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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide Get fit with a serious yoga workout

Get fit with a serious yoga workout

If your primary goal in life is to someday open your third eye on the banks of the Ganges, you might be surprised to find that getting into that kundalini rising spirit might be just as appealing to the fitness…
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Culture, Summer Guide Chill on the Hills — and in the Bay

Chill on the Hills — and in the Bay

In a city of precipitous hills, never-ending stairways, and limited parking spaces, it's hard to stay sedentary any time of year — even if most of your movements are restricted to a convenient 2-mile radius, like most vehicularly challenged urbanites.…
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Music, Nefasha Ayer’s nation of aural immigrants

Nefasha Ayer’s nation of aural immigrants

We live in an era where the global music village has shrunk to a navigable size. From live overseas Web feeds to international podcasts, eager listeners are tuning their antennae to far-flung aural landscapes. Closer to home, San Francisco ensemble…
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Dining, Eat Dish It Up

Dish It Up

Tightening your metaphorical — and literal — belt might come a little more naturally this year, courtesy of the recession. Why not kill two birds with one stone in 2009 and combine your resolutions to eat healthfully and cut down…
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Music, Dan Zanes kicks off an international seasonal celebration

Dan Zanes kicks off an international seasonal celebration

If your idea of ringing in the holiday season involves knocking back a few beers with friends and feasting on Chinese delivery, join the club. White Christmases are quickly becoming relics to be stowed with those boxes of ornaments gathering…
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Calendar, Night&Day Holiday Hootenanny

Holiday Hootenanny

If your idea of ringing in the holiday season involves knocking back a few beers with friends and feasting on Chinese delivery, join the club. White Christmases are quickly becoming relics to be stowed with those boxes of ornaments gathering…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sax and Dancing

Sax and Dancing

Leaving behind the staid tropes and easy grace that have been fodder for traditional ballet companies for decades, choreographer Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet creates pieces that resound with a nearly spiritual tenor. King and ensemble delve into global themes, collaborating…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kickin’ It

Kickin’ It

Leave it to the Brazilians to bring soccer to the beach. The country of capoeira dancers, baile funk, and Carnaval imported the same informal esprit de corps to soft-sand futbol when it became an officially recognized professional sport in 1992.…
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News, Feature Dancing with Words

Dancing with Words

Erika Chong Shuch and her much-lauded company, the Erika Shuch Performance Project, have been making dreamlike, profoundly theatrical pieces that toe a line between the esoteric and the visceral since 2002. Whether she's invoking cannibalism's tangible connection to love ("All…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wheel Change

Wheel Change

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is here to let everyone know that life on two wheels really can be better. Sure, city cyclophobes are swelling their ranks faster than you can say "Mission hipster," but think of all the benefits…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Thousand Hands Clapping

A Thousand Hands Clapping

Chinese-born artist Shen Shaomin is something of a contemporary shaman. Instead of regurgitating a bunch of art school sleights of hand or investing in gallery world pother, the self-taught Shaomin creates massive installations that act as portals into transcendent realms.…
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News, Feature Dance Events to Check Out This Fall

Dance Events to Check Out This Fall

Inbal Pinto Dance Company Seeing an Inbal Pinto Dance Company show is akin to experiencing Cirque du Soleil without all the commercial flourishes and dumbed-down phantasmagoria. The Israeli choreographer returns with a troupe of 11 dancers and two actors in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Auto Immune

Auto Immune

We city folks like to think we’re fitter than our dilatory suburban counterparts, but we rarely get the chance to take a bit of cardio without having to wait for a traffic light. In places like Hong Kong and Colombia,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Do A Little Dance

Do A Little Dance

If food is the music of love, play on, but some modern dance to set the scene might be nice as well. Of course, a few munchies and libations aren't the only reason audiences will be flocking to ODC for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Putting It Out There

Putting It Out There

The final weekend of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival finds fest alumni and stage newbies gathering to see their visions realized in work that packs a punch. It includes Marcus Gardley's every tongue must confess (Aug. 3), a mournful yet…
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Calendar, Night&Day Local Word-Gardening

Local Word-Gardening

Latino poetry is a category that spans multiple cultures, languages, and legacies -- from the pre-Columbian origin myths and political salvos of Pablo Neruda to the Afro-Caribbean rhythms and resistance odes of Nuyorican poets like Pedro Pietri. Oral tradition, legend,…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Much Drama!

So Much Drama!

Set in a downtown oasis, the San Francisco Theater Festival offers stage newbies and die-hard performance lovers a potent cocktail of thespian fun, without the exorbitant cost. The festival mixes barebones, site-specific stage production with the kind of highbrow fare…
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Calendar, Night&Day Star Search

Star Search

Beauty pageants are perhaps the least gender-neutral of all sanctioned community rituals. Sure, you get the occasional beefcake-on-a-catwalk extravaganza to add a little balance to all the events teeming with docile, big-haired chicks with a penchant for mawkish speeches about…
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Calendar, Night&Day Politics in the Park

Politics in the Park

For decades, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has been offering brainy commentary on the state of the nation, sans the snark that often passes itself off as political theater. And no, the players don't deliver their lines in monochromatic muteness…
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Calendar, Night&Day Second Time’s a Charm

Second Time’s a Charm

Remember prom? All the bad dresses, bad hair, bad photos, bad dates, and the vigilantly guarded punch bowl? Or maybe you were one of those people mysteriously not in attendance on that quintessential night to remember. No biggie — now…
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