Guerrilla Warfare: The San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest at the Palace of Fine Arts

November 18, 2014 7:05 AM

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Closing night of the 16th annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dance Fest opened to the classic groove of The Police in a bleak, reflective mood - "when the world is running down, you make the best of what's still around" - to which the five classy gentlemen of GroovMekanex in denim-blue button downs and white hats responded in crisp and witty style. The other local acts on this program did not fare quite so well, largely eclipsed by the imported talent.

Curated by legend-in-her-own-time Micaya, the festival takes hip-hop out of its customary competitive arena and on to the stage of the Palace of Fine Arts - which might sound like an incongruous setting for a gritty street art form, but the packed house on Sunday night hollered their appreciation as...

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