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. Read More
Who’s in townComedian, “Daily Show” co-creator and blogger Lizz Winstead talks about “Lizz Free or Die,” her book about how she discovered her comedic voice. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]Literary eventsOpen mic: Philip Hackett’s Poet’s Gallery hosts an open-mic session. All are welcome. [6:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Ave., S.F.] Read More
American writer-painter Henry Miller, known for his distinctly original, powerful prose in “Tropic of Cancer” and “Tropic of Capricorn,” will be in the spotlight in The City next week in what promises to be a memorable benefit for Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library.Supporting the cause is celebrated composer Philip Glass, who will grace the Warfield stage on June 25, along with singer-songwriter-harpist Joanna Newsom and violinist Tim Fain. Read More
San Francisco Performances’ upcoming 33rd season opens with concerts by pianist Jonathan Biss focusing on composer Robert Schumann, and continues with a virtuoso violin series featuring Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Midori; a 75th birthday celebration of composer Philip Glass; and West Coast premieres of new works by choreographer Paul Taylor among its dozens of offerings. Read More
San Francisco’s Ensemble Parallele, a contemporary chamber opera company, is up for a new adventure, presenting the local premiere of Philip Glass’ “Orphée” (“Orpheus”) this weekend at Herbst Theatre.Ensemble Parallele music director and conductor Nicole Paiement is at the helm of the production, featuring one of Glass’ more accessible scores, with design and direction by Brian Staufenbiel. Read More
Philip Glass’ 1976 gargantuan opera “Einstein on the Beach” took a major Metropolitan Opera treatment with Robert Wilson to come to life. It doesn’t travel well, but still it’s amazing that this seminal work in contemporary music hasn’t made it to the West Coast.
Now, Cal Performances — co-commissioning the production with six organizations in England, Italy, Holland, France and the U.S. — is bringing the work to Berkeley. The opera is slated to run Oct. 19-28, 2012. Read More