What’s in April’s Flask?

Jake and Ryan love watching dance. They can’t get enough. Every month they plan their calendar around their favorite upcoming shows. But in order to ease the tension and get into the mood, they also bring a cocktail catered to that specific performance. So what’s in April’s flask?

jake with flask

“Without Us” is danced within a limited space that gradually fills with water. Machines fail and decay. Are we sinking?

Drink Selection: We are not relating this piece to the Titanic…but if the Titanic was a dance show there might be some similarities… so we are making the “I’ll Never Let Go” and that is exactly what you’ll do with this drink.  Coconut rum, midori, cranberry and pineapple. 

Fri-Sun, Apr 5-7, 8pm, $15-20

CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St, SF



Dohee Lee
“Mago” outlines the myth of the Korean goddess Mago – from the depths of the ocean where the creation myth begins, into the realm of dreams and karma, and finally to the discovery of one’s own myth and destiny.

Drink Selection: Maybe she’s born with it…MAYBE it’s MAGOlline. Look magnificent holding a “MAGOnificent.”  Vodka, Italian soda, lemon, muddle in blueberries and mint.  Done. 

Fri-Sun, Apr 12-14, 7pm, $10-20

CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St, SF



AXIS Dance Company
Choreographer Victoria Marks and composer/musician Beth Custer’s new work “what if would you” revolves around notions of how deductive thinking leads to if/then assumptions. Also included is a new work from Amy Seiwert.

Drink Selection: Would You Rather” is the drink for this piece. Light rum, dark rum, crème de almond, triple sec, sour mix, splash of OJ.   Would you rather show up flask-less or bring a “Would You Rather”? Or let’s rephrase: If you show up flask-less, then you’ll wish you brought a “Would You Rather.”

Thu-Sun, Apr 12-14, 8pm, $10-25

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St, Oakland



“Tributes to our Teachers: The Ninth Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music” welcomes direct from Cuba, Danza del Caribe. Also performing in the Festival includes local Caribbean dancers and musicians, Arenas Dance Company, Las Que Son Son, Aguacero, John Santos and more!

Drink Selection: Forget the Dougie, teach me how to CubaCaribe!  Thus we give you “The Lost Dougie.” That’s a rum and coke folks.  Don’t forget the lime.

Fri-Sat, Apr 12-14, 8pm; Sun, Apr 14, 3 & 7pm

Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, SF

Fri, Apr 19, 8pm

YBCA Forum, 701 Mission St, SF

Fri-Sat, Apr 26-27, 8pm; Sun, Apr 28, 7pm

Laney Theater, 900 Fallon St, Oakland



Daria Kaufman, Bianca Brzezinski, and Richard Warp

“Crosscurrent” is an evening of shorter pieces, including “ARTI ULATE,” which unravels communication barriers, “Non-self,” which explores Anatta, the Buddhist term for not-self, “Take off your coat, love,” inspired by the writings of Michael Cunningham and Virginia Wolf, a reprise of Kaufman’s solo “Product,” and a special guest performance from Peiling Kao’s “Imprint.”

Drink Selection: “The Dead C.” Come on people, read what’s missing here.  Tequila (clear), Licor 43, lime juice and cinnamon.

Fri-Sat, Apr 19-20, 8pm; $10-20

The Garage, 715 Bryant Street, San Francisco,

715bryant.org, brownpapertickets.com/event/351437


David Herrera Performance Company
“the Stranger (Part 1)” is a discourse inspired by David Herrera’s experience growing up poor and Latino in Hollywood, Ca., looking at how conscious attempts to divorce one’s own culture, family, and heritage affect identity formation and sense of inclusion/exclusion. Guest performances by Push Dance Company (4/19-21) & Requisite Dance (4/26-28).

Drink Selection: Unfortunately, family is the only thing you can’t divorce…there is no denying your roots folks.  For this show we are making “The Blind Identity.” Vodka, orange liqueur and pomegranate juice. 

Fri-Sat, Apr 19-20, 8pm; Sun, Apr 21, 7pm; Fri-Sat, Apr 26-27, 8pm; Sun, Apr 28, 7pm, $18-23

Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, SF



David Dorfman Dance
“Prophets of Funk” lifts up the spirit of Sly and the Family Stone, insisting that in the face of this funk there are still hopes and aspirations that reside in all of us. Audiences are also encouraged to sing and dance along with their favorite oldies, including Stand, Let Me Take You Higher, Dance to the Music and (of course) Everyday People.

Drink Selection: Different strokes for different folks…and so on and so on…  Bring/make whatever your heart desires for this piece – we are everyday people!!!  We do however suggest some type of whiskey mixed with something sweet.

Thu-Sat, Apr 25-27, 8pm, $20-30

YBCA, 701 Mission St, SF