with Honey Mahogany, D’Arcy Drollinger, Josh Cheon, Julie Phelps, and Monique Jenkinson
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February 2022
$15 - $30

Embodied Poetics

February 24 - February 25

How can you abstract a movement into words? Or a poem into somatic motion? Embodied Poetics welcomes you to share your body-based works to inspire poetic musings, and share your poetry to spark improvisational movement. This intimate workshop will investigate the nexus of body-based and poetic expression with multimedia artists Ainsley Elizabeth Tharp and Justin Ebrahemi. Together we’ll play with verbal cadence and physical expression, the ways in which vocal tonality shape and morph movement into new hybrid creations. Come…

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March 2022

Improvising the Net(Work)

March 2 - March 6

Join us for a free panel discussion with Dilate Ensemble and special guest NowNet Art Director Sarah Weaver on  Saturday March 5, 1pm PST, 4PM EST As part of ThoughtWorks Arts Improvising the Net(Work) residency in partnership with CounterPulse, during January Dilate Ensemble presented CATENA, a hybrid audio-visual performance both live online and in-person. A non-looping visual and densely textured sound experience, performers and audience members explored livestreams from two completely different physical spaces inside CounterPulse’s Tenderloin San Francisco building. Seamlessly integrated remote, distributed…

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TVOD All-nighter

March 12 - March 13

CounterPulse and T.V.O.D. join forces once again to venture into the night to create an immersive mix of underground dance music, synesthetic visuals, and artistic interludes spanning two-rooms over nine hours. For this edition we have invited the like minded SF crews Soft Rendezvous and Cult Freq to partner in realizing this vision. Join this intimate, ritualistic art party and together we will greet the sun as we uncoil into the daylight of spring. Featuring: Banal The Creatix Infinite Jess…

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Weaving Spirits

March 17 - March 27

Experience Year Two of Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance here in the heart of Yelamu (SF). Witness local and national Native American artists whose powerful performance offerings range from traditional song, to modern dance, rap, and drag. Workshop offerings dig deeper into Native community topics and the transformations two-spirits bring to our world.  Each weekend brings a different lineup of brilliant voices. All are welcome! GET SHOW TICKETS WEEKEND 1: March 18 – 19 L. Frank Papi Churro Cuauhtemoc…

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The Art of the Fair Deal: Securing Space for the Arts in San Francisco

March 31 - April 1
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States

How can small nonprofit art organizations afford the cost of living in the Bay Area? Innovators in the field have been working for nearly a decade to solve this problem. Join CounterPulse’s Julie Phelps and CAST’s Moy Eng at the Commonwealth Club for a conversation moderated by Michelle Meow. As CounterPulse poises itself to buy its building in the Tenderloin from CAST later this year, learn how they’ve worked together in piloting a new real estate model which could be applied…

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April 2022

Try a Little Tenderness for the Tenderloin

April 7 - April 8

In his best-selling book, Cool Gray City of Love, acclaimed San Francisco historian and raconteur Gary Kamiya described the Tenderloin as “…the only part of San Francisco that remains untamed, its last human wilderness.” In conversation with CounterPulse’s Artistic & Executive Director Julie Phelps, Kamiya will unpack why this neighborhood continues to be both disturbing and beguiling and why San Francisco would not be the same without it. The pair will also talk about why the neighborhood has long been…

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Moving Together

April 22 @ 8:00 am - April 24 @ 5:00 pm

We invite the community to join us for African and African Diaspora master dance and drumming workshops and an Ensemble performance. This program is open to everyone regardless of skill level.   With Support from the California Arts council, Cheza Nami is excited to produce “Moving Together”, a community engagement program that brings master African & Diaspora Artists together for dance and drumming workshops . The workshops will be followed by a showcase performance by the Cheza Nami Ensemble and…

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The Art of Performance Afro Dance Tour with SayRah

April 26 - April 27

Get the Art of Performance basics with one of the leading Afro Dancers & Choreographers in the Industry. SayRah! SayRah‘s The Art of Performance Afro Dance Workshop will allow you to delve deep in movements from the motherland. Exploring African street/social dances (mainly West African Street/social movements). These dances are then married in choreography! For this specific class series, SayRah will  be focusing on the art of performance! Exploring the various components that make a great performer as if you…

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Open Stage

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The stage is yours once again! Join CounterPulse for yet another evening of body-based, improvisational, and poetic expression, courtesy of our weird and radical community. Open Stage is a free, wild, and welcoming event that brings you to the stage to share whatever you’re working on: a xylophone performance, food art installation, your latest diss track — the stage is OPEN. We never quite know what to expect, but we may just end the evening in a dance party! Add your…

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Keeping Nights Bright in San Francisco

April 29 - April 30

The night acts as a binding agent, most of us have felt the warm embrace of the dark. It forges friendships, births collaboration, and is an abrupt burst of creation night after night. The night is a thermometer of the creativity spirit of a city. San Francisco Bay Area nightlife seemingly undergoes ceaseless transformation – most recently during the pandemic – an ongoing path of change, transience, and displacement met with poetic perseverance. Please join us for a panel conversation…

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