The San Francisco resident performs his cabaret show “Champagne and Follies” at the Bubble Lounge every second Wednesday of the month, including today.How do you go about developing a new show? I think about my repertoire first — what I have already — and then I think about the venue and the audience — the potential audience and the target audience and what I think they might want to hear. For this show, it’s really a show that showcases the best that I do, my favorite songs, so it’s really a crowd-pleasing show. Read More
Author Simon Van Booy cares about style. It is apparent in everything from his author photographs to the characters he writes about, some of whom wear three-piece suits in the scorching heat of a Grecian summer, shop at Hermes and sport bow ties.
But he might be insulted if you called him fashionable.
“Fashion is a substitute for style,” Van Booy says. “Fashion is very trend-based, and I’m not interested in trends.” Read More
Under English’s direction, San Francisco Playhouse has entered the age of social media. On Thursday, a select number of eligible applicants are invited to attend a performance of the acclaimed play “Tigers Be Still,” and tweet during the show.What do you think are the benefits of an evening like this? I think it allows people to access the theater in a different way. It’s a way of interacting with live entertainment without interrupting the performance — they sit in the back row with their screens on low. Read More
Russell Jackson’s creative wheels are turning. He is brainstorming for a menu for which he has no ingredients — at least, not yet.
Click on the photo at right to see more of the chefs.
Lafitte’s owner and executive chef will have to wait until 4 p.m. Saturday to find out, when he will pair with chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn against Incanto’s Chris Cosentino and Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake in the Illy Chefs Challenge at the Westin St. Francis. Read More
Violinist Catherine Clune is the founder of Bay Area music ensemble Tango No. 9. To celebrate its fourth album, “Live at the Columbarium,” the group will perform at the Red Poppy Art House from Friday through Sunday. Read More
The San Francisco State University assistant professor is the author of “Artists’ Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art,” which was published by MIT Press.What do you think is unique about tangible, printed articles rather than digital media? The tactility of print is different from that of digital media, and this profoundly shapes its function as a medium of communication. The physicality of print affects not only the way in which individual readers interact with a given text or image, but also the way in which texts are distributed and circulated in public. Read More
A man and a woman each sit alone in separate apartments, their faces lit only by the light of their laptops. A generic Internet dating site beams across the backdrop, and then the muttering begins. “Age?” “Astrological sign?” “Smoking?” “Therapy?” Brandon and Heather pause, consider their creative options when faced with the blank text boxes, and “OMFG! The Internet Dating Musical” is off and running. Read More
A stalwart of the Bay Area’s summer arts calendar, WestWave Dance Festival is now in its 20th year — and not many showcases can compete with that longevity.
Since its inception, WestWave has brought more than 500 choreographers to the stage and hosted nearly 400 world premieres and more than 2,000 performances.
Every year, the lineup reads as a veritable who’s who of the local dance scene, and this season is no exception.
Festivities open with a gala performance July 19 at Z Space featuring choreography by Annie Rosenthal Parr, Amy Seiwert and Robert Moses. Read More
Amy Snyder, the author of “Hell on Two Wheels,” a documentation of several participants of 2009’s Race Across America, will be at The Booksmith at 7:30 tonight.What was the most challenging part of documenting the race? Before me, nobody had ever attempted to follow this race and write a book about it — and now I know why! Before long, the racers were spread out over 500 miles. Sweeping up and down the course and keeping in contact with my featured athletes became fiendishly difficult. I was as sleep deprived as the racers were by the end of the event! Read More
After eight years as director of ODC Theater, Bailis is moving on to focus on his career as a musician and writer. On Monday, ODC Theater will host a fundraiser for its 2011-12 season. Bailis wrote the libretto for the chamber opera “Love/Hate.” Read More
There are few places where a silent film can be viewed as it was originally intended. Watching Buster Keaton with your Netflix subscription on your laptop can’t compete with the Mighty Wurlitzer organ of the Castro Theatre, which will get a significant workout during the 16th San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which runs from Thursday to July 17. Read More
Part of the magic of a live performance is that anything can happen. Bay Area band Planet Booty has seen its share of miscellaneous mischief. A male yoga devotee split his pants dancing a kung-fu-hustle crossover, a girl once turned a fire extinguisher on the crowd, and one sweaty slip landed a Planet Booty fan in the emergency room with a twisted ankle.“Hopefully this time we’ll just have fun,” frontman Dylan Germick says of the band’s show at the Mission district’s Blue Macaw on Friday. “We have nothing but the best intentions, but people just get excited.” Read More
Brendan Moylan, the owner of Marin Brewing Co. and Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant, is a North Bay craft-beer pioneer and sponsor of the BreastFest Beer Festival. Fort Mason will boast more than 60 breweries, live music and raffle Saturday in order to raise money for the Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic, a public health clinic in Oakland that helps women fight cancer. For more info, visit www.thebreastfest.org. Read More
With a new work titled “Project Bust,” it’s clear that young choreographer Malinda LaVelle does not shy away from the literal. Taking her primary inspiration from the complex identity of the contemporary female, LaVelle’s work could become known as the “Vagina Monologues” of dance when it premieres at Z Space on Wednesday. Read More
Despite being in the midst of summer, San Francisco artist Lisa Congdon’s latest works — paintings and mixed media — are rather arctic.Congdon’s show, “Boreas,” which opens Saturday at Gallery Hijinks, draws inspiration from “Heima,” a documentary by Icelandic minimalist musicians Sigur Rós, who are filmed playing venues from Reykjavik to the meadows of Iceland. Read More