The Los Angeles-based designer and former San Francisco resident will be at Costco, 450 10th St., Wednesday through Sunday with a trunk show featuring 12 wedding gowns from her Signature line. Wedding gowns at Costco? How did that happen? Costco wanted to build up its wedding program and they asked me if I would help them with it. What made Costco approach you? My gowns are known for their high quality, and both Costco and I emphasize customer service. Read More
Kristin Lane, communications director for KIND Snacks, announced an initiative called Do the KIND Thing and is getting the word out about supporting breast cancer patients. What’s the goal of Do the KIND Thing? The initiative challenges people in different cities to carry out unexpected acts of kindness each month; if enough people do, KIND will give back to a group of people that really needs it. Read More
Adriana Sevahn Nichols subtly and poetically draws from her own life in a “Night Over Erzinga,” a heartfelt world premiere presented by Golden Thread Productions.The Bay Area troupe, whose mission is to give voice to Middle Eastern artists, commissioned the play with New York’s Lark Play Development Center and Chicago’s Silk Road Theatre Project. In its first outing, the groups’ Middle East America new plays initiative proves a success. Read More
Director and performer Dan O'Connor is a member of Impro Theatre, which presents “Jane Austen Unscripted” this weekend at Fort Mason’s Bayfront Theatre. Can you describe how Impro Theatre works? We are writing the plays as people are watching them. How is the audience involved? We ask them to shout out suggestions of what the characters’ topic of conversation might be. Read More
Perhaps more artists should spend a decade between performing and releasing new material - for Sade, it’s been working like a charm.
The band, fronted by the sleek, Nigerian-born, British-raised Sade Adu, hasn’t run out of steam as it wound toward the end of its highly anticipated tour in the first of two shows at the Oracle Arena in Oakland Friday night. Read More
Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, presenter of the prestigious San Francisco International Film Festival, died Thursday at his San Francisco home after an 18-month battle with cancer. Leggat, 51, who was at the helm of the society since 2005, was known for his strategic planning that dramatically increased the group’s membership, services and reputation. Film society members called his vision and enlightened leadership instrumental for the success of the film festival’s 50th anniversary celebration and activities in 2007. Read More
Trudy Williams recalls that when she was in kindergarten, it was suggested she seek counseling because she told her class about some unusual animals at her home.
"To me, it was just natural to have an elephant in the backyard," says Williams, who grew up in Riverside, where her parents ran a business called Have Trunk Will Travel that supplied exotic animals for films.
It follows, then, that Williams would grow into her current position as manager of animal stewardship for Ringling Bros. Read More
Classic soul doesn’t get any better than what Jerry Butler is serving up at the Rrazz Room. The former lead singer of the Impressions — dubbed “The Iceman” by a disc jockey decades ago — still sounds as cool and smooth as he did on records as far back as the late 1950s. At 74, he doesn’t move too quickly, but he nonetheless had the audience both rocking and in tears at his opening night show, singing everything from upbeat songs from the 1970s “(I’m Just Thinking About) Cooling Out” to his heart-rending first Impressions hit, “For Your Precious Love.” Read More
Like many a good self-help book, “Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying” contains a lot of common sense and universal truths.
Subtitled “Embracing Life After Loss,” the compact book by Allen Klein, a San Francisco-based motivational speaker and former director of the Life-Death Transitions Institute in San Francisco, is filled with aphorisms, anecdotes and advice about dealing with the difficulties of going on with life after a loved one has died. Read More
San Francisco jazz singer Bill Kwan won’t be giving up his day job as a dermatologist any time soon.
The vocalist, who appears at Yoshi’s on Tuesday and Savanna Jazz on Aug. 6, says, “I could not imagine not doing medicine. I’m fortunate I get to do both.”
Thanks to a supportive staff that helps him manage the challenging task of finding time to see patients, take singing lessons, record albums, rehearse and perform, Kwan has been able to fulfill his dream of being a doctor as well as keeping music an important part of his life. Read More
Gentle, funny and touching on topics near and dear to baby boomers and their parents — that’s “Assisted Living: The Musical.”
Sometimes slight but often sweet, the three-person, 75-minute show about life in a retirement home is appropriately running for lunch and early-bird dinner shows on weekends (sharing space with “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”) in Chinatown’s Imperial Palace. Each performance offers a plentiful and serviceable, if not gourmet, multi-course Chinese buffet. Read More
Black and white and red all over, “Vice Palace,” the latest musical from Thrillpeddlers, is another wild and fun ride from the gender-bending troupe that had recent success with its 22-month run of “Pearls Over Shanghai.” Set in the 1960s, “Vice Palace” takes place in the Italian home of Signorina Divina, a jet-setter who locks her merry band of friends inside due to a plague that has stricken the town outside her compound’s walls. Read More
Billy Elliot, the character, is a smokin’ dancer. “Billy Elliot the Musical” isn’t so hot.The drama, sentiment, passion and excitement that permeated the excellent 2000 movie starring Jamie Bell as the young dancer and Julie Walters as his crusty ballet teacher don’t pervade the touring version of the Tony Award-winning show at the Orpheum in The City.Even though the film and musical have the same creators, director Stephen Daldry and writer Lee Hall, and the same unlikely combination of themes — ballet dancing and labor strife in Britain — they vary wildly in tone. Read More
J.P. Viernes — one of five teens playing the title role in the national tour of the hit musical “Billy Elliot” — has a few things on his mind about the prospect of returning to the Bay Area.“I haven’t been home since December. It’ll be so nice to see my friends, to sleep in my own bed, and to enjoy the coastal weather. I miss it,” says the 15-year-old performer, in a phone interview from Dallas. “I’ll probably go to the beach.” Read More
Joe Goode Performance Group’s world premiere “The Rambler” is appropriately named. The 75-minute dance-theater piece, a pastiche of spoken word, movement and music at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, rambles pleasantly and is intermittently provocative, but in the end feels as aimless as its characters. Read More