CALIFAS FESTIVAL! This Fall: Oct 2 – Nov 17, 2013

Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater present

The Califas Festival
October 2-November 17, 2013

on the 5M Campus and around the state of California
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Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June. The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.

Working together through their research and development wing The Triangle Lab, Cal Shakes and Intersection continue to cross boundaries in their art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s next to the work of Macarthur-award winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs.  This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys – individual and shared – can help us dream the future of our state.


All events take place at Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St, San Francisco, unless otherwise indicated.

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Califas Festival Opening Ceremony
October 2, 2013 | 6PM

The Festival invites the public to a kick-off celebration featuring an array of multidisciplinary performances, workshops, and sneak previews to upcoming happenings.   This launch event will be anchored in the opening of an all-new visual arts installation at Intersection’s gallery space.  Join us throughout the month of October for a series of Festival performances and discussions in the gallery and in the streets around 5M, the developing cultural district hinged at 5th and Mission in San Francisco, CA.

Free! | RSVP:


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Califas Gallery Exhibition
October 2 – December 21 | 12-6PM, TUE-SAT

The group exhibition is inspired by the stories and people that make up the state of California. It features work by Andrea Blum, California is a Place: A Documentary Project by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari, Mia Nakano, Joan Osato, Joel Daniel Phillips, SF Postcard Project, and Jenifer K. Wofford & Kyle Herbert.



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Off the Grid: Sounds of California
October 4 – November 15 | 12PM | Fridays | Minna St at 5th St

Seven commissioned musicians respond to the question “What does your California sound like?” in the Minna Street Tunnel near 5th Street. This series takes place alongside the weekly Off the Grid roaming mobile food extravaganza. Join us for lunch!
October 4 – Kasey Knudsen Quartet
October 11 – Melecio Magdaluyo Quartet
October 18 – Darren Johnston Trio
October 25 – Terrence Brewer Trio
November 1 – Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio
November 8 – Howard Wiley Trio
November 15 – Scott Amendola Quartet



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Breaking News: Disrupting Public Space
October 11 – November 15 | 12-2PM | Fridays | 5th St betw. Mission & Mint Plaza

Performance installations in the newspaper kiosk at 5th and Mission respond to the week’s news.  These installations will be created by early career artists from a seminar on site-specific work rooted in social and political issues, led by Artist-Investigators Arielle Brown and José Navarrete.



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My Other Selves: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
October 7 | 7PM

Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, The Owls) hosts a CLEVER think-tank panel featuring Bay Area media artists whose work explores the personal as political.

Tickets: | $5–15, sliding scale


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Passages/Home: A Central Valley Creative Encounter
October 19 | All day

Join our charter bus road-trip in Fowler (San Joaquin Valley) for an art-guided journey down Highway 99 with Central Valley farmer/artist Nikiko Masumoto, six local artists, and community members from the Valley.  Our art trip will include visits to different Central Valley locations, ritual and dialogue, shared food, and creative offerings by the participating artists.

Bus leaves Fowler at 11 am; to join our group traveling down from the San Francisco Bay Area, email

To participate from the Bay Area email


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These Are Our Stories
October 21 | 7PM

Site-specific performances by Triangle Lab Artist-Investigators Dan Wolf and Desdemona Chiang take us around Intersection’s neighborhood.  Playwright Eugenie Chan will also moderate a discussion sharing works-in-progress by Intersection incubator members Rene Yung (Chinese Whispers), Hillary Flynn (Crossroads Irish-American Festival), and Isabelle Pelaud (Diaspora Vietnamese Artist Network)

Tickets: | $5-15, sliding scale



Scraper Bike Workshop & Ride
October 26 | 12-3PM

Join us for a hands-on workshop to learn about Scraper Bikes while customizing your bike and showing off your creativity. The workshop will culminate with a group bike ride along the Embarcadero.
The Scraper Bike Team seeks to capture the creativity of youth living within dangerous communities. It gives them a positive outlet that is fun, educational, and promotes healthy lifestyles. The Scraper Bike Team offers youth a sustainable group of peers that is positive and motivating. We want to expand and enlighten young peoples perspective on life through fixing and painting bicycles. Our goal is to support youth entrepreneurship and cultural innovation.

Registration is open to all ages. Bring your bike, or just come and learn how its done

Free! | RSVP:

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Alleluia, The Road
with Campo Santo, written by Luis Alfaro
November 1 – November 17 | 8PM | THU-SUN
November 4 Press Opening

The second half of the Califas Festival begins on Day of the Dead, November 1, 2013, and runs through November 17. We will follow the spiritual journey of Isaac, the lead character in Luis Alfaro’s Alleluia, The Road, as he voyages up California Highway 99 toward San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. This world premiere production by Campo Santo, Intersection for the Arts, and Cal Shakes features Sean San José in the lead role. Alleluia will be performed without traditional set design, amid the art installations of Califas, as a continued expression of the many stories that have been collected throughout the exploratory phases of the entire festival.

Alleluia, The Road features a cast of diverse Bay Area actors, many of whom have been along for the entire Califas journey, including Campo Santo company members Catherine Castellanos (Caliban in Cal Shakes The Tempest), Brian Rivera (Juan José the First, Bob Dylan, and many others in American Night; Luis in The River), Nora el Samahy (Sally Ranger in The River), Donald E. Lacy, Jr* (Brother Ballard in The River), and Maria Candelaria (Fuku Americanus from Junot Diaz’s novel, “Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”).

More Information Available HERE

Tickets: | $30



La Burbuja: A Portable Sound Booth for a Storytelling Series
November 11 | 7PM

How can design and architecture facilitate interaction and exchange between people?
Hugo Martinez and Christin To, co-founders of MAT-TER Design + Build Studio will share their work on La Burbuja, a portable sound booth to record stories gathered by Sonic Trace, a storytelling and mapping project collecting and sharing the stories of immigrants in Los Angeles one voice at a time.

Tickets: | $5–15, sliding scale



The 5Ws Illuminated Sculpture Walking Tour
November 17 | 5:30pm

The 5Ws Project is an exploration of place with a specific focus on the 5M Project and surrounding neighborhoods. This inquiry unfolds as a public art and community partnership project utilizing the questions Who? What? When? Where? and Why? to provoke conversation and exchange. We are working in collaboration with youth development and after-school programs, neighborhood community based organizations, artists and tenants and collaborators at the 5M Project to explore and reveal memories, traditions, cultures and histories of the neighborhood.

Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and designer & architect Johanna Grawunder, have created five illuminated sculptures installed at the 5M campus and in key adjacent public spaces.

After the walk, join us for the closing night of Alleluia the Road. Tickets on sale here: | $30

RSVP for the Sculpture Tour!


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