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Calendar, Night&Day Inside the Celluloid Dream

Inside the Celluloid Dream

The great composer Richard Wagner was said to believe in creating "total works of art." He wrote operas so expansive the audience would feel lost inside them. A hundred years later, the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival has…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strange Alchemy

Strange Alchemy

Prepare yourself for a chocolate-meets-peanut butter moment. This event, Wagner Bowling, rolls together two things previously unassociated: bowling and opera. Yes, that's right. Bowling and opera. The event is sponsored by the Merola Opera Program, an organization that creates…
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Calendar, Night&Day What’s Opera, Doc?

What’s Opera, Doc?

Probably a lot of perfectly good culture gets avoided because people just don’t get it. Without a baseline understanding of the art in question, they have no context for appreciation, and so are confused, and made angry, which is why…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Is the Situation

This Is the Situation

Many people go through a Jerry Springer phase, usually running concurrent with a rough patch in their lives: losing a job, losing their shit, having too many drugs and not enough parenting. Why else are you watching this crap in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gesamtkunstwerk It, Girl

Gesamtkunstwerk It, Girl

Nineteenth-century German composer Richard Wagner would have been mortified to hear himself compared to the enterprising queer party planners responsible for present-day San Francisco nightlife. Good thing he’s dead. Suffice it to say that the former, in an unwitting portent…
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Nibelungen Lite Der Ring Des Nibelungen, a San Francisco Opera summer festival. Music and libretto by Richard Wagner. Conducted by Donald Runnicles. Directed by Andrei Serban. Set revisions by John Coyne. Costume revisions by Bob Ringwood. Cycle 1 starring James…
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Ring Wrangling

It's been appropriated by everyone from Bugs Bunny to Adolf Hitler. It's been interpreted -- and misinterpreted -- by Freudians, Jungians, feminists, capitalists, socialists, and environmentalists. It inspired the cliche of the "fat lady" singing in blond braids, horned…
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Living the good death

Scrubbed, gowned and flat on a gurney awaiting the cancer surgeon's knife, Garland Grizell was startled when the head nurse broached a touchy subject. "We have to talk about the Big D," she told him. " 'The Big D'? You…
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