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    Calendar, Night&Day He and Him

    He and Him

    The premise of Pichet Klunchun and Myself sounds kinda like a sitcom: Two strangers from disparate cultures, brought together by an unseen Fringe Festival curator, try to build a metaphorical bridge between themselves using dance. Unlike most situation comedies, this…
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    Calendar, Performance Digitized Dance

    Digitized Dance

    FRI-SAT 2/6-7 In the 60 years since he presented his first dance program with the late John Cage, Merce Cunningham has become the standard-bearer for the American modernist movement. He has famously valued chance and change in his work, and…
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    Culture, Dance Collaborator


    When I arrived in San Francisco light-years ago, Market Street was a sleepy boulevard dazed by bright light, occasional bursts of traffic, and packs of winos slumped in front of shuttered storefronts. People boasted about the two skyscrapers in town…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Golden Era

    Golden Era

    Maverick choreographer Merce Cunningham doesn't create easily accessible dances. His pieces include few dramatic climaxes and no explicit meanings behind the movements, and often the music, set design, and choreography remain independent (rather than integrated) onstage. In these ways, he…
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    News Flash... American Indians treated fairly: Three cheers for the unexpectedly fair and well-done article by Bernice Yeung on the San Pablo Indian casino ("Gambling Their Future," June 6). I'm so used to the altleft's hypocrisy of championing Tibet independence…
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    Culture, Dance Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    Ballet and intellectuality often seem to fit together about as well as George W. Bush and a good book. On the one hand, you've got ballet's anachronistic courtly pretension, with women in hooped gowns bowing beautifully, and men like so…
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    Culture, Dance Dancing Outside

    Dancing Outside

    It's 10 p.m. on a weekday morning and Anna Halprin is, as usual, in her favored state: nude. "I'm so sorry, I'll be right down," she shouts, full frontal, from the top of the stairs as she races around the…
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    Calendar, Night&Day


    Wednesday December 2 Oh, You Beautiful Doll! Cartoon characters, chinoiserie, celebrities, and popular entertainments like Ballet Russe and Comedie Française influenced the Italian doll-making company LENCI, which did brisk business in the toy trade from the 1920s to the 1940s,…
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    Culture, Stage


    Beverly's Party Abigail's Party. By Mike Leigh. Directed by Tom Ross. Starring Susan Marie Brecht, Don Weingust, Lura Dolas, Philip Stockton, and Jessica Powell. Presented by the Aurora Theater at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth) in Berkeley,…
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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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