Custodians of Beauty

Pavel Zustiak and his Palisssimo Company made its West coast première of “Custodians of Beauty” at Zellerbach’s Playhouse this week, presenting a visually saturating and multisensory experience. Both imagery and choreographic language are streamlined and minimal, weaving together a series  ...

Scenes From My Radio Play

Laurie Anderson--composer, musician, multimedia artist, filmmaker, poster child for hipster Baby Boomers--just presented five one-of-a-kind performances, four at Miner Auditorium and one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Included in this series were “Listening Party,” “Songs for Women with Tammy  ...

Volta

In the world of cuisine, street food is the latest and hippest, a ready-to-eat style sold on the fly by a hawker, cheaper than that found in restaurants and something you can usually consumed with just your fingers.  ...

With Care

Dark Beauty Every dance performance should follow Bobbi Jene Smith’s lead of offering a 45-minute dance class to ticket-holders before a performance! In this case, a Gaga People’s class that everyone, seasoned dancers and newbies alike, could attend.  ...

Körper

Anyone fortunate enough to walk into Zellerbach Hall this weekend will not be surprised to learn that choreographer Sasha Waltz is the daughter of an architect. Everything about “Körper” (German for “bodies”) is about architecture--that designed by humans and  ...

ECHO/riding the rapids

“what is your name/listening through walls/the voice of stone” “ECHO/riding the rapids” is an explosive improvisational dance layered with abstraction and poignancy. It exploits the unsinkable sexuality, musicality, and embodiment of its guest dancer, Jesse Zaritt and the  ...

extreme lyric I

“and with sweet oil costly you anointed yourself and on a soft bed delicate you would loose your longing…” In a paleo restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District a friend recounts his intense experience during an Ayahuasca  ...

Pepperland

“ I’d love to turn you on…” “Pepperland,” Mark Morris’ homage to the Beatles 50th anniversary of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, is like falling inside a bubble gum machine where the colors are dayglo, the sugar addictive,  ...

Still Standing

“Is something true, just because you remember it?” “Still Standing” is as much a happening as it is a site-specific work. Shaped by the walls of San Francisco’s landmark Victorian, Hass-Lilienthal House—and the creative corridors  ...

The Doctor from India (2018)

At a time when so many of our cultural icons are falling from grace, and those holding onto their laurels often lack dignity and vision, comes a slew of documentaries on those positive role models whose lives inspire and affirm  ...