San Francisco

15—21 April, 2019

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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Mother Lear

Hosted By

We Players

A poignant production about an irascible middle-aged scholar with dementia who communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of King Lear as the two struggle with aging, love and their own balance of power.

Mon. April 16
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6:30pm-9:00pm

$32, $40

Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the Afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

Mon. April 16
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$12, $15

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

Performance

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True Story Theater

Hosted By

Mercy Housing

Playback Theater Experience: True Story Theater promotes social healing through theatre. They perform and teach an embodied theatre of empathy, respect and creativity. Volunteers from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using music, movement, and dialogue. 

Tue. April 17
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1:00pm-3:00pm

sold out

Shadow Channel

Hosted By

LavaSaga + Reimagine

What channels exist in the shadows of our realm to reimagine the gift of life? Shadow Channel is an art exhibit exploring the veil between death and life. This interactive exhibit will feature Bay Area Artists through installation, photography, painting and performance. Participants are invited to wear all black with no logos and to bring a small personal artifact to leave as a gift on an altar.

Tue. April 17
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6:30pm-10:00pm

FREE

Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the Afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

Tue. April 17
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$12, $15

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

Performance

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End of Life: “Sudden Death - by illness, accident, or choice” 

Hosted By

UCSF / Jewish Family and Children's Services / Theater of War

For clinicians and healthcare trainees

Wed. April 18
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N/A

6:30pm-9:00pm

SOLD OUT

Bridge - Stories From Elders

Hosted By

Reimagine + Presence

What if TED flipped the script, and instead of listening to some hotshot, young whipper-snappers, we spent some time paying attention to the wisdom of our elders? "Bridge" is a speaking / storytelling evening aimed at crossing generations, and featuring people in their 80s and 90s who have lived interesting lives. They have something to tell us.

Wed. April 18
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6:30pm-8:30pm

$12, $15

Improv for Uncertainty: An Interactive Session Learning from Comedy Legends

Hosted By

Improv4

Life is full of uncertainty. Want to be ready for anything that comes your way? Want to develop a process for learning and laughing throughout life? Or just want to get a taste for what Saturday Night Live cast members do? Learn how to learn, how to fail with grace, and do it all with a smile during this interactive improv session.

Wed. April 18
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SOMA (500 3rd St., SF, CA 94107)

7:00pm-9:00pm

$24, $30

Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the Afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

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

$12, $15

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

THE SOUND PORTAL - A Sound Bath Meditation

Hosted By

Loriel Starr

Cultivating our ability to rest, relax and release the tension of accumulated stress strengthens our capacity to let go and surrender into inner peace and well-being. This helps us not only in or daily lives, but ultimately supports us to prepare for the letting go and surrender that we are destined to experience in our dying process.

Wed. April 18
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7:30pm-9:00pm

$22, $28

The Death Show

Hosted By

BATS Improv

In this highly interactive and unpredictable exploration of our society's most taboo topic, a cast of veteran improvisors takes on death. Using your ideas, questions, impressions and suggestions, they will create a series of scenes, songs and games to look at the topic from every angle.  

Wed. April 18
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8:00pm-10:00pm

$14, $17

Good Grief with Chris Garcia + Bitch Talk

Hosted By

Punch Line San Francisco + Bitch Talk

Stand-up comedy with Chris Garcia, Reggie Steele, Irene TuRonn Vigh, Dan Rothenberg, and a live podcast with Bitch Talk following the show. This is a different kind of comedy event. We’re not going to beat around the bush and avoid the heavy or just make light of it. We’re going to dive into our losses, grief, and pain, because we know that’s where the deepest laughs and healing are born. 

Wed. April 18
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8:00pm-10:00pm

$20


Thursday, April 19

Performance

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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

End of Life: A Theatrical Exploration of Death, Dying, and Suffering

Hosted By

Jewish Family and Children's Services / Theater of War

End of Life presents readings of Sophocles’ ancient Greek plays to spark a community conversation about death, illness, and the challenges faced by patients, families, caregivers, and medical professionals. The performance by award-winning actors Frances McDormand and David Strathairn will culminate in a town hall discussion about palliative and end-of-life care. 

Thu. April 19
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7:00pm-9:00pm

SOLD OUT

Mortified: Let's Talk About Death, Baby.

Hosted By

Mortified

Mortified is a comic excavation of the extraordinary things we created as kids. Please join us for an evening dedicated to embracing the comedy and levity in death, through the eyes of our cringeworthy teenage selves. (Doors at 6:30; this event is 21+)

Thu. April 19
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7:00pm-8:15pm

$16 online, $20 at the door

Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ Opening Party at Code and Canvas: Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

Thu. April 19
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8:00pm-12:00am

$12, $15

ASK DEATH: An Intimate Evening with Death Herself

Hosted By

Douglass Truth

A middle-aged waitress meets Death in a bar. They hit it off, and 49 days later, she replaces him. Now she’s Death, Herself. We think you'll really enjoy meeting her!

