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Apr 24 – May 3
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Legal Challenges over AB5

Freelance writers and photographers filed the second legal challenge to California’s broad new labor law…. Read more

Uber and Postmates have mounted a legal challenge seeking to block AB5, California’s landmark gig-work law — Read More

….a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that California’s new gig-work law does not apply to truck drivers because it is preempted by federal law. Read More


Understanding AB5 and the Arts

Dancers’ Group is sharing the following information on Assembly Bill 5.  Read this white paper and fact sheet to learn more about the bill.

ACTA's inaugural Traditional Arts Roundtable Session

Join ACTA for the inaugural session of their 2020 Traditional Arts Roundtable Series in San Francisco. Read More

Congratulations to randy reyes on receiving a 2020 Creative Capital Award

Creative Capital awards represent 35 projects by 41 artists supporting a range of genres, including literature, performance, the visual arts, moving image, technology, and socially engaged art. Read More

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Jan 2020

Dance Play Is Serious Business: Young Minds Require Freedom

by Nancy Ng

Recently, a colleague shared his frustration about the entire hour of homework his first-grade child was expected to complete after an eight-hour school day. He called it, “an assault on kids.”

Jan 2020

SPEAK: How to Ask for Help, Raise Your Ghosts, and Make a Family

By Megan and Shannon Kurashige

When we were growing up, we went to Hawaii nearly every summer. Our parents grew up on the island of Kauai, as did their parents. Our family has been in Hawaii for a while and it’s not until you get to our great- and great-great-grandparents’ generations that people start arriving from Japan.


Jan 24

With the 6th Annual San Francisco Movement Arts Festival (SFMAF), 55+ local performance groups, comprising of 300+ performers, will celebrate their movement art at the grand Grace Cathedral. The entire Grace Cathedral will transform into a stage - the main floor, attached chapels, hallways, stairways and front entry way. As you enter the inspiring space, multiple STATIONS of the Movement (performances) will be going on simultaneously. Stroll around, at your own pace, witness the artists once, and go back to see some favorites. Visit the website for more information about specific performers.

Jan 24

ALTERNATIVA, in association with Joe Goode Annex, launches San Francisco’s 11th annual FRESH Festival of Experimental Dance, Music + Performance, January 6-26, 2020.   Weekend 3 Performances: ALTERNATIVA in a new duet influenced by the dark side of the moon, the dark night of the soul, and the song of the nightingale; Irish artist and Director of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company, Tara Brandel, in collaboration with Nigerian street dancer Nicholas Nwosu; and local superstar, Brontez Purnell, with a new work based on the Festival’s theme. Tender Dub Remix will be a performed piece as well as a movement love letter/chain letter and an original Dub inspired musical score to accompany it. FRESH Festival: Turned toward this year’s theme of tender, FRESH Festival 2020 is a diverse feast of embodied art, action and interaction showcasing three weeks of risk-taking mainstage Performances, immersive studio Practices, and social, inclusive and interactive community Exchanges, featuring 75+ cutting-edge artists from the Bay Area and beyond. FRESH 2020 takes place at three locations in the Mission District in San Francisco, which are also community partners of the Festival: Joe Goode Annex, BRAVA Dance Center, and ODC Dance Commons.  FRESH is open to all curious, adventurous and serious bodies.

Jan 24

Butterfly Effect is a new site-specific dance work by Dance Brigade that focuses on the devastating effects of global warming, as well as the profound ripple of influence that one person’s actions can have on social change and climate change combat. Directed by Krissy Keefer and featuring a live musical score by Bruce Ghent, Butterfly Effect is also a tribute to the devastatingly large number of activists that have been silenced, often brutally, because they have spoken truth to power. With eight dancers, six drummers, and a visual design team that consists of set, video, light, and sound designers/technicians/composers, this work winds through the three studios inside Dance Mission Theater, the audience traveling through distinct worlds.

Jan 24

IncivilitySF is an irreverent showcase of politically-inspired work from San Francisco’s underground. Subversion—our monthly development series—invites artists working with themes of social justice, community-empowerment, and political awakening to come try out new work/work-in-progress in front of a live audience. Each fourth Friday of the month we have four featured performances, plus an optional facilitated feedback session with the audience for those seeking input on their creations. Come be a part of the process and get incivil with us! Doors open at 8:00, show at 8:30. The bar will be open, serving beverages and light snacks. Admission is free, and participation is voluntary. We're always seeking performers, so get in touch if you'd like to be onstage as well. Co-curated by Sabrina Wenske of Naked Empire Bouffon Company, Nicole Gluckstern of EXIT Theatre, and Larry Bogad, Director of the Center for Tactical Performance, and co-founder of the Clown Army.

Jan 25

The Collective - Phase II is an evening of eight distinctive choreographers coming together to explore various facets of embodied human experience ranging from deep emotional and moral connections to the impact of rituals in our daily lives. These eight works-in-progress are parts of ongoing original research, which will culminate in evening-length thesis performances in June 2020. The Collective - Phase II brings awareness to our profound emotions as well as to our connections to ourselves and to the community while investigating interactive and engaged social experiences. Through The Collective - Phase II, the MFA in Dance Program at Saint Mary’s College of California presents a collaboration of the choreographers and the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center while aiming to increase the visibility of the choreographers and dancers in the program. Q&A following the 8pm show. TICKETS:$15 General Admission; $10 Students,Seniors, SMC Community and Groups (10+); tickets available on-line and at the door Saint Mary’s College of California MFA in Dance Program The MFA in Dance Program at Saint Mary’s College of California offers two distinct tracks of study: the MFA in Dance: Creative Practice and the MFA in Dance: Design and Production, which is the first program of its kind in the nation. Students in the MFA in Dance Program span multiple generations and come from all over the world to study in the San Francisco Bay Area, home of one of the largest dance communities in the United States. About Saint Mary’s College of California The Saint Mary's College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For more than 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 4,200 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information, visit Saint Mary's College of California just 23 miles east of San Francisco or on the web Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is committed to nurturing and mentoring the growth of dancers and choreographers with over 120 dance classes per week for all ages and levels; master classes linking the Bay Area community to world renowned artists; residency space for four companies and 9 to 12 artists each year encouraging new work by early and mid-career artists to flourish; fiscal sponsorship and co-presentation that bring that work to the public; scholarships for children and adults. MORE INFORMATION:

Jan 25

Regardless if you celebrate Hanukkah's eight nights or the 12 days of Christmas or just in need of a sultry Spanish night, the holiday season with Carolina and Carole is a wonderful night for a date night, family gathering, or get together with friends and co-workers. So brace yourself for a night when the well worn hardwood floors of Pachamama resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar. Carolina and her daughter Carolé Acuña and their company of musicians and dancers offer a special evening entertainment. If you have not seen this group, this is an opportunity to experience their high energy and passion for their art that defines a new dimension in Flamenco and Spanish dance traditions. Pena Pachamama 1630 Powell Street, San Francisco



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