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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Nutcracker, Short and Sweet: The Whole Story in 50 Minutes

A Nutcracker, Short and Sweet: The Whole Story in 50 Minutes

Sugarplum season is upon us, and every tot — with a teensy bit of culture — is headed straight for the theater, where there are Nutcrackers galore: from the Dolly Dinkle tap and ballet academy around the corner to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview with Alonzo King: Talking About LINES Fall Season, Shostakovich and More

Interview with Alonzo King: Talking About LINES Fall Season, Shostakovich and More

Eight days before opening night, LINES Ballet rehearses in their studio on 7th Street and Market, a few floors up from the urban desolation of the indigent itinerants who roam the zone between the UN Plaza and the Opera…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alonzo King's Ballet Beast: Unworldly Movements Take the Stage

Alonzo King's Ballet Beast: Unworldly Movements Take the Stage

If you've seen Alonzo King LINES Ballet perform before, you know what to expect: human beasts taking to the stage to tackle choreography that is as tricky as it is cutting edge. It's a place where impossibly long-legged performers…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Extra Sparkle and Shine at the Ballet: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Extra Sparkle and Shine at the Ballet: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

There was a time when ballet was the purview of Imperial Russia, when ballerinas Russianized their names from Lilian Marks and Hilda Munnings to Alicia Markova and Lydia Sokolova. Like a certain Norma Jeane Mortenson, the dancers knew their…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Top 10 San Francisco Instagram Accounts to Follow

Top 10 San Francisco Instagram Accounts to Follow

Instagram has a lot of pretty pictures floating around. And we mean a lot: about 16 billion have been captured on the photo sharing social network since March of this year. With over 150 million active users worldwide, it…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Seven Balletic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Seven Balletic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Magical creatures abound at the ballet, from your classic flock of enchanted swans to the more obscure wili (seen earlier this season in Giselle). San Francisco Ballet's Program 3, on view February 20-March 2 at the War Memorial Opera…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Vengeful Female Spirits Make Good: San Francisco Ballet's "Giselle"

Vengeful Female Spirits Make Good: San Francisco Ballet's "Giselle"

Giselle is the ultimate gothic ballet: an innocent peasant girl seduced by a nobleman with a penchant for playing pastoral, the cruel discovery of his betrayal when his aristocratic fiancée arrives to tour the country village, her demise in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: The Westfield Dome Offers Cultural Viewing in IMAX

Tourism for Locals: The Westfield Dome Offers Cultural Viewing in IMAX

'Tis the season for crowded stores, pushy shoppers, and bell ringers. As much as we love the holidays, they can be overwhelming and drive us away from the festive centers of the city, like Union Square. But don't scoff…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cool to the Touch: Eifman Ballet's Rodin, Reviewed

Cool to the Touch: Eifman Ballet's Rodin, Reviewed

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg returned to Zellerbach Hall Rodin May 10-12 at Zellerbach Hall with Boris Eifman's 2011 ballet Rodin, about the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In contrast to other choreographers after Balanchine, who have practically made abstraction synonymous…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Dance Meets Electronic Sculpture Art

Video of the Day: Dance Meets Electronic Sculpture Art

When it comes to dance innovation, San Francisco thinks outside the bun. Our dance troupes perform off the sides of hotels (Niagara Falling), collaborate with indie-pop musicians (Oh, Inverted World), and use laundromats as venues (Laundromatinee). All the more reason…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Rudolph Nureyev: Fashions from Ballet's Hottest Male Celebrity

Rudolph Nureyev: Fashions from Ballet's Hottest Male Celebrity

Few of us will ever wear something custom-made to fit our bodies. Not many of us will even visit a tailor to have a dress taken in or pants hemmed. Fast fashion is our comfortable standard. Running to the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Ballet Choreographed to The Shins' <i>Oh, Inverted World</i>

Video of the Day: Ballet Choreographed to The Shins' Oh, Inverted World

Returning from sold-out shows and rave reviews in New York, Smuin Ballet brings the inventive, much-lauded, and uncomfortably resonant Oh, Inverted World back home. In this deft collaboration between choreographer Trey McIntyre and indie-pop darlings The Shins, the Smuin dancers…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Review: Ballet-Horror-Comedy <em>Duck Lake</em>

Review: Ballet-Horror-Comedy Duck Lake

A ballet-horror-comedy with a healthy serving of butt jokes, Duck Lake is the kind of funny that leaves your face sore from smiling. A delightfully ridiculous plot line is centered around the hilarious Barry Canteloupe (Raymond Hobbs), a character…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ballet-Horror-Comedy <em>Duck Lake</em> Promises Lots of Fowl Play

Ballet-Horror-Comedy Duck Lake Promises Lots of Fowl Play

Remember the time you and your friends sat down to watch the critically acclaimed movie Black Swan and you couldn't help but notice the shocking lack of blood-thirsty ducks? Yeah, we do too. But never fear, because the world's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Get to Know Daniel Baker, S.F.'s <em>SYTYCD</em> Contestant

Get to Know Daniel Baker, S.F.'s SYTYCD Contestant

We already told you that there was a local to root for this season on So You Think You Can Dance, a reality TV show in which dancers of all different backgrounds compete in various styles to win a cash…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alonzo King Lines Ballet Embraces the Exalted Body, Rejects Silent-Film Fairy-Tale Formula

Alonzo King Lines Ballet Embraces the Exalted Body, Rejects Silent-Film Fairy-Tale Formula

The Alonzo King Lines Ballet is a true San Francisco institution, not only because it has been around for nearly 30 years, but because it embodies the diversity of San Francisco in almost every aspect of its existence. Not too…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Samantha Giron Dance Project's <em>Sex, Love, Money</em> Reveals the Yearnings of the Soul

Samantha Giron Dance Project's Sex, Love, Money Reveals the Yearnings of the Soul

In a modern ballet chock-full of subtle relevés, body rolls, and passionate glances Sex, Love, Money -- the latest from the Samantha Giron Dance Project -- viscerally represents one of the most complicated feelings we human beings endure: love. Through…
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News, The Snitch Just One Problem With Supes' Approved Plan To Defund $510K From Opera, Ballet, Theater -- It Wasn't Legal

Just One Problem With Supes' Approved Plan To Defund $510K From Opera, Ballet, Theater -- It Wasn't Legal

On San Francisco's fiscally sinking ship, a majority of our supervisors voted Tuesday to toss the record player overboard via half a million dollars in cuts to the city's opera, ballet and American Conservatory Theater. But while men frantically hurling…
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