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Flamenco Wednesdays

Free performance second and fourth Wednesdays of each month @ 10pm
Dunya Wine Bar, SF
Info: or 415.400.5770 or 415.400.5770

Milonga at The Verdi Club Thursdays

Every Thursday @ 7pm
The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, SF

Teatro Visión's annual Día de los Muertos musical, MACARIO
The classic Dia de los Muertos story told through music and dance, and song.
The 4th annual production of a San Jose tradition, f
eaturing new dance choreographies by Samuel Cortez, Artistic Director of Los Lupeños de San José.

October 13th-23rd
Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock, San Jos

The Natives Are Restless – presented by Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

From overthrow to uprising, an epic tale of Hawaiian resilience.

Saturday, October 22nd @ 5:30pm - Gala
Saturday, October 22nd @ 8pm – The Natives are Restless
Sunday, October 23rd @ Noon - Hula for Families (one-hour, general admission performance for families)
Sunday, October 23rd @3pm – The Natives are Restless

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, SF
Tickets: City Box Office online or phone 415.392.4400 or 800.407.1400

Kathakali Ramayana
Kalamandalam Manoj, actor Kalamandalam Sukumaran, make-up presented by Kaladharan Vishwanath with special guest artists. Ravana reminisces about his childhood. Kalamandalam Manoj as Ravana. Co-sponspored by SACHI.
A fascinating "monologue" by the powerful and demonic King Ravana remembering his early childhood, and his mother's ambitions for him. This play, Ravanodbhava, was written in the mid 1700s.

Monday-Wednesday, October 17th-19th, @ 8pm

The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Tickets: online or $30 at the door

San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Seventy films from around the globe, including many U.S. premieres, offer Bay Area audiences a kaleidoscopic look at dance in its varied forms, both old and new. From the award-winning documentary on Rudolf Nureyev’s dramatic defection in Paris and a compelling story about Calisthenics, a unique form of competitive dancing in Australia; to topics featuring Memphis Jookin and hip-hop plus a revealing look at black dancers in the predominantly and historically white world of ballet, SFDFF’s line-up offer films that push the boundaries of great filmmaking and great dancing.

Thursday-Sunday, October 20th - 23rd
Brave Theater
2781 24th Street, SF
Info and schedule:

African Arts Festival presented by Duniya Dance & Drum Company
The festival will feature performing arts groups representing cultural traditions from different regions of Africa and the African diaspora. Vendors will sell traditional food, clothing, and instruments. Featuring performances by:
* Alayo Dance Company (Cuban/Modern)
* Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean)
* Fua Dia Congo (Congolese)
* Rara Tou Limen (Haitian)
* Shabbal Dance (Sudanese)
* The West African Dance Ensemble (Ghanaian)
* Duniya Dance and Drum Company (Guinean)
* Domou Africa (Senegalese)
* Students from the World Music and Dance department of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

Sunday, October 23rd from 12pm-4pm
McLaren Park
Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre
40 John F. Shelley Drive, SF

Divali Celebration
The Festival of Lights launches The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe with performances, storytelling, art projects, henna and fun. Watch an awe-inspiring Bharatanatyam performance, make a diya lamp, and hear about the abduction of Sita as told by a museum storyteller.

Sunday, October 23rd from 10:30 am–4 pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco

Feature dance performance from 12–1 pm and 2–3 pm
Samsung Hall
Discover the Ramayana through dance, dancer Navia Natarajan will depict scenes from the epic and its four main characters (Rama, Sita, Hanuman and Ravana), using the Indian classical dance style of Bharatanatyam.

The Minoan Dancers 30th Anniversary Celebration
Live music and dancing - Cretan, Stelios Katzakis, lyra & Mihalis Raptakis, Iaouto Édessa, with special guest Christos Govetas

Saturday, October 29th
5:30pm - no host reception
7 pm - dinner seating

Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church Fellowship Hall
1110 Highland Drive, Novato

Limited seating, reservations due prior to October 15th. Tickets not available at the door.

Rotunda Dance Series featuring Mussel Rock Cloggers
Presented by Dancers' Group and World Arts West
This November, with their distinctive high energy and precise percussive footwork, the Mussel Rock Cloggers will captivate passersby and audience alike. The first half of this performance will tell the early stories of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, reflecting everything from the climate, energy, and history of our city through more traditional routines that incorporate elements of square dance. The second half of the show will tell modern stories of immigration and industry through more contemporary clogging techniques.

Friday, November 4th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall, Rotunda
Open seating on the Grand Staircase (feel free to bring your own folding chair)

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco: El Latir del Tiempo
One of the oldest dance companies in the Bay Area, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of home season performances entitled:  El Latir del Tiempo / The Beat of Time

Friday, November 4th @ 8pm
Mountain View Center for The Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View

Saturday, November 5th @ 8pm
Herbst Theater
401 Van Ness Avenue, SF
Info: TheatreFlamencoofSanFrancisco

Auditions for the 2017 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Don't miss the liveliest and most diverse celebration of dance this season!
You're invited to watch as the Bay Area's finest companies present dances from around the globe, hoping for a place in the June 2017 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Come for an hour, or stay all day—it's up to you! You can even step out for lunch and come back for more (space permitting).

Friday, November 4th: from 6pm–7:15pm (approximately)
Saturday & Sunday, November 5th & 6th: from 11am–8pm (approximately)
The full auditions schedule is posted at
Volunteers and ushers needed, view shifts and sign up here

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco

$10 general admission at the door (cash only)

Asociación Cultural Kanchis presents Pukllay (Carnaval)
A magical evening of rich and ancestral Peruvian folklore featuring Peruvian food, live music and dance works from Peruvian choreographer Luis Valverde.

Sunday, November 6th, 5pm-7pm
Mexican Heritage Theatre
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose
(free parking)
Admission: $30, Kids 10 years old: $20
Tickets: 408.821.4527 or 510.378.1267 or

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose’s Fall Concert
‘Vaanara Leela’ – The Extraordinary Role of the Monkeys

Saturday, November 12th @ 7pm
Sunday, November 13th @ 4pm

School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose

Lily Cai Dance Company

Saturday, November 12th @ 8pm
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center, SF
Info: /

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company presents "The Forbidden Bush"- A ballet by Nimely Napla.
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company will perform "The Forbidden Bush" to represent the dynamism, vibrancy, and diversity of the African Diaspora.
Saturday, November 26th @ 8pm
Sunday, November 27th @ 3pm

Laney College, Odell Johnson Theater
900 Fallon Street, Oakland

Info:  /

Finding Compás
This artistically ambitious film brings with it the opportunity to grow awareness of the powerful art of flamenco, to bring new levels of richness and inspiration to the complexities of life, and to celebrate the expansiveness of the human spirit.