Events Calendar

EVENTS CALENDAR

History for Half Pints
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm
History for Half Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Participatory Dance

Free with RSVP: https://history4halfpints-dance.eventbrite.com

Join us for family programming celebrating our exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971, with activities that include:

  • 12:00pm Dance Class with The Anata Project: Mindful Dance Productions.
    Explore elements of creative movement through self-expression and play! Join Claudia Anata for a 30-minute class focused on developing self-awareness and problem-solving skills, and fun through movement exploration. The class will begin with a rigorous and engaging warm up and progress to group choreography centered around mindful performance practices. Ages 3–9 welcome. Parents are encouraged to attend with younger children.
  • Build San Francisco Project: What will San Francisco look like in 50, 100, 1000 years? Use reusable, recycled materials to build your idea of San Francisco.

and more to come!

Anna Halprin and Lawrence Halprin, c. 1966
Anna Halprin and Lawrence Halprin, c. 1966
Courtesy Lawrence Halprin Collection,
The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:00pm
The Continued Legacy of Lawrence and Anna Halprin in California and Beyond

$5 CHS members, $10 General Admission

RSVP: https://halprinlegacyandimpact.eventbrite.com

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion moderated by California Historical Society's Executive Director and CEO, Anthea Hartig. Hear from historians, authors, and key figures in the Halprins' story as they discuss the legacy of Lawrence and Anna Halprin and their continued impact on California and beyond.

Panelists: Alison B. Hirsch, MLA, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California and author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America; Janice Ross, Professor in the Theatre and Performance Studies Department at Stanford University and author of Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance; Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, President, CEO, and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Anthea Hartig, Executive Director and CEO of California Historical Society, moderates the discussion.

Day of Remembrance (Executive Order 9066)
Images courtesy of Jane Beckwith, Topaz Museum
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 6:00pm
Day of Remembrance (Executive Order 9066)

$5 CHS and Topaz Museum Members, $10 General Admission

RSVP: https://day-of-remembrance-executive-order-9066.eventbrite.com

Join us for a program commemorating the Day of Remembrance of February 19, the anniversary of President Roosevelt’s 1942 Executive Order 9066 which led to the forced incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. In the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the U.S government acknowledged that "a great injustice was done to both citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry" and that the acts were "motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." The speakers, all of whom had family members incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz internment camps, will share their personal stories and their current work preserving and sharing this history.

Speakers: Patrick Hayashi is the former Associate President of the University of California. Pat was born in Topaz and has served as a member of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund's advisory committee. Dana Ogo Shew is Archaeologist/Oral Historian at Sonoma State University. She will present her work (at Topaz and Amache) combining archaeology and oral histories for the preservation of internment history. The Friends of Topaz will introduce the new Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah, opening in 2016.

In partnership with the Topaz Museum

Activism and Public Participation in San Francisco Architecture Today
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:00pm
Activism and Public Participation in San Francisco Architecture Today

$5 CHS and SPUR members, $10 General Admission

RSVP: https://architecture-activism-and-the-public.eventbrite.com

In conjunction with our exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971, we present an engaging public program with staff from several local architecture firms and non-profits who will discuss key projects, programs, and moments where public engagement and social activism played an important role. Hear short presentations of projects they have worked on that connect to activism, the public, and reshaping public space, and dive into a deep and engaging discussion around local architecture and how these firms, among others, are helping to evaluate, reflect, and redefine public space and urban design.

Panelists: Haley Waterson, Landscape Architect from CMG Landscape Architecture; Amy Ress, Director of the 1+ Program for non-profit, Public Architecture; Daniel Simons, Principal for David Baker Architects; Dan Parham, co-founder of Neighborland; and John King, San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic and moderator of the discussion.

In partnership with SPUR.

Sea Ranch, 2008
Sea Ranch, 2008
© Charles Birnbaum
Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:00pm
Sea Ranch with Author Donlyn Lyndon

$5 CHS members, $10 General Admission

RSVP: https://searanchbooktalk.eventbrite.com

Join us for a presentation with author Donlyn Lyndon about his book The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place, and Community on the Northern California Coast. The welcome for the night will be provided by the famed dancer and Sea Ranch resident Anna Halprin, who with her husband, Larry Halprin, was instrumental in setting the aspirations and ways of working that formed and continue to guide the shape and spirit of that community.

Donlyn Lyndon was one of the founding partners of the renowned architecture firm Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker (MLTW). He has also been an active educator, receiving the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.

History for Half Pints
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm
History for Half Pints: Sea Ranch, Your City, and Dance Workshop

Free with RSVP: https://history4halfpints-searanchdanceandyourcity.eventbrite.com

This month we explore ideas of building, both regarding the iconic and historic Sea Ranch but also thinking about your own city and town. What would you change, add, take away, etc.? Also, join us at 12:00pm for a Dance Workshop with The Anata Project: Mindful Dance Productions.

