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TALKS! From India to the Bay Area

Wed. Sept. 23, 7:30pm, Free

Devendra Sharma (Performing Diaspora) and Jaysi Chander (physician and kathak dancer/tabla player/poet and activist) discuss important issues surrounding the Bay Area Indian community. Topics include: immigration politics, women in forced marriage, Indian Invitro industry, political economy of Silicon Valley and Indian outsourcing industries.

TALKS! Ecology and Redevelopment in Bayview Hunter's Point hp fence w radiation sign_0990
(Nature in the City)

Wed. Sept. 30, 7:30pm, Free

The City and Lennar Corporation are promulgating a redevelopment plan, but what about ecology, wildlife and the human community? Come learn about ArcEcology's recent report that illustrates brand new and exciting alternatives for the Bayview-Hunter's Point Redevelopment. How is Candlestick Point State Recreation Area affected? Isn't Bayview-Hunter's Point entitled to its own Crissy Field? How can (re)development benefit the current residents and be driven by their needs and wants? (Saul Bloom, ARC Ecology). Photo: Fence at edge of former Navy Base, by Chris Carlsson

CounterPULSE presents
Words First

Wed. Oct. 7, 7:30pm, $7-10 (Members $3-5)

Words First is the premiere solo performance event in San Francisco. Each month we invite the finest solo artist, comics, and storytellers to the CounterPULSE stage. Solo performance is a unique brand of theater; One person, one stage. It's one part storytelling, one part comedy, one part drama, and 100% entertainment. Photo: Wayne Harris

This month's show will not disappoint...
-- Mark Kenward. Great Attempts on Nantucket. An excerpt from a larger work about growing up on an island 30 miles at sea.
-- Wayne Harris. The John Henry Chronicles. A solo performance of new and traditional stories about the African-American mythological character, John Henry "the steel drivin' man."
-- Cherry Zonkowski. One Night in Alameda. A recent divorcee goes to a party in Alameda like none other she has been to before.

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Youth Speaks and the Living Word Project Presents Chinaka Josato
The 8th Annual The Living Word Festival

Thurs. & Fri. Oct. 8 & 9, 8pm, $25/5 for youth under 21

A Special Double Bill featuring Universes, and a work-in-progress Mirrors in Every Corner. Fresh off a powerful inspirational opening for Actors Theater of Louisville’s 33rd annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, The Living Word Festival is proud to present Universes, featuring the ensemble work of Gamal Abdel Chasten, Mildred Ruiz, William Ruiz a.k.a. Ninja, and Steven Sapp. Rounding out the evening will be a special presentation of Mirrors in Every Corner by Chinaka Hodge, directed by USA Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Photo by Joan Osato—Chinaka Osato

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CounterPULSE and Dancers' Group present
2nd Sundays

Sun. Oct. 11, 2pm

Spontaneous combustion, the complex world of gelatinous sweets, and Balkan folk dance footwork are only a few of the subjects in October's salon of emerging & established choreographers. Work from Wan-Chao Dance, Aura Fischbeck Dance, and Jessica Damon are featured. Photos by Rob Kunkle and Jessica Damon.

JEssica DamonWan-Chao Dance

TALKS! The Politics of ‘Third Space’ in Global Videos and Installations
(Global Commons Foundation)


Wed. Oct. 14, 7:30pm, Free

Michelle Dizon, Filipino-American artist from LA, screens her installation video comparing the 2005 riots in France and the 1992 riots in LA, illuminating political issues of marginal citizenships, migration and exile, media and the erasure of memories of historical violence. The discussion will be centered around a criticism of the current predominance of video realism—activism as a limited politics and poetics, mimicking mainstream media. By bringing examples of experimental forms of political installations we look for possibilities of reconfiguring political subjects and actions. Discussants: Dalida Maria Benfield, filmmaker, art educator and scholar, Laura Fantone, visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley, Beatrice Bain Research Group. Image: Michelle Dizon's "Civil Society". Her video work will be shown on Oct. 14 at CounterPULSE. 

