Twenty-year-old San Mateo resident Alex King was awarded a Gold Remi prize at the 44th Worldfest International Film Festival for his documentary “Born To Be Our Children.”
How did your personal history inform the subject choice of the film? I wanted to do something that was close to my heart. I was adopted from Romania when I was 5 years and 10 months old. I know that there are a lot of children in the world waiting to be adopted. Read More
At noon today, hundreds of people will dance in unison, in the middle of Union Square. One Dance, the kickoff event of the Bay Area National Dance Week in The City, embraces the inclusive nature of the local scene. More than 35 established troupes are participating, as well as individual enthusiasts who have registered. In the past, nearly 1,000 people have attended. Read More
If you live in San Francisco, you don’t have to run away to join the circus. Not only does The City offer a plethora of circus-themed entertainment, it is one of the few places where you can juggle, trapeze, tightrope and trampoline in your spare time and scarf a funnel cake for dessert. Here’s a roundup:
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Yisrael Feldsott’s paintings might evoke something familiar at first glance. Crows, wolves, bones, the human figure and other archetypal images make frequent appearances in Feldsott’s large-scale mixed-media work.“The pool of collective memories that we share as humans is my interest,” Feldsott says. “These memories tend to be symbolic, and exist cross-culturally. You find similar stories of creation all around the world. These don’t belong to one group of people; they’re shared amongst all of us.” Read More
Best-selling author Ciji Ware’s latest novel, “A Race to Splendor,” released Friday, revisits San Francisco in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake, weaving in the history of architect Julia Morgan and the rebuilding of the Fairmont Hotel. Read More
Peter Temes is the co-founder of the Great Books Summer Reading Camp, which highlights classic and contemporary texts in a university setting for kids in grades six through 12, with sessions at Stanford and in Amherst, Mass. Read More
What do Zeus, Godzilla, Joan of Arc and Skeletor all have in common? According to rabid history buff and author Ben Thompson, they’re all badass.Thompson always has preferred the dramatic side of history. The battles, maniacal despots with megalomania and sword-swinging soldiers that saturate much of history made him wonder why most history books were so boring.Finding himself less than challenged by his 9-to-5 cubicle life, in 2004 Thompson, as a joke, created Badassoftheweek.com, a tribute to badass champions — which doesn’t include himself. Read More
This baseball season, all eyes will be on the Giants. As winners of the 2010 World Series, they’ve reached celebrity status and the eyes of America will be watching more than just their playing style. Who’s fit and who’s fat? Who’s tough and gruff? Who do the ladies love? Has success gone to their heads, or just their hairdos?
Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of our favorite Giants before and after winning the World Series. Read More
Paul Taylor’s smile is audible. Every interview is ironic for the 80-year-old choreographer. “One of the reasons I decided to try and be a dancer was that I thought I wouldn’t have to talk,” Taylor laughs. “It hasn’t always proved true,” he adds in his smooth, dulcet tones.Despite his ambivalence toward language, many of Taylor’s key works in his vast oeuvre of 133 dances include songs, such as the Depression-era tunes of “Black Tuesday,” one of the eight works to be performed by his company starting Wednesday at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Read More
Tim Orr is a longtime member of BATS Improv, which performs in “3 For All” at the Zeum Theater on Friday and Saturday alongside fellow improv actors Rafe Chase and Stephen Hearin.What drew you to improv compared with other forms of stage entertainment? In 1988, I saw an early BATS show. I was already an actor, and I immediately fell in love with the style. It’s not standup comedy. They’re actually doing scenes and stories, and they’re very committed to their characters. Read More
Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard is the author of “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health.” He will discuss the regimen on PBS throughout March.
Do you think animal products impair weight loss? Definitely. Studies show that the more animal products are consumed, the fatter the people tend to be on average. Cheese is 70 percent fat; if it were any worse, it would be Vaseline. It’s not that we’re eating too many Brussels sprouts; that’s not our problem. Read More
While an IQ test is required for some careers, “genius” profiling has yet to become a widespread phenomenon. But what if it was?
Brain implants that increase intelligence capabilities cause the dominant rift in society in “Wirehead,” a play by award-winning writers Matt Benjamin and Logan Brown, which has its Bay Area premiere in an SF Playhouse production directed by Susi Damilano. Read More
Mary Cranston, a senior partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will be honored with the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award at the group’s 23rd annual dinner at the Palace Hotel on Tuesday.What sacrifices did you make along the way to achieve such professional success? Read More
With a history that predates the statehood of California, the Irish community has long held a prominent place in the Bay Area.Now in its 160th year, the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival celebrates Saturday with more than 100 floats, a plethora of pipers and dancers and thousands of participants. Read More
Comedian James Judd doesn’t get his laughs from fiction. His hilarious personal tales are the root of his award-winning show, which returns to the stage this weekend at the Exit Theatre in a revamped production, “7SINS…One More Time.”Called “David Sedaris on a pot of coffee” by one critic, Judd’s autobiographical comedy has been known to split a few sides. “Someone always asks me at the end of the night, ‘That story wasn’t really true, was it?’ Yes, the stories are true,” is Judd’s emphatic response. Read More