visual art, storytelling, comedy, song and poetry swaps and much more.

Friday evening features an arts exchange and a social. Saturday events include workshops and performances from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and featured performers and an arts exchange at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon there will be workshops and exchanges. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a tribute to Dr. King.

At 7:00 p.m. Sunday, there will be a benefit concert, with proceeds going to workers in need. Admission is $10 for non-registrants, and tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

For further information and registration forms call Festival Director David Winters (831) 426-4940; Shelly Kessler (650) 572-8848, Bill Schwalb (415) 285-5627, or write P.O. Box 7184, Santa Cruz, CA 95061. Registration for the weekend is $40; Saturday only, including the concert, $25. Low income rates and scholarships are available.

Berkeley Folk Festival Update

The Berkeley Free Folk Festival, scheduled for May 8-9, 1999, has added a Friday night, May 7, dance at Ashkenaz. Anyone interested in participating can call Ingrid Noyes at: (707) 878-2415.

Also, scheduling for concerts and workshops at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall will happen in January so please call soon with any programming ideas, comments-or complaints! Jessica Bryan is still looking for someone to do food, preferably another barbeque. Contact: Jessica Bryan, 1627 Grant St., Apt. G., Berkeley, CA 94703; (510) 843-3810; e-mail: folkfest@sirius.com

Celtic Arts Festival, S.F.

The 8th Annual Celtic Music and Arts Festival will take place at the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason on San Francisco's waterfront Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7, 1999. There will be two days of non-stop music from Ireland and her Celtic sisters, and a Celtic marketplace with arts, crafts, services, books, and music.

The line-up so far includes Solus, Sean Keane, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, The Lahawns and the Kennelly Dancers and also numerous music, dance and literary workshops at the Fort Mason Firehouse. For further information: Irish Arts Foundation, 44 Page St., Suite 404B, San Francisco, CA 94102; (415) 252-9992; web site: www.iaf.org/Festival.html

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