• Last Saturday, artists and community members used the CounterPULSE stage not for dancing, but for discussion: participants in the Performing Diaspora Symposium took the day to explore the rich, challenging themes that the Festival explores. In three separate sessions, panelists and audience members articulate some of the ideas that each Performing Diaspora artists stirs up […]

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  • With Performing Diaspora fast-approaching, some of the artists took a break from the stage and headed over to KPFA’s radio studios in Berkeley for a musical sneak-preview of their work on Stephen Kent’s show, “Music of the World.” In between tracks, our Executive Director Jessica Robinson Love joined them in the conversation about their performances […]

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  • March 26 The Franciscan Bioregion is the unique ecological area of Planet Earth and the area of our keen interest, north of the San Francisco airport, from San Bruno Mountain to the Golden Gate. In the heart of the city is a series of hilltops, e.g., Mt. Davidson, Tank Hill, Corona Heights, as well as […]

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  • March 19 Favianna Rodriguez has been making art to make change for years. She will present remarkable posters, illustrations, stickers and more, and talk about art and politics, in the concluding event of our solo artist shows this season. podcast: http://diva.sfsu.edu/users/Chris.Carlsson/ssf_talks?podcast=44

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  • March 12 Peoples from the Arab World have been migrating to San Francisco for over a hundred years. The earliest were mostly from the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine; and also Yemen. Most recent immigrants coming from North Africa’s Magrib region (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and Iraq since the first Gulf War. Why did […]

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  • February 20 Eric Drooker’s art has provided iconic imagery for countless political initiatives, as well as showing up on covers of the New Yorker, and in a number of gorgeous graphic novels. His slide show and talk is one of the best of its type. Don’t miss it!

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  • February 13 Community based public art spaces are stuck between business-like survival and serving their communities. Hear veterans of San Francisco’s Space Wars discuss how they’ve navigated the repressive dynamics of real estate, money, and power to hold open spaces for diverse communities to meet, talk, make art, and shape life. Jonathan Youtt (Cellspace), Robin […]

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  • January 30 The Golden Gate National Recreation Area sustains more federally threatened and endangered species than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks combined. The San Francisco Bay Area is considered the 6th most important biological diversity hotspot in the United States by the Nature Conservancy. UNESCO has even granted the GGNRA “Biosphere Reserve” […]

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  • January 16 Schoultz’s distinctive murals full of strange animals, twisting buildings and floating birdhouses caught the angst of modern life. Lately he’s gone to a surrealistic sea and we’ll get a full look at his work and hear what he says about it tonight. podcast: http://diva.sfsu.edu/users/Chris.Carlsson/ssf_talks?podcast=21

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  • January 9, 2008 What does ‘class’ or ‘community’ mean? How does the newbie Midwesterner serving burgers at a Castro street diner relate to the landlord and shop owner ‘Gay Community’ spokesmen? How do the schisms between different classes of women, whether lesbian or bi or undefined, show up in daily life and local politics (or […]

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