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Music, All Shook Down Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Oliver Lake Makes Music Filled With Soul

Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Oliver Lake Makes Music Filled With Soul

Saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake has been playing music for more than 50 years, but he’s never gotten used to visits from what he calls the Holy Ghost. “Sometimes I’m playing and it’s not me, he says. “The Holy Ghost…
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Culture, Feature Living Single: Charlie Levin at SFIAF

Living Single: Charlie Levin at SFIAF

"When you're right and everyone else is wrong, there's no room for anything else," says the artist Charlie Levin, who spent time in a community of Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs "living together in conflict." The community's schools teach children…
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News, Feature Body Talk: Sexual Surrogates' Healing Touch

Body Talk: Sexual Surrogates' Healing Touch

When Kai Wu was stuck in an unsatisfying romantic relationship, she began having physical, as well as emotional pain — particularly in her pelvis. It was an ache that was difficult to ascribe to anything in particular — she hadn't…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Digging the Darkness with punkkiCo's <i>Salve Regina</i>

Digging the Darkness with punkkiCo's Salve Regina

San Francisco dancer, choreographer, and founder of punkkiCo Raisa Punkki digs the dark side. A native of Finland, and grew up in a place that encourages introspection. “It’s dark and cold there most of the year, and that affects…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Gerald Casel Sets and Resets the Tinikling at ODC

Gerald Casel Sets and Resets the Tinikling at ODC

Filipino-American dancer Gerald Casel is taking a trip to his origins by way of Trisha Brown. For his upcoming Splinters in our Ankles, Casel appropriates movement techniques from Brown’s Set and Reset as a means to explore the impact of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Speaking Rhythm in Kathak and Tap at Z Space

Speaking Rhythm in Kathak and Tap at Z Space

Indian kathak and American tap are two dance styles that run deep in their countries of origin. I’ll leave the analysis up to the historians and ethnographers, but no doubt someone was tapping here when this country was a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Popping, Locking, Grinning at the SF Hip Hop Fest

Popping, Locking, Grinning at the SF Hip Hop Fest

Who among us does not love hip hop dance? If you made it to the 17th Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest over the weekend, you were likely popping and locking a big fat grin. Friday night’s 12 acts each…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Mainframe</i>: Whose Body is it Anyway?

Mainframe: Whose Body is it Anyway?

When we met at a rehearsal for her upcoming piece Mainframe, choreographer Katharine Hawthorne brought up Plato’s allegory of the cave. Audience members at one of her previous shows, Analog, thought Hawthorne's use of shadow play was a reference…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lines Ballet and Lisa Fischer: <i>The Propelled Heart</i>

Lines Ballet and Lisa Fischer: The Propelled Heart

Lines Ballet director Alonzo King is known for encouraging his dancers to develop their singular artistic expression as well as their technical virtuosity. While watching The Propelled Heart, the company’s collaboration with Grammy-winning singer Lisa Fischer, my companion for…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Ada and the Memory Engine</i>: Love by the Numbers

Ada and the Memory Engine: Love by the Numbers

“Between zero and one lies a universe,” says Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace (the graceful Kathryn Zdan) in Central Works’s Ada and the Memory Engine, which opened at the Berkeley City Club Saturday. Zero and one are…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sympathy for Gravity: Sankai Juku at Yerba Buena

Sympathy for Gravity: Sankai Juku at Yerba Buena

gravity” with the effort of European and American dance to defy it. If you attend a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lizz Roman and Dancers Break with the Black Box

Lizz Roman and Dancers Break with the Black Box

Choreographer Lizz Roman has been making site-specific work in the Bay Area since 1995. Roman doesn’t just build a piece around a location, she invites her dancers to participate in the choreographic process from the moment they set foot in the space,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Outsound New Music Summit: Gongs Are the "Original Heavy Metal"

Outsound New Music Summit: Gongs Are the "Original Heavy Metal"

For 13 years, the Outsound New Music Summit has brought together musical pioneers to share sounds from the outermost reaches of human artistic possibility. This year they’ve got something for everyone, from gear heads to Druids looking to celebrate…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Outsound New Music Summit: Lx Rudis and the Serge Surge

Outsound New Music Summit: Lx Rudis and the Serge Surge

For 13 years, the Outsound New Music Summit has brought together musical pioneers to share sounds from the outermost reaches of human artistic possibility. This year, they've got something for everyone, from gear heads to Druids looking to celebrate…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist TONIGHT: Listen to Dinosaur Toothaches at <i>Raw Shack</i> at the de Young

TONIGHT: Listen to Dinosaur Toothaches at Raw Shack at the de Young

If you're free tonight and feeling playful (or in need of playfulness), head over to the de Young Museum to see artist-in-residence Shawn Feeney lead a group of local musicians in his game Raw Shack. A sort of aural…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Critic's Analysis: Blood and Milk and Max and Furiosa

Critic's Analysis: Blood and Milk and Max and Furiosa

Among the many pleasures of Mad Max: Fury Road is its representation of the two elemental mammalian liquids—blood and milk. The film succeeds in part because George Miller and company know how to tap into the red and white…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist ODC's Walking Distance Dance Festival Returns

ODC's Walking Distance Dance Festival Returns

The summer season is upon us and Bay Area arts festivals abound. Christy Bolingbroke, who curates the upcoming Walking Distance Dance Festival at ODC (June 5-6), which has been offering cutting-edge arts programming in San Francisco for nearly 40…
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