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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview with Alonzo King: Talking About LINES Fall Season, Shostakovich and More

Interview with Alonzo King: Talking About LINES Fall Season, Shostakovich and More

Eight days before opening night, LINES Ballet rehearses in their studio on 7th Street and Market, a few floors up from the urban desolation of the indigent itinerants who roam the zone between the UN Plaza and the Opera…
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Calendar, Night&Day If Walls Could Sing

If Walls Could Sing

It’s rare, but now and again a production makes our skin tingle not because of what happened on the stage but what happened to the stage. Light becomes weather, walls become rivers, boxes become cities; magically, the world beyond the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Way to Go, Ohio

Way to Go, Ohio

The first performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806, was a little shaky. Some musicians had to sight-read the hastily finished and unrehearsed final parts. At one point, a violinist is said to have flipped…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take the High Road to 2012

Take the High Road to 2012

The dawning of a new year signifies renewed promise. Yet too often, our self-indulgent, self-centered ways seize this opportunity to focus on our faults: We’re too fat, too lazy, too complacent. So tormented are we by our expectations that the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Wendy Lesser Hears the Heart of Shostakovich in Quartets Written Under Stalin's Rule

Wendy Lesser Hears the Heart of Shostakovich in Quartets Written Under Stalin's Rule

No foreign sky protected me, No stranger's wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot, Survivor of that time, that place. -- Anna Akhmatova, 1961 How does an artist work in the context of an…
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Culture, Bookcap

June's Literary Events

Thursday, June 2 Selling paperbacks has never been more revolutionary. It was pretty damn revolutionary before, in the beginning, when open-minded booksellers saw paperbacks as the great democratizers of literature because the masses could afford them. Technology now having democratized…
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Culture, Stage Wearing It Well

Wearing It Well

Smack in the middle of CanStage's whirlwind theatrical adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story "The Overcoat" (1842), all activity screeches to a sudden halt. Blinded by an intense golden light, actors playing the employees of an architecture firm stagger backward…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In the largely homogeneous world of classical performance, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg stands out. Echoing the ethos of a jazz improviser, she once said, "If each person doesn't show some freedom of expression, what's the point of so many people playing…
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Culture, Stage

Now Showing!

Buzz around town had it this play features serious and extensive dancing, and the buzz proved true: Mary Carbonara has bravely salvaged Howard D. Hain's story of Friedrich Nietzsche's mental decline with her competently choreographed dream sequences. Unfortunately, the script…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

LoykoNext-generation Russian Gypsy band Loyko draws its inspiration from the exuberant lust for life, love, and music found in gitano cultures all over the world. But this trio of two singing fiddlers and a lone six-string slinger is clearly on…
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Oral Histories and Pulp Fictions

To a degree far beyond any other festival on the famously crowded local calendar, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has willfully and successfully embraced the role of provocateur extraordinaire. From documentaries touting a two-state solution to oblique experimental features…
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