CounterPULSE, World Arts West/ San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and Dancers' Group present
Dance Discourse Project 7: Dancing Diaspora

Thurs. Oct. 15, 7:30pm, Free

Adia Whitaker as ZapMamaJoin us for a lively discussion tackling some of the questions and ideas posed by Performing Diaspora. What is the role of innovation in traditional performance? What makes the Bay Area unique as a home for ethnic dance? How can we work together to broaden support for a new generation of traditional dancers? Local artists, audience members and presenters will engage in an open and participatory conversation. Photo by Raymond Van Tassel—Adia Whitaker as ZapMama

Bike Tour: San Francisco Ecological History (south) candlestick pt water0940

Sat. Oct. 17, Noon, $15-50 sliding scale to benefit Shaping SF

This trip through San Francisco's lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline will focus on the city south of downtown and SOMA, traversing the Mission, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Bayview, and the southeast coastline, including several new public parks. It's a social, historical and critical 4-hour tour through the city's ecological past and present. Photo by Chris Carlsson—Bayview Hill from Candlestick State Recreation Area

Performing Diaspora Work in Progress Showings Wang Fei

Sun. Oct. 18, 11am-2pm
Sun. Oct. 24, 11am-2pm and 2-5pm

Three groups of artists present work to be shown in November at CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora Festival. This set of work-in-progress performances will allow audiences to engage in the creative process through feedback and to follow the development of the work before the final debut. Photo by J.P. Dobmin. Pictured: Wang Fei

July07_Lombard_0032TALKS! Bicycling in San Francisco

Wed. Oct. 21, 7:30pm, Free

17 years of Critical Mass and 10,000 members of the Bike Coalition?… what’s right, what’s not with the way bicycling and bicycling politics is developing at the end of the first decade of the 21st century? A broad discussion of bicycle etiquette, transportation and urban design, equipment and safety (good engineering vs. "good shopping"), Stop-Roll, Bike Plan 04 vs. Copenhagen 1980, etc. Inside/outside, SF Bike Coalition/Critical Massl. Panelists include Janel Sterbentz, Steve Jones, Andy Thornley and others TBD. Photo by Chris Carlsson, Critical Mass descending Lombard, July 2007

Rest for the Constant Traveler
Dance Continuum SF's 3rd Annual Season

Dance Continuum SF

Oct. 23-25, 8pm, $20

The dances of “Rest for the Constant Traveler” incorporate many disparate qualities; lyricism with physical athleticism, tenderness married with humor, moments of stillness infused with chaos. Movement, theater and film propel you into adventures with a novel view on life. Join DCSF on journeys of the mind, body and spirit.

Photo by Marty Sohl: Dance Continuum SF, José Ivan Ibarra, Peter Litwinowicz, Jennifer Wright

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TALKS! Climate Change/Climate Justice (Nature in the City)

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Wed. Oct. 28, Free

What is going to be accomplished by "cap-and-trade?" How is global warming being co-opted by corporate power? What are equitable approaches involving local communities? How are the effects of climate change already appearing on the planet's and the Bay Area's ecosystems? What is the relationship between climate change and ecological restoration? Tom Athanasiou (Eco-Equity), Jon Christensen (Exec. Dir., Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University), Dan Gluesenkamp, (Director of Habitat Restoration at Audubon Canyon Ranch), Laura Castellini (GGNRA and Nature in the City)

Photo: Chris Carlsson—August 15, 2009 march to Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California, demanding Climate Justice among other things. Oct. 28 Talk will be on politics of Climate Change.

Bike Tour: Transit

willows horsecar

Sun. Nov. 1, noon, $15-50 sliding scale
to benefit Shaping SF

Discover lost freeways, ghosts of train routes, and a vivid account of how San Franciscans moved around this peninsula through time. Hear about the violent strikes that shaped public transit, the graft and corruption that conquered the Outside Lands. It's a social, historical and critical 4-hour tour through the city's transportation past and present.

