• Sam Steward’s fascinating life as a shapeshifter linked many disparate worlds: literature, sexual research, academia and tattoo art.  For this iteration of Homo File I’ve taken a dive into researching Steward’s life as a tattoo artist. In this world he went by the name Phil Sparrow. I recently read his fascinating and really well written […]

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  • Small Press Traffic’s 12th Annual Poets Theater Festival, held this January 18th and 19th at CounterPulse, both continues and refreshes a tradition of poets theater in the Bay Area’s literary communities that dates back at least to the Berkeley and San Francisco Renaissances of the 40s and 50s — with roots in experimental modernist theater, vaudeville, 19th century […]

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  • Hello incredible CounterPULSE community from former CounterPULSE interns Sarah Ashkin and Brittany Delany, and curators of Oakland based arts program GROUND SERIES.  GROUND SERIES is a meeting place for artists to experiment with interdisciplinary investigation in a grassroots community arts model. This winter GROUND SERIES can be found at its usual home of the Temescal […]

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  • We are winding our way towards opening night this week. What started out as a conversation with my mother about our gumbo tradition many years ago, has become this little monster of a dance theater piece that has forever changed my life and how I think about food. With this incarnation of Our Daily Bread […]

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  • Well the run has been amazing thus far with sell out houses and very enthusiastic audiences for both Homo File and FML. We got wonderful press coverage and  appeared in several blogs. Here are a few. A fabulous article by Kimberly Chun in the SF Chronicle 96 hours Really interesting article by Richard Dodds in […]

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  • Here are some thoughts about this Saturday’s performance from Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) about the performance this weekend: “Saturday 5/19 ‘Tales of Pangu’ will sparkle!!  If you are at all interested in interdisciplinary performance, multi-media, collaboration and dramatized Asian American history dating back to the early days of 1850, this is the performance for […]

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  • When I set out to create an experience for Friday April 27th (both curating the evening and creating a performance), I knew it would be inspired by the work of Jean Paul Gaultier. I did not know that it would lead into such a process of inquiry. I am struck by Gaultier’s interest in difference –of shape, size, age, […]

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  • by: Sarah Ashkin Arts Administration Intern On the evening of February 27th a group of forty or so members of the Bay Area community met at CounterPULSE to engage in the Dance Discourse Project: “Dancing and Aging”. Dance Discourse Project is an “on-going series of artist-driven discussions organized by Mary Armentrout and co-produced by Dancers’ […]

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  • CIRF New Year’s Contact Improvisation Intensive 2010 Research Into Scores with Brenton Cheng and Jennifer Chien Friday-Sunday, January 1-3, 2010 / Fri 7-10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm Rejuvenate and re-inspire your dancing body in the New Year with renowned performers, Jennifer Chien and Brenton Cheng. This 3-day Intermediate Level intensive will focus on shifting physical […]

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