  • Design your own Sea Ranch.
  • Envisioning the city, a participatory project.
  • Dance Workshop: Explore elements of creative movement through self-expression and play! Join Claudia Anata for a 30-minute class focused on developing self-awareness and problem-solving skills, and fun through movement exploration. The class will begin with a rigorous and engaging warm up and progress to group choreography centered around mindful performance practices. Ages 3–9 welcome. Parents are encouraged to attend with younger children.
People's Park, 1969
People's Park, 1969
California Historical Society; photograph by Gordon Peters
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 6:00pm
Peoples Park: A Discussion

$5 CHS members, $10 General Admission

RSVP: https://peoplesparkadiscussion.eventbrite.com

With public participation and public use at its core, Peoples Park represents the tumultuous and inspiring era of the 1960s and asks all of us to pose deep questions around the reclamation of public places and its use over time.

Join us for a stirring discussion between two historians around the creation of Berkeley's Peoples Park. We will start with a presentation on Berkeley in the 1960s and the environment that produced the park and then dive into a discussion around the park itself.

Panelists: Jon David Cash, author of the California History journal article "Peoples Park: Birth and Survival," and William Rorabaugh, Dio Richardson Endowed Professor History at University of Washington and author of The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition, The Craft Apprentice: From Franklin to the Machine Age, and Berkeley at War: The 1960s.

What Matters to Us?: A Reenactment of Anna Halprin's Blank Placard Dance, 2015
What Matters to Us?: A Reenactment of Anna Halprin's Blank Placard Dance, 2015
Photo by Marco Rivera; courtesy of the Tamalpa Institute
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6:00pm
Social Commentary/Activism through Dance Performance

$5 for CHS members, $10 General Admission

RSVP: https://socialcommentaryindanceperformance.eventbrite.com

Join us for a night of conversation around how dance performance speaks to social issues and can bring about physical and emotional healing with fantastic dance companies from around the Bay Area. The panelists will highlight some performances that incorporate social issues and activism, the process of creating these pieces, and the outcomes.

Panelists: Joanna Haigood, Artistic Director of Zaccho Dance Theatre; Krista DeNio, Project Director, Echotheatersuitcase Project; Kevin Paul Hockenberry, Founder and Artistic Director of Emote Dance Theater; Marika Brussel, Associate Director from Emote Dance and Dance for Life at Contemporary Jewish Museum. Julie Phelps, Artistic Director of Counterpulse, will moderate the discussion.

History for Half Pints
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm
History for Half Pints: Earth Month

Free with RSVP: https://history4halfpints-earthmonth.eventbrite.com

In honor of Earth Month we will dive into crafts that explore utilizing reusable and recyclable materials and have our final Dance Workshop with The Anata Project: Mindful Dance Productions.

Activities include:

  • Make Toilet Paper Tube Art.
  • Add a leaf to our wishing tree! Contribute your Spring Resolution on how you and your family will reduce, reuse, recycle!
  • 12:00pm Dance Workshop: Explore elements of creative movement through self-expression and play! Join Claudia Anata for a 30-minute class focused on developing self-awareness and problem-solving skills, and fun through movement exploration. The class will begin with a rigorous and engaging warm up and progress to group choreography centered on mindful performance practices. Ages 3–9 welcome. Parents are encouraged to attend with younger children.
Hippies in Powell and Hyde St. Phone Booth, San Francisco, c. 1969
Hippies in Powell and Hyde St. Phone Booth,
San Francisco
, c. 1969
California Historical Society
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00pm
San Francisco, 1960s & 70s: Cultural Ecology and Experimentation: A Panel Discussion with Shaping San Francisco

$5 for CHS and Shaping SF members, $10 General Admission

RSVP: http://sf1960s-1970swithshapingsf.eventbrite.com

The tumultuous decade of 1968–1978 in the San Francisco Bay Area—and the experimentation and cultural shifts throughout the 1960s that led up to it—shook the city and forever shaped how we understand ourselves and the world around us.

This event brings together authors from Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968–1978, their collection of bottom-up histories chronicling an awakening community, and contributors to Foundsf.org, a digital archive of San Francisco history, to provide contextual history of the time period in which Lawrence and Anna Halprin were forging their paths and utopian ideas.

Panelists: Author and media artist Jesse Drew speaks about the diversity of communal options that sprung up in urban and rural settings then. Nina Serrano, poet and storyteller, recalls participating in happenings with Anna Halprin and the improvisational landscape the Halprins were creating within. Lincoln Cushing, poster archivist, shows how the intersections of various social movements provided the fabric for cultural emergence. Chris Carlsson, author and historian, traces the arc of ecological awareness that moved from the early twentieth century patrician conservation movement to the more left-leaning ecology movement that emerged in the wake of labor and antiwar upheavals of the early 1970s. Historian LisaRuth Elliott moderates the discussion.

In partnership with Shaping San Francisco

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