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Calendar, Night&Day Orchestrating Murder

Orchestrating Murder

"Sometimes, an accident can be an unhappy woman's best friend." This quote comes from Stephen King's 1992 bestseller, Dolores Claiborne. In the story (one of King's few that does not deal with the horror in the supernatural, but rather…
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Calendar, Night&Day Curtain Call

Curtain Call

The San Francisco Opera celebrates its 90th season with a jam-packed, community event. The Opera Community Open House is an insider glimpse into the world of opera and stage production. A host of activities guide attendees through the various stages…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Pondering Death and Snookie at Tosca

Bouncer: Pondering Death and Snookie at Tosca

Actually, it's not over when the fat lady sings; an opera is over when the fat lady flat-out dies. Such is the case with Tosca, Puccini's Roman odyssey. Good opera also has to have plenty of betrayal, farce, and jealousy,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spaghetti Western

Spaghetti Western

The delicious hybridity of Giacomo Puccini’s La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) offers molto, molto Cal-Ital pleasures; the title only hints at them. California can claim the story: The libretto was adapted (by two Italians) from…
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Music, Bouncer Hostesses Have the Best Butts

Hostesses Have the Best Butts

Sometimes, only a samurai revenge tale will do. Last week, I clocked 115 hours on my time card. While I was toiling away, the only thing I could think about was cuddling with a cat on my couch and watching…
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Culture, Feature The Maestro

The Maestro

Italy runs in San Francisco Opera's blood like vin santo down the throat of a tipsy padre. In 1923, it was an Italian, Gaetano Merola, who persuaded City Hall to support a full-time opera organization rather than depend upon touring…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free Opera on a Big TV

Free Opera on a Big TV

Just when you thought most giant Japanese video monitors were putting their artistic ambitions on hold to pursue more practical careers, some idealistic 103-feet-wide Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard decides it wants to realize its true dream of simulcasting dramatic…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Bohemian Club

The Bohemian Club

Everyone should go to the opera from time to time. We recommend dressing in strange vintage gear when you go, to give your evening sort of a "Natural Born Killers meets Edward Gorey cartoons" feel. See if you can find…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cross-Pollinated Opera

Cross-Pollinated Opera

Westerners are familiar with the pageantry, melodrama, and glass-shattering sopranos that mark the magnum opuses of Verdi or Puccini. Yet the pantomime, combat acrobatics, and warbly, percussion-backed arias of the Peking primadonna seem a world apart from the opera most…
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Dining, Eat Puccini and Pinetti's Touristy Location Trumps Its Cuisine

Puccini and Pinetti's Touristy Location Trumps Its Cuisine

Living in the Bay Area and dealing with daily life, you can forget sometimes that San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. I'm still faintly surprised when I'm confronted with shelves of Alcatraz and Golden…
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Summer Guide, Summer Passion Plates

Passion Plates

In 1967 hippies were at the helm of a global social experiment that combined drugs, grassroots street theater, free love, and free — if not very fancy — food. Nowadays, we've eased off a bit on the drugs and political…
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Music, Bouncer

Watching World Cup at Pompei's Grotto

Here is the center of my universe these days, the thing that makes me tick and tock, my motivation for getting out of bed in the morning: I am incredibly horny. I have what the yogi might call an "elevated…
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Film, Spent


Ever since its Broadway debut in 1996, Rent has generated a loyal, almost cultlike following. Showered with praise, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical touched a nerve among the young, artistic, gay, urban, and alternatively dressed people who identified as outsiders and…
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Music, Bouncer

Say Schwa

Many artists have died before finishing great works. Spalding Gray's ironically titled Life Interrupted, Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Giacomo Puccini's Turandot were all in mid-schwa when the call came. I doubt anyone will try to finish…
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Culture, Stage Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Gosh, who doesn't like La Bohème? Baz Luhrmann's revival of his own, pre-Moulin Rouge version of the opera is a sweet confection that was sure to be a hit for three reasons: 1) It's hip. La Bohème, set in 1950s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Baz's <i>Boh&egrave;me</i>

Baz's Bohème

If opera is on its last legs, as we hear all the time, then filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is just the man to give it a boost. The Australian Wunderkind is an old pro at making stuffy art forms palatable to…
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Come and Fo Orgasmo Adulto Escapes From the Zoo. Written by Dario Fo and Franca Rame. Directed by Michael Michetti. Starring Francesca Fanti. At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd Street), through Sept. 20. Call 826-5750. Dario Fo is still…
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