San Francisco Ballet Program 2

The Tyger (an excerpt) by William Blake “Tyger Tyger. burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand,  ...

Architecture of Life

Berkeley, California, a small city with a big reputation, is famous for its branch of the University of California, with its high academic achievement, as well as its liberal politics, free speech movement and its sophisticated performing and visual arts.   The new 82,000 square foot home of  ...

BEST OF 2015: MOVIES

Top Ten lists are obviously subjective...so what makes a movie Best of 2015 material? For me, it's usually about some combination of the following: originality, degree of difficulty, consistency of execution, and indelibility. Is it a film I keep thinking about? Did it earn its emotional moments fair and square?  ...

When the Rain Stops Falling

    The story begins in the year 2039 in the normally bone-dry Australian Outback town of Alice Springs; now a land where it is raining to beat the band. We soon learn, through Gabriel York (Adrian Alita), of familial forces at work more unsettling than the weather.  ...

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot’s Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago, in conversation with Zarina Zabrisky, will recount the story of their humanitarian and civil rights campaign, zeroing in on the current state of human rights in Russia. They will touch on LGBT rights, prisoner rights, Black Lives Matter, events in the Ukraine,  ...

Best of 2015: TV

1. "THE SOUP"   Sure, it's just a basic cable clip show of snarky jokes about TV's dopiest programs. Yet by policing the low standards of lowest common denominator viewing (and the cynical corporate interests that never go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public), "The Soup"  ...

Rice

All ecological fans and all lovers of the exotic must be pleased with the performance. The sections of the piece consist of episodes entitled “Soil,” “Wind,” “Pollen (1 & 2),” “Sunlight,” “Grain,” Fire,” and “Water.” These dances were backed by brilliant video, illustrating and amplifying the work, filmed on location  ...

A Goodbye to Vienna

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin left the expected waltz repertory usually on his New Year’s Eve concert last year, opting for a night of Italian arias sung by guest soprano Angela Meade. He saved his waltz time a Goodbye to Vienna three concert mini-festival in January, the first an  ...

What The Day Owes To The Night

  Upon his father’s deathbed, choreographer Hervé Koubi learned late in his 25th year that his family’s origins were not from France, but Algeria. This dramatic revelation opened the door to Africa for him in a poetic quest of rediscovery and search for his family’s roots. As part of  ...