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Out of the Passé 

A Québécoise becomes a choreographer

FRI-SUN 9/26-28

While it may not garner as much national attention as Cher's "Farewell Tour," choreographer Sonya Delwaide's final dance performance this weekend is bound to tug at the toeshoe-strings of her avid local fan base. An award-winning modern dance artist, the Quebec-born, Berkeley-residing Delwaide is known for creating high-energy, witty, and accessible pieces that range from Apérto, a humorous take on the exclusive snobbery at a cocktail party, to Trä, a dance inspired by a true story of intuitive trees in Sweden (they died naturally only days before they were to be chopped down). A woman with a fierce imaginative streak, Delwaide has always performed in her own work, but recently the 44-year-old new mother decided to say goodbye to the stage in order to engage more fully as a choreographer -- and as a mom.

While a final evening in the limelight may bring on a few tears, Delwaide enters this fresh phase of her career on sure footing. Her show, "Du Passé au Présent (Past to Present)," includes two world premieres and a reprisal of her signature dance, Du Balcon. "You always have a pivotal piece, and for me it was that one," she said in a recent phone interview. "It was perfect for me to finish with it." Du Balcon was inspired by Delwaide's memory of a woman in Montreal who used to hang her husband's clothing out to dry in the dead of winter. Performed by Delwaide in wet clothes, it is a contemplative piece about winter, loneliness, and frostbitten slacks. Join Delwaide this weekend as one season of her career ends and another dawns at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), S.F. Tickets are $18; call 863-9834 or visit
-- Karen Macklin

Eat Me

THURS-SAT 9/25-27

Uroboros is a snake. Wait -- get down off that chair! It's the kind of snake that eats its own tail, a symbol in ancient societies and Dungeons & Dragons guidebooks. But for San Francisco's Asylum Theatre, Uroboros is the new play by Katrina Jankowski. Her production tells the tale of Clare, a young woman searching for answers about her father's past. Her hunt leads her to Laura and Neal -- a successful wife/husband therapist/lawyer team -- and to one of Laura's skittish clients, who might hold the key. The mystery begins at 8 p.m. (and continues through Oct. 18) at Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), S.F. Admission is $20; call 621-7978 or visit
-- Brock Keeling

Dark Side of the Screen

FRI 9/26

Rumors have long circulated that Pink Floyd intended 1973's Dark Side of the Moon as a secret soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz, supposedly as a "screw you" to Disney for its refusal to allow Floyd to project Oz during concerts. Is the scuttlebutt true? No one's sure -- but the two works do seem to share some odd synchronicities. See and hear for yourself when top Pink Floyd tribute band the Machine plays the album live as the kiddie classic screens behind it. Quicksilver Messenger Service cover band Quicksilver Gold opens. Doors open at 8 p.m. at the Avalon Ballroom, 1268 Sutter (at Van Ness), S.F. Admission is $15; visit
-- Joyce Slaton

Never Too Much

FRI 9/26

"Death turns out to be a lonely, solitary condition. That sounds like a cliché, I know, but for someone in my position it comes as kind of a surprise. The fact that I never see anyone around ... makes me worry that the real ghosts have found a better place to congregate." The voice of SF Weekly stage critic Michael Scott Moore's protagonist is unexpected: He's a pragmatic, puzzled teenager, dead for 15 years. Moore reads from Too Much of Nothing at 8 tonight at Oh! Java Caffe, 562 Central (at Grove), S.F. (Also Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Borders in Union Square.) Admission is free; call 776-5282 or visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser


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