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    Adams vs. Glass

    Many people would rather watch the world's most famous crocodile wrestler than hear its most famous composer. But given that a stingray killed croc-hunter Steve Irwin last year, it might be time to consider catching Philip Glass' opera Appomattox, which…
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    Culture, Stage The Nuclear Option

    The Nuclear Option

    At a recent press conference for Doctor Atomic, a new opera about the events leading up to the first nuclear test on July 16, 1945, at Los Alamos, N.M., I made the mistake of asking the chief architects of the…
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    Music, Boxed Ears

    Boxed Ears

    A critic once called composer John Adams the Hamlet of contemporary classical music, accusing him of not being able to make up his mind and settle on a specific musical style. It is a charge with which the Berkeley-based Adams…
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    Culture, Stage

    A Bang and a Whimper

    Graffiti murals (commissioned from a pool of street artists) hang like colorful laundry above the Zellerbach Playhouse stage, the front of which is curtained by an oversize rendering of Los Angeles. The Paul Dresher Ensemble, led by conductor Grant Gershon,…
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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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