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Culture, Dance Company Woman: Twyla Tharp

Company Woman: Twyla Tharp

A Twyla Tharp encounter is like an assault you'd pay your last dollar to repeat. Whatever your access point to the acclaimed choreographer — as a dancer, a regisseur staging her ballets, a writer shotgunned through an interview, or as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist THIS WEEKEND: Go See Mariinsky Ballet's <i>Cinderella</i> at UC Berkeley

THIS WEEKEND: Go See Mariinsky Ballet's Cinderella at UC Berkeley

Splendid visuals, polished dancing, lush orchestration and a 1930s-style torque on Charles Perrault’s 17th century fairy tale lifted Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra’s West Coast premiere of Cinderella to contemporary spectacle. The production commissioned and premiered by the centuries-old Mariinsky…
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Music, Rebranded Oakland Symphony Enters 27th Season

Rebranded Oakland Symphony Enters 27th Season

In a 27th season characterized by broad ambition, there's one thing becoming smaller for an Oakland music troupe: its name. Streamlining "Oakland East Bay Symphony" to its essentials, the newly named Oakland Symphony "debuts" Oct. 2 with the West Coast…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Michelle Haner's Translation of <i>The Unheard of World</i> Opens at EXIT Theatre

Michelle Haner's Translation of The Unheard of World Opens at EXIT Theatre

Anyone who’s seen a foolsFURY production knows that the actors in the edgy, risk-taking ensemble dive into their work, often literally. They’re not the only ones. Like an actor digging into a role, a translator of a play must…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Berkeley Rep's <i>Amélie: a New Musical</i> Is Sheer Delight

Berkeley Rep's Amélie: a New Musical Is Sheer Delight

Berkeley Rep’s Amélie: A New Musical, is a flat-out splurge: a magical, timeless plunge into love, art, goldfish puppetry, snake-eyed marbles, coin-operated photo booths, Parisian bedrooms, sex shops, cafés, and all manner of desirable targets. Amélie is deft social…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Aurora Theatre's <i>Mud Blue Sky</i> Soars

Aurora Theatre's Mud Blue Sky Soars

At 35,000 feet, flight attendants are like demigods. Back here on earth? Not so much. Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn portrays the high-low dynamics of three middle-aged flight attendants on layover in a Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel in Aurora’s season opener,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ubuntu's Waiting For Lefty

Ubuntu's Waiting For Lefty

Take a politically awkward position and be thankful for theater groups lacking permanent homes and grateful for America’s longstanding exploitation of blue-collar workers. Without them, there might be no Ubuntu Theater Project or playwright Clifford Odets' 1935 play Waiting…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Best Night You'll Ever Have In Hell: Shotgun Players' <i>Eurydice</i>

The Best Night You'll Ever Have In Hell: Shotgun Players' Eurydice

“Dazzling” and “smoldering” are the best words to describe Shotgun Players' multi-layered Eurydice — a play based on one simple turn of a man’s head. Confounding, comic, cacophonous, and constructed by master engineers playwright Sarah Ruhl, director Erika Chong…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers Provide Brilliant Bluegrass and Wisecracks

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers Provide Brilliant Bluegrass and Wisecracks

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers August 19, 2015 Wente Vineyards, Livermore Better Than: Having to watch the Coen Brothers’ movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? to get your bluegrass fix. There’s a certain glow and a tingling aftereffect…
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Music, Hear This Hear This: Slavyanka at Grace Cathedral

Hear This: Slavyanka at Grace Cathedral

Most of us feel fairly chipper if we make it past the age of 50 without replacement parts.Imagine the condition of Sergei Rachmaninoff'sAll-Night Vigil(Vespers), a 100-year-old war horse of Russia's golden age of sacred music with 1,000-year-old parts. Performed by…
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Music, All Shook Down Grace Potter Rocks The Fox

Grace Potter Rocks The Fox

Grace Potter Rayland Baxter August 15, 2015 Fox Theater Better Than: Indulging in controlled substances. Seriously, you can get high on Potter. Beauty is in the ear of the beholder during a Grace Potter performance. Appearing at the Fox Theater…
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    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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