Choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky's “Le Sacre du printemps,” the grotesque and powerful Serge Diaghilev Ballet Russes dance set to Igor Stravinsky's savage score, was famous for causing a riot in Paris at its premiere on May 29, 1913.
In the next century followed a dozen variations on "The Rite of Spring" by other various choreographers; few are better than Yuri Possokhov’s new one created for San Francisco Ballet, which premiered Tuesday in the War Memorial Opera House. Read More
Who’s in town Historian John McMillian talks about “Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]LecturesSusan Jacoby: The journalist discusses marketing hype vs. realistic hope in terms of what awaits the millions of Americans who will be beyond the traditional retirement age by 2030. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
I’m crossing off of my New York nostalgia bucket list all the George Balanchine ballets performed at the New York City Ballet (the great man's home company until his death in 1983). Read More