Artists, Theaters, and Communities Making Change



Beginning on October 2nd the Triangle Lab presents the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco.

The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June.

The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.


KALW Interview with Rebeka Rodriguez about Califas

The final phase of the Califas Festival has begun–Alleluia, the Road runs at Intersection for the Arts through November 17. Listen to a KALW interview with Intersection’s Program Director, Rebeka Rodriguez about the Califas Festival below: 

Artery: Califas Festival brings diverse stories of California to light
By Jen Chien
California has been called the most diverse state in the country. People come from across the world to make their homes here. People of color now make up about 60% of the state’s population, and 112 languages are spoken in the Bay Area alone.

The Califas Festival — which runs through November 17 — is a multidisciplinary arts celebration that seeks to tell some of the stories of this multifaceted state of ours. The festival presents both professional and non-professional artists, and is put on by the Triangle Lab, a collaboration between Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco and California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda. KALW’s Hana Baba sat down with Rebeka Rodriguez of Intersection for the Arts to find out more.

Click here to listen on KALW’s page

The Songs of Passages/Home

On October 19th, the Triangle Lab joined Nikiko Masumoto in the Central Valley to participate in “Passages/Home”, a Central Valley Art-bus Tour. The participating artists put together a playlist of their California songs for you to listen to below:

The first song of the playlist wasn’t available through rdio so here’s a video to start off your listening experience:


Joan Osato & Nikiko Masumoto

Califas artist Joan Osato recently visited the Masumoto Family Farm to photograph the Masumoto family. The first acres of the Masumoto Family Farm were purchased in 1948 by Takashi “Joe” Masumoto. With family labor and a stubborn resilience, the Masumotos enriched the soil and planted roots. The farm is now 80 acres of Certified Organic land, producing peaches, nectarines, and grapes for raisins each year.

Nikiko Masumoto is also a Califas artist, who is organizing Passages / Home: A Central Valley Art Bus Tour on October 19th.  Passages is an art-guided journey down Highway 99 with Central Valley farmer/artist Nikiko Masumoto, six local artists, and community members from the Valley.  Our art trip will include visits to different Central Valley locations, ritual and dialogue, shared food, and creative offerings by the participating artists.when artists and community members will come together to explore and share stories about the Central Valley. Beginning in Fowler, CA, Masumoto will take us along Highway 99 with 6 other artists for an all-day event.

If you are interested in participating in this event from the Bay Area, email


The Califas Festival has officially kicked off!

Last Wednesday we celebrated the opening of the Califas Festival at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Festival is officially underway. Artists, community members, and friends gathered at 925 Mission to celebrate the featured artists, make lanterns, write letters to those they have lost, create playlists of the songs of California, and more.

Attendees also got a sneak peak of the upcoming Alleluia, The Road featuring performances by the cast and accompanied by a reading of a José Montoya’s poem by Sean San Jose. See a video of José Montoya reading the poem, “El Louie,” below


Contribute the Songs of Your California!

The Triangle Lab is kicking off its Califas Festival (the culminating event of the Califas project) with the Opening Ceremony at Intersection for the Arts on October 2nd. In addition to viewing art, watching performances, and listening to speakers, we are having numerous interactive stations for attendees to participate in. One of these stations is a playlist-making-station, where we are asking people to contribute songs that make up their California. We are inviting you to contribute to a playlist now–before the Festival even opens–to start up the Califas momentum!
It couldn’t be easier to contribute to this project! Just follow the link, sign in using the login info below, search for the song you want, and add it to the linked playlist titled Public Califas Playlist.

username: TriangleLab
password: califas

Thanks so much for participating and RSVP here for the Opening Ceremony at 925 Mission for the Opening Ceremony on October 2nd from 6-9pm!

The above photo is part of Joan Osato’s series of Community Portraits


My Other Selves: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

As part of the Califas Festival, the Triangle Lab is bringing together artists and community members to create new dialogue.

On Monday, October 7th, filmmaker Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, The Owls) hosts a CLEVER think-tank panel at Intersection for the Arts featuring Bay Area media artists whose work explores the personal as political.

Cheryl Dunye, a native of Liberia, received her BA from Temple University and her MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.  Dunye has received numerous national and international honors for her work in the media arts. Her fourth feature film THE OWLS, was celebrated at national and international film festivals in 2010. Her third feature film, Miramax’s, MY BABY’S DADDY, was a box office success and played at theaters nationwide. Dunye’s second feature, the acclaimed HBO Films, STRANGER INSIDE, garnered Dunye an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director in 2002. Dunye wrote, directed and starred in her first film which was the first African American lesbian feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN. It was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and best feature in L.A.’s OutFest, Italy’s Torino, and France’s Creteil Film Festivals. Dunye’s other works have been included in the Whitney Biennial and screened at festivals in New York, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Amsterdam and Sydney.

Based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Dunye is at work on several new projects.

Check out the trailer for Dunye’s film, The Owls, below:

My Other Selves: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
October 7 | 7pm

925 Mission St, San Francisco

Tickets $5–15, sliding scale; purchase here.