Program 3, SF Ballet

There’s something of a puppeteer at play in “Manifesto,” Myles Thatcher’s impressive new work for San Francisco Ballet. Dancers emerge airily from the wings, as if suspended from invisible strings, gliding in and out in patterns symmetrical or not, their arms at odd angles. Further along, a pas de deux  ...

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo

(pri·ma don·naˌprēmə ˈdänə/ “a very temperamental person with an inflated view of their own talent or importance.”) For forty years "Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo" (Trocks) hasn’t been taking classical ballet very seriously… and that’s the good news. The all male company “en pointe” does, however, continue to take  ...

The Price, LA

How often have you thought a second act was the meat of a play? Not very, I would guess. Arthur Miller's 1968 family saga, "The Price," is one of those rare instances where this is the case. The wealthy Franz family lost its fortune in the crash of 1929.  ...

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

From the minute Kyle Abraham hit the stage in “Pavement,” dribbling an imaginary basketball then taking that movement into fluid modern dance and back, his signature hip hop, streetwise trademark was in motion. It is that simple urban beat--something as pedestrian, rhythmic, and socially iconic as a bouncing basketball  ...

Oscars 2015: The Live Blog

5:44 PM - Amy's currently predicting that Marion Cotillard will win the Red Carpet...and she also thinks Anna Kendrick's already out of the competition with her pretty dress...pretty boring. 6:15 PM - While we're waiting for the Red Carpet to really start jumping...congratulations to David Zellner for his Best Director nomination at the Independent  ...

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley

There are ballets that put all of a company’s bona fides to the test—stamina, virtuosity, ensemble quality, and of course, its ranking dancers’ stage personalities and technical skills. Among them are Harold Lander’s “Etudes,” Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free,” Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room,” and John Cranko’s “Taming of the  ...

Japan’s Floating World, SF

Two new excellent exhibitions about 17th- to 19th-century Japanese art and culture grace San Francisco’s well-respected Asian Art Museum, the largest museum in the United States devoted exclusively to the arts of Asia. From 1615–1868, in Edo (now Tokyo), a city whose population reached one million by the beginning  ...

Four Oscar Myths

It's Oscar season, which means it's time for entertainment bloggers and reporters to regurgitate timeworn tales of Sacheen Littlefeather accepting Marlon Brando's Best Actor Oscar for "The Godfather," that streaker running past David Niven, and the following four tired Oscar myths which your pals at Culture Vulture would officially like  ...

Airline Highway

“Tourists don’t want a coyote ugly … strip joint, they don’t want a parade INSIDE the Convention Center sponsored by Coke. They want some dirty shit to happen, authentic top shelf shit. Tucked away under the counter, ya gotta ask for it – sit it in the back room with  ...

Paula Farmer’s Oscar Picks 2014

Although 2014 wasn’t a stand-out year for movies, especially in light of recent past years, what was good, was very good. More than likely the categories of Best Movie and Best Director will split. For that I am torn. Will Richard Linklater take home Best Director, and "Birdman" Best Movie  ...