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    Calendar, Night&Day Silent Night

    Silent Night

    In a loquacious culture like ours, it's hardly a surprise that silent cinema has gone by the wayside. Unbeknownst to many, however, there's still an American movie house devoted entirely to the pre-talkie days -- and that theater is coming…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Shooting for the Moon

    Shooting for the Moon

    If you've been following the news recently, you may be aware that strange things are being planned for the moon: There's talk of advertising up above, colonizing, even buying and selling parts of it to willing consumers. But what would…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Quilting Bee

    Quilting Bee

    Non-sewers think of patchwork quilts as pretty textile hobbies or simple art projects, but African-American artist Faith Ringgold's intricate creations tell powerful stories. Her piece We Came to America, created in 1997 as a response to James Baldwin's 1963 nonfiction…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Battle of the Big Tops

    Battle of the Big Tops

    In recent years, Montreal has become the birthplace of a new brand of theater called cirque nouveau -- a highly acrobatic, animal-free breed of circus with a European flair. Anyone with a finger on the pulse of the 21st-century arts…
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    Culture, Stage

    Hairstory

    I half expected Theatre Rhino's season opener to be an updated or revisited version of that cool, hippied-out Broadway musical from the 1960s about a group of young people coming of age in an era of war and rebellion. But…
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    Calendar, Night&Day An Irishman in Japan

    An Irishman in Japan

    I'd never advise anyone to spend an evening washing down shots of Japanese sake with pints of Guinness. It's fusion, yes, but the thought of it is sickening. Art, however, is a different matter. In fact, the most interesting theatrical…
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    Culture, Stage

    My Dinner With Lunatique Fantastique

    You can expect a great deal of edible fare at this oddball puppet show, but don't be mistaken: Despite the event's title, the food isn't there for the eating. Rather, the eight-course dinner menu consists of several food- and cutlery-inspired…
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    Calendar, Night&Day True Confessions

    True Confessions

    Based on its title, you'd think that "Let's Talk About Me" -- the trio of one-acts opening this week at Theatre Rhino -- would offer the usual self-absorbed solo schlock that we've learned to live with in San Francisco. But…
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    Culture, Stage

    Dust

    By the time most American female thespians graduate from puberty, they've already become all too intimate with the overproduced script of Our Town and the painful lyrics of Bye Bye Birdie's unpleasant ditty "How Lovely to Be a Woman." To…
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    Culture, Stage

    Beyond Therapy

    Tucked away in a little pocket of SOMA is a tiny theater with cinema-style seating. The site currently hosts a small company called One Heart Productions, showing Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy. This ridiculously absurd comedy is about coupling, copulation,…
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    Culture, Stage

    Augustine (Big Hysteria)

    The Shee Theatre Company makes a grand entrance into the San Francisco scene this week with English playwright Anna Furse's semibiographical account of a late-19th-century "hysteric." The historical character Augustine, documented as a 15-year-old housemaid who went mad with hysteria,…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Quiet Riot

    Quiet Riot

    Combining opera with silent theater may seem counterintuitive, but Theatre of the Silence, a radical troupe from Hong Kong, provides sound evidence that body language can tell a story just as well as -- if not better than -- words.…
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    Culture, Stage

    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck would've been 100 this year, and in honor of the native Californian's centennial birthday Actors Theatre is doing Of Mice and Men, a play based on Steinbeck's classic novel. Almost anyone who took lit classes in high school…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Sweet 15

    Sweet 15

    Fifteen years ago, two local jazz musicians were having trouble getting their music produced. Francis Wong and Jon Jang soon discovered they were not alone; many local Asian-American artists were marginalized by the recording industry for creating music that defied…
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    Culture, Stage

    611 $upreme

    Unlike many of the new plays that regularly pop up around town, E. Hunter Spreen's 14-character foray into the modern worlds of politics and fanaticism is no spring picnic. Or, to say it like a true Californian: The play is…
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    Culture, Stage

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The beauty of this marvelous tale about love, fairies, and natural aphrodisiacs is that you cannot see it too many times. Perhaps Shakespeare's most visually compelling work, complete with lush forest settings and sprightly mythological creatures, A Midsummer Night's Dream…
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    Culture, Stage

    Not for the Wide World

    Putting prose onstage is never easy, but this co-production between Opening Night Productions and Women in Time is an admirable undertaking. A one-woman show starring the dynamic Valerie de Jose, Not for the Wide World stages three short stories by…
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    Culture, Stage

    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

    Shakespeare at Stinson Beach's season opener, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), compresses all of ol' Willie's theatrical endeavors into a two-hour mishmash of clowning and slapstick comedy. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, the production…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Misha and Company

    Misha and Company

    Let's face it: When we think of Mikhail Baryshnikov, we think primarily of his Cold War-inspired 1985 film White Nights, in which he and Gregory Hines dance themselves out of entrapment in the Communist Soviet Union. It's not that we…
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    Culture, Stage

    Fat Men in Skirts

    Over the last few years, Nicky Silver's plays have been popping up all over the city -- and it's no mystery why: Although Silver hails from the East Coast, his writing seems to jell with the San Francisco climate. It's…
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    Culture, Stage

    Malambo

    Like much of South America, Argentina is home to two conflicting cultures: that of its various indigenous populations and that of the white Europeans who colonized it. In Malambo, Luis Bravo (who also created Forever Tango) brings together the artistry…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Virtual Reality

    Virtual Reality

    Over the last five years, Jodi Lomask's Oakland-based dance company, Capacitor, has brought new meaning to the word "interdisciplinary." Fusing gymnastics, modern dance, and martial arts with circus techniques, special effects, and the odd bit of fire juggling, the group…
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    Culture, Stage

    Stones in His Pockets

    Written by Irish playwright Marie Jones and directed by her husband, Ian McElhinney, Stones in His Pockets is about two men who become friends while acting as extras for a big Hollywood movie that's to be filmed in their meager…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Quintessential Kushner

    Quintessential Kushner

    Tony Kushner's newest play started making headlines well before it had its world premiere in New York back in December. The reasons why are obvious: The majority of the story takes place in Afghanistan and revolves around life under the…
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    Culture, Stage

    "Mr. Williams Pays a Call"

    Class Act Theatre offers an alternative for those who love Tennessee Williams but have read his play about a painfully shy girl and her tiny glass animals one too many times. An evening of the playwright's little-known one-acts, "Mr. Williams…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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