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Calendar, Night&Day Drunken Orchestra

Drunken Orchestra

Summering in the city is mostly about being extra precious at Dolores Park, and since you're already there every day looking for your friends "by the tennis courts," try enjoying something a little more refined than your PBR this…
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Film, "Black Swan": Natalie Portman goes batshit in a tutu

"Black Swan": Natalie Portman goes batshit in a tutu

A near-irresistible exercise in bravura absurdity, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan deserves to become a minor classic of heterosexual camp — at the very least, it's the most risible and riotous backstage movie since Showgirls. Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has had a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Deep in Odette

Deep in Odette

If you own anything made of velvet, you probably wonder: When should I attend the ballet? Drama queen, snobby freak, twee boy, corset girl, vintage clothing owner — the San Francisco Ballet's production of Swan Lake is for you. It…
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Calendar, Night&Day Isn’t It Symphonic?

Isn’t It Symphonic?

Lovers of both early- and late-19th-century symphonic drama en plein air, start your picnic blankets. Grassy knolls and tormented classical music being two luxuries that play well together, the San Francisco Symphony Concert descends upon the park, hoping les flâneurs…
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Calendar, Night&Day Nuts to You

Nuts to You

There's no fantasy quite as befuddling and beloved as E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Tchaikovsky's ballet version, far from a pretty platitude, never fails to enchant for the same reason — it's so damn strange. With an…
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Culture, Stage

Nutcracker Nutz & Boltz

The stealthy players of Lunatique Fantastique unveil the secret lives of dusty odds and ends in this Nutcracker. During the show's single hour, stars materialize from kitchenware, clothing, and cleaning artillery to present E.T.A. Hoffman's story of Clara, her generous…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Be Such a Fairy

Don't Be Such a Fairy

Sandra Tsing Loh is 42, but she can't seem to get out of middle school. Her 12th Christmas, speckled with typically unbearable preteen angst, keeps replaying itself every year around this time, like a twisted collection of holiday tunes sung…
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Calendar, Performance Christmas Crack-Up

Christmas Crack-Up

THURS-SUN 12/18-21 Sure, The Nutcracker's costumes are gorgeous, its plot sweet, its Tchaikovsky score eminently hummable. But after more than a century of annual stagings we're all sick to death of the venerable ballet. The late British dance critic Richard…
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Calendar, Night&Day Swan Song

Swan Song

Just as Swan Lake is one of the best-loved Romantic ballets, Swedish choreographer Mats Ek is one of the most highly regarded revisionists of the classical repertoire (keeping good company with Matthew Bourne and Angelin Preljocaj). Ek's Aurora isn't just…
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Calendar, Night&Day Opera on a Budget

Opera on a Budget

Opera for the masses? Not in this country, where the great unwashed can go home to watch a hundred low-effort channels of quality TV -- or at least Temptation Island. But Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera aims to change that sad…
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Music, Record


Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet Dracula (Nonesuch) Darkly mysterious in his long black cape, Bela Lugosi stands on the staircase, cocks his head slightly, and utters the immortal lines: "Listen to them -- the children of the night. What music…
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Culture, Stage


Let There Be Sleight Bamboozles of the Barbary Coast. Written and performed by Tom Nixon. At the Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Mason), on an open run. Call 646-0984. Bamboozles of the Barbary Coast begins the moment you call for…
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Dining, Eat

Bohemian Beat

A little girl, a kindergarten ballerina, pirouetted beside our table at La Movida on a quiet Saturday afternoon. In her neat white skirt and shiny black pumps, she looked like a dancer -- a sugarplum fairy from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. She…
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