The CELLspace Puppet Cluster Presents
A Commedia Dell’Arte Cabaret Performance with Three-course Dinner & Puppet
Celebrating the 7th Anniversary of CELLspace and benefiting their
code compliance process
Friday, March 21
Sat., March 22
Sunday, March 23
Puppet crafting begins at 6:30pm (BYO puppet
if you want to)
Event and food served promptly at 8pm
General seating: $25
Group rates available; you can always donate more if you wish
Reservations strongly encouraged.
Special pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, March 20.
First come, first
served. No food will
be served this night so brown-bagging recommended.
2050 Bryant St., SF between 18th and 19th Streets
2050 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110-2126
:::wheelchair access, for special seating needs please call before
The CELLspace Commedia Family
The FPS Buffoons
All-Star Stilts and Comedy
The Fou Fou Ha! Dancers choreographed by Maya Culbertson
The puppetry of Jessica Binder, Ian Greeb, Jen
Hirst, Matthew Hoffman,
Russell Howze, Catherine Lynch, Christine Marie, David Leo Morley,
Rovegno, Chacha Sikes, Aundi Taylor,
and Jonathan Youtt
Music and Sound FX by Dr. Abacus
::: FEATURED ACTS :::
The Puppetry of Glenn Allen
delights of Emily Leap
The juggling antics of Temple Brady
Enchanting cello and aerial fabric duo of Amanda Starr and Alex Kelly
The contortions of Chicken Monkey Butt
And many more surprises
::: WITH :::
Food prepared by Chef Justine Werfelman
Directed by Stephen Bass, Deborah Ben-Eliezer, Nathan
Holguin, and Bryan Welch
Paradox Pollock, Stage Manager
Benjamin Tevelow, Lighting Designer
Costume Design by Chacha Sikes
“Unjust Desserts” is the creative response to Homeland Security’s
dark shadow as it affects our local artistic community.
Find out how the Commedia Family battles bureaucracy, and Little Dictators, with
comedy, ingenuity...and puppet mayhem.
About the CELLspace Puppetry Cluster
Puppetry arts have been a part of CELL since before it began. The CELLspace
Puppet Cluster is a loose organization of autonomous groups
and performers interested
in raising the bar in puppetry, mask work, and costume work.
We pool our talents, resources, and creativity into various projects
desire to learn something
new and have fun while we do so.
As many have heard, CELLspace has been going through a period of transition.
Since July, when the San Francisco Police informed us that we needed
a Place of Entertainment (POE) permit to continue to host events at
CELLspace, we have been financially struggling to survive as an organization.
During this period we have made great progress in the pursuit of all
necessary permits, working with the nine City agencies relevant to
the process, and eventually being CONDITIONALLY GRANTED our POE permit
a few weeks ago. This does not solve all of our problems, however,
but it tells us that The City believes that we are on the right path
and ultimately supports our existence.
We still have to raise an enormous amount of money, through grants
and other means, and make many major facility improvements to comply
with all relevant codes. CELLspace also continues to lose money on
a monthly basis, though the incredible support we have received from
our friends in the arts who have hosted benefits and given generously
has allowed us to survive. We are eternally grateful!
As a result of our efforts to work in a cooperative manner with the
officers of the Mission Station, CELLspace can now host certain types
of smaller events and performances that do not jeopardize the progress
we have made. This is a direct result of establishing mutual trust
and better communication with the Police, and the recognition that
CELLspace continues to make the necessary changes to provide a safe
environment for the community. This does not mean business as usual,
but it will allow us to consider event proposals from our friends on
a case-by-case basis. This is very important to us, since historically
over 50% of our revenue has been generated by event income, which is
needed now more than ever. Beyond events, we want to remind you that
we still host classes, rehearsals, meetings, and forums.
While we continue the process of facility upgrades and code compliance,
there are many ways you can help, and we encourage you to participate!
You can host or produce a benefit, or just volunteer for one. You can
make a donation to CELLspace, or you can come to one of the Saturday
construction days. Perhaps consider joining in our efforts to plan
and build the Mission Village Market. You can volunteer any skill you
have, or even help in the office. These are just a few examples of
how you can get involved, and anything helps.
Regardless, one thing is certain: CELLspace needs its community as
much as the community needs CELLspace. Your participation has always
been a key factor in our existence. Working together, the building
and community that is CELLspace is evolving into an even more dynamic
and effective entity seeking to empower art and community. While this
is a time of crisis, we also see it as a time of great opportunity.
With your continued support, we at CELL are psyched about the future
and what we can all build together!