Brava’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta: Latino Power Edition is the Mission District’s one-stop New Year’s Eve destination for stand-up comedy lovers, dancing fools, feministas, radical dudes, non-binary ballers, and progressive party animals.
lClose your eyes and imagine what the Mission sounds like…. paletero bells ringing, kids playing, Muni buses, lowriders bouncing, people chanting, music on street corners... “Sonido Del Barrio: ¡Viva Nuestra Misión! reminds us of the past, present and desired future of our community, the rich art and culture here and what we will continue to create in the face of adversity.
Playwrights Foundation delivers lightning in a bottle with FlashPlays a lively new format of 30 second to 2 minute plays. Over 40 playwrights will create roughly 80 short plays to drive this whirlwind event. These short works come together forming an artistic mosaic of the here and now, a depiction the world around us in a fun and dynamic format.
The lovely Guatemalan-American queer femme writer Maya Chinchilla is in the hospital recovering from a major car accident. Maya has inspired us with her strong heart, her kindness, her unicorn wit and commitment to social justice. Help us fill the seats for this special performance so we can raise funds for her recovery.
In Judy Juanita's new satire on Blackademia, Layla a Black academic on her way to a conference meets Diahlo, the forgotten founder of Black Studies.
Slate is bringing the Culture Gabfest, its wildly popular weekly podcast, to San Francisco! This live recording of the show will feature regular co-hosts Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens as they discuss and debate the most compelling cultural happenings of the week.
Andrea Fraser presents "Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972", a performance based on a 1972 radio broadcast of men debating their involvement and identification with feminist struggles and the women’s liberation movement.
Non-profit organizations Future Youth Records and Mission Girls Services – a program of Mission Neighborhood Centers – are excited to debut a song and music video created through the Future Youth Records’ V.I.N.Y.L. (Voice for Inspiring & Nurturing Youth Leadership) Program – a partnership program that provides at-risk youth the opportunity to create broadcast quality media alongside high profile music industry professionals that contain positive, impactful messages.
Beyond the Bars is a reentry story that focuses on those affected by incarceration and their communities. It is a compilation of first person stories as told to Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga offered as a choreopoem in development of a fully staged play.
Marga Gomez Workshop is respectful, energized and especially valuable for writer/performers of varying levels of experience who want to build or increase comedic moments, storytelling and improve their onstage physicality and vocal projection. This is a theater/performance oriented class.
"The Other Barrio", the sold out Centerpiece Film of the 2015 San Francisco Independent Film Festival, returns to the Brava Theater on October 16th. This San Francisco noir starring SF homeboy and Culture Clash co-founder Richard Montoya, follows Roberto Morales, a San Francisco housing inspector, as he investigates a fatal fire at a residential hotel in the Mission District.
Marga Gomez’s POUND, this summer’s critically acclaimed Off-Off Broadway hit comes to Brava Theater. In POUND, a mysterious lesbian gynecologist diagnoses Marga Gomez with a condition known as “unplanned celibacy.”
In its 8th season, Expressing Motherhood is the hit, ongoing stage show that has been showcasing people sharing their stories about motherhood onstage since 2008. It was created in Los Angeles by two SAHM, Lindsay Kavet and Jessica Cribbs. The women took it to New York City in 2009, just one year after it’s conception and it performed to sold out audiences off-off Broadway.
The San Francisco Dance Film Festival presents a broad collection of films this year from all over the world, delving into an array of fascinating subjects from ecology to particle physics. We witness the process of war veterans reinventing themselves through dance and join in the intricate hand-clapping games of young girls.
Bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, has been called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” (San Jose Mercury News). She will present the Bay Area premiere of her expansive new work Glorious Ravage, a multi-media song cycle for a large ensemble of virtuoso California improvisers at Brava Theater in October.
What's so funny about mindfulness, social justice, and environmental sustainability? Let's find out! Join us for this comedy & music experience that will wake up your inner cheeky buddha and preserve wildlife—at the same time. An evening where nothing is sacred... but everything is holy.
Omar and Karina's mother suffers a stroke during the family holidays. Abandoned to their luck, the siblings will start a long journey through Mexico to their grandmother's house. On the way they will face a broken and divided country, wounded by mistrust, resentment and violence. Diverse characters, strangers on their own land, will be joining and leaving, in a labyrinthine road, until their final destiny.
Lil’ Morena, is a elusive young pop sensation. At least, that’s who she is at the moment. The young diva is full of secrets, but she has survived that way since 1715. Now, after 300 years, she’s sick. The only thing that can save her is locked in box somewhere in the home of her recently deceased lover, Josefa. Lil has to get herself together, for her fans, her staff and herself without the love of her life. Maravilla is a story about the fragility of a love that has taken centuries to find and what happens when it dies.
Featuring the award-winning band, Los Sonex, from Xalapa, Veracruz, workshops with Son Jarocho masters, a free, open community Fandango (music and dance party), Pre-show Reception w/ festival favorites, Dia Pa’Son and additional performances by Cambalache from Los Angeles and local Son Jarocho band, Tarimba. Click here for more details on workshops and to enroll!
Son Jarocho is a folkloric music style from the Southern Mexican state of Veracruz. This Afro- Mestizo hybrid\form blends Spanish, Indigenous Meso-American and African elements into a joyous celebration of Mexican identity. In the last decade this style has seen resurgence as many young people have adopted it and expanded the sonic and rhythmic possibilities it offers.
In the last months of 1999, Fidelia moves to the San Francisco Mission District to live with her tía Carmelita unaware that the beautiful and powerful Alcira is setting a trap for her. Intent on surviving the next millennium, Alcira forces a showdown with Fidelia who must discover her true self and unlock her dormant powers if she is to survive.
After 21 years, THE DANCER will have its San Francisco Premiere at the Brava Theater Center. The 1994 film follows the young and gifted Katja Björner through years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School as she develops into an international ballet star. Filmed with an eye toward conveying the physical aspects of dancing — the pain, sweat, and tears, as well as the exquisite beauty — THE DANCER captures the fierce determination and struggle that goes into the desire to dance at the highest level.
Presented by the Consulate General of Mexico- San Francisco. Free screening. Reserve your ticket. Arrive early.