Compose a Succulent Garden at Block Fest with Natalie Cone
Fridays, Nov 9-30, 3pm-5pm
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November 2018

Block Fest Cancelled Due to Smoke

November 9 - November 30

Over four Fridays, participants will explore the meditative nature of composing and caring for a succulent collage with CounterPulse’s Natalie Cone. Participants will decorate a pot for the new succulent mosaic, arrange a composition from a wealth of diverse, easy-to-care-for plants, and walk home with their very own plant to bring warmth and life to their personal space. Free RSVP >> Block Fest is generously supported by Blick Art Materials. Visit for more information

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November 14, 2018 - January 2, 2019

Next year, our imagination is limitless CounterPulse is a #SpringboardForArtists. We give artists the latitude to both take risks and go big. Donate to the Springboard Fund and help us ignite another year of art and action.

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$150 - $250

YOGA For Equity in the Arts

November 18

Celebrate Natalie Cone’s 37th Birthday Party with a full day retreat composed of a range of yoga and a family-style meal. Three yogis from Oakland, rooted in diverse practices will will guide us through a meditative morning flow and funky, bumpin practice on CounterPulse’s Main Stage adorned with state of the art lighting and sound. The retreat culminates with a delicious and perfectly executed family-style meal crafted by the birthday girl’s brother and favorite person, Chef Seth Stowaway. All proceeds…

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Bruce Lee Film Screening at the Chinese Culture Center

November 27
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, 750 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States

Join Performing Diaspora 2018 Artist-in-Residence Melissa Lewis (顾眉) for an intimate Bruce Lee film screening at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. Free RSVP >> Following the film screenings, participate in a Q&A with Melissa around the themes of her upcoming work, I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father, while enjoying light snacks and drinks.  

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December 2018
Free - $35

DanceHack 2018

December 1 - December 2

DanceHack is an annual San Francisco-based event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies, here in the SF/Bay Area and around the world. This year will be the 5th annual DanceHack SF, the 3rd Co-Presented by Kinetech Arts and CounterPulse. DanceHack is an opportunity to spark unconventional applications of new tech tools and innovative dance material to create amazing live experiences. DanceHack takes place over two days: Day 1 – Saturday 10 AM…

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$20 - $35

I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father and Lost Chinatowns

December 6 - December 15

Performing Diaspora Residency 2018 Join CounterPulse for a double bill event featuring works by our 2018 Performing Diaspora Residency artists. Performing Diaspora supports artists that are drawing on tradition as a radical way to be responsive, inclusive, and support equity. This year we present works that connect the historical othering of Asian bodies and current xenophobic regimes while honoring the legacy of local master, film icon, and hero, Bruce Lee. In I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father, Melissa Lewis (顾眉)…

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$15 - $20

Weed The People

December 9

Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and researchers for 80 years, but recently scientists have discovered its anti-cancer properties. “Weed the People” follows desperate parents who obtain cannabis oil from underground sources to save their children from cancers. Miraculous outcomes beget the unsettling question: If weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it? Film credits: Produced by Ricki Lake, directed by Abby Epstein (prior work, The Business of Being Born)

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March 2019

To Be Free: CounterPulse Festival 2019

March 13, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Join CounterPulse once more for another immersion into the practices, people, and ideas that kindle that restless urge for something creative. Something radical. Something to spark the critical tedium that weighs in your stomach into a resistance. To Be Free is an immersive week of performance, conversations, workshops, and creative nightlife. CounterPulse is a shared space of vital rituals to supplant apathy with vitality. To imagine a way out of our paralysis and allow grief to ignite into intrepid celebration.…

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