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Calendar, Night&Day Under the sea

Under the sea

One of the SF Fringe Festival's most delirious darlings, The Submarine Show, returns under the auspices of the FURY Factory Festival and it should not be missed. The story is simple: Two men wreck their vessel on the ocean…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ubisoft Re-imagines Fairytale RPG with <em>Child of Light</em>

Ubisoft Re-imagines Fairytale RPG with Child of Light

For me, video games have always been about the epic experience. Games like Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom of Hearts definitely molded the the RPG and action/adventure genres with their production packages that infused engaging story lines and moving…
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Calendar, Night&Day Turn That Frown Upside Down

Turn That Frown Upside Down

The Purple Paoli Memorial Hoopla is a fitting tribute to the circus legend it was created to remember. Paoli Lacy was a mainstay of the Bay Area circus scene for decades, from her days performing with Everybody's Family Circus in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cozy Clowning

Cozy Clowning

That gigantic Cirque du Soleil tent behind AT&T Park might be an international symbol for impressive acrobatics, but readers who prefer their circus a bit more local (and a lot more personal) should head to Mittens and Mistletoe: A…
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Culture, Stage Balancing Acts: Two Cirques Play with the Form, with Mixed Results

Balancing Acts: Two Cirques Play with the Form, with Mixed Results

The gymnast who can stand her whole body on one hand for minutes on end never lost her balance. The tumblers who spin and dance atop upturned partners' feet made no missteps. The acrobat who summits a pole as easily…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still in the Groove

Still in the Groove

It's hard to imagine now, but 15 years ago, it was a radical idea. When the San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest held its first production, almost no one was putting street dance in the theater. Fast forward to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big Top Romance

Big Top Romance

Amaluna, the latest touring production from Cirque du Soleil, is all about beauty, grace, and feminine power. The show takes place on a mysterious island of the same title, where the queen, Prospera, is preparing for the coming-of-age rite of…
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Culture, Art Fall Arts Guide 2013: Highbrow/Lowbrow

Fall Arts Guide 2013: Highbrow/Lowbrow

Art is easy. Not easy in the sense of it being a breeze to, for example, carve a naked man from a 19-foot block of marble, but easy in the sense of promiscuous. Art "gets around," as they say. Art…
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Calendar, Night&Day Traditional Oppression

Traditional Oppression

The nine characters in Sheetal Gandhi’s Bahu-Beti-Biwi (“Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife”), a solo show that blends theater, singing, and different forms of world dance, are both disparate and unified. “They’re inspired by women in my life,” she says, like her mom…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings Feb. 20-26, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Stop & Go 3-D: Stop-Motion Animation Festival: A program of short and emerging work in stop-motion animation. Curated by Sarah Klein. Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m. $6. stopandgoshow.com/latest.html. Small Poetry: Recent Highlights of the Chicago 8 Film…
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Film, "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D": Bring on the Acrobats

"Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D": Bring on the Acrobats

The ravishing and kitschy Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is the rare movie whose title serves as an accurate indicator of whether you would enjoy seeing it. If you think it sounds good, it damn straight is; if not, beware…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hot to Trot

Hot to Trot

There are horse people -- those who describe the beauty and power of beasts with a vaguely erotic inflection -- and those that go “meh.” Few horse shows can convert the latter -- in Europe, there is Bartabas’ Zingaro Equestrian…
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Music, All Shook Down The Tupac Hologram Is Terrifying and Distasteful. Let's Stop This Madness Now.

The Tupac Hologram Is Terrifying and Distasteful. Let's Stop This Madness Now.

On Sunday, April 15, 2012, the world officially entered science fiction-land. Sure, iPods are pretty futuristic, GPS is spy magic from space, and we all have stupidly intelligent phones now, but nothing has felt quite as much like living in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tassles, Breasts, Slapstick, and Hangover Cures: Tease-o-Rama Invades S.F. This Weekend

Tassles, Breasts, Slapstick, and Hangover Cures: Tease-o-Rama Invades S.F. This Weekend

Tease-O-Rama hasn't quite yet reached Santacon-like ubiquity in San Francisco, where one might stumble upon a confused and drunk burlesque performer even in the outer neighborhoods on the right day, but it's making a more than valiant effort to get…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Flow Show</i> Makes Sideshow Arts the Main Event

The Flow Show Makes Sideshow Arts the Main Event

If you've ever stumbled upon a fire jam, or a melee of staff-wielders, or even just a common group of jugglers, you know that the "flow arts" have gone the way of the drum circle: Anyone can join, and often…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sideshow No More

Sideshow No More

If you’ve ever stumbled upon a fire jam, or a melee of staff-wielders, or even just a common group of jugglers, you know that the “flow arts” have gone the way of the drum circle: Anyone can join, and often…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Through the Roof

Through the Roof

“Vertical.” That’s all we could say for hours after seeing Cirque du Soleil for the first time. “So … vertical.” We were dumbfounded because the troupe born on the streets of Montreal does, well, dumbfounding things in that tall spiky…
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News, The Snitch Homeless Man Camps In Shadow of Cirque Du Soleil Tent

Homeless Man Camps In Shadow of Cirque Du Soleil Tent

Circus patrons searching for clowns, trampoline acts, and Russian women who apparently have no spines and can literally bend over backwards could be forgiven for ending up at Jeff's tent. If you were told to go to the tent in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Buggin' Out

Buggin' Out

What can we tell you about bugs and Cirque du Soleil that you don't already know? Bugs: They jump around, eat eat eat, suck flowers, and wear colors that don't normally go together. Cirque: It's a French Canadian stage show…
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