Art Party & Auction

The CounterPulse Annual Benefit
May 10, 2018
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Play in hybridity. Celebrate the impermanent present. Revel in community. Rethink your humanity.

At the CounterPulse Annual Benefit we get wild for art. Eat, drink, dance, be merry, be many, give money, make it happen. For artists. For SF. For you. Featuring performance and demos from over a dozen artists—including Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations, Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, and more—live music, and visual and media art installations, sensational silent auction, and more…(so much more)… We’re turning it up to turn you on to supporting the performing arts at CounterPulse.

Art Party & Auction: The CounterPulse Annual Benefit is Thursday May 10, 7pm–10pm.



Helen Gaus in the gallery

Interactive installations by

Robin Birdd

Hannah Boles


And performances by


Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko

dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company


The Art Party & Auction is CounterPulse’s big night to raise the funds that keep our programs thriving. Come prepared to contribute to our shared home for art and action! There will be lots of opportunities to donate from our deluxe silent auction, the live pledge of the bills, and more.

Can’t make it in person? Show up for CounterPulse with a donation.


 Auction Items

Some of our featured silent auction items this year.


  • Tenderloin Walking Tour for two with 30-year resident of the TL Del Seymour and resident tour guides.
  • Jawbone Original Jambox BT Speaker
  • di Rosa Art Center: Admission for 4 to join a 1.5 hour guided tour
  • Audium, sound performance: 2 tickets.
  • Brushstrokes: 5 free studio visits to create your own pottery, glass fusing, and mosaics. .
  • SOMArts: Friends of SOMArts membership at the dreamer level.
  • Oakland Museum of California: Family Membership benefits
  • CounterPulse Membership & T-Shirt, Tote: INSTIGATOR membership. 25% performance discounts and more
  • Adobe Lightroom CC (1 year)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro Document Cloud
  • Ryan DeBonville Kntiwear: Hand knit ivory acrylic scarf
  • SF MOMA: 4 guest passes Retail value of $100.00
  • SF MOMA: Supporter membership.
  • Black Choreographers Festival: 4 tickets.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 1 year
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan
  • Adobe Illustrator 1 year
  • Orpheum Theater: 2 orchestra tickets to the humans and 2 drink tickets.
  • Crowded Fire Theater: 1 flex pass during the 2018 Season at Crowded Fire Theater.
  • YBCA: Curator’s Circle Membership
  • Peaches Christ’s September production (tba) at Castro Theatre: Two tickets
  • Any show at either Slim’s or Great American Music Hall: Two tickets
  • Mika Banks Massage: 60 min energy therapy session
  • Mission Dance: 4-Class Pack:
  • Planet Granite: Two beginner belay lessons at Planet Granite including day pass, shoe & harness rental.
  • Swell Bikes: 2 free tuneups with a retail value of $200
  • Esalen Center
  • Jewelry Pendant by Gaia, blue reflective stone wrapped in elaborate copper wire.
  • Aging in Harmony: 3 hours of conflict coaching provided by Katharina W. Dress, a mediator, facilitator and conflict coach.
  • Cold Steel American Piercing & Tattoo: One free piercing w/basic jewelry.
  • Jewelry by Zerena: Handmade necklace
  • Gabrielle Cameron Gardens: BIg interior plants in lovely pot
  • Kabuki Springs & Spa: 25 minute massage session and access to communal baths.
  • San Antonio Getaway: Southwest Airlines RT, Dinner at Dick’s Last Resort River Walk, Complimentary two-night Stay at Holiday Inn San Antonio Downtown-Market Square
  • City Lights Bookstore goodie bag
  • Que se raw se raw: $50 restaurant giftcard
  • Urban Putt Gift Certificate, Two complimentary games of mini-golf at San Francisco’s only miniature golf course, restaurant and bar.
  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden: Admission for 6
  • San Francisco Botanical Gardern: Six guest passes
  • Maggie Shan King: 3 novels and invitation to start book club discussion with author
  • Bar Agricole: Dinner Gift Certificate
  • Sylvia de Trinidad & Andrew Young (Bummerville cabin stay): Weekend Mountain Retreat: 2-night stay at rustic cabin in the Sierra foothills.
  • Oakland Zoo Family Day Pass Admission for two adults and two children and free parking for one vehicle.
  • Equator Coffees and Tea: $25 gift certificate
  • Kauai Hawaii Vacation: 1 bdrm condo with a swimming pool, hot tub, private beach, stocked kitchen, full bath, patio, swimmable beaches 5 minutes away. May 3-10 (7 nights)
  • Blue & Gold Fleet: 2 complimentary boarding passes
  • Pentacle Coffee: $80 gift certificate
  • The Douglas Room: $100 gift certificate
  • Farm:Table: $60 gift certificate
  • Really Well: Private yoga class at your home/office

Feast & Fundraiser

Immediately preceding the Art Party & Auction is the Feast & Fundraiser. The Feast & Fundraiser is CounterPulse’s annual pledge dinner. While the dinner is now at capacity, you may email to be added to the waitlist.

Feast & Fundraiser Schedule

5:30pm, Cocktails and gallery preview
6:30pm, Pledge dinner and performances by Stulberg/Simpson Collaborations and Raissa Simpson & Daeveron

The Art Party & Auction is generously supported by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, and Rainbow Grocery