San Francisco

16—22 April, 2018

Reimagine End of Life is a week exploring big questions about life and death. Join the City of San Francisco in a community-wide conversation.

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Monday, April 16

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Audio Room: End of Life

Hosted By

Presence

Audio Room is a living-room concert series with live performances by emerging artists. This session features Tribal Baroque. Their music shepherds the listener to an other-worldly dimension, introducing guests to live in and consider what we usually don't: a dream-state and death.

Mon. April 16
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7:00pm-10:00pm

$20

Opening Night

Hosted By

Reimagine 

How do we begin? Join Reimagine for a special ceremony + preview of the week to come - a night of creative works inspired by death, loss, life, and love. Featuring unique performances by indie folk band legends Cloud Cult; a Rockefeller Institute "Top 50 living American artist" Marc Bamuthi Joseph; San Francisco Symphony resident conductor Christian Reif with SF Opera singer Renee Rapier; palliative care physician Dr. BJ Miller and author Dr. Ira Byock; Comedy Central performer Chris Garcia, Reimagine founder Brad Wolfe (& The Moon); plus many more!

Mon. April 16
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7:30pm-10:00pm

SOLD OUT


Tuesday, April 17

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Memento Mori

Hosted By

Reimagine End of Life

Memento Mori is an ancient Roman phrase meaning "Remember Your Mortality." Come experience a night of amazing creators sharing their work and unique backstories on the topic of mortality, loss, memory, and love. Our exceptional contributors include: Dr. Paul Ekman and his daughter Dr. Eve Ekman, Angelica Ekeke, Yoko Sen, Dr. September Williams, Liz Ogbu, Loren Rhoads, and Daniel Barash.

Tue. April 17
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7:30pm-10:00pm

$16, $20


Wednesday, April 18

Music

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Working with Death: Storytelling and Music

Hosted By

Storied San Francisco

Please join us for a night of live storytellers who worked in fields in and around death, including: former San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office investigator Graham Cowley; Yeva Johnson, a physician, poet, and musician who works with patients and families at the end of life; and Black, Latinx, Intersex, Two Spirit Genderqueer artist/educator and AIDS war veteran, Mason Jairo Olaya-Smith. Following, musicians Lia Rose and Morgan Bolender, and storyteller Halim Madi will end the evening with a moving set of songs and storytelling.

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-9:15pm

$15

Soul Song Paralytic

Hosted By

Saint Solitude and Dara Lorenzo

Soul Song Paralytic is a musical-visual collaboration that brings together the musician Dup Crosson (Saint Solitude) and the visual artist Dara Lorenzo for a unique project exploring “grief, death, and other favorites." Drawing from and sublimating our personal losses into a complete musical album and visual exhibit, we hope to create a shared public space where mourning and all its facets can be on display with pride. PLUS we will have special guest Angelica Ekeke present a rare performance of her "visual symphony" entitled The Removal. 

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-10:00pm

$8, $10


Thursday, April 19

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The Memory Beyond The Photograph

Hosted By

Osteria Restaurant + Gina Ghorbani 

How do we keep the memory of a loved one active in our lives? Join us for an evening of art, music and poetry with respect to memorializing those who have passed. A casual evening welcoming open conversations on how each of us can keep a person's spirit present for ourselves and our loved ones. 

Thu. April 19
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6:00pm-8:00pm

$25

You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes...

Hosted By

You're Going to Die

YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes is a total open mic event, with no set or featured performers, but only the communal offering for us to explore the conversation of death & dying, to embrace our losses & mortality,to grieve, bereave & honor those we’ve lost & love… while all the while making room for simply being ALIVE. 

Thu. April 19
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7:00pm-10:30pm

$10


Friday, April 20

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Grief Medicine: Yoga and Sound Healing for Transformation

Hosted By

Amber Field & Amy Hyun Swart

Come join Amy Hyun Swart and Amber Field for an afternoon of energizing and nourishing yoga + movement, sound healing, and expressive arts to support you in acknowledging, accepting, and attending to whatever has brought your heart to the place of being broken.

Fri. April 20
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3:00pm-5:30pm

$36, $45

A Night of Grief & Mystery - concert

Hosted By

Stephen Jenkinson + Gregory Hoskins + Band

Picture it: A storyteller. A band. An evening of mongrel sorrow, dappled by magic and wonder, fringed with regard for the gift of the tongue, harkening and hortatory and bardic and greying, steeped in mortal mystery. Join Stephen Jenkinson + Gregory Hoskins + Band for this concert of sorts. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there; that’s what’s in store. 

Fri. April 20
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$25, $35, $45

Brad Wolfe & The Moon - Symphony of Loss, Love & Life

Hosted By

Brad Wolfe & The Moon

Time for a special late-night Reimagine show. Join Reimagine founder Brad Wolfe and the return of his band Brad Wolfe & The Moon for this unique full-band experience.

Fri. April 20
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9:30pm-11:30pm

$20


Saturday, April 21

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One for the Ages: An Intergenerational Dance Party at City Hall

Hosted By

Daybreaker + Reimagine

Reimagine is collaborating with Daybreaker to host an event that will bring together people of all ages and communities to come and experience a morning full of positivity, hugs, and fun at on of SF's most iconic venues. Join us for yoga and dancing, plus free coffee, snacks, and lots of happy people enjoy a selection of everyone's favorite retro dance tunes!

Sat. April 21
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SF City Hall

9:00am-12:00pm

seniors attend for free!

Die Wise: Sanity & Soul - author talk / reading

Hosted By

Stephen Jenkinson

Author Stephen Jenkinson presents Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul. Die Wise is Stephen's award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Dying well is not a matter of enlightened self-interest or personal preference. Dying well must become an obligation that living people and dying people owe to each other and to those to come. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well.

Sat. April 21
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2:00pm-4:00pm

$25, $35, $45

You're Going to Die w/ Mount Eerie

Hosted By

You're Going to Die

YG2D offers a curated entertainment experience proudly presenting great artists as they deserve to be presented: in the concert context of acknowledging their brilliant beaming mortal magic. Death is Real w/ Mount Eerie features Phil Elverum, whose wife, the French Canadian cartoonist & musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with cancer just after giving birth to their first child in 2015. She died a year later.

Sat. April 21
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7:00pm-11:00pm

$18, $22

Repertoire for Dying

Hosted By

Maryliz Smith

Join us for an evening of live storytelling and music as we listen to true stories of intimate moments between people preparing for their death. A dialogue will follow the performance on what might be possible at the time of death if the world view claiming it to be a failure had a chance to shift.

Sat. April 21
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Private Emerald Hills Home

7:00pm-8:30pm

$16, $20


Sunday, April 22

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Celebration For Reimagine Event Hosts

Hosted By

Reimagine End of Life

How does it end? After a week full of memorable experiences, come join the incredible 100+ Reimagine event hosts at Swedish American Hall to reflect and celebrate what was, is, and will be. 

Sun. April 22
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7:00pm-10:00pm

$20, $25