Thu. April 19
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8:00pm-9:30pm

$12, $15

Speechless Live

Hosted By

Speechless

See what happens when improvisational comedians deliver their own eulogies to PowerPoint decks they have never seen... (This event is 21+)

Thu. April 19
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8:30pm-10:00pm

$10, $13


Friday, April 20

Performance

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Playback: Theater Honoring Stories of Family Members of Loved Ones with Dementia

Hosted By

Laguna Honda Hospital / SFHN 

This program will encourage family members whose loved one has dementia to share their stories. After hearing the stories, the Stagebridge playback actors will play back the expressed themes and experiences. In doing so, the actors both honor and validate the shared and individual family experiences as a way of healing.  

Fri. April 20
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Laguna Honda Hospital

1:00pm-3:00pm

SOLD OUT

Second Chance - Immersive Theater: Face Your Death, Live More Fully

Hosted By

LavaSaga

You will join an intimate group of strangers and face your own death in this 2-Hour immersive, participatory theatrical experience. LavaSaga's debut production will premiere at a beautiful, multi-story venue in San Francisco, CA — April 20 - 22, 2018. This will sell out. Less than 400 tickets will be sold. No dates will be added.

Fri. April 20
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Mission District (Location Revealed in Confirmation Email)

5:30pm-12:30am

$77

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

Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the Afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

Fri. April 20
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8:00pm-12:00am

$12, $15

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

Performance

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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!

Emerging Rituals: Experiencing New Ways of Honoring & Celebrating End of Life

Hosted By

SevenPonds & Final Passages

SevenPonds and Final Passages present an afternoon of discovery - a series of powerful demonstrations that invite participants to immerse themselves in a wide range of emerging practices and rituals around end of life. Our presentation includes live music and demonstrations of natural death care, a death doula, shrouding, and discussions by experts on home funerals, green burial, memory celebrations and the creation of a heart will.

Sat. April 21
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12:30pm-4:30pm

FREE

Second Chance - Immersive Theater: Face Your Death, Live More Fully

Hosted By

LavaSaga

You will join an intimate group of strangers and face your own death in this 2-Hour immersive, participatory theatrical experience. LavaSaga's debut production will premiere at a beautiful, multi-story venue in San Francisco, CA — April 20 - 22, 2018. This will sell out. Less than 400 tickets will be sold. No dates will be added.

Sat. April 21
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Mission District (Location Revealed in Confirmation Email)

2:00pm-12:30am

$77

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

Reimagine Earth Day (Part 2): Remembrance Ceremony for the Environment

Hosted By

Congregation Emanu-El

Join all of San Francisco on the eve of Earth Day. Come listen and learn, sing and speak, take time for silence, and honor the species and the environments we have lost in the past year. Then, let’s band in solidarity for what we have to work for, today and in the future. Featuring a communal reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in one of the City’s most beautiful sanctuaries.

Sat. April 21
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7:30pm-9:30pm

Free

Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the Afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

Sat. April 21
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8:00pm-12:00am

$12, $15

Die Laughing + Soundtrack of Our Lives

Hosted By

Sara Faith Alterman, Dara Kosberg, and Juan Luna-Avin

Come explore the comedy in tragedy! Die Laughing features funny and heartwarming true tales about the subject nobody really wants to talk about about: death, and how it intersects with sex, love, adventure, family, money, and a million other things. Music by artist and DJ Juan Luna-Avin, whose project 'Soundtrack of Our Lives: Sometimes Always" invites people to curate the playlist for their own funeral. Online sales close at 6:30pm on the day of the show (4/21). After that, limited amount of tickets available at the door for $15; cash only.

Sat. April 21
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9:00pm-11:00pm

$12, $15


Sunday, April 22

Performance

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Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the Afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

Sun. April 22
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12:00pm-3:00pm

$12, $15

Reimagine Closing Ceremony

Hosted By

Reimagine + Congregation Emanu-El

After an incredible week, join us for the Reimagine Closing Ceremony - a remembrance parade and outdoor commemoration led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz of Congregation Emanu-El. People of all faiths - or no faith - are welcome! Meet at the temple at 1:30pm, and then go as a group to a secret, beautiful outdoor location. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a photo or an object of significance. Still Life Stories will be there to capture photographs of your treasured items.

Sun. April 22
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Meet at 2 Lake Street, Walk to Sacred Outdoor Spot

1:30pm-3:00pm

Free

Second Chance - Immersive Theater: Face Your Death, Live More Fully

Hosted By

Lava Saga

You will join an intimate group of strangers and face your own death in this 2-Hour immersive, participatory theatrical experience. LavaSaga's debut production will premiere at a beautiful, multi-story venue in San Francisco, CA — April 20 - 22, 2018. This will sell out. Less than 400 tickets will be sold. No dates will be added.

Sun. April 22
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Mission District (Location Revealed in Confirmation Email)

2:00pm-12:30am

$77

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

Inappropriate in All the Right Ways

Hosted By

Ann Randolph

Popular and provocative performer, Ann Randolph, takes comic catharsis to a new level with her new one-woman show, Inappropriate In All The Right Ways. Randolph fuses her trademark irreverent observations with TED-style self-help messaging for an outrageous evening of hilarity and inspiration on grief, loss and love.

Sun. April 22
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7:30pm-9:00pm

$20, $25