Fierce Femmes Dance About Our Dystopian Present: Dance Brigade's Hemorrhage

Photo by Mily Trabing

This Saturday anti-abortion activists descended like so many locusts on Market Street, waving banners and yellow balloons in a mystifying display of out-of-town folk looking neither for the boat to Alcatraz nor the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Our fair city, ranked fourth "most godless" in America, responded with a collective eye-roll and tweeted about the inconvenience of the traffic snarl.

All should have the right to the peaceful assertion of their beliefs, but to really change minds, a protest should engage the public -- maybe even entertain -- shouldn't it? Krissy Keefer, director and choreographer of Dance Brigade, now in its thirtieth year of activist dance dramas in the Bay Area, seems to think so, because her latest work, Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair, on view at Dance Mission Theater January 24-February 8, fires up the stage with ferocious dancing, powerful percussion, self-conscious humor, and a set so visually arresting, the sight of it alone is worth the price of admission.

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Fresh Festival 2014: 17 Days of Dance

Photo by Yvonne M. Portra

The seventeen days of the FRESH Festival, which includes intensive courses on the "metaphysics of the spine" and "performing as sensing," as well as labs and mixers with Keith Hennessey, Kinetech, and more promises cross-pollination among key players in the experimental dance and music community, kicked off on January 3.

Each of the three weekends brings live performances, with the first weekend featuring new works by Christine Bonansea, Sara Shelton Mann, and Alternativa (Kathleen Hermesdorf and Albert Mathias).

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Vaya con Dios: Point Break Live Reviewed


Point Break Live isn't for everybody. Readers who find the idea of a show that requires a poncho to protect them from water and fake blood disturbing, or anyone who can't take a bit of dick humor, may need to skip it. But for folks who prefer a little adventure with their theater, Point Break Live will be an absolute blast. The evening feels like a night at the theater, a rock n' roll concert and a wild party all rolled into one. It's loud, hysterical and occasionally frightening.

When the lights first go down, the audience is warned that they will get "wet, bloody or both," and encouraged to get drunk at the bar. Then a montage of pivotal scenes from the movie plays, set to Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle."

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All 7 Harry Potter Books Performed in 70 Minutes: Potted Potter

Categories: Performance Art

Potted Potter

Think of it as Reader's Digest on stage.

For those of you who want to know the story of Harry Potter, but don't want to read all seven books (or watch the movies), this is your best option to get up to date on a series that spawned it's own theme park. That's how popular Harry Potter is -- theme park status. What were you reading when kids were lined up around the block waiting for the latest book in the series to hit the shelves? Who Moved My Cheese? We kid, we didn't read the series either.

For those of you who are super fans, then its 70 minutes to relive all the moments you love about the Harry Potter series -- with a humorous twist. Because let's face it (side note: just read what happened in book seven), it seems the series wasn't very funny at all.

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Agents of Chaos: Cacophony at the Castro Theatre

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Rusty Blazenhoff
Fight Club and Burning Man come from the same place. Where flash mobs and poetic terrorism come from. Yes, a place inside of you. But The San Francisco Cacophony Society had a lot to do with putting that together for you. This is their book. This is their... unauthorized release party?

Enter Chicken John. Outspoken proponent for and enabler of the City of Art And Innovation, Chicken sent out an email to his large list of followers about a show on Friday, May 31st at the Castro Theatre. If you're not on his list, I suggest you sign up for it now, before reading about how he champions the weird creative underground of Bay Area artists with long, hilarious pleas for you to become the person you've always wanted to be. There aren't many people like Chicken, nor are there many people worthy enough to follow (in what was largely a performance art project he ran against Gavin Newsom for mayor, under the campaign "Nuisance '07", and garnered about 12,000 votes). Naturally, he's involved with The San Francisco Cacophony Society.

Here's an excerpt from his email:

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In Hot Water: It's Nuclear Catastrophe in the Streets of S.F. for NAKA Dance Theater

Photo by Kim Anno and Kyung Lee

More than two years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Fukushima prefecture in Japan, and only last week, The New York Times reported that the radioactive water used to cool the nuclear reactors in Fukushima is accumulating at an alarming rate. The independent writer of Fukushima Diary catalogues phenomena: mutated dandelions, unseasonal cirrocumulus clouds, absent azalea buds.

Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama's Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater, past honorees of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch, present BAILOUT!, their newest activist interdisciplinary site-specific installation, May 10-12 in and around Dance Mission Theater. BAILOUT! tackles Japan's nuclear disaster from the perspective of our relationship with the oceans. The installation considers what recourse remains to those served by governments that would rather rescue financial institutions than address massive environmental consequences, as well as our complicity in the act of urban living.

Navarrete and Kajiyama have previously created work on genetic modification of crops and diminishing natural resources, as well as the city's transgender and ethnic communities.

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Video of the Day: The Cat's Out of the Bag


We like our gay bars like we like our women -- rough around the edges and with as little cover as possible. With its bordello-esque atmosphere and cheap drinks, it's no surprise that The Stud, one of the city's oldest gay bars, still reigns supreme.

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Art Beat: Dia Dear on Performing Queerness and Sincere Vulnerability

Josue Rivera

When Dia Dear takes the stage, things are about to become brutally uncomfortable and strangely beautiful. Her shaved head is typically plastered in white makeup and perhaps some sparse lipstick or some dark rings penciled around her eyes. Although she's often found performing at drag shows, it would be a stretch to define her performances as traditional drag -- some elements of her work, such as her lip-synching and her occasional high-heel wearing, are similar, but beyond those characteristics, she assumes her own style. Instead of dancing along to a Mariah Carey tune, you're much more likely to see her enacting something quieter by Radiohead or Antony and the Johnsons. Don't expect her to bust out a cancan, either. Her movements are slow, with Kabuki-like precision.

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Art Beat: Dita Von Teese's Corset Maker on Sculpting the Body and Ethical Underwear

Art Beat: Graphic Novel Comes to Life in John Felix Arnold III's "Unstoppable Tomorrow"

Queer Performance Art Series The News Starts Strong at SOMArts

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The 20 Most Memorable Cosplay Costumes Involving Cleavage

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Christopher Morgan
20. "My eyes are up here, guys."

We'll be honest, we didn't know what cosplay was until we googled it just now. For those in the dark who are, like us, no doubt carving blog posts out of stone tablets, cosplay, "short for 'costume play,' is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea." We put together a slideshow of the best cosplay outfits of the entire year (Merry Christmas!), from comic book conventions, anime events, sci-fi shindigs, and more. Such representation helps to debunk the image of cosplay folks as pale, overweight men, shedding much-needed light on the outdated assumptions and stereotypes that plague our ... sorry, what? We couldn't hear you over all the boobs.

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Our full slideshow, 100 Memorable Cosplay Images of 2012 

Talk on Internet Dating Is Like a Blind Date With Group Therapy

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Support the Future at the Youth Arts Summit

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Maggie Preston

Come out and show some love for the youngest and brightest up-and-coming artists and performers at the Second Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit. Youth leaders from prominent San Francisco advocacy groups have joined forces to showcase young artists' works which spans all realms of artistic expression.

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Video of the Day: Laser Mazes, Giant Robots, and SMS-Driven Cops and Robbers

The Art of Macworld

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