This dance troupe from Brooklyn really livened up The Castro this evening. They worked an intense folkloric vein of multiple-voice chants and vigorous dancing. Layers of fabric on their dress and turbaned headdress made for a lot of color and movement evoking African heritage and fresh concepts of the "African presence in the 'New World'" as their literature says.
On a day so dedicated to commerce, I came across a surprisingly spontaneous lot of art, performance, music, protest, and street theater. The Holidays are a season of light in darkness that can make a city glow with the spirit of people out on the streets, crowds that are the entertainment as much as entertained.