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Calendar, Night&Day Turn That Frown Upside Down

Turn That Frown Upside Down

The Purple Paoli Memorial Hoopla is a fitting tribute to the circus legend it was created to remember. Paoli Lacy was a mainstay of the Bay Area circus scene for decades, from her days performing with Everybody's Family Circus in…
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Music, Violinist and composer Carla Kihlstedt soundtracks industrial anxiety

Violinist and composer Carla Kihlstedt soundtracks industrial anxiety

Carla Kihlstedt is a perfect match for Other Minds, the city's premier festival for adventurous music created from unlikely connections. The classically trained violinist and DIY vocalist has long explored songcraft as a bridge to multiple worlds. For her Other…
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Culture, Stage Defying Expectations

Defying Expectations

A friend recently asked me why I would bother reviewing Aurora Theatre Company's production of John Guare's Bosoms and Neglect. He had a point. Theatrically speaking, we're pretty spoiled here in the Bay Area with a near-constant parade of…
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This sweeping journey across the life of one woman — and, through her, the life of Old World Jews — treats us to a handful of clear-eyed ideas that are both beautiful and rarely tackled on stage. What do the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Treading the Smorgas-board

Treading the Smorgas-board

It's always a crapshoot at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, but it's still worth it to throw those dice. There's nowhere else you can get this much back-to-back theater in two weeks -- and at eight bucks a show, your…
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Culture, Stage

The Pavilion

A play about a 20-year class reunion may sound a bit, well, middle-aged, but Craig Wright shakes the old formulas like a doggy toy. Peter comes to the gathering thinking he might win back his old high school flame, Kari,…
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Culture, Stage

Moonwatcher: A New Tale of Chelm for Chanukah

The fools of Chelm, that mythical village of schlemiels somewhere in Eastern Europe, have been visited and revisited by Jewish writers, who keep finding a metaphor in the town for the contemporary scene. This year, more or less for Chanukah,…
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