Reception for Members
Thursday, August 2, 5 - 7 pm | Meet Guest Curator Stephen Becker, folk art historian, and enjoy ‘ukulele music and hula with the UFOs.
Public Programs at the Museum,
Free with Admission
Saturday, August 4, 2 pm | A special lecture and concert by John King, noted 'ukulele virtuoso and historian. King will speak about the history of the 'ukulele and how it became a national craze at San Francisco's 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition. Accompanied by guitarist Richard Long, King will be playing classical 19th century music on the 'ukulele and on the machete, the instrument from the island of Madeira originally brought to Hawaii that became the 'ukulele. Mr. King's www.nalu-music.com is the best 'ukulele history website on the 'net, and his CDs "Royal Hawaiian Music" and "J.S. Bach: Partita No. 3, BWV 1006 for Unaccompanied Ukulele" are masterworks of solo 'ukulele.
Sunday, August 19, 2 pm | San Francisco 'Ukulele Maker Kawika Tachera presents a talk on how to build a ukulele, followed by a 'ukulele concert with Ka'ala Carmack and the the JTown Hui. Free with Museum admission.
Saturday, September 8, 1 - 3 pm | Bring the whole family to make your own ‘ukulele-like instruments using rubberbands, cardboard boxes, and string.
The San Francisco ‘Ukulele Festival
September 7 and 8 | Solo concert by Jake Shimabukuro at Herbst Theater, Friday, September 7. Call (415) 392-4400 or visit www.cityboxoffice.com for tickets. | Music festival with the Bay Area’s best uke-centric performers at Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth and Mission Streets, September 8, 11 am - 4 pm. Free! Festival details »
DaSilva 'Ukulele Studio Tour
Saturday, October 13, 2 pm | 2547 8th Street #28, Berkeley | 'Ukulele building demonstration with luthier Mike DaSilva, plus a concert of local uke stars. Free (no reservations required)!
Pictured Home Page:
Detail, “Ukulele Lady” sheet music cover, 1925, collection of Stephen Becker.
Pictured Image Banner:
Detail, Postcard of Madeiran girl with a machête de braga; Detail, Postcard of Hawaiian woman with a ‘ukulele.
Evolution of the ‘Ukulele:
The Story of Hawaii’s Jumping Flea
August 2 - October 21, 2007
Providing an in-depth look at an eclectic musical tool, Evolution of the ‘Ukulele presents the history, development, fine craft, and contemporary fanaticism of this popular instrument. Some of the finest ‘ukuleles ever crafted will be on display, drawn from local and national private collections. The exhibition is a centerpiece for a ‘ukulele music festival on September 7 and 8 featuring a benefit concert by ‘ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro, known for his lightning-fast fingers. See below for details.
A Strum Through ‘Ukulele History, from Madeira to Hawaii to the San Francisco Bay
by John King and Jim Tranquada