Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sounds of the Experimental Latino Underground

By Kathleen Richards
Thu, May 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Since 2008, Ann Blankenship has been producing Convergence — a sort of mini-festival within the Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival — whose goal is “to present experiment and progressive artists from Mexico and Latin America — artists that are really unusual and unique,” said Blankenship. For this year’s Mission Creek Fest (July 14-18), Blankenship plans to forgo the usual fest and throw a “preview party” for next year’s Convergence. “I’m trying to do a pretty ambitious festival next year,” she said, adding that she wants to conserve her energy for the bigger event next year. Specifically, Blankenship said she wants to expand the film component of Convergence: She wants to do a retrospective of Alejandro Joborowsky and screen I’m Going to Explode (Voy a Explotar) by Gerardo Naranjo and The Sentimental Engine Slayer by Omar Rodriguez Lopez (Mars Volta, At the Drive In).

At this point, Blankenship says Convergence might spin off from Mission Creek and become its own entity, though she still might collaborate with the San Francisco indie music festival for another project, like a silent film screening with live accompaniment. There’s no hard date yet, but Blankenship says Convergence 2011 will be held in summer or fall. She just got fiscal sponsorship through Intersection for the Arts and wants to collaborate with other local bands and organizations, including San Francisco International Arts Festival.

The preview party will be hosted by Marcelo Baez and feature performances by Le Butcherettes (Guadalajara), Monstruobot (Spain), Gema De Los Deseos (SF), and San Francisco mariachi-punk band Los Murderachis. The event will also feature free tequila tastings and Guadalajaran cuisine by Tres Agaves. On Saturday, July 17 at Plaza Tres Agazes (130 Townsend St., SF). 7 p.m., $10.

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