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Tapestry Arts Festival 2002
Tapestry and KGO Newstalk
AM 810 present the 27th annual Tapestry
Arts Festival in downtown San Jose on
Labor Day Weekend,
August 31, September 1 & 2, 2002. This FREE
community event is open 10:00 AM - 6:00
PM all three
days. Tapestry is a nonprofit arts organization.
Festival proceeds support art education programs for children
in local schools and arts outreach to the community.
Silicon Valley's oldest & largest street festival
features 350 arts & craft booths, a diverse array of local
& international cuisine, the indoor Design for Living Home
& Garden Show and the Creativity Zone: a free,
hands-on art activity area for kids and their parents.
Live music, theatre and dance performances will entertain an
estimated 250,000 attendees on six festival stages.
Tapestry invites the public to explore the works
of artists from around the country. Festival arts and crafts
include fun and functional ceramics, unique clothing and
jewelry, paintings, sculpture, prints, as well as fine works
of leather and wood. The works displayed in this event focus
on high quality, originality and a bit of whimsy. Tapestry
Arts Festival was voted one of Sunshine Magazine's "200 Best"
in 2001. Artists will line Almaden Boulevard from San Carlos
to Santa Clara Streets as well as Park Avenue from Market
Street to Woz Way.
On Saturday morning, from 10 am to
12 noon, KGO Newstalk AM 810 will broadcast live,
"Dining Around with Gene Burns". Be in the audience as Gene
talks about food, wine and travel from the Festival site. A
broad mix of musical sounds will ring out from six outdoor
stages. With a little something for everyone, Tapestry's
entertainment line-up includes classic rock with such bands as
Double Funk Crunch and Robert Berry. Fans of
swing will know and welcome Wally's Swing World.
Classical and guitar music will happen in front of the Center
for Performing Arts by groups such as Klarinet Kapers
and the Barbary Coast Guitar Duo. Jazz aficionados will
enjoy Marshall Art Shapiro and Friends, Steve
Czarnecki's Soul/Jazz Quartet and the Tocanto Brazilian
Jazz Band. International performers will share their
skills with the audience at the River Park Stage, including
such acts as: Sunugal Ballet (African Dance), Ramana
Vieria (Portuguese Music), Hellenic Traditional Arts
Institute (Greek Dance) and Folklorico de Sacred
Heart (youngsters performing Mexican Dance folk dances).
Rounding out the festival experience will be foods
from around the world. Tasty treats include such international
fare as Brazilian crepes, Sushi, Gyros, Dolmas, and
traditional festival foods such as pizza, hot dogs, corn on
the cob and funnel cakes. Beverages are available throughout
The Creativity Zone is the festival
destination for children and families. This is where
youngsters have an opportunity to create their own artwork
free of charge. Under the guidance of professional artists,
kids of all ages will be able to try their hand at making
their own decorated boxes, tissue-paper stained glass, clay
creations, masks, fun baggy hats, or circus skills under the
tutelage of Cosmo the Circus Master.Throughout the weekend,
storyteller Kellmar will entertain and fascinate children of
all ages as she weaves her magical stories. A great example of
how Tapestry Arts Festival brings the community together is
the Museums of San Jose booth in the Creativity Zone.
Local museums will participate in the "Zone" by providing
activities that include The Tech Museum of Innovation's
marshmallow and spaghetti submarines, San Jose Museum of
Quilts and Textiles' quilting activity, Children's Discovery
Museum's Alice in Wonderland bunny ears and more.
Community involvement continues with Nonprofit Way.
This is an area of the festival set-aside for local nonprofit
organizations to set up their booths and interact with the
public. Local theatre companies, animal rescue, city agencies
and more, distribute their literature and let everyone know
just how active our region is. Inside Parkside Hall, is the
Design for Living Home and Garden Show. This is a unique
attraction at Tapestry Arts Festival. More than 100 vendors
display all manner of gizmos, gadgets and the latest
innovations in making homes more functional and life more fun.
Visitors can watch a cooking demonstration, shop for designer
BBQ's and elegant garden furniture or have your ceiling
painted with the star constellation of your birth date. For
the ultimate luxury shoppers there are personal saunas and
soft spas. Just outside Design for Living is Interactive
Alley which is the outdoor sports and home recreation
area of the festival. The "Alley" features a rock-climbing
wall, spas and Jacuzzis and a hang-gliding simulator. Golfers
will find three booths with everything in mind to help their
This year … Yahoo! Sports NBA Rhythm 'n Rims
presented by Reebok will join Tapestry with their basketball
& music road tour. Basketball fans, and anyone else
who visits Rhythm 'n Rims, can listen to music, slam
dunk, measure up against life size images of NBA players or go
one on one against their favorite player on the NBA's latest
video games, compete in non-stop basketball games and more.
The festival is easily accessible by Light Rail
(Convention Center Station). Ample free parking is
providing in several downtown San Jose parking lots. Visit
Tapestry's website at www.tapestryintalent.org for directions,
more information, and locations of parking lots.
nonprofit organization, Tapestry uses festival revenue to
provide quality programs for the community. Festival proceeds
are invested in local neighborhoods and schools through
Tapestry's arts outreach and arts education programs. Tapestry
provides long and short-term arts residencies to local
homeless shelters, community centers and elementary schools.
Tapestry Arts Festival is a cultural celebration that allows
Tapestry's work to continue all year long.
Information Hotline: (408) 494-3590