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Calendar, Night&Day He and Him

He and Him

The premise of Pichet Klunchun and Myself sounds kinda like a sitcom: Two strangers from disparate cultures, brought together by an unseen Fringe Festival curator, try to build a metaphorical bridge between themselves using dance. Unlike most situation comedies, this…
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Calendar, Performance Digitized Dance

Digitized Dance

FRI-SAT 2/6-7 In the 60 years since he presented his first dance program with the late John Cage, Merce Cunningham has become the standard-bearer for the American modernist movement. He has famously valued chance and change in his work, and…
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Culture, Dance Collaborator


When I arrived in San Francisco light-years ago, Market Street was a sleepy boulevard dazed by bright light, occasional bursts of traffic, and packs of winos slumped in front of shuttered storefronts. People boasted about the two skyscrapers in town…
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Calendar, Night&Day Golden Era

Golden Era

Maverick choreographer Merce Cunningham doesn't create easily accessible dances. His pieces include few dramatic climaxes and no explicit meanings behind the movements, and often the music, set design, and choreography remain independent (rather than integrated) onstage. In these ways, he…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

News Flash... American Indians treated fairly: Three cheers for the unexpectedly fair and well-done article by Bernice Yeung on the San Pablo Indian casino ("Gambling Their Future," June 6). I'm so used to the altleft's hypocrisy of championing Tibet independence…
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Culture, Dance Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Ballet and intellectuality often seem to fit together about as well as George W. Bush and a good book. On the one hand, you've got ballet's anachronistic courtly pretension, with women in hooped gowns bowing beautifully, and men like so…
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Culture, Dance Dancing Outside

Dancing Outside

It's 10 p.m. on a weekday morning and Anna Halprin is, as usual, in her favored state: nude. "I'm so sorry, I'll be right down," she shouts, full frontal, from the top of the stairs as she races around the…
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Calendar, Night&Day


Wednesday December 2 Oh, You Beautiful Doll! Cartoon characters, chinoiserie, celebrities, and popular entertainments like Ballet Russe and Comedie Française influenced the Italian doll-making company LENCI, which did brisk business in the toy trade from the 1920s to the 1940s,…
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Culture, Stage


Beverly's Party Abigail's Party. By Mike Leigh. Directed by Tom Ross. Starring Susan Marie Brecht, Don Weingust, Lura Dolas, Philip Stockton, and Jessica Powell. Presented by the Aurora Theater at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth) in Berkeley,…
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