Photo: A horse-drawn omnibus near 2nd and Harrison, heading to the Willows in the 1860s. 


CounterPULSE presents
Words First

Wed. Nov. 4, 7:30pm, $7-10 (Members $3-5)

Words First is the premiere solo performance event in San Francisco. Each month we invite the finest solo artist, comics, and storytellers to the CounterPULSE stage. Solo performance is a unique brand of theater; One person, one stage. It's one part storytelling, one part comedy, one part drama, and 100% entertainment.

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CounterPULSE presents
Performing Diaspora Festival

Gema - She teaches the women

Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 5-8, 12-15, & 19-22
all shows 8 pm
$15-25 pre-sale, $18-25 at the door

CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora debuts this November featuring thirteen talented California dance, music, theater, media, and interdisciplinary artists who are using traditional forms as a basis for experimentation and innovation, truly representing the modern California experience.

Single evening tix

Performing Diaspora Festival Pass

Photo: Gema—She Teaches the Women

Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 5-8

  • Charlotte Moraga
  • Gema Sandoval, Danza Floricanto/USA
  • Danica Sena Gakovich
  • Adia Whitaker

Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 12-15

  • Ana Maria Alvarez, CONTRA-TIEMPO
  • Colette Eloi
  • Opal Palmer Adisa
  • Sri Susilowati

Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 19-22

  • Yannis Adoniou, Catherine Clambaneva, and Leonidas Kassapides
  • Dulce Capadocia, Silayan Philippine-American Dance Company
  • Wang Fei
  • Prumsodun Ok
  • Devendra Sharma

CounterPULSE and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts present
Performing Diaspora Symposium

Sat. Nov 7, 10am-5:30pm, Free

Some of the Bay Area's most exciting minds in traditional performance tackle hot topics including criticism and aesthetics, representation and appropriation, and social justice during a day-long gathering. The event is presented by CounterPULSE and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in association with the African and African American Performing Arts Coalition, Dance Mission Theater, and the Dance Studies Working Group at UC Berkeley. Non-stop panels, networking and receptions plus a participatory lecture/demonstration.  Full schedule of events can be found here.


CounterPULSE and Dancers' Group present
2nd Sundays

Heidi Landgraf DanceAct

Sun. Nov. 8, 2pm, Free

K. Olive Mckeon helps us all get seated, Ana Flecha explores friendships between women, and Heidi Landgraf DanceAct traces two women's relationship from initial meeting to "I Do" in this month's dance salon of emerging & established choreographers. Photo by Stefanie Herzer—Heidi Landgraf DanceAct

TALKS! History & Politics Alcatraz
40th anniversary of Indigenous occupation

Wed. Nov. 11, 7:30pm, Free

AIM-West and friends will revisit the historic occupation of Alcatraz, show video clips, tell stories, and most importantly, connect this important historic event with the decades of organizing and political resistance since that time.

Bike Tour: Ecological History (north)

Walruses at Union Bank

Sat. Nov. 14, noon, $15-50 sliding scale
to benefit Shaping SF

This trip through San Francisco's lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline will focus on the city from downtown north, covering the heart of the city, the waterfront and Yerba Buena cove, Telegraph Hill, Black Point, and Crissy Field in the Presidio... It's a social, historical and critical 4-hour tour through the city's ecological past and present. Photo: Chris Carlsson—original walruses from Alaska Commercial Company building, destroyed in 1975. 

TALKS! Philippines: Immigration Politics and the Body

Wed. Nov. 18, 7:30pm, Free

Experiences of Women and effects of Diaspora on them, colonization/decolonization and creation of cultural forms, political economic relationships historically and now between Ph. and US.  Aimee Suzara and TBA


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