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October 2019
$20

Just Ahead is Darkness

October 26
CounterPulse,

Just Ahead is Darkness is an evening of episodic performance inspired by how time transforms the relationships between fact, story, and truth. Inspired by the tradition of bon dances in Hawaii, the evening will feature dance company Sharp & Fine, composer Cory Wright, and author Ben Loory in an interactive theatrical experience: Just Ahead is Darkness uses dance, live music, spoken text, and audience participation to explore how family histories become ingrained in our imaginations and bodies through storytelling and…

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Free

Fifth Storm

October 30
CounterPulse,

Fifth Storm is the fifth experiment, the fifth investigation in the creation of The Storm in My House. This work concerns the precarious position artists, and all of us, maintain in the face of social upheaval, economic inequality, displacement, and deterioration of the social safety net; bodies experiencing crisis and humor; recorded voices of those who struggle for food and shelter; an excavation of the perceived lines between any two of us. Free RSVP >> About inkBoat inkBoat is a…

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Free

Tenderloin Safe Trick or Treating

October 31
CounterPulse,

Trick or Treat! CounterPulse and partners TLCBD/Safe Passage invite the neighborhood out to Trick or Treat in the Tenderloin!  This is our second year of the fun romp with goblins, superheroes, scary monsters and costumed characters! Free RSVP >> Have a souvenir photo made in costume, and join with Safe Passage guides to visit our partnering lower Tenderloin performance venues: Cutting Ball Theate, SAFEhouse For the Arts, PianoFight, and EXIT Theater. There will be treats and healthy snacks for everyone! Meet…

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November 2019
Free

Neighborhood Day of the Dead Altar Project

November 1
CounterPulse,

Come hand craft your own ofrendas for the Day of the Dead! The ofrendas will be placed on the altars for our 2019 Day of the Dead Tenderloin Neighborhood Altar Project. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs of those you wish to remember, which will be copied and used in making the ofrenda. The Altar will be displayed in the CounterPulse Lobby from November 1st through November 8th. Free RSVP >> Working on Ofrendas: 3-5pm, Tuesday, October 22 3-5pm, Tuesday,…

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Free

Nat Cone’s 38th Solar Return

November 2
7th West, 1255 7th St
Oakland, CA 94607

Come get your daytime groove on with CounterPulse’s beloved board member, Natalie Cone! We’re celebrating her 38th revolution around the sun by frolicking together at 7th West, a funky event space in Oakland. This celebration is family friendly and admission free. The birthday gal asks that rather than gifts or buying her a couple of drinks, attendees consider making a donation of similar value on her behalf to CounterPulse, “the community that has her heart.” You can donate here, selecting…

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$15 - $45

Deaf Louder

November 7 - November 10
CounterPulse,

There nothing silent about being Deaf. Experience a multidisciplinary evening of Deaf and loud talents: comedians, actors, dancers, singers, musicians invited by Antoine Hunter. Learn the truth about being Deaf. See all four showings and save money with the Four Day Pass >> Event Schedule All nights feature Antoine Hunter’s Urban Jazz Dance Company Thursday November 7th @ 7:30 PM Antoine Hunter’s amazing solo, one night only. Friday November 8th @ 7:30 PM Hii_een from (Deaf Asain man who is…

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Free

Matchbox Lab #3

November 12
CounterPulse,

 Spark something new. Matchbox is an art+tech interactive lab series, hosted at CounterPulse with partners ZERO1 & Kinetech Arts, that seeds collaboration beyond discipline. Designed as public practicum labs, Matchbox pairs creative technologists with dancers and choreographers to spark critical investigations and seed cutting-edge works. Matchbox creates an opportunity for these two creative communities to find places of overlapping values, and serves as a framework for a more collaborative urban arts ecology. The public is invited to the labs below…

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Free

DIY T-Shirt Fashion Design

November 15
CounterPulse,

Tenderloin, come get your fashion on! Join CounterPulse and Sylvester Guard Jr. in creating your own fun t-shirt designs. Let your imagination soar to new fashion heights, as you use fabric markers and paint to design your new threads. All cotton t-shirts will be provided, but supplies are limited⁠—so be sure to bring an item or two of clothing from home. FREE RSVP >> Block Fest is supported by BLICK Art Materials. www.dickblick.com Block Fest is a part of 4…

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$5 - $15

tiny little get down

November 16
CounterPulse,

the tiny little get down is back at CounterPulse for our last boogie of this crazy 2019 year! tinypistol’s Maurya Kerr and little seismic dance company’s Katie Faulkner invite you to their november tiny little get down, a dance party for people who love to move but don’t want to go clubbing, worry about looking cool, or stay up past their bedtime. come join us in this cathartic space that truly affirms the power of the collective—we will survive! sweat, shake, boogie,…

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Free - $35

Came Here To Live: Resilience and Resistance in the Containment Zone

November 22 - November 24

Created and performed by the Skywatchers Ensemble—an intergenerational, mixed-ability collaborative arts ensemble of Tenderloin residents and ABD artists—Came Here to Live is rooted in the stories, dreams, and challenges facing its participants. Creating sublime theater that’s equal parts protest and mourning, the Skywatchers Ensemble weaves personal stories—often illuminating stark truths—with visions of a revolution that will be led by those historically excluded from shaping culture and policy. Came Here to Live offers a vision of what is possible when we build…

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