to Jun 4

Last Blue Couch In The Sky

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Last Blue Couch in the Sky, a commissioned work by Kim Epifano, leads us on a dance journey traversing the SoMa neighborhood. It is a tribute to both the seminal places that have influenced her work and other significant places in this rapidly changing city. Last Blue Couch in the Sky is also a nod to Brian Goggin’s 1997 San Francisco public art installation Defenestration. The walk concludes at YBCA where a performance closes the night.

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Rock The School Bells X
8:00 AM08:00

Rock The School Bells X

Rock The School Bells (RTSB) is a conference that provides a space for youth and students of all ages to participate and engage in a blend of workshops that enhance students’ ability to think critically about current issues in the world as well as their communities, read and write about topics related to their life’s experiences, display effective oral and written communication, and understand the historical and cultural aspects of Hip Hop and its effect on society and education.

* SAMMAY will be facilitating a workshop.

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DALUYAN: We Are The Vessels
12:00 PM12:00

DALUYAN: We Are The Vessels

CounterPulse x SAMMAY x Center for Babaylan Studies

DALUYAN // we are the vessels
counterpulse (upstairs studio)
80 turk st. san francisco, ca

*** This is a follow-up event to PERFORMING DIASPORA 2016 (December 1-4, 2016) where SAMMAY will be showing her latest work - silbihan - alongside dana e. fitchett. Attendance at one of the performances is encouraged but not required.
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12-1:15pm Freedom Movement Workshop by SAMMAY

Wake up and shake up your senses! They said we are living in dark times... so re-awaken your vessel of knowledge and re-ignite the ancient wisdom deep in your bones! This workshop will lead you through movement in relation to breath and those around you. From rooted foundations to contemporary navigations - together we will re-discover the tools that we are already equipped with.

* OPEN TO ALL MOVERS - don't let the boxes bog you down. 

1:15-1:30pm Break

1:30-3pm Circling Up: We Remember, Honor, and Protest!

Facilitator: SAMMAY
Panelists: Leny Strobel, Lisa Suguitan Melnick, and Pearl Ubungen

Now more than ever - we look to our elders, our community leaders and artists, our holders of ancestral knowledge to remind us where we have been and where we need to be. As the shadow lingers overhead, we inquire with each other and within ourselves - what will it take for us to unite and march towards the light? How do we take care of others but still remember to take care of ourselves? What are we willing to sacrifice for change?

This circle discussion will look at the relationship of art to activism - specifically in the context of "performing diaspora" and how this relates to our everyday actions towards manifesting social change.

*** FOOD PROVIDED BY KAINBIGAN: www.kainbigan.com ***

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Performing Diaspora 2016
to Dec 4

Performing Diaspora 2016

CounterPulse is proud to present Performing Diaspora 2016, featuring works from two emerging, radical Bay Area choreographers, Samantha “SAMMAY” Dizon and dana e. fitchett. SAMMAY’s silbihan is a multimedia dance theatre piece that reflects on personal experiences of first-generation Pilipina-American daughters and their migrant mothers from womb to present day. An intimate investigation of the (dis)connections between mothers and daughters of the diaspora through the lens of religion versus spirituality – this piece serves as a portal to pastpresentfuture dialectics as well as a bridge for (re)awakening the maternal bond. dana e. fitchett’s unending represents fitchett’s work to create space for individual and collective authenticity and reject oppressive narratives particularly within the current reality of Black life in America.

Performing Diaspora is a seven-year-old artist residency program of CounterPulse that focuses supporting artists that are drawing on tradition in new and radical ways to be responsive, inclusive, and supportive in driving equity. The CounterPulse Artist Residency & Commissioning Programs offers emerging, local performing artists space and the technical and administrative support to create new work, carving space for experimentation and risk-taking by lifting many of the responsibilities of self-production.

This program is made possible by support from the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

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to Jul 22

DAMSF: The Summer Edition

Marketing Kings x DAMSF present: 
DAMSF : The Summer Edition
Thursday July 21st @ DNA Lounge in SF

Doors open 10pm, Performances begin 10:30pm.
All Ages Welcome, 21+ to Drink

- Hosted by RJ KoolRaul Navalta and special co-host Durell DC Coleman from 106KMEL
- Goodcompany DJs Dru Benson & Jon Reyes
- Featuring a Guest DJ Set by DJHellRell
- Featuring live art and art exhibits in conjunction with Art Attack SF

*General Admission & VIP tickets available online starting at $10 at https://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2016/07-21.html *
*Tickets at door will be :
- $15 with Student ID
- $20 General Admission
- $25 VIP/Upstairs

Confirmed Artists :
DJHellRell (music)
Ariana Michele (dance)
Turtle Wayne (art)
David Slaney (dance)
TurfINC (dance)
Clihpd Accessories (style & fashion)
Guttah Holmes (dance)
Daniel Kang (dance)
KemeTique (style & fashion)
Dem Bague Boys (dance)
LSF (dance)
Sammay Dizon (dance)
Syndicate Board (dance)
Meme Robin Boutique (style & fashion)
Afta Shock (dance)
KC Viray (dance)
& more!

www.damsf.co | Instagram/Twitter @dam_sf
Damsf (dance.art.music.style.fashion)

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12:00 PM12:00

URBAN x INDIGENOUS: Remember Our Place?

