featuring world-class musicians
Naima Shalhoub with the Marcus Shelby Orchestra
and Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World
hosted by comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh
Celebrate Golden Thread’s 20th Anniversary with a concert featuring award–winning Bay Area musicians and an exclusive pre-concert reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres at San Francisco’s Brava Theater Center. Hosted by #GoodMuslimBadMuslim’s Zahra Noorbakhsh, this wonderful event will feature favorite songs from past Golden Thread shows like Isfahan Blues, Love Missile, and The Fifth String, These remarkable artists are at the forefront of musical cultural exchange in the Bay Area and beyond, mixing jazz, soul, and world music. Enjoy this all-star lineup and support a worthy cause — Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company to focus on the Middle East!
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7pm
Pre-concert reception for VIP ticket holders starts at 5pm.
at Brava Theater Center (2781 24th Street, San Francisco)
Limited VIP tickets ($150)
An exclusive pre-concert reception and the best reserved seating in the house
Catering by Koomaj (Flavors of Northern Iran)
Wines provided by Azari Vinyards and Winery, Birba, Oliver McCrum Wines, and Tripiano Cellars
($85 is tax-deductible)
General admission tickets ($65)
Seating for concert only
Plan Your Visit
Brava Theater Center is wheelchair accessible.
PARKING: There is street parking available, but can be challenging in the evenings. We recommend parking at the paid San Francisco General Hospital Medical Parking Garage at 2500 24th Street, which is walking distance to the venue.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The theater is accessible by BART (a healthy 8-block walk from the 24th Street BART Station) and near the 27 Bryant, 12 Folsom, 67 Bernal, and 9 San Bruno buses. The 48 Quintara runs right in front of the venue.
RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS: The 24th Street corridor is full of delicious local restaurants for all prices points. Here is a selection of eateries that are open late for dinner after the concert.
2854 Mission St, SF (0.6 miles)
2401 Harrison St (0.7 miles)
1199 Valencia St, SF (0.8 miles)
620 Treat Ave, SF (0.8 miles)
2516 Mission St, SF (0.9 miles)
Meet the Artists
|Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World|
Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World
Based in the Bay Area, Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World is a diverse group of individuals from all parts of the world. The band is committed to opening doors of misperception and prejudice though music and lyrics. We are musicians and singers from Morocco, Lebanon, Cuba, Ivory Coast, Palestine, Bolivia, Netherlands, and the US. In May 2016, we were invited to perform in Greece for the Syrian refugees and volunteers from around the world. Since then, our goal is to bring disparate people together through the magical power of music.
Naima Shalhoub is a Lebanese American artist who uses music as a tool for transformation, liberation, education and self-expression. Her dimensional work as a vocalist, composer, performing artist, and educator focuses on the expansive quality of the voice and its power for redemption and social justice. After receiving her MA in Postcolonial and Cultural Anthropology in 2008, she turned her focus to creation and performance in the Bay Area. She immediately found herself equally at home with her band on the stages of San Francisco music venues and in the spotlight as a presenting speaker at TEDX in Beirut. Her music brings vibrant personality, poetic eloquence and impassioned performances to both nationally acclaimed venues and community event spaces. She also appears in theater productions, joins fundraisers, and speaks at conferences across the United States. In May of 2014, Naima combined her passion for music, social justice, and education by facilitating weekly “Music and Freedom” sessions with incarcerated women at the San Francisco County Jail. The program was such a success that, a year later, she recorded her debut album, Live in San Francisco County Jail, in front of an audience of those same incarcerated women, many of whom participated in the performance. The result is a recording that embodies Naima’s deeply held belief that music and song are vessels for freedom and healing. In addition to appearing regularly with her band, Naima is currently teaching, composing, and serving as a Restorative Justice Coordinator for youth in the Oakland public school system. At the same time she continues to work on her project “Borderlands”: an expansion on her work in the San Francisco County Jail. Borderlands facilitates music sessions that are simultaneously expressive and educational, and ultimately connect with the larger movement of transformative justice on a local and an international scale.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian and cohost of the award winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was deemed a “must listen” by Oprah Magazine and recorded an episode at the White House. Noorbakhsh is also a solo performance artist and storyteller. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show “All Atheists Are Muslim,” a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater Festival. An excerpt of one-woman show, “Hijab & Hammerpants” debuted on the Snap Judgment stage at the Paramount Theater. Noorbakhsh is also a contributor to the NY Times Featured anthology, “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” and keeps a monthly column, entitled, “My Infidel Husband.” As a comedian, she’s performed with renowned comics, W. Kamau Bell and Maz Jobrani. This year, she will be debuting her 1-hour comedy special “On Behalf of All Muslims.” Find out more at ZahraComedy.com.