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Year: 199633 199511

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Male Pride, Continued Three weeks ago, I wrote about New Conservatory Theater Center's second annual Pride Season, and the complete absence of women in the program (see "Pride -- For Men Only?" Aug. 7). Executive Director Ed Decker explained that…
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Afro Solo "The idea behind the Afro Solo Festival," Executive Director Thomas Robert Simpson explains, "was to give African-American artists a chance to tell our own stories from our own perspectives and to showcase African-American performers." People of color and…
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Found Woman Women are still and regularly written out of history. When not invisible, women's stories are frequently deformed in their patriarchal telling. Some years ago, soprano Susheel Bibbs was asked if she would be interested in performing the role…
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LOL My first mistake, as I see it, was thinking that I could conduct a serious, or at least orderly, interview with three women who make people laugh for a living. My second, that I could transcribe that conversation as…
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Class Tells You may have been whiling away your summer hours, conferrin' with the flowers, but the students at New Conservatory's Teen Theater Summer Stock program were working very hard to learn the craft of acting to prepare for the…
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Yesterday My first question to Neal Shorstein is, Why a revival of The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley's 1968 paean to gay self-loathing? Shorstein's response is immediate. "I was watching the video, which I hadn't seen before -- everybody…
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It's Historical La vie boheme of the 19th century was not limited to the Latin Quarter of Paris. The new Bohemianism, with its emphasis on literature and the arts, flourished in the San Francisco of the 1860s as well. The…
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Mary Quite Contrary Kate Ross never dreamed that the trombone she played in high school would ever be of any use in her theater career, but it turned out to be just the thing that director Peter Glockner needed for…
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Race to the Finish In his new play Servant of the People: The Rise and Fall of Huey P. Newton & the Black Panther Party (which opens tonight at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater), Robert Alexander explores the enigma that was…
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Smoke Gets in My Eyes ... ... make it stop. You're in a theater, lost in an extraordinary performance, and then you spot it, far upstage, a hint, the merest whisper: fog. You freeze, waiting for the inevitable in-house cacophony.…
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If I Had a Hammer "I think we're going to have a backlash to the Republican backlash against the arts," says Ellen Gavin, Brava! for Women in the Arts' artistic executive director. "We'll have a renaissance. People have gone to…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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