Valley Arts & Lectures

The Valley Arts and Lectures program will bring free events to the community of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Valley Arts and Lectures is an outlet for all of the wonderful free events that the San Geronimo Valley Community Center offers to the community through our Human Services, Youth and Arts & Events programs. There are two criteria for an event to be part of VAL: they are always free and are open to all community members.

The Valley Arts and Lectures program will bring free events to the community of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Valley Arts and Lectures is an outlet for all of the wonderful free events that the San Geronimo Valley Community Center offers to the community through our Human Services, Youth and Arts & Events programs. There are two criteria for an event to be part of VAL: they are always free and are open to all community members.

Upcoming and Past Events

On Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. the San Geronimo Valley Community Center is deeply honored to present Radio Rebels: When Eclectic Music Mattered, a special Valley Arts & Lectures Series panel focusing on the importance of “renegade radio” stations.  In the 1970’s, a handful of music lovers challenged the norm of Top 40 AM radio by taking over FM stations like KSAN, KMET, WLIR, WNEW, and a few others. These Radio Rebels introduced the masses to the fresh sound of underground, progressive, free-form music. For the first time, listeners heard Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, and so much more… presented by DJ’s who loved the music. And the rock revolution was born! Featured panelists include Ben Manilla with special guests Ben Fong-Torres, and Bonnie Simmons.

Ben Manilla is a former WLIR DJ, audio producer, consultant, and educator.  His numerous accolades include the Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Edwin H. Armstrong Award, and the Grand Award from the International Radio Festival. 

Ben Fong-Torres is an American rock journalist, author, and broadcaster. He was a writer and senior editor for Rolling Stone Magazine and ‘Radio Waves’ columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He hosted radio shows on KSAN and KFRC.

Bonnie Simmons is a celebrated Bay Area based radio personality well known for her work at KSAN. She was also the Audio Director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She currently is the Executive Director of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, the Artist Logistic Director for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and hosts a popular weekly show at KPFA.

Register for the Zoom link here or email Danielle Fogel at dfogel@sgvcc.org to register.