URBAN x INDIGENOUS (UxI) is a multi-disciplinary, inter-generational convening of artists, activists, incubators, scholars, and community members to honor our ancestors in a society which is driven by the act of leaving them behind. Envisioned by "hip hop dance artist and indigenous arts advocate," Samantha "SAMMAY" Dizon, this event invites the next generation of movers, shakers, and believers to remember those who lived before us so that we may breathe in the life force of today. In its second year, UxI will explore the theme "Remember Our Place?" which speaks to the dismal hxstory of native peoples being forced out of their lands while calling out the modern-day exodus, popularly known as gentrification. Through performance activation, visual arts exhibition, and cyphers - UxI will uncover the state of the Pilipin@ community's displacement in San Francisco and draw parallels to the homebased struggle of the Lumads in Mindanao, Philippines. Together, we will ask the questions which spark and cultivate an inclusive space of dialogue and exploration where we will deepen our understanding of the injustice that has been done to our people - from Mindanao to the Bay Area. 

URBAN x INDIGENOUS: Remember Our Place? will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SOMArts Bay Gallery - presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center with support from SOMArts Cultural Center as part of the 19th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Civil Dis(place)ment.

Centered on the API-experience but in alliance with all indigenous peoples, URBAN x INDIGENOUS aims to unite cultural and urban performance-based artists and strengthen the network of urban-indigenous artists towards collective action through arts as activism.

Alan Khum
Alex Abalos
Baltazar Dasalla
Cece Carpio
Da'ko'ta Alcantara-Camacho
Diana Li
David Petrelli
Dumay Solinggay
Elaine Chu
Johanna Javier
Keke Brown
Kim Vigilante
Laila Espinoza
Monica Magtoto
Nicole Gervacio
Nikila Badua
Samantha Javier Curl
Spencer Wilkinson
Toi Wāhine Collective
Topher Maka
Vincent Escareno

Makha & Tria Blu Wakpa
Gerardo Omar Marin
Kaley Isabella
Kanyon Sayers-Roods
Kristine Sinajon & Kulintronica
Parangal Dance Company
UxI Collective

General Admission $10
Support the Artist $20


12:00 Doors Open
12:30 Opening Circle / Kanyon Sayers-Roods
12:50 Kaley Isabella
1:05 Gingee
1:40 Laila Espinoza
1:55 SPULU
2:15 Workshop: Kristian Kabuay on Culture Bearing
2:55 Kristina Sinajon & Kulintronica
3:05 Makha Blu Wakpa & Tria Blu Wakpa
3:15 Kimmortal
3:45 Alice Street Screening / Q&A with Spencer Wilkinson
4:25 Remember Our Place? by UxI Collective
5:15 AstraLogik
5:45 Parangal Dance Company
5:55 Dialogue: Performing the Urban and the Indigenous
6:35 Sonido Terapia Indigenous Sound Healing Session
by Gerardo Omar Marin
7:15 Closing Circle / M'nai Terry Teresita Cataag Bautista

Interested in volunteering/vendoring/sponsoring at this year's UxI? Drop us a line at urbanxindigenous@gmail.com!

Please help us spread the word and increase our visibility by clicking "like" and sharing our Facebook Page. More info on last year's event and what to expect this year - please visit: urbanxindigenous.wordpress.com


URBAN x INDIGENOUS is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.

The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visitwww.somarts.org.

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to Mar 27

BLESSED UNREST: Arts & Social Justice Festival

Bay Area Artists and Activists come together for 3 days of performances, workshops and panel discussions!

This three-day community art event features workshops, panel discussions, performances, and an art installation focused on art and social justice. Theater and circus artists, dancers, musicians, visual artists, and poets will share their work in evening performances, while facilitators, activists, and educators will host workshops and panel discussions during the day. Blessed Unrest aims to raise awareness about the power of art to advance the cause of social justice by bringing artists into conversation with each other, local activists, and the public.

Performances by The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, Keisha Turner, Sara Moore, Sammay Dizon + many other artists working at the intersection of art and social justice.

Learn more at: CrescentMoonTheaterProductions.com

Keisha Turner
Deezba O’Hare
Sammay Dizon
The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women

Tickets available at: http://counterpulse.org/?tribe_events=blessed-unrest-an-arts-and-social-justice-festival%2F

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