San Francisco, CA 94102
Region: Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin
The fulcrum of Mal Sharpe’s charming documentary The Old Spaghetti Factory is a mural created by Kaffe Fassett in 1963. It depicts the regulars who turned that North Beach hangout into a nexus of Bohemia. As expected, many of the beatniks portrayed were poets and writers. For most of us, the proliferation of flamenco artists was something of a revelation. But not for Yaelisa. The Emmy-winning choreographer and artistic director of Caminos Flamenco practically grew up in the Spaghetti Factory’s Cuevas Room. For a quarter of a century, this small but infamous cafe was home base for one of the most active flamenco scenes outside of Spain — partly because of an early artistic freeway between the Cuevas Room and Morón, a small town in Spain where many local artists studied pueblo style. Even then, our performers were known as much for their daring as their reverence. Yaelisa’s mother was part of the Cuevas Room’s Los Flamencos de la Bodega, the Bay’s longest running flamenco show and an inspirational proving ground for generations of artists. As founder of the New World Flamenco Festival, Yaelisa has more than carried the torch forward. Tonight, she looks back in Homenaje a Los Flamencos de la Bodega. Through narrative text, projections, and flamenco scenes re-created by some of the artists who originally presented them on the Cuevas’ stage, the show offers a personal exploration and a rich cultural account.
Sat., May 5, 7 p.m., 2012