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Free Tango Lessons For Veterans

Free Tango Lessons Golden Age Tango Academy

With Ivan Shvarts
Golden Age Tango Academy
GoldenAgeTangoAcademy@gmail.com
415 760-9394
Facebook/GoldenAgeTangoAcademy 

All levels, classes, workshops, practice. Through social interaction, and cultural diversity Golden Age Tango Academy introduces the restorative and health-giving capacity of tango — the dance, music, and art into your life. We are we looking for dancers, musicians and artists to share their experience and art at our communal events. Veterans Free. Suggested $10 donation from non-veterans to support US Veterans.

Read how one Gulf War Veteran turn to Tango to heal wounds of war.  http://www.sanfrancisco.va.gov/SANFRANCISCO/features/Tango.

2016 Starting in July — Thursdays 7-11pm and Sundays 7-11pm in Room 212 at the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco

Tango in the Veterans Building, San Francisco

Tango in the Veterans Building, San Francisco

Ivan Shvarts  is the founder of the Senior Tango Program in the Bay Area. He has been the official tango instructor for San Francisco Parks and Recreation since 2006. He teaches both group and private classes in Emeryville, San Francisco, and Redwood City. Ivan is committed to providing a welcoming space for dancers of all levels and ages to develop their tango skills while simultaneously growing a community built on a celebration of movement and music. He is interested in how tango is a physical, emotional, and psychological dance that works out the body, the brain, and the soul. His teachers have included Puppy Castello, Nestor Ray, Tete Rusconi, and Gustavo Naveira with whom he studied the techniques of traditional Milonguero style. Facebook/Ivan.Shvarts

Golden Age Tango Academy is committed to encouraging and educating Veterans, seniors and other individuals, regardless of age or ability, to learn how to dance tango. Our classes benefit individuals physically, mentally and socially.
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International Day Of Peace

International Day of Peace, September 21Celebrate The Right Of Peoples To Peace
Sunday, September 21, 2014
4:30-6:30 Informational Booths
5:30-6:30 No Host Cocktail Hour
6:30 Dinner, Introductions, Raffle, Presentations
$30
Grace Evangelical Luthern Church
3201 Ulloa St., San Francisco
Contact: Latonia Dixon, lionlatonia.1@gmail.com

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in acombat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably. Read more…

PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKERS Continue reading


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Another World Posse Ball!

Another-World-Posse-BallVeteran Artists presents
Memorial Day weekend
Another World Posse Ball!
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 23, 2014 11:00 PM
May 24th 8p-12a
May 25th 8p-12a
Tickets: $5 donation Eventbrite

A 360 degree walk-in installationARTparty

Mural Art: Diego Gomez, Jeremy Novy, & Dimas Arellano
Sculptural Art: Bob Burnside & Chickpea
Artistic Director: Stephen Funk
Green Screen performances: Miss Rahni, Kallisto, Effervescence Jackson, Bearonce Growles, Avocado Jones, Ryan Hayes, Flynn Witmeyer, Samuelroy, Mutha Chucka, Bernadette Bohan, Yosephine Tinkelman, Tara Wrist, & more!
+++Posse Ball!
Featuring Go BANG! dj’s Sergio Fedasz & Steve Fabus
360 degree visuals by: Digital Introspect

 


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The NEXT STAGE Performs!!!

 

Join Us
Theater Games Performances
Tuesday, May 27th, 7:00 pm
$10 Suggested Donation
Contact: marciakimmell@sbcglobal.net, 415 826-6505

You are invited to a performance of Theater Games presented by advanced students of The Next Stage. We present a rare & delightful array of improvisations, never seen before, performed with panache. Continue reading


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Beyond Comedy Improv

the fool207April Fool’s Day
Tuesday, April 1st
7 – 9 pm
Donation: $10 Vets Free (no one turned away)
Next Stage Training Programs
Project of Theater Residencies, Inc.
Contact: marciakimmell@sbcglobal.net
415/826-6505 

Who graduates on April Fool’s Day? Improv students – we step into the unknown and trust we’ll figure it out – together. When we do – Magic happens.

We would love for you to join us as we graduate from being a Theater Games workshop to being an improvisational performance ensemble.  We want to share the fun we’ve been having, learning to be players in this freeing, transformational art form and are inviting folks we know, to be our supportive audience. You may also be interested to see for yourself what kinds of crazy things we do. It’s entertaining, fun and goes beyond comedy “improv.”

The NEXT Stage is directed by Marcia Kimmell.  She draws techniques from various sources, her training with Viola Spolin at the Second City in Chicago being most influential.

NEXT Stage Workshops:

  • Theater Games Intensive, Berkeley Saturday, April 6
  • Beginning Theater Games, 8 weeks, San Francisco Thursday Evenings

Contact Marcia Kimmell, marciakimmell@sbcglobal.net, 415 826-605


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The I(eye) In Media

Opening Friday, March 14, 6-9pm, 2014
Exhibit March 15, 16, 22, 23, Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5pm
Free

An installation project about the “I” in media and how we make it, subculture media catalysts, and how to add your “I (Eye)” to the media. Featuring Godzilla, green screens, slinky satire, and photography.

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An installation project about the “I” in media and how we make it, subculture media catalysts, and how to add your “I (Eye)” to the media.

“The media” is made by people, and we are the people who put ourselves in the media as much as we are the media. We are activists, makers, hacks, hackers, photographers, costume designers, poster people, video viralists, and culture-harvesters who hang flyers. Continue reading


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Krista DeNio’s Contact Project

CounterPULSE’s Artist Residency
Commissioning Program Presents:
Krista DeNio’s the CONTACT project
March 14-15, FRI-SAT,  8PM, 2014
March 20-23, Thursday-Saturday, 8PM, Sunday 3PM
1310 Mission Street  @9th Street

Reflections imagehttp://pov3andreflections-showeblast.eventbrite.com

The CONTACT project is a contemporary performance training and development model, bringing together mixed ensembles of veterans of war and military service with non-veteran civilians, to co-create an audience-interactive performance installation.

Acknowledging the societal divide between veterans and the rest of the civilian population, CONTACT asks us to consider our relationships with territory, survival, violence, trauma and our real and perceived needs as individuals and communities.  What do we have in common? Where do we differ? What can we learn from our different, but connected histories?  Investigating our individual, daily realities, personal histories and [connection to/disconnect from] war, we begin to trace patterns in relationship with our communities, and the larger global events. One to one relationship building, in the context of larger group performative sharing [performers and audience] becomes an intimate, global experience.

Visit Krista DeNio‘s artist page for blogs about the creation of their work.

Performances will be a double bill with Charya Burt’s Silenced,  which tells the story of Cambodian pop star Ros Serey Sothea, whose life was cut short by genocide.

Special Engagements:
Friday, March 14 (Opening night): Post-Show Audience Q & A
Thursday, March 20: Pay-What-You-Can-Night! 
Friday March 21: Post-Show Panel Discussion “Before and After War”

  • Susan Maxwell – PTSD clinical psychologist
  • Misty Snyder – Veteran and performer
  • Khatharya Um – Professor of Asian American Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Thida Buth Mam – Survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide

Sunday, March 23: 3pm – Matinee Performance!

the CONTACT project Features:  Daniel Bear Davis (Assistant Director), Sonia Decker, Katarina Eriksson, Stephen Funk, Remi Frazier, Hope Hutman (InterMedia Design), Daniel Lippel, Bill McQueen, Utam Moses, Susan Pfeffer, Misty Snyder, and Tina Taylor.
http://pov3andreflections-showeblast.eventbrite.com
CounterPULSE