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Calendar, Night&Day So Eccentric

So Eccentric

Smuin Ballet rounds off its 20th anniversary season with its "XXcentric Spring Dance Series," making its first stop on its tour of the Bay Area at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts before heading to theaters in Walnut…
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Calendar, Night&Day Holiday Hurrah

Holiday Hurrah

It's the day after Christmas and the Christmas tree hasn't started dropping its needles yet, and there's no way you're taking those lights down because you nearly fell out the window trying to make sure that "Joy to the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ballet-Shoe Season

Ballet-Shoe Season

Spring is special in San Francisco. In a city where we spend most of the year wrapped up in sweaters and scarves to fend off the harsh ocean winds, the sun peaking out from behind a perpetual fog bank is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Indie-Pop Ballet

Indie-Pop Ballet

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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Calendar, Night&Day The Silver Ballet

The Silver Ballet

Something about the holidays makes people want to see men in tights and women in bizarre shoes. It’s just a fact. At the Smuin Ballet company’s The Christmas Ballet, the price of admission gets you all that and sassy twisting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Smuin Cracks Christmas

Smuin Cracks Christmas

In 1995, choreographer Michael Smuin created a holiday piece that's still the Bay Area's most popular antidote to The Nutcracker. Swimming with dancing Christmas trees, starry-eyed vamps, and flirty hula dancers, The Christmas Ballet harmonizes traditional Christmas fare with riotous…
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Calendar, Performance God Dame It

God Dame It

TUES 8/31 OK, so maybe Mel Gibson turned out to be something of a disappointment. And most teenage boys last longer than Kylie Minogue's career did. But the land down under can still boast of a few things: Men at…
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Culture, Dance Dance to  the Music

Dance to the Music

May is the month of exuberantly blooming flowers, a seeming profusion of women overripe with babies, and boisterous assemblies of birds and bees. It's also the lush, green bridge to summer, so it seems fitting that two romantics, Michael Smuin…
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Culture, Dance Revival of the Fittest

Revival of the Fittest

The spectacle looks more like an animated cartoon than a rehearsal. One dancer stalks about the studio on 2-foot-high hydraulic stilts. Another twirls a fluorescent pink bullfighting cape. A third careens across the room pushing a stuffed bull's head mounted…
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Playing Politics Juno and the Paycock. By Sean O'Casey. Directed by Giles Havergal. Produced by the American Conservatory Theater. Starring Robin Pearson Rose, Charles Dean, Kathleen Kaefer, and Geoff Hoyle. At the Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), through Feb.…
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A Very Smuin Xmas The Christmas Ballet. Choreography by Michael Smuin. Performed by Smuin Ballets/SF at Center for the Arts, 700 Howard (at Third Street), Dec. 17-30. Call 978-2787. At some point in "The Bells of Dublin" -- one of…
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wednesday november 5 The American Gandhi A black, homosexual pacifist during the McCarthy era ... can you say "wrong place, wrong time"?! Bayard Rustin was the American Gandhi: He fought racism, militarism, and nuclear war at a time when all…
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