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Family ArtBash Sunday: Rhythmic Threads: Costume, Song, and Sukkot

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 | 10am–3pm

ADMISSION: Free admission for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition youth (18–22)

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2018-09-23 10:00:00 UTC2018-09-23 15:00:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CAFamily ArtBash Sunday: Rhythmic Threads: Costume, Song, and SukkotJoin us for a day-long celebration accessible for all families filled with Middle Eastern music and dance from The Qadim Ensemble, a percussion “petting zoo,” a textile art studio, Sukkot fun, a family dance party, and much more!

The CJM’s family festival days bring together all ages for art making, music, activities, dancing, and more! Admission is free for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition youth 18–22, on Family ArtBash Sundays.

The CJM is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our family audiences. To request ASL interpretation for storytelling and musical performances, email at least 2 weeks in advance.

For more information, email or call 415.655.7881.

Rhythmic Threads: Costume, Song, and Sukkot

Join us for a day-long celebration accessible for all families filled with Middle Eastern music and dance from The Qadim Ensemble, a percussion “petting zoo,” a textile art studio, Sukkot fun, a family dance party, and much more!


Schedule of events


Art Studio

Create your own unique piece of block printed fabric with artist Julia Sackett of Yes Crescent Co.

The Calming Corner

Relax, read, or play in a quiet and less-crowded space.

The Art Pushcart in the Textile Lab

Weave, drape, embroider and learn in this hands-on educational annex to the Veiled Meanings exhibition. Featured activities include weaving on a giant loom, draping on dress forms, embroidering patterns inspired by the exhibition, and more.

Sukkot Discovery Spot

View mini Lego sukkahs and explore the holiday of Sukkot.


Rhythm Play in the Blue Cube

Join percussionist Robert Wallace of Total Rhythm to explore percussion instruments from the Middle East and North Africa.


The Qadim Ensemble

Celebrate the music and dance of North Africa and the Middle East with The Qadim Ensemble and internationally acclaimed dancer Miriam Peretz.


Snack, Sukkot and Sounds

Snack on Sukkot treats while you listen to the sounds of percussion from the Middle East to North Africa.


Harvest Rhythms Movement Workshop with Antoine Hunter's Urban Jazz Dance Company

Deaf dance master Antoine Hunter and dancers from his Urban Jazz Dance Company (UJDC) lead an energetic, fun-filled dance, movement and storytelling workshops for families. Workshops are open to everyone—all-level signers, Deaf children, hearing children, and children of Deaf adults. ASL Interpreters will be provided and no prior dance experience necessary. 

partners and performers
Julia Sackett

Artist Julia Sackett is the co-founder of Yes Crescent Co, a textile-based experimental store. She makes textiles, drawings, mobiles, dinnerware, paintings, quilts, and sculptures. You can find her work in shops in the Bay Area, including Afterlife and Gather, both in San Francisco.

The Qadim Ensemble

Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning “ancient” as well as “that which will come.” The Qadim Ensemble, led by multi-instrumentalist Eliyahu Sills, has a repertoire that includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino and Moroccan music.

Miriam Peretz

Miriam Peretz is an internationally celebrated dance instructor and performer. Her work draws heavily on sacred dances from around the world, Central Asian dance, devotional Sufi whirling and ritual. Peretz has been a principal dancer with Inbal Ethnic Dance Theater (Tel Aviv), Wan Chao Chang Dance Company (Bay Area), and Aywah (Bay Area). Peretz was principal dancer, choreographer, and lead instructor with Ballet Afsaneh for over a decade.

Robert "Bobby" Wallace

Based in Oakland, CA, percussionist Robert "Bobby" Wallace has performed in the USA and internationally with Bonnie Raitt, Airto Moreira, Bobi Céspedes, David Rudder, John Santos and Margareth Menezes. His training includes study of traditional Ewe music at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana, and immersive drumming education in Rio de Janeiro, Olinda and Salvador, Brazil. Wallace is currently the Executive Director or Total Rhythm School of World Percussion, located in Alameda, CA, and leads international rhythm adventures to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Columbia.

Antoine Hunter
Director and Founder, Urban Jazz Dance Company

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning internationally known African American Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker and Deaf advocate who performs throughout the Bay Area and the world including Europe, Africa and South America. He is former president of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates and Director-at-Large for Northern California Association of the Deaf. Hunter actively supports DeafHope, an organization whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in Deaf communities through empowerment and education. He teaches dance and ASL in both Hearing and Deaf communities, and is the founder/artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance Company. Since 2013, Hunter has been producing the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, which was awarded an Isadora Duncan (Izzie) Award in 2018. His projects have been awarded funding by CA$H Theater Bay Area, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council and SF Arts Commission.

Zahna Simon
Assistant Director, Dancer, Urban Jazz Dance Company

A San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, Zahna Simon is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher, ASL performance consultant, Deaf advocate and Deaf interpreter. She is a former chemist by day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and dancer by night at various Dance companies in San Diego including being featured in KPBS TV and Radio special "Deaf Dancer Performs in Trolley Dances. Simon is now the Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival under Antoine Hunter, Founder and Director, and a full time office manager at a small Fiduciary Office in San Francisco.

Leah Mendelson
Assistant Rehearsal Director, Dancer, Urban Jazz Dance Company

Leah Mendelson is a native of Israel, a traveler and explorer of arts and the world. Her artistic vision is one of communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and it has brought her to visit many countries and explore cities all over the world. Mendelson has from an early age been an ambassador for the Deaf, speaking to the press as a young dancer in the Bat-Kol dance group for Deaf and hearing youth dancers, lecturing in schools and conferences to raise awareness for the Deaf community in Israel, where she grew up, and simply in her way, everyday, ready to communicate and connect. All the varied and rich experiences- majority in dance in high school, as an actress in the Be'er Sheva Theatre, as a student of circus arts at Sandciel, as an avid swing dancer in Tel Aviv, have connected her to people through joy and movement. A significant part of this life process has been in the water as a certified Waterdance and Watsu therapist. The Urban Jazz Dance Company is a new and welcoming home for Mendelson—professional dance, joy, communicating with the audience and getting an important message out there.

Linda Steele II
Dancer, Urban Jazz Dance Company

Linda Steele II formally trained at Marin Ballet before receiving her BFA from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California. She is very honored to have met and worked with amazing artists such as Alonzo King, Drew Jacoby, Maurice Causey, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr's tinypistol, Sidra Bell, Katie Faulkner, Amy Seiwert LEVYdance and recently with My-Linh Le's Mud Water Theater, Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, Antoine Hunter, Labayen Dance/SF and Anandha Ray, among others. She has choreographed and performed abroad in Europe with Corina Kinnear, MADE in France and others.


Family Programs are made possible with major support from Bank of America and the Koret Foundation. Patron support is provided by The Bavar Family Foundation. Supporting sponsorship is provided by Norman Berkman and by Naomi and Jeffrey Caspe. Additional support comes from Blick Art Materials.

Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Toole Family Charitable Foundation and The Morse Family Foundation.

Image Credit

Header image: Robert Wallace of Total Rhythm, photo by Kevin Berne.