Filipinos this weekend are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the I-Hotel Eviction when, they say, the heart of San Francisco’s Manilatown stopped beating.
On Aug. 4, 1977, The City’s Filipino community was torn apart when Filipino and Chinese tenants were evicted from the International Hotel, which was targeted for demolition, as police opposed a barricade of demonstrators surrounding the building.
This Saturday, the Filipino community will remember the event, and, at the same time, embrace a new I-Hotel Senior Housing and Manilatown Center.
Several days worth of activities culminate in a street fair starting at 1 p.m. Saturday featuring performances by Sugar Pie De Santo, Skyflakes, Autonomous Region, Charlie Chin, Power Struggle and DJ Zita. It’s complemented by a gallery show in the Manilatown Center called “A Serving of Love: The Passion of Bill Sorro & On My Block,” which showcases illustrations from a new book published by Children’s Book Press.
The gathering is on Jackson Street between Kearny Street and Columbus Avenue and at I-Hotel, 868 Kearny St. For more, visit www.manilatown.org.
Comedian and actor Joe Rogan performs his stand-up show. Rogan’s TV credits include “Fear Factor” (host) and “NewsRadio” (cast member) and work as a post-fight interviewer with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Known for accusing other comics (Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia, for example) of stealing material, Rogan is onstage at 8 p.m. today and Sunday and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. Tickets are $27 to $30.
Call (415) 928-4320 or visit www.cobbscomedyclub.com.
Songwriter-performer-producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, an influential figure in the development of reggae and dub music in Jamaica, appears at the Independent. Perry is regarded as practically the inventor of the “scratch” turntable effect used by DJs. “Panic in Babylon” ishis latest album. The show is Saturday at 9 p.m. at 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Tickets are $25.
Call (415) 771-1421 or visit www.theindependentsf.com.