Fans of blockbuster dance reality shows “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars” need look no further for entertainment this week than to “Shaping Sound” at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on Wednesday.
Launched from the Oxygen network television show “All the Right Moves,” “Shaping Sound” is a dance company and touring show featuring choreography and dancing by Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, veterans of either “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Dancing With the Stars.” Read More
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.
Helen Pickett’s “Petal,” an anticipated West Coast premiere, is fervid and furious. Pickett, a California native who danced with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt for more than 10 years, reflects both his influence and her individual ambition in the work. Read More
If a sold out week-long run of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Cinderella” is anything to go by, San Francisco Ballet should note that story ballets and fairy tales sell.
“Cinderella,” which opened at the War Memorial Opera House on May 3 and closes May 12 – is a lavish, glittering, high-tech production with scenery and costumes by Julian Crouch. It made its world debut December in Amsterdam with the Dutch National Ballet; San Francisco Ballet’s run is the U.S. premiere. Read More
South Africa’s infamous apartheid regime is often considered one of the worst human-rights injustices of the 20th century. During the segregation policy’s early days, it had few opponents in government, but there was a lone female who spoke against it, making her mark on the South African history books.
That woman was Helen Suzman, and she is honored in “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights,” a pictorial history exhibit at the Katz Snyder Gallery at the Jewish Community Center. Read More
For dating expert Rich Gosse, the term “gold digger” isn’t negative — it just states a fact of life.
“For thousands of years, the No. 1 quality women have looked for in a husband is whether or not they will be a good provider,” says Gosse, who hosts The City’s first “Gold Digger” party at Carbon Lounge on Saturday night.
“Anthropologists agree that women choose men on the basis of being a provider,” he says. “And you won’t find any controversy over the fact that men always choose the youngest, most beautiful bride they can find.” Read More
As the trend for quality, local craftsmanship continues to grow in The City, the local nonprofit SFMade celebrates the burgeoning “maker” scene with SFMade Week. Read More
Local dance legend Anna Halprin may turn 93 in June, but she is as active as ever. She presents her iconic “Planetary Dance” at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival on Sunday in the closing event of Bay Area Dance Week. Read More
Spectacle-wearing Michele Dumoulin, who plays Velma in a stage show based on the iconic “Scooby-Doo” gang, admits that some aspects of her role aren’t that different from her everyday life.
“In the show, I push the glasses up the bridge of my nose, and with my normal glasses, I usually touch the lens. Because there’s no lens in my stage glasses, I end up poking myself in the eye! ” says the 23-year-old actress with a laugh. Read More
One of this year’s best dance programs isn’t being presented by just one company.
“Dances From the Heart 2,” the second annual benefit for Bay Area AIDS organizations on Sunday at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, features 10 local troupes: Ballet San Jose, Chitresh Das Dance Company, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Diablo Ballet, ODC/Dance, Post: Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin, Smuin Ballet, Salsamania and Te Mana O Te Ra. Read More
The City’s infinite microclimates can make it hard to experience seasons, but a Bay Area gem near Suisun Bay offers the perfect springtime ticket.
Running through April 28 — and possibly later, depending on Mother Nature — are the Western Railway Museum’s 12th annual Spring Wildflower Train Rides. Read More
Tragedy has attracted artists since time immemorial, and Yuri Possokhov’s “Francesca da Rimini” is no exception.
The brief but tumultuous piece is the second part of San Francisco Ballet’s Program 7 mixed bill, and its ultimate highlight.
Based on the tale of Paolo and Francesca – lovers immortalized in Dante Alighieri’s 14th century poem “The Divine Comedy – “Francesca” is, essentially, a condensed “Romeo and Juliet.” Read More
The proverb “Time waits for no man” has never seemed more poignant than in the face of “Christian Marclay: The Clock” — an unnervingly spellbinding, 24-hour cinematic opus.
Marclay’s video montage, on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through June 2, uses thousands of film clips to show all 1,440 minutes in the day, each minute visually represented by a timepiece in the film: a clock, watch, sundial, etc. Despite the dizzying number of clips, it becomes one singular, very shrewd film. Read More
With a steady string of world premieres and regular accolades in the national media, the San Francisco Ballet has been on a roll the past few years, and 2014 might be even better.
America’s oldest professional ballet company announced its 81st season today. It begins Jan. 22 and ends eight programs and 61 shows later on May 11, 2014. Read More
Oakland-based artist Hung Liu is a quiet pioneer.
The 65-year-old painter and installation artist has gone from hiding paintings in her pockets to establishing herself firmly in the West, creating an artistic legacy of more than 40 years and remaining relevant and revered in China, her home country. Read More
After being shot down by judges on “The X Factor” last year for being too “cabaret,” San Francisco singer and songwriter Jason Brock is back on track doing what he loves best: performing his very own lounge act.
Starting Saturday at Martuni’s, his show includes all-new material about life after his experience on the hit reality show, and after moving on from exes.
“I hope none of my ex-boyfriends will show up,” Brock says. “That would be really awkward if that happened,” he adds with a laugh. Read More