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In the Time of the Butterflies, San Diego

Political revolutions are perceived as a male-dominated undertaking. In the 1950s, however, it was four sisters who inspired a Caribbean nation to topple one of Latin America’s most brutal dictators. How these women born to privilege went from ...

Man in a Case, Berkeley

In real life Mikhail Baryshnikov is definitely not a Chekhov character. Instead of settling into a boring, if comfortable, retirement, the famed dancer (now in his mid-60s) is constantly reinventing himself. A brief early stint in the movies (“The Turning ...

Die Fledermaus, SF

I’ll take mine mit schlag. The Bay Area’s venerable Lamplighters have departed from the usual Gilbert and Sullivan fare to serve up Johann Strauss II’s delectable Viennese concoction, “Die Fledermaus,” in a production that often is as fizzy as ...

Wayne McGregor Random Dance, SF

Wayne McGregor, the celebrated English choreographer “renowned for his groundbreaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science,” presented a new work entitled “FAR” at YBCA. According to McGregor’s notes, the work is inspired by Roy Porter’s ...

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, on tour

Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, October 09 http://www.billtjones.org/ Touring calendar: http://www.billtjones.org/events/touring_calendar.php http://www.ybca.org/ Photo: Russell Jenkins When choreographer Bill T. Jones speaks, his voice resonates soulfully, with ...

The California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences Golden Gate Park, San Francisco http://www.calacademy.org/ The newly remodeled California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park across from the almost-new (2006) de Young Museum, is not your grandmother’s natural history ...

Los Gatos–Destinations

Los Gatos, California, is the home of Netflix and the birthplace of the Pet Rock. John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in the little town of 30,000, Hollywood’s Olivia de Havilland graduated from Los Gatos High School, and Yehudi ...

California’s Other Wine Country

What’s north of San Francisco? Ask many out-of-state visitors, and the only answer you’ll hear is “Napa Valley.” Yes, Napa is gorgeous, studded with wineries and laced with roads winding through the oak-covered hillsides. But Northern California is home ...

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, on tour

Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall, University of California at Berkeley October 26, 2008 (tour continues in various American cities through November 17, 2008) http://www.jso.co.il/tourplan-eng.php When you play second fiddle, you take more chances. That is perhaps why ...