What’s in May’s Flask?

What’s in May’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 May’s flask?

jake with flask

Paul Taylor Dance Company

“Gossamer Gallant” is a humorous high-speed romp, “The Uncommitted” is a haunting beautiful work, and “Kith & Kin” is a startling work that juxtaposes Mozart’s music with unexpected imagery.

Drink Selection: Afraid of a drink commitment? Might we suggest a “No-strings Attached Gossamer Gimlet.” Vodka or gin, lemon juice and a splash of grapefruit.

May 1-4 @ 8pm, May 5 @ 2pm, $35-60

YBCA, 701 Mission St, SF



Hope Mohr

“Failure of the Sign is the Sign” explores the moment when we learn to speak as a transition into selfhood. It is inspired by both an experimental Hollis Frampton film about language and Mohr’s personal experiences as a mother.

Drink Selection: Ryan will be having the “What’s Your Sign Baby?” (pineapple rum and orange juice), while Jake will be having the “Horizontal Horoscope” (coconut rum, grenadine syrup and milk). P.S. make sure your sign is compatible with your date’s sign, otherwise the failure of the signs to match might be the sign it won’t work out!  

May 3-4 @ 8pm, May 5 @ 2pm

ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, SF



Mary Armentrout

“With and Alone” is a new evening of dance-theatre featuring solo performance and collaborations with other local artists.

 Drink Selection: If you have to be with or alone with anyone, it might as well be yourself. That said, we will be making a “Me, Myself and ICE.” Light rum, soda, lime, and ice, obviously.

May 8-9 @ 8pm, $10-20

The Garage, 715 Bryant Street, San Francisco



Smuin Ballet

Petal is awash in vivid colors with music by Philip Glass with Thomas Montgomery Newman further setting the mood, Michael Smuin’s romantic and lovely “Chants d’Auvergne” is a gorgeous series of solos, duets, trios and ensemble pieces set to 13 traditional French songs arranged by Joseph Cantaloube, and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “JAZZIN” is a sultry ballet danced to the music of jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Andy Razaf.

Drink Selection: We like that there is music by Philip Glass in this show, so we are making a “Philip Your Glass.” Hoegarden beer and champagne for this folks, garnish with a lemon.

May 10, 11, 16, 17, 19 @ 8pm, May 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 2pm, $24-65

YBCA, 701 Mission St, SF



Liss Fain Dance

The Water is Clear and Still” is an interweaving of choreography and the spoken text of Jamaica Kincaid’s short story collection, At the Bottom of the River. The six dancers and the actor are surrounded by a set of a grove of trees and a river, and the audience can walk around at leisure.

Drink Selection: What’s that white ring around your clear still water glass? “A FRICKING Mineral Deposit?!” Clear rum, banana liquor, blue curacao and blueberries.

May 16-18 @ 8pm, May 19 @ 5pm, $30

YBCA, 701 Mission St, SF



Palanza Dance

“Thumbelina” is re-imagining of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Each dancer takes on the role of a character from the fairytale, with the anthropomorphized characters reflecting people in the day-to-day.

Drink Selection: Thumbelina?! WHOA – flaskback to elementary school! Make a “Thumbs Up 7 Up” for this piece. Vodka, 7 up (soda water for all you vegetarians out there), and sprinkle koolaid powder on top. Stir, sip, enjoy.

May 17-18 @ 8pm, May 19 @ 7pm, $17 presale. $20 door

Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, SF



Jess Curtis/Gravity with Jörg Müller

What can a performance make you feel (and how)? “Performance Research Experiment #2” aims to answer just that question. Live performance events crash into a scientific experiment. Jess Curtis, French/German performer Jörg Müller and Iranian neuroscientist Ida Mommenejad, investigate the workings of live art on your human body.

Drink Selection: “The Dancing Peachtri Dish.” Peach schnapps, iced tea, vodka. #performanceart

May 24-26 @ 8PM, $15-20

CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St, SF



Christy Funsch

“State: not anywhere near to now” draws from Fritz Lang’s seminal film M and features costume and set design by visual artist Tamara Albaitis. Funsch is joined by guest choreographer Katherine Longstreth from Portland.

Drink Selection: “Where The Hell Am I?” Bourbon, milk or soy milk, amaretto and coffee. We promise you won’t end up anywhere near where you started.

May 31 – Jun 2, Fri-Sat @ 8PM, Sun @ 2PM, $15-20

CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St, SF