Día de los Muertos – Happy Hour Gathering with Bézier & Josette

Outdoor screens and entrance doors to Grand Theater.
Stop by Gray Area, on November 2nd, for a happy hour gathering in honor of the annual SF Día de los Muertos procession and festival of altars.

Our new Grand Theater Outdoor Community Seating and lobby with bar will be open to the public. All vinyl music sets by Robert Yang / Bézier (Honey Soundsystem) and Josette Melchor (Gray Area)

Free or donation-based entry with RSVP!!

Cash bar for 21+
Face painting supplies for families

More information about: Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead SF can be found here: https://dayofthedeadsf.org/

This is the official launch of our new Grand Theater Community Seating Area.

With support from the City of San Francisco's Community Challenge Grant Program. We have been able to design, build, and permit public seating in front of the Grand Theater. Following this event, the outdoor seating area wil be open to the Mission community during our weekly open hours Monday to Friday 10AM-6PM, and other times as we are able to provide staffing.

Artists

Robert Yang

Bézier (Dark Entries Records) is the moniker of all-live analog electronic musician Robert Yang from San Francisco. Influenced early on by the Cybernetic Broadcasting System (CBS), Robert started DJing (un)classic underground sounds as Robot Hustle before joining the Honey Soundsystem collective in 2007. Robert writes hooks, patterns and melodies in an automatic, stream of consciousness fashion. Memory and nostalgia play a big part in constructing his music. Influences range from the futuristic landscape of Syd Mead to the melodic energy of Patrick Cowley and the subdued, hidden motifs of My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless.” Bézier blends elements of Hi-NRG and dark dance that drive mysterious underwater instrumentals that entailed a release through the critically acclaimed Dark Entries label his debut record “Ensconced”.   Robert as both DJ and live musician has performed in various parts of the US from his home base of San Francisco to Chicago as well as the far reaches of Shanghai, China. 2014 was a productive year for his live PA. In the summer Robert embarked on an east coast US tour with artists from the Dark Entries roster including: Max & Mara, redredred to celebrate 5 years of output by label owner Josh Cheon. The group performed live shows in Chicago, Detroit Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Brooklyn. In the winter of 2014 Robert travelled to Europe to perform in Berlin (with Mannequin records label owner Alessandro Adriani), Madrid, at the acclaimed Moog Club in Barcelona and the punk club La Residencia in Valencia. 2015 sees more live shows from Robert as well as appearances with Honey Soundsystem as scheduled residents for the Smart Bar in Chicago.

Josette Melchor

Josette Melchor is the Founder of Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, a leading San Francisco non-profit dedicated to applying art and technology to create social and civic impact. As a Community Organizer, she partners with cities to address civic issues through public activations such as the Urban Prototyping Festival. A respected Executive Director, she has implemented sustainable revenue models to stabilize organizations and led fundraising campaigns to revive the historic Grand Theater as an 800 person venue in the Mission District as well as the Oakland Fire Fund to serve hundreds affected by the Ghostship tragedy. As a Curator, Josette instigated the first exhibition that paired artificial neural networks with artists which helped establish the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google. She was gifted her first set of turntables at seventeen, which inspired her to DJ and develop an eclectic collection of music at the confluence of disco, techno and house. Her selections are influenced by over fourteen years of large-scale media arts production and relationships with well known music producers. She has led the development of hundreds of creative technology projects utilizing cutting edge technologies and alongside work at Gray Area is starting an experiential media studio Dreamboat with a small team of artists. In other words, Josette Melchor is a Human classified as a Community Organizer, Curator, Entrepreneur, DJ, Queer Mexican Woman programming life at the intersection of art and technology based in San Francisco. She founded Gray Area Foundation for the Arts– a leading nonprofit media arts center– more than a decade ago and is driven to serve diverse audiences with her work. She has also worked with notable designers and interdisciplinary research centers including: MIT Senseable City Lab, Institute of Computer Sound and Technology, Stamen Design, Code for America; artists C.E.B Reas, Robert Hodgin, Aaron Koblin, Camille Utterback, and many more. She has spoken at DLD, PICNIC, TEDx Silicon Valley, Art Center College of Design, and Stanford. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Burning Man Project and The Processing Foundation. You can visit her website here: josettemelchor.com