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Calendar, Night&Day Balanchine's Return

Balanchine's Return

San Francisco Ballet's final program of the season, "Program 8," honors groundbreaking choreographers and composers of the 20th century with a triple bill of works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins to music by Igor Stravinsky, Philip Glass, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day rite of passage

rite of passage

In a year with an overabundance of interpretations of Igor Stravinsky's monumental The Rite of Spring, in its centennial year, autumn brings us yet one more. New York City's Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company brings A Rite to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Indian Spring

Indian Spring

The May Ball happens in June, so why shouldn't the Rite of Spring be consigned to the same strange calendrical fate? Mark Morris, MacArthur Fellow and an 11-time honorary doctor, continues his balancing act on the line of tradition…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sinsational

Sinsational

For most people, prayer and meditation, even in a group setting, is a singular and solitary experience, and public confession would be nigh unthinkable, but that is exactly what artist Victor Cartagena invites us to do with Confesiones y Hostias.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Trashy Music

Trashy Music

In 2007, composer Nathaniel Stookey went to the dump and hit stuff. Things like bowls, bottles, pipes, dresser drawers, shopping carts, oil drums. When he heard a sound he liked, he pulled the particular thing that caused it out from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Isn't She Lovely?

Isn't She Lovely?

Everyone knows about flamenco divas: They're mean and gorgeous. Local dancer Yaelisa, fearless leader of Caminos Flamencos Spanish dance company, is no exception. One look tells you not to trifle with anyone whose bun is that tight. Out of left…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Fire Department

The Fire Department

The people who run Oakland's industrial arts center the Crucible are like children. They're self-indulgent, fantasy-riddled, and overly optimistic. Of course, they love to play with fire. Luckily, the welders, glass blowers, carpenters, and smiths over there are not children,…
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Rake It Up

In November 1947, W. H. Auden flew to Hollywood to create a new opera, A Rake's Progress, with Igor Stravinsky. The basic outline for the work came into being through one intense caffeine- and whiskey-fueled week. The eccentric Anglo-American poet…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rake It Up

Rake It Up

In November 1947, W. H. Auden flew to Hollywood to create a new opera, A Rake's Progress, with Igor Stravinsky. The basic outline for the work came into being through one intense caffeine- and whiskey-fueled week. The eccentric Anglo-American poet…
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Calendar, Night&Day Myth and Mayhem

Myth and Mayhem

The two shows that make up Goat Hall Productions’ latest double-bill of one-act, mixed-media operas don’t appear to have much in common besides a shared interest in ancient Greek myth and a highly developed sense of the esoteric. Described by…
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Music, Reviewed Elvis Costello & the Imposters|Elvis Costello, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

Elvis Costello & the Imposters|Elvis Costello, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

Rock's most protean performer busts not one but two very divergent moves. The Delivery Man encapsulates the best aspects of Costello's past work without recycling -- the volatile "Button My Lip" combines the craftiness of Spike and When I Was…
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Calendar, Performance Unholy Matrimony

Unholy Matrimony

SAT 9/6 Balzac put it best: "Marriage is a fierce battle before which the two partners ask heaven for its blessing, because loving each other is the most audacious of enterprises." And one of the most emotionally treacherous, too, as…
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Film, Deranged in the Mesozoic

Deranged in the Mesozoic

Dinosaurs used to be cool. In 1969, if you had asked me what was the best movie ever made, the answer would likely have been The Valley of Gwangi, in which a group of cowboys in the Mexican desert find…
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Disney Lightens Up Online Exclusive

Sixty years after Walt Disney's plans to expand on the original Fantasia, Disney has finally gotten around to making new musical segments for a reprise of the film's classical-music-cum-animation concept. Cleverly timed and titled to open on the first day…
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Hear This

The Young Composers Collective Seattle's Young Composers Collective takes the starch out of the typical orchestral production. The wind, string, piano, and percussion ensemble of 12 to 20 members (most of whom are in their 20s) plays both notated scores…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): We only get one Friday the 13th in 1997, and this is it. So be sure to take advantage. Remember, 13 is only unlucky to those who worship the values of patriarchal "civilization" (like waging war,…
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Night Crawler

February sunlight finally triumphs over the anemic fog bank that has hung over the Russian Center for most of the morning. Gathered on the sidewalk outside is a small crowd of white-haired ladies and gents wrapped in furs and long…
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Dub Warriors

At the millennium, if musical scholars convene to discuss the past hundred years, they'll be faced with the most turbulent and ebullient period in history. From Stravinsky's rhythmical advances in "The Rites of Spring" to jazz drummer Art Blakey's polyrhythmic…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I'm coming to you today from a garage sale in Columbus, Neb., where I've just bought, for 10 cents, a stained astrology book with missing pages. Fortunately, its forecast for you for Aug. 19, 1995, is…
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