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Calendar, Night&Day The Body Politic

The Body Politic

Almost every local knows the story of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, but memory is fickle, and sometimes we need a refresher. Unabashed gay man Milk ran a Castro District camera shop before winning a seat on the Board of…
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Calendar, Night&Day And All That Jazz

And All That Jazz

Since its 1975 creation, Kander and Ebb's musical Chicago has beguiled us with sex, violence, and sleaze, its conspiratorial whispers about celebrity lust and media manipulation fueled from the beginning by the real-life details of its story. Choreographer Bob Fosse's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pelton Wuz Here

Pelton Wuz Here

Adolf Hitler and Virginia Woolf, Civil War soldiers and circus freaks have all materialized in the dances of Stephen Pelton, a modernist with a keen appreciation for history and human foibles. In The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (1998), Pelton was Hitler. Dressed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stepping Out

Stepping Out

San Francisco Ballet's wildly successful recent premiere of Don Quixote, a classical standby finessed by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and principal dancer Yuri Possokhov, brought in $1.5 million and served as a kind of insurance for the company's 2003 closing…
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Calendar, Night&Day And Now We Dance

And Now We Dance

In the last six years, Fox TV, terrorism, dot-bombs, and an economy rattled by foreign war and domestic uncertainty have wounded local ticket sales and jeopardized grant money and artists' studio spaces. But it'll take more than that to kill…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Time Out for Mime

Time Out for Mime

Marcel Marceau takes his bow SUN 4/13 Children are among the few who can enjoy French mime Marcel Marceau unironically: The rest of us have been ruined by mimecidal pop culture (think Shakes the Clown) and by the American boycott…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dances for Dark Days

Dances for Dark Days

Mood, as much as movement, distinguishes the dances of Paul Taylor, one of this country's foremost choreographers. Take Black Tuesday, a string of vignettes set to pop songs from the Great Depression and performed in period dress against a backdrop…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Good Word

The Good Word

Robert Moses didn't create the dance pieces Word of Mouth and A Biography of Baldwin especially for Black History Month, but their timing is apt nonetheless. The Bay Area-based choreographer, a self-proclaimed "history geek," is reviving the former and premiering…
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Calendar, Night&Day Banzai!!


Unfettered by gravity, common sense, and potential point deductions from that pesky Olympic rule book, the acrobatic movement-theater troupe Aeros delivers the thrill of victory without the agony of defeat. Two producers from Stomp and three of America's most athletic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Visions of sugarplums be damned: When you leave the Dance-Along Nutcracker, you'll have images of drag queens and grannies and wee tots dancing in your head. This Nutcracker, originally inspired by sing-along Messiahs, has more in common with Bay to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Jam On It

Jam On It

The San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest, now in its fourth year, has always been a rowdy talent showcase: It's one of the few dance events where audience members give the performers shout-outs. That energy won't change this year, although two…
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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 Seasoned Dancers

Seasoned Dancers

Comedy matters to choreographer Mark Foehringer, whose work is colored by his unconventional childhood (raised in Brazil by Minnesotan Lutheran missionaries) and by his terpsichorean history, which includes dancing character roles en travesti (in drag) for classical ballets like La…
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Culture, Stage

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

A cautionary note: Playwright Paul Rudnick named this work after biblical lore; the title isn't meant to describe the play itself, although Fabulous is a very funny piece, staged simply by director George Maguire with a likable cast. Rudnick (Addams…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

Apply the chaos theory of physics to physical movement, and physical attraction, and you get Strange Attractors, a premiere from the Stephen Petronio Dance Company. Based on the idea of a moving, magnetic focal point in an otherwise chaotic field,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Going to a Go-Go

Going to a Go-Go

Detroit, the macho Midwestern capital of cold, gleaming chrome and pro sports teams, has inspired some of rock's punchiest interludes. Think Iggy Pop and the MC5, KISS's "Detroit Rock City," or Bowie's "Panic in Detroit." Motor City fivesome The GO…
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Calendar, Night&Day Halloween Calendar

Halloween Calendar

Wednesday, October 27 "Behind the Mask" Juried group show of works on paper with Halloween theme (through 10/30). SF Women Artists, 370 Hayes, 552-SFWA. Casa de Espantos (House of Ghosts) Haunted art house based on multiple cultural traditions: Includes "The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground

What many foodies and bar-hoppers seem to have overlooked in their weekend parades through the Mission are the small performance halls dotting the neighborhood. Emerging dancemakers are toying with form upstairs at Dance Mission and Dancer's Group Studio Theater, while…
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Culture, Stage Imports and Domestics

Imports and Domestics

In its first Bay Area visit in nearly a decade, Miami City Ballet gifted its audience with Jewels, a literally sparkling attraction among George Balanchine's many plotless dances. Against a simple black backdrop tattooed with a swirling constellation of…
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Calendar, Night&Day From the Missing Persons File

From the Missing Persons File

The story of the St. Louis unfolds the way most Holocaust histories do, with periodic glimmers of hope overshadowed by our own knowledge of the Jews' horrific fate. In May of 1939, with the onset of World War II, 900…
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