Six years after Michael Smuin’s death, Smuin Ballet continues to carry his torch, performing his works and new pieces he would have loved.
“Bouquet,” the mixed spring program with two local premieres onstage this week at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, shows the company at its adventurous best.
Helen Pickett’s “Petal,” an anticipated West Coast premiere, is fervid and furious. Pickett, a California native who danced with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt for more than 10 years, reflects both his influence and her individual ambition in the work. Read More
In a good example of life imitating art, no one wants to pay for Melissa Joan Hart’s movie “Darci’s Walk of Shame.”
The ‘90s teen-sitcom star took to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to try to raise $2 million to make the film in which she would star. But the effort was abandoned after only 315 people donated a total of about $51,000, according to The Huffington Post. Cue descending trombone sound byte. Read More
Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller is rehabbing at the Betty Ford Center right now, but her twin sons by Charlie are staying with Sheen’s other ex-wife, Denise Richards. The state granted Richards temporary custody, but if Mueller has her way the kids will go with her brother instead, according to RadarOnline. Read More
O.J. Simpson appeared in court Wednesday to make a case for overturning his armed robbery and kidnapping convictions. Too bad Johnny Cochrane is dead, because Simpson is blaming his imprisonment on his old defense attorney, Yale Galanter. Read More
Listeners don’t need to know the narrative behind her new fourth effort, “Once I Was an Eagle,” to fully appreciate it, according to English neo-folk chanteuse Laura Marling. But she’s happy to recount it. Read More
Sometimes, in transforming tragic events into art, a terrible beauty emerges.
Such is the case in the National Theatre of Scotland’s much-acclaimed touring production of Gregory Burke’s 2006 play, “Black Watch.” The Drill Court at the Armory provides enough space, and a suitably bleak atmosphere, for such a dramatic, and at times downright thrilling, spectacle.
In 2004, a regiment of the Black Watch — a branch of the Scottish military with a centuries-old history — was sent to the so-called Triangle of Death in Iraq to replace American forces departing for Fallujah. Read More
Ye olde Napster and Facebook dude Sean Parker is set to get married, and the wedding could not be more over the top and ridiculous.
According to the New York Post, the $9 million event will happen on June 1 in Big Sur, before 300 no doubt astounded people. Read More
Just when you thought you had heard the last bizarre Justin Bieber tale, out comes this doozy from South Africa.
Apparently some thieves tunneled their way into the safe room at the arena in which The Biebs was performing inJohannesburg, lowered themselves down into it with ropes, then made off with $330,000 cash.
The cops apparently believe it was an inside job, but J-Bib wants to make sure he’s off the suspects list. Read More
Rumors that Beyoncé is pregnant began to surface again last week, but now that she has canceled a show this week due to “doctor’s orders” the tabloids are buzzing.
It doesn’t help that she has not officially denied the accusation. Her publicist blames the recent cancellation on “dehydration and exhaustion,” which is the sort of excuse usually reserved for chronic drug and alcohol abusers who can’t get their act together. Read More
Twenty years ago, Z Space burst onto the scene and offered The City a place for artists to revel in their process. Audiences did not mind, either. Since then, Z Space has produced an array of compelling works, from music and visual art to dance and theater.
To commemorate the milestone, Josh Kornbluth, one of the Bay Area’s most prolific monologists, brings back his hit “Love & Taxes” in a two-night engagement benefiting Z Space beginning May 22. Read More