San Francisco Ballet, Programs 1 & 2, 2007

There are two ballets to talk about here, Artifact Suite, by William Forsythe (seen on Program 1), and Yuri Possokhov’s new Firebird (Program 2). Both were splendid. The other four ballets on the first two programs of the season may  ...

San Francisco Ballet, Program 5

Works by Mark Morris: “A Garden,” “Joyride,” and “Sandpaper Ballet” Orchestra conducted by David LaMarche and Martin West (for “Joyride”) War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco March 13, 2009 (program continues, with alternating casts, through March 24) http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season/program5.asp Mark  ...

Swan Lake, San Francisco Ballet Program 3

Ballet in four acts by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky New production choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov) Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco World premiere, February 21, 2009 (program continues, with alternating  ...

Alex Katz Paints Ada

Alex Katz Paints Ada Jewish Museum New York website Ada and Alex (1980) Life is funny. We're in public even when we don't want to be, and someone's always watching. The process of being  ...

week of cycling in Denmark – review

I don’t know many people who list Denmark as their absolute favorite tourist destination, yet with its modern design aesthetic, quiet charm, welcoming populace and unspoiled countryside, Denmark is a wonderful choice, especially for bike riding. I have recently  ...

Evil Under the Sun – review

The third in the series of Agatha Christie PC games, Evil Under the Sun, again features that indomitable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. This time, Poirot is joined by his old pal, Captain Hastings. Evil Under the Sun, a third-person  ...

Murder on the Orient Express- review

In my previous article, which explored computer adventure games genre (http://www.culturevulture.net/ElectronicArts/playsgames.htm), I mentioned that I was anticipating with pleasure Adventure Games’ release of Murder on the Orient Express, based on the famous Dame Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same  ...

FINAL FANTASY – review

Final Fantasy is a saga devoted to telling epic stories with magic, sword battling, and plenty of plot twists. In every game, the user controls a central character. The main character is typically a young boy, who has some special  ...

‘Battle’ Patrick Wolf

Patrick Wolf releases his fourth concept album “Battle;” a double album that has Oscar winning actress and UK avant garde filmmaker muse, Tilda Swinton, as the “Voice of Hope” narrator throughout the record. The album is released on Patrick’s own  ...