Where can you see -- over a two-day period -- Project Bandaloop, Wise Fool Puppet Intervention, Wicca Wimin, Ida B Dance Stampede, Merchants Of The New Bizarre, Too Too Tomato, Le Pamplemousse, Teatron Ng Tanan and the Carnival Of Chaos? Why, at the third annual San Francisco Street Theatre Festival, June 7-8, that's where! This annual celebration of "outdoor theatre, dance and visual art offers a diverse spectrum of performances and cultural events at no cost to the public." The idea of In The Street is to expand the performance arts beyond "traditional boundaries of walls and place." Festival coordinator Amy Christian says, "It's a colorful celebration, a metaphor for change and a challenge to the harshness of our urban landscape. Street theatre is a reclamation of our public spaces and our community."
Last year's festival included over 200 artists from 30 groups, with even more expected this year. The event begins at noon, June 7, on Ellis St. (between Leavenworth & Hyde). After performances there the following day as well, the festival concludes with evening performances, June 8, on Capp Street (between 15th & 16th St.). Live mural painting and a "Tenderloin Arts Festival exhibition" will also be part of the mix. The Festival is sponsored by Wise Fool Community Arts, the 509 Cultural Center, and Clown Conspiracy.
--By David Lefkowitz